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After Four-Year Absence, Chi Phi Returns to Emory By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor Students wearing shirts donning Chi Phi Greek letters might become a common sight in the upcoming months, as the fraternity has returned to campus after a four-year hiatus. The fraternity will participate in freshman recruitment next semester. Chi Phi nationals held interest meetings on campus this semester, selecting 12 “founding fathers” for the colony, which is a “designation for a start-up fraternity,” according to Sahil Patel, a member of the Gamma Trust Foundation and an Emory Chi Phi alumnus (’00B) who has been working with the University since last year on Chi Phi’s return. The fraternity will likely regain its charter in the next three or four semesters, but in the interim, it is working on recruiting upperclassmen before freshman rush next semester, said Panos Kanellakopoulos, College junior and newly appointed Chi Phi president. The fraternity now consists of 26 upperclassmen after three separate recruitment efforts, Patel said. “We’re in the beginning stages of kind of setting a foundation in terms of what we want next semester’s rush to look like, but also what we want the fraternity to look like in five, 10, 20 years down the line,” Kanellakopoulos said. The national Chi Phi organization revoked the Emory chapter’s charter in 2009 for alleged recruitment violations and a history of alcohol infractions. Chi Phi nationals asked the University at that time to permit the fraternity to return to Emory in 2011 or 2012. Officials from the national organization attempted to verify Chi Phi’s return in October 2011, giving presentations at Interfraternity Council (IFC) General Body meetings regarding how Chi Phi’s return would benefit Emory. The IFC General Body, however, voted last fall to reject Chi Phi’s return, which one General Body member attributed to the competition surrounding fraternity housing each year. The IFC General body did approve Chi Phi’s return this spring, though, after members from nationals consulted with the current and former IFC presidents and Dean of Students Bridget Riordan about “what the
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CHI PHI AT EMORY January 2009 Chi Phi sanctioned for alleged recruitment violations.
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October 2011 Interfraternity Council (IFC) votes down Chi Phi’s return.
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March 2012 IFC approves Chi Phi’s return after additional discussions.
they’re reading files and know more about the schools and are making better decisions.” Another significant change in the current applicant selection process involves committee discussions about applications and the way admission officers assess the quality of applicants. “We’re not evaluating applications, we’re evaluating applicants,” Latting said. Officers hope that the new process will focus more on the person than the paper. Admissions officers will engage in discussions about applicants, rather than individually reviewing and exchanging files, according to Latting. Instead of focusing solely on SAT scores or transcripts from high school, Latting says that admission officers will be looking for signs that applicants will thrive in the future and contribute to the community. “We’re also spending more time
A team of Georgia researchers will establish the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) after the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded the team a five-year contract of up to $19.4 million. The MaHPIC team, which includes researchers from Emory University, the University of Georgia (UGA), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will study how malaria parasites interact with human and animal hosts.
In response to the recent department changes, the 57th Legislature of the College Council (CC) is in the process of forming a Student Advisory Committee that will meet monthly with Dean of the College Robin Forman in order to provide him with student input on future decisions. The committee, announced in a Nov. 20 College-wide email, will also help relay information about any decisions to the entire student body and offer students an avenue through which to express any general concerns they might have. Forman said his utmost priority for the committee is to establish an ongoing relationship between administrators and students, especially in light of the criticism about Forman’s announcement of the recent department cuts in a Sept. 14 Universitywide email. “We share a common set of goals for the institution,” Forman said. “And the more we can find ways of working together, the better it is for everyone.” CC President and College senior Amitav Chakraborty said he hopes that by increasing the transparency of Forman’s decision-making process, the committee will lead to greater respect of administrators among students. CC will select eight to 10 students, two of whom will be CC members, from a pool of applicants to make up the committee, according to Chakraborty. While Chakraborty could have appointed solely CC members to the committee, he said he opened the application process to all College students because he preferred to include students who are involved in campus
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Fall 2012 Chi Phi returns to Emory as colony, begins recruitment. issues were and the best way to engage” with the IFC General Body and giving additional presentations to members of IFC, Patel said in a March 26 Wheel article. Chi Phi, which is one of Emory’s oldest fraternities, owns the house on Eagle Row currently occupied by Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity under the Phoenix Plan, which provides fraternities with long-term housing through signed agreements. However, IFC President and Goizueta Business School senior Victor Rudo wrote in an email that he does not believe Chi Phi will seek to occupy the house next fall. Patel agreed, noting, “We’re not going to have enough guys to fill the house, and it wouldn’t be financially responsible for us to live in it.” Regardless, since the vote this past spring, IFC and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) worked closely with Chi Phi alumni and the fraternity’s national headquarters to “formulate a clear plan for their return,” Rudo wrote. This plan includes Chi Phi’s plans to recruit new members, the timing of these efforts — since upperclassman rush takes place in the fall and freshman recruitment in the spring — and “establishing a vision for the new chapter.” Megan Janasiewicz, the OSFL director, was not available for comment by press time. In recruiting the Emory chapter’s founding fathers, the national orga-
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o Strings Attached performed at Student Programming Council’s (SPC) free concert yesterday. Dartmouth’s all-female a cappella group “The Subtleties” also performed at the concert on the DUC Terraces. SPC provided hot chocolate and pastries from the Highland Bakery.
Admissions Officers Shift Emory, Others Focus From Paper to Person To Launch By Rachel Duboff Staff Writer The Office of Admission is reforming the way it reaches out to prospective students and reviews applications. Structural changes in the recruitment and selection process under the leadership of Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and Dean of Admission John Latting will aim to make admission objectives more effective. The restructuring process first involved moving Emory to a regional structure. Admissions officers are now assigned to a region in the country to visit high schools in the area. The goal is for officers to be a point of contact for prospective students in their respective areas, according to Latting. “It’s a good way to develop better links with counselors and schools all over the country,” Latting said. “In terms of the expertise of our staff,
New Malaria Center By Harmeet Kaur Staff Writer
Wold Named Top Georgia Professor By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor It’s midnight in June in the hot countryside of southern Georgia on an uneven, isolated, gnat-filled field. Since sundown, 90 students and faculty have been here with a set-up of tents, vans and tables, as migrant farm workers enter their make-shift clinic. For two weeks every year, this team provides health care services to 800 to 1,000 migrant farm workers as part of the Farmworker Family Health Program. And standing as overseer of this 20-year-old project is one woman in Emory scrubs, rain boots and a fanny pack: clinical professor at the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing Judith Wold. This two-week interdisciplinary, immersion experience, she said, is what led to her recent award — the 2012 Georgia Professor of the Year Award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). On Nov. 15, along with 30 other professors from different states, Wold received her award in Washington D.C. For her nomination, Dean of the
Judith Wold, professor at the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing, received the award at Washington, D.C. Nursing School Linda McCauley, students, faculty and Wold herself sent in letters of recommendation. The award “is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education,” according to the website. Wold has more than 30 years of teaching, the title of former Director (Dean) of the School of Nursing at Georgia State University (GSU) and former distinguished scholar in residence in the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility. She holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State University and a Masters in Family and Community Health Nursing from Emory. Under her leadership, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty journeyed to Cuba with Medical Education in Cooperation
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with Cuba (MEDICC) to study its health-care delivery system. She also worked in the country of Georgia for many years with the American International Health Alliance helping to improve nursing education and was principal investigator on a Human Resources for Health PEPFAR grant in Zimbabwe. Now, after arriving at Emory as a clinical professor in 2009, she is the interim associate dean for educational innovation at the NHWSN, teaches undergraduate nursing students about public health nursing, serves on the Human Rights Committee in the American Public Health Association and directs the Farmworker Family Health Program. And that program is what Wold can talk about for hours. She brought the project to Emory when she was a visiting scholar of the school while she was still working at GSU. The recent award, she said, was built around this program. This endeavor has cared for 13,000 migrant workers — many of which, Wold said, would not have any other form of health care. “My passion is public health, basically, and keeping people healthy
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Stationed in front of Falafel King, the nearly-finished Emory Village Park marks progress in The Alliance to Improve Emory Village’s $2.1 million Roundabout and Streetscape Construction project.
Park Opens After Fundraising Campaign By Arianna Skibell Executive Editor The Alliance to Improve Emory Village (AIEV) is well on its way to finishing progress on the Emory Village Park. Located in front of Falafel King, the park is one aspect of AIEV’s $2.1 million Roundabout and Streetscape Construction project.
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The last addition to the park will be a circular bench that will circumscribe the center tree, according to AIEV chair Todd Hill. To mark the park’s near completion, the AIEV held a dedication ceremony on Nov. 8. More than 200 supporters came out to celebrate. The creation of the park, designed by Hill, is the latest endeavor of the
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AIEV’s 12-year-long effort. Other aspects of the project to enhance Emory Village include creating the roundabout to ease traffic flow, planting more than 40 trees in the area and creating sidewalks to accommodate walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. The road to completion of the
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • The United Nations granted Palestine non-member state status, an action that Israel and the U.S. argued would make peace more difficult. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called the recognition an attempt at peace and blamed Israel for “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza. Palestine will not be a UN member, but it may now be able to sue Israel in the International Court of Justice. • House Speaker John Boehner rejected the Obama administration’s $4 trillion plan to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. Republicans described the proposal as outrageous and insisted it will slow discussions on how to deal with the inevitable “fiscal cliff.” At the end of the year, Bush-era tax rates will expire and the first of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years will begin, threatening to send the U.S. economy back into a recession.
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the suspects. The incident came to the attention of the media when one of Saints players tweeted about it. • Serbian villagers believe the legendary vampire Sava Savanovic is on the loose because an old water mill recently rotted and collapsed. The vampire allegedly lived in an old wooden mill and drank the blood of millers. Villagers believe the recent collapse of the mill indicates Savanovic is looking for a new home. Sales of garlic greatly increased after the local council issued a public health warning about the vampire.
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may be responsible for the missing mail. The incident is currently under investigation.
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• On Nov. 21, a female student contacted Emory Police regarding a laptop missing from her Clifton Tower apartment between the hours of 12:15 a.m. and 3 a.m. The laptop was a MacBook Pro valued at $3000. The incident is currently being investigated. • The post office manager at the Dobbs University Center (DUC) contacted Emory police regarding complaints he had received from parents of Emory students sometime between April 1 and 29. Parents explained to the manager that their kids were not receiving gift cards sent to the post office. The post office manager identified an employee that
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• Airline workers are suspected to be the culprits of the egging of a New Orleans Saints team bus at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson plans to take disciplinary action when he meets with
This Week In Emory History
• On Nov. 19, unknown persons removed a large inflatable coffee cup display from Asbury Circle between the hours of 4:27 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The food group that owned the inflatable contacted Emory Police following the disappearance. The inflatable is valued at $1800. • On Nov. 20 at 1:00 a.m., Emory police officers smelled an odor of burning marijuana coming from the outdoor auditorium beside the Woodruff Health Sciences Administration building. Six Emory students and one non-Emory student
were caught smoking the marijuana. The subjects claimed they had just found it lying around and decided to smoke it. The marijuana was confiscated, and the incident was turned over to student conduct. • On Nov. 21 at 2:23 a.m., four white male students allegedly attempted to pull up a road sign. The subjects also allegedly kicked objects in front of the Student Activity and Academic Center. Officers arrived and identified three of the four students. The incident was sent to Campus Life for investigation.
