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JANUARY 30, 2014

Winter freeze closes uptown university campus

claire brown | photo editor

photos by claire brown | photo editor

Top: Snow-covered car on Audobon Street. Bottom: Ice was the main cause of closings.

by catherine ann taylor chief staff writer

Tulane stopped all non-essential university operations on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the threat of severe winter weather conditions. Debbie Grant, vice president for university communications and marketing, has worked for Tulane since the 1980s and could not recall a time when the school closed down for a whole day due to

winter weather. “I don’t ever remember closing in advance for cold weather before,” Grant said. “There was a time in the ’80s when we had a ton of snow. Due to cold weather we closed down mid-day.” Tulane’s emergency response director Norris Yarbrough said he has plenty of experience dealing with hurricanes and flooding, but planning for ice and snow in New Orleans is unprecedent-

Students constructed a miniature snowman on the sun dial outside of Josephine Louise Hall in celebration of their double snow day. Tulane University canceled classes at the uptown campus due to severe weather conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday. ed in his career. “The last winter storm warnings we received were in 2008,” Yarbrough said. “I’ve been in the emergency management field in New Orleans and Louisiana for 30 years. I was in a couple of miles of the campus [working at Oschner Health Systems], and I’ve never had to deal with a situation as far as cold and freezing of this magnitude in the time I’ve been here.” Yarbrough said that the

university experienced few weather-related issues. “In my line of work, I’m happy to tell you it was extremely boring,” Yarbrough said. “We did not have a lot happen at all. I think the fact that we took the preparation [measures] that we did prevented a lot of things from happening.” Yarbrough said that some of the preparations for a worst-case scenario included acquiring additional fuel for

emergency generators and stocking up on additional food. Sand was put down on walkways around residence halls. The Tulane University Police Department increased patrols on campus roads and sidewalks to report icy conditions, according to Yarbrough. Yarbrough said that the Emergency Operations council met several times daily on Tuesday in order to make decisions about whether to close down

Tulane expelled from Common Student Affairs App, not eager to rejoin announces new VP candidate, changes by armando marin

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Tulane University is the only college to ever be expelled from the Common Application. Tulane’s current application is free for all prospective students.

by thomas o’brien news editor

Tulane became the only university ever expelled from the Common Application following Hurricane Katrina. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, however, has no plans to return to the Common App. The Common Application is a nonprofit organization that allows students to complete just one application when applying to any number of the more than 500 membership colleges. Aba Blankson, the director of communications for the Common Application, declined to provide specific details regarding the expulsion of Tulane as a member. “There are various reasons including changes to the members’ admission process or inability to meet the membership requirements,” Blankson said. University Registrar Earl Retif said that Tulane and the Common App fought over how much flexibility Tulane could have with its application process. “If I as an institution want

to add a question to my application do I have the right to do it?” Retif said. “That’s the same principle that got Tulane into trouble and it’s the same principle that schools today are struggling with.” Another reason Tulane got in trouble with Common App was for waiving its application fee to many students. Tulane now has no application fee, and it isn’t something Director of Undergraduate Admission Faye Tydlaska would like to see return. “I would argue very strongly against [an application fee],” Tydlaska said. “Typically lowincome students will see that as a barrier to applying. We don’t want to limit that kind of access.” Retif said that when Tulane did have an application fee, however, it waived the fee for many applicants. Common App tried to decide for Tulane which students could receive a fee waiver. Following Katrina Tulane did not pay attention to the bylaws of the Common App, Retif said.

“That was the least of our problems,” Retif said. “While we were trying to pay attention to opening up the university again they were ticking off time for us not being in compliance.” Retif said that Tulane’s spats with the Common App were exacerbated by personality conflicts with former university officials, which made the expulsion “probably a little more heated than it needed to be.” Retif said that Tulane does not need the Common App to be successful. “There is no need for Common App in any way, shape or form unless it’s for the common convenience and benefit of the students who are applying and the high school counselors who are using the application,” Retif said. “If schools and the Common App are not making decisions that are in the interest of the students they’re serving rather than in the interest of the organization I think that’s probably not a good idea.” One of the major reasons


Provost Michael Bernstein invited a fifth candidate, Frances Lucas, to visit Tulane Thursday to interview for the vice president for student affairs position. The four previous final candidates are no longer in consideration. “After all the candidates came in and had their interviews and all the feedback was collected, as it turned out for one reason or another, all four of these candidates didn’t work out and are no longer under consideration,” said Thomas Stafford, interim vice president for student affairs. “The provost decided to invite one more candidate, a person who had very impressive credentials but did not get into the final four when the committee selected those four.” Lucas is currently the vice president and campus execu-

any buildings. Yarbrough said that Bruff Commons had longer hours on Tuesday. The Lavin-Bernick Center food court and the Reily Student Recreation Center had slightly reduced operational hours. “Most cars aren’t equipped to handle ice, and I feel that prevented a lot of accidents happening for the school,”


Tulane board adds alum as member

tive officer at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast in Long Beach, Miss. Before that, she was the president of Millsaps College, the vice president for student affairs at Baldwin-Wallace College, and the senior vice president for campus life at Emory University. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. Lucas said Tulane is a prestigious institution, and she looks forward to the possibility of working with the students. “Tulane is an extraordinary university in a fascinating city,” Lucas said. “I would love to work at a university of that caliber. I’ve had a 34-year career in higher education. What I’ve come to know about myself is I am most effective when I work directly with students. I’m ready to do something wonderful in a job I know I’m going to love.” Several critical promotions within the Division of Student

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Former student found not guilty of sexual battery by emma discher news editor

Andrew Cebalo, a former student who was accused of sexual battery last spring, was found not guilty by the judge on Jan. 6, and the case was closed. Cebalo was booked on one count of sexual battery on May 1, 2013 after allegedly fondling a woman while she slept in her room in Wall Residential College. Edward Castaing, Jr. served as Cebalo’s lawyer for the court proceedings. At the time of his arrest, Cebalo was enrolled as a freshman in the A.B. Freeman School of Business.

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Albert H. Small Jr.

by thalia skaleris staff writer

When Albert “Sonny” Small, Jr. came to Tulane as a student in 1975, he lived in Sharp Hall, the same dorm that his son lived in three years ago. Now Small will return to campus as Tulane’s newest board member. While some things haven’t changed in the 35 years since Small graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Small said he thinks the changes, especially regarding the service learning requirements, have been positive. “Part of being at Tulane is getting into the city,” Small said. “I want to make sure [the service learning] program is strengthened.” Small first got involved with the university after Hurricane Katrina, helping the then-Dean of Architecture to develop what is now the Tulane City Center. This program allows third-year architecture students to gain experience by pairing with a New Orleans non-profit to build a local house. The program has since grown into the larger organi-







In the Jan. 16 article “Sodexo, students launch pilot program to reduce waste,” it was incorrectly stated that Sodexo and students started the Ozzi Enterprise reusable container program. The group introduced the previously established program to Tulane University. In the Jan. 16 article “Professor in residence spreads love of learning,” professor W.T. Godbey was incorrectly referred to as Godby. In the Jan. 16 campus question, Nathan Bernstein was incorrectly attributed as saying his New Year’s resolution was “no more Easy Mac at night.” His resolution was actually “I’ll save this one for the year of the horse.” Bernstein was also misattributed as Berstein.



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Students walk by the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on Monday prior to the campus’ closure due to inclement weather conditions. Construction on the library has led to scaffolding being erected, but the lighted walkway doubled as a wind barrier in the blustery weather.


LOYOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT DISTURBANCE FROM TULANE STUDENTS At 1:52 a.m. on Monday, the Loyola University Police Department notified the Tulane University Police Department that two Tulane students attempted to steal traffic cones located on Loyola University New Orleans’ campus. Upon arrival, TUPD noticed the smell of alcohol on the two students and escorted them back to Tulane’s campus. ZETA PSI FRATERNITY HOUSE RECEIVES MULTIPLE NOISE COMPLAINTS At 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, neighbors complained to the Tulane University Police Department about loud noise and disruptive talking throughout the night. He mentioned that this was not the first complaint he has filed and is requesting that TUPD take measures to ensure that noise is controlled. TUPD contacted the fraternity’s president and issued a summons for disturbing the peace under multiple complaints.

