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2 Commencement Schedule 3 Commencement Speaker 4 A Taste of Atlanta: Brunch and Booze 5 Our Guide to Graduation Songs 6 On Fire 7 8 9 - 20 Congratulations 21 - 22 Ask Me Anything: Wheel Seniors Photo Credits:

The Emory Wheel JuLia MunsLoW editor-in-Chief MicheLLe Lou exeCutive editor hayLey siLverstein Managing editor Senior Editors alisha Compton Brian Savino Copy Editor Leigh Schlecht Editorial Page Editor annie Cohen nicole Sadek Photo Editor ruth reyes Video Editor Leila Yavari Asst. Sports Editor Kevin Kilgour

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Commencement Schedule May 8, 2017 9 a.M. - 10:45 a.M. the 172nd coMMenceMent exercises of eMory university The Quadrangle university President Claire e. Sterk, emory’s 20th president, presides over the exercises. the ceremony includes the Commencement speaker, the conferral of Honorary degrees and awards and the conferral of degrees en masse.

10:45 a.M. - 1:30 p.M. eMory coLLege of arts and sciences dipLoMa cereMony The Quadrangle Graduating seniors and their guests remain on the Quadrangle following the completion of the university commencement exercises. interim dean of the College of arts and Sciences Michael a. elliott presides over the presentation of diplomas.

11 a.M. MedicaL iMaging prograM dipLoMa pre-reception and dipLoMa cereMony Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center (DUC) Graduates and their guests proceed to the reception in the Winship Ballroom, duC, from the Quadrangle at 11 a.m. the diploma ceremony will follow in the Harland Cinema, duC at 12:30 p.m. tickets are not required.

11 a.M. - 1 p.M. schooL of LaW dipLoMa cereMony and reception Gambrell Hall, South Lawn Graduating students and their guests proceed to the South Lawn ceremony from the Quadrangle. dean of emory School of Law

robert Schapiro presides. a professional photographer will take photographs of each student receiving a diploma. reception immediately following the ceremony in Gambrell Hall, first floor.

11 a.M. - 2 p.M. goizueta Business schooL BBa dipLoMa cereMony George W. Woordruuf Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. reception immediately following the ceremony at the Goizueta Business School, Patterson Green.

11 a.M. - 12:30 p.M. doctor of physicaL therapy prograM dipLoMa cereMony Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. reception immediately following the diploma ceremony in WHSCaB Plaza. tickets are required.

11 a.M. - 1 p.M. candLer schooL of theoLogy coMMenceMent Brunch Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza Candler School of theology graduates, their families and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff are invited to brunch following Commencement on the Qudrangle at 11 a.m.

11 a.M. - 1 p.M. doctor of Medicine

dipLoMa cereMony Glenn Memorial Auditorium

emony in the lobby adjoining the auditorium.

interim dean of emory School of Medicine david S. Stephens presides in honor of the Class of 2017. recognition of honors, dual degrees, class accomplishments and the Hippocratic oath are highlighted. tickets are required.

11:30 a.M. - 1 p.M. Laney graduate schooL ph.d. cereMony Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

11 a.M. - 1:30 p.M. neLL hodgson Woodruff schooL of nursing dipLoMa cereMony McDonough Field Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. Professional photographers will take photographs of each student receiving a diploma. reception immediately following the ceremony for graduates and their guests at the School of nursing. no tickets are required. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

11 a.M. - 2 p.M. goizueta Business schooL MBa reception and dipLoMa cereMony Patterson Green the reception takes place at Patterson Green at the Goizueta Business School. diploma ceremony immediately following reception at approximately 12:45 p.m. at the WoodPeC.

11:30 a.M. - 1 p.M. genetic counseLing training prograM dipLoMa cereMony Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. reception immediately following the diploma cer-

For candidates earning Ph.d. degrees.

