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TULANE HULLABALOO THE EYES AND EARS OF THE TULANE COMMUNITY VOLUME CXIII NO. 17 FEBRUARY 8, 2018

“These are the issues that we are facing and we want you to work with us.” Junior Abi M’baye

Marginalized communities respond to sexual assault climate survey results by josh axelrod, sanjali de silva & sophia mariani news editors & associate news editor

After five months of waiting and speculating, students gathered to hear the results of the Sexual Assault Climate Survey. The doors of Kendall Cram Lecture Room opened at 4:30 p.m. By 4:39 p.m. all 400 seats were taken. Beginning at 5 p.m. and going more than an hour over its scheduled end time, the town hall last Wednesday night solicited an audience that filled the auditorium and an overflow room next door. The data showed that since enrolling at Tulane, 41 percent of female undergraduates and 18 percent of male undergraduates reported being sexually assaulted. Of those reporting, 51 percent of LGBTQ+ women and 23 percent of undergraduate women of color reported being sexually assaulted. In the week following the release of the climate survey data, students have been speaking out about their concerns and discussing steps moving forward. “I chose for this school, this campus, this city to be my home for four years, and I chose it with the understanding that I would feel safe for those four years,” Sophie Fraser, Undergraduate Student Government Multicultural Council chair, said. Some students said they were dissatisfied with what they perceived as a lack of transparency surrounding the data, the disproportionate statistics for the LGBTQ+ community and the response to concerns of students of color. Advocating for Partnerships Public Health Professor Gretchen Clum and Nick Fears, president of the graduate and professional student association, were initially tasked with analyzing the data in May of 2017. “We realized it was going to take longer than we thought it was going to, especially because we knew, to make sure we did it right, we needed it to be validated by external analysts,” Fears said. After finishing their analysis in August, Clum and Fears sent out the data for a peer review. The results were initially expected to be announced at Shifting the Paradigm in September but were postponed until Jan. 31, leading to the release of the #WeMatterTU petition.

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Tulane community recognizes New Orleans ties to Haiti by matt saletta

news associate editor Walking across New Orleans, it is easy to spot the plentiful ties the city shares with France. French fleurs-de-lis can be found capping fence posts, emblazoned on the city’s flag and featured on the Saint’s helmets. Roads like Toulouse Street or Napoleon Avenue bear the name of French historical figures. The city itself is named for a French town along the Loire River. Though the French are recognized most publicly for their influence in New Orleans, many feel the French are not alone in shaping the city’s cultural landscape. According to several New Orleanians, substantial ties between New Orleans and Haiti are often missed, despite the extensive history shared by the two societies. Now, residents like Nathalie Jeudy are calling for increased public recognition of the deep connections between Haiti and New Orleans. Jeudy, a recent graduate of the Tulane Law School Payson Center for Global Development, came to the U.S. from Haiti as a child and described the overwhelming similarities she has discovered between Haiti and the New Orleans. “Everything is similar — the Latin architecture, the Creole cottages, the Catholic cathedrals, the city squares, the parishes and even the way the food is prepared with many different spices from different cultures,” Jeudy said. “There’s also a lot of shared inefficiency and natural disasters. There are a lot of issues like flooding where people can’t rely on formal structures to help them out, so they have to depend on each other.”

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New Orleans residents take a photo with Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell at the Women’s March. Cantrell spoke at the march condemning President Trump’s comments on Haiti. In addition to architectural overlap and natural disasters, Haiti has also played an notable role in American history. Marky JeanPierre, a Tulane professor who emigrated from Haiti to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, explained the significance of the Haitian Revolution in the Louisiana Purchase, a historic deal in which the U.S. purchased more than 800,000 acres of French land, including New Orleans.

“France sent a huge army to Haiti to quash the revolutionary army in Haiti,” Jean-Pierre said. “What France had in mind was to have the army make its way to New Orleans, to occupy Louisiana and to build a strong empire before facing the United States. The Haitian revolution completely quashed the French forces. It is because of that Napoleon decided to sell Louisiana to the U.S.” Recently, Tulane has begun taking steps

to strengthen students’ familiarity with Haiti and its diaspora. Annie Gibson, the associate director of intercultural learning at Tulane’s Center for Global Education, will be leading Tulane’s first summer program to focus on Haitian culture. “We are running a summer program to the Dominican Republic with a focus on Haitian-Dominican race, identity and immigration,” Gibson said. “… We’re looking at how race and immigration works between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, how politics and economics work on this one island. This program is a way of helping students think about a new understanding of their home in a global dimension.” Both Jean-Pierre and Jeudy expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of credit Haiti receives on the global stage, including recent disparaging comments made by President Trump about Haiti. “The world has a way of seeing places in terms of the beautiful things you have,” JeanPierre said. “In places where there is poverty, where there is limited education, they forget them. I think the president is misinformed about Haiti, what it means for the history of the world … We are talking about the greatest free nation in the world denigrating the first country to fight for freedom from slavery.” In spite of current conditions, Jean-Pierre spoke of a positive future for the Haitian people. “We are not defined by those limited socioeconomic conditions,” Jean-Pierre said. “I believe the day shall come when this country will actually tell the world what Haiti means for the history of humanity.”

Resisting the Storm: sophomore Rosalind Velez by cam lutz

senior staff reporter

The start of the spring semester brought 15 new students from Puerto Rico to Tulane. The Hullabaloo thought they deserved a formal introduction in our newest feature: Resisting the Storm. Each week, The Hullabaloo highlights a different guest Tulane student affected by Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. This week, Rosalind Velez, one of the 15 Puerto Rican students that accepted Tulane’s offer of a tuition-free semester, agreed to share her experiences. Velez is a sophomore from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in San German. Though her home is in San German, her sister lives in Louisiana and her cousin works at the Tulane Medical Center, so Tulane has become a second home for her. She is continuing her study of biology at Tulane while her home university recovers from the storm. Can you describe how your community was affected by the storm? On our side of the island, it wasn’t really that bad, but my community still doesn’t have any power yet. We always had water. Just for one day we didn’t have a water supply. And basically it was just trees down. Even though it was a really bad experience, the day after was a really nice day because everybody got together, and we started picking up trees and taking them out of the streets. So, other than that, I feel like that’s about it. I’m not gonna try to like tell you horror stories when it wasn’t. How has your community recovered from it? They’re still trying to get the power supply company to come fix the problem, ’cause it’s just that the cables that give us power, they are on the [ground] in the mountains. And, well, that’s been really rough for my community because we cannot have, for example, groceries because it’s really hard to maintain those foods [long] enough to use them. But it’s really, I feel like it’s nice be-

cause they’re still trying, you know. They haven’t given up. I wish I could just go back over there and help out but I can’t. That’s my community as in my house, but my community in college was really affected given that [the] college is in, like, a forest, so everything went down. My building, the science building, it has mold and fungi and everything, so they had to close down the building to get it fixed. The library, it got flooded, so it was really hard for us to study. So that was really bad too.

opportunity I’m going to be able to have now, because when I lived over here, I was too young to go to the really big parades because my sister, she wouldn’t take me because it was too hectic. So now that I’m older, I can go by myself, I can see how everything goes. I just want to experience it.

