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VOLUME CIX, No. 20

MARCH 27, 2014

Debate emerges over proposed cuts to staff benefits by emma discher news editor

A Feb. 13 proposal to adjust faculty and staff benefits led to concern in the community. Members of the Staff Benefits Committee formed a subcommittee, which will meet regularly to consider options and ultimately make a recommendation to the greater University Senate and the president later this semester. Members of faculty staff provided a University Senate Benefits Committee PowerPoint from the Feb. 13 meeting to The Hullabaloo that included changes to the sick and vacation policy and the tuition waiver program. The draft would cut sick leave accrual from one day of leave per month to .75 days per month and introduce an accumulation cap of 90 days. Vacation policy would still be based on years of employment and employees would be given the same number of days, but employees would not be able to carry over as many vacation days as they are allowed to under the current policy. The PowerPoint states that these sick policy changes would decrease “excessive” absences and costs of replacement employees, and could represent a “$6.2 million potential reduction in liability to the university.” The vacation policy chances would result in a savings of about $2.4 million. The tuition waiver program currently allows faculty and staff, as well as their dependents, to take classes at Tulane tuitionfree. Under the current policy, faculty immediately receives complete coverage upon hire. Staff receives complete coverage after six months of employment; after three years of employment their dependents receive the same. The new proposal erases the distinction between coverage of faculty and staff and measures their coverage according to years of service. Employees would receive no tuition benefit for their first two years of service. After two years, they would receive 50 percent coverage and,

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The proposal draft suggested changes to staff benefits that would affect sick days, vacation time and the tuition waiver program. University officials say these changes could decrease expenses for the university as a whole, as well as costs for students. Many staff members, however, have expressed concern about these changes. after six or more years, 100 percent coverage. Employees, dependents, spouses or partners who are already enrolled will not be subject to these changes. The PowerPoint states that this change could save the university between $600,00 and $1 million. Vice President for Administrative Services Anne Baños, who presented the proposal for consideration, declined to confirm or deny the specifics of the proposal.

Alysia Loshbaugh, director of budget and financial affairs, who also serves as the Staff Advisory Council Chair, said she was hesitant to share details about the proposal because they are subject to change. “I don’t want to say something and then have people think that that’s really what’s going to happen, because at this point, I think lots of things are up for discussion,” Loshbaugh said. “The only other thing that I can say is sort of confirm that the initial proposal that we saw

did deal with those three particular benefits.” The proposal draft Loshbaugh said the university is not currently in a dangerous financial situation, but rather that the proposal draft is a preventative measure partially in regards to President Barack Obama’s August 2013 proposal for the federal government to rate universities based on affordability. “The university is not in a precarious financial position; our budget is balanced for [fis-

cal year 2015], which starts July 1 of this year,” Loshbaugh said. “As changes from the federal government may be coming down the line, we’re trying to be proactive and see what are some things that we can do to adjust how we manage ourselves … [to] put the university in a better financial position and to try to keep costs down for students.” A Senate Benefits Committee interim report by committee chair Leann Meyers stated that President Scott Cowen Cowen has spoken about “chal-

lenges facing higher education in general, and the concerns for Tulane particularly” to the SBC and at faculty meetings since March 2013. The proposal to change faculty and staff benefits came from the Long Term Planning Committee’s effort to identify ways to increase revenue and decrease spending for the

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President Cowen gives ‘Last Lecture’

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Above: Scott Cowen

by brandi doyal staff writer

The Tulane Mortar Board invited Tulane President Scott Cowen to speak Wednesday at its annual “Last Lecture,” an event in which guests are asked to speak to the audience as if it were their last time. Cowen decided to focus on the defining moments in his life and how they led him to pursue his passions. More than 450 people gathered to hear Cowen’s lecture, where he also discussed his 16 years of service at Tulane. “Unfortunately for me, my lecture is about me, and a subject that I never liked to talk

about, especially in public, and that is my feelings, my reflections and my introspections of 67 years on this earth,” Cowen said. Cowen spoke from the heart, giving the audience a glimpse into what he considers his most influential experiences. Fighting through tears, he recounted the struggles that have shaped him into the person he is today. As a child, Cowen encountered difficulty in school because of an undiagnosed intellectual disability, later identified as dyslexia. Cowen said he had trouble socializing with others even

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Tulane Emergency Medical Services ambulance pulls onto Freret Street. TEMS has increased its monitoring of volunteers after several senior volunteers in the class of 2012 substantially overspent on their dining budget.

TEMS confirms significant overspending in 2011-12 by thomas o’brien news editor and

samuel wetzler views editor

Tulane Emergency Medical Services members spent approximately $40,000 more than their allocated amount of Wavebucks during the 2011-12 school year, director of TEMS junior Peter Haskins confirmed. This incident led to an overhaul of TEMS on-duty dining privi-

leges. Rob Hailey, the Senior Associate Vice President of University Services, declined to provide The Hullabaloo with TEMS’ budget from that year. Hailey said that the university started giving TEMS members Wavebucks about 15 years ago so that they could buy food during their shifts. These Wavebucks are not put on their Splash Cards, but on special cards that allow them access to all university buildings, which

they are only permitted carry when on duty. “At that time, we were allotted 30 Wavebucks when we were on duty,” Haskins said. “We have 12-hour shifts, so that’s about three meals right there, and it also gave us a little extra in case we wanted to get a snack or two.” Some TEMS members, however, discovered that if they spent more than the allotted amount of Wavebucks, the system would not stop them.

“A few of the graduating seniors my freshman year — so that would have been 2012 — abused it because technically there wasn’t any cap on these Wavebucks,” Haskins said. “They would spend a few extra past their limit. Those were the actions of a few mem-

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THURSDAY 3/27

EARLY MODERN FACES OPENING PARTY 10 a.m. to 5 p.m./Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center

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The third annual Taste New Orleans, Savor Literacy event was held in the LBC Pocket park Wednesday March 26th from 5-7. The event featured live music and over 17 restaurants, and all proceeds went to STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading), a nonprofit that tutors at-risk youth.

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The Newcomb Gallery is hosting an opening party celebrating largest collection of Old Master art held at Newcomb Gallery. The event is free and will feature hors d’oeuvres, live music and libations.

FRIDAY 3/28

GREAT SCOTT! PARADE 4-7 p.m. / Lavin-Bernick Center Quad

Tulane is celebrating President Scott Cowen with a parade and entertainment featuring Kermit Ruffins and DJ Brice Nice.

SATURDAY 3/29 AND SUNDAY 3/30

INDIVIDUAL BURNS EX-GIRLFRIEND’S BELONGINGS AT SAE HOUSE A student complained to the Tulane University Police Department that her ex-boyfriend sent her concerning texts, as well as photos of him burning her belongings, on Friday at 1:18 p.m. at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. When the officers arrived to the SAE house, another student decided to destroy the evidence in front of the officers themselves and was charged with tampering with evidence. The ex-boyfriend decided to speak without his lawyer and the girlfriend decided to not press any charges. FORMER ROOMMATE CAUSES DAMAGE IN OFF-CAMPUS HOME A Tulane student complained that her former roommate from Loyola University New Orleans had trespassed into her off-campus home at 4:53 p.m. on Monday. She reported a broken screen and no other damage. The former roommate was previously evicted from the residence. COCA-COLA DELIVERYMAN EXPERIENCES THEFT ON CAMPUS A Coca-Cola deliveryman said that his mobile input device was stolen from his unlocked vehicle at 9:30 a.m. on March 20. Footage was gathered and he was informed on crime prevention tips.

Over a thousand students gather to celebrate Shabbat

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Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 10 p.m.; and Sunday at 8 p.m. /Lavin-Bernick Center Kendall Cram Room

Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler based on a series of interviews with women focusing on their experiences. Tickets are $8 dollars for students and $10 for the general public. All proceeds go to organizations fighting violence against women.

