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USG CBRC proposes exec board salaries Outgoing President Lewis introduces revisions to constitution by maggie herman news editor

sam moore | photography editor

The Kappa Sigma fraternity house was the site of a state police raid on Friday that resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police arrested two Tulane sophomores on charges of possession and possession of MDMA with intent to distribute.

Federal agents seize drugs from Kappa Sigma fraternity house age units of LSD, 0.25 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.” Tulane Attorney Fred King said he represented Silverman in his bond hearing but will not represent him for his upcoming arraignment and trial. “I was only contacted about extricating them from



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the slammer and may have had a conflict of interest,” King said. Silverman wrote for The Hullabaloo during the 201112 academic year. The 19-year-old Tulane students’ bonds were decided by different judges in New



$10,000 COCAINE

Law enforcement agents raided the Kappa Sigma fraternity house at 642 Broadway on Friday and arrested two residents after a brother purchased 107 grams of MDMA online. According to a report filed by the Louisiana State Police in criminal court, an undercover customs agent delivered a package containing MDMA, commonly referred to as “Molly,” to the Kappa Sig house. After one of the residents signed for the package, customs agents and state police troopers executed an anticipatory warrant and conducted a roomto-room searches for drugs. Sophomores Wyatt Silverman and Jules Staib,

“Mr. Staib’s bedroom revealed 21.6 grams of marijuana, 68.74 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 46 dosage units of LSD, 0.91 grams of DMT, 47.56 grams of opium and paraphernalia,” the report read. “Mr. Silverman’s bedroom revealed 107 grams of MDMA, 0.75 grams of powdered cocaine, 11 dos-


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who both live at the Kappa Sig house, were arrested and charged with possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, as well as multiple drug possession counts. The report, filed by state police, detailed the large quantities of various narcotics found in Staib and Silverman’s bedrooms.


Two sophomores charged with possession

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Freret and Broadway Zeta Tau Alpha close to deciding assaults trigger alert whether to colonize Tulane campus Tulane University Police Department crime alerted students and staff on Wednesday of an off-campus battery took place at the intersection of Freret and Broadway Streets on Wednesday. Sophomore Daryl Glorioso and a Tulane non-affiliate, were assaulted by four unknown males when they were walking back to campus at

were not robbed. Junior Adam Smokler was also assaulted at the intersection of Freret and Broadway streets by two unknown white males at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. “I was walking down Freret Street toward campus right around where The Palms is, and there were some kids hanging out there just kind of on the street,” Smokler said. “There were two or three of them, and the next thing I remember is

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Zeta Tau Alpha, the new sorority recruiting founding members at Tulane, is close to finalizing its permanent existence on campus, Liz Schafer, director of fraternity and sorority programs said. “We think they’re not going to make a decision until

Friday,” Schafer said. “In the meantime, we’re working diligently with them to make sure that this [colonization] happens.” Schafer said that she thought ZTA seeks to meet Tulane’s sorority average membership of 236 students. Junior Sarah Monsen, who accepted a ZTA bid on Wednesday, said that the ZTA

national office will make a decision about whether to colonize at Tulane by the end of next week. “ZTA is shooting for 180 members before it moves forward,” Monsen said. “They originally wanted to have 230 girls, because they thought that was the average size at


The Undergraduate Student Government may institute significant revisions to its constitution. Which would cause major structural changes to the USG body, create new positions and committees, and establish a $2,000 stipend for the six USG executive cabinet members. The changes were unanimously approved by the USG Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee and will be presented to the entire senate for an initial reading during the USG meeting on Tuesday. All of the changes are subject to modification following the reading. If passed by the current senate, these changes would take effect for the 2014-15 senate term. “Our term ends March 19,” interim USG Executive Vice President Michael Eisenstatt said. “At the end of that meeting it is my goal it have [these constitutional changes] be the last thing this passes before they transition to the new senate,”. “I’m very optimistic that can happen.” USG President Michael Lewis said he proposed the idea of a stipend after attending a leadership conference and speaking with more than 20 student body presidents. Of the schools in attendance, only two, Tulane and the University of Denver, do not offer monetary payments nor course credit to their student government presidents. Sophomore Sean Saxon a School of Liberal Arts senator and CBRC member, said many of Tulane’s peer institutions offer some form compensation to government leaders. “LSU student government is paid, Vanderbilt University is paid, a lot of other school’s executive board members are paid, ” Saxon said. Lewis said he thinks instituting a stipend will raise participation in student government and help ensure committed executive cabinet members. “I think [the stipend] will foster a student government


ALSO INSIDE USG Executive Board election results ratified

We said ‘no’, but they came at us anyways. DARYL GLORIOSO ASSAULT VICTIM

3:02 a.m. “My friend and I were just walking home, and there were drunk guys standing there who asked me if we wanted to fight,” Glorioso said. “We said ‘no’, but they came at us anyways.” The four suspects were described as white males, between the ages of 20 and 30, around 5-foot-8 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds, according to the crime alert. They fled the scene in a white SUV driven by a white woman. The victims

getting punched in the face. I fell down in the streets and got back up and said something because I was pretty angry. I got punched again and fell in a puddle.” TUPD officials are investigating whether the incidents were connected or were perpetrated by Tulane Students. Based on the ages of the men involved, students could have been involved,” TUPD Superintendent Jon Barnwell said. “We haven’t ruled anything out.”

Strong turnout of voters elects next year’s student government leaders ashley easterly | staff photographer

Left to right: Virginia Otto-Hayes, Ashley Amoss and Hailey Urbach of LSU’s Zeta Tau Alpha branch recruit potential new members on campus Wednesday afternoon.







Congress continues to debate the best method to prevent automatic spending cuts. These spending cuts would total an estimated $85 billion.


The Senate Intelligence Committee has decided to abandon its probe of the CIA and its contact with the producers of “Zero Dark Thirty.” The probe was originally launched to investigate whether the CIA told producers that it used torture to gain information regarding the location of Osama bin Laden.


Gilberto Valle, a New York Police Department officer went on trial Tuesday because of an online plan in which he tried to kidnap, cook and eat more than 100 women. He was charged with conspiracy to kidnap. A judge ruled Monday that his wife could testify about some aspects of the case. She was the first witness to testify against him at the trial.


Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States will provide a multi-million dollar aid package for the Syrian rebels. The plan will include assistance making it possible for the rebels to keep buying arms and ammunition. Currently, the rebels are heavily outgunned by government troops loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


The Interior Minister of Mexico said on Tuesday that approximately 26,000 people have been reported missing between 2006 and 2012 in Mexico. The government has no data on the number of kidnappings that were connected to organized crime. The Mexican government is forming an organization to investigate the disappearances.


A hot air balloon ignited over the city Luxor, Egypt, on Tuesday, killing 19 people, including many tourists from East Asian countries making it the most deadly balloon disaster in 20 years. Governor Ezzat Saad has banned all hot air balloon travel in the area.

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Rip Tide misses a high-five from an excited fan at the Men’s Basketball game on Wednesday.


A woman was kidnapped near the 6700 block of Airline Drive in Metairie on Wednesday. She was not injured. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff ’s Office is investigating the crime.


Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would support a group of bills that aims to protect veterans. The proposed legislation will ban protesters coming within 500 feet of religious services and funerals. Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton) and Sen. Francis Thompson (D-Delhi) proposed the bills in the state legislature.


The panel that runs the Mercedes-Benz Superdome plans to develop a new backup power system on Wednesday. It approved a $100,000 to spend on the project. This response stemmed from the 34-minute blackout during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

7 p.m./Woldenberg Art Center, Stone Auditorium

The Poetry Society of America’s New Salon at Tulane features Jericho Brown who worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans and received the American Book Award for his first book.


7:30 - 9 p.m./Dixon Auditorium

Fridays at Newcomb features classical cabaret with Amy Pfrimmer and Korey Barrett, with discussions and musical examples of cabaret influences.

2 Saturday YENTL

8 p.m./Lupin Theater, McWilliams Hall

The Theater and Dance Department’s will put on a production of Yentl. The play will feature contemporary music by Jill Sobule. General Admission is $12
for Tulane faculty, staff, alumni; $9 for
students and $8 for seniors.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m./Devlin Fieldhouse

Tulane Women’s Basketball vs. Southern Mississippi Admission is free for all students with a splash card.

4 Monday NEWDAY CHALLENGE FUNDING INFORMATION SESSION 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./1440 Canal Street in Room 1708

Come learn more about the NewDay Challenge, which awards up to $20,000 in seed funding to Tulane students dedicated to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to social challenges. RSVP by Friday.


6 - 8 p.m./Woldenberg Art Center, Room 205

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw will be hosting a lecture entitled “Malcolm X Rising: Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Phenomenological Challenge to Art Criticism.”

6 Wednesday TASTE NEW ORLEANS FUNDRAISER 5 - 7 p.m./Pocket Park

Taste New Orleans, Savor Literacy is a gala to benefit the children’s literacy organization Start the Adventure in Reading. Tickets start at $15.


7:30 to 9:30 p.m./Dixon Room 152

Alash, an ensemble is a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, will be hosting a free masterclass before the show. The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Dixon Recital Hall.



A student reported that her bicycle was stolen around 7:07 p.m. Tuesday from the northwest side of Bruff Commons. Officers unsuccessfully searched the area.


Officers responded to a report about a student receiving obnoxious emails from a Tulane employee around 4:40 p.m. on Monday.


Tulane University Police Department was called after two roommates argued over whether a cat was allowed in their apartment around 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 22. The complainant was advised to stay with an on-campus friend for the evening and consult his/her landlord about the conflict in the morning.


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USG Executive Cabinet elected with strong vote turnout by aidan moretti

associate news editor After a strong voter turnout and two days of voting, Undergraduate Student Government election results were announced on Wednesday. Morgan Wittenberg was elected USG president, Cutter Uhlhorn was elected vice president of academic affairs, Nathan Gu was elected vice president of finance, Marianna Brady was elected vice president of student life and Olivia Patsos was elected vice president of student organizations. The election for executive vice president will head to a runoff election between Sam Cooke and Colby Woodis on Friday. USG board members must be elected by a 51 percent majority. Sam Cooke received 48 percent of the vote and Colby Woodis received 30 percent. The runoff election will take place on Friday. Wittenberg said the election had one of the best voter turnouts in recent history. “I’m blown away by the election numbers, the amount of students that went out and voted,” Wittenberg said. “It says a lot that the students got behind the election. We received more endorsements than we have in the past. It’s really phenomenal to see that these people who we have the pleasure of working with are endorsed by all the people across campus and they are the ones students wanted to represent them.” The newly elected board members have already started formulating their first orders of business in USG. Uhlhorn said he wants to improve service learning policy at Tulane.

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Left to right: Vice President of Finance-elect Nathan Gu, Vice President of Student Life-elect Marianna Brady and Vice President for Academic Affairs-elect Cutter Uhlhorn celebrate their campaigns for USG Executive Board on Wednesday. “I want to start looking at tion to address concerns for continue with the projects he points as well. His deductions the way service learning is the efficiency of the finance has started and to start some came from illegal postings, of my own.” done,” Uhlhorn said. “I want committee.” and he knew what he was doBrady said she will take The two candidates for ing when he posted the flyers. to integrate it in a way that makes it more accountable on proposed legislation from vice president of finance were The rules about campaign separated by a .5 percent dif- posters is listed clearly, and and responsible for both the last semester. “With the whole senate, ference in voting. Sopho- I followed those rules. Obcommunity and the school.” Gu said he wants to im- we will figure out if we will more Peter Haskins, who was viously, he campaigned well prove financial accountabil- pass the new USG constitu- deducted 1 percent for cam- and worked hard for it, but tion,” Brady said. “We will paign violations, said he was its still a frustrating to have ity within USG. “I want to establish a rela- address whether or not to le- frustrated by the technicality. him win even though I ran a “The point deduction for fair campaign. I hope he does tionship with The Hullaba- gitimize and create the Genloo to make the USG and the der and Sexual Affairs coun- me was because I forgot to everything he promised to do USG finances more transpar- cil chair position. Personally, send in my expenditure re- in his campaign.” ent,” Gu said. “I’d like to build I’m excited to see where for- port, which was only $2,” Gu was deducted 3.5 pera plan to increase the effi- mer vice president of student Haskins said. “Nathan may cent for his campaign violaciency of the finance com- life Sam Stone has left off. I’m have still had an edge on me tions, which included late mittee and build an organiza- excited to take the reins and since he was deducted three campaign budget submittal

and posting violations. “Though the posters were approved beforehand, the specific ones didn’t have stamps on them,” Gu said. “Since I was a residential adviser, I thought I could put my own up, but the policy clearly states otherwise. We have addressed the issue, and I do not dispute the deduction. I am personally very sorry for the mistake in the campaign.” Haskins said the election came down to public awareness. “With USG elections, it’s all about getting your name out,” Haskins said. “I was trying to do that with the best of my abilities within the parameters that were set. Nathan was able to get his name out, and I acknowledge he worked hard for it.” The new board members said they are excited to work with their new fellow executive cabinet members. “I’m absolutely excited for all of them,” Uhlhorn said. “We are still waiting back on the EVP runoff, but I could not be more happy to work with these people next year.” Wittenberg plans to immediately start working with the new executive board. “On a smaller scale, my first concern is the executive board transition,” Wittenberg said. “There was a strong board last year, and it was really a transitional one. It was the first time we had academic affairs as a VP position, and I think that for me its about making sure the cabinet has a smooth transition and picks up on where the last cabinet left off.” The new board will officially transition into USG on March 19.

