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Volume 99, Issue 19

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Marthers Named Interim CL VP


Sterk Talks Boosting Visibility

By MiChelle lou Executive Editor

By MiChelle lou Executive Editor

Paul Marthers, vice provost for enrollment management, has been named the interim vice president of Campus Life and will assume current Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair’s position when Nair departs Emory University March 30.

More than one year into her term, University President Claire E. Sterk discussed plans to increase her visibility on campus, re-evaluate the Campus Life dean position description and the steps toward better faculty salary equity and retention March 1 interview

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Junior guard Gebereal Baitey drives the lane against LeTourneau University (Texas). Emory clinched a Sweet 16 berth with a narrow 83-82 home victory March 3.

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KA Set to Replace MLAO on Row CEPAR to Review Active Shooter Plans By eMMa siMpson Contributing Writer

Kappa Alpha Order (KA) will return to their “historic home” in Fall 2019 at 14 Eagle Row, according to Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) Marlon Gibson. The space currently functions as the Media, Literature and Arts Outreach (MLAO) house, which was started in Fall 2015 as a themed house dedicated to the Emory arts, though any rising sophomore, junior or senior could apply to live in the house. KA returned to campus one year early in Spring 2018 and recruited 24 members on campus this semester

after it was suspended for three years for hazing violations in 2015. The chapter has returned in time for its 150th year anniversary in 2019. Its founding in 1869 marks the establishment of Greek life at Emory’s Oxford campus. KA President Connor Cione (19C) credited external support, including KA alumni and the national office, as a factor in rejuvenating the fraternity at Emory. “We’re all very excited. We’ve been having a lot of momentum behind us,” Cione said. “There’s a lot of support from OSFL, from our alumni and from our national office.” University officials decided to go against the Interfraternity Council

(IFC) recommendation that the fraternity not be allowed to return early. In 2015, then-Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life spokesperson David Furhman told the Wheel that KA would have to apply during the 20172018 academic year for colonization for the following year, and that KA would also have to apply for housing upon its return to campus. The house has been the MLAO house since Fall 2015, when it began. MLAO resident Lisandra Perez (20C) said she feels uneasy about KA’s return to campus. “I don’t know how fair it is,” Perez said. “If the reason they’re coming

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Former Student Sues Emory, Citing Bias in Title IX Process

A former Emory law student has sued the University after it suspended him for engaging in non-consensual sexual intercourse with a former female student and later rejected his appeal. He is seeking re-admission and monetary compensation, alleging that Emory’s Office of Title IX “held biased assumptions that female students would not make false accusations of sexual assault against their fellow

male students” and deprived him of due process. After the Office of Title IX found Troy Daly, 27, responsible for violating the Emory Sexual Misconduct Policy for non-consensual sexual intercourse last year, Daly was involved in a sevenmonth Title IX process, pursued an appeal and received three separate sets of sanctions. After his appeal failed, Daly filed a March 2017 lawsuit in DeKalb County Superior Court against the University. He denies that he sexually assaulted the woman, who reported that the

Emory University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) has begun evaluating the University’s procedures in the event of an active shooter situation on campus in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Emory currently follows Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). Created in 2002, ALERRT is considered the national standard

in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI and focuses on vigorous “force-on-force scenario-based training,” according to its website. While CEPAR has already established criteria to prevent and respond to an active shooter situation, additional modifications are underway, Senior Administrator of CEPAR Sam Shartar said at a Feb. 27 University Senate meeting. The University is collaborating with peer institutions, including

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VP of Finance Expresses Concerns About Overspending By BeliCia RodRiguez Senior Staff Writer The 51st legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) granted $9,727.50 in funding to some student organizations Monday night. In total, groups requested $14,168.90, but SGA did not fully fund the requests because the legislature was trying to limit spending. SGA also voted unanimously to clarify the approval process for University-Wide Organizations (UWOs) and amend the Elections Code. Both bills passed unanimously. The bill to fund the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Residence Life “First Year Farewell” event was in first readings and was not voted upon on Monday. In total, SGA considered nine bills, including one first reading, and passed all eight with amendments to some. Six of the bills requested funding from SGA. SGA Vice President of Finance Javi Reyes (18B) expressed concerns about SGA’s spending. The legislature currently has about $84,000 in its contingency account but cannot go below $53,000. The contingency account “funds University-wide programs or events that are sponsored either by the SGA or by organizations chartered under the SGA,” according to SGA’s Finance Code. The minimum is in place because the $50,000 covers overdraft protection from divisions and UWOs, and the $3,000 is a security fund, “which will pay for security at high profile and/or controversial programs or events,” according to SGA’s Finance Code. Speaker of the Legislature and

Senior Representative William Palmer (18C) echoed Reyes’ concerns about funding. “Even though it seems like we have all this money, we’ve actually been running down what we’ve built up over the years pretty quickly.” Suri President Isha Kumar (18C), Suri Vice President Kavya Sundaram (18B) and Suri Musical Director Tejal Pandharpurkar (18C) requested $740 to pay for registration and hotel room fees for a national a cappella competition. College Council (CC) funded only $325 toward Suri’s registration fees due to restrictions in their monetary policy. CC could not pay the hotel fees because Suri received the total amount for the hotel after its CC hearing, Pandharpurkar said. Legislators unanimously passed an amendment to the bill that would fund up to $740 if Suri meets with CC again to request funding for the hotel cost and CC declines Suri’s request. The bill passed with nine votes. Bill 51sl51, proposed by The Complex President Lori Steffel (21C), requested funding for Emory RHA and Residence Life’s “First Year Farewell” event according to the bill. All undergraduate students would be invited to the event, which is set for April 20 on McDonough Field. The bill is set for a vote in the next meeting. Association of Caribbean Educators and Students (ACES) President Zariah Embry (20C) proposed Bill 51sl52, which would allocate $3,168.85 to purchase materials for ACES’ “Island Delight” event. Junior Representative Madelyn Zapata (19C) proposed an amendment to lower the requested

Fraternity to Return Fall 2019 to Historic House Continued from Page 1 back is because Emory is allowing it, I don’t think that’s OK especially because we already have a really small art scene.” MLAO President Nicholas Alvarez (16Ox, 18C) declined to comment, citing his busy schedule. Cione said that the return marks an exciting period for the chapter. Cione also said that the fraternity has created a “brand-new

relationship” with OSFL. “Being able to restart gives us the opportunity to set whatever culture we’d like in the right direction,” Cione said. Cionne said that the chapter understands the importance of following all national and OSFL policies regarding Greek life behavior.

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The Emory Wheel Volume 99, Number 19 © 2018 The Emory Wheel Alumni Memorial University Center, Room 401 630 Means Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30322 Business Editor-in-Chief Julia Munslow Founded in 1919, The Emory Wheel is the financially and editorially independent, student-run newspaper of Emory University in Atlanta. The Wheel is a member publication of Media Council, Emory’s organization of student publications. The Wheel reserves the rights to all content as it appears in these pages, and permission to reproduce material must be granted by the editor-in-chief. The Wheel is printed every Wednesday during the academic year, except during University holidays and scheduled publication intermissions. A single copy of the Wheel is free. To purchase additional copies, please email The statements and opinions expressed in the Wheel are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Wheel’s Editorial Board or of Emory University, its faculty, staff or administration. The Wheel is also available online at

Corrections • In last week’s issue, “Art’s Not Dead: ‘Festival of Insignificance’ Lives” incorrectly stated that the dates of the showcase were Feb. 25 and 26. The dates of the showcase were actually Feb. 24 and 25. • In last week’s issue, the correction about “Four Emory Seniors Win Bobby Jones Scholarship” misidentified Leah Neiman as Lisa Neiman. • In last week’s issue, the headline for “Pike Loses House; DTD, Sammy Join Eagle Row” incorrectly stated that Delta Tau Delta was joining Eagle Row. The fraternity has already been occupying 15 Eagle Row. The headline has been updated online. • In last week’s issue, the author of “Five-Win Streak Spurs NCAA Bid”, Joseph Oh, was incorrectly identified as a contributing writer. Oh is a staff writer. • In last week’s issue, “Emory Acquires Harper Lee Letters” incorrectly stated that the Rose Library was planning to open an exhibit for the Harper Lee collection. The collection will open to students and scholars for research purposes, but the Rose Library has not planned an exhibit or display yet.

amount from $3,168.85 to $2,157.50. The amendment and bill passed unanimously. African Students Association (ASA) President Clementina Nyarko (18C) presented Bill 51sl46 for the third consecutive SGA meeting to help fund ASA’s “Taste of Africa” event. Attorney General Elias Neibart (20C) recommended that SGA fund $3,000 because only half of the attendees would be Emory students, but Sophomore Representative Ngozi Ugboh (20C) recommended adjusting the amount to $4,000. Ugboh said that ASA has exhausted all other spending resources. Freshman Representative Austin Graham (21C) proposed an amendment to change the amount allocated from $6,059.30 to $3,030. The amendment passed, with Ugboh abstaining because she is an ASA member. The bill passed unanimously. Bill 51sl54, proposed by SGA President Gurbani Singh (18B) and Oxford Continuee Muhammad Naveed (17Ox, 19C), would fund $3,000 for spring break 2018 airport shuttles. Singh said the bill was proposed late and wished there was a Campus Service committee to handle shuttles. Spring break begins this Saturday for undergraduate students. The bill was passed with eight votes and one against. Palmer voted no, citing low funds. “I just feel like we’re running low on money,” Palmer said. “I personally just thought it wasn’t necessarily an essential, but I really hope that because we funded it, that people use it … [but] it’s not a time many students go home.” Singh and Graham proposed Bill

51sl56, which amends the Elections Code to reflect updates to the voting systemc. The legislature passed it unanimously. In the Election Code’s Part III Article 1 about general elections, the bill added that the Elections Board will send voting notifications to students before voting opens and should inform students of the voting periods three days in advance. The bill also added a section that states that candidates have until three business days before voting period begins to withdraw. Each undergraduate division must determine voting form text for the final ballot one week before campaigning starts and email them to the platform organizer. The text must also be approved by the attorney general and elections chair. In case of technical difficulties with voting, SGA and the Elections Board will have a hearing to determine if the voting period should be extended. The bill removed section D in Part III Article 2 regarding general elections that stated that SGA will no longer keep a physical copy of the sample ballot in SGA offices. There will only be an electronic copy of the ballot. The bill removed the joint candidacy section of Elections Code Part IV Article 3 to reflect SGA’s Feb. 20 vote to prohibit joint candidacy in SGA elections. SGA’s joint session with Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) was canceled. Some GSGA legislators were off campus due to Goizueta Business School’s MBA spring break. GSGA did not have quorum. The two legislatures were set to

vote on Bills 51sl53 and 51sl55, but they were proposed and voted on during the SGA meeting instead. Shannon Anderson (20C) and Sophomore Representative Johnna Gadomski (20C) proposed Bill 51sl53, which allocates $1,200 for shuttles to and from the March 24 “March for Our Lives” event to protest mass shootings and gun control laws. Anderson said that in the first 36 hours of creating a Facebook event, about 100 students expressed interest in attending and using the shuttles. Only undergraduate students can use the shuttles that SGA funds. Gadomski amended the bill to fund $800, and the amendment and bill passed unanimously. Bill 51sl55, submitted by Singh and GSGA President Mark Neufeld (18B), clarified SGA and GSGA’s approval of UWOs after the undergraduate and graduate split last year. The bill states that UWOs must meet requirements of both the UWO and graduate-wide organization, and the Joint Executive Council reviews and approves UWOs. The Joint Executive Council, formerly known as the Joint Governance Council, is composed of executives from SGA and GSGA that convenes to address University-wide issues. The bill requires UWOs to submit a report to the Joint Executive Council annually that includes information about “their historical activities and use of the student activity fee … [and] their projected budgets,” according to the bill. The bill passed unanimously with nine votes.