1:15 p.M. M.d. prograM reception James B. Williams Medical Education Building For graduates, guests, faculty, and staff — a lunch reception will immediately follow the 11 a.m. School of Medicine dipolma ceremony. Several M.d. graduates will receive a promotion in the military and their ceremony will be held during the reception.

1:30 p.M. - 3 p.M. candLer schooL of theoLogy dipLoMa cereMony Glenn Memorial Auditorium Candler School of theology graduates and their families gather for the 2017 diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial united Methodist Church on the emory campus. doors open at 1:15 p.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the Glenn lawn (north decatur road side) at 1 p.m. dean of the Candler School of theology Jan Love presides.

1:30 p.M. - 3:30 p.M. roLLins schooL of puBLic heaLth dipLoMa cereMony McDonough Field dean of the rollins School of Public Health James Curran will confer degrees upon all MPH and MSPH candidates.


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Commencement Speaker Trethewey to Deliver Commencement Speech By aLex KLugerMan asst. news editor/Campus Former u.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner natasha trethewey will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctor of Letters degree at this year’s commencement ceremony May 8. the renowned poet has taught at emory for 15 years and currently directs the Creative Writing Program. She served two consecutive terms as the 19th u.S. Poet Laureate from 201214 and was awarded the academy of american Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement in 2016. trethewey authored four awardwinning poetry collections, most notably the Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard (2006), which was inspired both by her move to atlanta and her Southern family roots. a robert W. Woodruff Professor of english and Creative Writing, she will leave emory to join northwestern university’s (ill.) faculty for the start of the 2017-18 academic year. university President Claire e. Sterk chose the commencement speaker from a list of pre-approved honorary degree candidates, according to Vice President and Senior adviser to the university President Gary Hauk.

comment. the Honorary degrees Committee of the university Senate typically receives approximately 100 nominations from the emory community for honorary degree candidates, which it whittles down to a list of six, according to Hauk. From that pool, the university president chooses up to four nominees to award honorary degreesone of those honorary degree recipients is also selected to speak at commencement, Hauk said. two students sat on this year’s 20-person committee alongside members of staff, faculty and administration. they were former Graduate Student Government association (GSGa) President Jared Greenbaum (17B) and former Student Government association (SGa) President Max zoberman (17C). “Professor trethewey is a remarkable talent and scholar who has made enormous contributions both to the art of poetry and to the emory community,” zoberman said. “i can’t think of many people i would want to hear from more as i move into the next chapter nor a better way to celebrate a person who has given part of herself to this institution.” Sarah Witte (17C) disagreed, saying she hoped for a speaker who was not emory-affiliated. “i was excited to hear from someone

“Professor Trethewey is a remarkable talent and scholar who has made enormous contributions both to the art of poetry and to the Emory community.” — Max zoberman (17C), Student Government association (SGa) president

the task of selecting the commencement speaker has historically rested with the university president, Hauk said. “Sterk turned to someone who is very distinguished and well-known in the emory community [to speak at commencement],” Hauk said. Sterk did not respond to request for

well-known that you wouldn’t normally get to see on a regular basis,” Witte said. “the fact that they chose someone who is not only affiliated with emory university but is also leaving for another university considered to be emory’s competition is disappointing.” Students previously played a greater role in the commencement speaker

selection process. the Student Selection Committee, convened annually by Hauk from 2006-10, was responsible for generating a list of approximately 12 potential commencement speakers. , Former u.S. Poet Laureate and PulitzerPrize winner

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it was disbanded after its choices proved too unrealistic, Hauk said. “Quite often, [student’s nominations] were a-list celebrities or federal political figures,” Hauk said. “rarely were we able to get someone on the list, so we felt that we were doing a disservice to the students by suggesting we would be able to get their first, second or 12th choice and raising expectations that couldn’t be satisfied.” Honorary degree candidates are evaluated on criteria including their achievements in higher education, the arts, private or public service and their relationship to emory, according to the honorary degrees website. this year’s other honorary degree recipients include Pulitzer Prizewinning author taylor Branch, author Sarah Blaffer Hrdy and epidemiologist Claes tingvall. recent commencement speakers at emory include Georgia State representative John Lewis in 2014, former u.S. Poet Laureate rita dove in 2013 and neurosurgeon and 2016 republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in 2012. Joshua Lee and Michelle Lou contributed reporting. — Contact Alex Klugerman at

This article first appeared in the Wheel on Feb. 14, 2017.