Administration appoints new vice Code of Conduct will expand president of facilities management housing list of prohibited items by alexandra saizan staff writer

With renovations to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, a Zimple Quad dormitory, and an on-campus stadium football stadium on the way, Tulane has hired James Alty to oversee this upcoming construction as the university’s vice president for facilities management and campus development. Alty worked as an engineer at Wake Forest University before coming to Tulane. A group of administrators and senior officers, including the president, the provost, the vice president for student affairs and the chief of staff elected Alty in October. Tony Lorino senior vice president for operations and chief financial officer said that Tulane created the position to consolidate various other offices around campus, including Tulane University Police Department and facilities. “It was decided that these functions should be unified for the university, as opposed to separate and distinct functions

on each campus,” Lorino said. Alty will manage all the facilities of the uptown and downtown campuses, as well as initiate the development process for new buildings. He said that his position at Wake Forest differed from his current position because he now oversees responsibility of a much larger campus. “What’s different to me here is that I only had the uptown campus as my responsibility [at Wake Forest],” Alty said. “I didn’t have the downtown campus, so here, coming to Tulane, I have a larger portfolio to deal with. It will be a larger responsibility.” Alty said he plans to add environmentally conscious elements into new projects. “I really enjoy that part quite a bit,” Alty said. “I think a lot of what we do can be environmentally involved. That’s one of the strategies that I hope I can bring to the table with my new team here, to help be very conscious of that and grow that program.” Alty’s sustainability plan involves designing buildings to use less water and energy, improve temperature regulation and use light more efficiently. Alty also said he intends to incorporate recyclable materials

into the construction process. Facilities Management follows the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Standard for new buildings on campus, and it intends to achieve the LEED Silver designation for future facilities. Liz Davey, director of the office of environmental affairs, said that the student body will immediately recognize the changes in sustainability on campus. “We are already working on ways to make energy use and sustainability data more accessible, which will create more opportunities for students and faculty to be involved in analyzing issues and reducing our environmental impact,” Davey said. “I think the student body will see some fresh approaches to the challenges of operating a sustainable campus.” Alty said he plans to work with the student government and reach out to the student body. “I was blessed in my last university in that I had a very active student government,” Alty said. “As we change the campus, there are opportunities to get the student’s input on the campus.”

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Office of Student Conduct should have taken the time to review the policy on drug The Office of Student paraphernalia before placing Conduct is currently revisthe same policy under a difing the Code of Student ferent section. Conduct. The main change “This just seems to be an involves drug paraphernalia effort to make any additional possession on campus. subtle penalty that can stick “There are a substantial without addressing the core number of changes,” Director of the issue,” Peltz said. “If of Student the objecConduct tive is to Abigail have stuGaunt said. dents enIf the objective is to have “Most of gage in safer them are students engage in safer and and healthichanges to er behavior, healthier behavior, then this the orgathen this nization, policy is meaningless. policy is are codifymeaninging existless.” BRIAN PELTZ ing pracSSDP/ PRESIDENT, SSDP-NORMAL TULANE tices, just N O RML to provide Vice Presistudents with more informa“The ASB had no issue dent Erik Iverson agreed and tion.” the revisions, Anders said the policy was unnecesGaunt said the code of with said, “They were mostly just sary. conduct had not been re- housekeeping business,” An“A policy about keeping viewed for several years. ders said. “The written code drug paraphernalia is not “Right now, if somebody more in line with what is sensible,” Iverson said. “Peohas drug paraphernalia, they is practiced.” ple shouldn’t have their excould be charged either un- actually Senior Brian Peltz, presi- perience at college ruined by der the Housing and Resi- dent Students for Sensible Tulane discovering drug pardence Life community liv- DrugofPolicy-National Orga- aphernalia in their rooms.” ing standards or under the nization for the Reform of tobacco policies, which both Marijuana Laws, said that the

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prohibit having hookahs and pipes,” Gaunt said. “We’re basically just making it, its own violation.” The revisions have been reviewed by the Associated Student Body government and are now being reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee of the Senate, ASB President Eli Anders said.

Former Wake Forest engineer will lead construction efforts

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Law environmental summit opens to public by brandon curran staff writer

Tulane University Law School hosted its 18th annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law and Policy on Saturday and Sunday. Open to the public for the first time, the summit included lectures on environmental issues ranging from fracking for oil to energy efficiency. The event also focused on the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Sandy and The Mississippi River System. The keynote speaker was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia. His speech highlighted his company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, including its promise to fix broken Patagonia purchases and to buy the clothing back once the owner is done with it. He said he wants to change the way Americans view their consumer habits and push for people to purchase less. “I want people to think about quality while buying, not just quantity,” Chouinard said. Hosting 24 panel discussions with more than 60 speakers, summit coordinator Brett Korte, a second-year law student, and his team committed themselves to obtaining a wide

variety of speakers. “We really pride ourselves on getting both sides of the story,” Korte said. “As lawyers, our ultimate goal is conflict resolution, so I think putting these people together gets people thinking and talking about the issues. We like to think of it as getting people to the table.” Korte said he believes that in order to get both sides of the story, speakers must convey different viewpoints on the issues at hand. “We have been able to get some good speakers here,” Korte said. “John Shively is the CEO of the Pebble Mine Partnership, a proposed mine in Alaska, which is worth about $300 billion. Clearly, he is coming to a somewhat hostile environment because most people are going to be more interested in pro environment. We really like to have an honest discussion.” Keith Cascio is the Scenic Rivers Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He said he is devoted to preserving the natural river system to protect the culture of this area and believes more people need to be aware of these environmental issues. “I am glad to see these issues are getting the attention they deserve,” Cascio said. “We have

The Tulane University Police Department launched the Rave Guardian virtual safety escort program this week. Rave Guardian is a cell phone application that allows all students, faculty and staff to input their destination information, travel route and estimated time of arrival. The program then sets an alarm that notifies TUPD if users do not reach their intended destination within the set time frame. Two minutes before the alarm expires, Rave Guardian sends the user a text message alert. Users can deactivate or increase their set time frame.

well said. “Several universities utilize it throughout the country. This is a program just off the shelf that we can implement here at Tulane.” Students, faculty and staff members also have the option of creating a user profile that includes medical information, emergency contacts, course schedules and other facts that can potentially help TUPD in the event of an emergency. “If an individual student has a health issue, if you’re an epileptic or diabetic you can enter that information if you wish for TUPD to see it,” Barnwell said. “It’s totally controlled by the student.” The amount of information provided, however, is up to the

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Rave is a canned program that is proven to work.

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Above: Yvonne Chouinard (right), founder of Patagonia, shakes hands with David D. Meyer, Dean of Tulane Law School. Below: Saturday’s keynote speaker, Yvonne Chouinard, founded the outdoor apparel company Patagonia. He discussed rock climbing, environentalism and sustainable business practices. a real culture here in Louisiana, and it is so dependent on the water and bayous and crawfish boils. Without our water, we are not Louisiana.” Additionally, Bob Deans, associate director of communications at the natural resources defense council, spoke about the impact on the BP Oil Spill and highlighted the need for clean energy. “We have a problem in this country: climate change,” Deans said. “We just finished the hottest year on record in this country, 3.2 degrees warmer in the

The Rise of China Lecture Series “Revenue, Resistance, and Authoritarian Rule in Rural China” March 11, Norman Mayer 106, 4:00 pm

Hiroki Takeuchi

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University

“China's ‘Reform and Opening’: Past, Present, and Future(s)” April 2, Stone Auditorium, 5:00 pm

Andrew Walder

Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

“China's Unfinished Corporate Restructuring: Why Reform Is Still Needed in China's State-Owned Enterprises” April 3, Hebert 201, 6:00 pm

Jean Oi

William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics, Department of Political Science, Stanford University Directo Stanford China Program; Director, Stanford Center at Peking University Director, The Rise of China lecture series has been made possible with the support of:

Department of Political Science at Tulane University | New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University Murphy Institute at Tulane University | Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University Altman Program in International Studies and Business | Department of History at Tulane University School of Continuing Studies at Tulane University | National Committee on United States-China Relations

continental United States last year than the 20th-century average. We have to move away from our carbon footprint that is resulting from our reliance as a fossil fuel economy” Deans said he believes that the enforcement of the U.S. law is required to tackle many of these issues. “This summit is fantastic,” Deans said. “It puts a spotlight on the critical area where we need the force of law to enable to country to be more responsive to the environmental challenges that we face.”


CONTINUED FROM A1 Tulane. They changed it, and now, 180 girls seems like a good goal.” ZTA’s senior executive said on Wednesday that the sorority would not comment until


that works better for the student body,” Lewis said. “If the student body wants a dedicated government that is working with the administration to make changes in the university and better the quality of life at Tulane, this is a critical component.” The $2,000 stipend for USG executive cabinet members would be funded by the student activity fee. Saxon said Tulane students would not see an increase in the student activity fee because of the stipend. “Nothing additional will be levied,” Saxon said. “We are just planning to reallocate our budget.” Breaking even Any organization that is funded by USG could potentially allocate funds for stipends for its leaders in the budget proposal. USG would have to approve its request. “It would be subject to the approval of the senate,” Lewis said. “But I think there are some cases where the senate would believe that yes, that person deserves it and sometimes where the senate would disagree. But that’s up to the discretions of the senate.” Saxon said he believes the stipend would give students of all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to consider an executive board position. “It opens the option up for kids who want to get involved but are on work study or have other off-campus jobs but who would like to be involved in the student government,” Saxon said. Lewis said he does not believe many students will run for an executive cabinet position only for the monetary compensation. “It breaks down to less than



If the alarm expires, the system immediately alerts TUPD officers, who will call to check on the student, faculty or staff member. Rave Guardian also features a panic button program. If users are in an emergency situation, they can hit the button and instantly alert TUPD. The program will then provide the department with the user’s GPS location, and officers can respond promptly. “Rave Guardian actually brings two features to the campus,” TUPD Superintendent Jon Barnwell said. “One is a follow me feature involving a virtual safety escort, and the other is a virtual panic button.” Barnwell collaborated with the Tulane’s Student Safety Committee to select and implement the Rave Guardian program. “Rave is a canned program that is proven to work,” Barn-

user and can only be accessed in the event of an emergency. Barnwell said TUPD took student privacy into account when selecting this program, but he urged students to provide all of the information they are comfortable sharing. “It’s important that students take into consideration their personal privacy, but also the ability for us to help in the case of an emergency,” Barnwell said. Sophomore Katherine Roberts said she thinks the tool will be useful for Tulane students. “If you have to walk alone at night for a meeting or going to a friends house, [Rave Guardian] would be really great for that,” Roberts said. Junior Wes Hendren, however, said he thinks the program will be a nuisance. “I wouldn’t use it; people are going to forget to turn off the alarm,” Hendren said.

recruitment was complete. Freshman Kaitlin Maheu said she rushed ZTA and was cut on Wednesday. She said that ZTA is cutting women from the sorority, despite the fact it does not yet have enough members. “On Monday, they said they had 130 girls,” Maheu said. “Last night, they picked

up 30 or 40, and today, they cut many more. I’m not sure how many.” Monsen said she did not understand why potential new recruits have already been cut from ZTA in the last week. “It doesn’t make any sense,” Monsen said. “The decision was made by nine women on ZTA’s executive board.”

minimum wage,” Lewis said. “I don’t think it’s enough money to make someone want to do it for the money; it’s more like a bonus for the people who are dedicated to the student government.” The constitutional change will require executive cabinet members to hold four hours of office hours per week. Lewis said he ultimately hopes to make the executive cabinet positions revenue neutral, but the inclusion of that detail, among others concerning the constitutional revisions, has yet to be decided. “[There are] six executive cabinet members, [theoretically working] four hours per week; subtract 24 hours worth of SOC-retary [secretary of the Student Organization Center] time every week and then take that money and apply it to the executive cabinet,” Lewis said. “The executive cabinet will serve as SOC-retaries.” The proposed by-laws say stipend amount may be changed with a two-thirds vote from the senate. The increases, however, will not take effect until the next executive cabinet is elected.

all elections. Only members of each class would vote for their class senator. Saxon said the changes stemmed from USG’s need to increase its accountability and transparency. He believes these changes will better define the senator-at-large’s constituents and improve the senators’ ability to address their class’ specific needs. “Right now one of the problems we have is when you represent everybody, which is what senators-at-large do, you represent nobody,” Saxon said. Lewis said he predicts this change will facilitate more open and effective communication among students and senators. “Class senators can put on class events and do other things outside of the senate that establish leadership for that group,” Lewis said. Additional constitutional changes would also add a non elected, presidentially appointed position of a communications director to the executive cabinet, refine the job description of the executive vice president by increasing the responsibility of the secretary and parliamentarian, and give the EVP hold a seat on the university board instead of the vice president of student life. Lewis said he believes this change will help solidify the role of the EVP. “The president and EVP are like a one-two duo of working with administrators, taking things on dividing up tasks, and working as president and vice president,” Lewis said Other proposed constitutional changes include: Creating a senate elected judiciary committee, making senate and executive board transitions happen concurrently, prohibiting council chairs from voting on the finance committee, and requiring the vice president of finance to submit a yearly report of the inflows and outflows of the reserve budget.

