The Tulane Hullabaloo

Louisiana elections should be decided by Louisianans, not out-of-state students


Edwin Wang and Michael Naish

December 5, 2019

Coinciding with historic statewide voter participation, College Democrats empowered Tulane’s precinct’s 118% spike in turnout. Greater civic engagement promotes better local collaboration, but out-of-state students must evaluate their long-term Louisiana residency before participating in elections that...

Orleans Public Defenders deserve our support as they fight for funding

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Josh Axelrod and Nketiah Berko

November 9, 2019

Josh Axelrod and Nketiah Berko both served as investigative interns for the Orleans Public Defenders office in the spring of 2019. The Orleans Public Defenders office represents about 85% of defendants in New Orleans’ criminal justice system. Its services are vital. Underfunding the organization ...

Among the Hard Rock accident’s worst victims? An immigrant who helped build the hotel.

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Colin Threlkeld, Senior Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

When Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma showed up to work his construction job at the Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 12, he hardly could have imagined what the next few days would have in store for him. Ramirez Palma managed to escape the building collapse with his life, but he emerged from the debris having suffered...

Cancer alley residents are fighting for a sustainable future

Protests against emissions in Cancer Alley

Nketiah Berko, Views Editor

October 23, 2019

Amidst the industrial smog clouding the River Parishes, the residents of Cancer Alley insist upon being heard. We owe them our attention. Last Tuesday, Newcomb Art Museum hosted a free screening of “Women of Cancer Alley,” a series of films made by women residing along the eponymous corridor along t...

Election Day amendments represent shifts in Louisiana policy


Julia Prager-Hessel, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

Julia Prager-Hessel worked for MSNBC this summer in the breaking news political unit. The gubernatorial primary, which resulted in a November runoff between Gov. John Bel Edwards and businessman Eddie Rispone, probably caught most of Louisiana’s attention this weekend. But when Louisiana voters went to the polls this weekend, they also voted on four amendments to state law. The r...

The ultimate Louisiana gubernatorial voting guide


Julia Prager-Hessel, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

Julia Prager-Hessel worked for MSNBC this summer in the breaking news political unit. The political climate on Tulane’s campus is largely the result of rumor and generalized personality traits. You’re probably familiar with the stereotypes. Those in the business school are more conservative, tho...

Tulane can help Louisiana combat its urgent opioid crisis


Edwin Wang, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

At Tulane, an exciting effort is currently underway to find safe alternatives to fatal opioids that have haunted countless Americans. Despite positive news at Tulane and nationally, the opioid crisis is worsening in Louisiana and demands immediate solutions from political and medical leaders.  Jo...

Students should support local trans organizing, Real Name Campaign

Organizers petition for New Orleans to make name changes more accessible for transgender city residents.

Dylan Borne, Staff Writer

September 11, 2019

Dylan Borne (she/they) is a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization and an organizer with the Real Name Campaign. Transgender activists in the city are pushing forward a new grassroots struggle for LGBT+ rights: the Real Name Campaign. It is a fight for accessible name and gender marker changes in New Orleans and Louisiana. Our petition includes demands to waive the...

With an overly punitive juvenile justice system, New Orleans is failing its children


Nketiah Berko, Views Editor

September 4, 2019

Nketiah Berko is a research assistant with the Oxford-Tulane Developmental Justice Network studying juvenile justice in New Orleans and Barbados and was formerly an investigative intern at the Orleans Public Defenders office. On Aug. 15, a disturbance broke out at the Orleans Parish Juvenile Just...

Dehumanizing conditions in Louisiana prisons disregard inmate rights

Dehumanizing conditions in Louisiana prisons disregard inmate rights

Emma King, Contributing Writer

August 28, 2019

Emma King is a member of Newcomb Prison Project and recently completed an internship with the Promise of Justice Initiative/Capital Appeals Project. Inhumane prison conditions in Louisiana reflect the deeply flawed U.S. criminal justice system as a whole. A recent survey of more than 700 incarc...

New Orleans must find new ways to preserve its history

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Gabriel Clark-Clough, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2019

It is uncanny how visiting the city before and after Hurricane Katrina, the comparatively touristy parts of the city recovered to almost exactly how they were before. With tourism as a central part of the city’s economy, New Orleans throws a lot of money at retaining its appeal to visitors, maintai...

The Elephant: New Orleans must stand up for Cuban population

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Adam Goldstein, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2019

Few can debate the legitimacy of New Orleans’ moniker as the northernmost point of the Caribbean. Between its geographic standing, an unorthodox blend of cultures and history as a major port marketplace, the city has carved out a niche that distinguishes itself prominently in the South and greater U.S. And while New Orleans...