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Lia Portillo

Lia Portillo Cantarero, Current Sauce - Editor-in-Chief

Lia Portillo Cantarero is a junior communication major. This is her third year in The Current Sauce and as Editor-in-Chief she hopes to raise awareness around the stories that are happening in the campus community. For Lia, becoming the Editor-in-Chief has been a dream and she is honored to carry the legacy of The Current Sauce forward.

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(L-R) Isabel Juarez-Rubio, Lia Portillo Cantarero, Sergy Odiduro, La SPJ president; and David Begnaud, CBS lead national correspondent.

The Current Sauce wins state SPJ awards

June 13, 2024

Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s student...

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[Video] HSJA holds semesterly food sale

April 17, 2024

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[Video] Blooming on the Bricks

March 23, 2024

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Students at the Dear School of the Creative and Performing Arts are eligible to apply to the Mimi Jordan Scholarship due this Friday.

[Photo] The Mimi Jordan Arts and Music Scholarship application is open for eligible students

March 20, 2024

Students at the Dear School of the Creative and Performing...

Various nonprofit groups and businesses around Natchitoches gathered on March 2, 2024, to do activities for Reading on the River.

Reading on the River 2024

March 4, 2024

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NSUs Joe Delaney, Mark Duper and Lee Smith have all been inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

[Photo] Black NSU alumni that made Hall of Fame history

February 27, 2024

NSU's Joe Delaney, Mark Duper and Lee Smith have all...

[Video] Taylor Swift Tribute

February 18, 2024

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Mariah Kador and Blake Chutz embark on a new journey as they approach the end of their undergraduate years.

College sweethearts navigate their last year at NSU

February 16, 2024

Mariah Kador sits in NSU’s newsroom working on a...

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Fall in love with Mardi Gras through the green, purple and gold decoration.

[Photo] How Mardi Gras brings an air of Love to Louisiana

February 16, 2024

Fall in love with Mardi Gras through the green, purple...

I took a chance in applying for this position, with encouragement from my professor, Melody Gilbert, who always gives me more credit than I give myself.

[Photo] My journey as Viewpoints Editor for The Current Sauce

January 19, 2024

I took a chance in applying for this position, with...

Bringing a fanny pack to the Christmas Festival is an easier way to keep your valuables close and avoid losing personal items.

[Photo] Tips for attending the Natchitoches Christmas Festival

November 24, 2023

Bringing a fanny pack to the Christmas Festival is...

Only official Natchitoches Christmas Festival tickets will be accepted at festival entrances.

[Photo] How fake tickets made their way into the Natchitoches Christmas festival

November 21, 2023

Only official Natchitoches Christmas Festival tickets...

Despite speculation of taxes funding the festival lights, Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. said the taxes only fund workers involved in the upkeeping and security of the festival.

[Photo] Natchitoches taxpayer dollars fund the annual Christmas festival employees

November 20, 2023

Despite speculation of taxes funding the festival lights,...

Lia Portillo Cantarero, The Current Sauce Editor-in-Chief, conducts phone interview with NSU President Marcus Jones.

NSU President Marcus Jones speaks to The Current Sauce

November 5, 2023

This interview with Northwestern State University of...

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The Current Sauce recently printed and handed out our Homecoming issue, but many things have changed since then.

Letter from the Editor: A message about our Homecoming print edition

October 31, 2023

Dear Current Sauce Readers, Last week, The Current...

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The Quad Apartments located at 3800 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, La.

Some NSU students don’t feel safe at The Quad

October 30, 2023

It’s 01:07 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2023 and a Northwestern...

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All the involvement in Honduran holidays and the contests I did at school to celebrate my heritage are becoming photos forgotten in my photo app.

Ni de aqui ni de alla: The complexitity of identity

October 13, 2023

For the first nine years of my life, all that I ever...

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[Video] Remembering Jim Croce

October 2, 2023

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For Lia Portillo, The Current Sauce led her to finding herself.

Letter from the Editor: What it means to me to lead this publication

August 18, 2023

I don’t know how to start this. Who would have thought...

