The Emory Wheel presents its annual
Graduation Magazine 173rd Commencement of Emory University
May 14, 2018
Table of Contents 1 Table of Contents 2 Commencement Schedule 3 Commencement Speaker 4 Read All About It 9 On Fire 9 Commencement Bingo 10 Crossword 12 Senior Reflection: Hannah Conway 13 Senior Reflection: Chelsea Jackson 14 Senior Reflection: William Palmer 15 Senior Reflection: Julia Munslow 17 Senior Reflection: Grace Cleland 18 Senior Reflection: Cassidy Schwartz 19 Senior Reflection: Emily Sullivan 20 Senior Reflection: Monica Lefton 21 Congratulations 69 Wheel Grads Ask Me Anything
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Commencement Schedule 173rd Commencement for Emory University Quadrangle 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. University President Claire E. Sterk presides over the exercises. The ceremony includes the commencement speaker, the conferral of honorary degrees and awards and the conferral of degrees en masse. Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony Quadrangle 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. College Dean Michael A. Elliott presides over the presentation of diplomas for graduating seniors. School of Medicine Medical Imaging Program Reception and Diploma Ceremony Jones Room, Woodruff Library 11 a.m. Graduates and their guests proceed to the reception in the Jones Room, Woodruff Library, from the Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m. School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. Reception immediately after the diploma ceremony in WHSCAB Plaza. School of Law Diploma Ceremony and Reception Gambrell Hall, South Lawn 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Graduating students and their guests proceed to the South Lawn ceremony
from the Quadrangle. Interim Dean James B. Hughes Jr. presides. Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony McDonough Field 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Graduates will line up outside of McDonough field immediately after the Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quad. Goizueta Business School Master Business Administration (MBA) Reception and Diploma Ceremony Patterson Green 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Graduates and their guests attend the reception at Patterson Green at the Goizueta Business School. The Masters Degrees/PhD Diploma Ceremony follows the reception at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). Goizueta Business School Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Diploma Ceremony George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Graduates and their guests proceed from the Quadrangle to the BBA Diploma ceremony at the Woodruff PE Center. Following the Diploma Ceremony, a reception will follow at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Goizueta Business School, Patterson Green. School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine Reception James B. Williams Medical Education Building 11:15 a.m. A brunch reception will immediately follow the 9:00 a.m. commencement exercises on the Quadrangle.
Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For candidates earning PhD degrees. School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. Reception immediately following the diploma ceremony in the lobby adjoining the auditorium. Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony Glenn Memorial Auditorium 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2018 Diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony McDonough Field 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Dean James Curran will confer degrees upon all MPH and MSPH candidates. School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine Diploma Ceremony Glenn Memorial Auditorium 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Dean Vikas P. Sukhatme presides in honor of the Class of 2018. Recognition of honors, dual degrees, class accomplishments and the Hippocratic Oath are highlighted.
Dollar Shave Club CEO to Deliver Commencement Address By Michelle Lou, Editor-in-Chief
Carter Professor of History Joseph Crespino. The Committee looks for “extraordinary Dollar Shave Club Co-founder and CEO Michael excellence and character as demonstrated by Dubin (01C) is set to deliver the keynote address at notable achievement in a field of learning, the arts, Emory University’s 173rd commencement ceremony the professions or public service,” according to the May 14, according to Assistant Director of Media University Senate’s website. Relations Megan McRainey. Emory will confer Dubin This year, the committee received about 20 an honorary doctor of business degree. nominations, according to Assistant Director of Dubin received his bachelor’s degree in history Board Administration Laura Perry-Bates. from Emory College of Arts and Sciences and was a Emory faculty, staff, students and alumni can member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. submit nominations for honorary degree recipients. The Dollar Shave Club, co-founded by Dubin and Nominations remain active for five years, Crespino Mark Levine in 2011, offers a subscription service said. that distributes affordable razors Erica Goldman (18B) said she and other grooming products was excited when she found out that through the mail. With a viral Dubin was selected to deliver the “As a senior in the Business online advertising campaign, keynote address at commencement. the Dollar Shave Club garnered School who’s taking a venture “As a senior in the Business millions of views on social School who’s taking a venture capital capital and private equity media. Unilever purchased the private equity class, [hearing class, [hearing Dubin speak] and California-based company for Dubin speak] will be really exciting will be really exciting and $1 billion in 2016, according to and inspirational for me,” Goldman Fortune. said. inspirational for me.” Dubin was named an EY Other students were not as happy entrepreneur of the year in the about the commencement speaker — Erica Goldman (18B) greater Los Angeles area in selection. Tanushree Khanna (18B) 2016. He is also a member of the said she found the announcement Accelerator for America’s advisory disappointing. council for economic development, which is chaired “After we’ve had people like Salman Rushdie, it’s a by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He worked at as little bit of a downer,” Khanna said. an associate producer at MSNBC from 2002-2003, a Recent commencement speakers include former marketing associate for Time Magazine from 2004U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey in 2017, 2007, a digital marketing director from 2010-2011 epidemiologist William Foege in 2016, novelist and director of marketing and business development Salman Rushdie in 2015 and U.S. Rep. John Lewis from 2010-2011, according to Dubin’s LinkedIn. (D-Ga.) in 2014. University President Claire E. Sterk said that Human rights attorney Gay J. McDougall, Atlanta Dubin “brings to Commencement a wealth of Food Bank founder Bill Bolling and artist Carmen de business and marketing knowledge, a continued Lavallade will also receive honorary degrees at the commitment to the success of Emory students, and commencement ceremony. the extremely relatable experience of having been McDougall fought apartheid in South Africa an Emory student himself 17 years ago” in a Feb. 12 and served as a member of the South African statement sent to the Wheel. governmental body that administered the nation’s Sterk chose the four candidates who are given first democratic election. an honorary degree from a pool of nine approved De Lavallade worked as the principal dancer with award recipients, according to the University Senate’s the Metropolitan Opera. Bolling is also a charter Honorary Degrees Committee Chair and Jimmy member of Feeding America.
READ ALL ABOUT IT As we celebrate the class of 2018, read The Emory Wheel’s biggest news over the past four years.
“Emory Hospitals to Treat Ebola Patients” Aug. 2, 2014 Emory University Hospital, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accepted two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, marking the first time a patient with the deadly virus entered the United States. After weeks of treatment in a special isolation unit, the patients were successfully discharged.
“Swastikas Drawn on AEPi Walls” Oct. 5, 2014
Hours after Yom Kippur ended, the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity became the target of “graffiti, including swastikas” spraypainted onto its house. A second set of swastikas was spray-painted onto the wall outside of the Kappa Alpha Order (KA) house the following morning. Administrators condemned the individuals behind the incident.
