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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.
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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.
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,”
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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.”
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.”
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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.
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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.
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.
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • As Gaza continued rocket attacks for a second week, Israel killed four top terrorists in an operation targeting Hamas leaders and weaponry. Hamas leaders have refused to end the rocket attacks unless Israel stops a blockade of Gaza borders preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons. After Gaza launched almost 200 rockets into Israeli towns, Israel killed over 100 people in airstrikes, many of whom were children. • Although the dangers of hazing in college have recently attracted the media’s attention, students do not seem to have stopped the behavior. Even though hazing is illegal in 44 states, and neither colleges nor student organizations officially allow it, the practice continues. This can be attributed to the secrecy of hazing, the ease with which students can break rules regarding hazing and students’ general acceptance of the ritual.
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city’s desire to start their own school system stems from a desire for local control of schools. • An Indian health and hygiene textbook for 11- to 12-year-old students teaches that meat eaters are awful people. The book claims that meat eaters consistently tell lies, cheat, forget promises, steal, turn to violence and commit sex crimes. It also states that the flavor of meat comes from waste products. The books publisher has recalled the book and issued a statement condemning the material.
POLICE RECORD • Emory policy officers responded to a complaint from a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at number 6 Eagle Row on Nov. 18 at 3:35 a.m. The individual said he heard noises in the house and when he went to investigate he saw two subjects attempting to steal the chapter’s flat screen TV. The subjects ran from the house when they were noticed. There was also defecation in the door way to the house. The subject believes he might know who the two individuals are. • $10,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen from the Woodruff Library sometime between Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. 15 Apple iMac desktop computers were taken from the third floor of the
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library. The situation has been turned over to an investigator.
been turned over to campus life for conduct.
• EPD officers were called to Dobbs Hall after an RA found a small bag containing marijuana in the south lobby outside of one of the study lounges on Nov. 17 at 10:15 p.m.
— Compiled by News Co-Editor Nicholas Sommariva
• A contractor for the University parked his car in the Fishburne parking deck on Sat. 17 at 11 a.m. When he returned his Lenovo laptop had been taken from the car. There was no damage to the car, however. • A drunk and disorderly male student pulled the fire alarm at Thomas Hall, part of complex, on Nov. 16 at 3:15 in the morning. The student admitted to it the next day and has
November 20, 1992 Although final estimates were not yet available, the previous Friday’s Freshman Semiformal cause “absolutely unbelievable” damage to the Atlanta Penta Hotel, according to the hotel’s assistant manager. Damages included stained carpets, several broken elevator signs and thefts from the hotel’s kitchen and bar. Many other guests moved to competing hotels due to noise made by freshmen in hotel rooms. The assistant manager found damage to over 70 rooms in the hotel.
EVENTS AT EMORY TUESDAY Event: Emory Farmers Market Time: 12 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Bridge
WEDNESDAY Event: Toastmasters@Emory Club Meeting Time: 8 a.m. Location: Old Dental Building
Event: Queer Students of Color Discussion Group Time: 6 p.m. Location: 517E Dobbs University Center
Event: Storytime for all ages Time: 10 a.m. Location: Barnes & Noble at Emory University
Event: Athletics—Men’s Basketball Time: 7 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
Event: Queer Women’s Discussion Group Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Center for Women, Cox Hall Event: Trans-Forming Gender Discussion Group Time: 5 p.m. Location: 232E Dobbs University Center Office of LGBT Life
THURSDAY Event: Queer Men’s Discussion Group Time: 6 p.m. Location: 232E Dobbs University Center, Office of LGBT LIfe
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he class of 2016 spent the night dancing and eating at the annual freshman semiformal this Saturday night. At the event, which took place at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Dooley made a special appearance.
Partnership Promotes U.S.-China Relations By Abigail Holst Contributing Writer Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Learning collaborated with the Confucius Institute in Atlanta to host the Emory-Nanjing Visiting Scholars Program. The Confucius Institute is a program under the University’s Chinese Studies department. During this week-long program, which began on Nov. 5, Emory faculty worked with administrators at Nanjing University in China to hold several events both on and off campus. In March 2008, the Confucius Institute in Atlanta was founded as an educational partnership between Nanjing University, Emory University and Atlanta Public Schools. This new institute in Atlanta was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Hanban, according to Rong Cai, associate professor of Chinese Studies at Emory University and director of the Confucius Institute in Atlanta. The Emory-Nanjing Visiting Scholars Program, launched in 2009, sponsors conferences, scholarship opportunities, research and academic exchanges between faculty and administrators from Emory and Nanjing University, according to the website for the Halle Institute. “Since the signing, we have hosted twenty-four faculty members from Nanjing University and 40 students from Nanjing University,” said Cai. “The partnership between Emory and Nanjing University through the Confucius Institute has been the very effective platform for promoting scholarly exchanges between the two universities.”
Cai added that approximately forty Emory faculty members have visited Nanjing University in order to participate in joint conferences held on its campus during the past three years. Through these conferences, the Visiting Scholars Program aims to facilitate collaboration between faculty at the two different universities. The program also hopes to help create understanding of cultural differences between students at the
“I participated in the contest to challenge my limits in learning Chinese ...” — Kevin Kang, College senior
universities. “We are delighted to host our colleagues from China, especially now at the end of an intense campaign that reached new heights in negativity,” said Holli Semetko, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Halle Institute for Global Learning and Office of International Affairs. In addition, she conveyed her optimism and enthusiasm in regards to strengthening Emory’s collaboration with Nanjing University in the future. She also hoped that this collaboration could help to improve relations between the United States and China, in general. One of the events that Emory hosted during this exchange was the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest, which took place on Nov. 7. During
this contest, Emory students as well as those from three other universities — including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and Spelman College — competed with speeches that showcased their levels of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Competitors participated in different categories, depending on their skill level — such as Intermediate to Heritage Speakers of Chinese. College senior Kevin Kang and College junior David Wu competed to win Gold Awards, which entitles them to full scholarships while pursuing master’s degrees at Nanjing University. “I participated in the contest to challenge my limits in learning Chinese and to pursue my dream to study East Asian history at the graduate level,” Kang said. “I am grateful for the generosity of Nanjing University and the immense support I received from Chinese instructors at Emory, notably Dr. Hong Li and Dr. Wan Li-Ho.” Other events that occurred as part of this program included a conference titled “Cultural Politics in the Visual” that Emory and Nanjing University sponsored in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology. This conference, which is now in its fourth year, focused on the impact of visual media on cultural and political institutions in the United States and China. In addition, the Visiting Scholars Program enabled Emory faculty as well as other local educators to travel to Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai as part of a cultural and educational exchange this past October.
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Letter From Dept. Chairs Criticize Cuts Continued from Page 1 Banerjee wrote that he does not believe that all avenues of recourse have been addressed, citing the potential involvement of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a national organization dedicated to academic freedom and shared faculty governance. The organization comprises of more than 500 campus chapters, Emory being one of them. In late October, Emory’s local AAUP chapter released a statement criticizing the department changes. At the time, Barbara Ladd, AAUP’s current president and a professor in the English department, said she hoped they would not have to call for an investigation by the national organization. Given that Wagner, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Earl Lewis, Forman and now the Board of Trustees have confirmed the department changes, Ladd wrote in an email to the Wheel that the local AAUP chapter will be discussing future courses of action at its next meeting. “I’m still holding out some hope that we can deal with these issues locally, but some AAUP members here on campus would like to see an investigation by the national AAUP,” she wrote. Should the national organization conduct an investigation and find issues with faculty governance, Emory could be sanctioned and censured, thereby making Emory a less attractive University to professors looking for employment, according to Sharon Strocchia, AAUP’s presidentelect and a history professor. Director of the ILA Kevin Corrigan also expressed disappointment with the affirmation, conclud-
ing in an email to the Wheel that “what we need now is vision and real leadership — and the possibility of drawing faculty and students together in an open conversation — especially since morale is very low.”
Other Recent Events In recent weeks, faculty members and students have used public events and forums as an opportunity to voice
“... Some AAUP members here on campus would like to see an investigation by the national AAUP.” — Barbara Ladd, AAUP president and professor in English department their grievances for perceived flaws and missteps in the decision-making process. The Student Re-Visioning Committee, graduate students and recent alumni of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Graduate History Society, Emory’s local AAUP chapter, the Emory Journalism faculty and, most recently, the Laney Graduate School Executive Council, have all publicly criticized the department changes and the decision-making process behind them in open letters to the Wheel. During Wagner’s annual State of the University Address on Oct. 30, many in the crowd held up signs that read “Reject the Cuts.” As reported in a Nov. 1 Wheel article, the question-and-answer period that followed focused mostly on the depart-
ment changes, culminating in a heated exchange between Wagner and Corrigan. The two proceeded to talk over each other, disagreeing about whether or not ILA faculty members are being supplanted and whether Corrigan was aware of the conversations about the changes before they were announced Sept. 14. At a faculty meeting held the next day, faculty members pressured Lewis, Emory’s chief academic officer and Forman’s boss. Lewis, who is retiring at the end of this year, agreed that “the process was flawed” but said that “the outcomes were correct and the important question now is how do we move forward,” according to the meeting’s minutes. Last Thursday in an open letter to the Student Re-Visioning Committee, Wagner, again, voiced support for the department changes, in addition to noting “final management responsibility lies with the administration, while final governance authority rests with the Board of Trustees.” Wagner urged the community to “put the decisions of August behind us. It is time to get on with the work of making the Emory College of Arts and Sciences the finest-possible liberal arts college that both contributes to and enjoys the benefits of its central position in a research university.” Ladd disagreed with Wagner’s assertion to move forward. “The way these decisions were made is still very much an issue for a lot of people, and calling for an end to the criticism, to the conversation, or to the protests is not the way to move forward in any really meaningful way. The criticism is widespread and legitimate,” she wrote. “... We can’t move forward until we have a way forward that we can believe in.”
