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THE TULANE HULLABALOO THE EYES AND EARS OF THE TULANE COMMUNITY
VOLUME CVIII, No. 18
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Zeta Tau Alpha will not colonize at Tulane by carolyn kaufman staff writer
Zeta Tau Alpha announced Friday it had discontinued efforts to colonize at Tulane after spending weeks recruiting on the university’s campus. ZTA said it decided not to colonize because there were not enough women that the
sorority targeted to fill its target chapter size. “The number of women interested would not have provided our new members with the quality experience a colony should have,” a statement on ZTA’s website read. Tulane’s Panhellenic Council, which worked with ZTA during the process, said in
its weekly meeting that 140 women had committed to the process when ZTA’s National Council decided to cease colonization. A major concern for the sorority was its potential member’s cumulative low grade point average in comparison to other Tulane sororities. Keeley McDonald Riddle,
national president of Zeta Tau Alpha, said in an email that the decision to leave was based solely on a lack of members for the chapter. “Numbers truly were the driving force behind our decision to cease our colonization efforts at Tulane,” Riddle said. “Despite having a large ZTA staff presence on campus for
International chapter suspends Kappa Sigma by maggie herman news editor
Tulane’s Kappa Sigma fraternity has been placed under suspension of operations by the fraternity’s international office. The chapter and its members are currently under investigation by both the fraternity’s international office and the Tulane Office of Student Conduct for a Feb. 22 drug raid and the Feb 28 theft of more than 2,000 Tulane Hullabaloo newspapers by two, freshman, pledges. Depending on the outcome of the investigations, Kappa Sigma could potentially lose its 124-year-old charter. The chapter would not be recognized by its international office and could not participate in rush activities, campus events, or use its house if it were to lose its charter. Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mitchell Wilson said he can not predict the outcome of the investigation, but he said the Kappa Sigma Review Board will likely deliver a decision by the end of this week. A Feb. 22 drug raid at the Kappa Sigma house resulted in the arrest of two fraternity brothers, sophomores Wyatt
Review of campus smoking ban begins by catherine ann taylor associate news editor
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Two Kappa Sigma pledges, Jason Polsky (right) and Alexander Montiel (left), dispose of copies of the Feb. 28 Tulane Hullabaloo in a recycling bin near Phelps House. The fraternity’s international office recently suspended its Tulane chapter operations.
Payson Center, Law School establish nation’s first Law and Development LL.M. program by lindsay gus staff writer
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The Tulane Law School will be the first in the nation to offer a Law and Development Master of Laws program. The program will begin in August 2013 and allow students to receive a masters degree in Law and Development in one to two years. Tulane’s Payson Center for International Development and the Tulane Law School collaborated to create the program, and professors in both departments will teach the courses. This collaboration comes as Tulane Law School
receives a higher designation in national rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked Tulane Law School 48th in its law school rankings, up from No. 51 last year. Vernon Palmer, Tulane law professor and the co-director for the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law, proposed creating the LL.M. program three years ago. Palmer said a program in Law and Development is logical because of the strength of Tulane’s comparative law department and the Payson Center. Palmer said the LL.M. in Development is ideal for someone interested in
Alumnus, Supreme Court Clerk Suter retires staff writer
by harri plotnick The longtime clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court and Tulane Law School alumnus William Suter announced on Jan. 7 that he would retire. He plans to step down Aug. 31. Suter, at age 75, is the 19th clerk of the Supreme Court a post he has held for 22 years. Before his appointment as clerk, he served as an assistant judge advocate of the Army and retired as a major general. In total, he has spent 51 years in public service. “I retired and came [to the Supreme Court] the next day,” Suter said. His responsibilities as clerk include keeping Supreme Court records and overseeing the Supreme Court Bar. Suter said his job comes with immense responsibility. “To someone out there, every case is important,” Suter said.
several weeks, working closely with fraternity and sorority program officials and using various added strategies to increase recruitment numbers, we were unable to secure the quantity of women who met our membership standards needed to start strong and stay
I owe the school a lot. Tulane gave me everything I needed to become a lawyer, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
During years he has worked at the Supreme Court, the court delivered opinions on many well-known cases, decision such as Bush v. Gore deciding the 2000 election, Grutter v. Bollinger the 2003 case which evaluated the role of Affirmative Action in college admission policies, and in 2013, the modern necessity of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. After attending Trinity University in San Antoino on a basketball scholarship, Suter attended Tulane Universi-
ty Law School and graduated in 1962. “I owe the school a lot,” Suter said. “Tulane gave me everything I needed to become a lawyer, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.” Colleagues said Suter is a positive presence at the Supreme Court. “My colleagues and I are grateful to Bill Suter for his exceptional service to the Court,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a press release from the Supreme Court. “His retirement later
working overseas or, someone who has already worked overseas and wants to further his or her skill set. “I could see foreign service; I could see if you’re returning to the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund or to a job in the ministry that you already have or want to have, that this credential would give you an edge, and look great on your resume,” Palmer said. “The World Courts, the International Criminal Court, the Rwanda Court- I don’t think this is for the ordinary practice of law but for people interested
After being withdrawn from consideration following an Oct. 30 Undergraduate Student Government meeting, a smoking ban policy authored by USG senators Olivia Patsos and Peter Haskins is currently under review by the University Senate. University senate is Tulane’s senior internal governance body consisting of elected faculty representatives, senior administrators, student and staff representatives, and at-large members chaired by the President of the University. According to the senate’s site, “its purview consists of all matters of general University concern, especially those which affect at least two academic divisions.” If passed, the policy will enforce a complete smoking ban on all Tulane campuses beginning Aug. 1, 2014. Tulane University Police Department officers will fine offenders $25. Patsos said that while legislation brought to USG last fall failed to pass, she has worked with the Tulane administration on the proposal this semester. “It’s most likely going to happen with or without student government opinion, because it’s what the university wants,” Patsos said. Haskins said that the bill has recently gained support with the university senate, and that he is optimistic about its future. “Back in 2012, former Senator Brady Johnson and myself started working on [the legislation], and it just kind of lost steam,” Haskins said. “But it got picked up again this semester, and Olivia Patsos and Scott Tims have been doing a lot of the
ALSO INSIDE Skype call from Cairo
this year will mark the completion of an exemplary career of public service in both military and civilian life.” Suter sticks to the basic legal tenets when working. “I take one case at a time,” Suter said. “I treat it with dignity and apply the law.”
Egypt-based New York Times reporter skypes into Arabic Media class photo courtesy of the collection of the supreme court of the united states
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PELICAN B R I E F S SNAPSHOT
NATIONAL LA SCHOOLS SETTLE SUITS ON TEACHER MISCONDUCT
The Los Angeles Unified School district agreed on Wednesday to pay $30 million to settle 58 of the 191 students’ lawsuits saying they were victims of sexually lewd acts by an elementary school teacher. Mark Berndt, the Miramonte Elementary teacher facing 23 felony counts of lewd acts on a child, pleaded not guilty earlier last year and is being held on $23 million bail.
NEW YORK TO APPEAL REJECTION OF LARGE SODAS
After the New York Supreme Court struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s large soda ban hours before it was scheduled to take effect, a New York appellate court agreed to hear the city’s appeal in early June. Public health advocates touted the ban as a critical step in combating the obesity epidemic while critics called the law a major overstep of the health board’s authority.
COLORADO APPROVES SWEEPING GUN CONTROL MEASURES
Both chambers of the Colorado state legislature approved a package of gun control measures on Wednesday set for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature. The measures include a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and online certifications for concealed-carry permits. The package is expected to be signed into law by the end of the week.
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Sophomore Susannah Halbrook screen prints T-shirts in the Leadership Village lounge on Tuesday.
FIRST SOUTH AMERICAN NAMED AS POPE
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th leader of the Catholic Church on Wednesday afternoon, marking the first non-European to become Pope in more than 1,200 years. The new pope has chosen the name Francis for his papacy as he begins to address allegations of sexual misconduct and decline in faith.
AFGHAN PRESIDENT’S REMARKS TRIGGER SECURITY ALERTS
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai increased public criticism of U.S. forces this week, forcing senior military commanders to warn their troops of possible retaliatory violence. The remarks indicate a low point in U.S.-Afghan relations as the war against the Taliban draws to an end.
THOUSANDS OF PIGS FOUND DEAD IN CHINA
More than 6,000 pig carcasses have been pulled from the Huangpu river flowing through the center of Shanghai. Officials expect the number to increase over the next few days. Chinese officials insist that the water remains safe and clean despite the number of dead animals found. Tests by the Chinese agricultural commission said the animals died after contracting a strain of the porcine circovirus but did not state how the pigs appeared in the river.
CRIME WATCH INTRAMURAL GAME ENDS IN PHYSICAL THREATS
A Tulane student reported that after an intramural game, members of the other team waited for them and provoked a fight around 11:30 p.m. on March 5 outside the Reily Recreation Center. Tulane University Police Department officers are investigating the incident.
NON-AFFILIATE REPORTS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OFF-CAMPUS
A Tulane non-affiliate reported a suspicious person hiding in the Audubon Park tree line around 7:48 a.m. on March 6. The man approached another unidentified woman, who ran away from him.
STATE & LOCAL NEW ORLEANS TEACHER MISSING
14 Thursday ALGORITHMIC VISUALIZATIONS: MUSIC CONTROLLED WITH MATH 7:30 - 8:30 p.m./Boggs Center, Room 105
Richard Snow will give a visual demonstration of music and math coming together as part of Science and Engineering Major Week. SSE and Newcomb-Tulane College is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
15 Friday KEYBOARD FESTIVAL FEATURING IAN HOMINICK 8 - 9 p.m./Dixon Performing Arts Center, Room 152
As part of the Newcomb Department of Music’s Keyboard Festival pianist Ian Nominick will perform on piano in an event that will be free and open to the public.
16 Saturday BIG EASY SCAVENGER HUNT
9 a.m. to noon/Reily Student Recreation Center
Reily is sponsoring a scavenger hunt around the Uptown campus to teach participants about the history and culture of New Orleans. Students can register at Reily Member Services in teams of two to four for $10 a person.
17 Sunday VIEUX CARRE NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE TOUR 10 a.m./Reily Student Recreation Center
Reily will sponsor a bike tour of the Vieux Carre neighborhood. Admission is free and registration is not necessary. Participants are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the above listed time, wear a helmet and sign a waiver at check-in.
18 Monday TULANE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS PROGRAMMING PRESENTS THE SHINS 8 - 11 p.m./McAlister Auditorium
The Shins, an American indie rock band, will perform for TUCP’s spring concert. The band Native America will open. Tickets are on sale online and in the Lavin-Bernick Center for $10 for students, staff and faculty and $25 for the public.
19 Tuesday ENGLISH DEPARTMENT RECEPTION FOR PROSPECTIVE MAJORS 5:30 - 6:30 p.m./Lavin-Bernick Center, Pedersen Lobby
As a part of Liberal Arts Major Week, the English department will host a reception for prospective major students. Prospective students will be able to meet current students in the major, recent graduates and faculty in the English department to ask questions about the English major.
20 Wednesday NEW CINEMA FROM LATIN AMERICA 7 - 9 p.m./Jones Hall Room 102
The film “Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo,” which translates to “I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You,” will be screened in Jones Hall as well as online and at the downtown campus.
