Thursday, October 06, 2005

I’m Appalled

I’m sorry the mom’s blog got shut down. I wasn’t able to look at this blog for one day. I came back, and everything I fought to prevent did too. I had about 60 emails from students who are blatantly embarrassed about all negative things that moms have been saying. The fact of the matter is, you don’t belong here. This isn’t a fair and balanced site where people can mindlessly attack each other. We don’t care about “the other side” of the issues. It’s MY site and I get to pick the content. Your rude, distasteful, and ignorant comments make us all sound like idiots. Stop commenting and go make your own site. If you don't, I will remove commenting all together. This site is here for ME to post MY thoughts about Tulane. The site is here because most of the students benefit from hearing and talking about the positive aspects of Tulane. For me, this site is therapy; and it is also therapy for many students. That’s all there is to it.

So now, I’m asking nicely. This isn’t a site for upset mothers. This is a site for students. This isn’t a site for ranting or for negativity. This is a site for people who love Tulane. I ask that you go make you own site, and get your garbage off my site.

PS- I can’t believe that students have to beg to their parents to stop this insanity. It’s disgraceful.

99 Comments:

Blogger tuvadad said...

Brett,

There IS a Tulane Moms Blog site. Unfortunately you contributed, and continue to contribute, to your own mess, with exactly what you abhor: namely, hysteria ("I'm Apalled"), misinformation ("Tulane Mom Blog Shut Down"), and unnecessary ridicule (painting all parents/moms with a broad brush).

Yes, I'd encourage all parents to leave this site to the kids. If you cannot find another suitable forum, of the MANY that are out there, create one.

The not too subtle criticism of "advertising" the Tulane Moms Blog site here, is telling. What was merely an effort to direct parents to their own site, was disparaged -- it could have been reinforced by placing a link, or at the least, left alone.

Believe me, I know of dozens of people who agree with your assessment of what happens when people trash a Blog.

10:00 AM  
Blogger pragmaticfreshman said...

I was supposed to be a freshman at Tulane this semester, and I am committed to going back in the spring, but I want to get a few things straight first and restore some sense of order and reality to this blog.

First of all, despite the fact that this blog was supposed to be a student blog, we have to face the reality that it has become a blog in which parents are the primary bloggers. And that is not a bad thing. After all, our parents are paying the bills and only want what is best for their kids. I can't go back unless my parents are behind me, and I'm sure it is the same in a lot of households, so lets try and treat our parents with some respect. Brett, I give you a lot of credit for creating this blog; but rather than shut out the decisionmakers and main contributors to your blog, lets open this up and have a real dialogue.

Secondly, in regards to a visiting day to check on the campus, I would like to make a few comments. There absolutely must be some kind of visit to the campus before a commitment is made to Tulane. It is only common sense to see the campus before commiting to the university. Lets be real for a second; the biggest natural disaster in US history occurred in NO. Tulane was obviously affected; it's impossible for it not to have been. Now, I want to see, with own eyes, what kind of damage was done before making such a serious commitment to return to Tulane. As the saying goes, you wouldn't buy a car without first checking under the hood. As to when some sort of visiting day will be held, that will need to be determined by the Tulane administration. I believe that it would be best to move the withdrawal date back to Dec 15, and have a planned visiting day Dec 1. This gives the university some time to clean up and it allows students a fair amount of time to get their affairs in order. This much is owed to very anxious students and parents alike. A withdrawal date of Nov 1, with no visiting date before then, is unfair and impractical. It is asking people to take a blind leap of faith; and at this stage of the game, I'm not ready to jump.

From this point forward, I want to see a constructive discussion of real issues. The ethnicity of the clean up crews is not important. We want to support the Tulane administration in their policies, but in this unprecedented situation we also have a responsibility to help shape those policies. Let this blog be the forum in which that discussion takes place. Tulane '09

10:27 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I just don't see why people can't have civil discussions. I don't have a problem with parents posting here as long as they are rational and have continuously said that.

I do have a problem with people who come over here just to pick fights with people. I also have a problem with people coming here and talking about how Tulane is a terrible school and at best just a second choice school for most people.

There is nothing wrong with people having different opinions, discussions wouldn't be interesting if everyone thought the same way. That said, people should not be coming here trying to force their motives on to other people. People should not also ridicule people for having certain opinions by calling them immature or idiotic.

10:44 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

Pragmaticfreshman(love the name) and Greenwave = YES!!! Couldn't have said it better..

11:25 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

Brett,

You state:
"The purpose of this blog is to allow everyone to coordinate information about damage to uptown, news about Tulane, and pictures of property. I will try to update everyday, but I rely on all of you to keep this site filled with content. Until then, safe travels and good luck. Please keep these forums filled with positive remarks about our beloved city."

First, there is a bit of a contradiction here. You want information about damage, but you want it to be kept positive. I don't see how you can expect that to happen.

Then you write:
"The fact of the matter is, you [moms/parents] don’t belong here. This isn’t a fair and balanced site where people can mindlessly attack each other. We don’t care about “the other side” of the issues. It’s MY site and I get to pick the content. Your rude, distasteful, and ignorant comments make us all sound like idiots. Stop commenting and go make your own site. If you don't, I will remove commenting all together. This site is here for ME to post MY thoughts about Tulane. The site is here because most of the students benefit from hearing and talking about the positive aspects of Tulane. For me, this site is therapy; and it is also therapy for many students. That’s all there is to it."

So you did want information and now you don't. Now, I don't mind if you want to change your mind. Its your blog and you are entitled to do that. If you want comments, unless you exercise censorship, you will get negative reports and comments, especially since 'damage' reports are usually negative. If you don't want comments or you want to exercise censorship, you will not get information. Either way, its up to you. I support your decision either way, but I prefer you leave the comments open.

1:15 PM  
Blogger TUcentralfloridasenior said...

Department of Public Safety employees are instructed to report to work no later than 7 a.m. on Monday, October 10. If an individual is unable to report to work, he or she should call 504-865-5200. Those who fail to report or do not contact us will be removed from the payroll.

Obviously this is a first step to allowing students back onto campus. One of President Cowen's reasons for not allowing students back to campus is a lack of public safety infrastructure, and they are working to correct this. We probably are still far away from getting back on campus, but this is certainly a step forward

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

I agree with you Brett. We hear enough negative stuff about New Orleans everyday on the news. I love that this is the one place I can always come to and hear some positive stuff about the city and the university that I love. Of course some people want to highlight the negative stuff about the situation, but please! keep it away from this site. Negative comments aren't helping anyone deal with all the problems from Katrina. They just make us feel even worse.

1:35 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

Here's some good news. The water is now safe to drink in New Orleans. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals certified the drinking water to be safe to drink.

1:51 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

and here's some good news from Loyolas web site: Loyola University New Orleans will welcome those students who must return to the campus to retrieve their personal property from Friday October 21 through Monday October 24, from 9:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the evening. Staff will be available to assist you in getting into your residence hall room or other places you may need to go to get your property. Deans, other campus administrators, and faculty advisers will also be on hand to answer questions you may have about Loyola and your academic career. On-campus parking will be available. Dining Services will provide some refreshments during the day. Sounds very uplifting, yes???

4:54 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

This is wonderful news, but it is from Loyola, and we go to TU. When can we expect the same great news from TU?

