Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Significant Progress

More pictures of the campus reconstruction efforts. It looks fabulous. Thanks to David Murphy, a true reporter in the field.

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95 Comments:

Blogger RealityCheck said...

Lets see . . . pictures of pristine campus buildings. Dorms where the kids live. Piles of garbage to show anything that was touched by the "Toxic Soup" was thrown out. How nice.

Where are the pictures of the insides of the classrooms and dorms? What state are they in? The library? The bubble? How about the damage around campus, to houses and apartments?

Why not show us both sides? Why not show us the before and after? Why not show us the progress you say you are making? Why not show us that you WILL be ready and the City WILL be ready to handle all the students, faculty and staff?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, why not start showing us and stop BS'ing us.

If you show only one side, all you get is BS and propaganda. Start showing us both sides.

BTW, when is "Freshman Move-In Day"? The brainwashed students want to know when they can go back.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Sammi said...

They've already said it will be the Saturday before classes start. I think that it's the 14th...? Then, upperclassmen get to move in on Sunday... pretty much like it was before.

6:47 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

the bubble will be the easiest to clean up because there is no dry wall. all you need to do is use a bleach to srub away any mold.

6:52 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

greenwave said...

"the bubble will be the easiest to clean up because there is no dry wall. all you need to do is use a bleach to srub away any mold."

The hardest part of the bubble will be trying to get the smell of the rotten food out of the fabric.

6:57 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

RC, you ARE a perpetually cheery soul, aren't you?

7:15 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

I appreciate ANY pictures of Tulane that are posted.. Thank you.
From the moment we realized there would be no fall semester, my son was 200% - returning to Tulane... While attending college here locally, he had the same attitude. He has applied to other colleges for spring as a back up (I believe only to keep us off his back). Now -and we're totally surprised- that we have an official return date, does my son say "I'm just not sure", I have to really look at the FULL PICTURE before committing.
This was so unexpected because of all the loyalty he spoke about previously. Another Tulanian mom suggested President Cowan host, at some point, a 'visit to the campus' before committing to anything. Now more than ever this seems like the wisest, most logical idea. By Novemeber, hotels undamaged should be open, rental cars should be back and available, and running water will be running,even some of the garbage - gone... It will give us parents, and our freshman a 'live' look, and we will gain what we need to make the best decision we can. Yes???

7:28 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

If they don't let us in before Nov 1st then alot of people will think they have something to hide. If the zip code is open and people are able to get into houses then I just want one good reason why we can't come for 1 day. Like I said before if 1 day is going to stop the school from opening then they have a huge problem. They need to be honest and give us a good reason and I think we can accept it or not and move on. The students all want to go back and the parents are concerned. I think we all need to realize that our kids are young adults that should be allowed to make their own decision but it should be an informed one not an emotional one. If they then make the decision to go back I think most parents will support their kids just like they have in the past.

8:09 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

thanxi said...

"Another Tulanian mom suggested President Cowan host, at some point, a 'visit to the campus' before committing to anything. Now more than ever this seems like the wisest, most logical idea. By Novemeber, hotels undamaged should be open, rental cars should be back and available, and running water will be running,even some of the garbage - gone... It will give us parents, and our freshman a 'live' look, and we will gain what we need to make the best decision we can. Yes???"

Yes, I'd like that engraved invitation from Scott Cowen. But, unless they are willing to move the withdrawal date, the campus tour will need to take place BEFORE the withdrawal deadline. If the campus is not ready by November 1st, then move the withdrawal date to some later date, maybe January 17th?

8:21 AM  
Blogger another texas mom said...

"BTW, when is "Freshman Move-In Day"? The brainwashed students want to know when they can go back."

RC, IF you are a parent and if you feel there is some conspiracy being perpetrated upon the students at Tulane, why don't you keep your money and send your daughter somewhere else and leave this site free of toxic verbal soup?

8:39 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I just think the students should be allowed to make an informed decision and the only way to do that is to let us in. I would be fine if they move the withdrawel date to a later date in Nov. They have to let us in before Jan 17th because other schools will expect the students to let them know if they are going to their school. My daughter has already been accepted for the Spring Semester at another school. I am not sure what the deadline for that is going to be. She wants to go back to Tulane at this time. We will live with what every decision she makes as long as we feel comfortable that she has had a chance to really understand the reality of what it is going to be like.

8:49 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 8:39 AM another texas mom said...

"RC, IF you are a parent and if you feel there is some conspiracy being perpetrated upon the students at Tulane, why don't you keep your money and send your daughter somewhere else and leave this site free of toxic verbal soup?"

The spohmoremom below your post said it best.

BTW, how many "Texas Moms" are there here?

9:10 AM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

ncgwmom said :

RC, you ARE a perpetually cheery soul, aren't you?


NCGWMOM - What did you find so insulting about this post on the momsblog?

