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Emory Offers No Zwier Update

By Richard Chess Executive Editor

By Isaiah Poritz Asst. News Editor

College Council (CC) temporarily stopped Black Student Alliance (BSA) operational activities and is intervening in the organization’s Spring 2019 elections following several anonymous complaints to CC about electoral and financial misconduct. CC President Jacob Hicks (18Ox, 20C) declined an interview, directing the Wheel to Vice President of Communications Albert Zhang (22C). Zhang wrote in an April 9 email that an initial review found no improprieties with Student Activities Fee funds but CC will still petition the SGA Elections Board to oversee the upcoming elections. Zhang did not respond to questions about CC’s or the Election Board’s authority to oversee elections. CC suspended BSA’s activities and froze its financial accounts upon receiving an anonymous complaint,

League Southeast, wrote in an open letter to University President Claire E. Sterk on Thursday that the mock eviction notices are “disturbing.” “While students have a right to express their views on campus, targeting students in their residence halls is an unsettling intrusion,” PadillaGoodman wrote. “We appreciate that Emory’s administration has recognized the impact of such hurtful actions, and we urge you to take steps to reassure students that their per-

Five months ago, the University began an investigation into Emory Law Professor Paul J. Zwier II, who allegedly used the N-word on two separate occasions in front of students. As of Tuesday, the University offered no updates on the investigation. Zwier was placed on paid administrative leave following several reports that he used the N-word on Oct. 31 while meeting with a student during office hours, the Wheel previously reported. The University previously sanctioned the professor after scrutiny from students for using the word two months before in class. Zwier is still on administrative leave according to an April 4 email sent to all law students from the Interim Dean of Emory School of Law James B. Hughes Jr. “Zwier is represented by counsel,” Hughes wrote in the email. “I must respect and abide by personnel proto-

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Members of Emory Students for Justice in Palentine (ESJP) hold a die-in protest at Wonderful Wednesday on April 3 as one of many events during Israeli Apartheid Week.

Eviction Notices Spark Outrage By Richard Chess and Nicole Sadek Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief Emory’s Office of Student Conduct is conducting an investigation after many students found mock eviction notices posted to their doors on Tuesday morning. The mock eviction notices were distributed by Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) during its Israel Apartheid Week as a protest against


Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israel Apartheid Week at Emory coincides with Israel Week, sponsored by Emory Eagles for Israel. The flyers were posted throughout residence halls, Clairmont Campus and Emory Point. They warn that the rooms are “scheduled for demolition in three days.” The bottom of the notice states that it is not real but is intended to “draw attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.” Allison Padilla-Goodman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation

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Rollins Ablution Photographer Examines Race in Art Room Desecrated By Carson Greene Senior Staff Writer

By Carson Greene Senior Staff Writer The ablution room, a space typically used by Muslims for cleansing rituals before prayer, was found desecrated on April 4 in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building. Dean of Rollins School of Public Health James Curran sent a schoolwide email on April 5 explaining the situation. The room has been cleaned and disinfected but Curran did not specify how the space was desecrated. Curran wrote in the email that the incident was reported by a student and that Emory Police Department (EPD) is currently conducting an investigation into the matter. EPD Records Manager Ed Shoemaker declined on Tuesday to share an incident report with the Wheel. University President Claire E. Sterk did not confirm that the incident was charged by anti-Muslim sentiment but that Islamophobia will not be tolerated at Emory. “Sacred places on our campuses deserve to be treated with dignity and

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respect,” Sterk wrote in the email. “It breaks my heart to learn that one of Emory’s sacred spaces, used especially by Muslim members of our community, has been violated.” Alexa Cleveland (17Ox, 19B) said she believed the email should have been sent to the entire University. Cleveland said she only heard about the email through a black students group chat and posted a screenshot of the email to her Facebook feed. “I was a little disappointed because at first, I wasn’t expecting to hear anything from Claire Sterk,” Cleveland said. “But to see a quote from Claire Sterk in that email means that she is aware of the situation but didn’t publicly respond to our University.” Cleveland called the incident a “hate crime” and that Emory did a poor job of handling the situation. Angela Jiang (19C) said that she was shocked by the incident. “It seemed clearly like an act of vandalism,” Jiang said. “I think it’s a striking disappointment [this happened at Emory].”

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Carrie Mae Weems, a photographer and video installation artist, spoke about inspiration and style appropriation in modern art in an April 8 lecture at the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. In the last installment of Emory’s 2018-19 Provost Lecture Series,

Weems addressed about 100 students, faculty and community members. Her art exhibitions deal with issues of racism, sexism and politics, specifically in African American communities. Weems spoke about her “Director’s Cut” photography series, in which she took pictures of herself on the sets of productions for TV shows such as “Empire” and “Scandal,” both of which

feature black actors in lead roles. Weems said shows like these mark an important shift to the popularization of black culture in the media. “There were days and years when I would look at The New York Times, my favorite newspaper, on a Sunday afternoon and just cry because there was not a single article about any-

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Constitutional Council Chief Justice Matthew Ribel (19C) swears in incoming members of the 53rd Student Government Association (SGA) legislature on Monday, April 8. These new members will serve a one-year term.

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Undoc. Students Share Stories By Isaiah Poritz Asst. News Editor

“I’ve found my voice, and I now recognize that my story is important,” Willi Freire (19B) said during an April 3 panel event hosted by student group Emory’s Undocumented Students of America. Freire is a resident of the United States through the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Addressing about 80 students, faculty and community members, Freire and other speakers shared stories about the legal difficulties and emotional tolls facing immigrant families, the complications of identifying as American while legally considered undocumented and the importance of finding unity in the stories of other undocumented students. The Wheel has excluded names and stories of those who did not want to be included in this article due to safety concerns. During his freshman year, Freire attended a meeting hosted by Freedom at Emory University, an organization that advocates for rights of undocumented students, in hopes to learn about activism regarding undocumented immigrants. At the meeting, undocumented students introduced themselves by stating their legal status along with their name, hometown and intended major, Freire said. “When I heard the first person say, ‘and I am a DACA recipient,’ I felt my heart absolutely sink,” Freire said. “I witnessed profound courage, bravery and palpable confidence. … I finally owned being undocumented in a group setting.” In high school, Freire said he had difficulty explaining why he did not have a driver’s license or why he never visited his native country. He would often respond with a “white lie” that concealed his undocumented status. Freire noted the importance of ACA, which began accepting applicants in 2012 but stopped in 2017. DACA provides temporary deportation protection and work permits for immigrants who entered the United States illegally before age 16. Freire said the program provided him with an opportunity to drive, work and attend college. Co-President of Emory’s Undocumented Students of America Patrycja Kepa (21B) spoke about the complications that come with family members having differing legal statuses. Kepa, who was born in Greece, said her sister was born in Poland and her brother was born in the U.S. “That means that amongst us, there are three different statuses: DACA, undocumented and U.S. citizen,” Kepa said. “This disparity of three is what makes our relationships as siblings so overly complicated.” When Kepa and her family came to the U.S., she was able to qualify

for DACA, but her sister, who is four years younger, was unable to qualify. By the time her sister reached 15 years old, the qualifying age for DACA, the Department of Homeland Security stopped accepting applicants. “Two years ago, we used to be able to sit down and talk about everything, but now all of our conversations boil down to why I have DACA and she doesn’t,” Kepa said. Kepa said the relationship with her younger brother is completely different from that of her sister. After Kepa’s brother was born, their mother returned to work, placing the burden of childcare on Kepa. Kepa’s brother would often look to her as a mother figure, Kepa said. “I remember vividly one day after the 2016 election when my mom and I were discussing a possible family separation and what would happen to my brother if we were to get deported,” Kepa said. “I had to sit [my brother] down … and explain that everyone but him in our immediate family had no secure status in the U.S.” For Matt Mach (18C), an undocumented immigrant from Poland, the threat of deportation became real for his family one year ago. Mach said he received a phone call from his mother who said two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had detained Mach’s father, who was eventually deported to Poland. His brothers and mother voluntarily moved back soon after. “My worst fear had been realized,” Mach said. Mach said he called dozens of law firms asking if they could provide legal assistance for his father’s case but none were willing to work without pay. Despite the treatment his family faced from the U.S. immigration system, Mach said he remains optimistic about telling his story and advocating for change. “[American immigration authorities] will not keep me from smiling, from thinking, from celebrating, from writing, from speaking, from loving and caring for my neighbors and they certainly won’t keep me from loving myself,” Mach said. “No matter how much they try, no matter the violence they inflict on us and our families, they will never take our humanity.” Associate Professor of Practice at the Business School Nikki Graves, who attended the event, said she was moved by the student speakers. “As a professor, this event and hearing these stories makes me even more dedicated to doing whatever I can to support these students who are such an asset in my classroom and at Emory,” Graves said. In January 2017, Emory announced it would not declare itself a “sanctuary campus” but would continue supporting undocumented students, the Wheel previously reported.

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sonal space is secure.” The Office of Residence Life and Housing Operations approved the fake eviction notices to be posted around Emory’s campus but staff removed the flyers from students’ doors because distributors violated Campus Life’s policy against posting flyers on doors. In an April 5 statement, ESJP wrote that alt-right blogs and antiMuslim hate sites have “intimidated students with frivolous legal actions; engaged in aggressive cyber-bullying; [and] sent death threats and threats of violence” in response to their distribution of mock eviction notices. ESJP called on the University to “discipline students and other Emory community members that are complicit in the ongoing harassment” and discouraged the endorsement of Emory’s Jewish student organizations during this time. Emory Police Department (EPD) Records Manager Ed Shoemaker said the department received multiple complaints about the flyers. EPD is gathering facts about the case, according to Sgt. Ryan Andrews. He did not clarify by publication time whether there is an active criminal

investigation. “Our students were very disturbed by this evasion of their personal space, of their personal safety in their own residence on campus,” Director of Emory Hillel Dave Cohn said. Zalman Lipskier, executive director of Chabad at Emory, informed Chabad members via email that a “high profile” lawyer is willing to represent students if they feel threatened. Juliana Nikodym (17Ox,19C), who attended an ESJP-hosted lecture on Wednesday, said she was impressed by the mock eviction notices. “I thought it was a really good, powerful demonstration,” Nikodym said. “It’s not supposed to be comfortable.” As part of Israel Apartheid Week, ESJP held a “die-in” on Cox Bridge on Wednesday. The silent protest occurred during Wonderful Wednesday, where Eagles for Israel was also tabling. “The die-in happened right in front of us and they came to interrogate our table with all of these pictures and give us these terrible looks,” said Sophia Weinstein (19C), co-president of Emory-Israel Public Affairs Committee. She added that ESJP also protested

next to Eagles for Israel when they held an event earlier in the week. Vice President of Eagles for Israel Melissa Harari (19B) said she was invited by an ESJP member to attend a lecture hosted by pro-Palestine group on Tuesday but was shunned when she invited their members to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with her. “I just broke down because it was so much to handle hearing their rhetoric and how they talk about Israel [and] … how they compare it to racist apartheid,” Harari said. “They don’t want to talk, and they frame themselves as the people starting the conversation.” Harari said she has no issue with the violations to campus flyer posting guidelines but said Emory should reform its free speech policies to prevent hurtful attitudes. In an email to students, Interim Vice President for Campus Life Paul Marthers said Campus Life is investigating the incident and has engaged with ESJP.

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CC Petitions Elections Board for Review Continued from Page 1 according to an April 3 email from CC to BSA’s executive board, which was obtained by the Wheel. CC told BSA it would pass the investigation to the Constitutional Council, but Chief Justice Matthew Ribel (19C) later told the Wheel that they rejected the case because it falls under the Election Board’s jurisdiction. Elections Board Chair Justin Cohen (20C) said in an April 8 email to the Wheel that he was beginning to investigate the incident. “I am reaching out to several parties to ask about any alleged misconduct,” Cohen wrote. “Based on those conversations, either the complainant or the Elections Board may request for a hearing to determine possible violations and sanctions.” As a result of the suspension, BSA was forced to cancel a pool party last weekend. Elections for the next executive board have been postponed indefinitely. On Tuesday, CC told BSA that the organization would be allowed to resume its organizational activities. BSA President Nicole Gullatt (20C) and External Vice President Timothy Richmond (20C) said no one in student government would tell them details about the complaints. Gullatt and Richmond believe the electoral misconduct complaints relate to a proposed BSA constitutional amendment that would affect

which members would be allowed to run for an executive board position. If the amendments are approved, candidates who resign from executive board positions would be ineligible to be appointed again to some executive board positions, according to Gullatt and Richmond.

“I’m not going to say it’s racially related, but also, why do they assume we don’t have the capacity or the capability to solve our own problems?” — Timothy Richmond (20C), Black Student Alliance (BSA) External Vice President

Gullatt said one candidate planning to run in the election would have been impacted by the change but the executive board’s decision to propose the amendment was not meant to target the potential candidate. Gullatt and Richmond said they both checked with CC Adviser Sarah Beth Potter who said it was OK to pursue the amendment during the election cycle, as long as they followed their constitutional procedures. Potter did not respond to request for comment by publication time.

