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Emory Among ‘Best Value’ Colleges By Dustin Slade Asst. News Editor Emory University has been named to The Princeton Review’s annual list of “2013 Best Value Colleges,” marking Emory’s fifth appearance on the list in the last six years. The list, which was published in USA Today on Feb. 5 compiles 75 of the best-value private schools and 75 best-value public schools in the U.S. out of 2,000 colleges and universities. The Princeton Review ranks the top 10 schools in each category. The additional schools are added to a list in alphabetical order. Although Emory did not make the top 10, their inclusion in the list speaks highly of the value Emory provides to its students, according to Rob Franek, author of The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges.” “Emory is providing a student experience that is compelling and engaging in the classroom and provides an excellent campus culture for students,” Franek said. Franek added that even though Emory excels in the student experience through its dormitories, student services and world-class facilities, its ability to make tuition affordable to the average family is what truly makes it a best value. “We have a great, longtime narrative with Emory not just because we have been writing about [Emory] for a long time but because our opinion of [the] university is so high,” Franek said. According to Franek, he and a team of data specialists analyzed 30 data points which were broken

THE PRINCETON REVIEW Emory has been named a Best Value College in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 up into three categories: academics, tuition and financial aid. “We didn’t just want to call [the list] 150 cheap colleges,” said Franek. “We wanted to make sure these schools were not only great financial values for students but they were spot-on education values, and students felt engaged in the classroom.” Franek said his analysts wanted to determine how aggressive Emory and other universities are in working to offset the tuition price through distributing financial aid and in what form that aid comes in, whether it be grants, loans or work study. “Emory is a good example of a school that if admitted, the university says we want financial aid not to be an issue for you,” said Franek. “We want to make sure we can meet your need 100%. Not every school is as superlative as Emory in their effort.” According to a Feb. 12 University press release, “Emory is consistently identified as a best value among private universities and colleges — those institutions that are both academically strong and affordable.” Emory was named to The Princeton Review list in 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine recently ranked Emory as the 15th “best value” out of 100 private universities in October 2012.

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ollege junior Clare Mullins laughs with College sophomore Zachary Schuyler, who was dressed up as Relay Cupid at Wonderful Wednesday this week in a Kisses for Change fundraiser for the upcoming Relay for Life. Also outside the Dobbs University Center, a new club named J-Street held their first booth ever.


Four New Trustees Begin Six-Year Term By Dustin Slade Asst. News Editor Emory University’s new Board of Trustees appointees assumed their roles Feb. 8. The two new members and two alumni trustees were elected to become term trustees in November. Adam Rodgers (’92C, ’96MD), a

retina specialist at the New England Eye Center, and William McAilly, a United Methodist Church bishop and a graduate of the Candler School of Theology, began their appointments as term trustees this month. C. Robert Henrikson, former president and CEO of MetLife, Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and Teresa Rivero, a senior program offi-

cer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will end their service as alumni trustees and take on the position of term trustee on the board for another six years. Term trustees are nominated by the Governance, Trusteeship and Nominations Committee. Their proposals are then submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration

and approval. The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church has the final say on the selection of new trustees. The trustees will serve their sixyear term and will become eligible for a four-year term following their

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Student Groups Raise Breast Cancer Awareness By Shivangi Singh Staff Writer

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sian Student Organization held a Black Day dinner general body meeting at Longstreet Means. Black Day is traditionally celebrated by singles in Korea who do not have a valentine. Around 30 people, both singles and couples, came together to enjoy Jjajangmyeon, or Korean black bean noodles.


College Council Funds Cultural Events By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer College Council (CC) convened Wednesday evening to pass nine bills providing funding for events hosted by various religious and cultural student organizations. The Pakistani Students Association (PSA) presented two bills asking to fund events that will advance Pakistani cultural awareness on campus, including a hosted event called the Pakistani Awareness Dinner. The dinner will be held Feb. 25 and will focus on social, political and economic issues that Pakistan cur-

rently faces. CC unanimously voted to pass the bill. CC also voted to fund monthly PSA dinners. PSA holds monthly dinners at Zyka Restaurant to celebrate Pakistani cultural holidays. In late February, PSA will celebrate Youm-e-Kashmir, a holiday that “commemorates the successful defense of Kashmir,” according to the bill. In upcoming months, PSA will celebrate Pakistani Independence Day, the anniversary of the death of an important political figure and Pakistani Labor Day. The Muslim Students Association (MSA) also submitted a bill request-


ing CC to fund an art exhibit that displays Islamic spiritual art at Emory’s Art Gala event. CC unanimously voted to fund materials needed for the group’s exhibition. The Asian Christian Fellowship of Intervarsity presented a bill to fund Veritas Forum 2013, which engages students and faculty in an open forum about the relevance of Jesus Christ in life. Veritas Forum 2013 will be held in Cox Hall Ballroom on Feb. 20 and is open to students of all faiths. CC voted to fund the event. Next, Active Minds at Emory presented a bill for supplemental funding

for Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which will be held from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1. The event’s goal is “to raise awareness about eating disorders through interactive activities,” according to the bill. CC will provide supplemental funding for the event. In addition, with the help of CC funding, Emory Students for Israel will host a Shawarma Shindig on Feb. 27, which will aim to educate students about the Jewish state. The Hong Kong Student Association is hosting a dinner called Hot Pot Night, set to take place on March 1 in the Few Multipurpose

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The Emory Alumni Association, the Student Programming Council (SPC) and Emory Athletics have organized events this month to raise awareness and encourage support for the battle against breast cancer. Among these annual events are a 5K Color Run, cookout and athletic matches, with all proceeds going to Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. These efforts have raised more than $10,000 dollars annually, according to Elijah Ajayi, Emory Athletics events and marketing director. The money is “for a great cause — for Winship. ... They are doing great work with cancer research,” Ajayi said. Though October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association chooses February to raise breast cancer awareness through its “Think Pink” campaign, which takes place during the basketball season. The first event is an inaugural 5K Color Run on Saturday. Check-in for the run is scheduled for before 9:30 a.m., and the run commences at 10 a.m. on McDonough Field. The official Think Pink basketball game, which is free, will take place Sunday, Feb. 17. During this event, the Emory Eagles women’s basketball team will play against Carnegie Mellon University at 2 p.m. Families affected by breast cancer, survivors and researchers will discuss their journeys during halftime. A raffle, in which participants can win an iPad, will occur that day and students can purchase a $20 grab bag filled with goodies. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, Willy’s Mexicana Grill, and Pig N Chik will also donate a percentage of their sales money from between Feb.

11 and Feb. 13 to Winship. According to College sophomore Niyeti Shah, SPC’s special events chair, the events aim to broaden SPC’s focus from only Dooley’s Week and Homecoming. The 5K, SPC’s main event for Feb., has allowed the organization to work with new sponsors and establish a program that is different from the organization’s other events, Shah said. “We’re so excited to see [the run] come together and hope that it can become a new Emory tradition.” Shah said. “We have been working hard to secure vendors, create the course, lock down locations and make sure we have everything ready for our expected 450 runners.” Originally, the organizers expected only 250 to 300 participants, but with the popularity of 5Ks in the United States and with the help of the various organizations publicizing the run, the event grew, Ajayi said. College sophomore Katherine Joseph said she decided to participate in the run — her first 5K — after hearing about it last semester. The cause and the opportunity for Emory to showcase its participation in the Think Pink weekend prompted her to partake, she said. “I think it’s awesome that students are taking it upon themselves to put up projects like this, especially since this is something that is ... new to Emory,” Joseph said. “I think it’s great, and it’s something that should definitely become a regular thing at Emory.” SPC expects to hold the event again next year, according to Ajayi, but may modify the course in order to accommodate all the requests to participate. This year, SPC had to end registration early because the course was already at extreme capacity.

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This Week In Emory History


National, Local and Higher Education News • South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was arrested Thursday, Feb. 14 and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home. Pistorius, a 26-year-old whose legs were amputated below the knee before his first birthday, earned the nickname “Blade Runner” for the carbon-fiber prosthetic blades he ran on at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Steenkamp, 29, was found with four gunshot wounds to the head and upper body and died at the scene. The athlete’s hearing has been postponed to Friday, Feb. 15. • The 4,000 passengers trapped since Sunday, Feb. 10 aboard The Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico hit land in Mobile, Ala. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Since an engineroom fire disrupted the ship’s propulsion system and was quickly extinguished, the ship has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off of the Yucatan Peninsula. Carnival will be providing passengers with free bus rides to Galveston, Texas, or Houston — an approximately seven-hour drive — or New Orleans, a two-hour bus ride, where the company has booked 1,500 hotel rooms.

• President Barack Obama paid a visit to the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center and Decatur Recreation Center to meet some lucky students and deliver a speech on education, respectively, on Thursday, Feb. 14. At College Heights, the president praised early childhood education for its teaching quality and student diversity, promising to recruit 100,000 new, highquality teachers and redesign high schools to improve education in the U.S. • Two high schools in Orlando, Fla. are banning Valentine’s Day gift exchanges between students. Lake Nona High School Principal Margaret Nampon required all balloons, teddy bears and flowers to be left in the office for the duration of the school day and sent deliveries away. She cited distraction from learning as her reasoning for the strict ban. Principal Susan Storch also prevented such gifts from disrupting Cypress Creek High School’s academic environment, triggering anger from some pro-romance parents.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Lydia O’Neal

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• On Feb 8 at 2:15 a.m., Emory police received a report from a cab driver that three female individuals identifying themselves as students did not pay their cab fare. Upon arrival at Harris Hall, the three individuals ran inside the building. The driver attempted to catch up with them but was unable to get in the building due to the housing security system. According to the driver, the three subjects were under the influence of alcohol. The incident has been turned over to an investigator. • On Feb. 4., a faculty member located in the modern languages building contacted Emory police to notify them that both his departmentissued iPad and MacBook laptop

were stolen. According to the faculty member, as he was walking towards his office, an individual exited from the room. Once the faculty member realized what had been taken, he attempted to catch the individual but was unsuccessful. The missing laptop and iPad are valued at $1650. The incident has been turned over to an investigator. • Sometime between Jan. 31 at 6:00 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 8:00 a.m., an Emory University-owned Dell laptop was stolen from the second floor of the Woodruff Memorial building. The computer was located in an area seldom occupied. The computer is valued at $1000. The incident has been turned over to an investigator.