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Administrators decided that despite a parking crunch, freshmen would still be allowed to bring cars to campus for the spring semester. The new plan called for freshmen to park in the Michael Street Parking Deck and, if necessary, in the Peavine deck. The previous parking policy allowed freshmen to park anywhere on campus between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and on weekends and University holidays. During the business day, students were required to park in a parking deck or on neighborhood streets.
EVENTS AT EMORY FRIDAY
Event: Emory University Food Drive Time: 12 p.m. Location: Harland Cinema
Event: University Worship with Fr. T. J. Meehan Time: 11 a.m. Location: Cannon Chapel
Event: Safe Space Friday Film Series: In the Eye of the AIDS Storm: The Saga of Dr. Jesse Peel Time: 12 p.m. Location: Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life, 232 Dobbs University Center Event: Quilt on the Quad Time: 3 p.m. Location: Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center 3rd floor Event: Global Innovation Awards Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Goizueta Business School, Room W525
Event: Emory Chamber Ensembles Time: 4 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
MONDAY Event: Emory Chamber Ensembles Time: 5 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall Event: Tibetan Medicine and Modern Science Time: 6 p.m. Location: Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room Event: Digital Image Presentation by ARTstor Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Research Commons, Woodruff Library Level 3
Event: The Stickiness Of Race: Fanon, Masochism, and Atemporality Time: 4:15 p.m. Location: White Hall 206 Event: Bate-papo Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Starbucks at Barnes & Noble, Emory Bookstore Event: Athletics—Women’s Basketball Time: 6 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Queer Interfaith Discussion Group Time: 7 p.m. Location: 421 Glenn Memorial Church School Building Event: Carlos Reads Book Club Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum, Board Room
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Ga. Researchers to Establish Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center
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Continued from Page 1 park was impeded when much of the park’s budget was used by DeKalb County, who partnered with AIEV in this project, to deal with unexpected problems with road construction in Emory Village, Hill explained. “Our budget was [decreasing],” he said. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, which to me is the park ... Let’s get this thing built.” To combat their dwindling budget, AIEV began looking for other sources of income to support the park’s construction. They started a fundraising campaign, which included coupon books, letter writing to those is in the surrounding community and gatherings hosted at various friends’ houses in which a presentation was given about the park. Attendees were asked to donate. Hill explained the latter two avenues brought in the most revenue. The University also donated to the cause, Hill said. According to AIEV’s September 2012 Financial Report, a total of 144 donations were received that amounted to approximately $61,000. Hill said the final count was $70,000. Those who donated more than $500 will have their names appear on a plaque in the park. The plaque will be an aluminum cast, Hill explained, so there will be no new additions after it is made. Many additions to the park were donated by locals who wish to support AIEV’s commitment to Emory Village. Ted Kelly, owner of Architectural Fountains and Pools, donated the fountain, which sits in the middle of the park and is named the Mary Kelly Fountain in honor of his wife and mother, both of whom are named Mary. Designed and donated by Charles Calhoun, the 2,000-pound sculpture directly behind the fountain was created from an old Emory trolley unearthed during construction of N. Oxford Road. The original plan for the park did not include this sculpture, but after it was discovered, Hill decided to find some way to display it. “We [had] to do something with this to recognize the history that was here,” he said. “That’s where [the rails] have been for decades, but now [they’re] in a slightly different spot.” The fountain was built for sustainability in addition to aesthetic reasons, according to the AIEV’s website. Plants in the park, as well as other areas of the Village landscape, will be irrigated by the fountain water, which is recirculated from a nearby well. Not only will the revitalization of Emory Village, including the park, allow the community to benefit, it will also provide a safer environment for students, Hill said. Apart from the established pedestrian crosswalks around the roundabout, the Village is now well lit. According to the AIEV website, the basics of the Village revitalization plan include conserving the existing historical structures, rejuvenating the water systems and green areas around the Village, offering affordable housing in the Village, increasing traffic and parking efficiency and creating a welcoming sidewalk shopping location. All road construction will cease with the completion of Zoe’s Kitchen, located across from the bookstore. In lieu of this, AIEV is starting to consider other ways to enliven the space, according to Hill. Before the construction began, most establishments held First Thursday events. On the first Thursday of each month, restaurants would stay open later and offer special deals. Hill said the AIEV is considering bringing back the event. Hill expressed the desire for student feedback regarding First Thursdays and the possible establishment of new Village events. Winner of the PEDS Golden Show Award for the Emory Village roundabout and “road diet” project, the AIEV is a nonprofit community organization run by volunteers from the Atlanta community.
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edge about how malaria progresses and how immunity to the disease To do this, the group is using sys- develops. tems biology — a new approach to She said this information could biological research that studies inter- also be used to develop diagnostic actions between biological systems. tools for understanding malaria as Mary Galinski, a professor at well as malaria drugs and vaccines. the Emory School of Medicine and “By learning a lot about disease, the principal investigator for the we hope to have a better understandMaHPIC, described the project as ing about what might be a possible highly comprehensive as it integrates target or even a diagnostic for underdata and research collected over sev- standing the disease better,” Galinski eral years. said. “The work that we do could “[The project] is going to bring become the foundation for future testin unprecedented amounts of data, ing of drugs and vaccines.” which is extraordinary,” Galinksi Galinski stressed the project’s said. “We have to bring in tools to importance for the community that make sense of this data and to get this is committed to malaria research and data out in the future.” treatment at large. Since the project incorporates a “This Georgia team is not only wide variety of information, each gathering unprecedented amounts of school’s team of researchers brings a data but also becoming an essential unique approach to the table. focus around the world for people Emory’s research accessing the data team has extento further their sive experience in own experiments fields like malaria “By learning a lot about to develop potential research, biological disease, we hope to have cures for malaria,” systems, primate a better understanding she said. immunology and The institutions about what might be pathogenesis — involved in MaHPIC a possible target or which refers to how are unique in that diseases are caused. they are the only even a diagnostic for The team from recipients of a conunderstanding the UGA is well versed tract under this NIH disease better.” in pathogen bioinprogram request. formatics and large Kissinger attribdatabase systems. — Mary Galinski, uted this to Georgia’s The Georgia Tech principal investigator for the many facilities and researchers will MaHPIC research centers provide knowledge dedicated to studyof mathematical ing malaria, such as modeling and systems biology, and Yerkes, the CDC and the Emory the CDC will provide support in pro- Vaccine Center. teomics and malaria research. “It’s really quite an accomplishJessica Kissinger, a professor of ment for the state of Georgia that we genetics at UGA and a co-principal have institutions with this expertise investigator for MaHPIC, said UGA’s all in one place,” Kissinger said. role in the project was primarily data The contract will be adminisintegration. She also said that the tered by the Yerkes National Primate team from UGA has expertise in Research Center of Emory University. gathering vast amounts of data on the Other Emory faculty involved in pathogen that causes malaria, which MaHPIC include: Albert Moreno, will greatly contribute to the project. assistant professor of medicine; “Without a doubt, we’re generat- Esmeralda Meyer, assistant profesing data on a level that’s never been sor at Yerkes; Dean Jones, professor seen before,” Kissinger said. “We of medicine; Sarah Pruett, research will learn so much about the biology associate at Yerkes; Chris Ibegbu, of the interactions between the hosts assistant professor at the Emory and parasites.” Vaccine Center; and Tracey Lamb, Galinski said the study conducted assistant professor of pediatrics. — Contact Harmeet Kaur at by the MaHPIC team may provide email@example.com the scientific community with knowl-
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n Emory’s AIDS Memorial Quilt — the largest collegiate display of the quilt in the world — each quilt panel reveals one story of an AIDS victim. Hillel at Emory hosted a display of the quilt on Nov. 30 with a cappella performances, speakers about research efforts and survivor stories for World AIDS Day.
Controversial Dept. Changes Prompt Committee Formation Continued from Page 1 life in various ways. Chakraborty and Forman both agreed that they would like to see diversity. They both said they want students of all years, academic interests and backgrounds on the committee in order to represent a diverse set of views about Emory. Acknowledging the complexity of the recent department changes, Chakraborty said he feels the students on the committee need to be able to embrace decisions that are equally as complicated. “I want student committee members to be able to put in that kind of thought, to say, ‘This isn’t a good or bad issue. This isn’t a black or white issue. This is an issue with a lot of facets that will inevitably affect a lot of people,’” he said. Forman expressed similar sentiments, noting that he felt committee members should be “willing to approach issues with ambition, an open mind and a broad view of what’s possible.” The idea for the committee arose
when Chakraborty met with Forman following the recent department changes, according to Chakraborty. At the meeting, according to Chakraborty, they both agreed that there is a need for some kind of transparent mechanism that could
“I want the student committee members to be able to put in that kind of thought to say, ‘This isn’t a good or bad issue, this isn’t a black or white issue...’” — Amitav Chakraborty, CC president and College senior
facilitate communication between students and the decision-makers of the University. “If student input came in before any final decisions were made
Dean John Latting Leads Change In Emory’s Applicant Selection expanded roles. In the course of reshaping the thinking about the class as a whole Office of Admission, Latting’s operrather than just individual people that ating budget has not surpassed that comprise the College,” Latting said. of his predecessors. Latting attributes Latting’s plan to make reforms in this to a cessation in outsourcing the Office of Admission is not his jobs to companies and consulting first contribution since arrriving at firms. Instead, those with necessary University at the end of last year. skills are now employed full-time This past spring he discovered by Emory. that the University had been misMany of them are focused on reporting admission social media and data to U.S. News web developand World Report, ment and hope to “The most important a national publicahelp the University changes will be each tion used widely for communicate and its annual college class coming in [with] market itself better rankings. students who are more to prospective stuThe finding dents who cannot engaged. The faculty prompted an immenecessarily visit the are more excited about campus. diate University review. As a result of teaching them ...” Latting said that these changes, there is an indirect Latting expects to — John Latting, see larger applicant connection between dean of admissions pools in conjunction the data-reporting incident and the with lower admisshift to holistic sion rates. review in admissions that he is now However, these are not the sole advocating for. changes Latting is excited to see take While some of these changes in place. the Office of Admission were already “The most important changes will addressed, there is now a departure be each class coming in [with] stufrom the previous philosophy that the dents who are more engaged,” Latting numbers are the most important ele- said. “The faculty are more excited ment in an application. about teaching them because of what Latting has sought to change people can do in the classroom and the selection process through the their investment in them, the level of restructuring and allocation of exist- activity and the energy of the campus ing resources within the Office of is going up and diversity and respect Admission. among students is increasing. Those Refiguring the budget has con- are the sorts of changes I care most sisted of eliminating some positions about.” — Contact Rachel Duboff at and reducing the office size while firstname.lastname@example.org also hiring new employees to fill
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[regarding the department changes], maybe it would have been a different result slightly,” Chakraborty said. “At the very least it would have been a more informed result.” Following their discussion, Chakraborty worked with other CC legislators to figure out the details of the committee and sent out the applications to students in a Collegewide email. In addition to meeting regularly with Chakraborty, Forman currently meets at least once a week with Student Government Association President and College senior Ashish Gandhi. Meanwhile, Forman said that student views do already play a significant role in his decision-making process. “Much of what I do is designed to improve the student experience,” he said. “So the more information I have about student views, the better.” All applications for the committee are due to Chakraborty by 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
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Chi Phi Fraternity to Participate in Spring Freshman Rush Continued from Page 1 nization and Chi Phi alumni hired a consultant Tom Healy of the organization CampusPeak — an organization that provides educational speakers and workshops, according to its website — who is also a nationally recognized recruitment specialist. The group of students that Healy and the other parties involved selected then elected their first officers, including a chapter president and vice president, according to Rudo. “It seemed like an entrepreneurial experience,” Kanellakopoulos said. “It seemed like a way for high-quality guys to get together and form an organization that they feel lives up to the highest possible standards. We’re starting something from scratch, something that will be big and great.” Recruitment and planning for rush and events next semester are currently the main priorities of the colony, he noted, adding that members are focusing on the short-term as well as
“building a foundation” to ensure Chi Phi’s success in the long term. “We’ve been recruiting upperclassmen to hit the ground running and get everything going,” Kanellakopoulos said.
