Lamar University will officially be kicking off the 2018-19 academic year with a family-oriented event for the fans. LU will be hosting Cardinal Fan Fest on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Montagne Center at 5:30 p.m.

The LU football and soccer teams have reported to campus, and volleyball and cross-country will be reporting in the coming days, which means the start of a new athletic season has arrived in Beaumont.