• On Feb. 1 at 3:18 p.m., Emory police received an anonymous report of rape that occurred in the Fall of 2011. Time and location were not reported. • On Feb. 8 at 8:00 a.m., an individual attending a leadership conference left some items in a storage room on the second floor of the Goizueta Business School building. When the individual returned, the pair of shoes was missing. The shoes are valued at $160. The incident has been turned over to an investigator. — Compiled by Asst. News Editor

Dustin Slade

Feb. 17, 1995 The Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase for the 1995-96 school year in February 1995 to raise money for the new budget. The hikes varied between schools, with third-year medical students paying 15.2 percent more and divisions like Applied Health dealing with only a four percent jump. In 1994, Emory’s tuition was the lowest within the UAA, at $17,600, with the exception of Case Western University in Ohio. As for other prominent private schools in the South, Duke University had a tuition rate of $19,070, while Vanderbilt cost $18,149.

EVENTS AT EMORY FRIDAY Event: Second Annual Silk Road Cafe Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Modern Languages building 201 Event: Valentine’s Day Love Songs Time: 12 p.m. Location: Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum

Event: Athletics - Women’s Basketball Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center

Event: Watching Chekhov Watching Time: 7 p.m. Location: Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Event: Watching Chekhov Watching Time: 7 p.m. Location: Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Event: Dooley’s Bar Mitzvah Time: 8:30 – 11 p.m. Location: Cox Ballroom

Event: Athletics - Men’s Basketball Time: 8 – 10 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center

Event: PHS Grand Rounds Presents: Statistical Methods for Determining Biomarkers from Brain Imaging Data: Applications to Parkinson’s Disease and Major Depression Time: 12 – 1 p.m. Location: CNR Auditorium

Event: “The Great Debaters” with Barkley Forum Time: 8 p.m. Location: Harland Cinema

Event: Trial Techniques Workshop Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Location: Emory Law School, Tull Auditorium

Event: 2013 LAWS Annual Conference Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Location: Emory University School of Law, Tull Auditorium

Event: Athletics - Men’s Tennis Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center Event: Book Launch: Strangers on a Train: A Queer Film Classic Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Location: White Hall 110 Event: RHA Tailgate Party Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Location: McDonough Field


Event: Athletics - Softball Time: 10 – 11:45 a.m. Location: Emory Softball Field Event: Athletics - Softball Time: 2 – 3:45 p.m. Location: Emory Softball Field


Event: Watching Chekhov Watching Time: 2 p.m. Location: Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

MONDAY Event: Presenting Data in Public Scholarship Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Location: DUC Room E338

Event: University Worship with The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Cannon Chapel

Event: Tanya Luhrmann: “Listening to God Speak, Sometimes Audibly” Time: 4 – 5 p.m. Location: Anthropology 206

Event: Athletics - Men’s Basketball Time: 12 – 2 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center

Event: Law & Security Colloquium Series: Mary Favret (English, Indiana) Time: 4:15 – 6 p.m. Location: Room G575

Event: Athletics - Softball Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m. Location: Emory Softball Field Event: Athletics - Women’s Basketball Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center Event: Member Opening Time: 2 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum, Reception Hall and Art of the Americas Galleries

Event: Bate-papo (Portuguese conversation hour) Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Starbucks, Emory Bookstore Event: “Inside the Rapper’s Studio: A Conversation with Big K.R.I.T.” Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Harland Cinema



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Trustees Selected According to Career and Emory Connections Continued from Page 1

candidates was a strong connection to service. Emory, whether though the College Term trustees hold 30 to 34 or another Emory school. She added positions on the Board of Trustees that the career backgrounds of canwhile alumni trustees didates are taken hold 9 to 11 posiinto consideration tions. The main difin selecting candi“[The new trustees] ference between the dates as their positwo positions is that tion can assist the represent close alumni trustees are associations with Emory board in normal recommended by the operations. over their careers.” Alumni Association. “[The new Rosemary Magee, trustees] represent the vice president associa—Rosemary Magee, close and secretary of the vice president and secretary of tions with Emory University, explained the University over their careers, how many different and they have factors were considbackground and ered when the board interests that can was searching poshelp support the sible nominees. board,” Magee said. — Contact Dustin Slade at According to Magee, a major bute that the board sought in selecting

CC to Discuss Potential Guns Legislation Continued from Page 1 Room. CC voted to provide about $1,000 for the event out of the $1,300 for which they asked. The upcoming production of the Vagina Monologues — a popular feminist play that advocates for women’s rights — will receive funding from CC of about $2,400 of the $3,500. Finally, CC voted to fund Emory’s co-ed Bhangra group, Karma Bhangra, to attend a dance competition at the University of Georgia called India Night. In upcoming meetings, CC will discuss the Student Government Association’s statement on recent Georgia legislation known as HB-29 that could potentially allow guns on campus. CC representatives will explore ways in which they can edit the statement to better suit CC’s purpose as an elected student body.

—Contact Rupsha Basu at

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tudents stopped their daily schedules to pet puppies on campus. Pawsitive Outreach, an organization focused on volunteering at animal shelters, held its annual Valentine’s Day rose sale with a Puppy Petting Zoo in front of Dobbs University Center. The group sold the red roses for $3 and the other colored roses for $2.


President Barack Obama Calls For Improving the Middle Class By Polo Rocha Badger Herald, U. Wisconsin In his fourth State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama emphasized his top priority remains on improving the middle class. Obama said the economy has turned around since he took office and has begun creating jobs again. But, he said given the high unemployment rate and stagnant wages in the country, his work is not yet over. “It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class,” Obama said. Obama said his administration has worked to reduce college costs by expanding grants, loans and tax credits, and he added it is now colleges’ turn to do so as well. Obama called for Congress to make “affordability and value” part of what the federal government looks for when it gives federal aid to colleges. Tomorrow, he said, his administration will put out a scorecard for colleges so students can evaluate which

ones would give the “most bang for your educational buck.” “Taxpayers can’t keep on subsidizing higher and higher and higher

“President Obama [believes] that the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough or control enough.” —Marco Rubio, Florida senator costs for higher education,” Obama said. “Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure that they do.” While he said reducing the deficit is crucial, Obama said revenues must be part of this effort. He also called for combating climate change, comprehensive immigration reform and raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour.

Additionally, Obama talked about reducing gun violence in the country by requiring background checks and getting “weapons of war … off our streets.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., gave the Republican response to the speech, in which he said Obama’s mission was to grow government further. “President Obama … believes [government] is the cause of our problems, that the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough or control enough,” Rubio said. Rubio, who said he recently finished paying off his student loans, also talked about the need for students to know what they are financially getting into when they start college. He said the fix in higher education is not “just about spending more money,” but also about adapting to modern times. College students are no longer just 18-year-olds; they are now also veterans, single parents and people who have lost their jobs, Rubio said. Because of this, he added, federal aid can no longer “discriminate” against non-traditional students.

“The 21st century workforce should not be forced to accept 20th century education solutions,” Rubio

“When the president mentioned something in the State of the Union, the likelihood is that attention helps him be successful when the public’s already on his side.” — Michael Wagner, U. Wisconsin journalism professor

said. According to Michael Wagner, a U. Wisconsin journalism professor, the State of the Union speech is not one in which presidents convince people of their ideas, but rather one in which they lay out their policy agenda. If the presidents’ positions line

up with public opinion, Wagner said the issues become more “salient” to the public. “When the president mentions something in the State of the Union, the likelihood is that attention helps him be successful when the public’s already on his side,” Wagner said. “Making an issue salient when the people already agree with you can help convince the public to act.” Since poll numbers suggest the public lines up with some of Obama’s positions on immigration and gun violence, Wagner said people might be more motivated to push for those positions. U. Wisconsin College Republicans Chair Jeff Snow said the speech showed a “same old Obama” who does not understand how to create jobs. “Unfortunately under Obama, more students are going back to their parents’ house and not finding jobs in their career fields,” Snow said. Peter Anich, chair of the Young Progressives, a branch of Obama’s Organizing for Action, praised Obama’s proposals to bring down college costs.




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Report Says Pell Grants Safe Until 2015 By Brian Latimer The Daily Free Press, Boston U.

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HANA, an a capella group during class of Valentine’s Day, sang a love song to a “valogram” recipient in a classroom. The group sold “valograms” to students in the Dobbs University Center and offered to sing love songs to their significant others around campus. The choices of songs ranged from “Angel of Mine” to “Stand by Me.”


Can Michelle Rhee Save American Education? By Colin Diersing Harvard Political Review, Harvard Michelle Rhee is a lightning rod. Gwen Samuels, a former Head Start teacher and current education activist in Connecticut, knows what it is like to stand too close. When Samuels partnered with Michelle Rhee in Connecticut, a previously civil debate about education policy quickly turned into all-out warfare. “People I didn’t even know existed started coming after me,” Samuels told the HPR. Unwittingly, she had stumbled into the political minefield that surrounds America’s most beloved and hated education reformer. Rhee first entered the national conversation as the hard-charging Chancellor for D.C. public schools. She was an unconventional choice for the job: 37 years old, KoreanAmerican, and without significant school management experience. However, after being appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty, she quickly established herself as a juggernaut in the national education reform movement. She took on politically difficult fights, firing hundreds of school officials, closing under-enrolled schools, and pushing for a new contract incorporating a controversial merit pay provision. Meanwhile, she forged a national media presence, appearing on covers for Time and Newsweek and giving countless TV interviews. Rhee’s slew of transformative reforms ended when Fenty lost his reelection bid. She resigned the next day, but mere weeks later Rhee announced that she was founding StudentsFirst, an education reform organization. With unprecedented resources and unique media savvy, Rhee is reshaping the landscape of education reform. Students First The expectations surrounding