“Norovirus Affects More Than 100” Nov. 18, 2014
A total of 101 students sought medical treatment at Emory after exhibiting symptoms of gastroenteritis. Although the source of the foodborne virus was unknown, its communicability spurred Emory Dining to implement additional safety measures, including deep sanitizing of contact surfaces in the Dobbs University Center (DUC).
“New Campus Life Center to Replace the DUC” Jan. 30, 2015
The University announced the demolition of the DUC and subsequent construction of a new Campus Life Center in 2015. Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair told the Wheel the new space would accommodate more student groups and offer better spaces for events.
“Emory to Offer Financial Aid to Undocumented Students” Aug. 2, 2014 After months of meetings with student group Freedom at Emory, former University President James W. Wagner announced that, beginning with the class of 2019, the University would “use private, non-governmental resources to offer university scholarship support” to undocumented students at Emory.
“Wagner to Step Down Next Year, Reflects on Legacy” Sept. 11, 2015
Former University President James W. Wagner’s departure after a 13-year term stirred myriad responses from the Emory community. His tenure as president was marked by record-breaking fundraising and the completion of a 10-year strategic plan, but also by major academic cuts and a letter from the president that praised the Three-Fifths Compromise that caused an uproar on campus and on the national stage.
“University Response to Shooting Threat Raises Questions” Oct. 21, 2015
After a former Oxford College student threatened to carry out a mass shooting on Oxford’s campus via social media app Yik Yak, the University left the Emory community without updated information on the situation for almost 20 hours. Emory Police Department (EPD) arrested the student later that day. “We’ve concluded that a more timely campus communication following the student’s arrest would have benefited the community,” Emory officials wrote to the Oxford Student Government Association.
“Students Protest Racism on Clifton Road, List Demands for Admin” Nov. 11, 2015
In the wake of racial unrest at the University of Missouri, at Yale University (Conn.) and in South Africa, Emory students organized a rally to protest the lack of resources provided by the University for black students. During the demonstration, student group Black Students at Emory University announced a list of 13 demands to the University, which included salary increases for black faculty and staff and the creation of a diversity general education requirement. In response, Emory formed the Commission on Racial and Social Justice.
“Emory Will Not Be ‘Sanctuary Campus’; Admins Vow to Support Undoc. Students, Refuse Designation”
“Emory Students Express Discontent With Administrative Response to Trump Chalkings”
Jan. 25, 2017
March 22, 2016
In a story that gained national attention, about 40 Emory students protested messages that appeared in chalk across campus overnight supporting President Donald J. Trump during one of the most divisive presidential campaign cycles in history. “I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But [Trump] is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school.”
“Sterk to Serve as First Female Emory President” June 3, 2016
University President Claire E. Sterk is the 20th person and first woman to serve as president in 180 years of Emory history. She previously served as the sixth provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory. The announcement of her appointment followed Wagner’s 13-year term.
“Trump Wins Presidency in Devastating Upset; Republicans Retain Senate, House” Nov. 9, 2016
Republican Donald J. Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency shocked the nation. While some Emory students expressed fear about what a Trump presidency could bring, others showed their support for the president-elect.
In response to calls for Emory to designate itself as a “sanctuary campus” in support of undocumented students, the University announced that it would not adapt the label but would continue to support its undocumented students. This prompted Sanctuary Coalition at Emory, an organization that consists of undocumented students, student allies, faculty and staff, to call on Sterk to sign a pledge to designate Emory as a sanctuary campus, by her inauguration and enact three policies that would aid Emory’s undocumented students.
‘A Thanksgiving Miracle’: Baby A.J. Receives Successful Kidney Transplant”
“Fraudulent Agency Scams SPC” “SGA Splits into Two Branches” Feb. 1, 2017
After 50 Student Government Association (SGA) legislatures, the student government split into two autonomous undergraduate and graduate branches: the SGA and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). Former GSGA president Jared Greenbaum (17B) proposed the split in 2016 to address concerns about graduate student representation in the former SGA structure.
March 29, 2017
Less than two weeks before the Dooley’s Week concert, the Wheel broke the news that the thirdparty booking agency the Student Programming Council (SPC) had used to book hip-hop trio Migos to headline the concert was fraudulent. After multiple requests for financial documents that are public per the Student Government Association (SGA) constitution, the Wheel obtained the documents and broke 65 days later that Emory had lost $37,500 in the scam.
Nov. 23, 2017
“Irma’s Fierce Winds, Rain Rattle Georgia” Sept. 13, 2017
Downgraded to a tropical storm, Irma hit Georgia and caused intermittent power outages and downed trees on and around Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses. The University closed for two days due to the severe weather conditions.
A.J. Burgess, 2, received a life-saving kidney transplant from a deceased anonymous donor about two months after Emory delayed the transplant. Emory University Hospital (EUH) prohibited Burgess’ father, Anthony Dickerson, from donating his kidney to his son because he had violated his probation. The successful transplant followed several protests and prayer vigils organized by Emory and Atlanta community members against the hospital for its controversial decision.
“Jackson Selected as Emory’s First Black Rhodes Scholar” Nov. 27, 2017
Chelsea Jackson (18C) was selected as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar, the 20th Emory student and first AfricanAmerican Emory student to earn the prestigious scholarship. The scholarship will fund Jackson’s master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice at Oxford University in England.
D ecember “Emory, CDC
to be Annexed into Atlanta” Dec. 4, 2017
Seven months after Emory filed its petition for annexation into the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta City Council approved the annexation despite objections that it would harm DeKalb County Schools. The annexation brings the University one step closer to a MARTA light-rail line that would run through the campus, which could now be funded with city sales tax funds.
“Eagles Make Waves With 24th National Championship Title” March 28, 2018
Emory’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won their 11th consecutive and 24th overall team championship at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. The Eagles also returned with 15 national titles on both the men’s and women’s sides.
“Multiple Controversies Ensue During Contentious SGA Election Season” April 3, 2018
Although the Student Government Association (SGA) Spring elections normally go off without a hitch, an unprecedented amount of controversy riddled this year’s elections. The SGA campaign season saw several complaints against two presidential candidates; the discovery of a candidate’s 2015 comments against same-sex marriage, which he later retracted; and a petition that garned more than 300 signatures calling for a recall of the race.
