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Probe Into Migos Incident Sent to Feds


Report Identifies Faculty Inequities

By RichaRd cheSS News Editor

By Nicole Sadek Copy Chief

The Emory Police Department (EPD) criminal investigation into the Dooley’s Week 2017 concert booking scam has been turned over to federal investigators, according to EPD Sgt. Alex Mawson. The Wheel reported July 2017 that students had lost $37,500 to a fraud-

A University committee has identified gender inequities in faculty salaries, “significantly” low levels of faculty diversity and low faculty pay compared to peer institutions. In 2013, then-Provost Claire E. Sterk charged the Class and Labor 2 Committee to examine the impact

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Bon Appetit Workers Seek Union RACE Director Stresses By ValeRie SaNdoVal Staff Writer

Some Bon Appetit employees at Emory are attempting to unionize in an effort to better negotiate wages, benefits, vacation time and working hours. The vote to form a union was scheduled to take place Jan. 26 but was postponed until Feb. 2 due to the federal government shutdown. Emory Unite, a Laney Graduate School (LGS) student advocacy group, has been working to support the workers’ efforts to unionize. The group also worked with SEIU at the start of the 2016-17 academic year to organize a local SEIU chapter that would represent LGS students. The employees are working with Workers United/Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in their attempts to unionize. “We fully support their campaign, all workers on campus benefit when any of us unionize, and we feel Bon Appetit has been unfair in refusing to recog-

nize that a majority of workers have already expressed their desire for a union,” Emory Unite Communications Chair Jonathan Basile (24G) said. Bon Appetit Director of Communications Bonnie Powell wrote in a Jan. 23 email to the Wheel that the company respects its employees’ right to choose representation and will honor all applicable labor laws governing a union vote. Former chef William Bradley was quoted on a flyer published and distributed that alleged Bon Appetit has not been honoring workers’ experience and time on the job. In an interview with the Wheel, Bradley said that in his 18 years at Emory, his wage has increased minimally, having started at $10.10 per hour and currently sitting at $14.48 per hour. When Bon Appetit replaced Sodexo, Bradley had been making $13.98, meaning his wage has increased by 50 cents an hour since 2015. Bradley told the Wheel that he had stopped working as a chef one year ago


SGA Bill Proposes Election Code Changes By Belicia RodRiguez Staff Writer The 51st legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) heard a proposal Monday evening to change the Code of Elections to prevent SGA presidential and vice presidential candidates from running on joint tickets and approved a bill to fund an Oxford early graduates reception. SGA is scheduled to vote on the bill to alter the Election Code at its next legislative session Feb. 5. The legislature passed the bill to fund the reception with nine votes and one

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abstention. Speaker of the Legislature and Senior Representative William Palmer (18C) proposed Bill 51sl40, which would undo the changes made to the Election Code by the 49th SGA legislature. The 49th SGA legislature amended the Election Code to allow candidates for SGA president and vice president to run on a joint ticket, but the code does not specify whether candidates for those positions are required to have running mates, according to Bill 51sl40. Palmer noted that in the Wheel’s

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because he had a seizure and now does non-cooking duties in the DUC-ling. Powell wrote in a Jan. 30 email to the Wheel that Bon Appetit’s minimum rate of pay has increased from $11.88 in 2015, to $12.08 in 2016, to $12.50 in 2017. Employees also receive paid holidays, a free MARTA or parking pass and free staff meals, according to Powell. Additionally, all full-time hourly employees received an additional 16 vacation hours December 2017 in addition to what they accrue annually based on their hours worked and years of service, Powell wrote. “We value all Bon Appetit associates working at Emory University, at every level, and are proud to be a place where our employees can both share and learn valuable skills as part of a team that cooks food from scratch,” Powell wrote. Clara Reid-Buchanan, who works in Cox Hall, was also quoted on the flyer

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Community Service

By Belicia RodRiguez Staff Writer Newly appointed Director of the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) Jade M. Turner hopes to increase her understanding of race relations on Emory’s campus and host a racial justice seminar that encourages community work. Jade M. turner, Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) Director CourtEsy of JadE turnEr

Turner, who identifies as a “black feminist,” will head up the Campus Life office that was created last fall. She hopes that the office will be a place

where students of all backgrounds come to understand their identities and their power to make the Emory community a “racially just” place. “Whether you are coming from a background that is marginalized or you’re coming from a background that is extremely privileged, everybody has a race,” Turner said. “The office of RACE serves to help folks explore that in a deeper, more intentional and critical way so that we can all aim towards a common goal and shared purpose in making sure that Emory, among other things, is racially just.” Before Turner came to Emory, she served as the associate director of the Cross-Cultural Center at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), which is also where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society. After she earned an M.S. in

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Continued from Page 1 distributed by Emory Unite. “I was so upset when I found out that Bon Appetit didn’t keep their word!” Reid-Buchanan’s quote reads on the flyer. “I had a stroke before Bon Appetit took over. I need my sick time to properly take care of myself!” Powell wrote in a Jan. 25 email to the Wheel that Bon Appetit switched employees from the vacation and sick policies of Emory’s former food service provider, Sodexo, to their own. Bon Appetit will, however, maintain employee statuses by including years of service with Sodexo, Powell wrote. Bon Appetit posted flyers across campus detailing some of the changes they have made since taking over. The flyer, brandished with the slogan “You’ve Spoken, We’ve Listened,” states that that there will now be new policies such as employee engagement surveys, focus group meetings with the resident district manager, a shoutout program and additional options for uniforms. Additionally, Bon Appetit made 13 internal promotions in 2017 at Emory, including 12 associates promoted to managers or supervisors, according to the flyer. Bradley told the Wheel that he believes that forming a union will allow the employees to negotiate a contract with the management to establish more fair wages, benefits, vacation times and work hours. Bradley said he ultimately wants the workers to be respected and to find common ground between the workers and management. “If it takes getting a union to get recognized then that’s what we’ll have to do,” Bradley said. “Right now there is an imbalance of power. A contract will level the playing field because workers will get to have a say in these things, and who better to give input than the workers who do the job everyday.” Because this is a labor issue between Bon Appetit and its employees, Emory is not directly involved in union discussions. Emory’s Associate Vice President for Media Relations Nancy Seideman wrote in a Jan. 22 email that Emory supports a fair and positive work environment for its employees and expects its vendors to do the same. “Emory respects the rights of employees and employers, and the rules governing those rights, as set

forth in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA),” Seideman wrote. “This includes the right of employees to support union representation, as well as their right to refuse to support union representation.” Volunteers stood outside Cox Hall and the DUC-ling throughout the week leading up to the vote to pass out flyers and try to rally the support of students. A group of about 10 SEIU organizers and Emory student volunteers, composed mainly of graduate students, spoke with Emory community members inside Cox Hall to support the efforts of Emory food service employees to form a union. The volunteers walked into Cox Hall around noon and dispersed themselves throughout the building. They chanted, “What do we want? Unions! When do we want them? Now!” as they passed out flyers and explained the situation to bystanders. The flyers included stories of workers at other local colleges and universities, such as Spelman College (Ga.) and Clark Atlanta University (Ga.), who are also represented by Workers United/SEIU. Some of the volunteers later passed out flyers and spoke with students outside the DUC-ling. Daniel Uribe (19C) said he didn’t know that the food service workers were trying to unionize until the volunteers spread their message in Cox Hall. “It makes sense, I mean, you want security with your work wherever you’re working, and if [the food service employees] were here with the previous management, they’ve been here for a while,” Uribe said. “From the perspective of Bon Appetit they see these people as new workers, but I think [the food service employees] should still be respected.” Angela Jiang (19C) said she had heard talk of issues regarding the hours of the employees before the demonstration. “I think the flyers could have done a better job at explaining what’s going on here in the context of the food service workers to begin with, rather than what is a union,” Jiang said. “It would help to explain the situation first of what’s going on here, since not every student is aware of that and then bring up how unions can help.”

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of social class among Emory faculty; Emory’s weaknesses as an employer; faculty recruitment; and the role of non-tenure track (NTT) faculty, according to Co-Chair of the Report Committee and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Nadine Kaslow. The charge followed the Class and Labor 1 Committee’s 2013 report on the impact of social class on nonacademic staff. The committee, which is composed of 22 professors and administrators total from various divisions of the University, compiled a report of analyses and recommendations. The committee made a total of 43 recommendations across eight categories, including community and culture; diversity, inclusivity and equity; workplace expectations; recruitment and retention; and NTT faculty. The executive summary states that salary and recruitment data mostly pertain to tenure-track faculty due to a lack of NTT faculty data. The summary does not elaborate on the lack of data. The Office of the Provost and Steering Committee denied the Wheel’s request for the full report. Chair of the Steering Committee and Professor of Nursing Deborah Bruner wrote in a Jan. 8 email to the Wheel that the full report is not yet publicly available because the Class and Labor 2 Committee will likely collect additional data before beginning the implementation process for certain recommendations. =The Office of the Provost confirmed that only the executive summary is available at the moment. The Class and Labor 1 Committee’s report was released in full January 2013. geNdeR aNd diVeRSity

According to the executive summary, female faculty members at Emory occupy disproportionately fewer leadership roles and tenured positions than men and experience gender inequities in salary and perceived levels of “voice safety.” “Women are socially punished more than men for asserting themselves, taking leadership positions and commanding … respect,” Goizueta Business School Assistant Professor of Organization and Management Erika Hall wrote in a Jan. 17 email to the Wheel. Hall, who researches the impact of race and gender on workplace interactions, explained, “This social punishment can come in the form of poor teaching ratings or lower appraisals for compensation recommendations.” To combat disproportionate differences in salary, the committee recommended that the University create “salary equity committees” and “conduct regular salary appointment studies.” As of Fall 2017, those recommendations were under review by the Steering Committee, a group of faculty members and administrators tasked with assessing the recommendations and implementing changes. The Report Committee also stated that deans should be held responsible for increasing faculty diversity in all tracks. “Faculty diversity in terms of race/ ethnicity is low in all schools/colleges and is increasing at unacceptably low

rates especially given the changes in the student body,” the executive summary reads. “We consider it highly likely that implicit bias is an important factor in the failure to recruit a more diverse faculty.” To address biases and inequities in voice efficacy, the committee recommended that Emory require implicit bias training for senior administrators. Unconscious bias training works to decrease the effect of implicit associations on decision making, according to the Office of Equity and Inclusion website. As of January 2018, unconscious bias training is recommended but not required for Admission Committee members, who run student admissions; Administrative Units; and faculty search and appointment committees, according to Office of Equity and Inclusion Program Director Lynn Magee, a member of the Report Committee. “Emory, I do believe, prioritizes things like diversity and inclusion, but I think we could still make progress in feeling that inclusivity and diversity and equity are values and prioritize [them] even more,” Kaslow said. Ntt faculty aNd compeNSatioN In a 2016 Faculty Council meeting, Co-Chair of the Report Committee and Professor of Biology Gray Crouse explained that Emory and universities nationwide are beginning to hire a larger percentage of NTT faculty than tenure-track faculty and emphasized the need to pay NTT faculty more competitive salaries “that reflect their education and abilities,” according to the minutes from the October 2016 meeting.

