TULANE HULLABALOO the eyes and ears of the tulane community VOLUME CXIV NO. 11 MARCH 14, 2019
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by kila moore news editor
In January 2018, Tulane University’s campus-wide climate survey revealed that two out of every five undergraduate women had experienced some form of sexual assault — one of the highest rates in the nation. Since the release of this data, the university has launched several initiatives to address students’ needs. In addition, student organizations have used their resources to increase and change the conversation around sexual violence. On Monday, March 11, Tulane University Campus Programming hosted a lecture by the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke. According to TUCP Direction Chair Sydne Klein, the talk served as an important resource in changing the conversation around sexual assault, especially for the Tulane community. “As Tarana discussed in her talk, the #MeToo movement isn’t a movement designed to raise awareness, it’s a movement dedicated to rethinking the way we talk about sexual assault,” Klein said. “I think encouraging our student body to develop a strong vernacular when it comes to discussing the issue is so important in making this campus safe for all members of our community.” During the lecture, Burke detailed her beginnings as a community organizer in the Bronx. She first began her social justice career as a teenager by getting involved in the nationally-publicized trial of the Central Park Five, a case against five Black and Latino boys falsely accused of raping a white woman. “I was thinking about the fact that it was a case about sexual violence, but my interest in it was really about racial injustice,” Burke said. “And most of my work around that time is really focused on racial justice. You have to understand that nobody talked about sexual violence. Nobody talked about it as a social justice issue.” Burke later continued her social justice work at Auburn University in Alabama and poured herself into issues sur-
rounding sexual assault. Though Burke was heavily involved in organizing, she realized that as a survivor of sexual assault herself, she did not have the language to advocate on her own behalf. “I started getting this gnawing feeling, if you will, because through all of this work, I’m conscious of the fact that I’m a survivor, but I don’t have survivor language yet,” Burke said. “I don’t call myself a survivor. I don’t act in that way. I actually didn’t even call myself a victim. I just didn’t say anything.” Following college, Burke worked at a leadership development camp for Black and brown high school students. The camp offered a judgement-free zone for the students by separating them by gender in “Brother to Brother” and “Sister to Sister” sessions. It was then that she became aware of the veracity of sexual violence afflicted upon teenage girls. One particular camper, Heaven, is renowned for being the inspiration for Burke’s establishing the eventual #MeToo movement. After hearing the young girl’s own testimony with sexual assault, Burke said she was faced with the reality of her own trauma. “The whole time she was talking, I was thinking to myself … I’m not a counselor. I’m not a therapist … I don’t know what to say. And I don’t want to say the wrong thing, because I actually do care about this,” Burke said. “What I really wanted to tell her was … ‘this happened to me too.’” Energized by the need to feel supported and to feel heard, Burke went on to start the MeToo program. She focused mainly on young girls for a few years, but after making a Myspace page, several adults started to reach out thanking Burke for creating the community and asked how they could get involved. It was in 2016, however, almost 20 years after its initial creation, that the movement saw a worldwide surge. After several celebrities accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged any women to respond to her tweet if they had ever experienced any form of sexual harassment with the words “me too.” Thousands of women from across the globe responded with the words and stories about their experiences, and the
#MeToo hashtag became the most trending topic nationwide. “It’s been amazing to watch. It’s amazing to watch to see that we have a national — really international — dialogue about sexual violence,” Burke said. “My challenge to the administration is: I challenge them to think about how your work to prevent sexual violence on this campus is reflective of [the Tulane mission statement],” Burke said. “Do you have consistent sustainable policies and practices that actively work to meet the needs of the student body? And do you recognize that in order to prepare students to be global citizens, in order to prepare students to lead with integrity and wisdom, [they have to] see integrity and wisdom reflected on this campus all the way through from top to bottom?” According to Meredith Smith, the Assistant Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance, the university has created new policies to ensure students feel as supported by administration as possible. “Our reporting process centers the victim, allowing them to choose what the best path forward is in terms of support and resources for their healing,” Smith said. “Of particular concern for marginalized communities is the role of the police.” Additionally, the university has undertaken steps to assure support for LGBTQ students and students of color. “We hired two outside researchers to conduct qualitative research into the experiences of LGBTQ and students of color who experience sexual violence,” Smith said. “The climate survey told us a lot of ‘what’ but not ‘why,’ and this qualitative data will be so important in improving services for marginalized communities.” At the conclusion of the talk, Burke called for hope and unity among survivors and activists alike. “Let’s work together us. Let’s heal together,” Burke said. “And if you’re ready to do that, I can only leave you with these two words: me too.” Sydne Klein previously served as a staff reporter, but is no longer affiliated with The Hullabaloo.
Art history fees frustrate students, improve classroom experience by lydia woolley
contributing reporter For most science, technology, engineering and math majors, course fees are an unavoidable expense. For every lab, students pay anywhere between $20-200 and engage every week with the materials that their money goes toward. Outside of labs and the fine arts, there are few courses that charge their students a semesterly fee. History, non-lab science, political science and other classes are all free of fees. Why, then, does every art history class cost $20? To students who have never enrolled in an art history course, the purpose of such fees may not be apparent — art history students do not need specimens to examine or instruments to play. When it comes to art history instruction, however, there is more necessary material than meets the eye. “The course fee goes towards the buying of books, scanners, and other materials used to create digital image files for our lectures, as well as some of the technology used in our classrooms,” Stephanie Porras, the associate chair of the art history department, said. These books Porras mentioned include reference works and exhibition catalogs, which provide professors with images of pieces they plan to discuss in class. Some classes require extra funds for rare catalogs or trips to exhibitions where “more funds may be released,” Porras said. “Generally, these fees are used by the department as a whole, since we all use powerpoints, projectors, and need digital images to teach,” she said.
