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Emory Opposes Israel Boycott
By Naomi Maisel Senior Staff Writer
By Harmeet Kaur Senior Staff Writer
Emory Professor of Law and Senior Fellow Michael Broyde was acquitted of the charge that he violated Emory University Policies regarding research misconduct when he was discovered to have been using a fake online identity to tout his academic writings this past April. Wheel The reported in April Michael 2013 that Broyde used the fake iden- Broyde, tity of an invented professor of Rabbi Hershel law and Goldwasser to senior publish in scholarly journals and fellow praise his own work. The article added that Broyde used Goldwasser’s name to obtain access to the listserv of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, a rival rabbinic group to Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), of which Broyde was a member. Broyde was initially caught when the Emory University Internet Protocol (IP) address of Goldwasser’s articles proved to be the same as Broyde’s computer at Emory. The University assembled a special Institutional Review and Investigation Committee to review Broyde’s conduct in accordance with the University’s regulations, according to a Dec. 2013 University press
of the Office of Research Compliance Kristin West. “We’ve done everything that we are supposed to do under our policy and under federal regulations,” West told Retraction Watch in 2011. The student movement #EmoryCuts tweeted earlier this month about Alexander stepping down from his position and described the retractions as “highly credible accusations of fraud.” In June, members of the School of Medicine gathered in a ceremony to honor Alexander at which University President James W. Wagner gave a speech. “Someone [like Dr. Alexander] reputed for their humane values — not only toward patients, but toward coworkers, colleagues, those for whom he works and those who work for him,” Wagner said at the event.
University President James W. Wagner released a statement on behalf of Emory University last month opposing academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions, saying that such boycotts would violate the right of university faculty to academic freedom. The statement comes after the American Studies Association (ASA) adopted a resolution to participate in an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. The ASA, a national academic organization that supports the study of American culture and history, states on its website that this boycott entails refusing to enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions and their official representatives. The ASA will not refuse collaborations with Israeli scholars, students and cultural workers as part of the boycott. Emory Hillel Program Director Meira Kreuter sent out an email to the group’s mailing list stating the organization’s opposition to the ASA boycott, calling it “misguided at best, and anti-Semitic at worst.” The email provided a list of 18 Georgia professors and graduate students who reportedly voted in favor of the ASA boycott. However, many of those identified denied being a member of the ASA and Anna Julia Cooper, a prominent AfricanAmerican scholar mentioned in the email, actually died in 1964. The membership directory for the ASA is only available to ASA members, and voting records for
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Law Prof. Acquitted in Investigation
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tudents such as College junior Brian Diener (left) and College senior Blake Mayes (right) enjoyed the Emory Farmers Market on the Cox Hall bridge. The market featured fresh, local produce and artisan products and is open to the community every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is sponsored by the Office of Sustainable Initiatives in cooperation with Emory Dining.
School of Medicine Lab Retracts Six Papers By Rupsha Basu Asst. News Editor A cardiology lab at Emory School of Medicine retracted three academic papers last semester, the blog Retraction Watch reported in the fall. The lab retracted one in November and two in December, bringing the group’s total to six retracted papers since April 2011. University investigations in 2011 led to the first three retractions, according to the blog, which is run by former editors of medical journals and covers paper retractions. R. Wayne Alexander was in charge the lab before he stepped down as chair of the Department of Medicine in June 2013 after 14 years. Alexander, however, remains on Emory’s faculty in the Division of Cardiology. Emory University’s Investigation Committee conducted the investi-
gation and found falsified images that misrepresented data, according to the notice of retraction published by the American Heart Association’s
Circulation Research. The committee reported that School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow Lian Zuo, a co-author of the papers, is to blame for the data misrepresentations. In April 2011, following the first three retractions, Zuo admitted to University officials that he had fabricated data for an article published in Circulation Research. However, the Emory University Investigation Committee “was unable to attribute responsibility for the image manipulation to any specific individual” for the most recent retractions, Retraction Watch reported. Moreover, Zuo is not a co-author on any of the recent papers. The Emory University Investigation Committee worked
with the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), wrote Vincent Dollard, associate vice president for Health Sciences Communication, in an email to the Wheel. “The Committee determined that retraction letters were warranted, and the Committee’s final report was accepted by ORI,” Dollard said. Dollard said the University declined to speak further on the subject. The ORI is an organization under the United States Department of Health and Human Services that oversees and investigates research integrity on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. According to Retraction Watch, the involvement of ORI suggests that federal funding was involved with the articles in question. Retraction Watch confirmed this information in 2011 with Emory’s Associate Vice President and Director
Bubble to Test Next Version in Spring
SGA Overfunded Groups Due to Accounting Error This article, published online on Dec. 19, was written by Jordan Friedman. Due to an accounting error, the Student Government Association (SGA) unintentionally overfunded all four University-wide organizations — the Student Programming Council (SPC), Media Council, Outdoor Emory Organization and Club Sports — as well as its own administrative and Business Office staff salary accounts for two years by a total of about $212,000, student government leaders said last week. Each of the University-wide organizations either partially or fully repaid SGA this semester, following agreements they made with SGA last spring soon after the error was discovered. The extra money allocated into SGA’s salary and administrative accounts was also repaid, said Meredith Honeycutt, SGA business manager. The money that SGA allocates to different accounts — including those affected by the error — comes from the $89 that all undergraduate and graduate students pay as part of their tuition each semester. According to Wheel interviews with SGA officials and an SGA statement released to students via email last Thursday, the accounting error occurred about two years ago, when SGA started using PeopleSoft
SEE INSIDE Staff editorial reaction to the accounting error and solution. See Page 6. Compass, software that allows SGA to manage its finances. A certain financial process that had been completed automatically with the previous software had to be done manually with Compass, Honeycutt said. When staff in the SGA Business Office began manually inputting the information, an incorrect account code was entered into the system. As a result, for the next two years, money that was supposed to remain in SGA’s University-wide contingency account — which is used for SGA-sponsored events and supplemental funding for student clubs — was dispersed to each Universitywide organization, as well as SGA’s accounts for its administrative budget and SGA Business Office salaries, said College senior Calvin Lee, SGA vice president for finance. Therefore, these parties received more money than they were supposed to under the Student Activity Fee split, which is used to distribute the students’ $89. Under the current fee split, SGA allocates fixed percentages of funds
See ACCOUNTING, Page 4
By Lydia O’Neal Senior Staff Writer James Crissman/Photo Editor
her whistleblower activity, including reporting her concerns with clinical trials conducted at Georgia Regents, which was formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia. She later
The tech startup Emory Bubble plans to test its latest version of emorybubble.com, known as Bubble Beta, at Emory schools and other Georgia universities this spring, according to Campus Bubble Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Spencer Barkoff (’13B). The upcoming version, referred to by the company’s founders as “Bubble Next,” is set for full launch as an official Emory communication platform — completely replacing Learnlink — at the start of the fall 2014 semester. Campus Bubble, an academic networking startup led by recent Emory graduates and created in an Emory dorm, combines the functions of communication systems like Learnlink, Facebook, Office 365, Blackboard and Google Docs. Early last fall, the company released the third version of its central component, Emory Bubble, with
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tudents walk past Phase II of construction on the Candler School of Theology. The new addition is scheduled to be finished in July of 2014 and will house the Pitts Theology Library, study rooms, a classroom, a teaching chapel and some gallery space.
Lawsuit Claims Emory, Georgia Regents Tried to Damage Employee’s Reputation By Jordan Friedman Executive Editor Ana Abreu-Velez, a former Emory postdoctoral fellow, is suing Emory University and Georgia Regents University. In her complaint, she alleges that officials and employees at the schools conspired to damage her reputation after she exposed safety and legality issues with clinical trials conducted at Georgia Regents.
Representatives from both schools strongly deny the claims, saying they are without merit. In the 24-page lawsuit, filed Dec. 18 and obtained by the Wheel, AbreuVelez alleges that the retaliation against her involved attempting to thwart the renewal of her green card and planning attacks on her family and property. Abreu-Velez claims in the lawsuit that this conspiracy resulted from
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • At a United Nations hearing in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, the UN publicly confronted the Vatican over sex abuse of children by the clergy. This hearing, which will be broadcast live, marks the first time the Holy See has had to publicly defend itself over its record of sex abuse. Last month, however, Pope Francis announced his plans to create a Vatican commission to fight sexual abuse of children in the church.
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store on Wednesday night. Police fatally shot the gunman just after 10 p.m. The connection between the two women — one a shopper, the other an employee — and the gunman remained unclear. The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun, according to police. The names of the gunman and victims were not released.
— Compiled by Senior Staff Writer Lydia O’Neal
• After celebrity gossip website TMZ published eight photographs of marines burning the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents on Wednesday, the U.S. Marine Corps said it is trying to determine the authenticity of the images. TMZ, which alleged that the photographs were taken in Fallujah in 2004, said it possessed 33 other photographs that were too graphic to publish. One image shows a marine posing next to a skull, while a series of others shows a man in Marine uniform pouring what appears to be flammable liquid on dead insurgents before setting them on fire. • Two women were shot dead by a gunman inside an Indiana grocery
POLICE RECORD • On Jan. 8 at 2:45 p.m., officers responded to a report of a battery. The victim was a shuttle bus driver. The driver stopped at a bus stop to load passengers and an individual pushed on the door of the bus. The driver opened the door; the individual entered and struck the driver. The driver notified EPD, and she said that she wanted to prosecute the individual. EPD transported the individual to DeKalb County Jail.
er room between Jan. 5 and Jan 6. The case has been turned over to an investigator.
• On Jan. 5 at 3:00 p.m., EPD met with an athletic trainer to discuss a theft that occurred on the third floor of the Woodruff P.E. Center. Ankle wrap used for the men’s basketball team was removed from the locker room. The wraps cost $370 each and were taken from the lock-
• On Dec. 21 at 11:25 p.m., officers met with an individual who was asking for money at Emory Hospital. The individual had no outstanding warrants and was asked to leave the property because he had no “specific” reason to be in the area.
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• On Jan. 6 at 9:10 p.m., a student notified EPD that her Emory card had been used at Domino’s Pizza. The student said she was away for the holidays in Florida, and the charge had to be fraudulent. The card was charged $32.84. The case has been turned over to an investigator.
• Between Oct. 31 and Dec 11., a theft occurred at Emory West on the first floor. The stolen property includes a projection screen valued at $296 and a projector valued at $2096. The case has been turned over to an investigator. • On Dec. 19 at 1:23 a.m., officers responded to a call regarding an underage student under the influence of alcohol. A friend said the individual had two shots of tequila. She was transported to Emory Hospital by ambulance.
— Compiled by Crime Beat Writer Brandon Fuhr
Jan. 17, 1952 In 1952, The Emory Wheel issues featured large cigarette ads, including one Lucky Strike advertisement praising the “fine, light, mild goodtasting tobacco in the better-made cigarette.” Along with illustrations of happy students with cigarettes and the slogan “Be happy, go Lucky!”, the ad included quotes from student smokers at other universities. “I’m quite an athlete in school, and many have I raced,” read the quote from Harris Freedman of La Salle College. “There’s just one thing that can’t be beat. It’s Luckies’ better taste!” The surgeon general’s health warnings would not grace cartons until 1965.
