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Students and professors battle cheating during examinations By leah askarinam news editor
When associate professor of finance David Lesmond teaches a Managerial Accounting class in the A.B. Freeman School of Business, he ensures that there is no Internet connection in the room. All 120 students must put away their cell phones and take off their baseball caps. Then, once students have settled into their seats, Lesmond moves a couple dozen to another part of the room, thwarting any plans to strategically seat themselves. “I do my level best to try to prevent cheating,” Lesmond said. “Does it occur? Sure. Can I catch all of it? No.” Newcomb-Tulane College’s Honor Board saw 21 cases involving cheating on an exam, involving a total of 27 students from 2009 to 2010. Of these cases, 11 students were found guilty, six pleaded guilty, and 10 students were found not guilty. These kinds of cases usually, but not exclusively, originate in large lecture classes. Jim McGuire, chair of the physics and engineering physics department, said that during his 19 years teaching at Tulane, one or two people have been accused of cheating during exams every year. Approx-
imately a quarter of these cases are reported by fellow students; professors, who are actively looking for academic dishonesty, catch most of the cases brought to the Honor Board. “The most common cases that come up are going to be in terms of large lecture classes is students copying from one another,” McGuire said. “They sit next to one another, and they just look over and copy.” A year ago, however, McGuire said that approximately seven or eight cases hit his department during the course of a year and a half, including cases in exam settings and in other settings. After making an effort to increase awareness among faculty members and throughout the department, McGuire curbed cheating. This semester marks the first in approximately four or five semesters that a cheating case has not popped up. These cases of cheating during exams can be challenging and relatively complicated for the Honor Board and for students and professors. For example, if a student reports that he or she heard people talking during an exam, additional evidence or testimony needs to come to the board. This additional evidence could come in the form of suspicious an-
swers on the exams or from the testimony of multiple students. “We don’t have a case yet because one student reporting two other students with no concrete information leads to the other two saying, ‘Of course we didn’t do anything. I was just asking to borrow a pen,’” Associate Dean Mary Ann Maguire said. “And then there’s really no evidence.” Lesmond said that approximately once every semester, a student will approach him about other students cheating, but they rarely feel comfortable following through with pursuing the case in front of Honor Board. “I think everyone knows what goes on,” Lesmond said. “The students themselves don’t want to stand up and say, ‘I want to take a stand,’ because then you’re ostracized as an informer. And then all the sudden, all your friends treat you differently, and the peer pressure’s immense. The political risk is too high for students, at least in their view.” Lesmond said that he thinks much of the peer pressure that dissuades students from reporting cheating stems from loyalty to Greek organizations. “They have allegiance to the fraternity or the sorority first and to the ethics board
second,” Lesmond said. “And as a result, they are not very prone to turning people in when the Honor Board says that they should, or they’re not very diligent in maintaining their own integrity.” Requiring testimony from multiple sources prevents students from unfairly accusing others of cheating. Students, however, should still report their suspicions to professors, Maguire said. Professors may warn students about cheating as a result, or a professor may find additional evidence of cheating on a test after looking into the accusation. Professors reporting cases of cheating face many of the same difficulties as students do. “There has to be some way to determine that this student really did what they did,” Maguire said. “It’s not that the Board doesn’t believe those faculty accusations. It’s just that the student of course is likely to have a different account of what happened, and it’s the Board’s job to determine whether there’s enough evidence to support the charge.” Lesmond served on the Honor Board for approximately three years but resigned in 2009 out of frustration with how some of the
By david shoup staff writer
It’s Tuesday night, one of the peak weeks of midterm season, and Todd is getting ready to pick up $200 worth of adderall. “I just sell it occasionally,” said Todd, an undergraduate living on campus who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. “If I actually had a prescription it would be much easier.” Todd said he buys Adderall from various students with prescriptions and then sells it for a large profit. “For this $200 I’m going to end up taking in close to $1,000,” he said. “During midterms and finals prices are skyrocketing. It’s just a simple supply and demand market, and I’m making bank.” Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder medications — including Adderall, Vivance, Concerta, Ritalin and Dexedrine — are amphetamines that serve as a stimulant to enhance focus for individuals with ADHD. For college students across the United States, these are “study pills.” Amphetamine use on college campuses has seen a massive increase in the past decade, and Tulane is no ex-
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Tulane student charged with forgery By jon berman
Adderall used as study aid Despite legal penalties, students sell ADHD meds for profit
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ception. In fact, according to a National College Health Assessment conducted in the spring of 2010, 13.6 percent of Tulane students use prescription stimulants that were not prescribed to them, nearly twice the national college average of 7 percent. James Farrow, executive director of the Student Health Center, said that roughly 350 students are referred to the health center for ADHD medication every year. He estimated that three or four times that amount have prescriptions from their doctors at home. Fred King, retained criminal counsel for the Tulane University Legal Assistance Program, warned that students selling Adderall are in a dangerous position. According to Louisiana criminal code, the penalty for unlawful distribution of amphetamines is 2 - 30 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. “To any kids at Tulane who are selling amphetamines to their friends on their floor, get a grip,” King said. “What you’re going to have to pay for legal fees, fines and mandatory time in Angola is absolutely not worth a few dollars profit.” King said that unlawful distribution includes exchange, bartering or giving amphetamine pills as a gift. “This means if you give as little as one pill to your friend, you’re potentially
looking at up to 30 years in Angola,” said King, referring to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the largest maximum security prison in the United States. “I grew up near Angola. The place terrified me when I was kneehigh, and it terrifies me even more now that I know what its like in there.” Todd said that though the penalties for selling Adderall are high, the risks are far lower. “That’s the beauty of pills, they’re so hard for the police to find,” he said. “When weed dealers get caught it’s because they’re smoking it in their rooms or moving large quantities that stink up the place.” Even though amphetamine usage is high at Tulane compared with national figures, few dealers ever run into legal trouble. Tulane Police Captain Dan Saucier said that since 2008 only one student has been arrested for selling Adderall. Saucier said that the student was also found with marijuana, steroids and heroin in his room in Irby House. “He eventually made a plea deal and received probation for several years,” Saucier said. “Since that time, on-campus arrests have been for simple possession, and the majority are for marijuana.” Saucier agreed that marijuana dealers, unlike their
amphetamine counterparts, are far more likely to be caught dealing by smoking in their rooms. Some students say that the regulation of study pills, however lax, is unnecessary. “It seems to be helpful to many people with and without ADHD,” freshman Zack Berman said. “I don’t think it should be a controlled substance.” Others had more mixed feelings. “I think Adderall is effective in that it counters all other biological necessities like eating and sleeping,” sophomore Brooke Schueller said. “But I definitely feel loathe to take it because it makes me feel like a wisp of a human being.” Another student, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he works on campus, said he dislikes the side effects of ADHD medication but nevertheless buys it occasionally as a study aid. “It just makes work really enjoyable, and I don’t want to stop working when I’m on it,” he said. Demand for amphetamines remains high, and Todd returns to his room with hundreds of capsules ranging from 30mg Adderall XRs to 5mg Dexedrine pills. But tonight is not the time to sell. “Now it’s time for an allnighter,” he said. “These will do the trick.”
Freshman Rylan Homscheid was arrested March 8 in Westport, Conn. on charges including 40 felony counts of second-degree forgery and two misdemeanor drug charges, concluding a twomonth investigation involving Westport Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Tulane University Police Department. The investigation began Jan. 7 when customs intercepted a package from Hong Kong intended for Homscheid containing 40 high-quality South Carolina IDs. The IDs were intended for 20 individuals, and each came with a duplicate copy. Of the 20 people involved, 12 were current Tulane students. Westport Police informed TUPD Jan. 10 that several Tulane students were involved. TUPD confirmed to Westport Police that 12 of the individuals were Tulane students. “We then interviewed each of them, advised them of what was going on and told them that they would be contacted by Student Affairs,” TUPD Captain Don Saucier said. “Pretty much everyone cooperated and told us what happened.” TUPD then notified the Of-
fice of Student Affairs, which sent the case to the Office of Student Conduct. Director of Student Conduct Kristen Kawczynski declined to comment because this is an individual’s personal case, and The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act dictates that only students have the right to release their records. Westport Police Captain Sam Arciola said the case is closed and there is no other criminal investigation into any other individuals. “Westport Police Department has closed the investigation and has seized the IDs as evidence,” Arciola said. No charges have been placed against the students for whom the fake IDs were intended. Fred King, the Tulane Legal Assistance Program retained criminal counsel, said that misrepresentation of name, age and address in a fake ID is considered a misdemeanor in Louisiana. An individual must attempt to use the fake ID to break the law; possession alone is not a crime. “It’s a city ordinance, but it’s also prohibited by state law,” King said. “The New Orleans police will usually charge it as a violation of the city ordinance, so even though it’s a state law, the summons is
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U.S. House Votes to Cut Funds to NPR
The House voted Thursday to end federal spending on National Public Broadcasting in a 228-192 vote. NPR, which is part of a larger government-funded media organization, reports that it only receives 3 percent of its revenue from federally funded agencies. The move was seen as a fiscally smart one by Republicans, while Democrats criticized the action as an ideological attack. The bill still has to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is not expected to garner wide support.
EPA Proposes Emission Standards for Power Plants
The EPA proposed a plan Wednesday that would reduce mercury and other toxins from coal-burning power plants. This plan falls under the overarching Clean Air Act of 1990, which requires the EPA to identify industry sources of toxic pollutants. Currently, 91 percent of mercury escapes from coal into the atmosphere. This standard would replace President George W. Bush’s Clean Air Mercury Rule, which requires power plants to reduce their mercury emissions by 70 percent. The standard would cost the coal industry $10 billion by 2015, but most of it would stem from the cost of cleaning equipment, the EPA estimates that it would create a $100 billion worth of health and environmental improvements.
Japan fights to contain nuclear reactor
After the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunam, that struck mainland and eastern Japan, a number of nuclear reactors have set the nation’s relief efforts back. The death toll from the quake has reached more than 5,000 people. Americans in the country are being urged to evacuate due to possible reactor meltdowns. The earthquake and tsunami cut off power to cooling systems of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-chi plant. Four of the six reactors have been labeled as dangerous, with special focus on Reactor No. 4 and No. 3. Scientists who were staying at the plant around the clock were forced to leave after radiation levels rose further, and other methods of cooling the overheated reactors, such as dropping water and chemicals on them, does relatively little to contain the problem. Water dropped over the plant has been blown away by the wind, and radiation levels are too high for helicopters to come near certain reactors. Radiation levels, which are potentially lethal around the plant, have reached well past Tokyo in less harmful amounts. The power line to the reactors will be repaired Friday, though engineers are not certain that that the cooling systems will function, even with electricity. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates that it could take weeks to get the situation under control.
UN Approves Military Action in Libya
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A divided Board of Regents voted to combine the faculty of the University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans Tuesday. The vote was 9 - 6, and it came after testimony from those who wish to keep SUNO a separate entity within the Louisiana State University System. Some fear that the consolidation will put low-income students at a greater disadvantage because they will lack opportunities for higher education. The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, which provided support for the decision, wrote a report that claimed that SUNO students would benefit from the change. UNO and SUNO will become The University of Greater New Orleans, and classes will be offered at both campuses for students to be shuttled in between.
Justice department finds violations within NOPD
After the U.S. Justice Department spent nearly a year reviewing the actions of the New Orleans Police Department, many routine violations were found, including the quick use of excessive force by officers, stopping people and conducting searches without the support of the law, and conducting inadequate interrogations. It also found that NOPD is biased against several demographics, most of them minorities.
The United Nations approved sending military forces into Libya to fight against ruler Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters. Gadhafi recently warned his citizens of an impending attack against citizens, especially those who wish to fight against him. The U.S. government, which had formerly supported a no-fly zone, now believes that stricter action must take place and has considered sending members of the military to advise rebel soldiers. The Gadhafi government responded to the UN announcement with threats, stating that any entity that takes measures against it will become a target. However, the rebellion is unsure that the Gadhafi government will come through with the attack, as forces loyal to the regime are preparing to take over the rebel-held city of Misurata.
Pedophile Ring Uncovered by Police
International police teams uncovered what is supposedly the largest online pedophile ring last Wednesday. Europol, the European Union police agency, discovered the ring when the Dutch founder and owner of boylover.net was sent to jail by a court in The Hague. Europol has started looking at the website to gain information about other pedophiles, and has sent more than intelligence reports to authorities across the world. Europol is still searching for many of these suspects.
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Rising redshirt sophomore WIlson Van Hooser walks off the field during the football team’s second day of spring training. The Wave opened practice Monday looking to improve on last year’s 4-8 record and will conclude the spring session April 16.
Clara del Marmol/Annabelle Bernard Vocal Series 7:30 - 9 p.m. /Dixon Performing Arts Center, Room 152
The Newcomb Music Department presents soprano Phyllis Treigle and Anne Copeland Sumich on the piano.
