TULANE HULLABALOO the eyes and ears of the tulane community
LOVE VOLUME CXII NO. 18 FEBRUARY 16, 2017
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Tulane students cope with changing dating culture by jordan figueredo & brandi doyal senior staff reporters
photos by jordan figueredo and brandi doyal | senior staff photograhers
From top to bottom, left to right: Sean Bray, Ben Batalla, Sarah Jones, Niloufer Dennis, Garrett Bartoletti, Sejal Agerwal, Jessica Rubinsky, Ariana Dennis and Dan Zucker.
The prevalence of dating apps and hookup culture is a different landscape from the dating experiences of previous generations, but many students are still seeking serious and long-term relationships. On college campuses around the country, students are swiping right, going out and hooking up. In a survey conducted by The Hullabaloo, however, 49 percent of students reported being in a serious relationship since starting college. More than half of these relationships lasted a year or longer. “I’m not into the whole hookup scene that’s very popular here, so when I got more serious about finding a real girlfriend, I found it pretty accessible,” senior Dan Zucker said. That is not the case for everyone, and the changing culture around dating makes college relationships challenging to navigate. While 65 percent of respondents said that they are seeking relationships, almost half of respondents said they have been unable to find a serious partner while at Tulane. “I feel really hopeless at this point, and doubt I will find anyone,” freshman Sarah Jones said. “Yes, I am a feminist ... but I want to find a husband, and I feel like that’s not going to happen [at Tulane].”
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Vehicle Burglary 1600 block of Pine Street
Elevator Entrapment Barbara Greenbaum House
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Armed Robbery Corner of Zimple and Lowerline streets
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Nolabuck$ venues drop program by fiona grathwohl
contributing reporter Tulane’s Nolabuck$ system allows students to combine their meal plan with food from local New Orleans restaurants. Students, however, have encountered inconsistencies between Tulane’s list of Nolabuck$ venues and those that actually accept Nolabuck$. Tulane introduced the Nolabuck$ system six years ago to encourage students to take advantage of the unique dining opportunities in the city. Last semester, many students reported to Dining Services that some venues on the list of restaurants accepting Nolabuck$ had stopped accepting them. Freshman Christian Hyde said he went to Juan’s Flying Burrito and was told after eating that the venue had not been accepting Nolabuck$ for more than two years. Hyde said he now takes the time to call venues beforehand to confirm that they take Nolabuck$. According to Dining and Auxiliary Services Director Lisa Norris, this issue is often
due to venues failing to communicate to Tulane that they no longer accept Nolabuck$. “Ideally a venue will notify us if they no longer wish to participate. Sometimes we don’t know unless a student informs us,” Norris said. Freshman Bryna Loranger said she likes the fact that her Nolabuck$ allow her to have a variety of dining options in the city. Loranger said she was left disappointed, however, at an event where food trucks falsely advertised that they would be taking Nolabuck$. A third-party vendor manages Nolabuck$ and charges participating venues for equipment and transactions. Norris said these charges are easily covered during the school year, but some venues lose money in the summer from keeping the unused equipment. This can contribute to venues choosing to stop accepting Nolabuck$. Some venues no longer accept Nolabuck$, including Domino’s Pizza, Liberty Cheesesteaks and Slice Pizzeria but remained on the Dining Services’ list of locations accepting Nolabuck$ until they were recently removed.
NOLABUCK$ VENUES The Big Cheezy (Magazine and Broad St. Locations) Broadway Pizza Bruno’s Tavern Pizza Hut D’Juice Fresh Fruit and Whole Fruit Smoothies Favori 5 Happiness Fresco Fresh Bar Frostop
Half Moon Grill Jazmine Café La Madeleine Papa John’s Pita Pit Robért’s Fresh Market Taco Truck Mellow Mushroom The Milk Bar Ninja Sushi
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Voters ask senators to reconsider ACA repeal by cliff soloway staff reporter
The League of Women Voters of Louisiana sent a letter to Louisiana Senators John Neely Kennedy and Bill Cassidy requesting not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” in the absence of a viable alternative. The letter, issued on Jan. 9, called on both senators to “act in a non-ideological and non-partisan manner and do what is best for Louisiana and [their] constituents.” There has been no response from either representative. The League of Women Voters of the United States is a grassroots advocacy group that operates independently of political partisanship. Health care has been a central point for members of the League in both its Louisiana chapter and the organization’s national level. The organization has supported a universal or “single-payer” system since 1993. It backed the ACA since 2010 and is opposed to the current movement in the federal government to repeal and replace the legislation. “The League believes that the Affordable Care Act was in the right direction,” LWVLA Healthcare Program Chair Linda Hawkins said. Hawkins said while the ACA had some problems, the League of Women Voters supports a single-payer system in the U.S. as it believes the single-payer system could help address disparities and equity issues. Under the ACA, states have the option to extend Medicaid benefits to all individuals at or below 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Louisiana is one of 25 states that voluntarily initiated this expansion. As of Jan. 1, 347,087 Louisiana citizens and 63 percent of Louisiana women were covered under Medicaid. If the ACA is repealed, these people would be at risk of losing health care coverage. Opponents of the ACA have recently proposed a system of “block grants” to replace Medicaid expansion. This plan, supported by
both Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, would provide states with federal funding, but structuring and implementing a specific plan would be left to each state. According to Hawkins, these changes would be harmful to state governments and Louisiana in particular. “If there were, let’s say, another [Hurricane] Katrina that came in, the federal government
would not be responsible for helping and the medical costs would be up to the states,” Hawkins said. “... It will not work for us, and it will not work for many states.” The League, which focuses on representing women’s interests in Louisiana, is also concerned that repealing the ACA and Medicaid might mean that funding for women’s, family and reproductive health care would be cut.
“When we’re looking at the Affordable Care Act or providing healthcare … we have a lot of issues in Louisiana,” Hawkins said. “But do we, being the population, have an obligation to provide healthcare to everyone as needed? Or … is it something that should be subject to the marketplace influences?”