What made you decide to come to Tulane this semester? Well, mostly it was because I couldn’t, for example, do the labs for my science classes. I’m a biology major and I want to go to med school, and I was really looking forward, like last semester, to the zoology lab, which I couldn’t take because of the hurricane. So now I cannot do the labs anymore. Are you going to be able to go back to Puerto Rico during the semester? During this semester? No. Like I was saying earlier, we still don’t have any power, and it’s really hard, for example, like if I have to do any work from here to do it because phone reception is really limited. Some people don’t have internet. We have to go to other places to try to get internet, and sometimes it just doesn’t work. Like some days, you’re just using your phone, like everything’s ok, and then I don’t know where the phone signal just goes, and you’re like, you don’t have any communication whatsoever. So I can’t [go back] because of that and because we really don’t have the money for me to be coming back and forth, ’cause we spent a lot of money on like groceries for the day, and gas for the generator. Oh, it was bad. What are you most excited about this year? Mardi Gras, haha. And, I’m really excited about my physics class actually. My professor’s the dean, so I’m really excited about that. ‘Cause, like, I said Mardi Gras. I don’t want you to be like, ‘oh, she’s a party goer,’ or some stuff like that. It’s just like, back home, we don’t get that kind of stuff, you know. And it’s like an

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Rosalind Velez, originally from San German, Puerto Rico, joins Tulane for the spring semester.


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Students prepare for MCATs, careers in medicine

by jonathon marks associate editor

Senior year isn’t all fun and games. For many, the stress of post-graduation plans can be overwhelming, which is why we’re introducing our newest column, Road to Graduation. Every week we will check in with seniors about

their post-grad plans and talk about their anxieties and aspirations. For many students planning to attend medical school, the Medical College Admission Test is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles on the road to a successful career. The MCAT is a standardized exam, administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which tests a student’s ability to solve problems by applying scientific knowledge, and it can be a deciding factor in the medical school admissions process. “It’s a six-hour test, not including breaks,” senior Izzat Shbeeb said. “Most testing centers want you to report at 7 a.m. The night before is always a pain because nerves. You’re just stressed out, don’t really get much sleep. And so the testing experience itself is not a pleasant one.” The MCAT is both an expensive and strenuous test. Students say, however, that being prepared can make all the difference. There are many ways for students to get ready to take the MCAT, such as taking practice tests and attending classes tailored to teaching students various test-taking strategies. “I started studying for it in October of

2016,” senior Claire Chapel said. “I took a class … that spanned about ten weeks, four nights a week, for two hours a night. And I took that for about the second half of that fall semester … I probably ran through thousands of practice problems.” Among Tulane’s many student-run clubs, there are some which aim to help students navigate a career in medicine by providing necessary resources and insight into applying to medical schools. “A lot of the events that the Premedical Society hosts are speakers from medical schools,” senior Allee Defelice said. “It really kind of gave me confidence in knowing what’s down the road, even as a freshman to hear from those people, but it also got you connected to other pre-meds.” Though many factors, such as GPA and extracurricular activities, come into play when applying to medical schools, the MCAT remains an important and crucial aspect of the admissions process. “Your GPA and the MCAT gets you into the door because they do something called screening, where they screen any of the primary applications that get sent to them,” Sh-

beeb said. “And if you don’t reach a certain MCAT score or sometimes GPA requirements, they won’t even give you a secondary application.” Students can prepare for the MCAT by taking classes at Tulane which cover material likely to be featured on the test, such as science courses like chemistry, physics and, especially, biology. “Upper-level biologies tend to be a lot of what the MCAT focuses on because the MCAT is no longer a rote memorization-based test,” Shbeeb said. “I don’t think the choice of major matters, but picking the right classes to prepare you is definitely very important.” Though it is important to take classes relevant to the MCAT, it takes more than a high score on a test to get into medical school, according to DeFelice. “Remember why you want to go into medicine and focus on that,” DeFelice said. “It’s really easy to get lost … and you get kind of caught up in the moment, and you forget the reason you’re doing all of it. So, for me it came back to, I want to help people, and this is just a stepping stone on getting to that point.”

USG commissions project to build largest recording studio in NOLA by mark winokur

contributing reporter

Between a cappella groups, the marching band and independent artists, the sound of music is always flowing through Tulane’s campus. A new student initiative is moving to create an on-campus recording studio to house New Orleans’ and Tulane’s vibrant music scene. USG Vice President of Finance Tyler Margaretten and junior Daniel Smolley are currently working on establishing the new studio, which will be located on the second floor of the Dixon Hall annex. The studio will provide aspiring musicians on campus with a high-quality, acoustically-isolated booth for professional-level audio recording. Margaretten said he believes that once the studio is complete, it will benefit a wide variety of students on campus by giving them better access to audio recording opportunities. “Student organizations will have a chance to have access to one of the highest quality recording studios that the city of New Orleans has to offer,” Margaretten said. As a sophomore, Smolley founded Tulane Studios, a student organization intended to connect students interested in the music industry. While running the organization, Smolley realized its members would benefit from a high-quality recording studio and initiated the project to get a recording studio on campus. She connected with Margaretten to work as business partners. “[Tulane Studios] is a student organization that we started as a platform just for musicians to collaborate and get together,” Smolley said. “We decided to try to build a studio, and we’ve been working pretty hard to get a studio built through the Tulane Studios organizations.”