British Ambassador to U.S. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. /Lavin-Bernick Center, Room 203
Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the British Ambassador to the United States, will do a question-and-answer session with students. The topic will be “Transatlantic Relations in an Age of Austerity.”
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Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence Reading 7 p.m. / LBC Room 213
For the 23rd annual design show of projects for people with disabilities, teams of biomedical engineering seniors will present their assistive technology designs to judges, their clients and the public. The event is free and open to the public.
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Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics with Opener G-Eazy 7 - 10 p.m. /McAlister Auditorium
Tulane University Campus Programming’s Spring 2011 Concert will feature Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics. This concert hits campus shortly before Snoop Dogg’s latest album release.
Economics Trivia Bowl 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. /Boggs Center Room 105
Omicron Delta Epilson, the Economics Honor Society, will host a game open to all students. This event is part of the Liberal Arts Major Week.
“Traces of a Trade: A Story from the Deep North” 6 -8 p.m. / LBC, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
The school of Liberal Arts will screen a documentary as part of the Liberal Arts Major Week. After the film Holly Fulton, a participant in the documentary, will lead a discussion.
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” 7 p.m. /Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium
The film, which chronicles an element of the Liberian civil war, will be shown. This event is sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute and Newcomb-Tulane College.
In Exchange Ethical Fashion Show 9 p.m. /Republic New Orleans, 828 South Peters Street
The third annual fashion show will feature fair trade fashion sold at In Exchange. Proceeds will benefit In Exchange’s work in Tibetan settlements in India.
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Alumna produces “Red State” By naiomi lastname staff writer
A few years ago, former Tulane communications major Elyse Seiden, then 33, was sitting on her couch in Los Angeles, feeling jaded and burnt out with her stagnant acting career. Flipping through the television channels, she landed on Sundance, and, out of the blue, had what turned out to be a life-changing epiphany: “Maybe I should be working at film festivals.” Few people, if any, have made the drastic career jump that Seiden subsequently did. In just one year she went from ticket-taker at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to the executive producer of a Kevin Smith-directed hit premiering at 2011’s festival. The film “Red State” is a comedic horror flick, starring Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Michael Parks. It tells the story of three smalltown high school boys caught up in a mess of religious fundamentalism. The independent film cost only $4 million and took just 25 days to make. So, in a move that has been equally criticized as arrogant as it has been praised for in-
novation, Kevin Smith — who also directed such hits as “Jay and Silent Bob” and “Zach and Miri Make a Porno” — decided to do away with the traditional method of marketing the movie’s release along with its $20 million price tag. Instead, the team is going on its own marketing tour with the movie, screening it and providing subsequent Q&A sessions in 15 American cities before its wider release in October as a Halloween movie. “Red State” will be showing at Tulane’s McAlister auditorium on March 26. “I’ve been called arrogant for what I’m doing,” Smith told TIME magazine in an interview published Feb. 2. “Isn’t it more arrogant to believe that my movie that we couldn’t get financed for three years — nobody wanted to make it, I understand, it is bleak material, it is not for everybody — I’m like, wouldn’t it be more arrogant for me to do this the traditional way, overspend to make people want to see it? This is the financially responsible model,” That “bleak material” — religious fundamentalism, gay-bashing and conservative “red states” — is precise-
ly why executive producer Seiden said the director’s Q&A session following the screening makes particular sense for this film. “‘Red State’ is more than a movie,” Seiden says. “It’s a conversation piece. It really makes you think. When I first saw the script, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s just a horror movie.’ But when I sat down to read it, I couldn’t stop. I read it cover to cover. I mean, what’s more horrifying than pure hatred?” Smith, whose famed love for ice hockey permeates much of his philosophies, explained his out-of-the-box idea as trying to be at the forefront of the industry, or as he said to Seiden, “You have to see where the pucks are going.” That is how Seiden skyrocketed to where she is today. At Sundance 2010 she met and reconnected with filmmakers who were ahead of the game, but as a tickettaker, unlike when she was an actress, she had no agenda to push. “People always say ‘It’s all about who you know’ — well yeah, it is a lot about who you know, but it’s a lot about who you are, too,” Seiden said. “The
one thing I feel — and I see this a lot in [producer] John Gordon — is that a lot of people when they meet him are always talking about themselves and what they need. But when you stop doing that, and you just try to learn from people, instead of asking what they can do for you, your relationships build. The conversations change.” Having just returned to in Los Angeles from the “Red State” tour’s kickoff in New York, Seiden, a blonde 36year-old Manhattan native, can’t contain her excitement over the phone. “Seeing the crowd’s response is so amazing,” Seiden said. “They loved it — that’s the most amazing thing about the tour right now. It was so crazy. Clapping and cheering and out-loud reactions the whole time.” Before getting back to her busy day prepping for the tour’s next stop in Denver, Seiden, who has barely returned to New Orleans since she graduated Tulane in 1993, has one last question. “Is The Boot still there? I used to go there all the time. What a great bar.”
dence, that more likely than not the student is responsible,” Kawczynski said. “In addition, what happens in the criminal process has no bearing on our conduct process because they are two separate issues, policies and standards.” TUPD Officer First Class Anthony Dominguez said TUPD practices discretion when a student is found with a fake ID. “Most of the time, we would issue the student either a student citation for a conduct violation, or we would write a report which would be sent to Student Affairs and we would confiscate the ID,” Dominguez
said. “Absent any other criminal activity, a fraudulent identification case is often handled judicially here on campus. If the fraudulent identification card is part of other criminal activity, then it is handled differently.” Saucier said that while it may be common for underage students to possess a fake ID, students should be wary of purchasing and using them. “Anytime you alter a state document or purchase an altered state document, there’s a possibility for criminal charges,” Saucier said. King said students should recognize that the laws are in
place for a reason. “While I would always defend you the best I can and work out alternatives to prosecution, you’ve got to be aware that there’s a reason for these laws,” King said. “The main reason for trying to exercise reasonable alcohol policies on campus is to protect the students.” At Homscheid’s arraignment last Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and was released with a signed promise that he would return to court May 23. Homscheid’s attorney Edward Gavin declined to comment.
continued from cover written to appear in municipal court.” The criminal law and Tulane’s Honor Code operate on different standards of proof, as the criminal court uses a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of evidence and the university uses “a preponderance of the evidence.” “If you were to equate it to a percentage scale, it is about 100 percent for beyond a reasonable doubt and over 50 percent for preponderance, meaning in the criminal court system you need to be 100 percent sure the person is responsible and for our process we need to determine, with evi-
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continued from cover cases took shape. The last case before he resigned involved a student who left a test to go to the bathroom and went online during the exam. The student said that he or she was checking stocks online, which was not cheating, and so the student was acquitted. “The honor board requires iron-clad information,” Lesmond said. “Namely, they want to see a test, they want to see differences in answers, they want to see something written, as opposed to me noticing something, like a person with a cell phone on or a person looking at someone’s paper. That’s not going to be evidence to convict.” Lesmond said the number of cases Honor Board reports hearing seems low. Many professors, he said, fail to report cheating to the Honor Board because they fear there is not enough evidence to convict, which could produce harmful repercussions. The student who had been accused of cheating could write a poor evaluation of the professor and influence other students to write poor evaluations, which could hurt the professor’s chance of receiving a promotion in the future. “We teach the class, we give the test, and if we see evidence of cheating, namely a person looking and writing down what’s on somebody else’s paper, “Lesmond said. “That should be sufficient evidence for many cases.” To prevent such situations, professors can implement policies prohibiting certain items from exams, Maguire said. For example, if a professor does not have a stated policy prohibiting cell phones during exams, the Board would have to decide if what the student looked up was used on the exam. “If that person violates a policy, then that goes to student affairs,” Maguire said. “That doesn’t have to rise to the level of, I saw what was on that phone. But you can appreciate the difficulty in the kind of case where someone opens their phone and looks at something, and then closes the phone, because the Board has to know what you were looking at on the phone.” Lesmond, like other professors, turns to prevention to thwart cheating. If he sees wandering eyes, he moves students. In his larger classes, he has four or five proctors come in to monitor exams. “But I always have to caution the proctors that it’s an active process to proctor, not sitting in front of the room with a newspaper,” Lesmond said. “That’s not a proctor. So, I physically had
to move them sometimes because they wouldn’t want to move.” McGuire has encouraged professors to address academic dishonesty in their syllabi. To resolve the problem that in many classes there is not enough room to leave space between students during exams, Professor Horowitz invented the Horowitz Integrity Booster, a piece of cardboard that folds to provide a barrier around each desk. “It gives you a little more privacy,” McGuire said. McMcGuire and Lesmond both said that a majority of students do not cheat on exams. Lesmond estimated that approximately five percent of students cheat, and McGuire said be believes a few percent of students cheat. Barbieri, who came to Tulane in 2004, said that he had never had to report a student cheating. “I make it clear to my students at the beginning of class, I’m here to help you,” Barbieri said. “I’ve set up the exams so that if you do badly on one, it’s not going to be too big if a deal. If there’s one thing that’s going to ruin the trust between us, it’s going to be cheating.” Many students said that though they think cheating happens in their classes, they are too absorbed during their exams to notice surrounding students’ behavior. “I remember in EBIO there would be the teachers walking up and down the aisles, like making sure nobody’s looking anywhere but their own tests,” junior Lindsey Rost said. “So I kept my eyes glued to my own test, so I wouldn’t notice if it would be happening.” Sophomore Zach Stauber said that cheating at Tulane is a relevant issue, though it is not widespread. He has noticed people bringing notecards into exams, looking at one another’s exams, placing information on their phones, and people texting one another. He has not reported it. “That’s not my prerogative,” Stauber said. “I don’t feel like getting involved in that. If that’s what they want to do, it’s not affecting me.” The ideal solution to cheating during exams, however, lies in changing the school’s attitude toward academic dishonesty, Lesmond said. “If you could do one thing, it would be to change the ethic of the school: ‘This is Tulane, this is where I come from, this is what I identify with, and this is what I expect. I demand this, not only of myself, but from everyone else,’” Lesmond said. “Everything is secondary to that. And until that changes, I don’t think much else will in that particular respect.”
Conversation continues regarding service learning Students report different experiences with the program By lindsay gus staff writer
The Center for Public Service offers students a variety of service learning, internship and independent study options to fulfill their 40hour public service requirements. The students who partake in the service activities, the faculty who create the service learning courses, and the community partners that benefit from the service are the three major aspects of the program. Tulane offers 130 service learning courses that are designed to benefit both students and the community. Are all programs the same? Tulane’s public service requirement is two-tier: Students must complete 20 hours during their freshman or sophomore years and another 20 hours during their junior or senior years. Katie Houck, assistant director of the Center for Public Service student training and leadership development unit, said each service learning course requires a 20-hour time commitment, but the distribution of the hours depends on the particular program. “One of the challenges is trying to communicate to students that it’s not a cookie-cutter experience,” Houck said. “Not everyone is going to have the same experience, and that’s okay.”
