INDEX Emory Events Calendar, Page 2
Police Record, Page 2
Staff Editorial, Page 6
Entertainment News, Page 9
Crossword Puzzle, Page 8
On Fire, Page 11
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Volume 94, Issue 35
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Business School Dean Steps Down By Dustin Slade Asst. News Editor
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At the opening of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference exhibit, students protested University President James W. Wagner’s controversial column that used the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of political compromise on Friday.
Civil Rights Exhibit Opens Amid Protests By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer Students protesting University President James W. Wagner’s controversial column about the ThreeFifths Compromise joined members of the Emory and Atlanta communities at the opening of a civil rights exhibit in the Robert W. Woodruff Library Friday evening. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) exhibit, titled “And the Struggle Continues,” chronicles the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contemporaries in achieving desegregation, gaining suffrage and dismantling systematic discrimination in the United States. The event, which began at 6 p.m.,
included speeches from civil rights leaders who were contemporaries of King. The exhibit comes to campus at a time when local and national groups are outraged over Wagner’s use of the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of political compromise in a column for Emory Magazine. The clause was an agreement made between the Northern and Southern states in 1787 and stated that only three-fifths of the slave population would be counted for purposes of taxation and voting representation. Faculty voted to censure Wagner on Wednesday. At 5:30 p.m. Friday evening, approximately 30 students convened at Asbury Circle with flyers and
signs with phrases such as “I am NOT an afterthought“ and “I deserve 5/5 respect.” Protestors consisted of members of the Student Revisioning Committee (SRC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among others. The protestors marched silently from Asbury Circle to the exhibit in the Schatten Gallery and Jones Room at Woodruff Library. “We’re here to show our solidarity against what — at least I personally feel, but I think a lot of us feel — is a shameless co-optation of the legacy of the civil rights movement by James Wagner,” said Patrick Blanchfield, sixth-year Laney Graduate School student.
Both Blanchfield and NAACP members said they did not wish to disrupt the opening of the exhibition. “We will continue to fight against the systematic disenfranchise and marginalization of students and faculty at Emory, and dismantle the culture of apathy and ignorance ingrained in Emory’s community,” said Kayla Hearst, president of Emory’s NAACP. Upon arriving, the protestors stood in a circle away from the exhibit holding their signs, awaiting the arrival of Wagner. “As long as they’re respectful of the event, I don’t have a problem with it,” said Rich Mendola, senior vice provost of library services and digital
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College senior Matthew Schwartz has spent the last couple of months working and reworking a script, pestering friends late at night to bounce off ideas and pulling together a production team for Emory’s 2013 Campus Movie Fest (CMF). CMF, a global competition in which the organization provides college students with the technology to make a five-minute short film in one week, kicked off at Emory on Feb. 13. University students scrambled to turn in their short films by the Feb. 19 deadline. CMF will take place in the Schwartz Performing Arts Center on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Schwartz, College senior Craig Swidler and Goizueta Business School sophomore Casey Horowitz spoke to the Wheel about their film, entitled “Temporality.” “Without revealing too much, we worked with eight different locations in four days,” said Schwartz, the director, editor, producer and screenwriter for the film. “It’s something that we didn’t think we would be able to accomplish.” The script started as a 32-page assignment for Schwartz’s screenwriting class last spring. Over winter break, he molded the script to about six and a half pages to fit the fiveminute limit. “[The script] was almost too ambitious and too complex to be executed in a five-minute short
The article also cited that in 2012, Goizueta did a better job placing its MBA graduates than every other top 25 business school in the country. Business students have expressed their appreciation for Benveniste’s service and expressed hope that a new dean will help push the school even farther. “I think it is important we stick to our roots and our core mission at Goizueta, but there is always room for change and improvement,” said Patrick McBride, the Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference Chairman on the BBA Council. “I am not looking for someone who is going to come in and maintain the status quo … At the same time, I don’t want someone to come in and say, everything we’ve done, and everything we’ve worked on in the last eight years, we’re going to change.” Hannah Chung, the BBA Council president, wrote in an email to the Wheel that although Benveniste’s largest contributions have been to Goizueta’s MBA program, the BBA program has also benefited from his leadership. The search process for a new dean will be conducted by the Provost’s office. Benveniste said he will remain dean through the transition process and he believes that whoever is next to take on the role of dean at Goizueta will be inheriting a phenomenal school. “From the staff to the faculty to the students to the alumni to the engaged business community, the next leader of Goizueta will be well-poised to accomplish great things during their tenure,” Benveniste wrote. Benveniste will remain in his position as dean of the B-School until a new successor is selected.
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Schwartz Directs Film for Campus MovieFest By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer
Larry Benveniste announced Feb. 15 that he is resigning from his position as dean of the Goizueta Business School after eight years. Following a transition to the next dean, Benveniste will maintain his position in the faculty as the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Finance and will assume an academic leadership role in the school’s Center for Alternative Investments. Benveniste explained in an email to the Wheel that his decision to step down came at a good time for both him and the B-School. “When I reflected on all we had accomplished in my eight years here, I felt now was a good time for me to do that and to allow the University ample time to complete a process of transition,” Benveniste wrote. “Our current footing as a school is very strong and that is important when you are looking for a successor.” In a letter to the Emory community, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire Sterk lauded Benveniste’s commitment to leadership post-resignation. “In his tenure as dean, Larry accomplished many goals, including guiding the program through the recent economic downturn,” Sterk wrote. “Despite huge economic pressures for both the school and its growing alumni — numbering more than 17,000 worldwide — Larry ensured Goizueta’s ability to thrive amidst such turmoil.” Benveniste was recently featured in a Feb. 12 article on Fortune.com in which he was accredited for helping turn around the B-School by leading a dramatic overhaul of the school. According to the article, during Benveniste’s leadership the last four years, Goizueta has shown the largest growth in reported salary and bonuses among U.S. News & World
Report’s top 25 business schools.
film,” said Horowitz, the film’s art director, recalling late-night brainstorming sessions. “When he showed me the script after winter break, I was in shock at how amazing it had become.”
Assembling the Team Schwartz directed the 2012 Campus Best Picture winner “Blackout.” This year, he assembled the largest team an Emory CMF production has ever had, which was around 20 students composed primarily of students in the Film Studies Department. All three agreed that they want to expand Emory’s film studies department. They hope that the department will gradually move away from an academically-based program and become more balanced between theory and practice, according to Schwartz. “It’s not a very large department here — it’s not NYU Tisch, but the filmmakers that have been coming out of this school lately are paving the way for new filmmakers, and inspiring them along the way,” said Horowitz. “I hope that through them we’re going to be able to build up this department to hopefully hit the same caliber one day as these really prominent film studies programs.” Schwartz said that he wanted to unify the talent of the Film Studies Department. “There was something telling us
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uniors Rhonda Caston (left) and Andre Haymer (right) engage in a tense poker hand during GlobeMed’s Casino Night Fundraiser Friday. With music of the roaring ‘20s in the background, students had the opportunity to show off their poker skills while also raising money for a good cause.
Alabama, Harris Halls To Be Renovated By Harmeet Kaur Staff Writer Alabama and Harris Residence Halls will undergo renovations during the course of the next two years. Renovations will include upgrades to the infrastructure and interior of the
residence halls. Andrea Trinklein, the executive director of Residence Life and Housing, said some of the renovations for the halls will include the additions of private bathrooms and study lounges. Trinklein said the project is going
to occur in two phases, with the first phase taking place this summer and the second phase to follow in summer 2014. Confining the renovations to the summer will allow the residence halls to remain open during the academic year and maximize the number of students that can live on
campus, according to Trinklein. “We have to be strategic with planning and make the most of the summer months,” Trinklein said. “Our goal is that we need to maintain a certain number of beds available for
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • At Sunday night’s 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, “The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” while, as widely expected, Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln.” As for best picture, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the winner, Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” via satellite on a projection screen in Dolby Theater. Receiving perhaps more publicity, however, was Academy Awards host and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, who took some crude shots at Jews in Hollywood, women and even the Lincoln assassination. • Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned from Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric Monday after a newspaper accused him of committing inappropriate acts in his relations with three current priests and one
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former priest. He made no specific public comment on the accusations dating back to the 1980s, which had been sent to the Vatican, but did say that he would not attend the deliberations at the Vatican over the selection of a new pope to replace Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict, after a nearly eight-year-reign, resigned unexpectedly on Feb. 11. • Ever wonder what constitutes an authentic Swedish meatball? As it turns out, authorities in Stockholm said they have detected horse meat in frozen meatballs sold at Swedish furniture giant Ikea. Labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across Europe, the meatballs were immediately taken off of shelves, according to an Ikea spokesperson.
POLICE RECORD • On Feb. 23 at 4:03 a.m. officers responded to a call from the Hamilton Holmes Residence Hall reporting that a male subject who appeared intoxicated had vomited into a cooking pot. According to the individual, he had just come back from Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar after celebrating his birthday. Emergency Medical Services arrived and determined the individual was able to go back to his room. The incident has been turned over to Campus Life. • On Feb. 24 at 1:00 a.m. Emory police received a call from a female student who said she was at a party at the Sigma Nu house located at 10 Eagle Row. According to the individual, she was restrained by one of the
members of the fraternity against her will but she was able to get away. She claimed that the individual appeared to be intoxicated. She was unable to identify the individual. Emory Police Department (EPD) are trying to determine the person involved. • On Feb. 16 at 3:10 a.m. Emory police responded to a call at the Hamilton Holmes Residence Hall of an underage individual found intoxicated and unresponsive. The subject admitted to having one to four drinks. The individual was transported to Emory Hospital. • On Feb. 18 at 1:34 p.m. an Emory faculty member contacted EPD to report that his phone had been stolen
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from his office. According to the individual, he noticed a suspicious individual exit his office when he returned from a meeting. Officers could not locate the individual. The phone is valued at $200. The incident has been turned over to an investigator. • On Feb. 19 at 12:25 p.m. officers received a report from the Woodruff Library that a subject created a registered library account and rented 18 books on that same account. Officers determined that the account was fraudulent. The 18 books are valued at $1400. The incident had been turned over to an investigator. — Compiled by Asst. News Editor
Feb 28, 1995 The Roberto C. Goizueta Business School received a gift of $3 million from the estate of the late alumnus Daniel James Jordan in 1995. Jordan received his MBA from Emory in 1983 and worked as an upper manager at General Electric. He died shortly before his wife, Ginny. The $3 million was used to support the construction of a new state-of-theart facility for the Business School, as well as faculty development and academic programs. The estimated cost of these renovations, according to then-dean of the Business School Robert E. Frank, totaled $20 million.
