TULANE HULLABALOO THE EYES AND EARS OF THE TULANE COMMUNITY VOLUME CXIII NO. 20 MARCH 8, 2018
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(Left to right): Gerald Williams (‘19), Garrett Hines (‘20) and Kerianne Strachan(‘18) were elected presidents of their respective classes at Tulane Law School.
Tulane Law class presidents prompt diversity discussion by lily milwit
senior staff reporter At the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, Tulane University Law School students elected three class presidents — one to represent each of the classes at the law school. The campaign, voting and election process happens every year at Tulane and at many law schools around the country. This year, however, was different from most. Tulane’s law school student body voted to elect Kerianne Strachan, Gerald Williams and Garrett Hines — all African-American students. As far as students and faculty at the law school are aware, this is the first time in Tulane Law history that this has happened.
Strachan, the Class of 2018 president, is also the director of the Tulane Legal Assistance Program this year and hopes to go into media and intellectual property law. Not initially planning on running for class president, Class of 2019 President Williams was convinced when his peers told him they would vote him into office, whether he officially ran or not. He plans to go into civil rights law to be an attorney who “stand[s] up for the voiceless.” And Hines, the Class of 2020 president and a Louisiana native, has his sights set on becoming a federal prosecutor.
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Project IX aims to find meaningful solutions to sexual violence At the end of the semester, the solutions will be presented to the student body and to the Tulane adminissenior staff reporter tration, which will select many for which to provide full funding. Approximately 50 students gather around Students can still join the project within the next few every Wednesday evening, reading quotations days. It is comprised of approximately 50 students from from anonymous Tulane peers about campus across campus who are interested in making a difference. culture and sexual assault in the community. Though it is technically called a seminar that is worth They are working together to find solutions to 1 credit, the classes include activities, workshops and Tulane’s sexual violence problem. brainstorming sessions with the entire group as well as Over the next 10 weeks, these students the smaller teams. hope their small ideas will snowball into tan“We have had really strong support from students that gible designs to address the problem of sexual we initially interviewed and from many more students violence on campus. who want to participate in this phase of Project IX,” AlliBased on what they found out in the Clison Schiller, adjunct lecturer with the School of Architecmate Survey results, faculty and student ture and a project lead for Design Thinking at the Taylor fellows from the Taylor Center for Social Center, said. “Students seem really enthusiastic and moInnovation and Design Thinking created a tivated to be able to act in a way that could create a real student-led project that would sift through culture change on campus.” the results of the survey and create several Project IX does not aim to solve sexual assault through tangible solutions for the problem. simple solutions, but to consider what is possible in josh jessiman | photography editor changing the culture from the team’s research in the first As the Climate Survey data was analyzed, a team of experts, including Katie Mathews, Co-Design Lead Katie Matthews leads a discussion with students to brainstorm semester and how to create these solutions. co-design lead for Project IX, and Maggie ideas to combat sexual violence. “We have both a sense of what’s going on for students Hermann, project coordinator for Project IX, and also that strategic underpinning for what’s possible,” were hired through the Taylor Center. The student-focused and student-run. Mathews said. “What’s possible in terms of revamping team began to scope the project in October, which included “… Solutions will be more impactful, more relevant. They how Tulane educates its students around sex, sexual ascollecting primary data surrounding the sexual assault cli- will be more quickly adopted if they are designed by the peo- sault, boundaries and consent? What’s possible in terms of mate on campus and coming up with a way to mitigate the ple who use them or need to use them,” Mathews said. “We justice and restoration? What’s possible in terms of shifting problem. know that sexual assault is not just about solutions and pro- the community and the community mentorship, structure The primary data collection process comprised inter- grams. It is about a culture shift, so this is the work that we and the culture here? What’s possible to get people to have viewing approximately 50 students from a variety of races, want to help facilitate [for] students.” healthy dialogue, even if they have differences around these backgrounds, gender affiliations and organizations for sevThe process will take the form of a weekly one-credit sem- issues?” eral hours either one-on-one or in small groups about their inar that will last the remainder of the semester. Students Hermann said she hopes that the school’s resources will experience at Tulane, campus culture and their general atti- will be working in four teams targeting certain aspects of not limit the project to just this semester, however. tude toward sex. Mathews said she believed the school will the project: community and culture, dialogue and empathy, “Hopefully, if it happens again, there are resources for a have more long-standing solutions if Project IX is heavily education and empowerment, and justice and restoration. continued version of what we are doing,” Hermann said.
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Day in the Life: Mail Services by kila moore
associate editor Outside of classes, extra-curricular activities and social lives, many students work on-campus jobs in their remaining free time. The Hullabaloo’s new column, Day in the Life, puts the spotlight on these students and steps behind the desk to see what their shifts are really like. Behind the Tulane Mail Services‘ counter are hard-working students who service the Tulane community by sorting and distributing its packages. One of these student workers is Tulane junior Henry Johnson. Johnson has worked in Mail Services since his first semester freshman year. Currently, he works the nine-to-one shift at one of five package-pickup windows in Bruff Commons. The first few hours of his shift are nice and rarely busy, and this downtime gives him the opportunity to study and complete work for his classes. When lunchtime rolls around, business picks
up. Students headed to Bruff Commons make a stop at Mail Services to pick up their packages. Johnson fetches them dutifully. Johnson’s other duties include sorting mail and helping students buy replacement mailbox keys. “Sometimes it can be pretty hectic,” Johnson said. “A line can go all the way out the door.” Despite the monotony, Johnson enjoys working in Mail Services. He said it gives him the opportunity to see new faces. “I know people before I meet them,” Johnson said. “I have opinions on people before I meet them sometimes. When I meet people, they’re just like, ‘Oh yeah you work in the mailroom,’ and we’re friends pretty much all ready.” Johnson also said he thinks working for Tulane has prepared him for a career in the outside world. “It’s really nice having a job that I’ve had for such an extended period of time before I entered the actual workforce,” Johnson said. “I feel like it gives me a sense of sustainability.”
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Junior Henry Johnson spends hours at Tulane Mail Services, handing students their packages and assisting with their mail needs.