Imani Brooks (20C), who is a friend of the affected candidate and previously served as BSA president, threatened to file a complaint with CC, according to Gullatt. Brooks declined to comment. Richmond, who will run to be the next BSA president, described CC’s intervention as confusing and unnecessary. “SGA or College Council has no formal relationship with the black community or BSA in particular, so I think the best people to evaluate candidates are the people involved in the organization,” Richmond said. “It’s, to an extent, an abuse of their power.” Richmond further takes issue with the anonymity of the complaints and how student government officials haven’t provided the organization with an opportunity to respond before suspending activities and freezing their financial accounts. “The cards are stacked against us, being black here at Emory,” Richmond said. “I’m not going to say it’s racially related, but also, why do they assume we don’t have the capacity or the capability to solve our own problems?” Editors’ Note: Albert Zhang previously served as an assistant news editor at the Wheel. He had no role in the composition or editing of this article.

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Carrie Mae Weems Talks Black Representation in Media Continued from Page 1 thing relevant to African Americans,” Weems said. “That has changed. They also have a black editor which helps make a difference as well.” Weems also spoke about how she finds inspiration for her artwork by examining the kinds of influence other artists’ work has on people. She said that she spends a lot of

time looking at and trying to understand what kind of messages they contain before discovering her own ideas. However, she noted the importance of artistic appropriation, especially when creating new work. “Appropriation is sometimes an act of stealing, sometimes it’s an inspiration and sometimes its a comparison and contract, sometimes it’s a negoti-

ation,” Weems said. “Sometimes its a marriage with a singular idea coming together to form a new idea.” Weems also discussed the various interpretations of artwork and its purpose in answering questions of self-identity. “We are all looking for our authentic selves,” Weems said. “Who am I? What is my purpose?” Weems said that questions of

self-identity can be seen in African American art and music during the civil rights era. Musician and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin explored these questions of self-identity within her music. “And for a woman like Aretha [Franklin] … these [songs] weren’t just great, great accidents, they weren’t just songs,” Weems said. “They were deeply involved with her

question of, ‘Who am I?’” Zach Stieneker (19C), who heard about the lecture through his photography class, said he found the talk very interesting because he “[enjoyed] seeing a part of the University that really cares about photography and the arts.”

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Professor Becomes Finalist for Peabody By Madison Bober Copy Editor

in the moment, to see it come across an email like that, to realize you’re a finalist.” Klibanoff said he had not anticipated NPR local Atlanta radio station WABE’s history podcast “Buried the future awards and accolades when Truths,” hosted by Professor of Practice he first began working on the podcast Hank Klibanoff, has been nominated with WABE. “I didn’t even think it had a place for a Peabody Award. The nominain a contest. … My goal tion followed a unaniHank Klibanoff, wasn’t to gain wide mous vote from the Professor of recognition — it was Peabody Awards Board Practice to teach a course that I of Jurors, according thought was very interto the Peabody Award esting,” Klibanoff said. website. “I come at this [project] ”Buried Truths” was not as a reformer, but one of 60 nominees as a journalist driven by selected from an appli- C L D. M curiosity, wanting to know why.” cant pool of more than Klibanoff expressed confidence in 1,200 entries, which included programming in television, radio, podcasts and finding the answers to many of the cold other internet platforms, with genres cases that he and his class investigate. spanning entertainment, news, docu- Peabody will announce the winners mentary, children’s and public service beginning as early as April 16. The programming. In the coming weeks, last announcement, for winners in the the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors news, radio and podcasts, web and public service categories, will occur April will select 30 winners. The six-episode podcast examines 23. But Klibanoff said he can wait. “It’s worth waiting for,” Klibanoff the racial climate of Jim Crow Georgia, said. “Isaiah Nixon’s with a special focus family waited 67 years on the 1948 killing of for their story to be Isaiah Nixon, a black “My goal wasn’t to told. It was through farmer, by two white men. Nixon’s case gain wide recognition the work of Emory students that his first came to light in — it was to teach a Emory’s Georgia Civil course that I thought grave was discovered, 67 years later. If they Rights Cold Cases Project class, which was very interesting.” could wait 67 years, I could probably wait Klibanoff teaches and — Hank Klibanoff, two weeks.” directs. The project Katherine Dautrich gives undergraduProfessor of Practice (18C,19G), a former ates the opportunity student of Klibanoff to explore unsolved, racially motivated killings during the who worked on Isaiah Nixon’s case as a researcher for two years, said that modern civil rights era in Georgia. Klibanoff, who has spent years in receiving the award was unfathomable. “I feel shock. I feel joy,” Dautrich the newsrooms of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal- said. “But also, I recognize that it’s an Constitution (AJC) in various editing honor and privilege to be helping to positions, said that the “Buried Truths” tell these stories for people who can’t production team decided to make the tell them themselves. … Professor podcast because the case lacked pub- Klibanoff is committed to the project lic recognition, the Wheel previously and to the people he speaks to, that he easily establishes a sense of trust [with reported. Klibanoff admitted that he was these families].” Editors’ Note: Hank Klibanoff is the initially apprehensive about the Wheel’s faculty adviser. He was not nomination. “When you first hear that you’re a involved in the composition or editing nominee, it’s a little cryptic, because I of this article. assumed you become a nominee when you submit your work,” Klibanoff said. — Contact Madison Bober at “But it was very exciting to be there ourtesy of



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Compiled By Valerie Sandoval On March 29 at 12:12 a.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to Evans Hall in reference to a person down due to alcohol. When the officers arrived, Emory Emergency Medical Services (EEMS) was on scene providing medical attention to an unconscious Emory student lying on the floor. A friend of the subject, who is also an Emory student, told the officer that she and her friends found the subject and helped her to her room but did not know where she had been or what she drank. The officer asked the second student if she knew where the subject’s student ID was. The student began looking through the subject’s wallet and told the officer there was no ID in it, but the officer saw a driver’s license in plain view. The officer asked for the wallet twice but the student ignored his requests. When he asked a third time, the student handed over the wallet and the officer discovered a fraudulent Connecticut driver’s license. The officer confiscated the ID and cited the student for possession of false ID. American Medical Response (AMR) transported the subject to Emory University Hospital (EUH) for further medical treatment. Campus Life was notified about the incident. On March 29 at 11:05 a.m., an Emory student reported a theft to EPD. The complainant said he was in a practice room on the second floor of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on March 28 at 3:30 p.m., and left the room at 4 p.m. for a lesson. When the lesson ended at 6:20 p.m., the complainant realized he forgot his backpack in the practice room and went to retrieve it. The complainant saw his backpack inside the room, but a chamber ensemble was practicing. He decided to return when they were finished. When he returned to the room at 9 p.m., he found his backpack still in the room, but his Apple MacBook was missing from inside. The laptop is valued at $1,100. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On March 30 at 11:07 a.m., EPD responded to Longstreet-Means Hall in reference to a report of a suspicious person. A resident said she was alone in her room sleeping when an unknown male subject entered, took his pants off and got into the com-

Emeritus Professor Condemns Univ. Response Continued from Page 1 cols that mandate confidentiality until the matter has been resolved.” Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Emeritus William Carney asked the American Bar Association and the American Association of University Professors to place the University on academic probation, arguing that the University violated Zwier’s academic freedoms for penalizing his use of the racial epithet in a non-derogatory way. In the complaint, Carney alleges that Zwier had used the N-word when he told a student during office hours that he had been called a “N****r lover” as a child because his parents were advocates of civil rights. “We respectfully disagree with Professor Zwier’s characterization of the events, and we are engaged in dialogue with him about this matter,” Emory’s Assistant Vice President of Reputation Management Laura Diamond wrote in an April 9 email to the Wheel. After the first incident, Zwier pub-

licly apologized for using the racial slur during a class lecture on Aug. 23. After the second incident, Vice President for Academic Communications Nancy Seideman referred the Wheel to University Policy 4.72, which states, “When an investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is being conducted on a matter such as a … discrimination complaint, an employee may be placed on administrative leave with pay.” Paul J. Zwier II, Emory Professor Of Law

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consults with the department and the employee is notified. The first incident prompted a twoweek investigation by the Office of Equity and Inclusion which resulted in Emory barring Zwier from teaching mandatory courses for first-year law students. They also required that he revise teaching manuals to include ways to address racially sensitive issues, participate in dialogues on racial sensitivity and complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Student Bar Association (SBA) began a petition on Nov. 12 after the second alleged incident, requesting that the University remove Zwier and require that he participate in cultural competency and unconscious bias training. BLSA President Wrenica Archibald (16C, 19L) and SBA President Nicole ElMurr (19L) did not respond to the Wheel’s request for an interview.

plainant’s roommate’s bed. She asked the male subject questions but he refused to answer. The complainant texted her roommate to inform her of the situation and the roommate contacted their resident adviser (RA) and EPD. When the officers arrived, they entered the room, woke up the subject, and asked him what room he lived in and if he knew what room he was in. The subject replied that he was in his own room. The subject complied with the officers’ instruction to get out of the bed and get dressed. The officer noticed the subject smelled of alcohol and his shirt sleeve was wet with spots that looked like vomit. When the officer questioned him about it, the subject said he had not been drinking and had not thrown up. The officer asked the subject for an ID and the subject provided him with a fraudulent Missouri driver’s license. EEMS and AMR responded to the scene to evaluate the subject’s medical condition. AMR transported the subject to EUH for further evaluation and treatment. The officers cited the subject for possession of a false identification and underage possession of alcohol. Campus Life was notified about the incident. On March 30 at 1:11 p.m., EPD responded to Emory Point to investigate a report of rape. On April 1 at 10:41 p.m., EPD responded to Clairmont Residential Center Building E in reference to a report of suspicious activity. The officer arrived and spoke to two friends, a complainant and witness, who are both Emory students. The witness said an unknown male knocked on her bedroom window at 8:30 p.m. The person at the window said he knew her friend and asked to let him in through the exterior card access door. The witness let the subject in through the exterior door but not into her apartment. She then noticed the person had a black handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants. The witness called the complainant to let her know there was a male standing outside and warned her that he had a gun. The complainant told EPD the subject was a high school friend who wants to date her. The complainant called the male and asked him to meet her in the Hope Lodge parking lot. The two met and the man cursed at the complainant multiple times, asking if she was

dating someone else. The complainant refused to answer and the subject eventually left. The complainant said she has previously asked the subject to stop contacting her and she eventually blocked his number. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On April 2 at 6:48 p.m., EPD responded to the Undergraduate Residential Center Building D in reference to a theft. The complainant, an Emory student, said she left her apartment at 11:30 a.m. on April 2 and returned at 6 p.m. to find her Apple MacBook Pro, Apple iPad, Apple Pencil and Beats headphones missing from her bedroom. The complainant was unsure if the front door was locked as she shares the apartment with three other roommates. The officer spoke with one of the roommates who said she was not missing anything from her room. The other roommates were not at the location when the officers arrived. There were no signs of forced entry. The total value of the missing items is $2,115. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On April 3 at 7:33 a.m., EPD responded to the Robert W. Woodruff Library in reference to a theft. The complainant, an Emory student, said he was in the Matheson Reading Room earlier that day. At 4:30 a.m., he went to the first floor to take a nap and left his Apple MacBook Pro and other property in the Reading Room. When he returned at 6:50 a.m., he discovered his laptop missing. The complainant said the Reading Room was empty when he left. The laptop is valued at $1,000. The case has been assigned to an investigator. On April 3 at 9:31 p.m., EPD spoke with an EUH employee in reference to damage to his white 2014 Toyota Tundra. The complainant said he parked on the third level of the Lowergate East Parking Deck at 6:30 a.m. When he returned to his vehicle at 7 p.m., he noticed a note on his front driver side window that read, “Your parking is atrocious. Maybe invest in a smaller car. Have a great day.” When the complainant got home, he noticed a small dent on the rear driver side fender. The case has been assigned to an investigator.

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• In last week’s issue, “SAAC Discontinues Single-Visit Passes” incorrectly states that SAAC members may sponsor guests for free. In fact, guest passes cost $10. • On page 2 of last week’s issue, Tanika Deuskar was credited for the photo in “SGA Finalizes 32 Percernt Cuts to Media Council.” In fact, Ayushi Agarwal should be credited for the photo.

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• On page 5 of last week’s issue, Anthony Wong’s op-ed stated that Emory Hillel confirmed that no Jewish students were targeted by the flyers. In fact, Emory Hillel said that there is no evidence that Jewish students were targeted.

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In Response to Protest Flyers After Emory Students for Justice in Palestine posted mock eviction notices on student doors on April 2, the Wheel recieved several responses from the Emory community. The following op-eds represent the views of those contributors. The Wheel Editorial Board’s response can be found on page 6. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Opinion Editor: Madeline Lutwyche ( Asst. Opinion Editor Zach Ball (21C) previously served as president of Emory Students for Justice in Palestine and was not involved in editing these op-eds.