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Q&A: USG President Autumn Gibbons discusses upcoming elections by lily milwit news editor
The Undergraduate Student Government executive board elections will take place from March 16-17 and senate elections will occur shortly after. The Hullabaloo spoke with USG President Autumn Gibbons, former assistant news editor for The Hullabaloo, about how students can get involved. What steps should students who want to be involved with USG take? First, they should visit our website and familiarize themselves with the different roles. We have many! Once they spot a position that interests them, they can either email me directly or email the person who holds the position to
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grab coffee or just chat about the role. It’s always good to be able to ask questions so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into when you run for a role on the USG. What kinds of students should look to get involved with USG? Any and all! There is absolutely no need for prior USG experience to run for a role. We encourage any eager and ambitious students who care about making Tulane a better place to consider themselves eligible for a spot. New faces mean new perspectives, and that’s always a good thing because it pushes us to grow and to constantly be thinking outside of the box. How will elections work this year? We will run elections through OrgSync so
it will function virtually the same to students. They will receive an email with the link to vote but instead of linking to Qualtrics, it will lead them to Orgsync. We hope [this change] will allow for easier voting for students since most are already familiar with the OrgSync site. We also will be able to monitor the process at a better rate since [the Divison of] Student Affairs is very familiar with how OrgSync works. Why should students consider getting involved with USG? Being on a collegiate-level student government offers students the chance to build their communication skills, enhance problem skills and strengthen their ability to serve a community. It’s a great way for students, whether interested in politics or not, to get a glimpse of
what goes on behind the scenes here at Tulane to make it all that it is. What sorts of contributions can USG members make to the Tulane community? There are many ways students can make positive change in the community, and it all depends on how that member of USG decides to spend their time. We offer opportunities to get involved with sustainability, student safety, diversity, health and wellness and so much more. I think that USG members make their largest contribution by being faces that other students feel comfortable talking to about issues here on campus. Campaigning for executive board positions can start at midnight on March 13.
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FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Prospective students fly in for multicultural Preview TU by emily fornof
associate news editor Through efforts to attract a diverse demographic of students from across the nation, Tulane flew 90 prospective students to New Orleans to visit campus for Preview TU. The multicultural fly-in event was hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Financial Aid and the new Center for Academic Equity during the weekend of Feb. 1012. “We hoped that the weekend would allow students from a diverse background the opportunity to experience everything we, as a premier institution of higher education, have to offer,” Assistant Vice President of Admissions Brad Booke said. Students from 23 different states registered for the invitation-only event. “We chose students who were highly academically qualified, diverse — in not only a racial element, but also gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status,” Admission Diversity Recruitment Coordinator Toni Riley, said. Tulane students that hosted the visiting students offered the attendees a place to stay, and many hosts also took on the role of being an extra guide for the students. “I liked the idea of getting to meet an incoming student and encourage someone to come to Tulane, because I love it here and I think that everyone will love it here,” freshman host Rebekah Oviatt said. The weekend gave the prospective students a preview of life on campus by allowing them to stay with current students, observe classes and engage with faculty. “We got a taste of what being a real student was like in the classroom and then by us being able to stay with current students allowed us to know the social aspect too,” attendee Brina Way said. The weekend included an itinerary of programs and activities, including a battleground tour, a riverboat cruise and many icebreakers. The last day of the program offered attendees time to interview for scholarship opportunities. “I think the purpose was to obviously give us all the opportunity to do the scholarship interview, but also to show how Tulane is really trying to make minorities feel welcome and trying to make the school more diverse, even though the minority ratio is so small,” Way said. The event has been held for multiple years, but this year the hosts and organizers held the event on a larger scale, inviting more than 100 students compared to last year’s 13. “The students were so grateful to be granted the opportunity to attend. I received many hugs, from teary-eyed students, who told me that without this program visiting Tulane would have been impossible for them,” Riley said. “... I am already thinking of plans for expanding the program for next year and possibly adding an additional one in the fall.”
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Tinashe Blanchet, former high school math teacher and founder of The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, speaks about the importance of promoting mathematical skills at the TEDxTU talk Monday in Brandt V.B. Dixon Auditorium.
TEDxTU highlights community innovators by adrienne underwood senior staff reporter
“New Orleans is like a steaming gumbo brewing with creativity, ingenuity and passion,” TEDxTU emcee and junior Will Smith said during the introduction of eight New Orleans community members at the storytelling event Monday. TEDxTU is a student-run event that brings TED Talk-style presentations to the Tulane and New Orleans stage. Each year since its start in 2010, TEDxTU has independently organized the event and curated its own speakers from the greater Tulane community. “... There is only one event per year so there’s a lot of pressure though it pushes the team and speakers to deliver something incredible,” sophomore TEDxTU organizer Max Mereles said. This year’s event, held at 6 p.m. Monday in Brandt V.B. Dixon Auditorium, featured speakers including Drew Kugler, Blake Simmons, Mariana Deluera Canchola, Tinashe Blanchet, Kelly Orians, Vincent Morton, Jade Bender and Brandan “B-mike” Odums. Drew Kugler, who gave his third TEDx talk on Monday night, urged the audience to take a pause. He recounted the decrease in deaths and infections from surgery after medical teams adopted the practice of pausing three times throughout the surgical procedure to check in with one another. Kugler suggested that audience members apply this lesson to their daily lives by pausing from immersion in technology and social media. Blake Simmons, director of the biological systems and engineering division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, spoke about the importance of innovation in solutions to environmental problems. Mariana Deluera Canchola immigrated to the United States as a toddler and has lived in five different countries. Canchola
has identified as a nomad her entire life and reminded the audience that every person has value and untapped human potential, regardless of their citizenship status. Tinashe Blanchet, former high school math teacher and founder of The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, challenged the notion that not everyone is equipped with mathematics skills. “Please stop saying you’re not a math person,” Blanchet said. “It’s not okay, just like it’s not okay to say you’re not a reading person.” Kelly Orians explained the struggles facing previously incarcerated people and their transition into self-sufficiency and securing employment, as well as her experiences working in law and advocacy in New Orleans. Vincent Morton, resident director at Katherine and William Mayer Residences for Tulane Housing and Residence Life, spoke about the power of fear as motivation and how he has harnessed that power throughout his life as means of empowerment. Tulane freshman Jade Bender spoke about her experience as a rape survivor and her pursuit of legal action. “[Bender] is proof that a survivor can come forward and talk about their experience without being shamed, and she gives me hope that these discussions will come to light in the future,” sophomore Ali Badgett said. Visual artist and filmmaker Brandan “B-mike” Odums spoke about the power of art and activism in light of his own artwork and projects centered around activism. TEDxTU 2017 was sponsored by the Forum Tulane and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching. The event also included videos of two TED Talks, “This is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email” and “A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves.”