Terrilynn Monnette, a New Orleans teacher of the year, has been missing since March 2. Monnette, who was celebrating her birthday, was last seen at 4 a.m. talking to an unidentified man in a parking lot where according to New Orleans Police Department. The man is not considered a suspect in the disappearance. Monnette’s friends and family have put up a billboard in downtown New Orleans in hopes of aiding search efforts. Toni Enclade, Monnette’s mother, said she believes someone has taken her daughter.
LINDY BOGGS CELEBRATES 97TH BIRTHDAY
A party was thrown for Lindy Boggs, the first women elected to Congress from Louisiana and Newcomb College alumna in honor of her 97th birthday on Wednesday. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted the party to honor Boggs and celebrate Women’s History month.
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Student sues Tulane Watch blog for THEFT cyberbullying, ‘demeaning’ statements
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by mike demattia chief staff writer
Freshman Tara Wilson filed suit in the Southern District of Texas on Feb. 26 stating she was a cyberbullied victim of the blog “Tulane Watch,” whose anonymous author posted numerous “demeaning and insulting” statements about her. “I’m not really sure how it started,” Wilson said. “I decided [to file suit] because it seemed like the writing was becoming increasingly hostile and aggressive.” The blog, which was taken down following the suit’s filing, also mentions many other Tulane students, drawing criticism. Sophomore Emily Mayer said she was surprised to hear the harsh statements that were being posted online. “I can’t believe someone would think that’s okay,” Mayer said. “On what grounds is it alright to put someone you don’t know down and make false
claims about them? It’s sad to hear we have that going on at Tulane. I’d think we were mature enough not to do that.” Nationally, cyberbullying has drawn greater attention as the percentage of teenagers with social media profiles tops 90
percent and more cases of misuse gain publicity. Director of Student Conduct Abigail Gaunt said students at Tulane are subject to conduct hearings based on content they post online. “In terms of enforcement, it becomes much more difficult to
enforce a code of conduct when the writers remain anonymous,” Gaunt said. “Unfortunately, what tends to happen is the moment a university shuts one blog down, another one pops up.”
Tulane student’s house robbed on Broadway Student engages in a brief struggle with the man inside his house by emma discher
assistant news editor An unknown man entered a Tulane student’s residence at 11:02 p.m. on March 4 on the 1000th block of Broadway St. and after stealing items, attempted to flee. The suspect encountered a resident of the house, and after a short struggle, he ran westbound on Freret Street. The New Orleans Police Department responded to the scene and searched the area for the suspect with no results. According to an NOPD news release, the suspect was caught on surveillance video, and an investigation is underway. This incident follows a recent string of off-campus burglaries that ended in the Feb. 12 arrest of Richard D. Barnes. NOPD connected Barnes to 15 suspected and eight confirmed
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university-area burglaries from Jan. 20 through Feb. 12. “[Barnes] was targeting university students because of the shared space that our off-cam-
pus students have with roommates and whatnot,” Jon Barnwell, Tulane University Police Department superintendent said. “They often forget to lock
doors, and he was just going around finding unlocked doors. Most of our crimes that occur in the Uptown area are crimes of opportunity.”
Silverman and Jules Staib. Six days later, two Kappa Sigma fraternity pledges, Jason Polsky and Alexander Montiel, stole more than 2,000 copies of The Hullabaloo’s Feb. 28 issue. Wilson said these events prompted the suspension. Because of the suspension of operations the chapter is prohibited from conducting chapter meetings and social or community service events. Members who reside in the Kappa Sigma house at 642 Broadway St., however, can continue living there. “This is a normal procedure that [Kappa Sigma] follows anytime there has been an allegation of a potential violation,” Wilson said. “It’s a standard practice we use.” In its Feb. 28 issue, The Hullabaloo ran a front-page article reporting on the drug raid of the Kappa Sigma house. Polsky told Tulane University Police Department that the subject of the story involving his fraternity motivated him to remove the papers from newsstands across campus. A TUPD detective said that Polsky and Montiel, both freshmen, admitted to acting without direction from their fraternity brothers. Polsky said in an emailed statement that he stole the newspapers because he saw the article about the drug raid as a “shot” at his friends and the Kappa Sigma house. “I truly am sorry that your newspaper became the target of my frenzied rage, and I understand that I cost your independently run paper a good deal of money,” Polsky said in the statement. “For this I am sincerely sorry and would like to make it up to
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Student Goverment will vote on the existence of liaison positions by mike demattia chief staff writer
The Tulane Undergraduate Student Government will vote on a package of changes to its constitution during the Senate body meeting on Tuesday, including the removal of all four liaison positions from the USG Senate. The four liaison positions potentially being cut from the Senate represent Greek life’s Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, Residence Hall Association, Newcomb College and Athletics’ Student Athlete council. Liaisons provide routine reports and updates of the groups they represent and additional information to committees when necessary. Though liaisons have full speaking privileges in Senate meetings, they do not have the power to vote or hold permanent seats on committees. USG Executive Vice Presi-
dent Michael Eisenstatt said the reason behind the changes was to move toward equal representation by senators. “It’s not that we’re saying liaisons aren’t important or that USG doesn’t care about what goes on with the Greek community or RHA,” Eisenstatt said. “But a senator’s job is to represent students and they are elected to represent the student body. Liaisons are basically saying that we’re identifying a particular group of students that deserves extra representation, but that ultimately diminishes a senator’s ability to do their job.” USG President-elect Morgan Wittenberg said she agreed that the changes are meant to streamline representation. “You have senators who are elected by the entire student body and liaisons who don’t represent the entire Tulane community both with a Senate presence,” Wittenberg said. “So if we’re trying to streamline representation, why are we giving
these four people that position when there are dozens of entities at this school that are also important?” The positions’ removal would not take effect until the 2014-15 academic year. RHA liaison Anthony Holland said that the loss of these liaisons could make coordination between USG and other important bodies of students difficult. “What’s being lost, essentially, is immediate access to each other,” Holland said. “Having this liaison position is an immediate conduit to what the heart of student life is.” Eisenstatt said he thought cooperation between groups was important. “There are certain governments at Tulane that are not directly related to USG that do very meaningful things,” Eisenstatt said. “There should be a line of communication between them.” Wittenberg believes a number of possible alternatives to
liaison representation exist if USG votes to remove it. “I would like to look at the student life bylaws and have an RHA external member who will have voting privileges [in specific committees],” Wittenberg said. “The thought behind that is the senators in those committees can then sponsor legislation that these external members help design.” Despite the reforms, Holland said he remains confident that in the future, these groups will continue to collaborate with USG. “The communication won’t stop, and I’m fully confident in that,” Holland said. “It’s ultimately just making things a little more difficult. I don’t expect every senator on USG to know that the elevators in Monroe are crap, [so] if you’re cutting out that voice, hopefully it will get to these senators. It’s just putting a lot of weight on them.”
you in any way possible.” Polsky and Montiel agreed to pay $1,896 to The Hullabaloo to fully cover the cost of the stolen copies of the newspaper, valued at $1 per copy after the first two issues. Kappa Sigma reimbursed the cost of the papers. “I’m very happy to see that TUPD’s investigation has concluded in the apprehension of two men responsible for the theft and planned restitution payments to the newspaper,” Hullabaloo Editor-in-Chief Ryan Jones said. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with how TUPD’s officers and detectives dealt with the situation from start to finish. I am also very proud of my staff, which did a great job of responding to the theft.” Newsstands at locations including three of the four racks in the Lavin-Bernick Center, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Sharp Hall and the breezeway of Percival Stern Hall were completely emptied by the afternoon of Feb. 28. Hullabaloo Distribution Manager James Arney first discovered theft after finding multiple bundles of newspapers, moved from the LavinBernick Center loading dock, in a nearby trash receptacle. Soon after, Hullabaloo staff writer Sam Fishman saw Polsky and Montiel disposing of more newspapers near Phelps House and took a cell phone picture of them. “I saw them walking with two stacks of paper in each hand, so I followed them,” Fishman said. “I saw them open the recycling bins behind Phelps, and one guy threw it in.” TUPD later used the photo to identify Polsky and Montiel. The Hullabaloo reprinted 1,000 copies of the Feb. 28 issue to partially replace the stolen newspapers.
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The Rise of China Lecture Series “China's ‘Reform and Opening’: Past, Present, and Future(s)” April 2, Stone Auditorium, 5:00 pm
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
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
Student holds fundraiser for literacy foundation with help of local restaurants by alexandra saizan staff writer
The second annual Taste New Orleans Savor Literacy event brought more than two dozen restaurants to Pocket Park on March 6. The fundraiser benefitted Start the Adventure in Reading, a local charity which aims to raise literacy rates in elementary school-aged children. The event featured tastings from local restaurants and a performance by the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Taste New Orleans was created and organized by sophomore Josh Weinberg. Taste New Orleans is one of STAIR’s two annual fundraisers. Taste New Orleans raised $4,000 last year, and STAIR hoped to raise the expected amount to $15,000 this year. The final count of earnings and attendance has not yet been calculated. Weinberg said that New Orleans’ food-obsessed culture inspired him to develop the event.
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“Coming here last year, it made sense that this is a city of prolific food and music,” Weinberg said. “It was a way for me to channel this call to initiative that I had to find my leadership skills.” Taste New Orleans featured food from chains such as Arby’s and Chipotle as well as local eateries such as the Blue Oak and Nacho Mamas. Participating restaurants donated all the food. All the money earned from the event
directly benefitted STAIR. Karyn Van Buren, attendee and staff member in the Division of Student Affairs said that she was impressed with the selection of tastings. “The food is really good,” Van Buren said. “You have such a variety.” STAIR has a strong connection to Tulane through its numerous student volunteers and collaboration with the Center for Public Service. “It’s no problem getting Tulane tutors to volunteer
either at STAIR or at this event,” Executive Director of STAIR Sarah Woodard said. Woodard said that she hopes the fundraiser will attract new volunteers to work with STAIR. “Maybe there are some teachers out there who are concerned about literacy,” Woodard said. “It’s super important, especially in the New Orleans area, where literacy rates are not that great. We always need tutors.” Weinberg said he wants the event to inspire students to get involved in the community. “They’re going to become aware that on campus there is the possibility that any one person can take initiative and feel empowered,” Weinberg said. “You come here, and they preach how this is a community service-oriented school. Why not accept your call of action? There’s no better place to accept your call [than at Tulane].”
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work on it.” The proposed consequences of smoking on campus are outlined in a threepoint plan. Phase one, which would begin immediately after approval by University Senate, would work to inform the Tulane community about the policy and its implementation. Increased services would be provided to help interested students quit smoking. Phase two would begin on Aug. 1, 2014. Policy violators will receive warnings and will be provided information about the policy. On Jan. 1, 2015, phase three would be put in effect, and fines and conduct procedures will be implemented. Tulane’s current smoking policy provides 20 designated smoking areas and prohibits smoking within 25 feet of academic and residential buildings. “There’s been more student input since [the previous USG legislation] into this process and into how it’s going to be implemented,”
Haskins said. Freshman James Steele, who identifies himself as an occasional smoker, said that he believes the policy will hurt Tulane students more than it will help them. “It’s going to be much more irritating for Resident Advisors and TUPD to have to scan the entire campus all the time,” Steele said. “It’s just going to be nitpicky.” Freshman Emma Johnson said that banning smokers from campus raises safety concerns. “As a non-smoker, I would definitely appreciate a smokefree campus, but I don’t think banning cigarettes is the best option,” Johnson said. “It will most likely just force the smoking portion of the student body off-campus to smoke, possibly in unsafe environments.” Senior Will Roeder said that he did not believe students have been properly informed or given a voice about the impending ban. “I had no idea that this was even being voted on,” Roeder said. “It sounds absurd to ban smoking on a campus as big as Tulane.”
