Saturday, September 03, 2005

Message from someone who was at Tulane TODAY

This was posted in the comments section and I thought was important enough to get to the front page:

"I WAS ON TULANE CAMPUS TODAY!!!
although the city is closed and guarded by the military, i got into NOLA today by putting on scrubs and using hospital badges to get into the city with my dad and a group of dr's from Baton Rouge (they are only letting dr's in). i made my dad drive me by my apt. to pick up my laptop and some clothes cause i left the city with nothing. we drove all the way down I-10 from BR to NO and exited at Williams Blvd by the airport..no the bridge is not messed up at all! we got off at williams WHERE THE ELECTRICITY WAS ON AND THE LIGHTS WORKED and went all the way down jefferson (which also had spontaneous working lights!!!!!) and got onto river road and took river road all the way to where the fly is and we turned on broadway. NO WATER...just trees and limbs down. my apt. is at Broadway and st. charles and everything is perfectly FINE! campus and all around was dry. we later took magazine to downtown (cause there are no trees on magazine so easy to drive fast). THE MEDIA IS SOOOOO OVEREXAGGERATING!!! uptown was perfectly fine...no looters, no broken in houses or cars, as i checked many of my friends apartments! there are some places with water still, including the causeway and parts of claiborne, ect, but is is not bad! the places the media keeps showing is like st. bernard parish, slidell, covington, and other places. after we went downtown to the convention center to help, we picked up my dad's friend's mother-in-law...this old lady who lives in kenner aqnd stubbornly didnt leave. she said there was 3 feet of water in the street last week, but it didnt get into her house and it was gone within 2 days...the streets were perfectly dry in kenner! N.O. looks the same...except for spots of flooded streets, downed trees, and power lines...and deafening helicopters overhead! haha. i saw it with my own eyes a few hours ago and just got back into BR. i took pics of st. charles and the front of tulane and some other areas (but not too much cause my camera broke). i will get them to brett and on this website by tomorr hopefully if my camera stops being reterted.
JUST BE SURE: TULANE COULD BE UP IN 2 MONTHS IF IT WANTED!!!...short of an atomic bomb there is NO WAY that what we consider new orleans (uptown, downtown, kenner, metairie) will be messed up still in 2 to 3 months...it will be perfectly fine!"


this was not just a joyride, we went to the convention center for 8 hours and brought medical supplies and helped...the uptown part was a total of 20 minutes, and we were going to use river road and magazine to get to downtown anyways. conditions were rough at the convention center, but the national guard came in yesterday in full force and EVERYONE at the convention center had food and water, although the conditions were dire as the hygiene was beyond belief. yes, i feel for the less fortunate in othere areas, but my purpose in sharing this was to give some hope to the many tulanians in the uptown area. on a final note, THE NEWS IS REPLAYING OLD FOOTAGE! fox just showed some stuff (flooded areas, ect) that were from 2-3 days ago! i was downtown today driving down a road (st. charles downtown) that fox news showed as flooded as of now! again, this is not to say the situation isnt bad...it is, but the media likes to entertain for ratings (sadly). please donate and give to the cause, but have hope too!

42 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So good to hear... Thanks for that post!

Does anyone know anything about the area around Palmer and Willow? I live on the first floor of an apt around there and I am worried about the flooding since I read that some houses around there had 18 inches of water inside.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Jiselle said...

This is the first time I have seen the site. Great job, with the site and with getting in! Any word on Deming pavillion? I know a few people who are concerned...
Thanks

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although that's great to hear about uptown, our school and the surrounding areas, two months from now is already November, fall semester ends the 2nd or 3rd week in December so that right here is why there is no fall semester.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Katrina911 said...

