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Police Record, Page 2

Staff Editorial, Page 6

Mad Libs, Page 10

Crossword Puzzle, Page 8

OnFire, Page 11

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Volume 94, Issue 5 Every Tuesday and Friday

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U.S. News Ranking Remains at No. 20 Following Investigation, Emory Submitted Corrected Data for 2013 By Jordan Friedman News Editor U.S. News & World Report

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Former President Jimmy Carter discussed recent conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. health care and his own experiences from his presidency at the annual Carter Town Hall event, held Wednesday evening in the Woodruff P.E. Center.

Carter Explores Health Care, Middle East Politics By Rachel Duboff Contributing Writer Former U.S. President and Emory University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter discussed issues ranging from recent conflicts in the Middle East to health care at the 31st annual Carter Town Hall Meeting Wednesday evening. Carter said that the Atlanta-based Carter Center has been successful and necessary in the Middle East since its founding in 1982. The Center has played a role in overseeing political elections in many countries to ensure the growth of new democracies in recent years, he said. The Carter Center recently deployed observers to Egypt and Libya to assess that the elections were running smoothly and to plan

for future and fair elections. One student asked Carter for his thoughts about the potential consequences of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya this past week. Carter assured the audience that Libya will not have strained relations with the United States, since the Libyan people have themselves condemned the militants responsible for the attacks. Carter also expressed confidence that the Carter Center’s previous work in helping the Libyan democracy grow has only resulted in positive relations between the Libyan people and the United States. Through the Carter Center, he has been able to “fill the vacuums of the world,” he said, because other past organizations had not been addressing violated human rights and suffer-

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ing issues. Carter also mentioned his views on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. When Carter was president, he said, he had an idea of a type of single-payer health-care system, which would act just as Medicare has, yet the age at which one qualifies for health care would be lower in order to include all Americans. While this system was not implemented, Carter said he was hopeful that Obama would enact a similar system. Though Obama’s health-care act was not exactly the type of plan Carter had hoped for, he said he was pleased with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the constitutionality of the law by stating the health insurance would work as a tax.

This approval, Carter explained, would provide health care to 32 million Americans who did not have health insurance in the past. In addition to health care in the United States, Carter singled out inadequacies in American political organization, which he sees as having enabled the “poorest democratic processes of elections in the world.” The heightened polarization of today’s political parties can be linked to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in ited campaign funding, he said. Carter added that this ruling has allowed politicians to accept “massive influxes of selfish money,” which they have spent on negative advertis-

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Dialogue, Candlelight Ceremony Honor 9/11

from professors in a wide range of disciplines, and to perform research and undertake original scholarship in many different settings,” Provost Earl Lewis said in a Sept. 12 University press release. “Whatever ‘marks’ we might be assigned by others, Emory by any measure is one of the world’s leading centers of discovery and learning.” The rankings were released just weeks after the University disclosed to the public that administrators had misreported admissions data for

See FORMAN, Page 5

HOUSING

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Hamilton Holmes, Emory’s newest residence hall, has been facing issues with plumbing and electricity.

Hamilton Holmes Faces Maintenance Problems By Minah So Contributing Writer

By Karishma Mehrotra Contributing Writer

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Emory’s peer institutions’ U.S. News rankings. See Page 5.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed unlim-

GO FOR THE GOAT

Tears filled College junior Jenni Seale’s eyes as 40 students gathered around the Quadrangle’s flag pole in silent darkness on Sept. 11. The only lights shone from the dim flames of the candles that each student held, illuminating their faces. Around 20 of the students who attended the candlelight vigil Tuesday night had just filed out of Cannon Chapel, where, as part of Volunteer Emory’s Dialogue on Unity, they had taken part in a showing of the 45-minute documentary “Coexist” about the Rwandan reconciliation movement followed by a 20-minute interactive discussion. This first annual Dialogue on Unity event is part of Volunteer Emory’s larger social dialogue initiative, according to staff member and College senior Shekar Dukkipati. Similar events throughout the year will focus on a variety of social issues and correspond to different days of service. This particular dialogue corresponded to the 9/11 Day of Service

ranked Emory University No. 20 for the third consecutive year in its 2013 “Best Colleges” rankings released Wednesday morning. The news organization uses both statistical data as well as subjective surveys when ranking colleges. U.S. News based its rankings on several categories, with 22.5 percent given to undergraduate academic reputation, 20 percent to graduation and retention rates, 20 percent to faculty resources and 15 percent to student selectivity, among other components. “As a research-intensive university, Emory offers undergraduates unsurpassed opportunities to study

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tudents were able to take a break between classes and pet the goat featured at this week’s Farmer’s Market, which also offered wares - such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and pastries - from local bakeries and farms.

POLITICS

Abramowitz Predicts Obama Victory By Anusha Ravi Staff Writer Alan Abramowitz, the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, has released his forecast for the outcome of the presidential election this November. Abramowitz, who has accurately predicted the popular vote winner of every presidential election since 1988, says incumbent President Barack Obama will win the election by a close margin of about 1.2 percent. Abramowitz based his forecast on statistical analysis composed of the

candidate’s approval rating at the end of June, the growth of the economy and the value of the “incumbency factor,” which refers to the advantage a candidate will have simply for being the candidate that voters are familiar with. “The Democratic constituency is just larger than the Republicans’ and encompasses far more different types of people,” Abramowitz said. “Even if Romney receives the maximum turnout from white Republican voters, he won’t win.”

See ‘INCUMBENCY,’ Page 5

Alan Abramowitz, professor of politial science at Emory, predicts that Obama will win the election. ELECTION SERIES This Week: Abramowitz predicts results

Maintenance issues are putting Hamilton Holmes residents in a stinky situation. After reports that the University’s newest freshmen residence hall Hamilton Holmes has been experiencing power outages and faulty toilets, Residence Life and Housing (ResLife) officials have confirmed that they are addressing the issues. The central complications at Hamilton Holmes, which houses 125 freshmen, involve electrical problems “as a result of the circuits being overloaded,” ResLife Executive Director Andrea Trinklein said. Students who live in the residence hall have substantiated this report, as several say that they have been experiencing a loss of power in areas of the building, mainly in restrooms. Students have also made assertions of malodorous recycled toilet-water in restrooms, which has led to “really foul-smelling bathrooms,” according to one College freshman who spoke on the condition of anonymity. While many students have taken to social media outlets to voice their complaints, sophomore and resident advisors have insisted that freshmen only speak to maintenance. On the Hamilton Holmes Facebook page, one resident advisor insisted that freshmen not comment to the Wheel on the matter. In response to an onslaught of complaints, the Campus Services staff and New South, the construction company that built Hamilton Holmes, have both been inspecting the building in order to respond to these problems as they occur, Trinklein said.

SEE INSIDE Editorial reaction to the response to maintenance issues at Hamilton Holmes Hall See Page 6. “The other day, maintenance people came into the room across the hall to take a whole toilet from the wall, but the problems came back,” another College freshman said. New buildings like Hamilton Holmes often experience unforeseen problems that can surface even when potential problems are checked after construction, according to Trinklein. The Residence Hall Director Byron Liu (’12C) in collaboration with the Hamilton Holmes Hall Council Executive Board have also recently created an online survey in the Hamilton Holmes Facebook group. The purpose of the survey is to ensure that New South can determine the sources and extent of these issues, according to the posting on the Facebook page. The survey asks residents questions such as whether they have been experiencing electrical and plumbing issues in their rooms, as well as whether they have noticed other problems throughout the building. Residents have not been shy voicing their discontent. During the past two weeks, several students have made claims on various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter about these maintenance and plumbing issues. One student, for example, wrote on the Hamilton Holmes Facebook group page, “Everybody please go on

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POLICE RECORD

NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • Apple announced a new, thinner, faster and brighter iPhone 5. It has a larger screen than previous models, making it more suitable for viewing pictures and videos. As a result of the new release, Apple stock rose from $9.13 to $699.72.

early this year in Atlanta, irritating many as early as the third week of August. The season is also supposed to last longer and be more severe than normal. The ragweed pollen count, which is the main cause of allergies this fall, is particularly high.

• According to the USA Today, attacks on the American embassies in Egypt and Libya were the results of days of planning and Internet publicity. The attacks were a protest of the imprisonment of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, a spiritual leader serving a life sentence for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. An ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Libya, and protesters in Cairo tore down the U.S. flag and scaled the embassy’s walls.

• A South Carolina woman found her ex-boyfriend living in her attic more than twelve years after they had broken up. She discovered him after she heard a thump from the attic and saw nails popping out of the ceiling. Her ex-boyfriend had been living in there for about two weeks after he was released from prison.

• A female student’s black Giant Escape bicycle was stolen from the bike rack in front of the Rollins Public Health School building on Sept. 5 between 8:30 a.m. to 5:05 p.m. The bike was secured with a cable lock and is valued at around $700. • The Nursing School incurred more than $750 worth of damage in vandalism of automatic toilet flushers on the second floor of the building on Sept. 3 between 8:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.

• Officers responded to an underage drinker who was semi-conscious and vomiting on Sept. 8 at midnight on the steps of the Dobbs University Center. The male student had abrasions on his knee and was barely capable of conversation. EPD discovered two drivers’ licenses on his person, one fake. The student admitted to having five shots of vodka at an unknown location. The student was transported to Emory University Hospital.

• On Sept. 7 at 10:35 p.m., officers received a complaint from a woman who said she saw a white male in his 40s walking barefoot on campus. He appeared to be drunk. Officers could not locate the individual.

• Officers had an altercation with a white male subject in front of the Phi Delta Theta house at 20 Eagle Row (there is no evidence the subject was a resident of Phi Delt). Officers saw an individual drinking a Keystone

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• Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the world’s busiest airport, announced plans to use sheep to manage nearby vegetation. The program is a partnership with Trees Atlanta and will place 100 sheep near the airport. Trees Atlanta insists that sheep are an environmentally-friendly form of plant control. • The fall allergy season arrived The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at emorywheel.com. Please contact Editor in Chief Evan Mah at emah@emorywheel.com to report an error.

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Light beer in front of the house and when they tried to make contact with him, he ran into the fraternity house and slammed the door on the officer, damaging the officer’s arm and hand. The individual could not be located after entering the house.

— Compiled by Asst. News Editor Nicholas Sommariva

September 18, 1992 Former U.S. president and current distinguished University professor Jimmy Carter conducted the eleventh annual Town Hall Meeting. In addition to answering questions from the audience, Carter promoted the work of the Carter Center. Dooley also presented Carter with a Dooley t-shirt and a bottle of Coke.