Hold the phone: Students struggle to fix technology by stacey neve staff writer
Freshman Blake Katz thought it was going to be her night. She was dressed up and ready to go out after a long week of studying when the unthinkable happened. She cracked the screen of her phone. Countless students deal with having their cell phones break at school and having to make time to get them fixed. With limited time and minimal funds, students report that this occurrence can be a huge inconvenience. “I feel that having to leave campus to get my phone fixed takes more time than I have,” Katz said. “We are college students, we’re busy, we have work, we have a lot to do. I don’t like to leave campus by myself, and no one will voluntarily go with me.” As a result, Katz still has not repaired her phone. Another student, Cameron Woodle, dropped his iPhone 6s while in an elevator. The screen went black, and Woodle was unable to view any icons. “I could still take calls just by swiping the black screen … and I could play music by swiping up and pressing the little quick player,” Woodle said. “So basically my phone was like an old school phone because I could only take calls, and it was actually kind of nice for a little bit, but then I needed my phone back.” Technology Connection, sometimes referred to as the Tulane Apple Store, does not fix cracked screens. “The Tulane Apple Store here doesn’t do phones, which is really annoying,” Woodle said. “I went to Verizon … the Tulane Apple Store turned me away.” With cell phones breaking so frequently and students not having the time or money to get them repaired, freshman Buddy Vetrone learned how to replace cracked screens
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Students often break their phones on campus and have to seek out creative ways to fix their screens.
on his own. “I kept breaking my own phones, and at one point I realized that it is easier and cheaper to just fix it myself,” Vetrone said. With his mechanical skills and study of Youtube videos, Vetrone learned how to successfully replace phone screens. Vetrone offers cheaper rates than kiosks in malls or at the Apple store where it typically runs $80-100 per repair. Vetrone charges a reduced rate of $60.
“It is really expensive and takes a while, and it is kind of a lot of money for a little bit of work,” Vetrone said. “It is kind of ridiculous. I think that they charge way too much and that anyone can do it for cheaper.” Many students find a broken mobile device to be a burden. Vetrone offers students a cheaper and more accessible option than having an in-store repair. There are also resources available for students to learn how to repair them by themselves if they can find the time.
Catholic Center programs around inclusivity and education by ellen waller
associate news editor This spring, leaders at the Tulane Catholic Center say they hope to engage students in intellectual thought and religious inquiry. The center has helped bring a number of speakers to campus in the past year and is continuing to bring more this spring. On March 14, Catholic artist Cameron Smith will be giving a talk called “Beauty Unveiled: Regaining the Ability to See the Beautiful.” The following week, on March 21, Professor William Jaworski of Fordham University will be presenting a lecture called “Neuroscience and the Soul.” Jaworski is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, a Catholic institution that has chapters on many secular campuses across the nation.
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“The intent [of the institute] is to bring high caliber intellectual talks that also presents to college students the Catholic intellectual tradition,” Thomas Schaefgen, chaplain and director of the Catholic Center, said. “One of the reasons for the existence of the institute is to really fight the idea the religion is against science, that religion is against intellectual pursuits, rationality and thought itself,” Schaefgen said. “The idea that if you are a person of faith you must surrender your capacity to think about things critically is not true, at least from a Catholic perspective.” Open to people of all faiths and beliefs, the Center offers many other ways to get involved. These include mass held every Sunday, with dinner afterward. The Center also has various retreats throughout the year. The upcoming
Silence Retreat is a retreat during which participants do not speak for the entirety of the weekend and reflect upon speakers who present at the conference. The Center hopes to play an important role in the lives of students at Tulane, despite the secular standing of the university. “There is definitely a stigma of being religious on campus, especially on a secular campus. That comes along with the fears of being judged,” Schaefgen said. The Center aims to cater not only to students who are already practicing Catholicism, but also those who have never had any experience with the Catholic Church. “The thing there is to recognize that anybody is welcome here,” Schaefgen said.
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Alexander Goessler came to speak at the Catholic Center, on Feb. 7 in a lecture entitled, “Serving the Poor: Human Dignity & Beauty”.
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LAW SCHOOL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Though he acknowledges that being African-American and wanting to go into a field of the law that puts people in jail can sometimes earn him “side eye,” he said he thinks “… It’s important to know that if you have people who look like the folks who are getting prosecuted, it gives it a different perspective.” Beyond the potential career paths and professional goals of these three students, their class presidencies represent what could be an important shift in the demographic makeup of law students at and beyond Tulane. Law schools at large lack racial diversity, and those deficits get worse the further up the law school rankings you go. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported in 2014 that of the nation’s top 15 law schools, none had more than nine percent African-American enrollment. This lack of racial diversity in law schools has a profound effect on the population of practicing lawyers, 88 percent of whom were white as of 2015. David Meyer, dean of Tulane Law School and Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law, said he believes increasing the representation of racial minorities in both the study and the field of law is “critically important.” “The quality of education in a law school depends on a robust exchange of ideas and experiences inside and outside the classroom, and that requires having a diverse student body with wide-ranging experiences and perspectives,” Meyer said. One initiative that Tulane undertook to promote diversity in its law school was creating the position of Assistant Dean for Career Development and Diversity Initiatives. To fill this position, the law school hired Lezlie Griffin. In this role, Griffin manages multiple projects aimed at increasing minority enrollment and ensuring that current law students of color have access to supportive networks at Tulane and in the law field. For Griffin, an African-American attorney
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(Left to right): Garrett Hines, Kerianne Strachan and Gerald Williams speak with The Hullabaloo about their roles as Tulane Law School class presidents. and Tulane Law alumna, these efforts are significant both for her personally and for the communities she aims to elevate through her work. “Many young people of color have never met a law student or lawyer that looks like them, and here at Tulane Law we are striving to change that,” Griffin said. “It’s our responsibility to get out in the community and show these students that if we did it, they can too.” Tulane President Mike Fitts, a former dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School who began his own career as a law clerk for a civil rights advocate and judge, said remedying the lack of racial diversity of law schools is not only important for law schools, but also integral to the realization of America’s foundational principles. “Increasing African-American enrollment in our nation’s law schools brings the prom-
ise of improved legal education and increased access to legal services for underserved populations,” Fitts said. “It also supports the American ideal of justice for all.” For some, like first-year law student Jackie Degann, Tulane’s initiatives and the historical election of Strachan, Williams and Hines are steps in the right direction. This is especially true because, as Degann points out, Tulane’s class presidents are elected by their peers. According to Williams, with the creation of a diversity and inclusion committee at the law school and a number of African-American students that is growing with each new class, Tulane seems to be making strides when it comes to improving racial representation in the law school. For others, though, there is still much work to be done when it comes to creating and maintaining a level of diversity in law
MARCH 8, 2018 that better reflects the world. “Progress toward diversifying the legal profession has been frustratingly slow,” Meyer said. “… But achieving a truly diverse profession will require sustained efforts long before law school, in primary and high schools, to encourage more children to imagine careers in law.” For first-year student Tanisha Manning, the election of this year’s class presidents is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to diversifying the field. “[The election of these class presidents] might not be even moving the needle a little bit for the field, but it means something here for sure,” Manning said. “… I guess one change in one school can trickle to another change in another school. So there’s hope, I always say there’s hope.” This year, along with the election of Strachan, Williams and Hines and the creation of Griffin’s position, Tulane hired two additional faculty members of color, and has a third offer outstanding. Griffin’s office, with the help of student committees, is also planning several events throughout the course of the semester to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Tulane Law School’s first African-American graduate Michael Starks, who graduated in 1968. Addressing and promoting representation and inclusion within the legal field and law schools continues to be a complex puzzle for lawyers and law school administrators, and Tulane’s newest presidents and programs are only a piece of that puzzle. For Strachan and her fellow class presidents, though, progress starts with small steps, like the first election of three African-American class presidents at Tulane Law School. “I’m hoping that somehow we’re planting a seed that will grow, and that by showing other people we’re law students who are also active in the community, that we can help increase recruitment of diverse students,” Strachan said. “… It’ll be awesome to see that because it’ll just create more of a representative dynamic in the law school when it comes to starting discussions in classrooms and beyond.”