MONDAY 3/31

ASTRALIS PRESENTS “LIFE AND AFTERLIFE” 6-8:30 p.m./ Dixon Performing Arts Center Room 152

Contemporary piano and vocal duo ASTRALIS will present a program of Olivier Messiaen’s “Poemes pour Mi,” as well as three other pieces written by young American composers. Admission is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY 4/2

PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP FAIR 5:30-7 p.m. in Lavin-Bernick Center Qatar Ballroom

Representatives from more than 100 local organizations will be on hand to talk to students about internships for summer or fall 2014.

Trash to Treasure to resell students’ used items

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Above: Students enter a tent on Newcomb quad where Shabbat 1000 was held on Friday. Right: A homemade meal was offered to students who attended. Both Jewish and non-Jewish students were welcome at the event.

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From left: Sophomore Anne Bevis, freshman Margot Habets and junior Tracey Godbe pose with discarded items that Tulane Trash to Treasure will resell at discounted prices.

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by brandi doyal staff writer

More than 1,000 Tulane students gathered on Newcomb quad last Friday to eat dinner and celebrate Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. This was the sixth Shabbat 1000 dinner sponsored by Hillel and Chabad at Tulane. Like any traditional Shabbat dinner, it began with the lighting of the candles at sunset and included a home-cooked meal. Both Jewish and non-Jewish students attended the event. Tulane Chabad hosts Shabbat dinners every Friday night for students. These dinners include a traditional Shabbat meal, Torah discourse and spirited discussions. Co-director of Chabad Sarah Rivkin said the weekly dinners at Chabad are popular with the students. “Shabbat is a really special time in the week,” Rivkin said.

“It is a time where you unwind from the whole week and rejuvenate. People always come and eat food, hang out with friends and do something meaningful like talking about values. We have big Shabbat dinners every week but we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had a really big one once a year so that everyone could come together?’” Tulane has a large Jewish community. Rivkin said celebrating Shabbat helps Jewish students celebrate their faith and help them feel like they are back home, and that Shabbat 1000 gives them a unique experience. “I think it gives people a lot of good feelings and pride in being part of the Jewish community,” Rivkin said. “It is something that they remember even after they graduate.” Freshmen Talia Latch said she was excited about having such a large gathering of the

Jewish community come together to celebrate their heritage and religion. “I basically go to Shabbat every Friday, and this is just a more exciting Shabbat with so many more people than normal,” Latch said. “I know there are a lot of Jews at Tulane, but it is nice to see them come together for not only school purposes, but also religious purposes.” Rivkin said the Shabbat dinners are always open to everyone who wants to attend, including non-Jews. “I wanted to spend Shabbat with other Jews at Tulane and celebrate the end of the week together,” sophomore Emily Lubin said. “I think it is cool that so many people can come, and that a lot of non-Jewish people are here, too. It is great to show that this is a fun thing to do every Friday. It is religious, but it is also an easy way to unwind.”

Students often throw away many of their belongings while moving out of their dorms, such as hangers, shower caddies, clothes, dishes, furniture, and even computers and cell phones. In an attempt to combat this waste, students launched Tulane Trash to Treasure, a program that will collect unwanted belongings at the end of the school year and sell them for low prices during move-in week. Tulane’s program is modeled after a similar one at the University of New Hampshire. UNH’s program was launched in 2011 as the pilot for an expansion of Trash to Treasure conducted through the Post-Landfill Action Network. During the first three, the university diverted more than 100 tons of waste from the university’s waste stream and students saved an estimated $125,000, according to UNH’s Trash to Treasure Facebook page. Sophomore Anne Bevis, founder of Tulane Trash to Treasure, said she hopes that Tulane’s initiative will drastically reduce waste as well as

serve as an asset to students. “We’re talking about items that are normally $200 but sold for around $30,” Bevis said. “You also reduce double the waste during move in because you’re not buying those extra tons that people have just thrown away.” Tulane Trash to Treasure is growing in popularity with more than 800 likes on its Facebook page. Bevis said many students have also volunteered to help with the program and to be members of the leadership team. “Right now, our leadership team is about 10 people,” Bevis said. “We are looking to expand. Our volunteer list is rapidly growing. We have about 50 right now, but we expect more people to come in.” ComeFail, a program aimed to encourage small community-oriented business ventures, sponsored a competition on Facebook. Trash to Treasure won the first round of the competition, earning $500 after receiving the most likes on its post on the ComeFail page. Bevis said the money will be used to market Trash to Treasure. “We are finalizing the

designs for our logos and, as soon as we can, we’re ordering banners, flyers [and] yard signs, so people know about us on campus,” Bevis said. “We’re trying to promote off campus, too.” Trash to Treasure will partner with a charity and donate some of its profits to that group. Bevis said the charity has not been chosen and that the public may play a role in the decision. She said she hopes to find a charity that will benefit from the partnership and gain exposure at Tulane. Tulane Trash to Treasure may ask students for suggestions in selecting the charity. “We’re considering opening that [decision-making process] up to the public and see what students want us to donate to because it is their funds and their stuff,” Bevis said. “The students are the core of this sale and this entire project, so we want it to be what they want it to be.”


Roots of Renewal receives grants to re-integrate juvenile offenders

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Junior Jess Roberts, freshman Lilith Winkler-Schor and sophomore Amy Fottrell with peers, judges and corporate sponsors at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University.

by brandi doyal staff writer

Between winning $7,500 at the Clinton Global Initiative University competition in Arizona this past weekend and winning $1,000 in Tulane’s ComeFail competition, Roots of Renewal has hit the ground running. Roots of Renewal’s initial project focuses on reintegrating juvenile offenders back into society by teaching them the necessary skills to help them reach career and life goals they may have had prior to being incarcerated. Roots of Renewal aims to eventually become a resource to assist all incarcerated individuals and their families within the Central City of New Orleans. Roots of Renewal co-founder Brendan Lyman said winning both competitions has been a great experience for Roots of Renewal. He said the funding is an excellent start to help the organization reach its goal, and he is humbled by the number of people backing the program. “It has been a little overwhelming in the last week but it has also been really surreal, from Hillary Clinton mentioning us in her speech to the outpouring of support at the Clinton Global Initiative to people just telling us that it was a great idea,” Lyman said. The organization’s plan for

the summer program is to buy a house and allow previous juvenile offenders renovate the house, then rent it out as affordable housing to help fund the program. Roots of Renewal plans to hire professionals to help teach job skills such as plumbing, electricity and flooring. It also plans to have life coaches work with the participants to help them set goals and build a support system. The goal is that by the time the program ends, the participants are ready to rejoin the school system and thrive. Roots of Renewal Chief Executive Amy Fottrell said the prison cycle within the community was is a major problem that needed addressing. “If we can stop the cycle early, especially with juvenile offenders, we think that it could be incredibly effective,” Fottrell said. “When people come out of prison one of their biggest problems is that it is impossible to get a job because they have a criminal record.” In the wake of the ComeFail competition, Tulane Trash to Treasure announced on its Facebook page that it is considering a partnership with Roots of Renewal. Trash to Treasure, which won $500 from ComeFail, narrowly lost the $1,000 prize to Roots of Renewal on Sunday. Lyman said a partnership could include Roots of Renewal storing some of Trash

to Treasure’s goods for the summer. No partnership has been finalized, but Lilith WinklerSchor, cofounder and director of research for Roots of Renewal, said a partnership could be a positive move for both organizations. Winkler-Schor said she didn’t believe this partnership would even have been imagined without the ComeFail competition. “We would love to support [Tulane Trash to Treasure] and are more than happy to have them supporting us,” WinklerSchor said. “I think Tulane has a really great atmosphere for supporting other ventures.” Lyman said that reaching the goals of the organization will be a collaborative effort by the city and other organizations. He hopes to be a part of something that will help allow New Orleans thrive at its highest potential. “Really nothing would make me happier than to see the Central City be the neighborhood it once was and the neighborhood it has the potential to be,” Lyman said. “That is why we are doing what we are doing. It is not for us, Roots of Renewal, or to make the world a better place. That is part of it, but we are doing it because we really would like to see Central City thrive.”