On Fire “We’re going to get older whether we like it or not, so the only question is whether we get on with our lives, or desperately cling to the past.” —Ted Mosby By Kevin Kilgour, Former Sports Editor As yet another school year comes to a close, Emory graduates prepare to walk into the light of a world free from Canvas and Cox Hall food. This transition into the so-called “real world” might be a somber moment for some. But your On Fire correspondent couldn’t be happier. The last few years have been — to put it mildly — a dumpster fire. Let’s take a look at the evidence. 2014: It started with the Atlanta Snowpocalypse, signaling the onset of Emory’s darkest hours. Shortly after, we sat down to watch the finale of “How I Met Your Mother.” After investing more than 200 episodes into Ted’s rollercoaster search for “The One,” two final episodes taught us that life is a meaningless void. We should have realized then that our reckoning was coming. 2015: Taylor Swift pulled her music off Spotify. The Seattle Seahawks refused to run the ball. Emory didn’t get a football team. “Sharknado 3” happened. 2016: Muhammed Ali couldn’t even make it through this year. DJ Khaled tried
to bless Emory but failed. Hillary Clinton hiked in the woods after an election that rocked the nation. John Oliver made a statue of 2016 just to blow it up. Then he asked us to try harder in 2017. Did we? 2017: We didn’t. No one knew it was possible, but Atlanta sports actually got worse. The Falcons blew a 9,000-point lead in the Superbowl to a team led by Satan himself. The University of Georgia caught the disease and did the same against Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. The Braves sucked so much that your On Fire correspondent didn’t even pay attention enough to know how bad they were. The Hawks played games, but no one paid attention. If anything, 2017 taught us that Atlanta sports are even less reliable than a Student Programming Council concert booking. The Dobbs University Center (DUC) was destroyed and replaced with the DUC-ling, screwing over everyone that used to sneak into the DUC for survival. A random, enormous inflatable duck haunted campus, reminding us of all the free food we had been stripped of. Emory dropped out of the U.S. News and World Report top-20 ranking to the No. 21 slot,
proving that there was some shred of justice during these dark times. 2018: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan broke up, confirming that love is, in fact, a lie. The Student Government Association race for president turned into a “Big Brother” episode gone wrong. The owner of Maggie’s testified that $25 is a small bar tab for the average Emory student. Thanks, Ivan. Emory Healthcare partnered with the Atlanta Falcons as the official team healthcare provider, even though Emory STILL doesn’t have a football team. No one even blinked an eye at this outrage. The High Museum of Art might as well turn to Emory for advice on how to support the arts. And don’t even get me started on “Avengers: Infinity War.” But hey, at least we can look forward to a women’s golf team. As your On Fire correspondent, it is my responsibility to give voice to the voiceless.On behalf of all that is good and holy, please, Emory graduates, get off this campus and go fix this mess. If you can do that, and pay off your student loans before you join Dooley in the afterlife, you earn my sincere congratulations.
Speaker mentions “the future”
Reference to Atlanta
Graduate raises arms in triumph
Graduate falls asleep
Spot a decorated cap
Reference to school mascot
Someone’s hat falls off
A parent starts to cry
Someone in the audience falls asleep
Speaker uses a sports analogy
Reader butchers a name
Speaker says “passion”
Someone next to you leaves early
A graduate not paying attention
Someone faints from Georgia heat
Speaker says “good luck”
Find a crying child
Spot a late graduate
Photoshoot on the Emory sign
A graduate trips onstage
Spot President Sterk
By Aditya Prakash, Associate Editor Across 4) ____ Reading Room, or Emory’s “Harry Potter” room 7) Emory University distinguished professors include Sir Salman Rushdie, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and this religious figure 8) The name of what is now Kaldi’s at the Depot 9) The most popular major in the College of Arts and Sciences
Down 1) Oldest residence hall at Emory 2) Samuel Candler Dobbs professor of chemistry known for discovering the breakthrough HIV drug currently sold as Emtriva 3) Justin Timberlake mentors this pop group that began at Emory
10) The DUC’s replacement 11) The only excuse to drink a beer at Jenkins Courtyard 13) Expect a lot of calls from student employees who work here after you graduate
5) “Mr.” Dobbs 6) Emory psychology professor with the most ratings on Rate My Professor
Emory Event Managers Talk A Year’s Preparation for Commencement By Niraj Naik, Emory Life Editor
Almost overnight, Emory lines thousands of chairs neatly on the Quadrangle to accommodate thousands of Commencement attendees, signaling the send-off of a new class of Emory alumni into the world. A pristine stage makes its annual appearance to host the Commencement speaker, and speakers are set up to project the main graduation celebration to all. But the chairs, stage, speakers and tents do not magically appear by themselves. Far away from the chaos of finals season and the festivities of celebrating seniors, two people at 1762 Clifton Road work to complete a months-long endeavor in planning one of Emory’s most important and intricate events: the Commencement ceremony. Senior Event Manager Suzanne Eden-Antola and Event Manager Andrew Shahan, who work in the Office of the President, expect about 15,000 attendees to pack into the Quadrangle on May 14, including extended families, faculty, students and alumni. Although Eden-Antola and Shahan said that they plan other events such as dedications of new buildings and Board of Trustees gatherings throughout the year, Commencement is by far their largest event. Their work on the event begins as soon as the previous year’s Commencement ends, according to Eden-Antola. “We do an assessment after the Commencement to see what went well [and] if we need to make any corrections so really it’s a year long process, to be honest,” Shahan said. In recent years, the ceremony has improved its sustainability. Last year, hydration stations were introduced to audience members and this year, in line with the University’s zero-waste policy, volunteers will help patrons sort their trash into the correct bins during the event, according to Eden-Antola. The process to start coordinating across campus departments begins when a committee, including Emory Police Department (EPD), on-campus caterers, Facilities Management (FM) and Transportation and Parking Services, meets monthly starting in October to discuss the logistics for each department, EdenAntola said. Additionally, Shahan and Eden-Antola meet with coordinators from each divisional school to make sure their needs are accommodated for their individual ceremonies. Although students do not rehearse for the ceremonies, EdenAntola said the Office of the President rehearses the event with faculty marshals and administrators. Inclement weather is one of the biggest concerns, according to Shahan, as rainstorms are frequent during Spring in Atlanta. The University waits until 7 p.m. the day before Commencement to decide whether to move the ceremony indoors, Eden-Antola said. In the 11 years Eden-Antola has worked on the event, she recalled rain only once and said that 11