Technology offers new approach to campus safety by josh axelrod associate editor
Campus safety is a top priority at American universities, but the range of the blue light phone system only extends so far. The last few years have seen a significant increase in campus safety technology and the potential for more to come. Tulane University Police Department continued the rollout of officer body cameras, a process that began in 2015. The department also introduced the use of closed-circuit television, video surveillance cameras and digital notebooks for officers. TUPD Superintendent John Barnwell said incorporating new technology into the police force is critical for student safety. “In order to be successful in a [student] body, the best environment for safety and security, you have to embrace technology ...,” Barnwell said. Barnwell said the Rave Guardian, a free mobile application that provides students with a virtual escort, is one of the most prominent safety technology options for students. The app alerts friends or TUPD if the user does not reach their destination by the time they estimated. Michelle Story, director of student safety for the Undergraduate Student Government, said she believes the Rave Guardian system has been very successful. “I do see TUPD making great strides to ensuring that they incorporate any new technological achievements into how they protect the students,” Story said. “My primary example of that would be Rave Guardian.” Some students, however, still do not feel completely safe on and off campus. Senior Emma Saltzberg uses Rave Guardian when walking home but prefers to call a TapRide escort to pick her up. She said she still feels a degree of discomfort no matter what technology is in use. “We should avoid walking home at night in general because it’s risky no matter what technology is involved,” Saltzman said. Despite his satisfaction with Rave Guardian, Barnwell said that his job to pursue the use of technology and campus safety is a never-ending one. “... You have to constantly be fluid because if you ever feel like you’ve reached a mountain top, then you’re not doing yourself an appropriate service …,” Barnwell said. “You should always be looking at the ever-evolving technology and how it can be implemented to enhance safety and security.” Beyond Rave Guardian, a new device called the Robocopp Sound Grenade is spreading across college campuses but has yet to take off at Tulane. Robocopp is a flash-drive-sized, portable
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The blue light emergency system stands at multiple locations on and around campus. Tulane University Police Department and students have recently started using other forms of technology to promote safety on campus. keychain with a 120-decibel alarm. It is meant to deter stalkers and criminals from following students who are walking alone by creating a loud noise when activated. “As soon as the alarm is heard, 68 percent of holdup men run away empty-handed,” Maurice Cusson from the International Center for Comparative Criminology said, according to the Robocopp Campus website. The device is gaining traction at schools such as Boston University, the University of Georgia and Syracuse University. California State University, East Bay purchased and distributed the device to every member of the freshman class. Barnwell said he is open-minded to the idea of using the device on campus. “I’m very receptive to Rave Guardian and what it has done for our campus community,
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but shame on me if I try to rule out anything else on the market, because as fast as technology evolves, new things are coming out, so you have to constantly explore things like Robocopp ...,” Barnwell said. Robocopp is not yet well-known on Tulane campus. In a polling group of 59 students, only one student reported owning or knowing someone who owns the product. After learning about the product through the survey, 81 percent of students answered that they would consider using it. Other students said they equip themselves with items such as pepper spray and home alarm systems. Junior Becky Rosen lives off campus and frequently walks home alone. She owns a high-tech alarm system with glass breakage detectors, door and window alarms and panic buttons.
“It would be great if Tulane gave [Robocopp] key chains out. It would definitely freak out an attacker,” Rosen said. “But pepper spray is definitely better protection because an annoying noise isn’t that good of a defense if you ask me.” Other schools have embraced apps similar to Rave Guardian. Programs like Kitestring and Circle of 6 also have steps to alert friends or campus police of any dangers encountered while walking home. Occidental College has partnered with the company React Mobile to hand out personal panic buttons that alert authorities when students click them. Regardless of the chosen product, application or technique, it’s apparent that overhauls in TUPD technology and innovations like Rave Guardian and Robocopp will continue to transform campus security.
After reviewing the RoboCopp website, is this a device you would consider using?
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In the past, college campuses served as an expected place for relationships and marriages to form. Facebook data scientists conducted an analysis of profiles in 2013 that found around 28 percent of married college graduates, aged 25 or older, attended the same college. Senior Russell Muller said he feels that college no longer serves that purpose. “I don’t think that is true anymore … college is a different place now,” Muller said. Many attribute this cultural shift to the rise of dating apps and hookup culture. Swiping is no longer just a way to enter res-
NEWS idence halls or Bruff Commons — it is a hallmark of a new age of dating on college campuses. Of the 524 survey respondents, 60 percent said they turned to dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr and others. These apps use the “hot or not” concept to match mutually-interested people for hookups or more serious connections. A large part of the current college dating scene revolves around sex and casual hookups. 83 percent of survey respondents said they have been sexually active during their time at college, and 78 percent said they have engaged in at least one hookup. “It seems like people would rather have something quick than work at something that is going to be better,” Muller said. According to an ABC News article based
on the study “Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right: College Women on Mating and Dating Today,” 91 percent of college women say “hookup-culture” defines their campus. Hookup culture or “just having fun” sexually is what some professionals believe created a generation incapable of love. Casual relationships often carry a stigma of being “bad” or “unhealthy” for reasons like increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases and infections or that it may lead to depression or low self-esteem. “[Dating] is very superficial ...,” graduate student Ben Batalla said. “I think people aren’t sincere and clear about what their intentions are.” Counseling and Psychological Services Director Donna Bender said she believes
FEBRUARY 9, 2017 that casual sex itself is not inherently harmful, as long as individuals understand their needs. “Some students that engage in hookup culture may feel fulfilled while others may feel that something deeper is missing … some people decide to stay single forever and some go the route of open relationships,” Bender said. “Whatever choice you make is okay, as long as it feels fulfilling to the person. Relationships are dynamic and the way we feel can change from month to month and year to year.” Bender said any relationship, open or exclusive, is centered around consent and open communication. While some students believe they will not find “the one” in college, most are open to meeting new people and finding a relationship, whatever its form.
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FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Classic Hawaiian dish finds home in New Orleans by jordan figueredo & samantha sitt senior staff reporters
Poke Loa makes its entrance into New Orleans’ foodscape with a minimalistic interior, offering diners the opportunity to express creativity through the step-by-step process of building a Poke bowl. Poke has become the latest food trend to capture taste buds across the nation in recent years. With a soft opening on Friday at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Magazine Street, it is Louisiana’s first Poke restaurant, according to Poke Loa owner Joe Reiss. The traditional Hawaiian cuisine known as Poke, meaning “chunk,” customarily serves raw tuna and other fresh ingredients. Sometimes referred to as a deconstructed sushi roll, the traditional dish is modified and modernized while keeping its original essence. Reiss opened Poke Loa with his sister Cecile Tanguis despite having no restaurant experience. The native New Orleanian duo was inspired after experiencing the Poke infatuation in California and realized nothing like it existed in their home state. “The biggest void New Orleans is missing is not only something healthy but something that is quick and you can just grab it to go,” Reiss said. “[Poke Loa] kind of takes care of all the things I feel like New Orleans has been missing.” The menu currently offers a decent selection of toppings ranging from spicy to sweet along with its signature bowls. Customers can choose from a base of white rice, brown rice or mixed greens, followed by a choice of protein including tuna, salmon, octopus and tofu. The next step is adding the toppings. While most toppings such as the seaweed salad, baby cucumbers, other vegetables and nuts are free, there are some premium topping options like crab meat and avocado for an additional charge. Finally, customers choose their sauce. Options like ponzu, wasabi aioli, Sriracha aioli and lemon miso aioli help tie the whole meal together. The base price without the premium toppings ranges from $11.50 to $13.50 depending on the amount of protein chosen. The restaurant can accommodate a large number of people, offering both indoor and outdoor patio seating and is bringyour-own-beverage. The grand opening, which offers an expanded menu featuring another food fad, acai bowls, will take place after Mardi Gras season. Eventually, Reiss and Tanguis hope to build a bar and have the fast-casual restaurant develop into a local favorite. “I’m a native New Orleanian,” Reiss said. “I love my po-boys, and I love my hot dogs and burgers, but it’s nice to eat some food that your body thanks you for eating afterwards.”
samantha sitt | senior staff photographer
Dishes, like the rice bowl pictured above, are available at Poke Loa, which held a soft open Friday. The restuarant, the first of its kind in Louisiana, offers select signature bowls until the grand opening after Mardi Gras.