“Women are socially punished more than men for asserting themselves, taking leadership positions and commanding ... respect.” — Erika Hall, Goizueta Business School Assistant Professor of Organization and Management President of Emory’s chapter of the American Association of University Presidents (AAUP) Noelle McAfee, a philosophy professor and director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, said poor job security for NTT faculty is one of the most significant issues faculty members face. “The fundamental problem is related to the lack of job security for contract labor on campus [and] inadequate pay,” McAfee said. “They’re paid a fraction of what other faculty members are paid and they work really hard. They teach more, they do more advising … so there’s a whole kind of class system.” McAfee referenced Emory’s “Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships,” also known as “The Gray Book,” which states, “faculty members should have security adequate for freedom to teach and to seek truth. This includes security of position after a reasonable period of probation, income commensurate with professional attainments, and assurance of explicit contract.” Currently, “The Gray Book” states

that contract renewal guidelines are determined by Emory’s individual schools and colleges. “So far, the recommendations do not address the fundamental problem,” McAfee said, noting that Emory should develop more explicit contract renewal criteria for NTT faculty. “There could be legitimate reasons to have different classes of faculty, but it should be just and fair and transparent. There should be transparent policies so you know what you need to do to get your contract renewed.” The report summary also states that faculty compensation at Emory is lower than compensation at peer institutions, even after adjusting for the cost of living. “Despite Emory’s emphasis on recruiting and retaining excellent faculty, faculty salaries that can be compared are lower than in our peer institutions and have lost ground in the last decade,” the committee wrote in the summary. “This represents a severe barrier to attracting and retaining the best faculty.” the data The Report Committee worked with Emory’s Office of Institutional Research to collect quantitative data like salary information, according to Kaslow. The Report Committee also conducted faculty surveys regarding perceptions of their employment, ran a series of focus groups and developed benchmark studies with other institutions, Kaslow said. The report’s recommendations were based on those data. “[The report] was finalized in 2016 … it’s only now with the new provost that we’re sort of moving forward with it,” Kaslow said of the Phase 2 report. Bruner told the Wheel in a Jan. 29 email that the data is a few years old and that some of the recommendations “may have already been partially implemented. … Each working group is free to make focused requests for data/ information only as it is required to develop a fully informed action plan.” McAfee expressed her frustration that the full report has not been released. “What exactly is it that they’re still collecting?” McAfee said. “Why should we believe that?” Chief of Staff and Associate Vice Provost Jennifer Hobbs wrote in a Jan. 22 email to the Wheel on behalf of Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dwight McBride, “Periodic updates on the committee’s progress will be made available to the community through the Office of the Provost website.” The Class and Labor 2 Committee extended the research of the Class and Labor 1 Committee, which former Provost Earl Lewis and former Executive Vice President for Business and Administration Mike Mandl commissioned in 2010 as a response to student movements against employment practices at Sodexo, Emory’s former food service contractor. The France-based company, which has been criticized by nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch for violating American employees’ right to organize, prompted Emory administration to examine specific labor segments within the University.

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Bill Would End Joint Ticketing to Spur Candidate Interest Feds Better Equipped to Handle Case

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coverage of the amendment change, there was a lot of reported confusion among legislators on whether candidates were required to have running mates in order to run, if voting would happen on the joint ticket or on individual candidate tickets and if candidates were only allowed to campaign together. Palmer believes that the amendment change focused on allowing candidates to run together, but the change created confusion about whether candidates would be voted into office together. “They didn’t want a situation in which a president and a vice president of SGA have differing goals and opinions,” Palmer said. “This was fully implemented in the most recent election. … The Elections Board did the best they could at first with sort of like a dual voting system where you first voted on joint-ticket candidacy and then individually. It wasn’t clear which one was the binding vote.” SGA Vice President Natasha Armstrong (18B), who was SGA President Gurbani Singh’s (18B) official running mate last year, agreed with removing the joint ticket but supported joint candidacy and campaigning. “When Gurbani and I decided that we were running together, we held very similar goals and initiatives and a vision overall for what we viewed SGA, how we wanted it to look,” Armstrong said. “Logistics wise, that was very difficult for the Elections Board to have the joint ballot, just because of the way

OrgSync and other things work, so I definitely agree with Will there that a joint ballot would make things difficult, but I think joint candidacy and joint campaigning — [I’m] definitely for that.” Despite the potential benefits voiced by Armstrong, Palmer said that he still didn’t support joint candidacy because potential candidates may not run if they lack a running mate. “I don’t see a way to implement a joint ticket or joint candidacy without alienating somebody who runs without somebody at their side,” Palmer said. “In general, as far as SGA elections go, I liked when people were able to enter the race as themselves not competing against both people running for these two different positions.” Palmer is also against candidates endorsing other candidates, which he had at first allowed in the first draft of the bill but later removed. Palmer said that candidates making endorsements could create tension. For example, if a presidential candidate endorsed a candidate for vice president but the other candidate for vice president won, the president and the vice president’s relationship could be antagonistic. Oxford Continuee Representative Muhammad Naveed (17Ox, 19C) agreed with Palmer’s opposition to endorsements because he does not want any tension between representatives after the elections. “After elections … we’re still working with each other,” Naveed said. “Personally, I wouldn’t want to have

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Sophomore representive Johnna Gadomski (20c) (R ight) looks on as Freshman representative austin Graham (21c) (left) speaks at SGa’s Jan. 29 meeting. any ill feelings toward anyone else because they endorsed someone.” Naveed proposed Bill 51sl41, which funds $814 to purchase sandwiches, chips and water dispensers for the Oxford Early Graduates Reception, scheduled for Feb. 5 at Cox Hall. The cost of renting out Cox Hall was not included in the fee, and the bill does not indicate how the space will be funded. Eighty people are expected to attend the event, according to the bill. Naveed said he has not officially publicized the event, but he is confident that there will be enough time to advertise. Vice President of Communications Konya Badsa (15Ox, 18C) said Oxford early graduates are aware that a reception is

being organized. “We both have started a Facebook group for early graduate students, so we’ve been publicizing tips and random things that the students should be doing when they got on campus,” Badsa said. “We gave them a heads up that there’s going to be a reception, and they’ve been pretty positive about it.” The bill passed with nine votes, and Naveed abstained from voting because he authored the bill. Naveed previously told the Wheel that whenever he proposes a bill, he abstains from voting in order to minimally influence the vote.

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Bird Temporarily Halts DUC-ling Operations By alex klugeRmaN News Editor Something was afoul in the DUCling Thursday afternoon — a rogue bird had entered the dining facility, forcing Emory Dining to halt DUCling operations for about one hour. Emory Dining offered $10 meal vouchers in exchange for a meal swipe to students who had attempted to eat at the DUC-ling while it was temporarily closed. “We offered a meal voucher for Cox Hall … so that [students] were not inconvenienced,” Director of Campus Dining Chad Sunstein wrote in a Jan. 25 statement to the Wheel. The vouchers are valid at all Cox Hall Food Court locations except the Green Bean by Kaldi’s Coffee and expire Aug. 31, 2018. At least 30 students received

vouchers. An animal catcher from the company Critter Control arrived on the scene with a catch pole at around 2:40 p.m. to attempt to safely remove the animal, but failed to capture it. The small bird eventually exited the building safely and was last seen near the Campus Life Center (CLC) construction site across the street, according to Sunstein. Sunstein said he did not know the number of vouchers that were distributed to students or the species of the bird. Abigail Busis (21C) said she was eating in the DUC-ling when she saw the bird. “I was pretty shocked and I thought it was pretty funny,” Busis said.

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ulent third-party booking agency. After publication of the article, EPD launched a criminal investigation into the incident. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General (ED-OIG) is reviewing the case because the ED-OIG has more resources than EPD, Mawson wrote in a Jan. 30 email to the Wheel. “There have been cases like this on other campuses,” Mawson wrote. “The Department of Education has both the resources and the legal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute these crimes at the federal level.” Global Talent Agency, the fraudulent booking agency, also allegedly swindled Ball State University (BSU) (Ind.) in 2016 out of more than $10,000. Mawson added that “federal funds may have comprised a portion of the money that was stolen in this case” and pointed to ED-OIG’s website, which states that the agency identifies “fraud, waste, abuse and criminal activity involving [Department of Education] funds.” Mawson wrote he did not know when EPD sent the case information to ED-OIG. ED-OIG Public Affairs Liaison Catherine Grant declined to confirm or deny if there is a pending investigation. “[ED-OIG] does not generally confirm nor deny investigative activity, nor do we confirm whether or not we have received an allegation or complaint … to protect and maintain the integrity of any possible OIG effort,” Grant wrote. The Wheel filed a public records request with ED-OIG Jan. 27 for records involving Emory University, but the agency did not respond by press time. The EPD case remains open in case any new information or leads arise, Mawson wrote in a Jan. 22 email to the Wheel. Emory has not reimbursed the student fund for the amount the University sent to Global Talent Agency. Associate Vice President for Community Suzanne Onorato told the Wheel in March 2017 that if the money is recovered it would go back to students.

