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Volume 99, Issue 11

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GOP Tax Plan May Cost Grad Students


Student Arrested On Drug Charges

By Madison BoBer Staff Writer

By Monica Lefton Staff Writer

The U.S. House of Representatives GOP tax plan would make graduate school less affordable for some students and tax some university endowment returns and could cause Emory to lose millions from the endowment tax. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill, introduced by House Republicans Nov.

Mulan dance club performs a traditional East asian dance at culture Shock, an event that celebrates diversity at Emory, nov. 10 in White Hall 208.

A Goizueta Business School junior is facing three drug-related felonies after Emory Police Department (EPD) found illegal drugs, drug-related objects and cash in his room. EPD executed a search warrant in John McGourty’s (19B) room at 20 Eagle Row, the Kappa Sigma fraternity house, the morning of Nov. 9.

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New Joint Majors Available in 2018 By VaLerie sandoVaL Staff Writer

Emory’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QTM) is partnering with Goizueta Business School and the Department of Political Science to offer two new majors next year. A joint bachelor’s of business administration (BBA) and quantitative social sciences (QSS) major will be

offered in Fall 2018. The QTM department and the Political Science department are offering a Public Policy Analysis (PPA) major starting Spring 2018. Discussions of a BBA+QSS major have been ongoing for four to five years, according to Senior Associate Dean and BBA Program Director Andrea Hershatter. Hershatter worked with QTM Director Clifford Carrubba to create




the major and get approval from Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Joanne Brzinski. Carrubba said he worked with several Emory political science professors, including Michael Rich, Michael Owens, Adam Glynn and Pablo Montagnes, to develop the PPA major. There are currently more than 300 colleges in the United States that offer

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Pitts to Woodruff Library to Digitize Undergo Renovations Clinton Looks Toward Library Midterm Elections Collection

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Hillary clinton (Left) and agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss (r ight) discuss clinton’s book ‘What Happened.’

By Madison BoBer Staff Writer

By MoLLy BaLL Staff Writer The newly appointed director of Pitts Theology Library, Richard Manly “Bo” Adams Jr. (05T, 12G), plans to make the library more accessible to other universities and people outside Emory by digitizing the library’s collections. Adams replaces former Director M. Patrick Graham, who retired in August after serving as director of the Pitts Theology Library since 1994. Adams had served as interim director since September. “We cannot simply think we have all these neat things,” Adams said. “We’re all trying to figure out what changes in

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Renovations to the Robert W. Woodruff Library will redesign the second through ninth floors if funding is approved AFTER a feasibility study into estimated costs and timeframes, according to University Librarian Yolanda Cooper. The project is in the final phase of the study, which is also looking into changes to the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library and the Computing Center at Cox Hall. Woodruff Library floors will be redesigned to incorporate more “open study spaces,” Cooper said. The plans call for a new entrance to the third floor of the Woodruff Library on Fishburne Drive and a “scholar commons” section, which would encompass a lab-like environment geared toward faculty, graduate students and experts in teaching and learning technologies. Proposed changes to the fourth floor include an increase in group

study rooms and more open study spaces. The proposal calls for a graduatestudent-only space on the fifth floor that can only be accessed with an EmoryCard swipe. “We have individual study [spaces] for graduates and faculty now, but we’re going to create spaces to make it more equitable — what happens is people can’t get spaces,” Cooper said. “That way when we open the space, we won’t have that problem.” The proposal includes opening a reading room, increasing open study space and adding historical collections to the WHSC Library. “Once we find out the feasibility study and get the phasing going, we’ll promote it more and start to request funding for different portions,” Cooper said. “It could be as far out as five to six years before we can complete all the renovations.” Cooper said she hopes the feasibility study will be completed by the end

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“I wanted to pull back the curtain on one of the wildest elections in American history,” former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Nov. 13 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. In both her September 2017 book “What Happened” and the accompanying tour, Clinton said she hoped to “take the gloves off” and explain her experience as the first woman to win a major political party’s presidential nomination. Clinton answered four pre-collected audience questions from Agnes Scott College (Ga.) President and moderator Elizabeth Kiss for more than one hour to an almost sold-out crowd at the 4,678-seat capacity venue. The lack of conversation about Russian interference in the 2016 election inspired her to return to the public

eye, Clinton said. “What we learned about Russian interference in this election is more than alarming — it is a clear and present danger to our democracy,” Clinton said. “We know that they intruded and hacked into voter rolls, and there’s increasing evidence that it went further than that. If it had been reversed and I had been in the White House … I would have had a presidential commission that would have subpoena power to get to the bottom of what happened.” The former presidential candidate also wanted an opportunity to respond to critics who told her to “go away” after her loss. “If they had left me alone I might still be wandering in the woods,” Clinton said, referencing several pictures taken of her hiking in the woods after her loss that went viral online.

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McGourty Suspended From Kappa Sigma

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Detectives found and seized illegal drugs, controlled substances, small plastic bags, a scale, $2,800 in cash, a safe, and other drug-related objects at the scene. EPD arrested and transported McGourty to DeKalb County Jail the same day. The student was allegedly intending to distribute oxycodone, marijuana and Vyvanse, a derivative of amphetamines commonly used to treat ADHD, according to EPD. McGourty has been charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute; one count of manufacture of marijuana; and one count of possession and use of drug-related objects. One count of unlawful possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance is a felony is punishable by one to 15 years of imprisonment depending on the quantity of the substance, according to OCGA 16-13-30. Manufacture of marijuana is a felony that is punishable by at least one to 10 years, according to OCGA 16-13-30. Possession and use of drug-related objects is a misdemeanor under OCGA 16-13-32.2. Misdemeanors are generally punishable by a fine and incarcerations of up to one year. The student’s bail was set at $5,720, according to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Bond Division. McGourty bonded out and was released Nov. 11. McGourty has been suspended as a brother of Kappa Sigma pending the ongoing investigation, according to Kappa Sigma Vice President Brook Peters (19C). He did not respond to request for comment. “Emory University is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with law enforcement in this process,” Campus Life Senior Director for Communications Tomika DePriest wrote in a Nov. 13 email to the Wheel.

“We are committed to providing a safe and healthy residential environment for our students.” DePriest declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, citing student privacy. Officers obtained the search warrant from a judge in the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County Georgia Nov. 8 after EPD received information that led them to believe an Emory student possessed and sold drugs. EPD Sgt. Randall Terry had met with a University official regarding a Nov. 7 information report. EPD declined to release the information report or provide further details to the Wheel. This is the first student arrest and direct transport to jail by EPD this semester, according to Sgt. John Harper. At Emory, most drug charges are issued as citations, Harper said. However, the severity of McGourty’s case justified an immediate transport, Harper said. McGourty’s preliminary hearing with the DeKalb Magistrate Court took place Nov. 10. A preliminary hearing is required to take place 72 hours after an arrest and to determine if there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crimes alleged in the warrant(s) that were issued against the defendant. If there is probable cause, the case is passed to the Superior Court. McGourty’s case has been sent to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office, which will create a file of his charges and schedule an arraignment to be brought in Superior Court within the coming weeks or months, according to the DeKalb Magistrate Court Criminal Division. No future court dates have been set, according to the DeKalb Magistrate Court Criminal Division.

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SGa and GSGa hold their first joint session of the academic year Monday, during which they hear a presentation from Vice President of campus Services Matthew Early (center).

SGA Funds WW Paraphernalia By BeLicia rodriguez Contributing Writer The 51st legislature of Student Government Association (SGA) convened Monday to approve $2,241.22 in funding for Wonderful Wednesday “After Dark” paraphernalia. SGA and the Graduate Student Governance Association (GSGA) also held its first joint meeting, during which Vice President of Campus Services Matthew Early explained the Sustainability Vision of 2025 and spoke about progress made since 2005. SGA Vice President of Programming Fahad Alhelal (19B) and SGA Vice President of Student Experience Daniella Moreno-Kaste (19C) proposed Bill 51sl32, which allocates $2,241.22 to fund the Wonderful Wednesday “After Dark” T-shirts, SGA member T-shirts, SGA cups and an an SGA banner. The Wonderful Wednesday T-shirts

and SGA cups will be given to students who complete the Student Experience survey online prior to the Nov. 29 event. SGA executive and legislative members will receive a special SGA tee in order to be identified as SGA members at the event. Funding was approved unanimously with nine votes. The bill stated that the cost of the cups would be $588, but during the meeting, Moreno-Kaste said the total cost will actually be $261. The legislators did not amend the bill, however, and $588 was allocated for the cups. Alhelal said the cups would be color reactive, which means pouring liquid into the cups changes their color. The legislators did not specify what they planned to do with the extra money. The original design for the Wonderful Wednesday tee that was presented to the legislature needed to

be re-designed, as it stated “Wonderful Wednesday sponsored by SGA.” Wonderful Wednesday is not an SGA-sponsored event, so the legislators asked to change the design of the T-shirts. During the joint session with the GSGA, Early spoke about the Sustainability Vision of 2025, which aims to have 95 percent waste diversion by 2025. Early said there will be new, standardized waste bins across the University for plastic, white paper, mixed paper, compost and styrofoam in every building, and Emory also plans to hire employees to collect trash and answer questions people may have. Christina reporting.



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Public Policy Analysis, Joint BBA and QSS Majors To Be Offered Next Year Continued from Page 1 an undergraduate public policy major, according to Rich. Emory is joining the field with a PPA major distinguished from the standard public policy program at other colleges in that Emory’s program is more committed to developing rigorous training on the technical skills side, according to Carrubba. The forthcoming BBA+QSS major aims to teach students about data analytics and business skills, according to Hershatter. To declare a BBA+QSS major, a student must be enrolled in the Business School.Students who pursue the BBA+QSS joint major will officially receive a BBA degree from the Business School. This is the first joint major that is offered by a cooperative arrangement between the College and the Business School, according to Hershatter. “Up to 63 College hours and a minimum of 65 post-BBA matriculation hours comprise the BBA degree,” Hershatter said. While enrolled in the BBA program, students will take courses in both the College and the Business School. Joint majors will still have to complete general education requirements (GERs) and the BBA core curriculum, which is composed of eight courses, five seminars and a two-hour senior capstone

course. Hershatter said that students who want to complete the joint major in four years must plan carefully, as there is not a lot of room for students to take classes that are neither GERs nor major requirements. “BBA advisors will work with our QSS+BBA [majors] to assure they stay on track,” Hershatter said. “We have absolutely assured that there is room in the curriculum for a student to complete GERs, BBA requirements and the QSS major, but how that works will vary.” A strong QSS background would complement any area of the Business School (finance, marketing, management/consulting, accounting and information systems/operations management), Hershatter said. Data has become a fundamental operational tool for every area, and the joint major will give students the skills needed to model data and make informed analytical judgements about what that data implies in a specific area of business, company or industry, according to Hershatter. “A lot of companies hire math, computer science or engineering majors as a proxy for their quantitative and analytic ability,” Hershatter said. “To the degree that we can instill business students with that same level of data facility, coupled with a management education, they will be extraordinarily

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the QtM department is offering two new joint majors next year. equipped to make meaningful contributions to companies.” The typical data science degree focuses on math, statistics and computer science and mainly prepares students to take on the role of a data analyst/data scientist. The QSS major at Emory focuses on teaching students how to know which questions to ask, how to identify the best data to answer those questions and how to communicate the results from the data, according to Carrubba. With the combination of the BBA and QSS major, students will get the big picture of the business world as well as the technical skills needed to be effective data-driven decision makers, Carrubba said. The PPA major will provide students with expertise in public policy

as well as a leading edge in technical data analysis skills, according to Rich. A total of 51 credits are required to complete the PPA major, and students are required to take core QTM and political science classes. Students can fulfill electives by taking courses in other subjects such as economics, sociology and environmental science, giving the program an interdisciplinary focus. “Emory’s program is, I think, very distinctive at the undergraduate level because it is a joint major in QSS and political science, so the depth and breadth of coursework in statistics and research design is more intense and deeper than undergraduate programs elsewhere,” Rich said. “They will probably have a stronger quantitative analysis preparation than what

students would get at the vast majority of master’s programs in public policy.” Students who graduate with this degree will be well-prepared for entry-level positions at public policy think tanks, policy analyst positions in fields such as health or non-profits and graduate programs in public policy, according to Rich. Mikko Biana (21C) is considering the PPA major because he is interested in the content of the major and believes it would diversify his law school application. “I’m interested in how public policy provides tangible solutions to problems in our society,” Biana said.

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On Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to a call from Clairmont Residential Center Building F regarding a theft or loss of a phone on an Emory shuttle. An Emory student reported his iPhone 7 missing after riding an Emory Cliff Shuttle bus from Woodruff Circle at around 12:40 p.m. He said that he checked the phone’s location using an online website and saw it was in the Redan/Stone Mountain area. The student said he had switched the phone into “lost” mode to render it useless. The phone is valued at $750. This case has been assigned to an investigator. On Nov. 8 at 12:41 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding five to six individuals sitting on top of Peavine II parking deck. The complainant, an Emory student, said that the group was sitting on the deck in an inaccessible area and screaming obscenities. Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with five Emory students climbing down a ladder that leads to the top of the elevator shaft of the parking deck. The individuals said they were hanging out, getting fresh air and lis-

tening to music. Officers told them they could continue to hang out but could not climb into restricted areas due to safety concerns. Officers did not see any signs of alcohol or drug use. Campus Life was notified. On Nov. 11 at 12:42 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle and duty striking of a fixed object in the University Residential Center parking deck. The complainant, an Emory student, reported three possibly intoxicated individuals in a white truck that hit a pole. The truck driver then reportedly drove to the third level of the deck. Officers arrived on the scene and searched for the vehicle and any damage. EPD found a vehicle with extensive front damage that matched the vehicle description provided by the complainant. Officers spoke with the Emory student with whom the vehicle’s parking tag was registered. Another EPD officer reviewed video footage and observing the truck enter the deck at 12:38 a.m. undamaged. The student told the officer that he had been in bed all night and had not driven much that day. When asked if he had been in an accident, the student said no. When officers told him they had video


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Crime Report Compiled by Monica Lefton

Wednesday, November 15 2017

footage of the incident, he admitted he and two friends had been in the vehicle that evening, but said that he was in the passenger seat asleep and had woken up when they had hit the pole. Upon further questioning, the student admitted he was awake in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The student said that his friend wanted to drive the vehicle because his friend had told him that he could drive a stick shift. Officers called the student’s parents, who own the vehicle, to notify them of the incident. Campus Life was notified. On Nov. 12 at 2:53 a.m., EPD responded to a call regarding an individual intoxicated at 13 Eagle Row, the Xi Kappa house. Officers arrived on scene and found an 18-year-old Emory student lying unconscious but breathing on the basement floor. Emory Emergency Medical Services (EEMS) and American Medical Response (AMR) also responded to provide medical attention to the student. A friend of the student said that the student drank a little bit of alcohol earlier that night but was unsure of how much she drank at Xi Kappa. The student was transported to Emory University Hospital (EUH). Campus Life was notified.

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An earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border killed more than 500 people and injured thousands Sunday night, according to The New York Times. The 7.3-magnitude earthquake is the deadliest of 2017, according to CNN. The death toll and injury numbers are expected to increase as rescue missions have continued to find more people trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, according to The Washington Post.