EVENTS AT EMORY
— Compiled by Staff Writer Lydia O’Neal
• In the Feb. 22 issue, Nour El-Kebbi’s name was misspelled in a cutline for her headshot in the story “Four Female Students Awarded Bobby Jones.” • In the Feb. 22 issue, the story “Wagner Hosts ‘Chit Chat’” mistakenly titled Elizabeth Howell as News Editor. She is Associate Editor. • In the Feb. 22 issue, the photo under the headline “Wednesday Dance Moves” was mistakenly attributed to Liqi Shu. The photo was taken by Assistant Photo Editor James Crissman.
This Week In Emory History
Event: Campus Peace Vigil Time: 12 – 12:20 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Event: My Nga Helms, PhD - “Redox Regulation of Lung Epithelial Sodium Channels” Time: 12 – 1 p.m. Location: 5052 Rollins Research Center Event: Mat Johnson, fiction writer Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library Event: CEBA: Reality Is! Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Winship Ballroom Event: The Whipping Man Time: 7 p.m. Location: Center for Ethics Event: Olivier Latry, organ Time: 8 p.m. Location: Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Event: School of Nursing Alumni Breakfast at Emory University Hospital Time: 8 – 10 a.m. Location: Emory University Hospital, B/C Room Event: Graduation Fair Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Emory Barnes and Noble Event: Workshop: A Primer on Recent Advances in Nonparametric Estimation and Inference Time: 2 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff Library 312 Event: Colloquium: Mat Johnson, fiction writer Time: 2 – 3 p.m. Location: Callaway Center N301 Event: Copyright & Your Thesis or Dissertation Time: 2 – 2:50 p.m. Location: Woodruff Library 314
Event: Xiaodong Cheng, PhD “Targeting Epigenetic Modifiers (writers, readers, and erasers)” Time: 4 – 5 p.m. Location: Winship Cancer Institute C-5012 Event: Summer Alternatives Info Session Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m. Location: Goizueta Business School, Room 500 Event: Compassion Meditation Group Time: 5 – 6 p.m. Location: Cannon Chapel 106 Event: International Careers Networking Night Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Miller-Ward Alumni House Event: After the Holocaust: The Prosecution of Nazi Crimes Against German Jews in West Germany, 1945-1949 Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Oxford Presentation Auditorium, Oxford Road Building Event: Campus MovieFest Finale Time: 7 – 11 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Event: Panel Discussion Papal Resignation Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Candler School of Theology 252
THURSDAY Event: Breast Reconstruction 101 Time: 7 – 8 a.m. Location: Emory University Hospital Auditorium Event: 10th Annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: 1301 Clifton Road Event: Graduation Fair Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Emory Barnes and Noble Event: Postcards From the Future: A Woman’s Guide to Financially Ever After Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Winship Ballroom Event: Self Care First: Wellness 101 for Caregivers Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m. Location: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing 201 Event: EndNote Introduction Time: 1 – 2:15 p.m. Location: Woodruff Library 314
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Lewis Says Conference Ideas Still Debated in Congress achieve King’s ideal society was a theme of the evening as Dorothy scholarship. “SCLC is in the spirit of Cotton, SCLC’s educational director, protest after all.” began her speech by singing a line The event itself drew a couple from a song from the civil rights era. hundred Atlanta residents and Emory Cotton described her experiences community members. working with King on the Citizenship As guests began to congregate in Education Program, which helped the Schatten Gallery in anticipation disenfranchised individuals gain the of the evening’s speakers, the protes- right to vote. tors gathered in the back holding Her speech highlighted the inditheir signs high to send their message vidual efforts of civil rights leaders to Wagner. Wagner’s arrival at 7 during the movement and charged her p.m. prompted the beginning of the audience in a call to action. speeches. “People sometimes talk like “The exhibition raises the ques- they’re waiting for Dr. King to come tion, ‘Well, just how far have we back and fix things — I want us to come?’ and the second question is, think about what do we see that’s not ‘How far do we have to go?’” Wagner working right, what do you see that’s said in his speech. not working right?” He answered his she asked. own question. At one point, “People sometimes talk “I personally Cotton broke into like they’re waiting for song and members have a long way Dr. King to come back of the audience to go, and I pledge myself toward and fix things — I want joined her. working toward that concluded us to think about what herShe just society that we speech by disdo we see that’s not all seek.” cussing the effects The atmosphere of divisions among working ... ” shifted to admipeople. ration with loud “[King] taught — Dorothy Cotton, applause and holus what did it mean education director of Southern lers of approval as to love those who Christian Leadership hate you,” she said. Congressman John Conference “Once you get anyLewis, a venerated member of the body in a category African-American and Atlanta com- and you measure each group against munity, stepped up to the podium somebody else, we do some weird to speak. things.” “The ideas that the SCLC strugBernard Lafayette, a distinguished gled for and Martin Luther King, scholar-in-residence at the Candler Jr. died for are still being debated School of Theology, told anecdotes today in the Congress, in the courts, about his experience during the freein legislatures, in the press and at dom riders movement of the early dinner tables around the country,” 1960s, which protested segregation Lewis said. on bus systems. Civil rights leader and former He stressed the importance of edupresident and CEO of SCLC Charles cating people about the civil rights Steele, Jr. described how the SCLC movement, as he himself teaches a forged a relationship with Emory class at Emory. University in 2005 and how the effort Lafayette underscored the importo gain equality endures. tance of continuing to strive for equalSteele recalled the story of A. ity, referencing the student protestors. Philip Randolph imploring President “Yes, the struggle continues. I Franklin Roosevelt to desegregate see some signs back there about the public services like buses and water struggle.” fountains, to which Roosevelt replied, The protestors filtered out of the “Make me do it.” Steele consequently gallery as the speeches concluded. — Contact Rupsha Basu at ended his speech shouting, “I promise email@example.com you one thing: We’re gonna make you do it.” This story originally appeared The idea that modern civil rights leaders have a long way to go to on the Wheel’s web site on Feb. 23
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Joint Campaigns Bill Fails, Oxford Candidate Bill Passes By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed potential changes to the election structure to allow joint campaigning and to allow Oxford continuees to participate in College Council (CC) elections. President and College senior Ashish Gandhi also introduced the updated process to apply to become a chartered organization. Gandhi, SGA Vice President and Nursing School senior Danielle Zamarelli, Student Programming Council (SPC) President and College senior Will Levinson and SPC Vice President and Business school senior Olubukunola Adebo presented a bill to amend the codes of elections to allow party candidacy so that students running for University-wide positions can campaign for another individual. Bill 46sl38 failed to pass on a 5-13-2 decision. If passed, the bill would have applied to SGA and SPC president and vice president as well as representatives-at-large. The bill would not apply to other divisional councils under SGA, such as the CC. Members of the Governance Committee, who voted not to pass the bill during their committee meeting, voiced their concerns about the bill. “On the university scale, it’s really important to give everyone their own individual opportunity,” College senior and SGA senior representative Malika Begum said. “I feel like it also discourages people to run.” Legislators were also concerned that this bill would cause tensions in the event that one person in a joint campaign did not win and one did. Supporters of the bill responded to these concerns. “If anything, this bill makes an attempt at making it clear to your voters who would rather work together,” College junior and SGA Campus Services Committee Chair Aaron Leven said. Student Life Committee Chair and College sophomore Calvin Li said that he thought that political party
systems work better at larger universities like UGA, and Emory’s SGA needs a more diverse representative body. Leven responded by saying that the passing of this bill did not necessitate the formation of political parties. He also said that the bill would increase the diversity of SGA. Finally, the biggest concern about the bill was its proximity to the elections, and many legislators said that they would prefer that they discuss the bill after elections during the lame-duck session. However, the legislature voted against tabling the bill for a future meeting, which meant that they had to vote on the bill during the meeting. “I’d rather [the bill] fail and then we can make it more encompassing of these concerns,” Gandhi said. Indeed, the bill failed to pass. SGA also voted to pass a bill on a 18-1-0 decision to allow CC to include Oxford continuees in its elections. College junior and SGA Representative-at-Large Raj Patel said that he believed Oxford sophomores ought to be included in the process because most of them become constituents their junior year. Currently, Oxford sophomores are only allowed to run for SGA and SPC president and vice president, SGA representatives-at-large, and Oxford continuee representative on CC. The bill makes it so that CC is now granted the authority to include Oxford continuees in their elections. It is now up to CC to vote to include them. If CC votes to do so, Oxford continuees can run for CC positions as well as junior representative on SGA. SGA also passed a bill to reapportion the legislature. The only changes to the legislature will be one more seat apportioned to the medical school, and one less to Rollins School of Public Health. Finally, Kara Maynard, Business school junior, was appointed as chief justice of the Constitutional Council, which adjudicates disputes about the interpretation of bylaws.
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he Emory community gathered in celebration of Charles Ives, an insurance salesman by day and a composer by night. From lectures to musical performances, students were able to experience and learn about Ives’ music. The weekend concluded with a Chamber concert at the Schwartz Center featuring performances from various music departments.
Residence Halls to Get Private Bathrooms and Study Halls Continued from Page 1 our students.” Trinklein said that the specifics regarding the upgrades and renovations for each of the residence halls will be identified in the coming months. Trinklein added that campus buildings are regularly scheduled for improvements based on their age and condition.
Since Alabama and Harris Halls are relatively old compared to most of Emory’s other residence halls, Trinklein said there was an impetus to make Alabama and Harris more modern and efficient. In addition, Trinklein said she wanted to ensure that facilities remain attractive and desirable to students. “Things like [upgrades] make the environment better,” Trinklein said. “If we can continue to make improve-
ments in the living facilities, the students would enjoy it more.” In terms of suggestions for upgrades, Alabama Hall resident and College sophomore Kristen Wilty cited a lack of adequate spaces in Alabama for students to study or work on homework. “It’s kind of inconvenient that we only have one study lounge and that it’s upstairs,” Wilty said. Wilty also said the open place-
ment of trash bins in the hallways of Alabama have created an unpleasant odor. She proposed the implementation of a room specially designated for trash bins, similar to what newer residence halls have. “Any improvement would be great, but I don’t think there’s anything that’s drastically necessary,” Wilty said.
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we’d be able to get it done, and we did, which has everything to do with the team Matt got together,” Swidler said. “Every person in their certain position was the most qualified to be in that position.” However, not everyone who participates in CMF is as extensively involved in film studies as Schwartz’s team. Some new CMF-ers have no experience in filmmaking at all. “Until you put yourself out there as an actor or producer or director or any of these things, you don’t have any experience,” said Swidler. It is a great opportunity for inexperienced filmmakers who don’t have the necessary materials to give it a shot, according to Swidler.
“Temporality” required four straight days of filming at eight different locations, followed by 21 hours of editing. Swidler jokingly recalled having to rein in Schwartz after the 15th take of one scene because they were running low on time. Horowitz remembers feelings of doubt over whether any of the takes were even usable. Aside from the technical aspects of weaving scenes together, each scene has cinematographic and artistic elements that need to be considered.