the audience sat through the bad weather. “Everyone sat through the rain, [which] only lasted about 30 minutes and then it stopped and the sun came out and it was gorgeous,” she said. If the event has a high-profile speaker, there might be a higher influx of guests, Shahan said. Guests should RSVP for the event online, especially if they require special seating, but Shahan also said they are prepared for those who arrive unannounced. “Anyone who comes up to the Quadrangle who didn’t know about [RSVPing] or is late is accommodated,” Shahan said. “The tickets are just a method for us to know about as many folks as we [must accommodate] in advance.” With such pressure to make sure the event runs smoothly, Eden-Antola and Shahan have to brainstorm multiple contingencies to make sure things flow well. If the Quadrangle reaches full occupancy, audience members are directed to McDonough Field or nearby classrooms to watch a live stream of the ceremony. Shahan also said that the ceremony accommodates the disabled and elderly with two sections of seating that are easily accessible. Those guests are also allowed to park at the Oxford Parking Deck, which is just a short walk from the Quadrangle. Once the event is over, staff and faculty volunteers disassemble the stage and remove the chairs and equipment. After two hours, it’s difficult to tell the ceremony even took place, Eden-Antola said. “Everyone thinks we’re done on that Tuesday [after Commencement] but we’re not,” Eden-Antola said. “We are here bright and early on Tuesday morning breaking it down … We’re never done.” Although their job requires high amounts of flexibility and planning, Eden-Antola and Shahan say that sticking to a timeline and consistently checking in with other coordinators allows them to stay on track. This year’s commencement is happening one week later than in previous years, which has afforded them more breathing room, Shahan said. “We can’t not be on track,” Shahan said. “There’s too many people counting on us.” For Shahan, meeting students’ parents is one of the most impactful parts of the day. “It’s extremely rewarding to meet all the parents and to make them feel at home,” Shahan said. “Some have never been here ever and they’ve just been sending their son or their daughter here … they are just thrilled.” Eden-Antola said that once the ceremony begins, she finally feels all her work start to pay off. “Once the [Atlanta Pipe Band] starts playing and everybody starts marching in and you just see everyone in their gowns, you get tingles,” Eden-Antola said. “You [say], ‘This is what we’ve been working for all year.’ ”
Senior Reflection | Conway
Senior Reflection | Conway
Emory Isn’t a Sports School, But I’ll Pass the Baton Anyway By Hannah E. Conway
This morning, I went to brunch with a professor from my sophomore year, whom I consider my mentor, and my classmate at the time Ryan, who has since graduated and kept in touch. Among cups of coffee and orange juice, scrambled eggs and Atlanta biscuits, I confessed my fear of the future, to which my professor looked up and calmly responded with a perspective not yet afforded to me, “Don’t make a judgement on the quality of your life when you’re in a transition period.” “The change is going to be hard,” Ryan added. This is the same professor who, when I sifted through the course catalog each semester and asked her whether or not I should take classes that were gratuitous for my degree but still excited me, told me, “You’re going to be stuck in your mind for the rest of your life, so you might as well make it an interesting place to be,” and the same Ryan who, when I needed someone to soothe my apprehension caused by a year-long deliberation
about whether or not to apply to law school told me, “The act of making a decision is much more important than the decision itself. Just move forward.” I trust both of them immensely. I suppose one of the more distressing premises of graduating is the anticipation of transition — amidst the pomp and circumstance and regalia, senior bar-hopping nights and final Greek formals, there has been an undercurrent of uneasiness, stemmed not from a lack of readiness, but rather from the expectancy of change. Sometimes I can ignore, or at the very least, distract myself from the anticipation of it all, but other times there are glaring reminders of its soon-to-be arrival, like earlier today, when, for the billionth time, I tried to renew my 19 student library loans online, some of which have been checked out since the beginning of junior year, and, for the first time, wasn’t allowed to. Printed on the spine of those 19 books are the names of some of my favorite writers, like Mary Karr and Cheryl Strayed, who, through metaphor and story, have told me time and time again that change is hard, a phrase which I am just beginning to understand as more of a hard-earned truth than a literary trope or maxim. The moments in which the anticipation subsides are when I can focus on being grateful for my current frame of reference, rather
than the one I can’t see yet. Incidentally, this week, I also went to coffee with a freshman, a meetup scheduled by my adviser who, in an e-mail noted that our “interests overlap remarkably” and was hoping I could talk to her about my research, my experience in the major and relevant resources and faculty. Sitting outside Starbucks on Oxford Road, I felt a sense of continuity — any fourthyear jadedness I had toward school was extinguished by her excitement and vigor toward all the classes she has yet to take. Among iced lattes and a blueberry muffin, she confessed her fear of not being able to be all her possible academic selves, of abandoning her love of statistics for her love of anthropology, to which I calmly responded with a perspective not yet afforded to her, “You don’t have to. It will all work out.” Of what I’m most certain is, come three years, the fabric of that student’s mind will be more intricately webbed than it is now — that her already boundless curiosity will continue to grow with pithy quotes from overdue library books, moments of laughter sitting with friends on Cox Bridge at twilight and encouragements from professors over brunch. My hope is that, when she too is on the brink of transition, she will find solace in this arsenal of memories — in the perspective she already has. To her, I pass the baton.
Hannah E. Conway is from Los Angeles and served as the Wheel’s Spring 2016 Arts & Entertainment editor. After graduation, she will work as a strategist for BrightHouse, A BCG Company.
Senior Reflection | Jackson
How Long Is Four Years By Chelsea Jackson
Four Years. One thousand four hundred and sixty days here at Emory. I couldn’t have imagined the relationships I have built, the opportunities I’ve had, the lessons I’ve learned. Emory has been so many things to me, nuanced like all life experiences are. I’ve never been to Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill or been let out of class by Dooley, and this University was not made, in 1836, for little Black girls. And yet, Emory belongs to me — a Black girl from Decatur, Ga. — as much as it belongs to the Buddhist monks, the business school student from New Jersey with a silver BMW, the international student from Brazil. We all are Emory, and none of us are. Being an activist has taught me just how short our time is in the life of a university. In the course of my time here, I helped fashion the Fall 2015 Black Student Demands. There are some faculty who have been here since the 1968 Black Student Demands. Begrudgingly, I’ve accepted that changes to large
institutions are slow and incremental. We still don’t have a curriculum inclusivity/diversity GER and there has yet to be a meaningful increase in faculty of color, although progress is being made. As a first-year student, those were two of the initiatives I latched onto, hoping to accomplish them in my four years. I failed. But we did not fail. Emory did not fail. Like every other American institution, Emory struggles with all the isms. The history and legacy of native removal, slavery and exclusion do not skip the “heart of dear old Dixie Emory.” What makes Emory unique is its malleability. Its willingness to say, “OK, I was wrong. Let’s do something about this together.” And that is what I will miss most after May 14. Though I will miss the Yumbii food truck in walking distance and the smiles of familiar faces as I walk across campus, perhaps no other place in the world will be as malleable. But we must take our fire, our enthusiasm, our big mouths, our youth, our immaturity, our “millennialism” and force the world to be like Emory. A place that says, “OK, I was wrong. Let’s do something about this together.” Class of 2018, we cannot go back and change the past 1,459 days. Our accomplishments, however meager or notable, only propel us forward. I am all of the things on my Emory resume, and I am none of them.