DeKalb Medical selected Emory Healthcare to be its new strategic partner, Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Lewin announced in a Nov. 14 University-wide email. DeKalb Medical is a non-profit health system with three hospital campuses in the metro Atlanta area and “an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services” for its patients, DeKalb Medical Public Relations Manager Beth Jansa wrote in a Nov. 14 email to the Wheel. Emory entered the selection process after determining that a partnership with DeKalb Medical would benefit staff, physicians and community members and allow Emory to better serve the community and achieve its goals, Lewin wrote in the email. Emory Healthcare has signed a letter of intent and began the process of forming an agreement to bring DeKalb Medical into the Emory Healthcare system. Lewin said he expects the agreement will be approved in 2018, after the Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr and other regulatory agencies review the partnership.

aBraha wins rsga Presidency The Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA) Executive Board announced that Rosa Abraha (19PH) was elected president after a run-off was held Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, according to a Nov. 8 email to Rollins students. Abraha won by a margin of three votes, receiving 150 votes. Nchedo Ezeokoli (19PH) received 147 votes. Abraha’s platform calls for greater community, increased advocacy and increased interactions between Rollins students and the greater Atlanta community. Rollins voters were not presented with an option to


GSGA Votes to Help Fund A.J. Burgess Forum By christina yan Contributing Writer

The second legislature of the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) convened Monday evening to approve funding for a forum about issues surrounding A.J. Burgess’ delayed kidney transplant and to hear a presentation from Outdoor Emory regarding the organization’s potential to serve graduate students. GSGA voted unanimously to approve $700 in funding for “A.J.’s Case,” a forum on health care, race and the law, which will be held Wednesday. Leea Allen (19T) presented a formal funding request of $476.53 to cover lunch for about 75 people, but GSGA later raised the amount to $700. “We’re hoping that this is not just a moment where Emory came together for one thing, and then we’re done, but really thinking deeply about what this means at the intersection of healthcare

and race and private health care and access,” Allen said. Allen had sought funding and support from GSGA for “A.J.’s Case” last week. GSGA has $10,000 to spend on funding requests each academic year, which is split into $5,000 for each semester, according to Vice President of Finance Deepa Raju (18B). GSGA had not used any of the money before Allen’s request. Fifty-two people are currently registered for the event, but Allen said that she expects people who have not registered to attend and that the budget for 75 people was a conservative estimate. “If I know anything just based on how Candler grad students work, most of the time, about 50 percent don’t register, and so people just kind of show up,” Allen said. “So that 75 number is kind of awash now.” Legislator Byron Wratee (18T)

voiced concern that the amount of funding Allen originally requested would be insufficient for the event, calling it a “very conservative estimate.” Legislator Sydney Kaplan (19L) motioned to fund the luncheon as requested. Legislator Kylee Borger (19PH) amended the bill to fund the luncheon up to $700. “A.J.’s Case” will be held Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Candler School of Theology and is open to all graduate students, according to Allen. The forum will consist of a panel with speakers Sankofa United Church of Christ Pastor Derrick Rice, former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman, Candler School of Theology Professor Emmanuel Lartey, Rollins School of Public Health Associate Professor Anne Spaulding and Mawuli Davis, one of the Burgess’ family’s attorneys. Breakout group discussions will take place following the panel. “The breakout groups will be inter-


Goddard Elected Board of Trustees Chair By anwesha guha Associate Editor

Emory’s Board of Trustees named business executive Robert C. Goddard III as its new chair at its annual meeting Nov. 10, according to a Nov. 10 University press release. Goddard, who had previously served as a trustee since 2008 and vice chair since 2016, replaces John Morgan, who had led the board since 2013. Morgan will stay on the board as an emeritus trustee. Goddard, 62, previously served on Emory Healthcare’s Board of Directors. He chaired the Board’s patient quality committee and served as campaign chair for Emory Healthcare. Goddard is also a former member of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board and the Emory Board of Visitors. “One of the qualities that sets Emory apart is our commitment to working together to transform society on a local, national and international scale,” Goddard said in the press release. “I see that commitment across the university, from our colleges, grad-

uate and professional schools, to our research and healthcare enterprises, each of which draws people from all over the world.” The Board of Trustees governs the University by establishing policy and exercising fiduciary responsibility for the long-term well-being of the institution, according to its website. robert Goddard iii, Emory Board of Trustees Chair

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Goddard is the chairman and CEO of Goddard Investment Group, a privately held commercial real-estate investing firm. He also chaired the real estate investment trust Post Properties, Inc. before its acquisition by Mid-America Apartment Communities in 2016. Both Morgan and Goddard were unavailable for interviews by press

time, according to Associate Director of Media Relations Elaine Justice. The new chair graduated from Mercer University (Ga.) in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management program. “Bob Goddard is a dynamic, thoughtful and creative leader who understands the breadth and depth of Emory’s strengths and responsibilities as a leading research university,” University President Claire E. Sterk said in the press release. Morgan was elected chair at a board meeting on Nov. 8 2013. He is the owner of private timber and real estate management and development company Morgan Timber and also is the owner of real estate investment firm South Coast Commercial. Morgan graduated from Emory’s Oxford College in 1967 and received his BBA from the Goizueta Business School in 1969.

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disciplinary small groups where students will discuss their key learnings from the panel discussion and ways they will apply that knowledge in their studies and professional life after graduate school,” Allen wrote in a Nov. 14 email to the Wheel. Outdoor Emory President Carolyn Perry (18B) asked GSGA to promote Outdoor Emory, a University-wide Organization, to graduate students and to collect feedback on trips or activities graduate students would be interested in. She did not present a formal bill or resolution. Perry declined to provide Outdoor Emory’s graduate student membership numbers. Perry said that her focus is on ensuring graduate students are aware of Outdoor Emory’s resources. “My concern is not reaching the 15 percent membership quota that was set,” Perry wrote in a Nov. 14 email to the Wheel. “I am not worried about

losing GSGA funding but instead want to focus on actually serving all seven graduate schools.” Outdoor Emory trips are subsidized by the University and thus offered at a discounted price to the whole student body, Perry told GSGA. She emphasized that graduate students who are Outdoor Emory members can also borrow equipment from the Outdoor Emory shed. “Graduate students, when we talk to them about what we offer, generally are super interested in Outdoor Emory and the resources that they oftentimes didn’t realize were available to them. We’ve seen this through graduate students that come to all our meetings, come on our trips, borrow our equipment,” Perry said. “All of them are obviously pretty hyped about the opportunities Outdoor Emory offers.”

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Corrections • In the previous two issues, the articles about the Graduate Student Government Association misnamed the second legislature of GSGA as the first legislature. • In last week’s issue, the story “EUH Doctors to Re-evaluate Father’s Eligibility” incorrectly stated that peritonitis is an abdominal infection. It is actually an inflammation often caused by an abdominal infection. • In last week’s issue, the story “Life of Pai: From Accountant to Academic” incorrectly stated that exchange student Nischchinth Pai was studying mechanical engineering in Australia. He actually studies commerce. • In last week’s issue, the reviewer of “‘The Square’ Gets Outside the Box” misidentified the grade. The reviewer gave the film an A-, not a B+.


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Kilpatrick Gives Tips to the ‘Woke’ Arts Inform People About Cultures, Actress Says By VaLerie sandoVaL Staff Writer Actress and producer Diarra Kilpatrick questioned whether colleges are truly integrated or if they’re just settings in which diverse groups of people exist alongside each other at this past weekend’s Culture Shock Nov. 10. “We get in the habit of seeing people that are like ourselves because we assume that we have something in common with them,” Kilpatrick said. “Imagine if you looked around this room and you assumed that you had something in common with every single person in here.” The actress encouraged students to try to find commonalities with people to bridge the divide between being diverse and being integrated and discussed incorporating humor to address tough issues such as race relations and provided more than more than 280 students with advice on how to be more inclusive and “woke.” Kilpatrick co-created, produced, directed and starred in an original web series titled “American Koko,” which discusses racial issues through satire and comedy. The series was originally produced for Kilpatrick’s YouTube channel, but it caught the attention of Academy Award-winner Viola Davis, who, with her husband, Julius Tennon, produced the second season of the series for ABC Digital this year. In her keynote speech, Kilpatrick offered three “tips for the woke,” students who want be more inclusive and celebrate one another. She advised the audience members to be aware of their “blind spots” or places where they may have prejudices toward others that may not be immediately apparent. For example, she said, when she was creating a new love interest for protagonist Koko in the second season of “American Koko,” she wanted the

character to be “confident and sexy.” Based on that character description, she said her her first inclination was to cast a black male. However, after she read an article that stated that Asian males and black females were the least desired on dating apps, she decided to cast an Asian male in the role of the new character. Kilpatrick said that people have a tendency to jump to assumptions about people based on stereotypes, and she believes that “checking your blind spot” can help people be aware of the prejudices they may hold against others.

“If you feel insecure about yourself, you will always feel threatened by someone who is different than you.” — Diarra Kilpatrick, Actress and producer

She also advised the audience to “grow up” and recognize that not everything will be about you in community settings, adding that there will be times in diverse environments when you may celebrate a race, religion or culture that has nothing to do with you. Rather than focusing on these differences, Kilpatrick recommended students search for commonalities they may have with people they perceive to be different from them. Kilpatrick’s final tip to students was to remember to love yourself, as she believes self-love is a fundamental part of being a good member of a community. “If you feel insecure about yourself, you will always feel threatened by

someone who is different than you,” Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick also encouraged students to build relationships with people of different races so that they could engage in conversations about race. “Once you have a relationship with someone that is based on a true friendship that’s based on commonalities, then you can ask them some burning question you have about race,” Kilpatrick said. “I think [asking a question] without care or sincerity is probably not a good idea.” Kilpatrick said that the best way to become more informed on the race and culture of others is through the arts. She sees the arts as one of the best ways that a person can cultivate empathy for someone else. This event marked the fifth annual Culture Shock, an event hosted by College Council (CC) and intended to celebrate and promote cultural diversity at Emory. Prior to Kilpatrick’s speech, student organizations including Emory’s only all-female a cappella group The Gathering and hip-hop dance group Persuasion performed. The event also included a display of student visual art and food from different cultural organizations. Wendy Lee (19C) said that she enjoyed the food at the event and that the variety of different foods “helps culture stick in people’s minds and hearts better.” Shivani Mehta (20C) said that she appreciated how the speaker found humor in addressing race issues, which can sometimes be hard to talk about. “I loved how Diarra talked about taboo issues such as race because it brings to light the importance of these issues but in the best way possible,” Mehta said.

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the Pitts theology library will undergo digitization of its collections to allow access for individuals outside Emory.

Adams Aims to Attract More Visitors

Continued from Page 1 the digital age mean for a library that’s print heavy and has a big building. … We’re thinking more strategically about not just what we digitize but what we do with digital material.” richard Manly “bo” adams Jr., Pitts Library Director Courtesy of emory Photo/Video

The director’s responsibilities include overseeing exhibitions, managing the preservation of books and supervising the professional development of the staff. The Candler School of Theology held a “very competitive” national search for the position, Dean of Candler School of Theology Jan Love wrote in a Nov. 13 email to the Wheel. “In the context of inviting four excellent, fascinating candidates to campus, we were delighted and heartened to learn that the best of these was already our employee,” Love wrote. “Dr. Adams richly deserves this promotion.” Adams served as the head of public services of Pitts Theology Library from 2015 to 2017 and a systems and

reference librarian from 2013 to 2015. He was an instructional technologist for Candler School of Theology from 2011 to 2013. “What I like most about my job is the continual context switching in the various things that I do,” Adams said. “I don’t do one thing for long periods of time. It’s a lot of little things … so for my personality, as someone who likes to be distracted, it’s a really nice fit.” Adams said he hopes to increase the number of visitors who view the library’s rare books collection. Pitts Theology Library has more than 620,000 volumes and adds more than 7,000 new volumes to its collection annually, according to its website. Adams also spoke about an upcoming exhibit on the materials of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. “There will be a new three-months focus on our Wesley materials [starting in December],” Adams said. Adams received a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Dartmouth College (N.H.), according to the American Theological Library Association. He received a master’s and doctorate in theology from the Candler School of Theology and a library science degree at the University of Alabama.

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2, would remove tax exemptions on “qualified tuition reductions,” which include tuition remissions, waivers and grants, which graduate students receive when universities pay part or all of their tuition bills in exchange for teaching or research. Section 117 of the Internal Revenue Code does not currently count qualified tuition reductions for graduate students at nonprofit universities, such as Emory, as taxable income. Under the House plan, student loan interest would no longer be deducted from taxable income. The Senate’s version of the tax bill, released Nov. 9, would preserve deductions on student loan interest and does not mention taxation of tuition waivers. If a tax bill is passed, it will probably more closely resemble the Senate’s version of the bill, due to the House’s delicate GOP majority, according to The Washington Post. But some Emory graduate students are still worried about the possibility of having to pay more in income taxes under the GOP plan. The annual stipend at Laney Graduate School (LGS) for 2017-2018 ranges from $23,844 to $30,000. For the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition for a full-time student taking at least nine credit hours is $20,400

per semester, according to the LGS website. Doctoral students who have completed six semesters pay $10,200 in tuition fees per semester. Graduate students in Emory’s professional schools, including Emory’s School of Medicine, School of Law and Goizueta Business School, do not receive stipends for researching or teaching. Elizabeth Minten, president of the Laney Graduate Student Council (LGSC) and third-year graduate student at LGS, said that the proposed tax plan would increase the financial burden on LGS students because it would essentially cut graduate students’ income in half. “We currently … pay perhaps about $3,500 in taxes per year,” Minten said. Under the House’s bill, Minten said that she would pay about $12,000 to $14,000 a year. Minten expressed frustration toward paying taxes on money that some LGS students “never see” since it goes toward tuition. Minten encouraged people to speak out against the House’s legislation. “[LGSC] recommends getting involved by contacting your Georgia and home-state representatives,” Minten said. Jenny Bledsoe, a fifth-year English Ph.D. student in Laney, said she is mostly concerned with tax bill because it makes tuition waivers taxable

income. “[Graduate students] never see this money [from the] tuition waiver — it’s something that the University takes care of,” Bledsoe said. “Our stipends, which are low, are already taxable … but under the new House plan, we would be taxed the full tuition of $60,000, even though we aren’t making that money.” Graduate students in the humanities and liberal arts are already at a disadvantage because the professor tenure-track job market has shrunk in relation to the growing number of Ph.D. candidates, Bledsoe said. “Given that you’re already taking a gamble that [your education] will pay off, you start to think … ‘I’m already going to take a pay cut,’ but this is more than a pay cut,” Bledsoe said. “This now becomes, ‘Can I even live on this? How can I get by for five to seven years because of these taxes?’” Low-income students may be forced to make difficult choices between pursuing higher education or entering the workforce, Bledsoe added. “Ultimately, the people who can make it work are the ones who have help from their families … which means [lower income] people would have to make harder choices,” Bledsoe said. Nearly 145,000 graduate students in the United States received a tuition

reduction in the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the American Council on Education. Under both the proposed House and Senate tax plans, the tax on university endowments returns would apply to private colleges with endowments of at least $100,000 per full-time student. About 155 schools, including Emory, could be subject to the tax, according to an American Council on Education study. University President Claire E. Sterk sent an Oct. 31 letter to the Georgia congressional delegation to outline the “deleterious effect [of the tax bill] on Emory’s students, employees and patients.” “Our ability to retain faculty and staff is strengthened by the benefits we can provide, including Section 127 employer-provided educational assistance, which allows Emory to provide up to a set amount in tax-free tuition assistance at the graduate or undergraduate level for its employees,” Sterk wrote. “[It also affects] Section 117(d) qualified tuition reductions, which allows Emory to provide tax-free undergraduate-level tuition waivers to its employees and their dependents.” Colleges build their endowments by raising funds from alumni, companies and other donors. Endowments are used to fund student financial aid, faculty salaries and scientific research.