“It seemed like an entrepreneurial experience. It seemed like a way for highquality guys to get together...” — Panos Kanellakopoulos, Chi Phi president and College junior Chi Phi now also has representation at weekly IFC General Body meetings. Kanellakopoulos added that Chi Phi is undergoing “rolling recruit-
ment,” where the fraternity consistently looks for new members who they feel would fit the “visions, goals and attitudes of Chi Phi.” In addition, colony members have been meeting consistently with members of the national headquarters and alumni. Allen Shih (’00B), a Chi Phi alumnus, said alumni have also played a role in fundraising and with planning events for next semester for Chi Phi brothers. “There’s a lot of stuff in terms of personal development that we’re putting together,” Shih said, which includes a career and résumé workshop for the spring. As Chi Phi members, alumni and national organization officials continue their efforts to rebuild Chi Phi on Emory’s campus, Kanellakopoulos said he looks forward to beginning freshman recruitment this spring. “We’re looking for guys,” he said. “We’re back, and we’re ready to roll.” — Contact Jordan Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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tudents of all majors connected with Emory alumni at Asian Student Association’s (ASA) Follow Your Heart Networking Event. Alumni included a music professional, Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology, legal counsel and ophthalmologist.
Student Debt Up 15% Since 2007, Pew Report Finds Migrant Farmworker Program Leads to Wold’s Award By Meghan Zernick Badger Herald, U. Wisconsin A recent report from the Pew Research Center shows a 15 percent increase in student debt since 2007, leaving one in five families in the U.S. with student debt. According to the report, 40 percent of households with members younger than 35 owe debt. A statement from left-leaning advocacy group One Wisconsin Now said the national student debt bill is at $1 trillion. In a statement, Executive Director of the Institute for One Wisconsin Scot Ross said the damaging effects of student debt affect everyone in the nation. “The trillion dollar student loan debt is not just a crisis for students,” Ross said in the statement. “It is literally standing between college graduates and their share of the American dream and a more robust economic recovery both nationally and, as shown by our research, in Wisconsin.” Analiese Eicher, government relations director for United Council of U. Wisconsin Students, said tuition
has increased in Wisconsin since the 1980s. Eicher said along with this has come a decrease in financial aid, forcing a majority of students to turn to loans. According to Eicher, 71 percent of undergrads turned to student loans in 2010-2011 school year. This is a 50 percent increase from a decade ago, Eicher said. “Because of this, students are graduating, on average, with $27,000 in debts,” Eicher said. “Twenty-five years ago, it was just $7,000.” Eicher said by far, the increase in tuition is the biggest cause of student debt. Part of that is the increase in technology and labor costs, Eicher said. But still, general financial support for education has gone down, according to Eicher. Another problem is wages have not increased with the cost of school, Eicher said. It used to be a student could work just one job and pay his or her tuition, but now even three summer jobs often do not provide enough, she added. While Eicher said financial reasons play a part in an individual’s deciding whether or not to go to school, she said she feels ultimately
students will make the decision to go because most jobs today require a degree. “Students will do whatever they have to do to get the degree,” Eicher said. “That’s why we are seeing so many loans, and so much debt.” Eicher said high student debt also causes new graduates to not be able to buy new cars or houses right out of school. Students that have recently graduated cannot invest in the auto industry or the home industry, which could be a contributing factor in these hurting industries, Eicher said. U. Wisconsin System spokesperson David Giroux said it is important to look at student debt in terms of graduates and undergraduates. He added saying the average student graduate is $27,000 in debt is a misstatement. “It is not that all students graduate with an average of $27,000 in debt,” Giroux said. “It is that of the students who graduate with debt, their average debt is $27,000. And many of the students who have higher amounts of debt are students that went somewhere other than a four-year public university.”
Continued from Page 1 because we really can’t afford to have all these sick people. We need to keep people healthy ... The [U.S.] is such a wealthy country. We really shouldn’t have as many vulnerable populations as we do.” The program collects a variety of students: pharmacy students from the University of Georgia, physical therapy and psychology students from GSU, dental care students from Clayton State University and Darton College, 16 Emory undergraduate junior nursing students and 25 Emory nurse practitioners. Before the team relocates to a Hampton Inn in Moultrie — a rural, southern Georgian county — Wold teaches a compressed, threeweek community health course to the undergraduate students who are accepted after an application process. Then, for the next two weeks, the group’s days start at 8 a.m. with health care and education in schools of migrant workers’ children. For lunch, the group receives food from nearby churches and by evening, they caravan their way to different farms in nearby counties to set up their clinic. Many nights, they stay on the job past midnight. According to Wold, many students return from the experience and describe it as “life-changing” because they didn’t know the conditions of these working environments before this exposure. The workers work isolated from urban areas for long hours in excruciating heat for very little money. They suffer an “inordinate burden of disease” and have very little access to
care, Wold said. “One of the [students] said, ‘I hoped to come away with a little experience, but I came away with the world,’” Wold said. “I think that kind of sums it up. It’s a wonderful program.” According to Wold, the work is exhausting for the volunteers but Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Ann Connor said that the work that Wold does behind-thescenes is worth much praise as well. As “second-in-charge” of the project, Connor sees Wold working diligently — from communicating with partners and fundraising to organizing the “goodie bags” for the workers and ordering the drugs for the clinic’s pharmacy. Connor said Wold’s “cando spirit” is what gets her through all the meticulous details of running the project. Wold credits her persistence and focus for her hard work but, more than that, her ambitious drive stems from the vulnerable people she is helping, people who don’t have a voice in our world. “Knowing that it is helping a population that is so very poor and [that] provides food for our table keeps me going,” Wold said. “That’s all the motivation you need.” Laura Layne, Director of Health Services at the Good Samaritan Health Center, was one of Wold’s undergraduate nursing students and plans the program with Wold every year. She said the people around Wold call her “jefa,” meaning boss-lady in Spanish. “[Wold] may never know how she positively influences so many peo-
ple,” Layne wrote in an email. “[The migrant farm workers] are simply grateful for the presence of professionals who care for them.” Despite Wold’s age she has never stopped working — and working with a “soul connection,” Connor said. “She could have stopped a long time,” Connor said. “But her heart and soul is in it. It is great for me to see her as someone who is older than I am and still so invested in caring for people ... Like a dog with a bone, you know, she will not let go off this farmworker thing.” Connor said she has often seen Wold brought to tears as she tells the stories of the migrant workers she has met. “Sometimes, I think, when you have done something for a long time, you build up some callousness,” Connor said. “But it’s not unusual for her to really be emotionally touched by the lives of the folks.” McCauley said she saw how Wold was “very much the fabric of the school” when she came to Emory three years ago. For McCauley, she was happy to find a colleague focused on a topic that was close to her heart as well. The most amazing aspect of Wold’s leadership, she said, is the motivation that Wold spreads to her students. “The students wanting to go down in that horrible, hot environment and work for two weeks is phenomenal,” McCauley said. “When you can transform students like that, that’s a gift. That’s why she deserved the award.” — Contact Karishma Mehrotra at email@example.com
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Alliance Makes Needed Improvements to Emory Village Recently the Alliance to Improve Emory Village (AIEV) finished construction on a small park in the Emory Village. The park consists of a trolley-track sculpture, fountain and benches. Relying solely on donations, the AIEV has spent 12 years trying to better the Village but due to the economic slump were unable to enact many changes. We believe that the park is an important step to the improvement of the Emory Village and differs from the usual restaurant additions. Not only is the park an aesthetically appealing addition to the Village, but also it creates a unifying feel that incorporates positive sustainability efforts and even Emory’s history. The sculpture is made of old trolley-tracks that were found while the park was being built, and the fountain’s water circulation is through a well near Emory and is used to sustain the plants surrounding the park. We suggest adding a plaque to the sculpture describing its origin so that the community can be aware of the sculpture’s historical significance. Todd Hill, the chair of AIEV, said in an interview with the Wheel that the alliance is interested in student feedback concerning ways to continue improving the Village. The AIEV is currently considering bringing back the old tradition of First Thursdays, in which shops in the village would stay open later and offer special deals for Emory students. We feel that forming an advising committee for students on campus to give input would be a sufficient response to AIEV’s needs. Also in line with student participation, the AIEV could partner with the Environmental Studies department so interested students could take part in the park’s sustainability and up-keep of the park. We also suggest that the AIEV add a comment section on its website to encourage Emory students and other members of the community to offer suggestions.
New Committee Has Potential Emory’s College Council is accepting applications for a student-run advisory committee that will meet regularly with College Dean Robin Forman once a month. CC will be accepting eight to 10 students for the committee and is looking for a diverse group of students from different cultural and academic backgrounds. Two of the committee’s members will be from College Council. The purpose of the committee is to increase transparency and dialogue between the administration and the student body. We at the Wheel applaud College Council’s proactive step in improving studentadministration relations, especially after the controversial department changes that were enacted in mid-September. We strongly suggest that the students chosen take steps to understand how the University, College and administration functions so that their discussions and suggestions are as thoughtful as possible. Furthermore, we hope that the Council properly filters applications so that students who are chosen positively represent the entirety of the student body as closely as possible. In that effort, we believe that the Council should accept more than eight to 10 students. Perhaps 15 students would come closer to representing the student body, but choosing less than a dozen is most certainly too limited. We also recognize that too many students on the committee could be unproductive. Once the committee is formed, it is important that the founding members be proactive in establishing a solid organizational structure. We hope that members plan to meet outside of their single meeting with Forman to talk among themselves before presenting plans and suggestions. Ultimately, the effectiveness of this committee will depend on the degree to which Forman is forthcoming with students and, conversely, the degree to which students actively engage Forman. Considering this is the first time such a committee has existed, we look forward to seeing this committee’s development in the coming months and its contribution to the Emory community. The above staff editorials represent the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.
Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The GW Hatchet The George Washington University Wednesday, November 29, 2012 In its staff editorial, “A Smart Move for the Business School,” the editorial board of the GW Hatchet defend the business school’s requirement that all business students minor in a liberal arts subject. Many students come to GW because they are interested in very specific areas of study. They apply to the School of Media and Public Affairs or the GW School of Business because they want to be a journalist or they have a passion for entrepreneurship. For many, the furthest thing from their minds are the liberal arts courses offered in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. That’s one of the reasons why the business school’s proposal to require all of its students to minor in a liberal arts subject has been criti-
cized. But business students shouldn’t think of this potential policy change as a detriment or a setback on the path to receiving a degree, but rather an opportunity to enhance their prospects after graduation. [...] For budding journalists, it’s not sufficient to just to be able to know how to write well. All journalists, and any professional for that matter, would benefit from an expertise in their field as well as a wide breadth of knowledge. The idea to have students specialize in a topic outside their major, making them more well-rounded and marketable to employers, is not new. At Boston University, all communications students are required to concentrate in a liberal arts subject. In the long run, a minor in the liberal arts would benefit the critics of the new requirement.
Students, Faculty: Walk Out It’s time for a walk out. On December 4th, do not sit in class. Come to the quad at noon. If you are teaching a class, bring your class. Atlanta media will be there. Department heads and dozens of graduate students and their classes will be there. We will have music, board games and punch and pie to enjoy until our demands are met. Emory University, like any corporation, needs public relations. A successful walkout will make Forman and Wagner look bad. It will create the pressure necessary to reverse the cuts, and it will make a national AAUP censure that much more likely. A walkout is necessary because Wagner and Forman do not consider themselves answerable even to department heads, much less students. ‘Dialogue’ for them means telling the Emory Community what is going to happen and us accepting it. They do not care about your opinion, whether you are a freshman undergraduate or the Chair of the ILA, which is why they did not ask you about their decision before they made it. They expect you to sit idly by while they disembowel our university. Wagner said the cuts are in the spirit of the civil rights movement because he claims in the civil rights movement people did not question their leaders. His arguments are so absurd his wager is that you just won’t be paying attention. The walk out will call his bluff. Wagner’s response to the SRC letter is only meaningless noise. To take but one example: he doesn’t think we should worry about eliminating the profoundly diverse education department because ‘diversity should not be dependent on one department.’ This is a bit like murdering the only doctor on a desert
island because “we should not be dependent on one person for medical knowledge.” The reality is the Education department is our best connection to Atlanta schools and our best hope of retaining minority and female graduate students.
A walkout is necessary because the cuts will make Emory a worse school. Wagner’s philosophy for the cuts is “cut inferior, boost superior.” But what is superior? Wagner won’t tell. Diversity, critical thinking and a pattern of improvement are considered superior by many, but not by Wagner. I don’t think even he knows what he means by superior. Journalism is too job-focused, but Economics doesn’t place enough jobs. It’s about interdisciplinarity, but the exceptionally interdisciplinary ILA must be removed. It’s about publications, but the Spanish and Portuguese departments impressive publication history doesn’t save them. It’s about the cutting edge, but the must-cite education department scholars don’t cut it. It’s about what students want, but dozens of visual arts majors are turned away. It’s about the budget, except when Forman says it’s not. All these contradictions are not a coincidence. The real, unstated reason for the cuts is undeniably university rankings. The ironic part is Forman and Wagner’s strategy will fail to improve our rankings. US
News and World Report is a fickle mistress – there is no guarantee they will like Twitter and China more than art, languages, economics and diversity. Wagner and Forman have submitted no data and no evidence that would support the prediction of a rankings boost. The choice to narrow a University away from the liberal arts and towards science and technology is ambiguous for rankings – it works for some colleges (extremely prestigious and specialized tech schools) and not at all for others. A walkout is necessary, in the final analysis, because the cuts will make Emory a much worse school. I understand science is hard. That is why a diverse and critically engaged campus is necessary to cross-pollinate the scientists. China studies are indeed important; they could also be totally funded by downsizing the excessive landscaping budget. Or we could dip into the unexpected $102 million our endowment made last month, almost twenty times the value of the cuts. It’s not unreasonable to imagine the loss of alumni dollars will approach the total value of the cuts (6.5 million), as several alumni from affected departments have already threatened to withhold over $100,000. Many students who would have majored in an affected department will transfer or not enroll. The perception that Emory is going downhill is palpable almost no matter whom you talk to. As a student who benefits from the academic environment of Emory, you have a responsibility to defend it. Tell your friends. Tell your professors. Do not skip the walk out. David Mullins is a member of the Student Re-visioning Committee.
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ADITYA MEHTA Corruption has always been a contentious issue in India, but it has never as pronounced as it has been in the last two years because new corruption allegations against high-level figures have been reported almost every week. While one would assume that these allegations potentially damage the reputations and careers of the individuals in question, they have equally serious ramifications for news channels that report them because politicians are responding through legal channels. A prime example of such an incident involved a Hindi channel called Aaj Tak, which accused India’s foreign minister, Salman Khurshid of swindling money meant for the disabled from a charity run by his wife, Louise Khurshid. The Khurshids sued
the channel for $185,000. Deepak Sharma, the head of investigative reporting at Aaj Tak, defended the story claiming that it was important to run the story because taxpayer money was involved and Louise Khurshid was given a month to respond to the allegation before the channel aired the story. Developments such as the one above have compelled news organizations to reconsider airing panel discussions in which activists unleash criticism relentlessly against politicians. This is a worrying sign because it might set a precedent in which news organizations withhold the truth from the public, thereby conveying that those who want to indulge in nefarious activities can get away unnoticed because news organizations are afraid of a backlash in the form of defamation suits. The increasing number of defamation suits
has redefined defamation and questioned the boundaries of free speech because news channels would only report those matters that are unlikely to increase their troubles. On the flip side, however, these developments could and should inspire news organizations to verify every claim before reporting, thereby ensuring that no individual could sue them for defamation. News organizations are getting more powerful in India and it is important that they use that leverage by reporting the truth to the best of their abilities without fearing legal threats because their ultimate obligation is to the Indian public who deserve to know the whole truth about the country. Aditya Mehta is a College sophomore from Mumbai, India joint majoring in SociologyReligion and minoring in Global Health, Cultures and Society.
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Message to Democrats: You Also Need A Face Lift BEN LEINER In the words of the famous comedian/ filmmaker, Mel Brooks, “It’s good to be ‘da king.” After the elections this November, the Democratic Party would agree. After reelecting a president with 7.9% employment, expanding their slim advantage in the Senate and cutting into their deficit in the House, the Democrats woke up the morning of November 7 feeling pretty good about themselves. Political pundits are raving about how today’s GOP doesn’t appeal to the modern electorate—Rahm Emanuel’s op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post went so far as to claim the American people reelected President Obama and the Democrats, “because of [their] ideas.” Hardly. The President got reelected for the same reasons he got elected in 2008, the first among them being strong enthusiasm from minorities and young voters. However, while in 2008, this enthusiasm came from a message of “hope and change” and a hatred of Bush-era policies, in 2012, voter energy could be traced only to a revulsion of Romney and a GOP that alienated anyone who was not a white male this November (see my op-ed from November 19, “The ‘Fiscally Conservative, Socially Indifferent’ Vote”). The Democrats also managed to hold power by sticking with the status quo, big tent mentality of, “make everyone happy and protect what we’ve got.” The President articulated this sentiment by saying some version of “We’ve done so much together—we can’t turn back now.” The President’s negative ads successfully painted the Romney/Ryan ticket as wanting to take away precious entitlements, while remaining vague on actual solutions. The Democrats need to face the reality that America’s biggest problems must be tackled now. The GOP isn’t going to be in the doldrums forever, and, despite its issues, it has a sense of urgency about America’s economic problems that Democrats haven’t captured yet. While many Democrats are sitting on their
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hands, congressional Republicans are genuinely worried about the “fiscal cliff,” which is estimated to have already lost 1 million jobs and promises to lose millions more if Congress and the President decide to take the dive. It’s almost as if the Democrats are blind to the fact that if the economy double dips into another recession on the President’s watch, they are going to suffer a beating that will make 2010 look tame. In order to convince the American people that they are serious about tackling the nation’s economic shortcomings, the Democrats need
Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Against Hamas AMI FIELDS-MEYER Consider a hypothetical situation. About a year ago, someone took a hammer to my kitchen window, leaving shattered glass strewn about the floor. My family and I aren’t of retaliatory blood, so we swept up, replaced the panel, and put the incident behind us. A few days later, we awoke to another mess. Our front lawn had been dug up, spilling dirt into the driveway and leaving the carcasses of daisies to shrivel in the sun. Again, we cleaned up quietly and went about our lives. But it wasn’t long before my family couldn’t keep up with the damage. We awoke each day to a new sordid surprise: paint scraped off of the side of our house; rain seeping through where roof panels had once sat; sewage pipes uprooted; damage with such consistency and such severity that the very foundation of our house began to rot away. Each time, we swept up the mess. Each time, we kept quiet. You’re wondering: You allowed all this? You didn’t take legal action? You didn’t seek out the people who’d been carrying out an unprovoked assault on your home? It sounds, to you, absurd. Because it is absurd. None of this happened to my family, nor to my home. My telling is diluted. In reality, the narrative was much worse. Instead of a hammer, it was a rocket. Instead of a shovel, it was a rocket. Instead of a scraping tool, or an axe, or a jackhammer, it was a barrage of rockets. And instead of my family’s home, it was the schools and streets, playgrounds and homes of Israel’s southern region. For anyone to live in constant fear that they may die by rocket fire seems a way of life unbefitting of the civilized. It’s now been more than a week since Operation Pillar of Defense ended. We’ve had time to reflect. The regional conflict remains hazy and oft times complex – even impenetrable. But one thing is clear: Last week, Israel rightly defended itself against those who sought to bring its citizens into that shadow of constant fear. Israel is not without profound, sometimes devastating flaws. It is a society whose legal statutes often pull from the norms of biblical antiquity; one which is deeply and continually invested in an occupation of the West Bank that poses threats to its own democratic principles and to its Jewish underpinnings; one with a system of government that proves inefficient time and again. Because the Israeli government’s constituency extends far beyond the borders of the Jewish state, it has already begun to face criticism on these issues. The era of a subservient global Jewish community has passed. These issues are difficult and important. But the action that Israel took last week doesn’t fall under that umbrella of flaw. The sobering truth is that Israel’s use of force was
warranted. Consider a concise sequence of events – a far cry, I hope, from the convolution of the news cycle: Yielding to international pressure, Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in 2005. The withdrawal granted Palestinians living in Gaza full power to assemble (by whatever means) its own governing body, its own internal legal systems, its own investments. A few months later, the people – whether by coercion or by choice – elected Hamas, who vowed to bring years of prosperity to Gaza. Hamas is a terrorist organization. In its founding charter, it calls for the destruction of the Jewish people in the Jewish state. Not a century ago, someone carried out a similar vision – a memory seared vividly into the collective psyche of the Jewish people. By absolutely no means is the Holocaust the basis for Jewish self-determination, but by all means is it a reason to shudder and recoil at Hamas’ words. Since its ascent, Hamas has opted away from substantial investments in infrastructure or medicine. It hasn’t moved toward opening a robust competitive market. Instead, it has prioritized weaponry supplied in large part by its allies in the Iranian regime. Those weapons are katyusha and qassam rockets. Hamas launches them from schools, mosques, and hospitals. The rockets land in Sderot, Ashdod, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi – Israeli towns where Israeli kids play on playgrounds and rush to shelter when their afternoons are pierced by warning sirens. It’s easy to fall victim to certain western conceptions that compel us to view Hamas as a political opponent or ideological dissenter of Israel’s. But Hamas is not a righteous army of freedom fighters. Its militants are not “activists.��� They are terrorists. Hamas does not protect its citizens. It plants fear in the hearts of both Israelis and Palestinians and dispatches the cursed and capable hands of death upon them. Had my family taken action against simply the first act of aggression (the mere broken window) we would have been justified beyond doubt. Israel has seen an average of three rockets per day over the last 11 years; more than 22 thousand pieces of burning metal crashing into small towns over the last year alone. Can you imagine even one rocket landing in your neighborhood – even one time? I mourn for the infant whose only crime was serving involuntarily as a terrorist’s shield. I thirst for a partner for peace who will cease to cloak itself in smoke and bullets. I pray that combatants in Gaza and in Israel will lay down their arms and labor for their own safety, their neighbors’ safety. But we aren’t there yet. Last week, Israel carried out its obligation to unshackle Israelis from the chains of existential fear. In a heap of shattered glass, a hammer is not a valid partner for peace. Ami Fields-Meyer is College freshman from Los Angeles, California
Hamas is not a righteous army of freedom fighters, but are militant terrorists.