To non-art history majors who have never spoken to Professor Porras, the fees may seem mysterious, and therefore suspicious. To art history majors like Lindsay Hardy, however, they barely register, and the cost is worth the benefit. Hardy’s art history classes consist largely of analyzing pieces on slides during lecture and taking notes on or discussing them. She believes having access to higher quality images provided by up-to-date technology enhances these classroom experiences. “I never really noticed them until you asked me about it,” Hardy said. “I think [the technology] helps us see exactly how the work is made because, with art history, it’s much more than just what the subject of the work or the history of the work is.” Other students, like sophomore public health major Leyla Scheuring, recognize the significance of the cost varies for each student. “Personally, $20 isn’t going to make or break my ability to pay my tuition. I know that’s not true for everybody,” she said. Scheuring’s annoyance stems from not knowing what the fee goes towards, rather than the cost itself. “I’m in photography, too, and that fee is $200 on top of having to provide all of my own supplies, but I know that that fee is going toward maintaining the dark room,” she said. As for advanced technology enhancing the quality of her class, she says she can find most of the images she discusses in class in her textbook. Scheuring also says, however, that “it might be different if I was an art history major.”
Three stabbings and six shootings were reported by the New Orleans Police last weekend. This past weekend, New Orleans officials stated that several killings transpired in a 24-hour time period. At 2:40 a.m, a 21-year-old was shot while driving on a Pines Village interstate. A few hours later, at 6:27 a.m., a 40-year-old man, after a verbal confrontation, was stabbed in the back in the Seventh Ward. More violence occurred until 12:32 a.m. the next morning in New Orleans East, the Iberville neighborhood and in the French Quarter.
by melissa rosenthal associate news editor
While carnival season may have concluded, crimes, tragedies and joyous festivals alike continued during spring break.
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11 bronze statues, totaling $47,000, were stolen from Covington artist Bill Binnings last weekend. Binnings, a sculptor for the past 50 years, is known for his bronze work outside of the Madisonville Library and his depiction of life-sized children in front of a Covington school. The artist has works throughout Louisiana, including Gretna, Ponchatoula and Slidell. Binning noticed that his works, along with $2,000 worth of sculpting tools, were taken when he arrived at his
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studio on Saturday morning. Binnings believes the location of the shop, located in a sparsely populated area of northeast Covington, lended itself to be looted by a thief familiar with the space. Drunk-driving deaths on Endymion parade route. On Saturday, March 2, a crash on Esplanade Avenue resulted in two fatalities, Sharree Walls and David Hynes, graduates of Tulane Law School. These tragedies have ignited controversies regarding whether there should be expanded public transportation options at the major parades preceding and during Mardi Gras. After a long Carnival season, St. Patrick’s Day parades begin this weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Real Irish Channel parades began practicing for their event on March 16. The promise of even more beads, festive Irish garb and old St. Paddy’s Day tunes make this parade an event not to miss.
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Despite Goldman Center services, Tulane struggles to improve infrastructure accessibility by michael chen
associate news editor A month ago, returning students received the same email, titled “Apply for Housing for 2019-2020 Today!” While all students across campus must decide where they will live next school year, the process for some comes with fewer options and more factors to consider than most. For students who have disabilities, many concerns include the accessibility of the their residence hall. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, all those who have a disability are protected from discrimination and can request reasonable accommodations, provided they do so on their own. Tulane administration has made it easy for students with disabilities to seek the accommodations they require, thanks to the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. The university complies, as is mandated, to follow the “the Americans with Disabilities Act (Pub. L. No. 101-336), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. No. 93-112, § 504, as amended), and state and local requirements regarding individuals with disabilities.” While the university does its best to meet these requests, there are still improvements to be made. Five residential halls — Aron, Irby, Josephine Louise, Phelps and Warren — do not have elevators but have multiple levels. Though most students who have disabilities are not placed in those dormitories,
and are placed on the first floor if so, there is an burden on students who encounter injurious circumstances after the school year has already started. If someone who lives in those dormitories ends up breaking a leg or fracturing a foot in the middle of a school year, they might be unable to climb up the stairs to reach their room. Furthermore, a room switch may be inconvenient for a person
who unexpectedly finds themselves disabled. Many of the residence halls on campus were built decades ago and lack more contemporary features when compared to other halls, such as Warren, which was constructed in 1927. While the university is currently developing a new dining hall titled The Commons among other planned projects, some feel as though more atten-
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tion should be paid to updating some of its other buildings on campus. One of these students, freshman Doris Cai, believes the university should focus on some of its more critical problems. “While I like the concept of a new dining hall, Tulane should update buildings that are not accessible since they block potential opportunities for students on campus,” Cai said. Residence halls should not be the only concern for administrators. Many buildings on campus which have multiple floors also lack elevators, such as Norman Mayer and Dinwiddie Hall. While classes are usually appropriately placed to accommodate those with disabilities before the semester even starts, the university might not be quick to shuffle around classrooms for those who are injured after the semester begins. While suddenly renovating every single building lacking an elevator is a difficult feat, the university should take into account the possible range of problems that might occur in the middle of the school year and attempt to lessen the burden on those who suffer injuries instead of giving them room changes. “Tulane does a good job to meet the needs of students who request them,” Patrick Randolph, director for the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, said. “But there are some limitations to what they can or cannot do. The university has a comprehensive plan to provide long-term suitability and intentionality to meet the needs of all students in order to ensure access to all phases of what students can do on campus.”
