Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tulane Academics Will Improve

Yeah, I Went There

Today I received a report from a girl who was in New Orleans. She called me from her hotel room in the French Quarter to give me a detailed update the status of New Orleans. (I try to get at least one person call me from New Orleans every few days). My friend told me her house uptown was a “total loss” and most of her stuff was unsalvageable. I solemnly tried to console her, when the tone of her voice surprised me. She said, “it’s so happy down here, people are out drinking, enjoying the French Quarter and there is just so much life. I can’t wait to come back.” In a fit of confusion, I asked her how she was feeling. Her optimistic tone enlightened me. She spoke of how many restaurants and hotels are open, how there are just armies of workers fixing campus, and how things are lively in the Quarter. She said that our experience at Tulane would be unscathed. Today, she witnessed an enormous loss; but her spirits conveyed a sense a pleasant optimism.

I think this brings up a very interesting point; one which I will illustrate with my experiences over the past few days. I attended a town hall meeting at USC, where the intelligent and eloquent Dr. Cherry spoke about her firsthand expeience at Tulane. She also answered tough questions, and admitted areas in which things were goinrg to be difficult, and areas in which they still didn’t have answers. There's no doubt about what the main issues are. There's no doubt that we are going to have a few obstacles to overcome. But the Tulane Administration has no doubt that we will.

The theme that I took out from Dr. Cherry’s speech was exactly the same as the theme in my conversation with my friend who is in New Orleans. The theme is, “New Orleans will NOT be the same for a few years. However, Tulane will live on and grow, both academically and socially. The worries seem to be unfounded, and the hard evidence is pointing in a positive direction” From an academic standpoint, I have learned that Tulane has a tremendous commitment to maintaining its academic integrity. Consequently, Tulane IS going to bounce back from this as a greater academic institution. Yeah, you heard me. I’m going to suggest that Tulane will not just come back, but they will move up in the ranks, significantly. First of all, Tulane has managed to sustain all of its world renowned professors. In fact, this “break” has given them the opportunity to do more research, write/publish more, and design better curricula. One of the main factors that I miss about Tulane is, in fact, the wonderful professors. Maybe some of you enjoy professors at your new schools, but I absolutely miss many from my Tulane past. I think these professors will come back significantly more equipped to teach the material. Moreover, I know they will also return energized about the opportunity to bring Tulane back. The professors can singlehandedly improve the quality of our education. Additionally, Tulane is not going to lower their admission standards. Currently, applications are up from this time last year. Yes, I know what you are thinking. Will all of those people who are applying actually attend Tulane? No way. But when Tulane reopens, these prospective students will have a chance to see it all for themselves. I think Tulane’s commitment to reconstruction will comfort many prospective students’ fears and convince the many skeptical freshmen to attend. Tulane is encouraging prospective students just to apply. This way, they can woo them the same way they wooed us, by showing us the beautiful campus and giving them a taste of the culture. This segways in my next argument- how the city culture will come back.

Simply put, the city is already coming back fast. In very little time, things will appear the same, to the naked eye. The areas that you have experienced at one time or another in your Tulane life are virtually restored. Yes, there is going to be permanent damage here and there, but according to every report that I’ve received; most of the restaurants and music halls are open or planning to reopen in a matter of weeks. Hotels will be open in a month. Many people are permanently living uptown again. My biggest concern of all is the off-campus housing situation. Stay tuned for a post on this, as Tulane plans to make announcements in the next 2 weeks. However, let me calm your fears and say they are aware of the issues and they are seriously working on it. Yes, many places will need significant repair that will take a long time, but Tulane has a plan of action and a large team working every day on this. Just give it some time for this sticky situation to be solved.

Now, I was going to write all about how the social life will come back too, but I’m getting tired, so I’ll just touch on it. The social life isn’t about whether F&M’s comes back, or Ms. Mae’s. It’s about the people. At Tulane, we enjoy our social interaction because of the people. I can’t reiterate enough how much I love the unique blend of students that come to Tulane. Where I am attending school they do have some great people, and I’ve made some great friends. However, nothing compares to my Tulane family.