Sophomore Rachel Berzon tutored in an English as a second language class for her service learning and said because of the way courses are designed, some require more of a commitment than others. “Service learning is uneven,” Berzon said. “Some are going to a museum once, and mine was once a week for two and a half hours on Monday night, which was when I generally had a lot of work to do, so it was a big commitment.” Houck said there is a distinct goal for each course, which necessitates creating programs that are not exactly the same as one another. “If you were to do 10 hours of tutoring in one day, you’re not going to have the same impact as if you were to do two hours once a week for 10 weeks,” Houck said. “In one day you’re not going to be able to develop a relationship, but in 10 weeks you might be able to develop a relationship with one student.” Public Service Fellow Lea Bogner said time commitment should not be a problem. “There shouldn’t be inconsistency with time commitment,” Bogner said. “I think a big piece that’s missing is that there’s not enough training on the professors’ end of how to have a service learning component of a course.” Faculty training and creating the courses Professors are responsible for designing the service learning components of their classes. Houck said the Center for Public Service assists
faculty in choosing a community partner to work with and in designing a syllabus that includes service learning, but that ultimately, the course is the professor’s responsibility. “While our office lends support, faculty members really are the ones that are initiating service learning,” Houck said. “We try to suggest changes, but it’s not our place to say ‘You need to change your course,’ so we are acting in a support role.” Optional seminars are offered every semester for faculty members interested in learning how to incorporate service learning into their courses. Houck said they train between 12 and 20 faculty a semester, and have been doing so since 2007. “That’s about 100 faculty members that have been trained,” Houck said. “I would say for the most part new faculty are opting to do it.” Bogner said by mandating faculty training, the Center for Public Service would eliminate a lot of the complaints students have about service learning. “The professors who have to have service learning as a part of their courses need to go through a specific training,” she said. “Some professors have too many organizations and some professors don’t have enough options for students. I think it runs into issues when there are departments that mandate that professors have to do service learning and the professor has no idea what’s going on.” Houck said the Center of Public Service does not decide which courses will have
service learning components. “We don’t have the authority, nor is it our place to say ‘You have to teach this course,’” Houck said. “Some departments have made the determination that they are going to say all of these courses have service learning, and some leave it up to the professor.” Benefiting the community Tulane introduced service learning in ’90s, but did not make public service a graduation requirement until 2006. “They had 30 to 40 courses per semester,” Houck said. “After Katrina, with the Renewal Plan, that’s when the directors said, ‘We need to make a commitment to New Orleans,’ and the public service plan was something that they thought was important and a valuable learning experience.” The public service courses enable students to take what they learn in the classroom and use their knowledge to better some aspect of the community. Senior Wyler Murray said he used the concepts he learned in his persuasive writing course to teach students. “I had to go to middle schools and teach students how to debate, and we formed a debate league and put on debates twice a semester,” Murray said. “I actually fulfilled my service learning component, and I’m doing it again this semester even though I don’t need to.” Sophomore Janine Wilkin said she enjoyed her service learning experiences and felt like she was helping the
Professor named top-500 scientist Frank Tipler recongnized for his theories linking physics and religion By casey rasch staff writer
Frank Tipler, a Tulane professor of mathematical physics, ranked No. 432 in the “Science Hall of Fame.” Assembled by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the list includes 4,169 people the journal Science considers the most famous scientists of the past 200 years. Topping the list is Bertrand Russell, followed by Charles Darwin as No. 2 and Albert Einstein as No. 3. The Science Hall of Fame was published in Science in January of this year. The list was compiled by John Bohannon and Adrian Veres. According to Veres, the Science Hall of Fame took approximately five to six weeks to compile, and was done so using “culturomics” data. “The idea was to gain some insights into what makes a scientist famous, when fame is defined by the frequency of one’s name in published books,” Veres said. “There were in fact some in-
teresting correlations, particularly at the level that it is generally political or public notoriety, not scientific importance, that drives fame. Even Einstein really started to become famous when he started publicizing his antiwar views.” Tipler, who became a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane in 1981, acknowledges that his presence in the Science Hall of Fame could possibly be due to the controversy of his subjects, but he also believes himself to be more advanced than the rest of the scientific community. “One of my more controversial books in was ‘The Anthropic Cosmological Principle’ about anthropic selection,” Tipler said. “I was told by my colleagues in cosmology that they were embarrassed to have it on their desks. We were ridiculed for our argument, but 10 years later these people got to thinking that maybe anthropic selection is something you need to pay attention to.” Tipler also published a theorem in 1977 in a physics journal on the subject of time travel that was ignored by the scientific community. In 1982, Stephen Hawking published an identical theory.
“I think my stuff is controversial,” Tipler said. “But eventually it will be rediscovered.” Tipler is the author of five books, including “The Physics of Christianity” and “The Physics of Immortality.” Both deal with the relationship between science and religion and the dispute of whether or not the two ideas can coexist. “The Physics of Immortality” claims to scientifically prove the existence of God and the physical resurrection of the dead. Though some find it hard to believe that science and religion can exist together, Tipler does not. He said believing in the laws of physics ultimately leads to being both religious and scientific. Given the laws of physics, singularities — which are causes of everything except for themselves, such as God — exist. “Most find it impossible to believe in the laws of physics,” Tipler said. “If you believe in the laws of physics, then it is very easy to combine the ideas of religion and science.” Tipler is confronted with a lot of opposition from people who would like to keep religion and science separate and he said it has gotten worse with time. According to Tipler, Stephen Hawk-
ing, an atheist, knew what the consequences of physics were, which is why he called for new laws of physics. “The overwhelming majority of physicists would prefer to give up the laws of physics rather than accept the existence of God,” Tipler said. Tipler considers his greatest scientific achievement to be his establishment that there has been a “theory of everything” for the past few decades. While Tipler did not discover the theory, he found boundary conditions that allowed theories to be combined and still mathematically consistent. Currently, groups of experimenters at Penn State and at the University of Bologna in Italy are trying to get funding to test this “theory of everything.” Currently, Tipler is working on the consequences of the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. He has also shown that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is not a manifestation of fundamental randomness in nature. “My hero Albert Einstein got it right: God does not play dice with the universe,” Tipler said. “This has vast implications, which I am now studying mathematically.”
community. “I loved it, and I definitely was able to see improvement with a few of the kids that I worked with,” Wilkin said. Sophomore Carloline Grey said she also had a positive experience with service learning. “I did service learning with my TIDES class freshman year, and we helped at 5K and 10K races around New Orleans,” Grey said. “I got to meet other people who like to run and I felt like they really benefited from us volunteering.” Freshman Chris Farley said he used the management and leadership skills he learned in the classroom to help rebuild a New Orleans home. “I did a Habitat for Humanity build, which was well organized, and it was really fun doing and you felt good afterward,” Farley said. “I felt like we really were doing something to help.” Not-so-great experiences Not all students are satisfied with their service learning experiences. Sophomore Kayle Borenstein said she enjoyed her service learning but did not feel as though she had truly helped the community. “We did service learning for our Jewish studies class and we went to Sushi Series, which showed a series of movies and speakers, and then they served sushi after,” Borenstein said. “We also cleaned out the entire old Hillel house, which was serving a very small portion of the small Jewish community in New Orleans.” Freshman Ashley Naron said organization was an is-
sue with her service learning course. “I felt like we didn’t really do a lot and it was kind of disorganized,” Naron said. “We worked with a program in the Ninth Ward, but they didn’t have a clear goal for us to complete, and even if they did, they didn’t really implement it very well.” Senior Nicole Polichano said her service program was rewarding but was unrelated to the course she was taking. “Right now I am doing it in my American Judaism class,” Polichano said. “So basically we go and we cook food and we go to the mission and give it to the people. It’s very fulfilling. I don’t understand what it has to do with American Judaism though.” Bogner said it is difficult to design programs that make everyone happy, because many factors have to be considered. “You have to deal with safety in New Orleans, the size of New Orleans, the many millions of organizations that are here, and then you also have to find one you can apply a class to,” Bogner said. “But, compared to other institutions of our size, our community service program is so much better.” Houck said not all students enjoy their experiences, though the courses are designed in the hopes that they do. “There are people that are wild supporters of it and there are people that don’t understand it,” Houck said. “And that’s going to be true of anything.”
Tulane students in Japan are safe and accounted for None of the students were in the country on university business By mary kilpatrick associate news editor
The nine graduate students who were in Tokyo last week during the earthquake and tsunami have been accounted for. Director of Emergency Services Art Kirkland said no students had been injured in the quake and subsequent tsunami. The students were second-year Masters of Business Administration students studying for the semester in China. They were on vacation in Japan for spring break and were not in the country on university business. Six of the nine students have returned to China, and three are still waiting for flights out of Japan, Kirkland said. “The biggest issue was finding a way to
the airport and flights out of the country,” Kirkland said. “Tokyo public transportation shut down.” None of the students were available for comment. Molly Travis, executive director for global education, said no undergraduate students were studying abroad in Japan this semester. “Though we do have an exchange with a Japanese university, we just happen to not have [undergraduate students] there this semester,” Travis said.
march 18, 2011
Duke professor discusses humanities and science in annual English lecture By Clare Owensby staff writer
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Ian Baucom, chair of Duke University’s English department, delivered a lecture entitled “Never Let Me Go: The Humanities in the Age of Natural Science” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Rogers Chapel. Baucom was the 22nd speaker for the annual Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture, the English department’s only endowed lecture. The content of these lectures originally focused exclusively on 19th century British literature but now encompasses literature from any traditional British period. Baucom’s work focuses on 20th century British Literature and Culture. “Professor Baucom was chosen because he not only works on literary texts themselves, but is also concerned with these from an interdisciplinary perspective and in terms of the general theme of the future of the humanities, both on college and uni-
versity campuses and in society at large,” Tulane English professor Michael Kuczynski said. In the lecture Baucom spoke about his close academic reading of the novel “Never Let Go” by Japaneseborn, British author Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel, which has now been turned into a major motion picture, revolves around three young adults living in a boarding school. The school harvests the organs of its students — who are known as “clones” — to give to the “nonclones.” Among many other points, Baucom focused on the opposition between the original state of nature with that of humanity as well as the concept of love predicated on precariousness, ideas predominant in the novel. Baucom also related the story to a broader concept that he has been focusing on in his academic work: the convergence of humanities with science disciplines in order to better approach real-world problems.
“My job at Duke is to promote research in all faculties,” Baucom said. “In those conversations I’ve found there are many colleagues in the sciences who understand the implications of their research and want to engage with it.” This involves problemfocused research initiatives and research projects that apply to particular problems. Baucom cited The Haiti Lab, a Duke-based humanities lab that combines research, education and practical applications of progressive thinking to better tackle Haiti’s disaster recovery and expand academic knowledge of the country and its culture. The Haiti Lab is run through the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, which Baucom now directs. A reception followed the lecture and a diverse group of students, faculty and community members were able to speak with Baucom in an intimate setting.
Center for Gulf South founded to promote N.O. culture By alexandra saizan staff writer
The New Orleans Center for Gulf South is a new institution on campus that aims to promote the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding region. The center grew out of a previous effort to preserve the city’s cultural heritage that was shut down after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the storm, the Deep South Regional Humanities Center, also at Tulane, was a strong national advocate for New Orleans culture, but a lack of funding led to its eventual closing, said Carol Haber, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.
“After Katrina, that was one of the things that fell by the wayside,” said Rosalind Hinton, who is involved in the new center. After years of deliberation, ideas about the center are now coming to fruition. “We were successful in a regional competition to become the home for the center… and [Haber] saw that this was on the shelf and she thought it would be a good idea given the renewed interest in New Orleans and its culture,” Center Director Lawrence Powell said. The Center for the Gulf South provides research grants to professors and scholars studying local culture. The Center has already
received some donations, and expects others to endow in the near future. “We have been talking to some donors who have been interested in roots of music and the Gulf South Center, so hopefully we’ll be able to develop new grants and new resources,” Haber said. A major grant given to the center, the Music Rising Grant, aims to fill the musical void in the community created in Katrina’s wake. The grant’s namesake donor, community organization Music Rising, helps musicians, churches and students replace instruments that they lost in the storm. The Center also hopes to help Tulane develop a cur-
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riculum that will analyze the learning opportunities to cultural aspects of the region. students. “It is a million-dollar iniThese various endeavtiative to help set up a coordi- ors are all designed to safenate major for students to be guard the heritage of the Gulf able to study the music and South because its culture has heritage and culture of the suffered many hits throughGulf South,” Hinton said. out the years and its cultural The program’s curriculum heritage is not automatically will be developed with the as- passed down. sistance of student input. “The transmission of our “I think students would heritage has had to become relish the opportunity to par- more intentional after Katicipate in that rebuilding and trina, because we realized preservation effort at a cul- how fragile it was and how tural and intellectual level,” we could’ve lost it,” Hinton Powell said. “When it comes said. “And so, we’re trying to to classrooms, they probably be more intentional about know as well as anyone where not only preserving and prothe show pinches.” tecting, but also transmitThe Center will also host ting, the cultural wealth we outside speakers for sympo- have here.” siums and provide service Hullabaloo Ad 03.18.11Rev2_Layout 1 15/03/2011 21:41 Page 1
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A series on philosophy And theology in the new millennium
March 21 – 25 School of Liberal Arts Major Week
the Future of society
All students are invited to events designed to introduce you to the arts, humanities and social sciences. Co-presented by Newcomb-Tulane College Cocurricular Programs and the School of Liberal Arts. Visit www.tulane.edu/liberal-arts for more information.
thursdAy, mArch 24 7:30 p.m.
Douglas G. Brinkley Professor of History and Fellow James Baker, III Institute for Public Policy Rice University, Houston “The Great American Outdoors from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama: An Environmental History” Kathleen and John F. Bricker Annual Memorial Lecture
thursdAy, April 14 7:30 p.m.
Rosemary Radford Ruether Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology Claremont School of Theology Claremont, California “Christology and Anti-Semitism” Rabbi Julian B. and Marianna Feibelman Memorial Lecture
Thursday, March 24 at 8:00 PM Jazz at the Rat Enjoy trumpeter, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation member, Andrew Baham and his style of “jazz with a progression into the future.” Presented as part of the Lagniappe Series. Learn more at college.tulane.edu/jazzrat.html.
Der Rathskeller in the LBC Friday, March 25 at 9:30 AM Dean’s Coffee Join us for Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee, a little fruit and lots of chat.