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Univ. to Work With Peer Institutions on Procedure Continued from Page 1 Duke University (N.C.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), Boston University and Georgia Institute of Technology to develop procedures regarding locking doors in case of an armed aggressor. Emory does not currently have individualized building or room plans for an active shooter situation due to the fluidity and unpredictable nature of those emergency situations, Shartar told the Wheel. CEPAR recommends the “run, hide, fight” active shooter guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). After the collection phase recommendations, Emory might modify the policy in the next few months, according to Assistant Vice President for Public Safety Craig Watson. “[The guidelines] are intentionally designed to give individuals a basic understanding of their options so given the uniqueness of whatever the situation is for wherever they are that they can make that choice depending on what’s available to them,” Watson in Emory’s Division of Campus Services said. “There’s no one blanket response that’s correct for everything.” Shartar said that after the University’s Jan. 1 annexation into Atlanta, the Emory Police Department (EPD) has been working closely with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and DeKalb County Police Department to ensure that different emergency response agencies understand how to respond to an active shooter. EPD officers currently undergo annual training, and CEPAR conducts annual full-scale exercises using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), according to Shartar. “We’ll … test certain objectives, and they’ll evaluate how people perform, looking for gaps in performance,”

Shartar said. “And then we’ll go back and say, ‘How do we need to adjust this plan? How do we need to provide additional training?’ [Then] we’ll go back and test it again in some other way.” After the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, CEPAR established preventative measures including the Threat Assessment Team, a multidisciplinary unit that consists of counselors, psychologists, attorneys, police officers and human resource professionals who assess reported behaviors that indicate an individual may be on a pathway to violence. “It’s very common if you look back at all of these instances, including the most recent incident in Parkland, that there is a clear pathway people follow when they become violent like this,” Shartar said. “We are able to do what we can in the constraint of the law to intervene to stop that.” After CEPAR recognized the need to proactively recognize signs of potential violence, over the past year, CEPAR created a video designed for workplace managers to identify these preliminary signs and report them accordingly. Emory’s staff and faculty are set to view a similar video, as is the student body, according to Shartar. CEPAR has also been calibrating the language used when disseminating emergency notifications and the activation of sirens. That development is in response to the Sept. 20, 2017, incident, when Emory Alert and EPD issued a “shelter in place” alert after Atlanta VA Health Care System police attempted to arrest an unarmed individual for probation violation. During the nearly-hour long search for the individual in Lullwater preserve some professors barricaded their classroom doors, while other

spaces simply advised students not to leave the building, the Wheel previously reported. “We’ve changed the language [of the emergency notification system] to make it a little more prescriptive and a little more deliberate,” Shartar said. The updated system will clarify the nature of the threat, where it is occurring and the specific steps one should take. Furthermore, the system will only activate sirens if the situation poses an imminent danger to human life. Shartar said that CEPAR plans to develop extensive emergency preparedness material and mandatory videos to show incoming freshmen during orientation and update the “Just in Time” guide available on their website. A full-scale active threat exercise designed to test Emory’s response to an active threat is scheduled for March 14 from 6 a.m. to noon. The drill, coordinated by Emory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Atlanta Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), will serve as a complex training initiative to test Atlanta metropolitan jurisdictions’ regional response to large-scale crises situations, according to a March 6 University press release. Shartar stressed the importance of downloading mobile application “LiveSafe” for students, faculty, staff and non-Emory employees. The application, which was released last year, allows users to report tips, contact and immediately receive assistance from EPD, see emergency alerts and virtually escort other users, according to CEPAR’s website.

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Emory’s Lobbying Expenses on the Rise

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director of State affairs Kallarin Mackey and assistant director of State affairs hillary Thrower often network with legislators and their staffs at the Georgia State Capitol. lobbying efforts in 2017. Emory’s increased spending reflected the growth of the now seven-person Office of Government and Community Affairs and increased travel costs for sending University President Claire E. Sterk and other Emory staff to Washington, D.C., Vice President of Emory’s Office of Government and Community Affairs Cameron Taylor said. “I have spent more time educating and advocating with legislators be they in the state of Georgia [or] D.C.,” Sterk told the Wheel in a March 1 interview, adding that she has met with the “full Georgia delegation.” Sterk said that she spoke with lawmakers about protecting undocumented students, the importance of Pell Grants and federally funded research. “[Emory has advocated] a lot about DACA students and ‘Dreamers’ … I haven’t given up,” Sterk said. “We spend a lot of money on financial aid — and we should — and that links to the excise tax. Do we give the money

to the government to pay taxes or do use it to we continue to invest it in financial aid?” Taylor emphasized the positive development that the increase in spending represented, saying that Emory was broadening its reach in areas of public policy. “There were certain issues that I just didn’t get to [before with a smaller team],” Taylor said. “We are at the table a lot more now. … We’ve gotten smarter, more coordinated and just overall better at how we do our lobbying.” In a March 5 email to the Wheel, Taylor wrote that she is working on advocating for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which would “ensure strong and consistent funding” for items such as research and financial aid. Composed of six lobbyists and an administrative assistant, the Office of Government and Community Affairs focuses on “promoting and protecting

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By ChRistina yan Asst. News Editor Emory University spent $310,000 on lobbying in 2017, an amount that since 2012 has increased by more than $170,000, according to U.S. Senate lobbying reports. Last year, Emory lobbied for “programmatic increases for NIH and other health programs and research agencies” and “student aid funding”; provided information to legislators about University endowments when the tax bill had a provision to tax University endowments; and advocated for legislation to undocumented students to legally remain in the U.S. after President Donald J. Trump’s administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, according to U.S. Senate lobbying reports. What 15 years ago was an office of three people has grown into a sevenperson Office of Community Affairs, through which Emory aims to advocate for its interests in public policy. The Emory Wheel went behind the scenes with a few Emory lobbyists during a typical day at the Georgia State Capitol. The Wheel shadowed Emory’s Director of State Affairs Kallarin Mackey and Emory’s Assistant Director of State Affairs Hillary Thrower, both Emory employees at Emory’s Office of Government and Community Affairs specializing in lobbying at the state level. From 2010 to 2017, Emory spent an annual average of about $230,000 on lobbying, compared to an average of about $72,000 from 2000 to 2009. In comparison, peer institutions such as Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) spent $90,000, Rice University (Texas) spent $130,000 and New York University spent $510,000 on their

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On Feb. 27 at 5:07 p.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to a call from an Emory student regarding a theft by taking at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). The complainant, a member of the women’s basketball team, reported that on Feb. 19 around 7 p.m., she plugged her Apple Beats wireless earbuds into a wall jack in the women’s basketball locker room in the WoodPEC to charge overnight. When she returned to the locker room on Feb. 20 at about 10 a.m., she discovered her headphones missing. The locker room is secured by a keypad lock, but the complainant said that other members of the team, athletic staff, housekeeping staff and laundry staff have access to the locker room. There are no security cameras in the area and the exterior doors of the WoodPEC are secured at 11 p.m. when the building closes. The headphones are valued at $150. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On March 2 at 10:42 a.m., EPD responded to a call from a faculty member in the philosophy department regarding harassing communications. The complainant reported that at 10:35 a.m., she received a call from an unknown individual who threatened to cause bodily harm to another professor in the philosophy department. The individual identified himself as “Air Force Man” and asked to speak

with the professor. When asked to identify himself, the individual only stated “N****r [name of professor], and I’m going to his office right now to knock his motherf****ing head off,” before hanging up. After the call, the complainant called EPD and said that she feared for the safety of the professor because the caller seemed very adamant about going to the professor’s office and causing harm. EPD attempted to contact the professor who was threatened. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On March 3 at 1:11 a.m, EPD responded to a call regarding an intoxicated Emory student. When the officer arrived, the student was lying on a couch in the lobby of LongstreetMeans Hall. The student was breathing, but unconscious and not alert. The student vomited while Emory Emergency Medical Services (EEMS) attempted to provide medical assistance. A witness reported that two students had dropped the individual off in the lobby 10 minutes prior and laid her on the couch. DeKalb County Fire Rescue Engine One and American Medical Response (AMR) arrived to provide medical assistance to the student. DeKalb AMR transported the individual to Emory University Hospital (EUH) for treatment. Campus Life has been notified about the incident.

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Daly Seeks Monetary Compensation, Court Order to Return as Student Continued from Page 1 sexual actions were consensual until sexual intercourse, court documents show. The Wheel is omitting identifying information about the woman to protect her privacy. The lawsuit comes amid a national debate on consent, the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) review of Title IX procedures in schools nationwide and an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigation into Emory for possible violations of Title IX in handling sexual violence complaints. Court documents reveal the details of a Title IX process that eventually led to Daly’s lawsuit, in which he alleges Emory breached its contract with him by suspending him unfairly after he had paid full tuition for the Spring 2017 term. He claimed the suspension caused irreparable harm since he would have difficulty enrolling in another law school, sitting for the bar exam or becoming an attorney. He alleges Emory took genderbiased disciplinary action under pressure from federal agencies such as the OCR and ED and “internal forces at the University,” but did not identify the internal forces, court documents reveal. The lawsuit also refers to OCR’s ability to revoke federal funds from schools that violate Title IX. If institutions fail to comply with the Clery Act, the ED may impose maximum penalties of $35,000 and stop institutions’ participation in federal financial aid programs. Daly seeks a trial by jury, monetary compensation from Emory and return

to Emory School of Law. Prior to Daly’s lawsuit in DeKalb County, Emory’s Title IX Office handled the case. Title IX prohibits “discrimination based on sex” at institutions receiving federal funding, and the ED has expanded its scope to cover sexual assault and harassment. In February 2017, a Title IX hearing board recommended that Daly, who enrolled as a first-year law student in Fall 2016, be suspended until the woman graduated, according to court documents. Daly appealed his case with the Office of Title IX, which upheld the original decision and extended the suspension to two years. After Daly filed the lawsuit, he asked Emory to eliminate the suspension because the woman had left Emory. Former University Title IX Coordinator and current Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion Lynell Cadray told Daly that Emory reduced his suspension to one year, court documents show. Associate Vice President of University Communications Nancy Seideman declined to comment, citing pending litigation. Neither Daly nor his attorney returned multiple requests for comment. heaRing BoaRd Finds daly in Violation oF eMoRy sexual MisConduCt poliCy The woman accused Daly of sexual misconduct late August 2016, and the Office of Title IX found sufficient information to charge Daly for violating Emory Sexual Misconduct Policy, court documents show.

In its Title IX adjudications, Emory uses a preponderance of evidence standard and a majority vote of the Hearing Board to make its decision. That standard requires that “it is more likely than not that sexual harassment or violence occurred.” Seven months after the woman’s complaint, the Board concluded that all actions were consensual until penetration. The Board found that “[the woman] gave clear signs that penetration was not acceptable to her” and that it could not substantiate Daly’s claim of receiving “verbal and/or active consent to engage in sexual penetration.” But court documents show that Daly argued the hearing didn’t follow “procedures outlined in the code” and that the finding was inconsistent with the weight of the information. An Appeals Board re-affirmed the original decision and extended Daly’s suspension because the woman would likely remain at Emory after graduation at a divisional school. The Appeals Board also recommended that Daly complete sexual and relationship sensitivity training before he could be re-admitted into the law school. Cadray wrote that Appeals Board determinations are final and not appealable. After the appeal, Daly asked Emory to permit him to finish his Spring 2017 term instead of immediate suspension, but Emory declined. daly sues; eMoRy R eduCes daly’s suspension, R equests l awsuit disMissal Nine days after the appeal outcome,

Daly sued the University. At Daly’s request, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Clarence F. Seeliger ordered Emory to permit Daly to complete his Spring 2017 term. Emory allowed Daly to complete his finals and the 2016-2017 academic year. After finals, Emory requested dismissal of the lawsuit, arguing that Daly had completed the Spring 2017 semester, making his original request moot, but the judge denied the request. In subsequent months, Daly discovered that the woman was not remaining at Emory and requested that Emory eliminate his suspension. Emory “suggested” it would “reconsider its decision” via the Appeals Board, according to Daly’s lawsuit. In June, Cadray told Daly that Emory reduced his suspension from two years to one year, which would last through the 2017-2018 academic year, court documents show. Five days before the Fall 2017 term began, Daly requested that Emory allow him to attend classes. Emory refused on the grounds that Daly filed the motion days before classes started and failed to verify his motion or complaint. The judge ordered Emory to allow Daly to take classes starting from the Fall 2017 semester. As of Spring 2018, Daly, who did not respond to request for comment, is no longer listed as a student in the Emory directory. The parties in the case are undergoing a discovery period until March 26. l aCk oF pRopeR R edaCtion In March 2017, Emory filed an emergency motion to seal and redact

the exhibits attached to the lawsuit to protect the woman’s identity. The court granted the motion, ordering the plaintiff to refile within three days the redacted exhibits without references to the woman. The plaintiff re-filed the Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2 and redacted mentions of the woman’s name, but did not refile Exhibit 3. When the Wheel inspected case documents at the DeKalb County Courthouse in early February, the woman’s name was partially visible on one document. The plaintiff, who was responsible for re-filing the documents, did not respond to the Wheel’s request for comment. After the Wheel asked Seideman why the name had been improperly redacted, the University contacted the courthouse and a judge’s clerk reviewed the file for the redaction, determining that it had been improperly redacted. “Unfortunately, the name was identifiable in the file you reviewed,” Seideman wrote in a Feb. 20 statement to the Wheel. “Emory takes the privacy of our students seriously and took action to protect the complainant’s privacy throughout this process. We regret that the name was identifiable and we appreciate that the DeKalb court is taking steps to correct this error.” Richard reporting.