We’ll be back.



Blogger Ryan said...

The Boot is Open

7:17 AM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

outstanding, does anyone know the status of quills?

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Obese Blogger said...

I think you've painted too rosy a picture of the faculty situation. Many have lost their homes and belongings and are having nightmares with insurance and FEMA just like everyone else. They do not have on-line library access unless they are now at another University. Some have all or some of their on-going research projects. Those with children have already enrolled their kids in other schools around the country. How excited will they be to yank those kids out of school in the middle of the school year and enroll them at Lusher? many homes remain uninhabitable and it's not like a thousands of trailers have been provided for people in NO.

I'm not saying that New Orleans isn't great and that Tulane won't rise from the ashes. I'm just saying that you shouldn't minimize the incredible hardship that the faculty have faced.

11:43 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Having BEEN on the faculty of one university for eleven years and another for seventeen, I can say that there is at least a little sense of belonging and loyalty that might come into play for these people. If Tulane helps, which it appears they are trying to do, there is no reason to believe that having their kids change schools once in mid-year will be too high a price to pay to get back to the institution they have shown a past commitment to.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Tulane is creating their OWN k-12 school in order to combat just that issue. They will enroll faculty students for free. Tulane will house faculty the same way they are planning to house off campus students. We dont know the final details of this plan, but we know they plan to purchase apartment buildings, not trailers.

So no, I know they will all be back.

12:17 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

How do you know they plan on buying apartment buildings? Where do you get your information from? If all the kids are going to go to school for free who is going to pay the teachers?

1:09 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I just got back from the Houston Townhall meeting. It was a great meeting and Scott Cowen brought several of the other deans with him (B school, Engineering, Law). He and the other deans were very informative on every question asked. They were all hilarious too. All of them were cracking jokes the whole time. Scott Cowen implied that the Rosen House will probably be destroyed. He said that they are exploring all options with the Rosen House, but that it wasn't in the best of condition before the storm. He said that the school has purchased or is in the process of purchasing (can't remember) several apartment buildings and that the complete housing plan will be revealed in early November (i think the 9th or 11th). Only 110 students have had their property severely damaged by the flooding and they will be called shortly. All of the stuff has been taken out of the rooms in Monroe and it will all be placed in Reily during the campus visits organized by floor and room. Every one will have the same housing assignment they had earlier.

He said that the condition of the city when we are there will be that of a small college town surrounded by peace corps conditions. He explained this statement by saying that the areas of Uptown to Downtown are fine, but the areas surrounding like 9th Ward and Lakeview are in bad condition. He said that the city right now is very safe. Although the police force is reduced, the National Guard makes up for the difference and they will be in New Orleans for 1 to 2 years. He stressed that the media is blowing the health conditions way out of proportion and that the areas around the school only had an E-coli problem in the water earlier, but that has sinced been cleared up.

He clarified the whole Dillard and Xavier issue by saying that Tulane needs to lead the city by restoring the race relations and making the city more united. Dillard was seriously considering relocating their entire school to Atlanta, but Scott Cowen felt that a school with the history of Dillard must remain in the city. The students will be taught by Dillard professors in office space downtown. They will be admitted into Tulane classes on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Cowen said that more Xavier than Dillard students will be sharing space in classes, but that Tulane students would always have the priority. They will have access to our libraries, Bruff, and Reily too. Dillard and Xavier are taking care of housing so they won't be sharing rooms with us.

Oh yeah and by request of someone in the meeting, the seniors will have special "katrina tassles" during graduation which will be a week earlier than originally scheduled and on one of the quads on campus.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some things, so if you have any questions I'll try to answer them

5:09 PM  
Blogger jlwall said...

I also attended the UH Townhall Meeting tonight. Greenwave did an excellent job reporting on it. Contrary to some reports from some who attended the UT one, Pres. Cowen was not arrogant or rude. He shared a lot of information, both realistic and encouraging. No professors have indicated they want to leave and no classes will be taught by adjuncts. He has also been appointed to develop an public education system for the city. People like perturbed will find something to pick at, but we left there feeling good about the future of the city, the school, and our students.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Ocatillo said...

