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Bottoms, Norwood Head to Runoff

Doctors to Re-evaluate Father’s Eligibility By Molly Ball Contributing Writer

By Valerie SandoVal Staff Writer Atlanta City Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood (74C) were the top two candidates in the Atlanta mayoral race, bringing the race to a Dec. 5 runoff. In the general election yesterday, Bottoms received 26.83 percent, and Norwood received 20.57 percent as of 1:06 a.m. with 95 percent of votes counted, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The AJC called the election as a runoff between Bottoms and Norwood at 12:53 a.m. Outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed has held office for two terms since 2010

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part of the child’s transplant team, according to Boazman. “In reviewing our communication with the family, Emory Healthcare wants to acknowledge and apologize for a breakdown in communication on our part,” a Nov. 2 Emory Healthcare statement sent to the Wheel by Interim

Emory University Hospital (EUH) is re-evaluating Anthony Dickerson’s ability to become a kidney donor for his son, A.J. Burgess, although the 2-year-old is not currently fit to receive a transplant, according to one of the family’s attorneys Harold Spence. The Emory Healthcare transplant team; A.J. Burgess’ parents Dickerson and Carmellia Burgess; and the family’s attorneys Mawuli Davis and Spence met Monday and discussed how to address elements of the transplant process that were affected by Dickerson’s Sept. 28 arrest. EUH delayed the child’s kidney

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Sankofa United Church of Christ Pastor Derrick Rice speaks to Candler School of Theology students at a protest for A.J. Burgess’ kidney transplant.

EUH Apologizes for Poor Communication By richard cheSS News Editor Emory Healthcare has apologized for “a breakdown in communication” with the family of A.J. Burgess, 2, whose kidney transplant has been delayed by Emory University Hospital (EUH). The apology followed a five-hour Thursday meeting between Emory

Healthcare officials and physicians; A.J. Burgess’ parents, Anthony Dickerson and Carmellia Burgess; the Burgess’ and Emory Healthcare’s attorneys; former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman; and some Candler School of Theology students. The Healthcare representatives included Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Lewin and Professor of Surgery Christian Larsen, who is a



Club Sports Lacks Grad Students Ezeokoli, Abraha Vie By chriStina yan Contributing Writer

The first legislature of the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) convened Monday evening to discuss funding for Emory Club Sports and support for A.J. Burgess’ family and to vote on a resolution for GSGA to ask University administration to partner with campus dining delivery app Tapingo. Club Sports Council President Kitty Liang (19B) and Vice President Jared

Linsky (18B) sought to delay the date when Club Sports would lose its $6,000 in funding from GSGA for lacking graduate student representation. Club Sports could lose its funding as early as Fall 2018, according to Director of the Officer of Student Involvement, Leadership and Transitions and SGA Adviser Lisa Loveall. In order to retain its status as a University Wide Organization (UWO) and receive funding from GSGA, 15 percent of Club Sports’ membership must be graduate students.

Club Sports is struggling to meet the 15 percent graduate student membership requirement before the February 2018 review. “We’re just over 7 percent graduate student participation,” Linsky said. “That’s certainly nothing to be too proud of right now. We have to effectively double that number in order to maintain our UWO status.” Further, the graduate membership must include representation from at

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Campus Services to Standardize Waste Bins

Emory Campus Services spent between $200,000 to $300,000 to purchase new waste bins and signs to comply with Emory’s new waste management policy, which will be implemented January 2018, according to Vice President for Campus Services Matthew Early. The new policy includes removing all outdoor landfill bins, standardizing interior waste bins and halting deskside waste bin service. All University-owned, operated and controlled facilities within Emory’s Atlanta, Oxford and Grady campuses will undergo the changes, according to the policy. The changes are intended

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to further Emory’s efforts to divert 95 percent of waste to streams other than landfills, according to Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives at Emory. Campus Services has hired Cascadia Consulting Group and Burns and McDonnell, two national consulting firms that have developed a materials management master plan (MMMP) with recommendations for Emory to improve its current rate of about 53 percent landfill diversion, according to Early. Campus Services will be in charge of operational changes, while the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) will fund and lead outreach and

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By MadiSon BoBer Staff Writer The Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA) presidential election is heading to a runoff between Nchedo Ezeokoli (19PH) and Rosa Abraha (19PH), who received 130 votes (35.33 percent) and 121 votes (32.88 percent), respectively, according to preliminary election results.

A runoff election takes place if no candidate garners more than 50 percent of the vote, according to the RSGA Elections Guide. The third candidate, Mahnoor Mahmood (19PH), was eliminated after she received 24.46 percent or 90 votes. In her platform, Ezeokoli said she

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Sustainability Plan Calls for Discontinuation of Desk-side Trash Collection Continued from Page 1 education efforts, Howett said. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) will be responsible for collection of hard-to-recycle waste, such as batteries, aerosol spray cans and compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Standardized WaSte BinS Campus Services plans to provide five standardized, color-coded bins for compost, plastics/cans, mixed paper, white paper and landfill waste inside all major University buildings. All landfill bins that are currently outdoors will be removed, and the only bins that will remain outside will be for compost and mixed recycling. Only styrofoam will need to go into landfill cans, according to Emory’s video for the Zero Landfill Waste Campaign. The consulting firms recommended that Emory prioritize standardization of waste bins across campus, according to Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services Deena Keeler. Early then agreed that bin standardization is vital and agreed to fund it, Keeler said. With standardization, the appearance of the bins will be consistent with the colors and signs of national recycling plans to make it easy for people to know which bins to use, according to Early. New, standardized exterior bins have been placed outside the Rollins School of Public Health, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center and the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building earlier this week, according to Keeler. Campus Services has already ordered the remainder of the bins and hopes to have as many of them in

place as possible when the Spring 2018 semester begins, Early said. Previously, each building managed recycling independently, leading to inconsistency in the appearance and types of collection bins around campus, Early said. Howett hopes the change will lead to “convenience, clarity and consistency” in the recycling system rather than the “current hodgepodge of collection bins.” “In a typical day, a student may visit four to five buildings on campus, so [OSI’s] hope is that it will be much clearer to them where to sort their waste as they go from building to building,” Howett said. Custodial staff will no longer collect desk-side waste from bins in all office spaces. Instead, faculty and staff members must bring waste to collection stations, much like students currently do in their residence halls, Howett said. Faculty and staff can still use bins at their desks, but they will need to selfsort the waste at the collection stations because custodial services will no longer collect it. “The goal is to not put a burden on anyone,” Early said. “We’re aiming to provide enough stations that faculty and staff will just have to walk a few feet down the hallway [to reach a collection area].” Campus Services will hire additional members to the Emory Recycles team, which will begin servicing the collection areas for recycling, composting and waste collection during day-shift hours, Early said. Custodial services employees will continue to service materials in conference rooms, bathrooms and copy rooms, Keeler said. Keeler added that there has been “surprisingly little pushback” from faculty and staff for the removal of

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Waste is sorted into five streams: white paper, plastic bottles, cans, mixed paper and waste. desk-side bin servicing. “[Bringing my recycling to collection areas] is really not a big problem for me,” Instructor of Chinese Kui Deng said. a Step toWard 2025 The new policy stems from Emory’s Sustainability Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2025, which states that Emory will strive to divert 95 percent of non-construction waste from municipal waste landfills, with the exception of regulated lab and medical waste, according to Howett. Emory supports culture changes toward a “reduce, repair, restore and reuse” mentality, the plan says. “Ultimately, this is a goal that we want to be reached by 2025, but we wanted to get busy right away, figuring out how far we are from being to get to that point,” Howett said. The plan was announced May 2016 after more than a year and a half

of discussions by the Sustainability Visioning Committee which was appointed by then-Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire E. Sterk in Fall 2014 and consists of members of the administration, representatives from OSI, campus services, dining and professors. Emory also had a Waste Think Tank group composed of members from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Planning, Design & Construction, Emory Recycles, and Building & Residential Services to provide feedback on the waste management plan, Keeler said. Early also said that achievement of the landfill diversion goal will allow Emory to be “a real leader among peer institutions.” local, GloBal effectS The zero-landfill waste goal was vetted by members on the Sustainability Visioning Committee, because landfills have significant negative impacts

both locally and globally, Howett said. “Right now [Emory’s] landfill waste goes to landfills which lower property values, create noise pollution, and cause air quality issues for neighborhoods just down the street from us,” Howett said. “And some of those neighborhoods are minority and lowincome communities that are being saddled with our waste.” On a global scale, Emory’s diversion of waste from landfills helps mitigate climate change because landfills produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and it is a large portion of Emory’s carbon footprint, Howett said. In 2016, Emory emitted 1,103 metric tons of carbon dioxide due to landfill waste, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 236 passenger vehicles driven for one year, according to Howett.

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Crime Report Compiled by monica lefton On Oct. 30 at 9:10 p.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to a call regarding a theft at Hamilton Holmes Hall. Officers arrived on scene and met with two Emory students who said that someone had ransacked their room and stolen their cash. One student reported $528 in cash and miscellaneous items valued at a total of $300 missing. The other student reported $378 in cash missing. The first student to return to her room and find the area disrupted said that she left the room around 7:20 p.m. without locking the door and returned at 9:10 p.m. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m., EPD responded to a call regarding property damage at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). Officers arrived on the scene and met with an Emory student and a WoodPEC employee who led them to the stairwell immediately to the left of the building’s Eagle Row entrance. Someone had written in black marker, “Trump/Putin, Make Russia Great Again!” on the wall. The stairwell can only be accessed from inside the building and has no surveillance cameras. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On Nov. 3 at 11:02 p.m., EPD responded to an anonymous call

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regarding an intoxicated individual near the Rich Building. Officers arrived on scene and met with an 18-year-old Emory student who appeared extremely intoxicated. Emory Emergency Medical Services (EEMS) personnel responded to the scene, but the student reportedly responded to their attempts to assist them in a combative manner. While attempting to identify the student, officers found a fake Illinois driver’s license, which they confiscated. The officer determined that the student was to be too intoxicated to provide further information. The student was transported to Emory University Hospital (EUH). Campus Life was notified. On Nov. 4 at 12:44 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding possession of marijuana at the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity house, located at 17 Eagle Row. Officers arrived on scene and met with the house director, Cody Long, who said that he was conducting a nightly check of the house when he came across a large crowd of people in the third floor hallway. The crowd dispersed as they saw him approach, leaving behind a red frisbee, a black grinder and a plastic bag filled with a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. Officers confiscated the items. The house director could not identify the students present. The case has been assigned to an investigator.

News Roundup Compiled by molly Ball eeMS reSuMeS SerVice Emory Emergency Medical Services returned to operations Friday, Nov. 3, until Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., according to EEMS Director Rachel Barnhard. EEMS will initially be in service on weekends only, Barnhard said. The return to service comes after EEMS halted responding to 911 calls at the beginning of the semester to retrain its personnel, the Wheel previously reported. — Emily Sullivan iriSh aMBaSSador diScuSSeS yeatS On Monday evening, Irish ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Mulhall gave a one-hour lecture on poet William Butler Yeats in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Mulhall is an author and scholar of Irish history and the work of Yeats. The lecture, entitled “To Sweeten Ireland’s Wrong: W.B. Yeats in the 1890s,” was open to the public and had about 70 attendees. Mulhall read from poem “To Ireland in the Coming Times” from “The Rose,” a collection of Yeats’ poems originally published in 1893, during the lecture. Mulhall primarily discussed the poet’s influence on the political climate of Ireland. northaM elected Va. GoVernor Democratic candidate Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillepsie to become the next Governor of Virginia, according

to The Associated Press (AP). With 99 percent of the votes in, Northam garnered 53.9 percent of the vote to Gillespie’s 44.9 percent in a victory for the Democrats who were aiming to flip the seat. Northam outperformed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who carried the state by five points in the 2016 presidential election according to Politico. Trump initially endorsed Gillepsie, but tweeted after his loss that “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for.” Democrats Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring won their respective races for lieutenant governor and attorney general, according to the Washington Post. The election, along with New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, was seen as a test of Trump’s impact on state politics according to the Post. The Democratic candidate Phil Murphy also won the New Jersey Governor race against Republican Kim Guadango according to the Post. Sterk oppoSeS Gop tax plan University President Claire E. Sterk sent an Oct. 31 letter to the Georgia delegation expressing disapproval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to a Nov. 7 University press release. In Sterk’s Oct. 31 letter, which was sent to the Wheel by Associate Vice President for University Communications, Sterk stated that the new bill would be harmful to the Emory community. “Our endowment, like that of other nonprofits, helps Emory remain committed to its mission to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the ser-

vice of humanity,” Sterk’s letter stated. “Any effort to impede in the management of such an instrument, such as an excise tax or mandatory payout, will severely undercut our ability to fulfill donor wishes and ensure the endowment’s longevity and integrity.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was introduced to Congress Nov. 2 and states that the government would collect a 1.4 percent tax on a net investment income of private universities with at least 500 students and minimum assets of $100,000 per student, according to the AJC. Emory’s endowment sits at $6.7 billion, as of June 2015. Sterk discussed the University’s concerns about the tax-reform bill in a phone call with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) who is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and helped craft the bill. GunMan killS 26 in texaS Twenty-six people were killed and 20 others were wounded Nov. 5, when Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on a Sunday church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, according to The New York Times. After the shooting, Kelley and bystander Stephen Willeford exchanged shots, according to NPR. Kelley then got into his vehicle and drove away while being pursued by two civilians, according to the BBC. The gunman shot himself in the head before crashing his vehicle, according to the Post. The FBI is currently trying to decrypt the shooter’s phone to find a motive for his killing, the Post also reported.