EVENTS AT EMORY FRIDAY Event: Vulnerabilities and Identities: An Uncomfortable Conversation Time: 9 a.m. Location: Emory University School of Law Event: “Musical Fireworks,” Vega String Quartet and William Ransom, piano Time: 12 p.m. Location: Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum Event: Financial Strategy: Seeing the Forest from the Trees: SmartPath Session Time: 12 p.m. Location: Emory University Main Campus, Dobbs University Center, Harland Cinema Event: Safe Space Friday Film Series: Saint of 9/11 Time: 12 p.m. Location: Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life Event: Vulnerabilities and Identities: An Uncomfortable Conversation Time: 4 p.m. Location: Emory University School of Law Event: Spellbound (1945), Film Screening

Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall 207

SATURDAY Event: Vulnerabilities and Identities: An Uncomfortable Conversation Time: 9 a.m. Location: Emory University School of Law Event: Artful Stories Time: 10 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Third Floor Galleries Event: Athletics - Women’s Soccer Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center Event: Vulnerabilities and Identities: An Uncomfortable Conversation Time: 4 p.m. Location: Emory University School of Law Event: Emory Pride Fall BBQ Time: 4 p.m. Location: Tower terrace at the SAAC Event: Michael Feinberg, bass Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

SUNDAY Event: University Worship with the Rev. Dr. Barbara Patterson Time: 11 a.m. Location: Cannon Chapel Event: Black Jaguar Children’s Ceramics Workshop Time: 2 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Tate Room Event: “The Joy of Sax,” featuring the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet Time: 4 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

MONDAY Event: Blackboard Assessments Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: ECIT 214 Woodruff Library Event: Public Scholarship as Professional Capital Time: 12 p.m. Location: Goizueta Foundation Center W320 Event: Blackboard Grade Center Time: 1 p.m. Location: Robert W. Woodruff

Library Event: David Kiby Death at Sea World Time: 6 p.m. Location: Barnes and Noble at Emory


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Freshmen Elect SGA, CC Representatives By Wendy Becker Staff Writer After students voted last Thursday, several freshmen representatives were chosen to join the Student Government Association (SGA) and College Council (CC). The results were released last night at 8:30 p.m. Freshmen representatives for SGA include Jon Darby, who received 117 votes; Raj Tilwa, who received 165 votes; and Sumaali Chheda with 112. College Council freshmen representatives include Sarah Choi, with 234 votes; Reuben Lack, with 125; Sheena Desai, with 122; and Doo Lee, with 191. The elections took place yesterday online from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After the ballot closed, the Elections Board, comprised of six students, tallied the votes through a program that Emory Information Technology (IT) provided. According to College junior Matthew Pesce, who serves as the head of the Elections Board, the elections code — which is a series of guidelines on holding the election and calculating the votes — along with the online program has enabled the freshman voting process to run smoothly. “It’s a pretty efficient system in the way the code is written and the way the board operates, [it] requires the least amount of student work to ensure that the elections are as transparent as possible,” Pesce said.

The freshmen candidates said they look forward to taking on their new responsibilities. “I’m honored to have been elected from a field of fantastic candidates, and I’m excited to get started,” Lack said. “I hope to build an up-to-date College Council website, and a more transparent way of showing how we spend students’ money.” Choi said she was also honored to be chosen and has ambitions to improve communication between student government representatives and the student body through an anonymous website. According to Choi, the site will allow students to post their opinions about issues on campus. “I’m just so happy and excited, and I can’t wait to start working on College Council,” Choi said, who added that another one of her goals is to obtain basic nutrition facts for food served at the Dobbs University Center (DUC). Additionally, Choi said she hopes to distribute more funds to student groups with plans for events that specifically aim to “enhance the student life and Emory spirit.” Darby said that as a freshman legislator, he hopes to “further Emory’s commitment to sustainability, introducing systems that enable individuals to see their personal impact on the environment.” The only complication with this years’ election program, Pesce found, is that first-year students who come to Emory with a substantial amount

FRESHMAN LEGISLATORS SGA Jon Darby Raj Tilwa Sumaali Chheda

CC Doo Lee Reuben Lack Sarah Choi Sheena Desai of college credit are not able to vote as freshmen. The program requires students to vote only if they maintain freshman standing. The Elections Board corrects this problem by using the names of freshmen who contact them and manually overriding the number of credits these students have, but only in the system. Freshmen representative elections are less stressful than the spring SGA and CC elections, according to Pesce. The number of positions and the responsibilities for each position make the spring elections more intense for the board. “There are no allegations of campaign misconduct and generally the environment is more relaxed,” Pesce said. “For upperclassmen, the stakes are higher.”

— Contact Wendy Becker at wrbecke@emory.edu

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tudents enjoyed grilled hot dogs and hamburgers at this week’s Wonderful Wednesday, which featured a barbecue as well as food, games, information and giveaways from various student organizations on campus.

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University Commits to Conflict-Free Initiative By Malaika Nicholas Staff Writer This summer Emory University announced its commitment to the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative. The initiative includes universities striving for the “responsible sourcing of minerals” from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a July 5 University press release. A new Conflict Materials Policy, which went into effect on July 1, reflects the University’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability by supporting the purchase of conflict-free products from suppliers in the DRC and adjoining countries, the press release states. By considering offering preference to suppliers who produce “conflictfree materials,” Emory ensures its

purchase will not go toward financing the violent conflict in eastern DRC and will instead be used to support humanitarian relief. The new policy supports the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DoddFrank Act), which attempts to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the eastern DRC. The act specifically addresses Congressional concerns related to the exploitation of minerals in the DRC and their use in electronics that the United States has purchased. According to the policy statement, the University has made the decision to choose suppliers “who have made a commitment to conflict-free supply chains.” According to a letter from University President James W. Wagner to College senior Alexandra

Merrick, Wagner worked with Vice President of Finance Mike Mandl as well as other administrators to add the “Conflict Materials Policy Statement” to the University. The policy will also be included in any future agreements with Emory’s technology providers. “I asked a couple folks within Finance and Administration to do a little research on it, and then we established it after a very brief evaluation,” Mandl wrote in an email to the Wheel. “It just made sense.” The visibility of the policy’s implementation will not be immediately obvious to students or staff. However, the policy does expect the University to offer preferences to conflict-free suppliers in the future. — Contact Malaika Nicholas at mcnicho@emory.edu

ACADEMICS

Harvard Cheating Scandal Raises Questions By Greg McKeon The Duke Chronicle, Duke U. Allegations of unprecedented cheating on a recent final exam has put Harvard University, and other schools, in a difficult position. Harvard conducted an investigation into nearly 125 students accused of collaborating on a final exam last semester, making it the latest school to fall victim to a rising trend of academic dishonesty in U.S. higher education. The trend raises ethical questions about how universities, including Duke, can maintain academic integrity in an increasingly collaborative environment where students are pressured to succeed. The students, who were enrolled in Harvard’s “Introduction to Congress” course, allegedly collaborated on the class’s take-home final exam. Yet some undergraduates said the professor was unclear about the course expectations, saying they entered the course expecting an easy A. “[The professor] said ‘I gave out 120 A’s last year, and I’ll give out 120 more,’” an accused student told the New York Times. But by the time finals came around, the exam on which the alleged cheating occurred was significantly more difficult than anticipated. “Classes change,” said Michael Gustafson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke. “Certainly, having the answer be ‘I’m taking this course that’s supposed to be an easy A and now it’s not so we’re going to create this mechanism by which we turn it back into an easy A,’ that’s a disaster.” He noted that the widespread allegations are a timely reminder for Duke, which has dealt with similar cheating scandals in the past. In

2007, 34 Duke MBA candidates at the Fuqua School of Business were suspended, expelled or flunked for collaborating on a take-home test, causing concern about integrity and commitment to the school’s honor code. In light of the recent Harvard scandal, the Duke community should pay closer attention to the results of a study on issues of academic trustworthiness published every five years by Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, said Noah Pickus, director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate research professor of public policy. The latest survey was conducted in 2011. Although Duke continues to show significant improvement in both percentages of students committing outright plagiarism and falsifying data on their reports, the type of unauthorized collaboration seen in the Harvard case is on the rise. According to the Kenan report, the category “Receiving unpermitted help on an assignment” was selfreported by 27.43 percent of Duke undergraduates in 2011, up from 22 percent in the previous 2005 study. Students “Working on an assignment with others when the instructor asked for individual work” rose to 34 percent in 2011 from 29 in 2005. For students, collaboration can be a gray area in the world of academic integrity, Pickus said. As Duke attempts to foster new ideas and learning by encouraging in-class group work and out-of-class discussion of material, it is difficult to distinguish where earnest learning ends and cheating begins. “The rules we have for academic integrity were written for a time when work was supposed to be solely individual,” Pickus said. “This mismatch causes a great deal of confusion and

it’s time to create new approaches that distinguish between appropriate collaboration and inappropriate collaboration.” Furthermore, as students race to distinguish themselves in the highpressure job competition seen at today’s top schools, they may be more inclined toward academic dishonesty, especially unauthorized collaboration that they view as more benign. “It raises the question of how far the university wants to go about placing boundaries around a competitive ethos,” Pickus said. “Being competitive is what we’re good at, but at the same time we don’t think that competitive success is the only standard by which we should judge success.” Explicit communication is vital in avoiding incidents like the one at Harvard, said Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director of the Student Conduct Office. As Duke pushes toward group based learning, expectations for individual assignments are becoming increasingly ambiguous. If faculty—especially in courses that rely largely on group work and take-home assignments—fail to make clear the demands of their class, students are more likely to bend their own moral codes to fit what they think is reasonable, Pickus said. And when these two expectations do not meet, the student can face anything from teacher-student discipline to suspension for two semesters, Bryan added. “A good rule of thumb I have been preaching lately: Students are likely to interpret the acceptable parameters for collaboration far more liberally than their instructor intended,” he said. “If both instructors and students keep this in mind, it will help prompt questions and discussions between faculty and students to reduce any confusion.”


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Students Share Personal Stories, Memories of 9/11 Continued from Page 1

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ollege senior Michael Vo manned the table for EmViet, Emory’s Vietnamese student association, one of many campus organizations at this week’s Wonderful Wednesday. EmViet sold bubble tea to raise money for charity.