to be willing to scale back social services and entitlements as well as programs supported more ardently by Republicans, such as defense. Cutting funding for the safety net does not mean that welfare and healthcare services have to decline—conversely, by scaling back programs and making them more efficient, the government will be better able to serve the poor and the needy while taking a chunk out of the deficit. Arguing that cuts actually benefit those receiving government benefits is a tough
sell—the Romney/Ryan campaign argued, with some impact, that President Obama’s $617 million cut to Medicare meant he wanted to defund the program. With elections occurring every two years, policies needing longer than two years to take effect and American voters being extremely impatient, politicians and the electorate have come to equate less money with less effectiveness. However, it is imperative that Democrats take on this challenge, as labeling entitlements “untouchable” is not economically or
politically sustainable. In the short term, Democrats will inevitably lose some of their base and votes among minority groups, considering that the reality of more effective programs will take longer to register than the monetary defunding of entitlements. These losses, however, will be partially or entirely offset by moderate voters who will respond positively to the lower tax levels required to fund these programs. And, in the long run, as the programs become more effective, the Democratic base will return to the party that undertook reform and improved services to the poor and needy. Thus, cutting entitlements and making them better will both broaden Democrats’ appeal to moderate voters while also holding onto minorities and the liberal base in the long term. However, the Democrats have continued to demonstrate their lack of vision for fixing the nation’s most pressing issues and improving social services for America’s poor and needy. POLITICO reported on Tuesday that Senate Majority Whip, and member of the “Gang of Six,” Dick Durbin (D-IL) has backed away from previous comments demanding entitlement reform, and articulated the Democratic position that avoiding the fiscal cliff should come before addressing antiquated social programs. Furthermore, President Obama has remained silent on entitlement reform. How can the Democrats justify overpaying for broken social programs, in the middle of the biggest recession since the 1930s, other than as buying votes? Contrary to Romney’s view of America, recipients of government assistance are not freeloaders. But, shouldn’t the government have an obligation not only to provide a safety net, but also to make it the most efficient, helpful system possible? The Democrats have a chance to answer this question in the affirmative while also taking a necessary step towards cutting our deficit and appealing to moderates and fiscal conservatives. Will they answer the call? Ben Leiner is a college Junior from Baltimore, Maryland.
The Right Must ‘Come Out’
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CHARLES WOODLIEF Oct. 11 marked the 24th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, part of a longstanding awareness campaign for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The event advocates a message of live-andlet-live tolerance, seeking to shrink the gulf between the LGBT and heterosexual communities. Coming Out Day represents a major advance for the LGBT cause, but it also stands for something much greater. For the world at large, the day symbolizes a rising tide of equality and tolerance, essentially the attitude that it’s okay if people aren’t all the same. While NCOD enjoys an increasingly enthusiastic response each year, one group remains perplexingly closeted — the intellectual right. Coming Out Day reflects currents that run far deeper than the LGBT cause alone. Sexual tolerance may be the holiday’s central focus, but not its final concern. NCOD ultimately amounts to a single talking point in a much broader dialogue. Its highest objective is the humanitarian objective: that all people be able to express themselves openly and completely. Hence comes the coinage “in the closet,” an expression for those yet to fully reveal themselves to the public. In this respect, the conservative intelligentsia stands very much in the closet; that is to say, they have a secret to tell. The Republican Party comprises a highly improbable alliance. They synthesize their platform from the social values of traditionalist religious groups and the fiscal leanings of free-market libertarians. To function as an effective unit, they have to marshal these two camps behind a single banner. Consequently, each group sees first to the promotion of its own aims then adopts its ally’s policies only after the fact. This relationship forces anyone on board with just one of these agendas into an awkward position. For right-wing intellectualism, a philosophy interested in fiscal policy, the operational mantra has to be “economic conservatism first, social orthodoxy later.” Thinkers who never enlisted to defend the social right are then forced to align with
them as an act of political survival. Without the social right, conservatism seems unviable, but with them, it is painfully muzzled. The right-wing intellectual’s secret is just that then — he never signed up to fight a war on women, the LGBT community or the stem cell industry. He is, in fact, a closeted social progressive. Consider an excerpt from a recent column by intellectual titan and friend of the Republican Party George Will. “A significant date in the nation’s civil rights progress involved an African American baseball player named Robinson, but not Jackie. The date was Oct. 3, 1974, when Frank Robinson, one the greatest players in history, was hired by the Cleveland Indians as the major leagues’ first black manager. But an even more important milestone of progress occurred June 19, 1977, when the Indians fired him. That was color-blind equality.” Obviously, Will had other reasons for writing, but this passage does contain a certain ethical imperative — people’s entitlement to fair treatment should not depend on their race. Are we to believe that an Oxford graduate and son of an epistemologist cannot recognize the logical jump between “should not depend on race” and “should not depend on any uncontrollable characteristic?” Is it really likely that a self-confessed agnostic has any interest in a few vague lines of Leviticus? Will does not agree with the social conservative; he needs him as an ally. To secure his readership, he has to confine his personality to a set of boundaries backed by the Republican Party. Otherwise, he might go the way of the more free-spoken conservative Andrew Sullivan, a man of equal intellectual caliber but far less authority. To avoid ridicule by the same institution that celebrates him, Will remains deferentially silent. In 2011, Will appeared on the television program “The Great American Debate” alongside yet-to-be Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan. The University of Virginia organized the broadcast to probe the question “Is there too much government in my life?” Strangely but likely strategically, Ryan and Will sought to limit the debate to the economy, sidestep-
ping any questions on social policy. When their opponents challenged their position on gay marriage, Will became silent while Ryan dodged, “that’s a different debate about what we believe are the origins of life and things like that.” A different debate? So a gay couple told by their state they can’t marry would have nothing to say about “too much government” in their lives? Like Will, Ryan is a thinker yoked to a party that requires an unthinking social conservatism. Unlike Will, he cannot afford silence because he cannot win elections simply by being inoffensive to his base. He needs voter turnout, and as a Republican, votes only come with the support of both wings of the party. To realize his fiscal vision, Ryan has to feign enthusiasm for the Republican social agenda. In 2005, Ryan gave a speech to the Atlas Society, an organization dedicated to the philosophy of the controversial Ayn Rand. He admitted, “But the reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” His admiration for the Russian novelist betrays him. While Rand’s moral opinion of homosexuality was negative, she insisted on the individual’s right to love freely. Ryan’s political raison d’etre directly contradicts the social values he is alleged to support. For a man so heavily steeped in the heritage of libertarianism, Ryan’s social conservatism seems little more than a cheap show. Will and Ryan represent a problem much larger than a journalist or congressman. They are indicators of a systematic, wholesale denial across the Republican platform — the delusion that anything unites the party’s two arms besides necessity. Consider this then: why not encourage Ryan, Will and all the company of the intellectual right to come clean on their social values? Institute a new Coming Out Day for the ranks of Republicans who no longer wish to sacrifice social justice on the altar of the economy. After all, what is Coming Out Day about if not helping people out of the closet? Charles Woodlief is an Oxford student in the Class of 2016.
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Council Promotes Inter-Religious Dialogue
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ARIES You don’t know you’re beautiful now, but everyone else in the room can see it. This week, be careful about who you flip your hair in front of, because you’ll be sure to get someone overwhelmed.
Taurus You should whip out those applebottom jeans and boots with the fur for this chilly weekend. They will be perfect for getting low on the dance floor.