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9 a.m. to 4 p.m./Woldenberg Art Center, Room 200

An exhibit in tribute to Sandy Chism will end Thursday. It features artwork by Chism’s friends, colleagues, students and mentors.



UNKNOWN PERSON THREATENS HARM TO TULANE STUDENT UNLESS PAID An unknown perpetrator threatened to harm a Tulane student’s brother unless money was transferred into a Western Union account.




4-5:30 p.m./Rogers Chapel

Rutgers University Professor Douglas Husak will speak on “the Persistence of Drug Prohibition.”



The women’s basketball team will play UTEP at home on Saturday.


7-8 p.m./Woldenberg Art Center, Room 205

Peter McGraw, co-author of “The Humor Code,” will speak about his novel and his experience trying to decode the meaning of humor.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m./Richardson Memorial, Outside of The Drawing Board Cafe

Uptown Campus Dining chefs will be grilling meals for the first time in the Spring 2014 semester. Menu choices are available online.


7:30-10 p.m./McAlister Auditorium

Tulane will host a benefit concert featuring the Tulane Orchestra, OperaCreole, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Make Music NOLA.

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Zimple House will become newest residential college by brandi doyal staff writer

Housing and Residence Life has been changing the housing experience during the last few years, starting with the establishment of Wall Residential College in 2003. Weatherhead Residential College, which opened in Fall 2011, and Zimple House, planned for Fall 2014, also follow the residential college model. A residential college is a living-learning community that is comprised of several aspects of student education external to the classroom. The residential colleges have a live-in professor, and residents are required to join committees with varying goals. This model encourages students of all classes to live in a single environment. Assistant vice president of student affairs for HRL Ross Bryan said having a greater mix of students within a residence creates a better community. Zimple, like Wall, will house freshmen through seniors. Weatherhead is scheduled to open to sophomores through seniors in fall 2014. Currently, it only houses sophomores. “We are trying to move

COMMON APP CONTINUED FROM 1 colleges join the Common App is to increase applications, Retif said. Increasing applications has never been a concern for Tulane. In fact, the year after the Common App expelled Tulane, the university received a record 44,000 applications. Tydlaska said that Tulane has since sought to decrease its applications to around 30,000 applicants per year, where it was

away from ‘this is a completely freshmen community’ or ‘this is a completely sophomore community,’ because that isn’t the best way to build a community,” Bryan said. “I think the best way to build a community is to have a larger smattering of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors because it helps with social norming.” The new facilities supply students with opportunities outside of the classroom to engage in activities that interest them. Bryan said the living-learning community residential colleges provide has been a national movement in recent years. One of the main differences between the normal residence hall and the residential college model is the addition of a live-in professor. Associate Director for Residential Education Danielle Klein said she thinks adding a live-in professor to the community enriches the academic environment of the living space. “How we do that is partnering with different departments and having faculty live in the halls and take an interest in what is happening in them,” Klein said. “[Live-in professors] direct some of the life and development curricu-

lum that goes on in the hall.” Junior Brandon Kaplan, a former president of Wall Residential College, said he thinks the environment of the residential college is better than the average dorm experience. “I think it creates a fascinating community to be in and provides for many opportunities in leadership and personal development,” Kaplan said. “The community is also very active with something almost always going on.” Zimple will follow the residential colleges and require residents to fill out an application to live within the community. The application process may undergo changes within the next few years. Bryan said the residential college system is not for every student, but there are still a great deal of students who want to live within these facilities. “It certainly offers a lot of variety to our students,” Bryan said. “If you don’t want to be a part of the residential college system, you certainly don’t have to be. I think that Tulane is going in this direction.” Tulane will have about 4,100 beds on campus once Zimple opens to students.

About a quarter of the beds at Tulane will be in a residential college or living-learning community. Bryan said a main goal of housing is to create more space so more juniors and seniors can stay on campus. “I think we should make opportunities for our upperclassmen,” Bryan said. “We will have to build more beds for the future because [housing] doesn’t capture all the juniors and seniors. We are going to try to do things differently to invite those juniors and seniors to stay with us because I think it makes good sense.” Klein said housing looks at the way students interact within the residential halls. In the future housing hopes to focus more on the aspect of academics. “Change is often slow and uneven,” Klein said. “While we might want to do one thing right away we can’t, and there is a lot that goes into those changes. I know the university is dedicated to providing an organic, holistic experience that combines the in-and out-of-class experience and that is something that makes stronger and more successful students.”

Construction on Zimple House began last fall. Once completed, Zimple will serve as a new residential college.

last year, by adding an optional essay question and buying fewer names from the College Board and the ACT. Instead of the Common App, Tulane now uses its own application as well as the Universal College Application. The process, Tydlaska said, has more benefits than drawbacks. “We have the ultimate freedom to decide what we want our application to ask, how we want the questions displayed,” Tydlaska said. “We have the capability of making that optimized for smartphones whereas

Common App doesn’t. There’s a lot of functionality that we have because we go with a company that helps us customize the application.” The Universal College Application is similar to the Common Application, but it is a much smaller organization with only 43 members. In fact, the company that began UCA, ApplicationsOnline, was the original technology partner to the Common App according to Joshua Reiter, the founder and President of ApplicationsOnline. In 2007, the company disassoci-

ated with Common App and created the UCA. Tulane joined in 2009. Tydlaska estimated that only five percent of applicants apply using the UCA. Nonetheless, she said Tulane likes to partner with the UCA. “We believe in the mission of the Universal College App, so we like to support them,” Tydlaska said. She said the UCA helps Tulane reach out to a more socioeconomically and racially diverse applicant pool. The only drawback to the

current process, Tydlaska said, is that students and high school counselors have to take an extra step to complete the Tulane Application that they wouldn’t have to take if Tulane were on the Common App. Blankson said that Tulane is welcome to reapply to the Common App. Retif said if Tulane reapplied, however, it would have to agree to go exclusively with the Common App for a period of time. That is not something he said he is eager to do. “I would join the Common App immediately if I felt it was

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in the best interest of the students and the Common App did not insist that we be exclusive,” Retif said. He added that technological problems have plagued Common App schools in recent years. He said now is not the time for a switch. “I don’t think we’re anxious to jump on the bandwagon now,” Retif said. “One day.”



JANUARY 30, 2014

Sophomore returns to campus after highly publicized car accident

claire brown | photo editor

Katie Lentz

by kate jamison staff writer

A smiling blonde strolls into the Caroline Richardson building, takes a seat in the next classroom and begins to chat about her plans for the weekend and her stress from this semester’s course load. She seems every bit the normal Tulane University student. Just last semester, however, sophomore Katie Lentz was involved in a car accident that left her with 15 broken bones, a mysterious earthly angel and attention from the national media. Lentz was driving on Missouri Highway 19 on Sunday, Aug. 4 when she was hit head-on by a drunk-driver. Her 1989 Mercedes-Benz sedan crumpled around her, leaving her trapped inside the car for two hours and 10 minutes while rescue work-

ers worked to free her. “I don’t remember the impact, and I’m very grateful for that,” Lentz said. Lentz remained calm inside the vehicle and asked for people to pray out loud with her. She also asked that someone call her mother. “The police told me to prepare myself,” Katie’s mother, Carla Lentz, said. “They told me I needed to hold on to my faith.” While rescue workers were trying to remove Lentz from the wreckage, a mysterious priest arrived on the scene to pray with her. Lentz said no one saw him arrive, and no one saw him leave. It was this unknown character that brought Lentz’s story to the attention of the national media.

