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TULANE HULLABALOO the eyes and ears of the tulane community VOLUME CXII NO. 13 DECEMBER 1, 2016

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In today’s culture, sex is everywhere. From representations in media to individual sex lives, it becomes increasingly important to be aware of one’s sexual health. While Tulane offers an array of great sexual health resources, it seems unable to accommodate the growing number of students who seek to take advantage of them. Access to these resources is especially important as one in four college students will contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection, according to the American Sexual Health Association. For the second year in a row, Tulane ranked 37th on Trojan’s Annual Rankings of Sexual Health Resources at American Colleges and Universities. Tulane must make a greater effort to move up in these rankings and address students’ health needs TheWELL, the Student Health Center and Tulane University Peer Health Educators provide invaluable services to the Tulane community. With more than 50 percent of Americans contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection during their lifetime, sexual health awareness and testing are crucial. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that despite accounting for 25 percent of the sexually active population, people aged 15-24 account for more than half of new STD infections in the U.S. One popular service offered by theWELL is Get Yourself Tested, a program that provides free testing for STIs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV. In that time, students discuss safe sex habits with the TUPHE conducting their test. GYT is an incredibly popular service, with students booking appointments months in advance. Clearly, many students are attempting to be informed about their sexual health, but the university needs to make a concerted effort to accommodate demand, especially as Tulane accepts increasingly larger numbers of students.




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Panhellenic sororities change 2017 recruitment schedule by emily fornof associate news editor Come a week before spring semester begins, hundreds of Tulane students will be flying back early to participate in sorority recruitment week, known to most as “rush.” In the past, sorority recruitment consisted of two weekends. Based on this year’s academic calendar, the 2017 recruitment process will take place over five consecutive days. This year’s recruitment will begin with Kick-off on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and end with Bid Day on Sunday, Jan. 15. Kick-off will be led by recruitment coordinators — sorority

members that disaffiliate themselves from their sorority during recruitment in the interest of fairness and objectivity. These students introduce the process to the Potential New Members or PMNs. Eight Panhellenic chapters at Tulane participate in this recruitment process; Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau. All eight of the Panhellenic chapters will be introduced to the students on the second day of recruitment through an open house. This will be the first time that the PNMs will be introduced to the soror-

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CONTINUED FROM 1 Once per semester, students can receive free STI appointments, which are only offered Fridays from 1-4 p.m. While it must be expanded, this service is vital for several reasons: the testing is free, the infections theWELL tests for can have life-long implications if not properly addressed and the conversations with TUPHEs provide access to resources and information that is crucial for students’ future sexual health. Other institutions, including Vanderbilt University and Rice University offer testing at reduced costs. The University of Miami, on the other hand, matches its free testing with discounted health care for people assigned female at birth. At Tulane, free testing is a major incentive. Comparable STI testing costs range from $50-250 without insurance. For such a crucial service, this cost can be hard to manage as a student, so this access is invaluable. In terms of the STIs tested for, timely awareness and treatment are key. STI symptoms can be easy to miss. Chlamydia and gonorrhea may not present symptoms at all, but if they go untreated, they can have serious lifelong consequences, including infertility and sterility. GYT also tests for HIV, which destroys the immune system, making the infected person more susceptible to further infections and infection-related cancers. HIV is not curable, but if it goes untreated, it can progress to AIDS, a more severe and

deadly form of the virus. TUPHEs find that ingrained behaviors that stem from poor sex education come up often in conversations during GYT sessions. “We have a discussion about risk reduction strategies, and we see where [patients] are with their level of protection, just what they’re doing,” TUPHE Libby Aldridge said. She notes that changing behaviors is difficult, but that education is an important step. In a December 2015 report, the CDC found that half of high schools and onefifth of middle schools meet CDC recommendations for sex education. Many schools teach abstinence-only education. The CDC found that the area where schools fail the most is teaching students how to access and use condoms, which are one of the most effective means of preventing STIs. Meanwhile, only 12 states require any mention of sexual orientation, and no states require discussion of gender identity, which may influence the fact that people identifying as LGBTQ+ are more likely to become infected with an STD or STI. Along with varying levels of access to sex education, Aldridge also cites alcohol as a factor in decision-making. Many studies have found correlations between alcohol use and unsafe sex, but providing more access to education can dampen these effects. Aldridge recommends that students get tested every three to six months, as well as after possible exposures to STIs or after engaging with a new sexual partner. While it may be too late for this semester, come January, The Hullabaloo urges people who have been sexually active to make an appointment to get tested.

