Supporters of Women’s College at Tulane U. Rally Against Plans to Merge It Out of Existence
By KATHERINE S. MANGAN
About 150 women ranging in age from 18 to 84 chanted, sang, and pleaded with Tulane University administrators on Friday not to dismantle their alma mater, Newcomb College, an undergraduate division for female students that Tulane plans to close in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The 120-year-old college is slated to be combined this fall with its counterpart for men into a single undergraduate college at Tulane. Although Newcomb will no longer exist as a separate degree-granting institution, a committee is studying ways to continue the college’s legacy of supporting women’s education and leadership development, possibly through an institute or foundation.