The Tulane Hullabaloo

The failure of gay community building in college

gay men

Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

May 1, 2020

For many closeted gay high school kids, college was the beaming light at the end of the tunnel. Confined to  small suburban hometowns and stifled by the ignorance of our young peers, we knew that there was a version of ourselves just waiting for a moment to be on its own. We could finally flour...

First-generation college students, our triumphs are still valid


Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

April 22, 2020

Just about four years ago from today, I committed to attending Tulane University and graduating amongst the Class of 2020. It was one of the most exciting days of my entire life. I called my dad after school, yelling and cheering about the decision, listening to him cry tears of joy over the phone...

Heartbreak, coronavirus, and the best people I’ve ever known


Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

April 7, 2020

Today, almost three weeks after Tulane’s initial announcement of transitioning academic instruction online, I decided to take a walk through campus. I was met with a chilling sadness as I passed through McAlister Place, eyeing the remaining pavement chalk of planned events that will never happen. ...

Say my name properly, it’s not that hard

Czars Trinidad | Layout Editor

Apoorva Verghese, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

My name, “Apoorva,” means "unique" in Malayalam, my native language. When my parents named me, they didn’t just choose a name but an aspiration. In my family, my name, as well as those of my siblings, carries strong cultural meaning. However, growing up in the U.S., my name was ugly to me. A hard-...

How do you celebrate Black History Month at a university with so few Black people?

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Kennon Stewart, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2020

I grew up celebrating Black History in my great-grandfather’s church in Detroit. For 18 years, three generations of my family spent every February in a gospel-induced fervor, belting and dancing to my ancestors’ hymns. Even my great-grandfather, a reserved Baptist preacher, would join his talent...

I’d like to think racism doesn’t exist, on bell hooks

I'd like to think racism doesn't exist, on bell hooks

Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

February 5, 2020

*bell hooks as an author intentionally leaves her name lowercase  I see the photo of him on my Tulane ID card. The smile is ear-to-ear, wider than his mouth has ever been. In his eyes, I can see a blind gleeful optimism, a surging desire to throw himself into all things college. He is not even a f...

Racism runs deep in professionalism culture

Czars Trinidad | Layout Editor

Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

January 23, 2020

The Tulane Hullabaloo is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Tulane University. Consider subscribing today to support our mission. I am sitting in the waiting room before a job interview. My foot is tapping incessantly while I tug on the too tight tie constricting my neck. My face...

Living Lizzo’s truth hurts: The challenges of being an unapologetically fat Black woman


Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

January 16, 2020

There is no better way to start the new year than cleansing the trolls out of your life. On Jan. 5, Lizzo, breakout icon of 2019, did just that. Lizzo said goodbye to her Twitter account, citing the “too many trolls.”  The largest wave of Lizzo trolls took Twitter by storm in mid-December when images and videos of Lizzo wearing a bu...

Forgiving my rapist, on restorative justice at Tulane

Forgiving my rapist, on restorative justice at Tulane


December 4, 2019

Content Warning: Please be advised that this article contains content related to sexual assault and rape. It was a Thursday night. I was not planning on going out at all, rather, I had assignments to catch up on and was coming down with a cold. But convinced by my friends, I went out. We started ...

Tulane students dressed in racist caricatures, are we surprised?


Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

October 30, 2019

Saturday, Oct. 26th, five days before Halloween, Tulane students have already begun their celebrations in full swing. You cannot walk through campus without spotting a group of students in a variety of costumes and, in more cases than not, at least one in an extremely offensive and racist costume. This...

Having rich parents isn’t a personality trait

Czars Trinidad | Layout Editor

Shahamat Uddin, Intersections Editor

October 16, 2019

Each time I catch a whiff of chicken curry, the fragrant aroma immediately brings me back to the many nights I spent waiting tables with my dad at our small family restaurant.  I would rush into the kitchen, challenging myself to balance more dishes on my arm than the last time I was there, read ...

Bi and By: A look into bisexual visibility

Ashley Chen | Production Manager

Maiya Tate, Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

People view bisexuality differently depending on who they are. Many see bisexuality as a phase or, as the famous television series “Sex in the City” put it, a “layover on the way to Gaytown.” But bisexuality and other sexual orientations have many layers and extend beyond the people you choose ...