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Volume 71, Issue 11, Tuesday, September 6, 2005

News

Evacuees face new array of obstacles

By Tina Marie Macias
The Daily Cougar

Although college students who evacuated from universities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana damaged by Hurricane Katrina are happy that Houston is offering relief, some are still experiencing problems enrolling in a new university.

"My roommate and I just moved into an apartment (in New Orleans), and we only have like two changes of clothes with us," Xavier University biology and pre-med junior Ji-Peri Breaux said. "We don't know when we're going to go back and get our things."


Students from universities across the Gulf Coast and their parents lined the halls of the first floor of E. Cullen on Saturday as they navigated the process of becoming UH students.
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Breaux also said that because she fled from Louisiana so quickly, she is undergoing financial strain. 

"We still have to pay (for school at UH) and it's frustrating, because we just paid for school at Xavier," she said. "And I'm on scholarship, and it won't transfer here."

Breaux said she also tried to be admitted into Louisiana State University, but they tried to charge her out-of-state tuition, because she's originally from Texas.

"Then we would be paying more to go there than we are to go to Xavier, and Xavier's not cheap," she said. "We actually called before driving out there and nobody mentioned anything about out-of-state tuition, but when we got there, they saw that we're not from Louisiana, so they wanted to charge us more -- but we go to school in Louisiana."

Other students from universities damaged by Hurricane Katrina are also having problems with finding money to pay for school. 

"We don't have anywhere to live -- no house, no nothing," University of New Orleans marketing senior Candace Davis said. 

Davis and her friend, UNO Business Management Junior Aisha Briscoe, are currently living in a hotel and were looking for campus housing Saturday.

"Over there at (the residence halls), they're not telling us if they have room or not. Another thing is they want us to pay for housing and a meal plan, and what they don't understand is we just paid for that last week," Briscoe said. "We're just trying to get them to sympathize with us. We can't pay a couple thousand dollars. We don't have anything, so we don't have anything to give you."

A UNO international student from Saudi Arabia said he was having trouble enrolling in classes at UH, because classes he could have taken at UNO require different prerequisites than at UH.

"I might have to go back home, because I'll be out of school (if I don't get into UH)," Hasan Almusa said. "Back home is Saudi Arabia, and I've been here three-and-a-half years. And I plan to graduate in Fall 2006, but I won't, and it makes me upset."
 

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