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NEWCOMB TULANE COLLEGE
What are you doing
Snoop Dogg to perform on campus
By jessica appelbaum staff writer
Somewhere amidst the general haze of living in New Orleans, Tulane students often forget that the primary reason that they are here is to learn, get a degree and work toward future employment. One major step toward every student’s eventual career is getting internships, and as the summer approaches, students are suddenly scrambling to arrange them at the last minute. The Hullabaloo sat down with Career Center director Barry Thompson to discuss the best ways for students to prepare themselves for the internship search.
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Explore your personal network of contacts According to Thompson, 80 percent of jobs and internships are found through personal networking. Instead of just looking online to find listed internships, ask people in the field who you know to help you find a position. “Go into your personal network of friends and share with people: This is what I’m interested in doing, these are the kinds of things I’m looking for, and do you know someone that, perhaps, could help me? Every person that you know knows another 10 or 15 people who might be able to get you into the door,” Thompson said. Beyond personal networking, students can utilize Tulane’s network as a tool to find internships. Tulane is part of a consortium with 18 other universities across the country — including Harvard, Princeton and Emory — called UCan and which shares internship availability information.
Make sure your résumé looks professional If you are not approaching an internship through personal networking, your résumé is the only representation that your potential employer has of you. It should be professional and show off your best qualities. “You are marketing a product, and the product is you,” Thompson said. “Take time to reflect on what makes you an outstanding candidate.” A good résumé should show off your best attributes without overselling yourself, and it should look neat and mature. For help building resumes, students can go to www.hiretulanegrads.com and schedule an appointment with one of the Career Center’s career coaches.
Know how to market yourself When a potential employer asks what your strongest attributes are, a good internship candidate should be able to recite them without thinking. Therefore, it is helpful to think about these attributes before sending out your résumé to prepare for the eventual question. “Everyone should have put together their little ‘elevator speech,’” Thompson said. “It should describe who you are, your strongest selling points, why you are highly marketable for the job, and it should be 30 45 seconds long.” Do not worry about humility, but rather about presenting yourself as a strong candidate. “As long as you can back up anything that you’re saying about yourself, it’s not arrogance.”
Give the internship search the appropriate amount of time
According to Thompson, the internship search process usually takes 3 - 6 months. If students spend the appropriate amount of time searching through personal networks, employment websites and Career Center resources, it should not be a problem for students to find several internship options. “Students should spend 10 - 15 hours a week delving into where some of the positions might be and how they can get them,” Thompson said.
Contact your local Tulane Alumni Association chapter Because 75 - 80 percent of Tulane students come from out of state, it is unlikely that most are looking for summer internships in New Orleans. The Tulane network, however, expands beyond New Orleans and throughout the country through alumni associations. If students want to use Tulane connections to find internships, their local Alumni Association chapter is a good place to look for someone who would be able to help. “[The Alumni Association is] probably one of the biggest places that a student can get help from, as long as the students follow through,” Thompson said. If you contact the Alumni Association, make sure your résumé and cover letter are professional, and the Alumni Association will be willing and ready to help.
“They’re out there. It just takes work.”
-Career Center director Barry Thompson
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By carolyn kaufman staff writer
Tulane University Campus Programming’s spring concert will feature Snoop Dogg and The Snoopadelics with opening act G-Eazy Tuesday in McAlister Auditorium. Concerts Co-Chair Andrew Moses said Snoop Dogg is one of the highest-profile performers to ever play at Tulane. Due to the artist’s caliber, this show has been more difficult and expensive to execute than those in the past, and only college students will be able to purchase tickets. “This concert is going to cost more than any act we’ve had,” Moses said. “That’s why we wanted to make sure student body voices were heard this year more than any other year. We sent out surveys to a committee of students with a list of 10 - 15 possible bands, and Snoop Dogg ended up as their No. 1 choice.” Snoop Dogg will perform with a live band called The Snoopadelics, and Loyola senior Gerald Gillum, stagename G-Eazy, will open. Gillum opened for Drake and Lil Wayne on their most recent tours, and he has performed at New Orleans venues such as Republic, House of Blues and Tipitina’s. He has produced rap and Hip Hop music since he was 16. “It’s an incredible feeling to know I’ll be sharing the stage with [Snoop Dogg],” Gillum said. “My manager asked me if I would be willing to do a show for no money or less money than I would normally get. When he told me who it was with, I was like, ‘Are you kidding? I’d open for [Snoop Dogg] for a Jolly Rancher.’ It literally doesn’t get any bigger than him. He’s a world-wide icon.” Vice President of Programming MaryKate Romagnoli said they expect to sell all 1,800 tickets by the end of week.
Tickets cost $15 with a Tulane ID or $20 with another college ID. They will be available until 4 p.m. today on the LBC Patio, and sales will continue on Monday and Tuesday until they sell out. “Unlike past shows, we’re not opening this one to the public for two reasons,” Moses said. “First of all, when there are high school and younger kids who come, there is a higher security risk. Secondly, we are putting this concert on for Tulane students. It’s their money paying for the production, so it wouldn’t be right not to allow them to have the advantage in buying tickets.” Campus has been abuzz with students discussing their excitement for the show. Moses said numerous students have told him how astonished they are that Snoop Dogg is actually coming to McAlister Auditorium, since he has played in significantly larger venues in the past. Romagnoli said she has also seen an overwhelmingly positive response since the announcement. However, not all students are thrilled with the choice. Sophomore James Moreside said the artist isn’t worth the money TUCP is spending. “Snoop Dogg’s three hit songs don’t make a concert,” Moreside said. “They could have gotten a cheaper band to play in the more fun LBC Quad as they wouldn’t have to charge admission.” Romagnoli, however, said the show will be well worth the ticket price for all in attendance. “Snoop Dogg is legendary,” Romagnoli said. “Even if you aren’t a diehard Hip Hop fan, it’s Snoop Dogg. He’s a huge name and a really popular entertainer. Even beyond his music, he is guaranteed to put on a killer performance.” Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. If available, tickets will be sold outside of McAlister Auditorium the day of the show.
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march 18, 2011
The Annual A+ Awards
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Each and every year, the Arcade gathers together and celebrates the best stuff we can think of from the year prior. Restaurants, record albums, local bands and much more are finally categorized properly: the way over-privileged 20-year olds want them to be. Sally forth and explore, my naïve progeny. Written By: Adele McConell, Sam Primeaux, Ian Carlson, Zach Yanowitz, Hud Coley, Margaret Abrams, Hope Bernard and Sophie Unterman.
Best New Artist Male Bonding
Every year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awards a small hunk of valuable metal to some performer or group that “releases… the first recording which establishes the public identity of the artist.” This award is called “Best New Artist.” Pay close attention to the wording, which does not specify that it must be awarded to a “new” artist at all but rather any artist that the Academy decides has crossed some arbitrary threshold. This inevitably leads to curious situations in which a band like Hootie & the Blowfish wins the 1996 award for best new artist two years after selling 16 million copies of its debut. Seriously, Grammys — you felt dutybound to let us in on a little secret called Hootie & the Blowfish? I digress. Since I’ve made it quite clear I’m not planning on awarding this thing to Darius Rucker, let’s get to it: The genuine best new artist is London’s Male Bonding. This may be a British band, but its sound has far more in common with American indie rock along the Dinosaur Jr. vein, with a penchant for breakneck melodies and fuzzed out guitars. Check out the band’s debut Nothing Hurts, fittingly released by Sub Pop in 2010, and enjoy a catchy lo-fi ride through early-‘90s Seattle. – SP
Best Bar for Drinks Cure
The other bars on this list all serve their purpose, sure, but if we’re being honest with each other everyone knows what bars are for: Social contact, culture and music are all well and good, but the ultimate test of any bar is its ability to get you obnoxiously drunk with some style. And for this, it would be hard to beat Cure, located at 4905 Freret Street, a short hop from campus. It has a bit of a pretentious vibe (lots of NPR and VW Jettas with fading Obama stickers, etc.), but Cure’s focus on the artistry of cocktails is unique in a city that is frequently more concerned with quantity than quality. I suppose it’s a bit pricey, but only by New Orleans’ peculiar standards. Take a date, and maybe don’t wear a T-shirt for once. – SP
MOST UNUSUAL VENUE Railroad Revival Tour
and cook up some sausage, or just sit on the ledge and watch the sun sink over the Mississippi. This is the best spot for first dates, picnics, bike ride stops and stretching out under a tree to write the next Great American Novel. -SU
BEST PLACE TO BRING GUESTS Backstreet Cultural Museum
After you have dragged your best friend from high school down Bourbon Street or eaten your weight in beignets with your parents, be sure to take your guest to one of the city’s cultural secrets, the Backstreet Cultural Museum (1116 St. Claude Avenue). Mr. Sylvester Francis, the executive director, shows you personally around the converted house in the Treme. One room is stocked with his personal collection of Mardi Gras Indian, Skeleton Gang and Babydoll suits. The other room focuses on social aid and pleasure clubs and their parading attire. Be sure to look for the photograph of baby Trombone Shorty. Mr. Francis’ knowledge of the city’s black cultural life is immense, and you can get lost amongst the beads and feathers for hours. – SU
Best Bar for Live Music Republic
For live music at a bar, it’s hard to beat Republic, where weekly Throwback events could even compete with Gold Mine for sheer dancing pleasure. No matter what the night, a big name headliner, local rapper or upbeat cover band is likely to be gracing the main stage. Republic does its own booking, so it lacks the corporate, commercial feel of the nearby House of Blues. The great Warehouse District location means parking is relatively easy and the upstairs balcony provides great views of the stage for those averse to sweating in the crowd. Republic is a great place to catch an up-and-coming indie band without too many other people or just explore an interesting neighborhood spot with a classy, fully-stocked bar. – MA
Best Bar for Dancing Gold Mine Saloon
For the best dancing in town, try the Gold Mine Saloon on Dauphine Street in the French Quarter. Locals have voted it the best dance club in the city, and the joint is often bumping. Inside, the dancing rages for hours, as there’s no closing time on the weekends. The establishment plays current hits and awesome classics for hours without halt, the dance floor is just as crowded at 5 a.m. as it is at midnight. Gold Mine is easy to miss unless you know what you’re looking for since it’s off the beaten path, but it’s worth checking out if you’re looking to step out of the Tulane Bubble and have an all-night dance party. – MA
Though New Orleans boasts too many weird venues to count, the award for the most unusual of them all goes to a vintage train car stopped at Woldenberg Park by the river. Watch the barges drift down the Mississippi River and listen to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show at the last stop on their Railroad Revival Tour on April 27. These three flannel-clad bands will convene for the indiest gathering in New Orleans, where they will play after traveling across the American Southwest in vintage rail cars, stopping at five cities to disembark and pick out a few tunes. Woldenberg Park is not your typical outdoor venue, boasting a panoramic view of the mighty Mississippi. Swaying back and forth to these banjo and fiddle tunes will make you feel like a hipster Huck Finn. – SU
Best Happy Hour The American Sector
MOST UNUSUAL FOOD cuttlefish flavored cheese puffs
Best Dessert Angelo Brocato
In a city known for its amazing cuisine, there are definitely more than a few daring options for the venturous epicure. Such adventurous eats can be found off the beaten path on Chef Menteur Highway. New Orleans East encompasses one of the nation’s largest and most resilient Vietnamese populations, and along with this population comes a vast array of Vietnamese dining, from Ba Mien to Don Phuong Bakery. Next to Ba Mien, located across from the temple on Chef Menteur Highway, is an Asian market stocked with the award winner for most unusual food: cuttlefish flavored cheese puffs. These little yellow puffs, which resemble Cheetos, have a most un-Cheeto like smell and an even less Cheeto-like taste. If you’re not the adventurous type, you might need to wash them down with a can from the vast array of tea and soda drinks by the checkout. – SU
BEST PLACE TO SPEND A SUNNY DAY The Fly
Though there are many beautiful parks and sunning spots in New Orleans — from Audubon Park to the Jackson Square garden to City Park to Newcomb Quad — the best by far is The Fly. On this little strip by the river you can while away entire days, but the best time to hit it up are Friday afternoons and evenings, when the city ushers in the weekend. You can watch CBD suits hit after-work golf balls at passing barges, enjoy the Hip Hop booming from cars, lug over your grill
The WWII Museum’s in-house restaurant, The American Sector, boasts fantastic drinks and Chef John Besh’s spin on American cuisine. You can get both for cheap at its daily 3 – 6 p.m. happy hour, not to mention the free parking. At Sector, New Orleans’ finest drinks are available for the same price as your average Boot fare: Yes, please. Half-price drink specials combined with 75cent plump and mouth-watering barbecue sliders make for an unbeatable happy hour down in the museum district. – HB
It’s hard to pick the best of the many top-tier selections of desserts offered in this city. Creole Creamery entices such accolades with any of its original, intriguing and always homemade flavors for less than the price of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. For Wonka-worthy artistry and atmosphere honors, Sucré on Magazine Street would surely win. But for a dessert destination that excels in overall taste and quality, Angelo Brocato’s can’t be beat. Everything from gelato to cannoli is made daily from fresh ingredients (some imported from Sicily) and old family recipes. A longstanding tradition of excellence (they’ve been here since 1905) validates the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” – HB