“I was getting baskets from ABC, CNN, NBC, big care baskets, asking for interviews,” Lentz said. The national media set out on a quest to identify the “angel” that prayed with Lentz. Father Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo., eventually came forward. “I’m so happy that he was there,” Lentz said. “He was at the right place at the right time. I do believe that was God-directed. Father Dowling was my earthly angel that day.” Lentz and Dowling met in the intensive care unit a week after the accident. “I don’t remember a whole lot of things from ICU, but I definitely remember that,” Lentz said. “It was such an

emotional moment.” After Father Dowling was identified, many news sources stopped calling. “Big news sources didn’t want to pursue the story after that,” Lentz said. “I think the mystery is what attracted people to the story, the thought of something supernatural happening.” Lentz spent approximately five weeks in the hospital and still continues physical therapy. She broke 15 bones, including two compound fractures in her leg, as well as a bruised lung, a lacerated liver and a lacerated spleen. While she was at home, her health was her main priority. “I was in therapy five days a week for two to three hours at a time; that was my life,” Lentz said.

Her recovery inspired her doctors, including Dr. Rena Stewart. “It restores your faith in medicine,” Stewart said. Lentz returned to Tulane this semester. She is involved with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, plays violin in the Orchestra and is a new member of Alpha Delta Pi. Lentz said she’s excited for the events of this semester. “I definitely plan on participating in all Mardi Gras activities,” Lentz said. “Nothing is going to stop me from that.” She said she’s happy to be back at Tulane. “I know I’m in the perfect spot,” Lentz said.

Columbia Journalism Review publishes class’ analysis of Times-Picayune by luisa venegoni

contributing writer Professor of communications Vicki Mayer and her media analysis class spent the fall semester comparing the quality of the 2011 print editions of The Times-Picayune to 2013’s print editions and digital platforms and published their findings in the Columbia Journalism Review this month. In 2012, The Times-Picayune cut back its print editions from seven days a week to three days a week and expanded its presence on digital platforms. “The daily newspaper in terms of communication theory has been this integral symbol of a place for democratic learning and citizen engagement,” Mayer said. “Since The Times-Picayune made this radical decision, I felt like this was an opportunity for us in the classroom to study it. We wanted to know, did that decision have impacts on the quality of news?’” Mayer said that content analysis is a way of coding content in media. The class chose four weeks in October and compared the content from 2011 to the same time frame selections of those days in 2013 across print, the website, the smartphone app and the tablet app. The main quality indicators were the number of sources, the prevalence of news beats and whether stories served as “hard” or “soft” news.

“Content analysis is great because it gives you a snapshot in a really empirical way of what the newspaper’s priorities are in terms of news coverage,” Mayer said. The study found that after undergoing these structural changes, the 2013 printed editions of The Times-Picayune did not vary greatly in quality from the 2011 editions, though the news stories presented on digital platforms were often “softer.” In addition, despite large staff cuts in 2012, the newspaper produced more stories across all platforms. “One of the things we showed is that different media had different levels of quality,” Mayer said. “The quality [of the 2013 print addition] was about as high as it was in 2011. If you had the next choice, I would go to the website. I would never go to the iPad, though, and I would only go to the phone if you like digging around on it.” Sophomore Sam Patel said the class noted changes in the type of news being reported from 2011 to 2013. “With the beats, the number of sports and entertainment stories has gone up pretty significantly and the number of politics and business stories has gone down,” Patel said. “That’s what we saw across the board. It’s just two years’ difference so you wouldn’t think there would be a significant change but there really has been.”

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Vicki Mayer, a professor of communications, teaches a class. Mayer created a project in which her students studied changes enacted by The Times-Picayune, which the Columbia Journalism Review then published. Mayer said other newspapers globally are undergoing similar structural changes. “I think the important thing for the class is to think

about it in relation to larger global trends with relation to the industry’s seeding of print to digital as a kind of panacea for journalism,”

Newcomb Boulevard fence to come down by emma discher news editor

The seven-year struggle over the legality of the Newcomb Boulevard fence will come to a close after the state Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ordered the removal of the fence on Dec. 30. The Newcomb Boulevard Association built the barrier, blocking Newcomb Boulevard from Freret Street in on a permit from John Shires the Department of Public Works director, on his last day of work. Former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris ruled that the fence overstepped City Council’s sole power to control public streets and was therefore illegal on March 27, 2012. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision on Feb. 27, 2013 but after appeals ended on May 17, 2013, the Newcomb Boulevard Association submitted an application to purchase the street on July 15, 2013. After the Newcomb Boulevard Association failed to submit an updated traffic


CONTINUED FROM 1 Affairs effective Jan. 1 change how departments report to senior administrators. These changes involve the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Student Health Services. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs previously reported directly to the vice president of student affairs and the Office of Multicultural Af-

Mayer said. “I have no interest in being the villain against The Times-Picayune. I have an interest in understanding how these economic changes


study of the street as part of the application, the Fourth Circuit recalled Bagneris’s former ruling and legal prohibitions of the obstruction of public roads. Judges Sandra Cabrina Jenkins, Edwin Lombard and Roland Belsome issued their decision that the fence should be removed on Dec. 30. Newcomb Boulevard residents Keith Hardie and Derek Huston, Maple Area Residents, Inc. and Carrollton Riverbend Residents Association filed suit in 2007 after the construction of the fence arguing that it blocked the use of the public street to all residents. Assistant City Attorney Adam Swensek told the plaintiff ’s lawyer, Tommy Milliner, in an e-mail on Jan. 2 that he had ordered the removal of the fence. “In accordance with the court’s order, I have instructed the Department of Public Works to commence removal of the barrier at Newcomb Boulevard and Freret Street without delay,” Swensek said in the email. Swensek did note, how-

After seven years of debate, a judge has ruled that the Newcomb Boulevard fence, pictured above, must be removed. ever, that it might take some representation to challenge time to organize the “appro- the illegal permit,” Hardie priate work orders and crews said. “In other neighborhoods, the residents may in place.” Hardie said in a press re- have to depend on the city, lease that though he was glad and this case made it clear the matter was resolved, he that the city is not going to was disappointed that it took do right by them.” so long for the administrations to protect the public’s right to the use of the street. “Carrollton residents had the resources [to] get legal

fairs reported to the associate vice president for student affairs, John Nonnamaker. The Office of Multicultural Affairs now reports to Stafford and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs reports to Nonnamaker. Stafford said the reason for this reorganization is to foster cooperation among similar departments with similar goals. “The goal was to realign the organizational units in the division so those units that … had functions that could provide opportunities for collaboration and teamwork would be grouped together under a senior administrator,” Stafford said.

The other major change in the division is the grouping of all health-related departments under one administrator. The departments previously had reported to separate administrators. Under the new regulations heads of Reily Student Recreation Center, TheWELL, the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services all report to Student Health Services in the division of student affairs. Missie McGuire, who previously served as assistant vice president for student affairs, is now an associate vice president for student affairs and

sophomore Bridget Bass said. “I think it was smart that they shut it down. It’s better to be safe than sorry.” Yarbrough said that the university will open Thursday for normal operations. “A lot of our major roads are being reopened, so we felt it would be safe to resume

impact the institution of the press and its role in society today.”

normal operations on campus tomorrow,” Yarbrough said. According to the National Weather Service, New Orleans has only received 31 inches of snow during the last 160 years. “Normally this is the type of stuff you’re going to deal with in Colorado, not in New Orleans,” Yarbrough said.