Rise of China lecture series highlights country’s growth staff writer
Southern Methodist University Professor Hiroki Takeuchi presented the second installment of Tulane’s Rise of China lecture series on Monday. This series presents a brief introduction to China, including the rise of the communist regime and the explosion of its economic growth. The series is organized by Tulane Professor Martin Dimitroy to increase awareness of China’s importance. “I wanted to raise a profile of China and to sensitize both students and faculty members and members of the wider community of the growing importance of China and the opportunities that were es-
sential for making China’s Zedong’s rise to power. In Monday’s lecture, feel as if they have control,” rise possible,” Dimitrov said. Perry said she believes Takeuchi discussed local gov- Takeuchi said. The first two lectures fo- that to understand modern- ernment and the emergence Takeuchi said though cused on the evolution of day Chinese culture, one of proto-democratic govern- some villages do now have China’s government. They must understand its histori- ments in China’s rural areas. elected leaders, the system is serve as a context for a far cry from local the following lectures, elections in the Unitwhich will discuss Chied States. Bribery na’s rising economic and election rigging I wanted to raise a profile of China and to sensitize is common and the and political power. “We wanted to have of the vilboth students and faculty members of the wider authority a historical progreslage leadership is still community of the growing importance of China sion, and we started heavily subject to the with a lecture on the overarching national and the opportunities that were essential for origins of the Chinese government. making China’s rise possible. communist party,” “The village demDimitrov said. ocratic system is not Professor Elizabeth working,” Takeuchi MARTIN DIMITROV Perry gave the first said. POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR lecture titled, “Culture While many villagFoundations of Chies elect their leaders, nese Communism: Mining cal roots. The need to collect taxes ef- democracy does not expand the Anyuan Revolutionary “It’s unprecedented in ficiently contributes to this to the township, provincial Tradition” on March 4. Per- world history to have this democratic spark. or national levels of governry discussed the roots of the kind of rapid economic rise,” “The best way to get peo- ment. communist system and Mao Perry said. ple to pay taxes is to let them “Democracy is not spread-
ing vertically,” Takeuchi said. Many students said they think that programs about China benefit the student population. Freshman Kellen Farris thinks that because of the China’s growing prominence, learning about the country is necessary. “It’s the second-largest economy in the world, so it’s definitely important,” Farris said. Dimitrov said that turnout at both lectures exceeded his expectations. “This has had a very healthy turnout, and I am very happy about it because it shows there is interest in China,” Dimitrov said. The next Rise of China lecture will be given by Stanford University Professor Andrew Walder at 5:00 p.m. on April 2 in Stone Auditorium.
staff at Alpha Delta Pi, and we have no indication that they will not follow through with their colonization plans,” Schafer said. “Our agreement with them states they were invited to extend at the next viable opportunity, sometime between the spring of 2014 and the spring of 2016.” Women interested in ZTA were required to scheduled infoviews with sorority officials. During the infoview, women received information about the sorority and ZTA officers gauged the potential new
member’s interest. Freshman Alexa Levinson said she did not understand why ZTA was cutting women while looking for more members. “What was weird about it was that they were cutting people who I knew had been really dedicated about [ZTA],” Levinson said. “Yet ZTA was looking for 80 more girls who didn’t infoview until after preference night who had shown less preference than my friends and me. It was just a weird string of events.”
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Journalist speaks to class on post-revolutionary Egypt by kaila lopez staff writer
New York Times journalist Kristen McTighe, video conferenced Professor Bouchaib Gadir’s Arabic Media class from Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday to discuss her experiences covering postRevolutionary Egypt. Seattle native McTighe has spent the last 10 years living abroad as a freelance journalist. McTighe previously reported from Spain and France and recently began covering the Arab Spring movement in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. She is currently stationed in Cairo, providing coverage of the political unrest in Egypt for the New York Times. Gadir asked McTighe to speak with the class about life in post-Arab Spring Egypt. “I wanted to enable my students access to knowledge
on the topic through various mediums rather than limiting the information that we analyze,” Gadir said. Junior Cody Wild said she enrolled in the class to continue studying the Arabic lan-
it’s managed to combine language and vocabulary building with timely content and applications everything from captioning Arab Spring snapshots to reading articles to writing summaries of topical
“I don’t feel safe; when I go to a protest, I have to be with an Egyptian man [for fear of] mob attacks where women are encircled and raped in public,” McTighe said. “I was at a protest once taking
The students were able to hear about current demonstrations and elections in Egypt from a journalist on the scene seeing these things firsthand. BOUCHABIB GADIR
DEPT. OF FRENCH AND ITALIAN PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE
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guage through analyzation of Arabic media. “The Arabic Media class is a dynamic, exhilarating experiment, and one I’m happy to be a part of,” Wild said. “It’s the department’s first time offering the class, and
lectures.” McTighe discussed the difficulties of living in Cairo during a time of such drastic social restructuring. She, along with many other women living in Egypt, has been the victim of misogyny.
photos at the frontline of the clashes. A group of men encircled me, and I thought that something was going to happen, but luckily, police decided to started shooting at that moment, so everyone ran. But things happen like that all the
“This to me said that there will continue to be strong interest in the less economically developed world.” Students obtaining the LL.M. in Development will be required to take three or four core classes and will then chose
from a list of electives. Courses include Comparative Law, Human Rights, Economic Analysis and Law, Sustainability, and Development. Crawford said students will be able to travel abroad while pursuing their degree.
“These kinds of opportunities will now be available to the LL.M. in Development students as well,” Crawford said. “In addition, since my arrival we have started a number of law and development field courses in Brazil, Cuba and
time. I’ve seen women being attacked, they’ve had to be pulled out of the crowd.” Wild said she was glad she had the opportunity to hear an inside perspective on such a globally important cultural event. “Kristen’s talk was refreshing and clarifying,” Wild said. “In a political environment as tumultuous as Egypt’s is now, sometimes the important narratives can get drowned out by noise and naval-gazing.” Gadir agreed. “Kristen led an outstanding discussion which shed light on major issues occurring in Egypt,” Gadir said. “The students were able to hear about current demonstrations and elections in Egypt from a journalist on the scene seeing these things firsthand.”
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in those things.” Colin Crawford, Executive director of the payson center for international development, said there is a growing need for individuals with skills in law and development, and students with this degree will have an edge when competing for employment. “Our graduates will be poised to get jobs with a wide range of actors from law departments in private firms with foreign operations to national and international government agencies to non-governmental organizations promoting democratic reform and legal institution building,” Palmer said. “This is going to be a huge employment growth area, law and development in the coming decades.” Crawford said he expects two students to enroll in August but that the number may expand to 15, because of recent interest he has received. “Within 24 hours of the announcement going out, I received two inquiries saying this is just what they were looking for from a lawyer in Egypt and one in Panama,” Crawford said.
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Education scholar speaks at Tulane by zach oshin
contributing writer Paul Tough, an education reform leader, spoke at Tulane on Monday. Tough’s lecture, entitled “The Hidden Power of Character,” examined how character traits affect future success. “It’s important that our students build characters skills,” Tough said. “There are children who are well off that simply aren’t exposed to enough adversity.” Trina Beck, assistant dean of Newcomb-Tulane College, and Rebecca Otten, program coordinator at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, helped plan the event. Beck said Tough’s ideas about education are especially pertinent, because New Orleans has been at the forefront of reform since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “We were very interested in the topic of education reform, but this event really came out of students approaching us,” Beck said. “Education is a topic that we should all be interested in.” Beck said she agreed with Tough’s views on character and
took his sentiments a step further. “I don’t want to say that our students are sheltered, but many have never learned how to fail,” Beck said. Tough said college retention rates are many issues facing higher education in America. “We have to focus on getting students not only to college but get them through graduation,” Tough said. “I thought there was something missing from the education conversion in New Orleans and across the country,” Tough said. “There are lots of things that everyone can do to make the pathway to graduation easier. We need to start at birth and create a system of support.” Freshman Desmond Graves said he thought Tough offered an insightful and critical look at education problems, but Graves said he is not optimistic about the role Tulane can play in creating and promoting change. “What he said about the importance of character traits makes sense,” Graves said. “I just don’t know what Tulane can actually do help build those in the students.”
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Paul Tough addresses a crowd on Monday night in Dixon Hall. In his speech, Tough examined how character traits affect future success. He said it was important for children to build character skills early in life.
Alumnus, former Mayor Nagin pleads not guilty Nagin faces bribary, conspiracy, money laundering charges by david gourley
contracts to make those illegal payments and gifts, and flights and first class fairs, those are dollars that the people of New Orleans did not receive,” Goyeneche said.
Russell Robins, associate dean and director of the Stewart Center for Executive Education, has taught at Tulane since 1989 and knew Nagin as a business student in the 90s.
“I had no idea that he had an interest in politics,” Robins said. “He was a good solid student, picked up abstract ideas quickly, was well liked by his classmates, was respectful and
pleasant to everyone including professors, and he valued education.” Early in Nagin’s political career, he pledged to take a tough stance against cor-
contributing writer Former New Orleans Mayor and Tulane alumnus Ray Nagin became the first mayor in New Orleans history to be indicted and subsequently pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of corruption charges. Nagin received his Master of Business Administration from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1994. Professor Brian Brox said he was not surprised by the charges, which would have taken place during his four years holding office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “I didn’t necessarily see evidence of it at the time, but considering how little his administration did in terms of governing from 2006-2010, it is not surprising that other ‘activities’ were taking place behind the scenes,” Brox said. The charges Nagin faces include bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns. He will reappear in court on April 24. Rafael Goyeneche, president of the metropolitan crime commission, said that Nagin’s actions cost the city millions of dollars. “Every dollar that was overpaid and padded to those
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President Scott Cowen and former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin share a smile at an August 2009 press conference. Nagin recently pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of corruption.
TU named to Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by ashley easterly staff writer
Tulane University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction on March 4. Tulane has now earned the distinction seven consecutive years. The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded Tulane with the honor. According to its website, the distinction is the highest federal recognition a university can receive for its
commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Tulane is one of two universities in Louisiana to receive this award this year and one of 17 American schools to accept the honor at least five times. “The Center for Public Service administers the public service requirement; they’re really sort of behind getting this honor,” Public Relations Director Mike Strecker said. Tulane established the Center for Public Service in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The Center promotes
civic engagement by uniting academics and community. Freshman Renata Voci said she is proud of Tulane’s commitment to public service. “Receiving this award, not only once, but seven times in a row is huge,” Voci said. “Achieving that honor takes not only dedication but a commitment to improvement. It’s one thing to win it once and pat yourself on the back, but we’ve stepped up to the plate year after year, which is amazing. I’m really proud to be a part of that commitment.”
