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Doctors Las Vegas Massacre Stuns Emory Volunteer For Maria Relief By Madison BoBer Contributing Writer

By lauren Balotin Senior Staff Writer Several Emory physicians provided aid to individuals injured during Hurricane Maria. Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine deployed eight faculty members and physicians to assist patients injured during Hurricane Maria, according to Sheryl Heron, vice chair of administrative affairs in the department. The patients were transported to Atlanta from the U.S. Virgin Islands

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“You always read about shootings and hear about it in the news, but you never think it will happen to you, in your home, in your own backyard,” Las Vegas native Melanie Dunn (21C) said. In the deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history, at least 59 people were killed and 527 injured in Las Vegas, Sunday night, after a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to The New York Times. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired on a crowd of thousands of people from the 32nd floor of the hotel, several hundred feet southwest of the concert grounds, according to the Times. Country music singer Jason Aldean was performing when the gunshots began, and the shots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes, according to the Times. Armed with at least 23 firearms, police found Paddock dead in his hotel room,

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A gunman fired into a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Sunday, resulting in at least 59 dead and 527 injured. the Times reported. Dunn had previously attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and knew attendees of this year’s event. “My dad’s coworker who attended this year said that when gunfire sounded, everyone rushed toward the


… exit, which meant a lot of people were trampled,” Dunn said. “Bullets were ricocheting off the cement; many people had shrapnel in their lower bodies.” Vegas is a small community, Dunn said. Some Emory students, such as

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Undoc. Students Talk DACA, Higher Education By Varun GuPta Staff Writer

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Eleven candidates running for Atlanta mayor discussed topics ranging from Emory’s annexation to affordable housing in Glenn Memorial Auditorium Sept. 28. See MAjoRity, Page 5


Logan van Reken (21C), knew concertgoers who were injured in the attack. Two students from van Reken’s high school were shot. “One of them didn’t have to get

“[My classmates] would shake my hand and then they would wipe it,” said Mauricio Perez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. The reason for their disgust: “Because you are not from here.” Perez, a panelist for “The Dream After DACA: A Conversation with Freedom University” event Sept. 28, explained that that situation was just one of several examples of racial discrimination undocumented immigrants face in the United States, especially after President Donald J. Trump’s administration announced last month that it planned to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA offered a temporary immi-

gration benefit to people who were brought to the country illegally as children. Three undocumented Freedom University (FU) students, including Perez, discussed discrimination and other hardships at the event hosted by Emory’s chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon in White Hall. FU Executive Director Laura Emiko Soltis (12G) said that the purpose of the event was to put a face to the undocumented youth pursuing higher education. More than 15 students and community members attended the event. Panelist Aitana Regalada immigrated from Ecuador to Georgia more than 16 years ago. When she applied to colleges, Regalada said that she had

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Emory to Follow Existing Protocol, Drug, Liquor Violations Down at Emory Reviews Interim Guidelines By richard chess News Editor

By Presley West Contributing Writer Emory will continue to enforce Obama-era Title IX guidelines regarding university sexual assault cases, though the U.S. Department of Education announced interim guidelines while it develops replacement policies. The Title IX changes were announced Sept. 22, and interim policies will replace the previous Obama-

era guidelines, according to a Sept. 22 Department of Education press release. Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair confirmed that Emory will continue to enforce the Obama-era policies while reviewing the interim guidelines. “Emory University remains committed to sexual assault prevention, response and advocacy,” Nair said in a

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An Emory security and fire report released Sept. 29 reveals a significant decrease in drug and liquor law violation disciplinary referrals in 2016. Emory released the 2017 Annual Security Report, Annual Fire Safety Report and Statement of Campus Security Policy through a Universitywide email from Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion Lynell Cadray. The data reflect the calendar year 2016 and historical data from 2015

and 2014 collected by Emory Police Department (EPD) and Campus Life. According to the report, drug law referrals decreased to 17 cases from 55 in 2015 and 85 in 2014. Liquor law referrals decreased to 148 from 294 in 2015 and 302 in 2014. Referrals are recorded when a member of Campus Life catches an individual with drugs or alcohol. If a student is caught by EPD and arrested or receives a citation, an arrest is recorded. There were 12 drug law arrests and one liquor law arrest in 2016.

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The Wheel emailed Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Clery Act Compliance Officer Craig Watson to ask for a potential cause of the decrease. Watson, who is mentioned as the person of contact for inquires related to the report, forwarded the Wheel’s inquiry to Campus Life Director of Communications Senior Director for Communications Tomika DePriest, who did not respond to the Wheel’s request by press time. Rapes increased to six from four

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Crime Report Compiled by Monica Lefton On Sept. 26 at 12 p.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to a call regarding harassing communications. Officers met with an Emory professor who had been reportedly receiving emails from somebody he did not know. He reported receiving between 10 and 20 emails a day for the past several months, beginning in early summer. The emails, which originate from multiple email addresses and are from “Jill Thomas,” frantically discuss issues from politics to environmental disasters. Some caused the professor concern, including one that invited the professor to “meet together to live in the wild and complete a murder suicide pact” and another that said the “democratic party was after [the sender] to kill her for being a whistleblower in D.C.” Emails originated from domains that make it difficult to determine the user’s identity, but some emails contained a telephone number and Twitter profile. The professor stated that he is mentioned in numerous online publications and that he suspects that may be how his information was obtained. The officer explained the professor’s options, which included blocking the email addresses and deleting the messages from the junk folder. The case has been assigned to a detective. On Sep. 29 at 8:15 a.m., EPD officers conducting a building check of the Oxford Road Building were informed by an Uber driver of a hit-and-run on Oxford Road. The individual said that she saw a man back his 1999 Mercedes Benz S420 into a gray 2017 Honda Accord four times while attempting to parallel park on Oxford Road. Officers arrived on the scene and ran the license plate numbers of both vehicles. The driver of the Honda came back to the scene around 8:30 a.m. and spoke with officers. The driver of the Mercedes was located in front of the Oxford Road Building at 9:27 a.m. The officer asked dispatch to run the driver of the Mercedes’s license number, and dispatch confirmed that his license had been suspended. The man was arrested and transported to DeKalb County Jail. On Sep. 30 at 12:38 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding an intox-

icated individual on the Clairmont Campus recreation field. An individual unaffiliated with Emory called and reported that he witnessed a female “past intoxicated” at the location. Officers arrived on scene and met with a 19-year-old Emory student who was crying, unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol. She said that she could not remember the amount of alcohol she had consumed, and at one point stated she had consumed no alcohol at all. She was unable to answer other basic questions officers asked her. American Medical Response (AMR) responded and provided medical treatment on scene, but the student refused to be transported to Emory University Hospital (EUH). Officers dropped the subject off at Woodruff Residential Center. Campus Life was notified. On Oct. 1 at 1:19 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding an intoxicated individual at 15 Eagle Row, the Delta Tau Delta (DTD) and Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) house. Officers arrived on the scene and met several students in the rear of the building, one of whom was a 19-year-old female Emory student who was breathing but barely conscious. Officers spoke with a second student who said that the female had consumed one beer and three shots of vodka at the location. AMR responded and transported the subject to EUH. Campus Life was notified. On Oct. 1 at 2:16 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding an intoxicated individual in the second floor men’s bathroom of Harris Hall. The complainant, a resident advisor (RA), stated that the subject was a 20-year-old male student who had been vomiting in the bathroom and appeared to be in need of medical attention. Officers entered the restroom and saw a large amount of vomit coming from under one of the the stall doors, which the subject had locked. The subject reported that he went to a party at 1490 Clifton Rd and had too much to drink. The subject exited the stall when DeKalb Fire Rescue Department and AMR were called to the scene but refused medical attention. Campus Life was notified.

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Compiled by Lauren Balotin scharf, Bender-Bier aPPointed to cc Adam Scharf (18C) and Diana Bender-Bier (18C) were appointed College Council (CC) senior legislators through an unanimous vote by legislators, according to a Sept. 28 email from CC President Cassidy Schwartz (18C) to the Wheel. Scharf and Bender-Bier are filling the two positions that opened last month when two senior legislators resigned. The replacement process included an interview by Schwartz and CC Vice President Naman Jain (18C) followed by a vote from 18 CC legislators, whose responsibilities include distributing charters for new clubs, allocating funding for events, conducting student outreach and planning social events. Eighteen people applied for the position, according to Schwartz.

by a DeKalb County grand jury f0r the murder of her daughter Skylar Fowler. The mother of the one-yearold left the child in a hot car for more than five hours while she got her hair done according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The grand jury charged her with second-degree murder, child cruelty and concealing a death, according to the AJC. Fowler parked at Emory University Hospital while getting her hair braided at Mahogany’s Salon on Lavista Road, where she told her stylist to “take her time” as she was in “no rush,” according to prosecutor Dalia Racine. DeKalb County Police Department Detective Keith McQuilkin testified in court Aug. 3 that Fowler provided several false accounts of the events that occurred, claiming she checked in on her child in the car every 30 minutes when surveillance camera footage proved otherwise, according to the AJC. Fowler has been denied bond and remains in jail. — Alex Klugerman

Price resiGns after controVersy irMa cost delta $120 Million U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Sept. 29 following accusations that he spent more than $1 million in private jet travel using taxpayer money. Price announced his decision after stating that the trips were taken on “official business” and offering to reimburse $52,000 to taxpayers Sept. 28, according to the AJC. President Donald J. Trump said Sept. 27 that he was “not happy” with Price’s travel methods. In his resignation letter, Price wrote that he had spent 40 years putting people first as a public servant but regrets that “recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.” Price completed his medical residency at Emory in 1983 and served as an assistant professor at Emory from 2002 to 2015. Mother indicted in hot-car death Dijanelle Fowler was indicted

Hurricane Irma resulted in 2,200 cancelled flights and a $120 million profit loss for Delta Air Lines, which has its largest hub at HartsfieldJackson International Airport, according to the AJC. Delta said the losses are roughly 1 percent of the airline’s total operating profit margin. Irma also caused other airlines in the Southeast to cancel flights, resulting in more than 12,000 total cancellations, according to USA Today. Irma hit the greater Atlanta area Sept. 9 as a tropical storm with strong winds and rain. atlanta Marijuana Penalties Atlanta City Council voted to reduce penalties for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, according to the AJC. The Council voted unanimously to reduce maximum financial penalties from $1,000 to $75, according to the AJC. The Council also voted to eliminate

the six months of jail time for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana. Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall supported the legislation for its ability to “reduce the inequities that [the] justice system levies on people of color.” Of those arrested for marijuana possession in Atlanta between 2014 and 2016, 92 percent were black, according to the Racial Justice Action Center. The legislation had been stalled when Council members expressed concerns that there had not been enough discussion with Atlanta law enforcement and that legislation could wrongly suggest that marijuana is legal and decreased penalties would carry outside of city limits, according to the AJC. eMory Gets $628 Mill. in fundinG Emory University received $628 million from external funding agencies for fiscal year 2016-2017, the largest amount of research funding Emory has ever received, according to a Sept. 26 Emory press release. In the press release, Vice President for Research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) David S. Stephens said that the funding shows a “strong upward trajectory over the past decade.” More than 61 percent of this funding came from federal agencies, and more than 83 percent of funding from federal agencies came from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the press release. WHSC received the most funds with more than 93 percent of the University’s total funding. Emory University School of Medicine received $355.7 million, the Rollins School of Public Health received $131.7 million, Yerkes National Primate Research Center received $79 million, Emory College received $35.4 million and Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received $15 million.

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Community Shows Support for Vegas Natives Continued from Page 1 surgery — the bullet went straight through her,” van Reken said. “Her twin sister was shot in the back and in the leg, and she suffered a punctured lung. She had to undergo surgery.” Van Reken said she was at first confused and horrified by the news and immediately called her mom. Similarly, Dunn said two high school seniors she knew were hospitalized because they were shot. President Donald J. Trump called the shooting “an act of pure evil,” but he also issued words of optimism in face of the tragedy. “[America’s] unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will,” Trump said in a Monday morning speech. Vegas native Quinn Iriye (21C) said she woke up to the news of the shooting and immediately thought, “Is everyone that I know OK?’” “It’s weird when you see things like #PrayForParis — you never think it’ll happen in your hometown,” Iriye said. “This is a problem, and ... we need to find a way to stop it.” Both Dunn and van Reken said that the Emory community was supportive in wake of the tragedy.

“[Student Programming Council] SPC reached out for recommendations on events for Las Vegas, such as a candlelight vigil or any fundraising ideas,” van Reken said. Vegas native Mackienzy Kahl’s (21C) said his mind raced to his uncle, who often works shows at the Mandalay Bay.

“It’s weird when you see things like #PrayForParis — you never think it’ll happen in your hometown.” — Quinn Iriye (21C), Las Vegas native Kahl said he received an outpouring of support from the community after the shooting. “It’s amazing to be in a community where people know your home town and come together to support you,” Kahl said. “My RA, hall director, floormates and friends all reached out to me.” Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting a vigil for Las Vegas Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Cox Bridge, according flyers posted across campus

on Tuesday. The SGA Committee on Diversity and Equity emailed a statement to students Oct. 3 highlighting resources available to the Emory community including the Student Intervention Services (SIS) team and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). “In a society where mass shootings have become desensitized, we ask that you continue to reflect on the gravity of the situation,” the SGA Committee on Diversity and Equity’s statement read. “We realize that this is a grave tragedy and hope that we can all come together in support of those affected.” Young Democrats of Emory wrote in an Oct. 2 Facebook post that the best way to honor those injured and killed in the Vegas shooting is stricter gun control. “More guns in the ‘right hands’ won’t save people,” the group wrote. The GoFundMe page started by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, “Las Vegas Victims’ Fund,” has raised more than $3.9 million in funding as of Tuesday evening. Dunn urged people to donate whatever they could to the effort, even if by voicing support. Michelle Lou contributed reporting.

