Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tulane Annoucement Post- Part 1

Tulane’s recent announcements were exactly what I was looking for. First of all, the deadline extension was a clearly necessary decision. Now everybody has a reasonable amount of time to see and assess the progress on campus. Another positive announcement is that the university is extending the payment deadline for fall tuition to May 1, 2006. Of course this will help anyone out who is still financially unstable due to the hurricane. In even more exciting news: priority registration will be available November 9-18! We have to start choosing classes now- that's really exciting for me, and hopefully many of you.

I encourage all people to make an attempt to come back to survey campus. This includes the few who made the final decision not to go back. Considering all the reports I have heard and pictures that I have seen, I think that many of you will change your mind. Most likely, some have made the decision to move on, and that’s ok. But we hear many are planning to come back. In fact, Tulane is reporting applications for next year are up from this time last year! Do I think these students will still need to be convinced? Yes. But at least we are getting their foot in the door.

My personal favorite announcement is these organized campus visits. They are exactly what I hoped for Tulane to do. This way, many people can meet each other while giving campus a feeling of life. Therefore, I encourage everyone to come out for the November 5th meeting; I’m going to try to attend as well. A good addition would be to get all the upperclassmen to come out during this weekend and meet with the freshmen. I t would be extremely beneficial for us all to talk to the freshman and maybe even show them around. I’ll try to organize some kind of function where the students can meet up very easily. That of course, depends on the creation of some system in which we can find out who that is coming. I'll work on that, if you have ideas then email me.

Expect another post later today with details.


Blogger RealityCheck said...

Brett wrote:
"Tulane’s recent announcements were exactly what I was looking for."

Brett - don't break your arm from trying to pat yourself on the back too much.

The only thing I can you that you've been looking for here is for everyone to march back to school on January 17th like a bunch of zombies without having the administration to disclose anything to us.

Sorry, but your nose is getting brown from kissing Cowen's ass. Are you still looking for his recommendations?

The one-sided nature of your posts is getting old. At least I've made some arguments both ways and posted reasonable questions that need to be asked. What have you done for the community lately?

6:31 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

You know, RC, it's posts like that, with the vulgarity and personal attack, that probaby make the students here want parents to stay away. Can you really not express a mature if strong opinion in adult terms?

6:35 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

RC: Although I agree with your post, remember that it is better said without the sarcasm and personal attacks! You are much better heard w/o them.

6:41 AM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

Ten yard penalty, realitycheck. Unsportsmanlike conduct.

7:27 AM  
Blogger MMOSS said...

Well RC I guess the moon must be full because you have turned back into a werewolf. I was hopeful after your recent posts that you had gained some perspective and were a thoughtful if dissenting voice to the "optimism" presented by Brett. Acerbic responses like that only lessen your credibility, not enhance it. Subsequent posts seem to be in agreement on that. I guess there is something to the phrase "plus ca change, plus la meme chose."

Brett, I think you can keep your perspective and can present the good the bad and the ugly forthrightly. I understand there is a town hall meeting at USC today and that you will be attending. I am looking forward to hearing a complete and unbiased report from you.

To tysurfer here's a suggestion. Post your "how to kiss" site on RC's blog. It may help him to "chill".

7:38 AM  
Blogger tulane0? said...

I am a scholarship athlete for Tulane and am wondering how logical it will be for us to be practicing and competing in the elements of new New Orleans. I have read that if you have contact with the dirt it could infect you with disease via abrasions and inhalation. This would be an everyday concern for football, baseball, crosscountry, track, soccer, and golf. We are constantly in, on, and around the soil. Additionally, I am concerned about the practice field's artificial turf. With the water evaporated, the waste will simply sit on the field. Just wondering if anyone has thought of these issues or has a solution because I am having second thoughts on coming back because of these worries.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Ben W said...

unsportsmanlike conduct is a 15 yard penalty, sorry just thought you should know.

Also RC i think your being a little harsh on Brett. He wants everyone to come back yes, but hes not being unreasonable or trying to turn us into zombies and brain wash us into going backto a school if its not ready. honestly your commnets were somewhat childish. I think Bretts love for Tulane is often misinterpreted by some parents are blind pride and loyalty, which it isnt.

7:40 AM  
Blogger netudad said...

This New England dad is extremely pleased to hear about TU's flexibility for retrieval of belongings. It also appears that most dorms have student's personal items left in the room and not packed in boxes. That's great as my daughter is anxious to return to her room just as she left it. A few times I've asked if she'd like to transfer to her host school when permitted. Although it's a prominent Boston school that has treated her in a superb manner and living close to home has it's advantages, she claims the classrooms, campus, and dorms don't measure up to TU's quality. Our big concerns are: 1) some of the best TU professors/staff leaving and 2) a decline in school rating making it harder to get into a top graduate school. For now, we trust Dr. Cowen will take action on these issues.