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ruption in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina presented a major obstacle to his plans. “It was obvious to all that post-Katrina, Nagin wasn’t the same politician the city elected in the first term,” Professor Thomas Langston said. “He had a falling out with the business elite and reformminded constituency that had backed him before.” During the period after the storm, Nagin is accused of accepting kickbacks in return for granting valuable city contracts to various businesses in the region. “He rebranded himself as a populist uninterested in the opinion of the high and mighty,” Langston said. “Now, it seems that Nagin simultaneously lost his moral compass.” This case is an attempt by federal courts to begin to penalize those responsible for the tumultuous events that followed in Hurricane Katrina’s wake. “Citizens place a lot of trust in our elected officials and it hurts not only the operation of government but also that trust when officials misbehave,” Brox said. “We need to have serious consequences for public corruption to discourage inclined individuals from even running for office and to make sure the people who do get elected are conscious of their duties.”
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Speaking Frankly by diana frank staff writer
T-Bois Blues Fest by magda jurczuk staff writer
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It’s time to pull out those tents and bandanas and prepare for the summer music festival season. First stop is the unique, family-run T-Bois Blues Festival on April 5 and 6 in Lacrose, La., just an hour outside New Orleans. Festival founder Mike Falgout said the festival originated as a community crawfish boil on the farm hosted by his family on Good Friday. “We saw about 150 people [come to the boils],” Falgout said. “We come from an area where everybody knows everybody, so once word got around, everybody’s pretty much in and out.” With time, fewer people were able to attend, and Falgout moved away and into other Gulf Coast cities. “I started to get involved in The Voice of the Wetlands
From the heartland of Louisiana, T-Bois Blues Festival founder Mike Falgout and family run a community gathering that started small but now attracts attendees from around the Gulf Shores
Festival in Houma, La, and I kind of started to see how a festival was really,” Falgout said. “That was my inspiration to get T-Bois going again.” T-Bois Blues Festival became a ticketed event for the first time last April. Falgout tapped into his familial and professional connections to book country singer-songwriter Anders Osborne. Osborne has climbed to the top of the country charts with his song “Watch the Wind Blow By,” recorded by Tim McGraw. This year, visitors will see Osborne perform once again, as well as Mia Borders and Nick Moss. Tulane alumnae Alex Bernadett is most looking forward to seeing Eric Lindell perform on the T-Bois stage this year.
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“Eric Lindell is one of my favorite artists,” Bernadett said. “The Gravy Flavored Kisses will also be there, and they put on a killer live show. It’s a blast.” A two-day ticket costs $80 and includes unlimited NOLA brewery beer, quality music, towering bonfires, fresh crawfish caught from the ponds of the farm and a camping option. Guests who plan to camp need to bring their own tents. Even as the festival grows, it is still a family affair. “My mom is at the front gate collecting tickets and my dad grooms the grounds and catches the crawfish and the alligators are all ours,” said Falgout. ”We’re going with the family theme, and family stays over.”
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Celebrate St. Patty’s Nola style by marcus graci staff writer
St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, so don your green apparel and get those pinching fingers ready, because New Orleans is the place to be for this beloved holiday. Just like any holiday in New Orleans, St. Patty’s Day will play host to more parades than any one city should allow. Parades kick off on Friday when Molly’s at the Market hosts its 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. and will feature horse-drawn carriages, starting in front of Molly’s at the Market, located at 1107 Decatur St., and will make its way to the Erin Rose at 811 Conti St. After a 30-minute pause to make sure everyone is still standing, the parade will continue on to Bourbon Street and then head back to Molly’s
at the Market. If you are still feeling the St. Paddy’s Day spirit after Molly’s French Quarter parade, then the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club has just what you need. On Saturday, the club will host its 66th annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Parade. The parade rolls at 1 p.m. following noon mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. The route begins at the corner of Felicity and Magazine Streets and will make its way down Jackson Street to St. Charles Avenue, and then back up to Magazine Street by way of Louisiana Avenue. On Sunday, the Greater New Orleans Area will host two spectacular parades with completely different flavors. Starting at noon on Severn Avenue in Metairie, the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee will present its 43rd annual parade that in-
cludes 46 floats and 57 trucks. In addition to the traditional parade throws of beads and novelties, this parade will also help you out with your grocery shopping by passing out all the culinary delights needed for parade attendees to cook own hearty Irish soups. Later that evening, the Downtown Irish Club Parade will make its way from the Old Ninth Ward to the French Quarter. Celebrating 37 years of Irish debauchery, the parade will roll at 6 p.m. and run through the Marigny by way of Royal Street, and then the entire length of Decatur Street before making its way to Bourbon Street. With Mardi Gras not far in our rearview mirror, parades may be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, New Orleans understands that parades aren’t the only way to celebrate a holi-
day. Starting on Thursday, the first of three huge block parties will begin. Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant, located at 2533 Constance St., will begin its three-day block party and will run on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The party starts at 10 a.m. and runs to about 8 p.m. each day. Tracy’s Irish spectacular unfolds alongside Parasol’s famous block party. Tracy’s kicks off its parties at 11 a.m. each day and will feature more green beer than you can shake a shillelagh at. If two three-day long block parties are not enough for you Irish lads and lasses, then you are in luck. Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, located at 3701 Banks St. will block off the street for its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day block party. Starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, the party will fea-
I love my boyfriend, but he can’t come unless he sticks it in my butt first. What do I do? I have heard many disturbing stories of women and teenage girls that believe their boyfriends will not be satisfied unless they partake in anal sex or have sex without condoms. To clarify, both myths are false. If your boyfriend can get off into his own fist, your vagina will feel like heaven in comparison. If you choose to partake in anal sex, do it out of your own desire and curiosity rather than insecurity and not because your partner is pressuring you. Regarding condoms, Indiana University did a national survey of sexual health and behavior and found that “adults using a condom for intercourse were just as likely to rate the sexual extent positively in terms of arousal, pleasure and orgasm than when having intercourse without one.” While condoms may decrease stimulation, taking measures to prevent sexually transmitted infections and infections is more important. Safe, consensual sex is the best sex. I’m a college student with a long-distance boyfriend. I take birth control, but there are times when I forget and when I wonder if it’s worth it to take it. I want security that comes with using birth control in addition to condoms, but I hate worrying about it all the time. What do I do? Many methods of birth control can provide you that second line of defense against pregnancy without daily usage. One method that will provide you with the same level of protection as birth control pills, if used properly, is the vaginal ring or NuvaRing. According to Planned Parenthood, less than one out of 100 women get pregnant when vaginal rings are used correctly. The nice thing about this method, in comparison to birth control pills, is that you just insert it into your vagina, leave it in for three weeks and then take it out for a week. The ring is easy to use, and you won’t have to worry about it as often as pills. Talk to your gynecologist and see if this is a good method of birth control for you. So I’m in a student organization on campus and am really attracted to one of the freshman guys. I think he’s giving me vibes, but I have a girlfriend. How do I get it in? College is a fantastic time for experimentation, so whether you’re a man with a girlfriend looking to start seeing the same sex or a woman already dating a woman, my props to you. I cannot, however, condone cheating and sneaking behind your partner’s back in order to see this freshman guy in your organization. If you want to hook up with other people, you have to start by being honest with your current partner and establishing a change in relationship status, which will make you free to pursue this guy. The way to “get it in” would be the same as with any other person. If you are a guy and you are afraid of stigma associated with homosexual interactions, start with innocent hangouts outside of your organization, get more of a read on him in private, and see where things take you. But most importantly, remember to be honest with your partner and with yourself.
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by alicia fine staff writer
Flocks of neon-clad festivalgoers descended upon the second annual BUKU Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World last weekend. New Orleans residents and out-of-towners alike came out for BUKU. The festivities started on Friday afternoon with the first high-profile performance from young hiphop phenom Earl Sweatshirt. Since his return from a school for at-risk youth in Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt quickly gained a reputation as a raucous performer. He debuted some tracks off his upcoming album, “Doris,” and threatened to dance while a recording of his voice played during a song. Taking the Ballroom Stage after Sweatshirt completed his set was post-
punk powerhouse Japandroids. The Vancouver duo’s set truly boggled the mind — there’s no way in hell that two people were capable of making all that noise. And yet the fortyfive minute show began loud and furious, impossibly grew in intensity, and then finished up at a punishing volume and crackling with ecstatic energy. Members of the audience moshed and howled along with the euphoric choruses. The very foundations of the building shook. Electronic dance music disc jockeys Flux Pavilion and R3hab put on lively sets early Friday evening to large dancing crowds, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Kid Cudi, the night’s major headliner, took to the Power Plant stage at 10:30 clad
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in a plaid kilt and got the crowd going with his blend of traditional rap and more lyrical R&B style singing. He performed fan favorites off his “Man on the Moon Part I and II” albums, as well as new songs from his upcoming “Indicud,” all with a refreshing touch of humility, a virtue rappers often lack. An eventful first day ended with high-energy DJ sets from Zedd and Sander van Doorn, and the crowd danced until Saturday’s early hours. On Saturday, rapper Kendrick Lamar gave a great performance, looking striking in all white against the dramatic light and smoke effects on stage. His random a capella freestyles made the feel particularly personal. Indie favorite Passion Pit was up next on the headlining stage in all
of its synth-heavy glory. Despite the heavily postproduced nature of the band’s songs, it sounded just as good, if not better, than their studio recordings. Frontman Michael Angelakos managed to put on an engaging show while singing in his signature falsetto. Calvin Harris, the DJ and singer best known for producing Rihanna’s hit “We Found Love” and the recent single “Feel So Close,” was the final headliner of the weekend. He performed a set perfect for dancing the night away on Saturday. The event was a success; though it’s only two years old, BUKU Music + Art Project felt like a seasoned member of the festival circuit. The event will only get even bigger and better with age.