Best Discovery of the Year The Singing Tree
There’s an oak in City Park between the Museum of Art and the Big Lake that’s hung with wind chimes. The cylindrical instruments vary in size from a foot long to several feet so that when the wind blows the tree sings. The chimes are displayed in careful order around the tree so that gusts of wind inspire not discordant chimes but harmonious music. You have to be under the tree at just the right time to catch the effect, but when you do, it’s breathtaking. Visiting The Singing Tree is a memorable experience that also has a great sunset view and makes for an excellent picnicking spot. – HB
More A+ Awards Best Brunch Café Atchafalaya
The Stomp tends to focus on rock, blues, rock-a-billy and soul, showcasing performers who haven’t performed in decades. The festival provides a unique opportunity to see acts that may never be seen again. As an annual event, the Stomp will be back next fall for its 10th anniversary, an experience you’d be a fool to miss. – HC
Best Album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — Kanye West
Don’t be afraid of its sneeze-worthy name – brunch at Atchafalaya is well worth the five times it will take you to pronounce it correctly. The café’s Saturday/Sunday only brunch menu is filled with contemporary Creole-inspired dishes such as the Eggs Louisianne (lump crab cake, poached egg, Creole hollandaise), The Boudreaux (sunny-side up eggs, alligator sausage, jalapeño corn bread, Creole hollandaise, Crystal potatoes) and Grits and Grillades (grillades, creamy grits). More inviting than all the decadent food, however, is Atchafalaya’s warm, slightly nostalgic ambiance that keeps customers coming back week after week. This is the best place to enjoy a languorous weekend meal with friends who are willing to ignore time for a while and just eat. – AM
I’m sure you’ve heard it by now, but just to be clear: The best album released in the past year is Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I’m not even a Yeezy fan, but this album won me over. Once you take Kanye with a huge grain of salt and recognize his grossly exaggerated ennui, the passion underlying his music becomes apparent. He’s not the greatest artist alive, but the fact that he thinks he is grants this album an undeniably epic swagger. Collaborating with artists as varied as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Clipse’s Pusha T, MBDTF is Kanye at his delusional, talented best. – ZY
Best Restaurant to take Parents Dante’s Kitchen
Dante’s Kitchen will never disappoint the parents. Whether you’re visiting for the first or 15th time, the scrumptious menu that changes seasonally guarantees each dining experience to be unlike any other. Favorites include Chicken Roasted Under a Brick, Redfish on the Half Shell, Escargot, Mussels in Green Curry and Trois Mignons. Dante’s is known for its specialty cocktails as well as its food, so you can rest assured that your parents will enjoy an evening spent in the company of a great meal and a college student with sophisticated taste. – AM
Surrey’s Uptown opened this past year at 1418 Magazine Street and is owned by the same people behind the original Surrey’s Juice Bar. While the establishment isn’t technically “new,” its closer location is much more accessible to the Tulane community. Only open until 3 p.m. and often incredibly crowded, the only times I’ve been I’ve had to skip class to make it (not that I’d ever suggest that our readers do the same). A breakfast paradise, Surrey’s serves perhaps my favorite dish of all time: a crabmeat omelet with Brie and avocado, smothered in their signature crab sauce. Paired with a mug of black coffee and a homemade biscuit, it doesn’t get much better than that. – ZY
Best Electronic Venue The Hookah
Best Local Band Givers
The biggest problem with electronic music shows has become the sweaty, sticky mass of people that typically squeezes into a given venue, packed wall-to-wall like gyrating sardines. This unfriendly horde seems to expand every weekend, and is particularly annoying to deal with in New Orleans’ smaller venues. Thankfully, The Hookah provides space for the sweaty sweaters to sweat all over each other to their hearts delight, without disturbing the rest of the crowd that’s lounging on square couches or milling around the venue’s airy interior. The Hookah’s sound system is its other most redeeming quality, as superior speakers and subs can determine whether a show will be one for the memory books. Check out this venue if you’re the kind who likes to dance when you want to and sit wherever the hell you like. – AM
Best Shopping Buffalo Exchange
A satisfying sample of New Orleans fashion can be found among the racks of the city’s best used-clothing store, Buffalo Exchange. Located at 3312 Magazine Street, the shop is surrounded by bustling businesses and high-end boutiques, but maintains its local atmosphere with a staff of charismatic sales assistants and wacky accessories one could only find in New Orleans. The best part about Buffalo is the exchange part: Bring in bags of old clothes to get cash or store credit if you’re yawning at your wardrobe (they accept a wider variety of items than businesses like Funky Monkey or Swap). Always a new experience, shopping at Buffalo can award scrutinizing eyes with exquisite fashion finds. – AM
best Venue for Music You’ve Never Heard Of Siberia
Not to be confused with a Stalin-era gulag, this St. Claude Avenue plays host to countless small-name bands that could blow your mind. On any given night you can catch a variety of groups, with styles ranging from garage to surf to stoner rock to metal to quirky local bands. Siberia has established itself as the main tour stop for little-known bands passing through our fair city. The hunting lodge décor and two-dollar PBR draft only add to its appeal. If you are looking to expand your musical horizons, there’s no better place to grime it up. – HC
best Festival Ponderosa Stomp
This past September the Ninth Annual Ponderosa Stomp rolled out its usual lineup chock full of music from bygone eras. This year’s lineup was highlighted by guitar legend Duane Eddy, surf/garage journeymen The Trashmen, girl-group diva Ronnie Spector and tons more.
Best New Restaurant Surrey’s Uptown
Givers are a sextet from Lafayette, La. who play jubilant, heartpounding indie-pop. Comprised of members Kirby Cambell, Taylor Guarisco, Tif Lamson, Josh Leblanc, William Henderson and Christine Peirce, Givers have risen through the blogosphere after successfully opening for such famed national acts as Ra Ra Riot and The Dirty Projectors. With a devoted local following and exhilarating showmanship, Givers shows are more fun than you’re likely to have anywhere else. It’s especially cool to see how their repertoire, skills and stage presence have vastly improved over the past few years. Be sure to check Givers out when they play at Tulane’s own Crawfest this April. – ZY
Best Place To Explore Six Flags New Orleans
Once upon a time there was a Six Flags in New Orleans. Opened on the East Bank in 2002, “Jazzland” was a popular tourist destination before it was flooded and abandoned in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Though potential investors have talked about buying the park, there are currently no clear plans for the land. In the meantime, it’s a strange, eerie ghost town of overgrown weeds and gigantic roller coaster tracks. Such famed rides as The Zydeco Scream and The Jester stand on rusty legs high above empty gift shops and walkways. It’s freaky in a horror movie way yet undeniably alluring for urban adventurers. (Note: It’s technically illegal to explore the abandoned park.) – ZY
Best Performance in NOLA Joanna Newsom at Tipitina’s
Joanna Newsom came to Tipitina’s this past November and provided a show that was both intimate and exciting. Newsom picked the perfect venue for her swing through New Orleans, as the dark wood and notable history of the venue were a perfect complement to her indieharp-folk music. With a small supporting cast of extremely talented players, Newsom played songs from all three of her albums and her EPs. The performance was a journey through her early songs, both shrill and innocently eccentric, to full-bodied 10-minute epics from her most recent album. The sound was almost album quality with added eccentricity for the live audience (and she played two encores). – IC
Best Venue Overall One Eyed Jack’s
Every single venue in New Orleans has its problems. Where one may have bad sightlines, another has bad acoustics. One gets too busy while another is too small. One Eyed Jack’s wins the A+ Award for best venue by having the fewest problems. The beautiful venue is always dark and red-tinted, a romantic atmosphere for those more alternative lovebirds looking to take in a show rather than a movie. Jack’s also pulls bands of great quality that haven’t hit it big yet, so you can say you “saw them when.” Other than its stringent rule-enforcing (especially for those below drinking age), OEJ tops the list of New Orleans venues this year. – IC
Best Bar overall Shamrock
I recently learned a secret. On a meandering drive through the streets of Mid-City I came upon a glowing green beacon shining down from above. In large letters where the Rock ‘n’ Bowl sign used to illuminate Carrollton Avenue, the sign spelled S-H-A-M-R-O-C-K. “The Rock,” as it is affectionately called by those most intimate with its charm, is an expansive game room filled with pool tables, ping pong courts and a long row of dart boards. A heaven-on-earth for those of legal drinking age but of a more childish disposition, “The Rock” provides more fun than should be legal. Though it may not be for everyone, in terms of value and pure, unbridled joy, “The Rock” cannot be beat. – IC
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By the time Seattle outfit The Head and the Heart took the stage at One Eyed Jack’s, the house was already fully packed. The band’s catchy brand of poppy yet moving indie folk got heads bobbing and emotions stirring. The harmonizing sextet delivered a stellar opening set. Especially effective were the gorgeous pleas in “Honey Come Home” and the sing-along simplicity of “Down In The Valley.” This great young band still has a little growing up to do, but full-blown musical maturity waits just around the corner. The Head and the Heart are reminiscent of a mix between Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes, two of the band’s home state predecessors. After their opening set, the band members cleared the stage of their instruments and gear, leaving behind a setting perfect for The Walkmen. The setup was simple yet strong, much like the band’s music: one microphone, one drum set, one bass, two stacked keyboards and a few different types of guitars with a small pedal board. These are The Walkmen’s weapons, and they wield them well. The lights dimmed and five sharply dressed men marched on stage. All of them were cleanshaven, and all wore wedding rings. The Walkmen have been around the block. While the band is nothing short of professional, the musicians still know how to have a great time playing a show. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser towered over the audience in his dapper khaki suit. He addressed his fans with a wide-mouthed grin on his face saying, “Hi, how are ya?” right before he and the band sauntered into the atmospheric “What’s In It For Me,” off their 2004 album Bows + Arrows. Then, without missing a beat, drummer Matt Barrick tore into “Angela Surf City,” one of the singles off The Walkmen’s “Best of 2010” list-topping album, Lisbon. The show continued at a high energy level as the D.C./New York City gentlemen dug deep into their catalog to put on a comprehensive and satisfying show. When it came time for the encore, they played their staple “The Rat.” This head-banging, emotionally wrought and catchy rock ‘n’ roll anthem is their most popular song for a reason. The entire crowd yelped every word with Leithauser: “When I used to go out, I would know everyone that I saw/ Now I go out alone, if I go out at all.” The Walkmen had the crowd right where they wanted them — veins popping, bodies sweating and adrenaline pumping — when they appropriately broke out hometown favorite “Louisiana.” The waltzy tune provided the perfect nightcap to an evening of exceptional music.
The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser performs at One Eyed Jack’s on March 2.
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But, just as surely as Tulane givfor Americans to find ways to help the country, and instead chose to ing out scholarships increases defind ways to help themselves at the mand for Tulane’s educational services, Planned Parenthood’s abiliexpense of the country. The House of Representatives ty to charge below-market prices voted recently to defund Planned increases demand for its services. And though diParenthood for rect federal fundthe remainder of ing for abortions 2011. The orgais prohibited, nization received Every single asPlanned Parentabout $320 milhood obviously pect of government lion from the govhas more monernment in 2010. needs to shrink. ey freed up for The cut would abortions thanks But it doesn’t make not cripple the to government organization — sense to start with funding. it raises about those more difficult Clearly, there two-thirds of its are pros to fundrevenue through types of expendiing Planned Parfundraising. 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If you are religiously or othger afford to wholly subsidize your weekly medications, wouldn’t it be erwise morally inclined to view simpler to tell the teenage or 25- aborting a fetus with slightly more year-old girl and her male compan- gravity than you view clipping off ion that they have to find some- your toenails, then all the more so one other than a cash-strapped should you applaud the attempt to public to fix an entirely avoidable make Planned Parenthood fight for its place in the sexual-health marmistake? Chances are that the mother ket. The organization serves a role has children who lack medicine in this society. But even though the due to the bad luck of being born bulk of Planned Parenthood’s acinto some degree of poverty. You tivites does not include abortions, don’t start the cuts with programs and even though those other functhat genuinely help needy people. tions may be valuable, the meaChances also are that the girl in suring stick for survival should be Planned Parenthood, and the guy whether or not it can cover its own if he accompanied her, acted reck- costs. And in regards to its abortion lessly and are completely at fault. Those cuts are where to get the and STD testing services, if women either make a mistake in bed ball rolling. I should note that Planned Par- or intentionally have unprotectenthood provides many services ed sex, abortions are a safe and leother than abortion. In fact, a small gal option and testing for STDs is a percentage of its budget is spent must. Just don’t have the audacity on providing abortions. But to put to force someone else to right your what it does in perspective, in 2008 course. And for men who are too it conducted 324,000 abortions, 27 engrossed in the moment to wear percent of that year’s nationwide a condom, a dose of reality, either total of 1.2 million. Though abor- through financial responsibility tions are not the sole purpose of for the cost of a visit to an unsubthe organization, they are a signif- sidized clinic, or through raising a child (gasp!) would not be the icant aspect of its operations. Subsidizing Planned Parent- worst thing in the world. hood is destructive regardless of Jared Sichel is a junior in the the country’s ability to finance itself. A significant feature of the or- Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be ganization is that it protects peo- reached for comment at email@example.com.