Freshmen Respond Positively to Carter’s Town Hall Speech questions read aloud directly to Carter. ing and combative messages to politiOne question sent through Twitter cal opponents. asked Carter whether he preferred Meanwhile, Carter additionally smooth or crunchy peanut butter. made several references to the tough After laughing, Carter said, “peanut decisions that confronted him during butter is one of the best foods on his own presidency. Earth,” adding that he loved crunchy Some of these decisions, he admit- peanut butter “more than anything.” ted, may have hurt In answering him in his second another student’s election. Many “It was a breath of fresh question, Carter students said they expressed disapair to hear a politician proval at rising colwere surprised at Carter’s willinglege tuition costs in speak so candidly...” ness to discuss the United States his experiences — Ami Fields-Meyer, but added, “Emory in office and how College freshman is worth the struggle they have affected with financial costs.” his re-election. He cited what “It was a breath he describes as the of fresh air to hear a politician speak special connection he feels to the so candidly about what he deemed the University. He highlighted the fact failures of his time in Washington,” that the University serves as a partner College freshman Ami Fields-Meyer of the Carter Center and also noted said. that he enjoys staying informed on In addition, Carter fielded ques- the goings-on around Emory through tions from the audience about non- meetings with deans, professors political issues. and University President James W. Many students directly posted Wagner. —Contact Rachel Duboff at questions on Twitter, while some rduboff@emory.edu members of the audience had their

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which took place Saturday, Sept. 8. Volunteer Emory sponsored the event in collaboration with the Interreligious Council, Office of Religious Life and Office of Student Leadership and Service. Following the documentary, Isam Vaid, guest facilitator and campus religious life advisor for the Office of Religious Life, asked the audience a set of questions focusing on their reflections about the documentary, community service and other topics relevant to theme of unity. “Reconciliation has an important role in bringing people together — in setting a positive force for the future,” he commented. “A better future. A brighter path ahead.” Several students recounted their own memories of 9/11, whether they were eating breakfast during the attacks and watching the breaking news on television, or across the world in Bangladesh playing outside.

In response to the documentary, Seale conveyed the idea that attempting to make ethical decisions, like the perpetrators of violence in the film, is more complex than one would imagine.

“Reconciliation has an important role in bringing people together.” — Isam Vaid, advisor for the Office of Religious Life

“Decisions that are ethical in one sense are often also not necessarily unethical,” she remarked. “But if they benefit one person, then they also often harm another person.” Mark Torrez, the assistant director for community engagement, stressed the importance in preserving the val-

ues of community and bravery that many people exhibited on 9/11. ���If you reflect on what the emotion was that day and what the emotion is today, 11 years later, what is that difference?” he said. “Are we still remembering? Are we still carrying forth that narrative?” Following the discussion, Dukkipati encouraged the participants to continue dialogue on a Volunteer Emory Blog titled “Socially Responsible.” After filing out of the chapel at around 9 p.m. towards the outdoor vigil, the attendees watched a compilation of 9/11 footage and a World Humanitarian Day video. A group of students of various faiths recited prayers, and College junior Khatdija Meghjani, a Volunteer Emory staff member, presented Cheryl Sawyer’s commemoration poem, which focuses on how 9/11 brought Americans together. — Contact Karishma Mehrotra at kmehrot@emory.edu


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Forman Says 2013 No. 20 Ranking Will Allow Emory to Move Forward ‘Incumbency Factor’ Will Lead to Obama Victory, Abramowitz Says 2013 RANKINGS Continued from Page 1

more than a decade. Organizations that rank colleges, including U.S. News, included Emory’s misrepresented SAT scores in determining the College’s rankings for the past decade. Emory had also misreported class ranks for incoming students. John Latting, dean of admissions, discovered the discrepancies in past data, and Emory subsequently launched a three-month internal investigation, which revealed that two former deans of admission and leadership within the Office of Institutional Research intentionally submitted the information. U.S. News has since said in a statement that despite the misreported information, Emory’s ranking for the past two years would stay at No. 20. The University and U.S. News have also acknowledged that Emory resubmitted correct data for the 2013 rankings.

While College Dean Robin Forman acknowledged that he was disappointed by the University’s misreported data and the way in which it “distracted attention from all the

“We need to pay attention ... because others are paying attention and making decisions on that.” — Robin Forman, College dean exciting things that are taking place on our campus,” he is pleased with Emory’s ranking this year. “I believe that it allows us to put that story behind us and refocus attention — both internally and externally — on the real Emory story,” Forman wrote in an email to the Wheel. Forman noted that while these rankings do provide valuable infor-

mation in how the University can improve and allow for “interesting side-by-side comparisons,” he is troubled by the significance people place on the overall ranking. “We need to pay attention to it, though, because others are paying attention and making decisions based on that,” Forman wrote. Lewis agreed, noting in the press release that a simple ranking does not determine the value of the education attained at an institution. “An education at Emory University is the sum total of many distinguished components that are difficult to aggregate and rank in one numerical grade,” Lewis said. Emory’s peer institutions such as Rice University and Vanderbilt University retained their spots from last year and tied for 17th place. The University of Notre Dame also rose to No. 17 from No. 19 last year.

— Contact Jordan Friedman at jordan.m.friedman@emory.edu

No. 15 Brown University, Cornell University

No. 17 Vanderbilt University, Rice University, University of Notre Dame

No. 20 Emory University

No. 21 Georgetown University, UC-Berkeley

No. 23 Carnegie Mellon University

Continued from Page 1 In the past, the incumbency factor has meant more, according to Abramowitz. But more recently, the value of merely being the incumbent candidate has decreased because of the stark polarization — the division of voters into political extremes — of the American voting public. While Abramowitz has made his prediction about two months before the election takes place, he said that a very dramatic event would have to occur to change what he believes will be the outcome of the election. He said, for example, that a foreign policy crisis between now and November would probably benefit Obama, while a relapse back into the economic recession would help Romney. However, about 95 percent of people have already made up their minds about their candidate of choice, Abramowitz said. Abramowitz predicts that Obama will carry all of the swing states, or those that do not necessarily lean one way or the other, that he carried in 2008. However, out of the three very closely divided swing states that will most likely determine the outcome of the election — Florida, Ohio and Virginia — Obama will carry all three or at least two out of the three because of his incumbency advantage, according to Abramowitz. Voters, he said, will look back on the state of the economy when Obama took the office and most likely blame former President George W. Bush for the recession. In addition, he predicts voters in Michigan and Ohio will think of Obama favorably because of the auto industry bailout during his term in those states that rescued millions of jobs. Abramowitz also added that he thinks Romney has had issues connecting with America on a personal level. “Romney’s not impressive in that he doesn’t relate with the normal American,” he said. “He’s very far out of touch with the average person with

ordinary concerns.” While the 2008 election brought out record numbers of young voters, the 2012 election will most likely not bring out as many young voters because President Obama will have lost the excitement factor of being a first-time president, Abramowitz said. However, he predicted, Obama will still win the majority of the youth and minority vote because he will energize the base through “Get Out the Vote” voter registration drives and by working to convince young people and minorities that many of his policies will benefit them. “Obama’s strategy will be to prove that Romney’s policies will have a detrimental effect on youth and minorities,” Abramowitz said. “In terms of education, immigration and gay rights, Romney will definitely hurt young people and minorities.” In comparison to other presidential elections, Abramowitz said he feels this election was the most polarizing of the recent elections. Romney and Obama embody extreme ideological positions for the country in terms of their respective Republican and Democratic platforms. Therefore, Abramowitz mentioned, they are polarizing voters into either Republicans or Democrats, without diversifying their positions to appeal to more Independent voters whose voting preferences may not exactly match the views of the candidates. According to Abramowitz, the Republican Party has moved Romney toward expressing more conservative positions. Without having moved back toward the center, he chose Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan as a running mate. Abramowitz considers this a mistake because Ryan, an extreme conservative, will not help Romney get any voters he would not have already gotten. Because conservatives are so antiObama, Abramowitz said, they would have voted for Romney even if he did not have Ryan on his ticket.

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Residents Express Frustration, Some Indifference to Problems Continued from Page 1 my Facebook wall and share my post to Residence Life. They need to see that we can’t live with toilet/power problems anymore ... Apparently fixing this is up to them, not our RAs or maintenance guys.” Acknowledging these posts on social media sites, Trinklein said that she encourages students to contact Campus Services directly so that University officials can respond in a more efficient manner. “Campus Services and New South do not monitor the hashtags to look for possible concerns in any of our residence halls,” Trinklein said. Freshman reactions to these issues have ranged from indifferent to “very annoyed,” according to one Hamilton Holmes resident. “In terms of the restroom problem, it’s not that big of a deal to me; it’s just a little gross,” the student commented, adding, “I think people just make a big deal out of it.” Another student agreed about what she felt to be the suboptimal condition of the restrooms and said that she thinks that the toilets “smell

bad.” “I paid so much to live here, and I think I have a right to complain about these problems,” another freshman said in an interview with the Wheel. “It’s not hugely affecting my life, but I do think the problems should be addressed already.” However, on the other hand, some students who live in HamiltonHolmes have said that they have not noticed anything out of the ordinary. “I didn’t even know that we had maintenance problems,” one resident said. Another resident remarked that he had only “found out people had problems by looking at Facebook.” The maintenance and plumbing problems currently plaguing Hamilton Holmes Residence Hall are similar to those that students living in Longstreet-Means Hall experienced when the hall first opened its doors in 2010. Residents at Longstreet-Means Hall faced similar issues with circuits that were unable to handle the large amount of incoming electricity.

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Emory Cannot Be Left to Stagnate After much anticipation, U.S. News and World Report has released its college rankings for 2013. Emory students, faculty and alumni can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the university once again claimed the number 20 spot. This is especially good news in light of the recent data-reporting incident that called Emory’s true ranking into question. We at the Wheel are as relieved as the rest of the Emory community with this year’s outcome. However, we would also like to express some minor disappointment that Emory has not improved its ranking over the course of the past several years. We acknowledge that, given the circumstances, this year was not the year to expect an improvement, but we also believe that the University must begin taking steps to improve its ranking and remain competitive amongst its peers. Emory was fortunate enough to have retained its Top 20 status this year, but we urge the administration to begin taking the steps necessary to ensure the University’s continued growth and improvement. If Emory is to remain competitive with its peer institutions, it must continue to grow. We would also like to encourage Emory’s administration to expand its recruiting efforts at high schools across the country and to undertake an improved advertising campaign to raise awareness of our institution. Much of our success as a university depends on our ability to draw an ever-increasing pool of applicants. We are aware of the fact that Emory has recently been increasing and revamping its marketing efforts. They have made attempts to target not only high school students, but also the general public in order to increase the school’s awareness. Such efforts have included reaching out to students via social media and placing advertisements in and around the Atlanta area. While these are steps in the positive direction, we do not believe that the results of these efforts have matched the community’s expectations. We all know how much Emory has to offer as an institution of higher learning. Ours is a wonderful university, and we are certain that the Emory community would like to see a continuation of the growth and success that the university has enjoyed over the past several years. While we were fortunate enough not to have suffered in ranking as a result of the recent data reporting incident, we cannot be content to rest on our laurels.