Bagel Boy rises from Humble beginnings by nurah lambert
associate arcade editor Bagels aren’t just a doughy treat or an on-the-go breakfast. For some, they are a lifestyle. Recent Loyola University New Orleans graduate Brendan Dodd, known by many as Bagel Boy, launched his bagel delivery business only a few months ago but is already making a name for himself in the New Orleans area. “When I used to work at Humble Bagel, I would take the day-olds … they would usually just throw them away,” Dodd said. “I wasn’t really a fan of food getting wasted.” Dodd uses the Facebook page Tulane Classifieds as his resource for finding new customers. For a $2.95 delivery fee, he delivers homemade bagels by bike across New Orleans, from St. Charles Avenue to Esplanade Street. Initially gaining traction by delivering leftovers from Humble Bagel, Dodd eventually decided to begin baking them himself using a recipe of his own invention. After about five months, he became wellknown for the bagel delivery service, acquiring the moniker “Bagel Boy.” Though the business is new, Dodd claims Bagel Boy garnered much success quickly, due in part to social media. According to Dodd, about a month ago, the Bagel Boy Instagram account had only 120 followers. That number is now 1,343 and continues to grow. “Social media is a huge factor with a business, and so I think a prime example for why my Instagram subscribers have gone up so quickly and so fast is because I’ve been featured in ten separate Instagram food accounts,” Dodd said. “ … I make an attempt to post at least once or twice every day. Those people are going to be more willing to follow me if I post constantly.” Of his more notable Instagram posts are those that feature the Mardi Gras bagel, a themed green, yellow and purple bagel pioneered and exclusively sold by Bagel Boy. In fact, such colorful bagels are a part of what made Bagel Boy stand out from other bagel shops, along with its unique bagel delivery service. This February, Dodd is in the process of producing Valentine’s Day bagels, which are bagels dyed and shaped into red hearts. Other bagels will be rainbow-colored. More than focusing on Bagel Boy’s budding recognition around the greater New Orleans area, Dodd must also look to the future. He has already begun planning the next steps of his bagel enterprise. Dodd hopes to land a steady location before the end of this year in Mid-City so that delivery times can equal out for all customers. In addition to a standing location, he wants to add cars to the delivery force and sandwiches to the menu. “Think both of [Humble Bagel and Jimmy John’s] but in one, and that’s what I’d want to do,” Dodd said. “I’d also want to have like a coffee-style bar or something like that. I’d want it to be very aesthetically pleasing.” Until Bagel Boy becomes an establishment, bagel enthusiasts can find Dodd biking around the city, complicit in the carb-loading of many New Orleanians.
john ludlam | staff photographer
Loyola grad Brendan Dodd makes and delivers speciality bagels like the Valentine-themed ones pictured above.
john ludlam | staff photographer
The Broad Theater’s mix of mainstream, experimental and indie films appeals to a wide variety of moviegoers in the Mid-City area. The theater, less than a year old, stands out through its industrial interior and intimate screening rooms.
Broad Theater reimagines movie theaters by julia glass
contributing reporter While AMC theaters are usually the go-to when spending a night out at the movies, New Orleans has local options that are not only more convenient but also more interesting. As with other institutions, the city breaks the mold on conventional theater design and operation. The Broad Theater offers a refreshing moviegoing experience. The theater is located on North Broad Street less than four miles from campus. It is the only movie theater in Mid-City, the neighborhood adjacent to the Uptown Tulane area. Before its opening, The Broad Theater building stood abandoned and rundown for years. It served many purposes, including warehouse and a boxing gym. The building has since been restored and equipped with movie screens and seating. Freshman Sarah Medina said that the industrial style theater felt “big and small at the same time.” The high ceilings and open rooms are decorated with light fixtures and chandeliers, art from local New Orleans artists and exposed beams. Instead of a typical concession stand, The Broad Theater has a bar that offers a changing menu and a selection of domestic and imported drinks. The movie screen rooms are smaller than those of a typical chain movie theater, providing an intimate and nostalgic atmosphere. “The Broad Theater feels very chill,” Duncan Wielgos, a freshman and New Orleans Film Society member, said.
“It just feels a lot more modern than other theaters I’ve been to.” As an art house theater, The Broad Theater shows indie and experimental films in addition to mainstream titles. The theater also shows local talent and documentaries. One of the current showings, “I Am Not Your Negro,” the documentary about James Baldwin, only played on 43 screens across the country during its opening weekend. Broad Theater Manager and Head of Marketing Michael Domangue sees many benefits of providing a venue for smaller films to play. “From what we’ve heard, we might have been one of the only theaters in Louisiana playing that film,” Domangue said. “By having a focus on playing a mix of independent films as well as mainstream, we can go after these titles that have been underloved.” The Broad Theater is currently showing “Hidden Figures,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker.” Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the theater before the showing. Adult tickets cost $10, and matinee showtimes, children and veteran tickets cost eight dollars. The theater is open Monday through Wednesday from about 2 p.m. to midnight and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. “The theater is going to be a year old on March 5 of this year,” Domangue said. “We’re going to continue to launch new ideas and new initiatives to make sure that we serve as many people in the community as we can.”
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Students navigate queer romance amid hostility lauren gaines | staff photographer
The Boot Bar and Grill is a space considered to be hostile and unsafe by many queer students on Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans’ campuses. Though New Orleans itself is considered to be a relatively safe space for the queer community, instances of homophobia and transphobia occured in several college bars.