I believe Tulane/NOLA will be better, too. As would anyone after a good enema!

6:13 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

My friend who is at LSU in Baton Rouge said that at their informational meeting, Rosen house was said to have been looted, not flooded. Do you know which it really is? I'm just curious. If it was looted, why haven't we heard that before now? I know the school didn't do it, and the school didn't cause it, but why hasn't the school told us this before?

9:56 PM  
Blogger patty said...

Are those of us with no roomate comming back going to be in rooms by ourselves. Just curious, mine isn't.

10:33 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

patty said...

"Are those of us with no roomate comming back going to be in rooms by ourselves. Just curious, mine isn't."

I think given the housing shortage, they'll find someone to room with you.

I wouldn't count on having a single. Maybe a triple, but not a single.

2:21 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

RC, the issue of triples was explicitly reported on on DailyJolt by a student who was at the meeting. Apparently, that's not happening for the students already assigned to dorms.

5:30 AM  
Blogger nancy s said...

greenwave, jlwall:

Thanks for the reports. With your permission I'd like to republish them to the Tulane Mom's Blog.


nancy s

5:58 AM  
Blogger greenwave said...

go ahead and publish

6:54 AM  
Blogger jlwall said...

linzmfb on the daily jolt also did an excellent job of covering what was said at the UH Townhall meeting. RC and perturbed will continue to claim that the future is dismal and that those of us committed to returning are brainwashed, but their "information" is usually hearsay and rampant rumormongering. I am not quite sure how someone could really believe that Scott Cowen and the rest of the administration have hidden and personal agendas that will put all the students in 1.) danger healthwise or 2.) danger gradewise. This is not a situation where they will be able to say "oops! Jumped the gun." A lot of things are on the line and I feel confident that they are spending a lot of time and effort to make sure they are making the right decisons for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE involved w/ Tulane. Those who disagree should simply show their disagreement by leaving.
OF COURSE, the institution is a top priority, but what is the institution without committed high caliber students. I don't understand how some can claim that we're all being hoodwinked--the repercussions that would follow something like that would destroy more than a couple of careers. THERE IS NO COVER UP--remediation, housing issues, etc. take TIME.

7:19 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 7:19 AM jlwall said...

"I am not quite sure how someone could really believe that Scott Cowen and the rest of the administration have hidden and personal agendas that will put all the students in 1.) danger healthwise or 2.) danger gradewise."

Their "personal agendas" are as simple as keeping their jobs and careers together after they made, and continue to stick by some really poor decisions. Tuition is only one of them.

" . . . I feel confident that they are spending a lot of time and effort to make sure they are making the right decisons for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE involved w/ Tulane."

At least you say you 'feel' confident. Evidently Brett 'knows' everything will be ok. He can't and he knows it.

"Those who disagree should simply show their disagreement by leaving."

That argument is as old as the hurricane. Dissent is our obligation and our right.

"OF COURSE, the institution is a top priority, but what is the institution without committed high caliber students."

Of course you wouldn't consider anyone's health or safety to be a higher priority, would you?

"I don't understand how some can claim that we're all being hoodwinked--the repercussions that would follow something like that would destroy more than a couple of careers."

Then I guess you don't remember incidents like Enron and Watergate. In both those incidents supposedly high level and very smart people covered up things they didn't want people to know about. What do you think happened to them?

"THERE IS NO COVER UP--remediation, housing issues, etc. take TIME."

You can say there is no cover up why? Are you privy to inside information in the school that the rest of us aren't? If so, please tell us so we can believe you. Right now, given the statements you've made, you have no credibility.

BTW - the housing issue needs to be addressed now. A basic plan needs to be put into place and communicated to the community. A contingency plan (which they are not real good at) needs to be put into place in case Plan "A" doesn't work. These need to be done now, not in January BECAUSE THEY TAKE TIME.