PATSYK said:

Does ANYONE have a clue as to where
Tulane plans to put students who have lost their apartments? (8 feet of water in my daughters apt and everything is gone.) Fema trailer parks are notoriously dangerous--see article in NYTimes
Sept 18. I cant imagine that FEMA is going to house them on a cruise ship for a year either---not after the recent contract scandal with Carnival. I know that there is real resistance to discussion of reality on this board, but honestly
my daughter is getting more than a little desperate.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Ben W said...

about letting us into campus sometime in november, i think we should be allowed into campus say in december but to ask Cowen to set up a weekend just to show us how things are progressing is somewhat unrealistic. Why put an early strain on resources that is not necessary? I doubt they will want to deal with the logistics and time it takes to set up and host such an event. If people want to come back on their own i think they should definitly be allowed but I'd rather see them spend their time and money getting the campus as close to normal as possible. I have no doubt that when campus opens everything will be back in operation, I'm sure there will be "battle scars" still evident in some places but im sure it will all work out in due time.

10:02 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Why in the world are you resurrecting a discussion that was part of the problem on the board that Nancy tried to provide? (Brett asked that this not be brought here, didn't he?)

I'll answer the question once since I'm being quoted and ridiculed for it elsewhere (perhaps by you? The post there is anonymous.).

I find the post name "momwithabrain," combined with the line about resistance to discussing reality insulting because of the clear implication that the prior discussions on the blog were brainless and based on fantasy. I think that's a nearly unnecessary explanation, but if you needed it, there it is.

Perhaps we have a difference of perspective--no, clearly we do. I don't see that as a reason to set yourself apart from those you imply are "brainless" or to claim that we refuse to dicuss reality and then ask for help with information in the same post. We are all in the same boat. We should all be working together to help each other.

And now someone is quoting the exchange elsewhere and saying that my calling you on it is a "attack." Okay. If opposition and conflict are what makes people happy, then they can have it. I am through with this issue.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Ms.W said...

Has anyone been on the Tulane campus and if so does the spring semester date seem realistic?

10:30 AM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Ms.W said...

My other question is, are their alot of students that have applied to other schools for back up for spring just in case?

10:32 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

Realitycheck - I want to thank you. Although I don't necessarily agree with the way you sometimes phrase your opinions, it opens our eyes to thoughts that need to be addressed. The truth is we're all in the same sort of situation. We need answers. We need to see as much as we can. We need to do this so we can all have the answers. I want what my son wants, but I want him to be able to make the best decision he can, based on what he sees. I don't think that that is negative, - it's just knowledge we need. I haven't seen Nancy's site, but we all share one goal. I'm impressed we're seeing photo's of progress, I just want more. No one looks to be insulting anyone on this current blog, they're just expressing concern, concern we all have.

10:37 AM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

NCGWMOM, one more thing. I don't want to attack you or make an issue out of this. I think you were unfair to that woman. We all have concerns and problems right now. I think everyone needs to step back from taking sides and try to deal with the issues. Being positive won't make the issues go away -- and being negative won't make things right for either.

11:08 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I was not asking for a planned weekend. Our plan is to get in and out in 1 day. I don't need anything except to be allowed to get my childs personal belongings walk around campus for 30 minutes and leave as quickly as possible. I don't think anyone wants to disrupt the work or spend more time at Tulane than absolutely necessary. My child has applied to another school as back up and has been accepted contingent on getting her transcript which I hope we can do soon. NCGWmom you obviously are not like alot of parents who have concerns and feel it is unfair to keep us away and make our kids do without just because it is not convient to let us come. I say that because they won't give us a real reason. I just don't buy that 1 day will disrupt Jan 17th. I wish I could be more like you and just support and accept everything that happens. You have a great attitude, but alot of us just are not built that way and the more time that goes by the more anxious we become especially when the dead line is coming soon, winter is comming soon, and all we keep hearing about are all the people that have been back. I am sure their are at least 1000 people that feel the same as me. We all want it to work out for our kids more than anything in the world but we have to be parents and lead them in the right direction. The only way to do that is to see it for ourselves before the dead line.

11:17 AM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

RC: BTW, when is "Freshman Move-In Day"? The brainwashed students want to know when they can go back.

From tulane.edu:

1. When does the regular spring semester start?

It is presently our intention that the spring semester for all schools and colleges will begin on January 17, 2006, as originally scheduled. Move in days will be Thursday or Friday, January 12 and 13, as students prefer. Freshman orientation will be January 14 and 15.

Here is the link for other info:
http://www.tulane.edu/spring06/spring06faq.html

To the mothers, I think Brett clearly has requested to leave the "crap" off of this website. On the main page:

Tulane Mom Blog Shut Down
I heard the administrator of the blog (whichwas so heavily promoted here) decided to shut down the site because she couldn’t take the “garbage” anymore. I can’t believe that parents could not restrain themselves from attacking each other and the creator of the site. I’m so proud that Tulane students don’t need to lower themselves to that level. Maybe a few mothers can take a lesson from their kids.

PS- Don’t bring that crap over here.