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intersections editor New Orleans is seen by many as a queer culture with award-winning bars and clubs like Oz New Orleans and the annual Southern Decadence festival. While the city may seem like a welcoming space, some members of the queer community feel these well-known spaces are extremely exclusive and cater primarily to cisgender white queer men. In addition to the problematic nature some feel engross the popular queer club scene, the areas around Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans are, for many, a hostile place. “I’d never been to the Boot [Bar and Grill],” Loyola senior Twila Gaston said. “So we go, and my girlfriend and I start dancing with each other and all of a sudden, a group of straight girls starts taking pictures of us and laughing at us.” Though LGBTQ Nation ranked New Orleans as one of the top ten “most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States” in 2016, some students feel that, because Tulane’s student population consists of people from outside the city, there is an effect on “LGBT-friendly” environments. Gaston said she believes that this experience, and many others like it, directly correlate to the close proximity of the Boot and The Palms Bar and Grill to Tulane and Loyola. Tulane senior Summer Lawson said she
has had similar experiences at The Boot. Lawson, who identifies as queer, said that she feels expressing affection toward her girlfriend in primarily straight places, such as The Boot, has elicited inappropriate responses from many clubgoers. “There have been so many times at The Boot, and I would be with my girlfriend, and the guys would be like, what, make out to prove it,” Lawson said. “I feel like Tulane going-out spaces are just so heteronormative and sexually driven, that if you express interest [in a queer manner], they immediately sexualize it in their heads.” There are very few queer-specific bars within walking distance of Tulane and Loyola, making it difficult for some queer students to find social spaces that are accepting of public displays of affection and queer romance. More frequently, however, local and pop-up bars, like The Willow and GrrlSpot, host weekly events in an attempt to create a queer-friendly bar environment. These bars serve to provide a safe space for queer college students to express their affection in an open manner without the threat of hostile reactions. “It’s cool because that’s the first time in my college experience where something has been set up for ... queer college kids to hang out and socialize with each other,” Gaston said. Tulane junior Sophia Wunch said she feels like the issue of safety is a concern in these spaces. Wunch said she believes straight people, who would normally frequent The Boot, are
increasingly attending these queer events. Their presence, along with lewd comments made by certain individuals, creates an environment of fetishization. “I try to avoid gay clubs because I feel sort of uncomfortable there,” Wunch said. “Something I’ve noticed is straight dudes invading queer nights at bars, most recently Spectrum [LGBT+ Night] at The Willow, in an attempt to see ‘chicks making out.’ Queerness is not a fetish.” Lawson said instances like these are a result of the overall culture at Tulane. Since Tulane’s
nightlife is hypersexual as well as hyper-heterosexual, queerness is reduced to a fetish in many spaces. For Lawson, this exotification is a strong deterrent for queer individuals trying to navigate romantic and clubbing spaces at Tulane. “I think that because Tulane’s going-out culture is very sexual, people automatically sexualize your queer identity when going out in ways that they wouldn’t sexualize a cis[gender], hetero[sexual] person, and [they] reduce your queer identity to just sex,” Lawson said.
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Grammys perpetuate anti-blackness by nile pierre staff writer
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Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday. It lost to Adele’s “25.”
Beyoncé didn’t win Album of the Year, and I was heartbroken. Women of color everywhere experienced her loss as the Recording Academy’s voting committee attempted to silence our voice in the industry, something even Adele could not ignore. Beyoncé’s nomination — and Adele’s victory — say a lot about the value of art as a whole. It seems that no matter how much effort is put into a project by a person of color, its importance will never be acknowledged through traditional channels. This was seen last year when Taylor Swift’s “1989” beat Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and in 2013 when Mumford and Sons won over Frank Ocean. The last black woman to win in this category was Lauryn Hill in 1999. Beyoncé’s loss indicates deeper problems within the music industry which can’t be ignored. For black women, Beyoncé is one of the few mainstream artists we can claim as our own. Her impact on my own life is undeniable. I can tell you exactly where I was every time a Beyoncé album came out since 2003. I was sitting on my sister’s bed at five-years-old, listening to “Dangerously in Love.” My
mom and I sang along to every song on “4” on the way to school. I woke up in the middle of the night to a phone call from my sister — “Beyonce” had just dropped. When “Lemonade” came out, I felt something different. I expected excellence, and she gave me truth. Seeing the visual album the first time, tears fell from my eyes, and I wasn’t sure why. Watching it the second time, I saw the face of my mother, heard the voice of my sister, felt the sincerity, pain and love of my grandmother. She embraced the pieces of me that had been so silenced in the media that I forgot that they existed, that they mattered. Themes of self-love, empowerment, black womanhood that have been ignored by popular music. Stories so important to my existence, but so neglected by those dominating the industry that I had been conditioned to forget their importance. I played the album over and over again, and, each time, I saw something new. It is impossible to separate the songs from the visuals. She perfectly translates every emotion the listener would experience into something tangible, dramatic and genuine, something only a true artist can achieve. Beyoncé acknowledges the dark history that made New Orleans an icon, a history
of slavery, subjugation and brutality, while highlighting the amazing art and music of its people. Beyoncé communicates the sacrifice that comes with black womanhood and is experienced by all women. She emphasizes the importance of a sisterhood, when our brothers, fathers, sons and our own bodies, are used as target practice. She creates a storyline that captures your eyes, ears and soul. Beyoncé is provocative and loud, while maintaining an elegance that challenges stereotypes of the black experience. What is most important is that, through all of the pain and darkness that the album shares, Beyoncé still tells a story of victory and unity, of love and hope, that all can relate to. Though the reality is much more complicated — and the struggles of black women have not been rectified — for a moment, “Lemonade” provides closure. The simple act of representation through such a beautiful platform allows momentary healing for a community of black women. For those outside of this community, “Lemonade” is a window into the lives of those oft forgotten. None of this mattered to the voting committee. Read the rest at tulanehullabaloo.com.
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
$670 million Bayou Bridge Pipeline claims to create 2,000 jobs but fails to offset costs, risks potential environmental damage DANIEL HOROWITZ ASSOCIATE VIEWS EDITOR
harm that this pipeline can do. It appears beneficial that direct work on the pipeline will create more than 2,000 jobs, but they are all temporary. Even if it did generate that much in revenue, there is no way to predict how much this pipeline would cause in the way of damages. Pipeline supporters have also mentioned that this new project will be
It is no surprise that areas in and around Louisiana are rich with crude oil. Within the energy industry, corporations have built pipelines to transport oil from the extraction source to refineries. The most recent pipeline proposal in the works, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, has gained a great deal of attention and controversy. If regulations for the transportation of crude oil via pipeline do not improve or are not strictly enforced, this pipeline will accelerate environmental damage to Louisiana. The Bayou Pipeline is a 162-mile-long project worth approximately $670 million. It would run through the Atchafalaya Basin, along with several other parishes, between Lake Charles and St. James Parish. The company behind the pipeline has claimed that the pipeline will generate about $830 million dollars in economic activity and create more than 2,000 direct jobs. Proponents of the pipeline have used these figures to demonstrate how this pipeline can create positive economic opportunities for Louisiana. They also point to how pipelines are allegedly the safest method of transportation of crude oil. These figures do not justify the potential
strictly regulated by the state. Historically, however, the state has not followed through with proper implementation of oil pipeline regulations. Partly because of abundant sources of crude oil, the energy industry in Louisiana is well-established. Other well-established industries in the state are farming and
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hunting — industries reliant on the quality of the environment. Many people who settle in the Atchafalaya Basin do so for the purpose of making a living off the land. The Bayou Pipeline would hurt them and the species they interact with, such as fish, crab, crawfish and alligator. Other environmental impacts of this pipeline cannot be negated. It has the potential to cause immense damage to wetlands across the state as other pipelines have in the past. Oil can leak out, hurt native plants and animal species and taint drinking water. Crude oil is also a very volatile substance that can erupt into flames. A recent incident when the Phillips 66 Pipeline in Paradis, Louisiana caught fire demonstrates how dangerous working with crude oil can be and the potential negative impacts it can have on its surroundings. With already vulnerable coastal land, the costs and risk of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline heavily outweigh the benefits. As protests endure in North Dakota against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the country should not have to suffer another pipeline that may cause harm to the environment and the people living in it. As long as oil has the effect it does on people and the environment, and as long as Louisiana continues to loosely regulate the transportation of oil, Louisianians should not be taking a chance with this pipeline. Daniel is a junior at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached at email@example.com.