Native America matures their sound by david preda staff writer
Native America started as Loyola graduate Ross Farbe’s sonic experiment in warehouses and parking garages. He created the perfect natural reverb in the city’s mysterious empty spaces, and fellow Loyola student bassist John St. Cyr and drummer Ray Micarelli completed the group in 2010. The band’s foundations in spatial experimentation and radiant dream pop have earned it growing local and national followings. On Monday, Native America will open for The Shins in McAlister Auditorium in what will be its biggest gig to date. The Arcade chatted with the band about reaching out to new audiences, booking shows and having a good cry. David Preda: You started Native America on your own, and then it grew. What are your major influences now? Because it definitely has a different sound now than when it was just you. Ross Farbe: I think one of the biggest differences, as far as influences, is … to make studio recordings. I
never thought about playing [the songs] live. When writing songs, that’s something I considered. I was going to record them in this certain way. I think that now we think more about the live show. Playing in front of our friends and fans is a big influence on us. DP: Would you say there are any bands that influence you? RF: Yeah, and it’s always changing. We’re all really down with old ‘50s and ‘60s pop songs. I think we all agree on noise rock and drone-pop kind of stuff — Deerhunter and the shoegaze revival that’s happening right now. John St. Cyr: Just the idea of soul music. The soul music ethos of serving the song, and that the song is greater than the artist. DP: You’re opening for The Shins at Monday’s concert. What does that feel like? JSC: I’m just gonna cry — everywhere. RF: It’s weird. It was a surprise to us because it wasn’t even a conversation that was going on for a long time. It was mentioned to us, and then it was happen-
ing. RF: We got invited to the Facebook event and were like “Oh we are playing for The Shins!” It feels pretty awesome to be honest. Obviously, The Shins have been a part of our lives, growing up when we did. I’ve listened to The Shins a lot in the past, and it’s crazy to think about playing with them. Playing with them is really surreal. DP: What’s next for Native America after this? RF: We are touring as often as we can. We did a two-week tour around the Southeast, and we’re doing another Southeast thing in April. And this summer, we’re trying to go up to the Northeast and do a longer tour. And more recording. We released a new album in January, and we’ve got some new songs we’re recording soon. We’re also trying to play local shows because there’s tons of awesome stuff going on in the city. DP: What would you say the hardest part about touring is? RF: Booking shows. JSC: It’s miserable. RF: It’s a headache. Once you’re on tour, it’s a differ-
ent thing. Planning for it is the headache. It’s worth it, though. JSC: Touring is fun. You get to hang out with your friends, go out of town. Ray Micarelli: It’s cool to show up in a spot, and your only obligation is to go to a party. That’s all you have to do. RF: I’d say we’re pretty lucky. DP: There’s definitely a widespread group of people at Tulane who haven’t heard of you. RF: That’s also a thing I wanted to add. We’ve played a ton in the city, and we have a community of people who come out. But we played this show with Kishi Bashi, and it was with a full venue of people I hadn’t seen at shows. At this show at Tulane, we’re gonna play to a lot of people who haven’t heard us. It’s cool to find people in the city that love rock and roll as much as we do. Native America opens for The Shins on Monday in McAlister Auditorium, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets cost $10, and public tickets cost $25.
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TUCP lands The Shins by michael hammer staff writer Indie rock band The Shins is headline Tulane’s 2013 spring concert, and Tulane University Campus Programming will sponsor the performance, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday in McAlister Auditorium. “I’ve been hearing a lot of positive buzz from excited students,” TUCP Concerts co-chair Taylor Hillburn, said. “[The Shins] are currently big on the festival circuit … so I think we got them at an exciting time.” The Shins formed in 1996 in Albuquerque, N.M. and have since released five studio albums, including “Port of Morrow,” which the band released spring last year. The band is a staple in the indie rock canon. Its distinctive brand earned legions of fans for its intricate lyricism, catchy melodies and wide discography. Its music has been featured in various movies and television series, including “The
Amazing Spider-Man” and most memorably in “Garden State,” when Natalie Portman’s character claims that the song “New Slang” will change your life. The Shins’ new lineup includes founder and lead singer-songwriter James Mercer and features an entirely new band, including its first female band member, guitarist Jessica Dobson. Opening act Native America features New Orleans native and Loyola graduate Ross Farbe, who acts as both an artist and the producer for his first album “Get Well Soon.” Hillburn said TUCP wanted a local band for the opener with music comparable to the Shins. Native America, composed of former Loyola students, is known for its dream-pop sound. Student tickets cost $10, and general public tickets cost $25. Tickets are available for purchase at the LavinBernick Center or online at tulanetickets.com.
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The Arcade chats with New Orleans band Eugene by kim alexis firn staff writer
Eugene, a band composed of Loyola students, is beginning to make waves on the local scene. Eugene showcases hard rock, funk and subtle psychedelic elements in a rollicking rhythm and blues package. Live shows cater to the band’s growing audience. “When we get up there, it’s not a scripted act,” vocalist Emmanuel Catanzariti said. “It’s about seeing what the audience is digging. My philosophy is that if I’m playing a song and I’m getting bored, then the audience is certainly getting bored. I know I’m not doing it right unless people in the front are subconsciously moving as well.” This attention to the mood of the mood of the room inspires audiences to sing along to favorite songs, while jazzinfluenced improvisation keeps the set-list fresh. The band members’ familiarity with each other’s stylistic tendencies enables musical conversation in a live setting. “If we do something small and it really fits the energy, then we’ll all pick up on that and try to take it somewhere,” percussionist Bruce Nolan said. “We’re always aiming to connect like that.” A medley of genres surface in Eugene’s songwriting. Songs lead up to dramatic choruses, while folk-influenced fingerpicking helps
transition between heavier and softer sections. The slightly gospel “Persephone” has an old school doo-wop hailing from the ‘50s and ‘60s, while the new single, “Curtain Call,” takes a funkier approach, with a Booker T & the MGs-like organ intro layered over a second line drum beat. Bluesy guitar riffs, solid bass lines and striking vocals build a smooth vibe for this song, which puts an R&B spin on early, Steve Miller and Little Feat. Eugene has mastered complementation of these different influences by analyzing its recordings. Catanzariti opened his musical time capsule to dust off songs for Eugene that he wrote as a 16-year-old. Pulling from this uncensored emotion offers a refreshingly youthful perspective. The quartet channels this underrated enthusiasm for life and music. “It’s so easy to burn yourself out, especially at this point,” Fleischer said. “I teach drums to 5-year-olds, and watching the fun and enjoyment they get helps me remember why we’re doing this and helps me keep that fresh aspect.” “Curtain Call” will be featured in the compilation “Made in New Orleans Volume 1” and Eugene will open for Gold and the Rush, Mission South and Mail the Horse on Saturday at Café Prytania.
Crawfish fever takes over with lineup release by stephanie chen
assistant arcade editor The student body was consumed with spring fever on Friday after the Crawfest Committee announced the musical lineup for Crawfest 2013. The Tulane-sponsored event, which drew 10,000 to 12,000 people from the New Orleans community last year, boasts a lineup of 12 bands and an estimated 18,000 pounds of crawfish. Conveniently located on Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center quad, Crawfest is the perfect event to sample the vibrant musical culture and local flavor of New Orleans. “Get ready to have an amazing time — a full day of music, food and art right on Tulane’s campus,” Crawfest board member Katie Zion said. This year’s festival includes headliners the
Funky Meters, Main Squeeze and Honey Island Swamp Band. The Funky Meters has grooved around the world, on stage with The Rolling Stones and in studios with Paul McCartney, Dr. John and Patti Labelle. Core members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are leaders in the New Orleans music scene who defined the funk and soul genres. With 40 years of concerts and touring experience under their belt, the Funky Meters continue to electrify stages at Bonnaroo, Jamcruise and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Main Squeeze is a Chicago-based funk band that has earned many honors in its short career. The Main Squeeze released its self-titled debut album in June 2012. It won an international battle of the bands in Macau, China in 2012 and has played at Bonaroo,
Glowfest and the Superbowl XLVI tailgate party. The group is famous for its complex blend of sweet jazz, soulful vocals and funkified rhythm that ignites the dance floor. Crawfest provides an opportunity for Tulane’s best musicians to rock out in front of their peers. The Crawfest Committee is partnering with Tulane University Campus Programing to host a Battle of the Bands at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Diner. Three Tulane student bands — Doombalaya, Gold and the Rush and Yelephants — will duke it out in the bowels of the LBC for a chance to tear it up on the Crawfest stage. “Including students in this year’s lineup gives them the chance to play with awesome national and local artists,” Zion said. A new addition to the festival’s annual lineup is
Crawfest Superjam — an original collaboration of local and traveling artists created specifically for Crawfest. “Crawfest Superjam is definitely something students should be looking forward to,” Crawfest Chair John Greenberg said. “Collaboration among musicians is something we felt would add a new dimension to the festival.” The festival also features Mississippi Rail Company, Mia Borders, Mission South, the Stooges Brass Band and several other amazing local artists. Get your Crawfest fix on April 20 at the LBC Quad. Admission for Tulane students is free, but non-students can obtain a Crawfest wristband before the festival with the purchase of a Crawfest T-shirt.
The Arcade’s favorite jams
WEEK Start Wearing Purple Gogol Bordello
The Way We Used To Chelsea Wolfe
Rise to the Sun Alabama Shakes
The Sticks Mother Mother
1957 Milo Greene
Black Like Me Spoon
Just A Ride The Virginmarys
Manchester Kishi Bashi
No te Metas a mi Esteman
El Idioma de los Dioses Nach
Thumb Buster The Oh Sees: Toe Cutter Te Quiero Stromae
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Alab ama Shake s will ro ck th e Su gar Mill st a ge by stephanie chen
assistant arcade editor Alabama Shakes is a hard band to figure out. Four years together, three Grammy nominations, one Saturday Night Live appearance and numerous accolades aren’t enough to explain what makes it such a special group. The overwhelming success of
its debut album, “Boys and Girls” can’t be attributed to its throwback sound or Jack White endorsement. The band’s success, which will be on full display on Friday at the Sugar Mill, is predicated on a magnetic quality that seizes listeners at first shake and makes them realize that this band’s got game.
Lead singer Brittany Howard has garnered praise for her electrifing vocals, a molassessmooth sound delivered with larger-than-life confidence. The former postal service worker’s sweet, gutteral voice is magnetic. It’s an honest thing that belies the 23-yearold’s deceptive youth. Howard’s voice is just one of the
reasons for Alabama Shakes’ boundless charisma. Though the band often receives comparisons to Motown bands, it so genuinely occupies its sound that it feels brand new. Gritty blues guitar perfectly complements bass lines and some deliciously toe-tap-inducing rhythms. “Boys and Girls” easily sounds like it
could have been recorded in a Southern dive bar — the production perfectly suits the band. “Hold On,” the track that fueled summer playlists nationwide has a spirit that necessitated car windows rolled down and the stereo turned all the way up. Other notable tracks include the rollicking “Rise to the Sun,”
assertive “I Ain’t the Same” and impassioned “Be Mine.” With such confidence, skillful songwriting and charismatic presence, it’s difficult not to fall in love with Alabama Shakes. Catch its sureto-be-packed performance on Friday with opening act Michael Kiwanuka. Doors open at 8 p.m.
