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Minutes Reveal Admin. Influence By Evan Mah Editor-in-Chief Official minutes from the College’s main governing faculty body are shedding light on the controversial department changes that were announced in mid-September. Notes taken from the Governance Committee (GC) that stretch back to 2009 show the roles of Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Earl Lewis and University President James W. Wagner as well as the evolution of the committee that advised Dean of Emory College Robin Forman.
By Stephanie Fang News Co-Editor Emory’s Transportation and Parking Services will implement a series of changes to NightOwl and regular campus shuttle routes on Nov. 1. A primary change involves expanding the NightOwl route so that these shuttles also run to the parking deck at Michael Street as well as the Woodruff Residential Center and certain destinations along Clifton Road to Houston Mill Road. Prior to this change, the NightOwl only provided service to Starvine Parking Deck on Clairmont Campus, the Peavine parking deck on Eagle Row and Woodruff Circle, the traffic area behind the Dobbs University Center (DUC). The NightOwl shuttle typically runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturdays — after the regular campus shuttle has stopped running for the night, according to the Transportation and Parking Services’ website. According to Alice Sloan, the communications coordinator for Transportation and Parking Services, administrators believe that the expansions to the late night service “will be helpful.” “We have been reviewing routing options for several months,” Sloan said in an email to the Wheel. She added that Transportation and Parking Services administrators considered several factors when deciding how to re-route the NightOwl shuttle stops. “We look at physical barriers since buses aren’t able to travel on all streets and through all intersections on campus,” she explained. Administrators sent out a campuswide survey and hosted a series of focus groups last spring to determine student and community transportation needs. They collected the feedback from the survey and focus group discussions, as well as “ridership counts” that measured the number of students who took the shuttles. Using this data, they then decided how to change and expand the NightOwl routes as well as the routes of regular campus shuttles. For some students, the expanded NightOwl route will be especially convenient in light of recent crimes in the area. One such crime involved a male Emory student, who was the victim of a robbery in Emory Village on Sunday, Sept. 30. In addition, administrators have received reports in the last week of theft and physical assault on and around campus, the Wheel reported on Oct. 25. “I can feel more comfortable traveling throughout campus in the later hours and avoiding any chance of being attacked or jumped on the way,” noted College sophomore Irene Byun, who currently lives at the Woodruff Residential Center. Byun remarked that her walk home from the Robert W. Woodruff Library, where she sometimes does homework in the evening, is often difficult and time-consuming due to the fact that the Woodruff Residential Center is “far away from main campus.” She added that the walk from her residence hall to main campus could even sometimes be “painful in colder weather,” making the expanded
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The Eli Young Band performed on McDonough Field yesterday evening for this year’s fall band party. SPC chose to feature a country artist to contrast with previous artists who have performed at Emory.
Crowd Welcomes Eli Young Band By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer The Student Programming Council (SPC) welcomed Eli Young Band to McDonough Field for Fall Band Party on Monday evening. Eli Young Band is a country music group based in Denton, Texas. They have gained popularity in the last few years by opening for popular country music artists like Miranda Lambert and Pat Green as well as receiving three Academy of Country Music Awards nominations in 2012. When the event first began with the opening act, only a modest group of attendees congregated near the front of the stage, many of whom considered themselves avid Eli Young Band fans. “Half of these people are only here for the pizza,” said Business School
senior Olivia Farley, referring to the fact that SPC provided pizza and beer at the event. “But I’m here for Eli Young Band; I know all the words.” However, the crowd doubled in size when it came time for the main act, drawing approximately 200 students. When Eli Young Band finally entered the stage, many students in the crowd cheered and began singing along immediately. The lead singer and guitarist tossed guitar picks to the audience throughout the performance. College junior Celeste Banks and College sophomore Amanda Bastien were among the fans in the front row; both agreed that they wanted there to be a good turnout for the performance. “This is a bonding opportunity; Emory isn’t a country school, but
there are secret country lovers,” Banks said. Fans like Banks and Bastien looked forward to the band playing their popular songs “Crazy Girl,” “It’s Always a Love Song” and “Guinevere.” When the band played these chart-topping songs, they received vocal crowd reactions. During “Even if it Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band even encouraged the audience to sing parts of the chorus by themselves. The lead singer Mike Eli repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the crowd’s enthusiasm in between the songs. “It’s a bit cold, but we’re about to heat it up,” he said, which elicited cheers from the audience. For some students, however, the
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Roles: Provost Earl Lewis When Forman announced that the College was phasing out several programs and suspending admissions to select graduate programs, many students and faculty members saw the plan as strictly belonging to him. Higher administrators like Wagner and Lewis, Emory’s chief academic officer and Forman’s boss, remained largely silent. In separate interviews with the Wheel, Wagner and Lewis have said that Forman has the authority to make such decisions and was the key visionary. However, notes from GC meetings also show that Wagner and Lewis were already laying the groundwork for serious structural changes within the College before Forman came to Emory in June of 2010. The GC first received an official report on the College’s budgetary problems in late January 2009. A report from the Faculty Senate to the GC shows that Lewis believed that “significant structural alignment in [the] next three years” was necessary. In a follow-up interview with the
Roles: President James W. Wagner In that same report from the Faculty Senate to the GC in January
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Emory Changes Policies for Same-Sex Couples By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor A professor simply wanted to register his domestic partner for an Emory gym membership, like other faculty members did with their spouses. Rather than being able to do so, he encountered an obstacle last fall that was “insulting and offensive.” Even though Tim Holbrook, associate dean of faculty and professor of law, has been in a relationship with his partner for six years, they were not recognized as domestic partners at Emory. Because his domestic partner lives in Denver, they did not fit requirements for same sex couple benefits that require domestic partners to live in the household. The discriminatory nature of these requirements prompted Holbrook to take action. Working with a President’s commission last spring, his memo and discussions with Human Resources at Emory led to tangible change. HR eliminated multiple barriers in the registration process for same sex domestic partners, according to Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Life Michael Shutt. These changes included removing the notarization requirement of the registration form, allowing the use of a wedding or civil union certificate as evidence of a relationship. In addition, HR made the preexisting requirements for the relationship — like the requirement to live in the same household — into
optional examples of documents of proof. Couples now have to meet at least one of the listed requirements in order to register for benefits.
Real Change In the 1990s, Emory enabled same sex domestic partners to receive many of the benefits that apply to married couples, like health insurance, life insurance and gym memberships. To do so, however, the couples had to register using a form called an affidavit. That form had multiple requirements. Some of the provisions make it compulsory for domestic partners to show their wedding certificate, to show proof of financial interdependence — through bills with the names of both spouses or joint bank accounts — and to live in the same household. Now, because of Holbrook’s initiative, these are all options rather than requirements that domestic partners can use to prove their relationship. Another change is the removal of the document’s notarized requirement. This change means that homosexual couples no longer need to swear under penalty of law that the documents are truthful. Homosexual couples have never had to swear by law with this document. “I took it as insulting — that in essence they don’t trust us,” Holbrook said.
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A student carves a pumpkin as part of Emory’s first-ever “Thank Dooley It’s Friday” — a Halloweenthemed event hosted by College Council (CC) on McDonough Field last Friday.
CC Launches New, Monthly Event By Minah So Staff Writer Students crowded onto McDonough Field for Emory’s first ever “Thank Dooley It’s Friday” (TDIF) event presented by College Council (CC) on Friday evening. Held on the last Friday of every month, this month’s festivities were Halloween-themed. In honor of Halloween, the festivities at the event included a “haunted” bounce house, free food, T-shirts and candy. Lord Dooley, Emory’s unofficial
mascot, also made an appearance, partaking in activities like pumpkin carving and taking pictures with students. The initiative, started by CC member and College senior Kala Hurst, was created to encourage increased school spirit among the student body, student organizations, and CC. Hurst came up with the idea in April, and CC helped plan logistics when they reconvened for the fall semester. According to Hurst, CC received many concerns from students last year about wanting more regular events on campus that were avail-
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Wheel, Lewis explained that he has known about the on-going process behind the department changes for some time and has seen “many ideas float for the better part of three years.” Lewis said that while Forman indeed has a vision for the College’s future, the mechanics to begin considering structural changes were already in motion before Forman’s arrival. Lewis said Forman and Lisa Tedesco, the dean of the Laney Graduate School, presented numerous ideas to him, all of which were discussed and challenged. Lewis also says he feels “comfortable” with the process behind the department changes since faculty members entrusted their peers to be on the Governance Committee, which, in turn, trusted another committee. “By the end of the day, I hired deans to be deans,” Lewis said. “They are the chief executive officers of their schools and colleges. Once I have raised my questions, and they have provided answers, I have fully supported the decisions they have made and continue to do so.” Some have characterized Lewis as a lame duck Provost of sorts since he is retiring at the end of this year, and many faculty members do not see him as an effective avenue for redress. Lewis disagreed. “To be honest, what has occurred is final,” he said. “Even if I were staying here, it would still be final. This is not timed with my exit. If it had been, I would have been smarter and left [already].”
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able for pure entertainment, as well as opportunities to see more performances by student groups. Others also complained about not being able to enjoy Wonderful Wednesday due to conflicts with class times. “The goal is to increase school spirit and the sense of community in Emory through this monthly celebration,” said Sarah Choi, a member of CC and the TDIF committee. “I definitely think the event was successful. It was a first-time event and we had a couple of hundred people come out,
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National, Local and Higher Education News • Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters predict could be the worst storm to hit the East Coast in 100 years, could cause up to 10 million people to lose power. At least 36,000 people in at least seven states had lost power by Monday afternoon. The hurricane could affect people from West Virginia to Maine, and as far west as Chicago. • Hurricane Sandy caused Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to cancel campaign events in Wisconsin and Florida, both of which are key swing states. The Republican candidates also cancelled their events for Tuesday. Romney said he felt it was more important to focus on the Americans at risk, and encouraged the country to support the Red Cross and help their neighbors. • Almost one million people have voted early in Georgia. Fulton and DeKalb counties had the largest numbers of early voters, followed by Gwinnett, Cobb and Henry counties. Any registered Georgia voter is eligible to vote early in Georgia until
Friday, Nov. 2. • An Englishman coincidentally named Ronald McDonald (not the McDonald’s mascot) violated a restraining order by following his wife into a McDonald’s restaurant. His wife had filed the restraining order after McDonald assaulted her and another woman in September. The court staff apparently could not restrain their laughter when the case was presented.
Because of unforeseen circumstances, there will be no crime report this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Make sure to read Thursday’s police record for the most recent crimes on Campus.
The Intersorority Council discussed Emory’s BYOB policy at its fall all-chapter meeting. The ISC’s BYOB policy stated that students must abide by all federal and state alcohol laws in addition to restricting sororities from hosting functions centered around alcohol consumption and prohibiting sororities from serving alcohol in common containers. such as kegs or garbage cans.
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EVENTS AT EMORY TUESDAY Event: Feminism, Depression, and Aggression—ILA Colloquium with Elizabeth Wilson Time: 11:45 a.m. Location: Detweiler Conference room, S423 Callaway
Event: Global Health Institute Networking Night Time: 6 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Ballroom Event: Joint Recruitment Information Session Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Candler School of Theology, Room 102
Event: Shi-Yong Sun, PhD—“GSK3 and mTOR—Targeted Cancer Therapy” Time: 12 p.m. Location: 5052 Rollins Research Center
Event: Opening the Space: Yoga Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Detweiler Conference room, S423 Callaway
Event: Emory Farmers Market Time: 12 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Bridge
Event: Ed Nicholson, trombone Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
Event: Recovering the Recovered Text: Digital Canon(s) and Lost Texts Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center Event: State of the University Address by President Wagner Time: 11:45 a.m. Location: Detweiler Conference room, S423 Callaway Event: Queer Students of Color Discussion Group Time: 6 p.m. Location: 517E Dobbs University Center
WEDNESDAY Event: Toastmasters@Emory Club Meeting Time: 8 a.m. Location: Old Dental Building Event: Storytime for all ages Time: 10 a.m. Location: ECIT 217 Event: Blackboard Grade Center Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
Event: The Frankfurt School and the “Jewish Question” 1940-1973 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, (PAIS) 290 Event: Art History Endowed Lecture: The Crown of Thorns--Mockery, Royalty, Piety Time: 5 p.m. Location: Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building Event: Queer Women’s Discussion Group Time: 5 p.m. Location: Center for Women, Cox Hall Event: Trans-Forming Gender Discussion Group Time: 5 p.m. Location: 232E Dobbs University Center, Office of LGBT Life Event: Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall, Rm. 208
THURSDAY Event: Emory Medishare Haiti Time: 6:30 a.m. Location: Emory University Hospital Auditorium Event: Public Scholarship in the Sciences Time: 12 p.m. Location: Dobbs University Center E334 (the room that used to be 363) Event: Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall, Rm. 208 Event: The Power of Design: Universal Design Time: 12 p.m. Location: Dobbs University Center, Winship Ballroom Event: Emeritus College 2012 Fall Reception Time: 4 p.m. Location: MWAH Governors’ Hall Event: “Getting Crunk: Fierce Critical Feminism” — An Evening with the Crunk Feminist Collective Time: 4:15 p.m. Location: Jones Room, Third Floor Woodruff Library
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Rollins Building Receives LEED Certification By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor Emory’s U.S. Green Building Council certified the Rollins School of Public Health’s Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Building last week for meeting the silver standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is the “nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance, environmentally efficient buildings,” according to an Oct. 24 University press release. “We are proud to receive this outstanding award,” James Curran, dean of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, said in the press release. “This building is not only a shining example of our dedication to public health because of the work happening inside of it, but the structure itself clearly shows our commitment to providing a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.” The Council established the LEED program to promote sustainable building design practices, according to the Council’s website. To attain LEED certification, buildings must fulfill requirements
in water efficiency, sustainable building materials and attempts to reduce waste, among other requirements. Additionally, green features must be incorporated into the building’s design from the time of construction. The CNR Building is now one of several existing LEED-certified buildings on campus. Few and Evans, for example, received gold status in October 2010, the second highest LEED status after platinum, according to an Oct. 7, 2010 Wheel article. Emory currently has no platinum LEED-certified buildings on campus. Like the CNR Building, the Candler School of Theology, Turman Residence Hall and the James B. Williams Medical Education Building, among others, have also received silver status, according to the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives website. The University used recycled and renewable materials to construct the eight-story CNR Building, which is located at 1518 Clifton Rd. and opened in 2010. The building also includes carbon dioxide monitors, high-efficiency lighting and an enthalpy wheel, which is used to minimize energy use.
