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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
SGA Restarts College Emory Reviews ‘Sanctuary Split Bill After Campus’ Petition; Assesses Options Raises Tenure Violation of Standards Constitution By Richard Chess Staff Writer
By Joshua Lee Asst. News Editor The 50th Legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) convened Monday night to restart the voting process for Bill 50sl19 because SGA’s vote in favor of the bill last week violated the SGA Constitution. The proposed bill splits the current SGA into the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). SGA President and College senior Max Zoberman, Speaker of the Legislature and College senior Justin Sia and the bill’s authors decided over the weekend that the voting procedure so far did not comply with the Public Scrutiny and Accountability section of the constitution the day after the Wheel inquired about their compliance with the section. Though SGA’s Constitution requires the Speaker of the Legislature to send a University-wide email with details regarding the discussion of the bill before noon on the day of the discussion, no such email had been sent before last Monday’s meeting when Bill 50sl19 first appeared on the agenda. “We did something, it was not compliant with constitutional procedure,” Zoberman said. “If we want to do this the right way ... we have to back up.” Initially, legislators had voted in favor of the bill at last week’s meeting, planning to vote a second time Monday in order to allow legislators “as much time as possible to touch base with their constituents,” Zoberman said. Zoberman said last week that the
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grams,” the petition read. There is no standard definition of a “sanctuary campus,” but the message of schools such as Wesleyan University (Conn.) and Columbia University (N.Y.) that have declared themselves so is clear: we will protect our undocumented students. The concept arose from that of a “sanctuary city,” such as Chicago, which shelters undocumented immigrants from prosecution despite their lack of legal documentation papers either in practice or by policy. In Georgia, local officials are required by law to prove their compliance with federal detention requests — no city in the state can be designated a sanctuary city, including Atlanta. Nonetheless, Mayor Kasim Reed recently told WABE that Atlanta will “be a welcoming city and … continue all of [its] outreach efforts to foreign-
Tenure and promotion standards for Emory College professors will be raised next year, effective Aug. 1, 2017, according to a Nov. 17 University press release. Under the current standards, assistant professors seeking an associate professor title with tenure must be evaluated by the College Tenure and Promotion Committee in a pre-tenure review and receive one rating of “excellent” in either the research or teaching category as well as a rating of at least “very good” in the other. The new standards require professors to receive “excellent” ratings in both categories. Candidates for promotion must submit statements, recommendations and independent peer evaluations. The materials are reviewed by the College Dean, Tenure and Promotion Committee, University Provost and University President. When the Committee evaluates a candidate’s research, it considers the quality and impact of his or her publications. The teaching component considers the professor’s ability as a scholar in the discipline, according to Emory College’s Principles and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure. If an assistant professor is denied promotion to associate professor, his or her employment contract at Emory will not be renewed. If the position is granted, the professor also receives tenure, which essentially guarantees lifelong employment unless the professor resigns, retires or the University has some “adequate cause” to terminate that appointment. “[The new requirements bring] the College tenure promotion guidelines into closer alignment with the
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SGA Sophomore Representative Ruben Diaz Vasquez (far right) presents to SGA a resolution to endorse the petition requesting for Emory to become a “sanctuary campus.” The resolution passed Monday night. By Zak Hudak and Julia Munslow Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor Emory administrators are “developing a strategy on how to protect undocumented students” in response to a petition signed by more than 1,500 members and 17 organizations of the Emory community requesting that the University become a “sanctuary campus,” Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair said. The petition — sent to Nair, University President Claire E. Sterk and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stuart Zola — came 12 days after Republican Donald J. Trump won the presidential election and amid uncertainty surrounding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Student Government
Association (SGA) endorsed the petition Monday by a vote of 26-2, with one abstention. Issued by President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA is an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old to apply for a two-year renewable immigration status that protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally in the U.S. However, DACA status is not equivalent to citizenship. Trump has said that, if elected, he would terminate the executive order. “The election of Donald Trump presents a clear challenge to Emory’s core commitment to inclusiveness, particularly for undocumented members of our community. … We urgently demand concrete actions by Emory University to protect all students — especially our undocumented students at the College and in graduate pro-
Former American Students Win Marshall Scholarships Studies Professor Dies By Alisha Compton and Michelle Lou Emory Life Editor and Copy Chief
By Muriel Konne Contributing Writer Former Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies Dana F. White died early Thanksgiving morning after sustaining injuries that were consistent with being hit by an automobile the previous day, according to Tim Crimmins, professor of history at Georgia State University (GSU) and longtime friend of White. He was 82 years old. Born in New York City, White earned a B.A. from Fordham University, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D in American Studies from The George
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Washington University. He began his career at Emory in Fall 1970 in a joint appointment with Atlanta University, serving until 1982. White spent nearly 46 years at Emory, where he often taught American Studies classes in urban history. White served as the
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Noam Kantor, 2017 Marshall Scholar and College senior
Emilia Truluck, 2017 Marshall Scholar and College alumna
Two Robert W. Woodruff Scholars, College senior Noam Kantor and College alumna Emilia Truluck (16C), were named 2017 Marshall Scholars. This is the second year that Emory has had two Marshall Scholars in the same year, the first being in 1967. Next year, Kantor and Truluck will attend the University of Oxford, England, where they will pursue master’s degrees in mathematics and in refugee and forced migration, respectively, according to Megan Friddle, director of the National Scholarships and Fellowships Program in the Office for Undergraduate Education. Truluck said she plans to use the second year of her scholarship to pursue an addi-
tional master’s in gender and sexuality studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. “It was pretty hard to believe,” Truluck said. “I’d been unsuccessful [in getting] the Marshall Scholarship] last year, so I kind of went into it this year thinking, ‘OK, if I don’t get it this year, it’s just not meant to be, but I need to give it one more shot.’ ” Kantor shared similar sentiments of surprise when he received the news
and said he looks forward to the academic opportunities that lie ahead in the U.K. Kantor, a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship recipient, is currently pursuing dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at Emory, and will graduate this spring. Truluck, currently on a Fulbright Scholarship in Jordan, double majored in Middle
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News Roundup Compiled By Anwesha Guha News Editor Emory Water Unsafe to Drink ATLANTA – Brown water was found coming from toilets, sinks and fountains across the Emory campus and surrounding area Tuesday night, including the ones in Cox Hall, Dobbs University Center (DUC), Complex Residence Hall and the CVS in the Emory Village. DeKalb County School District officials said Monday that lead was found in water fountain samples from multiple schools in the district, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the lead level test results that district officials released, three out of six schools tested to have higher lead levels than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 15 parts per billion, the AJC reported. DeKalb county officials have not released a report on the water contamination as of print time. Former Prof. On Trump Cabinet WASHINGTON, D.C. – Presidentelect Donald Trump chose former Emory University School of Medicine assistant professor and former medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to serve as secretary of health and human services Monday, according to The New York Times. Price completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory University, according to his website. Despite his criticism of the Affordable Care Act and subsequent opposition from leftist groups, Price noted that “there is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works,” The Times reported. Library Acquires Patterson Papers ATLANTA – Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) has acquired
the papers of Eugene Patterson, former Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution in the 1960s, MARBL Director Rosemary Magee announced at the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Dinner yesterday. The papers include Patterson’s columns, articles and letters, including the writing that earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1967. Patterson was named “one of America’s most highly regarded journalists” for his work in the late 20th century, including his activism in the civil rights movement, according to The Times. ‘Liberal’ Prof. Listed on Watchlist EMORY – Professor of Philosophy George Yancy was listed among 144 college professors “who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom” by Turning Point USA, a conservative activist organization, according to the AJC. Turning Point USA’s project, named “Professor Watchlist,” includes Yancy for his 2015 New York Times op-ed “Dear White America.” The list provides no evidence nor explanation of how Yancy allegedly advances propaganda or discriminates against certain students, the AJC reported. Former Cuban Leader Castro Dies CUBA – Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and political leader for over 50 years, died Friday after “a long battle with illness,” according to The Wall Street Journal. He was 90 years old. His brother, President Raul Castro named him “the commander in chief of the Cuban revolution,” BBC reported. While some countries mourned his loss, his enmity with the U.S. in the Cold War, particularly during the Cuban missile crisis, elicited mixed responses among Cuban-Americans, according to WSJ. — Contact Anwesha Guha at email@example.com
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Crime Report Compiled By Monica Lefton Staff Writer On Nov. 22 at 12:39 p.m., an Emory Police Department (EPD) officer observed an individual riding a scooter southbound on Clifton Road. The officer stopped the driver, a 21-year-old Emory student, on Eagle Row for not wearing protective headgear. While citing the student for a helmet violation, the officer discovered that the City of Atlanta had issued a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court. The officer arrested the individual, College senior Janay DeVillasee, and took her to DeKalb County Jail. On Nov. 23 at 2:34 pm, EPD responded to a call regarding a second-degree burglary at the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences (PAIS) Building. A staff member reported that $580 had been stolen from a cash box on the fifth floor of the building. The cash was supposed to be used to compensate research study participants. According to a University professor in the Department of Psychology, some of the money went missing before Oct. 3 and the remaining money had been
taken between Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. and Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On Nov. 27 at 10:27 a.m., an EPD officer patrolling Briarcliff Campus observed two vehicles parked in front of the Candler Mansion and four unauthorized persons walking near the mansion with cameras. The officer spoke with the subjects, who said they wanted to film video and take photos of the mansion. The officer told them they would need permission from Emory to do so and asked them to leave the location, which they did without incident. The subjects were unaffiliated with Emory, and the officer determined that there was no indication that they had entered the mansion. On Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m., an EPD officer patrolling the area around the Candler Mansion observed two people exiting the mansion through an open window, which had become unboarded prior to the subjects’ arrival. Two other officers arrived on the scene and approached the subjects, two 18-yearold students from Kennesaw State
University, who said they had read about the building online. The students told officers they had only been inside the mansion for about seven minutes. The officer asked the students to leave and they did so without incident. EPD called Facilities Management, which responded and re-attached a board to the open window. On Nov. 27 at 11:12 p.m., EPD responded to a call regarding public indecency at the Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library. A building security guard reported that he had seen a naked male walking along the fifth floor hallway of the library. When officers arrived, the security guard said the man had put on his clothes and left after he had called. Soon after, another officer reported that he had just seen the subject walking along Clifton Road. Officers responded and spoke with the 27-year-old man, who admitted to being naked in the library. The subject was unaffiliated with Emory. Officers issued him a citation for public indecency. — Contact Monica Lefton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Remembered for Storytelling, Empathy Continued from Page 1 director of the Emory’s Institute for the Liberal Arts more than once, Loudermilk added. In 2011, he retired from teaching and became the consultant curator at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, where he worked on various exhibits, including an exhibits on boxer Joe Louis and baseball player Hank Aaron. Outside the classroom, White was involved in influential media projects. Most notably, he co-created and narrated the award-winning eightpart documentary series on the history of Atlanta, The Making of Modern Atlanta, in 1991. White also served as a project consultant for multiple television and radio documentary series about Atlanta. Prior to coming to Emory, White worked as a fellow for one year at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and served in the United States Army between the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a West Point teacher. Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences Michael A. Elliott remembers him as having a tremendous impact on campus. “[White] was a remarkable scholar
of the history of cities, particularly Atlanta, and he was a mentor to generations of students and faculty,” Elliott wrote in a statement to the Wheel. “I think that everyone who knew him felt a deep sense of connection. His profound intelligence was joined to a sense of warmth, and so his intellectual excitement was contagious.” Rosemary Magee, Rose Library director and a former Ph.D. student of White, remembers his dedication throughout his career to uniting students from different backgrounds. “In no time, he began to be known as someone who brought people together from surrounding universities such as Georgia Tech, Morehouse and Spelman to Emory and vice versa,” Magee said. Those who worked with White remembered his knack for teaching through storytelling. Crimmins, who co-instructed urban history classes at GSU with White, said that his colleague was “a wonderful storyteller.” The two collaborated on several initiatives including “The Problem of the Color Line” project, a workshop series that educates Atlanta K-12 teachers about the city’s civil rights history. “[White] used stories with humor to make points,” Crimmins said. “He
was just a delightful colleague to work with.” Goodrich C. White Professor of Film and Media Studies Matthew Bernstein, who co-taught with White “Baseball in America” in the American Studies department, noted White’s dedication to his students. “He was interested in his students personally and he was always very sympathetic [to them] ... he delighted in students who took the material and ran with it,” Bernstein said. “I remember him as someone who is imbued with the joy of living, a joy of being part of a community devoted to learning.” Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at the Rose Library Randy Gue echoed that White left an impact on Emory and its students. “White gave me my life’s calling,” Gue said. “Studying Atlanta is my passion. It is what I love to do. Without Dana White, I would’ve never found that.” White’s papers, journals and audiovisual material are housed at the Rose Library. White is survived by Patricia, his wife of 25 years.