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will oversee all health-related departments. Kathlyn Broussard, former director of business operations for Reily, is now the new director of Reily. Scott Tims, former director of TheWELL, is the new director of the Student Health Center. Broussard served as the director of business operations for Reily for the last 14 years. She said the restructuring of health services will allow for more communication across departments. “I think [the restructuring] provides a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate,” Broussard said. “We have

zation it is today. “What happened to rebuild the city was an enormous effort,” Small said. Small’s background in real estate in Washington, D.C. gives him a unique perspective on the city of New Orleans. Tulane President Scott Cowen said he is happy to see Small return to Tulane. “Sonny truly embodies the Tulane spirit by dedicating his time and talent to empower others,” Cowen said. “This is especially evident through his involvement with the Tulane City Center since its inception following Hurricane Katrina and URBAN-

build, both key partners in the rebirth of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.” Small is passionate about continuing Tulane’s tradition of outreach. “[Outreach initiatives] attract the kind of person who’s interested in community service,” Small said. “I hope that I can evolve more programs on the board.” Small will attend his first board meeting in March. “The board’s purpose is providing insight for future directions,” Small said He said he is happy for the opportunity to connect with his alma mater in such a way.

already talked about sharing [Reily’s] publication with Student Health, CAPS and TheWELL. As a group, we will collaborate to join our efforts to get information out to students to create a more single line of communication.” Tims, who will oversee all administrative duties of the Student Health Center, said he hopes the changes will allow for a more close-knit health program.

very closely together,” Tims said. “This brings a synergy now that we will have more closely aligned goals and objectives and one leader to make sure we are linked together in the appropriate ways. I think people will see an outcome of a more unified health program overall with that incorporation.” Upcoming changes in the division of Student Affairs hold the potential for much restructuring with the continued search for a Vice President of Student Affairs and the realignment of certain positions within the division.

“We often talk mental health or physical health or fitness and recreation as very separate, but the reality is these areas all work



JANUARY 30, 2014

Indulge in savory and sweet: donuts, sliders, brew by jamie logan staff writer

For those with a little extra dough in their pockets this semester, Magazine Street’s District Donuts Sliders Brew is worth a visit. A peek inside reveals a brightly lit space filled with friendly, bustling workers. Front row seats are available at the bar to watch the chefs work and nearby tables are perfect for grabbing a bite to eat with friends. The name may lack originality, but the same can’t be said about its menu. This new addition to the Crescent City offers a new variety of strange but delicious treats seven days a week. Choco-

late Blackout, King Cake Kolcahes, Maple Sriracha and Vietnamese Iced Coffee are a small sample of the rotating selection of original donuts whose first taste will leave customers with glazed eyes. Each donut costs approximately $1.75. Among the restaurant’s notable sliders are the Croque Monsieur, a grilled donut with Nueske ham, gruyere and béchamel; the Fried Chicken Slider, complete with coleslaw, pickled onions, a vinaigrette sauce and jalapeno peppers; and the 5-Spice Duck Slider. Sliders, which average $4.00, are made to order. Chemistry may deem alcohol a solution, but

the brew and beverage section of the menu boasts a different solution entirely. Traditional flavors of coffee, milk, tea and other beverages are available to wash down spicier items. Those who find themselves wandering the Tchoupitoulas Street Walmart’s cookie cutter shelves awaiting the Tulane shuttle’s incredibly slow but valiant return may find solace in this local donut shop. After all, it’s less than a mile away. For the more ambitious sort, a fourand-a-half mile bike ride from campus will put you right on District Donut’s doorstep.

original donut flavors: 1. Pomegranate Cranberry 2. King Cake Kolcahes 3. Maple Sriracha 4. Vietnamese Iced Coffee

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tulane alum leads band to gasa gasa by k. matthew correa staff writer

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Professor keeps campus ‘cool’

Local R&B outfit Mississippi Rail Company will host the “launch party” for its 2014 tour with opening act Coyotes at 9 p.m. Friday at Gasa Gasa. The band rolled back into the scene full-steam-ahead this month with its new single “Big Bad Wolf,” following the release of its 2012 self-titled EP and full-length album “Coal Black Train.” The band’s latest single represents the first of 12 upcoming songs that will be released one at a time on each month of this year. “We realized that in this day and age, you don’t have to release a full-length record,” lead singer-songwriter and keyboardist Travers Geoffray said. “While we’re not the first to attempt this marketing strategy, we feel like this will make us stand out among other bands.” Geoffray, a Tulane class of 2011 alum, was one of the founding members of Mississippi Railroad Company in 2010. His familial connections in New Orleans influenced the direction of his songwriting. On “Coal Black Train,” the band romanticizes the supernatural, the lovelorn and the woebegotten among the backdrop of the American south. “I was on the Crawfest music board,” Geoffray said. “That really helped me get a better idea of how the music business works around here.” Idolizing local influences both past (Professor Longhair) and present (Soul Rebels), Geoffray and his bandmates hope to create a sound that looks back into the horizon of the past while keeping both feet jiving forward into the sounds of tomorrow. “There’s no discussion as to what it will sound like; it just sort of happens,” Geoffray said. “We try not to rely on something that’s already been done. It’s intuitive. We try to have the mindset to play something else a bit differently and make it [our] own.”


Jake Bugg turns Civic into Shangri-La Preview by laura rostad staff writer

British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform at the Civic Theatre Thursday, along with opening act The Skins. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $18. Only 19 years old, Bugg’s rise to fame began when his self-titled debut album reached No. 1 on the UK Album Chart in late 2012. His music achieved so much recognition that Bugg received the opportunity to work with veteran producer Rick Rubin on his second album, “Shangri La.” Released in November 2013, “Shangri La” continued to prove Bugg’s talent and receive positive reviews. Ranging from folksy pop to bluesy rock and everywhere in between, his music maintains an oldies rock charm. Bugg’s voice channels singers of past musical eras, drawing comparisons to rock icons like Bob Dylan, especially in slower ballads such as “Broken” and “Country Song.” The artist dedicates several tracks to describe the tough conditions of his hometown of Nottingham, U.K. Songs such as “Messed Up Kids,” “I’ve Seen It All” and “What Doesn’t Kill You” recall struggles growing up. In the final line of “Trouble Town,” Bugg sings, “The only thing that’s pretty is the thought of getting out.” Luckily for Jake Bugg, his visit to the city of jazz is only one stop on his world tour.

courtesy of tulane pr Professor Joel Dinerstein teaches a course on the history of being “cool” in America, and recently curated an exhibit on the concept.

by julia engel staff writer

What makes something or, more im-

portantly, someone “cool” is difficult to articulate. Yet, “cool” — an ever-evolving but unavoidable notion — is an ideal that we constantly strive to embody, whether we are aware of it or not. It is rare that a slang term, even one that represents larger American ideas and contexts, works its way into our vocabulary and stays there for half a century. But it is this long history of “cool” that allows for a museum exhibit surrounding the concept, even while it remains a crucial part of the American lexicon. Joel Dinerstein, associate professor of English, director of the American Studies program and director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane, has dedicated a large part of his life to studying and defining “cool.” Since writing his graduate thesis at the University of Texas on the sociopolitical contexts out of which “cool” arose, Dinerstein has taught a “History of Cool” course at Tulane on and off for 15 years. This work has culminated in an exhibit entitled “American Cool,” which opens in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on February 7th. The exhibit consists of a series of black-and-white portraits of figures such as Jay Z, James Dean and Jimi Hendrix shot by some of the most renowned photographers of the last 50 years. “This exhibit is much more about who’s cool than what’s cool,” Dinersterin said. “All that means is what’s in, what’s the trend, what do we want. In that sense, ‘cool’ doesn’t mean that much to me.” Dinerstein, along with co-curator Frank H. Goodyear III, has been primarily tasked with defining what the word means to different generations of Americans. Dinerstein, Goodyear and their collaborators developed a four-part rubric for determining what figures American society considered “cool.” Each

cultural figure honored in the exhibit had to meet three out of the four criteria: originality of artistic vision and especially a signature style; cultural rebellion or transgression in a given historical moment; iconicity, or a certain level of high profile recognition; and a recognized cultural legacy. One of the most important etymological branches of the word “cool” has its roots in West Africa, where 35 different dialects have words that serve similar purposes. “When Africans use ‘cool,’ they generally mean two things: one is that ‘cool’ is a mask; it’s the face you wear to show that you’re in control,” Dinerstein said. “The other is spiritual balance; it’s an ideal.” “Cool” in America developed out of a jazz subculture in the 1930s that was shedding its identity as American popular music in favor of a more subversive counter-narrative. Saxophonist Lester Young, who played with Count Bassie and Billie Holiday, is famous for fathering the attitude and vocabulary of “cool.” “Young took his face out of the act; he stopped smiling, stopped saying everything is all right, stopped being Louis Armstrong. He stopped ‘Uncle Tom-ing,’” Dinerstein said. The “cool” mask that Young embodied bridged a crucial gap between the cheery acts put on by black performers in beginning of the 20th century and the overt rebellion of cultural figures in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. In Paul Gilroy’s “The Black Atlantic,” author Toni Morrison says that black art “must look effortless. It must look cool and easy. If it makes you sweat, you haven’t done the work.” The idea that those consuming have no idea how much work went into the art is significant. What remains unknown is more than just the creative process. Pouring over the portraits featured in the exhibit, it is clear that “cool” has morphed and taken on a new life since the era of Miles Davis and Bob Dylan, yet the fundamental ability to recognize “cool” remains. As Dinerstein puts it, “one of the main questions is: Why hasn’t ‘cool’ died? I think if it’s alive, it’s alive for a reason.”




