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MARCH 20, 2014

Recent sexual assaults alarm Tulane community by emma discher


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One in four women will be sexually assaulted during her four years in college. forward.” Barnwell agreed that the increase in reports may be because more students feel comfortable coming forward due to increased education and awareness on campus. “Because we are constantly

providing training and education, whether it’s RAs all the way down to the students themselves,” Barnwell said. “So we’re capturing the data we haven’t captured in the past. One of the most important things is that we need to be realistic and

realize that sexual assault is the most underreported crime that occurs.” Multiple events in the spring including Mardi Gras and spring break can also play a roll in the increase in sexual assaults. Barnwell said he thinks

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the March 3 events may have been connected to Mardi Gras. “The influx of people into the city, the parades, the socializing that takes place,” Barnwell said. TUPD includes “generalized and standard” tips at the end

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sexual assault that occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday inside a club on the corner of Freret and Broadway streets joined the list of recent sexual assaults around Tulane and the greater New Orleans area. The rate of reported rapes increased by 29.41 percent from 2012 to 2013 according to a New Orleans U.C.R. Reportable Crimes report. Before the Freret and Broadway incident, another rape occurred in the early morning of March 3 in the 1400 block of Audubon Street and an attempted rape occurred around 4 a.m. on the same day in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue. A crime alert followed on March 7 for the Audubon incident after the victim reported it. Though Tulane University Police Department superintendent Jon Barnwell could not confirm if the victims were students due to FERPA laws, TUPD is not typically involved in NOPD incidents unless students are involved. Julia Broussard, coordinator of violence prevention and support services, said she has recognized this apparent increase but did not it signified an actual increase in the number of sexual assaults being committed. “I don’t think there are more sexual assaults happening, or maybe it’s just a tiny increase,” Broussard said. “I think it’s more that more people are becoming comfortable moving

of each crime alert email. One of these tips is to “avoid overindulgence in alcoholic beverages.” Broussard said she thinks


Future student’s plane Student involvement in crash selfie goes viral Greek life up to 41 percent

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Student participation in Greek life is up to 41 percent this year, a 6 percent increase from 2012. About half of the class of 2017 went through the formal recruitment process this year.

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Future Tulane student Hannah Urden tweeted this picture March 13 after her plane, carrying 149 passengers, crashed before takeoff at Philaddelphia International Airport.

by maggie herman staff writer

A US Airways jet crashed when a tire blew out during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on March 13. Hannah Urden, a high school senior who will head to Tulane this fall, was onboard and took a picture of herself, commonly referred to as a ”selfie,” just minutes after the incident. The jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crewmembers. No one was injured in the incident, according to reports from US

Airways. Urden said the crash was scary and hectic. “The plane was going full speed and we were up in the air for about two seconds,” Urden said. “Then we crashed down and slid to a halt. All the lights were flickering inside and everyone was holding onto their chairs and screaming.” Urden said she smelled smoke on the plane and was told to immediately evacuate. “I was in the exit row so I got out of the plane in seconds and I went off the wing

onto a slide,” Urden said. “They told us to run as far away from the plane as we could, so I ran.” While running, Urden said she wanted to tell her parents about the incident so she took pictures and a video. She posted the photo on Twitter and sent the video to her friends. The tweets went viral from there. Her first tweet, “so my plane just crashed,” included a picture of the plane. It has been retweeted more than


As of this semester, 41 percent of Tulane undergraduates participate in Greek life. This statistic represents a steady increase in fraternity and sorority participation over the past two years. 35 percent of undergraduates participated in 2012. Greek life participation rates at Tulane’s peer institutions are similar to those at Tulane. At Emory University, 30 percent of undergraduate students are involved in Greek life. Vanderbilt University has a participation rate of 42 percent. Elizabeth Schafer, director of fraternity and sorority programs, said the increase is partially due to the addition and re-colonization of several sororities and fraternities. Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority colonized at Tulane in fall 2012. Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Delta Pi

both recolonized at Tulane in 2013, bringing with more opportunities for students to join Greek organizations. “In the last 18 months, three Greek organizations have come to campus,” Schafer said. “The addition of those organizations meant more students were able to join outside the traditional recruitment and intake periods.” Efforts made by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council are also partially responsible for the increase in Greek life participation on campus. Panhellenic president Brenna Mossman said the sororities on campus have been focusing on recruitment and retention of members more in recent years. “For the past few years, we have put on a Panhellenic preview day which introduces women to Greek life and the different organizations, as well as what the

recruitment process will be like if they choose to participate,” Mossman said. “This has helped women make informed decisions about whether or not Greek life is something that they are interested in, and raises awareness of Panhellenic recruitment and the Greek community in general.” Approximately half of the freshman class went through formal recruitment this year. Schafer said she believes the efforts of sorority and fraternity leaders to inform freshmen of the options on campus for joining the Greek community have contributed to the increase in participation. “39 percent of first-year students joined a Greek organization this year,” Shafer said. “When you combine that with the fact that all our groups have focused for the








“THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN LONGEVITY: CAN THE PAST PREDICT THE FUTURE?” 4 p.m./ JBJ Health & Environmental Research Building Room 111a

The Tulane Center for Aging presents a lecture by Caleb E. Finch.

FRIDAY, 3/21

CASH CUBE BONANZA 4-6 p.m./ Lavin-Bernick Center Quad

Dining Services will give away more than $3,000 in Wavebucks to students who catch Riptide dollars inside a cash cube.

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Students get colorful on the Soho quad on Saturday at the India Association of Tulane University Holi event. Holi, an ancient Hindu festival, involves throwing colored powder, so it has become colloquially known as the Festival of Colors.

CRIME WATCH TUPD ARRESTS STUDENT AFTER HE THREATENS OFFICERS Officers responded to Ochsner Baptist Hospital around 1 a.m. Sunday to transport an intoxicated student back to campus. The student refused to give his address, accused them of stealing his credit card and became aggressive towards the officers. When the officers advised him that he was under arrest, the student attempted to flee. Officers transported him to central lockup. STUDENT REPORTS BEING VICTIM OF SIMPLE BATTERY A student reported to TUPD that he was the victim of battery around 7 p.m. on Friday in the Deming Dorm at 204 South Saratoga Street. An unknown black man had hit the victim in the chest with his shoulder. He refused medical assistance. TUPD FINDS TIRES OF FOUR CARS SLASHED After an individual reported to TUPD that the tires on the individual’s car had been slashed, officers located to Deming Pavilion and found three other vehicles with slashed tires around 11:00 am on Saturday. All victims are medical school students and live in Deming Pavilion.

FILM SCREENING: DANCE OF THE MAIZE GOD 4 p.m./ Woldenberg Art Center

Alongside the 11th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, the Middle American Research Institute will present the documentary “Dance of the Maize God.” The director of the film, David Lebrun, will answer questions following the film.

SUNDAY, 3/23

MINI-CONFERENCE ON JEWISH LANGUAGES 2 p.m./ 7031 Freret (Jewish Studies)

Brian Horowitz, David Goldstein, Michael Cohen, Yehuda Halper, and Galen Marquis will discuss the linguistics of the different Jewish languages of the world.


7 p.m./ Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall

The Newcomb College Institute, Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and Tulane University Campus Program present the film “Girl Rising.” The film discusses educating girls by presenting the stories of nine girls from around the world.


Dining services will supply freshly grilled food including a chicken burrito, BBQ pork sandwich and a vegetable and hummus wrap.

