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Ali DeFazio

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Ali DeFazio


Communications Specialist

Brussels, Belgium


BA, University of San Francisco
MJ, University of California – Berkeley

Favorite NOLA Restaurant: 

Fun fact: the world’s best ice cream is in New Orleans… It’s called Creole Creamery and their king cake flavor is better than actual king cake.

My “Only at Tulane” Moment: 

I love listening to WWOZ, a beloved local Jazz radio station in New Orleans. One of their DJs, DJ Soul Sister (Melissa Weber) has a great hour, and even better live shows, too. When I found out she was made the Hogan Jazz Archivist at Tulane last year, I was so pumped. Only at Tulane, does a DJ who throws the best shows in the city, work as the Jazz Archivist by day. 

My “Only in New Orleans” Moment: 

At the beginning of COVID-19, I went on a walk, feeling pretty down on the whole — you know, pandemic situation. The streets were empty, barely any cars… except for two folks in the neighborhood out playing music in their front yard. As soon as I heard them sing, “an old creole tune that fills the air,” I felt instantly better about everything going on. Only in New Orleans, could a walk around the neighborhood make you feel THAT much better.

My Best College Search Process Tip: 

Talk to current students! Reach out to friend’s of friends, cousin’s friends, friend’s cousins — you name it. I didn’t tour the school I went to, but I learned so much from talking to students there at the time. If you don’t know anyone from Tulane, reach out to current students.