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THE EMORY WHEEL Since 1919
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Volume 94, Issue 6
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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EMORY SHUTS DOWN DEPTS. Visual Arts, Journalism, Educational Studies, P.E. and Russian; Econ., Spanish Grad. Programs Suspended, ILA to be Downsized By Evan Mah Editor in Chief
Graduate students hosted a rally to protest the suspension of the Laney Graduate School Spanish and Economics programs. Administrators, faculty and hundreds of students attended the rally, which featured speakers in opposition to program suspensions and closures.
Undergrads Grad Students Host Rally in Protest React to Department Changes By Stephanie Fang News Editor
By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor When College freshman Brett Lichtenberg sent out his college applications last year, he knew he wanted a school with a journalism program. For this reason, Emory became the college of his choice. “I was looking forward to hopefully going to a school that’s tight-knit journalism program would allow me to flourish in a field that I felt so passionately about,” Lichtenberg said. But a year later, Lichtenberg said the University’s decision to “phase out” Emory’s journalism program has turned his attitude “completely on its back.” Lichtenberg trusts that administrators put considerable time and energy into their decision, but he now has to rework his academic outline for the next four years. Students like Lichtenberg are feeling the effects of College Dean Robin Forman’s decision to close the College’s Division of Educational Studies, the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Physical Education, in addition to the journalism program. The University has also announced that it will suspend the Economics, Spanish and Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA) programs in the Laney Graduate School. Many undergraduate students have criticized Forman for what they say is a lack of transparency in the process that led to the departmental changes. In a series of interviews with the Wheel, undergraduates primarily expressed frustration with this lack of transparency, as well as concern for their academic futures. A few agreed with the changes or remained
See STUDENTS, Page 5
When Otto Lenhart opened his email last Friday morning, he saw a message he thought was so bizarre that it had to be a joke. The email — sent by Elena Pesavento, chair of the economics department — said the University planned to suspend the graduate economics program. For Lenhart, who had started his
second year of studies in the program just a few weeks before, this news came as a total shock. According to Lenhart, the graduate program in economics had improved its reputation significantly during the last five years. “A week ago, they announced that we had [our] highest ranking ever, in the top 50,” he said. “The weird thing was that we had a meeting of the [economics] department, and everyone was happy because this was
a really good development.” Edouard Wemy, a fourth-year graduate student in the economics program, also recalled the praise that the department received from Laney Graduate School (LGS) administrators for their recent improvements and rise in rankings by the Southeastern Economics Journal. “[The chair of the economics department] mentioned that [LGS]
The 46th legislature of the Student Government Association (SGA) convened Monday evening to hear Robin Forman, Dean of the College, present on the College’s recent decision to phase out certain undergraduate and graduate programs. After Forman’s presentation, legislators and spectators had the opportunity to ask questions. Forman, who assured students that he was “not trying to hide anything,” had given the same PowerPoint slideshow to faculty last Wednesday when he first announced these plans. During the presentation, Emory’s financials played an important part in Forman’s discussion with students. Some were looking for more specifics than what Forman provided. “Do you have a pie chart or anything?” asked one student who demanded to know exactly where Emory’s funds are allocated. Forman’s response elaborated that Emory’s operative budget, 80% of which is funded by student tuition, goes to three main areas: financial aid, salaries to faculty and staff and allocative costs, which are all the places that cannot sustain themselves
on their own revenue like campus life, the library and the communication office. The University, he said, has been running deficits since the financial collapse in 2008, specifically a deficit of $8.5 million in the fiscal year 2011 and a deficit of $9 million in the fiscal year 2012, excluding off-budget expenses like temporary faculty and start-up costs, which account for about $2 million. In light of the Central Administration clearing the university’s remaining debt from the 2012 fiscal year, Forman said that the University is predicted to break even for the fiscal year of 2013. Forman was adamant in emphasizing that the reallocation of funds is not about cutting costs. Students present were reluctant to believe him, especially after learning that numerous faculty positions would no longer exist as a result of the plan. Forman was quick to defend the decision, explaining that every faculty member has at least two years advanced notice for the changes. Forman said that when he refers to a “better future” or Emory’s “academic eminence,” he means a commitment to enhance what Emory students and faculty consider to be
See CHANGES, Page 5
SEE INSIDE Editorial reaction to Dean Robin Forman’s announcements. See Page 6. In the letter sent to students Friday, Forman wrote that while the University is facing “limitless opportunities,” resources are stretched and steps must be taken to ensure that said resources are being allocated “in the most effective manner to further our academic mission.” Forman said the plan is an effort to create “intriguing opportunities by renewing Emory’s commitment to academic eminence.” “Academic eminence means being leaders in all aspects of our academic mission,” Forman said. “The academic mission includes the educational mission … and it also means creating communities in which our faculty are leading conversations on issues of significance and relevance both nationally and internationally.” Re-allocated resources, Forman wrote, would go towards “core disciplines of distinction” and new areas of study such as contemporary China, the role of digital and new media and neuroscience as it relates to brain and behavior. While others might disagree, Forman is quick to note that the plan is not solely about departments. “Everyone is being affected. We’re a big college,” he said. “There are some departments that are being
New Directions See ONLINE, Page 5
See FACULTY, Page 4
RUSHING DOWN THE ROW
Students Pressure Forman at SGA Meeting By Rupsha Basu Contributing Writer
Emory College has announced plans to shut down or suspend various academic departments and programs. In a letter sent to all College students Friday afternoon, College Dean Robin Forman announced plans to “phase out” certain academic departments and re-allocate resources within the College. The University will close the Division of Educational Studies and the Department of Visual Arts, in addition to Emory’s journalism program, Forman wrote in another letter available on the Emory website. The Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA) will no longer house full-time faculty, and the economics and Spanish graduate programs will be suspended, according to a Sept. 14 University statement. The Emory Wheel has also confirmed that the Russian language program will be eliminated, a change not noted in Forman’s letter to students nor reported by the University. As a result of the changes, an estimated 18 tenured faculty will be offered “comparable positions in other academic departments,” according to the University statement. Three nontenured assistant professors and 19 lecture-track faculty will be forced to find jobs elsewhere, as the College will not be renewing their contracts when they expire. According to the University, approximately 20 staff positions will be eliminated in the next five years. Forman said in an interview with the Wheel that he is confident the University will find new roles internally for those whose positions are being eliminated. In the case of students currently pursuing majors in departments or programs that the University is eliminating, they will be able to complete their majors and graduate on time, according to the statement.
Robin Forman, College dean, announced his plan to “phase out” and remove several Emory programs Friday afternoon.
un the Row, when new fraternity members run down Eagle Row to their respective fraternity houses, kicked off Block Party this year. In addition, the Block Party event was sponsored only by Greek organizations. See page 3 for full story.
Police Officer Kills Emory Junior By Karishma Mehrotra Contributing Writer A Gwinnett County Officer shot and killed College junior Victor Vinh Charles Le, 20, last Wednesday night after Le allegedly pointed a BB gun at the officer, Gwinett police say. The officer — whose name has not been released — arrived at Le’s household in response to a domes-
tic dispute call from Le’s parents, according to a Gwinnett County police report. The parents were arguing with Le before midnight at the parent’s residence. The 911 caller said Le was threatening to commit a robbery. According to the report, as the police officer entered the driveway,
See OFFICER, Page 5
Victor Le, a College junior was killed by a Gwinnet County officer last Wednesday evening following a confrontation.
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • Protesters rallied in more than 30 cities around the world on Monday, the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Although the movement has greatly affected American politics during the past year, it has waned recently as encampments have closed. • The iPhone 5 preorders reached more than $2 million in the first 24 hours of its release, which is more than twice as many as Apple had earned for the iPhone 4S. Preorder demand exceeded supply, so some customers who preordered their phones will not receive them until October. The phones will be available in stores on Friday morning, and Apple expects them to be sold out by Sunday.
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members were scheduled to discuss a rezoning proposal that would allow more commercial development in the area. • Chi, an Italian gossip magazine, plans to publish 50 pictures of Kate Middleton naked in a 26-page spread. The special edition of the magazine will be available on Monday. More than 200 naked pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge supposedly exist.
— Compiled by Multimedia Editor Elizabeth Howell
• Asa Griggs Candler V, the greatgrandson of Coca-Cola’s founder, has amassed a $7.2 million debt. His companies have lost $37.5 million in real estate to foreclosure during the recession, and he now faces banks and investors asking for money. • Atlanta residents are preparing to protest the opening of a Walmart in Buckhead. Atlanta City Council The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at emorywheel.com. Please contact Editor in Chief Evan Mah at email@example.com to report an error.
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This Week in Emory History
POLICE RECORD • Three males were found swimming in the SAAC pool on Sept. 15 at 3:17 a.m. Officers received a complaint from an RA at the Clairmont Campus. The students, one was a visitor, admitted to climbing the fence and breaking in. The situation has been turned over to campus life for review. • On Sept. 4 at 1:32 a.m., officers responded to a dispute between a female Emory student and a cab driver. The student had apparently become ill in her cab ride and vomited in the vehicle. The student offered to clean up her mess, but the cab driver said she needed to pay him $60 including her fare for him to clean up the vomit. She only offered to pay her cab fare, and the cab driver drove off
without accepting. • An Emory male student left his wallet near a printer at the Woodruff Library. When he returned, his wallet was missing. It appeared that someone had attempted to purchase $700 worth of merchandise at Target and $56 at Kroger — both transactions didn’t work. • Officers responded to a female Emory student who was found lying in the grass near the tennis courts after underage consumption of alcohol on Sept. 15 at 2:08 a.m. She was in and out of consciousness and could not engage in lucid conversation. Dekalb Fire and Rescue transported her to Emory Hospital.
• A male Emory student was arrested on Sept. 16 at 3:20 a.m. after assaulting a taxi driver. The individual was transported from a nightclub to the Phi Delta Theta house at 20 Eagle Row. The driver and student were arguing about the cab fare, and at some point in the conversation, the student struck the cab driver under his left eye. He was transported to DeKalb County Jail.
— Compiled by Asst. News Editor Nicholas Sommariva
September 7, 1992 Due to some changes in parking procedures, many students, faculty and staff were unable to secure parking permits for various parking decks and were left without places to park on campus. One significant change was the the addition of an electronic gate to entrance of Peavine parking deck in order to encourage a “better, more honest” parking system. The main parking problem was one of supply and demand with not enought parking spots for the number of people.