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A Taste of Atlanta A Toast to Atlanta’s Best Brunches By MicheLLe Lou executive editor atlanta houses some egg-cellent brunch spots. Here are the Wheel’s picks. Begin one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life by fighting for parking in Sun in My Belly’s microscopic parking lot. after you finally secure a place for your vehicle, enter the charmingly decorated restaurant that is begging to be featured on your instagram. the whimsical restaurant also has a patio perfect for basking in the warm weather, and the waiting area features comfortable couches. the menu is extensive, with salads, traditional breakfast foods and sandwiches. the challah French toast is delicious staple. the Hangover is as mouthwatering as the franchise is funny —

a construction comprised of a biscuit, melted cheese, avocado, fried egg and potatoes. if you’re at a loss on what to order because everything on the Le Petit Marche menu seems so tasty, know that you cannot make a wrong decision here, though a certain avid Yelper and self-proclaimed foodie highly recommends the griddle cakes with a side of tater tots. the French toast sandwich and the breakfast sandwich are also great options. the ordering concept may be a bit strange for first timers: line up to order at the counter, pick up your silverware and a worker will seat you. While you’re waiting for your food, you can peruse the journals in which customers have written; they are filled with love stories, funny drawings and notes in foreign languages.

Rise-n-Dine rise-n-dine is a great breakfast or brunch option located on the edge of emory. decorated with artsy mason jars, strings of hearts and cute posters, rise-n-dine is a gem for the emory community. the crowd of people that forms on the weekends attest to the restaurant’s great service, delectable food and homey aesthetic. one of their most popular and delectable menu items is the nutella pancakes, which come with ripe bananas and a generous amount of nutella sandwiched between three soft and fluffy pancakes. if you’re not looking to slip into a sugar coma and miss your graduate walking across the stage to collect their diploma, the two egg breakfasts, which include a customizable combination of various sides, make for a well-rounded meal. and any of their omelettes, which come with your choice of a side, are pretty filling.

Budnyk’s Best Brews By saMueL r. BudnyK Former Managing editor “So you’ve graduated — wanna grab a drink?” as graduation festivities wind down on the awkwardly apportioned Monday that is today, there will be several things going through your mind. First and foremost, “i did it!” but that will quickly be followed up by “Wow. i could use a drink.” and what better day than that of graduation, when you have plenty of family members present to raise one to your health? Beer Just down in the emory Village with its house-brewed, wide variety of beers, Slice and Pint has been one of my neardaily staples for the past couple of years. definitely the most convenient for those staying on or near campus because it requires no car, its current highlights in the warm (read: hot) weather are its signature “the druid” Belgian-style golden ale and its Vienna Lager, both currently on draft. Ciders and a delicious local mead are available, too, for those less inclined to the

pint glass. if you happen to have a bit more time and a ride, the Brick Store Pub in downtown decatur is a definite stop for the beer-lover. With an extremely extensive draft list highlighting both local beers and craft beers from around the world, it would be impossible to leave disappointed. its rotating list of Belgian beers is always worth a look and is one of the few places at which to find delirium on draft regularly. excellent food here, as well — i recommend the chicken pot pie or the plate of pickled vegetables for those wanting bar food. cocKtaiLs et aL. if beer would not necessarily be your entourage’s forte, i have a few more options — all three of which have solid beer, wine and spirits selections. near the emory Conference Center Hotel and just across the street from the Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CdC), the General Muir has a select list of creative