StudentsFirst’s creation were high. Rhee announced intentions to raise a billion dollars and create a political counterweight to entrenched interests, fundamentally reshaping the landscape of education politics. Asked by the HPR to evaluate its success, Rhee expressed cautious optimism, saying, “We’ve made tremendous progress… we met our original goal of having one million members by our first year… We’ve raised a lot of money, changed a lot of laws, engaged in a lot of races. So, have we made a lot of progress? Yes, 100 percent.” “Have we changed the game for kids?”, Rhee asks rhetorically, answering, “on that front we’ve started to build an organization that is on track to do that.” Many education reformers acknowledge StudentsFirst’s tremendous resources, given Rhee’s unparalleled fundraising capacity. Rhee biographer Richard Whitmire told the HPR, “She can do this because moguls will give her lots of money and it takes lots of money. Who else can do that? I can’t think of anyone.” These resources have the potential to reshape the politics of education reform. StudentsFirst has spent those resources aggressively on advertising, lobbying, and support for endorsed state-legislators. John DeBerry, a Tennessee legislator who was endorsed by StudentsFirst, told the HPR, “They have the resources to support candidates and send people into communities to talk to people.” StudentsFirst has aggressively pushed back against DeBerry’s critics, sending paid canvassers into the district and trying to boost his pro-reform record. The organization’s rapid expansion has not come without growing pains though. One local activist felt the organization’s style hurt long-term reform efforts, and most agree that Rhee’s claim that StudentsFirst is a

grassroots organization is overstated. The Lightning Rod Samuels entered education activism because she wanted to improve her child’s school. She decided that a ‘parent trigger’, which would give parents a mechanism to demand turnaround of an underperforming school, should be introduced in the Connecticut state legislature. Samuels received pushback from teachers unions, but was unfazed until she started working with StudentsFirst. She says, “If I thought the union fight was hard, this was like me going in the ring with Mike Tyson.” The governor backed out of a rally he had previously committed to when Rhee announced she would attend. When the dust settled however, aggressive reform was passed. The case highlights the effect that Rhee often has on a situation. Simply by showing up, she politicizes, nationalizes, and polarizes a situation. Those within the movement, however, insist that this can be beneficial. “She’s the lightning rod, the right flank” said the President of Students for Education Reform; “She changes the polarization.” Whitmire adds that many education reformers feel they have political cover to be more aggressive because “everyone has agreed to hate on Michelle,” and when they do, everyone else has more space to create consensus. Rhee insists this isn’t a role that she intentionally fills. “ If some education reformers say [I’m] good to have around because then all their vitriol can be directed towards [me], and they have more cover to do their work, that’s fine. But that’s not really what I do.” Her role, she says, is just to advocate what’s best for kids. Ultimately, though, even those who have seen the costs of Rhee’s polarization at work acknowledge its effectiveness. “We needed our voices to be heard,” Samuels reflects, and Michelle Rhee brought along a

loudspeaker. “Michelle Rhee is a wimp” Although legislative activism has largely been confined at the state level, StudentsFirst is also setting its sights on reshaping the national politics of education reform. Rhee herself insists that she is a liberal Democrat, but traditionally her style of education reform has been more popular with Republicans. Rhee is confident that this is changing, stating, “When I started in education reform 20 years ago the Democratic Party was in general very reticent to get involved in these education reform issues…. The dynamics have shifted.” There has been tangible success: “The U.S. conference of mayors, through the leadership of my husband (the Mayor of Sacramento) passed some very controversial resolutions and they did it with a unanimous vote.” Despite her interest in national policy making, Rhee insists that she will never run for public office. When pressed about whether or not she would accept the position of Secretary of Education, Rhee deferred, insisting, “I think Arne Duncan is doing an excellent job.” She believes she is more effective operating outside the system, commenting, “I think the most important thing I could be doing right now is exactly what I am doing at StudentsFirst.” In the long-term, she sees the movement being driven by a new generation. “Someone should come along who is even more radical than I am… I’m waiting for the next person to come from behind and say ‘Michelle Rhee is a wimp’… the new kind of reformers should be pushing the wall forward’” For now, however, Rhee seems content to be running head-on into anything in her way, and although she’s been called many things, it seems unlikely anyone will be calling Michelle Rhee a wimp anytime soon.

lowers chances for students to receive a grant. “That we are not going over the While government agencies tight- fiscal cliff opens good news to curen their budgets as the U.S. economy rent students and prospective sturecovers from recession, the Federal dents worried about how to finance Pell Grant’s foreseen shortfall in 2014 their higher education prospects,” is now unlikely, and students will Paserman said. “Much of the research still receive government-subsidized on how financial scholarships affects financial aid, according to a report attendance and enrollment shows that by the Congressional Budget Office there is an effect if you decrease Wednesday. financial aid and how it affects probOfficials had anticipated $5.7 bil- ability to enroll.” lion dollars in Pell Grant shortfalls Paserman said with a surplus, by 2014, but with $9.3 billion in there is a chance more students can extra money not used in 2013, the receive Pell Grants, but higher eduorganization should cation costs have be safe until 2015, been rising at a pace said Libby Nelson faster than that of “We found out in of Inside Higher inflation during the September that fewer Ed, who analyzed past thirty years. people are receiving the discrepancy “For the last between shortfall couple of years grants than the and surplus. actual amount government expected, the “This was based granted to students on projection on so that may be a part of has been upgraded how many students the explanation [for the because there is an will be on the proautomatic index for surplus].” gram receiving inflation,” he said. grants,” she said. A number of — Libby Nelson, students said they “CBO’s latest analmember of Inside Higher Ed believe the surplus ysis turns out this event significantly should be put to use overestimated in the for the benefit of past and now there students. is money left over from this year’s Amy Yun, a School of Management appropriation.” senior, said while a significant part of The surplus may be a result of the surplus might be saved in case fewer students receiving Pell Grants the economy begins to decline again, than originally expected, Nelson said. some should be used for student aid. “We found out in September that “I understand there is a surplus fewer people are receiving grants and the [U.S. government is] keeping than the government expected, so a reserve of enough money in case that may be a part of the explana- things get worse in later years,” Yun tion [for the surplus],” Nelson said. said. “They should provide enough “There have been quite a few eligi- money for their current pool of canbility changes that kick students out didates right now and dip into the and create a drop-off in students surplus.” applying.” Max Lim, a College of Arts and However, despite Sciences freshman, the continuation of said he thinks as Pell Grants, it will another recession be more difficult for “Having too big of a sur- or fiscal cliff is not students to meet the plus is not good because, immediately pressrequirements needing, the U.S. governalthough it is good to ed to receive a grant ment should allot have as a backup plan, the entire surplus to in coming years due there is no real point to changes put into students. effect in July 2012, keeping the extra money “Having too she said. big of a surplus is for something that may not good because, Restrictions on not happen.” eligibility for applialthough it is good cants for Pell Grants to have as a backup have become more — Max Lim, plan, there is no rigid, Nelson said. Boston University senior real point keeping Students without the extra money for a high school diplosomething that may ma or a GED were not happen,” Lim previously eligible for a grant, but that said. policy no longer stands. Thiagu Meyyappan, a College of “Prospective students used to be Engineering senior, said the surplus able to take a test to prove they can will protect future Pell Grants from benefit from college education, but another recession, but the amount people cant do that any more,” Nelson saved in 2013 should also be used for said. “Other policy changes are that students. the total semesters you could receive “If we do have a surplus, then a grant was reduced from 18 to 12.” they should weaken the restrictions Prospective students and those so more people apply for a Pell Grant enrolled in college can only receive and go to college,” Meyyappan said. a Pell Grant once per academic year “When you are just coming out of instead of obtaining multiple to accel- an economic crisis, it’s necessary to erate graduation, Nelson said. tighten restrictions to save the whole Daniele Paserman, a Boston U. program. But if they start to flourish, economics professor, said decreas- the Pell Grant should be available to ing funding for student aid programs more people again.”



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he Taiwanese American Student Association celebrated the Lunar New Year in the Longstreet Means residence hall on Tuesday with the traditional customs of dumpling making. They also enjoyed New Year’s snacks such as tangyuan (sweet rice balls) and niangao (sticky rice cake).



Friday, February 15, 2013




Friday, February 15, 2013 Editorials Editor: Nicholas Bradley (

Our Opinion

Action Must Be Taken on Labor


Zachary Elkwood

Zachary Elkwood is a member of the Class of 2015. His cartoons appear in every other Friday issue of the Wheel.

Recommendations by Emory’s Committee on Class and Labor Must Be Implemented The following editorial is part one of an ongoing series in which the editorial board of The Emory Wheel will discuss the report released on Jan. 2 by the Committee on Class and Labor, which formed after the Students and Workers in Solidarity (SWS) protests of 2011. In the spring of 2011, Students and Workers in Solidarity (SWS) protested the alleged mistreatment of workers for Sodexo, Emory’s food-service provider. After days of camping out on the Quadrangle, the administration gave police the order to arrest those students who refused to vacate the premises, citing a long-standing policy prohibiting the unauthorized use of the area for those purposes. Seven were taken to jail. Following the protests, a Committee on Class and Labor formed to research the issue. After two years the committee finished compiling a report filled with their findings and recommendations. According to the report, there are 780 employees working for six major contractors — Sodexo, Barnes and Noble, Crestline, Ricoh, First Transit and SP Plus. These contractors operate, respectively, Emory’s food services, the bookstore, Conference Center Hotels, package centers, shuttle services and parking services. While these contractors and their workers do not make up a majority of Emory’s staff, relentless and highly-publicized protests and discussions on campus have brought to light alleged ethical issues regarding these companies. While we do not fault the University for utilizing such contractors, as it is inevitable for such a large institution, the ethical issues that have been raised about these companies cannot be overlooked: How are contracted workers integrated onto campus and how do we uphold our ethical mission with regard to them? What is our role when a third party has authority over a sector of our community? We at the Wheel strongly agree with the report that a more transparent process is needed for hiring contractors. Certain specific, ethical principles should be abided by when selecting, evaluating and monitoring contractors. As of now, multiple offices and liaison officials supervise contractors, but the committee found that these offices do not review labor relations. And although the contractor selection process is guided by criteria that include “Social Responsibility,” the report found that there is no “specific rubric of labor.” The report recommends that the University establish one centralized entity, as opposed to multiple offices and liaison officials, that is charged with the responsibility of selecting and evaluating these contractors. We agree that this is one step in the correct direction and also urge this entity to create a specific rubric of labor in accordance with the values and ethics put forth by the University. We recognize that it is federal law, and not the University, which prohibits Emory from interfering with the treatment of contracted workers. However, we find this dynamic uncomfortable. We feel that this alienates workers from the campus community that they are very much a part of, and relegates them to the overseeing of contractors, as opposed to the University. Although we trust that the University has its workers’ best interests in mind, we worry that the avenues used to hire contractors are not the best in ensuring fair treatment of all staff. Furthermore we feel that the operating system currently in place limits the University’s ability to pursue ethical action. Because of federal law, the committees were limited by this regulation and could not directly survey the contracted employees or conduct focus groups. The report states that the researchers were frustrated that they could not verify many of the claims made by the contractors or SWS. “Without the opportunity formally to meet with or survey the contracted employees, the committee had little means of determining their perspective on their experience at Emory,” the report said. “The university therefore cannot claim that it knows the status of the contracted workers’ experience.” We understand that a lack of access to information does not necessarily imply that there is something sinister at work or that the committee’s findings would necessarily be negative. However, this finding raises a particular matter of concern. In its public statements, the University has not acknowledged the existence of these impediments previously. Throughout the development and climax of this issue, not once did the University inform the community that they simply did not know the condition of these contracted employees and that there was no way in which they could address many of the concerns posted by SWS. Not only must the University openly discuss this legal hurdle, but also it must find ways to circumvent this obstacle so we can effectively evaluate our contractors’ finances and worker satisfaction. The report suggests that the University access the companies’ worker surveys or conduct its own reviews. Additionally, the report recommends that the University adopt the following criteria for its review process: adequate benefits, fair wages, functioning grievance structures and equalizing the pay between Emory workforce and contracted employees. We support this recommendation and endorse the adoption of these criteria. Students have raised awareness of the issue, faculty and administrators have researched and offered recommendations and, now, we as a community must hold the University administration responsible for implementing the recommended changes. Given the immense amount of time and effort that the committee has put into its report, the administration should feel an obligation to honor these recommendations. We applaud the committee members for presenting an unbiased, factually supported and broad view of class and labor on campus. It is clear that they executed their duties with admirable integrity. The report calls for the creation of another advisory committee. Now is not the time for another committee. Now is the time for action, and we urge the University to act with the utmost efficiency. The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

