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Tulane Honors Program

Monday, June 26, 2006

Get Ready for Tulane!


Tulane University Orientation

2006 Opening Weekend and Orientation
August 26 - 29, 2006



We are just finishing off our Lagniappe semester here on campus, but we are also getting ready for the arrival of our newest class! Be sure to look around the site linked above for lots of good advice and information to get you ready for the move to Tulane and New Orleans.


See you soon!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

NPR : Tulane Students Rush to Make Up Classes

Yesterday All Things Considered had this story about our Lagniappe semester.
Tulane Students Rush to Make Up Classes
by Elaine Korry
All Things Considered, June 13, 2006 · For displaced students planning on returning to Tulane University in New Orleans, the school is offering a special, six-week "lagniappe session" this summer. The name comes from a Creole word meaning "a little something extra." The goal is to offer more courses than would normally be available in the summer to help students catch up on their degree requirements.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

"Time Stands Still at English College, Bequest or No"

The cost of tradition at Oxford. (Or is it really a rebellious stand?)

All Souls College, a 568-year-old division of the University of Oxford, said today that it would not move a sundial on its campus, even if the price of leaving it undisturbed was a share of an £888,000 estate left by one of its fellows. The scholar, a Slavonic expert named John Simmons, had argued for years before he died that it had been a huge mistake in 1870 to relocate the sundial, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1658 (The Chronicle, June 12).



(Via The Chronicle: Daily News Blog.)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Forgive Us Our Student Debts

New York Times Magazine has an excellent article on the issues surrounding student loans at all levels (graduate and undergraduate). Folks, your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make, but as with any financial transaction you have to be sure you can afford it. The combination of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loan packages can be dizzying so make sure you understand that to which you are committing yourself.

And then enjoy the education! We will work hard to make it worth every penny. ;-)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Big News! New Toys in Butler House

I don't have all the details but HRL has a coup for Butlerites! Popular Mechanics Magazine is giving Butler House a complete new system (sound, flat screen, X-box, etc.) for the first floor lounge! Stay tuned for details...

UPDATE: I think they are already installing the TV, but the big install will be on Monday and Tuesday. This is a very generous gift from PM, so much so, that we are still not sure exactly how much and what they are giving us! Now...back to studying for class. :-)

UPDATE 2: Here is the scoop!
Everyone –

Popular Mechanics magazine has graciously coordinated the donation of a great deal of electronic equipment and even some fun tasso coffee makers as well. On Monday, the editor and photo editor will arrive and oversee installation by our student work crew of all of the equipment. If any students are around Monday afternoon, evening and throughout Tuesday, the editors would love the opportunity to interview them, get their feedback on the products from the student’s perspective. I don’t have the full list, but it includes a computer and printer, an XBOX, new LCD Aquos TV, and on and on… There are duplicates of some items that, after the photos and interview is over, we’ll likely disberse to other areas for use by staff. For example, Canon donated a digital camera that will become “staff” property for use by staff (and students!) during the year – we obviously won’t leave that at the desk for general check-out, but it can come in handy!

That said, if you all could spread the word and as the editors arrive on Monday, I’ll be contacting some of you to corral some students!

Thanks!!!

Marty Brantley
Director of Housing Services

List of Tulane University people - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was looking for something else and stumbled upon this Wikipedia article: List of Tulane University people

A list of notable people affiliated with Tulane University, including graduates, former students, faculty, former faculty and major benefactors. Some especially notable individuals are also listed in the main University article.


Interesting reading, so take a break and peruse. Any favorites you care to share? Given that it is Wiki you should be able to add people as well...

Go Southeast, Young Man - New York Times

Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and a member of Tulane University's board has "Go Southeast, Young Man"in the New York Times
I think it is a good piece with sound suggestions. He comments that

New Orleans is a tale of two cities these days. In areas that were smashed and then sat for weeks underwater when the levees broke, the devastation still stretches for miles and the valiant cleanup efforts seem as daunting as mopping sand from a beach. But the older areas that make the town famous, built on higher ground along the river, are humming again. From Tulane University through the Garden District to the business district and the French Quarter, people are back at work while chefs and musicians ply their wondrous magic.

There is much opportunity as well as many difficulties ahead. But none are insurmountable. Mr. Isaacson concludes,
[M]any people will find that it's a great time to be back in a city they love. They will relish the rare opportunity to be part of something historic, creative and larger than themselves. More outside money will flow in than has for decades, so the city could become the entrepreneurial magnet it was a century ago. For students, few places will offer a more enriching education in what it means to be a useful citizen than Tulane, Xavier, Loyola and the other New Orleans colleges.



(Via The New York Times.)