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usiness school senior Jeff Docherty plays the saxophone performs for Parents Weekend on Saturday afternoon on McDonough Field. Other activities for the weekend included faculty-led seminars for parents, campus tours, athletic activities, a picnic lunch and a speech by President James Wagner.
A ‘Hurrication’ for College Students on the East Coast Jane Seo Harvard Crimson Instead of heading to classes and attending regularly scheduled activities, Columbia U. student Arvin Ahmadi and his roommates will be eating chips and watching movies in their dorm room for today and much of tomorrow. From Massachusetts to New York to Virginia, several universities on the east coast have announced their decisions to cancel classes in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Both in dorm rooms and on the web, students have expressed more delight than concern about the impending storm. “There is a general consensus of excitement, which is ironic because we are excited about a natural disaster,” Ahmadi said. “It’s basically an excuse to get lots of junk food and have bonding time with my roommates.” In addition to sleeping in until noon, Ahmadi said he plans to spend the day making hot cider and playing board games.
Soon after Bucknell U.’s president sent out an email to students about cancelling classes from 2 p.m. on Monday to noon on Tuesday, Bucknell student Kaisha E. Johnson said students started celebrating what they dubbed the “Hurrication,”—a neologism combining hurricane and vacation—and posting Facebook statuses that read, “Thank you, Bucknell.” Like Columbia, Georgetown U. has taken its precautions a step further and cancelled classes on Tuesday as well. For Charles J. Kim, this means an extra day to catch up on work and to study for his midterm, which was postponed to Friday. Kim said that while some students stocked up on food and water, most people were more welcoming than afraid of the hurricane. “I know a couple friends who were definitely celebrating and even going out,” Kim said. Other than causing the cancellation of classes, Sandy has affected students in other ways as well. Maya M. Fegan, design editor of
the Columbia Daily Spectator, the school’s daily newspaper, said the paper will not print on Tuesday. In addition, Fegan was supposed to fly out to Guyana on Wednesday, but she said she suspects the flight will be cancelled. Gabe R. Murchison, a Yale U. student who lives off campus, said he temporarily moved in to a friend’s dorm room last night when the College asked off-campus students to relocate to a safer space. “Most folks I know are staying with friends,” he said, “while some are spending the night in College libraries.” Murchison said he feels safer on campus because the dining hall are open and dorm rooms are less likely than his off-campus housing to experience power outages. Murchison said he plans to stay on campus for the night and may remain there until tomorrow afternoon depending on the weather. Down in Virginia, Kate A. Stephensen, a first year masters student at U. Virginia Curry School of
Education, said she is most worried about losing power because she needs her computer for most of her work. Stephensen, who also is an open water swimmer, said she will not be making a trip to the river anytime soon. “Certainly no swimming today,” she said. However, some universities on the east coast, including Duke U. and Cornell U., remain open despite the gloomy weather. “People’s hopes are low because we never get classes cancelled, even when we have snowstorms,” said J. Blake Marchese, a student at Duke. Marchese said that while he has not perceived much alarm on campus about the hurricane, he thinks it is a little bizarre that Duke has chosen to have classes when all other colleges in the area have cancelled. “That being said, given the weather right now, there is no real reason to cancel classes,” Marchese said.
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Administrators Must Continue to Address Equality Issues, Shutt Says NightOwl Changes step,” Holbrook said. “I think they are Continued from Page 1 finally getting that from an expressive He then brought his concerns to the viewpoint that it actually welcomes President’s Commission on Sexuality, gays and lesbians from the LGBT Gender Diversity and Queer Equality. community into the university in a From there, Holbrook wrote a way that denying recognition of our memo that described the national law relationships is very marginalizing.” regarding marriage, civil unions and Holbrook found a lot of support for domestic partner this change and very benefits. little backlash. The memo also “I think it’s wonelaborated on a com- “I think they are finally derful, and this is parison of Emory’s getting that from an ex- the direction Emory rules regarding rec- pressive viewpoint that should be headed ognition of and benin,” Emory Pride efits for same sex it actually welcomes gays Co-President and and lesbians from the College partners with those junior of peer institutions. LGBT community ... ” Dohyun Ahn wrote S p e c i f i c a l l y, in an email to the Wheel. “It should Holbrook found — Tim Holbrook, have happened that the cohabitaassociate dean of faculty and much sooner than it tion requirement professor of law did. I am very proud — or the need for of Dr. Holbrook for the couple to be livtaking up that cause ing together — was discriminatory especially for an aca- and seeing it through with persistence demic institution where many couples and passion.” Shutt attributes Holbrook’s suclive separately because of the nature cess to that fact that it was a simple of their jobs. According to him, these require- change of a form rather than a change ments show that Emory was “behind that has any financial strings. More importantly, Shutt explains the times.” Holbrook sent the memo to the importance of a leader who folHuman Resources. After two to three lowed the issue through. “It was just a faculty member who meetings last spring, he found that decided to do this,” Shutt said. “He HR was incredibly responsive. “The fact that the we now have the didn’t have a leadership role in an university saying ‘Yes, we will rec- organization that was pushing for ognize same sex marriages’ is a big this. It was someone [who stood] up.”
According to Shutt, this step marks another one in Emory’s evolution towards a more accepting LGBT environment. It wasn’t long ago, Shutt said, that same sex couples had a waiting period before they could change their registered partner if they were involved in a separation, a provision that did not apply to heterosexual couples. Several years ago, the commission was able to alter this provision for Emory — another step in the movement toward equality.
A Long Way to Go Although Holbrook’s achievement and other recent steps have moved the University forward, Shutt also said there are a variety of issues that Emory needs to address. Shutt said that the real reason Emory was nationally recognized as one of Campus Pride’s 2012 Top 25 LGBT-friendly Colleges and Universities was not because the campus environment is actually that open to the LGBT community. According to Shutt, Campus Pride did not accurately represent reality because they did not use specific enough questions for their rankings. In his eyes, regardless of this top 25 ranking, Emory still has a long way to go. One issue is the Defense of Marriage Act that currently taxes same sex couples for benefits
that married couples also receive. Many of these problems previHowever, married couples are not ously mentioned are featured in an taxed on these benefits. “Basically, they are not getting 11-page, student-compiled document equal pay for equal work because for the new Advisory Council on of the federal government,” Shutt Community and Diversity, which will said. “Universities and companies are replace the President’s Commissions. The document highlights recomcontributing extra money to same mendations for instisex couples bentutional policies and efits packages and procedures and the salaries to offset “It was just a faculty campus departments that cost of the federal government to member who decided to that are responsible equalize or create do this ... He was some- for them. “I think it will equity for salaries. one [who stood] up.” help ground the And that’s a big council because thing for Emory.” — Michael Shutt, right now they are Currently, Emory does not do this. director of lesbian, gay, bisexual not taking on acute According to Shutt, and transgendered life issues,” Shutt said. “They are looking the commission at a macro level of brought it up to diversity.” University President Holbrook also James W. Wagner, says he is skeptical but to no avail. Holbrook attributes the difficulty of the University’s ability to address of modifying this because it deals LGBT issues with this council because they do not have a dedicated with financial matters. Shutt said whereas Holbrook “home” in this great mix of diversity oversaw these recent changes, the issues. At the same time, he sees possible University has not addressed these issues because they do not have a upsides to the fact that the council will have town halls and increased leader. “You need a person who will carry accountability. Shutt hopes that the long-term it ... from beginning to end,” Shutt said. “Right now, there is not neces- positions on the council will help with keeping departments accountable. sarily a champion to do that.”
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Continued from Page 1 NightOwl route a benefit. “The [expanded route] will make everything more accessible,” she said. Sloan explained that University administrators will also re-route several other shuttles that run during regular hours. They plan to change certain stops on campus as well as adding more stops. For instance, shuttles will no longer stop at the Lowergate parking decks, which are located near the Burlington Road Building and Schwartz Performing Arts Center. Rather, they will stop on Uppergate Drive in order to accommodate Emory University Hospital construction on Lowergate Drive. “Several infrastructure changes have been made in anticipation of this move, including the improvements to Woodruff Circle, improvements along Uppergate [Drive] and also improvements at the intersection at Uppergate [Drive] and Clifton [Road],” said Sloan. She noted that administrators hope this particular change will increase pedestrian traffic safety in the area as construction progresses.
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Extended Stay in College Can Lower Post-grad Paycheck, Study Finds Band Party Features Country By Sara Lane Central Florida Future A study conducted by U. Tennessee’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students who were able to complete bachelor’s degrees within four years will make between $5,800 and $6,200 more than those who completed the same degree in six years. The study also found that those who took seven or more years to complete a bachelor’s degree were paid the same average salary as those who had not gone to college at all. The researchers stated many explanations for this finding in their study, including the idea that many employers view extended college stays as a negative reflection on a student’s ability to complete tasks. Another explanation is that those who completed their degrees within the fouryear time period had more time in jobs and may already begin receiving raises and promotions. “Finishing faster is a sign to employers that you are able to get things done, are efficient about it and hard working,” Bill Fox, a researcher from the group at UT, said. “All of
these are positive signals.” The New York Times conducts an annual study of the success rates for graduates from each school in the country. For 2011 UCF graduates, the starting median pay is a $40,800 salary, which is $11,000 less than the national average. However, by mid-career, those same graduates are making almost double the amount they received when they started. Some students take a longer amount of time because they plan on pursuing a graduate degree postgraduation. Nicole Valdes, a summer 2011 U. Central Florida graduate, will attend the Stetson U. College of Law in the fall. “My years as an undergrad allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming an attorney. It provided me with the critical-thinking skills and the educational foundation necessary to become a lawyer,” Valdes said. “In addition to time spent in the classroom, all the extracurricular and leadership opportunities I participated in helped with my professional development. Valdes said that many factors should be considered when looking at how long a student takes to finish
a degree, such as if the student had to work part time or full time. Ashley Kohrt, a UCF alumna, now works at Florida Hospital as a residency coordinator after taking four and a half years to complete her degree in allied health sciences. “I don’t feel as though not completing my degree in the society standard of four years has had any monetary effect on me, and that it has actually had a positive influence on my life because I was able to enjoy college and not feel pressured to finish quickly,” Kohrt said. Bill Blank, the director of career development in Career Services, advised that the time a student spends in school is not always the issue. “The standard for a college degree is now five years, so employers don’t tend to look at the length of time spent in school,” Blank said. “It’s about what he or she achieves while here by participating in clubs and other things offered on campus to get the best experience before they go into their field.” According to a study done by the Complete College America foundation, 63 percent of UCF students will finish their four-year degree in
six years. “It is difficult to judge someone on their efficiency and hard-working ability based on when they graduate from college,” Kohrt said. “Most students spend their time changing their major and deciding what would be a good fit for them, which causes them to spend more time in school but isn’t a sign of their skills.” Fox pointed out that the increase in yearly income could be due to stronger connections in the workforce. Building connections can lead to better jobs both monetarily and atmospherically, Fox said. “For graduate students, time doesn’t matter,” biomedical sciences graduate student Andrew Teblum said. “Companies are looking more for the type of thesis work, publications and experience with equipment, which normally, longer means you are more experienced and therefore sometimes are actually more useful.” Kohrt agreed. “Students want to be happy where they decide to go, and sometimes finding their niche can take a little longer,” Kohrt said.
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Continued from Page 1 cold weather was a deterrent to staying for the entire event. However, Chloe Saeks, College senior and Band Party chair, predicted that every country fan would be in attendance regardless of the weather or the event being on a Monday night. The process by which SPC brings musicians to Emory begins months in advance and involves contacting multiple talent agencies. For this event, SPC contacted Paradigm Talent Agency in Nashville around three to four months in advance. SPC also coordinated with the University as to which dates were available for the event. Saeks said that it required a lot of research, and SPC strongly pursued Eli Young Band. According to Business School
sophomore and SPC Treasurer Michael Nathin, Fall Band Party has featured artists like Akon and O.A.R., but has not featured a country music artist in the last few years. “We’re in the South; it needed to be done,” Saeks said. SPC brought up-and-coming country band Mockingbird Sun from Nashville to open for Eli Young Band. They were relatively unknown among Emory students, but they have a relationship with Eli Young Band, according to Saeks. In order to advertise the event, SPC put up posters around campus. They also spray-painted a large banner in Asbury Circle and created a Facebook group to promote the event. Nathin says that he wants people to enjoy the event and would love to hear student feedback.