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Marthers Joined University 7 Months Ago Continued from Page 1 Marthers joined Emory seven months ago as vice provost for enrollment management in June 2017. He plans to remain in that role while serving as interim vice president of Campus Life and will also serve on University President Claire E. Sterk’s leadership team during his interim term. The new interim vice president will report to Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dwight McBride, who offered him the position about a week ago, according to Marthers. There was no application process for the interim vice president position, Marthers said. McBride did not respond to the Wheel’s request for comment by publication time. Nair did not play a role in the selection of the interim vice president, Nair wrote in a March 5 email to the Wheel. Nair currently reports to Sterk, but Marthers will continue to report to McBride, “as is common for interim appointments that are in addition to existing responsibilities,” Sterk wrote in a March 5 statement to the Wheel sent via Associate Vice President of University Communications Nancy Seideman. “It is too early to determine what the eventual reporting structure for this position will look like,” Sterk said in the March 5 statement, noting that the search for a permanent replacement has not yet begun. Marthers hopes to help set Emory up for a successful search for a permanent Campus Life dean by maintaining smooth operations, which includes having an “open door” and meeting with various Campus Life administrators. Before the search for a permanent replacement for Nair begins, Sterk told the Wheel in a March 1 interview that she wants to start a “process” to review the Campus Life dean position description to ensure it matches the University’s current needs, which may have evolved since Nair took office in 2012. Sterk will select Nair’s permanent replacement, Nair told the Wheel

in December 2017. When the Wheel asked Marthers about his concrete goals for Campus Life divisions, he said that he does “not really” have any yet, but he hopes that Emory will “achieve a leading student experience in the country … [with] great Campus Life offices, facilities, services and relationships, as well as really outstanding student connections to the academic [areas] such as deans, writing centers, advisers — having the whole campus promoting the best student experience.” Paul Marthers, Interim Vice President Of Campus Life CourtEsy of EMory Photo/vidEo

Marthers said that he plans to familiarize himself with students and staff across campus so he can foster communication between groups, noting that he plans to embark on a “listening tour.” “The first task is to reassure everyone that Campus Life’s [work] and all the great work having been done by Dean Nair and his team is going to continue,” Marthers said. “What I’m really going to try to do once April 1 comes around is be visible, go out and do a listening tour, know student organizations, student leaders, get to know the staff … really be a messenger and conduit.” Marthers said he already spends time around campus, such as swimming at the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) or checking out a book from the library. The new interim vice president said he plans to support the current Campus Life staff to continue its work. “There are a lot of good folks who report to Ajay … I know people will continue to see [them] as their advocates, and I’m going to affirm the work they’re doing,” Marthers said. “While I’m sure it’s going to [matter] for some [that they] get to know me, I don’t want people to assume that they need to know me simply to have that work [and student advocacy] continue.”

At Emory, Marthers manages the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and the University Registrar. He also co-leads the Emory Undergraduate Experience Initiative and oversees Emory’s Student Information System. Marthers has helped the three displaced Puerto Rican students who transferred to Emory transfer Emory credits to their home universities. He said there was no designated office to help them with the issue, so he volunteered to take on the task by reaching out to peer institutions who had accepted displaced Puerto Rican students and obtained advice from Emory administrators and faculty members such as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Pamela Scully. Marthers previously served as associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and student success as well as the chief enrollment and student affairs officer at the State University of New York (SUNY) system. In those roles, he convened meetings of the vice presidents of student life and student affairs across the 64 campuses and convened meetings of the student government. “I’m used to working very closely with students,” Marthers said, pointing to when he worked at Phillips Academy (Mass.). He spent three years living in a residence hall at Phillips Academy, coached baseball, liaised for student clubs and advised students. He also spent four summers teaching math and science for minority students at Phillips while he was working in Boston College’s admissions office. Marthers holds a master’s degree from Boston University in counseling and a master’s degree from Reed College (Ore.) in the liberal arts with a focus on social sciences. He also has an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania in higher education management. Nair announced Dec. 7, 2017, that he is set to become 22nd president of Arcadia University (Pa.) April 2.

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Emory Lobbies for DACA Students, Research Funds ing relationships” in their jobs — both internally within the Emory commuEmory’s missions during its interac- nity and externally with policymakers tions with elected officials and policy- and other lobbyists. “A lot of it is ... spending time with makers,” Taylor said. The office is divided into feder- [legislative] staff, bringing them to al, state and community affairs and campus and building the relationship works with members of U.S. Congress, before you’re going to ask them for the Georgia General Assembly and something,” Taylor said. “A lot of these other local policymakers to advocate staffers become folks you’ll continue to for issues impacting Emory, such as see, they’ll climb up the hierarchy … so higher education policy, health care a good relationship is good for Emory.” Taylor stressed the importance of and research, according to Emory’s showing policymakers and their staff website. “We are responsible for the entire around Emory facilities, such as the institution,” Taylor said. “From tran- Emory Proton Therapy Center and sit funding to health care funding … Emory laboratories, during the relaany issue that Emory is engaged with tionship-building process. “If you invite somepolicymakers on, we one to your home, that are a part of those conversations.” “We are at the table very act of spending time in your home Mackey and a lot more now. ... — they get to know Thrower said that We’ve gotten smarter, you in a way that they sometimes their jobs more coordinated couldn’t get to know involve late nights at and just overall better you over coffee, and the Capitol. that’s what we’re “[On Crossover at how we do our doing,” Taylor said. Day], we were here lobbying.” “We’re bringing them until 11 o’clock at night to our home.” because they were — Cameron Taylor, Mackey told the still voting on bills,” Vice President of Emory’s Wheel that she and Thrower said. Office of Government and Thrower needed to In the Georgia Community Affairs build relationships General Assembly, with all 236 state Crossover Day is the last day that bills can “cross” from legislators, but said that her job also one chamber to the other. If a bill required extensive policy knowledge. “I consider our jobs half relationdoes not cross from its chamber of origin by Crossover Day, it is effec- ships and half policy,” Mackey said. tively dead for the current legislative “You can have all the relationships in session, according to Mackey. For lob- the world — if you can’t articulate your byists like Mackey and Thrower, that position, you’re not going to be very means Crossover Day can be one of effective.” According to Mackey, lobbythe busiest days of Georgia’s 40-day legislative session, and one that they ists need to become subject matter need to spend on their feet, continually experts, as legislators will often rely flagging state representatives and sen- on them for knowledge on more parators for “rope line lobbying,” in which ticular subjects. “We can be experts and educate legislators are paged from the floor of the legislature to speak with lobbyists them [the legislators],” Mackey said. on the other side of a velvet rope. Taylor, Mackey and Thrower all — Contact Christina Yan at emphasized the importance of “

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steRk plans to host puBliC eVents Sterk told the Wheel last year that she expected to spend “spend 60 to 70 percent of [her] time externally focused.” Now that Sterk has gained a foothold on the presidency and has more control over her schedule, she told the Wheel that she plans to host more open community events at Emory to engage with students. “Students and alumni are the two groups I’ve spent most of my time with, so I’m a little bit puzzled when people say, ‘Oh, you’re not spending enough time’ or ‘We’d like for you to spend more time with the students,’ ” Sterk said. “The lesson learned is that … there needs to be more in terms of public and visible engagement.” In past weeks, the Office of the President has begun planning largescale, monthly community events where “we can have fun,” potentially located at McDonough Field, according to Sterk. Additionally, Sterk said she hopes to host at least two coffee or tea with the president events this year that are

open to sign-ups. Sterk also pointed to previous “classroom on the quad” events as something she wants to revive and said she was considering putting in more appearances at Wonderful Wednesdays. Cl dean position to Be eValuated Before the search for a permanent replacement for Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair begins, Sterk said she wants to re-evaluate the Campus Life dean position description, which was last changed six years ago when Nair took office, and see if the position needs to be modified to align with the University’s current needs. The president said she aims to start a committee to review and shape the Campus Life dean position by the end of Spring 2018 and finalize the position description by Fall 2018. Emory is willing to pay for students to travel to Emory during the summer to participate in the discussions, Sterk noted. Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Paul Marthers was named interim vice president of Campus Life on Monday. The president will select Nair’s per-

manent replacement. FaCulty salaRies, Retention Sterk charged the Class and Labor Report Committee 2 on faculty, a review of issues related to class and labor, in 2013 when she was the University’s provost. The findings, released by the provost last year only as an executive summary, detailed gender inequities in Emory’s faculty salaries, “significantly” low levels of faculty diversity and lower faculty salaries than those of peer institutions. In response to the findings, Sterk said that the administration has charged deans and department chairs to focus on “proactive retention” of diverse faculty members, which includes “talking with people regularly about how [things are] at Emory ... as part of the annual evaluation.” She also pointed to the University’s recent cluster hires in the sciences, African American studies and the arts to indicate progress in diversity recruitment. Salary changes and budget hearings are currently underway, Sterk said. All the deans have turned in salary allocations earlier in the year than in the past, and she said that she hopes to complete departmental

budgets in a more systematic and coordinated manner across the University. Regarding salary inequities, “the people for whom there was a big gap, there have been individual corrections that have been made, because that [is] proactive retention,” Sterk said. steRk ReFleCts on FiRst yeaR “When you get a different role, you look at [Emory] differently,” Sterk said. “Everything is familiar, but it’s different and people look at me differently. It took me a while to … get used to that.” Sterk said that in her first year, she has developed three areas of focus: certifying that Emory’s actions align with its mission and values; forming her leadership team; and ensuring that Emory has the resources “to achieve its aspirations and mission.” She appointed University Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dwight McBride and Executive Vice President for Business and Administration Christopher Augostini in May 2017. “Having a team in place has been amazing,” Sterk said. “We spend a lot of time preparing to get to a place where we will be officially able to [commence] the strategic plan at the

beginning of the next academic year.” the Value oF higheR eduCation When asked about the value of higher education, Sterk told the Wheel that Emory teaches two concepts that artificial intelligence and technology are incapable of learning or doing: flexibility and empathy. In a time when people are nervous about artificial intelligence’s impact on the future workforce, Sterk maintained that Emory’s education equips students with skills that are necessary for jobs. “[Through] critical thinking, communication skills, difficult conversations, analytical skills, we do prepare people for jobs that ... we don’t know are going to [exist in the future],” Sterk said. “We teach people problem solving.” She jocularly pointed to a time when she was on the phone with an automated response and asked an unusual question that required a human. “At one point I said, ‘Are you a person?’ and it said, ‘Let me connect you to that person,’ ” Sterk said.

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After Parkland, Emory Must Increase Preparedness, Advocate for Gun Reform “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the Unlike after the Oxford threat, CEPAR must ensure that those changes are quad are the ones who will go first.” implemented quickly and effectively. Only a few years ago, an Oxford College sophomore posted that message on For active shooter situations, CEPAR recommends a “run, hide, fight” social media platform Yik Yak, threatening a mass shooting over fall break. response on its website. The strategy originated from a video produced by the Emory Police Department (EPD) arrested the student the day of the threat, but U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the City of Houston’s Mayor’s student government representatives claimed a lack of communication between the Office of Public Safety. The video recommends people either flee or seek shelter, administration and students caused unnecessary panic on campus. News about and, as a last resort, tells victims to “act with aggression” to incapacitate an the threat had spread via word of mouth and social media for 20 hours before any assailant. official University communication was released. Emory responded, While the five-minute video is far from comprehensive, peer “We’ve concluded that a more timely campus communication institutions such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke following the student’s arrest would have benefited the community.” University (N.C.) follow similar protocols and cite the same video. The unfortunate But in the years since the incident, Emory’s That is unsurprising, as the unpredictable nature of shootings emergency response systems have remained insufficient. reality is that there’s makes formulating a standard response nearly impossible. Amid a period of mass shootings in schools and public spaces, The unfortunate reality is that there’s only so much the only so much the Emory is not exempt from a responsibility to prepare for such University can do once a shooting has started. Thankfully, Emory University can do an event on or near campus. Emory’s Center for Emergency is currently reviewing its current safety measures and those of once a shooting has peer institutions. Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) must act to ensure started. emergency responses communicate sufficient information and But CEPAR can do more to facilitate “run, hide, fight” update emergency procedures to address active-shooter threats. strategies. Distributing more information during an emergency Just last semester, Emory issued a “shelter in place” and ensuring that every room on campus has a door that locks alert on Sept. 20, 2017, in response to the escape of a fugitive from the are concrete steps Emory can take to ensure everyone’s safety. nearby Atlanta VA Medical Center. The “shelter in place” directive is vague Emory must focus on measures to prevent violent events such as campus and confusing, and the campus response was inconsistent and panicked. shootings and violent threats. CEPAR is rolling out a three-stage video program Some professors took precautionary measures within their classrooms, to help Emory managers, faculty and students identify potential threats to even barricading doors, while others seemed to ignore the alerts and campus safety. The program will educate the community on how to report continued teaching class as usual. False rumors of a shooter circulated the potential threats to Emory’s Threat Assessment Team, a group that investigates community as professors and students alike were unsure of how to respond. threats and refers individuals to health services or to law enforcement. The Wheel reported this week that Emory will no longer issue emergency As students across the country lobby for gun control legislation, updating alerts except in cases where human life is imminently threatened, but more University policy and procedure is just a small part of what Emory should do to needs to change for those alerts to be effective in a true emergency. Community help prevent future shootings. members need information about the nature and location of a threat and The Emory community has a rare opportunity to take part in a national specific instructions about how to proceed to safety. According to CEPAR’s movement for gun control being fueled largely by students. It’s imperative we senior administrator Sam Shartar, future alerts will include that information. seize the opportunity.

