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Remembering the good old days at Newcomb

Posted by schroeder915 on March 31, 2006

Well now that a federal judge ruled on Thursday against Newcomb students and alumnae trying to keep Tulane President Scott Cowen from closing the 120-year old women’s college, Newcomb might want to forego the “Getting to Know Newcomb Skit” scheduled for next week, and instead focus on the “Newcomb Student/Alumnae Tea,” where stories will be shared about what Newcomb and Tulane were like in the past — back in the good old days before Herr Cowen appointed himself chancellor.

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Upcoming Katrina events

Posted by schroeder915 on March 31, 2006

Rally to protect the right of evacuees to vote
Ernest Morial Convention Center
Saturday, April 1st
9 a.m.

The rally will begin at the Convention Center parking lot, 9 a.m., Saturday, April 1st, and participants will march across the GNO bridge to Oakwood Mall. There will be a significant presence of police along the route to maintain order. Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby will speak at the rally. I don’t have any additional information — I couldn’t find anything online. This is word of mouth, but I did confirm the event with ACORN.

MAYORAL AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUMS
In the Vietnamese Community

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
5069 Willowbrook Drive
New Orleans, LA 70129
Phone: 504-254-5660
Fax: 504-254-9250
kimdung721@yahoo.com
Sunday, April 2, 11:15 a.m. — mayoral candidates forum
Sunday, April 9, 11:15 a.m. — council candidates forum

New Orleans East—April 2, 2006 and April 9, 2006 – The Vietnamese Community in New Orleans will hold its first Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 2, 2006 at 11:15 am, followed by its first City Council candidate forum the next Sunday on April 9, 2006 at 11:15 am.

We have eighteen mayoral candidates confirmed for the forum on April 2nd and twenty city councilor candidates representing District C, E and At-Large on April 9th.

Both forums will take place at: Mary Queen of Vietnam Church 14001 Dwyer Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70129

An increasingly large number of the Vietnamese community have returned home over the past few months. The community is prepared for a comprehensive rebuilding and revitalization. However basic needs essential for repopulation such as schools and hospitals are still not available. Candidates will have the opportunity to present their platform as well as address issues pertaining to the returning community.

For information:
http://www.maryqueenofvietnam.org/
Contact: kimdung721@yahoo.com or Au Huynh at auhuynh@gmail.com
Phone: 504-254-5660

Prejudice & Stereotyping Through the Lens of Katrina
Boggs Hall Room 239
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Janet Ruscher of the Psychology Department will present as part of the “Perspectives on Katrina” series. Box lunches provided to the first 25 attendees. Admission is free of charge. This event is open only to members of the Tulane Community (blah blah blah). For more information, call or e-mail Celeste Uzee at 247-1671 or cuzee@tulane.edu respectively.

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Thanks for the pond, Ron

Posted by schroeder915 on March 31, 2006

According to criteria used by the Department of the Interior for counting the nation’s wetlands — which allow destruction of natural habitat to be offset by man-made ponds — the pond trap built into Ron Forman’s Audubon golf course expansion has contributed to “the first net increase in wetlands since the Fish and Wildlife Service started measuring them in 1954.”

Whoopee!

Related: Monkey on a stick

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Pre-screened contractors

Posted by schroeder915 on March 31, 2006

Via WDSU.

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Justice after Katrina

Posted by schroeder915 on March 31, 2006

A beautiful graphic used to promote a The People’s Hurricane Relief Fund & Oversight Coalition rally last December.

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Carnival and revolution

Posted by schroeder915 on March 30, 2006

Can New Orleans’ carnival tradition be extended into the realm of radical transformation of society and government? Can New Orleanians stage a revolt that ripples through City Hall, Baton Rouge, the halls of Congress, and the Oval Office? Can New Orleanians finally shine light on the debacle of doublespeak and lies coming out of the White House that are devastating lives and communities?

Consider the following excerpted essay by Umberto Eco:

Carnival, in order to be enjoyed, requires that rules and rituals be parodied, and that these rules and rituals already be recognized and respected. One must know to what degree certain behaviors are forbidden, and must feel the majesty of the forbidding norm, to appreciate their transgression. Without a valid law to break, carnival is impossible. During the Middle Ages, counterrituals such as the Mass of the Ass or the coronation of the Fool were enjoyable just because, during the rest of the year, the Holy Mass and the true King’s coronation were sacred and respectable activities. The Coena Cypriani quoted by Bachtin, a burlesque representation based upon the subversion of topical situations of the Scriptures, was enjoyed as a comic transgression only by people who took the same Scriptures seriously during the rest of the year. To a modern reader, the Coena Cypriani is only a boring series of meaningless situations, and even though the parody is recognized, it is not felt as a provocative one. Thus the prerequisites of a ‘good’ carnival are: (i) the law must be so pervasively and profoundly introjected as to be overwhelmingly present at the moment of its violation (and this explains why ‘barbaric’ comedy is hardly understandable); (ii) the moment of carnivalization must be very short, and allowed only once a year (semel in anno licet insanire); an everlasting carnival does not work: an entire year of ritual observance is needed in order to make the transgression enjoyable.