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Director Hopes to Teach Racial Justice Seminar, Host Meet and Greets at Emory Continued from Page 1 Counseling, she received a masters in counseling and Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Turner worked as the student development coordinator at the Cross-Cultural Center at UCI. Assistant Director of the CrossCultural Center at UCI Daniel K. Park told the Wheel that while Turner was associate director of the CrossCultural Center at UCI, that she was “a fierce student advocate.” “[Turner] will definitely advocate for our most marginalized students to make sure that their voices are heard,” Park said. “One of the things that I really appreciate about her is that it doesn’t matter what space she’s in. She will continue to advocate for them and won’t back down.”

About three weeks into her term at Emory, Turner said she has familiarized herself with Black Students at Emory’s 13 demands, hopes to host meet and greets on the first Friday of every month and aspires to teach a racial justice seminar. Turner intends to be involved in the Emory Commission on Racial and Social Justice, and wants to discuss with students the progress of the 13 demands over the past few years, along with their perspective on why the demands were released. She said that her past work with activism on college campuses showed her that the fight for change can be challenging. During the meet and greets, Turner plans to provide donuts and ask community members about the racial cli-

mate and culture at Emory. “It’s really important for me to listen and to learn the climate, the culture, what the needs are, what students perceptions are and what they’re expectations are of the office because it is so new, and we’re still establishing our identity,” Turner said. Turner hopes to teach a racial justice seminar, the Cooperative Educational Program, that would educate “students on critical race theory, movement building, strategies for advocacy and organizing, exposing them to different theorists and practitioners.” To encourage students to work toward racial justice, the seminar may require a course project in which students would work at a local social justice organization. Turner believes people should work

to better the community because “it’s important not just to think about [race] in terms of the individualistic, because it is a construct that impacts us globally, particularly when we start talking about racism and racial justice and how they are linked to … a number of other different forms of oppression, and -isms, and phobias.” Conversations with people from marginalized groups are important, but speaking with people of privileged backgrounds is also necessary, Turner said. She added that “being non-racist” is insufficient — she believes that people must actively combat racism through their actions. “When you talk about racial justice, it’s not just about having the conversations and having dialogue, it’s about action and driving action, because you

have some students and folks in the community who are like ‘We’re having a lot of conversations. How do we move forward?’ ” Turner said. Executive Director of the Community Edward Willies Lee, III wrote in a Jan. 1 email to Senior Staff of Campus Life that he had confidence in Turner’s ability to lead the Office of RACE. “I marvel at Jade’s capacity and willingness to take advantage of the opportunities to acknowledge and connect with others,” Lee said. “Jade Turner is one of the more thoughtful, compassionate, and driven people I have ever engaged. The Office for RACE could not be in better hands.”

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Faculty Workplace Inequities Deserve Scrutiny, Action If Emory does not address the pay discrepancies and roadblocks facing its faculty, the University will struggle to retain talented professors and academic life will suffer. In October 2013, then-Provost Claire E. Sterk and Executive Vice President for Business Administration Michael Mandl charged the Class and Labor: Faculty Committee with conducting a University-wide review of faculty pay, workplace satisfaction and professional development opportunities, among other factors. Last month, the Office of the Provost released a 12-page executive summary of the committee’s report to the Emory community. The Office of the Provost and Steering Committee denied the Wheel’s request to release the full report, citing possible future data collection. The summary reveals that Emory’s faculty salaries, adjusted for cost of living, are low compared to those of faculty at Emory’s peer institutions, and that female faculty both hold fewer leadership positions and face pay disparities. There are also pay disparities between ethnic/racial minorities and white faculty members. Competitive salaries help the University attract and retain accomplished professors who will guide academic progress for decades to come. If those disparities continue, we risk losing more prominent professors to rival universities who are willing to issue larger checks. Furthermore, the summary reports that Emory has an increased reliance on non-tenure track (NTT) faculty. In addition, the summary includes reports of second-class treatment experienced by NTT faculty compared to tenured faculty. Both issues underscore a multilevel problem. Tenure status provides job protection, which promotes academic freedom in research and publishing and allows faculty to discuss unpopular views in the classroom without fear of dismissal. NTT status deters faculty from remain-

ing at any institution, reducing longterm mentorship opportunities for students and endangering the stability of academic departments and academic progress. According to the summary, both tenured and NTT faculty feel they lack adequate professional resources, including mentorship opportunities and knowledge of expectations and processes required for promotion. If Emory wants to remain a top institution, we should rethink our hiring practices, offer more tenure opportunities with more explicit guidelines and decrease our reliance on NTT faculty. No school can survive without its professors. The backbone of our academic strength is the scholarship and research of our diverse faculty. Students rely on excellent professors to teach them lessons that they will use throughout their lives; our administration must properly support its faculty. We applaud the recommendations made by the Committee which emphasize mentorship for faculty regardless of tenure status, various measures for equalizing opportunities and pay for women and minority faculty and call for a streamlined process for promotion and mentorship. But those recommendations are futile if they are not implemented. We implore the Office of the Provost and the Office of Business and Administration to release the full report to the Emory community, as they did with the 2013 Class and Labor report on non-academic staff. We are often taught by the University to question our environment, to remain perpetually curious. If the University wants to uphold its own standards, it should release the full report so the Emory community can scrutinize how our school treats its own workforce.

The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is composed of Nora Elmubarak, Andrew Kliewer, Madeline Lutwyche, Isabeth Mendoza, Boris Niyonzima, Shreya Pabbaraju, Isaiah Sirois and Mathew Sperling.

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Baseball’s Steroid Era Deserves Recognition ing its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.” To suggest that Like other kids of this generation, the steroid era did not contribute to my first memories of baseball were the historical development of baseball filled with Godzilla-sized players hit- or subsequently influence culture is ting baseballs extraordinary distances an incredibly misguided notion. At a under the influence of some synthetic performance level, records previously deemed unbreakable like the singlePopeye-esque spinach. With necks the size of tree trunks season and all-time home runs records and forearms capable of ripping a were shattered. At a cultural level, phonebook in half, baseball in the early the rampant use of PEDs caused the 2000s was a game that reinforced U.S. Congress to conduct an investithe idea that bigger is better. With gation in 2005 on steroid use within the influx of performance-enhancing the sport, and featured star players drugs (PEDs) into the game, a base- like Sosa and McGwire testified in ball player could no longer be con- the Capitol building. While PED-filled fused with someone having the body baseball may not have been the prettype of a golfer but rather with hav- tiest era in the sport’s history, it captured the attention of ing that of a middle the entire nation. linebacker. The era To suggest that If the Hall of Fame provided the sporting the steroid era serves to police moralworld with recordity, then it failed with shattering perfordid not contribute the very first class ever mances like the widely to the historical inducted in 1936. Babe captivating home run development Ruth played drunk race between Mark and Ty Cobb attacked McGwire and Sammy of baseball or a fan who had no Sosa in 1998, and subsequently hands in the middle Barry Bonds breaking the all-time home influence culture is an of a game, yet those run record nine years incredibly misguided two retired as all-time leaders in home runs later. notion. and hits, respectively. But now, baseball Nonetheless, they is trying to rewrite its history. On Jan. 24, four new members were both inducted into the Hall of were elected to the National Baseball Fame. From the 1960s through the Hall of Fame, a shrine archiving base- early 2000s, amphetamine usage in ball’s past. But sluggers Bonds and the form of “greenies” was widespread Sosa and pitchers Roger Clemens and in the sport and banned at a fedCurt Schilling — a group linked to PED eral level. Even players like the highly usage — did not make the cut despite regarded Hank Aaron admitted to 2018 being their sixth year on the using it. Yet, the outstanding performballot. As opposed to reconciling and ers of the era were inducted without confronting its tainted history, Hall of hesitation. Cobb, Ruth and other star Fame voters appear to be deliberately players who used amphetamines were crucial to the historical development of ignoring the steroid era all together. By no means am I condoning the the sport of baseball and deserve to be use of PEDs. I hated Bonds growing enshrined in baseball archives in spite up and cursed him with the very few of their questionable actions. It’s been 80 years since Ruth and expletives I knew as a child. He was a cheater, a liar, an insert-an-expletive- Cobb were inducted, the push to dishere. I consider myself a baseball pur- regard the historical contributions of ist, and the use of a drug to better one’s players like Bonds, who now holds the performance is among the most despi- record for single-season and all-time cable actions in my book. Players who home runs, and is the only player ever turned to a needle or pill to get that to steal 400 bases and hit 400 home extra edge have been rightfully vil- runs in his career, questions the integlainized in baseball culture, but their rity of the Hall of Fame’s very own contribution to baseball history cannot mission statement. Induct Bonds and fellow PED users be ignored. If that means inducting the play- with an asterisk. Make it well-known ers with asterisks by their names, so that they cheated at America’s most be it, but turning a blind eye to one coveted pastime; create a separate secof the most riveting eras in baseball tion within the hall for these most history altogether is a disgrace to the deplorable of players. But please, Hall of Fame’s mission statement to please, confront the past instead of “[foster] an appreciation of the his- trying to erase it. torical development of baseball and Brian Taggett is a College junior its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpret- from Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Behind New England’s Mask, An Opioid Crisis Festers Isaiah Sirois Summering in Nantucket. Vineyard Vines. Hitting the slopes on Loon Mountain. Progressive politicians. The Ivy League. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. These are all images we associate with New England — especially after last year’s Super Bowl. But I can assure you, that’s just what you’re meant to see. Lurking behind a facade of prestige and leisure are some of the states most affected in the nation by the opioid epidemic. New Hampshire, my home state, has the third highest drug overdose death rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Addiction in New Hampshire has reached such detrimental levels that President Donald J. Trump referred to the state as a “drug-infested den” last year in a Jan. 27 call with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. Troublingly, New Hampshire is not the exception. The CDC labels Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as three of the top 10 states for the highest drug overdose death rates. Connecticut is a close 11th. Those aforementioned pleasant images prevent people from remembering that much of New England has been ravaged by industrial decline, just like the Rust Belt. Heroin, and opioids more broadly, trouble the identities of New Englanders. The region’s successful and comfortable front is antithetical to the reality of its overdose death rates. When I attended a presentation on the opioid epidemic at my high school, at least a third of the attendees walked out before it was over. While the images of victims’

bodies could have been too much for my peers, some New Englanders deny the problem’s existence by more figuratively walking away from them. But the fact these New Englanders can walk back into their often gated, wealthy communities — the spaces that help construct the aforementioned facade — only exacerbates the issue.

