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Two Loyola students are featured in USA Today

Loyola announcement - February 17, 2003

Two students at Loyola University New Orleans were featured in the USA Today newspaper as All-USA College Academic Team Honorable Mentions.

The students are Alexis Franks, a graduating senior English writing and Japanese major from Millington, Tenn., and Karel Sloane, who graduated in December from City College (Loyola’s evening division) with a bachelor’s of science in psychology, from New Haven, Conn. Franks and Sloane were two of only 21 Honorable Mentions selected nationwide, and Loyola was the only Louisiana university/college with students honored.

“I am very happy about receiving the recognition,” Franks says, “and I am proud that I can represent Loyola on the national level like this. I know that it is my experience at Loyola that has helped me to achieve this honor.”

A multi-media artist, Sloane’s nominated project was a 56-minute film that deals with youth violence. She mixed Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in its original language with the influences of the hip hop culture, namely rap music, clothing and graffiti art. The film has been screened at academic conferences.

“I am extremely grateful that the project has received attention on a national level because youth violence is a national issue and not one confined to certain areas,” Sloane says.

The All-USA College Academic Team comprises full-time undergraduates seeking their first baccalaureate degree at four-year institutions in the United States and its territories. Winners are nominated by their colleges and selected in a three-step process. This year, 500 students were nominated. Judges, all educators, considered their grades, academic honors, leadership roles on and off campus, and the use of the students’ talent beyond the classroom.