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A Great Legacy to be Followed Pope Benedict’s XVI’s Resignation AMELIA SIMS Shock, sadness, relief, fear and apathy. These represent the range of emotions felt by Catholics all over the world as Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation this week — a resignation which does not step outside of his character. But who is this octogenarian German Pope? Christians and non-Christians alike were all familiar with the previous leader of the Roman Catholic Church, John Paul II. Benedict remains more enigmatic. Elizabeth Scalia, Catholic editor of Patheos Internet portal, said that “[Benedict] is warm, pastoral, approachable, quite paternal and as easy to glean as a dear old uncle sharing fellowship over a cup of tea. John Paul was a mighty pipe organ, dramatic, transcendent, soul-rattling — almost overwhelming. He brought you to your knees, before God in hushed awe. Benedict is a piano being played by a musician who plays for love of the music, and he draws you into his sphere to sing along in praise.”

John Paul’s papacy was dramatic, energetic, emotional, awe-inspiring and engaging. Who can duplicate the part the Polish pope played in the fall of the Iron Curtain? In contrast, Benedict has been a theologian and a professor most of his life. While John Paul was a master in engaging a crowd, Benedict

inner life of the Church. Pope Benedict’s encyclicals and books are very accessible. While they were scholarly, they were able to remain deeply personal. His recent books have focused upon the New Testament as the way to encounter the person and mission of Jesus Christ. He defended the dignity of human life against relativism; he spoke of the importance of conserving the environment. During a short pontificate of eight years, he was the pastor for his 1.2 billion flock of Catholics with 54 journeys throughout the world. He was still able to ensure weekly Wednesday teachings and uphold his Twitter ministry. In an age consumed by worldly materialism, selftouting narcissism and inflated over-confidence, Benedict’s gentle humility is Mariana Hernandez | Staff seriously refreshing. His resignation reveals seemed a little overwhelmed when facing so what most people forget Catholics believe many people. about the pope: he, too, is “a humble servant While John Paul II externally expanded in the vineyard of our Lord.” Amelia Sims is a College freshman the Church, Benedict XVI continued this spirit of globalization by strengthening the from Memphis, Tenn.


Emory Will Continue to Support School Safety Zones To the Editor: In a recent Wheel editorial (“Shooting Down House Bill 29,” February 7, 2013), the Wheel’s editorial board asked Emory’s administration to issue a statement as to what policies Emory would enact in the event that Georgia House Bill 29, also known as the Campus Carry Act of 2013, became state law. While Emory is not prepared to address specific pieces of legislation at this time, given that not all of the expected legislation on this topic has been formally introduced in the legislature — and HB 29 has only recently been open for debate — Emory has a strong, ongoing interest in the security of our campus and the safety of our students. Therefore, we will continue to strongly advocate the preservation of college and university campuses as school safety zones on which carrying firearms is prohibited by Georgia state law. Emory does not believe that the safety or security of our college campus will be

enhanced by giving thousands of students — along with staff, faculty and visitors — the right to carry weapons in our community, and we will strongly oppose any change in law that would make this activity possible. Indeed, quite the contrary, we view the prospect of armed student bodies and campus communities with great concern. Neither faculty, nor staff and administrators, nor most students themselves, will take comfort in knowing that some or many of their colleagues are legally carrying handguns as they move around campus. Emory’s position on any legislation that would adversely affect our right to prohibit guns on campus will remain the same as it was three years ago, when representatives from the Office of General Counsel and the Emory Police Department visited the Capitol to voice Emory’s strong opposition to legislation similar to the current HB 29. Emory shares the abhorrence at the gun

violence that has flared repeatedly in our nation, including the recent horrific incident in Newtown, Connecticut. With respect to issues regarding national gun control proposals, it is Emory’s position that these are issues of great importance for our larger society to address. Here at Emory, we are called upon to direct our energies to those decisions and policies that directly impinge on our mission and our safety and security, not to judge or recommend specific policy prescriptions for reducing these incidents. What we will do is to forcefully oppose any change in the current status that we and other colleges and universities across the State of Georgia enjoy at the present time, which is to preserve the firearm-free nature of our campus. Nancy Seideman Associate Vice President University Communications

In Response: Misconceptions About Iran’s Nuclear Proliferation To the Editor: I wish to address some of the misconceptions that I read in Ms. Krishnamurthy’s editorial on Iranian nuclear proliferation. First, let me state where Ms. Krishnamurthy and I agree. It appears that we both agree that Iran seeks nuclear weapons. Despite adamant denials from the Iranian government, Iran’s desire to obtain extremely large quantities of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium belie the claim that this is for medical use. The statement that “proliferation, especially in the context of Asia, is good” is a curious statement. In general, proliferation of weapons usually only benefits the arms-maker. The casual reader could ask: what about Asia in particular requires proliferation of nuclear weapons? I think that this statement is demeaning to Asians. A second statement of interest is “it is hypocritical of the U.S. to tell another country not to proliferate, consid-

ering no damage has been or will be done.” First, does that mean that since the U.S. once had slavery, it has no right to tell other countries not to have slavery? Second, how does Ms. Krishnamurthy know that no damage has been or will be done? Does she know Ayatollah Khamenei personally? Finally, she says that not acting in a rational manner (the doctrine of mutual assured destruction) is Islamophobic. I can easily cite an example of a non-Muslim country acting in a seemingly irrational manner — namely Germany invading the Soviet Union in 1941. Why did Hitler order the invasion of his ally Stalin in 1941, ignoring historical precedent? Because Hitler thought he could win. I choose to follow history rather than the reassurances of Ms. Krishnamurthy. As a college freshman at Emory in 1979, I was part of a protest in front of Dobbs Hall protesting the seizure of our embassy in Iran.

I have observed subsequent hostile actions, on the part of Iran, such as blowing up 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1982, the murder of Navy diver Robert Stetham in an Iranian backed hijacking attempt and the killing of hundreds of servicemen by Iranian manufactured IEDS in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama reached out last week to Ayatollah Khamenei for direct talks, as suggested by Ms. Krishnamurthy, but was rebuffed by Khamenei. I don’t personally know how to solve the lack of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran, but I don’t believe that nuclear proliferation is the solution. I prefer that we remain stronger than our adversaries. Jack L. Arbiser, M.D., Ph.D Professor Department of Dermatology Emory University School of Medicine


Friday, February 15, 2013




Targeted Use of Drones Hurts America’s Image President Obama’s Drone Strikes Set a Dangerous Tone for the Administration Almost a century ago, German sociologist Max Weber declared that a government is constituted by its monopoly on the legitimate use of force. While it may have seemed appropriate for his time, situated as he was between two devastating world wars, today his statement seems like a vast oversimplification. However, President Barack Obama’s use of no-longer-secret drones in the Middle East seems like it finds its justification straight from Weber’s Politics as a Vocation. The crux of the Obama administration’s argument is that the government — not the military — may target people for assassination by drone strike if there is reason to believe he or she may be a terrorist. Attorney General Eric Holder’s definition of due process seems to stretch the bounds of the Constitution as far as can be, such that every United States citizen ought to be concerned about the Obama administration’s “legitimate use of force” when it comes to the very people the President is supposed to be defending. The fact is that, constitutionally or otherwise, the U.S. government has the power to order the killing of American citizens, and this has been demonstrated at least twice during Obama’s time in office. In the fall of 2011, Anwar Al-Awlaki and his son Abdulraman were killed in two separate drone strikes in Yemen. Even if we concede that Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen, was indeed involved with al Qaeda and therefore deserved to be killed, there is no reason his son, only 16 at the time of his death, deserved to die. Some government officials claimed Abdulraman was merely an unfortunate bystander. However, when asked about his death, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declared that Abdulraman

should have “had a more responsible father.” That is to say, according to the Obama administration, it is perfectly constitutional for an American child to die for the sins of his father. Granted, this all happened more than one year ago. It ought to be water under the bridge by now, right? Such would be the case had Obama not authorized an unprecedented amount of drone strikes in his first term alone and in the least transparent way possible. The administration has not offered any explanation as to the process of deciding who is targeted other than describing people who pose an “imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” (per the memo released by the Department of Justice last week). In other words, it is perfectly fine to kill someone preemptively to stop them from carrying out a crime they may or may not commit. That being said, it was the height of irony when President Obama announced in his Tuesday State of the Union address that the United States “will continue to take action against terrorists who pose the greatest threat to Americans.” If Obama intends to follow through on his word, he ought to “take action” against himself and his own administration. Later on in the speech, the President criticized “the Syrian regime that has murdered its own people.” While no dictator tyrannically rules the United States, Bashar al-Assad is certainly not the only leader to have murdered his own people. However, there was one ray of optimism in the President’s speech: He promised greater transparency when it comes to his highly controversial drone policy. If nothing else, the American people should hope that Obama

“Now is the time for Americans to speak up about this deeply concerning issue.”