NOMA focuses lens on Civil War photos by taylor daigle

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A new Civil War photography exhibit, “Photography and the American Civil War,” is set to open at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The corresponding exhibition last fall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was highly praised. The collection will hold poignant reminders of America’s “brothers’ war,” such as photographic scenes of battlefields, army camps and men such as Abraham Lincoln posing for portraits. Photographs from the Met’s exhibition are augmented by pieces from private and personal collections to make “Photography and the American Civil War” an impressive collection even for the most learned Civil War buff. For those who gravitate toward the collection for the art of photography rather than an interest in history, this is a chance to see a large number of pieces from the time when photography was still in its early years. The Amer-

Dear Terrible Suitemates,

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The New Orleans Museum of Art’s new exhibit pays homage to those who died during the Civil War through early photography. ican Civil War was the first war to be thoroughly covered by photographers, so developments in the technology and use of the camera within those four years will be evident.

“Photography and the American Civil War” opens Friday. Museum-goers can enjoy the exhibit that night from 5-9 p.m. Friday Nights at NOMA is a weekly event that combines music per-

formances, hands-on art activities and a lecture about one aspect of the museum. On Friday, the curator of NOMA and the photography curator of the Met will give a joint lecture about the ex-

hibit. With the added bonus of saxophonist Rex Gregory performing, this night will be rich with history, culture and entertainment. Admission to the event is $10 with a student ID.

Darkside brings electronica in a wonderfully weird direction by charles bramesco arcade editor


o begin an album of electronic music with nearly 12 minutes of ambient, unstructured noise is a bold move. But “Darkside,” the new project from wunderkind Nicolas Jaar and collaborator Dave Harrington, doesn’t seem particularly concerned with fulfilling expectations. The duo’s current tour will stop 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the House of Blues. Jaar and Harrington first met as Brown University undergrads with a shared interest in expanding the limits of what electronic music could be. A known quantity at this point, Jaar drafted Harrington for the live band that would back him on the tour in support of his solo


by ashley easterly staff writer

album, “Space Is Only Noise.” The pair began tinkering together and released a three-song EP in 2011. Last year saw the proper arrival of Darkside on the scene, with the pair dropping an album of Daft Punk remixes as well as a debut LP, “Psychic.” It’s a truly remarkable album; Jaar’s otherworldly vocals bring out the vaguely sinister vibe in Harrington’s instrumentals. Songs like “Heart” and “Paper Trails” expertly juggle a detached menace and emaciated sexiness to create a singularly spooky experience. The result of two brainy talents, Darkside is miles away from any other act on the road right now.


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Netflix has archived all six thrilling seasons of this 2004 show for hours of college students’ continuous procrastination. And the show lives up to its hype. “The Pilot,” directed by award winner J.J. Abrams, encompasses the perfect amount of suspense, action, character development and drama to hook the viewers in for at least a couple more episodes. The story follows the survivors of the Oceanic Flight 815 as their commercial airplane crashed on a mysterious island on its way from Sydney to Los Angeles. The survivors must quickly learn to adjust to life on the island and realize that their new home isn’t everything that it appears to be on the surface. The series does an excellent job of giving the audience an in-depth view not only into the survivors’ lives on the island, but also into their lives before the crash. Each episode is centered on a certain individual and flashes back and forth between his or her past and present. “Lost” takes its viewers on a suspenseful, action-packed thrill ride that’s perfect for those afternoon study breaks.

frosty bounce ::diplo hazy shade of winter :: simon and garfunkel white winter hymnal :: fleet foxes winter’s love :: animal collective do you want to build a snowman? :: frozen OST cold weather blues :: muddy waters glacier :: james vincent mcmorrow cold as ice :: foreigner the cold part :: modest mouse

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“Stuck in Love” follows a family of writers on their journey to find love and gain self-fulfillment in the process. Don’t be misled by the trailer, however. While you may find yourself giggling every so often, this movie touches some tougher issues than advertised. Between drug use, violence and problems within the family, there’s serious content for the sophisticated audience member. The interesting character development, however, and strong acting will have most audiences enjoying themselves. With three different stories to follow, each of which features a different budding romance, “Stuck in Love” provides a fairly rounded view of modern-day dating life and is a worthy choice for a movie night. STUCK IN LOVE

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The remake of the 1984 classic “Red Dawn” had a generous amount of potential given that it snagged some of today’s hottest actors. The excessive violence and confusing storyline, however, were not in this movie’s favor. The movie follows U.S. marine Jed Eckhert (Chris Hemsworth) who’s home on leave in Spokane, Wash. Just after returning, his hometown is invaded by North Koreans, and he, along with a group of other young adults from his town including his brother Matt Eckhert (Josh Peck), is then forced to choose to either submit or resist at all means necessary. While it’s never easy to recreate a fairly popular movie and live up to the expectations, “Red Dawn” was just short of average with its distant character interactions and overwhelming action scenes.

When I was forced randomize last year during the housing rush, I knew the possibility of befriending my suitemates was slim. I figured the only thing we would have in common was the bathroom that connected our two rooms. I was right, yet didn’t foresee that the bathroom would also be the underlying root of all of our issues. Your offenses started out small: forgetting to unlock (and sometimes lock) the bathroom door, not flushing the toilet, screaming at your video games loudly in the middle of the night during finals week; annoyances that my roommate and I could at least tolerate. But as the year moved forward, your behavior got worse. For example, it was easy to handle one of you blowing your nose in the bathroom during the afternoon. Of course, the sonorous quality of said action did make it sound like an elephant trumpeting in the shower, but at least I was already awake. This same fanfare doesn’t please the ears at 4:30 in the morning, when it echoes across the tiles and smooth walls and into my room while I’m trying to sleep. Though I’ve recently learned that blowing your nose in the bathroom is considered polite (though I would argue maybe not when more people can hear you blowing your nose in that room than any other), your other bathroom behaviors are even more inexcusable. Your refusal to use the bathmat I purchased for the suite is actually rather impressive. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone to take a shower only to find the floor covered in half an inch of water and the bathmat an untouched island. I’m not sure if you think the bathmat is only for me and that I’ve left it in front of the shower for months at a time as some sort of cruel joke, but I promise it’s for you, too. And if you think the bathmat is mine, you must think you’ve claimed the toilet as your own based on the way you treat it. Indeed, I’ve become all too familiar with the hairs on the seat. I know where to place my feet, so I don’t step in the wet spot you create in front of the commode, which I pray daily isn’t urine. I still don’t know what that orange stain on the side of the bowl is, but I know it wasn’t there until you moved in. Look guys, I’m not asking for much. I just want to be able to walk into my bathroom and not worry about stepping in some sort of liquid. I want to be able to take a shower in the morning without hearing the very loud relationship one of you has with your girlfriend. I want to be able to sleep at night without earplugs to muffle the screams of your Halo defeat. When it comes down to it, I want a different suite. Until then, I’ll write anonymous letters about you.