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A newly discovered variant of the gene TREM2 greatly increases the risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease for carriers of the mutation, according to a study completed in part by the Emory School of Medicine. The finding, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Nov. 14, is a result of a 10-year collaboration between the School of Medicine and deCODE genetics, a company in Iceland. The variant is stronger than 10 other low-risk factors and comparable in strength to ApoE, the most common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s, according to Allan Levey, director of Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and chair of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. The new gene is extremely rare, affecting only one out of every 200 people, Levey said. However, it is notable because
it greatly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. According to Levey, the findings indicate that inflammation of the brain plays an important role in causing Alzheimer’s because the variant of TREM2 blocks the gene’s usual anti-inflammatory effects. The role of inflammation is significant because it informs researchers about the biological processes common to all forms of Alzheimer’s, even though only a few people carry the specific TREM2 mutation, Levey said. Levey said he feels the strong evidence indicating inflammation as a cause of Alzheimer’s that will lead to further research of the effects of inflammation in the future. Researchers reached these conclusions when looking at the genome sequences of Alzheimer’s patients in Iceland in an attempt to discover any genetic mutations associated with the disease, according the Levey. The study, which included more than 100,000 controls and required
extremely large samples of patients, found multiple genes that are associated with a risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. These genes included ApoE, a second, lower-risk gene described in a study a few months ago and TREM2, which is the basis for the Nov. 14 publication. Researchers compared Iceland’s isolated population to a population of Alzheimer’s patients at Emory, as well as patients in the Netherlands, Germany and Norway. The study was able to associate the new TREM2 mutation with Alzheimer’s in all locations. Levey said it is not yet known whether the mutation will be a risk factor for early-onset Alzheimer’s as well as late-onset Alzheimer’s. He did, however, acknowledge that early-onset Alzheimer’s does have particularly strong genetic influences, all of which have not yet been discovered.
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Pilot Online Pathology Dept. Uses Mice to Classes to Begin Discover Possible Obesity Cure This Spring
compound were 30 to 40 percent lighter than the mice in the conThe research team discovered that trol group were by the end of the Ye’s compound acted similarly to experiment. the BDNF hormone during a drug “As you can tell, they are much screening. smaller compared to those girl mice,” “It is amazing,” said Assistant Ye explained, holding up the comProfessor of Pathology and Laboratory pound-consuming mice to compare Medicine Chi Bun them to the mice with Chan, who particinormal diets. “It took pated in the study. us a few years to pin “One day I believe this down and finalize this “One day I believe this will be an will be an amazing drug story, and we’re really amazing drug to excited about these to treat obesity.” treat obesity.” findings.” The team of According to Ye, — Chibum Chan, the “magical comresearchers in professor of pathology and pound” can be found Emory’s pathollaboratory medicine in South American ogy department observed viable plants around the results in two world, as well as in groups of mice: one that consumed common vegetables like celery and high-fat diets as well as the “magic parsley. compound,” and another that went If the compound is released to the without the compound. public in the near future, Ye said, it Ye began seeing results after he would most likely debut as a pill or had fed the mice differentiated diets in liquid form. for a few months, he said. The team is currently preparing to Although the male mice used in publish the discovery as the findings the experiment have not yet respond- are being confirmed in other laboraed to the compound diet, the female tories around the world. — Contact Minah So at mice have seen dramatic results. email@example.com The females that consumed the
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Continued from Page 1 College freshman Max Levinson explained that the prospect of taking classes with professors from other prestigious institutions such as Duke or Wash U. is enticing. “This could potentially be very beneficial to a lot of students at Emory,” Levinson said. “It’s a great way to use the Internet in this new day and age as a new method for higher learning.” During the online press conference, Lange noted that he expects many more institutions to join the Semester Online program in the coming weeks and months. He emphasized the significance of the addition of online course programming at prestigious academic institutions. “Semester Online represents a really unique collaborative effort among our institutions,” Lange said. “This is the kind of collaborative effort that we at Duke and my partners believe has to be a part of higher education.”
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Courtesy of Religious Life
epresentatives of Emory’s Inter-religious Council pose with Dean Susan Henry-Crowe at the National Foundation for Women Legislators on Sunday evening at the Commerce Club in Atlanta. The National Foundation is an organization of women legislators who assist female leaders.
ELSSCAP to Represent Bullock in Court Case Continued from Page 1 said Robert Schapiro, the School of Law’s Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law.
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debt that is due to “defalcation” of someone who has fiduciary responsibility cannot be relieved. The original ruling acknowledged that there was no malicious intent on Bullock’s part, and in addition there was no money loss for the fund. The dispute, though, is over whether Bullock’s alleged misconduct constitutes “defalcation” under 523(a)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code. ELSSCAP and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, a partner firm, worked together and advocated in the cert. petition that Bullock’s lack of malicious intent exempts him from the “defalcation” clause of the Bankruptcy Code. The petition asks the Supreme Court to reconsider the lower court’s ruling on Bullock’s degree of misconduct. The Supreme Court will determine whether his good intentions exonerate him, and thus whether his debt is eligible for a bankruptcy discharge.
In the case in question, Bullock v. BankChampaign N.A., the U.S. The Process Court of Appeals for the 11th District ruled against Randy Curtis Bullock, The justices’ law clerks read all who sought to discharge his debt the cert. petitions and produce sum- through bankruptcy. maries for the justices. For a cert. Bullock, who is from Illinois, petition to be accepted, four of the became the trustee for a fund creCourt’s nine justices ated by his father must vote to grant it in 1978. Bullock’s during their meeting siblings, who were “Most people think of beneficiaries of the called a Conference; this is referred to as the Supreme Court as trust, sued him over “the rule of four.” three loans he made deciding all these sexy from the trust. The Justices accept cases involving consti- loans totaled about cert. petitions if they are compelling tutional rights and big $264,000 and were — that is, if jusfor repaying a debt policy issues ... ” tices are interested and purchasing varby the legal issue in ious real estate. — Sarah Shalf, faculty advisor question or believe When Bullock’s for ELSSCAP and director of siblings asked him a law needs to be Emory’s field placement and to resign as trustee standardized in its application. professionalism programs in 1998, he and his The Outcome A decision to mother paid back grant or deny cert. the loans in full The Supreme Court, according to does not express an opinion on the with interest, totaling about $455,000. outcome of the decision. Rather, the His siblings’ lawsuit accused him Shalf, could have granted cert. for a Supreme Court deems a “cert. wor- of breaching his fiduciary respon- number of reasons. “It may be that there are some thy” case as one that warrants judicial sibility by self-dealing — he was review by the highest court in the accused of mismanaging the money justices on the court that are particularly intrigued by archaic words like land because of an inconsistent inter- by acting in her own interests. pretation of the law. The judge ordered Bullock to pay ‘defalcation,’” she said. Shalf cited Justice Antonin Scalia, When ELSSCAP reviews cases $250,000, the amount he purportedly for cert., there are a few specific benefitted from the loans in addition who is often intrigued by the interpretation of these qualities it looks for. It first looks to to $35,000 in attorwords and their etysee if there is “a division in the law,” ney fees. mological histories. according to Laverone. “He didn’t intend “It may be that there The Court might That is, an issue that has been to do anything recognize addressed by many of the lower wrong, but in a tech- are some justices on the also courts has come up with different nical sense it was court that are particular- that bankruptcy is standards. improper; he wasn’t ly intrigued by archaic becoming a bigger issue in America, The role of the Supreme Court a professional trustwords like ‘defalcation’. ” according to Shalf. is to resolve this split and provide a ee,” said Shalf. Neither Shalf standardized interpretation of federal In 2009, unable to law. payoff the $250,000, — Sarah Shalf nor Laverone have predictions as to “Most people think of the Supreme Bullock filed for how the Court will Court as deciding all these sexy cases bankruptcy protecvote on Bullock v. involving constitutional rights and big tion in Alabama. policy issues, but actually a lot of the However, BankChampaign, which BankChampaign N.A. The case is difficult to predict Supreme Court’s role is interpreting was the bank that took over the trust federal law,” Shalf said. after Bullock, asked the court not because there won’t be any preconELSSCAP also pursues cases in to discharge Bullock’s debts, argu- ceived liberal or conservative partiwhich the client has limited resources. ing that his conduct constituted san divisions, Shalf said. As for the case’s effect on Finally, ELSSCAP looks for what “defalcation.” Laverone describes as “a good justice An archaic term first used in the ELSSCAP and Emory Law School, story.” Usually this appears in the 15th century, “defalcation” has never Schapiro says, “The publicity will form of a client who believes he or had a clear definition in practical likely attract more cases to the Project … I think Bullock v. BankChampaign she has been unfairly convicted or application, according to Shalf. has received a disproportionate punMost dictionaries define it as a will increase interest in Emory Law ishment. The Supreme Court is in a misappropriation of money or as syn- School among perspective students.” The case is scheduled for oral position to reverse this wrong. onymous with embezzlement. For the Supreme Court to have In Bullock’s case, there was a rath- arguments in front of the Supreme granted a cert. petition written by er clear division in the lower courts Court in February 2013. —Contact Rupsha Basu at Emory law students is a tremendous on what the word meant, according to email@example.com achievement on ELSSCAP’s part, Shalf. Under the Bankruptcy Code,
Happy People Less Likely to Die From Premature Causes Continued from Page 1 “It’s tough in this country because we’re a very medically-driven society,” said Keyes. “Treatments for mental illness allow you to treat symptoms so you can function in life, but there’s no cure [for these illnesses].” Through his research, Keyes said he found a connection between happiness and longevity. He stressed the importance of positive mental wellbeing as a potential solution to these challenges, saying that positive mental health leads to a lower risk of premature mortality. “We tend not to pay a lot of attention to this need for wellbeing because it doesn’t support the current model of health care that we have,” said Keyes. “We need to complement the health care system, using not only the best treatments for illness but also new techniques that promote
our wellbeing. In doing that, we can prevent a lot of the problems we can’t solve now.” Although primarily a sociologist, Keyes said his work extends to fields such as public health and psychol-
“We tend not to pay a lot of attention to this need for wellbeing because it doesn’t support the current model of health care ... ” — Corey Keyes, Emory associate professor and sociologist ogy. Keyes is one of the pioneers in a new movement called “positive psychology.” Introduced by the American Psychological Association
(APA) in 1998, positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology that aims to promote happiness in individuals and communities. By identifying connections between positive mental and physical health, positive psychology hopes to prevent illnesses and improve the quality of life in individuals. Along with a team of 18 other researchers, Keyes was elected to participate in a group that formulated much of the ideas and groundwork for the positive psychology movement. Keyes’ 10-year study spanned from 1995-2005. He recently published his findings in the American Journal of Public Health. Keyes said he would like to follow up on the mental health and wellbeing of the adults sampled in his study in 2015, should he and his research team obtain more funding.
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Jenna Mittman is a member of the Class of 2013. Her cartoons have become a staple of The Emory Wheel.