Bicyclists, pedestrians complain of bike inaccessibility on campus by mark winokur staff reporter
It’s 11:53 a.m., and freshman Jaa Charoenboriboon is trying to get to class. The only way for her to get there on time is by riding her bike. After leaving her dorm, however, she realizes she cannot take her usual commute because the construction projects are blocking her route. She pursues an alternate route but faces a slew of obstacles along the way that make it challenging to navigate. Many students share this experience in their commutes to and from class due to bike inaccessibility on campus. Many students choose to bike because they find it a necessary time-saver when commuting between classes to avoid being late. For Charoenboriboon and others, the recent construction projects on Newcomb Place between the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library have had a direct impact on their commutes. “Since they closed up the road in front of Howie T, it’s really annoying for rush hour … people keep coming, and I can’t bike through them,” Charoenboriboon said. Uma Kumar-Montei faces similar problems in her biking route from Josephine Louise Residence Hall to her classes on the Academic Quadrangle. While she previously commuted through the parking lot at Newcomb Place, the construction projects have forced her to bike through McAlister Drive, which has its own accessibility issues. “People on McAlister are always on their phones or listening to music — or even worse — both,” Kumar-Montei said. “None of them know that you’re coming, and they never move. It can make it very hard and dangerous …” Despite the various projects and complaints, not all students express difficulties with biking accessibility on campus. For some, the recent con-
struction projects have not affected their routes. “I’ve been riding my bike since freshman year in 2015, and I would say that stuff hasn’t really changed,” junior Hamilton Beard said. “I definitely ride it around campus when I’m running late … but as far as accessibility goes, it’s totally fine.” This being said, Undergraduate Student Government Senator Kyle McIntyre witnessed his friends experience similar problems with biking on campus. Last year, as a member of the Freshman Leadership Program, he tried to address these issues, starting an initiative with fellow FLP member Jake Collazo to add a bike lane on McAlister Drive. After conducting research, though, they concluded that the project would not be practical. “Because Green Wave ambassadors are always touring on that street, and occasionally they have food trucks coming down it, it just wasn’t feasible to have a bike lane.” McIntyre said. “[The campus facilities] use McAlister for their own functions and programs, so the idea that we would congest it with a bike lane was something they were not into possibly pursuing.” Additionally, USG proposed adding a bike lane around the backroads of campus, but this project failed because the construction projects around the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library interfered with the route. “They wanted to encourage bikers to take that route instead rather than take McAlister walkway and risk running into somebody,” McIntyre said. “It was something they were thinking about possibly encouraging with either signage or just a general kind of social media initiative, but then josh axelrod | senior staff photographer construction happened and now we barely have any space at all.” McIntyre hopes that Tulane’s campus facilities can reach an alternative This sign, hung up on a fence near Newcomb solution to improve biking accessibility on campus. For now, bikers must continue to have to weave between distracted students on McAlister Drive Place, warns bicyclists not to enter. who are more concerned about the messages on their phones than the people in front of them.
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Jank Setup joins ranks of Tulane-founded funk bands by bryce berman staff reporter
Sexual Thunder, one of the most popular bands to come out of Tulane, was born in a small house in the shadows of the old Café Freret. A new band called Jank Setup, however, has recently taken up residence in the home, which continues to be a pillar of the funk band tradition. The band got its name for its “janky” mix of musicians and circumstances, composed of students who had never played music together. The band consists of senior Ethan May on drums, junior Adam Somolsky on bass, sophomore Luis Carlos Villaseñor on guitar, sophomore Alex Fagre on baritone sax, freshman Derrick Butler on piano and Tulane graduate Nick Ferreirae – the infamous “boombox guy” – on tenor sax. Walking up to the house, one can hear beats radiating through the walls and sound pulsing through the floor. Upon entry, the musical presence is immediately felt, as visitors are greeted by a drum set and other pieces of musical equipment. Previously housing other bands, it has made the natural progression into a recording studio. A funk-fusion band with a New Orleans jazz influence, Jank Setup cites musical inspirations like John Coltrane, Vulfpeck and Anderson Paak. Both Villaseñor and May appreciate the fun energy of Vulfpeck’s music, something the band aspires to emulate.