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Along with Tulane Studios, the intended users that will benefit from the recording studio include members of student organizations such as a cappella groups and jazz bands, as well as any other students on campus that are interested in recording audio. TU Tones Music Director Claire Demorest said she expects the addition of the recording studio will provide more resources for students interested in the music department at Tulane. “There are a lot of students that are here right now that have a history of music and gave up because the program and the department [at Tulane] doesn’t have a ton of resources to support students who have that interest,” Demorest said. “I think that if we have this kind of pull for students … we will attract more students who will put that kind of love and resource into the music department, and it can become what it has the potential to be.” Smolley and Margaretten are still working to secure the funding sources necessary to finance the project. Currently, the studio has funding allocations of $150,000 from USG, $250,000 from a private donor and $20,000 from the Newcomb Department of Music. Smolley and Margaretten are currently seeking around $100,000 more to complete the financing of the project. To obtain the remaining funding, they are starting a campaign on Feb. 16 via WaveStarter, a new funding platform designed specifically for Tulane organizations that works similarly to programs such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Through WaveStarter, students, alumni and others with a vested interest can support the cause by donating money for the new recording studio. According to Margaretten, the WaveStarter campaign will be crucial to raise sufficient funds

for the project. Smolley and Margaretten said they have been impressed with the results of their project and feel satisfied with their progress. “I think it’s amazing that student projects can go this far and raise hundreds and thousands of dollars, and have interest in academic departments and the alumni network,” Margaretten said.

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A blueprint shows the plans for a new recording studio in Dixon Hall annex.

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In the meantime, a task force was formed, consisting of students, faculty members and staff. Task force members were not able to see the actual data, which led to frustration among participants. Several students stepped down from the task force, and others expressed that they felt tokenized, that it was ineffective and that their voices were not taken seriously. Administrators say they recognize a student desire to be engaged and are working to provide those opportunities. “We walk a fine line between wanting very much to honor students’ desire to have grassroots efforts on their own while still trying to do everything we can to facilitate those efforts,” Tania Tetlow, senior vice president and chief of staff, said. Many student activists have advocated for a partnership where their work is not exploited and where they are listened to and supported. Some frustrations, however, stem from activists on campus who say they have been working and expressing ideas before the climate survey was launched. “We aren’t just sitting around waiting for the administration to come to us. We have been coming to you, telling you that these are the issues that we are facing, and we want you to work with us,” Abi M’baye, member of the African American Women’s Society, said. One in Two The group most disproportionately affected was the LGBTQ+ community with 51 percent of LGBQ+* female undergraduates and 44 percent of LGBQ+ male undergraduates reporting that they had been sexually assaulted. Students in the LGBTQ+ community expressed disappointment in the lack of research and engagement. “For [the administration] to say they are still puzzled by why this is happening, I think [they] just need to talk to people,” Sam Beale, president of the Queer Student Alliance, said. “I think most queer people on campus could give you some semblance of an answer of why this might be happening.” The report categorized transgender students under the gender and sexual orientation with which they identify. A total of 0.7 percent of students who took the survey identified as genderqueer, gender non-conforming or another non-binary gender, which the report states was not enough to assign appropriate weighting to this subset. “I understand the need to have a large enough sample size for statistically significant data, but I really think because the rates of violence against trans people are so magnified compared to the violence against cis people, it would be really, really helpful to have data that is specific to trans people if we’re going to plan any intervention on this campus,” Cory Cole, vice president of queer sorority Gamma Rho Lambda, said. Despite being disproportionately affected

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that gets at the cultural issues that nobody in this society has solved, but we have to be focusing on it continuously.” Some members of the Tulane community

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Audience members attend the all-campus town hall in Kendall Cram at 5 p.m. last Wednesday. The crowd quickly filled the auditorium and an overflow room.

report, 48.8 percent of LGBTQ+ students responded “likely” or “very likely” compared to 68.9 percent of heterosexual students. Many LGBTQ+ students rally around the idea of celebrating and creating visibility for the LGBTQ+ community. “If you want diverse students, whether it be students of color or queer students, you also have to celebrate them,” Pearl Dalla, USG Gender and Sexual Diversity chair, said. Healing Broken Trust According to the Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey, 23 percent of students of color reported having been affected by sexual violence on Tulane’s campus. Though this number is lower than white respondents, some students of color reported that a general feeling of mistrust with the administration is a probable cause for the lack of reporting. “I’m a Muslim student on this campus,” Zahra Saifudeen, Muslim Student Association secretary, said. “I’m a woman of color on this campus, and I feel like they didn’t acknowledge that we have lower rates of reporting because of certain reasons.” Many students of color said they feel unrepresented by the lack of diversity in the administration and Title IX office. “I think the biggest thing is that when you don’t see someone who represents you, and students said this during the town hall, it’s hard to feel comfortable,” Sonali Chadha, USG director of diversity and inclusivity excellence, said. “It’s hard to want to go talk to someone. It’s hard to think that someone is an ally when they haven’t done anything in the past or completed actions to prove that they are an ally.” President Mike Fitts pointed to a list of actions he has taken since he took office, especially highlighting the Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values. “[Marginalized communities] need all sort of not only substantive support, but also symbolic support, and so we created the Office of Academic Equity,” Fitts said. “We have expanded support for the O, and we also try and talk about the importance of this. And

said they are concerned that Tulane may not adequately teach about the histories of race and racism, a deficit they said could potentially erode efforts to comprehensively address sexual violence. “This university does celebrate the legacy of slavery and the abuse of black women who were a lot of times forced to bear children for the system of white supremacy,” M’Baye said. “This institution celebrates that

because buildings like Gibson, Hebert … are named after people who were involved in the business of slavery or who benefited from it.” The Action Plan The administration proposed an action plan at the end of the Wave of Change Executive Report. The plan includes sections on integrating sexual violence prevention in the Tulane experience, addressing issues of race, gender and sexuality, establishing means for student engagement, expanding community support for survivors and outlining a plan for evaluation and research. “We’ve really doubled down on a whole group of new initiatives which are fundamentally intended to raise awareness on campus, whether it’s with residential advisors, orientation, rush, fraternities, classes — a series of things that will change the conversation,” Fitts said. The administration stresses the need for students to take charge in the effort to solve the problem and change the culture on campus. Student activists said they will continue working to tackle sexual violence and promote social justice on campus, despite their concerns. “We’re not doing this work so we can feel happy. We’re doing this work so the next generation can feel comfortable on this campus,” Bubba Murray said.