Production The CMF-imposed five-minute limit on movies is both a blessing and a curse for aspiring moviemakers. “Five minutes is definitely a challenge, but I don’t think it’s an unwelcome one or necessarily an inappropriate one,” said Swidler, the film’s line producer. “It’s a good way to teach people what five minutes means in film.” Indeed, Schwartz’s team spent upwards of 100 hours on the film, according to Swidler. CMF teams are provided a handheld camera, a laptop with editing software, a microphone and the necessary cables to produce a film. Each team has a different method, depending on how complicated the filming process is. According to Schwartz, the less locations there are, the more time there is to edit. This means that films with less diversity in setting give the production team the flexibility to film
D.C., respectively. Schwartz, who was somewhat acquainted with both actors, had them practice getting comfortable with each other prior to production, given that their characters were romantically involved. CMF encourages teams to not spend money in producing their film. All basic materials are provided by the organization. None of the actors or crewmembers of “Temporality” were paid; however, Schwartz was able to gather help from friends who invested money in order to purchase equipment.
“Five minutes is definitely a challenge, but I don’t think it’s an unwelcome one or necessarily an inappropriate one, it’s a good way to teach people what five minutes means in film.” — Craig Swidler, College senior and line produce The film is the cinematographic debut of College junior Olivia Luz. Luz and Schwartz had to consider every shot, scene by scene, paying attention to continuity. For example, they even considered details like the amount of water in a glass from one scene to the next. Horowitz’s job as art director required him to place every prop in a fashion that would be pleasing to the eye and appropriate for the scene. The lead actor and actress of the film were flown in early to prepare from Los Angeles and Washington
Last year, Schwartz’s film “Blackout” won Campus Best Picture and proceeded to make it into the top 50 at the national CMF competition. According to Schwartz, all the preparations for it were completed 72 hours before CMF. “If we were prepared this time around, we could take the film just as far if not further and have it more relevant to where we are in the world today with social media,” he said. Schwartz, Swidler and Horowitz said that they have high hopes for the film this year. “We got a lot out of the experience no matter what happens,” said Schwartz. “We feel like we have the majority of the Film Studies Department in on this project, so we want to take this to the number one spot.” All three aspiring filmmakers said that they hope to see more of a relationship between the film department and CMF in the future, stressing that the films students produce in the competition is a direct reflection of the skills they are taught at Emory.
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Tumultuous, Trying Time For Emory Community But There’s More to Our University Than Just Issues This year has been a tumultuous and trying time for Emory University. From the SAT admission scandal in the summer, to the departmental cuts in the fall, to President James W. Wagner’s column on the Three-Fifths Compromise last week, this school has had more than its fair share of controversy. Just recently, the New York Times published an article about Emory’s many problems. The article debuted on the front page of its website on Saturday. We at the Wheel would like to stress that while this school faces many concrete issues, we should be hesitant to oversimplify these obstacles and exaggerate the state of our community. No doubt there is great complexity in the problems at hand. Race and cultural insensitivity are not the only issues on campus. We are also faced with the question of transparency — or lack thereof — and communication on the part of the administration. Comparatively speaking, we believe that the University was far more forthcoming about the SAT scandal than it was with the department changes announced last fall. School-wide emails sent over the summer were honest, and efforts to amend the situation were swift. While shocked and saddened, we believe that the administration’s openness prevented the issue from being worse than it could have been. Had administrators exercised that same degree of transparency in announcing the closing of several departments and programs, perhaps we, as a community, would have been more optimistic about the upcoming changes instead of focused on an irresponsible process. National headlines would suggest that Emory is drowning in a sea of scandals, but we should be cautious to generalize and amplify. The recent New York Times article takes a broad look at Emory’s problems and lumps together an assortment of controversies that took place over the last 10 years, including an anthropology professor’s racial epithet and a confederate flag hung by a fraternity. While the piece does point out a number of concrete issues on our campus, we believe it also pigeonholes the way the entire student body and administration looks at race as a whole. This article, we believe, does not fully or fairly represent the entirety of our school and the good that this community also sponsors. Let us also not forget that despite all of the controversy, there are still good things at Emory. We, as an editorial board, are proud of the student body and faculty members for being active participants in the conversations that affect this campus the most. There is often the sentiment that Emory students are apathetic or lack school spirit, but recent events suggest otherwise. We also admire the African American studies and history departments’ joint letter, which shows the great concern many faculty members hold over Wagner’s comments on compromise. Within the administration, we applaud those who have acted in the best interests of the students. Dean Ajay Nair recently sent out a letter to students describing the formation of an adhoc committee sparked by student concerns on issues regarding “race, gender, privilege, sexual violence and oppression on campus.” The committee is made up of faculty, administrators from Campus Life and student leaders. Nair also praises the efforts of the “Rally Against Racism” and Student Government Association President Ashish Gandhi’s letter to the students, as both show the positive dialogue among members of the community. It is administrators like Nair in whom we should find inspiration and encouragement, and it is in these positive movements that we should find hope that together we are working towards a better Emory.
The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.
Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Harvard Crimson Harvard University Friday February 23, 2013 In its staff editorial, titled “Laptops and Luddities” the Crimson Staff discusses the problems with having laptops in class and how they are major distractions to students who are supposed to be engaging their professors.. Professors at Harvard are allowed to choose whether students can use laptops in class, but the Crimson Staff believes that there is some use to technology but it should be moderated. We have all seen it. That person checking their email in lecture. Or creeping Facebook in section. Or trawling the Web for good deals during seminar. Now, some professors are taking notice, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may follow suit. Last week, The Crimson reported on the status of laptop use at the College. Right now, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has no computer policy, allowing instructors to set their own rules about electronic devices. Yet this could soon change, as the issue of students using the internet during lecture has become a staple of faculty gatherings. Already, faculty members across the departments are placing bans on laptop use, deciding that “at the moment…arguments in favor of disallowing [laptops] outweigh” the positives. Professors should be fed up, and we agree that something has to be done. A few instructors have forbidden laptops entirely. We think that is a non-starter, and we find such an approach paternalistic and impractical. Our generation never learned shorthand, and today’s Harvard students take notes on computers or tablets. Mandating that everyone hand-write lec-
ture notes would be problematic, especially for people who write down their instructor’s every word. Further, it would arbitrarily disadvantage those whose handwriting is on the slower end of the spectrum. Yet there are other ways to minimize distraction in class. One possibility, mentioned by some faculty, is to turn off internet access during lecture. This would give electronic note-takers all the leeway they need, while eliminating the specter of online distraction. On the other hand, seminars and humanities-based sections are a different matter. Instructors and teaching fellows should have a right to restrict the use of laptops in these classes. Here, students are not meant to be stenographers, but rather active participants in discussion. Dialogue and repartee require an intimate learning environment, an aim hindered by the presence of electronic devices. We realize that many courses assign hundreds of pages of reading material per week and that some readings will have to be accessed electronically to save money and paper. For this reason, some seminars and sections allow Kindles or iPads, while others permit laptops, guarding against Facebook and Gmail through spot checks. We lament the delinquent behavior that laptops enable, and this situation must be remedied. However, an engaged classroom is not irreconcilable with computers and other electronics, which are valuable educational tools that enhance the educational experience of many students. We must not let this make Luddites of us all.
A Letter From an Alum WENCONG CHEN As a recent graduate of class 2012, I am grieved by the successive incidents at Emory that have tainted its reputation. Yet, at the same time, I am comforted to see the identity of an Emorian (I am not sure how we should be called) coming into shape. The present can be one of the defining moments of Emory history, because students, faculty, administration and alumni need to all come together to discuss and decide what it means to be Emory. Therefore, I would like to propose three things for us to discuss: 1. How are these going-to-be-eliminated departments valuable? 2. How can we improve Emory? 3. How is Emory unique? It may sound cliché or impractical to discuss the values of these departments at risk, but only when the administration, faculty and students truly see and understand the value of these disciplines, will we be able to join forces to preserve and improve them. Being a theater major with a film minor and having experiences in journalism, photography, education and business, I believe one of the key distinctions of a 21st century market is interdisciplinary understanding. To quote the founder of TEDxShanghai, “Arts without business cannot survive, and business without arts cannot thrive.” It would be hard to imagine the success of the iPhone without a sleek design, a business world without Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg, law schools without Teach for America participants, or new digital media without visual arts. Then how can we use this current challenge as an opportunity to improve Emory? It is a very absurd mentality from the administration that “if this department is not doing well, then let’s cut it and develop what we are good at.” It is as if my arms are too weak, but my legs are strong, then I will amputate my arms and become a 100-meter racer. What they have not looked into is the question of what the problems are that are preventing these departments from excelling? I propose that students, faculty members and administration work together to produce reports for each department that is facing cuts on its past achievements and shortcomings, difficulties it is facing and possible solutions. To my knowledge, one of the major issues is actually under-funding. Some of the departments that are going to be cut are extremely under-funded to be able to even produce a substantial amount of quality work. I wish that the Emory Wheel could investigate and publish the annual budget for each department that is going to be eliminated. Of course, the administration can argue that the econo-
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As a former staff member at Emory, I want to thank the Wheel for this well-written and researched piece. However, it seems clear to me that while the committee members and faculty deserve recognition and “applause” for their work on this report, it is the students who deserve the highest praise – not only for bringing the treatment of contracted workers to the attention of more privileged community members in the first place – but also for their unwavering persistence in holding Emory up to its highest ethical standards, despite the risks this unpopular stance posed to themselves and their futures. I am so grateful that these important issues of fairness, community, and dignified work are finally receiving the attention they deserve. — “Michael B.” 2.15.13
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Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) is one of the best design schools in the country. Emory could have started a partnership with SCAD like Brown with Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) or Columbia with Juilliard. Emory has gained national recognition with its bioengineering program through a collaborating effort with Georgia Tech, the same could be done with the visual arts. With this partnership, Emory can host architecture and interior design majors and this will surely attract many competitive applicants. All these possibilities lead to the final question: How is and how should Emory be unique? I think two major problems with Emory’s current administration are the focus on short-term investment return and the lack of a clear vision. College education needs to focus on the long-term development of a human being rather than a student’s first job, first-year salary or the prospects of securing donations. It does not matter if a student is business major, science major, humanities major or arts major, we must understand and appreciate all these
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disciplines. This is how general arts education was founded. Many of the students I know have felt that Emory has invested a lot more efforts in business and science than humanities and the arts. This could be how Emory distinguishes itself, but what it has forgotten is that what the 21st century business values the most is creativity, humanity and culture. After Facebook, what is next? Emory should change for the better. I am glad but surprised by the proposal of a new Contemporary Chinese Studies program to replace these departments. As a Chinese international student myself, this decision confuses me greatly. Emory’s affiliation with the Dalai Lama has hindered its relationship with China for a long time, and Emory’s official website is often blocked in China. The Chinese department is not one of Emory’s strongest departments. Why China now? Is it just because everyone is talking about the rise of China? But how is Emory going to compete with other already-established schools? How will Emory approach this topic from a unique angle? However, I do believe this program has great potential. The coexistence of a Tibetan program and a Chinese program can open dialogues and discussions, and mark Emory as an inquirydriven and ethically engaged school. But first, Emory needs to have a clear vision of what it wants to become. Emory has always claimed to be ethically engaging. I was an avid issues troupe member and a Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men (BAM) step dancer, and the founder of Emory Chinese Theater Club. Still, it was very rare for me to be involved in any discussions on race, gender, religion or ethics during my four years in college. I am proud to see the whole student community start engaging in these discussions after the SAT scandal and the Three-Fifths Compromise remarks these past few months. What I fear is that the whole Emory community will quickly break into different opinion camps and stop listening to or further challenging each other. It is time for the administration to show us a clear vision of where Emory is going. I think Emory’s administration, faculty and alumni should stand up now and pursue these discussions even further along with the students. It is through this process that we start to form and shape the identity of Emory. It is through this process that we start to build a community. I wish this is how I will remember my alma mater, for this is the Emory where I will always belong.
