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Stephanie Woodard,
a political science major and senior at Dillard University, was the sole student panelist in the 2008 State of the Black Union, which was held last week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and featured many nationally recognized activists, scholars and civic leaders. Woodward held her own among the experts and appealed to her fellow college students to be a part of the political process and "hold our elected officials accountable."

Louise S. McGehee School
Mock Trial Varsity Team defeated Lafayette High School in the recent Mock Trial finals to win the state championship. The state mock trial tournament was held in Baton Rouge with the McGehee team coming out on top of an eight-team field, made up of the state's regional winners. McGehee will represent Louisiana in the national mock trial championship held in May in Wilmington, Del.

Sandra Nweke,
a Dillard University senior biology and pre-med major and starting center on the women's basketball team, scored her 1,000th point last Thursday. Nweke leads her squad in scoring, rebounding and blocks, and is averaging 14.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. More impressive, Nweke has been a member of the Dillard Dean's List for four years and plans to become a pediatrician.

State Sen. Derrick Shepherd,
a Democrat from Marrero, attempted to weaken the New Orleans Inspector General's Office during the recent special session on ethics reform. In a committee hearing on a bill giving the IGO subpoena power, Shepherd pushed through an amendment sealing all records from an IGO investigation except for the final report. Fortunately, the full Senate later stripped his amendment from the bill. Shepherd admitted he was motivated by the fact that he recently became the focus of a federal criminal investigation.

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