ities, but they will only be able to spend 30 minutes with each house. After this initial meeting, the PNMs will gradually narrow down their choices. Thursday of recruitment week is Philanthropy Day, where the PNMs will visit houses to see what each sorority’s philanthropic work looks like. On the following day, known as Sisterhood Day, the PNMs visit only four houses. “They learn all about the chapters’ sisterhoods and what really makes them them,” Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Programs Julia Hankins said. That Saturday is the last day for the PNMs to visit the sororities. They will choose two to visit and at the end of the day and rank those top two choices. The recruitment process ends with Bid Day. The PNMs will open their bid cards to see what sorority offered them a bid and will then go to the house for celebrations. “The entire process is what we call a mutual selection process, where the PNM’s are ranking the chapters in the order they felt most connected to, all while the sororities are selecting the women they see would fit best in their chapter,” Panhellenic Council President Rebecca Shafron said. Sign-up for the recruitment process is open until Jan. 3. Last year 725 women started the recruitment process, 585 women received a bid, 112 withdrew themselves and 28 did not receive any invitations. Each sorority has a certain number of spots that they can fill, which can leave room for later recruitment if there are openings.

“Depending on how the numbers work out behind the scenes, some sororities may be eligible to participate in informal recruitment following formal recruitment, particularly in the following fall semester,” Shafron said. “This consists of continuous open bidding where unaffiliated women may be recruited to join a chapter outside of formal recruitment.” Like the numbers of slots, there are other rules that each sorority must follow. One of these rules is a silence period during the recruitment process. The sorority members are not allowed to initiate contact with any PNMs other than pleasantries or academic conversation from kick-off to the end of the last event on preference day. From the end of preference day until bid day, the sorority members are on a strict silence period where they are not allowed to have any contact whatsoever with the PNMs. “Our number one goal is to assist the most girls possible in finding the best house for them,” Shafron said. “It’s all about where you feel the most welcome and comfortable, and what I love so much about being on Panhellenic is having the chance to help those women figure out where they belong.” Freshman Jenna Pucel, who plans to rush this spring, is eager to begin the recruitment process. “Sisterhood and community have always been two of the strongest values I hold,” Puce said. “I know that I can find … these values in the Greek life community.”


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Students speak for energy conservation through Unplugged by alexa christianson staff writer The students involved in the Tulane Unplugged energy conservation campaign want more than to inspire competition between residence halls--they aim to raise awareness about individual actions that impact global threats like climate change. Student volunteers called Energy Advocates, along with staff and student interns with Tulane’s Office of Sustainability, hosted the second competition educating and encouraging on-campus residents to reduce their electricity usage during the campaign, which lasted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13. Josephine Louise House won the competition by reducing its energy consumption by 2.8 percent over a two-week baseline period, more than any other residential hall. “The biggest piece in the competition is getting the Energy Advocates to participate with their dorms and raise awareness on energy use and how that impacts climate,” Assistant Director of Tulane’s Office of Sustainability Liz Pfafflin said. Energy Advocates were selected to coordinate outreach to peers about the individual actions they can take to reduce their own energy consumption. These students took a creative approach to environmental issues in their chosen methods of outreach to peers. “One of our advocates came up with a sticker design, and we passed that out at tabling,” Pfafflin said. “Another girl reached out to people by having a mini plant set up at her table…a lima bean in a cup with a wet paper towel…and [that] was how she

got people to come over and talk to her about the competition.” Freshman Isabel Froemming, an Energy Advocate in the competition, said that she started conversations in the dining hall or in passing in her dorm to spread information about the competition, along with Facebook posts to send updates on her dorm’s progress and areas for improvement. She also introduced the incentive of a free, dorm-wide breakfast to inspire further action. “I was honestly surprised to see how well my dorm was doing in comparison to other halls on campus halfway through the competition,” Froemming said. “It shows the importance of communication and how small efforts can make a huge difference when you rally behind a cause that most people can agree is good for the community. Having a moral tie to the project made it an impactful experience for me.” Organizers stressed individual actions like turning off lights when they are unneeded. Student volunteers tabling in front of dorm buildings handed out paper “pledges” on which other students listed specific actions they would take to reduce their personal energy consumption. Despite these successes, most involved in the competition would say that more work still needs to be done at the university level. “Countless Wall residents don’t know about the recycling room on the first floor,” said freshman Energy Advocate Eva Dils. “Out of the hundreds of students living in Monroe, zero applied for the Energy Advocate position. For me, this Unplugged competition is a clear indicator that though

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steps have been taken…there is more work to be done.” Some feel one of the biggest problems with working to prevent climate change is the lack of information and awareness many students have on the matter. “People just don’t know how their life implicates climate change… for example, that half of our energy in the Tulane community comes from the lights in the building,” said senior Elias Garcia, an intern at the Office of Sustainability. “A large part of sustainability issues is not the product you

get at the end but how you affect cultural change.” The Tulane Unplugged challenge to reduce energy consumption was the Office of Sustainability’s main project for the fall semester. In the spring, sustainability efforts will focus on recycling and waste reduction as an important environmental sustainability issue. “Individual action is a bridge to understanding how the larger culture can address it as well,” said Garcia. “This is one of a million steps that need to be taken, but