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Accounting Usha Rackliffe said that Emory could lose millions if the tax bill is passed. “At Emory’s endowment of $6.5 billion — let’s say [Emory earns] 10 percent — that would be $650 million, and if [Emory] paid a tax of 1.4 percent, [Emory] would give up 9.1 million,” Rackliffe said. “That’s a lot of money. Think about how many students that could benefit … every nickel and dime that takes away from furthering education and diversity on campus is that much less that a university has.” Emory’s endowment provides longterm income for University operations and capital projects. The House plan would also no longer allow people to itemize student loan interest as a deduction. Under Section 221 of the Internal Revenue Code, people may currently itemize student loan interest as a deduction up to $2,500. In addition, people whose employers cover a portion or all of their college costs must declare that money as taxable income. The proposal would also remove a tuition tax break for university employees and their families.

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FedEx, Goizueta Partner to Advance MSBA Program The Goizueta Business School has partnered with FedEx in a five-year, $1 million agreement to advance the Business School’s first STEM program, a master of science in business analytics (MSBA) program, which was launched this fall. With 37 students enrolled for the first year, the 10-month master’s degree program seeks to foster “business data scientists” who will use their knowledge of management, computer science and applied statistics to focus on data-driven decision making and solutions to business problems, Associate Dean and MSBA Academic Director Ramnath Chellappa said. FedEx approached Emory about the partnership, Chellappa said. After FedEx engaged with Goizueta by supporting a series of recruiting activities, including veterans’ and women’s events in 2016, FedEx and Goizueta had conversations about collaborating on data analysis and operations, according to a Nov. 7 statement from Goizueta Business School Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Angela Bostick sent to the Wheel by Goizueta Business School Senior Communications Manager J. Michael Moore. The Business School announced the partnership with FedEx in a Nov. 1 press release. FedEx was interested in being involved in the overall education process as well as hiring students with data analytics skills, according to Chellappa. FedEx will work with the MSBA class of 2018 to provide business problems and data for the students to work with, and business managers will work with students on projects, Chellappa said. “We are excited to team up with a Top-20 business school to train the next generation of business professionals with strong technical and quantitative skills who will help continue to evolve the way analytics are used in the 21st century,” FedEx Vice President of Operations Analysis Donald Comer wrote in a Nov. 7 statement to the Wheel. All 11 courses in the MSBA program are taught by faculty members in the Business School, and the curriculum includes machine learning, decision theory and data visualization. The program has a total of nine courses with eight predetermined courses and two electives for a total of 31 credit hours. FedEx and the Business School will jointly develop initiatives, including job recruiting access, data for student projects, conferences and a scholarship, according to the press release. The details of the scholarship, such as the amount of money awarded, will be announced at a later time. “One of the problems in the real world is that technology people, business people and data people don’t communicate very well with each other,”


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Chellappa said. “This program helps to bridge the divide by empowering a new type of professional, one able to speak and operate in all business data dialects.” The program combines the fields of management, information systems/ computer sciences and applied statistics, according to the Business School website. MSBA students hold undergraduate degrees in various fields, such as economics, business, math, engineering and computer science. No work experience is required to participate in the program, according to the website. The MSBA program seeks to prepare students to enter any field of business analytics, including banking, health analytics and sports analytics, according to Chellappa. Chellappa said he has has been building the program for the past three years, working with other faculty in Business School’s Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) Department. The program begins with a “pre-fall term” that involves three different boot camps in math, technology and business, as well as a course in business statistics. The boot camps are worth zero credits while the statistics course is worth three credits. The classes are meant to prepare students for the fall and spring semesters, according to Chellappa. At the end of the spring semester, students will participate in a capstone course for “experiential learning,” during which they will analyze publicly available data from firms as well as private data and present their findings directly to the firms at the end of the program. The University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) offer similar data analytics programs. Georgia Tech’s program is focused more on engineering, while Emory’s program is business driven, according to Chellappa. Business School Dean Erika James said she was excited to partner with FedEx in a meaningful way, according to the press release. “I believe business schools should be in service to the business community and strive for mutually beneficial relationships that bring together student talent to address real problems in the field,” James said. “This agreement with FedEx fits that mold perfectly.” Nikhil Chalakkal (18MSBA) said the MSBA program successfully trains people in business, technology and data science. “The inaugural class is learning some really cool, really exciting things, and FedEx signing on as a partner for five years is an endorsement of the fact that the business world requires these skills in a big way in the future,” Chalakkal said.

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Amid pleas for her to run in 2020 from the audience, the former candidate did not address if her name would ever appear on a ballot again, but said that her future plans include campaigning for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. She pointed to Democratic victories across 2017 elections, including Ralph Northam’s win over Ed Gillespie in the Nov. 7 Virginia gubernatorial election last week as reasons for her supporters to remain hopeful about American politics. “I’m going to spend a lot of 2018 doing everything I can to help elect Democrats and continue to help elect a majority in the house, and I don’t think that’s at all far-fetched,” Clinton said. “In elections across America, hope beat hate.” The women’s rights champion also hopes to see more women in office. “The only way we’ll get sexism out of politics is if we get more women into politics,” Clinton said. “It’s so important that we send a clear and unmistakable message to our girls and young women that you are valued, that your voice counts, that you have the power to shape your own future and you should pursue your dreams.”

She urged attendees not to give up because she believes that “the fever is breaking and the tide is turning.” Although the event had a serious tone, Clinton took time to humorously address her coping strategies in the wake of the election. “I watched a lot of HGTV and went into a frenzy of cleaning and organizing my closets … and yes, I had my fair share of chardonnay,” Clinton said. “I also read a lot, especially mystery novels, which I like, because they normally get the bad guy at the end.” The former first lady also criticized President Donald J. Trump’s faith in Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has claimed that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, contradicting U.S. intelligence reports, according to the The New York Times. “For the president to call distinguished Americans … like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan ‘political hacks’ for trying to get to the bottom of what really happened in 2016 is astonishing, and worse, [it] plays right into Russian influence,” Clinton said. “It is shameful. The president swore an oath to faithfully execute the law and defend our constitution and he should do his

job.” Clinton admonished the Republican Party’s inability to repeal the Affordable Care Act after it took control of Congress and White House. “For seven years, the Republicans went around yelling ‘repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,’ but then like the proverbial dog that catches the car, they had no idea what to do,” Clinton said. Applause was a recurring theme throughout the night, as Clinton had to pause several times to ride out cheers, fist pumps and “Hillary” chants. “When the definitive history of the long struggle of American women for equal rights and respect is written, her name will be forever remembered and celebrated as the woman who put 65,844,954 cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling of all,” Kiss said to introduce Clinton. Jenny Russ (20C), who voted for Clinton in 2016, said she had an “amazing time” hearing Clinton share her thoughts. “She was inspiring and funny and really candid,” Russ said. “It was just a really special experience.”

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Burgess Discharged Library to Designate From Hospital By MoLLy BaLL Staff Writer

A.J. Burgess, 2, was released from from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston Nov. 8 after doctors successfully treated him for pneumonia, according to the family’s attorney, Harold Spence. Burgess was also diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal tissue often caused by an infection. He will receive antibiotics to treat the aftereffects of the infection, according to Spence. However, the infection means that Burgess, who was born prematurely without kidneys, is not physically ready for the kidney transplant operation that he needs. Burgess was initially set to receive a kidney transplant Oct. 3 with his father Anthony Dickerson serving as the donor, but the procedure was delayed until at least January 2018 because Dickerson violated his probation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In wake of the decision to delay the surgery, locals have held numerous protests and vigils on behalf of the Burgess family. Dickerson was arrested Sept. 28 for probation violation and released from jail Oct. 2. Emory University Hospital (EUH) had informed the family that Dickerson could not donate his organ until he showed proof of compliance with the terms of his probation for

three months, according to the AJC. EUH declined to release information about the patients, as it is barred from releasing personal information about specific patients by federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) guidelines. “When [A.J. Burgess] will be ready for the transplant surgery is, at this point, a medical determination,” Spence wrote in a Nov. 8 email to the Wheel. “Our hope remains that once Baby AJ has been cleared for the surgery his father’s targeted evaluation would have been completed so that the surgery can take place without additional delay.” EUH has maintained that it is following United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) guidelines in delaying the surgery. 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 EUH’s decision to delay A.J. Burgess’ kidney transplant Nov. 2. In a Nov. 6 meeting with the Burgess family, EUH said that Dickerson, will be re-evaluated to become an eligible kidney donor for his son.


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Continued from Page 1 of November. The study began early 2017. Level one of the Woodruff Library was renovated over the summer with new furniture. Cooper said there has been an uptick in student activity on the newly renovated floor during this academic year. “I love the new outlets on the first floor and how the area tends to be quieter,” Caroline Abbott (16Ox, 18C) said. “It’s changed a lot.” Kazi Rahman (20C) echoed Abbott’s sentiments. He said he likes the first floor renovations and is excited for upcoming changes. “Last year ... [the library] would make you feel claustrophobic. It was really stuffy — I didn’t really like to go there,” Rahman said. “The first floor renovations really turned that around for me, and now I spend a lot of time there. I’m really happy they’re going to continue with the changes.” Alex Klugerman reporting.


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Open Expression Policy Needs Viewpoint-Neutral Enforcement addition, Emory should let it be known that people We attend a university that is dedicated to open outside the purview of the University who engage in expression, a value that is at the core of academic such actions will be prosecuted by the law. Emory pursuit. It is easy to forget that without continuous should also define procedures and punishments to maintenance, freedom of speech is jeopardized by be followed in the case of nonviolent but disruptive popular demands for conformity. Recent events at silencing of speech. Finally, Emory must explicitly Columbia University (N.Y.) have brought to attention commit to enforce all of its open expression policies the inadequacies of Emory’s free speech policies. Student group Columbia University College in a viewpoint-neutral manner. Last semester, State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Republicans (CUCR) recently invited Tommy Robinson, founder of the European Defence League and far- Springs) visited campus at the invitation of student right activist, to speak via Skype. Robinson has said group Emory College Republicans (ECR). Open expression observers were stationed that Islam is “violent” and “fascist.” inside the room and Emory Police During his Oct. 10 speech, more Department (EPD) officers were than 30 protesters marched onto the Speakers who are present outside to prevent violence. stage, chanting and disrupting the talk. invited by student The audience included protesters Shortly after, Columbia placed at who were carrying signs, occasionleast 19 students under investigagroups have a right ally heckling and submitting critition for violating Columbia’s Rules of to appear campus University Conduct in regard to freeand to be heard. But cal questions. The talk began with questions dom of expression. But after students there is no right to screened by ECR, but unfortunately and faculty members denounced the have one’s speech Ehrhart left without a vigorous investigations, the investigations debate challenging his policies were dropped. Columbia’s Executive go unchallenged. despite the overwhelming opposiVice President for University tion in the room. Life and Rules Administrator Speakers who are invited by student groups have a Suzanne Goldberg decided to “informally resolve the Rules of University Conduct complaint.” right to appear on campus and to be heard. But there is no right to have one’s speech go unchallenged. In order to adequately protect open expression, When questions are asked at an event, they should be viewpoint neutrality is necessary in every aspect of screened in a viewpoint-neutral way. Unfortunately, a university’s involvement with speech, including it is logistically impossible to ensure every student the punishments doled out for disrupting speech. group screens their questions in a viewpoint-neutral Goldberg did not explain her decision, leaving the way. A violation of this proposed policy could only impression that the investigation was dropped be reported in a retroactive complaint system. Our because the protesters’ side was popular and CUCR’s hope is that a threat of punishment will deter student was not. groups from silencing challenging questions. Emory should preemptively learn from Columbia’s Columbia’s recent problems with their free speech mistakes. Embedded in Emory’s Respect for Open policies require a review of our own at Emory. Not Expression Policy is a provision enabling the only that, free speech is being challenged from the University to cancel planned speeches if there is White House and from state legislatures throughout a credible threat that violence or dangerous overthe country. Some are attempting to silence universicrowding will result. In order to prevent policy from ties. Now, more than ever, the Emory community encouraging a heckler’s veto, Emory ought to amend should take a look at our open expression policies and its policy to clarify that any student or faculty memmake the necessary changes, so we can continue to ber who uses or threatens to use force in an attempt speak freely while being challenged. to silence speech risks suspension or expulsion. In

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Electoral College Outdated, Limiting Grant Osborn

I can’t help but feel that the two major political parties in the United States are having a race to the bottom. A year and a half ago, it was the wildly unpopular Republican party that was broken and would never win another election. But immediately after President Donald J. Trump’s surprising victory in 2016, the spotlight shifted toward the Democrats, who had been fractured by the arrival of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. And now, Republicans occupy the White House, both chambers of Congress, nearly two-thirds of governorships and the balance (more or less, depending on your impression of Justice Anthony Kennedy) of the Supreme Court. Yet, Republicans have struggled to pass some of the most basic conservative legislation, from tax reform to immigration policy to health care bills. So who, exactly, is worse off in the long term? We are — the American people. Our electoral system simply makes it impossible to run as even the best candidate who does not fit the rigid mold of a Republican or Democrat. The most recent of our past three presidents, Trump, had no political experience and campaigned on the adage “no publicity is bad publicity,” capturing media attention with his endless wouldbe career-ending gaffes for any establishment candidate. Before him, we had Barack Obama, a twoterm state senator and community organizer with few if any political achievements to boast of before assuming office. Barring the fact that he was a young, handsome, charismatic black man from Chicago, Obama would have been unelectable. Finally, we had George W. Bush, who led the U.S. into two decade-and-a-half long wars, skyrocketed the national debt and left the U.S. in its biggest financial tailspin since the Great Depression. Congress might actually be filled with even worse politicians, too divided to pass any legislation without a party majority in both chambers — and even then, only with great trouble. A health care bill, for instance, under Trump should be the easiest bill in the easiest policy in the world to pass with Congress swinging heavily right. But closing in on a year into the presidency, the policy remains unchanged. Congress’ approval rate is so low that it would be laughable if it weren’t so distressing: As of October 2017, the number remains as low as 13 percent. Across the pond, Germany has elected a competent leader, Angela Merkel, who, if not the true leader of the free world at this point — given the degree to which she is globally respected and the degree to which our leader is not — could at least be called the Chancellor of a free Europe. Our politicians are so consistently incompetent or unqualified because of our electoral system. Even if each of the candidates in past elections had been phenomenal,

we would still have a system where only individuals who represent narrow interests could ever clinch a nomination. This is why, until the past year, it has always been party loyalists who have managed to gather support (and we have all seen how much worse it is when outsiders capture the hearts and minds of the populace). The simple fact is that the electoral system precludes third parties from rising to the fore, whether in local, gubernatorial or national races. As an independent, I am forced to choose between two candidates with whom I have wide-ranging disagreements or waste my vote. Other countries have managed to come up with fairer systems. Although there are fundamental problems with Parliament in the United Kingdom — for instance, the fact that the prime minister is not chosen by the people, but by whichever party wins a plurality of seats — their legislature actually reflects the multitude of the opinions of the population. In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received more than 3 percent of the popular vote. That number would undoubtedly have been much higher if half of the population hadn’t been so scared of a Trump presidency that they felt obligated to vote for Clinton or vice versa. Yet Libertarians hold no seats in the 100-seat Senate or even any seats in the 435seat House of Representatives. Instead, U.S. voters are required to select some blunt antidote for their problems while they likely have significant qualms with the party they have chosen. The Democratic and Republican parties necessarily cater to only a specific subset of the population. This system is simply absurd. It worked in 1789, when the president’s power was much more limited and states’ powers were comparatively greater. Such a system denied the prospect of one state controlling the entire direction of the nation. But at this juncture, we have — more or less uncontroversially — handed much of that state power to the federal government. To ensure the prosperity of our country and to ensure that every voice actually has weight, we mustn’t have a system wherein the seats of Congress are selected on a regional basis in a winnertakes-all format, but one where there is a national election and the number of seats in Congress is in direct ratio to the number of votes each party receives. Though this issue directly affects Congress, it indirectly traces back to the presidency as well. Because third parties are at an impossible disadvantage in Congress, it makes it impossible for thirdparty candidates to gain traction in the presidential election as well. Without first establishing a decent presence in Congress, to vote for a third party president is largely the same phenomenon. Unless change can happen slowly over time, change will not happen at all. Only after slow congressional shift to, say, the Libertarian party, could a third-party candidate gain significant support. Unfortunately, a change to reflect a more democratic system of government is unlikely to happen. For Congress to pass such an amendment to the Constitution would mean signing away the power of the parties which gave legislators their seats in the first place. Grant Osborn is a College junior from Springfield, Ohio.