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Number of Reported Burglaries on Campus Drops Continued from Page 1 in 2015. Both numbers represent decreases from the 25 reported rapes in 2014. Burglaries increased to 29 cases from 20 in 2015 and 20 in 2014. Motor vehicle thefts decreased to four from nine in 2015 and 14 in 2014. Emory released the security and fire report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus

Security Poicy and Campus Crime Stastics Act (Clery Act), passed in 1990, which requires colleges to disclose crime statistics in an annual report, even if the crimes are reported anonymously or determined to be unfounded. Cadray told the Wheel last year that not all crimes are reported and included in the report. “We’d like to attribute it to all the great work we’re doing, but we can’t

underestimate the lack of reporting that exists on campus,” Cadray said. “It’s very intimidating for any student to even think about reporting, but we’re trying to make sure that we’re developing processes that make students feel comfortable doing so.” Jacob Durst contributed reporting.

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Oxford Campus Car Break-ins Trigger Alerts

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Adams, Recent Law Graduate, Dies at 25 By Michelle lou Executive Editor

Recent Emory graduate Edward Cortez Adams (17L) died Sept. 25, according to a Sept. 29 email to Law School staff members sent on behalf of Interim Dean James B. Hughes. Adams was 25 years old. The Wheel was unable to confirm the cause of death as of Oct. 3. Edward Cortez Adams (17L)

By richard chess News Editor Three individuals attempting to open and steal from cars in Oxford College’s Haygood Hall parking lot triggered a “shelter in place” alert early Wednesday morning, according to an Emory Police Department (EPD) crime report. The subjects have not been apprehended as of press time, according to EPD Sergeant John Harper. EPD Officer Joe Burgess reported noticing three people pulling car door handles on a surveillance camera at 1:15 a.m. After reviewing footage, EPD officers found that the subjects had entered an unlocked a tan Hyundai Sonata belonging to an Oxford student, unlocked the trunk and removed an unknown item from it shortly after 1:14 a.m. Burgess and EPD Officer Marvin Poulson responded to the scene, but one of the subjects saw Burgess approaching and alerted the other subjects to the officer’s presence. Burgess drew his firearm and told the subjects to get on the ground. The subjects fled and jumped over the wooden fence at the Maintenance Barn. EPD contacted Newton County Sheriff’s Office to assist the search of the Maintenance Barn and establish a perimeter around the area. A “shelter in place” alert was issued for Oxford College at 1:26 a.m. Burgess reported that Poulson told

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Emory university issued a “shelter in place” alert early Wednesday morning for oxford Campus. him he believed one of the subjects snuck past him at the rear of the barn and fled into the wooded area, according to the report. Newton County deputies and EPD officers searched the barn and the parking lot but did not find the subjects. One of the subjects’ black Nike sandals were found in the parking lot and placed into evidence. At 1:47 a.m., an “all clear” alert was issued for Emory University. “After the search of the area by our police, with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff’s Department, we felt [confident] the subjects had left the area,” Harper wrote in a Sept. 27 email to the Wheel. Officers were unable to collect fingerprints due to heavy condensation on the vehicles.

At 1:47 a.m., the same time the “all clear” alert was sent via text message, a siren sounded on Emory’s main campus indicating a tornado warning had been issued for the Emory campus. A voice on the loudspeaker told people to seek shelter and check local news for more information. Local news outlets did not report a tornado approaching the Atlanta area. “The sirens on the Emory campus were activated in error,” according to a Sept. 27 statement to the Wheel on behalf of Sam Sharter, senior administrator at the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR). “We have determined the root cause of the error and have corrected it.”

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At Emory, Adams served as notes and comments editor for the “Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal,” treasurer for the Emory Law Student Bar Association, the first-year representative for the Black Law Student Association and a member of the transactional law competition team, according to his LinkedIn. He earned his undergraduate degree in public policy and English from the University of Mississippi. Adams started working as an associate at corporate law firm Lowenstein Sandler in New York in September 2017, according to his LinkedIn. His profile on the company’s website was removed as of Sept. 28. His mother, Jen Adams, started a GoFundMe page to assist with the funeral expenses and transporting his belongings from New York City to Tennessee. Although her goal was $10,000, the mother of three has raised more than $19,000. “[Edward Cortez Adams] studied very hard and sacrificed so much to stay focused and achieve the dreams he wanted for his life at such a young age!” Jen Adams wrote in the GoFundMe

description. “He was so proud of finally arriving at the moment of graduating, passing the bar exam, and starting his new job, which always showed in the biggest, most beautiful smile you’ve ever seen!!” Hughes called Edward Cortez Adams a vibrant member of the Emory Law community in his email. “His death is a sad loss felt deeply by many of us, and I extend my condolences to all who are affected,” Hughes wrote. David Stovall, Edward Cortez Adams’ Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brother at the University of Mississippi, remembered Cortez Adams as a kind person who was always willing to help his friends. “I want people to know that he was a brilliant person … and being around him pushed you to want to do more,” Stovall said. “He had so much love in him.” When Ann Sweezer met Edward Cortez Adams in high school, she said he was “down-to-Earth” with a “bubbly personality.” She remembered him as always in the top of his class and an active participant of several academic groups in school. “He always enjoyed making us laugh,” Sweezer recalled. The funeral was held Oct. 1 at Holy Temple Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. The Student Bar Association scheduled a memorial service Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in Hunter Atrium. Counseling and support services are available to the Emory community. Students may reach the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center by calling 404.727.7450 or the Office of Religious Life at 404.727.6225. Faculty and staff may reach the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 404.727.4328.

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Emory Physicians Triage Patients From Virgin Islands After Hurricane Continued from Page 1 for access to medical resources, she added. The volunteers met the hurricanebattered patients as their planes landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 24, Heron said. They immediately began triaging patients by assessing their physical and mental conditions and determining the best method to transport some patients to hospitals to which they needed to go. Most patients required dialysis to treat their kidneys, while other patients suffered from diabetes, hypertension and trauma, Chair of Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine Katherine Heilpern said. The volunteers treated 67 patients and 53 family members and caregivers who accompanied them, according to Heilpern. They were among the roughly 110 patients in St. Croix requiring transportation for dialysis treatment, Assistant Medical Director of Grady Memorial Center’s Emergency Care Hospital Brooks Moore said. Five patients who landed in Atlanta were immediately transported to Atlantaarea hospitals for care. Hurricane Maria killed at least 16 people and is the most powerful

hurricane and the first category 5 hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, according to The Washington Post. The hurricane caused extensive infrastructure damage to Puerto Rico and neighboring islands such as the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The White House declared the Virgin Islands a disaster area to make federal funding available for residents, according to The New York Times. Emory physicians evaluated the patients based on a brief physical exam, vital signs examinations of blood pressure, heart rate measurements performed by nurses and a blood sugar test for patients who had diabetes, according to Heilpern. “Emergency medicine is kind of an impressionist art,” Heilpern said. “We see people in a moment in time and must make assessments with very little information and very compressed time.” Patients with kidney failures rely on dialysis every few days to avoid accumulation of excess toxins, particularly potassium, which can cause abnormal and fatal heart rhythms, Moore said. Following Hurricane Maria, St. Croix lacked the power and infrastructure necessary to provide dialysis, so those patients were “considered high priority

to get out of the danger zone as soon as possible,” Moore said. Federal officials contacted Emory late on Sept. 23 to request volunteers, and Emory agreed to send some of its physicians. The relief efforts took place overnight, with the first aircraft landing shortly after 10 p.m. Sept. 24 and the third and final aircraft landing after 2 a.m. the following morning, Heilpern said. The planes were initially scheduled to arrive at 1:30 p.m. but were delayed due to infrastructure and communication issues caused by the hurricane. Heilpern said it was a “quick” and “easy” decision to volunteer. “One of the most important things we do in emergency medicine is just being there for our community in times of need,” Heilpern said. Heron said that she volunteered because she felt it was her responsibility to help those in need when she can. Her husband is from St. Croix, so she also felt a personal connection to the cause. “I was a bit nervous that I would be seeing family members or friends,” Heron said. Emory’s Grady Memorial Hospital is a hub for patients who experienced mass casualty events because of its ability to be quickly “responsive,

engaged and mobilized,” according to Heron. And Atlanta is a convenient location for relief efforts because of its proximity to a large airport and military base, Moore added. Volunteers worked with other organizations on site, including the American Red Cross, the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Air Force personnel, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center nurses and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Heilpern described the night as a “symphony” and a “team effort.” Heron said that she first noticed her department’s commitment to humanitarian relief efforts when she responded to the 1996 Centennial Park bombing that killed two and injured at least 100 people shortly after she began working at Emory. Since then, she has seen Emory aid victims of many local and international disasters, including the Ebola epidemic. Emory has treated hurricane victims in the past, Heilpern said. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, patients from the Louisiana coast arrived in Atlanta also in need of dialysis. Ebola patients from Africa were also transported to Emory for treat-

ment in 2014, and the department sends faculty to international sites to assist those suffering from natural disasters. “For physicians who have the knowledge and capacity to render care, it is our automatic instinct to respond, and our colleagues at Emory really speak to that,” Heron said. “I’ve been here for 21 years, and … with consistency, I see our colleagues rise up.” Emory does a lot to prepare for disaster relief, according to Moore. “Fortunately, we don’t have to see that in action too often, but when we do, it’s very satisfying and gratifying to see all that we’re capable of,” Moore said. Other Emory volunteers included Grady Health System Chief of Emergency Medicine Hany Atallah, Medical Director of the Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Julio Lairet, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Kathleen O’Donnell, Professor of Emergency Medicine Tammie Quest and Medical Director of the Grady EMS Emergency Communications Center Arthur Yancey, according to a Sept. 26 Emory press release.

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Former Diplomat Emphasizes Minority Views Standard of Evidence At Colleges’ Discretion By Valerie sandoVal Contributing Writer

This semester, a former Israeli ambassador to Ecuador and Brazil will bring his real-world political experience into Emory classrooms. As the youngest ambassador in Israel’s history at 35 years old and Israel’s first non-Jewish career diplomat, Reda Mansour said that he hopes to share what he has learned after living in various societies to help students understand more than just the theoretical side of politics. Through the Visiting Israeli Scholar Program, Mansour is teaching two classes at Emory this semester, Israel: Religion, Society, Culture and Identity and Israeli Diplomacy: History and Politics. The Israel Institute brings Israeli professors to teach at America’s top universities to encourage a mutual exchange of academic research and knowledge, according to its website. Mansour stressed the importance of looking at societies through the eyes of minorities. He believes that academia doesn’t do enough to shine light on minority perspectives, and hopes to illuminate this necessary viewpoint through his Religion, Society, Culture and Identity course. “You can’t understand society without understanding the relationships between the majority and minority groups in that society,” Mansour said. As a member of one of the smallest ethnoreligious groups in the world, the Druze, Mansour is committed to making the voices of minority groups heard. The Druze make up make up about 2 percent of Israel’s population, according to Pew Research Center. Mansour’s appointment as ambassador was a symbolic victory for the Druze as it showed that it was possible for members of minorities to break pre-existing barriers and hold high position jobs, according to Mansour. Although he has taken a break from diplomacy to be a professor, Mansour said he still keeps up with politics. Mansour said that he believes that

the relationship between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is off to a strong start. He acknowledged that it is still early in the term of the Trump administration, so no major moves to revive the peace process between the two countries have been made. Mansour said he believes that the reason the relationship is sound at the moment is, in part, because the Trump administration is Republican, and Israel currently has a right-wing government. In his previous work, Mansour said he sought to promote “people-to-people” diplomacy rather than “elites-toelites” diplomacy. Reda Mansour, Former Israeli ambassador to Ecuador and Brazil Courtesy of WIkImedIa Commons

“I think it’s important to connect with people, not just sit in offices and have conversations with elites,” Mansour said. “Don’t be a talking head on the screen, saying only political stuff. Let them know you as a person and connect as many people and institutions as possible.” During his time as an ambassador, Mansour made a point to travel around whichever country he was working in and speak at universities, churches and cultural centers. He expressed his belief that diplomats should promote cooperation by supporting their home country as well as the country they are serving in. “Modern diplomacy should be looked at as trying to create win-win situations for both countries rather than only looking out for the interests of your own country,” Mansour said. The former ambassador served in Atlanta as Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States and Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps. Mansour was responsible for Israeli


citizens living in or travelling to the Southeast region of the U.S. The Israel Institute gave Mansour the option to teach at any of the top schools in the country and chose to come to Emory. Mansour’s experience with the Atlanta community influenced his decision to come to Emory as a professor. “Emory is an amazing university — there is an atmosphere of growth here,” Mansour said. “There is also a lot of social awareness and involvement in social political issues, which I feel is very important, and it connects to my interests in society and social causes.” Mansour expressed that he had always wanted to be a professor and that it was his original plan before going into politics, which is why he continued his studies while working as a diplomat. His term at Emory will be the first time he teaches outside of Israel. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Haifa’s Department of Middle Eastern History and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (Mass.) and Salamanca University. Mansour is also a published author and poet and speaks five languages. He said he sees poetry as a way to figure out the world and believes translating works into other languages can help bridge the gap between different cultures and promote unity. In addition to Mansour’s political and academic work, he has served on the board of many non-governmental organizations (NGO) and civil organizations such as Jewish Healthcare International and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. “If the civil society of a country is independent from politics and strong, the country will be strong,” Mansour said. “When a country has a strong education system, economic system and health system, then politics becomes much less important.”