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CC Sees Success, Forman Broadened CFAC’s Mandate in Spring ‘11 Hopes to Expand TDIF in Future
With regards to the decision pro- in the Fall, Paul retired as dean of the cess for “cutting programs,” the min- College and was replaced by Forman, 2009, the minutes on Wagner’s posi- utes show that the faculty members who officially started the July before tion are minimal and read: “Cut infe- on GC at the time believed such school began. rior, boost superior.” Giles returned to the GC that decisions were “administrative, not A source familiar with the January faculty decisions, but Govcom [GC] November at the request of the commeeting said that Wagner had been has an advisory role in the process to mittee to begin discussions on what talking about department changes to avoid shock and mediate the effects role CFAC should play moving forthe College for a few years and, in the of tough decisions.” ward, according to the minutes. He context of limited resources, aspired In recent weeks many faculty reportedly said that the GC should to boost “excellent” programs using members have contested the notion consider selecting new members the funds from others. that the decisions to cut programs is for the committee, since the current The use of the word “inferior” sug- an administrative decision. members had been serving for 2.5 gests that there were “bad programs” When Forman addressed more years. Giles listed “strong credibility in the College, but the assumption than 100 faculty members at a spe- with both faculty and the Dean” and is wrong, said the cial meeting in early “the ability to keep strict confidencsource. October, many fac- es” as key qualifications, according “There was nothulty members felt to the minutes. “The faculty of any ing bad,” the source The following spring in 2011 their rights and said. “That’s what school or college shall governance over marked an important transition for has made [the decihave jurisdiction over the curriculum, CFAC. sions] so difficult.” Minutes from a GC meeting in as defined in the One year later the educational program Faculty Handbook, February show that Forman wished and the internal affairs had been violat- to transform the committee from at a College faculty meeting in of that division, instruc- ed. Under Article “short-term necessity to a strategic, January 2010 and IV, Section 1, the long-term trajectory.” The following tion, schedules, and six months before Faculty Handbook month the GC discussed how CFAC’s degree requirements. ” states, “The faculty charge should be modified in light of Forman’s arrival at Emory, Wagner of any school or Forman’s request. gave a presentaIn a prophetic moment one fac— Faculty Handbook college shall have tion titled “Going jurisdiction over ulty member expressed concern Forward: a Strong the educational pro- about CFAC’s confidential discusInstitution Adapting to a Challenging gram and the internal affairs of that sions despite being a subcommittee. Environment.” According to minutes division, instruction, schedules, and The minutes read: “GovCom is seen from that meeting, Wagner assessed degree requirements.” to be responsible for a committee the College’s “resource situations,” The GC then voted unanimously while being kept in the dark about its spoke about investing “first in quality to make CFAC an official sub-com- work.” Another committee member that brings distinction in faculty, stu- mittee that would report to them. assured the faculty member that he dents, staff, programs and facilities” CFAC would be responsible for sits on CFAC as the representative and called for “imagination, creativ- “Policy related to the Emory College from Governance Committee. ity and opportunities to ensure that Budget, setting planning priorities When the GC reconvened in the Emory fulfills its responsibility as a that adhere to and uphold the mission fall, again members expressed conleadership institution.” of the College, determining the sus- cern about CFAC’s confidentiality Wagner questioned where the tainability of all programs and initia- in their August meeting. In addition College should invest its resources, tives [and] acting in a proactive rather to finding nominees to eventually “what is essential, excellent or can than reactive capacity and exercising replace the current CFAC membecome excellent” and how does one reasonable foresight to establish a bers, the committee suggested that evaluate the “excellent and essential state of preparedness.” another member from GC sit on the categories.” According to the minThe GC set priorities for faculty committee, in an effort “for closer utes, Wagner spoke about growing nominations to CFAC, with a focus communication...” “essential, excellent programs” and on “experience in managing budThe GC secured a list of faculty cited the closing of the Dental School gets,” according to the minutes. candidates for its September meeting, in the early ‘90s as an example of After February of 2009, CFAC according to the minutes, and laid out wise reinvestments to elevate the does not appear in the minutes until qualifications to be on CFAC. The College’s status. the Governance Committee’s fourth minutes read: “candidates should not After the presentation, the floor meeting at the end of September currently hold positions that might was opened to faculty for questions. of that year. The minutes say that a be perceived as representing a conThe first faculty member asked member of GC “gave a short report flict of interest, an effort should be how to encourage excellence and based on his participation in the made to preserve representation of identify excellence, a question that Financial Advisory Committee.” Lecture Track faculty, and it is desirhas been a point of controversy in the While it is unclear if the notes that able, though not imperative, that more current debate over the department immediately follow are a part of that than one CFAC member not be from changes. report, the minutes reflect discus- the same department.” Wagner said that program direc- sion on budget cuts, “returning more While the minutes do not expound tors, chairs, deans and trustees all tenured-faculty to the classroom, on what constitutes a “conflict of had roles to play and cited Princeton changing enrollment and revisiting interest,” a source who wished to University as an excellent univer- need-blind enrollment.” remain anonymous said that those sity without a medical school, public Specific reports from CFAC faculty members who presently held health school, business school or law occur on Feb. 3, 2010. Micheal Giles, chairs of departments and program school. the chairman of the CFAC since directors were excluded. Previous “[Princeton’s] excellence is nar- its inception, attended the meeting experience as a department chair row,” he said, according to the and reportedly said that CFAC had or program director was preferred minutes. reviewed planning documents from though, according to the source. Towards the end of the meet- each department in the College and The following spring (2012), ing, a faculty member responded to external reviews Forman attended Wagner’s point about “essentiality” of selected departthe final meeting of and said that all forms of knowledge ments in addition the academic year in “It is preferable to con- April. According to are valuable in a liberal arts educa- to meeting with tion. The faculty member then asked the graduate school tract in some areas in the minutes, the GC Wagner to clarify “excellence” and “in the position preparation order to provide for the heard “uniqueness.” of the CFAC, which for recommendapossibility of enhance- believed that “it is Wagner responded that the College tions ... about the should take a “global perspective” potential closing of ment and creativity in preferable to conand that while “all forms need to be departments.” tract in some areas the future.” preserved,” that preservation doesn’t in order to provide Around this time pertain to every institution. for the possibilperiod, the GC was — College Faculty Advisory ity of enhancement “The question is where does discussing the role Committee and creativity in the Emory contribute best,” Wagner Physical Education reportedly said. future.” (P.E.) has in accorForman, then, dance with general The Evolution of the College education requireidentified the criteFaculty Advisory Committee ments. According to the minutes, ria for programs to be maintained. Giles reported that CFAC recom- Excellence and national distinction, In response to criticisms about mended that P.E. should be the first importance to the undergraduate curnot working with faculty members, department to close “because it is riculum, interdependency with other Forman has pointed to College neither essential, nor excellent,” lan- units, contribution to Emory’s broadFaculty Advisory Committee guage similar to Wagner when he er mission and how the program fit in (CFAC) as the trusted faculty body spoke to the faculty the previous the College’s overall vision were all that advised him. Many, though, have month. mentioned, according to the minutes. questioned the legitimacy of CFAC When the Governance Committee When one faculty member asked since its discussions were strictly “whether the financial impact of P.E. met this fall on Sept. 6, Forman confidential. is substantially greater than other briefed members on his presentaThe origins of the CFAC stretch departments,” Giles replied that the tion that would outline the departback to December 2008 under for- decision was not entirely based on ment changes at an upcoming faculty mer Dean of Emory College Bobby finances and that all other depart- meeting. Paul. Sources say that members of ments on the list would have had a Minutes from the meeting show the original committee were direct- greater impact on the College’s “lib- that Forman did not divulge the spely appointed by the dean based on eral arts core.” cifics of his plan to the GC. Instead, their past experiences as department The other departments that were Forman only said that the College chairs. considered had budgets in the range would be “phasing out of some proTechnically an “Ad Hoc of $1.2 to $1.3 million, similar to that grams to free up resources to support Committee” not governed by the of the P.E. department, Giles said and strengthen other areas.” Governance Committee, CFAC was according to the minutes. Forman also noted that “the percreated to help Paul address the While Giles said that recommen- sonnel goal will be to move faculty College’s financial situation, which dations were not entirely based on to new departments ... and a similar was under serious duress in light finances, Paul said CFAC was only goal is in place for staff,” according of the global financial crisis that “providing the financial advice,” to the minutes. constricted university endowments according to minutes from the GC’s The College would go on to across the United States. following meeting later that February. announce the specifics of the plan The committee first appears in The Re-Visioning Committee, he one week later on Sept. 14. the minutes of the GC in the January reportedly said, was responsible for Minutes from the Governance 2009 meeting, when the committee “innovative ideas for the delivery of Committee’s meetings from Fall was briefed on the College’s troubled undergraduate education in the 21st 2006 to Spring 2010 are available finances. century” and “what we would do on Emory’s website. When the GC reconvened a month if we re-designed the College from The remaining minutes are availlater in February, it laid out the offi- scratch.” able to faculty only on Blackboard. cial responsibilities of CFAC before A source familiar with the meet- A faculty member provided copies passing a resolution to make it a ing said that the two committees were of those meetings’ minutes to the sub-committee of the Governance not working on quite the same issue Wheel. Committee. A source says that after Spring and that the latter was focused on In broad terms, CFAC was “to how the College would use resources 2010, the Governance Committee determine procedure, to help reor- if they were available. decided that upon reviewing the polganize administratively, to rethink icy of other universities, it did not Fall 2010: Forman at Emory our educational model inherited from seem appropriate to make minutes the 19th century and to see what our available to the public. 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Continued from Page 1 including Lord Dooley.” The committee started shopping for food, decorations and prizes weeks before the event, among other preparations. The treasurer of CC, Ye Ji Kim, was in charge of designing the T-shirts for the initiative. According to College sophomore Adam Chan, another member of CC, the event cost around $4000 to $5000, which included the costs for vendors, activities and supplies. “In retrospect, we had a stupendous turnout,” Chan said. “Since it was the first ever TDIF, CC was only planning on around 200 to 250 [attendees].” CC also provided pumpkins and supplies for students to carve. “I went to carve some pumpkins and it was a lot of fun,” Bart Qian, a junior in the College, said. “I’m hopeful about future TDIF events at this rate.” Due to what they felt was the first TDIF event’s success, CC aims to host more TDIFs in the future. Legislators hope to expand upon future TDIF’s by inviting other student organizations, Greek Life and other student government organizations like SGA and SPC to co-sponsor and actively participate in the event.
“I’m hopeful about future TDIF events at this rate.” — Bart Qian, College junior
However, despite advertising that included an online Facebook event page with more than 490 people on the “attending” list, some students claimed that they were not even aware that TDIF would be occurring. “I knew what it was, but I didn’t even know it already happened,” said College junior Sam Lee. “They should advertise it more the next time around.”
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Event Fosters Stronger Sense of Community, Turnout Will Improve with Time On October 26th College Council (CC) held their first “Thank Dooley it’s Friday” (TDIF) festival, a monthly initiative that will take place on the last Friday of every month. CC hopes that the events will increase the sense of community between the student body and student organizations at Emory. In light of the upcoming holiday, the first TDIF festival featured many Halloween themed activities. Activities included pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, a “spooky” bounce house, and free food and shirts. We at the Wheel feel that College Council succeeded in their mission to increase Emory pride and the sense of community in the College. We are encouraged that CC has acted on the wants of the student body for more regular events and believe that TDIF will be a good addition to Wonderful Wednesday (WW), with which many students’ class schedules conflict. TDIF gives these students the opportunity to engage in the same kinds of community-based activities at a more convenient time. We also applaud Amitav Chakraborty for upholding promises on his platform. When Chakraborty ran for College Council president in the spring, he aspired to increase school spirit. We are now seeing these goals materialize. Ultimately, as a first event, TDIF was a success, and we are happy that College Council is doing more to bring the Emory community together. TDIF parallels the spirit of Friday’s Kegs in the Courtyard in the Goizueta Business School, and we believe that this new initiative and the respective student turnout will only improve with time.
Wheel Endorses An Open Letter From the AAUP Obama for Pres. Four years after electing the nation’s first African-American president amid the worst economic depression since the Great one, many Americans are beginning to doubt how much of his fabled “change” President Obama has managed to accomplish. A better question, though, is which candidate has the potential to affect the most change during the next presidency. We at the Wheel believe that the answer is still Barack Obama. We have chosen to examine four issues that we believe to be of particular interest to Emory University students. Although these four issues do not address the entirety of Obama’s or Romney’s platforms, we feel that they do address a spectrum of issues that student voters will be most concerned with. Pell Grant Funding Pell Grants are federally funded monetary grants of as much as $5,500 given to lowincome college students who would otherwise be unable to afford their college education. Although funding for the Pell Grant program has grown from $19 billion in 2009 to $36 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, grant funding is not keeping pace with the rising cost of tuition. Instead, Pell Grants cover only a third of the cost of an average four-year public college. Obama has nearly doubled funding for Pell Grants. He also took the federal loan program, which was once operated by private “middle man” banks, under federal control. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this change will save the federal government $62 billion through the year 2020. Romney’s plan to provide financial aid to college students is somewhat more vague. Romney has criticized Obama’s current plan for Pell Grant funding as, “financially unstable,” according to NPR. Romney does not plan to increase federal funding for education. In fact, his running mate, Paul Ryan, is calling for a 20 percent decrease in all domestic spending. This includes education spending. We cannot afford a president who will work actively against initiatives to reduce the cost of higher education. Investment in education is an investment in the future success of our nation. Education Policy Obama has demonstrated a noticeable commitment to furthering education reform. Obama has proposed that $14 billion of the FY2013 budget be invested in “key reform areas,” which include aligning educational programs with workforce demands, promoting the teaching profession and making college education more
affordable. On the other hand, although Romney claims that he does not intend to cut education funding, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he wants to cut billions of dollars from education. Romney’s plan for education seeks to “revamp accountability measures,” “attract and retain the best teachers” and “tie funding to education reform,” according to an article on Education.com. Contraception Obama has taken great strides to make contraceptives of all varieties as available as possible. His Affordable Care Act provides free contraceptive coverage for all insured women, and he supports making contraceptive coverage available to employees of religiously affiliated universities and hospitals. However, Obama believes that healthcare insurers should pay for this coverage, not the employers themselves. Romney, meanwhile, has accused Obama of waging a war on religion, claiming that his proposal forces religious institution to go against their beliefs. Romney intends to give employers the option to withhold contraceptive coverage to their employees. However, readily available contraception is a liberty that must be made available to all American women. Equal Pay and the Lilly Ledbetter Act Obama’s first piece of legislation as president sought to eliminate the so-called “glass ceiling” by establishing provisions for fair pay, regardless of gender. Romney, meanwhile, has said that were he president at the time, he would have vetoed the Lily Ledbetter Act. He has been consistently unwilling to answer questions on the topic of fair pay for women. Women deserve equal rights, including fair pay at work. This is not a question. That Romney might oppose equal rights for anyone, female or otherwise, is truly disconcerting. Conclusion In conclusion, Barack Obama’s education policy promotes the widespread availability of higher education, and he consistently supports the sexual health and economic well being of American women. Although his record is not flawless, he is adept at quickly making wise decisions, and we trust him to take the best care of our nation. We encourage readers to see Page 8 for our full analysis and respective sources.