No longer just for lovers: Valentine’s Day grows to include platonic friendships, self-love, familial relationships HELEN LEWIS CONTRIBUTING WRITER Valentine’s Day is the chubby-kid-in-neon-Crocs of holidays. Both easy to make fun of and tear down, it is just standing before you, trembling, waiting for a blow that may knock one of those stale, chocolate-filled cardboard hearts out of its hands. People call it commercialized, cheesy, generally undeserving of the attention ladled onto it and money funneled into it. Mocking the holiday comes naturally to most, especially if you are a single lady like myself, prone to sarcasm and fresh out of a gender and sexuality class that taught you about the futility of monogamy. But you know what? Valentine’s Day knows something we do not. It stands up for something we would not dare to. That chubby kid is saying “Hey my feet are comfortable as hell, I am making it rain Jibbitz, and I do not care who sees!” And Valentine’s Day? Well, it is saying “I stand for love, I am a day dedicated to love for whomever it may be, because love is what really matters in this world.”
This is the part where all the cynics may choke on their own bile, but remember, dear cynics, for that bile to get up your throat, it has to pass a heart. We know you have one too. I love Valentine’s Day. Or rather I love what Valentine’s Day has become. The holiday started out as an easy fix for the Catholic Church, a way to marry two of their goals into one solution. The church was looking for a way to celebrate Saint Valentine, a man who had helped couples in Rome illegally wed, a crime that led to his execution. They were also looking for a way to squelch the celebrations of the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, which involved a ritual where women were slapped with goat hides dipped in dog’s blood, an activity they found slightly appalling. The church put Valentine’s holiday in the middle of Lupercalia’s celebration, outlawing Lupercalia and promoting Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day has morphed in purpose from one of its original goals of smashing unapproved celebrations into a day that encompasses all love and is inclusive of all ways of showing that love. That is not to say that going around and smacking woman with goat hides dipped in dog blood would be a good idea because as magical as the day seems, there are still laws in this country. The holiday, while limited in the aforementioned regard, can be celebrated in so many ways. It can be celebrated through the classic couple’s dinner and gift
exchange, among friends in a Galentine’s day party, by family members sending each other cards and in a humorous way, with jokes about the holiday or love in general. An example of a humorous celebration would be the deal that Tulane’s very own Cat Mafia Comedy club is offering, “Clapbacks for your Ex,” a program where they will drunk call or text your ex for five dollars. Its set list includes “Burn in Hell, Brian”, “Your Post-winter Break Haircut is Bad”, “You’re a Fartbag”, “What Does He Have That I Don’t Have??? Herpes???” and other classics. Satirically, romantically, appreciatively, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day any way you want to. It is a holiday that is so diverse for so many different people, just like love is. That is something worth celebrating. Raise your heart-shaped box of stale chocolates in the air, shower yourself in a rainstorm of Croc Jibbitz and take a day to embrace love. Helen is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OPINION OF THE HULLABALOO BOARD Despite a growing pool of available information for today’s college students, student-run college newspapers still provide an essential service. The value of this service is not being the first or being the most eye-catching. Our purpose is to report the truth. A Pew Research Center Study found that 75 percent of young adults believe losing their local newspaper would have a minimal impact on their ability to get information. This same demographic, however, said on average when they need information, established news sources are the first source they turn to*. This statistic shows how much we undervalue news sources in our society. News sources, including The Hullabaloo, serve as watchdogs
for the powerless. The Hullabaloo is exclusively student-run. Content and business decisions are made by students that hold themselves to the same standards as professionals. Our editing processes reflect these standards. Everything published must be verified and backed up by authoritative sources. All interviews must be documented. Most importantly, all information must be fact-checked, and style adheres to Associated Press guidelines. The Hullabaloo is independently funded through advertising revenue. Our paper struggles financially, but our independence awards us a vital freedom — the only stakeholders The Hullabaloo owes anything to are its readers. The Hullabaloo makes mistakes,
but we strive to hold ourselves accountable. We publish corrections weekly, and all revisions that occur after publication are listed at the bottom of the article for the readers to see. While we take pride in our organization, we do not believe The Hullabaloo is the only valuable source of information on this campus. Every campus media outlet offers different perspectives to both its members and the community and has its own personality and goals. A rich media landscape only enhances the student experience by providing more places for creative avenues and information. The Hullabaloo welcomes this growing environment but hopes to continue differentiating itself through its reporting.
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Super Bowl ads aim for profit, not social activism MADELINE NINNO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Many of the ads during this year’s Super Bowl had political messages, but none generated more interest and controversy than 84 Lumber’s. The ad told the story of a Mexican mother and her daughter undergoing a difficult journey to reach the United States border. Though this ad may seem politically potent, the noncommittal reaction from and target market of 84 Lumber have lessened its message, reflecting higher prioritized commercial motivations. Fox believed that the 84 Lumber ad was so controversial that it refused to air it in its entirety. An edited version was shown instead, which encouraged viewers to visit 84 Lumber’s website to view the conclusion. The end showed the mother and daughter making it to the border and entering the U.S. through a wooden door in President Donald Trump’s proposed wall, built with lumber from the
sponsor company. The ad sparked strong reactions on social media, with many audience members debating the proposed border wall and the status of illegal immigrant. 84 Lumber Director of Marketing Amy Smiley, however, stated that “the message isn’t about immigration” but rather the characteristics the company looks for in employees, specifically the will to succeed. Steve Radick, who works for the ad agency that created the commercial, claimed that the ad incorporated modern political issues to tap into pop culture and avoid having a bland message. 84 Lumber had another motive to focus on immigration. The company sells to construction workers and subcontractors, many of whom are immigrants themselves. An ad that the American public viewed as a bold statement about the immigration crisis was actually just a clever advertising trick to encourage sales. 84 Lumber’s strategy appears to have worked. The 84 Lumber website had 300,000 views within minutes of the commercial airing with the ad being viewed 3.4 million times on YouTube within 12 hours of its Super Bowl spot. Other ads with political tones that aired during the Super Bowl, such as Budweiser’s commentary on immigration and Audi’s mes-
sage about equal pay for women, also garnered many views online and a large amount of attention on social media, indicating that the strategy of tying political issues into commercials is effective in calling the public’s attention to a product. This is hardly the first time corporations have attempted to hop on the social justice bandwagon to help improve their image and increase profits. Typically, the political nature of commercials will depend on the hot topic at the time. For example, few years ago the main topic of political discourse in advertising was LGBTQ+ rights. One by one, companies began placing white, cisgender same-sex couples in their commercials in an effort to show more diversity. They only did so, however, to appease to a more progressive audience, especially younger people. Though this strategy may be good for business, it does nothing to help any of the issues the ads relate to. By refusing to take a stance, companies like 84 Lumber only use the suffering of others to help sell their product, manipulating public sentiments on controversial issues, but failing to advocate for marginalized groups in a meaningful way. Madeline is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at mninno@
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Can you summarize your first date in five words?