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USG passes legislation, aids in gender pronoun use on campus by canela lopez news editor Tulane’s Undergraduate Student Government took what some students are calling a small step toward progress by passing legislation endorsing the use of gender pronouns in all USG member email signatures, as well as supporting the incorporation of pronouns into other departments at Tulane. Legislation USG161108, co-authored by USG Senators Caroline Scott and Madeline Thomas, calls for USG members to add their gender pronouns to the ends of email signatures and for their name placards to clearly display their pronouns. Scott said the inspiration behind the legislation came from a variety of sources, primarily from USG’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The legislation is meant to make a concentrated effort to respect the rights of trans and gender nonconforming students. “Especially in light of recent elections that have directly threatened the safety and inclusivity of many people, especially gender nonconforming individuals, inspiration from friends at other schools, and just a general idea of steps we could take to make Tulane more inclusive,” Scott said. In addition to encouraging USG members to respect gender pronouns, the legislation also calls upon Tulane professors to increase pronoun usage. Among others, Scott lists the following: a. Professors always using the correct pronouns for their students, especially after they

have been made explicitly aware of someone’s pronouns. b. Professors listing their pronouns on their syllabi. c. Professors introducing themselves using their pronouns to their class, and (if appropriate) encouraging their students to do the same when introducing themselves. Scott said she believes this emphasis on pronouns is important because language is powerful and recognizing someone’s pronouns is the first step towards recognizing someone’s humanity and existence. “Because pronouns are so integrated into our everyday language, we take them for granted without realizing that trans and gender nonconforming individuals often have to constantly think about their pronouns,” Scott said. Whether it is going out of the way to tell people their pronouns or getting called by the wrong ones hundreds of times throughout the day The legislation was created by the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee of USG with collaboration from a variety of USG members including Scott, Thomas, DIEC chair Alex Bourguignon and Gender and Sexual Advisory Committee Chair Pearl Dalla. One concern raised by freshman and GES Treasurer Lydia Bell was the lack of communication between the Gender Exploration Society, an organization dedicated to creating a safe space on campus for trans and gender nonconforming students, and USG about the legislation.

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Celebration in the Oaks lights up New Orleans holiday season by jordan figueredo senior staff reporter

Cotton-headed ninny muggins rejoice, the holiday season is officially upon us. City Park’s annual holiday festival, Celebration in the Oaks, has begun now that everyone has eaten their weight in turkey and stuffing, moving on to peppermint bark and endless lines at shopping malls. Running from Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, Celebration in the Oaks is a holiday tradition which families in the New Orleans area and tourists from across the country take part in to help spread the holiday cheer and take in one of the greatest light displays in the country. Originally started as a fundraising event in the early 80’s to aid in the growth of the park, Celebration in the Oaks has become a staple in the New Orleans community. When Mary Rodgers, Chairperson of the Park’s Public Relations Committee, came up with the idea in 1984 as a fundraiser to spread the botanical garden, the idea proved too expensive. Director of New Orleans Botanical Garden Paul Soniat began the “A Tribute to a Christmas Tree” program where local artists decorated Christmas trees to be displayed in the Botanical Garden. Over the years, through changes in themes, locations and names to gain prominence and popularity, the public remained responsive. That all changed in 1990 when Christmas in the Oaks began providing audiocassettes with narration and a driving tour along with the lights, making the experience more interactive. That year, 350,000 people were in attendance. The following holiday season, Christmas in the Oaks became the festival we all know and love, Celebration in the Oaks. This year’s celebration also marks the 30th anniversary of the festival. What was once a fundraiser to expand the park has grown into a celebration of around 600,000 lights, and more than 165,000 visitors every year. The festival is dependent on volunteers to make it happen, as only six members are paid, and it takes eight months to set up. Every year there are hundreds of volunteers to ensure the festival goes on. Celebration in the Oaks has continued to progress with the inclusion of carnival rides, food vendors, singing crocodiles, a train ride under the oaks, a giant lit-up unicorn, themes throughout the various sections of the park and holiday music playing throughout. With families taking photos, couples walking hand in hand, friends posing for pictures together and children running through the displays, Celebration in the Oaks brings the community together in this family friendly, after dark festival. The festival at City Park opened Nov. 25 and runs through the end of the year. Admission is $9 per person and the carnival rides tickets, as well as the train ride through the lights, can be purchased once inside the park. Gates into the festival

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Celebration in the Oaks is an annual event that runs from Nov. 25 through the end of the year in City Park. This season’s celebration marks 30 years of festivities that appeal to both locals and tourists alike. open at 6 p.m. and shut down at 10 p.m. The 25-acre filled light display has become one of the most magical winter spectacles, and one spectacular holiday light festival. From train rides to Ferris

wheels and the iconic New Orleans’ snowman Mr. Bingle, Celebration in the Oaks should not be missed. Put on your most festive holiday clothes, pretend it’s cold outside and head

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November Project participants step up fitness routine by emily carmichael & caroline luetkemeyer senior staff reporter & contributing reporter

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Options like pancakes from Seed (above) and sandwiches from Breads on Oak (below) offer health-conscious recreations of typically non-vegan foods to a growing audience.