4:59 PM  
Blogger David Fisher said...

My name is David Fisher and I'm a Tulane junior who is now displaced to Houston, TX. I'm acting as a recruiter for the University, and I'm in contact with officials on an almost daily basis. I was in New Orleans to see my house and drove through Tulane less than a week ago. What I saw with my own 2 eyes were downed trees, branches, and no electricity within a mile of Tulane. The damage was much less than I had expected, but the amount of people working to restore the school to what it once was was much more than I expected. To Brett, I think you're doing a phenomenal job and I applaud your leadership and effort--nobody told you to start this, you created it. To the parents concerned with the health: I was born 10 weeks premature; you will probably not find another individual that has worse lungs than myself, and let me be the first to say that it was easy to breathe in the city. The air quality is very good, and there are paid professionals to specifically address the concerns you're voicing. Relax, and let the professionals do their job, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see what they produce for your son/daughter.

5:04 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

I just wish people didn't fight. Contribute, discuss, and comment. But please, don't fight.

Go Green Wave! Countdown to move-in...

98 Days!!!

5:57 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I think we should be past suprises at this point. I don't know if we are into being surprised, sir. We need facts.

6:08 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

"To lure faculty back with their families, Tulane -- the largest private employer in greater New Orleans with 6,000 employees -- has received approval from the Orleans Parish School Board to sponsor a charter school aimed at children in the neighborhood."-CNN

I think this is a great idea. I thought I'd post it. Seemed interesting.

"On Tulane's campus for the first time since he escaped Katrina's flooding in an old motorboat and a hot-wired golf cart, university President Scott Cowen said only about 100 of the school's 13,000 students have said they don't plan to return. At Xavier, Barron said she's only heard from "perhaps 10" of the school's approximately 4,100 students who say they won't be returning."-CNN

See, it's not just us!!

"Tulane and Xavier also have announced plans to get students back on track by adding an additional semester tucked between the end of classes this spring and the start of the 2006-07 school year.

The New Orleans schools also are working on plans to band together, allowing students from the harder-hit Xavier and Dillard universities to take classes at relatively unscathed Tulane and Loyola. Xavier and Dillard would also lend faculty.

Tulane and Loyola are on higher ground and thus in better shape; Xavier officials will have to cope with the remnants of a flooded library, while three of Dillard's dorms were lost to storm-related fires."-CNN

I think that we will mostly be opening our doors to Dillard students, not Xaviers. At least we HAVE dorms, guys. Mold can be cleaned out. At least we don't have ashes.

6:26 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I think the Tulane/Lusher partnership is a great idea. I think we will be hearing more details on all of these plans once they compile the results of the faculty/staff questionnaire regarding housing and schooling.

Did anyone else get that survey in their webmail account about where we are going to school and if we have to pay extra?

7:00 PM  
Blogger Tulane Dad said...

I am an alum of the school and was thrilled when my daughter decided to attend TU. I'm equally thrilled she, on her own and with no prodding from her parents, has elected not to go and will remain at another school. She did not sign up for a social experiment to combine several colleges, local schools, and for goodness sakes, infrastructure (e.g., grocery stores on campus) for her education. The individual risk is much higher than the risk to the school. Nothing has been published about which professors are coming back or the status of programs. This isn't a rant, it the truth. If anyone knows the status of the professors, please post it.

I honestly wish all the TU students well. However, the decision to move on with one's life shouldn't be linked to the decision to come back to a very problamatic situation. Don't make people feel bad for not coming back, it is a higly rational decision.

7:10 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

The McAlister market may be open, but I assure you it will not be the only grocery store open in the area. Many businesses Uptown and across the city have already opened. Sav-A-Center and Winn Dixie are both open on Tchopitoulos. Several gas stations are open. I'm not going to pester you do change your or your daughter's mind because it is none of my business, but I think you should wait a few weeks before making a final decision. The situation over there is getting better by the day. I suggest going to the Uptown forum on NOLA.com to get a better picture of whats going on in New Orleans because they are the ones who are actually there right now. 90% of the people here and on the other blogs are saying stuff based on what they've heard, not seen.


www.nola.com/forums/uptown

7:34 PM  
Blogger A Tulane Student said...

to tulane dad:

Many departments have set up forums or online groups in which they are not only discussing class schedules and course offerings for the spring, but also ways to boost student morale when we do return.

I sincerely doubt that tenured professors, who have invested so much or their time and effort into Tulane are going to just drop it. The professors I have personally been in contact with, including my dean and my department chair, are the most optimistic and hopeful people I've talked to.

The ones we will probably lose, unfortunately, are the adjuncts and visiting professors who had few ties with New Orleans in the first place, and are now unsure of having either a position or a paycheck at TU.

8:38 PM  
Blogger TU Bill said...

Hey, there is a survey on the tulane.edu website we are al supposed to fill out, students that is. And is email up? It doesn't work for me... anyone else have better luck?

8:49 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

webmail has been working for a few days now.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Tulaneparent said...

In the initial days following the hurricane, flooding and evacuation, this blog and several others were immensely important resources for both parents, students and staff to get information about the status of the neighborhood, what was happening with Tulane or whether the administration was making any decisions.

As the progress for rebuilding and returning to Tulane is and will be slow, the blogs have turned to what blogs are: Primarily a website for personal opinions, rants and reviews and for fellow commentary on such.

I can't express my appreciation for the initiative taken my a couple of students, and yourself, to create a forum where we could all come in those first days.

I also don't see any reason why we should disparage the growth and division of the blogs now either. I think the Tulane Dad was accurate. So, we have a Tulane Mom page, a RealityCheck page and a student page.

I don't personally have a need to comment on individual opinions, because I looked to this page for information more than opinion.

Maybe it helps some people feel connected, or to vent their frustration over an event they all had so little control over.

Any way.. I thank you for your part in helping us all get through these tough times. I hope you don't assume all of the parents visiting are cut from the same cloth.

By the way, have you all noticed that your tulane email addresses are now working? That is another way you can all stay in touch now and not need to have a blog page to do it with. :) Life Evolves...

9:01 PM  
Blogger whitney said...

I think everyone needs to get some seriously needed perspective on the university and this blog. During the first few days of evacuation, information was difficult to gain from the university. This is not a criticism, rather I see it as an understandable fact...they were in the process of evacuating as well. This site was the most imformative thing that most of us had during that time period. It contained posts about the true conditions of campus, which universities were accepting hurricane students and on what terms, and most importantly inspiration from our fellow students. I don't know about anyone else, but during that first week, my friends and I spent countless hours watching CNN, MSNBC, Fox and really any other channel that mentioned the hurricane. The constant flow of news coverage, most of it focusing on the most diasterous aspects of the hurricane (which may or may not have effected Tulane), was disheartening enough to throw myself into dispair many times. The blog was a welcome respite from that. So when Brett and others say that negativity is not needed, I don't believe they are denouncing the value of constructive criticism or opposing opinions. However, what they are saying is that purely negative denouncements and personal attacks are going to do absolutely nothing to help the public discourse. They aren't going to improve university responses that have already occured and they sure aren't going to help the countless students that are in need of support. I think the University has been amazing in handling this crisis. It's a complicated affair and anyone attempting to simpify it is not fully appreciative of that fact. I have emailed my advisor and my major department heads numerous times about how my courses are going to transfer, etc.. and have gotten exact responses within the day. My mother has spoken to university officials about basic tuition and class issues. The answers are coming. I believe everyone needs to calm down and realize that panic or histeria has never solved anything. The university does not want to purposefully screw anyone over. So please....contact any university offical you need to begin getting the answers you absolutely deserve. Question them harshly even. However, don't lose your spirit and don't denounce the spirit of others which comes from a true place. Watching the news on the hurricane I felt like I was watching my home and my heart be destroyed. Numerous other students felt the same way. Respect that.