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CONTINUED FROM 1 that alcohol can increase risk but the involvement of alcohol in crimes such as rape does not shift the blame onto the victim. “There are a lot of bad things that can happen when you’re sober but you do put yourself at a little more risk when you don’t totally have all your bearings,” Broussard said. “But at the same time, if something bad happens to you while you’re intoxicated, the fact that you were intoxicated doesn’t make it your fault. The person who chose to do the bad thing is the one who is ultimately responsible for that.” Junior Charisse Poston came to terms with her sexual assault when she found an outlet in the Vagina Monologues last spring, two years after the incident. She shared her story as the keynote speaker of the 2013 Take Back the Night event. Poston said she went to a friend after her assault who blamed her for being intoxicated. She advises victims of sexual assault to find a support group and talk to someone they trust about their experience. “It wasn’t until two years later that I was like, ‘Wow, that really wasn’t my fault,’” Poston said. “You need to reach out to someone who can support you

Broussard a sexual assault victim’s decision to report or not and how should be left up to the individual.

5,800 times. The tweet containing the selfie, captioned “so yup” has been retweeted more than 4,900 times. Many major national news outlets have also reported on the Urden’s unusual selfie. Urden said she was surprised by all the media attention she has received. “I had no idea it would go viral,” Urden said. “ I just

7-8 p.m./ Lavin-Bernick Center, Room 203

Jill Egle will present a message of tolerance as she tells the story of growing up with a developmental disorder.

Barnwell confirmed that the events were not linked, but said he is still bothered by the string of incidents. “I can honestly tell you that from what I know, none of them are linked,” Barnwell said. “I can tell you that. We’re not having an issue with a serial sexual assault person. That is good. But it bothers me the fact that we’ve had a couple of assaults back to back. I can sit and wash my hands – all that happened off-campus – but that’s not my style. It’s our students and our students deserve better.”

wanted my friends to see it. The media attention is a little overwhelming, but it’s definitely a good story.” Urden said she is excited to attend Tulane in the fall and experience the city of New Orleans. She plans on majoring in business.


Professor writes book on history of Bourbon Street

“[Reporting is] definitely a personal decision for each person and they have to weigh the pros and cons of that,” Broussard said. “My office, SAPHE [and] therapists are all available to help someone weigh those pros and cons, but that’s a personal decision that they have to make.”




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contributing writer Tulane School of Architecture professor and geographer Richard Campanella recently published “Bourbon Street: A History,” a book that traces the history of the famous New Orleans street. The book covers 300 years of history and geography, touching on the original surveying of the street plan, its colonial era, the development of the nightclub scene, and the street’s course to national infamy. “The Bourbon Street we know today is mostly a product of the 20th century, but you can find seeds of its deviation traceable to the 1860s,” Campanella said. “Bourbon Street is a social artifact. I talk about how it runs today, why it got located in that particular location and how it’s diffused to different places.” Campanella’s book is the first scholarly work on the subject. “Scholars have not touched it because of this stigma and

delusion that it is not a real part of the New Orleans society and that it is inauthentic,” Campanella said. “And I think both of those notions are nonsense. For better or worse, it is as genuine a manifestation of local society, local culture and certainly local economics as Storyville was 100 years ago in turn of the century New Orleans.” Storyville was the city’s redlight district in the late 1890s and early 1900s until the United States Army and Navy demanded its closure. Campanella explains that the development of performance spaces in the 1860s and the relocation of millions of troops and laborers to the New Orleans area during World War II sparked the French Quarter street’s transformation to an established yet controversial symbol of the city’s culture. “The regendering of Bourbon Street and the upper French Quarter [by nightclubs] made it more suitable for what eventu-


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with that. I think that Tulane has a lot of stuff in place for that such as the office for violence prevention and [Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education].”


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

Left: Professor and geographer Richard Campanella. Above: The cover of Campanella’s new book. ally became large-scale, safe, middle-class tourism,” Campanella said. “The final major inflection point was World War II. This brought in literally millions of troops and workers into New Orleans, and when they wanted a little R&R they went to this already existing cluster of bars and nightclubs that was locally known but wasn’t nationally famous. They went there, they let down their hair and they made it into the nationally famous and infamous space that it is today.” Campanella said personal curiosity prompted him to study the street’s history. “Bourbon Street has always particularly fascinated me because people either love it or absolutely loathe it,” Campanella said. “It brings forth passionate feelings. No one’s neutral about it, and that’s usually the mark of an interesting topic.”

last few years on retaining their members, you end up with a growing fraternity and sorority community.” Mossman said she believes this increase is a testament to what Greek involvement can do for students both in their undergraduate and post-collegiate experiences. “I always think that the strengthening of the Greek community is a good thing, and I see the rise in participation as a way to increase our presence on campus and facilitate the betterment of the community as a whole,” Mossman said. “I think that having such a large amount of Tulane’s campus in Greek life is a testament to the valuable academic, interpersonal and leadership skills that our organizations build.” Schafer said she believes the growth of the Greek life on campus will only increase student involvement and create a stronger community within the university that will offer even more benefits to its members. “Marketing and public relations efforts by the new organizations created a lot of buzz on campus and attracted more students to consider Greek life,” Sxhafer said. “Greek membership offers genuine brotherhood [and] sisterhood, great social outlets, leadership and philanthropic opportunities, academic support, lasting friendships and access to a huge alumni network.”



MARCH 20, 2014

Senior demonstrates passion for environment with civil disobedience by catherine ann taylor chief staff writer

Senior Nick “Taco” Stracco drove 12 hours to Washington, D.C. alone during Mardi Gras weekend and did what he had planned for months to do: zip-tie his wrist to the White House fence. He was arrested along with 400 other students. They planned to get arrested in a demonstration to urge President Barack Obama to reject the decision to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Canada to Texas. Stracco, an Illinois native, interned on Capitol Hill last summer working on energy policy. A coworker told Stracco about his “crazy idea” to have hundreds of students arrested in front of the White House. “I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, good luck with that,’” Stracco said. The idea Stracco’s friend had became a reality on March 2, when thousands of students marched from Georgetown University to Secretary of State John Kerry’s house and then to the White House. At both destinations, they acted out a human oil spill, lying on black tarps. Like Stracco, hundreds of others zip-tied themselves to the White House fence in an act of civil disobedience. Jamie Garuti, co-president of Divest Tulane with Stracco, is a transfer student who worked on a divestment campaign at her previous school and wanted to continue do-

ing so at Tulane. She said she thought the trip to Washington was good for Stracco. “It really helped to plug him into the climate movement more and work with these people that we both idolized, and now he’s working side by side to organize with them, which is really cool,” Garuti said. Stracco wasn’t always interested in environmental justice. When he was a high school senior, his older brother, a fish biologist, took Stracco into the Colorado mountains for the first time. “I was so inspired that he knew about the natural landscapes around him and that he thought I should learn about them, too,” Stracco said. “It was so cool to hear him talk about the streams and what fish lived there, and all the stuff around me that I didn’t know about.” Stracco took the year off before college and attended the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he got his nickname Taco. On the trip, he said he talked with people about climate change, and found himself getting into heated arguments with the people who didn’t believe in it. “I figured because it’s something I clearly care about enough to get angry at my friend about, then it’s something I should study,” Stracco said. Stracco came to Tulane as an environmental science major and served as treasurer of Green Club. During his ju-


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Senior Nick Stracco and his Divest colleague Claire Beauchamp prepare for a meeting with trustees on Wednesday. Stracco was arrested on March 2 when he zip-tied himself to the White House fence. nior year, a friend mentioned fossil fuel divestment at a Resident Advisor meeting. “He just said it and planted the seed,” Stracco said. “And then I looked into it and learned about it and thought that Tulane absolutely needs to be a part of this movement as it continues to grow, because we have the most at stake.” Stracco said that Southeast Louisiana will be drastically different in 100 years if no action is taken. “The question isn’t whether or not divestment will continue to grow as a movement, but the question is whether Tulane will be a leader in this or a follower,” Stracco said. “I figured Tulane likes considering itself a leader in a lot of things, so we should lead the universities of America

in taking serious action on climate change, because our very city and stage are what is at risk.” Stracco said the Divest Tulane leadership team has grown substantially since the fall and the movement is on track. At a December rally, more than 80 Tulane students came out to demonstrate on campus despite rain that caused the paint on their signs to smear. Stracco said he tries to demonstrate to students that if they plan well, they can create effective change. “I try to show people that there are pathways to creating change, you just have to be able to find them, you just have to have a roadmap,” Stracco said. “I try to offer people that roadmap. You can build lots of support and

