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INDEX Emory Events Calendar, Page 2 Police Record, Page 2 Campus Food Review, Page 9 Crossword Puzzle, Page 8 Staff Editorial, Page 6 On Fire, Page 11 THE EMORY WHEEL Since 1919 The Independent Student Newspaper of Emory University Tuesday, November 20.2012 ACADEMICS Every Tuesday and Friday DEPARTMENT CHANGES DANCING FOR DIWALI Emory Co-Founds ‘Semester Online’ Univ. Board of Trustees Affirms Dept. Changes By Evan Mah Editor-in-Chief By Dustin Slade Staff Writer In collaboration with other top universities, Emory University will expand the classroom experience to include an online component. Semester Online, a new online course education program that will offer new for-credit undergraduate courses, will allow top educators from across the country to teach these classes, in which Emory students may be able to enroll starting next fall. In addition to Emory, the consortium members include Brandeis, Duke, Northwestern, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U.). The online program will commence with pilot classes beginning this spring. The program was announced during a Nov. 15 online press conference. Enrollment and course information will be available at that time. The consortium of universities participating in forming the Online Semester are working with 2U, a company that has previously developed online graduate degree programs, to develop a for-credit undergraduate format. Lynn Zimmerman, senior vice provost for undergraduate and continuing education at Emory, wrote in an email to the Wheel that the program will replace typical classroom lectures with online content formatted into small modules. She added that the modules will include discussions involving roughly 20 students and a class professor. The online interface of the discussion group will resemble “the Brady Bunch squares,” she noted. According to Zimmerman, Emory had been exploring the concept of an online course program for a long time. She added that Emory had been working with the other founding schools to establish a program that met high educational standards through an online platform. “It seemed like the right experiment to join in, and that was decision that we made, and we’re very excited about it,” Zimmerman wrote. Peter Lange, provost at Duke University, expressed his excitement about Duke’s participation in the Semester Online program during the online press conference. “This is an extremely exciting way for [Duke and its peer institutions] to enhance the curricular opportunities for our students in a way that does not give up any of the rigor and quality that we expect of all of our courses,” Lange said. However, not all students at Emory share Lange’s enthusiasm toward the addition of online courses in Emory’s curriculum. College freshman Pat Zepeda said while he believes that although more courses will likely be offered through the program than Emory currently offers, he feels that Semester Online will hinder the true classroom experience. Zepada said many students will take advantage of the online courses to avoid attending a physical class. “It voids the connection you can make with an excellent professor,” Zepeda said. “It lacks the appeal you get when you meet with a professor versus simply looking at a screen.” However, some students are excited by the introduction of the new online program. See PILOT, Page 5 Volume 94, Issue 22 Erin Baker/Staff S avera — a dance group that combines Indian classical and modern dance — performed at the carnival, or Mela, as part of Hindu Student Association’s free Diwali event on Saturday in the Math and Science Center. The event’s prayer session, called Puja, was in Cannon Chapel. STUDENT LIFE Students Send Case to U.S. Supreme Court By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer Several Emory Law students have sent a case to the highest court in the land: the United States Supreme Court. Next spring the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project (ELSSCAP) will represent Randy Bullock in a case concerning whether federal bankruptcy law allows one to discharge his or her debt. ELSSCAP filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the case Bullock v. BankChampaign N.A. on June 14, 2012, and on Oct. 29, 2012 the Supreme Court granted the petition. A petition for writ of certiorari, or cert. petition, is a request for a judicial review from a higher court after a lower court has already ruled on the case. The Supreme Court receives around 8,000 cert. petitions per term, which starts and ends on the first Monday in October. The Court grants about 80 of them, making the acceptance rate approximately 1 percent. About ELSSCAP ELSSCAP is a student-run organization that reviews cases released by the 13 courts of appeals and the Supreme Courts of the 50 states. ELSSCAP decides which of them are inconsistent with a federal law, according to founder of ELSSCAP and third-year law student, Kedar Bhatia. The organization is distinct among its kind because the project is completely student run, Bhatia explained. Organizations at other law schools are clinics, meaning they are classes that give students credit. ELSSCAP partners with three law firms. When they decide to pursue a case for certiorari, they ask one of the law firms to act as lead counsel for the case pro bono. “When you go up to the Supreme Court, there are a series of briefs that are written beforehand which really are the meat of the argument … The students do all the research and the writing, which gets edited by the outside counsel we have,” said Louis Laverone, a third-year law student and ELSSCAP’s current president. According to Sarah Shalf, faculty advisor for ELSSCAP and director of Emory’s Field Placement and professionalism programs, it writes both cert. petitions and amicus briefs. An amicus brief — or friend of the court brief — is when a third party provides information to help the court make a decision. “The project does outstanding work … [It] is a great example of Emory Law’s commitment to integrate theory and practice to provide the best education for our students and the best service to society,” See ELSSCAP, Page 5 Emory’s Board of Trustees has affirmed the department changes announced in mid-September, the Wheel has learned. Chairs of journalism, visual arts and educational studies departments and directors of the Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) and economics graduate program submitted a joint letter to the Board on Nov. 6 expressing their discontent with the decision. The Board met two days later on Nov. 8 and “affirmed its support for the decisions and processes of Dean [of College Robin] Forman and the University administration,” according to an email to concerned faculty from Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary to the University. The Board has, up until this point, been quiet on the controversial department changes. In light of mounting criticism shortly after the announcement, Forman said that the Board had approved his plan at a July 8 meeting earlier in the summer. Still, many saw the Board as the only authority that could reverse the plan. In the department chairs’ letter, faculty members wrote that the changes would “significantly undermine Emory’s commitment to the liberal arts” in the fields of “the development of critical thinking, independent mindedness and free inquiry into the human and natural worlds we inhabit.” The department changes, they wrote, would send the message that Emory “is a place of narrow rather than broad academic opportunity, that its intellectual environment is increasingly desiccated and that its own venerable liberal arts foundation is structurally vulnerable.” The faculty members urged the Board to endorse an immediate “faculty-led review of the decisions and the processes leading to them” and called for the creation of a “legitimate, transparent body comprised of faculty and administration to engage in meaningful long-term institutional planning that Emory College needs.” HEALTH SCIENCES SEE INSIDE The full letter from the department chairs and program directors to the Board of Trustees. See Page 7. The letter called the process behind the decisions “undemocratic” amid a “pattern of opaque communication, and indeed disingenuously oral and written responses from the College Office ... praising the targeted ‘weak’ department, even into the Spring 2012 meetings ...” More specifically, the administration failed to consult “existing faculty deliberative bodies ... most importantly the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science Councils and the Commission on the Liberal Arts,” according to the letter. In its third and final point, the letter called the decision-making process “ethically wrong” and in violation of “Emory’s own tradition of shared governance.” The changes will have serious impact on “minority and women faculty and students,” faculty members wrote. The threepage letter noted that the process of reallocation represents a “collapse of a fair process of institutional checks and balances, inaugurating the equivalent of a constitutional crisis.” Magee, who acts as the liaison between the Board and the University, said she was unable to comment on the substance of the Board’s meeting and that Ben Johnson, the chair of the Board, was traveling this week and unavailable to comment. Shomu Banerjee, a senior lecturer in the Economics Department and one of the most outspoken critics of the department changes, said he was not surprised by the endorsement. “[University] President [James W.] Wagner and the Board of Trustees were not involved in the pros and cons of the decisions, just presented with a proposal that they endorsed,” he wrote in an email to the Wheel. “... [A]s Emory faculty, our overwhelming sense is that the president and the Board of Trustees have been tone-deaf.” See LETTER, Page 4 ROCKIN’ OUT Study Suggests Link Between Happiness, Longer Life Span By Harmeet Kaur Staff Writer Happier people live longer, according to a study conducted by Emory Associate Professor and Sociologist Corey Keyes. In a study that followed a representative sample of more than 3000 adults in the United States over 10 years, Keyes found that people who are “flourishing” are 60 percent less likely to die of premature causes. He defined people who are “flourishing” as those who both exhibit happiness and function well in their daily lives. These qualities were measured by the presence of 14 different characteristics in individuals. The study was divided into two components. In the first component, participants in the study were asked how often they felt happy, satisfied and/or interested throughout the day. In order to be classified as exhibiting happiness, individuals had to report feeling at least one of those three emotions almost every day. The second component of the study measured how well people functioned in their daily lives. This was based on 11 qualities, including personal growth, autonomy and social coherence. Autonomy entails confident expression of ideas and opinions, while social coherence refers to understanding society and the world’s surroundings. To measure these qualities, participants were asked questions such as how much they challenged themselves to become better people, whether they thought their lives had meaning and whether they believed they were making valuable contributions to the world. If the participant reported exhibiting at least six of these attributes, he or she was said to be “functioning well.” Keyes said his study opens up a “new chapter” in understanding the overall health of the country’s population. Understanding this, Keyes said, requires further study of how one’s wellbeing relates to one’s physical health. “Illness and health belong to two separate dimensions of population health. The things that we do to lower the bad [illness] don’t necessarily help promote the good [wellbeing],” said Keyes. This study, Keyes said, has several applications to the health care system in the United States. Keyes said that the country’s current health care model presents challenges, saying that is more focused on treating illnesses instead of preventing them. See HAPPY, Page 5 Jessica Labieb/Contributor B radford Cox — frontman of the Atlanta band Deerhunter — performed his music project, Atlas Sounds, at WRME’s annual Localsfest. Along with Atlas Sound, the audience watched artists Mood Rings and Naj Murph this Saturday at the Cox Hall Ballroom. HEALTH Researchers Find Potential Obesity Cure By Minah So Staff Writer University researchers have discovered a compound that could potentially fight the widespread problem of obesity in the United States, the University has announced. The “magical compound,” as Emory Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Science Keqiang Ye described it, is called 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone. This compound imitates a specific protein called a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). In humans, these BDNF hormones curb hunger pangs by “notifying” the body to stop eating. See PATHOLOGY, Page 5 NEWS MEDICAL SCHOOL OP-EDS REPUBLICANS A&E DUC’S TRIAL PRE- SPORTS WOMEN’S SOC- NEXT ISSUE STU- FINDS GENE THAT INCREASES NEED TO LOWER EXTREMISM MIUM NIGHT PROVIDES HIGH- CER MAKES IT TO THE FINAL DENTS DISCUSS NEW DIRECTION ALZHEIMER’S RISK ... PAGE 4 TO ATTRACT VOTERS ... PAGE 7 QUALITY MEAL ... PAGE 9 FOUR ... Back Page OF GOP ... FRIDAY


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