7:43 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Yes, netudad, we want things left in our son's room, too. We cannot leave work to get down there to get them and then run them up to where he is, anyway. He was hoping that he could NOT have to move in all over again, as he's been living with not a whole lot and rather liking it. The idea that his room might be as he left it is a happy one for us.

7:55 AM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

Sorry, Ben, I should know about the 15 yards, as I love football. I stand corrected.

Guess I'm a little rusty, as watching the Texans this year is just TOO painful!

8:12 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Just a thought to the parents/students: You might want to reconsider and pick up your belongings or have them shipped so that you can clean everything real well. Better safe than sorry. Just a thought, and what I plan to do. (For all that is worth!)

8:36 AM  
Blogger netudad said...

I've followed this blog since it's inception. Brett is doing a fabulous job. Naysayers both here and elsewhere claim that despite clean-up of the Garden and other districts, some NO areas won't be safe next semester. I say "should that concern us ?" At least 75% of a college education must occur on campus. If not, then what justifies high tuition costs? For the remaining 25%, news reports have convinced me there will be enough off-campus areas safe for our kids. Sure there will be unsafe areas, so intelligent students shouldn't go there. Let's face it, anyone accepted to TU, a very selective process, should be smart enough to keep away from toxic areas just like keeping your hand away from a hot stove. I trust all students will receive education and identification of these areas upon return to campus.

8:41 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

I do appreciate the thoughtful advice, tustudent2, but shipping the "big computer" just isn't worth the risk, and he doesn't really have much else worth looking at. We can wash clothes when we get there. In fact, we can sanitize everything when we get there, and what we can't, we'll have to replace anyway (like bedding, maybe), assuming it needs replacing. I'd just as soon not pay to have it shipped to find out. Besides, wouldn't we get a better idea of whether there's a problem by seeing it in situ, as it were?

Thanks for the thought, though.

9:03 AM  
Blogger frustrateddad2 said...

brett - a.k.a. mr. cowen,

great post
i have never seen any one flip flop more then you have.
you change directions faster than the wind

9:30 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

Ok, Brett, sorry for the sarcasm

9:51 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

RC For President!

9:52 AM  
Blogger HSophieNewcomb said...

Good grief, give Brett a break! If people like RC and frustrateddad2 had their way, no one would be able to show support for Tulane (which is a shame RC, because I thought you'd begun to make some very worthwhile contributions to this blog).

Brett maintained that Tulane would take care of its students when many of us were unsure, and now that it has shown that it will, he has a right to say I-told-you-so. Which, I might add, he did in a much pleasanter way than he could have.

Quit kicking the guy in the teeth simply because he has faith and confidence in the school.

9:56 AM  
Blogger HSophieNewcomb said...

I recant my criticism of RC. The apology of sarcasm duly noted, and I would like to issue and apology of my own.

9:57 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Before this is all over, we are gonna be in a love fest. Keep up the good work! :)

10:01 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Why shouldn't we all be on the same page? Aren't we all part of the same community? As you said, "before this is all over," and those are the right words--by then we'll know what's going on for real, so there will be no further need for the fear that has been behind most of the rancor. At least that's my take on it.

10:06 AM  
Blogger 08mom in MD said...

ncgwmom said:" We can wash clothes when we get there. In fact, we can sanitize everything when we get there, and what we can't, we'll have to replace anyway (like bedding, maybe), assuming it needs replacing."

That's exactly what I was thinking.But are washers/dryers going to be functioning in dorms? and will there be a mad traffic jam to use them? I'm still on the fence concerning whether or not I even need to go down with my son in January.Since his dorm room is on the 4th floor, I'm assuming that things are pretty much in tact.I mean,I'd love to go in November AND January, but the expense of flying down for a 2 day visit is a major consideration at this point.
Maybe I'll depend on first hand reports from November visits to decide if I'll need to go down in January for massive laundry duty.
Anyone have a kid in Mayer?

10:10 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

I'm sorry, but I just got annoyed when I saw Brett's post this morning. I'm not looking to take credit for pushing the administration to do anything, but I don't like when someone takes credit for something they didn't do.

Brett has been asking people to take the administration's word that they will be ready and about the conditions on campus. Over on my blog (and many of you may not like the way I've done it), we've been asking them to show us what they've done and let us make the decision for ourselves.

Which brings me to the other thing that bothered me about Brett's post.
He's talking about trying to convince kids to come back. Please let them make the decision for themselves. Let them and their parents evaluate the situation in NOLA and decide what's best for them. At this point they don't need to be sold. Granted, when we get down there, Tulane will make a great sales pitch for staying, and they should. But, they should also DISCLOSE what some of the negatives would be. They need to be open and honest, especially with the Freshmen. I've posted why I think the Freshman will stay, but the more the administration is open and honest with the students and parents, the better off the school will be in the long run.

