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Emory Hosts Latino Leadership Conference By Gabriella Lewis Contributing Writer
Timothy Richmond (20C, Left) and Peter Williams (17C, R ight) perform a step routine on Oct. 28. The performance was organized by the Alpha Tau chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.
Black HoCo Celebrates Empowerment By Layla Wofsy Contributing Writer
Oct. 28 marked the start of Emory’s first Black Homecoming Week, which featured events hosted by various black student organizations and celebrated the empowerment and inclusivity of black diaspora culture at the University. Madisyn Kenner (22C), vice president of Emory’s chapter of the NAACP, explained her reasoning for highlighting on-campus black culture with a week of events.
“I really wanted to bring that spirit of Black Homecoming to Emory’s campus because there was a lot of dissension [within the black community at] Emory specifically, and it felt as if we were excluded from the rest of Emory,” Kenner said. “This was my way of trying to bridge that gap and increase outreach from our community to everyone else, as well as increase the togetherness that we feel in our own community.” The week was hosted by Emory NAACP, but many other student organizations collaborated in the events.
These groups included the Black Student Alliance, African Student Association, Association of Caribbean Educators and Students, Goizueta Black Student Association, Caucus of Emory Black Alumni, National PanHellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Emory Running Club, Black Star*, Bloom and Black Mental Health Ambassadors. Emory NAACP President Timothy Richmond (20C) and other members of NAACP organized Black Homecoming
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Local Latino teachers, parents and middle school, high school and college students gathered at the Emory Student Center for the 20th annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference on Nov. 2. The event was hosted at Emory and organized by the Latin American Association (LAA), a Georgia-based organization dedicated to empowering the Latino community. The event began with performances by Atlanta rapper Alfredo Corona Jr. and his hype man, breakdancer BBoy Melvin. Corona performed two songs, intermixed with inspirational words about celebrating one’s identity and reclaiming one’s power. Corona also contemplated the definition of Latino identity. “Who are you?” Corona asked. “What are these names that they put upon us to identify ourselves? What is Hispanic? What is Latino?” The morning continued with a speech by Teresa Rivero (85Ox, 87B, 93PH), a lead senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the Emory Board of Trustees. In her speech, which began in Spanish and transitioned to English, Rivero emphasized the conference’s 20th-year milestone. As the daughter of Cuban exiles, Rivero drew on her experiences pav-
ing a way for herself and encouraged students to take opportunities given to them. When Rivero started kindergarten, she spoke no English and was placed in the remedial class. Her father advocated for her and convinced the school that she just needed time to learn English. She told the crowd how difficult it was to attend 10 schools in 12 years, but that she knew that her parents were merely searching for better opportunities. “By walking, one makes the road,” Rivero said. “You can make your own road to your amazing life.” LAA Executive Director Aníbal Torres thanked the Latino Goizueta family for their generous contributions to LAA and the conference. LAA Managing Director of Education Eliezer Velez recognized former LAA Managing Director of Youth Programs Lynette Aponte for her original vision and legwork in putting on the conference. Following Velez was motivational speaker and “Inspire the Sleeping Giant Within” author Andres Lara, who took the stage with the story of his escape from Cuba to the United States. At just 16 years old, Lara came to the U.S. without his parents. During his first months in the U.S., he was homeless, but he continued to work to learn
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DeKalb Voters Reject Senate Candidate Talks Gov. Reform Ethics Board Revisions By Matthew Takavarasha Contributing Writer
By Ninad Kulkarni Senior Staff Writer A ballot referendum to restructure the DeKalb County Ethics Board failed to pass, with about 39 percent of the vote in favor of the proposal. The referendum proposed the establishment of a new ethics board for DeKalb County and replaced the position of ethics officer with an “ethics administrator.” DeKalb County legislators can vote on a new bill in the 2020 legislative session to address the ethics board, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported. Residents of DeKalb County in 2015 voted to make the ethics board more independent and to allow outside groups to appoint a majority of the board members, according to the AJC. The ethics board had not been functional since a 2018 Georgia Supreme Court ruling mandated that a majority of the ethics board members must be appointed by public officials. Under the new bill, a seven-member ethics board would have been selected by DeKalb County legislative delegations in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate, the chief executive of the county, the Probate Court of DeKalb County, and the chief judge of the Superior Court of DeKalb County.
