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Q&A, Page 9

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Staff Editorial, Page 6

OnFire, Page 11

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Friday, September 21, 2012 ACADEMICS

Every Tuesday and Friday

RESISTING THE RAIN

DEPARTMENT CHANGES

Univ. Joins Online Course Program

Committee Helped Forman Evaluate Depts. By Evan Mah Editor-in-Chief After the College and Laney Graduate School announced a series of shutdowns and suspensions last Friday, many students and faculty demanded to know about the specific criteria used to determine how departments and programs were selected. As the Wheel reported on Tuesday, College Dean Robin Forman based many of his decisions on talks he had with a committee — one that, until now, had remained relatively unknown to students.

By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor Emory will become one of 33 universities worldwide this spring to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs), the University announced Wednesday. Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company, partners with top universities — such as Emory — around the world to offer free online courses, according to the Coursera website. Individuals around the world who enroll in these courses watch lectures online and complete interactive exercises but will not receive course credit at the University. The purpose of the program, Coursera’s website states, is to enable “the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.” The length of courses can last from four to 12 weeks. Prior to Coursera, Emory offered online courses only in the Candler School of Theology and the Rollins School of Public Health. The Candler School of Theology launched a two-day-a-week program for Master of Divinity (MDiv) students last fall. The online program featured online courses and hybrid classes, according to a Jan. 24 Wheel article, but did not extend beyond the MDiv degree program. The Rollins School of Public Health launched a distance-learning career masters program, offering the Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in an online format. “[Coursera] is a remarkable opportunity to extend our impact by offering learners everywhere in the world the chance to experience a rich and diverse sampler of Emory faculty and course topics,” Earl Lewis, Emory’s provost and executive vice

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OBITUARY

Victor Le, 20, Caring and Dedicated By Karishma Mehrotra Contributing Writer College junior Victor Vinh Charles Le, remembered by his classmates for his determination and caring nature, died last week. He was 20. As reported in a Sept. 18 Wheel article, a Gwinnett County police officer shot and killed Le last Wednesday night after Le allegedly pointed a BB gun at the officer, Gwinnett police Victor Le say. Le, who was from Lilburn, Ga., was majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and served as a freshman legislator on the College Council. He was a mem-

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Origins

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espite the rain, students and faculty ventured through the weekly Farmer’s Market Tuesday afternoon. The Farmer’s Market is an opportunity for the community to purchase locally grown and sustainable food.

DEPARTMENT CHANGES

National Media Discuss Forman’s Plan By Karishma Mehrotra Staff Writer After College Dean Robin Forman’s letter appeared in email inboxes across campus Friday afternoon, The Emory Wheel was not the only news organization eager for an explanation. Media outlets across the nation wasted no time in spreading the information about the breaking news. The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia’s (UVA) student newspaper, openly criticized Emory University’s administration in a staff editorial “Running with Scissors.” The newspaper wrote that Emory administrators have ignored the lessons UVA

learned in their so-called “leadership crisis.” This summer, the University’s Board of Visitors removed and reinstated UVA’s President Teresa Sullivan within less than a month. “The abruptness of [Emory’s] drastic and apparently unilateral decision should frighten anyone with an interest or stake in higher education,” the paper stated. “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.” UVA was not the only university with an opinion on the dean’s decision. Yale Daily News reacted

specifically to Forman’s justification that the journalism program was too pre-professional for Emory’s liberal arts program. “After all, if Emory truly believes the line between liberal arts and career skills is so firm, it should ban future engineers from taking higherlevel math courses; they might, you know, use those skills at work someday,” a Yale columnist wrote. “Future novelists? Stay away from literature, lest you dare to glean some inspiration from Dickens or Cervantes. Interested in a career in music? Sorry, those classes are restricted to the tone-deaf.”

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DEPARTMENT CHANGES

The origins of the Faculty Financial Advisory Committee stretch back to late Fall 2007 under former College Dean Bobby Paul. At a time when the financial markets started to collapse and university endowments across the United States were hit hard, Paul established a group of faculty and administrators to advise him, according to Micheal Giles, a professor of political science and the chairman of the Faculty Financial Advisory Committee since 2008. In the spring of 2008, the group emerged as an official subcommittee of the Governance Committee consisting only of eight faculty members. Given the constant state of flux of the University’s finances, the committee met at least twice a month for the first two years, Giles said. During that time, the committee reduced funding for various institutes and programs in ways that had “minimal impact on the experience of students,” according to Giles. There came a point, though, when members of the committee became concerned that the dean would

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Keith Berland Associate Professor, Physics Huw Davies Professor, Chemistry Robin Forman Dean of the College Micheal Giles Professor, Political Science Pam Hall Associate Professor, Religion Stefan Lutz Associate Professor, Chemistry Bobbi Patterson Senior Lecturer, Religion Rick Rubinson Associate Dean/Professor, Sociology

SEE INSIDE A graph of how this plan will affect students’ majors. See Page 5. request that certain programs be eliminated. “When you’re confronted with the shortfalls that were being predicted, we realized that we could be asked at any moment, so we set about to school ourselves,” Giles said. With permission from the dean and the provost, the committee acquired exhaustive documentation: department-planning materials, department self-evaluations, patterns of enroll-

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BEAN BAG TOSS

Department Chairs Clarify Recent Misinformation By Evan Mah Editor-in-Chief While rumors regarding the shutdown of more departments continue to spread through campus, several have turned out to be false. The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies are not being phased out, the Wheel has confirmed. Elissa Marder, the department chair of French and Italian, said rumors had circulated that her department was merging with Comparative Literature. The merge, Marder said, is “bad language.” Marder clarified that the two departments will now share one administrative position and one director of graduate studies (DGS), as opposed to each department having its own. “The deans assume that we can keep our own distinct profile and identity of a graduate and Ph.D. program in French, and that comparative literature can define their own identity even though we share one staff person and one DGS,” she said. “[The deans] also are encouraging us to work with the intellectual synergy that has long existed — I, myself, am joint-appointed [in comparative literature] — and they’d like us to maximize efficiencies intellectually as well, but that is up to us.” Marder added that her department has been approved to find an associate professor in French — a position, she said, that is a tenured appointment. “That is a vote of confidence in

our graduate and undergraduate program,” she said. Pamela Scully, the department chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, also debunked rumors regarding her department. “Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is not affected directly by these cuts at all,” she wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Our department is one of the top, if not the top department of WGSS in the country. We are very much supported by the College and the Laney Graduate School.” There continues to be conflicting reports about the fate of Hindi and Persian programs. Several students taking Hindi and Persian Language Coordinator and lecturer Hossein Samei have both said Hindi and Persian have been cut. Forman denied the decision, saying that he and Vincent Cornell, the chair of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS), are having discussions and have not reached a final resolution. “These languages have not generated the enrollments that we have seen in most of our language courses, and hence we must ask the same hard questions about these courses that we would of any undersubscribed course,” Forman wrote in an email to the Wheel. Forman acknowledged Persian and Hindi’s role in graduate education but wrote that such a role does not imply that “we must teach these languages in standard language courses.”

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ollege senior and Student Government Association President Ashish Gandhi participates in the bean bag toss at this week’s Wonderful Wednesday. A haystack was also present at this week’s Wonderful Wednesday in honor of the homecoming theme of “Swoop’s County Fair.”

ADMISSIONS

Admissions to Focus on Social Media By Anusha Ravi Staff Writer The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will implement a new communications team this fall, which will focus on spreading Emory information to prospective students around the world through social media. John Latting, dean of undergraduate admissions, said the program aims to streamline Emory’s message to students who may be interested in Emory using increased social media efforts as well as more extensive current student interaction with prospec-

tive students. The team also hopes to better incorporate the voices of current Emory students and faculty in the recruiting process by having students post videos and blogs about the Emory lifestyle on social media sites, Latting noted. “The website and social media we are employing now are strong but don’t really transmit the voice of current students,” he said. “We need to get more current students involved in the process of attracting prospective students.” A new Director of Communications

Daniel Creasy, who previously served as an admissions counselor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., will start work at Emory on Monday, Latting said. During this semester, he will conduct a search for about seven members of his communications team, which will consist of a receptionist, writers, editors, a social media coordinator and an event planner. Part of the drive to create this new program, Latting said, was pressure to compete with peer institutions in

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• Georgia’s Department of Transportation decided to install electronic speed-limit signs on the northern half of I-285, which will vary according to congestion. The speed limit will be raised to 65 mph on the southern half of the interstate, but will stay at 55 mph until the project is complete. The changes are intended to help reduce accidents.

spots from the previous year partly due to nightlife, which attracts young partiers who may not care about leaving trash behind. Atlanta was ranked after New York, New Orleans, Baltimore and Los Angeles. • A man in Florida allegedly beat his girlfriend with her pet dog. Michael Wayne Jones became angry with his girlfriend because either she or her daughter was trying to smoke crack cocaine. When his girlfriend tried to leave in her car, Jones punched out her car window and grabbed her small dog from inside, threatening to kill it. He swung the dog around in the air, and then repeatedly hit her with it. Neither the woman nor the dog suffered serious injuries.

— Compiled by Multimedia Editor Elizabeth Howell

• Travel & Leisure ranked Atlanta as the fifth filthiest city out of 35 cities. Atlanta moved up four

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• The Sigma Delta Tau sorority apartment kitchen at 11 Eagle Row was damaged and vandalized on Sept. 15 sometime in the early morning. The house manager for that location said unknown persons came into their kitchen and threw eggs, smashed plates and other glassware, and vandalized the cabinets with a black Sharpie. The house manager did not want to file an official police report, but this information was turned over to campus life. • A 27-inch Apple thunderbolt display was taken from the human genetics building at 2165 North Decatur Road on Sept. 17 around 2:53 p.m. The display is valued at $999.

FRIDAY Event: Training Religious Leaders for a Religiously Diverse World Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Candler School of Theology, Room 322 Event: Coach Chat: Go or Grow? Time: 12 p.m. Location: Webinar

The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at emorywheel.com. Please contact Editor in Chief Evan Mah at emah@emorywheel.com to report an error.

Event: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Time: 12:50 p.m. Location: Room 314, Woodruff Library Level 3

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• Three MacBook Pros were taken from Room 1174 in the O. Wayne Rollins Research Center sometime last week. The laptops were valued at $2200 each, and the situation has been turned over to an investigator.

tion he couldn’t remember. DeKalb Fire and Rescue transported the student to Emory Hospital.

— Compiled by Asst. News Editor Nicholas Sommariva

• Officers responded to a female Emory student lying on the sidewalk by the WoodPEC clearly intoxicated on Sept. 15 at 1:53 a.m. The student could not coherently respond to the officers questions, and she was transported to Emory hospital. Campus life was notified.

September 22, 1985 U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory at number 21. Emory rejoined the list of the top 25 national universities after a three-year absence, moving up 11 places. It was the only new addition to the top 25, displacing University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Emory was ranked higher than Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia.