BusinessWeek Ranking Indicative of Program Quality This Thanksgiving, the Wheel is thankful for the Master of Business Administration’s (MBA) BusinessWeek ranking of No. 1 in job placement. While the program ranked No. 22 overall in the rankings — and though administrators have stressed that the school’s education, not the ranking, is what truly counts — we feel that the fact that the MBA Program received this top ranking and rose six spots in job placement speaks volumes of the program and the improvements it has undertaken. This change also follows the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program being consistently ranked in the top five by the news organization, another sign of the B-School’s success. The No. 1 ranking in job placement is the result of a new admissions process and alterations to the courses the MBA program offers. For example, the program now requires all prospective students to undergo an interview process. In addition to this, the program revised its academic curriculum around four years ago, where first-year students complete all required courses within their first semester of the program, leaving space to enroll in electives during their spring semester. A new professional development class and Management Practice academic track exposes students to real-world business issues. We commend the MBA program for taking drastic action to foster these improvements. Ninety-one percent of MBA graduates from the class of 2012 had jobs by graduation, and 98 percent received job offers after three months. These numbers speak for themselves. While we understand that many of the changes the MBA program has undergone in the past few years were specifically related to the program’s business-oriented curriculum, we hope that other University schools and programs are committed to the same kind of self-evaluation. While rankings might not necessarily speak of the quality of a program’s education, a No. 1 ranking is noteworthy. While we should be careful about how much emphasis and value we put on rankings — whether from BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, and so on —, the success of Emory’s MBA is reflected both in the ranking itself as well as the program’s recent improvements. The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.
Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Yale Daily News Yale University Thursday, November 15, 2012 In its staff editorial, titled “News’ View: Protect Educational Studies,” discusses the fate of the Educational Studies program at Yale University. The Editorial Board urges Yale’s students, its faculty and other members of the community to rally around the program. They note that no students serve on the committee that will determine the future of that program, raising issues about student participation. This editorial, especially in light of the recent cuts at Emory, serve as a reminder of the importance of staying engaged with the decisions made by the University’s administration. Education Studies at Yale has reached a crossroads. Two years ago, administrators announced that Yale’s Teacher Preparation program would end. Student voices temporarily saved the program, causing administrators to extend it until the end of last semester. But the program — and the certification it offered — is now gone. Today, the future of its replacement, the Education Studies program, remains unclear. It is time for students to find their voices once again and to express what they wish to see in a strong and sustainable Education Studies program. The program is not ending; it is transitioning, and this moment of transition is when students can have the greatest impact. But no students currently serve on the Education Studies Advisory Committee that will help determine the future of the program. And, at the end of this semester, the program will lose director Linda Cole-Taylor — a passionate, dedicated and experienced advocate for the study of education in an academic context. With these resources gone, students must advocate for themselves. On campus, at a time when John Starr’s political science seminars on public schools are consistently oversubscribed, and Teach for America remains a top destination for Yalies after graduation, it makes little sense to reduce access to classes on education. What Education Studies classes need is the same sense of legitimacy that has been bestowed by administrators on any of Yale’s major departments or programs.
This can be accomplished by strengthening and expanding class offerings in Education Studies, many of which should be cross-listed with other academic departments, so that learning about learning can be part of an integrated liberal arts education. But the program must also be able to stand on its own. Education Studies should not be vocational, it should be rigorously philosophical, intellectual and multidisciplinary. The Education Studies program has been criticized for being pre-professional, a buzzword liberally applied to courses that supposedly should not be part of a liberal arts education. But the Global Affairs major culminates in a work-based senior capstone project and the Journalism Initiative trains students to write articles. We should not eliminate offerings associated with a specific profession — studying education can only make us more effective learners, the very desire that first brought us to Yale. Students in Cole-Taylor’s “Schools, Community, and the Teacher,” the central seminar of the Education Studies program, are placed as observers in New Haven schools. They have often worked with former members of the Yale Teacher Preparation program — graduates of the College who now teach in local New Haven high schools. Education studies at Yale, despite its shaky and uncertain future, has created a cycle of Yalies learning from one another and giving back to our greater community. Our University cannot afford to lose this invaluable resource. We hope to see a new director of Education Studies appointed soon, one who will be able to continue Cole-Taylor’s efforts with the full financial and administrative support of the University. We expect this director to continue some form of the central Education Studies seminar, allowing students who were turned away this semester another opportunity to enroll. This new director must maintain Cole-Taylor’s relationships with local schools, so that the cycle of Yalies involved in New Haven schools can go unbroken. To truly fulfill our New Haven promise, to be full citizens of our city, we must continue to teach. If we raise our hands and speak, we can show Yale administrators that they have underestimated the passion for teaching and education on this campus.
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What is Next for China? BART QIAN RICHARD SUI As the heat from U.S election is ebbing away, CCP (Chinese Communist Party) transition has become the new hot topic among world media. World leaders, experts and scholars were all arguing whether Xi Jinping, the projected Chinese president, will implement changes. The more general question is, what’s next for China? On November 15th, the new PSC (Politburo Standing Committee) members are revealed to the public. The PSC stands for top leadership for the CCP, and this committee essentially rules China. Therefore, their political beliefs and ideologies are crucial to determine China’s future. After the PSC members were revealed during a press conference, many scholars and columnists argue that reforms are unlikely because majority of the PSC are conservative and thus China’s future is gloom. At first, we shared the same view; however, after reading more media coverage and analysis, we think otherwise: dramatic changes may not occur in the next five years, but in Xi’s second term, he will reform. There are three reasons why we believe China will reform, slowly but surely. First, at the 18th party congress, Hu, the current President of the PRC, made a statement that the CCP and the nation will be ruled out of history if corruption remains a major prob-
lem. No leader before has ever pointed out this problem so publically and openly, which showed the CCP’s resolution and determination on corruption. Although Hu is stepping down within four months, his statement paves the path for the next President. In addition, Xi also emphasized this point at the press conference to reveal the new members of the PSC.
Even with a one-party system, there is still an emerging trace of democracy in China. Secondly, there have been more and more complaints and mistrusts from the people on the current political system and their economic situations. Media remains under strict control of the central government and inflation stays at an unpleasant level. Therefore, in order to regain people’s trust and to maintain power, the CCP is obliged to reform. Last but not least, when we talk about political reform in China, the major concern is whether there will be a true democracy. Some people hold the opinion that democracy will not exist under the one party regime. However, we believe that democracy can start from factions within one party. There are two major factions in the CCP, the “elites”
and the “populist”. The “elites” are mostly princelings, the descendants of the elderly party leaders, and the “populist” usually started their political career from humble families. The two factions hold different political perspectives. While the “elites” tend to be more conservative, the “populists” are more liberal. We regard the emergence of the two factions within the CCP as a start, or an origin of the political reform in the future. However, despite the disputes between the two factions, the priority for both factions is the stability of the nation. Thus, we think major changes will not occur in the near future, but it starts from here. As Chinese, we are hopeful for China’s reforms and its future. People may still be unconvinced and argue that the majority members of the PSC are conservative and are known for their strict policy to preserve stability and censorship. However, as the next president, Xi succeeded both CCP and military leadership from Hu. This was unseen before because the predecessor usually holds on to military leadership for two more years until retirement, and this will embolden Xi’s confidence to implement his plans. Even if preserving stability is on top of CCP’s agenda, as Professor Doner once said: “sometimes preserving stability means implementing change.”
Bart Qian is a College junior from Shenyang, China. Richard Sui is a College sophomore from Shenyang, China.
Media, Please Keep it Honest Sorting Out the Media Mess in Israel and Palestine The military conflict unfolding in Gaza has garnered a fair bit of attention in the international media. While hostilities in the region have been largely ongoing, this latest batch of fighting has been brutal. Hamas has launched over 700 rockets, unveiling a new arsenal of Egyptian-built weapons that reach further into Israel than ever before. In response, Israel has intensified air strikes against Hamas leaders, facilities and rocket installations in an operation that has been dubbed “Pillar of Defense” by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) leaders. While Israel has been taking “superhuman measures” to discriminate between military and civilian targets, as Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren recently stated in an interview with MSNBC, there have still been considerable civilian casualties on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. In one touching incident, visiting Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil cried over the dead body of four-year-old Mahmoud Sadallah. According to the Telegraph, Kandil said that “the boy, the martyr, whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about.” Indeed, many networks, including CNN, ran the story as a demonstration of the conflict’s brutality. But is this really the entire story? Shortly after CNN ran with the story, other media outlets noticed discrepancies. Pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon pointed out that the IDF did not launch any air strikes into Gaza during that time out of respect for Prime Minister Kandil’s visit — though Hamas rockets were still being fired into Israel. Further, local security officials who arrived on-scene shortly after the explosion that killed Sadallah removed what the projectile’s remains — leaving no evidence behind for later investigation.
The New York Times, after reporters visited the home where the explosion took place, concluded that “the damage was nowhere near severe enough to have come from an Israeli F-16, raising the possibility that an errant missile fired by Palestinian militants was responsible for the deaths.” It would indeed appear that Mahmoud Sadallah was killed by Hamas rather than an Israeli air strike. IDF officials reported that at least 99 rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups have fallen well short of their targets and struck civilian buildings in Gaza.
The mainstream media has distorted many facts regarding the Isreal-Palestine issue. However, that hasn’t stopped media outlets from lifting up deaths caused by Hamas, like that of Sadallah, as evidence of Israeli brutality. This effort to generate false or misleading media coverage that favors the Palestinian cause has been labeled “Pallywood” by many in the pro-Israeli community. Cases of this kind are documented regularly during the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sadly, the tragic death of young Sadallah is not the first time “Pallywood” coverage has occurred in this current round of hostilities. A few days before Kandil’s visit, BBC aired footage of a man in a beige jacket being carried away after being “injured” in an Israeli attack. However, later footage from the same incident shows that same man walking on camera, completely uninjured.
Who bears more responsibility for the latest round of hostilities is still a matter of debate. However, the use of misleading media coverage like Mahmoud Sadallah’s death and the “injured” man from the BBC is a clear attempt to sway public opinion toward the Palestinians. This is problematic for two reasons. The first is obvious: the images that are drawn from these whole-cloth creations are blatantly false. The second is that, by creating sensational and false images, Palestinians actually ignore or undermine the stories of those people who are actual victims of the conflict. For example, one of the Palestinian victims was Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, a 12-year-old (some sources say 13) boy who was shot in the chest while playing soccer. The bullet came from a border skirmish between IDF forces and Palestinian militants on Nov. 8. Pro-Palestinians don’t need to fabricate anything in that story to make a point about the conflict’s brutality. Of course, taking a more genuine position would force us to examine Israeli casualties as well, such as the 25-year-old pregnant woman who was killed while traveling to a memorial service for a friend who was also killed by an attack in 2008. Though Israeli casualties have so far been much lower than Palestinian losses, a pure realpolitik perspective suggests that talking about the pain suffered by your enemy at the hands of your attacks won’t help your case. We must pray that as this conflict continues, media outlets will be able to avoid being fooled by any more false reporting. Truth will be absolutely essential if there is any hope for a lasting peace in the region.
David Giffin is a second year Masters in Theological Studies student at the Candler School of Theology from Charleston, Ill.
