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The Emory Wheel 100 Years of

Emory University’s Independent Student Newspaper

Volume 101, Issue 4

Printed Every Wednesday

Wednesday, february 12, 2020

Coronavirus Spurs Campus Fear, Stigma Chinese Students Speak Out About Misinformation By Thomas Kreutz Staff Writer While most Emory students were wrapping up their winter break, Lily Song (22C) from Wuhan, China, was watching the coronavirus outbreak bring her hometown to the brink of chaos. Song was on Emory’s campus on Jan. 25 when her city was put on lockdown, with her grandmother and grandfather still inside. Song told the Wheel that she first heard about the virus through an app called Weibo, a popular Chinese media app akin to Facebook, where initial posts about the virus surfaced before being removed by the Chinese government. Though Weibo helped those near to the major city stay up to date, rumors and stigma on social media surrounding the virus have recently tainted Song’s experience as a Chinese student at Emory. “The major influence on me [are] the rumors, the public opinions that blame Wuhan citizens for making the virus,” Song said. “I have friends joking … [who] wear masks around us … that say, ‘I am from Wuhan.’” Zack Zhang (23C) is from Beijing.

Zhang told the Wheel that he too has worn the burden of the undue prejudice associated with the coronavirus, stating that some have called it “the kung fu virus” on various social media platforms. “When I hear people make jokes or become more afraid of Chinese students, I don’t think it is very reasonable,” Zhang said. “Right now, people are so focused on this virus, but the flu is also a big part of the issue that kills thousands of people every year.” Emory University Student Health Services (SHS) saw 25 influenza cases between Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, an amount that the center usually amasses throughout the course of a week, according to SHS Interim Assistant Vice President and Executive Director Sharon Rabinovitz. In an interview with the Wheel, Rabinovitz said the influx of visits was a “multifactorial” balance between the U.S. flu season and the growing publicity of the coronavirus. “People are worried about the coronavirus,” Rabinovitz said. ”If they had the flu or if they were sick, they came in to get checked out. It was a layered effect, … which is

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Civil rights lawyer and best-selling author Bryan Stevenson will address graduating Emory students at the University’s 2020 Commencement ceremony.

Civil Rights Lawyer to Speak at Commencement By Anjali Huynh Contributing Writer

Renowned human rights lawyer and best-selling author Bryan Stevenson will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Commencement ceremony and receive an honorary doctor of law degree. Stevenson received critical acclaim for his 2014 work, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” which recounts his experience with Walter McMillian, a black man wrongly convicted of murdering Ronda Morrison in 1986. The book received awards such

as the Andrew Cargenie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction and was the 2018-2019 University Common Reading Program book selection. It was later made into a major motion picture released in 2019. Stevenson spoke at the University in October 2018 to discuss unfairness in the criminal justice system with former death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, the Wheel previously reported. “We have a system that treats you better when you are rich and guilty than when you are poor and innocent,” Stevenson said.

Student Files Complaint Against Univ. Over Severed Finger By Calen MacDonald Senior Staff Writer An Emory student has submitted a legal complaint against the University after he was “severely and permanently injured” in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity house. Attorney Zachary Nelson filed the complaint in the Dekalb County Georgia State Court on Dec. 5, 2019, claiming that his client’s right middle finger was severed on Jan. 23, 2018 as a result of the University’s negligence. Justin Yoo (20B), a member of SAE, was reportedly injured in the common area of the SAE house at 18 Eagle Row when a window “suddenly fell” and severed his finger. The complaint reports that Yoo had never before interacted with the window and that the University was responsible for the window’s maintenance. The complaint requests that Yoo receive the full value of past and future medical expenses as well as compensation for mental and physical pain and “permanent disfigurement.” Yoo

has already incurred medical expenses exceeding $122,971 from the injury. In its response to the complaint, Emory accepted ownership of and responsibility for renovations at the SAE house but denied responsibility for the injury and daily maintenance of the house. According to the defense, “residents of the house are responsible for daily maintenance.” The defense attributes the injuries to “the actions of others including but not limited to [Yoo].” The University’s attorney, Kyle Sparwath, submitted a demand for a jury trial on Jan. 3. Nelson told the Wheel that litigation can take between six months and several years. The case is currently in “discovery,” where both parties’ lawyers collect and share information. The date of the trial depends on many factors, including the court’s schedule, witness availability and the length of the discovery period, according to Nelson. “Emory has an obligation to look after the people that they’re taking under their wing,” Nelson said. “When

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School (Mass.) in 1985, Stevenson moved to Atlanta to work as a death penalty defense attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights and became director of its center for Alabama operations in 1989. After Congress cut funding for death penalty defense centers, Stevenson converted the center into the Equal Justice Initiative. This nonprofit organization legally represents those who have been “illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons.”


Saba Closes After 14 Years By Christopher Labaza Contributing Writer

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother Justin Yoo (20B) alleges that his right middle finger was severed due to University negligence. you’re sending your son off to a great school like [Emory], you should be able to expect that they’re being provided with a safe place to live.” Nelson said that the next step in the case is a deposition, where lawyers representing both parties will question witnesses under oath. Individuals who could be called for questioning include Emory employ-

ees, students and Yoo’s health care providers. Yoo did not respond to the Wheel’s requests for comment. Sparwath declined to comment, citing Emory’s policy to not discuss matters under litigation.

— Contact Calen MacDonald at ccmacdo@emory.edu

Saba, one of two Italian restaurants in Emory Village, relocated on Feb. 8 due to maintenance concerns after 14 years of operation.Saba Owner and Manager Shane Mixon cited a growing disrepair of the building and increasing costs of maintenance as the primary reasons for the restaurant’s closure. “[There are] a lot of issues with the [building’s] exterior that are causing problems,” Mixon said. “We have a leaky roof [that] recently caused both


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Rabbi Sharon Shalom Talks Ethiopian-Israeli Identity By Bethany Stoller Contributing Writer A small crowd of students, staff and faculty gathered to hear Rabbi Sharon Shalom discuss his experiences navigating race and identity as an Ethiopian-Israeli rabbi at an event hosted by the Institute for Jewish Studies on Feb. 7. “My journey as an Israeli is more difficult than my journey to Israel,” Shalom said. “It is not easy.” Shalom was born in a Jewish community in Ethiopia that faced longstanding persecution from other religious groups. During his childhood, his grandfather would tell him that God had promised to deliver their people to Israel. “I would ask, ‘When will God fulfill his promise to his prophets?’ And my grandfather would say, ‘Now,’” Shalom said. “After 3,000 years, finally, finally, we fulfilled our dream.” Shalom’s family eventually walked from their Ethiopian village to Sudan. In 1982, when he was 8, Shalom was brought to Israel through the Israeli government’s Operation Brothers — an operation in which the Israeli government transported Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel.

Today, Shalom is a renowned scholar of Ethiopian-Jewish identity. He sees the second generation of Ethiopian Israelis struggle to establish an Israeli identity. While the children of European immigrants typically integrate smoothly into Israeli society, that has not been the case for secondgeneration Ethiopian Israelis. Instead, they feel like foreigners, the speaker said. The problem, Shalom argues, lies in a perception that Ethiopian Israelis are not fully Israeli due to their nontraditional practices and dark complexion. Ethiopian Jews now make up 2 percent of Israel’s population but are overrepresented in prisons and are treated as less intelligent than European Jews. However, Shalom stated that he does not see race as the root of the problem. “The issue is not racism,” he said. “The issue is who is a Jew in Israel. … The problem is that when the Ethiopians came to Israel, the rabbinate told them, ‘You are not Jews.’” The rejection has created a collective sense of shame among the children of Ethiopian immigrants. “I think the root of the problem is that Ethiopians in Israel lost our hope,” Shalom said. “They feel inferior

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Rabbi Sharon Shalom addresses a group of staff and faculty in Callaway Memorial Center at an event hosted by the Institute of Jewish Studies on Feb. 7. about their identity, about their tradition. In Ethiopia our secret was hope, to believe in ourselves. But in Israel the second generation lost their hope. They feel bad about their identity.” Despite these obstacles, Shalom feels confident in his own identity. Rather than choosing between his Israeli identity and his Ethiopian identity, he embraces both. “When I feel 100 percent Israeli

more and more and more, I feel drawn to being more Ethiopian,” he said. “When I feel more Ethiopian, I feel free to be more Israeli.” Shalom currently teaches at BarIlan University in Israel and is a rabbi of an Ashkenazi congregation in Kiryat Gat, Israel. Despite his own confidence, Shalom still faces questions about his identity, specifically on the possibility of

his Ethiopian roots and his Ashkenazi identity. In the face of unending stereotypes, Shalom said he focuses on his own identity rather than the perceptions of others. “The question is not how they will accept me,” he stated. “It’s how I accept myself.”

— Contact Bethany Stoller at bstolle@emory.edu

Student Gov. Discusses Election Day Holiday, Emory Edge Program By Tanika Deuskar Senior Staff Writer During its Feb. 10 meeting, the 53rd Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed a resolution emphasizing the need to fund unpaid internships and also discussed a bill that would advocate for a University-wide election day holiday. Earlier this month, legislators discussed Graduate Student Government Association Speaker Aisha Mahmood’s (18C, 20PH) proposal for a Universitywide religious observance policy at the second joint meeting of the SGA and GSGA on Feb. 5. SGA Passes Resolution Seeking Commitment on Funding for Unpaid Internships SGA unanimously passed Resolution 53sl2 to commit University administrators to establish a grant that would provide funding to students pursuing unpaid or underpaid internships. The resolution also advocates for the development of Emory Edge, a program that will help students with job and internship recruitment. SGA President Ben Palmer (18Ox, 20C), SGA Vice President Lori Steffel (21B), SGA Chief of Staff Mikko Biana (21C) and Vice President of the Diversity and Equity Committee Ronake Desai (21C) sponsored the resolution. A Feb. 3 letter written by the sponsors to University President Claire E. Sterk and Interim Provost Jan Love cites peer institutions such as the University of Chicago (Ill.) that have provided “stipends for students involved in unpaid internships” and states that the goal of SGA is to “procure funding for all students that can be utilized to cover the costs associated with unpaid internships, study abroad, or research.” The letter also called upon the Offices of the President and the Provost to develop a detailed plan for Emory Edge and set a fundraising goal. Steffel said that according to Emory College Dean Michael Elliott, “the price tag on something like this is close to half a billion dollars,” admitting

that raising the funds would not be easy. Palmer and Steffel added that the ideal scenario involves the creation of an endowment fund, but that a more realistic approach would ensure that administrators prioritize Emory Edge when allocating University resources. In response to a question posed by College Council (CC) Junior Representative Aliye Korucu (21C) about the impact of Sterk’s retirement on the resolution, Palmer said that one of the goals of the resolution was to set “a standard.” “Just because there is a new president coming in doesn’t mean that this shouldn’t be a priority,” Palmer said. “This is a good opportunity to say that, as an incoming president, this is the thing that they should be thinking about.” Resolution to Promote UniversityWide Election Day Holiday Legislation sponsored by CC Senior Legislator Justin Cohen (20C), which aims to promote a University-wide holiday on the day of the general election and midterm elections, underwent its first reading in the legislature on Feb. 10. “I think that this is a really important step to giving a concrete example of our Student Bill of Rights that we passed earlier this year,” Cohen said. “I think it is a really important way to start engaging in our civic duty.” Cohen has yet to meet with the Office of the Registrar regarding the potential holiday, adding that he aims to gain the support of divisional student government organizations before doing so. Cohen’s resolution has already been introduced to the BBA Council, Emory Student Nurses Association and CC, and these divisional councils will vote on the resolution this week. SGA will vote next week, after Korucu objected to a vote during the meeting, citing her desire to see the results of votes in other divisional councils prior to a vote in SGA. Cohen said that he will be introducing the resolution to Oxford SGA and the graduate divisional councils as well.

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Members of the 53rd Student Government Association discuss two resolutions regarding funding for unpaid internships and a potential holiday on election day. GSGA Speaker Calls for University-Wide Religious Observance Policy The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) held their second joint meeting of the academic year on Feb. 5 to discuss the formulation of a Universitywide religious observance policy.