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The bill would have also removed the position of an ethics officer and establishes the role of ethics administrator. It also would have allowed the board to hire an attorney to investigate ethics complaints and changes the previous system for processing ethics complaints by requiring that complaints are filed with human resources prior to informing the ethics administrator. “A county employee, prior to communicating to the ethics administrator a complaint regarding his or her immediate supervisor, shall exhaust all administrative remedies available under the county’s applicable human resources policies and procedures,” reads Section 3 Clause 2 of the Senate bill. In a July 25 letter, Director of the Emory Center for Ethics Paul Wolpe said that the bill would weaken the structure of 2015 ethics board and lacks compelling reasonings for the proposed restructure. Wolpe reviewed the proposed legislation after receiving a request from the DeKalb Citizens Advocacy Council. He also criticized the requirement that a county employee file complaints with human resources prior to informing the ethics administrator.
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Former Mayor of Columbus, Ga. and 2020 U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson (91L) stressed the need for structural reform in the upcoming 2020 elections during a Nov. 4 lecture in Tarbutton Hall. “Our government is very dysfunctional,” Tomlinson said. “We have a leadership structure that believes that government is the problem, not a tool to solve challenges.” Tomlinson, who graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1991, spoke to a crowd of approximately 20 students on Monday about Democratic policies and systemic biases in government structure. A Georgia native, Tomlinson has been involved in politics for 30 years. She first held office when she assumed the mayorship of Columbus in 2011, a post she held until 2019. Before taking office, Tomlinson served as the first female partner at Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation. She largely attributes her political success to the skills she acquired as a young lawyer. “I was too young and inexperienced to know I’m supposed to lose,” Tomlinson explained. “That led me to [believe] as long as I stay active and aggressive and thoughtful about what
U.S. Senate Candidate Teresa Tomlinson (91L) speaks to about 20 students about Democratic policies and system bias. I was doing, I could move mountains.” Tomlinson, who has announced that she will run against U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) in the 2020 Georgia senate election, reflected on Democratic policymaking. She pointed to the Democrats’ losses in the previous two Georgia gubernatorial elections, which occurred despite “tremendously strong” candidates. She reasoned that this was a result of Democrats’ willingness to concede suburban areas to the Republicans. She credits a change in Democratic policy to the work of Stacey Abrams,
who lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp. “We had to motivate [suburban voters] to go to the polls,” Tomlinson said. “We had to be loud, proud Democrats.” Speaking on her own successful mayoral campaign in 2010, Tomlinson stressed the need to resolve a dysfunctional system, pointing out discrepancies in race between Columbus’ elected officials and the general population. She saw these disparities as a potential cause of civic unrest. Such issues, Tomlinson argued, were
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Study to Examine Kidney Disease By Caroline Catherman Senior Staff Writer
College Council convenes on Oct 30 to discuss the budget and the discontinuance of supplementary hearings for the remainder of the semester.
$7,500 Remains in CC Budget By Thomas Kreutz Contributing Writer
College Council (CC) Vice President of Budgeting Lyndsey Garbee (21B) informed CC legislators on Oct. 23 that about $7,500 remains in the Fall budget for student organizations. In the following meeting that took place on Oct. 30., Garbee informed CC that there will no longer be supplemental policy hearings for the Fall semester. Though $7,500 is significantly lower than usual, it was expected coming into the school year, Garbee said. “Supplemental funding isn’t supposed to play a big role this year,” Garbee said. “Clubs have received a majority of their funding upfront.” According to Garbee, CC expects that the remainder of the budget will go to clubs that have not yet received funding or look to alleviate issues with past budgets through a Monetary Policy Override (MPO). CC’s Monetary Policy is a set of guidelines and procedures regarding clubs’ operational budgets as they transition between school years. According to Garbee, MPOs are method through which clubs can contest specific aspects of their monetary policy should extenuating circumstances arise both over the summer and throughout the school year.