Candidate Declines Interview, Cites Ongoing Election Continued from Page 1 hopes to foster community, increase advocacy, expand education and connect Rollins students to the greater Atlanta and public health community. To increase advocacy, Ezeokoli proposed implementing “semester town halls to discuss student issues and concerns” and introducing “Emory Cafe signage and menu options.” She suggested implementing a buddy program between first- and second-year students and collaborat-

ing on an event with the Georgia State University master’s of public health program to connect Rollins to GSU. Abraha’s platform calls for an increase in interdepartmental and student organization collaboration, better recruitment and retention of minorities, more network opportunities with Emory experts and state health leaders and stronger communication with Rollins faculty. Another runoff election is taking place for the third social chair position, between Nirmali Shah (19PH)

and Teg Uppal (19H), who obtained 44.02 percent and 45.11 percent of the student vote in the preliminary election, respectively. The presidential runoff election comes in the wake of a contentious campaign season during which an RSGA representative and another Rollins student accused RSGA president Tina Mensa-Kwao (18PH) of abusing her power by deciding to not hold debates for fear of stressing students, and three RSGA presidential candidates’ decided to host a public service


SGA Creates Communications Committee By Belicia rodriGuez Contributing Writer

The 51st legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) convened Monday to confirm a new vice president of communication and vote on bills that would establish a new Communications Committee and fund the Refugee Revive and TableTalk’s “Dinner Syries” and Thanksgiving airport shuttles. All bills were passed. SGA President Gurbani Singh (18B), Executive Vice President Natasha Armstrong (18B) and Chief of Staff Mario Karras (17Ox, 19B) proposed Bill 51sl29 to confirm Konya Badsa (15Ox, 18C) as vice president of communications. Badsa previously served as Oxford SGA’s public relations chair. “I used to send out a weekly newsletter to [the Oxford] community, which I hope to continue on this campus as well,” Badsa said. “Really streamlining the communication process between SGA and the four branches that we look over through newsletter, through maybe a monthly dinner, through different ways for us to bring SGA closer to the four [undergraduate] branches.” Karras said Badsa effectively communicated between the Oxford SGA

administration and Oxford community members, especially after a mass shooting threat through Yik Yak at Oxford caused panic during Fall break in 2015. “The administration at Oxford was very poor communicating that to the student body, and it was over fall break so there weren’t a lot of people on campus. Whoever was staying there, they were freaking out,” Karras said. “[Badsa] was very able to come back to campus the week after that and communicate in a very long detailed essay about why the University administration chose that course of action and how they can improve on it.” The bill passed with 13 votes in favor and one abstention. Freshman Representative Austin Graham (21C) abstained from voting. When asked why he abstained, Graham told the Wheel he did not agree with the lack of transparency between legislators during the application process, but was not against Badsa becoming VP of communications. “I think the legislature should have a larger role in … choosing. I think we should be given a slate of candidates,” Graham said. “Though that’s not how it works now, I would like to have at

least a more transparent procedure so that we can see what qualified candidates applied and were considered for the interview process.” The VP of communications is an executive position and selected by the SGA president, according to Section Three of the SGA Constitution. Singh told the Wheel she chose Badsa with the input of Armstrong and Karras. Bill 51sl31, proposed by Singh, Armstrong, Karras, College Junior Representative Madelyn Zapata (19C) and College Sophomore Representative Johnna Gadomski (20C), proposed to form the Communications Committee. The committee would be chaired by Badsa and includes two other positions: chair of graphic design and video and chair of community outreach. Both positions would be filled from the applicant pool for VP of communications. Singh, Armstrong and Karras will also select the applicants for the positions. Singh explained that the SGA communications needed updates that would require more work than appro-

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event rather than publicly debate. The candidates’ decision was met with opposition. Ezeokoli declined request for interview, citing the ongoing election campaign as the reason she was unable to do an interview. Abraha and Mahmood did not respond to emails from the Wheel. The Election Guide does not state that candidates were not allowed to speak to the media. RSGA Vice President Serena Durrani did not respond to the Wheel’s

request for the number of no confidence votes by press time. The runoff election for the RSGA president and third social chair will run from Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. until Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. All terms will begin January 2018, according to RSGA Vice President Serena Durrani (18PH). Alex Klugerman reporting.


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• In last week’s issue, a quote by University Title IX Coordinator Supria Kuppuswamy that stated mediation has been offered at Emory and that Kuppuswamy is “pretty sure” it has happened at Emory has been removed form the online version. Kuppuswamy was not privy to Emory’s practices because she was not employed by Emory before Oct. 2. In addition, a sentence stating that Kuppuswamy said that mediation was an acceptable method to resolve sexual assault cases under the Obamaera Title IX guidelines was removed from the online version after the Wheel reviewed the recording of the interview. The sentence has been changed to state that Kuppuswamy said mediation is an acceptable method to resolve sexual assault cases. • In last week’s issue, “Ensemble’s Debut Delights” misstated that Director Nikoloz Kevkhisvili (13C) enrolled in the College in order to “escape military conflict in Georgia,” when in fact he enrolled a year after the cessation of conflict. As well, Kevkhisvili both wrote and directed the short film “Saerto Ena.”



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Emory Pledges to Restart Transplant Process Continued from Page 1 Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Communications Holly Korschun reads. According to Boazman, Emory Healthcare had not communicated adequately with the family about the requirements for the father to donate his kidney. EUH had delayed the child’s transplant operation from Oct. 3 to January 2018 at the earliest because Dickerson had violated his parole, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. EUH told the child’s mother in a letter that Dickerson, a willing, living donor and a perfect match for his son, could not donate his kidney until he showed proof of compliance with the terms of his probation for three months, according to the AJC. The family fears that delaying the operation until January might be too late to save their child, who undergoes daily dialysis and was rushed to the emergency room Sunday due to an abdominal infection. EUH has declined to provide specifics on the case, citing patient confidentiality. Following this past week’s protests against Emory Healthcare and prayer vigils for the child, about 60 Emory affiliates, including a group of students from Candler School of Theology, and community members marched Thursday afternoon from Asbury Circle to the hospital in protest of EUH’s decision to delay the child’s transplant. “Shame on Emory and shame on us,” protesters chanted during the march. Some of the protesters, including Boazman, demanded and eventually were granted a meeting with Emory Healthcare officials Thursday afternoon. During the meeting, the Healthcare team and family agreed to meet again on Nov. 6 to further discuss how to

move forward with the child’s treatment, and established that they held a mutual goal of helping A.J. “We are cautiously optimistic,” Boazman told the Wheel after the meeting. Boazman promised that he and other supporters of A.J. will “be watching Monday.” “[Emory Healthcare] made a commitment that this [transplant] process will restart on Monday,” Boazman said, promising that if Emory Healthcare failed to communicate with the family on Monday, that protesters would return. The child, who was born prematurely and without kidneys, is on the general donor list for a kidney, according to Boazman. In an earlier Nov. 2 statement from Lewin released before the end of the meeting, Lewin wrote that Emory Healthcare wants to work with Dickerson to help him become a kidney donor. “We greatly respect the father’s desire to become a donor,” Lewin wrote. “We want a successful transplant for A.J., and we also want a positive outcome for his father or any other potential living donor.” EUH is following national guidelines for organ donors, Lewin wrote. “When evaluating any potential donor, Emory’s medical team is required to consider the ability of the donor to manage the many complications and health challenges that come with a major surgical procedure,” Lewin wrote. The family has hired attorney Harold Spence, who did not respond to request for interview. Korschun said that she could not say how Emory intends to work with the family by press time. Molly Ball contributed reporting.

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GSGA to Ask Admin. to Adopt Tapingo App Continued from Page 1 least five of the eight graduate divisions, and members from one graduate division may not comprise more than 50 percent of the total graduate membership. Additionally, at least one graduate student must hold an executive position in the organization, according to GSGA Chief of Staff Kyle Davis (18B). GSGA and SGA set the requirements to be an UWO, and an annual review of the organization’s compliance with these requirements is scheduled to be conducted in February. The new UWO requirements were created after the SGA/GSGA split last semester. “[Club Sports Council Executive Board] felt casted out by a lot of the decisions, and eventually the bill that passed which authorized this split,” Liang wrote in a Nov. 6 email to the Wheel. “Therefore, we actually did not have much turnaround time to tackle this problem of graduate student engagement and given only three more months before the review to meet the requirement is quite unfair.” Although Club Sports leadership hopes to increase graduate student membership, Linsky said that increasing the participation rates from 7 to 15 percent in three months in unfeasible. If Club Sports loses GSGA funding, participating graduate students would need to pay additional fees, which would further deter graduate students from joining, according to Liang. Liang and Linsky emphasized that Club Sports has taken steps to increase its graduate student participation, including tabling efforts and sending newsletters to raise engagement and awareness, but they said

that they needed more time to promote Club Sports and recruit more graduate students. During discussion, legislators agreed that graduate students would be interested in joining if they are aware of the opportunity but ultimately made no motion on the request. GSGA President Mark Neufeld (18B) said he and the Club Sports Council will meet Friday to further discuss the issue. Neufeld invited other legislators to attend. Leea Allen (19T), who is not part of GSGA, sought GSGA’s help in the ongoing issue around A.J. Burgess, a toddler whose kidney transplant was delayed by Emory University Hospital (EUH). Allen requested GSGA make a donation through the GoFundMe set up by the child’s mother, Carmellia Burgess.

“[Club Sports Council Executive Board] felt casted out by a lot of the decisions.” — Kitty Liang (19B), Club Sports President

“The parents don’t have a car. … They have been bumming rides trying to get to and from the hospital,” Allen said. “They also have a mortgage and bills to pay and they have to eat. … Those expenses can add up really quickly, and when you add on top of that the emergency surgery he just had and anything else that comes up, they’re going to be looking at some pretty hefty financial struggles.”


Allen requested that GSGA help fund an event that would bring Sankofa United Church of Christ Pastor Derrick Rice and former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman to Emory, but did not specify the amount. She also asked GSGA help promote a letter, which is she is currently drafting, to University President Claire E. Sterk asking for Sterk’s formal acknowledgement and comment on the matter. Legislators were largely sympathetic to the cause and wanted to help, but said that funding requests would require additional paperwork. “If you need funding for that event, you would need to come back on Monday of next week with a funding proposal, but it would need to be approved right away, so you would need to get that done within the next day,” Neufeld said. Neufeld said that GSGA cannot ask people to donate to the GoFundMe, but GSGA can “put out a blast out about awareness.” The legislature did not respond to the request for help promoting the letter. Legislator Kylee Borger (19PH) presented a revised resolution to urge University administration to adopt Tapingo, an app that would allow both undergraduate and graduate students to have campus dining delivered through their meal plans. The resolution passed with 13 votes and one abstention. After the passage of the resolution, GSGA will approach University administration in regards to adopting the service.

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Emory Experts Discuss Ethics of Transplant Decisions

Richard Chess and Melanie Dunn conducted interviews. Anwesha Guha helped transcribe. Emory University Hospital (EUH) has faced backlash in the form of several protests and prayer vigils by the Emory and Atlanta community members for its decision to delay A.J. Burgess’ kidney transplant. The two-year-old child was born prematurely without kidneys, and his father, Anthony Dickerson, is a perfect match. EUH had delayed the child’s transplant operation from Oct. 3 to January 2018 at the earliest because Dickerson had violated his parole, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was arrested Sept. 28 and released from jail Oct. 2, the AJC reported. EUH told the child’s mother that Dickerson could not donate his kidney until he showed proof of compliance with the terms of his probation for three months, according to the AJC. EUH has maintained that it is following United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) guidelines and wants to help A.J. Burgess. The issue has sparked debate regarding the ethics of decision making in transplant surgeries. The Emory Wheel interviewed separately April Dworetz, Paul Root Wolpe and Kathy

Kinlaw about ethical dilemmas surrounding kidney transplants and the media coverage of the situation. Dworetz is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine and a bioethicist. Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics and the director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Kinlaw serves as the director of the Center for Ethics’ Program in Health Sciences and Ethics and a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and length. The emory Wheel: What are ethical concerns one might have when being prescreened as a donor? Paul Roote Wolpe: The ethical concerns are wrapped up in the clinical concerns. Emory’s responsibilities in this case would be to the donor. The donor is the patient. The question they would be asking is we are about to undergo a voluntary major surgery. Remember, we’re not doing this for the donor’s health. In fact, we’re going to make the donor sick. We have to be especially vigilant about taking care

of this person. Are they fit enough for surgery? Is the surgery worthwhile? Are they compatible? Is that kidney going to work out with the recipient? Has the donor shown him or herself to be fully capable of complying with post-surgical medication regimen, with the kinds of restrictions we put on people post-surgery (such as you can’t do any heavy lifting for about six weeks)? Are they going to show up for their follow-up checkups? Do they have a history of being compliant with their medical recommendations? Are they going to end up in jail during the time that they’re getting rehabilitated? Have they recently been in jail? Because if you look at the UNOS regulations, they recommend, I think, a 35-day waiting period after someone’s been in prison because people who have been in prison are at a high risk for hepatitis C and other diseases that make transplants undoable. There are whole series of issues you have to clear before someone is eligible to be a donor. Then on the sort of ethical and less clinical side, is the person really doing this of their own true will? Is there any coercion there or someone trying to convince them? Is someone trying to guilt them into giving a donor organ? Are they mentally fully stable enough to make an independent

decision? Do they really understand the implications? Do they think, “Oh they’ll take the organ out, and tomorrow I’ll be back at work and everything will be fine,” or do they really understand the implications of giving an organ and undergoing a major surgery? Also questions like are they on any drugs they shouldn’t be on, legal or illegal? What people don’t understand is that, yes, in a case like this, there could be a child’s life at stake, though a child like that could live a decade or more pretty easy on dialysis, but it’s a voluntary surgery on the part of the donor. We look at voluntary surgeries differently than we look at mandatory surgeries, that is, a surgery we need to actually save the donor’s life, so the bar is higher. editor’s note: The UNOS guidelines do not explicitly state that those who have recently been incarcerated do not qualify to be donors. However, the guidelines require potential donors to disclose whether they are at risk of Hepatitis C. A 2013 CDC study found “Adults in correctional facilities are at risk for Hepatitis C because many people in jails or prisons already have Hepatitis C.” April Dworetz: One is good physical and mental health. There are certain tests donors need to pass. There

needs to be absence of certain diseases like diabetes, cancer, hepatitis. The patient also needs to be 18. Even if they pass those kinds of tests, there are other issues that are important. For example, they need to provide informed consent, and that takes into account two specific issues. One is that they need to be well-informed of the risks and benefits for both the donor and the recipient. For example, if the donors [are] going in thinking that they’ll donate and give a kidney to whoever it is, or even if it’s a donor who’s giving it to somebody that they don’t know, then they need to know that it’s possible that [the recipient] may not survive the kidney transplant. We don’t want them thinking that person will definitely live, and then they feel like they made a mistake because the person didn’t survive. At the same time, they need to know the risks for themselves, and there are risks to being a donor. Besides the initial surgery, there are long-term risks, and there are probably long-term risks maybe even with kidney donation [and] we don’t know what they are yet. We may find that out in the future, so they need to know that there may be unknown risks. Read the unabridged article online at


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Protestors stand outside emory University Hospital (eUH) nov. 2 demanding that the hospital allow Anthony Dickerson to donate a kidney to his son, A.J. Burgess.