20 years of snow :: regina spektor snowflakes are dancing :: kurt vile castles in the snow :: twin shadow first snow of the year :: jason anderson better weather :: good old war cold :: kanye west cold as you :: taylor swift

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Expansion of residential college housing is a positive improvement Tulane’s move to increase THE HULL THINKS... residential college housing is a positive shift in the Tulane housing experience. An increase in Residential-style living residential college creates an innovative learning experience and closer housing will enhance communities. After finding success with students’ community residential housing through and learning Wall Residential College in 2003 and Weatherhead Hall in experience. 2011, Tulane intends to open Zimple House in Fall 2014. While Wall Residential College houses freshmen through seniors, both Weatherhead Hall and Zimple House plan to house sophomores through seniors by fall 2014. Zimple House will also feature classrooms. Residential colleges provide various opportunities to engage in social and intellectual pursuits outside of the classroom through a living-learning community and in-house professor. In addition, residents must also join in committees that promote community involvement. Unlike residential colleges, normal residential halls do not create academic living environments that promote community participation. Moreover, the new classrooms in Zimple House will further the social and scholarly aspect of a residential college. Because these residential colleges offer housing to upperclassmen, residents can maintain relationships with students of all different ages. Residence halls that accommodate various classes also establish realistic housing situations that assist with social interactions. Furthermore, a residential college offers upperclassmen with more housing options, especially if they prefer to stay on campus. The integration of housing and academic enrichment through residential colleges is a step in the right direction for Tulane. This housing situation offers an enhanced, out-of-the-classroom learning experience through faculty involvement and committees. The assortment of grade levels that these residential colleges house also add to a close-knit community. The residential college housing provides students with opportunities that would they not find in normal dorms.

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Tulane University was correct in canceling classes Tuesday and Wednesday, as school during inclement weather conditions without the equipment to cope would have been too risky. On Monday, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared Louisiana and New Orleans in states of emergency due to dangerous weather and urged people to stay off the roads. Jindal said the greatest accumulation of ice was expected to occur in the Gulf Coast and metropolitan New Orleans. New Orleans was by no means expecting piles of snow on the roads, but any cold conditions made attempting regular academic schedules unsafe. Cold weather overtook New Orleans, with temperatures dipping more than 10 degrees below freezing. The severe cold caused threats of car crashes, power outages and freezing pipes throughout the city. It would have been hazardous to have school with the threats that the freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice entailed, including the brief power outage campus briefly experienced Tuesday afternoon. At the time the decision was made about school on Wednesday, was predicting a low of 23 degrees Farenheit Tuesday night and snow up until 4 a.m. Wednesday. For transportation to be safe, there has to be a reasonable time for the roads to be cleaned up before teachers and students drive to campus. Because the city is not equipped with large quantities of salt, sand or snow plows, it was not prepared to cope with even a minute quantity of snow or ice. It was a possibility that if there was enough snow and

sleet and it was not cleaned up efficiently and effectively, the temperature could have dipped and the roads would have frozen to become dangerously icy. With icy roads and no means of assuaging their conditions, driving to Tulane would have posed a risk. Furthermore, many New Orleanians do not have snow tires on their cars or have experience with driving on ice or snow. In a city where, according to the New Orleans Advocate, hardware stores sold feeding scoops for pets to be used as snow shovels, it is clear that people were not adequately or safely prepared to deal with cold weather. Cold weather in a tropical state is critical and requires many precautions to be taken that would not be necessary in a different location. Throughout New Orleans, buses operated instead of the streetcar. Louisiana police closed a multitude of bridges and highways, including Audubon Bridge, Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, Causeway Bridge, Interstate 10 at the junction of Interstate 49, Interstate 210 bridge and access to I-210 from Interstate 10, according to Sand was used on some bridges and on campus, the Louisiana National Guard mobilized 450 soldiers to help remove ice from roads and the Louis Armstrong International Airport closed Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. Most Louisianans abandoned their pursuits and stayed safe and indoors, and Tulane rightly followed their example. With worrisome conditions that Tulanians may not be wellacquainted with, it was essential for the university to put safety first, rather than risk harm. Thanks to the days off from school, it was ensured that all of Tulane’s students and faculty were kept out of harm’s way.


penthouse. A playful lampooning of recent good news. New Zealand doctor fights off shark by stabbing him with a knife, swims ashore, stitches up his own leg and goes to a pub for a beer He then made his plane back to L.A. so he could resume his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Burglar caught by owner in Sweden, owner gives guy coffee while waiting for police, burglar apologizes for what he’s done. Meanwhile in America, a man threatened to shoot me for standing in his way at a Winn-Dixie.


A darkly playful lampooning of recent bad news. Hospital charges man bitten by snake $89,000 for anti-venom found online for $750. That guy ought to honored. He laid on a $88,250 table while awaiting a shot! Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels Fantastic! I was worried “The Newsroom” would run out of material for righteous indignation.

Business-centered Career Wave misleads students with its advertisement campaign TARYN FARBER

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Tulane misleadingly markets its second annual Career Wave to all students. The event, set to take place Saturday, Feb. 8, primarily focuses on established professionals, recent graduates and students whose majors and career trajectories revolve around business and entrepreneurship, failing to note its narrow audience. The Tulane administration prides itself on connecting students with employment opportunities through senioronly capstone courses, ads for recruitment promoting anything from Teach for America to Google, and resources like the campus Career Center responsible for the ubiquitous “Hire Tulane” logo. Advertised as a chance to network with established alumni, Career Wave has organized 30 panelists, varying from current students to established professionals. The online blurbs about each panelist list their impressive qualifications and backgrounds. Just a quick glance illustrates that essentially all of the panelists have a business, legal or economic background. According to online fact sheets from the business school website and the Tulane website, 1,720 of 8,352 Tulane undergraduates are enrolled in the A.B. Freeman School of Business, which includes legal studies. Considering these numbers, it seems assumptive to plan an event based upon a major that applies to an approximate 21 percent plurality, but not a majority of the student body, while marketing this event to the entire student body.

A career expo is an informative tool for anyone from freshmen who seek exposure to the job market all the way up to seniors who hope to secure a job before graduating. To advertise an event in which at least 22 of the 33 speakers have careers in marketing, business, legal studies, finance, management and advertising as “career” wave is, however, rather misleading. Of course, one does not need to major in business or a related field as an undergraduate to pursue a profession in business. Some of the panelists majored in history, psychology, education, English, political science and public health. Yet, despite this variety of backgrounds, the jobs and career paths that the speakers intend to discuss even those who majored in these less business-geared subjects deal almost exclusively with the types of educational programs only offered by Tulane’s business school. The event’s title, therefore, is misleading. Though I applaud the administration on organizing events like these to help mitigate the anxiety created by the job search in the context of today’s economy, I think a more inclusive approach would be to be appeal to the many other majors and desired career paths of undergraduates. Inviting speakers from our own faculty to describe their paths into academia, nonprofit administrators who focus on human interaction and outreach, politicians, researchers from various science, technology, engineering or math backgrounds, and even members of New Orleans’ own growing film industry could easily address and rectify this issue of inclusivity. Eight panelists demonstrate interest in nonprofits or similar endeavors, current seniors

and established professionals alike. The established professionals whose blurbs note their investment in social causes tend to further specify managerial and organizational roles in their respective non-profits, however. Only one speaker’s resume boasts involvement in the creative realm, and one marketing vice president earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, plus a handful of other outliers who hold degrees in public health and Latin American Studies. In nominating these panelists, the orchestrators of Career Wave have overlooked the wide variety of interests and qualifications held by the many departments and majors offered in our university’s various liberal arts and science or math fields.   Alternatively, had the event organizers considered the inclusion of such speakers too unrefined, they could have marketed the event for entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Either of these approaches would have helped demonstrate the support Tulane offers its students in its broad range of academics. Currently, registration is closed, likely alluding to the popularity of the event. Despite its presumed popularity, hopefully the event organizers will take into account the lacking diversity of the majors of the attendees. Hopefully, those who plan this event in the coming years will attempt to either be more inclusive as the student body grows and its interests continue to diverge or to consider creating individual expos of this sort for the various fields in which student aspire to work. Taryn Farber is a senior in the Newcomb- Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at tfarber@tulane. edu.