Obama nominates Tulane Law alumnus to U.S. Attorney position by brandi doyal staff writer

President Barack Obama nominated Walt Green, a 1993 graduate of Tulane Law School, to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will become one of 93 U.S. Attorneys serving throughout the country. Green currently serves as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney since the previous U.S. Attorney for the Middle District resigned on July 1, 2013 to accept a position in the private sector. Senator Mary Landrieu recommended Green to Obama on Oct. 15, 2013 following traditional Senate courtesy. In a press release, Landrieu praised Green’s experience in public service. “I am delighted to have a person of such high caliber to recommend to the President as our next U.S. Attorney for our state’s Middle District,” Landrieu said.

Obama nominated two people, including Green, to serve in vacant U.S. Attorney’s offices on March 13. In a press release, he praised the nominees’ dedication to justice. “I am thrilled that they will continue their service by pursuing justice on behalf of the American people as United States Attorneys,” Obama said. Green serves in a number of other roles besides the U.S. Attorney’s office. He is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has served two tours of duty in Iraq, where he supervised crime investigations against members of the Saddam Hussein regime. He currently is officer-in-charge of the Reserve’s Environmental Services Division. He has also served in several antiterrorism roles, such as Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinator. Jim Letten, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning in the law school, emphasized

these qualifications as making Green an exceptional candidate. “His career as an assistant [U.S. Attorney] coupled with his military career makes him eminently qualified,” Letten said. “In fact, you won’t find anyone more qualified to do the job, and do it well.” Letten emphasized the range of responsibilities Green will take on as U.S. Attorney, which represents the U.S. Government in federal court. “Walt will be in charge of a distinguished office of attorneys and superb support personnel,” Letten said. “The U.S. Attorney is the district’s ranking Federal official, and the office represents Federal agencies in all matters civil and criminal in the district.” Letten said that Green’s nomination and his skills reflect well on Tulane Law. Green’s office declined to comment beyond the White House’s press release.

have let it down. Marjorie said to me, ‘What have you done in the past at times like this where you have been overwhelmed, where you have been immobilized?” And I said, ‘The only thing I’ve ever done is to sit down and make lists.’ And she said to me ‘Well, you better start making lists.’” Cowen said how people deal with defining moments determines their ability to succeed. “I can tell you with almost perfect knowledge [whether] someone will be successful or not because how one confronts those defining moments and overcomes them and uses them really defines who they are,” Cowen said. Cowen also touched on other aspects of his life, such as leadership and the pursuit of his passions. He advised students to tackle issues important to them, both personally and professionally. “One of my main goals for the last 20 years [was] to have a joyful life, to have a happy life,

to have a life where you have satisfaction,” Cowen said. “You have to pursue your passion. You have to find something to do in life that makes you get up every single morning and you can’t wait until you do it.” Cowen addressed the audience with pride for the institution, thanking them for the dedication and loyalty the Tulane community continues to show him. Cowen closed his speech by congratulating Tulane for being a community that continues to persevere despite any hardships. “If universities were to be ranked by the quality, character and values of the people of that community, Tulane would be number one in the galaxy,” Cowen said. “Once you demonstrate after Katrina what you’ve demonstrated today — resilience, grit, determination, the unwillingness to fail — it says to me there is no other university, no other community that is better than our sacred and beloved Tulane University.”

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on a basic level. “When I was three years old, my parents discovered that I had a hard time getting words out of my mouth,” Cowen said. “They thought … I was [just] still young and had not advanced. When I was five years old, they noticed the same characteristic — my inability to communicate with anyone in any coherent way.” Cowen went on to recount his experience in the military and as president following Hurricane Katrina. When he saw the devastation after the storm on television, he was brought to tears and unsure of Tulane’s future. Cowen said he looked to his wife for support. “I said to her, ‘I’m going to fail. I’m not going to be able to do what has to be done. First of all, I don’t know what to do. And even if I did know what to do, I’m not sure we could pull it off,’” Cowen said. “All my life, this university’s been in existence, for 175 years, and I will

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university. “There have been efforts on many fronts to look at how we can reduce expenses, generate revenue, to continue to operate as effectively as possible without having unnecessary pressures on our constituents or the university operations,” Baños said. “This is just one piece of it. We spend a significant amount of money on benefits, so it’s an obvious area to look at. It is by no means, however, represented as the solution.” Baños said Tulane is not isolated in considering these changes, as the University of Michigan recently changed retirement and benefit plans and Vanderbilt University has changed its tuition waiver program a few times in recent years. She said these benefits are important to attract qualified staff, but they need to be sustainable. “This is something that enterprises, institutions, and corporations [face],” Baños said. “This is a big problem, and benefits are an expense … Certainly we’re always committed to trying to keep them as competitive as we possibly can, but we also have to be able to provide them.” Faculty and staff response Gary McPherson, the School of Science and Engineering senior associate dean for research and facilities, used the tuition waiver program to send his two children to Tulane. He has worked at Tulane for 44 years

and served as an associate dean for 22 years. McPherson is one of many who have expressed dissatisfaction with the proposal. “I feel that we still are treating our staff much like we were a big box store than as I would think appropriate for a major research university,” McPherson said. “I went to every departmental office in the School of Science and Engineering … and I asked [many] staff members in every office to tell me what they thought ... Based on that I decided that I would write a letter to Anne Baños explaining this.” He also expressed these concerns in an e-mail to Baños. McPherson said that, though he understood that this proposal draft was still under consideration, he felt that it was bad timing given the introduction of the Kronos time-clock system and the merit-based pay increase freeze. “I feel for the last 12 months, there’s been a number of changes — the staff benefit [cut proposals] are just one — that have been very demoralizing for our staff,” McPherson said. “When I speak for our staff, I speak for the staff in the School of Science and Engineering and the staff of a number of offices that I work closely with.” A downtown campus staff member who asked to remain anonymous said the proposal draft would drive away current and prospective employees.

“I see this as exemplifying the economic theory called ‘race to the bottom,’ which means that companies compete with each other by cutting staff, benefits and wages,” the source said. “I think that undermines employee productivity [and] morale. I don’t think that Tulane can compete with any other university … by basically making the positions we have here not as marketable in the job market. I think you’re going to lose the best employees with these benefits.” Moving forward The subcommittee of the Senate Benefits Committee will meet April 4 to formally continue discussion of the proposal draft and create a recommendation. “The subcommittee will do some work, and they will report back to the senate benefits committee,” Baños said. “There will likely be another meeting of the senate benefits committee later in April and then again, depending on what comes out, there will be subsequent meetings. The idea is to wrap the discussion up by the end of May.” The subcommittee’s recommendation will be presented to Cowen or president-elect Michael Fitts depending on the end date of the committee’s meeting.

Haskins said the students who spent more than the allotment were seniors who had graduated by the time the discovery was made. Following the discovery, Hailey said that the university cracked down on the Wavebuck privilege. TEMS members no longer receive Wavebucks while on duty. Instead, they receive swipes to eat at Bruff Commons and a maximum of $15 to spend at City Diner when Bruff is closed. “To this day, we still don’t have [Wavebucks],” Haskins

said. “It was dealt with. There was punishment for that.” Haskins said TEMS now takes precautions to make sure members can no longer abuse their dining privilege. “There are now systems in place that [provide] weekly updates on how the money’s being spent,” Haskins said. “If someone goes over by the slightest amount, it’s dealt with and they are reprimanded.”

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CONTINUED FROM 1 bers. It  is  not some recurring theme  that is a problem with the current membership. These events occurred before the majority of this organization was even in TEMS.” Haskins said that the organization discovered the overspending during the summer of 2012, following the school year. “This came to our attention way after the fact, when dining services finally looked at the bill,” Haskins said. “We were able to pinpoint which members were able to do that.”