A.J. Burgess Not Yet Healthy Enough for Transplant

Continued from Page 1 transplant operation from Oct. 3 to January 2018 at the earliest because Dickerson violated parole, according to the AJC. EUH told the child’s mother in a letter that Dickerson, a willing, living donor and a perfect match for his son, could not donate his kidney until he showed proof of compliance with the terms of his probation for three months, according to the AJC. “The [Monday] discussion centered around a targeted re-evaluation of Mr. Anthony Dickerson so that he might be determined to be an appropriate kidney donor for Baby A.J.,” Spence wrote. “Because Mr. Dickerson was previously approved as a donor, there will [be] no need to start from ‘square one’ in the evaluation process. The re-evaluation will target only those elements of the approval process that might have been affected by Mr. Dickerson’s Sept. 28 arrest.” A.J. Burgess, who was born prematurely without kidneys, is not physically ready to undergo a kidney transplant because he recently suffered “bouts with peritonitis, [a type of abdominal infection], and pneumonia,” according to Spence. The child underwent surgery to remove an abdominal infection Friday and is now recovering at Egleston Children’s Hospital, according to KGW. “Because of Baby A.J.’s condition

and anticipated recovery period, the time frame for the transplant surgery remains unclear,” Spence wrote in a Nov. 6 email to the Wheel. “We are optimistic that all involved desire for it to take place sooner rather than later.” The family of A.J. Burgess said Monday they expect EUH to perform a lifesaving kidney transplant surgery before the end of the calendar year, though no date has been set, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“[The family looks] forward to the day when A.J. no longer has to undergo 10 hours of daily dialysis or receive five bladder treatments each day.” — Harold Spence, family attorney In a press conference Friday, A.J. Burgess’ family said they were optimistic about A.J. receiving a kidney from his father. “[The family is] happy that they just reached this juncture,” Spence told the Wheel after the press conference. “They look forward to the day when A.J. no longer has to undergo 10 hours

of daily dialysis or receive five bladder treatments each day.” Emory Healthcare wrote in a Nov. 6 statement that the Monday meeting was a step forward in helping A.J. Burgess. “The ongoing conversations are moving the process forward, and we will continue to work towards the shared goal of a successful transplant for A.J.,” a Nov. 6 Emory Healthcare Center statement sent to the Wheel by Interim Associate Vice President Communications for Woodruff Health Sciences Center Holly Korschun read. EUH apologized Nov. 2 for a “breakdown of communication” with the child’s family after about 60 Candler School of Theology students and community members, including former Atlanta city councilman Derrick Boazman, protested against EUH’s decision to delay A.J. Burgess’ kidney transplant Thursday and several other protests and prayer vigils in the past weeks. “[The protesters’] courageous act of going to the administrations building, demanding to see Emory Healthcare’s president and vowing not to to leave until they done so — that’s why we had that meeting [Nov. 2], and that’s why we have a resolution [Nov. 3],” Spence said.

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priate for just one person, the VP of communications. “While we were interviewing candidates on Friday, [Karras and I] realized how big of a role the VP for communications is — especially for this year — because again this is an entirely new governmental structure,” Singh said. “We’ve never had an undergraduate-wide student government, and so everything needs to be updated in terms of the website, our design, our strategy for communicating [and] our outreach to undergraduate division. ” The bill passed with 13 votes and one abstention. Graham again abstained because he wanted more transparency in the process of choosing committee members. Legislatures were not made aware of the other VP of communications applicants, Graham told the Wheel. “I think the problem with student government a lot of the time is that we’re not thoughtful enough, and we don’t consider all of the possible options when passing legislation,” Graham said. “My two abstentions were out of protest for the kind of selfindulgent, ‘Oh we read a bill once and then we passed it’ without any real discussion. Not having longer-formed discussions about the legislation that we passed doesn’t fit with who I am as a legislator and as a person.” Gadomski and Graham proposed Bill 51sl30, which would allocate $3,500 to airport shuttles during Thanksgiving break. Three shuttles would run hourly Nov. 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each shuttle holds 50 students and would take students from Emory to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport. Singh said the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) told her if graduate students used the shuttles, GSGA would fund up to the percentage of how many graduate students used the service, so the $3,500 amount is subject to change, depending on the number of grad-

uate students who use the service. Students would sign up for the shuttles on OrgSync. The bill passed with 13 votes and one abstention. BBA-wide Representative Max Renke (19B) told the Wheel he abstained because he believed that the time slots for the shuttles should have been better determined. “I’m not American so I don’t understand Thanksgiving, so I just didn’t want to do anything with it,” Renke said. “I thought we should’ve done a survey to see when exactly people are leaving at the peak times and then allocating the times afterwards,” Renke said. “For me it was all in the morning, so I think we should’ve taken a survey to see when the actual peak times are because [if there are] people flying at [3 p.m.], then why are there shuttles leaving at 10 a.m.?” After the SGA meeting, Singh confirmed that there will be a survey sent out before the holiday to undergraduate students to gauge the best times for the shuttles to run. The bill authors did not mention a survey during the presentation of the bill. President of TableTalk Helena Zhao (19C) proposed Bill 51sl28 to fund Refugee Revive and TableTalk’s Dinner Syries events. The dinner is scheduled to take Emory students to a Syrian refugee family’s house. The family primarily makes its income by preparing and serving meals. Zhao described the event as “an opportunity to participate in [a] unique cultural exchange.” The bill requested $375 to fund a Nov. 7 dinner for 15 people and Nov. 8 dinner for 10 people. The cost of each person’s dinner is $15. The bill passed unanimously with 14 votes. This was the first meeting where all 15 legislators were present and voting, according to Speaker of the Legislature and Senior Representative William Palmer (18C).

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Young Democrats of Emory to Endorse Bottoms for Atl. Mayor Continued from Page 1 and could not run for re-election. A total of nine candidates were on the ballot. Nearly 2,500 registered voters in 1.114 miles containing the University’s main campus planning to be annexed by the city of Atlanta were not eligible able to vote in the mayoral election because the proposed annexation has been put on hold due to a dispute regarding the effect of annexation on the Atlanta and DeKalb County public school district boundaries. The annexation was planned to be completed Sept. 5, but now will not be finished until December at the soonest, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Reed endorsed Bottoms as his successor on Oct. 11, according to WABE. He also criticized some of the other candidates in a V-103 radio interview, claiming that nobody running could beat him. Both Bottoms and Norwood serve as Atlanta city councilmembers. Bottoms has served since 2010, while Norwood has served since 2001,

according t0 the AJC. The woman who wins will be the second female mayor in Atlanta history. If Norwood is declared the victor, she would be the first white Atlanta mayor since 1974, according to The New York Times. mary norwood

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Bottoms’ campaign platform calls for an “All Rise” program, according to her campaign website. The program aims to improve public safety, resolve traffic and transit problems, develop more affordable housing, create new jobs and support students and families through education. Norwood hopes to increase public safety by working with state and federal law enforcement agencies to fight human and sex trafficking and help victims, according to her

campaign website. She also plans to increase sustainability initiatives by installing solar panels on public buildings and upgrade transportation and infrastructure systems, according to her campaign website. Bottoms took the lead from Norwood in a WSB-TV/AJC/ Landmark Communications poll released Nov. 1. The poll asked 750 eligible voters, “If the election for mayor of Atlanta were held today, for whom would you vote?” Results showed Norwood and Bottoms as the only two candidates with more than 20 percent of votes. Bottoms led with 25.4 percent while Norwood fell to second place with 24.3 percent. Both candidates support Emory’s annexation into Atlanta. Norwood stated that she would be “delighted” if Emory became a part of Atlanta, according to AJC. Bottoms stated that Atlanta is fortunate to have Emory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) asking to be a part of the city, previously reported by The

Emory Wheel. Norwood is an Emory alumna and has served on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Waste and Efficiency, the Atlanta Repeat Offenders Commission and the Code Enforcement Commission Meeting during her time as a city councilwoman. Keisha lance Bottoms

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Bottoms has served as vice chair of the Public Safety Committee and as chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee. She has also served as executive director of the city of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), where she has managed government relations and public finance. Student group Young Democrats of Emory are planning on endorsing Bottoms, Young Democrats of Emory President William Palmer (18C) told

the Wheel. “We think Lance Bottoms will be a smooth transition from the Reed administration,” Palmer said. “We’re excited that she is getting to advance her agenda and especially in working on low-income housing and transportation … [and] reforming MARTA and gridlock and infrastructure.” Palmer said that Norwood is “essentially the Republican in the race,” and has a more conservative record than Bottoms, excepting her support of LGBT rights. Young Democrats of Emory members have been working in various candidates’ campaigns, Palmer said. Although the Young Democrats executive board discussed endorsing a candidate, they decided to wait until the runoff. Emory College Republicans did not respond to request for interview by press time. Michelle Lou and Alex Klugerman contributed reporting.

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Fraternity Integral to In Atlanta Mayoral Race, Boy Scout Experience Keisha Lance Bottoms Rises to Top Editorial

Emory’s anticipated annexation into Atlanta means that Emory will likely be under the jurisdiction of the winner of a Dec. 5 mayoral runoff election between City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms and City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (74C). With 95 percent of the precincts reporting at 12:51 a.m., Bottoms is in lead at 29.7 percent, followed closely by Norwood, who received 22.81 percent. Both candidates support annexation, the primary issue affecting the Emory community, but a vote for Bottoms represents a marriage of practicality and progressivism that could take Atlanta to the next level. Atlanta’s economy has boomed during the current Reed administration, becoming a city on the “sunny side of the American economy,” according to The New York Times, as evidenced by development along the BeltLine and Porsche’s move to Atlanta in 2015. Mayor Kasim Reed endorsed Bottoms, whose proposed expansion of a student training program in film and technology would extend that prosperity, and who is the safest candidate to preserve a positive status quo of economic growth. The program would prepare grade school and college students for careers in the technology sector and Atlanta’s growing film industry, which contributed an estimated $9.5 billion to the state’s economy in fiscal year 2017. Additionally, Bottoms pledges that jobs resulting from public investment, such as public housing development, will “pay a living wage,” distributing economic power to Atlanta’s working class. On the other hand, Norwood’s platform is lacking, but an interview with WABE revealed that her plan for development would begin with putting abandoned buildings back into use. Though Norwood said that this would benefit low-income communities, it is unclear how Norwood would accomplish that goal. When it comes to education, Bottoms is the only candidate to mention the issue on her website. She has proposed a budgetary increase for technical and film programs to equip students with the STEM skills necessary to sustain Atlanta’s growing economy. Her platform outlines practicable means to pay for those courses by setting up a children’s savings account pro-

gram with a $250,000 initial investment, about $50 per child in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), which would mature over time. Bottoms’ emphasis on education to maintain economic growth shows the comprehension of her platform. Voters should be concerned that Norwood has not said more about education. Since 2013, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) has lost at least 100 police officers every year. The fluctuating officer count hit a peak of 2,000 in 2013 after a low of 1,300 in 2009, but the police union said that it rests around 1,400. Most candidates agree that stabilizing officer retention is a public safety issue, even though Atlanta’s crime rates show a consistent downward trend. Norwood has proposed an increase to police officer pay as a means of retention, but there is little evidence that a pay raise would solve public safety. Norwood already led Atlanta City Council to increase officer salaries in 2015 without solving the retention rates issue, and unsurprisingly, she has earned the endorsements of Atlanta’s police unions. Bottoms’ approach is different: She wants to address officer retention through a “smart recruiting and retention” strategy. In a questionnaire sent to candidates by Committee for a Better Atlanta, a nonpartisan business coalition, Bottoms said that her strategy would include “the expansion of our police force and the completion of our camera integration system … [and] expand housing for our officers within the city.” A Bottoms mayorship would best continue Atlanta’s progress. Norwood is too conservative a candidate for Atlanta. She has, for example, prioritized police raises over establishing a clear educational platform. Bottoms’ election would preserve political and economic stability and spur educational development in addition to police reform, rendering her vision the best for Atlanta’s future. We urge eligible voters to cast their ballots for Keisha Lance Bottoms, not only because her proposed policies would benefit Atlantans and Emory students alike, but also because her time on City Council and endorsement from Reed prove that she has the experience and drive to turn her campaign promises into progress.