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“There is no fixed time frame under Sept. 22 Facebook post. “We will con- which a school must complete a Title tinue to enforce our sexual misconduct IX investigation,” the interim guidepolicy, reach out to educate and inform lines said. The new guidelines also permit and build on the work of our Senate Sub-Committee for the Prevention of mediation as an option in resolving sexual assault cases. Mediation is an Sexual Violence. We are reviewing the new feder- option to allow the accused and the al Q&A, which will be followed by accuser to reach a “voluntary resoluDepartment of Education require- tion” in monitored sessions by colleges if both parties consent, according to ments, as we plan next steps.” Emory released the same statement the interim guidelines. Under the Obama administration, on the official University Facebook a ban was enacted on page Sept. 23. mediation based on In a Sept. 25 email the belief that accusto the Wheel, Vice “The safety of our ers were pressured to Provost of Equity students and our and Inclusion Lynell entire community will participate, according to The New York Cadray wrote, “Once always remain our Times. all stakeholders have top priority.” Universities may had time to thoroughchoose to follow the ly review the informa— Lynell Cadray, Vice Obama-era guidelines tion, we will deterProvost of Equity and while the new policy mine next steps. ... Inclusion changes undergo a The safety of our stupublic comment peridents and our entire community will always remain our top od, the Department of Education said. Changes were made to Title IX to priority.” Under the new guidelines, colleges increase the rights of students accused can choose to apply either the clear of sexual assault. The Department of Education statand convincing evidence standard or preponderance of evidence standard ed that the original policy lacked “the to find an accused student responsible most basic elements of fairness and due process,” according to a statement for sexual assault. The clear and convincing evidence from acting Assistant Secretary for standard is a stricter standard of evi- Civil Rights Candice Jackson. Among graduate and undergradudence than the original Obama-era policy, which required universities to ate students nationwide, 11.2 percent abide by the preponderance of evi- of all students experience rape or dence standard, also known as the sexual assault through physical force, 51-percent standard, which means violence, or incapacitation, according that it was more likely than not that to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National misconduct had occurred based on the Network. evidence. Michelle Lou and Richard Chess The new guidelines also modified the time required for investigations contributed reporting. to be closed, changing it from 60 days to within a “reasonably prompt” time — Contact Presley West at frame.


Dining ‘FACE’s Student Complaints Emory Obtains Kerouac Letter for $200K By Belicia rodriGuez Contributing Writer

By natalia Brody Staff Writer A letter that inspired Jack Kerouac to write the American classic “On the Road” has been acquired by Emory University’s Rose Library. The 19-page typed letter was written by Beat author Neal Cassady and sent to Kerouac in 1950, according to The New York Times. The letter was acquired at Heritage Auctions in Dallas March 2016 for $206,250, according to the auctioneer’s website. Emory received external financial support, Rose Library Director Rosemary Magee said, adding that “getting this letter [is] extraordinary” because it adds to the library’s preexisting Kerouac collection. In 1968, Kerouac told the “Paris Review” that this letter was “the greatest piece of writing [he] ever saw.” He also credited the letter with inspiration for the stream-of-consciousness style that he later used in “On the Road.” The piece is most commonly known as the Joan Anderson Letter, named after a woman with whom Kerouac shared a romantic history. Previously, the letter was believed

to have been dropped off a houseboat by Allen Ginsberg, a friend of Kerouac’s, and lost forever. Ginsberg had actually sent the letter to a publisher who left the piece unopened for several years. In 2014, it was found and opened before being claimed for ownership by the estates of both Cassady and Kerouac. The parties ultimately reached a settlement, and the letter was sent to an auction house. The letter is now on display in the Schatten Gallery on the third floor of Robert W. Woodruff Library as part of the new exhibition, “The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation and the Counterculture, 1940-1975,” which opened Sept. 28. Other possessions of Beatgeneration writers, such as Brion Gysin and Ginsberg, are also on display until May 15. After the exhibition ends, the letter will remain a permanent part of the Rose Library collections. In the future, Magee said the letter will be available to students interested in researching its creation and its eccentric author.

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The Food Advisory Committee at Emory (FACE) convened for its first meeting of the academic year Sept. 28 at Cox Hall Ballroom to discuss on-campus dining changes and hear approximately 35 students’ feedback. Cox Hall now offers a daily deal priced at $6 to $7 at certain stations such as Twisted Taco, according to the Emory Dining staff members present at the meeting. Director of Campus Dining Chad Sunstein said the dining hall in the forthcoming Campus Life Center (CLC) will seat about 800 people and that Emory Dining is considering installing drink dispensers featuring sparkling and flat water in the CLC. When asked about the absence of food truck Strada Napoli Pizza, Sunstein said the company was fixing its trucks and would return to campus with its wood-fired pizza shortly. One student expressed concern about the long lines at the DUC-ling. Kellie Piper, resident district manager for Bon Appetit, said that the cause is an increase in number of enrolled students since last year and smaller space in the DUC-ling. She explained that one solution would be to offer more dining options to “speed things up,” but the logistics behind that solution have not been sorted out.

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More than 35 students attended the first FACE meeting of the academic year to provide their input on dining. Another student complained about the removal of the custom-sandwich bar from the DUC-ling. In response, Piper said that move was to increase efficiency and that the dining staff wants to hear from students about the types of pre-made sandwiches they want to see. “We do really want to know what you like to eat,” Piper said. Another student, who said that she is lactose intolerant, complained about the prices for almond milk at Highland Bakery. She paid an additional 75 cents for a splash of almond milk, she said. Sunstein replied that they would look into the situation. A popular request among students was more food options at the Robert

W. Woodruff Library. Suggestions included soup and more fruit. The Dining staff members said they would look into adding more options. A student also inquired about the lemon poppyseed bread at Kaldi’s. Emory Dining representatives said that it was a seasonal item and that it will return shortly. FACE co-chairs Robert Gershowitz (18B) and Gillian Hecht (18C) introduced a new FACE hotline, 424-488FACE (3223). Students can text the number at any time with feedback, and FACE said that it would try to respond within a day.

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After DACA Recission, Students Live in Fear Continued from Page 1 to identify as an international student and could not receive governmentbacked scholarships. When her high school friends inquired about not getting a driver’s license or a job, Regalada said that she avoided the subject of her undocumented status. Such discrimination can occur through systemic policies or implicitly biased attitudes, the speakers said. In the past, FU has openly criticized and protested Emory University for failing to take a stronger position on protecting undocumented students. On Friday, Soltis said during the event that students and University admissions officers must push University administrators and the Georgia Board of Regents to change legislation to give undocumented students the same rights as other students. “People in power literally recycle the same types of oppression and [hope] that people don’t notice,” Soltis said. “I think it is important … that we are constantly developing relationships of solidarity [with undocumented immigrants].” Although students who have DACA status can legally drive, the program does not absolve undocumented immigrants’ fear of deportation, Perez said. “[DACA] does not do a lot. … If I get pulled over for something, the fear is still there that I can get sent back to a place where I don’t know,” said Perez, who has not returned to Mexico since

he arrived in the U.S. FU provides free college preparation classes and application and scholarship assistance to undocumented immigrants, according to its website. Georgia banned undocumented students from paying in-state tuition in 2010. The Board of Regents prohibits certain public universities, such as Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia, from enrolling undocumented students. Emory University accepts applications from undocumented students with or without DACA status, and meets 100 percent of their demonstrated financial need, according to the admissions website. Aleia Ringel (17Ox, 19C) said she was disappointed that she saw no Caucasian faces in the crowd. “I thought [the discussion] was important, and while it was very powerful, I feel that it is a little disappointing to see so few students that were not directly affected by this legislation and policy here,” Ringel said. Another attendee, Rochinelle Dongmo (19C), said that ending DACA would be cruel. “I think it’s ridiculous because they are not doing anything wrong,” Dongmo said. “They contribute to the economy, and to many of them the U.S has been their home for their entire life.”

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Mental Health Research at Emory University Project Director: Dr. Elaine Walker The Mental Health & Development Program is now accepting participants for an NIMH research project concerned with identifying factors that contribute to mental health problems. Volunteers may be eligible if they are 13 to 30 years of age, and are experiencing unusual thoughts or perceptions, or increased suspiciousness. Participation includes diagnostic and cognitive evaluations, MRI scans, EEG, and blood work. There is no charge for the assessments, and participants are compensated for their time.

For more information, contact the Mental Health & Development Program: (404) 727-7547


Majority of Atl. Mayoral Candidates Support Annexation By alex KluGerMan News Editor

Eleven Atlanta mayoral candidates discussed topics such as affordable housing, public transportation and education in a forum at Emory Sept. 28. The event was co-hosted by Emory, the League of Women Voters of Georgia and the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County. Approximately 100 students and community members attended the event at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. The candidates were asked six questions for two hours on Atlanta-centric topics ranging from infrastructure to education, and given one to two minutes to respond depending on the question. Director of Editorials and Public Affairs at WSB-TV Jocelyn Dorsey moderated the discussion. The forum was streamed live across WSB-TV’s social media channels. University President Claire E. Sterk opened the event with remarks regarding Emory’s relationship with the city of Atlanta. The University is currently in negotiations with the city regarding monetary details of its potential annexation. “Emory and Atlanta have a few things in common,” Sterk said. “They both serve as local and global drivers and innovators. Both strive to ensure a sense of community and a sense of belonging for people across the region. These conversations can take Emory and Atlanta to the next level of excellence in all that we do.” Two mayoral candidates, current frontrunner and Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (74C) and teaching assistant at Georgia State

University Carl A. Jackson, did not attend the forum. “I was unable to attend tonight’s LWGA debate because I had a previous commitment to hear the concerns of Atlanta’s neighborhood residents,” Norwood tweeted. Nine of 11 Atlanta nonpartisan mayoral candidates expressed support for Emory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s move to annex into the city of Atlanta. Only Laban King and Georgia state Sen. and Minority Whip Vincent Fort publicly opposed the move. “Emory and the CDC need to stay right where they are,” King said. Fort characterized the maneuver as Emory “jumping in line” for funding for MARTA’s proposed Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative, which would connect the University to downtown Atlanta via light rail. “The people of the city of Atlanta didn’t vote to build from DeKalb … it’s Emory, [a] wealthy, elitist institution jumping in line,” Fort said. Fort accused an “agent of Emory” of playing a role in the closure of the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in Midtown Atlanta. The facility was sold in August to Central Atlanta Progress for $9.7 million as part of a settlement, according to the Atlanta JournalConstitution (AJC). “It is [the City Council’s] information that an agent of Emory paid $10 million to buy the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in exchange for annexation,” Fort said. “A quid pro quo. We’ll pay you $10 million for this building, and we’ll allow you into the city of Atlanta. That’s wrong.” No information has been found to corroborate Fort’s statement, according to the AJC.

Although the most recent polling only has Fort earning 6.1 percent of the vote, the candidate has been gaining national attention, picking up an endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), according to the AJC. Norwood holds the lead with 25.4 percent of the vote and Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, former city of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Aman and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell trail behind at 12.4, 12.1 and 10.4 percent, respectively, according to the most recent polling data compiled by Landmark Communications in partnership with WSB-TV.

“These conversations can take Emory and Atlanta to the next level of excellence in all that we do.” — Claire E. Sterk, University president Bottoms voiced her support of the annexation. “I see the annexation as a testament to the sound financial footing that Atlanta is on,” Bottoms said. “I think the fact Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] want to come into the city really is a message to the rest of the world that Atlanta is fortunate to have such world class institutions asking to be a part of our city.” Bottoms cited her experience on Atlanta City Council and as the only

candidate who has spent time in “both” Atlantas, growing up in a low-income community and eventually ascending to a spot on City Council. “I know what it is like to live in the city as a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet and working two jobs to provide for her children,” Bottoms said. “But I also know what is possible when children in this city are surrounded by beloved leaders who make decisions and make it possible for the little girl to grow up to be a judge, a lawyer and serve on City Council to help transform the community.” Bottoms outlined her support for increasing walking and biking paths to alleviate traffic and the formation of an online contract bidding system for the city to increase transparency on contract negotiations process. She said that if elected mayor, she would establish a director of education to serve as a liaison between Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and city government and be proactive in combatting low childhood and adult literacy rates. Aman emphasized a need to hold city employees accountable for their spending and outlined his plan to transform the MARTA system in an effort to improve infrastructure and traffic conditions in the city. He called for more light and heavy rails, buses and centralized control over traffic lights. “Your next mayor and city council … [will be] the ones spending up to $14 billion dollars on transportation and infrastructure,” Aman said. “It’s the most amount of money to be spent on transportation and infrastructure since [the construction of] MARTA.” Mitchell also expressed his desire to acquire state funding for MARTA

and connect the transit system with the Atlanta Beltline. As Council president, Mitchell posted a list of all his expenses online — a practice he said he would continue as mayor. He also said that he intends to start a series of after-school programs for APS students interested in learning skills and trades like coding, enabling them to work toward a degree while in high school. Mitchell pointed to his plans for improving housing equity and affordability, citing his past experiences as an attorney focused on real estate and finance. “We have at least 10,000 abandoned and vacated homes in this city,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to go get those homes and convert them into places where people can live, where seniors can go affordably and know they won’t be displaced.” Other candidates in attendance included former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, former Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Director Michael T. Sterling and political outsiders Glenn S. Wrightson and Rohit Ammanamanchi. Voting for the Atlanta mayoral election will be held Nov. 7. Current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has already served two terms and is ineligible for reelection. If no candidate receives an absolute majority of 50 percent of the vote, a runoff vote will be held between the top two finishers Dec. 5.