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As part of an Emory Inter-Religious Council event, students played Capture the Flag with holy powder. The group aims to bring together those of all faiths and meets regularly to facilitate dialogue between those who might not otherwise discuss religious topics with one another. By Elizabeth Howell Multimedia Editor A Baptist, an Episcopalian, three monks and an Atheist travel together in order to celebrate Navratri, a Hindu festival. What may sound like the beginning of a bad joke actually took place on Oct. 19 when Emory’s Interreligious Council (IRC) brought together this seemingly odd mix-
ture of students, all of whom were share a common interest in interfaith dialogue. The Inter-religious Council gathers together again for dinner and discussion on Nov. 26 in the bottom of Cannon Chapel. At this meeting, students had the opportunity to anonymously submit any religious questions that may have been weighing on their minds. One student inquires whether
practicing religion at an academic institution like Emory ever leads students to doubt their faith. The attentive and respectful group listens as a Christian student shares that reading arguments for and against the existence of God in her philosophy class actually strengthened her faith. Shortly after, one Jewish student expresses feelings of doubt, noting that she believes it is not uncommon for Jews to con-
POETRY CONTEST The results of Student Life’s first ever Poetry Contest are in! Your First Place Winner: College sophomore Bennett Ostdiek! I am a dolphin. When people look at me adjectives like Sleek, powerful, majestic Spring unbidden into their mind. You m might go to the aquarium and see me swimming around and around in circles Patrolling my waters, ruling my fiefdom And think to yourself “That guy doesn’t f--k around.” They say I’m the most intelligent of all non-human animals, Self-aware and capable of complex emotion. It’s no big deal, but basically I possess the cognitive abilities of a three-year old. But you know what that means? It means I’m smart enough to know I’m in a cage But not smart enough to get out of it. Since I’m self-aware and capable of complex emotion I like to take advantage of it By looking around at all the other sea creatures And noting how much easier they have it than me. Jealously is a complex emotion, right? Take the goldfish. He has a memory span of only three seconds So every moment is a brand new adventure for him. Not me. I cannot escape my past, no matter how sleek and majestic I am. To quote Tennyson: “I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch… whose margin fades when I move.” And check out those electric eels. You can watch them for hours and they will never move. Not to overuse the Tennyson, but sometimes I just want to shout at them “Come my friends, Tis not too late to seek a newer world. For my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset… until I die.” On the other hand, when it looks like I’m going to die Before I sail beyond the sunset (and let’s be real, that’s most of the time) I think they have the right idea. On those occasions I want nothing more than to go out to the woods for a year Or maybe disappear into Africa. But I know I never will, because I’m a dolphin And dolphins live in shallow seas located on continental shelves. At least according to Wikipedia. Besides, someone has to patrol my waters. You want to know who knows what’s up? It’s the sea otters. The sign above their tank Says that they are the ‘Protectors of the Sea Kelp.’ How awesome a title is that? The Protectors of the Sea Kelp. Man, I could say that all day. And the crazy thing is, they aren’t burdened by their responsibility. They’re too busy frolicking and chasing and wrestling and napping To be bothered by any of it. I can almost hear them quoting Tennyson to themselves: “That which we are we are.” Of course they don’t actually quote Tennyson Seeing as they aren’t self-aware or capable of complex emotion. But I like to imagine them quoting Tennyson anyway. Because when people look at me they think to themselves “That guy doesn’t f--k around.” And when I look at the sea otters, The Protectors of the Sea Kelp, I can’t help but be jealous. I’m sure they have their own s--t too, but as far as I can see All they do is f--k around.
sider themselves “practicing Jewish atheists.” A third student then says that she doesn’t believe she needs to accept every Hindu doctrine to consider herself a Hindu. “These aren’t always the conversations that are the easiest to have,” said Chaplain Intern at the Emory University Office of Religious Life Rachelle Brown. “But they seem to be easier to have here because you’re in a room full of people who are hav-
ing those conversations within themselves and are happy to be able to have that with someone else.” It’s no secret that Emory prides itself on the diversity of its student body, but what is the value of having peers with radically-different world views if discussion only takes place between like-minded students? Emory may be able to publish sta-
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A.J. Goes Home For the Holidays By A.J. Artis Staff Writer Last weekend, I went home for Thanksgiving. My father, master of “dad jokes,” calls Thanksgiving “Black Friday Eve.” “Dad Jokes” are not funny. But, I am thankful I have a father. I had to fly US Airways, which does not fly directly from Atlanta to anywhere. I had a layover in Phoenix. I wonder if “layover” is derived from laying over drunk, considering the amount of alcohol I consumed in the Phoenix airport bar. “Airport drunk” is a different kind of drunk than “fratparty drunk” or “restaurant tipsy.” It makes you want to do things like whisper to children, “this airplane is powered by farts, and if you don’t fart, we’ll crash.” I sat next to a 29-year-old lawyer named Larry. Larry is a public defender in California, but he hates the government. He is so libertarian, he believes that you should be able to do whatever you want, even meth. Even if you have children. He explained that his job is to get these people through the process as fast as possible and then teach them how to “kiss-ass” so they can get their kids back and keep smoking meth. I decided not to go to law school. If you lose your teeth doing meth, you can buy baby food in bulk for you and your baby. Upon arriving home, I greeted the dog, Rocket. He has seizures. He did not have a seizure when he saw me. I was happy for his health, but upset I did not make him happy enough to have a seizure. The following afternoon, my mother took me to breakfast. We went to Holder Family Country
Trying to pop some tags this weekend? Don’t worry, that $20 you have will be just enough to steal my grandpa’s style from a thrift shop.
Cancer Have you been making a special someone feel like they have been locked out of heaven for too long? Just remember that your sex takes them to paradise.
Leo When you go out this weekend, you should make the most of the night (you never know if you are going to die young). Try to find a hand that can show you the wild side.
Virgo We know you are planning to try to get that special someone back this weekend. Unfortunately for you, any efforts made now are just too little too late.
Libra If you are turning 22 this weekend, the stars are aligned for you to dress up like a hipster and make fun of your exes. Everything will stay all right if you keep dancing like you are 22 (because now you actually are).
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Inn down the street from the Apple Headquarters. They do not offer lodging. It is a restaurant that serves typical American food, breakfast all day, and has an early-bird special. Naturally, it is a haven for Cupertino’s senior citizens who enjoy a hearty breakfast and loudly reminisce about the days before all the hustle and bustle, and before the majority of Cupertino’s business signs were written in “Asian.” The good ol’ days are cute until you remember racism. My dad and I got coffee later. His work issued him an iPhone. He was upset because it was user-unfriendly. They once dropped a box of iPads in Ethiopia, leaving them for 7-year-olds who, in three weeks without instruction, turned them on, jail-broke them and turned them into internet hot spots. I turned on notifications for his email. He said, “you liberals, always just give a man a fish. I want you to teach me how to fish.” “Dad,” I said. “Phishing is illegal. I hope you’re not pretending to be a Nigerian prince to pay for Emory.” “No son, corn futures pay for that.” Buy Del Monte products. My older sister wanted me to pick her up from the airport because she had a layover in Las Vegas. She is in charge of a tutoring center that
“Airport drunk” is a different kind of drunk than “fratparty drunk.”
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Does someone have you looking oh so crazy in love? Based on Jupiter’s strange orbit this weekend, all you have to do is call their name two, three times in a row and they will be begging you not to go.
Sagittarius Without a doubt you will be bringing sexy back this weekend. You won’t even have to try.
Capricorn We know you don’t want to be a fool for that special someone you are falling for right now and that they make you feel like you are just another player in their game for two. According to Mars orbit, this week is the perfect time to tell them “bye, bye, bye.”
Aquarius Did your honey catch you redhanded creeping with the girl next door? Just repeat, “It wasn’t me” over and over until they believe you.
Pisces Trapped in the closet this weekend? Uh-oh. Horoscopes by Isabella Fraschilla and Liz Frame
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Student Activities Calendar Friday, November 30 — Thursday, December 6 RELIGIOUS LIFE Hindu Students Association
Emory Arts Club
General Body Meeting and Discussion on Women in Hinduism Friday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. Cannon Chapel
Weekly General Body Meeting Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. Anthropology 303
Arts Lock-In Friday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m. Visual Arts Building
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Alloy Literary Magazine
Party for a Cure Friday, Nov. 30, 10 p.m. Scoreboards
Volunteer Opportunity Saturday, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. Faculty Dining Room
Weekly Meeting: Bible Study Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Candler Library Room 114
Submissions Review Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Candler Library 114
Large Group Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Anthro 303
Weekly General Body Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema
Quilt on the Quad Friday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. Winship Ballroom Join Hillel for performances by Emory a cappella groups, speakers in the Emory and Atlanta community who will discuss AIDS/HIV research efforts and stories from survivors and families of those who have passed away from the disease. Shabbat Dinner Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 services, 7:30 dinner Marcus Hillel Center
Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Callaway C101
Internship Panel Monday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. White Hall 112
Vagina Monologues 2013
Table Francaise Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. French and Italian Department
Economics Student Society
General Body Meeting Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. DUC E334
FREE! Beer and Latkahs Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Whole Foods on Briarcliff
Volunteers needs to help create gifts as well as decorate and make goody bags for preschool children.
Emory’s Got Musical Talent Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. Glenn Memorial Building Concert Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Oxford Road Building Presentation Room
Learn how to land the best internships from senior economics majors who have been through the process. Speakers have interned in Consulting, Banking, Public Relations and more!
Havdallah Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Asbury Circle
Limited spots. RSVP to Lauren Brooks. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Relay for Life
Auditions Friday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Harland Cinema
AHANA A Cappella Winter Concert Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema
Residence Hall Association RHA Candyland Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. DUC Coke Commons
There will be a gingerbread house-making contest for freshmen, and chocolate fondue. This is an opportunity for Dooley’s Bowl Points for freshmen!
Delta Phi Epsilon
DPhiGlee Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 p.m. Famous Pub
Tickets will be sold outside Cox Hall all next week.
DPhiGlee is our annual karaoke night to benefit ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Tickets are $5 ahead of time and $7 at the door.
Fall Semester Show Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Performing Arts Studio on N. Decatur Road
Want to be listed on our calendar?
Email Elizabeth Howell at ehowel5@emory. edu. Include the name of your event, the name of your organization, date and time, location and a one-sentence description of the event.
Council Provides a Variety of Events to Bring People Together Continued from Page 9 tistics indicating the diversity of its students, but how does the university even begin to measure an increase in understanding and respect of other cultures among them? While many students may shy away from controversial, thoughtprovoking conversations about religion, the IRC brings together students of different religious traditions each week to discuss both their similarities and differences. “This is the place to come to have the type [of] conversations that you don’t have at church, in the synagogue, in the temple or even at the family dinner table,” Brown said. The IRC fosters a safe environment that enables students to learn not only about their own religious traditions, but also the traditions of others. “When you feel the pressure of speaking for something that is the biggest part of your life, you think long and hard about what to say,” said College junior and IRC member Jenni Seale, who realized how much she could learn from studying different faiths after attending a Bible Study on the similarities between Christian scriptures and the Qu’ran. The IRC also seeks to form relationships among its members, even though they may disagree on funda-
Sometimes Scrabble Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned Continued from Page 9
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serves Somali, Eritrean and other East African refugees. As it turns out, once the children are removed from war-torn, poverty-stricken, failed states, they will also enjoy Justin Bieber and Facebook. Faced with a few days’ freedom from typical pre-adolescent tragedies not involving loss of limb, she drowned her exhaustion in orange juice and vodka. Airport drunk takes many forms. She wanted to walk up to an obese woman playing airport slots and solicit change from her for a fake nonprofit organization that “gives elocution lessons to the homeless.”
Even people in the nonprofit world can laugh. We played a family game of Scrabble ® because we are boring. It was a delight. Halfway through Scrabble ® I realized my letters were “a,e,i,o,u,i,i.” These are vowels. I needed consonants to make words. I traded in my letters. I picked, “a,e,i,a,a,u,e.” Conveniently, my great-aunt died, and the game was suspended. So this week, I learned there’s no place like the Home On The Range bar in Phoenix International Airport.
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Of all the games to play on an empty field, Capture the Flag is the one best suited to bringing together those of different faiths. mental issues, in order to learn how to live together in peace. College senior Aaron Leven joined the IRC after discovering a passion for interfaith dialogue while talking to his friend on the council College junior Blake Mayes. He said he felt that the closeness of their friendship is truly remarkable because of how different they appear on the surface — Leven is a Jew from California, while Mayes is
a Christian from Tennessee. “Despite our different religious traditions, we see the world in very similar ways,” Leven wrote in an email to the Wheel. “And I identify with his values more than most people I have ever met.” The IRC has also hosted two open meetings this semester, which were open to all Emory students as opposed to exclusively IRC members. Brown said that she felt every
college should have an organization like the IRC on campus because it provides students with a place to have the conversations they need to have. “You’re in this institution of academic learning, you’re already challenging yourself, stretching yourself to think about different things and believe different things,” she said. “Why not with your faith as well?”