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The rise of geekdom By jonathan estuart views editor
Eleven years ago, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig brought to light the trouble of the average geek with brutal honesty in “Freaks and Geeks.” Bullied by most of his high school peers, Sam “Weird” Weir the 103-pound, lovable loser of a protagonist found himself forced to hole up in his home, finding solace in the comic stylings of Bill Murray, science fiction, Dungeons & Dragons, and his fellow geeks. The exact requirements for a geek are hard to pin down. According to Wikipedia, a geek is “a person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.” But there’s definitely more to it than that — degrees of social ineptitude and obsession are involved as well. While fully defining the geek, especially in the face of its counterpart, the “nerd,” has always been difficult process, the classic tropes of geek culture have largely stayed the same: a healthy serving of video games, comic books and anything generally out of the norm. The problem lies in the growing popularity of geekdom. San Diego Comic-Con International opened in 1970 to crowds of less than 200 people. The 2010 San Diego ComicCon had more than 130,000 attendees, almost twice the capacity of the Superdome. Suddenly, we live in a world in which “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the most-watched shows on television. It’s a world in which almost every household owns some sort
of gaming console, even if it is just a Wii. It’s a world in which a movie based on a long-running and beloved comic book franchise is the seventh-highest grossing movie of all time — not to say anything about the weird, blue science fiction opus that holds the top spot. This leaves the average geek at a quandary. With the geekpocalypse approaching, most anyone can name at least 10 superheroes in an attempt to please their geek overlords. And, you know what, that’s great. Geek culture is hardly the same as the hipster culture, with its holier-than-thou approach to the mainstream. Ask a couple of hipsters about The Shins and you’ll probably get a snide retort about those “sellouts.” Inquire to a group of geeks about Batman and they’ll probably gleefully start asking you how you felt about Batman’s death and Grant Morrison’s current take on the caped crusader in “Batman Incorporated.” January’s New Orleans Comic-Con was a great example of geekdom’s inclusive nature. During the couple of hours I was there, I learned of multiple New Orleans role-playing groups, found numerous recommendations for comics and was seriously tempted by an offer for a $50 Dreamcast with controllers. In the final episode of “Freaks and Geeks,” James Franco’s character — the epitome of careless cool — joins the geeks for a night of Dungeons & Dragons. He hardly understands it — he names his dwarf Carlos rather than something more traditional, like Gorthon — but he ends up enjoying it nonetheless, eager for another round. Later, the geeks discuss: “Does him wanting to play with us again mean he’s turning into a geek or we’re turning into cool guys?” And while Sam Weir and friends choose to believe they are becoming just a tad cooler,
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maybe it’s a little bit of both. Becoming a geek is hardly a huge challenge, it simply requires a love for things that are generally fun, like giving in to imagination whilst roleplaying or reading genuinely awesome comics and sci-fi. And you’ve probably already passed a couple gateways to geekery — I mean, judging by the numbers, most people have already seen “The Dark Knight” or “Watchmen.” If those piqued your interest, you’ll feel right at home reading the graphic novels associated with them.
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A critical evaluation of Carnival By sam tabachnik staff writer
I am going to sue “Girls Gone Wild.” Growing up outside of New Orleans, I was led to believe, by television, commercials and movies, that Mardi Gras was about one thing: girls taking off their shirts. What I soon found out, however, is that I was dead wrong. Mardi Gras is so much better than that. That said, I would like to rate my first carnival experience in the form of a report card: Public Urination: B+. Some might argue that this grade is pretty high for such a menial task, but I beg to differ. For most of Mardi Gras, I was going with the flow, catching beads, talking to middle-aged women and fist-
bumping marching bands. When nature called, however, I turned on stealth mode. I became invisible. Behind a trashcan, under a bush — it was like Splinter Cell minus the weapons and terrorists. The experience exhilarated me like a simple bodily function never has. Visitors: A/F. How can I rate my guests as both an A and an F? The A is for the outrageous collection of friends that managed to make it down to New Orleans to celebrate. It was great to have so many great people all in the same house, especially when some pass out with their shoes on and you can draw inappropriate pictures on their faces. The F pertains to the mess that comes with 20 people staying in a three-bedroom house. I’ve seen war zones look better. Sometimes there were more beads than floor space. It was utterly disgusting. Bourbon Street: D. When visitors come to New Orleans, they only know one place: Bourbon Street. During Mardi Gras
the street is a parking lot of people. I had my body pushed into strangers’ sensitive areas a little more than I could handle. Most interactions sounded something like this: Female: [Gesturing wildly] “Hey, throw me some beads!” Male: [Shaking head] “Take it off !” Female: [Shy smile] “No.” The whole process was ridiculous. I went once and got it out of my system. My friends from out of town, on the other hand, heard that Bourbon was the place to be and demanded to go. Against my will, I ended up spending three arduous nights fighting crowds, buying $6 hotdogs and commiserating with 50-year-old perverts. “I know, I know, it’s so not fair.” Fist-Bumps/High Fives: A. Easily one of the highlights of the Mardi Gras experience occurred between each float. As the high school marching bands passed by, I reached out my hand for a fist-bump and got a series of hilarious encounters. Some would
ignore me completely, pretending like my love and support did not exist. Those people need to lighten up. On the opposite end of the spectrum you had the drummer who would go out of his way to give me the up, down and side bump which really made my day. The little things in life, you know? I had some awkward encounters with the homeless torchbearers who thought I had money in my hand and proved supremely disappointed at a naked fist. Getting involved in the parade makes the holiday a much more fun experience and greatly increases your excitement. Is he going to bump me or not? Will the 70-year-old band teacher know the fist-bump or try the highfive? Those can get messy. Overall: Pass. Hey, I survived Mardi Gras. Isn’t that all that matters?
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Sam Tabachnik is a sophomore in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
freshman / Geology
Worldliness required I have never had a “normal” collegiate spring break. I have never spent a drunken week on the beach with friends, I have never taken a road trip to go camping, and I have certainly not spent a week going to the gym, tanning and doing laundry on the Jersey Shore. Instead, I have spent each of my three spring breaks in a country other than the United States. Freshman year, I rode up a mountain in the back of a truck with a dozen other people in Honduras as part of the Catholic Center’s Mission Honduras trip. Last year, I explored the breathtaking countryside of Iceland with a buddy just a week before the volcano erupted. This year, I hopped across the pond to Scotland to visit my best friend who has been studying abroad in Edinburgh all year. While my past two spring breaks were for pleasure, most of my travels have
just think how much more impressive it would be if you rode the Trans-Siberian Railway all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok while drinking black tea and eating caviar. It’s all about the connection you make to a certain place and how you carry that experience with you. One can only be so worldly by reading the CNN and The New York Times every day. There is so much to learn from living with a family in Panama for six weeks or spending a semester abroad in Europe. It’s easy to ignore anything that occurs outside of your immediate realm. Traveling, spending time and living abroad are not just about collecting passport stamps and souvenirs; they’re about immersing yourself in a different culture, seeing how others live and expanding your worldview. Being worldly is about sharing firsthand experiences and stories from the vastly interesting world outside the couple street blocks you traverse every day. Derrick Toups is a junior in the Newcomb-Tulane College. He has traveled to or lived in Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Iceland, Scotland and Kenya. He can be reached for comment at dtoups@ tulane.edu.
“It has been very unfortunate.” Kristen Miller
Sophomore / Business
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By Derrick Toups
Senior Staff Writer
allowed me to spend extended periods of time in the developing world working and living with natives, immersing myself in a foreign language, learning about a new culture, and, most of all, expanding my view of the world and those who inhabit it. While airfare, lodging and food can get expensive, there’s nothing more rewarding than using a semester’s worth of savings to fund a trip to another country. Whether you spend a week hiking Patagonia with your friends, a month teaching preschoolers in Kenya with a service organization, or two years working with marginalized youth in Ukraine with the Peace Corps, your time abroad will teach you a lot about yourself and the rest of the world. Wordliness comes from being experienced in the ways of the world, cultivating your own views and deciding what cultures you appreciate and for what specific reasons. Sure, liking Russia because it’s the birthplace of Nastia Liukin and Tchaikovsky is a fine enough reason, but
“It’s been fine.” Abby Fromm
Freshman / Business
SPORTS LAGNIAPPE CONRAD FLYNN NAMED CUSA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Green Wave starting pitcher Conrad Flynn was named Conference USA coPitcher of the Week Monday following an impressive win against perennial power Wichita State. Through seven innings, Flynn allowed no runners past second base without recording a walk. The senior has a 2.16 ERA and 26 strikeouts for the season, good for sixth in CUSA, and has allowed a .234 batting average from opponents.
FOOTBALL BEGINS SPRING PRACTICES
The Green Wave football squad began spring practices this week and will have 12 more sessions before the annual GreenWhite scrimmage April 16. The main issues of focus include finding a new backup quarterback for Ryan Griffin, replacing departed seniors on defense such as Alex Wacha and Oscar Ponce de Leon, and improving kickoff coverage. The practices will be crucial to continue developing a young talent base after a 2010 season that saw Tulane play 18 different freshmen.
TRACK & FIELD EXCELS AT TULANE TEAM CHALLENGE
The Tulane women placed second and the men third at the Tulane Team Challenge, held March 9 at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. The meet was the first track and field event Tulane hosted since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The women’s team won the 100, 200, 800, 1,500, 3,000 and 4x100 meter events, in addition to high jump and javelin. The men’s team won the 400 meter run and the 4x100 relay, in which senior Koplan Nwabuoku participated. Junior Ana Ruzevic set a school record with a 51.37 meter javelin throw.