and well-executed seasonal cocktails that are sure to please — the Mr. ramsey is one of my favorite discoveries in the whiskeybased cocktails realm. dinner service is always excellent, although note that Mondays are ramen night. it’s still delicious but the menu will be quite different from the restaurant’s usual offerings. the best cocktails in the area, period. the Pinewood has been recognized by multiple sites and magazines and everything else as having a particularly talented mixologist behind their rotating, seasonal cocktail list, and there will be something for everyone on it. While ordering pours not on the list can be a bit pricy (as they overcharge on their top-shelf liquors by a significant amount when compared to restaurant luminaries such as Bones), there should be something perfect for you preconceived and unique to the bar, although they can certainly offer up excellent versions of the classics. For those wanting to step outside of their comfort zone, i will direct you to the on-the-secretmenu-hidden Penicillin, a scotch-based drink with the tiniest touch of honey and ginger. Magical. and smokey.


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Our Guide to Graduation Songs By devin Bog asst. arts & entertainment editor Life can ultimately be broken down into a series of playlists. understanding your time constraints, the Wheel has compiled a few songs to get you started building your playlist for your post-graduation celebrations.

“We’re All in This Together”

Honestly, if you don’t like High School Musical, you’re probably morally defunct, but i don’t think it’s possible to not like “We’re all in this together.” not only is it from a musical that was easily a pop culture landmark of our generation, it’s an undeniably wholesome and inspiring statement of passion, belief in self and lifelong solidarity. replace “high school” with “university” and “Wildcats” with “eagles,” and how far off are we? Bonus points if you’re listening to the Graduation Mix.

always, graduation day.”

“Graduation Day”

Much of the work of James Murphy, frontman of LCd Soundsystem, is admittedly geared towards an older audience — and “all My Friends” isn’t really an exception. But if the everbuilding instrumentals, Murphy’s impassioned vocals or the track’s final refrain, “if i could see all my friends tonight,” don’t scream graduation, nothing does. it’s a warm hug of a song that urges you to think of what, or more importantly who, is important in your life.

Funnily enough, this ballad for seniors was originally written and sung by the Four Freshmen, but it reached its full potential under the musical stylings of the Beach Boys. Lush with those classic, Wilsonian vocal harmonies which just force your heart to crumple and swoon, it’s a song for those last few wistful, perhaps tearyeyed nights on campus. But regardless of whether it’s a “time for joy” or a “time for tears,” the Beach Boys remind you to take it all of it in — because “we’ll remember

there’s a reason why edward elgar’s most famed composition still graces thousands of high school auditoriums and university quadrangles after more than 100 years. “Pomp and Circumstance” has been the quintessential song of u.S. graduations, and it’s not hard to understand why. it begins with that a gracefully subdued melody, but before long it soars into a triumphant declaration of victory over all difficulties, a massive

splendor of song moved forward by a steady and determined cadence. it is a song that encapsulates the traditional power of the graduation ceremony, a punctuation on years of both hard work and joy. But it’s not no. 1 on this list — to be honest, sometimes it’s a bit too much pomp, even under these circumstances.

“Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” Bender’s fist shoots into the air. Freeze frame, then let the credits roll. there’s a reason why John Hughes ruled the ‘80s, and it was in no small part due to the masterful scoring of his films — his ability to drive an emotion home with exactly the right song, at exactly the right time was amazing. it helps that the song is just some great synth-pop; how can you deny Jim Kerr’s croons, or those beautiful bell synths on the chorus? But ultimately it’s not surprising that a song reserved for the triumphant end of an inspiring movie fits just as well at the end of your collegiate experience. So, Class of 2017, raise your fists — you’ve earned it.