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Despite Criticism, RSGA Pres. Candidates Proactive Isabeth Mendoza A few weeks ago, when a Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA) presidential candidate, Nchedo Ezeokoli (19PH), could not attend the RSGA presidential debate, the other two of the three RSGA presidential candidates elected instead to hold a service event to get to know constituents and answer constituents’ questions about their platforms. While some have decried this decision as a failure in democracy, those candidates’ practical and judicious commitments to democratic values signal the opposite. RSGA elections have historically been uneventful, but this year it has been muddled with confusion for candidates, Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) student voters and RSGA itself. The Emory Wheel has been following the confusing slew of decisions, from two RSPH students’ choice to hold a debate independent of RSGA to the three presidential candidates not participating and holding an alternative service event. As a public health

student, I’d like to look upstream to see what could have been done to prevent the events occurring downstream — in this case, 20172018’s disheveled election process. Usually, RSGA candidates submit their platforms, which are then shared by RSGA with the student body, and hold events such as tabling that allow them to share their platforms with students. Unless students are actively aware of the various events organized by all candidates, they will likely never meet a candidate or have an opportunity to have their questions for the candidates answered. Debates foster the flow of information and hold leaders accountable to their campaign promises after elections. Debates also allow for more personal connections with constituents than one-page typed platforms. Finally, debate allows student-specific questions and concerns to be addressed. That is precisely why debates are so valuable, the same reason open debate has become a symbol of democracy. This year, no debate was formally discussed within the RSGA board. RSGA emailed an elections statement to the student body, stating, “RSGA is not constitu-

tionally required to host a debate during its election cycle.” This is true: RSGA has only hosted one presidential debate in recent years, which took place Fall 2016. While debates are not mandated at Rollins School of Public Health, a debate was held during the 20162017 election cycle, which was the class of 2018’s first experience under RSGA’s leadership. This year, instead of organizing a debate, the RSGA President Tina Mensa-Kwao (18 PH) took it upon herself to explore a debate’s efficacy with past presidents but failed to discuss it with her board. That inability to initiate a conversation and consensus within the RSGA board seems to have been the inception of confusion. One of the three candidates, Ezeokoli, was unable to attend the debate because of an academic event. Debate organizers Sana Charania (13Ox, 16C, 18PH) and Christopher DeVore (18PH) responded by remarking that tough decisions need to be made by leaders and that whoever is elected the RSGA president must continue to make sacrifices. Charania stated in a Facebook post on the event page that a debate would al-

Trump’s Opioid Solution Insufficient Maryah Amin Responsible for the deaths of about 90 Americans a day, opioids are the cause of an increasingly dire health crisis finally being addressed by the Trump administration. The opioid epidemic had its beginnings in the early 1990s, when a combination of “aggressive marketing” and faulty science promoted by Purdue Pharma resulted in widespread use of OxyContin, a form of oxycodone, according to CNN. In 2007, Purdue Pharma and three of its top executives pleaded guilty to misleading and defrauding doctors and consumers about the safety of the drug. But since OxyContin was introduced in 1995, opioids have become a source of pain relief, addiction and subsequent devastation for a concerning number of Americans, especially in the Appalachian region. On Oct. 26, President Donald J. Trump graced us all with a long overdue declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. Considering that some analysts attribute Trump’s electoral win in New Hampshire in part to his campaign promise to address the crisis by August 2017, Trump should have declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency months ago. In the 1980s, opioids were considered a “safe treatment for chronic pain,” a conclusion based largely on a questionable letter to the editor published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The letter, titled “Addiction Rare in Patients Treated with Narcotics,” was not peer-reviewed nor supported by any verified, peer-reviewed evidence, yet was cited at least 608 times between its publication and June 2017 as proof that longterm narcotic use is not addictive. Many of these drugs are, in fact, highly addictive; the pharmaceutical industry was happy to supply individuals hooked on opioids with pills. Those pharmaceutical companies produced a seemingly endless supply of the drugs that addicts sought. Before April 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could investigate and fine shady pill distributors, and freeze possibly-illegal drug shipments from being moved around the country. Last year, however, Congress

unanimously passed the Effective Drug Enforcement Act last year, divesting the DEA of its power to investigate pharmaceutical companies that may be responsible for the illegal distribution of narcotics. Joseph T. Rannazzisi, former DEA chief, was replaced in 2015 due to conflict over the bill; Rannazzisi spent his career investigating hundreds of cases involving illegal activity in the opioid industry and vehemently opposed the bill, claiming it would “protect defendants that [the DEA has] under investigation.” The pharmaceutical industry spent about $240 million dollars on lobbying in 2016, almost 60 times what the National Rifle Association has spent lobbying Congress on gun rights in the same year. Because of its political sway and money spent on lobbying, the pharmaceutical industry essentially wrote the law that crippled the DEA and insured the continuation of their cash cow. Trump’s treatment of this urgent, concerning calamity reflects a bigger theme that has been present for the entirety of his term as well as his campaign — empty promises and so-called plans without actual substance or action to back them up. At an Oct. 30 White House event attended by families devastated by the opioid crisis, Trump delivered a speech speckled with emotional adjectives to describe the “horrible, horrible situation that’s taken place with opioids.” Other choice phrases from the event include a promise that the government will produce “really tough, really big, really great” advertising intended to dissuade Americans from touching opioids in the first place. The reasoning behind this idea? “If we can teach young people not to take drugs, it’s really, really easy not to take them,” Trump said eloquently. There’s a pressing logistical screwup here: What Trump declared is completely different from what he enacted. Trump declared a “national health emergency,” which would allow the government to use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds allocated for such emergencies to combat the epidemic via the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act — as of September 2017, FEMA’s budget was approximately $3.3 billion. What Trump enacted is a “nationwide public health emergency”

via the Public Health Services Act, which allows the government to access a measly $57,000 in funding from the Public Health Emergency Fund. The emergency will last 90 days, though it can be renewed. Whether Trump, in his campaign promises, simply misspoke in calling the crisis a “national health emergency” or intentionally equivocated to mislead voters, his actions are clear. Our president’s policy decisions speak louder (and much more coherently) than his campaign promises. A mere $57,000 will barely even begin to cover any comprehensive plan for dealing with the opioid epidemic. According to analysis by Richard G. Frank, a economics professor who worked to implement the Affordable Care Act under the Obama administration, addressing the crisis would cost $14 billion this year and $183 billion over the coming decade. Positive aspects of Trump’s plan include a requirement that prescribers that are federally employed are trained in safe opioid prescription protocols, a federal initiative to create nonaddictive painkillers and actions to restrict shipments of fentanyl, a cheap opioid, into the United States. Trump also intends to suspend a rule currently preventing Medicaid from funding some drug rehabilitation facilities. But Trump’s failure to request adequate funding reflects his lack of concern for the crisis. Furthermore, Trump’s plan fails to consider the root cause of the opioid epidemic; it only addresses the issue for the alreadyaffected generation. This is a start, but not enough. The underlying reasons people seek relief in opioids must be addressed by the Trump administration, and proper addiction treatment must be expanded, especially in rural regions of the U.S. A 2017 study of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a condition found in newborns exposed to addictive opioids in utero, found that NAS disproportionately affects rural and Appalachian Kentucky counties and that “treatment options are disproportionately further away for these residents.” Until effective treatment is more widely and easily available, opioid overdose deaths will remain at dangerously high levels. Maryah Amin is a College freshman from Syosset, N.Y.

low the “opportunity for leaders to articulate clear well-developed views under pressure and engage with those who may disagree.” All three presidential candidates instead organized an alternative event which would achieve the same goals of a debate — a public service event where students could have conversations with the presidential candidates while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to the Atlanta InnerCity Ministry. I don’t disagree with aforementioned claims made by the organizers of the debate. However, I disagree with their inflexibility and failure to remember that we are all at Rollins because we are students. The choice to sacrifice academics for student government should be made by the candidate, and constituents can take that choice into consideration when voting. This situation was created because of the current RSGA board’s inability to communicate within itself. It’s disappointing to see second-year students create a toxic and unnecessarily dramatic election process for first years. Instead, we should mentor first years and encourage public health

students to gain more practice in advocacy and running for office. This entire kerfuffle is a representation of how Rollins reacts with panic and fear when the slightest apparent threat to democracy arises. Since the 2016 national presidential elections, students are frantically trying to protect Rollins’ assumed liberalness. This is a reactionary behavior that limits our ability to work together, actually have conversations and think creatively outside establishment norms. The three presidential candidates who made sandwiches demonstrated a leadership that was proactive and solution-oriented, level-headed and intentional in meeting voters’ needs. It demonstrates to me that they will not allow themselves to be bullied by people, including administrators or faculty, who may attempt to influence them. I look forward to the cultural changes the three candidates will bring to RSGA, not only with regard to the election process, but also to the future of discourse at Rollins. Isabeth Mendoza is a second-year Rollins graduate student from Los Angeles.

Dial Down Unrelated Digital Use in Academia chose to do the opposite. Some were on their computers the entire Laurel Sutherland time doing homework. Others were on their phones, scrolling through My peers are losing themselves to social media websites. Groups of their screens. In lectures, they are students stood up and left halfway physically present. But mentally, many through the lectures. Looking around of them are absent, present only to at fellow students, I felt embartheir laptops and phones. Attending rassed and ashamed by the image a lecture means listening to what the of Emory we collectively presented. Students spend almost 21 percent lecturer has to say. Attendees shouldn’t check their email or work on their of their time in the classroom using coding homework, and they certainly their digital devices for non-class should not hold their phones in front activities like monitoring social media, of their faces as they text their friends. according to a study by University of The blatant disrespect of students Nebraska, Lincoln Professor Barney distracted by technology was on full McCoy. Students reported that they display during a Nov. 7 symposium “check out” from class because of on the Russian Revolution. The sym- boredom and to complete related schoolwork. Those posium, presented behaviors are not by the Russian, only disrespectful, East-European and Emory students but they also inhibit Eurasian Studies (REES) Program, feaknow what it is like learning in lectures tured University of to work hard. ... Why, and in class. Many of the students at the Michigan Professor then, are we treating Russian Revolution Ronald Suny and symposium cerUniversit y of our professors and California, Berkeley campus guests ... with tainly checked out, and if they were tryProfessor Martin Jay. disrespect? ing to hide their Before I attended boredom, they this lecture, I had no weren’t succeeding. idea that Nov. 7 was the As students at a top-25 ranked anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Emory students I did not know that, for decades, the university, date marked a major holiday in Russia. know what it is like to work hard. We know the time, effort and In fact, I attended the symposium because my professor offered extra dedication that goes into crafting credit. (The Russian Revolution is not interesting and engaging presenamong my biggest interests.) That said, tations. Why, then, are we treating I left the lecture with a new and better our professors and campus guests, understanding of the historic event. who do the same, with disrespect? I am not perfect. I’ve respondBut whether I was interested in the Russian Revolution remains imma- ed to the occasional e-mail during terial. The symposium was a well- class and checked out for a few minplanned event. Both Suny and Jay utes. But I do not treat professors had traveled long distances to deliv- and lecturers with the amount of er their lectures. Their informative, discourtesy that I witnessed at the analytical and, at times, humorous Russian Revolution symposium. Emory, we can do better than this. lectures revealed thoughtfulness and the long hours they spent to master Let’s put our phones away, close our the literature they incorporated into laptops and engage with the present. their presentations. Those scholars Let’s give presenters the respect and deserved attention and respect. I made attention that we would want to receive a conscious choice to be present at the ourselves. Most importantly, let’s event, both physically and mentally. remember to be decent human beings I stopped checking my phone; I put who value the hard work of others. it away. I sat up straight and listened to the lectures with an open mind. Laurel Sutherland is a College Unfortunately, many of my peers senior from West Chester, Pa.


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‘Luzia’ Lives Up To its Name



‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Shines

By Ali GrijAk Contributing Writer

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Close your eyes. Let the soft songs of crickets fill your ears. As you listen to the romantic strum of a guitar, you open your eyes and behold a man in a fresh white suit in a field of orange flowers. With childlike wonder you see performers dressed as exotic hummingbirds climbing the tall rails around you. As you begin to let the sounds and colors inundate your senses, you are bombarded with the noisy commotion of an airport runway. Your captain, Captain Alfonso, notifies you of your trip to the rich land of Luzia. All is well until a clown dramatically falls out of the plane. And so the story begins. Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico,” which runs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 19 at Atlantic Station, takes the audience on a culturally rich journey through various settings, including the Mexican desert, a dramatic movie set and the deep blue ocean. Luiza transports the audi-

reverberated off unfilled seats as the crowd made its way into the venue. For those who showed up early, K. Flay’s rhythmic bursts were more than buoyant. Also opening for Imagine Dragons was Los Angeles electro-pop quintet Grouplove. With matching yellow hair and faux cheetah fur, vocalist Hannah Hooper and vocalist and guitarist Christian Zucconi captivated the

“Stranger Things,” Netflix’s dramatic sci-fi/horror sleeper hit, turned the world upside down when it premiered July 2016. The Netflix original series has received both critical and commercial acclaim, garnering 18 Emmy nominations and winning the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2016, becoming one of Netflix’s moststreamed original series of 2016. When producers announced a second season, some viewers anticipated its arrival with both anticipation and trepidation — would the second season live up to the high standards its predecessor had set? To mitigate a direct comparison between the two, the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, known professionally as The Duffer Brothers, marketed the season not as the continuation of the first season, but as its sequel, branding the season to the public as “Stranger

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Ben McKee (left), Daniel Wayne Sermon (Center) and Dan Reynolds (r iGht) share a tender moment of musical rest on stage.