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Spring semester is often dominated by the pressure to solidify summer plans. For some, the extent of this stress means finding the perfect internship to bolster resumes. However, some students cannot afford the luxury of an unpaid internship — regardless of the benefits. Students and their families face astronomical college tuition fees and living expenses, and some students must also help support their families. In addition to the 10 months out of the year during which school sometimes prevents students from working a full-time job, spending the summer working without compensation is not feasible. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) “Class of 2014 Student Survey Report” reported that 46.5 percent of internships held at some point in college by students graduating in 2014 were unpaid. These unpaid internships are inherently elitist: They reward the children of the wealthy, who can more easily devote their energies toward long-term goals, while others must focus on the reality of making ends meet. Internships provide students with specialized experience tailored to their intended careers, an advantage that perpetuates a cycle of privilege; wealthy students have a leg up in the job market, enabling them to obtain higher-paying jobs.

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In order to end this cycle, companies should compensate all interns according to the legally mandated minimum wage to even the playing field and make these opportunities more accessible. The exploitative nature of this system goes deeper than students’ individual experiences. Corporations with huge budgets profit from students’ desperation for experience and willingness to work long hours for no pay.

In even worse instances, there are bidding wars in which companies requires prospective applicants to pay them for the position. Internships, particularly in the journalism and film industries, are notorious for demanding grueling hours of grunt work that allow these industries to thrive. The most recent company to come under scrutiny for their internship practices is Fox Searchlight Pictures. The lawsuit opened the floodgates for many former interns to file against other companies, including NBCUniversal, Viacom and Warner Music Group. A limited supply of internship positions for a seemingly unlimited demand allows these companies to pay their interns little to noth-

Every August, hundreds of freshmen from all over the world arrive on Emory’s campus. According to the Emory Office of Undergraduate Admissions website, international students made up 16 percent of freshman admitted in 2013 and 19.2 percent during the 2016-2017 admission season. The increased number of international students at Emory University reflects the growing international education rush in the United States. More than one million foreign students came to the U.S. in 2016 to pursue American higher education. Although many international students face uncertainty about their futures, there are many options available to those students who want to stay in the U.S. after graduation. Those without a green card or U.S. citizenship can marry a U.S. citizen, change their major or pursue another bachelor’s degree to maintain their F-1 status as full-time students, but the most common way to remain in the country legally is to find a legal job and apply for a Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa, which grants legal status for one year after graduation. During that year, graduates can apply for an H1B temporary work visa. All international graduates are granted a one-year visa after graduation, while those with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are allowed three years to obtain an H1B visa. Within the OPT period, an employer can sponsor employees for an H1B visa. But that type of visa is getting harder to obtain. The U.S. grants only 85,000 H1B visas per year, even as the number of applicants increases each year. Nearly 233,000 applications for H1B visas were received during the

2016 H1B application period compared to about 172,500 in 2015, and this year’s cap of 85,000 was reached during the first week of the application period. The H1B visa is dependent on students already having a job offer, but international students have a much harder time finding employment compared to domestic students. A lack of domestic internship experience can make international students in the U.S. less competitive, and differences in education systems between the U.S. and foreign countries can make it more difficult for international graduates to find jobs.

The U.S. grants only 85,000 H1B visas per year, even as the number of applicants increases each year.

For example, the U.S. education system emphasizes the development of social skills, while secondary education in Asian countries places more emphasis on exam-oriented education. Most students are asked to memorize a slew of rigid concepts and complete endless practice problems for homework and are not required to have practical or communication skills. International students also face language barriers and cultural differences. Often, applicants must prove that they can adapt to the working environment of a U.S. company and have good interpersonal skills to be qualified for a job. It’s important for international students in the U.S. to not be self-contained — to know how to use various

school resources, such as the career center. Establishing a personal network of professional contacts is important, as some European and American firms use internal referral systems for hiring. Learning to communicate with people in an industry and clearly expressing opinions in English are key factors for finding employment in the U.S. In my experience, international students who choose to make friends with American students and take part in campus activities that help them build social skills and professional connections find it easier to find employment. Thanks to my American friends’ help with networking and preparing for interviews, I have received a summer internship offer. But I will still be required to submit paperwork in order to work legally during the summer. During my time at Emory, I have realized that the current resources offered to international students on Emory’s campus are very limited. Emory’s International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) primarily processes immigration documents and issues visa documents. In comparison, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Career Center runs a program called Career Programs for International Students that helps international students apply for visas and find employment in the U.S. Emory should follow suit and offer more resources for international students and help them find jobs in the U.S. Otherwise, there will only be a small portion of international students able to realize the American dream they had when they first came to the U.S. Dwight Ma (19C) is an international studies and economics double major from Wuxi, China.


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ing — interns are expected to be grateful simply for the opportunity. In even worse instances, there are bidding wars in which companies require prospective applicants to pay them for the position. Companies like Vogue and Fox auction off internship positions to the highest bidder. It’s no longer enough to be willing to work for free. Now, applicants must be willing to pay for the opportunity, sometimes as much as $42,500 — a price few can pay. But some may argue that paying all their interns would force companies to accept fewer. However, that argument just reinforces the notion of the wealthy maintaining their wealth to the detriment of others. CEO pay cuts would nullify that concern. Advisers and professors warn us that every summer counts, but they fail to take into consideration the experience of students for whom the summers have a more immediate impact. Summers are the only time students are truly able to make up for the opportunity cost of not working a full-time job as a result of attending a university. It is not only on the universities to provide advisers with training to adequately prepare them to work with students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s also on companies to compensate their interns fairly in order to truly halt this cycle and lessen the ever-widening wealth gap.

Conjure an image of a group of people who expect conformity, regularly protest challenges to their authority and loathe any group that steps out of line. They threaten our right to the freedom of speech and have the power to inflict immense damage. Their average age is closer to 50, their uniform is a suit and tie and they sit in the Georgia legislature. Georgia lawmakers approved a bill March 1 that would eliminate a $50 million sales tax exemption from Delta Air Lines. That bill came in retaliation to an internal policy change at Delta where it ended a promotional discount for National Rifle Association (NRA) members. Delta later clarified that it was a decision to remain neutral regarding the current gun control debate. Here, Delta is practicing its right as a corporation to make its own business decisions. They are not infringing on anyone’s right to own a gun and are using their First Amendment rights to make a statement. With a gavel, local legislators attempted to silence freedom of speech to satisfy the hard-line conservative party line. If you ask most right-wing columnists, the biggest threat to freedom of speech is the campus protester. “A rerun of the 1960s, in which radical students impose mob rule” is the characterization of David French, senior writer for National Review. Jonathan Chait, writer for New York Magazine, fears, “a growing number of campuses, [where] professors now attach ‘trigger warnings’ to texts that may upset students.” Campus protesters are often blamed for shutting down freedom of speech with mob rule. If you follow the logic of Chait and French, the campus protester is equivalent to the decision made by the Georgia state legislature.

But in reality, it’s quite the contrary. What is happening on campuses is a perfect experiment of the First Amendment. Controversial speakers are allowed to spout transphobic, racist beliefs and campus protesters are allowed to dissent. On a college campus, the bounds of free speech are not being shut down, they are being constantly tested. The Georgia lawmakers are simply punishing a corporation — read: a person protected by constitutional rights — for making an independent choice. In fact, Delta’s choice is also a financially beneficial move that should delight free-market conservatives. “Woke capitalism” is the crime that Delta Air Lines committed. First, advertisers want to attract the largest part of the population by aligning themselves with popular opinion. It is a coherent business strategy for Delta to support stricter gun control laws, policies that have a 70 percent approval rating, the highest spike since 1993. Also, corporations naturally seek attention from the most affluent demographics, and class is increasingly becoming more associated with political party. An Independent Journal Review report shows that Democrats have more top donors and millionaires in Congress than Republicans. And a Vox News reports states, “Democrats are replacing Republicans as the preferred party of the wealthy.” Frankly, I have no problem with Delta losing their tax bill exemption. The tax overhaul passed by the Trump administration and Congress on Dec. 19, 2017, will be overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy and rich corporations. Right-wing thinkers, who influence conservative politicians, should stick to their guns when they call afoul at campus protest but focus on their own — there is hypocrisy to kill. Boris Niyonzima (20C) is a political science major from New Milford, N.J.

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Light, Love and Storm Reid By AdesolA ThomAs Contributing Writer

Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved 1962 science fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time” has piqued the attention of some of the book’s cult following and advocates for diversity in media. The enormous $103 million budget, the largest ever given to a black female director, has raised the alreadyexisting anticipation around the film. DuVernay’s decision to recruit a

diverse, A-list cast and release a call for a biracial young actress that landed 14-year-old Storm Reid the part of the originally white protagonist Meg Murry has also received much acclaim. “A Wrinkle in Time” follows Meg’s trip across the universe to find her disappeared scientist father and herself. With the help of her younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), friend Calvin (Levi Miller) and the three physical manifestations of the universe (Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling), Meg


reveals to the audience how to surmount their greatest anxieties and “be a warrior.” The Emory Wheel and other local publications spoke in person with Reid about her transformative experiences on set and her passion for spreading the message of the film to young people. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

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This year’s Academy Awards were some of the most unpredictable that I’ve witnessed, as they provided answers to several burning questions in the cultural conversation — notably, who would take home Best Picture in the most open field of the decade, and how the #MeToo movement would factor into Hollywood’s biggest night. Clocking in at nearly four hours, Sunday night’s ceremony was seemingly the snappiest but also most boring broadcast of the past few years. None of the winners were surprising and the anger of the room remained at a bare simmer, which was a disappointing revelation in such a contentious and groundbreaking year. Naturally, “The Shape of Water” took home the most hardware, racking up four wins out of its 13 nominations (the most of any film this year): Best Picture, Director, Production Design and Original Music Score. “Dunkirk” won three technical categories for its pointless technical affect, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and the beloved “Coco” each claimed two prizes. In the ceremony’s finale, last year’s Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to give “The Shape of Water” its Best Picture

trophy. That came after last year’s infamous envelope mix-up, in which they mistakenly gave the award to the wrong film. “The Shape of Water”’s lovably genuine director Guillermo del Toro cheekily checked Beatty’s envelope for a mistake, later thanking all of the “young filmmakers” of the world in an impassioned speech. With his Best Director win, he now stands as the third Mexican filmmaker to win the award in the past five years, joining his close friends Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. In the end, it’s hard not to feel happy for del Toro, since his big-hearted, empathetic film eventually won out against Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a borderline unwatchable frontrunner that lavished in poorly-written, meanspirited irony and an ugly mishandling of race in America that only a white British man could have rendered. While “The Shape of Water,” a fantastical fable about a woman’s relationship with a sexy fish man, was hardly a bland choice for the top prize, it should have gone to a better, more revolutionary film, such as “Get Out.” That film’s writer-director-pro-

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Metalcore Concert a A New Chapter for ‘Wrinkle’ Melee of Music By AdesolA ThomAs Contributing Writer

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By emerson hArmon Contributing Writer I went to hell last Thursday. It was incredibly hot and loud, with lots of shrieking, screams, spilled beer and young men furiously headbanging. Hell is one of three stages owned by the Masquerade, a historic Atlanta venue that hosts medium-profile acts which draw a crowd, but won’t sell out a stadium. Over its 28 years, the Masquerade has staged some of the most influential and revered alternative acts in history, and I recommend that you catch a show there. Its other two stages are Heaven and Purgatory, but I, being a poor sinner, didn’t get into those. No, I danced with demons to hear the infernal music — heavy metal. Hell played host to a demonic lineup of indie metalcore acts last Thursday: Greyhaven, Toothgrinder, Gideon and “the almighty” Norma Jean, all of which are terrorizing the country on Norma Jean’s “Redeemer” tour. If you look up those bands’ music, you’ll find that none sound exactly like I describe. It is one thing to listen to metal music in your headphones, and quite another to see a live show. The difference is like watching a pay-per-view boxing match versus stepping into the ring. The first is exhilarating and gets your blood pumping; the second does that too, while also inflicting blunt trauma.