Holmes Hall Needs Work Mechanical Issues Need to be Resolved Freshmen living in the brand-new Hamilton Holmes residence hall have been reporting frequent maintenance issues including power outages in many parts of the building and recycled wastewater being used in the bathrooms, resulting in foul odors and generally unsanitary conditions. The firm that built Hamilton Holmes, New South, has claimed responsibility for the new residence hall’s mechanical problems. To make matters worse, sophomore and resident advisors in Hamilton Holmes have instructed their residents to avoid discussing the building’s condition. Many freshmen living in Hamilton Holmes have taken to Facebook and other social media outlets to voice their discontent with their present living conditions. Although Residence Life and Housing officials have begun to address these issues, we at the Wheel feel that this is a situation that Emory’s administration could have anticipated from the start and taken measures to avoid. The university had similar problems after the construction of the Longstreet-Means residence hall and, at the very least, could have predicted that these problems might arise again. The fact that residents of Hamilton Holmes had to go so far as to voice their opinions online belies a distinct lack of attention on the part of Emory’s ResLife department. Furthermore, the sophomore and resident advisors’ attempts to quell their residents’ complaints were simply irresponsible and thoroughly inappropriate. The first-year residents of Hamilton Holmes — not to mention the rest of the Emory community — deserve better transparency on issues regarding their living conditions, if only because freshmen are required to live in university housing and must pay $3,600 a semester for that privilege. Going forward, we at the Wheel ask that Emory — especially the ResLife department — anticipate these problems and have the necessary maintenance staff ready upon the first mention of an issue. Issues such as the use of recycled, malodorous wastewater in bathrooms are not only unpleasant for the residents of the afflicted residence hall, but are also unsanitary and dangerous to the residents’ health. If Emory is going to require its first-year students to live in campus housing, it must also make every effort to provide the utmost of comfort and sanitation to those students.

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Woodruff: Library or Dormitory? JONATHAN WARKENTINE Now before I begin, let me make it clear that I am by no means dissatisfied with my current housing situation or roommate — after all, I live in Longstreet-Means, where champions reside. However, in the light of the freshman spirit of adventure and enterprise, I had to determine the quality of other options available to me. Woodruff Library loomed monolithically above me as I began the trek there from my dorm; a few dark clouds, singed by a fastdying sun, scooted unhurried and undaunted over all. I tucked my sleeping bag tighter under my arm and thought about the homework I had still to finish. Thinking it would be suspicious to enter the library with all my stuff at once, I stashed the sleeping bag outside and went in with my guitar and backpack. The guard looked up with a little wonderment, cracked a joke about my guitar case being a gun case, which he would have to confiscate, then let me through without further hassle. I later snuck back to retrieve my sleeping bag. My first campsite was the stacks on floor six. I tried the study lounges first, but finding them locked, I returned to the lobbies next to the elevator. The one on the sixth floor being a

study sanctuary to several students, I decided to try the floor below, which was empty. I finished my homework, and was Skyping my parents when the intercom announced the closing of the stacks. I gathered my things and moved to the first floor, where I found less privacy than I had hoped to. I chose a corner behind the enclosed staircase, and set out my sleeping bag and blanket. After finding a curious friend and leading her to my makeshift lair, we talked for a while and listened to some of Sea Wolf’s latest album, Old World Romance — quietly, of course — since it is the library. The silence, save for the droning of the fluorescent lights, being oppressive, I took out my guitar and began to pluck passionately, trying to relieve the anxiousness lent by the fervent rustling of textbooks. Halfway into the piece, someone politely asked me to stop, though she added that it was pretty. Feeling stupid, I stowed my guitar and rested my chin on my folded hands. My cheeks flushed at my embarrassment. Time for bed, I decided. It took me a while to get comfortable, after situating my belongings such that my body prevented them from being stolen. I had to drape my blanket over my eyes in order to tame the glare of the lights overhead, but as soon as the white blaze became a softened

red, I drifted off into la-la land. I awoke at four o’clock for no reason in particular. I checked my belongings and vital signs, then realized that I was laying across the hall so that no one could pass by. I rolled back into my previous place and drifted off again. At six, a gentle kick woke me up. It was security. “The staff is coming. You’re going to have to leave.” I mumbled assent and quickly drifted back to sleep. Five more minutes, mom. The process was repeated once more before I gathered my things and sat on the study sofa. After a minute, I assumed the guard’s shift had ended and once again went back to sleep, content that I could sleep until my first class at 9:30. Not so. At about eight, the sofa trembled from a not-so-gentle blow. “This is the last time, kid. We’ve been tolerant, but this isn’t your dormitory. Leave.” I felt bad, and left in a hurry. Breakfast there would have been expensive, though the smell was tantalizing. There was no time for a shower, though I had looked forward to testing the library’s. I exited the building with no small feeling of satisfaction and strode with confidence to my first class. Jonathan Warkentine is a College freshman from Almaty, Kazakhstan.

JAMES SUNSHINE

Romney’s On Desperate Ground This has not been a good week for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Since the end of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama has opened a fairly modest lead in most national polls as well as the battleground states of Ohio and Florida. New York Times contributor and statistical analyst Nate Silver has calculated that the President’s chances of winning re-election are now around 80 percent. Politico has even reported that Romney’s own campaign staff sees a narrower path to victory than they had otherwise anticipated. Under the present circumstances, Governor Romney has two options. He can try to make the election a referendum on the President’s handling of the economy while throwing the occasional read meat to the base to keep them jazzed up and in line on election day. However, it also means taking a more passive role and letting events dictate destiny. Or Romney can pursue what Sun Tzu called a desperate ground strategy. Presidential politics is a lot like warfare. It is a contest for the most powerful position in the world that involves gathering one’s forces, using an opponent’s strengths against him or her and exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses. This is not necessarily a bad thing. People should want a decent amount of competition when the stakes are that high. But that means that American politicians need to understand campaigning as just another, albeit considerably less bloody, form of battle, and no one gives better advice on this than Sun Tzu. In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu discusses what armies should do when they are on desperate ground (i.e. when they are near defeat). In this section, Sun Tzu states that armies on desperate ground “can only be saved from destruction by fighting without delay...” Attack, attack, attack and attack again until a weakness in the enemy is discovered. Then, drive a tank through it.

There are signs that this is exactly what Romney has been doing. Like earlier attacks on Obama’s out of context “you didn’t build that” line, incorrect charges that Obamacare had cut $700 billion in medicare benefits to pay for itself, unfactual warnings that welfare reform was being dismantled and the outright lie that a Wisconsin plant that closed in 2008 did so because of Obama’s economic policies (hint: Obama was inaugurated in 2009), Romney is intensifying his statements against the President while simultaneously upping the quantity. For instance, during the Republican National Convention, Governor Romney told “the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.” That’s a pretty remarkable statement coming from the Presidential candidate of a major party. Imagine Bob Dole or John Kerry announcing that the world would pretty come to an end if they did not defeat the incumbent (though with John Kerry, it would have been an accurate attack). But Bob Dole’s fighting days were behind him by 1996 and John Kerry in 2004 was not the John Kerry we saw speak at the DNC last week. But we see even more recent evidence of desperate attacks. After the storming of America’s embassy compounds in Libya and Egypt was reported on Tuesday, Romney stated that he was shocked by the event and, more specifically, by the President’s ‘sympathy’ towards the perpetrators. “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions,

but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Pay no mind to the fact that the statement he was referring to that condemned an antiIslam documentary was solely released by embassy officials in Cairo before the attacks took place (probably in an attempt not to have their embassy stormed). The fact that the President later disavowed the embassy’s unauthorized statements while promising to bring the perpetrators to justice. And don’t worry about conservative commentators and Republican members of Congress who refuse to join Romney’s charge. In fact, despite his lone stance, Romney’s campaign has doubled down on the charge. This strategy is not about making friends. This new line of attack is Romney’s attempt at fighting his way out of a political corner. If that means switching your position, fine. If it leads to finding a weakness that you can later drive a sledgehammer through in your opponent’s armour, all the better. No politician or elected official ever is totally safe from being voted out of office. Luck and political tactics can build up and destroy the most well entrenched incumbent. Luckily for Romney, Barack Obama is not an entrenched incumbent. National polls only show him down anywhere between 1 and 6 percent in the wake of Obama’s convention bump. There is still time for this election to swing in Romney’s favor. And who knows? It may even turn out that the Romney strategist arguing for a more passive campaign are proven right. But if Obama’s bump in the polls is sustained, voters should expect a more intense and dirtier campaign from Romney in the coming weeks. What this means for history and says about Romney as a person is an entirely different subject. Former Editorials Editor James Sunshine is a College senior from Boca Raton, Fla.


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Flip-Flopping All the Way to the White House Politicians Mold Their Views to the Popular Opinion, and the Public Lets It Happen

WILLIAM HUPP Pop quiz: 1) Which presidential candidate supports ending the “War on Drugs?” 2) Which candidate opposes the Patriot Act? 3) Which supports overturning Citizens United? 4) Which proposes significant cuts to the Pentagon’s budget? If your answer to any of these questions was, “None of the above,” you’re wrong. Despite what television news outlets may tell you, voters have more than just two choices in this upcoming presidential election. Unfortunately, we are led to believe that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are our only viable options — a vote cast for anyone else is a vote cast away. This may be true today, but it doesn’t have to be. Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Justice Party presidential candidate, renounces what he terms the “political duopoly” to which we are subject today. His concern for being a spoiler candidate — siphoning votes from one candidate to benefit the other — kept him from

announcing his bid for the White House initially. However, according to one of many videos he has released, the only way to disrupt the current system dominated by Democrats and Republicans is by establishing a third party. Thus, the Justice Party of the United States was born, emphasizing civil and human rights, health care for all and environmental awareness. Other equally-passionate presidential candidates have arisen as well. The Green Party’s Jill Stein actually debated — and was ultimately beaten by — Mitt Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race. Her Green New Deal details an environmentally-friendly way to stimulate the economy. It calls for an economic bill of rights, a transition to a green economy, financial reform and democratization efforts. The United States’ third-largest political party, the Libertarian Party, puts their faith in presidential hopeful Gary Johnson. This former New Mexico governor is a fiscal conservative who espouses social and economic liberties. He stands firmly against the War on Drugs and supports a limited role of

government. These candidates, who represent only a few of the third-party candidates running in the 2012 presidential election, face a number of challenges taken for granted by Republicans and Democrats. Ballot access is a major issue. Gary Johnson is expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states, but several states are still pending. He is the only third-party candidate slated to be on every state’s ballot. Without the major exposure enjoyed by Obama and Romney, fundraising and voter outreach are much more difficult. Many candidates reject corporate or super PAC funding on principle, running on platforms which would eliminate corporate personhood or overturn the Citizens United ruling. Thus, they rely solely on donations from individuals, a task which is confounded by the virtual lack of media coverage. “Why should I care?” you might ask. “Barack Obama has done great things for the country, particularly for young people.” The reason we should care, particularly we young people, is that there is no legitimate difference between Democrats and Republicans. Obama

mobilized droves of young people in the 2008 election with rhetoric of change. However, all we have seen is the same corporate welfare, military presence in the Middle East, tax cuts for the wealthy and political gridlock which has marked this young century’s policy. On the other hand, many third-party candidates support issues which align with voter popular opinion, like single-payer Medicare and an increase in the minimum wage. Third parties have the potential to effectuate real change. Introducing at least one additional political party to the scene will foster compromise — a concept few lawmakers are able to grasp these days — by eliminating any single-party dominance of Congress. A legitimate third-party candidate could ignite a new dialogue in the country. We saw this recently with Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. While not affiliated with any third parties himself, he has vocalized his support for third parties and has spoken out against the current two-party system. Paul has enjoyed some media coverage thanks to his participation in Republican primary debates, and as a result he has gathered a relatively substantial

following. Voting for Rocky Anderson, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson or any other third-party candidate in the upcoming election will probably amount to little in terms of putting one of them in the White House. However, that vote would serve as a vote in support of a multiparty system like the ones in place in Finland, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands — each of which ranked ahead of the U.S. on Newsweek’s list of both the world’s best countries and best political environments. As young people, we will be inheriting the country as it is left to us by the generation in power. We can continue to be complacent with the political duopoly in place. Or we can heed the advice of some of our country’s intellectual founders, like George Washington and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. On the first Tuesday of November every other year, the power is in our hands. We deserve better than the illusion of choice currently being presented to us. We deserve to have more parties. William Hupp is a College sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.