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The Inherent Value of Gendered Organizations

can say this: My experience would not have been the same if its ranks Grant Osborn had been filled with girls as well. And this is to say nothing of the father-son bonding it facilitated, the memories of which I still cherish. Part of what make my memories of the few years I spent as a Cub Scout so fond is the fact that Boy Scouts provided me with a space filled with other boys my age, where we could bond over camping and group songs. Of course, I never realized it as a child, but those activities — clearly In 1954, U.S. Supreme Court chosen to mold us into classic young Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote men of the 1950s persuasion (not what would become the most altogether a bad fate) — were never immortal words of any deci- ends in themselves, but means to sion handed down from that an end. Through the woodworkbody in all of our nation’s his- ing, the fishing and the campfire tory: “Separate educational fa- stories, the organization promoted cilities are inherently unequal.” healthy friendship, boy to boy. Girls can, of course, enjoy these That simple sentence articulated the moral bankruptcy of so much activities that have been tradiof the nation during that period tionally classified as masculine. and captured perfectly the problem But when I was 10-year-old, an of segregation. This goal of equal- environment filled with young ity — one that we all have a duty to girls would have induced selffurther, not just as Americans but consciousness and insecurity; and as members of the human fam- at that awkward age, I would not ily — was the pretext of the Boy have been the only one affected. Introducing young women into Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow girls to ascend their the equation would have exacerranks alongside male counterparts. bated at the very least, the insecuHowever, the exclusion of girls rity of some significant plurality of from the Boy Scouts is not analo- us, and we would have augmented gous to segregation, and is not even our group dynamics to cope. Our interactions would an issue of gender have devolved into equality. The excluprecisely the hypersion of girls from the Boy Scouts is The exclusion of girls masculine pissing that people not steeped in prejufrom the Boy Scouts match with no experidice, but rather in is not steeped in ence in the orgathe spirit of pronization probably moting fraternity. prejudice, think it already is. There is simHad I been acbut rather in the ply nothing wrong companied by young with — nay, there spirit of promoting women, instead of is tremendous making fart jokes fraternity. benefit in — the and playing with bonding of male worms, I would have youth outside the presence of young girls, and the been trying to channel some suave bonding of female youth out- pickup artistry I saw on a Nickside the presence of young boys. elodeon sitcom the night before. I have no doubt that some subIt speaks volumes that no group was more doubtful of the value of set of the Boy Scouts would find the this ostensible step toward equal- newfound girls among their ranks ity than the Girl Scouts of America a welcome addition. But there are — perhaps the institution most re- co-ed clubs and camps that subsponsible for the empowerment of sume many of the same roles as the women in this country in the past Boy Scouts. For those scouts who century — who accused the Boy do not seek fraternal bonding, they Scouts of attempting to poach their can find what they are looking for girls to pad their declining numbers. with countless other institutions. The inclusion of girls in Boy I am not saying that this justifies any difference in the way any- Scouts simply would not have one treats women, whether in the been as conducive to bonding. workplace or otherwise. Stamp- But more importantly, it would ing out gender inequality in this have no tangible effect on gender country must be a top priority. equality. The Boy Scouts do not What I am saying is that there stand as obstacles in the path of is nothing wrong with gendered young women, and nothing about organizations, especially those the group dynamics with the addipromoting fraternity or sorority. tion of girls would have promoted Before I proceed any further, the dissolution of sexism. The adallow me to issue the following dition would have merely modicaveat: Much of this opinion is fied our behavior — and not in a colored by my own experience. way that elevated our consciousThat’s all I have at my disposal. ness, only our self-consciousness. Gender equality is imporThough I cannot speak for the organization as a whole, having tant, and every minute without known other Boy Scouts, I think it constitutes a massive moral it is fair to say that it is generaliz- failure. But its realization does able to at least some portion of the not require that we overlook the Scouts larger than myself alone. benefits of fraternal and soroI was a Cub Scout for a few years ral bonding to young children. as a child. I never quite had the Grant Osborn is a College dedication to continue throughout middle and high school, but I junior from Springfield, Ohio.


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Irony of First Lady’s Kindness Campaign RSGA Foregoes Debate Alexandra Grouzis First Lady Melania Trump visited Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Mich., Oct. 23 to speak to students about her anti-bullying agenda. This was the second time that Melania Trump has taken a public stance on anti-bullying, which seems to be her first-lady mission of choice. Her public appearance to combat bullying comes after similar backlash in late September when she portrayed a similar message at a UN luncheon. However, the media seems less interested in her message and more interested in the irony of the topic, as her husband has been called out more than once for his own bully tactics. The irony of Melania Trump’s visit to a middle school classroom to warn against the effects of bullying has not been lost on the media, attracting op-eds to major outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post and USA Today. Some have accepted that irony as blatant ignorance of the polarizing culture that the president has created in the past year. In reality, it’s much more likely that Melania Trump’s visit was a tactic to distract from the negative reputation that has consumed the White House since January. Politics does not have to be nice, but it should be civil. Politics is divisive — that’s the nature of democracy — but at the end of the day the American public needs to have the confidence that its politicians’ ultimate goal is to do what is best for the country, not for themselves. That guarantee only holds when politicians, at least

to some extent, present a willingness to work together. From his campaign days onward, President Donald J. Trump’s antagonistic comments have continued to polarize the public. For most of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s bully tactics revolved around creating diminutive or accusatory nicknames for his opponents — “Lying Ted,” “Crooked Hillary” and “Little Marco,” just to name a few. However, his quips only worsened as the campaign progressed, going so far as to mock a disabled reporter during one of his stump speeches. The president’s last 10 months in office have left nothing to be desired in the way of feebly crafted insults directed toward anyone who disagrees with him, much to the consternation of his advisers. In October, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) even claimed, “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” suggesting that internal dissent has escaped the confines of the West Wing. Every first lady is expected to have a mission. For Nancy Reagan it was “Just Say No” and for Michelle Obama it was “Let’s Move!” Melania Trump seems to have chosen anti-bullying. During her trip in late October, she urged middle schoolers to “choose kindness and compassion.” Melania Trump visited the middle school about three weeks after the president’s late September feud with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) resurfaced Oct. 8. In a series of tweets, Donald Trump insulted Corker’s stance on the Iran deal and insinuated that Corker “begged” him for an endorsement before announcing his re-

tirement. Two weeks later, Donald Trump asserted that Corker “couldn’t get elected dog catcher,” and referred to him as “Liddle Bob Corker.” Prior to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations luncheon, during which Melania Trump delivered a brief speech about anti-bullying initiatives, the Trump administration faced backlash for retweeting a video of President Trump hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball. Is the White House sending Melania Trump out to downplay the president’s domineering rhetoric? It’s unlikely that Melania’s speeches directly correspond to any specific comment made by Donald Trump, rather they’re a generalized effort to distract from his bully-like rhetoric. Perhaps now, whenever media outlets bring up Donald Trump’s careless, derogatory manner and the influence Donald Trump’s platform gives him on political discourse, the White House will simply plan another well-timed middle school appearance. That strategy might be conspicuous, but with the constant barrage of controversy surrounding the president, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks doesn’t need a well-constructed public image scheme — she needs damage control, a temporary distraction before the press and the public move on to the next fiasco. However, if that is indeed the administration’s intention, Melania Trump will certainly rack up her fair share of frequent flyer miles over the next three years.

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For Fulfilling Human Connection, Put Down Your Phone Charles King I always have trouble explaining why I left social media. Circumstances usually dictate that I avoid rambling about my journey to personal enlightenment, leaving me the painstaking search for conversational middle ground. Lately, I’ve found the golden mean in a distillation of my would-be rant: I’m happier without it. To some, that explanation is puzzling. Using social media can feed our evolutionary desires for social approval and a sense of connectedness with our peers. Furthermore, it allows us to craft a self-image with a precision that the real world often doesn’t allow. However, the online milieu offers a false hope to students looking for improved well-being and strengthened interpersonal connections. On a college campus, friendship unfettered by social media is the key to genuine social fulfillment. I arrived at this belief only gradually. I used to think that my own and others’ social media profiles were unique and tangible bits of ourselves, that collecting all of the pieces was essential to anyone who hoped to really know us. I felt this way until I happened upon Time Well Spent — “a movement to transform the race for our attention” founded by former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris — and realized that companies like Facebook, Snap Inc. (Snapchat’s parent company), Twitter and Instagram do not exist to foster our friendships. Those social media giants exist for profit, which they gain at the nefarious expense of our time. Those organizations are among a collection of tech companies bankrolled by corporate advertisers that thrive on capturing our focus and keeping our eyes glued to ad-filled apps and websites. As Harris explains, social networking websites pay engineers to exploit our psychological vulnerabilities and keep us scrolling on their platforms for as long as possible. Those websites rely on a staggering variety of bait to lure us in, and our susceptibility to their

enticement may be best viewed through the lens of the behavior model created by B.J. Fogg, founder of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University. Fogg identifies three “core motivators” — belonging, sensation and anticipation — that drive human behavior and that social media companies target to keep us using their services. Social networking websites cater directly to our need to feel that we belong within a social group by offering us membership in an online club, where the perks include a written record confirming the fact of our friendships. With a few taps, we have access to a list of friends, likes, comments, messages and more, proof that we’re enmeshed in the social fabric. Consider the power of the ubiquitous red notification bubble on Apple’s iPhones, one visual representation of the sensations we feel after each dose of digital acknowledgement. Engineers design notifications to appear on no set schedule, often one at a time, in order to keep us constantly anticipating the next bit of social connection — anticipation that manifests in habitual, mindless device checking. Through their apps’ design and content, social media companies push us to incessant monitoring and posting on their platforms. This behavior, arguably the paradigm for our generation, may be undermining our mental and social health. A growing body of research suggests that passive consumption and broadcasting on social media do little to strengthen our social ties, and rather produce a number of negative feelings. According to a 2011 study, we tend to overestimate our friends’ positive emotions and underestimate their negative ones, which may cause us to feel more alone in our emotional difficulties than we truly are. That tendency, the researchers find, likely stems from our penchant for projecting our positive emotions and suppressing our negative emotions. Social media gives us unprecedented control over what we reveal to our online network, and our proclivity for positive self-presentation seeps into our posts, making even the most mundane

social outing seem like the party of a lifetime. On campus, we exist in peerdominated online circles, and are constantly bombarded with our friends’ filtered blasts into the digital universe. We make social comparisons based on hand-picked photos and videos, broadcast to support constructed identities, and thereby reinforce false perceptions of our own and others’ social lives. It should come as no surprise that recent studies link widespread envy and the “fear of missing out” to those types of passive online activities — feelings exacerbated on campus where we are surrounded by hundreds of peers who hold similar social goals.

Biology elucidates what I can only hope to explain through subjective experience: Face-to-face encounters leave deep, lasting impressions unlike any you will feel through a screen. A 2016 study lead by Moira Burke, a Facebook data scientist, found that even when we’re directly engaged on social media, we receive limited social benefits. Only “composed, targeted communication” (wall posts, comments and direct messages) from close friends was linked to improved well-being, defined in the study by self-reported measures of field-established aspects of wellbeing, including “mood, perceived social support, satisfaction with life, depression, stress and loneliness.” The study found that all other forms of interaction, such as “one-click communication” (likes and reactions) from people of all intimacy levels, and even direct communication from “weak ties,” those who aren’t our close friends, have no observable impact. Though social media encour-

ages the maintenance of a vast network of connections, it seems that most of those connections are superficial and unfulfilling. That view permeates literature associating the rise of social media with rampant loneliness in our country and research that finds increased social media use predicts declines in subjective well-being in young adults — all of this, despite expectations that these online communities would make us happier by bringing us closer together. This is not to say that all types of online socialization bring negative results. Perhaps your grandmother overlooks the narcissism of your selfie posts and takes great pride in expressing her love for you with comments on all your pictures. Maybe your friends in faraway places enjoy keeping abreast of you via your “stories.” More importantly, research supports the emotional benefits of online discussion forums (where users are often cloaked in anonymity), especially for members of stigmatized groups who have trouble finding social support elsewhere. The trouble with social media arises when we let online communication dominate our interactions with the people in our own, and neighboring, social circles. Luckily, as campus-collegians, we live in close proximity to many of our online “friends” and “followers” who belong in these groups. We’re in the perfect position to put down our phones and find the social fulfillment we crave the oldfashioned way: in the flesh, rather than in the blue-light of our devices. Real, physical interaction is at the core of a solid friendship; all the rest is excess. Biology elucidates what I can only hope to explain through subjective experience: Face-to-face encounters leave deep, lasting impressions unlike any you will feel through a screen. A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroscience shows “a significant increase in the neural synchronization between the brains” of two individuals during face-to-face dialogue but not during virtual communica-

tion. Neural synchronization, it concludes, “underlies successful communication” and likely results from our need to integrate sensory information, such as facial expressions, gestures and vocal tone, and truly engage with the other person, exclusively during face-to-face conversation. In a 2014 TED Talk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Alex Pentland discussed the social importance of the unspoken aspects of in-person dialogue. He posited that language is merely the last, thin layer atop all the ways humans communicated before its advent, and that we still rely heavily on ancient behavioral signals in order to convey our intentions, goals and values. A review of the current science of touch provides my case one final boon — the notion that the oft-forgotten sensory modality is at the base of all human relationships. In a piece for The New Yorker, staff writer Adam Gopnik relates the science to a Hegelian notion of selfconsciousness — that we conceive of ourselves based on our relations with other individuals, not the imagined self inside of our heads. Gopnik writes, “a key to being embodied in this way is tactile experience … Grasping, hugging, striking, playing, caressing, reaching, scratching backs and rubbing rears: These are not primitive forms of communication. They are the fabric of being conscious.” How we think about ourselves and our relationships is inextricably linked to our bodily experience. Greeting a friend with a hug, looking them in the eye while you talk and listen, is only possible in the realm of the physical. It is this type of interaction that builds the trust and reciprocity which undergirds meaningful relationships as well as the self-esteem that allows us to venture out and build them. Give up mining for social implications in a trove of liked photographs. Instead, search the depths of a look or a touch for all it may convey — I can almost guarantee you’ll find the sense of connection you desire. Charles King is a College junior from New Rochelle, N.Y.