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On Fire On Fire is a semi-regular anonymous column that graces the sports section with clever insights, witty repartee and, occasionally, sports. “ ‘Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.’ — Louis Brandeis, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice.” — zak Hudak, former editor-in-chief a few weeks ago, your on Fire correspondent read two Wheel articles about the ongoing (as of print time) College dean selection process. their headlines read, “First two College dean Forums Garner one Student each” and “Students absent From third College dean Candidate Forum.” the point: emory students don’t care who the next College dean is. Your on Fire correspondent got to thinking. President donald J. trump promised to “drain the swamp” in his campaign, and the underdog candidate is now in the White House. Maybe if emory drained the academic swamp, students would pay more attention. But who would generate the most excitement as a dean? Musicians were your on Fire correspondent’s first thought. But emory proved unable to discern legitimate from fraudulent booking agencies with the Migos blunder. actors? not with the online streaming boom casting the biz to new heights. that’s when it dawned on your on Fire correspondent. We need leaders who have swagger. We need leaders who can do godly things. We need athletes. Below is a list of potential candidates and assessed their individual pros and cons. if the new dean has not been chosen by graduation, hopefully university President Claire e. Sterk will take your on Fire correspondent’s nominees under serious consideration.

Pros: Jeter is the leader of leaders. He led the Yankees to five World Series wins. He was the face of one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time.

leave with a goodie basket of signed memorabilia.

Pros: “Grip it and rip it.” daly is exciting. He can drive a ball 300 yards, and wears exclusively wacky outfits. Cons: He signed autographs at the augusta Hooters during the 2017 Masters. Additional info: after dwayne “the rock” Johnson claimed on instagram that he drove a ball 490 yards, daly called him out in a tMz interview. daly called Johnson’s claim “highly unlikely,” but said, “if i had that body, i’d be hitting it 490 myself.” daly does not have that body.

Pros: rodman was a member of both the dream team and the 1995 Bulls. His ever-changing hair styles and colors are sure to draw more than one student. Cons: He was BFFs with north Korean dictator Kim Jong un for a hot sec in 2014 (he apologized after severe criticism for his trip to the country). Additional info: Supposedly rodman was once suspended and fined for headbutting a ref.

Pros: u.S. news and World report editors might think twice before ranking emory outside the top 20 with the knowledge that the College’s dean could crush their skulls with her bare hands.

Cons: the Board of trustees might have difficulty telling Mr. november what to do.

Cons: She’s gotten absolutely rocked in her last two fights.

Additional info: although he denied it, rumor has it that if you’re lucky enough to spend a night with the Captain, you’ll

Additional info: rousey has moved toward acting, and is set to star in MGM’s remake of the classic 1989 film Roadhouse.


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In the last weeks of their undergraduate careers at Emory, graduating seniors wrote reflections looking back on their time at the University. These reflections first appeared in the Wheel on April 19, 2017.

College Isn’t Forever But That’s Fine tyler Zelinger

i have always been perplexed by people who say that they wouldn’t want to live forever. i remember reading Tuck Everlasting by natalie Babbitt as a child and stand the protagonist’s decision to abandon her immortality, and throughout my youth, believed that in the same position i would do the opposite without thinking twice. in the same vein, i’ve always felt terrible for the graduating seniors. that feeling was most salient as a junior this time last which i’d had strong personal relationships with the people that would be leaving emory. i pitied them and was passionately grateful that i had another year left. i couldn’t imagine

leaving behind all of the things i’d come to love about emory. by those people who would reject the hypothetical opportunity to live forever, i couldn’t understand how my friends in the year above me approached graduation with such a sense of certainty and ease. as a result, i spent most of my senior year clinging to each day, relishing in the small bit of time i had left in atlanta. When the ides of March gave way to april Fools, it hit me: i was about to begin my last full month as an undergraduate. Suddenly, everything i did felt like a last: my last fraternity formal, my last Model united nations conference, my last time staying up all night in although the libraries in law school will likely be equally -

point remains that i’ll miss even the most mundane and unexciting aspects of emory. in these last few weeks, i’ve realized how last year’s seniors attained the sense of calm in the face of graduation that i’d previously thought counterintuitive, or even delusional. things are coming to an end, i’ve focused on appreciating how far i’ve come and how much i’ve learned from the triumphs and failures i’ve had here along the way. i’ve met people that have helped shape my ambitions, challenging me to strive for a future i would have once considered unattainable. my hopes and dreams to the individuals i’ve become close to at emory. to those of you reading, you know who you are; thank you. it is my satisfaction with my