“Last semester ... students were forced to make the decision of, ‘Will I come to class, or will I practice my faith?’” — GSGA Speaker Aisha Mahmood (18C, 20PH) As a continuation of last year’s policy, the religious observance proposal would offer specially proctored exams for students fasting during the month of Ramadan and establish a multifaith calendar that could be used by profes-

sors to schedule examinations, GSGA Speaker Aisha Mahmood (18C, 20PH) told the Wheel. GSGA believes such a policy is necessary as upcoming exam schedules overlap with significant Islamic and Jewish holidays. Ramadan, for example, falls between April 23 and May 23 in 2020 and between April 12 and May 11 in 2021. “In the law school, if you miss 20 percent of the class, you are presumed to have failed the class,” Mahmood said. “Last semester, there were two Jewish High Holidays that fell on those days, and students were forced to make the decision of, ‘Will I come to class, or will I practice my faith?’” Mahmood said that the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is willing to accomodate students but that the onus of such a request falls on students. Currently, students are required to “self identify” to professors as Muslim, according to Mahmood, and there is no official guarantee that these students will be accommodated. “We [also] don’t think that that is fully appropriate,” she said. The initiative aims to mirror Harvard Divinity School’s (Mass.) Multifaith Calendar, which contains a

list of all major religious holidays and requests professors to schedule exams with these holidays in consideration. Discussion of Response to Mac Donald Speech, Future Events SGA and GSGA also discussed releasing a non-political value-based statement in response to Heather Mac Donald’s controversial talk on Jan. 28. Both organizations have not released a statement thus far. School of Law Representative James Atkison (22L) said that in addition to a statement, the GSGA is considering creating a website with links to data to fact-check Mac Donald’s claims so that “students know what is actually the truth.” Korucu added that a potential step is to create a policy aimed to provide students sufficient time to respond to political speakers by informing them about such events earlier. “[T]here aren’t any rules in place to stop the speaker from coming, so having more time to prepare a countermeeting to discuss this situation would have been nice,” Korucu said.

— Contact Tanika Deuskar at tdeuska@emory.edu

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Poet Nikki Giovanni To Give Reading at Emory American poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will give a free reading of her work on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. to close out Black History Month as part of the 15th season of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, according to an Emory press release. Giovanni’s work covers topics that range from race and social issues to children’s literature. Her reading, which will be held in the Emory Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, will also feature her books and a limited-edition broadsheet for sale. Giovanni has written many collections of poetry, as well as many works of nonfiction and children’s literature. Her most recent publications are “Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” and the children’s book of poetry “I Am Loved.” New Title IX Rules to Include Definition of Dating Violence U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ new rules concerning sexual misconduct across U.S. colleges is expected to improve protections for victims of dating violence and stalking as a part of its new Title IX rules, according to The New York Times. The new rules will consider instances of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence as misconduct that universities are required to investigate. Other aspects of the new rules have been criticized by victims’ rights advocates for their inclusion of a narrow definition of sexual harassment, which would limit circumstances in which a university would be required to investigate instances of sexual harassment, the Wheel previously reported. According to The New York Times, more than 120,000 comments received during the public comment period (a 60-day period following the publication of new federal regulations in the Federal Register that allows for public feedback) advocated for increased regulations for instances of dating violence.

Georgetown Announces Halt of Fossil Fuel Investments Georgetown University (D.C.) President John J. DeGioia announced on Feb. 6 that Georgetown will end new investments of endowment funds in fossil fuel companies and will move to withdraw funds that were already invested in the firms, according to The Washington Post. The decision reflects a national push of students to minimize the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. Many student groups on the Georgetown campus, such as GU Fossil Free, have been working to pressure the university to take a stand against climate change. Georgetown plans to stop all investments in publicly traded fossil fuel companies by 2025 and halt private investments by 2030. International Students Gain Important Immigration Victory On Feb. 6, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina Loretta C. Biggs sided in favor of universities and international students in a case that would have barred a large number of international students from returning to the U.S. after the expiration of their legal status, according to Politico. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised memo in August 2018 regarding nonimmigrants who violate their status. The revision would have changed how immigration officials determined the duration of a visitor’s “unlawful presence” in the U.S. Multiple American colleges sued over this change and argued that it would jeopardize millions of international students. The following May, the same district court issued a nationwide injunction that blocked the memo’s implementation in response to lawsuits from multiple universities. The decision by Biggs prevents the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from imposing 3- and 10-year re-entry bans on international students, according to Forbes. The decision also marks an assurance that the U.S. remains open for international students to study.

Former PIMCO CEO Sentenced To 9 Months in College Admissions Scandal U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton charged Douglas Hodge, ex-CEO of global investment firm Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO), with money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud on Feb. 7, according to The New York Times. Hodge paid bribes for four of his childrens’ admissions into Georgetown and the University of Southern California as athletic recruits. Hodge was sentenced to nine months in prison, fined $750,000 and ordered to complete 500 hours of community service. Hodge’s sentence was the heaviest punishment of any parent sentenced in the admissions scandal thus far. Gorton stated that Hodge needed to pay a significant price for his criminal conduct in order to prevent himself and others from misusing their fortunes; however, Hodge’s record of philanthropy helped him receive a shorter sentence, the Times reported. Kemp’s Re-election Campaign Has R aised More Than $5 Million Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection campaign has raised more than $5 million as of Jan. 31, according to the Atlanta JournalConstitution (AJC). Increased donations are attributed to consistent contributions from lobbyists, special-interest PACs and individual groups and donors. Among Kemp’s most prominent donors is Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who gave the individual maximum of $18,100 to Kemp’s campaign. Loeffler was appointed by Kemp to the U.S. Senate to replace former Sen. Johnny Isakson after his retirement. Stacey Abrams, Kemp’s former gubernatorial opponent, also raised significant money through her voting-rights organization Fair Fight Action, which has brought in almost $20 million since her loss, mostly from out-of-state donors. — Contact Layla Wofsy at lwofsy@emory.edu

Barré-Sinoussi, Singer to Receive Honorary Degrees Continued from Page 1 Over the span of his career, Stevenson and his staff successfully represented hundreds of wrongly convicted individuals on death row, including in several Supreme Court cases. He also helped establish the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala. to commemorate those who were lynched in the South and display the United States’ history of slavery and racism. “Bryan Stevenson has worked tirelessly to confront systemic racism and injustice and to inspire all people to do the same,” University President Claire E. Sterk said in a statement. “We are delighted to honor his unflagging efforts to challenge and overcome inequality.” Stevenson received numerous awards for his attorney work from organizations like the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. In addition to Stevenson’s address, the University will present honorary degrees to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

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Int’l Students Lobby Emory for Chinese Aid Continued from Page 1

... Imagine if this happened in your “It’s about distinguishing between hometown?” Chinese Student Association (CSA) fear based in reality and fear based Co-President Stella Li (21B, 21C) told in fear.” Kaslow also noted that though the Wheel that CSA is organizing volshe believes Emory students unteer trips to MedShare, a Decaturremain informed, the virus’s unfa- based nonprofit that distributes supmiliarity coupled with a widespread plies to areas affected by various urgency creates an esoteric view of epidemics. the news. Li said that CSA learned about “There is a subgroup of peo- MedShare when reaching out to ple that even if they read and Emory’s Office of the President know they don’t have it, they with hopes to collaborate. Though will panic anyhow,” Kaslow said. no official partnership was formed “It’s hard to keep up with the news with CSA, Li learned that Emory Healthcare has already donated to that’s changing every day.” According to the Atlanta Journal- MedShare, who have shipped a Constitution, the total of two million Georgia Department masks and coveralls. of Public Health “The major influence In addition to holdbegan monitoring ing volunteer opportuon me [are] the 200 Atlanta resinities with MedShare, rumors, the public dents for coronaviopinions that blame CSA is also working with other student rus-like symptoms Wuhan citizens for organizations to creon Feb. 2. making the virus.” The department ate fundraisers and quarantined those other events on cam— Lily Song (22) pus to better inform who have recently been on flights the student body on the from China and are coronavirus. calling this study a “proactive entry One of Li’s ideas is to have a table at screening.” Wonderful Wednesdays with pictures Similarly, SHS has been working and first-hand accounts of people with Emory’s Office of Critical Event affected by coronavirus, with hopes to Preparedness and Response to create objectively identify and inform about an initial screening for the coronavi- common misconceptions among the rus that involves travel and contact Emory student body. Both Song and Zhang said that history, an evaluation of flu-like symptoms and distribution of safety devices misinformation, fear and the evercomplicating story of the outbreak such as masks. Rabinovitz said that during the hasn’t discouraged them from looking influx, no student was turned away to other Emory students for support. from a coronavirus screening. “I think people should improve “I think sensitivity around the their sense of being safe, … but experience that the students of China I really don’t think we should be are feeling ... [and] how they are afraid,” Zhang said. being seen right now [is important],” Rabinowitz said. “For us it’s across the — Contact Thomas Kreutz at world, but for them it’s real and scary. tommy.kreutz@emory.edu


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The Emory Wheel Volume 101, Issue 4 © 2020 The Emory Wheel Alumni Memorial University Center, Room 401 630 Means Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30322 Business (404) 727-6178 Editors-in-Chief Nicole Sadek and Niraj Naik nwsadek@emory.edu and nhnaik@emory.edu

The 2020 Commencement ceremony will take place on May 11 on the Quadrangle. and Alison Singer. Barré-Sinoussi is a co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research focusing on combating HIV and controlling AIDS. Singer is the co-founder and president of the Autism Science Foundation and serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The 2019 Commencement speaker was diplomat and political activist Andrew Young.

— Contact Anjali Huynh at anjali.linh.huynh@emory.edu

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• Last week’s front page feature photo caption incorrectly states that Run the Row was on Friday, Feb. 1. In fact, it was on Saturday, Feb. 1. • In last week’s issue, “Buttigieg Leads in Emory Donations” incorrectly states that Matthew Bernstein joined the Emory faculty in 1990 and that he donated $171,780. In fact, he joined in 1989 and donated $172,098. • In last week’s issue, “Emory Senior to Release Second EP” incorrectly states that Chris Chandler’s EP will be released on Feb. 15. In fact, it will be released on Feb. 14.



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Emory Point Innovation Center Opens This Month By Ayushi Agarwal Asst. Copy Editor The Hatchery, a student innovation center located at Emory Point, is set to open by mid- to late February, according to inaugural Director Shannon Clute. The project is part of the Office of the Provost’s initiative to advance the “One Emory: Engaged for Impact” strategic framework which was adopted in September 2018. The University leased the building at Emory Point on 1578 Avenue Place, which previously housed Earth Fare supermarket. Initial work on the conceptual design with architects began in February 2019, according to Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy Christa Acampora (97G). Construction officially began in June 2019, and a certificate of occupancy was awarded in December 2019. More than half of The Hatchery’s funding comes from the One Emory project while the rest came from the University’s other school divisions, according to Acampora. Concrete numbers surrounding the center’s total cost were not provided. “Each of the deans and the schools and colleges have also committed resources to supporting the center, so it really is an activity that is supported

by all of Emory,” Acampora said. “It might be one of the few, if not the only, academic spaces connected with campus that is really for all students, all schools.” The creation of The Hatchery links most closely with One Emory’s third pillar, “Innovation through Scholarship and Creative Expression,” according to Acampora, who serves as the administrative lead for The Hatchery. An assessment done on existing innovation and entrepreneurship programs across Emory concluded that such programs have lacked focus and attention on Emory’s campus, according to Clute. The Hatchery is equipped to facilitate conversation, ideas and projects early in the innovation process, with the hope that it can become a source of support for those who don’t already have an idea they want to work on. The Hatchery’s occupancy capacity is approximately 300 people, and it includes an open event space that can hold 119 people. Clute said that the event space is designed to host events such as entrepreneurship programs that are currently held at the Goizueta Business School. The space does not include heavy machinery such as 3D printers to intentionally avoid replicating setups at other centers throughout the

University, like Cox Hall Computing Center’s MediaLab. A central “makerspace” is equipped with board games such as Settlers of Catan and Monopoly and maker sets like K’Nex toys and Meccano sets. The innovation center will be accessible to all University students, according to Clute. The majority of the center’s space will be available for walk-in visitors, but there will also be reservable spaces available. Clute hopes that when students book spaces, they will take advantage of the specific resources it offers rather than using it as another study space available on campus. In an effort to be sustainable, original labels and overhead light fixtures from Earth Fare have been repurposed in The Hatchery. A “cafe” sign leads students to the unofficial break room that will have free coffee, and a room in the back features a ping pong table to facilitate kinetic learning, according to Clute. The Hatchery’s staff will include an administrative assistant and a programming manager, and the hiring process is expected to be completed by the end of February. Two committees — the governance committee and the programming council — are also being formed. Each committee will have its own duties in the functioning of The Hatchery.

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The Hatchery, located at Emory Point, is set to open by midto late February. “[The governance committee] is related to the higher-level questions of strategic charter and use of the funds,” Clute said. “The other is the programming council, which will be composed of faculty and staff and potentially some students, that will lay down some general guidelines for best practices around the use of space.” Co-President of Emory Entrepreneurship and Venture Management (EEVM) Veena Jaipradeep (21B) attended an event on Jan. 30 hosted by Clute as a grand opening of The Hatchery to the Emory University Board of Trustees.

Emory-based wearable tech company Vimband, DooleyHacks by HackEmory, the Emory Impact Investing Group and EEVM’s Oxford College counterpart OxVentures were among the other organizations that were invited to the event. “I am excited to see different events that they put in the space more than just how it can be used as a casual study space for Emory Point students because I know their goal is to actually make the space an innovative center,” Jaipradeep said.

— Contact Ayushi Agarwal at aagar83@emory.edu

Mental Health Research at Emory The Mental Health and Development Program at Emory is enrolling participants, between the ages of 12 and 30, for an NIMH project on factors that contribute to risk for mental illness. Derrick Tran/Staff

After 14 years, Saba will rebrand as Paolino in Oakhurst. The restaurant is set to open this week.