Natan Blanc: A Hero Of Our Time URIEL KITRON On Sunday, Feb. 10, Natan Blanc, a 19-yearold Israeli, was sentenced to a term of 18 days in military prison camp for his refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). This is his sixth consecutive term, starting in Nov. 2012. Blanc, who by now has served more than 75 days in military prison, first started thinking about refusing to join the IDF during the ‘Cast Lead’ operation in Gaza in 2008, when he was 15. In his statement, Blanc explained that the wave of aggressive militarism that swept the country then, the expressions of mutual hatred and the vacuous talk about stamping out terror and creating a deterrent effect were the primary trigger for his refusal. Blanc states that after four years full of terror, without a political process towards peace negotiations and without quiet on either side of the border between Gaza and Israel, it is clear that the Netanyahu Government is not interested in finding a solution to the existing situation, but rather in preserving it, thus preparing the ground for a new generation full of hatred on both sides. “... We, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in this cynical game. That is why I have decided to refuse to be inducted into the Israeli Army on the date of my call-up order, November 19, 2012,” Blanc said. I have a special affinity for Blanc, who I have known since he was born. He is the grandson of Judy Blanc, one of the most highly respected (by both Israelis and Palestinians) peace activists and a dear friend, and of the late Haim Blanc, a well-known professor emeritus of Arabic languages and literature at Hebrew University, who was blinded in Israel’s War of Independence. Both Haim and Judy Blanc were U.S. educated immigrants to Israel. Judy Blanc, who

is now 82, has been a part of the Women in Black Jerusalem vigil since it first began 23 years ago. Women in Black hold vigil every Friday at a Jerusalem intersection, just a block from the residence of the Israeli Prime Minister. It is their own testament to nonviolent resistance as a way of ending Israeli occupation of Arab lands captured in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. “It’s clear the violence that was taking place was a result of the fact that Israel was occupying the people,” Blanc said. These women are mostly elderly, having been keeping vigil for nearly a quarter of a century, and most are involved in other nonviolent resistance organizations. Through Judy, with whom we have worked for several years on non-violent opposition to the occupation, my wife first met Blanc’s parents, when she was pregnant with our first son, and while I was in military prison for refusing reserve military service in Lebanon in 1985 for reasons similar to Blanc’s – opposition to occupation, to unjust use of power and to a lack of pursuit of peace. Our two families have been close ever since, and our children spent several years together. Our two boys, who grew up mostly in the U.S., did not have to face this decision and could pursue their higher education immediately after high school. As a reservist I only served one short sentence in military prison; enough to identify and admire what Blanc is doing for his principles and for the good of Israel. Recently, when we took foreign visitors to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, we thought how MLK’s words ring true for a young man who cares enough about his country to resist peacefully when he thinks his country is in the wrong.

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makes good on this promise. Even if we ignore the fact that the drone program has been used to target people protected by the U.S. Constitution, no single policy does more to hurt the image of America in other countries. Imagine, for example, if Chinese drones began patrolling Texas and Arizona to bomb suspected members of Mexican drug cartels, but ended up killing civilians most of the time. Needless to say,

the backlash would be massive and so it is in countries like Pakistan where America’s drone program is most active. Now is the time for Americans to speak up about this deeply concerning issue. There is every indication that the drone program will escalate: John Brennan, the man who was largely the architect for the program, is slated to become the next director of the CIA. If the idea of the American government targeting

its own citizens for assassination is not problematic enough, the idea of America’s image abroad ought to be compelling. Obama is setting a dangerous precedent with his unhesitant use of drones and everyone should be opposed to this policy for the rights of Americans and people all over the world.

William Hupp is a College sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.


Remember the Military

Natan Blanc peacefully refused to join the IDF.

Uriel Kitron is a professor of Environmental Studies in Emory College and a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel.

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Deserved Recognition: Chief Petty Office Chris Kyle Toward the end of last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama turned toward the issue of gun violence. The President named several victims of gun violence over the past year, including the recent death of Hadiya Pendleton, the high school student in Chicago who was senselessly shot by gang members in a public park. Many members of the audience were seen wearing green ribbons, in honor of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, one recent gun death was specifically left out of the list mentioned by President Obama, to the ire of many in our nation’s military. His name was Chris Kyle. Retired Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq as a member of SEAL Team 3 and fought in almost every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is credited as one of the deadliest snipers in U.S. Military history, with 160 confirmed kills. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for Valor, two Silver Stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He was also a New York Times bestselling author of his autobiography, American Sniper, and upon returning from active service founded Craft International, a training firm for military, police and civilian security forces. Kyle was tragically shot along with a friend, Chad Littlefield, at a gun range while helping troubled veteran Eddie Ray Routh cope with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Kyle had helped numerous other veterans in this way without any prior incident, but for reasons yet unknown Routh turned on Kyle and Littlefield, killing them and running from police before finally being arrested and charged with two counts of murder. The President’s failure to mention Kyle wasn’t the only failure of President Obama’s speech. The President offered nothing sub-

stantive regarding how to care for our military and returning veterans. Yes, the President did make some passing references to the approval for women to enter combat roles and toward improving mental health care and benefits for veterans. He also noted that the upcoming sequester cuts will drastically affect military readiness and that Congress should offer an alternative (for the record, it was Obama’s White House that first suggested the sequester). He also made a big deal about the continued draw-down of troops. However, he offered no specific policy, ideas or proposals for HOW he would do those things.

“... one recent gun death was specifically left out of the list ...” The state of veterans’ care in this country has been horribly inadequate for decades, but in recent years the increase in returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan has demonstrated just how poor that situation is. The Veteran’s Administration has seen a considerable increase in the number of people reporting mental health issues, from 927,000 in 2006 to 1.3 million in 2012. And despite filling 1,980 mental health vacancies and hiring an additional 1,280 clinical providers and support staff, veterans seeking care for mental health issues still must wait an average of 50 days before getting treatment. Further, the failure of the VA to work with private providers forces veterans to drive long distances to hospitals, leaving them at a geographic disadvantage when it comes to accessing care. Putting mental health issues aside, even regular support for veterans has been lackluster at best and apathetic at worst. The abysmal

job situation at home leaves the majority of returning veterans unemployed and without financial support. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the average wait time for veterans who file for disability claims is over nine months. And any veterans who leave the service early are completely disqualified from receiving their pensions. Phil Bronstien recently interviewed the SEAL Team 6 member credited with shooting Osama Bin Laden, publishing his interview with “The Shooter” in Esquire Magazine. Despite the success of their mission, he has received virtually no support from the government now that he has retired. “‘I left SEALs on Friday,’ he said the next time I saw him. It was a little more than thirty-six months before the official retirement requirement of twenty years of service. ‘My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You’re out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go f--k yourself.’” I’d argue that from a philosophical standpoint, what is going on right now with our current veterans is worse than the vitriol faced by those who returned from Vietnam. At least in the case of Vietnam, American soldiers were given the decency of a response even if it was negative. Now, it seems that the majority of the American population simply doesn’t care and the government appears to be reflecting that apathy. It is especially striking that the President of the United States, for all his rhetoric about caring about our troops, does not even have the courtesy to mention the tragic loss of a legendary American warrior.

David Giffin is a second-year Masters in Theological Studies student at the Candler School of Theology from Charleston, Ill.



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Student Life Friday, February 15, 2013 Student Life Editor: Justin Groot (









Aries So, like, you have a, like, habit of, like, adding too many “likes” to your sentences, and, like, this is, like, what you, like, sound like. It’s, like, really annoying, and you need to, like, stop.

Taurus When life hands you lemons, make lemon drop shots. Unless you’re under 21. Then if life hands you lemons, make lemon pound cake. Unless you’re under 21 and diabetic, then . . . make Pledge?


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Emory SaRaas performs at the A-Town Showdown dance competition held at the Georgia World Congress Center on Feb. 2, 2013. The team received first place at the competition, winning against teams from all across the country.

SaRaas Strives for Chance at Nationals By Elizabeth Howell Associate Editor Emory is no stranger to the national stage, frequently receiving acclaim for accomplishments in education, research, health care — and now Indian folk dance. After an intense week of daily three-hour practices, the dancers of SaRaas, Emory’s garba/raas dance team, took first at the A-Town Showdown competition. The team performed a type of

Indian folk dance that originated in the state of Gujarat in northern India at the Georgia World Congress Center on Feb. 2. Late that night, SaRaas and six other teams from across the country eagerly awaited the results of the day’s event. When College senior and SaRaas Captain Amaad Rana heard that his team had won, he began to realize that they were one step closer to achieving their year-long goal of competing at nationals. “I actually saw Amaad’s face as

it hit him that we have an actual shot at nationals,” College freshman and SaRaas member Sumaali Chheda said. “I have never actually seen somebody’s face glow so much.” SaRaas has participated in competitions around the country since its founding in 2006, but the team is currently in the midst of their most successful year yet, Rana said. In addition to their win at A-Town Showdown two weeks ago, SaRaas has attended five competitions, placing second at Raas Chaos at

George Washington University in Washington D.C. last semester. But the team won’t stop now. They will perform in California this weekend in addition to competing at the University of Illinois the following week — all in the hopes of placing at these competitions and increasing their chances of making it to nationals. “After these past couple of weeks, it’s actually setting in that it might happen,” Rana said. “It just makes me happy to think that we actually might

get there.” The road to nationals has required hard work and commitment from the members of SaRaas. The team typically practices for seven to eight hours a week. However, during the week leading up to a competition, they rehearse daily for three hours. SaRaas spends much of these practices polishing their routine. They incorporate the feedback they receive from judges and other dance

See SARAAS, Page 10

Feel like switching up your style? Take off your glasses if you wear them, or if you don’t wear glasses, put them on! Genius! Man, I should write for Vogue.

Leo Thinking about getting back together with your ex? I’ve already formed my responses to your excuses: Nope. Don’t do that. No. Uh-uh. Stop that right now. Nope.

Virgo If you’re reading this in class, Virgo, I’m going to need you to pay attention. Never mind that I’m writing this horoscope while I’m in class. This isn’t about me.

Your English major friend will be going through some tough times this week. Comfort them by patting them on the back and saying, “There, they’re, their...”

Heed Nature’s Call in Style

Scorpio Some weeks you just can’t win, am I right? Even Words With Friends let you down this week. Just know, Scorpio, that you’re a winner in my book. Of winners. You’re a winner in my book of winners.


By Sonam Vashi Co-Copy Chief

Emory Unleashed A New Student Life Contest Series

Here’s a guide to Emory’s bestkept secrets — the most spacious, private, luxurious bathrooms that you can find on campus, compiled by top-notch Wheel expert researchers. You’re welcome.

to Test your Creative Mettle

Bottom Floor of the “Old” DUC, in that Little Hallway

In Student Life’s first semester, we tried more than a few contest ideas. We put on a poetry contest, a photography contest and a variety of other opportunities for Emory students to show off their creativity.

