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THE EMORY WHEEL Since 1919
The Independent Student Newspaper of Emory University
Volume 94, Issue 17
Friday, November 2, 2012 ADMINISTRATION
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Wagner College Plans Scheduling, Credit Changes for Next Fall Pressured Faculty to Vote on Reduced Timeslots for Classes, Final Exams Altered Graduation Requirements At Univ. Address By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor
By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor
By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor University President James W. Wagner engaged in heated discussions with faculty, staff and students at the ninth annual State of the University Address Tuesday evening. The event, titled “Moving Emory Forward: Progress and Priorities,” took place in the Dobbs University Center’s (DUC) Winship Ballroom. Wagner first discussed the University’s accomplishments and stated the administration’s three main goals for the University: “engaging our community,” “enhancing education that Emory provides” and “responding to world changes.” Under Wagner’s first goal of “engaging our community,” his top priority was to “empower faculty responsibility for future opportunities.” According to Wagner, great universities require the faculty to “imagine, own and implement” changes to their institution. In terms of “enhancing the education that Emory provides,” Wagner applauded Dean of the College Robin Forman’s “courageous decision to imagine and implement a strategy for greater excellence and distinction.” The plan, according to Wagner, will strengthen departments of excellence as funds are reallocated from the closure of other departments. Finally, Wagner discussed “responding to world changes” and focused on the principle of internationalization by “refining our global strategy.” Wagner cited “responding creatively to fiscal realities in the Woodruff Health Center,” “exploring partnerships with Georgia Tech” “and “exploring new markets for resource growth” — which includes online education — as examples. “[The priorities] are highlighted topics that bring focus onto our energies to our forward progress of our collective enterprise,” Wagner said. The University’s progress, Wagner
See ATTENDEES, Page 5
The Educational Policy Committee has approved reducing the College’s graduation requirements to 124 hours from 128 as a result of the credit-hour changes scheduled for next fall. Faculty will vote to approve this change in the next two months. The Wheel reported this spring that Emory will begin following the Carnegie Unit System next fall, in
which the number of credit hours for courses matches the number of “contact hours,” or the amount of time students are in the classroom, per week. Under this system, one credit hour represents one hour per week that a student is in direct contact with a professor as well as two hours of work outside the classroom, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.
See CHANGES, Page 4
Emory College will be making changes to class timeslots and the final exam schedule effective fall 2013. The changes will coincide with the school’s credit-hour system changes. Rather than offering 50-minute classes only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the College will also hold such classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In addition, the College will offer 75-minute classes on Monday and Wednesday rather than
primarily on Tuesday and Thursday. Regarding the exam schedule, the College will add a fourth timeslot to its final exam schedule and reduce the period in between exams from 90 to 60 minutes. The College presently determines final exam times for different classes based on the timeslots these classes occupy during the week. However, multi-section courses in which professors give the same exam to all students — specifically in biology, chemistry, language, math and phys-
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CHANGES FOR FALL 2013 New Final Exam Schedule • 8 - 10:30 a.m. • 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. • 3 - 5:30 p.m. • 6:30 - 9 p.m.
New Class Timeslots • 50 - minute classes will be offered MWF, TuThF. • 75 - minute classes will be offered MW, TuTh.
Claire Sterk to Serve as Acting Univ. Provost By Rajiv Velury Staff Writer
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Students protested the presence of Chick-fil-A in the University’s Cox Hall Food Court on campus. The protest took place outside Cox Hall Wednesday afternoon.
Students Protest Emory Chick-fil-A By Dustin Slade Staff Writer Students lined up on the Cox Hall Bridge to protest the presence of Chick-fil-A on Emory’s campus Wednesday. Controversy regarding the national restaurant chain Chick-fil-A arose this July when company President Dan Cathy publicly stated his opinion on gay marriage. Since then, students have held multiple sessions on cam-
pus to discuss the presence of the food chain at Emory. Protesters held signs asking Emory students and faculty to boycott the Chick-fil-A on campus. Some signs mimicked Chick-filA’s signature marketing slogan “Eat Mor Chikin.” These signs read, for example, “I don’t eat at Chick-fil-A, I’d rather eat Dik,” and “Hate mor fagz.” The protest was organized through the “Support All Emory Students, Say
No to Chick-fil-A” Facebook group. The group — which has not specified who its leaders are — invited students on the social-media networking site to stop by the two-hour protest “even if [they] could only make it for five minutes” and show their support, according to its Facebook page. Some students chose to attend the protest because they agreed that the campus Chick-fil-A is detrimental to
See PROTEST, Page 4
Claire Sterk will assume the position of the University’s acting provost for academic affairs on Nov. 10, following the departure of Earl Lewis. She will serve as the acting provost until a permanent replacement for Lewis, who currently occupies the position, can be found. Sterk, Candler Professor in Public Health and former senior vice provost, said that she was honored to have been given the position. She remarked that University President James W. Wagner had met with her personally in order to offer her the job. Although Sterk had not expressed an interest in taking the job beforehand, she ended up having several discussions with Wagner regarding the responsibilities that the job would demand of her. After having had these discussions, she formally accepted the appointment last week. “As a member of [Lewis’] senior leadership team, I have been in the position to become very familiar with the role of the provost,” Sterk said. Although Sterk will assume her duties as acting provost this month, Lewis will officially hold the title of provost until Dec. 31. After this date, Sterk will hold
Claire Sterk, former senior vice provost, will take over as acting provost Nov. 10 when Earl Lewis leaves the University. onto her role until a replacement is found by the University’s Search Advisory Committee. According to Wagner, Sterk is “extraordinary in her ability to juggle multiple responsibilities [in administration and academia].” He expressed confidence in her ability to manage the position, adding that she can work “in a seamless fashion across divisions.” In addition to her administrative work, Sterk holds two doctorate degrees and has been awarded more than $6.3 million in grant money to study the relationship between neighborhood effects, HIV risk-taking and drug abuse. Despite her role as acting provost, Sterk plans to continue this research. “Over the past several years, I have been able to occupy multiple roles,” she said. “I do plan to remain actively engaged with the Rollins School of
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Student Exhibition on Quad Emory’s Own Cemetery, Largely Unknown to Students Promotes Suicide Awareness By Nicholas Sommariva News Co-Editor
By Dustin Slade Staff Writer Emory’s Active Minds club hosted a suicide awareness exhibition, Send Silence Packing, on the Quadrangle (Quad) yesterday. The group also held a memorial service to commemorate student victims of suicide. Active Minds is a student organization with a primary focus on advocating for the mental health needs of the college-age population. Members of Active Minds scattered more than 1,100 backpacks across the Quad. Each backpack represented one of the approximately 1,100 students that commit suicide on college campuses every year. Attached to each backpack was a personal background of a student victim. The exhibition ran from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Each backpack was donated to Active Minds by friends and families of suicide victims,” said Jay Kim, College junior and co-president of
Active Minds. “These backpacks come with stories and personal information about the victims.” Kim had worked with the Active Minds national office for more than a year to bring the exhibition to Emory. The display is a national traveling exhibit being hosted throughout the country. The debut of the exhibition at Emory was the first the time exhibit was displayed in the southern U.S. Suicide affects many students both around the country and here at Emory. “This affects me personally. I’ve had two friends that committed suicide in the last two years,” Sarah Spitz, College sophomore and active minds co-president, said. “People don’t realize [suicide] affects many other people. This exhibit is very powerful; 1,100 is a big number.” Mark McLeod, director of Emory Student Health and Counseling Services, led a memorial service in
See MCLEOD, Page 3
Yes, there is a graveyard on campus. At Clairmont Campus to be exact, and only a less-than-five-minute walk from the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC). One of the earliest historical landmarks of DeKalb County, Hardman Cemetery was created when Rody, the one-and-a-half-year-old child of Naman Hardman, passed away in February 1825. The State of Georgia hired Naman Hardman in 1823 to build roads, after the state and federal governments forced the Creek Indians out of Georgia. The Creek Indians were forced to cede the land that is now DeKalb County. A devout Baptist, Hardman began to hold prayer meetings in his log cabin, which he built near what is today Clairmont Road. He eventually built a meetinghouse in 1826 and with it, deeded two acres for a cemetery. This cemetery is older
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Emory’s cemetary at the Clairmnt Campus is one of the earliest historical landmarks in Dekalb County. It was constructed in 1825. than Emory and the City of Atlanta. Vice President and Deputy to the President Gary Hauk said it would be hard to imagine there is anything in the DeKalb County area that is older than the graveyard at Clairmont. Hauk has written extensively on Emory’s history and
most recently co-wrote and published Where Courageous Inquiry
Leads — The Emerging Life of Emory University. The cemetery has 23 documented burials, one of which is Naman Hardman’s sister, Elizabeth. She ultimately married a doc-
tor named Chapmon Powell who owned a medicine house near, what is today, the Package Store located on Clairmont Avenue just past Los Loros Mexican Restaurant. According to Hauk, there is also
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • A shooting occurred at the University of Southern California at a Halloween costume party, leaving one man critically injured, three wounded and two in custody. The shooting took place at 11:30 p.m. outside a party held by the Black Student Assembly. Two men in a line of 100 people were arguing when one pulled out and fired a gun. • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election. His main concern was climate change, crediting Obama with reducing carbon consumption over the past four years. He also praised Obama for adopting tighter controls on mercury emissions. Republican candidate Mitt Romney, on the other hand, supported a plan to reduce carbon emissions when he was governor of
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Massachusetts, but backed off of it as he campaigned for President. • A bomb threat at Georgia College and State University led to the evacuation for the campus Thursday afternoon. The campus was closed for the rest of the day. The university alerted students via phone calls, text messages and loud speakers on campus as well as the sounding of sirens. • Nadya Suleman, commonly known as Octomom, checked into rehab in Southern California to combat an addiction to the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. She supposedly has left her 14 children in the care of three nannies and two friends.
POLICE RECORD • A male Emory student drunkenly passed out in a taxi cab heading back from Opera Club on Oct. 30 at around 2:30 a.m. The cab driver could not wake the student and dropped him off at the Emory Hospital emergency room. Campus life professionals were notified. • Officers responded to call from a SA from Longstreet-Means Hall on Oct. 28 at 2:15 a.m. The male Emory student had locked himself in a bathroom stall, and when officers arrived, he could not remain upright and balanced. The student admitted to having consumed alcohol. Campus life professionals were notified. • A female Emory student was trapped in an elevator in the Woodruff
• In the last issue, an article titled “Mummies Educate At Carlos” mistakenly referenced the Robert C. Carlos Museum. It is actually the Michael C. Carlos Museum. • In the last issue, an article titled “Emory Changes Policies for Same-Sex Couples” mistakenly referenced Director of Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual and Transgendered Life. It is actually Transgender Life. • In the last issue, a Q&A with Anthony Winkler mistakenly said he had Alzheimer’s disease. He actually has Parkinson’s disease. The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at emorywheel.com. Please contact Editor-in-Chief Evan Mah at firstname.lastname@example.org to report an error.
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Library on Oct. 27 at around 4 p.m. DeKalb Fire and Rescue responded and had to use a ladder to evacuate the student. She was unharmed and the elevator was temporarily put out of service. • Officers were notified about a fight that took place between two Emory students at Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill on Oct. 27 at 2:15 a.m. DeKalb Police notified EPD after one of the students involved went to the hospital following the altercation. • A University staff member was struck by a car crossing the intersection of Fishburne Drive and Clairmont Road on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. She received minor injuries to her
hands and knees but refused medical treatment. The driver gave the staff member his information and left the scene. • On Oct. 30 at around 3 p.m., a student’s book bag was taken by two black male subjects from the Starbucks on the first floor of the Oxford Road Building. The student chased the individuals and regained her belongings. She gave a description of the subjects to the police, and there is an ongoing investigation.
— Compiled by News Co-Editor Nicholas Sommariva
November 3, 1992 The Associated Collegiate Press and the Newspaper Association of America named The Emory Wheel one of the top five non-daily college newspapers in the country. The Wheel received a Regional Pacemaker award as one of the top papers in the southeast for the third consecutive year, but for the first time was one of five schools to manage to capture a National Pacemaker as well. The Wheel also won a Gold Crown award from the Columbia Press Association the previous March, which marked it as one of the top four college newspapers in the nation, including daily publications.