experiences here that have led me to a conclusion that would have shocked me this time last year. i am ready, and even excited, to leave. this is not to say that i will not miss many aspects of emory, but only that my time here has provided me with enough and more than i could have ever asked for. atlanta what somehow feels like simultaneously four years, ten seconds and a lifetime ago. on the eve of my graduation, i’ve learned to accept that, like life, college cannot last forever. By appreciating my past at emory for all it’s done for me, i am able to approach that end, not with fear, but with gratitude for times past and a shining hope for the future yet to come. Tyler Zelinger is a business administration and political science major from Commack, N.Y.

Julianna Joss March 13, 1950: reverend Kiyoshi tanimoto married my grandmother, Sadae, a Hiroshima survivor, and my grandfather, Leon, an american soldier. a controversial union in the aftermath of a brutal war, my grandparents raised a family. this is how i came to be.

also seemed like a prospective student. We same reason, but neither of us initiated conversation. time passes. in 2015, i discovered that the reverend who married my grandparents was an emory alumnus (40t, 86PH). and by 2016, that young man from the airplane, Jason Friedman (17C), also ended up attending emory and had become my roommate and

one of my best friends. the common thread between my family’s history and my own personal future: emory university. this dancer from California was certainly an unlikely candidate to attend school in atlanta, but perhaps, all along, this university was written into my path. While that may seem like a mystical claim, emory undoubtedly gave me unique experiences and relationships that have allowed me to discover who i am and what i believe. the opportunity to spend summers and devote coursework to learning about social justice and the diverse backdrop of atlanta illuminated my life’s purpose: to play a humble role in serving society. the ability to study dance forced me to embrace discipline, creativity and vulnerability. the four months i studied abroad in Germany fostered self-reliance, cultural understanding and joy. the gift of witnessing true community, in every circle of emory life and beyond, revealed to me the power and potential of human connection.

Friendships with undocumented students showed me the meaning of courage, perseverance and humility. relationships with professors who not only mastered and taught their courses’ content but also showed me the beauty and complexity of the mind and heart. and long-haul love shared with close friends supported, empowered and inspired me through all the trials and tribulations of my college experience. Fate or coincidence, my journey led me to emory, and my journey at emory became a journey to understanding myself. these experiences and people, special and true to this university, yielded more weeks as a student, i am overwhelmed with gratitude for this place that has shaped me. emory gave me the best sort of education; it instilled in me a way of life. Julianna Joss is a political science and dance and movement studies major from Anaheim, Calif.


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Letting Go of the Wheel Most editors go out with believe more now than i did when i became the editor-inchief of the Wheel in telling the truth and in the rights of newspapers and other media to report what happens. it’s a simple concept that becomes complicated when people who take public action or who hold positions of power do not want their behavior reported. if the press were to meet those wishes, you could do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, without any fear of repercussions. i’m convinced that the fate of the republic rests on the idea that everything that is public should be covered and that nobody has any right to hide behind something. over my time as editor of the Wheel, the most discouraging characteristic of this campus was that far too many people seem to think that should not be the case. emory isn’t alone in that mindset. a 2015 Pew research Center study found that four in 10 millennials would support government prohibition of speech deemed intentioned, that’s a far cry from the open discourse our forefathers envisioned with the First amendment. it’s further yet from former u.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ words, which i probably quote too often: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” in the last year, the Wheel has made a lessly in pursuit of the truth. the strangest country’s debate on free speech that it landed me on two national tV broadcasts. around this time last year, students awoke to pro-trump slogans written in