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Event: Catholic Studies Discussion Group Time: 12-1 p.m. Location: Center for Ethics Event: HIIT Express Time: 12-12:45 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center, 4th Floor Aerobics Room Event: Athletics — Women’s Basketball Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Athletics — Men’s Basketball Time: 8-10 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
SATURDAY Event: Formal Rush Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Glenn Sanctuary/ Auditorium
Event: Vinyasa Yoga Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room
Event: Athletics — Men’s Basketball Time: 12-2 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
Event: Cycle Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor Indoor Cycling Studio
Event: Cycle Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor Indoor Cycling Studio
Event: Athletics — Swimming and Diving Time: 1-3 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
Event: Athletics — Women’s Basketball Time: 2-4 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
SUNDAY Event: Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Worship Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Location: The Little Chapel in the Church School Building Event: Formal Rush Time: 9 a.m. Location: Eagle Row Event: Emory University Worship With The Reverend Roger Scholtz Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Cannon Chapel Event: Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Worship Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Event: Vinyasa Yoga Time: 3-4 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room Event: The Gathering @ 5:05 Worship Time: 5:05-6:05 p.m. Location: Ward Fellowship Hall at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
MONDAY Event: Cycle Time: 6:45-7:45 a.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor Indoor Cycling Studio Event: Summer Study Abroad Open
House Advising Hours Time: 4-5 p.m. Location: Candler Library 200 Event: Vinyasa Yoga Time: 5:30-6:20 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 2nd Floor MultiPurpose Room Event: DARE Hablar — Spanish Conversation Club Time: 6-7 p.m. Location: White Hall Main Lobby Event: Core/Stretch Time: 6:30-7:20 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center 4th Floor Aerobics Studio Event: Formal Rush Time: 7 p.m. Location: Eagle Row Event: Cycle Time: 8-9 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Indoor Cycling Studio
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New Intersorority Council Liaison to Unite Chapters By Lydia O’Neal Greek Beat Writer This semester, the Intersorority Council (ISC) will introduce a new position for each sorority chapter known as the Sorority Network Liaison (SNL), according to SNL coordinator and College senior sorority member Alex Lopez. Each sorority’s SNL will meet with other SNLs as well as with ISC representatives and executive boards of all sororities, including their own, to bring members of every chapter up to date on ISC events and activities and foster more connection between chapters, Lopez said. Lopez said she currently serves as the SNL coordinator, a job that the ISC will perform in later years. She spearheaded this initiative, known as the Network, last spring as a branch of her work with the Respect Program, a sexual assault and relationship violence prevention program under the Office of Health Promotion. Through sorority focus groups conducted under the Respect
Program, Lopez said she “learned that sorority women wished they knew what was occurring in other sororities and that they had a stronger support network, especially against sexual assault, across the chapters.”
“If you’re having a bad night or look around and don’t see any of your own sorority sisters at a party, you can look to any sorority women there and feel a connection and get support.” — Alex Lopez, SNL coordinator and College senior Alpha Delta Pi member and College sophomore Camilla Worsfold said she thought there was a disconnect between the sororities and that
the program is necessary. “Everybody is basically competing for new members [during recruitment season],” Worsfold said. “Things can get a little hostile between different houses.” Drew Rizzo, who was hired last fall as the health promotion specialist for the Respect Program and the Network’s adviser, said he too saw a need for external support and camaraderie between ISC chapters and oversaw Lopez’s development of the Network when he began working at Emory in October. “Part of that camaraderie is feeling safe and connected to all other sorority women at Emory,” Rizzo said. “If you’re having a bad night or look around and don’t see any of your own sorority sisters at a party, you can look to any sorority women there and feel a connection and get support.” Last semester, Lopez spoke with chapter presidents to help select individuals to become future SNLs. Five have been chosen, while the remaining two, Lopez said, will be chosen later due to differences in the sororities’ election cycles.
“My goal for this position was that it best serve each sorority and not be imposed on their chapter in a standard way that may not fit with their sorority,” she said. She added that the network’s primary responsibility is to improve intersorority communication.
“The true test of this project will be the extent to which sorority women utilize this network.” — Camilla Worsfold, College sophomore and Alpha Delta Pi sorority member
The second priority would be sexual assault prevention, she said. Each SNL will be heavily involved with the Respect Program, ISC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Office of Health Promotion, the Greek
Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative, Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) and the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP). They must also receive SAPA and Safe Space training and will work with new member educators to discuss bystander interventions and safety, according to Rizzo. Rizzo said Lopez put a “tremendous amount of time and effort” into organizing and leading the program and that “students have been in the driving seat” of the Network. “From brainstorming possible structures of the Network to proofreading presentations and identifying other staff to contact, I was really just there to offer feedback and support the direction of the project,” Rizzo said. Rizzo added that he hopes to see collaboration between sororities in future social events and fundraising efforts. “The true test of this project will be the extent to which sorority women utilize this network,” Rizzo said.
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Campus Bubble To Replace LearnLink Continued from Page 1 the endorsement of the Division of Campus Life. This semester, Barkoff said, Emory College, Oxford College, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Laney Graduate School will test and participate in focus groups giving feedback on Bubble Beta, released in November 2013. Campus Bubble is also arranging product test-runs with student entrepreneurs at Georgia State University and Babson College in Boston this semester, due to each university’s “difficulty [in] centralizing campus communications,” according to co-founder and President Nir Levy (’13B). Webinars and information sessions during the upcoming summer will also prepare the Bubble for its full launch in the fall. “We are proud to say that Bubble Beta is reliable, scalable and relatively bug-free,” Chief Product Officer and co-founder Giovanni Hobbins (’13C) said. “After suffering through an unsuccessful launch with 45-second login times, constant lagging and countless bug reports, we have learned our lesson about building product the right way.” According to Levy, at least 500 “bubbles” have been created and more than 3,600 students, faculty and staff have logged in since Aug. 23, 2013. And, Levy said, the fact that the average site visitor spends more than six minutes on the site and checks out at least five pages per visit “shows that our web app is user-friendly and engaging.”
“We are proud to say that Bubble Beta is reliable, scalable and relatively bug-free ... We have learned our lesson about building the product the right way.” — Giovanni Hobbins, chief product officer and co-founder of Emory Bubble The company is now at work designing and developing “Bubble Next,” the version set for official launch this fall. This version, Hobbins said, “will put to use our findings from six months of focus groups, usability surveys and current usage analytics” and will feature “more intuitive onboarding,” or instruction for new users, “better notifications, collaborative documents and a moreefficient interface.” In addition to collaborating with other universities, Campus Bubble is also working with Emory’s Division of Finance and local vendors like Nectar food trucks and Mint 2 ThaiSushi restaurant in Decatur to bring students coupons and other benefits through mobile and online platforms. Campus Bubble is also in negotiations with a new investor, according to Barkoff. Campus Bubble could not give the name of the investor for confidentiality reasons. “We’re almost there, and we continue to thank everyone for their support,” Barkoff said. “To date, we have not met expectations and for that we apologize and take full responsibility.” Though the startup’s plans prepare it for a full replacement of Learnlink as Emory’s official communication system, College junior Tyler Cooke said he has doubts. “In concept, Emory Bubble is great,” Cooke said. “But it’s not filling a niche that isn’t already filled. It’s trying to be Facebook, Blackboard and Google Docs, but it’s not doing any of those things as well as they’re already doing it.” Barkoff, however, said that today, no sole application truly “does it all.” “There isn’t one single way to collaborate in the classroom environment. We use Blackboard, Google Docs, text groups and even Facebook,” he said. “While we don’t expect that Emory Bubble will replace all of these tools, we do know that there is still a very real problem we are trying to solve.” He added that students often skim and delete academic communications sent through Microsoft Office 365, and that conversations relating to campus events and extracurricular activities generally take place on Facebook. Barkoff said Emory Bubble provides students with a way to create their academic identity. “I believe that we will centralize and be relied upon for everyday communication,” he said.
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Accounting Error Affected Each of Four University-Wide Organizations Differently Continued from Page 1
years to make the complete transfer because it receives more money than to the University-wide organizations; the other organizations from the fee 12 divisional councils, which rep- split. resent specific Emory schools and Media Council, Club Sports and include organizations such as College Outdoor Emory Organization have Council and BBA Council; and other repaid SGA about $34,000, $17,000 stakeholders. and $7,400, respectively. SPC has The divisional councils were not repaid about $21,900 and must repay affected by the a total of about error, according to $109,000. the SGA statement, The error has â€œWith any new system affected these orgasent on behalf of Jon Darby, vice presi- there is a learning curve. nizations differdent for communiThe financial This was an unfortunate ently. cations and College impact on SPC has sophomore, and error during that learn- been minimal, and Lee. Club Sports has ing process.â€? Last week, the been able to manage Wheel reported â€” Meredith Honeycutt, despite receiving that many members less funding than in SGA business manager of SGA, including the past, the orgaDarby, have said a nizationsâ€™ treasurers bill that SGA recentsay. B-School junior ly passed regarding the fee split was and Treasurer of Outdoor Emory not a result of the error. Organization Alex Ting, who speciThe legislation, which could fied that he was not treasurer at the become effective as early as next time the error was discussed, said fall, will allow SGA to fund the Outdoor Emory did not have to conUniversity-wide organizations on an sult SGA about any financial issues as-needed basis rather than provid- this semester. ing them with a fixed percentage of But Media Council President money from the fee split each semes- and College senior Max Farina said ter and will also create a new data repaying SGA has left the organizaentry specialist position in the SGA tion in debt. Business Office. The timing of the For example, Farina said Media vote on the bill, SGA leaders say, was Council has been unable to bring in merely coincidental. guest speakers and could not provide Eric Bymaster, the Division of funding for a new Emory publication, Campus Lifeâ€™s assistant vice presi- The Sino-Emory Newsletter, which dent for finance and operations, and is the first English-Chinese bilingual Honeycutt discovered the error early student newsletter in Atlanta. in the spring semester when they The Error were conducting a review of SGA account balances, Bymaster wrote in Bymaster wrote in an email to the an email to the Wheel. Soon after this discovery, SGA and Wheel that the error was â€œa miscomUniversity-wide organization leaders municationâ€? between the Controllerâ€™s made agreements requiring the orga- Office in the Universityâ€™s Finance nizations to repay the money to SGA, Division â€” which is responsible for financial reporting, operations according to the SGA statement. â€œIf a bank automatically deposited and services â€” and himself and funds into your checking account Honeycutt. Before the new software was and then caught the error, you would be expected to give the funds back implemented, any unspent money immediately,â€? Honeycutt wrote in an in the University-wide contingency email to the Wheel. â€œThis situation is fund would automatically roll over no different. Compass is a complex to the next year, Bymaster wrote. But system, and with any new system that automatic rollover stopped when there is a learning curve. This was an Emory converted to the Compass unfortunate error during that learning system. process.â€? Honeycutt wrote in an email that This semester, Media Council, she and Bymaster were not aware Outdoor Emory Organization and about this change at first. Club Sports transferred the necessary â€œWhen it didnâ€™t roll, I questioned it funds back to SGA. SPC has three and was told it had to be done manu-
ally,â€? Honeycutt wrote. Because of the complexity of the new system, Honeycutt wrote, an incorrect account code was entered into the system. Due to the error, funds that should have â€œrolled overâ€? in the contingency account went to the Universitywide organizations, the SGA salaries account and the SGA administrative account, according to the SGA statement. Bymaster and Honeycutt noticed the error when reviewing SGA finances in January and February. After they noticed some â€œhigher than expectedâ€? balances, Bymaster explained, the SGA business manager reviewed detailed transactions to find the source of the issue. â€œOnce we discovered the issue, we made the adjustments and began rolling up the funds manually at yearend,â€? Bymaster wrote.
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Paying Back SGA When Bymaster and Honeycutt recognized the error last spring, the SGA Business Office contacted the affected organizations to develop a plan to repay the funds to SGA, according to the SGA statement. SGA and leadership of the University-wide organizations agreed to repayment plans in March 2013. Repayments were determined based on the size of the organizationsâ€™ budgets and â€œthe ability of the organization to repay SGA without a significant impact on programming or operation,â€? the SGA statement says. SPC receives 52.13 percent of the money in SGAâ€™s University-wide fund, whereas Club Sports receives 8.31 percent; Media Council, 16.05 percent; and Outdoor Emory Organization, 3.61 percent. Due to the larger sum SPC owes SGA, SPC entered a three-year repayment agreement, whereas the others were granted a year to repay SGA. â€œThey were given a multi-year plan because if all of that money had to be recuperated at one time it would have a detrimental impact on their ability to program and create a positive Emory experience,â€? Darby told the Wheel. However, Farina, the Media Council president, said that when he met with SGA leaders in the spring, he was told that Media Council would have several years to pay back SGA â€œin order to avoid hardship caused by
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a sudden depletion of funds.â€? He said he was surprised in the fall to hear that Media Council would have to pay back all of the funds at one time, adding that this has negatively impacted his organizationâ€™s ability to provide funding to student publications. But SGA leaders say this was not the case. Lee said SPC was given an option to pay back SGA in either three or five years, but he and Honeycutt both said a multi-year repayment plan for Media Council was not discussed.