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The Vagina Monologues empower Tulane women

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Students will shed their inhibitions and shout “vagina!” to the heavens during Tulane University’s annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” The show will run for three performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday in the Kendall Cram Room in the Lavin-Bernick Center. Originally written by Eve Ensler, “The Vagina Monologues” has evolved into a full-blown movement that transcends the boundaries of theatre. The production is structured as a series of monologues that explore the trials of identifying as a woman, ranging from discomfort with the word ‘vagina’ to the brutality of sexual violence. College campuses around the world perform their own renditions of “The Vagina Monologues” in support of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In addition to educating audiences, Tulane’s production will also raise funds for local organizations BreakOUT! and Women with a Vision, Inc. This year’s production is directed by senior Cara Clatanoff. A “Vag Mons” veteran, Clatanoff decided to step into a leadership role after performing in the show during her first three years of college. Joining the cast connected Clatanoff to a supportive community of like-minded women. Working alongside Clatanoff are producers senior Mwende Katwiwa and junior Charisse Poston. “Both the message of the show and the community of women have brought me back to the show every year,” Clatanoff said. Two to eight women perform each monologue, and every Sunday Clatanoff and her producers host lengthy rehearsals in the LBC. Though they are time-consuming, these rehearsals are vital to giving every monologue a clear, distinctive voice. “These women have put an incredible amount of dedication and time inside of rehearsals claire brown | photo editor to make sure that their message is clear and well-presented,” Katwiwa said. “They care about giving a voice to themselves and the stories of women all over the world.” The Vagina Monolgues staff traditionally gives out white The women who participate in the monologues call themselves “vagina warriors” chocolate lollipops that resemble a vagina. The Monologues because they are dedicated to expressing themselves and fighting those who hurt run from Friday to Sunday in the Kendall Cram Room. and silence women. Sophomores and “Vag Mons” newcomers Diane Kowalski and Elizabeth Berganza joined the cast because they were frustrated with the silence surrounding women’s bodies and wanted to become “more comfortable” with themselves. “I love vaginas and I think they should be talked about,” Kowalski said. Senior Madeline White has repeatedly participated in the show because of its welcoming community. “It’s not just a play, it’s a lifestyle,” White said. “I really think it’s just having a women-positive, friendly space where we’re all able to use as a type of network for support.” A pillar of “The Vagina Monologues” is raising awareness and putting women’s issues in perspective. Clatanoff hopes that after watching the show audiences “will recognize the importance of all women and will reflect upon our shared humanity as beings on this earth.” Diane Kowalski Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” cost $8 with a Tulane ID Performer and $10 for the general public. claire brown | photo editor

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GO HAM FOR A CAUSE Above: A heap of hogs await hungry gullets at last year’s Hogs For A Cause Festival. Left: Local funk favorites Dumpstaphunk jam out during a past festival. This year’s Hogs For A Cause takes place at 4 p.m. Friday in City Park.

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by liz perhaps staff writer

What started as a simple idea to recreate a traditional pig roast has transformed into a dream come true for families with children who suffer from pediatric brain cancer. Years ago, friends Becker Hall and Rene Louapre were inspired by a young boy fighting his battle with pediatric brain cancer. Hall

and Louapre decided to turn their friendly gathering of a Southern pig roast into a fundraiser called Hogs for a Cause to help the boy’s family with the variable costs associated with his disease. This weekend, Hogs for a Cause will offer fun and philanthropy at New Orleans City Park and invites New Orleanians to come support the battle against pediatric brain cancer. Since its first festival six years ago, Hogs for a Cause has become a dynamic

event equipped with live music and dishes to fulfill every pork pallet. For their second event, Hall and Louapre decided to add a competitive edge with food challenges ranging from Whole Hog to ribs and everything in-between. Diners donate to the piggy bank of the chef they feel most deserves the prize, which determines who is the top Hog chef. This year’s Hogs for a Cause boasts a stellar lineup in hopes of stopping any

pig-induced food comas. The party starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and features Earphunk, Rosco Bandana and Dumpstaphunk. Keep in mind, however, that the pork will not be served until Saturday alongside artists Pat Green, The Hold Stead and the North Mississippi Allstars, to name a few. So come pork around this weekend at City Park. Tickets cost $15 each day for music, food, good times and a great cause.

Freret St. Market brings action uptown

WITH MORE THAN 200 VENDORS PEDDLING HANDMADE LOCAL by david preda CRAFTS, PETS FOR staff writer ADOPTION AND ONE-OF-A-KIND FOOD ... During the first THERE’S SOMETHING FOR Saturday of every month — except July EVERY and August — the Freret FESTIVALGOER. Market sets up shop, inviting visitors to revel in the near renaissance of Freret Street. The market, which started i n 2007, boasts live music as well as a variety of booths and tables selling food and clothes from shops located on or near Freret. The upcoming Freret Market, scheduled for April 5, also marks the 17th anniversary of the annual Freret Street Festival. This year’s festival takes place on Freret Street between Jefferson and Napoleon avenues. With over 200 vendors peddling handmade local crafts, pets for adoption and one-of-a-kind food, five music stages and an activity area for children, there’s something for every festivalgoer. The market and festival, designed to increase commerce and awareness of the myriad of businesses on the street, have only prospered in recent years due to the revival of Freret Street. As the businesses improve, so does the festival. Last year’s festival celebrated the expansion of Dat Dog and the opening of art and music venue Gasa Gasa. The venue helped book musical acts for this festival’s lineup, which includes local favorites Flowtribe and Mississippi Rail Company. In the past, the festival extended a few blocks short of Jefferson and lasted from noon to 6 p.m. Due to an expected 30,000 attendants this year, however, the decision was made to expand all the way to Jefferson.

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WTUL DJ Brian Davis talks during an airbreak. The WTUL marathon culminates in 24-Hour DJ Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

WTUL ends fundraiser with 24-hour DJ event by sam ergina staff writer

WTUL will be having its 24-hour DJ event from 12 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday to finish off the station’s annual Marathon Fundraiser, which started three weeks ago. The station’s budget consists of two components: Undergraduate Student Government funding and donations. In order to gather financial support from donors, WTUL hosts a marathon every year to raise money through pledges. Pledging can be done either through call-ins or online donations on the WTUL website. Pledges greater than $25 also earn donator Premiums, which are gift packages from WTUL that include merchandise such as mugs, T-shirts and stickers, as well as song requests for the air.

For the final blowout, WTUL will host a 72-hour event at Pocket Park this weekend. There will be three DJs or groups of DJs who will host a 24-hour set, which will include live performances from a plethora of local talent. Bands already confirmed for the first day include Pope, Donovan Wolfington, Sexual Thunder!, Freddy Beach, Woozy, Stoop Kids and The Quintessential Octopus. This is only the tip of the iceberg of musical delight that will hit campus this weekend. In addition to the music, there will be activities around the set such as face and body painting, video games and interviews. Other WTUL frivolities over the weekend include classics like s’mores and truth or dare, as well as more unique creations such as a contest to determine who is most punk and live erotica readings in the middle of the night.

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During the 72-hour timespan, all are able to come experience the radio station and help out WTUL. Cash donations will be accepted throughout the weekend. WTUL’s 24-hour weekend is a beautiful culmination of hard-working, music-loving volunteers, as senior Adam Smokler, one of the DJs hosting over the weekend. explained. “People select the music,” Smokler said. “We try to run around down here and get the music that people have requested.” If upholding one of Tulane’s most famous traditions isn’t enticing enough to encourage a visit to the station, the free food and music will be sufficient reason. WTUL is providing students with the opportunity to have control over what music is played over the air and will be at Pocket Park from sunrise to sunset and vice versa.