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Imagine Dragons might already be known for their fun and catchy hits, but nothing on the radio could prepare you for how masterfully they can thrill crowds while on stage. Delivering their “thunderous” brand of music during the Nov. 7 Atlanta stop of the Evolve World Tour, Imagine Dragons brought


an energy that fueled a packd Philips Arena all night. Lead singer and frontman Dan Reynolds weaved his way through “I Don’t Know Why” from their new album, “Evolve” and “It’s Time” from 2013’s “Night Visions” and “Gold” from 2015’s “Smoke and Mirrors” to open the proceedings in front of about 21,000 audience members. Opening for the concert was Illinois singer-songwriter K. Flay, whose music


Hoodie Allen Brings Raw Skill on Tour By Annie Cohen Senior Staff Writer The charm of Hoodie Allen is not only his ability to live up to his fasttalking, smooth-singing songs but also his undeniable love for what he does. Steven Markowitz, known professionally as Hoodie Allen, has a certain ability to connect with an audience — watching him on stage feels like meeting him one on one. He brought his aura of pure fun to Atlanta Nov. 20 on his Hype World Tour 2017. The concert was held at Center Stage, a smaller venue with seating and a small empty area right in front of the stage that the audience would later use as a mosh pit. It was a little empty when I arrived, but began filling up closer to 10:10 p.m. when Hoodie Allen took the stage. The audience consisted mostly of older teens, a few people who seemed to be legally drinking and, the clear majority, young women. The openers, Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher, played rap songs similar in style to Hoodie Allen’s music. Parrish, a young guy with the looks and comic charm of a Vine star, was surprisingly fun. He had the energy and boyish charm of a rap-styleShawn Mendes and knew how to play a crowd. He frequently spoke directly with the audience, made eye contact

with as many people as possible and assigned the audience specific dance moves to keep everybody interested. Luke Christopher was less successful at hyping the crowd up and lost control of the mosh pit, as most people stood still and became distracted by their phones. When Hoodie Allen finally came on stage, the energy changed from one of numb boredom to utmost excitement. The presence of an actual, live band was one of the biggest, and best, surprises for me. I love live music and appreciate seeing actual instruments rather than a man on a computer. His band was technically talented, and he joked around with them frequently throughout the show. Hoodie Allen is phenomenal live. Not only does he sound almost exactly as he does in recordings, but he also knows how to command a stage and hold a crowd’s attention. He moved around the stage enough to keep it interesting but not so much that he was difficult to follow. His dancing and jumping set an attainable, high energy level for the audience. He filled the space in between songs with fun banter with the bandmates and audience members about his songs and experiences at other shows. He tailored the

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ sees its titular character travel through numerous fantasy lands in his quest to end the immoral, forced marriage of Princess Peach to Bowser.

‘Odyssey’ a Giant Leap Forward By AdityA PrAkAsh Senior Staff Writer

Grade: A In 1981, Nintendo released a game called “Donkey Kong” that featured a man dressed in red, whom the company christened Jumpman. Despite the technical limitations of gaming hardware at the time, the game shined

due to the polish of its core mechanic: jumping. If there was a moving platform you needed to reach, you would jump at the perfect time and land on it. If there was an enemy you needed to kill, you would jump as it is approached you. Through one simple yet nuanced concept, the simple platformer became the most cherished and beloved franchise in gaming.

Fast forward 36 years later and we have “Super Mario Odyssey,” a game that plays so spectacularly because it boldly attempts to recreate the jump. Don’t misunderstand, our favorite plumber can jump better than ever before, but with the introduction of his new companion Cappy — a spirit that lives in Mario’s signature red cap — the

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Creative Characterization Stays Key to Netflix Hit Show’s Success Continued from Page 9 Things 2.” Unlike many sequels and sophomore seasons, the characters of “Stranger Things” do not undergo selective amnesia when it comes to the traumatic events of the prior season. The beginning of “Stranger Things 2” instead sees the characters grappling with their traumas head on. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) sees a psychiatrist regularly to treat his recurring visions and flashbacks associated with his brush with death in the Upside Down, and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) becomes sullen and withdrawn as he grieves for the presumed-dead Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the telekinetic research lab escapee who was his first love. Mike’s sister, Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), and her boyfriend, Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), wrestle with guilt over the death of their friend Barbara Holland (Shannon Purser), for which they feel partly culpable. Will’s mother Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) struggles to connect with her boyfriend, newcomer Bob Newby (Sean Astin), in the wake of last year’s family trauma, and Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) is forced to assume a double identity to protect the town he loves. The internal character conflicts make for a season more gritty, thoughtful and satisfying than its predecessor. This season, the plot veers more sci-fi and fantasy than horror. Will’s “PTSD flashbacks” turn out to be visions of a new monster from the Upside Down, known as “the shadow

monster” or “The Mind Flayer,” bent on destroying not just Hawkins, but the world at large. The monster possesses Will, an event analogized as a “virus” taking over his body, and the kids — Mike, Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and newcomer Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) — alongside the teens — Will’s brother Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton), Nancy and Steve — and the adults — Joyce, Bob and Hopper — must band together to stop the evil from escaping the Upside Down and throwing the world into darkness. Despite this season’s wider scope, it’s not as scary as season one. Where the first season showed little of its monster, relying more on Hitchcockian psychological horror, the second season leans heavily on its updated budget and relies on special effects for scares. The CGI is technically impressive but causes the season’s setting and atmosphere to lose some of the kitschy, nostalgic ’80s charm of its predecessor. Because the monster’s escape has implications for the world beyond Hawkins, some of the episodes take place outside the town. This ostensibly raises the stakes of the series; however, a large part of what contributed to the feeling of dread and suspense in the first season was the claustrophobia of the tiny town, the suspicion that there was nothing in the world but Hawkins, and, thus, nowhere to escape from the horrors which plagued it. With viewers reminded of the reality of the outside

world in “Stranger Things 2,” that tension is lost. The season clocks in at nine episodes, opposed to season one’s eight. Although that number feels like an adequate runtime for this season’s comparatively weaker plotline, it isn’t enough time for adequate character development. To the show’s credit, it recognizes that a large reason for the show’s initial success was the intimacy of its characters and their relationships with one another, and for some characters, the show absolutely delivers on development. Dustin and Steve are a delightfully unexpected brotherly pairing, and when Dustin and Lucas meet a new girl at school, disinterested skater and supernatural skeptic Max, they vie for her affections with gestures simultaneously cringe-worthy and heart-warming. Most satisfying of all is Hopper and Eleven’s adopted father-daughter relationship, which is as authentic and messy as any parent-child relationship and brings out sides of both characters viewers haven’t seen before. Some character moments, however, are mishandled. The entire character of Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) feels unnecessary. It seems he was meant to have replaced Steve this season, who was reportedly so likable The Duffer Brothers chose to keep him on the show and expand his character rather than maintaining his first season characterization as the bully jock and killing him off. However, Steve’s character development worked not only because of

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Caleb McLaughlin (left), Finn Wolfhard (Center) and Gaten Matarazzo (r iGht) at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Keery’s effortless charm, but also because the series simply doesn’t need a bully character. The show has enough internal and external conflicts that Billy popping up every now and then to torment someone feels superfluous. Instead of wasting time with Billy, the show ought to have focused on Mike and Eleven, whose friendship and innocent first love comprised a good chunk of the first season’s emotional core. The two are separated for the vast majority of this season, and their reunion, which takes place right before the climax, feels rushed (their adorable scene together in the last 10 minutes of the season notwithstanding). When a TV show is well-received, it’s common for creators to try to rep-

licate the first season’s tone, plot and characterization while writing the second season in an attempt to duplicate that season’s success. “Stranger Things 2” took the opposite path, taking its storyline to unexpected places and making character choices that bucked predictability. That ambitious approach sometimes backfired — plots came to dead-ends, or character interactions didn’t jive as well on screen as they did on paper. Nevertheless, “Stranger Things 2” proved that “Stranger Things”’ success was not a fluke, and the series’ ability to reinvent itself promises much to look forward to in the future.

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Show’s High Tech Supplements the Surreal Continued from Page 9 ence to a mystical Mexican reality through jaw-dropping acrobatic feats and stunning visual artistry. According to Jalbert, “Luzia” took two and a half years to craft. Producers spent one year creating the show, and the cast spent the second year practicing. The cast is composed of performers of 24 nationalities, show publicist Francis Jalbert said. While “[the directors] have a general idea of what the show will look like … together, [the performer] has some influence; each has a lot of ideas to bring in.” Because of this, no two shows are alike. The constantly changing nature of the show “keeps the show fresh,” Jalbert said. The show took no time in wowing the crowd. The performers took hoop diving to another level, sprinting on two large treadmills in the center of the stage. The increased speed made the acts more challenging yet visually pleasing, forcing the performers to make risky jumps and dives. Audience members were left in suspense as striking red and orange hummingbirds adeptly jumped through stacked hoops, some even at the same time. Despite the occasional mistakes when hoops went crashing to the ground, the performers continued their act, diving through higher and higher hoops. “Luzia” also features a contortionist, performers who twist and jump from various upright poles and a man who can juggle seven pins at unimaginable speeds. This year, Cirque du Soleil finally used water in their show, a feat never achieved before for the company, according to Jalbert. A Cyr wheel artist spun and rolled around the stage at shocking speeds under the rain-

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two artists clad in lush neons perform a lively dance with a soccer ball, invoking images of ancient Mexican sport. drops while an aerialist twisted and spun gracefully through the deluge. Through a system of opening and closing valves, the showers produced animal and flower visuals. Jalbert stated that per the new water feature, there are “94,000 holes on the surface of the rotating stage.” An average of 1,500 gallons of water is used during every show. With its state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the show richly displayed the beauty and history of Mexico. According to Jalbert, with the use of more than 2,000 props, the show cleverly details the country’s rich material culture and artistry. Additionally, the content of the performance expertly incorporated aspects of Mexican identity. At one point in the show, two talented soccer street performers balanced balls on their heads while dancing. This modern act dates back to ancient native ball play, displaying a transition from past to present. In the middle of the performance, a perforated and detailed red screen descended in the middle of the stage, a direct reference to “papel picado,” a

show to the audience by asking fans whether they wanted more of his older music and taking into account the audience’s reactions to certain songs. One of the perks of having a smaller venue: Allen had the ability to actually speak with several audience members. Allen surfed the crowd, threw actual cakes into the audience during his song “Cake Boy” and called a lucky fan on stage from his phone designated specifically for communicating with fans. Hoodie Allen’s genre is fast, challenging rap that’s attainable with practice and a little skill — the lyrics are just dangerous enough to make you feel rebellious but not so mature that someone would be scared away. His songs focus on fame, money and sex and include enough curse words to merit parental advisory warnings. Hoodie Allen played a variety of songs at his concert, with a heavier focus on his older albums like “All American,” a smashing, rough pop album whose crackling synths swelled to even greater life in the concert hall and “Crew Cuts,” an edgy, fun and fast paced album that received tons of appreciation from the crowd Those songs’ structure displayed his signature rapped verses and sung choruses, and were fun for the audience, which was clearly familiar with them. The older songs he sang, like “Small Town”

and “No Interruption,” were throwbacks for Hoodie Allen fans, and their faster beats and heavier rap style gave him a chance to show off his fasttalking skills. Even though the Hype Tour centers on his new album, “The Hype,” Hoodie Allen played a lot of music from his previous albums. His older music, while still upbeat and fast, was less centered on EDM beats and computergenerated music. That being said, “The Hype” fits in well with Hoodie Allen’s older music. He continued to employ a more sing-song style of rap with fully sung choruses as he always has. During the performance, he called out fans who knew the words to his songs by pointing them out to everyone or even yelling out to acknowledge them. It’s near impossible to be in a bad mood while watching Hoodie Allen goof off and have a genuinely good time performing. He’s a talented, devoted musician who knows how to put on an endlessly entertaining show that leaves a crowd wanting more, which this crowd did. After he left the stage, the audience chanted “Hoodie” for about a minute and he returned to the stage and performed two extra songs. I have no doubt that the crowd would have stayed all night if Hoodie Allen had allowed it. I know I would have.

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form of elaborate Mexican folk art. In addition to the costumes, which included silver fish and crocodile headdresses, the performance displayed Mexican surrealism through the beauty and complexity of the music. The songs were adapted from all forms of Mexican tradition, mixing old, romantic classics with upbeat, celebratory beats. With the help of a full band, including trumpet, guitar and saxophone, a single woman carried the show with her majestic voice, captivating the audience with the passionate lyrics. As the show ended and the audience streamed out of the packed seating into the crisp evening air, it became slowly clear that the performance truly lived up to its name. “Luzia” is a vivid, exquisitely detailed dream, delivered by one of the few companies in the world with the technical knowledge, but more importantly, the vision, to bring it to waking life.

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crowd with their performance of their hit, “Tongue Tied.” After Imagine Dragons took the stage, Reynolds gave a small tribute to the victims of the mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas, speaking to the crowd about unity, strength, peace and love. “May we spread peace, may we spread love — humanity needs it,” Reynolds said. “Tonight we celebrate life.” Reynolds slowly progressed into performing their first song, “It’s Time,” to remind everyone about the power of music and its ability to unite people. Imagine Dragons continued to rock the crowd with “Whatever it Takes” and “Believer” from their 2017 album “Evolve,” two songs marked by exhilarated performances. “I Bet My Life,” “Demons” and “On Top Of The World” further thrilled the crowd as the band performed a balance of songs from their first three albums. Audience sing-alongs were hearty, enthusiastic and frequent, even with newer songs such as “I Don’t Know Why” and “Yesterday.” The band left the main stage halfway through the concert to perform on an acoustic stage on the opposite side of the venue, weaving their way through the eager crowd. After performing some of their older hits, the band began to play some songs from their newest album. Bassist Ben McKee performed the band’s new song and fan favorite, “Dream.” Fans got their wish as the band returned to the main stage for “Thunder” and “Believer.” “Believer” encapsulated the

spirit of Imagine Dragons, with perfectly timed lights and some exuberant sing-alongs. Throughout the show, Reynolds was engaging and expressive, frequently clasping the mic stand, but then bouncing, stretching his hands toward the crowd and patting his chest in rhythmic bliss as each tune unfolded. Time and time again, Imagine Dragons has proved that they have an extensive range of songs in their repertoire, from straight pop to more traditional rock. An Imagine Dragons live concert experience is a phenomenal ride of tremendous songs, an evolving spirit and a spontaneity that gives an artist a lead in the ride to success. But even with the run of some amazing songs, something was missing. The songs were loaded with excitement — not to mention some strategically placed triangles, confetti, balloons and bubbles — but it seemed that the rest of the arena was left in the shadows of the lights beaming only on the band. Even though the excitement prevailed throughout all the singles, most of the fans were waiting for the band’s top hit, “Radioactive.” Thankfully, Imagine Dragons did what they do best: thrilling the crowd. And so, with a perfect mix of lights, beats, bass and elusive vocals by Reynolds, Imagine Dragons delivered an astounding and breathtaking performance of “Radioactive,” leaving the crowd on a high.