EVENTS AT EMORY TUESDAY
Event: Blood Glucose Screening Time: 9 a.m. Location: Briarcliff Campus, Building A, 3rd Floor, Conference Room
Event: Toastmasters@Emory Club Meeting Time: 8 a.m. Location: Old Dental Building, Room 231
Event: Emory Farmers Market Time: 12 p.m. Location: Cox Hall Bridge
Event: Storytime for all ages Time: 10 a.m. Location: Barnes & Noble at Emory University
Event: Selecting & Evaluating Quality Child Care Time: 12 p.m. Location: 1599 Clifton Road, 5C Event: Safe Space Lunch and Learn: From Rainbows to Chicken Sandwiches: A Conversation on Creating Inclusive Environments Time: 12 p.m. Location: 332 Dobbs University Center Event: AntiquiTEA Time: 4 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Reception Hall Event: Worlding Bodies, Bodying History: Pina Bausch’s Late Style in the World Cities Performances of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room
Event: Percy Jackson Homeschool Day at the Carlos Time: 12 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Greek and Roman Galleries Event: Introduction to Blackboard Workshop Time: 1 p.m. Location: Room 312 Woodruff Library Event: King Kong (1933) Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: White Hall, Rm. 208
THURSDAY Event: Introduction to Blackboard Workshop Time: 1 p.m. Location: 312 Woodruff Library 312 Woodruff Library Event: Chocolate . . . As an Aphrodisiac Time: 6 p.m. Location: Emory University, Dobbs University Center, Food E U Event: Emory Law Moot Court Society Reception Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Emory University School of Law, Hunter Atrium, Gambrell Hall Event: Emory Law Moot Court Society Reception Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Emory University School of Law, Hunter Atrium, Gambrell Hall Event: Keynote Address by Lindsay Pollock: Off/Center - Art Writing from the Reg Time: 7 p.m. Location: White Hall, Rm. 208 Event: Plains of Mars Lecture Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Reception Hall
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DUC to Undergo Minor Renovations By Minah So Contributing Writer As a part of routine updates of school facilities, the Dobbs University Center (DUC) will undergo minor renovations in the near future, including upgrades in furniture and technology. The changes will likely take place before the end of the academic year. According to Benjamin Perlman, the director of the DUC, the DUC will update the furniture in Coke Commons to be more in-tune with student needs. Some of the other projects involve enhancing previous renovations such as the redeveloped Eagle’s Landing, renovated bathrooms on the first and second floors and the renovated TV and computer lounge. Some students welcome the potential changes and expressed that the DUC could use a little improvement. “I guess [the DUC] is pretty outdated and it could be more aesthetically pleasing,” College sophomore Lisa Fu said. “Also, the couches in the middle are uncomfortable.” Perlman also stated that he was working with staff to upgrade some of the presentation televisions in the smaller meeting rooms. He hopes to complete these changes while most students are off campus, and is setting the date for around winter break.
The University, in collaboration with a group of around 20 students, is looking to discuss more drastic improvements for the future. They are still looking for student opinion on the matter, Perlman explained. “I think that the floor in the middle of the DUC could use some work, the organization of the upstairs could be a lot better and fit many more people and the activity rooms are seldom clean,” College senior Alex Farley said. College sophomore Andrew Chang agreed that the DUC’s furnishings left something to be desired. “I guess some of the carpet in the sitting areas could be replaced since some of the panels are missing,” he said. Other than those details, he thinks the DUC is “pretty much okay.” Cox Hall, which was recently internally renovated over the past summer, will not face any major changes for several years. “Other than possibly refreshing the interior of the food court or some of the food concepts from time to time, there isn’t much else that can or will be done to Cox Hall,” said Kenny Hemmer, the interim executive director of the Food Service Administration.
— Contact Minah So at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students enjoyed a live DJ, free food and gear as well as other activities at this year’s annual Block party. The event focused on introducing Greek life to freshmen, signalling the end of the ‘social freeze’.
Greek Organizations Host This Year’s Block Party By Melissa Fenchel Contributing Writer For the first time in its four-year history, Block Party, an annual fall event on Eagle Row, was run exclusively by Greek organizations. The Student Programming Council (SPC) chose to no longer co-host the event this year. As a result, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Intersorority Council (ISC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) as well as the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) co-sponsored the event this year. Instead, SPC used the funds that traditionally went toward a Block Party performer to host smaller events throughout the semester. A DJ performed instead of a band
because the Greek organizations excited for the spring.” co-sponsoring Block Party had less Some students rode the mechanifunding for the event. cal bull, while others enjoyed a slip The event, and slide. IFC and a c c o r d i n g l y, ISC also passed focused more on “The main focus of this out free water botGreek recruitment. tles, T-shirts and year’s Block Party is to sunglasses. “The main focus of this year’s introduce as many girls Although College Block Party is to sophomore Dottie and guys as possible to introduce as many Stearns said that she Greek life.” girls and guys as wishes there had possible to Greek been more free items, —Jordan Krant, she “had a pretty life,” ISC Vice President for ISC Vice President for good time.” Recruitment and Run the Row, in Recruitment Goizueta Business which new fraternity School senior members run down Jordan Krant said. “This is the first Eagle Row to be welcomed into their official recruitment event of the fall respective fraternity houses, kicked and the purpose is to get everyone off the event.
Freshmen and Greek members then mingled with each other while eating hamburgers, hot dogs and ice pops. According to College freshman Kelsea Bisland, the atmosphere was very enjoyable and she cannot wait to rush in the spring. Despite these changes in leadership, SPC continued to offer support in planning and running the event this year regardless of not participating as an official co-sponsor, College senior and SPC President Will Levinson said in an Aug. 31 Wheel article. College Senior Jonah Kupperstock, whose stage name is DJ Swiss, provided this year’s music.
— Contact Melissa Fenchel at email@example.com
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Rally Raises Sexual Assault Awareness By Dustin Slade Contributing Writer
recapitulated acts of sexual abuse that have taken place during the first six weeks of college. Emory students, staff and adminA few signs read, “I was drugged istration gathered on Asbury Circle at a party,” “It didn’t matter when I on Friday for the Respect Program’s said I was waiting for marriage,” and “Emory at the Red Zone” Rally in an “my parents kicked me out because I effort to raise awareness about sexual was now a slut.” violence on campus during a the first Throughout the presentation, the six weeks of college. provocative signs caught the attention The Emory Respect program of passersby. formally named the The Sexual Many students were taken aback and Relationship by the demonstraViolence Prevention tion. “I didn’t know Education and “Sexual assault is not a what was happening Response proat first, and at the survivor issue. It is not start I was laughing, gram, works with the Emory student a woman’s issue. It is an but then I started body to prevent and to read the signs everybody issue.” respond to relationpeople were holdship violence and ing and I realized it — Lauren Bernstein, was actually a very sexual assault. Coordinator of the Respect serious topic.” said “The red zone is Program College freshman the first six weeks of college in which Matteo Tortorella. the most occurAfter the fifteen rences of sexual assault on college minute period of silence ended, stucampuses occur.” said College junior dents began to speak about the red Conrad Honicker, the respect pro- zone, discussing what they felt to be gram’s community outreach orga- the austerity of what many students nizer. “This [event] is a starting point, are forced to go through during the this is the start of a dialogue. If “red zone” period. somebody walks away here today and Honicker spoke about his perhas the reality check that they can be sonal connection with the red zone, an agent and not a bystander, that is a explaining that “one of [his] best win, that is what this rally was for.” friends was sexually assaulted in the At the start of the rally, mem- first six weeks of college.” bers of the Respect Program held up Throughout the presentation, large banners that conveyed stories of members of the Respect Program sexual assault during the “red zone” handed out red pledge cards. period. The students stood silently The cards requested that individufor fifteen minutes holding signs that als “do [their] best to help [their]
Faisal Kidwai, public relations officer for Al-Farooq Masjid Mosque, talks to CNN reporters on Friday about the arrest of a Georgia Tech junior on terrorism charges. peers at Emory in situations in which their safety and well-being are threatened.” Student organizers then urged the assemblage to dip two fingers in red paint as a sign of acknowledgement of the red zone and its impact on the lives of students at Emory as well as across the country. The crowd then raised their red painted fingers in a
symbolic moment to conclude the rally. “A big issue for people who have survived sexual assault is a sense of shame, a sense of ‘it shouldn’t have happened to me, yet I let it happen’.” said College senior Emily Chapman, undergraduate assistant to the respect program. “It is important to have people come out with posters and
speakers, to say, you’re not alone, you’re not the only person this has happened to.” Coordinator of the Respect Program, Lauren Bernstein, wrote in email to The Wheel, “The Emory community as a whole must come together to end violence. This starts and ends with students as agents of culture change. Sexual assault is not
a survivor issue. It is not a woman’s issue. It is an everybody issue.” If you have been affected by sexual assault, you can contact Lauren at 404.727.1514 or by email at Lauren. Bernstein@emory.edu. or for more information go to http://www.bewellexcel.org/respect.”
—Contact Dustin Slade at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty ‘Blindsided’ by CollegeWide Changes Continued from Page 1 phased out, but the hope is to generate funds to grow other departments. This is about making the College better. It’s not a department-by-department decision.”
The Process, Timing and Budget Forman explained that the plan is the result of 4.5 years of research that began before he became dean of the College in 2010. Forman’s predecessor, Bobby Paul, first created the Faculty Financial Advisory Committee, which was charged with advising the dean on how to best allocate College resources. The committee includes leaders across the arts and sciences who study enrollment numbers and internal and external assessments of departments before making recommendations, Forman said. Forman said that the Finance Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee, two subcommittees of the Board of Trustees, as well as University President James W. Wagner were informed during the entire process, one that began about two years ago. The Board unanimously approved the plan in June, according to Forman. Although the committee has been making recommendations for some time, Forman says the timing was his choosing. “This reorganization is not about addressing a deficit, because we don’t have a deficit,” Forman said. “It’s not about cutting costs at all. It’s not about reducing expenses. Every dollar we free up from this reorganization will be reinvested in the academic mission.” In the presentation Forman gave to faculty last Wednesday, he showed that the College had operated on a $8.5 million budget deficit for the 2011 fiscal year (FY), the period between Aug. 31 and Sep. 1. That deficit increased to $9 million for FY 2012. But this year, Forman said, the College is not projecting a deficit and anticipates a small surplus. How the College budget jumped from a multi-million dollar deficit to a small surplus is multi-faceted. Forman pointed to greater revenue from increased enrollment, better efficiency in how financial aid is handled and pressure from the central administration to keep down costs in certain divisions. “Why now is because we can do it now. It’s not about addressing the financial challenges we’ve faced,” he said. “Rather we feel like we’ve emerged from under the yoke of those financial pressures and can begin to think again what are we try-
Students attended a rally Monday to show support for departments affected by Forman’s plan for reorganization. Faculty and students took turns addressing the crowd. ing to accomplish here.”
Mixed Messages At the time of the faculty meeting last Wednesday, Forman did not specify which departments and programs were being affected. Once departments were notified of the changes, many were blindsided by the decision, which was effective immediately.
“I am just completely appalled at any lack of due process here...We’re willing to take things so long as the process is fair.” — Shomu Banerjee, senior lecturer, economics
“I am just completely appalled at any lack of due process here,” said Shomu Banerjee, a senior lecturer in the economics department. “And to me at this point, when I know that he claims ‘extensive consultations’ — we don’t know with whom, certainly not with a majority of the economics faculty and certainly not the department chair — that takes away any legitimacy in my mind that he has as an administrator because we need transparency. We need accountability. We’re willing to take things so long as the process is fair.” Forman said he conducted these “extensive consultations” under the promise of confidentiality and, in the case of the economics department, was “in very close consultation with
the dean of the graduate school [Lisa Tedesco].” In a letter sent to students in the journalism department, Hank Klibanoff, the director of the journalism department, also seemed surprised by the decision. “As recently as mid-August, discussions in the dean’s office about journalism were focused on which department might house the Journalism Program; there was no discussion about closing the program,” he wrote. Julia Kjelgaard, the department chair for visual arts, was also not aware of ongoing discussions. “I was shocked and surprised to hear the news from the dean last Thursday that the department would be closed,” she wrote in a statement to the Wheel. “We had no chance to speak up for ourselves, or even be in on the conversation.” Aiden Downey, the director of undergraduate studies in the Educational Studies Department, says he was also surprised by the decision and wished that the Emory community had been included in the discussions taking place “behind closed doors.” Responding to criticisms about the lack of communication with departments, Forman replied, “It’s a matter of interpretation. Did we reach out to them and let them know that we had questions about how they were achieving their mission? Absolutely. That’s not to dispute the fact that they were surprised to learn that they were being phased out, although economics is a different situation. But they could not have been surprised that there were questions about how successful they were achieving the
overall mission,” he said. Several sources have also said Persian and Hindi programs have been eliminated. Persian Language Coordinator and lecturer Hossein Samei said in an interview with the Wheel that Dean Forman informed the department chair that “Persian and Hindi would be cut without any reservations” last Thursday. Samei went on to say that the decision might be suspended. Forman denies the decision. “Nothing is confirmed,” Forman
said. “The others are conversations more than decisions. And have we asked about Persian and Hindi? Absolutely. The reason we’ve asked about them is because the enrollment is significantly lower [in those programs].”