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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
The ‘Fiscally Conservative, Socially Indifferent’ Vote Just a Few Ways the Republican Party Can Avoid Alienating Potential Voters BEN LEINER In the wake of what has arguably been a disastrous election season for the Republican Party, party officials, donors and representatives have mostly been turning inward for answers. I say “mostly” as I read about Mitt Romney crediting President Obama’s campaign with buying off minorities--apparently, the GOP couldn’t come up with enough “gifts” this year. All vitriol aside, the Republicans have work to do, not only among minorities (as has been repeated reportedly in the press), but also among a group growing as fast if not faster in the electorate--the “youth” vote, which broke for President Obama 60-36% this election cycle and made up roughly 19% of the electorate, an increase from 2008. I spoke with some college-age Republicans in Washington D.C. who were interning with Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Scott Brown (R-MA), the American Conservative Union and a GOP-leaning media firm. When I asked them why they were voting for Governor Romney, they said something akin to “it’s the economy, stupid.” They described themselves as “fiscally conservative and socially indifferent,” and justified their votes despite the GOP’s radically conservative social stances by saying, “don’t care.” In their August 8 issue, The New York Times wrote that this demographic and this attitude would be at the heart of next generation’s Republican Party. Even though voters of all ages identified the economy as America’s number one problem, many young voters admitted they voted for President Obama despite believing Governor Romney’s skill set would be stronger for fixing it. This discrepancy begs the question—why did Romney lose voters who trusted his economic know-how? The answer is that the fact the Republican Party’s zealot-like social ideology informs its fiscal conservatism turned off young voters. In other words, college students could not jus-
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tify voting for the Republican Party, even if they were “fiscally conservative and socially indifferent” because today’s GOP is fiscally conservative and socially insane. Thus, to court the growing number of “fiscally conservative, socially indifferent” voters in the 18-29 age bracket, the GOP needs to take three concrete steps between now and the next midterm elections in 2014: 1. Promote a fiscally conservative party without imposing on the rights of women and the poor. Republican pledges to indiscriminately defund Planned Parenthood, public education and welfare offend the intelligence of young
voters who do not believe the poor deserve to be poor (a view not-so-subtly implied by many Republican candidates) and that women should not have power over their own bodies. The vast majority of the youth vote does not want to live in a country where economic growth comes explicitly at certain groups’ expense. The GOP has framed its budget cuts not as unfortunate cuts to vital programs, but as necessary cuts to programs benefitting lazy freeloaders, (remember Governor Romney’s 47% comment?), immoral women and broken public schools. Free market arguments are sufficient, specifically among college-age voters fresh out of ECON 101. Don’t make
things more complicated by imposing social arguments on economic theory. 2. Do not be outspoken on outdated social positions with shrinking constituencies and look to modify extreme positions when you can. The issue of gay marriage looks to become our generation’s Civil Rights Movement, and it seems that the Republican Party has aligned itself on the wrong side of history. As Jon Stewart aptly stated on the Daily Show in the wake of the Chik Fil-A blow-up in August, “Gay marriage is happening. Like many drive-through window lanes, it ain’t going backwards.”
To say gay marriage is inevitable is not to say that the GOP has to become a pro-gay marriage party--there is still a significant constituency within their party that opposes it. However, the Republican Party should think about taking a more “libertarian” approach of “we don’t like gay marriage, but we’re not going to deny gay couples the right to do what they want.” Furthermore, the idea that healthcare providers should not provide contraception to clinics because it incentivizes immoral behavior is reactionary and belongs, along with Prohibition, in the annals of the early 20th century history. 3. Avoid talking about social issues that will do nothing but cost the party votes. Abortion is an issue where everyone has an opinion. The pro-life stance, while divisive, is still a valid position held by many voters, young and old, and there are many one-issue voters that vote Republican because of the party’s abortion stance. However, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock’s rape gaffes were intolerable for the GOP because they struck too close to the ultra-conservative, anti-women social ideology of the Republican Party and hinted at social positions beyond the scope of the pro-life argument. If the GOP remains pro-life, which the party brass believes it should, it should not wear its views on their sleeve. Although the youth vote breaks farther to the left than older demographics, it is not out of reach for the GOP--Reagan won the youth vote in 1980 and 1984 and George H. W. Bush won it in 1988. To gain these votes going forward, the GOP has to take a play out of the Reagan playbook, talking about social issues, while at the same time reassuring moderate voters that that they will not act on them. However, as long as the Republican Party remains the party of Todd Akin and does not appeal to “fiscally conservative, socially indifferent” young voters, it is perpetually doomed.
Ben Leiner is a College junior from Baltimore, Md.
LGS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
EMORY FACULTY LEADERS
An Open Letter to the Emory AAUP Chapter And All LGS Faculty
A Letter to the Board of Trustees
According to the Faculty Governance Document, which was submitted by the Committee on Faculty Governance in August 1994 and approved by the Graduate Faculty in May 1995, the Executive Council (EC) of the Laney Graduate School (LGS) is elected by the members of the Graduate Faculty to make decisions pertaining to graduate programs and curriculum. This same document makes clear that the LGS dean is ultimately responsible for administering graduate programs. Given that these domains are “closely intertwined,” the Faculty Governance Document charges the EC and the LGS Dean to “jointly decide” matters in four broad areas: • Approval of new programs and courses; • Maintaining, revising, and implementing common standards of quality for instruction and student research in the Laney Graduate School; • Evaluating priorities in allocating stipend and tuition budget funds; • Program development and planning for the Laney Graduate School over multiple years We take these roles and responsibilities very seriously. On Sept. 10, 2012, Dean Robin Forman of Emory College met with the EC to describe the changes that were planned for the College, including the closing of the Division of Educational Studies, which currently offers both masters and a PhD program. He also informed the EC that he and LGS Dean Lisa Tedesco had jointly decided to suspend admissions to the graduate programs in Spanish, Economics and the Institute of Liberal Arts. This was the first time that these changes were discussed with the EC, and they were presented as a fait accompli. The decision to cut graduate programs in Educational Studies and suspend admissions to the three additional graduate programs would seem to clearly fall within the purview of “program development and planning ... over multiple years” — the fourth area listed above in which matters should be decided “jointly” by the EC and the LGS dean. As representatives of the graduate faculty, the EC should have had the opportunity to voice their concerns to Dean Forman and Dean Tedesco prior to their making any recommendations to the provost. The EC would have considered the impact of such program closure and suspension on students, and on other programs in all affected departments and schools, providing different yet valuable perspectives that would have informed (and potentially modified) decisions made by the deans. The EC should have also had the opportunity to provide a written response directly to the provost in the event of disagreement with the dean. The EC was circumvented during the recent decision-making process. We ask that
Deans Forman and Tedesco inform the EC in writing why this was the case. We understand that Deans Forman and Tedesco did have faculty input into the decision provided by the ad-hoc Finance Committee, and we respect the dean’s right to administer graduate programs. Yet the members of the EC, not the Finance Committee, are the duly elected representatives of the graduate faculty who are responsible for overseeing the graduate curriculum, and therefore the failure to consult with the EC before making these decisions represents a clear breakdown in the system of graduate faculty governance. Nov. 15, 2012 In the spirit of learning from the past and moving forward, the EC is planning a review of the Faculty Governance Document adopted in 1995 in an effort to define: • The roles, responsibilities and powers of the EC, • The mechanisms for review of programs, and • The process that should be formalized and adhered to should the suspension or closure of a graduate program be necessary in the future. We will seek input from the deans, program directors, directors of graduate studies, and all graduate faculty during this process. Final adoption of any changes to this document will be submitted for approval to all Faculty of the LGS. The members of the EC sympathize with the many faculty members and students who strongly object to the recent decisions to cut and suspend admissions to these graduate programs. At the same time, we recognize the difficult choices that Deans Forman and Tedesco face in trying to best utilize limited College and LGS resources in creating undergraduate and graduate programs of genuine distinction. The EC also recognizes that the deans of each of the schools of the University have authority over their own budgets, and that it cannot force the deans to spend resources that they do not have. The members of the EC want to assure all faculty and students, regardless of how they feel about these changes, that their elected representatives on the EC will be working both to clarify the lines of responsibility between faculty and administrators and to strengthen the role of faculty governance in the Laney Graduate School. Sincerely, The LGS Executive Council Carlos S. Moreno, Chair (SOM) Kimberly Arriola, Member (RSPH) Patricia Cahill, Member (ECAS) Joseph Crespino, Member (ECAS) Andreas Fritz, Member (ECAS) Lynne Huffer, Member (ECAS) P. Barry Ryan, Member (RSPH) Jeffrey Staton, Member (ECAS) Karen Stolley, Member (ECAS)
The EC was circumvented during the decision-making process regarding the cuts.
To the Emory University Board of Trustees: We write as leaders of the Emory faculty, representing departments and programs slated to be eliminated or cut by the forthcoming curricular changes announced by Dean Robin Forman on Sept. 14, 2012. We know that the Board is a stakeholder in this historic decision, having formally ratified the plan prior to its public disclosure. For this reason, we believe it is imperative that the Board understand the impact of the position it has endorsed, that it register a plurality of perspectives on the situation that the announcement has created, and that it proceed with more rather than less information. We hasten to make clear that we are realistic about the fiscal exigencies that Emory College faces. We applaud Dean Forman for the diligence he has brought to the budgetary crisis that has plagued the College since the global financial collapse of 2008, and we likewise recognize that the College’s financial model must change. To the extent that the Board has played a role in eliminating the College’s $12 million operating deficit, we are grateful. Like the Dean, the central administration, the Board and not least — our students, we too wish to see Emory thrive as one of the nation’s great universities in the 21st century. We strongly believe, however, that the recently announced plan will weaken Emory. Our principal reasons are as follows. First, the changes significantly undermine Emory’s commitment to the liberal arts, whose core tasks remain essential to higher education: the development of critical thinking, independent mindedness, and free inquiry into the human and natural worlds we inhabit. In the disbanding of the graduate program of the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory loses one of the few explicitly interdisciplinary Ph.D programs in the United States, whose work is vitally intertwined with graduate faculties and students across the academy. In closing the Journalism program with its Cox-endowed chair, Emory divests itself of core area of critical, participatory citizenship, in one of the most important cities for media production in the world. Suspension of the graduate program in Spanish and Portuguese and limitations on Russian, Hindi and Persian language instruction run counter to Emory’s stated commitment to internationalization and a globalist outlook. The decisions threaten to impoverish students from many disciplines for whom language and culture is fundamental, and suggest a disturbing move toward monolingual education. In eliminating the Division of Educational Studies, Emory loses one of the top producers of African-American Ph.Ds in the nation for the last 20 years, whose work is vital to the legacy of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, regionally and nationally. In eliminating the Visual Arts Department, Emory alone among its peer institutions denies the deep relevance of creative work in the arts to critical thinking — and does so just as Harvard, Stanford and Duke have recently announced new initiatives in cross disciplinary research in the arts, the sciences and the humanities. In short, we believe that the cuts and clo-
sures send precisely the wrong message to the high-caliber faculty and graduate students we want to recruit, and to our peers across the country and the world. That message is 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. Second, these decisions result from a deeply undemocratic process that has prompted widespread controversy. For us as faculty, many troubling details have emerged about the lack of administration consultation with faculty over the cuts and closures. We have learned of the extensive but deliberately secretive consultative activities of the College Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC), which failed to provide mandated reports to its overseeing body, the Governance Committee, and which ostensibly decided not even to keep minutes of its own meetings.