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Child Leash Backpack For your drunk friend who’s a “runner.”

by taylor demulling arcade editor

If you’re reading this, it’s too late. No, seriously. You should’ve done your Mardi Gras shopping on Sunday like every other (relatively) sane New Orleans resident, aggressively hounding the poor, sweet Costco salespeople for samples, playing an unwieldy game of Tetris with the enormous carts of your fellow shoppers as you navigate through the frenzied crowd to fight for the last box of Pizza Bagels. It is now Thursday and there’s not a single chance that any grocery store in the area has orange juice, champagne or chicken nuggets in fun shapes left. Is it possible for the Amazon warehouse to completely sell out of sequin tube-tops? Too late, it did before the words “I still have time to Amazon Prime!” could even defensively escape your lips. But while we admonish your poor planning skills, we here at The Hullabaloo are still rooting for you to properly prepare for the “pardi,” so check out our Mardi Gras must-haves list and get to shopping.

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List of Emergency Contacts In case #6 goes horribly awry and you still manage to lose your phone.

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Borderline-inappropriate Quantity of Mozzarella Sticks You can get a box at Costco that, as the package boasts in, inexplicably, Papyrus font, comes with somewhere between 82 and 92 mozzarella sticks. We’re not sure why the exact quantity is left ambiguous, but presumably when you’re working with several dozen mozzarella sticks, 10 here or there really won’t make much of a difference.

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Travel Packs of Kleenex

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Even a Single Fruit or Vegetable Things that don’t count include Sour Patch Watermelon, the tomatoes on any of the three Rally’s burgers you ate today or any vegetable that comes fried. Do the right thing. Give your body something, anything, to work with.

Phone Lanyard Hold onto your phone and your dignity this year by picking up a cheap phone leash or lanyard. Not only will it save you from an embarrassing, fruitless, “I lost my phone, wallet and keys because I’m a train wreck garbage person” post in Tulane Classifieds, it will also allow you to semi-hideously accessorize.

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Granola Bars There are two types of people in this world: those who get granola bars handed to them by concerned passerby and the concerned passerby with granola bars to spare for messy strangers. Who do you want to be?

Sunglasses It might be rainy this year, but when you start to sob because you just, like, love your friends and you’re honestly so lucky that you all ended up on the same floor of your dorm, it just had to be divine intervention or something, you’ll be thankful you have something to hide the Jackson Pollock of mascara tears and glitter on your face.

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Cash For food, cabs, in case you lose your cards, the conspiracy theorists who don’t trust in the magic of Venmo, etc.

Portable Charger And a portable charger for your portable charger.

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A Helmet For maximum U-Haul safety, precaution against getting knocked out by an errant bag of beads and general decorative purposes.

Gatorade

A favorite among both legendary professional athletes and the extremely hungover. That’s the versatility we love to see. Match your flavor to your outfit so that everyone knows, unequivocally, that you care more about attention to detail in these four days than you have in all four years at Tulane.


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Unrig the System Summit unites political adversaries against corruption by nurah lambert staff reporter

Activists, politicians, celebrities and more from all over the United States gathered on Tulane’s campus last week Feb. 2 – 4 for the first-ever Unrig the System Summit. The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life acted as the headquarters for a series of panels and workshops run by experts in their given fields, each unpacking and discussing present issues in American politics in the hope of eventually fixing the United States’ political system. The summit boasted the importance of engaging in all sides of the discussion, with speakers from varying political backgrounds, conservatives and liberals alike. Organized by Represent.Us, a non-profit organization which focuses its efforts on passing anti-corruption laws, Unrig the System centered on bridging the gap between left and right-leaning constituents and ending fixed elections. Despite being hosted on Tulane’s campus, the cost to attend the event was fairly prohibitive for most college students, with registration prices starting at $300. In an effort to make the event more accessible to a generation essential to changing the political system, a student discount was offered. The summit opened with the Welcome Plenary featuring Academy-Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who interviewed Trevor Potter, a former FEC chairman and Stephen Colbert’s super-PAC lawyer, about bribery in politics. The plenary continued

with former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, Native American tribal rights attorney Tara Houska and several other leading authorities on the law of elections. Panels such as “A Presidential Election for Everyone: Fixing the Electoral College,” “Citizen Lobbying 101” and “The System Matters. Does Your Vote?” were among the most well-attended, with hundreds present at each across the three day conference. Despite its important purpose, Unrig the System wasn’t all politics. The entertainment portion of the summit commenced at night, after the day-time panels. The Howlin’ Wolf hosted the Friday Night Welcome Party, which included an open bar happy hour and live music from local musicians. The following evening was Unrigged Live! in McAlister Auditorium. Hosted by Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay, there were speakers including Represent.Us Director Josh Silver and former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, comedians Nikki Glaser and Adam Yenser, and live music from HoneyHoney and the Preservation All-Stars. Sunday afternoon wrapped up the summit with the Closing Plenary held in Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. This last session included multiple short speeches by anti-corruption activists from organizations including End Citizens United, Take Back Our Republic and Issue One. Republican representative of Wisconsin, Michael Gallagher, and Democrat representative of Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard spoke the closing remarks, concluding the first Unrig the System Summit.

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Unrig the System Summit attendees were invited to take a selfie and promote their attendance at the event, which was created by Represent.us.

Ball‘til you fall: Krewes throw exclusive, extravagant Mardi Gras Balls by burke joslin staff reporter

For most Tulane students, the return of Mardi Gras means one thing: the arrival of parade season. From the extravagant floats to the off-the-wall costumes and copious beads, it’s a time of year that’s almost impossible to not look forward to. But for many local celebrators, these parades are simply peripheral attractions introducing the holiday’s more traditional festivities. The majority of Tulane students are, of course, familiar with the parades associated with krewes like Endymion, Rex, Orpheus and Krewe du Vieux. Every year these krewes and many others host Mardi Gras Balls, in addition to financing parades and smaller parties. Dating back to the 1850s, these balls are numerous and incredibly diverse, ranging from family-friendly costume parties to lavish black-tie dances. To really understand the scene, it’s necessary to characterize each Mardi Gras Ball as fundamentally distinct, unique and independent from any another. To the unfamiliar eye – the casual college student or seasonal tourist, perhaps – many of these celebrations appear indistinguishably similar. For virtually anyone who wasn’t born and raised in New Orleans, it’s all too easy to categorize similar balls under the same umbrella. Take Endymion, for example. As one of the three “Super Krewes” – the largest and grandest of the krewes, also including Orpheus and Bacchus — it’s no surprise that Endymion’s Ball is objectively spectacular. Combining Mardi Gras’ trademark glitz and glamour with diverse genres of music and dance, Endymion’s Ball has featured some of

the biggest names in modern music for the last 40 years. Past performers have included Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Flo Rida. Rod Stewart and Jason Derulo are set to perform this year. Though they don’t come cheap, tickets to some balls are