Moving Forward Forman said that he is aware that this decision will have implications for the University’s image on campus and throughout the country, but sees this time as a chance for growth.
“It would be ridiculous to think there wouldn’t be disappointment about some of the steps taken,” Forman said at an SGA meeting. “Any change leads to some disappoint, but here’s the point: I believe we can acknowledge that disappointment and sense of loss, and still feel that this is the right thing for the College.”
— Contact Evan Mah at email@example.com Asst. News Editor Nicholas Sommariva contributed reporting.
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Changes Will Improve Academic Excellence, Forman Says Students Worry About How Cuts Will Affect Them core departments of the liberal arts. The new programs that will receive funds are the study of contemporary China, digital studies and new media across the arts and sciences, neuroscience, undergraduate sciences in general and interdisciplinary studies. Forman said the Faculty Financial Advisory Committee was involved in making a number of these decisions, which again stirred student emotions. One audience member pointed out that none of the professors on the committee were in departments from which funds were reallocated. Forman reiterated that these decisions were made to enhance programs which the students and faculty have deemed absolutely essential. As Forman finished his formal presentation, Speaker of the Legislature and College senior Milan Udawatta reminded the spectators that this was not in fact a town hall and that he would “call on those who wish to ask a question, but elected officials have priority.” Senior representative Brad Clement asked how much money was freed up for reallocation. Forman clarified that no funds have been reallocated yet, but by the end of the process, there will be $4.5 million annually from the operating budget toward the new initiatives.
Students questioned the elimination of educational studies, journalism and visual arts in the undergraduate program and Spanish, Portuguese and economics in the graduate program. Senior representative Malika Begum asked whether these suspensions were temporary. Forman seemed optimistic and resolute and said that when these departments are reopened in the future, they will not be the same programs that were closed but something that will improve Emory’s academic excellence. Advocates of the economics department pushed for a reversal of the decision to remove the graduate economics program. Forman said that a reason the College is phasing out graduate economics is because there is such an overwhelming demand for economics at the undergraduate level. The College does not have the resources to hire as many economics professors. Forman made it clear that he was just as disappointed at the loss of these programs as the students and faculty were. “Everything we do has a passionate constituency; this is not about easy decisions,” he said.
Students asked whether other universities are facing these same decisions. Forman cited Harvard, Yale and Duke as examples of schools that had to make budget cuts. Students were also angry about the alleged lack of communication with faculty about these decisions. Forman again defended the process, saying that he has been meeting with chairs and directors of departments since February about these issues. Many hands were still raised when Udawatta ended the question-answer session. Having been dominated by Forman’s presentation, the meeting ended with a quick update on the events of the SGA retreat and an announcement from the Campus Services Committee. SGA will also soon discuss an increase in student activity fees. Gandhi ended the meeting by asking SGA members to send in questions from students about the budget cuts in preparation for a potential town hall meeting with Forman. In addition, SGA representatives discussed the possibility of holding a town hall meeting in the near future to address student questions about the changes.
— Contact Rupsha Basu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Placed on Administrative Leave Following Le’s Death Le began walking down the driveway armed with a small handgun, which was later identified as a BB gun. For two minutes, the officer ordered Le to drop the gun. According to the report, Le ignored the commands and continued to approach the officer. In response, the officer fatally shot
Le in the chest. The officer was not injured during the confrontation. Following the incident, he was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting. Le was majoring in Neuroscience and Behaviorial Biology (NBB) and
was a freshman legislator on the College Council. In addition, he was a member of the Karma Bhangra Team at Emory as well as a student representative on the Tobacco-Free Task Force.
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Continued from Page 1 indifferent. In a letter to College students on Sept. 14, Forman wrote that the reductions will “allow us to invest in traditional strengths of the arts and sciences at Emory” and strengthen many of Emory’s current and future areas of study.
Impacting the Undergrad Community Forman specified that currently enrolled undergraduate majors pursuing degrees in any of the departments being removed will be able to “complete their courses of study.” “We have a primary obligation to our students to allocate resources in a way that will allow Emory College of Arts and Sciences to train the leaders of the century to come,” Forman wrote. But the departmental changes are still putting some students in an academic bind. College freshman Samantha Miller originally intended to co-major in journalism, but now says she’ll be switching to English. “I honestly wish they had made such drastic decisions before this freshmen class was choosing their colleges,” she said. For College sophomore Samantha Rudorfer, the cuts pose a different challenge. Rudorfer declared her journalism major just last week, and “the cuts really affect whether or not I can continue on this path,” she said, as she had planned to study abroad. “But now having to finish this major in only two years will really affect whether or not that’s possible anymore,” Rudorfer said. Some economics majors are worried, too, because the removal of the Ph.D. department could affect their undergraduate education. College senior Leah Dodell, an economics major, said she and others are nervous “about losing some of their best economics professors.” The impact of the departmental changes, though, extends beyond academics. Upperclassmen don’t necessarily have to worry about not completing their degree requirements on time, but many are still saddened due to the relationships they have fostered with affected faculty and staff. College junior Madeline Roorbach said she was “quite disillusioned by
the announcement,” even though the changes won’t affect her directly, because the Educational Studies (EDS) department has formed the crux of her academic life at Emory. “The people involved with the department are some of the brightest, most intelligent people I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Roorbach said.
Out of the Blue Many students have expressed frustration over the way in which administrators notified the community of the changes. Most of the students interviewed by the Wheel said they feel the changes came out of the blue and should have included student input. Among them is College sophomore Calvin Li, who wrote in an email to the Wheel that he feels
“We have a primary obligation to our students to allocate resources in a way that will allow [the College] to train the leaders of the century to come ...” — Robin Forman, dean of the College students should have been involved. “I would hope that the students are informed and part of the decisionmaking process, which they were not in this situation,” Li, who is also the student life chair for the Student Government Association (SGA) said. Visual arts co-majors and minors, though, say they weren’t surprised that their department was one that will be “phased out.” College junior Rica Haraguchi, a visual arts and art history joint major, said the visual arts department has received a “lack of support and recognition … from the College, its students and its faculty.” College senior Heidi Ma, a visual arts minor, wrote in an email to the Wheel, “The College failed to recognize that studio art is a rigorous academic discipline, not just a recreational activity.” But Forman wrote in his letter that he recognizes the departments that are going to be cut have still made significant contributions to Emory.
“There is nothing about this process that has been easy,” Forman wrote. Other students, though, say they agree with the dean’s decision or are more indifferent on the matter. College junior Trevor Cross, who is a chemistry major, said that while he understands the emotional component to students’ reactions, he feels “Emory is doing its best to play to its strengths.” “I believe a liberal arts education is important, but I do not want to be at a school that is a jack of all trades, expert in none,” Cross said.
Voicing Their Concerns When Forman announced the departmental changes to the Emory community last Friday afternoon in a letter sent to all College students, word about which departments were being affected spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter. College junior Gabi Wolozin, who is majoring in mathematics and economics, formed a Facebook group entitled “Save the Economics PhD Program at Emory.” The suspension of the Ph.D. program, she said, affects undergraduates studying economics in addition to graduates. Wolozin noted that graduate students often teach introductory level economics courses in the College.Wolozin’s Facebook group, as of Monday afternoon, has attracted more than 1,500 members. The group aims to “spread awareness about how important the Ph.D. economics program is to the entire Emory community.” “I wanted to do this as fast-paced as possible,” Wolozin said. “I think the faster this happens, the faster the we could change the future of the Economics department.” Wolozin also assisted senior lecturer in the economics department Shomu Banerjee in creating a petition on ipetitions.com titled “Save Emory University’s Economics Ph.D. program!”The petition has garnered 558 signatures from alumni as well as faculty, undergraduates and graduates. A petition to keep the journalism program has also been launched on Change.org
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Online Petitions, Social Media Campaigns Protest Department Cuts Continued from Page 1 is so proud of the department, and the school encourages us to continue our pursuit for academic excellence,” Wemy said. “Then, on Friday, a bomb is dropped.” Though current economics doctoral (Ph.D) students will be able to finish their degrees, the University will discontinue any new admissions to the program, according to a Sept. 14 University statement. Emory has also suspended admissions to the graduate programs in educational studies, Spanish and the Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA). The press release explains that these changes will begin at the end of this academic year and conclude by the end of the 2016-17 academic year. In the days following this announcement, graduate students across the University have come together in opposition of these changes, which the LGS made in conjunction with the College. Luke Donahue, a graduate student in the comparative literature department, created a Facebook event
to organize a “meeting to discuss “I am almost on the verge of Emory Graduate School’s recent tears,” said Sarah Melton, a graduate cuts” on the University Quadrangle, student at the ILA who attended the the page states. event. “I have been so thankful that Donahue declined to comment on so many people across the University any involvement he might have had have spoken in solidarity. This deciwith the event. sion is a decision The meeting, that affects the which took place most vulnerable “This decision is a yesterday afternoon, faculty [and] decision that affects the staff, gathered approxistudents. Shame most vulnerable staff, on you. No, you mately 350 graduate and undergraduate faculty [and] students. do not have my students as well as Shame on you. No, you permission to do administrators and this.” do not have my perfaculty onto the Quad. Those against to voice their opinions the changes have mission to do this.” about these ongoing also reached out to developments. — Sarah Melton, the Emory comAmidst chants of munity through graduate student at the “stop the cuts” and various social Institute of Liberal Arts media outlets, “how about democracy,” student speaksuch as Facebook ers led those who and Twitter. attended in discussions on ways to The “Future of the Graduate move forward. Institute of Liberal Arts” had more Administrators, including College than 600 members as of yesterday. Dean Robin Forman and Senior Vice Members created the group “as a President and Dean of Campus Life way to streamline communications Ajay Nair, were also in attendance. among all the people working togeth-
er to organize students in the ILA, alums, and supporters” to respond to program changes. In addition, the “Save the Economics PhD Program” Facebook group, which an undergraduate student started late last week after administrators first announced the cuts, now has over 1,700 members. Students and faculty have used this Facebook group to disseminate an online petition against the moratorium on the economics Ph.D program — which had approximately 600 signatures as of yesterday. Some of those opposed to these developments have also created a Twitter account under the name @ EmoryCuts, which is geared toward posting articles and sharing more information about the announcements from administration and how students have responded. The Twitter account, which began posting on Sept. 16, currently has more than 100 followers.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Editorials Editor: Shahdabul Faraz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Communication Betrays Emory
Jenna Mittman is a member of the Class of 2013. Her cartoons have become a staple of The Emory Wheel.