BTW - anger and sarcasm in my first post this morning had a lot to do with being hungry. I have some things to atone for today. I also wish Brett, his family and everyone else a happy holiday and easy fast.

10:36 AM  
Blogger poojones said...

I will be eating MANY MANY ham and cheese sandwichs today

10:49 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Responding to a gracious and probably difficult conciliatory post with an antisemitic comment is just ugly.

If you think that's a lack of a sense of humor on my part, well, then, maybe you think racist jokes are funny, too. That's sad and sorry on yours.

11:27 AM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...


Very tacky

11:47 AM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...


There's no need to apologize, I'm not really bothered by your post at all. And I believe if you didn’t want everyone to see it, then you would have deleted it. But for some reason, you kept it there as if you wanted everyone to show everyone that your posts were "better."

In your recent comment, you said I shouldn't try to convince people to come back. I don't think anyone is going to come back to Tulane because Brett Hyman said to. I just want people to give Tulane the chance they deserve. I am illustrating this idea by throwing my unfettered support at the school, which is interpreted as brown nosing. However, I am carrying the same theme that I have said from the beginning- "Tulane cares about its students and will act in their best interest." And they have proven just that. When you were writing about how incompetent the administration is, I was telling everyone to trust in them. I wasn't doing this to kiss anyone's ass, but instead, I was doing this to keep the hope alive. I am not looking for anything from Cowen, I don’t know why you don’t understand that. You think ALL this time and effort is worth a recommendation? (not to mention I am NOT going to graduate school as of now so I DONT NEED recommendations for anything)

Listen, this isn't about who has the best posts. This isn't some kind of competition for who has the “better” blog. My site is a student’s perspective and yours is from a parent’s. So why do you need to compare them? Some students probably disagree with me and some parents probably do with yours. But at least we are doing something. At least our objectives are pure. I want to help out the many students, like myself, who were emotionally impacted by the hurricane. I want to see Tulane come back stronger than ever. I want to see my community resurrect itself. All of my posts have contributed toward these goals in some way. There were times at the beginning when I was worried about the lack of communication about tuition, and I voiced that. But I’ve known both from intuition and from my knowledge of the administration, that Tulane would come through in the end. I commend you when you offer positive comments and constructive criticism. But when it turns into belligerent ranting, or even worse, a personal attack against me; I just see an intellectual contradiction. It doesn’t help any of our goals when you act in that manner. You have contributed to the cause, I will recognize that. But remember the tremendous responsibility you have as a visible parent in our community (unless you decided to officially withdraw). In this community, we have no need to attack each other for our thoughts. I have never used this site to attack anyone, nor will I. Some parents attack me here, but 95% are unconditionally supportive and thankful for what I have tried to do. It doesn’t bother me in the least, and it seems not to bother you when you’re attacked. So this is a prime opportunity for us to work together to help Tulane get back on it’s feet. In my opinion, this is accomplished by showing support and calling telling them what we, as students need. It seems that you believe that criticism and demand will lead to your objectives. That’s fine. Lately, it’s been very constructive. Let’s both continue to post our thoughts and ideas; and hopefully, we will all return to a Tulane that we only imagined in our dreams.

12:03 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Someone explain the ham and cheese post, please. I don't get it.

1:00 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

I think everyone should meet at Ms. Mae's but that's just me.

1:42 PM  
Blogger MMOSS said...

Hi Brett, Your reply to RC, was a mature and adult response to what can be considered sometimes immature and parental responses and comments voiced by RC. I think you have turned the tables and have become the adult to RC's child. RC has many cogent thoughts and observations to contribute in this or any other forum, but when he does it as an invective, no amount of subsequent apologies can erase the stain he has created on his character regardless of whether he is fasting or not. Guess what RC! I am fasting too as are many other people on this Day of Atonement. Does being hungry give anyone an excuse to be abusive and ridicule an obviously enthusiatic and concerned student who only wants the best for his school and his fellow students? RC, I think you have a lot of soul searching to do and only hope you can find some time in temple today to gain the appropriate perspective you are so obviously missing. L'Shanah Tovah to you and your family. P.S. Brett, I think you have written an amazing response regardless of anyone's opinion of whether you are correct in your perspectives.Your parents should be proud of you!

2:22 PM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

It was just a rude thing to say on a Jewish high holy day, sweetie. If you didn't understand it, then, that's probably a good thing for you.