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Annexation Would Benefit College, City This week, DeKalb County and the city of Atlanta reached a settlement regarding Emory’s annexation into Atlanta, a change that would greatly benefit Emory students, faculty and staff. If approved, the annexation would be the biggest change to Atlanta’s borders in decades. It is no wonder then that this agreement was met with criticism. Before a settlement was met, the Dekalb County Commission unanimously voted to object to the annexation. In an 11-page letter the commission stated its concerns, which included “more traffic, higher [population] density, further development, increased risk for sewage spills and a potential impact on public schools.” The settlement itself contains several concessions that were added to meet these concerns. First, the city agreed to pay $10 million for county firefighting services over the next decade. Second, the zoning laws of DeKalb County will not change city standards, alleviating concerns about rapid development in the area. The DeKalb Public School system will not face changes as school district lines will be preserved. Lastly, the city agreed to hold public meetings related to MARTA’s plan to create a light rail that extends to the Emory campus. Those concessions were enough to flip the DeKalb County Commission’s vote unanimously in favor of annexation. In fact, the annexation would have little to no financial impact on residents of DeKalb County. Thanks to the settlement, all tax dollars — $4.4 million to be exact — currently paid by property owners in the proposed annexation area will remain in the county. Residents outside the University system do not have to worry about a hike in taxes due to lost revenue. The main upshot for the Emory community is that the Clifton Corridor project may finally come to fruition. The project proposes the construction of a lightrail MARTA line from Lindbergh Center Station to the University’s campus. For regular Atlanta commuters, a light-rail line would offer a cheaper alternative to driving. MARTA’s University Pass Program costs $68.50 for students and $83.80 for faculty and staff per month. Due to Emory’s current position outside of city limits, the Emory community is not eligible for the discounts. This settlement and the future annexation of Emory present an opportunity to extend the program to our campus, which would especially benefit Emory employees. In total, Emory University and Emory Healthcare

employ more than 30,000 workers. That excludes the large staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The daily commutes of tens of thousands of people inevitably results in negative externalities, such as Clifton Road’s notorious reputation for congestion. Our campus is also home to two hospitals — Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University Hospital (EUH). Both locations have emergency ambulance services that would benefit from decreased congestion, and Emory faculty and staff would have a cheaper, and perhaps more convenient, alternative to driving into DeKalb County. But how will this affect students? Consider the price many students pay for Ubers to and from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Regardless of traffic and pricing surges, it is often simpler to swallow a $20 fee than attempting to split a ride. A hypothetical light rail would run from campus to Lindbergh Center Station, which connects directly to the airport. The whole trip would be about 30 minutes. And better yet, this trip would cost just $2.50, the price of a MARTA light-rail ticket from any location. The settlement also gives Emory the opportunity to extend our university’s resources further. Easier access to the city would facilitate closer partnerships between our community and other Atlanta-based universities and businesses. Ideally, it would become commonplace for students without cars to regularly volunteer in the city, find part-time jobs, take classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology or simply enjoy the vibrant, diverse culture thriving just out of reach. University President Claire E. Sterk put it succinctly: “[The annexation will be] building upon our commitment to community involvement, academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship.” If the annexation petition is accepted, Emory is committing to an extensive partnership with the city of Atlanta that will hopefully lead to great returns for both parties. Both the annexation of Emory into Atlanta and the Clifton Corridor project await a vote by the Atlanta City Council, but the city’s recent settlement with DeKalb County heralds a positive outlook for both. The city of Atlanta must work to make the annexation fair to local residents, but the University’s priority should be its students, faculty and staff; even if the only physical change students notice in the coming years is a rail line, the annexation of Emory into Atlanta would enrich Emory’s community in the long term.

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Players’ Right To Protest NFL Unfairly Censors Conservative Speech Grant Osborn

Our president’s latest temper tantrum to distract the country from his total inefficacy as commanderin-chief was a tirade against the National Football League (NFL). President Donald J. Trump made a firestorm of statements via Twitter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that players who kneel during the national anthem to protest the “[oppression] of black people and people of color” ought to be fired. It should go without saying that Trump has no right to tell private businesses what to do. I would be equally abhorred if former President Barack Obama had told the CEO of Chick-fil-A to step down. But given that Trump could be $10 billion richer had he merely invested his money in the stock market instead of relying on his own abilities as a “master dealmaker,” he probably ought not dole out financial advice anyway. I bet Goodell thanks the Lord every day that he was blessed with greater business acumen than our president. I’m certainly preaching to the choir, so defensibility of Trump’s behavior is a moot point. A much more engrossing question is whether we ought to be kneeling for the anthem in the first place. Here’s my answer: Who cares? Colin Kaepernick, the originator of the recent kneeling movement, is just some guy who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He also happens to be able throw an oblong ball really far — though apparently not far enough to keep his job at the San Francisco 49ers. He is positioned no better or no worse to comment on politics than Ted Nugent. The problem has never been with the political philosophy of NFL players’ rights but with the total hypocrisy of the NFL itself on this issue. In a 2016 preseason game, Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem to protest that the American flag does not “represent what it’s supposed to represent,” according to The New York Times. The NFL said nothing. And it shouldn’t have. Kaepernick should be free to spread whatever message he chooses. But, that same season, the NFL said that it would fine players who wore American flagthemed cleats in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Several players played chicken with the NFL until the league eventually capitulated. That same season, the NFL said that the Dallas Cowboys could not wear decals on their helmets to commemorate Lorne Ahrens, Mi-

chael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson, the five police officers who were brutally slain in the streets in the line of duty by a madman with a sniper rifle in Dallas last year. That same season, the NFL said that if the Georgia state legislature passed a law in furtherance of religious liberty, the city of Atlanta could be removed from consideration to host a future Super Bowl. That same season, the NFL showed us all that it has few qualms leveraging its institutional weight into silencing some speech — conservative speech. Liberal speech, however, remains free from NFL censorship. That is the definition of intolerance. The NFL didn’t even reprimand the St. Louis Rams in 2014 when the whole team ran onto the field with their hands up to protest the Michael Brown shooting — an event that remains far more controversial than the murder of innocent police officers. “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in 2014. What a farce. We are now four games into the 2017 season and hordes of players have already begun kneeling before every game, with no response by the NFL. The solution is not to punish Kaepernick or the Rams or even the whole groups of players who have banded together in protest. Instead, NFL players should be permitted to commemorate 9/11; the Dallas Cowboys should be able to remember the police officers murdered in their city; and the Georgia state legislature should be able to pass resolutions unencumbered by institutions that, despite having no vested interest, seek to appease the political left. As shocked as I am, and as inappropriate as I find his comments, maybe Trump accidentally had a point. This is not to endorse his position on the NFL; my position on Trump and his comments is clear. But at least some of Trump’s comments were lodged in the right general direction. Obviously, the modus operandi of the NFL should not be to institute a blanket ban on protests during the anthem. But it is hard to respect an institution that silences conservative speech with one hand and massages the political left with the other. Kaepernick should have every right to protest whatever he pleases during the national anthem, but the same standard must apply to all speech, conservative and liberal alike. Speech is only free when its regulation is content-neutral. An athlete should be as free to protest gay marriage, abortion rights and Black Lives Matter as he is to protest gun control, systematic oppression or the wage gap. Until he is, the NFL will remain just another partisan organization that has lost the respect of so much of the American public. Grant Osborn is a College senior from Springfield, Ohio.


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Letter to the Editor Eric Weeks I thank Charlotte Selton (20C) for writing about the issues related to the lack of diversity in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) fields. She identified several important issues: stereotype threat, unconscious bias and challenging peer interactions. These are real, serious and pervasive issues in STEM all across the country and, clearly, here at Emory too. The Department of Physics takes these concerns seriously and has been working to address them. First, we do our best to mentor female and minority students, and we are excited about the positive outcomes. This year our department has seven students pursuing honors theses — all seven are women. Moreover, in recent years our female physics majors have gone to physics Ph.D. programs at top schools, including Harvard University (Mass.), New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University (N.J.). Second, we try to address stereotypes and biases. For example, we recently added a statement to syllabi of most physics courses that it is “unac-

ceptable to judge your fellow students by gender, race or anything else.” Third, we diligently work on further improving ourselves: Many Emory physics (and other STEM) faculty are members of the Science Education Research Journal Club, which focuses, in part, on making classrooms more inclusive. The Journal Club includes not just faculty but also postdoctoral students and graduate students; we hope that these future faculty will be even better prepared to positively impact their students. We have done a lot, but we understand that a vast amount of work remains to be done. Our faculty are not complacent about these successes; we continually evaluate how we teach and our role in creating classrooms — and a campus — where all students thrive. I invite all interested members of Emory’s community to join us as we work to find concrete solutions to the problems currently faced by women and minorities in physics and STEM as a whole. Eric Weeks is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Emory Physics Department Chair.

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Tuition Precludes Economic Diversity David Hervey Emory’s total tuition, fees and room and board for the 2015-2016 academic year stood at $63,058, higher than the median American household income of $57,617, according to census data from those years. Even after financial aid is taken into account, the majority of students at Emory have made financial contributions to the University: Net tuition and fees are the secondlargest revenue source for Emory, preceded only by revenue from Emory University Hospital (EUH). Emory’s tuition makes attendance extremely exclusive in an age when many — particularly marginalized groups underrepresented in higher education — cannot afford college despite the financial aid schools offer. According to a study by the New America Foundation, 68 percent of colleges direct scholarship money toward students who don’t need it in order to attract higher-caliber applicants. Thus, Emory’s tuition is counterproductive to its values, which, in the words of University President Claire E. Sterk, include equality and inclusion. In the past, Emory has given no reasons for tuition increases and has stated no intention of lowering costs to make our institution more economically accessible. This problem is not unique to Emory, whose tuition and fees are approximately $5,000 lower than the average among the top 40 U.S. Colleges, according to the U.S. News and World Rankings. Emory is also woefully unforthcoming about where students’ tuition goes. The University’s audit documents fail to entirely disaggregate expenditures on Emory Healthcare from those on educational facilities; it is impossible to know whether tuition subsidizes the hospital or if it’s the other way around. Although the EUH improves the quality of medical, nursing and other health programs, students should know how much of their tuition pays for those programs. Neither do the school’s financial documents publish expenditures on administrative salaries, to which the rising cost of college is often attributed. In 2014, the University presi-

dent’s salary was $1,200,633 — more than twice the national average. Despite having all the information, the University has failed to make it public. Moving forward, University administrators must be more transparent about this data so that current and future tuition-payers can decide whether their money is being well spent. While Emory administrators have made great efforts to publicize their commitment to sustainability and social justice initiatives, there have been no widely-publicized attempts to make Emory more economically diverse, and even the Campus Life Compact for Building an Inclusive Community at Emory says little about economic diversity.

Economic diversity is inseparable from the University’s stated value of inclusivity ...

Economic diversity is inseparable from the University’s stated value of inclusivity, and Emory’s financial aid system is not enough to counteract the exclusivity that high tuition creates. According to a study published in January, a disproportionate 14.9 percent of Emory students come from the top 1 percent of American families, with annual incomes of more than $630,000, while only 27.7 percent come from the bottom 60 percent — families earning less than $65,000 a year. Some schools fare much worse; Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) has greater than three times more one-percenters than 60th-percentile students. The various financial aid packages provided by the federal government, state governments, independent nonprofits and colleges themselves amount to an accounting labyrinth. Much of this system uses tax documents to establish students’ financial need and therefore is just as manipulable by those with access to skilled financial advisers as the federal tax system, and just as impenetrable to those without it. For Emory, federal Pell Grant

awards are capped at less than $6,000. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Emory Advantage program, which aim “to make an Emory education attainable for any qualified student regardless of income,” reduce, but don’t eliminate, the debt burden faced by students. While students protested possible tuition hikes at University of California, Berkeley, there has been little activism at Emory about this issue. Students speaking up and caring about tuition increases — which have amounted to almost $9,000 over the past four years — would be a good start to change and could make alumni and trustees, who have more influence over University policy, aware that Emory’s high tuition works against its mission. Emory has no excuse for its tuition to rise at a faster rate than inflation, yet the cost of attending Emory increased by 1 or 2 percent more than inflation nine years out of 10 between 2002 and 2012. Some experts who discuss rising costs of attending college rationalize these tuition increases as an effect of market processes, with universities viewed as firms, education as a service and rising costs an inevitable result of demand outstripping supply. Those who take this approach misunderstand the nature of universities. With several exceptions, universities like Emory and most of its peer institutions are not companies, and they do not maximize their profits like firms do — there would be nobody to collect the profits that they bring in. We are all here, students, faculty and administrators alike, because we are committed to learning and furthering the University’s ability to achieve its educational and scholarly goals. Our school’s mission statement even says that Emory’s goal is to “create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.” That sentiment is echoed by University leadership at every opportunity. Emory needs to be transparent about where tuition money goes and must take steps to cut unnecessary expenditures so that more deserving students can attend, rather than favoring those who can afford it. David Hervey is a College senior from San Diego.