Emory’s Response to ESJP’s Embracing Nuance, Justified Protest Immature Rejecting Violence Grant Osborn Since 1967, the Israeli government has demolished more than 50,000 buildings in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, leaving roughy 140,000 Palestinians homeless. These are not disputed statistics. A few days ago, Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) posted these statistics, along with a few other statements, onto the doors of Emory residence halls and off-campus housing. I’m agnostic regarding the actions of the Israeli government, but I’m repulsed by the community response to this form of passive protest. One would hope that such a protest would galvanize every concerned student and prompt much-needed dialogue about the difficult questions raised by the Israeli settlements and the occupation of Palestine. Instead, the response by many was to play the anti-Semitism card and petulantly treat the event as an attack on the Jewish community, destroying any hope of such discussion. It was an effective protest. Was it provocative? Yes, that’s the point. But those who were offended by the protest clearly misinterpreted it. Amazingly, even in the aftermath of this incident, it is the pro-Israel students who have claimed to be the ones open to dialogue, saying that these flyers are what has shut down conversation. If your bar for anti-Semitism is so low that this protest sets you off, offends you enough to keep you from engaging in conversation or has brought you to tears, then you have no right to claim that you are the ones open to dialogue. The flyers were not anti-Semitic, nor were they an attack on Emory’s Jewish community. They were an attack on the actions of a foreign government. The flyers dispassionately outlined the actions of the Israeli government while attempting to make the statistics feel personal. There was no violence; there was no anti-Semitic rhetoric. There is real anti-Semitism out there, but when supporters of Israel pretend that criticism of the State of Israel like ESJP’s flyers is an attack on Judaism, all they are doing is stifling discussion and making it harder to call out the real anti-Semites. The community response would have been appropriate if the flyers were actually anti-Semitic, but they were not. The claims they make are, if not incontrovertible, arguable, and accepted by many. In fact, the United Nations condemned Israel’s demolitions in 2004 — a vote from which Israel’s strongest ally, the United States, abstained. Maybe there would be an argument

if these flyers were placed only on the doors of Jewish students, but according to both ESJP and Dave Cohn, the director of Emory Hillel, they were not, the latter writing, “There has been no evidence that Jewish students were specifically targeted in the distribution of these flyers,” in an April 2 email. Investigations are ongoing, but so far, no red flags have been raised by Emory’s Office of Student Conduct. The other claims on these flyers were more or less the same — if not simple, verifiable facts, then mainstream opinions of legal scholars, like the assertion that such demolitions violate Article 53 of the Geneva Conventions and that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. Are these claims controversial? Absolutely. Are there mainstream scholars on both sides of the issue? Yes.

There is real antiSemitism out there, but when supporters of Israel pretend that criticism of the State of Israel ... is an attack on Judaism, all they are doing is stifling discussion. These issues are difficult to discuss, but that is precisely what makes them worth discussing. The only factual error in the whole document was the minor claim that the Israeli government referred to this process as “Judaization,” when in fact this is a term used by Israel’s critics. But the fact that ESJP provoked such an outcry from these claims — claims that are not even the toughest to grapple with — leaves me with little hope for the Emory community as a marketplace of ideas and of free exchange thereof. Last year, the Israeli Defense Forces killed 56 children and 234 adults, and this is a modest figure in comparison to the rest of the past two decades. Since 1967, the West Bank (which the vast majority of countries have recognized as belonging to Palestine) has been under military occupation by the Israeli government. In the past few decades, Israeli citizens have flocked to the West Bank to create settlements in this territory, often at the expense of Palestinians — something even Alan Dershowitz, an avid supporter of the occupation itself, has condemned; and the growth of these settlements has accelerated under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule during the past decade. Thirteen percent of those living in the West Bank, de jure Palestinian land, are now Israeli

citizens. To assert that a provocative protest about these issues constitutes an attack on one’s community is a deplorable way to claim victim status and abdicate responsibility from having to answer for the actions of the State of Israel — the place that so many of the counter-protestors claim to love so dearly. How many past and current Emory students have casually bemoaned the hypersensitivity of students of color, dismissing them as snowflakes for expressing discontent with the culture at Emory? How many of these same students have now rallied behind Emory Hillel and the Anti-Defamation League, the latter whose director called the protests “offensive and intimidating”? In an April 2 Emory Hillel email, Cohn wrote that Hillel spent the day “wrangling with the challenges posed by such an action … defending the safety of our students from this intrusion on their privacy and security.” The letter closes reading, “in solidarity.” In solidarity? A threat to safety and security? Take a step back for a minute. If you had read that statement out of context, you would think that someone had just painted swastikas on the doors of Emory Hillel. The flyers were distributed to criticize the alleged human rights violations of foreign government. If something this anodyne makes you feel unsafe, you are not fostering a community dedicated to free inquiry and debate, the two values that ought to be most important on our college campus. But treating these flyers as if they constitute some threat to the safety and wellbeing of thousands of Emory students sure is a convenient way of sidestepping an actual conversation about complex issues. These are discussions we need to have, but for that to happen, we must make a collective decision not to treat every provocative attack on Israeli policy — especially those devoid of any semblance of bigotry — as if it is anti-Semitic. University President Claire E. Sterk wrote in a statement, “I’m confident we will balance the need to protect free speech and the security and dignity of all in our community.” In the case at hand, the only way to balance these competing interests that leaves Emory with any claim to “upholding free speech and vigorous debate” is to encourage ESJP to continue their protests in whatever civil, nonviolent way they intend to pursue them. There was no attack on the Jewish community by ESJP, but there was an attack on the virtue of open dialogue by various members of the Emory community. Grant Osborn (19C) is from Springfield, Ohio.

Pro-Peace, Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine Voice Exists These feelings are not contradictory; they are from a pro-peace, proNaomi Keusch Baker two state solution perspective. I do my best to recognize the nuances of the Being pro-Israel and anti-occupa- conflict and admit when I lack knowltion are not contradicting views: In edge. I’m not an expert on the complex order for Israel to be a democracy, history of the multiple groups of peoIsraeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, ples involved. I am not sure politically the Golan Heights, the West Bank and what a two-state solution would look East Jerusalem must end. like, but I firmly reject the alternative I have felt very alone at Emory on extremes. I believe that Palestinians the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, espe- and Jews both deserve a homeland and cially this week. I don’t feel welcome that the Israeli government is violatby the Zionist organizations, including ing human rights and breaking Israeli Emory-Israel Public Affairs Committee law. Simultaneously, the Palestinian and Emory Eagles for Israel, and I Authority also violates human rights. don’t feel welcome by Emory Students I believe that for a Jewish, democratic for Justice in Palestine (ESJP). state to exist, a Palestinian, democratic The National Students for Justice in state must also exist. Palestine organization’s rhetoric can be I am pro-Israel and openly criticize anti-Jewish, as they have used phrases the Israeli government, recognizing like “a cycle of Jewish supremacy” and that the government is not represent“[an] apathetic plea to protect Jewish ing the best interests of its people. students” in their online newsletters. I am pro-Palestine but criticize the J Street is a national organization Palestinian authority, acknowledgthat self-describes ing there are human as “pro-Israel, prorights violations. peace” and advocates If one needs a comI believe that for a for a two-state soluparison, I am proJewish, democratic United States, even tion. Other campuses have strong chapters though I protest the state to exist, that regularly chalcurrent American a Palestinian, lenge unconditional government and allegiance for and democratic state must many of the systems against Israel. Why in place. I still hope also exist. doesn’t Emory? for the success of It seems there American democracy is no space at Emory for pro-Israel, and still believe everyone who lives pro-Palestine, pro-peace conversa- here or wants to live here should be tions. Instead, we have a shameful able to peacefully. lack of dialogue between two polarOne must remember that Israeli, ized groups and a multitude of peo- Palestinian and people of many more ple who claim to be invested in the ethnic and racial identities live in this Israeli-Palestinian population without region of conflict. People live and work listening to what people who live there there every day, and the involvement of actually want.Israeli Prime Minister the U.S. in their conflict is something Benjamin Netanyahu may be the lead- I struggle with often. I often disagree er of Israel, but his government is not with American interference in other what most people in Israel believe in. countries, but I also believe in transnaI have family in Israel who are tional defense of human rights. anti-occupation and pro-Palestinian Education and research are crucial, human rights. and it hurts me that so many students Many individuals of diverse back- don’t see the value in engaging in diagrounds, including Israelis and logue with an open mind, especially Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It Christians, living in Israel and the bothers me that now as the Israel and occupied territories want peace. Many Israel Apartheid Weeks are coming to want a two-state solution. an end, the conversation will dissipate. I reject Emory Eagles for Israel’s I was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, choice to ignore the occupation and and have been back to Israel on mulIsraeli violence, and I reject Students tiple occasions. The situation is far for Justice in Palestine’s choice to more complicated than is insinuated ignore Palestinian violence. by many students and organizations. I I reject the claim that the atroci- am Jewish and Israeli and American, ties in this that of the world should be but first and foremost I believe in compared to “those of Nazi Germany’s human rights. I openly criticize Israel Jewish ghettos,” as cited in Anthony and Palestine and openly support the Wong’s (21C) op-ed. peaceful success of both. I reject the claim that American Jews should unquestionably support Naomi Keusch Baker (20C) is from the Israeli government. Forest Hills, N.Y.

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Protests Lacked Empathy Alexander Wein In light of the recent eviction flyers posted on students’ doors, and in response to Anthony Wong’s (21C) Wheel op-ed, I feel the need to respond to lingering anti-Jewish sentiment by some members of the Emory community including microaggressions, graffiti and unreported verbal attacks on Jewish students. The recent op-ed as well as a public statement by Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) makes the same mistake as much of the debate regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: consistent confusion of ethnic, religious, cultural and national identity. The relationship of the Jewish people to their religion and Israel is complicated and a subject of other works, but neither Chabad at Emory nor Emory Hillel is a representative of the Israeli government. However, Wong’s op-ed points to statements made by Emory Hillel before calling on “Israeli community” to be “self-reflexive.” Religious organizations and believers should not be responsible nor be held accountable for the political actions of a state, especially since most Jews in the United States do not vote in Israeli elections. The op-ed misses the distinction between religion and nationality as it seems to mistakenly equate Jews with

Israelis, using the two terms interchangeably. To place a burden on all Jews for the repressive policies of the right-wing Israeli government is to do the same to all Muslims for the homophobic and anti-feminist policies of Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps instead of performing these acts, calling for a boycott of Emory Hillel and Chabad at Emory and hosting anti-Zionists at Emory, ESJP could engage with pro-Israel students. ESJP has formerly claimed to want dialogue regarding the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. ESJP members wrote in a 2015 Wheel op-ed that they hope to engage all members of the Emory community on the Israeli-Palestinian issue with the goal of reaching “a sustainable and just peace.” However, ESJP has a long history of provocative protests, including an annual wall display that features several controversial statements regarding the Israeli-Palestinian border and

supporting the idea that Israel is an apartheid state. While no one can deny that dialogue has been created this past week, these counterproductive acts only expand divisions between those with differing views and do not advance their stated cause. Perhaps instead of performing these acts, calling for a boycott of Emory Hillel and Chabad at Emory and hosting anti-Zionists at Emory, ESJP could engage with pro-Israel students. In the words of Israeli military leader and politician Moshe Dayan, “If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” There is victimization on all sides of the conflict, and there is no need to provide further fuel to the fire. As a participant in one of the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Journeys of Reconciliation inter-religious trips that explored the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, I am familiar with the recognition of mutual humanity that is required for discussing these difficult issues. This type of acknowledgement is lacking in the actions of some who want to advance the Palestinian cause at Emory. Productive dialogue and engagement is necessary at this University, but we cannot reach that point until attitudes change to allow mature discussion. Alexander Wein (08Ox, 10C, 18G, 20M) is from Dalton, Ga.

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Careful Language Key To Effective Criticism the lines between what is anti-Israel and what is anti-Semitic, so caution and clarity are urged. If, on the other hand, Wong meant to refer to Emory’s I fully support protests against the “pro-Israel community,” I’d suggest the unjust demolition of Palestinian vil- need for clarification there, too. Recent lagest, but Anthony Wong’s (21C) op-ed numbers show that most U.S. Jews contains two notable consider themselves flaws that undermine not simply pro-Israel his argument. but also anti-settleRecent numbers First, the compariment expansion, antishow that most son of Israel to Nazi occupation and supGermany reflects portive of a two-state U.S. Jews consider some combination solution to the Israelithemselves ... antiof gross insensitivPalestinian conity, lack of proper settlement expansion, flict. The American editorial discretion anti-occupation and Israel Public Affairs and immaturity. It is supportive of a two- Committee (AIPAC) patently offensive to has also condemned state solution. the memory of Jews Israel Prime Minister who perished in the Benjamin Netanyahu’s Holocaust. Second, I decision to join with question the use of the word “Israeli” the Kahanist party, calling the party in this sentence: “If the Israeli commu- extremist and racist. nity at Emory genuinely supports free“Pro-Israel” should not be used as a dom of speech and individual safety, proxy for those who defend the Israeli they need to be self-reflexive and open occupation, much less the unjust to conversations about Israel’s treat- demolition of Palestinian villages. ment of Palestinians.” These errors in judgment and lanSince there are very few Israeli stu- guage call for a correction and apology dents at Emory, I suspect that Wong from both Wong and the editors of the meant to refer to Emory’s Jewish com- Wheel. munity in what is a typical conflation of “Jewish” and “Israeli.” This mixing Jonathan Kopp (88C) is a former of terms is the sort of sloppy language member of the Emory College Alumni that can quickly lead to a blurring of Board.