Veganism finds place in New Orleans food scene by parker greenwood

associate arcade editor Approximately one percent of the United States’ population consists of vegans, meaning there are 3.7 million people out there forced to scour menus for an option that fits their needs, and frantically Googling restaurants that can accommodate them when going out to dinner. Over the years, as more and more people have become interested in veganism and its health benefits, restaurants have expanded their options accordingly. If you’re wanting to grab dinner with your vegan friend, but are worried that they won’t be able to indulge in anything on the menu, worry no longer — New Orleans has plenty restaurants that now offer suitable options.

Breads on Oak:

Looking for fancy vegan breads or delicious vegan sandwiches? Look no further than Breads on Oak, located at 8640 Oak St. The organic, locally-sprouted tofu scramble on pumpkin cheddar biscuit is a heavenly way to fill the gap left by a skipped breakfast. If a savory lunch is more your taste, The Tulane Healthy Veggie Club recommends checking out the vegan muffanada with olive salad, smoky maple tempeh and veggie provolone served on seeded ciabatta.

Dat Dog:

Dat Dog is an unlikely spot to check out for vegans, but it boasts phenomenal vegan buns. To pair with this there are three different options for vegan dogs: Spicy Chipotle Dog, Field Roast Italian Dog and Smoked Apple Sage Dog. The Veggie Club recommends adding barbecue and blackberry sauce to any of these amazing treats.


This is the go-to vegan restaurant in New Orleans. “Seed is a great vegan restaurant in Uptown that serves vegan southern comfort food,” Maia Schoenberg, former vice president of The Tulane Healthy Veggie Club, said. “They even have gumbo, poboys, mac and cheese, grilled cheese... lots of great options that even non-vegans would love.” Some recommendations to choose from include a delicious polenta, an option which is unfor-

tunately not always on the menu, as well as the fried tofu, which is always available. For vegans that feel as if they are missing out on the whole beignet craze, your plight is over — Seed offers vegan beignets. Located at 1330 Prytania St., Seed is a bit more of a hike than the other two, though well worth the journey. With vegan options all over the New Orleans restaurant scene, there need not be any more worry about finding a restaurant that can accommodate the whole crew.

In a city known for its love of drinking and community, it makes sense that an exercise group centered on community and started in a bar has made its way to New Orleans. The November Project is a free workout group started by Northeastern University graduates Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric. They crafted the idea in a Boston bar as a way to stay motivated to work out in the Boston’s cold November. They made a pact to meet at 6:30 a.m. to work out, establishing an early morning tradition that still stands at November Projects that have spread across the country. The November Project combines cardio and circuit training in unique locations. In Boston, unique means Harvard Stadium. In Chicago, it means Cloudgate, also known as “The Bean.” In New Orleans, it means 6 a.m. every Wednesday at Champions Square at the Superdome, and 6 a.m. every Friday at the Lakefront, meeting at Shelter 1 on Lakeshore Drive. “The way the workouts are planned is you do a lap around the dome, and then you do 10 to 15 minutes of stairs,” George Clark, who has been attending November Project workouts for two and a half years, said. “… you may not be with [everybody] on the run but you catch up to them and you see them on the stairs ... then you do like a 10 to 15 minute crossfit style workout so you scale it to your own pace … everybody is doing something, and it just motivates you to see people as they get better.” In New Orleans, the November Project began with an article. In 2013, after reading an article in Runner’s World Magazine, Cameron Gilly rallied his workout buddies, Kate Gilly, Will Booher and Preston Reeder to start up their group, or what they call “tribe,” in New Orleans. Booher believes the community formed not only makes the November Project different from any other workout group but also keeps people coming back for 6 a.m. workouts week after week. Multiple members credit the success of the November Project to its culture of self-improvement, accountability and friendship. “[There are] lots of gyms that you can go to [and] no one talks to each other,” Tulane graduate and medical student Morgan Evans said. “You go, work out and leave. Here everyone is friendly, and I’ve gotten to meet people from age 20 to age 50 or 60.” Booher, a Tulane graduate and former Tulane cheerleader, said he would like to get more Tulane students, and college students in general, involved. He said he wants the November Project to be a health and fitness resource for all of the people of New Orleans, regardless of age, fitness level, race or gender. Member of six months Mia Fredricks said the motto of November Project is “just show up.” Fredricks said she remembers making the choice to “put herself out there” and show up to her first workout and said she never regretted it. “You know that feeling when you were with your friends, and you had a really good hangout or went to a cool movie or did something fun?” Fredricks said. “I get that feeling every Wednesday after NP because I saw my friends, I got to start my day off with the right people, and I think that’s really cool.”