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Pixar Animator Talks Creation of ‘Coco’ By Jesse Weiner Contributing Writer

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Student rapper nkosi Cave (19C, r ight) delivers an energetic performance at The Pulse and alpha Tau omega’s (aTo) Symposium Vii behind the aTo fraternity house nov. 3.

Symposium a Strong Showcase By vivian Zhou Contributing Writer While the arts can at times seem neglected at Emory, its presence on campus persists. Students gathered at the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity house to watch their peers perform and showcase their art Nov. 3, at Symposium VII hosted by The Pulse and ATO. Although the layout of the venue

resembled an art museum, the ambiance differed greatly from the quiet and strict environment often associated with galleries. Lilting, slow music filled the air and intermingled with the jovial hubbub of artists and friends celebrating talent and creativity. Fairy lights strung across the open roof provided the sole source of light other than the moon shining past the clouds. The throng of about 100 people packed into the patio space meandered


around, perusing the wares of various vendors. Some of the art pieces invited bystanders to inject themselves and their own interpretations into the art. Abstraction tinged some pieces, with realistic sections serving not as subjects but merely as details to orient the viewer’s perspective. Notably, one collage combined everyday objects,

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There is no animation studio as acclaimed as Pixar, and few people know Pixar better than Virginia “Gini” Cruz Santos. Santos, a Filipina animator, has worked at Pixar Studios for nearly 20 years. She is most renowned for her animation of Dory in “Finding Nemo.” Santos also worked on animation for “Toy Story 2,” “The Incredibles” and “Up.” Santos visited a group of about 30 Emory students in White Hall on Oct. 24 to talk about Pixar’s latest flick, “Coco.” The film follows the story of Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), a Mexican boy who adores music but whose family forbids him from performing. When he defies his family on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Miguel and his hairless Xoloitzcuintli dog Dante find themselves on an adventure in the colorful Land of the Dead, where Miguel comes face to face with his ancestors, meets new friends and follows his musical passion. Santos spoke about the process of making the film and showed early animation “rigs,” or 3D skeletal models of the characters, as well as several minutes of exclusive footage from the film. Santos explained her job as supervis-

ing animator, for which she oversees 80 animators who each contribute different scenes to the film. Prior to her presentation, The Emory Wheel sat down with Santos to talk about “Coco,” animation and her career at Pixar. “Coco” will be released in theaters Nov. 22. This transcript has been edited for clarity and length. Jesse Weiner, The Emory Wheel: What made “Coco” different from previous films you have animated? Gini Santos: Well, one thing is the skeletons. We have never animated a skeleton character. Because they have a human structure, we had a foundation on how we wanted them to move. [However], without all the skin, muscle and tissue, we had to come up with how we want [the skeletons] to move, and how can they be entertaining. Also, this film is just large in scale, and you’ll see that the sets are huge. There’s the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead, and all the characters in those [worlds]. And because the [story] is about an extended family of aunts, cousins and uncles, we had to

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‘The Square’ Gets ‘Thor’ Brings Most of the Thunder Outside the Box By Jesse Weiner Contributing Writer

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Grade: B+ Do you trust people? In our modern age, it’s a question some rarely think about. Our every move is surveilled by technology; our every action is judged by those around us. Yet, when we’re confronted with this notion of trust, it seems that society crumbles under its weight. Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s innovative, hilarious art world satire “The Square,” which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, exhibits that question on a literal museum wall within the film. Patrons entering an exhibit are instructed to go one way or the other depending on their answer to the question — a fitting metaphor for a film that asks the same of its audience in some complex ways. Christian (Claes Bang) is the curator of a modern art museum in Stockholm. A stylish womanizer with money, charm and a tone-deaf sense of social consciousness, he is in the process of unveiling the season’s hottest new exhibit: “The Square.” Designed by an Argentinian artist, the installation is a flourescent light blue square illuminating a brick floor. As the artist’s statement says, in The Square, “We all share equal rights and responsibilities.” Christian expects it to be a provoca-

tive, attention-grabbing addition to the museum, even if his idiotic marketing team seems to think otherwise. Over the course of the exhibit’s opening, he experiences a series of absurdist events that reveal his — and society’s — inherent flaws. His phone is stolen, he sleeps with a reporter, Anne, (Elisabeth Moss) and has an encounter with a creepy performance artist, Oleg (Terry Notary), among a number of other mishaps. Simply put, “The Square” is a tour-de-force of comedy and social commentary. It’s a daring work of situational comedy in particular, often lingering on awkward interactions for long stretches, pouring salt in the narrative wounds created by those stretches and reveling in the comic pain. Expanding the breadth of the social probing of his previous film “Force Majeure,” Ostlund is an anthropologist of the modern world, providing myriad observations that raise more questions than they provide answers. Bang owns the screen with his insecure swagger as Ostlund deflates Christian’s ego like a sagging balloon, but the supporting cast is even more memorable. Moss is at her fiery best as the reporter Anne, sharing with Bang what is perhaps cinema’s most gutbustingly uncomfortable condom gag. Notary is the most memorable in what will likely become the film’s

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Of all major characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has gotten the short end of the superhero stick. While audience members adore Iron Man’s charisma and Captain America’s bravery, some have yet to connect with the God of Thunder. It’s not difficult to see why: Both of Thor’s previous cinematic outings have been lackluster. “Thor” (2011) was a fun but forgettable introduction to the character, and “Thor: The Dark World” (2013) was one of the worst films in the Marvel continuity. With “Thor: Ragnarok,” director Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”) sheds new light on the character. While hilarious and packed with action, “Ragnarok” struggles to be more than just fun, and, ultimately, doesn’t stack up to Marvel’s best. The film chronicles the adventures of Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) when the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett) rises up and takes over his home of Asgard. Thor and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) find themselves transported across the universe to Sakaar, a strange planet ruled by the extravagant and murderous Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). When the Grandmaster pits Thor in a fight to the death against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), the God of Thunder must find a way to survive the battle, escape Sakaar and return home to stop Hela from causing Ragnarok, the foretold destruction of Asgard. While the film’s title refers to “Ragnarok,” the majority of the film

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Villain hela (Cate Blanchett, a Bove) wields Thor’s mighty hammer, mjonlir, before she destroys the weapon. takes place on Sakaar. On Sakaar, the audience is introduced to an array of new, eccentric characters. Of all of them, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) shines the brightest. Playing an exAsgardian warrior, Thompson proves she is an up-and-coming Hollywood star. Thompson not only creates convincing chemistry with Hemsworth, but also refreshingly paints Valkyrie as a world-weary, alcohol-chugging badass who holds Thor in check. As the diabolical Grandmaster, Goldblum oozes his trademark confidence and charm. While he doesn’t have much range as a character, it’s nice to see the beloved Goldblum back in action, and he is directly responsible for many of the film’s laughs. The alien Korg (a blue rock alien reminiscent of the Fantastic Four’s The Thing) also provides many giggles. Korg, Thor’s fellow gladiator on Sakaar, is voiced by

Waititi, whose distinct New Zealand accent along with Korg’s ironically soft-spoken personality and innocence make him a screen stealer. Shoehorning the Hulk into a Thor film may seem like a gimmick to draw viewers, but, thankfully, “Ragnarok” gives the Hulk a significant story arc. Thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Hulk has only played a side role in Avengers films, but Waititi finally gives Ruffalo’s Hulk his deserved time in the spotlight. Viewers get a satisfying balance of the Hulk and his alter ego — a sufficient amount of both “Hulk smash”-ing and nerdy Bruce Banner. Unfortunately, the new characters back on Asgard are not quite as engaging. Marvel’s struggle to create memorable villains continues through

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Continued from Page 9 Hela. Blanchett, an excellent actress, makes Hela malicious and deplorable, but, frankly, Hela isn’t a particularly special or scary villain. She bears an uncanny resemblance to Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, and her plot to conquer Asgard and the Nine Realms is unoriginal. It seems as though more and more films nowaday feature villains like Hela who aspire to conquer the world (i.e. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2”). Likewise, her evil crony Skurge (an almost unrecognizable Karl Urban) doesn’t stand out as anything more than Hela’s thug, and has a predictable arc. “Ragnarok” is chock full of humor, and almost all the jokes land. But the jokes often serve to the detriment of the film. A recent trend in Marvel films, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is self-referential behavior, with characters acting as if they know how ridiculous their film is. Unfortunately, “Ragnarok” does this excessively, minimizing the film’s impact. Jokes are effective in superhero movies when used sparsely, but Waititi goes overboard. While the humor may leave the audience smiling, it takes away the heart and power that makes some Marvel films great. Another bothersome quality of the film is that Thor, who in past films has been a no-nonsense character, suddenly starts making wisecracks. In the opening scene, Thor tosses quips at the fiery CGI villain Surtur (voiced by Clancy Brown), comparing his head-

dress to a giant eyebrow. While funny, this feels unfaithful to the character who we, the audience, have gotten to know. Without support for this change in character, it seems like an abrupt shift from Thor’s previous outing in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” where he left Earth on a determined mission to figure out the mystery of the Infinity Stones. Nonetheless, “Ragnarok” is a satisfying cinematic experience. It is visually stunning and one of the most colorful Marvel films to date. Its CGI is stellar, as per usual, and Waititi crafts some stunning action sequences. The much-publicized arena brawl between Thor and Hulk is particularly impressive. Not only does it look remarkable, but it also includes amusing dialogue and character moments. On a whole, the film is significantly better than its two predecessors, and it ends on an unexpected note that leaves audience members wondering what will come next for Asgard. “Thor: Ragnarok” completely transforms the Thor series from drama to comedy to mixed results. It is nearly brought down by its excess of humor and its lackluster villain, but audiences will likely love its new characters, beauty and wit. In a world where superhero movies aren’t a dime a dozen, “Ragnarok” would likely be a phenomenon, but considering the high standard of recent comic book flicks, it stands merely as a solid Marvel installment. Still, “Thor: Ragnarok” is firstrate entertainment, and it shows that, sometimes, the third time’s the charm.

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Continued from Page 9 animate a lot of characters. And then we have a hairless dog, which we’ve never animated before. We’ve had dogs before in our films, but not without fur. TEW: Is it harder to animate a fish or a skeleton? GS: Skeletons are much harder. With fish, you’re just animating a face. When I animated on “Finding Nemo,” I think my facial animation improved because I was just concentrating on a face. Of course you have to animate the body and the fins, but in our skeleton model rig we have 127 bones. We wanted some of those bones to move separately, so there’s a lot to move and animate. TEW: To what extent does the actor voicing a character influence its animation? GS: A lot. We realize that actors doing dialogue on animated features have nuances in how they say their lines. Obviously, we get direction from the director on how they want the scene to be, but the texture, nuances and dialogue that’s recorded [by the actor are] so helpful. You can draw from how they say things. Some actors are really good at improvising, and that’s really fun because we’re able to do things in our performances that feel unintended. We’ll go off of little mistakes they make. TEW: You’ve been working in animation for more than 20 years. What changes have you seen in animation since making “Toy Story 2”? GS: There have definitely been a lot of changes. One, in our software and our hardware. If you were to hold up some of our films now to our very original films including [Pixar

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Chief Creative Officer] John Lasseter’s shorts “Tin Toy” and “Luxo Jr.,” [you would see that] it was very rigid back then. We were very limited. But, at the same time, because the stories were always good, we knew that people were interested. But now in animation, our software has gotten better, our model rigs have gotten more complex and we’re able to do more things — even just technology-wise with skin and hair and cloth. And our process has changed in so many ways. Back then, when we were starting animation, we were pioneering and trying to figure out what 2D animation meant on the computer. We were always trying to apply the principles of the original 2D animation to 3D, but learning along the way that there’s so much more you can do with it. In the old days, when you needed reference you basically videotaped yourself. Now there’s so much information on the web with YouTube. If you need a reference of a man falling down the stairs, you just need to type in “man falling down the stairs” and you’d find [tons of] video hits. TEW: What do you think the future holds in animation? GS: At Pixar, we’re still purists in that we want to tell a good story. Visually, we push ourselves, and we definitely have the technology to explore new things. Our production schedules have gotten shorter and faster, so we’re trying to find better tools to do more things in [shorter] amounts of time. TEW: How long does the process usually take for a film like “Coco”? GS: The idea for “Coco” started in 2012. Usually the process of writing the story is what takes a while. Once

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Julien Chaix (18C, left) and Tom hunter (18C, r ight) perform in front of undulating projections nov. 3 at Symposium Vii. (18C), backed by Aidan Williams (18C) on guitar, took the opportunity to make a comedic reference to the lyrics of “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron that she was previously crooning. Leaning into the working mic next to her, she repeated, “What the hell are we supposed to do?” while humorously gesturing at her failed mic. Various sizes, mediums and styles of artwork were collected in one area with no particular order to their display, but they still worked well together aesthetically. Their unintentional juxtaposition created an interesting dynamic, reflecting the different visions and motivations that the artists have for their artwork. Symposium represents a microcosm of Emory as a whole, with its blend of contrasting backgrounds that all work together to create a fluid but cohesive student body.