Adjusting class representation An additional proposed constitutional change would shift USG from its current combination of senator-at-large and school representative governing format to a more class-based representation format. Class size would determine the number of senators for each class level. Every 200 members in a class equates to one senator. One senate position would be reserved for a representative for each school, and the senator in each class who receives the highest number of votes would become a “whip,” acting as the leader for that grade level. If one class has fewer people running than seats allocated the seat would go to the senator with the highest raw vote total from


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Orleans Criminal Court, the two received different judgments. Staib’s bond was initially set at $33,500, but he was released on his own recognizance by Magistrate Commissioner Juana Lombard. He is represented by attorney Robert Jenkins. Jenkins did not return phone calls requesting comment. Silverman stood before Judge Harry and was released on a $23,000 bail. Both students will appear in court again on April 24. Kappa Sig President Jacob Rosenblum said in a statement sent to The Hullabaloo that the incident was isolat-

Student Programs Assistant Director Jered Bocage receives promotion

by ashley easterly staff writer

Jered Bocage, former assistant director of student programs, was recently promoted to director of reunions, clubs and shared interests within alumni relations. Bocage previously worked with student government and advised other programs. “What I work on principally is student government, so I have the Associated Student Body, Undergraduate Student Government, and Graduate and Professional Student Association of Tulane University, along with Homecoming, Tidal Wave and Crawfest,” Bocage said. Bocage’s new job description will include more work with alumni relations. “I’m really excited about it because we’re working on building a strong reunion program to get people to come back and enjoy the campus throughout their lives and making sure that Tulane has a presence in cities with many alumni,” Bocage said. Other than continued cooperation with clubs and alumni relations, Bocage will also be participating in a new shared interests program. “Shared interests is another new area where we will engage alumni on the basis of what they


ed and not a reflection of the fraternity. “Those members involved in any allegations of misconduct have been expelled from the fraternity and removed from the house,” Rosenblum said. Kappa Sig Spokesman Scott Bickford said the two sophomores were expelled from Kappa Sig within hours of the arrest. “Their alleged actions were unknown to members of the fraternity,” Bickford said. “If the allegations against these gentlemen prove true, then what has happened has disgraced the fraternity and its members. It has placed the fraternity in a bad light in its neighborhood. It is truly a sad day.”


I had the opportunity to work with administrators and student government which allowed me to understand the university more, and that only made me care more.

were interested in while they were here,” Bocage said. “The idea is that you might not want to come back for your 15-year reunion but you might want to come back if a bunch of people who all worked on the same project come together to share stories and memories.” Bocage, also a Tulane graduate, was heavily involved on campus as an undergraduate, and served as ASB president his senior year. “I was very heavily involved in student government, TUCP and what was then called Tulane Model United Nations,” Bocage said. “I feel like all of my experiences as a student gave me an incredible respect for Tulane and its students.” Bocage said he wants to interact in the undergraduate community. “I’m hoping to stay involved with [student government and

clubs] because they’ve been very meaningful to me personally, and I want to make sure they continue to be strong,” Bocage said. “There’s a lot of talk within student government of building out what we do with alumni in terms of homecoming and things and relating them all together in new exciting ways. I see that as a sort of continuation, but working specifically with alums will be sort of a new thing.” Students involved in student government speak highly of Bocage, reminiscing on times spent coordinating on projects. “I love Jered; he is one of the best people that work in the Student Organizations Center,” USG interim Executive Vice President of Michael Eisenstatt said. “He was very helpful during the whole election process. When something goes wrong, he fixes it all like magic.”

USG President Michael Lewis praised Bocage’s abilities. “In any issue, whether drama or other things, Jered always knows what to do and knows how to put a smile on your face,” Lewis said. “He has a great laugh, and every time you hear it, it just makes everything better. Student government will miss Jered a lot [next year], but he’ll just be right around the corner.” In reflecting upon his work at Tulane, Bocage said his experiences as a student and staff member have always fueled the effort he puts into his job. “I had the opportunity to work with administrators and student government, which allowed me to understand the university more, and that only made me care more,” Bocage said.

Women of STEM promote outreach 130 girls from across New Orleans metro area participate by sofie kodner

contributing writer Tulane held its first Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workshop on Saturday. Approximately 130 girls from schools across the New Orleans metro area spent the day on campus participating in hands-on experiments designed to foster female par-

ticipation in STEM professions. The STEM field reports an underrepresentation of women in its workforce. Women make up half of the United States workforce but hold less than a quarter of jobs in any particular STEM area, according to the Association for Women in Science. In an effort to increase the number of women in STEM fields, events such as GIST introduce young girls to the world of science. Tulane Professor Donata Henry pioneered the GIST

program and enlisted the help of professors, graduate students and undergraduate students to lead the workshops and to serve as mentors. “We want these kids to see that there is a community of girls who also are interested in STEM,” Henry said. “We want them to interact with young women in science and we want them to know that there are opportunities for women in scientific fields.” Professor Beth Wee said she believes this program helps foster the next genera-

tion of scientists. “We were these 10-yearold girls once,” Wee said. “Someone inspired us, and now we are looking to inspire them.” Myisha, an 11-year old from Plaquemines Parish, la., said she had fun doing scientific experiments. “I think girl scientists are awesome because they stood up for themselves and didn’t listen to stereotypes that say boys are better at science than girls,” Myisha said. “Science is fun. Girls can do anything that a boy can do.”




Israeli Birthright program opens registration on Feb. 13 by kaila lopez staff writer

Registration for the summer Birthright trip to Israel opened on Feb. 13, and many Tulane students are already registered for the program. Birthright is a 10 day trip in which Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26 experience Israel free of charge. Karin Lagziel an Israel Fellow in charge of Birthright at Tulane Hillel, said he believes that Birthright is one of the best trips a Jewish college student can have to become closer to their religion. “Students can take away a newfound connection to Israel and Judaism,” Karin said. “To each student, this may mean something different. They may embrace the culture, the people, the food, the art, or even the politics. Birthright’s 10-day program allows students to get a full scope of Israel from the religious sites in Jerusalem to cosmopolitan nightlife of Tel Aviv.” Birthright costs approximately $3,000 per person, but is covered by a range of benefactors, including individual donors, various Jewish communities, and the Israeli government. “This allows students from all different backgrounds and connections to Judaism to en-

joy the trip together,” Karin said. “Any student with a Jewish background is welcome to go on Birthright with Tulane Hillel.” Freshman Stephanie Lieberman said she applied for Birthright this week after she heard the buzz on campus. She said she is excited to explore Judaism and meet other Jewish students at Tulane. “I decided to go on Birthright because I have never been to Israel before and I want to learn about my heritage and religion,” Lieberman said. “I am most excited to go to the Wailing Wall and the Dead Sea but the whole trip seems like it is going to be fun.” Sophomore Laura Aronoff, who highly recommends her experiences on Birthright, went on Birthright Winter 2012. She said she highly encourages all who are interested to apply. “I would recommend joining Young Judea’s Birthright trip through Tulane Hillel because the program directors are focused on giving you the best possible experience that allows you to have fun learning about Israeli culture,” Aronoff said. “I made lifelong friendships with students from Tulane, all over the country and from Israel. It was very inspiring.”

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Two Tulane students ride a camel during their birthright trip to Israel last summer.

Tulane program suspends use of animals for medical training by emma tran

contributing writer The Tulane Advanced Trauma Life Support Program has temporarily suspended its use of live animals for medical treatment training because of a temporary vivarium renovation, Tulane director of public relations Mike Strecker. Out of 274 schools that offer ATLS programs, a series of courses that trains physicians in evaluating and treating victims of medically traumatic events, Tulane is one of five that still uses live pigs. Norman McSwain, the trauma director at Charity Hospital, said several factors make the use of pigs as opposed to human simulators, including a simulator called TraumaMan, which most other ATLS programs use,

optimal for training. “There is no simulation that does the same thing animals do,” McSwain said. “Pigs are the most viable animal. [With a simulator], you’re not having real tissue to feel with. It’s the difference in feeling plastic and feeling real tissue. When you make an incision, it doesn’t cut the same way; the organs are not positioned in the same way.” John J. Pippin, director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization that addresses controversies in modern medicine in education and research, said that a need for the use of live animals in medical training no longer exists. Freshman Emma Johnson, a biochemistry major on a preveterinary track, said she agrees with Pippin. “The use of live animals, who

may or may not be anesthetized, while there are teaching methods available that do not involve causing pain and the unnecessary death of animals, is a tragedy at Tulane,” Johnson said. “There was a time when the use of live animals was necessary to produce good doctors, but that time has passed and we should no longer rely on methods that cause pain to other living beings.” McSwain said he believes trainees prefer using live animals. “We’ve been using plastic models and the students that have come to take the training say that the plastic models are not as good,” McSwain said. “We have surveyed the students to ask them that question; they say they can’t learn as well on the plastic models because they’re not as realistic, and they don’t

feel comfortable that they have received adequate training.” Sophomore Timmy Nguyen said he believes that using pigs provides the best educational experience, as long as the pigs do not experience conscious pain. “As a student, I feel that the use of live pigs would offer a more realistic learning experience as opposed to a human simulation, provided that the pigs are anesthetized and feel no pain,” Nguyen said. Pippin said that ATLS students at Tulane practice procedures such as inserting a tube and needle into the animals’ chest cavities and cutting into their throats before killing them, and the simulator does as good of a job or better as practice on a live animal. “It’s not plastic,” Pippin said. “It’s tissue designed to have the

texture of skin. He is correct when he says it’s not alive, but here’s the point. There has never been a peer-reviewed article in the trauma literature that shows that it makes any difference between training on real tissue and on a simulator … the fact that the animal is alive has nothing to do with the training.” Despite the availability of TraumaMan, Tulane School of Medicine Dean Benjamin Sachs, confirmed in a recent phone interview that ATLS will proceed in using pigs in training after the renovation is complete. “Management of the airways and how you deal with advanced trauma is extremely complicated, and I don’t think a simulator has yet given us the tactile feel,” Sachs said. “When you’re using a machine or a virtual simulation, you don’t get that tactile feel required to be able to learn

advanced life support. As dean, my job is to constantly evaluate new technology. If it’s improved, we can switch from using pigs to simulation. But my judgment is that we are best off using pigs.” Pippin said that on behalf of PCRM, he is criticizing Tulane because the school has no justification for using pigs, especially after already having used simulators. “What we’re saying is, Dr. McSwain, you need to catch up,” Pippin said. “We now have human-specific simulators. You don’t have to use an animal that is so different from humans that you have to relearn this when you go back to people. He and only four other programs in the country are using animals. It’s a race to the bottom to see who is the most archaic in their approach to this.”

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t’s crazy how much things can change in a year. The inaugural BUKU Music + Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World just last year, hosting a small group of esoteric electronica acts and rap outfits, with bigname headliners Avicii and Skrillex. This year, the festival has exploded, expanding to four stages, an exclusive VIP Experience complete with a riverboat cruise, a mouthwatering panel of local eats and some of the largest acts currently touring the country. The masterminds at BUKU have wrangled some bona fide superstars of rap (Kid Cudi and Public Enemy are going to be in the house), the biggest DJs on the planet (Calvin Harris is set to wreck the


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Major Lazer combines fresh reggae beats with an eclectic sampling of familiar artists to create loud dance anthems and legendary live shows since 2008. Originally a project by DJ Producers Diplo and Switch, the duo is now comprised of DJ Producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. They have produced two full albums, “Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do” and “Free the Universe,” which will be released in March. Like many electronic artists, Major Lazer pairs its music with intense lighting during their concerts: with an emphasis on their namesake: lasers. Major Lazer always brings intense energy to its live shows, which its loyal fans often reciprocate. In between songs, the duo interacts with the crowd, encouraging movement. To prepare for the show, check out Major Lazer’s songs on the band’s Soundcloud.