Metal bands with quality live shows are interested both in entertaining the audience and in punishing them. Wearing ear protection is not a choice but a necessity. The crowd was, for a metal concert, surprisingly diverse. Only two-thirds of the attendees were young white men — for metal that’s a low turnout. Parents chaperoned their adolescent sons, and women of color moshed side by side with tattooed skinheads wearing “F**k Racism” T-shirts. I blended in when I arrived which, due to some Uber mishaps, was close to the end of Greyhaven’s set. The Louisville-based group does not neglect the “core” half of metalcore. Their lyrics are undeniably punktinged, with songs titled “Nixon,” “Hollywood Catholic” and “The Absolute American.” Their music is appropriately fast and hard-hitting, full of galloping riffs and tight, pounding drum patterns. The second act of the night, Toothgrinder, took their music in a more mainstream direction. Once the New Jersey outfit finds a catchy riff, they build their song around it, returning to it again and again for the chorus. Their riffs are catchy indeed. A great example of this is “The Shadow,” the standout single from their latest album, “Phantom Amour.” When

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In the midst of a cinematic moment where demands for representation and stories about bravery are increasing, Ava DuVernay’s, “A Wrinkle in Time” arrives on time, but intermittently struggles to assert itself. The film’s racially diverse cast and stunning visuals breathes new life into the 1962 Madeleine L’Engle novel on which it’s based. But the film fails to maintain a cohesive tone, undulating between macabre and playful. “A Wrinkle in Time”’s weaker elements are strengthened overall by the compelling performances of Chris Pine and the film’s young lead, Storm Reid. Its poignant social commentary on the importance of compassion provide an intriguing reimagining of the classic battle between light and dark. The film tells the story of Meg, a clever young girl who embarks upon a rescue mission across the cosmos when her scientist father disappears. It begins with a long pan above the clouds that simulates flight. It is an appropriate and perhaps deliberate choice foreshadowing the imaginative narrative that follows. As we return to Earth, we are met with a scene of a young Meg Murry (Lyric Wilson) and her father, Dr. Alex Murry, (Chris Pine) conducting a science experiment in their home lab. Here we are introduced to Meg’s

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Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey, lefT) prepares Meg Murry (Storm Reid, r ighT) for her journey across the universe. parents’ joint work with tesseracts — conduits that permit individuals to “wrinkle time” and travel light-years away in seconds. The remaining exposition consists of Dr. Alex Murry and Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) discussing the inclusion of their newly adopted infant son into the family and Meg’s father asserting that “love is always there even if you don’t feel it” — a sentiment that is elegantly woven throughout the film. This opening scene introduces themes like empathy and the power of integrity. These ideas are enrapturing and contrast the darker elements of the film that follow it. The better moments of the film include a flying sequence where an older Meg (Storm Reid), her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and her friend Calvin

(Levi Miller) soar above a sea of flowers with the help of Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and the penultimate scene in which Meg and the audience are forced to confront their greatest anxieties about loss. But the film lacks a tonal tether that makes the otherwise thoughtful dialogue and performances feel detached. The unsettling mystery surrounding Dr. Murry’s tesser pools into the lives of each character and simulates the discomfort of Meg’s loss. This mixture of interpersonal isolation and the hope of eventual return is at times so dense that the film is difficult to watch. But Charles Wallace’s sagacious disposition and Calvin’s endearing boyishness both ease the Meg’s underlying

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Continued from Page 13 bereavement. Reid’s portrayal of Meg as a reverent family member and bereaved young girl are believable because they are delivered with deliberateness. This internal conflict is only emboldened by Meg’s racial identity. L’Engle didn’t write Meg’s character as a young black girl, but DuVernay’s infusion of the original character’s personal struggle with topical disquietudes that young women of color face adds depth to Meg’s struggle. Race operates within the film — as it does in real life — as an element of the overall experience, not the fulcrum of the experience itself. Thoughtful choices throughout the film address the nuance of race and gender. Calvin, Meg’s young, white male peer, intermittently compliments Meg’s curly natural hair and embraces her decision to lead the group. The Murrys are an interracial, renowned couple who together unravel the mystery of warp speed space travel. Furthermore, the light of the universe is personified through three women, two of whom are women of color.All of these choices powerfully communicate to the young audience how complex characters of all races and genders can be on and off screen. It also suggests that insurmountable heights may be reached if and when different people work together. While “A Wrinkle in Time” is an

enjoyable film with crucial ideas, there are moments where its banter and ephemeral beauty become crutches rather than integrated aspects of the story. That is likely a consequence of the central difficulty of making a good science fantasy film — making a protagonist’s journey to other worlds feel fantastic without being gimmicky or alienating the audience. The film yearns to characterize elsewhere in the universe through Oprah Winfrey’s otherworldly wisdom and Mrs. Which and Happy Medium (Zach Galifianakis) humor. But by doing so, the film lapses in its commitment to its central daunting idea, which makes those jokes feel compensatory. There are moments where I wanted the film to let us feel afraid and unsure, but instead it reassured us before we could acknowledge our own fear. “A Wrinkle in Time” is pleasant overall, with only certain residual moments and lines feeling out of place, but it is no masterpiece. “A Wrinkle in Time” is an important film whose central message — that we should all be warriors of light when the darkness surrounds us — is uplifting. While the film struggles to juggle its playful, kid-friendly tone with its darker commentary, its striking aesthetic and dialogue on personal agency make it worth seeing.

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#MeToo Movement Finds its Moment Continued from Page 13 ducer, the immensely talented Jordan Peele, walked away with a wholeheartedly earned win in Best Original Screenplay, making him the first black writer to win the prize. And 89-year-old James Ivory became the oldest-ever Oscar winner with his Best Adapted Screenplay victory, taking home the only trophy for the excellent “Call Me By Your Name.” In other good news, “Phantom Thread” costume designer Mark Bridges won a much-deserved prize for his work on the film — the only win for Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece — also taking home a jet ski that host Jimmy Kimmel gave to the shortest acceptance speech of the night. As is the case every year, there are always disappointments. The most egregious upset of the night was the shutout of “Lady Bird,” which won none of the five awards for which it was nominated. That was a criminal oversight on the part of the Academy, considering that “Lady Bird” was the best film nominated in all of those categories — especially in a year where they could have made a powerful statement by sending the film’s deserving director Greta Gerwig to the podium. Despite the legendary cinematographer (and 14-time nominee) Roger Deakins’ first pity win for “Blade Runner 2049,” the trophy should have gone to Rachel Morrison for her extraordinary work on “Mudbound,” and “Phantom Thread”’s Jonny Greenwood sadly lost out for Best

Actress Talks Vulnerability, Humility, Empathy Continued from Page 13 Q: Did anybody give you any special advice about the industry? A: Yes. Ms. Oprah said that with everything that is happening in my career right now, all the change, that I wasn’t going to change as a person, and I still was going to know who I was, but that the people around me would change. I really took that to heart because she has been in this industry for so long, and she’s a megastar, and for her to give me that advice was special. Q: How did you decide to go about playing Meg? A: I just tried to stay true to her journey. I also knew there’d be some similarities and differences. I really had to step into her shoes and become her because I haven’t gone through her experiences. I had to put myself into her character. Q: What do you think that dynamic between the boys and girls in the films says about the way they can interact in group dynamics? A: I feel that young men should be able to be feel vulnerable and be okay with that and just let young women and protagonists take the lead. I feel that it’s disheartening that young men feel they always have to take the lead and be strong because women can be just as strong and help out too. I feel like Meg really showed that to Calvin and that he was accepting of it and that was a weight off of his shoulders. For Calvin to let Meg do that was really special, and we could tell that was a connection between the two of them in the movie. Q: Where would like to see your career go after “A Wrinkle in Time”?

A: I’d love to continue acting because it’s my dream and passion. I’d like to become a filmmaker in the future, and I am producing stuff now. I don’t know where my career is going to be in the next five to 10 years. I hope it’s in a good space, and I hope I can keep representing young African-American women in stories that have depth and that are the light for audiences. I know whatever is meant for me will be, I am just going with the flow. Q: What were some challenges you faced during filming? A: It was my first lead role, and I was really intimidated when I got the role. I felt like I couldn’t do it and I couldn’t pull it off but everybody made me feel so comfortable. They reassured me that I was doing it because it was meant for me. And then the stunt and the green screen were a challenge because I’ve never done that before. It’s hard to imagine the unimaginable, but once I practiced and got through that it was so much fun. Q: We are in the midst of a cinematic moment where demands for representation are being met with actual results through films like this and “Black Panther.” What do you hope that the legacy of this film does? What do you hope that it does for this moment? A: Yes. I feel like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” are so monumental especially when our world is so divided and disconnected. I hope that our movies raise awareness that African-American people can be represented and represented in the right way. We should all be represented to succeed in this world because there are so many different cultures, religions and race in the world, and I hope that we can keep adding more representa-

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tion not only to the movie industry but to the world. Q: What kinds of lessons did you feel that you learned from Ava DuVernay? A: Her actions speak louder than words, and she is a great representation of that. She is so hands-on and really cares about the creative process. She cares about the people who surround her that help make the movie. She opened my eyes to that. Not to just be an actor, director or producer, but also to represent and include people within your cast and your crew. Q: What is something you learned about yourself that you didn’t know before the film? A: I learned that I was capable of laying roles like this. Being able to save the world as a little black girl — because we don’t see that — little black girls don’t get to see themselves represented or better yet saving the world. I learned that I can do anything that I wanted to do, and, of course, I already knew that, but being given this opportunity — a lot of young people are telling me that I am the light for them which is a really amazing responsibility. I just learned that I could be the light for people in this world. Q: What do you think it means to “be a warrior” in 2018? A: To be a warrior is to be yourself. To be a warrior is to find the love and light within yourself, to help people and be not physically but mentally strong. To know that the power is that you have the power and that you can help not only yourself but the people around you.

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Original Score. Another major upset came in the Documentary Feature category, where French New Wave legend Agnes Varda’s film “Faces Places” lost to “Icarus,” an average Netflix doc about Olympic doping scandals. But, the most frustrating wins came in all four acting categories. The same four actors have made a clean sweep of awards this season, even though all but one gave easily the worst performances in their respective categories — not to mention the predictability of these outcomes.

The politics of the night felt less radical than they should have been, as if the Oscars had reverted to their age-old pageantries. Gary Oldman’s Best Actor win for “Darkest Hour” should have gone to any of his competitors, as was also the case for Sam Rockwell (Best Supporting Actor, “Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (Best Supporting Actress, “I, Tonya”). Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her lead role in “Three Billboards.” Though she should not have won, the always incredible McDormand was the only thing keeping her film afloat, and her acceptance speech, during which she asked all the females

nominated in any category to stand with her, was easily the night’s best moment. She placed her little golden man on the ground, dwarfing him in a gloriously tongue-in-cheek, impromptu show of strength and power. All in all, the wins seemed to point to a frustrating compromise, one that landed straight in the middlebrow — knocking subtlety, originality and the power of outrage to the outside. The politics of the night felt less radical than they should have been, as if the Oscars had reverted to their age-old pageantries as a self-congratulatory knee-jerk against the industry’s systemic change. But the #MeToo movement finally had its moment onstage, and there were more intersectional wins than traditional ones in a historic field of nominees. Despite the Academy’s intense efforts at diversification, the old guard still obviously holds quite a bit of power. It appears that we were given a rare treat when “Moonlight,” the actual best film of 2016, won the top prize last year in a major coup against the unstoppable, whitewashed jazz-stolgia of “La La Land.” Will a moment that purely revolutionary happen again in the near future? No one knows for sure, but the world of cinema still has a lot of work to do.

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Musicians Punish Crowd, Shatter Eardrums, Glasses Continued from Page 13 played live, Toothgrinder’s music is intense but clear and melodic, with long atmospheric build-ups. The audience clapped after every song and constrained their moshing to some polite headbanging. Then Gideon took the stage. Gideon’s music was engineered on every level to turn the barren mosh pit into a goddamned battlefield. Mosh pits thrive on witheringly loud drum rhythms and chugging guitar riffs, and the other bands wove a section like that into about every other song. Gideon played four to five such parts in every song. The single best adjective to describe their approach to music is “mean,” which Gideon absolutely intends. There are no frills, frivolity or flashiness in the Tuscaloosa-based band’s music. Gideon is metalcore for the working man. It’s rare to see a metal singer perform in an orange hunting cap and red flannel shirt, and even rarer to have that look mesh with the music. I have sometimes wondered what soldiers in a Greek phalanx felt as they charged headlong into another army. Participating in a “wall of death” at a metal concert is probably the closest most people today will get to that experience. Near the end of the set, Gideon’s singer called for the crowd to do this, and we obliged. The wall of death broke apart on collision, and left the entire audience in one giant mosh pit. The wall broke my glasses and left me near sightless in the frenzy. It also

destroyed any last reservations people had about moshing and left the crowd electric and ready for headliner Norma Jean. While every other band played a set, Norma Jean put on a show. The headlining act, originally from Atlanta, enjoyed the full support of Hell’s production team, which bombarded the audience with a dizzying light show as the band played their album “Redeemer” in its entirety. Norma Jean’s music was as intricate as it was punishing. Crushing bass lines and drum blasts backed lethally sharp guitar leads. They were so loud they almost drowned out the audience, which was screaming along with singer Cory Putman. For almost an hour straight they drove the crowd wild, and when their set ended, encore chants sprang up faster than the band could leave the stage. If you have any interest in metal, hard rock or hardcore punk, do yourself a favor and check these bands out. If you’re new to heavy music in general, try Toothgrinder, or if you’re already acquainted with punk look up Greyhaven. Feeling adventurous? Listen to Norma Jean, and if you know that you’ve insured your possessions, then put on Gideon — you might end up smashing them in ecstatic rage. And regardless of your interest in metal, go catch a show at the Masquerade. You might end up in Heaven, and you might end up in Hell, but there’s good music for saints and sinners alike.