• An RA in Harris Hall called EPD on Sept. 15 at 12:47 a.m. when he found a student extremely ill in the men’s room. The student admitted to consuming shots of vodka at a loca-

EVENTS AT EMORY

• In the last issue of the Wheel, a photo caption accidentally contained filler text. The photo was actually of the Respect Program’s “red zone” rally and was taken by Joanna Chang

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POLICE RECORD

NEWS ROUNDUP • A Los Angeles judge refused the request of actress Cindy Lee Garcia to take down the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” an antiMuslim film, from YouTube. Garcia said her family has been threatened and her career damaged because of the film. She claimed she thought she was acting in an adventure film about ancient Egyptians, which was altered to become anti-Islamic propaganda. The trailer sparked protests in the Middle East last week.

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Event: Athletics — Volleyball Time: 5 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Athletics — Women’s Soccer Time: 7 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Drawing in the Galleries Time: 7 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Greek and Roman Galleries Event: Athletics — Volleyball Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff PE Center

Event: Drawing in the Galleries Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

SATURDAY Event: Athletics — Men’s Soccer Time: 12 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Athletics — Volleyball Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Athletics — Volleyball Time: 3 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: “A Night at the Opera — Without the Singers!” with Eroica Trio and Vega String Quartet Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

SUNDAY Event: University Worship with Mr. Adam Taylor Time: 11 a.m. Location: Canon Chapel Event: Athletics — Women’s Soccer Time: 1 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center

MONDAY

Event: Roundtable discussion with Dr. José Muñoz Time: 12 p.m. Location: Kemp Malone Library Event: Resume & Cover Letter Workshop Time: 2 p.m. Location: Room 310, Woodruff Library Level 3 Event: Freedom From Smoking Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Emory University Main Campus Event: Stanford School of Medicine Information Session Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: White Hall, Room TBA Event: Carlos Reads Book Club Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Carlos Museum Board Room


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Group to Foster China-Tibet Relations By Rajiv Velury Staff Writer Against a backdrop of political tensions between the People’s Republic of China and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, a handful of students from Chinese and Tibetan backgrounds formed an organization last spring to build bridges between the two nations. Coined the “China-Tibet Initiative,” the group aims to provide a forum for Chinese and Tibetan students at Emory to interact on a bimonthly basis, forming friendships and participating in an intercultural exchange on campus. Co-founder and Tenzin Gyatso Scholar Ngawang Norbu said the organization is unique because it does not focus on political change, which is different from the goals of other groups on campus such as Students for a Free Tibet, which advocates for greater Tibetan autonomy under Chinese rule. “Ours is a non-political but rather a friendship group where those who believe in dialogue can take part,” Norbu clarified. “[The] range of activities is not limited ... We are open to talk on any subjects on friendly ground, respecting each other’s differences.” According to College senior and President of Students for a Free Tibet Kathryn Breazeale, the China-Tibet Initiative is important to have on campus, and while apolitical, could ultimately help lead to a solution for Tibet’s political problem. “Individual respect and understanding can help create global change,” she said. The idea for the China-Tibet Initiative was born when College

junior Bart Qian — a native of Shenyang, China — met with Norbu and Tenzin Gyatso Scholar Lodoe Sangpo last spring in an effort to reach out to the Tibetan community. The meeting was an eye-opening experience for Qian, he said, and clarified many beliefs that he previously held about Tibetans in general and Tibetan Buddhist monastics in particular. “When I first saw them in their red robes walking around on campus, all I can imagine is the mysterious and holy-land Tibet,” Qian admitted. “Later on, when I found out that all the monks have Facebook, watch Hollywood movies and go to amusement parks, I was totally amazed ... There [is] so much more to explore, to learn and to exchange.” Given the success of this initial interaction, the three decided that conversations should occur regularly. They have since organized a series of bimonthly meetings in the Dobbs University Center (DUC). These meetings are open to all, but the organization especially values Chinese and Tibetan membership because, according to Qian, Chinese and Tibetan people hardly communicate with each other. “There is a clear divide between the two groups ... [They] have little interaction on campus, as well as anywhere in the world,” Qian said. “I want to change this mentality.” The group held a number of meetings in the spring, which Qian said he feels have been successful. Topics of discussion included Chinese and Tibetan experiences of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, selfimmolations in Tibet and personal life stories shared by both Chinese and Tibetan group members.

Qian said Sangpo told the group about his escape from Tibet to India and the dangers involved. “[This] shocked many of us,” he said. The meetings are scheduled to continue, and the group’s goals for this semester include plans to improve membership, add more topics of dialogue and include TibetanBuddhist meditation as part of the group’s regular activities. Sangpo said he hopes the meetings will shed light on the question of Tibetan freedom. In addition to holding bimonthly meetings, the group plans to develop a newsletter. According to Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the EmoryTibet Partnership, organizing dialogues such as this one is crucial in building understanding between groups of people from different backgrounds. “I fully concur with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s conviction that dialogue ... is the only and proper way to resolve the Tibet issue,” he said. “Emory’s China-Tibet Initiative has enormous potential to lead this movement and to be an example for greater understanding and peace everywhere.” Negi said the model being used by Chinese and Tibetan Emory students could be used as a model for other institutions. Norbu agreed, noting that the China-Tibet Initiative model can spread to other institutions to help mitigate any conflicts. “Dialogue opens the door for better relationships and more harmonious society,” Norbu said.

— Contact Rajiv Velury at rvelury@emory.edu


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Music Society Receives $1M Challenge Grant By Elizabeth Howell Multimedia Editor Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA), the largest chamber music society in the southeast, received a $1 million challenge grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation. The challenge grant requires ECMSA to raise $1 million in order to receive the same amount of money from the foundation. The foundation supports organizations that provide access to music and performances for musicians and audiences. The foundation awarded ECMSA the grant to ensure that a quartet will permanently stay at Emory and in Atlanta. The Vega Quartet, the current quartet in residence, has been unbelievably successful, Founder and

Artistic Director of ECMSA William Ransom said. According to Ransom, the Vega Quartet is the first professional string quartet to make Atlanta home. They have performed for Emory’s undergraduate and graduate schools as well as the surrounding community, including public schools in the area. Ransom said all concerts are free this year. Instead of charging an admission fee, ECMSA will ask for donations to help meet the challenge grant. ECMSA will also utilize Facebook in an effort to reach fans around the world. The University will also help with the fundraising, targeting major donors as well as individual donors. Ransom said donations as small as $10 or $20 are as important as larger donations.

“Our greatest role and goal, which is quite ambitious, is to produce a whole new generation of educated music lovers and performers,” Ransom said. This season, which is ECMSA’s 20th anniversary season, will include 25 public performances, involving guest artists from both Atlanta and around the world, according to Ransom. “A Night at the Opera — Without the Singers,” a concert celebrating both the 20th anniversary as well as the grant, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. The concert will include performances from the Eroica Trio and the Vega Quartet and there will be cake and champagne for all at intermission.

— Contact Elizabeth Howell at ehowel5@emory.edu

Communications Team to Expand Applicant Outreach Continued from Page 1 attracting students to the University. Latting said it is not enough for students to simply garner information about Emory on their own and then apply there. Rather, he explained, students should know about the University from a student perspective and make sure they are comfortable with the school. “We are evolving how we tell our story, and we have to be willing to adapt and adjust,” he said.

Statuses of Persian, Hindi To Be Decided Continued from Page 1 Cornell reiterated Forman’s position. “I can confirm that as of today the statuses of Persian and Hindi in MESAS are being negotiated,” Cornell wrote in an email to the Wheel. “I am not prepared to make any other statement in the midst of negotiations.”

— Contact Evan Mah at emah@emory.edu

Latting added that the new communications team will incorporate University publications and media relations material into the larger social media initiative. Additionally, he said, the team will create focus groups and conduct research to learn more about Emory’s reputation and image around the world. “Our ultimate purpose is to focus on how Emory is understood and how we want Emory to be understood, and then to bridge the gap,” he said. “Then, we can truly establish a

dynamic, diverse, interesting freshman or transfer class.” By incorporating current students into the recruitment process through blogs, videos and other forms of social media, Latting said, prospective students can truly explore what life is like at Emory. “A current student’s voice really communicates to prospective students, ‘I can see myself at that University,’” he said.

— Contact Anusha Ravi at aravi7@emory.edu

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The Plan In addition to the committee’s recommendations, Forman and other administrators had their own thoughts, according to Giles. Once Forman finalized everything, he presented his plan to the committee, which approved the measures. “This is a relative judgment,” Giles said. “We’re not saying we don’t value journalism, that we don’t value educational studies. What we’re saying is that when you think about the criteria, there are others that came out further up in the consensus of that judgment.” Giles also noted that the decision was not an effort to “share the cuts equally,” but really to focus on where there was the possibility of pursuing “eminence.” In the same spirit, Forman has stressed the need for the University to “narrow its scope.” Richard Rubinson, another member on the committee and an associate dean and professor in sociology, further elaborated, “We’ve collectively created this problem. When you think about the number of programs that have proliferated in the University in the last 20 years, something had to give. This is what happens when you have an unregulated spiral of expansion.”

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ment, course cross-listings with other departments, external reviews — everything, Forman remarked, just short of an individual’s salary. The committee, then, set criteria and parameters for evaluating departments. “Thinking in terms of scholarly distinction and potential for eminence of programs, how much does it take to move a program up? Some are more costly than other,” Giles said. “How distinguished is a department? What’s its role in the liberal arts? How essential is it? If it’s excised, can you still have a viable liberal arts program? Interdependence [with other departments] goes into that [criteria] as well.” Giles also said that a key consideration was a department’s centrality in the liberal arts. Without mathematics, for example, physics and biology would be undermined.

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newspaper, reported in an in-depth article on the campus’ shock at the news of the departmental changes and the effects of the news on Emory’s legacy. According to the Chronicle, C. Aiden Downey, an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies in the division of educational studies, was particularly concerned about undergraduates, who he saw as “tearful and shocked” by the news. “The change also represents a blow to [Downey’s] career. After three years as a visiting professor [at Emory], Mr. Downey was in his

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present and future. The course will take place for three to four hours a week, for nine weeks. Hagen wrote in an email to the Wheel that CFAR will be the first of the 21 Centers for AIDS Research funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) to sponsor a MOOC course on HIV/AIDS. “Higher visibility for HIV/AIDS research at Emory University [is] a

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Similar disdain for Forman’s decision was presented in the Guardian, a British daily newspaper — “Let’s hope this isn’t the start of a trend?” Journalism centers, like the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalism, and the Knight Center for Journalism in America, a national seminar-based program, have given their own career-focused perspectives. The Knight Center discussed the decision amidst the backdrop of its senior advisor’s recent statements, which encouraged universities to “embrace digital communication” and adopt a “‘teaching hospital’ model” to journalism construction. “[This decision] contrasts sharply with recent calls for universities to improve journalism education by embracing the digital era, a necessary condition for keeping citizens informed and American democracy healthy,” the Knight Center said in a Sept. 15 blog post.

first year on the tenure track. ‘It’s back to the uncertainty,’ he said,” the Chronicle reported. Less than five hours after emails showed up in students’ inboxes, The Atlanta Journal Constitution provided a summary of the story and also explored University President James W. Wagner’s perspective on the University’s plan. “[Wagner] endorsed the plan, saying Forman and others had the ‘willingness to go back to first principles, look at each department and program afresh and begin the process of reallocating resources for emerging needs and opportunities,’” the AJC article stated. Then, as the story unraveled and backlash at Emory erupted, followup coverage offered insight into both sides of the conflict. Atlanta’s National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS stations highlighted the Quad protest which took place Monday afternoon. Creative Loafing Atlanta, an alternative weekly paper, followed the ongoing story, covering the immediate backlash, protests and opposition to Forman’s announcement. “Across the board, it appears that those involved with the suspended programs — staff, faculty and students alike — won’t be going down without a fight,” Creative Loafing reported. The conversations surrounding Emory’s changes have picked up speed, and the talk of local news organizations, journalism centers and other universities have placed Forman’s decisions — and the Emory campus — in the national spotlight.