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RSO Potpourri picture featuring the 2023  Current Sauce staff.

Letter from The Current Sauce: Welcome to NSU

May 31, 2023

At your fingertips is the Freshman Connection edition...

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Snapchats My AI feature responds to any question its asked.

[Photo] TikTok and Snapchat AI’s : Is science fiction becoming a reality?

May 2, 2023

Snapchat's My AI feature responds to any question its...

(L-R) Top Row: Johnny Cox, Ebenezer Aggrey, Terrell Woodard Jr. Bottom Row: Caiden Matthews, William Roberson, Coree Nash: The founders of Black Male Alliance.

Black Male Alliance is determined to foster new leaders

March 13, 2023

On Sept. 29, 2022, six Northwestern State University...

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Audiences can expect more spine-chilling adventures with Wednesday and her friends at Nevermore Academy.

[Photo] Does Tim Burton’s “Wednesday” hold its own in the Addams Family legacy?

February 9, 2023

Audiences can expect more spine-chilling adventures...

Abigail Whitam is happy to bring holiday cheer with simple accessories like a Santa hat.

[Photo] Shopping for holiday attire

December 9, 2022

Abigail Whitam is happy to bring holiday cheer with...

Louisiana Purchases owner, David Clary,  counts the merchandise to prepare for a busy shopping season.

[Photo] Local businesses offer discounts during the holidays

December 6, 2022

Louisiana Purchase's owner, David Clary, counts the...

Colorful and bright Christmas decorations will pop up all around the city, specifically on Front Street along the Cane River, to prepare Natchitoches for the festival celebrations.

[Photo] The rich history of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival

November 29, 2022

Colorful and bright Christmas decorations will pop...

[Video] Hispanic Student Journalist Association

November 28, 2022

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[Video] The emergence of Hispanic culture at NSU.

November 28, 2022

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(L-R) Meet Jonatan Jimenez, Morgan Landry, Bailey Willis and Ebenezer Aggrey, NSUs homecoming 2022 
royalties.

[Photo] Homecoming 2022 royalty express their gratitude

November 11, 2022

(L-R) Meet Jonatan Jimenez, Morgan Landry, Bailey Willis...

“With two games remaining, we hope fans continue to support our Demons as we look forward to finishing the season strong and returning to our more traditional game times in the 2023 season,” Bostian said.

The reason why football saw no night games this season

October 26, 2022

Many Northwestern State University of Louisiana students...

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Staying organized at the beginning of the semester is vital for academic success, but organizational methods are unique for each person. Some students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana prefer to work ahead.

Students’ advice on how to stay organized

August 31, 2022

Staying organized at the beginning of the semester...

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When entering Edgar Cano’s studio you can see his passion. Every detail that he has put onto his paintings surprises you as the closer you look the more you encounter something that could never be seen at a distance.

Edgar Cano: the artist impacting Natchitoches

April 29, 2022

This story has a Spanish and English translation. You...

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When entering Edgar Cano’s studio you can see his passion. Every detail that he has put onto his paintings surprises you as the closer you look the more you encounter something that could never be seen at a distance.

Edgar Cano: el artista que impacta a Natchitoches

April 29, 2022

When entering Edgar Cano’s studio you can see his...

College has the answers to the many questions you have in mind. The students and faculty of NSU welcome those burning questions.

College 101: advice for future freshmen

April 26, 2022

The transition between college and high school is never...

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The nsumemes_ instagram account is a student-run account that posts relatable posts about what it is like being a student at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

The nsumemes_ Instagram account is creating a culture in NSU

April 25, 2022

The nsumemes_ instagram account is a student-run account...

The Legacy Garden is a community and learning garden that provides physical and financial access to its neighbors.

Legacy Garden: where everyone belongs

April 20, 2022

The Legacy Garden is a community and learning garden...

During the Spring 2021 semester, Northwestern State University of Louisiana students from the Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts gathered inside A.A. A.A. Frederick’s auditorium to voice their concerns about the department.