The cuts that have been made will undermine Emory’s commitment to the liberal arts. We have discovered a pattern of opaque communication, and indeed patently disingenuous oral and written responses from the College Office in departmental planning sessions, in case after case praising the targeted “weak” departments, even into Spring 2012 meetings for AY 2012-2013. We have been unable to obtain the data and information that the College Office used as evidence in making its decisions, though we do know the history of errors in the College Office’s previous reports to us about our own teaching and professional activities. We see that the administration deliberately did not consult with existing faculty deliberative bodies in its re-visioning planning, most importantly the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Councils (comprised of the chairs of departments in these divisions), and the Commission on the Liberal Arts. The latter specifically charged in February 2012 by Provost Lewis “to take a broad and deep look at liberal arts education at Emory over the next quarter century.” Grave concern about the administration’s failure to consult more extensively and to engage diverse viewpoints is shared by faculty across the campus. Strikingly low attendance at the Oct. 25 reception for Arts and Sciences faculty at the Carter Center was a resounding expression of this concern, as was the overflowing attendance at a highlycharged special meeting of the College faculty and Dean Forman on Oct. 3. At that meeting, to our shock, faculty were blamed for non-participation in a process that was specifically designed to be opaque and exclusionary. In addition to challenges by many faculty to the adequacy of process, we also note the unprecedented action of students. The Emory Wheel’s persistent reporting has been a key and galvanizing factor in public understanding of events, as evidenced in the long, often-substantive threads of online com-
ments to its articles. Students too took the lead in the Q & A following President Wagner’s recent State of the University address, but their penetrating questions have been omitted from the YouTube version of the event. Third, we believe that the decision-making process was not only ethically wrong — the more painfully and embarrassingly so for an institution whose rhetoric about itself continuously celebrates its superior ethical engagement — but holds serious questions for the university’s governance. In deliberately foregoing broad and meaningful consultation with the faculty over curricular changes, the administration has effectively proclaimed that the Dean’s responsibility to “exercise leadership in the development of educational policies and programs” (Emory University Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2) trumps the faculty’s “responsibility for ... and jurisdiction over” curricula and the instructional, programming (Article IV, Section 1). Such a stance violates Emory’s own tradition of shared governance, and the guidelines of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), opening Emory to national censure. As one important aspect of that violation, the CFAC issued recommendations to close programs in another unit, the Laney Graduate School (LGS), and LGS Dean Lisa Tedesco implemented CFAC recommendations without bringing proposals to the LGS Executive Committee. This unidirectional process of reallocation, from the administration to the faculty without properly constituted faculty deliberative bodies, represents from our perspective the collapse of a fair process of institutional checks and balances, inaugurating the equivalent of a constitutional crisis. Altogether, we urge the Board to consider the deleterious effects of the academic losses these cuts and discontinuations will bring, the serious impact on minority and women faculty and students, and the damage to Emory’s institutional culture. We believe that there is palpable sense that we are losing the trust and confidence of key constituencies of the Emory community — faculty, students, parents, alumni and donors — not to mention prospective students. The feedback from those constituencies continues unabated seven weeks after the announcement, and we worry for Emory’s national and international reputation. We urge the Board to be proactive in endorsing an immediate faculty-led review of these decisions and the processes leading to them, and a halt to the announced changes pending that review. Likewise, we urge the creation of a legitimate, transparent body comprised of faculty and administration to engage in the meaningful long-term institutional planning that Emory College needs. Respectfully submitted, Maria Arbatskaya, DGS, Economics and Associate Professor Kevin Corrigan, Director, ILA and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities Jason Francisco, Professor, Visual Arts Robert Jensen, Chair, Division of Education Studies and Mathematics Education Professor Julia Kjelgaard, Chair, Visual Arts Hank Klibanoff, Chair of Journalism and James M. Cox Jr. Professor
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French Filmmaker Speaks on Emotion By Fiona Zhao Contributing Writer Claire Denis, critically-acclaimed French film director, visited Emory University on Nov. 14 and 15 to introduce the screening of her most recent film “White Material” and discuss her filmmaking career in a Creativity Conversation. Praised as the best female filmmaker in contemporary French cinema, Denis has won numerous awards for her films, including “Chocolat” (1988), “I Can’t Sleep” (1994), “Beau Travail” (1999) and “35 Shots of Rum” (2008). Many of her films have been described as prismatic and elliptical, with long fragmented scenes focusing on visual and auditory elements rather than dialogue. Denis gave a brief speech to provide background to her film “White Material” (2009), which was followed by a Creativity Conversation in which she discussed the nuances of finding inspiration, scriptwriting and her personal aims in filmmaking. Denis first revealed that the inspiration for “White Material” did not emerge until she read a local news story regarding the political turmoil in post-colonial Africa, which focused on one individual who refused to evacuate despite repeated warnings. “[It] was not a film that I planned in any way,” she said. Denis said she began to wonder about this individual, “who maybe seemed blind to what’s happening because she believes that she is stronger than reality, and she believes that her stubbornness will be a shield to protect her.” This individual manifested into
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The DUC ran a trial of a “Premium Night” from 8 to 10 p.m. last Wednesday, offering students high-quality food including steak at an additional cost. The meal offered a more upscale alternative to students’ typical meal at the DUC.
DUC Premieres ‘Premium’ Steak Surprise By Evan Mah Editor-in-Chief When I first came to Emory, my relationship with food was evolving. As a freshman, I was careless in a sprawling city, my appetite at the mercy of a cafeteria that closed at 8 p.m. and ran short of food an hour earlier. The Dobbs Market, more often called the DUC, was the unfortunate gooey center of my culinary
existence. Now, there is hope for future Emory undergraduates. Last week, the Dobbs University Center (DUC) tested new operating hours that kept the gates up until 10 p.m., instead of the usual 8 p.m. The kitchen also experimented with a “Premium Night,” during which students could have high-quality foods at the cost of one meal swipe, plus an additional $5.
I was skeptical when I heard “premium,” “DUC” and “additional $5” all in one sentence. And then when a DUC manager reportedly said that the food would be “higher quality than what you get at most restaurants,” I figured Pinocchio was running the entire operation. Come Premium Night last Wednesday, I walked into the DUC at 6 p.m. only to discover that the special meals would be served between 8
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and 10 p.m. Maybe I missed a sign or email, but that was news to me. Two hours later, with my ticket in hand, I found a line of students waiting in front of the grill station. A DUC employee was asking students for their names and how they would like their steak cooked. Within 15 minutes, I had a 12 oz. N.Y. Strip covered in mushroom gravy and charred to a perfect medium-rare resting in front of me. The
verdict? Nom. Friends asked me whether the steak was worth the additional cost. As someone who once paid $80 for a bowl of soup, I sometimes question whether I’m the best person to make value judgments. But all things aside, yes — that steak was very much worth it, being as fine of a steak a meal swipe will ever get you.
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Talented Student Musicians Dazzle By Coryn Julien Contributing Writer
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College senior Andre Lumpkin flips College freshman James LaRussa in “Of Kiltering,” a dance choreographed by Greg Catellier. The piece was just one of many in Emory Dance Company’s fall performance “Vault.”
EDC Adds Another Success to the ‘Vault’ By Annie McNutt Staff Writer So much more than a compilation of dances, Emory Dance Company’s fall performance “Vault” consisted of stomping, clapping and emphatic emotions conveyed in carefully constructed facial expressions — not your typical dance performance. Each piece in the compilation was choreographed by a member of Emory’s dance faulty, which was evident in the unique and different ele-
ments that each embodied. The opening dance, “Small Finale,” created by guest choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, began with students engaging in slow movements, then running around and stopping abruptly to add to the dramatic air. These abrupt movements were flawlessly juxtaposed by a soft, calm energy, which was in part created by the music. The second and most engaging performance of the night was “Of Kiltering,” choreographed by senior lecturer Gregory Catellier.
Containing only five dancers, the piece was simple yet intense. College sophomore Sarah Beach and College freshman James LaRussa, who at one point balanced a chair on his chin, were both outstanding. Beach moved with incredible fluidity and grace, while LaRussa was strong in each and every lift. He was also extremely talented at letting his body fall to the floor in a controlled way. The final dance “All is Well,” choreographed by senior lecturer George Staib, concluded with all the dancers
removing most of their clothing. This extremely unexpected choice contributed to the overall shock and awe, a seemingly intentional choice that was well executed. The dance started off with College junior Alex Lopez singing George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” The routine explored human emotions on a complex and intricate level. The dancers were smiling at times and frowning or very serious looking
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The talented undergraduate music majors of Emory University’s Music Department lit up the stage Saturday night with engaging and masterful performances in a friendly battle to be named winner. The annual Concerto and Aria Competition featured 13 talented Emory students and a wide array of concerto pieces from the haunting tones of Sergei Rachmaninov to the exciting, bold notes of George Gershwin. Each performer played an entirely memorized movement from the concerto of their choice for the chance to perform with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in March of 2013 or with the Emory Wind Ensemble in April 2013. All of the performers certainly had a presence on the brightly-lit stage of the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall. The warm golden tones, lush red seating and the tall, rounded walls of the hall were an undeniably musical setting for the event. And the large, dramatic pipe organ reaching from floor to ceiling against the back wall caught a lightly chattering audience’s attention as they waited for the show to begin. There was a brief welcome and overview of the competition, but afterwards there would be no more speaking until the very end, when the audience was addressed in closing. Each sharply-dressed competitor entered the stage with nothing more than their instrument and an eager, slightly nervous smile. There was no introduction for any of the musicians; they simply began to play and let their music speak for them. College junior Hao Feng started the night off as he entered from stage left along with accompanying pianist Elena Cholakova. He seated
himself at the sleek black piano in the center of the stage and straightaway began to play. The powerful melody of Rachmaninov’s “Allegro scherzando” filled the hall as his fingers flew effortlessly along piano keys, presenting a strong challenge right at the beginning of the competition. His was only the start of a series of rousing piano performances. Carey Shi stirred the audience immediately with the loud, intense notes at the beginning of her rendition of Maurice Ravel’s “Adagio assai.” College senior Ally Costello closed her eyes and swayed in an almost trance-like state as she fluttered her fingers along the fluid, serene notes of “Adagio assai” as well. College sophomore Sophia Lu’s fingers moved so quickly and intensely along the piano keys in her performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ classic “Andante sostenuto” that at one point she lifted herself out of her seat as she played. Other instruments gained the spotlight as well. College senior Camilia Heninger demonstrated complex and seemingly flawless fingerings along the strings of her violin to Jean Sibelius’s virtuosic “Allegro moderato.” A gleaming silver trumpet blasted out the bold, triumphant notes of Aleksandra Pakhmutova’s “Concerto for Trumpet” as College senior Derrick Montgomery stood tall and proud center-stage. College sophomore Warren Ma’s performance of Charles Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” was alive with the light, flowing tones of the flute, and Dalton Corbin played his fingers quickly and skillfully along the body of his clarinet to Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie.” College juniors Vijay Balakrishnan
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Claire Denis’ Films Capture Hauntingly Beautiful Landscapes Continued from Page 9
WMRE’s annual fall concert, Localsfest, dedicated to up-and-coming bands from the Atlanta area, featured Naj Murph, Mood Rings and headliner Atlas Sound (above).
