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Tulane students find refuge at UD

5:12 p.m., Aug. 31, 2005--Several freshmen admitted to UD who opted to attend Tulane University in New Orleans are now in the process of joining the ranks of the Blue Hens after Hurricane Katrina struck that city and the campus was extensively damaged.

Lou Hirsh, director of admissions at UD, said, as of Wednesday afternoon, he had spoken with a dozen families, many of whom have decided to enroll their students either as matriculating freshmen or as students in the University's Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

"These are highly qualified students, and I'm pleased that we've been able to help them during this terrible situation," Hirsh said. "Both the housing office and the assistant deans have been very helpful and have bent over backwards to find space for them.

"This has been a traumatic and heartbreaking time for Tulane's students," he said. "Their move-in day was the same as Delaware's, Aug. 27, and no sooner did they move into their dorms than they had to evacuate.

"I suspect that many families want their students' lives to return to normal as soon as possible, and that is why they are hoping we can help them out," Hirsh said. "All of us feel a deep sympathy with what these families have been experiencing."

According to Tulane University's web site, everyone associated with the university is safe, but it is still unknown when staff and students will be able to return.

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