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Tulane community unites after newspaper theft THE HULL THINKS... Writers, students and TUPD help resolve recent crime More than 2,000 copies of the Tulane Hullabaloo, about half of the total amount printed weekly, were removed from their stands and thrown into dumpsters and recycling bins around campus on Feb. 28. This theft prompted an investigation by Hullabaloo reporters and subsequently, Tulane University Police Department. Based on crucial photographic evidence provided by staff writer Sam Fishman, two suspects, Jason Polsky and Alexander Montiel, were identified. The Kappa Sigma fraternity also recently made headlines in this newspaper and other media outlets, including The TimesPicayune, for a high-profile drug bust at its house on 642 Broadway Street. When confronted by TUPD, the two freshmen confessed to the theft, motivated by The Hullabaloo’s coverage of the drug bust, and agreed to compensate The Hullabaloo for the papers destroyed. Each newspaper is valued at $1 past the first two issues, which are free. News of the newspaper theft made the Kappa Sig story one of The
Hullabaloo’s most-read articles this year. The poorly conceived act of retaliation against this newspaper for its reporting, in the form of attempted censorship, only serves as demonstration of the swift response by the Tulane community against these kinds of antics. The Hullabaloo received support from the Tulane community, readers and administrators, and through the actions of our news staff and the cooperation of TUPD, the problem was rationally resolved. This incident is not the first of its kind, though the theft is unique because of its successful follow-up. The last significant theft of The Hullabaloo happened in 2004, but conflicts surrounding the valuation of the paper prevented a comprehensive response. This time around, the misconception of the newspaper being “free” — discounting production costs, effort on the part of the staff and value to the student body — was corrected. Detectives from TUPD who cooperated with our reporters took the issue extremely seriously and went out of their way to look up the relevant law and precedents in order to take the appropriate measures, and as a result, Kappa Sigma paid $1,896 in restitution for which The Hullabaloo is grateful.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR The College Republicans are glad to see support for more ideological debate here at Tulane in “Encourage Further Ideological Debate on Tulane’s Campus” on Feb. 28. We agree that a large majority of students on campus that side largely with Democrats and liberal ideals. There are indeed divergent political opinions on campus, however, and there are real Republicans as well. Real people who voted for Mitt Romney and think the Senate Democrats are the real obstructionists — real people that do exist. While it’s true that many Tulane students come from left-leaning areas of the country, a majority does not always equal a quiet minority. The main factor contributing to a lack of ideological debate seems to be the climate of tolerance of different political views on campus. This climate is described with “The Look,” a facial expression of absolute astonishment and surprise, coupled with very strong comments. For example, when Michigan became a right-to-work state, Republicans who supported the move often got “The Look” and comments that went along the lines of, “You’re against workers and unions because you support greedy capitalists.” An-
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR The suggestion and sad probability that each Undergraduate Student Government executive member will receive $2,000 per year is a misuse of school-allocated funds [“USG CBRC Proposes Exec Board Salaries” on Feb. 28 in A1]. Tulane is becoming increasingly unaffordable, and President Scott Cowen’s email detailing the negative effects of federal sequestration on Tulane paints a harsh new reality. Tulane needs more money, and unless it finds ways to make do with the money it has, the students will be penalized. USG exemplifies thoughtless spending during a university crisis. If it wants broader participation, then it should focus on real issues concerning students, such as helping the
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school with suggestions to keep costs down. Clearly, USG has found an extra $12,000 laying around, so as a start, I propose it returns the money to the university as a gesture of its newfound frugality. Who knows; it may help save a professor from being fired, or it may help maintain a grant or a scholarship. USG should lead the university in thriftiness and focus on making its budgets smaller and more efficient. Instead of finding itself facing a budgetary axe in a few years, USG can set an example for other undergraduate student governments around the country. Justin Avellar Senior
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other example is the discussion of education reform in Louisiana such as school vouchers and teacher evaluations. We’ve heard, “You just don’t care about inner-city schools and hardworking teachers.” Even a simple, “I’m pro-life” can prompt, “Then you’re against women’s rights and freedoms.” All of these individual actions contribute to the overall climate of tolerance here at Tulane. Students are afraid to speak up or say what they truly think because of the fear of being looked-down upon as a Republican, almost like a dirty word. We are very excited to a part of a growing ideological debate here on campus. We would love for more classes to be diverse discussions instead of agreement sessions. One idea to further debate could be monthly or bi-weekly student debates or news sessions on current events with a student from each side of the political spectrum. There are real Republicans at Tulane University. We are here and we are ready to debate.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio becomes first Latin American pope Runner-up Justin Timberlake reportedly furious. Lady Gaga recovers from hip surgery in a 24-karat gold-plated wheelchair Hey, that’s just how the woman rolls. McDonald’s will begin selling an egg white breakfast sandwich next month Thus solidifying McDonald’s sterling reputation as an institution of healthful and elegant cuisine.
Mississippi passes bill banning portion restrictions and calorie counts in menus Makes sense. Isn’t Mississippi’s state motto “Eat well, grow round and hold your rifle tight” or something? 43-year-old man sucked into 5.5 meter-deep sinkhole while playing golf That unholy pact he made 20 years ago with Satan is finally coming back to get him. Locusts swarm over Israel near the Egyptian-Israeli border Quick, everyone, convert to Christianity now, before it’s too late.
Tulane academia has a diamond in the rough. Everyone knows the star power of James Carville. As a student in his 2012 Presidential Election class, I can attest to the magnificence that is the Ragin’ Cajun. The professor with his own “Office of James Carville” has a staff of interns, secretaries, drivers and tooth brushers. He’s practically his own state department. To get into his class, you must fill out an application, write a myriad of short answer questions and compete against 200 other qualified applicants for 40 spots in his class. It is definitely the crème de la crème of Gibson Online, the powdered sugar atop the oily beignet of Tulane courses. The political science department boasts another rock star, and she requires no application, no essays and no demographic checks. Her name is Melissa Harris-Perry. The host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC, Professor HarrisPerry spends her weekdays teaching at Tulane and every Friday, flies to New York for her show. With a flair for blending biscuit jokes with southern Baptist religious theory, Harris-Perry deftly crosses over from academic jargon to comedic black stereotypes — often in the same sentence. Just a few weeks ago, her African American Religion and Politics class, of which I am a member, was
discussing Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, when the conversation suddenly broke out into a full class debate over which rap artist was the best lyricist of our generation. Harris-Perry claimed that nobody could touch Holly Grove’s own Lil’ Wayne, while the class countered with Kanye West and Jay-Z. Fed up with the ignorance of a bunch of white college students, Harris-Perry shook her head and said, “Jay’s lyrics are wack.” I can safely say I’ve never heard a professor use the word “whack” in a sentence. But that’s what makes Harris-Perry so special. She is so intune with the happenings of today. She listens to hip-hop. She watches SportsCenter. Yet she also has a Ph.D. from Duke University and became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University. There are so many racial debates raging in this country and she knows the details on all of them: Michael Vick and dog-fighting — check; Robert Griffin III — check. And, she’s interviewed President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. No big deal. If you’re a political science student, from the moment you walk on campus, you’re told to take James Carville’s class. I’ve even heard rumors of a kid coming to Tulane just because Carville taught here. Take Carville’s class, no question. But there is a new must for any major, political science or otherwise: Melissa Harris-Perry, no matter what she’s teaching. You won’t be asking for your money back. Sam Tabachnik is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at stabachn@ tulane.edu
TWEETS OF THE WEEK JENNY JOHNSON @JennyJohnsonHi5: “It’s pretty crazy to think that in just 7 years Honey Boo Boo will be a mom.”
ROB DELANEY @robdelaney: “‘It’s my Jesus given right to drink soda from a bucket you could comfortably bathe a toddler in!’ - weirdos in NYC”
JIMMY FALLON @jimmyfallon: “It was announced today that Miley Cyrus and her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, broke up. Yep, he cited ‘irreconcilable haircuts.’ #FallonMono”
DAMIEN FAHEY @DamienFahey: “The new pope looks stunning in white, resplendent in red and gorgeous in gold. But, like, in a totally not gay way.”
MARCH 14, 2013
CAMPUS College experience exacerbates OCD symptoms QUESTION health columnist
Obsessive compulsive disorder is used in daily conversation arguably more than any other psychiatric condition. Often, we hear phrases similar to, “I like to have my closet super organized. I’m so OCD!” Appreciating an organized closet or being a perfectionist, however, isn’t reason for an OCD diagnosis. Plenty of people have moments where they can’t stop staring at a crooked picture on the wall or they can’t stop wondering if the iron is turned off until they go home to double check. But having these fleeting moments of obsession does not indicate OCD any more than having one lousy day indicates depression. Though very treatable, OCD can be a debilitating psychiatric condition and can prevent a person from living a functional life. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, in any given year, 1 percent of the U.S. population will experience OCD, and 50 percent of those people will be classified as “severe cases.” Most people
are diagnosed with OCD as children or young adults. For people with OCD, symptoms may come and go, while becoming particularly worse in times of stress. College life exacerbates symptoms for young adults with OCD because it can be particularly stressful to leave familiar people, places and things while trying to get accustomed to a new way of life away from home. As the name indicates, OCD
thoughts such as these and move on with their day. If people with OCD are obsessed with germs, however, they literally may not be able to stop thinking about being contaminated. The second part of OCD is the compulsion. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors, mental acts or rituals that someone feels compelled to perform in response to an obsession. These compulsions are done in order to reduce the anxiety associat-
People with OCD recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are reasonable, but stopping the cycle of OCD without treatment is nearly impossible.
has two componets: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, persistent and uncontrollable thoughts or images that are unwanted and disturbing. Some examples of obsessive thoughts include a fear of germs, fear of intruders, thoughts about religious beliefs, thoughts of hurting loved ones, thoughts of sexual acts, or concerns with staying organized. People without OCD are able to filter out unwanted recurring
ed with the obsession. In reality, the compulsions are usually not actually connected to the obsession and only provide temporary relief for the anxiety. For example, counting is a common compulsion for OCD patients. People obsessed with germ contamination may be compelled to wash their hands eight times for eight minutes each in order to temporarily relieve the anxiety. Those with OCD often apply rigid ritualistic rules for
themselves. For instance, a person may have to get dressed using a particular routine in the morning. They might become excessively anxious that something bad will happen and have to start getting dressed all over again, if that routine is not followed These obsessions and compulsions usually consume the person for more than an hour a day and significantly interfere with a person’s functioning and relationships with others. People with OCD recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are unreasonable, but stopping the cycle of OCD without treatment is nearly impossible. The best treatment includes a combination of medication and therapy. Though many people may have very minor traits of OCD-type behavior, it’s important to realize what OCD is and what OCD is not and to seek help if you need it.