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This electronica duo hails from Sweden, but it’s been annihilating domestic dancefloors for a couple years. At the start of last summer, Icona Pop released the infectious hit single “I Love It” up on the American airwaves, and and every house party, ecstatic car ride and cool-kids club was blasting Icona Pop’s unstoppable jam. It’s no wonder Lena Dunham personally selected the song to soundtrack her coke-fueled night of debauchery on the HBO program “Girls.” But Icona Pop is so much more than “I Love It.” Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt already have another bona fide hit to their name in “Ready For the Weekend,” and their talents as disc jockeys will set the festival ablaze. nm

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Calvin Harris, is set to play at the Buku Music + Art Project as part of a number of upcoming festival tour dates this spring. Following the success of his collaboration with Rihanna, the single “We Found Love,” Harris has become a staple, benefitting from the growing popularity of electronic dance music. He has an impressive resume of original pop songs such as “Feel So Close” and a collection of collaborative efforts with the likes of Florence Welch and Dizzee Rascal. Harris’ set will be the ultimate crowd-pleaser because his style, which remains true to his bigroom house roots, appeals to mainstream audiences. Harris’ standard electropop numbers will create a high-energy dance party to close out the 2013 Buku Fest.

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This electro-pop quintet formed in 2007 and soon garnered acclaim for its first single “Sleepyhead,” which paired psychedelic beats with impossibly high-pitched vocals. Band members Michael Angelakos, Ian Hultquist, Xander Singh, Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer all bring something different to its two studio albums, “Manners” in 2009 and “Gossamer” in 2012. The band’s songs are innovative, but their live performances are exceptional: Passion Pit’s catchy synth ballads lend themselves to sing-alongs and dancing, and their set lists contain enough variation for everybody. The band is currently finishing up the U.S. leg of its tour, so don’t miss the opportunity to see it at BUKU Music + Art Project.

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This Canadian postpunk duo took the world by storm with its revelatory 2012 album “Celebration Rock.” Publications from Rolling Stone Magazine to Pitchfork Media rightly ranked the album among their top 10 of the year. The album’s finest cut, “The House That Heaven Built,” sounds like a gang of teens drunk on youth taking over a small town and burning it to the ground. With his relentless, propulsive guitars and Springsteen-sized chorus, vocalist Brian King echoes the sentiments of a generation of disaffected, furious punks. At the song’s climax, he howls an epiphany: “And if they try to slow you down / tell ‘em all to go to hell.” The electric energy of Japandroids’ live show runs through audience members’ veins and goes straight to their hearts.


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stage on Saturday night), and even some straightforward rock ‘n’ roll groups (Arcade favorites Best Coast and Japandroids will be there). The festival also includes some exciting pieces from artists both local to New Orleans and nationally recognized, mixing some high culture and refinement to your weekend of sweat and glow sticks. Master bounce producer Diplo will also DJ the official BUKU After-Party at Republic on Saturday night, so that the non-stop party doesn’t get derailed after the shows end. Weekend passes are going for the steep price of $150, but this lineup is worth the hole in your wallet. Buku has quickly become one of New Orleans’ best music festivals.

this rotund rapper spits rhymes about food, thick-legged ladies and the mean streets of New York, don’t call him the white Ghostface Killah. Queens, New York native Arian Asllani masterfully commands such a smoothly crass flow that many of his lyrics must be heard to be believed. On his 2012 mixtape with producer Party Supplies, Bronson raps about prime rib, describes his girlfriend as Madonna-esque, and delivers the lyrics “Strictly cop-and-go’s / until we laid in the Galapagos / eating tacos while we higher than an opera note.” Bronson’s lovably hoarse tones make lines about women urinating through their fishnets sound comfortable, and his rowdy disposition would turn any live show into an unforgettable affair. Who knows; if you run into him downtown after the show, Action might whip you up some chicken Kiev.

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Stay hip with WTUL’s fundraiser by stephanie chen

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A typical marathon involves sacrifice by the participant—an offering of blood, sweet, tears and dignity—but to participate in WTUL’s annual Rock On Survival Marathon, your wallet, ears and aversion to dancing is all the station needs for the preservation and growth of Tulane’s innovative music culture. One of Tulane’s best-kept secrets, WTUL is New Orleans’ oldest noncommercial radio station, filled with a rich history that forever left a mark on the city’s music culture. Since 1959, the progressive/alternative station has been known for its eclectic offerings, providing shows that specialize in everything from progressive rock to opera. The station is renowned outside of the city, as well. Samuel Shepherd’s “Reggae Roots and Branches” show is the longest running reggae show in the United States, and the pimply ghost of an undergraduate Jerry Springer, who got his start in the show business as a humble WTUL DJ, occasionally donates to the station to this day. This tradition of dedicated, progressive programming continues — most impressively, on a shoestring budget. WTUL depends primarily on its annual Rock On Survival Marathon fundraiser bring in bands, cover equipment emergencies, and promote the station. The Undergraduate Student Government only funds a third of the station’s budget, and the annual fundraiser finances the rest. Its proceeds are also critical for community outreach, including its online content and magazine, “The Vox.” The station runs almost entirely on a volunteer-basis, drawing an ardent crowd. Tulane, Loyola and New Orleans music lovers serve as the station’s management and DJs. All deejays are required to work some of the fundraisers events. “Without these students,

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Enthusiasts shuffle through vinyl at last year’s WTUL record raid. The WTUL Rock On Survival Marathon funds Tulane’s independent radio station and runs through March 17. there would be no way we is my hope that students who clude specialized deejay sets some swag for pledge prizes a raffle ticket just for showing could pull off such a massive have absolutely no clue who and partnerships with Eu- that other stations wouldn’t up to events. Ultra tickets are undertaking,” Marathon Di- we are will … come to one of clid Records, Saturn Bar and have,” General Manager Sarah usually $300, so this is pretty Gersten said. “We’ve got old- cool.” rector Steffani Bangel said. our Marathon [events] just to Chinquapin Records. “Record Raid is one of my school badges, WTUL travWhether you’re look“Students serve in many ca- see what we’re about.” There’ll be plenty of events favorite events of the year,” Ap- el mugs, portable radios, and ing to expand your music lipacities — as event planners, bouncers, merch workers and to attend. When it comes to prentice Director Cara Zajac, some really cool sunglass- brary, break out your dancing deejaying live at local bars.” raising money, WTUL fore- said. “Getting to look through es. A Tulane student, Coco shoes, explore some new bars Though many students are di- goes the archetypal bake sale what vinyl WTUL has to offer Schramel, won the annual T- or discover your new favorrectly working the Marathon, for a sweeter treat: a two-week for pretty reasonable prices is shirt contest with a really sick ite band, supporting WTUL at this year’s Rock On SurvivBangel hopes that more of the extravaganza of concerts, par- a great opportunity for anyone design.” But you don’t have to al Marathon is the best way student body will turn out to ties, music sales and album re- looking to expand, or start, leases that culminate in the their collection.” pledge money to win one of to do it. The fundraiser startsupport the fundraiser. For those who prefer to the prizes. ed Sunday and runs through “I think WTUL is an in- beloved 24-hour DJ weekend. “For the first weekend of March 17. Tune in at 91.5 FM credible resource for the Tu- This year, expect more inti- pledge money directly to the lane community, but it’s one mate events that emphasize station, WTUL has impressive Marathon, we’re going to raffle and make pledges by calling a ticket to Ultra Music Festi- 504-865-5885. that students don’t often know WTUL’s relationship with the prizes in store. “We have a lot of awe- val,” Gersten said. “You can get how to access,” Bangel said. “It local music scene. These in-

Friday — The Dropout XI at Saturn Bar This St. Claude Avenue dive bar is a local favorite. The event will feature the bands Nervous Ticks, Buck Biloxi & the Fucks and Spacebro’s 3, as well as a special set by DJ 9ris 9ris. 21+ | $5 cover | Doors at 9 p.m.

will be available at 2:30 p.m., and local bands Dolphin Mouth and The Lovely Dovies will play sets starting at 3 p.m. All ages | no cover | Music at 3 p.m.

Saturday — Storm Surge of Reverb Surf Splash! at Banks St. Bar This WTUL-sponsored event will feature the bands Kill, Baby … Kill! and The Unnaturals, as well as a special set by deejay Hunter King. 21+ | $5 cover | Doors at 8 p.m.

Sunday — Chindig WTUL Benefit Show, courtesy of Chinquapin Records, at the Big Top New Orleans-based record label Chinquapin Records will host a benefit show with some of its most beloved bands at The Big Top. The event will feature the bands Leaving, Caddywhompus and Habitat. All proceeds benefit the WTUL Marathon. All ages | $5 cover | Doors at 8 p.m.

Sunday – WTUL Day at Euclid Records New Orleans’ premier record store, located in the Bywater, will offer 15 percent off all of its records to benefit WTUL. Hot dogs

March 7, March 14 — Throbbing Thursdays at Handsome Willy’s Join WTUL at Handsome Willy’s Patio Bar, voted New Orleans’ “Best Happy Hour

that’s Actually Happy” by Where Y’at Magazine, for Throbbing Thursdays. Each night promises live WTUL DJs, tasty $1 tacos and a raucous dance party. 18+ | no cover | Doors at 9 p.m.

of the Arcade’s favorite bars. The Circle Bar will host the CD’s release party, hosting performances by Phil the Tremolo King, Doombalaya and The Honorable South. 18+ | $5 cover | Show at 10 p.m.

March 9 — WTUL’s Annual Hootenanny at Chickie Wah Wah The fundraiser’s first week finishes with a bang at one of Mid City’s funkiest bars, Chickie Wah Wah. Located on Canal Street, the 2013 Hootenanny will feature performances by Carsie Blanton, a folk-pop musician, and Phil Lee, a Nashville outlaw singer. 18+ | $10 cover | Doors at 7 p.m.

March 16 – Record Raid Check out Record Raid, held by Hunter King on Zimple Quad. People from all over the South, including Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, come to buy rare records.

March 16 — WTUL’s Annual CD Release party at Circle Bar WTUL will celebrate its 2013 “Songs From the Basement” compilation CD at one

March 15-17 – 24-Hour DJ weekend A trademark of WTUL’s Rock On Survival Marathon, the weekend will feature three senior DJs staying on the air for 24 hours each — a test of the DJs’ ability to down energy drinks and spin good tracks over an entire day.

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Soul Festival brings the jams by alicia fine staff writer

If you’re looking to experience some fun music and tasty food this weekend while celebrating a vibrant culture, look no further than Soul Fest. The Audubon Nature Institute will host its 10th annual Soul Fest at the Audubon Zoo on Saturday and Sunday. Soul Fest celebrates black history with a two-day festival featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming jazz, gospel and R&B musicians. Luke James, a 2013 Grammy Award nominee and New Orleans native headlines this year’s

Soul Fest. Soul Fest is more than just a music festival. A perfect example of this is the African-American Firsts tribute ceremony is the perfect example of this. The festival will, for the third year, honor black pioneers of their respective fields. This year’s festival honorees include Charles C. Teomer Sr., St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre, George Lafargue Jr., Ernest Marcelle Jr. and Kelsey Josephs. No New Orleans festival would be complete without incredible food, and Soul Fest offers an array of choices. Local restaurants and caterers will serve a mouthwatering selec-

tion of traditional New Orleans soul food and Creole dishes. Local craftspeople and artists will also sell their works. Soul Fest strives to promote healthy living through a health fair where local healthcare organizations will offer free wellness information. Of course, festival-goers can also explore the zoo and its collection of exotic animals. An appearance by the Mardi Gras Indians will round out the authentic New Orleans experience, along with a second line around Audubon Zoo. Admission to the festival is free, and festivities run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Trixie and Marsha will make their triumphant return at 10 p.m. Friday at Prytania Theater. New Orleans’ own puppeteer and musician, Panacea Theriac, also known as Miss Pussycat from the well-known musical duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat, will premiere the newest installment in the Trixie and the Tree Trunks franchise with a 47-minute long film that checks in on what puppet Trixie and friends have been up to for the past few years. The film, titled “Mystery in Old BathBath,” is the sequel to Miss Pussycat’s imaginative web series, “Trixie and the Tree Trunks.” The original se-

ries told the story of Trixie and Marsha’s adventures after meeting the Happy Tree, who passed them secret notes from the center of the Earth to start coaxing Trixie into a handful of strange and comedic acts. These notes ultimately made Trixie start the band Trixie and the Tree Trunks, meet a drummer frozen in ice, several glow-in-thedark cats, and attend a Quintron and Miss Pussycat concert in the center of the Earth. Inspired by Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art, the film will pick up where the original web series left off. It follows Trixie and Marsha as they try to cure the Happy Tree that cannot send out secret messages anymore. Their journey leads them

to the spa town of Old BathBath, where a quirky art museum holds some secrets of its own. Miss Pussycat’s unique puppet shows are well known to many New Orleanians. Her famous holiday special, “North Pole Nutrias,” has been a holiday tradition on local holiday television tradition for years, boasting a cast of local celebrities ranging from the late Sherriff Harry Lee to the Vic and Nat’ly artist, Bunny Mathews. Fans can purchase tickets online at A trailer for this psychedelic puppet film, as well as all 11 episodes of season one of “Trixie and the Tree Trunks,” are also online at

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Tulane Confessions page electrifies campus

New flea market is artistically atypical by magda jurczuk staff writer

HKA: How do you hope Tulane Confessions will affect the students and change the campus?