The discussion of CC budget restrictions occurred after Emory’s chapter of QuestBridge, a student organization that provides support for first-generation students, proposed an MPO on Oct. 23, in hopes of securing complete funding for 2019-20 school year. Emory QuestBridge had failed to provide evidence for the expenses accounted for in their initial budget proposal but met with CC for another chance to receive funding. At the MPO hearing, representatives from Emory QuestBridge told CC that their expected annual budget was around $7,051. This money would be allocated toward event planning, mentoring of QuestBridge students and providing meals to QuestBridge students who cannot go home for the holidays. QuestBridge requested $3,981 from CC because a portion of their budget is paid for by the QuestBridge organization directly. After Emory QuestBridge finished their proposal, CC debated for 20 minutes regarding the feasibility of approving the MPO, and discussed the remaining budget for the Fall semester. Two other MPOs are awaiting hearings for funding, and CC expects more to appear throughout the later half of the semester. The CC members expressed concern over these
dwindling figures. According to Garbee, CC has a contingency fund of $22,400. CC acknowledged that they try to avoid dipping into this fund unless situations, similar to QuestBridge’s, arise. “We have made that contingency fund go to zero before,” Senior Legislator and former President Radhika Kadakia (20C) said during the debate. Kadakia mentioned past budgets that had required support from the contingency fund, and made it clear that CC’s responsibility entails dipping into this fund to support organizations with significant campus influence and presence. Emory QuestBridge has 500 verified members and hosts around six events monthly that each typically average 40-50 attendants. Since passing QuestBridge’s MPO, CC has approved an MPO for a student organization called Education in Medical Emergencies that requested funding for van certifications, event fees and food for their members. Education in Medical Emergencies request for $890 passed on a vote of 15 in favor, zero against and zero abstaining.
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Safety and Health. There are multiple potential reasons that CKDu has increasingly impacted An increasing number of Latino agricultural workers, and extreme agricultural workers are arriving physical activity in the heat may be one with kidney failure at Atlanta’s of them, according to the New England Grady Memorial Hospital, according Journal of Medicine. A 2018 study by Mac and her to Valerie Vi Mac, a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University’s Nell colleagues found that the odds that a Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. worker would have an acute kidney Many of them wait all day for dialysis, injury at any given time increased a life-sustaining process that relies on by 22 percent for each five beat-pera machine to substitute the kidneys’ minute increase in their heart rate, functions of removing excess water, and by 37 percent for each 5-degree temperature increase. salt and toxins from the body. Because this Many agricultural demographic jobs do not provide health insurance, and The upcoming study struggles to access treatment, Mac said insured patients are differs from past that it is crucial prioritized for dialysis research because it to more precisely treatment over these workers. will evaluate workers determine a cause so that preventative Grady offers a multiple times measures can be reduced pay program over two years to taken. for low-income “Many of our DeKalb or Fulton establish a sequential workers are scared to residents, but Latino cause-and-effect access the healthcare agricultural workers … And typically live in rural relationship between system. another part of it is areas or lack the heat exposure and necessary documents biomarkers of kidney that in other countries, dialysis isn’t readily for an application. injury and disease. available,” Mac said. “It’s not like a “If they get sick and go regular dialysis back home, it’s almost patient where it’s three times a week,” Mac said. “It’s like a death sentence.” The upcoming study differs from whenever they can get care. ” Mac expects that this problem will past research because it will evaluate worsen in future years, especially for workers multiple times over two Central American immigrants in the years to establish a sequential causeUnited States. Chronic kidney disease and-effect relationship between heat of unknown etiology (CKDu) is an exposure and biomarkers of kidney epidemic in agricultural communities injury and disease. “We expect that this [upcoming] worldwide, particularly in Central America, according to a 2019 review study will give policymakers a reason published in the New England Journal to pass some heat protections for workers,” Mac said. of Medicine. Currently, only California, Mac and Emory faculty Linda McCauley, Vicki Hertzberg and Jeff Washington and Minnesota have heatSands plan to study the cause of CKDu related standards for farm workers. and acute kidney injury in U.S. Latino agricultural workers with a four-year — Contact Caroline $2.2 million research grant from the Catherman at National Institute for Occupational firstname.lastname@example.org
GSGA Confirms Funds for Survey By Franklin Nossiter Contributing Writer The Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) approved $400 to fund an upcoming student survey at their meeting on Oct. 30. The survey, which would be the first of its kind to survey students from all seven of Emory’s graduate schools, deals with the demographics of the graduate student population, as well as the role students would like GSGA to play within the graduate student community. Vice President of External Affairs Aaron Blakney (20PH) described the survey as a tool to improve graduate student policy using “more data so that we can better make our case to school officials.” This funding will be used partly to incentivize students to respond to the survey; a total of $200 will be distributed randomly to respondents this semester in the form of an unspecified number of gift cards. The other $200 will go toward general marketing and a possible live event held in the Spring to encourage participation in the survey. This leaves GSGA with $14,600 in funding for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic
year. The 30-question survey is 95 percent complete and is set for release this Friday. The survey will run until Dec. 13, according to Blakney. Blakney described a response rate of about 15 to 20 percent as being a realistic target for the survey. Although the survey has been approved, some GSGA members raised concerns about a low response rate, which could negatively impact the efficacy of the survey. Gilda Rastegar (23M), a GSGA representative from the School of Medicine, also raised concerns about a potential disparity in response rate between different graduate schools. There were fears that students at the School of Medicine, due to their low rate of residency on campus and erratic hours, would have a lower rate of response as compared to students of a more residential school such as the Candler School of Theology. Although the survey was described as “experimental,” GSGA members expressed hopes that, if successful, it could become a biannual process.
