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News :: Everyday Life
Picking up the pieces Current rating: 0
09 Dec 2005
Picking up the Pieces.

Nov 16, 2005
Holsey E. Turner III
On Aug 29th 2005 Hurricane Katrina trampled the shores of Louisiana causing one of the nations most devastating and memorable natural disasters ever. This hurricane left New Orleans under water and several citizens of the great city helpless. Since then the nation has tried to help with relief for the survivors of this storm so that they can recover from the tragic incidents of late August.
Helping with funding for Katrina relief became a major issue in the early stages of aftermath, but later several organizations stepped up to help with the cause. According to the American Red Cross, Rite Aid, a known health product and pharmaceutical distribution company, donated $250,000 to help with relief for Katrina victims (2005). They also made their stores available for donations. They made the statement that people could help with Katrina relief by purchasing $1 Katrina relief certificates.
Relief for higher education institutions was a major issue that needed to be addressed as Dillard and Xavier, two of the nations most prestige’s historically black colleges were taken under by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. According to USA Today, Tulane University and Loyola University are working together to help Dillard and Xavier students begin classes in the spring of 2006(2005). Now the issue is admissions for each institution. Tulane University is reaping the benefits of Katrina as their enrollment applications have doubled what they were last year (2005). Dillard University depends completely on an open house event in which 60 percent of its participants usually become students of the university (2005). Now the question is how can they have open house to draw enrollment without a campus?
Students that attended Dillard University and Xavier have migrated to other schools in the country. Twelve have even migrated to MSU. Brittney Munday, once Dillard University sophomore now MSU sophomore explains the difficulty of adjusting to the new university. “This is complete culture shock for me! I was attending a historically black college with a completely different atmosphere and now I’ve come to this. This campus is beautiful and the people seem nice, but it will never be Dillard”. Munday enrolled at MSU mid semester and is making a great recovery from Katrina, but hasn’t decided if she’ll stay.

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