Amid parents’ weekend, Tulane attempts to hush sexual assault near campus

This article was published in The Hullabaloo on August 27, 2010.

A Tulane student reported she was sexually assaulted around 3 a.m. Sunday by an unknown man in the foyer of her home, located on Versailles Boulevard. Versailles is across Claiborne Avenue from Tulane’s campus.

Though the student was sexually assaulted outside the perimeters of Tulane’s official police coverage, Tulane is still heavily involved in dealing with the aftermath.

“God forbid, if one of our students lived in Kenner and were the victim of a crime, we would be involved in finding that suspect, though it would be primarily [the] Kenner police’s investigation,” said Michael Bernstein, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

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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

Student loans to help pay for healthcare reform…AND lower the deficit?

This article was published on March 26,2010 in The Hullabaloo.

Along with the major health care reform bill, the House of Representatives passed legislation Sunday that will completely revamp the student loan industry.

Under the new plan, students will borrow money directly from the government, eliminating middle-man private lenders that currently profit by approximately $70 billion each year from college student loans. Read more of this post

Chile Quake Rocks Tulane Students

This story was published in The Hullabaloo on March 12, 2010.

All four Tulane students studying abroad in Chile have been accounted for, following the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country Feb. 27. Read more of this post