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“City diner at 5 p.m.”
“I paid for it all.”
“She did not show up.”
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FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Baseball relies on experience in opening series by susan fanelli sports editor
Tulane baseball will open its highly anticipated 2016-17 season against the Army Black Knights and the Air Force Falcons this weekend. The three-game series will commence Friday and will continue through Sunday. Experience will be a key factor for the Green Wave during the series. According to new head coach Travis Jewett, the returning players of Tulane baseball will be essential. “I like the experience of this team. I like the heartbeat … We need to let those experiences shine through this year,” Jewett said. The series is highlighted by the veteran pitchers starting each game. Senior Corey Merrill, redshirt junior J.P. France and sophomore Ross Massey will start on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In 2016, Merrill went 4-1 through five starts and finished with a 2.05 ERA. France was 6-4 through 12 starts and had a 3.33 ERA through last season. Massey, the youngest of the trio, was 10-3 with a 2.29 ERA through his freshman year. Tulane will also rely on the experience of graduate transfer and closer Ted Andrews, who spent three years at Furman University before transferring to Tulane. Andrews missed both his freshman and sophomore seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but made his collegiate debut during the 2015 season. “The strides he has made from day one until now is as good as anyone on our team,” Jewett said. “I’m confident in him and he is confident in himself.” Both the Black Knights and the Falcons will serve as unpredictable foes to the Green Wave. Army finished the 201516 season with a 16-32 overall record but
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Senior left fielder Jarret Dehart takes a swing during Tulane’s 4-1 win against LSU on April 26, 2016 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane’s first matchup against LSU in the 2017 season will be on March 28 in Baton Rouge. has gone through coaching changes over the offseason. Air Force finished with an overall 2015-16 record of 30-27 but head into the series with returning players and, according to Jewett, “scary” offensive statistics. The experience of the team is also anchored by senior outfielder Lex Kaplan. Kaplan will start in right field during Friday’s game against Army and seeks to draw on
last year’s experience to help him during the series and the upcoming season. “I think it’s really going to help,” Kaplan said. “We’ve all been there … We want to get past where we were.” Looking towards the future, head coach Travis Jewett understands the need for a successful start to the season. “Everything is on rent here, including the chair I’m sitting in,” Jewett said. “Pro-
duction and how you play, it’s important. That’s how it plays itself out.” Tulane baseball will face Army at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will face Air Force at 4 p.m. Saturday. All of the games are hosted at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Josh Axelrod contributed to the reporting of this article.
Tulane signature chant draws roots from student journalism by jordan figueredo senior staff reporter
A One, A Two, A Helluva Hullabaloo? The classic cheer that orientation leaders ingrain in you — or try to — during orientation is not just a random combination of words but also a way to unite the crowds at sporting events and support the Green Wave every time the team scores. Not everyone remembers the words to the chant, but they are quick to catch on. The chant did not materialize out of thin air but was, instead, created in the basement of the precursor to the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life. In 1896, The Olive and Blue was the main newspaper on campus, but in 1905, The Tulane Weekly was created as a rival. On Nov. 8, 1905, the first issue of The Tulane Weekly was published. “The organization of this paper is the result of a dispute between the student body and a few individuals at The Olive and Blue,” the first issue stated. “If a few students have a right to publish a periodical under the name of the University, and represent it as a student publication when the students have no voice in its management, then this paper has no right to an existence.” The Olive and Blue stopped publishing after 1906.
Fifteen years later, The Tulane Weekly changed its name to The Hullabaloo. Earl Sparling, the editor at the time, was the reason behind the change. Sparling wrote a football song entitled “The Rolling Green Wave.” At the time, the team was officially known as the “The Olive and Blue,” and unofficially the “Greenies” or “Greenbacks.” The song was published in the paper and soon received acceptance. A month later, not only did the paper have a new name, but the athletic teams were now referred to as the Green Wave, a name that remains today. Tulane is in a unique city with eccentric traditions that the university has incorporated into campus life. In a place where students get to experience second lines in Bruff Commons and throw Mardi Gras beads into a tree, the original Hullabaloo chant fits in seamlessly. When the entire crowd chants it all together, the pride for Tulane echoes throughout and unites all fans, from alumni to students and even those who are too young to understand what it all means. “A One, A Two, A Helluva Hullabaloo, A Hullabaloo Ray Ray, A Hullabaloo Ray Ray, Hooray-Hooray Vars Vars Tee Ay, Tee Ay, Tee Ay Vars Vars Tee Ay, Tulane!” megan calvin | staff artist
Women’s basketball sweeps Cincinnati by susan fanelli sports editor
After beating the Cincinnati Bearcats (15-10, 6-6 American Athletic Conference) in overtime this earlier season, Tulane women’s basketball (16-10, 7-6 AAC) has swept the series against its conference rival in a 62-51 win on Wednesday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. “I think for us, it was really about how we play, and I think we really needed to have a good game and be able to play both ends of the floor pretty well,” head coach Lisa Stockton said. During the team’s previous matchup on Jan. 28, Tulane came back from a 5-point deficit in the final 30 seconds to force overtime and snatch away a win from Cincinnati with a final score of 7468. This time, the Bearcats traveled down to the Big Easy with revenge on their mind. Tulane struck first on a jumper from
sophomore guard Meredith Schulte, who did not miss a shot in the entire quarter. Though the score would go back and forth in the first ten minutes, Tulane would finish the quarter with a 13-8 lead. The second quarter began with a brief 6-0 run from Cincinnati to give the Bearcats the lead back 14-13. Fueled by a 3-pointer from junior guard Kolby Morgan, however, Tulane would surge back with 11 unanswered points, including two 3-pointers from senior guard Leslie Vorpahl. Tulane would go on to score 18 points during the second and entered the locker room with the lead 31-20 going into halftime. In the second half, it was more of the same. Tulane, helped out by the efforts of younger players such as Schulte and sophomore center Ksenija Madzarevic, outscored Cincinnati 17-16 in the third. The fourth quarter delivered a strong showing from players such as senior guard Courtnie Latham, and Tulane would leave the game with a crucial win near the end of the season.
Schulte led the Green Wave during the game with 14 points on a perfect 7-7 night, the most in a game for her since the season opener against Grambling where she scored 20 points. Morgan earned a double-double on the night with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Vorpahl was not far behind with 9, going 3-4 on 3-pointers. Every active member of the Green Wave scored during the game. “They had a lot of pressure on [Morgan], they were doubling [Morgan]. We found other people to finish. That was number one,” Stockton said. “Number two, our defense was really, really good. We communicated. Except for giving up the offside rebounds, I thought we really shut [Cincinnati] down a lot.” Tulane will continue its string of home games on Saturday against the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. UConn is coming off of its 100th straight win after beating South Carolina 66-55 on Monday.