“Our gigs are the best parties in town,” May said. The band was first formed in August 2016 as The Tweakin’ Seagulls, and it made a name for itself by performing at some of Tulane’s most popular venues, including The Boot and The Palms (RIP). Last spring, the loss of two graduating members left The Tweakin’ Seagulls with few members and no writers. Around this time, May overheard Villaseñor playing guitar and asked him to be part of the band. “I’d seen the way he expresses the music, and I was like, ‘I feel great about this kid,’” May said. In fact, the riff that May had heard Villaseñor playing soon became “Slick McGee,” one of three new songs set to be released on their EP next month. “I give [Ethan May] my Lego pieces, and he just builds the music,” Villaseñor said. Villaseñor, who is originally from Guatemala, eventually took over as the band’s main writer, in addition to playing guitar. “Not just a regular Lego piece, a Luis Villaseñor Lego piece,” May said. Villaseñor’s Guatemalan roots provide the funk-fusion band with a unique musical twist that many in New Orleans have not heard before. Since about half of the music he listens to is in Spanish, he brings different rhythms and chord progressions to the band’s sound. “I always break strings ... because music in Guatemala is very rhythmic,” Villaseñor said.
This is not just a hobby for members of Jank Setup. Music is constantly on their minds as they carefully listen to and analyze the work of artists, working to create rhythms for new material. At one point, Villaseñor paused the interview to turn up the volume on the speakers and point out a catchy rhythm. He and May began humming and tapping their feet to the music. While Jank Setup has yet to post its music on any streaming sites, it does plan to in the near future. In the meantime, the best way to hear the band is by going to its gigs. Like all live performances in New Orleans, it isn’t just about the music but also the experience, and Jank Setup likes to keep it “fresh” for its fans by never repeating a set. Jank Setup continues the tradition funk bands like Sexual Thunder and Miss Mojo have established to take New Orleans musical influences and bring them to the Tulane community. “I think some things are just meant to happen,” May said. “Other things, you gotta make them happen.” Though May will graduate this spring, he plans to stay in New Orleans to continue developing the band. Jank Setup will perform Sunday, March 11, at Hi-Ho Lounge, alongside several bands from Chicago passing through New Orleans on their way to Austin’s music and media festival, South by Southwest. Fans will be able to celebrate the release of the band’s new EP on Friday, April 6 at The Willow.
Sex sells: Dynamo strives to de-stigmatize, encourage sexual health by cadence neenan
senior staff reporter Dynamo does not fit into the old archetype of New Orleans sex shops. It’s not a stone’s throw from the shambles of Bourbon Street, there’s no loud neon sign outside announcing its presence and, even after a thorough look through the store, there appears to be no penis-shaped candy on the shelves. It’s perhaps this level of normality that allows Dynamo to serve its purpose of challenging the typical sex-shop model. It proclaims itself to be one of New Orleans’ only sex-positive sex shops. Dynamo opened as an online store and pop-up shop in 2013, and since November of 2017, it has been housed in a small brick-andmortar shop in the South Seventh Ward. Driving down St. Claude Avenue, you could almost miss it – a small white shotgun house with lime green doors and a small sign proclaiming that Dynamo, “an independent, female-run, female-friendly romantic boutique,” is open. At first glance, the store feels more like a quiet boutique on Magazine Street than a sex shop. The space is flooded with natural light, antique-looking bookshelves and, well, a try-ityourself lube station right at the entrance of the store. This was the intention of store creators and owners Hope Kodman and Nico Darling when they opened Dynamo’s brick-and-mortar location. “We really wanted our shop to be welcoming, beautiful, kind of artistic and just be a place that people would feel proud to come in and feel proud to leave with a bag or two in hand,” Kodman said. The inventory at Dynamo is also different from what you might expect to find at a more
“Hustler Hollywood”-esque shop. Where you might expect to find unpliable plastic pleather, Dynamo stocks locally-sourced leather harnesses and restraints. And while there aren’t many copies of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there are titles like “The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women,” “Curvy Girl Sex” and “The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Strap-on Sex,” on display. This, too, is intentional on the part of Kodman and Darling. The pair works to carefully curate the inventory of the store based on how safe it is, how well it works and feedback from store patrons.
“Sex toys are an unregulated industry,” Kodman said. “They can put things in sex toys — in terms of chemical materials — that you can’t put in children’s toys and that you can’t put in dog toys in some states. And so we really, really are careful to make sure everything we sell is what we call ‘body safe.’” The culture at Dynamo goes beyond the inventory itself. According to Kodman, the true reification of a “sex-positive sex shop” comes from the conversations held within the store. Both Kodman and Darling are devoted to providing a space where their customers can come
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Dynamo, a sex-positive sex shop in New Orleans, aims to encourage safe, fun sexual practices while de-stigmatizing the topic of sex.
in with just about any question they might have about sex, be it kinks, relationships or sexual health. “The overarching question behind almost every question we get is, ‘Is this normal?’” Kodman said. “And the answer is, 99.9 percent of the time, ‘yes.’ Normal is relative. Everybody has their own desires, has their own pasts that they bring in, and it’s really just giving permission to people to express themselves and feel comfortable in their sexuality.” This is why Dynamo has the potential to serve as such an important resource for Tulane students. In an environment where “sexual education” is often limited to a bin of free condoms in a dorm lobby, a sex-positive, educational resource 20 minutes off campus is a big deal. Both Kodman and Darling have interacted with Tulane’s campus to some degree. Darling has taught a few undergraduate and graduate classes in Tulane’s public health and gender and sexuality studies departments, and the two hosted a “toy party” in one of the dorms on campus, bringing some of their inventory to Tulane and taking anonymous questions about both the toys themselves and sexual relationships. One of the main objectives of Dynamo is working to erase the stigma around sex. The store’s website expresses its mission, stating, “We believe that sex is a lot of things — it’s beautiful, it’s natural, it’s silly, and it’s fun. It’s important. What it shouldn’t be is shameful.” This rings true in the calm, quiet energy of the store itself. Where most sex shops in New Orleans can be overwhelming, wrought with fluorescent lighting and Pitbull blaring from the speakers, Dynamo provides an environment to safely talk about sexual practices, and maybe buy a vibrator or two.
Unique BUKulture differentiates New Orleans music festival by jessica galloway arcade editor
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New Orleans is a city like no other, so it’s on-brand for one of the city’s largest music festivals to offer its attendees experiences that they won’t find anywhere else. The musical performances offered are one thing – headliners like Migos, MGMT and SZA are bound to attract crowds – but the unique atmosphere of the BUKU Music and Art Project is what keeps people coming back year after year. With many other music festivals featuring music and art that are both popular around the world and unique to the region, BUKU has set itself apart for its unique displays of local art and entertainment, including surprise “special moments” that are revealed throughout the weekend. BUKU’s unique vibe, dubbed BUKulture, is centered on its spontaneity, forcing festival-goers to keep their eyes peeled at the risk of missing a one-in-a-lifetime performance.