Following national trend, number of tenured faculty positions decrease by catherine ann taylor Tulane, are hiring more part- very important in eliminating a chief staff writer

Professor Andy Stallings says he is happy teaching creative writing at Tulane. His students like him. Poet laureates have lauded him. He has a book coming out in the fall. But he never knows if he will be teaching here next semester. “Every year, you get to December and January and you start wondering what you’re doing next year,” Stallings said. “It has nothing to do with your success as a teacher. It has nothing to do with anything at all except budget realities and decisions made by the chairs and the deans.” Like an increasing percentage of the Tulane faculty, Stallings is a contingent faculty member, one who does not have tenure and who works contract to contract. After Hurricane Katrina, Tulane hired professors of practice at rapidly increasing rates. In 2008, Tulane had 57 professors of practice, according to a 2012 university profile report released by Tulane’s Strategic Data Committee. In 2012, the number jumped to 94. Professors of practice are given contracts ranging from three to five years, with a focus on lecturing and service to the university, but not research. “Before Katrina, we did have some instructors that were hired year-to-year, but virtually all faculty were regular tenuretrack faculty,” said Steven Darwin, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “But since Katrina, this new category of faculty has been created.” Stallings and his wife Melissa Dickey are both adjunct professors. He said they feel the difficulty of hanging on in academia without tenure. Adjuncts are hired on a per-semester basis and are paid a flat fee for each class they teach. “The security issue is something that adjuncts everywhere face,” Stallings said. Many universities, including

time, untenured professors, reducing the available spots for young teachers like Stallings to find a secure spot in academia, something that many top prospects took for granted just a generation ago. “I went to the best school in my field,” Stallings said. “I have a book coming out in the fall, I published in a magazine for six years, I have recommendations from poet laureates, I have the support of my department, I have six years teaching at a good institution.” Stallings and his wife can only teach for a maximum of six years at Tulane as adjuncts — and that’s if they are rehired each semester. Stallings applied to several schools for teaching positions this year. He didn’t get one interview. “The fact [is] that there are a hundred other people out there with the credential of the best school in the field,” Stallings said. “It’s tough.” Contingent faculty gained attention in January with the release of a report titled “The Justin-Time Professor,” which said contingent faculty grew by 300 percent nationally from 1975 to 2011. They now compose three quarters of instructors at two and four-year colleges, according to a Feb. 20 report by National Public Radio. According to a 2009 report by the American Association of University Professors, contingent faculty members have significantly lower wages, minimum to no health coverage and benefit packages, and do not receive many rights traditionally given to faculty. In order to receive tenure, academics must display robust records of published research, a strong record of teaching and service to institutions, ability to procure grant money and recommendations from experts in the field. Aside from the obvious benefits of tenure such as job security and academic freedom, Darwin said he thinks tenure is

sense of competition within departments, especially during the hiring process. “You can recommend that your department hire someone who is better than you are because your job isn’t going to be eliminated,” Darwin said. “If I were not protected, I would never recommend hiring anybody who might show me up.” Darwin said he saw the creation of the two-tiered faculty system as dividing up of responsibility among the faculty. “The professors of the practice are doing a large portion, and in some departments, even doing lion’s share, of the undergraduate-level teaching,” Darwin said. “So that relieves the tenure-track professors to have more time to conduct research.” Tulane is not alone in the trend toward fewer tenured faculty members. In fall 2012, 70 percent of Tulane faculty members were tenured or on the tenure track, down 8 percent since 2008, according to the AAUP research institutional profile. Its peer institutions have had similar decreases in the percentage of tenured faculty. Vanderbilt University went from 73 percent tenured faculty in 2008 to 71 percent in 2012; Rice University went from 82 percent to 75 percent. John Curtis, director of research and public policy at the American Association of University Professors, said the decrease of tenured faculty presents a problem for students. “Our concern is that when you have faculty in positions that are not very secure, where they are concerned that if they raise any kind of controversial issues, or if they challenge their students to do high level work, that they could be fired,” Curtis said.


actually find your voice to create change about what you care about.” Stracco said that while Obama makes his decision on the Keystone XL Pipline, Divest Tulane plans to focus on the elimination of tar sands oil extraction. “It’s not about just one pipeline,” Stracco said. “It’s about getting our economy to turn away from these dirty forms of energy.” After college, Stracco said he would like to do more grassroots organizing, but that those jobs are hard to come by. He said will likely go into environmental education in New Orleans. Two summers ago, he ran a summer day camp teaching kids about ecology and environmental issues. He said it was great when one young camp-

er began to grasp how clear cutting forests destroys forest habitats “It was really fulfilling to see these kids actually start to go beyond what I was teaching them and start to think more broadly about how their actions have an impact on the earth,” Stracco said.” Stracco said spending time campaigning for environmental justice issues has affected his life path in a major way. “I’ve realized that not only is this what I care about, but it’s what I do in my spare time when I’m not paid or getting class credit for it, so I should try to keep doing this if I can after graduating.”



MARCH 20, 2014

Arcade’s guide to:

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HAPPY HOUR by taylor daigle staff writer

The Arcade knows that sometimes it only takes a couple classes to wear you down. At the end of those kinds of days, the Arcade turns to these establishments and their generous happy hours to take the edge off. Look past The Boot for these happy hour specials: FRERET: One of the best areas to stroll through while looking for a drink special come 4 p.m. is Freret Street. The numerous bars all offer specials on weekdays, and some continue the discount on weekends as well. Other Bar’s happy hour special offers $1 off everything offered from 4-8 p.m. daily. Next, head across the street to Dat Dog where, from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays, you can indulge in two draft beers for the price of one. Bottled beer and wine glasses are also $1 off. Publiq House has one of the longest happy hours in New Orleans. Its weekday special lasts from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday but continues until closing time on Mondays. Draft beer is sold for $4. Wine by the glass and specialty cocktails in mason jars are available for just $5. If you’re in the mood for something a little more upscale, head to Cure for its daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Specialty cock-

tails, glasses of wine and a beer-with-shot combo are all only $6 at this swanky spot. Fun fact: Cure just celebrated its fifth birthday last week. It would be nothing less than rude to not pay them a visit soon. WAREHOUSE DISTRICT: If you’re looking to escape Uptown, the Warehouse District also boasts a variety of happy hours, many of which are walking distance from each other. On weeknights from 4-7 p.m., Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar’s happy hour serves buyone-get-one-free wells and margaritas, and domestic beers cost just $2.50. Only one block away at the same time, Barcadia offers $1-off wells and drafts and half-off all food. Slightly further away, bottles of wine at the Rusty Nail are half-priced, and all other drinks are $1-off. This happy hour is also held from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays, except Thursday. For some Asian fusion flair, head to Lucky Rooster 3-6 p.m. on weeknights. A daily house-made cocktail is offered for $5, but the Arcade recommends its signature “Honolulu Hipster,” a can of PBR garnished with Bittermens Tiki Bitters, Oloroso salt, a lime wedge and a tiki umbrella. During happy hour, it’ll only cost you $3.

Freret Street offers an array of happy hour specials. Above: Dat Dog boasts two for one drink specials on weekdays. Below: Other Bar is another off-beat happy hour hub with $1-off drink specials.

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A Tennessee Williams enthusiast participates in the annual STANLEY! and STELLA! yelling contest at last year’s festival in the French Quarter.