Carnival can exist only as an authorized transgression (which in fact represents a blatant case of contradicto in adjecto or of happy double binding — capable of curing instead of producing neurosis). If the ancient, religious carnival was limited in time, the modern mass-carnival is limited in space: it is reserved for certain places, certain streets, or framed by the television screen.

In this sense, comedy and carnival are not instances of real transgressions: on the contrary, they represent paramount examples of law reinforcement. They remind us of the existence of the rule.

Carnivalization can act as a revolution (Rabelais, or Joyce) when it appears unexpectedly, frustrating social expectations. But on the one side it produces its own mannerism (it is reabsorbed by society) and on the other side it is acceptable when performed within the limits of a laboratory situation (literature, stage, screen …). When an unexpected and nonauthorized carnivalization suddenly occurs in ‘real’ everday life, it is interpreted as revolution (campus confrontations, ghetto riots, blackouts, sometimes true ‘historical’ revolutions). But even revolutions produce a restoration of their own (revolutionary rules, another contradicto in adjecto) in order to install their new social model. Otherwise they are not effective revolutions, but only uprisings, revolts, transitory social disturbances.

In a world dominated by diabolical powers, in a world of everlasting transgression, nothing remains comic or carnivalesque, nothing can any longer become an object of parody (see Animal House: but finally Blutarsky becomes a U.S. Senator).

Umberto Eco, “The frames of comic ‘freedom’,” _Carnivale!_, Ed. Thomas A. Sebeok. Berlin: Mouton, 1984.

Nod: Steve Q.

Related: Disaster, Carnival, and Revolution

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New Orleans’ shifting radio market

Posted by schroeder915 on March 29, 2006

New Orleans has been granted a Nielsen ratings reprieve for now, but once ratings return to a city with less than half its original population, some stations may not survive. It’s exciting, because stations are now trying to reposition themselves for a changing market.

I don’t know if either of these stations existed before, but I encourage people to listen in.

The Rajun Cajun, KLRZ Larose, 100.3 plays mostly zydeco with a sprinkling of country. I became fascinated with the station last week when, before 6 AM (I think), I heard them broadcasting a Catholic mass in cajun french — my God, what a concept!!! It’s amazing! This is what radio ought to be.

New Orleans Martini, 106.1 — okay, it’s a really stupid station name, but I heard them play Pete Fountain this morning! Can you imagine? What? A *New Orleans* radio station actually playing *New Orleans* music? What a revolutionary idea!!!

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New Orleans’ shifting radio market

Posted by schroeder915 on March 29, 2006

New Orleans has been granted a Nielsen ratings reprieve for now, but once ratings return to a city with less than half its original population, some stations may not survive. It’s exciting, because stations are now trying to reposition themselves for a changing market.

I don’t know if either of these stations existed before, but I encourage people to listen in.

The Rajun Cajun, KLRZ Larose, 100.3 plays mostly zydeco with a sprinkling of country. I became fascinated with the station last week when, before 6 AM (I think), I heard them broadcasting a Catholic mass in cajun french — my God, what a concept!!! It’s amazing! This is what radio ought to be.

New Orleans Martini, 106.1 — okay, it’s a really stupid station name, but I heard them play Pete Fountain this morning! Can you imagine? What? A *New Orleans* radio station actually playing *New Orleans* music? What a revolutionary idea!!!

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Hurricane Anne

Posted by schroeder915 on March 29, 2006

Women of the Storm is a Category 5 now.

The Times-Picayune:

The local group is joining hands with four national groups: the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc., the National Council of Jewish Women, The Links Inc. and the Women’s Initiative of the United Way.

“We are going from 140 to 300,000 women across the country. That’s huge. It’s mind-boggling,” said Anne Milling, founder of the New Orleans group.

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March against crime

Posted by schroeder915 on March 28, 2006


http://www.nolaagainstcrime.com/

Whew! I sure am glad the flier says not to bring guns — in case anyone from the Archdiocese of New Orleans shows up!

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