BUKU has been releasing several promotional videos on its Facebook page as the weeks leading to the festival dwindle into days, including a video for its famous Live Graffiti Wall. The festival’s art curator makes sure to distinguish BUKU as an art project, not an art gallery. It is in a “constant state of change,” with new installments and pop-up performances that push the envelope as they are added every year. This year’s artists include Kate Hanrahan and Art by Jay and Wooly, among others. Perhaps the most differentiating aspect of BUKU is its location. The festival stretches across several buildings along the Mississippi Riverfront, including the Mardi Gras World warehouse, where stages are flanked by actual floats from Mardi Gras parades. The BUKU Music and Art Project doors open at 2 p.m. this Friday, and the festival ends Saturday night. Passes for the whole weekend and for each day are available on Buku’s official website.
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Changemaker- Elaine Welteroth in-Chief: redefines journalism by canela lopez
senior staff reporter “I think my responsibility as the first and as the only different person is to be my authentic self and bring my point of view,” Elaine Welteroth, former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, said during a talk Monday night in McAlister Auditorium. Clad in white high-heeled boots, denim jumpsuit and a black leather beret, Welteroth graced the stage to talk about her life, success and experience of being Teen Vogue’s first African-American beauty director and youngest editor-in-chief. Set up as an open conversation between Welteroth and the event’s moderator, Nile Pierre, sophomore and Intersections editor for The Tulane Hullabaloo, the talk explored topics ranging from success in the fashion industry to race and inclusion in journalism. The event, which occurred last Monday night in McAlister, was brought to campus by Tulane University Campus Programming. Welteroth began the event by exploring the beginning stages of her career when she was a young communications major at California State University, Sacramento. She said she was pulled in several professional directions. After a few internships in marketing, Welteroth said she knew she felt uninspired by the world of advertising. “You have to do what you love in order to be successful,” Welteroth said at the event. A magazine publishing class helped Welteroth find what she loved and propel her toward writing. Welteroth went on to get two pieces published in a national magazine within that semester. Firm in her conviction to pursue writing, Welteroth’s success took off. She later took on a position at Ebony Magazine, and eventually landed a position at Teen Vogue, where Welteroth gained momentum for intersecting social justice with her work as a writer. When answering a question from the audience on her experience as a black woman in the fashion industry, Welteroth touched on the effects of subtle racism. “I think when you are the only one and you don’t see yourself in your environment, I think there’s a natural reaction to just sink,” Welteroth said. “And it’s hard to shine.” In terms of advice for young journalists looking to make change in the same way she shifted the culture of Teen Vogue, Welteroth left the crowd with this. “If you want to create change, you have to agitate,” Welteroth said during the event. “You have to be comfortable making other people uncomfortable.”
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intersections editor After moderating the event, Nile Pierre said she found inspiration in Welteroth’s words and reflected on what it means to be successful in a world where we often feel limited by our identities or how others perceive us. Imagine being able to reinvent yourself every time you walk into a room. Being able to see yourself as more than the one thing you are perceived as, being valued beyond the stereotype or archetype you are molded into, expanding beyond the boxes we check and place ourselves into. No, I’m not just Nile, just the black woman, the journalist, the perpetually late friend, the Posse scholar, daughter, the only student like me in a class. While all of these are a part of me, not a single one can speak for my existence as a whole. There are no ceilings to success, no cap on evolution or single job or role that can confine an identity. I refuse to be just one of these among the boundless limits that are my potential. Elaine Welteroth is the perfect example of never being just one thing but instead embracing all that she sees herself as. She inspires me to go beyond the labels others assign at face value and allows freedom for exploration of all the things she can be. My whole life, people have asked, “What do you what to be when you grow up?” Now that I’ve begun the journey of growing up, I honestly don’t know what I want to be. After moderating the talk with Elaine, I’ve begun to instead ask myself, “Who do I want to be?” Me, a black woman, sitting across from her, a black woman, I never felt so different and so similar to someone. On paper, she and I are very much alike — both from California, both interested in journalism, both on this stage, together. But in reality there are so many complexities, so many differences between us. It is this difference I find even more inspiring and even more motivating to not try to be the next her — we already have Elaine Welteroth (and she is fantastic) — but instead be the best me, in every version and in every sense. I want to be a dynamic individual. I don’t want my hair, skin or future degree to speak for me before my personhood does. I want to be someone who is able to change, who is not stuck in one job or one role. A singular individual living a beautiful plurality. Someone who, as Elaine said, does “what makes you feel alive.” And as I progress through life, I realize that life never stays the same, but what is consistent is my love for challenge and a radical self-love when so many identities I hold are hated. Through these I can find who I want to be and what makes that person feel the most alive. illustrations by emily fornof | senior staff artist
MARCH 8, 2018
‘Love, Simon’ provides LGBTQ+ representation on silver screen awkward, relatable and unapologetically queer. He faces no threat of death by television executives, and he’s exactly what we wanted. He follows characters like Elena Alvarez of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” and Nico Minoru of Hulu’s “Marvel’s Runaways” who are changing television for the better. “Love, Simon” means so much to young teens struggling with the reality of their sexualities and looking for role models. Until the conception of this movie, these kinds of characters often only existed on television, and even then they were not likely to last. Lost to the “Bury Your Gays” trope, queer love is often snuffed out before it even has a chance to exist. “Bury Your Gays” refers to the tendency of show creators to kill off their gay characters immediately after they begin relationships. Simon’s story is unique in that all of his love interests are his age and that his story ultimately has a happy ending. For the most part, his coming out is a positive experience. “Love, Simon” hits theaters on March 16 and faces stark competition from “A Wrinkle in Time.” Support this movie and the movement for diversity with your money. Go see both of these movies. Go see them twice. Show diverse creators in Hollywood that we see them, and we are here to support them. 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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“Love, Simon” may seem like your average comingof-age love story, but it is so much more. In one of the most progressive eras Hollywood has ever seen, “Love, Simon” is the sign of yet another change: the normalization of LGBTQ+ love stories on the big screen. Within the past year, we have seen the face of Hollywood change entirely, and with more diverse creators comes more diverse content. The releases of “Black Panther” and the eagerly-awaited “A Wrinkle in Time” indicate a clear shift in the portrayal of people of color in movies. Though this is a necessary change, there has been less progress in the diversity of sexualities being represented in Hollywood productions. “Love, Simon” is the first film of its kind. It does not purport to be anything but a cheesy teen love story where the main character just happens to be gay. Its marketing campaign supports this with corny taglines like, “He’s done keeping his story straight.” Simon is adelaide basco | staff artist