PACE Tedious, Unnecessary The Class That Should Have Been an Email Maryah Amin As we get further into the semester and work starts to pile up, the last thing we need is a useless drain on our time. Unfortunately, freshmen are plagued by two required, institutionalized wastes of time during the Fall semester. Health 100 and Pre-Major Advising Connections at Emory (PACE). PACE is an inefficient use of students’ time, and the information it covers could be disseminated in a much more streamlined manner. Emory tries to justify this requirement by marketing PACE 101 as an easy, one-credit course to help freshmen adjust to college by providing them with information about various resources and programs. The administration should realize that PACE is trite, tired and unnecessary. My orientation leaders described PACE as “an email that they turned into a class.” So far, that seems to be an extremely accurate characterization of PACE. Though I admit that one weekly 50-minute class is not a lot to ask for, the time really does add up. For me, PACE is longer than a 50-minute affair; it also includes a 15-minute walk to the North Decatur Building, a location so far past even the Goizueta Business School that it’s basically off campus. Not including its outside assignments, PACE takes up more than an hour of my week, which could be better spent studying for other classes, doing extracurriculars or even just sleeping. Lord knows college students are notoriously sleep-deprived. PACE is described in the Emory course atlas as a “multifaceted academic advising support system” that provides Emory freshmen with “the resources and skills necessary to explore a liberal arts education … and become familiar with campus resources and opportunities.” If that description sounded like a whole lot of fluff, it’s because it is.

Freshmen at Emory are already provided with plenty of academic support; we have academic advisors, professors available for office hours as well as plenty of pre-law, prebusiness and pre-med advisors and clubs, like GlobeMed, the Pre-Law Society, Alpha Kappa Psi and a number of investment and business clubs. Students can be made aware of these resources through other means that aren’t an entire class: an email, for example, or during orientation sessions. PACE itself is reminiscent of high school — and not in a happy, nostalgic way. Most of the information PACE provides about Emory was already given to freshmen during orientation week. At least in my case, the course’s structure is tedious, and its facilitators are expendable; class time is mostly spent reading directly from a PowerPoint. A smart way to save everyone’s time would be to simply email the PowerPoints to students. Trusting that people will actually read said emails is irrelevant — many students already don’t listen during PACE. Behind the screens of their laptops, they’re free to online shop or browse Facebook. Another qualm many freshmen have regarding PACE is that the wasted 50-minute block could be used for another class that either interests students academically or helps them with more important major or general education requirements. There are plenty of alternatives to the PACE class; lots of logistical information is given to freshmen during weekly hall meetings, and information from weekly PACE classes could easily be added onto the agenda for those meetings. Despite its intended purpose, adjusting to college would actually be a tad bit easier if PACE wasn’t a class. Emory administration, cut it out — incoming freshmen classes will be eternally grateful. Maryah freshman

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Liquor, Not Always the Answer Confederate Symbols Still Alive By J. Brian Pageant 1996

By J. Brian Pageant 1996 James Andrew Coleman, 39, stands alone on Peachtree Street. Behind him, a hundred feet away, waves the Georgia state flag. I had met Coleman only once, briefly, during the Olympics. He is, for those of you unfamiliar with Coleman vs. Miller, the man who filed the lawsuit to have the infamous “stars and bars” stripped from the Georgia state flag. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “stars and bars,” I suggest you get a good look at the artwork on the General Lee next time you watch “The Dukes of Hazzard.” I went back to see Coleman recently to have a talk with him. Now, some say that a flag is a flag, and that colors and shapes make no difference. They do so when studying the case of Coleman vs. Miller. Emory’s own Dan Carter, professor of political science, did much of the historical research for the case of Coleman. I’ll give you the condensed version. The Supreme court ruled, in its landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, that segregation was unconstitutional. The Georgia legislature reacted by adding the stars and bars to the state flag, the symbol of the Confederacy - a place where slavery

displayed the inferiority of blacks. In a treaty signed by the Confederate States of America, following their defeat in the Civil War, they agreed to never again use the symbols of the Confederacy. Coleman told me that General William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta so that those symbols might never be seen again. Sherman couldn’t burn everything, and so today the very symbol he fought to destroy now waves from most every courthouse and federal building in Georgia. Yes, I did say most. On my way downtown to interview Coleman, I noted that at City Hall East on Ponce de Leon Avenue waves the state flag of Georgia prior to the 1956 change. I asked Coleman if Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell had anything to do with it. He replied that Campbell, Coretta Scott King, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young had not shown support of his endeavours to have the “stars and bars” removed. Lewis, scheduled to appear in federal court on Coleman’s behalf, never showed up. Moreover, Coleman remarked that in his opinion, Jackson has not been very helpful in his battle to repeal the “stars and bars.”

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I have a bit of news for all you irresponsible, senses alcoholics who can’t hold your liquor on weekends, much less on weekdays. My charming, colorful and very available secretary — who proofreads each and every column to make any last minute changes before we go to press — showed me a news story concerning a study from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. Earlier this year, Professor Siegfried Streufert reported his findings of 21 business managers and professionals that reported to work with hangovers. It appears, according to the professor, that having a hangover did not impair their managerial decisionmaking ability. He was quoted as saying that “these people did feel miserable. Yet their decision-making performance was not affected.” Here’s a question for you: Have Bill Gates or Warren Buffet — two of the world’s richest men — ever shown up for a business meeting with Jack Daniels on their breath? What seems bothersome is some people actually brag about their intoxication. Is this a level of achievement worth noting? Do you carry such low self esteem that this a the only level of excellence you can cling to? If so, may I suggest you apply for a position within Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) political infrastructure in Washington. (one friendly

note of advice: don’t get in the car with him, hence Chappaquiddic). Don’t get me wrong folks, what you do on your own time is none of my business, but when someone gets pulled over for driving under the influence or destroys public property, my tax dollars go to pay for the police officers, court costs and clean-up crews. If you go to the hospital without medical insurance because you jumped off the roof of a building while intoxicated, I don’t want to pay to have your broken leg set.

“These [hungover] people did feel miserable.” — Siegfried Streufert, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine Professor But I do. The government forcibly takes that money from my back pocket. You could show a little more respect for the taxpayers of this country by actually curbing yourself to a limit, but why bother when “it feels good.” It would “feel good” not to have to pay my taxes next year, but I show enough responsibility to carry out this task. Are some of you so lacking in character that impulsive self-gratification is worth more to you than yourselfrespect? If it is, I have a phone number

for you: Volunteer Emory at 727-6268. A good way to feel better about yourself without imposing on others is by helping out in society. Grady Hospital, downtown, is always looking for extra hands. I have noticed some evidence of self discipline. A lot of students at Emory are good with money. At this, one of the country’s more expensive establishment, people are constantly watching their pocketbooks. Spring semester, I had a friend who searched the newspaper for a deal on a big TV. He returned two TV sets to separate electronic stores before returning the third at the end of the semester. He is not currently on his fourth. Watching your pocket book is important, but can you afford to lose your dignity? In an editorial by Cynthia Tucker in the Sept. 25 edition of the Atlanta Constitution concerning the controversy between the Olympic vendors and the city of Atlanta, Tucker got it right (as she rarely does) by saying, “Be careful with your reputation; it’s easily damaged but not easily repaired.” If people became just as picky with their moral standards as they are with their money, we could have a transformation just shy of a celeb fresh out of Betty Ford. Not only would some on this campus no longer “feel miserable” as the professor points out, but they would also carry around a sense of self-respect — and no one can take that away.


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Cactus Blossoms Are From A Dream By Karissa Kang Contributing Writer

King, a closeted lesbian, also begins an on-the-road love affair with team hairdresser Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough), which is complicated by the arrival of King’s husband, Larry (Austin Stowell). At the same time, former title holder Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) squanders in his past fame and present mediocrity.

If you’ve ever listened to The Cactus Blossoms, you would understand why they draw such an eclectic audience. They’re hard to pin down. Their music, which one might loosely categorize as country, is distinctly and decidedly different than the truckriding, beer-drinking country hits of today. They sound more like Hank Williams or Loretta Lynn. But, even then, it would be a disservice to categorize the band with such an easy comparison. When I found my seat in the dim, back room of Eddie’s Attic, a Decatur, Ga., music club located (ironically or not) directly above a Waffle House, the first thing I noticed was the odd mix of people around me. There were some really hip tattooed young professionals in leather jackets and black Chelsea boots, some older folks with white hair smooth under trucker hats, and some people like me, underage and looking sort of lost with Xs on the backs of their hands, sipping ginger ales. The Cactus Blossoms sound less like a specific group and more like a place — their music moves like the sand and

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ is the true story of the tennis match between Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell, lEft) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone, r ight).

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Grade: B+ With the arrival of this summer’s “Wonder Woman” by director Patty Jenkins — arguably the best superhero film in years — empowering, female-led narratives have occasionally absorbed the spotlight of mainstream American cinema this past

year. There is still much work to be done, but directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” represents another step in the right direction. This film will hopefully become a hit of a similar caliber. “Battle of the Sexes” brings a progressive narrative into another one of the flimsiest but most easily inspirational of film genres: the sports picture.


In 1973, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) is the best tennis player in the world. A champion of women’s rights and a consummate professional on the court, she negotiates with head of the tennis league Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman) for equal pay in an upcoming tournament. When he refuses, she sets off with her manager Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) and a motley crew of other players to form a women’s league.


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Grade: B There’s a lot going against “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” Not only does it follow two critically acclaimed movies in the Lego franchise, “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” but its subject matter is largely unknown by those over the age of five. However, that lack of recognition proved to be moot, and the film, while the weakest of the three, is another heartwarming installment to the Lego cinematic franchise. The “Ninjago Movie” takes place in Ninjago, a city plagued by attacks from the malevolent Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux), a villain intent on destroying the city. The film focuses on the life of Garmadon’s abandoned son, Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco). Lloyd leads a double life. Ordinarily, he is a normal high school student, but when evil looms, he becomes part of a secret teenage ninja squad led by Sensei Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan) that battles Garmadon. The team consists of other ninjas who lead double lives

as high school students, Nya (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), Zane (voiced by Zach Woods), Cole (voiced by Fred Armisen), Kai (voiced by Michael Pena) and Jay (voiced by Kumail Nanjiani). The crew of high school kids defeats Garmadon repeatedly, but when Lloyd accidentally unleashes a new, destructive threat on the city, the teens are forced to team up with Garmadon to eliminate the threat and save Ninjago. The film flies at a mile a minute, which proves detrimental to its first act. Viewers barely get to know the city of Ninjago before Lord Garmadon attacks, and the attack sequences are so fast-paced that it’s hard to follow what’s going on. Meanwhile, jokes whiz by the audience at an almost incomprehensible rate. “Ninjago Movie” has more successes once it focuses on the ninjas’ adventure to retrieve the “ultimate weapon.” The film not only slows down, but also becomes more dialogue-driven and character-driven, allowing more jokes to land. The film is at its best when it focuses on Lloyd’s daily life. Rarely do filmmakers put so much

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“I always want to try to find different things within myself,” Austin Abrams tells me when I ask about his acting process. In the middle of a hot Sunday afternoon, Abrams and I are on a conference call. At 21, “The Walking Dead” alumnus Abrams faces a career breakthrough with this year’s “Brad’s Status,” now playing nationwide through Annapurna Pictures and Amazon Studios. Writer and director Mike White (the creative voice behind “Nacho Libre” and recent indie smash “Beatriz at Dinner”) steers the drama, which follows the parallel struggles of a father’s midlife crisis and his son’s transition to college during a tour of Ivy League schools. Abrams stars as Troy Sloan, the son of Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller). While Troy experiences the common plights of a college-bound student, Brad begins to crumble under the weight of his own feelings of inadequacy compared to his successful friends: White House worker Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), tech company owner Billy Wearslter (Jemaine Clement) and hedge fund manager Jason Hatfield (Luke Wilson). During Abrams’ time as a cast

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Troy Sloan (Austin Abrams, lEft) and his father, Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller, r ight) attend a thing on their college tour. member on “The Walking Dead,” his first major role, he spent time in the city of Atlanta. Abrams said that although he enjoyed downtown Atlanta, he was primarily stationed in nearby Peachtree City, Ga., during the

shoots, where he would rent out bikes to explore the local areas. For “Brad’s Status,” Abrams said that he took steps to prepare for

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Actor Finds Strength Through Empathy Continued from Page 9 playing a prospective college student, which included learning about interview processes for rigorous institutions by consulting friends that attended Harvard University (Mass.) (one of the schools to which Troy applies). Though the film chronicles the hardships of the college admissions process, Abrams said that he does not feel that the film criticizes it, citing that he did not believe that that was White’s intention in writing it. Rather, Abrams said, it simply depicts the difficulties of the process for everyone involved. “[The college admission process is] definitely a difficult thing,” Abrams said. “[Having my character decide] what college I want to go to and what I want to study … and even the decision whether to go to school or not [are both difficult for anyone].” Abrams said that he found his performance’s strength in his personal connection to the character. “I feel like there was a lot to relate to because he’s at a point in his life that I’d been in a couple years ago,” Abrams said, adding that he challenged himself to find deeper connections between his own life and the role, particularly in regard to how his character handles both his decision of where to attend college and his relationship with his father. That relationship is the rock of the film, cemented by Stiller’s soulful work as Brad. Stiller has long been known for his comedic prowess but, like other actors

of his status, has quite the untapped reservoir of dramatic chops. Some would argue that “Brad’s Status” and his recent independent work (including Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young”) mark a mature turning point in his career. Abrams said that he could not have asked for a better collaborator on the film than the one he found in Stiller. Though the film marked a major change in tone for Stiller, he brought his practical experience and “overwhelming kindness” to the table and answered any questions Abrams had. Stiller also maintained a fatherly relationship with Abrams on set, according to Abrams. “We took a road trip from Montreal to New York to get to know each other because it’s kind of a difficult thing when you’re supposed to be father and son,” Abrams said. “There’s 17 or 18 years you have built up together.” When the Wheel asked what he learned in this role, Abrams reflected on his experience as a whole. “Question why you do things,” Abrams said. “And look for holes in a project to make things better.” Abrams credits Stiller and White for their lessons in filmmaking, citing an instance where Stiller himself contributed the idea for the film’s tickle scene, which is one of its most crucial. With learning this kind of perceptive skill, it is clear that Abrams has a bright future ahead of him as his star continues to rise.