Chelsea Jackson is from Decatur, Ga., and was awarded a 2018 Rhodes Scholarship.
“This University was not made, in 1836, for little Black girls. And yet, Emory belongs to me.”
Senior Reflection | Palmer
Aspiring for Impact, Not for Recognition By William Palmer
As I look back on my Emory career, I am overwhelmed by how much everyone has changed and how much the world has changed around us. I entered school thinking I could get involved in Democratic political campaigns, intern in Washington, D.C., help draft meaningful legislation and maybe shoot for a job at the White House. Oh well … At Emory, like in the real world, the road to every achievement is paved with hundreds of failures, setbacks and tedious emails. I have had the honor of getting to watch and learn from the Emory leaders of yesterday. I found myself in awe at the power and potential of a student who is committed to an idea and is willing to work hard. I watched the birth and growth of events like Symposium and organizations like the Emory chapter of the NAACP. I’ve seen niche student initiatives become headlines in the Emory Report. So much of what we do on campus is like a practice run for navigating the real world. Some people sacrifice fun for their work, others do what is asked of them and still others do little at all. wMost of the true leaders and change-
makers are not the ones making the Wheel’s front page, being invited to special lunches and being honored as “campus leaders.” Real achievements are tiring; they’re controversial; they’re unsexy. At Emory and in the world, most innovation and change doesn’t come from the government. Nonetheless, during my time on College Council and the Student Government Association I was able to help students turn their ideas into flourishing organizations. I worked with the limited power I had to make sure that students with good ideas could see them through. And I wrote a bill to dissolve and restructure our 50-year-old Universitywide governing body against the advice of everyone around me, because I believed that it would help future Emory students. Emory has hundreds of clubs and university organizations, with endless positions to fill. The title is easy to come by, but what matters is the hours you put in. The best advice I can give to any student hoping to be a leader is this: Be the person who puts in late night hours to plan an event that changes three people’s lives. Do more with your positions than will fit on your resumé. At Emory, whether you’re highly involved or not, you have the ability to better your environment and to pursue any idea, no matter how big or small. Take advantage of it now, not for the rewards or recognition, but for the experience and personal growth. Those are the only things that will travel with you when you cross the decorated stage, shake the dean’s hand, and kiss your years of carefree intellectual exploration goodbye.
“Real achievements are tiring; they’re controversial; they’re un-sexy.”
William Palmer is from Tyringham, Mass., and served as SGA speaker of legislature, senior representative and Young Democrats of Emory president from 2017-2018. After graduation, he plans to continue a fellowship with Venture for America.
Senior Reflection | Munslow
The Stories I Never Wanted to Write By Julia Munslow I have never been less excited to write a story than I was two summers ago during a hot, humid Fourth of July weekend. I was working as a PR intern when I woke up to multiple missed messages from my editor about a fatal attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that had left two Emory students dead. He assigned me the obituary, and I sat alone in a sublet and started calling students who knew them. The assignment prompted my most difficult interview during my time at The Emory Wheel. I had reached one student who knew both of them, and, as she recounted story after story, I scrawled notes, trying to keep up. About half an hour into the interview, her voice cracked, and she started crying. Horrified, I offered to stop the interview, staring down at the black dinner table. I was 20 years old and didn’t know what to say to someone whose friends had just been killed in a terrorist attack. No, she said, insisting she wanted to keep going. If she could, I could. Or, at least, I felt I had to. I picked up my pen. We kept going. After publication, she thanked me for telling her friends’ stories. As I concluded my term as editor, people asked me why I spent four years covering stories like that one — stories that are difficult for both source and reporter. The truth is, when I first arrived on campus, I had planned to apply to the business school, doubtful of the value of an English degree in an economy recovering from a financial crisis. But if I have learned anything at Emory, it is that stories that reveal the truth 15
matter. For instance, this sentence is no longer surprising: In response to coverage of misconduct allegations in a contentious election, the president threatened legal action against a newspaper. That’s a statement that describes something that’s happened more than once under the current federal administration. The U.S. president has mocked major news organizations, attempted to dismantle their credibility and threatened to sue. But that statement also applies to one of Emory’s own: the undergraduate student government president. This past month, a man claiming to represent the recently-elected Student Government Association (SGA) President Dwight Ma (17Ox, 19C) called the Wheel’s editor-in-chief and executive editor to threaten legal action against them for the Wheel’s coverage of electoral misconduct allegations. Ma has rescinded his threat, but the fact that even thought to make it stands. When both the president of the United States and the president of Emory’s undergraduate student body lambast journalists who are only doing their jobs, I am more compelled than ever to champion the freedom and responsibility of the press to hold those in positions of power to account. Some have railed against the Wheel’s coverage of the election, calling it everything from unfair to unethical to, more recently, fake news. But as the newspaper of record, the Wheel isn’t a publicity machine; it does not exist to churn out stories that illuminate only the prettiest parts of Emory. Journalists report in service to the communities they cover.
Senior Reflection | Munslow
Here’s the open secret. The Wheel, like any other newspaper, follows a simple reporting creed: Tell the truth. Fair, ethical standards of journalism drive coverage. But that means giving all sides the chance to speak — even the ugly ones, even the ones that reveal people doing wrong. It’s concerning when students repeatedly demonstrate their misunderstanding of the basic function of a newspaper, asking to reword coverage in favor of their group or themselves or to remove reporting that portrays them or their group in a negative light for fear of repercussions. When an Emory student can’t distinguish an independent news source from a tightly-controlled PR statement or paid advertisement, they are sorely lacking a basic understanding of media. To evaluate a news source is to distinguish fact from fiction, to understand the nature of evidence. And a student body president ought to have a stronger understanding of journalism than one that has him rely on a law meant to regulate pornography and obscenities in his attempts to sue the newspaper that covers him. Misinformation spreads with the click of a button. Today, media literacy can be a matter of life or death. Just look to the reports of misinformation across online platforms during the 2016 presidential election; the rumors spread about alleged perpetrators of mass shootings; or the man who shot up a pizza joint because of false reports of Hillary Clinton’s involvement in a child sex ring.