Anonymous Facebook page Tulane Confessions has garnered more than 1,500 likes and posts up to 20 dirty, hysterical or just plain weird confessions every day. From posts detailing hook ups to cheating to roommate drama, this Confessions page is nothing short of entertaining. The Arcade got the inside scoop by talking to the person behind Tulane Confessions. Halle Kaplan-Allen: Why did you decide to start Tulane Confessions? Tulane Confessions: A few weeks ago we had noticed several “Confession” pages starting up at colleges across the country. We really liked the idea of having an anonymous way of submitting either really embarrassing or really serious confessions that people would otherwise keep to themselves. Before creating the page, we searched to see if one was made for our school. As it turns out, there was, but had been inactive for almost two weeks and only had two “likes.” We took the initiative to make our own Facebook page and broadcast it carefully so that we could pull in a lot of people while maintaining an anonymous environment. Creating this page has also spurred another idea for a side-project that’ll make an appearance soon. HKA: How do you think the Tulane community benefits from hearing the confessions of their peers? TC: Initially, we don’t think there were a ton of benefits aside from the amusement some of the raunchier posts provided. But over time, we started to get some pretty intense submissions that resulted in a lot of support for some of these individuals. HKA: How does the feedback you have gotten about your page differ from what you anticipated when creating it? TC: The feedback we’ve received has been more or less what we expected, but there have been a few surprises both good and bad. Several people have expressed how important this page is in allowing people to open up on some really tough topics. Others have commented on how there’s too much hate or shallowness, giving Tulane a bad image. We’re mostly surprised, though, just by how quickly this page took off. It caught us off guard and we had to bring on two more people, making it a total of four administrators running this page.

TC: We hope, primarily, that people will come to support each other more openly. We receive a lot of response submissions anonymously, but those same posts would have a whole lot more meaning to the people their responding to if there were names and faces attached to that support. Also, it’s a great way to vent, as long as no individuals or recognized groups are hurt in the process. Having a place for people to go and talk about things and receive honest responses will definitely help those struggling with personal issues. And as for those with problems that are too big for this community to handle, we’ve provided phone numbers and information for people to seek help, and we urge them to seek help if it’s something life-threatening. HKA: How would you like to respond to the students who believe that you are censoring the confessions you receive (i.e. by eliminating “Greek hate” posts)? TC: We know there’s a lot of people unhappy about the recent change in how we decide what gets posted, but it has more to do with the Greek association than anything else. We’ve had several people comment about how they don’t want this page to turn into College ACB, and we completely agree. We also don’t want to encourage an atmosphere of either inter-Greek or Greek and Non-Greek fights. Regardless of how much hate people may have for some group, it’s not really a confession. They can admit it publicly if they’d like, but that’s on them, not us. HKA: Alternatively, how would you respond to the students who believe that the “hate” confessions that you post are merely breeding animosity among the student body? TC: Generic hate posts are now being deleted if they’re not really confessing anything. Likewise, those simply calling out some individual are also being deleted. We want things to be anonymous, and that includes all parties involved in a confession. If it’s something we think is worth giving a little bit more of a hint, we’ll leave initials. We were kind of surprised by just how quickly our inbox would fill up with hate confessions back when we posted everything we received. These new guidelines we implemented will help to reduce non-confessions and the general animosity we’ve received. Posts that are serious and deserve to be heard, even if they’re a little controversial, will still be posted, as long as they actually have some merit to them.

Tulane students bring ‘Yentl’ to musical life by catherine ann taylor staff writer

The second musical production of “Yentl” ever to be produced opened this past Tuesday with the Tulane Theater and Dance Department. Director Dmitry Troyanovsky’s production ia preceded only bythe Asolo Repertory’s production in Florida. “It’s like ‘Twelfth Night’ meets ‘She’s the Man’ meets

‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ meets ‘Spring Awakening,’” said Emily Fortunato, a junior who plays the humorous Yachna, the town’s bathhouse attendant. Leah Napolin and Singer collaborated to write the Broadway production of “Yentl,” which ran in 1975. Barbra Streisand starred in the controversial movie version of “Yentl” in 1983. The musical production was later adapted with a new score written by

Jill Sobule and Robin Eaton, and the cast of Tulane’s “Yentl” had the chance to speak with Sobule. “Isaac Bashevis Singer meant it to be set in the middle of the 19th century,” Troyanovsky said. “Our production gives it a slightly more timeless feeling.” From an antiquated story with old-world Jewish societal values, Troyanovsky has brought the relevance that it holds for the modern audience

to the forefront. The conflict of Yentl’s crossdressing situation and the chaos her lie creates have the power to bring audiences to question their modern moral code. The play puts on an air of comedy, but illuminates deeper questions of female oppression that transcends cultural and religious boundaries. “Yentl’ is this empowered young woman who sees how flawed the system is,” Fortunato said. “Yentl’s” choreographer Jeffrey Gunshol used contemporary dance to choreograph the community of the Polish towns. The girls of the cast exude an air of purity with their

striking vocal harmonies and contrast comfortably with the boisterous, bearded yeshiva boys. With a cast of 15, the choreography of Yentl is largely ensemble-oriented. “Dmitry’s ensemble building exercises that we performed at the start of each rehearsal helped the cast become more and more in tune with each other,” said freshman Joshua Bernard, who plays Reb Nata. “Yentl” opened Tuesday in the Albert Lupin Experimental Theater in the Dixon Performing Arts Center, and will run through Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for students.

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The Creative Flea Market is not the neighborhood flea market that Mom dragged you to on Saturday mornings. Unlike typical flea markets, which are often comparable to large-scale garage sales, the Creative Flea Market features a variety of artists, musicians, writers and other creative types who will showcase their work at the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday. The Contemporary Arts Center, located at 900 Camp St., only a 15-minute car ride from campus, is a gallery dedicated to “the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time.” The venue has hosted exhibitions and performances by local, national and international artists and plays a significant role in New Orleans culture. Attendees may also meet a local celebrity — the acclaimed chef John Besh. Besh has been named one of the “Top Ten Best Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine and has appeared on the “Today Show” as well as The Food Network. Beyond getting to sample commended local cuisine and absorb the creative talents of local vendors, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about several non-profit organizations focused on the arts. The New Orleans Jazz and Community radio station WWOZ will cover the event, so marketgoers can expect to hear complementary jazz music during their artistically and culturally eye-opening experience. Take a break from your usual Saturday routine and take advantage of New Orleans’ first-ever Creative Flea Market. The Contemporary Arts Center itself is worth the trip, and this free event makes Saturday afternoon a perfect time to go. The event opens at 9:30 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. Admission is free, and the market promises “cool stuff ” and “crazy deals.” Visitors can admire and purchase various handmade creations, collectables and antiques referred to by the founders as “lovable and salable junk.”

The Arcade’s favorite jams

Attracting Flies AlunaGeorge

Winston Bound Stems

Beat this Heart Tim Chaisson

So Good At Being In Trouble Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Bella Donna The Avett Brothers

Shock Corridor Lovestreams

Pink Matter Frank Ocean

People Downstairs Gold & the Rush

Harlem Shake Baauer

Bandages Archanimals

California Stars Wilco courtesy of catherine ann taylor

TUPAS assembles original show in a single day by ashley gaddis staff writer

Pulling all-nighters and devoting hours of time to major projects is a frequent occurrence in any student’s life. It is this kind of stress and exhaustion that often pushes people to realize how they work most efficiently and can harness

their potential. Now maximize the scope of this project into something much greater: Imagine that you and a team of acquaintances are responsible for writing, directing and starring in a play and only have 24 hours to complete the task. As stressful as this may sound, the Tulane Performing Arts Society made this event happen on

Friday at McWilliams Hall. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., a team of 12 actors, writers and crew met to begin their long night of work. The first — and most stressful — step was to begin writing the script. Two primary writers, Trisha Anderson and Leah Fox, wrote the dialogue and plot with assistance from the entire cast.

The story grew into an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery that ran for about 25 minutes and included three alternate endings. Its basic premise revolved around a murder set in a bed-and-breakfast that led to a string of killings among the characters. Freshman participant Justine Magowan said that the

play was a great opportunity that challenged her to create something original. As an English and Theatre double major, she said, it provided her with the opportunity to work on her writing skills while developing her acting. Despite having a positive experience with the production, Justine said that the time re-

striction became most difficult as the cast made changes before show time, doing little to calm the nerves of the actors. Though last minute changes and a sleepless night posed a great challenge to the actors and writers, all agreed that their efforts were well worth it in the end.

by michael hammer staff writer

Ordinary People

Man on Wire


This American drama follows the story of an upper-middleclass family that falls apart in the wake of tragedy. After their son’s death in a boating accident, the Jarrett family fights to stay together as their other son struggles with survivor’s guilt. The collapse of a “perfect family” in a suburban setting contributes to an emotionally charged film. Though it was released in 1980, the flawed characters and stimulating plot are still relevant. This movie was adapted from the novel by Judith Guest and received rave reviews following its premiere. The film won a number of accolades, including Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture.

If you watch any documentary, make it “Man on Wire.” This British film, released in 2008, traces the story of French highwire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. Many called this feat “the artistic crime of the century.” After Petit’s hour-long performance, he turned himself in to the cops. Though viewers already know the ending, director James Marsh manages to create building tension throughout, producing a unique film. The documentary features interviews with the people involved in the preparation and execution of the act, along with rare footage that may cause some viewers to feel squeamish. The film received the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009.

This movie stays true to its title, as the opening sequence brings viewers to the scene of a car accident. The plot that follows introduces the stories of several main characters whose paths intersect throughout the film, including a Hispanic locksmith, a white police officer and a black Hollywood director. Set in Los Angeles, the film considers the pressing realities of race relations and social tensions, which determine the actions of many of the characters. The large cast features many wellknown actors, including Chris “Ludacris” Bridges with a stellar performance. The film generated a lot of controversy when it beat “Brokeback Mountain” for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. “Crash” also received Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.




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Undergraduate Student Government stipends deserve consideration THE HULL THINKS... The added paid incentive could encourage more students to run for office Outgoing Undergraduate Student Government President Michael Lewis proposed this week that members of the USG executive cabinet receive a $2,000 yearly stipend for their work. At first glance, such a proposal may understandably be met with some skepticism. Those who voted in the past election and truly care about USG’s productivity, however, should keep an open mind about paying student government leaders. If USG were a microcosm of the political world at large, Tulane’s student government may be approaching the ranks of illegitimacy. In a developing democracy, lack of choice in an election can strip a government of its legitimacy because choice is the cornerstone of any elected body. In recent USG history, several executive cabinet elections produced candidates running unopposed — a depressing thought when the people elected to those positions allocate a large sum of money for student organizations and campus programming. Providing a stipend can engage more people in student government and get the best possible candidates into office.

Perhaps the most compelling argument for paying student government leadership is that it would bring more people into the process. Undergraduate life at Tulane is home to an economic dichotomy of students who need to accompany their studies with a part-time job contrasting with those who can count on receiving a check from mom and dad whenever funds get low. By neglecting to pay a stipend to executive committee members, we risk excluding well-qualified people who can’t devote the hours the position should require because they also need a paying job. It’s also worth noting that stipends for student government executive boards are more the rule than the exception. The practice is widespread from small liberal arts schools to massive state schools. For some large schools such as the University of Central Florida, with more than 50,000 undergraduates, the stipend for the student body president is nearly $20,000 per year. Of course, Tulane’s population wouldn’t justify anything close to that amount, but it’s worth recognizing that paying a $2,000 or less stipend to the university’s student government leaders is not a particularly radical proposition. If the student body wants to hold its student government leaders to a higher standard, it should think about treating those positions as not just extracurricular activities, but also as important jobs.