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To end the parade, floats in the Krewe of Bacchus enter the Ball, which takes place the Sunday prior to Mardi Gras day.

available to the public, though that isn’t the case for most Mardi Gras Balls. Many smaller, more private balls require organization membership or direct invitation to attend and maintain a relatively secretive stance regarding their individual traditions, drastically limiting these events’ publicity and exposure. The dress code for these events is generally very formal, often requiring men to wear either a tuxedo or tails and women to wear elegant ballgowns, jewelry and gloves, but this differs widely for each krewe. Krewe du Vieux, for example, is also open to the public and encourages attendees to come in traditional Mardi Gras costumes. Another longstanding Krewe tradition is selecting “royalty” – namely a king, queen and even princesses and pages depending upon the Krewe – to oversee the parade and ball’s proceedings. While some parades hold elections or random drawings to select their royalty, even hosting elaborate “coronation” ceremonies in certain cases, the Krewe of Bacchus conducts these manners entirely differently. Whereas most other parades generally elect influential community members or longtime patrons, Bacchus decided in 1969 to subvert this trope completely. The Krewe instead chooses famous actors, athletes and various celebrities as kings, and in the past has been led fearlessly by the likes of Nicolas Cage, Will Ferrell, Drew Brees, Elijah Wood, Michael Keaton and Jean Claude Van-Damme. This coming week is the apex of parade and ball season. Krewes typically hold their balls as blown-out parade afterparties, celebrating the height of Mardi Gras festivities. Krewe of Endymion falls on Saturday, Feb. 10, this year. Bacchus is this Sunday, Orpheus is Monday and Zulu and Rex fall on Tuesday.


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Intersectional Confessionals: Stories behind the Climate Survey data

by derby belser

contributing writer I guess I didn’t think it was sexual assault because I didn’t fit the narrative: innocent, straight girl violently raped by a frat boy. No, even six months later, I was calling it miscommunication, misunderstanding, a damn mistake. When you think of sexual assault, do you think of a girl being taken advantage of in her own bed during a sleepover with one of her good friends? I didn’t, which is why my mom still doesn’t know, my friends don’t know, and I still see her all the time on campus. My story isn’t like other people’s, and because of that, I feel like I have less of a right to be a victim. Maybe if our narrative changed, if our narrative even talked about LGBTQ+ victims (and God forbid, future victims), maybe I would start to realize that not only was I a victim, but she a perpetrator and this society a bystander. Maybe if my sorority even talked about the LGBTQ+ community and the problems it faces, I would feel like my problems are valid. Or maybe not, but at least another member of the fartoo-high victim statistic on this campus would be spoken for.

by nile pierre

intersections editor When I think of a victim of sexual assault, I don’t think of anyone who looks like me. Sexual assault is a white woman’s problem, and black women don’t have time for things that don’t concern them. We don’t talk about rape to such a point that when we do experience sexual assault, we don’t have the vocabulary to match our trauma. We don’t talk about the sexual violence that has been unleashed on our bodies to create products to be sold instead of children to be raised and loved. We don’t talk about the objectification of our bodies for entertainment and sexual desire, and we definitely don’t speak about these issues when the assailant is another person of color. I am black before I am a woman. Three people sat on the panel that night and all of them were white. The one person of color on the stage was reading questions for them. How can I join #MeToo, a movement started by a black woman, when the face of the movement on Tulane’s campus is a face that can’t imagine a day in the life of another with a darker pigment? It feels like there’s no room for women like us to say #MeToo when every voice that seems to matter, every voice that gets to sit on a stage and speak into a mic is white. With the stats for black women who reported sexual assault lower in comparison to white women, it might seem strange to others why I care so much, or why so many students of color have been in silent pain in the days following the release of the climate survey. It’s because I know, just as so many other marginalized students know, that people like us can’t afford to come forward. When I hear stories from my sisters and femmes of color being stalked by employees of this institution, being sexually manipulated, objectified or harassed by fellow students or others, I already know that it will go unreported. I know that when asked if they have ever been sexually assaulted or harassed, their answers and mine will always be “no, not me” and never “me too.”

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by jewell prim staff writer

My friend Simenesh and I were walking back to our dorms after the campus Climate Survey results were revealed, reflecting on why and how the problem of sexual assault plagued our campus. Tulane students were out on McAlister, going to Bruff, getting into their Ubers, going to their respective Greek date parties. Business as usual. And then Simenesh said it, “They are privileged without knowledge of consequence.” It all makes sense. You go to a school that only the elite can afford with the sprinkle of students of color to adorn your websites and then try to teach how privilege is an assumed power that can be unfairly exercised over anyone. It all makes sense because it is a system of education that has said that its mission is to broaden the minds of all students but still allows some to not understand the basic rules of consent. And you see no issue with these transgressions. This is what America looks like. This is what our society looks like: people with any type of power over another will exercise it in the most brutal way, if not now, then eventually. And they will see no issue or punishment for their transgressions. When you pay close enough attention to the obvious patriarchal society that our school and our country exist in, sexual assault has always been prominent throughout our history. We know these crimes are not about sex, they’re about power. The main goal has to be dismantling the thought processes and structures on this campus and in our American society that reinforce them. There is a correlation between the high sexual assault rate and alcohol usage on this campus, but trying to solve both of them at the same time places less emphasis on the often overlooked reasons behind sexual violence. Solving these problems individually can result in a more effective action plan, rather than a plan that will abandon outstanding issues of both of the problems.