During my term as editor-in-chief, I thought back often to that humid, terrible weekend in July — that difficult interview — whenever we had an emotionally draining story to tackle or whenever someone was courageous enough to say something about what they most feared, or most loved. I thought about the U.S. president when an admissions staffer announced to a group of Emory Student Ambassadors that the Wheel was “fake news.” I thought about the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Harvey Weinstein whenever we fought for access to public information and had to square off against people who had power for those who had none. As graduation approaches, I’m grateful that Emory gave me a brilliant creative writing program and English department (though with too few journalism classes or professors), kind friends and tremendous mentors. I’m glad that I spent so many late nights in the fourth-floor offices, and I’m honored to have worked with people who reported tirelessly, rewrote stories an hour before deadline and drank too many cups of coffee with me. It’s thanks to the Wheel that I am ready to write the stories I don’t want to write. To make the call to interview someone who lost a friend. To run toward a protest, pen and camera in hand. I am certain that the truth matters. And to my freshman self who almost went to business school: Yes, you made the right choice. A great story can move the world.
“It’s thanks to the Wheel that I am ready to write the stories I don’t want to write. To make the call to interview someone who lost a friend. To run toward a protest, pen and camera in hand.”
Julia Munslow is from Coventry, R.I., and served as the Wheel’s 2017-2018 editor-in-chief. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia for 2018-2019.
Senior Reflection | Cleland
What I’ll Carry With Me By Grace Cleland
On May 14, the class of 2018 will cross campus for the final time as Emory students, reaching the finality of our college careers and facing the increasingly daunting “real world” beyond the meaningful lives we have created for ourselves here at Emory. On May 14, we may return once again to the feelings we felt in August of 2014, when we pulled up to our first-year halls for move-in day, our suitcases and Emory T-shirt-clad parents in tow. Nervous, excited and impatient for this season of life to begin, we were ready, just as we are now. On May 14, we toss our caps and turn our backs on the world of dining dollars, communal bathrooms and our beloved skeletal mascot, and promise ourselves that we won’t miss this world of corporate finance exams and long lines at Cox Hall that much. But truth be told, I will. I am humbled to have given four wonderful years to Emory, and in so doing, I have given parts of myself to friends, to classes and to organizations. Yet more important to me in this period of ending is what I am grateful to take with me as a product of this university. I am excited to carry with me relationships with impressive and empowering friends who through explorations of this campus, this city and ourselves have taught me meaningful lessons: some hilarious, some painful and some long overdue. Leading by example, it is the
people I have met at Emory — roommates in dorms and my first apartment, professors in classes I loved and hated, classmates in countless group projects and everyone in between — that have taught me far more than any class could. I will carry with me a sense of humility, for the times my experiences at Emory have rightfully knocked me down a peg or two, and for the (many) times I have been unsuccessful in my classes, been challenged in my organizations and been wrong … about a lot. Yet I will also carry with me a sense of assurance for the times this place has built me back up. This transformative community inspired me to pursue positive change in community at Emory and in business leadership at the Goizueta Business School, though I started out a nervous first-year student with a habit of indecision and a resume in Comic Sans (seriously). Finally, I will carry with me an appreciation for the journey. Never one to take my time, I’ve moved at a sprinter’s pace since I arrived at Emory, always rushing to the next activity and wondering what the next day will bring. It is these final months of college that have instilled in me a calming ability to “enjoy the moment.” On May 14, the class of 2018 will cross the Quadrangle for the first time as proud and prepared alumni. And on that day, I hope we turn to Emory with gratitude for all that we can carry with us.
Grace Cleland is from Oakton, Va., and seved as the 2017-2018 BBA Council president. After graduation, she will remain in Atlanta as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting.
Senior Reflection | Schwartz
Emory as an Ecosystem
By Cassidy Schwartz
My Emory experience started in a forest four years ago. On Outdoor Emoryâ€™s sea kayaking SOAR trip, I tentatively laid down my roots and discovered my first friends (several of which I still call my best friends today). A few days later, I walked on campus for orientation and felt as if I had never left the woods of Savannah, Ga. A forest of students surrounded me and it was both overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Slowly, my involvement in the varied aspects of College Council (CC) â€” chartering, budgeting, programming and student affairs â€” allowed me to distinguish the individual trees in the forest that had once overwhelmed me. Each was striving to find their niche and to make an impact. Through CC, I have had the immense privilege to hear the voices of a diverse range of student leaders from throughout our community. I devoted my time to listening to their passions and connecting them to the resources that would fulfill their goals. I am beyond grateful for what I have learned from taking a step back to listen to the forest that surrounds us. Many times over, individuals have seen something in me that I did not see in myself. They have elevated my confidence, raised my spirits, supported my dreams and nourished my passions. Emory spirit emanates from the passion we each derive from our extracurricular involvements, our academic interests and our plans for the future. My most profound observation was that no student feels that Emory is perfect. Everyone sees holes in the ecosystem, where energy is lost, where connections fail. Yet, no one falls prey to disillusionment. Emory students work tirelessly to improve this campus and to make a meaningful impact on the global community. Thank you for everything, Class of 2018. I cannot wait to see the contributions that you each continue to make.
Emory spirit emanates from the passion we each derive from our extracurricular involvements, our academic interests and our plans for the future.
Cassidy Schwartz is from Munster, Ind., and served as the 2017-2018 College Council president.
Senior Reflection | Sullivan
State of Emergency By Emily Sullivan
My most visceral five to 10 minutes at Emory consisted of me trying to vomit in a bathroom stall outside the Wheel offices. It was Nov. 8, 2016. Just before 4 p.m. that afternoon, I had eaten some raw vegetables, hummus and dry cereal, called it dinner and drove to campus to edit news stories. It’s likely I brought a small protein bar, but it’s just as likely I didn’t eat it. I preferred feeling hungry, existing in what New York Times contributor Sandra Aamodt calls the “starvation state of emergency.” It was one of the few things I could invariably control. Around 1 a.m., I sent two texts to my mom. In the first, I asked if she thought it would be reasonable for me to go home early, even though votes were still coming in and Hillary Clinton hadn’t yet called Donald Trump to concede the election. The second text was more to the point: “I’m in so much pain.” It wasn’t a pain I could describe well. Something was stabbing my chest and something else was clenching my stomach. It’s funny how stress manifests physically, especially in someone who’s malnourished. I didn’t come to terms with this fact until that night, the remainder of which I spent keeled over my black leather steering wheel while my mom waited on the other end of my phone call. She suggested I U-turn myself to the emergency room, but I didn’t have the energy to respond, and I didn’t have anything to say. I felt if I made any sudden movement, no matter how negligible, my gut would detonate into the air like a small bomb. The next morning at 5:33 a.m. I texted my editor to apologize for leaving early. I felt badly for leaving him and all the other editors who stayed up so late that I imagine their faces puffy and lifeless, the whites of their eyes barely visible. My editor blindsided me when he told me everything was OK. His response seemed bizarre. For months, I blamed a good portion of my nutritional demise on what I perceived to be his apathy. In reality, I had become comfortable making excuses and di-
verting attention from the fact that I let go of my health. Just like everyone, I had a limit. I’m lucky I didn’t go too far past it. This is my brief tell-all for everyone at Emory who “forgets” to eat because they think it’s less important than meeting that deadline or appeasing that person. But as Aamodt writes, “There is a better way to eat.” That’s what Emory culture should be about: helping each individual find his or her “better way” to live, learn, eat, meet deadlines, handle stress and enjoy company. My experiences with The Emory Wheel were some of the most formative of my last four years and solidified my confidence in the press, pre- and post-2016 election, and my astonishment with the mental strength of journalists. I’ve worked with writers and thinkers who’ve pushed me, and I’ve profiled some fascinating subjects: John Herbers (49C), a spearheading civil rights reporter; Anne Chumbow (19PH), a student from Cameroon who fought to stay in the U.S. to study global health; Tom Hilchey (16Ox), a soccer buff who was supposed to graduate with me. I first began reflecting on all this during a yoga class a few weeks ago. About 30 minutes into the class, the instructor said, “Everything’s gonna be all right. It’s gonna be all right.” She was talking us through side planks. But her words apply on a broader level: Emory life is hard. Generally, things will get done and the quality will be more than all right. To me, this yoga instructor embodies confidence, peace and acceptance. She does what infuses her with passion, which once led her to legitimately consider living in a school bus. Maybe she’s got the right idea.