Katrina911 said...
students seeking information on registration at other universities, please consult the following:

http://www.scup.org/knowledge/katrina/

the site is run out of the university of michigan and they have been tirelessly working with administrators across the country to assemble the information for displaced students in a user-friendly format. It looks like they succeeded.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

This is a refreshing post to see, but remember that things in New Orleans ARE bad. I have been working in a shelter all day seeing people come in from the Superdome. I urge you all to see this for yourself. Most if not all of the Creole population of Southeast Louisiana will be displaced for a year or more. We are in a more fortunate position, and we can help these people.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Jen Bassell said...

Glad to hear that the uptown campus is looking good, thanks for the positive news. But...let's not forget about those places like St. Bernard and other East New Orleans areas where people are still really suffering and in need of our support and help. Good luck with the foundation that you are getting started, Brett, and please let me know what I can do to help.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally some good news to hear from the city. All of the stuff I've been seeing on the news for the past 4 days has been too much to handle. I always suspected that Uptown was fine because the news never talked about it, and also had my suspicions that the news was showing only limited views of the damage. Now I know that some areas are extremely bad so I am not trying to say that the city is fine in anyway, but I do believe that they will try to get parts of the city open as soon as they can to resume the commerce.

Anyways as I said before, GREAT NEWS about the uptown area. I look forward to the pictures

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just proves the conspiracy to take care of the rich at the expense of the poor.

Would our friend have been allowed in on his little joy ride if he and dad were carpenters looking to help? More to the point, if they were another shade?

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN A GODSEND!! As a Tulane Alum, living in New Jersey, I have been on a constant search for information about the current situation, and I just kept coming back here because you've created this comprehensive information center for Tulane and our uptown neighborhoods of New Orleans that have been largely ignored in the media, much to my great frustration, so THANK YOU SO MUCH & keep up the good work...I'm looking forward to hearing about your foundation.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an article from the University of Texas. My son (an incoming freshman) was one of the 70 students to get in for the semester. Everyone at UT was extremely helpful. He was admitted at 2:00 p.m. Thurs., assigned dorm space, and attended his first class at 5:00. He is adamant about returning to Tulane!

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/media/paper410/news/2005/09/02/TopStories/Displaced.Students.Will.Attend.Ut-974872.shtml

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow, I just do not believe you. Bring on the pictures. From your "broken" camera.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

She contacted me and is sending the pics once they are developed. Check back soon. Dont knock it until we see the evidence buddy.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have student loans payments to Tulane been cancelled for the term? Will SEOG, Pell Grants, outside scholarships, Tulane National Merit scholarships and other tulane merit and need based scholarships roll over to another term?
My kid is willing to work (she has few possesions now since they may be somewhere in N.O.) and get back to New orleans as soon as she can and hold out for next term. We just want some answers soon.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous crystal said...

addition to what was said earlier...

this was not just a joyride, we went to the convention center for 8 hours and brought medical supplies and helped...the uptown part was a total of 20 minutes, and we were going to use river road and magazine to get to downtown anyways. conditions were rough at the convention center, but the national guard came in yesterday in full force and EVERYONE at the convention center had food and water, although the conditions were dire as the hygiene was beyond belief. yes, i feel for the less fortunate in othere areas, but my purpose in sharing this was to give some hope to the many tulanians in the uptown area. on a final note, THE NEWS IS REPLAYING OLD FOOTAGE! fox just showed some stuff (flooded areas, ect) that were from 2-3 days ago! i was downtown today driving down a road (st. charles downtown) that fox news showed as flooded as of now! again, this is not to say the situation isnt bad...it is, but the media likes to entertain for ratings (sadly). please donate and give to the cause, but have hope too!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous dben9 said...

Tulane/uptown is fine!