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my is still in recession and tough calls need to be made. But there are so many possible cost-effective alternatives to improve these departments. It is now time for the administration to acknowledge that these departments have the potential to make Emory into one of the best universities in the world. It would be a shame if the administration threw this opportunity away and it would only show its incompetence if it does. For example, CNN is in Atlanta. This fact alone should have made Emory a national destination for journalism majors. However, when I had my internship at CNN in the summer of 2009, to my knowledge, I was the only one from Emory out of 70 interns. Collaboration between the two institutions can be very exciting. Emory can develop journalism-training programs with CNN, and even student mentorship programs with established CNN journalists. With the economic recession, CNN is producing more local news to scale down traveling expenses. This is a great opportunity for Emory to be in the national spotlight. Emory can share its resources with CNN by providing expert commentary or workshops.
“Controversy Arises Over Wagner’s Column” 2.19.13
The Headline should read: Engineer Wagner Proves Why A Liberal Arts Education Is Essential. — “Ashamed Alum” 2.20.13
“Controversy Arises Over Wagner’s Column” 2.19.13 Wagner has set Emory University behind in race relations by more than 50 years. In fact, he’s erased all the gains made under Bill Chase’s presidency. Emory is now again seen as “that school in the South.” And for this, Wagner should leave.
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Making Use of Our Education MARY SHIRAEF As a senior getting ready to face the socalled “real world,” the purpose of a liberal arts education is a concept that is ever present on my mind. I have been grappling with the personally fulfilling/purely pragmatic divide in higher education this year through numerous conversations, as well as a pet academic paper. This led me to attend a talk called ”Chat with President Wagner: The Value of an Emory Education,” originally meant to be a small, intimate conversation on the vision of Emory University amongst Emory’s president and a few upperclassmen. The tide for the event turned last week however, when an online uproar resulted from President Wagner’s insensitive reference to the 3/5 Compromise as a necessary step to our progress as a nation in his “Letter from the President” essay in Emory Magazine. Given the sustained discontent with his comment among students and faculty, the conversation of the night’s talk inevitably strayed from its intended course, but in my mind, successfully addressed its original aim to demonstrate that an Emory education is indeed valuable. Wagner entered the Tower penthouse to 15 silent, suspicious students seemingly demanding a defense for his clear intellectual mistake. He helped break the tension by immediately addressing the clear “elephants in the room.” In order to discuss what everyone was really interested in, he flew through the original comments he had prepared, all of which were thought-provoking and commendable aims for a liberal arts institution — such as the need for a liberal arts education to instill its students with an ability to view the world through the other’s eyes, rather than simply their own. He gladly provided himself as an example of someone who did not achieve this aim in his recent bad analogy. He relatedly emphasized the importance of coherent communication, which in addition to “free speech” should focus on “freedom to be heard,” suggesting those with tolerance and respect for another person’s argument are the ones who actually hear other people’s arguments. Those who listen to others benefit from the flow of information higher education can provide. Emory aims to instill this perspective, and in my experiences, it has been largely successful. Extending his argument, I suggest that those without
proper education will not have the capacity to hear and comprehend other people’s arguments — an indisputably rampant phenomenon in America. His other points were equally valid, and although marred by a poor example, his point on the importance of being able to compromise to progress remains worthy of consideration. The American political system is based on compromise, and the rampant refusal to compromise in Washington is indeed deeply concerning. Wagner clarified that compromises on varying parties’ interests, rather than on important principles, are the compromises for which his essay argues. Because I was in search of an argument for the liberal arts being a public good, rather than simply an individual good, I found many of his points useful. In summary, compromise is necessary for the continued success of our nation, and compromise is next to impossible without coherent communication and an ability to see outside oneself. For these reasons, among others, a properly constructed liberal education is indeed valuable because it provides citizens who contribute to
The New York Times recently wrote that last Friday’s reception to celebrate the Woodruff Library’s exhibition on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) “could have been more poorly timed, but not by much.” I could not disagree more. The reception provided a vital context for assessing President Wagner’s statements and moving forward as a community. The Civil Rights leaders who addressed the audience spoke warmly of President Wagner, but their remarks provided an ethical vision that is diametrically opposed to that which he has exhibited in his column and administrative decisions. In his column, President Wagner praised the virtue of “compromise.” His example was a “compromise” that condemned millions of African Americans to enslavement in the service of the “higher aspiration” of preserving national unity. The civil rights leaders who spoke Friday — Representative John Lewis, Charles Steele, Jr., Dorothy Cotton and Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. — spoke of the virtue of being uncompromising. Faced with a task that was in many ways much more difficult and daunting than that of the Constitution’s framers, they refused to compromise by leaving the most vulnerable behind or adopting methods that would harm others. These Civil Rights leaders provide a critical rubric for assessing the compromises that we have made as a community. In these pages, Black Student Association President Jovanna Jones has explained why she was “not surprised” by President Wagner’s statement. For Jones, Wagner’s statement was a reflection of an Emory community that “refuses to embrace the actual practice of understanding and appreciating diverse populations.” It is indicative of what Kayla Hearst, leader of the Emory chapter of the NAACP, has described in the Wheel as a “culture of apathy and ignorance.” These assessments contrast with the reactions of those of us who considered President
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NATALIE DECKARD Emory University is at a crossroads. I don’t refer to the series of ridiculous administrative and student decisions that have made our university appear to be a racist throwback from the Jim Crow South. I don’t refer to the news coverage about the endemic classism that we live with at Emory. These are disheartening events that have rocked us as a community, but they are events that are already in the past. What remains to be seen is how we move forward. When I refer to a crossroads, I refer to a proposal to bring Emory up to par with 46 of the 50 top universities in the United States by ensuring that child care is affordable for students with dependents. Research shows that these programs specifically benefit female students, students of color and students from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds by allowing them to pursue their educations and fulfill their parenting responsibilities. Currently, student parents can choose to attend 46 of the top 50 universities in the United States without fearing that their children will be left in sub-standard environments while they are in class, but Emory is not in this 92 percent. While the administration fights accusations of racism and classism with branding and PR, it overwhelmingly tells the minority and low-SES students who beat the odds as young parents to gain admission that they should look elsewhere for their
e ducations. To be sure, the vast majority of undergraduate students at Emory do not have dependents. The number is so small that the pro-
Wagner Must Change His Approach HAROLD BRASWELL
the strength of the whole. Wagner’s essay, which disregarded the “repugnance” of slavery, did not fulfill these aims, but his response did. He has owned up to his mistake, offered numerous public apologies and maintains that the mistake was his own and not that of the institution. This column is not however, to offer a defense for Wagner. Rather, I simply suggest that the capacity Emory faculty and students alike have to take the seemingly endless issues this yea, and openly address them in intellectual conversation is demonstrative of the inherent value of an Emory education. We are becoming critical thinkers, which this world badly needs. We are learning to think outside of ourselves, and you know it. The criticism of Wagner’s comments was necessary, but addressing the ideas and issues it brought up are much more so. Most importantly, shun overt cynicism. Shun ignorance. Education is essential, and we are getting some of the best available. Enjoy it, then use it to make a better world.
Wagner’s statement an aberration. This contrast illustrates our own unwillingness to understand. We must examine the “compromises” that we have made with the culture illustrated by President Wagner’s analogy and make a sincere and systematic assessment of how our actions replicate harmful institutional dynamics. As Emory’s leader for 10 years, President Wagner has played a crucial role in this culture. His essay must be assessed in the context of his policies. While the Wagner administration has made strides to foster diversity at Emory, we must examine the deleterious impact of the administration’s departmental cuts, labor policies and subversions of institutional transparency and democratic process. We must also examine how the administration’s policies have contributed to an environment in which professional success, college rankings and academic fashion seem, at times, more valued than substantive intellectual and ethical engagement. We must hold President Wagner accountable for both his statements and for his fostering of an institutional environment in which they have been thinkable, sayable and, sadly, defendable by people who should know better. Without such accountability, there can be no moving forward. We will just wait until the media storm “dies down” before returning to our old ways. We as a community cannot “compromise” on our president. President Wagner has failed significant segments of our population and greatly damaged our institutional norms. We must force him to drastically change his approach to his management, or — if we doubt his ability to do so — to resign. Whatever our conclusion, the outcome cannot end the discussion. It must be a starting point for a broader shift in Emory’s culture. One thing we can all do is to attend the “Rally Against Racism” this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. Another should be to visit the SCLC exhibit and archives at the Woodruff Library. There one can find a model for leadership that is truly ethically engaged.
Harold Braswell is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.
posal currently on the table is for graduate students — about 7 percent of whom are parents. Of this 7 percent, most have household incomes that would exclude them from any university subsidy under the current proposal. For a relatively small percentage living in low-income households, however, such a subsidy can make all the difference. Although other graduate schools offer to subsidize dependents’ tuition on a sliding scale based on household income, Emory students are free to pay the full tuition of $1,200 per month per child at the oncampus Clifton School or comparable rates at preschools throughout Atlanta. For those graduate students who live on an average stipend of under $20,000 per year, to attend Emory and raise children sets up failure. When I began meetings regarding correcting what I naively assumed was an oversight on the part of the administration, I was confronted with a single argument — low-income students should choose between being parents and going to graduate school. Those making these arguments seemed not to realize that these feelings were problematic. This ignorance is indicative of a cultural problem, the same one written about in the Washington Post and the New York Times, seen on CNN and making its way across social media. This problem is festering in an environment of intolerance, privilege and apathy that is so deeply ingrained that any suggestion to better it is met with resentment and distrust. The uncaring and unbelievably entitled responses to this proposal showed me that we, as an institution, have become unsustainably out-of-touch. I have also been met with surprising amounts of support from students and administrators who want a better Emory, an Emory that is truly a community for all of us. This support has made it possible to hope that things can change. I write this op-ed with hope for the direction that the Emory community will choose to take at this crossroads. I hope that we will not choose to go backwards, not choose to affirm the culture for which we have been so painfully, publicly, humiliated. I hope that we will make real changes to Emory that will bring us into step with other elite universities. And I know that these changes will not come without administrative commitment, commitment through initiatives like a subsidy program for early childhood education that is available to students in low-income households. Now is the time to make a conscious choice to bring all students into the community, and I hope we choose to do so.