10:00 PM  
Blogger TU Bill said...

hmm... webmail doesn't work for me, it might have something to do with being on another schools network... i don't know, thanks for the heads up though.

10:07 PM  
Blogger NewOrleansNative said...

I am a tulane senior from new orleans and am not coming back to tulane. My family's house is gone, my appartment is gone, and my dad (a tulane medical school university doc) lost his job. I haven't seen my family since I have evacuated. They have permanently moved to another state very far away, and I am attending SMU. There are 2 reasons for why I am not coming back. 1)in my opinion, although tulane campus will be fine to operate in january...the city will not. People who live off campus have damaged property, and don't have the means to fix it. It is obvious that tulane is opening very early partially due to the $$$ factor...aka...they need tuition. But...the FORCING of students back into a severely damaged city is NOT OK. 2)because I love New Orleans so much...i have lived in New Orleans my whole life, considerations on tulane's behalf must be made for students who are actually from the city. I am not trying to sound obnoxious...but people that are ACTUALLY FROM new orleans are going through a situation that you can't even understand. The emotional toll this storm has taken on new orleans natives (because we are the people that actually had damage) is not to be described. After losing everything, evacuating and moving to a different city and attending a different university, dealing with all of these changes so fast...expecting a new orleans native to just come running back (especially a senior who already has enough hours to graduate...but 1 class needed to graduate is not even being offered in the spring), paying tuition, and being able to emotionally deal with all of these changes is completely rediculous. Sorry to be so depressing...but it is the truth.

11:55 PM  
Blogger elle said...

Hey there. as an alum (N98) I have really appreciated your site. It really is saddening how negative many parents are, especially those who are alums. To the students deciding whether or not to go back, all I can say is that having had the Tulane experence for 4 years, I would not trade a second of it. GO BACK!!!!!!! Seriously, you will look back and regret it if you don't. Tulane is amazing and it is clear that they are doing all that they can to make the campus beaultiful by January. Potable water is back. Businesses are reopening. Don't miss out guys. Thanks Brett

1:42 AM  
Blogger emily said...

Neworleans native, I am so sorry. It sounds like your family has been hit in every way possible, and the shock and dislocation must be staggering. I hope that you are albe to salvage some wonderful things from your senior year in an unexpected place, and I hope the same for your family in a new life.

5:06 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

new questionnaire emailed out regarding students and off campus housing. the wheels are turning.

7:56 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

This is the first time I have ever posted, but I have followed this blog site since I evacuated on Saturday. I guess that I never felt the need to posy until now. Please stop attacking Brett and his site. I agree with everything Brett is working for. Parents, there is a difference between being negative and being civil, and I think that is all we, as students are asking for. Please feel free to post FACTS, regardless of how positive or negative they may be. But if you feel the need to rant and rave, and spew nasty angry opinions about Tulane, and it's community, find another site. I hear Reality Check's site is very welcoming to that sort of thing.

8:44 AM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

If moms with info are allowed, FYI, looks like class sizes will not be affected by hosting students from Dillard/Xavier. I received the following from the Freeman School of Business:

"Our agreement with the other schools will not impact Tulane or Freeman's classes sizes. One school needs administrative space and the other school needs classroom space for their faculty to teach their students. We will provide most of that space on a suburban campus and/or in a high rise building downtown."

Now, must get back to cleaning out the dust mites and baking cookies - LOL!

9:00 AM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

***SOME NEWS ***


I just spoke to the call center. I learned the following:

Student transcripts are available from the Registrars Office in Houston. They are processing the requests but there is a backlog. There are two people working in the office from 8:30 until 5:00 PM. (they do not take a lunch break). If you want transcripts write them at :

Registrar Tulane University
1700 West Loop South Suite 600
Houston Texas 770727

Include your name, social security number , the dates you attended Tulane, the College you were in ( Newcomb, engineering etc.) , the number of transcripts you need and where you want them sent. There was no fee mentioned - it might be wise to call and check on that.


Revised tuition bills are going to mailed this month. The fees that are included on the bill will be credited to the spring semester if they have been paid (health fee etc.)

There are 15000 students who attend Tulane University. There are approximately 5000 undergraduate students. The school has housing for 3,500 undergraduate students. They have just purchased a new building and will be buying others. According to the person I spoke to the buildings will either be near campus or more likely will be on the St. Charles Avenue line. They do not intend to have kids living in trailers - this is an "urban myth".

They have arranged to have a number of lawyers (five I think he said) do pro bono work for student/ landlord disputes. If your landlord is trying to raise your rent etc. they will assist you in dealing with them

9:05 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

the moms have been coming up really strong today with huge news. i'm really impressed. those two posts have had more information than almost every other post on all of the blogs

9:25 AM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

Thanks, Greenwave! My keyboard is a little sticky from all the cookie dough, though. And those darn dust mites keep circling the screen.

Most of the folks on this site are a lot of fun, and do have good info to share.

When I receive more concrete info I will post, but will otherwise leave this site to the students.

Besides, my boss seems to thinks I should be working...

9:33 AM  
Blogger nancy s said...

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12:10 PM  
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12:10 PM  
Blogger nancy s said...

tu junior mom,
momwithabrain

With your permission, I'd like to post this news on the Moms Blog.

Better yet, I personally invite you to contribute there directly.

I echo up north's sentiments.

12:13 PM  
Blogger alli-kat said...

I've wanted to go to Tulane for years now. I hadn't even finished my undergraduate degree when I started dreaming about attending Tulane at the graduate level. Now almost two years after completing my BS in Biology, I'm getting ready to start my MSPH in Parasitology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

I, like most people, had major concerns about the feasability of living in or around the city and whether or not the school would be able to hold a Spring semester so soon after Katrina. At the same time, I also realized that I needed to take everything that was being said with a grain of salt. The media has a propensity for exaggerating the truth and sensationalizing events.

I am 23 years old, with family, friends and a decent job in TX. I am leaving my job and home in less than a month to move to a city that has just experienced utter devastation with only the promise that school will start January 17th. Now there are people who may think I'm crazy, my dad included, but I have to believe that it will work out.

I can understand your concerns and your desire to get some answers about the actual progress that the school and city have made since August 29th. But it almost seems as if some are looking for excuses to leave as opposed to reasons to stay. You've already decided that your money, or children, should not go back to the scool and you are trying to legitimize your decision by questioning every bit of the progress that has been made. My mommy and daddy didn't pay for my undergraduate degree and they surely aren't paying for my master's degree. But for those of you who are shelling out the big bucks for your kids to attend school at Tulane, I would imagine that you would be equally willing to do so at a comparable University elsewhere. So if you're kid still wants to go to Tulane, why not give them the opportunity to do so? Let them live their lives and get the education that they've worked for and desire at the school that they really want to go to. If they have misgivings about returning to NOLA, then fine, but at least it's their decision and not yours.