Effects on Organizations The error has had mixed impacts on organizations. Farina said Media Council has been affected negatively, while other leaders say they have not been hurt to as great of an extent. The transfer of Media Council money back to SGA this semester, Farina said, has left Media Council in a â€œbleakâ€? situation. He said it has caused a significant debt that has forced Media Council to take money from its own executive account to ensure that the different media publications that fall under it receive enough funding to operate. As per typical Media Council
policy, Media Council chose to wait years, the error is â€œnot hindering us to observe the quality of The Sino- in any way,â€? said Goizueta Business Emory Newsletter before deciding School junior and SPC Treasurer whether to fund it. Michael Nathin, because the money â€œUnfortunately, SGAâ€™s withdrawal SPC is losing every year is less than 5 of the funds from our contingency percent of its annual budget. account not only â€œItâ€™s an unfortuprevents us from nate situation, but funding further â€œ[We canâ€™t] compensate itâ€™s really not havissues of this landing a severe impact the publicationâ€™s mark publication on our planning and executive board for a but [also] leaves us our results,â€? Nathin unable to compensaid. large portion of their sate the publicationâ€™s College senior costs which they paid executive board for a and Club Sports personally.â€? large portion of their Treasurer Christian costs which they Bray said that paid personally,â€? â€” Max Farina, while Club Sports Farina said. Media Council president and received less money Media Council College senior to allocate to teams also asked SGA for this year, he hopes a loan this semester, this will not be the Farina said. However, because the case in the future. loan would have come from SGAâ€™s â€œNext year, we would like to University-wide contingency account, see Club Sports get about the same which receives only 1 percent of amount that we received two years money from the fee split and is used ago before the accounting error,â€? to help fund other groupsâ€™ events, Bray said. News Co-Editors Dustin Slade SGA was unable to grant that request, and Karishma Mehrotra and Lee said. Assistant News Editor Rupsha Meanwhile, because SPC is payBasu contributed reporting. ing back SGA in the course of three
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Abreu-Velez Claims Emory Conspired With Georgia Regents Continued from Page 1 reported the issues to the FBI and the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit was filed against the two schools as well as the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which operates Georgia Regents. Before becoming employed at Emory in 2005, according to the lawsuit, Abreu-Velez was a research assistant and study coordinator in the Department of Ophthalmology at Georgia Regents. Her employment was terminated in November 2004, which she alleges occurred after she disclosed her concerns with clinical trials conducted at the school, including one that involved radiation and “invasive surgery” and was funded by the pharmaceutical company Theragenics, Inc. She was employed at Emory until 2007, and the University declined to release the reasons for her departure as per Emory policy. Abreu-Velez — who declined to comment to the Wheel because the litigation is ongoing — says in the complaint that she believes Emory worked with Georgia Regents to damage her reputation and that both schools receive research grants from Theragenics. Nancy Seideman, Emory’s interim vice president for communications and marketing, said records indicate that Theragenics only funded one study at the University from 2004 to 2010. In a statement to the Wheel, Emory University said via its communications office, “Dr. Abreu-Velez has made unsupported and irresponsible allegations in her complaint, and her legal claims are completely meritless.” Seideman said she anticipates a Motion to Dismiss to be filed next week. Jack Evans, Georgia Regents University’s associate vice president for communications and creative services, wrote in an email to the Wheel that Abreu-Velez’s allegations “are unsubstantiated and false.” The matter has been referred to the Georgia Attorney General, and the Board of Regents has requested and obtained representation from the Attorney General’s Office, Evans
wrote, adding that he also expects a Motion to Dismiss to be filed. Abreu-Velez has filed the lawsuit pro se, according to the lawsuit, meaning she is defending herself without representation from a lawyer. Emory is confident that the case will be dismissed, just as a similar lawsuit that she filed in 2005 was dismissed in 2009, according to Emory University statement. She filed her previous lawsuit against the Board of Regents, Georgia Regents (then known as the Medical College of Georgia) and Dennis Marcus — the school’s former head of the Department of Ophthalmology — but not Emory. The case was dismissed on the grounds that Abreu-Velez’s claims about retaliation for her reporting the issues with clinical trials was not sufficient for the case to go to a jury trial, according to a 28-page court order. Abreu-Velez alleges in the recent lawsuit that the specific issues with the Theragenics clinical trials at Georgia Regents included illegal payments, inadequate measures taken to prevent exposure to radiation and the incorrect billing of study participants. She also alleges that Georgia Regents failed to report deaths and “severe adverse events” that resulted from the study. Moreover, she claims that Georgia Regents violated federal and state laws, rules and regulations during the Theragenics trials as well as during other studies. She believes, the lawsuit says, that the recent case of Elliot v. Emory University proves her assertions that Georgia Regents was improperly billing study participants. In Elliot, Emory paid $1.5 million to settle claims that some patients enrolled in clinical trial research at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute were overbilled Medicare and Medicaid from 2001 to 2010, the Wheel reported in September. According to the lawsuit, AbreuVelez also believes that Thomas Lawley, former dean of the School of Medicine and current William P. Timmie Professor of Dermatology, resigned from his position as dean, and that some human resources employees were dismissed from the University, as a result of their involvement in the conspiracy against her.
When contacted by the Wheel, Lawley referred an inquiry to Emory’s communications office, which has denied the allegations. The Wheel reported in November 2011 that Lawley was stepping down after 16 years in that position. And Abreu-Velez claims that other Georgia Regents and Theragenics officials have resigned, and that U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) decided not to run again this year because of Abreu-Velez’s reports to the FBI and the Office of the U.S. Attorney. The lawsuit does not provide any specifics about Chambliss’ alleged involvement. Chambliss’ spokeswoman Lauren Claffey wrote in an email to the Wheel, “I can assure you, Sen. Chambliss’ decision not to seek reelection this year was in no way influenced by Dr. Abreu-Velez’s claims.” A statement released by his office last January states that he is not running again due to his frustration with a “lack of leadership” from the White House and Congress in addressing U.S. economic issues. Once Abreu-Velez became a postdoctoral fellow at Emory, the lawsuit claims, Lawley and employees in Emory’s Human Resources Department “interfered” with the processing of her green card renewal application. Her application contained errors and missing documents, the lawsuit says, but does not elaborate on the alleged specific roles of each of these parties. The lawsuit says that AbreuVelez’s family has faced “multiple documented attacks” in the past several years, “which she believes were orchestrated by Emory University and [Georgia Regents].” For example, the lawsuit cites an example from 2006 in which her daughter was hospitalized for a month but does not offer specifics about the schools’ alleged involvement. Additionally, Abreu-Velez claimed in both the current and previous lawsuits that Georgia Regents University refused to rehire her for any of the numerous jobs at the school for which she applied after she was terminated from her position in 2004. Officials from Theragenics declined to comment. — Contact Jordan Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Broyde Some Students Disappointed Expresses With Emory Hillel Email Regret, Apology Continued from Page 1
Continued from Page 1 release. The committee consisted of three faculty members: two from the Emory School of Law and the other from Emory College of Arts and Sciences. When questioned by the Committee, Broyde admitted to the allegations of using the Rabbi Hershel Goldwasser pseudonym to publish journals and blog comments on his own work, according to the press release. However, he denied further allegations of using a second pseudonym and “communicating pseudonymously with reporters.” The committee closed its investigation and concluded that Broyde was not in violation of Emory policies regarding allegations of research misconduct. This was because he used his “pseudonym exclusively for activities in his rabbinic capacities, not in his scholarly capacities connected with Emory University,” according to the press release. Following Broyde’s initial discovery, he was asked to take a leave of absence from his position as a judge on the Beth Din of America, which is the leading rabbinic court in the United States, according to an April 15 article in Tablet Magazine. Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA, the organization of which Broyde is no longer a judge, told Tablet Magazine that he found Broyde’s actions “disturbing” and asked him to take an indefinite leave of absence. The University press release included a statement from Broyde addressing students and colleagues in the Emory School of Law and College of Arts and Sciences. In the statement, Broyde expressed his regret for his actions and apologized. He stated that his work has come to “reflect adversely on Emory University.”
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individual members of the ASA’s vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions are not publicly available. However, 16 out of the 18 professors mentioned were listed as endorsers of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) on the organization’s website. In response to this information, Emory Hillel Director Russ Shulkes said Hillel was forwarded the list of Georgia professors and graduate students from an outside organization, and that Emory Hillel would be willing to correct its mistakes. He was not able to be reached for comment about the organization’s name before press time. “We’re happy to retract wherever we had a wrong professor,” Shulkes said. In the email Emory Hillel sent to its mailing list, Emory Hillel wrote that it wanted students to be aware of the views of Georgia professors and graduate students. It also said that it encourages students to “be vigilant when choosing what classes to take and whose presence to enjoy.” “If one is taking class with a professor, you should realize that the information you’re learning from that person is impacted by the personality of the person,” Shulkes said. “People that specifically feel that [the boycott] is an anti-Semitic act, as Hillel does, would want to take that into consideration that they will be taking a professor that is borderline anti-Semitic.” Emory junior Hannah Finnie said she was angry and disappointed when she read Emory Hillel’s response to the ASA boycotts. She said that she thought Emory Hillel could have dealt with the situation differently and that the response closed off the option of discussion. “They were just calling out specific names and telling us not to associate with them and not to take classes with them and whose presence to enjoy and it seemed really ridiculous,” Finnie said. “Within the student body, I’ve been surprised at the lack of response to the email.” Emory sophomore Vice President of Israel Affairs for Emory Hillel Aaron Karas said that ASA boycott came off as a way to “delegitimize Israel’s name.” He said that boycotting Israeli academic institutions was a violation of academic freedom, which contradicted the ASA’s motivation behind the boycott. “Hillel’s statement was really just to educate people and tell them what was going on and I think they really did a good job of that,” Karas said. In regards to the list of identified professors and graduate students in Hillel’s email, Karas said he would personally be uncomfortable taking a
class with a professor who supported the boycott, although he was unsure of how best to approach the situation. Karas, who is also a member of Emory Students for Israel (ESI), said that ESI was fortunate to have the support of President Wagner and Hillel, and that no Emory professors endorsed the boycott. Emory junior Ryan Gorman said he also did not agree with the ASA boycott, although he sympathized with the motivations behind it. Gorman said that discussion surrounding the boycott focused primarily on discrimination against Israelis but failed to bring up the motivations for the boycott, which include in part Palestinian scholars at Israeli universities and those who are affected by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Gorman said it was unfair to punish all Israeli academics and universities, when the issue of stifling Palestinian scholars is not something that can “be placed squarely on academic shoulders.” “It’s very much fighting fire with fire and if any of the backlash [the ASA] has been experiencing is any indication, it was a very counterproductive thing for them to do.” Amira Jarmakani, associate professor of the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University, was named in Emory Hillel’s email as a supporter of the ASA boycott. Jarmakani wrote in an email to the Wheel that she was a member of the ASA and that she did endorse the boycott. A statement on Jadaliyya, an independent online magazine produced by the Arab Studies Institute, signed by Jarmakani called the BDS movement a “legitimate, non-violent tool of resistance by peoples enduring settler-colonialism, occupation and apartheid.” The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) also voted to support an academic boycott of Israel. Since the ASA announced its resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, more than 100 universities have opposed the action, including Harvard University, Columbia University and New York University. The ASA boycott and the USACBI campaign is part of the larger Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. According to the BDS movement website, the campaign calls for economic and political pressure on Israel to end Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian territory and to recognize and respect Palestinian rights.
