Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Dec 072014
 
Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Tulane took on Temple University, an American conference rival, in the final game of the regular season, the final game in Yulman stadium for all of the team’s seniors. Tulane seniors were honored before kickoff with a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson and greeted by their friends and family. The Green Wave fell to the Owls 10-3 in the closing seconds after a game riddled with turnovers from both teams.

Fun fact, Tulane and Temple played each other in the first-ever Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium in January of 1935.

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 252014
 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the 2014 VooDoo Experience at City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Trombone Shorty Tunes for Toys

The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Nov 152014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, Tulane fell to Memphis 38-7 in their homecoming game, their first homecoming game at Yulman stadium. Turnovers were the name of the game, Tulane committed five in the game and three in the first half.

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Nov 122014
 

Nearly one in five women experience some sort of sexual assault while in college, and their assailants in 90 percent of those cases are someone they already know, according to a Loyola University researcher.

With Greek life playing such a central role in the social culture at both Tulane and Loyola universities — even providing what officials described as the setting for some of those attacks — would shutting down the fraternity system reduce sexual assault on campus? Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 
Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The United States enjoys the freedoms it does today because of the sacrifices of soldiers in previous generations, and the best way to honor them is by continuing to make the country a better place by learning first aid, or teaching a kid to read, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore told a Tulane class on Monday afternoon Continue reading »

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Nov 012014
 
Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A crowd full of costumes was not enough to lift Tulane to victory over their American Athletic Conference rivals, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, on Friday night at Yulman Stadium. The Wave lost 38-10 to Cincinnati, despite forcing three turnovers. The next home game is their homecoming game November 15th versus the Memphis Tigers. Friday was also a homecoming for Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux who is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Edna Carr high school. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 
John Georges speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Loyola University on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Georges speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Loyola University on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A year into The Advocate’s entry into the New Orleans market, publisher John Georges says his newspaper’s content and cost models make it a front runner to become the preferred paper for residents across Louisiana. Continue reading »

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Oct 252014
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

Loyola University will host its annual candlelight vigil and march against sexual assault this Wednesday (Oct. 29) with an estimated 600 participants. The march will start from the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s campus and move down St. Charles to Tulane’s campus, where survivors will share their stories. Continue reading »

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 »

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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 »

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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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