EVENTS AT EMORY
— Compiled by Multimedia Editor Elizabeth Howell
This Week In Emory History
FRIDAY Event: Goizueta’s 8th Annual Healthcare Forum: New Strategic Initiatives in Healthcare Time: 8 a.m. Location: Goizueta Business School Event: Safe Space Friday Film Series: Southern Comfort Time: 12 p.m. Location: Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life 232 Dobbs University Center
SATURDAY Event: Academic Learning Community: Online Interactive Education at Emory Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Jones Room of Woodruff Library Event: Goizueta’s 8th Annual Healthcare Forum: New Strategic Initiatives in Healthcare Time: 8 a.m. Location: Goizueta Business School Event: Alloy Coffeehouse Poetry & Prose Reading Time: 7 p.m. Location: Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel Event: Chocolat (1988) Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall 205 Event: Warsaw Philharmonic Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
Event: Artful Stories Time: 10 a.m. Location: Carlos Museum Greek and Roman Galleries
Event: Ron Formisano: “The Tea Party, Then and Now” Time: 12 p.m. Location: 212 Candler Library
Event: Bacchanal: It’s the End of the World As We Know It Time: 7 p.m. Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum
Event: “Going against the flow: forces and receptors in atherosclerosis” Time: 2 p.m. Location: Whitehead Building, Ground Floor Auditorium
Event: University Worship with The Rev. Dr. Arun Jones Time: 11 a.m. Location: Cannon Chapel
Event: Bate Papo Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Starbucks at Barnes & Noble, Emory Bookstore
Event: Children’s Workshop Time: 2 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Tate Room
Event: Provost Lewis Dialogue: In Their Own Interest: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth Century Norfolk, Virginia Time: 5 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Ballroom
Event: University Distinguished Professor Salman Rushdie: “Joseph Anton: A Memoir” Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Event: Queer Interfaith Discussion Group Time: 7 p.m. Locatin: Glenn Memorial Church School Building Event: “I Can’t Sleep,” Film Screening Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall 205
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Local AIDS Activist Donates Papers to Emory’s MARBL By Harmeet Kaur Staff Writer The University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library (MARBL) is now home to the collections of retired psychiatrist and longtime Atlanta Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) activist, Jesse Peel. The collection Peel donated to the University consists of materials such as journals, photographs, correspondence and audiotapes he and his mother sent back and forth during his navy service while he was stationed in Vietnam. Peel originally grew up in a small town in North Carolina and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years in the navy. After living in San Francisco and Nashville, he moved to Atlanta in 1976, just before the AIDS epidemic broke out. “Many students today don’t know the story of how AIDS came out of nowhere and started affecting people,” explained Randy Gue, curator of MARBL’s Modern Political and Historical Collection. “Atlanta had a unique response to the AIDS crisis. Unlike larger cities such as San Francisco, Atlanta was small enough that a bunch of people got together and said ‘We need to do something.’” In Atlanta, Peel ran a psychiatry practice serving gay men. In the 1980s and 1990s, however, he began noticing that many of his gay friends
in their early 20s and 30s were dying unexpectedly early, from what would later be identified as AIDS. Peel decided to do something to help his friends. sHe began hosting fundraisers for AIDS and even founded several activist groups, such as AID Atlanta and Positive Impact, a mental health program for people with HIV as well as their friends, family and caregivers. According to Gue, Peel’s records provide an important backstory to Atlanta’s AIDS epidemic in the 80s and 90s. Peel kept journals of his encounters with the disease and kept appointment books containing names of his friends and clients who had died of AIDS. Gue said that this information could provide insight into Atlanta’s contemporary history, especially the history of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Peel’s records will contribute to MARBL’s expanding collection of LGBT materials, Gue said. Gue cited Emory as a hotspot for AIDS research, because of the Centers for Disease Control, the Emory School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health. Gue said that Peel’s records are a valuable addition to the university. “This is a really important history about Atlanta and its past. Peel’s collection connects Emory’s campus with parts of Atlanta’s history,” said Gue.
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tudents dressed up in an array of different costumes for this week’s Halloween-themed Wonderful Wednesday. Clubs and organizations passed out candy and cupcakes to celebrate the holiday. The event also featured several performers, such as unicycle riders and stiltwalkers.
Study Suggests Facebook Relationship Statuses Show Commitment By Jacob Bojesson The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University A popular saying with students – “It’s not official until it’s on Facebook,” – may be more accurate than people realize. A study co-conducted by David Westerman, assistant professor of communication studies at West Virginia U., showed publicly displaying romantic relationships on Facebook is a sign of commitment. “It’s very similar to wearing a wedding ring. You’re publicly showing people ‘look I’m connected to this other person. I’m letting everyone know,’” Westerman said. “If you show it publicly, it makes it that much more meaningful.” Just as social media has become a way to connect with friends and family, they have also become a tool to build and maintain relationships.
“For me, it came about from seeing social networking sites as being this place where a lot of these things can play out,” Westerman said in an interview. “(How they are) providing opportunities for people who live apart but also who live relatively close to each other, to maintain relationships by communicating through these channels.” Alongside Stephanie Tong of Wayne State U. in Detroit, Westerman investigated how the nature of romantic relationships are affected by Facebook. Westerman put up an ad on MIX in September looking for people currently involved in a romantic relationship with someone they are friends with on Facebook. In the study, 306 participants were asked a series of questions about how satisfied they were with their communication on Facebook and how supported they felt by their network.
“We asked them some questions about how they interact with their partner through the private parts of Facebook and through the public part,” Westerman said. “We wanted to see how they played some of these things out on Facebook.” Westerman and Tong are still analyzing the results of the study, and no statistics have been released. What the preliminary results of the study reveal is that individuals who display their relationships more openly on Facebook tend to feel closer to one another than people who don’t. Westerman believes the idea of being “Facebook official” may play more significant role than many think. “If you’re doing this publicly, you’re showing that commitment,” Westerman said. “Everyone else in your network knows it, and they can call you on it if you do something
stupid.” The private interactions on Facebook, including messaging and chatting, don’t seem to play as big a role in relationships – to Westerman’s surprise. “It might be that people don’t just do it very often,” Westerman said. “Facebook is meant to be a public channel, although it certainly has some private parts to it.” Westerman commented that he is satisfied with the results of the study, as they prove much of the criticism of social networking sites is unwarranted. “A lot of people say: ‘These kids today – they’re only interacting on Facebook, and they’re not having real relationships,’ This study shows that might not be the case,” Westerman said. Westerman and Tong are hoping to finalize their research by early November.
Active Minds created a backpack exhibition on the Quadrangle in order to promote awareness of suicide on college campuses.
McLeod Hopes to Create Mental Health Dialogue Continued from Page 1 front of the University administration building to commemorate student victims of suicide. During the service, he discussed the importance of the event to the Emory community, noting that Active Minds members chose to host it because he wants students in the Emory community to be able to easily talk about mental health. Student volunteers staffed two booths on the Quad, where they handed out informational flyers to passersby.
Jessica Ennis, a College junior, said that she was taken aback after reading many of the personal backgrounds attached to the backpacks on the Quad. She noted that one persistent theme was many individuals’ total surprise when a son, daughter or friend committed suicide. “I read a backpack about a young person who was a paramedic who showed up to the scene of their friend’s suicide,” said Ennis, “Its really crazy and upsetting ... I hope students think about their own friends and their own relationships. This event really teaches us that it
is important to be aware of what is going on with our friends and pay a little bit more attention.” Katelyn Bland-Clark, a first-year PhD student in the Candler School of Theology, noticed the backpacks on the Quad and was shocked by their meaning. “It made me very sad,” said BlandClark. “It brings awareness that people out there are hurting, and you don’t even know about it. It’s a bold statement. Seeing the number of backpacks is truly overwhelming.”
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Certain Dept.’s to Review, Alter Major and Minor Requirements
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hose who attended this week’s Halloween-themed Wonderful Wednesday were treated to candy, baked goods, and performances by stilt-walkers and unicycle-riders.
For the College, the “standard” class, or those that meet for three 50-minute periods each week, will be worth three credits, rather than four as is the case under the current system, according to an April 19 Wheel article. “The hours per class are going down slightly, so [the graduation change] will make it a little bit easier on students,” said Joanne Brzinski, the senior associate dean for undergraduate education. Members of Emory’s faculty will have to approve the change twice, as stated in the Emory College Faculty Bylaws, in order for it to take effect, said Steve Savage, communications specialist for the Office for Undergraduate Education. Faculty will vote on the graduation change during faculty meetings in November and December. If approved, students will be “grandfathered” into the new graduation policies, meaning that the change will affect students enrolled at the University when the credit-hour changes are implemented. The Educational Policy Committee, which makes decisions regarding policy changes within the College, proposed the change, ultimately approving the graduation requirement alteration on Aug. 28. The committee consists of faculty, student and committee representatives as well as ex officio members such as Brzinski, according to the Emory website.
Changes Aim To Make Scheduling More Flexible Continued from Page 1 ics — have “special time slots” but often create scheduling conflicts for students, as they take place at the same time as other exams, according to Joanne Brzinski, the senior associate dean for undergraduate education. Currently, exams on a given day during the final exam period are held from 8:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3 p.m., and 4:30-7 p.m. With the changes, exams will begin a half hour earlier. As a result, final exams will be given 8-10:30 a.m., 11:30-2 p.m., 3-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. Multi-section course exams will take place at 6:30 p.m. “Given that we were changing [the course-credit system], this seemed like a good time to do this,” Brzinski said.
Class Scheduling Changes The current schedule system “produces a limited number of time slots for 75-minute classes and for 50-minute classes,” said Steve Savage, communications specialist for the Office for Undergraduate Education. He said that the schedule changes will “open up a large number of possibilities for faculty as they schedule their courses and [for] students who wish to enroll.” Brzinski emphasized that feedback from faculty in departments across the College prompted this change, as the purpose of the new scheduling system is to provide more flexibility for faculty in determining the times of their classes and for students in creating their schedules. “This is something departments have been asking for, for as long as I can remember,” Brzinski said. As a result of the changes, the Office of Undergraduate Education
hopes courses will be more spread out throughout the week, Brzinski said. “We have this issue that we have to figure out: how to spread out our classes across the schedule a bit more,” she added. In an effort to do so, the earliest time slot for 50-minute classes will be 8 a.m. — rather than 8:30 a.m. as it is under the current system. The earliest time for 50-minute classes, therefore, will be 8-8:50 a.m.; the next will be 9-9:50, and so on. The latest time slot will be 5-5:50. The time slots for 75-minute classes will stay the same — starting at 8:30 a.m. — but the last available time for these classes will be 5:306:45 p.m. Spreading out classes throughout the day and week is also an effort to ensure that there is enough space in classrooms, especially from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., when students and faculty are most commonly in class. “Space is at a premium, and we are often operating at almost 100 percent capacity during our ‘peak times,’ but it’s more than that,” Savage said. “If all of our classes are taught in ‘peak’ times, then it can cause scheduling difficulties for students. By spreading courses out over the full day, we aim for this to reduce the occurrence of scheduling conflicts for students.” Savage noted that while adding an 8 a.m. time slot will create “the capacity for courses to start that early,” the Office of Undergraduate Education is currently unsure of what demand for that time slot will look like, though the Office did want to ensure that the option was available. The same principle applies for the 5:30 p.m. courses, Savage said. The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of the
Registrar made the decisions after consulting with departments, faculty, staff and leadership in the College Council.
Final Exam Changes While the amount of time students have for exams will stay the same, the entire final exam schedule will change. Increasing requests for make-up exams prompted the change, according to Brzinski. “What we’ve been having so far is students having two exams at the same time,” Brzinski said. “It’s stressful for students because they have to worry about scheduling a make-up exam time. It’s a real hassle for the professors and students involved.” Under the exam schedule the College currently uses, students are exempt from taking three exams in one day, allowing them to reschedule one of their tests. While the new schedule opens up the possibility of students having four exams in one day — which would cause them to reschedule two exams — this would be unlikely, Brzinski said, adding that she feels “the new system is better than what we have currently,” The College has been communicating with the Goizueta Business School regarding the changes and “will continue to work with students who have scheduling conflicts,” Brzinski said. She noted that the College is currently on a different exam schedule than the B-School and the change in the final exam schedule does not change this. “Both the College and the Business School are committed to helping students resolve any conflicts that exist,” Brzinski said.