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More Dialogue Needed to Accommodate Media Council At the end of the fall semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) revealed that for two years, an accounting error had overfunded each of the four University-wide organizations — the Student Programming Council (SPC), Club Sports, Media Council and Outdoor Emory Organization — as well as the SGA salary and administrative accounts. Money that was supposed to remain in SGA’s contingency account, which is used for SGA-specific events and supplemental funding for clubs, was instead dispersed to each of the other University-wide accounts. The error occurred when SGA switched to Compass to manage its finances, a software that required a certain process to be conducted manually rather than automatically, at which point an incorrect account code was entered into the system. As a result of the error, each of the four University-wide organizations and SGA itself was required to pay back the funds to the correct SGA account last semester. All organizations were given one year to repay the funds, with the exception of SPC, which was given three years because of the size of its budget. We see the error — and the fact that it took two years to notice it — as disappointing. While mistakes do happen, this particular error involved money that came from the Student Activity Fee, the $89 students pay with their tuition each semester. It is unfortunate that for such a long period of time, organizations were spending money that did not belong to them. This may have impacted student organizations that had requested funding from SGA’s contingency account and could not receive it. We feel this situation proves that SGA’s finances should be reviewed more closely each semester, whether or not that means hiring another employee in the SGA Business Office — a hiring process which is already underway — or devising alternative measure to ensure more careful oversight. Additionally, there seems to have been a major miscommunication between Media Council and SGA concerning the terms of the repayment. Media Council claims that they were told in the spring that they would have several years to repay the over allocated funds to SGA, while SGA says they had always been given one year to do so, following an agreement that SGA made with Media Council in the spring. We are unsure which perspective is accurate, but it is clear that more dialogue needs to take place between the two groups, as this miscommunication may have consequences. We also believe that Media Council should have been given more time to repay SGA given the circumstances surrounding the situation. Not only was the error made on the part of SGA, but Media Council officials now say they are left with a significant debt and are unable to fund different events and bring speakers to campus as they had hoped. Which objective was more important: allowing Media Council to conduct their events as planned, or restoring the balance immediately? We feel that giving Media Council extra time to repay SGA would have been in the interest of the students and the University as a whole. Because the SGA did not take the time to find a new resolution, Media Council claims they have been unable to achieve their goals for the year. Because SGA was at fault, we believe they should do all they can to work with Media Council to ensure that they can function properly. Media Council governs many student organizations that are an integral part of the Emory experience, and it would be a shame if a generation of students missed out on the full experience. The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of The Emory Wheel. The Emory Wheel is not affiliated with Media Council.
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Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Michigan Daily University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Wednesday, January 15, 2014 In its staff editorial, “Life After Parole” The Michigan Daily discusses the importance and necessity of a Michigan bill that gives parolees who are eligible a certificate of employment. The Michigan Daily argues that this bill should be passed in order to make parolees’ transition back into society smoother. In recent years, Michigan parolees have faced tremendous difficulty gradually re-integrating into society. Specifically, many exconvicts have endured trouble in attaining employment — one of the most important steps to prevent recidivism. From 2001 to 2012, Michigan encountered a 30 percent decline in parolee employment. With tarnished reputations, these parolees are stigmatized by past criminal activity that may not be indicative of their current capabilities or work ethic. To address the employment crisis among former inmates, Michigan legislators are prepared to install a bill package that issues a certificate of employment for eligible parolees. The state should not delay the bill’s passage, as it would help alleviate the problems faced by former convicts. Last week, the Michigan legislators introduced a three-bill package that would allow the Department of Corrections to issue a certificate of employability to inmates based on their criminal history, training, skills, behavioral record and education. The certificates aim to vouch for parolees’ good moral character and ability to engage in the work force.
With the certificate, employers are immune from negligent-hiring lawsuits. Ex-criminals and society alike would benefit from higher parolee employment. Studies have shown that increasing parolee employment would significantly mitigate future criminal activity. The reincarceration rate of employed parolees is 63 percent less than of those who are unemployed. Parolees being reincarcerated creates unnecessary prison maintenance which can rack up several millions according to Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending, a third-party organization that vouches for prisoners’ rights. CAPPS executive director Laura Sager wrote that almost 30 percent of inmates who have been denied parole are in the lowest risk category for release. The inefficiency of the parole system is detrimental to both parolees who deserve fairer sentencing and to Michigan citizens who pay taxes that to maintain crowded prisons. Iowa and Ohio have already passed similar legislation that issue employment certification to qualified parolees. Both states require parolees to demonstrate commitment and desire to re-enter the work force in order to be eligible for the certificate. Attaining the certificate validates former inmates’ exceptional performance while under the states’ supervision. The parolee employment license upholds government-approved standards that would ensure the safety of employers and companies. Already, Ohio has shown improvement in parolee reincarceration rates. [...]
Incarceration Is Not a Path to Justice NOWMEE SHEHAB
The U.S. currently houses 2.4 million prisoners. Our prison population has quadrupled since 1980. All thanks to the War on Drugs, the majority of inmates are there because of non-violent drug charges. The criminalization of something that should be treated in rehabilitation centers or health service centers has led the U.S. to have the highest incarceration rate in the world. The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) is a term used to describe this rapid increase of HE MORY HEEL incarceration, the privatization of prisons and Arianna Skibell EDITOR-IN-CHIEF the usage of prisons to address social probJordan Friedman Executive Editor lems. Acclaimed activist Angela Davis, who Lane Billings Managing Editor founded the organization Critical Resistance Volume 95 | Number 26 which seeks to address issues with the PIC, Copy Chief Online Editor Sonam Vashi Ross Fogg wrote an essay about the problem of resortNews Editors Asst. Copy Chiefs Business and Advertising Dustin Slade ing to imprisoning people as a way to rectify Benazir Wehelie Karishma Mehrotra Harmeet Kaur Editorials Editor Akeel Williams BUSINESS MANAGER social problems. Asst. News Editor Priyanka Krishnamurthy Rupsha Basu She writes, “Homelessness, unemployBlaire Chennault Sales Manager Student Life Editors Asst. Photo Editor Lizzie Howell ment, drug addiction, mental illness and illitThomas Han Maggie Daorai Design Manager Jenna Kingsley Asst. Sports Editor eracy are only a few of the problems that Arts & Entertainment Editor Zak Hudak Account Executives Emelia Fredlick disappear from public view when the human Associate Editors Bryce Robertson, Lena Erpaiboon, Salaar Ahmed, Sports Editor Emily Lin Christopher Hwang Przybylski, Annabelle Zhuno, Julia beings contending with them are relegated to Ryan Smith Nathaniel Ludewig Photo Editor Leonardos cages.” Nicholas Sommariva James Crissman Business/Advertising Office Number Nicholas Bradley Features Editors She is absolutely right that we are treating (404) 727-6178 Zoe Mesirow social problems by locking away its victims Ashley Bianco — this has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in this country. The Emory Wheel welcomes letters and op-ed submissions from the Emory community. There is a sprawling industry behind the Letters should be limited to 300 words and op-eds should be a minimum of 650 words. Those PIC that includes construction companies, selected may be shortened to fit allotted space or edited for grammar, punctuation and libelous advertising campaigns, investment groups, content. Submissions reflect the opinions of individual writers and not of the Wheel Editorial corporate stockholders and lobbyists in Board or Emory University. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to The Emory Washington D.C. According to a report pubWheel, Drawer W, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. 30322 if you’re interested. lished by the Global Research Center, the sharp increase of inmates can be pointed
to the legalization of private contracting of prisoners for labor. This practice creates a demand for prisoners and pushes states to enact policies such as mandatory sentences and three strikes laws. The PIC, including those two policies, has deeply racialized impacts. As it has been written in several reports and studies, a disproportionate amount of people of color, especially black and latino men, are the victims of the PIC. Post incarceration programs are haphazard and unrealistic, often resulting in ex-offenders back in prison within one year. This makes it impossible for former inmates to become contributing citizens of this nation. With a felony record, getting a job, finding housing and healthcare can be very arduous. So what are alternatives to the PIC? Several Congressmen have unsuccessfully introduced prison reform bills and blue ribbon commissions to take a serious top-down look at our criminal justice system. The latest effort is a bill introduced by Utah Senator Mike Lee and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin that would change some of the mandatory sentencing laws to lessen the racialized effects of them. Beyond these reforms, a change in perspective is needed to move our justice system from a punitive system to a restorative one. The focus of restorative or transformative justice is not to satisfy abstract legal principles or punish the offender, rather it is to address the needs of victims, perpetrators and the involved community. At the heart of restorative justice is a process called community accountability, where a community (school, workplace, city etc.) works together to primarily provide safety and support to victims, respect their self-determination and develop
strategies to address behaviors of perpetrators of injustice. The objective is to create an accountability process for perpetrators to learn from their mistakes and transform their behaviors. The Restorative Justice Center in Atlanta is working to enhance Community Court programs and increase awareness about the benefits of restorative justice models. They have a variety of programs including treatment plans for substance abuse, educational courses, community service projects, among others. These are meant to move Atlanta courts towards problem solving instead of punishing. Much closer to home, Emory University’s Office of Student Conduct upholds missions and goals that reflect many restorative justice values. The focus of the Office isn’t to punish offenders, rather it is to resolve alleged violations of expectations in a way that is fair, developmental and expedient. Emory College junior Alex Harrison, one of the Co-Chairs of the Peer Review Board, explained that: “Our goal is one of education. This could mean that there is a strictly educational component that we provide to allow the student to see the impact of their action, or we could ask the students to perform a task that would help them realize the effect of their action on those around them.” Restorative justice is practiced on a small scale in some school districts in California, but these reforms need to go beyond youth services. We deserve a justice system that doesn’t profit by incarcerating more people. We deserve a justice system that restores balance and transforms individuals and communities. Nowmee Shehab is a College Sophomore from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Incestuous Implications of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage In October of last year, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett commented that same-sex marriage is analogous to incest. As can be expected, all hell broke loose. His opinion was denounced as “hurtful,” “absurd,” “offensive” and “demeaning.” But few of these criticisms were followed by an articulate, rational explanation of why Corbett’s comments were so absurd and offensive. In an era where the meaning of “traditional” marriage has been challenged and re-envisioned, it is important to consider the wider implications of our society’s newfound understandings. This means more than offering an emotional response, a gut-urge that something is “yucky” or even “offensive” and instead searching for logical conclusions. Jessica Gerson of The Huffington Post, defending the validity of same-sex marriage against comparisons to polygamy, pedophilia and zoophilia, establishes marriage as between two human beings, both of whom are adults, wishing to form a mutually consenting relationship. Yet despite the thrust of Gerson’s argument, that legalizing same-sex marriage is not a “slippery slope,” it still seems arbitrary to draw the line at same-sex couples. What about cousins, for one? Our immediate impulse is prematurely dismissive, gagging at the thought or cringing at the comparison. And yet the dilemma still remains. Cousins, like any human beings, are capable of reaching adulthood, forming mutually consenting, loving, monogamous relationships. For the skeptical, it has been estimated that 10 percent of marriages worldwide are between cousins, and Cousincouples.com estimates the number at 20 percent, with 80 percent of historical marriages, though they operate with a clear bias. Charles Darwin, too, married his first cousin. So did his grandfather. Marriage between first cousins is legal in Canada, most of Europe and 26 states in the U.S. The most common argument against cousin marriage is an appeal to genetics. Some maintain that for the offspring of such relationships the risk of genetic defect is unacceptable. But, while this argument not only completely ignores sterile and same-sex
cousin couples, the risk of significant birth defect in the offspring of cousin couples actually only increases from three to four percent to four to seven percent, according to the National Society of Genetic Counselors. This number is simply not substantial enough to justify banning marriage between first cousins wholesale. If it is, another slew of questions needs to be addressed. Should certain populations more prone to genetic disease be refrained from reproducing? Tay-Sachs, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis — these are just a few of the genetic diseases with ethnic ties. The risk of bearing a child with Down’s syndrome skyrockets from 1 in 1450 to 1 in 30 as a women ages from 20 until 45. Yet few would deny these people the right to procreate, at least not indiscriminately. In appealing to the genetic argument, opponents of incest who are also proponents of same-sex marriage are forgetting that their definition of marriage no longer includes the ability to produce healthy offspring. If, then, we as an enlightened society fully legalize marriage between first cousins, even if only between sterile or same-sex couples or even fertile couples after stringent genetic screening, it would still seem arbitrary to limit the right to marriage there. What about sibling marriages? Marriages between parents and offspring? Between aunt and nephew, or aunt and niece for that matter? For Gerson, denying them the right to marriage is denying them their humanity, sanity or mutual consent — granted the consent of the rest of the family might be harder to come by. Of course the genetic risk is much, much greater, but again, there are many cases in which one or both parties are sterile, past the age of childbearing or else otherwise incapable of producing offspring. Past models of incestuous relationships certainly seem foreboding: sexual abuse, domestic violence and pedophilia are all too often present and will doubtlessly be cited as reason enough to continue the legal and social ban on incest. But there are, understandably hidden, many instances of consensual, incestuous sexual relationships between adults. “You don’t choose who you
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fall in love with,” says Kathy Hollenbach, happily married to her first cousin. She too thought her spousal situation unusual until her discovery of Cousincouples.com. The fact is, an overwhelming body of human experience persists, showing that loving, consensual, sexual relationships can form. To dismiss them on the basis of their destructive counterparts is to ignore the individuality of involved parties, prematurely denying fundamental human rights. In a recent debate Lawrence Krauss, an outspoken atheist and a proponent of samesex marriage, explained that incest wasn’t necessarily wrong: “If you asked me, a priori, if a brother and a sister loved each other and used contraception, is there something absolutely morally wrong with that? ... I don’t think there’s any absolute condemnation of that fact, if they love each other and care
for each other, and they go off and it doesn’t affect anything else ... ” For proponents of same-sex marriage, to simply say that incest is unnatural, barbaric and disgusting is no longer enough — how many times has that language manifested in attacks on same-sex marriage? Proponents of same-sex marriage rejoice that our society is learning to ignore our emotional impulses and stop appeals to natural order, to forget our adherence to ancient texts, religious traditions and other “antiquated” views. They claim we are outgrowing our “backward” intolerance for interracial and now same-sex couplings, that we are appealing instead to reason and empathy. Now will we turn around and simply forget these lessons, denying rights proponents of same-sex marriage claim to have made available to all?