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vs. New Orleans 6:30 p.m. Turchin Stadium
vs. New Orleans 2 p.m. Turchin Stadium
WOMEN’S TENNIS vs. Samford 2 p.m. Goldring Stadium
MEN’S TENNIS @ SMU 12 p.m. Dallas
vs. New Orleans 1 p.m. Turchin Stadium
vs. Nicholls State 6:30 p.m. Turchin Stadium
Bats come alive against Southeastern Tulane repays earlyseason loss with 7-3 blowout victory By MAX RESNIK
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Bringing the No. 24 ranking into last weekend’s series against Wichita State, the Green Wave took two of three games despite only having one of its three weekend starters available. Senior Conrad Flynn continued to impress Friday night, limiting the Shockers to one run through seven innings and picking up his first win of the season. The offense put up two runs in the first inning for an early lead and then gave the bullpen some insurance in the eighth inning, turning a 3-2 nail biter into a 6-2 ninth inning lead. The bullpen, one of Tulane’s assets thus far this season, almost blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth and a 6-2 lead in the ninth, but senior closer Nick Pepitone got out of some key jams as the Green Wave took the opener 6-5. Saturday was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel as sophomore Kyle McKenzie allowed only one run on three hits to Wichita over seven innings, but the offense proved to be anemic against Shockers senior Tim Kelley. Tulane managed only six base runners the entire game, and Kelley went the distance, giving the Green Wave little hope all day. Sunday’s finale was Tulane’s most exciting win of the year, as the Wave took the rubber match in dramatic fashion. Making his first NCAA start, redshirt senior Drew Zizinia went five in-
nings, allowing only one hit. After taking the lead in the fifth and again in the seventh, the Shockers squared things off at two in the eighth inning as the game went to extra innings. In the 11th inning, with one out and no one on base, sophomore Blake Crohan hit his first home run of the season, giving the Green Wave an exciting walk-off win. This week featured two single-game match-ups: Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana and Wednesday against Alcorn State. Looking for revenge after a 13-1 shellacking a few weeks back, Tulane sent David Napoli to the hill Tuesday. The game, however, was out of reach by the end of the first, as the Green Wave sent 12 batters to the plate, playing seven. In that first inning, sophomore Bowen Woodson hit his first career home run, a three-run shot to cap off the seven-run first. Those seven runs were more than enough for Napoli who, in his first career start, allowed one run over five innings. He seemed to fall apart in the third, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batsman, followed by another walk to plate the first run for SLU. Napoli recovered, however, picking up a double play ball to end the threat. Pepitone also picked up his eighth save of the year, coming in with two on and one out in the ninth with a 7-3 lead. He induced a double play ball to end the ballgame. Wednesday night featured the first college start in junior D.J. Ponder’s career, something that’s becoming a common occurrence for the depleted Green Wave rotation. It has been a busy week for the right-hander, also the back-
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Tulane infielder Brennan Middleton (9) congratulates a teammate in the Wave’s 7-3 victory against SLU. up quarterback for the Wave, who started spring football practices earlier this week. Ponder, however, excelled versus the Alcorn State Braves. He went five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs. “It felt good,” Ponder said. “What really helped was the bats came alive almost instantly. And as a pitcher, when you see that, you just go out there and try to pound the zone. The guys played great defensively behind me to-
night, so it helped a lot.” The Tulane offense beat up on Braves pitching, scoring in each of the first five innings. Junior Jeremy Schaffer, who went 4-5, picked up three RBIs and scoring four times. For head coach Rick Jones, it was important to see the offense not die down after the first, as the Wave had the night before. “We just had some good quality at-bats, and I think a lot of that may have come
from us talking about how we didn’t have the aggressive approach after the first inning last night,” Jones said. “That may have had something to do with it. Hitting sometimes is contagious.” The No. 22-ranked Tulane is now 13-4 on the season as the team awaits a weekend series against UNO at Turchin Stadium, starting 6:30 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Wave plays host to struggling Privateers Broach may make his return after early forearm injury By MATT CULKIN STAFF WRITER
After pitching its first shutout of the season in a 12-0 victory against Alcorn State, The No. 22-ranked Green Wave baseball team (13-4) returns to action today as it opens up a three-game home set against UNO (1-15). The University of New Orleans, long-time rivals of the
Wave, was recently delegated to Division III. This transition furthers Tulane’s advantage over the weak Privateer squad and may take away from some of the rivalry that used to exist. Tulane is expected to sweep the series as UNO has played poorly early in the season, including losing all of a four-game series against Troy last weekend. After the first month of the season, UNO does not have a batter with a batting average above .294 or a pitcher with an ERA below 6.00. Still, it will be important for the Wave to remain
focused as the term looks to hold its top-25 ranking. Even one loss to UNO could cost the team that rank, and the Green Wave’s second-ranked RPI could take a major hit. Despite the dismal record, the Privateers do present a few players to watch. Nolan Church leads the team offensively with 16 hits, 3 home runs and a slugging percentage of .444. His three homers are more than the rest of the team’s combined. Leadoff man Chris Gerinimo also poses a threat with a .294 average and a .351 OBP. The Olive and Blue en-
ter the series with a much more impressive roster, led by the red-hot Jeremy Schaffer. Schaffer holds a .391 average with 13 RBI’s, and 25 hits – 11 of those coming as doubles. The series will most likely come down to a battle of starting pitching, however, as neither team has shown particular power at the plate. Luckily, this is a battle in which the Wave dominates. As a team, UNO averages a 12.07 ERA, compared to the Wave’s pristine 2.31. Senior pitcher Conrad Flynn (1-2) will start the first game of the series for the
Wave. Redshirt junior Robbie Broach (1-0) will attempt to make a return for Tulane Sunday after straining a muscle in his forearm earlier this year. Redshirt senior Drew Zizinia or sophomore Zach Kelt will start in his place if Broach cannot take the mound. Overall, there is little reason why Tulane shouldn’t be able to pick up three more easy wins this weekend and hold onto its top-25 ranking. A sweep here would be a great way to start off a tough sixgame home stand, which will end with a huge game against rival LSU April 5.
Tulane struggles at Tiger Golf Classic By NICK HOBERG STAFF WRITER
The No. 11-ranked Tulane women’s golf team was unable to match its success from its previous two tournaments, posting an 11th place finish in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic last weekend. Tulane struggled from the outset, with the team combining for its worst round of the season with a 24-over 312 total at the University Club in Baton Rouge Friday. The Green Wave was not the only team who struggled on the first day. Only one squad finished better than 10-over par. Sophomore Maribel Lopez Porras finished with the team’s best score with a 3over 75 and ended the day in 21st place. Making her season debut, junior Stephanie Wagstaff posted the second best score for the Wave with a 4-over 76. Tulane rebounded from its rough start with a solid performance Saturday. The Green Wave improved by 10 strokes from its first round
effort and tied Duke for the fourth-best team total of the day. Junior Ashley McKenney led the resurgence by shooting a 1-over 73, and the duo of Porras and junior Samantha Troyanovich each fired a 4-over 76. Wagstaff was unable to repeat her performance from Friday. She got off to a rough start and went on to post a 14-over 86. Tulane closed out the tournament on Sunday, shooting a combined 12over 304. Porras carded a 2-under 70 that moved her from 22nd into a fifth-place finish. She entered her final round in 22nd place with a 7-over 151 total through 36 holes. Porras carded a 4over effort during Saturday’s second round. Sunday, however, proved to be her day as she produced the third-best overall round of the day. Porras’s top-five individual finish in the tournament was her second in a row after finishing third two weeks ago at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. “Maribel was the lone
bright spot for us this weekend,” Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. “She’s really playing well right now and is really progressing in the right direction. The 2-under 70 today was her best round of the season with the lay-out of the course, the conditions and the way she managed her game. I’m very proud of her. She’s doing a great job of leading this team right now.” No. 26 Arkansas surprised the field by taking home the team title with a sevenstroke victory over second place and seventh-ranked Virginia. Top-ranked Alabama, fourth-ranked Duke and 18th-ranked Tennessee tied for third to round out the top five finishers. The Razorbacks placed three golfers in the top 10. Tulane returns to action at the Ole Miss Lady Rebel Intercollegiate April 1 - 3 at the University Golf Club in Oxford, Miss.
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Tulane Green Wave sophomore Maribel Lopez Porras finished in the top 5 individually in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic last weekend.
vs. Nicholls State 2 p.m. Goldring Tennis Center
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march 18, 2011
Coach Conroy’s first year proves promising Team loses in first round of Conference USA tournament By sam thomas staff writer
It would be easy to write off the Tulane men’s basketball team’s 2010-2011 season as a total flop. After winning 12 of its first 15 games, the Wave suffered through a 12-game losing streak in the heart of the season and finished at the bottom of Conference USA. The Green Wave’s postseason performance was also disappointing, as the team was eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament. These results were especially tough to swallow for fans who were excited by the team’s strong start. The team’s struggles, however, were in line with most preseason predictions. After all, the Green Wave was
a relatively young team that had won just eight games in its previous season and was playing under a new head coach. No one expected immediate success. With that said, here’s a look at what the Tulane men’s basketball team did well in 20102011, what it failed to do well and what the team will need to improve on for next year. Grades were given to all players who received at least 250 minutes of playing time. David Booker: D As the Green Wave’s de facto starting center, Booker was supposed to provide toughness and solidify the team’s interior defense. Instead, the senior’s game regressed on the defensive end, more than offsetting the strides he made offensively. Granted, he is undersized for the center role at only 6foot-7 and 235 pounds, but Booker’s rebound and block totals were far below average, even for an undersized center. He grabbed only 4.0 re-
bounds per game, and his season high was just nine. Defensively, Booker blocked only seven more shots than head coach Ed Conroy did. Despite dramatically improving his field goal percentage from 39 percent last year to 52 percent this season, Booker’s defensive shortcomings made it difficult for Tulane to keep opponents from scoring near the basket. Jordan Callahan: B+ Callahan’s shooting touch fell off a bit this year — both his field goal percentage and 3-point percentage were down more than six points from last season — but many other facets of his game improved. Embracing his role as the starting point guard, Callahan led the team in assists and quickly learned how to run Conroy’s new offense effectively. As one of the team’s go-to scorers, he could always be counted on by his teammates to make a big play or hit a big shot in close games. On the negative side, Calla-
Tulane topples No. 72 Akron and Penn State
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Tulane sophomore Emma Helistén won her singles match-up in a 7-0 victory against 72nd-ranked Akron. The Wave defeated its first ranked opponent since 2005 when it beat No. 18 TCU with the victory.
Senior night win stops 12-game conference slide By Takuma Ohashi staff writer
The biggest win for the Tulane women’s tennis team since 2005 came in a dominant display Tuesday afternoon against No. 72 Akron. The upset victory extended the Green Wave’s current winning streak to four matches, including a decisive 4-3 victory against Penn State during spring break. The Wave faced Penn State at Goldring Stadium. While sophomore Hila Elster and junior Elizabeth Hamlin earned a win on court three, it was not enough as Tulane’s top two teams dropped their matches and the subsequent doubles point. Faced with the challenge of trailing 0-1 going into the singles rubber matches, Elster evened the scoreboard with a tight straight-set victory against Fernanda Perrotta. Other victories for the Green Wave came from junior Mari-
am Kurdadze and sophomore Emma Levy on courts one and two, respectively, as well as a first dual match win for freshman Katherine Cecil on court six. Tulane performed when it counted, winning both tie breaks contested, as well as seven of nine sets when the game differential was two or less. The results were a turnaround from the Green Wave’s troubles with tight contests at the start of the season. The close victory for the Green Wave gave the team a new sense of determination on the court, and the group started strongly and with purpose against Akron. Doubles pair Kurdadze and Levy upended the national No. 27-ranked team Zara Harutyunyan and Angelina Jogasuria with little trouble, 8-3. “Our communication has been great, and that is the secret to playing great doubles,” Levy said. “It was definitely a confidence booster for Mariam and I. That win is going to help us regain our strength as a team and do well the rest of the season.” Elster and Cecil clinched the
doubles point on court three in a tight contest. “The close matches that we have been able to win the past month have given us a lot more confidence,” Elster said. “Each match has been very important for us and for our confidence.” Levy carried the momentum from the doubles by winning eight games straight before her opponent retired, citing stomach illness. Elster, Kurdadze and sophomore Emma Helistén followed suit, dispatching their respective opponents in straight sets. Cecil and junior Lindsay Dvorak rounded out the victory with triumphs in third-set super tie breaks. “After the match yesterday, winning 7-0 against a ranked team, we realize we can compete with anyone,” Levy said. “I think everything has finally clicked for us as a team and we are ready for this coming weekend. I’m so proud of us all.” Next up, the Green Wave have back-to-back home games Friday against the Iowa Hawkeyes and Saturday against the Samford Bulldogs.
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Tulane basketball seniors Aaron Holmes, David Booker, Johnny Mayhane and Kris Richard pose on senior day. The Wave started a promising 12-3 but lost in the first round of the Conference USA tournament. han’s performance was inconsistent, and when he played poorly, the Green Wave invariably lost. In fact, the team lost every game in which Callahan did not score in double figures. Callahan will be a junior next season, and if he can match his improved playmaking abilities with a reliable jumpshot, the Green Wave will have another elite player to go along with Kendall Timmons. Aaron Holmes: AA knee injury cut the senior swingman’s season, but before he tore his meniscus, Holmes was one of the Green Wave’s most consistent players. Through 19 games, he led the team in 3-point percentage and was second in field goal percentage. He also contributed 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Losing Holmes was a major blow for Tulane. With a healthy Holmes, the Green Wave’s record was a respectable 125. After Holmes injured his knee against East Carolina, he moved in and out of the starting lineup for a few games before doctors decided that he needed season-ending surgery. Without Holmes, Tulane won only one game and lost eight. Johnny Mayhane: C Mayhane was never much of a shooter. His field goal percentage was below 40 percent in every season with the Wave. This year, though, Mayhane made strides with his 3-point shooting, and only Aaron Holmes finished with a better percentage among Green Wave players with more than 20 attempts. Still, Mayhane’s rebounding numbers were well below Jordan Callahan’s, and Callahan is five inches shorter. Mayhane also had trouble holding on to the ball, finishing with more turnovers than assists on the season, and his steal and block totals were lower than every other rotation player except Booker. Whoever fills the graduating senior’s spot in the rotation next year should look to provide more efficient scoring and a greater defensive presence. Kris Richard: B Like many of his teammates, Richard struggled with his jump shot for large stretches of
continued from b8 [increase]: 30 percent. Our education budget [increase]: 100 percent.” While several media reports said that the 45 percent increase and the 30 percent increase took place from 2010 to 2011, the athletic department later confirmed that these accounts were mistaken. The increases both took place between the 2007 and the 2011 fiscal years. The athletic budget only increased by 11 percent in 2011. According to the Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics, Tulane spent $6,686,956 on football and $21,309,000 on athletics last year, which ranks 10th out of 12 Conference USA schools. In the rest of his speech, Dickson took aim at critics of his past performance and pointed out that other univer-
the 2010 - 2011 season. Perhaps because of a loss of confidence, Richard shot the ball much less on a per-minute basis than he did in the 2009 – 2010 season. To make up for his lower offensive output, Richard changed his style of play, focusing more on playmaking and rebounding. He led the team in assistturnover ratio and finished second in total rebounds. The Green Wave will greatly miss the graduating senior’s confidence and leadership. Trent Rogers: C In his third season at Tulane, Rogers posted career highs in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. He never broke into the regular rotation, however, and averaged only nine minutes of playing time per game. His role might expand a bit next year because of the gap left at shooting guard by Richard’s graduation. Kevin Thomas: B+ Thomas was the tallest player on the Green Wave at 6-foot9. As a freshman, it took a while for him to earn consistent minutes, but when he finally did, the results were promising. Thomas led the team in field goal percentage, was a reliable free throw shooter and led the team in blocked shots. It’s a wonder Conroy didn’t play him more than he did, considering Thomas was the only member of the team who was able to alter opponents’ shots near the basket. Thomas’ rebounding numbers, however, were low for a player of his size. This is partly due to poor technique and his lack of strength. At only 215 pounds, Thomas was routinely out-muscled by other big men. Thomas should be the Green Wave’s starting center in next season, especially if he is able to add some bulk in the offseason. Expect great things from him next year. Kendall Timmons: AAs a sophomore, Timmons led Tulane in scoring, rebounding and steals. He was also named to the All-C-USA second team. Timmons’ stats improved from last season in almost every major category, and he established himself as the Green Wave’s most dynamic
offensive option and most disruptive defensive force. Not everything about Timmons’ season, however, was ideal. Despite being the team’s unquestioned No. 1 option, Timmons’ often had trouble scoring in late-game situations. While all of his Green Wave teammates had similar problems closing out games, Timmons’ status as “the man” meant that his struggles in the clutch were particularly damaging. Timmons also never seemed to embrace any kind of leadership role, and his tendency to mentally check out when things weren’t going his way probably cost the team. Timmons is Tulane’s most talented player. If he can match his talent with a more vocal leadership role and a smarter, more mature approach to the game, there will be no stopping him. Ed Conroy: BConroy’s first season wasn’t exactly a resounding success, but it wasn’t a total failure either. The Green Wave won six more games this season than last season. His team compensated for a lack of size with energy and effort. On many nights, when jump shots fell and the fast break ran smoothly, Tulane looked like one of the best teams in the conference. On other nights, the Wave looked lost and in need of a more structured offense and a different defensive strategy. These growing pains are to be expected for almost any coach who steps in to resurrect a basketball program. Change and improvement take time, and a college coach’s tactical skills are often less important than his or her ability to recruit and to inspire. This is not to say that Conroy isn’t a smart coach. In fact, he was widely praised as an excellent strategist during his time at The Citadel. But what seems to separate him from the average coach is his relentless energy and infectious optimism. He’s a winner. And if Conroy utilizes the offseason to make adjustments to his playbook and to bring in players that fit his system, the Tulane men’s basketball team will be a winner in 2011-2012.