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Protest Receives Mixed Reactions From Students Continued from Page 1 equality at Emory. Grant Schleifer, a College sophomore, attended the protest because he agreed with its objective of removing Chik-fil-A from campus. Schleifer explained that he felt that Chick-fil-A’s presence on campus is hurtful to the gay [LGBT] community and reflects poorly on the student body’s morals. “A hateful group can’t live in our home because it makes it a toxic environment,” said Schleifer. “It’s uncomfortable for gay people and their allies.” On the other hand, other students said that they that the protest was unable to decrease student apathy. Alexander Chen, a College junior, noticed the protest while walking through campus but said he did not think it would be effective. “Emory students are more open, and they understand that it’s simply the personal opinion [of Dan Cathy],” said Chen, “Emory students don’t look into this protest because they understand it’s just a personal opinion. Many LGBT students still go to Chick-fil-A and eat. This protest is not useful at all ... People just get offended very easily.” Kari Tyler, a College sophomore, noticed the protesters on her way to class. She noted that some students
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simply walked by the protest without paying any attention to the signs or the protestors. “For Emory, [taking Chick-fil-A off campus] is more of an issue of how much money it brings in,” said Tyler, “Some people just really like chicken, so they will keep eating there regardless.” However, the protests also attracted some students from other colleges in the area. Christopher Wells, a Georgia State University student who refers to himself as “Big Softie,” joined Emory students in protesting the campus restaurant and expressed his belief that the food chain is immoral. “Chick-fil-A is getting too involved as a corporation in people’s lives,” said Wells. “If it’s just a fast food chain, just chicken and fries, they shouldn’t be involved in people’s personal choices.” Some students believe that national food chain’s stance on gay marriage is controversial but should not result in the removal of the campus restaurant. Harrison Glazer, a College freshman, expressed that he does not support Chick-fil-A but believes that if students do not believe in the restaurant’s values that they should simply choose not to eat there. Schleifer said that he believed Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A are abusing
their right to free speech. “If we believe that freedom of speech applies for every instance, we can also say that KKK groups can be on campus and that genocide can occur,” said Schleifer, “Dan Cathy is donating to groups that could result in genocide in Africa; he is donating to groups that keep policies in place that will result in gay people in Africa being killed.” Many students have cited student apathy at Emory as a reason for lack of participation in the Chick-fil-A removal effort. In the past, meetings regarding the removal of Chick-fil-A have attracted low numbers of attendees. Only four students attended an Oct. 3 Chick-fil-A removal strategy meeting. Elizabeth Hennig, a College sophomore, attended the protest and explained her opinion on student apathy at Emory. “Students feel apathetic because [they] are generally distracted, and they do not recognize they have personal connections to the issues that are affecting them,” Hennig said. “There is a lot of support for [the removal of Chick-fil-A] on this campus. As far as a participatory level, not so much. That is how it is on every single issue on this campus.”
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The Goizueta Business School announced this spring that because most classes will be worth three credits starting next fall, the B-School will change its graduation requirements to 128 credit hours from 138.
Progress on the Credit-Hour Changes Savage noted that the University is “moving cautiously” in revising its credit-hour policies and making sure to “catch all the things we need to catch.” “We’ve been progressing amazingly well,” Brzinski said. “It’s gone a lot more smoothly than we expected in the beginning.” Departments submitted requests for the number of credits that each of their courses will offer this past spring. The University has reviewed and approved almost all of these courses but is currently working to finalize the number of credit hours for courses with added components such as labs, film screenings, directed study and internship classes, Brzinski said. “We’re very, very close,” Savage said in reference to the status of approving all of Emory’s courses. Brzinski added that the Curriculum Committee still needs to completely review courses that will be offered for the first time this spring. The committee consists of students, faculty and ex officio members who make recommendations concerning the College’s curriculum, including the addition or deletion of courses.
Exploring Emory’s Cemetery on Clairmont Campus Continued from Page 1 an unknown amount of unidentified slaves buried in the cemetery. Robert McNeely was the last person to be buried at the Hardman Cemetery in 1909.
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Savage said the courses will be “pretty well distributed” between three, four and five credit hours. “We have been leaning more toward three credits, but we do have a spread,” he said. In addition, the Educational Policy Committee has sent out guidelines to departments with “general ranges of
“We’ve been using this opportunity to make things better at the same time as we’re making the changes we have to.” — Joanne Brzinski, Senior Assoc. Dean for Undergraduate Education how many hours should make up a major or minor,” Brzinski said. Departments are currently reviewing major and minor requirements, she said, assuring that they are “still rigorous and can be completed in a four-year period.” Like the graduation requirement changes, students will be grandfathered into the new major requirement policies. While most departments will add one additional elective course to the major, students will have the “option to use the new major requirements or the old ones, if they declared their major before the [credit-hour] changes occur,” Savage said. Some departments will be mak-
ing little to no changes, Savage said, while others will make changes that are more noticeable. Meanwhile, the Office of Undergraduate Education is “asking departments to look at major requirements differently,” Brzinski said, particularly in reference to distinguishing between prerequisites and requirements for majors and minors in the College Catalog. The catalog includes academic guidelines, financial aid information, University policies and information on Emory faculty. The University plans to be more consistent in displaying prerequisites versus requirements, according to Brzinski. Currently, most departments show only the course requirements — not prerequisites for the major — thus leading to instances of inconsistency among departments, Brzinski noted. “We’re hoping to display for students the requirements for the major in a different way,” Brzinski said. “We will include requirements in the major and then the prerequisites or co-requisites which may be in other [departments].” The new College catalog will be available in February. “We’ve been using this opportunity to make things better at the same time as we’re making the changes we have to,” Brzinski said. She noted that the University will launch a campaign by the end of the semester to keep students informed on the credit-hour changes.
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Sterk to Add Initiatives That Help Emory ‘Move Forward’ Continued from Page 1 Public health as a faculty member and researcher.” She added that her work as provost would focus on expanding projects that Lewis created and would entail close cooperation with her predecessor. “I envision working closely with him and seeking his counsel as appropriate,” she said. “I am aware of the need to ensure appropriate staffing of the office as we face a transition.” While Sterk emphasized expansion of former projects, she also
stressed that her office will be a site for innovation. “My goal is to ensure that we also move forward and explore new initiatives,” she said. “The broader community must continue to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the major shifts facing higher education.” Lewis is scheduled to become the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — a grant-making organization that supports programs in areas such as higher education, scholarly communications and the performing arts — this March.
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Attendees Expressed Concern Over Dept., Program Changes Continued from Page 1 said, is not limited to these topics. “We need to continue this foot race together, encouraging each other and from time to time forgiving each other, rising above our occasional discomforts and applying our best selves to achieve and serve the excellence of mind and greatness of heart to which we are called and to which we aspire,” Wagner said. Wagner also acknowledged that University’s obstacles, including Emory’s misreporting of SAT scores this summer and the “shameful chapter” of Emory’s School of Dentistry where the school disproportionately failed Jewish students. Despite these wrongdoings, Wagner said that Emory is in a better position. “We have helped to define Emory’s presence as a powerful contributor to the intellectual and social transformation in the world,” Wagner said.
Students and Faculty Take the Floor Throughout his presentation, more than a dozen students held up signs that read “Reject the Cuts” and “We have questions” in reference to the controversial department changes announced in mid-September. A majority of these students were members of the #EmoryCuts group, an organization that formed in opposition to these changes. Once Wagner concluded his presentation, the floor was opened for questions. The question-and-answer session focused almost entirely on the closing or suspension of several programs in the College as well as graduate programs. Audience members expressed concern for an allegedly undemocratic process behind the changes and also said the plan would disproportionately affect minorities, women and international students. After nearly every question, the audience erupted in applause before Wagner began responding. Amber Jones, a fourth-year Ph.D student in Educational Studies, said that the programs being effected have had the “greatest track record for retaining, recruiting and graduating African-American and Hispanic students” and that Emory’s Educational Studies program has been the number one producer of
African American Ph.D students for 20 years. With 40 percent African American students, the program boasts one of the highest numbers for African Americans in the nation, said Jones. “How do you reconcile the stark difference between your rhetoric of diversity and your actions of cutting diversity?” she asked Wagner. While the Wagner agreed with Jones’ numbers, he assured her that the decision-makers took that into account and highlighted several strategies Emory uses to increase diversity on campus, such as third-party assistance to increase Hispanic student admission rates. A law student majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies questioned Wagner’s “courageous leadership,” which she said “has divided the community and unleashed fear.” “Leadership doesn’t always take people in the direction we would like to go,” Wagner said. “We trust our leaders ... to take us in the directions we ought to go.” He cited the idea that the civil rights movement occurred because of leadership that went against the majority. An Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA) graduate student asked Wagner why he supports, what she feels, is an undemocratic process behind the departmental changes. “The authority to recommend these [changes rests with] the dean,” Wagner said. “My understanding is that the faculty is represented in the faculty governance bodies ... And you might say I consider the process to be more like a republic than a democracy.” A member of the Student Re-visioning Committee asked Wagner if he would be willing to work with his committee in the future to meet their demands: a reversal of the changes, formal participation by students, faculty and staff in administrative decisions and full disclosure of the College Financial Advisory Committee’s proceedings. In response to this question, Wagner said he would be willing to collaborate with the committee. A neuroscience Ph.D student expressed concerns about the University’s commitment to fundamental values. “When is the University going to realize that its integrity has been compromised, and the University’s prestige is in crisis?” she asked. “Actually to the contrary ...
remarkably, the feedback that I get from other universities ... [is of] great support and admiration with regards to the changes,” Wagner responded. Wagner said that other universities have asked if Emory can help lead them to make similar changes in their schools. Switching the topic from the cuts to the issue of Chick-fil-A on campus, political science graduate student Andy Ratto asked Wagner why he and Nair have not responded to letters from Emory’s LGBT groups and Emory Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA). Wagner said that Emory did issue a statement stating that the University does not share the values of Chickfil-A, but that they would not remove the vendor from the school. Shortly after, tensions came to a boil when ILA Department Chair Kevin Corrigan expressed his grievances that the changes “had no reasons, no data [and] no peer review.” “For a research-intensive liberal arts university, where are the liberal arts?” Corrigan asked. “We have been supplanted effectively ... Do you have a real vision for the liberal arts and for the humanities in this university?” The president then responded by explaining the three tenets of liberal arts, as he sees them: a facility of critical thinking, the ability to listen and discern and a process to fashion a creative answer and articulate it. Wagner argued that interdisciplinary studies could move beyond one core operation. “Remember I’m an engineer, Kevin,” Wagner said emphatically. “Remember, I came to Emory because I had a passion for what is meant to be liberally educated.” The two, then, proceeded to talk over each other, disagreeing over whether or not the ILA faculty members are being supplanted and whether Corrigan was aware of the conversations about the changes before they were announced on Sept. 14. “I guess we’re at a stalemate,” Wagner said abruptly before switching to the next question. After the event, Jorge Lawton, a former Distinguished Fellow at the Center of Ethics, said he thinks this type of open dialogue should happen more often than just once a year, given the tense atmosphere in the room. “I found that there was something rippling in here,” Lawton said. “It
seems to be a difficult moment in Emory’s life and maybe a test for seeing how deep the wonderfully espoused values are really rooted. There seemed to be more puzzlement and concern [around me] than thunderous applause.” Lawton said he was most concerned about the state of Emory when he heard the exchange between Corrigan and Wagner. “There seems to be a gap between the espousal of principles of ethical engagement and the process of full community,” Lawton said as he saw Corrigan “pleading for inclusiveness in practice and yet met by, perhaps, a dialogue of the deaf.” Moreover, he said he did not see Corrigan trying to make points but instead saw a genuine issue of grievance. Jones, who had asked Wagner about the University’s commitment to minorities, said she didn’t hear anything that gave her hope for his vision for the University. “I think the dynamic [in the room] dodged our real concerns and countered with whatever rhetoric that they have,” Jones said. “But all they have is rhetoric.” Comparative Literature graduate student Luke Donehue said Wagner’s reference to the civil rights movement was “the epitome of slimy stupidity,” citing the irony that the “bold leadership here is cutting the program that gave the civil rights movement some of its greatest luminaries.” College senior Jonathan Katzner thought Wagner stayed calm throughout the session because he knew what to expect. “I think that at times he seemed to get more emotional in his responses,” Katzner wrote in an email to the Wheel. “This may have been a result of the atmosphere or tone of the questions, but he certainly didn’t back down when presented with some interesting points [or] perspectives.” Katzner said he noticed a “nervous tension” in the room and that some audience members were disrespectful in their questions. “I do think that some of the questions were more hostile in tone and intent than others, which I don’t think added to the promotion of discourse in the room,” Katzner wrote. “It was disappointing to me that we couldn’t engage in an organized and productive discourse without interruption.” — Contact Karishma Mehrotra firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Schedule For Exams A Mixed Bag Action Was Needed, But Early Exams Problematic As a result of an increasing number of exam conflicts for students during finals week, the College will implement a new exam schedule next fall. According to Joanne Brzinski, the senior associate dean for undergraduate education, a fourth time slot will be added to the College’s exam schedule and, as a result, tests will start at 8 a.m. The period in between exams will also be reduced to 60 minutes from 90. We at the Wheel praise the College for addressing the concerns of students and faculty who have continuously notified the Office of Undergraduate Education of impending conflicts. This is a problem we are glad to see the University address. Still, we also feel that the final exam scheduling changes have the potential to cause other issues for students. Most college students can testify to the fact that 8:30 a.m. exams are early enough as it is. To put it simply: we’re college students, and if anything, we feel the College should strive to move exams later in the day rather than earlier. We are also concerned about the reduction in the period of time in between exams. This gap period is crucial for clearing our minds in between tests, grabbing meals and preparing for other exams that day, especially if tests are given consecutively. Still, we are always open to student feedback and transparency. We applaud the Office of Undergraduate Education for announcing these changes far in advance and for being open to testing new ideas. We hope administrators will continue to keep students informed of the numerous academic changes that are currently underway that will affect students across the University. Next fall will be a critical time period for the College — with the credit-hour changes, new course time slots and a revamped final exam schedule — and we hope that transparency and feedback will remain the priorities of the Office of Undergraduate Education. We look forward to the College’s campaign later this semester to keep students up-to-date on the credit changes.