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Dear Editor, In response to the Undergraduate Student Government’s resolution to “clearly indicate the disregard of past felony convictions on the Tulane undergraduate application,” we, members of the Tulane organization Newcomb Prison Project, are writing to make clear our commitment to the full removal of “the box” from Tulane’s application. “The box” refers to the question on Tulane’s undergraduate application regarding past involvement in the criminal legal system: “Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?” Since the 2003 national launch of the Ban the Box campaign, employers and institutions of higher education across the country have removed the box from their applications. Under President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education issued a recommendation to institutions of higher education to remove the box, and in June 2017 Louisiana signed a Ban the Box bill into law, prohibiting public colleges from inquiring about criminal history. Ever since then, the Newcomb Prison Project has been pushing Tulane to follow suit. In fall of 2017, a Ban the Box bill was introduced to USG but was tabled indefinitely. The bill, resembling the Louisiana legislature’s, proposed to rid Tulane’s application of the box, only requiring individuals to check it if they had committed sexual assault, battery, and stalking. At the most recent USG session, a new, much less comprehensive version of Ban the Box was passed that adds a disclaimer to the application stating that Tulane admissions will
not discriminate based on an applicant’s criminal history, but it fails to remove the question entirely. While we appreciate the message of this resolution, it is only a meager step in the right direction. Until the box is completely removed, Tulane will continue to do a disservice to the formerly incarcerated, to the New Orleans community and to itself. To the formerly incarcerated, the box is so onerous that two-thirds of those with a criminal background who begin an application abandon it upon reaching the box. The new legislation that USG passes will not lead to a decrease in this number because individuals will know that obviously, because the box is still on the application, it is being taken into account in some way. By discouraging formerly incarcerated people from applying, Tulane misses out on an opportunity to greatly benefit the New Orleans community that it claims to cherish. Louisiana is the prison capital of the world, with the highest rate of incarceration anywhere. Mass incarceration has devastating effects on communities, especially communities of color. Luckily, Tulane can help, as higher education has been shown to reduce recidivism in the criminal legal system by up to 40 percent. Opening up Tulane’s doors to qualified individuals with criminal histories opens the doors up to the New Orleans community at large. The box is supposedly in place for the sake of student safety, yet it has been shown that neither pre-admissions screening (“the box”) nor criminal background checks accurately predicts a student’s likelihood to commit crimes on campus. Finally, the box hurts Tulane. The applicant pool that the box keeps out is one of diverse background
and talent. Retaining the box also strains Tulane’s relationships with progressive organizations in New Orleans like VOTE, a grassroots organization founded and run by formerly incarcerated people which has ceased to accept interns from Tulane in light of Tulane’s refusal to ban the box. USG’s resolution was a beginning, but Newcomb Prison Project will continue to fight to ban the box entirely. Many Tulane students like to pride themselves on being open-minded and progressive individuals, and many imagine that Tulane is one of the most progressive schools in the South. The blockage of this bill has proved that the notion is a farce, exposing the extent to which Tulane students are out of touch with the state and unwilling to take meaningful steps to make its campus more inclusive for students impacted by the criminal legal system. Tulane needs to catch up to what the rest of the state of Louisiana has implemented, striving not to just exist in, but be a part of New Orleans. Furthermore, we denounce the use of dehumanizing language used in a recently published Hullabaloo article to discuss Bruce Reilly, a well respected and accomplished Tulane alumni and community leader. — The Newcomb Prison Project Newcomb Prison Project meets weekly on at 7 p.m. on Mondays in Newcomb 004. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit a letter to the editor, email it to hull@ tulane.edu.
U.S. should adopt automatic opt-in organ donation JONATHAN KRANTZ STAFF WRITER There is no rule on what should be done with your body after you die. Some people choose to be buried, some choose to be cremated and some choose to donate their organs. Most of the world, including the U.S., takes part in what is referred to as an “optin” program, where people are presumed not to be a donor unless they indicate otherwise. These programs are proven to be ineffective, and only 15 percent of those in opt-in countries choose to donate any of their organs after death, which is an abysmal rate. In the U.S., a shortage of organ donors has led to just over 20 people on average dying every day while waiting to receive desperately needed organs. American lawmakers have been unable to find a viable means of increas-
ing the supply of donations, largely blaming the importance of religious freedoms. The U.S. needs to adopt what many European countries, including the U.K., have adopted: programs in which citizens must choose to “opt out” of organ donation and otherwise are presumed to be donors. These programs drastically increase the rate of enlistment, showing an increase to a 90 percent donor rate from the aforementioned 15 percent in opt-in countries. Countries that shift to an opt-out program also change the culture of organ donations, often transforming the public view of donations after death from one of ultimate altruism to a blasé, inconsequential outlook. Thus, instead of imposing by asking for organs, a doctor asks if there is any reason for not making a donation. Opt-out programs work because they take advantage of a common human trait: people are inherently lazy. People have been shown to remain organ donors in opt-out countries because not being a donor is seen as a direct action as opposed to a neutral action. People
