On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign the papacy. The unprecedented move raised discussion of Benedict’s health, which he claimed as his reason of resignation, who the next pope will be, and the scandals currently facing the Catholic Church.
Three Lafayette residents, Bishop Michael Jarrell, UL History Professor Sara Ritchey and Trey Petitjean, a 23-year-old member of UL Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajun Catholics, gave varying reactions regarding the resignation and their views on the legacy he will leave behind.
The past few years the local economy has been rather tough for local businesses, but surprisingly the Acadiana economy had a record breaking year. Linus Wilson, professor of finance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, helps conduct a survey of thirteen local Chief Financial Officers, asking them their opinions of the local economy and how their businesses are doing. The survey index reached a record high of 59, beating previous averages of numbers in the 40s. Tim Metcalf, owner and operator of Deano’s Pizza, gives insight of the daily challenges that face local business owners.
Local mother and daughter, Mary and Jennifer Thomas, both deal with the idea of adoption. Mary Thomas, at the age of 14, discovers she is pregnant and is too young to afford her child so she gives him up for adoption to a family that she has not and is never allowed to meet. Nearly 30 years later her youngest daughter, Jennifer, discovers that she is pregnant. Jennifer is faced with the idea of adoption, but after seeing what her mom went through she realizes she cannot go through with it. Now Jennifer and her son Samuel both live with her mother Mary who is helping her to raise her son.
Lafayette has recently experienced a drop in blood, an event that some could call a blood drought. Elevated patient use of blood since early this year left local hospitals without a steady flow of blood to use in emergencies situations or for those who are critically ill. Another determining factor in the shortage is that so many people around the country do not know the benefits of donating blood at the mental and physical level. United Blood Services mobile buses are back in the community, and people have gotten through word of mouth and advertisements that the time to donate is now.