Restaurant Relocates To Downtown Decatur

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base as unparalleled. Many members of the Emory comof the restaurant’s bathrooms to be munity are sad to see Saba close. Sean shut down.” Parker (22C), a student who frequentSaba’s catering service will remain ed Saba about once a month, described available as the resit as one of his favorite restaurants in Emory taurant relocates to Village. Oakhurst, a neigh“We have a leaky “The food was borhood southwest of roof [that] recently always good, and the downtown Decatur, price was reasonable under the new name caused both of for the amount you Paolino. the restaurant’s got,” Parker said. Mixon said he bathrooms to be Rohan Singh (22C) hopes to open the shutdown.” said he was “disnew location next week, although the traught” when he — Saba Owner and heard Saba was closrestaurant is waiting Manager Shane Mixon ing, stating that he will to obtain its alcohol license and will likely miss the atmosphere encourage customers and the pesto sauce. to bring their own alcohol during the Mixon plans to open Paolino within first few weeks of business. Mixon the next week. added that he hopes Saba can return to the Emory area in the future, char— Contact Christopher Labaza at clabaza@emory.edu acterizing Emory’s devoted customer

Individuals who are experiencing a decline in functioning and other symptoms (e g., social isolation, unusual thoughts/ perceptions, suspiciousness) may be eligible for an assessment that includes diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations, all conducted at Emory. Participants are compensated for their time and, if requested, test results can be provided to treatment providers. For further information, contact Elaine Walker, Ph.D. at psyefw@emory.edu or contact the Mental Health and Development Program at (404) 727-7547 or mentalhealth.research@emory.edu.

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Student Income Share Agreements Deceive, Debilitate At several colleges and universities around university, Emory would lose much of its acathe country, students seeking to fund their edu- demic diversity were it to ever lean on such agreements. cation now have an alternative to loans. Colleges’ adoption of these agreements Universities including Purdue (Ind.) and the University of California, San Diego offer an indicates a larger problem: higher education’s income share agreement, wherein students pay increasing costs and students’ decreasing abila certain percentage of their income for a fixed ity to afford them. Income share agreements period of time to universities or private lenders do nothing to solve those underlying problems. Congress should pass legislation to regulate after graduation. For many students, these agreements may them by outlawing deceptive marketing and seem like an attractive proposition, given that high effective interest rates. Both the government and universities must they don’t saddle borrowers with the large, also prioritize solutions such visibly intimidating debt of stuas greater need-based aid and dent loans. However, income share Beyond their financial student loan forgiveness that would offset the high price agreements are unregulated drawbacks, income of college rather than simply and often predatory; while they share agreements improve its optics. draw students in with attracTo prevent students from tive marketing, they frequently disrupt the liberal getting shortchanged by misleave students paying more arts model. leading agreements, Congress than they would under loans. could pass a bipartisan proUnlike student loans, posal that would expand proincome share agreements do not require students to pay back a fixed amount tections for low-income students and make of debt. As a result, students often end up pay- income share agreements dischargeable under ing more under these agreements than they bankruptcy, like traditional debt. Income share agreements and other related expect to: students can end up paying an effective interest rate of 18 percent under these proposals are an inadequate solution to a faragreements. This is more than double the 5 reaching problem in our country. In the United States, student loan debt is percent average rate that federal student loans already at approximately $1.6 trillion, a numcharge. Beyond their financial drawbacks, income ber that continues to climb every year, lagging share agreements disrupt the liberal arts model behind only mortgage debt as the highest conthat many colleges claim to support. The agree- sumer debt category. To solve this mounting crisis, we need bolder ments take higher percentages of income from students with majors that traditionally lead to plans than predatory loans under a different lower paying jobs, according to U.S. News and name. To start, it is necessary to decrease World Report. This model prioritizes starting the rising costs of higher education. Funding salary over genuine student interest, discour- for public universities fell during the Great aging students from pursuing intellectual pur- Recession, but with a stronger economy, states should reinvest money into these institutions to suits that may not lead to immediate payoffs. Moreover, they would incentivize colleges reduce tuition burden on students. Congress should also increase funding to prioritize the departments producing the highest-earning graduates, putting even greater for Pell Grants that reduce costs for students strain on less lucrative majors and potentially attending both public and private universities. College can easily drain student pockets, and leading to cuts to these departments. At a certain point of saturation, such measures could income share agreements can also drain them allow universities to profit directly from stu- of their passion. To preserve students’ academic dents’ debt, despite their nominal non-profit interests and financial futures, colleges must take the initiative to lower their costs rather status. Especially as a self-purported liberal arts than restructuring debt.

The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is composed of Zach Ball, Devin Bog, Jake Busch, Meredith McKelvey, Andrew Kliewer, Boris Niyonzima and Nick Pernas.

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Kemp’s Reforms Hurt Georgians

control, which includes individuals incarcerated, on parole or on Jake Busch probation, nationwide. People in state prisons account for about 54,000 of the roughly Georgia’s criminal justice 90,000 to 100,000 people in jail system, which saw significant or prison in Georgia. More than 400,000 Georgians reform in the last decade, will see more regressive changes under are on probation (including more than 200,000 on felony probation) Gov. Brian Kemp’s leadership. Kemp outlined part of his crime — the most of any U.S. state, and agenda during his State of the 100,000 more than second-place California. State address in mid-January. Even with the reforms Since then, Georgia lawmakers have pursued new policies on implemented under Deal, Georgia crime and punishment that are is far from fixing its broken uncontroversial, like tougher criminal justice system. Kemp’s plans to fight human penalties for human traffickers and more privacy for their victims. trafficking and gangs hint at a But other changes that have decidedly aggressive approach to already received support from crime this year. Atlanta is the largest sex state legislators, including budget cuts to accountability courts and trafficking hub in the country, and the public defender program, much of Georgia law enforcement deviate from reforms that serve pointed to gang-related crime as its biggest concern. the interests of Georgians. But stricter sentences for The impending overhaul of of fenders and parts of the state’s less money for criminal justice rehabilitation program comes p r o g r a m s on the heels of an not save young eight-year reform Kemp and lawmakers will people from falling effort led by former supporting these v ictim to or G ov. Nat h a n becoming complicit D e a l, Kemp’s budget cuts are in these criminal predecessor, that bound to become enterprises. has perhaps become the pallbearers of Kemp’s promise t he crow n i ng the state’s criminal to fund a mental achievement and legacy of his justice reform rather health counselor for Georgia public high governorship. than its newest schools is a start, Deal reduced champions. but the Georgians numerous nonmost vulnerable v iolent cr imes to t ra f f ick ing from felony to and gangs — misdemeanor adolescents and st at u s, e a se d penalties for many drug offenders teenagers — need more support if in the state and expanded Kemp hopes to solve these crises accountability courts, which help soon. It’s unfortunate for the offenders avoid jail if they meet treatment and work requirements. governor that state lawmakers Kemp, according to his press rejected his planned additions secretary on Twitter, sought to to accountability courts, as it expand funding for accountability reflects poorly on both him and courts but was rebuked by state his party. Deal made clear that criminal lawmakers. Whether or not this is true, justice reform could and should be these courts will see significant an issue taken up by conservatives. Kemp needs to reinforce that cuts as a result of Georgia’s budget for the year, part of the demand commitment and continue to help that state agencies decrease their Georgians in need, party politics budgets by 4 percent and 6 percent aside. As it is, the United States’ over the next two years. overcrowded Added to the hit taken by racially-biased, the accountability courts, $3.5 and heav y-handed criminal million in cuts to Georgia’s public justice system is a humanitarian defender system will devastate crisis, and Georgia embodies the poor defendants and have the country’s broken way of justice. We must treat and address it as potential to grow a incarcerated population that Deal helped such with comprehensive policy solutions, just as Deal did in the reduce. Specifically, Georgia saw 2010s. But instead, Kemp and a historic drop in its African American incarcerated population lawmakers supporting these during the Deal era, an important budget cuts are bound to become victory that could be undone when the pallbearers of the state’s Georgia’s accountability courts criminal justice reform rather and public defenders lose millions than its newest champions. In doing so, they are betraying in funding. The debates under the Gold Deal, his legacy and the citizens Dome don’t capture the urgency they were elected to serve. of criminal justice reform in the state. Jake Busch (22C) serves on Georgia has quietly accrued the Editorial Board. He is from the highest rate of correctional Brookhaven, Ga.



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Watch What You Emory, Protect Undoc. Students Read Online Kamryn Olds

Madeline Lutwyche I awoke last week to a notification from my Flipboard news app promoting an article headlined “Earth is About to Enter a 30-Year ‘Mini Ice Age’ as a ‘Solar Minimum’ Grips The Planet.” After reading a few paragraphs, I scrolled to the top of the page. The piece was published on Mashable, a site which produces a range of content, much of which is celebrity gossip and click-bait advice columns. Immediately suspicious, I searched the web for confirmation. The basis of the Mashable article is true; our sun’s magnetic field goes through approximately 11-year cycles and the star has now entered a phase of lower-level surface activity. However, the statement that this change “would have a significant impact on global average temperatures” and the insinuation that such an effect could invalidate climate change predictions were extremely misleading. I shudder to think how such an article would be interpreted by a climate change skeptic, and wondered how many other readers would go to lengths to expose the article for what it is: carefully constructed pseudoscience. The web we spend so much of our time surfing is inundated not only by blatantly fake news, but also by deceptive headlines, advertisements, clickbait, doctored photos and videos, and unsupported, poorly-argued opinions. As Facebook and other media giants come under fire for allowing misleading and dangerous content on

their platforms, consumers must learn that the onus of truth-seeking is on them. The internet is an open system. It allows billions of anonymous users to share information via billions of channels, many of them uncensored, and users simply cannot rely on platforms to sanitize sites for them. Requiring sites themselves to vet their information not only raises freedom-of-speech concerns, but is also naive; there is simply too much content, and too many avenues, to stop bad actors from reaching an audience. Social media platforms have been publicly condemned for their failure to censor problematic content, and now many are attempting to do so. Instagram has allowed users to flag “misinformation” since August 2019, and Twitter announced on Feb. 4 that it would begin flagging “deceptively altered” images and videos. Those efforts will hopefully help curtail the spread of misleading information, but platforms can only do so much. The true irony is that many sites are expressly designed to encourage the kind of impulsive decisions that promote misinformation. With (usually) just one click, we can share, comment on, retweet or “Like” any content we find. And much of the media we consume is designed to trigger immediate action, whether through inciting anger, pity or selfrighteousness. Consumers are left with two options: either submit to the media’s manipulation or commit to routinely fact-checking their sources. Responsible consumers are left with only the latter. Madeline Lutwyche (20C) is from Baltimore.

Why does the Georgia Board of Regents support banning undocumented and DACA students from public universities? Students, faculty and community members across the country have been asking this same question for nearly a decade. In October 2010, the Georgia Board of Regents (BOR), a governorappointed body which oversees the state’s public universities, passed Policies 4.1.6 and 4.3.4. The policies banned undocumented students from the state’s five highest-ranked public schools and denied them in-state tuition, respectively. As of 2017, DACA recipients paid $72 million in state and local taxes, and as of 2018, undocumented immigrants contributed approximately $352 million. The 4.1.6 admissions ban now applies to three institutions: the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and Georgia College. Together, 4.1.6 and 4.3.4 reinstate the systemic pressures that already make it difficult for undocumented people to become educated members of society. Organizations such as Freedom University have fought to overturn these policies and ensure equal access to education in the state. But where is Emory in this fight? As a private university, Emory is not subject to BOR policies. In 2015, under pressure from the Freedom at Emory Initiative, Emory announced that it would accept DACA students. And, in 2017, after the Emory Sanctuary Coalition pressed the administration, the University expanded this policy to all undocumented applicants. But these steps are not enough. U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration has terminated the DACA program, a decision now pending in the Supreme Court and threatening undocumented students’ safety across the nation. Still, Emory refuses to fully support these students by officially declaring itself a “sanctuary campus.”

That is to say Emory does not promise to use all available legal options to prevent overreach by police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, such as requiring a judicial warrant for any law enforcement official to search for undocumented students on University property. On some level, this refusal stems from fear. Freedom University and the Emory Sanctuary Coalition were successful in rallying the community to lobby for Emory’s current policies.

Emory refuses to fully support these students by officially declaring itself a “sanctuary campus.”