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chalk around campus. the authors had broken a rule on a technicality; they had written not only on sidewalks, but also on vertical walls. When about 40 students gathered in front of and inside the administration Building to request action, the Wheel sent reporters. that’s what newspapers do. You would expect such a movement to want coverage. and the protesters did, except some demanded control over the Wheel’s handling of the story. one of them claimed the Wheel could not use any of the photos we took unless he was allowed to screen them for students who didn’t want to be associated with the protest. We did not agree, and leaders of the protests called for other protesters to refuse interview requests from the Wheel. When we named one of the students as the leader of a chant at a public event, he went so far as to make now disproven allegations about our coverage to a Washington Post reporter. i don’t know the genesis of the idea that you don’t need to take responsibility for your actions. the internet, with its possibilities of anonymity, is a potential culprit. no position you’re unwilling to put your name behind. in a letter from the editor, i empathized with the protesters, but i defended the chalkers’ right to express their political views — although they hadn’t taken responsibility for their own speech. that is, and should always be, the position of a newspaper, college or national. From what i see, now in the third person, the Wheel’s attitude toward speech has not changed. But the campus’s attitude toward responsibility and coverage hasn’t improved. Since my term as editor ended, my concern about this issue has grown. When the Wheel wrote about an indisputable news event — a Student Government association

candidate plagiarizing chunks of her platform from one of last year’s election platforms — the paper was criticized on social media for being too harsh. Worse yet, an administrator requested a meeting to “mediate” between the Wheel and the subjects of the fairly reported story. well-informed public. President donald J. trump’s extreme attacks on the pillars of journalism in this country come at a time when we need truth more than ever, a time out of a Washington pizzeria can go viral. emory hasn’t been plagued by such conspiracy theories, and my successors at the Wheel have been vigilant. in the face of criticism, they have continued to report, as they did last month when the paper broke a story about Student Programing Council being scammed for thousands of dollars by a fraudulent third-party booking agency. i was lucky to run the Wheel at a turbulent time. as the waters settle — or don’t — the same dedication to free speech and the rights of the press that i had. For everyone else, you can’t hide behind the fact that you’re a college student. You should protest when you feel strongly about something; powerful political movements have grown and will continue to grow from college campuses. You should run for a student government position; we need great student leaders at emory. But if you do, expect a Wheel reporter to be there, pen and notebook in hand, to hold you accountable and give you credit. For better or worse, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for your actions. Zak Hudak is a philosophy major from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Learning Through Adversity: Hard Times, Good People i would be absolutely lying if i said college was the best four years of my life. it’s been great, but if the best years of my life a wake-up call. recent events aside, here’s a summary of my time at emory: i met my seven best friends while living in the university’s most cockroachinfested building (#Mctyeireneverdies), i switched my major four times, i got an illtimed concussion, i fell in love with school after becoming a BBa, i became president of the Student Programming Council, i laughed, i cried and then, most recently, i as someone who had never dealt much

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with adversity, i got a fairly big scoop of it during my four years here. this university and the people in it taught me how to assess my surroundings, work with my allies and beat the odds to succeed. Sure, it was hard. i developed a weird twitch in my hand. i got bullied. But i also met the people who have shaped my life the most. emory taught me that there are very, very good people and very, very bad people. People who know the full story of a situation and people who do not even care to before who will comfort you when you cry in the library. But also people who take careful measures to make you start crying. College was not the best four years of my life. i don’t think the best four years of anyone’s life come in one consecutive block

with a bow tied around them. But college was an incredibly formative experience. i walked through emory’s stone gates a wimp and i’m walking out much stronger and more dence were it not for the people i’ve met here. if you’re reading this, i’m asking you to reach out and thank the good people in your lives whenever you can. Stand up for them when they’re in trouble and help them when you can. if you are ever put in front of the bad people, ignore them. or speak out against a concert in three days with 40 of your best friends. it’ll feel great. Ria Sabnis is a business administration major from Pennington, N.J.


