The Southern University Alumni Federation held a rally at the State Capitol to protest the proposed merger of Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans. A bill by House Speaker Jim Tucker and Senator Conrad Appel would merge the two schools and create a
new University of Louisiana at New Orleans in the University of Louisiana System. Governor Bobby Jindal has reaffirmed his position that keeping both universities as separate institutions does not make sense. Mr. Jindal says putting the two schools together will make the best possible use of the state's limited resources.