WMRE Brings Stellar Local Acts to Cox By Emelia Fredlick Staff Writer Last Saturday night at around 9 p.m., Cox Ballroom was, at best, onethird full. But an hour and a half later, the room was packed, and the crowd was visibly more pumped: bopping heads, tapping feet, never taking an eye off the stage. The occasion was Localsfest, put on by Emory University’s student radio WMRE. Localsfest is an annual fall concert dedicated to up-andcoming bands from Atlanta’s music scene. This year, the line-up included Naj Murph, Mood Rings and headliner Atlas Sound, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox’s solo project. Cox is an Athens native who gained recognition in the indie music scene with the creation of the band Deerhunter in 2001. Deerhunter
quickly developed a reputation for a vicious live show and ended up opening for a who’s who of alternative rock bands, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. But Cox also has his own solo endeavors, and that’s exactly what Emory had the great privilege to witness this Saturday night, A one-man show, Atlas Sound quickly overcame some early-show technical difficulties to deliver 90 minutes of his trademark ambient, experimental rock sound. He blasted through classics like “Sheila” and “Te Amo,” filling the room with keyboard and guitar melodies that were just familiar enough to connect with the audience and just abstract enough to remain interesting. In studio recordings, Cox’s voice comes across as beautifully aloof and
wretched. But in a live performance, it takes a backseat to his incredible instrumental performances, which implement echoes, loops and feedback to create an expansive sound quality. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Atlas Sound’s performance was the way the music seeped into your bones, generating visceral feelings ranging from heartbreak to wistfulness to melancholia. The sound quality in Cox Ballroom was not great, so it was difficult to understand Cox. But that hardly bothered me. The lyrics are not what Cox’s music revolves around. The music is more about making the audience experience a physical reaction, an emotional result, an ephemeral state of being. And in that endeavor, Cox unquestionably succeeded.
Opening act Mood Rings also deserves special recognition. Like Atlas Sound, Mood Rings’ instrumentals were what allowed them to make the leap from a satisfactory opener to a terrific band in their own right. Mood Rings took their band name quite literally, utilizing juxtaposition between guitar solos and ensemble efforts in order to convey a variety of tones. Mood Rings always made a point of transitioning to each new song with a distinct change of pace and reinvesting themselves in the music. And ultimately, that’s what resonates with the audience — being able to tell the musician is invested in what they’re producing. In that regard, Localsfest’s bands passed with flying colors. — Contact Emelia Fredlick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Late Night Alternative Proves Delicious Continued from Page 9 A majority of those waiting in line ordered their steaks medium-rare. Good for them. But those who asked for well-done should reconsider their life choices. Ordering a steak welldone is like going to your prom wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt: it’s wrong and hurts everybody involved. To many chefs, cooking a steak well-done is masochistic. Why would anyone voluntarily grill (and probably burn) a piece of meat to the bone-dry end of its existence? The DUC served Choice steaks, the second highest grade of beef under Prime according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s a good cut with enough marbling (fat) to be tender with minimal time on the grill. The bloodier, the better. I have heard that members of the Food Advisory Committee at Emory (FACE) were happy with the trial run, and that Sodexo is now considering implementing Premium Nights multiple times a week. All the power to them. As a freshman, I watched my peers raid vending machines for Pop-Tarts. Others bought tubs of frosting and used their fingers as spoons. These people need help, and Premium Nights could give students the refined meal they need. Moving forward, I have questions about variety and procedure. Michel Wetli, the DUC’s general manager and the chef who manned the grill, says that eggplant parmesan was offered alongside the premium steak option that night. But will there be a separate, premium vegetarian option? And if this Premium Night gets popular, can a cooked-to-order system work? For steaks in particular, the process could become a kitchen nightmare. Nevertheless, I remain hopeful that these new hours and special meals become a regular part of dining at the DUC. The steaks were a strong start, and I hope the DUC can maintain the momentum. If not, we’re all doomed to more Pop-Tarts. — Contact Evan Mah at email@example.com
Maria Vial, the main character in “White Material” played by French actress Isabelle Huppert, a frail yet fiercely stubborn woman who refuses to abandon her coffee plantation in a French African colony. Critics gave “White Material” high praise for its elliptical cinematic language and the focus on themes of violence, war and morality. After Denis gave her introductory presentation, she quietly walked to the back of the hall as the lights faded for the film. Scenes of violence, dark rooms filled with bodies and huddled masses cloaked in opacity filled the dim room. Suddenly, a hazy rural landscape flickered on screen, and there stood a lone woman with wispy golden hair and haunting eyes walking boldly in the middle of a dirt road. The film progressed slowly, with jumbled and fragmented scenes, fueled by the creeping terrors of war mingled with the frustration at Maria’s deranged stubbornness. The hauntingly beautiful background captured the reality of Africa, stripped of its picturesque ideal, as scenes of brutality added to the jarring effects of its various camera angles. “White Material” had a clearly profound and yet haunting effect, as shown from the somber clapping and low exchanges of whispers in shared awe. The following evening, Senior Lecturer in the French and Italian Department Catherine Dana and Richard Neupert, associate professor of film and theater studies at the University of Georgia, joined Denis in a Creativity Conversation to discuss her creative process. When asked about the inspiration for her films, Denis revealed that she finds inspiration through her everyday life routines, including reading, listening to the radio or listening to music. “It comes in a completely unexpected way,” Denis said, “and I realize it’s more linked to something consciously I get missing from the film, something that is like a ghost of the film before, something that I regret, something that I have missed.” She also admitted that she not only loves collaboration in work, but that such collaboration is necessary for her. “I think it’s a necessity for me [to collaborate] because I am a very pessimistic person,” Denis said, “and if I cannot share [my ideas] with a certain type of humor ... it turns rapidly into a sort of tragedy for me.” As if to demonstrate how she infuses airy humor into her dense and dark tragedies, Denis noted, “Already my films are not very funny, so you can imagine if I were working on my own,” The audience laughed. When asked about the creative process in scriptwriting, Neupert mentioned Denis’ ideas on character studies and plot, and immediately, Denis rejected the term. “Plot is a word that I am afraid of,” she said, shrinking visibly at the mention of the word amid chuckles from the audience. “It’s all rigid, and it will never move. Plot means that already you are plotting against your own character.” To Denis, the more important
idea was the translation of human emotion. “I like vulnerability,” she said. “I trust vulnerability.” The smallest details in her films were built to create and translate the realities of the human experience. Denis emphasized this need to show the intimacy and raw fragility of humans through her work as much as their strength and bravery. “The day starts with a coffee pot, and I think it’s always important for a film to have traces of the life of the character,” Denis said. “It’s the little details that makes it real for everyone, not only for the actor, but for you [and] for me.” “It’s not like a sort of magic pot, the coffee pot,” Denis clarified. “It’s not like some voodoo object that I need. It’s a real symbol of everyday life, like clothes.” After the conversation, audience members eagerly took advantage of the opportunity to ask Denis questions as they lined up behind the microphone in anticipation. One female audience member asked for the director’s reaction to being a female director in a maledominated industry. “I am a female director,” she said, “but it was bothering me more in my life to realize that it’s often not very easy [for] a woman. As a filmmaker, I took it for granted, and it was never a drawback.” Some audience members were surprised to hear this reaction, including Arzu Karaduman, a Ph.D. student at Georgia State University. “It must have been a cultural difference,” Karaduman said. “It was curious that it didn’t occur to her.” Another distinction between French and American film was brought to light when one audience member asked about Denis’ definition of the job of film. “I don’t need someone to show me where to place my emotions,” she said. “I prefer to feel the emotion of the film. The job of the film is to share small moments that maybe we can recognize ... and therefore create a connection.” For Denis, her aim is simply to depict human nature as simply as she can without preaching any life lessons, only to show the extremities of experience. Sophie Varner, a Ph.D. student from the University of Georgia, also noted the distinct aversion in which Denis treated compassion, which is usually taken for granted. “In America, compassion is very important part of our lives,” Varner said. “But it is completely different in France. The French idea of thinking is that when you can judge other people, you are looking above them.” After both viewing her work and listening to her speak about her art, Denis inspired awe and wonder from the audience. In the discussion, she almost seemed as dreamy as her films, answering questions in a slow and composed manner. The opportunity to be amongst one of the best filmmakers of contemporary cinema infused the hall with a dreamlike quality, sparking engrossed discussions about film, human nature and the artistic process. — Contact Fiona Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“All is Well,” choreographed by George Staib, featured dancers Lauren Kaplan and Sarah Beach (above), Joseph Smith, Andre Lumpkin and Olivia Luz, among others.
Despite Costume Choice, Faculty Choreography Astounds in Latest EDC Creation Continued from Page 9 at others. In this performance, the happy and tortured nature of the human mind was depicted with deadly accuracy. “All is Well” concluded with a remarkable solo performed by College sophomore Aneyn O’Grady. O’Grady was precise with all her movements and visibly comfortable on stage. She danced with quick movements including many jumps and twirls, all of which were completed with authority and meticulousness.