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Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Stanford Daily Stanford University October 8, 2012 In its staff editorial entitled “What Do We Want From Our Honor Code?”, the editorial board of The Stanford Daily addresses the problems inherent in the Stanford University honor code and addresses ways that these problems can be resolved. The Stanford Honor Code, written by the student body in 1921, governs standards of academic integrity at this school. It is fairly moderate as far as university honor codes go — neither as open and trusting as Harvey Mudd’s, which has almost exclusively takehome finals and 24-hour building access for all students, nor as stringent and unforgiving as the University of Virginia’s, which requires automatic expulsion for any violation of the code. By now, most of us are familiar with the Honor Code’s most well-known tenets. It is the reason, for instance, that examinations are not directly proctored by professors or TAs; the Code states that the faculty “manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent [academic dishonesty].” We, the students, are theoretically trusted (and expected) to be our own academic police force. The original spirit of the Honor Code is not being fully embodied in its current practice. This is particularly evident in the overly rigid structure of some university examinations, which exhibit neither trust nor confidence in the honor of the students. While we realize that there are administrative and logistical benefits to requiring students to take end-of-term exams all at the same time and in the same room, this can have detrimental effects for certain groups of students. Athletes at away games or tournaments, for instance, are often forced to take rushed final exams in between games, races, or matches merely because the exam is being administered at Stanford at the same time. The same holds true for scientists presenting their work, artists performing or presenting a piece, or aspiring businessmen and businesswomen away interviewing for jobs around the country and the world. Many classes require a sit-down, end-ofquarter final exam in a rigid time slot; syllabi note that students may not take the class if they cannot make this time. Undergraduates are familiar with the shortcomings of this rigid structure: multiple exams in a compressed window of time, exams later or ear-
lier than students’ optimal test-taking hours, conflicts with other commitments and other issues affect students’ abilities to take classes they want and perform well on their exams. A true interpretation of the Honor Code would account for these special burdens by trusting these students to take examinations on and at their own time. Many professors have adopted this approach already, which we wholeheartedly applaud. But we would like to see, as we believe many students would as well, this policy adopted at an institutional level. Even for students not required to be away from school during exams, however, the current interpretation of the Honor Code needs to be re-envisioned. There is no reason under the current Code that examinations should not be universally in take-home format. Many students perform best when they work on their own schedule and in their own style — early, late, with music or without, in a dorm room or in the library. The only explanation for why this is not allowed would seem to be that students are not currently fully trusted not to cheat. Maybe we shouldn’t be. According to the Office of Judicial Affairs, there were 82 Honor Code violations in 2008-2009, the most recent year for which detailed statistics are available. A more open policy on examinations would certainly encourage more cheating, especially given the pressures students currently face to succeed. It may be that the cost of opening up examinations outweighs the benefits. In all likelihood, more than 82 violations of the Code occur in any given year solely on exams, and the figure is probably increasing as smartphones become more sophisticated, more discreet and more widespread. Cheating on take-home exams, a difficult task to detect, has likely plateaued, but this is a figure no one could possibly determine with accuracy. The real question to ask is what we, the students of the University who have the responsibility to amend the honor code, want to do. If we want complete trust from the University and want to rely on the self-control of students to prevent cheating, we should start demanding the Honor Code be more strictly adhered to. On the other hand, if we wish to continue the policies in place today that seek to prevent cheating at the institutional level, we should amend the Honor Code to reflect that reality. There are pros and cons to both decisions, but the conversation should be happening.
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GHS Does Not Support the Cuts GRADUATE HISTORY SOCIETY On Sept. 14, 2012, Dean Robin Forman of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences sent a letter alerting students, faculty and staff to several changes initiated by the university. Emory will be cutting the Physical Education, Educational Studies and Visual Arts Departments, along with the undergraduate journalism major. Graduate admissions will be suspended in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Economics and the Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA). Emory’s administration has also decided to reduce the number of permanent Russian language staff and has initiated discussions with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies regarding the future of language programs in Hindi, Urdu and Persian. This course of action, which has received the support of Emory’s provost and president, is meant to “enhance areas of distinction and to reallocate resources to support new and emerging areas.” Although the History Department is supposedly an “unaffected department,” we can say unequivocally that no department is unaffected. The history graduate students depend on faculty with joint appointments in targeted departments, innovative cross-listed courses and a range of extra-departmental resources to learn about, and to produce, cutting-edge scholarship. We are deeply concerned that the proposed changes will negatively affect the graduate history experience at Emory. Any attempt to end or outsource language programs will limit students’ ability to fulfill lan-
guage requirements during coursework and necessary language acquisition for research. Students who need language evaluations for grant applications and for language learning programs outside of Emory will have greater difficulty securing them. In addition, as the graduate divisions of Economics, the ILA and Spanish are to be eliminated for the foreseeable future, this overhaul will mean fewer courses available for enrollment and less diversity within course listings. These changes will also damage the caliber of scholarly interchange available to history graduate students. Many students rely upon engagement with interlocutors from the targeted departments as well as colleagues in the History Department. The presence of members of the ILA, Spanish and other departments in our seminars has been invaluable, as has the opportunity to take part in theirs. Therefore we do not see the cuts as strengthening the canonical discipline of history but as weakening it. Not only will students already attending Emory feel the effects of these changes, but so will prospective graduate students. For potential students who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach, these cuts signal that Emory will be less adept at supporting their development. The narrowing of options also communicates to new or prospective students that changing focus or exploring alternate paths of inquiry is not desired. In addition to the problematic implications of the restructuring itself, we as a community are deeply disturbed by the way in which these decisions have been made and communicated. While Dean Forman claims that the planned changes were the result of
collaborative efforts, the vast majority of the faculty (including directors of departments), staff and students in question had no knowledge of what was planned until the eve of the announcement. We are appalled by the administration’s failure to consult with members of affected departments before decisions were announced and by its subsequent inability (or unwillingness) to provide a coherent and thorough explanation of its rationale. Not only is this disrespectful to those directly and indirectly affected by the proposed changes (all of us), it casts serious doubt on the soundness of the decisions themselves. The administration’s lack of transparency and collaborative effort during these deliberations also demonstrates the weakness of its commitment to shared governance, a fact that should be worrying for the entire Emory community. We recognize that restructuring, especially in situations of financial constraint, can be an important tool to strengthen Emory as an institution. We have no confidence, however, that the proposed changes will do anything but weaken Emory’s existing programs, undermine its reputation, and betray its most valuable assets — its employees and students. We recommend that these decisions be reversed immediately and placed under review to accommodate feedback that should have been sought before their finalization. As part of this review process, we also call for more clarity about the methods and reasoning behind any future changes. The GHS is a student organization representing the graduate students of the History Department.
Emory’s Visual Arts Department Also Supports AAUP’s Statements To the Editor: The Emory Visual Arts Department faculty supports the letter from the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors published in the Wheel on Oct. 29. We too question the legitimacy of a process
and outcomes lacking supporting data and documentation of process. We object to the cuts announced by Dean Forman on Sept. 14 and we endorse the AAUP’s call for a full, formal and prompt review of the decisions and the process behind them.
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Reflections On My Stolen Bike JONATHAN WARKENTINE I have recently joined the ranks of the countless Emory students and faculty possessing one less bicycle. As unfortunate and deplorable is my position, I was able, after some reflection, to gain some insight into my — and others’ — situation. Oft’s the time I spy, dejected and abandoned on the bike racks, a lone wheel still chained to the rack. I hear stories of bicycles securely locked falling prey to the knavery of thieves armed with chain cutters. As the tears marred my vision I promised to myself and to my bicycle never to be found in that luckless position; inwardly, I also scoffed at the owners irresponsible enough to leave their glistening velocipedes defenseless in such a cruel and merciless world as this. I had several very good reasons to believe that my bike was safe against any attempts at its removal. Anyone who had seen my bike would know the first: I paid $50 for it at Goodwill, and this was evident in the abundance of rust, grit and grime that coated its surface. But, in its defense, it did have Shimano gears, which I’ve always been told are the best. Second reason: my bike (God rest its soul) was missing a limb. Yes, its right pedal was hideously mangled in an accident, and consequently amputated. Third Reason: I usually chained my bike to the garbage can: I figured if nothing else, the stench and stigma associated with the area would be an
adequate deterrent. Soon, however, I grew cocky, and stopped chaining my bike altogether. Then, around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, the 30th of September, my cripple of a bike was abducted.
Emory needs to do more about stolen bikes on campus. As I promised, there is a moral to the story. I learned several things that fateful autumn day: First and foremost, this bike-stealing business is quite organized. I doubt Emory students have much to do with it. To begin with, most are absurdly wealthy. They also simply don’t have the time to embrace a life of crime, their minds being so zealously consumed by their work and passions. The staff could always be behind this, but I find it quite preposterous that the amiable lunch lady could so spitefully swipe my bike behind my back after already blatantly swiping my meal card in my very presence. No. I am convinced that this is something much larger. Much, much larger. If you remember, my bike had Shimano gears. This, I’d estimate, was half its value. The only reason someone might want such a bike as mine is for those gears. What
would they do with those gears? The bike is scrap. Even I disliked it. But the gears they could salvage. Think also about those random half-bikes still chained to the bike racks. Someone stole half a bike? It would make sense to steal everything but the front wheel (as indeed, many apparently have), even if unicycles aren’t your thing, so that strikes me as peculiar. What is going on? It’s actually quite simple. Although my first instinct is to accuse Emory’s gnome population, I realize my learned Emory readers would be unsatisfied with so obvious and simple of an answer and are casting about for a more convoluted conspiracy. Hence, I shall present the runnerup theory. Emory is in Atlanta. Atlanta has crime. Whoever is stealing these bikes obviously has some kind of mechanical expertise, and is specifically targeting bikes, or else why should he bring chain cutters? Emory is a strong advocate of biking, even offering rewards to employees who cycle, yet it negligently lets their bikes be stolen to Emory’s own disadvantage as well as the bike’s owners’. It’s high time to increase security, start offering rewards for theft prevention, and perhaps rethink the idea of traditional communal bike racks, so that we can actually breed a sense of security and confidence to those of us who bike. But alas for my bicycle, it is already too late.