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Students gather for the 20th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference hosted by Emory University and organized by the Latin American Association on Nov. 2.
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Continued from Page 1 English and attend college. He captivated the crowd by bringing on stage volunteers from the audience, giving away money to students as a motivational exercise and teaching the group special chants and claps to unite and encourage attendees. Lara hit with motivational quips like “it may be difficult but not impossible” and “if there is a will, there is a way.” During the event, the Wheel spoke to individuals in attendance. Sweetwater Middle School teacher Maritza Torres
echoed the enthusiasm of the crowd. “Kids are excited [and] teachers are excited — it’s a great motivational experience. I’m really happy to be here,” Torres said. Janet Gembe, a student from the University of West Georgia who served as a “mentor guide” during the conference, discussed the impact the conference had on students. “Honestly, this is pretty amazing. I think this is such a great resource, especially for college students, to be able to be leaders … [in] the future,”
Gembe said. “I think conferences like this make a huge impact to the younger ones, and that’s necessary.” After the opening ceremony concluded, conference attendees split into groups for workshops and a college and career fair. The day continued with events highlighting student resources, opportunities for community leadership and the importance of college.
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Crime Report Compiled By Phyllis Guo
On Oct. 24 at 7:45 a.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) received a theft report via telephone. The complainant, an Emory student, said he was studying in the penthouse on the 18th floor of Clairmont Tower at 3 a.m. He said he left his wallet and backpack on the table he was working at and returned to his apartment on the 16th floor. He stated he fell asleep in his apartment and did not wake up until 7 a.m. When he returned to the study area, he noticed his wallet was missing from the desk and his backpack was open. He noted that a bottle of perfume and a pencil case were missing from his backpack. The student said he remembered there were three other students studying in the same room when he left to go to his apartment. He said he had seen them before and knew they have rooms assigned in Clairmont Tower. He noted that he would recognize these students if he saw them. The student did not believe the three students were involved in the theft but thought it was possible they may have seen something while he was away. The student said there had been no unauthorized credit card activity on any of his missing cards. On Oct. 27 at 1:17 a.m., EPD received an anonymous report of rape from a Campus Security Authority. This disclosure was made to the Campus Security Authority on Oct. 26, and the report was made for statistical purposes. On Oct. 28 at 2:10 p.m., EPD responded to the North Decatur Building in reference to a report of theft. The complainant, a former health care patient, said she was at Emory University Hospital for treatment at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 27. She said she was lying in the hospital bed with a pink Sephora handbag on a chair next to her. She said she was in and out of sleep throughout most of the late evening and early morning. She discovered the bag was missing when she woke up at around 6 a.m. The patient said the bag contained several full bottles of prescription medication valued at $200. There are no known witnesses.