Once Again, Chick-fil-A Must Go RHETT HENRY

VIJAY REDDY

Removing Chick-fil-A Is Not Censorship

Supporting Free Speech Doesn’t Mean Supporting Homophobia

There is a time and place for listening and for thoughtful consideration. But there is also a point at which one is obligated to assert, to stand up, and to deny what they, after careful examination, perceive as wrong. It has been suggested by some that calls for the removal Emory’s Chick-Fil-A from campus are tantamount to censorship or intolerance. And those are certainly ways one could look at the matter. But allow me to offer my perspective on this matter. Through the WinShape Foundation, Mr. Cathy of Chick-Fil-A has donated millions of dollars to organizations that have been called “anti-gay.” It’s a baffling accusation. After all, how could the organizations WinShape donates to, like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (“The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts,” FCA Application), or the Marriage & Family Foundation (who list among their legislative victories an amendment in Virginia which defined marriage as between one man and one woman) be considered homophobic? Enough with the snark, though. The arc of social justice movements is towards greater freedom for those who have been hurt by existing power structures.

Yes, sure, fine. But it is a righteous intolerance. It is an intolerance of a man and of an organization that uses its profits to undo the work of the LGBTQ Movement. It is an intolerance that modern human decency demands. So when people boycott an organization, it is to send a message. In the words of too many people to name: hit them where it hurts — the wallet. Mr. Cathy wants to accomplish something that harms millions of people and is found ethically offensive to millions more? Then they will do all that they can to keep him from accomplishing this terrible thing. You have a decision. You may defend the awful things said and done that hurt the oppressed. Or, you may help fight against the Oppressor. This is not a intellectual plaything for you to mull over on your walk to classes. This is a matter of true liberty. Rhett Henry is a College Junior from Lawrenceville, Ga.

Nobody in America would disagree that everyone has a right to free speech. Although, as demonstrated by conservatives who were gleeful by the Citizens United ruling, money is as much speech as speech is. Therefore, I was disappointed to read the two articles in Tuesday’s edition of the Wheel essentially calling people that advocate against Dan Cathy’s anti-gay marriage comments as “intolerant,” or calling the proposed removal of Chick-fil-A from campus “censorship.” They are not and it is not. For starters, what is really at stake when we talk about gay marriage? It’s not just not allowing two individuals who love each other to engage in a covenant of marriage already granted to a subgroup of a population (which is discriminatory enough, mind you). It is the loss of all the legal benefits of marriage, such as tax breaks, next-of-kin rights, adoption rights and even estate rights, amongst so many more.

Can you really tell a gay veteran that their partner is not entitled to their military benefits as they would have if the partner was a heterosexual spouse, only because they themselves are not heterosexual and did not marry in a way that the government sanctioned? Is that just?

Much like money in elections is considered speech, money we spend on goods is speech... Of course, Dan Cathy is entitled to his opinion. Likewise, I, like the entire Emory community, am entitled to rebuke his opinion. Much like money in elections is considered speech, money we spend on goods is speech of sorts.

Love each other: stand against oppression. hectorir | Flickr

There are people in this country, people who love each other and care for one another, who cannot enjoy the same benefits as others because they have the audacity to want to marry someone of the same sex. Dan Cathy, in donating money towards these explicitly homophobic organizations, is supporting organizations that harm homosexuals and bisexuals. Dan Cathy is harming people. The call to see the Chick-Fil-A removed is not an act of intolerance or censorship. Mr. Cathy has already communicated, quite clearly, in fact, his position on gay marriage. What is there to be censored? Similarly, it is not an act of intolerance, or at least not in the way that the word is commonly understood. Is a desire to see ChickFil-A removed from campus intolerant of Mr. Cathy’s views?

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This idea is actually the cornerstone of capitalism: we vote with our money, and the companies that get the most money thrive and succeed. If we disagree with a company, we can issue a boycott. This is how things work. But Chick-fil-A shouldn’t be punished because of Dan Cathy’s opinion, right? I mean, it’s not partaking in the discrimination, and is not benefitting it. You’d be wrong there. Chick-fil-A, through charitable organizations in its corporate structure, has donated millions to organizations against gay marriage such as the Family Research Council and the Marriage and Family Foundation, who then lobby Congress to pass anti-gay marriage laws. For context, the Family Research Council is actually considered a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dan Cathy, and anyone against gay marriage, is entitled to their opinion. But when I purchase food at Chick-fil-A, my money (and our dining money as Emory students and consumers who eat there) goes toward Chickfil-A’s profits. If this money is then given to such groups, then yes, it is my problem. I am perpetuating it if I am eating at Chick-fil-A. So again, I fully support Dan Cathy’s right to his opinion, and to his first amendment right to free speech. However, I have the right to disagree with it, and more importantly, the right to vote against it with my own purchase choices. More importantly, I have the right to prevent my money from going to groups that actively oppose gay marriage and lobby politicians to prevent it from being law, also by not eating at Chick-fil-A. The Emory community will make its decision in the end. Whatever it is, I will respect it and still make my own choices as an informed consumer. But please, don’t pretend that if Emory does choose to kick Chick-fil-A out, that that would be a travesty, or “censorship” or “intolerance.” All it is is the Emory community expressing its voice, and making its voice heard. This is something conservatives, frankly, should love, given their near-universal adoption of the Citizens United ruling, which codifies this as law for campaign donations. Vijay Reddy is a College Senior from Watertown, Conn.


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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Karate Kids Come Out Kicking

HOROSCOPES Roommate Edition

THE STARS HAVE SPOKEN, AND By Riakeem Kelley Staff Writer Even though everybody loves kung fu fighting, as the song goes, the Shotokan Karate Club uses a different form of martial arts to bring the Emory community together. The mission of the Emory Shotokan Karate Club is to promote health, wellness and self-defense to the Emory Community through Shotokan karate. Traits of an ideal Emory student can be shaped through the rehearsal of this mission statement, and the practices of the club allow just that. New members are encouraged to show up and learn how to, as College senior Shirley Hao phrases it, learn how to kick butt. Emory’s Shotokan Karate club gives students the chance to learn how to perform spinning jump kicks and break through wooden boards with stunning precision and accuracy. One of the aims of the club is to help members develop positive methods of self defense, good health and discipline by way of a distinctive club experience. The Karate club is a part of the South Atlantic Karate Association (SAKA). Other than the weekly meetings the club has, the members attend SAKA camps where they train twice a day, bond with their fellow members and meet students from other Karate clubs from various locations, including schools in North Carolina and Florida. Emory’s karate club hosts a fighting tournament and belt testing, a test that allows students of various belt colors to earn the next color belt and ultimately clime towards the prestigious black belt, with Emory University’s Oxford campus in November. The group meets three times a week to practice karate in an intensive martial arts workout that incorporates physical and mental exercises. They begin by stretching, then practicing their martial arts forms — punching, kicking, blocking, flying jump

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ARIES The upcoming week is about to get rough for your suitemates. Head over to Starbucks to get them all Pumpkin Spice Lattes...or else things will start getting rough for you too.

Taurus Shield your eyes next time you enter your room. Your roommate will decide to start ditching the towel when coming out of the shower.

Gemini If you notice your roommate has started wearing business suits, then they’re probably pledging AK. Try turning up your music while they’re working on their resume and see what happens.

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Emory’s Shotokan Karate Club hosts tournaments and belt testing, along with weekly practices where members can hone their skills. kicks through the air — followed by partner exercises in the same moves. All the while they recite “Dojo kun,” a Japanese rule associated with karate that fundamentally means “to seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor, respect others and refrain from violent behavior,” according to the club’s recitation on Sunday. Hao has been training for the last three years, starting at Oxford College of Emory University. “I thought it was a great way to get exercise, learn something new and defend myself,” Hao wrote in

an email to the Wheel. “Training for karate’s changed me. I have more discipline; I push myself a lot harder than I used to, and I think it’s made me into a better person.” Albert Ikeda, the club’s sensei, has trained in Shotokan karate for nearly 20 years and is currently a Sandan, or third degree, black belt registered with the Japan Karate Association. Since his retirement from IBM as the sales and marketing manager, Ikeda Sensei has been teaching this form of martial arts for nearly 15 years, at Emory, Oxford and other schools.