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Despite the constant relocation and removal of other fraternities, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and its house have withstood the test of time. 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of Eagle Row and its first fraternity house, which has belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity since its construction. When Emory College relocated from Oxford, Ga., to Druid Hills in 1915, existing fraternities sought rent in local neighborhoods, according to University Historian and Senior Advisor to the President Gary Hauk. Hauk said that “A History of Emory University” by Henry M. Bullock detailed how fraternities usually met in classrooms on campus before the relocation. It had been 79 years since Emory College had first opened in 1836, and fraternities forced to seek housing elsewhere included the currently suspended Kappa Alpha (KA) Order fraternity, which is set to return next year, and Chi Phi fraternity. In 1919, the University built a temporary fraternity row consisting of “seven frame cottages,” according to “A Semicentennial History” by Professor Emeritus Thomas H. English. “I think [the cottages] were somewhat inadequate,” Hauk said. “Very shortly, a number of fraternities began to rent houses out in the Druid Hills

neighborhood and use those as their fraternity houses.” In accordance with Methodist piety, the University also forbade on-campus dancing since its founding and only lifted the ban in 1941. Combined with the limited fraternity housing, the ban “severely circumscribed” fraternity activities, English wrote. Although even off-campus dancing remained forbidden until 1933, students skirted the ban by escaping to the nearby city of Atlanta, where they were free from University surveillance. “[Dancing] came to be pretty openly flouted at ‘receptions’ and ‘teas’ held in Atlanta clubs, hotels, and the homes of chapter patrons and patronesses,”



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Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity says their Eagle Row house plays a crucial role in their campus presence. English wrote. It wasn’t until 1928 that the University began development on what would become Fraternity Row, later known as Eagle Row in after the construction of Sorority Village in 2006, themed housing and faculty buildings. The row’s first house opened the same year, and SAE fraternity became the first chapter to occupy an official Greek residence. English’s timeline of campus construction projects notes that the house required reconstruction after a fire in 1932. According to the chapter’s website, the fraternity’s roots at Emory trace

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When police stopped Pete Williams for speeding along Georgia State Road 400 in 1985, instead of giving him a ticket, they took him into custody. A victim of sexual assault that had occurred earlier that month picked out Williams’ photo from a picture lineup. Williams said he had never seen the woman before but was charged with rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 45 years in jail. Williams was 23 at the time. Emory Pre-Law Society brought nonprofit Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) Deputy Director Grace Akan (12L) and exoneree Williams to Goodrich C. White Hall for a Feb. 22 event. About 40 people attended the event, where Williams shared his story and took questions. “I was kidnapped,” Williams said to the audience. “I was taken off the streets.” Pre-Law Society Freshman Representative Alex Chanen (21C) said the event was an effort to show the philanthropic side of lawyers. “The Pre-Law Society has wanted to do outreach in the Atlanta area, and we thought the Georgia Innocence

Project was a great way to show how lawyers are getting involved in not-forprofit work,” Chanen said. Additionally, the GIP is connected to Emory, as Akan attended law school here before she joined the organization’s small staff. At the event, Williams spoke about how he wrote to Georgia courts seven times and pleaded his innocence to no avail. In 2005, he wrote to the GIP, an independent nonprofit founded in 2002. According to Akan, the project aims to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions through post-conviction DNA testing. Akan said that Williams’ letter was one of 7,000 the GIP has received since its start in 2002. She explained that the GIP only accepts identity-based cases with new DNA evidence that occur in Georgia or Alabama. They reject 95 percent of cases they recieve for failing to meet those strict criteria. During her presentation, Akan demonstrated how eyewitness reports are often unreliable. She projected a sentence to the audience and asked how many times

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Koinonia Munslow’s Highs and Lows ‘Holi’ Smokes: Coffee Pops Doggy Dogg Editor-in-Chief Reflects on Wheel Career Up, Then Delivers Desi Settles Down In a Bun By Janvi Pamnani Contributing Writer

By Liwen Xu Contributing Writer Koinonia means “community, fellowship or joint participation.” Tucked in the quiet suburbs of Westview neighborhood is a coffee shop that aims to facilitate just that — Koinonia Coffee ATL, a coffee shop that sits among the cafes, markets and hairdressers on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Founder Eduardo Lowe named the coffee shop “Koinonia,” partly inspired by by Koinonia Farm in Georgia, a 1950s Christian community, worked actively to fight against poverty and racism during the Jim Crow period, according to the coffee shop’s Facebook page. The name “Koinonia” also serves to connect the coffee shop with Koinonia Farm’s mission and ideals of community without discrimination. Lowe is a Westview neighborhood resident who first opened Koinonia Coffee ATL on Feb. 21 as a pop-up coffee shop. The pop-up attracted so many customers during its temporary phase a few weeks ago that Lowe decided to turn it into a permanent stop. Its current hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays

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The Wheel sat down with Editorin-Chief Julia Munslow (18C) as she packed up her office to reflect on her time on the paper and at Emory. An English and creative writing major, Munslow served as executive editor, arts and entertainment editor and assistant arts and entertainment editor. She has earned two awards for her journalism: her photos of the 2016 Trump chalkings protest won an SPJ Mark of Excellence for Breaking News Photography, and she co-wrote an article that won first place for Best News Article Based on Investigative Reporting in the Georgia Press Association’s 2017 Better Newspaper Contest for coverage of the Spring 2017 student government elections. This transcript has been edited for clarity and length. Janvi Pamnani, The Emory Wheel: Netflix or Chill? Julia Munslow: Netflix. I haven’t had time to watch much Netflix lately, but I’m hoping to catch up over break. EW: What’s your favorite spot in Atlanta? JM: The BeltLine, specifically the area between Piedmont Park and Ponce City Market. The summer after my sophomore year, I was in Atlanta and I was living right around Piedmont Park. I would walk [along] the BeltLine

to Ponce City Market, do this outdoor yoga class with one of my friends and then we would go to Ponce afterward and get smoothies or dinner. EW: What’s your favorite spot on campus? JM: Top of [the Michael C.] Carlos Museum, outside [on] the balcony that’s facing the Quad[rangle]. EW: What’s your favorite overall college memory? JM: I’ve had a lot of really good conversations with really good friends, late at night, usually sitting somewhere that overlooks a landscape outside. That’s one of the reasons the top of Carlos Museum is one of my favorite spots on campus. I’ve had a lot of good conversations there, late at night. Sitting on friends’ balconies or roofs and just looking out over landscapes and seeing the stars at night — those are my favorite memories. EW: What’s your favorite class you’ve taken at Emory? JM: I really love my poetry workshops. [They’re] technically more than one class, but the formats [are] really similar. EW: What would you do with your time if you didn’t spend it on the Wheel? JM: I’d still be writing, but I’d probably be spending a bit more time working on my creative writing, poetry [and] doing more photography because

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that‘s always been something that I’ve loved. But since I took over as [editor-inchief], I haven’t had much time to do that. But I love street photography, just going out in the city of Atlanta and taking photos of everything. EW: What’s a book you think everyone should read and why? JM: I’m going to check my Goodreads and cheat. I think that everyone should read “This Is How You Lose Her” [by] Junot Diaz because it’s a beautiful book, and I think it challenges a lot of assumptions that people have. The other book that I would recommend would be “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. There are a lot of different gems throughout [Doerr’s] book — moments and sentences — and the writing is gorgeous. When I recommend books or any literature, I usually look to the moments

If the word vegan precedes a dish, chances are it tastes like cardboard. Generally sporting an sickly pink color and a crumbly texture, vegan meat alternatives often have more of a place in a biohazard waste bin than on a plate. There is a rare exception to this: Doggy Dogg’s vegan dog. The vegan dog’s hearty, chewy texture and curiously savory taste, combined with Doggy Dogg’s plethora of diverse toppings showcases the best possibilities of a vegan alternative. When I found out that Doggy Dogg would host a Holi celebration and debut a new Indian-inspired vegan dogg at their restaurant, a little shack called The Dogg Haus, I cleared my schedule. I — an Indian — was about to celebrate the Hindu festival of color for the first time in my life, and it was

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GIP Deputy Director Grace Akan (LeFt) and exoneree Pete Williams (r ight) speak at Emory on Feb. 21.

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Spice, snap and crunch came together in Doggy Dogg’s Pushkar Pupp to create a delectable treat for the establishment’s 2018 Holi event.

‘Pushkar Pupp’ Spices Up Hot Dog Hut Continued from Page 15 going to be in a hot dog shop. Find your beach, I guess. More than anything, I had enjoyed Doggy Dogg’s new Indian-influenced kimchi at the Emory Farmers Market in the weeks preceding the event, and I wanted to see how the eatery would merge the odd, spongy texture of a hot dog with the punchy zest of the Indian palate. I ventured with three equally curious and ravenous friends to the downtown Decatur establishment. We all ordered the Holi special dog — the “Pushkar Pupp,” named after an Indian temple town in Rajasthan, a state known for its vegetarian fare. The “Pupp” came with either vegan or pork sausage. One of my friends opted for the pork, which he said was more filling than the vegan dog. In celebration of Holi, the eatery provided traditional colored powders, which we used to cover our hands and faces for the the next half hour. But the powders were just barely as colorful as the hot dogs themselves, which came bathed in a misty green cilantro “veganaise” — a take on vegan mayonnaise — and a shower of yellow plantain chips, lathered with relish. I tilted my head sideways and took

a messy bite of the bulging hot dog. The intensely savory vegan sausage snapped open and absorbed the rich cilantro “veganaise” and the sweet and spicy peach habanero sauce. To keep the bold flavors in check, Doggy Dogg added a garnish of raw onions, the Indian topping du jour, for an added sharpness that served as a bitter yang to the dog’s culinary yin.

I — an Indian — was about to celebrate the Hindu festival of color for the first time in my life, and it was going to be in a hot dog shop.

The well-toasted, slightly sweet bun was the standout item. The bun functioned similarly to the buns in Indian street fare mainstay Pav Bhaji, offsetting the dog’s peppy spice with its starchy sweetness. They differed from the buns served at the Emory Farmers Market, which have a less toasty, more pillowy texture and have less of a sweetness to them.I was amazed. Though the hot dog is seen as a staple of American street food, I could


From the Archives: 100 Years Of SAE at Oxford, Emory August 14-16 marks the Emory mittee of active brothers and alumChapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s one ni headed up by co-chairman Keith hundredth anniversary. Over eleven Partin and Art O’Neil (79Ox, 82C, hundred of Georgia Epsilon’s alumni 86T). According to O’Neil, activities will have been invited to the “Centennial Celebration” to take place that week- include tennis and golf tournaments, a cookout by the pool end and several hunand a golden oldies dred are expected to be on hand to enjoy Emory’s SAE chapter band party to take at the Century the festivities. was founded on the place Center Hotel. Emory’s SAE chapOxford campus in Partin says, “the ter was founded on the Oxford campus 1881, and moved to idea is to give alumni from all classes a in 1881, and moved Atlanta when the chance to get together to Atlanta when the Atlanta campus was and get back in touch Atlanta campus was with each other, SAE founded in 1915. found in 1915. and Emory in general.” In 1928, SAE SAE joins Alpha became the first Emory fraternity to have its own Tau Omega to become the second chapter house on campus. The house Emory fraternity to celebrate its one burned down and was rebuilt in 1932, hundredth anniversary this year. and an addition was built in 1956 to bring the house up to its current size. — This May 26, 1981 news artiThe centennial weekend is being cle was written by Scott Cummins. planned and coordinated by a comThis article has been abridged.

see Doggy Dogg’s “Pushkar Pupp” fitting like a glove on a street cart in Mumbai or New Delhi, its punchy flavors and portability reminiscent of Indian chaat, or snack food. The atmosphere, too, was reminiscent of India. Like the multiethnic city of Bangalore, Doggy Dogg’s patrons had different backgrounds, united by their love of food — customers conversed around a roaring bonfire in the cool evening breeze. Living in a large, urban city like Atlanta can alienate people from one another, but at Doggy Dogg, I felt a sense of community that has been absent since I came to this city. At $10, my order — the “Pushkar Pupp,” a Red Hare sparkling grapefruit soda and a bag of Zapp’s Voodoo New Orleans kettle chips — was a bit expensive given that the portion sizes were relatively small. That said, I had also paid for the experience of the Holi festival, and the evening was more akin to a bonfire or barbecue than a typical meal out. The communal spirit accompanied by the creative food is why I am proud to say I celebrated my first Holi at Doggy Dogg.