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By Chloe Olewitz
onday was a bit of back to reality, back to school following too much turkey and too much family and trips through busy airports managed by our familiar and famously cranky TSA friends. Now we hunker down, buckle up, a few more days, a few more weeks. Countdowns have begun, marking off assignments and marking off the passing hours until we leave yet to return for another dose of hunker down, buckle up, I think I can, I think I can. Hungover from the holiday, many of us went home to the cold of the Northeast and were glad to return to sun and sweaters, leaving behind our layers upon layers and mothers reminding us to bundle up, even now. Convincing myself that my brain is still slow on tryptophan, or maybe it’s the lack of sleep from catching up after a completely school-free vacation, I catch myself getting distracted even as I write this, and this itself is a distraction from what I should be writing. I don’t know, like schoolwork. Like final papers. Oops. In the meantime, while it cools off here, those who went places further and places warmer came back to an Atlanta too cold and too grey, in color and in personality, for what they believe themselves capable of managing for a few more days, a few more weeks. I think it feels like time is running slower, until we look back and time has gone too fast, this last school chunk is daunting until it’s done. So we take baby steps, bird by bird, task by task and coffee run after coffee run after bathroom break. How do you eat an elephant?
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WOMEN’S MEN’S TRACK AND SWIM MING & BASKETBALL BASKETBALL FIELD DIVING
at BirminghamSouthern College 7 p.m Birmingham, Ala.
This one is for the genius who combined bikinis and basketball.
vs. Agnes Scott College 6 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. at Rhodes College 5 p.m Memphis, Tenn.
Miami Invitational All Day Oxford, Ohio
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Panther Indoor Ice Breaker All Day Birmingham, Ala.
Sophomore guard Michael Florin handles the ball. Florin contributed seven points and three steals in the Eagles’ loss to Birmingham-Southern.
Davis Returns from Injury to Drop 19 in Loss
vs. Wheaton College (Ill.) 6 p.m. San Antonio, Texas
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Women Hold Off Late Run By Keeping Up Defensive Pressure Sewannee made a run to cut the lead to 11, but the Emory women came back quickly and finished off the half with an 18-3 run, helped by Dickerson and Morgan’s four straight three-point shots. In the last quarter of the game, Emory kept defensive pressure up high in a 14-2 barrage, followed by a three-point shot scored by freshman guard Khadijah Sayyid. “Since day one, all of the upperclassman have not only been encouraging, but they have also challenged us [freshmen] to take this game to the next level,” said Tsao.
All twelve players who played on Tuesday tacked on points and made solid rebounds. Jackson set a high bar with three steals and five boards. “The big part of this stretch is that starting past Sunday we were going to have six games in 14 days. This will test our perseverance and our ability to keep up and stay on our game,” Thomaskutty said. The Eagles will be back on the court on Friday, Nov. 30 at an away game against Birmingham Southern College (Ala.). — Contact Nicola Braginsky at email@example.com
selves in that position,” he said. “In a close game, it’s important to just keep fighting, regardless the circumstance.” Emory finished with a 45 percent mark from the field compared to BSC’s 53.8 percent, but the real damage was done from beyond the three-point line. The Panthers outshot the Eagles 57.7 percent to 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles finished with a 12 to 21 edge in turnovers but were outrebounded 33-27. Davis, who returned from an injury that sidelined him for two games, led the team with 19 points on 8 for 17 shooting, while Greven and Friedberg both contributed 17 points a piece. “It was nice to have Jake back,” Zimmerman said. “It’s always good
when we have all our weapons.” The trio leading the team in scoring is nothing new for the Eagles— Davis is leading with team with 20 points per game, while Greven’s 16.8 is good for second and Friedberg ranks third with 13.8.
“In a close game, it’s important to just keep fighting, regardless of the circumstance.” — Alex Greven, senior guard
Friedberg led the team with seven rebounds and three blocks. He has posted multiple blocks in every game this season.
Junior guard McPherson Moore rounded out the double-digit scorers with ten points. The loss came in the Eagles’ first home game in over a week. They split two games over Thanksgiving break, the first a close 84-81 loss to LaGrange College and the second a 85-55 blowout of Maryville College (Tenn.). Both games took place at Oglethorpe University. Birmingham Southern was ranked as high as 12th in the nation last week, but the Eagles were not satisfied with playing the Panthers close. “There’s no such thing as a moral victory,” Greven said. The Eagles will take to the road in their next game when they visit Rhodes College on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. — Contact Ryan Smith at ryan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chavkin: Winner of Georgia-Alabama Game Will Play for National Championship Continued from The Back Page the amount of turnovers his team has. Eddie Lacy is a hard runner that will not go down easily and can kick it to another gear at any time. Their defense has always been one of the top aspects of Alabama’s team and this year is no exception, with them holding opponents to under 20 points in every win. Alabama began the year with a convincing against Michigan. They then went into Death Valley and beat
a very good LSU team. The only blemish on their schedule was when Jonny Manziel and his Texas A&M Aggies came into Tuscaloosa and were able to hang on. Georgia, ranked third in the BCS, also finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and reached this game by winning the SEC East. Led by quarterback Aaron Murray, Georgia has the highest quarterback rating in the country, Georgia’s offense has carried the team most of the season. The team has been able to
score over 30 points in nine of their 12 games. Murray leads the passing game, frequently looking to wide receiver Tavarres King. Their ground attack is also very solid behind, with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall splitting carries. The defense has not necessarily been a strength, but it is effective enough to allow their offense to lead the way. The Bulldogs began the season strong but ran into trouble in the
middle of the season, winning games against mediocre SEC teams like Vanderbilt and Kentucky by single digits, then losing to South Carolina by four touchdowns. They do, however, have an impressive win over Florida, which occurred when the Gators were the secondranked team in the country. I expect the game to be very entertaining and very close, but even though I will be rooting for Georgia to pull out the win, in the end, I give the edge to Alabama’s squad.
They just have too much talent on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Nick Saban has been in these games before and will have his team ready to play. Alabama’s defense will force a major turnover in the fourth quarter and win this game 24-14. Alabama will then meet Notre Dame in Miami, attempting to repeat as national champions and continue the SEC’s streak of seven straight championships. — Contact Brian Chavkin at email@example.com
Bennett Knows Best Though followers of Pick ‘Ems are clamoring for the return of BENNNETT “THE BRAINS” OSTDIEK, RYAN “THE RYAN KING” SMITH and JEREMY BENEDIK tied in their showdown last week, necessitating a head-to-head rematch, fought to the death, with the winner receiving a hug from ELIZABETH.
Patel: Look for the Colts, Ravens to Win Sunday Celebrity PICK ‘EMS Ryan vs. Jeremy
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N.O. (+3.5) at Atlanta Seattle (+3.5) at Chicago
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It’s truly amazing how scheduling comes out sometimes. The Steelers and the Ravens were almost tied near the top of the AFC North standings about three weeks ago. Then Big Ben Roethlisberger went down, and the Steelers had to depend on Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch over the last few weeks. In the time that Roethlisberger has been out, the Ravens have had the opportunity to play the Steelers twice. This means that they have just received a huge advantage in their attempt to separate the difference between both teams in the standings. Now there is a chance that Roethlisberger will play for the Steelers on Sunday. And if he does, that could change the whole outlook of the game. But as of now, it is not looking good for him and the Steelers, so I am going to have to pick the Ravens, led by Joe Flacco (who I loathe, if you were unaware). On the fantasy side, look for Jonathan Dwyer, who is the reported running back starter for the Steelers to have a big day. No matter who starts at quarterback for the Steelers, their quarterback play will be shoddy at best. BALTIMORE 20 Pittsburgh 10 New Orleans Saints ATLANTA FALCONS
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Colts rookie quarterback has his squad on the road to the playoffs. Expect to see them beat Detroit Sunday. game on Thursday, but by the time this paper comes out it will be over. But right now, for the record, I am confident that the Saints are going to
Atlanta airport workers were caught throwing eggs at the Saints’ airplane. Bad karma. win. They are riding a hot streak, and playing with a chip on their shoulder. The Falcons are good, but have not been able to beat the Saints in recent memory. The Falcons have played against
the easiest schedule in the league, and have won by seven points or less seven times. And apparently, the Atlanta airport workers were caught throwing eggs at the Saints’ airplane. Bad karma. Also, the Georgia Dome will be hosting the SEC Championship. I foresee only two possible outcomes: The Georgia Bulldogs keep it close all game and pull it out in the end, or the Alabama Crimson Tide dominate from the first minute and look forward to back-to-back National Championships. We have got a lot of football with a lot of big implications this weekend. I’m pumped. To all my readers, be safe and have a great weekend. — Contact Jayson Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacks. (+6) at Buffalo N.E. at Miami (+7.5) Houston at Tenn. (+6) T.B. (+7) at Denver Pitt. (+8) at Baltimore Cleveland at Oak. (+1) Cincinnati at S.D. (+1.5) Philly (+10) at Dallas NYG at Wash. (+2.5)
It took us a while, but the NBA officially had something interesting happen. That is, the first fight of the season finally occurred. Unlike some other sports, basketball does not have a strong tradition of fighting. In football, every play is a battle in and of itself, and let’s not even get started on what occurs in the deep, dark depths of the pile during the struggle for a loose ball. Fighting is such a common occurrence in hockey that the penalties for it are standardized — it is five minutes for an actual fight, but only two minutes for ‘roughing.’ Baseball may be a gentleman’s game, but those guys are willing to throw down when necessary. Benches clear, old third base coaches roll up their sleeves and it goes down. But basketball? If one was to rank all the sports in order of how much fighting would be associated with them, it would fall second to last, right above golf. And it would be all the way at the bottom if it were not for The Player Formerly Known As Ron Artest, that is Metta World Peace. From all of us here at On Fire, a formal thanks to Metta. He has generated so much content for us over the years that we would dedicate one of our awards to him, if we had won any. Metta is that player who walks the fine line between thug and visionary, a tough balancing act (and one your On Fire correspondent could tell you, dear readers, all about). When asked what he would name his hypothetical race horse, Metta responded without hesitation “Ghetto Fabulous.” He once requested a year off from the Detroit Pistons, his former team, in order to write, perform in, and produce a rap album. Last year, he was dunked on. In revenge, he elbowed the offending player in the head, sending him to the ground. And, most famously, he was the star of what your On Fire correspondent likes to refer to as the “Throwdown in MoTown.” In the middle of a huge fight, Artest climbed into the stands to take out his anger on a fan. He was suspended for 70 games. And this brings us to Wednesday, when Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets delivered an exceptionally hard foul to Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo felt obligated to defend his teammate Garnett and delivered a firm shove to Humphries. The players fell into the stands, bringing a number of fellow players with them. Both of the instigating parties were ejected. Humphries is married to Kim Kardashian, but she is in the process of attempting to divorce him. So far, he has not been cooperative. No word on whether or not this fight is impacting the proceedings. We will keep our readers informed. 2. Bikinis
start this week. Andrew Luck and Co. are making moves towards the playoffs, and this week is crucial. Look for Vick Ballard to tear up a porous Detroit Lions rush defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers BALTIMORE RAVENS
Along with all other male (or female) sports fans, your On Fire correspondent has been eagerly following the development of the Bikini Basketball Association. However, the process, which has so far been smooth sailing, just got a little rocky. For those who have been living under a rock and thus have not heard, the BBA (and no, B-School people, this refers to Bikini Basketball Association, not Bachelors of Business Administration) will get underway in, at the exact moment of this typing, in 38 days, six hours, 58 minutes and 19 seconds. Those who are interested in following along in real time can join your On Fire correspondent in keeping up with the countdown at bikinibasketball.com. The league, as of now, includes seven teams made up of “sexy, athletic ladies from around the world” and with names ranging from the borderline risqué Hollywood Hotties to the cibarious (despite not being recognized by Word, Dictionary. com defines this word as “relating to food”) Atlanta Peaches. Having an odd number of teams does not seem ideal, but the league recently lost their eighth team. The Chicago Fire franchise was disbanded amid “sexual misconduct allegations.” Your On Fire correspondent can honestly say that he did not see this one coming. Sexual misconduct in the Bikini Basketball Association — who could have imagined it? Nonetheless, we at On Fire are excited to see what the future holds for the BBA. There is no doubt that it is full of great promise. Only one question remains — why did no one think of this sooner?