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Students Share Questions, Concerns at SGA Open Forum Continued from Page 1 SGA planned to vote twice because that is the policy for any bill that changes the SGA finance code, but later said that he was mistaken and that only one vote would be necessary to take the bill to referendum. To restart the process, SGA held an open forum at its meeting Monday, allowing constituents to present their concerns and questions to GSGA President and Goizueta Business School graduate student Jared Greenbaum, Zoberman and the bill’s authors. Eleven constituents attended. Some students at the meeting expressed concerns that the bill didn’t sufficiently address what the transi-
tion into the proposed structure would entail, while others offered sentiments that the restructure seemed “unnecessary.” In response, Zoberman and Greenbaum said that the details of the transition, including financial and governance aspects, would be discussed following passage of the bill by the restructured bodies. The bill was created to give graduate legislators both a more formal voice in the legislature and a more proportional representation in SGA, Greenbaum added. In an interview with the Wheel, Greenbaum said he will try to ensure that the transition to two autonomous
branches would be complete by the time he leaves office at the end of April.
“We did something, it was not compliant with constitutional procedure. If we want to do this the right way ... we have to back up.” — Max Zoberman, SGA president and College senior “It’s clearer [from the forum] that we need to do a little more work on our side,” Greenbaum told the Wheel. “But
… I’m not going to leave this university hanging with a big transition.” Legislators cannot vote on the bill until the next legislative session Monday, Dec. 5, because the bill appeared in the First Readings section this week. If SGA votes in favor of the bill Dec. 5, it will be sent to a University-wide referendum, in which a majority of the student body, both graduate and undergraduate, must vote in favor of the bill for it to pass. The open forum was a large part of the voting process because the legislature alone “cannot accurately represent everyone, and it’s important to have the best representation possible when
making big changes such as this,” Sia said in an interview with the Wheel. Greenbaum said that the open forum proved to be important for the bill because legislators were able to address non-legislators’ “fear of change” and assure them that the bill “isn’t going to be detrimental to the University.” The agenda Monday also included a bill to fund the African Student Association’s (ASA) “Taste of Africa” event tentatively scheduled for April 15, but the legislature moved to table Bill 50sl18 until the Finance Committee discusses it.
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Ga. Rep. Threatens to Cut Emory’s State Funds Continued from Page 1 born individuals.” In April 2015, Emory announced it would provide need-based institutional financial aid to undocumented students holding DACA status beginning from the Class of 2019. Prior to that policy change, Emory admitted undocumented students but placed them in the pool of international applicants, rendering them ineligible for any financial aid. A Nov. 21 Facebook post on Nair’s wall signed by him, Sterk and Zola said that administrators would be “evaluating how best to serve those in our community whose immigration status puts them at risk.” A Nov. 21 student-wide email, in which Sterk said that the sanctuary petition was “being reviewed by University leadership,” prompted a threat from State Rep. Earl Ehrhart of Cobb County to withhold state funding from the University, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m very sanguine about being able to pass a piece of legislation that says if you’re picking and choosing which laws you’re going to follow, state dollars aren’t going to follow,” the AJC reported that Ehrhart said. Should Emory not comply with governmental orders and Ehrhart stick to his words, the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship and Tuition Equalization Grants, both of which are awarded to Georgia residents, could be at risk at Emory, the AJC said. Although Trump has said he would rescind DACA, he has changed his public position on other matters such as the prosecution of Hillary Clinton since the election. “We don’t know what the situa-
tion will be … we want to be nimble so that when changes do happen, we can respond rapidly,” Nair said. “We’ll have to be prepared for anything, really.” Measures taken would not be a political statement, but rather a protection of the mission of the University, he said. “One of the critical values we have is the diversity ... and undocumented students really enable us to reach our mission,” Nair said. The requests in the sanctuary petition are not limited to measures to
“Americans were sort of targeted on 9/11 ... certain members of our community felt uncertain about their future.” — Ajay Nair, Senior vice president and Dean of Campus Life prevent undocumented students at Emory from deportation; they also include Emory’s consideration of students’ mental health post-election. “We specifically demand the hiring/training of mental health professionals who have cultural competency in working with trauma-related issues of familial separation and the chronic threat of deportation,” the petition read. Considering the perception of student responses to the election, such requests are unsurprising. Nair, who was a dean at the University of Virginia in 2011, said the reaction to Trump’s victory at Emory was reminiscent of the campus atmo-
sphere at UVA post-9/11. “It was that state of shock — ‘how could this happen in our country?’ — that loss of innocence that we are maybe more vulnerable to racism and to xenophobia than we thought we actually were,” Nair said. “Americans were sort of targeted on 9/11, and not all Americans felt targeted after the election, but certain members of our community felt uncertain about their future.” Last night, about 25 students and administrators met to discuss the resources requested by the students at the meeting “for those feeling anxiety” and for “the continuation of their college experience,” according to Assistant Vice President for Community Suzanne Onorato. Onorato refused to disclose any further details of the meeting’s discussion, on the grounds that all potential measures are still in discussion stages. She said she didn’t know which organizations were represented, and she withheld the names of anyone present, but said that they were invited based on recommendations from those who sent the sanctuary petition, whom she also declined to name. The remainder of students will be updated on the University’s evolving plans through emails to the community, Onorato said. The University plans to send one such email by Dec. 2, the date by which the petition requested a “detailed response to this letter,” she said. Michelle Lou contributed reporting.
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College Profs. Must be ‘Excellent’ to Be Granted Tenure
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University’s tenure promotion guidelines,” Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences Michael A. Elliott said. He added that having a standard of “very good” does not align with what the University expects from faculty nor what students expect of faculty with tenure. Elliott announced the change to College faculty in a Nov. 10 email. Professors who complete their pre-tenure review prior to Aug. 1, 2017 are still subject to evaluation under the present guidelines. Plans to modify the tenure standards began when Robin Forman served as dean of the College, Elliott said. The College’s strategic plan, which the Emory College Senate endorsed May 3, 2016, listed revising these standards as a goal. Elliott recognized that strategic plan as a top priority when he assumed his position as interim dean Aug. 15 and began working with faculty, department chairs, the College Senate and the Tenure and Promotion Committee. Ultimately, the decision to modify the standards rested with Elliott since each dean of each school sets the standards for that school’s tenure and promotion. The College Tenure and Promotion Committee was asked to help create the document, “Principles and Procedures for Tenure and Promotion” that defined the new criteria for excellence, Committee member and Professor of Biology William Kelly said. “The problem with that, of course, is every discipline is going to have some variability in what they would determine to be excellence in their particular discipline,” Kelly said. Elliott also recognized the difficulty
in calculating an applicant’s worthiness of an excellence rating. “The strongest message that came through was concern about how we measure excellence in teaching,” Elliot said. “There has been a lot of conversation among College faculty on how we do that, and in particular concern, that some departments might be relying too much on the quantitative course evaluation scores.” Still, Elliott believes that the evaluation process is broad and comprehensive. He noted that departments are currently working on setting their own guidelines for teaching evaluations. Despite its complications, Kelly still believes Emory’s pre-tenure evaluation system is the best way for the University to review promotion applicants. “It really falls onto the departments and the candidates to make sure that all their efforts and all their expertise is included in their application … to support an overall conclusion of excellence,” Kelly said. “There was a feeling that faculty needed to be excellent in research,” Kelly said. “We shouldn’t be shortchanging the value of teaching.” Forman, who now serves as the senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Tulane, declined to comment. Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Carla Freeman will hold the first workshop for assistant professors seeking tenure regarding the changes Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in Sanford S. Atwood Hall. Joshua Lee contributed reporting.
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Scholars to Study in U.K. Former U.S. Poet Laureate to Leave Emory Faculty
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Eastern Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The Marshall Scholarship aims to foster U.K.-U.S. relations by providing funding for U.S. recipients to pursue graduate studies at any accredited U.K. university, according to its website. Of the 947 applicants who applied this year; 32 students were selected. Applicants need a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 and must submit recommendations and essays for internal review by a committee of Emory representatives, according to Friddle. “[At] Emory, the competitiveness varies from year to year,” Friddle said. “Each student is evaluated based on their own academic achievement, leadership and service, [as well as] their ability to explain why the experience in the U.K. is important to them academically [and] professionally.” Upon completing her studies in the U.K., Truluck said she hopes to work in the international humanitarian aid sector. During her time at Emory, Truluck volunteered with New American Pathways, a Clarkston, Georgia, organization that provides resources and services to refugees, which inspired her to work for a Savannah, Georgia, refugee resettlement agency Summer 2016. Truluck developed a close bond with Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Professor Pamela Scully, whom she turned to with frustrations about Emory and the way campus discussions treated situations in the Middle East.
“There’s a misunderstanding on campus about things that happen in the Middle East and about people from the Middle East,” Truluck said. “I don’t necessarily think that Emory is uniquely bad in this way … [but] when you sat down and talked to people, the discussion was usually proactive and people were willing to listen.” Kantor said he wants to become a mathematics professor. When Kantor began taking graduate-level mathematics courses his sophomore year, he felt discouraged because he was measuring himself against graduate students, but realized “there are always people who are going to be learning faster than you, and you need to figure out how to learn best, to not measure yourself against other people.” Religious Life Associate Director Lisa Garvin, who wrote recommendations for both students, believes they will be future leaders in their communities. Garvin praised Kantor’s ability to “lead others with kindness and good humor [and challenge] the community and those around him toward a more hopeful future.” She said she knew Truluck as a deacon in the University’s worship community for four years. “Emilia is poised to change the world: she is passionate and compassionate, she’s tenacious and shows a depth of intellectual curiosity,” Garvin said.
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By Joshua Lee Asst. News Editor Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will leave Emory’s Creative Writing Program after 15 years to join Northwestern University’s (Ill.) English Department for the 2017-18 academic year. During her time at Emory, most recently as Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Creative Writing Program, Trethewey taught workshops and wrote, working on poetry that includes her Pulitzer Prizewinning collection Native Guard. At Northwestern, Trethewey will continue to teach and write as Board of Trustees Professor of English, an endowed chair similar to the one she currently holds at Emory. “I’ve been really proud of what my colleagues and I have built [at Emory] in creative writing; it’s one of the best undergraduate creative writing programs in the country,” Trethewey said. “It’s been exciting, but now I’m ready for some new challenges in my teaching and research.” Unlike Emory, Northwestern offers a Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in creative writing, which will allow Tretheway to work more with graduate students— an opportunity she said she is looking forward to. Trethewey also hopes that Evanston, Illinois, the location of Northwestern’s main campus, will provide her with new inspiration for her poetry; she is interested to see how the new location “works on [her] creative impulses.” It wouldn’t be the first time new scenery has inspired Trethewey. When she moved to Atlanta she
began rethinking her past personal tragedies, working on Native Guard, a tribute to her own Southern roots, her mother and the second regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards, one of the Union’s first official black regiments during the Civil War. Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning presence raised the standard of Emory’s Creative Writing Program, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Jericho Brown said.