On September 14, 2012, Dean Robin Forman announced a number of changes to the curriculum, including the closing of the Department of Visual Arts, the Division of Educational Studies, the Program in Journalism, and the Department of Physical Education (the last already in progress at the time of his letter). He also announced the suspension of admissions to the graduate programs in Economics, Spanish, and the Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA). The ILA, he wrote, will be restructured as an “institute without permanent faculty.” Owing to these cuts, a number of Lecture Track Faculty will not have their contracts renewed, two tenuretrack assistant professors hired in Educational Studies last spring will be let go in advance of any formal review of their work, and a number of tenured faculty will be relocated to other departments. Dean Forman has made it clear, in his letter and elsewhere, that he made the decisions in consultation with what he called the “Faculty Financial Advisory Committee,” a small (seven- to-eight person) group of appointed faculty; Lisa Tedesco, the Dean of the Laney Graduate School; and Earl Lewis, the Provost. On behalf of the Emory Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, we want to remind the Deans, the Provost, the President, the Board of Trustees, and, most importantly, Emory’s faculty and students of AAUP guidelines. These state that primary responsibility for decision-making concerning curriculum resides in the hands of the faculty. AAUP guidelines make it clear that this responsibility covers not only the determination of those areas of study to be offered by a college or university but extends to “appointments, reappointments, decisions not to reappoint, promotions, the granting of tenure, and dismissal” (from Section 5 of AAUP’s “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities”). We understand that restructurings and reallocation of funds are sometimes necessary to ensure that an institution remains strong. In this instance, however, the University failed to undertake that process of reallocation
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ments were informed in advance. Yet there is no evidence of clear communication, and in fact, chairs of affected departments (with one exception) strenuously deny that they were informed beforehand. In sum, the overall process appears to have shown substantial noncompliance with accepted procedural standards of academic governance. The Emory Chapter of the AAUP calls for immediate review—by the College Governance Committee, the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School, and the University Senate—of the processes that led to these decisions. We ask that these deliberations be undertaken independently and autonomously by elected faculty representatives to those bodies. We ask that these bodies invite feedback from all faculty members as part of these deliberations, to be initiated no later than the end of the Fall 2012 semester, and that the results be announced to the faculty. We ask, as well, that these committees give due consideration to the impact of the cuts and discontinuations on minority faculty and women; to their implications with regards to policies and practices put into effect over the past decade concerning the hiring, retention, and promotion of Lecture Track Faculty; to whether they presage a greater reliance on adjunct labor in teaching at Emory; and to the impact of the relocation of tenured faculty in affected departments on the work of those faculty, along with any other questions or concerns deemed to be within the purview of faculty responsibility for curricular matters. We ask that the administration delay further implementation of the announced changes pending full faculty review of the process by which these decisions were reached. Barbara Ladd President, Emory Chapter, AAUP Professor of English Sharon Strocchia Vice-President, Emory Chapter, AAUP Professor of History James V.H. Melton SecretaryTreasurer, Emory Chapter, AAUP Professor of History
In Response: Emory Journalism Supports AAUP’s Statements To the Emory Community: The Emory Journalism faculty fully supports the positions laid out in today’s letter from the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors. We continue to have strong objections to the decisions announced by Dean Forman on Sept.
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through properly constituted faculty deliberative bodies and to understand that important decisions having to do with these matters must come from those bodies to the Deans, Provost, President, and Board of Trustees. Moreover, we are dismayed that a small committee, initially appointed to advise Dean Robert Paul informally on financial matters in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008, became a subcommittee of the College Governance Committee that advised the Dean on curricular matters. Given the impact of the Dean’s decisions on graduate education, we are also concerned that the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School—an elected body of faculty representatives—was not consulted in advance about these changes in accordance with stated practices. The LGS website states that “[t]he Executive Council reviews proposals. . . for changes in existing courses and programs on a rolling basis.” No proposals in this matter were brought before this council for deliberation. The fact that a College subcommittee seems to have issued recommendations to close programs in another unit, the Graduate School, also raises questions of purview. We are concerned that there is no record of sufficiently substantive reports from this Faculty Financial Advisory Committee (now being called CFAC, or the College Financial Advisory Committee) to the Governance Committee or from the Governance Committee to the Humanities Council or Social Sciences Council (councils made up of department chairs in their respective divisions). We have been told that issues of confidentiality were involved, since the CFAC had access to confidential information and sensitive material (salaries, rankings, etc.). We want to be clear that the information that should have been made available to the Governance Committee and to the faculty through the Humanities and Social Sciences Councils is information about recommendations and options, not information about individual faculty salaries and other personnel information. We have been told that the chairs of affected depart-
14, and the secretive and non-collaborative manner in which they were reached. The AAUP letter accurately reflects our thinking on matters of both process and substance. We wholeheartedly endorse the AAUP’s call for a full, formal and prompt review of the decisions and the process behind them.
The Emory Journalism Faculty Hank Klibanoff, director and James M. Cox Jr., professor of journalism Sheila Tefft, senior lecturer Sissel McCarthy, lecturer David Armstrong, senior lecturer
Crisis in So(Mali)a If there is one country that world leaders should be concerned about, it is Mali. Mali has been in the news for the past few months primarily because of its unstable political situation after a military coup that took place in March and Islamic militants controlling almost two-thirds of the country. Al-Qaeda has established a strong presence in the Islamic Maghreb, which includes Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Niger and Tunisia and vast swaths of the Sahara desert. Until April 2012, Mali was deemed as one of the most stable democracies in West Africa. Although the country was entrenched in corruption and mismanagement, Mali was relatively stable for the last 20 years. One of the central government’s main grievances, in
retrospect, would be the neglect of the ethnic Tuareg people, which ultimately resulted in the Tuareg insurgency this year. The military coup of 2012 led by the Tuareg rebels and Al-Qaeda militants has dramatically changed the security situation in Mali. They have taken over two-thirds of the country and Mali’s president concedes that Mali’s forces do not have the military prowess to be able to counter this threat. The Malian president requested foreign intervention to rescue Mali from this predicament. Additionally, the Islamic militants have instituted a strict version of the Sharia law. The militants amputate the hands of thieves, recruit children to fight and kill unmarried mothers for adultery. There are grave fears
that Mali might become the next Somalia with two-thirds of Mali being controlled by Islamists and the imposition of Sharia law. Experts and analysts believe that this crisis could be resolved if Malian politicians in the capital, Bamako, unite in countering the threat of the Islamists. Political unity could help form a coherent agenda and common purpose, which would assist western powers such as the United States, France, Germany and Great Britain to provide intelligence assistance and eventually, create a stable political scenario to facilitate free elections in Mali.
Aditya Mehta is a College junior from Mumbai, India joint majoring in Sociology-Religion.
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All Students Should Vote For President Obama On the Issues of Tuition, Jobs and Healthcare, Democrats Support Student Interests PROF. RICHARD DONER The upcoming elections will have a big impact on your future. The two presidential candidates and their parties have sharply different positions and records on issues such as education costs, job opportunities, access to healthcare, debt, reproductive rights, and the very quality of democracy. In my view, the clear choice is President Obama and the Democratic Party. Here’s why: Consider first college costs and debt. Since 1985, the price of a college degree has risen over twice the rate of inflation. Americans now owe more for student loans than for credit card debt. In response, President Obama increased Pell grants, simplified student aid applications, made it easier for ex-students to repay loans, and ended unnecessary subsidies to banks. The Obama administration has helped students get accurate information on the costs and benefits of colleges and universities. Republicans want to raise interest on federal student loans and cut Pell grants for low-income students; they oppose interest limits on private loans; and they back bankruptcy rules that make student loan indebtedness tough to discharge. What about jobs? Millions of jobs have been lost since 2008. History tells us that
Democrats provide better remedies than the GOP. Over the 64 years leading up to President Obama’s inauguration, jobs were created twice as fast under Democrats as under Republicans. During the economic collapse that started under Republican President George W. Bush, 417,000 jobs were lost each month. Since Obama’s policies took hold, job creation has amounted to 155,000 per month. His American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invested in infrastructure and construction jobs, provided help to the unemployed and grants to enable states to retain and hire teachers, police, and firefighters. This hasn’t been enough. Part of the problem was that the administration underestimated the depth of the recession, and its stimulus was too modest. But a big part of the problem was Republican opposition: The GOP unamimously opposed the President’s American Jobs Act and has fought hard to cut funds for state and local governments. Republicans respond that Obama’s plans will increase our huge national debt (now equal to our GDP) while discouraging private sector hiring. Their approach is to cut spending (austerity) as is happening now in Europe. In fact, Obama’s plans may lead to a short-term rise in debt. But history, economic theory, and Europe’s dismal economic performance under Republican-supported policies
tell us that fiscal stimulus - spending - is the only way to get out of this kind of a recession and to reduce debt, when interest rates are already close to zero. If you’re skeptical, check out the latest IMF study concluding that fiscal expansion helps growth while austerity has weakened it while raising debt. And keep in mind that, at least since Pres. Carter, deficits have risen under Republicans; Democrats are left to clean up the mess, as Pres. Obama is now trying to do. There are also striking different on health insurance The Affordable Care Act passed by the Democrats in 2010 is critical for young adults, who have often not had access to affordable health coverage. The law requires insurance companies to let young people stay on parents’ plans until age 26; it prohibits insurers from denying coverage or dropping people with health problems; and in 2014, Americans who lack health insurance will be eligible for Medicaid benefits or will get tax credits to help them buy health plans in state-run marketplaces. Gov. Romney pledges to repeal health reform, while the Republicans propose drastic cuts in Medicare and Medicaid that will leave tens of millions more without health insurance or require people to pay more for care they already have. The two parties differ sharply on the rights of women and gays. The first bill
President Obama signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, makes it easier for a woman to challenge pay discrimination in court. Republicans opposed this law and state efforts to enhance remedies for victims of gender based wage discrimination. Opposed by Republicans, the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover contraception free of charge as well as a full range of preventive and pregnancy-related services without charging women more than men. In contrast, the 2012 Republican platform calls for overturning Roe v. Wade and ending women’s rights to make their own choices about childbearing - no exception for victims of rape or incest. Finally, President Obama and most Democrats support gay rights, such as marriage equality. Republicans want to reverse these gains. And....there’s this little question of voting rights and democracy. I’m a Democrat. If the Democratic Party was engaged in what I consider to be efforts to discourage political participation by voter suppression, I would protest, along with Republicans. So where are thoughtful Republicans when it comes to Republican efforts in over 30 states to discourage voting? These efforts involve legislation requiring new identification - unexpired governmentissued photo IDs - before entering the voting
booth. In principle there’s nothing wrong with requiring an official ID. But these new restrictions will affect seniors, who may not have photos on their driver’s licenses or even have a drivers license or other such identification. In fact, according to NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, at least 11% of voting-age Americans, mostly elderly and minority voters, lack necessary papers. Republicans have also fought to limit voter registration drives. This will clearly limit the votes of Latinos and African-Americans who were more than twice as likely as white voters to register through early voter registration. Early voting has been especially important for people without easy access to transportation or the ability to take off work: low-income voters. The NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice found no evidence of any extensive fraud and concluded that these laws could “make it significantly harder for more than 5 million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.” Even the Bush White House was unable to find evidence of fraud Indeed, judges across the country, from Florida to Ohio to Pennsylvania to Texas, have been ruling the Republican backed measures illegal and damaging to the democratic process.
Richard Doner is an Emory professor of Political Science.
Romney’s Contradictions a Weakness
Our Deliberately Transcendental Youth
For the entirety of the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney has been characterized by flip-flopping on issues like abortion, stemcell research, gay marriage, climate change, the so-called Taxpayer Protection pledge, and of course, health care reform. During last week’s debate, Romney took his willingness to say whatever it takes to be elected a step further by consistently playing both sides of the fence. Either way, the media seems to have let him off scot-free and his unrealistic desire to want his cake and have it too needs to be addressed. The most obvious example of Mitt Romney’s alternate universe, in which leaders don’t have to make hard decisions, is with health care. Romney says that in his plan, and that word is used lightly, the provision stating that insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions would remain, but the individual mandate would be history. There’s a slight problem with that. The individual mandate is the linchpin of the Affordable Care Act. Without it, the popular parts of the law, like letting people under the age of twenty-six stay on their parents plan, which Romney also expressed support for, cannot exist. Without the individual mandate, the pool of people with coverage is deprived of roughly 40 million people. Without this increase of the pool, costs would not decrease and subsequently, the other provisions would crumble without it. Not-so ironically, in March 2006, Romney even called the individual mandate “essential” to his Massachusetts law. Romney also leaves voters curious as to whether or not he would preserve provisions of the law like eliminating the cap that limits how much money will be spent on during a person’s lifetime or the stipulation that eightyfive percent of the cost for a person’s coverage has to go toward direct care. Romney also boasted that his law in
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Massachusetts had broad, bipartisan support, while Obama’s did not. This is more of a reflection on the obstructionist Republican party, but more importantly, it is another example of Romney wanting to have his cake and eat it too: his hollow pledge to work across the aisle with Democrats would go straight out the door if he fulfills his primary campaign promise of repealing “Obamacare” on the first day. Shifting to the economy, where the candidate’s expertise supposedly lies, is another example of him failing to stand his ground. Romney aggressively pushes for job creation, but famously argued against the auto industry bailout, while the president saved one million jobs and made General Motors once again the world’s top automaker. In terms of the national debt, Romney also wants it both ways. He thinks it would be just great to reduce it, but refuses under any circumstances to raise taxes to do so. But somehow he will raise revenue by closing unspecified loopholes and ending deductions, which he has yet to name. If that is not
enough, Romney will still reduce the national debt and increase the military budget by two trillion dollars despite the Pentagon not asking for the increase. Mitt Romney clearly thinks the American public is too stupid to realize his contradictory pledges and reconcile that someone who is so averse to making tough decisions simply cannot make a good leader or commander-in-chief. The most troubling of Romney’s contradictions, however, is that despite wanting voters to “Believe in America,” he dismissed last month’s employment numbers, which showed unemployment under eight percent for the first time since Obama’s presidency and a revision of 86,000 extra jobs created in July and August, as a Labor Department fabrication and a result of fewer people actively seeking employment. The only real risk Romney has taken is audaciously assuming voters will not realize his incompetence and failed logic.