So, in 2017, the Georgia General Assembly gave a warning; it introduced the “Anti-Sanctuary Campus Bill,” HB 37, promising to deny state funding and state-administered federal funding to any private university that adopted a “sanctuary policy.” At this moment, Emory could have stayed resolute and used its institutional power to oppose this bill in state courts. But, before HB 37 had even passed, newly elected Emory President Claire E. Sterk stated that the University would not declare sanctuary status, claiming that, “Declaring ourselves a sanctuary campus not only lacks substantive meaning for policy and practice, but also sends a message that is interpreted inconsistently across the country.” She admitted that the possible suspension of funding had also affected her decision to rebuff sanctuary status. Two days after the university made this statement, Donald J. Trump (who ran with a promise to repeal DACA) was inaugurated President of the United States. One hundred years before HB 37, a similar 1917 Georgia statute threatened to rescind tax-exempt status from any

university that admitted both black and white students. In 1962, in the middle of the civil rights movement, Emory decided to battle this statute in Georgia’s Supreme Court and secure its integration a year later. Now, Emory has the opportunity to fight discrimination when it is not covenient and fulfill its promise to “promot[e] an open and genuinely diverse environment.” Currently, the University pays lobbyists to defend its interests at the Georgia legislature. Why, then, can’t they defend the interests of undocumented Emory students? Some like Sterk have argued, that “sanctuary” is just a word, “inconsistent” in its interpretation and less important than Emory’s more “substantive” commitments to undocumented students. Some undocumented students in the past even expressed their concerns about a santuary label, hinting that it might make the University a target. Still, the question is whether possibly becoming a target is worth it if Emory can also use all the legal tools available to protect its undocumented students, whether it is worth it if Emory can also stand with the various other private colleges across the nation that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Just last year, Emory signed an amicus curiae brief with 18 other universities in support of DACA. This was a positive statement meant to draw attention to the University. Yet, it is still not the statement that will do the most to support undocumented students here in Georgia. The passing of HB 37 proves that “sanctuary” is more than just a word; it is a powerful, concrete commitment to legal non-cooperation with immigration authorities. If Emory opposes this bill and declares itself a sanctuary, it will show its willingness to fight for a safe, diverse learning environment. It will become an example to other Georgia universities and demonstrate its resistance to oppressive state and federal policies. Emory, please protect your students.

Kamryn Olds (22C) is from Annandale, Va.


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Polarization Deserves Blame for Acquittal Go Green Ethics Must Supersede Partisan Rancor

Brammhi Balarajan Last week, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress with both Democrats and Republicans largely sticking to party lines. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted to convict Trump for abuse of power, defying his party in a historic move. As the first U.S. senator to vote to remove a president from his own party, he faced degrading backlash and criticism from both his fellow Republicans and Trump, a sign of the extreme partisan divide sweeping our nation. As party polarization encourages isolation and conformity within parties, Romney should not be vilified for voting for Trump’s removal from office.

The Republican Party’s unwavering Party polarization has been support of Trump during the increasing in recent years. There’s an 82-point party difference impeachment trial accentuates in the Republican and Democrat members’ obligatory loyalty toward approval ratings of Trump, the largest their own group. Despite many gap in the history of Republ ic a n s polls measured by admitting that Trump Gallup since Dwight abused the power of D. Eisenhower’s This threat represents his office, they still administration. a prominent culture voted to acquit him, That polarization largely to placate follows a trend: former of fear in which Presidents Barack elected officials are their constituents and Obama and George forced to conform to retain power. In the paper “The W. Bush also received their party instead Nature and Origins high gaps of approval of acting in the best of Misperceptions,” between parties. political researchers Extreme party interests of their found that polarization loyalty can have severe constituents. causes members of negative effects on our political parties to feel society, demonstrated pressured to conform most recently in within their groups despite their Trump’s acquittal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch personal beliefs. A CBS News report indicated that McConnell (R-Ky.) utilized this great division to deny a fair trial in the Republican senators were allegedly Senate, refusing to hear from witnesses warned, “Vote against the president and speeding the trial through the and your head will be on a pike.” This threat represents a prominent chamber as quickly as possible. Partisanship should not have a role culture of fear in which elected officials in impeachment trials, and the Senate are forced to conform to their party should have put forth a thorough trial. instead of acting in the best interests

of their constituents. The Republicans were pressured into voting for Trump unless they wanted to be attacked on social media and face dismal re-election prospects without Trump’s support. The Republican Party would not have lost control of the executive power by virtue of Trump’s removal of office; Vice President Mike Pence would likely have advocated and worked toward their interests just the same. Republican senators should have fought for a fair and just trial by hearing from witnesses and allowing more evidence to be presented. Regardless of their party’s interests, morality should trump party loyalty. Despite having little to lose in terms of policy from Trump’s removal from office, rampant partisanship demanded that Republicans vote to acquit Trump lest they risk losing voters and diminish their chances of re-election.

Brammhi Balarajan (23C) is an Opinion Columnist from Las Vegas. Brammhi’s Ballot is a weekly column exploring current developments in American politics.

Brammhi Balarajan Given the existential nature of the climate crisis, efforts to reduce waste and lower greenhouse gas emissions are more vital now than ever before. Average global temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising and the crisis is worsening as we continue to experience droughts, forest fires and other natural disasters. We as Emory students must do our part by effectively sorting our trash and contributing to a waste-free campus. Emory has made admirable efforts to foster sustainability with regard to waste production, having diverted 70 percent of its waste from landfills in 2018 with goals to diver 95 percent of waste by 2025. However, I’ve often seen students fail to sort their trash properly or remark that they just dump everything in the landfill bin if no one is watching. Emory’s administration is doing its part to promote sustainability, and we as students have a duty to match that commitment. We must do our part in fostering sustainability on campus by taking a few extra minutes out of our day to sort our trash.

Brammhi Balarajan (23C) is from Las Vegas.

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alentine’s Day Edition Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Special Sections Editor: Annie Uichanco (tuichan@emory.edu)

Near, Far, Wherever You Are: Married Profs Go the Distance By Phyllis Guo Senior Staff Writer The two-body problem in academia, or the dilemma for life partners who don’t work at the same university or within a reasonable commuting distance, has plagued married couples around the world. These days, the dreaded long-distance relationships are common for those with careers in academia. But quite a few professor couples at Emory have conquered this problem, finding ways to be together without sacrificing their careers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, married professors at Emory shared their own love stories with the Wheel.

Courtesy of the New York Times

Jessica Wahman and John J. Stuhr Looking to celebrate their eightyear wedding anniversary this May are Senior Lecturer Jessica Wahman and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies John Stuhr. Wahman and Stuhr had their romantic but low-key wedding at the Pilgrim Hill in Central Park in 2012. Wahman said that she

actually met her husband at a conference about American philosophy, where Stuhr was promoting his book. She had interacted with him professionally for a long time before they were committed to becoming life partners. “[At that time, Stuhr] was a professor at [Pennsylvania State University],” Wahman said. “I was finishing my graduate degree. We were at different universities, different places in life. [But] I thought he was special.” In 2011, when they found out they both liked each other as more than colleagues, Wahman was teaching at Dickinson College (Pa.), and Stuhr was a professor at Emory. After their wedding in 2012, they both moved to Atlanta where Wahman joined the Emory College Department of Philosophy. Wahman said she enjoyed working alongside her spouse because the nature of academic institutions is very independent. “It puts us in a situation where we are colleagues, we teach our own classes and we do our own things,” Wahman said. “And in terms of rhythms of the work, we don’t have two careers that are pulling against each other.” As for the ladies, Wahman emphasized the importance of finding someone who values your talent and intelligence. “I’m very glad that I waited till I found someone who would respect my intellect, someone who wouldn’t be threatened if I got into intellectual arguments with him,” Wahman said.

Eat, Drink, Be Artsy With Your Boo By Nassem Yousef Contributing Writer With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might feel pressed to shell out a ton of money on the holiday but fret not. There are plenty of fun and cheap options near Emory and around Atlanta for you and your boo.

Another option is to take a free audio tour of the Carlos Museum and stop at Ebrik Coffee Room on the museum’s third floor, where you and your date can discuss your favorite works of art over a cup of coffee. Just be sure to get there before the museum and Ebrik close at 4 p.m. For Those Who Are 21 and Up

For Those Who Want a Close Getaway If staying close to Emory is a priority, try taking a stroll around the lovely Decatur Square. Filled with cute restaurants (The Iberian Pig), eateries (Butter & Cream) and bookstores (Little Shop of Stories), there’s plenty to enjoy. Or, if you’re looking for places even closer to Emory, try Valentine’s Day dinner at Emory Village sushi restaurant Wagaya before heading over to the Burlington Road Building at 7:30 p.m. to see Heathers: The Musical on Feb. 14 performed by Ad Hoc Productions for $5 per person. For a fancy dinner out, consider eating nearby at Emory Point’s The General Muir before a walk at the Lullwater Preserve for free.

There are special events planned for those who are legal in the area. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts a Fernbank After Dark series on every second Friday of the month, which just so happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day this February. Clocking in at $19.95 per person (for non-members of the museum), the event includes after-hours museum access, live music, fun science activities and a 3D movie. Craft beer, cocktails and small plates are also available separately for purchase. For an even cheaper date, Sweetwater Brewery offers tours for $8. Enjoy 15 ounces worth of samples along the tour. Just remember to bring your ID and wear closed-toe shoes! Conclusion

For Those Who Enjoy the Finer Things For a delightful daytime date, visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum at 12 p.m. on Feb. 14 to listen to violinist Sissi Zhang, cellist Roy Harran and pianist William Ransom play Beethoven’s Variations for Cello, Violin Sonata No. 3 and Romance in G for free.

Whether you’re a horrible cook, want to impress that special someone or haven’t left your dorm room all semester, Atlanta and Emory have plenty to offer when it comes to romantic Valentine’s Day dates, from dinners to art outings to alcoholic adventures.

— Contact Nassem Yousef at nassem.a.yousef@emory.edu

“It’s okay to be a smart woman.”

teasing me that our students wouldn’t know we are married because I never mention it, so now we do make a point to talk about each other in class.”

Courtesy of Jeremy Weaver

Jeremy Weaver and Susanna Widicus Weaver Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies Jeremy Weaver and Professor Susanna Widicus Weaver, both in the Department of Chemistry, met each other through a mutual friend in 2004 while finishing their doctorate degrees at the California Institute of Technology. After the wedding, they both pursued postdoctoral careers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before finally coming to Emory in 2008. While Jeremy Weaver’s academic concentration delves more into analytical chemistry and Susanna Weaver’s into physical and astrochemistry, both have found that working in the same field and at the same university makes them closer partners. “I usually start my classes at the beginning of a semester by telling my students a little bit about me, and for a while, I try to keep [my marriage] separate,” Weaver said. “My wife started

Courtesy of Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell and Dilek Huseyinzadegan Lecturer Jeremy Bell and Associate Professor Dilek Huseyinzadegan, a couple in the Department of Philosophy, don’t plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day at all. In fact, over the past 15 years that they have been together, they have never celebrated Valentine’s Day because they celebrate the spirit of love all year round. “We’ve been together for 15 years, and still when I hear her get up in the morning, I have a rush of excitement,” Bell said. Having been married for a little over 12 years, Bell and Huseyinzadegan first met at DePaul University (Ill.). After graduation, they moved to Istanbul, Huseyinzadegan’s hometown, for a year before coming to Atlanta to

teach at Emory. Bell shared how he and Huseyinzadegan deal with the twobody problem. “We knew, one day, one of us would probably have to make a sacrifice,” Bell said. “Fortunately, Emory is amongst the few universities in the country that is making great efforts to bring spouses together, so we got very lucky.” As someone who studies ancient philosophy, Bell uses it to guide his life and relationships. “I think a lot of people go to pursue their own self-interest, thinking that it’s going to make them happy,” Bell said. “But they ended up very unhappy because it turned out that real happiness is in connection with other people.” Currently, Bell and Huseyinzadegan are faculty in residence on the Clairmont campus, where they have lived for the past few years. They have since welcomed a Welsh Corgi puppy to join them. There, Huseyinzadegan runs the Political, Ethical, Academic, Community Experience (P.E.A.C.E.) Living Learning Community, Emory’s first living-learning community. Conclusion Romantic love in academia is more common than one would think at Emory, and you never know if you will find something like that too!

— Contact Phyllis Guo at xguo68@emory.edu

5 Flicks to Binge This Weekend By Becca Moszka Staff Writer Out of all the major holidays, Valentine’s Day seems to be the one that is met with the most mixed reviews. Regardless of your personal opinion of the holiday, it is a pretty good excuse to watch sappy romance films. Whether you’re excited for a night in with your best friends or a candlelit evening with your significant other, here are five romance movies that’ll make this Valentine’s Day sweet.

Lewis (Richard Gere), a businessman on a trip to California, for a few social events, and the pair find themselves falling in love in this twist on the classic Cinderella story. Vivian is good-natured, demands love and respect and forces Edward to consider how his life could be if he wasn’t so greedy — a powerful reminder that her occupation does not define who she is and that she is far more than just a “pretty woman.” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)

In this classic friends-to-lovers tale, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as Harry Burns and Sally Albright, two graduates of the University of Chicago who wonder whether men and women can truly be in a platonic relationship. Even 30 years after its premiere, “When Harry Met Sally” is ingenious for its dialogue, beautiful New York scenery and plot which spans more than 12 years. The film is the rom-com to end all other rom-coms — and one of its iconic lines, “I’ll have what she’s having,” ranks 33rd on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time.