Emily Sullivan is from Blue Bell, Pa., and served as the Wheel’s 2016-2017 news editor. After graduation, she will report for The Florida Times-Union.
Senior Reflection | Lefton
Embracing the Unplanned By Monica Lefton
On Aug. 26, 2014 at 10:12 a.m., a freshman reportedly arrived at Emory University’s Oxford College campus with no idea of what to study. Before Emory’s elimination of their journalism major, she wanted to study journalism. Despite this hitch and the absence of an Oxford print newspaper, the student told officers she liked to plan and intended to do so while at Emory. Her enrollment two days later included her taking logic and political science — neither of which she would study further. Four years after the initial call, she reported her willingness to plan missing. This willingness to plan was last seen Spring 2017, when she intended to study abroad and found her major’s program momentarily suspended. This case has not been assigned to an investigator because the student requested time to adjust to the uncertainty of life.
When I started college at Oxford, I had no idea what I wanted to study or where I would be in four years, but in attempt to keep calm and “Oxcited,” I told myself I had time to carefully plan each step. I tried my hand at a wide range of (non-STEM) classes and ultimately (and unsurprisingly) declared as an English major. But, it made a huge difference to not be locked into something from the start. Painful to some, Emory’s liberal arts curriculum is invaluable. Taking courses in education, economics and women’s, gender and sexuality studies alongside English created a richness that any depth of degree planning couldn’t have promised. An ideal Emory experience hinges on following interests and taking courses outside your major. Stepping foot on the Atlanta campus in 2016, I was still convinced I could plan things. Disappointed in the suspension of the English summer abroad program at first, I soon accepted a nongovernmental organization internship position in Udaipur, India.
I didn’t plan it, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Even releasing yourself from small plans and expectations is nice. Last Monday, I waited 15 minutes at Clairmont just for a shuttle to arrive as “Not In Service.” Slightly peeved, I walked to campus and came to really enjoy my time outdoors. As I leave Emory, I’ll miss these small obstacles and unknowns with the Emory guarantee that it’ll work out. If my time at Emory has taught me anything, it’s that life isn’t straightforward or something you can easily plan. In moments of difficulty, I first blamed Emory, but, in reality, the University is what helped me to do such wonderful things and become the person I am. Emory’s been a wild ride I couldn’t have imagined — the people, the classes, the memes. Looking back, I’m grateful for the twists; it’s kept me active, made me stronger and created the unique Emory experience we all search for. So stay on your toes, Eagles. You never know where you’ll land, but I promise it’ll be worth it.
Monica Lefton is from Decatur, Ga., and served as the Wheel’s crime beat reporter. She’ll remain in Atlanta as a diversity fellow in FleishmanHillard.
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QTM Class of 2018
Quantitative Sciences Marissa Adams • Asher Ades • Konya Badsa • Elizabeth Belenky • Madison Dalton Katherine Gabay • Jeff Gao Eric Greenburg Goldy • Anwesha Guha Sanya Jaffar • Miles Jones • Ryan Joye Caroline Korey • Euijung Lee Katherine Eleanor Light • Shaan Malani Jenny Miller • Rahul Nair • Julia Paster Chenzhi Shen • Matthew Simkus Bethanie Tabachnik • Bingran Wang • John Wang Eukyung Yhang • Weixi Zhang
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Jennifer Badash • Safiyah Bharwani Winston He • Jeffrey Li • Yibo Wu Wenkai Xu • Shuoyuan Yang • Chao Zhang Shuohao Zhang • Sheng Zhong
Public Policy & Analysis Shreya Mohan
Dear Caroline, Congratulations on achieving such a big accomplishment in your life! We are so proud of you! Hope you will always stay as joyful and confident as you have been. We will always be there to support you!
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Congratulations Max!! The Anthropology Department Congratulates Our Graduating Seniors! We wish you every success and happiness in the years ahead.
Adedoja, Dorcas Adetokunbo
Gosine, Kavelle Syra*
Gurney, Anna Katherine
Patel, Shoba Samir
Hammett, Henry I.
Andrade, Isaac James Evans*
Hampshire, Karly Nicole
Andrews Jr, Michael Anthony
Hardin, Mollie Ayn
Price, Garrett Foster
Arno, Caitlyn Ann*
Richardson, Briana Tawan
Howell, Amelia Reid*†
Rivera, Navil Graciela
Balogh, Samuel M.
Hsieh, Sharon Lee †
Schlosser, Hillary Paige
Berman, Alex Rose*
Bernhard, Talia Mirit
Ijemere, Kenechi Ike*
Brenner, Rachel Diane
Indrakrishnan, Harini L.