Ross Fogg is an College junior from Fayetteville, Ga.
Imagine a place filled with all that is naturally beautiful. This place flourishes because of the bright flowers, deep green trees and wild birds that surround it. It is a place where inner peace and serenity are actually attainable, not just abstract, utopian concepts. This place is called the Memphis Botanical Gardens. I never really thought I would enjoy a trip that consisted of volunteering with a lot of people I didn’t really know. Things like that were awkward and hard for me. But for some reason, I decided to attend this trip, mainly because I wanted to leave a monotonous Emory to see a more exciting nature. A group, plus me, went to Memphis, Tennessee and volunteered at the beautiful botanical garden located there. It was filled with various plants and flowers that depicted the roots of Asian art and culture. The pond in the middle of the garden sparkled as the blazing sun hit it, illuminating the already bright sky. The woods were filled with different plant species and even the day it rained, the muddy earth beneath our feet made me feel more in touch with Mother Nature than ever. This place was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The reason we were volunteering there was because they needed help with uprooting trees and invasive species. We even had the chance to pick up the chestnuts and black pecans that were sprinkled around the tree from which they originated. It did look kind of weird that we were pulling out nature rather than growing it, but that’s beside the point (utilitarianism, I suppose). The beauty that surrounded us made me realize the frivolity of material things like technology. I understand the practicality of owning something like a laptop or a cell phone, but I’m talking more in the idealistic sense. Being able to walk around in a labyrinth of trees really makes you think and
focus on what is right in front of you. At least that’s what I did. I feel as if I experienced some kind of transcendental revelation where I really want the whole world to understand what I’m saying, but at the same time it’s one of those things that’s hard to put into context if you weren’t actually there. Regardless, being in the outdoors really had a heavy effect on me and made me re-analyze what modern society stands for. I feel like technological advances have subsumed our youth. Rather than being fascinated with all that is natural and real, many feel the need to constantly check how many Facebook likes their new profile picture got. Focusing on those kinds of materialistic goals really blind us from what is actually important. We would be nowhere without the nature that surrounds us; that kind of beauty is a prerequisite to the superficial beauty many are so obsessed with today. As humans, we have intellectual capabilities that can be used either to advance society in a positive way or a negative one. We should use those capabilities to take a step back and admire what is in front of our eyes, rather than trying to constantly advance the objects we have constructed. I really admire Henry David Thoreau for his solitary time in Walden Pond. It makes me wonder what kind of character development and self-actualization can occur when we become isolated from human-made things. Everyone, at some point, should drop everything they have (yes, that includes your cell phones) and spend a little time outdoors. You won’t believe the kinds of revelations that happen when all you have is your mind and the beauty that lies before your eyes. Thoreau said he went to the woods to live deliberately. We went to the woods to live deliberately, too.
Asst. Editorials Editor Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College sophomore from Coppell, Texas.
Bottled Water: Not Nearly as Great as Everyone Thinks WILLIAM HUPP Americans are delusional when it comes to the most basic building block of life. If you had a choice between buying something priced at one dollar and the exact same thing priced at 10,000 dollars, common sense tells you to choose the former. However, it seems a lot of people in the United States lack common sense. That’s right, we’re talking about one of the greatest evils ever to be manufactured: bottled water. Bottled water consumption has grown dramatically over the past 40 years. Today people in the United States consume between eight and nine billion gallons of bottled water yearly. Whereas tap water costs about 1.5 percent of one cent per gallon, bottled water can cost as much as 10 dollars per gallon — averaging anywhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times the price of tap. This raises the question: Why do people ever drink bottled water? “I want to be able to transport my water and drink it too,” a potential bottled waterdrinker might say. However, this problem is easily solved by a five dollar refillable bottle and a sink. “I prefer the taste of bottled water to that of tap water,” the same potential bottled water-drinker might once again say. This person ignores the fact that most bottled water companies literally take tap water and put it in bottles. That bottled water for which you’re paying 10,000 times more is little different from the cup of tap water you could have had. “But bottled water is cleaner … right?” Wrong. Because tap water comes from the government, it has to pass certain safety regu-
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lations. Not only is bottled water exempt from these same safety regulations, but it is also exempt from tests for bacteria like E. coli as well as required quality reports. This is not to say bottled water is completely unregulated, but it doesn’t have the same regulations as tap.
“I like to pretend I’m a good person by recycling my empty plastic bottle.” You’re in the minority. Four in five bottles of water are not recycled. While we’re on the topic of these bottles, we should also look at what goes into making them. Plastic bottles are made using
anywhere between six and 17 million barrels of petroleum annually, depending upon who you ask. It also takes more water to produce the bottle during the manufacturing process than actually goes into the bottle during the filling process. In no way is bottled
water environmentally sustainable, even if the bottle is recycled. “I like supporting corporate interests by purchasing bottled water over tap.” No you don’t. Corporations have hijacked a basic human right and jacked up the price by a factor of thousands. The sick twist is that people actually buy into this scheme more every year. Luckily, the solution is simple: go buy a refillable bottle and fill it with tap water. Even if you bought a 100 dollar bottle and used it for just one year, it would be more cost-effective than purchasing a comparable amount of bottled water. However, if you insist upon consistently paying for water, there is an alternative. A small company called Boxed Water caters to both markets: those who refuse to use water bottles and those who think sustainability is important. Boxed Water is basically water in a paper milk carton, circumventing the environmental problems caused by manufacturing plastic. Paper breaks down more easily, so even when it’s thrown away it does not exist in a landfill for decades. The best part is that a portion of the company’s profits go toward philanthropic projects committed to sustainable water practices and responsible forestation techniques. While the company is still in its infancy stages, Boxed Water is available for purchase at locations close to Emory like Rise-N-Dine and Steady Hand. So why are so many Americans still about this superfluous corporate concoction that comes in plastic bottles? Maybe it’s something in the water.
William Hupp is a College sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Wheel Elections Fact Sheet As Election Day draws closer, we hope that you will take the time to review some of the information we have not only researched, but also compiled because we believe these topics are pertinent to students. We encourage you to visit our resources and check our facts. The voice of a student may seem to impact a microcosm, but collectively, those voices can enact a new future.
PELL GRANT FUNDING Pell Grants are federal funding, up to $5,500 a year, that supports education for students in the lowest income bracket. Pell Grants are critical for students in both the private and public school sectors. For example, a four year private school tuition may cost about $28,500 as of 2011-2012, which is an increase of nearly $10,000 from financial reports in 1980-1981 (excluding room and board, adjusted for inflation). Public school tuition costs have also risen by about $2,000 and are currently at an $8,244 average. In 1993 (adjusted for 2011 dollar value), the average student debt was $14,500. Just last year, average student debt soared to $26,600. Source: Time Magazine, 10/29/12; Higher Education Research Institute LA Times Fact Check of Debate I, 10/16/12; CNN Fact Check on Student Aid, 10/17/12)
President Barack Obama During his tenure as President, the Obama administration doubled funding for Pell Grants. From 20092010, Obama took the college loan program, which subsidized loans issued by private lenders such as banks, under federal control from the banks. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2010 that this switch would save the government $62 billion through 2020. Essentially, Obama rerouted the indirect funding to students with banks as the middlemen by engaging in direct funding through federal loans and Pell Grants. A portion of the savings from that switch are now being used to increase Pell
Grant funding. CNN Fact Check also reported that the Pell Grant program “has grown from about $19 billion in 2009 to a requested $36 billion for 2013.” The grants do not seem to be keeping up with inflated tuition costs and covers roughly a third of an average fouryear public college education. It is important to note that the federal education spending, which has increased under Obama as part of the federal stimulus package, has added to the deficit. During summer 2012, Obama made a deal with Congress to prevent the interest rate on governmentbacked Stafford loans from doubling for 7.5 million students. NPR reported that Obama’s policies have not had a huge impact on the rising cost of college; however, his actions have kept pushing out more aid to students. NPR: Obama, Romney on Higher Ed Help; 10/11/12)
Governor Mitt Romney In contrast to the President’s plans, Romney’s have been criticized for their nebulous and unspecific goals. In his critiques of the President, Romney deemed the current Pell grant funding as “financially unsustainable.” Romney has not articulated any plans to increase federal spending, i.e. aid, on higher education and said he will “refocus” need-based aid and Pell grants. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has also called for a 20 percent reduction in domestic spending, which includes education. According to Romney’s site, he would like to “welcome private sector participation instead of pushing it away” from tuition costs, which would likely reintroduce private banks as the middleman loan system in lieu of the government subsidizing private loans to students. Romney’s goals represent a shift towards smaller government and he has criticized Obama’s Pell grant funding plans as a “nationalization of student loans.” After further research into Romney’s plans for education, the Wheel has found that his words are frustratingly vague. He repeats lines such as wanting to “strengthen and simplify the
financial aid system” and “replace burdensome regulation with innovation and competition,” but has not suggested how.
STUDENT EDUCATION Both candidates have expressed a commitment to education and have proposed a number of reformation areas. In February 2012, the U.S. Department of Educated requested $69.8 billion in discretionary funding for 2013, representing an increase of $1.7 billion from FY 2011.
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Governor Mitt Romney Romney stated, verbatim, that he is not going to cut educational funding and expressed that he has no plans to cut education funding and grants. However, his running mate expressed the opposite by stating that they would cut billions from domestic spending, which includes educational funding. Romney’s position is “follow the child,” wherein parents have the ability to decide which school to send their child
JOB CREATION Availability of jobs and the threat of unemployment are constant worries for College students.
President Barack Obama Obama’s American Jobs Act will include tax cuts to encourage growth of small businesses. He believes that education is the backbone to more jobs and is modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the country to ensure a stronger education system. He is promoting a new “Bridge To Work” program that takes those who have been displaced from their jobs and encourages them to take temporary, voluntary work or pursue on-the-job training. For employers who are hiring long-term employed workers, Obama is offering a $4,000 tax credit in addition to cutting payroll axes in half for 160 million workers next year. He believes that an educated workforce can ensure a competitive country and has been pushing aid towards Pell Grants and struggling students which is in sharp contrast to the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives who plan to cut the Pell Grant by 15 percent.
EQUAL PAY AND LILLY LEDBETTER ACT
President Barack Obama Obama has proposed $14 billion investment in “key reform areas,” such as aligning educational programs with workforce demands and forming partnerships with community colleges and businesses. He has also aimed to raise expectations within the teaching profession following the Department of Education’s proposal of $5 billion in funding to support district/state reforms to prepare and pay teachers. Obama also plans to increase college affordability and quality. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Obama’s plan is a “long-term fix” for education that would prevent further budget cuts.
against their faith.” Romney has also supported a proposed amendment that would allow employers to opt out of providing health care coverage if they disagreed on moral grounds. In recent debates, Romney has flip-flopped on his position on contraception. Recently he stated that, “every woman in America should have access to contraceptives and the president’s statement on my policy is completely and totally wrong.”
to. The notion of “school choice” sounds attractive until you look at the reality that families rarely get their choice of school. Romney outlined his plans in his “A Chance for Every Child” measure which would revamp accountability measures, attract and retain top educators and tie funding to education reform. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/04/ romney-the-debate-and-education/
The Lilly Ledbetter Act supports equal pay for women and would remove some of the barriers that a woman must undergo to challenge her employer about gender inequalities regarding salary.
Contraception has become an ideological battle ground for the Presidential candidates, but many critics see the issue as a revisit of the past. In 1970, George H.W. Bush said that “If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.” He then sponsored the Title X law that funds family planning for the poor and was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 298 to 32 and went on to pass unanimously through the Senate. Republic president Richard Nixon signed it without hesitation. Now, the issue has turned divisive.
President Barack Obama Obama has stated that he wants equal pay for women and constantly stated that he believes his daughters should be given the same opportunity as other people’s sons. He has stated that he believes women should be created equally in all aspects of life, including salady and their right to choose. In addition, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first piece of legislation Obama signed into action.
President Barack Obama Through Obama’s Affordable Care Act, women would receive free contraception coverage. Obama has stated that coverage should be available to employees of religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals, but should be covered by health insurers rather than employers. “No woman’s health should depend on who she is or where she works or how much money she makes.” Obama said at the White House. But “the principle of religious liberty” is also at stake. “As a citizen and as a Christian, I cherish this right.”
Governor Mitt Romney
Governor Mitt Romney
Governor Mitt Romney
On the record, Romney has stated that he would veto the Lilly Ledbetter Act. He has been dodgy on the issue when confronted directly. However, voters can infer what his stance would be passed on the Supreme Court appointments he would make if he were elected president. For example, all the ideologically conservative Justices: Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas, have voted against Lilly Ledbetter and against equal pay for women in the workplace.