By Nate Beeler


Summer internships can be all about who you know I started my search for a summer job this week. My parents tell me that I must get a job in academia or something that looks fantastic on a resume. They insist that if I don’t get a somewhat specialized job now, other kids will leave me in the dust after college. We have had this conversation every spring since I entered high school, and I repeatedly convinced myself that there was always next year. I just skated by doing various things here and there. Beautiful summers of naps and long days seem like relics of the past. This year, I think my parents may be right. I want to be independent. I don’t want to rely on connections. But in a world where who you know is everything, it may not be that simple. Constrained by age and lack of experience, I really have no way of testing my parents’ credibility. They likely do not want me to waste away, decomposing into the couch all summer and, therefore, exaggerate the situation. I do not, however, want to test that theory.     I am at a point at which I have specific ideas about how I want to spend money. I want to purchase things I’ll remember or things that will be beneficial and produce some sincerely positive effect. I am currently making plans to travel overseas even though I don’t have a job secured. Plane tickets will only get more expensive, and though part of me wants nothing more

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staff writer than to simply buy them, the other half of me cannot help but hesitate. It would not be the first time a 19-year-old has spent all his money without considering the future.   I am realizing that so much of life is about who you know. It is probably one of the greater inequalities among the student body at Tulane, or almost any other reputable university. For example, a family friend of mine started working after his graduation from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 to make his way into the business side of Major League Baseball. He took every job he could get in the field, stretching his budget to be able to afford interning, and he is still years away from his dream of becoming an agent. I feel uncomfortable seeking out every advantage I can find. I don’t want to resort to ascribed status and connections to try to get something that stands out, but I feel like it may be the only option. Ben Brosnahan is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

Office of Study Abroad needs to improve its quality of service

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Upperclassmen told me within my first few weeks of setting foot on campus, “You should sign up for study abroad now.” I already had some idea of where I wanted to go but I was incredulous about the early rush for something that seemed so far ahead. I have a strong affinity for the mother land of Great Britain. My grandmother, in her escape from Nazi Germany in 1939, sailed to America to meet up with family in upstate New York. The United States Congress, however, would not let the ship take port. The captain of the St. Louis, knowing that return to Germany would be a sure death sentence for many of the passengers, dropped some of them off in England — the only passengers to survive the war. My grandmother was fortunate enough to be part of that group. I visited London two years ago on a family vacation and fell in love with the country, its history

The counselor was relentless. I left the session learning no new or helpful information. I was determined to keep trying, though. I talked to an A.B. Freeman School of Business counselor at the Study Abroad Fair about business school options. Turns out, the business school only partners with schools that agree to exchange programs with Tulane. Feeling limited, I picked up pamphlets from other tables advertising places that are exotic and cool, but not where I want to go. My experience with the Office of Study Abroad turned out for the worst, and I feel I am not the only one. During the Undergraduate Student Government elections, a few candidates brought up the issue in their platforms. With my scholarship to Tulane, a cheaper study abroad program was one of the biggest factors in my decision to come here. Plenty of other colleges pride themselves on the diversity and volume of study abroad options they provide to their students. New York University even has 10 “global campuses,” basically an NYU campus set up in a different country. Students continue their NYU education on an NYU


The Office of Study Abroad needs to seriously consider revamping its program and how its employees share information and suggestions.

and its cultural influence. As a theater minor, I’m incredibly interested in studying abroad in England, possibly as an intern with some of the best theater companies in the world. Early first semester, I stepped into the Tulane Office of Study Abroad; I hoped an advisor could help me navigate the rough waters of finding a future international education plan. “I really want to study in the U.K., preferably in England,” I said. “I’m interested in theater and possibly some business classes.” “I have a great program for you in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” the counselor said. I was confused by the suggestion. “You should go for a minor in Spanish,” he said, as he continued to tell me the aspects of the program. I explained to the counselor that I had no wish to continue Spanish past the 2040 level and that I had no interest in traveling to South America. He kept pushing it. I expressed detached interest and told him that I really, really, cannot study in a place that does not speak English. I assured him that I was not interested in immersion programs and that I needed to be in an English-speaking country for food allergy reasons.

campus but in a different city. According to U.S. News & World Report, 100 percent of 2011 graduates of Goucher College in Baltimore participated in a study abroad program. Tulane did not even make it in the top 100 colleges of Most Students Studying Abroad. The Office of Study Abroad needs to seriously consider revamping its program and how its employees share information and suggestions. The online search engine is too specific for people who don’t know what kind of program they want to attend. The advisors can be unhelpful for business school students or students with demanding academic majors. Students need these guides, however, during the process; figuring out which credits would transfer is difficult for a student to try alone. In an increasingly globalized world, studying abroad is an integral part of receiving a higher education. So many benefits come with studying abroad, and I think the Office of Study Abroad needs to reflect this need with improved human resources and electronic services. Danielle Markowitz is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at



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When most people think of eating disorders, they might immediately envision a female runway model or the dangerously thin bikini-clad celebrity in a gossip magazine. Many people, however, fail to recognize the prevalence of eating disorders among men. In fact, 10 to 15 percent of people with eating disorders are men, and 10 million men in the United States will be diagnosed with a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives. These numbers are on the rise. As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, it’s important to draw attention to the different types of eating disorders and how these disorders are present in men, a population that has essentially been omitted from the public conversation about eating disorders.

The two main types of eating disorders are bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia and anorexia are both characterized by a distorted body image and a disproportionate amount of self worth placed in body weight or shape. Bulimia includes recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory purging behaviors in order to prevent weight gain. Vomiting, using laxatives or excessively exercising are all forms of purging. Anorexia is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, an extremely low body weight such as a Body Mass Index of less than 17.5, and physiological changes, such as lack of menstruation in women or loss of sexual interest in men. Anorexics may also have purging behavior similar to bulimics. Bulimics, however, maintain a normal weight while anorexics do not. A distorted self image is at the core of many eating disorders. Recent statistics appearing in the journal Body Image in 2012 showed male body dissatisfaction is comparable to that of females, with up to 95 percent of college-age males dissatisfied with their

Super PACs, Supreme Court could rob voters Nicholas Suellentrop contributing writer Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a campaign finance case that would allow the court to continue dismantling the regulations on money donations in American elections. The details of electoral campaign finance may seem distant and unimportant, especially without a presidential election for another four years. The decision, however, could become impactful. If the court continues to allow more money into national elections, it may deprive the U.S. political process of transparency and the democratic ideals that make it the envy of many throughout the world. Candidates already spend too much on national elections. President Barack Obama’s campaign alone raised more than $1 billion, and that’s excluding money raised by the Democratic Party and other organizations that supported him. Super Political Action Committees, which played a major role in some Congressional races, are a new development allowed for the first time last year after the Supreme Court gutted other regulations. Money already has enough influence in our political system, and further deregulation only takes leaders’ focus away from governing and further distorts our system. If the courts continue to allow more money in campaigns, holding the right people accountable becomes more difficult. When politicians do something you find objec-

tionable, you can vote for their opponent. When parties do something you find objectionable, you can vote for the other party. When corporations or extremely rich Americans advocate for policies you find objectionable, holding them accountable can be nearly impossible. Few Americans would quit buying Microsoft products or staying at Trump’s hotels because they object to Bill Gates’ or Donald Trump’s political contributions. As millionaires continue to pump money into campaigns via Super PACs and other donations, they can buy a disproportionate amount of influence that can damage the integrity of our democratic process. The recent deregulation of campaign finance negatively affects Americans who don’t have enough money to donate a significant sum to campaigns. Most college students can’t just drop a few thousand dollars to support their favorite senator or representative. Our generation is significantly more engaged and involved in politics than past generations at our age, but translating that passion into influence in the political process will be more difficult if Washington continues to deregulate campaign finance. Even though many politicians raise a great deal from small donations, smaller donors’ opinions seem less important when a candidate pursues support from the likes of a billionaire. If the Supreme Court values the core of our democratic system as much as many Americans do, it will soon realize that letting money freely flow into campaigns is a dangerous and unfair practice. Nicholas Suellentrop is a junior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at nsuellen@

Encourage further ideological debate on Tulane’s campus Sam Tabachnik staff writer

There’s an old saying in the sports world: Rivalries can’t be one-sided. For example, if my Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks every year in the playoffs — which they do — then the two teams cannot be considered rivals. The loseralways claims it’s a rivalry, and the winner just looks at the other team as a pesky gnat on the road to bigger and better things. This analogy works well with the political environment at Tulane. As many of you have probably realized by now, our campus slants heavily toward the liberal end of the political spectrum. The scale has been tipped so far that it’s no longer a scale anymore. And that’s the problem. We have no political rivalry at Tulane. The Democrats outnumber their Republican counterparts by such epic proportions that the debate is not just one-sided. It’s not even there. It’s equivalent to the Celtics showing up to the Boston Garden, ripping off their sweats and realizing that the Hawks never even showed up. It’s not a game. This campus needs more debate. I don’t know exactly how the school’s population became so liberal. Maybe it’s the northeast influence, which leans heavily blue. Maybe it’s the city of New Orleans itself, which attracts a more liberal, left-leaning student body.

Whatever the reason, there needs to be more fight. I don’t condone physical violence, but the animosity or discussion needs to be raised. The gauntlet has been thrown down, conservatives. Let’s argue about some stuff. I’m sick of every class being a nodding-head, agreement-filled love fest. Virtually everyone in my classes agrees on the main issues of the day: gay marriage, abortion and the like. I want to meet people who don’t. I want to meet people who like their guns, love their God and don’t tolerate anything that’s omitted from the King James Bible. I want to talk about background checks and social welfare with someone who didn’t vote for Barack Obama, someone who loves House Republicans and their obstructionist tactics. I want a rivalry. Psychological, as well as political theory, states that the minority is less likely to be vocal about their divergent opinions. This minority may be in politics, sports, you name it. It’s hard to be the lone opinion, the outcast in a group. It’s not easy to expose your beliefs if you know that everyone else in the room doesn’t feel the same way. We need to foster an environment where people feel comfortable saying controversial things, even if they are in the minority. I want to debate these more conservative students and learn from them. There’s no excitement in agreement. Let’s get some old-fashioned rivalries back into Tulane’s political discussion. Sam Tabachnik is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

appearance. A majority of men report a strong preference for a largely toned and muscular body type. Researchers have coined the term “muscle dysmorphia” to describe male body. Sometimes referred to as “reverse anorexia,” men who suffer from muscle dysmorphia experience a body image distortion of appearing too small, despite having well-developed muscles. This distortion can lead to intense preoccupations with appearance, excessive exercise, adherence to rigid diets, and obsessively calculating the protein and nutrients in food. These behaviors may disrupt occupational and social functioning and lead to the use of steroids or dangerously excessive dietary supplements. Like anorexia and bulimia, failure to adhere to these rigid diet and exercise regimens is associated with a great deal of anxiety and guilt. Not all men dealing with body image issues suffer from muscle dysmorphia. This year at Paris Fashion Week, extremely thin male models walked the runways, igniting a firestorm on social media discussing the new image of “manorexia.” As pub-

lic campaigns now promote healthy body images for women, particularly in the fashion industry, the importance and implications of male body image somehow became lost in the discussion. Because eating disorders have traditionally been considered a female problem, negative attitudes exist among many men about seeking help for eating disorders or body image issues. The number of men dealing with these issues, however, is certainly on the rise, and young men should know they are not alone in seeking help.

CAMPUS QUESTION What was your favorite part of the Oscars?

Have a comment or want to know more? Follow me on Twitter @psychgumbo or contact me at psychgumbo@ We will address your comments and questions on our radio show, Psych Gumbo on WTUL 91.5FM. Holly Peek, MD/MPH graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently a psychiatry resident at Tulane University School of Medicine.