by canela lópez
senior staff reporter
In memory... Margaret “Meg” Mauer
On Tuesday, March 5, Tulane senior Margaret “Meg” Maurer was struck and killed by the tire of an 18-wheeler outside of a rest stop on Interstate 10 in Mississippi. According to an article published by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Gautier police reported Maurer and two friends were returning from the restroom to their car when Maurer was hit by the oncoming tire. The tire additionally struck the group’s car and an SUV parked next to it. Police state that the truck lost two of its wheels as it drove westbound on I-10, which then rolled into the rest stop. The driver then became aware of the accident after seeing emergency response vehicles as the scene. Maurer was a Tulane senior studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Forest Lake, Minnesota. She was a Newcomb Scholar involved in the Center for Public Service Community Engagement Advocates program.
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Complicating Women’s History Month: Powerful voices from margins Linda Sarsour
by hugo fajardo
Sarsour is a Palestinian-American Muslim activist from Brooklyn. She initially began her career in social justice by serving as the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York. She advocates for her local Muslim community, protesting the unwarranted surveillance and searches of Muslims in New York City. To this day, Sarsour continues to expand her activism work. Following the murder of Mike Brown, she cofounded the group Muslims for Ferguson to oppose police brutality. Sarsour is also an active member of the Justice League NYC to support reformation of the U.S. criminal justice system. Sarsour most notably served as co-chair of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and 2019. She stands in solidarity with Palestinians and their marginalization within the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, speaking up and challenging the actions of the Israeli government.
Sylvia Rivera Rivera was a transgender Latinx person from the Bronx. They collaborated with Marsha P. Johnson frequently, also helping lead the Stonewall uprising and co-founding STAR. Rivera was an active member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance but left after realizing that the groups were not inclusive of more marginalized identities such as their own. In 1973, they gave a speech on this subject among a crowd of boos, calling out the leaders of the gay liberation movement, who were mostly white- and middle-class gay men. Prior to their speech, there were attempts by white lesbian leader Jean O’Leary to block them from speaking at all, going as far as physically assaulting Rivera. Rivera boldly challenged the whiteness and privileges that the audience members held, famously saying “Y’all better quiet down!”
As the nation celebrates Women’s History Month this March, citizens reflect on the significance and impact of what it means to be a woman. As the years go by, women are rightfully attaining more opportunities to voice their struggles and surpass social obstacles one barrier after another. Reflecting on the different experiences of different women and femme people, however, must include an intersectional lens. All women face a difficult path, but some more than others. Seventy two percent of hate crimes against the LGBTQ community and people with HIV were directed towards transgender women, and two-thirds of the hate crimes were against transgender women of color. In addition, white women have a median weekly earning from a full-time job of $800, compared to the median of almost $1000 for white men. For Black and Latinx women, however, that median is $657 and $603, respectively. Here in New Orleans, Vita McClebb, a transgender black woman, continues to be missing since this past November. Based on these facts, from pay discrepancies to facing violence, femmes of color and transgender femme folks continue to be marginalized more severely than their straight, cis, white peers. For this issue, Intersections wants to recognize the contributions of several femmes and women throughout U.S. history and their legacies towards an equitable, intersectional society. The reason Intersections includes non-binary femme people in the following list is because we want to acknowledge the far reach and impact of patriarchy on femme people who lie beyond the gender binary.
Marsha P. Johnson Johnson was a transgender black woman best known for instigating and helping lead the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969. Johnson was an activist and advocate for the LGBTQ community, and for trans people in particular. She, along with Sylvia Rivera, founded the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to support homeless transgender youth in New York City. Johnson was also an acclaimed “drag mother” because she toured around the world and helped homeless transgender and LGBTQ children whenever she could. Johnson was also a model for an Andy Warhol photography collection during the 1970s.
Yuri Kochiyama Kochiyama was a Japanese-American activist from California. In 1943, after her father’s death, she was forced to relocate with her family to a Japanese internment camp in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Kochiyama was a civil rights and antiVietnam War activist in Harlem in the 1960s, being a member of the Young Lords movement. She founded Asian Americans for Action in an effort for the AsianAmerican community to support the liberation of black Americans and all people of color. Kochiyama was a close friend of Malcolm X and collaborated with him, herself being an active member of his group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity. She also worked in the redress and reparations movement for Japanese-Americans.
Trask is an indigenous Hawaiian activist and scholar. Many of her works and actions are for the solidarity and rights of indigenous Hawaiians, and she stands up against the U.S. government for its neo-colonialist actions towards Hawaii. Task believes the U.S. and mainland Americans have no right to occupy the Hawaiian islands, as Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown by the U.S. to further its imperialist goals and the islands hold a sacred meaning to Hawaii’s people and culture. Task currently serves as a professor for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii, in an effort to preserve and inform on the history, cultures and values of the Hawaiian islands.