Process Lacks Transparency, Consultation In an email sent to Emory undergraduates Friday afternoon, Robin Forman, the dean of Emory College, announced a number of significant changes that will be taking place within the next few years. A similar letter was sent to students enrolled in the Laney Graduate School. The letter announced the elimination, or “phasing out” of several undergraduate programs, including journalism, visual arts and educational studies. The economics and Spanish graduate programs have also been suspended for a minimum of five years, according to a statement from the University. The changes, according to Forman, were undertaken in the pursuit of improving Emory’s “academic eminence.” We at the Wheel support Emory’s attempts to improve its reputation amongst its peer institutions, and acknowledge that these changes were executed with the intent of improving the University as a whole. However, at this point, we are undecided as to whether the details of the plan are the proper steps. And while Forman has created committees to explore new areas of study (including contemporary China and the role of digital and new media), even he has said that he doesn’t have all of the details. We do feel that we can comment on the way in which the University has acted with regards to communication and transparency. While we applaud Dean Forman and other administrators in their recent efforts to communicate openly with the Wheel, we are shocked and appalled by the clear lack of communication between the College and those departments and faculty affected by its decision. Forman says that talk of these major changes began about two years ago (although the plan is rooted in a committee founded 4.5 years ago) and that the Board of Trustees approved these measures in June. The fact that department chairs and their respective faculty and students were not informed while discussions were taking place, before the Board voted, or after the academic year started is a betrayal of trust on the part of Forman, President Wagner and other informed University officials. Although these measures are undertaken in the pursuit of a specific academic mission, the lack of due process flies in the face of the University’s ethos that dares claim to be ethically engaged and inquiry-driven. By not consulting with the very people directly affected by this plan as discussions were taking place (i.e. faculty and student), Forman has jeopardized both his own legitimacy as a leader and his plan. Furthermore, we at the Wheel object to the disingenuous manner in which the University first announced these changes. An email titled “A Letter from the Dean,” as Friday’s was, is decidedly ambiguous, especially when one considers that the email’s most significant content was in an attachment instead of being included in the body of the message. It is not an unforeseeable possibility that, on a Friday afternoon, a student might have simply ignored or deleted Forman’s email without a second thought. But, regardless of the delivery, we are insulted that the content of the Dean’s letter failed to disclose all of the details and concrete effects of the plan. Precise details are provided on Emory’s news website but are buried in the “Campus News” page. The feature article on the “Campus News” page is about Emory’s environmental polices. Details regarding specific programs are available in an article titled “Academic Program Changes,” which can be found on the side under “Related Stories.” It is not the intent of this editorial board to accuse the administration of foul play. Instead, as journalists we merely seek the truth in its entirety, and at this point, there are far too many questions and rumors to say that the communication process has been respectful and sensitive to Emory’s students, faculty and staff. And just as we, The Emory Wheel, continue to learn more about the recent changes and continue to clarify the numerous rumors, we strongly urge that students and faculty be vocal in their opinions and discerning in their judgement. The above staff editorial represent the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.
Editorial Roundup The Cavalier Daily University of Virginia Monday, Sept. 17 Emory University will cut three departments, put on hold graduate student admissions in economics and Spanish, end its journalism major, reduce funding to “several [unnamed] centers” and reorganize its Institute of Liberal Arts between the 2013 and 2016 academic years, according to a Friday announcement. Dean of Emory College Robin Forman revealed these changes in an obfuscatory fourpage letter he sent to students running empty on explanation but overflowing with cant — the word “aspiration” appears on each page. The abruptness of this drastic and apparently unilateral decision should frighten anyone with an interest or stake in higher education. It is also evident that Forman did not learn from the mistakes of our Board of Visitors. Forman’s letter is the primary document outlining the process and consequences of the tectonic shifts at his college. The Educational Studies, Physical Education and Visual Arts departments are the three departments that will be cut; as an afterthought, Forman said “We will also be closing the Program in Journalism.” (...) More confusing than how this shift will play out is Forman’s bizarre rationale. His letter addressed financial concerns, but, surprisingly, dismissed them. He mentioned the
economic crunch, but said “these are fundamentally academic decisions about the size and scope of our mission.” (...) Cutting programs to better achieve “academic eminence” is either a genuine belief in twisted logic, or Forman has turned the rhetorical spin up so high that he cannot even admit the difficulties his own college is facing. The process behind this upheaval is the most threatening aspect. In his letter, Forman listed several groups that advised him, and then said, “I want to make clear that these decisions were finally made by me.” He claimed to have consulted with faculty, but The Emory Wheel reported that for many this was a surprise. The Emory Wheel also reported that Forman only introduced this plan, in vague terms, to the faculty Wednesday before announcing it the Friday thereafter. This dean did not learn the lesson we gathered from June: that a decision made without buy-in is not only undemocratic and most likely misguided, but will bring unintended consequences and reputational damage. We do not have a journalism major and can assure students at The Emory Wheel they will gain experience from covering such a scandal as this. But such poorly-made moves in higher education should not only be instructive for journalists. Too often, college officials talk about having to compete with peer institutions; instead, they should learn from each other so our mistakes won’t be repeated.
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Take the Money Out of Politics
DOO LEE With the introduction of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Committee (FEC), many have again resurrected the old progressive mantra, “The big corporations are in bed with government!” And yes, it’s true. Through corporate welfare, megalo-giants like Monsanto, General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Bank of America and Chevron receive millions of your tax dollars despite making windfall profits! Not surprisingly, this has made the largest recipients of corporate tax breaks and subsidies also our biggest spenders in political elections. It seems big business is happy (and determined) to keep your tax dollars flowing in while paying nearly none themselves. So now comes the difficult and most important question: How do we fix this? The Democrats and President Obama have offered up a plan to strengthen regulations, disclose greater transparency and enact tougher, stricter penalties for those who would
“hijack our political system.” On the surface, these policies make sense. Regulations will limit corporate influence, audit campaigns suspected of being corrupt, keep the politicians who take corporate money accountable and punish those who break the law. Sounds good to me! But wait, there’s an alternative enigma, and this is important: Have you ever asked yourself why corporations are in bed with government? Why big businesses spend so much on campaigns, on lobbyists, on ads and on “influencing” our political leaders and lawmakers? The answer is simple: Because government is worth controlling. Government, today, is an extremely valuable commodity. And corporations (like with any human-driven instinct) have every incentive to try to control something so worth having. We have to understand that as we give government more power, its value rises accordingly. Hence, more corporations will want
to control it. We’d be foolish to think that businesses, lobbyists and all sorts of (both Democratic and Republican) interest groups won’t be interested in owning such a potent luxury. To me, we’re almost asking for it. So the solution isn’t to double down on the core of the problem. The solution isn’t giving government more regulatory powers — it isn’t about adding more value to an already gold-gilded, gem-encrusted institution. The solution is limiting government and in a sense, devaluing it. We limit government, and we take away the incentive for oil companies and banks to try to control it. We reduce the value of government, and instead focus on making better the few but vital things that government is suppose to do. If we want to truly take the corporate money out of our politics, then we have to face the fact that the scope of our government is itself part of the problem, and that growing government is not going to be the solution. Doo Lee is a College Freshman from Suwanee, Georgia.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Teaching Teachers: Emory’s Dept. of Educational Studies a Sore Loss To the Editor: Dean Forman stated that Emory University will “phase out a small number of [its] undergraduate programs… in order to ensure that [students] are immersed in an academic environment of the highest caliber.” By cutting the Division of Educational Studies, Emory University is straying away from its ultimate goal of reaching the highest level of academia. The Division of Educational Studies does two things exceptionally that promote a higher level of learning: (1) develop meaningful student-faculty relationships and (2) use applicable, practical, and interactive methods of learning. The Division of Educational Studies exceptionally develops meaningful studentfaculty relationships. Emory takes pride in having a low student-to-faculty ratio, which in turn allows students to truly connect and develop relationships with faculty members. In the Division of Educational Studies, I have multiple advisors who each have no more than 5-6 advisees. I meet with each of them on a regular basis, at least once a month, on their request. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know them not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level as well. On the flip side, in the Department of Sociology, my one advisor has approximately 50-60 advisees. He has never requested to
meet with me. He does not know I am one of his advisees. He does not know my name. And I’m currently taking one of his classes. The Division of Educational Studies actually understands, relative to other departments on campus, how to educate its students and how students learn. The department stresses the importance of engaged, practical, and interactive methods of learning. Methods include required tutoring sessions in public schools, creative and thought-provoking student-led discussions and presentations, and progressive and futuristic methods of learning and sharing knowledge such as creating video blogs and Google sites. Conversely, I cannot count how many classes in other departments I’ve been in where a professor stands at the front of a room and lectures straight off of a powerpoint day after day, while the vast majority of the students are just surfing on Facebook or ESPN, counting down till the class ends. Yet somehow, the professor falsely/naively believes that his/her students are actually learning something during those lectures. Many other professors believe that assigning two midterms and a final accurately measures how much a student understands the material and gains long-term knowledge. We all know how that process works out: Cram the week before the exam. Take the exam. Somehow
manage to get an A. Forget everything you just learned. The decision that the university has made to close the Division of Educational Studies deeply frustrates and saddens me. While I am fortunate that the phase out part and eventual closing of the department will not have major implications on my personal academic agenda—the department will not be officially closed until the 2016-2017 school year—it is disappointing to know that Emory has chosen to deny current and future students the opportunity to learn in one of its most personal, practical, and interactive departments. Likewise, it is disappointing to know that many of Emory’s best educators are being forced to look for work elsewhere or join departments under the leadership of inferior professors and less effective methods of educating students. While I am sure there are reasons that Emory University is closing the Division of Educational Studies, Emory’s inability to see what it is losing by doing so has me secondguessing Emory’s administrative leadership and decision-making, as well as Emory’s credibility as a liberal arts institution. Joshua T. Feng Emory College Class of 2014
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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Are Emory’s Cuts Necessary? Closed-Door Decisions Harm University Administration, Faculty and Students In 1978, 1,200 students staged a three-day sit-in to protest massive cuts by their university. Their confrontation only ended when the university agreed to establish a more inclusive decision-making process that gave a seat on the board of trustees to one faculty member and one student. The provost advocating the cuts “resigned” later that year. No, this did not happen at Emory. This happened at the University of Pennsylvania where Dean Robin Forman earned his degree in mathematics just three years later. Unfortunately for Emory students and faculty, Dean Forman did not decide to institute the reforms his classmates won for him. On Friday, it was made public that Emory College would phase out its Journalism, Educational Studies, Physical Education and Visual Arts programs. The graduate school also announced that it would be suspending admissions to its Institute of Liberal Arts as well as its Economics, Spanish and Portuguese PhD programs for at least the next five years. The resources from these programs would be reallocated, as Dean Forman puts it, into programs that will help further Emory’s goal of academic eminence. These include, but are not limited to, contemporary studies of China and furthering multimedia programs. These “reallocations” will have major effects on our university. The phasing out of Emory’s PhD program in economics alone will have reverberations that I am not certain Dean Forman has considered (for more information about how one of the largest majors at Emory will be affected, read the Wheel’s article published last Friday). These cuts — explained to the public as being a choice — are not necessary in the immediate term. There is, assuming that the University is in fact not in deficit, no reason for Emory to rush into making these kinds of decisions. The official benefits provided by these “reallocations” also makes no sense. In an earlier interview with the Wheel, Forman stated that the cuts would create “intriguing opportunities by renewing Emory’s commitment to academic eminence.”
