News roundup: LSU’s latest residential hall on pace for fall opening … PreSonus names new CEO and president … Landry outraises incumbent Caldwell in attorney general race
In demand: LSU housing will add another 330 rooms when its newest residential hall, Cypress Hall, opens this fall, and The Reveille reports construction on another new residential hall, Spruce Hall, will begin in the spring. Upgrades to Evangeline Hall, meanwhile, will start this summer, and renovations to Highland Hall and Louise Garig Hall will begin once the Evangeline Hall project is completed. Director of Residential Life Steven Waller says the flurry of construction of the new halls comes in response to increased demand for student housing on campus in recent years. “Three years ago, we turned away 1,000 students,” Waller tells the student newspaper. “Two years ago, we turned away 500 students. We’re still turning away students.” Read the full story.
In tune: The board of directors of Baton Rouge-based PreSonus Audio Electronics has appointed Stephen Fraser as the firm’s chief executive officer, effective Tuesday. Fraser was formerly chief operating officer and has been with the firm since 2010. He will replace former CEO Jim Mack. “In his five years as PreSonus COO, [Fraser] has developed highly effective strategies backed by strong operating skills and relentless execution,” says board chairman Kevin Couhig in a prepared statement. Also, the board of directors has approved naming the firm’s founder and former chief strategy officer, Jim Odom, as company president. PreSonus has more details on the announcement.
The paper chase: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has fallen behind chief opponent Jeff Landry in fundraising for this fall’s election. The Associated Press reports both Republican candidates in the Oct. 24 election filed their campaign finance report this week with the Board of Ethics. Landry, a former congressman, has more than three times the campaign cash reported by Caldwell. Caldwell’s report shows him raising $39,000 in 2014, ending the year with $302,000 in the bank. Landry brought in more than $766,000 in donations for the same period. Coupled with a $392,000 personal loan, Landry reported having more than $1 million in his campaign account. The slate of candidates in the race remains uncertain. Treasurer John Kennedy, also a Republican, has said he is considering running for attorney general, and he’s sitting on a $3.5 million campaign account.