7:19 AM

10:01 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I am so glad you posted some new info about New Orleans today. I too just got back from visiting the city and couldn't believe the great shape a lot of it was in. Magazine St is already coming back, many stores and restaurants were open, with many more posting signs saying that they would open sometime this week. Downtown looked like nothing had changed! My mom and roommate and I went to have dinner at Herbsaint thinking that everyone would be casual (we were still dressed in our cleaning clothes), only to find out everyone was dressed for a typical night out in New Orleans- heels, ties, it was great! We felt very underdressed in our grungy clothes, but there was a true sense of community among all the people there. Lakeview was a different story, the area looks completely destroyed, but the clean up process was in full swing. The uptown area around campus is dirty and smelly, but again, there were crews all over cleaning and helping each other. I miss New Orleans terribly, and just seeing the city for 26 hours made me not want to leave again. Cannot wait for January 17.

10:34 AM  
Blogger jlwall said...

1. They are not going to keep their jobs and careers together if they are discovered to be lying to an entire university population.

2. Okay, change the"feel" to AM (as in "I AM CONFIDENT").

3. The hurricane is not that old. Sure, dissent is your right, but this isn't supposed to be a competition. Many who are going back to Tulane confidently are simply stating that. They are not saying, "Would YOU send your kid...?

4. Health and safety are top priorities, and I believe they are completely considered by the admin.I wouldn't go back or send my child back w/o being completely confident those issues are being addressed. Contrary to what you believe, the administartion are not fools and certainly don't want hundreds of ill or dead students on their hands. Migod, a hurricane wreaked havoc, not a nuclear bomb.

5. Okay, then, I will claim that I am privy to confidential information. How can YOU claim there is a cover up? Are you privy to this information??? get real. Well, I think Nixon was impeached and some guys ended up in prison. Oh wait, no, their careers took off and they are all presidents of Forbes 500 companies...silly me.
6. Yeah, they take time. And they are currently being investigated and a plan developed.

Realitycheck, you just love to whine. Something seems to be fixed so you look for something else. I do hope you and perturbed get together (hopefully someplace far away from N.O. and continue your bonding.

10:40 AM  
Blogger jlwall said...

yes you have my permission to publish my comments.

10:42 AM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

I was watching Cooper Anderson last night. He was in New Orleans standing in the french quarter. He said it is busy and full of people but the people were not New Orleans people and they were not Tourist. Basically the people were all the workers who were off for the night. Some were police and national guard but the majority were construction workers from out of the country. Thousands of them are in New Orleans mainly illegally. Is anyone worried about all the illegal workers that are going to be in New Orleans. I am sure many of them are great honest people, but I can assume you their are just as many criminals just waiting for a chance to god only knows what. This is just a questionh so please don't jump all over me for voicing a concern that is not positive.

10:54 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

How can you assure me that the workers in NOLA who don't have their green cards (if they indeed do not have them) are criminals? This is a racist assumption. Asking people not to jump all over you won't work when you make assumptions like that. I happen to live in an area full of migrant laborers, some of whom live in my neighborhood. They want the same things we want--a home, work and some sense of security for their families. They have a MUCH harder time getting it than most of us here have.

Why go out of your way looking for things to carry on about? This is really over the top. They are people willing to do the hard, dirty work that needs doing right now so our kids ca go back to school and the people of NOLA can live there again.

11:58 AM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

RC, it hurts to see you bring Brett into someone else's post. It is uneccessary.

RC: "At least you say you 'feel' confident. Evidently Brett 'knows' everything will be ok. He can't and he knows it."

How can you assume what Brett does and does not know? Why was he brought up in the conversation?

About the migrant worker thing...

One, why do you assume most construction workers are illegal?

Two, why do you assume it is bad for them to be there? I don't see you cleaning up our city. They are doing it, and we should appreciate it and welcome them. New Orleans is a mosaic of all kinds of people. This reminds me of people complaining that Xavier or Dillard students would be sharing our facilities.