Shields, Hannah Lee Buechl
Cagliero, Diana Anna*
Ioachimescu, Ana Serena
Silberfein, Joshua Brian
Calhoun, Emma Leigh*
Strausser, Sarah Ann
Caudle, Dalia Darene
Kiely, Evan J. *
Thomas, Kia Daja-Kathryn*
Lebeaux, Rebecca Michelle*†
Chung, Grace Miran*
Lewis, Kennedy Cymone
Davis, Alexandra Victoria
Willrich, Tyler Brandon
Falk, Isabelle Dean
McFadden, Kristin Anese*
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Goetz, Tessa Ann
† Completed Honors Thesis
I'm so proud of you and everything you've accomplished at Emory. You have so many great things ahead of you and I'm so excited to see it all unfold. Here's to many more happy memories and to the amazing things I know you'll do. -HLB
TO KEVIN LU:
I’ve always admired my brother. As we’ve gotten older, I’ve become even more in awe of the person he is. Kevin has so much passion: he loves what he does, & he always excels at whatever it is. I’m sure anyone who’s seen TNT perform would agree! He’s adventurous, hardworking, supportive, & surprisingly, still humble. Who else would offer to drive me back to my dorm when it’s raining or bring me boba when I’m studying. I can’t help but feel nostalgic knowing that this could be the last time we’re at the same school. Kevin, we’re all so proud of the person you are. You’re going to make a phenomenal doctor!
We are so proud of you! You embrace your opportunities with passion and overcome your obstacles with grit and grace. Â You have accomplished so much and we can't wait to see what comes next! We love you!
YOU HAVE PAVED AN INCREDIBLY BRIGHT FUTURE FOR YOURSELF, ALEXANDRE SMADJA! BEAMING WITH PRIDE AND BURSTING WITH LOVE, MOM, DAD & JULIA
CLASS OF 2018
May you go from strength to strength and enjoy a long life full of many more wonderful accomplishments and celebrations. With much nachas and love today and always, Mum, Dad & Zoe
Congratulations CongratulationsÂ Ben Goldfein It's been an amazing 4 years! #SoProudOfYou
BRIAN WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU! LOVE, MOM, DAD, GREG AND SCOTT
Amazing job! Congratulations Theo!! Lots of love, -Mom & Dad, brother, cousins, aunts, uncles & Nan & D.C & Daisy
Congratulations Janet!!! We are so proud of you and everything that you’ve accomplished in your 4 years at Emory. All of those long days and nights you spent constantly studying and doing homework was worth it. We know it wasn’t easy, but today it is finally paying off! You’re such a hardworking and driven individual, so we know you’re going to be nothing but successful and do big things post-grad. Step one of the road to your doctorates degree is complete, and you know we will continue to be here routing for you until you are finally Dr. Janet Martin. We’re so happy that we all could be here to share this huge accomplishment with you. Continue to be great, live your dreams and set the bar. Congratulations again-you made it ... you’re officially a college graduate! Love, Jaz, Yoks, Lo, Maya & Parker (AMG) Janet Maia Martin: Honored was the feeling I got when your mom asked me to be your Godmother. Once again I am honored to see you graduate from Emory on time and on a mission. Your parents and I dreamed you would have. Upword and onword as I continue to watch you soar from the sideline. Up next Medical School... Congratulations Dr. Martin the world is yours!!! You got this! LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER Godmommy Shawn
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Congratulations Jack! Goizueta Scholar, AKPsi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Pi Sigma & BlackRock – WOW! We knew you’d take advantage of everything Emory had to offer and make a contribution in return. We admire your work ethic and have been amazed every step of the way by your determination and achievements. It’s been a joy watching you follow your dreams. We are so proud of you Jack! Love, Mom, Dad, Hannah & Cody
Congratulations Jeff! We are so very proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad and Sam
Congratulations on all your accomplishments! May you continue to follow your dreams and purpose in life. We love you! Uncle David, Aunt Sunny and Matthew
Love, Mom, Dad & Trent
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BENJAMIN PLOTNICK We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Zack, Shane and Rudy
Janet Martin: Thank you for being such a positive role model and showing us what hard work and determination can accomplish. We're so proud of you just like mommy and daddy. The best is yet to come for you. Love, Aubrey, Avery and Axel
Ask Me Anything
Julia Munslow Former editor-in-chief, executive editor, A&E editor
Former managing editor, senior layout editor, student life editor
Emily Sullivan Former news editor, associate editor
Kevin Kilgour Former sports editor
English and creative writing; Coventry, R.I.
French; Atlanta, Ga.
International Studies and Ethics; Blue Bell, Pa.
Marketing and English; Wichita, Kansas
Best memory at Emory
Every night spent at the Wheel
Macon “field trip” to report on a 1962 cold case
Oxford Olympics 2k15
Creative writing workshops
20th Century Ideologies
Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases
Global Political Economy
Favorite dining spot on campus
Kaldi’s at the Depot
Kaldi’s at the School of Medicine
Swoop or Dooley
What you’ll miss the least about Emory
Each and every hill
Favorite bathroom on campus
5th floor of Chemistry Building
2nd floor AMUC
Favorite Atlanta restaurant
Sokongdong Tofu House
Eclipse de Luna
Yalla(!) at Krog Street Market
Butter & Cream
Favorite study spot on campus
6th floor of the stacks at one of the tables by the windows
Second floor of Callaway
Favorite Wheel section
I refuse to answer this
News and A&E
There’s more than just Sports?
Fulbright ETA in Malaysia
Clinical Research Coordinator for Emory Medical School
Reporting internship at the Florida Times-Union :)
Most embarassing thing that happened to you
Walked into a wall in my freshman year dorm (repeatedly)
I accidentally spilled acid on my arm in organic chemistry lab
I embarrass myself daily
What Emily said
Number of Emory sports events attended
Wheel nickname 69
Hannah Conway Former A&E editor, associate editor
Anwesha Guha Former news editor, associate editor
Isabeth Mendoza Former Editorial Board member
American studies, media studies; Los Angeles
QSS and English; Montgomery, Ala.
Public Health; Bell, Calif.
Friday lunches with the IDEAS Fellowship
Late night walks around campus as study breaks
Second Year Send Off last weekend
Memory & Memoir
GIS - Learning how to make maps!
Does Falafel King count?
I’m terrified of Dooley
You know, I never understood this lol
The constant construction
The untimely shuttles
2nd floor of Candler
GCR at Rollins
Barcelona Wine Bar
4th floor of the Stacks, amongst all those fiction writers
Cox Computing Lounge
Quiet room at undergrad lib
Strategiest at Brighthouse, A BCG Company
Teach for America in St. Louis, then grad school
Family dinner at El Rey. Then back to California! Late into the semester I got to class,
Called my professor Mom once
Congratulations to the Wheel graduates! Thank you for all of your hard work at The Emory Wheel! Julia Munslow Editor-in-Chief Hayley Silverstein Managing Editor Lindsay Wilson Business Manager Emily Sullivan News Editor Kevin Kilgour Sports Editor Isabeth Mendoza Editorial Board Member Hannah Conway Arts & Entertainment Editor
saw another class, got confused, went home, realized I went hour early
“The grad student”
Anwesha Guha News Editor