12:41 PM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

Nancy S, you are welcome to repost anything of mine.

12:45 PM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

NS:

Posted it this morning. Thanks for asking.

1:08 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FRIDAY CHAT????

3:27 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

Maybe you, Brett, can help me understand why President Cowen all of a sudden decided not to have the weekly chat. I say you because hearing what you have to say always sounds eerily familiar to what Cowen says. By even a rudimentary glance at this blog and at others, it is abundantly clear that Tulane parents and students have legitimate and significant questions that need to be answered. The Friday night chat was the place where we could interact with our leadership. Now, by failing to hold the Friday night chat, we are left with even more questions. President Cowen, you let us down. This failure to commuicate begs the question of whether President Cowen is afraid to tackle the very difficult questions and issues that parents and students would have liked to present in this evening's chat. I think I speak for many when I say we are DISAPPOINTED. What kind of leader deserts his people in their hour of need? What makes the administration think that four chats is enough in this situation? The only conclusion that I can come to is that President Cowen has retreated from his obligation to address the difficult issues that Tulane now faces.

4:02 PM  
Blogger pragmaticfreshman said...

Dictionary.com defines a Leader as: "A PERSON WHO RULES, GUIDES, OR INSPIRES OTHERS." Where is Tulane's leader? Not where's he supposed to be on a Friday evening, in front of a computer conversing with Tulane parents and students.

4:22 PM  
Blogger frustrateddad2 said...

these chats are my only life line to Tulane.
with out this i guess we all have to just believe in blind faith?
if this was your child in this situation mr. cowan, would you just go along for the ride , or would you want to be kept informed?
i am very disappointed and i am sure that many others are as well.

4:25 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

Tulane promised to hold weekly chats throughout the month of September. From here on out, they promised monthly chats. However, they are having live in person across the country throughout the month of October to answer your questions face to face.

"Now that we have concluded a month of weekly chats as promised, Tulane will host live chats with President Cowen and other administrators on a monthly basis. The next live chat is scheduled for 5 p.m. central on Friday, October 21, 2005. Visit www.tulane.edu for further updates. You may also read the transcripts of previous chats."

"During October, representatives from Tulane University will be on the road to meet with students at host institutions across the country. The cities and universities selected represent locations where a large number of Tulane students are enrolled. These Town Hall meetings will provide students and their parents with updates on rebuilding efforts at Tulane and in New Orleans. There will be a Q&A session and a reception will follow each program. Regardless of where a student is enrolled, any student within the vicinity should feel free to attend a Town Hall meeting. Check the schedule below for the cities and campuses where representatives will visit. Where specific dates and locations are not indicated, check back frequently for updated information.

Atlanta, Georgia
Emory University, Wednesday, October 19 @ 4 p.m., Cox Hall Ballroom 3&4
Georgia Tech, Wednesday, October 19 @ 6 p.m., Student Center, Piedmont Room

Austin, Texas
University of Texas, Sunday, October 16 @ 3 p.m., Student Services Building, Glenn Maloney Room

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston University, Monday, October 24 @ 6 p.m., Metcalf Hall, 2nd floor, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston College, Monday, October 24

Boulder, Colorado
University of Colorado Boulder, Sunday, October 16 @ 4 p.m., University Memorial Center, Room 235

Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia, Sunday, October 9 @ 4 p.m., Dome Room, The Rotunda

College Park, Maryland
University of Maryland, Monday, October 10 @ 4 p.m., The Atrium, Stamp Student Union

College Station, Texas
Texas A&M University, Thursday, October 20 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Student Center, Room 292

Houston, TX
University of Houston, Tuesday, October 18 @ 4 p.m., University Center Room 250 (Blue Bonnet Room)

Ithaca, New York
Cornell University, Sunday, October 30

Los Angeles, California
University of Southern California, Thursday, October 13 @ 3 p.m., Popovich Hall, Dean’s Boardroom, #300

Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University, Tuesday, October 18 @ 6 p.m., Student Life Center, Ballroom C

New York, New York
New York University, Saturday, October 29 @ 11 a.m., Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Kimmel Center for University Life, corner of Washington Square South and LaGuardia Place (enter on LaGuardia Place)
Columbia University, Saturday, October 29 @ 2 p.m., Altschul Auditorium, School of International Affairs, West 118th Street Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania, Monday, October 10 @ 6 p.m., College Hall, Room 200

St. Louis, Missouri
Washington University, Friday, October 28 @ 4 p.m., Ridgley Hall, Holmes Lounge

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4:49 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

The chat was probably cancelled because he is busy. I don't think there is any need to read into it. There are no new developments whatsoever, people who were there this week say things are going great.

They are working out everyone's questions. Just give them some time. If it doesnt work out, then you can attack me and them all you want. But you're wasting your time trashing the university now.

5:04 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 12:10 PM the guardian of the wildly successful 'mom's' blog nancy s said...

"Better yet, I personally invite you to contribute there directly."

Hey Nancy, where's my invitation? I asked nicely. What's wrong? Don't like to hear the truth and reality. If you want we can put Barney on for you.

10:30 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 4:49 PM Brett Hyman said...

"The chat was probably cancelled because he is busy. I don't think there is any need to read into it. There are no new developments whatsoever, people who were there this week say things are going great."

No, it was probably cancelled because all the questions that were coming in they didn't want to answer.

"They are working out everyone's questions."

More like working out how to non-answer them other than "its posted on our web site" or "in due course".


"Just give them some time."

Yeah give them time. They will come up with all the answers right after the withdrawal deadline passes. Good timing.

"If it doesnt work out, then you can attack me and them all you want."

Gee Brett, I'm happy to know I finally have your permission to attack the school for their unfair policies. BTW, I'm not attacking you. I'm attacking what you are doing.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Ok RealityCheck. Enjoy yourself. You really think you have the answers? You responded to my post as if you KNEW that's what is happening. But you don't. I can tell you don't because I did find out, through a bit of BASIC research, that I was correct in saying they were too busy. You just seem very ignorant when you make statements like that. I'm asking nicely. Get off my blog. People can read your comments on your own site.

2:54 AM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

PS- RealityCheck every single one of your predictions has been dead wrong. You said all sorts of great stuff back in the early days about how there was "no way the school is coming back 2nd semester." Let's see if they do, in fact, wait until after the deadline. Something tells me they wont.

They have done everything right. Yes, it has taken time, and people have a right to be upset that little information is coming. But they are making fantastic policy, and that's what matters. They are letting us return books. They are now working on housing situation for off campus students. The extended the deadline. They are planning to let people on campus after they finish the big work. I'm sure they will extend the deadline if they have to, Tulane clearly isnt out to deceive us.

So far, we have been upset with the lack of communication, but what really matters is the action. And I think the policies are pretty fair.

The point of this comment is to draw attention to how little your ranting has done to change things. Moreover, it is just plain irrelevant and INCORRECT information.

3:01 AM  
Blogger frustrateddad2 said...

hey brett,

you said they are to busy to respond.THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATION?

BUT THEY ARE NOT TO BUSY TO ASK WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE AND WHERE TO SEND THE BILLS TO.