Love,
Brett

I think since the reason this Tulane mom blog seemed to be created originally was to bring the mothers together for the best interest of the students and to discuss your thoughts and concerns. As a student, I am disheartened to see mothers like my own acting like children. You may insult RC, but I think you have stooped to his level. You have no room to insult him or make fun of him, quite frankly, as much as I hate to say it.

Think about the students ok? And don't say it's your problem because you pay the bills. I know most of you do and I respect that, but please keep some of this toxicity to yourself. Some students are paying their way through Tulane too and we have a right to have our own blog. Think about us, please?

11:27 AM  
Blogger GA_mom said...

I too would like to be able to see campus, but I also realize that the city and region are not ready for tourists to come through; and that is what we would be since we do not have a residence or a business there. Please check out www.wwltv.com , www.wwl.com , and www.nola.com to see and hear the problems, rules and restrictions still being faced by New Orleans, LA and MS. There are no hotel rooms availble all the way up to Meredian, MS. They are full of insurance adjusters, contractors and evacuees; so unless we parents/students can drive in and out in one day it is not currently feasible to try to get there. Keep in mind that most of the area is also under some type of a nightly curfew.

Whenever the campus is opened, we will be there, but in the meantime we will wait...sometimes patiently, sometimes not so patiently. I'm just hoping that some more factual information comes out soon. By the way, my freshman daughter can't wait to get back down there.

11:54 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

momwithabrain--yes, you are right, and I am wrong. I have a job and a real life, and I got who posted what when and where wrong. I am terribly sorry about that.

Sphmoremom, I don't underdstand why my attitude has become a topic of discussion on this, a student site. I posted above only because my response on another site was called into question. I am not happy that I have been quoted on two blogs where I did not originally post that which has been quoted. I did not think that was acceptable conduct. It is not something I would do to someone else. However, since it has happened to me, I felt compelled to respond. I would like to have done with it now.

I am sorry you are unhappy. I am not. If that bothers you, I am also sorry about that. Clearly my not sharing your attitude also bothers the student who posted above. I also apologize for that.

Have I now been apologetic enough to be left out of further discussion?

11:54 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

So please, on our next friday chat let's all ask the same questions. Let us all be on the same page and ask for a 1 day open campus for parents/students (sometime in November) availability to step on the grounds of Tulane to make our own assessment with our kids/parents, yes???
And Brett, thanx for having this site for us. It's helped many a sleepless nite.

12:00 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

Scott Cowen has said repeatedly that Students and Faculty will be allowed on campus once the restoration is complete. Why not just wait until the restoration is complete so the workers won't have to stop for a bunch of people who are interested in what the campus looks like? Personally, I would like the campus to open as soon as possible, but it's not going to happen if Tulane has to stop the work they are doing in the buildings, make sure a bunch of people are available to guide the parents around, make sure there are people to coordinate parking, and make sure that people don't get hurt because they are in a construction site. That is basically what Tulane is right now, a giant construction site. I know you are all anxious to go to the campus and claim your possessions, but there is no hurry. Your stuff isn't going anywhere.

12:13 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

For my family peace of mind is more my reason for wanting to walk the campus, NOT so much his clothes, his printer, etc. I need to see 1st hand the condition of the walls, the buildings, the streets around the perimeter, even Bruff. The mold - should be gone - we need to 'see it' gone. By November these things should be much improved. I agree the workers need to do their thing, but a 1 day pass is not much to ask for a decision that involves a semester or many semesters. Yes, I would like his stuff back to wash, wear, etc., but 1st I just want to commit that 200% my son was feeling at the beginning. I think we as a 'tulane family' are not asking for much in requesting this.
And last I do believe in President Cowan, and what he is saying and doing. Look he addressed our concerns reagarding the deadline... He's answering what he can commit to, and waiting for answers before he gives us info he's not ready to commit to. He's listening to our needs, and hopefully he'll consider this one as well. Although he's pulled in 20 directions, he's still got a sense of humor. I think he's pretty special.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Sadfreshmanmom said...

Yes, our stuff is going somewhere but noone seems to know where. I called the call center and no one could tell me 1. If my child's things had been packed 2. Where they were storing them 3. When I could retrieve them. Now, there are things I do know: This was a natural disaster. I know that, I've been told that enough. But, I, like many other Tulane families feel that the University has not put this issue of our belongings and our need to see the campus for ourselves on a burner, therefore, I feel like they aren't concerned about our issues. Our family can't make a decision based on blind faith. I think the University is making a mistake by not allowing for the families to come in to see for ourselves. I have heard the argument about the campus being a construction site - it was a construction site the day we moved in as well. There was plenty left undone and being worked on while we were moving in, so I have a hard time with that argument. So, ok, they don't want me on campus. So I say to TU - get our things packed asap and put somewhere outside of town (the call center said they might move our things to a warehouse at the airport) and let us retrieve or simply ship to us COD. That would stop alot of the problem. Then, extend the withdraw deadline until you can host a day for the families. I feel that not addressing these 2 important issues is hurting the college, because they look appear to be being evasive and that leads to mistrust. It appears to me (and I was told by the call center) that they simply want to just redeliver in January to some unknown place- cause I know that with all the lack of housing for Faculty, Staff, Students, now Dillard and Xavier Students, I can't be guaranteed that my child won't be on a ship in the Mississippi. And I can't go for that.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Sadfreshmanmom said...