2:23 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I am so sorry. I had no idea what that meant, and now, after reading back, what has been said is rude, rude, rude. I am not at all familiar with the Jewish religion and was so looking forward to learning about it with fellow TU students, so I apologize for my ignorance. I sincerely wish you all a happy holiday. Can't wait to get back to school to learn more about your sacred traditions and holidays.

3:10 PM  
Blogger TU Junior Mom said...

In this afternoon's posting on the Tulane web site, Dr. Cowen wrote that he is traveling to Washington D.C. to discuss, among other things, disater relief for universities affected by Hurrican Katrina. In part, he stated:

"I will address the difficulties Tulane, and other private not-for-profit and private-for-profit institutions are having in getting immediate relief to help defray costs not covered by insurance or other sources of funds. FEMA seems well-intentioned but progress in getting assistance is slow and so far we've had no success. Likewise, Congress, which is in recess, has not acted on pending relief legislation, exacerbating an already difficult situation."

I sent an email to my Senators and Congressman. Perhaps a deluge of emial from us might help get them off-center?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

Sorry realitycheck, it looks like your nose is getting a little brown from having your head up your own ass. It's obvious that your comments haven't persuaded Brett to change the tone of his posts, so if I were you, I'd cut your losses and leave with your tail between your legs...oh wait, I mean your head.

5:14 PM  
Blogger TLS_Alum said...

Hello to everyone. While I did not have the pleasure of attending Tulane as an undergraduate, I did graduate from Tulane Law School. I am an avid reader of both this blog and the TLS discussion boards, I feel like I am in an odd place - I don't have the concerns of the current students, but I understand the worries of the parents. As an alum, my interests are in making sure that Tulane continues to attract the best and the brightest.

Thought I would post in response to netudad's first comment. He voiced his concerns about Tulane dropping in the rankings and a possible exodus of faculty. I think this is a valid concern, and a law school professor commented on this on the law school boards earlier this week, and I think he has an excellent viewpoint on these subjects. While specific to the law school, I would think this would apply to Tulane at-large. His original post is very long, but it provides in part:

For all of you who fear that there will be an exodus of faculty as a result of Katrina, and that you should protect yourselves from it, let me repeat something that I have written privately to one student:

"You've asked whether we have heard of faculty stampeding away from the law school. The short answer is no. I've been in touch with a significant number, something less than half, but there are none who weren't already thinking about leaving who are thinking about it now. That means only one, so far as I know, and again, he was looking already because of personal reasons unrelated to the aftermath of Katrina.

"The longer answer is that the faculty is in many respects in the same position as the students. Our future is tied to Tulane unless we take an active role in changing that. As a theoretical matter, I would suppose many of us are capable of leaving, but as you know the market is imperfect, so it would some time to find another school willing to hire us. Moreover, markets do not easily absorb gluts in the supply of high priced products; law schools looking for someone to teach, let's say, tax would find it far more comfortable fit with their budgets to hire an entry level person that a tenured professor. Beyond that, many of us at Tulane have boutique expertise, such that there are not many schools or many positions with immediate interest.

"The bottom line is that in the short term there is minimal risk that there will be any sort of substantial migration of professors from Tulane. There is some risk that the law school's customer base will be impacted - no surprises there; the WSJ article yesterday called that one correctly - but that will simply make the law school a place with a smaller student/faculty ratio and do nothing but increase our ranking.

"I've tried not to be unduly rosy about this, and the fact is I am just as capable of envisioning a doomsday scenario as anyone else, but what I see is a period of short term difficulty from which we will emerge. There will be burdens that the faculty will be expected to carry, such that working at Tulane may not be as rewarding as it may have otherwise been. If I am right that the burdens are short term, it needn't trouble you. Even if I am wrong and the burdens turn out to be long term, that will not impact your time at Tulane either."

I am not an apologist for the dean. Like many students, I can point out actions taken by the administration that I wish had been decided differently. But it does no good to anyone to engage in constant invective, especially it posits as fact something which is insupportable.[/quote]

5:45 PM  
Blogger jon kohn said...

If reality check had any balls he would disclose his name instead of hiding behind a fake identity. Im so sick of hearing your negativity and bs, if you need somewhere to vent, call a doctor. Ive been down to Tulane and its alot better than I thought it would be. In case you have forgotten the devastated areas are about 10 miles away from Tulane. Sure there was flooding and alot of peoples apartments are destroyed, but must I remind you there was a hurricane. Tulane didn't ask for this they are merely responding and trying to satisfy 13,000 peoples needs and I think theyre doing a pretty fucking good job. Now, people like Reality Check if all your gonna do is complain and bitch, we don't need to see your face in January at the boot or anywhere near campus. Pack your shit up and leave. Although how are we supposed to know who you are. Again, if you had any balls you'd post your name, my names up here now so lets see who you are RC...

