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Urgent Call to Action

I need to mobilize the power of the internet, and apologies for this posting via email thing if formatting is horrid -- I've never done this before.

As you all know, Hurricane Katrina had some significant effects on my personal sphere. And my last post here was related to the announced dissolution of my Alma Mater, Newcomb College of Tulane University. As events have unfolded over the last several weeks, we have learned that not only does the elimination of the women's coordinate college for undergraduates NOT save the university significant money (it operates entirely in the black on its endowment income plus about 500k/year -- that's about 25 students' tuition at Tulane prices, and we have approximately 2000 students at Newcomb). Trust me on the details here, if you will please -- glad to provide copious detail. But the bottom line is that a corporate executive masquerading as a university president and a "blue ribbon panel" of MEN only have determined that Newcomb is an anachronism, unworthy of continued existence.

We are now a group of alumnae 5 generations strong, and there is a protest on campus tomorrow, the last day that the Board of Administrators "Task Force" on Newcomb will meet before delivering the death blow to our school on its 120th anniversary, in the name of homogenized, generic, coeducational marketability.

What I desperately need all of you to do: email CNN with a news tip, preferably Anderson Cooper. The protest is to be at 2pm tomorrow, February 14th, on Gibson Quad of Tulane University on St. Charles Street in New Orleans. Tell CNN to visit our hub site at http://www.newcomblives.com/
for details of the protest and for extensive detail on the travesty that is being enacted in the name of Katrina. Do it tonight, and send it to your friends. One or two alumna they could ignore, but hundreds of folks from all over the world sending it in would be a little tougher, right?

Thanks for whatever you can do.

*hugs*

Chris

Comments

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cindergal
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Hey, I'll take any opportunity to make Anderson Cooper my pen-pal. ;-) Seriously though, do you have one address that you prefer people to use? CNN has a "news tip" form that one can fill out, or do you think an email to Mr. Cooper would be better?
chrisjournal
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
I think either one will do -- Cooper's the sort to take on a bully and a faker, and that's what we're dealing with. Cowen's propaganda's out there and all that the general public is getting. We're ready to go on the offensive now, and I can't think of a better way to do it. CNN has a crew based in Nola now, so there's a good shot. Story ideas, news tips, and direct mails are probably all excellent ideas.
soundingsea
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I sent in a News Tip and addressed it to Anderson Cooper.
chrisjournal
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
missmurchison
Feb. 14th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Done. I'm glad I stayed on line for that extra minute and noticed this. Good luck.
chrisjournal
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!
mintwitch
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
done
Tulane U. is using Katrina as an excuse to shut down Newcombe College. The elimination of the women's coordinate college for undergraduates will NOT save the university significant money (it operates entirely in the black on its endowment income plus about 500k/year -- that's about 25 students' tuition at Tulane prices, and we have approximately 2000 students at Newcomb). Alumnae are demonstrating in protest of this absolute travesty in the wake of the hurricane's destruction.

The protest is to be at 2pm tomorrow, February 14th, on Gibson Quad of Tulane University on St. Charles Street in New Orleans. Please visit the hub site at http://www.newcomblives.com/ for details of this outrage.

Eliminating Newcomb will not only destroy a national educational treasure, but is a blatant attempt to undermine the cause of equitable education, using a tragic natural disaster as cover. It's a venial response to a community's pain, and deserves to be examined by the media.
chrisjournal
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: done
Excellent, and thank you!
caliente_uk
Feb. 14th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Have only just seen this, Chris. Good luck with everything. *hugs*
opalescence
Feb. 14th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. I hope that the protest was successful!
sweet_ali
Feb. 15th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
I forgot to reply but done and done. Good luck sweetie and i hope you are doing well *hugs*
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