How about a list from the 400 workers sent to Houston of what dorms have been packed, where it is being stored, and so forth, so that when we do call the call center, someone knows what is going on with our belongings. Those poor people at the call center don't have information needed to answer our questions, so why call it?

1:30 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

greenwave said...

"Scott Cowen has said repeatedly that Students and Faculty will be allowed on campus once the restoration is complete. Why not just wait until the restoration is complete so the workers won't have to stop for a bunch of people who are interested in what the campus looks like?"

Mr. Greenwave, I'm not interested in seeing what the campus looks like. I want to see what the extent of the damage is and what the state of the cleanup is that they are NOT showing us. I want to see what progress they've made in the period of time they've had, and whether it is reasonable to expect them to open by January 17th.

No, I'm not going to walk through every dorm and classroom, but I want to see what my child's room looks like and what some of the damaged areas looked like, and how they are now. Show me what's being done, not just tell me its being done, and don't ask me to trust them because I don't. They have't been forthcoming with information since the hurricane, they've been slow to respond to the diaster, and until they show me they can do a better job of managing the process, I want to be on top of them and have them SHOW me how they are doing.

If progress is being made, Cowen should be able to tell us by now when we can come down and see the place. If he can't tell us, or won't tell us, that should be a warning sign that things are not as copasetic as he'd have us believe.

I'd also like this information well in advance of the November 1st withdrawal date. Why then? Because if they haven't done what they've said they've done, and withheld information about the cleanup and the safety of the school and the surrounding area so that people can't make an informed decision about going back in the Spring, that's the date THEY have set.

Its like we're looking at the school all over again as HS seniors. When they want our money, they are all over us with information about the school. Now that they have it, why aren't they forthcoming with the information we want? Why won't the 'hotline' answer questions about the cleanup, but instead refer to updates on the web site.

What's wrong with getting some answers?

1:51 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I can only hope that Scott Cowen understands that we as parents are not willing to go on blind faith and for the students he needs to be upfront, honest, and let them see it for themselves. If he does not and does not extend the withdrawl date then I think he is taking a huge chance that the on Nov 1 he may have so many withdrawls that he will not want to talk to the networks. I may be completely wrong but our kids do still relay on us for direction even if it is not exactly what they want to hear. I think we are asking for a very small thing and hopefully it will make us extremely happy and this nightmare will be over. That is what we all want.

2:35 PM  
Blogger ben said...

The fair course of action would be to let the Tulane students and their families have access to the campus prior to the withdrawal deadline.

2:36 PM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

RealityCheck said...

"No, I'm not going to walk through every dorm and classroom, but I want to see what my child's room looks like and what some of the damaged areas looked like, and how they are now."

I wouldn't count on getting your room back.

2:56 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

Why would you not count getting your room back?

3:03 PM  
Blogger sadfreshmanmom said...

I would have to say that I do not know Mr. Cowen personally and do not know much about him, but I do know one thing: He has his hands full, as do all the people affected by the hurricane. It is a big mess, and I know he is trying to fix it. I am sure that he is a wonderful delegator of responsiblity. There is no way one man can do all that has to be done. However, I am sure someone has been put in charge of the issue of the student's belongings, and that is evident because someone instructed them to "photograph, take inventory, and pack up the rooms". So, I say to this person who is in charge, you need to put this issue on the forefront. There have many suggestions made on how this could occur, but I'll add my two cents worth of ideas: 1. Some of the phone bank people should stop assuming that the students have not really "lost" anything. I refer to this because of a comment made to me from the call center by a faculty member "Think of what it would be like to lose everything, your whole home". Well, I know that my child has lost alot, too. Not just his things, but he has lost his freshman experience, and possibly his dream of attending TU, so we have all lost. However, I don't think this is a good way to show mutual compassion. It's all relative. What feels like a loss to one may not be a loss to another, and visa versa, the important thing to remember is we have all lost, and we are ALL looking for solutions for our losses. 2. The families don't just represent money. We represent years of hard work to get to Tulane (and yes, it is also hard work to raise a hard working kid, so the parents do have a part in their child's dream to attend Tulane and do feel loss at this time as well.) 3. I think the University is sending a very mixed message: 'We suffered little damage and can open and come back strong in January and all will be fine ", yet at the same time we are hearing, "We can't let you back onto the campus for security reasons, it is too dangerous, and too much construction, and yada, yada, yada". Which is it? 4. I was told that my son's room suffered no damage. Then why are they packing his things? And why can't they answer questions like, "Has his room been packed? Where are his things now? Where are you sending his things? When can I get his things? 5. If the University felt the need to pack his things, why wasn't there a PLAN as to what they were going to do with his things? Shouldn't they have had a PLAN, first, before they packed it away? A plan for shipping home would have been the most effecient, less expensive thing to do. Have UPS on hand to load in trucks and get out of New Orleans. As of today, they are still looking for a warehouse to store, acccording to the call center! Are these decisions being made haphazardly? I think so! All that had to be done was a form from the students, their room numbers, their ship to address, and they could have sent it COD. I understand the need to get it out of the way, SHIP it home! They have only complicated the situation further - sounds like a FEMA job! This is not as complicated as they are making it. As it is now, they look like they didn't have a PLAN for this either. I'm so frustrated. I'm getting to the point where I don't need to come to the campus, I just want my child's belongings and I'll visit the campus when NOLA gets their act together.