“[Trethewey] has set us up in a way that we are going to continue to be an even greater program than what we were when she was working here.” — Jericho Brown, Associate professor of English and creative writing “I am glad that she has done work that sets our Creative Writing Program for its next phase of development,” Brown said. “She has set us up in a way that we are going to continue to be an even greater program than what we were when she was working here.” Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences Michael A. Elliott agreed that Trethewey has elevated the Creative Writing Program, calling her “a tremendous teacher and colleague.” College sophomore Orit Cohen, one of Trethewey’s advisees in the Creative Writing Program, was “very hurt” by the news of her departure. “I think that we have an extremely
strong creative writing program … but [losing Trethewey] will be crippling to Emory,” Cohen said. “We each form a relationship with the faculty, and I think that is one of the beautiful things about Emory, because [the department] is smaller but strong.” Trethewey’s move does not spell the decline of Emory’s Creative Writing Program, Elliott said. He believes that the program, which is currently seeking new faculty, will continue to develop. Trethewey’s legacy and success at Emory will make it easier to attract new professors to the program, Elliott added. “Emory will continue its commitment to creative writing to maintain and even cultivate that stature further,” Elliott said. Trethewey and her husband Brett Gadsden, associate professor of African American studies and history, both received invitations from Northwestern in January. Gadsden, who has taught at Emory for 10 years, will join Northwestern’s Department of History. Her 2006 book Native Guard won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 2012, she was recognized as the U.S. poet laureate and had her year-long term renewed in 2013. That year, she was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “Trethewey is ... a very important writer for the future of American literature,” Elliott said. “My biggest hope for [her] is that she continues to write the extraordinary poetry and prose that comes from her pen.” — Contact Joshua Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editorial On Dec. 5 and 6, the student body will vote on proposed amendments to the Honor Code. The changes, if ratified by a simple majority, will apply only to the College. After reviewing the proposed changes to the Honor Code, the Editorial Board has voted to support the amendments, but we have concerns with the implementation of the voting process as well as the enactment of some of the amendments. Firstly, the Editorial Board recommends that the Honor Council modify the current all-or-nothing voting system in which students must either accept or reject all of the the proposed amendments. The ballot should instead be presented on an amendment-by-amendment basis so that students might determine which individual proposals are in their best interest. One of the most significant and necessary additions to the Honor Code is a clause forbidding the use of electronic devices during testing. If a student is seen using a cellphone or other prohibited electronic device during a test or exam, the professor may tell the student to put the device away, and the Honor Council would then later investigate the event. However, the clause also states that the student must be allowed to finish their assessment, ensuring that he or she will not be penalized with an incomplete exam grade if found innocent. By providing a clearly stated policy on the use of technology, the Honor Council is removing all ambiguity and preventing students from committing an offense of which they were previously unaware. With the prevalence of smartphones, smartwatches and the like, a clear policy banning the use of devices during testing is a necessity. The proposed article three gives the Honor Council and dean the power to revoke a diploma after a student has graduated. While the Editorial Board recognizes the need to protect Emory’s academic reputation — and consequently, the credibility of an Emory degree — the finer details of the procedure warrant close inspection. The procedure lacks a statute of limitations, enabling the College to revoke a degree regardless of the time elapsed since a student’s graduation. This could potentially allow the College to stifle free speech by graduates who should no longer be under Emory’s punitive jurisdiction, as well as conceal the College’s past failures in upholding a standard of academic integrity. Though we believe the dean, upon the recommendation of the Honor Council, should have the power to revoke a student’s degree in highly publicized and extreme cases, the lack of specificity in the current provision does not protect students from being unfairly treated or targeted. The Honor Code should exist to protect students’ rights to a fair and timely disciplinary process and the integrity of their education while also holding the necessary power to protect the integrity of an Emory degree. For future amendments to the Honor Code, the Editorial Board suggests a double jeopardy clause that protects students from being tried more than once for the same infraction, and encourages the Honor Council to establish a minimum number of votes from the student body required to ratify an amendment. While merely voting “yes” or “no” on the collective amendments simplifies the voting process, the Editorial Board questions why students do not have the ability to vote on each individual clause. Just as the Editorial Board has different opinions concerning each amendment, so too, presumably, would students. With this amendment, since it requires a ratification in full, we believe that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and students should vote “yes”. Fostering a culture of academic integrity that benefits both the College and students requires participation from every member of the Emory community. To prevent students from unintentionally violating the new Code and facing consequences for seemingly minor actions, we urge students and those who advise them — professors, PACE instructors, the Office of Undergraduate Education, Orientation Leaders, Residential Life staff — to familiarize themselves with the current Honor Code and its proposed changes, and emphasize its severity and importance. Most importantly, we remind administrators that preserving the University’s reputation should never be prioritized over the best interests of students and alumni. Despite our criticisms, the Editorial Board believes the proposed changes to the Honor Code are overall necessary and practical. The amendments modernize the Honor Code, while increasing its efficiency and we urge students to vote in favor of the proposed changes. The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board.
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When I was a freshman, I had a morning routine. I would get out of bed 15 minutes before my first class, brush my teeth and run out the door after throwing on the first sweatshirt I could find. After that, I would go to the DUC and purchase an iced coffee and hash browns. One of these mornings would cost me a grand total of four dollars, not accounting for the cost of the toothpaste. If you are currently a senior or alumnus/a of Emory University, nothing about such a morning routine likely seemed strange to you. My younger peers, however, were likely struck by the impossibility of the last line because a coffee and pastry will now run the average DUC-goer closer to nine bucks. I will remind them, however, that we live in a dynamic and everchanging world and that three years ago was a markedly different time — a time when our mornings were guided by the gentle pink and orange glow of Dunkin’ Donuts as opposed to the harsh white glare of the Kaldi’s goat. Why, I wonder, did this drastic change in caffeine dealers come to pass? An innocent change in student tastes, or the evolving, complex coffee palette of the average Emory student? While those reasons would be pleasant and flattering, I believe they are ultimately inappropriate, as I know no more about regional specialty chai today than I did three years ago. I’d like to discuss some possible economic reasons for this switch from the University’s perspective, and in doing so hopefully shed light on what I believe to be a larger trend toward the reduction in quality of student life at Emory. In my three years at Emory, the exchange rate between United States dollars and Dooley dollars has remained a constant 1:1. As the United States dollar has gotten stronger since 2013, however, the purchasing power of our Dooley dollars on campus has been intentionally and drastically depressed. A coffee the size of my head used to cost 2 Dooley dollars at Dunkin’ Donuts, and now the mere thimble I can purchase at Kaldi’s costs a whopping 4 Dooley dollars. Long past are the days of cheap and fast chicken fingers at Zaya’s, as the installation of a new Kaldi’s earlier this year has ushered in a terrifying new era in which we are expected to pay $9 and wait 20 minutes for a small box of nachos. You get the point: even though the price of my Dooley dollars has not changed throughout my time at Emory, I now get much less bang for my Dooley-buck, so to speak, as compared to my freshman year. By replacing traditional dining options with more expensive specialty bistros, Emory has essentially gentrified its food services and materially decreased the value
of its dining options. This seems to be, at best, a marketing ploy for the school, as tours through the DUC can point out the quaint coffeehouse ambiance created by groups of students sitting on burlap sacks and, at worst, simply a plan to squeeze more money out of students. The latter seems far more likely. When students purchase a 750 Dooley dollar meal plan, they are essentially guaranteeing the school’s dining services 750 in business. After this purchase is made, there are only two ways the University can increase its percapita value per student meal plan. The first is exceedingly unlikely, as it would require students not to spend all of their Dooley Dollars. If students have extra Dooley dollars at the end of any given year, they have paid for food and not consumed it, which translates to cost-free profit for the school, assuming that this food is purchased by another student and not simply thrown away. The second and far more likely option is that students burn through their entire stash of Dooley Dollars and begin to shell out cold hard cash to buy food and coffee around campus and thus continue to contribute to dining services’ profits. Even if Emory doesn’t receive a direct cut of each sale from Kaldi’s, students who spend all of their Dooley dollars there will end up paying real money for food at Emory-run eateries such as Cox Hall. Additionally, the higher prices are funneled to Emory indirectly, as Kaldi’s can only continue paying for its contracted spaces in the DUC and Zaya’s if they are producing profit, and their business model requires charging higher prices in order to do so. Dunkin’ managed to create such a profit while charging half the price, so clearly these price differences are the result of different business ideologies, not economic necessity. The counterargument would, of course, be that even though we pay more than we used to, we are now offered better quality food. While this is undoubtedly true, I’d argue that it’s irrelevant. Was the quality of the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts ever really an issue? I have trouble believing that there has ever been a hungover student at any point throughout Emory’s history that would rather debate the finer, subtler differences between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans with a Kaldi’s barista and then pay five dollars for the experience as opposed to muttering “medium iced-coffee” at Dunkin’ and walking away a mere two dollars poorer. These changes represent a move toward quality nobody asked for at a price that many students can’t afford or don’t want to pay. While this shift undoubtedly results in more money in the University’s pocket or a nice photo for a campus brochure, it does so by intentionally reducing the quality of life for its students. When you consider the reality that these negative impacts will be felt most intensely by the University’s low-income students, these changes seem even more uncalled for and flagrantly apathetic in regards to the impact they have on student life. Tyler Zelinger is a College senior from Commack, New York.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Get to Know Your Neighbor John Wells IV
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Thanksgiving: Family, Food and the Big Screen Annie Cohen Thanksgiving is one of the most confusing holidays of the year. To the unassuming eye, Thanksgiving is all about America’s humble beginning as a bunch of clueless pilgrims and the kind Native Americans who saved them with a big feast. Because of this, we tell each other what we’re thankful for and eat obscene amounts of turkey, pie and other carbs, as well as watch a lot of football and movies. The holiday, however, has another connotation for those who frequently attend a family Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving to us modern-day Americans is full of awkward encounters with drunk family members and loaded questions about our futures and why we haven’t been more successful. Then we sit quietly and ignore each other while movies play and pretend we didn’t just fight about Trump and Hillary again. While this may sound like an American stereotype generated by the internet and Hollywood movies (and not to mention sitcoms), it is actually quite accurate. Every year, families convene and proceed to harass each other while pretending that everything is O.K. I, for one, was hounded by family friends for not picking a major, despite my
vehement retaliations reminding them that I am, in fact, a first-semester freshman. Many perfectly loving and functional families also fall into the Thanksgiving day curse and use television, movies and sports games to be together as a family with the blissful excuse of not actually having to talk to each other. My family does it! Often we will go to the movie theater after the big meal and rejoice in bonding without talking, a safeguard against accidentally offending each other further (this phenomenon can also be found during Christmas, as well). While my family uses the big screen, one of the biggest Thanksgiving Day traditions is watching football after the big Thanksgiving meal. Football, as long as everybody is rooting for the same team, of course, is a perfectly easy sport to bond over because it provides plenty of common enemies and topics that don’t involve future professions, potential grandchildren (or lack thereof) and whichever other topics have been tabooed. TV shows offer the same effect. It seems to be that families take joy in watching fictional families hash it out and have their lives go wrong instead of dwelling on one’s own reality, which in most cases is pretty tame compared to the fictional world of movies and TV. While it can be fun to watch