Natalie Deckard is a PhD student in the Laney Graduate school from Queens, NY.
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Technology Has Subsumed Our Lives At one time, the purpose of technology was to reduce one’s work and to make it more efficient. A boom in technological advancement created the Industrial Revolution and helped establish the postwar economy during the 20th century. It extended from the railroads to the refrigerator, washing machine, microwave and so forth. And the result was more time to think, contemplate, visit with friends or do whatever it took to make oneself happy. And the TV came in the late 1940s and the early ‘50s — for those who could afford it, which was the predecessor to how much of today’s technology functions. But somewhere there was a tipping point in which technology shifted away from industriousness and toward taking people’s time away. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, text messaging and binging on Netflix for hours at a time, social media and the Internet have removed much deliberation from daily life, which is especially true of the Millennial generation. And considering that most social media was developed within the past 10 years, there is no telling how much it will grow in the future. Most college students’ days revolve around classes, schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but too much of the time in between is ceded to technology and, often times, this
indulgence is glorified by Internet memes. It’s easy to see the effect of social media on socializing and time management. Notice how common it is on campus to see a shuttle full of people with headphones in their ears and their eyes fixated upon the screen of a cell phone — often at the same time. And how frequently do people complain about being busy or not having enough time to socialize, when so much of their time is devoted to mindless self-indulgence? And despite all of this so-called social media, people our age are increasingly inept at carrying a conversation — social media has reconstituted the very essence of socializing with friends and interacting with others. Too often the norm is that when a group of friends hangs out, half are on their phones or computers and the exception is actual time spent face-to-face. The devotion to social media is one of the most definitive characteristics of our generation and, unfortunately, so are many of its consequences. This obsession with connectivity and the need to tell others about the most mundane events of one’s day comes also at the price of Millennials having a reputation for being self-absorbed, poorly equipped to handle the work force, overly sensitive to criticism and extremely entitled.
No doubt, social media can serve a useful purpose when used in moderation: it is a good way to stay in touch with people, share news and it is an easy way to communicate. Social media has the power to create political change, which was seen during the Arab spring and during the past two presidential elections. But much of the time, it seems as if technology is the master of the user, rather than the other way around. Essentially, the world is a much more interesting and fulfilling place when one might actually stumble into a conversation with a stranger, notice the pretty weather outside, or simply relax without the nagging of a cell phone or the need to check updates. In fact, it’s part of what makes us human beings. Experiencing parts of the world also seems a bit more interesting than watching a video of a cat or a seeing a picture of your friend’s dessert on a Facebook news feed. As American philosopher and writer Robert M. Pirsig, said: “We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.”
Ross Fogg is a College junior from Fayetteville, Ga.
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Arts&Entertainment Tuesday, February 26, 2013 A&E Editor: Annelise Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rushdie On Hidden Fortress By Eric Frank Contributing Writer
the stark, arresting artwork of Frida Kahlo. Rivera’s work depicts large, yet personal scenes of people and slightly suggestive imagery; however, his wife’s work completely contrasts with his own. There is absolutely nothing suggestive about Frida Kahlo’s work, as she tackles striking subject matter head-on, such as her miscarriage and her own face. I found Frida’s self-portraits to be unforgiving, complex and completely fascinating. My favorite pieces, however, were the photos of Frida and Diego at the end of the exhibit. The love between the two artists was very evident and was an appropriate conclusion to the
What does a Japanese movie from the ’50s have to do with “Star Wars”? University Distinguished Professor at Emory University Salman Rushdie and members of the Emory faculty had a lot to say about the connection during a panel discussion this past Friday. The film “The Hidden Fortress,” directed by Akira Kurosawa, and its profound influence upon “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” was the focus of the conversation. “The Hidden Fortress” is an often comical tail beginning with two peasants, commonly perceived as the models for C-3PO and R2D2, wandering about after having just fought in a battle during the Warring States period in Japan. The peasants become entangled with the great general of the defeated clan who is trying to protect his princess so that she may begin to restore her nation. The princess is masculine in personality and rebellious and is viewed as the precursor to Princess Leia. Narrative, style and technological innovation were some of the topics that were delved into, but the thin line between paying tribute and plagiarizing ignited the opinions of the panel the most. The other panelists were Eddy Von Mueller, lecturer of the Department of Film and Media Studies, and Cheryl Crowley of the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. The panel was moderated by Matthew Bernstein, the Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies. The discussion began with Mueller explaining how George Lucas, the director of “Star Wars,” is part of the first generation of American filmmakers to have access to international films and films that were made a relatively long time ago. Lucas is one of the “film brats,” as they are called, along with other acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. These men were part of the first generation of American direc-
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Emory Dance Company performed this weekend at the High Museum, interpreting the art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The performance was part of the museum’ s College Night, which also featured other performances, exhibitions and activities.
High’s College Night Showcases Emory Talent By Jordie Davies Staff Writer
rt! Dance! Culture! Whatever you were looking for on Saturday night, the High Museum of Art’s College Night had it all. College Night was a colorful, artistic playground of excited students, fantastic exhibitions, activities and performances. The High Museum ushered in students from all over Atlanta to visit the new Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit, fostering a lively environment to match the magnificent artwork of Frida and Diego, with salsa lessons and delicious food. This event showcased student talent as well, featuring student artwork from Kennesaw State University and dance performances with members of the Emory Dance Company. The High Museum was in full form, as stu-
dents lined the lobby level perusing amazing works by student artists from Kennesaw State. A few particularly striking pieces were by Kelly Ozner, whose photographs depicted working class Southerners. Her photo entitled Winston, 2013 captured my attention, making me wonder about the man in the picture with a Banksy T-shirt and a faraway look in his eyes. Another notable piece was by Mersia Mafin, titled Eggs in a Basket, wherein a woman’s form was skillfully painted kneeling forward as she clutched a basket of eggs. According to its description, the painting was to “reflect the thoughts that nest in one’s head.” The painting was brilliant and enthralling, certainly provoking introspection.
Following the student exhibition was an exciting salsa dance break led by students from the University of Georgia. With cultural cues taken from the Frida and Diego exhibition, the salsa lessons were an animated portion of the night, and students had a great time dancing to the beat. The museum also provided delicious Mexican dishes, from Mexican hot chocolate to flavorful empanadas, which I simply had to try as a serious journalist. The vibrant aesthetics and activities certainly added to the overall excitement about the exhibition. Of course the Frida and Diego Exhibit itself was in full form, featuring richly colored, deeply moving paintings by Diego Rivera and
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Starving Artist Productions Leaves Audience Speechless By Emelia Fredlick Staff Writer In today’s world, where we have the ability to see every story there is to see onscreen, onstage or on the page, it’s rare that a performance leaves you truly speechless. But it happened. That was the power of Starving Artist Productions’ most recent production, An Inspector Calls, which runs through March 2 at the Black Box Theater in the Burlington Road Building. J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls tells the tale of the Birling clan, a well-to-do British family who finds their dinner party interrupted by a police investigation concerning the recent suicide of a working class girl named Eva Smith. As the investigation proceeds, the Birlings are forced to confront the terrible possibility that each of them played a role in the girl’s death. An Inspector Calls is both a crime drama and a tragic tale of human relationships. At the opening, the play draws you in with the mystery surrounding Eva’s demise: Who is this girl, and what does the family know about her? But as the night continues, the focus shifts from an individual person’s story to a universal tale of the power every human being has to affect another. That said, there’s no easy way to sum up what An Inspector Calls is really about. Theater scholars have interpreted the play to be, among other things, a symbol of socialism versus capitalism, a discrediting of
the intentions behind chivalry and a critique of morality. But no matter what the play’s deeper meaning may be, it’s still intriguing for its sheer family drama and depiction of life in the Edwardian era. And that’s really a testament to the play itself. The most haunting moments of An Inspector Calls occur in the casual way the family talks about their interactions with the
There wasn’t one stand-out role in the performance: each actor was cast perfectly. doomed Eva Smith, and each of their seemingly minor mistakes, which ended up causing her downfall. There wasn’t one stand-out role in the performance: each actor was cast perfectly, and they all played their parts with honesty and ease, giving the audience the impression that each of these characters’ contributions to the plot, and to the world in general, had equal weight. Sheila Birling, played by College sophomore Kelly Spicer, could have easily been written off as the ingénue, but avoided that categorization with sincere illustrations of guilt, inquisitiveness and internal conflict. College junior Rob Gelfand man-
aged to make you both love and hate Eric Birling. And College senior Brandon Munda, who played the titular Inspector Goole, had a remarkable stage presence which evoked the feel of a traditional film-noir detective, who, without saying a word, told you that he knows everything. If anything, what deserves special praise is the exceptional set and costume design. Having all the action transpire in one central location — the Birling family’s dining room — puts all the emphasis on the environment, which comes to serve as both a room for entertaining and a place where tragedy unfurls. The authenticity of the staging comes from the details, like old-fashioned portraits on the walls and the conventional velvet armchair. This staging impressively conveyed the fashions of the classic Edwardian era. Yet, instead of merely showcasing their wealth and class, the setting serves most successfully as a stark opposition to the horrific stories the family tells of their dealings with the working class. The play certainly has a different connotation now than it did when it premiered in 1945. Arthur Birling’s speech about how technology will soon render war completely futile would be a lot more jarring to a world just coming off of World War II, and the debate over workers’ rights was at its zenith. But maybe the coolest thing about An Inspector Calls is that today, those themes really don’t feel all
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Composer and violinist Daniel Romain performed at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday as part of the Candler Concert Series, which brings eight performers to Emory annually.