This hilarious rom-com stars Kate Hudson as a down-on-her-luck writer and Matthew McConaughey as an advertising executive eager to head a new campaign. Yearning for more serious work, Andie Anderson (Hudson) decides to write an article called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and uses Ben Barry (McConaughey) as her test subject. But Andie does not know that she is part of Ben’s bet to make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. As Andie and Ben use each other for personal gain, the pair begin to fall in love. It’s a typical rom-com trope, but that’s exactly what makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day.

“Pretty Woman” (1990)

“Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts? This ’90s rom-com about Vivian Ward (Roberts), a young prostitute who enters into the lavish world of business and wealth in Los Angeles, is not to be missed. Ward becomes the escort of Edward

Directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the book by André Aciman, “Call Me By Your Name” is a beautiful, sensual exploration of first love in northern Italy during the summer of 1983. Elio (Timothée Chalamet), a young

“When Harry Met Sally” (1989)

piano player who loves books, and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a graduate student living at Elio’s family home, are helplessly attracted to one another despite the difficulties that arise in their relationship. Both Chalamet and Hammer deliver astounding performances as young lovers transformed by feelings of desire and passion. The film is exquisite from start to finish and nothing if not a tear-jerker by the end. “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018) Perhaps the most lighthearted film on this list, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a high school junior who writes private letters to the boys she has had crushes on during different stages of her life. When her younger sister mails the letters to all the boys, Lara Jean becomes entangled with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) to convince her former crush Josh she is no longer interested in him. Peter agrees so long as Lara makes his ex-girlfriend Gen jealous. While the film is sweet and certainly romantic, the charming dynamic between Lara Jean and her sisters also makes the film worth a watch. And since the sequel to the film, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” is coming to Netflix on Feb. 12, you’ll be able to enjoy watching Lara Jean and Peter’s romance unfold for twice as long.

— Contact Becca Moszka at becca.moszka@emory.edu

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By Aditya Prakash & Aiden Vick Across 1 Dull 5 Corn 10 Cod-like fish 14 Bird-like species from “The Legend of Zelda” series 15 Rule of eight in chemistry 16 In mathematics, several points 17 Agit-, medi-; suffix denoting an entity 18 Pauses in music 19 “Eagerness” in Spanish 20 Sex cells 22 Author of “Atlas Shrugged”; contemporary graced Emory with her presence 24 Lady Gaga stars in this Horror anthology 25 Portugese India 26 Passion for books 32 Got guns? 35 Muscle filament 36 Sufficient, stylized 37 Media company, niche email 38 Bow, clip-on, neck 39 Bursting with style 40 Exclusion-related anxiety 41 Florence, AL college 42 Medium-range scope for rifles 43 Greek epic poet 44 Film company responsible for Tom and Jerry, Singin’ in the Rain 45 Time in which you won’t be penalized for a late payment 47 Good for what ___s you 48 Relieves symptoms of menopause 49 Upperclassmen workout spot 53 Teenage witch 57 Abbreviation for account 58 German vacuum company 60 Eldest son of Isaac in the Bible 61 In C++, data type at runtime

Associate Editor & Senior Staff Writer 62 Unpleasant odor 63 Disparaging word 64 Second half of coastal Israeli city 65 Outdated way of saying cool 66 Hair-like structure in invertebrates

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Awards Commentary


‘Birds of Prey’ is Chaotic, Exhilirating By Aayush Gupta Staff Writer

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South Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-ho, celebrates his Best Picture win for ‘Parasite’ at the 92nd Academy Awards. Joon-ho’s hit film won five out of the six awards it was nominated for.

Greatest 21st Century ‘Best Pic’ Wins By Zack Levin Staff Writer

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony proved to be a historic night as, for the first time in its near-centurylong history, the Oscar for Best Picture was presented to an international film. Bong Joon-ho’s tragicomic social satire “Parasite” deservedly won the top prize in addition to best director, original screenplay and international feature. It’s refreshing that the Oscars awarded a film that is both endlessly

entertaining and timely in its commentary on the drastic wealth disparity of the modern world. The victory of “Parasite” is especially gratifying in light of the questionable nature of other recent films that have won this award. In honor of the Oscars awarding a deserving film best picture this year, here are five best picture winners from the 21st century worthy of that title. “The Departed” (2006) Scorsese films often analyze the

Art That’s Aged Poorly

Revisiting ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ By Adesola Thomas Arts & Entertainment Editor

I started the “Reconciling with Art That’s Aged Poorly Series” to give Arts & Entertainment writers the opportunity to share their experiences with art they once enthusiastically loved but have since become more critical of. The column series was inspired by my own experiences with the “Austin Powers” franchise and early Tyler, the Creator music. But more so, it has been motivated by the current cultural call for increased, humanizing depictions of underrepresented people. A&E writers have commented on the sexism within certain animated films and Christmas songs, and most recently upon the casual racism of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.” But in addition to criticizing art that hasn’t gracefully traversed time or approached its subject material, I want us to laud the art that, despite all odds, has. In John Hughes’ classic 1986 teen film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the audience follows a popular Chicagoan teenager, the eponymous Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick). Ferris feigns illness and skips school to spend a day with his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and his best friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck). They romp about Chicago, see priceless works of

intersections of masculinity, faith and crime. “The Departed” depicts the nexus of these themes and how destructively consuming they can be. “The Departed” chronicles the highoctane story of a cop infiltrating the Boston mob while, concurrently, a mob affiliate infiltrates the police department. The exhilarating premise of “The Departed” leaves room for subtle examinations of loyalty and selfdeception that’s enhanced by the

art, steal Cameron’s father’s car and go swimming. They twist, they shout and Ferris makes it home just in time for dinner. He isn’t caught by his adoring, unsuspecting parents, his rightfully suspicious sister or his annoyed principal. The film is undoubtedly fun. Who wouldn’t want to make out in an art museum and listen to The Dream Academy sing a song by The Smiths? But upon further reflection, Ferris isn’t the real protagonist of the film. Cameron is. Ferris starts and ends the film as a dapper, dimpled “righteous dude.” He breaks the rules and never has to face any hefty consequences for his actions. He is personally static. Yet, over the course of the film, Cameron, a lanky and severely depressed teenage boy, gains the confidence to speak up to his abusive, antagonizing father and name his melancholy. Cameron Frye is a marvel because Hughes pens him as a young man with the capacity to emote beyond that saccharine, surface level of masucline ’80s indifference. For Cameron Frye, life feels impossible and the future insurmountable. But he doesn’t get teased or impugned for feeling this way. Rather, he too gets a day off and remains the best friend of the coolest kid in school. This dynamic is implicitly powerful. Sometimes in teen films, char-

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dialogue that often makes superhero films cluttered. The film navigates the political upheaval in Gotham due to the Joker’s Grade: Aabsence, as mobsters each attempt to After calamitous attempts at imitat- fill the power vacuum and become the ing Marvel with trainwrecks such as crime boss of the city. The one candidate who seems to “Justice League” and “Suicide Squad,” DC has produced a string of finan- rise up above everyone else is Roman cial and critical successes in “Wonder Sionis (Ewan McGregor), who wreaks Woman,” “Aquaman,” “Shazam!” and, havoc upon Gotham in an attempt most recently, the Oscar-nominated to steal a diamond that would provide him with enough “Joker.” Still, makmoney to take control ing another ensemble over the city. film, particularly an He also begins a R-Rated one, was a ‘Birds of Prey’ manhunt for Harley huge gamble for the empowers her by Quinn by sending studio. freeing her from his henchmen, Victor “Birds of Prey” conrestraints of a Zsasz (Chris Messina) tinues the newfound wave of success, and convoluted storyline. and Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollettdelivers an unabashBell), after her. Also edly entertaining film hunting the diamond that does justice to the rich lore of its source material, despite are Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie being seemingly dysfunctional and Perez), in her pursuit of Sionis, and Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth utterly chaotic in its conception. In a very Deadpool-esque vein, Winstead), who had a personal ven“Birds of Prey” is largely narrated by detta to settle. Meanwhile, Cassandra Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who is Cain (Ella Jay Basco), a teenage pickfront and center and breaks the fourth pocket, is caught in the crossfire. Regarded as a lone bright spark wall regularly. Harley begins the film with a recol- in DC’s misadventure with “Suicide lection of her life up until the pres- Squad,” Robbie’s Harley Quinn quickly ent day, including her childhood, her became a fan-favorite character. “Birds of Prey” empowers her by relationship with the Joker and their eventual fallout and breakup which freeing her from the restraints of a motivates her search for emancipation. It reduces the need for the expository See Robbie, Page 12

Pop Punk

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Local band, “ozello,” performs for an enthusiastic crowd at the 529 bar on Jan 30.

‘Queercore’ ATL Band Brings Feels By Erin Oquindo Contributing Writer “I am a boy with question marks at the end.” Atlanta native Jeofry Wages’ fervent chorus rang through the 529 bar on Jan. 30, and the space filled with a new and enthralling energy. Wages and friends, who make up the self-described queercore pop-punk band “ozello,” strummed, drummed and fiddled together with a passion that would make the likes of Jimmy Eat World and the Ramones proud. The urge to hop along to their music was both irresistible and encouraged — spaces like the 529 are ones in

which you often find yourself banging your head and singing for joy alongside complete strangers. Ozello, whose band name is stylized in all lowercase letters, undoubtedly lives up to their self-prescribed pop-punk moniker, but also refuses to let you forget their Georgia origins. The band boasts five multi-instrumentalists, including keyboardist and trumpeter Laura Spears and guitarist and violinist Garam Ri. The trumpet and violin present in most of ozello’s original songs give the band a signature and unmistakably Southern sound. At the 529 in East Atlanta Village Ri’s violin and Spears’s trum-

pet conversed over drummer Mike Burkhardt’s punky fills and Chris Robinson’s bassline during their single “Next Life.” This prompted the audience to cheer and haw in classic folk fashion. If Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros married Paramore and had a little queer Southern baby, it’d be ozello. Fantasy punk-folk family trees aside, ozello’s true charm comes from the band’s extremely vulnerable songwriting. Wages and friends don’t shy away from the struggles of modern life and love; the band’s first single off their

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Robbie Leads Latest DC Superhero Flick

Continued from Page 11 convoluted storyline and choppy editing that dogged her previous outing in “Suicide Squad.” The film embraces Harley’s joie de vivre and splashes her whole world with it, as she undergoes unrelenting trials and tribulations with a mix of laughter, splashes of color and unapologetically chaotic yet innovative action sequences. The viewer is hooked right off the bat and begins a tumultuous journey at breakneck speed, full of emotional ups and downs, as the film asks the audience to hang on for dear life till the very last second. The cast emanates robust chemistry, and the characters play well off each other, revealing a realness and emotional depth to the characters than cannot be achieved from a scripted act and adding to its charisma. A few technical aspects stand out distinctly: the cinematography and the adroit use of bright colors set it apart from the muted tones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as from the somber ones attributed to DC titles, making it a visually appealing cinematic experience. The soundtrack blends a vast array of musical styles including pop, hip-hop and even a death metal track by Halsey (yes, it shouldn’t work, but it does) that appeals to its target audience.

The music elevates action scenes and character introductions to memorable heights and compensates for the lack of a singular, definitive climactic moment. While the film contains an archetypical action movie plot, the creative liberties that were taken make it sufficiently compelling and not seem clichéd unless one digs deeper. However, sitting at a brisk 1 hour and 49 minutes, the film would have benefitted from a few extra minutes examining Sionis, using McGregor’s seasoned acting chops for their full potential. “Birds of Prey” marks a landmark success in DC’s catalog as the studio finally succeeds in constructing a compelling, cohesive ensemble film. It dispels all concerns regarding Robbie’s casting as Harley Quinn and adds an important chapter in the character’s rich history. The beauty of the film is that it breaks the tired trope of static superhero movies, and instead replaces them with dynamic embraces of character and personality. “Birds of Prey” dishes out non-stop entertainment and carves out strong relationships and character arcs that should pave the way for a new era of visionary DC films.

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Continued from Page 11 acters with mental-illness are relegated to the margins of the plot, e.g., Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in “The Breakfast Club.” Truly assessing their interiority, some think, gives the audiences secondhand exhaustion. Therefore, it is easier to glorify the Marty McFlys (Michael J. Fox) and Ferris Buellers of the narrative world. But this film understands that teenagers, like the adults they grow up to be, are complex. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” asserts that young people like Cameron are worthy of the love and levity they experience alongside the beautiful women and kings of cool people more readily make movies about. Cameron and the

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film are by no means perfect. People of color appear throughout the film only to dance or soothe upset white characters. Cameron admits to watching Sloane — whose arc is so short it is arguably non-existent — get undressed during a supposed state of catatonia and Ferris holds suspicion against a parking garage attendant who he assumes cannot speak English. Similar sexist and nationalist gestures can be pinpointed in other Hughesian films too. Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) an Asian foreign exchange student in “Sixteen Candles” is a deeply racist caricature that progates stereotypical ideas of the peculiarity of immigrants and makes a mockery of the sexual expression of Asian men. Young women in Hughes’

Levin Praises Jenkins, Scorcese, McQueen Continued from Page 11 film’s top-notch cast and their stellar performers. It is Scorsese’s direction, however, that’s the star of the show as he balances the vile corruption of this world with a strange sense of perverse beauty, primarily through his trademark use of slow motion and the film’s operatic soundtrack. “The Departed” is a masterclass of dynamic filmmaking that will surely become a classic of the crime genre.