We aren't the only people out there. Just be kind and open, and I can assure you we will be much better off than being racist, derogitory, or unfair to those around us. New Orleans lives in many people, not just Tulane students.

12:16 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

Tell me why all the Lousiana people who need work, money, homes, etc are not doing the work. I am sure they would love to have the jobs and I would love to see it. If I were a racist I would never have sent my child to New Orleans in the first place. This has nothing to do with race it has everything to do with safety. I was very comfortable with New Orleans and Tulane before now I don't know what to think. None of these workers have had back ground checks.

12:25 PM  
Blogger patty said...

It seems that many of you have never been around construction work before. It is not easy mindless work. Much of it takes skill and know-how. And many of those who lived in New Orleans probably don't have a construction background. Also, when a construction company hires a worker they don't just choose anybody, they still fill out aplications, go to interviews, and must meet cirtain criteria. And while I'm sure not all of the workers came from spacific companies, I would be a vast majority of them did. At this point i think the issue of the construction workers is not one to be overly concerned with. I say this all comming from an area where construction is prevelant and having many people in my family in the construction buisness, one a former worker turned office manager for a construction company and the other who does construction out of state and travels much like those who are working in New Orleans and the surounding areas.

12:42 PM  
Blogger thanxi said...

Does anybody know what it is Cooper Anderson on?

12:50 PM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

How do you know they haven't had background checks? You don't, just as you don't that know a single one of these workers is a criminal.

You said yourself that you don't know what to think. That is true. Look, I'm not trying to bash you over the head. I'm just trying to calm you down and point out that your assumptions are what's upsetting you, not the reality of the situation. If you are this fearful without anything upon which to base your fears, then why risk sending your child back to NOLA at all?/ Why not just be done with it? Truly, you'll make yourself ill at this rate.

12:53 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

I would be more worried about homeless people than illegal immigrants. Homeless people have nothing to do all day and have more time to engage in crimes and violence. Illegal immigrants are too busy working. Say what you want about them but they work their asses off. You think they are coming to New Orleans to sit around and do nothing? No, they are coming to New Orleans because it is now the largest construction site in the country and needs people to work and rebuild. I am all for illegal immigrants coming in and doing the dirty work because no one else wants to do it. The more people that are working, the better because that means the city will be back up running sooner. Sure there might be a few bad apples, but what makes you think that there weren't just as many before working in construction and cleaning dishes.

1:35 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

jlwall said...

"5. Okay, then, I will claim that I am privy to confidential information. How can YOU claim there is a cover up? Are you privy to this information??? get real. Well, I think Nixon was impeached and some guys ended up in prison. Oh wait, no, their careers took off and they are all presidents of Forbes 500 companies...silly me."

So, maybe you should tell us what position you are in that makes you privy to confidential information. And what would the exposure of that confidential information be that would negatively effect the University.

The rest of you post above makes my point for me. High level and smart people have covered things up before, and when they are caught go to jail. They just never think they'll be caught.

But I guess they could be if you divulge your "confidential information", right?

"Realitycheck, you just love to whine. Something seems to be fixed so you look for something else."

And you just love to be so apologetic.

Sorry, but there is just so much that Cowen and the administration have screwed up, that once they fix one thing, we need to bring another one to their attention.

Housing? What are they doing about housing? Are they hatching a plan right now that is rife with the mistakes of their past plans. Give us some transparency into what they are doing and we'll start believing they have learned from the disasterous mistakes.

2:21 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

The housing plan will be announced on November 11th. It has been reported here and on other blogs since yesterday. They are currently purchasing several apartment buildings and are tallying up the results of the survey they sent out a few weeks ago.

2:29 PM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

RC, what I don't understand is why you feel the need to spread your stuff out over your own blog AND this one. Why not stick to your own and allow Brett to have his say? That's what he asked you to do, and I don't see him running over there trying to undermine what you're trying to do. The only time I see him posting on yours is to compliment you on your occasional balanced view.

This seems a bit heavy-handed--even a bit bullying. Why?

2:35 PM  
Blogger azfroshmom said...