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THE ACT OF KILLING More than half a million people were slaughtered between 1965 and 1966 during an allegedly counter-Communist purge in Indonesia. Paramilitary gangsters spearheaded merciless death squads, and none was more fearsome than Anwar Congo. Four decades later, intrepid filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer went to Indonesia with an audacious mission: To track down Congo and his associated so that they might dramatically re-stage their exterminations on film. The war criminals, living comfortably in the present day, initially display excitement and even glee when faced with the prospect of being filmed doing what they once did best. The resulting short films are surreal, occasionally comical and always harrowing. Oppenheimer locates a shriveled remainder of humanity in these mass murderers without letting them off the hook for a millisecond, all while interrogating the problematic effects that the Hollywood film industry can have in foreign nations. “The Act of Killing” is that rarest of documentaries: gorgeous, emotionally gutting and important.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Before he slapped on the eyepatch for “Escape From New York” and headed to Antarctica for “The Thing,” Kurt Russell teamed with John Carpenter for the ludicrously fun “Big Trouble In Little China.” Equal parts comic book, video game and amusement park thrill ride, “China” takes hunky meathead Russell and his infinitely more capable sidekick Wong through the colorful San Franciscan Chinese underground in search of Wong’s kidnapped lover. On their journey, they cross paths with a powerful sorcerer, Lovecraftian monsters and more enemy ninjas than you can shake a bō staff at. But the film’s greatest strength is its savvy, as the screenwriter constantly subverts genre clichés in favor of self-aware wisecracks (the convoluted explanations of the supernatural elements go perfectly nowhere in an inspired running joke). Bursting with cracking humor and spritely action sequences, “China” is a film of countless delights, not the least of which is a shrieking, pre-“Sex and the City” Kim Cattrall.

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Blood diamond aficionado Natasha Leggero will be joined by her pig bottom, Moshe Kasher, and mustache/child owner Tom Lennon on Tuesday at One Eyed Jacks. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7 p.m. The triad of comedians includes extremely varied styles of humor, which should collide in a night of pure hilarity. Leggero, a stand-up comedienne known for her guest appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and her YouTube series “Tubbin’ with Tash,” made a name for herself with her caricature of an upper-class Caucasian woman. The Illinois-born comic is sure to deliver shot after shot at the way the upper class looks down on Middle America using cocaine and poor people jokes. The self-reinvented lady will be hosting this year’s internet Shorty Awards, so now is a good time to brush up on her classy style of comedy. Joining Leggero will be her “Tubbin’ with Tash” co-star, Moshe Kasher. The Jewish comedian will be sure to deliver laughs with prods at his religion and strange sexual appetite. If “Mistress Natasha” permits, he may even grace the stage with his signature speedo, or molest Tom Lennon. “Reno 911!” actor and writer of the critically acclaimed “Herby Fully Loaded,” Tom Lennon, will join Legerro and Kasher if for no other reason than to hit Legerro’s “medicinal” cocaine stash he sampled in an episode of “Tubbin’ with Tash.” Lennon is well known for his wry sense of self-deprecating humor. Children will not be well received, as Lennon views them as a gateway to a horrifying cult known as “parenthood.”

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Natasha Leggero poses for a pup. She, Tom Lennon and Moshe Kasher hit One Eyed Jack’s Tuesday.

“Nymphomaniac,” Lars Von Trier’s latest provocation, is fast approaching a wide release. Now is the perfect time to revisit his last triumph. 2011’s “Melancholia” won Kirsten Dunst the Best Actress prize at Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Justine, a blushing bride-to-be beset with a nasty case of the title condition. Though Justine has it all — adoring guests, a lavish ceremony thrown at a palatial estate, a fiancée played by Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” fame — she remains inconsolably depressed, much to the frustration of her sister, Claire (perennial Von Trier favorite Charlotte Gainsbourg). But when our cast of characters discovers that a rogue planet called Melancholia is on a collision course with Earth halfway through, Justine’s disposition undergoes a complete reversal. Von Trier worked out his own struggles with depression through this film, illustrating the dictum that depressive personalities attain a sense of Zen calm in times of emergency.

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Proposed staff benefit cuts would hurt Tulane community

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he Tulane administration’s pro- THE HULL THINKS... posed reduction in The university should staff benefits will hurt the university’s com- prioritize its faculty and munity, as well as New Or- continue to consider leans as a whole. The university should continue to alternative benefit consider alternatives to this proposals. proposal. At the Feb. 13 Tulane Senate Benefits Committee meeting, Tulane administration representative Anne Baños presented a proposal draft for changes to staff benefits, including adjustments to sick leave, vacation time and the tuition waiver program. Though the changes are still being discussed, they present a potentially serious problem for Tulane’s faculty and staff if approved by Tulane’s president. Faculty members currently receive one sick day per month with no cap on the accrual of sick days over the course of many years. Under the proposed cuts, sick days would fall from one sick day a month to .75 sick days a month with a maximum accrual cap of 90 sick days over the course of many years. With regard to tuition waivers, faculty currently can take two free courses immediately upon starting employment at Tulane, and their dependants get free undergraduate tuition if admitted to the university. The proposed cuts would cause professors to wait two years for a mere 50 percent reduction in tuition, and their partners and dependants would go from having free undergraduate tuition to the same two-year wait for a 50 percent discount. While fiscal responsibility is a laudable goal, some of the measures proposed threaten to weaken our institution’s ability to support its staff and community at large. While three fewer sick days a year may not seem like a big difference, over the span of a career, the reduction would have a substantial impact. Employees should not have to come into work when they are sick, as it can lead to subpar work performance and aid the spread of pathogens to other staff and students. Continuing education is phenomenally important in today’s fast-paced and innovative world. Tulane cannot expect to support its staff ’s education, as well as the education of its staff ’s dependants and family, under these new policies. These cuts in tuition waivers would negatively impact the local community by making it more difficult for the families of its employees to come to Tulane and earn a degree. These policies would also deter talented potential employees that could enhance our university. Faculty and staff members have the largest influences on student learning. Tulane should continue to prioritize their well-being and pursue milder benefit reforms.

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Every undergraduate student should live in an offcampus residence at least once during his or her time at Tulane. Recently, the Department of Housing and Residence Life has ramped up its efforts to attract more juniors and seniors to live on campus. With the new Barbara Greenbaum House at Newcomb Lawn (previously known as Zimple House) to open this upcoming fall, Tulane now has 256 more beds for students that need to be filled. Housing and Residence Life believes that by having more juniors and seniors live on campus or even in their current residence halls, there will be a heightened sense of community between the students. While having upperclassmen live on campus may increase communication among students of different ages, it will not increase transparency or foster a deeper sense of community between the different classes. For example, in 2008, Vanderbilt University attempted to improve its freshman retention rate by building an exclusive community that all freshmen are required to live in. The resulting Martha Rivers Ingram Commons includes an exclusive dining hall, as well as a gym for freshmen. Vanderbilt based its decision to build a freshman community off research that suggested that if freshmen live together and spend their time mostly with fellow freshmen, they are more likely to come back for their sophomore year and beyond. The Commons has paid off for Vanderbilt, as its retention rate is currently up to 96.3 percent. Tulane may not need to build a separate freshman community, but having freshmen live with upperclassmen is not optimal for integrating the classes. Upperclassmen should consider the wider array of on-campus living options

could benefit from having an off-campus living experience while they are still undergraduates. While undergraduates live independently in college, many still receive some type of support from their parents or guardians, whether financial or emotional. Living off campus affords most undergraduates their first autonomous living experience, free from authority figures such as parents or resident advisors. Off-campus housing forces students to make sure they pay their rent on time each month and honor the terms of the lease they have signed. For many students, off-campus living is the first time they have had to abide by a contract that has potential legal ramifications, which is a positive first experience to have while still in college rather than later on in life. Living off campus allows students to be able to sense what it is like to live on their own before they graduate college. Once students graduate, they will have to balance the realities of going to work every day, making sure all the bills are paid on time, and attempting to maintain a healthy social life. Living off campus as an undergraduate allows a person to slowly understand the enormous responsibilities that come with functioning in the real world outside of Tulane while in their apartment or house, but provide the fallback of living a normal college lifestyle. This is a preferable alternative to leasing an apartment for the first time, while potentially living in a new city, and having to start a first job simultaneously. Living off campus provides invaluable life lessons and experiences that each undergraduate student should have before they graduate. Adam Tannenbaum is a sophomore in the NewcombTulane College. He can be reached for comment at atannen@tulane.edu.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Tulane Undergraduates, Today, you all have an incredible opportunity to voice your opinions on an important issue. When you vote for Undergraduate Student Government Senators today, the ballot will also ask if you support fossil fuel divestment at Tulane. We would like to take this opportunity to explain divestment and encourage you to vote in support. Tulane has an endowment of roughly $1 billion, and invests 3 percent to 5 percent of that money in fossil fuel companies. There is an overwhelming scientific consensus that the combustion of fossil fuels is changing the climate and further exacerbating ecological, economic and social crises. This is especially true in New Orleans, which has the worst sea level rise projections in the Northern Hemisphere. We simply cannot afford to continue burning fossil fuels if we hope to inherit a stable future. Thus far we have not seen any meaningful action in confronting climate change. Due to this inaction, a movement has emerged to put pressure on the leaders of our country to make change. One of the many tactics utilized by this movement is fossil fuel divestment. Di-