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there’s a story down, we still spend a few more years trying to hone the story, but we’re already building and designing the characters. [As for] production itself, now we can do it in less than a year. [Animation in] “Coco” took us about eight or nine months straight. TEW: How is Pixar’s working environment? What’s it like to now be a supervising animator? GS: Pixar’s environment has always been great. We’re a directordriven studio, and we really try to be as creative as we can, [regardless of] how crazy the schedule is or what the challenges are. And we really try to foster a collaborative environment. As a lead, or “supe,” in the animation department, I’ve focused on setting up our team to not only run fast, but I’ve [also] tried to milk each and every animator’s talent. The bar at Pixar now has gotten even higher, and we realize we need to utilize and empower people so that they’re engaged to be more creative and give them more ownership [of their work]. TEW: Do you have a personal favorite Pixar film? GS: I have always loved “Finding Nemo” because Dory was my favorite character. I tend to like characterdriven films, so Dory being forgetful was endearing to me. But we’ve had a lot of good films after [“Toy Story] 2.” I think “Finding Nemo” is my first [favorite], but I also loved working on “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” As a supe on [“Coco”], after what I have seen the animators do and the story, I’ll have to say that [“Coco”] is my new favorite.

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into much lighter raps in which the performers encouraged the listeners to stand up to fully enjoy. Some other acts freestyled: Jonathan Braude (18B) and Shea Fallick (18C) incorporated an audience suggestion of Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill as the topic of their song. Visual aspects also accompanied some of the live soundtracks of the night; Julien Chaix (18C), Tom Hunter (18C) and Andrew Felix (16Ox, 18C) had a projector displaying colored amorphous shapes undulating and drifting onto a white backboard. Unintentionally, some of this projected background slipped past the backboard set up and shined onto the stoic walls of the Media, Literature and Arts Outreach (MLAO) house next door, making the aura of the music feel as though it was physically expanding past us. Small technical issues accompanied the performances, including the malfunctioning of a mic in the middle of a duet. However, the singer, Sara Frank


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Event Finds Unity in Disparate Art, Backgrounds such as the ubiquitous Waffle House logo, with more religious tinged motifs of Jesus and Satan. People speculated with friends and strangers alike about the potential meanings of certain meshes of colors on a canvas. Outdare, one of the clothing shops stationed at a booth, was manned by an obviously passionate Cory Clarke. Clarke explained the brand’s message was to be unafraid and live life to the fullest. In spite of owning the business for five years already, he clearly exhibited his belief in and passion for his company when he spoke about to students about it. As the performances began, the crowd slowly trickled out of the displayed art area toward a small stage perched on the driveway. Some students opted to stand around the edge of the stage while others sat directly on the gravel. When the volume of the first performing duo Samuel Zinga (19C) and Kathy Li (19C) crescendoed, a hush fell over the previously restless crowd as Zinga strummed the song’s first chords on his guitar and harmonized with Li’s gentle voice, transfixing members of the crowd. Despite short breaks between performances to adjust seating for the next artists, the audience remained attentive throughout the night. Certain performers, like Nick Furci (20C) touched on serious national topics, including police brutality, racial inequality and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through spoken word. Those more serious performances transitioned

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defining scene, in which his performance artist character Oleg pushes ever too far in his act as a violent ape, ruthlessly attacking a crowd of wealthy dinner guests Most films don’t entirely earn their runtimes beyond the 100 minute point, but “The Square” is the opposite case. If anything, its epic runtime of 142 minutes feels borderline incomplete and scrappy. Ostlund’s film is an admirably ambitious one, but it either needed more focus or more time to sit with the collective sociological themes he brings to the viewer’s attention, among them privilege, classism, tribalism, technology, moral righteousness and the role of art itself. Some of those themes feel undercooked as a result, most notably a dialogue on political correctness that appears nearly two-thirds through the film. Among the best developed is an ongoing subplot involving Christian’s feud with a young boy whom he accused of stealing his phone in an immature knee-jerk reaction, brilliantly skewering upper-class guilt. As a result of this developmental inconsistency, the film sometimes feels like a patchwork of thought-provoking quilts that aren’t completely sewn together. Whether or not this breaks the film

is on the individual viewer, as it somehow both slights the film and makes it even more intellectually thrilling at the same time. Throughout the history of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or has served as one of the highest honors a filmmaker can receive in his or her career. Feature Film Jury President Pedro Almodovar and his colleagues awarded this top prize to “The Square” during the festival’s 70th anniversary, in what was quickly deemed one of the jury’s ballsiest choices in recent memory, especially after a bout of continuously choosing bland, consensus European dramas of some sort of disingenuous realism (“I, Daniel Blake,” “Dheepan”) for the last several years. “The Square” raises its middle finger to that kind of unadventurous art cinema and spits in its face, indirectly calling it out as more of the same safety-seeking bourgeois art. It is a film that boldly invites its detractors and challenges its fans in the film community, all doing so without coming across as pointlessly provocative. And for that, even with its logistical hindrances, Ostlund has provided a merrily grand vision of contemporary hell for audiences to cherish, chew on and debate for years to come.

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Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Mulhall lectures on poet William Butler Yeats in the Jones Room Nov. 6. The lecture was open to the public, drawing about 70 attendees, and included a reading of Yeats’ poem “To Ireland in the Coming Times.”


Life of Pai: From Accountant to Academic By aDITya praKash Senior Staff Writer Although students at Emory are no strangers to balancing many activities at once, few can say they have worked a full-time job while taking university courses like Nishchinth Pai, a secondyear Australian exchange student at the Goizueta Business School for the 2017-2018 academic year. “I would rock up to the office at about 8 a.m,” Pai said. “[At] 5 p.m., I would get on the shuttle [and at] 5:30 p.m., I was back at [University of Wollongong (UOW)]. I would study again from 5:30 p.m. till about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. I would go home and sleep, then wake up and do this again about seven days a week.” Pai was fresh out of high school when he took on the responsibilities of a fulltime employee for HLB Mann Judd in Wollongong, Australia.

“During Brexit — the actual day of the vote — we made $2 million in one hour.” — Nishchinth Pai, Goizueta Business School exchange student While working for the company, he studied mechanical engineering part time at the University of Wollongong, adopting a routine that forced him to maximize every minute of his day. His plan would have had him graduate in six years rather than in three, but would still provide him with enough time in a week to get through his course material. Although Pai ultimately left the company in June 2017, the busy schedule he had adopted gave him a discipline that makes his choice of words careful and his demeanor calm and cool. Even as he sipped his coffee and

jokingly ranted about a miserable delivery experience with Amazon, he could quickly change his dynamic and become firm and clear when talking about working full-time. “What I did was completely crazy,” said Pai, giggling. “To be honest, if I went back home tomorrow I don’t think I could do it again.” Working full-time at the age of 18 is a difficult task for anyone, and Pai — still uncertain about his occupational goals — was no different. He hated his first month, during which he worked for the firm’s accounting department. “There [are] people who like accounting,” Pai said. “It’s very structured, and it’s very certain … [but] If there’s one thing you don’t like about it, you will hate. I hated it.” Driven by the core tenet of doing “good work,” Pai refused to allow himself to work dispassionately and made it clear to his employer that he needed a change. After he requested a switch to a team that he found interesting, he was moved to a small team that focused on money management for “very wealthy clients,” according to Pai. However, Pai made some costly mistakes during his first weeks on the job. “I did once buy $250,000 worth of shares for the wrong dude,” Pai said. “The dude I bought it for didn’t have enough cash to settle it. I had to get on the phone and tell a bunch of people to pretend it never happened. All in all, we only lost like $500 though … but it was still a bad mistake.” While Pai had to trudge through the occasional misstep, his work was at times handsomely rewarded. “During Brexit — the actual day of the vote — we made $2 million in one hour … we had lucky bets in, and it worked out,” Pai said. Pai eventually realized that he wanted to work with companies rather than having individual clients because working with businesses would allow him to “think in a completely different

way,” he said. He also chose to leave his job to study abroad at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, citing its strong finance department and reputation. Pai strives to one day become a part of the United States’ booming finance industry, a daunting task that he is propelled toward by his strict work ethic. Nishchinth Pai, Australian exchange student

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“[Pai] is very diligent and hardworking,” his girlfriend Manishka Daryanani (20C) said. “He always puts his work before me. It’s a good thing [because] he won’t say that [he’s] going to give up time studying to hang out with me, and I admire that.” Though cultivated discipline and diligence is associated with a compromised social life, Pai has found an equilibrium between his work and his personal life, projecting himself as driven and motivated without seeming artificial. “I would say he has a good mix of professionalism and personality,” Pai’s friend and fellow Goizueta Business School exchange student Joshua Kothe said. “He is a pragmatic thinker who is laid back in stressful situations, but at the same time dedicated to getting the job done.”. With a significant amount of experience under his belt at such a young age, Pai said his philosophy is simple: Do a good job at whatever it is that he chooses to do. “It’s just doing good work,” Pai said. “If you’re doing really good work … success will follow.”

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Mix Up Your Meals With a Cold Treat A Guide to Smoothie Spots on Campus By Izzy Ullmann Contributing Writer When you accidentally snooze your morning alarm one too many times or have to run straight from class to a club meeting, sit-down meals at the DUCling aren’t always realistic. If you can’t factor a full meal into your schedule, then take advantage of the multiple Emory cafes that offer smoothies to grab before you go on your way. The DepoT By K alDI’s Coffee Home to many late-night studiers and midnight snackers, Kaldis is by far the most underrated smoothie spot on campus, especially with this semester’s updated smoothie menu. My favorite is the “Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana” smoothie, which can be consumed as a dessert or a meal. At first glance the drink seems unhealthy, but it’s actually made only with banana, peanut butter, milk, cocoa powder and protein powder. Cocoa powder isn’t nearly as unhealthy as nutella or added sugar, and still adds a kick of sweetness. The drink is one of the thickest smoothies I’ve ever had, making it extremely filling and satisfying. However, the smoothie isn’t always blended well — I often find myself sipping up chunks of peanut butter. But for a meal-replacement smoothie that has both protein and carbs, the $6.49 for a 16-ounce cup is worth it once in a while. hIghlanD BaKery While Highland Bakery serves up some quality coffees and meals, smoothies are not their strong suit. I ordered the “Mango Tango” when the cafe was nearly empty and waited at least 15 minutes to receive my smoothie. Highland only offers 20-ounce smoothies, which cost $6.99. The drink is overwhelmingly large, and, despite being hungry, I could only finish about three-fourths of it. The smoothie is made with mango, strawberries, banana, milk, mango juice and protein powder. It had a thinner consistency than I prefer and tasted like sugary orange juice. Instead of a

creamy drink, it tasted icy, perhaps because it lacked yogurt. It’s safe to say that my first time trying a Highland smoothie was also my last. freshens With drinks ranging from “Tropical Therapy” to “Jamaican Jammer,” Freshens offers an intriguingly diverse smoothie menu with unique ingredients, such as peaches and pom-raspberry sorbet. I tried the “Jamaican Jammer,” the classic strawberry and banana smoothie, and was instantly overwhelmed by the sweetness of the supposedly healthy snack. Blended with an additional scoop of fat free yogurt and a protein “booster,” the texture was thick, more similar to that of an acai bowl rather than a smoothie. It tasted like a strawberry milkshake served at a diner, and left me on a sugar high. For a small $3.99 cup (16 ounces), I recommend it as an afternoon dessert. However, for students seeking a healthy boost to their day, Freshens might not be the best place to fulfill their smoothie cravings. sTarBUCKs Starbucks’ smoothies tasted like mystery sugar water. Instead of tasting like fresh fruits, the strawberry banana smoothie tasted like sweet juice without nutritional value. However, the regular size (16 ounces) costs only $4.52, which is in my Dooley Dollar budget. Also, the employees are extremely efficient and had my drink ready within minutes after I ordered it. Students who need a quick pick-meup before their last class of the day can rely on Starbucks to be efficient, but they might not be satisfied. ConClUsIon Smoothie options are scattered all around Emory’s campus. Next time you’re rushing to class, give a Kaldi’s smoothie a try as a meal replacement or a Freshens smoothie for a cheap and sweet dessert.

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Fall for Emory’s Best Prof. Leaves WiFi at the Office Running Trails By seUngeUn Cho Staff Writer

By Izzy Ullmann Contributing Writer November offers perfect fall temperatures to get outside and get back in shape. Rather than spending hours on the outdated ellipticals at the Woodruff P.E. Center, students can use these nearby trails to get some much needed time outdoors and maybe even spot a cute dog or two.

downward, avoiding the path to the University president’s house, and take a left to arrive at the dirt path that loops around the lake. Then, turn around at the end of the path and run on the pavement around the lake until you reach the suspension bridge over the waterfalls. After that, run past the lake again back to LSM to complete the 3-mile loop. You’ll be left with a boost of energy for the rest of your day.

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Although the thought of starting While most intermediate runners a run can seem daunting, when you stick to Lullwater, experienced runget to finish with Rise-n-Dine’s fin- ners should try the boardwalk loop for est omelet, going for a run no lon- a longer run. ger seems so challenging. Starting at If you follow the dirt path along Longstreet-Means Hall (LSM), take the lake in Lullwater, a trail past the Eagle Row past the fraternity houses Atlanta VA Medical Center leads you to until you end up in the entrance of Mason Emory Village. Mill Park, which conFrom LSM to nects to Medlock If you’re like me, you Rise-n-Dine, this run Park. To get to the will get lapped by the should be just about boardwalk straight 1 mile, a perfect start cross country team, but from LSM, it takes for beginners. While ,nonetheless, it’ll make roughly 2.5 miles, this loop is not nearly and, depending on for a fun route. as aesthetically pleaswhich side trails you ing as some of the lontake, you can run as ger routes, it still offers a nice down- much as up to a 6-mile loop back to hill slope to get you moving faster as LSM. well as the opportunity to pass some The path is much straighter and friends along the way. You can even flatter than the Lullwater loop, helping kill two birds with one stone: After you maintain a nice pace on your run. running to Emory Village, stop at CVS If you’re like me, you will get lapped to “run” some errands, and you’ll feel by the cross country team, but, noneextra productive. theless, it’ll make for a fun route. lUllwaTer loop (3 mIles)


With beautiful trees reflected in a serene lake, a run through Lullwater Park not only makes for a stunning Snapchat story but also provides one of the most peaceful running atmospheres. The entrance of Lullwater is located at 1463 Clifton Road and the park itself offers a variety of loops with dirt paths as well as pavement, all with spots of sunlight shining through fall trees. For a 3-mile loop, start outside LSM and turn right onto Eagle Row until you reach the intersection at Clifton road. Then, turn left and on your right you will see the entrance to Lullwater on Clifton road. Then, follow the hill

These trails offer a space for those who have never owned a pair of running sneakers as well as those who are looking to break their personal distance record. Whether your motivation is a breakfast with friends or a chance to become one with nature, going on any of these trails will boost your endorphin levels. With an upbeat playlist and the right sneakers, these running loops can kickstart your day and make that 75-minute morning lecture just a little more bearable.

