In February, a ban was lifted allowing female soldiers to participate in U.S. military combat. On a national level, this change is being well-received, having numbers higher than 60 percent in some polls. But two local soldiers believe this change could have drastic negative effects. They argue that while physically women can carry their weight, the mental toll that combat has on soldiers could be emotionally destructive, both for the females at war and the men serving with them. Story by Katie Mendoza
In the United States, 12 out of 1,000 children are victims of neglect or are put into unsafe situations. And while this is a concern for the youth in our community, there is a club that knows just how to combat the issues children face today. Ebony Breaux Unit Director of the Jackie Club in Lafayette explains the programs available to children and teens that need guidance when their parents are at work. Story by Brian Richard.
Will Adams, native of Georgia, is travelling 16,000 miles on a bicycle to raise awareness of water issues in other countries. This journey, that started out with a partner, has taken four years to plan out. He has a motorized bicycle to travel on so he peddles while the engine pulls him forward. His partner only made it about 30 miles before he had to turn around because of engine troubles. Adams is planning on reaching his destination in Argentina in eight months.
The Acadiana Roller Girls, Lafayette’s women’s roller derby team, has begun its fifth season of battling it out on the track for charity. Home bouts, which take place at Top Shelf Sports Arena in Broussard, offer family fun peppered with fast-paced action and bone-rattling hits.“Roller Derby is one of the only sports out there where your body is, I guess, the ball. Your body scores the points,” said Colonel Sanders, the team’s assistant coach.The exciting sport, however, can be physically demanding and many of the women have the scars to prove it.“You’re gonna get hurt.
For many years pit bulls have been known as one the most aggressive and dangerous breed of dog to keep in a home. However, Amber Prejean does not think of pit bulls as dangerous in any way. In March of 2012 she started the organization, Cajun Paw, which is an animal shelter that mainly takes in unwanted pit bulls. Desi Comeaux of Lafayette Animal Aid says that pit bulls tend to have bad reputations from media attention and the way they look.