Contact: Robert Bobo
214-768-7650
rbobo@smu.edu

August 30, 2005

SMU PLAYS HOST TO KATRINA’S VICTIMS

DALLAS (SMU) – More than 200 Tulane University students displaced by Hurricane Katrina – including the entire Tulane football team – are being relocated to Southern Methodist University in Dallas early Wednesday morning.

Approximately 400 students from Tulane were evacuated to Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. However, because the Jackson airport is not expected to open for another 24-48 hours and power has not been restored to the city, Tulane officials are sending students to SMU in Dallas and Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Upon arrival to SMU, they will be given meal cards, access to computers, a phone bank for long distance phone calls will be opened, and transportation to D/FW Airport and Love Field will be provided by SMU. Students unable to get a flight back home will be given temporary housing through SMU’s department of residence life.

The Tulane football team will remain in Dallas and practice at SMU’s football facilities. SMU is scheduled to play Tulane on Sept. 24 in Dallas.


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