Is this not, by their modern ideals, a great injustice? When we watch that scene in Star Wars, where Leah kisses Luke, it makes us cringe: we’ve seen the ending, we know they’re siblings. But if we had that reaction to a gay couple kissing, we would suddenly be shunned as intolerant bigots. It doesn’t add up. New Hampshire seems already on board on the issue, and is currently considering legalizing civil unions between siblings. As same-sex marriage continues to be legalized across the U.S., the societal certainties of the last century are coming under increasingly critical re-evaluation. We must begin to ask ourselves, after so much erasing of lines, where the new lines are to be drawn, and why. Jonathan Warkentine is a College sophomore from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Ending the Political Cycle Looking to Improve in 2014
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From a Bright Rainbow to Shadows Mandela’s Death Reveals a World of Oppressors BENAZIR WEHELIE South African President Nelson Mandela proclaimed in 1994 that “Never, never and never again shall this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another.” And never did I experience the oppression and apartheid endured by so many South Africans before me. As a South African born in 1994, the year signaling the end of apartheid, I have an immense amount of respect, admiration and appreciation for Mandela and the remarkable legacy he has left. Many people throughout the world today do not share such convictions about their leaders as South Africans share so strongly about Mandela. Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin are just two of the world’s leaders who rule with an iron fist. They have not earned the unequivocal respect that Mandela commanded and gained not only from South Africans but from the rest of the world. Mandela, a man who gave up his life for his country, has demonstrated that to be a true leader means to fight against injustice and inequality. Technically, Assad and Putin are leaders. However, in comparison to Mandela, Assad and Putin cannot be considered true leaders because they do not protect and uphold the basic human and democratic rights of their citizens. Following Mandela’s death last month, an official Facebook post by the Assad regime read: “His history of struggle has become an inspiration to all the vulnerable peoples of the world, in the expectation that oppressors and aggressors will learn the lesson that in the end
it is they who are the losers.” It is delusional for Assad’s regime to speak of oppressors learning from Mandela’s legacy, when they are the oppressors in need of the lesson. The Syrian regime is responsible for killing countless numbers of civilians and, as reported by the United Nations, is to be held accountable for using chemical weapons against their own people. The Syrian who severs the bodies of his own citizens is an oppressor. Assad has unleashed a cycle of violence against his opposition simply because they voiced their grievances against him. He has deprived his citizens of their freedom of speech and, since 2011, has carried out countless acts of atrocity against them. Men. Women. Young. Old. No one is safe in Syria under the blood-drenched rule of Assad. In Putin’s September 2013 New York Times op-ed concerning the potential United States strike against Syria, he said: “A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism ... We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.” The Russian government has been aiding the Assad regime, supplying them with weapons, money and diplomatic protection. Putin’s stance on nonviolence is not credible, especially when Russia plays such a major role in perpetuating the violence in Syria. The Russian who robs individuals of their humanity and rights, and not only in Russia, is an oppressor. In addition to his claims about nonviolence, Putin does not treat the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community of Russia as equals. In June 2013, Russia’s parliament passed an anti-gay law
that prohibits “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” By validating this law, Putin has ultimately promoted discrimination and violence against the Russian LGBT community. In Putin’s op-ed, he even urged the United States to remember that “We are all different ... we must not forget that God created us equal.” In spite of this, Putin himself continues to show intolerance towards and discriminates against the LGBT community. Assad and Putin are two oppressive leaders whose ruthless forms of leadership are also mirrored by other modern-day dictators — from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. There will never be another leader like Mandela, but all leaders can learn from Mandela’s legacy that power should be used to positively impact the lives of their citizens. Mandela’s bright rainbow will never disappear, but today it is unfortunately surrounded by the dark shadows cast by the oppressive rule we find in many countries. What the world needs are leaders who mirror the example of true leadership set by Mandela. It is only then that the dark shadows of oppression may transform into the bright rainbows of justice and equality for all. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Rest in peace, Madiba. Asst. Copy Chief Benazir Wehelie is a College sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Remember 2009? After nearly two years of intense campaigning during the most dramatic, memorable election in recent history and a long lame duck period of former President George Bush’s second term, President Barack Obama was finally sworn into office. Almost immediately, he issued an executive order to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and signed the stimulus plan into law. Then what happened? The narrative shifted and many became disillusioned as Tea Party protests and a summer of extremely heated, embarrassing town hall meetings about health care reform defined much of Obama’s first year in office. And of course, Guantánamo Bay is still open. It wasn’t until March 2010 that the Affordable Care Act became law and in July, the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress’s regulatory response to the lawlessness surrounding the financial crisis of 2008, was finally enacted. And even in the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed and a nuclear arms treaty with Russia was ratified in the Senate. Looking back now, 2010 was a pretty productive year in Washington. Remember the 2012 presidential election, the months of political theater more commonly known as the Republican debates and the advent of unlimited corporate donations to presidential campaigns with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling? As if repressing corporate donations equates to limiting speech. Not much happened — the balance of power in the White House, Senate and House remained unchanged despite conservative super PACs like Restore Our Future, Inc. and American Crossroads spending over $80 million apiece and the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action spending nearly $65 million. Despite all the money, time and headaches surrounding the previous election, many are already completely willing to write off President Obama’s second term and the 113th Congress. Between FOX News spending much of last year trying to derail the Obama presidency with its coverage on the Benghazi attacks and later on, the revelation that the IRS targeted conservative groups, Edward Snowden uncovering the abhorrent massive spying infrastructure at the NSA and the Obama administration fumbling the implementation
of healthcare.gov, 2013 looked a whole lot like 2009 — a stalled agenda following the promise of a new term. And that is the reason that with the new year, Congress, the White House and the American public must treat 2014 as an opportunity not for prematurely waiting on the 2016 presidential election or focusing on shallow, if not honestly named PACs, like “Ready for Hillary,” but to assume a little more faith in the political process. There are some small, yet positive signs coming from Congress. For example, the House easily passed a $1.1 trillion budget deal on a broad consensus, and just yesterday it received the final OK from the Senate. Likewise, Speaker John Boehner has shown a willingness to take up a reform of the immigration system. Republicans like Marco Rubio and even Paul Ryan, whose budget proposals in the House closely resemble the draconian Mr. Potter from the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” have shown support for changing the minimum wage. Any of these legislative goals coming to fruition would mark a significant improvement in Congress, but that isn’t really the point. What is more important is realizing the need for the government, the media and the people of this country to stop treating politics like a reality television show in which posturing for elections years in advance and seeking media coverage by any means necessary supersede the responsibility to govern. With everything that went into the elections only a little over a year ago, don’t we owe it to ourselves to see this thing through, to focus on what can be done right now? The consequence for acting otherwise only increases the chances for more disillusionment with the political process, and that unleashes quite the vicious cycle. If people are more frustrated with politics, they are less inclined to pay attention to what is happening in Washington. If people pay less attention, they allow extremely polarizing candidates and the donors who have them in their back pockets to gain more influence. For all we know now, 2014 is the year that the ongoing list of frustrations with politics begins to subside. Better this year than in 2016. Online Editor Ross Fogg is a College senior from Fayetteville, Ga.
For all we know now, 2014 is the year that ... frustrations with politics begin to subside.
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College freshman Anna Duncan (Above) plans to write a letter to someone important in her life each week of 2014. While Duncan acknowleges the challenges of her resolution, she hopes to demonstrate her gratitude to the recipients of her letters.
Students Share Goals, Hopes for 2014 By Loli Lucaciu Staff Writer It is the beginning of a new year. While time is fluid and a new period, detached from a precedent one, is a notion realistically abstract, it nevertheless seems to make sense in the minds of most of us; hence the wishes and the resolutions. Underlying them, there is hope. It is remarkable to observe the effect that this incipient period of
the year has on so many of us: it is a powerful trigger for taking people into a land of accomplishment, of success, of bliss. While all these start as castles in the air, it is up to us to build the solid foundations that will ground our castles. “I think New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic concept,” College sophomore Maryam Ameen said. “Everyone should strive to make themselves better, especially when they have the New Year to start over.”
Emory students’ hopes are as diverse as the Emory population itself. Some want to forge powerful memories, to tell stories. “One of my New Year resolutions is to write every day this year. I started doing this halfway through 2013 and want to continue all the way through 2014! I keep a notepad on me and document the year one day at a time!” – Mark Igbinadolor, College sophomore.
“My New Year’s resolution is to enjoy the little moments more often. I think that we as students get lost in our studies and our ambitions and thinking about the future, and we forget to enjoy the moment. On graduation day, I want to look back and be able to say to myself, ‘I learned a lot, but I also had fun!” – Lena Sheorey, College sophomore. Meanwhile, some want to be more appreciative and spread the love. “My New Year’s resolution is kind
of simple ... It’s that I want to write a letter to someone important in my life every week of the year. It’s a big goal, so I’m not sure how easy it will be for me to do it the entire year, but that is what I want to do. I want to do it to remind myself to be grateful for all the people in my life and to not overlook the things they have given me.” – Anna Duncan, College freshman. “I want to spend as much time with my sister as I can because she’s
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Linguistics and expression of identity through minority languages. However, I also really enjoyed the “Meaning in Human Language: Semantics and Pragmatics” class that I took with Dr. Marjorie Pak. This course was much more structural and a bit more challenging for me, but I loved studying the logic and order that semantic scholars find in meaning.
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Walner Family Takes Tahoe I went to Lake Tahoe during break, where I spent much of the trip skiing, watching movies and losing in QuizUp. I think the place that best set the tone for the trip was a restaurant called Bite, which we went to because of the beautiful view of the lake. I didn’t understand why we were eating there. At 9 p.m., no one would have known there was a lake right out the window. “I don’t understand why we’re eating here. No one would know there’s a lake right out the window,” I said. “It’s right there,” my dad pointed. “No, Jon, the other window, the other window,” said my mom. My dad called over a busboy and said, “Una pregunta,” to a man who was most definitely not from Mexico. “Dónde es ... the lake?” “That way,” he replied. “But you can only see it from the other Bite a few miles south of here.” I started laughing. I should have shut up when my father shot me his signature Homer Simpson glare. He inched his chair closer to mine, gripped my shoulders, shook me back and forth and said, “You’re embarrassing the family!” Welcome to the Walner family. The only character yet to be mentioned is my 18-year-old brother, Joey, whose popularity peaked in fifth grade upon the release of his absurd joke pamphlet where he posed for the back cover in boxer shorts, a blazer and an Indiana Jones fedora. He also wrote as the author’s note,
I went shopping the other day and while I was wandering the expansive aisles of Bloomingdale’s, a sparkle suddenly caught the corner of my eye. I gasped. I needed it. I had never felt so in love before — but then I tried it on, and it was a whole different level of love and lust than I’ve ever experienced before. I never wanted to take it off. The way the dress slipped over each and every curve of my body perfectly made me know it was fate. The problem is the dress was way out of my price range. I also don’t know what kinds of occasions I could wear it to, since it’s a wedding dress and I’m not even in a relationship right now. I ended up maxing out my credit card to pay for it, and now I can’t afford food this week. I’m starting to wonder if buying the dress was worth it. What should I do?