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IT’S YOUR guide to st. paddy’s day in new orleans by hannah erbrick arcade editor
Well, hello, ladies and leprechauns! Need a break from parades? Look elsewhere. Sunday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, which means another weekend full of parades, beads and, this time, cabbage. If you’re caught unprepared, grab a green shirt and keep reading for your guide to the festivities this year. Legend has it that the iconic St. Patrick himself is lauded for such feats as ridding Ireland of snakes and pagans. As such, he is the patron saint of Ireland, and reverence for his life comes to a peak every year on March 17, the anniversary of his death. While the Feast of St. Patrick originated as a religious holiday, IrishAmerican immigrants brought the holiday to the United States and transformed it into the secular extravaganza many cities observe today. In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the U.S. While New Orleans may not have as large of an Irish population as Boston or New York, it still takes the opportunity for a celebration in stride. According to nola.com, the first recorded celebration of St. Paddy’s day in New Orleans was in 1806, and the festivities have only grown since then. Those observing can expect to stay busy all weekend. The time is ripe to boil some cabbage, don some green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day New Orleans style.
Naturally, parades are a big part of this celebration, and the first big event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 in the Irish Channel. The route should be familiar to Tulane students, as it runs down Magazine St., St. Charles Ave. and Louisiana Ave. On Sunday, another parade works its way from the Bywater to the French Quarter beginning at 6 p.m. The parades will include traditional throws like beads and cups, but the coveted catch is the cabbage.
If you’ve had your fill of parades but still want to celebrate St. Paddy’s day, consider stopping by a block party. Parasol’s block party on Saturday is an annual event running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. complete with music, food and green drinks. Its location in the Irish Channel gives attendees great parade access. Just across the street is Tracey’s, which hosts a similar party starting at 11 a.m.
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by kila moore news editor No place serves up a party quite like New Orleans. With tons of festivals, concerts and, of course, Mardi Gras, the city promises a good time no matter the season. Back for its eighth year, BUKU Music + Art Project is sure to get your blood thumping, hips swaying and taste buds tingling with a jampacked two-day celebration of New Orleans culture. The festival, which takes place March 22-23, will feature several national and local artists. Here’s a quick rundown of those set to hit the stage:
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Kevin Gates Not only is Kevin Gates a BUKU headliner and nationally recognized rapper, he’s also from Louisiana. The Baton Rouge artist gained national popularity after the release of his 2016 album “Islah,” which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 200 Chart. BUKU marks Gates’ first time performing in New Orleans in several years. The rapper was slated to appear at Voodoo Music and Arts Festival in 2016 but canceled last minute to serve a jail sentence. Gates’ style is primarily autobiographical and lyricallydriven. Gates will perform at BUKU on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. on the Power Plant Stage.
There are several other artists performing, including Rico Nasty, Earl Sweatshirt, $UICIDE BOY$, Mayday Parade and many more. The festival will also feature pop-up shows showcasing local painters and sculptors. Regardless of your scene, BUKU Music + Art Festival is sure to quench your thirst for a good time. Hannah Erbrick and Hannah Eichelbaum contributed to the reporting of this article.
New Orleans native AF THE NAYSAYER will be one of many local artists at BUKU. The “soul-hop” performer is a member of the VIBE Music Collective and an instructor at Upbeat Academy. His new EP titled “Parts: Act 1,” will drop March 19, and he will debut the entire project during BUKU’s VIP Experience.
Lana Del Rey Cherry-emoji Twitter, this one’s for you. Psychedelic pop-rock extraordinaire Lana Del Rey is one of the most renowned artists headlining BUKU this year. With her eerie vocals and melancholic production, Rey will have you “lusting for life.” Her last album “Lust for Life,” dropped in 2017, but you’ll surely find some songs you know in her long list of hits. Her next album, “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” is slated for release some time this year.
Malik Ninety Five Malik Ninety Five, another New Orleans native, will hit the stage in promotion of his latest album, “Tragedy’s Under the Sun.” The hip-hop artist, who’s been featured in “Complex,” has also appeared alongside national artist Jay Rock on his “Big Redemption” Tour.
A$AP ROCKY Whether you have been an A$AP Rocky fan since “Live. Love. A$AP” dropped back in 2011 or you just discovered the Harlem rapper, look forward to seeing A$AP Rocky perform this Saturday, March 23, at Mardi Gras World. A$AP Rocky’s personal creativity is his strong point, and he advertises this trait in his third and newest studio album, “TESTING”. If you like to do your listening research before a concert in order to impressively scream every word from the mosh pit, add this album to your Spotify queue. Expect to hear A$AP Rocky’s latest single, “Sundress,” some throwbacks and music from A$AP Rocky’s collaborations with artists such as Tyler The Creator, G-Eazy and Cardi B. A$AP is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. at the Power Plant stage.