Dean Forman watches protests against announced cuts, September 17, 2012
That sounds all fine and good, except I have no idea what that means. And what does the niche study of contemporary China have to do with Emory’s liberal arts mission? Nor have adequate reasons been provided for specific programs being cut. During both his meeting with the Wheel and during a discussion with the current director of the Journalism Program, Hank Klibanoff, Forman emphasized the point that the Journalism Program focuses on preparing students for a particular job in a particular market. Therefore, a program like journalism does not, in his opinion, really mesh with the liberal arts. It is a very rare thing when a university
Graduate Economics: A Needless Casualty BEN LEINER The budget cuts Dean Forman handed down last Friday will have a devastating impact for many undergraduates in Emory College. However, the cut that will hurt all Emory undergraduates the most is one not mentioned in the dean’s email—the elimination of Emory’s Economics PhD program. When the news broke, I was shocked but not surprised. Over the last ten years, Emory has not supported its Economics program. Even though Economics is Emory’s second most popular major, it has the highest studentteacher ratio of any academic department. Economics majors will tell you how impossible it is to get into Economics courses, particularly electives, some of which have grown from 20 students to over 90. These overcrowded classes make it harder for even the best teachers to provide adequate instruction for their students. Last year, when I asked my Intermediate Microeconomics professor about these problems in his department, he said that when the department approached the administration about hiring new faculty, the administration was unreceptive. According to this professor, who has since left Emory, the administration claimed Economics was a “bubble” field and the number of students in the department would decline. This prognosis could not be farther from the truth—enrollment in the Economics department is higher than it has ever been and continues to increase. When these cuts hit, the already depleted Economics department will start bleeding professors as older professors begin to seek retirement and the stars of the department look for brighter skies at institutions that care about their field. Furthermore, up-andcoming economists will not want to come to Emory—as Dr. Shomu Banerjee told the Wheel last week, the lack of graduate students will stunt incoming professors’ potential for research and collaboration. Thus, the teaching quality in the department will decline as the department fails to attract the best teachers and researchers. Combined with classes that are already over-enrolled, the Economics department will be in shambles and the Economics Bachelor’s degree at Emory will be devalued. Assuming the administration is aware of the impacts these cuts will have on undergraduate education in the department, the question remains: why cut Economics? Certainly, funding Economics PhDs is not more expensive than funding PhDs in other departments. The answer is the rapid rise of the Goizueta Business School, currently ranked #5 among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Business Week. If an Emory undergraduate likes numbers and wants to raise the probability of making a good living straight out of college, he or she is confronted with a choice between Economics, which the administra-
tion does not support, and Goizueta, Emory’s top ranked pride and joy. By increasing the incentive for students to choose a pre-business track, competition for acceptance into the business school will increase. The administration hopes that this competition for a limited amount of spots will result in the quality of the students at the business school improving, the acceptance rate going down and Goizueta’s ranking going up. For some undergraduates, the choice between Economics in the College and business at Goizueta is an easy one, as they do not want to take a wide range of classes and the stringent requirements of a B.B.A. are what they want out of their undergraduate experience. However, most Emory undergraduates (myself included) came to Emory because of its liberal arts mission: the ability to experience a wide range of course offerings and become a well-rounded student and person. By compromising the Economics department, the opportunity to develop quantitative skills along with the qualitative skills from a History, English or Linguistics major becomes significantly harder to realize. Although undergraduates can and do double major and receive degrees from Goizueta and the College, their schedules do not allow them to take additional offerings in any other subjects. Because the Economics major requires fewer courses yet still gives students a quantitative skill set, it provides a way for undergraduates to gain marketable skills without compromising their academic and professional goals. I chose to double major in Economics and History because of my deep interest in both subjects, my desire to take courses outside my major and the professional flexibility my majors will afford me after I graduate. Yet, the administration does not seem to understand these reasons for a strong Economics department. Ironically, by stripping the Economics department, the administration is also devaluing its B.B.A. program. Prospective Goizueta undergraduates have to take Introductory Micro and Macroeconomics or Business Economics to matriculate into the business school—these students will have to compete for fewer seats in these classes with lower quality faculty. Thus, the sophomores applying for the business school will be weaker students than they were before the cuts, which will negate the gains the administration hopes to make by pushing students toward business. In pushing undergraduates towards Goizueta by dismantling the Economics department, Emory’s administration is forcing students to make a choice they should not have to make—whether to follow their passions or follow the money. However, the question Emory, as a liberal arts institution, should be posing to its students is, why not both? Ben Leiner is a College Junior from Baltimore, Maryland.
dean publicly states that his or her biggest problem with an academic program is that it is too focused on training its students in skills that will lead to real jobs. But these are all digressions that shield students from understanding what is really at stake. The really big question is not whether or not journalism, economics PhD or any other graduate and undergraduate programs deserves getting the axe. Though such questions deserve answers, the really big question we should be asking ourselves and Dean Forman is this: what kind of university do we want? Are we really a top 20 research university when we are limiting
academic options for students? Should Emory limit its academic horrizons? As Dean Forman points out, Emory has limitless opportunities but limited resources. This means that choices have to be made. In this, I am in full agreement. But this is a discussion that Robin Forman and his supporters within the administration have decided to make private. They didn’t think that students — who supply the funds for 80 percent of the college’s budget — or the heads of the affected departments, were grown-up enough to take part in such an important discussion before a decision was made. It should be made clear that I do not know
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if Dean Forman is right. He could very well be onto something that will strengthen Emory and make it a better place to learn. But it should also be made clear that Dean Forman also does not know if he is right either. And that right there is the problem. Regardless of the merits of Dean Forman’s and, it must be said, President Wagner’s decision, there should have been a serious discussion among administrators, faculty and students about where we, the Emory community, want this university to go. By bypassing the building of a true consensus, administration officials have delegitimized their choice. Former Editorials Editor James Sunshine is a College senior from Boca Raton, Fla.
PETA: Animals Before Women
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PRIYANKA KRISHNAMURTHY I’ve been a vegetarian for all of my life. No, I’m not self-righteous about it and no, I won’t criticize anyone based on their dietary choices. I will, however, get pretty upset about animal rights groups who use the exploitation of women as a means of advancing their own agendas. I wouldn’t pigeonhole myself as a feminist. Maybe “post-modernist” is more descriptive, but that’s not to say that I don’t care about the way women are treated in the mass media. I used to be a huge supporter of Persons for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). As a kid, I would even save up my allowance and send it to them in order to materialize my support. It wasn’t until after I saw their advertisements and read ecofeminist author Carol Adams’ “The Sexual Politics of Meat” that I realized how backwards PETA’s messages were. Advertising is an important facet of firstworld propaganda and networking. However, the use of sexuality in commercials has become a go-to for many advertisers who feel that appealing to sex is the best way to market their item. This image of women has created many problems in discursive language and the explicit objectification of women. A prime example of such objectification is PETA’s banned Superbowl advertisement depicting just this kind of sexual exploitation. The commercial contains half-naked women rubbing raw vegetables on themselves, implying that “vegetables are sexy.” At the end of the commercial, text appears,
reading, “Vegetarians have better sex.” Rather than using subtle sexuality as a means of persuasion, PETA was very explicit with its message. Furthermore, the commercial creates some problems with the way in which PETA looks at women. Rather than using nakedness as a form of liberation, PETA directly ties nudity to sexuality. PETA also depicts these scantily-clad women in a negative light, especially to young men. The only message that the animal rights activist group sends is that these sexy, vegetarian women
PETA’s banned Super Bowl ad objectifies women and does the organization a disservice. are “easy” and should not be taken seriously. Is it really worth prioritizing an anti-fur campaign over a woman’s dignity? Probably not. After watching the banned Super Bowl commercial and looking through the images in their magazines, I promised myself that I would never give a single dollar more to such an organization. Donations to PETA are not only counterproductive to the feminist movement, but are even worse for the ecofeminist movement. Ecofeminism melds feminism and ecology to argue that there is a deep connection between the oppression of nature and women. Western culture has made this oppression acceptable, and advertisers such as PETA use this
exploitation to advance their own interests. This undermines the ecofeminist movement, creating problems that are hard to reverse. There may not be a viable alternative to this issue; however, exploiting women as a means of advancing an animal-rights-based agenda is blatantly counterproductive to both movements. Thus, the question comes down to the legitimacy of ecofeminism, and whether it is an epistemologically sufficient alternative to the way many look at oppression in the modern world. The ecofeminist movement criticizes groups like PETA, which is a step in the right direction. Questioning the underlying causes of oppression is always a prerequisite to understanding and comprehending why objectification and exploitation happen in the first place. Ecofeminism does just that, even if it doesn’t outline a pragmatic alternative to the status quo. So, you may ask, what can we as productive citizens actually do about this issue? Well, we can first stop supporting organizations that engage in the same kinds of activities that they criticize. It may not fix the problem, but it’s better than being complicit with the current institution. PETA’s commercials cannot be taken seriously by a majority of the population — these advertisements are just something to masturbate to. They do not create a sense of zeal for those who actually believe in the cause. We cannot continue to sit back and watch mass media portray women in this light. We must stand up for women and animals alike. Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College Sophomore from Coppell, Texas.
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Arts & Entertainment Tuesday, September , A&E Co-Editors: Stephanie Minor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Annelise Alexander (email@example.com)
Atlanta Festival to Return to Midtown By Annelise Alexander Arts & Entertainment Co-Editor
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The Vega Quartet (left to right, Yinzi Kong, Guang Wang, Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang Wu), performed with William Ransom, founder and director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.
Music Society, Vega Quartet Grace Carlos By Jennifer Li Contributing Writer Emory’s resident string quartet is back with a bang as they begin the Emory Chamber Music Society’s 20th anniversary season with a concert of vivacious repertoire accompanied by the cameo of a longtime favorite, the Vega Quartet. The Vega Quartet debuted in 2001 at Lincoln Center and toured at various concert halls around the world, including venues in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Vancouver, Seoul and Tokyo. The Quartet have been in residence at Emory since 2006. They have played a wide range of works as well as taken part in collaborative programs with the Emory Dance
Company, and frequently collaborate with some of the best musicians around the globe. Last Friday, the Vega Quartet, along with William Ransom, the artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, presented their noontime audience with a diverse, colorful program beginning with the resonant harmonies of Handel. The program continued with the lively Moszkowski and bittersweet Rachmaninoff, as well as the appearance of none other than Ludwig van Beethoven himself, or so it appeared. The Reception Hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum is cozy and lighted with menorah-like chandeliers. A large window opens to display the sprawl of the grassy green Coca-
Cola-shaped quad, sunlight pouring in from the window slanting onto the wash of pastels and beiges in the audience. With an unassuming position on the ground against the wall, it was surprisingly pleasant to be in almost overbearingly close proximity to the performers, close enough to make out the rise and fall of notes marching across the pages on their stands while we waited for the performance to begin. Ransom, dressed clean and sharp, approached his introductory speech with genuine enthusiasm. He gave a brief overview of the quartet and what it means to both the Emory campus and Atlanta at large. The Vega Quartet, according to Ransom, aims to become the permanent resi-
dential quartet of the Emory and Atlanta community — a goal that, without the help of monetary support, could very plausibly have the potential to be achieved. Ransom expressed, simply and eloquently, the importance of retaining classical music and its impact on the upcoming generation, then took his seat on the piano stool. As the program started with Handel’s “Passacaglia,” the intimacy of the stage was entrancing, as it bore a strong resemblance to the warmth of smaller performances in Vienna and Salzburg, cities deeply rooted in the culture of Western classical. The Vega Quartet wielded their strengths with a sense of ease and practiced
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Music Midtown returns to Piedmont Park this weekend with a fresh batch of coveted headliners and promising fresh faces. The festival boasts superstars Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, T.I. and Florence + the Machine, among other established veterans and lesserknown up-and-comers. The festival’s stellar lineup is due in part to last year’s success. Featuring Coldplay, the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant, Music Midtown returned with a vengeance after a six-year hiatus. The festival was held annually in Atlanta from 1994 through 2005, but was postponed indefinitely in 2006 due to decline in attendance and rising expenses. After last year’s success, it seems that the festival will return once again as an annual Atlanta staple. Tickets will be sold both online and at the gate. Prices start at $55 for a one-day ticket and $100 for a two-day pass. Gates open Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Parking is limited, and attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation.