are therefore more likely to do nothing as opposed to something in any given direction. This increase in viable organs could help states like Louisiana – a state currently ranked first in kidney failure deaths, second in sepsis deaths and fifth in heart disease deaths – fight the ever-increasing demand for transplants. Additionally, college campuses will be more affected by this legislation because, according to a 2012 study on the prevalence of organ donation, 75 percent of college students are in favor of organ donations while only two percent actually become donors themselves. Regardless of one’s stance on organ donation, some form of donation reform should be done because the capability of saving lives far outweighs the possible work for those who do not wish to participate. Some legislation should be passed to ensure the consent of families and those who wish to opt out for any reason, religious or otherwise. This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Jonathan is a sophomore at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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DANIEL HOROWITZ VIEWS EDITOR New Orleans saw flooding all over the city due to damaged drainage pumps last summer. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans plans to fix the drainage system in the city this year, but it must do so quickly and efficiently. In addition, the funding for this project must be appropriated and used wisely. The drainage pumps in New Orleans are used to take stormwater and divert it to nearby water bodies to prevent the city from flooding. This infrastructure is necessary for New Orleans because most of the city is below sea level, and water cannot drain naturally to lower bodies of water like most cities. The old pumps, however, were decades old and already in
need of maintenance. The damage in the drainage pumps was an indicator that the city needs a drastic update in stormwater infrastructure. As the SWBNO embarks on its new project, it is critical that the money be allocated properly and the members of the board are transparent about the process. So far, the city knows that $27 million will be coming from bonds issued by the board for drainage repairs. As it turns out, that is not going to be enough for these projects. In order to complete the pump repairs, SWBNO needs approximately $83 million, leaving it $56 million short. According
to Katie Dignan, a board official, there is no set revenue stream for the $56 million still needed to repair the sewer system in New Orleans. It is unreasonable to promise reconstruction of the drainage pumps if the SWBNO will not even tell us if it has the funding or where the funding is coming from. This would not be the first time the SWBNO has questionably used funding for repairs. The Federal Emergency Management Administration granted the board $1 million in federal grant money to repair the drainage infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this year, the federal government began an audit investigating whether or not those funds were used properly. All of this brings into question whether the city can trust the SWBNO to be accountable for the safety of the city – as long as flooding is still a concern, it is a
matter of safety. Neighborhoods all over New Orleans have waited long enough for the SWBNO to fix the drainage infrastructure. Residents should not merely be waiting for the pumps to be fixed in hopes that there will not be a major storm before then. The SWBNO must be transparent about the funding it has and how it will use these funds. If the board does not have the money, it is unfair to promise repairs to the city. If the board cannot be honest about the source of the funding or its allocation, then New Orleanians must hold the board accountable for its transparency, or lack thereof. It is bad enough that the city gets flooded with water. It does not need to be flooded with empty promises as well. This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Daniel is a senior at Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached at dhorowi@ tulane.edu. graphic by daisy rymer | associate artist
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by grant barnes sports editor
Tulane baseball concluded its three-game series with California State University, Fullerton, this past Sunday. Though Fullerton was ranked No. 17 in the preseason, the Green Wave came in with high hopes, as the Cal State Titans had begun the season with the worst start in school history. These hopes, while eventually coming to fruition on Sunday, were seemingly crushed in the first game of the series. On Friday, in the first inning alone, Cal State had 11 batters at the plate and racked up five runs. Tulane starting pitcher Kaleb Roper, a redshirt junior, was replaced after only two innings, having walked four batters and hit a fifth. After Roper’s departure in the second, Tulane was already down 6-0. The Green Wave recovered three of these runs in the seventh, only to be offset by three more Titan runs. Tulane could not recover from this early hole and ultimately lost the series opener 9-3. The second game of the series was quite the improvement for the Green Wave after suffering a brutal rout in the opener. Cal State and Tulane traded runs early and often throughout the early innings, with the Titans leading 5-2 to begin the fifth inning. The fifth, sixth and seventh innings were scoreless for each team, with the score remaining 5-2 going into the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, the tides shifted. The Green Wave unleashed a four-run barrage beginning with senior designated hitter Matt Rowland’s double. Freshman infielder David Bedgood followed this up
with a two-run single. Junior Grant Witherspoon finished off the inning for Tulane with a double of his own, scoring Bedgood and giving Tulane 6-5 lead going into the ninth. To the Wave’s dismay, this lead would not hold. Cal State scored four runs of its own in the top of the ninth, giving the Titans the win and the series, 9-6. Though the series was a loss, Tulane knew it must make a statement in the final game of the series Sunday. The Wave was helped by the fact that several starters for Cal State were held out of the game after incurring curfew violations on Saturday night. The first three innings of the third match-up were scoreless for both teams. The scoreboard was lit up in the fourth, however, as Cal State earned a solo home run, and Tulane blasted the Titans for six runs. Cal State committed two errors in the inning, helping several batters score. Tulane scored an additional three runs between the sixth and seventh innings, while Cal State added two in the eighth. The Wave was able to close this one out, taking the final game 9-3. Sophomore starter Keegan Gillies got the win for Tulane after pitching seven innings with five strikeouts and only one run scored. Though the Wave dropped the series, the team clearly proved it could compete with a high-caliber program such as the Fullerton Titans. Tulane will look to continue the success of this final game in the coming weekend’s series against Purdue University. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday night on Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
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Toughing the Titans: Tulane baseball faces Cal State Fullerton
Keegan Gillies winds up against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Gillies pitched seven innings in Sunday’s win, tallying five strikeouts.