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A well-known serial hustler, Riggs is a self-professed “male chauvinist pig,” making a performative circus out of his public antics and degrading comments. His wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue) supports him with her family’s money, eventually kicking him out when he can’t control his gambling addiction. But Riggs sees an opportunity in King. He challenges her to a match — man versus woman, a tournament of the zeitgeist — and she accepts. Faris and Dayton conjure a witch’s brew of formal delights in the film, particularly regarding the 1970s period detail. A scene in a nightclub echoes Radley Metzger’s hallucinatory, candy-colored softcore films (“Score,” “The Lickerish Quartet”), while characters’ emotional distance through the framing of rooms parallels the melodramas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Ali: Fear Eats the Soul,” “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”). That addictive aestheticizing can temporarily dip into the territory of pastiche. However, as the directors have moments where there is no meaning behind it other than to harken back to the 1970s. All members of the ensemble, even the smaller supporting roles — including Alan Cumming as a costume designer and Fred Armisen as a pharmaceutical representative — are given their moments to shine. Stone’s and Carell’s performances

as King and Riggs are some of their best work to date, while Riseborough and Silverman both excel as Barnett and Heldman. Comprised of several recent Oscar nominees and winners, the crew is also a murderer’s row of craftspeople, including cinematographer Linus Sandgren and his appropriately grainy cinematography.

Pamela Martin’s editing is the glue holding the film together, whether it’s expanding on emotional distances through stunning match cuts or bringing the titular tennis match to riveting life. Pamela Martin’s editing is the glue holding the film together, whether it’s expanding on emotional distances through stunning match cuts or bringing the titular tennis match to riveting life. “Moonlight” alumnus Nicholas Britell also turns in another gorgeous score. Without it, the film wouldn’t register the pulse it does. It can’t be overstated how refreshingly enjoyable “Battle of the Sexes” is, accepting its status not as Oscar bait but as true entertainment. It’s a gripping true story to begin with, sprinkling on dashes of genre tropes for added flair and a saggy middle act,


Folk Band Delivers Otherworldly, Ethereal Show Continued from Page 9 wind of somewhere dry, somewhere far away and full of arid fecundity, a time too long ago to remember. It comes in little moments: the feathery whisper of a muted cymbal, or the rolling line of the bass, or just the exact interval at which the two singers’ voices come into contact. There runs beneath these sounds an ancient historicity that grounds them, but there is something novel — revelatory, even — about its execution. And indeed, it is the unplaceable quality of this distance that is important — their actual lives are far removed from the setting they evoke. The band members aren’t old — singer-songwriters Jack Torrey and Page Burkum look like they could be graduate students at Emory — nor are they from the South (they grew up in Minnesota). It is clear that they are profoundly aware that they walk a difficult line between irony and sincerity, and they do it with astonishing ease. Even onstage, The Cactus Blossoms were incredibly composed. The spare, emotional intensity of their opening act, songwriter Jack Klatt, was the perfect counterpoint to The Cactus Blossoms’ cool restraint. Klatt’s voice was enormous, and he filled the entire room with palpable vigor and visceral energy. The Cactus Blossoms were a little more subdued, at least to begin. They started with “You’re Dreaming,” the titular track of their new album. It’s as dreamy as its title suggests, swirling with glimmers of guitar and a hypnotic percussive clap. Page’s arm, which strummed on faster tracks with furious, mechanical speed, moved as

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but the relationships are some of the most fascinating bits. The love triangle between King, her husband and Barnett is, perhaps, the most interesting part of the film, twisting notions of gender and sexuality from the period and our own. The same can’t be said of Riggs and his family dynamic, which appears undercooked by comparison. Though, in this scenario, the larger-than-life aspects of each character arguably work towards cementing the film’s thematic focus on equal rights within the realm of popular culture (for example, wage gaps are a recognizable topic). In a sense, the film is akin to having your dessert and vegetables, too — a balanced diet. With feminist commentary woven into it, “Battle of the Sexes” can’t help but be topical — even if it can come across as naively hopeful in its winning tone. After all, a man as openly, cartoonishly sexist as Riggs himself was elected to our nation’s highest office not even a year ago, beating what would have been the first woman to hold it and leaving American culture in a paranoid state. Reminders of the small victories of history can be immensely useful in the darkest moments of the here and now, as a challenge that we have won before and can win again, even when all seems to be lost. That’s what makes the film such a potent blast of pop art.

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if in slow motion, yet more elegantly than if one had applied a simple reduction in speed. The bassist leaned into his strings, balancing his weight intricately into the slow, winding song. But, despite all that velveteen musicality, the lyrics have a sour, jealous edge. “I’m painting my jealousy,” the two brothers sing in eerie harmony. “My hands are shaking. My brush is slipping. And the red paint’s dripping.” The Cactus Blossoms thrive at the heart of such contradiction.

There runs beneath these sounds an ancient historicity that grounds them, but there is something novel ... about its execution. Between every song, the band softened a little, slipping in jokes here and there. In their studio recordings, The Cactus Blossoms play with a sort of slow, cold beauty, and their musicianship is meticulous. The notes they hit are measured, and, even in faster songs, songs that might warrant a more urgent sense of frenzy, they play with such perfection that they feel untouchable, inhibited, somehow. But in concert, they possess a sense of motion that cannot be captured on tape. They sway to their music and stare back at their drummer during moments that slow down. They plowed with little fanfare through both original songs and covers, including, toward the end of the

concert, some songs from the British Invasion, which, despite all possible incongruity, worked immaculately. I was shocked to hear them play my favorite song by The Beatles, the semi-forgotten single, “This Boy.” They condensed the already complicated three-person harmony into an intricate, delicate piece for two without compromising any of the ghostly beauty of the original. On the drive home, I pulled up The Cactus Blossoms’ page on Spotify and tried to listen to a song or two. These were songs I had listened to with trance-like frequency only hours prior. But now, somehow, something was different. The recordings themselves, of course, had stayed the same; the clash of their voices, the sound, both still as glorious. But it was that gloriousness, something closer to divinity than humanity, that unnerved me. Live performance is, by nature, more volatile than its studio-produced counterpart, but it is that volatility that can add a thrilling incandescence. The Cactus Blossoms captured this perfectly in all the kinetic warmth, all the sly, red-cheeked smiling, that emerged by the end of their concert, but there, in the car, I felt almost sad that I had seen them. Such sensations are experienced, not heard, and never again is it the same as the first time. The perplexity and the paradoxicality of it all was confounding, but then, I wouldn’t have wanted something simpler, something more digestible, from The Cactus Blossoms, who sing of a place where love is real, and ghosts are, too.

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Newest Lego Movie Plot Feels Half-Baked Continued from Page 9 emphasis on the life of a supervillain’s child. The audience can sympathize with Lloyd, who is bullied and scrutinized by his peers merely because his father is an evil man. Franco does a great job expressing the angst and conflict that Lloyd faces. Should he reveal himself as the “Green Ninja” to his father or continue to fight against him? Should he take down his father to save the city? That unique dynamic makes Lloyd a compelling protagonist. One would be remiss to not mention Theroux’s performance as the maniacal Lord Garmadon. Theroux owns the character and delivers a truly screen-stealing portrayal. Garmadon not only provides most of the film’s best laughs, but his relationship with Lloyd is one of the film’s strongest elements. An excellent villain is crucial to any film, and Theroux’s hysterical portrayal of Garmadon helps “The Lego Ninjago Movie” succeed. While Franco and Theroux steal the show, the other characters unfortunately aren’t given as much to do. Chan makes the most of his wisecracking Sensei Wu, but his ninja students are largely forgotten. With such a wellknown cast, you’d assume that each would stand out, but Woods is the only one that makes an impact with his

robotic teenager Zane. Each character has significant screen time, but the other ninjas barely have any dialogue or depth. With stars like Armisen, Nanjiani and Olivia Munn voicing those characters, this is especially disappointing, as their voices are not used to their full potential. In addition, the story simply doesn’t stand out as much as the other Lego movies did. The plot is predictable, succumbing to numerous genre tropes, and the self-referential winks don’t feel quite as fresh the third time around. While the story is unique to its predecessors, one can’t help but feel that there wasn’t as much time and effort put into the “Ninjago Movie.” Nonetheless, “The Lego Ninjago Movie” is great fun at the movies. While it may be aimed at youngsters, teenagers and parents can enjoy it just as much, if not more, as some popculture references will fly right over kids’ heads. The film works more as a comedy than as an action film, and it will have you chuckling throughout. With two more Lego movies confirmed (“The Lego Movie 2” and “The Billion Brick Race”), and surely more to come, Lego should try to take more risks, but continue to have fun.

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Located on Buford Highway, Chef Liu’s offers authentic versions of Chinese cuisine like youtiao (Left) and cold spicy noodles (r ight).

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Students and faculty gather on Cox Hall Bridge to take part in the Sustainability Food Fair. Partly organized by students, the fair gave community members the chance to learn about Atlanta’s sustainable food movement.


Frozen Treats at DUC-ling Get Facelift Gelato Offers More Variety, Less Volume By Niraj Naik Emory Life Editor

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As someone who eagerly anticipated the opening of the DUC-ling, I was curious to see what Bon Appetit had decided to change and what it had decided to keep. While I hoped they would finally take “Lemon Herb Tilapia” off of the menu, many of the changes they made were simply structural. The seating arrangement is now much less akin to an “American Ninja Warrior” course, and they have finally fixed the tray return station so there is no longer a mountain of plates one piece of silverware away from toppling over like a massive Jenga tower. But of all the changes Emory made to the epicenter of campus dining, I was most surprised to find that they had done away with the traditional soft serve machine and instead opted for a higher-end gelato bar. The soft serve held a special place in the hearts of some DUC-goers, myself included.

While the smaller portions may help your MyFitnessPal calorie count, if you have little willpower like me, you’ll have to wait in line again to be served more.

Although it offered just two flavors, vanilla and chocolate, it was more than enough to satisfy the frozen dessert cravings only made worse by the lack of ice cream shops at both Emory Village and Emory Point — at least

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The gelato bar is a new addition to the DUC-ling and offers flavors including mango sorbet, double chocolate chip and green tea gelato. when the machine was not out of order. Whether combining the vanilla with root beer to create a homemade float, or trapping the chocolate between two soft cookies in a truly decadent ice cream sandwich, the ability to “Frankenstein” your own frozen creations compensated for the weaker parts of the DUC (I’m looking at you, DUC pizza). Unlike the soft serve machine, the flavors at the gelato stand vary from day to day. I sampled the orange sherbet and green tea gelato, both of which are pleasant changes from the two basic flavors previously served in the DUC. Additionally, the gelato has a much heavier, almost crumblier texture than the smooth, creamy soft serve, making it feel marginally fancier. The classic toppings, like rainbow sprinkles, are still at the side of the bar, but they don’t always pair well with such specific flavors.

The gelato itself is an upgrade in both flavor and consistency, but one should note that the portions are much smaller. Instead of loading up a regularsized bowl with as much soft serve as possible, you’ll be served a small plastic cup with a single scoop of the flavor of your choosing. While the smaller portions may help your MyFitnessPal calorie count, if you have little willpower like me, you’ll have to wait in line again to be served more. The gelato stand definitely improves campus dining in some areas, but it also comes with its own set of shortcomings, leaving it at about the same level of satisfaction for some students as the soft serve. Even so, if you’re jonesing for something cold and sweet, the gelato will get the job done.

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Buford Chinese Joint Il-‘Liu’-minates Classics By Lisa ZhuaNg Contributing Writer

can be difficult to get right. One must not only concoct a juicy inside but work a fluffy dough that can absorb the juice. Chef Liu’s did this wonderChef Liu’s fully, serving the buns toasty on the buford highWay outside and with a small sauce cup of soy sauce and vinegar that added just the right touch of acidity. At last, the meal finished with a Breakfast begins with a quiet click as Chef Liu’s neon open sign fizzes to red bean bun, large enough to share, life above the restaurant’s glass door. though perfectly conquerable on your While it seems to be another interna- own. Admittedly, the red bean bun tional restaurant lost within the beige was where the meal fell a bit short. strips of Buford Highway, Chef Liu’s The sauce, while sweet, warm and has held its ground for a decade now — with great consistency, lacked the texture of whole red beans that a homeand rightfully so. I was impressed right from the start made bun would not dare miss. And, as food arrived swiftly. The servers although the pork bun achieved that adhered to custom by first bringing texture, the red bean bun lacked moist dough. Instead, it came across as rathtea. Then came the sweet soy milk and er rushed and dry. Nonetheless, Chef Liu’s served a liberal youtiao, a lightly saltamount of red bean ed Chinese churro of sauce, something not sorts that, dipped in For those who grew up soy milk, is a Chinese eating authentic Chinese all restaurants are willing to do. breakfast staple. food, Chef Liu’s will be The meals are Though a simple reminiscent of home meant to be shared. dish, it can be hard meals, as the restaurant Portions are generto find good soy milk shows little desire to ous — one order of the and youtiao at many Chinese restaurants. Americanize itself with its soymilk and youtiao is use of heavy sauces and enough to serve three. Often times, soy milk is over sweetened, the an onslaught of deep fried All dishes are set in dishes. the center of the table, sugar numbing out and there is no music, the nutty undertones allowing conversation of the soybean, while youtiao can be butchered after being to be traded effortlessly. Oddly enough, the restaurant was fried so long that it is more crunchy than crisp. Chef Liu’s manages to get sparse. Past the glass doors, a paint it right, with the soy milk harboring chipped stand offers newspapers to a a delicate sweetness and the youtiao small waiting room, occupied by no more than a gumball machine with crispy yet soft and airy on the inside. Since it was nearing 10 a.m., an yellowing plastic and hoards of flyers acceptable brunch time, I also ordered tacked to the wall. Don’t let this turn the cold spicy noodles and pork buns. you away — appreciate that there is As a cold noodle enthusiast, I have no wait. For those who grew up eating accepted that many restaurants simply do not have the patience to cool authentic Chinese food, Chef Liu’s their noodles. Thus, I was delighted will be reminiscent of home meals, when the noodles did that part of their as the restaurant shows little desire to name justice. Unfortunately, the noo- Americanize itself with its use of heavy dles fell through on spice level, barely sauces and an onslaught of deep fried tingling my tongue every few bites. dishes. As for those who may be unfaNonetheless, the noodles were deli- miliar with authentic Chinese, Chef cious; the soy sauce evenly blended Liu’s provides an honest and humble and the noodles, making them neither meal, as well as a quiet moment to observe culture through food. dry nor droopy. Chef Liu’s pork buns convinced me that I would have to return. As with — Contact Lisa Zhuang at the soy milk and youtiao, pork buns



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Floors four through eight of the Robert W. Woodruff Library house the stacks, a hideaway for students needing to complete academic research or catch up on class lecture slides.