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Congratulations Class of 2017! The Faculty and Staff wish our graduating BA, BS, Minor, MS, and PhD students the best in their future endeavors! “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.� Alan Turing



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Graduation MaGazine

The Emory Wheel

The Emory Wheel

Graduation MaGazine



Graduation MaGazine

The Emory Wheel

The Emory Wheel

Graduation MaGazine



Graduation MaGazine

The Emory Wheel

The Emory Wheel

Graduation MaGazine


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Graduation MaGazine

Congratulations to the Wheel seniors!

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saMueL r. BudnyK

eLana cates

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andreW Burnside

JacoB durst

Brittany faLes

hagar eLsayed

Brandon fuhr

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Thank you for your hard work at The Emory Wheel!


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The Emory Wheel

Wheel Seniors: Ask Me Anything

Zak Hudak Former editor-in-chief, managing editor, sports editor

Former managing editor, A&E editor, Emory life editor, editor-at-large

Major; Hometown

Philosophy; Pittsburgh, Pa.

Favorite thing about Emory?

Elana Cates Former managing editor, sports editor

Tarrek Shaban Former Editorial Board member, digital editor

Music, comparative literature; Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

English, history; San Diego, Calif.

Computer science, political science; Roswell, Ga.

The people

Best student journalists ever

The people


Starting to work for the Wheel

Playing the bass solo in

Joining the Wheel


your Emory career? Future plans?

CBS News in New York

Grad school in musicology


Palantir in Washington, D.C.

Thoughts on Dooley?

Good Emory tradition

Kinda sketchy, don’t really get it


Favorite place to eat on campus?

Falafel King


Falafel King

Reading Room (it has a good view)

Favorite bathroom on campus?

Re: favorite thing at Emory Zaya’s until they took it away from us Administration Building

What you’ll miss the least about Emory?


Favorite Emory sports team?



As a former sports editor, I love them all

Has never been to an Emory sports game

Favorite Atlanta restaurant?

The Vortex


Two Urban Licks

Brick Store Pub

Favorite album?

School’s Out, Alice Cooper

Best thing about going to school in the South?


Mint juleps

The weather

Best hair

Wheel Style knight in shining armor

Editor of fun

Attorney General of the Wheel

“Drier than the autumn leaves”



Tech expert

Wheel title Known for

The overpriced convenience store

between all the Maseratis

, The Who

, The Beatles

Cleopatra, The Lumineers

I guess the weather. But I hate the weather.


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The Emory Wheel

Andrew Burnside Former sports editor

Brandon Fuhr Former crime beat writer. digital editor

Jacob Durst Former breaking news editor, sports editor

Hagar Elsayed Former video editor, photo editor

Dana Youngentob Former social media editor

Economics; Salt Lake City

Business administration;

Business administration, political science; Dallas

Film and media studies, sociology; Atlanta

International studies; Potomac, Md.

The Wheel, uh, nah

My classes

No comment

The academics

The people

Joining the Wheel

Taking over the crime report

Joining the Wheel

Joining the Wheel sociology class

Oh God.

Consulting in New York

Washington, D.C.



She’s alright. Always thought it was overdone.

I’m not the most spirited person.

He let me out of class once.

Very forced mascot

Does she even exist?

Old Zaya’s


Highland Bakery

Everything sucks


Few Hall public bathroom (it’s cleaned on the reg)

Goizueta Business School

Media Lab bathroom

Admissions Building bathroom

Any Goizueta Business School bathroom Homework

The excrutiatingly hot summers

The endless construction




Never attended any games

Men’s club basketball

I don’t know anything about Emory sports

No idea, Emory doesn’t have sports

Fox Bros. BBQ


Highland Tap

My mom’s house

Dolce Italia

Man on the Moon, Kid Cudi

1989, Taylor Swift

Diamonds and Gasoline, Turnpike Troubadours

Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

I’m not a music person


The food

The weather

Atlanta is an amazing city


Zak Hudak’s emotional support

Food editor

Frat star

Wheel justice warrior

Dustin Slade’s BFF

Watching The Bachelor

Crime report

Future Best Documentary Oscar winner


congrats grads

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