“No Country For Old Men” (2007)

“What’s the most you ever lost in a coin toss?” Spoken by sociopathic Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) to a random gas station attendant (Gene Jones), this quietly menacing threat cuts to the ambivalent heart of what makes “No Country for Old Men” so effective. A taut, gritty and anarchic crime thriller, “No Country for Old Men” showcases the Coen brothers at their most philosophically pessimistic as well as their most cinematically proficient. “12 Years a Slave” (2013) The cat-andmouse chase between The power of “12 Vietnam veteran Years a Slave” lies not Llewelyn Moss (Josh in its grand speeches ‘12 Years a Slave’ is Brolin) and Anton or grotesque displays a deeply affecting Chigurh, played with of violent abuse but in the chilling mundane- film and one that any chilling indifference by Bardem, overness of its depiction of American can find whelms the viewer slavery. meaning in. with tension. The The film emphasizCoen brothers’ use of es the horror of slavery Western-genre icoand white supremacy. Steve McQueen’s haunting direc- nography provides context to the film’s tion focuses on the daily existence central theme of the changing times. The film demonstrates many dichotof enslaved people and contrasts that with the life-or-death circumstances omies in time period, demonstrated by horses riding alongside Buicks, and that they’re forced to experience. The quiet power of the film is most hunting rifles fighting against autoprominent in the scene in which the matic weapons. This is further demonstrated by enslaved people gather for a funeral for an overworked slave who died in the old-fashioned, cash-driven bounty the field. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel hunter that is emblematic of the genre Ejiofor) stares lost into the middle dis- going up against the unfeeling philotance as fellow enslaved people sing sophical sociopath of Anton Chigurh. The Coen brothers’ untenable tal“Roll Jordan Roll”; Northup’s recognition that his fate will likely echo that ent of understanding their audience of the dead man culminates in the allows “No Country for Old Men” to become an eerie proclamation of the resignation of singing. This showcases not only Ejiofor’s ever-changing world and those who incredible performance but the quiet are unable, or unwilling, to keep up. power that the film holds. “12 Years a Slave” is a deeply affect“Moonlight” (2016) ing film and one that any American can find meaning in. An odyssey into the soul, Barry

Jenkins’ “Moonlight” paints a poi- storming of Minas Tirith and the clignant portrait of a young, queer black max at Mount Doom. The audience, engrossed by the man seeking a place in his community. He is gutted because he must rein- human drama of this fantasy, finds vent himself to become the person he’s even more spectacle in the sight of the potent character expected to be by his dynamic. Not enough community. can be said of the Jenkins’ decision to trisect the film, with We are now entering film’s ensemble. The actors take each chapter focusing a new decade of the ownership of the clason the film’s protagoOscars. ... Let’s hope sic characters through nist, Chiron, at a difquintessential perforferent age, illustrates that there will be visually the rampant more films deserving mances as few casts reinvention Chiron of a spot among these have done before, most notably in Andy must go through masterpieces. Serkis’ instantly iconthroughout his life. ic performance as The miracle of the the corrupted Hobbit experiment, however, is that the character of Chiron shines Gollem. “The Return of the King” represents through each performer, offering a the best that blockbuster filmmaking forcibly repressed vulnerability. “Moonlight” is a transformative has to offer. When it comes to the major cinexperience, and compels the audience to step into Chiron’s internal struggles ematic franchises that have risen to prominence this century, “The Lord of to find comfort inside his own head. Jenkin’s “Moonlight” stands as one the Rings” is king. The past two decades have been of the most empathetic films of the 21st century and an enduring depic- a turbulent era for the Oscars, as tion of a life that should be represented the Academy has made some of the worst decisions to award undeserving more on screen. films (see “Crash” and “Green Book”), awarded some of the most daring and “The Lord of the Rings: The relevant choices the top prize, and Return of the King” (2003) even doubled the number of nominees When the history of cinema in the for best picture from 5 to 10. A decade ago, it was nearly incon21st century is being told, it is inevitable that Peter Jackson’s towering adap- ceivable that films like “Moonlight” tation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of and “Parasite” would be nominated for the Rings” will be at the forefront of best picture, let alone win. We are now entering a new decade the story. The capstone of the trilogy, “The of the Oscars. Though it’s inevitable that there will Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” is a rousing achievement of epic be some winners that will leave us disfantasy filmmaking that has proved to appointed, let’s hope that there will be more films deserving of a spot among be the landmark fixture of the genre. Jackson’s adaptation of the Tolkien these masterpieces. novels transports the audience to the world of Middle-Earth, crafting spec— Contact Zack Levin at tacular images and sequences like the zach.levin@emory.edu

film are often either tokens of male desire, Sloane Peterson, or antagonists of male ambition who are to be subdued by male affection, Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey). Keeping these noteworthy shortcomings in mind, it is important to hold great regard for Cameron Frye and characters like him. Now that the internet has given young people the opportunity to possess nostalgia for epochs we weren’t alive to experience, it is crucial that we interrogate which art we are choosing to remember and which characters we decide to praise long after the credits roll.

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album “Pronouns,” titled “Caleb,” walks us through the turmoils of Wages’ unrequited love for a boy from their past. Other songs from that night like “Boy???” urged the audience to question why our definitions of gender and sexuality remain so rigid and how those rules can damage and invalidate the lives of LGBTQ+ folk; Wages crooned over an acoustic guitar about their struggle to come to terms with their love for nail polish, eye glitter and men. The group of “greasy punks” from Atlanta don’t just want you to see them when they play — they want you to see yourself in their music, too. Ozello’s set at the 529 ended with “Borderline,” where Wages’ and and Spears’s harmonies told a story of depression and suicidal thoughts, but ultimately ended with an encouragement to “just keep breathing” as the music built in volume. The band’s earnest plea — “don’t do it, keep going, it gets better, you know it” — seemed to touch each audience member in a different way; reactions ranged from tears to cheers and everything in between. Ozello says its members like to “jump around and yell about their feelings with the hopes that they’ll make someone else feel something too.” As the loud and exuberant close of “Borderline” received raucous applause in that little hometown bar, ozello left the stage with their hopes realized and their audience in awe of this newfound Atlanta gem.

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Alumna Turns Refuse Into Runway Material By Paige Safchik Contributing Writer

When Stephanie Benedetto (06L) was young, her grandfather and great-grandfather would tell stories of their 100-year history in the textile business. Her great-grandfather, an immigrant from Austria, would fashion garments out of old, unused materials and sell his creations locally. He generated very little waste, a financial necessity for his business. Now, Benedetto is returning to these roots, continuing her family’s legacy while revolutionizing an outdated and wasteful supply chain in the world of textiles. Benedetto realized that most modern fashion retailers were tracking their supply chains in the same way her grandfather and greatgrandfather had: with pen and paper. This method led to discrepancies in the records and an accumulation of waste. To solve this problem, Benedetto founded Queen of Raw in 2014 with current Chief Technology Officer Phil Derasmo. By leveraging blockchain technology — the collection of accurate records about a fabric’s movements through the supply chain — the company has partnered with brands including H&M, Louis Vuitton and ThredUP. Data from Queen of Raw shows that the company has saved over one billion gallons of water since — “enough clean water for 1.43 million people to drink for three years.” After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and the Emory University School of Law in 2006, Benedetto began working as a corporate attorney on Wall Street at Cadwalader,

Wickersham & Taft LLP and then at Baker Botts LLP where she specialized in fashion and technology. However, the 2008 market crash opened her eyes to “the height of greed and waste and excess,” which became more apparent following her leave from Wall Street in 2012. Though Queen of Raw would come two years later, Benedetto’s departure from Wall Street led her to co-found textile manufacturing startup Paper No. 9 with University of Pennsylvania classmate Rebecca Cole Marshall. Based in Brooklyn, N. Y., Paper No. 9 developed a natural, nontoxic leather alternative made from recycled paper that could be used in clothing and accessories. While building the company, Benedetto found that fashion retailers burned their dead stock, or unused textiles, to the detriment of both their profit and the environment. Benedetto eventually stepped back from Paper No. 9 in 2014 after disagreements about the company’s future. Though Benedetto still owns half of Paper No. 9, she has since redirected her focus toward tackling raw material waste through Queen of Raw. “I saw firsthand the voluminous amounts of waste that [were] just sitting there in factories and mills ... and it just didn’t make sense to me,” Benedetto said. “It didn’t make sense clearly for people and planet, but it also didn’t make sense for a business’ profit.” Benedetto claims that textile production is the world’s second largest source of water pollution, behind agriculture and oil. It takes around

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Wonderful Wednesday hosted its first ever Wonderful Weekend on Feb 8. which provided students with a chance to meet campus organizations and enjoy free food, beer and cider.


‘MasterChef’ Alum Brings Spice Back to Oxford By Madeline Bryce Contributing Writer

Reality TV star and local chef Farhan Momin (13Ox, 15C) hosted a live cooking demonstration titled “From Murdy Kitchen to MasterChef” at the Greer Forum on Feb. 5 in honor of the grand opening of the new Oxford Student Center. Momin, a first generation IndianAmerican from the Atlanta area, returned to his alma mater with a reputation that preceded him. He became nationally recognized for finishing top six on the popular Fox show “MasterChef” in 2018, and now owns the Farmo Cooks pop-up series and the Atlanta Halal Meat & Food catering service. After graduating from Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine (Ill.) in 2019, Momin returned to Dallas, Ga. to start his dental practice


Treat Your Sweet Tooth this Valentine’s Day By Maya Deogun Contributing Writer

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the day when couples happily buy each other chocolates and roses, and lonely singles take advantage of discounted candy. I tasted four Valentinethemed candies so you could decide which one is the best for your lover — or for the tastiest solo Netflix binge. Hershey’s L ava Cake K isses (5/5)

left me wanting more. Lindt Lindor Limited Edition Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffles (4.5/5) Lindt Lindor Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffles come wrapped in a metallic pink

truffle. This truffle’s light strawberry filling is a tasty change from the traditional milk chocolate truffle offered by Lindt. My only complaint is the overwhelming sweetness. The combination of an already saccharine white chocolate shell with the decadent filling makes for a sugary combination that a glass of water cannot quench. Despite the sweetness, the flavors complement each other nicely and are sure to impress anyone’s sweet tooth. Though a 6-ounce bag of truffles for $4.79 errs slightly on the expensive side, it makes for an affordable Valentine’s Day gift that still manages to toe the line of luxury.

As the name alone suggests, Kisses evoke a sense romance. Even the wrapping — metallic brown with pink heart-shaped embellishments — mimics the aura of the beloved and warm lava cake Valentine’s Day dinner dessert. The treats do live Peeps Vanilla Creme up to their name. Marshmallow Hearts (2/5) One bite breaks the crisp, Maya Deogun/Contributing dark chocolate exterior and Popular chocolates and treats were Typically enjoyed during gives way to a rich, liquid dark reinvented to fit the Valentine’s Day. Easter, Peeps has reinvented chocolate filling. Hershey’s heart-shaped renditions of has once again succeeded in their trademark chick for the producing a delicious Valentine’s foil that festively marks the holi- holiday. Day candy that doesn’t feel gim- day. Within a white chocolate shell The white marshmallows micky. A 9-ounce bag for just $3.69 speckled with dried strawberry are sprinkled with pink sugar. is well worth the investment and pieces lies a faintly pink and silky this new twist on a classic chocolate filling of strawberries and cream See SWEETEN, Page 14

alongside his passion for cooking. During the demonstration, Momin cooked three of his signature dishes: the chicken tikka quesadilla, the nihari sandwich and the chora chaat. As he worked, he explained the inspirations behind each dish and reminiscenced on his experiences at both the Oxford and the Atlanta campus. “Oxford played a huge role in who I am today,” Momin said. Among the values he gained, he cited long-term friendships, life and studying skills, and cultural understandings — all of which have helped to shape his unique cooking style. To create his first dish, chicken tikka quesadilla, Momin used the same sandwich maker that had facilitated the dish’s invention during his undergrad years. As a practicing Muslim student that only eats halal food at a time where

Emory offered limited halal options, Momin and his friends needed to become creative to eat well. The contraband sandwich maker that Momin kept in his Oxford dorm became key to their efforts. Momin recalled that he and his friends often filled the sandwich maker with leftovers from the various ethnically diverse dishes that their parents had sent them. This diverse cooking style of combining different flavors has become Momin’s signature, and he continues to innovate by combining foods from his Southern upbringing and Indian heritage to create new fusion-style cuisines that he showcases at his restaurant. “I take the flavors of home … but then make it in an approachable form factor for people who don’t know South