Staying Tough in Woodruff A Guide to a 4.0 and Horrible Sleeping Habits By aditya Prakash Senior Staff Writer

With midterm season in full swing, the Emory community is split into several different divisions of study habits. Some people memorize organic chemistry mechanisms in their respective study lounges while others digest the monotony of financial accounting in the comfort of their rooms, supposedly without the temptation of Netflix. If you stick to any of the habits mentioned above, I have no choice but to call you a goon. The intellectually transcended reader would reaffirm my accusation provided that they — like me — also study in the intellectual Elysium that is the robert W. Woodruff Library. Sporting 10 floors, each of which appeals to each student’s palate, Woodruff Library satisfies even the most picky of studying needs, provided you use the space correctly. Woodruff is also the only library open for the unfortunate all-nighters, so keep this in mind on particularly busy evenings. first aNd seCoNd fLoor The first and second floors are often heavily occupied sections of the library — for good reason. Equipped with large tables and whiteboards, these floors of the library simultaneously support the demands of a group project and the needs of the flirtatious casanova who asked that cute girl in QTM 100 out on an inevitably unproductive “study date.” Despite the loud hullabaloo that is often associated with that section of the library, I would argue that the first floor in particular is a mecca for the concentrated essay writer who needs to pull an all-nighter. The new study booths are comfortable and spacious, providing plenty of room for both your laptop and the several books that you

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probably should have read weeks ago. Most notable is the fact that this floor is where Peet’s Coffee and Tea is located. While ordering an iced coffee at 12:30 a.m. and proceeding to shotgun it like a frat boy at a University of Georgia tailgate may earn you some looks of disgust from the baristas, it is the perfect fuel to ensure that you do not go gentle into that good night. For those staying past the hours of Peet’s, a bowl of candy is located in the Goizueta Business Library on the second floor. In an emergency, feed yourself with Jolly ranchers and mints — the sugar rush can keep you going that little bit longer. third aNd fourth fLoor In short, these floors are horrible for studying. The average student needs one laptop, one notebook and all the necessary reading material in order to prepare for a midterm. The presence of televisions or monitors on most of the desks in this part of the library greatly reduces the real estate per table that can be used for actual class material. The standalone desks sport the opposite problem: By consequence of being too big, they become horrible magnets for awkward acquaintances that are looking for a place to study. The result: 45 minutes of unpleasant conversation about midterms, choices of major or something else equally banal under the guise of “banter.” Steer clear. That being said, if you require the use of several monitors — for example, for viewing a spreadsheet and sending emails simultaneously — then these floors will fit your needs. the staCks The personal studying spots in the stacks are the zenith of what workspaces can be. Witness the large, spacious square areas, the matted grey

tops of the desks carefully caressing the backs of your textbooks as if a mother weaning a child, the cool air conditioning vents providing a comforting white noise to drown out the sounds of pages turning. Bask in the resplendence of the heavenly white radiance of the LED lights — mesmerizingly beautiful — reflecting off the top of your Peet’s coffee like sparkling stars in the night sky, as God intended. The blend of personal space and comfort make the booths of the stacks ideal for punching through a thick workload and can give you a sense of hope that no other location in the school can. And although the floors may close at 3 a.m., one must accept that the stacks give and the stacks take away; be glad that they even exist at all and do not sin or charge the library with wrongdoing. For collaborative work, the rooms in the stacks are excellent as well, yet not nearly as convenient as the lower floors in the library since you must book the rooms. A true procrastinator who demands the optimal space at the last minute is not future-oriented enough to do such a thing. CoNCLusioN This comprehensive guide will hopefully educate the heathen who studies anywhere else but Woodruff Library, and remedy their goonish tendencies. To the already enlightened, hopefully this has given your knowledge of the library even more nuance and will augment your already excellent study habits further. No matter what your opinions are, hopefully with the help of this guide, even you can stay awake during the nightmare that is midterm season.

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Dear Doolino, Emory was the only school I applied to during my senior year of high school. Now that I’m finally enrolled here, I want to be able to meet as many different types of people as possible. I never realized Emory had such a diverse campus! I thought Greek life, which I’ve always adored, would be the best way to meet people. But rush doesn’t start until second semester, and I still haven’t been accepted into any cliques. I’m so worried that by the time rush comes around, I’ll be all alone and nobody will want me. Anxiously, Betty White Dear Betty White, Sorry about your loneliness. I hate to disappoint, but whatever Greek life you’re talking about doesn’t sound like something we have at Emory. That being said, I’m glad you think Emory’s a diverse campus! Everybody needs a little optimism in their lives. Sincerely, Doolino Dear Doolino, I’ve lost so much weight that I am starting to look more like a skeleton each day. The predominant reason for my gastronomic struggles is the lack of vegan options at Emory. With so many people across the country becoming vegan, you would expect an all-you-can-eat buffet like the DUC-ling to be filled to the brim with palatable, animal product-free dishes, but alas, it is not. All I ever seem to be eating now is rubbery lettuce and stale vegetables. Even the vegan stand at the buffet continues to rotate the same soggy, watery greens. I drown everything I eat in Sriracha because it’s the only good vegan sauce the DUC-ling offers, so much so that whatever I get at the buffet becomes a sad-looking Sriracha soup. The baked desserts taste and smell like Play-Doh, and don’t even mention the gelato. I think I’ve eaten more than 20 pints worth of raspberry sorbet this semester — the thought of raspberries churns vomit in my gut. Eating vegetables for every meal has started turning me a sickly shade of green. My pre-med friend tells me it’s anemia, but given his Bio 141 grade, I think he’s wrong. I think I’m becoming a vegetable. The other day while I was trudging to class in the 90 degree weather, I started to sweat and was horrified to find the armpits of my clean white T-shirt soaked green. I’m terrified that I’ll start to photosynthesize pretty soon. Nothing has been enough to satisfy my hunger, which seems to intensify by day and peak at night. Just last Saturday I awoke shivering from feverish dreams of juicy Chipotle sofritas and ran as fast as my malnourished, stick-like legs could take me outside Longstreet-Means, desperate for something to eat. Alas, it was 3 a.m., and Kaldi’s had closed. Not that I could have gone anyways — I had already exhausted my 150 Dooley Dollars in several frantic attempts to satiate my vegetating body. In my frenzied hunger, I stumbled onto Means Drive until I

found what seemed under the glowing moonlight to be the most luscious bed of bushes I had ever seen in my life. After inhaling leaves, berries and some twigs from the bushes, I stumbled back to my room and fell into a satisfied sleep. I am telling you this story because there must be other students struggling with the same shortage of vegan foods on campus. Every day, I feel my arms and legs atrophying more and more. My bodily fluids are turning green, and I think I’ve developed chronic constipation from the sheer amount of fiber I’ve consumed. Please don’t let my story go in vain. It’s only a matter of time before I die or vegetate, and I can’t become a vegetable. I have to become a doctor. Hungrily, Lettuce Eat Cake Dear Lettuce Eat Cake, First of all, I have a bone to pick with you: What’s wrong with looking like a skeleton? Secondly, serves you right for caring about animals. While I commend you for making such a noble dietary sacrifice, I can imagine you must be getting quite fed up with the lack of sustenance (no pun intended) you’ve managed to find here. However, I think you haven’t tried hard enough to merit the complaints. Eating those bushes in front of Longstreet was probably not the wisest choice. I’m sure many a drunk student has thrown up among those shrubs. If you had a little more self control, you would have trekked out to Lullwater Preserve. Unlike the DUCling, Lullwater is open 24/7, which basically makes it its own all-you-caneat, vegan buffet. you’ll find it ripe with lush green trees and bushes of all sorts. I’m sure if you look around carefully enough you might even chance across some berries or mushrooms, though I wouldn’t touch the mushrooms. Oh, and here’s the best part: If you go on a rare below-freezing winter day, you might find a sheet of ice frozen over Candler Lake — your own vegan ice cream! Sincerely, Doolino For your day-to-day qualms and minor life crises, send anonymous questions to doolino.emory@gmail. com.



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XC Victory a Positive Note Before Pre-Nat’s Continued from Back Page her from finishing in under 18 minutes. “She got a bit of a cramp with about 1,200 meters to go and it just took the edge off her a little bit,” Curtin said. Juniors Maeve Andrews and Kaylee Slade, freshman Abby Durfee and sophomore Meredith Hughes joined Stravach among Emory’s top five runners on the day. Each runner finished within the top 10 of all 181 White Division runners. “I was impressed by how a lot of the girls on our team rose to the occasion,” Stravach said. “We had a decent amount of 5K personal records, and we don’t usually get to race 5Ks, so that was a big deal for a lot of the girls.” Emory’s men’s team also had a strong day, finishing No. 1 with an average 8K time of 26:28. Like the women, their time was more than a minute faster than the No. 2 team, Tennessee Wesleyan University. For the second time this season, sophomore Marty Pimentel ran a team-best time. Pimentel finished the race with a time of 26:09.80. With top five finishes in all three of his races thus far, Pimentel has made a name for himself as one of Emory’s top runners. Pimentel said that he was pleased with his fitness and feels set for more success moving forward. “I am about as fit as I’d want to be for right now,” Pimentel said. “It was a pretty good evaluation of where I hope to be for Pre-Nationals in the upcoming weeks.” Spurring Pimentel’s success was the Foothills course, which played to many

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of his strengths as a runner. “This course really favored [Pimentel] because he’s a big, tall kid with long strides,” Curtin said. “On flat courses like this he’s probably going to be our top guy.” Along with Pimentel, sophomore Luis Torres, junior Bennett Shaw, senior Shane Sullivan and sophomore Sam Branson rounded out Emory’s top five runners. All five of the athletes were among the top 10 White Division runners in the meet. Looking to upcoming meets, Pimental emphasized the importance of maintaining strong tactics to ensure the team’s future success. “It’s important to control the pace,” Pimentel said. “This is key because this week we showed how well we can do when we have control of the race.” Curtin said that the team was most interested with how they were doing rather than focusing on the competition. “We were most concerned with how our team was running and performing at this time,” Curtin said. “It is always fun to win, but we wanted to test ourselves on what has historically been a pretty fast course.” The Eagles will select the top 10 runners from each team to compete in Pre-Nationals Oct. 14. Both teams currently have more than 30 runners each. The runners not selected to run at Pre-Nationals will run in the Berry Invitation at Berry College (Ga.) Oct. 14.

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Moustafa Khattab & Adam Ferguson By AlishA Compton Managing Editor Goizueta Business School junior forward Moustafa Khattab wears No. 10 for the Emory men’s soccer team. Alisha Compton, The Emory Wheel: Has soccer always been your favorite sport? Moustafa Khattab: Yeah, I’ve been playing soccer since I was about four years old. EW: Do you have a favorite soccer team? MK: Chelsea. EW: Who on the team is best at FIFA? MK: Best at FIFA? I would have to say me. EW: Do you have a favorite pregame song or any pregame rituals? MK: No, usually we just go to the locker room and we have this big speaker called Fender, and we just blast music. EW: Do you have any particular moments from being on the team that you’d like to share? MK: No single moment comes to mind, honestly. A lot of it’s just everyone being there together. A lot of my best memories at school are traveling with the team or just being with the team during preseason. EW: What is your biggest goal for the team this season? MK: We’ve had the [same] head coach for a really long time and he just resigned. Now our assistant coach is coaching. Everyone is really excited for the season. I have the same goal as everyone else, honestly. This is my third year. The first two years, we were probably one game away from making the national tournament, so definitely the first goal would be to make the national tournament this year and just to go as far as possible. And then obviously other things like All-American and just other awards would definitely be nice, but the main goal is just to do as best as we can as a team. — Goizueta Business School senior midfielder Adam Ferguson wears No. 6 for the Emory men’s soccer team. EW: What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had from soccer? Adam Ferguson: The worst injury I got was a concussion, and I just got hit in the side of the head with a ball and I was out for a couple months with that. EW: How was it coming back after that? AF: I was definitely a little timid at

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first. Just once you have a head injury you’re a little cautious, but it wasn’t too bad. Our trainers did a great job of working with me and getting me ready, so it was not too bad of a transition coming back. EW: When did you know you wanted to play soccer in college? AF: Pretty much since middle school. That’s when I really started looking at soccer seriously and when I figured that I wanted to do it in college and, if possible, afterwards. EW: Do you have any goals for yourself or for the team this coming year that you’d like to share? AF: Well, for the team, I think we have a very strong team this year, so I would definitely like to see us win the UAA and hopefully go far in the tournament, possibly win a national championship. Individually, [to] just try to help the team as much as I can — try to be a strong leader as a senior member and see where it goes from there. EW: Are there any particularly memorable moments from your time on the Emory soccer team that you would like to share? AF: I don’t really remember any individual moments but just hanging out with all the guys, being around each other. Especially freshman year when you first come in and you don’t really know that many people, it’s nice to immediately meet a group of guys that are all nice and friendly and just have some people to hang out with. EW: Who’s the best FIFA player on the team? AF: So I’m not really a big FIFA person, which is kind of embarrassing as a soccer player, but I’m going to have to go with Moustafa [Khattab] because he plays a lot of video games. He’s definitely the most notorious for playing video games. EW: Do you have a favorite soccer team? AF: Yeah, Liverpool. EW: Can you speak a little bit to how the team has changed during your time at Emory? AF: I strongly believe we’ve gotten a lot closer. When I came in my freshman year it wasn’t that the seniors were really trying to push us away, but it definitely felt like we weren’t as connected as we are now. … I really felt that we became a lot closer as a team, and I think that’s definitely shown on the field too. This is an edited transcript.