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Excessive Black Friday deals promote harmful consumerism ASSOCIATE VIEWS EDITOR The idea of Black Friday dates back to the 20th century, but in recent years the event has become extreme. This year, many major stores opened their doors as early as 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Instead of giving thanks for what we already have, like the holiday intends, people across America are now using this day as an excuse to buy more. Additionally, many associate Black Friday with people waiting in the cold for hours before entering the stores, only to be trampled as crowds run around looking for deals. Black Friday deals should only occur following the end of the Thanksgiving holiday and should be more limited in a manner that lessens consumerism and chaos. Many stores had impressive Black Friday offers that began in the late afternoon and early evening of Thanksgiving. At this time, people celebrating the holiday would normally be finishing up the cooking and enjoying a dinner with family and friends. Though people question the origins of Thanksgiving and argue that this holiday should not determine whether or not people should be able to shop the next day, it is important to remember that employees across the country had to come to work on Thanksgiving to help fuel consumerism in America. While shoppers make a choice to spend Thanksgiving in a store rather than around tables at dinner with their families, employees are often forced to spend their holiday away from home. Black Friday has become notorious for the greed that it sparks, as grown adults begin fighting over various items. Success means

buying as much as possible. In response to this appalling consumerism and materialism, organizations around the world have created campaigns such as “Buy Nothing Day,” where consumers attempt to limit the damage caused by Black Friday by choosing to go 24 hours without buying anything. Deals associated with Black Friday should not be so dramatic as to encourage such aggressive and ridiculous behavior. Sales of some sort will persist because it has become a tradition, but they should be lessened to decrease the amount of traffic and barbarity the day always seems to bring. Black Friday has gone too far. This day of shopping must no longer occur on Thanksgiving Day in recognition of employees who would prefer not to spend the holiday dealing with rowdy customers and should be limited drastically. Consumers and businesses must take steps to ensure that the chaos and increased consumerism on this day does not have such a significant effect on everyone having to witness this Thanksgiving tradition. Robin is a freshman at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at

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Arab-Israeli discourse requires improvement at Tulane KEVIN YOUNG STAFF WRITER

Tulane University is home to one of the nation’s best Jewish Studies programs, a fantastic history department, renowned political science faculty, and an emerging Middle Eastern Studies program. Naturally, the Arab-Israeli Conflict is a hot topic at Tulane that interests many. While Tulane succeeds at hosting an interesting and multi-dimensional discourse on Arab-Israeli issues, there are some aspects that Tulane can improve. Foremost, it is important to understand where Tulane succeeds with its discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict. There is the annual Mandel-Palagye

Middle East Peace Summer Program, where 15 students receive full fellowships to study the history, politics, and literature of the Arab-Israeli conflict at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem. Likewise, Tulane’s various departments offer many courses pertaining to the conflict, most popular and successful of which include Jewish Studies Professor Brian Horowitz’s Arab-Israeli Conflict and Political Science Professor Louis Campomenosi’s War on Terror. Tulane also hosts many speakers on the conflict, such as Haaretz journalist and Israeli-Arab Sayyed Kashua and LGBT activist and Lebanese Christian Jonathan ElKhoury, two figures respected by people on all sides of the Arab-Israeli political spectrum. There are, however, many issues with the discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict at Tulane. For example, there are no fourth-year Arabic and Hebrew language classes and classes for the third year of these languages are only

offered occasionally. This is the case even though both languages’ first-year and second-year classes have huge enrollment numbers that often result in the classes admitting more students than the Registrar limits for them. There is no Arab historian at Tulane. Tulane still has not finished setting up a Department of Middle Eastern Studies, despite many students completing self-designed majors in the subject. Lastly, the only Tulane study abroad programs in the Levant — the heartland of the Arab-Israeli Conflict — are in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva. To remedy these issues, Tulane should hire an expert in Judeo-Arabic linguistics to teach both Hebrew and Arabic, since the university would be hard pressed to hire two new linguistics for each language of Arabic and Hebrew. Regarding the lack of Arab history and Israeli Studies, Tulane may hire a historian specifically of the Arab-Israeli conflict, rather than two people

for each Arab history and Israeli history. These hires would also be good because the scholars would be knowledgeable about multiple sides of the conflict and open-minded to many students’ viewpoints in class discussions. Regarding the lack of a Middle Eastern Studies department, the School of Liberal Arts should appoint some of Tulane’s most popular professors of the Middle East--such as Brian Horowitz, Yigit Akin, and Louis Campomenosi — to spearhead the program. Finally, Tulane should consider gauging interest and possibly adding study programs in Beirut and Ramallah, specifically with the American University of Beirut, Université Saint-Joseph, and Birzeit University. With these remedies, Tulane could easily become one of the world’s most respected institutions for studying the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Kevin is a senior at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached a kyoung7@