Roumain Charms with Fresh Performance By Monica Yang Contributing Writer Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain wowed his audience last Friday night with a fresh and unconventional performance in the packed Emerson Concert Hall of the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Roumain performed alongside members of the Harlem Chamber Players and Sphinx Organization: violinists Ashley Horne and Monica Davis, violist Adam Hill, cellist Lawrence Zoernig and pianist Yayoi Ikawa. His performance was part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, a series made possible by a gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler. It brings
eight world-renowned artists and ensembles to Emory each year. Roumain’s program began with violin soloist Monica Davis somberly playing the “Unaccompanied Sonata No. 2 in A minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Afterwards, the lights dimmed and Roumain’s exciting performance of “Filter,” a self-composed work, began. “Filter” sounded similar to a frightened bumble buzzing from place to place. It caught the audience’s attention, and it revealed a fantastic use of the violin to create surprisingly new sounds. He ended this song with a sudden stomp. “Filter” is a quintessential example of how Roumain’s career is marked by unconventional contemporary performances. It shows a new use of the
violin that breaks the classical notions of string performances. For example, he even played the violin like a guitar at one point of the performance. The more notable performances of the night included “Deep Woods Blues” by cellist Lawrence Zoernig, and the Three Soul Settings of Bach Chorales. The cellist explored all the expressive possibilities of his instrument, at times playing it with his bow in the traditional manner, but often plucking the strings with his fingers, tapping the neck or using the instrument’s body for percussion. Goizueta Business School senior Glen Silverman said after the concert that he “had no idea the cello could do that in the song ‘Deep Woods
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Charles Ives Asks Emory ‘Why Not?’ By Chris Ziegler Staff Writer Performing the music of Charles Ives, the Emory University Wind Ensemble instilled a renewed American patriotism into the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts audience on Saturday. Ives’ career resonates today, whether through the memory of his diverse accomplishments or rich musical catalog. Shown through the musicians’ frequent intentional mistakes, eccentric rhythms and melodic polytonality, Ives embodied the courageous mindset that wasn’t afraid to ask, “Why not?” Featuring a large group of clarinet, trumpet, trombone and other instruments, the ensemble opened with Ives’ “Overture and March: ‘1776.’” This piece shifted frequently between calmer melodies and louder moments, keeping the audience on its toes. However, the group’s collective playing sounded somewhat disjointed and out of tune. This musical dissonance was actually highly valued by Ives. “Every great inspiration is but an experiment,” he said, reflecting the uniqueness of his work. Ives’ pieces often have polytonality, the use of multiple musical keys simultaneously. Although this causes his music to sometimes sound atonal to the listener, such an approach highlights Ives’ courage to experiment and try new ideas. Five songs from “Old Home Days Suite” were next performed. All timed around two minutes or less, the inspiration of these pieces ranged from the Main Street march of a village band to a family pet’s funeral. This subject variation exemplifies the variety of topics that Ives was passionate about. Despite numerous song subjects, however, an underlying sense of Americana pervades throughout his work. “Country Band March” brings to life the sounds of a smalltown American band at a holiday festival. This “fictional music” transports the listener to another time and place where memories of past tunes flash through the mind. The ensemble played various short excerpts of “Yankee Doodle,” “Marching Through Georgia” and other popular songs individually before performing the piece collectively. Put together, these short segments meshed into a fun rendition full of energy. Deliberate mistakes, mirroring the talent of an amateur country band, had the audience laughing. Conductor Scott Stewart humorously seemed to want nothing to do with last straying note, throwing it away with a thrust of his arm. A cutout of Ives casually sitting in a chair was placed onstage, smiling like the rest of the crowd. After an intermission, “Circus Band” was played next. This piece
featured a quicker tempo and was primarily tonal, but “wrong” notes were sometimes hit to mimic an amateur band like the previous song. Like the other pieces, “Circus Band”’s upbeat melodies dripped of nostalgia for simpler American times. An innocence of decades long gone flows through Ives’ music, reminding the listener of the days when the Main Street band was the preferred entertainment. Throughout the performance, narrator J. Peter Burkholder explained the historical context of Ives’ work as well as the significance of specific parts of songs. Using Burkholder’s direction, the audience knew what mental image to form during “Decoration Day.” Referencing what is now Memorial Day, the piece conveyed the mood of decorating military gravestones on the holiday. Slow and largely dissonant melodically, this piece occasionally included a light rendition of “Taps” in the background. However, because Memorial Day is ultimately a day of fond remembrance and honor, the song’s tempo and mood suddenly picked up toward the end into a march. Keeping the audience interested is easier when well-known and relatable songs are performed. “Ives had a way of tossing odd bits of Americana into the European soup-pot,” praised composer Leonard Bernstein, “thus making a whole new symphonic brew out of it” that holds listeners’ interests. This “brew” included the penultimate piece “Variations on America” which featured numerous alternations of the “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” namesake. The piece is the earliest instance of musical polytonality as the familiar melody is reshaped continuously. However, the ensemble was cohesive enough to keep the strains of the original melody intact so that the audience could follow. Despite being originally written for organ, the ensemble’s performance sounded natural. Wrapping up the evening was “Finale from Symphony No. 2.” A rousing crescendo of the ensemble ended the evening with a bang. The audience left the Schwartz Center with a new appreciation of Ives’ American music. Because these songs do not follow the strict melodic or rhythmic perfection of other composers, Ives’ music is not for everyone. However, Ives can be lauded for his trailblazing experimentation and refusal to simply adhere to common musical precedents. The Emory Wind Ensemble brought the audience back in time to small-town America. As long as Ives’ music continues to be performed, audiences will continue to gain glimpses into a period far different from today.
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Daniel Roumain knew how to connect with the audience on Friday, giving an entertaining and thought-provoking violin performance at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts that resulted in a standing ovation.
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the song, and therefore brought more state, “This is my weapon of choice. I meaning to the audience as they lis- wouldn’t know what or where I would tened to his productions. be without the violin.” An added He then touchdelight of the coningly thanked cert was Roumain’s a family in the commentary on his “Daniel Roumain’s compo- audience that position on educasition was incredible! His was currently tion and the arts. in Atlanta; mixture of tonal and atonal living Roumain stated they were from that he believes harmoies really brough out his adolescent that an increase in the passion in his music.” years in Florida school violence is and they had strongly correlated helped him rec— Glen Silverman ognize and harto the decrease business school senior vest his musical in funding by the government for talent for greater the arts at public things. He humschools. bly stated that he He shouted, “I am a proud product was eternally grateful to them. of public school education.” He then Overall, Roumain’s pieces were proceeded to raise his violin and more suspenseful than melodic. They
exhibit. Fortunately, the end of the art exhibit did not mark the end of College Night. A fantastic dance performance choreographed by Helen Hale and performed by members of Emory Dance Company reflected the spirit of Frida and Diego’s art. The performance was aided by seemingly simple props, including a few chairs, a potted plant and thin redtinted tubing, and the dancers themselves were draped in 19th centurystyled clothing. The dance, however, was as surreal, dramatic and intriguing as Frida and Diego’s work itself. The dance was a mixture of modern, hip-hop and interpretive styles, with the three dancers recreating Frida and Diego portraits, skillfully transitioning from one still to the next. Colorful lights were cast over the dancers, pulsing and shifting with the music. A room of about 100 onlookers stood mesmerized by their hypnotizing movements, which featured moments of resistance and surrender, as the dancers lifted, pushed and intertwined before the audience. The piece was very well executed, with the dancers completing costume changes while maintaining a dreamlike appearance. Portions of the dance were chilling and ominous, as one dancer wrapped the tubing around her neck and stained her white dress with a pomegran-
The dance was absolutely captivating.
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much to say on the topic of crossing the line into plagiarism, citing tors to go to film school and thor- Clint Eastwood’s character in Sergio oughly study film history. Thus, they Leone’s “A Fist of Full of Dollars.” were the first to be influenced by Rushdie stated that Eastwood’s charworld cinema. This unprecedented acter is too closely related to the main access is the reason that Lucas was character in “Yojimbo,” by Kurosawa, able to see and study a film like “The and in this instance it is “too close for Hidden Fortress” and use some of comfort.” He made it clear that generwhat he saw as the inspiration for al influences are acceptable, but that many aspects of “A New Hope.” when specific characters, or specific Mueller went on to say, despite plots recur, a line has been crossed. admitting to having seen the film 13 I sat down with Bernstein after times when it was released, “while the panel discussion had concluded it is a wonderful film full of won- to hear his thoughts on how the derful influences, it’s event went. He not that good. ‘Star expressed that the Wars’ is a great film panel speakers that isn’t a good film.” “Star Wars is a great film were the perfect He explained his odd that isn’t a good film.” people to speak on statement by asserting this topic and that that Kurosawa, while — Eddie Von Mueller Rushdie’s insights making “The Hidden were invaluable film lecturer as always. He also Fortress,” was already a master filmmaker, said that Rushdie whereas Lucas was on the verge of is a film “fanatic,” and has an extenhis big break and had a “gee whiz, sive knowledge of film history which wouldn’t it be cool if ... ” attitude. certainly came through during the When I asked the panel where the discussion. line between reference and plagiaAlso, Bernstein does not believe rism is crossed, however, Mueller that Lucas gives enough credit to wholeheartedly defended Star Wars Kurosawa in influencing him. When as original, if not in terms of narrative asked about Rushdie’s comment that or style, then in terms of technologi- he now thinks that “The Hidden cal innovation and scope. Fortress” had less of an influence Rushdie also answered this ques- upon “Star Wars” that he had origition, citing the specificity of a refer- nally believed Bernstein responded ence as a guide to whether plagiarism by saying that no matter to what has occurred. Surprisingly though, degree one believes that the influence Rushdie said that after watching pervades, there is definitely a “core.” “Hidden Fortress” again after not He then went on to say that on the having seen it in years, he noticed other hand, “Star Wars” is undoubtless influence upon “Star Wars” than edly a thing unto itself and that its he had previously. He said that it is innovation and effect upon filmmakquite clear that Kurosawa’s work is an ing from the time of its release have influence upon Lucas’, but that Lucas been unquestionable. did not “steal” any ideas from it. The panel was fascinating not There is a scene in Kurosawa’s only because of the discussion of the film in which two generals duel, and influence of “Hidden Fortress” upon the duel, in Rushdie’s words, “goes “Star Wars,” but also because of the on and on and on.” Rushdie saw more opinions of each of the panelists, of a similarity in the three Star Wars Rushdie most of all, on the subject prequels to this longer, more “bal- of plagiarism and when homage to letic,” and more choreographed type a film becomes stealing from a film. — Contact Eric Frank at of fight sequence than he saw in A firstname.lastname@example.org New Hope. He did, however, have
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ate, proceeding to recreate the portrait The Two Fridas with the other female dancer. The dance was absolutely captivating, with the dancers moving purposefully but gracefully. The complex and otherworldly movements perfectly encapsulated Friday and Diego’s artistic styles. Overall, College Night was the perfect way to excite Atlanta students about Frida and Diego’s wonderful art. Every portion of the night perfectly added to the vibe of the exhibition: the music, the food and the salsa dancing. Featuring student artwork was a wonderful way to engage the community and showcase the talented student artists at Kennesaw State. By also including the University of Georgia salsa dancers and the Emory Dance Company students, the High Museum truly brought college students together from all over the state in the name of art, no doubt an amazing feat itself. Of course, our outstanding Emory Dance Company members were the talk of the night with their astounding performance, which excited everyone about the artwork of Frida and Diego. All should visit this excellent exhibit, for while the students may be gone, the youthful and entrancing spirit of College Night remains with the artwork of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
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were not conventionally “nice” pieces, but they displayed an intricate understanding of the strings, and they made the audience think about the instruments being played. Roumain definitely remains an entertainer who knows how to connect with the audience and bring the audience to its feet at the end of the show. “Daniel Roumain’s composition was incredible! His mixture of tonal and atonal harmonies really brought out the passion in his music,” Silverman said. College sophomore Adriana Gomez also enjoyed the show“This was my first time at an Emory performance, but I will definitely be back for another one,” she said.