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LITERARY FESTIVAL by magda jurczuk staff writer

This week, New Orleans hosts a literary festival paying homage to one of the greatest playwrights of American history: Tennessee Williams. The festival began Wednesday and ends Sunday. Born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911, the playwright was a brilliantly honest artist who fearlessly took on the more controversial topics of the time, including drugs and homosexuality. He experienced both consequences

and praise for his work, including violent criticisms from peers, blacklisting from the Roman Catholic Church, four Drama Circle Critics Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes. Williams lived in New Orleans during what was arguably the most creative period of his life. The vibrant, artistic culture of the city had great influence on his writing. This is most apparent in his more famous work, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which is set in New Orleans. The literary festival was first established to allow today’s artists to draw

inspiration from Williams’ creative legacy. Though all are welcome to attend the festival’s events, the majority of participants are amateur or professional artists and academics. Beau Bratcher, managing director of The NOLA Project Theatre Company, has been involved in the festival for the last several years and greatly values the aspect of artistic collaboration. “I think it’s fantastic that all literary figures are able to share their abilities with festival participants in the name of Tennessee Williams,” Bratcher said. The festival has typically featured

walking tours, food events, literary panel discussions, theatrical performances and master classes, which offer one-on-one expert tutoring in writing or the arts. There is a strong Tulane presence in this year’s list of speakers, including Sally Asher, Tulane’s public relations photographer, and Tulane alumnus and geographer Richard Campanella. Other speakers include award-winning author Megan Abbott and biographical author Blake Bailey. The NOLA Project Theatre Company will make its festival debut on

Friday, performing Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” at Le Petit Theatre. According to Bratcher, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” was chosen for its effective utilization of both company and community members and because it has not been performed at the festival since 1997. “Tennessee Williams loved New Orleans,” Bratcher said. “He was really one of the best people to represent the idea of what New Orleans is. He writes the Deep South in such a wonderful way.”




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The cast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will show March 21 to March 29 at Le Petit Theatre on 616 St. Peter Street. (From left) actors James Yeargain, Cecile Monteyne, Randy Cheramie and Yvette Hargis, will star in the adaptation of Williams’ classic play.

‘Cat’ takes stage at

Le Petit

by sam ergina staff writer

The NOLA Project is collaborating with The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival to stage Tennessee Williams’ professedly favorite play and Pulitzer Prize-winning show, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” from March 21-29. The play is at Le Petit Theatre on 616 St. Peter Street. This play was written by Tennessee Williams, author of other famous works such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, and will be directed by Beau Bratcher. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” tells the story of a birthday celebration in a family estate in Mississippi. The evening gathering’s drama escalates as a web of deceit becomes more and more apparent. This play is centered on the main character, Brick, and his wife, Maggie. The couple faces issues revolving around the death of Brick’s close friend, Skipper.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes


TUCP brought in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes to McAlister Auditorium for the spring concert. lauren montague | staff photographer


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The struggles in the relationship between Maggie and Brick along with the hidden circumstances surrounding the dinner itself demonstrate one of the play’s most important themes: the turmoil lying creates. The conflict is ultimately resolved through honest confessions and emotional transparency. Another important aspect of the book is the authentic Southern culture the play shows, and the friction that arises from upholding a society’s tradition despite personal interests that may counter those traditions. The play this coming week has many past productions to live up to such as its original Broadway show and its 2013 revival, and the London National Theatre production in 1988. It was also made into a movie in 1958 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The performers tackling this renowned play includes a mostly local cast including James Yeargain, Cecile Monteyne, Randy Cheramie, Yvette Hargis, Natalie Boyd, Andrew Vaught, Jimmy Murphy and Jimmy DeMontluzin.

The Canadian-produced “Bomb Girls” spins a tale of female empowerment, enduring friendship and political strife against the backdrop of World War II. With men fighting the war abroad, young women step up to flesh out the workforce and build live bombs in a munitions factory. Among these women are self-righteous heiress Gladys Witham, shy runaway Kate Andrews, dedicated factory matron Lorna Corbit and closeted lesbian Betty McCrae. As these women work full-time jobs and punch the patriarchy in the gut, they must also navigate an era that belittles their dreams at every turn. The multi-layered storyline of “Bomb Girls” develops more like a well-written novel than a television series, engrossing viewers from start to finish. While “Bomb Girls” ended prematurely after only two seasons, activism amongst fans brought the show back for a full-length movie a la “Veronica Mars.” The film is set to air on March 27, so there is ample time to burn through the show’s two seasons in preparation for the premiere.

MID-CITY: Mid-City and Lakeview have a ton of great bars relatively close to campus, but the area seems to be overlooked by many students. Experiment with the neighborhood during happy hour at these locales. Twelve Mile Limit’s canned beer and specialty cocktails are $1 off on weekdays from 5-7 p.m. At Banks Street Bar, the very affordable happy hour lasts from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays. Banks serves $1.50 domestic beers and $2.50 wells. Happy hour at the Velvet Cactus in Lakeview begins at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, but this “Mexican Dive and Funky Art Joint” celebrates Fridays by starting happy hour early, at 2:30 p.m. It ends at 6:30 every weekday. All mixed drinks are served as doubles, and 18 oz. margaritas and draft beers are sold for the price of a 12 oz. Whatever area you choose to visit tonight, enjoy the happiest of hours.

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chasin echoes :: the lonely biscuits BETTER OFF TED Another ardently loved yet swiftly canceled television series is sharp satire “Better Off Ted.” Set in the offices of a soulless corporation, Ted Crisp, a single dad, is the only executive who does not adhere to the company motto of “money before people.” Throughout the series, Ted often comes at odds with company policies that hilariously exchange propriety for profits, such as flash-freezing an employee, using children to paint parking lots and installing sensor systems that fail to recognize black people. Jay Harrington stars as the eponymous Ted, but his performance at the witty but morally astute executive is often overshadowed by the storylines of other cast members. Portia de Rossi of “Arrested Development” shines as Ted’s ruthless boss Veronica Palmer, often stealing scenes with a blunt one-liner or a curl of the lip. The antics of eccentric corporate scientists Lem and Phil, played by Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin respectively, eclipse Ted’s storylines every episode. Despite its flaws, “Better Off Ted’s” brilliant script and situational comedy is worth the watch.

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low man :: alberta cross INTO THE WILD Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” tells the story of the adventurous and idealistic Chris McCandless. After graduating from Emory University in 1990, McCandless donates his trust fund, dumps his car and tramps his way across the country in search of an aesthetic life. Based on a book of the same name by Jon Krakaur, “Into the Wild” weaves together flashbacks of McCandless’ family and his ill-fated journey across the country. While “Into the Wild” preserves the philosophical contemplation of Krakaur’s book, the film straddles the line between campy documentary and heartfelt eulogy. Melodramatic voiceovers, acoustic instrumentals and shots of birds slowly flapping their wings often consume the story, suggesting that Sean Penn was more concerned with making a beautiful film than an interesting or logical one. What the film does offer is the stunning performance of Emile Hirsch as Chris McCandless and a talented supporting cast.