vestment is simply the opposite of investment. It means getting rid of investment holdings that are unethical or morally ambiguous. Divestment is low-risk for our returns on investment. Financial analyses have shown that divesting from fossil fuel companies only increases portfolio risk by a “statistically irrelevant” amount of 0.0101 percent. The more we can make climate change a moral issue, the more we will be able to push society toward action. If it is wrong to wreck the planet, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Tulane, as a prominent university, has an opportunity to use its institutional leadership to make a powerful statement that it is time to take climate change seriously. As students at a leading university, it is our responsibility to fight for our future. We need to tell Tulane that it is time to divest from fossil fuels. For these reasons, we will vote today in favor of fossil fuel divestment. We encourage you to do the same. Jamie Garuti Co-President of Divest Tulane Class of 2015

CARTOON By Chris Daemmrich

Admissions policies limit ethnic diversity JESSICA CALLAHAN staff writer Tulane University celebrated its 50th anniversary of desegregation last February with a number of panels and events. The topic continued to this year’s panel entitled “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Higher Education After Fisher V. University of Texas.” The March 19th panel discussed the ramifications of this court case in which Abigail Fisher filed a lawsuit against the University of Texas, claiming she was rejected from the school on the basis of racial discrimination. Fisher argued that as a white student, her potential spot at the university was given to a student of color because of the university’s affirmative action polices. This case is important in considering the future of diversity at universities across the country. Panelists at Tulane’s event highlighted several key points. Cheryl Harris from the University of California, Los Angeles pointed out that the majority of racial discrimination cases in the U.S. come from white defendants like Fisher. The basis of many of these claims is that affirmative action policies give students of color an advantage over white students. Harris asserts, however, that we contin-

Tulane’s lack of diversity is particularly troubling given that the university is located in New Orleans, a city that, according to the 2010 census, is 60.17 percent black and 32.99 percent white.

ue to live in a society in which racial inequity is institutionalized, and affirmative action policies have been enacted in recognition of this overall inequity. Claims against affirmative action assume that we live in a race-neutral society, in which all people are afforded equal access to good schools, Advanced Placement courses and academic resources. A quick glance into any Tulane classroom is proof that this is not the case. Tulane’s admissions website does not provide available statistics on the racial demographics of its student body, but Collegedata. com tells us that Tulane is 72.4 percent white, 10 percent black, 3.9 percent Asian and 5.9 percent Latino. A student population that is almost three-fourths white is not diverse. Legally, universities are not allowed to put a number on how many students of color must be enrolled in order for the institution to be considered diverse. Instead, affirmative action policies require that schools reach a “critical mass” of students of color. It is unclear what qualifies as a critical mass, but it seems common sense that less than 30 percent is still a significant minority. It is evident that even with affirmative action policies in place, Tulane is still not diverse. Another point raised by the panelists was that the Supreme Court probably should never have heard Fisher’s case to begin with. Looking at her high school performance and her test scores, she was not a competitive candidate for the University of Texas, and most likely would not have been accepted even if the school did not have affirmative action policies. This case is not arguing that the best students should be enrolled in higher education, but merely that white students should be enrolled regardless of their performance. The fact that the Supreme Court took this on as a legitimate case suggests we continue to live in a racist society. Tulane should acknowledge this fact and make substantial efforts to not only admit more

students of color, but to also provide increased resources for all students to overcome the effects of racism in contemporary culture. Tulane’s lack of diversity is particularly troubling given that the university is located in New Orleans, a city that, according to the 2010 census, is 60.17 percent black and 32.99 percent white. Based on these statistics, it is no surprise to learn from Tulane’s website that only 11.4 percent of the class of 2013 is from Louisiana. Furthermore, in what is perhaps an attempt to overcompensate for these facts, the same admissions webpage touts Tulane as being one of the most diverse schools in the country — geographically. This geographic diversity does not ensure racial homogeneity. Outside of admission policies, there are numerous ways to make Tulane more equitable. On the student level, the Undergraduate Student Government should make it a priority to fund the Undoing Racism workshops that Students Organizing Against Racism host free of charge to Tulane students. These workshops are facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and are used across the country to increase understanding of the effects racism has on our society. Additionally, Tulane should support efforts made by the Office of Multicultural Affairs by hiring additional staff members. The OMA puts on regular programming like the March 19th panel, provides incoming students with peer mentors and offers a yearly leadership retreat. There is no telling how much more of an impact this office could make with added staff and resources. These simple changes are a few ways that Tulane can move beyond affirmative action and toward institutional equity. Jessica Callahan is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at jcallah@tulane.edu.


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CAMPUS PSYCH GUMBO QUESTION Tulane provides tools to cope with sexual assault HOLLY PEEK health columnist The recent sexual assaults near Tulane University’s campus have brought attention to a serious and growing problem. Last week, The Hullabaloo reported that rapes in the New Orleans area have increased by 29.41 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a New Orleans Uniform Crime Reporting Reportable Crimes report. College students are particularly vulnerable, with 19 percent of college women having experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college. Often called the “silent epidemic” on college campuses, sexual assaults are the most underreported crime, with 95 percent of attacks being unreported. Sexual assaults can take serious emotional tolls on survivors, with rape survivors being 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than people who have not been victimized. There are many common reactions people experience as a result of this trauma. Physical symptoms to emotional reactions are common and include nausea, vomiting, headaches and changes in eating and sleep patterns. A person may feel shame, humiliation,

anger and even guilt. Nightmares or flashbacks of the assault can occur, affecting sleep and causing social isolation and avoidance of others. Survivors may have difficulty trusting others, avoid sexual activity or begin to engage in more risky sexual activity. Self-destructive behaviors are also common, with an increased risk for the development of substance abuse disorders, eating disorders and self-mutilating behaviors such as cutting. The development of anxiety and depression are also closely associated with sexual assault. Only 25 to 50 percent of sexual assault victims, however, seek mental health treatment after the assault. Sexual assault can severely affect academic achievement in survivors. In nearly every case, victims cannot perform at the same academic levels that they did prior to the attack. Often, students will miss class frequently or withdraw from courses altogether, either as a result of social withdrawal or as a way to avoid seeing their perpetrators. Despite the serious physical and emotional tolls sexual assault survivors experience, most do not report the crime. After a sexual assault, the victim often feels ashamed or at fault for the assault. Self-blaming increases when victims actually knew or liked their perpetrators. In 90 percent of cases, women actually know the person who sexually assaulted or raped them. Of those, about half occur in the context of a date. Drugs and alcohol consumption by the victim, perpetrator or

both are involved in most sexual assault cases, furthering self-blaming. Sexual assault survivors judge themselves so harshly for a crime that is not their fault. They are afraid others may judge them harshly as well, decreasing the likelihood of reporting the crime. The most important thing for victims to remember is they are not alone and not to blame. It is important to seek medical care after a sexual assault, for treatment of injuries, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and emergency contraception, if necessary. Seeking medical care or psychological services is confidential and does not mean the crime is automatically reported. Rather, it gives victims the important tools needed to survive the assault and report the crime if they choose to do so. Tulane offers several on-campus resources including the Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education, a student organization that operates a 24/7 confidential hotline for support and information about sexual aggression. To contact SAPHE, call (504) 654-9543. Holly Peek, MD/MPH, is a second year psychiatry resident at Tulane University School of Medicine. She can be contacted through her website at www.psychgumbo.com or psychgumbo@gmail. com.