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Junior guard Caylah Cruickshank faces off against senior Cincinnati guard Bianca Quisenberry during the Green Wave’s matchup Wednesday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. Cruickshank scored 8 points en route to Tulane’s 62-51 win.
BASEMENT by susan fanelli sports editor
The first principle stated in Tulane Athletics’ mission statement is “to recognize participation in athletics as an integral part of the educational process.” If Tulane shows the patience to let investment bloom, then students choosing Tulane because of athletics might not be so hard to believe. Students come to Tulane for an assortment of reasons ranging from academics to the adventures that are promised to us as “only at Tulane, only in New Orleans.” Though it might be hard to believe with Tulane’s current records, some do come for the athletics. NCAA sports are ingrained in nearly every student’s collegiate life, and Tulane’s athletic program is on the rise. The athletics overhaul of last year has already begun to show results. The football team had a slightly improved record and Coach Fritz’s first full recruiting class yielded 27 new players. Volleyball was named the most improved team in the nation at the end of its season. Women’s basketball has the chance to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014. The investment that goes into athletics holds a weight that is felt in every aspect of the game. The ticket sales, licensing, marketing and donations become the heartbeat of athletics. Donations especially feed this process, Deputy Athletic Director Monica Lebron explained. Those funds also find their way into a variety of departments throughout Tulane depending upon the donor. “Some people are going to be passionate about athletics, some people are going to be passionate about the arts, some people are going to be passionate about any number of different things in your own city that have nothing to do with your university,” Lebron said. “It’s not our job to tell the donor what they should give to.” If Tulane students are to expect athletics to grow and improve, we must also accept the fact that growth and success does not happen overnight. Patience is essential to the long-term investment of a good sports program. We cannot control the opinions of the donors that decide to invest into the Green Wave ethos. Athletics bring people together. We see it at every tailgate and we feel it during every chant of “The Hullabaloo.” As a house needs to be built upon a strong foundation, an athletics program must have a strong foundation of investment. Despite the necessity of funding, the process takes time.In the future, Tulane’s athletics will improve further, ensured by our continued dedication and investment. Until that moment, however, we must be willing to stand by our teams through thick and thin. “… [Tulane’s investment] goals are going to be to continue to assess where we are at, where our strengths lie, and where, from a revenue generation standpoint, we can stand to improve,” Lebron said. “Just continue to assess, bring best practices here and continue to forge ahead.” Susan is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at sfanelli@tulane. edu.
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
DEGREES OF DISAGREEMENT NCAA TRANSFER REGULATIONS CREATE CONFLICTING OPINIONS
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by jordan figueredo & jake brennan senior staff reporter & sports editor It’s no longer about the one-and-dones, but instead, the fours-and-transfers. The NCAA no longer revolves around student-athletes drafted after their freshman year but instead focuses on graduate student-athlete transfers. The graduate transfer rule allows players who have received at least a bachelor’s degree to transfer without sitting out a year and pursue their master’s. The same rule does not apply to undergraduate transfers who are forced to sit out the season following their transfer. Players who transfer because their original university does not offer their desired major, however, can play immediately after transferring because the concern academic rather than athletic. Five years after its inception, issues still linger with the rule. Some perceive an unfair discrepancy between student-athlete classifications and the dissuading of transfers. “I think you have to have something like that [rule], just because it would be chaos if you had guys jumping around,” football head coach Willie Fritz said. “You know, you tell kids this over and over and over again, they need to sign for the university more than anything else …”
Graduate transfers can play immediately, and coaches can coach immediately, so the controversy arises in the perceived hypocrisy with undergraduate players. “When you have to sit out a year it brings some stability to things,” men’s basketball assistant head coach Doug Stewart said. “ ... If you make the decision to transfer you have to be in deep with your thoughts cause you’re not going to be putting on a uniform for a year.” From 2011 to 2015, the number of graduate transfers in men’s sports tripled and nearly doubled in women’s sports with the largest impact being in men’s basketball, according to NCAA data. The graduate transfer rule was designed to ensure that players who lost a year due to a redshirt year or medical issue could maintain eligibility and continue their studies, but the spike in graduate transfers is not a positive for the NCAA’s academic goals. The NCAA data released in 2014 found only 47 percent of women’s basketball graduate transfers get their degree. Other sports perform at a lower rank. 32 percent of men’s basketball graduate transfers get their master’s degree and only 24 percent of graduate football transfers. “The intent of the rule is not the true practice of the rule,” Northwestern University head football coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a Chicago Tribune article. Florida State men’s basketball head coach
Leonard Hamilton said he finds fault in the transfer system in relation to degree achievement. “I’m not really sure that I am 100 percent with the process as it is now …” Hamilton said. “I would like to see some more thought given to how we can create a scenario that does not negatively encourage kids to leave their school and encourage them to get their master’s degree.” For the select few schools that consistently lose players to professional drafts, the graduate transfer rule proves beneficial. The rule allows the team the opportunity to fill a hole on the roster in the short-term but does not affect future recruiting classes. For schools in the NCAA not achieving at the highest level, there is worry that star players will be recruited elsewhere if they graduate and still have eligibility. “I think in terms of the schools who are losing players, like if you redshirt a guy to develop him and all of a sudden, while the guys developed a lot, he graduates early and decides to go to a different school, that’s a tough feeling for the school losing the player after the year they invested in redshirting him,” Stewart said. From the perspective of an academically-minded player, this opportunity is seen as advantageous, because their scholarship can carry over into their post-graduate studies. “I wanted to graduate early because of the whole graduate school,” graduate offensive lineman Hunter Knighton said. “The ability to
have someone pay for that with scholarship. So I knew I always wanted to get done with my undergrad as soon as possible.” Transferring as a graduate also gives veteran student-athletes a chance to go through the recruiting process over again with a greater knowledge of the system and a focus on their own needs. For Knighton, this meant he could get straight to the point with the coaching staff at any school he was interested in. “You kinda just know how everything works now. You know coaches will call you and that it doesn’t really mean anything until they actually say ‘we have a spot,’” Knighton said. “... I was just more upfront with coaches this time around. I know how it works, and I know how the game is played and if it works out, it works out. Just don’t keep playing with me.” From joining a new team, acclimating to a new coaching style and pushing themselves more academically in graduate programs, these transfers have to eliminate old habits and adjust to the new athletic climate. Coaching staffs also adjust to the dynamic a graduate transfer brings. “It’s an interesting situation with a graduate transfer as someone who comes in with experience and can help you right away without having to sit out at all,” Stewart said. “They bring a lot of value and help you plug a hole sometimes, but sometimes you can get a guy that comes in and is a big difference maker.”