It’s become a bit of a “hot spot” due to the number of people that mill about in the DUC every day, but its convenience and cleanliness (thanks, custodial staff!) definitely puts this bathroom on our list. It’s less-frequented than the one next to the DUC cafeteria (probably due to its somewhat secretive location), and it has one of those futuristic hand dryers that’s hygienic and environmentally-friendly, so you can feel extrapretentious after using this location.

But we weren’t satisfied. The competition wasn’t cutthroat enough. The stakes? Not high enough.

Today, that all changes. The rules of this challenge are simple. Produce a creative work — a poem, a drawing, a painting, a short story, a photo, a diorama, a soap carving, whatever you choose — that has something to do with the theme provided. Submit it to by Feb. 21 and you’ll have a shot at winning the Grand Prize.

What’s the prize?

Schwartz Center for the Performing “Farts”

See PLEASE, Page 10




I’m talking about the one in the fancy part of the building, the one technically reserved for concert-goers and donors and the “one percent.” Yes, it’s out of the way, but the sheer elegance of this spot makes it what we

You should start thinking about things you’re going to do this summer. This is a note for me, since I’m a Gemini, but it couldn’t hurt you to think about it either, fellow Gemini.

Our favorite entries will be published in the Student Life section in early February. But that’s not all! For the first time, this contest will include a monetary prize, in the form of a $15 Chipotle gift card for the Grand Prize Winner! Try not to fall off your seats in excitement.

Theme: The Meaning of Life Didn’t promise it’d be an easy theme, did I? Good luck, and have fun! Graphic by Mimi Hacking

You say you want a love like what Romeo and Juliet had? One with an obsessive passion that results in the death of you, your partner and some members of your respective families? I’m going to have to advise against that.

Capricorn Whatever your weekend plans may be, just remember that only Donald Duck can pull off being pants-less in public. You’ll thank me later.

Aquarius You’re going to be on top of things this week, Aquarius. You could even say it’s ... the Age of Aquarius. (If you don’t get that reference, ask your parents.)

Pisces Stop associating with Gemini people, Pisces. I mean, right? Gemini people are so weird. Gross. But, then again, you’re going to be the weird one asking people their zodiac sign before you talk to them.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Mad Lib:

Student Health Today I woke up and I was feeling like ____________(noun). Sure enough, I went to the mirror and when I looked down there was a(n) ___________(noun) on my ___________(body part)! It was definitely time to visit Student Health. After walking for what felt like __________(number) miles and climbing the many sets of _____________(plural noun), I finally reached the office. I told them the ____________(adjective) details of my ailment, being careful to not let the hot ___________(plural noun) overhear. I ___________(past tense verb) in the waiting room and read ___________(adjective) magazines until my name was called. When I got to the room, the nurse took my blood pressure and put a(n)

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Relieve yourself in one of Emory’s most lush and luxurious bathrooms located on the main floor of the DUC. Your inner environmentalist will bask in the chance to save water by flushing “up.”

Please Pick the Proper Place to Poop Continued from Page 9

____________(noun) in my ______________(body part). After confirming that I did not have a ______________(noun), she assured me that the ____________(noun) would be in soon. I waited _____________(adverb) and read the ____________(adjective) signs around the room. The doctor asked me many questions and ____________(past tense verb) in my nose and throat. He asked me to ______________(verb) in a ___________(noun), and he took a sample of my blood. The next day the doctor called with my results and it turned out that I only had _____________(illness)! A few doses of _____________(drug) later, and I was back to my normal self. - By Celia Greenlaw

in the business like to call a “destination bathroom,” due to the sumptuous red carpeting surrounding your trek to the spot. It’s usually completely unoccupied during the daytime as well, so you can relieve yourself privately and in unnecessary opulence, like God intended.

Bottom Floor of Candler Library This classic resting stop allows the visitor to enjoy the historic architecture of the library as he or she relieves themselves. The dim lighting sets a relaxing, almost romantic mood that everyone can appreciate, and the marble countertops provide an elegant “je ne sais quoi” to the restroom that really adds to the whole antique experience (without being too antique, if you know what I mean).

The next time you find yourself on the way to class near the Quad and you’re hit with that familiar urge, consider this fascinating venue.

The dim lighting sets a relaxing, almost romantic mood. Next to Cox Hall Ballroom It’s not always accessible, but when it is, you best go to it. This luxurious piece of bathroom architecture is so close to your daily walk to get food from Cox or to use the Computing Center, so if it’s open, I urge you to

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use it. This marvel of modern plumbing isn’t usually for students, since most of the events there are for conferences and events held for “adults,” so take what’s rightfully yours as the proletariat and revel here instead! Unless it’s locked.

Your Bathroom Some of us don’t really have the option of having a private or semiprivate restroom, but for those of us have had that privilege: nothing beats your own bathroom. You forge such an intimate relationship with that toilet, sink and shower — things may have happened in there that no one else can, will or should ever know. But you know. And you’ll never forget. It’s your home away from home, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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A.J. Dishes Out Some Questionable Tips


n 2009, I was a freshman at Emory, and it rained for what felt like forever. I came to the all too foreign South, delusional with dreams of metropolitan city life that could never compare to home, my nose in the air, looking for sun. All it did was rain that semester. Floods and pools instead of puddles. I hated it. I almost transferred. I wanted out. It is the second month of 2013, and I will graduate in exactly three months to the day. It’s raining. It’s been raining, it’s raining now, and

I don’t know how long it will continue to rain because every time I check the forecast it changes by the time I’ve left my house in shorts and flip flops or, conversely, too many layers. I like Atlanta in the sun, and summer rain wasn’t terrible, but this is dreary. We are waterlogged, I think, and the rain is coming out of my ears while I’m starting to lose my hope that the sun will shine and the quad will dry. Why am I always writing about rain?

And considering the rain, it is unfortunate that I haven’t been sleeping, and I can’t find my umbrella and I haven’t had the time to buy a new one, so I’m soaked. I look around Cox Hall before it fills up on a Wednesday morning, and I’m not the only one without sleep and without an umbrella, as the people in the cozy computer corners drip into pillow puddles as they sprawl across their keyboards and snore. It looks like we all have a little bit of the blues.

By A.J. Artis Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This week, A.J. couldn’t come up with an idea for a humor column. Luckily, studentlifeadvice@gmail. com, the e-mail account we set up last semester to collect your questions, has been slowly piling up with submissions ever since. This week, instead of a typical humor column, we hereby present Episode One of A.J. Answers Your Questions. Writer’s Note: For the record, readers, this was not my idea.

you’re a guy, then make friends with someone in a frat. If you don’t know how to make friends, you probably shouldn’t go to parties, or better yet, go to Model UN parties. It’s sort of a catch-all for people with social disorders, and it’s a great place to pitch your own solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. But if you really feel the need to go to a Greek party, I think you can just show up. I don’t know. I’ve never been to a Greek party at Emory.

What do I do if my baby is crying? Rub a little whiskey on the gums.

I’m pretty sure my roommate hates me. What should I do?

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Emory SaRaas attributes their success in competitions to their heavy practice schedule. The team usually practices seven to eight hours per week, but they work three hours per day on the week before a competition.

SaRaas Dances to Top Through Hard Work, Team Bonding Continued from Page 9 groups at competitions in order to improve their performance. While team placed first at the A-Town Showdown, they nonetheless altered their performances based on critiques from the competition. Practices end with two to three full run-throughs of their routine, which they perform as if they were on-stage with an audience in front of them. “We try to practice like we are performing so that when it comes time to perform we don’t get tired, and we really do the best that we can,” Rana said. But SaRaas is more than just hard work. According to Rana, everyone on the team is close; not a practice goes by without jokes and camaraderie among teammates. Bonding continues on the weekends at competitions. The team takes advantages of opportunities to tour new cities, such as Washington D.C., and meet members of other raas

teams. Following the competition, dancers from all teams attend an after party, which Rana said is fun regardless of the results of the competition. Chheda, who joined SaRaas last semester as a freshman after dancing her entire life, said SaRaas has provided her with a great group of friends. “Everybody just loves being together and hanging out with each other,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s taking a bunch of your time because you’re having fun while you’re doing it.” Although Rana didn’t join SaRaas until his junior year, he loved it so much that he stepped up to fill the position of captain as a senior this year. He said that while serving as captain has been a huge time commitment, he has also received unending encouragement from his teammates. “When you have such a supportive team and such a driven group of people to lead, it’s not that hard,”

Rana said. Chheda and Rana both agreed that being a part of SaRaas has been a learning experience. While Chheda grew up learning Indian classical dance, she had only danced raas once before coming to Emory. She said that she has not only learned a lot about a new style of dance, but also about herself. Rana, on the other hand, was hesitant to try Indian dance because he doubted his dancing abilities. But he always was always intrigued by the prospect of performing. Once he made the bold move of auditioning for SaRaas, he faced another obstacle — his parents’ disapproval. However, after seeing how much dancing meant to Rana, they began to support him. He credited SaRaas with teaching him leadership and organizational skills. Most valuably he learned how to lead his friends, whose respect he said was especially challenging to earn. Although Rana will be graduating

at the end of the year, he sees a bright future ahead for the team. According to Rana, SaRaas has received more recognition around campus in addition to making occasional appearances at weddings around Atlanta. Consequently, they have received increased crowd support at competitions and performances, encouraging them to perform at their best. Despite SaRaas’ current prestige, Chheda described raas as a “volatile field” where there are no guarantees that a team will remain on top. However, she added that the entire team is determined to make this year’s success a trend in order to ensure that SaRaas competes in nationals every year. Rana foresees them remaining one of the top teams in the nation. “Now that we’re on this path, we know what it takes,” he said. “I think it will continue for the future.”

— Contact Elizabeth Howell at

Who is Marco Rubio?

First of all, you sound pathetic. Chances are, if you’re the kind of person who’s afraid your roommate hates you, then they probably do. So, your best option is to apologize for everything. For any movement, noise or slight disturbance you make, be sure to apologize as much as possible. Also, if your roommate ever disagrees with you, immediately fetch the RA. I don’t know. I already don’t like you.

Marco Rubio is the junior Senator from Florida. He is best known for selling water bottles.

At a movie theatre, which arm rest is yours?

If you’re a real American, all the armrests in the theater are yours.

Did America ever ask, “Which prairie is ours?” No. We Manifest Destinied. If you’re a real American, all the armrests in the theater are yours.