Romney wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strongly opposes Obama’s contraceptive rule. He has publicly accused him of mounting a “war on religion” by stating that the health care law forces religious institutions to “go
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Romney has simply not explained how his tax cuts will be paid for and numerous analysts have suggested that closing tax cut loopholes would only raise taxes for the middle income earners who are most representative of the U.S. Romney has also been criticized because his tax cuts would only favor the wealthy. Job creation analysts from Moody’s Analytics believe that his policies would do more harm and than good and would actually push the U.S. deeper into a recession. http://www.whitehouse.gov/ t he -press- of f ic e/2 011/09/08/ fact-sheet-american-obs-act http://factcheck.org2012/08/ romneys-impossible-tax-promise/
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Mummies Educate At Carlos By Rachel Duboff Contributing Writer Children and families in Halloween costumes were greeted at the Robert C. Carlos Museum Friday evening for the seventh annual Mummies and Milkshakes event.The event, hosted by the Carlos Museum and Jake’s Ice Cream, is a recurring event as part of the Children and Family Programs of the museum. The Carlos Museum opened the Egyptian galleries, served Jake’s Ice Cream flavored milkshakes and presented vintage mummy cartoons along with many other seasonal festivities. Mummies and Milkshakes’ combination of learning and entertainment attracted a very large crowd and was fully booked in advance. The event centers around Halloween in order for children to associate characters they’re familiar with, like mummies, with ancient Egyptian art. Children from toddlers to elementary school students came with their parents in costumes ranging from Captain America, Spiderman and Snow White to Buzz Lightyear. Attendees passed through the ancient Roman art galleries to the Egyptian galleries, which were open for the duration of the event. Families spent time at the mummy exhibit and even ventured to the museum’s other galleries. Most of the children spent their time eyeing the open burial cases, one of which included a real mummy, as well as looking at the hieroglyphs presented on the cases. The milkshakes that were sold by Jake’s Ice Cream ushered in a long line, as children and parents alike waited to have a chocolate or vanilla milkshake before entering the Reception Hall for cartoons and clips from the Three Stooges and Abbot and Costello. Families filled the Reception Hall when the cartoons aired. The cartoons were vintage, ones that parents of the children likely grew up watching. Each cartoon was centered on elements of Ancient Egypt, most com-
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Cargill’s ‘Sinister’ Portrayal Thrills By Mark Rozeman Senior Editor As Halloween approaches, those horror fans looking for a cinematic alternative to the latest entry in the “Paranormal Activity” saga will find themselves at home with “Sinister,” a new haunted house film that brings to mind classics like “The Shining” and “The Changeling.” Look behind the scenes, however, and you will find that the film serves up something much more sinister: a collaboration between a filmmaker and a film critic. Well, actually, the details are far more civil than one might think. In one corner, there is Scott Derrickson, an up-and-coming filmmaker who first made a splash with the 2005 horror/courtroom drama hybrid “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and followed that film up with the 2008 remake of “The Day Earth Stood Still.” In the other corner, there is C. Robert Cargill, who for nearly 10 years, contributed reviews to the popular film site Ain’t It Cool News under the moniker “Massawyrm.” “Sinister” serves as the brainchild of the two, with Derrickson directing and co-writing the script along with Cargill. The film stars Ethan Hawke
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“Sinister,” a new film starring Ethan Hawke (above), offers an alternative to the “Paranormal Activity” saga for fans of classics like “The Shining” and “The Changeling.” (“Daybreakers”) as a true crime novelist named Ellison Oswalt who, in the midst of researching the grisly, unresolved massacre of a small-town family for his new book, ends up moving his own wife and two children into the murdered family’s home. Ellison eventually, stumbles upon a
box full of Super 8 home movies, that document other gruesome family murders over the past 50 years. As Ellison’s obsession with solving the mystery grows, strange, supernatural occurrences begin plaguing him and his family. For Cargill, “Sinister” acts as the
“There’s always a small fear,” Cargill said in an interview with the Wheel. “[But] a lot of people don’t take it as personally as you think. The people who do are not in the industry for very long.”
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Q&A Anthony Winkler ‘Atlas’ Adaptation Fails to Capture Novel’s Complexities By Emelia Fredlick Staff Writer As is usually the case with movie translations of novels, I anticipated “Cloud Atlas” would be either unbelievably mind-blowing or incredibly disappointing. As it turns out, that expectation was totally wrong — “Cloud Atlas” contained such a mixture of amazing elements and inescapable problems that I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it. One thing that’s for sure is that this movie can’t be explained in a 10-word summary. There are six different protagonists, six different sto-
rylines and dozens of connections between said storylines. These kinds of crazy complications and connections are precisely what made the book (written by David Mitchell in 2004) shine. In book form, the story was Mitchell’s to manipulate: he had over 500 pages in which to explain the intricacies of each of these stories, each of these worlds, each of these characters. However, that entire chronicle has trouble translating into movie form. “Cloud Atlas” attempts to compress six full-length storylines into one movie. They’re all fascinating tales —
there’s not a bad apple in the bunch, not a single story that’s not up to par with the rest of them. Every single one of these storylines would make a great movie in its own right. But having such a massive amount of information coming at the audience — six times the norm — means that the complexities of the plot can’t be explored quite as intricately as they should be in order to really resonate with the viewer. A storyline that could sufficiently fill the span of a full-length two-hour film is instead compacted into a sixth
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Netherworld Haunted House Spooks, Gives Attendees Boo for their Buck By Riakeem Kelley Staff Writer Netherworld Haunted House impressively captures the atmosphere of Halloween with its striking set designs and exceptional costume creations. Looking for a truly frightening experience as October comes to a close, Netherworld was just the place for me to find thrills. The tour is divided into two separate parts: the Banshee and the Hive. The Banshee is the primary haunted house, while the Hive is additional. Inside the Banshee is where customers get the real bang, or boo, for their buck. It was refreshingly scary and oddly enjoyable to see even the most hardcore haunted house veterans jump out of their socks when an eerily dressed ghoul or ghost reaches an arm out from behind a curtain — thought to be a solid wall — and reaches for their shoulder. Although the actors are not allowed to actually touch the guests, they certainly come close. At times, I was absolutely certain that a man standing in a corner was a mannequin and lowered my guard, and then felt a presence eerily close behind me. The most impressive aspect of Netherworld is Netherworld itself. The set is beautifully created and is completely believable with intense textures, motions and lights. The walls feel like the inside of a cave when they need to, or old
realization of a long-held dream to write his own movie. While the notion of film critic becoming a functioning member of the Hollywood industry might seem ill-advised to some, Cargill does not concern himself too much with running into the same people he used to publicly criticize.
In an interview with editor-at-large Stephanie Minor, Anthony Winkler, the renowned Jamaican novelist, screenwriter and author of textbooks, discussed his writing, his inspirations and his newest book, God Carlos. After meeting Winkler, one thing is certain: nearly 20 years of suffering from Alzheimer’s has done very little to quell the spirit, the wit and the endearing passion of this fiercely quotable, though slyly irreverent island artist
Your first novel, The Painted Canoe, was published after 10 years. What advice would you give to new writers who may face similar circumstances?
Keep on truckin’.
Not all of them are set there, but they are all about Jamaicans. Write about what you know. And feeling is a way of knowing.
Who are your favorite writers?
E.M. Forster. He wrote A Passage to India and Victor Reid, the Jamaican writer. His probably most famous book is The Leopard. It’s a story about the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya. His writing is poetic, and it’s passionate ... For instance, I was driving to the airport one Sunday morning to see a friend off. I turned on the radio, and there was an interview with Vic Reid. The interviewer asked him, do you think you can be a writer in Jamaica without going abroad? And [Victor] said no. You have to go abroad to get the sense of contrast. To really understand your subject, you have to go abroad and see something ‘other than.’
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The Netherworld Haunted House offers a spooky thrill for Halloween, complete with ghosts, gouls, bats and bugs. wood from a creaking haunted house depending on what room you are in, and seemed really believable. The only thing unrealistic about the tour was the smell. Headless bats and Cthulhu do not exactly smell like latex and paint. But, unlike classic
horror films, there are no zippers and the chainsaws are real, so it was easy for me to ignore the smells and let the fear in. In comparison to the Banshee, the Hive is weak. It is only about a 15-minute walkthrough compared
to the hour-long Banshee, and it is nowhere near as horrifying. The most entertaining piece is the creepy crawlies that roam free inside of the Hive. Even this, however, could have
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Are all of your works based in Jamaica? Why?
What inspires you? My wife. Sex. And if you have to ask why, you’ll never know. Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do when it strikes? I don’t believe in it. If you want to be unblocked, find the thing you believe in and write about that. You’re never blocked. How is writing a textbook different from writing a novel? How do both compare to writing a play or screenplay? If you’re writing a textbook, you’re a good writer, and it can be an inventive exercise. But it’s never going to be a creative one. Writing a screenplay is something that comes naturally to me, I don’t know why. I can sit down and write plays with no hesitation, preparation or formulation. But writing a book, novel or short story engages a side of you that is both visible and invisible.
From what I understand, your newest book, God Carlos, is a satirical historical fiction that delves into 16th century colonialism of Hispaniola. Why historical fiction?
Why take a s***? You have to. [He chuckles.] No, no. It’s compelling. You don’t want to write the same stuff over and over again. You need difference.
Your writing has been described as vivid, irreverent, with beautiful pose and a method of storytelling that slowly unfurls. How did you develop these skills? How did you hone your own voice?
These skills came naturally. If you want to write for the ages, you have to have a vision — a way of looking at things that are uniquely your own. And don’t believe what people tell you about your writing.
What are your plans for the future? I want people to think I’m the best writer they’ve never read.
THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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“Sinister” is a horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and co-written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. The film was released earlier this month just in time for the Halloween season.
Timely Horror Film Arrives with Halloween Spirit Continued from Page 9
Either Hurricane Sandy is causing Atlanta’s whether to take a drastic turn for the worse, or we’ve officially moved into the fastapproaching winter. If there’s one major tip I could give you to stay warm and stay fashionable at the same time, it’s this: socks, socks and more socks. While wearing socks with boots is a no-brainer, bring it one step further and wear your socks above your boots. This style can be worn with any type of boot. As long as the socks stick up over the top of your boot, you’re flawlessly rocking it. This trend is so easy and cheap, and is honestly a must when the temperature is this frigid outside. Wear them over jeans and tights, or even rock thigh-highs with a skirt and knee-high boots. While designers such as rag & bone and Alexander Wang showed their versions of the style, this trend is fit for any wardrobe and budget (um, hello, Target?) So keep your toes extra warm this season with this ultra chic and necessary trend.
One of Cargill’s biggest admirers was Derrickson, who frequently read his Ain’t It Cool reviews and even checked out films he initially dismissed, after hearing Cargill’s recommendation. “For filmmakers, critics matter if you know they’re good critics,” Derrickson said. “Then, you should value their criticisms. [Cargill] was my favorite online critic, so I care what he thinks.” Finding that they shared similar interests, the two arranged a meeting when they both happened to be staying in Las Vegas. By the end of the night, Cargill pitched Derrickson the idea that would become the genesis for “Sinister.” Although Cargill gave a positive review to “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Derrickson claims that he would have worked with Cargill even if the review had been bad. “You can’t take that stuff personally,” he said. “If a critic gets personal, then you can take it personal. And I’ve had that happened once or twice, and those are the only reviews
I think about. I’m like, ‘what a dick, why is he attacking me?’’ That’s not to say, Cargill’s background as a film critic does not occasionally come back to bite him. During the end of one particularly stressful day, Derrickson let it slip to the film’s producer Jason Blum, that Cargill gave negative reviews to the first two “Paranormal Activity” films, the two flagship projects of Blum’s company. “Everyone was just in a bad, weird mood,” Cargill recounted. “Then, just out of the blue, Scott mentioned to Jason that I didn’t like ‘Paranormal 1’ or ‘Paranormal 2.’ Ten minutes go by, Jason and I don’t say a word to one another. He’s just on his phone. Then, finally, he says, ‘so, you didn’t even like the first one?’ So, I had to explain it to him and laid out my argument. He was like, ‘okay, that makes sense.’” Production-wise, since the vast majority of the film takes place in the seemingly innocuous suburban house, that Ellison and his family inhabits, Derrickson sought to create a compelling setting that acted as almost a character in itself. “The challenge was not have
the movie feel claustrophobic,” he explained. “That’s why I shot it in such wide lenses and why there’s so much black in the movie. Darkness plays as infinity. The movie doesn’t feel small. It feels like a studio picture. That was certainly a strategy. It was also about keeping the audiences attention where it out to be, which is on [Ellison]. It’s a one-man show.” In casting their “one-man,” Cargill and Derrickson actively pursued Hawke, who they believed was perfect for the role. According to Cargill, their respect for Hawke reached a fever pitch during the shoot, especially after he showed intense dedication during one of the film’s more complex setups. The scene in question involved Hawke collapsing on the floor and foaming at the mouth. Meanwhile, the young actress playing his daughter had to hit specific cues and the mug that Hawke was holding had to fall in a certain way. After 17 failed takes, the crew was growing weary and tired. “Scott had this pained look on his face and just said, ‘look we’re going to do two more and we’ll get it,’”
Cargill recounted. “Then Ethan, with a mouth full of foam, said, ‘no, no, if I go into this movie and this scene sucks, I’m going to be so pissed off. We’re going to get this right. Don’t worry about me. Let’s do this scene.’ That calmed Scott and the entire crew down. Two takes later, it was perfect and that’s what you see in the movie.” Contrary to popular perception, Derrickson and Cargill’s partnership comes across less as filmmaker/former critic and more like two film nerds who seek to make the kind of horror experience that has become somewhat extinct in the current Hollywood market.If nothing else, their collaboration stands as an ideal example of how a relationship that could have been bitter and harsh instead became respectful and productive. Always one to keep up his goodnatured and fair reputation, Cargill even promptly referred back to his critique of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise to add a positive spin. “I actually did like ‘Paranormal Activity 3,’” he said with a smile. — Contact Mark Rozeman at email@example.com
‘Cloud Atlas’ Casts Stellar Lineup in Unlikely Roles Continued from Page 9 of that time. That said, the movie has a lot going for it. It’s directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski (“The Matrix”) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) and features an amazing assortment of performers: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), Hugo Weaving (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”), to name a few. “Cloud Atlas” tracks this cast list across five centuries and three continents: Adam Ewing (Sturgess) struggles to get home to San Francisco, Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw, “Bright Star”) apprentices under a brilliant composer, Luisa Rey (Berry) investigates an unsafe nuclear power plant, Timothy Cavendish (Broadbent) tries to escape a retirement home, Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae) breaks out of her role as a brainwashed waitress in a futuristic Seoul, and Zachry (Hanks) is haunted by a devilish creature in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. They’re all intriguing stories on their own. So how do they all unite? \That’s the real struggle of the film. It tries gallantly to bring all these episodes together. And it does to an extent — it shows that each story has a subtle connection to the previous story (Robert stumbles across Adam’s diary; Luisa listens to Robert’s composition, etc.), and the actors pop up
in other storylines. sounding language. The notion of having actors reapThey say “yea” and “nay” instead pear throughout the film is valiant, of “yes” and “no” and “true-true” in and sometimes it’s done very well — place of “truth.” for instance, Tom Hanks’ additional Though in the book, this manner manifestations as a nuclear physi- of speaking may demonstrate the cist, a malicious doctor and a hotel evolution of language, it just comes clerk pepper the story just enough across as incomprehensible and awkto be cool but not too much to be ward in the film. distracting. To its credit, “Cloud Atlas” does But to drive home the overarching have a lot of redeeming factors: its theme that our lives are inescap- cast, for one. ably connected The directto others, the ing and cinematography is film sets the The film sets the actors beautiful; the actors up in a wide variety of up in a wide variety of larger-than-life portrayal of roles — some roles- some of which futuristic Seoul of which they (New Seoul, the have no busithey have no business characters call ness playing. it) is particularly Halle Berry noteworthy. appears as a And the sheer novelty of the plot is white Jewish woman in the 1930s. Jim Sturgess plays a Korean commander. a major win in itself. But the problem Though the film tries very hard is that the directors milk that very to make these actors’ appearances novelty for all it’s worth. In a film of this proportion, every as members of different races seem legitimate, the viewer still knows that single detail has such an incredible Halle Berry is not white and Jim amount of significance that watching Sturgess is not Asian, and in the “Cloud Atlas” is an event. Everything happens on such a end, the race-crossing just makes an otherwise-fabulous storyline lose its large scale that it’s exhausting to try to grasp all the connections and all credibility. Similarly, the directors attempt to the themes. There were multiple occasions translate many of the book’s elements when I was sure the movie’s end was into movie format to no avail. In Hanks’ post-apocalyptic story- imminent — these segments were line, for example, he and Berry (now defined by intense, epic scenes cutappearing as one of a limited number ting back and forth between the stoof technologically-advanced people) rylines, while a narration explicitly speak in a weird, accented, archaic- stated the moral of the story.