I don't doubt that this is true at all. But I've been watching news, reading Times-Picayune on line and monitoring numerous websites and the devastation of much of the city is real and not overstated. Flooding in the basement of City Hall destroys real estate recordes back to the 1800's, mortgage companies, automakers, credit card companies grant payment moratoriums, businesses closed for many months; the list goes on and on of the conditions that affect the whole city, not just the very small part where this person's life is centered. I am thrilled that Tulane looks good (1969 grad), but this young person needs to take a larger view. The University is part of this great city and cannot operate without the support and infrastructure that won't be available for months. I suggest this is a good time to learn that the world extends very far beyond the end of one's nose.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments. My daughter is a Tulane freshman committed to returning to Tulane when she can. Although we have watch the footage non stop since it started there has been little news about Tulane or the surrounding area. That gives those of us hope when considering our student's future. To those of you making this a race issue - be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett:
Did you get to drive down S. Claiborne Avenue in front of Rosen House? I am very alarm that water got into the building. I would like if you return to NO to take pics and forward them or put them on the website for me to see.
I read your letter, Thank you for letting us know that it is not the "WarZone" I have been seeing.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

I'm not the one who went to Tulane, so I can't answer. But I know she will be sending whatever pics she can, and hopefully we will see positive images!

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good points dben9. It's nice to have hope and that's what the Tulane administration is trying to hold on to. However, your comments are based on reality and that's what Tulanians and their parents need to think about. No matter what we hear from Dr. Cowen, there are numerous other factors that will determine when and if in the near future Tulane will open again. The fact that the campus is secure and endured only minor damage will not expedite the opening of the campus. The infrastructure of the entire city needs to be repaired and in my opinion this could take a minimum of a year before the city is opened up to the entire population again.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you Crystal for sharing what you saw. To all the people who are being so critical of others...what positive actions are you taking? Let's try to keep this site an honest, proactive one where valuable information is shared.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Oscar said...

Hey, Thank you very much for your info. Now I can go back to my contry calmed.
Thanks again.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to call BS on your post, but check out the pictures of the campus on this site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/searingblue/sets/878000/

While I agree the campus is not devastated, there is water and plenty of downed trees, not to mention that water appears to get deeper as you head north.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

That is great because I was extremly worried about Tulane. I plan on applying there for graduate school in parasitology for Fall 2006. I was going to take a trip to New Orleans this month but that is out of the question. Instead New Orleans came to me as I live in Houston. I will soon be voluntering at the George R. Brown convention center. The people I have met from New Orleans so far seem so optimistic about the future that Tulane is cemented in my brain as the best place to be.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you actually check that website, it says the pictures are from august 31, which is three days ago...a lot can change in a few days...try to be positive.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I am so happy that you saw Tulane. Yes, the media is giving the worst case scenario information. I'm a transfer student and had just gotten to Tulane Friday. I left all of my things, when we evacuated on Saturday.

I thank you so much for your post. I was worried crazy about our campus and New Orleans.

Now, I guess I'm trying to figure out (selfishly I know) if they'll let students back in to (New Orleans and on campus) get their belongings?

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Herman said...

After reading this blogspot and talking with my friends it is apparent that the Tulane community wants to make a difference and lead relief and recovery effort for our beloved city and its victims. Many are already trying to help through conventional organization, like the Red Cross. I am sure no Tulane student needs help finding some relief fund or organization in their area.

I am, however, concerned about the big picture. This disaster has overwhelmed the system. There is no one to blame, there is no way anyone could have been prepared for this, but WE NEED TO BEGIN THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. The response, relief, and recovery agencies and organization in place are not capable of handling this situation. Only an unprecedented active national effort can succeed.

These victims of Katrina are refugees. They are going to need long-term housing. It is going to take a long time to clean up this city, many residents that have been interviewed at the Astrodome do not want to return, therefore the relief and recovery effort must include permanent housing.

The Mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, has announced that the city will undertake “Project Brotherly Love,” which can immediately provide housing for 1,000 families left homeless by Katrina. The Mayor’s Office is organizing their efforts in conjunction with habitat for humanity. This is the first announced program to provide long-term housing for refugees from New Orleans and I hope other major cities throughout the nation follow Philadelphia’s example.