You’ve been there for me through so much. We’ve gotten past a lot of dark times together. Though I’ve only lived in this apartment for approximately seven months, I feel like my butt flesh has known you for a lifetime. The elegant, rolling curves of my buttocks match you with such subtle specificity, as if a higher power designed them explicitly to sit atop your seat. You’re so much more than a receptacle for my bodily waste. You’re my sanctuary, my retreat, my Zen garden and my hideaway, all in one beautiful porcelain form. I love you. I want to die like Elvis, with my butt stuck to your sweet face. That’s why your betrayal stung as sharply as it did. Last night, I dreamt that I was wandering around some kind of nature preserve and eventually came upon a waterfall. Just as I strode over to cleanse myself beneath the cascading water, I awoke with a start and realized I had to use the bathroom. In a daze, I plodded from my bedroom into the bathroom and hastily relieved myself into your welcoming bowl. So far, nothing out of the usual. I swiped at the cold metal flusher on your tank and, to my horror, the water level began to rise with frightening speed. Within two seconds, palely tinted water was spilling out over the bowl and spreading across the floor like the lines of a ground army hopped up on amphetamines. A person with full mental facility may have handled this with great aplomb. I, on the other hand, processed what was happening only to the extent of “This is not good.” Too groggy by half to deal with the rapidly deteriorating situation, I clumsily turned the water valve off and set about sopping up the excess water with a nearby towel. I had always suspected as much, but I think I really needed to live through it to know: The wee small hours of the morning are the worst time to field toilet failure. Maybe I should be angry at whichever of my perfidious-yet-endearing roommates used the bathroom last and failed to leave a note reading something like, “I have clogged this toilet and chosen to do nothing. Watch out!” But instead, I can only turn my fury on you, my dear toilet. How could you do this to me? After all I’ve given you? (I assume that my fecal matter is like delicious, life-preserving sustenance to you. Put discreetly, my gifts to you have been as frequent as they have been robust.) I thought what we had was forever. But now it’s all gone down the drain, so to speak.

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Tulane alum self-starts with webseries

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Above: Fotis (left) and costar Madeleine Johnson share a tender moment in the webseries “#GoneHollywood.” Left: Fotis strikes a pose with her weapon of choice.


ulane class of 2013 alumnus Lula Fotis has spent the months after graduation carving out a solid career in Los Angeles and achieving her post-college ambitions. As her satirical web series “Gone Hollywood” wraps up its first season, Fotis will only continue to sharpen her skills in the film industry’s most competitive city. At Tulane, Fotis majored in Film Studies and Digital Media Production and studied abroad in Prague to learn the ins and outs of film production. While nothing can truly beat the “magic of Prague” or the glamor of LA, Fotis said that the film industry in New Orleans taught her to create independent, do-it-yourself film projects. “In New Orleans there is this sense of ‘We can do this,’” Fotis said. “It’s by lucy stratton much more grassstaff writer roots than LA. While I like shooting in both, I defi-

nitely appreciate the New Orleans attitude to just do whatever it takes to make something, whereas here [in LA] everyone wants to make reservations before getting anyone on board.” The independence encouraged in New Orleans inspires Fotis to make good art every chance she can, regardless of financial constraints. This

“THERE IS REALLY NO EXCUSE TO NOT BE MAKING STUFF. YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THE BUDGET AND THE ACTORS. I GOT TIRED OF WAITING FOR THE MONEY AND JUST DID IT.” Lula Fotis 2013 Alumnus spirit of unwavering creativity also bolstered her resolve to pursue her career in Los Angeles. “There is really no excuse to not be making stuff,” Fotis said. “You can always find the budget and the actors. I got tired of waiting for the money and just did it.” Moving to Los Angeles in hot pursuit of a film career is like leaping into a black hole. Everyone is involved in the entertainment industry, so it is easy to get caught in LA’s gravitational pull and sucked into oblivion. Fotis believes

filmmakers must find a unique way to distinguish themselves from the crowd. “People here are always saying that everyone wants something from you, and that’s a big turnoff,” Fotis said. “If you can offer something to someone while also asking for something, you become more valuable. You have to struggle with what you as an individual filmmaker bring to the table.” Earlier this year, Fotis began writing, producing and starring in “Gone Hollywood,” a web series that satires LA living from the perspective of struggling artists. From desperate job interviews to trapped Chihuahuas, “Gone Hollywood’s” episodes portray how LA stereotypes come to life. Fotis was inspired to create the series by her experiences as an LA transplant. “I really couldn’t believe some of the things I was seeing and hearing,” Fotis said. “I thought ‘You know, why not shoot this? I have the location, I live here, I have the people and I know what to write.’ It was just fitting.” The first season of “Gone Hollywood” spans eight episodes, but Fotis hopes to produce a second season if her co-star and production crew’s schedule work out. Fotis proves how college graduates can jumpstart their careers with gutsy ingenuity and unyielding grit. Fans can support Fotis’ career by watching her short films on her website and checking out the “Gone Hollywood” YouTube channel.

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Chelsea Peretti will take the One Eyed Jack’s stage on March 26 for a comedy show like none other.

‘Nine-Nine’ star to split sides at Jack’s by charles bramesco


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t’s all coming together for Chelsea Peretti. After years of tirelessly honing her standup act and writing behind the scenes on the occasional sitcom, the 36-year-old comedienne landed a role most people only dream of. Readers may recognize Peretti from her supporting role on Fox’s police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but anyone who attends her stand-up set on Wednesday night at One Eyed Jack’s will learn that she is destined for much larger things. Until very recently, Peretti was merely a comedy nerd’s idol. On the pilot episode of “Louie,” she went on a disastrous date with the titular sad-sack, memorably and surreally escaping the outing by fleeing into a chopper. As a writer, she contributed to such stalwart TV programs as “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live” and the dearly departed “Sarah Silverman Program.” But it wasn’t until her star-making turn as the disinterested, deliciously sarcastic Gina Lenetti on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” that Peretti really took off. Alongside childhood friend and “SNL” alum Andy Samberg, Peretti anchors a talented cast — cemented by the program’s Golden Globe

win for Best Comedy Series. Gina serves as a dispensary for genius one-liners on the show, telling one character, “No hard feelings, but I hate you. Not joking.” Nearly every word that comes from her mouth induces cackles of laughter. But Peretti’s most brilliant comic invention may be her blisteringly funny Twitter account. With nearly 300,000 followers, Peretti’s bio declares that she is about the “capslock emoji lifestyle.” Peretti’s created a new, weird language of online humor, seemingly aggressive in its all-caps tone while simultaneously banal to the point of hilarity. To wit: “DONT FORGET TO BEHAVE AS CHILDREN OF GOD WHEN U COMMENT ONLINE” and “WHOEVERS UP LETS FIST FIGHT AT GELSONS PARKING LOT” both exemplify Peretti’s hostile comic sensibility. Peretti breaks up the action with interjections from her sickeningly bubbly fictitious assistant Ava and photos of cute animals in similar poses to photos of herself. It’s a Dadaist stream of unfettered comic id. Peretti’s set promises laughs, sure, but almost more preciously, an intimate look at a singular comic talent on the verge of stardom.

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Recent rape cases impress importance of Tulane resources The sexual assault crime alert issued by the Tu- THE HULL THINKS... lane University Police De- Tulane provides a partment on Wednesday sheds light on the necessi- sufficient support ty of having appropriate re- system for victims of sources available to victims of assault. According to the assault Coordinator of Violence Prevention & Support Services, one in four women will be sexually assaulted by the end of college. Two members of the Tulane community reported being sexually assaulted this month and a third resported an attempted rape this month as well. The resources required by victims range depending on individual circumstance and levels of confidentiality. Tulane offers a number of offices and contacts to meet individual needs. Tulane needs to continue ensuring a welcoming, safe community for all students. With these resources at hand, victims of sexual assault can obtain several modes of support. The Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services provides accessible information to students in “A Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault,” available on the office’s website. The handbook includes a comprehensive overview of numbers to call for help both on campus and off campus. The guide also offers detailed information on how to seek medical attention. For friends of victims, the office’s online literature devotes sections on how to help a friend. Tulane students looking to speak with a fellow student can find support through Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education. This student-run organization offers a 24/7 hotline for individuals to get assistance and information. For individuals planning to see a professional, Counseling and Psychological Services offers support in the form of individual therapy and appointments with a psychiatrist, among other services. The university also includes different levels of confidentiality through which a student may report a sexual crime. According to the website for the Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services, reporting through SAPHE is anonymous, while reporting through CAPS is strictly confidential. The Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services itself is mostly confidential. Anonymous means absolutely no names or information outside of the incident need be exchanged. Confidential means that personal information will be taken but is strictly limited to the professional you are visiting. This confidentiality can be broken when the care provider believe you may be a threat to yourself or others.

