Displaced Students Return to Louisiana for 2nd Tryhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/09/AR2006010901731.htmlDillard U. Students Start School in Stylehttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/3575720.htmlUNO contacting students for enrolmenthttp://www.2theadvocate.com/news/politics/2174097.htmlNo words to describe New Orleanshttp://www.recordonline.com/archive/2006/01/10/news-redcross2-01-10.htmlNPR: Spring and Students’ Thoughts Turn to Tuition [Real Player]http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5135673The clarion call of higher education is bringing students back to the Crescent City, despite the desperation felt by many of the city’s longtime residents. This week, thousands of displaced students returned to a number of local institutions, including Dillard University, Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans. Many college students in New Orleans and environs sought academic as well as literal refuge at a host of welcoming institutions across the country for the fall term, and some vowed never to return. Conditions have varied greatly at area institutions, with some students returning to find makeshift classrooms and the ranks of faculty members decimated by cutbacks. Over 800 students at Dillard University found themselves the guests of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, and became the recipients of fine food service and free cable television. The financial situation for many area institutions of higher education remains precarious, and a number of them are trying to entice students who enrolled elsewhere for the fall term to return. At the University of New Orleans, a number of professors and administrators are emailing students with the hope that they will reach 12,000 enrolled students for the spring semester. Regardless of how things turn out, a number of institutions have already announced that they will need to consolidate existing academic programs and engage in vigorous fundraising initiatives. The first link leads to a story that appeared in this Tuesday’s New Orleans Times-Picayune that discusses the experiences of students returning to colleges and universities in New Orleans. The second link will take visitors to a nice article from the Washington Post that talks about the complex feelings and emotions that many of these students are working through as they return. The third link leads to a news story from the Houston Chronicle that profiles the new living (and learning) quarters of a number of Dillard University students. The fourth link leads to a news piece that talks about the attempts by various members of the University of New Orleans community to get students to return to the main campus. The fifth link leads to a first-hand narrative offered by Dawn Birk, a SUNY-New Paltz psychology student, who recently spent time working with the Red Cross on disaster relief efforts in New Orleans. The sixth and final link will take users to a splendid audio feature from NPR that talks about how and where college students might look to find the necessary funds to continue their studies.


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