Dear Tulane Community,
Tomorrow marks the 11th annual Crawfest, a student-founded, student-run rite of spring at Tulane that has become one of the largest and best-known college music, food and arts festivals in the nation.
If you have ever hosted an event larger than a small dinner party, you know the countless details and planning involved. Now imagine putting together a major festival featuring eight bands, two stages, 18 vendors, 13 sponsors, up to 10,000 visitors and 20,000 pounds of crawfish while balancing classes, homework, public service, jobs and more. To the joy of their fellow students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, community members and president, our students have been up to this task year in and year out. There may be other college music festivals around the country, but there is nothing like Crawfest anywhere.
In organizing Crawfest, students also gain innumerable and invaluable skills in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, labor relations, public relations, event production and more. Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dorm room. Who knows what our student entrepreneurs will create out of the experience of Crawfest.
So join me tomorrow for this uniquely New Orleans, uniquely Tulane celebration, which highlights our students' innovation, entrepreneurship and total commitment to two mottos: Non Sibi Sed Suis and Laissez les bons temps rouler.