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campus PSYCH GUMBO question. Students should be aware of effects of MDMA New Orleans is a party mecca, with our endless health festivals, music columnist venues and of course Mardi Gras, and it is no surprise that the Princeton Review named Tulane University in its list of top 20 party schools for 2014. This ranking is based on survey questions relating to student use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study per day and the popularity of the Greek system at the school. Although being a part of a large party school can be fun, it is important to be educated on the downside of participating in the party scene, especially when it comes to decisions about alcohol and drugs. Often glamorized in pop culture by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Madonna, a popular party drug on college campuses is MDMA. MDMA, or ecstasy, is known as Molly in its pure form. The use of the drug is on the rise, with a reported 5.8 percent of college students having used the drug in 2013, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse survey.


MDMA is a synthetic drug, meaning it is made in a laboratory, with the chemical name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Often called a “club drug” or “love drug,” it is very popular at music festivals where users say they feel the music more intensely and the euphoric effects give a person more energy, emotional warmth and looser social inhibitions. MDMA works by increasing activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly serotonin. The drug causes the release of very large amounts of serotonin in the brain, causing the euphoric feel-good experience. After this surge of serotonin release, however, the brain is then depleted of the chemical, causing negative after-effects including depression, confusion, sleep problems, anxiety and drug craving. These negative mood effects may occur for days or even weeks after. In fact, studies in rats have shown that this damage to the serotonergic system in the brain may even be persistent. Case reports of human use have also shown persistent effects in mood and psychotic symptoms. Effects of MDMA use can be dangerous, with MDMA-related emergency room visits having doubled since 2004. The drug can cause an increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle

tension, nausea and blurred vision. In higher doses, it can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, causing hyperthermia and subsequent organ damage. Serious psychiatric illnesses caused by the drug include paranoia, psychosis, delirium, panic attacks, perceptual disturbances and depression with suicidal ideations. Because the drug is synthetic and the production is unregulated, it is often unknowingly laced with other chemicals such as methamphetamine, dextromethorphan, caffeine, ephedrine and even the notorious bath salt drug. The mixture of these chemicals compounds the risk of the drug that could lead to serious consequences. Despite the dangers for both physical and mental health, MDMA has remained a popular party drug on college campuses. Although being a party school certainly has its fun benefits, it is still important to make educated choices about drugs and alcohol. Holly Peek, MD/MPH, is a second year psychiatry resident at Tulane University School of Medicine. She can be contacted through her website at or psychgumbo@gmail. com

Speakers discredit SJP

COMIC By Chris Daemmrich

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toptweets. “Don’t worry, Obama. A lot of people don’t believe the story of my birth either.” JESUS CHRIST @Jesus_M_Christ

“To all the Yankees laughing ’cause we freak out when it freezes, we’ll return the favor when you freak out over 90° weather this summer.” LOUISIANA HUMOR @cajunhumor

What is your favorite class this semester?

Students for Justice in Palestine hosted Eran Efrati and Maya Wind, a former Israeli soldier and a critic of the Israeli draft, respectively, to speak about their experiences in the Israeli military, the West Bank and Gaza on Jan. 16. While this event could have been effective in discussing how to ameliorate the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, Efrati and Wind used this event as a medium to misrepresent the facts and spread their hateful, baseless and purely emotional conspiracies about Israel. As a result of inviting speakers like these to come to Tulane, SJP has lost credibility for trying to achieve honest dialogue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Efrati and Wind’s distortion of the facts and negative attitudes while claiming to endorse one peaceful land for two peoples were appalling. First, Efrati gave the audience an inaccurate history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He falsely stated that the violence between the Jews and Palestinians began after 1948, when the modern State of Israel was established. More

deplorable was that Efrati and Wind justified Palestinian acts of terror by claiming they are a part of Palestinian struggle for self-determination while living under Israeli rule. Instead of promoting peace, as they so claimed to be doing, their justification of terrorism in Israel and spreading of lies only incites terrorism and strengthens those who want to wipe Israel off the map. Efrati and Wind failed to produce a meaningful dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Consequently, it is impossible to digest Efrati and Wind’s lecture without considering how their outrageous presentation reflects upon SJP. By hosting such speakers, SJP promoted a distorted history. It is a shame that the attendees who were genuinely interested in understanding the complex issues of the Israel-Palestinian conflict were instead given a fabricated historical account that attacked Israel’s legitimacy. SJP has lost credibility, but I hope curious students will take the time and take advantage of other opportunities to learn the truth about Israel and the issues surrounding the conflict.

“Brazilian Dance.” TALIA GESCHWIND Sophomore

“Financial Accounting.” JAY PHILLIPS Junior

Ben Kravis is a sophomore in the Newcomb- Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

“Toxic America.”



By Nate Beeler

“If Britney Spears can get through 2007, you can get through today.” TED. @HilariousTed

“I don’t like that tone of voice you’re texting me in.” NOT WILL FERRELL @itsWillyFerrell

“Introduction to Cinema.”

Themed Greek event demonstrates insensitivity views editor

Sorority and fraternity members need to take better care to dress for themed parties in a way that will not offend others and does not misrepresent their organizations and the Tulane community. A mixer between the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity took on the theme “What I’d Be Without My Degree” on Saturday. While many members took the theme in an appropriate direction, some

displayed a lack of cultural individuals can impair this of the event with the Office sensitivity. Some attendees effort and poorly represent the of Fraternity and Sorority dressed as travelers or artists, sorority and the entire Tulane Programs, this is primarily appropriately interpreting community. When a committee for safety reasons. This office, the theme. Others, however, picks a theme, it should be however, is not responsible impersonated Bruff Commons a theme that is inherently for sanctioning the themes employees, creating an harmless and lighthearted that for events. This deviates inconsiderate and classist an individual would have to from the policies that Greek joke at the expense of others. go out of their way to interpret organizations take during While only performed by a distastefully or offensively. recruitment. For example, small minority of attendees While all sororities and sororities impose “dress of the event, impersonation fraternities must register their checks” to make sure that the targeting members of the events’ locations, number of outfits that members wear Tulane community reflects attendees, and other details are in line with the way that poorly on the Tulane the sorority wants community, as well to be represented as the Greek societies potential new IT IS THE ORGANIZATION’S to involved. members. Greek It is the organization’s RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE organizations should responsibility to make institute an approval sure that their events THAT THEIR EVENTS PRACTICE process of costumes practice good form GOOD FORM AND DECORUM. for themed events. and decorum. The In future years coarse actions of when landmark

Greek events such as “Yippie Chi O,” KA’s “Old South” or regular themed mixers such as “What I’d Be Without My Degree” are being planned, Greek societies should be selective when considering theme ideas that reduce the chance of someone taking an objectionable direction. I urge all members of Greek life to be thoughtful of the implications of their behavior at certain events that may affect Tulane’s reputation, as well as their own Greek community. Sam Wetzler is a senior in the Newcomb- Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

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JANUARY 30, 2014

LAGNIAPPE Athletic department by jonny harvey sports editor

Director of Tulane track and field Eric Peterson announced that the Green Wave will remain in New Orleans this weekend instead of traveling to the Southern Miss Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. as previously planned. The program decided to skip the competition because of the winter weather that has disrupted practice schedules this week. The team will focus on preparing for the Samford Multi and Invitational in Feb. 7 and 8 in Birmingham.

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Player’s Piece: Jonathan Stark michael nay | staff photographer

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CONTINUED FROM 12 “We had some adversity in the first half with fouls and had to play some different players,” head coach Lisa Stockton said. “I thought our kids really stayed in there and went in [at halftime] with a three-point lead with a lot of people sitting on the bench.

