We can all pitch in to move UL forward.

Recently there has been a firestorm over the Cajuns' short-shrifting at the hands of the bowls, and the ultoday.com essay on the similar problems UL has had with the NCAA, tournament officials, our Legislature, and even academic review teams.

We all pay our taxes to support our country, our state, and our community.  We donate to charitable causes, for those who are suffering, for the arts, for our kids' schools, and yes, for UL.  And many of us tithe to our churches, and give our time and other resources to make our community and our world a better place to live.

With that, we also spend a fair amoung of our free time supporting UL.  We attend games, performances, lectures, and we tailgate.  Many of us visit the sports boards, we read newspaper articles and listen to & watch broadcast shows.  Right now you're reading this. So in addition to our money, volunteer time et al., we also expend our leisure time involved with UL.

Let me suggest you spend 10 minutes a week, becoming a grass-roots activist for UL.  UL has been a whipping boy-- in Louisiana and across the nation-- for too long.  We need to stand up and defend ourselves.

Then after that, we need to lead all of Louisiana education forward. In many ways, Lafayette and UL already do lead the state, not so much in bragging rights, but in service.  We're the people who realize that as long as Louisiana remains a banana republic, there's only so much we can do for our University, and our community.  

And face it, we have to take the lead.  Look around Louisiana:  who else is going to do it?

Leading the rest of Louisiana can come later. For now, we need to address the bowl situation, and the con-job that was done on the Cajuns.  Take a moment, contact your elected officials.

Be advised, elected officials are aware that people abuse their contact information.  They get a lot of anonymous comments from small groups trying to pretend that they are much larger, and they also get comments from people who claim to be from their constituent districts, but who aren't.

So they ignore anonymous comments, and they check to see if you are really in their district.  If you contact them, give them your real name, address, and phone or eMail, depending on how you are contacting them.  If you're from outside of their district it isn't as powerful, but they still want to know what the hot topics are.  You can find your State Districts here.

Finally, if you have the time, write an old-fashioned letter on paper.  Snail-mail is the most powerful, phone calls are next, and eMail or Internet contact forms are next.  But don't put off contacting elected officials just because you want to write a letter later.  Go ahead and call or eMail them now, and tell them you intend to follow up with a letter.

Bobby Jindal
PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Phone: 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121 (Toll Free)
Contact Form

US Senators
Landrieu, Mary L.
(202) 224-5824
Contact Form

Vitter, David
(202) 224-4623
Contact Form

US House of Representatives
Congressman Charles Boustany, MD (UL Alum)
800 Lafayette Street, Suite 1400
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 235-6322
Contact Form

Congressman Charles Melancon (UL Alum)
210 East Main Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone: 337-367-8231
Contact Page 

Congressman John Fleming, MD (Shreveport)
6425 Youree Drive
Suite 350
Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: (318) 798-2254
Contact Form 

Louisiana Senators

Senator D. A. "Butch" Gautreaux (UL Alum)
District 21
1103 Eighth Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
(800) 562-3204

Senator Troy Hebert (UL Alum)
District 22
800 S. Lewis St.
Suite 203
New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 365-8484

Senator Michael J. "Mike" Michot (UL Alum)
District 23
P.O. Box 80372
Lafayette, LA 70598
(337) 262-1332

Senator Don Cravins, Jr.
District 24
713 NW Evangeline Thruway, Suite A  
Lafayette, LA 70501

Senator Dan "Blade" Morrish
District 25
119 W. Nezpique Street
Jennings, LA 70546
(337) 824-3979

Senator Eric LaFleur
District 28
P.O. Box 617
Ville Platte, LA 70586
(337) 363-5019

Louisiana Representatives
Representative Nancy R. Landry
Republican - District 31
[no contact info]

Representative John E. Guinn
Republican - District 37
P.O. Box 287
Jennings, LA 70546

Representative H. Bernard LeBas
Democrat - District 38
115 Southwest Railroad Ave.
Ville Platte, LA 70586

Representative Bobby G. Badon
Democrat - District 39
203 East St. Peters Street
Carencro, LA 70520

Representative Elbert L. Guillory
Democrat - District 40
633 East Landry Street
Opelousas, LA 70570

Representative Mickey James Guillory
Democrat - District 41
P.O. Box 986
Eunice, LA 70535

Representative Jack Montoucet
Democrat - District 42
110 East 4th Street
Crowley, LA 70526

Representative Patrick Page Cortez (UL Alum)
Republican - District 43
1720 Kaliste Saloom Road
Suite D-4
Lafayette, LA 70508

Representative Rickey Hardy
Democrat - District 44
P.O. Box 93751
Lafayette, LA 70509

Representative Joel C. Robideaux (UL Alum)
Independent - District 45
102 Woodvale Avenue
Suite B
Lafayette, LA 70503

Representative Fred H. Mills, Jr.
Democrat - District 46
1010 Martin Street
Parks, LA 70582

Representative Jonathan W. Perry
Republican - District 47
407 Charity Street
Suite 102
Abbeville, LA 70510

Representative Taylor F. Barras
Democrat - District 48
800 S. Lewis Street
Suite 206, 2nd Floor
New Iberia, LA 70560

Representative Simone B. Champagne
Democrat - District 49
1407 Main Street
Jeanerette, LA 70544

Representative Sam Jones
Democrat - District 50
St. Mary Parish Courthouse
Room 304
Franklin, LA 70538
(337)828-4100 Ext. 370