Green Wave men’s basketball finishes muchimproved season by grant barnes sports editor
With Tulane men’s basketball’s loss at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the team officially finished its regular season. The 2017-18 campaign will end with a record of 14-16, along with a record of 5-13 in American Athletic Conference play. Though the team finished 10th in conference for the second year in a row, this year’s season was in fact an improvement. In the 2016-17 season, Tulane finished with an overall record of 6-25 and an AAC record of 3-15. While the team only won two more in-conference games this year, the Wave garnered eight additional wins overall. These eight wins gave solid proof that the Green Wave is making progress, especially in out-of-conference play. Head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. touted this progress as a product of the team’s familiarity with him, his system and their fellow players. “It’s our second year of being in a system,” Dunleavy said. “Last year, I was teaching every guy, 14 individuals, so it probably took us until the last 10 games of the season last year for our guys to have even a decent idea of what we were trying to do … this year, coming in, we had 10 guys back … Being more familiar with each other, having played a year together allowed them to play better together and allowed us to get off to a better start.” While Tulane did not have a win over a ranked team, the Wave did acquire one marquee win over the University of Houston Cougars on Jan. 17. Houston was not ranked at the time of the win, but the team is currently ranked No. 21 in AP’s Top 25 poll, likely giving the Cougars a tournament berth. With a win over a team like Houston, the Wave proved that it can play at a high level. Unfortunately, the Green Wave will lose a star in redshirt senior Cameron Reynolds following the AAC Tournament. Luckily for the Wave, the team has many up-andcoming players who will be returning next fall to continue the recent growth. One of these players, junior guard Melvin Frazier, was recently selected to the All-AAC second team after his stellar season. Dunleavy was outspoken in his praise of Frazier’s development. “[Melvin’s] offensive game improved a whole lot [this year],” Dunleavy said. “Last year we came in and changed his shot around. He became a real good rhythm shooter this year, shooting 39 percent from the three-point line. [Frazier] also gets to the free throw line … but the fact is that he attacks the rim, and we’ve, understanding his game, put him in position to be efficient.” Dunleavy was also encouraged by the development of
the team’s freshmen, including guard Caleb Daniels and forward Bul Ajang. “Both [Daniels and Ajang] have definitely gotten good playing time,” Dunleavy said. “Bul [Ajang] as of recently has had a rash of minutes, and he’s played at a high level for us. Caleb Daniels was playing really well all along for us. Before the start of the season he sprained an ankle, which kind of hobbled him a little bit, but since conference play, he’s been averaging close to 10 points per game … so both of those guys have been giving us some really solid minutes.” Overall, Green Wave men’s basketball fans will have much to look forward to in the coming years. With upand-coming players such as Frazier, Ajang and Daniels, and proof of legitimacy with a win over a now-ranked Houston, Tulane will have more talent to rely on than it has had in years past. Under the leadership of Dunleavy, a former NBA coach of 17 years, the team has an opportunity to truly reach new heights. While Tulane has a long way to go to reach national acclaim, this near .500 season is a big step in the right direction.
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Senior Cameron Reynolds sizes up a defender in his final regular season game at UCF. Reynolds was Tulane’s lone senior this year.
BOWLING CONTINUED FROM 12 The Tulane women’s bowling team recently received the honor of participating in the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Qualifier, which will take place this weekend, March 9-11, in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The team is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation. The team rose to the No. 9 ranking in December, following the release of the National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Ever since the announcement of this poll, Tulane has performed well enough to maintain its high status. Though the team participated in several qualifiers, this is the first top 10 rank in program history. Women’s bowling has had a consistently strong season, finishing in the top 10 of every tournament so far. Each of these tournaments featured numerous ranked teams. Standouts from the team’s impressive start include freshman Madison McCall and senior Michelle Ng, who have each scored well in multiple tournaments. The pair has consistently finished within the top 50 players at each tournament attended. McCall has averaged 204.95 pins per match, and Ng leads the team with an impressive 206.04 average. As a whole, the team maintains around a 195.72 average within a single match when attending a tournament. This weekend, the team will compete against No. 20
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 7 Stephen F. Austin College, along with 15 other unranked schools. The USBC invited the top 64 teams from the regular season to the Sectional Qualifier. Four different blocks of the sectionals will take place across the country. Tulane will be the second highest ranked team competing in the Fairview Heights block. The tournament will represent the all-Baker format, a style of bowling that allows teams to work together to comprise a score cohesively. The all-Baker format is more commonly seen within larger collegiate tournaments. The four teams that conclude the tournament with the highest pinfall of the total 64 will advance to the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships. This will be Tulane’s third consecutive year of competing in the USBC Sectionals. The past two years have seen the team placing eighth overall in this invitational. The team is looking to make strides past this precedent this season and continue on to the Championships. Following the USBC Sectional, the team will compete in the Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tennessee, March 1618. The tournament will be hosted by the No. 4 Vanderbilt University Commodores and will feature 20 of the NTCA Top 25 teams.
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contributing writer From the Basement is a weekly column in which the Hullabaloo Sports team discusses its opinion on contemporary sports issues. The NBA has proven time and time again that it is the most innovative league in sports. From changing the format of the All-Star Game to feature a schoolyard style draft, to implementing a confidential hotline to report sexual harassment, commissioner Adam Silver has made impressive strides in improving the Association’s image. The overwhelmingly positive response to this year’s All-Star Game has spurred Silver and other Association executives to consider a much more drastic change: altering the NBA’s playoff format to include the eight best teams in each conference as a single group, rather than retaining a series within each conference. The motivation for such an extreme shift stems from the NBA’s lack of parity. Many fans complain about the laughable predictability of the league, even going as far as claiming the regular season is pointless, since we all know which two teams will make it to the Finals before the first game is played. These grievances are not unfounded. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have faced off for a record-breaking three consecutive years since 2015. In addition, the conferences are undoubtedly lopsided in terms of talent, with the Western Conference boasting eight of Sports Illustrated’s top 10 players in the league. It follows that LeBron James of the Cavaliers has been one of reseeding’s most vocal opponents, considering that his teams, residing in the weaker Eastern conference, have made it to the NBA Finals for the past seven years. Still, this change may be a bit too severe, even for Silver and the progressive NBA. Altering the playoffs seeding would be, above all else, impractical. The playoffs currently feature a 2-21-1-1 format for each round, where two games are played at the better-performing team’s arena, two at the other team’s arena, and finally three games alternating between each location, if necessary. Games are typically only separated by one day. Reseeding would make traveling and practicing extremely difficult, as teams may have to fly from coast to coast in a matter of hours. As for the issue of parity, we have seen this situation before. The Lakers and Celtics have met a record 12 times in the Finals, including six times in the 1960s. Furthermore, this year has been unpredictable enough, with the Cavs occupying only the third spot in the East and a likely new MVP being crowned in the Houston Rockets’ James Harden. Plus, changing the playoff format is not going to change the fact that the Warriors arguably have four of the 20 best players in the league. An improvement in parity will most likely have to result from a change in the rules regarding these “superteams,” not the playoffs. But for now, with viewership at its highest since 2011, the NBA does not need fixing. Regardless, this is all probably a moot point since Silver would need two thirds of the teams’ owners to vote in favor of reseeding, something that will likely not be possible for at least a few years. It looks like LeBron will not be giving up his conference throne any time soon. This is an opinion article and does not reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo. Bella is a freshman at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached at ibaff@ tulane.edu.
MARCH 8, 2018
GETTING THE BALL ROLLING:
Tulane bowling prepares to defend national ranking
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Junior Tiera Gulum winds up and fires down the lane. Gulum and the rest of Tulane women’s bowling are aiming for success in this weekend’s USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals in Fairview Heights, Illinois.