Eventually, those dramatic moments happened so often that they lost their meaning. “Our lives are not our own,” says Sonmi-451 on several instances. “We are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” Sure, it’s a cool idea. But the film drives home that idea by aiming for moments of “Wow, that’s cool,” rather than moments that tug at the heartstrings. And even in the most tragic, heartwrenching scenes, the moment ended before the full emotional effect could be felt. Still, the film is at its strongest in its rawest, least pretentious moments. For instance, when Adam tells his father-in-law about his decision to pursue a new livelihood, the fatherin-law responds, “Whatever you do in your life, it will amount to nothing more than a droplet in a limitless ocean.” Adam gazes resolutely at the man and asks, “Yet, what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?” That is the kind of moment that “Cloud Atlas” should have focused on. It could have celebrated those individual drops — the different stories which define the film. Instead, the movie states and restates that these vignettes are only part of a bigger, universal story. Ultimately, it seems that the movie is more interested in the ocean than it is in the drops. — Contact Emelia Fredlick at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Milkshakes’ Engages Children and Parents Alike Continued from Page 9 monly of mummies, King Tut and the Sphinx. The better-known episodes varied from Walt Disney pictures to the Pink Panther and Looney Tunes. The Reception Hall continued to remain full after the cartoon segment of the evening ended, whereby families stayed to watch the comedic Three Stooges short “We Want Our Mummy” and afterwards Abbot and Costello’s “Meet the Mummy”. Though these shorts came long before the children’s time, the humor was not lost on them and the crowd stayed transfixed during the screenings until the event came to a close. Though the majority of the peo-
ple that attended “Mummies and Milkshakes” were young children and their parents, a few Emory students were among the attendees as well. The Carlos Museum grants free admission to all Emory faculty, staff and students. Some students took advantage of this and attended the event Friday evening, which allowed themselves a relaxed and educational break. “It was really nice to see the kids so happy to be at the museum and dressed up in their costumes,” College sophomore Jamie Shulman said. “I’m an art history major now, and it makes me really envious because I never had this type of opportunity to celebrate Halloween
and art at a museum as a child.” While Mummies and Milkshakes is a keystone event that attracts children to the Carlos Museum, it is not the only educational event designed to educate and incorporate children into the museum’s programming. The young educational programs are designed to “provide opportunities for children to learn from artists of the ancient world in the galleries,” according the Robert C. Carlos Museum website. Other programs attract a crowd similar to those who attended Mummies and Milkshakes. One popular program is Artful Stories at the Museum, in which stories about ancient empires are shared to young children.
Another is Family Concerts, performed by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. Other programs include workshops that aim to engage children with the collections and exhibitions at the museum. The attractive and creative programming surrounding the event succeeded in bringing in a full attendance Friday evening. The ultimate success of Mummies and Milkshakes stemmed from the crowd’s interest in ancient art, the engaging Halloween backdrop and, of course, the milkshakes, which combined to make the event a more enjoyable experience. — Contact Rachel Duboff at email@example.com
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Netherland Haunted House is sure to provide a thrill, for those who can stand long lines.
Long Lines Detract from Netherworld’s Nightmares Continued from Page 9 been more frightening had the actors at the entrance of the Hive not given the secret. I found myself looking for them the entire time, and everything else in the Hive just felt unnecessary. The Banshee makes up for the shortcomings of the Hive. Walking through the Hive feels like walking through an experimental haunted house, while walking through the Banshee is like living in a nightmare. However, there is another catch to the wonder that is the frightening Banshee. Although both haunted houses are remarkably well-crafted, waiting in either line is nearly unbearable, even though costumed creatures walk around and try to scare the most unsuspecting individuals; it was easy to lose interest. Also, the constant yells that were intended to be startling backdrops to the intense tour were only that for the first 15 minutes, and after that they became annoying. Performers dressed in poorlydesigned monster outfits put on a live concert with a professionally-hired DJ while you wait in line. However, the concert and the actors running around the lines felt like bad attempts at distracting me from how long the lines actually were, and the constant Banshee screams grew from
annoying to nauseating the longer the line went on. By the time I got inside the haunted house, I was too tired to fully enjoy the ride. Even the actors roaming the lines are mere whistle-wetters at best. The real thrill comes from inside the haunted houses, and after about three hours of waiting in the lines collectively for both haunted houses, and only an hour and a half of being in the tour, Netherworld lost a lot of its edge. Both the Banshee and the Hive have creatively written back stories, which can be summed up, according to the Netherworld website, as thus: an evil has been released from the underworld and it now bridges the gap between our world and theirs, thus creating a Netherworld where the boundaries of both worlds begin to fade. However, unless visitors looked at the Netherworld website beforehand, there was no indication any time during the tour about this story line. So, if you plan on taking a trip to Netherworld any time from now until Friday: buy your tickets online, go early on a week night, and bring a scary movie on your iPhone to get you through the wait in line but keep you in the horror mood. The haunted house itself is, in fact, worth the wait. — Contact Riakeem Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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SWIMMING & VOLLEYBALL DIVING
We respond to our critics with love and violent hatred.
vs. New York vs. TBA University UAA 12 p.m. Championships WoodPec WoodPec
MEN’S SOCCER WOMEN’S SOCCER
vs. Carnegie Mellon University 3:00 p.m. Pittsburg, Pa.
vs. Florida State/Florida Southern 11 a.m. Talahassee, Fla. vs. Carnegie Mellon University 5:30 p.m. Pittsburg, Pa.
vs. Clayton St. University (Exhibition) 5:30 p.m. Morrow, Ga.
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Junior catcher Josh Bokor slides into home plate to score for the Eagles. Bokor transferred to Emory after his freshman year.
Q&A Baseball Catcher After transferring to Emory his Sophomore year, catcher Josh Bokor took the Eagles by storm and had some time to talk about his transition to Emory, his love of baseball and the women who inspires him.
Nicola Braginsky: What was the first time you picked up a baseball like? Josh Bokor: It was in my back yard back in Ohio when I was four years old. My brother, my dad and I were playing catch and I instantly loved it. I never got sick of it and till this day I never, ever get burnt out from baseball.
NB: What is your favorite thing about the sport? JB: I love the culture and the rich professional history. When you smell spring, you just know there’s baseball (I know that sounds cliche but it’s true). There’s a feeling that’s genuinely unique to the sport.
NB: What goes through your head as catcher? JB: I am constantly preparing for next play. You can’t take a break and you always have to be ready because if you’re not you’re going to drop the ball. I can never take a mental break, but it keeps me in the game.
NB: What makes you laugh? JB: Movies! I am a huge movie line guy. Superbad and Step Brothers are my top choices; if you can hang with movie lines, you can hang with me.
Senior co-captain middle hitter Alex Duhl goes up for the attack. She delivered 21 kills over the weekend as the Eagles fell to third-ranked Wittenberg Friday before rebounding with two wins Saturday.
After Tough Loss Friday, Eagles Dominate Saturday Continued from The Back Page have the opportunity to learn and correct our mistakes.” The Emory offense was led by senior co-captain middle hitter Breanah Bourque, who delivered 13 kills, making it 12 matches in a row in which she has posted double-digit terminations, and her fellow senior co-captain middle hitter Alex Duhl provided seven blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Cami Silverman contributed 10 kills and 12 digs, freshman setter Sydney Miles delivered 35 assists and freshman libero Taylor Erwin produced 25 digs. The Eagles bounced back Saturday, with victories over both Washington and Lee and UMASSBoston. The win over the Generals was by a 3-1 margin (25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18), and the final tally against the Beacons was 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14). “I was pleased with our two wins,” Bourque wrote in an email to the Wheel. “After losing a big match the
NB: What’s something people don’t really know about you? JB: I have a mirror image twin. Everything about us is opposite, but we are best friends. We talk every day and we played baseball together through freshman year of college (before I left Ohio).
NB: Give me some insight into the team ... what’s special about the Eagles? JB: I came in as a transfer, which can make it really frightening to adjust to a completely new place. The team surprised me; they are such a close, tight-knit and welcoming group. There is no real difference between the freshmen and the seniors; we are all treated the same. It is unlike anywhere I have ever been.
Coach Looks for Consistency From Runners in Post-Season Continued from The Back Page the team was dissatsified with the seventh place finish. Seven runners will compete in the post-season. In choosing his top seven runners, Curtin cited consistency as the determining factor. “We need athletes who will race well regardless of the conditions and
post-season pressures,” Curtin said. The Eagles have two weeks to prepare for competition in the NCAA Regional Championships in Hampton, Ga. on the Nash Farm Battlefield. The men’s race is set to go off at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s race at 11 a.m. — Contact Megan Hunter at email@example.com
put that loss behind us and move forward,” Jacobs wrote. “I am confident that we will have no slow starts from here on out, and I credit that to our ability to move forward.” Jacobs impressed her coach with her performance Saturday. “I thought Leah Jacobs was outstanding,” McDowell wrote. “She played a significant role for us on Saturday and all of her hard work this season paid off. She is a dynamic athlete and is becoming a great volleyball player.” The Eagles next take to the court this weekend when they will host the UAA Championships. “If we want to be successful, we must continue to buy into this notion of ‘Emory Volleyball,’” Jacobs wrote. “We have created a culture here in this program of high standards, a hard work ethic, selflessness and devotion to the team. If we stay true to that ideal, we will not be disappointed in the post-season.” — Contact Bennett Ostdiek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from The Back Page in the second overtime, making a diving save to deny NYU sophomore midfielder Nimo Bergstroem of a game-winner. “He was just on, and I thought he was a really good decision on the day,” Travis said. It was Hannigan’s second career shutout. He recorded three saves on the day and ran his record to 7-3-1 on the season. The Eagles outshot the Violets 15-10 in what Natalino described as a gritty team effort. “Everyone was real tired and sore,” Natalino said. “But we were sick of losing, so everyone had a mindset that we were somehow going to find a way to win no matter what.” The win over NYU kept the Eagles alive for the UAA title with just one game remaining in the season, a road game at Carnegie Mellon University (Penn.).
“But we were sick of losing, so everyone had a mindset that we were somehow going to find a way to win no matter what.”
NB: Most proud moment in baseball at Emory? JB: The team made it to regionals last year and it took everyone, and I mean each and every one of us, to contribute. This year, we are trying to win the College World Series and, honestly, we think it’s definitely within our reach.
day before, it can be hard to show up the next day with a good attitude. I think that the way we performed shows the mental strength of this team and our determination to get better and win.” The Eagles put forth a balanced offensive attack against the Generals. Bourque led all players with 17 kills and a .630 attack percentage, and Jacobs and sophomore hitter Cat McGrath each chipped in nine kills. Three Eagles managed double digit digs, with 14 from Erwin and 12 apiece from junior libero Sarah Taub and sophomore hitter Kate Bowman. The Eagles put up similarly impressive numbers in the second game of the afternoon. Silverman led the team with both 12 kills and 14 digs, Bourque added nine terminations, four blocks and a service ace, and Jacobs, Duhl and Miles each delivered seven kills. “We could have easily come out on Saturday and lost two more games after such a hard loss to Wittenberg, but we made a conscious decision to
Hannigan Keeps NYU Off the Board
NB: Who do you look up to most? JB: My grandma. She just battled and overcame cancer. Her persistence is a trait that I look up to and that continues to motivate me throughout my day-to-day.
— Andrew Natalino, senior defender
An Eagles victory over the Tartans coupled with a Washington University (Mo.) loss or tie will result in at least a share of the title for Emory. There is also a potential NCAA Tournament berth on the line. The winner of the UAA receives an automatic bid to the tournament, while all other teams are analyzed for at-large bids based on record and strength of schedule, among other factors. Natalino, however, insists there is more in the team’s sights than titles and postseason berths in the their regular season finale. “My class has never beaten Carnegie, so we really want the win,” Natalino said. “There is a feeling among the team that we know we’re going to do our job and get the W.” The Eagles will play in their final UAA match-up of the season on Saturday as they travel to Carnegie Mellon for a 5:30 p.m. game. — Contact Ryan Smith at ryan. email@example.com
Sophomore forward Charlotte Butker takes the ball down the field. Butker has 18 points on the year for the Eagles.