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On Oct. 29 at 11:43 a.m., EPD met and talked to a complainant at the EPD headquarters in North Decatur Building in reference to a report of theft. The complainant said her cell phone and credit cards were stolen from her pocket at the Homecoming concert on McDonough Field on Oct. 25. She said that she noticed her cell phone was missing at approximately 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 25. The complainant was not able to give the specific time that she put her phone in her pocket, but she said it was either in her hand or in her pocket throughout the entire evening. She believed that her property was taken from her pocket. On Oct. 29 at 11:59 a.m., EPD received a report of theft via telephone. The complainant said she visited a Facebook event page at approximately 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 for a musical artist scheduled to perform in Atlanta on Nov. 18. She said that she visited the page with the intention of locating resale tickets for the show and contacted a seller who was advertising that he had two tickets for sale. The complainant stated that they were initially in agreement for her to purchase two tickets to the event for $90 total. However, she stated that during her conversation with the seller, she began to suspect that she was being scammed out of her money. After sending the initial payment, the complainant stated she was manipulated into purchasing additional tickets when the seller claimed that this was the only way to proceed and fully complete the sale. She said that after not receiving any tickets, she asked for a refund of her money, approximately $240 in total, but the seller blocked her on Facebook and ceased all communication with her on Oct. 28 at approximately 4 p.m. The complainant also mentioned that there was another suspicious account that posted on the Facebook event page about reselling their tickets. This account used the same seller’s name but had a different profile picture.
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Senators Demand Investigation Into Mismanagement of Student Loan Program Twenty-three U.S. senators demanded that the top U.S. protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), investigate a loan servicer for mismanaging loans. The servicer, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), which operates under FedLoan Servicing, is one of several servicers involved in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to assist public workers by forgiving student debt after 10 years of qualifying payments. The senators, all Democrats and including presidential candidates Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), wrote to CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger saying that PHEAA’s “mismanagement of the PSLF program caused public service workers to be denied the loan forgiveness that they had earned.” Reports by both the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Robert G. Cameron and the Government Accountability Office in 2017 and 2018, respectively, found that PHEAA had improperly denied public service workers loan forgiveness. According to NPR, 99 percent of current applicants are being rejected. NPR reported that an earlier attempt at investigation by the CFPB was stymied when the Trump administration Department of Education directed loan servicers not to cooperate with investigators. In a statement, the Department of Education claimed that high denial rights are “by Congressional design” and that the Department had created a help tool for borrowers in an effort to expand outreach. Georgia Governor R eleases Plans for Health Care Overhaul Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp revealed a plan to reduce premiums for health insurance purchased under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to move billions of dollars of federal aid under state control.
Honor Council Compiled By Emma Simpson
A senior in a humanities course was found responsible for plagiarism and providing false information on a written assignment. In an administrative hearing, the student admitted to using ideas and phrases from an outside source and constructing a false bibliography. The student had two previous Honor Council violations, and the standard sanction for a third is expulsion. In consideration of the student’s unprecedented personal difficulties outside of school, the Honor Council recommended a mitigated sanction of an F in the course, a mark on their permanent record and a one-year suspension.
A sophomore in a social science course was found not responsible for plagiarism and unauthorized assistance on an extra credit essay. In the Honor Council investigation, the student explained that she had watched a video lecture for the essay with a classmate and then shared notes with them. The notes provided by both students corroborated this testimony and explained the similarities between their work. Sharing notes was permitted within the course policy, so the charge was dismissed. A junior in a natural science course was found responsible for plagiarism and unauthorized assistance on a homework assignment. The instructor reported two students due to
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In what is known as a reinsurance program, insurance companies would be able to lower monthly premiums for all customers as the federal and state governments pay part of the bill incurred by the sickest patients, who tend to have the highest bills. This could lead to a reduction in premiums of as much as $282 in some areas in Georgia, according to estimates by the governor’s office. A second part of the plan would allow Georgians to avoid using Healthcare.gov and to instead sign up directly with a provider, which would give Georgians access to more coverage options. Critics claim that this would also direct consumers to plans which do not comply with the ACA, potentially leading to what The New York Times described as “skimpy benefits … with high out-of-pocket costs and ... higher premiums for older or sicker people,” as healthy consumers choose non-ACA plans. This would also give Georgia control over $2.7 billion in federal funding. This plan is still pending approval from the Trump administration, and does not affect the 2020 ACA signup season. This program would cost Georgia about $100 million, with the rest being provided by the federal government. Emory to Establish R esearch Center on Dementia Caregiving Emory University announced the creation of the Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, which will focus on researching dementia caregiving. This center was made possible by a five-year grant of $3.66 million from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The NIA, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, is a federal agency that funds a broad scientific effort to better understand the aging process and prolong the healthy years of life. They currently fund 13 such Roybal Centers, and of those, four, including Emory’s, deal specifically with dementia care. The Center will be led by Kenneth Hepburn, a professor in the School