BRETT,
ARE YOU ON THE TULANE PAYROLL BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR THE ONLY ONE WITH INSIDE INFORMATION OR ARE YOU
A.K.A DR. COWAN??

6:59 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Hey Brett,

Thanks for the blog. It is a way to keep in touch, and thankfully, with two sides being brought to the table, which isn't a bad thing. You seem to go nuts when the other side speaks their mind, and I think you are making a mistake. Some people feel that they can't make an informed decision without the good, the bad and the ugly. So, why don't you just let it flow, cause it looks like it is going to. But, my parents have a question that I need someone to look into, because it seems that PARENTS might be getting out their frustrations here amongst the TU community, but some TU football players are taking their frustrations out publicly. Anyone know what disciplinary action has been taken against the football players who were arrested in Ruston, LA at LA Tech? Seems that there are a few TU STUDENTS who don't know how to behave as well. Will you check into that Brett? It is important for my parents to know how this behavior will be taken care of by the administration. Evidently, a LA Tech Student was put into the hospital by a TU Football player. Surely that is not how STUDENTS are behaving in those areas that have welcomed us all in. I'M APPALLED at this report. It is embarrasing to me as a TU student. I'm much more APPALLED at this than a few parents ranting on this blog. Any reports?

7:57 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I just want to say one thing that hopefully Scott Cowen will hear or read. We are extremely uncomfortable as parents about sending our child back to Tulane since we were told by the hot line that her belongings were being packed and taken to another location. I was told that some time in the future we would be told where this location is so we caould get her things. I was told that we would not be allowed to see the campus and if we needed to pick up a car that we would be escorted by a guard and be directed immediately off campus. This is the last time I am going to voice this concern because I am just tired of it. What I want to say is parents are just trying to do the best we can for our kids. We obviously only want the best for all of you. I can't help it if I have a bad feeling about not being allowed to make an educated decision by seeing it for myself. I just can't take someone elses word on something so important. I am willing to do almost anything so my daughter can go back but what I am not willing to do is send her somewhere I don't feel good or comfortable about. It is their job to help parents feel comfortable and if they don't then we will withdraw. We will be sad and upset but we have to do what is right.

8:07 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

So some football players got in a fight, who cares? People at Tulane and every other university in the country get in fights every single day. There are at least a handful of fights every weekend between students at Tulane. It's a simple equation Alcohol+Someone saying something stupid=Fight. It is nothing new and there shouldn't be an outrage over it.

8:09 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Isn't it ironic that the campus is under armed guard and locked down like Fort Knox, but they want you to pay them and make a decision by Nov 1st? How unfair. I think their only chance of having the numbers they need to extend the withdrawal deadline until AFTER they open up Fort Knox. Just my humble opinion. Sophomoremom, you aren't alone and I think there are huge numbers of parents that feel exactly like you do and are just waiting to see if this administration will do the right thing and extend the deadline until they are prepared to make the parents comfortable. My parents are NOT comfortable with the current situation or with the condition of the city, either. I think it is a dire situation, and they don't want us to see that.

8:13 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Greenwave:
I have heard, and I'm not sure, that is why I was asking BRETT to look into the details, that the TU football players went to a fraternity house (after they were asked not to) and tried to raid a closed party and started the fight and put another kid in the hospital. Sure, there are fights every where, but is this how we want them to "Carry the Torch". Give me details, and I'll shut up.

8:17 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Oh, and greenwave, I bet the parents of the TECH student who is in the hospital care, and I do too!
If the TU football players had been "carrying the torch" like they are suppose to be, they wouldn't have gone to a closed frat party, they would have been MEN and stayed clean!

8:19 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

tustudent2 - You sound grounded, realistic, and very much like you DO see the WHOLE picture, and what us parents are trying to do. Our hearts and are heads are in the right place, and so it seems; is yours.

9:58 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

and to President Cowan who by the way I don't doubt is a brilliant man - (but even brilliant people sometimes lack common sense) BRING BACK YOUR WEEKLY CHAT, ADDRESS OUR ISSUES AND SHOW US - YOU HEAR US...

10:04 AM  
Blogger MMOSS said...

BRETT,
I THINK YOU HAVE PROVIDED A GREAT SERVICE WITH THIS BLOG AND HAVE CREATED A FORUM FOR USEFUL INFORMATION AND SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ISSUES AND PROBLEMS THAT EXIST FOR TULANE AND THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE GULF COAST HURRICANES. PLEASE DON'T LET YOURSELF BE MARGINALIZED AND YOUR WEBSITE BE COMPROMISED BY THE NEGATIVITY THAT HAS BEEN DISPLAYED IN RESPONSE TO YOUR POSTS. YOU DON'T SERVE YOURSELF OR YOUR READERS WELL BY TRYING TO DISCOURAGE DISSENT. I CERTAINLY BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CENSOR COMMENTS THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATELY WORDED WITH EXPLETIVES AND INVOLVE PERSONAL ATTACKS AGAINST OTHER POSTS, BUT YOU RISK BECOMING AS NARROW MINDED AS SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO RESPOND IN THIS WAY. HOPEFULLY, THE COMMENTS YOU DELETED WERE NOT DONE BECAUSE OF PERSONAL DISAGREEMENTS ON THE PHILOSOPHY PRESENTED. I SEE THAT YOU ARE ALLOWING REALITY CHECK TO CONTINUE HIS RESPONSES AND I URGE YOU TO ALLOW HIM THE FREEDOM TO CONTINUE TO EXPRESS HIS VIEWS AND NOT STOOP TO HIS LEVEL BY TELLING HIM TO GET OFF YOUR BLOG.

AS FOR REALITY CHECK AND HIS COMMENTS, I CAN SYMPATHIZE WITH BRETT'S FRUSTRATION. RC REMINDS ME OF THAT LONG DECEASED SPORTS BROADCASTER HOWARD COSELL WHO'S UNRELENTING MANTRA OF "TELLING IT LIKE IT IS" MASKED AN ARROGANT AND GLEEFUL SELF CENTERED AND SELF AGRANDIZING EGO THAT WAS FUELED AT THE EXPENSE AND SHAME OF MANY PEOPLE WHO EITHER DIDN'T SHARE HIS VIEWS OR HIS EDUCATIONAL OR INTELLECTUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HOWEVER UNLIKE MR. COSELL WHO DID ALSO EXPRESS SOME WORTHY IDEAS AND PROMOTED TOLERANT ATTITUDES IN SUCH AREAS AS RACE RELATIONS, REALITY CHECK'S ONLY CONTRIBUTION IS NEGATIVITY, SARCASM AND TO TAKE ISSUE OR BE-LITTLE ALMOST EVERY COMMENT POSTED ON THIS BLOG. I CAN'T BELIEVE RC IS AN ALUMNUS AND THAT HE HAS A CHILD WHO HAS BEEN ATTENDING TULANE. WHY IS SO MUCH EFFORT BEING SPENT BY HIM IF HE DOESN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT IS BEING DONE TO CONSTRUCTIVELY PROMOTE AND IMPROVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING TULANE'S MYRIAD PROBLEMS AND ISSUES? ISN'T THERE ANYTHING POSITIVE THAT YOU CAN SAY RC? I WOULD CHALLENGE RC TO COME UP WITH SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW HE WOULD DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS SCOTT COWEN FACES INSTEAD OF THE UNCEASING NEGATIVE AND CRITICAL COMMENTS HE HAS EXPRESSED.