3:03 PM  
Blogger sadfreshmanmom said...

sophomore mom: Your child is not their priority. They are going to now have to house facility, staff, the national guard, the 400 workers, security police, Xavier and Dillard people (because we are sharing the TU campus) and then they have to house seniors first, then juniors, and on down the line. Where, on earth, are they going to put us all?

3:08 PM  
Blogger nytulanemom said...

Perspective plays in important role in our view of the situation. Apparently, many students can't wait to get back( or begin) their Tulane lives while their parents are concerned and weighing the pros and cons. I agree with the need for a visit b4 recommitting. I also agree with the parent that feels like they are back in the HS senior mode of selecting schools. We visited schools before applications or acceptances were made. Clearly, there is no easy answer which is what makes me wonder about the definate decision and date about the spring semester. I was anticipating a delayed opening for the spring, that seemed feasible to me. If an organized visit is disruptive to the work then another plan needs to be in place. I spoke with my "guardian angle" who lead us out of New Orleans the day b4 Katrina hit. He has returned to the garden district and told us this morning that it is a nightmare. Food is rotting in thrown out refrigerators & freezers causing a horrific odor. He also said that Tulane seems ok and could possible be ready. Ambiguity is the word of the day for me. Seeing would be helpful.

4:03 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

MomWithABrain said...

"I wouldn't count on getting your room back."

I asked the the question of the call center:
"My child is a Freshman in [dorm name] in room XXX. If they return for the Spring semester, will they be getting the same room and same roommate?"

Answer: "Yes"

Question: "Will they be tripling or quadrupling the rooms in Sharp to handle as many kids as possible?"

Answer: "No. Returning students will have the same housing assignments they had before."

We'll see.

4:17 PM  
Blogger marylandtumom said...

As the students keep pleading...please parents, leave this site alone. Air your grievances, arguments, etc on another site. We are all free to read the comments here but, allow our sons & daughters their OWN space to say whatever it is they feel the need to say without us parents taking over what was originally intended as a student outlet only. Thank you Brett for all your hard work. Please don't give up this site. Keep it going for the Tulane student body!!

4:30 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I don't think that they are going to be putting Dillard and Xavier students above us for housing placement. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the deal with Dillard and Xavier that they either have to have housing or their respective schools have to work it out. I also think that the amount of students that live off campus that Tulane is going to have to provide housing to will be smaller than some think. Most landlords right now are renovating the damaged apartments, and they should be done by the time classes start.

4:39 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

nytulanemom - you said it in a nutshell...thanx for saying it the clearest!

4:58 PM  
Blogger lasophmore said...

Greenwave---I know of at least 22 students (and I have a relatively small circle of friends) who have lost their places. And I mean LOST (5-12 feet of water) , these places are going to be torn down. Im hearing that 50-60% of students,faculty and on campus workers have lost their places. Plenty of us lived north of campus and got WASHED OUT.

8:06 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

Brett,

Is there anyway you can just kick all of these moms off this site? Im pretty sure the title reads Tulane 'Student' Blog. Didn't you have a blog to yourselves? Don't come bring your negative trash over here because you couldn't contain it on your own time. This is a place for students to talk about what WE are gonna do. I personally have been to Tulane to get my stuff. I live off of Broadway. I am good friends with David Murphy (the guy who took the pictures). There are literally hundreds of mexicans on the campus right now cleaning everything up. The last thing they need is nosy obnoxious moms yapping into their ear and disrupting progress. There is no cover up consipiracy. We ARE going back in Janurary. No its not gonna be the same, but Ive seen Uptown and its a whole hell of a lot better then what you 'moms' are trying to brew up. So please just take your crap elsewhere cuz I for one am sick of hearing it.

8:08 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

FROM THE TULANE WEBSITE

1. If I was living in a residence hall on campus, will I have the same room?

We will try to assign you to the same room to the extent possible. If you are reassigned, we will notify you in advance of your new room assignment. If we have to move you, we will keep you in the same kind of residence hall that you were in originally; e.g., freshman, honors, etc.