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Newest Mario Game a Feather in Nintendo’s Cap Continued from Page 9 Super Mario series has received a new mechanism that turns the cherished platformer completely on its head. Players can throw Cappy and use him as a projectile. More creative players can even use him as an additional platform to give their jump a slight boost. The biggest tool that Cappy provides is his possession ability. If you throw him onto most enemies and some non-player characters (NPCs) in the game, you can adopt their powers. Throwing Cappy onto a frog gives your jump an extra oomph, while throwing him onto a tank gives you enough firepower to blast through walls. It’s a stream of endless possibilities that make even the most banal areas in the game come to life as you contemplate which enemies you can take control of. Cappy embodies the freedom that players are granted in “Super Mario Odyssey.” Through each player’s possession and jump capabilities, the world is infinite in scope, housing countless possibilities underneath Cappy’s simple and easy-to-use mechanics. I appreciated this early in my runthrough when I tested Mario’s jumping abilities in a small dungeon in the Sand Kingdom, where I leaped and backflipped everywhere like a member of the circus. To my surprise, I ended up on a platform I initially thought was unreachable and won some coins for my effort. While the reward wasn’t spectacular, it was still satisfying, as if an approving pat on the back from Nintendo. Little quirks and possibilities like that add up to

the game’s nuanced level of design and mechanics. More than anything, Nintendo has nailed how fun it is to just move around as Mario. The inclusion of long jumps and rolling makes traversing the various maps quick and fun. I found myself leaping and tumbling through spots of the open world for no reason, enjoying the fluidity of the movement mechanics and the funny way Mario says “woo hoo” whenever he makes a long jump. The Super Mario series does not tend to deviate from its focus on gameplay, and “Super Mario Odyssey” does not subvert that trend in any way. While most players appreciate this focus, it leads to a standard, bland Mario game plot. Bowser has — prepare yourself for this wild twist — kidnapped Princess Peach and is trying to marry her. It is Mario’s job to rescue Princess Peach and stop the wedding. Also, if you save 1,000 coins and buy the boxers from any of the stores in the game, you are rewarded with a splendid view of a topless Mario. Bask in the glory of his bare nipples for this is their first appearance in any Mario game. This is about as revolutionary as the game gets when it comes to the story. Though the gameplay takes center stage in the qualities that make “Super Mario Odyssey” a revolutionary game for the series, the experience is made better by the gorgeous design. Every kingdom in “Super Mario Odyssey” feels rich and unique, from the colourful, detailed dunes of the Sand Kingdom to the bizarrely realis-

tic design of New Donk City, a faithful reinterpretation of New York City. The atmosphere of each zany world is made more animated by the game’s fantastic soundtrack. The heavy jazz inspiration of New Donk City’s theme, with its glaring saxophone riff and tight, underlying electric guitar accompaniment, helps immerse the player in the metropolitan air of the world, while the jumpy, minimalist guitar riff of the Wooded Kingdom with its loud snares fills the player with a muted excitement that makes travelling the mysterious and placid world a sublime experience. None of the musical loops are particularly long, making the songs even more catchy than they already are, adding to the repetitive fun of blindly jumping around a map for hours on end. “Super Mario Odyssey” is a success because it brings something new to the Mario franchise without totally subverting the philosophy behind the original game. “Donkey Kong” and every subsequent Mario title has been, at heart, a platformer, and “Super Mario Odyssey” is without hesitation the finest platforming experience Nintendo has ever produced, making even the simplest of jumps in the game a joy to pull off. The complexity behind the game mechanics coupled with the gorgeous world design and atmospheric soundtrack makes “Super Mario Odyssey” an impossible game to put down and a must-have for any Nintendo Switch owner. Chapeau, Nintendo.

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By Monica Lefton Senior Staff Writer

Blocks away from the monotonous hum of construction work, white marble and glass bridges lies a part of Emory University’s campus that hasn’t been updated since the late 1990s, and probably won’t change anytime soon. Even though Emory has now designated the older buildings as storage space, they’ve most recently served as the site of the 1980s-era Hawkins National Laboratory in Hawkins, Ind., for Netflix’s beloved original series “Stranger Things.” A five-minute drive down North Decatur Road or a 15-minute shuttle ride on the B route brings you to Briarcliff Campus, marked by a tall black building known as Building A. Briefly a space for displaced faculty offices and old desks, Building A is now most recognized as the home of the Upside Down in “Stranger Things.” Though now known as a film location, Building A boasts a history as scattered and peculiar as the sets it holds. Once a state-owned and operated mental health institute, the building hasn’t changed much since its construction in the 1960s. Its medical interior, once used to treat patients and conduct mental health research, is now home to movie and television sets. William M. Dracos, Emory University managing director and chief business practice improvement officer, said that the site appeals to film producers because of its 20th century architecture. “The attraction of the Briarcliff [A] Building is that it is truly a period piece,” Dracos said. “It had a certain visual effect [as] an institution research facility or governmental institution.” Most recently, “Stranger Things” filmed scenes for both seasons at the Briarcliff A Building, creating Hawkins National Laboratory from the iconic black exterior and clinical interior. The University bought Briarcliff Campus as part of a 42-acre, $2.9 million acquisition along Briarcliff Road in 1997. This decision went against the University’s land acquisition policy, which prohibited the purchase of land that was south of North Decatur Road or noncontiguous with current University property. The sale included the buildings of Briarcliff Campus and Briarcliff Mansion, according to University Historian Gary Hauk. Asa Candler Jr., son of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, originally owned the land. Candler Jr. built Briarcliff Mansion in 1922 and lived on the estate until 1948, when he sold the land to the state of Georgia. After acquiring the land, the state government built a mental health treatment center with housing for private patients in what now is the Briarcliff Building A and the smaller red brick cottages in the surrounding area, respectively. The mansion was turned over from the state to DeKalb County in the 1960s and functioned as a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. In the mid-1990s, due to funding shifts in mental health facilities, the state looked to sell off the land, eventually selling it to Emory. The University planned to trans-

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Purchased in 1997, Briarcliff Building A serves as Hawkins National Laboratory in the Netflix drama “Stranger Things.” form the campus into a biotechnology incubation center in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). In first steps of this partnership, the University briefly moved contained Emory laboratories to the site, but no significant research was conducted. University staff soon realized the dated features and general wear and tear of the buildings on Briarcliff campus made research and laboratory work difficult and expensive. They chose to use the space as extra storage instead.

“The attraction of the Briarcliff [A] Building is that it is truly a period piece.” — William M. Dracos Emory University managing director and chief business practice improvement officer “By [the late 1990s], the cottages that had been used for the housing the residential patients were not in very good shape,” Hauk said. “They really were not fit for use as offices or general use by people who would be in there for long term. Parts of [the tall building] were still in fairly good shape, [and] used that for what they called swing space.” Swing space is space designated for departmental overflow, faculty and groups that couldn’t find space on the main campus or were facing renovation of their current buildings. The Briarcliff Campus once held Emory’s Emeritus College, the Jane Fonda Center and the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life. But after no more than 10 years of service Building A soon became unusable too, needing costly updates to its air conditioning and heating system, and treatment of some developing mold and cockroach infestations. Today, some parts are still used as extra storage space, for items such as desks, chairs and lamps. Even without hosting University programming, the building found purpose in its dated, medical look and soon attracted film site managers and location scouts. “It turned out it was a really cool place for film companies, and a lot of people were attracted by its adaptability,” Hauk said. “It does have a clinical

look to parts of the building, and so it was easy to transform certain hallways or rooms into what looked like hospital or a doctor’s office. [It] also became an interesting place for creepy kinds of scenes, and people who have been down in the basement of that tall building always remark on the eeriness of the scene there.” Fans of “Stranger Things” might want to visit the building in person, but access to the land is off limits to anyone besides film companies renting the space and Emory personnel. “Briarcliff Campus is not open to the public, as the buildings are old and hazards exist,” Dracos emphasized. “Individuals should not attempt tourism on the Briarcliff campus for their own safety.” Georgia is now considered a filming capital, the third largest in the world after Los Angeles and New York City, with a high concentration of that work in Atlanta, and Emory’s Briarcliff Campus is only one part of Emory’s involvement in Atlanta’s growing film industry. The University has been a hotbed for film projects, big and small, over the past few years. After a request from the Georgia Film Music and Digital Entertainment Office in 2013 that the campus cooperate with production and filming whenever possible, Emory started to take on more frequent and higher-profile projects. “We’re happy to work with the film industry,” Dracos said. “We think it’s a great element to our state, so we’re happy to be a partner.” “Hidden Figures” also used the Briarcliff Building A to create Kevin Costner’s 1960s research office and lab. “Gifted” and “Denial” were filmed on Emory’s Atlanta campus in the past few years. “Vampire Diaries” was filmed at Emory’s Oxford Campus. Smaller projects, including television shows, commercials and independent films, also rent out spaces across Emory’s campus. The University cannot disclose information regarding current productions on campus. Without a script, there is no confirmation that season three of Stranger Things will film at Briarcliff, but Building A, and Emory University, will forever be a piece of Hawkins, Ind. Just remember, don’t go looking for the Upside Down — firstly, because the area is restricted and secondly, because you probably can’t fight off a demogorgon.

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how to do it in a safe, ethical and legal way,” Jones said. Through his wife and visiting assistant professor, Rebecca Mitchell, Vigfusson was introduced to the possibilities of blending public policy and computer science. Since then, Nishant Kishore (16PH) approached Vigfusson to conduct research and create a program that predicts epidemics by coupling largescale cell phone metadata from Iceland with information about the onset of swine flu in 2009.

For teenaged Ymir Vigfusson, hacking into company servers was like playing Pac-Man at an arcade. It was a game, one that appeared to be isolated from any real consequences, said Vigfusson, who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. At the age of 15, Vigfusson and a few friends accidentally damaged a server at Islandia, an Internet provider in Iceland, and consequently reported his Ymir misdoing to the company. Vigfusson, “I remember the sinking feeling of, Assistant ‘Oh my god, what is going to happen Professor right now?’” Vigfusson said. “If we get reported to the police ... that will be the end of it.” Iceland at the time did not have a legal framework to punish hackers, P M /P e said Vigfusson. And fortunately for “The point of the experiment is to Vigfusson and his friends, Islandia offered them full-time positions for leverage these massive data sets that finding a vulnerability in the code. exist out there,” Kishore said. “It’s rare Though they were let off the hook, to link health details to call records. Vigfusson said that the experience That is novel.” This year, a team of three Emory served as a wake-up call. “I feel like I have the responsibility faculty members, including Vigfusson, to catch kid hackers who are in the were provided a $380,000 grant award same shoes. They are young, they have from the Centers for Disease Control nobody to guide them, they are just and Prevention (CDC) to detect and playing around and [don’t] really real- respond to threats from drug-resistant ize the boundary of what is right and pathogens. According to a University Oct. 25 wrong,” Vigfusson said. “I try to guide them to do something constructive press release, the researchers have developed a fully-functional algowith their skills.” An Iceland native, Vigfusson rithm that identifies multiple strains received a Ph.D. in computer science and clones of malaria and can trace from Cornell University (N.Y.) in 2010. the sources of the E. coli outbreak by analyzing drops of Since then, he has coblood in fecal matter. founded an informaVigfusson said that tion security company “If you can teach their solution provides called Syndis, taught people how things a window into cheapcomputer security courses at Emory and break, they can learn er and more reliable researched the spread how to fix things, and medical interventions compared to deep of epidemics. it’s much more fun.” genome sequencing. At Emor y, Before coming to Vigfusson teaches — Ymir Vigfusson, the United States, “Computer Security,” a Assistant professor Vigfusson hoped to course that focuses on start a business that advanced vulnerabilities, exploits and defense technologies. would enable people to see the ‘blind In his course “Computer Security,” spots’ within an organization. At Vigfusson said he encourages his stu- Syndis, Vigfusson helps teach comdents to go on the offensive through panies how to identify risks and vulbreaking into a restricted system. nerabilities in their source code and According to Andrew Jones (18C), his simulate real-world attacks to appraise task is to enter commands in a comput- the quality of a programming departer program that will take full control ment’s response. His work has allowed him to return of a remote mini-computer, designed to what seemed to be a simple, fun by Vigfusson. “I teach people how things break. If game for his 15-year-old self: hacking. you can teach people how things break, But unlike his past self, he now hopes they can learn how to fix things, and to work within the system and prepare it’s much more fun,” Vigfusson said. “ I corporations for the unexpected. “The knowledge of how to break feel like in some sense I can teach them [to work with the system] responsibly.” stuff allows you to create it better,” While Vigfusson likens homework Vigfusson said. “What if someone is assignments to a game of capture the malicious or what if something fails? flag, he said that any hacking must be That’s the mindset that needs to done under a legal and ethical frame- change for computer science to become more robust.” work in mind. “[Vigfusson] is so invested in doing this because he wants to help people — Contact Varun Gupta at who are interested in hacking learn arth





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‘Whiskey’ Business: World’s Best Whiskies By KeVin KiLGour Sports Editor

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Zeebah dancers perform at College Council’s Culture Shock Nov. 10 in White Hall 208. In addition to performances by other student dance and a cappella groups, actress Diarra Kilpatrick gave the keynote address.


Dongwoo Kim Finds Meaning in Magic By Lisa ZhuanG Contributing Writer

For Dongwoo Kim (21C), life is literally full of magic. A magician, he sees magic as many things: a method of storytelling, a way to overcome his shyness, the hook he needed to get into boarding school and, at times, just a good icebreaker, or something that allows his hands to fidget. Dongwoo Kim strides around campus like any other student — earphones plugged in, carrying a bulging backpack and sporting a light jacket to beat the fall chill — but chances are, there’s a pack of cards hidden somewhere on him. What began with that deck of cards and a few YouTube tutorials in fourth grade became performing daily shows during his high school breaks in various theaters across South Korea, his home country, and England, where he attended boarding school. Along the way, he auditioned for “Britain’s Got Talent,” published a magic tutorial book and released an accompanying DVD, which are currently being sold in bookstores across South Korea. “I mostly do mentalism in my shows, which is basically reading minds and predicting futures — sort of leading people a certain way psychologically,” Kim said. “I don’t really use the classic magic tricks, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.” Dongwoo Kim’s fascination with mentalism led him to develop an interest in social psychology and to consider pursuing a major in psychology at Emory, with hopes to incorporate his studies into his magic shows as well as whatever his future profession may be. Introduced to magic by his mother, Dongwoo Kim has been practicing magic for the past seven years and performing for the past five. He said it began as a hobby, something his mom hoped he would develop a moderate interest in and help him stand out among his peers. However, his mother isn’t quite aware of the extent of his “hobby.” “My parents weren’t that happy with me doing magic, even though they were the ones to introduce me to it,” Dongwoo Kim said. “They didn’t know I would get in this deep. They once threw away all my magic props because they wanted me to start focusing on my studies, since it was high school and I had to get ready for college, but I just kept doing what I do without them knowing.” So far, Dongwoo Kim has only performed for a few friends at Emory, although he has yet to perform publically at the University, due to the booked schedules of Emory theaters and his desire to keep his identity as a

magician quiet — at least, for the first semester of college. During high school, Dongwoo Kim performed his magic much more frequently and openly to his classmates. Shy and homesick, Dongwoo Kim said that he would use magic as a way to start conversation and break out of his introversion. “During high school, I was just ‘The Magician,’” Dongwoo Kim said. “Sometimes people didn’t even know my real name. They just know ‘The Magician,’ and I didn’t want that to happen again in college, so that’s why nowadays I’m not performing as much. What I’m trying to do right now, learning my mistakes from high school, is getting to know a certain person pretty well before showing them that I do magic.” Dongwoo Kim, College Freshman

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While being less upfront about his magic in college means performing less frequently, Dongwoo Kim said that he thinks his strategy is working. Sure enough, it is: His friends see him as someone much more than just his magic tricks. “I feel like magic is just something for us to connect over,” said Afnan Khan (21C), who met Dongwoo Kim during orientation week. “However, there’s a lot more to Dongwoo Kim that makes him a good person and friend.” Jacob Kim (21C), who lives in Dongwoo Kim’s residence hall, hopes to see Dongwoo Kim perform magic eventually. “I think it would be good if Dongwoo performs at Emory,” Jacob Kim said. “He is experienced and has performed many times in [South] Korea, and so far as a freshman, I haven’t heard of any magic clubs or performances [at Emory].” Dongwoo Kim said that he hopes to magic a more common hobby in South Korea through his work, taking inspiration from the much larger magic communities he has witnessed in the United Kingdom and the United States. When he first released his tutorial book and DVD, which are primarily composed of his original magic tricks, he experienced an unexpected side effect: recognition. “When I first released my book, I made sure that my face wouldn’t get shown,” Dongwoo Kim said. “I tried to keep [my identity] low key, because


my main goal was not to get famous or anything, but to provide resources that people might need in the future. But with the DVD, that sort of had to change, and after that, people would come up to me and recognize me.” During his time in [South] Korea, people asked him for autographs, an experience he said he found humbling and pleasant but at times, “just weird.” In England, he developed a reputation as “The Magician,” a nickname that followed him to Emory despite his efforts to keep his magical talents hidden. “I don’t know how it all started. I only showed [my magic] to … five or six people [in high school], and then it just spread like crazy.” Dongwoo Kim said. “For example, because I’m Korean, and a lot of the Korean students knew about it, they’ll call me ‘The Magician’ when I’ve never even met them before.” Dongwoo Kim said he plans to continue performing magic because he believes it does more good than harm. When he auditioned for “Britain’s Got Talent” last February, he performed a trick in honor of a ferry accident that took place off the coast of [South] Korea in 2014, an accident that killed hundreds of students and remains not well known to those outside the country. “The act was that you have a big tank on stage, and then there’s water inside, and I shake my hands around inside the water, and the water turns black,” Dongwoo Kim said. “Then, I start taking out pencils, notebooks, something that a student will have, and then at the end, I put my hands in again, and the water turns clear, and there’s a boat on the floor with sand on the bottom, and then when I snap, the boat starts to rise up, and it comes up to the top.” Dongwoo Kim said that he’s considering starting a magic club in the spring semester once students have gotten to know him better as a person. He has also begun looking for venues on campus to host his performances. Until then, he plans to continue to practice quietly within the confines of his room. “Magic is different from other hobbies because you sort of need somebody else for it,” Dongwoo Kim said. “When you practice, it doesn’t give you any sort of pleasure. It’s just you in front of a mirror trying to perfect something. When there’s an audience, I can see the happiness and joy that they receive, which is why I love magic.”