sity’s players were more likely to fail academically or socially. At the beginning of his speech, Cowen was unapologetic for focusing on academics following Hurricane Katrina but said the university is now at a point where it can now focus on other things. “Let me tell you my aspirations for football: It is not two winning seasons per decade,” Cowen said. “In the end, the only way I measure success is by wins and losses.” Cowen said that the football team should be competitive for a conference title every year and go to a bowl game seven to eight times per decade. He mentioned the possibility of an on-campus playing venue, to the applause of those in attendance. After the speech, attendees received informational booklets titled “The Playbook: Inside the Game Plan for Tulane Football.” The booklets, put together by the Tulane Athletic Fund, detailed progress be-
ing made within the football program. A page dealing with plans for an on-campus football stadium said that the total faculty fundraising goal for such a facility was $60 million. Stadium naming rights and additional naming rights are available for $20 million each. The booklet said that the athletic department hoped to have a definitive answer in the next 12 months. Tulane alumnus Mettery Sherry was pleased with the results of the event. “Candidly, it was actually more [than I expected] because for the first time the president has taken possession of the athletic department, particularly football,” Sherry said. “So that tells me that there is a serious commitment to success. A lot of us had our misgivings from time to time over the years but this is the most positive statement I have heard in probably the last 45 years. So I’m very impressed.”
turn to the hullabaloo.
Cowen pledges greater football funding Playbook By RYAN JONES SPORTS EDITOR
Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson and university President Scott Cowen spoke to Green Wave fans Wednesday night in the Wilson Center, promising a stronger university commitment to improving the football team. Neither offered many specifics, and several media outlets, including the Times-Picayune, misreported the budget percentage increase that Tulane would provide for the football program. The crowd, however, appeared pleased with Cowen’s promises to make Tulane a regular conference championship contender and postseason candidate. As alumni sat in the crowd-
ed Wilson Center atrium, Dickson took the podium and began talking about his program, titled “The Playbook.” He sought to clarify misconceptions about the administration’s emphasis on athletics. “It’s time for the misinformation to stop,” Dickson said. “I for one am ready to draw the line and say, “Let’s do it right.” It’s time to stand up for our program. We’re here to bring a championship football program.” Dickson said that while developing “The Playbook,” he put together a special team of 11 advisers to present a united front. “It was a few weeks ago when he laid out the plan,” said Terrance Jones, former Tulane quarterback and univer-
promises confuse listeners
sity assistant director for alumni clubs. “It was general at that time. He wanted to get a team together. We met as a group three or four times, and we discussed a workable plan. Nothing definitive. It was all about doing it the right way with concrete evidence that they would give everyone something to be proud of.” Dickson emphasized that the university had begun to increase its monetary commitment to the athletic department and the football team, specifically. “As of this year, right now, [we have devoted] over 45 percent greater resources just in our operational budget in Tulane football. Overall athletics
By NICK PERUFFO
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
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Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson and President Scott Cowen COWEN B7 addressed a crowd of Wave fans in the Wilson Center on Wednesday.
NEW KIDS ON THE MOUND Alex Byo and Kyle McKenzie take control of staff By JOHN OWENS STAFF WRITER
COURTESY OF TULANE ATHLETICS
Tulane’s baseball team has begun to develop a reputation for keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The Green Wave has won many close games this season, a feat that couldn’t be accomplished without great pitching performances. At the beginning of the year, freshman Randy Leblanc and redshirt junior Robby Broach led the squad, but they couldn’t escape the injury bug. Their absence left a void in the rotation that needed to be filled by players who were just as reliable as those they replaced. Enter sophomores Alex Byo and Kyle McKenzie. With the spotlight firmly focused on them, these two set out to continue the show that Leblanc and Broach began. They toed the rubber with confidence and poise that was not only impressive, but intimidating. This could help explain how the duo has allowed only a combined five earned runs in 30.1 innings this year. This kind of dominance has helped propel the No. 22-ranked Greenies to a 13-4 start this season. For the better part of the season, however, Tulane’s bats have shown little pop,
and Byo has had to pick up the slack with his pitching. He has an ERA of 0.59 for the year and is arguably pitching the best of anyone on the staff. His performances have been impressive, but they are more impressive considering he was injured throughout last season. Byo had back issues, and coming into this year, it was uncertain if he was going to be effective at all. The results speak for themselves, but he could be saving his best for later in the season. You can bet that if Byo gets the chance to face LSU he’ll perform on a whole different level. “Being a Baton Rouge guy, it’s always easy to get up to face them,” Byo said. Byo is a team-first player, and that could be why he has been so successful thus far. He knows that he is a part of something greater. “You’ve got to be able to fill in jobs that maybe you weren’t set out to do at the beginning of the year, and I think that’s what Kyle and I did,” he said McKenzie has pitched extraordinarily well this year as well. As Byo noted, McKenzie has taken on a different and arguably bigger role than initially planned
this year, but he has made it work. In his first start of the season, he didn’t perform so strongly, only lasting two innings while allowing five runs to cross the plate. Since then, he has been phenomenal. In the 13 innings McKenzie has thrown after his first start, he has allowed only three earned runs. “The beginning of the game at Southeastern, I tried to be too perfect, and I wasn’t settled in at the beginning of the game so that kind of cost me,” he said. “The new mindset’s been to just kind come out there and then throw strikes and as the game progresses, try to make those pitches that I can when I’m in the zone.” Byo said the reason that Tulane has been successful is simple. “Pitching, you look at the number of games we’ve won [with] three runs or less,” Byo said. “And maybe the hitters have started to turn it around a little bit. But the difference between this year and last year is that last year, we were losing the one run games, and this year, we’re winning them.”
Aggressive defense leads to NIT victory By JOHN OWENS STAFF WRITER
Though the Tulane women’s basketball team missed the NCAA tournament this season, the Green Wave was not lacking in passion for the firstround NIT match-up against Southern. The Wave limited the Lady Jaguars to nine points in the first half and won 61-31 yesterday in Fogelman Arena. “We were disappointed that we didn’t make the NCAA tournament, obviously, but we got an opportunity to come out and play as a team, and we love playing with each other and we didn’t want this to be our last game,” sophomore guard Olivia Grayson said. Tulane (23-10) played like it didn’t want the team’s season to end, coming out the gate in full-court press on defense. The aggressive play set the tone early for a very physical and onesided game. Despite the Wave’s size deficit against Southern (20-12), Tulane played with tenacity and kept the Lady Jaguars from getting close. The Green Wave’s stingy defense led to a dismal shooting performance by Southern. The Lady Jaguars shot only 16.9 percent from the field. Southern’s poor shooting night, however, wasn’t the only reason that the game went Tulane’s way. The Green Wave played ferocious defense, forcing 22 turnovers and preventing the Lady Jaguars from mounting a consistent offen-
sive attack. “We came out with the mentality that we were going to make them turn the ball over,” Grayson said. Barnes was the main beneficiary of this style, collecting five steals and leading the team in that category. Southern made poor passes and displayed sloppy ball-handling all game long as a result of this continuing pressure. Every single Southern player who saw minutes committed at least two turnovers. Offensively, Tulane started the night with some sloppy play but became more efficient as the game continued. The Green Wave found its rhythm later in the first half, finishing with a 20-point lead. It was a team night for Tulane, not only on defense, but also on offense, where 10 Wave players scored. Grayson led the offense with 12 points, while senior guard Tiffany Aidoo and junior center Brett Benzio also had solid performances. Benzio came off the bench to record nine points, seven boards and five blocks. After the game, Aidoo said the team still has room to improve. “We’ve got to play with more energy,” she said. The Green Wave has a quick turnaround ahead of them. The Wave will face Oral Roberts, which beat TCU on the road, to advance in the next round and will travel to Tulsa, Okla. for the second-round match-up.
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Tulane sophomore guard Olivia Grayson (21) led the Wave with 12 points in a 61-31 win against Southern. The Green Wave advanced to the second round of the NIT against Oral Roberts with the home victory.
The athletic department’s much-hyped “Playbook” conference Wednesday evening was something of an acid test for the cynicism of everyone in the room. The ultimate message of the evening — that the football program will be receiving more financial support from the university — was inarguably positive. More money will allow for more extensive recruiting and an increased salary pool for potential coaches. Unfortunately, given Tulane football’s recent history, it was hard not to fear that the event was simply a publicity stunt designed more to loosen boosters’ pockets than a substantive and structural overhaul of the entire struggling program. The most convincing argument for the validity of the “Playbook” was the presence of Tulane President Scott Cowen, who openly prioritized academic and financial concerns as the university recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Cowen spoke frankly and movingly, and drew an emotional applause from a crowd composed primarily of aging former lettermen. For the first time, it appeared as if Cowen connected with the one segment of the Tulane community that has been underserved during his tenure. His fairly explicit reference to the possibility of an on-campus stadium was potentially the firmest evidence of the longstanding rumor to date. “We don’t have an answer for you tonight,” Cowen said. “But we will in the near future and we will let you know when we do.” A closer look at the glossy information packet handed out after the event, however, does not make the increased funding appear worthy of a large-scale event. The packet shows that the football budget will increase by 11 percent in the 2011 fiscal year. This budget, however, increased by 8 percent in the 2008 fiscal year and by 10 percent in 2009. Though nobody is complaining about budget increases, it does seem to suggest that the university is simply maintaining the course it was already on instead of taking a drastically new course. Furthermore, there has been a great deal of confusion about this numbers in the local media. Many outlets, including the Times-Picayune, have reported that the football budget will increase by 45 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cowen’s stadium comment raised another question: if a stadium announcement is in the “near future,” why hold an event where you announce very few specific plans instead of simply waiting for the big announcement to come to fruition? Why invite all of this unnecessary skepticism when you’re holding such a massive ace up your sleeve? For an event that was supposed to unite the Tulane football community and clear up, as Dickson said, the “misinformation” surrounding the program, the “Playbook” has been a rather divisive and confusing tactic. Aside from the funding increase — itself a confusing issue — nobody is particularly certain of what, exactly, the “Playbook” entails. For the past five years, rooting for the Green Wave has been roughly equivalent to rooting against the Globetrotters. While the “Playbook” may ultimately prove to be a positive step, Tulane fans have a right to remain skeptical. This halfway step will gauge the faith that the Tulane football fan base still has in Cowen and Dickson. Hopefully, that faith will be justified.