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New bead recycling program promotes eco-friendly Mardi Gras MADELINE NINNO STAFF WRITER

New Orleans made national headlines recently when cleaning crews removed 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads from clogged catch basins along St. Charles Avenue. The clogging, caused by the beads and other waste, is thought to have contributed to flooding earlier this year. Though Mardi Gras is an important cultural tradition and economic draw for the city, the carelessness of participants can cause serious environmental consequences. Fortunately, a new recycling initiative shows that the city is committed to reducing waste and protecting the well-being of residents. The Youth Leadership Council and Arc of Greater New Orleans are implementing a new program which aims to engage parade-goers in keeping the city clean. The organization will hand out recycling bags to people along parade routes, and volunteers will also be working at six recycling stations. As this program is still in development, it will only operate during Krewe of Freret and Thoth in the Uptown area. Clear plastic bags will be used to collect aluminum and plastic items while purple mesh bags will be used for beads and other throws. After the parade, a disposal truck will collect the bags and distribute them to processing centers. The beads that are collected will be sorted as part of Arc’s ongoing bead recycling project which provides programming and opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to work with volunteers. This program is an example of how Mardi Gras can be made more sustainable without sacrificing the elements paradegoers enjoy. By involving the New Orleans commu-

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nity, both locals and visitors have an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the city by reducing pollution that clogs catch basins and creates unnecessary waste. Recycling beads is especially beneficial, as it supports Arc. The recycling project may also reduce the burden placed on the city of New Orleans. During each day of Mardi Gras,

as many as 600 workers and 87 pieces of equipment are used in cleanup efforts. Though it will still be necessary to clean the street even with the new program, recycling has the potential to reduce the number of items that workers must pick up. It can also reduce the amount the city spends on other maintenance projects, such as cleaning out the catch basins to prevent future flooding. A few weeks of fun should not have to create thousands of dollars of waste and pollution. New Orleans must be conscientious regarding the environmental impacts of all of its events, including Mardi Gras, as the city is especially susceptible to the effects of extreme weather. Recycling beads, cans and bottles may be the first step in shifting the mindset of the city, emphasizing the importance of sustainability. Despite the great potential this project has, it can only succeed if paradegoers take the initiative to participate by recycling cans, bottles and throws, as well as volunteering to collect these items. Hopefully, revelers will show respect for the New Orleans community and be considerate of the needs of residents. Hired workers could hand out recycling bags before parades alongside the vendors with their carts full of glow sticks and noisemakers. Walking groups like the 610 Stompers and the Sirens could help hand out bags or collect recyclables as they make their way down the route. City cleanup workers would recognize and know what to do with the purple and clear plastic bags along the route. The success of Mardi Gras depends upon returning public rights of ways to normalcy and cleanliness as soon as possible after each parade. For this to occur efficiently and effectively, cooperation from the public in following parking restrictions along parade routes and the safe placement of items such as ladders, tarps and furniture on neutral grounds is vital. This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Madeline is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at mninno@tulane.edu.

Students must receive vaccinations to protect their peers JORDAN HALL ASSOCIATE VIEWS EDITOR

In 19 states, parents can elect not to have their children vaccinated for philosophical reasons. Louisiana is one of these states. These laws enable parents to avoid vaccinating their children before sending them to school, endangering any students who may not be able to get vaccinated. These exemption laws need to be repealed to avoid placing children in further danger. For students with compromised immune systems, it is dangerous to get vaccinated, and they must rely on herd immunity. According to Vaccines Today, herd immunity is “a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of

a population provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity.” The exemption law resulted from a rising movement of ‘anti-vaxxers,’ who most notably believe vaccines cause autism. The Measles-Mumps-Rubella, or MMR vaccine, is often blamed. This belief stems from the contents of a medical study published in 1998. The study claimed a connection between the MMR vaccine and the development of autism. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention immunization guidelines, children should receive the MMR vaccine before their second birthday. This also happens to be the time when children begin showing signs of autism. The causation of the MMR vaccine triggering autism has since been disproven many times over, and the study was retracted from the journal in which it was originally published.

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor leading the study, was stripped of his medical license. Regardless of these facts, angry parents continue to rally behind the study. As they do, vaccination rates fall and the American public experiences outbreaks that should not be possible. Currently, an influenza outbreak is sweeping through the U.S. It is the worst outbreak in a decade, and flu season is not over yet. Though the flu vaccine is not one often required by schools, it is highly encouraged

as the flu spreads easily in classrooms. As of late January, 53 children have died of flu in the U.S. this year and almost 12,000 have been hospitalized. Many people lay blame upon this year’s flu vaccine, claiming it is ineffective. Fox and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade went so far as to tell his viewers that not getting the flu shot was an opportunity to “build up their immunity.” Getting the flu shot, or any other vaccine, is particularly important on a college campus where so many students live and work in close quarters. Members of the Tulane community must take the necessary measures to protect themselves and their classmates against flu and any other preventable diseases by getting vaccinated. This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Jordan is a freshman at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at jhall19@tulane.edu.

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Students must reflect on intersectional results of climate survey. Dear Editor, Tulane University came together literally and figuratively to discuss the climate of sexual violence on our campus on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Anyone who has not been closely following the process of the Climate Survey (from filling it out to impatiently awaiting the results) most likely could not define the Wave of Change. The ambiguous title of the new sexual violence platform on Tulane’s campus shows that we are still not ready to openly discuss rape. In addition, hosting the event in Kendall Cram was an illustration of the administration’s limited expectations of the student body. Hundreds of people marked “going” on the event’s Facebook page, yet the event was hosted in a room that fits a fraction of that number. To make change, we must offer a space of communication and information to as many people as possible. While we had many feelings about how the event was planned, we were exceptionally frustrated by what the event lacked. When Tania Tetlow and Meredith Smith analyzed the statistics, they very blatantly ignored the bias behind the low rates of sexual assault on women of color. There is a history in America of people in power attempting to silence people of color, especially women of color. This history is significant on Tulane’s campus as well. The low statistic most likely can be interpreted in a variety of ways. However, Tania Tetlow and Meredith Smith chose to describe it as a positive piece of the results. They completely ignored all of the possible negative connotations. Their ignorance on this topic only furthers the barrier between students of color and the administration. One of our greatest critiques of the event was that it lacked a concrete prevention plan. We are disappointed that the administration seems more focused on the aftereffects of sexual violence than they are on stopping it before it happens. Students United for Reproductive Justice is the primary pro-choice, sex-positive organization on Tulane’s campus. We discuss and advocate for a wide array of sexual health topics. In regards to the sexual violence issue on campus, we will continue to encourage healthy conversations about sex, pleasure and consent. We believe that promoting a community where sex and pleasure are discussed regularly could have beneficial effects on rape culture. SURJ is doing our part by hosting events that champion sexual autonomy and healthy sex education. Our upcoming event, Sex Ed Bingo, and our current event, Condom-grams on McAlister, are both designed to encourage conversations about positive sexual choices. Sincerely, Students United for Reproductive Justice

We are disappointed that the administration seems more focused on the aftereffects of sexual violence than they are on stopping it before it happens.