Jonathan Warkentine is a College freshman from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Is Obama Purposefully Arming al-Qaeda? Benghazigate May Have Consequences It makes sense that during the Halloween season we might be treated to more scares than other times of the year. However, the latest news coming out surrounding the attack on our consulate in Benghazi is more than just scary — its political and moral implications are downright horrifying. “Benghazi-gate” has become one of the largest political scandals since Iran-Contra or Watergate. The most recent story (which has been amended more than a few times by various officials) coming out of the White House was that there was simply not enough information available as the attack progressed. Many members of the administration, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, have repeated this claim. However, new information recovered from emails, investigative reporting and sources close to the administration have begun to reveal quite a bit over the past week. And much of it flies in the face of the administration’s claim that officials simply “didn’t know.” The first piece of information was highpriority emails that were sent to dozens of email addresses in the White House, the State Department, military security and other government offices. These emails were sent out as the attack actually happened, and contain very clear status updates and requests for immediate assistance to defend the consulate from the attack. The mention of mortars in the emails is significant: it puts the final nail in the coffin of the original story that the whole incident was simply a “spontaneous protest” gone wrong. Mortars require organized planning and direction. This indicates that a terrorist organization had to be involved. These emails, however, were just the tip of the iceberg. More information has been uncovered that paints an even darker picture. Jennifer Griffin of Fox News reported that, according to sources that were on the
ground in Benghazi, agents at the local CIA Annex less than a mile from the consulate heard gunfire and requested military support, but were told multiple times to “stand down” and not rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, the two former SEALS who would die in the attack, ignored the order and went with one other person to help evacuate consulate staff and the already-deceased Sean Smith. They could not locate the ambassador, however, and returned to the CIA annex. When the annex also came under fire, they were denied a second request for military support. The team fought back. One specialist operated a heavy machine gun on the roof. They had a laser spotter aimed at the enemy mortar so that a gunship could take out the enemy artillery. Two separate surveillance drones were sent in to monitor the situation, with a live video feed being sent back to major military locations around the world – including the White House situation room. Two special operations teams were also available to go in, and airplanes at Sigonella Air Base were well within launch range. However, all of these assets were told to wait a third time. When help did finally arrive, Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were all dead. It is now clear that there was plenty of information available via the surveillance drones, email updates and requests for military support. So why didn’t the White House authorize anyone in our military to act? And why did the administration attempt to cover the incident up with their story about the offensive YouTube video? Frank Gaffney, columnist and president of the Center for Security Policy, wrote in The Washington Times that the answer
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may have to do with a weapons exchange: “It now appears that Stevens was there ... for another priority mission: sending arms recovered from [Muammar Gaddafi]’s stocks to the ‘opposition’ in Syria. As in Libya, the insurgents are known to include al-Qaeda and other Shariah-supremacist groups...” Many details have yet to be fully confirmed. However, if this allegation is accurate,
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it means that the Obama administration has been actively helping arm al-Qaeda-linked organizations in the Middle East. It would also mean that Ambassador Stevens, Smith, Wood and Doherty all died because the White House didn’t want to intervene and risk revealing the truth about its operations. It’s very difficult to think of a scarier picture than that of the Obama administration
actively arming our enemies. Hopefully more information on Benghazigate will come out, because the American people — and the families of the dead — deserve the truth.
David Giffin is a second year Masters in Theological Studies student at the Candler School of Theology from Charleston, Ill.
Giving Thanks for Being an American BRETT LICHTENBERG I suppose when I was younger, I never imagined that my first time voting wouldn’t be in a booth, but rather a few filled-in circles on a white piece of paper. I also suppose when I was younger that things like Hurricane Katrina wouldn’t have any effect on us New Yorkers. Well, I guess I was wrong for both. There was an article on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times whose headline read, “Panicked Evacuations Mixed with Nonchalance in Hurricane Sandy’s Path.” In the article, 27-year old New Yorker John Miller said, “Last time they made such a big hype out of it, and nothing happened.” In the days preceding Sandy’s arrival, even I was rather skeptical over the buildup. Last August, I sat in the basement of my house at three in the morning, having been told that a tornado was headed towards my town. Of course in the morning after Irene, there was much damage — fallen trees, flooding — but overall we were all back on our feet very quickly. This time around, based on the pictures I see, text messages I read and reports over the phone I get from my parents, things are different. The Long Beach boardwalk, a spot a mile from my house where I spent many of my summers, is now better suitable for making a bonfire than it is for walking on. To know that my boat, which was once docked at a marina, is now probably shipwrecked on someone’s front lawn, or that there are live fish swimming in my grandparents’ basement. I thought to myself, “Those things only happen in New Orleans!” I waited to see the shot of the headless Statue of Liberty — straight out of “Cloverfield.” This was a true disaster. It is hard to imagine that only one of the articles on the front page of almost every issue of this week’s New York Times was about the election. October 30, one week until Election Day, the time with the most amount of election info, and only one small article having to do with the candidates? Wait, what election? While all of this chaos takes place, on the political stage we still see both Obama and Romney “being presidential” but in actuality still “unofficially” campaigning for votes. In every journalism course I’ve ever taken, I’ve always been told to never insert your political opinion into a piece. Well, too bad. It makes me cringe when I read articles and hear on CNN that Obama may just win because of his “leadership” during Sandy. In last week’s Wheel, I predicted Obama’s “October Surprise” as his announcement for peace talks with Iran (by the way, whatever happened to those?!), but I never would have thought Ms. Sandy could have been the real “Obama Surprise” not even Wolf Blitzer saw coming. Yes, the election gets us all worked up, but at the same time it is so refreshing when we
take a step back for a second. Wow, look at our political system at its finest ... alright perhaps not at its finest, but compared to how every other country’s political process operates, we are definitely pretty lucky. After checking my P.O. Box day after day (and as my friends know, never to find a single letter), on Wednesday I put my hand in to finally pull out a long manila envelope that read “election material, please expedite.” Eighteen years on the waiting line, it was my time to vote. “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.” — the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While I respect all of those non-voters, who for individual reasons, have decided they either cannot pick a candidate or do not want to choose any of the candidates, I still think that voting is an American freedom so precious that we cannot reject when offered to us. Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, Jordan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tonga, United Arab Emirates — a list of 15 countries in the world whose citizens have no say over who runs their government. As college students, it is crucial to remember that the biggest election issues most often directly effect our generation. Education, war, debt, healthcare, global warming — all are issues that we are inevitably going to inherit, so why not make them ones that we won’t regret if we can make the difference? Because of such low voter turnout by the youth, often candidates traditionally overlook our age group when deciding whom to spend their advertising dollars on. Even if you may think your vote “doesn’t count,” we simply cannot have a true working democracy if citizens both young and old aren’t active participants. If everyone thought their vote didn’t count, no one would ever vote! There’s a common saying, “you’re not truly grateful for something until you don’t have it anymore.” Often when catastrophes like Sandy plague our homes, our families, our friends or even random people miles away that we see on the news, we stop and take a step back to realize how fortunate we are and how grateful we should be for what we have. Just like in all hard times, those affected by Sandy will begin to rise up and rebuild both literally and figuratively. New Yorkers have guts of steel, and I have no doubt that they will be back on their feet very soon. Perhaps as Nov. 6, comes closer and closer by the day, we should all remember how lucky we are to be alive, to be healthy, to be American and to be at Emory. As I stamped my envelope and placed it in the mailbox, I never felt prouder to live in the U.S.A.
While Obama and Romney act “presidential,” all they are doing is looking for votes.
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As the Internet Grows, We Must Learn to Govern It I’ve spent the past few days thinking about the Internet. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about the development of the Internet. I met a fellow at a social event this past weekend who was offering his thoughts on the matter. I will be picking up his ideas in the hopes of spreading them further. His argument was a statement of how the Internet is perceived by many as a purely organic entity, when it is actually a highlymanipulated social environment. The Internet appears to us as a wild frontier, an Old West settlement where anything can happen, good or bad. But the reality of the Internet is more corporate. The majority of the Internet’s major work is done through social media websites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or blogs that (almost always) include some social element, either through comment systems or community sub-blogs. Through these social structures, content is communicated to others. And the structures that allow for this, the ‘work’ of the Internet for the majority of people, are provided by companies. Companies that are bound by laws. Problems we have with the Internet and content access are as likely to be problems we have with our laws as with those companies, if not more so. What has appeared to be a Wild
West town is a Wild West theme park with broad borders. But borders all the same. Which is not to argue against those borders. But they have to be acknowledged before we continue. I feel confident in saying that the Internet is not a passing fad (much to the distress of print journalism). Like writing or the use of automotive technology, the Internet is going to be a technology that will stick with us (until something better occurs) and will affect the development of society for the remainder of our society’s
We like to think that the Internet is organic, but it is rather corporate in structure. existence. It will grow with us, and we will grow with it. It’s a weird thing to think of, but I imagine Gutenberg’s peers felt similarly. We are around when something capital-B Big is developing; our presence is happenstance. So, what? We just need to start thinking
about the Internet more actively. The first time I saw that happen was last winter’s outcry of dissent against the Stop Online Piracy Act. It was a good first go. But the discussion about the Internet needs to continue happening. It’s occurring in some parts of academia, and it’s happening in some blogs and forums. But, funnily enough, the discussion is going to have to extend beyond just the Internet and occur on multiple levels of society. The Internet is a corporate structure? Well, what does that mean, and what is it going to mean? The Internet is transnational and insubstantial? Then how do laws get enforced? Nationally? Internationally? Do we leave it to Internet mobs to run the thing? And what are we going to do when something doesn’t work? These are questions that will need to be answered from our side of history and with some immediacy, if we want to avoid having a generation of older lawmakers who don’t appreciate the Internet decide on the answers. Whatever may come of it, I tip my hat to the party-goer who got this conversation started.
Rhett Henry is a College sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga.
Brett Lichtenberg is a College freshman from Hewlett, N.Y.
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Egypt Restored at the Carlos Museum
HOROSCOPES Beginning of the End Edition
THE STARS HAVE SPOKEN, AND THE SECRETS OF YOUR DESTINY ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!
THE PAINFUL TRUTH AS PRESENTED
By Will Partin III Staff Writer Sometime in the third millennium BCE, at the height of the Egyptian Old Kingdom’s glory, the scribe Wehemka and his wife Hetepheres were laid to rest in an underground tomb near the Great Pyramids of Giza. Upon their mummified bodies, their servants placed a brilliant broad collar, an ensemble of over 1,000 cylindrical beads arranged in a series of graceful, concentric semicircles. Its terminals were gold, and the faience beads, strung together by an intricate weave, gave off an otherworldly glow in the darkness. It was a fitting parting gift to a noble man, one that would help Wehemka and his wife retain their nobility in the afterlife. The tomb was shut, and remained untouched by human hands for thousands of years. Time passed, and as the earth shifted, the colors faded and the organic materials slowly broke down. The beads eventually spilled out upon the floor, as the ties that bound them finally snapped. And there they sat until one day a haphazard team of workmen broke open the tomb. They were greeted by a scene of disarray — beads were strewn about the floor, many broken or halfburied in the sand. They gathered what they could — breaking many in the process — and placed them in a small metal can, which they brought to the leaders of the excavation, who awkwardly strung them together into a two-tiered necklace. From there, the necklace was exported to the Georg Steindorff Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig, where it was accessioned and became a part of the institution’s permanent Egyptian collection. For nearly a century, it was displayed in its erroneously reconstructed form, and in time, all memory of its assembly faded. Ersatz form became fact, accepted by the eyes, learned or not, who gazed upon the rows and beads, arranged in a way they were never meant to be, completely divorced from historical fact. Fast forward to the present day,
ARIES It’s that time of year again to sign up for classes. You might think you have a decent sign up time, but make sure there are plenty of backup options in your cart. Once your enrollment opens we foresee all blue squares in your future.
Taurus Try stepping out of your box when choosing classes for next semester, and give Organic Chemistry a try. You’ll have the most fun you’ve had in ages when you get to use those Grignards.
Gemini Don’t let that leftover Halloween candy tempt you! Semi-formals are around the corner, and at the rate you’re finishing those pumpkin Reese’s, you definitely won’t be able to fit into that outfit you’ve been dying to wear.