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Flyers Polarized Already Divided Campus Dialogue Jake Busch The recent protest by Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP), which involved posting fake eviction notices on student doors, received undeserved praise for initiating discussion from Anthony Wong (21C) in a Wheel op-ed on Wednesday. Unfortunately, these flyers have damaged the discussion about the treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank by actually further polarizing groups that disagree, and his language has alienated some Jewish students from these supposed conversations. ESJP’s protest was a misguided attempt to raise awareness, which should have instead been aimed at beginning a necessary multi-perspective conversation on IsraeliPalestinian relations — a conversation that can thrive on this campus given we are taught to appreciate nuanced debate here at Emory. The University community must use ESJP’s actions and Wong’s article both as examples of how not to approach critical dialogue on campus and as inspiration for programming that seeks to actively engage groups with differing opinions. In an eloquently written Facebook post addressing the controversy, Max Rotenberg (21C) wrote that the simultaneous occurrence of both Israel Week and Israel Apartheid Week “presents us with the perfect opportunity to explore this complicated subject with the depth and intellectual honesty it deserves.” While we had the opportunity for such a conversation, it was left unfulfilled. Instead, the flyers that were posted, in the words of Rotenberg, “appeal to our worst emotive impulses without exploring the complexity of the issue.” Wong noted that the flyers served to foster conversation by providing statistics about the grim living conditions of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. No matter the veracity of these

statistics, the prominent placement of them on random residence hall and apartment doors has only inflamed those who ESJP should have sought to better engage. The flyers were a poor attempt to interact with the Emory community and alienated students who are already skeptical of ESJP’s efforts. Simply communicating statistics that purportedly bring attention to Israel’s human rights abuses, especially in such an indirect manner, serves to do little more than aggravate many individuals. We should seek to first engage directly through discussion before resorting to tactics of protest like those used by ESJP. Wong’s mention of some people comparing Palestinian living conditions to those of Jews in Nazi ghettos also detracts from the efforts of ESJP. The “some” Wong cites in his op-ed is the blacklisted academic Norman Finkelstein, who is notorious for his controversial stance on the conflict, especially for his statement likening Gaza to Nazi concentration camps. For some in the Jewish community, Finkelstein exemplifies the radicalism that has overtaken this topic in public discourse. Extreme opinions are crucial to any dialogue that is as multifaceted and intricate as the IsraeliPalestinian question, and Finkelstein and others with similar views deserve a seat at the table in this debate. However, the highly emotional nature of this issue demands that more moderate rhetoric and perspectives also be showcased if we are to bring opposing sides of our campus together to arrive at actionable steps for curbing humanitarian problems in Palestine. Rather than relying on the opinions of divisive academics, Wong should have reached out to more universally respected scholars, especially experts at Emory who can contribute their vast knowledge to this complex debate. Instead of using flyers that reify divisions among students on the IsraeliPalestinian issue, ESJP should attempt to start a diverse, intellectually driven conversation. This could be done by reaching out to Jewish and Palestinian

student groups and Emory’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel to offer programming for the wider student body that aims to unite people rather than polarize them. Wong also incorrectly equates Emory’s Jewish, multinational, proIsrael students with the “Israeli community.” He then assumes that this community is not being “self-reflexive and open to conversations about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.”

No matter the veracity of these statistics, the prominent placement of them on random ... doors has only inflamed those who ESJP should have sought to better engage. He comes to this opinion from the fact that Emory Hillel, one of the Jewish student organizations on campus, wrote in an email that it “[expected] the University to issue a statement reinforcing its commitment to ensuring the safety our students deserve to feel in their homes on campus,” which the administration proceeded to do. I cannot see how this disqualifies Hillel and other Jewish groups on campus from being “self-reflexive” and “open to conversation.” Just because students feel threatened by a particular form of protest does not mean that they are closed off to the idea of engaging in critical conversation. ESJP members may have thought their protest was well-intentioned, but such energy could have been better spent by directly addressing their concerns with Hillel, Emory-Israel Public Affairs Committee (EIPAC) or other Jewish groups. EIPAC’s response to the protest includes key parts of this ongoing con-

versation: Its commitment to “ideals of peace, coexistence and mutual respect regarding Israeli affairs” needs to be a commitment taken up by all groups and individuals with a stake in this debate. However, EIPAC should also be wary of the way it singles out Emory’s administration and acknowledge that these ideals must also apply to Palestinian affairs. The group’s response expressed that the administration’s email to the school community “in no way provided reassurance to students that Emory’s administrative staff would seek to prevent such unwarranted, emotionally-damaging invasions of property from happening again.” EIPAC should not look to the administration for a solution to a problem it can solve on its own, and it must, like ESJP, be more active and direct than just “[urging] Emory to take stronger, more defensive actions in order to promote freedom of expression, but not at the expense of individuals’ wellbeing or sense of safety.” EIPAC could take it upon itself to bring together school officials, ESJP and its own members to evaluate how certain protests can be detrimental to critical dialogue and devise strategies to preserve free expression. But it is unreasonable to treat these flyers as safety threats to students; they were clearly fake, and EIPAC comes close to delegitimizing real threats to Jews in modern America when it treats this form of protest as a threat to individuals’ safety. The “United Against Hate” response from the Atlanta Jewish community is the clearest indication that this protest is being blown out of proportion, as it requests the University hand down “serious consequences” for the flyers being posted. The statement is melodramatic and close-minded for calling on Emory to stifle students’ free speech rights. Treating these flyers as threats to safety — the flyers even acknowledged, “This is not a real eviction notice” — rather than an opportunity to shape this conversation and reconsider how we approach debate is a failure of empathy on the part of

Jewish leaders in our city. The students who posted these flyers do not need to be punished. They need to be brought into a conversation that they clearly feel left out of. Jews on this campus, in this city and across this country should look at this protest as a cry for help: If students advocating for Palestine feel that they must resort to shock-value protest tactics to get their point across, it is clear that they do not have enough forums to openly engage with those they disagree with. The Jewish community’s response threatens to further undermine a situation that is already laced with divisiveness and petty name-calling. There is one part that Wong is right about in his op-ed’s conclusion: Emory undoubtedly holds free speech in high regard. While the University should continue to be an incubator of free speech, it must also, as Rotenberg points out, be “a laboratory of ideas, where the freeflow of ideas builds the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders of a free society.” Emory can only foster inclusive and engaged dialogue on this controversial issue when it has buy-in from all sides. Even though ESJP hosted multiple discussion events aimed at addressing its concerns about the Palestinians’ living conditions, their distribution of the flyers overshadowed those attempts to foster conversation and tainted their reputation with provocative rhetoric. The group’s efforts undermined the opportunity to build bridges by implying, through its seemingly random distribution of phony eviction notices, that students who disagree with them are unwilling to debate like mature young adults. Its flyers were a waste of paper, and Wong’s op-ed, though perhaps well-meaning, flouted the nuance of this debate; he mistook the rejection of open dialogue’s potential for the constructive, honest conversation that this controversy desperately needs. Jake Busch (22C) is from Brookhaven, Ga.

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Community Response to ESJP Protests Crude, Failed to Uphold University’s Intellectual Values If the events of last week were a test, the Emory community failed. The Editorial Board is disappointed that the already polarizing issue of Israel-Palestine relations has become more divided. The Emory community has been unable to engage in civil discussion and has succumbed to the pressure of uninformed student groups and biased, provocative media sources. This is a learning moment, and the University must not let the end of Israel Week and Israeli Apartheid Week end the conversation. Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) brought to the forefront the issue of home demolitions in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a contentious subject, but Emory students should be encouraged and have the capacity to engage in nuanced debates concerning polemic issues. According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.” By that definition, the words on the ESJP flyers are not anti-Semitic. But it is important to recognize that ESJP alienated a portion of Emory’s student body with their tactics, regardless of their intent. By posting the mock eviction notices directly onto students’ doors, ESJP violated Campus Life policies, and right-wing media bolstered the perception that students were targeted for their religious beliefs, a rumor disseminated by various groups and individuals on campus. Students who have Jewish symbols on their doors were right to feel upset when they found the flyers. The impression that they were targeted for their religious beliefs was understandable but has not yet been supported by evidence. ESJP also waited to issue a statement until April 5, three days after posting the flyers. The delayed statement enabled campus organizations and the media to create a narrative without incorporating ESJP’s perspective. Controversy and protest often go hand in hand, and shockvalue tactics are sometimes necessary to coax students to confront contentious issues. In this case, ESJP appeared woefully underprepared to handle the repercussions of their actions, allowing pro-Israel student groups and outside organizations to frame the protests in a way that avoided discussion of the actual issues they hoped to address. During Israeli Apartheid Week, ESJP hosted multiple discussion events on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, but those hoping for genuine interaction with ESJP may have been put off by the group’s call for a boycott of some Jewish organizations on campus in response to the backlash, including Emory Chabad. Boycotts against Jewish organizations are not the solution. That being said, the under-informed reactions of on-campus student organizations unnecessarily inflamed the issue. Emory Hillel was one of the first organizations to release a public statement addressing the flyers. In their April 2 email, Hillel objectively presented the facts, writing that “there has been no evidence that Jewish students were specifically targeted in the distribution of these flyers.” Hillel’s response constituted a reasonableness not demonstrated by other organizations. Under the heading “Condemning Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Activity at Emory,” Emory

Eagles for Israel published a statement decrying ESJP’s actions, writing that they were saddened by attempts to “provoke and intimidate Pro-Israel students.” The statement conflates anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel’s government. Such declarations delegitimize atrocious, veritable acts of anti-Semitism. Emory-Israel Public Affairs Committee’s statement that the eviction notices brought “psychological harm” and were “unwarranted, emotionally-damaging invasions of property” dramatizes the event and attacks students’ right to controversial free speech. ESJP’s actions were politically motivated, and SJP is a national organization supported by American Muslims for Palestine, which advocates for pro-Palestine legislation including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel’s government. It is important to recognize that ESJP is a political group, and their actions were part of a political protest. ESJP, as well as other groups on campus, have a right to political protest. Groups and individuals who criticize them must understand that fact in order to properly confront such protests. What’s more disappointing is that the Emory community allowed itself to be manipulated by outside organizations and individuals with personal agendas. Right-wing media outlets such as the New York Post misreported a rumor that the eviction notices targeted Jewish students. Washington Examiner Executive Editor Seth Mandel shared a tweet claiming that Emory students with a mezuzah, a Jewish symbol, on their doors had woken up to the eviction notices. This tweet misrepresented the fact that students had received notices regardless of their religious affiliation. Some Jewish organizations sensationalized the alleged anti-Semitism of the eviction flyers instead of engaging in thoughtful dialogue. The regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Southeast said that “Emory’s response minimized the true harm of the violation” on April 5, calling the flyers anti-Semitic. Since there is no evidence that the notes were targeted, and the flyers only contained criticism of a foreign government, such claims are unfounded and have given extremism a foot-hold within the Emory community. The opportunistic reactions of partisan media organizations have rallied opposition to students’ right to free speech and protest. Emory must publicly extend the same support it offered students first affected by the notices to ESJP students currently facing harassment. The overreaction to the flyers by both the Emory community and outside organizations minimizes actual anti-Semitic hate crimes. ESJP’s flyer protest, though lacking in tact, was an instance of free speech and an effective protest. It was not an anti-Semitic hate crime. Emory students must be more mature if they wish to legitimately discuss complex international affairs. Students have overlooked the fact that opinions regarding IsraeliPalestinian relations have routinely inflamed the Emory campus in recent years. It would be foolish to assume that similar events will not happen again. Emory students must learn to avoid the traps of misinformation and insularity for the University to become the exemplar of open dialogue it ought to be.

The above editorials represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is composed of Zach Ball, Jacob Busch, Ryan Fan, Andrew Kliewer, Madeline Lutwyche, Boris Niyonzima, Omar Obregon-Cuebas, Shreya Pabbaraju, Madison Stephens and Kimia Tabatabaei. Zach Ball previously served as president of Emory Students for Justice in Palestine and recused himself from this peice.