Friday, Sept. 21 Van Hunt Joan Jett & The Blackhearts T.I. The Avett Brothers Foo Fighters
Saturday, Sept. 22 O’Brother Civil Twilight LP Garbage Adam Ant Ludacris Neon Trees Florence + the Machine Girl talk Pearl Jam
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Last year’s Music Midtown featured artists such as Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant and Walk the Moon.
Anderson Film ‘Masters’ Post-War America By Mark Rozeman Senior Editor
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Band of Horses members Brooke, Arone, Bridwell, Hampton and Barrett recently released their fourth album, Mirage Rock.
Band of Horses Gallops On with Fourth Album By Mark Rozeman Senior Editor Much like My Morning Jacket — the band with which they are most frequently compared — Band of Horses’ early albums relied on a roots-rock-via-indie-rock aesthetic and the reverberating, echoing vocals of frontman Ben Bridwell. However, while Jim James and Co. tended toward the gritty, dirtier parts of their influences, Band of Horses were content to work within the milieu set by their first album Everything All The Time — an earthy, roots-rock sound filtered through a polished modern-day sensibility. And you know what? They did just fine with that. A change, however, came with 2010’s Infinite Arms. Whereas the band’s line-up was initially a proverbial revolving door of musicians, Infinite Arms featured a more solid line-up. The result was, for better or for worse, their most polished work to date. Though the album boasted beautiful numbers like “Evening Kitchen” and the dynamic title track,
Band of Horses Mirage Rock the mostly mid-tempo rock numbers tended to blend together after a while. Perhaps the subsequent touring experience behind Infinite Arms did the band well. Mirage Rock, the band’s most recent album, is the sound of a band who is less selfconscious and more comfortable in its own skin. While the lush, polished sound that has permeated every Band of Horses album is still present here, there’s a definite looseness to their chemistry as well as a greater diversity of sounds and tempos. Frankly, they sound like they’re having fun, and the feeling is contagious. The opener “Knock Knock” sets the mood. Headed by a propelling guitar riff, the song is a fist-raising rock tune with a chorus destined for a sing-along. Other songs like “Feud” further prove that the band is here to rock out.
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We first meet Navy man Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) at the dawn of a new American era. World War II has just ended. America is preparing to venture into the idealism and boom of a post-war era. Men will soon be returning to their wives and girlfriends to start families. As we soon see, however, there is little place in civilian life for the likes of the damaged Freddie. The opening scenes show him lounging around, wasting away in a fog of booze and other assorted substances. When he’s not committing lewd acts in public or instigating random, violent skirmishes, he’s concocting his own alcoholic spirits with MacGyver-like resourcefulness. Whether his behavior is the result of innate psychological trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder or a deathly combination of the two is never made explicit. In any case, while everyone around him lives in a world of peace, it’s clear that a violent war still rages within Freddy’s psyche. One night, Freddie wanders onto a yacht party hosted by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”). Rather than tossing the drunk Freddie overboard, Dodd invites the man to participate in the next day’s festivities. It soon becomes clear that the other guest members are more than just friends and family: They are a congregation. Dodd (or “Master” to his followers) has published a book entitled “The Cause.” In it, he postulates that our spirits have existed for trillions of years in various forms and vessels. According to the “Master,” over the years we have accumulated trauma that now forms the foundation for all of man’s suffering. This amalgamation of Freud, spiritual hypnosis and science-fiction earns Dodd a loyal following but also leads others to brand him as an opportunistic cult leader. In fact,
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In Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie, a man contorted by alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Master In Theaters Sept. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
this polarization extends to Dodd’s own family. At one point, his son Val (Jesse Plemons, “Friday Night Lights”) expresses his belief that his father is “making this up as he goes along.” Despite Freddie’s seemingly incurable alcohol problem, he becomes Dodd’s close companion, much to the displeasure of Dodd’s dedicated, if dour, wife Peggy (Amy Adams, “The Muppets”), who views Freddie as a bad influence. The film’s narrative subsequently fixates on the ebb and flow of Freddie and Dodd’s relationship. Sometimes loving, sometimes
explosive, it’s a dynamic that is part father/son, part mentor/mentee and part protagonist/antagonist. Since catching the attention of audiences and critics alike with his 1997 classic “Boogie Nights,” director Paul Thomas Anderson has never been one to take a conventional route in filmmaking. This film is no different. In many ways, “The Master” feels like a kind of spiritual sequel to “There Will Be Blood,” Anderson’s Oscar-winning film about a megalomaniacal oil tycoon’s quest for wealth and his ideological conflict with a local preacher. Like “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master” also explores the lengths that a man will go to for power and illustrates what happens when two individuals who should never have met come face to face. Reviewing a film like “The Master” after one viewing feels,
in many ways, like a fool’s errand. There’s much to talk about. Shot in 65 mm and presented in glorious widescreen, the film’s aesthetic beauty is undeniable. It’s what occurs in these meticulously crafted compositions, however, that will have people talking. Aside from occasional flourishes, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s previous films were all fairly straightforward. “The Master,” by contrast, revels in its cryptic nature. Concepts and relationships are brought in and then seemingly discarded. The film does not so much conclude; rather, it gently fades away. No doubt some audiences will emerge convinced that Anderson, much like Dodd, may be making this all up as he goes along. Yet, even this meandering quality
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Menomena Hits Radio-Ready Groove, Accessible to the Masses Menomena Moms Courtesy of DornBrothers Photography
By Mark Rozeman Senior Editor At the risk of over-generalizing an entire movement and genre, much of the problem with “alternative” or “indie” music is that so much of it feels detached, with a concerted effort not to sound like anything on the radio. Perhaps in an attempt to avoid the saccharine, trite tendencies of pop radio, many of the bands without major-label contracts go out of their way to avoid the easy trappings that characterize these songs. For some, this proved to be an effective strategy. For others, the irony-drench approach to songwriting made them inaccessible and, quite frankly, boring. There will never be a day when Menomena will be radio-friendly. They’re far too idiosyncratic, and they say too many inappropriate things to share the same space as a Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. However, their identity as an alt-rock outfit involves a balancing act between the expected and the unexpected. Just like formulaic modern pop music, where each key change in a Bruno Mars song has been scientifically designed for maximum emotional impact, you get the feeling that Menomena members Justin Harris and Danny Seim construct their songs with the precision and calculation of those top-40 hitmakers. While this construction usually means that the resulting work feels stale and generic, Menomena’s approach is always unpredictable and feels like a logical extension of its songs. The band displays a musical geography that rivals Of Montreal, but they balance this with the tight focus of a Spoon-type band. Moms marks the band’s first release since the departure of founding member Brent Knopf. Students who wonder how this will affect the band’s sound, however, need not concern themselves. From the opening handclaps in “Plumage,” you know
The Vega String Quartet performed pieces from Handel, Moszkowski and Rachmaninoff.
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Justin Harris and Danny Seim combine classic indie inaccessibility with modern pop constructs on their newest album Moms. you’re in for something special and delightfully weird. As the song progresses, more and more instruments are layered into the mix — piano, fuzzy guitars, even a few blasts of the saxophone — before the song climaxes in a blistering guitar solo. This mini-house party song is followed by the grungy blast of
“Capsule.” The album’s final track, “One Horse” plays like the band’s spaced-out version of a break-up song. Layers of strings and keyboards work side-by-side with distorted guitars and vocals, creating something that feels both subversive yet still utterly sincere in its execution. Moms is not the band’s best album — that distinction still belongs to
2007’s Friend and Foe. It is, however, a joyous celebration. It’s a celebration of music, weirdness and the fact that you can make an addictive rock song that contains lyrics like “now I’m a failure / cursed with male genitalia” (“Pique”), and it somehow works.
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comfort, especially in their attunement and tacit communication with each other as they traversed from the darker lines of Handel to duets with Ransom. These duets included collaborating with Domenic Salerni for Bazzini’s “The Dance of the Goblins” and cellist Guang Wang for Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise.” The progression of the pieces was subtle and alluring — from the heavy forces of Handel to the effortless piano glissandos of Debussy’s “Fireworks.” Ransom described “Fireworks” as a prime example of Debussy’s execution of an “extraordinary transformation brought about in musical style,” one that “isn’t given enough credit,” especially with this particular work. Salerni’s breathless, rapid-fire violin passages had him panting in exhaustion, adding a bit of comic relief to his already enchanting performance. In a similar manner, Ransom took on Moszkowski’s “Caprice Espagnol,” a piece brimming with complex fingerings and rhythms that he made look easy, although he did remind the audience courteously afterwards, “Don’t try this at home.” This portion of the performance brought numerous impressed smiles to the audience’s faces. “Vocalise,” a song without words but abundant in emotion, created a distinct change in mood and was presented in a delicate, surreal manner on the cello. Wang’s arrangement gave the piece a voice that hauntingly embodied Rachmaninoff’s original masterpiece, which was
performed using a combination of vocals and piano accompaniment. Rachmaninoff originally dedicated the piece to Russian soprano Antonina Nezhdanova. As the audience indulged in “Vocalise’s” lingering melody, suddenly there was a pounding sound at the door, followed by the appearance of a man in 18th century dress waving his hands frantically. It soon became evident, through Ransom’s hints as well as the man’s monologue, that Beethoven, or a man meant to be Beethoven, had graced the audience with his presence. Beethoven made his way to the center of the room, making humorous comments about contemporary sports and music, such as, “Men pay $50 to watch other men chase a little ball around a field!” and “They pay hundreds to watch something called Lady Gaga.” With emphatic gestures, Beethoven enforced the notion of retaining the significance of classical music in our society, something that we could contribute to beginning with donating to the fabulous quartet. The concert finished with the fourth movement, “Allegro molto” from Beethoven’s very own “Quartet in C, Op. 59, No. 3,” and then an encore of Carlos Gardel’s “Tango,” which left the audience content and humming as they flocked towards the exit. The Vega String Quartet provided an evening of delight, entertaining an audience of all ages with a wide range of classics that set the tone for the Emory Chamber Music Society’s new season.