Despite enjoyable performances, some of the costumes were less than overwhelming. For example, in “Bodies of Sound on Bodies,” choreographed by dance instructor Tara Shepard Myers, dancers wore purple hoods, which was odd and did not really contribute to the dance in any noticeable way. Furthermore, the costumes for the opening number, “Small Finale” were comprised of business attire, which also did not fit the abrupt and somewhat chaotic theme of the dance. Of all the performances, “All is
Well” was the most relatable, conveying the struggles and confusion between happiness and sadness. However, the dance performances in “Of Kiltering” were phenomenal in their poise and power. Students danced their hearts out while contorting their bodies into impossible shapes with inexplicable accuracy. Though some of the costumes seemed out of place, it was impossible to look away from the stage. — Contact Annie McNutt at email@example.com
and Kevin Ma seemed to have a little battle of their own before their clarinet melodies flowed seamlessly together in their duet of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Konzertstucke.” As performer after performer threw their heart out into their music, there was no shortage of passion on stage. College sophomore Rebecca Flank created a splash of color not only with her bright magenta dress, but also with her soulful performance of a movement of Paul Hindemith’s concerto “Die Schwanendreher.” College junior Thomas Sandlin closed his eyes and swayed dramatically along with the mix of long, soulful tones and shorter, harsher notes of his cello to Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Allegretto.” In his rendition of Aram Khachaturian’s “Allegro con fermezza,” College junior Benito Thompson surged his bow zealously across the strings of his violin in sharp jerks to bring out the vivid notes of the piece. His playing was so passionate that a string on his bow snapped with the force of his musicianship, It fluttered aimlessly as he took his bow amidst resounding applause. The audience was just as roused by the music as the performers. Every piece was met with eager applause
and a look around found many with their eyes closed, heads bobbing along with the alluring melodies pervading the concert hall. The competition came to a close with College junior Greg Matteson’s piano performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” “Impressive” was on the lips of many audience members as they left the concert hall, praising each and every competitor for their compelling performances. As everyone walked back out into the chill of the November night, one spectator asked the question that was on everybody’s mind: “Who could have won when everyone was so talented?” But it was Thompson’s passionate and fervent violin performance that ended up stealing the show, as he was selected the winner of the competition. Costello was chosen the runner up. Other competitors were chosen as honorable mentions for their vivacious displays of talent: Balakrishnan and Kevin Ma’s clarinet duet, Warren Ma’s flute performance and Shi’s masterful piano playing all were selected. Thompson will perform the first movement of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in March. — Contact Coryn Julien at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
WOMEN’S MEN’S BASKETBALL BASKETBALL
at LaGrange College 6 p.m LaGrange, Ga.
vs. Berry College 7 p.m. WoodPEC
vs. LaGrange College 4 p.m. Oglethorpe University
Feldman Scores Two Goals, Leads Eagles to NCAA Semis Continued from The Back Page
against Loras. Without Veronica there, she really took it upon herself breathe and was so stunned at the to make it happen for us and score,” same time; it was truly an amazing Patberg said. “She has really grown feeling.” as a player and is doing things that The shootout was the fifth in she wasn’t at the beginning of the Emory’s NCAA tournament history; season.” the Eagles are now 3-2 in playoff The Eagle’s defense was at its shootouts. The 13 rounds were the finest, holding the Duhawks to a 60 most in the program’s history. The minute drought between the 14th and shutout was the 13th 74th minutes. In the of the season and 75th minute, fresh“Emily really stepped it the third in the 2012 man forward Ailish NCAA tournament. Rispin scored her up for us ... she In the Sweet 16 sixth goal of the really took it upon match-up versus season on a high herself to make it Loras, the opening shot that Leonard happen for us and score.” could not handle. minutes of play consisted of even play by After the weekboth teams, provid— Sue Patberg, end’s set of games, ing few goal scoring head coach the Eagles moved opportunities. to 4-0-4 against However, in the nationally ranked 39th minute, Feldman was able to opponents this season. Senior Lee steal a clearing attempt from the Bachouros played in her 79th game as Loras defender, spring past the an Eagle, two away from the all-time Duhawk’s last line of defense and record held by Melanie Levy. net the ball in the right corner for the The Eagles will play 11th ranked Eagle’s first goal of the game. Wheaton College (Ill.) in the Final Just a minute later, Feldman was Four on Friday Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. able to capitalize again, striking a The semifinal match, along with the ball in the near post. Feldman is championship game, will be played at now second among all Eagles with the Blossom Soccer Complex in San seven goals in the 2012 campaign, Antonio, Texas. — Contact Drew Heumanwith three coming in the NCAA Gutman at tournament. email@example.com “Emily really stepped up for us
Freshman Ilene Tsao drives the ball for the Eagles. Tsao scored 15 points over the weekend as the Eagles defeated Spelman and Piedmont to open the season and win the Emory Tip-Off classic.
Jackson Sets Career High in Rebounds While Women Win Two Continued from The Back Page our season. We dominated on the glass and Misha Jackson significantly impacted that rebounding margin by pulling down 19,” senior guard Katie Dickerson said. “Every player on our team contributed in a big way and it was great to see our freshmen step up to the challenge.” The Eagles kept up their intensity level throughout the second half, increasing their lead to an impressive 62 points with just under two minutes remaining on the clock. In addition to Jackson’s play at Friday’s game, Lilly contributed 12 points, while Dickerson and senior center Danielle Landry each added 10. “While it feels good to have a win
under our belts, we are not taking any team lightly this season,” Dickerson said. The Eagles came out with a win, bringing them to the championship game of the Emory Tip-off Classic on Saturday where Emory defeated Piedmont College 72-54 victory. Lilly delivered a game-high of 21 points on Saturday, while Jackson came through her second straight double-double. “Jackson’s double-doubles were definitely impressive,” Thomaskutty said. “A number of players that may have not shown up in the stat lines also gave us quality minutes at the championship game. The freshmen really stepped up.” Over a six-minute stretch, Emory expanded a four-point edge into a
comfortable lead, with the score standing at 30-13 with 6:50 left on the clock Five Emory players contributed points to this run. “It is great that all of our players got a chance to play this weekend, especially because we had a big fan base thanks to the majority of the team’s families being in town,” Jackson said. Lilly opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers, bringing the Eagles to one of their largest leads of the night, 52-26, with 16:30 remaining. Lilly scored 14 points over the last 20 minutes of the game. Junior guard Selena Castillo added another eight points as well. “It feels great to start off the season 2-0,” Lilly said. “With our defensive pressure and offensive rebounds
we were really able to get in the heads of Piedmont. It was a great team win that everybody contributed to.” Jackson scored 16 points, was six for 13 on field goal opportunities and for the second straight game pulled down 17 rebounds. For Landy, the highlight of the weekend was the effort of the freshmen. “The biggest standout moments for me this weekend were that all four newcomers all worked hard, earned points, and were proud to be Emory Eagles,” Landry said. The Eagles will be taking their game on the road when they play at LaGrange College at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. — Contact Nicola Braginsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greven Leads Eagles With 37 Points Over Weekend Continued from The Back Page a pair of free throws, but the Ozarks came roaring back. A 9-0 Ozarks run cut the score to 58-53 about midway through the second half. “We lost a little bit of focus in the second half, and Ozarks really came out strong,” Zimmerman said. Florin responded again with a key three-point play, followed by a pair of free throws from Davis and a threepointer from senior guard Nash Oh to push the lead back to double digits. The Ozarks weren’t finished. Another run made the game 74-70 with just four minutes left to play, but again the Eagles found their way to the free throw line with Greven
knocking down a pair to stop the bleeding. The Ozarks kept it close, but Greven paced the Eagles with five points in the final minute of play as Emory hung on for the ten-point win. Greven led the team with 25 points — including a decisive 10 for 11 from the charity stripe — 14 of which came in the second half. Davis contributed 21 points, making it 27 straight games in which he has scored double figures. The two added nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Moore contributed 18 points and eight rebounds, while Florin led the team in assists with four. The Eagles were actually outshot by the Ozarks, finishing with a
44 percent field goal percentage as opposed to the Ozarks’ 45 percent, but they finished with key edges in three-point buckets, 8 to 3, and rebounds, 44-38. “It was really important to win the first two games,” Greven said. “I mean, we aim to win every game, and want to get better everyday. It is good to set the tone at the beginning of the season so we have momentum going forward.” The Eagles will try to extend their winning streak when they play their first home game of the season against Berry College on Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m. — Contact Ryan Smith at ryan. email@example.com
The women’s cross country team gathers together at the NCAA D-III Championships. The Eagles recorded a 31st place finish in the meet.
Mees Gets Experience at National Championships Continued from The Back Page
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Senior guard Alex Greven goes in for a lay-up. Greven scored 37 points over the weekend as the Eagles won two games to open their season.
coaster ride. We never seemed to be able to get all of our kids running their best at any given time,” Curtin said. “Injuries really set us back from the start, but this group hung together and made a run to Nationals and they should be proud of that.” In his first national appearance, freshman standout Lukas Mees finished 206th in a field of 280 runners. “It wasn’t the result I was looking for, but the experience is going to prove extremely valuable throughout
the next three years,” Mees said. While Mees was slightly disappointed by his season’s end, there will be many more opportunities for him to excel in future cross country seasons, as well as indoor and outdoor track. Associate Coach Carl Leivers is already looking ahead to identify areas where the teams can improve as they collectively raise their expectations. “This was the last cross country meet, but the start of the work we
need to do to close the gap between where we are and where we need to be,” Leivers said. “The potential is there, but it’s far from a given.” With the season’s end, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will enjoy a short time off from training before preparing for the upcoming indoor track and field season. The indoor season is set to begin on Dec. 1 at the Panther Indoor Icebreaker in Birmingham, Ala.
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Swimmers Perform Impressively Against Olympians While Divers Excel in Phoenix Fall Classic Continued from The Back Page place finish for the Eagles, finishing the 100-yard freestyle in 47.01. “There is a certain confidence that comes from swimming fast against people with Olympic experience,” Howell said, referencing the 14 past, present or future UGA swimmers who competed in London this summer. “When we get to D-III nationals, we know we can swim against anybody. We will not be in a meet all year that will be this fast, including the national championships. There is a lot of growth that comes from this experience.” While the women claimed no victories against the third-ranked
Georgia squad, which includes Olympic gold medalists Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland, they managed to post three provisional qualifying times during the meet. “It is always really neat to swim against a team like UGA that has multiple Olympians and a very fast roster,” junior Sadie Nennig wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Going into the meet, we aren’t stressed about walking out with a win. I think instead we really embrace the idea that these are some of the country’s fastest swimmers and use it as an opportunity to make ourselves better.” Individually, Nennig and Brooke Woodward posted the strongest per-
formances for the Eagles. Woodward finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, and her time of 4:35.00
“Our goal is to be effective not only in ideal circumstances, but in challenging environments like this one.” — Jon Howell. head coach was good for a ‘B’ cut time. Nennig came in second in the 200-yard back-
stroke, and her time of 2:04.48 was also a provisional qualifying mark. “I am very pleased with how my 200 back went,” Nennig wrote. “I was feeling good in warm ups and knew I could put together a great swim. It was my only individual race so I gave it everything I had.” Also posting a ‘B’ cut time for the Eagles were the relay squad of senior Anna Dobben, senior Renee Rosenkranz, sophomore Nancy Larson and junior Ellen Schafer, who delivered a time of 1:36.46 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Larson also turned in an individual second place performance in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 52.48 seconds. “Going against a team of that cali-
ber, some do really well, and for others, it is more of a challenge,” Howell said. “But we learn from these experiences. Our goal is to be effective not only in ideal circumstances, but in challenging environments like this one. Our women did a great job and put up a number of season best times and really outstanding races.” Members of the diving squad competed in the Phoenix Fall Classic at the University of Chicago (Ill.) over the weekend as well. Juniors Sarah Greene and Annabel Enquist led the team. Greene won both dive events of the meet, while Enquist recorded one second place finish. In the three-meter dive, Greene won the event with a 438.5, a
career best mark and a NCAA qualifying score. Enquist finished second in the event, and her mark of 415.95 was also both a career high and NCAA qualifying score. In the one-meter dive, Greene won once again, recording a score of 435.5, another qualifying mark. Enquist’s score of 374.40 was good for fourth. The swimming and diving teams will not compete over Thanksgiving break, but get back in the pool to wrap up their fall season at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational and the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, starting Nov. 29.