THIS IS NOT TO SUGGEST THAT I AM NAIVE AND THAT I MYSELF AM HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SINCE KATRINA STRUCK. THERE IS PLENTY OF CRITICISM TO DIRECT AT EVERY LEVEL AND TO EVERY PERSON WHO HAS A LEADERSHIP ROLE. I WILL SAY THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO BE CONSISTENTLY POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF THE DAUNTING PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED IN CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE TULANE STUDENTS TO COME BACK TO. I HAVE SEEN MANY EXPRESSIONS OF HOPE AND OPTIMISM AND IT IS VERY HEARTENING TO HEAR THEM. GREENWAVE, AMONG OTHERS HAS POSTED MANY POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS THAT I BELIEVE HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS ALIKE.
TO R/C I HOPE THIS POST IS NOT PICKED APART AND INTERSPERED WITH YOUR USUAL SMART ALECK REJOINDERS AS YOU SEEM TO HAVE ENJOYED DOING ON MANY A PREVIOUS OCCASION. WHY DON'T YOU SURPRISE US ALL WITH A BALANCED AND THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE FOR A CHANGE. QUIT BEING A CARICATURE AND TRY BEING A HUMAN BEING. WE COULD ALL RESPECT THAT.

BRETT, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND STAY POSITIVE WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THE NAYSAYERS AND THE PROBLEMS PRESENT AND FUTURE. DON'T LET THE BASTARDS GET YOU DOWM.

10:51 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I agree with mmoss' entry in that I think RC can offer more by being less sarcastic. I think the issues you raise are indeed issues that we all need to evaluate. It is in the tone that you suggest them. I have followed your entries and although I do not pick them to death, I do feel that you could have a positive role in these discussions if you would simply change your tone. Please continue to post and bring the "other side" to the table, but do it in a more civil tone and I'll bet even your enemies will listen! I know that some on here do not want the "negatives" brought out, but that is unrealistic. This is a daunting task for TU, how they handle it is what is being judged. Parents, and students alike, must be tended to, and the longer the University puts off the obvious, the more it will hurt them. And one more thing about the football team - my point in bringing it up was to point out that it is not just parents who are "venting", however, I believe, as a TU visiting student that we have a responsiblity to be on our best behavior while visiting other universities that have extended so much to us. I find it ironic that some those entrusted to "Carry the Torch" haven't, and I'm wondering what measures of discipline have been taken against them. After all, they are on scholarship and are representing us all.

11:17 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

mmoss said

"ISN'T THERE ANYTHING POSITIVE THAT YOU CAN SAY RC? I WOULD CHALLENGE RC TO COME UP WITH SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW HE WOULD DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS SCOTT COWEN FACES INSTEAD OF THE UNCEASING NEGATIVE AND CRITICAL COMMENTS HE HAS EXPRESSED."

The only critical thing I will say here is, please don't shout. When you use ALL CAPS, it is considered shouting, and I don't think that's what you meant to do.

I seem to get attacked no matter what I say. It comes with the territory of expressing you opinions in public. Brett chose to make fun of me when I did express something positive on my blog, but that's ok. I can take it. He further goes on to attack me on this thread.

What he didn't tell you about my predictions, is what I wrote to him privately in an email I sent to him on Thursday. I wrote:

"I'm pretty sure the school will be back, better than new and open in January, and my kid will probably be there. What happens when you step foot off campus could be another story. That's what bothers me. Actually, what would really bother me is if Cowen can't deliver to open in January, regardless of the conditions in the city. Then we're all screwed."

Both sides of the issues have to be discussed. This site has a positive slant from the owner, with some negative criticism in the comments. Mine has a negative slant with some positive comments and plenty of venom going both ways. I am sarcastic and obnoxious at times, especially when I think I'm getting ripped off, being taken advantage of, lied to or when someone belittles 9/11.

Are there other ways of getting the points across than the way I do it? Of course there are, but no one has yet started a blog or a forum that I know of to do that. Unfortunately, that's just me, and believe it or not, I've mellowed with age.

You asked for constructive suggestions. I've given plenty both here and on my blog, but for the record:
1) Extend the deadline for withdrawal from the Fall semester until January 15.
2) Open the campus up before the withdrawal deadline so parents and students can make an informed decision about going back. The longer you extend the deadline, the easier this suggestion become.
3) Give us pictures of damage, how its being fixed and what it looks like when it is fixed. You have the 'before' pictures because you needed them for insurance. It looks like you've taken the insurance money and used it to clean up the school. Show us what's been done.
4) Disclose to us what you know about the conditions of the school and the surrounding area in specific terms.
5) Formulate a housing policy NOW so people know where they'll be living in January.
6) Reformulate the tuition policy so that those students who went to cheaper schools don't have to pay Tulane tuition for going there.
7) Don't place the full burden of keeping the university finacially afloat on the current students. Spread some of it out over the future.
8) Promise you will come up with a comprehensive technology disaster recovery policy. Email me. I'll give you the details on what to do.

1:29 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

Reality Check your last post makes so much since I think you should run for president. I agree with everything you said. It is so fair and is exactly what I expected. I have been so shocked at all the other stuff that is going on I can't believe it. When I tell my friend who have college kids at other schools what is going on they are in shock. Sometimes they think I am lying because how could a school treat their students and parents this badly. Very well put post.

2:05 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

BRAVO TO YOU REALITY CHECK!!!!

An outstanding outline. - simply put.

2:30 PM  
Blogger frustrateddad2 said...

RC

after all the ranting & raving you have done you finally came up with the most logical thing that tulane can do.

I wish that tulane would have come up with a plan that was as precise & as logical as RC's

TULANE ADMINISTRATION ARE YOU LISTENING??

7:46 PM  
Blogger mike said...

I visited New Orleans and was COMPLETELY shocked to be greeted by patrollers carrying guns. Things were definately not the same as I remembered leaving them. I returned to my block on Audubon Street, which is walking distance to the Tulane campus, to find junk piled everywhere, fallen leaves and tree trunks...everywhere you went, things looked so disheveled. I can't believe how lifeless the area looked, besides for the Tulane campus which is quickly progressing. Broadway, The Boot, and The Palms, which are usually bustling full of life, seemed more like a set for the Dawn of the Dead movie.

So...I walked into my house that had been water locked about 4 feet high with the wooden floors cracked and peeling, mold spores growing and a nasty smell throughout the house. I couldn't bare the musty stench for more than 10 mins. Furthermore, everywhere I looked, there seemed like a lack of progress, more so in some areas them others. Before visiting, I was completely optimistic that we would return to Tulane asap, but (as I don't want to turn negative and as much as Tulane is doing an EXCELLENT job towards progress) I was not completely convinced that New Orleans is 100% "ready". NOLA really needs people to reunify in the city and help one another rebuild.People need to return to the city and work together! I truly got to experience the city post-Katrina through my one day visit, which I would strongly encourage to everyone to do. So essentially I got my own taste for the city and its progress. Sadly, I felt very uneasy in the city and and I even felt like I was in a 3rd world country. At night time I felt like I was in the black hole of earth.