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For College senior Sam Owens, helping to restore an ancient Egyptian broad collar with experts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum was a unique opportunity. as curators at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum were preparing their own exhibition on treasures from the Old Kingdom, in which the broad collar-cum-necklace was to be included. Shortly after its arrival at Emory, the necklace came under the scrutiny of Dr. Peter Lacovara, the senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art. Lacovara, an expert in ancient Egyptian archeology, quickly realized that the previously unquestioned arrangement of beads did not correspond to the normalized pattern of Old Kingdom necklaces. “Dr. Lacovara recognized that the beads had originally been part of a set consisting of a broad collar and a
choker worn at the neck, as is often depicted in images of women of the Old Kingdom,” the Carlos Museum wrote in a newsletter to its members. Soon after, it was decided that the broad collar should undergo a restoration to return it to its original, historically-accurate state. Once permission was granted by the University of Leipzig, the project came under the direction of the Carlos’ chief Conservator, Renée Stein, who enlisted the help of a team of conservation fellows, volunteers and interns. Among these was longtime Carlos benefactor and Docent Emeritus Gail Walter, who has worked for many years as a jewelry artist.
In a summary of the project, Walter explained the process behind the unstringing, arranging and restringing of the beads. First, the hundreds of surviving beads were sorted by type and color. From there, the length of each bead was measured and laid out to establish the four curving rows of the broad collar, with the longest beads in the middle and the shortest near the terminals. Still, many beads were missing, and would need to be accurately reconstructed, a task that fell in part to College senior Sam Owens, an intern in the Carlos Conservation Lab. “Looking at the pile of beads, the
project was very daunting at first,” Owens explained in an interview with the Wheel. “But Gail [Walter] was a great resource. She has worked on several broad collars before and knew exactly what to do.” Owens, who has significant backgrounds in art history, chemistry and visual arts, began the process by using a scanning electron microscope with a spectrometer to document the elemental composition of the beads in order to identify the original pigments used and the reasons for their decay. Once this was determined, Owens helped to recreate beads using
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This week I went to a Model UN conference in Washington, D.C. Except it wasn’t in D.C. It was in Bethesda. Bethesda is next to D.C. The thing about cities that are next to big cities is that their proximity makes them worse. There is no expectation for Missoula, Mont. to be exciting. But the aborted excitement felt when you find out you’re not actually in D.C. makes Bethesda feel like receiving a donation in your name to the Red Cross for your Bar Mitzvah. Also, Bethesda sounds like a biblical concubine. The reason I joined Model UN is not because I care about international affairs. All my friends did Model UN. They pressured me to join. I finally joined and signed up for a conference. Then they all quit. They said, independent of each other, that they had planned to quit the club since the beginning of the year, and that after a conference I would soon understand their displeasure. Now I understand McGruff the crime hound’s speeches about peer pressure. We landed in D.C. and took the rail line to Bethesda. I took a picture of the subway map because I have never seen a subway that goes so many places. I did not realize that I was grinning on the subway. When asked why I looked so happy I said, “the subway goes more than two directions. Unlike MARTA.” The hotel was designed in the most avant-garde modernist style. It looked like it was built in 1978. Modernism was a poor name for an artistic movement. I needed to send a paper to my professor. Unfortunately, the wi-fi cost money in Bethesda. It’s
free in D.C. Bethesda is not D.C. We were not attending a typical Model UN conference. This is a “Crisis Simulation” conference. Instead of pretending to be Bolivia in a General Assembly of nations, we each played characters during different crises ranging from Mugabe’s cabinet during hyperinflation or the U.S. State Department during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I played a Chilean Senator in 1970 after the election of a Socialist. We had a prep meeting in the President’s bedroom. She gave us a strategy run-down. “Don’t try to assassinate anyone on the first day,” she said. “Save that for Sunday morning.” She then asked me, “What’s your plan?” “Take over the Central Bank and impose quantitative easing.” “Great. Is the economy in ruins?” “No, but it won’t have an effect anyway.” All I wanted to do was take over the central bank. The funniest thing about this conference was that the participants took it too seriously. We spent nine hours discussing land reform. Because of partisan gridlock, the peasants began rioting. Demonstrations took place in the streets. Wealthy landowners were killed. Meanwhile, inflation ravaged the Chilean economy. I explained to Senator Peralta, “We have to pass my bank directive or else Chile will be buried beneath worthless bills.” He asked, “What’s this provision about firing the bank’s governor and replacing him with a council of senators? It seems shady.”
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Based on the current star patterns, it looks like comfortable attire will be all the rage starting next week. Therefore, if you wear anything other than a sweatshirt and sweatpants, expect some weird looks.
Leo Now that November has finally come around, it’s time for you to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you start increasing your dietary intake now, by the time the holiday arrives your stomach will have expanded to an optimum capacity for the best Thanksgiving meal you’ve ever had.
Virgo Why not give No-Shave-November a try this year? The stars are all perfectly aligned for your peach fuzz to look great by the end of the month.
A.J.’s Adventures: Model UN By A.J. Artis Staff Writer
STUDENT LIFE’S FREAKISHLY HOROSCOPES!
Asteroids that have been recently circling Earth will cause a cold front sometime soon. Stock up on plenty of hot chocolate and soup, and get ready to hibernate in your apartment.
Scorpio If your birthday is approaching, brace yourself because the planet Jiggityjams has now entered our solar system and will cause you to have a ridiculously fun time with your friends this weekend.
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After the Wet Season By Austin Price Photography Editor The wet season had passed, but still the sky hung heavy and low over the Zombo district in northwest Uganda. Clouds rolled over the forested hills, filling the occasional dale with an opaque mist that blanketed everything in a perpetual dampness. At its midday strength, the sun could finally burn through the haze. In this brief window of daylight, the herders tethered their ambling goats, the planters inspected their ripening coffee cherries and the mothers accounted for their wandering children. I too meandered in the midday sun, walking through the fields with a parade of local children behind me. Everywhere I ventured they followed, matching every step I took and repeating every word I said. Interrupting this perpetual game of follow-the-leader, a young boy in mud-stained jeans and a tattered Chicago Bulls t-shirt tapped my shoulder. He wanted to take me to his village. It was my turn to follow. As we approached the village, the echoes of a noontime celebration grew louder. I intended to watch from the perimeter with camera in hand, but the young boy tugged me into the center of the dancing villagers. Their bloodshot eyes betrayed the amount of drink they had
consumed. A congregation of Alur farmers and laborers swayed to the beat of the music they produced. A rhythm sang from a bow harp, its wielder moving his fingers along the vibrating strings faster than my camera’s shutter could capture. Whistlers and fiddlers trilled a simple melody with an occasional deviating note that seemed as dissonant and distinctive as my presence. Hands clapped. Feet stomped. A percussionist pounded his water jug, its surface discolored by incessant use as a makeshift bongo. Children danced, and the men raised their bottles — nearly empty of the vice contained within — in recognition of the simple joys of an agronomic lifestyle. A voice erupted from behind me — an old lady emerging from the recesses of her hut. Shrill as a crow, her pitch dominated the collective sound of the instrumental accompaniment, reverberating between the mudded sides of her humble home before escaping to the clouds above. I didn’t understand her lyrics, but the very sound spoke of uplift to the translucent sky. The rains had poured in abundance. The fields were green with vegetation. This was a song of praise — a celebratory hymn for the fruit of the harvest, for the rain that had come and the sun that now pierced through its thinning veil.
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After flipping through all those binders filled with women, it’s finally time for the moment of truth in the election this week. The future looks a bit hazy, but something tells us you shouldn’t underestimate the third party candidate.
Capricorn Step out on a limb and tell that potentially special someone how you feel before the semester starts to come to an end. Chances are they won’t feel the same way about you, but it will still be worth a shot.
Aquarius As much as you’re tempted to break out into dance, Gangnam style, please refrain. What makes you think any part of the universe is aligned in your favor to make you look good while you pretend to ride that horse?
Pisces You probably won’t have the best week ever… Horoscopes by Isabella Fraschilla and Liz Frame
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Student Activities Calendar Friday, November 2 — Thursday, November 8 E PERFORMANCES
Drag Show Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Table Francaise Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. French and Italian Department
OTHER EVENTS SGA and OSLS
“Learn Community Workshop” Friday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Eagle’s Landing
Ad Hoc Productions
Spring Awakening Friday, Nov. 2, Saturday, Nov. 3, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Burlington Road Building
Alloy Literary Magazine
Friday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. DUC Terraces
Coffeehouse Poetry & Prose Reading Friday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Brooks Commons at Cannon Chapel Submissions Review Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Candler Library 114
RELIGIOUS LIFE Hindu Students Association
General Body Meeting and Discussion on Religion and Politics Friday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m. Cannon Chapel
Night of the Laughing Dead Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema
A screening of the original “Night of the Living Dead” with zombie-themed appetizers provided by Emory Catering.
Homeless Outreach and Awareness Project
Terrible Tuesday Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m-1 p.m. Asbury Citcle
Large Group Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Prayer Night Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. Cannon Chapel Sanctuary Anthro 303
This spoof of Wonderful Wednesday will include a fake presidential debate, a voter fraud booth and tables for fake student organizations.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Weekly Meeting: Bible Study Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Candler Library Room 114
Email Elizabeth Howell at ehowel5@emory. edu. Include the name of your event, the name of your organization, date and time, location and a one-sentence description of the event.
“Thursdays at 7” Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:00 pm
Thursdays at 7 is a social gathering, but there is also a time of musical worship and teaching from the Bible.
Hundreds of Beads, Pendants Salvaged from Ancient Piece a combination of Sculpy, a common brand of Polymer clay, and several types of pigment. In addition to producing new beads, Owens used Sculpy to recreate the missing terminals, which were then gilded using an adhesive and gold leaf. To ensure that the faux beads did not clash visually with the original, third millennium BCE beads, the newly created bits were made to look aged by carefully matching their color with the ancient beads. Still, some signs that the beads were not authentic were deliberately left in the final product. Owens explained, “It would have been too stark a difference to simply insert green and blue beads intermixed with the original beads. To make sure the collar was aesthetically pleasing and suggestive of the original color, our fabricated beads were lightly tinted either green or blue.” The entire ensemble was carefully restrung using a ladder stitch, a method in which the string from the middle bead of each row is passed to the terminal. “Approximately eight feet of string was used for each half of a row to provide a significant amount of excess string to use for attaching the rows,”
Emory’s 5K Zombie Run Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. Meet in Woodruff Parking Lot Weekly General Body Meeting Monday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Anthropology 303
Emory Robotics and Computer Engineering Robotics Club Meeting Sunday, Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m. Math and Science Center W304
Kappa Alpha Theta Greek Physique 2012 Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m. White Hall E208
Black Law Student Association
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Lecture Series Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Hunter Atrium
Model United Nations Election Night Celebration Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Scoreboards
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Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Callaway C101
the research summary explained. “The restringing process was very time consuming, but now I could make my own broad collar,” Owens explained. “[Walters] tackled the most difficult part of the stringing, combining all the separate rows of beads, which took a lot of experimentation to connect the rows while keeping them aligned.” Finally, after several months of work, the broad collar project was complete. “This project has been going on since January, and it’s great to see the final product, knowing how much time and energy went into it,” Owens said. The finished result, an accurate recreation of the broad collar as it was originally intended to be, is marvelous to behold. It somehow shows its enormous age, and yet, it looks sturdy enough to be held, or even, if no one was watching, picked up and placed around one’s neck. Students wishing to see the broad collar in person will unfortunately need to wait until the object is cleared for exhibition. But rest assured, the collar will be available for public viewing before it is returned to Leipzig.
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Weekly General Body Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:00 pm Harland Cinema
Model UN Leads to Disaster for Imaginary Chilean Citizens Continued from Page 9 It was. I replied, “That’s just an advisory council to choose a new governor. We wouldn’t pick anyone in the game. Just someone from history.” “Game?” “I mean senate.” “Are you implying our senatorial duties are a game?” I was implying that this simulation was a game. I didn’t realize that the first rule of Chilean Senate Simulation is to not mention it’s a Chilean Senate Simulation. Much like the works of celebrated South American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chilean Senate Simulation requires willing suspension of disbelief. I got bored during the six hours of land reform, so I drew President Robo-Allende-Saurus. He’s half robot, half T-Rex, all popularly elected socialist president of Chile. His power source is the hopes of oppressed Chileans. He blows fire. I also drew General Augusto Peanutchet. It was a drawing of Augusto Pinochet, but as a peanut man with a top hat. But, as we rounded point 21 of 22 on one of five land reform resolutions, I realized that this seriousness was not just absurd, but necessary. If any of these senators for a moment forgot they were senators and remembered
their small, almost meaningless lives, they would be smothered by an existential weight that threatens to crush everyone. So I proceeded to introduce amendments to the resolution, if only to forget for a moment that nothing, not college, not career, is ultimately fulfilling or meaningful. I then vehemently opposed land redistribution without compensation, not because I cared about compensation, but because I needed to stay grounded in the world around me, however false. There isn’t anything else funny about twenty-somethings debating imaginary nuances of fiscal policy, down to the date when national bonds would mature at a fixed interest of .05 percent. It’s actually tragic. I ache thinking these minds will be wasted. I ache thinking of the wasted money these students spent on their educations. I ache thinking that these kids will become faceless, powerless bureaucrats and regional managers of Target. Except the kids from Harvard. Then we started drinking. I drank to forget. Everyone else drank so they could discuss monetary policy with slurred words. Emory is a highly ranked team. UPenn, ranked No. 2, always invites its best competition to drink free alcohol so that the other teams are hungover for the most important day of the competition. The UPenn kids
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only pretend to drink. Emory was invited to UPenn’s room for drinks. It was an honor. Even with my “Model UN Goggles,” I had no intention of requesting a unmoderated caucus with anyone. Everyone was ugly. There is no joke to make because that’s not a surprise. I went to the Delegate Dance at the local Bethesda bar. It ended early because two guys got in a fight. Apparently some Helen of Troy danced with a gentleman who was not her boyfriend. Her boyfriend retali-
Poetry Contest Think you’ve got what it takes to write an awardwinning poem?