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The High Museum welcomed students on Saturday for College Night, complete with performances and exhibitions.
‘Inspector Calls’ Ending Opens Dialogue, Leaves Crowd Guessing Continued from Page 9 that distant. We are still faced with questions of how we impact the lives of others, what is and isn’t our duty and when to take responsibility for mistakes. As Inspector Goole tells the family, “We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” This foreboding nature ends up serving as the ultimate unraveling of his investigation: after he leaves, the family dissects the investigation, eventually coming to the conclusion that Inspector Goole wasn’t a police inspector at all. They laugh it off, relieved that they aren’t in trouble with the police. But the scene is
effective in leaving the audience with an uneasy feeling: even if there was not an investigation, they all still devastated another person’s life. I still have absolutely no idea what the ending was supposed to mean — and, believe me, the ending is unquestionably what will leave everyone talking afterwards — but perhaps, when you get down to it, that’s the beauty of this play. Maybe Priestly did have a philosophical, profound meaning in mind. Maybe not. But even if it is just a family drama, it’s still just a really good story. It’s a story of a mysterious suicide just as much as it’s a story of human relationships. And Eva Smith, whatever her story may be, is a name that will not be quickly forgotten.
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Squads Place at Invitational, Set Sights on Championship yard breaststroke, earning a ‘B’ cut and a time of 2:22:92. Junior Carolyn Other wins for the men included Cohen also earned ‘B’ cuts with her sophomore Cameron Herting’s first- first-place finish in the 400-yard indiplace finish in the 500-yard freestyle vidual medley and second-place fin(4:41:33), sophomore Eric Ruggieri’s ish in 200-yard backstroke with times win in the 200-yard breaststroke with of 4:33:70 and 2:06:42, respectively. a ‘B’ cut time of 2:05:50 and junior Following this weekend’s meet, Andrew Gonzales’s win in the 100- the Eagles will be attempting to yard breaststroke with a time of 58:87 get back into their usual practice The women also schedule. had a successful “Right now, “. . . at some point, we’ll meet. we’re going to be First-place fingetting back into our probably start bringing ishes included routine with nordown the yardage and junior Jennifer mal mornings and tapering for nationals.” Pak’s performances lifting and aerobic in the 500-yard practices,” Aronoff — Elizabeth Aronoff, said. “Then, at some freestyle and 200yard freestyle with freshman swimmer point, we’ll proba times of 5:08:70 ably start bringing and 1:52:98, freshdown the yardage man MacKenzie and tapering for Brosnahan’s 24:11 swim in the nationals.” 50-yard freestyle, freshman Megan The team’s next meet is the 2013 Freeman’s 1:06:91 win in the 100- NCAA Division III Swimming yard backstroke and sophomore Lexi and Diving Championships in Tutor’s 2:20:90 finish in the 200-yard Shenandoah, Texas on March 20-23. breaststroke. The list of qualifiers is scheduled to Senior Jacqueline Schneider won be posted on the NCAA website this two events, earning ‘B’ cuts in both Wednesday. Divers get their chance the 100-yard backstroke with a time to qualify for the championship meet of 57:15 and the 200-yard backstroke next weekend at the NCAA Diving with a time of 2:02:71. Regionals in San Antonio, Texas on Other qualifying times made dur- March 1 and 2. ing the weekend included Freeman’s — Contact Jenna Kingsley second place performance in the 200at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greven, Friedberg Lead Team to UAA Title Continued from The Back Page Friedberg dunk at the 7:27 mark gave the Eagles a 20-point advantage that would hold up for the rest of the game before a Rochester three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds created the final 72-54 margin. The Eagles heated up from the floor in the second half, shooting 56 percent as they stretched their lead and put the Yellowjackets away for good. The Yellowjackets struggled with Emory’s stifling defense all game as they shot only 32 percent on that day.
The Eagles learned on Monday afternoon that they will host the opening round. Greven led the team with 14 points, while Florin and junior guard McPherson Moore added 11 points apiece.Florin finished with a doubledouble with 10 assists. Friedberg, with eight points and 10 assists, came up a basket short. The win — and the title — was a fitting way to end the Eagles’ Senior Day. Seniors Greven, Friedberg, Oh and Ollie Carleton were honored before earning the first UAA title of their careers. Wash. U earned the UAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by way of a tiebreaker, but the Eagles learned on Monday afternoon that they will play in the opening round against Randolph College (Va.) on Saturday, March 2. — Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com
Moira Sullivan takes a swing. Sullivan and the No.23-ranked softball team remained undefeated this weekend with a sweep at the Emory-hosted 3N2 Invitational Tournament.
Eagles Earn Another Weekend Sweep, Remain Undefeated By Brian Chavkin Staff Writer
College behind a strong pitching effort from Kardys, who pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits on the day, to earn her seventh victory of the season. The Eagles jumped into the lead in the bottom of the first when junior Megan Light hit an RBI double to bring home junior Ally Kersthold. The Eagles added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth behind a two-run double from sophomore Brianna Berceau. The Eagles picked up their second win of the weekend against Bridgewater College by a score of 5-0. Kardys got the start again and continued to pitch extremely well, throwing another complete game shutout, and only letting up six hits. “The team really came together this weekend,” Kardys said. “In our games against Bridgewater College, scoring first and keeping a tight defense were very important. The tight defense gave me confidence to pitch both games.” Emory hit some bumps in the road against Mississippi College as they went down 3-0 early in the first inning. The Eagles, however, responded quickly, scoring runs in the bottom of the first and second
The No.23-ranked Emory softball team was able to capitalize on another successful weekend, winning three games during the 3N2 Invitational Tournament. The Eagles improved their season record to 13-0. The tournament took place at Emory. Led by Head Coach Penny Siqueiros, the Eagles were able to take down Bridgewater College (Mass.) twice on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, and Mississippi College on Sunday afternoon. “The team is maturing,” Siqueiros said. “I think we are really starting to see some quality progress in the way we are playing.” The Eagles’ weekend success was keyed by junior pitcher Amanda Kardys, who picked up all three wins during the two days and did not let up a single run. “Our shining star so far this season has been Amanda because she has carried our pitching staff throughout the beginning of the season as we continue to deal with some injuries,” Siqueiros said. The team began the weekend with a 4-0 victory against Bridgewater
Women Top Rochester to Earn Historic Win Continued from The Back Page Landry said. “We have never had a crowd like that, even for other big games. It was great, it got us really pumped up. There was a bunch of people in Greek life at the game, everyone’s friends were there and a bunch of people from the other sports teams as well. We finally felt like a state school.” Emory did not waste any time putting the game out of reach. With 45 seconds left in the game, Morgan turned Zywicki’s missed jumper into a three-pointer. Morgan’s trey effectively put the game out of reach and the Eagles went on to win 65-57. Morgan was joined by Landry at the top of the Eagles’ scoring leaders. Morgan tallied a team-high 20 points, while Landry added 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Saturday marked the last home game of Landry’s career. A fan favorite, she was greeted in the stands by a bunch of signs — including a blown up image of her head. “It definitely did affect me knowing that this could have been the last game that I ever was going to play,” Landry said. “Obviously you play to win every game, and I try my hardest every game, so I am not going to say I tried harder. But I had a bunch of friends at the game and my family came out for Senior Night, so it definitely felt good.” Landry is joined by forward Misha Jackson and guard Katie Dickerson as the three seniors on the team. Jackson scored four points and was second on the team with six rebounds in her last home game as an Eagle. Dickerson did not play in the game. In her Emory career she played in
31 games and notched two doubledigit scoring efforts. “This year’s senior class especially just tried to keep the team full circle,” Landry said. “We have had different groups, but now we all have a relationship. We go to the [Dobbs University Center (DUC)] with freshmen and no one will go to the DUC willingly. That has been huge. It has given us trust, and this has been the difference between this year and last year.” With the win over Rochester, Emory clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament. The team was informed on Sunday that they will be hosting the firstround game of the NCAA tournament at the WoodPEC. The game will be played Friday night. — Contact Nathaniel Ludewig at firstname.lastname@example.org
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innings to cut the deficit to one. The team took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as freshman Katelyn Gibson singled in the tying and go-ahead runs, which gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead and would eventually turn into the game-winning hit. Kardys picked up her third win of the weekend and improved her record to 9-0, after coming into the game in relief and pitching 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing only two hits. “Going down against Mississippi College brought a challenge to our team,” Kardys said, but we chipped away and played a strong come-frombehind game. Coming into that game I knew I had to control the ball effectively to stop their batters’ momentum and relied on my defense to make the plays behind me.” Emory will return to play next weekend on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday March 3, when the Eagles host the 3N2 Elite Event. “The key is consistency,” Siqueiros said. “We just need to continue to try and have more consistency in all phases of the game. That is the only way we will continue to be successful throughout the rest of the season.” — Contact Brian Chavkin at email@example.com
Merolla Helps Eagles Top Bates, Split Series Continued from The Back Page After two scoreless innings, Bates scored three runs in the top of the seventh off Junior right-handed relief pitcher Matt McMahon. Emory could not answer in the bottom of the inning and fell by a final of 5-4. McMahon suffered his first loss of the season. Freshman right-handed pitcher Paul Merolla earned his first victory of the season in the second game, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and three runs. Freshman left-hander Stephen Summey pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the save.