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Editor’s Note: Most weeks, The Hullabaloo publishes a staff editorial in the Views section. Staff editorials are written weekly by members of the Hullabaloo’s Board and approved by the full Board by a 2/3 majority vote. Given the outpouring of student responses following last week’s town hall on sexual assault, The Hullabaloo has opted to use this space to amplify the voices of students we aim to represent and serve.

We value our individual freedoms so much that we ignore when our use of these freedoms hurts others. In wake of climate survey results, LGBTQ+ students cannot be ignored. Dear Editor, Walking into Kendall Cram last week, I knew the numbers for non-heterosexual* students would be high. I did not know how high. My first question was, why? Now, I have a theory. Many of us have spent our lives fighting for freedom of expression, freedom to love who we love. This freedom can be life-giving, almost religious for us. And while freedom may be good, the fight to get there can set us down a path of harmful individualism. We value our individual freedoms so much that we ignore when our use of these freedoms hurts others. We want to take back the power that has been taken from us. And sometimes we do. Brilliant activists spend their lives working to take back power from oppressors. But when we cannot, we take power from our friends, our lovers, our partners instead. This seems particularly true for the white people in the queer community, who have systemically benefitted from institutions set up to favor individual rights over equality. When I say we are hurting our own community, I mean it. 71.6 percent of non-heterosexual undergraduate sexual assault survivors reported that their perpetrators were Tulane students. 75.3 percent reported that their perpetrator was an acquaintance, friend, romantic partner or former romantic partner. And we cannot just chalk this up to hookup culture. 17.1 percent of undergraduates reported that they had been victims of domestic violence. For non-heterosexual people, the number doubled. We absolutely must start talking about toxic dating and romance norms along with party culture, hookup culture and the other usual suspects. Queer and trans people need spaces to discuss power dynamics in their relationships specifically. Traditional spaces do not work for us because our relationships do not tend to fit heteronormative molds. We need to start taking more responsibility for our own actions and the actions of our friends. And we need straight people to start taking responsibility for the systems of oppression from which they benefit. Systemic problems have systemic solutions. Everyone has a part to play. What is yours? Sincerely, Eva Dils, sophomore *The climate survey data treats gender and sexual minorities separately. So, much of the data uses acronyms like “LGBQ+” for accuracy’s sake. In respect for the hard and long fight to keep the “T” in “LGBTQ+” while also noting the importance of factual clarity, I will use the term “non-heterosexual” throughout this letter.

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Tulane baseball seeks success with new roster, season by shea dobson staff reporter

With almost a week to go before the start of the season, Tulane baseball coach Travis Jewett has quite a bit on his mind. Perhaps the most important of those things will be choosing a starting lineup. The Green Wave added 21 new players to the team this season, including 12 freshmen and nine transfer players. After finishing 27-31 last year during Jewett’s first season as head coach, a massive number of athletes were lost either to graduation or to the draft, leaving Jewett with numerous spaces to fill. Many of these players were consistently in the starting lineup each game, so Jewett has been taking his time during practices to carefully craft a new order. “We’re evaluating everything from your performance to your hustle to your spirit … we’re trying to put the best team out there,” Jewett said. Lost last year were three of Tulane’s four best hitters, as well as its six best home run hitters. A total of 61 home runs were hit by now graduated players, while a total of seven were hit by players who return this season. Five of those belong to junior Grant Witherspoon, Tulane’s top returning batter who was named to the preseason all-conference team. “Spoon’s gonna play every day …,” Jewett said. “I would anticipate that for sure.” Witherspoon is one of only three position starters returning for the Green Wave, the others being sophomores Sal Gozzo and Kody Hoese. While players will be fighting for a chance to play on opening day, there is also the question of who will be on the mound. The team is bringing in five new freshman pitchers, as

well as multiple transfers, who will compete with returners Chase Solesky, Brandon Issa and Keegan Gillies. Tulane only had three pitchers with an ERA under 5.00 last season. With many new pitchers in the mix, there has been much competition to see who will be on the mound, both at the beginning and end of games. “There’s a lot of competition still, which is a good thing …,” Jewett said. “The best organizations or teams I’ve been a part of, they all have competition from within, and that goes for any team or great organization, that leads to the ability to strive for eliteness.” Tulane’s sub-500 season last year was a disappointment to many after the high expectations left behind by former head coach David Pierce, who took the head coaching job at the University of Texas after leading Tulane to an AAC title. The past season was Tulane’s worst since it joined the AAC. In addition, with many players gone, Jewett may certainly be feeling the heat. In his time as an assistant coach at Arizona State and Vanderbilt, however, Jewett was known as a top-tier recruiter. With such a large class, it’s quite likely that many of the holes from last season will be filled quickly. While Jewett spoke in extensive detail about many of his new players, he continued to shift back to his returners, expressing great confidence in them. “They’ve grown mentally, they’ve grown physically, they’ve evolved …,” Jewett said. “Freshmen become sophomores and sophomores become juniors, and you hope, along that path, that they find ways to continue to get better as players and as people.” Tulane baseball will open its 2018 season on Feb. 16 at home against Wright State University.

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Men’s basketball celebrates Mardi Gras in style with themed jerseys

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Redshirt sophomore Samir Sehic sports the Green Wave basketball team’s new Mardi Gras jersey. The team has worn these jerseys the past two games.

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associate sports editor On Jan. 31, just days after the first Mardi Gras parades of the year, Tulane men’s basketball debuted its new Mardi Gras-themed jerseys against East Carolina University. The team also wore them in its game against Temple University this past Sunday. It follows in the tradition of New Orleans’ NBA team, the New Orleans Pelicans, who also don a unique jersey every year in celebration of festival season. The idea was sparked more than a year ago according to Interim Equipment Manager Gabe Delatte, who had a major hand in designing the Tulane uniforms. “It actually kind of started from a bottom-up approach,” Delatte said. “Sometime last year some of our local players had, in passing, mentioned that idea like, ‘Hey, we should have a Mardi Gras jersey. That kind of got talked around in a vague sense and Coach [Mike] Dunleavy, when he heard about it, was all on board and started getting the ball moving.”