Common App departure deters Tulane applicants BECCA SAWYER associate views editor Tulane University needs to rejoin The Common Application. The Tulane online application is not user-friendly and deters students from applying with its cumbersome features. Not only does the application require entering the same information required by the Common App, but since Tulane’s application is unique, the duplication also requires students to restructure data to fit Tulane’s exclusive format. When applying to college, students do not want to duplicate all the information they already filled out on the Common App, and therefore many competitive students strike Tulane from their application list, especially those that are applying to more than 10 schools. The Tulane application process needs to change to accommodate the convenience of high school seniors. There are three ways to apply to Tulane: the online application, the Universal College Application and the Tulane paper application. In addition to the application, Tulane requires a high school transcript, guidance counselor letter of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores. On the online application, Part One includes all demographic and personal information and Part Two consists of an optional personal statement and list of extracurricular activities. Tulane’s membership in the Universal College Application is meant to provide an alternative to those who do not wish to use the online application. The Tulane UCA membership is a step in the right direction, but it is a small step. Director of Undergraduate Admission Faye Tydlaska estimates that only 5 percent of applicants apply using the UCA. Instead of using the UCA, Tulane needs to jump on the Common App bandwagon. Before Hurricane Katrina, Tulane had an application fee that it waived for many ap-

plicants. The Common App overexerted itself by trying to regulate which students it could waive fees for. Now, however, the Common App can be used while waiving all application fees. In fact, according to Do It Yourself College Rankings website, 317 colleges did not have application fees in the 2012-13 round of applications. University Registrar Earl Retif states that Tulane is not a member of the Common App because it hinders Tulane’s freedom to add questions and edit the application’s design. It is more important, however, to adhere to students’ applications than the indignation of the undergraduate office. Forfeiting a few question display options is worth being more accessible to the majority. Surprisingly, Tydlaska said that Tulane has sought to decrease its applications to around 30,000 applicants per year. Tulane should not purposely discourage students from applying simply because it thinks applications surpass the target size. Rather, Tulane should encourage as many students as possible to apply, allowing a larger pool from which the admissions office can secure an increasingly talented, diverse and competitive student body. Tulane cannot argue that the Common App can suit the use of more than 500 other colleges’ applications, but not its own. It is time for the university to standardize the application process to match the majority of American colleges’ and universities’ application processes. By isolating itself from other colleges with an independent application, Tulane discourages viable applicants that could help Tulane thrive. To be a competitive school, Tulane has to listen to the needs of prospective students and become more convenient and available in its application process. Becca Sawyer is a freshman in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at


LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to Hannah Gartel, who recently wrote “Bruff to Go’s new container policy proves inefficient,” I am the student who spearheaded the new program, surveyed student opinion, gathered the cost data, organized the stakeholders and worked closely with Sodexo to pilot the new system. The new system has saved 51,000 containers from the landfill just this semester alone. Sustainable solutions that respond effectively to urgent environmental issues will certainly take some extra effort to be successful. I put immense effort into choosing the best system and thinking through every detail in order to make it as effortless as possible. The onetime inconvenience of waiting 10 minutes to attain your tokens is a small price to pay for significantly reducing our excessive waste. The temporary tokens will be eliminated in the fall of 2014 and will be replaced with a

swipe card system that is as simple as swiping into a campus dorm. From the inception of the program, Sodexo understood the importance of this feature and has been working with Tulane’s technology team to get it online as soon as possible. It could not be designed and made ready for the rollout of the system this spring. Instead of postponing implementation another semester, we opted to save the extra 51,000 disposables from filling a landfill even if it meant a minor inconvenience. As for the great idea of a plastic bag ban suggested by Ms. Gartel, I invite her to put in the serious effort to make it happen. I will be the first one to show my support. Chloe Arnow Class of 2016 School of Liberal Arts

Marsalis will bring local charisma to graduation JESSICA CALLAHAN staff writer Famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is an ideal choice for Tulane’s commencement address this year. While Scott Cowen will deliver this year’s “Last Lecture,” the last lesson Tulane gives to the Class of 2014 will involve listening to Marsalis. This jazz giant brings the sound of New Orleans to the stage. After four years of studying in this city, Marsalis’ sound is literal music to our ears. A native New Orleanian, Marsalis has represented the city both nationally and internationally. His accolades range from a Pulitzer Prize to the French insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest possible distinction. Marsalis has consistently prioritized musical education and has demonstrated a commitment to social issues. He has worked

with organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund and the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert, which raised more than $3 million for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Marsalis’ incredible power to communicate becomes clear after taking a few moments to listen to “Blood on the Fields,” the record that won Marsalis the Pulitzer and sparked a chain of posthumous prizes to previously unrecognized jazz musicians. While jazz may not be the most popular genre among Tulane students, it is the music that has kept New Orleans alive. As an institution of knowledge, Tulane cannot exclude itself from the city’s influence. The university occupies physical, economic and academic space in New Orleans, and in doing so, has an intimate relationship with the city’s culture. For this reason, it is important that such a significant speech be given in acknowledgement of Tulane’s responsibility to its cultural surroundings. Awarding this high hon-

“For students who may have missed out on a jazz

education while at Tulane, this opportunity to be addressed by the legendary Wynton Marsalis is one that should be met by applause and anticipation.

or to a New Orleanian who has contributed greatly to the reputation of the city sets a precedent for Tulane, and Tulane graduates, to continue to acknowledge the many lessons the city offers. Marsalis’s musical resume is culturally constitutive, globally relevant and wholly worthy of attention. Several university-wide traditions stress the importance of bringing musicians like Marsalis to Tulane. These occurrences include the Jazz at the Rat concert series held regularly in Der Rathskeller in the Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane’s annual Crawfest and the nightly jazz programming on WTUL. Tulane students are also treated to a free concert every fall by Wynton’s father, renowned pianist Ellis Marsalis. The university hosts each of these events in recognition of the potential of jazz to excite and engage people of all backgrounds. Music has a special place in education, and the choice of Marsalis as the 2014 commencement speaker honors Tulane’s cultural heritage in recognition of art’s historical importance. For students who may have missed out on a jazz education while at Tulane, this opportunity to be addressed by the legendary Wynton Marsalis is one that should be met by applause and anticipation. The sounds of his trumpet make it clear that he has a thing or two to teach us. Jessica Callahan is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at

