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Emory University’s Independent Student Newspaper

The Emory Wheel

Volume 98, Issue 12

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016




SGA Restarts College Emory Reviews ‘Sanctuary Split Bill After Campus’ Petition; Assesses Options Raises Tenure Violation of Standards Constitution By Richard Chess Staff Writer

By Joshua Lee Asst. News Editor The 50th Legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) convened Monday night to restart the voting process for Bill 50sl19 because SGA’s vote in favor of the bill last week violated the SGA Constitution. The proposed bill splits the current SGA into the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). SGA President and College senior Max Zoberman, Speaker of the Legislature and College senior Justin Sia and the bill’s authors decided over the weekend that the voting procedure so far did not comply with the Public Scrutiny and Accountability section of the constitution the day after the Wheel inquired about their compliance with the section. Though SGA’s Constitution requires the Speaker of the Legislature to send a University-wide email with details regarding the discussion of the bill before noon on the day of the discussion, no such email had been sent before last Monday’s meeting when Bill 50sl19 first appeared on the agenda. “We did something, it was not compliant with constitutional procedure,” Zoberman said. “If we want to do this the right way ... we have to back up.” Initially, legislators had voted in favor of the bill at last week’s meeting, planning to vote a second time Monday in order to allow legislators “as much time as possible to touch base with their constituents,” Zoberman said. Zoberman said last week that the

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grams,” the petition read. There is no standard definition of a “sanctuary campus,” but the message of schools such as Wesleyan University (Conn.) and Columbia University (N.Y.) that have declared themselves so is clear: we will protect our undocumented students. The concept arose from that of a “sanctuary city,” such as Chicago, which shelters undocumented immigrants from prosecution despite their lack of legal documentation papers either in practice or by policy. In Georgia, local officials are required by law to prove their compliance with federal detention requests — no city in the state can be designated a sanctuary city, including Atlanta. Nonetheless, Mayor Kasim Reed recently told WABE that Atlanta will “be a welcoming city and … continue all of [its] outreach efforts to foreign-

Tenure and promotion standards for Emory College professors will be raised next year, effective Aug. 1, 2017, according to a Nov. 17 University press release. Under the current standards, assistant professors seeking an associate professor title with tenure must be evaluated by the College Tenure and Promotion Committee in a pre-tenure review and receive one rating of “excellent” in either the research or teaching category as well as a rating of at least “very good” in the other. The new standards require professors to receive “excellent” ratings in both categories. Candidates for promotion must submit statements, recommendations and independent peer evaluations. The materials are reviewed by the College Dean, Tenure and Promotion Committee, University Provost and University President. When the Committee evaluates a candidate’s research, it considers the quality and impact of his or her publications. The teaching component considers the professor’s ability as a scholar in the discipline, according to Emory College’s Principles and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure. If an assistant professor is denied promotion to associate professor, his or her employment contract at Emory will not be renewed. If the position is granted, the professor also receives tenure, which essentially guarantees lifelong employment unless the professor resigns, retires or the University has some “adequate cause” to terminate that appointment. “[The new requirements bring] the College tenure promotion guidelines into closer alignment with the

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SGA Sophomore Representative Ruben Diaz Vasquez (far right) presents to SGA a resolution to endorse the petition requesting for Emory to become a “sanctuary campus.” The resolution passed Monday night. By Zak Hudak and Julia Munslow Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor Emory administrators are “developing a strategy on how to protect undocumented students” in response to a petition signed by more than 1,500 members and 17 organizations of the Emory community requesting that the University become a “sanctuary campus,” Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair said. The petition — sent to Nair, University President Claire E. Sterk and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stuart Zola — came 12 days after Republican Donald J. Trump won the presidential election and amid uncertainty surrounding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Student Government


Association (SGA) endorsed the petition Monday by a vote of 26-2, with one abstention. Issued by President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA is an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old to apply for a two-year renewable immigration status that protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally in the U.S. However, DACA status is not equivalent to citizenship. Trump has said that, if elected, he would terminate the executive order. “The election of Donald Trump presents a clear challenge to Emory’s core commitment to inclusiveness, particularly for undocumented members of our community. … We urgently demand concrete actions by Emory University to protect all students — especially our undocumented students at the College and in graduate pro-


Former American Students Win Marshall Scholarships Studies Professor Dies By Alisha Compton and Michelle Lou Emory Life Editor and Copy Chief

By Muriel Konne Contributing Writer Former Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies Dana F. White died early Thanksgiving morning after sustaining injuries that were consistent with being hit by an automobile the previous day, according to Tim Crimmins, professor of history at Georgia State University (GSU) and longtime friend of White. He was 82 years old. Born in New York City, White earned a B.A. from Fordham University, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D in American Studies from The George

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Washington University. He began his career at Emory in Fall 1970 in a joint appointment with Atlanta University, serving until 1982. White spent nearly 46 years at Emory, where he often taught American Studies classes in urban history. White served as the

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Noam Kantor, 2017 Marshall Scholar and College senior

Emilia Truluck, 2017 Marshall Scholar and College alumna

Two Robert W. Woodruff Scholars, College senior Noam Kantor and College alumna Emilia Truluck (16C), were named 2017 Marshall Scholars. This is the second year that Emory has had two Marshall Scholars in the same year, the first being in 1967. Next year, Kantor and Truluck will attend the University of Oxford, England, where they will pursue master’s degrees in mathematics and in refugee and forced migration, respectively, according to Megan Friddle, director of the National Scholarships and Fellowships Program in the Office for Undergraduate Education. Truluck said she plans to use the second year of her scholarship to pursue an addi-

tional master’s in gender and sexuality studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. “It was pretty hard to believe,” Truluck said. “I’d been unsuccessful [in getting] the Marshall Scholarship] last year, so I kind of went into it this year thinking, ‘OK, if I don’t get it this year, it’s just not meant to be, but I need to give it one more shot.’ ” Kantor shared similar sentiments of surprise when he received the news

and said he looks forward to the academic opportunities that lie ahead in the U.K. Kantor, a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship recipient, is currently pursuing dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at Emory, and will graduate this spring. Truluck, currently on a Fulbright Scholarship in Jordan, double majored in Middle

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