7:55 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 5:45 PM a person passing themselves off as jon kohn said...

"Now, people like Reality Check if all your gonna do is complain and bitch, we don't need to see your face in January at the boot or anywhere near campus. Pack your shit up and leave. Although how are we supposed to know who you are. Again, if you had any balls you'd post your name, my names up here now so lets see who you are RC..."

Your argument has been made and lost already.

Why do you care who I am? What business is it of yours?

If you don't like my posts, you are free to ignore them.

And how do we know you are who you say you are?

8:24 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Wait - will Jon Kohn's abusive and disgusting post be deleted? I find you to be exactly what you are so pissed off about. Off the blog!

8:30 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

2:08 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

tustudent2, you are a person with taste and an obviousy decent upbringing. I hope my son meets people like you at Tulane.

4:58 AM  
Blogger LocalAlumnae said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8:02 AM  
Blogger LocalAlumnae said...


About the best professors leaving, I am positive TLS Alum is right in that will NOT happen.

While the school suffered a severe financial hit and may lose even more from tuition loses, I think that there are some positive signs for TU’s future.

Many of our best professors had some extra time this semester to spend away from classes and do a lot of their individual research.

A prof. even went through the trouble of contacting me at my relocated office to see if I wanted to help him out with research since he is trying to finish up 2 of his books. Really good sign, I believe.

I am also excited about the prospects for Tulane’s research opportunities in this new, rebuilding New Orleans--- business, law, medicine, architecture, the social sciences---- all of these areas will be fascinating to study in New Orleans in the coming years.

8:20 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

does the order for student belonging retrieval have anything to do with damage amounts in those particular dorms?

11:35 AM  
Blogger Geoff said...

My guess is that they're staggering the retrieval dates in order to avoid thousands of people rushing on campus at once. I think it's more of a logistical thing, not an attempt to leave more time to fix/hide damages in particular dorms.

12:21 PM  
Blogger J_Schiff said...

I'm writing a story for CBS News. I am interested in speaking with someone who will not be returning to Tulane next semester. Tulane Dad - I noticed your child will not be returning, feel free to be in touch. My e-mail address is listed on my profile.

Thanks and best of luck to everyone!

2:16 PM  
Blogger averyTHEdog said...

kicking a dead horse

4:35 PM  
Blogger averyTHEdog said...

i need a fortay and some dice

4:52 PM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

This is the first time I've actually seriously perused the comments posted to this blog, and I dare say, I am quite disgusted with your rampantly childish behavior. And I mean that with a sense of plurality, as in all of you. Everyone is more concerned with taking sides and arguing with one another rather than just trying to bring a thoughtful comment to one another.

4:56 PM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

could I hide in your house if the cops are tryin to get me?

4:57 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I certainly didn't mean to imply that they were trying to hide things in the dorms. I was simply asking if the order that they are allowing the kids back in has anything to do with the amount of damage suffered by each dorm. In other words, did the dorms at the end of the line suffer more damage than the ones at the beginning of the line? I have enough sense to know that they weren't gonna open them all on the same weekend due to the numbers returning (I got accepted to TU, you know). Was just curious how they came up with the order.

9:13 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

I don't get it TulaneMuslim. What is the cop joke? (Book smart, no common sense) Me, I mean.

9:14 PM  
Blogger averyTHEdog said...

tustudentdude, although i am just a dog, i believe the cop joke is a reference to spm (south park mexican). he's a rapper from h-town (houston) who is currently in jail. but i dont think that was the point of his post. the point is that this blog is going nowhere. where you going? no where. i can outline a general formula for the blog.

1. cowen annouces something
2. Brett announces cowens announcement
3. RealityCheck puts it in perspective
4. people argue about bullshit
5. Someone might ask a legitmate question or voice a legimate concern.
6. something stupid is said

and i can sum it up in one word - repetitive

in conclusion, maybe only 1 and 5 are necessary

10:23 PM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

yes, the "cop" reference was to spm, or south park mexican, which averythedog obviously knows and you do not, regardless, I may not even know averythedog, but he is most certainly on the level, I have to agree with his formula for the commentary.

10:26 PM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

and I would suspect that damage inflicted by flooding may be directly related to the retreival date, as I understand it aron residences had 4 feet of water on the first floor, and it happens to be second to last on the retrieval list.

10:29 PM  
Blogger patty said...

Like most everyone else i am glad we have days to go pick up our stuff, unfortunatly i am not going to be ablwe to go. A 15 hour drive just to get there makes it a very long trip. If there is anyone who lives in Monroe hall, I would apriciate a general view on how our things looked.
Tulane Freshman

8:48 AM  
Blogger patty said...