2. What about the personal items that were left in my dorm room?

Most of the residence hall rooms were undamaged, but some sustained water damage. If you were in a room that was damaged, we will notify you individually. We know you are all anxious to return to campus. Please understand that the most expedient way for this to happen is to move forward with our remediation efforts as quickly as possible. In order to protect and secure your belongings, the restoration company that Tulane has retained is going through every dorm room, inventorying all items, taking photographs, boxing the contents by room, and moving them to a safe location. Please be assured that we understand your concerns about your property and that everything possible is being done to protect your belongings until they can be returned to you. We ask that you refrain from making plans to return to campus and New Orleans until Tulane makes an official announcement on this website.

If you are returning to Tulane for the spring semester either you will be able to claim your belongings when you get back to campus in January or it is possible that you will be able to pick them up at an earlier date. Watch this website for details.

If you are not returning to Tulane, we will notify you as of what date you can return to campus to claim your belongings.

3. Will Tulane help if my belongings were damaged?

These losses should be covered under your family's homeowners' insurance policies. In cases where there is no insurance, Tulane is committed to working with you and your family to help you file claims with public and private relief agencies in order to defray the costs associated with your loss.

4. I was living off-campus and do not know the condition of my residence. Will I be able to apply for on-campus housing?

For students whose off-campus residence may be uninhabitable by the spring semester, we are working to identify as many additional on-campus and off-campus housing opportunities as possible based on the restoration work and available occupancy. Please continue to communicate with your landlord on the status of your apartment (or, if you own, your insurance company on the status of your home) and monitor our website for an announcement regarding an application process for displaced students later this fall. We anticipate a process in place by November 1, giving students ample time to have full assessments of their off-campus properties.

5. What if I bought books for Fall' 05 at Tulane?

You will be able to obtain a full refund at any Barnes and Noble college bookstore location. For a list of where the Barnes and Noble college bookstores are located visit www.bkstore.com . To return your textbooks you will need to bring the textbooks and the receipt to a Barnes and Noble college store location. If you do not have a receipt you can present your Tulane class schedule. If you do not have a receipt or class schedule, seek out the store manager for assistance. Prepaid textbook reservations by credit card will automatically be credited back to your credit by Oct. 15.

So yes, we will have our rooms back unless they were damaged as of now. And quite frankly, it doesn't make much of a difference if you move from Butler 200 to Butler 600.

Thank you Maryland mom, you're my hero ;-)

8:22 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

By the way if you check the Tulane website they will be hosting Town Hall meetings across the country. If you're so intent on getting all these answers to these questions, go do something about and ask it there.

8:23 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 8:06 PM BootNRally said...

"Is there anyway you can just kick all of these moms off this site? Im pretty sure the title reads Tulane 'Student' Blog. Didn't you have a blog to yourselves? Don't come bring your negative trash over here because you couldn't contain it on your own time."

Another one that doesn't like hearing about negative things. Sorry to burst your protective bubble, but there is a real world outside of Tulane where the reality is often negative. Get used to it.

But then again, I read further into your message, and you show your own brand of negativism in the form of racism.

"There are literally hundreds of mexicans on the campus right now cleaning everything up."

"So please just take your crap elsewhere cuz I for one am sick of hearing it."

And I wonder how the people who are living in third world conditions cleaning up a school so YOU can go to it on time would feel hearing what you have to say about them? The word to describe you is hypocrite.

8:27 PM  
Blogger lasophmore said...

If you are in the dorm your OK, but off campus housing "options" are going to be in place the same day Nov 1, that I may need to notify them for withdrawal? My landlords insurance company has
already assessed my place as a total loss. I hope they give students who have lost their place a chance to extend the date for withdrawal. I see on the web site that they are assessing the status of
faculty and worker housing loss, but I still am not aware of them tracking student loss.

8:34 PM  
Blogger lasophmore said...

Greenwavegirl
Ive submitted my housing question at every online meeting, but is has never been answered

8:36 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

My place had 4 feet of water and it isn't going to be torn down. I guess it depends on your landlord. I never said that nobody lost their houses, I know that a lot of people lost their houses. But people here are talking about how Tulane is going to have to house 19,000 people. I think that is wrong because almost every house south of Freret has no damage. And the people who live in raised houses, which is what most houses Uptown are, shouldn't have much of a problem either. Now the farther north of Freret you live, the more problems that you are going to have. If you had 12 feet of water you must have been across Claiborne and east of Campus.

9:14 PM  
Blogger jdyo said...

Theres only one solution: rebuild New Doris Hall.

9:27 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

If you don't believe that they are mexicans then check the pictures out for yourself moron. Could you please tell us who your daughter is? Id love to know.

9:40 PM  
Blogger emilyfaye said...

actually, the majority of nola's latino population is not mexican. it's possible that there has been an influx of mexicans post-katrina, but nationality is extremely hard to distinguish by skin tone or facial features, or occupation, either.

i'm glad we've all done our part to keep this conversation as relevant as possible, and i'm proud to do my part.