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DC Hits the Mark with ‘Shazam!’ ‘Cinderella’ Revisits

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Grade: AEverybody loves to trash-talk DC films, and these critics are mostly justified. After all, DC’s repertoire is filled with embarrassments — from the mishmashed “Suicide Squad” to the mediocre “Justice League,” it’s easy to write DC off as incompetent, especially in comparison to the consistent success of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But recently, the tide has turned, with “Wonder Woman” garnering huge acclaim and “Aquaman” becoming a gigantic box office and critical success (albeit undeservedly). DC’s latest, “Shazam!,” continues its recent trend of success by combining humor, an engaging premise and fantastic acting. While it takes a bit of time to get going, “Shazam!” is a thoroughly enjoyable and emotional entry into the DC universe. Fourteen-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is an orphaned miscreant entering his umpteenth foster home. Miserable and hopeless, Billy’s bad luck suddenly changes for the better when an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou) recruits the teenager to turn him into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) whenever he utters the word “Shazam!” With help from his new foster brother, Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy

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Shazam (Zachary Levi, Left) and his brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer, R ight) witness a late-night gas station robbery. learns to cope with his newfound powers and eventually tries to stop the evil Doctor Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) and his seven demons, who are dead set on capturing Shazam’s powers and destroying the world. Comedy seems to be further and further permeating superhero films, with movies like “Deadpool” and “Thor: Ragnarok” emphasizing self-referential humor and wit. “Shazam!” bravely follows in their footsteps, tossing jokes at the audience and frequently landing them. Director David F. Sandberg (known for horror films like “It Follows”) never overdoes it, smartly pacing the humor


without overpowering the film’s gravitas. This dispersion of humor ensures that jokes land more effectively. It also allows certain comedic scenes to stand out, including a montage in which Billy discovers his superpowers and a gag involving Sivana’s climactic speech. Though more geared toward children than “Deadpool” or “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Shazam!” surpasses both films in terms of its well-rounded cast of characters. Billy’s foster family is comprised of a variety of colorful, fleshedout characters that are uncommon for a blockbuster of this level. Faithe Herman

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You’ll Want to Be Buried in This ‘Pet Sematary Grade: B

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Local artist Wiley from Atlanta performs at Couchella, an annual music festival organized by TableTalk Emory, on April 4.

Horror novelist extraordinaire Stephen King’s popularity has resurged these last few years following several high-profile movie adaptations of his most famous novels. Andy Muschietti’s “It” and Mike Flanagan’s “Gerald’s Game” both received critical acclaim, with the former becoming the highestgrossing horror film of all time. To the delight of King fans worldwide, one of the author’s most renowned novels “Pet Sematary” has risen from


‘Penguins’ a Heartwarming Tale Grade: A

Though a penguin and not a princess, Steve the Adelie penguin proves to be another lovable protagonist in Disney’s collection. Disneynature’s Earth Day documentary “Penguins” follows Steve’s journey into parenthood. At 5 years old and 15 pounds, Steve is determined to prove himself against adult challenges, including protecting his family from brutal antarctic weather and competition from his fellow penguins. Steve is clumsy and a bit scatterbrained, but approaches the mating season with simple optimism and a desire to foster a healthy family. His attitude toward life aptly parallels the overall tone of the film — uncomplicated and bright. Narrator Ed Helms (Andy Bernard in “The Office”) gives our penguin protagonist a spirit-

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By Zack Levin Contributing Writer

By Katie Hwang Contributing Writer

Stage performances of classic fairy tales should offer fresh, innovative takes on the familiar stories they showcase. musical at your local theater should be a rewarding experience enriched by an emotional connection between the audience and cast. Seeing a classic fairytale made famous through its original movie adaptation checks off those boxes. “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta was a fun treat for audience members young and old with its twists, beautiful costume design, choreography and vocal performances. Everyone knows Cinderella’s story. Ella (Kaitlyn Mayse), the stepdaughter of cruel stepmother Madame (Sarah Smith), wishes to escape her life as a servant in her own home and attend Prince Christopher’s (Lukas James Miller) ball. With the help of Marie (Zina Ellis), her fairy godmother disguised as a homeless, old lady from the village, Ella gets her chance to find love — as long as she finds it before midnight. The musical production devi-

ates slightly from the age-old classic by spending more time developing its characters. An unexpected moment of self-reflection occurs during the musical’s first act, when Prince Christopher, who goes by Topher, laments about not knowing who he truly is in “Me, Who Am I?” Where the original fairy tale had relegated its other characters to the sidelines, the remake provides many scenes like Prince Topher’s. Across the board, the writing of the musical bolsters rich character growth. From the musical harmony that develops between Ella and her stepsisters after they return from the ball in “A Lovely Night,” to Ella’s eventual friendship with stepsister Gabrielle (Natalie Girard), who finds her own forbidden love with the fiery Jean-Michel (Nic Casaula), characters defy their roles in the traditional fairytale. The characters give life to an often retold (and sometimes tired) story, and adds weight to its message while maintaining the high energy throughout the performance. There are also moments that strayed from the original and elicited sur-

ed and wholehearted voice as he alternates between first- and third-person perspectives. The documentary, directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wyatt Wilson, opens with a sweeping shot of the Antarctic. As we close in on the surface, Helms describes the Antarctic’s overwhelmingly cold and windy expanse. Then Steve waddles in, to the beat of cheery pop music. He’s far behind the other penguins and nearly out of the camera’s frame because of his constant fumbling and meanderings. Though Steve’s concern mounts as he fails to orient himself, he reassures himself with a certain “don’t panic” that soon becomes his mantra throughout the film.Steve then runs into a group of emperor penguins (likely a nod to the 2005 documentary “March of the Penguins”), who quickly turn the Adelie away. Eventually, he comes to meet his own waddle, where his interactions with other living creatures begin in earnest. Although Helms’ narration often wan-

ders from Steve’s mind, Steve remains the only animal with a voice throughout the entire documentary. The duality works. Steve remains our emotional anchor, a thread of humor and cheer while he blissfully bumbles away from environmental threats, such as predator-prey ladders and the brutal climate. Though Steve’s challenges are no greater than the other adults’, his role as the everyman penguin helps the audience understand the exacting demands of their lifestyle. The film doesn’t shy away from addressing these hardships. As a tense violin melody builds in the background, we watch in astounding clarity as killer whales hunt the penguins. We see Steve fight his peers, their feathers flying and their harsh Adelie beaks snapping. The violence is far from gratuitous — this is still very much a family film — and instead adds weight to a story of excessively adorable penguins. Such more serious moments ground


the dead for a remake of its initial 1989 film adaptation. “Pet Sematary” tells the story of Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), a doctor who relocates from Boston to the sleepy rural town of Ludlow, Maine with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their children, Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage (Hugo and Lucas Lavoie). Upon their arrival, the family soon discovers a secluded burial ground that appears able to bring the dead back to life — a discovery the family will learn to regret.What’s most praiseworthy about “Pet Sematary” is its ability to consistently subvert modern standards of the horror genre. Whereas

most recent horrors would cram their runtimes with as many jump scares as humanly possible, “Pet Sematary” uses its jump scares with restraint, often opting for subtler and even more bonechilling, moments of dread and absolute discomfort. The film’s dynamic director duo of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer draws upon a variety of horror subgenres to keep the audience anticipating the source of the next scare. The film adeptly shifts from psychological horror to the paranormal, and even to some body horror reminiscent of “The

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High Museum Hosts ‘European Masterworks’ By Annie Cohen Contributing Writer

When I first walked into The High Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, I expected Picasso, Monet, Manet and Van Gogh. I was surprised to find that the exhibit had so much more to offer. The High is recently home to “European Masterworks,” a small portion of the massive Phillips Collection normally found in Washington D.C. The collection boasts paintings from Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas and more and is a tour de force. We began with the French painters Jean Siméon Chardin and Paul Cézanne. A Daumier, a Degas and a Manet also hung in the room. Still French, yes, but quite different. It was a diverse collection of still-lifes and portraits, landscape and scenes. Continuing on, I real-

ized it was futile to try to understand the placement of these works. Viewers may be disoriented by sudden shifts in the visuals, but that is a valuable part of the experience. When you first adjust to the soft swirls of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles” or the demure dots of Claude Monet’s “Road to Vetheuil,” you immediately turn to see a wall of Paul Klee’s sharp, confusing lines. When you are able to see how these different artists and their styles work together allows you to see things about each painting that might have gone unnoticed if there wasn’t an opposite style directly next to it. Just as you think you’re settling into a style, the collection pulls you to another place and another time.

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prise from the audience. For example, Cinderella picks up her dropped slipper as she flees from the ball instead of leaving it for Prince Topher to find, forcing him to hold a banquet to bring Cinderella out of hiding. Still, the core message of “Cinderella” remains the same: one must be determined and push through what may seem “Impossible,” as Marie sings in the aptly named number. This time, however, the message extends beyond the perils that Cinderella endures to fulfill her destiny of marrying Prince Topher; the show also highlights the struggles that the lower-class citizens of the kingdom face after the deaths of Prince Topher’s parents. Dire times compel the temporary government, run by adviser to the throne Sebastian (Christopher Swan), to seize land from the citizens of the kingdom, thereby igniting revolutionaries to action. Jean-Michel, quickly becoming a revolutionary, points out this injustice to the townspeople, calling on them to rise up in “Now Is the Time.” At the climax of the second act, Prince Topher addresses the citizens and decides to create a political system that involves their vote. The impoverished townspeople’s perseverance influences Prince Topher’s decision to radically enact changes in his kingdom for the good of those citizens. The show balances plot and music,

with ballet-based choreography weaving through the exposition flawlessly. The dancers’ dexterity and fluidity even allow for more theatrical tricks, like when Marie, the fairy godmother, turns woodland critters into flipping footmen (Tyler Eisenreich and Gage Martin). Such quirks contrast the more emotional moments and make the show enjoyable.While much of the show is lighthearted and upbeat, the more somber moments make the outlandish tale more relatable. In songs such as “Loneliness of the Evening,” when Prince Topher and Cinderella lament their separation, and in “There’s Music in You,” as fairy godmother Marie consoles Cinderella and convinces her to continue her pursuit of Prince Topher, the cast demonstrates a breadth of emotions that adds dynamism to the tone of the show. “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” boasts the most extravagant costume design of any show or musical I’ve ever seen. Seemingly magical transformations took place on the stage, like Marie’s twirling transformation into the fairy godmother, and her conjuring of Cinderella’s glittering dresses from dirty rags. Whenever a magical transformation took place, an elegant Victorianstyle dress would appear from out of nowhere, suddenly sparkling under the

stage lights. The stroke of midnight, true to the original story, signals the reverse transformation; Cinderella’s finest dress disappears, and her famed golden carriage returns to its original pumpkin form. In addition to the awe-inspiring choreography and special effects, the constantly shifting and transforming set, designed by Anna Louizos, mystified the audience and set the tone for each scene. During Prince Topher and his knights’ hunt for the fleeing Cinderella, the forest moves with the company, creating the illusion that the band of knights is actually moving through a large wood. Other scenes set at Prince Topher’s palace showcase graceful set designs, with large arches dominating the stage. At first glance, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” seems to be yet another retelling of an already exhausted tale. However, a deeper look past the wonder inspired by the grand set design and effects reveals that the story develops more complex themes than the traditional tale. Audiences looking for a family-friendly story that excites young and old alike would feel right at home seeing “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

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mind-bending. After viewing Edgar Degas’s “Woman with Green Hat” concludes “Dancers at the Barre” set against a Picasso’s array and rounds out the colhunter green wall (which helps the lection, ending on a famous and beautiorange pop), you are hit with the blurred ful note. blues of Oskar Kokoschka’s magnifiAll the works of the more renowned cent landscapes (his “Courmayeur et les artists are sprinkled evenly throughout Dents des Géants” is a personal favor- the exhibit, which means you can’t miss ite of mine) or Stephan Bonnar’s more any of the less-known painters in your impressionistic style. quest to visit Van Gogh Just as you have or Monet. acclimated yourself If you tend not to “It was a diverse to the dark geometry read the information collection of stillof early 20th-century about each individual lifes and portraits, Spain, you are pulled piece, however, you landscapes and into the whimsical will remain hopelessly scenes. brood of an enormous disoriented with only Matisse — this is what an occasional Matisse makes the collection or Degas to guide you. genius. While there is something to be said The final room houses the Picassos. for enjoying art for art’s sake and not Pablo Picasso is one of the only art- worrying about the who and the when, ists in the collection to have his pieces there is more to take away if you pay displayed all together. The first piece, attention to the history of each piece. “Bullfight,” is epitomic of his convoluted This exhibit is the perfect reminder of figures. the importance and enduring relevance The matadors and the bulls twist of older art, as well as how enjoyable together into a geometric mess of color, taking a day to go to a museum can be. and a kind of painful ease. “Still Life with Glass and Fruit” and “Reaching — Contact Annie Cohen at Figure” follow, just as colorful and

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Steve (Ed Helms) the penguin traverses the unruly Arctic and the world of fatherhood in Disneynature’s ‘Penguins.’

Disneynature Film Brings Warmth to the Arctic

Continued from Page 7 the story well. “Penguins” is never as heavy as “March of the Penguins,” or even Disneynature’s previous Earth Day films. It doesn’t command nearly the level of gravitas, and it shouldn’t. Steve’s story aims to be simple and uplifting against an environment that demands otherwise. The film’s appeal lies in its meditation on glee and celebration of wonder. It boasts a glitzy, upbeat soundtrack, including a penguin courting dance set to “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and generous humor. We watch a baby penguin throw up its meal, only to earn Steve’s minor disgruntlement. It would be remiss to ignore the stunning camerawork throughout the film. It gives each sunrise, blue-tinted glacier and snow-touched wind its fair share of

attention. The film is packed with loving detail, showing us the penguin chicks’ scruffy down, the lithe twists of seals in water and the charmingly humanlike expressions on Steve’s face. It juxtaposes Helm’s casual narration of Steven’s life with the grandeur of the world around him, reminding us to search for that splendor in our own lives. It’s a happy film, first and foremost, balancing tension with clumsy penguin waddles, and dread with Steve’s lively humor. For its 76-minute runtime, “Penguins” makes the antarctic world feels closer to home, and the penguins closer to us.