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Arranging an interview with John Wegner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences, took longer than expected at almost two weeks — Wegner does not have internet in his home and only checks his email when he’s on campus. “We don’t have time to think about life,” Wegner said about the development of modern technology. “I don’t want to live like that. I want to be able to contemplate life.” He alluded to Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 “The 59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” saying, “I forget who did this song, but it goes: ‘Slow down / You move too fast / You got to make the morning last.’” Sporting a scruffy white beard and wearing his long white hair in a low ponytail, Wegner told the Wheel that he thinks that people are inundated with information. Wegner came to the University in 1998, a year before the establishment of the Environmental Sciences Department. He completed his postgraduate studies in biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he received a master’s in 1976 and a doctorate in 1995. Before Carleton, he had “jettisoned” Purdue University (Ind.) — “it was way too conservative” — for Indiana University (IU) Bloomington, where he dabbled briefly in neurophysiology before settling on zoology and political science. While studying political science at IU Bloomington, Wegner scored an outdoors work-study position with Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Polley McClure — now vice president emeritus for information technology at Cornell University (N.Y.) — who inspired him to pursue a career in ecology. Wegner’s largest influence is Carleton Professor Emeritus of Biology Gray Merriam, his friend and colleague for the past 25 years. Wegner learned to appreciate nature as early as age five or six, when he often passed time by catching turtles or fish at any of the five lakes in the woods nearby his house. “My mother’s rule,” he recalled, “was that if I could prove to her that

I could swim, then I could leave first thing in the morning and come back for dinner.” Regarding the current political debates about environmental policies in the United States, Wegner laughed and said, “We’re going to hell in a handbasket.” He was joking, but there was a level of gravity to his statement. “The challenges that we face as a species are immense, very complex and challenge our very existence,” Wegner said. “But I’m optimistic that we as a species are up to the challenge.” Interacting with students has helped keep his mind young and active, Wegner said. He tries to provide the most comprehensive education for his students. “We don’t teach the sort of basic ecology and natural history to students anymore,” he said. “It’s important to find ways to reconnect, which is why I try as much as possible to have labs associated with my courses that take students outside.” Kelsey Alexander (18C), who took and eventually became a teaching assistant for Wegner’s “Fundamentals of Ecology with Lab” course, emphasized the concern Wegner has for his students. “He’s honestly most interested in how he can better his students’ lives through education, through awareness [and] through spreading resources,” Alexander said. “He makes [environmental knowledge] accessible to all these people with no environmental background.” Wegner’s influence extends beyond the classroom. Despite his retirement last year from a 15-year term on Emory’s University Senate Committee on the Environment, Wegner continues to contribute to campus sustainability initiatives. He considers his most prized accomplishments to be his work with the University in the development of the Lullwater Comprehensive Management Plan, the construction of a campus land use map which protects more than 50 percent of the University’s land area, and the increase in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications for university buildings. LEED certifications are awarded by the United States Green Building

Council (USGBC) to buildings that meet certain high standards of sustainability. “[John has] opened my eyes to more aspects of the forest that I think I wasn’t aware of before,” said University Landscape Architect James Johnson, Wegner’s close colleague and friend since 1998. Despite Wegner’s affinity for the outdoors, his interests are interdisciplinary. “[My literary interests include] a lot of social, political, ecological stuff,” Wegner said. His shelves boasted books from Carol Anderson’s “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” to philosophical texts by Martin Heidegger. He paused, then chuckled and added, “And then, to turn my brain off, mindless murder mysteries.” While most people turn to their cellphones for entertainment, Wegner said that he turns to books. Despite having confidence in the balance he has created between the virtual and natural worlds, he admitted that there are times when he questions it. “[The balance] is something I’ve been working on since the late 1970s,” he confessed. One of those times occurred recently when one of his friends attempted suicide. Wegner said that his friend is now safe and his awareness would have done little in the way of prevention. “One of my friends attempted suicide a couple of weeks ago — probably the first time in five years that I wished I was a little bit more connected,” Wegner said. “So few things are life and death, which is the important stuff. We get indoctrinated to believe that we’ve got to live in the now, but the now is associated with electronic devices rather than actually living in the moment,” Wegner said. Although Wegner has forgotten who sang “The 59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” the final lines echo his philosophies: “I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep / Let the morning time drop all its petals on me / Life, I love you / All is groovy.” Lisa Zhuang contributed reporting

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Doolino Knows Best: (Thanks)giving Up Dear Doolino, I don’t know where to go for Thanksgiving. Becky told me that her family owns a beach house in Miami but she’s been horrid the past few weeks since she’s been hooking up with John who is totally only hooking up with her to get back at me. Amy and Hannah want to do something with me, but Hannah really wants to go to Panama City Beach because she’s salty that she couldn’t go to a fraternity formal last semester. Also, I don’t really know if I want Amy to come because she might bring Justin and that would make the photos look really bad. He is 21, though, so we could get drinks more easily. Where do you recommend we go? I was thinking that we rent a big beach house in Cancun. From You Are What You SDT Dear You Are What You SDT, Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this. Where has the wanderlust of traveling gone? Nowadays, it seems people — affiliated with Greek life or not — seek not the thrills of

exploring a new place but instead just want a conduit to feed their binge drinking habits or — even worse — just want an aesthetic place to take a photo. Your experiences should not be subjugated to a collection of heavily edited photos on your Instagram. If the goal of your trip is to drink a lot and chill with your friends exclusively, you can do that in Atlanta (provided you are of legal age — don’t arrest me, EPD). It is fiscally irresponsible to spend hundreds of dollars to go to a different city to do something you are perfectly capable of doing here. If you want to see something beautiful and cheap, the likes of Stone Mountain or Savannah could definitely be up your alley. From Doolino Dear Doolino, This weekend is freshman semiformal and no one has asked me to be their date. I’ve tried everything. I even spent an afternoon next to your statue at Asbury Circle reading “Great Expectations,” hoping some equally dateless freshman would come to sweep me off my feet. No one came. I know I shouldn’t miss out on this clas-

sic freshman experience, but it would be so humiliating to show up stag. I don’t want a repeat of my high school prom, which I spent in my bedroom by myself, crying. How I do I find a date? Sincerely, Dateless Dear Dateless, Dates are an invention of the patriarchy designed to confine people to monogamous conventions. Who needs ‘em? Go with a group of hallmates, or just show up and see where the night takes you. Be spontaneous! You’re right — you shouldn’t skip out on this one-time experience, and not having someone to escort you is a silly reason to do so. However, if you really feel incapable of enjoying the semiformal sans arm candy, then I recommend at least taking matters into your own hands. Don’t loaf around waiting to be asked. Propose to your lab partner as you count worms. Sit down with that someone you fought with for the last brownie at the DUC-ling and pop the question. Download Tinder. Refrain from cowering out of rejection, and

live out your hackneyed dreams. Sincerely, Doolino Dear Doolino, I didn’t buy plane tickets home for Thanksgiving break because I wanted the extra weekend to party before finals. I now realize that no one is going to be on campus and Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is going to be dead. Can you suggest any party scenes that will still be popping? Sincerely, Mag’s Enthusiast Dear Mag’s Enthusiast Go home and spend time with your family. I’m sure they miss you, and there will be plenty of opportunities to corrode your liver at Mag’s in the future. It may be too late to purchase plane tickets home, but fear not. Alternative transportation can be found by standing on the side of the I-85 and sticking your thumb out. Someone will surely give you a ride. Sincerely, Doolino

For your day-to-day qualms and minor life crises, send anonymous questions to doolino.emory@gmail. com.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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received a pass from Santee, who stole the ball after a poor Yellowjacket clearance attempt. After making a move Brown. the Yellowjackets held a 1-0 until into the box, Meyer ripped a screamer the 68th minute when junior mid- that flew into the top right corner of fielder Moustafa Khattab coolly drib- the net and provided Emory with the bled around the keeper to score the game-winning goal. “It was a fantastic feeling to see the equalizer. the goal was assisted by a precise ball hit the back of the net, as it was through ball by senior forward Jason our first victory in overtime this year McCartney that left Khattab one on even though it was our fifth overtime game,” said Meyer. “More importantly, one with the keeper. But less than one minute later the the win gave us 12 on the year and a third-place conference Yellowjackets found finish and set us up the net again, taking a very well heading into 2-1 advantage. Angyal received the ball on “We know that every the NCAA tournagame from here on ment selection show the right flank, cut Monday afternoon.” left, ripped a left-footout is do or die.” With a spot in the ed shot from outside tournament officially the box and found the — tyler Santee, obtained, the Eagles back of the net. Junior Defender (12-5-1) will play With time winding Dickinson College down and the Eagles’ (pa.) (11-6-3) Nov. 11, hopes of qualifying for in Lynchburg, Va. the tournament dwin“I think that our team as a whole dling, junior defender tyler Santee scored with less than nine minutes has grown a lot throughout the sealeft in regulation. Santee’s first headed son, and we know that every game attempt was put on frame but deflect- from here on out is do or die,” Santee ed by Brown. the rebound, however, said. “the further we go, the tougher bounced right back to Santee, who it will get, but we’ve been training for this all year, and we are ready for delivered the equalizer. At 2-2, the Eagles and Yellowjackets the challenge. of course Dickinson headed to overtime with the season on will be a tough opponent, seeing as they’ve made it to the tournament, so the line. In the 94th minute, Meyer provid- we will really have to be at our best on ed the goal that sent the Eagles into Saturday.” the NCAA tournament on the special Senior Day. — Contact Joseph Oh at Waiting outside the box, Meyer

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Continued from Back Page get it together over the course of that week and change our mindset heading into the piedmont game.” Against piedmont, Emory carried the upper hand for most of the game, but in the final two minutes the Lions’ only shot on goal made it past the Eagles’ defensive unit, putting piedmont ahead for a 1-0 win. “the outcome of the game definitely was not representative of how the game went which is the tough part about soccer,” patberg said. “Losing to them was very hard to take because we just controlled the game, but we played significantly better soccer than we had the weekend before. there were a lot of positives coming out of that game that were not reflected in the score.” Multiple muffed opportunities ultimately cost Emory the match. Senior midfielder Melissa Ardizzone fired a shot just shy of the Lions’ left post 36 minutes into the first half. Ardizzone led both teams with a total of three shots in the game. Early in the second half, sophomore defender paige Santee almost scored off a header, but piedmont freshman goalie Miranda McNalley blocked the Eagles’ threat. None of Emory’s 12 shots made it past the piedmont posts, leaving the score tied deep into the second half. However, in the 88th minute, piedmont senior midfielder Savannah Castles scored the game-winning goal. After a boot upfield from Emory sophomore goalie Haley pratt, piedmont sophomore forward Anslyn Stamps got a foot on the ball, touching it back upfield. Castles won the loose ball over Emory junior defender Danielle Darius, shooting it successfully into the far corner of the Eagles’ net from 20 yards out. “It was kind of a slap in the face because we were at their goal the whole game, and then one mistake led to another, and then it was a quick goal,” Ardizzone said. “Afterward, at least for me, I was like ‘Come on guys. We still have two minutes. Let’s try to get one.’ We went down at them a few more times but we just couldn’t get it.” rounding out the end of the impressive season, the Eagles hosted their last conference match against the rochester Yellowjackets. Before the match, Emory honored the team’s

six seniors — Ardizzone, Melinda Altamore, Kaitlyn Dorka, Lizzie Garrett-Currie, Anna Gurney and Bahar Ulusan — with an on-field ceremony. An appropriate celebration of the seniors’ last regular season as Emory Eagles, the game marked their second win of the UAA conference and eighth and final shutout of the season. “I think everyone just put their heart and soul into it,” Ardizzone said. “For the seniors, I think we all just wanted to go out with a definitive win because we know we’re good enough. It didn’t really show the whole season, so we were like ‘we just gotta finish the season how we wished we would’ve finished every game.’” Quick to bounce back from thursday’s defeat, the Eagles struck hard in the first 20 minutes of the first half when freshman midfielder Samantha Hilsee scored the go-ahead goal. Hilsee headed in the ball home off a corner kick by junior forward Abbe McCarter. the goal marked McCarter’s ninth assist this season, Emory’s highest number of assists in a single season since 2012. Six minutes before the game’s end, junior midfielder Madison phaneuf contributed to Emory’s lead with another header goal. Freshman forward Lily Dresner took a free kick, but the ball met rochester freshman keeper Emma Campbell’s gloves. Collecting the rebound, phaneuf tore through the ball in the front of the keeper, firing home in the back of the Yellowjackets’ net. After last attempts from both teams to score with only seconds remaining on the clock, the Eagles’ and Yellowjackets’ 2017 campaigns came to an end. Ardizzone reflected back on her years as an Emory Eagle — all the way back to her first year on the team. “I think this year was most reflective of my freshman year,” Ardizzone said. “We had the best chemistry, the best leadership and, honestly, it was fun this year playing … I really think [next year’s team is] going to be successful.” the Eagles will not advance to the NCAA tournament this season. the team’s last appearance came in 2014, when they were eliminated in the round of 64.

where she notched another first-place finish. “the biggest challenge for me was having to come back for another race, even though there was only 20 minutes between each one,” Cheng said. “But that was the point of the entire meet, to see how well we could manage multiple races at one time.” Given that this is only their fifth meet of the season, Emory is building lactate tolerance for the multi-session meets further down the road. “the objective was to get the team used to more of a championship format,” Howell said. “Having them do two sessions back-to-back and compete in several races in a short period of time teaches them how to recover and how to manage multiple races.” Five other women tallied first-place finishes, including junior Fiona Muir,

who claimed first in two races. Along with 10 individual victories, Emory added three team victories from the 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay races. Given the team’s success, Cheng said that Saturday’s performance set a solid foundation for the team to continue its success throughout the rest of the season. “[this weekend] was a good indicator of where we are in midseason,” Cheng said. “Everyone had a great weekend, so the team is setting up to have success on national level.” Emory’s men’s squad was also successful, amassing 664 points and nine first-place finishes out of a total 19 events. the Eagles topped No. 2 Wingate by 47 points. Senior oliver Smith and sophomore trevor Burke tallied in as the top per-

formers of the men’s team, each earning multiple first-place finishes. Burke received the top score in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives with scores of 291.08 and 296.63, respectively. Smith attributed his success to his pre-competition routine. “I wanted to focus on my mental state before the race, the kind of music I listen to and how much warm-up I do,” Smith said. “My goal was to prepare that warm-up routine — that way it takes away some of the pressure at the meet.” Smith touched the wall first in two individual events, the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, and contributed to two first-place relay teams, the 200yard freestyle and 200-yard medley. Contributing to Emory’s nine event victories, juniors thomas Gordon and Matt rogers, sophomore Sage ono and freshman Sven Mesihovic touched with top times.