Freshman righthanded pitcher Paul Merolla earned his first victory of the season. Emory used a big five-run first inning to claim an early lead they would not surrender. Kahn worked a leadoff walk and stole second, while Hannon followed with a single. A fielding error and a sacrifice fly would knock in both runners. Bates cut the deficit to 5-2 on a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly in the top of the second. Two scoreless innings followed before both teams traded runs in the sixth, creating the 6-3 final. The Eagles will take to the road in their next game when they visit Maryville College (Tenn.) on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. before taking on Huntingdon College in a three-game series over the weekend. — Contact Ryan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Crime Your On Fire correspondent was perusing the Oakland crime beat the other day, and came across the name of Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant. To give you an idea of the significance of this scandal, when you type the word Desmond into Google his name does not come up among the top suggestions, but when you type Desmond B into Google, variations upon his name make up the top four suggestions. One of these suggestions is ‘Desmond Bryant mugshot.’ And if you do indeed choose to search for this, you will find quite a disturbing sight. According to reports, Bryant had a little too much to drink Sunday morning, and come breakfast time he decided to pay a visit to the neighbors. In the humble opinion of your On Fire correspondent, this is simply a nice guy being a nice guy, but this is not the case in the eyes of the law. Indeed, Bryant was arrested, booked and photographed. And his mugshot, in the opinion of your On Fire correspondent, is a work of art. Let’s start with his eyes. They are half closed, and do not seem to be focused on anything in particular — something to the bottom and to the left, but it is impossible to say what or where for sure. Then his mouth. His lips are opened, about half an inch, but it is impossible to see any of his mouth at all. That is because his tongue fills this entire space, and it looks like a hulking serpent about to dart forth out of a dark cave. Below his mouth lies his chin. Chins actually, both of them. They are covered in spotty facial hair, down to a bulging Adam’s apple. It is here, in the neck area, that things get really trippy. His neck is actually wider than his head. Where it connects to the head it is at exactly head-width — obviously —, and likewise where it connects to his torso. But instead of taking a straight path between these two points, as one normally assumes a neck will do, it curves out, ever so slightly, but enough to make his neck really weird. Oh, and he is not wearing a shirt. This is obviously an unusual situation for him, because he is very pale. This is an African-American, but his skin is lighter than that of your recently sunburned On Fire correspondent (whose race is not going to be revealed in this column, but he (or she) is of Western European descent). And the dude clearly works out, especially the upper trapezoids. Your On Fire correspondent worked out quite a bit over Christmas break with a friend of his who plays baseball for Yale, and they would conclude every workout by throwing a bone to the traps. Your correspondent asked his (or her) friend what athletic function the traps served, and he was told none — they only made you look good with your shirt off. Bryant has a fine set, but they are not enough to save his shirtless looks. If this extended ekphrasis, in the greatest classical tradition, has not satisfied your Desmond Bryantrelated curiosity, dear reader, then simply Google ‘Desmond Bryant mugshot,’ as your On Fire correspondent did. 2. Film For those of you who missed it, the Oscars took place Sunday night. Your On Fire correspondent missed it — he (or she) was variously reading The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, going to Wendy’s for a late night spicy chicken nuggets run and napping in the law library. But one man who we can be sure did not miss the Oscars was John Axford. Who is this, you ask? According to his Twitter bio, he is “Pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. Mustache and Film Aficionado.” But he is better known for being the man who correctly predicted 14 of the 15 Oscar winner’s Sunday night, live and on Twitter. Honestly, we at On Fire are astounded by this. Axford beat legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who was incorrect on five of his 11 guesses. Entertainment Weekly was impressive, but its rate of 13 for 15 also fell short of this golden standard. Since it is customary when making a list to include at least three items, it should also be known that Nate Silver, who supposedly is a famous statistician, was three for five. Axford seems to have a pretty solid head on his shoulders. From all of us here at On Fire, a tip of the cap. Mr. Axford, we salute you.
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Sports Editors: Nathaniel Ludewig (email@example.com) and Elizabeth Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The men’s (Left) and women’s (Right) basketball teams each clinched the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships this weekend. The conference championship is the first in the women’s basketball team’s history. Both teams will host their opening-round NCAA tournament game at the Woodruff P.E. Center (WoodPEC) on Friday.
Men Down Rochester, Earn Morgan, Landry Lead NCAA Tournament Bid Women to First Ever Title By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor With a share of the University Athletic Association (UAA) title on the line, the men’s basketball team came up huge on Saturday afternoon, defeating the 13th-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets (N.Y.) 72-54. The Eagles finished their regular season with a record of 19-6, including a 10-4 mark in UAA play. Their conference record ties them with Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) for the title. The game was a rematch of the conference opener for both teams on Jan. 5, when Rochester pulled out a close 89-80 game on their home court. The Eagles got off to a hot start this time around, jumping out to an early lead with two quick layups
from senior guard Nash Oh and senior forward Michael Friedberg. The Yellowjackets kept pace, however, never letting Emory extend its lead beyond four points through the first 10 minutes of the first half. After Rochester knotted the score at 16 at the 8:08 mark, a jumper from sophomore guard Michael Florin followed by a three-pointer from senior guard Alex Greven gave the Eagles their largest advantage of the game. It was Greven’s 39th straight game with at least one three-pointer. He had three on that day. Free throws from Greven and freshman forward Will Trawick ran the lead to eight points. In the final minute of the half, Trawick added a layup while Greven nailed a three to run the lead to a commanding 32-20 advantage. Both teams shot similar percent-
ages in the first half, with Emory hitting about 38 percent (12 of 32) from the floor and Rochester shooting 36 percent (9 of 25). The Eagles’ main advantage came from beyond the arc, where they shot nearly 42 percent (5 for 12) compared to the Yellowjackets’ 0 for 7 performance. Greven led the team in the first half with 10 points, while Florin contributed four points and four assists. Junior forward Jake Davis opened the second half with another threepointer, then followed with a layup to put the Eagles up by 16. The Yellowjackets would not get closer than 10 points for the rest of the game. Emory’s tough defense kept Rochester in check while the lead continued to get larger and larger. A
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By Nathaniel Ludewig Sports Editor Saturday was a historic night for the No. 16-ranked women’s basketball team as the Eagles clinched the program’s first ever University Athletic Association (UAA) title. Emory beat the Rochester University Yellowjackets in a convincing 65-57 game. The game was played at the Woodruff P.E. Center (WoodPEC). “We went into the game just like every other game,” senior forward Danielle Landry said. “We knew what was at stake and what was on the line, but we knew that if we had lost any of the other games we wouldn’t be in this position. So even though there was a lot at stake, we played it like any other game.” The Eagles came out of the gates quickly, jumping to a seemingly
Track and Field The men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Cleveland last weekend for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Conference Championships at Case Western Reserve University. The women placed first, besting second-place Washington University 133-132, while the men landed in fourth. Sophomore Debora Adjibaba turned in an impressive performance in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds, good for first in the conference and eighth overall in the nation. Adjibaba also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.58 seconds. The 1600-meter relay team of Adjibaba, Alexandra Aiello, Electra Korn and Kaele Leonard also finished first. For the men, junior Mike Moserowitz won both the long jump and triple jump.
Women’s Tennis The fourth-ranked women’s tennis team will take on three matches over five days when they visit Columbus State University on Feb. 27, the University of the South on March 2, and the University of AlabamaBirmingham on March 3. The Columbus State match will start at 3:30 p.m.
insurmountable 38-28 lead at halftime. Rochester was able to cut the deficit to two points with 12:21 left in the first half, but Emory quickly responded with a 16-6 run. The team’s first-half success was keyed by a defense that forced 13 Rochester turnovers. Emory managed 15 first-half points off turnovers. “The defensive success was probably because of our press,” Landry said. “It allowed us to force like 15 turnovers. We know we can always score, so to win the close game we need to step up defensively.” Emory’s first-half scoring was boosted by junior point guard Savannah Morgan, who scored a team-high 11 first-half points. The Eagles’ first-half streakiness continued into the second half as both teams exchanged barrages of unanswered points. A three-pointer
by Rochester’s Ally Zywicki cut Emory’s lead to seven points at the start of the second half, before the Eagles responded by extending their lead to 16 with a 10-1 run with 16:12 left on the clock. “We are still trying to figure [the streakiness] out ourselves,” Landry said. “. . . I think that sometimes when you don’t hit a shot you feel pressure to break the streak, and it leads you to force other shots that aren’t smart.” A series of Rochester runs put the Yellowjackets down by only two points with the ball and only 1:55 left on the game clock. With a raucous Emory SeniorNight, home crowd looking on, Zywicki missed a jump-shot opportunity to tie up the game and gave the Eagles possession. “The crowd was phenomenal,”
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SWIMMING & DIVING
Squad Splits Weekend Series Eagles Dominate Against Non-Conference Foe Midwest Invitational By Jenna Kingsley Asst. Student Life Editor By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor The baseball team split a doubleheader against Bates College on Sunday, dropping the first game 5-4 before winning the rematch, 6-3. Both games were only seven innings. The Eagles are now 4-2 on the season. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Connor Dillman started the opener for the Eagles, throwing 99 pitches in six innings and surrendering nine hits and two runs. Dillman struck out and walked three batters. Dillman was in trouble in the first inning, surrendering a walk and a pair of hits, but was able to get out of the inning when junior right fielder Brandon Hannon gunned down a Bates runner at the plate. The Eagles took advantage, knocking in a run in the bottom of the second inning when freshman third baseman Jack Karras knocked in sophomore designated hitter Brett Lake on a fielder’s choice. Bates countered with two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. They were the only runs Dillman surrendered on the day. The Eagles came back with a big fourth inning. junior left fielder Daniel Iturrey walked to start the inning, and advanced to third base on
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The baseball team stands for the Pledge of Allegiance before a game at Chappell Park. The Eagles split a double-header with Bates College. a Lake single. Junior shortstop Jared Kahn added a double to knock in Iturrey and tie the game, before Karras grounded out to short to score Lake and give the Eagles a 3-2 edge.
A sacrifice fly from sophomore center fielder Wes Peacock would score Kahn and add cushion to the lead.
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The Eagles’ women’s and men’s swim teams made a splash this weekend at the Midwest Invitational during their last meet of the season before the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet ran from Friday to Saturday and was held at the University of Chicago (Ill.). The women’s team placed second behind the University of WisconsinMilwaukee with 360 points, and the men’s team came in first, earning a total of 531 points. “I think the team did really well,” freshman Elizabeth Aronoff said. “A lot of people went a lot faster than they did last weekend at conference, so it was pretty impressive for them to come back and swim a week later and drop even more time.” Aronoff, who won the women’s Rookie of the Year award at last weekend’s UAA (University Athletic Association) conference in Chicago, didn’t attend this weekend’s meet. The invitational served as a lastchance qualifying meet for swimmers still working toward cuts for nationals next month. Despite the fact that it was mostly a time-qualifying meet, the Eagles still dominated the pool. Sophomore Hayden Baker earned the Eagles’ only ‘A’ cut in the meet
on Saturday with a time of 49:27 in the 100-yard butterfly time trial. Baker earned a first-place finish in the event. Junior Matt O’Brien earned a ‘B’ cut of 49:41 in the time trial and placed second overall. The men dominated the 200yard butterfly as O’Brien won the event with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:51:10. Junior Darrell Eacret finished in a close second with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:51:37. Freshman John Galvin also impressed in the event, placing third and making a ‘B’ cut time of 1:51:73. Sophomore Kevin Flood also earned a ‘B’ cut in the time trials with a time of 1:52:48 and came in fifth place overall. Another impressive event for the Eagles was the men’s 400-yard individual medley. Galvin finished first with a ‘B’ cut time of 4:02:41. Flood made another ‘B’ cut with his time of 4:05:46, finishing second in the event. Freshman Matt Wu came in third with a ‘B’ cut time of 4:05:41 in the time trials. The men also were strong in the 200-yard backstroke with three ‘B’ cut times by first place winner and freshman Colin Heil, second place finisher freshman Jared Scheuer and third place qualifier freshman Sam Mitchell. The Eagles swam times of 1:49:94, 1:50:10 and 1:52:26, respectively.
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