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SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, November , Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women, Mees Run at NCAAs
Women’s Soccer After defeating Carnegie Mellon University in a shootout in the 0-0 tie in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament, the women’s soccer team will advance to the Semifinals round for the first time in school history.
By Megan Hunter Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team opened their season with two victories, blowing out Huntingdon 98-70 a defeating the University of the Ozarks in a tough 90-80 game. Senior Alex Greven and junior Jake Davis combined for 46 points in the second game.
midair. However, with a chance to thread the needle, junior defenseman Caitlin Clark’s shot was saved by Carnegie Mellon junior goalkeeper Anna Albi. Both the Eagles and Tartans converted their next three penalty kicks. Tied at 10, heading into the 13th round, the Eagles caught a break when junior defenseman Brittany Couture’s shot deflected off the post, giving the Eagle’s a chance to advance. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Grant came through in the clutch, netting the Eagle’s 11th and gameending penalty kick that punched the ticket to the heralded Final Four. “I was so nervous I could barely watch,” Patberg said. “I tried to
This past weekend, the Eagles ran in the NCAA Division III National Championship Cross Country Meet. The meet was held in Terre Haute, Ind. on a course that the Eagles have run earlier in the season. The Eagles were represented by seven of the Emory women and freshman Lukas Mees of the men’s team. Thirty-two teams and 56 individual qualifiers competed in each championship race. The women’s team established themselves as the 31st-ranked team in Division III. The team’s seven representatives included senior captain Calleson Edwards, sophomores Hannah Moriarty, Marissa Gogniat, Hannah Smith, Stephanie Crane and Tamara Surtees, and freshman Aileen Rivell. This NCAA Championship Meet was the first national appearance for four out of the seven women competing. Moriarty led the Eagles through the 6k course with a time of 23 minutes and 17 seconds. Gogniat trailed three seconds behind Moriarty for a finish of 23:20. The Eagles’ remaining scorers included Surtees, Rivell and Smith. “The season didn’t end up quite like I would have wanted it to at Nationals,” Edwards said. “But it gave the younger kids experience.” As a graduating senior, Edwards feels that the qualifying for NCAAs was bittersweet. “I’m glad we had one more shot to race after Regionals. I just wish I’d ended on a better one,” Edwards said. Head Coach John Curtin said that he feels that a season of inconsistent performances prevented the team from reaching their full potential. “This season has been such a roller
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Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team began its season by winning the Emory Tip-off Classic, overwhelming Spelman 94-37 and defeating Piedmont 72-54. Senior forward Misha Jackson pulled down 17 rebounds in each of the games, a career high and the most for the Eagles since 1991.
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The women’s soccer team gathers together to celebrate advancing to the Final Four. Led by two goals from Emily Feldman, the Eagles defeated Loras College 2-1 and tied Carnegie Mellon 0-0 before edging them in penalty kicks to advance to the Final Four.
Eagles Advance to Final Four By Drew Heuman-Gutman Staff Writer
SWIMMING & DIVING
Squads Fall, Post Eight ‘B’ Cut Times
The Emory women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in school history, edging Loras College (Iowa) 2-1 and Carnegie Mellon University (Penn.) in penalty kicks. “We could not be more excited about beating two great teams such as Loras and Carnegie Mellon,” Head Coach Sue Patberg said. “They were tough games; between both of them, we had to play our best every minute of each game.” The Eagles moved to 14-1-7 on the year, while the Duhawks and Tartans fell to 19-5 and 14-1-5 respectively. The Carnegie Mellon game was exactly as advertised, with two of the top defenses squaring off and deter-
mined to relinquish no goals. Possession was evenly matched throughout the duration of regular time, with both teams having 12 shots, five each on goal. “The fact that we played them [CMU] twice in two weeks allowed them to match up well against us,” Patberg said. “Defensively, they were very physical; they did not make any mistakes, which gave us very few opportunities to capitalize.” The shootout was an absolute nailbiter, with Emory needing 13 rounds to advance past the Tartans. In the fifth round of the shootout, junior defenseman Lauren Gorodetsky was able to net her penalty kick, sending the shootout into extra kicks. In the opening rounds of the extra free kicks, junior midfielder Kelly
Costopoulos, sophomore forward Emily Feldman and senior midfielder Merril Bachouros were all able to convert their penalty kicks.
“I was so nervous I could barely watch ... I tried to breathe and was so stunned at the same time; it was truly an amazing feeling.” — Sue Patberg, head coach Knotted up at seven apiece heading into the ninth round, senior goalkeeper Kaele Leonard caught junior forward Cecilia Zischkau’s shot in
By Bennett Ostdiek Asst. Sports Editor Squaring off against one of on elite Division I squads in the country, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both fell to the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs this weekend. During the meet, the teams posted a total of eight provisional qualifying times and a pair of victories. The men’s record is now 0-4 on the season, while the women stand at 2-2. “We will race anybody that wants to schedule us,” Head Coach Jon Howell said. “There are a lot of teams who may be intimidated by UGA, but we will race anybody and race hard. For us it is a question of getting better.” The men did not make the victory easy for Georgia, losing to the 10th ranked Bulldogs by a score of 114-83. “Georgia is strong on the men’s side, but we had a chance to win some races,” Howell said. “It was a lot of fun for our guys to be in that situation.” The Eagles were led by a strong, first-place performance in the 200yard freestyle relay. The team, consisting of junior Jake Stephens, junior Ryan Bass, senior Richard Upton and junior Ross Spock, won the race with a time of 1:23.04, posting a NCAA ‘B’ cut time in the process. “The 200 free relay team has been good all season long and did a great job,” Howell said. “They had to be good as a foursome, and keep their heads in the right spot and they won that event outright.” The men also delivered outstanding performances in the 200-yard butterfly, with senior Miller Douglas winning the event with a time of 1:52.21 and sophomore Hayden Baker finishing second, posting a time of 1:53.20. Both swims merited provisional qualifying times. Also recording ‘B’ cut times were Stephens in the 400-yard individual medley, completing the event in 4:04.28 and senior Justin Beegle in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.21). Spock also contributed a second
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Team Begins Campaign With Two Strong Wins By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor
Junior point guard Savannah Morgan handles the ball for the Eagles. She scored 15 points over the weekend as the Eagles won both their games.
Season Opens With a Bang By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer The No. 21-ranked women’s basketball team got their season off to a strong start this weekend, posting a 94-37 victory over Spelman College and 72-54 victory over Piedmont College to win the Emory Tip-off Classic. Senior co-captain Misha Jackson led the team’s dominating performance, and was the team’s high scorer and one of four with double-digit points. She put up 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, the 10thhighest mark in a single game in the program’s entire history and the most
by any Eagle since 1991. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead over Spelman, and the score stood at 12-0 score within the first five minutes of the game. Spelman scored its first basket with a little over 16 minutes still left on the clock for the first half, but the Eagles immediately countered with a three-pointer from junior and preseason all-American Hannah Lilly. Jackson followed by scoring another pair of points with a lay-up and a jump shot, bringing the Eagles lead up to 19-2 at the 15:44 mark. Over the course of the first half, the Eagles held a lead of at least 25 points three different times.
“We started each half tremendously strong, and that was a big part of the game,” Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty said. “We executed really well offensively and defensively, although there is room to improve on defensive play. We have to limit the other teams’ ability to get to the rim.” After a pair of free throws by Jackson, Emory led 46-21 at halftime. Jackson’s 17 points and 11 rebounds were game highs in both categories, while junior guard Savannah Morgan added six assists in the first half. “Friday night was a great start to
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The men’s basketball team opened its season on a strong note, sweeping the Black Tie Classic in Birmingham, Ala. The Eagles posted a 98-70 win over the Huntingdon College (Ala.) Hawks on Friday and a 90-80 victory over the University of the Ozarks (Ark.) on Saturday to start the season 2-0. “We’re 2-0,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “That’s a great weekend. We weren’t looking at the weekend trying to win two games, we wanted to win each game separately.” Emory got out quickly against Huntingdon and never looked back, riding a 51 percent field goal percentage — including 55 percent from three-point territory — to a 52-35 halftime lead. Junior guard McPherson Moore contributed 12 of his 15 points in the first half, including a key three-pointer that gave the Eagles an 18-8 lead just seven minutes into the contest. The Eagles ran the lead to 20 points on a series of big plays from senior guard Alex Greven with nine minutes remaining in the half. Greven first converted on a threepoint play, following a layup with a foul shot, then found senior forward Michael Friedberg for a three-pointer. The team’s second half was equally dominant. A 7-0 run to open the half—the first four points of which were provided by junior forward Jake Davis—gave the Eagles a 59-35 lead. The Hawks responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 unanswered points to cut the lead to 14 with 15 minutes remaining. But the Eagles halted the run with a Davis layup and
went the rest of the way unchallenged. Five players landed in double digits for the Eagles, led by Davis’ 21 points on nine for 12 shooting. Friedberg and Moore both contributed 15, with Moore going three for four from beyond the arc. Greven and sophomore forward Alex Foster were the other two double-digit producers, notching 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Josh Schattie led the team in rebounds with eight, while sophomore guard Michael Florin contributed a team-high seven assists. The Eagles shot 55 percent from the field, including an impressive 50 percent from three-point range, but made just 53 percent of their free throws. They held the Hawks to 43 percent shooting. “I think the team played well,” Greven said. “We had a lot of different guys step up to make big plays in certain situations. At the same time even if we win games, we use each game as a learning opportunity to figure out how we can improve and what we need to do better.” Emory was in for a tougher test in the Black Tie Classic finale against the Ozarks, but still started quickly en route to a 43-29 halftime lead. Moore, Greven, and Davis fueled the Eagles in the first half, combining to shoot 58 percent in the game’s first twenty minutes. With the score at 20-16 with just over seven minutes left in the half, Davis spurred a 14-4 run with seven consecutive points to give the Eagles a cushion. Florin stretched the lead to 16 points early in the second half with
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