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“Blue Nile.”

“Hard to believe I play intramural soccer on the same field as superbowls 4,6, and 9 #tulanestadium #onlyattulane” @akernonthekob

“Hour seven of my first day of nannying infant twins: I’ve resorted to humming panic at the disco songs to calm them down.”

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A playful lampooning of recent good news.

A darkly playful lampooning of recent bad news. Eight-year-old girl asked not to come back to Christian school because she is not feminine enough Louie Dellatosso, 43, of Paramus, NJ had finally been found out.

German ‘bishop of bling’ resigns over spending scandal His friends, the Archduke of Ice and the Versace Viscount, expressed their regrets over the resignation.

Georgia passes law allowing people to carry firearms in bars, restaurants, churches, airports and primary school classrooms This seems insane, but I would’ve been a much more well-behaved kindergartner if my teacher had been packing heat. President Putin’s approval rating hits three-year high Russia’s like a weird alternate universe. The McRib is available all year long, “Cheers” is still on TV and everyone has yet to learn the sad truth about R. Kelly.

Irresponsible TEMS spending highlights need for financial transparency by student organizations SAM HALPERIN senior staff writer Tulane Emergency Medical Services is considered one of the most elite student organizations on campus. Its members are students who devote an overwhelming amount of their time to protect the health and wellness of the Tulane community while sustaining good academic standing, maintaining a social life and managing the other universal factors of the college lifestyle. While students who serve on TEMS should be praised for their dedication to the universi-

ty and its safety, we must not position them so high on the pedestal that they cannot fall off. The Tulane community must be hold TEMS members accountable for their actions regardless of their association with any club or organization, especially when tuition money and mandatory student activities fees are funding the organization. The university should take measures to increase transparency, and make the student body aware of misconduct when tuition dollars are involved. Director of TEMS Peter Haskins said TEMS members spent approximately $60,000 in WaveBucks in 2012. That is a full $40,000 over the university allotted the amount to members for food during their shifts.

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“Spotted Cat.”

Hungary archeologists discover tomb of Attila the Hun Meanwhile, hungry archaeologists discovered the perfectly-preserved remains of yesterday’s stir-fry! Comedy!

Breakthrough: Woman has complete skull replaced with 3D-printed plastic skull Cooler still, the plastic glows in the dark and has pictures of space on it.

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$40,000 is more than the cost of a semester at Tulane, and it was spent at PJs and the LavinBernick Center. Dining Services did not discover this misuse until the summer of 2012, and when they revoked the WaveBucks privileges. While TEMS took the proper steps, the administration did not inform the greater Tulane community of this error in judgment. This lack of transparency leads to a lack of trust between students and the university. TEMS members certainly deserve a food allowance; working a 12-hour shift is grueling for any job. The actions of a few graduating seniors, however, turned what should have been an obvious perk into abuse of power and misuse of tuition

money, and they ultimately sent a message of overall disrespect to Tulane and its tuition-paying students. TEMS still stands as an organization of merit and esteem despite these errors in judgment. The actions of a few members are not representative of the organization as a whole, but their unintended ripple effects carry a larger weight with them than many realize. This recently discovered budget abuse could prevent students and their families from trusting the university, because students can no longer rule out the possibility of other instances of either past or present tuition abuse. The university must control and evaluate allocations of tuition money on a regular basis, and the university should

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“Blue Nile.”

hold organizations that handle large sums of money accountable. Moreover, in situations of mass budget abuse, the university should notify the student body at large. The university has an inherent responsibility to prevent carless errors in these instances. If Tulane wishes to create better relations with its students, it must take these steps. Sam Halperin is a senior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be reached for comment at shalper1@tulane.edu.

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MARCH 27, 2014

LAGNIAPPE BASEBALL HEAD COACH MISSES SECOND CONSECUTIVE SERIES DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS

No. 67 Green Wave men’s tennis lost to Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-3 and Rice 4-3 March 22 and 23, respectively, at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas. Tulane will next face C-USA foes Southern Miss and Texas-San Antonio this weekend at City Park Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.

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MEN’S TENNIS STRUGGLES AT RICE INVITATIONAL

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Assistant coach Chad Sutter will coach the Green Wave this weekend as the team travels to West Virginia to take on Conference USA rival Marshall. Rick Jones remains sidelined by the same cardiovascular issue that caused him to miss last week’s series against Middle Tennessee, as well as Tulane’s 3-2 extra inning win against No. 3 LSU on Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.

The Tulane men’s basketball team finished its season 17-17 overall and 8-8 in Conference USA play, following a 56-55 loss to Princeton March 19 at Devlin Fieldhouse in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Despite low expectations after the transfer of six players

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from the 2012-13 season, the Wave responded with a better conference record than last season, and won a game in the C-USA tournament, defeating North Texas 66-61 March 12 in El Paso, Texas. Though it was not a spectacular season by any means, it was a step in the right direction for a young Tulane team. The Hullabaloo grades the Green Wave’s overall performance during the season.

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The Wave’s three most significant contributors this season on offense were all guards. Freshman Jonathan Stark, sophomore Louis Dabney and junior Jay Hook led the team in minutes, and Stark played the No. 22 most minutes of any player in the country. Stark showed amazing poise and controlled the Wave offense for large stretches this season as a freshman. Stark shot 38 percent from beyond the arc, and his quickness helped him become a surprisingly adept defensive rebounder, as he grabbed 11.2 percent of the Wave’s defensive boards. Stark’s development is key to the Wave’s future. Dabney was expected to be a focal point of the Wave

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Under fourth-year head coach Ed Conroy, the Wave were invited to participate in the CBI, which marked Tulane’s second consecutive postseason appearance after the Green Wave reached the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season. The Green Wave posted a 17-17 overall record and posted the first .500 or

Though the Wave primarily relied on its three guard lineup, forwards junior Trevante Drye and freshman Payton Henson and freshman guard Cameron Reynolds saw a good deal of playing time. The 2013-14 season revealed that that Drye is an extremely limited offensive player. Though he excels on the glass, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, Drye is only a decent scorer, but was wise to not take too many shots outside the paint. Instead, Drye was a force in creating offensive opportunities for the Wave. Henson and Reynolds made the biggest impact as Tulane’s freshman forwards, and displayed strong defense and hustle. However, each had their respective struggles. Reynolds shot an abysmal 26.1 percent from the field, and took too many 3-pointers this season. Henson also shot very poorly

from the field, and showed that he needs to improve on the offensive side of the ball to fulfill his potential to be an important two-way player for the Wave. Senior Tomas Bruha was simply a disaster on defense, as he missed simple rotations and failed to use his massive 7’ frame to his advantage. Senior Kevin Thomas, though stronger defensively, showed that his game is very limited. Thomas averaged 1.3 blocks per game, but was an ineffective scorer and rebounder despite his size and length. Freshmen centers Ryan Smith and Ray Barreno figure to have important roles on head coach Ed Conroy’s team next season. Both played sparingly this year, but Tulane needs the two to develop quickly to be more effective in the paint next season, or it will be a long year for in its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

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gled with its interior offense and defense all season, and needs to focus on recruiting athletes with size and polished interior offensive and defensive abilities during the offseason. An effective big man would be an excellent complement to an outstanding trio of guards.

