New Orleans Educators Say Crime Is Pushing Retention, Admissions Down

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Murder is bad in itself, but what brought top Louisiana state officials to a table to talk about it Wednesday was the effects it's having on local universities' retention and admissions rates. New Orleans saw 162 murders in 2006 and eight more as of today, the Loyola Maroon reports. The Wednesday meeting brought officials from Loyola, Tulane, Xavier, and seven other universities to a table with Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's chief of staff and officials from the state National Guard, the state police, and the New Orleans Police Department. "Parents won't send their kids here" with constant murders, Deborah Stieffel, dean of admissions at Loyola, told the Maroon.