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president for academic affairs, said in the press release. “At the same time, we also anticipate learning lessons of our own from this experience, as we consider future ways in which digital communications might build on and enhance our existing campus-based programs.” Emory’s course offerings are being developed in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) and the Emory Center for Interactive Teaching, which is supported by the Office of Information Technology, according to the press release. Emory will offer three courses this spring, focusing on digital music, immigration and AIDS. Most Coursera online courses include one to two hours of a video lecture as well as readings and resources that are available online, in addition to online quizzes and exercises, according to the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence website. Professor of Music Steve Everett, who will teach “Introduction to Digital Sound Design,” said in the press release that Coursera makes “education accessible to everyone around the world, and seeing our vision come to life has been an incredible experience.”

personal opportunity to help the lay public gain a clearer, a more comprehensive and a deeper understanding of HIV/AIDS history, science and impact,” Hagen wrote. The professors participating in the MOOCs said Emory’s participation will benefit students. Hagen described MOOCs as “a natural extension of the digital-information age.” In addition, Price said MOOCs can introduce important subjects to people in various stages of life. “I define ‘students’ broadly — adult learners, especially, who want to expand their knowledge in various ways,” she wrote. A full slate of Emory Coursera courses will become available once the three pilot courses are complete at the end of the spring, according to the CFDE website. The CFDE, Emory Center for Interactive Teaching and University Technology Services are evaluating ways to assist faculty in producing online materials for MOOCs. “Over the coming months, we will continue to focus on bringing the best educational content and support systems to people around the world so that they can continue to enrich their lives through learning,” Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, said in the University press release.

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ber of the Karma Bhangra Team and a student representative on the Tobacco-Free Task Force, which launched the University’s tobaccofree policy in January. College sophomore Brittney Toppin, one of Le’s close friends during elementary and middle school, wrote in an email to the Wheel that Le took academics very seriously and loved spending time with family and friends. Toppin also described Le as “goofy and cheerful.” “[He was] extremely caring and aware of others’ feelings ... [Le] was very full of life,” she wrote. “He was going somewhere and doing something with his life. Everyone he came in contact was impacted in a positive way.” Le’s peers say they are devastated by the tragedy. Toppin wrote that she was both shocked and hurt by Le’s death in a way “that neither words nor tears could properly express.” College sophomore Alexandria Mitchell wrote in an email to the Wheel she is “deeply distraught and confused and upset at the circumstances.” “He was going to go very far because he had the drive and determination to make it somewhere,” Mitchell wrote. “His life was cut way too short, and he will be sorely missed ... He was very helpful despite his own struggles. He was there for those who needed him whenever. There’s no mistaking that he was

going somewhere in life.” Mitchell and Toppin both noted that Le aspired to be a neurosurgeon. Le joined Karma — Emory’s Indian Bhangra dance team — during his freshman year. According to College senior Anisha Chandra, Le took Bhangra very seriously and was always working to improve. Chandra said Le was interested in Indian culture and enjoyed Bhangra and Hindi films. Le wanted to join the dance team even though he had never danced Bhangra before, Chandra added. She said Le was quiet but also “very caring in nature” and determined to continue practicing even when he was injured. “He always had good instincts in terms of dancing, but apart from dancing, he was just a good person in general,” Chandra said. “He set the bar not in just terms of dancing, but in terms of character as well as of the team. He loved dancing, he was always his own biggest critic.” The last time the team saw Le was at their Tuesday practice. But even on that day, Chandra said, Le’s large smile put a smile on her own face. Karma dedicated its performance to Le at the Latino Student Organization’s (LSO) Heritage Month Kickoff Event last Friday by wearing all black and honoring him in an announcement. A service for Le was held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Ga.

hours a week. Additionally, Assistant Director of the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Emory Kimberly Hagen will teach a course titled “AIDS,” which will focus on controversies surrounding HIV/AIDS in the past,

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His course will provide an overview of the basic principles of sound as well as factors that determine audio perception, according to the course syllabus. The session will last for three to fours hours each week for four weeks. “We in higher education do have an opportunity to help people in societies around the world — particularly in areas that have no access to universities of their own — to better their lives, while at the same time exploring ways to enhance the value of our core programs,” Everett said in the press release. In addition to Everett’s program, Professor of Law Polly Price will teach “Immigration and U.S. Citizenship,” which will examine U.S. laws pertaining to citizenship and the government’s role in regulating immigration. Price wrote in an email to the Wheel that she decided to teach a class through Coursera because she looks forward to teaching about citizenship and immigration law “specifically for the non-specialist, nonlawyer student.” “While I have spoken and written about these subjects in many venues, my teaching audience to date has been almost exclusively law students and lawyers,” she wrote. Everett’s course will last for six weeks and will meet for three to four

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*Officials say negotations are underway “If people had known about the kinds of talks we were having, there would have been widespread panic. But nothing came of it,” Giles said. “Nothing we’ve ever talked about has been leaked to anyone.” Hank Klibanoff, the director of the journalism program, said he disagrees with Giles’ thoughts on transparency. “That’s the problem in a democracy,” he says. “You’re always going to be open to argument because you include people. I’d be sorry to hear if any institution that I’m part of decides that the people most affected by the decision can’t be part of the discussion because they might disagree and because they might become emotional.” Giles said he understands the recent complaints about a lack of transparency, but does not think the issue is a one-way street. “Some of that isn’t hearing,” he said. “I’ve been in meetings with chairs and directors, and I’ve heard [the deans] lay out these kinds of issues, and to think that there were

going to be no consequences, no difficult decisions to be made downstream is just not hearing what’s being said.” Giles also said departments have their chance to make cases for themselves. Departments and programs are required to perform self-evaluations in which they write what they have accomplished, where they stand in their mission and what their plans are in the future. “If you don’t think people are going to take those materials seriously, you need to think again,” he said. “So when you say, ‘I haven’t had a hearing,’ this is like ‘you’ve submitted briefs, but you just didn’t get oral arguments.’”

Moving Forward Giles said he loses sleep over these kinds of decisions and wishes the communication process was clearer. On the flipside, he isn’t sure what the solution would be, fearing that too much transparency would damage

the University. “I’d rather take the heat for a lack of transparency than see the antagonism of ‘why this department and not that one’ that comes from open discussion,” he said. Additionally, he stands by the plan as an important move for the University in achieving its ambitions and making diplomas for its graduates more valuable in the future. Barbara Patterson, a senior lecturer of pedagogy and another member of the committee, said she is proud of the way the community came together during Monday’s discussion on the Emory Quadrangle and believes in an evolving process. “When we all keep working together to make the process stronger and more transparent, we are changing things,” she said. “I know that Dean Forman has said that the decisions are the decisions, but things aren’t over. The processes aren’t over because when the process dies, the community dies.”

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Grad Rally Was Constructive Students and Faculty Articulated Problems and Solutions Emory graduate students hosted a rally on the steps of the Administration Building on Monday in light of the University’s decision to suspend graduate programs in economics and Spanish and shutdown a number of other programs. The rally provided a forum for graduate students to air their grievances and offer solutions to rectify the elimination of these programs. The Emory Wheel commends the rally for being exceptionally well-organized and peacefully executed, in light of other, more incendiary protests that have occurred in recent memory. Not only was the rally carried out in a mature and respectable manner, but also those students and faculty members in attendance were involved and constructive. People who spoke articulated their concerns clearly, consistently provided constructive criticism and, most importantly, were open to dialogue with the administration. Students planning rallies or protests in the future should follow the graduate students’ example closely. The graduate students who organized Monday’s rally will also be hosting another rally today at noon. We have faith that this rally will be as successful as the previous. Furthermore, we feel that the elimination of Emory’s graduate program in economics is a needless loss that will have negative effects for the University. By cutting the graduate economics program, Emory has seriously hindered the research opportunities available to students and professors. Traditionally, graduate students have been key resources in aiding professors with their research and any excess work the professor might have as a result of teaching classes. Without graduate students who assist professors in their work, professors will be forced to handle a significantly increased workload. Any excess work required of economic professors will limit the amount of time they can dedicate to their undergraduate classes and research. However, this is not the only inconvenience that undergraduates will suffer at the hands of the University’s suspension. Graduate-level research is an integral part of the undergraduate economics student’s learning process and by eliminating this opportunity, Emory is providing its students with an incomplete — and insufficient — educational experience. We acknowledge that there is still much to learn about the recent department cuts and that the lack of information has caused some confusion among students and faculty members. In order to help clarify the details of this situation, we urge the Emory Student Government Association to organize a town hall meeting with Dean Forman and other members of the administration involved with the changes. We believe that this will be an excellent opportunity for members of the Emory community to voice their concerns and for the administration to elucidate its plan. The town hall meeting has the potential to be immensely constructive, provided it is well-organized and conducted civilly. The above staff editorial represent the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Daily Princetonian Princeton University Monday, Sept. 17 In its staff editorial, “Making Up Class,” the editorial board of The Daily Princetonian discusses Princeton University’s policy regarding absences within the context of this year’s Jewish High Holy Days: This year, the first full week of classes coincides with the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah. Observation of this holiday will prevent many students from attending one or more of their classes today, forcing them to start the semester off behind. Other religions also have major holidays throughout the year that conflict with classes, causing them to miss one or more class session. Though the University’s policy allows for students to be excused from class on the basis of religious observance, the Board feels that given the importance of attendance in most Princeton classes more should be done to accommodate observant students of all religions when these conflicts arise. Under the current policy, professors are required to excuse such students from class, but there is no provision outlining a procedure for helping the students make up missed material. Sometimes, professors will reach out to the absent students, particularly if the professor will be observing the holiday as well. Others voluntarily choose to reschedule classes when a major religious holiday coincides with a class session, though this option is only appropriate for courses where a significant number of students will be absent. However, in many cases there is no communication between the faculty and the students about how to make up for an absence. There are many different ways professors and students can handle absences due to religious holidays. The aforementioned Evan Mah EDITOR IN CHIEF Arianna Skibell Executive Editor Roshani Chokshi Managing Editor News Editor Stephanie Fang Editorials Editor Shahdabul Faraz Sports Editor Elizabeth Weinstein Student Life Editor Justin Groot Arts & Entertainment Editors

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ways are not the only options, and they are not necessarily the best ones for all courses. Other possible options include scheduling a secondary lecture or individualized meetings with observant students. Though currently students can reach out to their professors and arrange ways to make up the work, not all professors are as willing or accommodating. Furthermore, the burden should not rest solely on the student. Observant students should be able to celebrate their religious holidays without worrying about how it will affect their grades. In order to institutionalize a procedure, it would be necessary for the registrar to have a role in the process. The registrar would coordinate with the major religious institutions on campus to ensure professors are informed of upcoming holidays and that students know their options. If the University codifies a procedure for addressing these situations, the options listed above could be included as possible resolutions, but professors and students should still have a voice in the process and the freedom to choose which procedures work best for them and their class. What the procedure is does not matter as much as the fact that there is a procedure set in place that the students know about. The University’s class schedule will invariably come into conflict with the religious observances of its students at certain points. These observances should not become detrimental to students’ academic success by putting them at a disadvantage compared to their nonobservant peers. In order to achieve this goal, the University should establish a set procedure that allows any student of any religion to celebrate and honor his or her religious commitment without compromising his or her academic performance.