people annoy each other on TV, if it were a real-life scenario, nobody would think it was funny; that level of annoyance is only fun when it isn’t happening to you, which is why we watch TV instead of talking to annoying family members. The film and TV industries know this all too well. Thanksgiving movie releases and Christmas movie releases exploit the need to escape to a theater — where silence is golden and grandma can’t yell at you anymore. TV also takes advantage of those Thanksgiving episodes that highlight the dysfunctionality of every character in a harsher light than in the rest of the episodes. The only difference is that a TV or movie Thanksgiving, as opposed to a football Thanksgiving, will often end in a big reconciliation with everybody involved, while your drunk uncle will most likely not explain why he is so mean, apologize for hurting your feelings and promise to make it up to you. Even though family issues are accurately portrayed through TV, it is idealized so people will actually choose to watch that instead of experiencing it firsthand. Hey, at least Hollywood and TV have our backs and produce stuff for us to watch while we hide from our families. Annie Cohen is a College freshman from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Every time I read an op-ed in The New York Times by an outspoken liberal, or a piece in The Wall Street Journal by an equally indignant right-winger, I’m struck by the mercilessness with which they treat their rivals. The same is true when I watch an MSNBC personality and then flip the channel to Fox News. Across the political spectrum, media personalities vilify members of the opposite party, and this type of rhetoric infiltrates the hearts and minds of its everyday consumers. Regular Americans like my brother and sister, who had told my parents that they would not come home for the holidays if my parents voted for Donald Trump, are being emotionally geared to hate their families and fellow citizens. The same is true for Fox News diehards like my grandparents, who frequently remind me that liberals will ruin our country. But when I stop and think about the people in my own life, from liberally minded medical school classmates to conservatives like my closest friends from high school, I don’t see anything despicable. In fact, even strangers I meet while working at Grady and Emory University Hospitals are pleasant people, and I am confident I have come across the full spectrum of political viewpoints in these motherships of humanity. The point is that many of us have stopped basing our judgments of one another on our own experiences and have swapped the judgments of a profit-driven media for our own. In the aftermath of this election, I am struck by the vitriol that Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton have for Americans who voted for Trump, and not just those sad individuals committing hateful acts in Trump’s name. I didn’t vote for either candidate, but when I look at the people of this country, I see a lot of passionate people who mostly want this nation to thrive — they just can’t agree about the best way to get us there. The people who voted for Trump are largely not racist, sexist, bigoted, white supremacists. They are people like my cousins and aunts
and uncles, who feel like the progressive movement poses an existential threat to the values they cherish. Many of these values are rooted in their Baptist faith, and they include promoting the sanctity of life, defending Christian views of marriage and maintaining strong families. These values aren’t hateful. A similar story can be said for Bernie Sanders supporters and the Clinton faithful. They aren’t communist, atheist, secular jerks who want to see religion wiped from the face of the Earth. At least in my circles, they are mostly people with big hearts who have compassion for suffering people and want our government to protect the suffering more than the powerful. In the wake of a turbulent election season, I challenge us to reserve words like bigot and racist for those who launch verbal or physical attacks against members of minority groups, not all Americans who voted for Trump. I also ask that we hear and acknowledge the pain of people who feel legitimate fear at the prospect of the coming Trump presidency, and that if any citizens’ rights are compromised, we work together to combat the type of persecution this country must leave in history books. I’m cautious about Trump as president, as we all should be, but I’m hopeful because I know the character of my neighbors, both those who voted for and those who voted against the president-elect. We have put our faith in a process and a political class that delivered us the two least popular presidential candidates in the history of our country. Given the outcome of the election, let’s remember this fact and trust that the will of the people is quite different from the distorted political reality that we are currently facing. The framers of the Constitution instituted checks and balances so that a renegade executive would not ruin this great nation. I just hope we stop yelling, screaming and shouting at one another in the streets and on Facebook before we ruin it ourselves. John Wells IV is a School of Medicine student from Columbia, South Carolina.
Wild Goose Chase: Jill Stein’s Recount Crusade Cameron Hall Last Thursday, as Americans sat down for the sacrosanct day of gluttony that is Thanksgiving, many election-related wounds were undoubtedly re-opened. While your post-election blues may have been limited to engaging in a heated shouting fest with your grandfather over turkey and mashed potatoes, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has been venting her election frustrations in a much more consequential way: by launching a fundraising campaign to order a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. This fundraising campaign is a futile effort that will only further distract from more important decisions, tarnish the reputation of America’s liberals and unnecessarily divide the country. First of all, anyone who feels dismayed by the result of the election certainly has the right to feel that way. After all, as CNN reported, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, as well as a sizeable portion of the country’s electoral votes.
However, Clinton is not the one calling for a recount. Even though she recently made the mistake of lending her nominal support to the effort, according to CNN her campaign does not believe any election anomalies occurred. For her part, Clinton has thus far handled the outcome of the election with grace and poise, stating in her concession speech, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” according to CNN. She even went on to remind her audience of the sanctity of the electoral process. Jill Stein, on the other hand, received just one percent of the popular vote and won zero states in the electoral college, according to RealClearPolitics. Her attempt at ordering a recount in three states seems more like an attempt to make sure she and her party remain relevant. Stein’s recount crusade is distracting from more important issues being discussed and more important decisions being made. Liberals should be focusing their attention and money on achievable and practical goals. In regard to all of the people who have al-
ready donated money to Stein’s initiative, The Washington Post noted that both less attention and less money have been given to Democratic candidate Foster Campbell to help him win his Senate runoff election in Louisiana. As of Nov. 24, Campbell’s campaign had raised just half of what Stein’s recount campaign made in one day. Instead of pouring all of their efforts into a futile recount attempt, Liberals should be focusing on initiatives such as getting Campbell elected to the Senate. In the coming months and years, liberals will certainly need to fight hard for what they believe in, and this means working for real policy change, rather than just being bitter and demanding a recount of a resolved election. These misguided efforts also hint at another consequence of Stein’s plan and the degree of support it has gathered. At a point in time when many Americans already view Democrats and American liberals as thin-skinned and unable to accept defeat, Stein’s initiative only further soils liberals’ reputation. The protests against Trump that erupted in cit-
ies nationwide following his election certainly gave many people this impression about liberals before Stein even announced her plan. While people’s choice to protest Trump’s election is certainly their prerogative, to many it was evidence of Clinton supporters’ inability to accept defeat. People’s paranoia regarding Trump is extremely valid, but rather than choosing to be productive and vowing to fight for the policies they desire, many liberals chose to simply head out to the streets and complain that they lost. Supporting Stein’s initiative for a recount only fuels this impression that American liberals have become intransigent, for rather than trying to fight for a certain outcome in unresolved or future proceedings, many liberals have chosen to empty their pockets to order a recount of an election which they definitively lost. Lastly, Stein’s recount initiative further divides a country that has been torn asunder. While many people, including myself, were extremely disappointed in Clinton’s defeat, our electoral process has spoken. It is now time that we re-
spect the decision that was reached and begin the process of healing a bitterly divided nation. Calling for a recount only maintains existing divisions and keeps the country from moving on as one. Trump’s supporters certainly view the effort as an attempt to undermine their legitimate victory, while many of Clinton’s supporters will certainly cling to the misguided hope that a recount will somehow change the result. As for Stein, if she truly cares about America and its people, she should relinquish this recount campaign. Whatever her motives may be for this highly unusual action, she has a fundamental misunderstanding of what the country needs going forward. It is time we start attempting to understand each other and discuss the issues that made this election so polarizing, rather than clinging to our past grudges and hoping causing a ruckus will change something. After all, we are the United States of America, and Stein’s recount crusade only further divides us. Cameron Hall is a College freshman from Columbus, Ohio.
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Arts Entertainment Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | A&E Editor: Brian Savino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘Bonito Generation’ is Ingeniously Quirky By Devin Bog Contributing Writer
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Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) gazes wondrously at New York City.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ Ignites Inner Child By Brian Savino A&E Editor Grade: A-
The Harry Potter universe is a staple of many of our childhoods, integrating fantasy and wonder into our everyday lives. However, we have been restricted to the world of wizardry in 1990s United Kingdom — until now. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them expands our understanding of J.K. Rowling’s creation, combining well-thought-out creatures and a new setting to thrill and amaze us. Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York, where he continues his observation of magical creatures after studying
in Hungary. When Scamander chases one of his creatures that escapes from the briefcase in which he stores them, he attracts the attention of Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), a witch and demoted member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MCUSA), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a typical New York No-Maj (the American term for “Muggle”). After accidentally swapping briefcases with Kowalski, several of Scamander’s beasts are released into New York City. While searching for Scamander’s missing creatures, the unlikely trio must deal with MCUSA President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo) and Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), one of MCUSA’s highest ranking members, who both seek to persecute the three protagonists
‘Gilmore Girls’ Leaves You Wanting Still More By Annie Cohen Staff Writer Grade: B-
Grab your coffee and some PopTarts because after nine long years, we can return to Stars Hollow and reunite with our favorite motherdaughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel). That’s right, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life reprises every beloved role of the captivating show in a new, wit- and quip-filled fourepisode revival. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life follows the original characters’ lives 10 years after season seven of Gilmore Girls. A lot has changed, and this look into Stars Hollow brings with it joy, junk food and a surprising amount of sadness. Some of the sorrow is understandable. The passing of cherished character Richard Gilmore parallels the real-life passing of actor Edward Herrmann in 2014. Richard’s death, a point of worry for some fans, is dealt with respectfully and perfectly. Richard is a real presence in all four episodes, from the comically large portrait that Emily (Kelly Bishop)
has made for the house to Rory using Richard’s old desk, a symbol of his power and prosperity that Rory channels in her time of need. The death of such an important character brings with it enough joyful memories and sadness to honor his absence. The first noticeable difference in the show is the cinematography. The camera work is vaguely Netflix-esque and fancier than that of Stars Hollow originally, but the change is welcome, as it is just a higher-definition view of our beloved town and actors. The scene of the Life and Death brigade’s reunion uses a unique and beautiful style of camerawork before unused in the series that adds to its artistry and appeal. The darker tones, fog, sweeping shots, and homage to the Beatles made the scene stand out from the others as artistically memorable. Several new faces come into play as well. Sutton Foster, who starred in writer and creator Amy ShermanPalladino’s other show Bunheads, was a highly anticipated cameo. Several of our other Bunheads friends show up sprinkled throughout the episodes and offer fun Easter eggs for Sherman-Palladino fans, such as
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for illegally allowing creatures and a mysterious dark force, an Obscurus, to escape. Fantastic Beasts balances the Harry Potter universe that we know quite well with its setting, before unseen in the wizarding universe. The film feels wholly industrial New York — the MCUSA headquarters presents winding clocks and technological impossibilities, such as rows of typewriters writing letters on their own, and the outfits, pink gowns and navy peacoats, feel like attire straight out of The Great Gatsby. However, none of this feels out of place, and the changes in fact enhance our perceptions of the Harry Potter universe and satisfy our curiosities about what goes on out-
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Kero Kero Bonito Bonito Generation
Bubblegum pop, as it used to be, is largely dead. For years, massively hybridized electronic dance music group has been producing some (EDM) songs meant for instant deliv- incredibly sweet, fun and goofy pop ery to the club have dominated the air- for the past two years. They’ve pulled ways. The sugary synths and smooth their inspiration from diverse sources bass lines that were once ubiquitous such as Japanese city pop, hip-hop have disappeared, and the times when and ‘90s video game music to create a they flowed through our transistors unique style and image for their band, which sometimes feels as if it has been feel distant. Certainly, there have been cham- placed on a high-budget, slightly irrevpions of that lost sound, most nota- erent children’s show. But still, sweetness is not the same bly artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, who on Emotion tapped into a forgotten thing as superficiality, and fun is not innocence while wholly embracing the the same as thoughtlessness — keep that in mind when listen1980s’ influence ing to Bonito Generation. to produce one of Kero Kero Bonito the best albums of Kero Kero Bonito never seems to care 2015. But one has set out to produce about what others think. to be wary not to something truly The opening track on the throw about carealbum, “Waking Up,” is lessly the revivalist unique within the brimming with swagger, label when talking contours of pop, opening with percussive about a group like and their efforts horns that give way to Kero Kero Bonito, bouncing bass synths who is influenced have paid off. over which Perry raps by its pop predeceswith a cool and collected sors, but their focus isn’t about writing a love letter to the flow, alternating between English and Japanese at whim. past. The hip-hop groove of the song, Bonito Generation is Englandbased Kero Kero Bonito’s second however, smoothly breaks down after full-length album. Comprised of Perry questions if she’s dreaming, electronic producers (and childhood cueing a synth-wash crescendo which friends) Gus Lobban, Jamie Bulled resolves into a quiet reprisal of the and the half-Japanese singer and frontwoman Sarah Midori Perry, this See Album, Page 7
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Thurman Merman, played by Brett Kelly (R ight) sleeps on the shoulder of Willie Soke, played by Billy Bob Thornton (Left).