In my opinion, I think the main focus of rebuilding should getting people back to the NOLA and working with each other to magnify relief efforts. It really needs to see more life and spirit. I REALLY recommend students to take the opportunity to visit the city and see for themselves, especially if you left much of your belongings there, like myself. I was able to salvage a number of priceless belongings and left NOLA feeling like I actually had gained some of my life back. Also, I noticed conditions really varied from block to block around the campus. In my opinion, I think Tulane is progressing much faster than New Orleans itselfs. I really hope we get to return asap, but things need to happen! Brett, I think this site serves an excellent purpose. But unfortunately people have different opinions. Some negative, some positive. I don't think you should waste your time with certain parents who have nothing better to do than criticize you.

Tulanians need to reunite stronger than ever and help New Orleans as a whole in any way possible. This site should serve only as beneficial resource to Tulane students. No one should be arguing...

8:31 PM  
Blogger mike said...

I visited New Orleans and was completely shocked to be greeted by patrollers carrying guns. Things were definately not the same as I remembered leaving them. I returned to my block on Audubon Street, which is walking distance to the Tulane campus, to find junk piled everywhere, fallen leaves and tree trunks...everywhere you went, things looked so disheveled. I can't believe how lifeless the area looked, besides for the Tulane campus which is quickly progressing. Broadway, The Boot, and The Palms, which are usually bustling full of life, seemed more like a set for the Dawn of the Dead movie.

So...I walked into my house that had been water locked about 4 feet high with the wooden floors cracked and peeling, mold spores growing and a nasty smell throughout the house. I couldn't bare the musty stench for more than 10 mins. Furthermore, everywhere I looked, there seemed like a lack of progress, more so in some areas them others. Before visiting, I was completely optimistic that we would return to Tulane asap, but (as I don't want to turn negative and as much as Tulane is doing an EXCELLENT job towards progress) I was not completely convinced that New Orleans is 100% "ready". NOLA really needs people to reunify in the city and help one another rebuild.People need to return to the city and work together! I truly got to experience the city post-Katrina through my one day visit, which I would strongly encourage to everyone to do. So essentially I got my own taste for the city and its progress. Sadly, I felt very uneasy in the city and and I even felt like I was in a 3rd world country. At night time I felt like I was in the black hole of earth.


In my opinion, I think the main focus of rebuilding should getting people back to the NOLA and working with each other to magnify relief efforts. It really needs to see more life and spirit. I REALLY recommend students to take the opportunity to visit the city and see for themselves, especially if you left much of your belongings there, like myself. I was able to salvage a number of priceless belongings and left NOLA feeling like I actually had gained some of my life back. Also, I noticed conditions really varied from block to block around the campus. In my opinion, I think Tulane is progressing much faster than New Orleans itselfs. I really hope we get to return asap, but things need to happen! Brett, I think this site serves an excellent purpose. But unfortunately people have different opinions. Some negative, some positive. I don't think you should waste your time with certain parents who have nothing better to do than criticize you.

Tulanians need to reunite stronger than ever and help New Orleans as a whole in any way possible. This site should serve only as beneficial resource to Tulane students. No one should be arguing...

8:31 PM  
Blogger emilyfaye said...

reality check:

your outlined expectations are lovely, but sometimes a dose of reality helps. i just got back from nola and am tired and bored, so i'll just go for one: spring housing. we just got back from clearing out my friend's first-floor place: utterly destroyed. while there we visited my second-floor place: in good shape, with a note from the landlord saying i owe him october rent. meanwhile, three guys were tearing out the entire first floor of the building. i am just about to begin a battle with my landlord in order to get an inspection to determine if my place is habitable. if you've been paying attention, there are plenty of other students in my position. tulane has hired a team of lawyers to tackle the landlord situation, as it will be massive. a spring housing plan is, at this point, completely unrealistic. it is impossible to know what kind of housing will be available in the city. tulane can't know, the mayor can't know, the governor, fema, etc. sometimes, when disaster strikes, we have to be a little patient. if you want to figure it out for the rest of us, why not get off your bean bag chair, fly down to nola, and check it out yourself? i'm sick of hearing some long islander "tell it like it is." you have no grip on nola reality whatsoever.

9:28 PM  
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12:15 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

emilyfaye said...

"a spring housing plan is, at this point, completely unrealistic. it is impossible to know what kind of housing will be available in the city. tulane can't know, the mayor can't know, the governor, fema, etc. sometimes, when disaster strikes, we have to be a little patient."

#4 & #5 fully address your concerns. #5 is particularly important to someone like you because arrangements need to be made NOW, not in January.

Tulane has been very poor at planning to this point. They need to get on top of this issue now.

emilyfaye, you sound very negative about the situation. Has the "reality check" since your visit to NOLA soured you on what the situation is going to be like in January?

Sorry to hear about your apartment. Hopefully Tulane can come up with a plan to help you out or provide housing for you. If you apartment is not habitable, do you really want to wait until January to find out if you'll have a place to live?

6:19 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

i think they are taking care of the housing right now by finding out who needs what with the housing questionnaire

6:42 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

Reality check,

Tulane has announced that they will re-open for the spring semester. I am positive that they will keep their promise for two reasons, maybe negative enough that even you will agree:

1)They still have faculty and some staff on the payroll, will they continue to pay them for an entire year's worth of unemployment?

2)By withdrawing their announcement of reopening in spring, will definitely reinforce parents claims of fraud and whatever other damages people are claiming, and will certainly send many parents reeling into the lawsuits that you all have been screaming about.

I think that Tulane would prefer to avoid all that by waiting as they did to announce re-opening in the spring, until they, themselves were sure it could be done safely. I'm sure that the threat of some fraud lawsuits would be incomparable to claims of negligence, and reckless endangerment of the students for which they are responsible for.

As for the housing issue, have you all seen the housing questionaire for off campus students. If anyone has a housing need, there is a comments spot in which to explain specific needs. See, Tulane does care. They ask this so that they can be sure they can accommodate all of us when the time comes. I find comfort in this.

Personally, I lived in Jefferson Parish, and my roommate owned the house that I lived in and rented me the room. Most of her family lives in the New Orleans area and was hit harder than we were (we had minimal damage, with about 2 ft of flooding), and so she is choosing to fix their houses before hers. As it stands, the house is not habitable until minor repairs are done, and if they are not fixed come January, I guess I'll be looking for a new place to live. But you know, I think I'll risk that for Tulane, my first choice school, by the way.

7:42 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

Scott Cowen said that if the school does not open in Jan they might as well shut their door for good. No school can be out of business for a year and survive. I have no doubt that he will open and do what ever he has to do to make that happen. I have not doubt that the school will be safe and clean. I have no doubt he will arrange housing. These are basic things he must do. My concerns come from the fact that New Orleans is not going to be ready for Tulane. I doubt anyone thinks New Orleans is going to be ready. I unfortunately anticipate major issues with water power disease trash etc. These things Scott Cowen can't guarantee. I know he is on the committee but no one is going to get New Orleans ready by January. It is impossible.

7:53 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

Tulane was like it's own little city within a city before the hurricane. Not that I have any authority on this matter, but I'm pretty sure that it will manage again by suppling students with everything it needs to function properly, power, clean water, food, housing, basically safe living/working conditions for staff and faculty, in the same manner that it did before. They recognize this need, and are working to accommodate our needs and restore our campus.