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Glass Roadshow Brings Heat to the High Museum By Anubhav Bhatnagar Contributing Writer
a van. Additionally, Eric Schmidt, a glassblower with Corning, said that Wide-eyed elementary schoolers their two furnaces and annealing on cheerful green mats, senior citi- oven used propane tanks meant for zens, art aficionados, museum cura- barbecue grills. tors and young professionals taking Most of their shaping tools, such a break from work watched with rapt as blowpipes that hold the glass and attention as glassblowers from New sculpting instruments, were made York’s Corning Museum of Glass from poor heat conductors like stainworked a red-hot molten globule of less steel and cherry wood, according glass into a design submitted by the to Schmidt. audience. To make an object, a glassblowAll this was part of an exhibition er dips the stainless steel, pole-like that celebrated 50 years of American blowpipe into a melting furnace that glassblowing. Dubbed the Hot Glass contains 100 lbs. of soda lime ash, Roadshow, the High Museum of Art measuring 2100 degrees. hosted this event from Sept. 12-16. Using wooden tools and pieces The exhibition of newspaper, the featured contempoglassblower then rary glass artists such sculpts it, occa“The unique thing about as Richard Jolley, sionally reheating glass is that it’s fun to Johanna Grawunder the molten glass watch, and that really and Gyun Hur, and in a reheating attracted more than engages people, especially furnace to make 1000 people on its the material more young children.” opening day, accordpliable. ing to Virginia The glass is — Eric Meek then left in an Shearer, the Associate manager at Corning annealing oven, Chair of Education at the High Museum. which graduEric Meek, a manally reduces the ager at Corning, explained Corning’s sculpted object’s temperature to predecision to host live demonstrations vent the glass from cracking due to in lieu of a temporary exhibit. expansion, Schmidt said. “The unique thing about glass is Depending on the thickness of that it’s fun to watch, and that really glass, an object could take eight hours engages people, especially young to a week to cool down. Most of children,” Meek said. “If they see their equipment also takes two or something being created, I think its three days to cool before it can be more powerful than seeing a finished transported. product.” “Glass is a great material unlike Corning glassblowers said that other materials.” Meek added. “It live demonstrations not only help cools fast, so every moment, it is a them reach large audiences like those different material.” visiting their New York-based museThe beauty of the High’s approach um, but generate more revenue as to the Hot Glass Roadshow exhibit well. centered on the engagement of their In fact, they have been holding audience, as glassblowing experts not demonstrations nationally, abroad only shared their works of art, but and on cruise liners for the past 10 their passion for the process. — Contact Anubhav years. Bhatnagar at abhatn8@emory. The equipment used had wheels edu for easy transportation and fit into
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plays Freddie as a man contorted and crushed by his life’s experience. “The Master” marks a definite evolution on Anderson’s part. No longer are his films a compilation of references from the master directors (Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman) that have come before him. Rather, he bursts from the gates having developed a voice and style all is own. Simply said, “The Master” is as close to an American classic as we’re likely to get all year. Much like Dodd’s sermons, it can feel unfocused and a bit unwieldy at times, yet, in the end, it makes you want to rise up and applaud uproariously.
However, the band hasn’t abandoned their penchant for introspective, quiet numbers. “Slow Cruel Hands of Time” feels like it could have been featured on their debut album. That’s not the say the album doesn’t encounter occasional missteps. In “Dumpster World,” Bridwell implores his listeners to “light a candle for the suffering ones.” The sentiment is admirable, and the song contains a nicely sinister bass line; however, it comes across as an ill-fated stab at political relevance and feels out of touch with the rest of the album. Likewise, while not a poor song by a long shot, the slideguitar number “Long Vows” does little except slow down the pacing. The album comes to the close with the extraordinary “Heartbreak on the 101.” Channeling his inner Bruce Springsteen, Bridwell delivers the first part of the song in a breathy, grizzled voice that sounds straightup Drive-by-Truckers. Backed by a string section, the track transports the listener into an alternate universe, or the final scene in some grand movie. Mirage Rock is an album bursting with personality and passion. It’s an excellent step forward for the band and places them at the forefront of the alt-country scene.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the megalomaniacal cult leader Lancaster Dodd in “The Master,” starring alongside fellow film veteran Joaquin Phoenix.
Moving Performances by Phoenix, Hoffman in Off-Color Period Piece Continued from Page 9 carries its own quiet sort of power. The film is as much an experience as it is a narrative. If most contemporary films are novels, this one feels like a poem with a narrative structure. Visually, Anderson is firing on all cylinders, composing lengthy takes as well as subverting the film’s classical look with a feverous atmosphere. All the while, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s beautifully dissonant score punctuates these visuals, making everything seem that much more ominous. A long-time staple of Anderson’s films, Philip Seymour Hoffman once again proves why he deserves his spot alongside the likes of Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis
in the hallowed pantheon of great actors. Mustached with dashes of white hair and a face that seems perpetually reddened, Hoffman embodies Dodd’s furious charisma while also preserving an element of sleaze. Similarly, Amy Adam’s versatility as an actress is something to be admired and studied. Yet, for all the talent on display, the heart and pulse of the movie resides with Joaquin Phoenix. With “The Master,” Phoenix has finally discovered a role to fit his offbeat persona. Channeling the likes of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, he is nothing short of a revelation. With his hunched back, jutted out chin and a speech pattern that consists mostly of quasi-mumbling, Phoenix
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vs. Randolph-Macon vs. Maryville and Williams and Elmhurst 12:30 and 3 p.m. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Woodruff P.E. Woodruff P.E. Center Center
vs. Biringham Southern University 8 p.m. Biringham, Ala.
vs. Millsaps College 12:30 p.m. Woodruff P.E. Center
vs. Birmingham Southern 7:00 p.m. Woodruff P.E. Center
Gulf Coast Stampede 7:30 a.m. Pensacola, Fl. ITA Regional Tournament Time TBA Montgomery, Ala.
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The women’s soccer team played two games this weekend, defeating Sewanee by an amazing nine points and tying Roanoke College to remain undefeated on the season.
ITA Regional Tournament Time TBA Montgomery, Ala.
Team Remains Undefeated Aft er Season’ s First Six Games Strong Performances for
Eagles Against D-I Athletes Continued from The Back Page impressive start. Overall, they took 12 out of 26 singles matches and six out of 15 doubles matches from their Division I foes. Clark led the way in the singles with a 2-1 record, her lone defeat coming from North Florida’s Lauren Aviles, 6-3, 6-2. “Generally [Division 1] teams are a bit more talented, so it was great to start the season against some tougher opponents, and opponents with different styles,” Clark said. Sophomore Catharine Harris also posted a 2-1 singles record, going 2-0 against opposing schools. Harris defeated Georgia State sophomore Megan Nelms 6-0, 6-2 before triumphing over UAB sophomore Sarah Witkowski. Freshman Madison Gordon man-
aged to sweep her first college tournament, posting a 3-0 record against opponents from UAB and Georgia State. Gordon won all of her matches in a clean two sets. As for doubles, the duo of Clark and Taylor went 2-1, as did sophomores Allie Damico and Lauren Pinksy. The Eagles have a long season ahead of them before they attempt to top last year’s finish, but they have plenty of matches in the meantime. Next for the team is a trip to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament, hosted by Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala. Like the Atlanta Classic, the tournament will span three days: Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23. — Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com
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of the South usually gives us a better game This one was not as challenging as we had hoped it would be and set somewhat unrealistic expectations,” Head Coach Sue Patberg said. “Still, it was a strong team effort, in every sense of the word ‘team.’” Junior forward Veronica Romero and senior center midfielder Lee Bachouros assisted with a collective five goals. Romero came back to score the last of the nine goals in the second half of the game at 80:07. Romero currently leads all Eagles in assists for this season.The win against The University of the South gave Patberg 99 victories during her eight years at Emory thus far. With this win, the Eagles also extended their home-undefeated streak to 16 games. The Eagles remained undefeated on Sunday in their contest against Roanoke. The team walked out of the Woodruff P.E. Center pumped up
and confident for their second game of the weekend. Late in the second half of the game, Romero kept up her roll from Saturday with a game-tying goal at 60:41, a short five minutes after Roanoke scored. Romero had two shots on frame during the first half, along with juniors Costopoulos, center midfielder Greta Jochmann, and defender Lauren Drosick, hitting one each. “We need to focus on scoring more goals when we have the chances, but overall, we have really proved to ourselves how much we are capable of by competing with some of the top teams in the country,” said Costopoulos. The Eagles played some strong defense, notably a save by senior goalkeeper Kaele Leonard and an interception by sophomore forward Charlotte Butker, which regained possession. The women kept Roanoke’s goals at zero until late into the second half. “The tie today was very frustrat-
ing. We had chances, but they did a good job shutting us down and not giving us great looks at the goal. It was a great win for them, and for us it felt disappointing,” said Patberg. Despite a number of solid attempts at shots on goal, the Eagles did not find the back of the net again in this game. This looks to be a goal for the team in upcoming games. “Teams will play us close like this throughout the whole season; it’s part of having the ranking that we have. Teams make it tough to get in between them and behind them,” Patberg said. “This is a challenge we have to take on. We need to figure out how to put balls in the back of the net.” The Eagles will play again on Friday, Sept. 21 against BirminghamSouthern College (Ala.) at 7 p.m. at home. The women are looking to come back with a win in the third game of a six-game home stand. — Contact Nicola Braginsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The women’s tennis team opened their season this weekend at the Atlanta Classic. They next play at the ITA Regional Tournament.
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game. While he cited the need to apply more defensive pressure and freshman forward Matt Sherr both take advantage of scoring opporput two shots on tunities, the team’s goal. main objective has With four freshshifted. “We know we need to not“We men in the starting know we lineup Saturday, start peaking for UAA need to start peakthe team’s young play. That’s our goal.” ing for UAA play,” talent is evident. Travis said. “That’s The coaching staff our goal.” — Sonny Travis, emphasized that the UAA play is head coach still a few games Eagles’ youth, especially in the attackin the distance, ing positions, will but the Eagles will mature as the season progresses and look to snap their losing streak when allow the team to come out on the they visit Birmingham Southern right side of one-goal games. University (Ala.) on Thursday at 8 Still, as the team goes forward, p.m. Travis stresses that there is room for — Contact Ryan Smith at improvement in all aspects of the email@example.com
Continued from The Back Page Pirates’ lead to 14-11. Southwestern subsequently closed out the match to give the Eagles their lone loss of the tournament. “I think we realized in our game versus Southwestern that we need to finish the match when we have the opportunity and dictate the pace of the match,” Bourque wrote. “We were up by around seven points and let them come back and win it, that won’t happen again.” In their final match of the weekend, the Eagles defeated the Trinity Tigers 3-2. As they did with Cal Lutheran in their first match, the Eagles were forced to come back from a 2-0 deficit after Trinity won the first two setds 25-15 and 25-22.
“This was one of the toughest tournaments we have had the opportunity to play in ”
Who is your biggest influence as an athlete?
My dad. He encourages me as a student and an athlete.
A high school teamRafael Nadal, because of his grind- mate. She competed at the Olympic Trials ing work ethic
Michael Jordan, hands down. He exemplifies I’d definitely pick MJ. what it means to be a team player.
How would you spend $101 in the Village? What’s your biggest pet peeve? What are the expectations of your team? Where do you see yourself in the next decade?
Michael Jordan for sure.
I’d go to Steady hand I’d stock up on chips Falafel King; all $101, I LOVE their food! and get coffee, over from Chipotle. and over again
Michael Jordan. I don’t like Lebron James.
When people don’t Being late. I hate when try something before people are late. asking for help
To win the region We always expect to and move higher into Work hard and get the rankings for the win. better every day. National Meet I hope to be in graduAttend med school then work to deliver Working in a big city ate school/med school and be living somehealthcare in underStill grinding... where warm :) priveleged areas. We are going to the NCAA tournament this year.