‘Bad Santa 2’ Tries Hard to Be Naughty By Vikrant Nallaparaju Film Critic Grade: D
Generic Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, so one doesn’t have to look far to add something new to their annual rotation of Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. One would hope that a stu-
dio would take a risk in such a market, like last year’s yuletide-themed horror flick, Krampus. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ve been deemed naughty this year and given coal in the form of Bad Santa 2, a completely unnecessary sequel trying but failing to recapture the audience’s nostalgia for the original Bad Santa. Taking place 13 years after the original film, former burglar and per-
petual alcoholic Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) is back to working deadend jobs to make ends meet. When his previous partner in crime Marcus (Tony Cox) comes to him with a new score in Chicago, a Christmas charity for orphans, Willie reluctantly joins him. Things get even more complicated when Willie discovers that
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Awaited Remake is Sad, Relies on Tried Old Quirks Continued from Page 6 Julia Goldani Telles, known for playing Sasha on Bunheads, playing a new character, Sandee. Stylistically, the show’s writing is impeccable. Our favorite fast talkers have plenty of words to spit out and a plethora of new media occurrences to reference, such as Marvel movies, Wild (both the book and the movie) and Uber. Graham, Bledel and Bishop certainly retain their ability to speak a mile a minute, and Sherman-Palladino still has a knack for fitting an unbelievable amount of words into tiny time frames. While the writing is as fast and funny as it was originally, the tone of the episodes is different, but not in a good way. Sherman-Palladino wrote the first and the last, with her husband Dan taking the reins for episodes two and three. There is a significant drop in happiness during Dan’s episodes, and while Amy’s were more lighthearted, the entire show seemed weighed down with overarching sadness and a sense
of failure for our characters. In particular, the decisions Rory makes when Dan was writing her seemed to be more out of character than when Amy was in control, making the audience feel disconnected from the her. Storylines took turns for the worst, with Rory taking the biggest hits. As somebody who looks up to Rory and squeals with delight every time I find even the smallest similarities between her and myself, I was devastated with Rory and her decisions during the show. She lost direction, respect and herself through her professional choices and personal relationships. The Rory I used to know would look at this Rory as if she were a Martian, or an evil twin sent to destroy her life. The Rory storyline is disappointing to say the least. While the sadder parts of the show humanize the characters and truly reflect the whole “life isn’t fair” saying, I don’t watch TV for depressingly realistic failures. I wanted the whole revival to be full of ridiculous jokes and junk food like it used to be. I
didn’t want to watch my fictional family crash and burn. However, not everyone did. Emily’s storyline was funny and cute, and elicited many “aw!”s.
Alcohol is one thing that the original series adamantly shied away from ... Now, however, there is far more liquor than there are lattes. She finally managed to keep a maid! Her storyline was beautifully done, and I am satisfied with the direction they took her. We were tossed some bones every now and then. Whether it was Troubadours fighting, Lorelai smelling snow, Kirk’s (Sean Gunn) ridiculous “oober” business or Lorelai’s Jeep, the revival bursts with our old Gilmore Girls’ staples. While junk food and coffee make
their obligatory appearances, the girls seem to have unnecessarily substituted coffee with alcohol. Alcohol is one thing that the original series adamantly shied away from, and when alcohol was used, it was used sparingly. Now, however, there is far more liquor than there are lattes. All in all, it was Gilmore Girls — but with the sadness levels of act two of Into the Woods, maybe with some Woody Allen sprinkled in. I wish the storyline had treated the Gilmore girls better. While it was fun to see all three boyfriends return, I walked away upset, almost wishing the revival didn’t exist at all. In the show’s defense, we were never promised happy, and we were never promised closure (those last four words though!). Even though it fulfilled what it promised, it didn’t fulfill what we wanted. They’re still the Gilmore girls, and I will always love Gilmore Girls, but this was a little too sad for my taste. — Contact Annie Cohen at email@example.com
Wizarding World Continues to Amaze Continued from Page 6 side of Hogwarts. Of the huge $180 million budget, a lot seems to have gone to CGI — beasts move smoothly and act like real animals would. In fact, they resemble real animals with a bit of extra personality rather than completely made-up creatures. Whether it be the cute, wideeyed beasts reminiscent of llamas or the shy Bowtruckles that look like stick bugs with facial expressions, they are all just one step away from reality. The Nifler, a puggle-like creature that fancies valuable items, elicited a high-pitched “aww!” from the audience when introduced, and the Erumpent, a hybrid of a rhinoceros and elephant, evoked endless laughter when it chased Kowalski through Central Park in an attempt to make love to him. Rather than unrealistic features, such as blob-like body structures or protruding nostrils (or something else we might see in Star Wars), the creatures have character, and that’s what makes them so magical. Despite the allure of the magnificent beasts, the film’s plot is intermittent. The first half is spent following Scamander and Kowalski on their task to recapture the creatures while the second half spasmodically squeezes in problems that are almost irrelevant to those beasts, such as defeating the Obscurus and stopping a No-Maj, antimagic extremist, Mary Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton). The film could have benefited from tying the creatures’ unique abilities into each issue, helping the protagonists on their journey. Instead, it felt as if a majority of the beasts are introduced just to provoke awe from the audience before the plot becomes darker and more sporadic. Granted, Kowalski is the film’s answer to the question many of us have: what would happen if a No-Maj were thrown into the magical universe? After punching a mean, guido house elf to save Scamander, Kowalski triumphantly takes a shot
of giggle juice, letting out an uncontrolled, piercing chuckle before being transported away from the scene. Kowalski’s ignorance of magic arouses a silly, childlike humor that leaves the audience howling with laughter. He is single-handedly the film’s comedic relief and, in many instances, takes us away from the seriousness that underlies much of the plot. Even more entertaining is Kowalski’s relationship with Porpentina’s mindreading sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol). It gives the film that classic love story, lightening the mood of its darker moments. At one point, it is made clear that, in America, No-Majes cannot marry witches and wizards. And the way Kowalski’s face freezes in awe when he sees Queenie reciprocate feelings for him makes us wish they could get married, in turn teaching us a valuable lesson about the principles of marriage equality. James Newton Howard’s soundtrack shines. He shifts from John Williams’ Harry Potter score with much more fast-paced, lively music that perfectly fits with the film’s New York attitude: brisk, loud and classy. There are hints of Williams in the soundtrack, though — halfway through “The Demiguise and the Occamy,” violins mysteriously glissando up and down, creating the same enigmatic sense that characterizes Harry’s encounter with spiders in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “Newt Says Goodbye to Tina/Jacob’s Bakery” is Polar Expressesque, igniting wonder and amazement and reminding us of that tinge of childhood that comes with true magic. Fantastic Beasts consistently stimulates the audience’s inner child, evoking the same wonderment we once felt when we first read Harry Potter. What the film lacks in seamless plot it makes up for in stunning visuals, doltish comedy and an astonishing score. Fantastic Beasts truly casts a charm spell on its audience. — Contact Brian Savino at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jamie Bulled (Left), Sarah Midori Perry (Middle) and Gus Lobban (R ight) of Kero Kero Bonito pose for the release of ‘Bonito Generation.’
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Continued from Page 6 chorus accompanied by some incredibly sugary sweet bell synths. Ultimately, the horns come back and the song ends in the boisterous way it started. Keep in mind that this song is entirely about the universal struggle of having to get up in the morning. It contains some lines about showing “up in the place” and “looking great” to match the swagger of its instrumentals, but that doesn’t cut into the inherent lightheartedness of the song. “Heard a Song” operates in the same manner, centered around that feeling you get when you hear a catchy song on the radio but can’t recall its name. An overwhelming majority of these songs are focused on everyday, universal experiences. The album doesn’t try to provide any answers or cast any judgement. Rather, the album is a picture of life, a show about nothing that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is still surprisingly sober and well-thought-out. It’s far from a philosophical work, but it’s not devoid of any substance either. Musically, the album falls into two very rough camps between which
Film Relies On Cheesy Humor Continued from Page 6 Marcus’ other partner in the heist is Willie’s estranged mother Sunny (Kathy Bates). With only days until Christmas, Willie dons a Santa suit to pull off his last big robbery. The few positives the film has are in the acting department. Thornton is perfect for this role, embodying a crotchety nihilist view of the holiday season but playing it completely straight and without any sense of fourth-wall-breaking self awareness. Thornton’s deadpan delivery and natural talent at playing the straight man to Cox, and Bates’ wildcards work wonders for an otherwise by-the-numbers film. Bates is also great as Willie’s even more unscrupulous and deviant mother, showcasing an unexpected knack for comedy given her role in Misery. Unfortunately, that’s where my good will toward Bad Santa 2 ends. Despite boasting a cast that clearly has fun with their roles, the writing itself is so woefully uneven that it can’t be saved by sheer actor charisma alone. For every joke that lands, there are about three that miss — hard. Screenwriters Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross are overly keen to return to running gags, such as Marcus’ small stature or Willie’s hapless sidekick Thurman (Brett Kelly), which results in a monotonous flow for long stretches of the film. Punctuate the run-into-theground gags with some raunchy sex scenes straight out of a Santa-themed porno and you have Bad Santa 2’s idea of comedy.
... [‘Bad Santa 2’ is] about as exciting as finding a cold lump of coal in your stocking Christmas morning.
it bounces at will. Some songs, like “Waking Up,” are more hip-hop oriented. “Graduation” is powered by its fat 808-sounding bass line and its spaced-out, melodic components. Songs like “Big City,” “Fish Bowl” and “Picture This,” on the other hand, are saccharine, synth-pop delicacies in which Perry’s adorable singing voice takes center stage. The rest of the album falls somewhere in between, with a tendency toward the poppier end of things. Make no mistake, though. Kero Kero Bonito set out to produce something truly unique within the contours of pop, and their efforts have paid off. Both the expert yet goofy production and Perry’s genuine vocal ability of switching between rapping in laidback flows and singing in the most meltingly charming inflections, make this album shine through. But beyond any cerebral analyses, this album is just plain fun. It’s catchy and has the right amount of quirk to make it appealing. There are no illusions of grandeur here — it’s a party, and that’s all it needs to be.
There’s also a strange disconnect between Willie as a character and the rest of the film, mainly in the clash between styles of comedy. Thornton’s dry wit and subdued slacker approach to his jokes don’t jive with Cox and Bates, who are constantly shooting out one-liners and innuendos. That’s not to say disparate comedic styles can’t coalesce to make something great (cf. Caddyshack), but they need to be joined together by a script that gives each of them off something to work. The littering of subplots throughout the film, such as Willie’s fling with the charity owner or Sunny’s declining health, prevents the jokes from feeding into a cohesive narrative and it comes off as very scattershot. For all you anti-holiday curmudgeons out there, Bad Santa 2 won’t satisfy that itch you feel this time of year. It’s just as milquetoast as the more standard Christmas fare currently in theaters, made worse by the lack of sleaze or comedic edge to make it truly memorable. To indulge in an apt seasonal metaphor, it’s about as exciting as finding a cold lump of coal in your stocking Christmas morning.