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Revealing Personal Struggle through Dance By Emily An Contributing Writer

Alumni of the Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program returned to campus to showcase their talents at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Laura Briggs (19C), Patricia “Patsy” Collins (19B), Andre Lumpkin (13C), Catherine Messina (18C), Gauri Nagpal (16B), Elizabeth Dishman (95C) and Benjamin Stevenson (15Ox, 17C) presented seven dance performances to a full classroom at the Emory Alumni Dance Showcase on Feb. 8. “Just Going Through,” choreographed and performed by Lumpkin, shared the experiences and emotions Lumpkin felt throughout his dance career. He told the audience that the dance symbolizes the intricacies of his journey through life. “For this piece, it was really important to me to honor my different dance histories and all the different lineages … [and] how I can continue to honor all those complexities inside of myself,” Lumpkin said. Lumpkin used luggage bags as props during his performance to represent the weight one carries

throughout their lives. A variety of genres of music accompanied the dance, which allowed for diverse movements to collectively merge into one performance. Lumpkin is a choreographer, performer and teaching artist who began his dance career at Emory and continued at Florida State University’s School of Dance, where he received a master’s degree in fine arts. Nagpal, who has performed in the Atlanta area with Bollywood fusion dance group Moksha, co-choreographed and danced in the opening sequence from “Goddess,” a short scene from the titular production performed at Synchronicity Theatre in 2018. Nagpal said that the dance was originally made to be a trio performance portraying different religious figures. For her solo take on the production, Nagpal performed the role of Adrestia, the Greek goddess of revolt. Nagpal’s dance style consisted of broad, powerful movements backed with a soundtrack of intense chants and drums. The dance featured her interpretations of warrior dances,

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Chef, Dentist Fuses Indian & Southern Cuisine Continued from Page 13 Asian food in that way,” Momin said. Nihari is a traditional North IndianPakistani stew. During his junior year at Emory, Momin had accidentally overcooked the classic stew and, not wanting to waste food, had the idea to make it into a slider form. When he proposed the addition of the nihari sandwich to the menu of his father’s restaurant, Tava Indian Bistro, it became a bestseller. Chora chaat, a black-eyed pea salad with tamarind, cilantro, and aromatic vegetables, offered an element of crunch and freshness. The peas were perfectly crispy and were sprinkled with vibrant spices. Momin mentioned that in his junior year at Emory, he was both applying to dental school and working to fill necessary roles and tasks at his dad’s restaurant. Though he initially struggled to balance the two, he eventually persevered and developed valuable time management skills. “I realized that everyone … has their journey,” Momin said. “I was lucky enough to get into grad school my first year, but it also involved a lot of sacrifice.” Momin said he finished his first semester at Oxford with a 2.8 GPA. He figured his dreams of medical school and his envisioned career were over. Clearly, that was hardly the end for him, and he expressed regret that he had let his GPA influence him and his perceived capabilities Momin admitted that getting to know his professors on a more personal level led him to realize that he could overcome academic hardships and achieve success. “Things work out and things happen for a reason,” Momin said. “You’ve got to roll with the punches a little bit, take what comes your way and be resilient through it, because that’s what

really defines who you are.” Audience member Aditi Vellore (21Ox) noted her appreciation for Momin’s openness. “I liked … how he tried to connect with us,” Vellore said. “He talked about how he lived in [the Jolley Residential Center (JRC)] and cooked in Murdy [Hall], and I related to it because I live in JRC right now ... so it tells us we don’t need to follow just one path in life, there are a lot of paths we can accomplish simultaneously.” Audience member Kharen BamacaForkel (21Ox) also appreciated Momin’s candidness and reassurance that grades do not define a person’s worth.

“Things work out and things happen for a reason ... You’ve got to roll with the punches a little bit, take what comes your way and be resilient through it, because that’s what really defines who you are. ” — Farhan Momin (13OX, 15C), “Master Chef” Contestant

“I really did enjoy his presentation and how he talked and tried to make it more conversational, rather than a lecture,” Bamaca-Forkel said. “I found him very relatable and his stories were very amusing. From what he was saying about how a number doesn’t define you was very inspiring, because I feel like a lot of students pressure themselves here and that’s something [that] is good to remember.” Throughout the informal and conversational event, students and faculty asked questions about Momin’s time at Emory and his success in his career. One audience member asked, “What was it like on the set of “MasterChef,”

Sweeten Your Day With Hearts and Kisses Continued from Page 13 Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day Peeps pale in comparison to their traditional counterparts when it comes to coating. The noticeable absence of sugar on the Peeps means they lack the crucial contrast between the crunch of the sugar and pillowy softness of the marshmallow. Despite the relative lack of sugar coating, the Valentine’s Day Peeps are just as sweet as the original, owed in part to the already sickening marshmallow. I did appreciate that these Peeps weren’t the usual, unappetizing neon colors. At $1.39 for a pack of 3-ounce Peeps, the marshmallows are definitely budget friendly, but probably not the right choice. Starburst Heart-Shaped Jellybeans (3/5) Starburst has strayed completely from their typical chewy candy with heart-shaped jelly beans.These cute candies come in an 11-ounce pink bag for just $2.99. The jelly beans come in two different flavors — bright pink strawberry and deep red cherry. The concept of these jelly beans rings in the holiday beautifully with the heart shape and Valentine’s Daythemed colors.

However, each jellybean is a bit large and takes a while to chew due to the tough consistency. The strawberry flavor is quite syrupy, while the cherry has a tart, sour flavor. I found myself wishing that the package offered a greater variety of flavors, like watermelon or raspberry, which would still keep with the pink and red theme. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a gummy Valentine’s Day candy, this might satisfy your fix. Personally, I’ll be sticking to chocolate. Conclusion A plethora of Valentine’s Daythemed candy options line the shelves, but not all of them will leave you saying, “Be mine.” Hershey’s Lava Cake Kisses are the way to go this Valentine’s Day if you are wanting to woo your significant other with its tough exterior and creamy interior. Save the Peeps Marshmallow Hearts for Easter, for they are sure to end your relationship. If there is no lover in your present, treat yourself to some delicacies and live through the relationships in Netflix shows. — Contact Maya Deogun at mdeogun@emory.edu

and what was that whole experience like for you?” “I wanted to feel what it felt like to get yelled at by Gordan Ramsey,” Momin joked. “But it was a really neat experience, being there with the high pressure. … It was real. Definitely … an experience that I wouldn’t change.” However, he also noted that filming also posed a stressful and mentally challenging experience for the contestants, who were completely isolated from the outside world and had limited communication with their loved ones. He noted that it was his determination toward showcasing the mixture of different cultures and cuisines in a single dish that kept him going. “I was expecting to learn more about cooking, but it was really cool to hear his experiences with Oxford and his career journey,” Sierra Talbert (21Ox) said. Noor Aldayeh (21Ox) mentioned that she enjoyed how laid-back and relevant the event was. “He really related a lot of things to stuff that’s happening now, whether that be small things like dorm life, or bigger things like how you’re going to use your education in the long run,” Aldayeh said. “I think it was really enjoyable … and the food is absolutely wonderful.” As the event wrapped up, audience members murmured with excitement for the opportunity to sample the dishes as they were laid out, while Momin shared some final, reflective words about his interpretation of cooking. “Indian food [in other countries] is mostly just Indian flavors that they took and made it their own. … That’s how food progresses, that’s how food evolves,” Momin said. “That’s exactly what I’m trying to showcase here tonight. … This is hopefully the next generation of Indian food.”

— Contact Madeline Bryce at mbryce2@emory.edu

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Dance Showcases Utilizes Unorthodox Props Continued from Page 13 which typically feature mock combat as a part of a ritual dance. “This dance was meant to [represent] ... a phase where we were exploring, curious and don’t really understand the consequences of our actions…[this] piece was meant to be who we are as our younger selves,” Nagpal said. “Behind the glass,” performed by Collins, displayed deep personal emotions between two dancers. She graduated from the Immerse Atlanta artist program which often provides a gateway for Atlanta dancers aiming to pursue a professional career in contemporary dance. Throughout the entire performance, the dancers’ movements were dynamic and vigorous. As the dancers rolled and leaped on the stage, their breathing and the sounds of their bodies against the floor soon replaced the actual music. Collins stated that she often journals as part of the evolution process of her work and encourages her dancers to participate in personal writing to express their unique individuality. “Writing for me is a personal outlet [and] is a practice that is used very often,” Collins said. “I feel like it’s a way for me to connect not only to movement but to … another medium.” A dancer and choreographer who performs movement research on embodying and magnifying the queer and transgender experiences, Briggs choreographed “Violet Adagio,” a lesbian, feminist and polyamorous interpretation of the “Rose Adagio” from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

In the original story, Sleeping Beauty dances with four suitors and is tasked with selecting only one. Instead of using the original version’s roses gifted to Sleeping Beauty by the suitors, Briggs decided to use vibrators. “Vibrators are cooler than roses,” Briggs said. “So I made this version.” During the middle of the performance, all four dancers carried their own vibrators and used the vibrating sounds from the gadgets as the background music. The appearance of the many vibrators in addition to the funny movements served as comic relief. As an immediate attention grabber, the vibrators exemplified the meaning and creativity of the dance. Audience members also viewed “Terra Firma” (2015), a short dance film choreographed collectively by Dishman and other performers. Stevenson, who graduated with a bachelor’s in political science and Arabic, choreographed the dance “Person(a).” Messina choreographed excerpts from the dance “thruline.” She said the dance demonstrates how “we all experience moments in history differently in the same world.” The performances revealed the unique emotional and personal struggles and achievements of all the dancers, choreographers and production staff who had carefully considered every last detail surrounding the event: music, clothing, props, story and choreographies. The night ended with a round of applause for Emory’s artists, who showcased diverse, personal and incredible performances. — Contact Emily An at ean6@emory.edu

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Strong Brotherhood Key for Schner’s Success Continued from Back Page count on, and you know we are going to get this level of focus every game and practice.” Schner had high expectations entering his freshman season. He was excited to contribute to the team and compete for a UAA title with his new brothers, but his hopes were dashed after he broke his foot and missed the remainder of the season. Although it was difficult to be a spectator, he found his new bench role to be immensely valuable. “That [injury] made me a more intelligent player, being able to see games from the bench and watch practice,” Schner said. “That helped shape my love for Emory basketball and all that we do.” Though he valued his experience on the bench, he was expectedly eager to get back on the court. In his first playing season, Schner became one of the Eagles’ most valuable players. At the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, he was named to the first All-UAA team after leading Emory to the UAA title after a home win over the University of Rochester (N.Y.). Schner continues to value the opportunity to share this experience with his team brothers and the Emory

basketball family. Junior guard Nick Stuck has been Schner’s roommate for all three years that they have been at Emory. “[Schner] brings energy and leadership to our team every day, and played a major part in our 2019 UAA championship,” Stuck said. “He makes my job at point guard easy, and I’m excited to call him my teammate and my friend.” This season, Schner has taken on a big scoring role. He shoots a team-high 53.9 percent from the field and averages 15.6 points per game, the second-highest on the squad. Schner’s scoring helped him be awarded UAA Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 3. He posted back-to-back double-doubles in the Eagles’ road wins over the University of Chicago and WashU. The UAA games saw Schner shoot an effective 57.9 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. Zimmerman and Stuck were both emphatic when discussing Schner’s consistency throughout the season. Schner’s performance last weekend was no different and no more phenomenal than it had been all season long, Zimmerman said. “I do not think it was any better than most of the performances he has

Brereton Pitches Eagles to Victory

Continued from Back Page debutant pitchers to combine for the shutout. The Eagles were consistent at bat, keeping the pressure on the Marlins throughout the entirety of the game. Brereton added to his outstanding pitching performance with a sound hitting performance as well, going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs. Junior outfielder Jack Rubenstein added two more runs batted in for the Eagles, going 1-for-2 with a double and adding two more hits by pitches to his account, surpassing former outfielder David Hissey (09B) for the program record with 34. The Eagles then took on the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers on Sunday, falling 4-1 after a late rally by the Panthers. Sophomore

Golf’s Future Bright with Futcher Continued from Back Page lives, that’s what I would define as success ultimately. TEW: What do you value most in a player? KF: I think the most important thing for a player is the want to become better every single day. And it usually doesn’t show immediately. Players that are open-minded and want to make themselves better, not just in golf. Whether it be in academics or other pursuits, I want to bring in players that are on that path and can help me grow to become a better coach as well. Just the attitude of trying to be better every day is what I am looking for in a player.

— Contact Anirudh Pidugu at anirudh.pidugu@emory.edu

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pitcher Jack Brodsky had a solid starting pitching performance as he went five innings with just three hits, allowing zero runs and striking out five batters. The Eagles, however, could not get the bats going. Despite tallying seven hits, they could only convert one to a run. Brereton continued his brilliant start to the season with the only RBI for the Eagles, while junior center fielder Michael Edelman went 2-for-4 at bat and finished as the only runner to come home for the Eagles. The squad finished their opening weekend 1-1 and will now hit the road to take on Millsaps College (Miss.) on Feb. 14.