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Exorcist,” a balance of the different subgenres that work together to produce the high-tension that persists throughout the runtime. The cast especially pulls “Pet Sematary” above the average crop of horror films. Clarke continues to be one of Hollywood’s most undervalued actors, elevating his initially superficial role as the family patriarch, Creed, through an emotionally resonant performance. Creed’s tragic descent becomes wholly convincing. Seimetz, unlike Clarke, was able to enjoy the luxury of working with a well-developed character and wrings out Rachel’s trauma for the audience to confront. John Lithgow brings his trademark charm and gravitas to the family’s neighbor, Jud Crandall, who acts as the gatekeeper to the world of horror. While a lesser actor might have turned Jud into nothing more than a walking-talking expositional mouthpiece, Lithgow turns him into a compelling and empathetic figure with his own grim arc. What ultimately keeps the film from fully coming to life is its script, which focuses too heavily on moving the story along rather than on developing its characters. The film effectively spends much of its first half introducing the audience to its unnerving setting, only to chuck this gradual approach out the window in the

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A procession of children conduct a funeral service in suburban Maine in the remake of popular horror novel, ‘Pet Sematary.’ third act when it races to the end credits without allowing certain moments and motivations to retain their intended effect. “Pet Sematary” simply neglects to develop its character’s relationships and personalities. This forces the audience to sympathize with the characters almost exclusively through their trauma, rather than through an actual connection and empathy toward the characters’ peril. Though film adaptations should stand alone from their source material — they are, after all, different mediums that require different executions. That being said, those who know and love the original story’s conclusion will likely be disappointed by the film’s conclusion.

It’s effective enough as a fun night-out horror film, but, in conversation with the source material, it’s hard not to feel that something was lost in the adaptation process. At its core, “Pet Sematary” is a chilling examination of how a family chooses to deal with its grief. It offers a more refined form of the standard horror film that defined the late 2010s. “Pet Sematary” remains a seminal horror story whose resonant terrors are amplified by its effective directing and outstanding cast. And, to top it all off, it stars a murderous cat.

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Freddy. Freddy is Billy’s perfect partner; while Billy helps Freddy to take down bullies, Freddy serves as Billy’s moral compass. The two need each other, and their relationship is one of the most heartfelt aspects of the film. And while the film is largely independent from previous DC films, Freddy’s adoration of superheroes gracefully connects “Shazam!” with the rest of the universe. At the core of the film is Levi, whose immersive portrayal of Shazam carries the film on his back. Not for one second did I doubt that Levi was a child

in an adult’s body, as he conveys an unbelievable sense of childlike wonder for a 38-year-old actor. It’s refreshing to finally see a big-screen hero who embraces the glory of having special powers. Hopefully, Levi’s performance will teach other actors that being a hero doesn’t mean restricting oneself to stoicism and brooding. The film takes awhile to get into its groove, likely because it devotes significant time to introducing the villain, Dr. Sivana. Kudos to Sandberg for building a fairly complex villain and running with

it, but Sivana isn’t a particularly intriguing or characteristic baddie — he’s just intimidating and extremely evil. While Strong is a talented actor, he doesn’t have much to work with, as Sivana is mainly serious and intimidating for the length of the film. While he serves as an adequate foil for the bright-eyed Billy, I would’ve liked to see Sivana have more personality. Perhaps the most impressive feat of “Shazam!” is its ability to avoid typical superhero film pitfalls. Its battle scenes never overuse CGI, its characters are fleshed out and it sets up a poten-

tial sequel without detracting from the story. The climactic battle scene manages to showcase all of its strengths in a way that’s fresh and unpredictable. Overall, “Shazam!” is the most wellrounded DC movie thus far, fixing the flaws of its predecessors with a stellar blend of humor, character-building and stimulating plot. The DC haters will continue to hate, but with films like “Shazam!,” it’s becoming much harder to do so.

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Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Supervisor   Coaches  Procure  Job  for  Longtime  DUC  Employee Shares  Slice  of  Life BY  ZOE  FRIEDMAN Contributing  Writer

BY  RYAN  FAN   Editorial  Board  Member His   skin   is   like   a   marble   table.   Darker   spots   and   streaks   cover   his   forearms:   some   thin,   some   thick   and   some   going   as   high   as   his   biceps.   There   are   eight   on   his   left   and  15  on  his  right.   All   are   burn   marks   from   being   a   little   careless   at   the   oven   during   the   lunch  rush  hour.   Though   they   sting   in   the   moment,   they   look   worse   than   they   actually  feel. Super v isor   of   Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  New  York  Pizza   A  A /P  E at   Cox   Hall   Delfino   Cruz   overcame   the   difficulties   of   leaving   home   to   support   his   family   in  Mexico.   The  37-­year-­old  food  service  vet-­ eran   never   thought   that   he   would   leave  his  native  country  for  the  res-­ taurant  business,  but  he  has  worked   in  the  industry  for  12  years  now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   just   a   little   more   clumsy,â&#x20AC;?   said   Delfino   Cruz   with   a   chuckle,   YUSHI



explaining  his  burns. His   most   recent   burn   on   the   upper   portion   of   his   right   forearm,   from  last  week,  looks  fresh.   A   glance   at   his   co-­workers,   Jose   Cruz   and   Rosalina   Aguilar,   con-­ firms   his   clumsiness   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   their   arms   are  unscathed. Standing   at   5   feet   7   inches   tall,   give   or   take   an   inch,   Delfino   Cruz   'HOÂżQR and   Aguilar   use   an   industrial   oven   Cruz,   Supervisor   about   level   with   their   of  Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   stomachs.   Jose   Cruz,   standing   New  York   Pizza  at   about   6   feet   tall,   uses   Cox  Hall a   taller   oven   to   slide   pizza   from   the   tray   to   the   oven,   and   notes   Delfino   Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   height   as  a  possible  reason  for  his  burns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  shorter,  so  he  has  to  use  the   lower  oven,â&#x20AC;?  Jose  Cruz  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  can   be  pretty  dangerous.â&#x20AC;? In   fact,   when   Delfino   Cruz   once   attempted   to   use   the   top   oven,   his   bicep   touched   the   oven   and   he   immediately   pulled   his   arm   back.  


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If  you  climb  up  the  spiral  staircase  of   the  Woodruff  Physical  Education  Center   (WoodPEC),   you   might   see   Customer   Service  Representative  Bobbie  Whipple   smiling   behind   the   second   floor   atten-­ dantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  desk.   Whipple   came   to   the   Emory   com-­ munity  in  1996,  when  she  first  started   working   as   a   line   cook   for   Aramark,   Emoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  previous  food  service  provider   for   the   now-­defunct   Dobbs   University   Center   (DUC).   Whipple   began   her   career   cooking   for   the   Radisson   Hotel   in   Marietta,   Ga.   Under   the   tutelage   of   gourmet   chefs,   Whipple   learned   intri-­ cate  techniques  that  elevated  her  home   cooking  skills,  such  as  carving  tomatoes   into  flowers  for  garnishing. Although   passionate   about   cooking,   Whipple,   who   calls   herself   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;people   person,â&#x20AC;?   wanted   a   more   active   role   interacting   with   customers.   Whippleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   quest   to   combine   her   passion   for   food   with   her   love   of   company   eventually   landed  her  a  job  at  Aramark.  There,  as   a   server   and   line   cook,   Whipple   found   herself  in  the  perfect  environment.  She   said   she   particularly   enjoyed   cooking   made-­to-­order  omelets  for  students  and   staff.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  made  eggs  sunny  side  [up],  fried   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  you  name  it,â&#x20AC;?  Whipple  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  fast  

with  my  hands.â&#x20AC;? But   Whippleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   stint   as   a   server   and   line  cook  was  cut  short  when  she  began   experiencing   knee   pains,   which   made   it   difficult   for   her   to   stand   during   her   shift.   Her   work   days   were   long,   and   Saturdays   were   especially   draining,   as   she  had  to  stand  for  more  than  her  usual   six-­hour  shift.  Still,  Whipple  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want   to   leave   Aramark.   Instead,   to   ease   the   strain  on  her  knees,  she  left  the  kitchen   to   become   a   cashier   at   Aramarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   fac-­ ulty  dining  room.   As   a   cashier,   Whipple   interacted   with   customers   more   consistently,   and   left   a   strong   impression   on   the   Emory   community.   Emory   womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   volley-­ ball  Head  Coach  Jenny  McDowell  said   Whippleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   positive   persona   brightened   her   dining   experience   at   the   faculty   dining  room.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;She   had   this   big   smile   on   her   face   as  you  walked  in,â&#x20AC;?  McDowell  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;She   may  not  have  known  you,  but  she  always   made  you  feel  welcome.  I  always  loved   going   [to   the   dining   room],   because   she   was   always   so   nice   to   everybody.   I   just   knew   from   day   one   how   special   she  was.â&#x20AC;?   Emory   swimming   and   diving   Head   Coach   Jon   Howell   shared   a   similar   impression  of  Whipple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   my   favorite   person   at   Emory,â&#x20AC;?  Howell  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;She  puts  a  smile   on  everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  face.â&#x20AC;?

But  her   typical   cheer   made   it   all   the  more  obvious  when  Whipple  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   her   usual   self.   One   day   in   2012,   when   McDowell  and  Howell  separately  dined   at  Aramark  for  lunch,  they  both  noticed   that  something  was  wrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   could   tell   she   was   really   upset.   It   made  me  so  sad,â&#x20AC;?  McDowell  recounted. Whipple   and   her   fellow   Aramark   employees   had   just   received   a   letter   informing  them  that  a  new  Georgia  law   would  not  allow  them  to  receive  unem-­ ployment   benefits   during   their   routine   layoff   over   the   summer   months.   She   would   still   be   re-­hired   for   the   start   of   the   school   year   but   did   not   have   a   job   lined  up  for  the  summer. Money  was  tight  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Whipple  had  just   received   knee   and   back   surgery,   and   with  a  family  to  support  and  bills  to  pay,   not   receiving   unemployment   benefits   could  result  in  a  host  of  problems.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  a  mess.  People  lost  cars,  they   lost   homes,â&#x20AC;?   Whipple   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   I   hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   gotten  [hired  at  the  WoodPEC]  I  would   have  lost  my  apartment  and  would  have   had  to  live  with  a  family  member.â&#x20AC;? That  day,  McDowell  and  Howell  both   went  to  speak  to  former  Emory  Director   of  Athletics  and  Recreation  Tim  Downes   to  suggest  offering  Whipple  a  job  at  the   WoodPEC.   Neither   of   the   two   coaches   were   aware   that   the   other   had   spoken   with   Downes   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   it   was   sheer   coinci-­

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As  the   semester   comes   to   an   end,  the  sound  of  weeping  students   echoes   across   the   seventh   floor   of   the  library.   Their   sultry   song   signifies   the   arrival  of  the  dreaded  finals  season.   Unfortunately,   Doolino   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   publish  the  answers  to  your  exams,   but   he   can   give   us   the   answers   to   lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  great  questions.   From   emotions,   fashion   and   proverbs,  Doolino  answers  all.

Dear  Doolino, I   switched   my   major   from   chemistry   to   anthropology   last  

semester  (thanks  CHEM  203)  and  I   sure  am  changed!   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   learned   the   truth   about   this   oppressive   world   and   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   dying   to   do   something   about   it.   But   like,   where  do  I  even  start?   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   currently   trying   to   abolish   prisons,  the  police,  racism,  sexism,   colonialism  and  capitalism,  but  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   noticed   that   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   not   as   easy   as   just  shouting  #staywoke  at  random   people  on  Cox  Bridge.   Doolino,   how   can   I   be   the   best   revolutionary  that  time  has  seen? Love, Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Comrade

Dear  Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Comrade, In   this   digital   age,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   actually   easier   than   ever   to   be   your   best   revolutionary   self.   Back   in   my   day,   not   only   did   you   have   to   stand   in   public   in   order   to   revolt,   but   you   usually   also   had   to   have   legitimate   demands.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  completely  different   story  today.   To  show  the  world  your  newfound   knowledge   of   global   oppression     and   disgrace,   get   on   Twitter   and   follow   a   bunch   of   people   that     share   the   same   political   views   as   you.  