CAPA makes changes one year after student protest

April 7, 2022

During the Spring 2021 semester, Northwestern State...

Students of Northwestern State University of Louisiana protest against a pro-life exhibition on Kyser Brickway.

NSU students counterprotest #They’reHumanToo traveling exhibition

April 4, 2022

On March 31, 2022, murals were placed on Northwestern...

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“No matter what life throws at you, you can swing harder,” Kaylynn Semien said.

Fearless Women: Kaylynn Semien’s journey on finding herself

March 31, 2022

Kaylynn Semien loves working with kids. A recently...

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From Shreveport, Louisiana, Allison Darty is a senior communication major at Northwestern State University of Louisiana who loves to be a business entrepreneur.

Fearless Women: Allison Darty’s presence in NSU

March 29, 2022

From Shreveport, Louisiana, Allison Darty is a senior...

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Twelfth Nights cast continue to stay in character as the lights of A.A. Fredericks Auditorium turn back on.

NSU’s “Twelfth Night” is sure to make you laugh

March 18, 2022

"Twelfth Night's" cast continue to stay in character...

Melody Gilbert is an independent filmmaker and a professor in the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts.

Fearless Women: Melody Gilbert

March 16, 2022

When entering Melody Gilbert’s office you experience...

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As the lights are dimmed inside of Varnado Hall’s ballroom, audience members relax into their seats and prepare for the conversations this documentary screening will spark.

Documentary screenings dig into heavy topics

March 11, 2022

As the lights are dimmed inside of Varnado Hall’s...

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Langston Hughes was a Harlem Renaissance poet that sought to highlight the lives of African Americans.

Langston Hughes’ words strive to inspire

March 9, 2022

Marked by the flapper dresses worn by prestigious women...

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Through her involvement on campus and her teaching style, Emily Zering is one of many powerful women actively shaping Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Fearless Women: Emily Zering’s fearless mindset

March 8, 2022

Through her involvement on campus and her teaching...

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“The Sounds of Colombia” featured undergraduate students playing traditional Colombian music along with international undergraduate dancers dancing along to the pieces.

Cultural mini lessons bring a window of diversity to NSU

March 1, 2022

On Feb. 23, 2022, Phi Beta Delta presented a lecture...

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(L-R) Benjamin Forkner, Sadeem El Nahhas, Connor Dean, Grace Dean, Lia Portillo, Taylor Charles, Angel Rankins and Kimtang Eung at the first Spanish Club meeting of the semester.

NSU’s new Spanish club seeks to promote understanding

February 25, 2022

A club for students at Northwestern State University...

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana welcomed Emmy award-winning filmmaker Angela Tucker. Tuker directed “Asexual” and produced “Belly of the Beast.

Emmy award-winning filmaker opens conversations

February 10, 2022

Northwestern State University of Louisiana welcomed...

Doris Roque-Robinson: a champion for education

February 1, 2022

Doris Roque-Robinson sits in the home she was born...

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The Things I Could Never Tell Steven is a story unlike any other in the realistic fiction genre.

“The Things I Could Never Tell Steven” promises a unqiue audience experience

January 28, 2022

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Studio 211 will be presenting...

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Monique Ardoin (left) and Jordan Richardson (right) welcome you to the The Health Services Clinic.

NSU’s Health Services provide relief for students

January 26, 2022

Living in a time where a pandemic dictates every aspect...

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana and the Natchitoches community will hold a service day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15.

NSU students will honor MLK in a day of service

January 14, 2022

Northwestern State University of Louisiana and the...

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Eternals is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film that takes viewers to a different journey than experienced before.

“The Eternals” is a new journey for the MCU

December 3, 2021

Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” premiered on Nov....

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The rowing team is a fall and spring organization that constantly recruits new members.

For its members, NSU’s Rowing Team is like home

December 1, 2021

Northwestern State University of Louisiana's rowing...

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The adversities and routine that some students may have to adapt are centered at the lack of parking space for students.

Sudents continue to struggle with parking at NSU

November 29, 2021

At Northwestern State University of Louisiana, students...

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