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By VaruN Gupta Contributing Writer Emory University Police Department (EPD) officer Randall Terry, Jr. and officer Alexander Mawson (08C) saved an allegedly depressed man who was thinking of committing suicide on a night shift last year, Tarry said. When Mawson arrived on the scene, the person was at the top level of a parking garage facility, dangling his legs off the ledge. They spoke to him about why he wanted to end his life and appealed to his sensibilities. “I’ve seen the victims of highway accidents, medically unstable students and dead bodies, but that was always after the fact,” Terry said. “This would have been an entirely new trauma.” Although a typical EPD night does not often involve events as extreme as deterring a suicide, The Emory Wheel shadowed Mawson between 9 and 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, to get a closer look into the life of an officer on a night shift.I sat in the shotgun of a white and blue EPD car as Mawson pointed out violations: a driver drove through a stop sign and a fraternity left a beer can out in its front lawn. I hadn’t paid much attention to either, but his trained eye did. All EPD officers receive the same training as DeKalb County Police Department officers, according to Mawson. EPD officers can respond to dispatch calls that range from providing backup to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to checking suspicious activity. Besides taking calls, their responsibility is to patrol campus and to conduct building and location checks. Mawson’s patrol car houses minimal technology. An old fashioned radio picks up DeKalb County’s transmission. Mawson said it’s helpful to keep an ear on what’s happening around campus. Additionally, he writes citations and records meaningful evidence of ongoing investigations on his laptop. Strapped to his waist, Mawson carries a pair of handcuffs, a flashlight, a bottle of pepper spray, an adjustable baton and a firearm. At 9:15 p.m., we walked through Sanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center to check for unusual activity and building maintenance. Instead of switching on the lights, Mawson turned on his flashlight to guide us through the corridors and a chemistry lab. Immediately, we were hit with a vinegar smell and heard a machine pumping. “You can see the sign there that says the strange smell is normal,” Mawson said. We kept walking. The building check was complete. “It’s usually preventative,” Mawson said. “You’re going in to look for someone in the building who is not supposed to be there. Is there a door pried open or propped open?” Our next stop was the Candler Mansion on Emory’s Briarcliff campus. The abandoned historical landmark is a frequent place for students to go ghost hunting or host social events. However, many do not realize that going inside is a crime, Mawson noted. At 9:45 p.m., his walkie-talkie buzzed louder than usual. A college student staying in Long Street-Means Hall had called EMS. Mawson was called to provide back-
up. Ambulance and firetruck sirens whirred as we pulled up to the freshman housing complex. Due to confidentiality, I waited in the lobby for Mawson to complete his duties. “Our job is really to document what’s going on, document what we saw and to observe,” Mawson said. “So we’re asking questions, finding out who the person is, but we’re not taking any punitive action.” This procedure applies not only to medical situations, but also to calls regarding suspicious activity and parties, according to Mawson. “The other thing to keep in mind, too, is that Emory is an open campus,” Mawson said. “You just have to be aware that anyone on campus may not be a part of the community. We are very mindful of respecting people and people’s privacy.” Mawson said that the EPD sometimes receives calls about suspicious activity. One time, Mawson observed a stranger who was whispering to himself and pacing up and down a sidewalk. As he got closer, Mawson realized that the man was talking to someone through his Bluetooth earpiece. “It’s our job to go find out [if there is actual danger or not],” Mawson said. “Someone felt concerned enough to call us. We have to go and investigate.” At school-registered parties, EPD officers lay low. They want to encourage good community relations between officers and students who abide by the law. “[We try to just] be on the perimeter of the party,” Mawson said. “[We] keep people who are not supposed to be there out. We don’t walk through the crowd.” According to Mawson, EPD oncampus officers will begin wearing body cameras to increase transparency between the police force and individuals. Also, the EPD is in the process of strengthening their social media presence via Facebook and Twitter. Before working for the EPD, Mawson served as a DeKalb County police officer and detective from 2008 to 2014. But his initial interest sprouted when he was hired to work for the Police Cadet, a work-study job at Emory. His career goal is to work for a federal law enforcement agency such as the FBI. Since then, Mawson has worked the night shift from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. According to Mawson, helping the community in any way possible is his first priority, even if it means working odd hours. Besides calling 911, blue-light emergency phones, located around campus, enable students to alert the EPD during precarious situations. With these safety resources, College freshman Will Bashur said he feels safe walking back to his dorm late at night, or going for a jog when it’s dark outside. Police authorities are respectful of him and other students on campus, Bashur added. “[EPD] definitely establish their authority. I’m not like, ‘Oh wow I can mess with these guys,’” Bashur said. “They are not rough individuals. I’ve never felt fearful of them, which is a good thing. It’s the perfect balance.” — Contact Varun Gupta at email@example.com
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Robert Shaw works at the Woodruff Cafe, satisfying famished students with delectable latenight food ranging from chicken tenders to onion rings.
Behind the Counter By Niraj Naik Staff Writer At some point during your freshman year, you decided to make the trip to the Woodruff Residential Center to grab some late-night food from Woodruff Cafe. You most likely interacted with Robert Shaw. Shaw has worked at the cafe for six years and has earned a reputation among students as a friendly employee with a knack for remembering names. “You get to learn a lot from different kinds of people,” Shaw said. “Different people from everywhere. You get to see how people think. Different aspects of life.” Shaw has worked all over the Emory Campus from the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) and Cox Hall to the Dobbs University Center (DUC), but says he enjoys the cafe because of its small size, allowing him to interact better with the students. “He works really hard and makes an effort to remember your name if you go there a lot,” College sophomore Victoria Broderick said. Shaw said that he loves working around the holidays when it’s final exams season, because students exhibit extreme stress levels and he can help ease their troubles with some comforting junk food. “A lot of people come here and say, ‘I gotta be up ‘till two or three in the morning or all night. I gotta get some food,’ ” Shaw said. “They just talk about what’s going on with them. ‘I don’t know about this test.’ ... You see how people react to maybe stress or whatever is going on with them.” Some nights are different than others at the Woodruff Cafe.
According to Shaw, Thursdays are usually the big party night, but students tend to remain respectful regardless of their level of intoxication. Shaw chuckled as he described a typical Thursday night. “They come in here hungry, and it’s funny when they [hear] ‘I don’t have anything,’ [or] ‘We’re closed’ ” Shaw said. “Sometimes I might just have a side salad left, so I give them a side salad or a yogurt or whatever we might have left.”
“You want to have fun at work and enjoy work, so like.” — Robert Shaw, Woodruff Cafe employee
These small acts of generosity and kindness have forged relationships between Shaw and students. College junior Neeraj Chawla frequented the cafe as a freshman and still remembers Shaw’s high level of service “He provides the identity to Emory,” Chawla said. “He’s one of the figures that we associate with getting late-night food, which is a part of being an Emory student. He’s a symbol of the thing that unites us together.” Shaw still keeps in touch with some alumni through Facebook and has even been invited to student graduation parties. “If I get asked, I make sure I go or make sure I see them afterwards just to give them my blessing,” Shaw said.
“But it’s nice to see people grow, become who they are.” Originally from Milwaukee, Wisc., Shaw came to Atlanta after friends started attending Morehouse College (Ga.). He currently resides in College Park. Looking toward the future, he said that he aspires one day to own his own business. “I don’t want to be an employee forever,” he said. According to Shaw, the worst part about working at the cafe is balancing the hours with his schedule. He works two other jobs, which means he sometimes has to wake up at 8 a.m. and go to the moving company at which he works with his cousin. Shaw said that he also does maintenance for a couple different contractors. Shaw advises students to stay in school and pursue what they’re passionate about so that they enjoy the work they do. “You want to have fun at work and enjoy work, so find something that you like,” Shaw said. “Study it. Just try to be the best you can be at it.” Shaw credited working with the college students, or kids, as he endearingly refers to them, for improving his interpersonal skills. “‘Kids are kids,” Shaw said. “They’re honest. They say what want and it’s just the most real thing you can get. As adults, you look at people and try to read them just by looking at them. [Young people] say how they feel and what’s on their mind. It just makes it easier working here.” — Contact Niraj Naik at firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Niraj Naik & aditya prakash Staff Writers From Nov. 18 to 20, TEDxEmory hosted a series of events with themes ranging from climate change to mental health as part of their TEDxYouth series. The talks showcased relevant, contentious and relatable topics for college students. As events were held throughout the weekend, it meant that more students were able to partake in discussions about issues emphasized by TEDxYouth. Climate ChaNGe Set in the Math and Science Center’s planetarium on the evening of Nov. 18, the TEDx event on climate change showcased a series of videos, accompanied by a talk from College sophomore Angela Jiang. Merging climate change with the recent presidential election, Jiang brought to the table the idea that global warming is a stoppable danger. “Do not let politics be a blocker for any sort of optimism,” Jiang said. She argued that regardless of our politicians’ views, changes to combat climate change can still be made. Some videos to fully illustrate the problem of global warming, including one from Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” followed Jiang’s talk. “An Inconvenient Truth” supported the urgency of climate change, portraying a variety of engaging and effective information on the issue. soCial justiCe TEDx members created a relaxed atmosphere filled with ambient music, plenty of sweets and casual chatter at the social justice event, which was held outside of the Anthropology Building the evening of Nov. 18. Using videos ranging from a Buzzfeed interview with a gender nonconforming parent to a TED talk by a transgender Filipino model, College sophomore Kenny Igarza illustrated that discrimination can take many forms. Thus, activists should work to counteract the labels that society impresses on people. “Everybody needs to be aware that there are social justice issues on campus,” Igarza said. The night also housed discussion, with people opening up about their own lives and personal struggles. Poetry, anecdotes and reflections by audience members were also integral to the event, allowing audience members to easily see how social injustice is ubiquitous, even in a school as diverse as Emory. meNtal health In White Hall 208, Emory Dark Arts collaborated with Residence Life from Complex Hall and The Pulse to put on a two-hour performance titled “Mental Health and, well, Being” Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. “The event was designed to just be a blank space platform for students to take the opportunity to, in whatever way felt best for them, express experiences that have otherwise been invisible or stigmatized,” College senior Nathaniel Sawyer, an event speaker and organizer, said. For some, the event exceeded their expectations. “Coming in, I didn’t really know what to expect but … people were just able to openly talk about their experiences,” College junior Sundus Tameez said. “In my past three years,
I haven’t been able to attend an event of this nature or really [have] this open of a forum.” Regardless of the format, each performance concluded with a similar message: we deserve support too. As Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Emory has been overstaffed this semester, the event articulated that students need more mental health support on campus. Sawyer mentioned that an 1836 Dinner would take place this Wednesday, Nov. 28 which will allow students to voice their concerns about mental health services at Emory to a CAPS senior staff member. ato speakeasy Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) and TEDx collaborated again this year on the rebranded Speakeasy, previously known as Salon. The fraternity, known for sponsoring arts events, hosted several different speakers who covered diverse topics including local ecosystems, eating disorders and self-expression. College senior Bethany Studnicky spoke at the event about her work as an artist in relationship to her mental health. “It was the first time I’ve ever actually shared that on a public stage … it was nice for me to be able to expand upon the inspiration and the meaning behind my artwork rather than just the artwork itself at face value,” Studnicky said in an interview with the Wheel after her speech. Although the audience consisted of roughly 100 people, speakers were able to talk about their passions in a very relaxed manner due to the event’s location. College sophomore and ATO brother Jake Gruber, who helped plan the event, said that fraternities can facilitate events such as TEDxYouth, which can stimulate student discussion. “We thought we might as well bring it in here and allow ourselves to be exposed to all these different ideas and perspective[s],” Gruber said. “It’s just an eye-opening experience and it allows our minds to expand, perspectives to be opened to and allow[s] for a more difficult conversation to be had on Emory’s campus.” Gruber said that he is excited for ATO to partner with TEDx in the future. “I’m looking forward to [the] very next semester when we will be able to create an even better version of Speakeasy,” Gruber said. r athskellar Comedy improV troupe The Rathskellar Comedy Improv Troupe hosted a question-and-answer session at Peet’s Coffee Sunday, Nov. 20. The group performed a few example skits and explained how they learned the art of improv and what the art means to them. “Improv focuses so much on building relationships and in order to have a really quality scene; you need to have a bond established [with your teammates],” College senior Michael Green said. “In any tough situation you’re going through, it’s helpful to have somebody there.” In such a relaxed setting with such easy going people, the event was a relieving break from what were otherwise serious events throughout the weekend. — Contact Niraj Naik at email@example.com and Aditya Prakash at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Latte art brings some style to the hot drinks at the Dancing Goat (left) and Taproom (r iGht).