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Smith also praised his teammates’ performances. “there were some individuals who really stepped up and surprised us,” Smith said. “Everyone as a whole put out some fast times.” Howell said that he was pleased to see his team’s preparation pay off. “there were improvements in lots of areas considering it has been two weeks since we’ve really raced,” Howell said. “We always look at meets as a way to apply what we did in practice, and [the team] did a nice job with that.” Emory will split its men’s and women’s teams Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 to compete in both the Miami University (ohio) Invitational in oxford, ohio, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (Ga.) invitational in Savannah, Ga.

sophomore defensive specialist Elyse thompson and Barzdukas have been crucial in that blocking strategy. their ability to read the opposing hitters has improved the Eagles’ overall defensive effort, according to McDowell. In Friday’s first game against Case Western, sophomore outside hitter Morgan McKnight helped carry her team to victory with 25 total attacks and 11 kills. Freshman right side Leah Saunders had a .588 kill percentage. Emory played some of its best volleyball of the season, never letting Case Western reach 20 points in any set. Against Carnegie Mellon, Emory started off with a three-point lead due to the opponent’s ball handling errors. And even with some serving and attack errors of their own, the Eagles won the first set 25-18. Carnegie Mellon and Emory then went back and forth, each winning two sets, only for Emory to come out on top in the final set, 15-12. Carr had 71 total attacks, thompson had 34 digs and junior right side and setter Carly Saitman had a .556 kill percentage. “We played with grit,” Barzdukas said. “We set the standard for how we wanted to play, and [those] two matches went our way because we controlled the pace of the match.” the team has focused lately on finishing well, specifically, maintaining ball control in the last five points of each set. McDowell also pointed to the team’s slow start in the WashU match. “We ended up playing catch-up the entire time,” McDowell said. “We have to do a better job focusing at the beginning of each set.” Emory started off the first set with eight attack errors. the Eagles rebounded to take the second set, but WashU returned in the third and fourth sets to take the title. “At the end of the day, WashU is a very good team, and we have a very heated rivalry with them,” Barzdukas said. “But everything that didn’t go our way is fixable.” the Eagles are hoping to make those fixable adjustments in the coming practices prior to the NCAA tournament beginning Nov. 9. In the tough moments of the deciding game, McDowell said she was able to keep her composure because of her superb staff and players. “of course we were frustrated on Saturday, but we have players [who] are never purposely playing bad and care desperately about this all. It’s easy to keep my composure when I keep that in perspective.” Until the NCAA Division III tournament, the Eagles will prepare to extend their season for as long as possible. “We’re excited for what’s to come,” Barzdukas said. “At the end of the day, we’re still going to NCAA, which has been a major goal for us.” Emory will host the NCAA D-III Atlanta region games this week, facing off against Worcester State University (Mass.) Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. If the Eagles win, they will move on to play either Christopher Newport University (Va.) or thomas More College (Ky.) Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Emory will also host the championship match on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

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Kyrie Steals the Show as Celtics Roll to Ninth Straight Win By Max RotenBeRg Contributing Writer

returning from a shocking road victory over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers Nov. 5, the Atlanta Hawks sought yet another impressive home win against the current East-leading Boston Celtics Monday night. Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had other plans; his season high of 35 points propelled the visiting Celtics to a narrow 110-107 win. Irving went off, finishing with 35 points on 14-22 shooting and seven assists. His offensive versatility was on full display at philips Arena, scoring on contested pull up jumpers, spot up threes and a fair share of his signature acrobatic layups. Scoring wasn’t the only weapon Irving used to dismantle the Hawks — his passing was equally lethal. Collapsing the defense with aggressive drives to the rim and ankle-breaking dribbling, Irving consistently found open teammates on the kick. “We have the ability [to finish at the basket], but where we become a nextlevel team is being able to collapse the defense, see the weak side [and hit the open shooters],” Irving said. Celtics rookie forward Jayson tatum added 21 points along with eight rebounds while power forward Al Horford flirted with a triple double, posting 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help Irving lead Boston’s attack. Impressive individual performances were not enough to separate the two teams Monday night. It was a backand-forth dogfight from start to finish, with 25 lead changes in all. the game was tied 54-54 at halftime thanks to Atlanta’s hot shooting (55 percent shooting from the field). Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder (23 points, 6 assists) and center Dewayne Dedmon (19 points, 12 rebounds) led the way,

particularly in the first half, finding easy looks out of their pick-and-roll offense. Atlanta’s play of the game came when Schroder raced the length of the court to recover a loose ball and whipped a cross-court pass to a trailing Dedmon for an emphatic onehanded slam. the Hawks kept up the intensity in the second half, leaping out to a 71-64 lead midway through the third quarter behind eight more Schroder points. But when he went to the bench with 4:55 to play in the third, the Celtics responded with a 13-4 run and took an 82-75 lead into the fourth quarter. In need of offensive support from someone other than Schroder, the Hawks rallied behind the hot shooting of reserve guard Marco Belinelli, who busted out of a horrific threegame shooting slump to the tune of 19 points and second-year reserve guard Malcolm Delaney, who put up 13 of his own. those two players combined for 13 of the Hawks 18 points during a fourminute, 18-7 run that gave the Hawks the lead once more with just less than 5:30 to go. Down one with two minutes remaining, it was Delaney yet again who delivered a much-needed three to give the Hawks a 103-101 lead. “[I’m] proud of the way the guys played and competed,” Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said of Belinelli and Delaney’s play late in the game. He added that he was pleased with “Delaney coming back off of injury [and] playing great [and] Belinelli coming back after not having what he expects and what we expect of him over the last couple of games.” to the detriment of the Hawks, Irving wouldn’t go quietly into the good night. He loudly scored eight of Boston’s final 13 points. right after Delaney’s go-ahead three, Uncle Drew took a

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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (No. 11) slips behind the Atlanta defense for an easy lay-in. Each of Irving’s 35 points proved critical to Boston’s 110-107 victory in Atlanta Nov. 6. dribble handoff from Horford and nailed the go-ahead three pointer over the outstretched arm of Hawks’ wing Kent Bazemore to retake the lead for the Celtics. “I don’t know what more [guard] Kent Bazemore could have done,” Budenholzer said of the shot. two possessions later, tatum hit the biggest shot of his young career, a corner three off an assist from Boston guard Marcus Smart. tatum’s three gave the Celtics a two-point lead with 47 seconds to play and snatched the heart out of the

Atlanta faithful. “You get an open shot, you shoot it with confidence,” tatum said. Normally, Irving takes the gamewinning shots. Nonetheless, he had complete confidence in his 19 year-old rookie teammate. “that pass has to be made,” Irving said. “And he has to shoot it. And if he doesn’t shoot it, then I’m [gonna] be in his face telling him he need’s to f**king shoot it.” Still, it was Irving who sent Hawks fans to the exits with a 13-foot, gamesealing floater that stretched the

Celtics lead to four with just 21 seconds remaining. the win extends Boston’s win streak to nine games. the Celtics are the first team in NBA history to start off 0-2 and bounce back to win their next nine games. they will look to extend that streak Nov. 8 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Boston Garden. the Hawks travel to Detroit to play the pistons Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

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Team Finds Rhythm At Home By stephen Mattes Senior Staff Writer

His shot from outside the box was blocked by Emory freshman keeper Cole Gallagher but found rochester midfielder Bryce Ikeda, who knocked in the easy rebound. trailing 1-0, the Eagles had chances to equalize in the 14th minute. However, senior forward Michael Carragher’s and Meyer’s shots were saved by rochester keeper redd

the Emory men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took home first in a two-day meet Nov. 3 to Nov. 4. Emory hosted the Emory Invitational and bested a field of five NCAA Division II schools. With an accumulated 757 points, Emory’s women’s team built a convincing lead, scoring nearly 200 points more than No. 2 Wingate University (N.C.). out of 19 events over the course of two days, the women secured 13 first-place finishes. Leading the way for the Eagles, senior Cindy Cheng raced in four individual events and three relays. Cheng blew past the competition in each of her individual events, collecting victories in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard backstroke and 2000-yard freestyle. Her success carried over to relays as well,

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Senior center back Cody Gardiner (left) shields the ball from Rochester midfielder Cristian Baltier. Sophomore midfielder Jun Tsuru (R ight) dribbles around a pressing Rochester defender.

3-2 OT Victory Propels Eagles to NCAA Bid By Joseph oh Contributing Writer

the Emory men’s soccer team defeated the University of rochester (N.Y.) in a 3-2 overtime victory on Senior Day Nov. 4. the outcome of the match had serious ramifications: If the Eagles won, they would most likely qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014. If they lost, their season

was likely at its end. the win secured the Eagles a spot in the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. the NCAA announced Nov. 6 that Emory would be one of a field of 62 college teams competing for the title. this marks the Eagles’ 15th NCAA tournament appearance. “the team is very excited to be in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014, and all of us seniors

are happy to be able to keep our careers going for at least one more game,” senior forward Christian Meyer said. the chances of qualifying didn’t always look great for the Eagles. For much of the game, the Eagles played catch up against the Yellowjackets. the Yellowjackets struck first early at the 8:44 mark. Following a rochester corner kick, the ball was cleared, but landed at the foot of Yellowjacket defender Nik Angyal.



Emory Prevails In Season Finale By annie Uichanco Staff Writer

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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (No. 11) attempts a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (No. 24) and small forward Taurean Prince (No. 12).

Emory women’s soccer wrapped up their regular season with an unfortunate 1-0 loss to the piedmont College (Ga.) Lions Nov. 2, and a 2-0 shutout over the University of rochester (N.Y.) Yellowjackets Nov. 4, finishing strong for their season finale. With this final victory, the team finished 2-4-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and 10-7-1 overall, marking the Eagles’ first 10-win sea-

son since 2014. “I think we improved both individually and collectively as a team,” Head Coach Sue patberg said. “the tough part was that we had to continue to be resilient throughout the season. After we had the rough weekend against [Case Western reserve University (ohio)] and [Carnegie Mellon University (pa.)], I think a lot of players were trying to not throw in the towel but were pretty down. We had to

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WashU 3, Emory 1: Bears Claim UAA Crown in Atlanta By allison gelMan Senior Staff Writer

the Emory volleyball team hosted the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Nov. 3 to Nov. 5 and fought their way to the final match, only to fall 3-1 to one of their biggest rivals, Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.). Emory defeated Case Western reserve University (ohio) 3-0 and Carnegie Mellon University (pa.) 3-2 Nov. 3 to reach the championship game. the Eagles fell to WashU in the UAA Championship title match Nov. 4. Although the Eagles failed to receive an automatic bid from the UAA tournament, they will still proceed to

the NCAA Division III postseason. “We went from being really excited on Friday to being disappointed on Saturday,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell said. “[WashU] was at the top of their game, and we weren’t quite at the top of ours.” prior to this deciding match, McDowell’s squad had only played WashU once this season and lost 3-2. After Saturday’s loss, Emory stands No. 2 in the UAA, behind No. 1 WashU. While the Eagles may not have achieved a satisfactory comeback against WashU, McDowell said that she still felt encouraged by the weekend’s results. Emory had lost to Carnegie Mellon earlier this fall during a time that junior defensive specialist

Mila Barzdukas described as a “lull in the season.” to come back on top of Carnegie Mellon was an accomplishment not only for the weekend but also for the season as a whole. In the first two games of the weekend, McDowell felt encouraged that the team showed improvement in areas that have been of prime focus during practices. one of those areas is the Eagles’ defensive work, which has seen major improvement over the past few weeks. “I think, in particular, we’ve been working a lot on blocking, which allows our defense to set up a little better and more quickly,” McDowell said. Sophomore outside hitter Sara Carr,

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Junior defensive specialist Mila Barzdukas (left) prepares for a play at the UAA Tournament hosted at Emory Nov. 3 to 5.

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