September 29, 2006

Good Morning:

There’s no place like home.

This Saturday, for the first time since Dec. 4, 2004, our Green Wave football team will play on their home field. This game, against the SMU Mustangs, marks the return of college football to the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

This event has garnered the attention of quite a few media outlets, including “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” which has been broadcasting from campus for the last three days. Like this week’s Monday Night Football game, the Green Wave’s return to the Dome will help renew the purpose for which the Superdome was originally built, while paying tribute to the role it played during our darkest hour.

We will have a special pre-game ceremony to honor Tulane’s medical heroes: the doctors who stayed behind during Katrina to care for and evacuate patients. We will also honor the Tulane doctors who, after our hospital had been knocked out by the storm, established a clinic on the street to treat first responders and what remained of the city’s population. We will also honor our heroes from the student-run Tulane Emergency Services who transported patients and medical supplies in the aftermath of Katrina.

In addition the game will feature the debut of our marching band and the return of Tulane tailgating beginning at 2:30 p.m. For ticket and tailgate information call (504) 861-WAVE or visit

When we played SMU last year one of our students was photographed in the stands holding a sign that read “Tulane Lives.” You can view this photo at Saturday will be another moment for us to make this statement loud and clear.

Roll Wave,


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