Did anyone else preorder their text books? Barns and Noble were suposed to have the money put back in accounts by today. And i realize that it is only 11:28, but there offices are closed today. I have been watching my account, and there are no pending transactions. Is anyone else having this problem?

9:35 AM  
Blogger jdyo said...

free SPM! Age is but a state of mind

6:54 PM  
Blogger jdyo said...

does anybody know if the causeway is open? ive heard conflicting info.

7:06 PM  
Blogger tulane_muslim said...

Does anyone know if the iraqi's passed the constitution in the recent election? I know its off topic but Ive been quite busy lately.

7:26 PM  
Blogger nancy s said...

"This isn't some kind of competition for who has the 'better' blog. My site is a student’s perspective and yours is from a parent’s."

A sigh and a giggle. ;)

(information for adults of all ages)

11:33 PM  
Blogger poojones said...

is it me or does everyone on this blog overreact EXCEPT BRETT!

secondly if ur son/daughter will not be returning to tulane why even bother posting on this blog

it is information for tulane students (as the name implies) not for people who decided not to go to tulane and then bitch about everything

thank you and good day

ps take a joke

12:36 AM  
Blogger poojones said...

how is me eating a sandwich antisemetic... seriously...and i do like racial jokes...especially ones about mid class white people like myself. Anything else you care to know/complain about ma'am?

12:42 AM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

The causeway is open.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Dave Montrois said...

I am quite disappointed that the retrieval dates are so far away. My freshman daughter has really been needing most of the items that we left at Tulane. Obviously these items were to be used daily by her for living away from home and has made her life at another university frustrating as we're trying not to buy everything again.

I believe this issue should have been a much higher priority than it has been and our family has been troubled by the lack of attention given to the retrieval of our personal items. I understand the safety concerns but frankly, if it is safe enough for workers, staff, etc., to be on campus, then the university should have someone available at each dorm to let people in to retrieve their items. I was really expecting to be able to return within a week of the announcement but continue to be frustrated by this continuing delay.

4:38 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Dave - you are brave to come on here and gripe about anything TU does! But, I have to agree with you and you are not alone in your frustration. This was not considered until the pressure got to be too much for them and they got tired of hearing about it. I, too, think the dates could have been sooner and think that this issue, among many others, has kept many families frustrated. We will be bombarded for complaining since we are suppose to be grateful that they are letting us get our things at all, but I'm with you on your assessment here, and many others are as well.

5:52 AM  
Blogger AcceptableScreenName said...

If they had let you return to get your personal belongings you would have seen the campus and New Orleans. They didn't want to chance it -- Tulane's surival depends on students returning. Better to have you mad about your stuff than to see the conditions there.

8:48 AM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

You are absolutely right. What they don't know is that lots of us are already going to see the city, and it is terrible. I encourage each family to see not just the TU area, but the city itself and really think about this decision with a good head instead of a soft heart. The city is a mess. Made me cry.

9:00 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

I suggest you go to the NOLA.COM uptown/garden district forum and read posts from the people who live there and are returning daily for hard info on what things are like right now. No one's out to jump on anyone here. I don't think that sort of claim is useful--why incite it? But you CAN get real information if you look for it. More is posted every day-AS progress is being made.

There's a lot of time left. This still isn't the right time for despair for our famly. If you feel differently, then that has to be your call, but make it on information, not an emotional response to what condiions are at a time that may not be relevant to when YOU will need to live there. Lots of people who live in the area all the time are feeling pretty optimistic already. You can see that if you read the NOLA.COM forum for the area.

9:19 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

I went to the town hall meeting in Austin yesterday, hosted by Scott Cowen himself. I was very impressed with him and his attitude, towards the students, and the university. I showed up really early, it was a 4.5 hr drive to get there. But he walked in, and shook my hand, and asked me about myself, and did that with every student in the room who had shown up early. Thru out his speech he made eye contact, and answered every student's question honestly, thoughtfully, and respectfully. I think that his attitude and actions prove that he cares about each and every student individually, and we are more than just a number in Tulane's bank account. He did not try to "pull the wool over our eyes" or skirt around any issue, but basically told us that if we didn't like his decisions, we could withdraw, and reapply, if we so choose, and in that case he will refund your money, but he will not change his decision at this point in the game. To the tuition issue, he addressed that our money was used to restore campus, and to continue faculty payroll. As to the question of losing faculty, he has spoken personally to most of them, and not one has given any intention of leaving. He claimed that they all had a great loyalty to the institution before the hurricane, and continue to after, but by continuing with the payroll, helps to ensure that they will be back, come spring. As to the environmental risk factors he says that official reports say that there are none. And these reports will be released on the website, if they have not already been done. For anyone who has a housing issue, fill out the survey!!! They will release the housing solution plan no later that November 11th. He definitely calmed any fears I had of returning to New Orleans, and to the university, and I fully support him, and his decisions.