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22 Years After Wrongful Conviction,Williams Walks Free Continued from Page 15 the letter F appeared while the sentence was still being displayed. Everyone guessed incorrectly. The audience disregarded the F’s in the word of, which appeared three times in the sentence. The point of the lesson was clear — even a careful observer can be mistaken. “You’ll arrive at whatever results you think you need,” Akan said. “How you are preconditioned taints perception.” According to Akan, untrustworthy eyewitness reports disproportionately affect negatively African Americans, who constitute 47 percent of America’s DNA exonerations, Williams among them. She also attributed wrongful convictions to other factors such as incentivized informants, prosecutorial misconduct and “junk science” like forensic tests such as fingerprint analyses. Akan said each case of wrongful conviction demonstrates a shortcoming in the judicial system that permits the conviction of innocent men, including Williams. Chanen said the GIP’s work is instrumental to correcting “the epidemic of wrongful convictions in our country. It’s important to make sure we are convicting the right people.” After the GIP received Williams’ letter, Akan said the GIP gathered documents and information to determine the credibility of William’s claim of injustice. It then recovered case evidence that can now be properly analyzed due to advancements in DNA

technology. At the time of Williams’ arrest, forensic technology could only determine the blood type of a sample. Today, it can determine genetic matches. After the GIP accessed stored evidence from William’s case, the GIP proved that Williams was innocent. Unfortunately, Williams wasn’t free yet. “You do not have a right to be released on proof of your innocence,” Akan said, repeating herself for emphasis. The process to gain exoneration can take decades. The GIP haggled with prosecutors, bringing the case back to court. Williams was freed eight months after his blood test match came back negative. Ellie Studdard (18C) said that she attended the event to hear about the GIP. “[Atlanta] is such a beacon of progress,” Studdard said. “There are so many local organizations that strive for justice and push for equality.” Studdard said Williams’ personal strength and positivity made a lasting impression, noting that she felt “lucky” to have the opportunity to meet him and hear his story .Williams’ release in 2007 was 22 years and eight months into his sentence. “Wrongful convictions affect everyone in this room,” Akan said. The real perpetrator of the crime Williams was accused of still walks free.

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SAE Pres. Reflects on Near-Century Residency Continued from Page 15 back 137 years to Emory College in the Fall 1881 semester, when Walter R. Brown founded the Georgia Epsilon chapter. Brown, a member of SAE at the University of Georgia, aimed to spread the SAE ideal by opening new chapters across the South, according to Warshauer. At the time, the College already oversaw the activities of several other chapters, including those of Chi Phi and KA. Relocation from off-campus houses to the closer Fraternity Row introduced new benefits and challenges to the brotherhoods. Though the proximity to campus allowed chapters to interact more frequently with the student body, it also entailed increased surveillance and regulation by campus authorities. In the recent past, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) and the Division of Campus Life have relocated fraternities short of total resident quota, and the University has suspended or removed fraternities and sororities that violate OSFL policies.

This year, Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity lost its house after its failure to fill its occupancy quota. The University has also removed multiple fraternities, including Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt) fraternity in 2013 and Chi Phi fraternity in 2015, under the OSFL Anti-Hazing Policy. Despite the frequent relocations and removals of fraternities, SAE has steadily filled and occupied its historic spot on Eagle Row for the past nine decades, according to SAE President Ross Warshauer (19B). “Especially with the shortage of housing that a lot of chapters have faced, I think the fact that we have a house that’s been historical to us for the last several decades has really been helpful in ensuring that we’ve been a stable presence at Emory,” Warshauer said. “I think that that’s helped us become the chapter we are today.” Warshauer said that owning a house was likely central to the process of solidifying SAE’s legacy and presence on campus. “We had already established ourselves with a strong foundation at the Oxford campus,” Warshauer said. “[But] that transition from [Oxford]

to the main campus really helped us to establish well and gave us a solid foundation to build upon.” The row’s oldest house at 90 years old, the SAE house also boasts the row’s sole pool — a popular attraction during the warmer months. The pool is just one of many symbols of the brothers’ pride in their chapter. When the University funded renovations for fraternity housing, the brothers of SAE at the time asked that the money go toward building a pool in their backyard, Warshauer wrote in an email to the Wheel. Despite disapproval from the University, the brothers pushed the project. “There’s a lot of history in [the SAE house] that we’ve come to learn and come to identify with the Emory SAE experience,” Warshauer said. That fierce loyalty is something Warshauer said he intends to preserve as the brotherhood continues its 137th year. When the house reaches its centennial in 2028, SAE intends to be living there.

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LeFt to r ight: Ana Maria Blasini (20C), Isabel Rodriguez (20C) and Grace Walters (21C) sit on the James W. Wagner quadrangle for breakfast and puppies as part of Relay for life’s Puppy 5K.

EIC Reminisces, Offers Words of Wisdom Continued from Page 15 rather than the overarching narrative, and that’s why I’m interested in poetry and photography because they capture smaller moments instead of a life story. Also, those are the two most recent [books] I can think of. EW: What’s your favorite movie from the past five years? JM: “Spotlight.” EW: What’s your all-time favorite movie? JM: It’s a French film called “Amelie.” EW: What’s your favorite Netflix Original? JM: “Sense 8.” EW: “Parks and Recreation” or “The Office”? JM: “The Office.” EW: Dooley or Swoop? JM: Dooley. EW: Pineapple on pizza: Yea or nay? JM: Yes, always pineapple on pizza. EW: What’s your favorite music to listen to during production? JM: I actually have a production playlist, and it’s kind of an assortment of everything. [Managing Editor Alisha

Compton (19C)] actually describes it as “girl pop.” It’s a lot of indie covers and fun pop music to keep me awake and motivated. We made a fun playlist for Valentine’s Day for production where everyone just kind of collaborated and added a bunch of songs to the same Spotify playlist.

“Sitting on friends’ balconies or roofs and just looking out over landscapes and seeing the stars at night — those are my favorite memories. — Julia Munslow (18C), Editor-in-Chief EW: What do you feel was your most accomplished moment on the Wheel, and why? JM: That’s a hard one. I don’t know if there’s one particular moment, but I’m really proud of the team that I’ve


built and the people that I’m leaving behind, in terms of helping prepare them [and] helping train them just across the board. ... I hope that [what I have done] will help to sustain the Wheel and the standard of excellence we uphold in the years to come. EW: If there’s one thing you could change about your time on the Wheel, what would it be? JM: I wish I had more time. EW: Do you have any parting words of wisdom for the rest of the Wheel’s staff? JM: Don’t give up, which is a little bit cliche. I actually have this quote that I keep [on my wall]. I can see it. No one else can. This is something I remind myself of a lot and would ask [the Wheel’s staff] to remind themselves of as well. The quote is, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it,” by Art Williams. I believe that journalism is important, because it is.

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Across 1. This Emory Village restaurant offers a vegan vindaloo spaghetti with tofu 5. Recently announced Interim Vice President of Campus Life (Page 1) 7. Capital of Djibouti 8. Largest group of insects 10. Recently won the Oscar for Best Animated Film 12. Country with the largest Muslim population 13. Atlanta-based airline 15. Current members of this famous ‘70s rock band include Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda Down 2. Retired basketball player who recently won an Oscar for Best Short Film 3. Editor-in-Chief of The Emory Wheel for the very last time (Page 15) 4. Cheese, Breakfast, Barbecue and Mediterranean are all types of what at Kaldi’s at the Depot 6. Socrates’s most famous student 9. A 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness 10. Coastal Mexican city with a buzzing tourist industry 11. A stage owned by the Masquerade, one of Atlanta’s dearest music venues (Page 13) 13. American President who famously launched the “Star Wars” initiative 14. Soon to be opened Ethiopian restaurant at Emory Point

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Continued from Page 15 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To get to the coffee shop, you first pass through the locally-owned D Cafe, which hosts community events. The sense of community is apparent throughout both D Cafe and the newly minted coffee shop as we saw members of the neighborhood bond over small birthday celebrations or friendly get-togethers. The quaint coffee shop features tables spread out around the shop. The space leads up to the artistic stand at the front where the drinks are made. The menu boasts various beverages and coffee drinks, including lattes, macchiatos, flat whites and hot chocolates, as well as an enticing display of blueberry and cinnamon scones. I ordered a dirty chai latte with a blueberry scone, while my friend ordered a soy latte with two shots of espresso. Lowe, the owner and bartender, took our orders with unmatched hospitality. Between jokes and swift service, Lowe guaranteed that we would be satisfied with our drinks by asking for our preferences and then making the lattes accordingly. And when he forgot to charge me for the scone, he offered to give it to me for free. The drinks and scone came on a picturesque wooden plate. I inhaled my dirty chai latte, where the milk and tea filtered in the cup. Each sip evoked

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a bittersweet warmth and richness. The latte paired nicely with the blueberry scone. While the chai latte had a slightly bitter and spicy kick, the blueberry scone crumbled and melted in my mouth — warm, sweet and slightly tart with the berries. My friend said that her soy latte was excellent. The shop remains a tad bare, as it opened less than a month ago. But the concept of uniting a community around coffee gives the shop a great deal of potential to develop into a shop that goes beyond simply serving coffee. My friend and I felt the sense of home and belonging as we sat and studied while Lowe checked in on us every once in a while.Overall, Koinonia Coffee ATL is a communal and welcoming experience. I’d recommend any of the lattes (4/5) and a scone to go with a coffee drink. The blueberry scone (4.5/5) was especially homey — soft, warm and just a tad tart. The environment (3/5) could be amped up with more decorations and permanent seating arrangements, but the concept (5/5) of the coffee shop as a communal space focused on inclusion is truly distinct.

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Continued from Page 19 the miraculous shot cut Golden State’s lead down to six, 90-84, going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the Warriors’ dominant ball movement gave them easy looks to maintain a lead. to make matters worse, Golden State gave Atlanta a taste of its own medicine as the reigning champs forced numerous turnovers. Despite the setbacks, the Hawks hung around due to the scoring efforts from Bazemore and Schroder, who both consistently created offense. Bazemore achieved a career high 29 points in the game, while Schroder produced an impressive stat line of 27 points and nine assists. Down the stretch, Schroder stayed aggressive and cut the lead to two after obtaining a foul off a three-pointer attempt, while also converting all three free throws in the game. When it mattered most in crunch time, Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala made a huge steal when the Hawks were looking for a game-tying shot with 15 seconds left. Iguodala dunked the ball on the other end which iced the game for the Warriors, who pulled out a 114-109 victory in what turned out to be a much more thrilling contest than expected. “[the game was] a great effort from our guys,” Budenholzer said. “We felt like we got better as the game went on. there were still mistakes in the first half but we got better and better as the game went on.” the Hawks tasted defeat on the road March 6 against the East-leading toronto raptors, 106-90. Atlanta’s road trip continues March 9 when the team travels to Indiana for a meeting with Victor oladipo and the pacers.

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practice and break the school record in her second collegiate meet.” With an already busy start to her spring semester, Wilker is primed to have an equally busy few months to follow. the conference portion of the softball schedule lies just around the corner, as does the brunt of the outdoor track and field season. But for a former four-sport athlete, two sports should be a stroll through the ballpark. or through the track field, in Wilker’s case.

Harding and Gonzalez-rico have been on a tear this season, going undefeated in doubles competition for the season. According to Gonzalez-rico, practice and extra matches have been a major part of their win streak. In the singles matches, the six victories came in straight sets. Harding won 6-2, 7-6 followed by Gonzalezrico’s 6-0, 6-2 win. Lopez recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win in the third match. taylor posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory, followed by a 6-0, 6-2 Fuhr win. Freshman Defne olcay closed out the successful day with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Coach Amy Bryant saw the win as a great way to evaluate the team’s current standing. “[the tournament] is a great indicator of the talent that we have [and] a great way for understanding what we need to work on,” Bryant said. the next day, the Eagles won six of nine matchups against Carnegie Mellon University (pa.) in the semifinals. Emory won two of three matches in the doubles competition. Harding and Gonzalez-rico continued their fine form in an 8-3 victory, while Lopez and Chang earned an 8-5 win. Meanwhile, Fuhr and taylor stumbled in an 8-5 loss. Harding, Gonzalezrico, Lopez and sophomore Emma perelman also delivered victories for the Eagles in the singles competition. Harding recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory, Gonzalez-rico won 6-2, 6-4 and Lopez capped the singles sweep 7-5, 6-0. perelman, in champion fashion, thrashed her opponent 6-0, 6-0 to finish off the matchup. taylor and olcay dropped matches in the other two singles contests with scores of 7-6 (5), 6-4 and 6-2, 7-5. After a couple of losses against Carnegie Mellon, Bryant said her team was not rattled and stayed the course. “I think the key for us was to stay steady,” Bryant said. “It was about sticking to the game plan but adjust to whatever we need to. We’re playing good players.” In the finals against pomona College, the Eagles closed out their opponents by securing wins in all their contests. the Eagles triumphed in all three doubles matches. Lopez and Chang dominated their match 8-0 while Harding and Gonzalez-rico closed out their match with an 8-5 victory. Fuhr and taylor recovered from their loss the day before with an 8-7 triumph. Emory needed two victories to win the championship round in the singles competition. Harding and Gonzalez-rico sealed the showdown after their 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-3 victories, respectively. the Eagles solidified their top spot with leads in two of the four remaining contests — Fuhr and perelman both won their matches 6-4, 5-4. Gonzalez-rico, who celebrated her first ever win with the team, said that the win was a morale boost for the team. “[It was our] first tournament win [and a] great start for the team,” Gonzalez-rico said. “But it’s only the beginning. We still have a lot of work for the rest of semester.” the next set of matches take place after spring break. Bryant said the team will have a much-needed rest. “We’ve been going hard four weeks straight now. Breaks are important,” said Bryant. “Everyone is [going] to have their own things [but] we’ll be ready.” the Eagles, now 4-3 on the season, are set to return to action March 24 against point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.).