10:11 PM  
Blogger sadfreshmanmom said...

5. What if I bought books for Fall' 05 at Tulane?

You will be able to obtain a full refund at any Barnes and Noble college bookstore location. For a list of where the Barnes and Noble college bookstores are located visit www.bkstore.com . To return your textbooks you will need to bring the textbooks and the receipt to a Barnes and Noble college store location. If you do not have a receipt you can present your Tulane class schedule. If you do not have a receipt or class schedule, seek out the store manager for assistance. Prepaid textbook reservations by credit card will automatically be credited back to your credit by Oct. 15.



What is the policy for returning our brand new books that are in the dorm?

10:25 PM  
Blogger jdyo said...

And what's the policy on returning my books that are covered in mold since i live on the first floor of Aron?

10:40 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

- Isnt it better to get the whole picture, as much info as possible than to go on blind faith?? I hope the pictures keep coming, it raises our hope each day. And Brett's daily update does the same and more, but we truly need more. Most parents with freshman (at least the ones I've met) NEED MORE. We plan on going to one of the meetings Tulane is hosting, but again, we need 1 day to visually - in person- see the extent of everything. I agree with Brett - their should be no attacking each other, no need for it, it's great to stay positive, but its greater to focused on being as informed as we could be. I think realitycheck is being 'the bad cop' to bretts 'good cop' and it shouldn't hurt - it can only educate us on the WHOLE PICTURE.
Again David, thanx for posting those pictures. Hope to be reading you guys on the chat on Friday

4:59 AM  
Blogger Ms.W said...

With the modern day we live in I'm just wondering if they couldn't just go in with a video camera and set up a conference video for people to see. This would let people see and would not disrupt the campus clean up. Also I think that the reason they don't want to UPS is the problem with people getting the right stuff. How do they know who's stuff is who's and then some might be mixed within roommates.

5:55 AM  
Blogger sadfreshmanmom said...

How are they going to know who's stuff is whose anyway? They are packing it all together! I know that it could be sent to one family in the room and the other family could ship what is not theirs to the other roomy. Storing it all together only complicates, especially if one of the roommates decides not to return.

6:06 AM  
Blogger CFM said...

I am the parent of a freshman. He as applied and has been accepted to another school, just in case. He wants very badly to return to Tulane, but he would likr to see the conditions first, just like he wanted to visit schools before he applied to them his senior year. We therefore agree that they should let us see the campus before the withdrawal date.

6:10 AM  
Blogger sadfreshmanmom said...

According the school where my son is currently attending, 90% of the freshman who transferred into that school have applied for spring admission - just in case. I think that as the deadline gets closer, many are seriously considering a withdrawal and that makes me sad, but I really understand it. I hope TU will come around.

6:30 AM  
Blogger MomWithABrain said...

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7:28 AM  
Blogger TUStudent said...

Ok seriously all MOM activity on this site should be discontinued, you mothers are so immature its rediculous. Besides, dont you have something better to do with your lives than check out blogs on the internet, like a job maybe, it really kind of pathetic. Since im a student i come here to see what other students are saying...not to here 40 year old women fight with each other. And Realitycheck is aslso just a pathetic excuse for a human being and apparently gets off on blogging....great life you have there buddy.

8:19 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I don't really understand why the blogs from our parents upset the students so much. Our parents have some valid points and rather than make a decision based soley on emotion and loyalty, I think the students need to pay attention to the real issues facing us in the coming months. Just my opinion, and I am a...........TUStudent2!

9:13 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

It doesn't matter if they mexicans IT DOESN"T MATTER. Stay with the agenda guys/girls/parents/others.
Whether it's our kids who want to live Tulane or us who want our kids to live Tulane .....keep to the matters that matter the most. And keep it clean. Keep the goal in mind. Information/Knowledge and hearing the ups/downs is the key to making the right decision - whoever we are...yes??? Stop nit-picking - we all have the same goal. Being infomed, staying focused. Some of our Tulane kids are taking 14-16 credits, and work so they don't have time to moniter this site, but do want to get all the facts, hear about the WHOLE picture. We all have a reason to be here

9:15 AM  
Blogger lasophmore said...

momwithabrain--
YOU rule.

9:22 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

who cares if they are mexican, black, white, chinese, indian, french, or anything. they are working their asses off to fix our campus for us.

9:32 AM  
Blogger tujunior said...

I went to New Orleans this past weekend. My house, 2 blocks from campus (Palmer and Willow), flooded 3ft inside the house. Even with 3 ft of water EVERYTHING was ruined! The mold was up to the ceiling, floor planks had come up under water pressure and we couldn't get into our hall closet cuz the swollen wood had it sealed tight. My landlord has told me it will take a long time to fix everything and we won't be able to live there in the spring. So even if you lived right by campus you might not have a place to live in the spring. Trust me A LOT of people are going to need on campus housing or will need help from Tulane finding another place.