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friends and family, that makes living with ALS bearable. “[Rink’s] had great family support, he’s got a great set up at his mom and dad’s house and he’s got a lot of good friends that come by and visit him,” Crozier

CONTINUED FROM 10 It is the support from these teammates, as well as Rink’s

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Freshman guard Cameron Reynolds attempts a shot in a 58-41 victory against Rice Jan. 18 at Devlin Fieldhouse. Reynolds averaged 3.8 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game. said. “It takes a lot of positive things dealing with that disease before you decide you want to live with it.” There are, however, days where Rink struggles. “Losing his [strength] and

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better conference record since the 2006-07 season with an 8-8 finish. Tulane ranked No. 7 in C-USA and reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament. Conroy led a young and inexperienced group of athletes to new heights. The next big step Conroy must take is improving his recruiting. The Green Wave strug-

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offense this season, following the departures of Ricky Tarrant, who transferred to the University of Alabama, and Jordan Callahan. Dabney performed strongly, and led the Wave with 15.2 points per game. Dabney struggled with his three-point shooting, as she only shot 28 percent from beyond the arc. Hook had a breakout season, averaging 13.9 points per game and shooting an astounding 47.2 percent from beyond the arc, which ranked as the No. 14 best in the nation. Stark, Dabney and Hook were consistent scoring threats this year, and will likely be the offensive leaders of next year’s Green Wave.

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his energy because he gets tired [have been the most difficult parts of the disease for Rink],” Crozier said. “His speaking strength has gotten a lot weaker and that frustrates him more than anything.”

Through it all, though, Rink said that he is enjoying life. “[I feel] pretty good,” Rink said. “My disease has progressed but not at a rapid rate, so I’ve been doing O.K.”

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Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon’s walk-off RBI single, Wave pitching staff carry Wave past LSU in extra innings

WAVE DEFEATS NO. 3 LSU by kaitlin maheu

associate sports editor Tulane baseball defeated No. 3 LSU 3-2 Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium, going into extra innings for the second time in three games. This victory was Tulane’s first win against LSU since 2010, and its first midweek victory since taking a 1-0 shutout at Nicholls on Feb. 25. Assistant coach Chad Sutter, leading the Wave in Rick Jones’ absence, was impressed with his team’s performance after coming off a disappointing losing streak. “[Tonight’s win] definitely shows the guys in that locker room over there that they can play with anyone in the country if they go out and play hard and well,” Sutter said. “LSU is a great team; everyone knows that. I thought we came out and played equally as well, if not better, and I think tonight shows you that we are a really good ball club. We made no errors, we played great defensively, and we pitched our tail off.” Tulane opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a two out, bases loaded single from freshman infielder Stephen Alemais to drive in the first two runs of the game. Alemais, who in the last few weeks has struggled at the plate, said that he was instrumental in Tulane’s victory over LSU. “It was a big hit,” Alemais said. “I was lucky to get the hit. It was just exciting, especially against LSU; I don’t know how to explain it.” Tulane’s lead was short-lived, however, as LSU bounced back on two lead off walks from freshman Tyler Zamjahn and took advantage of erratic pitching from sophomore utility player Tim Yandel. No runs would cross the plate for either team from the fifth inning on. In the eleventh, Tulane’s first two batters grounded out, sending freshman Jake Willsey to the plate with two outs. Willsey doubled to the right field corner and was driven in by sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon’s single over the head of a reaching LSU second baseman, to give Tulane

its second walk-off win of the season. The Green Wave defeated Middle Tennessee 2-1 in 11 innings March 22 at Turchin Stadium. Willsey has recorded 13 hits in his 14 games at Tulane, but is still figuring out how to play at the college level. “Up until that point in the game, I hadn’t really felt that comfortable at the plate,” Willsey said. “Really for about a week now, I’ve been sort of feeling my way at the plate. That’s the game of baseball: you get your chance and you take advantage of it. I got a fastball and I was able to get the bat on the ball and take it down the line.” Carthon delivered the game-winning hit after striking out twice earlier in the night, and was confident that he would deliver the win for his team. “I was just happy I was able to get it done,” Carthon said. “I was just thinking about staying inside the baseball. I was just able to connect and the rest happened.” The Tulane defense also played consistently throughout the night, committing no errors and turning three game-changing double plays. LSU’s Sean McMullen lined out to junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp, who stepped on first base to complete the double play in the fifth inning. Tulane pitchers allowed a combined seven walks but still held LSU to only two runs on the night. Freshmen Corey Merrill, Zach Flowers and Tyler Zamjahn all saw action against LSU, but it was veteran pitchers sophomore Dan Rankin and redshirt senior Kyle McKenzie who gave Tulane the support it needed. McKenzie took the mound in the eighth and worked through four shutout innings, striking out five Tiger batters and recording his second career win against LSU. A veteran on the team of 15 freshmen, McKenzie understands the importance of this win for his club over such a highly ranked opponent. “[LSU is] a great team,” McKenzie said. “The longer you are here, you understand

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Top: Freshman pitcher Cory Merrill delivers a pitch in the 3-2 victory against LSU March 25 at Turchin Stadium. Bottom: Freshman infielder Stephen Alemais swings at a pitch against LSU. the rivalry and what it means to go out here and beat them. Tonight was an unbelievable team victory. I think we played great in all facets of the game: grinding out at-bats, staying up when they tied it up and playing good defense. “ The Tulane-LSU rivalry dates back to the late 1800s when the Green Wave travelled to Baton Rouge for the first game in program history. LSU currently leads the series 177-126-3 and had taken the previous six games prior to Tuesday night. LSU ten-run ruled the Green Wave 14-1 in eight innings in last year’s matchup at Turchin Stadium. Alemais realized the importance of the rivalry in his first year at Tulane despite being a New York native. “Not even growing up in Louisiana, you

know they’re in-state rivals,” Alemais said. “Seeing how many people were out there today was amazing. When I got the hit and I heard everyone cheering, I pretty much understood right away how big it was for the fans and the people here in Louisiana.” Tulane baseball returns to action this weekend with a trip to West Virginia for a three game set with C-USA rival Marshall. Assistant coach Jake Gautreau, who will again aid Sutter in coaching the Wave this weekend in place of Jones, believes that this midweek win will give the team momentum going forward. “With success comes more confidence,” Gautreau said. “I think as a whole, whether it’s on the mound or at the plate, we are getting tougher, and you can only get tougher with experience.”

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Fourth annual JayFest supports football alumnus’ ALS fight by kaitlin maheu

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Jay Rink (center) attends Tulane football’s 34-7 victory against Jackson State Aug. 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with family and friends.

New Orleans native and former Tulane defensive lineman Jay Rink was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and results in loss of bodily function over time, in 2010. The diagnosis, however, has not stopped Rink or his family and friends from celebrating life every spring at the annual JayFest. The fourth annual JayFest will take place from noon to 7.p.m. Sunday April 6 at the City Park Festival Grounds, a few miles from Tulane’s uptown campus. The idea for JayFest began four years ago, shortly after Rink’s diagnosis. A group of Rink’s coworkers organized a group, known as Jay’s Defensive Line, to support Rink and his family in their journey fighting the disease. “Jay’s Defensive Line actu-

ally started with the company that Jay worked with for 10 years,” said Rick Crozier, Rink’s brother-in-law who organizes JayFest each year. “We just took it from having employee support to community support.” The fundraiser has grown immensely in the years since Jay’s diagnosis. It first attracted about 600 people, and this year more than 2,000 people are expected to attend. The fundraiser will begin at noon with a mass, featuring music by Lepers Road. The daylong celebration will include performances from local bands Paul Varisco and the Milestones, Secondhand and The Bag of Donuts, and boiled crawfish and Drago’s grilled oysters will be served. “It started off small, at my sister’s house,” Rink said. “Then [JayFest] grew too big for the neighborhood, so we went out to City Park at the pavilion near the Christian Brothers School and now we have a big stage [with] four bands. [We]

have mass out there and it’s a big party.” All proceeds from the event will go towards covering Rink’s medical costs and supporting his family. Rink is no longer able to work because of the disease. Rink was a defensive lineman for the Green Wave football team, and played under head coaches Mack Brown and Greg Davis. His name can be found in the record books, as Rink currently leads the defense with seven career fumble recoveries. Rink enjoyed his years at Tulane and says he still keeps in touch with several of his football teammates, who will be in attendance next weekend at JayFest. “[Going to Tulane] was great,” Rink said. “I met a lot of good friends I still stay in contact with today.”

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