Help! Does anyone know of a Hotel to stay at within several hours driving to Nola for NOV. 5th when we can get in the dorms???

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Obese Blogger said...

There are hotels around the airport and Jefferson Parish that are available.

The problem with illegal immigrants working is because companies that hire them - do it to pay them significantly less, w/o benfefits, etc...In other words - it's pure exploitation.

American workers would demand appropriate compensation and would have worker rights under the law. Illegals have no worker rights, companies make huge profits off the backs of those people and there is nothing that the illegal worker can do. It's insane that educated people on this forum consider exploiting workers "just so your kids can go to school" to be a good thing. It's the worse form of racism and it's infinitely worse than the USA outsourcing jobs to third world countries - which is already pretty darn bad. I'm surprised by some of the mom's responses. BTW, it is illegal to hire illegal immigrants...

5:23 PM  
Blogger Ben W said...

how do we know all these people are illegals? does someone know this for a fact?

5:35 PM  
Blogger dee said...

The marriot hotels now list 6 hotels as open including the springfield suites , they are high but not as high as they were for parents weekend. I called to make sure they were accepting reservations and they are. A few days ago I found some Bed and Breakfast places online as yes and called to make sure and they didn't have space so I would suggest calling to confirm any place.

6:19 PM  
Blogger jlwall said...

First of all, I posted here to state my opinion, not to debate a point. I TRUST the administration for all the points I listed. You can try to pick apart my posts all you want, but you're wasting your time and effort.
As far as the "confidential information" to which I am privy, I was being sarcastic. I simply am a reasonable person who listens to logical, grounded information. What information do YOU have that makes you such a know-it-all, attacking anyone who expresses the slightest agreement w/ Tulane?
Go back to your own blog since you think this one is lame.

6:26 PM  
Blogger patty said...

While i agree that the explotation of imigrants is an unfair practice, it would not be such a problem if prevailing wage had not beens suspended by the president. These are the only people we can get to work for the pay. Very few construction workers will go from $20 to $10 an hour, its just not worth it to them. It doesn't matter what color you are legal or not, you still don't have to be paid prevailing wage.

11:00 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

jlwall said...

"I TRUST the administration for all the points I listed."

I don't because they haven't proven TRUSTWORTHY to me. They've screwed up one too many times in this disaster.

"You can try to pick apart my posts all you want, but you're wasting your time and effort."

Its actually very easy to do, and as I've mentioned before, this takes very little time and effort.

"Go back to your own blog since you think this one is lame."

Why? Because you are tired of debating me? Are you losing points here because your points are indefensible? Have you quit posting on my blog because you can't hold up your end of the discussion there?

2:23 AM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Will you be going back the Nov 5th weekend?

If so, can we meet?

2:41 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...


Yes. Email me and we'll discuss it off-line.


7:27 AM  
Blogger tuvadad said...

Is it true that the Tulane Moms have a line on this one? Brett vs. RC, the Battle of the Senseless?

12:17 PM  
Blogger jlwall said...

no, I quit posting on your blog because I do not post in order to debate. You have your opinion, I have mine.

I read the blogs because I thought I'd access legitimate information. On some, I do. Brett posts a lot of information he receives from Tulane websites. You think they're duping you, I don't. Most of the time, you reply to people's posts with belligerence. I don't care to seek out belligerent people.

If it makes you feel better, believe what you want--after all, that will just be a continuation of your hysterical, uninformed, hostile ranting.

Toodle-loo. Enjoy your meeting with Brett.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Roadrider said...

Online journal access is now available via the library website - see the note on the research blog:
http://tulaneresearchnews.blogspot.com/. At a conference call on Wednesday, it was stated that Tulane would probably be signing a deal with a cruise ship or two very soon. They were also looking into purchasing an apartment building, but that was not mentioned this week. The front part of the uptown campus is in great shape, but Stern and Israel still didn't have power, although that was expected to change next week. Downtown, the JBJ research bldg. is fully operational at this point (power and a/c), as is Perdido St. Tidewater needed a submersible transformer to satisfy the city/Entergy, but should be up by at least mid-November. The Med School Bldg. needs to have a lot of switching equipment replaced, so it will probably be the last to come back online. The school is moving into the damage assessment phase under the direction of a consulting company and that is making some faculty and staff feel kind of frustrated because they need to wait until they get the OK to get back into their labs or offices that were essentially undamaged. We may lose a few faculty members, but I doubt too many will leave in the short term. Some research faculty with ongoing funded projects will be back in labs (not necessarily their own) starting Nov. 1.