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TULANE STUDIOS OPENS FIRST BIG SHOW AT THE WILLOW by cori shalit arcade editor
This Saturday, Tulane Studios, “a music performance and collaboration space” for Tulane students, will be presenting its biggest show yet. Performing live at The Willow, six acts have been preparing for an exciting performance. Libby Tisler, one of the solo acts, was in charge of booking the gig and has been working hard to promote the event among her peers. As a songwriter and music major, Tisler quickly gained interest in Tulane Studios freshman year, striving to be more involved in the club. Now she is a sophomore and current co-president of Tulane Studios. Other Tulane Studios board members, including fellow co-president, junior Daniel Goldstein, and vice president, sophomore Ethan Rosenstein, have also been working alongside Tisler to promote the show. Members of the club are thrilled about this upcoming event. “This is our first big concert,” Tisler said. “We did a show in City Diner last year. And this year we had a show at the Neutral Ground and have another on April 10. But courtesy of libby tisler
this is our biggest concert yet, and we are so excited!” Due to an excess of competition among club members for the six performance slots that The Willow could accommodate, the executive board ran auditions for performance slots. In addition to Tisler, Dar MaCar, carpet, Lindsey Candler, Tom Lynch and duo Sari and Peyton will also be performing. Supporting the talent of your peers by witnessing their band and solo act performances has never been so easy. “I think that this is a great opportunity for people to see all the musical talent that we have at Tulane and support that local talent!” Tisler said. Tulane Studios has been sharing posters, using social media to publicize the event and selling pre-sale wristbands to advertise. The wristbands are $5, and the club will be tabling on McAlister Dr. on Friday to sell them. “It should be a dynamic night of great talent,” Tisler said. The show is set to start at 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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New Orleans roads symbolize crumbling city government It is no secret to any New Orleanian that the VIEWS EDITOR roads in the city leave something to be desired. The view, however, differs from neighborhood to neighborhood. Yes, Tulane drivers may get frustrated when they end up stuck in the Willow pothole yet again. But if one’s daily routine keeps them near campus, they may not see the full extent of the structural damage that plagues the city’s roads, the massive cracks and potholes which put on display the equally massive failures of our city’s government. To be fair, part of the issue lies out of our government’s control. New Orleans, due to its low elevation, was not a terrain designed to hold the roads which have been built on it. With poor quality of soil and high levels of groundwater, the margin of error to begin with was paper-thin. The level of actual error, however, is staggering. Due to a poorly-designed sewage system and constant damage caused by broken utility lines, the roads have fallen into complete disrepair.
The problem with road quality was only worsened by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The total costs of the di-
saster, aside from the thousands of lives lost, weighed in at $125 billion, only $80 billion of which was covered by insur-
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ance. These damages include both private property — homes and businesses alike — as well as damages to public property, including the many roads which were almost completely destroyed. With many roads being left in a state of waste, it must be questioned just how much effort the city has been putting into its infrastructure. Critics of Katrina relief efforts feel that the funds were grossly misused, which curtailed some of the original attempts to fix the damages. These crimes, however, occurred over a decade ago and do not excuse the current city government’s failure to find a solution. From Ray Nagin to Mitch Landrieu to LaToya Cantrell, each mayor of our city has continually kicked the can down to the next. The city budget for this year is just over $700 million. With so many issues plaguing the streets citizens drive on, perhaps our mayor should make cuts to less necessary expenses and prioritize a problem that affects everyone in this city.
Last year’s potential health care cuts would have devastated Louisiana community Last January, the Louisiana House of RepresentaMICHAEL CHEN tives introduced a budget for GENERAL ASSOCIATE the 2018-19 fiscal year which included multiple cuts to health care services, particularly those concerning mental health, substance abuse and adult day care services. Due to the expiration of $1 billion in state sales taxes, both the state legislature and Governor John Bel Edwards were forced to look for other options to revive Louisiana’s decreasing budget. Despite Edwards’ vocal support on trying to renew the taxes in order to continue keeping alive state welfare programs, House Republicans have been adamant in letting these taxes expire, focusing on creating a reduced balanced budget. While a balanced budget is an imperative goal for any legislature, the cuts that were proposed last year have had long-lasting effects that are still felt by Louisiana citizens today. Passed with a 55 to 47 vote, Republicans successfully pushed forth, last April, a $27 billion operating budget that included major reductions in spending on health care services, specifically for the poor and the elderly. On a closer level, almost 50,000 elderly and disabled residents would be removed from nursing homes and 24-hour medical services would be stopped. Eleven hospitals around state medical schools could no longer be funded by the state, some even threatening to go private. Further cuts would be focused on reducing substance abuse and mental health programs, drawing most of these reductions from the Medicaid program. Robert Johnson, the Democratic Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives, stated that this proposal would “shut down hospitals, throw the elderly
out of nursing homes, deny the sick treatment” — and it would have. Luckily, lawmakers decided to renew the sales taxes, leading to no major reductions planned to any health care programs.
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The state of Louisiana should not be so willing to sacrifice the lives of its constituents, especially those who have spent most of their lives in the state, in its first budget proposal. To remove such a fundamental right from the disabled and the elderly is an incredibly cruel act that these lawmakers, who are not even affected by the cuts themselves, have ignorantly constituted. Whether health care is a right has been the subject of
constant debate between Republicans and Democrats for the last century. Yet, in America’s founding documents, it clearly states that health care should be a right. The Preamble to the United States Constitution calls on the government to “promote the general Welfare” and the Declaration of Independence has stated that all United States citizens should have “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Furthermore, in the past few years, the U.S. itself has signed World Health Assembly Resolution 58.33, a verdict from the World Health Organization to its member states noting that “health-financing systems in many countries need to be further developed in order to guarantee access to necessary services while providing protection against financial risk.” In a country that is so divided about health care, it is hard to see past the political arguments and glance at the effects that reducing health care has on struggling families. Already saddled with worries, these families should not have to worry about the rising costs of keeping themselves healthy, too. “Disease, sickness and old age touch every family,” Elizabeth Warren, Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator, said. “Tragedy doesn’t ask who you voted for.” Health care is a basic human right. Instead of working together to diminish beneficial welfare programs that oppose their political ideology, lawmakers should rethink their actions. With an election year coming up, these lawmakers should remember the voices and lives of their constituents when starting to draw up a new budget proposal.