History Repeats Itself By Priyanka Krishnamurthy Ever walk into a room expecting to be interviewed and then cringe at the sight of the competition because their jeans are obviously ripped? Well, in the early 1990s, psychologists wondered how and why people drew conclusions based off of what others were wearing. They conducted multiple studies that attempted to answer this question. The consensus was that there was not really a consensus. That being said, the study did show that those who are a part of the same subculture are able to recognize the meaning behind why their peers dress the way they do. So, why is this relevant to us? Well, I would like to say that the student body at Emory and our generation in general are a part of the same kind of “subculture,” and within this subculture are even more subcultures with different variations of fashion trends. That’s why it is so interesting to go outside and look at our peers — by doing so, we can see fashion vary right before our eyes. I’m not going to lie, though — it’s kind of tough finding people at Emory who stand out. That’s not to say everyone who goes here is mundane and “normal,” but when it comes to trends, I think it’s safe to say that we see a lot of stagnation in fashion. This isn’t about criticizing others for what they choose to wear, but rather applauding those who take that extra half-hour in the morning to put together a walking, talking art piece. Such an art piece can reflect some kind of personality trait that is easily portrayed through just one simple conversation. This is Charles Kennedy, a College junior. I met him through staring at him on the bus, slightly weirding him out, and then proceeded to ask if he wanted to be photographed. Despite the creepiness, he gladly obliged, and we carried on a short conversation as we tried to find a place where

he could be photographed. In the span of two minutes, and what I independently concluded, I felt like I knew Charles pretty well. His taste in fashion stood out to me (obviously in a positive way), and it didn’t really surprise me when he told me that he was an Anthropology (or should I say the retail store, Anthropologie?)

have made a reappearance. That is sixty years where fashion changed but then reverted back to what it was when our parents were born. But for now, let’s move on to the collared shirt. I think it’s telling that Charles loosened up the first couple buttons on his shirt — maybe it shows that he’s a free-thinker, or maybe it was just because it was 85 degrees outside. Regardless, Charles’ combination of a loose collared shirt with distressed skinny jeans does give off a kind of alternative/independent vibe that I could see reflected in the way he talked to me. Charles’ navy blue loafers gave off the same kind of impression. From what I’ve seen, it wasn’t until a few years back that these 1930s-made shoes started to become popular. The way in which Charles wore all of these things together showed me that perhaps he is nostalgic for the past (minus the technological advances — see “ironic” iPad). Maybe the reason he wears clothes that are so-called vintage is because he admires the way things were back then, or maybe it’s more simple, and it’s just because he likes the way they look together. Obviously these are all speculations, but if they were true, I wouldn’t blame him for either. Charles’ clothes not only symbolize good fashion, but they also show a little bit of who he is. I’ve always thought that clothes were a kind of art form, and the way we choose to wear them is our way of drawing our own picture. In my seventh grade humanities class my teacher, Mr. Keithly, told me Courtesy of Priyanka Krishnamurthy something that has always stuck major perhaps looking to attend law with me: “history repeats itself.” school or, as we joked, a track to He obviously didn’t contextualize unemployment. this statement in a fashion sense, but Let’s examine Charles’ well put- nonetheless, such a saying can be together outfit and see if there’s a applied to anything that has changed/ kind of conclusion to be drawn about stayed the same over time. Seeing from it. We can start with the origi- Charles’ outfit reminded me that hisnal Wayfarer Ray-Bans. These kind tory does repeat itself in fashion, and of sunglasses date back to 1952 but that’s a beautiful thing.

Be careful about washing your hands this weekend. You never know what sickness your roommate might be carrying at the moment. If you didn’t get mono last weekend, you’re sure to get it this week. James Crissman/Staff

Members of the Emory Shotokan Karate Club are capable of making significant progress towards the prestigious black belt ranking. He often leads the club meetings, instructing the students on their form and technique. Overall he encourages the club members to push themselves harder by leading with an example of the principles represented in the Dojo kun.

When Ikeda Sensei does not lead the practice, the senior members of the club take responsibility. The student who has been in the club the longest and has the highest ranking belt,

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Q&A

Leo Chances are you’re already having a bad week: one of Saturn’s rings seems to be misaligned. Unfortunately, it looks like that isn’t going to change any time soon. If it seems like your friends are growing distant, you might consider trying to cuddle with your roommate.

Virgo If your roommate is a Leo, keep one eye open this week when you sleep. They’re probably feeling lonely, and something tells me they might want to cuddle.

Libra Contributing writer Mariana Hernandez interviewed IFC Vice President of Recruitment Victor Rudo to discover his deepest, darkest secrets. The results of her investigation were shocking.

If you could be a superhero, what power would you have, and what would you call yourself? I think I would call myself Batman, but with an invisibility cloak and a gun. I would have definitely let the Joker fall. No mercy.

What is the most awkward moment you’ve had? One time I found a piece of hair in my DUC sandwich, but I ate it anyway. The next time I saw Miss Angela, there was a weird tension between us. I think we both knew why.

If you had to work at the DUC, what food station would you work at? Probably the sandwich station so I never have to worry about getting a hair in my sandwich again, or if I did get a hair in my sandwich, it would be my own hair, so that’s fine probably. It’s like pure protein.

What is the perfect theme song for your life? Why? Anything by Zac Brown Band. There’s no reason why, I just like Zac Brown and his band.

If you could choose any animal to be your fateful steed, what would it be? Why? An elephant. I could easily ride around campus without getting sweaty before class and never have to dodge the crowds on the Cox Hall Bridge. Also elephants can climb up stairs. I don’t know that for a fact, but I did get an A in biology for nonscience majors, so I am basically a biologist or something.

What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled? In the interest of maintaining my good relationship with the EPD night shift, I cannot comment.

What is the best place to take a quick nap on campus?

We’ve all known your roommate’s relationship has been on the rocks for a while now, but this time the break up is for real. Get ready to buy some tissues and chocolate and provide a shoulder to cry on.

Scorpio Watch out! The stars are perfectly aligned for you and your roommate to hook up with the same person this weekend. Uh oh, things are about to get awkward.

Sagittarius Even if you don’t technically have a roommate, get ready for a night of fun! Your friends will need a place to crash some time this week and will see your room as the best option. Hope you weren’t trying to sleep in your own bed.

Capricorn Don’t be alarmed when your roommate starts talking in their sleep about video games. They’ve been stuck on the same level for a week, and that’s all they want to talk about anyways.

Aquarius Your roommate will ask to borrow some clothes soon. Think twice before lending your favorite shirt unless you want it returned smelling like Maggie’s.

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The back row of any large lecture hall, assuming you’re not trying to get an A or anything.

This week, go ahead and try that punch after all!

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STUDENT LIFE

Friday, September 14, 2012

Student Activities Calendar Friday, September 14 — Thursday, September 20

BE CULTURAL

RELIGIOUS LIFE

Black Student Organization Function Friday Friday, Sept. 14, 9:00 SAAC, H Space

Music, food and more will be available when you arrive.

Indian Cultural Exchange Freshman Dinner Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. Mirch Masala

Meet in Coke Commons at 7 p.m. Transportation will be provided. Please bring $12 for dinner. Sign up on the ICE conference.

RANDOM STUFF Dobbs University Center

Welcome Back Cinema Series Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema

Meet at Hillel at for candle lighting followed by services and a picnic dinner in Lullwater Park. Erev Rosh Hashana Sunday, Sept. 16 7 p.m.: Conservative Services in Glenn Memorial Church 7 p.m.: Reform services at Hillel 7 p.m.: Orthodox Services at Hillel 8:15 p.m.: Erev Rosh Hashana Dinner following services at Hillel First Day Rosh Hashana Monday, Sept. 17 9 a.m.: Conservative Services in Glenn Memorial Church 10 a.m.: Reform Services at Hillel 10 a.m.: Orthodox Services at Hillel 7:15 p.m.: Conservative Services at Hillel 7:15 p.m.: Orthodox Services at Hillel Second Day Rosh Hashana Tuesday, Sept. 18 9 a.m.: Conservative Services at Hillel 10 a.m.: Orthodox Services at Hillel

General Body Meeting Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. DUC 362

Emory Christian Fellowship

Outdoor Emory

Weekly General Body Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m. Harland Cinema

Emory Pride

Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Callaway C101

Interfraternity Council

Emory Hillel

Lullwater Shabbat Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Alliance For Sexual Assault Prevention

“Thursdays at 7” Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:00 p.m. Candler Library 114

Thursdays at 7 is a social gathering, but there is also a time of musical worship and teaching from the Bible.

Rollins School of Public Health Escape Fire Screening Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. Claudia Nance Rollins Auditorium

Escape Fire highlights the inefficiencies and misaligned incentives of our current health-care system and opens a dialogue for ways to fix it. The screening is open to all students.

RUSH Run the Row Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m. Eagle Row

Interfraternity Council and Intersorority Council 4th Annual Block Party Saturday, Sept. 15, 4:30-7 p.m. Eagle Row

Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Fall Rush Thursday, Sept. 20 8 p.m. Pancakes between Fevans

More rush events from Friday, Sept. 21 through Tuesday, Sept. 25. Two events and an interest sheet are required to receive a bid.

THEIR HIPS DON’T LIE Emory Karma Bhangra

LSO Heritage Month Kick-off Friday, Sept. 14th, Peforming at 6 p.m. Karma will be performing at LSO’s Hertiage Month Kickoff Event this Friday at the DUC Terraces 5-7 p.m.

Emory Salsa Club

Lesson Friday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. WoodPEC 4th Floor Aerobics Room

Zuri African Dance

Want to be listed on our calendar?

Email Elizabeth Howell at ehowel5@emory. edu. Include the name of your event, the name of your organization, date and time, location and a one sentence description of the event.

Auditions Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. WoodPEC 4th floor aerobics Room

Sitara

Learning Sessions Sunday, Sept. 16, 3-5 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. WoodPEC 1st Floor Emory’s premiere all girl South Asian fusion dance team.

Club Offers Cutting-Edge Karate Training

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WELCOME, FRESHMEN! To properly welcome the new freshmen onto the Emory campus, upperclassmen have been eager to offer their ___________ (adjective) advice. I am here to share the most ___________ (adjective) things I have learned these first two weeks. The best recommendation I received was to find places to ___________ (verb), ___________ (verb) and eat. Satisfying eaters for _____ (number) years, the DUC is a freshman haven, where students can find anything from ___________ (plural noun) to ___________

Continued from Page 9 which as it stands is Hao, will lead the practice and the Dojo kun. However, all of the members are encouraged to teach the younger, newer members how things are done. Anyone new to the club who has not had any prior martial arts experience can be intimidated by the other students who seem to grasp the techniques so quickly, but this method of instruction mimics the style of a “family,” according College senior Adam Graham, where one generation

passes down knowledge to the next. The members of the club all agree that this style of learning is the most effective. Fourth year chemistry graduate student Caitlin Davis, who is the club’s treasurer, cemented the idea that the club functions as a family. “I love coming to Karate Club. I love meeting the people and getting to know them while training together,” she said. In an email to the Wheel Davis added, “I think karate is a great activity, because everyone can participate

at their own ability level. People of all ages and athletic abilities do karate, and I hope that this is something that I can continue to pursue once I’ve left Emory.” It may be a little frightening, but all members of the Emory Community are encouraged to join the Emory Shotokan Karate Club. It is great way to be physically active while gaining a little insight into Japanese culture via Karate, or Kar-ah-tay, as, SpongeBob SquarePants likes to call it.

— Contact Riakeem Kelley at rkelle4@emory.edu

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because Cox will deplete your Dooley ___________ (plural noun) quickly. Aside from helping you gain the Freshman _____ (number), upperclassmen want to encourage new ___________ (plural noun) to get involved by joining ___________ (plural noun) and ___________ (verb ending in “ing”) Emory sponsored events. They also mentioned that the ___________ (adjective) way to make new friends is to act ___________ (adverb) and ___________ (adverb) during the first month so people don’t think you are a(n) ___________ (noun). The last piece of advice is to always show pride for your ___________ (adjective) school. One way to do this is to cheer for our mascots, Swoop the ___________ (noun), and Dooley the ___________ (noun). Alternatively, you can remember and recite the ___________ (adjective) words of our Alma Mater, “We will ever ___________ (verb) thy praises, ___________ (plural noun) and ___________ (plural noun) true. Hail we now our Alma Mater, ___________ (verb) the Gold and Blue!” Hopefully this advice will be as ___________ (adjective) for you as it was for me. Now the only thing left to do is put our ___________ (plural body part) in the air and say ___________! (exclamation) Good luck, class of 2016, Keep it ___________ (adjective).