Though Streak is Over, Women Hope to Come Out Stronger Continued from The Back Page four of these being on target. The Violets totaled only four shots in the second half. In the opening minutes of overtime, junior midfielder Clare Mullins’ shot from inside the 18-yard box was saved by NYU sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten. Junior forward Veronica Romero followed up with a shot from the near wing, only to be saved by Patten. The Eagle’s prime scoring opportunity came in the second overtime period, when senior midfielder Lee Bachouros’ corner kick almost found its way to the net via numerous deflections in the box. The cleared ball triggered the Violet’s golden goal drive. “They did a good job finding each other, as well as getting the ball downfield,” noted Patberg. “They always had a good number of defenders in the box, which made it difficult for our offense to find good looks.” Although the first half ended in a tie, the Eagle’s offensive presence during the first 45 minutes of play had the judges on their heels. The Eagle’s outshot the Judges 8-0, but only sophomore forward Emily Feldman’s fifth minute shot was on goal. As the second half progressed, Brandeis was able to gain momentum, executing four shots during the first frame of the half, including one free kick that was saved by Leonard. Senior goalkeeper Erica Stein got the
start for the Eagles; continuing the successful pattern of splitting halves each game. “Both Erica and Kaele are always supportive of each other,” said Patberg. “They give each other tips and both understand their roles.” In overtime, both teams had solid goal opportunities; in the first overtime period, Mullin’s header off senior Bachouros went just wide of the goal. Minutes later, Brandeis midfielder Mary Shimko’s 30-yard shot was saved by Leonard again. The Eagles’ outscored the Judges 22-9, with five shots on goal to Brandeis’ two. Feldman led all players with five shots and two shots on goal. The Eagles’ loss, coupled with Washington University in St. Louis’ win, eliminated Emory from UAA conference championship play. Although the UAA automatic bid is out of reach, the Eagles still have a very strong chance of obtaining an atlarge bid for the NCAA tournament. “We have to evaluate what we’ve been doing wrong and find the spark that we had in the beginning of the season,” said Bachouros. “It was a devastating loss, but our team is very strong and has the ability to regroup and come out even stronger than we were before.” The Eagles finish the regular season next weekend against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday 3 p.m. — Contact Drew HeumanGutman at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The Value of Passion If there is one thing we at On Fire believe in the innermost regions of our hearts it is this: never apologize for passion. Many have condemned Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall for his actions this weekend. After beginning a play by pre-emptively tackling the wide receiver whom he was covering, Hall proceeded to argue with the referees over the penalty assessed to him, going so far as to take off his helmet. Eventually, Hall was restrained by teammates before being ejected from the game. Hall faces likely suspension for next week as well. This incident immediately calls to mind, at least for your On Fire correspondent, the Charlie Sheen situation of almost two years ago, one moment from that saga in particular. When asked by an interview about his anger issues, Sheen interrupts her in the middle of the question to correct her: “Not my anger … My passion.” This is a mistake often made, both by the best among us and by your On Fire correspondent. Anger and passion are two emotions very easy to confuse, but very important to differentiate between. Anger implies irrationality. Passion implies that you care so much, you just cannot help yourself. When asked how he would respond to his detractors, Sheen replied that he would do so “With love and violent hatred.” Something similar can be seen in Hall’s response. His love is a love for the game. Can he help it is he loves football so much that he wants to tackle his opponent before he has received the ball? Can he help it if his passion is so great that it leads to violent hatred of the officials who try to keep him in check? Do we at On Fire support Hall’s actions? We certainly admire his passion — passion is one thing which is lacking from society in these times. Hall has that fire in his belly which can leads either to greatness or to utter destruction. However, the only thing we at On Fire value more highly than passion is following the rules. Keep your head in the game DeAngelo Hall. 2. World Series A salute from all of us here at On Fire to the San Francisco Giants for their World Series victory. We can honestly say that we never thought they would do it. It has been a crazy ride through this baseball post-season. Things got off to a bit of a kooky start with the additional Wild Card, with people worried that undeserving teams would reach the Fall Classic. Those fears proved groundless, and the next controversy to emerge was that of Alex Rodriguez, otherwise known as A-Fraud, who was benched for poor performance. We feel that Kobe Bryant summed up the situation best: “The difference [between us] is that sometimes he forgets he’s the best … Where I don’t.” This is an incredibly eloquent summary of an extremely complex situation. Kobe was always known for having a way with words. Word on the street is he is going to go into spoken word poetry after retirement from the NBA. From all of us here at On Fire, here’s hoping. And then we came to the World Series. The Tigers were led by Miguel Cabrera, the first winner of the Triple Crown in 45 years (good trivia for parties: the last winner, Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, won with a .301 batting average, which is the lowest average to ever win a batting title) and Justin Verlander, one of only 24 pitchers to win the MVP award and the lucky boyfriend of SI Swimsuit edition cover-model Kate Upton. The Giants, on the other hand, featured, in the words of Yahoo! Sports, a ‘cast of characters.’ We are not entirely sure what that means, but we are certain that not a single one of those characters is dating a swimsuit model. But the World Series is not about how rare a feat you have accomplished or how hot your girlfriend is (in reference to the latter, it must be acknowledged that there are more important things in life than winning the World Series). It is about which team is the first to win four games. And the Giants were that team. In fact, they were the only team in this series to win a single game. And what was the last pitch of this series? An 89 mph fastball down the middle of the plate to Triple Crownwinner Miguel Cabrera. The bat did not leave his shoulder as he watched his season end. Hats off to the Giants.
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, October , Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (email@example.com)
Volleyball The Eagles will host the UAA Championships in the Woodruff P.E. Center this weekend. The first game is Friday at 12 p.m.
Women’s Basketball The Eagles will open their season Saturday with an exhibition against Clayton State University at 5:30 p.m.
Featured Athletes Senior co-captain and middle hitter Breanah Bourque and sophomore outside hitter Leah Jacobs were named to the All-Tournament Team of the Emory National Invitation this weekend. Bourque had 39 kills on the weekend and Jacobs had 17.
Cross Country The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the UAA Championships this weekend. The men finished in seventh place overall. Sophomore Tamara Surtees earned Second Team AllUAA Honors on the women’s side.
Women’s Soccer The Eagles lost in overtime to NYU on Sunday, ending their 41-game regular season undefeated streak, which was the longest active streak in D-III women’s soccer. The loss is the Eagles’ first since 2010.
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Sophomore Michael Rheaume dribbles the ball down the field for the Eagles. Rheaume broke a 0-0 tie with NYU 24 seconds into the game’s second overtime period with his second goal of the season. The win keeps the Eagles in contention for the UAA Championship.
OT Victory Keeps UAA Title Hopes Alive By Ryan Smith Staff Writer The men’s soccer team split a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) games this weekend, falling to the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges 3-1 on Friday before rebounding with a dramatic 1-0 double overtime victory over the New York University (NYU) Violets on Sunday night. The Eagles moved to 9-6-2 on the season and now stand at 3-2-1 in UAA play. In Friday’s match-up, the Eagles fell behind early in their loss to the 17th-ranked Judges. Brandeis senior midfielder Sam Ocel netted two goals in the first 48 minutes to put the
Eagles in a 2-0 hole. “They just put it away, and that really put us in a hole,” Head Coach Sonny Travis said. “It changed our whole mentality of attack and we had to gamble.” Brandeis junior midfielder Kyle Feather was credited with the assist for both of the goals. The Eagles had a chance to even the score in the final minutes of the first frame, but were unable to finish either of the scoring chances. “I think that definitely would have changed the energy and the momentum of the game if we had scored before the half, but we didn’t,” Travis said. The first was a header from soph-
omore forward Stephen Gathman in the 43rd minute that went off the crossbar. The second opportunity came two minutes later on a shot from freshman midfielder Connor Curtin, which was deflected away by Brandeis senior goalkeeper Blake Minchoff. In the second half, the Judges would extend their lead with a goal in the 81st minute from sophomore forward Tyler Savonen. Emory senior midfielder Andrew Natalino answered at the 87:21 mark, with his team-leading 12th goal of the season on a free kick, putting the team on the scoreboard at 3-1. The Eagles finished with an 11-9 edge in shots, but were unable to get
enough past Minchoff to pull off the victory. The squad was forced to bounce back quickly with only a day in between matches to prepare for the Violets. “We learned we need to come out strong from the beginning and play for 90 minutes,” Natalino said of the team’s performance against Brandeis. “We need to play much quicker and work with each other more.” These lessons proved vital in what turned out to be a defensive battle between two teams with UAA title aspirations. Emory prevailed in dramatic fashion after sophomore midfielder Michael Rheaume knocked in his
second goal of the season just 24 seconds into a second overtime. It was Rheaume’s first career golden goal. “I am going to say it was probably one of the most important wins, not just this year, but for Emory because it keeps us alive for the conference title,” Travis said. Natalino was credited with the assist, his second of the season, and now leads all Eagles with 26 points. Freshman goalkeeper Abe Hannigan started in goal for Emory. Rheaume’s goal was set up by Hannigan’s deflection of a shot from NYU senior forward Kyle Green. Hannigan also recorded a key stop
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Mulder Leads Pack at UAAs Squad Learns From Defeat By Megan Hunter Staff Writer
Sophomore midfielder Claudia Rowe prepares a pass for the Eagles. The Eagles lost to NYU Sunday, ending a 40-game undefeated streak.
Magical Undefeated Run Ended by NYU By Drew Heuman-Gutman Staff Writer The Eagles drew Brandeis University (Mass.) 0-0 on Friday, before ending their incredible undefeated run with a tough overtime loss against rival New York University (NYU). The draw and the loss dropped the Eagles to 11-1-5 and 3-1-2 in University Athletic League play. The Judges moved to 12-3-2 with a 1-2-2 record in conference play. The Violets are now 10-6-1 on the year, and 2-3-1 in the conference. “Being nationally ranked number one, every opponent we face will bring their A game,” said Head Coach Sue Patberg. “Not having the best weekend could be one of the best things for us. We realize that we have to put in more work.” The loss was a tough pill to swallow, as the Eagles dropped their first
regular season game since Oct. 9, 2010. The lone goal came from NYU junior forward Erin Ahmed, her fifth of the season. In the closing minutes of the second overtime period, NYU junior forward Leslie Smith was able to cross the ball over to Ahmed for a one-on one opportunity that senior goalie Kaele Leonard could not handle. The first half consisted of even play from both sides. In the 15th minute, the Violets had one of their best looks in regular time, when NYU sophomore Cami Crawford’s breakaway shot clanked off the crossbar, keeping the game scoreless. Although the Eagles were able to control the pace of the second half, neither team was able to find the net. In the last 45 minutes, the Eagles were able to muster 16 total shots,
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This week the men’s and women’s cross country squads travelled to the University of Rochester for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Conference Championships. The UAA is known for being a very strong cross country conference, with six men’s teams and five women’s teams ranked in the top 32 in the nation. On a cold, rainy day in Rochester, the conference lived up to its reputation, with impressive performances from all teams present. As usual, junior Eddie Mulder crossed the line first for the Eagles, with his time of 25:47 good for 16th place. Though disappointed to finish just out of the All-Conference team (top 14), Mulder ran for an impressive personal best nonetheless. In addition, Mulder showed massive improvement from his conference race last year, where he finished over a minute slower and in 44th place. The next four Eagles across the line, senior Stephen Ellwood, freshman Lukas Mees, junior Alex Fleischacker and junior Hank Ashforth, ran as a team, with only 9 seconds separating Ellwood (26:10) from Ashforth (26:19). This racing style helped the Eagles, as Mees, Fleischacker and Ashforth all finished with new personal bests. Mees was pleased to lower his personal best with a very impressive showing in his first collegiate conference meet, despite losing his shoe and tripping in the first 200 meters of the race. Fleischacker also had a big day, lowering his personal best by thirty seconds. Finally, Ashforth ran a stellar race, setting himself a massive personal record and solidifying his spot as the fifth runner on the team. Although Ashforth was pleased with his race, he knows that it is time to start “focusing on winning the Southeast Region in two weeks” and is confident after the team’s performance in Rochester that “we’ll be in contention to win it”.
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Surtees said. Freshman Aileen Rivell was the next Eagle to finish with a time of 23:11, followed closely by senior captain Calley Edwards, who ran a 23:18. The remainder of the top seven included sophomore Elise Viox, sophomore Hannah Smith, sophomore Marissa Gogniat, and sophomore Stephanie Crane. The spread between the third and seventh overall team places was a close 24 points, with only six points separating fifth and seventh place. “For as well as Tamara, Aileen, and Calley raced, we had too many key kids that we count on to be scorers under-perform,” Head Coach John Curtin said. “Inconsistency has been the story of this team all year and it will kill you in a conference this strong.” Edwards agreed with Curtin that
The sixth-ranked volleyball team hosted the Emory Invitational this weekend, losing to the No. 3 Wittenberg University (Oh.) Tigers Friday before defeating the Washington and Lee (Va.) Generals and the UMASS-Boston (Mass.) Beacons Saturday. The Eagles’ record now stands at 29-5 on the year. “We have to come in to each match totally focused because, with our program’s success, everyone is always going to give us their best shot,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Although we did not play our best, I know how much our team cares, how hard they work and how committed they are to one another.” The Eagles lost to Wittenberg by a 3-1 margin, losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-21, winning the third set 18-25 and losing the fourth and final set 25-23. “It was a disappointing loss because we did not play well,” McDowell wrote. “If we played well and lose it is a completely different feeling. I know we will learn a lot from this defeat and move on and be a better team for it.” Sophomore outside hitter Leah Jacobs echoed McDowell’s feelings that this match was both a disappointment and a learning opportunity. “In the first two games of the match, we just did not show up to play,” Jacobs wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Thankfully a loss like this happened now rather than in the national tournament, because we still
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Sophomore Tamara Surtees rounds the corner at this weekend’s UAA Championships, where she earned Second Team All-UAA Honors. Rounding out the top 7 that will be travelling to Regionals in two weeks were sophomores Patrick Crews and Cameron Wheeler, who both also ran to personal bests on Saturday. Overall, the team finished in seventh place, only three points behind the University of Rochester, who is currently ranked 22nd in the nation. Associate Coach Carl Leivers was “pleased to see numbers four and five step up” and hopes that everyone in “the top five can really click in two weeks at regionals”. On the women’s side, sophomore Tamara Surtees clocked a time of 22 minutes and 40 seconds for a ninth place finish overall. Surtees’ breakout performance earned her Second Team All-UAA honors. “I am excited to be recognized as a top runner in the UAA, especially since it is a competitive conference with a lot of really talented runners,“