Every major city has vacant houses that could be made inhabitable to house the victims of Katrina. Please contact local habitat for humanity operations, call local, state, and federal politicians. The immediate relief efforts and conventional relief organization will be getting plenty of attention, aid, and volunteers. People have to start thinking about the future. The victims of Katrina need help today immediately and need help for future now.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone has some way to notify the university web managers, let them know the link to www.tulane.edu/ace.html is broken. It points to www.tulane.edu but the document is still on emergency.tulane.edu

9:47 PM  
Blogger albuquerquemama said...

Thanks for the upbeat update! "Where's my stuff?" Does anyone have contact info for a company in Massachusetts who picked up storage boxes last May from dorm and was to deliver them last Mon. to new dorm?

4:49 AM  
Blogger albuquerquemama said...

If you are a student and have questions about your student loans, please e-mail Customer Contact Center at general@accessgroup.org or call 800-282-1550 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (Monday-Friday).

5:18 AM  
Blogger albuquerquemama said...

From Sallie Mae website re. student loans & Katrina:

If you are a student and have questions about your student loans, please e-mail our Customer Contact Center at general@accessgroup.org or call 800-282-1550 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (Monday-Friday).

5:20 AM  
Anonymous landlady said...

I'm the owner of the house at 1328-1330 Lowerline. I wanted to let the students (and others) who rent there know that, although there was flooding on the block, the 1328-1330 house appears to be OK although the A/C and hot water heaters under the house may need to be replaced. I can't reach Helen K, so could you please contact me directly for more info? E-mail is melindamcwhite@hotmail.com Thanks.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you look at the photos during the flooding period uptown? Did you go building by building and do a complete assessment to the physical infrastructure (internet, phone, furniture, equipment, etc...)? I'm not seeing that in your information. I, too, have been in New Orleans and throughout the region working with state officials, specifically state legislators in surveying damage to their districts. While uptown New Orleans fared quite well, it is not remotely possible to return all students within 2 months. This has been a total disaster for the area and your limited view of "New Orleans" as only uptown, downtown, kenner, metairie is just that - limited.

Many employees live in the areas most affected: lakeview; new orleans east; gentilly; 9th ward; etc... and in Jefferson Parish. While the situation is much better in JP, the fact is a vast majority of homes has damage. It is not possible to repair the homes of 1.5 million people in two months - and to think that somehow the 5000+ TU employees will all be the first homes restored is, again, a narrow perspective.

Some of the largest concerns are being able to supply drinking water - which, mind you, is a necessity to our operation. I completely agree that the media has portrayed all of New Orleans as under water; however, at the same time they have not shown all the total devasation on the gulf coast of Mississippi either. They are, as usual, simply playing what brings in ratings - the devasation. And in this case - it is real and will have a lasting impact on the entire nation. Just being able to get to Tulane doesn't mean it can be ready in that amount of time...

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the reasons that Uptown is in such a good shape is because of its elevation not because it is "rich" - at least if we talk about the flooding amount. Is there a conspiracy? No one knows for sure but flooding has to do with elevation of the city and not how rich a neighborhood is.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the reason the richest people live in uptown is because it has such a high elevation. Who would invest $1 million+ in the lowest part of a very precarious city?

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the comment made by "albuquerquemama" about a storage company... if you happen to mean CollegeBoxes, which is the storage company I used this summer, they contacted me today to let me know all the items stored from Tulane are safe and free from water damage.

I don't know if this is the company you were refering too, but I hope it helps.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett:

I am a Tulane student, and I appreciate your 'positive' spin on the situation uptown, but seems to me, you are prey to the same folly you are accusing the media of. Tulane is not a self-sufficient island. So what if it's up and running in a few weeks? What are students, faculty and staff supposed to eat and drink? Where do people who have lost all their belongings and homes, live? What about all those who live in places which do not have electricity and/or running water? And what, pray tell, is one supposed to do in a city that is otherwise dead? Be optimistic about recovery, yes, but be realistic as well.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apologies Brett - my former post #36 should not have been directed toward you but the person whom you were quoting.

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