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A Letter From SGA to the Emory Community To the Members of the Emory Community, In the past week, the Student Government Association has learned about the changes introduced to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Laney Graduate School. As the governing body tasked with representing the Emory student community, we feel it necessary to present the uncertainty and concerns of the student body to the broader Emory community. As an organization, we are still uncertain about the changes. We have and will continue to devote much time to learning about the details of the decision and what they ultimately mean for the student experience at Emory. We hope the decisions made by the administration will indeed result in an Emory College and University community which is stronger and more academically vibrant. However, as representatives of the current – not future – student body, we share

the surprise at the announcement of these decisions, and we recognize the uncertainty and, in some cases, anger in regards to the announcement. We are concerned for the students presently enrolled in the programs and departments which have been directly affected. The changes place these students in very difficult positions, and we share their justifiable frustration. As such, we are committed to ensuring that the academic experience of these students is not compromised in any way. Additionally, we question a process which excludes the involvement – or even awareness – of any current students. The administration has shown a willingness to include such involvement in other processes: most recently, the Provost Search and the hiring of other ranking administrators. We question why a similar protocol was not followed with this decision, and we look forward to ascertaining the reasoning behind the exclusion of student

input. Moving forward, we will be working to find out the exact meaning of these changes, and we will keep the student community informed as we learn more and establish opportunities for dialogue. We will engage the administration as much as is necessary to ensure the experience for both current and future students continues to grow, and never recedes, in value. And, while we stand by the expertise of the administration, we do so with the assumption that they will make strides to incorporate the opinions, perspectives, and presence of an engaged student population. Many students have reached out to student government members with concerns, suggestions, and input. We recognize the gravity of this situation and appreciate the continued feedback. The Student Government Association Emory University

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Recent Cuts Reveal Emory’s Disconnectedness To the Editor: With the recent announcement of both cuts and a significant restructuring of many departments, many facets of the Emory community were quick to question such decisions, and are justified in doing so; however, it is apparent that the arguments for and against such changes are very diverse and complex. Thus, the necessary skepticism should be thoughtful, not arbitrary. Unfortunately, many of the criticisms so far don’t seem to be taking into account all the variables in the equation, and likewise aren’t aware of much of the hypocrisy present within such statements. While the decision to cut the departments may seem rash to many of the students, we likewise need to acknowledge that making an uninformed judgment of such a decision is even more rash. As an ardent critic of many of Emory’s administrative policies and its overall cohesion as an institution, I do not intend to justify the decisions made regarding the cuts, nor do I wish to disqualify any arguments against such actions. I seek to reveal the true nature of what I believe to be the heart of many of Emory’s problems. I claim that Dr. Forman has become a scapegoat for a much deeper issue. Unfortunately, he is a scapegoat for both sides. By sending the letter to the students, he is in effect representing an administration of many more individuals and much more powerful than himself. Likewise, by featuring

two pictures of Forman in the recent Wheel, countless references of his name, and even so far as some students (unaffiliated with the Wheel, I hope) creating a “satirical” Twitter account impersonating the man, he is made out to be the archetype of an negligent decision maker. Posting pictures of him and constantly referencing his name will only inhibit any progress to be made in coming to terms with the recent decisions. While these cuts are perceived to be rash and arbitrary, Dr. Forman is not the sole individual responsible for them, and the changes were made with abundant forethought and analysis of the situation. Foreman did not laugh maniacally when writing the letter; he is aware of the loss the cuts will have on our community. The ignorance in using Dr. Foreman as a scapegoat for the decision is in fact more fundamental and extreme than any ignorance Dr. Foreman himself is responsible of for in making the decision. Rather than blame our new Dean for his supposed oversights, we should deeply inquire into what various financial, administrative, and departmental interests were analyzed and how they were compared in making the decision at hand. My own experience at Emory has revealed a variety of inefficiencies in administrative policy and the communication necessary to improve upon such defects. The apparent lack of transparency is ubiquitous; this instance is by no means an exception.

I find that Emory, rather than being an integrated institution, is a conglomerate of disconnected entities with very little communication between students, professors, administrators, staff, and the greater community. This lack of communication only serves to enhance a variety of independent and often competing interests. Different departments are forced to fight for funds instead of attempting to collaborate with other departments to create a contiguous academic experience for its students. Rather than defining ourselves by our differences, we need to understand the interdisciplinary nature of every subject from mathematics to the arts. We’re all people, and we’re all working to improve the world in some way or another. In order to help achieve this goal shared by the Emory community, our institution needs to encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas on all levels. The pertinent question is whether these new changes will enhance or inhibit this process. Perhaps further analysis of the interactions between the various components of the University will allow the community to work for its own best interests and address the true nature of the problems at hand. Warrick Macmillan Emory College Class of 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Is Emory Eliminating What Makes It Special? To the Editor: I would like to preface this by saying that I am not going to talk about Dean Forman with any disrespectful or accusative terms. As the daughter of an academic turned administrator, I know that deans have it tough. Making decisions about departments, budget cuts, and such come at a price: popularity. I instead want to appeal to Dean Forman and the rest of the administration as a student, who like them, wants what is best for the university she loves. When I walked into Hindi class on Tuesday morning, I knew about the whispers that the Hindi program might be cut. I prepared myself for a denial of such rumors, but I got quite the opposite. My Hindi professor apologized for his tears and broke the news to us about the cut of the Hindi program. Any mental preparedness I had made completely disseminated. I was devastated, and I tried my best to hold back tears. What was most hurtful for me was seeing one of my favorite profes-

sors having to deal with a program he helped build removed in one swift blow. I salute Robertji for his determination to be the best professor he can be given these difficult times. To me, he is the definition of a great teacher. This class resulted in a flashback from three years ago. I was a high school senior writing an essay for admission to Emory—an admission essay about what made Emory special to me. The answer was easy. Emory was special because it supported students with outof-the-box interests. If you were not pre-med or pre-business, there was still a place for you. “Emory included programs in a variety of languages and majors such as Hindi, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Mediterranean Archaeology that were not even available in the other colleges I am considering.” I wrote, “It appears that Emory truly attempts to tailor degrees towards an individual student, and that students are not just restricted to the “standard” options that are typical at most schools.” This is why I chose Emory. I could

learn Hindi, a language that is so important in the modern, globalized world. A language that would help me achieve a career in foreign affairs. If the goal is to create global citizens, it starts in the language departments. If we can focus on Contemporary China, why not Contemporary India? I have given my absolute best, both inside the classroom and out, to this university because Emory has always given me the very best back. This school has expanded my horizons and made me consider paths that I once thought closed. By taking away some of the fundamental parts that were important to the students, the university is not encouraging its students to give their best to Emory in return. It is therefore, Dean Forman, I respectfully ask you to reconsider you decision about the cut of the Hindi and other language programs. Nandita Balakrishnan Emory College Class of 2014


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Learning Lessons From Libya On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing over three thousand Americans. On September 11, 2012, an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The rioters in Benghazi claimed that their initial protest outside the U.S. Embassy was in response to the trailer for a poorly-produced film titled “The Innocence of Muslims.” The movie, which was originally cast and filmed under the name “Desert Warrior” and later heavily edited, was an offensivelyportrayed history of the Prophet Mohammed that accused him of being a womanizer and a charlatan, among other things. As the protesters swarmed the consulate, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted out a statement sympathizing not with the consulate, but with the protesters: “We condemn the ongoing attempts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” (That tweet, along with other sympathetic tweets issued that night, has since been deleted.) This sympathetic response, however, did not stop the protesters in Cairo from climbing the fence, raiding the compound, tearing down an American flag and replacing it with a black-and-white Islamist flag. Graffiti discovered after the incident displayed numerous pro-Islamist messages, including “1.5 Billion Osamas.” Shortly thereafter, gunman opened fire with assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, killing three of the four victims and stealing sensitive documents. No Marines were stationed at the compound to fend off the attack, and the compound was not built to protect the occupants from such a brutal use of force Ambassador Stevens was apparently moved to a safer location, but the cause of his death is slightly less clear. Some reports claimed he died of asphyxiation from fires at the compound, but other reports claim he was shot to death after being moved to a safe-house. One other disturbing report from Lebanese news website Tayyar.org suggested that Stevens was raped before being killed. President Obama did not respond to news of the incident for over fifteen hours, but the statement he did make promised to strengthen security at our other diplomatic offices around the world. However, the violence continued to spread. Embassies in other Middle Eastern countries began drawing protesters, and at least one British and one Swedish embassy were also targeted by protests. A small mob of protesters also formed in France. The ongoing incident shocked many around the country, and dozens of questions

were raised. How could this happen? Was it at random or planned? Why weren’t more protective or defensive measures taken? Unfortunately, in the days following the incident, many of those questions have started being answered, and none of the answers look very good. While White House officials continue to claim that the incident was in response to the film, members of both parties in Congress including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator John McCain and officials in the Libyan government have made statements claiming that it was likely a planned terrorist attack. The trailer, which has been on YouTube at least since June, was likely used as an excuse for protesters to swarm the consulate, which militants either intentionally or opportunistically used as a cover for their assault with heavy weaponry. Later investigation into why American military forces were not guarding the compound also yielded disturbing results. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a 2011 document titled State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, signed into U.S. Policy regulations that severely damaged the protection of U.S. diplomatic interests in the country. Chief among the proscriptions in the bill was a measure prohibiting any U.S. Marines from being stationed as guards at our diplomatic installations in Libya. Private security forces were apparently hired, but the reliability of these officials is also being brought into question. One of the State Department workers killed, Sean Smith, reported to friends in an online game that they “saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,” potentially suggesting that information was being sent to those who attacked the consulate. Though many in the media have continued to place the blame on the awful movie trailer, the evidence that is coming forward suggests that “hurt religious feelings” aren’t the whole picture. What’s even more awful is the horrendous accumulation of foreign policy decisions in the Middle East, first the lack of leadership that allowed the Arab Spring protests to be co-opted by extremists, and now the diplomatic situation that has hamstrung our ability to protect our own diplomatic interests, resulting in the loss of sensitive intelligence and irreplaceable human life. Without a serious course correction by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, one can only imagine how bad the situation in the Middle East may continue to become.

The President must change course in the Middle East.

