Addiction and Affliction: The Opioid Crisis Takes Hold in New Orleans

By Grace Dubay   At his low point, John Randall* hid in a bathroom stall at Ochsner Medical Center to shoot up. He swiped discarded morphine and clean needles from locked storage closets, flashing his nurse identification card to bypass security. His job was physically demanding. From lifting patients out of wheelchairs to pushing heavy… Read More Addiction and Affliction: The Opioid Crisis Takes Hold in New Orleans

Women in Film: Looking Through the Lens of a Student Filmmaker

By Ashley Elizabeth Brown   On Freret Street sits a two-story shotgun house, unassuming among other traditional collegiate architecture on the Tulane University campus. This building holds one of the fastest-growing majors since Hurricane Katrina. The Digital Media Production lab houses active film students, taking part in creative decisions, learning about the movie business, and… Read More Women in Film: Looking Through the Lens of a Student Filmmaker

We’re All Around You: The Real Vampires of New Orleans

By Madeline Broccoli   Vampires have been a topic in folklore for centuries. For most of their history, vampires were portrayed as monsters. In 1897, Bram Stoker created the last century’s archetype vampire, Dracula, who is portrayed as predatory and entirely inhuman. In her Syfy Wire article, Elizabeth Rayne characterizes early literary and cinematic vampires:… Read More We’re All Around You: The Real Vampires of New Orleans

Different from Before: The Nouveaux French Louisianians

By Bennett Boyd Anderson III The bell rings. Through the window of the principal’s office, a troop of children file out of the schoolhouse, swathed in raincoats and boots as they line up beneath gray storm clouds. There is laughter and screams of delight. Most speak in English. Teachers and supervisors watch, glancing furtively toward… Read More Different from Before: The Nouveaux French Louisianians