A Guide To the Most ‘Brew’-tiful Cafes By aNmol mahtaNi Contributing Writer
Typical college students wake up, slam their alarm clock, throw on clothes and grab their Emory card to purchase their first, most essential nutrient of the day — caffeine. From the moment they take their first sip of coffee, they are reassured that they can handle the day, or at the least manage to stay awake during their first class. For me, the magic of coffee doesn’t evolve from the taste nor the vigilance rewarded from consumption, but rather through the experience. Given a choice, I would much rather sip on a vanilla latte in a nearby coffee shop than anxiously chug standard coffee in Club Libs or fight for a table in Kaldi’s or the on-campus Starbucks. The beauty beyond coffee shops, as a concept, is that anything is possible. Beyond the Emory bubble, there are higher chances of making new friends, receiving job offers or even reducing the seemingly interminable pile of schoolwork. Here are a handful of my favorite coffee shops near campus:
leave you warm and satiated, the iced coffees and lattes from Dancing Goats leave the remnants of a suboptimal, milky-water aftertaste, rather than the savory, desired flavor of coffee. The coffee shop, styled with a modern finish and the playlist consisting of mostly Latin music, continuously attracts its customers with its notorious sugarcoated donuts and morning pastries. Conversely, this coffee shop may be better more of a grab-and-go location, rather than a place to sit down for longer periods of time since the amount of seating options and outlets are limited. Dancing Goats has a second location at Ponce City Market where seating is more readily available and the tastefully furnished outdoor ambience attracts customers. However, if you are in a crunch for time or don’t want to drive as far, Decatur’s Dancing Goats fulfills the basic needs. Comfort: 2/5 Ambience: 4/5 Accessibility and Amenities: 1/5 Coffee Satisfaction Rating: 3.7/5
favorite location to do work. This brightly lit café, illuminated by LED lights and artwork, gives you the most bang for your buck. The richly flavored coffee comes in large quantities at a reasonable price: for four dollars, you can either purchase an entire vat of drip coffee or a teapot filled with warm water and fresh tea leaves (and a free re-steep). The endless variety of drinks caters to several types of people. Taproom serves coffee, drip coffee, tea and beer. Although Taproom does not serve proper meals, the store offers snacks and pastries, and other restaurants are located within walking distance. Taproom reminds me of the library with the vibrant, white walls and the tenacity of the other customers working on their assignments minus the contagious anxiety found at the library. This is the place to go if you plan on working in one location for several hours. Comfort: 4/5 Ambience: 5/5 Accessibility and Amenities: 5/5 Coffee Satisfaction Rating: 5/5
Good k arma Coffee house ChoColaté Coffee ChocoLaté is the closest coffee shop to Emory’s campus, lodged between the local record store and Saigon Cafe. From the moment you step in, you are reminded of the familiar setup akin to the set of Central Perk from the famous TV show, Friends. ChocoLaté seems to be the ideal location for friends to meet and chat for a few minutes, but it can be challenging to study there at certain hours of the day due to the noisiness. Although the background noise may make it difficult to concentrate on schoolwork, the friendly crowd paired with the café’s dark ambience and eclectic, tasteful music make for a small, cozy shop. Chocolaté’s coffee selection is tasteful, but in my opinion, the best item on the menu is the Café Romina. Unfortunately, the cappuccinos and lattes taste as though they come from a vending machine. Several pastries offered at the café are provided by local farmers and are switched weekly. If you are interested in a study site with dark, earthy vibes close enough so you don’t miss your classes, make sure to swing by ChocoLaté. Comfort: 4/5 Ambience: 3/5 Accessibility and Amenities: 5/5 Coffee Satisfaction Rating: 2/5 daNCiNG Goats Coffee Bar (deCatur loCatioN) The Batdorf and Bronson coffee selection at Dancing Goats will leave you itching for more. The coffee quality is pristine, and the latte art will excite all of your Snapchat friends. Unfortunately, the colder the beverages are, the less satisfactory. Although the hot beverages at Dancing Goats
refuGe Coffee Co. Ignore what Starbucks says; Good Karma Coffee House offers the best pumpkin spice latte in town. Located in the Avondale Estates, Good Karma prepares coffees with organic, unprocessed ingredients. The coffee shop prides itself on the motto “we eat free.” The franchise serves a variety of delicious pastries and aromatic breakfast items without gluten, egg or soy. The ingredients used in the food and coffee are also provided by local farmers, rather than the average commercialized establishment, which is what makes the pastries taste so good. Although Good Karma may be one of the furthest coffee shops on this list, their Instagram account is updated daily to convince coffee consumers to make the lengthy venture. The Good Karma employees showcase the menu and freshly baked pastries daily. The hidden spot is lauded for the selection friendly for those folk with allergies, yet is humbled by the average quality and presentation of the regular coffee items. From my experience, Good Karma’s vanilla latte tasted below satisfactory and lacks the basic presentation of latte art, and the regular coffee is exactly that: regular. Additionally, the number of tables and charging outlets may be abundant, but the downfall of Good Karma are its limited hours of operation. Usually, the café is only open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comfort: 4/5 Ambience: 3.5/5 Accessibility and Amenities: 5/5 Coffee Satisfaction Rating: 4/5
This is the ultimate coffee stop for the caffeine-addicted philanthropist. Located in Clarkston, Refuge Coffee Co. serves coffee from a red coffee truck. Finding parking is extremely convenient, and the outdoor seating is scenic. However, it is the employees that make the company special. Newly arrived immigrants are employed at the truck, allowing them to earn money and learn English. Apart from helping the community and receiving service with a friendly smile, you will be served delicious coffee and pastries. On a first purchase, customers may also receive a free coffee coupon. Comfort: 4/5 Ambience: 5/5 Accessibility and Amenities: 4/5 Coffee Satisfaction Rating: 5/5 CoNClusioN Atlanta is a quickly growing culinary hub, with trendy new coffee shops popping up on every corner. Although it may be easy to rush into the nearest Starbucks, Caribou Coffee or any other chain, consider embarking on a caffeine adventure and supporting local businesses that offer high quality coffee. This list is by no means comprehensive; other coffee shops that were not mentioned in this article include Octane, Hodgepodge or Drip. While venturing to off-campus coffee shops may not be the easiest on your wallet, studying in a novel location surrounded by hearty beverages is definitely rewarding.
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Squad Looks to Finish Road Trip This Week Continued from Back Page good,” Zimmerman said. “We didn’t execute the game plan. We can’t give up 95 points.” Aided by Adedoyin’s sharpshooting, the Panthers charged out to a 45-36 halftime lead and never looked back. The Eagles played with a balanced attack led by junior forward Adam Gigax’s 20 points but failed to slow the Panthers’ offense down the stretch. The Eagles managed to cut the deficit down to seven points with six minutes remaining, but would not get any closer than that as Olson quickly drained two free throws to push the Panthers’ lead back to nine and maintain a safe distance through the 95-84 finish. The difference Sunday came in the Eagles’ defensive effort. Emory held the Maryville College Scots to only 62 points on 26 percent shooting from the field. “Our focus was better and our attention to detail was better,” Zimmerman said. “In the Maryville game, we defended longer stretches like we needed to. We put back-to-back stops together [against Maryville] a lot better than we did [against LaGrange].” For the Eagles, another afternoon of balanced scoring coupled with a tighter focus on defensive assignments propelled Emory to the 71-62 victory. Four Emory players scored in double figures, including Avant, who fin-
ished the game with a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Zimmerman contributed the success against Maryville to the team’s cooperation. “The ball doesn’t stick very often to a certain guy,” Zimmerman said. “We have talented offensive players, so when they get in a rhythm and get comfortable, different guys on different nights can score.” The Eagles’ ability to spread the ball around helped relieve the pressure to score off any one individual. “We have a lot of guys [who] can score the ball, so if one guy isn’t having a good game, another guy can step up offensively,” Avant said. The Eagles will finish their sevengame road stretch at the end of this week. The players understand that these challenging games will help prepare them for tougher opponents down the road. “It’s tough to find your identity on the road,” Avant explained. “But in the long run, these away games will prepare us better for the conference season.” The Eagles will continue on the road Wednesday at BirminghamSouthern College (Ala.) and will close out the stretch at Piedmont College (Ga.) Saturday.
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On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the majority owner of the NHL’s newest franchise, Bill Foley, announced that the Golden Knights is the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home. The Golden Knights logo is a sleek, modern design, featuring a gold and gray knight’s helmet set in the center of black shield with a golden border. A V for Vegas is subtly worked into the structure of the helmet. Vegas’ logo lacks the classic look of some of the original NHL franchises such as the New York Rangers or Montreal Canadiens, but has a bold look that gives it a unique appeal. The logo reflects the persona of the knight that Foley reveres. “The knight protects the unprotected, the knight defends the realm, the knight never gives up, never gives in, always advances and never retreats,” Foley said Tuesday night during a press conference to reveal the team name. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s decision to sanction the addition of a hockey team in Las Vegas has already come under a lot of criticism. For the past few years, Bettman has been seeking to add another team to the NHL. Bettman was always one to seek nontraditional markets. Since Bettman became the commissioner in 1993, the NHL has expanded from 24 to 30 teams, all of which were located in the
United States. He was the commissioner when the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado and the original Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix. Bettman has focused on moving teams into warm weather markets. Despite the decision to relocate the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, Bettman has traditionally been considered unfriendly to Canadian markets. Although Canadian cities Hamilton and Quebec City were among the cities that were under consideration to be given a team, Bettman ultimately chose Las Vegas. Bettman’s decision to spurn the hopeful Canadian cities and choose Las Vegas as the NHL’s 31st franchise became a topic of scrutiny. There was concern that a team in a warm weather market where hockey is not as popular might fail to draw a loyal fan base. Furthermore, the Arizona Coyotes’ lack of success has added suspicion as to whether a team in the American desert can be successful. Many details are still unknown about the Vegas Golden Knights franchise, such as who the players and the head coach will be. What is known is that Golden Knights will take part in their first season next year. They will play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Vegas also already has its own stadium on the Las Vegas Strip, the T-Mobile Arena. Former Washington Capitals
year, whether you have an injury or something else happens. But to go to the NCAA tournament 21 straight years to me represents how many incredible student-athletes we’ve had. EW: Can you name your favorite moment from this season? JM: I would say beating Washington University [in St. Louis (Mo.)] on their home court in front of about 1,100 people. All the teams were there, hanging from the rafters. The winning basketball team was 10 feet from the court, screaming. To beat them in the [UAA] semifinals on their home court with all of the fans there is probably my favorite moment of the season. EW: When were you most disappointed as a coach? JM: I think it was last year losing in the regional finals. Last year, we had a really solid team and had such high
expectations. Losing in that regional final with what I thought was one of the best setters in the country [...] was really such a disappointment and a sad moment for me — sad for me because I was sad for the team. EW: What do you like most about Emory? JM: I think the sense of community on our campus. You can walk on campus and everyone is really proud about what Emory represents and what we as a university stand for. We not only are one of the best universities in the country, but for me we have the greatest community in the country — supportive of one another, encouraging, to seek out what’s important and have no barriers. The community and the support is just incredible. EW: What’s your favorite place to eat at near campus? JM: I walk down to the Village every day, so I would say probably Rise-n-
General Manager George McPhee will be Vegas’ general manager. He will be responsible for acquiring players and taking part in the expansion draft in June that will help provide the basic structure for his team. In order for the Golden Knights to field a team, they will select players from the other 30 NHL teams in what is called the expansion draft.The NHL has provided basic rules for the expansion draft. All teams across the NHL will be given an opportunity to protect a set number of players — teams can either opt to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender or, alternatively, they can protect eight skaters (forwards or defensemen) total and one goaltender. Players that are already protected by a no-move or no-trade clause count toward a team’s number of protected players. First-year and second-year players are exempt from being chosen in the draft. Vegas will select 30 players in the expansion draft, abiding by the NHL’s provided rules and stipulations. For the entry-level draft, Vegas will have the same odds as the team with the third fewest points in the standings at the end of the 2016-2017 season in the draft lottery. By the end of the process, the goal is that Vegas will have an NHL-ready team to compete in the 2017-2018 season.