9:25 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

I should also add that he spoke aboke the conditions of New Orleans, and of the campus itself. He said that if you were to walk on campus now you would see that it looks 10x better than it did before the hurricane, their was a lot of construction going on before, and now that is being worked on as well as all of the other damages. Will we see debris from the storm, and missing tiles from the roofs, yes, but by January, three months away, they will be gone. As to the rest of new Orleans. It is bouncing back. Slowly in most parts other than the French quarter. :) Will some places be closed, yes, will some areas be uninhabitable, yes. Places like the 9th ward and lakeview are going to be lost to us for a while, but the city is functioning now, and Cowen is creating a "little village" (direct quote) in which Tulane can exist. Some hospitals, sav-a-center, are already up an running, winn dixie is coming back next week I believe. The Boot will be back in business, and I'm pretty sure thats all that we really need :) Granted, we will not be coming back to the same New Orleans, We will be coming back to peace corps condition, and he will be enlisting us, the students to go out and work to help rebuild New Orleans alongside the rest of the workers.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Ms.W said...

Does anyone know what hotels are open or where I can find a listing of them? I couldn't find on the NOLA site or at hotels .com

9:49 AM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Mrs. W, it's way down on the bottom of the page at Also, it's not completely reliable. You have to call, too.

9:53 AM  
Blogger up_north said...

President Cowen said that there were no available hotels in New Orleans, but that 80 rooms were to open up next week. But I have no idea on how to find them.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Ms.W said...

Thanks I hope the University will post something so we know where we can stay when retreiving my sons things and checking out the town. Guess the best is to get on the phone and start calling hope to see you all Nov. 4th and 5th

10:00 AM  
Blogger nancy s said...


With your permission, I'd like to add your Town Hall observations and republish them to the Moms Blog.


nancy s

11:58 AM  
Blogger TulaneSenior said...

I just returned from New Orleans and stayed the night at the Sonia House downtown. It is open and it appears that many other hotels are open- as well as many reaurants ( not all) are functioning and packed with hungry natives, visitors, and workers.
From what I saw during my one night stay in New Orleans, the city will definately be able to bounce back.
What gave me the most hope were the attitudes of most people there- everyone wanted to be there and you could tell they loved the city! Plus- there are more than a few "colorful" locals walking around in funny hats, and ridiculous clothing.... just like before the hurricane!

See you in January!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

I too went to New Orleans this weekend and the city looked much better than I expected. In Uptown there is a lot of debris but it's gathered into piles waiting to be picked up, not thrown crazily about. The Central Business district is almost completely cleaned up. There are restuarants, stores, and of course, bars, open. What surprised me the most was how many people were in the city. In the French Quarter there are many bars open several of them with live music, as well as stores and restaurants, and lots of people walking around having a good time, a toned down version of business as usual. No, the city did not look the way it did before the hurricane, there are some very sobering sights, but based on what I saw I think the city will be totally safe and ready for us to come back in January. I obviously didn't get to see campus well but you can drive through parts of it (down Willow and McAllister) and it looks great too. I saw dozens of workers all over looking very busy.
Oh yeah, and I drank at the Boot and it looks exactly the same.

2:41 PM  
Blogger another texas mom said...

tulanesenior and lydia

Thanks :)

2:49 PM  
Blogger TUStudent2 said...

Great news! Things must have kicked into gear in the past two weeks! Anderson Cooper, CNN 360, is doing nightly updates from NO on the progress made and what needs to be done starting tomorrow night. Might be worth watching.

4:47 PM  
Blogger MMOSS said...

Many thanks Up North for that report from the Austin town hall meeting. Based on what Scott Cowan's comments were, it seems that students and the parents will be given many options to decide what they may wish to do. The New Orleans we know will not come back for awhile obviously and the present hotel situation makes it difficult for people from outside Louisiana to plan a trip that will allow them to stay overnight in New Orleans. However it is encouraging that things seem to be progressing towards an operative campus in January and the needs of the students who come back will be met. Brett, do you have anything to add to Up North's comments regarding your town hall meeting at USC last Friday?

9:33 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

I think we should all take a moment to pray Miss Wilma doesn't ruin progress...

11:39 PM  
Blogger up_north said...

Nancy S,

I apologize for the delay in answering you, I've been working a lot lately, but you are more than welcome to use my posts on your weblog.

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Blogger cylon said...