As far as campus goes... They had guards at EVERY entrance to the campus. I told them I was a student and they aren't letting anyone on campus. Obviously the person who took the pictures was able to get on campus but I was denied access several times. I am not saying that is wrong though. I could see workers from every entrance working really hard. Even Ben Weiner was blocked from Willow. They did let me through there so I could get belongings out of a friend's car. The garage was PACKED, I'm assuming a lot of people in the neighborhood parked there. However some windows were broken and there was a lot of glass everywhere. There was even a canoe on the ramp up to the first floor!

Anyway just wanted to let you know what I saw first hand. I do believe the campus can and will open in the spring from what I have seen. I know I wasn't on campus but I did see a lot of workers and talked to many people.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Tulane Sophomore said...

I realise that a lot of students off campus apartments and houses might have been ruined during the hurricane.
I am at Fordham this semester, and their president asked students to open their rooms up to a displaced student to make up a "hurricane triple". I am so grateful to my roommates for making space for me here, and i know when i get back to tulane in the spring, i would love to open up my hopefully dry dorm room to a student whose housing was not so fortunate.
This could help alleviate some of the housing issues.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Alicia MacDonald said...

This is the first time that I have seen this blog and I have to admit that my jaw is on the keyboard. How did such uncivilized, inconsiderate, selfish parents raise the kids I see on campus everyday?!? I have never seen ANY Tulane student act like that. I love Tulane and I am so proud of the loyalty of my fellow classmates. Tulane will survive, but only if the students who knew how it was return with the goal of working to restore it to it's previous state. It may not happen in our undergraduate studies there, but it is our responsibility to make sure that the school we love can recover. I want a degree from Tulane. Parents, please grow up. Your kids are more mature than you are. How pathetic! Kudos to Tulane students!!! See you all in January!!

11:35 AM  
Blogger averyTHEdog said...

I'm going to have to agree with jdyo here. The rebuilding of New Doris would certainly be the final solution to nearly every problem imaginable. And on a more serious note, has anyone received cheddah from FEMA to help replace their moldy t-shirts and books?

12:48 PM  
Blogger jdyo said...

i agree with tulane sophomore. i would be totally willing to open up my apartment in Aron for another person if it would be cool with the school. hell, just to get back to tulane i would be willing to sleep on the quad.

12:53 PM  
Blogger jdyo said...

oh by the way averythedog, i just volunteered our apartment to have another person in it, which means you're sleeping in the kitchen.

12:54 PM  
Blogger averyTHEdog said...

Yes, Tulane sophomore certainly has a big heart, and I can understand the reasoning behind making me sleep in the kitchen, after all - I am a dog. However, would it be that hard to erect a temporary shelter? With the right interior designer the bubble could be rather hospitable. Just a thought.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Herman said...

For all the nay sayers, proporters of brainwash or propaganda, YOUR DAMN RIGHT. I am brained wash, the Tulane propaganda machine was work. I have attended Tulane for 2 years and I am dedicated to it. I am dedicated to the fact that it is the best place for me to get my education and experience college and I am a faithful follower of the leaders of this great institution.

As many freshmen have accounted on this site, it only took them a few hours to become GREEN for life, to trust and love the college they had decided to attend.

If I'm brainwashed or a victim of propoganda is has nothing to do with the promise of a Spring Semester, rather it is the feeling that you just can't replace the experience of going to college at Tulane in New Orleans, regardless of their condition.

3:37 PM  
Blogger poojones said...

do all you MOMs realize that there are students at tulane whos REAL houses were destroyed...REAL as in where there entire family lived...and yet you continue to be so petty about a withdrawl deadline and the condition of campus. So maybe your kids lost some clothes, or you think its unfair that you havent seen the damage in the dorms. On the grand scheme thats nothing. All youve done is exposed how self centered and narrow minded you are. To the Moms who have hope I admire you because I understand that MOMs get very worried time to time even about the littlest things...thats what MOMs do. And this is a BIG deal. But to be insulting and proving each other wrong...given everything that has occured makes me sick. If you have this much time to be bashing each other over the internet....go donate your time to the red cross or something useful. Of all the people who were affected by the hurricane, we are the most fortunate...be thankful, we still have homes to go HOME to.

On another note Tulane is a very flexible school and is up to no conspiracies. Anyone who has attended there for MORE THAN ONE DAY KNOWS THAT!

3:40 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

...uplifting news from Loyola 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.

5:12 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

I apologize, perhaps I should have said Latin Americans. I forgot I went to Jewlane where the liberals run mad and find anything to get hissy over.

5:40 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

LA Sophomore, I know how hard it is to get questions through in the online chats. I think this is because thousands of students are asking many questions at one time. They cannot possibly fit into an hour, of course. This is why I encourage attending a town hall meeting. There will be less people, and you will have someone there in person to answer your housing questions. Chase them down afterwards if they don't get to it there ;-)

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It's great to see that Loyola is allowing their students on campus.

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