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played more competitively. Emory’s offensive attack relaxed a little bit and Mary Baldwin was more active on defense. Emory tallied 17 points to Mary Baldwin’s 12 in the third quarter. To begin the fourth quarter, senior guard Fran Sweeney flashed her talents both offensively and defensively. Sweeney was active recording six points with a steal in the final quarter. Overall Sweeney scored 14 points, going 3-6 behind the arc, tallying six steals and grabbing six rebounds. Sweeney discussed her role on the team noting her ability to play effective offense and defense. “I see my role as a three point shooter, but I also see a big part on the defensive side as well,” Sweeney said.
Emory outscored Mary Baldwin by only one point in the fourth quarter. Thomaskutty explained that her team’s inability to contest as many shots led to tighter play between the two teams. “One of our biggest things is that we want to contest every shot and I don’t think we did as good a job of that late in the game,” Thomaskutty said. Emory’s leading scorer was Jackson-Sherrod with 18 points. Freshman guard Lindsey Tse led the team with 10 assists and Oldshue was the top rebounder with 10. The Eagles will face Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.) Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home.
Dine. I love to sit at the bar and catch up on the news. The people at the bar know exactly what I want. They love volleyball and love to talk to me about volleyball. I always get two eggs with fruit and whole wheat toast. EW: What’s the most stressful moment you’ve ever had coaching? JM: In 2008, when we won the national championship. We were down two games to nothing in the national semifinals. We came back and tied it 2-2, and were actually down in the last set 11-3 and came back and won. And I literally couldn’t breathe for the final few points. EW: You’ve obviously taught your players a lot. What’s something a player has taught you? JM: I think collectively as a group, Emory student-athletes and Emory students in general bring their best every single day, and that has really inspired me to bring my best to practice every day. It is the most inspir-
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ing group of people that I could ever imagine coaching and, as a leader, I know that I have to bring my best in every capacity because I know they are going to do the same thing. EW: What’s the future for Emory volleyball? JM: I think as successful as we’ve been in the past 21 years ... the best is yet to come. I want this program to graduate great, confident young women and to continue to compete for national championships every year and prepare them for the rest of their lives. The future’s so bright. We have a great core of leaders and an exciting group of young players and an incredible recruiting class coming in next year … we feel really good about the freshmen who applied and have an outstanding chance of being admitted.
ments the team’s competitive edge. Having taken a year off to train for the 2016 Olympic Trials, Wilson’s return to the men’s team as such a high profile athlete adds not only to the team’s talent pool but also to the team’s morale. Emory’s vigourous training in and out of the water, bearing higher intensity than in previous seasons, is also a factor contributing to their powerful performances this season, as seen through their currently flawless 2-0 record. But whether it be during training or during competition, the strong team dynamic and sense of brotherhood among the athletes is uncanny. Despite their individual performances, the guys show full of support for one another, and this mutual encouragement is a driving force in the team’s overall success. “A big ingredient to our success is our shared experiences. The guys take a lot of strengths from each other,” Howell said. “As a group, they are able to accomplish some things that might not be able to as an individual and that camaraderie is a big part for us.” Mentality is also a contributing factor as, under Howell’s invaluable instruction, the men dive into each competition not focused purely on winning. Instead strive for improvement in preparation for competing at the highest levels at nationals. However, qualifying for nationals is the essential next step, and many swimmers will be competing at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, Thursday through Saturday, getting one step closer to achieving the wellsought-after NCAA championship title.
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McDowell Reflects on Emory Coaching Career By Allison Gelman Staff Writer
Freshman forward Safiya Dzotsi dribbles down the court against Mary Baldwin College (Va.) Sunday.
Women Continue Winning Streak By Stephen Mattes Staff Writer
The Emory women’s basketball team hosted the Mary Baldwin College (Va.) Fighting Squirrels Sunday, Nov. 27, and the Eagles dominated, winning 89-43. Continuing their excellent start to the season, Emory maintains their perfect record at 5-0. The Eagles came out scorching hot against Mary Baldwin scoring 25 unanswered points to start the game. By the end of the first quarter Emory outscored Mary Baldwin 31-4. Sophomore guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod led the team in
scoring in the first quarter with eight points. Significant contributions also came from freshman forward Erin Lindahl and sophomore center Ashley Oldshue who scored seven and six points, respectively. Emory also played lock-down defense in the first quarter. Active defense on the perimeter prevented Mary Baldwin from getting the ball into the paint and forced contested shots from the floor. By accumulating a large lead early, Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty was excited to give her younger players an opportunity to get ample playing time. “I think our young players got a lot of experience. I think a couple of them
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Men Reach for First NCAA Championship By Prosper Fields Staff Writer
As a NCAA Division-III school, Emory does its best to remain competitive. This is effectively seen through Emory’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, which each hold 18 University Athletic Association (UAA) team titles under their belt. Most recently, the team defeated reigning Division-II champions Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) for their first dual meet victory of the season. However, while the women’s team holds seven consecutive NCAA championship titles, with a potential eighth in their reach this year, the men’s team’s first NCAA championship in history is definitely on their radar. “We have a team that’s still working on getting better but the talent is there,” Head Coach Jon Howell said. “They’re working hard, staying motivated and moving in the right direction so we definitely have a shot.” The fact that the men have not yet won a championship by no means discredits their athletic capabilities. For the past 13 seasons, Emory’s men’s swimming and diving team placed in the top three at the NCAAs. So why is this the year they believe the victory is theirs for the taking? The answer lies
within various factors, the cumulation of which may lead the Emory men into the waiting arms of an NCAA championship title. First, already swimming at high levels with still so much room to improve, the new freshmen have proved valuable additions to the team. Among the fresh talent is freshman Sage Ono, who placed first in the 200 backstroke at both the Queens and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (Ga.) meets, as well as in the 400 medley relay at Queens. Also very promising is freshman Trevor Burke, whose dive performance at the Sewanee Invitational advanced him straight to the national championships. And while the season brings in the new, it isn’t out with old for the Eagles. Much of the team’s success is tailored to the unadulterated athleticism of Emory’s returning swimmers. Even before the official 2016-17 season commenced, collegeswimming.com selected six Emory returners for their preseason all-American list. The honors went to seniors Christian Baker, Mitchell Cooper and Andrew Wilson and juniors Thomas Gordon, Oliver Smith and Cooper Tollen. Wilson’s return to the Emory pool itself aug-
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learned that there is another gear they have to go into,” Thomaskutty explained. Emory continued to outplay Mary Baldwin in the second quarter outscoring the Fighting Squirrels 25-12. Senior guard Shellie Kaniut came alive in the second putting up eight points. The Mary Baldwin defense was unable to stop Kaniut’s swift moves with the basketball. She was consistently able to slice through the defense to convert on easy shots in the paint. The Eagles slowed down in the second half as the final two quarters were
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The Emory volleyball team’s 2016 season came to a close Thursday, Nov. 17, when the Eagles fell to Calvin College (Mich.) in the NCAA D-III Tournament Quarterfinals. With a career record of 686-151, Head Coach Jenny McDowell has been an outstanding leader within Emory. The Wheel spoke with McDowell for a final reflection on this season, discussing her background, proud moments, Rise-n-Dine and volleyball. The Emory Wheel: Where did you grow up, and when did you start playing volleyball? Jenny McDowell: I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., in a really small town outside the city. I started playing volleyball in eighth grade. Basketball was really my primary sport, but I fell in love with volleyball, so eighth grade was when I really made that switch. [...] I couldn’t dribble very well [and] I couldn’t shoot very well, so I thought I didn’t have a great career here, so better try something different. And that’s when I fell in love with volleyball. EW: When did you decide you wanted to get into coaching? JM: I played volleyball at the University of Georgia and I went on to get my master’s degree. The only way I could afford to get my master’s was to be a graduate assistant volleyball coach. So I said, “OK, I would put in my time and then go into the business world.” When I started coaching as a GA [graduate assistant], I just fell in love with [coaching volleyball]. I
was given an opportunity by the head coach of Georgia … I said I’d [coach for] a couple years, and now it’s been 27 years total. I was a marketing major, so I thought I would go into corporate America or some sort of sports marketing or administration, but I ended up going into coaching. I love being around the athletes and being part of their lives. EW: What brought you to Emory? JM: I was on my seventh year of coaching at Georgia, and I decided that I really wanted to go and coach at a great academic school. When the job at Emory opened up in 1996, I applied for it, and supposedly there wasn’t any way they were going to hire me. I was the cheap interview down the street. Rumor had it I had no chance of getting the job. [But the job] was offered to me the night of my interview. I didn’t even ask them what they were going to pay me — that’s how much I wanted the job. I got a call back 15 minutes later ask[ing] if I wanted to know how much I would be paid. I was so excited about the job I forgot to ask what they were going to pay me or if there were going to be benefits and that sort of stuff. EW: What’s your greatest achievement in volleyball? JM: I think going to the NCAA tournament 21 straight years in a row to me exemplifies how many great athletes we’ve had over 21 years. That’s the hardest part of coaching a program: having success over a long period of time. Every team is going to have a down
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Senior guard Jonathen Terry (Left) pulls up for a 3 point shot. Junior guard Whit Rapp (R ight) drives to the rim. Emory lost to LaGrange College (Ga.) 84-95 Friday.
Eagles Split Weekend Invitational By Kevin Kilgour Staff Writer
The Eagles competed in their second road invitational this past weekend, losing their first game Friday to LaGrange College (Ga.) 84-95 before a better showing Sunday in a 71-62 win over Maryville College (Tenn.). The two games, played at Oglethorpe University (Ga.), brought the Eagles’ record to 3-2 on the season. After a strong performance in North Carolina last weekend, hopes were high that the Eagles would con-
tinue winning. However, the LaGrange Panthers had their own say in the matter, streaking their way to 95 points and holding off the Eagles’ attack to snag the win. A significant portion of the Panthers’ offense came from the duo of sophomore forward Elijah Adedoyin and senior guard Justyn Olson, who combined for 41 points. Adedoyin was lethal from behind the arc, hitting six threes in the game, five coming in the first half. Olson’s game was quiet yet effective, his stat line highlighted by a perfect
9-9 performance at the charity stripe. “We prepared well in practice with personnel and the scouting report, but when it came to the game, we weren’t locked in,” junior forward Christopher Avant said. Head Coach Jason Zimmerman agreed with Avant’s analysis of the team’s performance, citing the players’ failure to produce in the game against LaGrange College. “We missed some assignments and our execution of details wasn’t very
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Published on Nov 30, 2016