Oct 232014
 

Judge J. Skelly Wright

Loyola University New Orleans is holding a memorial Friday in honor of 1934 graduate, Judge J. Skelly Wright, a New Orleans native who issued the order to desegregate the New Orleans public schools in the 1950′s and was appointed to the D.C. federal circuit court of appeals by President Kennedy. In addition to the memorial event, Loyola is installing a memorial to Judge Wright in front their law school and establishing a scholarship in his name. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

Deconstructing Brad PittA collection of essays about actor Brad Pitt may seem a little off-topic for an English professor, but Dr. Chris Schaberg of Loyola University New Orleans describes his new book as more about American views on celebrity and masculinity.

Schaberg will discuss and sign “Deconstructing Brad Pitt” at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 21) at Octavia Books, and he is well aware of the range of reactions to his subject matter, according to a news release from Loyola: Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday's victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday’s victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 212014
 
Ralph Adamo (photo by Camille Bullock)

Ralph Adamo (photo by Camille Bullock)

At some point in all of our academic experiences poetry enters the fold.  For some it’s a blessing, others a curse, but for me it became a curiosity.  And then as a pup of an undergrad at Loyola some 20 years ago, I met and had the privilege of being taught by Ralph Adamo, whose classes offered a quiet exploration into language, form and intent. 

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Until that point in my life I’d always considered poetry melodramatic and esoteric, if not silly.  The calm focus Ralph navigated the material made the journey one of intrigue and wonder.  I began to really enjoy and even write (gasp!) poetry.  Once he even held a class at Carrollton Station, which to any undergrad is a bonus.

Over the last two decades we’ve kept in touch intermittently, and then one recent almost-drizzly evening as I stood in my driveway, end-of-day beverage in hand, likely disciplining one of my brood, Ralph happened to pass by walking his dog.  In a very New Orleans moment, someone I hadn’t seen in so long just — appears.  And we picked right up where we’d left off, and of course to prolong that magic the Crescent City can conjure, turns out he (now an English professor at Xavier) and his family had recently moved into the neighborhood just around the corner.  So our dialogue kept unraveling and here we are: Continue reading »

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Sep 132014
 
Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Yulman Stadium made some noise for the Tulane Green Wave in their well-deserved 35-20 victory over the Southeastern Lions. Tulane’s defense was tight, and quarterback Tanner Lee secured touchdowns through big plays. Continue reading »

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Sep 062014
 
A group of "football wives of New Orleans" enjoys drinks on a back porch prior to the game. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of “football wives of New Orleans” enjoys drinks on a back porch prior to the game. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane fans pass Yulman Stadium, seen from Calhoun Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane fans pass Yulman Stadium, seen from Calhoun Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Long before Yulman Stadium even received its name, questions of how football games would impact the neighborhoods around Tulane University dominated discussions about the return of college football to the Uptown campus.

On Saturday, those questions were finally answered: On-street parking may have been tough to find, but traffic was relatively light, and many neighbors were thrilled to revive the front-yard parties associated with memories of the old Sugar Bowl stadium.

“Going to the Dome spoiled my football experience at Tulane. I’m so glad, 40 years later, that we’re back, and I’m shocked at how quiet Audubon Boulevard is,” said Seph Dupuy, a 1970 Tulane graduate as he attended a small gathering there. “I’m pleasantly surprised how well controlled and easy it is to get around.” Continue reading »

Sep 062014
 

The Tulane University Green Wave returns Uptown on Saturday, kicking off its inaugural game in the new on-campus Yulman Stadium against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.

See below for live coverage of the stadium’s impact on the neighborhood before the game, and for live coverage of the game once it begins.

Live Blog Tulane football returns to Uptown with home opener against Georgia Tech (live coverage)

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Aug 262014
 
Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With Tulane University’s first on-campus home game less than two weeks away, university officials and residents in the Uptown areas are discussing the details of the central question about the once-controversial stadium: What will game day look like in the neighborhoods around the stadium?

Will it be a return to the front-yard cocktail parties of the old Sugar Bowl days? A crasser, modern version, more akin to the obnoxious abuses of public property that draw complaints every Carnival season? Or will the parties largely follow the elaborate on-campus plans envisioned by university officials? Continue reading »

Aug 072014
 
A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane's Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane’s Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

As Tulane’s first on-campus football season in years approaches, a trio of women’s groups at Tulane University are hosting a pre-season high tea and silent auction Sunday honoring alumni football wives. Continue reading »

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Aug 052014
 
Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst (center) examines a coffin housed at Tulane University. (photo by Rene Guitart for the Middle American Research Institute, reprinted with permission from Tulane University)

Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst (center) examines a coffin housed at Tulane University. (photo by Rene Guitart for the Middle American Research Institute, reprinted with permission from Tulane University)

Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst of Tulane University is “amazed at the amount of detail” she has been able to discover about the 3,000-year-old mummy of Djed-Thoth-iu-ef-ankh, a priest and overseer at the Temple of Amun in Thebes, according to an article by Carol Schlueter in the New Wave university news service. The mummy is one of two that have resided at Tulane since 1852, but the other — that of a 15-year-old girl — has not given up its secrets as easily, the article states.

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Jul 082014
 
The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane University has withdrawn its request to tear down a 100-year-old home used for offices of the Newcomb College Institute, city officials confirmed Tuesday, amid a growing protest from Newcomb alumnae and others. Continue reading »

Jun 022014
 
Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university's proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university’s proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane president Scott Cowen will discuss the impact that volunteerism has had on both his tenure at the university and New Orleans as a whole this evening (Monday, June 2) before the Junior League of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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May 202014
 
The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans city attorneys are seeking sanctions against the liquor license for The Palms bar in the university area — where an off-duty bartender is accused of raping a woman in April — alleging that the bar does too little to protect its patrons. Continue reading »

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Apr 232014
 

Niguel Veal, the 17-year-old freshman Tulane football recruit arrested in last week’s sexual assault in a dorm room, made a brief court appearance Wednesday on his simple-rape charge, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Veal is free on a $20,000 bond but suspended from the football team, and his attorney says the allegations are a misunderstanding.

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Apr 152014
 
Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A line of diehards waiting all day, even in the rain — that’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for rock stars and Hollywood legends, right?

For a group of local science diehards waiting for his appearance at Tulane on Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson — the charismatic astrophysicist with the new weekly science show on network television — is definitely somewhere on that level.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a very noble mission, and that’s to bring science and science literacy to the masses,” said Alba Huddleston, an industrial engineer originally from Honduras. “He inspires people. If you don’t know exactly what he’s talking about, you can go and research it. You can go and find out for yourself. But he makes you excited.” Continue reading »