The jerseys still have a green base, similar to the usual road uniform, but they also have purple and gold striping. It was important to the players that all the Mardi Gras colors be included. Designers had to ensure, however, not to overuse purple and gold so the team would not look too similar to the LSU jerseys. A team of collaborative designers already involved in the basketball program, including Delatte and Adam Miller, the associate director of strategic communications, were tasked with designing the jerseys. They were inspired by Marquette University’s iconic striping. “We took that and tweaked it a little bit to fit our purposes and use that as a way to get the purple and gold into the design,” said Delatte. “We put the jester hat, we got ‘Roll Wave’ with beads around it, and also have the comedy and tragedy Mardi Gras masks, just to put as much Mardi Gras into the jerseys as possible.” For Delatte and the rest of the team, the Mardi Gras jerseys mean more than just an interesting look. It is about connecting to the city in a

new way, and connecting with both the local fan base and a nationwide one. “It’s a great way to get excited about the heat of the conference season while … using that energy that’s going on in Mardi Gras to cross over to the basketball court,” Delatte said. “This is something that can make Tulane basketball stand out from the crowd for recruits, for fans and especially getting these things on TV, where our alumni base all across the country can see and be a part of that Mardi Gras season.” The enthusiasm over the jerseys has also been uplifting for the team. The players were excited, and the reactions outside of the team have also been encouraging. “I’ve just been seeing everywhere everybody’s loving them, trying to figure out how they can get their hands on them,” said Delatte. “We were taking a leap and a risk. It’s something that’s never been done before. I’ve happy that it’s been overwhelmingly positive.” The team will wear these uniforms for two more games: Feb. 8 against Tulsa and Feb. 11 against Houston.

From the Basement is a weekly column in which the Hullabaloo Sports team discusses its opinion on contemporary sports issues. When and why should sports players be political? If one has a discussion about sports today, it often comes around to politics. Sports is no longer safe dinner conversation. One of the biggest headlines in football today is the movement Colin Kaepernick catalyzed: taking a knee to protest the disproportionate violence against African-Americans by police officers. Kaepernick’s primary goal was to create awareness of persistent racial targeting. His protest has mostly been silent: simply kneeling, not standing during the national anthem. The NFL is not the only league where athletes have raised political concerns. The NBA has become one of most political leagues today. One of the more notable franchises, the Golden State Warriors, often start practice with a discussion of news. How did these sports become so invested with politics and social issues? The answer is simple: the individuals who play these sports often have roots in places that are still regularly subject to racism and other forms of injustice. These athletes take it upon themselves to attempt to solve these issues in using their popularity to their advantage. “Stick to sports” is a favorite phrase of those opposing socially and/or politically active players. This tells athletes they will not be able to make a difference in anything else outside of their specific sport. In reality, however, athletes are among the most well-known and revered celebrities in American culture, and have the potential to influence the public both in and beyond the courts, fields and arenas in which they play. The players have a powerful platform to speak on, but when they use it to speak about anything other than sports, they are accused of not “sticking to sports.” These are people whose freedom of speech is protected, and when we quiet their voices we are infringing on their rights as public figures, as American citizens and as human beings. In some cases, however, politics can infringe on athletic events. In 2016, the NBA All-Star game was scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but changed locations due to the infamous “bathroom bill,” banning transgender persons from using the bathroom of their identified gender as opposed to the gender they were assigned at birth. Stephen Curry, a North Carolina native, was the center of media attention and was asked many times to give his official statement on the bill. After his first response, he was criticized for his weak stance on North Carolina’s discriminatory laws. More recently, after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship, there was speculation on whether or not the team would go on the traditional visit to the White House. Multiple sources speculated Stephen Curry would not attend, leading Donald Trump to tweet that his invitation was revoked. How can someone like Curry remain apolitical when the President of the United States is tweeting insulting comments at him? Sports players today have reached an incredible level of popularity. With this fame comes the attention of many media outlets. It is wrong to put sanctions on what these people and players have to say. It is also unfair, however, to expect a composed political statement from them on command. Players should be able to choose to use their platforms to speak about issues that are important to them. If America is supposed to be a government of the people, why are these crucial voices being silenced? This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Kevin is a junior at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached at kfloodbr@tulane.edu.


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Professional basketball in New Orleans has been quite the rollercoaster. The city got a team, lost it, gained another, lost it, reclaimed it and finally renamed it. This story of the New Orleans Pelicans has been complicated to say the least, but its effects have had a significant nationwide impact. The city of New Orleans first had an NBA team from 1974-79, when it hosted the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz, despite being led by renowned guard and Louisiana State product “Pistol Pete” Maravich, played five mediocre seasons and moved to Utah, where they became the Utah Jazz. New Orleans’ second basketball team, the New Orleans Hornets, was founded in 1988 as the Hornets of Charlotte, North Carolina. This newly-founded franchise got off to a hot start. After only a few years of play, the team featured a stellar lineup of 5-foot-3-inch Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry (father of Stephen Curry), Larry Johnson and Alonso Mourning. The team had its first postseason berth in the 1992-93 season. Following its first playoff run, the team made the postseason three more times in the ’90s, having an unusual amount success for such a new team. Though the team continued its success in the 2000’s, controversy began to take a toll on the team’s attendance numbers. After Hornets owner George Shinn was charged with sexual assault, the team seemingly couldn’t get anything to go its way. After Charlotte rejected a plan for a new Hornets arena, Shinn decided to pack up and move the team to New Orleans, only to be replaced by the newly formed Charlotte Bobcats in 2004. The Hornets started off with decent seasons in New Orleans, making the playoffs in both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. The following seasons, however, did not go according to plan. When Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets had no choice but to begin play somewhere else. As part of a temporary relocation, the team played the 2005-06 and 200607 seasons in Oklahoma City as the Oklahoma City Hornets. This move sparked the beginning of professional basketball in Oklahoma City. Following the Hornets successful return to New Orleans, the Seattle Supersonics relocated to the city as the Oklahoma City Thunder. After their return to New Orleans, the Hornets won their first division title behind guard Chris Paul and forward David West. Though this play was not replicated in the following seasons, since Paul was traded and West left in free agency, the team remained mediocre up until 2012, when it was purchased by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. Benson, wanting to make the franchise more original to the community, decided in 2012 to rename the team the Pelicans after Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican. This corresponded with Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan’s 2014 decision to take the Hornets name, thus recreating the Charlotte Hornets and bringing the story back to present day. The Pelicans have definitely not had the easiest road to existence. This journey, however, was one of the most important courses of NBA history, as the Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder’s existence all depended on this journey. While complicated and bizarre, the unsung story of the New Orleans Pelicans is an important story for NBA fans both here in New Orleans and across the nation.

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