Why does Emory have so many loose bricks around campus? To answer this question, I’d like to tell you a story about my life. One time, I was directing a play called “The Tempest.” My actors kept getting drunk, so by the time we were supposed to open, we hadn’t rehearsed Act 2. Now, being a clever director, I hatched a plan to just play the movie for the second half. When we realized that violated certain copyright laws, I decided the best course of action was to rewrite the second half, but since my actors kept getting drunk during intermission, I had to write a second half that drunks could also perform. Suffice it to say, after our production, they closed the drama department. Hope that helps.

I’m a sophomore and feel like I’m too old to join Greek life, but I like totes still wanna be invited to the parties. How do I get invited to Greek parties without rushing? I have no idea. If you’re a girl, I think you just get to walk in. If

Should we raise the minimum wage? No. The best way to put dollars in the pockets of the poor is a wage subsidy.

Which gym class should I take next semester? I hear Northwestern offers a great volleyball class.

I graduate this year, and I don’t have a job lined up. I’m thinking about fleeing to a small country somewhere to avoid the wrath of my parents who just finished spending $200,000 on my education. Where would you recommend? The Cayman Islands. It’s a great place to hide a dubious investment, and, kid, if there’s one thing you are, it’s a dubious investment. Dealing with a problem? Looking for advice? Submit questions to and receive the same treatment as the poor individuals above. Disclaimer: Student Life not responsible for butthurt incurred as a result of terrible advice given by its columnists.

— Contact A.J. Artis at




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Ludewig: SI Makes History, Naming Upton to Cover It should have ended there. She’s showing just enough of her breasts that no sane human being would notice the background. That is where the discussion should stop. Upton has instead launched a campaign to unseat Joan of Arc to become history’s hottest martyr (I actually have no idea if Joan of Arc was hot; it depends on the painting. But that is beside the point). In an interview with Matt Lauer, Upton recounted, “When I came back, I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm.” Despite the fact that this does not make sense medically, she has continued to complain to the world about how tough the shoot was on her body. Maybe we would have all thought this was adorable a year ago, but these quotes have not been well received by the general public. Women everywhere are complaining about the implication that Upton, who is paid to stand in front of a camera and do nothing, has it tough. On top of this, media outlets have

looked at the pictures and called Upton’s body a wide range of words all of which mean fat. The level of criticism the young model is receiving is unheard of considering the pristine, indestructible image she has had for the last year and a half. This newfound hate is an indication that Upton is slowly, but surely reaching that peak of her career, which she will never be able to reach again. We have all seen it before. When we were in elementary school, the pristine, untouchable girl who defined hotness was Britney Spears. In middle school, it was Jessica Alba, and in high school, it was Megan Fox. Now it’s Upton. They are all perfect until they we have seen too much of them. The longer they are famous, the more they have to talk. The more pictures they have to take. Upton’s image may be finally starting to show signs of wear. It may seem crazy now, but come next year, she may have worn her welcome. — Contact Nathaniel Ludewig at

They are all perfect until we have seen too much of them. The longer they are famous, the more they have to talk...

Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (right) is at the center of NBA trading deadline buzz, as he is set to hit free agency next season and has made it clear that he will play where the money is at. Many believe the Hawks will unload him before the deadline, rather than risk losing him in free agency.

Eisenberg: Ferry Can’t Repeat History for Atlanta Continued from The Back Page negotiations. Because of this, Atlanta should look at James’ precedent and realize that trading Smith, even for change on the dollar, is better than losing him to free agency with no compensation over the summer. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Smith’s declaration of seeing himself as a max-contract player has scared off several potential suitors. Essentially, any team with remaining interest in trading for Smith will have to be willing to extend him for a max-contract after the season and will also have to risk losing him in free agency. Because of this, any offer the Hawks receive for Smith will undoubtedly be for change on the dollar of his actual value. While fans will be weary of the seemingly disappointing return, they have to realize that Smith’s departure is all but a forgone conclusion at this point and that acquiring assets can salvage the inevitable loss. Here are three plausible trades Atlanta should consider: 1. Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow to Phoenix in exchange for Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Sebastian Telfair. Rumors have persisted that Phoenix is among the teams most interested in Smith. The Suns and Smith make sense together. After all, Phoenix has money to spend and a thirst for a franchise centerpiece. Moreover, the Suns believe Smith can be their guy. By adding Smith before the summer, Phoenix would significantly enhance its chances of resigning him, as the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement allows incum-

bent teams to outbid any competitor in free agency. By also acquiring Smith’s longtime friend, Anthony Morrow, in the trade, the Suns would make Smith happy. For Atlanta, the team would add an established defensive anchor in Gortat, which would subsequently enable them to move Al Horford to his original position of power forward. With Gortat and Horford in the frontcourt, the Hawks would have among the Eastern Conference’s strongest interiors. Moreover, Gortat is signed to a reasonable contract and would not inhibit Atlanta’s future plans. In addition, Dudley is respected around the league as a consummate teammate and would add a dimension to Atlanta’s perimeter defense and perimeter shooting. Lastly, in Telfair, Atlanta would acquire a needed backup point guard. 2. Josh Smith to Charlotte for Bismack Biyombo, Jeffery Taylor and DeSagana Diop. Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan has done a fine job of building a strong nucleus for the future. With Kemba Walker and Michael KiddGilchrist, Charlotte has two young stars to build around. By acquiring Smith, the team would form a “big three” brimming with playoff potential. Smith would likely re-sign in Charlotte as they could offer him a max-contract and he would get to be the centerpiece on an up-and-coming team. For the Hawks, meanwhile, receiving Biyombo would be a huge win for the franchise’s future. After all, the Congolese 20-year-old is still younger than most prospects in the upcoming draft. And with great blocking instincts and a 7’7” wingspan,

Biyombo figures to become an elite defender for at least the next decade. Also, as a minor side note in the trade, the Hawks would re-unite former Vanderbilt teammates in rookies John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor. 3. Josh Smith to San Antonio for Tiago Splitter, Nando de Colo and Stephen Jackson. Danny Ferry has a great relationship with the Spurs’ front office and would like to trade Smith to the Western Conference if possible. For San Antonio, Smith could be the missing piece to push them into becoming championship favorites again. Also, the occasionally volatile Smith would surely be motivated playing under Gregg Popovich. For Atlanta, Splitter is a proven starting center with high efficiency numbers. (Last season, he projected for 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds for 40 minutes.) Moreover, at 28, he is just now entering the prime of his career. In de Colo, the Hawks would add a young and flashy guard who gets to the foul line — something the team has missed in Lou Williams’ absence. Lastly, Jackson’s return to Atlanta would give the team veteran leadership. In his first stint with the Hawks nearly a decade ago, he was led the team in scoring. Most importantly, however, Jackson’s expiring contract would give the team financial freedom in the future. While Smith is admittedly better than any of the aforementioned players, his contract demands simply do not fit in with the Hawks’ long-term plans. Danny Ferry has seen a star leave him in the dust before; he cannot let it happen again. — Contact Jacob Eisenberg at

Patel: Projecting the First Five NFL Draft Picks Leads to Heavy Emphasis on SEC Continued from The Back Page rush, which will then help their secondary, and improve their overall defense. 3) Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State University Much like the Jaguars, the Raiders need a lot of help along the defensive line. They had an inability to rush the quarterback, and therefore their defense got picked apart. Werner is a big prospect who has the ability to play on the line as well as rush as a linebacker. He had 23.5 sacks and 35 tackles for loss as a Seminole. I believe that he will experience similar success in the NFL, and he is the building block for the change of culture that is brewing in the Raiders locker room. 4) Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia University Why not? Everyone is making a huge deal about how Chip Kelly will save the Eagles, and Michael Vick is the solution. After his contract was restructured, people have been even more inclined to believe this theory. I vehemently disagree. First, the restructuring means nothing, because Vick can still be cut in training camp for a small price. Second, Michael Vick will always be fast, and always have incredible arm strength, which will always make him an attractive commodity.


Everyone knows that douchy kid from high school who thought he was the absolute shit and talked with a vocabulary which implied he was so much cooler than everyone else. He ended every sentence with “bro” or “bre” or “bruh,” depending on which coast you’re from, and was just generally shitty to be around. Trevor Bauer is without a doubt that person. A top Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect he was inexplicably traded for below market value this offseason to the Cleveland Indians. A lot of people talked about how the Diamondbacks didn’t like his attitude. His catcher Miguel Montero had nothing nice to say about him. In an interview with the Arizona sports radio station 620, Montero said. ““When you get a guy like that and he [Bauer] thinks he’s got everything figured out, it’s just tough to commence and try to get on the same page with you. . . Good luck to (Indians catcher) Carlos Santana there.” Bauer responded like any selfrespecting, intolerable, douchebag would. He wrote a rap song about it. You can google it if you really want to hear about it, but we will leave you with these two things: 1) The song is called “You Don’t Know Me” 2) The following is a sample verse, “Knock me down/I’ll pop back up like rubber bands/and sting these bees a hell of a lot better than a bumble can” We’re gonna leave it at that. 2. Oscar Pistorius, That Actual Douchebag In some of the most sobering news from the sports world in years, Paralympic superstar and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, whose legs were amputated as a child, was hailed as a worldwide hero during the 2012 Summer Olympics when he qualified for the 400-meter finals on artificial legs. The media dubbed him “Blade Runner” and turned him into a global icon. On February 13th he was arrested for shooting his girlfriend, after a history of run-ins with domestic abuse charges. This is another in a string of horrible reminders that athletes are not statues and, in far too many cases, not even worthy idols. One only has to think back to the Penn State scandal and Joe Paterno’s fall from grace to recall such a huge blow to the hearts of sports fans across the globe. Think back a little further and Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods come to mind. It shouldn’t be our hearts that hurt, but our consciences. Pistorius has become no more than another reminder of the dangers of blind idolization. When it comes down to it, athletes are just people, and there are a fair number of rotten people in the world. Being especially talented at sports doesn’t make a man any more worthy of the “role model” tag than another. When the media, or even we, the fans, ignore Pistorius’ history of domestic abuse and run-ins with the law, we contribute to the problem. When we praise Ray Lewis for his Super Bowl victory while brushing aside the fact that he too was arrested on murder charges, we contribute to the problem. Sports are tests of athletic ability. Role models are built on character. 3. And Then There’s the NCAA

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The poor play of quarterbacks Matt Cassel (left) and Blaine Gabbert (right) is a big reason their teams find themselves with the first and second overall pick respectively. Neither players’ teams are expected to reach for quarterback Geno Smith in the first round. But he has one major flaw: He has not worked hard enough to learn how to read defenses. His offensive line is unprepared because their leader has not signaled to them what type of rush they are about to face. This leads to multiple rushers attacking the quarterback and getting clean shots. This is why he gets hurt so often. But I still believe that a mobile yet accurate Quarterback is just what Chip Kelly needs. And Geno Smith fits that bill. Furthermore, he is lauded for his hard-working mentality and persever-

ance. He has the drive and the talent to be successful. The Eagles were awful last year, but I do not believe that their record was a true representation of the talent that they put on the field. If Lesean McCoy and Bryce Brown put up great numbers, and if the Eagles can upgrade along their offensive line and secondary throughout the rest of the draft, I believe that they will be in a good position with Geno Smith at the helm. 5) Detroit Lions, Jarvis Jones, University of Georgia

So he has got a bit of a back issue... But as of this article being written, doctors have cleared Jarvis Jones from injury. I believe that NFL teams will scrutinize his medical reports, which they should, but they will not find any red flags. Then they will examine his play on the field. And Jarvis Jones is quite the playmaker. There have been reports that he is not the best workout player, which will affect his combine statistics. There have been reports that he is somewhat lazy and relies upon pure talent.