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Emory’s Actions Question the Value of Liberal Arts JASON SCHULMAN Emory’s recent decision to shut down or suspend various academic departments and programs has rightly generated campus-wide and national attention. On the popular education blog Inside Higher Ed, Liz Reisberg called the moves “stunning,” given that journalism, economics, and Spanish language are central to understanding — and succeeding in — today’s complex world. The news of Emory College Dean Robin Forman’s announcement was also been picked up by articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as a few other colleges’ student newspapers. Some coverage has emphasized the impact the downsizing will have on faculty, especially non-tenured positions; the detriment to future students as research-oriented professors look elsewhere; the lack of transparency and consultation before the decision was announced; and the “corporatization” of the University. It is important to keep in mind two things about the recent events. First, the incident is hardly unique to Emory. By some (perhaps cruel) coincidence, just as letters sent by Forman and Graduate Student Dean Lisa Tedesco were sent out, The New York Times Magazine featured a piece entitled “Anatomy of a Campus Coup” on the attempted ouster of the University of Virginia’s president. That university administrators, faculty, students and, in Virginia’s

case, Governor-appointed trustees (called Visitors), disagree on which direction is best for their institution is not surprising. But in Charlottesville and Atlanta, there was a distressing sense that top-down decisions had been reached without proper input from those most directly affected. The second point to bear in mind is that decisions issued by Forman last week were not the only big change in Emory’s higher education landscape. The news that Provost Earl Lewis would be leaving Emory has left a large void, and finding a suitable successor — a challenging task — will greatly determine Emory’s future. More recently, the news that Emory was going to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) through the free course-provider Coursera has only reignited the conversation about whether MOOCs are the death-knell of traditional academia. Because of these changes, perhaps it is time to revisit the question of what liberal arts are for? Although it is hard to know for sure, one suspects that if we, as an academic community, made the case for the liberal arts more explicitly, it will be harder to impose cuts like the ones we have recently seen. In “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be,” Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco laid out what he viewed as the primary goals for higher education, especially liberal arts education. Unlike many of the sociological studies to appear in the last few years, which focused on issues of unaffordability for many students and job insecurity for many adjunct faculty members, Delbanco

Bathrooms Cause Gender Confusion PRIYANKA KRISHNAMURTHY Have you ever thought about why Cox’s girl’s bathroom is pink? It’s not really something to think about unless you’ve taken the time to contemplate the gendered implications of separating “females” and “males” in public restrooms. I’ve always had countless issues with societal constructs, especially when discussing gender and sexuality.That being said, I do, more than not, unconsciously engage in them. Maybe by wearing make-up, high-heels, and dresses society has taught me what being a “female” is. And maybe by making people believe the norm is watching football and drinking beer with your bros, society has done the same for males. The issue with separating girls and boys in the bathroom is one that extends beyond what “defines” a woman or man. I’ve always wondered where gender identity comes from. The conflicting question I continue to deal with is one that asks whether identity comes from an account of sexuality or through an individual’s performance and how it relates to gender. Judith Butler, a post-structuralist philosopher, wrote an essay titled “Bodies That Matter” in which she shares ideas that attempt to explain gendered binaries and societal constructions. She advocates that gender in itself is a performance that constitutes who we are as people.Before delving into how this impacts bathrooms today, it is important to define what gender and performance is. In the post-structuralist/ post-modernist/ Butlerian context, gender and performance are inexorably tied together. We cannot have gender without the performance; there is no such thing as “this or that” in the context of sexes. Rather it is a question, first, of the way in which we act and then the way this action socially defines us. Even though this view of gender may be subjective and hard to define, it still depicts who we are and, more importantly, who we want to be.

The conflation of sex and gender has become very problematic in today’s society. The separation of “men” and “women” in public restrooms adversely impacts the progression of what we should define “identity” as. This sort of separation leads to the marginalization of those who are transgender. For example, what would a person who is sexually a male but dresses “like a female” do when they see such signs? Would they go inside the “male” restroom and be ostracized for being a female? Or would they go inside the “female” restroom and be ostracized for sexually being a male? Personally, I do not have an answer, but in a more pragmatic sense, that is why gender-neutral bathrooms should exist. This is not some kind of abstract solution, it’s something that needs to be fixed considering we’re in the 21st century. Seriously, Yale and Oberlin have begun to implement these kinds of bathrooms, why can’t Emory? Finally, I’m tired of being told what the norm is in the context of gender and sexuality. No, pink is not only for girls and blue is not only for boys. Make-up is not only for girls and football is not only for boys. These societal constructs only create more confusion for children who are growing up. They do not need to be told what is “normal” and what is “abnormal” in terms of gender and sexuality, especially when they are just beginning to develop. We as an Emory community need to unite together to destroy such binaries, even if it is on a smaller scale, otherwise we will digress back into society where gender roles are prevalent. We need to stop marginalizing people based off of their sexuality or their gender: we are all human and have the choice to decide how we want to be viewed. We should never be condemned for the individualized choices we make. Let’s not be complicit with an institution that tells us who we can and can’t be. Let’s change what we can. Let’s be who we want to be, regardless of the social implications. Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College sophomore from Coppell, Texas.

offered a broad historical overview of the origin, development, and current state of American academia. Using this long lens, he was able to remind us that we could be comforted knowing that higher education has always faced large, seemingly intractable challenges. Delbanco largely set aside the economic benefits of attending college—for an individual and for GDP — in favor of a civic and humanistic justification, namely that college cultivates democratic sensibility as well as the appreciation of the best this world has to offer. In some sense, both of these reasons are summed up effectively (and bluntly) by Delbanco’s phrase that colleges serve to develop students’ “B.S. meters.” (For anyone who has sat in class listening to others pontificate about “alterity,” Delbanco offers an extremely funny story from his son’s college experience.) Liberal arts offer students something unique: a critical blending of content, critical thinking, and ethics. Delbanco’s takeaway message is a crucial one: early colleges (even in the U.S.) were centers for personal and communal reflection, religious and moral instruction, and ethical development, and we would do well to revisit those scholarly prerogatives. Although we cannot yet know how the protest against the Emory cuts will play out, we would be wise to more forcefully make the case for the promise of liberal arts — and the peril of their disintegration. Jason Schulman is a Graduate student in the History department.

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

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Bathrooms force students to pick one of two genders.

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Half of Us Do Not Matter, Says GOP Nominee SHAWN CHOI In 45 short days, the United States will be called upon to appoint yet another man to lead the world’s greatest superpower. The Democrats put up good old Barack Obama, our tried and failed champion of “Hope and Change.” On the flip side we get Mitt Romney, the charismatic businessman extraordinaire — America’s own loving father of five and grandfather of 16, as dear Ann loves to point out time and time again. Mitt just feels right for so many of us. He has a certain presidential aura that makes us want to trust him. And best of all, it isn’t hard for the average conservative to easily digest the bulk of what he says. The question is... will he be the same Mitt we know and love an hour from now? Romney’s chronic issue of flip flopping is one of the only issues Democrats and Republicans have been able to agree on in decades, a feat in and of itself. From hot button topics ranging from abortion to wage floors, Reagan to Vietnam, Romney is a different person every time he shows up on T.V. How a man with such blatant multifaceted

personas won the GOP nomination is a mystery in itself (then again, maybe it isn’t), but what matters now is what we should do with this shapeshifting man — or men, to put it more accurately. I speak for us all when I say that the U.S. does not need a liar as its figurehead. America was founded on the virtues of truth, liberty, and equality, not on convenient usage of rhetoric and manipulating media outlets to one’s political advantage. Mitt is faced with a crisis and he knows it — the people have found out that he is a fraud. To make matters worse, Mitt’s now viral comments on the “47 percent” have thrown at least 47 percent of America into a wild frenzy of hurt and anger. In his own words, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what... These are people who pay no income

tax... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Ridiculous. Even if these accusations were true, it should be common knowledge that a man seeking presidency, or any position of servant leadership for that matter, should never relegate his constituents, now flush with embarrassment because of financial difficulties that are most probably out of their control. America does not need a president who insults his fellow man. America is the land of opportunity, greater than all other nations because her people picked themselves up by their bootstraps and won themselves honor, dignity, and respect. In Romney’s America, however, people with bootstraps are needy, dirty, poor. “Victims,” as he likes to call us. If you aren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, Mitt Romney will not and does not care about you. If by any chance you are reading this Mitt, mark our words: don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Emory University, let your voices be heard. Think twice before you vote for Mitt Romney(s). Shawn Choi is a College freshman from Johns Creek, Ga.


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Friday, September ,  Student Life Editor: Justin Groot (jgroot@emory.edu)

HOROSCOPES

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Department Cuts Edition

THE STARS HAVE SPOKEN, AND THE SECRETS OF YOUR VERY DESTINY ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!

PREPARE FOR THE PAINFUL STUDENT LIFE’S FREAKISHLY INSIGHTFUL HOROSCOPES!

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ARIES The rings of Saturn are perfectly aligned this week to change your major. What were you going to do with that Educational Studies degree anyway? Shape the future? Yeah, right.

Taurus If you’re walking down the Quad later this week and hear people cursing in what sounds like Russian, you should probably stay away if you don’t want to experience their wrath. I’ve heard Russians get angry when their department gets cut.

Gemini The star patterns this week tell me your secret desire to study contemporary China is finally going to be fulfilled! Just watch out for those angry Russians.

Cancer Courtesy of Jordan Feltes

When College freshman Jordan Feltes embarked on the Appalachian Trail this summer, he did so with no previous experience in hikes of this scale. Beginning in Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail stretches 210 miles and takes more than three weeks to traverse.

The Appalachian Trail: Worth the Pain? By Karishma Mehrotra Staff Writer College freshman Jordan Feltes and his two friends had just eagerly started on the Delaware Water Gap, the northern-most point of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, for their three-and-a-half-week, 210mile trip. On June 20 of this summer, Feltes had his backpack ready with what the Internet had told him was the proper gear — pop-tarts, beef

jerky, dried fruits, water purification and light-weight everything — but no previous experience with hiking. The first day was 98 degrees with a frustrating amount of humidity on very steep terrain. Feltes was constantly stopping and constantly sweating. Soon enough, the shock made him come to the conclusion that he had to get rid of some of the food, clothing and other non-essentials from his 45-pound backpack. “I wasn’t used to shutting my mind

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out and just keep walking,” Feltes said. “I would constantly think about everything that was going on, which would make the miles seem longer.” Unfortunately, as they found out six miles in, the friends were headed the wrong direction — south instead of north. “All of that put together made for a really dejecting first day,” Feltes said. “If there was any day I wanted to give in, that’s when it was.” Disillusioned, they called it a night

The challenge was to write a short story the length of a single tweet. Out of the many 140-character entries we received, two rose above the rest.

1ST PLACE: Jonathan Warkentine “im thru w/ u ted” Stunned baffled. “wat?” Tense moment. Buzz: “its over” Tears. Prayers. Gunshot. Buzz: “haha its ann, ur gf left her fone”

RUNNER-UP: Taylor Poppell “WOW, EmoryUnplugged is AWESOME! Thank god we don’t have ethernet anymore!” Said no one ever.