Word limit: 300. Rules: anything goes. Email submissions by Nov. 15 to jgroot@ emory.edu. First place gets published on the front page of Student Life. Maximum of one entry per contestant, please.
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ated. The DJ turned on the lights and everyone evacuated the dance floor. Someone told me that one student in Zimbabwe’s cabinet wrote a directive that created a Mugabe-themed amusement park. He then sabotaged a ride at Mugabeland’s grand opening to assassinate President Mugabe. These are the brightest minds at work. Thankfully, we left the D.C. area before the big storm hit. After this weekend I learned a very valuable lesson: don’t trust your friends.
ith fewer than 200 days left until graduation, I think some of us have begun the countdown, either with eager anticipation or regret, or perhaps some combination of the tears and the joy that are slowly building as seniors get job offers and sophomores declare majors and departments get cut. We see more demonstrations now than we have before, I think, maybe fewer smaller initiatives instead of quadrangular occupations that end in arrest. I am drinking a lot of coffee lately, more than usual, more per day, coffee or soda or anything with some fueling combination of sugar and caffeine to funnel energy into my daily diet, hoping that the carb consumption might actually keep me awake through Tuesday/ Thursday 75-minute classes and PE sessions spent without actually doing any physical activity because we have to learn how to track our food and eat well... Maybe the coffee is a bad idea after all.
What was green is turning dark this week, and last and next, and the trees outside my windows are red and the leaves keep falling on the quad because maybe they’re bogged down by mid-semester season changing pressures too. Somehow I crank it all out, caffeinated and prepared for classes that will tell me I should not caffeinate because at the college level we really need nutritional instruction. Noses to the grind, we remind ourselves that one more test or one more day, we can do it. Halloween has come and gone, and we look for new excuses to paint our faces and go out with more fury than we usually do ... maybe. Some of us may have been Beer Man for Halloween weekend but didn’t have to do much dressing up or acting out. But distractions and new procrastinations found, if we could only leave the library long enough to laugh out loud. I know people who are good at it, I know people who are not ... And the rest of us? Well, I’m sure we’ll find a way.
THE EMORY WHEEL
vs. New York University 12 p.m. WoodPec
vs. TBA UAA
vs. Florida State/Florida Southern 11 a.m. Talahassee,
vs. Carnegie Mellon University 5:30 p.m. Pittsburg, Pa.
vs. Carnegie Mellon University 3:00 p.m. Pittsburg, Pa.
vs. Clayton St. University (Exhibition) 5:30 p.m. Morrow, Ga.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Chavkin: Expect the Spurs, Knicks to Surprise Continued from The Back Page But, do I think the Knicks can be a top three or four team? Absolutely! Even though the Knicks have been criticized for their acquisitions and have been made fun of for becoming the oldest team in history, I think these moves have made the Knicks a better team. Jason Kidd provides this team with a champion and a leader that was desperately needed, while Marcus Camby can be a consistent defender and backup to Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. The biggest acquisition, however, was when they signed point guard Raymond Felton and chose to not sign Jeremy Lin. Felton had a great year with the Knicks in 2010 and really connected with Stoudemire. He will be able to run the offense, giving both Anthony and Stoudemire enough touches and keeping both of them happy. I think this could be the year the Knicks overtake the Celtics in the Atlantic division. Bonus Team Minnesota Timberwolves The Western Conference better watch out because the Timberwolves are here to stay. The team has become very respectable over the last couple of years, drafting Kevin Love, one of
Jason Kidd drives to the hoop for the Mavericks. He joined the Knicks this year, giving the team a leader they desperately need.
Eagles Looking to Build on Success, Earn Berth in NCAA Tourney
Rheaume’s Emory Future Looks Bright
to Love and Rubio, but in years to come, this team will be a force within the Western Conference.
Continued from The Back Page upcoming season and gave them a good head start on tackling on some big goals. According to Thomaskutty, players going into new positions got a chance to practice and perfect their skill set. The team’s chemistry benefitted as well. “This experience definitely brought the team closer and added to the respect and appreciation between team members — it was an overall tremendous opportunity for the team,” said Thomaskutty. The players seem to agree, commenting on the growth in team unity and cohesiveness post-Italy. “Everyone feels good, and it feels different going into the season. Everyone seems to be on the same page,” said Dickerson. During their preseason practices, the women have been working hard on team building. The team also has a new strength and conditioning coach pushing the team in practice to provide everyone with a great foundation coming into the season. “The first couple weeks of practice have been amazing; the tempo is on, everyone is excited to be there and giving it their 110 percent,” Dickerson said. However, this season will be different without last year’s seniors. “Any time you lose players who had significant role, it’s really tough to replace. Everyone needs to step up and replace the void from the presence of strong players and leadership that we have lost,” Thomaskutty said. As a result, the team is looking to certain players to step up and play a critical role in the upcoming season. “Sophomore center O’dez Oraedu
to give 110 percent every second.” No matter what happens in Emory’s final regular season match, the future looks bright for Rheaume. He insists the Eagles have enough talent to win a national title within his collegiate career. “I think he’ll be vital for us in the
“I think he’ll be vital for us in the future ... He’s a great athlete and a technician.” — Sonny Travis, head coach Abigail Chambers/Staff
Junior guard Selena Castillo handles the ball for the Eagles. Castillo and the Eagles are hoping to build on last season’s success to make a run in the NCAA tournament. initial weeks of the season, and their performance is promising. With a strong group of players, a high ranking and high energy out on the courts, the team’s goal for the season is to keep getting better every day while always practicing their fundamentals and aspiring to win. “It starts in the first game, and beyond that, it starts everyday in practice,” Thomaskutty said. Despite last year’s disappointment, the team’s major goals and driving forces remain to win the
It’s the Beej vs. the Brain... Who are you betting on?
You know him, you love him and you read his column every week. JAYSON PATEL, the legendary ‘BEEJ,’ is standing in one corner. In the other corner is BENNETT OSTDIEK, Assistant to the Sports Editor. The big boss, ELIZABETH WEINSTEIN, is unquestionably the looks of the operation, but BENNETT, with his unbelievable 55-33-2 record against the spread in making picks this season is undeniably the BRAINS. Who are you betting on?
Patel: Things Will Return to Normal This Week Continued from The Back Page the line. Watch out for T.Y. Hilton. That guy is a beast, and Luck will be throwing the ball a lot.
INDIANAPOLIS 24 Miami 21
Pittsburgh Steelers at NEW YORK GIANTS This is, in my opinion, the game of the week. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking very good as of late, and once their rushing attach comes around they will be a frontrunner for the title of AFC Champion. Meanwhile, the New York Giants have avoided a Super Bowl slump by starting off this season at 6-2. They are also on a four-game winning streak. As the season continues, the Giants defense will have to step up and play better, but this is a game of whether the Giants offense can beat the Steelers defense. And they can and they will. I am a huge Eli supporter, and as long as the running attack can be mediocre
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has a strong presence on the team,” Thomaskutty said. “I am also expecting great things from a number of starting players from last season.” The freshmen did not attend the trip to Italy, but their performance in the pre-season is keeping up with the team’s vision of success. According to both Thomaskutty and Dickerson, they have been working hard and fit into the team dynamic perfectly. The new freshmen — Sarah Arington, Khadijah Sayyid and Ilene Tsao — have learned a lot during the
and the wide receivers can hold on to the ball, nothing is stopping this New York Giants attack. Look for Domenik Hixon, he has been Eli’s old reliable recently, and I am sure
he will not disappoint this week. NEW YORK GIANTS 27 Pittsburgh 24
Dallas Cowboys at ATLANTA FALCONS It will be very interesting to see how the Cowboys respond after last week. At first, they were down and essentially out; the game was a joke. But then they persevered, and eventually even held the lead before the Giants came back. Tony Romo had a chance to win it, but then he threw an interception (as if no one has seen that coming). Then he gets another chance and throws a touchdown to Dez Bryant, but it gets called back due to Dez being barely out of bounds. Meanwhile, I had picked the Falcons to lose to the Eagles last week; nope, they won handily. Matt
Ryan has played like an MVP, and although the defense has not been great, both offense and defense has been clutch when it counts. It seems like every week we are waiting for the Falcons to lose but they just keep going. And I think this is going to be where they keep riding the tide. Like I said last week, look for Jacquizz Rodgers. He had a good game against the Eagles; expect a better one against the Cowboys.
ATLANTA 31 Dallas 24 Last week was an embarrassment. It’s not fun getting almost all of your picks wrong, especially when it gets published in a newspaper. But I feel confident that this week I will return to normal, so for those of you with gambling addictions, you know who to trust. A quick shout-out once again for anyone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy — our thoughts and prayers are out to you. And for everyone, have a safe weekend. — Contact Jayson Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween 2012... A night we would rather forget.
the best big men in the game today, and Ricky Rubio, who showed signs of stardom before tearing his ACL last year. The Timberwolves will not contend this year because of the injuries
vs. Florida State/Florida Southern 11 a.m. Talahassee,
UAA and earn a berth for the NCAA tournament. “We feel like everything is in our grasp this year, and the tournament is vital,” Dickerson said. “But we are taking it one game at a time and focusing on local opponents before the UAAs.” The Eagles will play their first game of the year in an exhibition at Clayton State University this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. — Contact Nicola Bragisnky at email@example.com
future,” Travis said. “He’s a great athlete and a technician.” With just one game left in the regular season — a road match this Saturday at Carnegie Mellon — the men’s soccer team is still very much in the mix for the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship. For now, Rheaume is taking it one game at a time. “I just want to make sure that in every game I did everything that I could do to help my team win,” Rheaume said. “And score as many goals as I can.” — Contact Ryan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrity PICK ‘EMS The Beej vs. The Brains Beej Kansas (+7.5) at S.D. Denver at Cincy (+3.5) Arizona (+11) at G.B. Miami at Ind. (+2) Balt. at Cleveland (+3.5) Buffalo (+10) at Houston Carolina (+3) at Wash. Detroit at Jax (+4) Chicago at Tenn. (+3.5) Minn. (+4.5) at Seattle Tampa (+1.5) at Oakland Pitt. (+3) at N.Y. Giants Dallas (+4) at Atlanta Philly (+3) at N.O.