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Alma, a high end restaurant in Los Angeles, offers five- or nine-course tasting menus. These menus change daily depending on the availabity of local ingredients.
Alma: Unworthy of Praise By Ethan Samuels Staff Writer While spending a much-needed winter break filled with family, friends and relaxation, I made it a point to visit some great restaurants in my hometown of Los Angeles. Between some hole-in-the-walls in Chinatown, the always-trendy West L.A. and upscale Beverly Hills, the most fascinating place I tried was a small, high-end restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. On a mostly deserted street, besides several seemingly vagrant men and a small taco stand, the place called “the best new restaurant in America” by Bon Appétit Magazine sits contiguous to a hostess bar. Alma is a young restaurant — it has only been open 11 months, yet has received enormous praise from some of the biggest names in the culinary world. I had to see what all the hype was about and if Alma really
deserved it. Only one dish — the beignets — stood out to me at all, and I have had most of the dishes done better at other restaurants. Thinking back on the meal, I believe there is a bigger issue at hand than my mediocre meal; we need to question our society’s newfound obsession with the “farm to table” and “local-only ingredients” approach to cooking as a whole. Alma has only 39 seats and encourages reservations at least a month in advance. With a small bar, a few tables, a small wine refrigerator, white walls and a shelf with some napkins and books on it, the interior is pretty bland. But that’s okay — that’s the trend these days, and really, I don’t mind anyway. Let the food speak for itself. Alma offers only two options, a five- or nine-course tasting menu, for $65 and $110 respectively. Initially, I find this a tough sell for most diners. The menu changes almost daily
due to Alma’s commitment to using only the finest local ingredients. Ari Taymor, the chef and owner, has partnered with a woman who lives in Venice Beach and has a half-acre garden exclusively for Alma. Do with that what you will … I find it slightly pretentious. I opted for the five-course tasting, which begins with a few “snacks” as they call them, before the first course. We were served English muffins with smoked salmon, seaweed and tofu beignets and sea-urchin toast with caviar for snacks. The best dish of the whole meal ended up being the beignets, but that was the only dish I was really impressed with. The first course was a beet and nut salad followed by an artichoke soup. Next, some protein — chicken over a root vegetable purée then another chicken dish with assorted fruit. (They were nice enough to change my dessert
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What exactly is the Linguistics major? The Linguistics major provides the opportunity to study language in all of its contexts, observing and creating human language while attempting to understand what it really is — or as the Emory Linguistics program describes it, “The study of language from the perspectives of physiology, cognition, meaning, society and culture.” Why are you majoring in Linguistics? Before arriving at Emory, I had taken a high school summer course in linguistics and instantly fell in love with the discipline. I bought myself some books and continued reading about it for fun — as a hobby, if you will. When I got to Emory, I originally wanted to try something new, but by the end of my freshman year, I couldn’t stay away anymore. Now I do it for fun AND for a degree. What has been your favorite class within the major and why? I’m not exactly sure. I think I thrived the most in my History of Judaic Languages course taught by Dr. Benny Hary. I had never studied Jewish languages but I identified a lot with the creation
What has been the coolest thing you’ve done as a Linguistics major? This is so nerdy, but definitely my research! I have thoroughly enjoyed every research project and paper that I have completed for my Linguistics classes. I can happily hole myself up in the fifth floor stacks for days on end if I have a good Linguistics project to work on. What is the hardest part of being a Linguistics major? Probably dealing with all the questions we get from people who have no idea what linguistics is. My favorite is probably, “Oh! So how many languages do you speak?” Most Ling majors I know have learned to just answer the question and ignore its irrelevance. What are you looking to do, in terms of a career, with your major? You could really do anything with linguistics — as humans, we use language every day, so it really can’t hurt any career to have some knowledge of what that is. I plan to go to law school next year and will hopefully be an attorney three years after that! Does study abroad play a big part in the major? Do most majors study abroad?
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Friday, January 17, 2014
HOROSCOPES WONDERING WHAT THE STARS 2014? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN STUDENT LIFE’S FREAKISHLY INSIGHTFUL HOROSCOPES! HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU IN
Aries (3/21-4/19) This year you can expect Mars to enter your house of friendship with a strong presence. When Jupiter enters Leo in July, expect to break your usual routine and travel somewhere new. There is change and adventure on the horizons.
Taurus (4/20-5/20) This is going to be a year of change, improvements and fresh starts. It is time to release any excess frustration, anger or grudges you have from 2013 so that you can seize 2014 with renewed energy.
Gemini (5/21-6/21) The craziness of 2013 left many loose ends for you. The third new moon of the year will bring some answers. You will experience stronger commitments, a more serious career path and welcome stability this year.
Cancer (6/22-7/22) The universe is looking at your career and family this year, Cancer. You will thrive in the work you attempt. Your ties to family will strengthen as Mars enters your home sector. It is a good time to express gratitude for those you care for.
Leo (7/23-8/22) The beginning of the year for you, Leo, is all about romance and fun. Enjoy the reprieve, but get ready to gear up for the second half of the year. The Sun and Mercury will put a strain on you, and work may seem extra challenging.
Virgo (8/23-9/22) Last year may have ended with unexpected financial strain, but with Jupiter and Saturn cooperating at the beginning of the year, you will become financially stable once more. Approach this year with drive but be practical about the future.
Libra (9/23-10/22) You may find yourself needing to be extra flexible and patient this year. Focus on your personal goals, and maybe travel to add some spontaneous energy to your year. Plans are good, but change is natural.
Scorpio (10/23-11/21) Jupiter will set you up with good fortune early on this year, and you may find your negotiating power to be unexpectedly high. Keep your eyes and heart open to new things this year. Luck will come where you least expect it.
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Lingustics Majors Often Study Abroad in Amsterdam Continued from Page 9 I’m honestly not sure. I know the program has a couple of great study abroad opportunities, the most popular being the semester programs in Amsterdam. I actually studied abroad with the Italian Studies department, but I know a few Linguistics majors who went to Amsterdam and absolutely loved it! If you could create your own class within the major, what would it be? Why? I would probably create a class that explores the connection between language and ethnicity/ethnic identity. I think a class on this could be conducted from several perspectives, though I would try to focus on how language affects self-identity vs. perceived identity, and how that sometimes promotes and creates “otherness.”
one considering the Linguistics major, what would you tell them? DO IT! It is by far the best thing I have done at Emory, and I would recommend everyone I know to take at least one Linguistics class before graduating. Completing the whole major would be even better! What is your favorite thing about languages? Oh my. About languages? That there are so many I don’t know (and probably never will). About language itself? That there is so much that we still don’t know (and probably never will). What’s one thing all Linguistics majors know? We can probably all recite Dr. Tamasi’s definition of language on command. And by the time we complete the major, we all know how true that definition isn’t. (But don’t worry — she’d be the first to tell you that!)
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hen you first see me, you might think: Jewish. The general reaction I get from people who find out I’m Buddhist is a sort of benign shock. I never take myself too seriously, so whenever I explain it to people, they think I’m joking. This happens frequently, and a lot of my friends still don’t recognize my practice, often saying “No, you can’t be Buddhist.” Well, just because I’m Hispanic doesn’t mean I can’t be Buddhist. Religion isn’t married to either culture or race.
Successful Resolutions Involve Others Continued from Page 9 graduating from Emory this year, and I want to make more memories.” – Maryam Ameen, College sophomore. And others want to help victims and prevent tragedies. “My New Year’s resolution is to SAPA-train 100 new advocates and/ or facilitators. I am going to try and sign up for two trainings a month to make this happen. I encourage everyone to make getting SAPA-trained a New Year’s resolution of their own!” – Kiran Sonty, College junior. Others want to build a stronger community and offer joy. “[My New Year’s resolution is] to be the most fly mascot in Atlanta and to spread the Eagle spirit across campus and beyond.” – Swoop the Eagle. Here at Emory, people are mostly trained to use their brains, but with an increasing intellectual power comes an improved, maybe new, ability to realize the importance of hope, and even better, the importance of spreading that hope to more than the self. Resolutions might be better kept if the recipient of your hope is somebody else, or if your goal encompasses others. Why? Because the reward of the accomplishment will be doubled; it will be not only a personal success, but also a heart-warming gift for another. If we have resolutions, let us widen their scope so as to involve others. Let us all work toward our goal with the image of others sketched in our minds. The hope, that “thing with feathers,” will catch flight easier, and its flight will be more likely undisturbed.
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Dear Doolina: Tips and Tricks to Tackle Textbook Troubles Continued from Page 9 Dear I Said Yes, People like you are the reason there should be a show called “Say No to the Dress.” Return the dress. Immediately. Then run from Bloomingdale’s before another sparkle catches your eye. Delightfully, Doolina
Dear Broken up, We both know what you have to do: you need to talk to your ex. What you’re really asking is how you gain the courage to do so, and that’s a harder question to answer. Ultimately, you need to be willing to get hurt if you want the possibility of getting what you truly want. You need to put yourself out there and see what happens. Best of luck! Delightfully, Doolina
Dear Doolina, Dear Doolina, My boyfriend and I decided to break up while we were both abroad. My problem is that I never stopped liking him, and now that I’m abroad, I really miss him. I want to tell him how I feel and talk about getting back together, but I’m terrible at expressing myself. What should I do?
I just got back from studying abroad, and I think my friends forgot about me. How can I make them remember how awesome I am? Sincerely, Bringing Awesome Back
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This year you can expect to be focused and driven, especially when it comes to academics or career goals. Mars will enter your house for fame and honors at the beginning of the month to set you up on a successful path during the year.
You have a lot on your mind today, and you may want to say it all. Keep in mind that you might not see eye-to-eye with everyone right now, and if your words get misinterpreted, you could run into problems.
I’m really excited that classes are starting up now, but I’m also terrified — I looked up the prices of my textbooks online and at the bookstore, and there’s no way I can afford them. What should I do?
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from the bookstore unless you absolutely have to (as in, it’s not sold anywhere else). If you need the book right away and can’t wait to get it from another source, buy it from the bookstore and then return it once you find a cheaper option. Your best bet is to buy directly from older students who have taken the class in the past. Older editions of textbooks are also often much cheaper than the current editions and are usually similar enough to suffice. I also recommend buying international editions of textbooks, which look a little different but contain the exact same information along with a much cheaper price tag. Additionally, you may be able to find online editions of textbooks that are cheaper. You can also sometimes find entire PDFs of textbooks online that you can print out. Finally, if it’s just one book for an English class, it might be easiest just to rent the book from the library for a week or two.
Dear Bringing Awesome Back,
Positive energy will flow through you this year, and it will lead you to greater happiness and success. When Saturn enters Leo around July, a search you have been on for an extended time will end triumphantly.
You have been critical of yourself lately, Aquarius. This year, Mars will enter your house of gratitude, and you will feel relieved of self-induced pressure. Self-appreciation will help in countless ways.
Dear Textbook$, Sincerely, Broken Up About Breaking Up
people how awesome you are, I’m not sure how great you are to begin with. That being said, I think you’re overdoing it. When you’re spending time with your friends, just act like you normally would and don’t try to overcompensate. Before long, they’ll remember how awesome (or not) you really are.
Ethan Samuels/Staff Writer
Although Alma is committed to using local ingredients, it’s flavors combinations are creativity are subpar. When eating food local-only ingredients, diners should question the true talent of the chef.