There have been reports that his back is okay now, but could cause problems in the future. Screw the reports! He is a beast. The Lions will recognize that, and having him replace Kyle Vanden Bosch alongside Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley will create a very potent pass rush that will dominate for years to come. Look for Tuesday for me to release picks 6-10 with explanations, as well as the rest of the draft with picks. Have a great weekend, and stay safe. — Contact Jayson Patel at

The NCAA’s fairly ridiculous rule that potential NBA players must spend one year in college before they’re eligible for the draft has finally come back to bite its makers. University of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel was injured last week in a gruesome injury where his knee twisted in all sorts of ways a knee should not twist. Noel was projected to be the top pick in the NBA Draft at the end of the season. Now, out for the season with a torn ACL, his draft prospects-and basketball career-- are on much thinner ice than they used to be. Here’s a prime example for the NCAA to do something they rarely ever do-- issue a simple “we were wrong. Sorry Nerlens.”--and get rid of a rule that never should have been instituted. Don’t fret for Noel, though. No man with that perfect a high-top fade will fail to reach his NBA dreams.


Friday, February ,  Sports Editors: Nathaniel Ludewig ( and Elizabeth Weinstein (


Men’s Basketball Tailgate The men’s basketball team is 15-6 on the season and 7-4 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. They are coming off of a 1-1 road trip in which they destroyed University of Chicago 82-59 and fell in a tight game against Washington University in St. Louis. The Eagles return home tonight to host Case Western Reserve at the Woodruff P.E. Center (WoodPEC). In an effort to bring fans to the game, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) is cohosting a tailgate with College Council at McDonough Field. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. today. It will feature root beer kegs, face painting and a burrito-eating competition.

Baseball The Eagles’ season opener against Oglethorpe this week was postponed due to a rain out. The team now turns its attention to this weekend, when it will open the 2013 season on the road in Memphis, Tenn. against Rhodes College. Emory will face Rhodes on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. After the weekend slate, the baseball team returns to host Washington and Lee University on Tuesday. The game will be played at Chappell Park, weather permitting.


Going for 15, Eagles’ Title Quest Begins By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are both attempting to win their 15th consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) title as they traveled to Chicago on Wednesday for the UAA Championships. Preliminary events began Wednesday afternoon with the men’s one-meter dive, but the competition will run all the way through Saturday night. Ever since Head Coach John Howell took over the program in 1999, neither the men’s or the women’s team has failed to secure the conference title. The women’s team is currently ranked first in Division III, according to the Feb. 8 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll. Other UAA teams in the rankings are Chicago (8th), Washington University (11th) and Carnegie Mellon University (17th). The men’s team is ranked a UAA-leading sixth, accompanied by conference mates Chicago (12th), Carnegie Mellon (13th), Wash. U (14th) and Case Western Reserve University (16th). Junior Sadie Nennig, who was named the 2012 UAA Swimmer of the Year, leads the women’s team. Nennig notched the Eagles’ top times in the 100-meter backstroke, 200meter backstroke and 200-meter IM this season. The 2012 UAA Rookie of the Year, sophomore McKenna NewsumSchoenberg, has the Eagles’ top

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The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships this week at the University of Chicago. Both teams have won fourteen championships in a row. marks in the 1000-meter free as well as the 1650-meter free. The men’s team also boasts the returning UAA Swimmer of the Year in senior Peter O’Brien, who has posted the team’s best times this season in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter IM and 400-meter IM. The men, with a season record of 1-6, hung tough with schools like Florida State University and the University of Georgia before dominating several D-I schools in the Miami Invitational.

The women entered the championship meet at 4-3, having bested a pair of D-II teams in Florida Southern University and the University of Tampa. Competition began on Wednesday with the men’s diving preliminaries. The first Emory athletes to compete were Dobben, senior Ann Wolber, junior Ellen Schafer and sophomore Nancy Larson in the women’s 200meter freestyle relay, all of whom started the Eagles on a good foot with a first-place finish and time of

1:33.59. The men’s team of senior Richard Upton, junior Jake Stephens, sophomore Andrew Dillinger and freshman Matt Kuhlik followed in the same event with a second-place finish and a time of 1:24.06. Beach chipped in a strong performance in the women’s 500-meter freestyle, leading a pack of five Eagles in the top seven spots with a second-place finish. Emory dominated the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries as well, with

the women claiming five of the top six spots while the men earned two of the top three. Bass claimed the top spot in the men’s race. There is a long way yet to go for both teams, but the Eagles are off to hot starts in their bids to claim a 15th straight conference title. No matter how the championship meet finishes, it will be the first stepping stone to potential national championship runs for both squads. — Contact Ryan Smith at



The The Beej Knows Best: PreJosh Combine NFL Draft Edition Smith Question Jayson Patel

Jacob Eisenberg Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry already knows this story. A teenage hometown hero gets drafted by his city’s downtrodden franchise and is immediately thrown into the role of “franchise-savior.” He succeeds as his team becomes an Eastern Conference powerhouse and post-season mainstay. But after one too many years of “just missing” a big playoff breakthrough, the star grows dissatisfied. Upon becoming a free agent, he disappoints his fans as he opts to leave the team and city where he grew up. This is the story of LeBron James and Cleveland in the summer of 2010. However, if Atlanta is not careful, Josh Smith will follow this same path in the summer of 2013. Their stories, of course, are not identical. For starters, Smith (as much as he tries) will never be James. Secondly, unlike James who led Ferry (then the General Manager of the Cavaliers) into believing he would re-sign throughout the 2010 season, Smith has been forthright in saying that he will look to maximize profits in free agency. Remember, it was only four years ago in Smith’s first go-round in restricted free agency that he agreed to an offer sheet with the Grizzlies only to have the offer matched by Atlanta. Moreover, while Ferry was willing to give James the keys to the entire organization in Cleveland, he is reportedly unwilling to meet Smith’s demands for a max-contract in Atlanta. As it stands right now, Smith and Atlanta are at least $20 million dollars away in salary

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Welcome back to the newest edition of “The Beej Knows Best.” I am absolutely positive that you missed reading this weekly column significantly less than I missed writing it, but that is more than okay. Obviously the season is over, so I had to come up with something new to predict. I gave it some thought, fumbled around with trying to pick college basketball, realized it was too easy and landed on the NFL Draft. Of course! The NFL draft is the most hyped-up draft out of all the big four sports’ drafts. Teams spend millions of dollars scrutinizing every detail of these young and budding athletes, from testing their straight line speed to how well they can do a math problem. Coaches and General Managers can build their reputation or get fired

based upon how well they are able to draft. Teams can be completely rejuvenated by late round picks stepping into superstars. Every pick counts. This “Beej Knows Best” will be a mock of the first five picks with explanations. I will release more summaries as we get closer to the draft and as I get more information. But now, without further ado, the 2013 NFL Mock Draft. 1) Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M University The Kansas City Chiefs are quite the anomaly. They were the worst team in the NFL last season, yet they sent five players to the Pro Bowl. How does this happen? Their ability to find either superstars or busts and nothing in between is unprecedented. There is new management in Kansas City, and new management generally means new quarterbacks. However, there is no quarterback worth taking with the number one overall pick. Kansas City has too many problems to take a home run swing at quarterback and come up empty.

Luke Joeckel solves many of their problems. He is the best player on many draft boards, including my own. He is a durable left tackle, which is one of the most important positions ever. He will hold this down for the next decade. If Kansas City drafts Joeckel, and then proceeds to fill out the draft with multiple needs, turn around next season and grab a quarterback with their top pick and then continue to fill out the roster with all of their cap space, they will start to develop into a force to be reckoned with. 2) Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M University That’s right. I’m picking Manziel’s boys to go 1-2 in this year’s NFL draft. And it is deserving. Damontre Moore has been punishing quarterbacks all season long. He is a great pass-rusher, and the Jaguars had one of the league’s worst pass-rushing attacks. They need to build up their

See PATEL, Page 11


Kate Upton became just the fourth model to cover Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit issue twice. She is the first since Tyra Banks.

Upton Controversy Suggests Decline Nathaniel Ludewig


The Kansas City Chiefs earned themselves the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The team has a major need at quarterback, but many believe the team will go in a different direction.

Mid-February is an awkward time to be a sports fan. The NBA, NHL and college basketball regular seasons are completely meaningless and boring. On the football front, college National Signing Day is in the rearview, and the NFL combine is a ways away. Luckily for male sports fans, Sports Illustrated (SI ) came out with its annual swimsuit issue this week. The magazine’s predominantly male reader base has helped SI’s swimsuit issue become iconic, selling more than one million physical copies each year. Nowadays, the magazine is all about Kate Upton. Upton skyrocketed to national fame after a video

of her “dougie-ing” hit the Internet. She eventually parleyed this into last year’s SI swimsuit cover, and from there, she hasn’t looked back. Upton has popped up on countless magazine covers, viral videos and commercials in the last year. Most famously, she performed the “cat daddy” in a bikini for famed celebrity photographer Terry Richardson. This epic year of photos led to an even more epic photo shoot and SI cover shot that is now available to the general public. Upton is only the fourth model to grace SI’s swimsuit cover twice. This year feels different though. We now are starting to get the funny, awkward back-stories that we never used to get with Upton. First there is the shoot location. This year, SI decided they wanted to shoot in all seven continents. Upton was given sub-zero Antarctica. Clad in just a bikini, Upton, bless her heart, braved the cold to provide the people what they wanted.

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