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Freshman vehicle policy inhibits exploration of city BRIANNE SULLIVAN contributing writer Tulane should reconsider its policy of prohibiting freshmen from keeping cars on campus. Student parking is an issue at any urban university, and Tulane is no exception. The university regulations are unclear, except for one repeated rule that “freshman residents are not allowed to register their vehicles, and may not utilize campus parking areas.” Additionally, just in case students should try to register for a parking permit under another name, “fraudulent registration of a motor vehicle is a $1,000 fine.” This policy was created to eliminate the concern that freshmen drivers would be less responsible and drive under the influence more frequently. Freshmen students are limited to several other forms of transportation, including the Tulane shuttle, city bus systems, cabs or the streetcar, in addition to simply biking and walking everywhere. No system is without its limitations. The Tulane shuttle runs to a handful of places students may want to go, but rarely when they need it. The bus schedules, posted online, are confusing, and a shuttle trip can involve a lot of planning. From experience, I can only recommend the shuttle to those who have an entire day free. City buses are a better option but can be difficult to catch, and not all lines have stops that are close to campus. The streetcar has its charm, but it is the slowest and least reliable form of transportation. I recommend taking the streetcar at some point to get the New Orleans tourist experience. When it comes to getting somewhere promptly, however, the streetcar is not a viable option. With its current state of construction, the bus boards passengers at Napoleon Avenue, and then a streetcar runs again shortly down the line, making the slow mode of transportation even less reliable. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority reports about three blocks of tracks being prepared every ten days, with weather being a major hindrance at times. Depending on the number of

picture-snapping tourists on a given day, it can easily take upwards of an hour to travel between Tulane’s campus and Canal Street. Typically, the most reliable way to travel is by cab. Cab fares, however, can become expensive. In addition, when cab companies are busy, finding a ride becomes much more frustrating. Cabs are difficult to find on any given weekend night, but at times of sporting events, festivals or major concerts it becomes nearly impossible. These issues of transportation would not be so pressing for students if parking permits were issued to freshmen. Tulane encourages students to explore and appreciate all that the city of New Orleans has to offer, but it is often difficult for students without access to a car to get very far from campus. Not only would issuing more permits generate revenue for the school, but the inevitable fines students would incur would bring in money as well. Though having more student drivers could cause problems, it would be much safer for many solitary travellers who either walk or rely on public transportation. Students of any year of study should have the opportunity to travel securely in their own vehicle.


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What percentage of Tulane do you think is involved in Greek life?

“Wait till I get that billi for the perfect bracket gonna buy my own island & have servants spoon feed me forty carrots all day” @rwxoxo

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“Tulane encourages

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students to explore and appreciate all the city of new Orleans has to offer, but it is often difficult for students without access to a car to get very far from campus.





A playful lampooning of recent good news.

A darkly playful lampooning of recent bad news.

Mumps outbreak at The Ohio State University reaches 28 cases Honestly, it is refreshing to hear a story about spreading diseases on college campuses that does not end to the tune of herpes.

Courtney Love thinks she found Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Love commented, “Look, it’s over there near all those unsold Heart CDs! Remember me, guys? Courtney Love?”

Student breaks 19th-century statue while taking a selfie The #sorrynotsorry hashtag has never been less appropriate.

Fox accidentally broadcasts penis Come on now, that’s no way to talk about Sean Hannity.

Uranium found in Connecticut well water And just in time! Connecticut’s strategic reserves of superheroes have been running dangerously low lately.

Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution That’s dynamite, because everyone’s first complaint about public transportation is that not enough people are using it.


SAM WETZLER views editor The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion should do more to advertise its Get Yourself Tested initiative, which offers free testing for sexually transmitted infections each semester. GYT takes place once a semester at the end of September in the fall, and at the beginning of April in the spring. The GYT event, sponsored by theWELL, will take place at the Student Health Center. The event will offer free chla-

mydia and gonorrhea tests, which are always available at the Student Health Center, along with free HIV testing, which theWELL offers for free every Wednesday. This semester’s GYT will occur on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Health Center. While theWELL advertises GYT about a week before the event each semester, these promotions amount to fliers, pins and an ad in “Tulane’s Student Health 101,” the university’s health publication on campus. TheWELL, however, relies mostly on word of mouth to disseminate information about the event, and, as a result, mostly informs upper-

classmen show up. Each semester approximately 100 students take advantage of GYT, which theWELL considers a good turnout. These efforts, I would argue, are insufficient. Sexual responsibility is a practice that people learn in college as they explore their sexuality. According to a Northern Arizona University study, only 50 percent of college students use condoms during vaginal sex, and one in four college students has an STI. With a party culture such as that at Tulane, our community should make concerted efforts to promote awareness and smart behavior concerning sex.

If theWELL is truly committed to encouraging responsible sexual behavior among students, it should do more to spread awareness of this event. It should advertise further in advance and use additional materials and mediums to inform students, such as chalking on McAlister Drive. If theWELL knows that underclassmen are not aware of the event, it should target advertisements specifically outside of freshman residence halls. A sign outside of Monroe Hall alone would bring hundreds more to GYT. If theWELL is concerned that it does not have enough tests or materials to accommodate a larger influx of stu-

dents, it could advertise the first 100 tests as free, based on a first-come, first-serve policy. TheWELL should also consider increasing the event’s frequency and doing two, or even three, free STI testing days a semester. At the end of the day, Tulane should do everything it can to encourage its students to be accountable for their sexual health, starting with spreading awareness about GYT. Sam Wetzler is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at

One in four college students has an STI.





Tulane fails to properly publicize free STI testing






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BASEBALL LAGNIAPPE Wave loses to New Orleans 7-3, season record falls to 10-10 FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES PRO DAY

Tulane football will host its annual Pro Day at 8 a.m. on April 11 at the Saints Indoor Practice Facility in Metairie, La. The program has not released an official list of participating players, but senior wide receiver Ryan Grant, graduate student defensive tackle Chris Davenport and senior kicker Cairo Santos are likely to make appearances. All three have participated in all-star or postseason scouting events following the Green Wave’s 2013-14 football season.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FACES MISSISSIPPI STATE IN WNIT Women’s basketball (2010, 11-5 Conference USA) will play Mississippi State (19-13) 7 p.m. March 20 in Starkville, Miss. in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Green Wave is making its fifth consecutive postseason appearance in the WNIT, and its 15th appearance in the postseason since head coach Lisa Stockton began her tenure. The Green Wave is one of eight C-USA teams to receive a postseason bid following the 2013-14 season.

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Freshman infielder Jake Willsey swings at a pitch in a 6-3 loss against Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday at Turchin Stadium. Willsey, who hit second and started at second base, recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats and scored 1 run. Green Wave’s loss to Southeastern was its third consecutive loss. straight loss, after dropping ing to record a hit until the runs with a triple to right unintentional walks allowed by kaitlin maheu associate sports editor two out of three games at East eighth when freshman short- center field. This was Tulane’s by the Green Wave pitching Carolina last weekend and stop Stephen Alemais bunted only offensive production in staff. Tulane baseball lost losing 6-3 to Southeastern for a single with two outs in the game. The Green Wave looks to 7-3 against New Orleans on Tuesday night at Turchin the inning. Following a hit by Tulane was also plagued end its losing streak against Wednesday night at Maestri Stadium. pitch and a walk to load the by two defensive errors Conference USA foe Middle Field in New Orleans, La. The The Green Wave (10-10) bases, senior outfielder An- from freshman third base- Tennessee this weekend at game marks Tulane’s fourth struggled at the plate, fail- drew Garner drove in three man Hunter Hope, and five Turchin Stadium.


Women drop five straight matches, No. 66 men defeat South Alabama

Conference USA standings BASEBALL Conference

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So. Miss. Marshall ECU Tulane FIU Fla. Atlantic Old Dominion

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Junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Meredith Maltby celebrate a point during a 6-1 victory against Southern Mississippi Jan. 18 at City Park Pepsi Center in New Orleans, La.


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Women’s Basketball vs. Mississippi State Starkville, Miss.


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Baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Turchin Stadium


Baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Turchin Stadium


Women’s Tennis vs. College of Charleston Charleston, S.C.


Men’s Tennis vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Houston, Texas


Baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Turchin Stadium


Men’s Tennis vs. Rice Houston, Texas

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Junior Iain Sneddon serves the ball in a practice at the Reily Student Recreation Center.