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Student activism catalyzes societal change SARAH SIMON VIEWS EDITOR

In 2014, a Pew Research Center poll found that 38 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Republicans view the other party as fundamentally dangerous to the well-being of the United States. Contextualizing this data with the protests against President-elect Donald Trump and the systems of inequality he represents, the history of student activism is worth understanding to properly appreciate the scope of what we as students are capable of. College and university students have been organizing and engaging in activism for as long as these institutions have existed. Beginning in colonial times, students protested the reign of the British Empire. Student protests really took off, however, during the civil rights era. A major part of the movement was the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which worked closely with other civil rights leaders and organizations to organize protests, marches and voter registration drives. Many participants in the SNCC came from historically black colleges and universities. Popular forms of activism involve gradual escalation. When one form of protest does not work, activists escalate their methods. In the civil rights era, protests escalated from sit-ins at white-only diners to peaceful protests to long, heavily publicized marches. Each escalation displays a continued commitment to the cause. Protests today often feel less focused and effective than the protests we hear of from the civil rights era. The Occupy Wall Street movement fell flat, and despite Black

Lives Matter protests gaining lots of media attention, so many of the police officers who should have been indicted or convicted have walked free. Looking at the protests that have emerged after Trump’s victory, the question of effectiveness has been raised again. It is hard to imagine that marches and signs will stop Trump from taking office. Student anger and sadness have led to reactionary responses such as Iowa’s proposed “Suck It Up, Buttercup” bill, which aims to deny colleges and universities the right to cancel class due to students’ grief and fear. There will always be opposition to social change. In 1965, a Gallup poll found that 61 percent of Southerners felt that the civil rights movement was moving too fast, compared to 42 percent in the rest of the country. Now, people feel similarly about Black Lives Matter with 42 percent in opposition to the movement. It is worth making sacrifices to achieve social change. I consider protesting to be very similar to a sick day — it is our duty to nurse ingrained systems of oppression into health by dismantling them and replacing them with equitable ones. Especially for privileged students, justice requires sacrificing some of our privileges. These protests have generated backlash, but that does not mean they are meaningless. It is important to have a goal going into a protest. Consider your personal connections to the cause and what you hope to get out of your activism. The true meaning of the anti-Trump protests is to display that we the people do not consent to this government, and we value the marginalized groups in this nation who will not feel valued under the Trump administration. Beyond the general motivations for protest, students across the country have used the election as an excuse to pursue preexisting issues on their campuses. At Tulane, this opportunity came on Nov. 14. More than 100 students gathered at Gibson

Hall and marched to McAlister Auditorium. Students marched for an expansion of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. As Tulane strives to increase diversity, it has not made a concentrated effort to expand the safe spaces on campus for multicultural students. Additionally, students asked for transportation services for contracted employees and greater attention to last year’s Call For Unity demands from Tulane Black Student Union. While this protest was not political, its timing comes in the wake of the fear brought on by the election. These safe spaces for marginalized groups are more important than ever. This issue is complicated by the fact that some people perceive protests following the election as inherently political. One student yelled “Go Trump” at protesters. Right-wing news source Breitbart reported on the protest, calling out “perceived” racism by “social justice warriors.” Looking at the map of the country, if only citizens aged 18-24 voted, nearly the entire country would have been blue. This popular analysis of the map, however, misses the fact that white millennials still voted in astonishingly high numbers for Trump. We need to keep this in mind — students of color have historically made a larger contribution to social change. White students need to step up as allies. “Ally” is a verb, not a noun, and it is time to prove it. It is important for students to remember that we have the power to effect change. Throughout history, students have represented an extremely important part of political change. It is our job to know the history of activism and persevere. We must continue the legacy of student organizing, and we must ensure that our voices are not drowned out. Sarah is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at

Rental regulations need enforcement, scrutiny DANIEL HOROWITZ ASSOCIATE VIEWS EDITOR

The New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance that will implement landmark short-term rental regulations on Oct. 20. In New Orleans, short-term rentals have become a controversial concept among citizens. While they certainly help boost the tourism industry, they could also harm the cultures of local neighborhoods if New Orleans residents do not inhabit the homes. With this new ordinance in place, it is paramount that the city carefully ensures its enforcement can help the tourism industry in New Orleans while also protecting the citizens who live here year-round. Short-term rentals have changed the dynamic of tourism. They allow people to avoid hotels by temporarily staying in someone’s home. Companies like Airbnb and HomeAway have given people an outlet to both rent their homes to others and rent

someone else’s home. Short-term rental companies are a great benefit to visitors, but they seem to pose a threat to some communities, especially in New Orleans. New Orleanians living in the Marigny and Bywater claim that their neighborhoods have fallen victim to gentrification in the city, and short-term rentals will continue to destroy the original culture of their homes. If left up to these citizens, short-term rentals would likely not be allowed in New Orleans. The ordinance passed by the city council legalized whole-home rentals in New Orleans. Each property can be rented out for 90 days of the year, and short-term rentals are mostly banned in the French Quarter. Tulane Political Science Professor Mirya Holman believes that this ordinance was mostly a compromise. She added that the members of the city council and the community did what they could to construct an equitable and efficient policy on short-term rentals. “I actually think that the element of taxation really plays into this being an enforceable policy,” Holman said when asked how the city would be able to enforce the new ordinance in a fair way. The revenue the city will bring in tax