— Contact Navyash Bhandari at navyash.bhandari@emory.edu

had all year,” Zimmerman said. “If you ask Matt, he could give a rip about winning that award. We won two games, [which] is way more important to him.” While Schner is appreciative of individual awards, he believes that all awards represent team awards, as each player’s success is dependent on the continued excellence of the team as a whole. Each player, regardless of role, plays a crucial part in the Eagles’ success. Last weekend, the Eagles were able to gain separation in the UAA conference standings, staving off WashU, who is also in the race for first place. “All the other awards that come alongside that [team success] are a product of the way that we are playing,” Schner said. “The best is yet to come for my best experience with Emory basketball,” he said. The team takes on New York University and Brandeis next weekend in crucial UAA home games. Schner urged the Emory community to come out and support their Eagles beginning Feb. 14.



Thursday Feb. 13

Swim & Dive



@UAA Champs

All Day

Swim & Dive Track & Field W Tennis M Tennis Baseball W Basketball M Basketball

@UAA Champs @Samford Open @Georgia Gwinnett Point University Millsaps NYU NYU

All Day All Day 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m.

Swim & Dive Track & Field M Tennis Baseball

@UAA Champs @Samford Open Georgia Gwinnett Lynchburg

All Day All Day 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 16

M Basketball W Basketball Baseball

Brandeis Brandeis @Huntingdon

Noon 2 p.m. 5 p.m.

Tuesday Feb. 18

W Tennis Baseball

SCAD @Berry

4 p.m. 6 p.m.

Friday Feb. 14

Saturday Feb. 15

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Astros Let Off Easy While Rose Still Suffers Continued from Back Page The organization set a dangerous precedent when it let the Astros off relatively scot-free for forever violating the integrity of America’s pastime. With the punishment, MLB has assured its members that cheating will not result in severe consequences. Cheaters are now relieved that, if caught, they will not only return to the game and recidivate but also keep their illegally acquired trophy. Rose is outraged, and rightfully so. He had a tremendous career, highlighted by one MVP award, three World Series titles, 17 All-Star selections and 4,256 hits — the most in MLB history. However, any mention of Rose comes with the huge asterisk of his lifetime ban, which has devalued his otherwise illustrious career. He deserved to be punished for what he did, especially since he bet on his own team. Rose claims that he

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always bet on the Reds to win, though. If that were true, there would have been no reason to make managerial decisions detrimental to the Reds. His punishment was on par with previous penalties for betting, such as the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

Any mention of Rose comes with the huge asterisk of his lifetime ban, which has devalued his otherwise illustrious career. However, where the Black Sox’s actions resulted in a dishonorable World Series; Rose’s actions did not. Rose’s punishment may have been

too harsh when MLB first levied it in 1989. Now, given the weakness of the Astros’ punishment for their much graver offense, Rose’s lifetime ban is comparatively cruel and unusual. Rose’s current petition for reinstatement is his third. In the previous two, former MLB Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig and current Commissioner Rob Manfred cited Rose’s past and present affliction for gambling when denying his appeal for reinstatement. For starters, MLB shouldn’t look to people’s personal lives to make these decisions. Two, they should seriously consider the inconsistent punishments that have levied on dissimilar offenses. Three, after doing the previous two, they should come to this conclusion: It’s time to put Rose in the damn Hall.

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Johnson Believes Eagles Will Bounce Back Continued from Back Page team is our relentlessness and pace,” Johnson said. “We give it everything regardless of which side the momentum of the game is on.” Emory’s defensive and offensive effort remained consistent on the road as they defeated WashU 80-67. Schner led the team in rebounds again, grabbing 14. Like UChicago, WashU was suffocated by the Eagles’ defense and shot just 30.3 percent field goal compared to Emory’s 53.3 percent. Schner also showed up on offense, scoring 15 points. Junior guard Romin Williams led the team in scoring that night, going seven of 13 from the field and tallying 18 points. Despite their stellar showing across the last weekend the Eagles dropped a game to division-rival UChicago at home on Feb. 7. Johnson does not

think the loss will affect the team’s future performance. “Our team responds very well to adversity,” Johnson noted. “Over the last weekend, we overcame a 15 point deficit in the second half. Many teams would have quit in that situation but we fought back, showed our resilience, and won.” The Eagles currently sit at 17-3 overall and 7-2 in UAA play. They are ranked No. 6 in the nation for Division III basketball and will look to maintain their momentum into and throughout the NCAA Division III tournament. “I think we can not only keep our momentum but improve on it heading into the postseason,” Johnson said. “We are still working on a lot of different areas of our play and still looking to improve.”

— Contact Lynden Fausey at lynden.fausey@emory.edu

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Pete Rose Belongs In the Hall

Basketball Named D-III Team Of Week By Lynden Fausey Senior Staff Writer

The Emory men’s basketball program was named Division III team of the week by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their play between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2. The team, led by Head Coach Jason Zimmerman, defeated University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents University of Chicago (UChicago) and No. 11-ranked Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.) by double digits in their latest road trip. The Eagles played stellar defense and held rivals UChicago to only 66 points and a 39.7 field goal percentage. Junior guard Matthew Schner dominated the boards, securing 12 rebounds throughout the game. Meanwhile, junior forward Matt Davet led the scoring and supplied 19 of the Eagles’ 83 points. Closely following were junior forwards Lawrence Rowley and sophomore forward Mason Johnson, who contributed 14 points each. Johnson believes that a lot of their success can be attributed to their highpaced play. “One of the greatest strengths of our

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By Michael Mariam Contributing Writer Junior guard Matthew Schner has helped lead the Emory men’s basketball team to a 17-3 record this year. The Eagles sit tied with Brandeis University (Mass.) and Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.) at the top of the University Athletic Association (UAA) standing, and are ranked No. 9 nationally in the NCAA Division III standing. The Eagles’ strong record owes itself in large part to the play of their starting junior guard. For Schner, though, this season is just another installment in his basketball life. Schner came from a family centered around basketball, saying that basketball was always his “first passion” and that the sport was “in [his] blood.” Basketball never stopped in the Schner household. Schner’s father, Larry, played college basketball at

Teeing Off With Katie Futcher

As the head coach for the inaugural year of Emory women’s golf, Katie Futcher has played a pivotal role in helping to create and develop the program. Before joining Emory in the summer of 2018, Futcher played at the collegiate level at Penn State University (Pa.), where she later also served on the assistant staff. Later, she embarked on a nine-year career on the LPGA tour. Between February and June 2018, she served as an assistant staff member and interim head coach at James Madison University (Va.). The Emory Wheel spoke to Coach Futcher to understand her journey to Emory and the goals she has discovered here. This transcript has been edited for clarity and length. Anirudh Pidugu, The Emory Wheel: How long have you been involved in golf and at Emory? Katie Futcher: I was hired at Emory at the end of July 2018. For the first year, I was building the program and recruiting for the 2019 class. To date, we’ve had one competitive fall season. I’ve been involved in golf for about 25 years. I started playing when

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Schner and Emory Are a Perfect Match


By Anirudh Pidugu Senior Staff Writer

celed all remaining visits after spending a day at Emory. “I had a great connection with the players that I spent the day with,” Schner said. “I could see myself definitely putting on an Emory jersey and walking around this campus, so it was an obvious choice for me.” After meeting with Head Coach Jason Zimmerman, Schner didn’t need any further convincing. Emory was where he wanted — and needed — to be. For Zimmerman, Schner’s commitment to excellence has proven immensely valuable for the Eagles, who stand as one of the nation’s best teams. “You know what you are going to get [with Schner], and it is pretty good most of the time,” Zimmerman said. “His consistency is something you

Several weeks ago, I admonished Major League Baseball (MLB) for failing, at the end of an investigation, to more severely punish the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs. MLB fined the team, stripped them of drafts picks and suspended then-Manager A. J. Hinch and then-General Manager Jeff Luhnow for one year. Compared to MLB’s previous punishments, it is incredibly weak. Back in 1989, MLB banned Pete Rose for life after an investigation found that he had illegally wagered on baseball games, including bets on the team he managed at the time, the Cincinnati Reds. The ban indefinitely barred Rose from appearing on a Hall of Fame ballot. Recently, Rose has applied for reinstatement after 30-plus years, arguing that his lifetime ban is “vastly disproportionate” when compared to that of the Astros, who threw integrity to the wind en route to their illegitimate 2017 World Series trophy. And you know what MLB should do? It should comply.

Junior guard Matthew Schner dribbles past a University of Chicago defender on Feb. 7. Schner has been key to Emory’s recent success and led the team to a UAA title last season.

I was 14. Then I played collegiate golf, then professional golf, and then I got into coaching. I’ve been coaching for about four and a half years. TEW: What are your long term goals as head coach? KF: Certainly to win a national championship, to contend, and have a program grow and attract players. I think a really cool thing about Emory is that our athletic department is built on excellence. Being surrounded by other coaches and programs that are competing at a very high level is motivating for me. And I do want to do my part in having a nationally ranked golf program. TEW: What have been some of your favorite moments while coaching? KF: For me, building relationships with my players is the most rewarding part of the job. It’s obviously great to see my players able to do things that they thought would never be able to do. However, ultimately for me, what’s important is the relationship beyond golf and the student’s futures after they graduate. That’s why I coach. There’s so much that makes these young ladies who they are, and it’s more than just golf. If I can be a positive influence and role model in their

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Northwestern University (Ill.) and his older brother Jacob is a junior guard at Florida Southern College. “My basketball career, through middle and high school, was all centered around playing alongside my brother,” Schner said. “A lot of times being coached by my dad, and that’s where my passion really grew.” Although Schner is a year younger than his brother, his skills allowed him to play at his brother’s age level, against players who were often bigger and stronger. Schner got so used to playing basketball with his brother that when he was a senior at Grandview Preparatory School (Fla.), he found it strange to not only be the oldest player on the court, but to also be without his brother. Eventually, he began to e pique the interest of several schools and planned out recruitment trips trying to find the right fit. In the end, however, he can-


Eagles’ Win Streak Snapped By Navyash bhandari Contributing Writer

The men’s basketball team continued their season by taking on the University of Chicago (UChicago) Maroons and the University Athletic Association (UAA) leading Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.) Bears at home, losing to UChicago before bouncing back to win against the Bears. The women’s basketball team also went 1-1 for the weekend, falling to the Bears after defeating the Maroons. Emory’s baseball team similarly opened their season with an 8-0 win over Virginia Wesleyan University before falling to Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) on Sunday. Men’s Basketball Men’s basketball’s four-game win streak was snapped at home, falling 84-76 to the Maroons. Junior guard Romin Williams and junior forward Lawrence Rowley led the scoring with 14 points apiece, but it was not enough to take Emory to victory. The Eagles held a slender lead with eight minutes left on the clock, but the Maroons capitalized on Emory’s poor shooting and went on a 16-0 run. Though the Eagles tried to mount a comeback, they ultimately fell short. The difference between the two teams lied in

their respective capabilities to convert field goals. While the Maroons converted 46 percent, the Eagles shot only 34.2 percent, including only 31.6 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Eagles then took on the Bears at home, bouncing back in a 73-68 triumph over the No. 11 team. Junior guard Nick Stuck led the Eagles with 19 points on six of 13 shooting from the field while junior guard Matthew Schner contributed an impressive 13 points. The Eagles trailed by 10 points with less than 11 minutes left in regulation but showed great character to rally back and beat a tough opponent. The Eagles powered through and defeated the Bears, bringing their UAA record to 7-2. Now tied for first in the conference, the Eagles will take on their rivals, the New York University (NYU) Bobcats, in a Valentine’s Day matchup with hopes to improve their 17-3 record. Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team also had a mixed showing over the weekend, starting with a 51-39 win over the UChicago Maroons on Feb. 7 that tied them for the top spot of the UAA. The win reversed a two-game slump for the Eagles and brought them to six conference wins overall. The team’s powerful defense kept the 75 points-per-game average Maroons to only 39 points.

On the offensive front, senior guard Allison Chernow scored a game-high 15 points on six of 14 shooting from the field with senior forward Erin Lindahl adding 14 points. On Feb. 9, the Eagles slipped to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the UAA as they were trumped 72-61 by the WashU Bears. It was a night of celebration for Lindahl, however, as she became the 11th player to reach 1,000 career points for the Eagles. Lindahl had a total of 13 points in the game. The Eagles were only down by two at halftime, but started to fall behind at the start of the second half as the Bears raced to a 49-39 lead by the end of the third quarter. There was no looking back for the Bears after that run, and they won by a comfortable 11 points. With five games to play, the Eagles now stand in a three-way tie for first place in the conference and will return to action Feb. 14 when they will host the NYU Bobcats in what promises to be a crunch showdown. Baseball The baseball team started their 2020 campaign with an 8-0 shutout of the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins on Friday. Senior pitcher Richard Brereton pitched 5 1/3 innings scoreless to record the win, aided by three

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