CONTINUED FROM 12 simulcast from the roof.’ Todd came and set up a table and did a simulcast from the roof and it was a whole lot of fun.” Graffagnini coined the Lanaux’s nickname, which has become an integral part of the baseball season and his broadcast. “I nicknamed them the ‘Shed Krewe’ the first night [I saw them],” Graffagnini said. “I know it’s baseball season when I see them out there and I say, ‘The Shed Krewe’s out there tonight!’ and they wave at me. They’re awesome people and great fans.” Graffagnini made his last trip to the Shed in 2005. “It was the last weekend of

the year, [Tulane was] playing TCU, and had already clinched the conference championship,” Graffagnini said. “They have a pool back there, and in between innings I would jump in the pool [to cool off].” Head coach Rick Jones has also taken a liking to the ‘Shed Krewe,’ and often jokes with the Lanauxs about watching a game from left field himself. “[Jones] has asked us on one or two occasions, ‘If I ever get thrown from a game, can I come sit up there?’” Mike Lanaux said. “I just tell him it’s an open invitation.” Keep an eye out for the Shed Krewe at Tulane’s next home baseball game 6:30 p.m. March 21 against Middle Tennessee, where they will likely be cheering the Green Wave on from their shed in left center field.

The Tulane men’s tennis program defeated South Alabama 4-2 Saturday at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center, while the women’s team lost 6-1 against Rutgers and failed to break its losing streak Wednesday, also at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center. The No. 66 men’s team (114) recorded three of its four wins in singles competition,

BBALL CONTINUED FROM 12 stepped up and contributed.” The Green Wave held Princeton to 21-49 shooting (42.9 percent) from the field, and 6-19 (31.6 percent) on three-point shots, but struggled with Princeton’s active defense in the first half. Tulane hit just 19 of its 48 shots (39.6 percent) from the field, including 5-19 on threepointers, and committed 16 turnovers. The Green Wave struggled to put together a consistent offensive attack, as Princeton’s defensive activity and pressure created turnovers


and one win in the doubles portion of the match. The No. 37 men’s doubles team, consisting of sophomore Dominik Koepfer and freshman Jao Chi-Shan, set the tone for the rest of the squad, as they earned their fifth straight win against South Alabama’s Manuel Belda and Quincy Olij in an 8-3 victory. Koepfer and Chi-Shan also registered singles victories, as Koepfer defeated Daniel Leitner 6-4, 7-6, and Chi-Shan won 6-1, 6-4

against Shayann Vaezzadeh. Sophomore Alex Van Cott defeated Juan Troglia 6-4, 6-3 to seal the victory for the Green Wave. The women’s tennis (4-13), which has dropped its last five matches, was unable to pull out a victory against Rutgers. The Green Wave entered the match without senior Klara Vyskocilova due to an injury.

and bad shots. “We were at point-blank range, and either tried to make the shot too hard or just didn’t take the easy shot,” Conroy said. Tulane forced 11 turnovers in the game but struggled to defend Princeton forward Hans Brase, who finished with 16 points and took advantage of Tulane’s weak interior defense in the first half. Princeton scored 30 of its 56 points in the paint. Tulane entered the half trailing 29-23, and could not slow Princeton’s shooting in the second half. Princeton opened a 14-point lead with 10:17 remaining in the second half, and was able to fight off Tulane’s resurgent effort en route to a victory. “We didn’t get any big [de-

fensive] stops toward the end [of the game],” Stark said. “But, we fought hard until the end.” Freshman guard Jonathan Stark finished with 20 points, and junior guard Jay Hook scored 9 points and added 8 rebounds. Junior forward Tre Drye scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Freshman forward Josh Hearlihy, rarely used during the regular season, scored 4 points off the bench in the first half. “I thought [Hearlihy] gave us some [good minutes],” Conroy said. “There were many times we had four freshmen [on the court] and I was proud of the way they tried to fight against a very good basketball team.”


@HULLSPORTS TOP TWEET “Devlin Fieldhouse, I bid you farewell. Thank You, Avron B. Fogelman.” -@_WhatUp_KEV March 19 (Men’s basketball senior forward Kevin Thomas)





‘Shed Krewe’ cheers from best seats on the house

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Fans Mike and Lindsay Lanaux sit on the roof of what they call “The Shed” while Tulane baseball players warm up for a game against Southeastern Tuesday at Turchin Stadium. The Lanauxs invite other Green Wave fans to watch Tulane on The Shed, which is located behind their house on Audobon Place. The Lanauxs have spectated Tulane baseball games from The Shed for more than 15 years.

by kaitlin maheu


Todd Graffignini Turchin Stadium play-by-play broadcaster


associate sports editor

ny fan who has ever been to a Tulane baseball game at Turchin Stadium has probably noticed the patio to the right of the scoreboard just over the wall in left centerfield and the crowd of spectators who sometimes gather there to watch the game. What many people may not know is that the house on Audubon Boulevard belongs to Mike and Lindsay Lanaux, the

owners of the old New Orleans grocery store Langenstein’s and long-time Tulane supporters. Fifteen years ago, the Lanaux family, looking to buy a new house uptown for themselves and their three children, stumbled upon what would come to be known as “The Shed.” The Lanaux house sits a little more than 400 feet from home plate and is conveniently equipped with a flat roof perfect for watching Tulane baseball on a sunny afternoon. Mike Lanaux said that when he and his wife, Lindsay, bought the house, they had no intention of transform-

ing it into a viewing point. “The people [who] were selling it to us said, ‘By the way, I think if you get up on the roof of the garage, you can see the baseball field,’ which had nothing to do with us buying the house,” Mike Lanaux said. “After we bought the house, we took a ladder and leaned it up against the side of the garage and climbed up, and I thought, ‘Wow, you can see the baseball field really well!’” Since then, the Lanauxs have made some transformations to their rooftop arrangement, including the addition of a com-

mercial stepladder and speakers to listen to the radio broadcast. The Lanaux family can be seen camped out in green and blue folding chairs and waving a Tulane flag during baseball games. In addition to offering a great view, the Lanaux family’s rooftop also gives them the occasional souvenir, as it is common for homerun balls to bounce onto the roof or into the pool. “I remember sitting up on the roof and a ball landed in the swimming pool,” Mike Lanaux said. “My wife was [on the shed] watching the game and reading

a book, and a ball bounced right in the middle of the roof.” The Lanauxs have received recognition from Todd Graffagnini, who is responsible for the play-by-play broadcast of Green Wave baseball, football and men’s and women’s basketball. “At one point, [Graffagnini] rang the doorbell and introduced himself [as the Tulane baseball radio announcer],” Mike Lanaux said. “So he came in and sat down, and we had some crawfish, and he said, ‘I was wondering if I could do a



Wave’s season ends after 56-55 loss to Princeton in tournament opener by oliver grigg sports editor

Tulane men’s basketball’s comeback to a 14-point deficit fell short, as it lost 56-55 against Princeton Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. Freshman guard Jonathan Stark led a resurgent secondhalf effort and hit a long fadeaway three-pointer to cut Princeton’s lead to four with 21.3 seconds left to play. The Green Wave ran out of time, though, as Stark connected on a halfcourt heave as time expired. Tulane lost by a single point. “The point guard’s job is to get the win and lead us in the mental toughness department and resiliency,” head coach Ed Conroy said. “I give [Stark] a lot of credit. He certainly came up big at the end.” Tulane tied Princeton at 15 points with 9:22 remaining in the first half, but did not lead once during the game. The Green Wave played without sophomore guard Louis Dabney, who injured his back against Tulsa on March 13 in El Paso, Texas. “After the game against Tulsa, everybody felt confident that [Dabney] would be able to go [tonight],” Conroy said. “Every day we thought he was going to be ready to go, but it was just that the muscles didn’t respond as quickly as we hoped they would.” Dabney’s presence was missed, but Stark said the team worked hard to fill the void. “[Dabney] is the heart of this team,” Stark said. “He’s our captain, but I feel like everybody


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Left: Senior Tomas Bruha jumps for the opening tipoff in a 56-55 loss against Princeton Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. Top: Freshman guard Jonathan Stark drives to the basket against Princeton. Bottom: Freshman forward Payton Henson (25) looks to pass the ball to junior forward Tre Drye (34).

The Tulane Hullabaloo 3.20.14