When parts of New England with the resources to help those without them instead shut themselves off, they are complicit in extending the opioid crisis. But I don’t live in a gated community. People shoot up in the parking lot next to my house in New Hampshire. That reality is far more integral to my identity and the identities of those that live around me than the Boston Red Sox. The rest of New England needs to reckon with the fact that gate-closing isn’t a politically or socially neutral act; we must stop neglecting the poor communities that have been hit hardest by the crisis. When parts of New England with the resources to help those without them instead shut themselves off, they are complicit in extending the opioid crisis. It’s important to note that the opioid crisis is not merely something unpleasant these communities shrug off, though, because that avoids the criminal stigma of drug abuse and addiction. University President Claire E. Sterk wrote a Jan. 18 opinion piece for CNN, in which she discusses this phenomenon, noting that “our cul-

tural disposition is to initially place blame and responsibility solely on the afflicted — or addicted — individual,” which Sterk argued “leads to a disproportionate emphasis on criminalizing the behavior, rather than addressing it as a societal problem that we all must own.” That could not be more true in New England. In the past, when New Englanders have taken approaches that avoid denying the problem and victimblaming, their efforts have usually been productive. Gloucester, Mass., a blue-collar fishing town known for being the setting of the movie “The Perfect Storm,” has developed an amnesty program for opioid addicts. In 2015, former Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello started the Angel Program, which allowed the exchange of drugs for potentially life-saving treatment without the threat of arrest. Though his legacy will be mired by attempts to cover-up inappropriate conduct, Campanello’s initiative has been successful: After the first year, overdoses and drug arrests had declined despite broader state and national increases, and Gloucester’s program has since served as a model for the rest of the country. By owning its faults, instead of hiding them, Gloucester’s actions saved lives. This strategy needs to be adopted regionally. Until the realities of addiction and overdose — as well as those of rehabilitation and recovery — are acknowledged alongside New England’s more pleasant cultural images, the region will not heal. The headline accompanying Sterk’s piece rings true for my community: “We should have made the opioid crisis OUR problem from the start.” Isaiah Sirois is a College sophomore from Nashua, N.H.

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From the Archives: Fly by Night ISC Rush rules ignore proper decision-making procedures Sororities constantly emphasize the sincerity of their system, denying allegations that groups can be reduced to stereotypes and that sisterhood is often based on superficiality. Unfortunately, the Intersorority Council’s Rush rules, instead of eliminating the artificial element of sorority selection, likely perpetuate it. Though ISC is correct in seeking to prevent dirty Rush tactics, the strict, arcane and often eccentric Rush rules prohibit freshmen from making carefully considered, informed conclusions about sororities. When rules prohibit freshmen from socializing with more than three women of a particular sorority at one time, a practice known as “hot boxing,” women’s opinions are restricted to the behavior of a few members instead of the whole sorority. Rushees must also struggle through rules that restrict access to the sorority lodges and require three-day notification when a sorority member provides a ride outside the perimeter of Atlanta to a potential rushee. Such rules are intended to preserve as much objectivity and open-mindedness as possible in freshman women, but the result is something quite different. The notion that in four days a freshman woman can effectively and properly choose the sorority she will belong to for the rest of her life is ridiculous. Because the only opportunity for freshmen to interact with sorority sisters is limited to Novemberfest and Rush Week, it is more likely that outside perceptions and stereotypes will obstruct the decision-making process,

which is why freshman socialization will upperclass Greek women during the Fall semester is so critical. The rules in fact promote superficiality, not stop it. In past years the Interfraternity Council Rush rules were strict and inflexible — for instance freshman men were not allowed on Fraternity Row in the Fall semester — much like ISC’s rules. A move over the last several years, however, established more freedom for both freshman men and fraternity members. This move facilitated better communication and interaction between the two parties and allowed freshmen to attend fraternity parties, formal fraternity functions or simply spend an evening shooting pool with the brothers. As a result, freshman men have a better sense of whether or not they want to join the Greek system at all, and if so, which particular house. ISC should adjust its rules in a manner similar to IFC’s. This can be achieved by more formal and informal activities throughout the Fall semester. More ISC volunteer days, for example, could bring potential rushees and sororities together, while contributing to a good cause. Sororities should also be able to hold informal events such as off-campus parties. Omitting Rush rules that prohibit interaction is the first step to eradicating the major problems of Rush and will ultimately strengthen Emory’s Greek system. This Jan. 26, 1999, staff editorial represents the opinion of the Wheel Editorial Board.

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left to r ight: Director of Photography Sam Levy and Director Greta Gerwig on the set of ‘Lady Bird’; characters from ‘The Post’ gather around a television to watch a breaking news story; Milred Hayes (Frances McDormand, r ight) confronts Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell, left).

The State of the Race: The 2018 Academy Awards By evaN amaral Senior Film Critic

Jimmy Kimmel, air March 4, on ABC. Best Picture

Just like any awards season, this year’s Oscar nominations revealed no shortage of snubs or surprises when Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddisk announced the list of nominees Jan. 23. But this highly competitive race will end in a photo finish, with the potential to either be frustratingly predictable or a shock to the system when the 90th Academy Awards, hosted by

The Nominees: “Call Me By Your Name”; “Darkest Hour”; “Dunkirk”; “Get Out”; “Lady Bird”; “Phantom Thread”; “The Post”; “The Shape of Water”; and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Who Will Win: This is still an open race, despite the onslaught of awards for “Three Billboards.”


The film would, frankly, be as tone-deaf of a Best Picture choice as “Crash” was in 2006. Naturally, “Three Billboards” raised a lot of eyebrows due to its white-focused portrayal of race in America, which does not bode well for its chances on the Academy voters’ ballots. Who Should Win: “Phantom Thread” or “Call Me By Your Name” would both make outstanding winners, but the true heavyweights are “Lady Bird” and “Get Out,” which both

helped define the film culture of the past year. Direction The Nominees: Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”); Jordan Peele (“Get Out”); Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”); Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”); and Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro is the early favorite for Best Director for his film “The Shape of Water,” which

leads the pack with 13 nominations. Who Should Win: Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the rightful giants of contemporary American cinema, would also be deserving of his first Oscar for “Phantom Thread.” However, Greta Gerwig should win. Her direction of “Lady Bird” offers the subtle perfection often overlooked in favor of bombastic, masculine spectacles.

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For Extended Plays, Wolff Whops the White House Brevity is a Subtle Bliss By NathaN Braswell Contributing Writer

By DeviN Bog Arts & Entertainment Editor In the introduction to “Best American Short Stories of 2016,” Junot Diaz wrote, “Short stories are acts of bravura, and … to read a good one has all the thrill of watching a highwire act.” Diaz couldn’t be more right — forms that demand brevity are, to quote him again, “unforgiving as f*ck.” When we’re giving our time to something, especially so short, we instinctively demand perfection. There’s no room for error. But whenever we end up touching that perfection through economy, our reaction is usually (or if it isn’t, it should be) holy crap. Think Mozart, all those artists whose works enshrine the adage of “beauty in simplicity.” They prove it: The subtle powers of art don’t always lie in grandiose or bursts of droning fanfare, but in the raw, stripped-down essentials. Or so I tell myself every time I go scouring for another 11-minute EP instead of listening to, say, the entire 105 minutes that comprise “Culture II” in one sitting. I am in love with the EP. Not the specs of vinyl record they pressed in the 1950s by modern-day VCA Records to compete with Columbia’s LP records, even though its technical limitations contributed to our modern definition. The EP of today is essentially any

release “longer than a single, shorter than a full album, usually about three to four songs long. But don’t let that dispassionate definition fool you. EPs are, as a form, a gift to music. The EP is, in some ways, the short story of the musical world. If they’re not good, we throw them away faster than we picked them up. Sure, a couple mistakes or uninteresting minutes might be forgivable on the LP, but when you’ve only got nine minutes of content on your record? Come on. But there’s also a freedom here. When you’re drafting an EP, there’s no room (or, if under the pressures of a recording contract, no need) for filler. The artist has the option to only produce and release the best of what they have, or even pursue some new, experimental line of musical thinking. It takes seconds for examples to come to mind. Fugazi’s “Furniture,” for example — it’s as much smoldering D.C. post-hardcore as any other album they’ve released, but there isn’t a single moment on this record that doesn’t evoke pure, discontented, raucous energy. My Bloody Valentine’s “You Made Me Realise,” followed by “Tremolo” were intermediate steps between the noise-pop of “Isn’t Anything” and shoegaze landmark “Loveless.” The entirety of Boards of Canada’s “In a Beautiful

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Michael Wolff’s expose of President Donald J. Trump, “Fire and Fury,” inspired a surprising cinematic comparison: Trump’s campaign and his transition into presidency reads more like a comedy of dysfunctional people. Rather than Trump’s presidency being comparable to “House of Cards,” “Game of Thrones” or some other political drama, Wolff, in discussing Trump’s secret desire to lose the campaign and spin the experience into media coverage and brand-building, compares the campaign to Mel Gibson’s “The Producers.” But even that may be generous. Instead, we have a secret fifth season of “Arrested Development,” revolving around President George Oscar “Gob” Bluth, only played by a man much older than Will Arnett, and one who is far less comfortable playing a fool. Wolff’s actual storyline is quite simple. Trump, who wanted to leverage a failed political run into further celebrity status, is shocked and dismayed that he has actually won. He then attempts to recreate himself in the image of a successful politician. But being a Washington outsider, he does so with the mind (and political connections) of a business celebrity rather than as a politician who knows how things in Washington work. He has no real political positions of his own, does not want to (or cannot) read briefs and barely pays

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President Donald J. Trump addresses the National Rifle Association (NRA) April 2017. attention to actual political functioning. His cabinet is poorly organized, and when it comes to trying to have a message or political role, he is split between alt-right former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, former party-line White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and the vaguely liberal social climbers and senior adviser, respectively, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (“Jarvanka”). Those three parties do not get along, and Trump, who just wants to be liked, is caught between them. [Editor’s note: Wolff’s account

includes several factual errors, according to coverage by The Washington Post and The New York Times.] The “Fire and Fury” image of Trump is clearly not the one that many of his detractors hold of him. The idea of someone who didn’t want to win is fairly reasonable when you look back on his campaign, in which he mused that he could shoot someone in public and not lose support, sold a bunch of funny hats and had more talking