7:12 PM  
Blogger AllieIH said...


Yes, Rosen House was looted (in addition to being flooded, I believe). Cowen mentioned it in his latest live chat. I have no idea why they wouldn't have informed us of it before this.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Tulane Lives January 17! said...

Reality Check,

Go post on your own blog. We don't need your negativity here. Or, better idea, why don't you pull your child out of Tulane? Its not safe, you know. Better pull your child out and have her attend somewhere else because Tulanes such a horrible school and she'll probably get toxic mold diseases or something. It's better for her. And its better for us that we don't have to hear your crazy ranting. If you're gonna complain, then do something about it. Lead by example. If you hate the school so much, pull your child out. Maybe all the negativity will leave with you and Tulane will be a better place because of it.

7:20 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

Tulane Lives January 17! said...

"Go post on your own blog. We don't need your negativity here. Or, better idea, why don't you pull your child out of Tulane?"

Gee, that's original.

8:13 PM  
Blogger tuvadad said...

The undercard? Perturbed vs. Really Perturbed

8:39 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

tuvadad said...

"The undercard? Perturbed vs. Really Perturbed"

All disputes from now until November 6th will be decided by a beignet eating contest at our favorite landmark!

7:04 AM  
Blogger tuvadad said...

Actually, seeing the four of you clowns forced to eat your own words would be entertaining.

10:58 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

f.y.i - just went on the tulane.edu website, and their is NO MORE LINK to brett's site....

11:11 AM  
Blogger tulanefreshman said...

this is completely random, but very important. i am a freshman, and at the school im at now i have met many upperclassmen. one of them told me yesterday that they had spoken to a professor and that professor had told them that only 500 freshman were returning to tulane. does anyone know if this has any truth to it? and freshman- are alot of you staying where you are??

11:29 AM  
Blogger thanxi said...

I really don't know how a professor can know that. He can 'assume' that, but how can he really know that.

So far my son is going back to Tulane as a freshman. We will only commit one way or another AFTER we see the extent of the damage on campus, and the conditions of New Orleans.

I believe their are many who feel the same way. I'm sure there ar withdrawals, and there will be more, but to say that now is a bit far fetched (in my opinion).

11:48 AM  
Blogger jdyo said...

I was at a town hall meeting the other day at Emory, and according to the Provost, Lester Lefton, only like 140 people have withdrawn, so I don't know where anyone would get the info that only 500 freshmen are returning.

12:49 PM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

It's impossible for anyone to know anything like that. Sounds ike apocrypha to me. Maybe your friend spoke to perturbed or RC instead!

BTW, my son's a freshman, on a campus with many others, and he knows no one who isn't anxious to return ASAP.

1:01 PM  
Blogger jlwall said...

My daughter is at Rice with about 130 Tulane students (don't know how many are freshmen, but there about 30 Tulane freshmen in her econ class). As far as she knows, they are all returning to Tulane.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

And I talk to freshmen through this site and ALL of them are coming back.

3:03 PM  
Blogger frustrateddad2 said...

If we're keeping count, I know of 7 freshman, and 1 Junior at Tulane.
3 of the freshman are not returning the junior is looking at all her options. she's in colorado now.

