Tulane charged Mardi Gras dorm guests $60 apiece
Tulane University graciously allowed students to host up to two same-gender friends in their dorm rooms this month for Mardi Gras -- at a charge of $60 apiece.
It's an unusual policy. Then again, Mardi Gras is an unusual event. Tulane and other local colleges fill with excess students during Mardi Gras. To keep some semblance of order, the university limits the number of guests and requires everyone to register and put on an identity wristband. The wristband costs $60, payable by credit card.
Why the fee? It covers "the cost of additional Facility Services coverage, including extra custodial services, additional Public Safety coverage, as well as Mardi Gras administrative costs," the university explains on its Mardi Gras Administration page.
For the sake of decorum, the university forbids the following behavior from its guests:
- Behaving in a lewd or indecent manner in the halls
- Throwing objects from windows, ledges, rooftops or balconies
- Standing or sitting on rooftops, ledges or balcony railings
- Smoking on campus except for in designated smoking areas
There follows a lengthy list of alcohol-related prohibitions, covering kegs and "party balls," whatever those are.
University spokesman Michael Strecker provided some context in an e-mail:
"Some New Orleans universities don't allow overnight guests during Mardi Gras at all. We have allowed guests during this time for approximately the past 15 years as a convenience to our students, definitely not as a money-making venture. The $60 fee covers extra safety and security provided by Tulane University police as well as the extra staffing and facilities services required. The fee is a total of $60 no matter if guests stay for 1-6 days. Of the universities that do allow and charge guests during this time I know our rate is among the lowest."(Photo credit: By Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
Daniel de Vise
| March 10, 2011; 12:35 PM ET
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