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face up to 80 years in federal prison for bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest service fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy, according to the DOJ. On Sept. 27, the University of Louisville (Ky.) announced that thenmen’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino and long-time Athletic Director Tom Jurich had been placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the scandal, according to The New York Times. Pitino’s attorney said in a statement that Pitino had “in effect, been fired.” The FBI also arrested top Adidas employees James Gatto and Merl Code, former NBA agent Christian Dawkins, financial adviser Munish Sood, Jonathan Brad Augustine, director of the Adidas-sponsored One Family AAU program, and Rashan Michel, a former NBA official and founder of Thompson Bespoke Clothing, according to the DOJ. The FBI began the undercover investigation in 2015, and managed to keep it hidden until the announcement of the arrests, according to the DOJ. Using wiretapping surveillance video and undercover agents, the FBI discovered that assistant coaches had accepted bribes in exchange for pushing athletes towards certain financial advisors and companies, ESPN reported. On the other hand, it also found that top Adidas employees funneled money indirectly to student-athletes’ families to persuade the athletes to attend Adidas-sponsored schools, like Louisville, and sign with Adidas when they reached the professional level, according to ESPN. Specific allegations include a payment of $100,000 from Adidas to an unknown player’s family to ensure the player went to Louisville, with the permission of then-coach Rick Pitino, according to ESPN. Other accusations include Auburn Assistant Coach, Chuck Person, accepting bribes of $91,500 to push an athlete toward a specific financial advisor, according to ESPN. While these recent developments have tainted the NCAA, the FBI warned this may be far from over. “We have your playbook,” FBI Assistant Director Bill Sweeney said in a recent interview with ESPN. “Our investigation is ongoing. We are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

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Volleyball Conquers Brandeis, Rochester at UAA Round Robin Continued from Back Page fumbled a bit on service and attack errors in the final set, but they still came out on top 29-27 to sweep the match. Junior outside hitter Karissa Dzurik maintained a .556 kill percentage, and junior middle hitter Sydney Leimbach earned 18 total attacks. The games against Rochester and Brandeis blended together in the mind of sophomore defensive specialist Elyse Thompson, who dwelled on the tough loss against Chicago.

“It was an exciting weekend for sure, but I think we came in and weren’t ready for everyone’s best volleyball,” Thompson said. “We had a target on our back as returning champions.” The Eagles had indeed won the UAA Round Robin I last year, but this year they only pulled out two victories. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan McKnight was a huge asset with 12 kills this weekend. In addition, freshman middle hitter Maggie Rimmel, who Thompson called “pretty dynamic,” assisted with

great net work in these games. The freshman player ended the weekend with four total blocks. In the Chicago game, the team started out strong with high spirits and skillful defensive play, which have been key factors to victories throughout this season. Despite winning the first set 25-18, Emory’s strong play began to fade, as they lost the following three sets. They completed the game with a hitting percentage of .045, the lowest percentage of the season for the team thus far. “We should have known that

Chicago would want to beat us and beat us with vengeance,” Thompson said. The Eagles will have another chance to show their skills in the UAA conference when they face Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.), Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) and Carnegie Mellon University (Penn.) in two weeks. “We look forward to the next round robin in two weeks because I think we will be better prepared,” McDowell said. “I continue to be very excited

about this team and the future going forward.” Before their return to UAA competition, the team will face Oglethorpe University (Ga.) and Agnes Scott College (Ga.) Thursday evening. On Friday, the Eagles will return to their home court for a match against Maryville College (Tenn.). Karissa Dzurik is a staff writer for the Wheel.

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Bears Top Eagles in Warriors Reign Atop NBA Rankings UAA Opener NBA

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WashU maintains a 24-game winContinued from Back Page ning streak spanning back to last Santee said on clearing the ball after season, thereby improving to 9-0-1, it nearly rolled through the Eagle goal knocking Emory down to 6-3 and 0-1 posts. “That ball was not going in that in the UAA conference. The Eagles recouped from their goal, if it was me or my keeper or loss when they anybody else — and it flew against the was me.” Huntingdon College The referee issued three yellow cards to “We failed to clear it, (Ala.) Hawks at both teams during the and so, in that game home Oct. 3. After a quiet first half, second half. we made the one Emory secured a 2-0 In the end, the Eagles mistake.” victory with back-tooutshot the Bears 9-8, back goals by junior but failed to deliver the defender Nikki Batt tying goal before time — Sue Patberg, and freshman midexpired. Head Coach fielder Samantha “In the second half, Hilsee. we were getting called The going doesn’t get any easier for fouls left and right and I’m not so sure what the official was seeing for the Eagles, who fly north Oct. 7 so that made it … a more frustrat- for their second contest in UAA play ing experience, but it was what we against No. 1-ranked University of expected,” Patberg said. “It’s always Chicago. very physical, and if the official doesn’t do a good job of keeping a hold of the — Contact Annie Uichanco at game, then it can really escalate.”

After an over-active offseason, the NBA landscape has undergone a severe makeover. Stars like point guard Chris Paul, small forward Carmelo Anthony and point guard Kyrie Irving changed teams, and just when it seemed as though the East couldn’t get any weaker, countless stars, including Anthony, small forward Paul George and shooting guard Jimmy Butler, moved out West. With the preseason underway, it’s time for some NBA power rankings. No. 1 Golden State Warriors In terms of talent, the Warriors were already ahead of every team in the league heading into the offseason. Just when we thought they couldn’t get any better, they added shooting guard Nick Young to their roster and drafted power forward Jordan Bell, who could be a potential draft steal. This team is just as intimidating as last season’s, and it will take little short of a miracle to take them down. No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder The Thunder boosted their championship chances with the additions of Anthony and George. General

Manager Sam Presti may as well be executive of the year. However, questions loom over the team’s depth on the bench and the ability of reigning MVP point guard Russell Westbrook, Melo and George to work as a unit. No. 3 Houston Rockets Paul and small forward P.J. Tucker are upgrades in their respective positions, helping the Rockets leapfrog past the Cavaliers and Spurs in the power rankings. The moves should keep them biting at the heels of the Warriors in the Western Conference.

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers The Cavaliers had a bumpy offseason with the news that point guard Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland, but they seem to have improved their roster despite this loss. Koby Altman, the new general manager, has done well to right the ship with solid additions in small forward Jeff Green and legendary shooting guard Dwyane Wade. Also, the successful trade of Irving to the Celtics in exchange for all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas, small forward Jae Crowder and an allimportant 2018 first round pick help secure a sound future for Cleveland regardless of where LeBron James

signs in 2018.

No. 5 San Antonio Spurs While the Spurs won more than 60 games last season, other teams’ additions of valuable talent may cause them to slip slightly. Small forward Rudy Gay will prevent them from slipping too much and, as we have seen for several years now, direction from Head Coach Gregg Popovich will help them to plug in various role players. And we can’t forget that small forward Kawhi Leonard, who is on the cusp of his prime, may get even better. No. 6 Boston Celtics The acquisition of Irving is a solid, young replacement for Isaiah Thomas. This team is built to contend now as well as in the future with solid, young talent in forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. However, even with the inclusion of small forward Gordon Hayward, they are still not on par with the Cavaliers. Regardless, count on Head Coach Brad Stevens keeping them in the hunt for the conference finals.

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This Week in Photos: Emory Soccer Clashes with WashU in UAA Kickoff

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WashU freshman defender Caitlin Reice (No. 24) wins a header over the Emory attack. Reice and the backline kept Emory from scoring in a 1-0 win.

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Sophomore forward Caroline Kolski dribbles the ball ahead. Kolski tallied one of Emory’s nine shots in the match.

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Junior forward Moustaffa Khattab speeds past the WashU defense. He finished the game with one assist and one shot on goal.

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The WashU defense collapses on Emory senior forwards Michael Carragher (No. 9) and Jason McCartney (No. 31).

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Chicago Halts Win Streak At 13 By Allison gelmAn Senior Staff Writer

Emory’s volleyball team pushed its win streak up to 13 games this week before finally falling against University of Chicago Oct. 1, the team’s first loss since their 3-2 defeat against No. 1 Wittenberg University (Ohio) Sept. 2. The Eagles won 3-0 Thursday evening against Covenant College (Ga.), but the true excitement of the past week came Sept. 27. To begin the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin I, the team, ranked No. 3 prior to conference play, won 3-0 against both University of Rochester (N.Y.) and Brandeis University (Mass.). But Emory’s 13-game win streak came to an end Sunday afternoon in a 3-1 loss against No. 25 University of Chicago (Ill.). The Eagles are now 14-2 on the year. “The weekend overall was successful, although we would have liked to have come back 3-0,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell said. “The loss to Chicago was a tough one, but Chicago played really well.” Emory geared up for their important weekend with a home game Sept. 28 against Covenant College, in which they handily won the first two sets with strong offensive play. The Eagles

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Junior forward Moustafa Khattab settles the ball in the Eagles’ UAA opener at home against Washington University in St. louis (Mo.) Sept. 30. Goals from senior forward Michael Carragher and junior defender Aidan Datene helped the Eagles fend off WashU.


Eagles Find Footing at Foothills Invite By stephen mAttes Senior Staff Writer

Both the Emory men’s and women’s cross country teams took home first place for the White Division, composed of NCAA Division II and III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools, during the Jacksonville State University (Ala.) Foothills Invitational Sept. 30.

Saturday’s race was the Eagles’ final competition before the top 10 runners on each team are selected to participate in Pre-Nationals Oct. 14. Emory scorched the opposition, topping a field of more than 20 teams. The women’s team finished No. 1 with an average 5K time of 18:47. That time was more than a minute faster than No. 2-finisher Blue Mountain College (Miss.).

For the third time in three races this season, senior captain Gabrielle Stravach placed as Emory’s top runner. She finished No. 1 overall, besting 250 other runners, including those representing Division I schools such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Lipscomb University (Tenn.). Stravach nearly posted her first sub18 minute time, finishing her 5K in 18 minutes and three seconds.


WashU Bests Emory in Physical 1-0 Battle By Annie uiChAnCo Contributing Writer

The Emory women’s soccer team’s three-game winning streak came to an end at home in front of a seasonrecord of 225 fans. Despite a phenomenal performance from both teams, the defending Division III National Champions and current No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) came out on top Sept. 7. The Bears clawed their way to a 1-0 finish, ending the Eagles’ winning streak. “We knew what we were going to be up against,” Head Coach Sue Patberg said. “This is my 12th year playing [WashU]. Every year they’re a little bit different, but they were what we expected them to be.” The ball played mostly in Emory’s favor in the first 15 minutes, recording multiple shots against WashU. Eager to set a triumphant tone, each team put its most aggressive foot forward, accumulating foul after foul in what quickly became a very physical game. The score seemed locked at zero as the teams wrestled for control, but WashU sophomore forward Taylor Cohen’s header in the 19th minute broke the stalemate, handing WashU a 1-0 advantage. “In these games against [highly-

Stravach said that she had mixed emotions in regard to her finish. “I broke my personal record, so I was really excited,” Stravach said. “However, I was really hoping to break that 18-minute mark.” Reflecting on Stravach’s time, Head Coach John Curtin said that Stravach had a cramp, which likely prevented

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FBI Uncovers NCAA Scandal By Joseph oh Senior Staff Writer

Overall, the Bears showed dynamic attempts both offensively and defensively. “Before the game started actually, we talked about how every single person on that field had to sacrifice their body and sacrifice themselves for this team, and that was my contribution,”

The FBI announced that 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches, have been arrested for fraud and corruption after a two-year investigation into bribes and other malpractice in college basketball Sept. 26. The investigation names University of Southern California’s Tony Bland, Arizona University’s Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University’s Lamont Evans and Auburn University’s (Ala.) Chuck Person as perpetrators of fraud and corruption schemes in the U.S. Department of Justice’s press release. Each of the assistant coaches could

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Senior midfielder Anna Gurney wins the ball in a hard-fought home game against Washington University in St. louis (Mo.) Sept. 30. ranked teams], sometimes it’s not about who’s the better team,” Patberg said. “It’s sometimes about who makes the least mistakes, and that’s what it came down to. We recognized late that they played kind of a short ball, and that player was able to dribble it in about 10 yards before she served it ... We failed to clear it, and so, in that game we made the one mistake.”

For the rest of the game, the Eagles and the Bears fought an aggressive battle, featuring beautiful crosses from sophomore forward Shivani Beall, a stellar block by sophomore defender Paige Santee and commendable performances from Eagle keepers junior Dani Staffin in the first half and sophomore Haley Pratt in the second half.

October 4, 2017