3:48 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

I'm a freshman and I'll be back. The only other Tulane person where I am is a grad student I haven't met. But I hate my new school and I can't wait to get to NOLA and start my "real" college life. My friend at my new school who is a senior at Loyola said what I will experience will be the best experience of my life. She can't wait to get back either, and she was down there last weekend getting stuff out of her apartment building, which she says is the cleanest it has ever been aside from a stinky refrigerator. She says uptown is fine, Lakeview and 9th Ward are in very bad shape. However, she said around Tulane and Loyola it only gets back when you go back beyond Claiborne. We can't wait to get back. And yes, Loyola cashed her fall tuition check as well. It's going to be a different place, but being college students, this is the time where we really decide the kind of people we want to be. Why not be the kind of people who rebuild a city and become a part of it? So, to answer your question, this freshman will be back, and I haven't even been at Tulane long enough to get brainwashed wink wink.
Mardis Gras 2006 :-)

4:27 PM  
Blogger jlwall said...

Correction--my daughter corrected me and said there are only about 6 Tulane freshmen in her econ class (special section created just for Tulane). They are all returning and and she believes all of the other Tulane students are slso.

5:43 PM  
Blogger tuvadad said...

"f.y.i - just went on the tulane.edu website, and their is NO MORE LINK to brett's site...."


6:55 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

For the record, ALL of the Freshman I know are going back.

8:52 PM  
Blogger patty said...

I will be back as well. It will be nice to get away from the junior college scene.

10:32 PM  
Blogger returning junior said...

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4:57 AM  
Blogger returning junior said...

i know it's important for tulane to help out other schools who need the help. but i don't like the idea of having xavier and dillard students with us at our campus/classes, etc. i would like to have tulane remain the same size and way it was...other opinions...?

4:59 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Please hear this said in a gentle tone and really consider the questions: Where would you and your fellow Tulanians be right now if the achools that opened their doors to you felt the same way about you? What material difference will it make to you to share your space with a small number of other students for a short time, as others are doing right now for you?

8:15 AM  
Blogger returning junior said...

i understand. i just still don't like it that much. i appreciate the other schools helping us for this semester. i just want things to get back to normal as soon as possible.

1:07 PM  
Blogger RollWave23 said...

im in a class with an xavier student at my temp college, and she said xavier gave them some information on classes at tulane. they're not going to be on campus for all our classes. they are still taking some classes on their campus; if not the majority of their classes. however, they will have shuttles/buses to our campus for some classes. So its not going to be Tulane doubling in size. And Xavier students don't bite. Don't worry :-)

4:33 PM  
Blogger GreenWaveGirl said...

Things won't be normal for a while. One of the most devastating natural disasters in US history hit our academic and social home. I'm sure it's not "normal" for us to be at our home institutions, but they have adapted to us being there. We should be leaders in New Orleans and do what others have done for us. Golden Rule kind of deal, isn't it?

I do understand that you want things like they were, especially as you are a junior. I think with every year you are at Tulane, your perspective on this changes. Freshmen won't be affected as much by Dillard/Xavier being on campus because they don't know what it's like without them there, per se. Sophomores are kind of in the middle. By the time you're a junior I guess you know it so well you don't want anything to change, which is understandable.

But in such catostrophic circumstances, I really do believe we should show others our own humanity and open arms, as others have shown us. President Cowen has already mentioned that Xavier and Dillard students will be taught by Xavier and Dillard professors, mostly in an office building. They are allowed in our classes on a space available basis. I don't think it will be like funneling a gallon into a pint sized gar or anything of that nature.

Tulane is a part of New Orleans, remember? We can't allow ourselves to be some elitist closed-door place in a city like NOLA. We're a family with room for those who need help even more so than ourselves.

4:36 PM  
Blogger up_north said...

Even though this is a selfish, and irrational concern, Cowen said we are not going to be sharing classes with Dillard and Xavier students, just empty classroom space, mostly offices, and not necessarily on the main uptown campus. We will also not be sharing our faculty or staff, as they will continue their classes with their own.

Something to consider for all of you unwilling to open our doors to neighboring universities in their time of need, But Tulane's incoming Spring Freshman class and transfer students are already up 50% (and still growing) over the Fall Freshman class, which was the largest the Tulane has ever seen. Are you willing to share you're campus space with them, or is there a more underlying issue?

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