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revenue from Airbnb and other short-term copy editors rental firms exceeds enforcement costs, making it likely that these regulations will Samantha Sitt be monitored closely. Regina LoBiondo Even though many citizens oppose leCadence Neenan galizing the presence of short-term rentlayout editors al companies, having this option is better than the black market of rentals that have appeared in other cities. Holman explained Josh Christian how Airbnb and other similar companies Colin Yaccarino have policies that protect the renters and photography editors the tenants that may not be guaranteed with informal rentals, like those found on CraigAdelaide Basco slist. art director Other cities, such as New York and San Francisco, have attempted to implement short-term regulation, which has proven Nicholas Dorsey ineffective. New Orleans benchmarked citvideo producer ies like these and formed this new policy accordingly. Brooke Rhea If the city wants this ordinance to sucElissa Todd ceed, it needs to ensure that they are not business managers neglecting the needs of the local citizens for the needs of tourists. With rigorous enEmily Carmichael forcement, this new ordinance could serve recruitment and training as an example of a sufficient short-term coordinator rental policy for other cities. Dan is a junior at Newcomb-Tulane ColSeth Armentrout lege. He can be reached at dhorowi@tulane. distribution manager edu




DECEMBER 1, 2016

November games showcase team’s strengths by susan fanelli sports editor

As November comes to a close, Tulane women’s basketball (5-1, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) is poised to be a threat in the conference after a successful first month. The Green Wave wrapped up its November schedule on Wednesday with an 82-65 win against McNeese State, its last home game before a three-game stretch through the first two weeks of December. Junior guard Kolby Morgan led the team with 26 points. The team’s only loss has come at the hands of No. 6 Mississippi State, a 66-49 away loss on Nov. 16. After falling victim to a 36-16 halftime deficit, senior guard Leslie Vorpahl started a rally after completing her first nine shots. She would finish with 20 points on the night, but the comeback was halted off by the Bulldogs. With five victories so far, Tulane women’s basketball has two more than last season’s record through six games. After completing the same number of games last year, the 2015-16 Green Wave basketball team was 3-3. “I think we’re learning a lot from each game,” Vorpahl said. “We’re seeing some weaknesses against good teams, so hopefully we can just freshen up those little areas and be ready for those next big games.” The Wave has scored an average of 72.2 points throughout its first six games

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as it looks ahead towards its four-game December stretch before the 21st Annual Tulane Classic starting Dec. 21. Teams in this stretch include 5-1 Vanderbilt on Dec. 5 and 5-2 North Carolina State on Dec. 17. “These next five games are going to be tremendous for us,” Vorpahl said before Wednesday’s game versus McNeese. “Obviously we have to do well in conference, but [we need to] look at other conferences and how we compete with other conferences.” Production has been coming from all players on the bench, with veterans such as Morgan and Vorpahl leading the team in points and assists, respectively, against McNeese. According to head coach Lisa Stockton, however, the team could not have prevailed without the efforts of the newest players playing key roles on the post. Stockton looks forward to the challenges her team will face against December’s stronger opponents. “I think we’ve been pretty consistent through this point,” Stockton said. “After Wednesday, I think we will know a lot more about ourselves because we’ve got some [Southeastern Conference] and some [Atlantic Coast Conference] opponents coming up. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to step up.” Tulane women’s basketball will kick off its December games against Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.



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Bowling prepares for first home fall invitational by clara harrington sports editor