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“Ban automobiles before you ban smoking.” EMMALE BLANC SENIOR ENGLISH
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Chavez’s death does not deserve mourning Chris Daemmrich staff writer We’ve all heard the expression “You have to break a few eggs to make an omlette.” This adage is often true in politics; not much is accomplished without taking actions some find objectionable. When basic human rights are transgressed or forgotten, however, nothing can make up for the fact that the government broke its promises. For all he may have cooked up in the guise of goodwill and equality, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was fundamentally dishonest, and his death on March 5 should not be mourned by freedom lovers anywhere. Chavez was more than just a politician. The man referred to as “El Commandante” believed he was the physical manifestation of his political party and his country. Nobody is right all the time, and nobody is smart enough to predict or react to all the challenges that face a nation. A failure to adapt dooms any society or group in the long run. When a man believes himself and his judgments to be infallible — as Chavez and many other totalitarian leaders throughout history have — he is only dooming himself and the order he upholds to ultimate failure. Many acknowledge that Chavez created some benefits for the Venezuelan people. He made progress in addressing the vast wealth inequality between the nation’s European-descended coastal regions and the indigenous population of the interior, subsidized health care and education, and took control of some corrupt privately-owned oil operations. The old order of corruption, however, was merely replaced by a new one. The government-controlled oil enterprises now rot with the stench of corruption, and heavily subsidized foreign goods in supermarkets damage the livelihoods
of Venezuelan farmers. Crime has skyrocketed, turning Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities into gang battlegrounds as crime lords pay their way out of prison. The United States – and Louisiana in particular is home to its share of corruption. But in Venezuela, no newspaper exists to publish the misdeeds of those on the public dole. When political opposition protests, the state-run media was not inclined to give it much coverage when it contradicted Chavez. Through the administration of three presidents and four secretaries of state, Chavez steadfastly maintained that the United States was against his continent, his country and him. He even implied that his cancer was in some way caused by the Central Intelligence Agency. Fearmongering has no place in politics, especially when nucleararmed nations such as the United States and Chavez’s close ally Iran come into play. It is dangerous, irresponsible and insulting to the people who know no better than to believe the lies fed to them by their government. It is unlikely that much will immediately change in Venezuela after El Commandante is embalmed and entombed in his glass casket in Caracas. The political order he created was able to win last fall’s election without his campaigning. Popular Vice President Nicolas Maduro takes after Chavez, from his policies to his favorite sartorial selection — yellow, blue and red tracksuits. After the period of mourning, however, Chavez’s former subjects might take stock of the censorship, the kidnappings, the killings, the corruption and the continuing exclusion of their nation from the larger global conversation. Good government may require some breaking of eggs, but when a leader goes too far — as totalitarians like Hugo Chavez often do — the country ends up shattered. Chris Daemmrich is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
Stephen Slevin spent 22 months in solitary confinement in Dona Ana County Jail in New Mexico from 2005-2007. Most shocking is that Slevin was never convicted of a crime or even brought to a judge. Slevin was originally arrested in 2005 for suspicion of driving under the influence and stealing a car — which was actually given to him by a friend for a cross-country road trip. During his 22 months of detention, Slevin lost 50 pounds, developed bedsores and pulled his own tooth out after being denied access to a dentist. Upon his arrest, Slevin already suffered from depression. Since his release, he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. The recent settlement with Dona Ana County Jail awarded Slevin $15.5 million. The payment was one of the largest prisoner civil rights payouts in American history, but it was still short of the $22 million that Slevin and his lawyer initially demanded.
lowing in the footsteps of state secrecy and abuse of executive power in the name of justice. The United States is committing some of the worst human rights abuses in the world. As of Oct. 3 2012, 166 men are currently held captive at Guantanamo Bay. Only a select few have been lucky enough to receive an official charge or legal violation. Currently, 130 prisoners are on hunger strike after officials confiscated their Qurans and personal belongings. In September, a Yemeni citizen named Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif committed suicide after his release was discriminately overturned by an appellate court. Kristine Huskey, an attorney for Physicians for Human Rights, testified in front of the panel of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington on Monday and said that the dire conditions and indefinite detention have led to multiple suicides and hundreds of attempts at Guantanamo Bay. After years of unfair treatment, it is tragic that these prisoners see death as their only chance of liberation. Obama has allowed the continuance of this human rights abuse and expanded the program. In the latest National Defense Authorization Act, there are greater restric-
Obama has not only allowed the continuance of this human rights abuse and expanded the program.
Slevin was an ordinary American citizen. The United States is supposed to be the land of the free, but our own citizens are being held captive with no charge and no crime in utterly inhumane conditions. The issue of indefinite detention, however, spreads far beyond the reach the Dona Ana County Jail. The United States is the only country in the United Nations to refuse to abide by the U.N. Convention Against Torture and continues the practice of indefinite detention. In May 2006, the U.N. Committee Against Torture condemned the United States for the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. This inhumane practice is an insult to our judicial system and the founding values of this country. President Barack Obama pledged to close down the infamous jail within 100 days of his presidency. The executive order, signed on the second day of his presidency in 2009, represented the start of a new era that would end the George W. Bush administration’s brutal and lawless policies of torture and detention in the War on Terror. Those 100 days are long gone, however, and it seems that the Obama administration is fol-
tions against transferring detainees overseas, expanded executive power to place terrorism suspects in military custody, and a separate section that verifies the power of the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on suspicions of supporting terrorism. As United States students and citizens, it can be difficult to see the abuse of power happening on our own soil. Guantanamo Bay and the practice of indefinite detention, however, are threats to our own security. The powerful military complex threatens our liberty. Any John Doe can land in the same situation as Slevin, detained in his own country without a sentence for 22 months in solitary confinement. Do not let these human rights abuses slip by. U.S. citizens should be watchdogs and make sure our leaders are doing what is moral and constitutional for the betterment of the country. Contact your senator or representative about the dangers of indefinite detention to the American justice system and citizens’ liberties. Danielle Markowitz is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’d be annoyed.” CHRISTOPHER GASSAM FIFTH-YEAR ARCHITECTURE
“Designated areas should be enforced, but it shouldn’t be banned. You’ve got to please the masses.”
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“We need to think about how this will impact staff, a lot of them smoke.” OCTAVIO BRAJAS
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SPORTS LAGNIAPPE LSWA NAMES TULANE FRESHMAN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Tulane shuts out Illinois State to improve 8-5
The Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association selected freshman pitcher Ian Gibaut Pitcher of the Week after he pitched two saves and recorded a win in a 3-0 win against Northwestern State on March 5 and High Point on Friday. In his two games relief pitching, Gibaut has recorded two saves. Gibaut is tied for fifth place in Conference USA in appearances and tied for third place in saves. His current earned run average is 2.19 through 12.1 innings.
TWO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS HONORED BY CONFERENCE USA
TULANE GOLF TEAM RANKED NO. 22 IN THE NATION Coming off the heels of the team’s fourth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic golf tournament, the Green Wave this week ranked No. 22 in the nation. The young squad had four golfers individually ranked in the top 125. Freshman Emily Penttila is ranked No. 50, senior Maribel Lopez Porras is No. 60, sophomore Gemma Dryburgh is No. 95 and freshman Madison Opfer is No. 116.
IN THE PATH OF THE WAVE March 15 Baseball UTSA 6:30 p.m. Turchin Stadium Women’s Tennis Blue-Gray Tennis Classic TBA Montgomery, Ala. Women’s Basketball Semifinals TBA Tulsa, Okla.
Baseball UTSA 2 p.m. Turchin Stadium Men’s Tennis Louisiana-Lafayette 1 p.m. Lafayette, La.
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Junior Klara Vyskocilova volleys the ball against LSU on Feb. 6 in New Orleans in Tulane’s 4-2 loss. The Green Wave’s 7-0 victory against Illinois State improves Tulane’s record to 8-5 (3-1). The Wave will travel to play in the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic on Friday in Montgomery, Ala.
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contributing writer Tulane women’s tennis shut out Illinois State on Wednesday 7-0 and brought its season 8-5 overall, following two recent wins against Georgia State and Alabama-Birmingham 4-3 and 7-0 on March 3 and Sunday, respectively. The Redbirds came to
New Orleans hoping to end a losing streak, but they left with a 5-6 record. Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said she was content with her team’s performance. “I’m pleased with today’s result,” Sisk said. “I thought we executed really well in singles after a very sluggish start in doubles. We are still working on coming out of the gate faster and with some conviction. We will now begin our preparation
for a very tough Blue-Gray Tournament.” Tulane continued its successful performance in doubles, grasping the doubles point early on. In singles, the Wave only gave up one set to the Redbirds and won five of the six singles points in straight sets. Caroline Thorton sealed a victory over Carolina Abello 6-1, 6-1, while Tulane’s Hila Elster rolled over Kadi Ilves 6-2, 6-0. Klara Vyskocilo-
va’s victory against Emmie Marx secured the Wave’s victory. Several members of the team now claim more than 10 victories in singles play. Emma Levy, Vyskocilova and Jacqui Katz top the list. In doubles, the pair of Caroline Magnusson and Theorton led the team with a 12-6 record but walked away with an unfinished match Wednesday. Vyskocilova and Ipek Birol came away with an 8-2 victory, and Levy and
Elster followed with an 8-4 win. The Wave will play next in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic Friday through Sunday in Montgomery, Ala. “We are really focused right now on our attention to detail and making sure we are going to peak towards the end of the season as our year-end goals are quickly approaching,” Sisk said.
Wave starts off season with 2-0 record over the weekend
start to the season.” The Wave took three out of five sets and defeated Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday. The Wave believes they can compete at a national level. “All of the girls played well, and it was a good team effort,” Segal said. “If we play better, we work at every point and do the small things, I think we’re going to be really good. I thought we did that today and did it better today.” After its first season last year, expectations were low for the Wave. Segal, however, did some impressive recruiting over the past year and brought in four freshmen: Jackie Wegner, Courtney Liddle, Mackenzie Moore and Sophie Asprey. All four freshmen are sand-only volleyball players and received initiations to participate in the USA High Performance Olympic Camps. Asprey, who leads the freshman class, is already playing on the first team with Martone. Segal said that having sand-only players on the roster makes a huge difference. “I think that having sandonly players and indoor players gives us a good balcourtesy of parker waters ance,” Segal said. “It’s going to make the indoor players Freshman Jackie Wegner serves the ball inTulane ‘s 4-1 win that are playing as blockagainst Mercer on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. ers better because they have ceiving serves and helped someone behind them who by david holden Tulane win. knows the game really well associate sports editor Head coach Alan Segal and can read what they are said his team played well. doing.” After a 1-10 season last “They were a little nerSegal, however, said winyear, the Tulane sand vol- vous at the beginning, but ning is not the most imporleyball team tant goal for began its 2013 his program, season with though. two straight “I honestwins. The ly don’t think I think that having sand-only Green Wave that winning is defeated Merplayers and indoor players gives the No. 1 goal,” cer 4-1 and AlSegal said. “As us a good balance. abama-Bira head coach, mingham in I’m very comALAN SEGAL Birmingham, petitive and of Ala. during the HEAD SAND VOLLEYBALL COACH course I want weekend. to win, but I The Wave took the first other than that, they played think bottom line is that the three sets and beat Mer- well,” Segal said. “It’s a learn- girls should have some fun cer in its season opener on ing experience. As the match learning what the game is Saturday. Freshman Sophie went on, they got better and all about.” Asprey and junior Cori Mar- did a lot of nice things. We tone made good contact re- will get better. It was a good
Senior guard Olivia Grayson and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg received second-team All-Conference USA honors days after the team finished second in the C-USA standings. Blagg was the only underclassman to receive honors, while Grayson was named to an AllC-USA team for the second consecutive time this season. Grayson led the team in several categories, including steals, free throws made and minutes played. Blagg also led the team in multiple areas, with 61 3-pointers and a 37.7 3-point field goal percentage.
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Freshman pitcher Daniel Rankin pitches against Southeasten Louisiana in Tulane’s 3-2 win on Wednesday in Turchin Stadium.
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said. “I had a different approach today: I kept my four seam low in the strike-zone. I knew how to get outs. That was the game plan, so it worked pretty well. I knew I couldn’t overpower them tonight, so I had to locate pitches and get outs.” Garner came in to force a pop fly and a ground out to give Tulane a chance to win.
After Yandel walked and advanced to second on a passed ball, Carthon grounded out to advance him to third base. Crohan brought Yandel home on a single to left field. The Wave left 13 men on base during the game, a problem Tulane has struggled with since the season started, so runs were scarce.
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Coach’s Corner: Blagg and Grayson receive C-USA Honors HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH LISA STOCKTON by aryan azimi staff writer
Alexandra Hassan: How do you feel about sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson’s second team All-ConferenceUSA awards?