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Is Trumpism Even Trump’s? Wolff Attempts to Explain in Book Continued from Page 7 points than policy positions. Ironically, his deepest supporters were right: Trump is a new and different breed of politician, setting himself apart from 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — Clinton, after all, wanted to be president. Wolff succeeds at describing, and in many cases, explaining, the overall seemingly contradictory nature of the Trump campaign and cabinet. Wolff’s picture of Trump is that of a sexist whose closest business confidantes are all women — they’re “simply more loyal and trustworthy than men,” Trump seems to believe. He is supported by neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us,” despite the fact that Ivanka Trump, for better or for worse, is the first Jewish person in the White House, converting for marriage without much opinion from Trump. His strange, almost progressive outbursts of politics are noted amongst Republican and far right influencers — “Why can’t we just have Medicare for all,” he muses during a meeting where he is barely paying attention to Priebus’ Obamacare repeal efforts. Perhaps the book’s most notable trait is the scant attention it pays to the social politics outside the White House. There is no discussion of the massive January 2017 Women’s March, with its 5 million protesters. The two discussions of the White House’s impact on more prescient local politics involve Bannon and Priebus at the Conservative Political Action

Conference (CPAC), and Richard Spencer’s attempt to co-opt the presidency for alt-right and white nationalist principles (Spencer is a figure who, while notably not associated with anyone in the cabinet, is quietly appreciated by Steve Bannon at the shock of both Priebus and Jarvanka). The so-called “Trump #Resistance” is not, for Wolff, worth mentioning. Linda Sarsour is not worth mentioning. Muslim-Americans’ reactions to one of the first versions of the executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries (attributed almost solely to Bannon and a few legal writers, with almost no involvement from Trump himself), is not worth mentioning. The ever-increasing left-wing vitriol towards Trump, which had been there since the beginning of the Republican primary, is not worth detailing. Instead, all opposition to Trump, described more as distaste than resistance, is merely characterized as “naysayers” on cable news, which, with him watching daily, puts Trump in a bad mood. Depending on who you ask, this might be an extremely poor oversight on the part of Wolff, or an incredibly noteworthy and insightful position to take. What does the president think of the effects and constitutionality of the travel ban? It was Bannon’s idea, and beyond trying to come out looking like a winner, Trump does not have a real justification for supporting it. Is he trying to destroy American democracy? No, he just wants to be liked, and the people around him have some

ideas. Wolff’s portrayal actually seems to upend some of the stronger liberal and left-wing critiques of Trump. While he himself is undeniably a misogynist (between trying to seduce his friends’ wives, calling former U.S. Attorney Sally Yates a c**t, and describing White House Communications Director Hope Hicks as “the best piece of tail” Lewandowski was ever going to get, his personal misogyny can almost be disconnected from the traditional political misogyny. If anything, the pro-life messages and traditionalist views of women’s politics are coming from Priebus. To Wolff, while Trump might be somewhat racist, he is mostly racially clueless (his relationship with Judaism is odd but not entirely abhorrent, and he wonders why someone would join the KKK, perhaps thinking the organization’s values have changed), and most racially-tinged policies came from Bannon. Discussions of Russian collusion and corruption are mostly the forte of the politically aspirant Jarvanka duo, with some help from the often forgotten older sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. But wait. Are we supposed to pretend that Trump’s campaign wasn’t virulently and politically racist, and this was all just an aftereffect of Bannon who, with or without Trump, wanted to pursue an ideological “Trumpism”? Are we supposed to ignore the political points that Trump had been pursuing since 2012 that are, according to Wolff, fairly arbitrary? While Wolff creates an image in which those were just phrases thrown

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at a wall with reckless abandon, his speeches improvised no less than his stream-of-consciousness Twitter presence, the virulency in his actual and personal racism and sexism might want to be reconsidered. Although Wolff makes no attempt to hide Trump’s sexual indiscretions, it may be irresponsible — or at least it is inaccurate — to play them off as mere character faults without consequence in the real world. Surprisingly, the book does a fairly good job of explaining how Washington, for better or for worse, is supposed to work, despite having several incorrect details. In Washington today, success is based on who you know rather than who is talented. The majority of staffers and early-career politicians come out of beltway universities, and many people gain political clout simply because of who their parents are. Wolff’s Trump, instead of the tyrannical figure the left sees him as, or his image amongst the alt-right as a “God-Emperor,” is nothing more than a (lecherous and deeply flawed) fish out of water, as if George Costanza was cast in “Jimmy Goes to Washington.” There may be only one lesson to take away from the book: If you put an Orthodox Jew like Jared Kushner and a virulent anti-Semite like Steve Bannon in the same position, then you get a series of escapades that, depending on media coverage, will either be extremely amusing or absolutely harrowing.

Place Out in the Country” mesmerizes, shifting from tender pulsations and expanding soundscapes to beautifully colored sequences of rolling fanfare for all 24 minutes. The easy counter to everything, though, is that the short EP is a mark of laziness on both the musician and the listener. To a degree, that argument is valid. There is something to be said for grappling with longer, more complex pieces of art, those that don’t instantly reveal their meaning or beauty on first or even second listenings. But there are some who utter the word “accessible” like a curse, spitting it down upon those who dare listen to anything clocking in at less than 450 minutes. Of course, shorter records are more accessible than longer ones. But the minute we start equating accessibility with quality — well, it might be time for us to get off the internet. The EP isn’t quite dying out, but it’s definitely the neglected middle child of releases. The best of them have and always will be those “high-wire acts” with their own place in the annals of music. Love your EPs. You don’t know how much you’ll miss them if they’re gone.

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Snubs Skulk in Backdrop of Shining 2018 Academy Awards Class Best Actor The Nominees: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”); Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”); Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”); and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) Who Will Win: Gary Oldman’s performance as Winston Churchill is pure Academy bait: a respected, makeupslathered British actor going for his first win for doing an impression of a famous historical figure. Who Should Win: Newcomer Timothee Chalamet gave in “Call Me By Your Name” one of the greatest lead performances in recent years, including a stunning five-minute close-up that Oldman couldn’t pull off in his wildest dreams. Chalamet would also be the youngest Best Actor winner in history, at only 22 years old. Best Actress The Nominees: Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”); Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”); Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”); Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”); and Meryl Streep (“The Post”) Who Will Win: Frances McDormand, who would be the least egregious win that could go to “Three Billboards.” Who Should Win: Saoirse Ronan, whose performance as the titular character in “Lady Bird” is the most complex of the bunch. Meryl Streep’s work in “The Post” is a close second and among the best of her career, which is no small praise given this is her

record-breaking 21st nomination. Best Supporting Actor The Nominees: Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”); Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards”); Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”); Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”); and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell, even though his role as a racist cop is easily the most controversial aspect of the film. Who Should Win: Willem Dafoe, who plays motel manager Bobby.It’s perhaps the warmest, most nuanced performance of the nominees in all four categories and a deserving endeavor for such an incredible actor. Best Supporting Actress The Nominees: Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”); Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”); Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”); Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”); and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) Who Will Win: Allison Janney, whose performance is the kind that often thrives in supporting categories, demanding attention for just how overthe-top and cruel a performer can be. Who Should Win: Laurie Metcalf could possibly upset Janney for her role in “Lady Bird,” a beautiful piece of work from one of our most underappreciated actresses. Lesley Manville and Mary J. Blige are also remarkable in their parts and deserving of victory.

Original Screenplay The Nominees: “The Big Sick”; “Get Out”; “Lady Bird”; “The Shape of Water”; and “Three Billboards” Who Will Win: “Three Billboards,” although the race is extremely close. Who Should Win: “Lady Bird” or “Get Out,” especially in the case that either misses out on Picture and/or Director. Adapted Screenplay The Nominees: “Call Me By Your Name”; “The Disaster Artist”; “Logan”; “Molly’s Game”; and “Mudbound” Who Will (and Should) Win: The category should be handily won by James Ivory’s screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name,” which is the only Best Picture nominee in the category this year. He beautifully adapted Andre Aciman’s novel in the signature style that he honed during his tenure at Merchant-Ivory productions.

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Greg Anrue (John Karna, left) and Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, r ight) share a tender moment. are by far the most exemplary of the bunch, opting for less flashy compositions that erupt with even more visual power, and hopefully she’ll go home with the statue. Original Score

Cinematography The Nominees: “Blade Runner 2049”; “Darkest Hour”; “Dunkirk”; “Mudbound”; and “The Shape of Water” Who Will Win: Notorious 14-time nominee Roger Deakins will most likely pick up his first trophy for “Blade Runner 2049.” Who Should Win: Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated in the category’s 90-year history for her work in “Mudbound.” Her skills

The Nominees: “Dunkirk”; “Phantom Thread”; “The Shape of Water”; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”; and “Three Billboards” Who Will Win: “The Shape of Water” or “Dunkirk” should take this prize, as well as many of the other craft categories. Who Should Win: “Phantom Thread,” whose score by Radiohead band member Jonny Greenwood is one of the instant all-time greats of the medium.

One major standout missing from most of the lists is “The Florida Project,” which was tragically overlooked in a clear case of the Academy’s age-old bias against less-visible films. As always, predictions should be taken with a grain of salt. Statistics be damned, since last year’s masterful “Moonlight” soared to three historic wins, including Best Picture, with little prior support from the guilds. It’s also of note that the Academy diversified dramatically in recent years by admitting hundreds of new members from a variety of backgrounds. Hopefully the voters will make bold, unpredictable choices rather than stick with the weak leaders elected by the more established members.