Many people know the importance of self confidence and try to boost their own by using many different personal development models. Self confidence to most people is the ability to feel at ease in most situations but low self confidence in many areas may be due to a lack of self esteem. Low self esteem takes a more subtle form that low self confidence. So if you are tired of feeling not good enough, afraid of moving towards your desires and goals, feel that no matter what you do it is just never good enough, then your self esteem could do with a boost.

Every day we make decisions based on our level of self-esteem. We also exhibit that level of self esteem to those around us through our behaviour. 90% of all communication is non-verbal - it is not what you say but ho you say it that matters! Your body language, tonality and facial gestures can all tell a completely different story to your words. It is our behaviour which influences others and people react to us by reading our non-verbal communications. Have you ever met someone you just didn't like although on the surface they seemed polite and courteous, or you met someone who seemed to speak confidently yet you knew they were really frightened underneath and just displaying bravado?

Parental and peer influences play a major part in moulding our level of self-esteem when we are children and in our early years of adolescence. The opinions of the people closest to us and how they reacted to us as individuals or part of the group was a dominant factor in the processes involved in forming our self esteem.

As adults we tend to perpetuate these beliefs about ourselves and in the vast majority of cases they are ridiculously erroneous. It is time to re-evaluate our opinion of ourselves and come to some new conclusions about these old belief patterns.

Ask yourself some serious question:
Is your long-held view about yourself accurate? Do we respect the sources from which we derived these beliefs? Most of the negative feedback we bought into as we were growing up actually came from people we have little or no respect for and as adults we would probably laugh their comments away! Yet the damage to your self esteem was done when you were very young and you still carry it with you to this day.

Is it possible that even those people you respected, who influenced your self-worth, were wrong? Perhaps they had low self esteem also.

As adults we have the opportunity to reshape our self-esteem. Try to judge accurately the feedback you receive from people you respect. This process will allow you to deepen your understanding of yourself and expand your self-image. It will also show you were you actually need to change things about yourself and were you don't. Many people are striving to better themselves in areas where they are just fine or actually excelling and it is only because they have an inaccurate picture of themselves in their minds due to low self esteem!

Setting small goals and achieving them will greatly boost your self-esteem. Identify your real weakness and strengths and begin a training program to better your inter-personal or professional skills. This will support you in your future big life goals and boost your self-esteem and self confidence to high levels you didn't existed!

Learn to recognise what makes you feel good about yourself and do more of it. Everyone has certain things that they do which makes them feel worthwhile but people with low self esteem tend to belittle these feelings or ignore them.

Take inventory of all the things that you have already accomplished in your life no matter how small they may seem. Recognise that you have made achievements in your life and remember all the positive things that you have done for yourself and others. Take a note of your failures and don't make excuses like "I'm just not good enough" or "I just knew that would happen to me", analyse the situation and prepare yourself better for the next time. If someone else created success, regardless of the obstacles, then you are capable of doing the same! Remember everyone has different strengths and weakness so do not judge your own performance against that of another just use them as inspiration and know that what one human being has achieved so can another!

Surround yourself with people who respect you and want what is best for you - people who are honest about your strengths and will help you work through your weakness. Give the same level of support to them!

Avoid people who continually undermine you or make you feel small. These people are just displaying very low self esteem. As your own self esteem grows you will find that you are no longer intimidated by another's self confidence or success and you can actually be joyful for them! Do things you love to do and that make you happy. A truly happy person never has low self esteem they are too busy enjoying life! By getting busy living your life with passion and joy you will not be able to be self-consciousness.

If you find yourself feeling self-conscious in any situation focus on the fact that others can tell and many of them will be feeling the same. Be honest. People respond to someone better if they openly say "To tell you the truth I'm a bit nervous" rather than displaying bravo or fake confidence that they can see right through. Their reactions to you, will show your mind at a deep level, that there was actually nothing to be frightened of and everything is great. If someone reacts to this negatively they are just displaying low self esteem and very quickly you will find others noticing this! Really listen to people when they talk to you instead of running through all the negative things that could happen in your head or focusing on your lack of confidence. People respond to someone who is truly with them in the moment..

Breath deeply and slow down. Don't rush to do things.

Stop the negative talk! 'I'm no good at that' or "I couldn't possibly do that" are affirmations that support your lack of self esteem. Instead say "I have never done that before but I am willing to try" or "how best can I do that?". Which leads us to the last point - the quality of the questions you ask yourself s very important.
When you ask a question it almost always has a preposition in it. For example, "How did I mess that up?" presumes that something was messed up, a better way of phrasing the question would be "what way can I fix this quickly?", as this presumes you can and will fix it. Or "How am I ever going to reach my goal?" could be rephrased as "what way will lead me to my goal quicker" presumes that you are going to reach your goal! Get the picture? Change the quality of your questions and your results will change!

Practise these techniques and watch your self esteem rise day by day.

10:04 AM  

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