of Nursing, and Molly Perkins, an associate professor in the School of Medicine. Former President Obama Coming to Atlanta for Greenbuild Conference Former President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta on Nov. 20. The annual event, which is the largest such event for green building professionals, falls on the same night as the fifth Democratic Party presidential debate, also to take place in Atlanta and hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post at actor and director Tyler Perry’s new studio complex. Obama was a champion of several climate-related issues while in office, having negotiated the Paris climate accords. Many Democratic presidential candidates have touted their own far-reaching climate plans. Previous speakers at the event include retired Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. No Peach Drop This Year Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms announced on the Majic 107.5/97.5 radio program that there would be no Peach Drop this year. She told host Ryan Cameron that when the 30-year-old tradition returned, it would be “bigger and better.” Bottoms attributed the cancellation of the event to “location challenges.” The drop of the 800-pound peach originated in 1989 at the Underground Atlanta shopping and entertainment district, and continued for decades to draw crowds upward of 10,000 people. The event relocated to Woodruff Park in 2017 after the purchase of Underground Atlanta by WRS Inc. Real Estate Investments (S.C.), but it returned to Underground last year. The spinoff of the New York City ball drop in Times Square has attracted such performers as Ne-Yo, Little Richard, Miranda Lambert and Ludacris. — Contact Franklin Nossiter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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strong similarities in their work, but the students reported different accounts about the extent of their collaboration. In a full hearing, one of the students admitted to taking photos of her classmate’s work, using those photos for reference on her own work and providing those photos to another classmate. Due to different instances of unauthorized collaboration and the significant value of the assignment, the Honor Council recommended a more severe sanction of an F in the course and a fouryear Honor Code probation for the student.
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Emory NAACP Stresses Black Student Representation Continued from Page 1 Week in hopes of fostering positivity within the Emory black community and for incoming black freshmen. “We just noticed the lack of engagement with black culture on campus,” Richmond said. “[Indian Culture Exchange] had Diwali, several other cultural organizations had weeks of their own ... so we wanted the same experience for black students.” Black Homecoming Week included events such as a festival with bounce houses, games and food trucks, as well as a black business panel and mixer focused on navigating being black in business and entrepreneurship. A “HalloZeen Stepshow” commemorated Greek unity, inclusion and multiculturalism, while a culture clash event celebrated the African diaspora with
a voter registration table and an Afropunk organization. The week ended on Saturday with a showcase featuring various Atlanta talent, including Emory students. Galia Pino (22C) attended a few of the events during the week and expressed appreciation for solidarity fostered through the gathering of different black organizations. “I think [Black Homecoming Week] helped the black community to come together, bring different organizations with different goals, and people across all grade-levels to participate in a week that was beneficial but also fun for everyone,” Pino said. Pino also noted the shortage of funding for black organizations on campus. “I think [the events] could have been bigger and better, and that can
definitely be attributed to a lack of funding a lot of the black [organizations] receive,” Pino said. Kenner emphasized the importance of cultural representation within a diverse community, noting that the black community often lacks a united outlet for expression. “[The black community is] already so small and it just didn’t make sense for us not to have a week celebrating our culture,” Kenner said. “A lot of times people just don’t know about your culture and it’s a great thing to do, to just present this to Emory. This is who we are, this is what we do, this is our culture.” Nicole Sadek contributed reporting.
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County Ethics Board To Remain Inactive Continued from Page 1 “The Chair or the Ethics Officer should be the gatekeeper, not HR,” reads Wolpe’s letter. “HR has the ability to delay or subvert an ethics complaint with processes and procedures that could delay an employee’s right to go the ethics committee indefinitely, which is not acceptable.” The DeKalb County chapter of the NAACP publicly endorsed the Senate bill, according to the AJC, saying that voting against the bill would leave the county without any form of an ethics board.
“We don’t currently have [an ethics board] because the board created in 2015 was ruled unconstitutional,” Teresa Hardy, president of the DeKalb NAACP, told the Wheel. “Now we have a bill that is constitutional. So yes, we do support [the Senate bill].” Hardy added that the DeKalb NAACP supported the movement for a seven-member board to make decisions on issues of ethics, for the board to hire outside attorneys and for officers to investigate complaints.