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By seungeun Cho Asst. Emory Life Editor When Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Interim Training Director Colleen Duffy brought 11-month-old Phineas the dog (affectionately nicknamed Finn) into the DUC-ling as part of his training, more than a dozen students crowded around to pet him. Duffy greeted the students patiently. “This is Finn,” she said. As the students bent to pet him, Duffy asked how they’d been. “Stressed,” one said. “Tired,” another chimed in. “Come to CAPS if you need anything,” Duffy told the students. “We’re always here.” And after Duffy answered questions about Finn, she thanked the students for helping Finn — interacting with students brings him closer to therapy dog certification and helps him adjust to his role as CAPS’ “canine outreach specialist,” she later told the Wheel. Finn forms only one half of CAPS’ Canine Support Staff. The other half of the canine staff is Beowulf, Finn’s older sister by two years and CAPS’ certified therapy dog. Both are Native American Indian dogs, a rare breed which Duffy calls “very intelligent [and] very curious.” While Finn attends various oncampus programs, Beowulf stays in Duffy’s office and practices animal-

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assisted therapy. Pre-veterinary student Isabel Rodriguez (20C), who worked with therapy dogs in high school, expressed approval for CAPS’ canine staff. “I really believe in [the therapy dog] philosophy because I’ve seen ... how it helps people,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never been to [CAPS], but I feel like [the dogs are] a great resource for students that need therapy or need help.” Dogs first came to CAPS in September 2015, when Duffy selected

Beowulf to become CAPS’ therapy dog. Beowulf’s introverted and intuitive temperament, Duffy thought, would serve CAPS’ purpose well. Duffy’s intuition proved to be correct: Beowulf acts as a calming presence at CAPS, helping to soothe those who have experienced trauma or painful emotions. But increased demand from clients and on-campus programs required Beowulf to learn separate skill sets for both therapy and outreach.

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Finn’s arrival allowed Beowulf to focus solely on animal-assisted therapy, an area where she excels. Duffy adopted Finn, who she describes as “a bright boy” with “an extroverted personality,” in April 2017 after congenital cataracts left him unable to become a service dog. Finn’s former trainer was reluctant to turn Finn over to inexperienced hands, but Duffy’s experience with

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Taco Cantina’s menu boasts 14 different tacos, in addition to salads, burritos and tostadas.

Taco Cantina Goes Back to Basics: Fresh, Authentic When I came to Emory, I vowed to take advantage of Atlanta’s thriving cultural scene. I was going to go to comedy clubs, meet people from all walks of life and, most importantly, I was going to try exotic cuisine. Little did I know how quickly I would become trapped in the Emory bubble — a life of endless homework and extracurricular stress. When January rolled around, I left my textbooks behind and renewed my vow to this city.

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Finn, the second and newest member of the CAPS Canine Support Staff, specializes in canine outreach. Finn is a rare Native American Indian dog, also known as the Carolina dog.


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for a fraternity, a far more intimate setting than any of her previous jobs. She has had to adapt her usual work schedule to meet needs of the members of ATO, setting out fruit for breakfast and preparing custom lunches. While an Emory meal plan might include limited options, ATO’s kitchen boasts options galore. Calhoun said that all lunch items are made-to-order so each person may choose what to eat. “[Calhoun’s cooking is] legitimately the best food you can get on campus or in [Emory] Village,” ATO President Owen Mattocks (20C) said. “Her chicken quesadillas, I’m telling you — best in the South, [and] I’m from East Tennessee [and have] travelled all the corners of the South.” Despite the variety of menu items and the roughly 60 fraternity brothers on the ATO meal plan for the year, Calhoun manages to remember each individual person’s usual order, according to ATO member Craig McHugh (20C). “I don’t know how ... [Calhoun] remembers everybody’s usual [preferences],” McHugh said. “We write down on a sheet what we want, and everybody puts ‘the usual.’ My [order] is a chicken wrap, [but] somebody else’s might be a quesadilla. That’s how good her memory is. It’s just brilliant how well she takes care of us.” Although Calhoun offers a plethora of options for lunch, dinner tends to be one set meal, with slight variations to accommodate dietary restrictions. While her daily schedule is regimented, Calhoun’s job extends beyond

Though the average Mexican chain tries it’s best to seem genuine with “authentic flavors,” Taco Bell seizes its bastardized cuisine with pride. For example, Chipotle justifies the likes of its grainy, bitter queso on account that it upholds the authentic flavor palate. Conversely, Taco Bell burns the philosophy of Mexican food into cinders and makes snowmen from the ashes. The results are beautiful monstrosities like the Doritos Locos Tacos, a creation that injects the humble taco with a dose of America. All that said, I am disappointed by Taco Bell’s latest menu addition, Nacho Fries. While the essence of Taco Bell serves to bludgeon Mexican dishes into submission and conform them to the American palate, Nacho Fries follow an array of relatively conservative menu additions, a disappointment from a chain that has historically ventured where no fast-food restaurant has dared to go. Gone are the days of the Triple Double Crunchwrap, a simple yet ingenious brainchild of some gastronomic revolutionary who boldly put two crunchwraps into another crunchwrap, a game changer reminiscent of when the fourth Earl of Sandwich slapped some meat between two slices of bread. Essentially, Nacho Fries are bog standard french fries with a dash of seasoning to differentiate them from the average McDonald’s fries. I got the fries as part of the $5 box, which included a Crunchy Taco, Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Fiery Doritos Locos Taco, a side of queso and a medium drink (obviously a Mountain Dew Baja Blast). I replaced the crunchy taco shell of my Gordita Crunch with a Fiery shell, to complement the muted flavors of the queso and fries. Though the fries’ light seasoning blended well with the creaminess of the nacho cheese, I found myself gobbling them up out of obligation rather than enjoyment. The crisp texture of the Nacho Fries juxtaposed the soft insides, which were still boiling hot from coming straight out of the fryer. As the food cooled, the blandness of the barely seasoned fries became increasingly obvious. I attempted to remedy the lack of flavor by drowning the fries in Taco Bell’s Diablo Sauce, but the mediocrity of the dish permeated beyond the initial spice of each Diablo-flavored first bite.

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My first stop was the newly opened Taco Cantina in Old Fourth Ward. Unsure what to order off the slightly overwhelming menu, my friend and I asked our waitress for her suggestions. She quickly recommended the Torta Cubana, bragging that it was included in Atlanta Magazine’s list of “20 Great Sandwiches in Atlanta.” Still, the availability of 14 tacos, not

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Neatly arranged stainless steel tables reflected the bright glare of the industrial white lights and there’s a pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove. On the tables, uniformly chopped vegetables lay drizzled with olive oil and salt, ready to be baked in the preheated oven. It’s a setup that any kitchen would be lucky to have. It’s the pristine kitchen of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) Fraternity Chef Rebecca Calhoun, who is in the middle of seasoning and stirring a pot of tomato sauce to prepare for dinner later that night. “Usually, I come in about an hour and a half or so before lunch,” Calhoun told the Wheel, talking as she continues to cook. “I have an assistant, [so] we usually just get food prepped and leave things out for the boys [to eat]. In the morning, we keep out fresh fruit — just something to keep them going till lunch.” Calhoun, who has cooked for the past 15 years, has worked for ATO for the past year. The beloved fraternity chef first ventured into the world of cooking as a waitress at Waffle House, where she worked at the age of 19. She is now contracted through Gill Grilling, a catering company based in Maryland that specializes in cooking for fraternities and sororities across the United States. Prior to this position, Calhoun worked for Southern Foodservice Management as a Head Chef for a cafe in Johns Creek, after several years of cooking for delis across Georgia. This is Calhoun’s first time cooking


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Community member John rinehart and his daughter Emilia rinehart spend Friday night at the michael C. Carlos museum, drinking hot chocolate and listening to musical bedtime stories performed by pianists Julie Coucheron and William ransom.

Smyrna Favorite Opens New Location in Old Fourth Ward Continued from Page 9 to mention the tostadas and burritos, did not make our decision easier. I also couldn’t help but notice the influence of the chef’s seafood roots on the menu, which offers five different fish tacos. My friend was sold on the Torta Cubana, but I decided to stick to the taco menu, getting the Veggie Taco and the Confit Portabella Califlower Taco. My friend also added the La Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga) Taco to his order in an effort to diversify his plate. Since the restaurant called itself fast-casual, I was put off by the wait time, about 30 minutes, for our relatively small order. As we waited we took a look at the beer menu which touted several Atlanta microbrews including Second Self Junipa, Red Brick Hoplanta, Treehorn El Treeablo Cider and, of course, everybody’s favorite Sweetwater IPA. When our food arrived, we took a few minutes to snap some pictures (because if you don’t have pictures, did you even go?) and then dug in. I was pleasantly surprised by the volume of my first taco — the veggie, which held just enough of each ingredient to fill my mouth with a combination of fresh lettuce, savory salsa verde, crunchy cucumbers and warm rice. I loved the feel of the corn tortilla in my hand and lavished each second

as I angled the dense filling into my mouth so the taco’s juices would drip onto my tongue. Although the taco was pretty traditional — rice, beans, lettuce, cucumber, corn, pico de gallo and salsa verde — the freshness of each ingredient was remarkable. Its thesis was clear: Simple doesn’t necessarily mean outdated.

The pork was juicy. The flavors were sharp. The smell was intoxicating. I admit I was more excited to try my second taco, the Confit Portabella Califlower, which looked slightly more experimental on the menu. Filled with cutlets of portabella mushroom and roasted cauliflower, some arugula and largely underwhelming red onions, I was pretty disappointed in the second half of my meal. The mushroom and cauliflower, which held the bulk of space in the taco, were tasteless, and, had I not doused the whole taco in salsa verde, I’d likely have left the taco unfinished. My friend could not stop raving about his Torta Cubana from the moment they put it in front of him. The pork was juicy. The flavors were sharp. The smell was intoxicating. And while the tacos were hearty, they had nothing on this mammoth

‘Nacho’ Best Work: Taco Bell Disappoints Continued from Page 9 My disappointment was amplified by the tiny portion sizes; I had been catfished by an advertisement poster to believe that the fries alone would suffice for dinner. No other fast-food chain can come close to the acid-laced creativity behind Taco Bell’s menu. But if recent experi-

ence serves as an indicator of future menu items, then I worry that the well has run dry. Nevertheless, I shall cross my fingers and hope that the next “limited time” menu rotation will rekindle the zany deliciousness I associate with the fast-food powerhouse.