We came back in the second half and got down by six or seven, and I really liked how our team responded.” Tulane continued its winning streak by defeating Louisiana Tech 75-61 Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse. Junior forward Tiffany Dale led the Wave with 22 points and 10 rebounds, posting her fifth double-double of the season. Kaplan added 18 points, and both Blagg and Ebomwonyi scored 10.



Tulane athletics began its search for a new assistant to athletic director Rick Dickson as the program begins its transition into the American Athletic Conference and prepares for the opening of Yulman Stadium in the fall. According to the NCAA, the Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer is responsible and accountable for effective day-to-day operations, programming and administration of key department functions, including marketing and ticket sales, financial and budget management, personnel supervision and management, communications and contract negotiations. Pertaining to Tulane, the position would oversee the daily operations of the new Yulman Stadium. Another assistant in the upper level of the athletics department would help handle parking tickets and manage season ticket

holders and emerging programs. The hire would not replace any position already in the department, but would add a new position entirely to aid Dickson in the various functions. The assistant would help Dickson maintain facilities the program renovated or built in the past six years. Along with Yulman Stadium, there have been renovations to Devlin Fieldhouse and Turchin Stadium, along with the construction of the Hertz Center. A new upper-level assistant would help maintain the projects and allow Dickson to pursue more developments himself. “With Tulane’s entrance into the American Athletic Conference this summer and the opening of Yulman Stadium next fall, the Athletic Department is continuing to enhance its capabilities by adding positions that are comparable

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LSU head coach Les Miles reeled away the top-fiveranked defensive tackle from other top programs, such as Florida State and Alabama. Davenport had gotten looks from schools all around the

country, but staying in Louisiana was important. “I really enjoyed the recruitment process, as it seemed as every team in the country wanted me, needed me almost,” Davenport said.

Only 10 games remaining in the 201314 regular season for Tulane men’s basketball, and freshman guard Jonathan Stark, a native of Munford, Tenn., recently received his third Freshman of the Week honor from Conference USA Jan. 13. Additionally, he is coming off of a 21-point game against Old Dominion Saturday in Norfolk, Va. Stark has started all 21 games this season. He averages 15.6 points per game, second only to sophomore guard Louis Dabney, who leads the team with 17 points per game. “We haven’t won as much as I wanted to, but I feel that we’re getting better as a team, and individually I feel like I’m becoming a better player,” Stark said. Though he has received attention from fans and local media in recent weeks, Stark was surprised at the recognition he received for his accomplishments on the court. “I really wasn’t expecting to win any awards coming in,” Stark said. “I played hard, and it paid off. It’s a big accomplishment.” Conroy thrust Stark into the starting

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lineup following sophomore guard Kajon Mack’s preseason injury. Mack had surgery on Dec. 19 to repair injuries to his left ankle and will miss the rest of this season. Stark attended Munford High School, where Tulane men’s basketball head coach Ed Conroy recognized Stark’s talent and knew that he could step in immediately. “He was someone that you watch tape on and you keep an eye on,” Conroy said. “I thought he would be a good fit for us. I was excited about what he could bring to the table. He knew there was a spot on the roster available, and he would have a chance to compete and win it.” Though Tulane currently ranks No. 9 in C-USA standings, Stark believes the Wave has a good chance in the C-USA tournament beginning in mid-March. “[I feel] very confident about [the rest of the season],” Stark said. “Our team has made huge strides on the defensive end and we’re starting to [shoot] better.” With his freshman season drawing to a close, Stark has one thing on his agenda for his next three years with the Green Wave. “My main goal is to win,” Stark said. “Win as much as possible, no matter what it takes, no matter what I have to do for us to get wins.”


Jordan Batiste transfers to Southeastern Louisiana by oliver grigg sports editor

Sophomore cornerback Jordan Batiste is no longer enrolled at Tulane, Rover Dunaway, assistant athletic director for athletics communications, confirmed Sunday. Batiste will continue his academic and playing career at Southeastern Louisiana of the Football Championship Subdivision, where he will be eligible to play in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Batiste was one of five players suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy for the season-opener against Jackson State Aug. 29 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Batiste, a two-time honorable mention All-Conference USA defensive back, led the

Green Wave with 7 sacks and led the team forcing 4 fumbles during the 2013-14 season. Batiste started five games, ranked No. 5 on the team with 55 tackles and was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after posting 8 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception against Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 28 in Monroe, La. In his final game with the Wave, Batiste made 6 tackles and 2 sacks in Tulane’s 24-21 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl Dec. 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The defensive backs were Tulane’s deepest and strongest position group last season. Batiste, along with first-team All READ THE REST ONLINE AT TULANEHULLABALOO.COM

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Sophomore cornerback Jordan Batiste (14) recovers a turnover against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 28 in Monroe, La. Batiste finished the game with 8 tackles, 1 interception and 1 sack.

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Davenport prepares for 2014 NFL Draft

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Graduate student defensive tackle Chris Davenport (94) rushes the quarterback against South Alabama Sept. 7. Davenport finished the season with 20 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Davenport played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 18 in the StubHub Center in Carson, Ca. Davenport recorded 1 tackle for Team National and helped lead the team to a 31-17 victory.


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nown in the Tulane football locker room as “Big Cat,” 6-foot-4, 334-pound graduate defensive lineman Chris Davenport plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Davenport, who began his playing career at Louisiana State, transferred to Tulane to pursue a master’s degree in the School of Liberal Arts. Davenport played in 11 games this season, recording 20 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, and he boasts a 40-yard dash time of 5.2 sec-

onds. As a nose tackle, Davenport did not register any stats for collapsing the pocket, absorbing a key block or rushing the quarterback and causing the quarterback to get rid of the ball early, but Tulane saw improvement in defending the run with Davenport and bettered the statistic by more than 100 yards compared to the 2012-13 season. Davenport’s exceptional play came with a reward, as he was invited to play in the National Football League Player’s Association Collegiate Bowl. “The team has some really great guys and a terrific coach-

ing staff,” Davenport said. “It was an easy transition as we had something we were set out to do, and all had a dream of leaving successful.” The bowl game gave Davenport the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of professional scouts, as well as prepare for life in the National Football League, and gain recognition among fans and coaches. Davenport is projected to be taken anywhere between the third and seventh rounds of the NFL Draft. “The Collegiate Bowl is a great experience, filled with talented coaches like Dick Ver-

meil and Dennis Green,” Davenport said. “I also get to play alongside guys from schools like East Carolina, Tulsa, and Louisiana-Monroe, which is an opportunity that normally wouldn’t present itself.” Chris Davenport, a Louisiana native, needed an impressive performance in the game to catch the eyes of scouts in hopes of continuing his football career. Fortunately, Davenport is used to pressure and high expectations, as he was a five-star recruit for LSU.



Wave extends winning streak to four games in 64-57 victory at Rice by devi kinkhabwala staff writer

Tulane women’s basketball improved to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in Conference USA play with consecutive wins against Southern Mississippi, Charlotte and Louisiana Tech.

The Green Wave defeated Southern Miss 73-71 in an overtime thriller Jan. 18 at Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane trailed Southern Miss by seven points in the second half but pushed the game to overtime. Southern Miss led 71-70 in overtime until junior guard

Danielle Blagg drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Tulane the victory. The Green Wave found itself in another overtime game against C-USA foe Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 22. Tulane defeated Charlotte 78-76, as Blagg led the Wave

with a game-high 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Junior forward Adesuwa Ebomwonyi added 16 points and 8 rebounds, and junior guard Jamie Kaplan scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists.


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Left: Freshman guard Courtnie Latham (33) defends Southern Miss in a 73-71 overtime win on Jan. 18 at Devlin Fieldhouse. Latham recorded 6 points and 1 steal in the victory. Right: Junior guard Danielle Blagg attempts a three-point shot against Southern Miss in the victory. Blagg hit the game-winning three-point shot as the buzzer sounded in overtime.

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