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Lisa Stockton: I think they really deserve it. They’ve had good years. We have certainly finished up pretty strong, and
they’ve really led our team. I think Blagg is the first sophomore to be recognized in the All-Conference, which says a lot about her performance. AH: What progress have you seen in the postseason? LS: Probably our rebounding. I feel that in our last fiveto-six games, we’ve really done a great job of battling on the board. Even with a small-
er lineup, we’ve been able to get extra opportunities because of our rebounding. AH: Where do you see room for growth going into the postseason? LS: For us, when we are consistent offensively, I think we win. It’s being able to shoot the ball well even against really good defensive teams. Because we’re so
balanced, it’s not one player that has to do it. It’s really by committee. I think our defensive has been good all year, so that’s probably been the biggest key for us. We’ve got a lot of different challenges in our bracket when we talk about if we play first, second, third, so we’ve got to be able to adjust to those.
Wave will taken on Golden Hurricane in quarterfinals staff writer
The Green Wave will face off against sixth-seeded Tulsa at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Tulsa in the first game of the Conference USA tournament. While Tulane received a bye for the first round of the tournament, Tulsa beat No. 11 Rice 74-52 in the opening round on Wednesday and advanced to the quarterfinals against the Wave. Head coach Lisa Stockton said the Green Wave was in a good mindset going into the tournament.
an average 66.8 points per game. Senior forward Brittany McDonald said the coaching staff ’s scouting prepared the team for the tournament. “Our coaches do a great job in scouting and making sure that each player is readily available to play to the best of our ability,” Stockton said. Stockton said the bench’s reliability would be key to Tulane’s advancement. “I think for us it’s really being able to get consistent play from not only our starters but from our bench,”
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I think we are in a position where we’ve [played Tulsa] twice this season; we feel like we know them. LISA STOCKTON
HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH Stockton said she expects a balanced performance on the part of the “Stockton squad”. “I think we are in a position where we’ve [played Tulsa] twice this season; we feel like we know them. It’s really a matter of how we go out and how we perform. We’ve won four out of our last five [games]. I think we’re playing well. We’ve got great depth to our team. I think we’ve got very good leadership, and I feel good about our chances.” The Wave begins the tournament with a 22-7 regular season record and tied for the C-USA title with
Stockton said. “One of our big advantages is that we are very team-oriented and so we got to get great play and a lot of points from our bench.” McDonald said this would be an emotional final game for the seniors on the squad—herself, guard Olivia Grayson, guard Tyria Snow and guard Janique Kaustky. “Me and my other three seniors won our first conference championship here, so it’s kind of ironic to be ending our last season in Tulsa,” McDonald said. “So hopefully we’ll have the same outcome, with a championship.”
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Senior guard Olivia Grayson (21) runs down East Carolina freshman point guard Chanel Green (32) in Tulane’s 55-52 loss on Jan. 27 in Devlin Fieldhouse. After receiving a bye in the first round of the C-USA tournament, the Wave will play Tulsa at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
First-year club advances to 2013 National Championship in Illinois
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Junior Dian Li returns the ball in the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association Southern Regionals on March 5 in New Orleans. The team will advance to Nationals in Rockford, Ill. April 11-14. “We are a shock to the all. Li is ranked No. 57 overby sam peterson other universities, because all. Both players will comstaff writer it is our first year, and we es- pete in their respective indiIn its first year of exis- tablished our team and are vidual tournaments in additence, the Tulane table ten- beating people,” junior Dian tion to the coed-team chamnis team has exceeded its Li said. pionship at nationals. own expectations and now The top two Green Wave The team views its heads to the 2013 College Ta- players from China, juniors achievement as a foundation ble Tennis National Champi- Kangkang Huang and Li, are for building a Tulane proonship April 12-14 in Rock- no strangers to top-flight gram in the years to come, ford, Ill. table tennis. Both trained increasing exposure and The squad earned its with professional gyms in bringing in more members. berth in one of the 18 guar- the state system, which proHuang is cautious, howanteed bids by finishing duced 24 winners out of 28 ever, about making predicthird in its regional division. Olympic gold medals in the tions about how the team The success is a pleasant sport. Huang is currently will perform in Rockford. surprise for a club that was ranked No. 8 North America “We probably won’t be only founded this year. and No. 33 best player over- the champion but we are go-
ing to try our best,” Huang said. “We’re just going to enjoy it. This is the first year, and we are going to be in nationals.” Club secretary Randy Leggett said he is proud of his rookie squad. “We are confident in our players’ ability based on what we’ve seen so far,” Leggett said. “With [Huang and Li] leading us I’m feeling just fine.” The opponents’ skill at nationals will not intimidate the team because its Dixieland Division hosted last year’s national champion Texas Wesleyan, as well as the runner-up Mississippi College. Like all new club sports, the team received no funding through University Student Government. Right now, its top priority, other than training, is raising money to purchase uniforms. “We applied for a USG travel request, and if we get that, then the majority of our expenses for the trip should be covered,” treasurer Conner Dolan said. “But that is just traveling. We still need uniforms and some other equipment.” The club is already looking beyond nationals. The chief ambition for the summer is using USG funding to purchase some tables, so that the team can practice on tables Riley does not use for its annual summer camp. “We’re bringing Tulane’s name to the national stage, and that more than anything is exciting,” Huang said.
Wave advances in C-USA tournament TULANE 66 • MARSHALL 64 by madeline dang
associate sports editor Tulane men’s basketball defeated Marshall in the Conference USA Tournament’s first round on Wednesday night 66-64, marking the Wave’s first win in the tournament since 2009. The Green Wave and Thundering Herd began the game point-for-point, tying at 14-14 at the 11-minute mark of the first half. Marshall, however, went on a 15-6 run to end the half leading 29-20. Junior forward Josh Davis led the way for the Wave in the first half and scored six points, pulling down three rebounds and assisting one basket. Tulane shot less 30 percent in the first half, which contributed to its nine-point deficit. “Credit Marshall; they had an excellent game plan,” head coach Ed Conroy said. “We faced them one time and beat them by a considerable margin, but we knew how talented they were and how good they were. They had a great game plan and kept us off balance.” The Wave and Marshall traded baskets for the first five minutes of the second half. Down 13, Tulane pushed back during the next six minutes to tie the game at 47-47, ignited by Kendall Timmons’ layup that cut the deficit to 40-29 with 12 minutes remaining. For the remainder of the game, the squads never held more than a 3-point lead. “The biggest thing in the game was how we challenged our team to change the course of the game
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Junior forward Josh Davis (00) takes the ball through the court against Rice on Jan. 26 in Tulane’s 73-66 win in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Green Wave defeated Marshall Wednesday evening 66-64 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa, Okla. somehow,” Conroy added. “Our threes and the ability to get into the press on some means we were able to get a flurry and get the game changed.” Tulane made eight of 23
3-pointers during the game, six of which were made in the second half. Free throws were also important to the game. Marshall made 13 of 19, but missed key free throws down the stretch.
With seven seconds left in regulation sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant scored the game-winning 3-pointer, giving the Green Wave a 3-point cushion. Davis fouled one of Marshall’s
guards to send him to the free throw line, where he converted on one of two with six seconds remaining. Davis ended the game with 18 points, and Tarrant scored 21.
Tulane heads into the second round of the tournament today at 6 p.m. against first-seeded Memphis. The Green Wave lost the previous meeting of the season in Memphis 71-60.
Strong pitching performance leads to Linebacker extra innings in victory against SLU Edward Williams settles on Tulane
Family pushes New Orleans native to join Green Wave in the fall after hesitations associate sports editor At the Tulane football spring game, linebacker Edward Williams, a New Orleans native, became head coach Curtis Johnson’s latest recruitment class of 2013 signing when he picked the Green Wave over schools such as Texas Tech, Miami and Oklahoma. Williams is a three-star prospect with a scout grade of 73 and is ranked the No. 56 linebacker in the country by ESPN. Williams’ decision to attend Tulane came more
want me to go to Texas Tech,” Williams told ESPN. “She has her reasons, but I still prefer to be in Lubbock, Texas. She really wants me to go to Tulane, but I do not like it there.” Williams postponed his commitment further when he received scholarship offers from Miami and Oklahoma. He said that the decision to pick Tulane was made as a family. “I talked with my family,” Williams said. “We came to the decision that Tulane was best for me.” Williams said that his
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I talked with my family. We came to the decision that Tulane was best for me. ... I will have a huge impact on Tulane.
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Senior first baseman Sean Potkay (21) protects first base in Tulane’s 3-2 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday in Turchin Stadium. Pitchers freshman Emerson Gibbs, freshman Daniel Rankin and junior Andrew Garner led the team to its victory.
by luke ilardo staff writer
Green Wave baseball defeated in-state rival Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 in 10 innings behind a strong pitching effort by freshman Emerson Gibbs, freshman Daniel Rankin and junior Andrew Garner. A 10thinning RBI single by senior Blake Crohan clinched the Tulane victory. Green Wave head coach Rick Jones attributed the win to his pitching trio. “You can’t discount how well Emerson Gibbs, Daniel Rankin and Andrew Garner at the end pitched,” Jones said. “The two freshmen
gave us a really good performance tonight. Andrew did a good job shutting down the tenth [inning].”
simple pop-fly ball was taken by the wind, and freshman Tim Yandel dropped it, turning an out into a double.
TULANE 3 • SLU 2
The two freshmen [Gibbs and Rankin] gave us a really good performance tonight. RICK JONES
HEAD BASEBALL COACH
Gibbs threw for three strikeouts and five hits in five innings. After opening with two hitless innings, Gibbs gave up two hits but was bailed out by a double play that ended the third inning. In the fourth inning, a
Giving up a hit in the fifth inning, and a single and a double in the sixth, it became apparent the pitch count was wearing on Gibbs. Rankin came in to end the sixth inning with a pop fly and line out. He pitched
two hitless innings through the eighth until he gave up a single to Southeastern’s Sam Roberson in the ninth. After Garner brought in infielder Brennan Middleton to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, Rankin opened the tenth inning and forced a pop fly, followed by a walk. After the walk, Jones substituted Garner to finish the game. Rankin said he used precision, instead of power, to outsmart Southeastern’s lineup. “Coming out of the bullpen, my arm didn’t feel 100 percent, just because we’ve been throwing a lot,” Rankin
EDWARD WILLIAMS TULANE SIGNEE
than a month after National Signing Day and ended a long and bizarre recruiting process. Williams committed to Texas A&M during the summer but decommitted when the Aggies asked him to sit out his first year. As National Signing Day approached, Williams decided he wanted to attend Texas Tech instead of Tulane. His mother, however, did not want him to go to Texas Tech and because Williams is under 18-years-old, he needed her signature on his letter of intent. She refused to sign because she wanted him to go to Tulane. At the time, Williams expressed his ambivalence toward Tulane. “My mother does not
mother’s illness was an important factor in his decision to stay close to home and play football at Tulane. Head coach Curtis Johnson was honest when he talked to Williams about playing for Tulane. “Coach Johnson didn’t try to sugarcoat Tulane,” Williams said. “He laid out all the pros and the cons, and in the end, Tulane had more pros than cons.” Williams immediately will compete for a starting position on the Wave’s defense. If Williams decided to attend a school such as Miami or Oklahoma, he would have likely ridden the bench at least his first season. “I will have a huge impact on Tulane,” Williams said.