By Chris Daemmrich “I was glad to see ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ nominated.” SUSANNAH HALBROOK


‘Blackboard’ battle comes to the Big Easy Chris Daemmrich staff writer High school is never easy, but it’s especially tough in New Orleans, which has one of America’s worst public school systems. John McDonough High School on Esplanade Avenue in Mid-City is the subject of the much-discussed reality-TV show “Blackboard Wars” on the Oprah Winfrey Network to the consternation of some students’ parents and members of the local community. The show brings failing schools back to the forefront of local and national conversation. The challenges that New Orleans’ schools face call for unprecedented solutions and new concepts in education, such as charter schools. They are necessary to cast off the weight of public education’s sorry history in New Orleans. The public-school system, has failed the children — and consequently the

bilitated Orleans Parish Public Schools, leaving the system underfunded, understaffed, underachieving and underloved. That Hurricane Katrina wrecked what technology the schools had purchased — in addition to flooding the majority of campuses, especially in the poorer areas of the city — was just one more indignity. John McDonough High School became known nationally famous in 2003, when a shooting at a school assembly killed a sophomore. Its graduation rates have long languished at or below 50 percent, and its students’ scores on the Louisiana state standardized test are some of the lowest. These statistics make the decision of its administrators and its charter network, Future is Now, to appear on “Blackboard Wars” easier to understand. The fight concerning whether McDonough should appear on “Blackboard Wars” is a proxy battle for the fight over who should control education in New Orleans. A dedicated contingent believes that charter schools are nothing but a plot for the continued subjugation

The fight concerning whether McDonough should appear on “Blackboard Wars” is a proxy battle for the fight over who should control education in New Orleans.

future — of New Orleans. Charters are often imperfect; their quality depends on their administration, but at least they are willing to try. When New Orleans’ public education system was first established in 1841, the system lagged far behind the city’s explosive growth until 1858, when an endowment from the estate of a wealthy businessman, John McDonough, funded its significant expansion. Despite McDonough’s stipulation that schooling must be provided for children of all races, segregation was strictly enforced in the city. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education mandated desegregation in all public schools. Rather than face the possibility of “race mixing,” white parents — especially from wealthy families — fled public schools for private, taking with them much of the community’s support and civic involvement that had supported the public system. By 2005, four decades of civic disinvestment de-

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of the mostly black students of the city. These concerned community members point to the worst charter schools — the mismanaged, the corrupt and the ineffective — and allege that all are just as bad. As the product of an urban public school system with a significant minority population that is itself wrestling with the charter issue, I have heard the arguments for both sides. We all need to put aside the emotion and the acrimony over race and class and just think about the kids. In the past three years alone, the graduation rate in the Recovery School District’s schools has risen 8 percent, but apects of the system still require more oversight. New Orleans’ public schools are in need of revision, experimentation and reasoned debate. Chris Daemmrich is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

“Quvenzhané Wallis being adorable, and the fact that they played people off stage using the Jaws theme.” IDAN BEN YAKIR SOPHOMORE ART HISTORY

“Christoph Waltz’s acceptance speech.” JESSE SUSSMANE SOPHOMORE FINANCE

“Daniel Day-Lewis’s acceptance speech for best actor.”




FEBRUARY 28, 2013



SPORTS LAGNIAPPE TULANE TENNIS TEAM RANKED NO. 70 The Tulane men’s tennis team received a No. 70 ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. This makes the Wave’s first ranking since March. Since the season began a few weeks ago, it has only lost three games, all to ranked opponents. Freshmansenior pair Dominik Koepfer and Idan Mark lead the team in doubles play with a 4-2 record, and Koepfer leads the team with a perfect 7-0 record in singles play.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM RECEIVES ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN STATUS The 2012 women’s cross country team earned Academic All-American status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association. The team’s cumulative GPA for the season was a 3.368, led by junior Aimee Arceneaux’s 3.934 GPA. No one on the team received below a 3.30 GPA for the semester, and the team sent five runners to the NCAA South Regional Championship, which allowed the team to qualify for the honor.

TULANE GOLFER NAMED CONFERENCE USA GOLFER OF THE WEEK Tulane freshman golfer Emily Penttila was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week on Wednesday after her fourth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate golf tournament. After the first day of competition, Penttila led the field, golfing a tournamenttying record of 5-under 63. Her performance for the weekend helped her team finish in fourth place and defeat eight teams ranked ahead of No. 31 Tulane.




Decisive win against Tulsa redeems Tulane

TULANE 74 • TULSA 59 by alexandra hassan staff writer

Tulane women’s basketball took on Tulsa Sunday at Devlin Fieldhouse and won 74-59, avenging an earlierseason loss to the Golden Hurricane Feb. 10 in Tulsa, Okla. Head coach Lisa Stockton said Tulane’s mentality ultimately led to the team’s victory. “I think we’re very different teams,” Stockton said. “A lot rotates around their point guard. I think we’re very team-oriented. We did a great job on [Tulsa guard Taleya] Mayberry tonight. We made her make shots, so she ended up with her numbers being low because we didn’t foul her. We got some points in transition, and we tried to stop them from transitioning.” Senior guard Olivia Grayson played one of her statistically best games of the season, and contributed 20 points, and 10 rebounds, credited the victory to improvements in the team’s focus and energy. She described the differences between the Wave’s first performance against Tulsa and Sunday’s game in New Orleans. “I think our focus was different,” Grayson said. “We kind of let off at Tulsa. But here, we had a different focus. We’re coming up on our last few home games, so we wanted to give our crowd a good show.” Senior guard Janique Kautsky said the improvements she saw in the team’s play contributed to its win. “The last week of practice, we have done phenomenal,” Kautsky said. “If we keep going like that and stay focused, energized and trust in each other then I think we’ll be prepared for the conference tournament.” Stockton said the team has realistic regular-season conference championship chances. “We’ve got a chance,” Stockton siad. “SMU lost today. We’re two games behind. At worst, we want a bye. When we get to that tournament, our program’s traditionally been good in the tournament.”

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Sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan (23) drives the ball inside the 3-point line against Houston on Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse.


Wave finishes fourth in Sugar Bowl Championship

Feb. 28 Women’s basketball SMU 7 p.m. Dallas

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Baseball Alabama 6:05 p.m. Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Freshman Emily Penttila tees off for the Wave in the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship on Sunday at English Turn Golf and Country Club. Tulane came in fourth place. Penttila said the team’s “I thought the team perby madeline dang mindset entering the first formed absolutely fantastic associate sports editor round affected the team’s the first round,” Pratt said. The No. 31 Tulane golf performance. “For us to come out and be team hosted the Allstate “We had a great game on to, beating the No. 1, 2 Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate plan, and the first day every- and 3 teams in the country Golf Championship Sunday one stayed disciplined and was wonderful.” through Tuesday at English Turn Golf and Country Club, and the Wave finished the Likely, we’ll move inside the top tournament in fourth place, 25 after this tournament, and this behind top-ranked Southern California, UCLA and No. shows how talented my team is. 2 Duke. The Green Wave also finished ahead of No.4ANDREW PRATT ranked Alabama. On Sunday, Tulane posted GOLF HEAD COACH a tournament-record-tying performance of 282 and finished the day in fourth place. stuck to the game plan,” PentThe second round schedFreshman golfer Emily Pent- tila said. “It really paid off. It uled for Monday, however, tila finished the first round in was nice to see results from was cancelled because infirst place, shooting 5-under our hard work and thorough clement weather damaged 67, and her teammate sopho- preparation.” the course. When the tourmore golfer Gemma DryHead coach Andrew Pratt nament resumed on Tuesday, burgh finished tied for fourth said he was impressed by his Tulane’s golfers began to fall place with a 4-under 68. team. in the standings. The team

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scored 19-over and finished the tournament at +13 on Tuesday. The Green Wave, however, was only nine points from first place. Penttila fell from first to finish fifth place in the standings, and the remaining Tulane golfers finished in the top 51. Pratt said the team was not ready to handle the finalround pressure. “The second round of the tournament caused us to feel a lot of pressure, going in with the lead,” Pratt said. Penttila said the team’s youth gives them a lot of room to improve. “By gaining more experience in similar situations will definitely improve our maturity to handle the situation,” Penttila said. “When we have the same situation in the future, we will know how to handle it better.” Pratt said his team’s performance exemplified how underrated the program is this season. “I think [this tournament] shows that we can play with the best teams in the country,” Pratt said. “We beat seven teams ranked ahead of us, and it does a lot for our confidence.” Pratt said the team’s skill shown in this tournament, will push them ahead in the rankings this week. “Likely we’ll move inside the top 25 after this tournament, and this shows how talented my team is,” Pratt said. As the coach of the highest-ranked sport at Tulane, Pratt has set high goals. “I have higher aspirations for my team than being a top-30 team,” Pratt said. “We want to be a top-5 or top-10 program, but it helps everyone know that the women’s golf program is doing well and is a national contender.”


day before conference play or times of that nature, but that is no excuse,” Jones said. “I think both sides agree we weren’t as crisp as we needed to be.” Tulane took advantage of these lapses for a total of three unearned runs. Base running was a trouble area for Tulane. Shortstop Brennan Middleton began the Green Wave’s troubles when he was thrown out on base in the first inning. Potkay was run down between first and second base in the third inning, and senior third baseman Garret Canizaro took an out when he tried to steal in the sixth inning. “We definitely need to be more heads up and smarter on the bases, which has been an issue for us all year,” Middleton said. Despite the mistakes, Canizaro said he was happy the Green Wave stopped its losing skid. “It was a great win for us today,” Canizaro said. “It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win. We were able to some things today, and you’ll always take a win. Jones was not going to dwell upon the mistakes made during the game.” Jones said he was more relieved about the win than concerned about the mistakes. “Sometimes, we have a tendency to focus of the things that you didn’t do well, but for us today, it was just trying to win a ball game,” Jones said. Tulane will face off against Alabama next in a three-game, three-day series starting 6:05 p.m. on Friday in Turchin Stadium.


FEBRUARY 28, 2013


Coach’s Corner: Packed schedule strains Tulane pitchers BASEBALL HEAD COACH RICK JONES by aryan azimi staff writer

sam moore | photography editor

Aryan Azimi: How has the team reacted to all of the injuries that occurred so early in the season? Rick Jones: We’ve been so banged up. We really work hard on maintaining our guys’ health as much as we can, but some things, we’ve been snake-bitten. We’ve

got four pitchers [Alex Facundus, Tyler Mapes, Alex Massey and Andrew Reeves] down and a position player [Blake Crohan]. When you play as many days in a row as we do, you’ve just got to take care of yourself, work really hard with the trainers, doctors and strength coordinators. Some things you can’t explain.

AA: When will we see catcher Blake Crohan? RJ: Blake Crohan, if no setbacks, should be available at some point this weekend, maybe Friday. We desperately need to get his bat back in the lineup. We also need him to help out Cameron Burns. We’re running that freshman into the mound. He has done a super job for us, but a freshman that is catching as


by sheila wright

Tulane men’s tennis defeated Lamar Saturday at City Park Pepsi Tennis Center but fell to No. 27 Texas Tech on Sunday. Though the rough weather last weekend kept the teams from playing doubles, the Green Wave nearly walked away with a sweep in singles play. Head coach Mark Booras said he was satisfied with the team’s performance against Lamar. “Our guys did a great job taking care of business today under adverse conditions, with the rain delays and uncertainty of playing,” Booras said. “I liked the way we competed from top to bottom.” While Lamar (1-6) earned its only victory in its season opener against Alcorn State, the Green Wave was coming off a 5-2 victory against Southern Mississippi. Senior Idan Mark, freshman Ian Van Cott, senior Rodrigo Rappaccioli and freshman Dominik Koepfer won all their matches in straight sets. Though the Wave hoped to maintain its perfect record at home, Booras said that Texas Tech (6-3) posed a challenge. “Texas Tech has a very tough team this year, and



“They had some big players that packed the lane [and prevented the big men from scoring],” Conroy said. “We need to pass the ball more to get the ball side to side and open up the side to drive. A few more passes early, you knock down the threes and

Sophomore Kenney posts personal best

we will need a solid performance from our guys to come out on top,” Booras said before the match-up. Red Raider pair Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias set the tone early at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center Sunday with its defeat of Mark and Koepfer. Senior Joe Young and Van Cott edged out Francisco Zamboni and Gabriel Wanderley 9-8, but freshman Alex Van Cott and Rappaccioli were not able to follow suit. Van Cott won his second set against Raphael Pfister after losing the first set, but Pfister quickly turned around the trend and picked up Tech’s final point. The Wave’s performance in Sunday’s matches highlighted Koepfer’s talent. The Germany native picked up Tulane’s only point against Tech, beating Soares 6-3, 6-3. He mirrored his performance with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Lamar Bruno Snyder on Saturday. Booras said Koepfer was a reliable player. “He’s been playing very well this spring,” Booras said. “It’s nice to see this kind of consistency from a freshman.” Tulane (4-3) looks to defeat Conference USA rival Southern Methodist on Sunday in Dallas.

Freshman Dominik Koepfer returns the ball during practice. He won all his matches in straight sets against Lamar during the weekend at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.

get in the press and get the court spread. We just didn’t do that early enough.” Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant carried the Wave offensively for much of the game. Tarrant made five of the Wave’s eight successful first half baskets, and he finished the game with 25 points and six assists. Tarrant’s offensive performance could not overcome Tulane’s defensive struggles,

however. The Wave allowed the Blazers to make 59 percent of their shots, and two Blazers to score over 20 points. “On defense, we gave them way too many open shots and open looks,” Tarrant said. Defensively, the Wave turned up the pressure to get back in the game. During Tulane’s run, Conroy’s press finally seemed to rattle Ala-

Kenney takes fifth place in C-USA Championship by emma discher

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bama-Birmingham. “I think we broke their rhythm,” Conroy said. The defensive pressure backfired toward the end of the game when the Green Wave ran out of gas. Alabama-Birmingham began to break Tulane’s press with ease at the end of the second half, and the Blazers took the lead, which they did not relinquish. Tulane is now 6-6 in C-

USA and only has three regular season games left before the Conference USA tournament. The Green Wave’s next game is at Tulsa 3 p.m. on Saturday. “We just want to put this game behind us and get ready to go to Tulsa and get a win on Saturday,” Tarrant said. “The race is still wide open, so we’ve got come back tomorrow and get ready to play.”