CAPS scheduling system causing more stress for students ELENI SAKELLAKIS STAFF WRITER CAPS for Counseling Services, Tulane University’s college counseling center, provides a variety of psychological services, from individual therapy to group discussion sessions to care coordination. CAPS’s ineffective appointment-making process, however, makes these services inaccessible for many students. This is particularly prohibitive for those suffering from some of the mental health issues that counseling is meant to address. According to its website, the only way to schedule an appointment with CAPS is by calling the office during regular business hours. CAPS appointments cannot be made through the Tulane Campus Health Patient Portal, nor is there the option to schedule online, through email or any other method that does not require direct interpersonal communication. For many students, the prospect of making a phone call or talking on the phone is accompanied by reluctance, fear or stress. This is especially true for students suffering
from anxiety disorders, which are one of the most common mental illnesses among college students. Sometimes, this fear of making phone calls can be severe enough to prevent individuals from accessing these services altogether. A psychological center that is meant to address issues such as stress and anxiety should not worsen or trigger those symptoms for students wishing to access CAPS services. Requiring students to make a phone call to schedule their initial consultation creates an unnecessary barrier to access for a population of students which is particularly in need of the services CAPS provides. Students struggling with anxiety may have their needs go unmet as a result of this ineffective appointment system. Even students absent of social anxiety are disadvantaged by a system that requires interpersonal communication to schedule counseling appointments. Considering the stigma associated with mental health issues, many students are already reluctant to seek help when needed. Having to reach out and speak to another individual in order to make the initial consultation may discourage people from taking the first step towards treatment.
Additionally, an exclusively call-based appointment system does little to protect privacy of students. Considering the majority of first- and second-year students are forced to live in on-campus dorms where they share their bedroom with at least one roommate, phone calls are not conducive to privacy. Consequently, students have little ability to make an appointment in a comfortable setting where they can guarantee they will not be overheard. If a person is hesitant to reach out because of a fear of social stigma, having to talk to someone over the phone to make an appointment may exacerbate these worries. An online appointment portal
would eliminate these barriers. If students were able to schedule a CAPS appointment online as easily as they could schedule an appointment for the Student Health Center, the process of seeking help and accessing counseling services would be less stressful for students struggling with mental health issues. Students would be able to make an appointment when they feel they need to, without the apprehension that is associated with having to make a phone call. CAPS should introduce an option to schedule appointments online in order to make campus counseling services more accessible and appropriate.
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4 years in: Mike Fitts in review When Tulane announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook STAFF WRITER would be the university’s 2019 commencement speaker, many Tulanians felt a sense of pride in securing such an accomplished individual at our university. Indeed, having Cook, a leader of one of the world’s most innovative firms, as Tulane’s commencement speaker is inspiring for Tulanians striving to make an impact in this new generation. While Cook is praiseworthy for his steady business stewardship and cutting-edge ideas, his connection to Tulane is a result of one Tulanian’s zeal not only to increase the university’s impact in New Orleans, but on the global stage as well. As you can probably guess from the title of this article, this Tulanian is our very own President, Mike Fitts. Fitts has conspicuously pushed ahead with his fundraising plan, “Only the Audacious,” seeking to raise $1.3 billion for the university. In recent years, Tulane has shattered unprecedented fundraising records, an impressive accomplishment few university leaders can add to their resume. Fitts’ financial achievements for Tulane do more than just add juice to his resume. As Tulane seeks to further its presence in
both the local and global community, Fitts’ efforts have succeeded in acquiring the assets necessary to make an impact. Transforming a university into a changemaker requires an arsenal of resources, and Fitts has seemingly done everything in his power to acquire them. Furthermore, Fitts’ actions speak much louder than his words. Unlike many institutional leaders, Fitts is easily approachable and readily accessible on campus. It is a common occurrence to see Tulane’s president strolling through the Academic Quadrangle or down McAlister Drive. As students, we often take this opportunity for granted. Of course, no leader’s tenure is perfect. Fitts continues battling demanding on-campus challenges including staggering sexual assault rates and calls for increased diversity in Tulane’s student body. These issues undoubtedly take time to resolve, but incremental progress on concerns as critical as these is not enough. If Fitts was as audacious in tackling these communal struggles as he is for his fundraising campaign, perhaps the environment on campus would be brighter. In all fairness, however, it seems clear that Fitts values the wellbeing and success of every Tulanian, and hopefully he is successful in building on strides made in these fronts. As Tulane delves deeper into the 21st century, this institution is fortunate to have
a leader with the vision of Fitts. Fitts has ambitious goals for both the university and its students. He recognizes a diversified, wide-ranging education is critical for success in this new era of outreach and expansion. With time, it can be said with confidence that the potential realization of Fitts’ dreams for Tulane will make the university a more impactful force in both New Orleans and around the world. Actions always speak louder than words, and when it comes to making a difference, the saying is no different. Tulane must be up for the challenge if we seek to best it. Thanks to Fitts, we are on that track.