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sandwich, which my friend couldn’t even finish, leaving one bite on his plate. As for the Chicken Tinga, my friend assumed he would get a typical version of the dish, with very little chicken that was most likely dry and too many veggies shoved on top to overcompensate. But to his surprise, the opposite was true. The meat was juicy (he likened it to barbecue), and the onions and tomatoes enhanced the chipotle adobo and queso fresco. His only qualm was the side of rice and beans served with his sandwich, which he called pretty standard and boring. With its original location in Smyrna, Ga., Taco Cantina is the brainchild of Adolfo Gonzalez, who, according to an interview with Creative Loafing, has been a veteran of Atlanta kitchens since he was just 15 years old, working as a cleaner with little culinary experience. Over the span of 10 years, he rose through the ranks, served as a sous chef and later as chef de cuisine at Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead, Ga., and eventually opened his own restaurant. With most tacos hovering around $4, Taco Cantina won’t sting your wallet too much, and while the spot is more of a family restaurant than a hip hangout for 20-somethings, the food is solid and the ambience is calming. Don’t expect too much, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Beowulf, another Native American Indian dog, made her a strong candidate for Finn’s adoption. Though Finn could no longer service individuals with disabilities, Duffy found his extraversion suitable for outreach efforts. Duffy approached Finn’s visual impairment with determination. The impairment forces Finn to rely on his sense of touch to perceive his surroundings, and he often refuses to cross unfamiliar terrains. To familiarize him with the campus, Duffy walked him along stairs, grates and other surfaces. “There are some areas [on campus] that are grated — they have holes in them. With his vision, he just knows that’s dangerous, that’s scary,” Duffy said. “I needed to practice with him to let him know that it was OK to walk across it.” Finn made his first excursion as an outreach specialist October 2017, when Duffy brought him to the Respect Program’s Wonderful Wednesday table, where he greeted students. Duffy thinks that Finn may also have neurological impairments, which likely render him unable to experience satiation. Bringing Finn into her office means she needs to clear the floor of small items and give him something to chew on. Usually, she opts for a tough bone. “[Finn] eats everything, so you have to be really vigilant,” Duffy said. “He’s been to the emergency room six different times, and he’s had surgery already [when Beowulf’s toy became lodged in his small intestine].” Before coming to Emory, Duffy worked in private practice as a trauma specialist. She saw that many of her recovering clients sought and found comfort in their pets, and her observations piqued her curiosity about the benefits of animal-assisted therapy. “Many folks have been harmed interpersonally, so they trust animals because animals haven’t harmed them in any way,” Duffy said. Similarly, student pet-owners attribute improved mental health to the unconditional love of their canine companions. Erika Gonzalez (17Ox, 19N), whose sister raises a support dog in her apartment, said that having a dog nearby has helped her cope with panic attacks. “[Having dogs at CAPS] is a great

thing because there are a lot of people who have … problems that can’t really be dealt with the same way as having a pet or a dog give you the affection,” Gonzalez said. “And I know having or feeling the love of an animal really helps reduce the amount of panic attacks I have.” Duffy believes that the dogs’ presence has helped spread awareness about CAPS resources. Colleen Duffy, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Interim Training Director Parth mody/Photo Editor

Clients have come into CAPS specifically requesting Beowulf’s company, and Duffy said she has had difficulty meeting demand for the dogs — doing so would require her to forgo responsibility to her own clients. The decision to bring animalassisted therapy to CAPS required research from Duffy and support from Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair and Campus Life Assistant Vice President and CAPS Assistant Vice President Wanda Collins. “After meeting [Finn, bringing him onto CAPS] was a pretty easy decision. [Duffy] thought that that would be a good idea, and I really trust her opinion,” Collins said. “I think a lot of students have really felt more comfortable working in therapy with Beowulf present, and I think [she] has really done a great job of helping students feel more welcome at CAPS.” Duffy said she hopes CAPS’ Canine Support Staff can prove the value of therapy dogs to other universities’ counseling centers. “We’re very fortunate to have backing from the whole of Emory, and I think the whole of Emory has embraced Beowulf and Finn,” Duffy said. “I think in some ways we’re a harbinger of something that’s really viable.” After Duffy brings Beowulf and Finn home each day, she removes their harnesses to signal that the day’s work has ended. Finn’s responsibilities will only grow as he adapts to his role as CAPS’ canine outreach specialist, but at home, work gives way to rest, and Finn is free to frolic with older sister Beowulf.

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ATO Chef Makes Fraternity Feel Like Home Continued from Page 9 the scope of the average chef. Multiple ATO brothers described her as a maternal figure for the fraternity. “I love my job because I love the boys that I cook for,” Calhoun said. “I have a couple of kids just go around the house and pick up things like plates and glasses … so I can get them washed, which is always helpful.” While those kinds of actions might seem like nothing but common courtesy, the members of ATO have expressed their appreciation for Calhoun in more obvious ways. “About a month ago, I cut my finger

right before dinner really badly … I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room,” Calhoun said. “Luckily, there’s an EMT who [is a member of ATO] and whose room is right next to the kitchen. He bandaged me all up, went to CVS and got a special bandage for my hand, you know, checked on me later after I went home.” But Calhoun comes to their aid in times of need, too. ATO member Daniel Jacobs (19C) spoke about how on the snow days earlier this semester, Calhoun insisted that she come to the ATO house to cook for the boys.

When she realized that would not be possible due to the severe weather, she arranged for someone to unlock the door to the kitchen. “She had already prepared meals for this occasion [because] she knew that bad weather was coming,” Jacobs said. With the level of care Calhoun puts into her job, it is no surprise that brothers like McHugh refer to Calhoun as their “angel.” As both Jacobs and Mattocks said, Calhoun is just as much a part of the fraternity as anyone else.

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Small tied her personal-best at 1.60m. Junior Dani Bland also tied her season-best in the 60m dash with a time of 7.95. On the men’s side, there were a number of key performers. Senior Benjamin Rogin competed in the finals of the 60m hurdles finishing No. 6 with a time of 8.42. Freshman Liam Fost tied his season-best time of 50.49. The pair were joined by sophomores Aria Mohseni and Alex Rand to finish No. 9 in the 4x400m relay. Junior Zachary Lembersky finished 16th with a season-best distance of 10.94m in the shot put. Head Coach John Curtin said that the team is focusing on getting into

shape after a month-long break. “Right now, we’re training through these competitions,” Curtin said. “We’re training for our best. That’s the focus. We had a month off [and] a lot of the flu is going around. [But] we’re seeing some strong performances and it’s looking good.” The Eagles will compete in both the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Buccaneer Invitational Feb. 2-3 and the Sewanee Tiger Indoor Invitational Feb. 3. The long distance runners will be at will be competing at ETSU while the rest of the team will be at Sewanee.

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WashU’s Overbearing Physicality Breaks 11-Game Win Streak Continued from Back Page a coordinated “whiteout.” “[The crowd] was unbelievable,” Rapp said. “Having that many people in the gym … it gives us juice, it gives us energy to have people rooting for us.” Given the high stakes, it was no surprise that both teams came out a tad choppy. The two UAA leaders combined for 15 turnovers in the first half alone. WashU found its rhythm first, largely behind a brilliant first half from senior forward Matt Highsmith. His 17 first-half points fueled a potent WashU offense that got the better of Emory’s defense in Sunday’s matchup. The Bears built a 26-18 lead around the eight-minute mark. That’s when the two teams provided the game’s best sequence of play, as Gigax and Highsmith went toe-to-toe for five consecutive three-point bombs. “You see one go in and the basket seems a little bit bigger,” Gigax said. “My teammates did a really good job finding me when WashU’s defense was sort of in a help position.” Following a steal from senior point guard Whit Rapp, the ball found its way to a trailing Gigax for a deep three, cutting the lead to five. On the Eagles’ next possession, a pump fake from Gigax gave him space to drill another three, making it 27-24 Bears. Highsmith was not to be out-played.

He answered Gigax with a three of his own on the next possession. Gigax responded by pulling up from DUCling range to make it a three-point game once again. But Highsmith simply wouldn’t allow the Eagles to gain ground. Yet another three from the Papa Bear pushed the lead back to six, 33-27. That three set the tone for the remainder of the half. The Bears dominated the final five minutes of play, capping it off with a buzzer-beater three from WashU senior guard Kevin Kucera that gave the Bears a 51-33 halftime lead. Needing a strong start to the second half, the Eagles instead came out flatfooted. Costly turnovers fused with WashU’s execution in transition made for a lethal combination. The Bears built a 25-point lead through just the first three minutes of play in the second half. “We weren’t great today,” Zimmerman said. “We need to be better if we are going to beat [WashU].” Though the Eagles clawed back to within 12 points with six minutes remaining, WashU’s experienced starting five denied any attempt to cut the lead to single digits. The starting squad, composed of seniors Kucera, guard Jake Knupp, forward Andrew Sanders and center David Schmelter, combined for 80 of the Bears’ 84 points. “From the get-go we weren’t too

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Continued from Back Page ing for us. I don’t think [WashU] did anything much different in the second half or what we weren’t expecting them to do. … It wasn’t really cohesive in the second half like it had been in the first.” After halftime, the Maroons broke away, increasing their lead to as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Allison Chernow led the Eagles’ game off the bench with 17 points, lifting the Eagles to within one point at halftime with a 3-pointer in the final five seconds of the second quarter. Emory dominated in second chance points and bench points, to the credit of Chernow and freshman guard Lynn Johnson. But the Maroons’ strong play inside from top scorer junior forward Olariche Obi and their ability to double the Eagles’ points off turnovers (22-11)

was enough for UChicago to maintain control. “[WashU and UChicago] were the toughest two games of the year for us so far but I still feel like they’re very within reach for us to win this coming weekend,” Oldshue said. The Eagles meet UChicago and WashU once again next weekend, this time in enemy territory, with games Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. Jackson addressed the team’s standpoint leaving their home turf. “Definitely we have to play our way,” Interim Head Coach Misha Jackson said. “We can’t change our style of play or anything like that, nor do we need to. But … we have to focus on getting better, and if we do what we’re supposed to do then the rest will take care of itself.”