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and camped out in a nearby shelter — or more accurately, a wooden roof with poles. After lying down in his uncomfortable sleeping bag (Feltes soon realized that he was in desperate need of that sleeping pad the hiking books had told him about), he looked straight up at the roof of the shelter. In Sharpie, he read the written words: “You chose to be here.” “I think that summed up the entire trip,” Feltes said. “You weren’t forced to be here. There is no reason you

are here other the fact that you chose to. So, get the most out of this hike as you can. It’s not about doing as many miles as you can every day, it’s about enjoying the hike and finding the little things that will make it worthwhile.” Whether those little things were a night’s sleep on park benches in New York City, his pet name “Aladdin” coined by the inspirational thru-hik-

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FILM

Where are you from, and what is your favorite part about being from there? I’m from St. Louis. Really, I can’t say what my favorite part about the city is. I like Atlanta a lot more than St. Louis, if that tells you anything. If I have to give something, it would have to be the St. Louis Cardinals.

What’s your favorite bathroom on campus? Without a doubt, my favorite bathroom on campus is in the Modern Languages building. They are small, always scented and if you listen closely, you can refine your Mandarin skills with the class next door. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

Who would you bring with you on an island for the rest of your life, and why? The rest of my life? I would most likely bring my dog.

Leo The stars are perfectly aligned for you to write a feature story for the Wheel this week. The university might not care enough about your journalism skills, but we do.

Virgo Put extra effort into passing your Tai Chi with Swords P.E. class now because it might not be around next year to retake if you fail. You’ll get stuck with Tai Chi without Swords instead, and nobody wants that.

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Learning to Film Is Just a Saturday Away

Unfortunately, you are going to get a pretty lousy grade on your economics exam next week. Don’t beat yourself up about it too much ... especially if you were planning on applying to the grad program.

Scorpio By Jenna Kingsley Contributing Writer There’s something very Hollywood happening Saturdays at 1 p.m. on the fifth floor of the DUC. Each weekend, Emory’s own closedcircuit television channel, ETV, hosts “ETV Shoots,” in which students from every experience level and major come together to storyboard, shoot and edit different scenes from popular movies. The workshops walk students start-to-finish through the

many aspects of filmmaking. Anyone interested in what goes into making a film is invited to attend. “We want to provide an overview of the entire filmmaking process so students get a sense of what interests them,” said Goizueta Business School junior Meredith Metcalf, creative producer of ETV and co-president of Emory Film Club. “We’d like students to build the confidence and

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Student Life Investigates SGA’s Chief of Staff

As part of Student Life’s ongoing Q&A series, we sat down with SGA Chief of Staff Matt Willis to discover his deepest, darkest secrets. The results of our investigation were shocking.

After finally brushing off that mono from the past couple of weeks, you think things can only get better from here. Little did you know, Cancers have a predisposition for obesity, and with the recent P.E. cuts, you won’t be as inclined to exercise. Don’t be surprised by a weight gain in the near future.

Would you rather eat worms for the rest of your life or drink wheat grass? Why?

If you’re majoring in NBB, you’re in luck! Things look like they might actually go your way ... except, of course, for the fact that you chose to study NBB.

Sagittarius Just because the dance major is going the way of the dinosaurs doesn’t mean you can’t still break it down!

Capricorn Hurry up and finish that sculpture you’ve been working on, because pretty soon the clay is going to be taken away. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more about a foot under the ground if you’re willing to dig for it.

Aquarius

I’m not really a fan of dry foods. So, I guess I’m going with worms.

As an Aquarian, you are inclined to watch a lot of television, browse Facebook and play videogames. It sounds like you should drop your Chemistry major and take up Digital Studies and New Media instead.

Best book you’ve ever read? Why?

As I answer these questions in my Literature of Imperial Russia class, I’m going to have to go with A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov. It sounds interesting, right?

What profession do you want to be more than anything else? Why?

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Hands down, Dean of Campus Life. It would be harder for people to judge me for walking down frat row in my 40s.

Wait — what do you mean, department cuts?!

What’s your favorite shade of green? Why? Asparagus green — it has recently become my favorite color now that asparagus seems to be the only vegetable our chef, Sid, can make that tastes good. Shout out to Crayola for making it an official color in 1993. Much respect.

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STUDENT LIFE

Friday, September 21, 2012

Student Activities Calendar Friday, September 21 — Thursday, September 27 APO FALL RUSH Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Hope Lodge Friday, Sept. 21, 4:45 p.m. Meet at the Clairmont Field Project Sunshine- Crafts Sunday, Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. Eagles Landing Pizza and Trivia Monday, Sept. 24, 6:10 p.m. White Hall 207 Yogli Mogli Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Two events and an interest sheet are required to receive a bid.

HOMECOMING Chili Cook-Off

Monday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. Asbury Circle

RANDOM STUFF The Spoke

Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Weekly Writing Day Friday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. The Spoke Office (DUC E528)

Weekly Meeting: Bible Study — Misconceptions “What the Bible Really Says” Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Candler Library 114

First Friday

Emory Hillel

Friday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. DUC Terraces

Pre-Fast Dinner Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. On Campus

Fashion Forward

Executive Board Interest Meeting Friday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. Eagles Landing

Yom Kippur Reform Services Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Social Hall

Atlanta Mission

Service to Atlanta Mission Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m. My Sister’s House Shelter, Atlanta

Yom Kippur Reform HHD Services Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Social Hall

Free Foot Clinic

Open Door Foot Clinic Trip 1 Wednesday, Sept, 26, 5:30 p.m. Meet behind the WoodPEC

Yom Kippur Break Fast Wednesday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. MHC

Alloy Literary Magazine

Emory Christian Fellowship

Weekly Submission Review Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Candler Library 114

“Thursdays at 7” Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Candler Library 114

Outdoor Emory

Wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Asbury Circle

General Body Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema

Amy Schumer

Emory Anime Club

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Glenn Memorial Doors open at 7 p.m.

RELIGIOUS LIFE

BE ATHLETIC Men’s Club Soccer

Game v. Georgia College and State University (GCSU) Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Candler Fields

3rd Meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. White Hall 101

Want to be listed on our calendar?

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

FASHION

Despite Lacking Experience, Feltes Enjoyed Trek Continued from Page 9 ers (his “substitute family”) he met along the way, or his stealthy escape from a 400-pound adult black bear, Feltes had his fair share of experiences on his first extensive hiking trip. After the boost of energy Feltes received from the words on the shelter the first night, he hiked through the Kittatinny Mountains. At the top, he looked around himself, and everything in distant view was below him. “That definitely spurred me to keep going. I had lost a little faith at that point, but that [view] pushed me forward. You wouldn’t think it, but it’s those little views,” Feltes said. His favorite view was after a 22-mile day (Feltes averaged about 16 miles a day) at Prospect Park with some thru-hikers he had been trekking with the past three or four days.

After reaching the peak, they camped out around a fire. Feltes cracked open some Sour-Patch Kids he had saved for that night as the group ate ramen noodles with peanut butter and rice. But not all days were so rewarding. “I did get homesick a couple days ... I realized I didn’t have anything fun to look forward to, but I had more work each and every day ... You climb up one mountain. You climb down it. You climb up another mountain. You climb down it,” Feltes said. According to Feltes, the trip goes from being physically-demanding to mentally-demanding. The first couple weeks were tough because he hadn’t developed his “trail legs” yet. Then, he developed this rhythm and stopped thinking about the physical exhaustion. “The way they put it, ‘the best part of the trail is when you get home’

and look back on it and realize all those amazing things you’ve done,” Feltes said. Feltes sees a change in his own character when it comes to his ability to cope with solidarity, independence and hardships. Looking back, he desires to get back into hiking and do a different part of the Appalachian trail or the Pacific Coast Trail and is joining Outdoor Emory as an outlet for his newfound hobby. “I just didn’t know I was interested [in hiking],” Feltes said. “It was a test in many ways. It was a test in ‘do I have the strength to do this?’ It was a test in ‘do I have the will to do this?’ and more than anything, it was a test in my independence — it’s about how I can stand up by myself.”

— Contact Karishma Mehrotra at kmehrot@emory.edu

Beauty as an Art Form By Priyanka Krishnamurthy Contributing Writer Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th century German philosopher, once said “only as an aesthetic phenomenon is the world justified.” This has led me to believe that aesthetics, the appreciation of beauty, configure the world in which we as human beings live. Fashion in itself is an aesthetic insofar as it can portray the beauty of oneself. This has nothing to do with being materialistic — frankly, it means the opposite. We have the ability, to a certain extent, to construct the way in which we are perceived, to create our own sense of what being beautiful is. The power to do this is what makes us so different from all other animals — we can show others who we are through our aesthetics. This is what Peter Boudreau, a senior at the College, has done. I saw Peter as I was walking to meet a friend. I immediately knew I had to go out of my way (already late) to feature him in this piece; if I passed up this opportunity, it just wouldn’t be fair to you all. As we can see, Peter is dressed to impress! And that begs the question: “Well, why?” We can start with his “deep-V.” I’ve always been under

Courtesy of Priyanka Krishnamurthy

The deeper the V-neck, the more character someone has. the impression that the deeper the V-neck, the more character someone has. The combination of this plunge and the colorful tribal print depicts his tasteful sense in current fashion trends, but in a more bold and exciting way. He took tribal, a kind of mainstream print, and turned it into an individualized statement. Peter’s

rolled-up jeans also showed his ability to care about not tripping when he walks. Really though, his rolled-up jeans bolstered his success in putting together an aesthetically-pleasing outfit. His slip-ons embodied his casual, yet trendy taste in men’s footwear. Lastly, Peter’s tattoos and nose piercing emulated his sense of individuality. They showed that perhaps he’s a risk-taker who transcends fashion “norms” and doesn’t really care what other people think of him. I proceeded to ask Peter what his tattoo meant, and he informed me about the time he studied abroad in Rome. He would walk by the Piantina for Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and felt a connection he had to make permanent. Peter used his experience to shape the way in which he presented himself. That in itself is a beautiful thing, and that calls upon the importance of aesthetics. Peter is a great example of someone who permeates different kinds of fashion ideas to create an individualized outfit. Peter has created his own work of art, both internally and externally. This beauty is an art form, and his fashion has the ability to show it. Nietzsche was right: aesthetics do shape the world around us. — Contact Priyanka Krishnamurthy at priyanka.krishnamurthy@emory.edu

By Chloe Olewitz

Courtesy of ETV

ETV provides many opportunities for interested students to learn about television and film, including events every Saturday aimed at teaching the basics of filmmaking.

Free ETV Program Teaches All Aspects of Film Continued from Page 9 skills necessary to write short films or shows, pitch them to ETV and then shoot and edit them.” The weekly ETV Shoots familiarizes attendees with storyboards, shot lists, cameras, lighting, sound and even FinalCut Pro 7, a prominent video editing software program used in the professional field. ETV regulars assist new members as they shoot scenes on campus and lend a helping hand when adding titles, sound effects and color correction during the editing process. Doing this prepares newcomers for ETV300, a 48-hour campus-wide film competition this October, and Campus MovieFest in the spring.

So far at the ETV Shoots, students have shot and edited scenes from popular movies like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Juno.” But the meetings are not just limited to recreating existing pieces of work. “Students can also look forward to workshops focusing on screenwriting, production design and makeup,” Metcalf added, encouraging anyone interested in any component of filmmaking to attend. “ETV Shoots are open to everyone. We try to keep them light and fun so anyone can enjoy.” What participants like most, it seems, is how each shoot teaches something unique. College freshman Joshua Snell, a new member of ETV, comment-

ed, “ETV is more fun than I could imagine because we learn through experience.” ETV is an engaging way to meet new people and master new skills each weekend. No matter if you’re an editing pro or a camera newbie, all students are welcome and can show up as frequently or infrequently as their schedule allows. “I love meeting new people who are so open to trying to new things and are so enthusiastic about filmmaking,” Metcalf said, advising anyone keen on cinematography to drop by on Saturday. “We’d love to make a video with you!”