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MARCH 14, 2019
Women’s tennis stumbles into early March, looks to gain traction by grant barnes
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associate sports editor Tulane’s baseball team has been enjoying yet another dominant season, ranking third in the tightly-packed American Athletic Conference with an 11-6 record. In fact, the Green Wave was first in the AAC before last weekend, when the team dropped three games to the University of California Santa Barbara with scores of 4-7, 7-8, and 6-16 at home. Several players have proved their mettle this season, including junior Kody Hoese, who has led the team with his .740 slugging percentage. Redshirt sophomore Kobi Owen is another player to watch, with 18 RBI and 16 walks so far. Pitcher and redshirt senior Kaleb Roper has impressed on the mound, notching 25 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .231 batting average. Tulane also boasts the seventh best batting average in the nation at .332 and is the first team in the AAC to reach double-digit wins. Highly-ranked East Carolina University (12-6) joins Tulane on the upper half of the conference standings after a four-game win streak last weekend. Freshman Alec Burleson is sporting an insane .469 batting percentage in the 16 games he has played and started, along with 13 RBI and a .688 slugging percentage. In addition, ECU’s pitchers have been fairly impressive, with multiple players having double-digit punchouts. The University of Central Florida Knights (11-5) are first in the AAC, after dropping two of three games against Penn State University last weekend. This season, the Knights have recorded 11 games with double digit strikeouts. Standout players on UCF include redshirt senior Tyler Osik, who currently holds a 12-game on-base streak and just notched his 16th multi-RBI game at UCF. Redshirt sophomore Ray Alejo boasts a .317 batting average and a .556 slugging percentage. Following Tulane in the rankings at fourth is the University of Connecticut (7-6), which just finished an away series with two wins in three games at Texas State University. On Saturday, the Huskies played their longest game in terms of innings since 2017, which coincidentally was in a 5-6 loss in 12 innings to Tulane last April. Rounding out the rest of the conference is 5th seeded University of Houston (8-7), 6th seeded University of Memphis (8-7), 7th seeded USF (7-7), 8th seeded Wichita State University (6-9), and bottom-ranked University of Cincinnati (5-10). Overall, although many AAC teams struggled last weekend, several have had encouraging seasons so far and the standings are very close. Hopefully Tulane can come out swinging next week and regain the top seed. The Green Wave will next play the University of California Riverside for a three-day weekend from March 15-18.
After a turbulent 1-7 February record, women’s tennis continued to struggle in its first three matches of March. Since the team’s last win came Feb. 24 against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Green Wave will look to regain some momentum this Sunday, when it returns home to take on Middle Tennessee State University. The team has faced three opponents this month, including conference opponents the University of South Florida Bulls and the University of Central Florida Knights. Its singular out-of-conference foe was the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. The Green Wave started the month with back-to-back matches against USF and UPenn in its two-game trip to Tampa, Florida. USF, Tulane’s first opponent, came in quite vulnerably, having lost three out of its last four matches. Things started off well for the Green Wave in its bout with the Bulls, as the team was able to take two out of three doubles wins after some hard-fought competition. The team, however, faltered completely in singles, taking only one out of five finished singles slots from USF and
dropping the match. Tulane’s subsequent match against UPenn proved to be much closer of a battle. The Quakers grabbed the lead on the Green Wave, emerging victorious in the doubles competition and clinching the first point of the match. The match heated up in singles battles, with UPenn ultimately ensuring a win in the final of six singles sets. Following its trip to Tampa, Tulane headed east to Lake Nona, Florida, to take on No. 27 UCF, a match that proved quite similar to the Wave’s prior competition with USF. Tulane took the doubles by storm, with the No. 62 duo Elena Muller and Ivone Alvaro upsetting UCF’s No. 18 pair Ksenia Kuznetsova and Valeriya Zeleva 6-4. The Wave went on to clinch doubles competition, only to be swept once again in singles, giving UCF a sizable winning margin. While these losses are certainly a disappointment, women’s tennis still has plenty of time to get its spark back. As the team’s first four season wins show, it has what it takes to be a true southern powerhouse. Women’s tennis will next compete against Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday, March 17. The competition will begin at noon at the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans.
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Sophomore Daniela La Fuente high fives a teammate after a match. The Tulane women’s tennis team currently holds an upsetting 5-10 team record.
Bowling hopes to make comeback in upcoming competition after recent obstacles by julia hyman
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Sophomore Madison McCall has been a key player in recent victories at the Sunshine State Winter Classic and the Steven F. Austin State University Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic.
With its promising start and crucial competitions to come, fans should definitely keep an eye on the Tulane women’s bowling team. The team began February in excellent shape, securing a No. 9 ranking in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll. The Green Wave even secured two top 10 finishes at the Prairie View A&M Invitational and Sunshine State Winter Classic. At the latter, senior Tiera Gulum was unstoppable, rolling a perfect 300 to help the team earn its 8th place ranking in the competition. This is the first time in program history a Tulane bowler has attained perfection, making the achievement all the more incredible. Gulum, who placed 12th individually, was accompanied by three other Green Wave bowlers in the top 25: Isabelle Lee at No. 19, Crystal Singh at No. 23 and Madison McCall, rounding out the group at No. 25. The Green Wave, however, could not continue this momentum. At the Steven F. Austin State University Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic on Feb. 15-17 in Dallas, the team finished 12th out of 12 teams, knocking down a total of 12,334 pins. Senior Hailee Hammond led the team with a 33rd place individual finish, and Sophomore Madison McCall followed in 39th place. After this unfortunate competition, Tulane fell to 12th place in the most recent National Tenpin Coaches Association March poll. Looking ahead, the Green Wave will be attending the Columbia 300 Music City Classic on March 15-17 in Smyrna, Tennessee. This event, hosted by Vanderbilt University, will conclude the team’s regular season. Vanderbilt is currently ranked at No. 2 and is the reigning NCAA Champion, which will make for extremely competitive gameplay. Following this event, the team will travel to the Southerland Conference Championships on March 22-24 in Dallas and the NCAA Championships on April 11-13 in Cleveland. These championship competitions will put all of the hard work that the Green Wave has put into this season to the test.