This weekend, women’s bowling will host the fifth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational in Kenner, Louisiana. With its beginnings at Tulane going back only to 2011, the team is still quite young. Over the past five years, however, the team has seen enormous growth through the leadership of fifth-year head coach Hayley Veitch and the individual strengths of its bowlers. This season, the team welcomed two new freshmen: Joanna Hackett and Isabelle Lee. “There is always a learning process that occurs each year as the team dynamic changes with the addition of players,” Veitch said. “Overall, the freshman class has adapted well into college bowling and the team, and I know they will continue to grow and be a huge asset to the future of this team.” Throughout this fall, the team has competed in four away tournaments: the Wildcat Invitational, the Track Kat Klash, the Jackson State Invitational and the Hawk Classic. The Allstate Sugar Bowl this weekend will mark the team’s first home event of the season. The weekend of Nov. 13, the team went undefeated in the Jackson State Invitational at Jackson State University in Brandon, Mississippi, with a final score of 11-0. The Friday of the tournament, the team went 5-0 in bracket play, hitting an average of 183.1 pins per game. The girls raised the average to 184.8 pins per game on Saturday, winning their match against No. 2-seeded UAB in five games. Junior Michelle Ng had highest pin average of all bowlers with 225.4. In total, she hit 1,127 pins during the weekend. Her stellar performance displayed how she has led the team, both this season and throughout her time at Tulane. “Michelle Ng has always stood out, as she is a great leader on the lanes, and she continues to improve with each year on the team,” Veitch said.

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Junior Michelle Ng is one of nine members of the bowling team, ranked No. 18 this season. The team was crowned champion of the JSU Sonic Boom Invitational, beating No. 2 seeded UAB in five games. In the team’s most recent competition, the Hawk Classic at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, women’s bowling finished in seventh place with a 10-4 record. The biggest challenge for the team was clinching wins early on in the weekend, after it went 2-3 on the first day of the tournament. For this weekend’s invitational, one of the main focuses for the team will be

having a strong start on Friday, which will maintain leverage over the other competitors. A variety of factors have contributed to the team’s winning record this season. According to Veitch, having nationals in a local city provides a strong motivation for the team to perform well at all its competitions. As the team continues competing, its main goal is to qualify for United States Bowling

Congress sectionals and place in the top four. “Nationals is in Baton Rouge, so that is a big incentive to do well all season,” Veitch said. “[The hopes for the rest of the fall are] to continually improve and grow with each tournament we bowl, and to achieve our number one goal of qualifying for USBC sectionals and being in the top four so we can make it to Nationals.”

whereas indoor volleyball has six people working together on the court. “Beach [volleyball] is only two players, so you don’t have that many people around you, and you need to take more responsibilities,” Juric said. “And then when you come back to indoor, there’s five people surrounding you, which is weird.” Both sports have their complimenting strengths as well. Getting to play volleyball in both the indoor and beach settings develops one’s skills and knowledge of the game in a unique way. “Beach [volleyball] makes you a lot smarter of a player and puts you in

shape ...,” Strasner said. “... I think just mentally going year-round and working with different teams and partners [has] helped both ways.” Head indoor volleyball coach Jim Barnes has noticed how his players that participate in indoor and beach volleyball have gained a unique amount of experience and skills that have influenced the indoor team’s success. “Reading your opponents, anticipating things, the more you play and see those things; that’s called experience and experience is really big in our game,” Barnes said. “Sarah Strasner is a middle [hitter], but she can do a lot of different things other than just block-

ing hits, she can also pass and serve and play defense, so that brings some value to the team...” Coming off the success of the 2016 fall indoor season, these four two-sport athletes are ready to bump, set and spike into beach volleyball, and have high hopes for success this spring. The beach volleyball team is already ranked in the top 20 in the country going into the season. “...I’ve heard off season went really well,” Strasner said of the beach volleyball team’s preparation for the approaching season. “I just really want us to have a good year and make nationals.”

VOLLEYBALL CONTINUED FROM 12 These dual-sport athletes have pre-season indoor training in the summer and compete in indoor volleyball games the fall. They then train for beach volleyball in the winter and play games in the spring. Intense training and competing in games year-round is challenging. “There are definitely benefits and disadvantages to playing both seasons,” Juric said. “... Your body feels that you have no breaks.” Beach and indoor volleyball are essentially the same game, yet some key differences between the two sports can be a strange adjustment for beginners. Beach volleyball is a two-person game,



DECEMBER 1, 2016

serving through seasons dual players compete on court, sand

by madeline billeaud staff reporter The Green Wave volleyball team closed out the season Friday, Nov. 25, with an 18-14 record. The team finished as the most improved team in the nation from the beginning of the season through the end. For most volleyball players, wrapping up the season means taking a break, then focusing on building on their success for next season. But for four members of the indoor volleyball team, their work is far from over. Freshman Kaylie McHugh and seniors Sarah Strasner, Tea Juric and Annie Schurtz play on both the indoor and beach volleyball teams, meaning that their athletic commitments span over both fall and spring seasons. Strasner and Juric, in particular, have played on both teams since their freshman year, and have learned that being a two-sport collegiate athlete is a unique opportunity that comes with its benefits and challenges. “[Being a two-sport athlete] is hectic and amazing,” Strasner said. “It’s been incredible because you get two teams and two families ... It’s also cool being able to play two sports and not having an off season.”


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Senior middle hitter Sarah Strasner hits the ball during the Allstate Sugar Bowl tournament at home. Strasner is one of four volleyball players that competes on both the indoor and beach volleyball teams at Tulane.

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