8:25 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I don't understand. I thought water power trash etc came from the city. Tulane does not have any control over these items. If Tulane and New Orleans works differently than other cities please fill me in I will sleep better at night. I really hope you know something I don't

8:36 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I know Tulane has their own power plant on campus but water and trash are handled by the city. The water should be fine by the time that school opens. It has already been given the OK by the Department of Health of Louisiana, and any doubts should be completely eliminated in the next three months. Three months is a long time, and by then a lot of the uncertainties should not be issues.

8:51 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Greenwave: Does the TU power plant power the campus? If so, it must have had alot of damage, cause the power is not back on, huh? What is the status of the power plant?

9:21 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

How do you know the power is not on? I was assuming it is back on. Stupid me for assiming. How do you find things like this out?

9:39 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I called the call center last week to ask when we could get our stuff and they said one of the reasons we couldn't go in was b/c the power was off and it was dangerous. Why did you think it was on? Maybe you know something I don't!

10:00 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Hate to be negative, but want to bring out a point. I'm not trying to be negative, but I'm alittle untrusting of any LA Dept. of anything. I'm not sure I'd believe that the water is safe. I know they have to say that to get people back in, but I can tell you this, I'd NEVER drink that water again!

10:02 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I would never allow my daughter to drink the water. I will buy her all the bottled water she can drink. It is just not worth risking getting sick. I would be so upset if any of the students get sick and miss school.It would not be Tulane's fault. Systems are not going to be perfect for a very long time and mistakes, cracks, leaks just happen. I hope all the students that go back will be extra extra careful. I am not sure if the students should even leave campus to eat or drink.

10:15 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

Tulane was reported to have power, which was "powered" by the
Tulane plant, in a few of the buildings following Hurricane Katrina. I don't remember where I read it, as it was a month ago, but I just remember that it sounded official. Maybe it was my overwhelming optimism, and eagerness to have faith in Tulane?

10:18 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

I also know for a fact that the postal service is functioning in New Orleans. I'm not really sure why, but FEMA mailed my federal assistance check to the house, where I reported to them that I was not currently living, and my roommate mailed the check to me from there, so that proves that the mail is moving.

In this circumstance is it not logical to believe that the rest of the city utilities and serviceswill be functioning safely given another three months?

10:26 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I am not expecting services to up and running in New Orleans and I hope the Students realize this also. I am going to try to make my daughter understand what it is going to be like so she can quit being emotional and use her head. Hopefully we will be able to take her to New Orleans before Nov 1 to pick up her things from that undisclosed location before that date. Even if we can't get onm Campus we can see the rest of the area. New Orleans doesn't have a problem letting us in. It is interesting New Orleans doesn't have a problem but Tulane Does.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

What about the mom's like me, that want to help Tulane, Brett you haven't responded to my emails and when I present a check with the names of each and every person that donated to my son's website your name won't be on it. My son loves Tulane as much or if not more then you do and he has 2 and half more years to be there and I intend for him to spend the rest of his undergrad years there. You asked me to get permission for the bands, I did that. I spoke to a tax attorney who said that I don't need a tax exemption. So, I would like to just ask for a little respect for those parents that are being supportive......Go Green Wave!!!!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Herman said...

I was just in Nola getting my car and clothese. I live on broadway near the boot and my house has electricity. The area has a lot of trees down, but that certaintly can be cleaned up by January.

12:57 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

Who actually drank New Orleans water BEFORE Katrina? I feel bad for them.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Freshman Mom said...

Any comments? Any news?

from Johns Hopkins (see link on tulane.edu site - new releases)
On Sept. 27 the House of Representatives passed and on Oct. 3 the Senate approved a bill that would provide up to $36 million in federal financial aid to students affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The measure would be funded by existing aid programs -- for example, Stafford Loans and Federal Work Study -- from which universities annually receive more money than they use. The bill allows the secretary of education to send the surplus to colleges in the Gulf Coast area and to those that have enrolled displaced students.

Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost Paula Burger discussed the legislation. "My impression is that the money made available to colleges and universities would be considered as aid to the students, to be dispensed by the University to students to help them cover the expense of relocating to new campuses," she said. She added, however, that it remains unclear to administrators whether all displaced students are eligible for the aid or if it is limited only to students eligible for other types of federal funds.

Students were admitted on a temporary, one-semester basis and are considered to be on "visiting status." Any credits they earn while taking classes at Hopkins can only be used as transfer credit.

Conley noted another rule. "Hopkins would not admit any of these students as transfer students if they apply in the future." He said the administration implemented the limitations because, "We didn't want [the students' temporary admission] to be a back door to Hopkins."

2:52 PM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

From the Tulane University web site:

October 9, 2005 - 5:30 p.m.

The university's senior administrators will be in New Orleans for the next two days. After their visit to the Tulane campuses, they will finalize a schedule for retrieving belongings from residence halls and for campus visits. In addition, a possible extension of the Nov. 1 withdrawal date is being discussed. Definitive information about all of these topics will be posted on this website by 6 p.m. CT, on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Finally, tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10) the university will publish information for students who live off campus who may need assistance in resolving landlord issues as a result of the hurricane.

4:48 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Without a doubt, the administration must be reading this blog. I salute you for paying attention to the needs of the students and parents. Thank you.

5:00 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

I just want to add to 'tustudent2' and address Brett,

I know this isn't easy - sharing this blog as a forum, (for parents, as well as students, but maybe with that notice from the Tulane leaders, you can see we're on the right path.

Someone had posted Tulane '09'. If the administration addresses some of these issues we're so concerned about, my family is one step closer to being back.

Thank you Brett, for hanging in their, and keeping forum open.

7:31 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

just wait, some guy is going to come over here and talk about how new orleans is now the most dangerous city in the country and how you can expect tulane students to get raped and killed when they return. he is making the rounds, so don't be shocked when he comes here.

10:55 PM  
Blogger jmlmom said...

Brett, I have a son who was fortunate enough to graduated from Tulane, and one who is an incoming freshman. He will be coming back to Tulane. He is attending Northwestern University for the fall semester along with 12 Tulane freshmen. They all are extremely bright students who wanted to be at Tulane, not students who could not get into other schools. Steven has met a lot of upper classmen from tulane at Northwestern and he says that talk about how they can not wait to get back to Tulane. I know Tulane will be in great hands with the rebuilding effort of you and the other students who love the university. Yes we are at the mercy of Cowen to tell us how the campus and city are doing. My family plans on giving him the opportunity to lead. I know he can not promise me that the city of New Orleans will be the city my oldest son left six years ago. No one is nieve enough to think overnight this will happen. We do belive that it will be a city that will be growing and getting better with each passing week, month, year. I know the people of New Orleans and their love of the city. My son will proudly help rebuild the city and grow with it. My oldest son will be going to the Tulane game in Annapolis soon with fellow graduates in the DC area. Since he graduated six year ago Tulane has done a wonderful job of giving him and other students in the DC area a chance to get together.

11:17 PM  
Blogger lit60 said...

In other news, several New Orleans insane asylums were spared by Katrina. Which is good news for Brett Hyman, because he belongs in one.

You cannot be serious with the la-la-land stuff you put on this site.

New Orleans will take YEARS to rebuild, and Tulane is NOT WORTH COMING BACK TO until it is rebuilt.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

I think I'll take my chances :)

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