Men’s basketball travels to Memphis to battle Tigers in first round of AAC Tournament by ezra weber staff reporter
Following a heart wrenching overtime loss to Wichita State in the final game of the regular season, the Green Wave men’s basketball team will open the American Athletic Conference tournament by taking on fifth seeded University of Memphis Tigers (19-12), desperately hoping for an upset win. Going in as the 12th seed, Tulane is not expected to advance beyond the first round of the conference tournament. Sophomore guard Caleb Daniels, however, stands a chance at leading the team to victory. Daniels leads the team in points per game and steals per game while taking the second spots for both assists and rebounds per game. Even in the final game of the unimpressive season, Daniels put up 36 points, topping his team-leading average by nearly 20 points. Junior forward Semir Sehic, who leads the
team in rebounds per game and puts up the second most points per game, could also play a role in pushing the Green Wave towards victory. These two team leaders, however, will need enormous performances from their supporting cast to take down Memphis, a team that averages 81.3 points per game compared to Tulane’s average of 67.1 points per game. While the Green Wave was able to keep the game close when the Tigers came to town in January (83-79), it suffered a tremendous loss on the Tigers home court in February, losing the game 102-76. In order to prevent another blowout, the team will have to play lockdown defense on Memphis’ senior guard Jeremiah Martin, who leads his team in points per game, steals per game and assists per game. Though an underdog win is not likely, it is certainly possible. Men’s basketball will open the AAC tournament on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in Memphis. Tune in to ESPNU at 2 p.m. for the game. photos courtesy of matthew hinton
Redshirt senior Jordan Cornish faces off against Wichita State. The Shockers were victorious 77-62.
MARCH 14, 2019
Professional women's football team makes touchdown in New Orleans by olivia henderson sports editor
Despite facing significant scrutiny, the NFL remains largely closed to women. Only one-third of league employees are women, and there are no female head coaches or players. These limitations, however, have not stopped those who love the game. Women are increasingly forming all-female football leagues, which often foster female athleticism in NFL-style conditions. In regards to this movement, the New Orleans Hippies were formed, becoming the Crescent City’s latest iteration of a professional women’s football team. The team is a member of the Women’s National Football Conference, one of the newest female leagues, which incorporates a full-contact play. Before the Hippies, however, the Big Easy hosted several other teams, including the player-owned New Orleans Blaze. Formed in 2002, the Blaze had the longest run of any New Orleans women’s professional football team before disbanding in 2011. At the time of its dissolution, the team was a member of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), which uses the same rules as the NFL. The WFA, however, uses a smaller ball than the NFL and only requires its receivers to keep one foot in-bounds.
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Adding to the league’s local legacy, the first ever WFA tournament was held in New Orleans. In 2013, the New Orleans Mojo was created, picking up several former Blaze players in the process. The Mojo were also a member of the WFA, but the Mojo’s owner, Christina Urrata, aimed to start a female counterpart to the New Orleans Saints. Accordingly, the team’s uniforms were done in gold and black with modified fleur-de-lis. Urrata spoke more about her intentions in establishing the Mojo during a radio interview preceding the team’s inaugural season. “As the Mojo, we would like to compliment the Saints,” Urrata said. “When people are off from the NFL season, they can come out and support the Mojo, the women athletes.” The Mojo, however, were ultimately unsuccessful and have since ceased play, creating room for the Hippies to kick off their season in New Orleans. Louisiana’s only remaining WFA team, the Acadiana Zydeco, has been more prosperous than its New Orleans counterparts. The Lafayette-based Zydeco won a national championship in 2016, and one of the team’s defensive ends, Mia Ben, is an eight-time All-American. Another team, the New Orleans Krewe, appears to have been active between 2015-17, albeit in the
semi-professional full contact United States Women’s Football League. In addition to these teams, countless women play flag and tackle football in amateur leagues. Due to a variety of factors, however, having a short-lived career/franchise is not uncommon. Unlike their male counterparts, female football players are often unpaid. In fact, most female players must pay to participate in leagues, creating a financial burden for some players. Most leagues also lack free healthcare, meaning that a player’s own insurance must cover her medical bills. Finding trained recruits can be difficult as well. Few schools and community centers offer football programs for young women, meaning that female football enthusiasts have few opportunities to learn the sport until they are adults. Despite these struggles, female football players continue to push boundaries, creating opportunities for all people to play the sport they love. Hippie quarterback Kayla Logan has high hopes for the team’s role in this movement. “I think once we get out there and show them what we can do, you know, it’ll silence the people that think that it’s only a male sport,” Logan said. The New Orleans Hippies’ first game is on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner, Louisiana.