Now  you   must   simply   spam   your   profile   with   retweets   to     make   sure   every   person   that     follows   you   understands   your   message.If   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   down   for   a   good   fight,  you  should  change  your  bio  to   something  witty  and  edgy,  like,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat   the  rich.â&#x20AC;?   If   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   a   true   comrade   though,   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   proudly   start   Twitter   beef   with  B-­list  celebrities.   Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  make  sure  all  your  friends   and   followers   know   that   you   go   to   liberal  arts  school. I  have  faith  in  you, Doolino

Dear  Doolino, When  the  Lady  of  Misrule  herself   entered   my   Orgo   class,   everyone   shouted,   overwhelmed   with   glee.   Everyone  except  me,  that  is.   You   see,   along   with   the   normal   elation   that   comes   with   leaving   class   early,   my   professor   begrudgingly  told  u s  that  we  should   learn   the   material   we   wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   covered  independently.   The   problem   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   lie   in   my   understanding   of   the   missed  

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dence,  but  the  gesture  made  an  impact.   Downes  and  other  WoodPEC  staff  held   a  meeting  that  week  with  Whipple  about   hiring  her  for  the  WoodPEC.  The  news   came  as  a  happy  and  emotional  surprise   to  Whipple.   She  was  offered  a  25-­hour  workweek   and   remained   on   payroll   so   that   she   could  work  for  the  WoodPEC  while  she   was  laid  off  at  Aramark  during  the  2012   summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  were  all  crying  by  the  end  [of  the   meeting],â&#x20AC;?  Whipple  said. Howell  said  he  thought  that  Whipple   would  be  a  perfect  fit  for  the  WoodPEC,   especially   since   she   would   be   able   to   work  consistent  hours  unlike  many  stu-­ dent  attendants.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;They   have   a   hard   time   keeping   consistent   people   at   the   [WoodPEC]   desks,â&#x20AC;?   Howell   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having   someone   who   was   an   adult   seemed   like   a   fit.   [Whipple   is]   positive   and   happy   to   see   people.   Communities   need   people   like   [Whipple].â&#x20AC;? Today,  Whipple  continues  to  express   her  gratitude  for  Howell  and  McDowell.

In  the  Kitchen,  Cruz  Dreams  of  Flight Continued  from  Page  9 There  lies  his  widest  burn.   However,   Delfino   Cruz   seems   unconcerned   about   most   of   his   burns,  and  admits  that  he  often  for-­ gets  to  apply  ointment  to  them  even   though  he  knows  he  should.   A   customer   can   see   how   Delfino   Cruz  gets  burned  so  easily:  he  slides   the   steel   tray   under   the   dough,   throws   the   pizza   into   the   oven   and   closes   the   oven   all   in   one   swift   motion.   It   all   happens   so   quickly   that  it  becomes  clear  that  he  values   customer   service   and   speed   more   than  personal  safety.   Delfino  Cruz  appears  to  be  at  Cox   Hall   for   all   of   its   operating   hours,   working  from  9  a.m.  to  9  p.m.  every   weekday   except   Friday   when   he   leaves  at  3  p.m.   From   Mondays   to   Thursdays,   he   goes   to   sleep   around   midnight   and   wakes  up  around  7:30  a.m  to  arrive   first  at  Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.   By   9:30   a.m.,   he   prepares   the   dough.  Jose  Cruz  and  Aguilar  come   in   around   11   a.m.   every   day,   but   both  leave  at  least  two  hours  before   Delfino  Cruz.   As  Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Pizza  closes  at  Cox  Hall,   Delfino   Cruz   is   the   last   man   clean-­ ing   surfaces,   washing   pizza   cutters   and  shutting  down  ovens.   Before   he   leaves,   he   offers   left-­ over   pizza   to   employees   at   neigh-­ boring  restaurants  at  Cox  Hall;  due   to   food   safety   regulations,   any   left-­ overs  must  be  thrown  away. Though   the   chaos   of   Cox   Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   lunch   rush   prevents   much   more   than   curt   business   transactions   between   employees   and   customers,   Delfino   Cruz   is   one   of   few   employ-­ ees   who   checks   in   with   and   greets   customers,  asking  them  about  their   days   and   giving   them   a   chance   to   reflect  on  how  they  are  feeling. Delfino   Cruz   recounted   an   encounter   with   a   nurse   who   had   ordered   a   slice   of   pepperoni   pizza   and   mistakenly   thought   that   garlic   knots  came  as  a  side.   After   realizing   the   nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   mis-­ understanding,   Delfino   Cruz   held   a   serving   of   three   garlic   knots   for   free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just   know   you   have   to   pay   for   them  next  time,â&#x20AC;?  he  told  her.   He  snuck  the  garlic  knots  into  the   pizza  box,  smoothly  pretending  that  

the  interaction   didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   happen,   and   immediately   turned   to   serve   the   next   customer.   The   nurse   nodded   understandingly,   apologized   again   and   turned   around   to   walk   to   the   cash  register. Delfino   Cruz   also   extends   his   kindness  to  fellow  employees  at  Cox   Hall.   Even   while   already   working   around   56   hours   weekly   at   Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,   he   sometimes   serves   customers   at   Baba   Mediterranean   Grill   when   Baba   employee   Kimberly   Brown   steps  away  for  mealtimes  or  breaks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He   helps   on   the   grill   when   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   not  around,â&#x20AC;?  Brown  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delfinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   great   worker.   Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   self-­starter.   He   cares   about   the   customer   and   the   food   he   puts   out.   Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   an   all-­ around  great  guy.â&#x20AC;? When   Delfino   Cruz   and   Aguilar   work   behind   the   food   stand,   they   operate   as   a   seamless   team,   communicating   in   Spanish.   Both   employees   fold   and   heat   the   pizza   to   make   it   look   appetizing,   but  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He  cares  about  the   customer  and  the   food  he  puts  out.  Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   an  all-­around  great   guy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Baba  Mediterranean   Grill  employee  Kimberly   Brown take   turns   at   the   counter;   while   one  serves  the  customers  and  labels   boxes,  the  other  cleans  pizza  cutters   and  wipes  the  surfaces.   Hard   work   comes   naturally   to   Delfino  Cruz.   He   recalled   his   early   childhood   and  adolescence,  when  he  worked  on   a   farm   with   his   father   in   Guerrero,   Mexico.  He  wanted  to  study  biology   in   school,   but   his   family   couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   afford   it.   His   mother   passed   away   when   he   was   only   4   years   old,   and   growing   up   in   a   single-­parent   household  meant  he  worked  hard  to   support  his  family.   In   2000,   when   Delfino   Cruz   was   just   16   years   old,   he   moved   to   Mexico   City   to   work   at   a   hardware   store.   Family,   he   said,   is   of   utmost   importance  to  him.     In   2006,   Delfino   Cruz   moved  

to  Atlanta   to   work   in   an   Italian   restaurant  to  attain  a  better  life  and   make  more  money  for  his  family.   He   said   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   stuck   with   the   food   industry   because   he   enjoys   the   workflow  and  camaraderie.   To   this   day,   he   still   sends   money   back   home   to   help   his   father   with   finances. When  Delfino  Cruz  first  came  to   the   U.S.,   he   knew   no   English.   The   language   barrier   definitely   proved   a  struggle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When  you  go  to  another  country   and   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   speak   the   language,   everything   is   hard,â&#x20AC;?   Delfino   Cruz   said.   Over   the   weekend,   when   not   working,   Delfino   Cruz   spend   his   time   relaxing.   On   Fridays,   he   loves   to   dance   to   country   music   and   bowl.   Over   the   years,   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   made   tremendous   strides   in   both,   now   averaging   a   score   of   150   in     bowling.   On   rare   occasions,   he   splurges   his   leftover   money   on   travel.  His  favorite  destinations  are   Miami,  Chicago  and  Las  Vegas.   He   considers   his   home   to   be   Atlanta,   and   he   frequently   visits   his   sister   and   her   son,   who   live   in   Atlanta   as   well.   Due   to   his   demanding   work   schedule,   he   has   not     visited   his   father   in   Mexico   since   leaving   the   country   12   years   ago   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   something   he   hopes   to   do   soon.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   miss   my   family   sometimes,â&#x20AC;?   Delfino   Cruz   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   miss   my   father.â&#x20AC;? Although   he   enjoys   his   current   job,  he  d reams  of  someday  b ecoming   a   f light   attendant   and   traveling,   hoping   that   his   bilinguality   better   qualifies  him  for  the  job.   Although  he  hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  t aken  t he  steps   to  do  so,  he  has  friends  that  work  at   Delta.   He   also   dreams   of   buying   a     house   and   laying   his   roots   close   to   Atlanta.   Atlanta   is   the   only   place   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lived  in  America,  and  he  prefers   to   stay   close   to   his   sister   and   her   son,  his  only  family  in  the  U.S.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;There   were   a   lot   of   challenges   coming  here,  and  I  try  to  be  a  better   person   every   day,â&#x20AC;?   Delfino   Cruz   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  working  in  restaurants   but,  one  day,  I  want  to  do  something   different.â&#x20AC;?


%REELH :KLSSOH,  Customer   Service   Represen-­ tative  at   Woodruff   Physical   Education   Center

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My  heart  goes  out  to  them,â&#x20AC;?  Whipple   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;They   brighten   my   day.   It   was   amazing  what  they  did  for  me.  They  all   treat  me  like  family.  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know  what  I   would  have  done.â&#x20AC;? By  the  end  of  2012,  Whipple  became   a   full-­time   customer   service   represen-­ tative   at   the   WoodPEC.   Her   new   role   alleviated  her  biggest  fear  of  unemploy-­ ment,  a  danger  that  had  loomed  over  her   last  position  at  Aramark.  Aside  from  the   prospect   of   financial   stability,   Whipple   said  that  the  biggest  advantage  of  work-­ ing   for   the   WoodPEC   is   the   laid-­back   and  friendly  atmosphere.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  job  is  much  more  relaxing  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  I   love  it,â&#x20AC;?  Whipple  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  best  part  of   my   last   job   was   leaving.   The   people   I   work  for  now  are  so  sweet  and  very  lov-­ ing  and  concerned.  That  really  takes  the  

pressure  off.â&#x20AC;? Whipple   said   she   has   no   hard   feel-­ ings  for  Aramark,  though.  She  remains   close  with  her  former  coworkers,  many   of   whom   still   work   at   the   DUC-­ling.   Alongside  these  old  bonds,  Whipple  has   also  formed  lasting  friendships  with  the   WoodPECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  visitors.   As   she   completes   her   23rd   year   at   Emory,   Whipple   has   no   plans   to   leave   the   WoodPEC.   She   spends   her   vaca-­ tion   time   well,   enjoying   Atlanta   sum-­ mers   with   her   two   granddaughters.   With   another   granddaughter   on   the   way,  Whipple  said  she  is  excited  to  wel-­ come   the   new   addition   to   the   family.   In  the  meantime,  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  continue  greet-­ ing   a   different   kind   of   family   at   the   WoodPEC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   makes   me   feel   good   when   I   see   [the  students]  and  I  call  them  my  kids  â&#x20AC;Ś   all  these  people  are  my  family,â&#x20AC;?  Whipple   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;You  should  always  give  out  posi-­ tivity   â&#x20AC;Ś   What   you   put   out   is   what   you   get  back.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Contact  Zoe  Friedman  at

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Baseball Gaining Momentum Continued from Back Page “It was great to have rich back on the mound to sure up our weekend pitching rotation,” Greene said. “We feel great offensively and defensively.” With the series tied going into the final game, both teams came out ready to fight. The Eagles scored twice in the first inning off of rBIs by Brereton and Terp, but neither team was able to score again until the seventh inning. Sophomore pitcher Jack Moore’s impressive pitching performance held Huntingdon to just one run though seven innings. He struck out five batters and allowed only six hits and three walks. After Huntingdon cut the lead to one in the top of the seventh, Emory scored twice in the bottom when junior infielder ryan Adelman ran home after a wild pitch and Diamond stole home as part of a double steal. In the eighth inning, Huntingdon again cut the lead to one, but Emory scored once more to bring the lead back up to two. In the top of the ninth, Huntingdon scored twice to tie the game up before heading into the final half inning. Due to Huntingdon’s defensive errors, the Eagles put two players on base before Brereton was intentionally walked to fill the bases. Junior infielder Christopher Stern stepped up to the plate and delivered a walk-off to left field which brought in the winning run. Although Brereton was proud of his team, he acknowledged that there is still work to do. “We’re confident with where we’re at but not satisfied,” Brereton said. “We are looking forward to our midweek game [against Oglethorpe] on Tuesday, and then we’ll set our sights on a huge conference series against Case Western next weekend.” The game against Oglethorpe was rescheduled to Wednesday due to inclement weather. The Eagles will face Case Western reserve University (Ohio), a University Athletic Association foe, in their next game on April 12 at Chappell park.

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Spaulding Honored as Swoop’S UAA Athlete of Week Scoop Browning was happy about the victory, he is more focused on the freshmen Antonio Mora and team’s improvement than the winAndrew Esses, who secured a 7-6 loss column. “I don’t even look at wins and (7-0), 6-2 win and a 5-7, 6-3, 10-2 losses,” Browning win, respectively. said. “I really only Emor y shined focus on match-toin doubles play as match improvement they triumphed in “We had the because we could all three matches. mentality of going The veteran team out there and having win a match but still regress.” of seniors Jonathan fun and living in the Sophomore Sahil Jemison and Adrien moment and we got raina emphasized Bouchet defeated the importance of their opponents the job done.” enjoying the season 8-6. and taking advanS ophomor e — Sahil raina, freshman tage of the time on Will Wanner and the court. Spaulding also pre“We had the menvailed with an 8-3 tality of going out win, the duo’s 8th there and having fun and living straight victory. In addition, Spaulding was in the moment and we got the job selected as the University Athletic done,” raina said. With the win, Emory improves Association’s Men’s Tennis player of the Week for his outstanding to 12-2 on the season. The Eagles return to action on April 11 at play. Sophomore Hayden Cassone and Middle Georgia State University. Mora completed the doubles sweep with a score of 8-7 (7-5). — Contact Chris James at While Head Coach John


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Harper Contract Worth Every Penny to Phillies Continued from Back Page after joining the phillies. Harper was met with a wave of boos from Nationals faithful in his first plate appearance, during which he struck out. Shortly after he was retired, Nationals fans showed their true colors and began to trickle out of the stadium every passing inning. It was clear that Harper occupied a tremendous amount of real estate in their heads, free of charge. They also showed that they are unwilling to see their team through the natural periods of success and failure that come with professional sports. They’d rather focus on booing an opposing player than cheering on their own team.

