At the university, Louise found herself among twelve students unjustly and illegally suspended for participating in a protest march. The regulations used against the UPR twelve were found to be unconstitutional in a Puerto Rican court several years prior. The San Juan Star depicted the episode in menacing terms.
“Can you mop floors?” asked the department chair at the University of Puerto Rico when Louise offered herself as a teaching assistant, having finally received her Bachelor’s degree and moved on to graduate studies. At home, Louise sat at the piano and played Jalousie, then poured herself a cognac and lit a cigarette.