Eight tons of crawfish and free music: Crawfest draws thousands

This article was published in The Hullabaloo on April 23, 2010.
An estimated crowd of 7,000 celebrated Tulane’s fourth annual Crawfest Saturday, consuming all 16,000 pounds of crawfish by 3 p.m. The musical performances continued until 9 p.m.

Featuring 10 local bands, 11 local art vendors, five food vendors and 10 non-profit stands, Crawfest attracted a larger crowd of non-Tulane affiliates this year than ever before.

The Crawfest Committee, an elected group within Undergraduate Student Government, spends from $130,000 – 150,000 to put on Crawfest each year.

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Honduran President to Visit Scott Cowen

This article was published on April 23, 2010 in The Hullabaloo.

President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa of Honduras is set to meet with Tulane President Scott Cowen this weekend.

It is estimated that more than 120,000 Hondurans live in the New Orleans area, making the Crescent City the fourth most populous Honduran community in the world.

Mayra Pineda, former Consul General and current liason between the Honduran government and New Orleans city officials, said there is a broad range of issues on Lobo’s agenda, including education, healthcare, security, infrastructure and tourism. Read more of this post

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes on Catholicism, marijuana, globalization, and love

FuentesThis article was published on April 16, 2010 in The Hullabaloo.

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes came to speak at Tulane April 12. As the fourth speaker in the English department’s annual Great Writers Series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Fund, Fuentes spoke to an estimated crowd of 1,000 at McAlister Auditorium.

Famous for his magic realism style, Fuentes is one of the most widely acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world. He is also known as a prominent social commentator and an international diplomat for Mexico.

Fuentes’ speech touched on a variety of topics, from education to death to creative writing to social justice, all connected through his theme of alphabetical order. Read more of this post