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Tulane Honors Program

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hurricane KATRINA - Tulane Closed


Most of you have already heard, but TU is closed until Wed (at the earliest). Staff report back on Wed and classes start on Thurs Sept. 1. Things can change so keep your eye on http://emergency.tulane.edu/ but we will NOT open any earlier.

Friday, August 26, 2005

For the parents: I'm Setting You Free (But I'm Not Letting You Go)

I came across this song today. I thought the lyrics might bring a tear to many a parent's eye this weekend.
chorus:
I'm setting you free
but I'm not letting you
I'm watching you fly away
but keeping you close
I can't help but cry a little
Heaven knows
I'm setting you free
but I'm not letting you

Though Mom says I spoil you
Please come home real often
often and soon
Would you think of us as foolish
if we do some pretending
by leaving your light on
here in your room?
(chorus)

Drive slow on the freeways
call first thing when you get there
You know me, how I worry
I'll be up most the night
and if you need anything, baby
you know we'll both be here
In the meantime we're praying
that your future is bright

(chorus)

Wheres that princess in a party dress?
now shes a young lady with dreams
fly away butterfly
on the wind, taking wings
The first time that I held you child
you forever changed my soul
and I'm holding you now
because I want you to know

(chorus)

Thursday, August 18, 2005

ARWU2005-Top 500 World Universities

I can't say that I put a lot of stock in these lists. Tulane is ranked "203-300" meaning we tied with 97 other schools. Is there no better way to differentiate? Oxford is down to 10, but they say they favored science, so that explains why Cambridge is now 2.

US rankings look a good bit different in US News & WR. We are 43 in that list. But notice that the ranking isn't even consistent within the two lists...

That and $3.45 will be you a mochacinno.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I admit it, I love Bruff

Call me odd, call me crazy, but if it is lunch time you will need to call Bruff in order to find me. I love Bruff food. I do. Now many will argue that it is institutional (true), less than healthy (not true!), and boring (maybe), but it is so much more. First and foremost, I am not cooking it. This isn't as important now as when I was a student. I stayed on meal plan my entire time as an undergraduate and my folks probably saved money on it since I regularly ate three plates of manicotti. Ramen noodles may be cheap, but they are not the healthiest option. Today I am an adult, well, I am at least a grownup, and I have to make my own lunches. So bonus points to Bruff for ease of use. Pick up tray, ask politely for the gumbo with corn bread, say thank you, and you are on your way to a very good meal.

Second, the food is very good. Really, it is! True, it is a pretty consistent pattern: red beans and rice on Mondays, Tuesday through Thursday a blur, and gumbo and catfish on Fridays. (Tip to those trying to keep kosher: Catfish is not. It has no scales, therefore it is tref.) So it is true one can become bored with the pattern but it is all usually very tasty and well made. And of course one is not limited to the "traditional" entree. They have Sbarro pizza, burgers and fries, vegan wraps, stir-fry, burgers and fries, salad bar, sandwiches, soup, and did I mention burgers and fries? :-) Here is an inside scoop; the "special sauce" is ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. And this is just lunch, the only meal I eat there. But even at lunch, since this is often the first meal of the day for many on campus, there are cereals, bagels, and a waffle making machine. Try a waffle with some soft yoghurt on top for desert. Yum!

Finally, I am a social creature. I actually enjoy being with our students and I find that time in Bruff is often better for meeting with students than office hours. "Brady at Bruff' I call, not being entirely clever and witty, and I encourage any and everyone to stop by at lunch and chat. Don't let the newspaper or book fool you, I am always ready for some good conversation.

So welcome (back) to Tulane and bon app├ętit!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Ready

To come back to Tulane (or arrive for the first time!)? I haven't posted very much this moth since we (the fam) were on vacation and frankly, not much has been going on around here.

Most of our freshmen are all registered and ready to go. Feel free to email/call/IM if you have any questions. We are getting ready for some fun orientation events, be sure to come to our special get Honors orientation party on that Sunday night (the 18th)! We should have a band and the (in)famous Honors t-shirt! ;-)

Upperclassfolks are starting to email with questions about courses, theses, and fellowships. Don't forget that our website is a great resource and has everything you need to know for graduating with Honors. I will be sending a letter out next week to those who qualify but the basic info for post-graduate (and one or two for Sophomores and Juniors) is also here.

Finally, Ms. Katie Clark, our Marshall Scholar from this year has kindly written up her reflections on the process of applying for the Rhodes and the Marshall. As always, her writing style alone makes it worth the read. You can get the pdf here.