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lighted some of the Eagles’ weakAssociation’s Women’s Tennis nesses and showed the team what they need to work on. Co-Athlete of the Week. “[The match] Lopez, Olcay and definitely showed Yoon all tried their us where our weakbest in singles but fell “We can play more nesses as well as to their opponents. aggressively and [our] strengths Lopez’s match practice coming to are,” K rtickova ended in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat, while Olcay the net, forehand and said. “We need to get more discipline dropped in a close serve.” with shots selection, 6-4, 6-3 result. improve our consisYoon was blanked by her opponent in — Ysabel Gonzales-rico, tency in playing and the first set and lost sophomore stay tough in key situations.” 6-0, 6-1. The Eagles will The loss to Middlebury ended the Eagle’s compete against Georgia State 13-match win streak, and they fell to University on April 13. 13-1 on the season. Assistant Coach Barbora — Contact Richard Wang at Krtickova believed the loss

But none of this applies to philly fans. In the eighth inning, with philly cheers drowning out the boos coming from Nationals fans, Harper hit a shot into the right-center field off of former teammate Jeremy Hellickson in the eighth inning, flipping his bat into the sky and silencing the few Nationals fans left in the stadium. The Nationals fan base no doubt feels a lot of resentment toward their former No. 1 overall pick, but they should really start putting the blame on their front office. Before the 2018 season ended, the Nationals offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract, which he declined. Despite the $300 million price tag, the contract was legitimately not enough for a player of Harper’s status. It would have

deferred a portion of the contract to be paid at a later time. Harper, who went into free agency hoping to secure the largest contract of all time, was not pleased. To make matters worse, the Nationals offered Harper a second contract: 12 years, $250 million, with over half of the money being deferred until 2072. The real value of the contract, according to Harper’s agent Scott Boras, would have been just $107 million. If the Nationals really wanted to keep Harper, who was always interested in returning, they wouldn’t have insulted him with that contract. It’s ridiculous that he wouldn’t have received the majority of the money until he’d be in a retirement home. But sometimes, you can’t fix stupid

front office decisions. The Nationals could be dominating the National League East right now with a stacked pitching rotation, solid positional players and, of course, Harper. But after years of disappointing postseason play, maybe they decided that they would rather let their best player walk, not make the playoffs and avoid the disappointment altogether. Meanwhile, my phillies are on a roll and their offense is a nightmare for opposing pitchers.pretty soon, we’ll be so far in first place that the Nationals will look like a dot all the way down at the bottom of the division. Get used to the cellar, Nats fans.

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Schaefer Picks Up 2 Wins Over Weekend Continued from Back Page However, the Eagles would not go down without a fight, and they trimmed the deficit to two in the sixth inning. In the last inning of the game, junior outfielder Sami Feller drove in a run after hitting a single with the bases loaded. Another runner attempted to score on Feller’s base hit, but was thrown out at home. Sophomore utilit y player Meghan Murphy came up with runners on second and third only to strike out for the second out of the inning. The Eagles’ final attempt to tie the game resulted in a f ly out. Despite the difficult loss, the Eagles rebounded to win the next three games by a combined score of 25-5. In the second game, the Eagles were led by sophomore pitcher

Madison Schaefer, who threw a two-run complete game and improved her season record to 8-1. The Eagles also used a balanced effort on offense to push past the Bears, as seven players got hits in the 3-2 victory. In Sunday’s doubleheader, freshman first baseman Mattie ryan, senior outfielder Jenna Wilson and Feller lead the way in an offensive barrage, resulting in a pair of mercy-rule victories. The first game of the doubleheader saw the Eagles win 9-0, with ryan hitting two home runs and senior pitcher Toko Miller throwing a three-hit shutout. In the second game of the doubleheader, the offense once again carried the team, as they collected 11 hits in five innings. ryan hit another 2-run home run, and Schaefer earned her

ninth win of the season during the Eagles 13-3 victory. ryan won UA A Softball Hitter of the Week for her stellar performance this weekend. She hit .455 over the weekend, going five for 11 at the plate with eight rBIs and four runs. ryan is hitting .354 with 19 rBIs on the season. The Eagles’ 21-5 start to the season gives them an .808 winning percentage. This is ahead of their performance last season, when the team went 29-12 and .707. Though the team was able to make it to the playoffs last season, they’ll be looking to go on more than a one-game run this time. The Eagles will be back in action again on April 10 for a doubleheader at Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.).

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Eagles Suffer First Loss of Season By RichaRd Wang Contributing Writer

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Members of the baseball team greet each other between innings during a game against Brandeis University (Mass.), which was held at Chappell Park on March 30.

Stern Walks Off Against Huntingdon By lynden Fausey Contributing Writer

The Emory baseball team faced off against NCAA Division III No. 17 Huntingdon College (Ala.) in a threegame series, which the Eagles won 2-1. Emory lost the first game but came back to win the second game by the mercy rule and the third game on a walk-off. The Eagles started the series against Huntingdon with an 8-4 loss. Huntingdon scored first with two runs in the bottom of the third. Senior infielder Bubby Terp stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and hammered out a solo home run to open the scoring for the Eagles. Emory scored two more runs — one in the fifth and one in the sixth — to take the lead. Huntingdon managed to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning,

but Emory soon took the lead again when senior infielder NJ Kim stole third base and made it to home off of an ill-fated throw by Huntingdon’s catcher in the seventh. This was the final run Emory would score, and Huntingdon ended the game with five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the Eagles 8-4. The loss goes to freshman pitcher Jack Brodsky, who fell to 4-2 on the season. Junior pitcher richard Brereton said the loss fired them up for the following two games. “This weekend was huge for us,” Brereton said. “Although we didn’t get the win on Friday, we played a really competitive game, and [it] gave us great momentum for Saturday and Sunday.” In the second game of the series, the Eagles won by the mercy rule for the fourth time in seven games.



Offensively, freshman infielder Zeke Diamond extended his team-high hitting streak to nine games with a threehit game. He also drove in three runs, scored twice and stole a base. Junior catcher Jacob Greene put his mark on the game by hitting two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in the top of the third inning. Greene went a perfect three-for-three at the plate and crossed home three times. Brereton had a dominant performance both offensively and defensively, going four-for-five at the plate with two doubles, three rBIs and two runs scored. Defensively, he threw five scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only three hits to just one walk. Brereton earned the win and moved to 2-0 on the season. Greene thought Brereton’s performance was game-changing.

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The NCAA Division III No. 1-ranked Emory women’s tennis team traveled north last week, where they had matches against the No. 7-ranked Tufts University (Mass.) and No. 5-ranked Middlebury College (Vt.). The Eagles won the match against Tufts 6-3, but they lost 6-3 to Middlebury in their first loss of the 2019 season. On April 5, the Eagles faced Tufts in a back-and-forth match. Freshmen Emma Cartledge and Jessica Fatemi scored 8-2 for the first win. Afterward, freshman Christina Watson and sophomore Stephanie Taylor recorded another 8-4 victory, 8-4, but sophomores Ysabel Gonzalez-rico and Defne Olcay were bested by their opponents and lost the match 8-4. In singles play, the Eagles kept the advantage and secured a decisive win. Gonzalez-rico defeated her opponent in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Olcay fought relentlessly after losing the first set. She bounced back in the second set but lost in the tiebreaker, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7. Freshman Lauren Yoon won her match in two sets, 6-1, 6-3. Having an easier time on the court, Cartledge won in two sets 6-2, 6-0 and Fatemi registered a 6-3, 6-1 victory. After two tough sets, Taylor went to a tiebreaker. She fought for every

point but ultimately lost to her opponent by a small margin, 7-5, 4-6, 14-12. After the Eagles secured the big win against Tufts, they looked to keep up their momentum against Middlebury College, a top-five team in Division III. Middlebury had a strong start after sweeping the Eagles in doubles. The panthers defeated Gonzalesrico and Olcay 8-4. Cartledge and senior Daniela Lopez fell 8-2, while Watson and Taylor lost in a close match 8-7 (11-9). The loss in all three doubles was unexpected, but Gonzales-rico said it gave the Eagles to experience and an incentive to improve. “We need to practice more doubles,” Gonzalez-rico said. “We can play more aggressively and practice coming to the net, forehand and serve.” In singles, the Eagles had mixed results. Gonzalez-rico faced little resistance and won 6-1, 6-2. Cartledge earned her win, playing strongly in the first set and successfully carrying on her performance in the match tiebreaker, 6-4, 1-6, 10-4. Fatemi blanked her opponent in the first set and secured a 6-0, 6-3 victory for the Eagles. After the match, Fatemi increased her singles winning streak to 14 straight matches. As a result of her consistency and excellent performance, she was named the University Athletic

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Offense Without Harper, the Nationals Are Over Emory Defeats Steals the No. 3 Show vs. Middlebury WashU By Ryan callahan Asst. Sports Editor

B y a lex M oskoWitz Staff Writer The Emory softball team won three out of four games this weekend against the Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Bears to push their record to 21-5 in overall play and 7-1 in the University Athletic Association (UA A). Though the loss snapped the Eagles’ 11-game winning streak, the Eagles still tout an impressive record. While Emor y finished the weekend with a series win, the Eagles lost a nail-biting first game against the Bears 6-5. The Bears used a four-run fourth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and raise the score to 6-2.

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Nationals fans, I think you should grab the tissues. Baseball season has begun, and as a die-hard philadelphia sports fan, it is my duty to remind you that after years of your baseball team being given high expectations and gloriously failing to meet them, the team’s star player decided that his time in Washington, D.C. had come to a close, and so he left for a greener pasture. That pasture? philadelphia. That star? None other than the most profitable player in all of Major League Baseball and the 2015 National League MVp, Bryce Harper. After over 100 days as a free agent, the 26-year-old Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the philadelphia phillies on March 2. Many people, myself included, worry about the sheer magnitude of his contract, which was the largest in North American sports history for about two weeks, until Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $430 million extension. Could the size of the contract affect Harper’s play for the worse? We’ve seen it with other athletes after they cash out, namely Albert pujols of the Angels and Alex rodriguez of the Yankees. If he failed to play up to

his price, Harper would essentially become a walking bag of cash that provides no use to the ball club. Others worried that Harper wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure of playing in philadelphia. As a native of the philadelphia area, there was definitely some thought of Harper not being equipped to handle the intensity of philly fans. Visiting athletes see playing in philadelphia like playing in a foreign country. Just ask New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. “philly, it takes a little while to get used to it,” Manning said in an interview with 247Sports. “It takes a little while to get used to in philly because you’re not used to seeing a 9-year-old cursing at you and talking about my mom and stuff.” Sometimes even our own players grow to dislike philly, but the blame isn’t on the fans. We’ve run athletes out of the city before, like Jonathan papelbon and Byron Maxwell. If a player doesn’t give 100 percent every day, like the aforementioned papelbon and Maxwell, they will never earn the respect of philly fans. That’s just the way it is. Outsiders think we’re extreme. They’ve even likened us to gang members, but in reality, we just want our teams to be the best that they can be. If that means booing our own players because

they’re not trying hard enough, then so be it. Facing an immense challenge, Harper did earn that respect in his introductory press conference, where he embraced the city of philadelphia more than any other athlete I have ever seen. He promised to help bring the phillies their first World Series since 2008 and talked about his decision to wear No. 3 on his jersey instead of No. 34, which he wore during his time with the Nationals. The gesture is a nod to the late roy Halladay, who wore 34 while he pitched for the phillies from 2010-13. Halladay passed away in a plane crash in 2017, a tragedy that was felt throughout philadelphia. Despite everything he said, Harper still had to prove that he was worth his contract after batting a disappointing .249 last season. And so far, he has. After going hitless in the first game of the season against the Atlanta Braves, Harper launched a 465-foot home run into the second deck in Citizens Bank park in the next game against Atlanta. He followed that home run up with two more in the next two games, one more against Atlanta and one against the Nationals in his first game in D.C.

In a matchup last weekend between two talented NCAA Division III teams, the No. 2-ranked Emory men’s tennis team travelled to face off against No. 3-ranked Middlebury College panthers (Vt.). The Eagles defeated the panthers 6-3 for their eighth straight victory and arguably their most impressive win of the season. In singles play, Emory and Middlebury split the matches, winning three each. Senior James Spaulding notched one of these wins with a score of 6-2, 6-3. The other two wins came from

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