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sat on a broken acorn under a quad tree Tuesday afternoon, early afternoon, between classes, moments apparent by the bustle of students settled in. I think we have routines by now. I think some of the ooh la la has worn off among us, we are comfortable. Senior though I may be, I am a city girl, and these acorns make me happy, still. The trees still green on a quad that might as well be made exclusively for my midday classcutting naps make me happy, still. Has anyone else noticed our Farmer’s Market’s grown? Do all schools have goats and dogs and tarts and teas on Tuesdays because maybe for one block’s worth of campus brick, we’ve gone green. Not green like we recycle, there’s Fevans for that. More green like converting Oxygen, like participating with our surroundings. Supporting our community, the act of communing, convening, and then there’s that goat. After rain and rain, what we have now is mild, but I kind of like it. Is it sweater time? I’ve spent

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the summer craving wool, and in how many months’ time will we be ready for shorts and sandals already? For now, the morning suns are cool and either the hot, wet, noontime air is dissolving or my hair has permanently adjusted to a tangle of frizz. Learning to tame the mane, the acorns make me happy like the people on the quad. I remember picking summer camps, I remember picking colleges, based on people walking around lawns instead of

over them. How could we possibly avoid grass so green. But I’m a city girl, and I know I came here and I traipsed across morning quads, a freshman, without the seasoned college knowledge of the exact quad grass drying schedule. White sneakers got ruined freshman year, three years later it may be that I’ve stopped walking through the mud but it’s more likely that I decided it was worth it. Crunching acorns, flip flops squeaking while it’s still warm enough. It’s late in the week now but it’s time for class, and we wait for TGIF. TDIF, too, on a bench by our Dooley statue while the sweaty people pass from Dickey Drive to lunch on the steps of Cox. The air is sweet, and we like it, and we get distracted by the lines downstairs in the food court. I try to remember, stuck in basement classrooms with no windows, or blinds drawn, or backs to doors, that this is the lovely season. That there is more than enough in that goat to make us smile on Tuesdays.


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Junior Gabrielle Clark claimed the 2012 NCAA Division-III Singles Crown last May. Clark looks to build off that victory this season. The Eagles will open up their fall season on Friday at the Atlanta Classic.

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Freshman Class Expected to Make an Impact Continued from The Back Page

Travis, Players Confident for Remainder of the Season Continued from The Back Page when the right opportunities arise we convert our chances and put teams away early,” Price said. Travis and the players know that the Eagles are capable of good soccer, and they are ready to show it out on the field. “I still believe in our team and that we can play with anybody. Now we have to get results,” Travis said.

“My hat is off to Oglethorpe, who is having a good season. But the season as a whole is a marathon and not a sprint. We may have a long way to go, but I am confident in our players and I know that we will continue to improve and get the results we need.” The Eagles will now travel to Mt. Berry, Ga. to play Berry College this Saturday, Sept. 15 for a 1 p.m. game. —Contact Nicola Braginsky at nbragin@emory.edu

have several of their star returning players from last year, which includes the 2012 NCAA Division-III Singles Champion junior Gabrielle Clark. Her win at Nationals to claim the singles title marked her 11th consecutive match win, including a perfect 10-0 record during the tournament. In the fall, Clark won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional singles and doubles titles to earn all-America Honors, which was followed by her claiming all-America status for both singles and doubles in the spring. Despite her many achievements in the 2012 season, Clark said that the successful year definitely gives her

some extra confidence heading into this year, but she also has room for improvement. “There’s definitely no added pressure, especially not in the fall,” Clark said. “Right now, I am just trying to get better than I was at Nationals.” All-American singles player and senior captain Jordan Wylie also looks to lead the Eagles this year in both seasons. Other returning players that could play in the matches this weekend are sophomore all-University Athletic Association (UAA) player sophomore Lauren Pinsky, and sophomores Allie Damico, Catharine Harris, and Danielle Truitt. With the returning members, the Eagles also welcome a number of new players in their freshman class,

which TennisRecruiting.net has ranked second in Division III. Included in this new group of fresh faces are Madison Gordon, Marissa Levine, Stephanie Loutsenko, Beatrice Rosen, Annette Sullivan and Emma Taylor. “I think they will be really good for us, they are all very solid,” Clark said of the freshman class. “And I think we have a solid team, our top positions all the way to our bottom positions.” After this weekend’s Atlanta Classic, the Eagles next take to the court the following weekend in the ITA Regional Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. —Contact Elizabeth Weinstein at eweins2@emory.edu

Storylines Worth Buying Into... 1. BENNETT OSTDIEK cleaned up this week, picking several upsets with such clear and vivid foresight that it can only be explained by the fact that he is a scholar. Nerds. But as of now he is on track to get that hug from ELIZABETH WEINSTEIN. To the victor go the spoils. 2. It has recently come to light that JEREMY BENEDIK did not understand what the numbers in parentheses meant, and thought that he was just picking the winner of each game. This information came to light immediately after JEREMY complained about being compared to a girl in last weeks’ storylines. 3. JEREMY also vowed that he would never pick the Packers because his ex later dated Mason Crosby’s (the Packer’s kicker) brother. If you are curious to see how much this man’s word means to him, check out his picks this week. 4. ELIZABETH went 7-9 last week, to come in a tie for last place. That is what you get for letting your eleven year-old little brother make your picks for you. 5. DREW HEUMAN-GUTMAN is not only a new member of the pick-em team (last week), but he is also a new contributing writer to the sports section who did this week’s Q&A. If he keeps this up, he might just get a hug anyway!

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Patel: Expects the Giants, Falcons to Win This Weekend Continued from The Back Page

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Detroit vs. 49ERS Frat Stafford was certainly not pretty last week, but he was decent enough to pull out the victory for the Lions against the Rams. I guess someone forgot to tell Megatron that he was supposed to be cursed by

I don’t think Stafford will be as bad as he was last week, but I think the 49ers are just too good. Madden, as he went for six receptions and 111 receiving yards. On the other side, the 49ers played and won a hardfought battle against Aaron Rodgers, and while I won’t go as far as saying they made the right call in the 2005 NFL Draft, but Alex Smith is perfect for the 49ers system. I don’t think that Stafford will be as bad as he was last week, but I think the 49ers are just too good. Watch out for Titus Young. When defenses focus on Calvin Johnson, he is the

Tampa Bay vs. NEW YORK GIANTS I have a theory. Well, I have many theories, but I have a theory that fits the bill in this current scenario. The New York Giants have won the Super Bowl twice in recent memory, and in both seasons, they started out poorly. The team wasn’t headed for success, but they were able to catch fire late and ride it through the playoffs. This year, the Giants started out with a rough loss against Dallas, but I am sure they are going to rebound. Tampa’s offense had a solid start to their last game, but got cold towards the end. There has been a lot of talk about Josh Freeman breaking out this year; I will definitely need a bigger sample size to make a judgment call on that. But on the fantasy front, look for any Tampa running back to succeed on Sunday. Who else is going to succeed? The New York Football Giants. NEW YORK 34 Tampa

Bay 17 Last week I had not made any picks, but from now on I will keep a running record. Since this is week one for my picks, I will start 0-0. Hopefully my predictions prove to be correct these next few days. Until then, I hope everyone stays safe, and has a wonderful weekend. —Contact Jayson Patel at jayson.patel@emory.edu Editor’s note: These decisions were picked before the paper went to press.

1. Dangers of Football We all know that football is dangerous. Please allow your astute On Fire correspondent to drop some knowledge on you: football players are three times as likely as the general populace to get a neurodegenerative disease; football players are four times as likely as us private citizens to get Lou Gehrig’s disease; a Tulane football player recently broke his neck and may never walk again. But all of this is old hat (is that an expression people still use?). Everyone knows football is dangerous, that when we turn on Fox or CBS on Sunday we are watching players’ lifespans decreasing before our eyes. And no one really cares that much. Because it is a personal choice of the players. Because it is easier to think about this year’s playoff race than a mental illness in 20 years. Because football is fun, gosh darn it! However, new evidence has come to light which may change the way this issue is perceived across the nation. Your intrepid On Fire correspondent has recently uncovered, through a close reading of the homepage of Yahoo!, conclusive proof that watching football is dangerous for fans as well. This is a story too sad, too dramatic and too utterly human to be told through mere facts and figures. (The fact that your research-loving On Fire correspondent has not been able to find any facts and figures is irrelevant.) Rather, this story must be told through ... well, two stories. Take the tale of a sad group of Broncos’ fans watching last week’s game against the Steelers. Sitting in seats costing a cool $250, the fans were repeatedly bombarded by falling projectiles. To use layman’s terms, pigeons pooped on them. A lot. The situation required fans to take desperate measures. Some covered their drinks with empty popcorn bags. Others covered their heads with rally towels. A few even complained to management. But if they think they have it bad, Broncos’ fans should talk to inhabitants of Baltimore. In a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, a bat swooped into the stadium and potentially made contact with several fans. The bat escaped before it could be caught. Local authorities have warned those who came in contact with the creature to get themselves tested for rabies. You just cannot win some times. 2. Hospital Tweets Last week, Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive. He was hospitalized with a serious condition. However, he has not lost his sense of humor. If anything, the injury has helped it. Your social media-loving On Fire correspondent has recently decided that McCarthy is the funniest man on Twitter. He was recently discharged from the hospital. His thoughts on this event: “WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT THREESOMES THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS.” We at On Fire applaud McCarthy for his timing. But if McCarthy lost some confidence in being rejected for his threesome, he quickly gained it back: “Guess who’s “a good big boy who went potty all on his own” today? This is all doing wonders for my self-esteem!” Due to his injury McCarthy was forced to have a good portion of his hair shaved off and a flashy scar to go with it. However, he is making the best of the situation: “With this sweet new haircut and homemade Bane mask I’m off for a big day of yelling at tourists in Union Square.” This one’s for you @BMcCarthy32. 3. We Love Twitter Brandon McCarthy is not the only athlete sending out some quality tweets lately. Some of the best from Chad Johnson: “If I’m on ur fantasy team don’t trade me,I always start slow,I didn’t lose my virginity until my senior yr.I kept trying so stick with me.” However, Mr. Johnson appears to be doing much better now with the ladies. With more ladies, though, come more problems. As Chad also posted: “There’s nothing worse than autocorrect while sexting and hitting send before you can fix it “I can already feel my duck in your puppy.” Your innocent On Fire correspondent is sickened by having read that last one. Thanks for sharing, Chad.


SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (eweins2@emory.edu)

Noah Rosen,

MEN’S SOCCER

Q&A Men’s Soccer Defender After the Eagles’ tough loss against Oglethorpe University, contributing writer Drew Heuman-Gutman was able to get a few words with sophomore starting center back Noah Rosen regarding the team, as well as a few personal questions:

Men’s Soccer Andrew Natalino Senior co-captain defender Andrew Natalino scored his 22nd career goal in the Eagles’ 3-1 loss to Oglethorpe Univeristy on Wednesday. Natalino is now tied with two former Eagles’ players (1993 and 1965) for the 19th most goals in school history.

Drew Heuman-Gutman: There must have been a lot of pressure coming into college and starting at center back freshman year. Do you still feel the pressure and do you feel you have grown into the role more? Noah Rosen: Yes, there was some pressure starting as a freshman last year, but I feel that I have grown into my roll. Playing with Alex Scott again this year has helped tremendously.

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DHG: Has the defensive philosophy/scheme changed since last year?

The women’s tennis team and the golf team will open up their respective fall seasons this weekend.

NR: I would say it is very similar in that we expect to have a shutout each game. The most important thing for us is defense first.

DHG: With a team that boasts 17 underclassmen, can you talk about the growing pains the team expects to face and how to navigate these obstacles and achieve success?

Women’s Soccer The Eagles will play in their home-opening games this weekend. This season, Emory has dominated in the second frame and overtime, out-scoring its opponents 5-0 in those periods. They have also out-shot their competitors 66-28 this season, which includes a 32-15 advantage in shots on goal.

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Senior goalkeeper Aram Keteyian (left) started in goal for the men’s soccer team in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Oglethorpe University. Keteyian allowed three goals and made three saves for the Eagles.

Natalino Scores in Team’s 3-1 Loss

NR: We have had to make some changes to our game plan, but it gives us a lot of depth for games and our roster.

DHG: What is your most memorable Emory soccer moment? NR: Traveling with the team for United Athletic Association (UAA) games, as well as playing in them.

DHG: Who is your favorite athlete? NR: LeBron James; he is truly an amazing athlete and a pleasure to watch.

DHG: What are your individual goals for the soccer team this year? NR: To score a few goals this year and to help our team go to the national playoffs, as well as making a deep run in the national tournament.

DHG: Where is your favorite place to study?

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Women Play D-I Schools in Opener By Elizabeth Weinstein Sports Editor The women’s tennis team, who finished the 2012 season by claiming third place at the NCAA Division III Championships in May, returns to action this weekend. They will be participating in the Atlanta Classic, which is hosted by Georgia State University, this weekend. “The tournament is a great opportunity for competition, and I am looking forward to seeing our team play,” Head Coach Amy Bryant said. The tennis team is allowed to play 19 weeks of the year and can divide those weeks up throughout the year as it sees fit. Emory divides up the weeks by playing seven weeks in the fall and the remaining 12 the weeks in the spring. With the bulk of their season and the D-III National Championships being played in the spring, the team has very different goals for the fall and spring seasons. In the fall, the Eagles plan to focus more on the fundamentals and basics of play. “We have three real goals for this fall season,” Bryant said. “They center around constant singles play, they center around a breadth of doubles play and they center around working on our team culture.” The Eagles will have their first opportunity to work on these goals starting this weekend at the Atlanta Classic. There, the team will compete against Georgia State University, the University of Alabama and the University of North Florida, all of which are Division-I programs. “Anytime we face good quality competition that makes them [the Eagles] stronger and better performers when it comes down to competing against the top of D-III for the National Championship,” Bryant said. Emory will first play its doubles matches on Friday against North Florida, and then face the University of Alabama in the singles round. On Saturday, the Eagles will play the University of Alabama in the doubles matches, which will be followed by singles play against Georgia State. Sunday will be the final day of competition, as the Eagles will face Georgia State in the doubles round and North Florida in the singles. In the matches, the Eagles will

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By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer The men’s soccer team entered Wednesday evening’s game against Oglethorpe University feeling confident, but Emory finished the game with a disappointing 3-1 defeat. The Eagles have lost their past two games, and now sit at 2-3-1 on the season. “The whole team was obviously extremely disappointed in the game yesterday. We should not have lost because we are a much better team than the majority of the teams we play against,” said senior co-captain defender Andrew Natalino. Entering Wednesday’s home game, the Eagles were aware that the Stormy Petrels were one of the stronger teams this year. The Eagles were hoping that their previous games had prepared them to take on the Petrels. After 45 minutes of scoreless play, the Eagles edged the Petrels in shots with a 14-3 advantage. In the second frame, Emory would continue to outshoot its opponent but by a smaller margin of 10-8. However, Oglethorpe was able to finish more of its shots early in frame to claim the win. “Every game this season we have had a very large amount of shots but we, myself included, just need to do a better job of finishing our chances in order to take control of the game early,” Natalino said. The Stormy Petrels came out

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OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY, 3 EMORY UNIVERSITY, 1 dominant in the second frame, scoring their first goal just 17 seconds into the half. At the 45:17 mark, the Stormy Petrels’ freshman midfielder Nick Muntean sent a long pass into the box, which sophomore forward Carlos Gaston then sent to the back of the net to give the Petrels’ the first lead of the game, one that they would not relinquish. In the 49th minute of play, the Eagles had the chance to score the equalizer goal, when junior forward Andrew Jones shot bounced off Oglethorpe’s goalkeeper’s hands, and hit the crossbar. Sophomore forward and Emory’s “Athlete of the Week” player Dylan Price collected the rebound for a second attempt, but the Petrels’ keeper made the save to preserve his team’s 1-0 lead. The Stormy Petrels were quick to attack again, notching their second goal in the 54th minute of play. Oglethorpe’s second goal was a rebound that was kicked from a shot that hit the post. The Petrels then took a dominant 3-0 lead at 57:14 mark, after sophomore forward Jakub Madej scored on the penalty kick. “Oglethorpe [three goals on 11 shots] finished their chances and we did not. We had 24 shots [one

goal] which shows a domination of the game and we simply need to put teams away when we create that many opportunities,” Head Coach Sonny Travis said. The Eagles have an offensive plan to help keep some pressure away from the wrong end of the field. “Its sometimes very tough for our defense to hold off the other team for the whole game, so it will take loads of pressure off them if we can get up early,” Natalino said. In the 64th minute of play, Natalino scored Emory’s lone goal of the night. Junior midfielder Nolan McKeever sent a long pass into the box, which Natalino then headered passed the Petrels’ keeper at the 64:09 mark. The goal was Natalino’s 22nd career goal, which tied him for 19th most in school history along with two other Eagles (1993 and 1965). For the last 27 minutes of the game, freshman goalkeeper Abe Hannigan guarded the net for the Eagles, making a save, and keeping the Stormy Petrels scoreless. With this game now behind them, the Eagles realize there are certain things they need to do better in the games. Price commented on the plan for the Eagles’ future performance. “In terms of preparing for the next game we need to make sure we are mentally prepared so that

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NR: The library or few classrooms.

DHG: What is your favorite TV show? NR: “Workaholics,” that show is hilarious.

DHG: Who is the number one person you would like to meet? NR: LeBron James.

DHG: What is your favorite Cox food court station? NR: Definitely the Chinese buffet.

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Eagles’ sophomore defender Noah Rosen dribbles the ball down the field. Rosen led all first-year players last year with 17 starts.

NFL

The ‘Beej’ Knows Best: NFL Fantasy Sleepers Jayson Patel Since this is my first ever article in the Wheel, I figure that I will explain to you what I am all about. The Beej is an unfortunate college nickname that has stuck with me since just about the first day I entered school. I used to have a radio show call Sports Talk with Jayson Patel, but my friends refused to listen because I did not incorporate my nickname into the title. So here is a little shout out to them. Anyway, my weekly articles will break down a few upcoming NFL matchups, as well as highlight any sleepers for fantasy football players. So let’s get into it. (Home team in CAPS)

Chicago vs. GREEN BAY Chicago is coming off of a 20-point victory over Andrew Luck

and the Colts while the Packers are still recovering from a difficult loss against Alex Smith and the 49ers. However, since the beginning of the 2009 NFL season, Aaron Rodgers has only lost back-to-back games twice. My money is on the Pack here. Fantasy-wise, it’s important to note that Michael Bush stole two goal-line touchdowns from Matt Forte. This game is going to be a shootout, but Aaron Rodgers will not forget his gun. GREEN BAY 34 Chicago

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Oakland vs. MIAMI I was at the local bar Famous watching Miami’s previous game, and it was painful watching Ryan Tannehill pretend to be a quarterback and the Dolphins pretending to be a real team. The Raiders also played a pretty unenthusiastic game last week, however, with San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding single-handedly outscoring their entire team. This will not be the best game of the week, but it will be interesting to see how Ryan Tannehill performs, and whether Darren McFadden can be a presence

not only in the passing attack, but in the ground game as well. I like Oakland, but this will not be a pretty game by any means. Oakland 24

MIAMI 10

New Orleans vs. CAROLINA Well, I cannot believe they won. While I am aware that both New Orleans and Carolina lost last week, I was talking about the four players implicated in the bounty-hunting scandal. Although they are without their coach, I firmly believe that the Saints players will rally around their fellow teammates’ victory and put together a fairly successful season. On the other hand, Carolina has Cam Newton, who is great, and is fixing their defense but not much else. I am not a fan of DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, and although Cam is great, I believe a revitalized New Orleans club will avoid being 0-2.

New Orleans 34 CAROLINA 28

New York Jets vs. PITTSBURGH

For those of you who may not know, the New York Jets are my favorite sports team. I also placed a bet on them finishing the season under .500. However, the New

I will say that the New York Jets are riding some type of momentum that I have to believe in. York Jets showed me something last Sunday. They are tenacious on defense and willing to take risks on offense. Mark Sanchez has shown poise beyond his years and looks to exceed expectations this season. While I understand that Pittsburgh is better than Buffalo, I will say that the New York Jets are riding some type of momentum that I have to believe in. Obviously one game is a small sample size, but momentum is funny like that. On the other side of the ball,

Pittsburgh won a nail-biter in Denver, but I was not impressed with their offense. My unbiased opinion has the Jets riding some momentum against the depleted Pittsburgh defense, taking advantage of the young Pittsburgh offensive line and winning a difficult game. Watch out for Stephen Hill. The kid has become Mark Sanchez’s go-to weapon, and opposing teams should be wary of him. New York

Jets 17 PITTSBURGH 14

Denver vs. ATLANTA It’s finally Monday night! And with Monday night, we have quite the matchup. Peyton Manning, after a start which quieted all his doubters, versus Matt Ryan, who showed that he could possibly, finally, be living up to the hype. Manning has a young receiving corps, but the Denver defense, led by Von Miller, is quite formidable. However the Atlanta Falcons, under the bright Monday Night lights at home, will pull off the victory due to a balanced offensive attack

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