— Contact Jenna Kingsley at jdkings@emory.edu

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few beautiful days, and we feel spoiled. We line the Starbucks window worktable, watching the rain or watching the sun, imagining we’re not the only ones who like to watch the change. Baristas are impatient behind us when someone forgot to pick up their breakfast sandwich, but we try to have them laugh it off. We can’t come to a consensus about our hot drinks or cold, some of us with sleeves and some of us with straws, and I notice that we’re all a bit in-between. Between seasons, between projects, between settled and stressed. Last week, I wrote about the busy on the farmer’s market bridge, this week our downpour scared away most of the less brave tents. Still more wellies, I warned you. Since

then, it has been shiny. Do you get up early? The air is sweet if you walk the rain-cleansed pavement in the morning. Before the first-year smell of sweat and laundry detergent leaks through the thresholds of the card-key doors, step outside, on campus, in the ATL, step outside and inhale. Do you smell weather shifts? Is what you smell the scent of clean? Of new? Traffic cops and Emory police, no wonder I never park on the street. I’ve told you before, I’m a New York City girl, I appreciate some of the things my colleagues can miss. Like walking. I hear lots of us displeased with the long, arduous trek from freshman dorms to ... the DUC. The WoodPEC. Today, it is beautiful, I say, go outside. Even if you don’t walk, even if you sit for two full minutes and breathe in this Fall

that’s fresh, maybe our in-between will travel smoothlier. While things shift, we are constantly producing. Why is it so hard to find a spot in study rooms at peak work hours? Maybe it’s that we are producing in the day hours, maybe it’s that we are producing through the night, and there is always a series of dozers flopped over Cox computing keyboards. We work hard here. People are serious, we get shushed in quiet corners that some of us try to enliven with laughter once in a while. Seasons may be swinging, Starbucks may be stuffed full, but we are still called on to produce. Reliably. I have a binder full of to-do lists and post-it notes. But I try to remember to inhale. To breathe while I walk. To find some fun when the sun goes down.


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MEN’S SOCCER WOMEN’S SOCCER

vs. Birmingham Southern 7 p.m. Atlanta, Ga.

vs. Berry College 1 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. vs. Birmingham Southern 4 p.m. Atlanta, Ga.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

vs. Randolph- vs. Maryville College Macon College 12:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, Ga.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

VOLLEYBALL

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vs. Millsaps College 12 p.m. Atlanta, Ga.

Gulf Coast Stampede 8 a.m. Pensacola, Fla. Gulf Coast Stampede 7:30 a.m. Pensacola, Fla.

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ITA Regional Tournament TBA Montgomery, Ala.

ITA Regional Tournament TBA Montgomery, Ala.

ished in front of a number of colleges including Berry College, who finished third, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), who finished fourth, and Centre College (Ky.) and the University of Texas at Dallas, who finished in a tie for fifth. The team would’ve had a chance to catch the first place leading Southwestern University on Monday if it had not been for the weather.

who have gone through the program established the work ethic and the ideals that the volleyball program stands for,” Bowman said. “Working your hardest, working for team, enjoying volleyball and never giving up.” With this appreciation for hard work and recognition of the importance of the team, Bowman has helped lead the Eagles to sixth in the national rankings and a record of 11-2. But Bowman aspires for more than personal and regular season success.

— Jenny McDowell, head coach

ITA Regional Tournament TBA Montgomery, Ala.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t get a chance to play the second round and try to catch the leaders,” Wunderlich said. “But seconnd place was a solid start to the season, and I think we can build off that.” The team’s next tournament is on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Gordin Intercollegiate, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan at Columbus (Ohio) Country Club. —Contact Brian Chavkin at brian.chavkin@emory.edu

Eddie Mulder,

Q&A Men’s Cross Country

Continued from the Back Page

“She has all the attributes that we look for in an Emory volleyball player.”

Team Denied Shot at Victory Due to Inclement Weather Continued from the Back Page

A Leader On and Off the Court

Friday, September 21, 2012

“[Our goal is to] win everything,” Bowman said. “Win the conference, win regionals and win the NCAA tournament.” Bowman is not only respected and admired by her coaches and teammates for her natural athleticism and terrific work ethic, which get displayed during practices and games. She is also well-loved for the bubbly personality and high level of character that are always readily apparent. “I have never met anyone that does not just love Kate,” McDowell said. “She is one of my favorite people to ever come through this program. She has been a great example in every area of her life, on and off the court. She has all the attributes we look for in an Emory volleyball player.” —Contact Zonair Khan at zonair.khan@emory.edu

Coming off a fourth place individual finish and a second place team finish at the Georgia State Invitational, junior cross-country runner Eddie Mulder had a minute to talk with contributing writer Alex Lam about training, racing and goals for this season.

Alex Lam: How did you get involved in running? Eddie Mulder: In middle school, I used to play flag football because I was too small to play tackle football. I noticed I was always one of the faster kids, so that’s when I started running.

AL: You transferred from Purdue in your sophomore year. Out of all the colleges, why did you choose Emory, and how do you compare Emory to Purdue? EM: I chose Emory because of the business school and because I’m interested in consulting and know that I want to do business. I like the Big Ten sports like the football and basketball games at Purdue, but Emory is much better in terms of preparing you for a career. The academics here are much more rigorous in my opinion.

AL: What’s your favorite pre-race routine? EM: I usually put Icy-Hot all over my lower legs, especially my calves, because that’s where I get tight, and I put some on my arms as well, so it’s kind of like a big mint.

AL: What’s on your mind while racing? EM: Usually just to relax and stay focused, at least until like halfway through which is when you want to start picking it up. If you go out too hard like I did last year, it doesn’t turn out well.

AL: What’s a typical week of training like? EM: I have practice for 3-4 hours a day, run 85-90 miles a week and go to practice twice a day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

AL: You’ve finished as the top runner for Emory in its first two meets. What can you attribute your success to? EM: I’ve been training really hard, and I think my faith has helped guide me. Good coaching has also helped me. Just putting in the work, believing in myself and believing in God.

AL: What are your goals for this season individually and as a team? EM: As a team, we want to finish top 20 at nationals, and we want to win the southeast region. Individually, I want to be All-American which is finishing top 35 at nationals.

AL: What race are you looking forward to the most? EM: Well, in two weeks we have pre-nationals up in Terre Haute, Ind., and it’ll be the first real test for our team. We have a strong team this year.

AL: When you’re not in class and not running, what are you doing? EM: Studying, eating or sleeping.

Storylines Worth Buying Into... 1. After ADAM BATES ignored numerous emails, calls, text messages and knocks on his door, Managing Editor ROSHANI CHOKSHI was forced to step up and make MR. BATES’ picks for him. Two weeks ago JEREMY BENEDIK was compared to the girl in the office pool who picks teams based on who has the cutest mascot. Well Roshni literally was that girl this week. And guess what? ROSHANI/ADAM went 9-6-1! Just goes to show. 2. ROSHANI/ADAM made two incredibly insightful picks: The Dolphins beating the Raiders, and the Seahawks defeating the Cowboys. However, the Seahawks only won because a women was refereeing a NFL game. For more information, see On Fire. 3. For the second week in a row, BENNETT OSTDIEK emerged on top of the Pick ‘Ems standings. This fact can only be attributed to a magical elixir of his scholar-ness, his recent buzz cut and the incentive of getting a hug from ELIZABETH WEINSTEIN.

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Junior Eddie Mulder has been the Eagles’ top performer in back-toback meets. They next race this weekend in the Gulf Coast Stampede.

Patel: Expect Falcons, Patriots to Pull off Wins in Week Three Continued from the Back Page

St. Louis (+7.5) at Chicago

Tampa (+7.5) at Dallas S.F. at Minnesota (+6.5) Detroit at Tennessee (+3.5) Cincy (+3) at Washington N.Y. Jets at Miami (+3) Kansas (+9) at New Orleans

Buffalo at Cleveland (+3) Jax (+3) at Indianapolis Philly at Arizona (+3.5) Atlanta (+3) at San Diego Houston at Denver (+3)

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improve his game. Check out Bilal Powell for your fantasy teams and his increasing workload. Shonn Greene has done nothing, and Powell might be able to have a breakout game and win the starting job. New York

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Atlanta at SAN DIEGO Who said the Chargers couldn’t win in September? After years of issues with coming strong out of the gate under Norv Turner, the San Diego Chargers seem to have finally hit their stride, starting the season off 2-0 despite losing Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert. The Falcons have also experienced success, being 2-0 after wins against Kansas City and Denver. Both teams rely on the passing game, and with Michael Turner most likely out or affected after a recent DUI, it will be up to the new-look Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to carry their team to victory. I do believe that the Chargers have the advantage here, with Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews returning the starting lineup. If one of the two cannot play, then the Falcons will win, but as of now that is not the case, so I am going with the Chargers.

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New England at BALTIMORE This is going to be a very solid matchup, to say the least. I understand

people doubting New England after a recent and heartbreaking loss to the merry-go-round quarterback roulette system of the Arizona Cardinals. A lot of that had to do with the loss of Aaron Hernandez, which should be quelled with the addition of Kellen Winslow. The Ravens have a very dangerous team but are coming off of a crushing loss in which Joe Flacco showed how absolutely horrific he truly is at the quarterback position. I assume that both teams are going to bounce back, and this is a game that I do not want to miss. My fantasy stud is Winslow; if he plays he will have an impact. He is too good not to get open, and Brady is too good not to find him. New England takes this one on the road at night. There’s just no way Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. gets embarrassed on back-to-back weekends. NEW ENGLAND 34

Baltimore 24 My surprise picks essentially backfired on me last week, but I still managed to keep my head above .500. You should probably base your gambling on me. And finally, a “Shanah Tovah” (I checked the spelling on Wikipedia) to all my Jewish folk out there. Enjoy your weekend. LAST WEEK: 4-3 —Contact Jayson Patel at jayson.patel@emory.edu Editor’s note: These decisions were picked before the paper went to press.