Van Meter leads record-breaking career following early injury

tition here, and every single meet, I bettered my mark,” Van Meter said. “At first by Sophomore pole-vaultan inch, then another couple er Merritt Van Meter has inches and then almost by six learned to embrace the posiinches.” tive aspects of change. When Steady improvement a freshman year injury sideearned her national recognilined her at dream school, tion. North Carolina, she was “My last competition beforced to pursue her back-up fore conference I blew up a plan. new [personal record] and The Louisiana native degot marked on the national cided to transfer to Tulane list to qualify for NCAAs, so and has not looked back. I was ranked in the upper 10 The Tar Heels of the counintroduced Van try,” Van MeMeter to pole ter said. ...every single meet, I bettered vault during a Van Meter my mark. At first an inch, then middle school experienced track and field yet another another couple inches ... camp she attendsetback on ed. Saturday MERRITT VAN METER When she acwhen she recepted North ceived fourth POLE VAULTER Carolina’s offer to in the Conjoin the track and ference USA field team, a scholarship to thing worked out.” Championship with a jump the school solidified the deal. Van Meter sat out her of 12 feet, 3.75 inches. Plans changed, however, sophomore season to focus Instead of feeling discourwhen she got hurt. on rehabilitation, hours of aged, however, Van Meter “I ended up getting in- therapy replaced her previ- said she looks forward to jured about two months into ous hours at practice. NCAA Nationals March 8-9. the year,” Van Meter said. “A “It was really difficult,” She said she wants to bring lot of changes needed to be Van Meter said. “I spent a Tulane Track and Field namade in my training and my good four hours in physical tional attention. rehab for me to ever have a therapy every day. Academ“I just want to be a strong shot at competing again.” ics were really tough when I competitor and come out of Tulane was an obvious first came here.” it and have people kind of choice for Van Meter because At the beginning of 2012- fear me a little bit and know she comes from a line of Tu- 13 season, she finally com- Tulane’s name on a national lane athletes, including her peted for the Green Wave. level,” Van Meter said. grandfather and father, who “So I had my first compe-


games.” Cannizaro believes his position as a leader necessitates that he help the Green Wave increase its offensive production, especially after

Notre Dame swept the Wave during the weekend. “I try to lead by example as much as I can,” Cannizaro said. “Focus and stress the idea putting together solid at bats. You have to try and not get yourself out more than [the opposing pitcher] is trying to get you out.”

played football for Tulane from 1945-49 and 1973-77, respectively. “My grandfather and my dad were athletes at Tulane, so it’s not exactly out of the norm,” Van Meter said. “I’ve always loved it here. We didn’t have a pole vault coach when I was looking at colleges, so that was [the reason for] my decision not to come here in the first place. I couldn’t ask for anything more with the way every-

by emma discher

assistant news editor

sam moore | photography editor Senior infielder Garrett Cannizaro bats for the Wave against UNO on Wednesday in Turchin Stadium. Tulane won 5-3.

AA: What do you think about the Alabama games this weekend? RJ: We’ve got a really challenging weekend against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, [Ala.]. They’re playing really well.


Wave beats Lamar during weekend contributing writer

much as he is, that’s asking a lot of him.

Closing a weekend full of great performances at the Conference USA Championships, sophomore Tiffany Kenney fought to finish in fifth place in the pentathlon on Saturday. “We were very pleased with Tiffany’s performance,” head coach Eric Peterson said. “We didn’t predict to get as many points from the pentathlon as we did.” Kenney posted new personal bests for the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.52, finishing in second place, and the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11.5 inches, finishing in fourth place. She scored a new personal best of 3,569 points, which earned four points for the Wave. Tulane’s pole vaulting squad earned three finishes in the top 10. Sophomore Merritt Van Meter finished in fourth place with a jump of 12-3.75, junior Joanna Lapucha finished in fifth place with 12-3.75, and sophomore Jessica Knierim jumped 119.25 to finish in sixth place. Though Van Meter had the top conference jump going into the meet, head coach Eric Peterson pointed out that it was the squad’s first time competing in a championship meet. The triple jump crew improved the Wave’s standings. Redshirt sophomore Estefany Cruz finished in fourth place with 40-5, junior Briana Santiago finished in sixth place with 39-8.75 and freshman Tamika Brazzel took seventh place with 39-5.75. The 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of junior Hilary Woods, senior Candice St. Etienne, senior Tiffanie Smith and freshman Kayla Quincy, finished in sixth place with a season-best time of 3:45.53 . “I think all the way through the group, there were individual improvements,” Peterson said. “All of those things are positive, even though they didn;t place in the final and they won’t produce scoring opportunities for our team.” Overall, the team placed 10th out of the 12 teams, which is an improvement from last year’s 12th-place finish. Tulane beat out Rice (28) and Marshall (26.5). The women’s track team will now transition to their outdoor season, where it will join the men’s outdoor track and field team for competition. The Wave will host the Tulane Team Challenge at City Park on Saturday.



fly in the seventh inning. Junior pitcher Kyle McKenzie entered the game in the eighth inning and struck out both batters he faced. Garner closed out the game and recorded his second save of the season when the Wave executed a double play. Wilson received credit for the win, his first of the season. Tulane will play Alabama in a series that begins at 6:05 p.m. Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.





Green Wave downs UNO TULANE 5 • UNO 3 by aryan azimi staff writer

sam moore | photography editor

Freshman pitcher Emerson Gibbs (29) throws against UNO in the Wave’s 5-4 win on Wednesday in Turchin Stadium.


Errors plague both UNO and Tulane by sam peterson staff writer

Tulane broke a four-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 5-3 win against the University of New Orleans in a game made notable for errors by both squads. The first inning foreshad-

These mistakes culminated in the seventh inning, when the Green Wave got one walk and one wild pitch. A pitch hit first baseman Sean Potkay, and a sacrifice fly resulted in a Tulane run without a hit. Tulane also scored a run in the second inning off of a balk by New Orleans starter Stone Speer, who seemed distracted by his own dugout. Tulane erred twice and

Game with mistakes on both sides ends in Green Wave’s favor

It was a great win for us today. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win. GARRET CANIZARO THIRD BASEMAN

owed the tone of the game. Both the Green Wave and the Privateers walked their first batters. The New Orleans pitching staff ’s lack of control continued through the entire game. The Privateers gave up eight walks, hitting Tulane batters twice in the process. New Orleans catcher Brian Dixon spent his afternoon in the dirt covering errant pitches, and New Orleans ended the evening with a pair of passed and wild balls.

New Orleans once. Two Privateer outfielders nearly collided on a routine pop-up, and the center fielder was charged with an error. Tulane’s errors were both on connections with Potkay, which went to second baseman Bowen Woodson. Head coach Rick Jones said he was disappointed with his team’s execution. “Sometimes, you see those games on a Wednes-


The Tulane baseball team defeated the University of New Orleans 5-3 on Wednesday in Turchin Stadium, playing its fifth game in five days and its third instate opponent. The Green Wave ended a four-game losing streak with its win. Freshman pitcher Daniel Rankin started his career for the Wave on Wednesday because of injuries and fatigue the team’s pitching staff has faced. Rankin started out shaky, and he was credited with three walks and three earned runs in the first two innings. Head coach Rick Jones decided Rankin needed relief, and after one-and-onethird innings, he went to the dugout in favor of junior reliever Brady Wilson. “I was disappointed [Rankin] didn’t manage his strike zone better tonight,” Jones said. Tulane, however, fought back with successful offensive output in the bottom of the second inning and attacked New Orleans’ pitcher Stone Speer’s 9.00 ERA. Junior outfielder Andrew Garner’s leadoff double gave the Green Wave its first hit of the night. A balk later the pitcher advanced Garner, and he scored the first Tulane run of the evening. Speer loaded the bases for the Wave when he gave

up a walk to catcher Cameron Burns in the second inning. Shortly after, shortstop Brennan Middleton, who leads the team with a .389 batting average, hit a 2-run single that tied the game 3-3. A wild pitch brought in the remaining runner and gave Tulane a 4-3 lead. “It was exciting to get on the board there and even out the ballgame,” Middleton said. “It was good to get some points on the board.” Tulane’s offense set the stage for the defense and pitching for the remainder of the game. Wilson pitched two-and-two-thirds innings in a night when he gave up four hits but no runs. “I just wanted to come in, fill the strike zone, let my defense make plays behind me and give us a chance to win,” Wilson said. Freshman pitcher Emerson Gibbs entered the game in relief of Wilson in the fifth inning and continued the Wave’s momentum, striking out the first three batters in that inning. Gibbs pitched three-and-one-third innings and gave up no runs. Jones said he was pleased with Gibbs’ performance. “Emerson Gibbs gave us such a great lift today,” Jones said. “That was huge for him to come in today and do what he did.” Garner gave the Green Wave a 5-3 lead when he drove in a run, off a sacrifice



Middleton and Cannizaro lead Wave at bat by david holden

associate sports editor Four years ago, senior shortstop Brennan Middleton and third baseman Garrett Cannizaro arrived at Tulane’s campus as freshmen ready to play for the Green Wave baseball team. As a freshman Middleton started 46 games at second base, and Cannizaro started 54 games at shortstop. Because Middleton now plays shortstop and Cannizaro plays third base, the two still play right next to each other on the diamond, just like they did as freshmen. Despite losing against Notre Dame 3-1 on Saturday, Cannizaro cracked a smile when asked about his experience playing alongside Middleton. “It’s been great playing with [Brennan],” Cannizaro said. “There isn’t anyone else I would rather be playing with.” While discussing playing with Cannizaro, Middleton’s solemn demeanor after the loss relaxed. Middleton said he is most comfortable when he knows Cannizaro will take the field beside him. “I just feel comfortable playing with him,” Middleton said. “He is my righthand man. We have known each other for a long time, and I always know we are going to play well.” This season, both players have already put up good

sam moore | photography editor

Senior infielder Brennan Middleton (9) slides into second base against UNO on Wednesday. numbers for the Green Wave. After each player batted over .300 last season, they were named to the Preseason All-Conference USA baseball team. In 2013, Middleton leads the Wave with a .389 batting average and two stolen bases as its leadoff hitter. Cannizaro started the season in a slump but has hit a home run and driven in five

runs. Cannizaro praised Middleton’s play. “He’s shown the fans what he can do offensively and defensively, and he has had a great year so far,” Cannizaro said. Middleton and Cannizaro are also leaders in the clubhouse and are always looking for ways to help the ream improve.

Head coach Rick Jones said he knows that he can rely on the infield duo. “When I got here in 1994, we had nine seniors, and we won 41 games because of senior leadership,” Jones said. “This year, I know I have real solid citizen guys in that clubhouse to help us win



Tulane comeback falls short against Alabama-Birmingham UAB 76 • TULANE 71 by david holden

associate sports editor

alexander borkowski | contributing photographer

Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant (2) charges past UAB guard Robert Williams (5) in Tulane’s 76-71 loss on Wednesday in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Tulane’s men’s basketball team fell to 18-10 after the Green Wave’s comeback bid fell short against Alabama-Birmingham 76-71 on Wednesday at Devlin Fieldhouse. After trailing 50-34 with 13 minutes left in the game, the Wave began draining 3-pointers and took a 60-56 lead with five minutes remaining in the game. Senior guard Jordan Callahan did not score in the first half but caught fire in the second half. He hit three

3-pointers, and sophomore guard Jay Hook made another two 3s during the Wave’s 26-6 scoring run. The Green Wave trailed by eight points at the end of the first half, but AlabamaBirmingham went on a 16-8 run at the start of the second half. The Wave responded with zone defense that took Alabama-Birmingham off guard. “We weren’t executing at a high level, so we did something we don’t do very often [by playing zone defense],” head coach Ed Conroy said. “We made a gut call to go to zone defense and try to get the rhythm changed.”

Despite shooting lights out late in the second half, Tulane only shot 34 percent from the field. A dismal offensive first half hurt Tulane, and the Wave made 24 percent of their shots in the first half. Junior forward Josh Davis, who averages 17 points per game, only scored six points, and senior forward Kendall Timmons did not make a shot. Conroy said AlabamaBirmingham did a good job of preventing Davis and Timmons from getting to the basket.


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