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Silverstein and I unfortunately did not witness as many kilts as we had hoped, but there were a few whiskey When Atlanta native Mike Ivey traditionalists sporting kilts and tube invited his friend Rob Stites to socks in honor of the drink’s strong Whiskies of the World in Atlanta, Scottish roots. Among these select few was Ivey, Stites said yes. That’s just what you do in such a who came fully prepared in a kilt and tube socks with the word “WHISKEY” scenario. “My wife and I planned this sh*t six in large, stitched letters on each leg. Over the course of the event, months ago,” said Ivey, a Whiskies of the World attendee. “Then she wakes Silverstein and I sampled whiskies up and is puking her guts out all night from nearly 20 different distilleries. Recalling that Glen McKenna was and can’t come. [I called Stites and said,] ‘Do you the name of the famed whiskey in wanna go drink all of the whiskey that “How I Met Your Mother,” we were you can drink for four hours?’ And he careful to to sample each of the dissaid, ‘Yeah, that sounds like a good tilleries with the name “Glen,” since, obviously, they would be the most idea.’” Thus, when Managing Editor exclusive. (We learned after some time that Hayley Silverstein (18C) and I were presented with the opportunity glen apparently means “valley” in to attend Whiskies of the World, Gaelic.) We concluded that The Glenlivet, disregarding our complete and utter lack of knowledge of whiskey, we natu- Belle Meade Bourbon and Breckenridge Distillery were among our favorite rally said yes. That’s just what you do. I soon realized that a whiskey tast- brands, though if you asked us why, we probably couldn’t provide a very ing is a bit like visiting a brewery. Simply add beers from around scientific rationale. To round it out, we would be remiss 40 other breweries, swap the beer with whiskey, add a pasta dinner, dress if we didn’t admit our continued appreeveryone in suits and dresses, then ciation for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee stick it all in a fancy hotel ballroom. Honey, though we likely wouldn’t want to fully admit so in front of the likes Welcome to Whiskies of the World. For one whiskey-ful evening, guests of Ivey. For whiskey novices such as at Whiskies of the World enjoyed myself, the event was unlimited samples an excellent learning from more than 40 opportunity. distilleries, boastWhen Managing I expanded my ing a total of more knowledge of distillthan 200 unique Editor Hayley whiskies. Silverstein and I were eries and got a taste for the depth of the whiskey The event emailed presented with the industry. pre-event instrucSome of the more tions to guests, opportunity to attend unique tastes included strongly suggesting Whiskies of the Amador Double Barrel that participants arrive hydrated and World ... we naturally Bourbon, which ages said yes. That’s just first in whiskey barconsider spitting out rels before finishsome of each sample what you do. ing out its life in wine in the designated barrels; John Drew containers in order Brands, which offers a to extend the tasting drink called Dove Tale Rum that ages experience. General admission tickets sold for rum in bourbon barrels; and Dalton $120 a pop and included unlimited Distillery’s TazaRay, which originated in Georgia when the owner used sunsamples, a glass to keep and dinner. A portion of the proceeds benefited flower seeds to create a gluten-free whiskey for his son with celiac disease. the North Atlanta Rotary Club. North Atlanta Rotary Club memBeyond the assumption that I would be consuming a decent amount of alco- bers and volunteers also attended, staffed and coordinated the event. hol, I had little idea what to expect. What I discovered was that Club Service Chair Nathan Aberson the event, hosted at The Westin in explained that the club does all it can Buckhead, Ga., Nov. 4, offered not to ensure the event is a success. “This is a fundraiser for the club, only an eclectic mix of whiskies but of and the money that we raise goes to ambience as well. The ballroom was packed full our charitable work in the commuof booths, each hosting a different nity,” Aberson said. “The first year we did this we were distillery. Brand ambassadors stood behind nervous about what this crowd would each booth, describing the offerings be like … but when you come here it and making recommendations based is really upscale and it is really a nice on preferences of flavor, smoothness, event, and I think everyone has a great time.” peat and much more. The North Atlanta Rotary Club is With the general dress code and ballroom setting, the event was, in an international service organization which currently focuses on the part, professional. Nevertheless, both visitors and eradication of polio, with recent cases distillery representatives were by no found in only three countries across means unapproachable and certainly the globe, according to Aberson. The club also works locally in supunpretentious. (With our lack of whiskey knowl- porting student literacy, numerous homeless shelters and the Georgia edge, this was a reasonable concern.) Representatives eagerly shared Rotary Student Program at Oglethorpe details of their whiskey and answered University (Ga.). Whether you are a whiskey fanatic even the most basic of questions. Though this event was what Ron or novice is of little importance at Burgundy might describe as “classy,” Whiskies of the World. Anyone with a heart for whiskey all attendees were clearly having a good time and weren’t ashamed to is sure to find one (if not dozens) of tempting new options. Just be sure to show it. The email sent prior to the event take small sips. also encouraged attendees to dress up, “especially wearing kilts, dinner — Contact Kevin Kilgour at jackets and party dresses.”



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Past Sports Editors Write About Football (Finally) Continued from Back Page Wednesday writing humorous headlines and sports features on Emory athletes. “Writing is not just about the mechanical form of writing; it’s also about being able to listen and process, and I think you get better at that as you get older. … You become more honed in on the human condition as you gain experience,” Feit said. When Marmins recalls his time at the Wheel, Marmins remembers writing a story about Sabrina Collins, a freshman who accused people of writing racist remarks on her dorm walls but later admitted to writing them herself. He also remembers having to call former law professor Abraham ordover’s home number amid sexual harassment allegations against ordover. Marmins also remembers his election for editor-in-chief, a process that included Feit demanding answers to random sports trivia questions. “[Feit] and I were roommates in college. He was my roommate when I was in law school. He actually lived in my condo when my wife was pregnant with our first child,” Marmins said. “I eloped to get married, but there were

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two friends there, and Steve was one of them.” Although both cited the challenge of having other time commitments when writing a book, both Feit and Marmins articulated a willingness to collaborate with one another in the future. “We found ourselves finding about a team that considered themselves brothers, and they bonded together and united to do something extraordinary, and along the way David and I realized that we were doing the same thing, although we didn’t have to tackle anybody to do it,” Feit said. the collaboration to work on a book together stemmed naturally from the roots of their storied friendship. It’s clear now that although their friendship has now evolved into one of maturity, they have not forgotten the lessons they learned at the Wheel. It’s as if they left a decanter of scotch in the sports room on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center (DUC) and returned to it some 25 years later to find that the flavor was more sophisticated, free from the sediment that muddles a college perspective.

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Basketball Alums Thrive Overseas By Alec WoodArd Contributing Writer

Not all Emory athletes’ sports careers end after senior year. Emory’s men’s basketball program has seen several players go abroad to pursue professional athletic careers in the past four years. players like Alex Greven (13C, 21M), James “Will” trawick (16B) and Alex Foster (15B) have gone on to professional leagues in Great Britain and Germany, while Jim Gordon (17C) chose a path of sporting development in Ireland. “We have guys who take great pride in playing basketball,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “For a lot of people, it’s a dream to play professionally.” Greven, trawick, Foster and Gordon all played under Zimmerman, for whom the players had only praise. “He’s a great coach, a great person and a great motivator,” said trawick, who played for Dragons rhoendorf of the German proB division for the 2016-2017 season. “Emory basketball has been the most important thing for my life success,” trawick said. trawick watched Greven venture abroad to play professionally, first for the tees Valley Mohawks of the English Basketball League Division 1 from 2013 to 2015 and then for Forca Lleida of Spain for the 2015-2016 season. trawick was inspired. “Greven went over and played and that got the bug in my head, that’s when I really started thinking, ‘oh this is something I can do,’” trawick said. Emory provided an opportunity for trawick to play overseas in summer 2014 when the Eagles traveled to Germany. “We ... played a couple professional teams, and I realized I could play with these guys,” trawick said. Foster also travelled to Germany after graduation and played for the Cologne rheinStars of the proA 2 Division. Foster still plays for the rheinStars as a power forward. Levels of coaching and basketball knowledge are the primary differences between basketball at Emory and in Germany, where the sport competes for attention with golf and soccer. “Basketball-wise it’s totally different,” said trawick. “At Emory, we had in incredible coach. We don’t get that anywhere else in the world. Coach [Zimmerman] has incredible eye for detail. He can make all these minor adjustments that add up. overall I’d say the competition level was way better than in college, but the intensity of

practices was better at Emory.” trawick returned to Atlanta after only year abroad. “I got over there, and [basketball] just wasn’t everything to me anymore,” trawick said. “I had fun and learned a lot about myself, but for me I was ready to use my college education and use my mind rather than my body.” Meanwhile, Gordon went abroad to further his education. He won a scholarship through the Victory Scholars program to coach while he earns a degree in international business at the Institute of technology Carlow in Carlow, Ireland. the Victory Scholars program aims to increase the long term sustainability of youth basketball in Ireland and create sporting ambassadors between Ireland and the United States. “In Ireland, basketball isn’t as popular or as big,” Gordon said. “It’s a relaxed culture, which was a shock because I came from a strenuous program, a great program at Emory.” American youth basketball programs might have something to learn from Ireland, Gordon said. “Instead of specializing in skills, we come out here and kind of just spread the word about how fun basketball can be,” Gordon said. “I ran a camp today [and] some of these kids saw a basketball for the first time.” the opportunity has enabled Gordon to take a step back from the competitive drive of basketball and focus on the simple joy of the game. “What I would want to bring back to America is the love of the game,” Gordon said. “More inclusion for people who have never played before to come out and play without any intimidation. I’d have more inclusion, less specialization. Some people in America specialize too early.” Zimmerman echoed Gordon’s thoughts about the importance of community and relationships. “I’m big on relationships,” Zimmerman said. “they’re not easy all the time, but the amount of alums who come back shows that it’s worth it. I take as much pride in that as in winning games. … those relationships last forever.” the support of former players counts toward the Eagles’ current strength, as players like trawick said they will make every effort to come to games this season. “Without a doubt, without Emory there is no professional career,” trawick said.

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“There is not a lot of school pride.” — Ari, a freshman (Found in comments section of the first result when searching “Emory School Spirit” on Google) Withdraw that transfer application to the University of Michigan to join your best friend at Alpha Chi Latte where you get sh*tfaced every Saturday for game day: Emory University might finally have school spirit. the dearth of school spirit that surrounds our Division-III athletic scene has never been a point of pride, but maybe — just maybe — there’s reason for hope. this past weekend, men’s soccer advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, tying their best postseason finish in school history. Emory volleyball dominated in their home regional, refusing to drop a set on the way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III tournament. What’s surprising here is not that these teams found success. No, the real shock came from what filled the stands: people. For the first time in your on Fire correspondent’s tenure at Emory, some noise disturbed the aching silence that has traditionally been Emory Athletics’ No. 1 fan, and it wasn’t the faint reverberations of frat stars slamming barbells to the floor after completing their first rep in 15 minutes. Hosting the NCAA South regional tournament, Emory volleyball drew living, breathing fans to put on an absolute show that would have put “Hamilton” to shame. In the three-game, single-elimination tournament, they didn’t lose a single set. In the championship game against Berry College (Ga.), not only did the team defeat another school with ease, but there was an actual student section. Your on Fire correspondent was flabbergasted. to be fair, the fanbase was about the size of any given high school’s student section minus the presence of vapes and angst Nonetheless, people actually showed up to watch Emory Athletics — a feat as unlikely as beating Emory’s most popular team: the undefeated football program. So for perhaps the hottest take in on Fire history — hotter than suggesting that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a ploy to brainwash impressionable American athletes with Soviet propaganda — Emory finally has school spirit. It’s time to shake off the dust on that bookstore Emory shirt you ordered back in high school when you were naive and cared about things, because school spirit is kind of trendy now.