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A woman referee... Reallyn NFL? That ruined our Pick ‘Ems 1. The Prodigy We at On Fire would like to salute Jayden Scott. Have you not heard about him? He is an eight-year-old running back, and he is sick. Nasty. Dirty. Raw. The truth. He is currently the star of a YouTube video that has a grand total of 429 hits. The quarterback gets the snap and immediately pitches the ball to Scott. Scott gets hit in the backfield and proceeds to run into his would-be tackler like a truck, knocking him to the ground. Scott then breaks another tackler and runs through the outstretched arms of two others. He manages to turn the corner and start running downfield and gains a solid 15-20 yards. If things ended there, we at On Fire would be slightly impressed. But things are just beginning. In the video, Scott disappears behind a referee. We see a defender dive into the space blocked by the ref where Scott presumably is, and subsequently fall to the ground. Scott then appears out from behind the ref and is set upon by four more tacklers. He is clearly done for. He has leveled two defenders and beat two others. We at On Fire send our congratulations and consider the 15 seconds spent on YouTube to be time well-spent. But Scott is not done. He breaks the tackle — all four of them! He is pushed back five yards but refuses to go down, and by the time he breaks free, he is able to trot the final 20 yards into the endzone. The players on the opposing team were wearing uniforms that looked suspiciously like those of the Raiders. Coincidence? We think not. Jayden Scott, we at On Fire salute you. 2. Not to Say I Told You So… Believe it or not, the NFL’s replacement referees messed up. The Cowboys were in the midst of massive comeback (well, it was in the fourth quarter, and they were down by 13, and the Seahawks had the ball, but anything could have happened) when Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate blind-sided Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee while he was pursuing scrambling Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (any readers out there who are wondering who this mysterious Russell Wilson person is and why they have never heard of them are in the exact same boat as us at On Fire). This was a crucial, game-changing play. The Cowboys had the Seahawks at second and twelve on the Seattle twenty-yard line. If they had stopped them there, they could have gotten the ball back with good field position and a change to get within a touchdown. To be completely honest, the odds of the Cowboys scoring twice in the same quarter are slim, and the odds of them doing this while holding their opponent to zero points are none, but it is a nice thought. All that is beside the point. The point is that no foul was called, Wilson got a first down and the Seahawks went on the score and won. It is not even completely true that no foul was called — one was called on Dallas on the play! But even that information is beside the point as well. The replacement referees messed this one up. They failed to call a foul on a hit which not only took away Dallas’ last chance of a comeback, but resulted in a $21,000 fine. And even that is beside the larger, more important point. Among this team of replacement referees was the female ref who the loyal readers of On Fire will recall reading about several weeks ago. That, friends and countrymen, is the point. Women should not be referees in the National Football League. Admittedly, this play took place on the other side of the field from where she was calling the game. But that is irrelevant. Her mere presence dragged the whole crew down — that is the only reasonable conclusion that can be drawn. Why would her presence do this? It could be that the other referees were distracted by her sex appeal — it is well known that some men like their women to wear whistles and black-and-white-striped polo shirts. But the far more likely explanation: by virtue of her womanhood, she upset the delicate balance of what the testosterone-to-estrogen ratio should be on a football field — namely, 100 to 0. She had no business being on that football field. This little debacle should erase any doubts still persisting. From all of us here at On Fire, we told you so.


SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL

Friday, September 21, 2012 Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (eweins2@emory.edu)

PLAYER FEATURE

Golf Sophomore Alex Wunderlich shot a three-under par 69 at the Rhodes Fall Classic Monday. This was his second best round as a collegiate athlete. Wunderlich finished the Classic in second place in a 95 player field.

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Women’s Soccer The women’s soccer team is undefeated 4-0-2 on the season and are ranked second in both nationwide polls and first in their region. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 16-4 this season and outshot them 132-33.

Women’s Tennis The women’s tennis team will compete in the ITA D-III Fall South Regional Championships this weekend. The singles draw has been won by Emory athletes every year of the past 10. Junior Gabrielle Clark, the defending champion, is the top seeded player in the tournament.

Volleyball The volleyball team will host the Emory Classic this weekend. Going into the tournament, sophomore Kate Bowman has posted doubledigit kills in her last eight matches. The Eagles are second in the University Athletic Association in both hitting percentage and blocks.

Bowman Has New Position, Same Talent By Zonair Khan Staff Writer At this time last year, Kate Bowman was a seldom-used freshman middle hitter. Now a sophomore, Bowman changed positions to outside hitter and is a shining light in Emory’s powerhouse volleyball program. “Kate is one of the best athletes on our team,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell said. “We knew we needed her on the court. Given the fact that we had two seniors in the middle position, we thought it was best to move Kate.” Bowman’s interest in volleyball began to develop at the age of 12. She gravitated towards the sport due to the immense enjoyment she found in playing it, in addition to the joys of socializing with her teammates. As she aged, her love for both the sport of volleyball and the deep friendships that grew from it did not change. Those were determining in her decision to suit up for the Eagles. “I loved that all the girls on the team were really different but accepting of each other,” Bowman said. “I loved the sense of family alongside the great academics.” Not only did Bowman fall in love with Emory, but the Eagles fell in love with her. Due to her drive and contagious cheerfulness, McDowell knew Bowman would be a tremendous player to recruit. “I knew instantaneously that we had to have her on our team, and it has obviously paid off.” McDowell said. “I think Kate has the ability to be one of the best ever to go through our program. And she does mainly because she has the work ethic to do that.” It has indeed paid off, a fact which her season totals thus far reflect. Her 141 total kills and rate of 2.76 kills per game trail only senior captain and middle hitter Breanah Bourque. She is also second on the team with 159 digs and 3.12 digs per game

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Sophomore Kate Bowman demonstrates her fun and bubbly personality on the court. After switching positions, she is second on the team with 141 kills and 159 digs this season. The team is ranked sixth in the nation with an 11-2 record. and has contributed nine service aces. “She has served very well, she has played great defense, she has attacked very efficiently in the front row,” McDowell said. “So, we are asking her to do it all, and she is the kind of athlete that is capable of doing that. I think her success early this season really is based on how hard she worked last spring and the amount of time and effort and training she did this summer. And it is really showing

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on the court now.” Bowman, or K-Bo as her teammates call her, displayed some of this versatility in last week’s Trinity Invitational, posting double-doubles (double digit kills and digs) in every game of the tournament. “Kate is just a really constant force on the court,” Bourque said. “We can count on her no matter what. I know that if Kate messes up, she is going to get the next [one].”

Bowman also got much desired revenge against Christopher Newport University, who upset Emory in the regional finals last year. She says the game, in which she registered 12 kills and 23 digs, may have been her best performance to date. “[My games] keep getting better,” Bowman said. “This past Friday, we got a little revenge, which was a lot of fun. Our whole team played really well and as a team.”

Despite all of her personal achievements this season, Bowman prefers to focus more on the team than on herself. She attributes the success and growth she has seen along her volleyball journey to the work ethic she has learned from the tutelage of her teammates. “The seniors and other players

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Senior David Collura shot a two-over par 74 at the Rhodes Classic, good for 20th place in the field of 95. The Eagles finished second out of 18 teams at the tournament.

Eagles Open Season with Strong Second-Place Finish By Brian Chavkin Contributing Writer The golf team kicked off its season this past weekend with a secondplace finish in the season-opening tournament. Emory was one of 18 teams competing in the Rhodes Classic, which was a a36-hole event played on the Tunica Hills National Golf Course in Tunica, Miss. The course is a long par 72 that measures 7,125 yards. The tournament was supposed to be a twoday event that was expected to be played this past Sunday and Monday, but heavy rain and gusty winds on Monday interrupted the second day, cancelling the golf for the day and limiting the tournament to a one-day event.

“I was happy with the way we played on Sunday ... and disappointed we did not get to play on Monday,” Head Coach John Sjoberg said. The Eagles showed up to their first competition of the year with an older, more experienced team, consisting of one senior, three juniors and a sophomore. Emory finished the tournament with a total score of 294, trailing only Southwestern University (Texas), which finished with a combined score of 281. Sophomore Alex Wunderlich shot the best score on the team, coming in with a three under 69 and finishing second overall behind Southwestern University sophomore Jordan Cowart, who shot a seven under 65. Wunderlich birdied the 18th hole to

put the team into second place, and to place himself in second individually. “[It] didn’t seem overly important at the time, but the second round got rained out so it ended up being pretty big,” Wunderlich said. “Coach always stresses that every shot counts, even in the first round, and the fact that everyone played well right from the start really paid off.” Sjoberg described the rest of the team’s play as “very mature,” and was happy that they “stayed patient and scored well.” Senior David Collura finished in a tie for 20th, shooting 74, while junior Will Roth finished in a tie for 29th, shooting 75. Junior Alec Berens shot 76 while junior Johnathan Chen shot 77. Emory fin-

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Okay, so now it is on to week 3, and I have a few notes and comments to discuss before I get into football. First, I am sick. It sucks being sick, especially in college. I sit here in distress waiting for some magical genie to come with some medicine and food, and then I realize that the genie is about a few thousand miles away in New Jersey tending to my two younger brothers. It sucks. And the worst thing about getting sick in college is that everyone else around you is always sick, keeping the germs concentrated. Essentially, college is a trap where everyone is always going to be getting sick and never getting better. I guess I am also in a bad mood because the Jets did what everyone thought they were going to do, which I will get into a bit later. The final note is that fun-school time is basically over for me, which is unfortunate. The first month of school, everyone is gallivanting around, having a merry time, just enjoying how there are no tests ... until you get into October! I have four tests, all pretty substantially sized, in a matter of a week and a half. No biggie. Before I go lock myself in the library with my textbooks and Cheez-Its, let’s move on to my picks. As usual, the home team is indicated in CAPITALS.

St. Louis at CHICAGO You would have to assume that Jay Cutler would eventually get just a wee bit better, right? Maybe just

a smidgen? But no, he spent week two progressively getting worse and worse, culminating with him shoving his 6’7”, 333-pound left tackle and blind side protector. Not a great idea. And after being embarrassed by a truly mediocre Green Bay defense, you would have to think that he has hit rock-bottom. The Bears were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender, but unfortunately for Jay, the team is only as good as their quarterback.

Some people think last week was a fluke; I am not one of those people. On the flip side, St. Louis is coming off of a victory against the Redskins, a game that went down to the wire. Sam Bradford played marvelously, limiting his mistakes and making timely throws. I am betting on the Rams for this one. Who’s the fantasy sleeper in this game? Check out little Danny Amendola. Some people think last week was a fluke; I am not one of those people. He is Bradford’s favorite target, and I think that this chemistry will shine through in the upcoming weeks. St. Louis 28

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Tampa Bay at DALLAS Although both teams would probably like a mulligan for their performances last week, there is no excuse for how either team lost. Dallas had the opportunity to play against the Seahawks’ rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who is legitimately at most one inch taller than I am.

Seattle had come off a loss to the miserable (yet still 2-0) Cardinals, and Dallas had just won a rivalry game against the Giants. And then, Dallas just showed up flat and got rocked. Tampa Bay had a new coach, new players and a new attitude heading into the season. After a win against Superman Cam and the Panthers, the Buccaneers headed into the Meadowlands looking to take down the Giants. And it was working out well until they unraveled, and Eli turned on beast mode. So coming into this game, both teams have something to prove. And I think that the Cowboys will pull through. My fantasy sleeper in this game has to be Dallas Clark. Dallas has some great cornerbacks, but their safeties are questionable, and Clark is way too good not to exploit that weakness. DALLAS 38 Tampa

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New York Jets at MIAMI It is the battle of the circus teams as the Jets head into Miami, and while I do not want to jinx anything, I firmly believe that the Jets should walk away from this matchup with a victory. Forget how Mark Sanchez hit only six out of 17 passes in the second half. Forget how the entire offense just shut down after a solid first drive and a lead through the first quarter. The Miami Dolphins are one of many teams in the NFL currently rebuilding, and with an unproven Ryan Tannehill against a formidable Jets defense, I think that this is a winnable game. As in their first game, the Jets offense will get a lot of opportunities to pass, and that confidence will be necessary for Mark Sanchez to

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