Archives for September 1, 2005

TCU – Learning to Change the World

If you’re from the DFW area and were set to attend college in NoLA: TCU – Learning to Change the World.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Message to TCU from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.  

Dear TCU Community,

Devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and
Alabama has left thousands homeless, businesses destroyed and
livelihoods uncertain. Universities in the area, including Tulane,
Xavier, Loyola, and Dillard, all located in New Orleans, have sustained
major damage and there is great uncertainty as to when they might
re-open. To that end, TCU is offering admission until Tuesday,
September 6 to Metroplex undergraduate students previously admitted to
a university severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
I am asking that
each member of the TCU community be flexible in accommodating these
late arriving students and help them feel welcome. Although we are at
our maximum for this year’s freshman class, we feel a great sense of
duty to offer this gesture of goodwill to these college students.

In addition to these efforts, TCU’s Student Affairs division (Community
Outreach/Service Learning and University Ministries) is coordinating an
additional response to the disaster. A full accounting of their efforts
follows below.


Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

Marooned doctors plead ‘Please help us’

This is completely unacceptable, and those responsible need to be dealt with harshly.  And I’m not advocating handcuffs, or jail time.

Dr. McSwain, quoted in the article, is one of the dieties of early trauma research.

Unruly crowds disrupt, prevent hospital evacuations

(AP) — Doctors at two desperately
crippled hospitals in New Orleans called The Associated Press Thursday
morning pleading for rescue, saying they were nearly out of food and
power and had been forced to move patients to higher floors to escape

"We have been trying to call the mayor’s office, we
have been trying to call the governor’s office … we have tried to use
any inside pressure we can. We are turning to you. Please help us,"
said Dr. Norman McSwain, chief of trauma surgery at Charity Hospital,
the largest of two public hospitals.

Charity is across the street
from Tulane University Medical Center, a private facility that has
almost completed evacuating more than 1,000 patients and family
members, he said.

No such public resources are available for
Charity, which has about 250 patients, or University Hospital several
blocks away, which has about 110 patients.

"We need coordinated help from the government," McSwain said.

He described horrific conditions. (Watch a report on the scenes of death and despair on the streets of New Orleans — 4:36)

is no food in Charity Hospital. They’re eating fruit bowl punch and
that’s all they’ve got to eat. There’s minimal water," McSwain said.

of their power is out. Much of the hospital is dark. The ICU (intensive
care unit) is on the 12th floor, so the physicians and nurses are
having to walk up floors to see the patients."

[Read more…]

Dr. Charles announces his book

DrcharlesbookAnd now, presenting Legends of the Examining Room, a collection of the best writing this little weblog has had to offer over the past year.

Read about
the hidden poetry, the hilarity, and the heroic resilience of ordinary
people as they filter through this otherwise unremarkable examining

I’m writing under the pseudonym Aidan Charles. Both names
have a special significance for me, and were chosen mostly on
sentimental grounds. Now you can call me whatever you like, but I
feared that if I didntt get myself a first name that I was on the fast
track to a Dr. Phil-style reputation.


I will be donating a percentage of any sales to charities such as Doctors Without Borders. For now, Imm going to give 25% to The Red Cross for their efforts in Hurricane Katrina relief (this is assuming that proceeds total more than a 37 cent stamp).

He’s selling these through an independent publisher, here:

Legends of the Examining Room

Now, who’s doing the book review?

New Orleans Satellite Photos

Remember those before and after satellite photos from the tsunami?  Now they’re out for New Orleans.