Chipotle and dry cleaning
Win the next game we play.
— Jenny McDowell, head coach
Over the final three games, however, the Eagles trailed only once, when Trinity won the first point of the fifth set. Bourque led the Eagles comeback, with 15 kills and only one error in the match. Bowman also contributed 16 kills and 20 digs, and Duhl added eight kills and two blocks. Defensively, junior defensive specialist Sarah Taub earned 28 digs, and freshman Taylor Erwin chipped in 15 digs and 5 service aces. “This was one of the toughest tournaments we have had the opportunity to play in,” McDowell wrote. “For us to see the fourth and sixth ranked teams in the country on the same day made the trip extra special.” The Eagles will next compete when they host the Emory Invitational, which begins at 5 p.m. this evening when they face Randolph-Macon College (Va.). — Contact Bennett Ostdiek at firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (email@example.com)
Women’s Tennis At the Atlanta Classic this weekend, freshmen Beatrice Rosen, Emma Taylor and Madison Gordon earned their first collegiate victories.
Featured Athlete Senior co-captain Andrew Natalino scored the Eagles’ only goal in this weekend. He has scored four goals in the past three games and now has 23 career goals, which puts him in a tie for 18th in the Emory record books.
Volleyball Senior Breanah Bourque was named to the all-tournament team of the Trinity Invitational this weekend. Sophomore outside hitter Kate Bowman was named the UAA Volleyball Co-Offensive player of the week.
Women’s Soccer Junior forward Veronica Romero was named the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week for Women’s Soccer. Over two games last weekend she had two goals and three assists.
Eagles, Romero Dominate Sewanee
Team Defeats Two Elite Foes
By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer The Emory women’s soccer team, ranked second among NCAA Division III squads, lived up to its elite status over the weekend. The Eagles opened their home season and the weekend with a 9-0 victory over the Sewanee: University of the South (Tenn.) on Saturday afternoon and ended with a 1-1 tied game in doubleovertime against Roanoke College (Va.) on Sunday. Both games were played at home. “This season Sept. 15 has started off EMORY 9, great. We had SEWANEE 0 some good results Sept. 16 at the beginning EMORY 1, of the season, like ROANOKE beating Messiah COLLEGE 1 College [Pa.] who were last year’s national champs. As a whole, we have really been working hard and playing well,” said sophomore center midfielder Jennifer Grant. On Saturday, junior center midfielder Clare Mullins set the stage with Emory’s first goal at the 1:33 mark. Sophomore forwards Emily Feldman and Karina Rodriguez were credited for the assist on Mullins’ goal. “It felt great being out there and
By Bennett Ostdiek Asst. Sports Editor
Courtesy of Emory Athletics
The fifth-ranked volleyball team competed in the Trinity University Invitational this weekend, winning matches against sixth-ranked California Lutheran University (Calif.), fourth-ranked Christopher Newport University (Va.) and tournament-host Trinity University (Texas), and losing to Southwestern University (Texas). The Eagles record now stands at 11-2 for the season. “I am so proud of the way our team played and competed,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell wrote in an email to the Wheel. “We played four very talented opponents and we had to play with incredible focus and intensity over an extended period of time. Our team showed incredible heart and determination.” In their first match of the tournament, the Eagles defeated the Cal Lutheran Regals 3-2. The Kingsmen won the first two sets of the match by scores of 25-21 and 25-22. Down by two, the Eagles’ backs were against the wall. “When we were down 0-2, we really just focused on taking each set one point at a time,” senior middle hitter Breanah Bourque wrote in an email to the Wheel. “We put the first two losses out of our minds and tried to have more fun. We play better when we are having fun on the court. We didn’t let ourselves freak out, but stayed collected and kept grinding through the match.” Emory came out strong in the third set and rallied to a 17-13 lead. However, at that point the Regals scored five consecutive points to take a 18-17 lead. The Eagles then regained the lead 20-18 and, after allowing one more point, closed out the game with a 5-0 run to win 25-1 and stay alive for a fourth game. The Regals nearly put the match away in the fourth set, claiming a 16-10 lead. The Eagles managed to bring the score to 16-15 and, after allowing two more points, went on a 7-1 run and eventually claimed a 25-22 victory to force a fifth and deciding set. The Eagles easily won the fifth set 15-10. It grabbed a 7-3 lead early and pushed it to 12-7 before closing out the set and match. “We never gave up,” McDowell wrote. “Being down 0-2 showed the character and guts of this team.” In their second game against the Christopher Newport Captains, the Eagles faced another tough match-up. The Captains, who were ranked one spot higher than Emory, won the first set in dominating fashion, 25-10. The Eagles recovered to win the next two sets, by scores of 26-24 and 25-17. Christopher Newport managed to pull out a 25-22 victory in the fourth set, but in the fifth the Eagles won 15-12 to claim their fourth five set victory of the season. Senior middle hitters Bourque and Alex Duhl led the Eagles offensively, each chipping in 12 kills, with Duhl also contributing 2 blocks. Sophomore middle and outside hitter Kate Bowman had 11 kills. The Eagles collectively on defense managed 92 digs. “Both Breanah Bourque and Kate Bowman did very well,” McDowell wrote. “Because of the long matches, we had to have quite a few players step up at different times, which is clearly the strength of our team. We have 17 incredible players that understand it is all about team, not individual performances.” In the third match of their tournament, the Eagles lost to the Southwestern Pirates 3-2. The match was a defensive battle. Between the two teams there were a total of 364 attack attempts and 181 digs. After splitting the first four sets, the Pirates jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the fifth set. The Eagles managed to tie the game at 10-10, but a kill and two hitting errors brought the
Junior Gabrielle Clark was 2-1 in singles play at the Atlanta Classic. The Eagles faced players from three Division I schools.
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Erin Baker/Contributing Photographer
Sophomore forward Charlotte Butker dribbles up the field. The Eagles dominated Sewanee this weekend, winning by nine points, and tied Roanoke College 1-1. playing hard as a team. We are feeling strong this season, and each and every one of us is going in ready to work hard and celebrate when that hard work pays off,” said Mullins. Mullins’ goal was the 14th-fastest goal scored in the history of Emory’s women’s soccer program.
Rodriguez added a goal at 3:24, followed by junior co-captain center midfielder Kelly Costopoulos at 10:13, another by Rodriguez at 16:17, and three more goals to finish off the second half by freshman midfielder Jordan Morell at (28:08), senior forward Katy Kruse (39:05), Grant
(40:21) and sophomore midfielder Meredith Doherty (41:25). “The win on Saturday was really unexpected. We played good soccer; we were just not prepared to be eight goals up at half time. The University
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Eagles Give Strong Showings in Singles By Ryan Smith Contributing Writer
Christine Hinds/Staff Photographer
The men’s soccer team suffered their third overtime loss of the season Saturday, as Berry College came back in the final minutes of the game.
Squad Suffers Heartbreaking Overtime Loss to Berry College By Ryan Smith Contributing Writer The men’s soccer team took on an undefeated Berry College squad on the road on Saturday, but fell 2-1 in overtime. The loss Sept. 15 — the Eagles’ third EMORY 1, in a row — dropped BERRY them to 2-4-1 on the COLLEGE 2 season. It was a heartbreaker for the Eagles, who twice appeared to have shut down the Vikings before giving up a goal in the final stages of the period. Berry notched a game-tying goal with two minutes left to play in the second half, and the game-winner came with a minute to go in overtime. Head Coach Sonny Travis was still encouraged by the team’s play in regulation. “For 88 minutes, we were the better team,” Travis said. The Eagles gained the upper hand early when they struck first with an unassisted goal from senior midfielder Andrew Natalino in the 33rd minute of play. It was Natalino’s fifth goal of the season and his fourth in three games, but it would be the last time the Eagles put a shot past Vikings freshman goalkeeper Logan Hill. The score stayed at 1-0 until the
last shot of regulation, when Berry’s sophomore forward David Shaw scored in the 88th minute to tie the game. The goal was the only blemish on an otherwise spotless performance by freshman goalkeeper Abe Hannigan over the first two halves. The Eagles kept the score knotted at one until late in the first overtime period, when after some back-andforth play Berry’s sophomore forward Christian Fulbright knocked in the game winner, with an assist from junior midfielder Josh Hughes at the 99th minute of play. Fulbright’s goal kept Emory winless in overtime matches this season. The Eagles dropped to 0-2-1 in extra time, and 0-3 in games decided by one goal. Sophomore forward Dylan Price believes the team can buck the trend. “I think it’s just a matter of not getting overconfident,” he said. “Just because we’re playing well the whole game doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll play well in overtime.” Emory had their chances in regulation, with seven shots on goals as compared to the Vikings’ eight. Emory’s best opportunity came in the 12th minute of play on an early shot by freshman forward Connor Curtin that could have been the decider, but glanced off the post.
A bright spot in the three-game skid has been the impressive play of Natalino, who is looking to build on his first team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) season in 2011 and become more of an attacker. Just seven games into the season, the senior co-captain has already notched five goals, one short of his season total last year. His emergence as a reliable midfielder has impressed Travis, who called his leading scorer “a go-to guy.” Natalino has accounted for all of the Eagles’ goals in their last three games. Also impressive in Saturday’s game was the performance of Hannigan, who was making his college debut. The freshman rose to the occasion, equaling his Berry College counterpart making seven saves of the Vikings’ nine shots that he faced. “We’re all really excited about him and the fact that he’s got a whole four years here,” Price said of his goalkeeper. Hannigan’s impressive defense was complemented by an opportunistic offense that attacked the Vikings goal often. Sophomore midfielder Michael Rheaume led the Eagles with four shots, while Natalino and
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The women’s tennis team opened up its fall season this past weekend at the Atlanta Classic in Piedmont Park. Though the three days of matches did not count towards the Eagles’ team wins and losses, they provided valuable experience against top competition and did affect the players’ individual records. Head Coach Amy Bryant appreciated the early challenge. “This tournament was a great opportunity to start forming our doubles teams and to get in shape,” Bryant said. Emory began play Friday morning, facing singles and doubles teams from Division I schools Georgia State University, University of North Florida, and University of AlabamaBirmingham (UAB). The 2012 Division III Singles champion and junior Gabrielle Clark turned in a strong performance in topping UAB senior Isabel Fernandez 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Clark also teamed with freshman Emma Taylor to defeat North Florida’s top doubles pair, 8-3. The Eagles won six of their nine first-day singles matches with three freshmen — Taylor, Beatrice Rosen and Madison Gordon — notching their first collegiate wins, all twoset decisions against opponents from
UAB. “It feels good to see the freshmen ready to step in and contribute right away,” Clark said. “It makes you feel like we’re going to have a good season.” Saturday was also highlighted by strong play by Clark and the continued development of the Eagles’ doubles teams. Clark and Taylor teamed up once more for another 8-3 win, while the duo of senior captain Jordan Wylie and freshman Marissa Levine were also victorious. Emory was strongest in the singles matches on Sunday with Levine and Gordon once again earning victories. The only Eagles doubles win of the day came from freshmen Stephanie Loutsenko and Annette Sullivan. “Overall, I’m really impressed with how everyone performed,” Bryant said. “This was a great opportunity to get a look at where we are early in the season.” Fresh off a third-place finish nationally last season, Bryant believes the Eagles have the potential to do even better. “We have a good group of girls with a good heart and a good willingness to improve. I think that determination will be key.” Bryant said after the tournament. The Eagles certainly got off to an
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