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Freshman point guard Romin Williams dribbles through contact for ‘whiteout’ crowd at the WoodPEC Sunday. ready to go,” Rapp said. “It took a while for us to get used to [WashU’s] physicality, to get used to the pace of the game.” Emory’s Williams wasn’t the same player Sunday, coughing up a gamehigh five turnovers to go along with 13 points. Gigax led the team in scoring with 18 points, while Avant tallied 12 boards. Most evident was the impact of Rapp. Though quiet in the box score with only six points and five assists (along with three turnovers), Rapp’s composure with the ball in his hands was critical to the Eagles’ performance Sunday. After Rapp left the first half due to foul trouble at the 7:22 mark, WashU went on a 24-12 run to close

the half. When Rapp returned to the floor at the start of the second half, he faced a monstrous 18-point deficit. In a game that was dominated by the Bears, while Rapp was on the floor, the Eagles were bested by a mere three points. The Eagles, carrying a 15-3 record, will do an about-face next weekend when they travel to meet WashU and UChicago once again. Games in Chicago Feb. 2 and St. Louis Feb. 4 will offer Emory the chance to reclaim at least a share of the UAA lead which, for now, belongs to WashU.

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“We care about people’s feelings, we’re respectful when anyone is offended, but we have this 80-year name that we love.” — Lanny Davis, Washington Redskins lawyer

In an unforeseen act of non-idiocy, the Cleveland Indians announced Jan. 29 that the team planned to finally abandon the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms by 2019. The logo, first developed in the late 1940s, depicts a Native American chief with red skin, huge teeth and nose and a large feather sticking up behind his head. With the logo serving as the Robert E. Lee statue of sports logos, the removal is a win for non-racists everywhere. Some Cleveland baseball purists believe this is the first battle in a war towards changing the name to something other than the “Indians.” The audacity. It would be utterly unfair for the team change their name to something — dare your On Fire Correspondent say it — politically correct. Absolutely nothing is more American than using the national pastime as a platform to market stereotypical imagery associated with the people whose culture and very way of life it completely destroyed! I guarantee you that loyal subjects of ‘The Land” are more than ready to go to battle covered in war paint purchased from Hobby Lobby as they march to the beat of their tribe drum bought at Guitar Center. Obviously, “Indians” captivates the culture of the the city; Native Americans comprise 0.3 percent of Cleveland’s demographic makeup. It’s about the equivalent of the Los Angeles Lakers bragging about all nine of the lakes that their storied NBA franchise glorifies. While a total rebrand is far from happening, it can be hoped that Cleveland fans can swallow their loss of the Chief. Why not rally around the letter “C”? No one else in baseball is doing it. All kidding aside, it is truly commendable that the Cleveland organization is taking a step towards progress in spite of backlash from some of its fans. Although it has not fully eradicated its race-based image, the organization is finally starting to become aware of its controversial mascot.

Ono Steals No. 1 in 100 Back Amidst Eagles’ Loss Continued from Back Page NCAA Division III B cut in the 1650yard freestyle. With a time of 16:16.24, Gordon finished third, more than 20 seconds off the pace of the first-place swimmer. Emory’s men’s team also registered top three finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and medley relays. Senior Oliver Smith turned in a strong day in the pool, posting a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.39 seconds and contributing to top three finishes in two relay races.On the women’s team, senior Phoebe Edwards was the squad’s top performer. She touching the wall second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:18.27, a NCAA Division III B cut. Along with Edwards’ spectacular performance, the women’s team recorded five more top three finishes. Senior Cindy Cheng in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.23; junior Fiona Muir in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.21 seconds; and the 200yard freestyle relay team consisting of Muir, senior Ming Ong, sophomore

Caroline Olson and freshman Lucy Daro all posted second place finishes clocking in at 1:37.64. Additionally, Ong in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 5:11.93, and junior Ashley Daniels in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:05.59, both finished third. Muir considered Saturday’s meet to be a solid platform for the team to

“[Georgia Tech] was a good chance for us to face good competiton.” — Junior Fiona Muir prepare for more intense competition moving forward. “[Georgia Tech] was a good chance for us to go face good competition,” Muir said. “It got us into the right mindset headed into the championship season where we will see some solid competition headed into those races as well.” Head Coach Jon Howell said that facing Division I teams is an important

learning opportunity because it exposes the team to some of the nation’s premier programs. “There are always opportunities to learn from experiences like we had this weekend,” Howell said. “Our goal is always to get up and earn some respect by racing in those types of environments. … The goal isn’t necessarily to win the meet, but to go up against fast competition and get some races in.” Ono discussed the benefits of facing Georgia Tech and vying against high caliber competition. “[Georgia Tech] provides a really great opportunity to race against people we generally wouldn’t be racing in any other setting,” Ono said. “Because of this [opportunity], the team really stepped and competed better than they normally would at a dual meet.” Emory anticipates another challenging matchup in their last dual meet of the year at the University of Georgia Feb. 3.

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Ga. Tech Claims Atlanta Throne By Stephen MAtteS Senior Staff Writer

give to our team at such an early time, with me and our group of guys being seniors … it’s really been incredible,” senior forward Adam Gigax said. The team’s 15-2 season record tied for the program’s second-best record ever through 17 games, according to Emory Athletics, short only of the Eagles’ 1989-90 16-1 record. Emory returned to the WoodPEC Sunday afternoon with sole possession of first-place in the UAA on the line, both Emory and WashU tied at 6-0. Meeting the teams at the WoodPEC was a bustling home crowd of 675 people decked out in white T-shirts for

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Yellow Jackets demolished the Emory men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in a matchup of Atlanta rivals Jan. 27. The Yellow Jackets built a significant margin of victory over the men’s team and women’s teams, topping them by scores of 150-82 and 162-56, respectively. Despite the victory by the Division I team, the Eagles welcomed the opportunity to face a strong swimming program at the McAuley Aquatic Center, the site of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics swimming and diving events. Sophomore Sage Ono was Emory’s star performer of the day, securing Emory’s only first-place finish out of 26 events. Recording an NCAA Division III Championship B cut benchmark with a time of 49.91, Ono was the only swimmer in the 100-yard backstroke to finish with a time under 50 seconds. Ono swam past five Yellow Jackets and four Eagles, besting the secondplace finisher by just under two seconds. Junior Thomas Gordon posted an

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Senior forward Christopher Avant collects the ball in the post during the Eagles’ matchup with Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Jan. 29. Avant tallied nine points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort Sunday at home.

Bears Outpace Eagles in Heavyweight Trial By Kevin KilgoUr Sports Editor

Emory men’s basketball entered its weekend homestand hotter than an Atlanta midsummer’s day. Rolling off a 10-game win streak, the Eagles hoped to stretch that to 12 in their games against University of Chicago (Ill.) and No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, respectively. The No. 13 Eagles sank the UChicago Maroons Friday night 71-66 thanks to 31 points from freshman phenom point guard Romin Williams, but were humbled 84-67 Sunday at the hands of a disciplined WashU team that dished the Eagles

their first loss since Dec. 2. Emory opened the weekend homestand against a struggling UChicago team. Though the Maroons entered Friday’s contest at 7-9 on the season, the team had more than enough fight to worry the streaking Eagles. At the start of the month, UChicago narrowly fell to current University Athletic Association (UAA) leader WashU by a score of 79-78. UChicago jumped ahead early against Emory, claiming a seven-point lead at halftime. Strong presence on the boards and a solid performance from the UAA’s second leading scorer, senior guard Jake Fenlon (16.9 ppg), gave the Maroons the early edge.



But by the final buzzer, the story of Friday’s game was not rebounding, nor was it Fenlon, who finished with 19 points. Friday was about Romin Williams. “[Williams] is one of those guys that doesn’t have to get in rhythm; he is in rhythm all the time,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “He can miss like 10 in a row and then make his next 10.” Williams, who scored 31 points on 10-19 shooting from the field, including 5-8 from behind the three-point line, sparked the Eagles to their 11th consecutive victory. “The amount of energy and firepower that [Williams] has been able to

Stravach, Pair of Losses Drops Emory to No. 4 in UAA Small Seal Personal Bests By Annie UichAnco Asst. Sports Editor

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For the third straight week, the Emory track and field team traveled to the Birmingham CrossPlex, this time for the KMS Invitational Jan. 28, hosted by the University of New Orleans (La.). Though the invitational was not scored, it offered Emory athletes valuable experience in a championship facility, which will help them prepare for future races such as the national championship in March. In the mile run, senior captain Gabrielle Stravach posted a 5:04.65 mark, placing third overall. On top of that performance, she set a personal-best time in the 800m with a time of 2:15.89. Freshman Andi Breitowich reached a height of 3.35m on the pole vault, the fifth-highest mark in school history. In the high jump, junior Jordan

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Emory women’s basketball’s fourgame winning streak ended last weekend after the Eagles suffered a weekend of University Athletic Association (UAA) conference losses at home to the No. 1 University of Chicago Maroons and the No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Bears. The Eagles fell to the Maroons 79-61 Jan. 26 and closed out the weekend with a final decision of 78-64 against the Bears Jan. 28. The team now stands at No. 4 in the UAA conference with a 4-3 record. The Eagles took on WashU in a Sunday game that resulted in their second loss of the weekend. The first quarter seemed to play out in Emory’s favor after junior guard Azzairia JacksonSherrod drained two jumpers in the first minute. Around the six-minute mark, the Eagles increased their lead to seven points with a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Erin Lindahl. After Lindahl’s play, the Bears called a 30-second timeout, after which they started to gain the advantage, and led after the first quarter, 17-14. Emory trailed close behind in the second and third quarters, decreasing the WashU lead to as little as two

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Freshman center Blair Ripley secures possession of the ball during the team’s second loss of the weekend against Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Jan. 29. points on four separate occasions. The Bears burst into the final quarter with a nine-point lead and added to it with a 10-4 run in the quarter. Despite 21 points from Emory’s top scorers, the Eagles failed to meet the Bears’ mark, ending with a final score of 78-64. Junior center Ashley Oldshue and Lindahl led the Eagles’ scoring with 17 points each, while Jackson-Sherrod

followed with 16 points. WashU dominated the charity stripe, shooting 94.4 percent compared to Emory’s 52.4 percent. “I just think we have to get back to what we focus on before the game,” Oldshue said. “I think it’s always for us getting more possession, so like limiting turnovers, getting more rebounds.” Two days earlier, the Eagles met

with the UChicago Maroons who earned their 13th straight win 79-61. Despite UChicago’s early lead, the Eagles chased the Maroons to a 40-39 edge going into the second half. “I think we came out pretty strong in the first half,” Oldshue said. “I think we just lost focus on what was work-

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January 31, 2018  
January 31, 2018