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Friday, November , Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (email@example.com)
Women’s Soccer The Eagles, who on Friday will be making their first NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance, was featured on the Fox 5 Atlanta Sports Report on Tuesday. The semifinal match will take place in San Antonio against Wheaton College (Ill.). The team has ripped off four straight wins and is 14-1-7 on the season.
Men’s Basketball Senior forward Michael Friedberg helped the Eagles to a big 2-1 week, scoring double figures in points in each game and leading the team in rebounding in two of the three contests. The Eagles dropped their last match at home, 75-72 to BirminghamSouthern College (Ala.).
Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball squad improved to 5-0 and will try to keep their undefeated season going when they visit Birmingham-Southern College on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Junior midfielder Kelly Costopoulos was named a second team Capital One Academic All-American, and junior defender Lauren Gorodetsky was named to the third team.
Looking Ahead to The Big Game
Eagles’ Comeback Falls Just Short By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor The men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night, falling 75-72 to the Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) Panthers despite a frantic second-half comeback. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-2 on the season. “I’m not really satisfied with our performance,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “We’re better than we played.” It was a tale of two halves for the Eagles who fell behind by double digits just ten minutes into the first half on a three-pointer from Panthers senior guard Kevin Kegarise. Senior guard Alex Greven stressed the need for the team to start faster. “It’s extremely important to start off the game with energy,” he said. “Playing hard for 20 minutes does not win games. We have to play for 40 minutes.” Kegarise’s shot sparked an 11-0 BSC run that pushed the lead to 39-21 with 5:36 left in the half. He led all scorers on the night with 21 points, including 15 in the first half, all off three-pointers. Greven trimmed the lead to 14 with five points in the final minute of the first half coming on a threepointer and a pair of free throws. BSC shot a blistering 60.7 percent in the first half, including 68.8 percent from three-point range. The Eagles shot 40.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes, paced by Greven’s eight points and junior forward Jake Davis’ nine. “We didn’t come up with a lot of 50/50 balls, and early on, they made a lot of big shots that gave them confidence,” Zimmerman said of his team’s first half performance. The Panthers once again extended their lead to 19 points early in the
Sophomore forward Alex Foster drives to the hoops for the Eagles. Foster delivered a block and a steal in the Eagles heartbreaking loss to Biringham Southern Wednesday night, dropping their record to 4-2 on the season. second half, but the Eagles began to chip away with a 6-0 run with a pair of buckets from senior forward Michael Friedberg. With eight minutes left, Friedberg contributed a pair of free throws that cut the Panthers’ lead to single digits. A frantic 11-0 Eagles run fol-
lowed with scoring from five different Emory players. Davis nailed a three-pointer with 6:02 left to make the score 65-63, the closest the Eagles had been since the opening tip. BSC once again countered with a run that pushed the lead back to
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the waning seconds and the Panthers escaped with the win. Despite the comeback, Greven was not satisfied with the Eagles’ play down the stretch. “We never should have put our-
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The ‘Beej’ Knows Best: Week 13 Picks
Brian Chavkin I have always been an opponent of the BCS system. The system never seems to produce two definite teams to play each other in one championship game and favors the teams in the bigger conferences while leaving the smaller conferences behind. The best example of this is 201, when TCU capped off an undefeated season by beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, but because they were excluded from the championship game, they failed to garner consideration for the national title. This year, however, is very different. For the first time in years, the system will actually undisputedly deliver the top two teams in the country to the national championship game on Jan. 7, 2013 in Miami, Fla. Notre Dame, the only remaining undefeated team and unanimous number one in the rankings, has without a doubt secured one of those spots. The other spot will go to the winner of the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia, which takes place this Saturday in the Georgia Dome. Alabama, ranked number two in the BCS, reaches this game after finishing the regular season with an 11-1 record and winning the SEC West. The Tide enter Saturday afternoon as the best all-around team in the country with clear advantages on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They have a balanced offensive attack that begins with their dominant offensive line. A.J. McCarron provides the team with an extremely efficient quarterback, managing the game while at the same time limiting
eight, but Friedberg and Davis cut it to 74-72 with just 42 seconds left. An Emory foul sent Panthers senior guard Blaise White to the free throw line where he sank one of two to push the lead to three. The Eagles took a timeout to draw up a play, but Davis missed three in
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Junior guard Hannah Lilly dribbles for the Eagles. Lilly dropped 36 points as Emory defeated Rust College and Sewanee University this weekend.
Squad Sweeps Sunday Set By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer The Emory women’s basketball team played an impressive two games on Sunday against Rust College (Miss.) and on Tuesday against Sewanee University (Tenn.). Both took place at the Eagles’ home court. No. 16-ranked Emory finished with a 76-49 win over the Rust Bearcats and a 79-47 victory over the Sewanee Tigers. The Rust game really picked up in the second half, and there were a number of contributing players to the Eagles’ success. “There were a lot of fouls on the other team at Sunday’s game. They got really frustrated, while our team showed a lot of class and kept doing what we needed to do. Emphasis and effort made Sunday our most complete game to date,” Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty said. Junior guard Hannah Lilly had 16 points for Emory, leading four double-figure scorers. The Eagles’ strong defensive play was evident in the 21 turnovers that the Bearcats had that resulted in 26 Emory points.
Lilly had just returned from an injury, and she came back strong, putting away four out of seven three-pointers. “There was a sufficient amount of effort from a lot of people. Hannah definitely stepped up coming off the injury and played incredibly strong,” Thomaskutty said. Junior point guard Savannah Morgan contributed 15 points for the Eagles while marking a seasonhigh eight assists with only one turnover over the course of 27 minutes. Seniors Danielle Landry and Misha Jackson, center and forward respectively, rounded out Emory’s scorers with a combined total of 21 points. At halftime the Eagles led 37-29. At the very start of the second half the girls reeled off 13 points, five by Lilly and four by Landry, running the score up to a 50-29 advantage. The closest Rust got for the remainder of the game was 19 points. The girls showed up on Tuesday ready to win all over again. At Tuesday’s game, Lilly continued to bring on the heat, and set the precedent for the rest of the team. “I feel very lucky to have the
opportunity of joining such a talented team. Each practice we aim to be better and our champion mentality is what has propelled us be so successful the past couple of games,” freshman guard Ilene Tsao said. At the end of Tuesday’s game, the Eagles improved their record to 5-0. Emory shot 44.3 percent (31-of-70) on Tuesday. Sewanee committed 31 turnovers, while Emory finished with only 11. Emory held a 51-9 advantage in points off turnovers alone. Lilly made seven of ten shots from the floor. Morgan earned 14 points, sinking four of five shots from threepoint range. Morgan also contributed six assists in 22 minutes of play. “There was a number of great assists last night. I observed very unselfish play by all of our players. They were in the zone and it was great to see them making the extra pass for a better shot for the offense,” Thomaskutty said. Senior guard Katie Dickerson scored 11 points, while Jackson and sophomore center O-Dez Oraedu earned 10 points each.
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And now we enter the stretch run. As I filled up on food this Thanksgiving weekend, I dreaded the tests, quizzes, papers and so on that would be waiting for me back at school. It’s quite nerve-wracking how these two to three weeks can completely impact one’s final grade, even after having 13 or so previous weeks of school. And that’s the point we are getting to this season in the NFL. Prior to last Thursday’s game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, analysts were saying that if the Jets won, they would be in contention to make the playoffs. As we all know, they were embarrassed, and because of that one game analysts are now discussing the draft and potentially blowing up the team. At this point in the season the great teams have already established themselves, but there is a bevy of teams vying for the final spots in the playoffs. We have seen that the cream of the crop tends to rise around this time: the past two champions have been wild cards. So over the next few weeks, look for the teams that enter into the playoffs with a bit of a hot streak to really make a deep run. And with that, let’s make our way to the picks. (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
Seattle Seahawks at CHICAGO BEARS If only he was as valuable to my fantasy team as he is to his regular team. Jay Cutler might not put up the best numbers, but he 100 percent knows how to win. And in his absence, the Bears’ offense was miserable. They also were missing
Johnny Knox and Alshon Jeffery, but what Cutler brings to the table is immeasurable. I believe that they will make it into the playoffs, but will not be able to make it deep. In this league, teams have been able to get away with having subpar defenses as long as their passing offense has been spectacular. As valuable as Cutler is, the Bears’ passing offense is too devoid of weapons for the team to make a deep run. On the other side, Russell Wilson has had a fantastic rookie season. He has kept his mistakes down, and has kept the Seahawks in most of their games. They are currently slated for a playoff spot, and I think that they will make it into the playoffs but also lose early on. However, after a tough loss last week against Miami, I am not confident in their ability to beat the Bears on the road. As always with the Bears, look for Michael Bush to make a difference in the red zone.
CHICAGO 24 Seattle 13
Indianapolis Colts DETROIT LIONS
I love what Andrew Luck brings to the table. I love how the Colts’ offense will shape up during the Andrew Luck era. With some more help on the offensive line and throughout the defense, the Colts will be back to dominating the AFC in no time. Detroit is a very interesting team. On paper, they are a really talented team. Offensively, they are full of weapons. Defensively, they are tenacious. But this season, they have been on the wrong side of shootouts, and have never been able to match up strong offensive and defensive performances on the same week. However, they are not a team to write off in the sense that they are talented enough to play with the best teams in the NFL, and could ruin some playoff aspirations. It won’t
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