April 30, 2004
This past week I heard someone (not at Tulane) lament about the state of our youth today, especially in comparison to those of decades ago. Of course, I have a different view based on the many talented, motivated and selfless Tulane University students I have encountered.
I think about the hundreds of students who volunteer countless hours through the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students (CACTUS) or other student-led organizations. These students tutor kids, refurbish schools, visit the elderly and sick, build homes for the homeless, defend the indigent and reach out in numerous other ways to those in need both here and abroad.
I think of the students whose talents enhance the local arts and performance scene, such as those who recently presented the environmentally-themed "River Run" performance, the Civil War drama "Hallowed Ground" and the student photographers whose works will be spotlighted at Radici Art Gallery on Julia Street from May 1 through June 5.
I also think of the many Tulane student-athletes who excel in their studies while representing us all through their athletic achievements. This includes our nationally ranked baseball team, who continues to be one of the premier squads in the country, and our nationally ranked men's and women's tennis teams and women's golf team, each of whom won C-USA Championships this season.
I think, too, of Tulane track and field standout Jillian Green, who received the 2004 Wilma Rudolph Award which honors student-athletes who overcome great personal, academic or emotional obstacles to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate sports. Jillian was involved in a serious automobile accident in the fall of 2001. Although doctors told her she might never walk again Jillian believed otherwise. By the spring of 2002 she was back competing for the Green Wave and this year has nearly matched her pre-accident statistics.
I can't say I am never disappointed or saddened by the actions of one or more of our students but I will say that when I think of placing the future in the hands of our young Tulanians I am filled with confidence and hope.
Have a great weekend,
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