Gigax, Rapp, Avant Headline Strong Returning Roster By Anirudh Pidugu Contributing Writer

In a preseason poll conducted by the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) coaches, the Emory men’s basketball team was picked to finish No. 2 out of the eight UAA teams this season. Emory received one first-place vote and was seeded behind the defending UAA champions, Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.), who received the seven other first-place votes. the Eagles played their final preseason game Nov. 10, falling to D-I opponent Lipscomb University (tenn.) 98-83. Head Coach Jason Zimmerman will return for his 11th year with the program. Along with Zimmerman, 10 veteran players return, including three key starters in senior forward

Adam Gigax, senior guard Whit rapp and senior forward Christopher Avant. Last year’s team had a 19-8 record and a run in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Within the UAA, Emory closed out the 2016-2017 regular season with a 9-5 record and made their fifth straight postseason appearance. Gigax headlines the players from the returning crop. His scoring average was second best among UAA players, posting 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. He was also named to the First team All-UAA and’s First team All-South region. Last year, Gigax scored double digits in 21 games and splashed home a team high of 80 three-point field goals. Gigax has set major goals for the team this season, including taking back the conference title that has evad-

ed them for the past two years. “We won it two years ago but we fell back to third last year,” Gigax said. “Me and the other three seniors hope to take it back this year.” Zimmerman reiterated Gigax’s words but added that winning isn’t the only thing. “We [also] want to get better, compete to win and enjoy the journey,” Zimmerman said. Along with Gigax, rapp returns to lead the Emory offense after dishing out 8.5 assists per game last season, a mark that ranked first in the conference and third nationally. rapp sent out 10 dimes or more on 10 occasions, and his 4.1 assist to turnover ratio ranked third among all of D-III basketball. He was named to the Honorable Mention All-UAA team. other key members of this year’s squad include Avant and

junior guard Gebereal Baitey. Avant averaged 11.6 points and a team high of 6.5 boards per game. Baitey could be in line for a starting role this year after playing key minutes off the bench last season while averaging 6.8 points. Baitey finished strong last year, averaging 11.8 points per game in the final eight games of the season. “We expect everyone to produce for us,” Zimmerman said. “Everyone has a new role. We lost four great seniors last years. And it’s now a new team.” Unfortunately for the Eagles, the preseason buzz did not result in a victory against D-I opponent Lipscomb. the game, which aired on ESpN3, ended with a score of 98-83 in favor of Lipscomb. Bisons junior guard Garrison Mathews poured in 37 points and junior forward rob Marberry added a double-double with 12 points

and 10 boards. Freshman guard romin Williams led the Eagles off the bench, scoring 23 points. “throughout the game, we fought back multiple times and tied it up at the end too,” Gigax said. “A lot of guys stepped up including [many of] the freshmen. We have a lot of depth and one of our positives is our versatility.” the Eagles hope to get back on track as they begin the regular season campaign against piedmont College (Ga.) at home Nov. 15. “[We’re] as ready as we can be,” Zimmerman said about the upcoming piedmont game. “[We] get to play at home which is great. We’re looking forward to play in front of Emory and the community.”

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Soccer Trounces Dickinson, Edges Lynchburg to Reach Sweet 16 Continued from Back Page broke through with senior midfielder Jason McCartney’s first tally of the night. With his back facing the goal, McCartney received a cross from junior defender Aidan Datene from the left flank. McCartney, with little room to work, spun left to fool the defender and hit a low left-footed shot that nailed the right post and ricocheted back into the goal. In the 22nd minute, after a poor kick from Meagher, senior forward Christian Meyer took possession and dribbled past multiple Dickinson defenders. Moving left outside the box, Meyer rocketed a perfect left-footed shot that went right-upper 90 and left Meagher frozen between the posts. “on my goal, I just saw some space and took it,” Meyer said. “No one on Dickinson stepped to me until I was at the top of the box, and I ended up hitting a pretty good shot.” the early scoring didn’t end there for the Eagles. In the 33rd minute, sophomore midfielder Jun tsuru ripped a long-range attempt that was deflected by a red Devil defender. However, the deflection fell to McCartney who, after the original offside ruling was overturned by the head referee, notched his second goal of the night. Losing 3-0 at halftime, the red Devils finally struck with a 68th minute goal by sophomore midfielder Brendan McGovern. But the Eagles’ defense dominated most of the second half, highlighted by

freshman goalkeeper Cole Gallagher and sophomore midfielder William Jones. In the 48th minute, red Devil senior forward Will Bracken seemed to have an easy goal-scoring opportunity with no defenders around him, but Gallagher blocked his opportunity with an amazing diving save to his right. the red Devils had another opportunity in the 84th minute. red Devil freshman forward Mohamed Kourouma directed a header that seemed destined for the back net. But Jones, standing back post, turned the ball away with his left foot before crashing into the net. With the final whistle, the Eagles claimed a 3-1 victory, setting up a second round matchup against the No. 15 Lynchburg Hornets (18-2-2). Sporting a 16-match unbeaten streak, the Lynchburg Hornets hoped to utilize their home-field advantage and continue their winning stretch. In the first half, the Hornets looked prime to score with four shots on frame, but Gallagher provided multiple saves to prevent any damage. Emory, on the other hand, lacked shots on target in the first half. they only had one attempt on target by junior midfielder Evan Floersch, whose headed effort was saved by Lynchburg junior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin. overall, Emory had only 10 shots to Lynchburg’s 20. Nonetheless, the stalemate held until the 72nd minute when Khattab



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Freshman forward Nate Sampson (No. 14) aims a volley in the Eagles’ match against Dickinson College (Pa.) Nov. 11. Emory’s 3-1 win earned them a meeting with Lynchburg. provided the spark that ignited Emory’s run to the round of 16. His shot from the corner of the 18-yard box went far post and into the net, handing Emory the 1-0 lead and their ticket to the Sweet 16. “Khattab’s goal was amazing,” junior defender tyler Santee said. “I didn’t have a good angle on it, but I knew before it hit the back of the net that it was in.” With Emory leading 1-0, Khattab had another chance in the 75th minute with a free kick from 30 yards out, but McLaurin’s acrobatic save prevented an additional goal. For the Eagles, one goal was enough. the defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season and Gallagher saved four

shots, earning his sixth clean sheet. this marked only the second time this season that Lynchburg failed to score a goal, the only other occasion coming in a 0-0 draw against Virginia Wesleyan University oct. 24. “Lynchburg was a very tough opponent, which was to be expected, but we played our game,” Santee said. “We weathered the storm defensively and took advantage of our opportunities on the attacking end. the last 20 or so minutes were about as hectic as we’ve played all year, but we kept the ball out of our own net and we are on our way to making history. I think that is the most exciting part of this whole experience, knowing that we have the opportunity to put our names in the record

books and make a statement that our program is not to be overlooked.” Despite making Emory history, the Eagles are not ready to settle. “Making the final 16 is a great feeling, and we know we’ve now equaled the best season in Emory history,” Meyer said. “We’re not done yet, however, and are already looking forward to next weekend and Mary-Hardin Baylor, our next opponent.” After their historic weekend, the Eagles advance to play the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (texas) (19-21) Nov. 17 in Chicago with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line.

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Outside hitter Sara Carr (left) prepares a set in the Eagles’ second round match against Christopher Newport University (Va.). Carr collected 29 total attacks and 12 digs in the match.

Ithaca Awaits in NCAA Quarterfinal Match Continued from Back Page the Christopher Newport game also demonstrated Emory’s on-court leadership. Leaders on the court range from Billings, the team’s sole senior, to younger players like Carr, who brings both an encouraging demeanor and physical talent. Junior middle hitter Sydney Leimbach has also been an important leader for the team, despite having to watch much of the season from the sidelines due to injury. Leimbach leads verbally, according to McDowell. “We’ve had some great leaders emerge from different classes,” McDowell said. “there’s a real unselfishness on this team.” In the regional final, Emory met with a familiar foe in its the third match against Berry this season. though the Eagles suffered a definitive 3-0 defeat at Berry oct. 10, Emory bounced back oct. 28 with a 3-0 sweep of their own to even the season series. With their season on the line, Emory needed to replicate that performance if they wanted to claim the regional crown. About 250 fans filled the WoodpEC for

the final Berry game. Athletes of other Emory teams, with a strong presence from women’s and men’s basketball, crowded onto the bleachers to support their fellow Eagles. In the final game, the Eagles flourished with a collective 54 digs and use of strategic passing skills. But the team truly shined once again at the net, as demonstrated by the final play of the match. Starting with a forceful serve from thompson, Billings set the ball to freshman right side Leah Saunders, who sent the ball back over with a kill. Berry attempted to block the kill, but instead forced the ball out of bounds, delivering the final set and, consequently, the regional title to Emory. “the championship winning point was an awesome moment,” Billings said. Billings and McDowell pointed to the importance of team intensity in the practices leading up to their quarterfinal matchup. “We just have to stay mentally sharp,” McDowell said. “We talk about it all the time: What are the different skills on the court that we can control?”

the team has been succeeding physically, so for Billings it all comes down to the mental game and the attitude her teammates exude on the court. “My biggest goal for this team is to just have everyone play with confidence, and that’s where we are right now,” Billings said. the weekend’s wins qualified the Eagles for the NCAA D-III Elite Eight, where they will face off against Ithaca College (N.Y.). the team will travel to Grand rapids, Mich., Nov. 14 for a banquet and community service activities before facing off against Ithaca in the quarterfinals Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. the winner will proceed to play either Claremont McKenna College (Calif.) or Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) in the tournament semifinals Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. the championship will be decided Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Karisssa Dzurik is a staff writer for the Wheel.

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Stravach’s comments about the course. “they had the ability to pass and have confidence in their footing, so they were really ready to break out and run fast,” Curtin said. Senior tru powell, freshman Abby Durfee and juniors Kayla o’Shea and Kaylee Slade all placed within Emory’s top five runners. together they contributed to Emory’s average 6K time of 22:12. trinity University (texas) won the regional meet with an average time of 22:2 seconds. “We had a lot of girls who ran personal bests,” Stravach said. “overall, it was a really great day for us and was a great indication of what is to come this weekend at Nationals.” though the men’s team finished outside of the top two and missed out on an automatic bid, a Nov. 12 NCAA announcement delivered Emory an at-large bid to the National Championships. For the third straight week, senior Shane Sullivan led the Eagles with a team-best finish. Sullivan clocked in with a personalbest 8K time of 24:37, good enough for No. 8 overall out of a field of 222 runners. Sullivan’s time ranked as the fourthbest 8K time in Emory history. Sullivan lauded the team’s performance Saturday and said that all members of the team rose to the occasion to contribute to the team’s strong finish. “Everyone ran lifetime personal records on Saturday,” Sullivan said. “We were able to make a case for our-

selves to go to Nationals based off our strong performance this weekend.” Joining Sullivan, junior Bennett Shaw, sophomores Luis torres and Marty pimentel and senior Max Brown rounded out Emory’s top five. they averaged a time of 25:05, falling behind No. 1 Christopher Newport University (Va.) and No. 2 rhodes College (tenn.). Sullivan said that he is excited to race at the Nationals course, especially since individuals have been improving their performances each week. “the Nationals course favors us since we have run it once already for preNationals,” Sullivan said. “Everyone is in a great spot fitness-wise.” Six members of both the men’s and women’s teams garnered allregion honors for finishing within the top 35 runners in their respective competitions. the honorees were the top five runners on both teams along with sophomore Sam Branson and freshman Carrie McIntyre. Curtin said that he was impressed with his team’s ability to consistently put up solid performances after a grueling season. “Sometimes at the end of the season the [team] starts to falter a little bit,” Curtin said. “the group will at times tend to get past their peak, but that is not the case with both the guys and girls.” Emory will race one more time this season when the women’s and men’s travel to the National Championships in Elsah, Ill., Nov. 18.

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Men, Women Qualify For Nat’s By stePhen mAttes Senior Staff Writer

the impressive play continued into the second match for the Eagles, when Christopher Newport hardly stood a chance against the Eagles’ tough offense. Saitman once again thrived with a six-serving streak, forcing Christopher Newport to take not one, but two timeouts in hopes of stymieing Saitman’s aggressive run behind the back line.

the Emory men’s and women’s cross country teams finished No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast regional Championships in Newport News, Va., Nov. 11. the field consisted of more than 30 teams. the women’s team earned the second-place spot at regionals for the 27th straight season, earning a trip to the NCAA DIII National Championships. No stranger to spectacular finishes, senior captain Gabrielle Stravach clinched the No. 1 spot out of a total of 240 athletes and engraved her name in Emory cross country history with a school-record 6K time 20:59.7. In all six of her appearances this season, Stravach recorded a team-best finish. “I was excited when I saw the course because it was relatively flat and much more manageable than the other courses we’ve been running,” Stravach said. “It was my goal coming into this season to break 21 [minutes] and was really happy I got it by three-tenths of a second.” Head Coach John Curtin echoed

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Outside hitter Karissa Dzurik (left) and right side hitter Carly Saitman (r ight) leap for a block in the Eagles’ first round match against Worcester State University (Mass.) Nov. 9.

Home Sweet Home: Eagles Reign in Region By Allison gelmAn Senior Staff Writer

the Emory volleyball team won nine straight sets across their three matches Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 to win the 2017 NCAA Division III Atlanta regional. Emory won 3-0 against Worcester State University (Mass.) Nov. 9, Christopher Newport University (Va.) Nov. 10 and Berry College (Ga.) Nov. 11.

As regional hosts, the Eagles improved their total home record to 17-1 for the season, their only loss coming at the hands of Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.) in the University Athletic Association (UAA) tournament final Nov. 4. In the first regionals game against Worcester State, the Eagles dominated. But as Head Coach Jenny McDowell noted, “this first match wasn’t an incredibly tough opponent.”


Wheel Alumni Tackle Underdog Tale in New Book By hAnnAh conWAy Associate Editor

When Steve Feit (92C) and David Marmins (91C) reminisce about the trip they took to Kentucky in 2015, it’s likely that their memories of visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory are clouded by a memory much more integral to their friendship — the decision to write a book together. In “Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History,” Fein and Marmins stitch together a narrative of what is commonly considered the greatest upset in college football history: the Appalachian State (N.C.) Mountaineers’ stunning 34-32 victory over the perennial powerhouse University of Michigan Wolverines on Sept. 1, 2007. It was during that Louisville, Ky., visit that the two friends realized they had each recently read Daniel James Brown’s “the Boys In the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin olympics,” which chronicles the University of Washington crew team at the 1936 Berlin olympics. Feeling like he hadn’t been doing enough writing outside his career, Marmins, a litigator, asked Feit if he’d be interested in writing a book with him. they

resolved to go home after the trip and think about topics. Less than two days later, Marmins came up with the idea. “I didn’t watch it live, but it was the big story of the day because Michigan had aspirations of national championships, and on the first day of the season it got blown to bits by a lesser division school that beat them in such a dramatic fashion,” Feit said. Feit agreed to the topic after verifying that it had not been written about before. they put together a pitch, and after being rejected twice from publishers, they got a resounding yes from McFarland and Company, Inc. From David and Goliath to the Little Engine that Could, the underdog narrative that pins humble beginnings against outgunned competitors is ubiquitous. By writing player profiles and interviewing the rosters, the pair attempted to solve the mystery of the game. “Appalachian State had that quintessential thing that all underdogs have, which is optimism and hard work,” Feit said. “these things also helped a couple of former Wheel sports editors publish a book.” Feit and Marmins’ friendship was founded in the newsroom of the Emory Wheel, where they spent countless hours every Sunday and

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the Eagles have been focusing on serving in practices, and that dedication paid off in the first game. Junior setter Mady Arles, sophomore outside hitter Sara Carr, junior right side Carly Saitman and senior setter Hannah Billings all achieved serving streaks of four or more. the team also thrived with its net work. Carr attained 27 total attacks and junior outside hitter Karissa Dzurik maintained a .474 kill percentage.


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Senior forward Jason McCartney fends off a defender in the Eagles’ second round victory over Lynchburg College (Va.) Nov. 12.

School History Made at NCAAs By JosePh oh Contributing Writer

the Emory men’s soccer team extended their season with a playoff push in the NCAA tournament after elimination-game wins in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament. the Eagles bested Dickinson College (pa.) 3-1 in the opening round Nov. 11, before defeat-

ing Lynchburg College (Va.) 1-0 in the second round Nov. 12. With the two victories, the Eagles advance to the round of 16, tying with the best postseason performance in Emory history. In their first round matchup against the Dickinson red Devils, Emory started the game with an offensive flurry, scoring three goals in the first 34 minutes of play.

Junior midfielder Moustafa Khattab provided Emory’s first real chance in the ninth minute. Standing outside the box, Khattab received the ball and cut right, shooting a low drive towards the bottom left corner but the scoring attempt was denied by red Devil sophomore goalkeeper Frederick Meagher. Seven minutes later the Eagles

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