Local Food, Lackluster Flavor at Alma in LA Continued from Page 9 course to a cheese course since I do not eat sweets). Granted Alma is still a young restaurant, and chef Traymor is not much older — but it’s pretentiousness in what it serves and how it serves it does not bode well for future success. Alma’s lack of creativity and odd combinations of flavors seemingly for oddity’s sake were so glaringly obvious to me that it is clear chef Traymor has a long way to go before he and Alma deserve the praise they are receiving. Additionally, while there is some-
thing to be said for celebrating the variety of locally grown food, doing so does not automatically mean the food is interesting, complementary or creative. I am not advocating for the neglect of what is fresh and locally available to a chef since oftentimes those ingredients taste better than flying in produce from halfway around the world. However, having worked in a two Michelin-starred restaurant for four years, I can tell you that the careful sourcing of ingredients (from wherever is best) and, more importantly, knowledge of menu construction and
flavor implementation, is what separate the good chefs from the ones who become revered. I urge you as diners to question the glorification of local-only cooking and the motives of the chef behind it. Is it is more of a cop-out for being judged on acceptance of process rather than end result? Is there true inspiration and dedication to these ingredients they base their restaurant and “philosophy” around? I feel these are tough questions we should be asking many chefs today.
— Contact Ethan Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Joey Walner is a patient at Ron Welk’s Mental Hospital. Some of his other books include Everybody Poops 2, We All Shart Sometimes and Shake Your Breasts.” His popularity permanently declined a few weeks later upon the release of Shake Your Breasts, where he himself posed for each photo in his fedora. I went to our hotel’s hot tub after dinner with my brother. There were two girls in there and an elderly man, and I thought that after a three-month study abroad dry spell, maybe God was looking out for me. My brother and I sat down and we introduced ourselves. The girl my age asked if we could turn on the bubbles. “I will,” my brother said, “let me just finish peeing first.” It’s his go-tohot-tub joke. The girls didn’t laugh. The elderly man looked like he’d vomited in his mouth. He left. Joey turned on the bubbles. We talked. I hated the girl my age and her stupid job at KFC. I was ready for the bubbles to turn off so I could say, “I think that’s my cue,“ but I couldn’t wait. Before I left, my brother asked, “You guys really didn’t like my peeing joke?” One of the girls told us that it just wasn’t her kind of humor. My brother asked her to tell us her kind of joke then. She sat up, excited. “Okay! What’s the difference between a canoe and a Jew? ... A canoe tips!” “I think that’s my cue,” I said, and got up to leave as my brother laughed his ass off, hiding our Judaism for the both of us.
As I was leaving, my dad walked through the pool gates and asked me to stay for a bit longer. He got in and the bubbles turned off. “I’ll get those,” said my dad. “Let me just finish peeing first.” The girls still didn’t laugh. “I already did that one,” said my brother. “Did they laugh?” The girls shook their heads. We continued talking. We talked about Twitter. “I love Twitter,” the anti-Semitic girl said. “But I only follow two people. My sister and Nick Jonas.” “That’s definitely our cue,” I said. Lake Tahoe was also in a dry spell. They hadn’t gotten snow for a few weeks, and so we were skiing over bushes, rocks and a thin layer of manmade snow. We tried just about every mountain in Tahoe, trying to decide which was the least s--tty. “Which mountain’s the least s--tty?” my dad asked the kid next to us on the chairlift. “This is my favorite,” he said, “Diamond Peak.” “You like it better than Heavenly?” The kid stared ahead. “Better than Squaw? Northstar?” “I don’t know,” said the kid. “Where else have you skied?” “Just here.” My brother and I looked at each other, unsure of how my Dad would react. It could have been in a number of ways. He asked the kid to turn around for a second, and I thought he might push him off the lift. The kid looked back, and then faced forward, turned to my Dad and shrugged. My dad looked back at him. “Beautiful lake, isn’t it?”
— Contact Tony Walner at email@example.com
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vs. Georgia Tech 11 a.m. WoodPEC Niswonger Invitational All Day Johnson City, Tenn.
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Ludewig: Education Should Not Be Forced Upon Athletes Continued from the Back Page is great, but it is only great for those who actually want to pursue higher education. Higher education is something that should be available to everyone who wants to pursue it, but not everyone is necessarily cut out for it. This is not to say these young men are not smart enough. They are often plenty smart. There are just hundreds of other paths which interest them more, whether it be a trade school or maybe entrepreneurship. Just think about your own experience at Emory. Having to take a GER that you hate sucks. For me, this is science with lab. I put off this requirement until second semester of senior year and now that I am enrolled in BIOL 120, I am in my own personal hell. There is nothing that can get me motivated to pay attention in that class. Every student here has experienced or will experience this in some way, shape or form. Now, imagine that every single class you are enrolled in feels like this. Take Davante Bourque. Bourque was rated by Rivals.com as one of the top 200 high school football players in 2011. He committed to the University of Tennessee hoping to play early and eventually make the NFL, but before the season had even
started he left the team. College was not for him. Ohio State footballer Cardale Jones brought some clarity to the issue in a now infamous tweet which read, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.” Jones was almost unanimously criticized for the tweet. Many saw him as ungrateful for not wanting to take advantage of his scholarship to educate himself, but Jones’ tweet sheds light on a real issue. There needs to be a legitimate channel made available for athletes like Jones and Bourque to at least try out for the NFL, without having higher education rammed down their throats. How can the NFL fix this problem? I am not going to pretend to have an exact answer for this. Maybe a modified, minor league system would work, or an NFL-sponsored amateur league in the United States. What’s clear is that this is a discussion that needs to be had. The NFL needs to invest into answering these questions and fixing this problem. Professional quality athletes should not be out of football because they cannot cut it in the classrooms of higher education. — Contact Nathaniel Ludewig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not everyone is necessarily cut out for higher education.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Advancing teams in caps
Colombia are a well balanced team with goals coming from AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and James Rodríguez, and should advance. Greece, Japan, and the Ivory Coast all have their strengths, but the legendary 35 year-old Captain of the Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba, in what will likely be his final World Cup, will provide the difference for “The Elephants,” and lead them to the knockout stages. Group D: URUGUAY, Costa Rica, England, ITALY
Host Brazil won the Confederations Cup last summer and is in fine form as the tournament approaches. Coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari, who managed Brazil when they last won the World Cup in 2002, the expectation for the hosts is a Championship, and anything short of a victory in the Final will be a massive disappointment to the fanatical fans of Brazil. Croatia is a team shrouded in controversy as a result of defender Josip Simunić, who was suspended for ten games after he “displayed discriminatory behavior in interaction with the Croatian supporters” after a match on Nov. 19, according to FIFA. The Croatian team is lead by players such as Luka Modrić, Mario Mandžukić and Ivan Rakitić.
Group D ended up being the fateful group with two teams from Pot 4, as traditional European powers England and Italy will compete with a Uruguayan team lead by prolific strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Italy is an incredibly talented team led by midfielder Andrea Pirlo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. England face an uphill battle as its country’s sky-high expectations are not realistic given the current talent level of the squad. Costa Rica finished second in the CONCACAF qualifying behind only the United States, yet will likely be outclassed by the other teams in this highly competitive group.
Group B: SPAIN, CHILE, Australia, Netherlands
Group E: Switzerland, ECUADOR, Honduras, FRANCE
With respect to what the Australian team has accomplished to qualify, this group is all about the other three teams, all of which must believe themselves to be deserving of a place in the knockout round. Spain, winners of the last World Cup and the last two European Cups, showed their first sign of vulnerability last summer in the Confederations Cup, losing 3-0 to Brazil in the Final. The Netherlands were undefeated in qualifying, winning nine of their 10 games with one draw. Chile also have many reasons to be confident, two being their comprehensive 2-0 victory in a friendly against England in November, as well as the continued goal-scoring of forward Alexis Sánchez for F.C. Barcelona. Spain should win this group, and Chile, lead by Sánchez and the defensive guile of converted midfielder Gary Medel, may end up surprising the Dutch.
France, coming off of a highly disappointing qualifying campaign, is lucky to be in a group that should see them advance to the knockout stages. The team is led by winger Franck Ribéry, who recently finished third in the voting for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, the award given to the most outstanding player of a calendar year. France, in spite of their tendency to be inconsistent, should progress because of the quality of their players. Switzerland won their qualifying group, but faced relatively weak opposition. Honduras could challenge for advancement, boasting a strong midfield spearheaded by Wilson Palacios and Roger Espinoza, who play in England for Stoke City and Wigan, respectively, but are likely too thin in other areas to see that challenge through. The other qualifier from Group E will likely be Ecuador, who will be inspired to play for a fallen teammate, Christian Benitez, who passed away in July.
Group C: COLOMBIA, IVORY COAST, Japan, Greece Group C is filled with four capable teams which all have a chance to make it to the next round. Colombia are currently forth in the FIFA rankings, mostly as a result of their second place finish in South American qualifying, behind only Argentina.
Group F: ARGENTINA, Nigeria, Iran, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Argentina, who field a star-studded lineup highlighted by the world’s best player (in this writer’s opinion), Lionel Messi, have been playing fan-
tastically, finishing first in qualifying in South America, and should win this Group relatively easily. The real question, however, is which team will accompany them to the next round. Iran, led by Carlos Queiroz, former manager of the Portuguese National Team, do not have the star power to emerge from a competitive group. Nigeria, winners of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, are lead by Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, and have a chance to sneak into the second spot in this group, as this is a team with experience performing in major tournaments. The World Cup in Brazil is the first major tournament that Bosnia and Herzegovina has ever qualified for. This team dominated qualifying, winning eight of their ten games. Led by Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina have the look of a team ready to seize their opportunity. Group G: GERMANY, Ghana, United States, PORTUGAL The United States are playing some of the best soccer in their history, but Jürgen Klinsmann’s side has been drawn in a potential “Group of Death,” as Ghana, the least intimidating of the three opponents, has knocked the US out of the last two World Cups. Germany are one of the world’s best teams, proved by the inclusion of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Phillipp Lahm in the recently announced FIFA World XI for 2013. Portugal are led by star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who just won the FIFA Ballon d’Or, given to the best player of 2013, scoring 69 goals in just 59 games. Both Germany and Portugal will be seen to the knockout stages by their World Class stars. Group H: BELGIUM, Algeria, South Korea, RUSSIA A relatively straightforward group should see European powers Belgium and Russia move on to the tournament stages. Belgium have a highly talented and young team that lacks experience in major competitions, but will have high hopes in Brazil because of players like Eden Hazard, a winger who has been in blistering form for Chelsea Football Club in the Barclays Premier League. Russia are coached by former England manager Fabio Capello, and will attempt to ride a solid defense far into the tournament. Behind Bayer Leverkusen striker Son Heung-Min, South Korea look to be the team likely to keep the European duo from advancing. — Contact Oliver Rockman at email@example.com
On Fire Come on, Meredith Honeycutt. Keep your head in the game. 1. Guess Who’s Back Ladies and gentlemen, we’re back. Technically speaking, we never actually left. On Fire has been published twice a week on the far right columns of the inside back page of The Emory Wheel since time immemorial, and nothing about this changed last semester. Except our loyal readers undoubtedly noticed something strange last semester. Namely, that On Fire just was not as good as it used to be. ‘Where did the deep wisdom, the dry wit and the keen insight that make On Fire so special go?’ our readers must have asked themselves. The answer is quite simple: it went to Vienna. Your adventurous On Fire correspondent spent last semester in Vienna (a city located in Austria, not Venice as some of our more geographically-challenged readers may be thinking — and there are no kangaroos in Austria, as those same readers are probably also thinking). There are stories he (or she) could tell. Stories about how he (or she) stared down a demonic bunny in the Scottish highlands, loved and lost in Amsterdam (and yes, it is better than never having loved at all), entered an eating contest in London or made a girl cry at a club that sells 50 cent cocktails, just to name a few. But your ne’er-do-well On Fire correspondent was once reprimanded by a former editor-in-chief because his articles consisted too much of descriptions of his day and shout-outs to his friends, so none of these stories will be told here. But before moving on to the important and weighty issues of the day, please allow us to take this moment to formally apologize for the poor quality of the writing published in this space in the previous semester and to assure our loyal readers that the wisdom, wit and insight that they grew used to over the previous two years (minus January and February of 2013, during which your dutiful On Fire correspondent was AWOL from the Wheel) will never again be missing from this column. At least for the rest of this semester, that is. Oh, and we would be negligent not to mention that there were several excellent On Fires written last semester. But our loyal readers surely noticed that there was one fact that all these columns had in common — they were all about how much everyone at On Fire missed Bennett, a man better known at the Wheel as the Sports Genie who was studying abroad last semester in a central European country known for its striking lack of kangaroos. It is still not entirely clear what connection Bennett has had, or currently has or will have for the rest of this semester with the Wheel, but your admiring On Fire correspondent is glad that this Bennett was able to provide inspiration to the Wheel in his absence and hopes that he has an excellent semester. 2. Football
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On the left, the San Francisco 49ers huddle during a game against the Green Bay Packers. On the right, the Denver Broncos prepare to snap the ball against the Seattle Seahawks. Both the 49ers and Broncos will be playing this weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Troyetsky: Expect 49ers and Broncos to Advance, Square Off in Super Bowl Continued from the Back Page offense in the process. Though the 49ers’ offense isn’t as impressive as a powerhouse like the Saints’ offense, this doesn’t mean that the Niners can’t put up points. In fact, I think the winner of this game will be whichever team has the better offense. Defensively, these two teams are two of the best in the league and it’s likely that not a lot of points will be put up on the board this weekend. As the 49ers’ offense has been in better form recently, I believe that the 49ers will go into Seattle and knock
off the favored Seahawks in a tightly contested game that will come down to the wire. Shifting to Denver, the BradyManning saga continues. In the 14 games that the two have played against each other over the course of their careers, Brady has won 10 of the 14 games. Despite being without superstars Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Vince Wilfork, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez amongst others, the Patriots have still managed to make it to the Conference title game once again. The Pats’ defense made a huge statement to
the league last weekend, proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with. The experienced Tom Brady had a relatively quiet game last weekend as he took a step back and let the Patriots’ rushing attack dominate the game. Though they’re underdogs this week in Denver, expect the Patriots to put up an extremely competitive fight. The Broncos have had an extraordinary season behind the god-like ability of Peyton Manning. Playoffs have always been a big red flag for Peyton, as he’s had his fair share of struggles. Though he can be considered one of the best quarterbacks
to ever play the game, he’s only won one Super Bowl. Last weekend Manning completed 25 of 36 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Chargers’ defense wasn’t considered to be a stellar one, although they did put up a good fight against Manning. In Week 12, these two teams faced off in New England in a game that was decided by a Stephen Gostkowski field goal in overtime. Certainly it’s tough to say which team was better after a 34-31 showdown, but the game did shed light onto each team’s strengths and weaknesses.
