‘Scream Queens’ transforms Tulane into Wallace University

Kate Clark, Staff Reporter

Hoards of Tulane students flocked to the academic quad the night of Sept. 17. They weren’t checking out the view from Gibson Hall. Rather, they tried to catch a glimpse of Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer and a handful of other stars. 

Fox’s new comedy-horror series, set at the fictional Wallace University, has been filming on Tulane’s Uptown campus. The show’s production on campus has a mixed bag of effects on the Tulane community. 

“Tulane received fees for various services provided to production companies shooting on campus including venue rental, security and facilities services,” Tulane Executive Director of Public Relations Mike Strecker said, regarding Tulane’s financial gain from hosting the production of “Scream Queens.” 

Tulane students seem to enjoy seeing their campus on national television.

“It’s fun to see your college campus featured in mainstream media,” freshman Hannah Lyons-Cavazos said. 

Some of the new series’ content — specifically, the name of the sorority that the show focuses on — has been controversial, though. 

The pilot follows the sisters of the fictional Kappa Kappa Tau as they wrestle with the effects of the dean’s hope to take down their charter and a serial killer targeting their sorority. 

It is hard to ignore how “Scream Queens'” fictional Kappa Kappa Tau sounds similar to Kappa Kappa Gamma, an active sorority on Tulane’s campus. The fake sorority goes by Kappa for shorthand, the same as Tulane’s sorority. 

“It is extremely unfortunate that the show has chosen to create a fictional sorority whose letters and name so closely mirror Kappa Kappa Gamma,” Elizabeth Bailey, fraternity vice president of the national organization of Kappa Kappa Gamma, said. “‘Scream Queens’ is not at all representative of Kappa Kappa Gamma nor the Greek experience we provide our members.” 

Controversial, lucrative, exciting: the relationship between “Scream Queens” and Tulane is a complex and dynamic one whose lasting impact remains yet to be seen.