1. Happy Halloween Your party-animal On Fire correspondent failed to have a wild and crazy Halloween night, only going to the President’s house (he was out of cookies, but there were postcards) before studying diligently for an upcoming midterm. Fortunately for your content-starved On Fire correspondent, the rest of the sports world is not quite this lame. It was one wild night. Let’s start with Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ rookie phenomenon. He dressed up as a clown, complete with orange tights, a giant polka-dot bow tie and a rainbow afro. For those of you who do not get the joke, Harper famously responded to a reporter who asked him if he was going out for a celebratory beer after a game against the Blue Jays (the drinking age is 18 in Canada) with the line, “That’s a clown question, bro.” First of all, props to Bryce for the witty retort. That is quick thinking worthy of your sassy On Fire correspondent. Second, the Wonder Kid also has a sense of humor. Not to mention being incredibly handsome. He has it all. Of course, this does not even come close to comparing to the last time (to our knowledge) that Harper put on a costume. The Nationals’ veterans — mature, grown-up people that they are — haze their rookies every year. Last year, they were dressed up as smurfs. This year, the veterans went on the more patriotic side, and the rookies ended up as the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team. They were cute. Especially Harper. God bless America. Thanks goodness we took the Nationals out of Montreal. 2. Next up, The Rock. The Rock dressed up as the Incredible Hulk, and, quite frankly, it was incredible. That man is jacked. Arms the size of your On Fire correspondent’s legs (and he or she has been hitting the gym lately too), pecs the size of your correspondent’s head and bulging veins that look like snakes. Now, everyone knows that the ideal we all strive for, the reason why your correspondent hits the gym in the morning and the beach in the afternoon, is “jacked and tan.” Well, in this case, The Rock was jacked and green. And he rocked it. 3. Aussies Your intrepid On Fire correspondent has been unable to ascertain for certain if this incident was directly connected with Halloween or not, but it seems to be in the spirit of the holiday, if nothing else. Our readers may be familiar with Bernard Tomic. For those who are not, he was supposed to be the next big thing in tennis. Described as “handsome and talented,” he has never seemed to live up to his potential. On the tennis court at least. In the game of life, which is what really matters, Tomic is certainly winning. That is, if by winning you mean wrestling naked guys on a balcony at 5:30 a.m. In a hot tub. Described by a witness as “trying to kill each other.” Many would see this as just another incident of Tomic wasting his talent away. For instance, he is being investigated for “hooning” charges, as described by an Australian newspaper (that is correct, your On Fire correspondent does not mess around when doing research). The word hooning, which Word insists on auto-correcting to “honing,” and instantly brings cows to the mind of your hungry On Fire correspondent, means, according to Wikipedia, driving a car in an “antisocial” manner. Or, as in the case of Tomic, driving a $150,000 bright orange BMW. The point being, Bernard Tomic is living the dream, and no one need to condemn him for it. For starters, he was wrestling a naked man at 5:30 in the morning in a hot tub on the balcony of a high-rise apartment complex. Ignore the wrestling part — the man was in a hot tub on a balcony at 5:30 in the morning! He is living the dream! What are ordinary mortals doing at this hour? Sleeping (though some may argue we are the people who are living the actual dream, so to speak). Furthermore, clearly his antics pay off in the female department. Your lonely On Fire correspondent has looked at many pictures of Tomic’s girlfriend over the past hour (she is modeling a new line of swimwear), purely in the name of research of course. And, based on this research, she seems to be a loving, caring and interesting person. Good for Bernard. From all of us here at On Fire, Happy Halloween.
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
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Sophomore Saves Eagles’ Title Hopes Featured Athletes Sophomore Dylan Price of the men’s soccer team, and seniors Erica Stein and Katy Kruse and juniors Lauren Gorodetsky and Kelly Costopoulous of the women’s soccer team were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Volleyball The volleyball team hosts the UAA Championships this weekend as the No. 1 seed. The Eagles were scheduled to face NYU in the first round, but due to Hurricane Sandy they will not be participating in the tournament. Emory now begins play Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of Case Western and Carnegie Mellon.
Men’s Soccer The Eagles face Carnegie Mellon Saturday with a shot at the UAA title Saturday. The Eagles require a win, plus a loss by Washington University and a loss or tie by Brandeis to win the conference championship.
By Ryan Smith Staff Writer In between regulation and overtime of last Sunday’s game at New York University (NYU), men’s soccer Head Coach Sonny Travis stressed to his Eagles that they needed a goal to keep their league championship hopes alive. And sophomore midfielder Michael Rheaume delivered. “It might have been one of the biggest goals I’ve seen at Emory, just because of what it meant for our team,” Travis said of Rheaume’s “golden goal.” The sophomore knocked in the game-winning goal, breaking a scoreless tie with a perfectly placed shot that soared from the far side of the field past the NYU goalkeeper 24 seconds into the second overtime period. “I’ll tell you what, every time I watch it on film, I’m amazed,” Travis said. “I told the team we had to push for a goal. On the run, Michael was able to keep his composure and make a perfect shot. It wasn’t saveable.” Perhaps even more impressive is the path Rheaume took to get to that second overtime. Hailing from Issaquah, Wash., he starred in high school for Seattle Prep as well as local teams Crossfire Academy and Seattle United. “It’s kind of unusual for us to get a player from that far away,” Travis said. Rheaume is one of only two players from west of the Mississippi on the Emory roster. He mentions the Eagles’ soccer program as a huge reason for his
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Sophomore Michael Rheaume takes the ball up the field for the Eagles. Rheaume sank an overtime ‘golden goal’ for the Eagles last weekend against NYU to keep the Eagles in the UAA title hunt. choosing Emory rather than a west coast university. Still, he very nearly wound up on a different Eagles team. “I have three brothers, and all we would do when I was young was play sports,” Rheaume said. “In my junior year, I had to choose between soccer and baseball. I was better at baseball,
but soccer was the sport I liked playing more.” After appearing in three games during his freshman season, Rheaume was cited by Travis as one of the best players on the team during spring practice. “He has a lot of technical ability and can crack a shot,” Travis said.
Rheaume said that he immediately noticed the differences playing soccer at a collegiate level and that he learned a lot on the field during his freshman year. “It’s tough adjusting to the college game,” Rheaume said. “It’s a lot quicker, and you have to work a lot harder.”
His collegiate career took an unfortunate turn before the 2012 season started when he pulled the quadriceps muscle in his right leg. He returned to the field just a few weeks later only to aggravate the injury. “It was frustrating,” Rheaume recalled. “It was something that shouldn’t have taken that long to heal, but it wound up taking the majority of the season.” His injury has limited him to seven games this season, but Rheaume has made the most of his appearances. He has eight points and two goals on the year and leads the Eagles in shot percentage at .250. Goals are starting to become a habit for the midfielder, who has been encouraged recently to take more initiative offensively. “[My teammates] see me as someone who can be one of the biggest offensive threats on the field,” Rheaume said. The new approach certainly paid off against NYU, though Rheaume admits that the implications of his game-winning goal didn’t sink in until after the game. “We just kind of wanted to win and get out of there,” he said. Thanks to his goal, the Eagles now have a shot at a UAA championship. With a win against Carnegie Mellon University (Penn.) and a Washington University in St. Louis loss or tie, they will claim at least a share of the title. “Our backs are against the wall,” Rheaume said. “We have to win this game. We’re going to make sure we do everything we can do. We’ve got
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NBA Sleepers and Shockers
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The Eagles huddle up during a game last season. The team is coming off their best season in over a decade and begins the season ranked seventh in the nation by D-III News.
Squad Begins Season Ranked Seventh By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer Despite finishing last season with an 18-7 record, including 10 road wins and a 9-5 conference record, the Eagles were unable to garner a spot in the NCAA tournament. However, coming off their best season since 96-97, the team is ranked seventh in the nation and first in University Athletic Association (UAA) and is expecting to make an
impact. According to Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty, the team had a tremendous amount of talent last year, with many players showing strength in different roles. “I was very pleased with the accomplishments, but the team was not fully satisfied as we did not make the NCAA tournament,” Thomaskutty said. Senior guard Katie Dickerson described the “awesome” energy the
team had coming into the season. The team is excited to be coming back with the highest ranking in Emory history. They are looking to improve on last season’s winning record. “Ultimately, our goal is to go to the NCAA tournament, and that’s really inspiring everyone right now,” said Dickerson. The team’s summer trip to Italy provided solid preparation for the
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and small forward Danilo Gallinari are slowly becoming top players in the NBA. With the additions of Andre Iguodala from Philadelphia, Wilson Chandler, who played last season in China, and the continued improvement of big man Kenneth Faried, this team is prime for a late postseason this year.
As a new NBA season approaches, many fans are ecstatic to see how the year plays out. The favorites for this season are easy to notice. The Lakers have added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to create an outstanding starting lineup, the Thunder are always a threat with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the team and of course, the defending champions Miami Heat led by LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. But who are this year’s sleepers? Which are the teams that you don’t expect to go far and then do? The teams that come out of nowhere to shock the entire league by the end of the season. Here are my top five sleepers for the upcoming NBA season.
Philadelphia 76ers The Atlantic Division is easily the best division in the Eastern Conference this year, with four teams expected to at least contend for a playoff spot. The 76ers are one of those teams, especially after the addition of Andrew Bynum. Many people have overlooked the Sixers’ part in this trade because of the media hype surrounding the Dwight Howard situation. With this deal, the Philadelphia was able to add a big man who is arguably just as good as Howard. Also, Jason Richardson and Evan Turner give the team a perimeter game to compliment their inside presence.
Denver Nuggets The Nuggets will be an integral part of the Northwest Division race this year. With the departure of James Harden from Oklahoma City, the division race has reopened with the Nuggets having the best chance of anyone to overtake the Thunder at the top. Denver’s point guard Ty Lawson
San Antonio Spurs I cannot believe I am calling this team a sleeper, but let’s face it: they are. The Spurs continue to get disrespect around the country. They finished with the best record in the Western Conference, yet have not been talked about this entire offseason. San Antonio brings back the same
exact team from last year and should be a serious threat to get to the Finals. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still productive, experienced players, and Tony Parker is one of the best point guards in the league. The Spurs also have the best head coach in the league, Gregg Popovich. I am expecting the Spurs to be major players in the Western Conference this year. Chicago Bulls The Bulls are another team who have been disrespected this offseason. A team that has been a dominant force in the Eastern Conference the last couple of years but have lost credibility because of the injury to Derrick Rose, who will miss most of the season with an ACL tear. However, the Bulls are much more than Derrick Rose and a supporting cast. Joakim Noah and Luol Deng will lead this team to a playoff spot. Then, once Derrick Rose returns, the Bulls will regain their status as a top team in the conference and surprise people with a deep run in the playoffs as a low seed. New York Knicks I couldn’t write this article without talking about my Knicks. Do I think the Knicks are going to get to the NBA finals this year? No. As long as they’re in the same conference as the Heat, “the Knicks” and “finals” will not be used in the same sentence.
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The ‘Beej’ Knows Best: NFL Week 9 Predictions Jayson Patel Well, that was embarrassing. Last week was, to say the least, rough. The only pick that I got right was the Giants to beat the Cowboys, and that game was a nail-biter to say the least. So this week, I vow to not be such an idiot.
In other news, Hurricane Sandy has just finished ravaging through the Northeast. I was so fortunate because my house was not seriously affected, but many of my friends experienced thousands of dollars of damage. My thoughts and prayers are out to everyone who was affected by the storm, and I hope for a speedy recovery. Furthermore, the New York City subway system has been flooded and ravaged. If there is any group of people that could overcome such devastation, it would be New Yorkers. I hope that they are able to bounce back, fix the transit system and recover as soon as possible.
But there was also a lot of good that has occurred over the last week. The NBA season has started, and this year is filled with many intriguing storylines. With more elite teams than ever before, this is a year I am very excited for. But right now, I am all about football, so let’s get to the picks. (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
Denver Broncos at CINCINNATI BENGALS I guess it is about that time. I have to eat my words, something that I absolutely abhor doing. But Peyton,
you have proven me wrong. No, I never doubted your skill. But you have successfully brought up the play of everyone on your offense. By turning Eric Decker into a formidable eight-reception guy and Demaryius Thomas into an a deep threat, opening up running lanes for Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman and managing the game, Peyton has proved that he is one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in the NFL. Clearly, his year off has not negatively affected him. On the other side, the Bengals are 3-4 but haven’t actually beaten anyone of significance. So I think this is going to be Broncos
all the way. On the fantasy outlook, I believe that this will be a big day for Jacob Tamme. Peyton will throw a lot, and his safety-blanket tight end will reap the benefits.
Denver 31 CINCINNATI 17
Miami Dolphins at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS The battle of the rookie quarterbacks; Ryan Tannehill brings his Dolphins riding a three-game winning streak against Andrew Luck and his 4-3 Colts. The Dolphins played an extraordinary game against a pretty
ordinary Jets offense but came out with a decisive victory. In this match-up, I think that the Dolphins will be able to run all over the Colts, but Tannehill will have trouble throwing the ball. The Dolphins have not beaten any good team yet, so I believe that this will be a game with a lot of yards on offense, but defense at the end of the game will be the deciding factor. And I think that Andrew Luck is much better than Ryan Tannehill and will be able to put his team in the best position to win when the game is on
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