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Junior James Spaulding (Left) and senior Scott Rubinstein (R ight) compete in first doubles against North Carolina Wesleyan College March 3. The duo won their match 8-3.

Crowd Fuels Second-Round Basketball Thriller Continued from Back Page successful run late in the second half. the Eagles’ second-round matchup against the Letourneau Yellowjackets proved a stiffer challenge that was decided in the final minute. Avant led five double-digit scorers with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including the biggest layup of the game. Baitey posted 15 points on 7-of-11 field goals, while Gigax contributed 14 points. Williams and junior guard Beau Bommarito added 11 and 10, respectively. rapp added to his growing assist record by dishing out 13 dimes. “As far as my 22-point performance versus Letourneau, I’m not ready to be done playing this game,” Avant said of his senior season. “I’m having too much fun right now and love playing with this group of guys. We are playing our best basketball right now and look to continue to get better going into the weekend.” Continuing their offensive prowess from the night before, the Eagles led for much of the first half.

In the opening frame, Emory led by as much as 15 points, thanks in large part to duo of Baitey and Avant scoring 11 points each. With a 46-37 lead at the start of the second, the Eagles held a marginal advantage throughout much of the rest of the game. But the Yellowjackets remained within striking distance. With nine minutes left, the Yellowjackets cut the lead to three, 66-63, following a three-point jumper by sophomore guard Nate West. the Eagles responded in kind with a run of their own over the next five minutes that pushed the lead back up to eight, 79-7. West embarked on a solorun to push Letourneau back into the game. After a pair of Yellowjacket free throws, West converted an and-one layup and a three-pointer to narrow the deficit to 81-79. In response, Avant made a clutch layup off a beautiful ‘rapp’-around assist from Emory’s alltime assist leader to notch the Eagles an 83-79 edge. But immediately after, West again converted a step-back three to trim Emory’s lead to just one point.

Chaos ensued. With 13 seconds remaining, the referee sent rapp to the line after a foul. on rapp’s first try from the charity stripe, an official called Emory for a rare lane violation, resulting in a turnover on possession and a chance for the Yellowjackets to win the game. riding the hot-hand, West hoisted a three-point attempt that didn’t fall. rapp came away with the final rebound that sent the Eagles to the next round. “Every night is a battle, and we are going to get every team’s best shot,” Avant said. “We felt very comfortable playing at home, and it helped tremendously having a good group of fans supporting us both night.” With the victory, the Eagles tied their second-best ever win total of a season with 23, trailing only the 19891990 Emory team. the Eagles will head to Augustana College (Ill.) to face University of Wisconsin-oshkosh on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. CSt.

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Multitalented Athlete Claims Emory Record at UAA Championships Continued from Back Page [Siqueiros] and I was willing to do whatever it took to get [Wilker] on the team due to her ability.” Eager to compete in multiple sports as she did in high school, Wilker agreed to compete for both squads. Johnson noted Wilker’s desire to keep a busy schedule by playing multiple sports. “She was very busy in high school playing many sports, so she was active all the time,” Johnson said. “She was happy to get back in the swing of things and be a part of both softball and track and field.” Wilker, who is majoring in anthropology and human biology, emphasized having a well-planned schedule to keep up with the two varsity teams. Although she attends both practices, she prioritizes softball. “I have to be diligent with my schedule and knowing when I have to do certain tasks,” Wilker said. “Ultimately, it’s not too much of an added stresser switching from one sport to two from a time perspective. the biggest factor is having to keep up with the schedule for two different teams.” In her first shot put competition the morning of Feb. 9, Wilker finished the event as the top NCAA Division III shot putter and No. 12 overall in the Dunamis Super Meet in Emerson, Ga. Her best throw traveled 11.74 meters. that same day, Wilker returned to campus to face off against Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) in a softball doubleheader. While the Eagles dropped the first game of the doubleheader 5-2, Emory bounced back to claim a 5-0 victory in

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Sophomore Greta Wilker throws shot put at the UAA Championships Feb. 24-25 (Left) and prepares to receive a pitch (R ight) in a softball match-up against Berry College (Ga.) Feb. 18. the second. Unfazed by a long day of competing, Wilker launched a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Later that month, Wilker flew to Cleveland for a meet on the night of Feb. 24, just hours after catching two games in a doubleheader against Covenant College (Ga.). the Eagles won both games of the back-to-back, 5-1 and 2-0. perhaps in her best athletic performance yet this season, Wilker broke a school record and achieved the top throw in the UAA Indoor Championships at Case Western reserve University (ohio) Feb. 25,

with a distance of 12.32 meters. “Winning UAAs has definitely been the highlight thus far of my collegiate shot putting experience,” Wilker said. “that weekend I started with two games that Saturday, and I flew to Cleveland that night to compete Sunday morning.” Johnson said that Wilker’s natural talent allowed her to have immediate success on the collegiate shot put circuit. “She was born with talent that a lot of people are not born with,” Johnson said. “It isn’t very often you can have an athlete go out there with limited


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the Atlanta Hawks put up a strong fight in a 114-109 match-up with reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors on March 2. Highlights from the game included a career-high 29-point scoring effort from Hawks shooting guard Kent Bazemore and a standout offensive performance from point guard Dennis Schroder, who finished with 27 points and nine assists. As good as Bazemore and Schroder were, the Dubs stayed true to their nickname as they left Atlanta with yet another win despite Curry’s ankle injury in the first quarter. the Warriors entered the matchup boasting a 48-14 record, while the Hawks held a meager 19-43 record. Sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference, they trail only the Memphis Grizzlies for the league’s worst record. Atlanta started off strong in the first quarter, thanks to two quick three-pointers from small forward taurean prince. prince built on his recent five-game string of solid performances in which he has posted averages of 15.6 points per game. But a few key turnovers mid-quarter

allowed the Warriors to get in transition and regain control of the game. Curry and Durant combined for 18 of Golden State’s first 25 points in the quarter en route to taking a 33-31 lead. Although Curry suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter, he returned later in the second quarter before leaving the game for good in the second half. During Curry’s absence in the second quarter, shooting guard Nick Young filled the offensive void, starting a 10-0 run with eight points and an assist during the stretch. “When you lose one of the best players in the league, it has an impact on the game,” Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Hopefully, we put [Curry] through the grinder, but [the Warriors] had guys step up and make plays. Nick Young killed us in the first half.” With a 62-50 lead at the half, Golden State dazzled with superior ball movement, holding a 22-10 assist margin over Atlanta. Despite the Warriors’ seeming omnipotence, the Hawks persisted, staying in the game in part due to a tremendous second-half display from Bazemore on both ends of the floor. “Bazemore was great,” Budenholzer said. “there were a couple times where

we were down 10-12 or more, and he made big plays and defended really well against [Golden State shooting guard] Klay [thompson].” Bazemore’s career high scoring performance was spectacular considering he was competing against several of his former teammates. His previous stint with the Warriors only improved his attack. Bazemore mentioned his special connection with thompson. “It’s kind of a like a secret rivalry that we still have,” Bazemore said. “Klay and I, he was one of the first guys that I started guarding [in practice]. He’s gotten so much better and has taken tremendous steps [in his game].” Another saving grace for the Hawks was their ability to force turnovers. Coming into the game, the team led the NBA in turnovers forced with 16 per game. Atlanta has also scored 18.6 points per game off turnovers, good for No. 2 in the NBA. “[the Warriors] are hard to guard, but we were really engaged defensively,” Budenholzer said. “the turnovers ignited our pace.” An unbelievable buzzer beater shot from Schroder just in front of half court capped off the third quarter.

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This Week in Photos: Eagles Squash Berry, Eclipse LeTourneau

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Freshman guard Romin Williams struggles for the ball with a Berry College (Ga.) defender. Williams posted a game-high 25 points.

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Some of the 750 eagles fans support their team at the WoodPeC during a Berry College (Ga.) match-up March 2.

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Freshman forward Matt Davet dribbles through contact against LeTourneau. Davet posted four points in nine minutes played.

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Head Coach Jason zimmerman gets vocal on the court. zimmerman has coached emory to the Sweet 16 round four of his past five seasons.

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Williams reads the court under defensive pressure from LeTourneau University (Texas) March 3.

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Senior forward Adam Gigax (wearing No. 2) and the rest of the victorious eagles squad celebrate in a post-game meeting.

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The emory men’s basketball team holds possession of the ball in a winning effort against LeTourneau University (Texas) at home March 3. The eagles swooped by the Yellowjackets for the victory with one extra point, 83-82, to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 bracket.

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the Emory men’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 after the Eagles stomped Berry College (Ga.) 91-72 on March 2 and narrowly escaped Letourneau University (texas) 83-82 on March 3 during the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament hosted at the Woodruff p.E. Center. the Eagles held their first matchup against the Berry

Vikings in a game largely determined by a massive second-half run. Freshman guard romin Williams achieved a game-high 25 points on eight-of-16 shooting, which led a quartet of Eagles in double-figure scoring. Senior forward Christopher Avant contributed 16 points and a team-high six rebounds, while senior guard Whit rapp added 14 points and eight assists that night. Junior guard Gebereal Baitey rounded out the group with 12 points. From the onset, the Eagles


established themselves offensively and led the entire first half. Leading 24-19 with 9 minutes and 56 seconds remaining in the first, the Eagles went on a 13-4 run. Following a pair of converted free throws, the Eagles scored through an Avant jumper, a rapp layup and a three by senior forward Adam Gigax, bringing their advantage to 37-23. In the second half, the Vikings claimed their first lead six minutes in. With 14 minutes and 20 seconds remaining, a jumper by junior

forward Elijah Hirsh gave the Vikings a 54-53 advantage. But that was the only lead the Vikings held for the rest of the match. the Eagles embarked on a blistering 32-10 run that left the Vikings helpless, trailing 85-64 with 2 minutes and 53 seconds remaining. the Eagles’ defensive pressure and forced turnovers largely accounted for the Emory’s sudden offensive onslaught. In the second half, the Vikings endured 11 turnovers in addition to their 10 from the first



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Eagles Wilker Wows As Sweep Dual-Sport Athlete Indoor Champs By Stephen MatteS Senior Staff Writer

Sophomore centerfielder Richard Brereton attempts to even the score in the third inning at home against Adrian College (Mich.) March 2. The eagles fell 9-5 to the Bulldogs.

period. the Eagles, on the other hand, garnered 11 total. “our game against Berry was a fight,” rapp said. “they’re an aggressive team and brought an incredible crowd with them as well. the atmosphere inside the WoodpEC was the best it has been in my four years here at Emory.” rapp added that the team used the crowd’s energy and channeled it into a

the No. 2 Emory University women’s tennis team defeated No. 6 pomona-pitzer College (Calif.) to win their second consecutive and fourth overall indoor title in the final round of the ItA Indoor Championships in Chattanooga, tenn., March 4. the team cruised through the opening round against No. 17 Sewanee: the University of the South (tenn.), winning all nine contests March 2. the Eagles’ top doubles team of senior Bridget Harding and freshman Ysabel Gonzalez-rico established Emory’s dominance with an 8-3 victory. Junior Daniela Lopez and freshman Katie Chang earned the second doubles win, followed by another victory from senior Anna Fuhr and freshman Stephanie taylor to complete the doubles sweep.

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In one weekend, sophomore Greta Wilker may catch a softball doubleheader and board a flight to compete in a shot put event the next day. the two-sport Emory athlete boasts seven rBIs, a home run in seven games played and the title of top finisher in the shot put event in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships. Wilker committed to Emory’s softball team as a catcher, and she found herself a star athlete on both the softball and track and field teams her sophomore year. Juggling multiple sports is familiar to Wilker, who competed as a foursport varsity athlete in high school. In her home town of Belding, Mich., Wilker was a member of her high school softball, track and field, volleyball and basketball teams. “During my recruiting process, I was looking for a good academic school, a pre-med program and I wanted to go out of the state of Michigan,” Wilker said. “I got in touch with [softball Head] Coach penny Siqueiros, and, after visiting campus a couple of times, I decided to commit to Emory.” Wilker spent her freshman year at

Emory as a single-sport athlete, making her collegiate debut on the softball team. She kicked off her softball career with a bang, knocking a solo homerun over the fences in her first at-bat as an Eagle. During Wilker’s first year, she started in nine of the 18 games she played and amassed three hits and four runs in 21 at-bats. With the softball and track and field seasons on the horizon for the Spring 2018 semester, Wilker had intended to only compete on the softball team again her sophomore year. But after a conversation between Siqueiros and track and field Assistant Coach and throwers coach Luke Johnson, Wilker realized she could feasibly compete in both sports. After Johnson evaluated her shot put throws, he added Wilker to the team. Johnson said he looked into bringing Wilker onto the team after Siqueiros approached him this semester and suggested that Wilker could effectively compete in both sports. “I looked up [Wilker’s] high school statistics and was surprised to see she was much better than I anticipated,” Johnson said. “I set up a meeting with

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March 7, 2018  
March 7, 2018