Essentially, I believe that as long as the Broncos’ defense shows up to play, it’ll be tough for LeGarette Blount and Stevan Ridley to run the ball. If the Broncos’ defense can force Brady to throw an upwards of 50 passes, they’ll give their team the best possible chance to win the game. Peyton’s too determined and too pissed off to let Tom Brady beat him twice in one season. Look for the Broncos to take home the AFC title and advance to the Super Bowl to take on the 49ers. — Contact Adam Troyetsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
We at On Fire have only two core beliefs: to never write about anything important, relevant or topical and to always condemn moral corruption in the sporting world. In the spirit of the first belief, this section is not about football, as in the NFL divisional playoffs that are coming up this weekend. Rather, it is about futbol, the sport which 99 percent of the world loves and we at On Fire are ambivalent at best about. In the spirit of the second, the purpose of this section is to express our disapproval of a recent photograph taken of Ronaldinho, the Brazilian soccer star. In the picture, Ronaldinho stands shirtless in a swimming pool while striking a pose reminiscent of the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands outside of Rio de Janeiro (a city in Brazil, for our geographicallychallenged readers). So far, so good. Although we at On Fire are not certain if Ronaldinho intended this pose to signify his devotion to and love for Christ, or if he was actually claiming to be the Messiah, we have no problem with either of these interpretations. However, in front of him things begin to get dicey. Five ladies are kneeling in front of him, wearing thongs and sticking their rear-ends in the air. Okay, so your virtuous On Fire correspondent has been racking his (or her) brain for several minutes trying to come up with the right words to condemn this behavior, and he (or she) has failed utterly. This picture is really cool. Good for Ronaldinho.
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Friday, January 17, 2014 Sports Editors: Bennett Ostdiek (email@example.com) and Ryan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Back at It Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team notched three wins over break, improving their record to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Eagles cruised past Piedmont College 83-65 on Jan. 3, pulling away earlier behind a combined 40 points from seniors McPherson Moore and Jake Davis. Davis contributed 26 on Jan. 6 in the Eagles’ 76-61 win over Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.). The Eagles trailed by one at the half before pulling away from BSC. The Eagles earned another double-digit victory in their UAA opener against the University of Rochester (N.Y.), prevailing 77-54 on the strength of Moore’s 21 points. Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team stayed undefeated on the season with five wins over winter break. The Eagles now stand at 12-0 on the season and 1-0 in UAA play. The Eagles began with an 83-43 thrashing of Bridgewater College (Va.) in the St. Petersburg Classic before claiming the tournament title with a 66-42 win over Randolph College (Va.). Piedmont College gave the Eagles their closest game of the season on New Year’s Eve, but Emory prevailed 73-70. They followed the win with a 72-67 win over Johns Hopkins University (Md.) on Jan. 4, and a statement win in their UAA opener vs. the University of Rochester, 74-43.
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The men’s basketball team huddles up before a game. The Eagles won three games over winter break and will host two University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents this weekend, Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio).
Men’s Basketball Returns to Action With Pair of UAA Games By Ethan Morris Staff Writer
Swimming & Diving The men and women’s swimming and diving teams competed on Jan. 10 at Division II Florida Southern College, The women’s team had an impressive performance, topping FSC 195-67. The men, meanwhile, fell by a score of 165-97. Sophomore Andrew Wilson led the men with victories in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke. Junior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg won the 200-yard butterfly, 500yard freestyle and 1000-yard freestyle for the women. The women’s team is 3-2 on the season, while the men’s team is now 2-3.
The men’s basketball team, which holds a record of 9-3, finishes up a five-game homestand this upcoming weekend as they match up with two tough University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents: Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio). While the rest of the student body was at home on break, the Eagles were busy taking care of business at Emory, winning three games. On Jan. 3, the Eagles rode the 40-point combination of seniors Jake Davis and McPherson Moore to an 83-65 win over the Piedmont College Lions. On Jan. 6, Davis’ 28 point, 8 rebound night led the team to a
76-61 victory over the BirminghamSouthern College (Ala.) Panthers. On Jan. 11, Head Coach Jason Zimmerman won his 100th game as the head coach of the Eagles as the team opened up UAA Conference play against the University of Rochester (NY) Yellowjackets. Emory once again won by double digits, using a balanced scoring effort with five players in double figures. Zimmerman is only four wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in program history, an impressive accomplishment in seven years. On Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m., the Eagles will host the 7-5 Carnegie Mellon Tartans, who are 0-1 in UAA play after losing to Case Western last weekend. Led by coach Tony
Wingen, who has a record of 263324, the Tartans are 5-1 at home and 2-4 on the road. In the alltime series between the Eagles and Tartans, Emory holds a 30-21 edge, while going 21-4 during home games against Carnegie Mellon. On Sunday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m., Emory will host the 9-3 Case Western Reserve Spartans, who are 1-0 in UAA play. Case Western is off to their best start in eight years. The Spartans are 6-1 at home and 2-2 on the road. Emory holds a 23-19 edge in the all-time series between the Eagles and Spartans, with the Eagles winning six straight matchups. Coach Zimmerman alluded to the strength of the UAA, saying, “This conference is now one of the best in
the country. All of the teams are at or above .500 on the year. Winning conference games is going to be really tough because each game is brutal to win.” The Eagles have been hot as of late—they have won eight of their last nine games, and haven’t lost since the end of November aside from a close overtime affair with Oglethorpe University. Opponents face a tough task beating the Eagles at home, as Emory is 39-4 in their last 43 games at the Woodruff P.E. Center. Regarding the tough UAA matchups that are upcoming, Moore, the team’s second-leading scorer at 16.2 points per game, wrote in an email to the Wheel: “Every game in the UAA is a battle. There are no opponents you can overlook and the top teams in
the conference are among some of the best in the nation. Every team can get beat, which speaks to the highly competitive nature of our conference.” Both Moore and Zimmerman praised the team’s efforts so far this season, but said that there is still room for improvement. Moore wrote: “I think that we have a lot of room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball and we are improving our defensive skills everyday in practice.” Zimmerman, meanwhile, urged his squad to stay focused on each individual game. “You can’t win a national championship in one day, but you can lose it,” he said. — Contact Ethan Morris at email@example.com
The Football Championship Weekend Preview System Is Broken Nathaniel Ludewig Somehow college football season is officially over and just like that the BCS era has come to an end. Now football fans can turn their full, undivided attention to the NFL playoffs, which has been one of the best in recent memory. One of the things we all love about watching the NFL is the opportunity to see the absolute, undisputed best football players in the world competing on the world’s biggest stage. But as exciting as this year’s season and playoffs have been, I can no longer say with any confidence that the players out on the field are truly the best football players in the world. This is not to say that the best athletes are being attracted to other sports. An argument to this effect would be purely speculative and is not one I am qualified to make. Rather, the entire American football system (from high school to the pros) is broken. Let me explain.
Every major sports league in the United States, except for the NFL, allows athletes to be drafted through non-collegiate channels. In both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League players can be drafted directly out of high school. The National Basketball Association (NBA) drafts players from abroad as well as NCAA athletes. This enables athletes who either cannot qualify academically to play in the NCAA or are uninterested in playing NCAA basketball to play overseas for a year and then enter the NBA draft. The NFL has nothing like this. The amount of players in the NFL who did not attend college is statistically insignificant. And when I say “attending college” here it is not with the same asterisk that belongs with one-and-done basketball players. Before an athlete can declare for the NFL draft he must have spent at least three seasons in a college program. It is hard for a lot of people to see this as a problem. If anything, it is seen as a positive thing. The American football system creates opportunities for thousands of young men who would not have otherwise pursued higher education to study for free at top-level universities. This
See LUDEWIG, Page 11
Adam Troyetsky If you haven’t been watching playoff football thus far, you must live under a rock. All jokes aside, if you’ve missed any of the NFL playoffs this year, you’ve missed a series of incredible performances by a multitude of players. To give a quick recap, the Colts fell to the Patriots last weekend as the Patriots’ defense stepped up and intercepted Andrew Luck four times. In the middle of a torrential rainstorm in Seattle, the Seahawks defeated the Saints by eight on the back of Marshawn Lynch’s 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The heavily favored Broncos also advanced to the Conference title game after knocking off the Chargers 24-17 as Peyton Manning received some help from Knowshon Moreno and Monte Ball, who combined for 134 rushing yards. In his first playoff game, Cam Newton proved that inexperience is costly. The 49ers knocked off Newton and the Panthers 23-10 as Collin Kaepernick threw for 200 yards and a touchdown. This weekend’s matchups can be
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning drops back to throw a pass. Manning will lead the Broncos against the New England Patriots this weekend. described as somewhat predictable. The Seahawks and the 49ers, since the beginning of the season, have been the two favored teams in the NFC. The two have clashed many times in the past few seasons, with the winner usually being the home team. In this season’s matchup, the 49ers beat the Seahawks 19-17 when the
game was played in San Francisco. Earlier in the year however, the Seahawks proved their dominance at home, demolishing the 49ers 29-3. As many fans and sportscasters have been noting, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have struggled as of late. Despite their strong earlyseason play which included blowing
out teams at home, they lost their home-field invincibility when they lost to the Cardinals 17-10 in Week 16. Even looking back to last week’s matchup against the Saints—though the Seahawks came away with the win—they let up over 400 yards of
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