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Building on this, she urged white not merely limited to the state. She Democrats to stand up for their views pointed out “deeply embedded systemic to encourage marginalized minority biases” that originated in the 20th cen- voters. “Don’t let the people in power tury and persist throughout “almost all of our governmental systems.” say that only people of color are In particular, she expressed her disap- Democrats,” she urged. “You’re leaving pointment over the closing of several your neighbours out.” Emory Young Democrats President Georgia hospitals, which she attributed to Republican politicians’ refusal Hayden Davis (21C) expressed his feelin 17 states to expand Medicaid. ings of encouragement by the Town “[The Republicans] denied their Hall speakers in recent weeks. own people access “There’s so much to a benefit that energy right now the federal govern- “It is fantastic to have around this,” he said. “It is fantastic to have ment had decided all of the [Senate it was necessary for candidates] coming all of the [Senate candiour United States through Emory and dates] coming through citizens to have,” Emory and talking with talking with students students in an intiTomlinson said. in an intimate Regarding her mate setting and getpolitical views, ting a chance to have setting.” Tomlinson insisted every single question that she has “always — Hayden Davis (21C), answered.” been a proud proTomlinson’s forEmory Young Democrats gressive” and that mer finance director President she would not be Edana Walker released perturbed by any a barage of tweets on potential name-calling, after claiming Sunday, claiming that the way she was that Republican Senator David Purdue let go by the campaign was “thoughthad already decided to label whoever less and cruel.” Walker said Tomlinson won the Democratic nomination a asked her to “recommend someone “socialist.” She emphasized the need to new” after telling her she “wanted speak with authenticity and courage. [her] out.” “[People] want to see if you Tomlinson declined to answer quesflinch,” she told the audience. tions about campaign personnel. “They want to see if you have the courage of your convictions to tell — Contact Matthew Takavarasha them what you think.” at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former U.S. President and Emory University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter, pictured above at this year’s annual Carter Town Hall, last month and shattered his pelvis.
Carter ‘at Ease With Death’ By Calen MacDonald Senior Staff Writer
Former U.S. President and Emory University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter told his church congregation Sunday that he was “completely at ease with death.” Carter was hospitalized on Oct. 21 following a fall that shattered his pelvis. This was Carter’s second fall in October and his third fall this year. From a motorized lift chair, Carter told the congregation of about 400 people that he had accepted his own death years ago. In August 2015, Carter announced that he had developed melanoma in
his liver that spread to his brain over time. “I obviously prayed about it,” Carter said, according to CBS News. “I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I just asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death.” The former president was treated at the Winship Cancer Institute and announced in December 2015 that he was cancer-free. At 95 years old, Carter has exceeded George H.W. Bush to become the nation’s longest-living former president. His 73-year marriage with Rosalynn Carter, which began in 1946,
is also the longest presidential union. After serving as the 39th president of the U.S.from 1977 to 1981, Carter devoted himself to the promotion of human rights through the Carter Center, a non-governmental and nonprofit organization that aims to improve democracy around the world. In 2002, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Opinion Editor: Zach Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Georgians, Verify Your Voter Status Amid Purges With recent debates about voter rights taking the spotlight in local politics, it seems that Georgia is once again engaging in voter suppression. On Oct. 30, the Georgia government flagged over 313,000 Georgians to strike from the active registration list. While election officials have performed so-called “purges” of voter registrations in the past to account for deceased voters or those who have moved to other states, many argue that these purges are nothing more than thinly veiled voter suppression. As a result of this most recent purge, any Georgian who did not participate in the last two elections or communicate with their county’s elections board may be denied the opportunity to vote in upcoming elections. The right to vote should not be contingent on participation in past elections. Inactive voters can easily miss mailed postcard notices, and failure to respond to them should not invalidate someone’s registration. Emory’s administration should send all members of its community a notice to check whether their registration is valid or not to ensure that Georgians are able to vote if they choose to do so. This incident isn’t isolated, as there have been other large-scale removal of voter registrations by both political parties in the state of Georgia in recent years. In July 2017, Georgia conducted a purge of voter registrations that eliminated over 500,000 records — one of the largest voter purges in U.S. history. And purging is not confined just to Georgia. Since 1997, Georgia has been one of nine states to purge voters for inactivity. Just last year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld state rights to purge voters in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. Voter purges in Georgia purport to solve a problem that essentially doesn’t exist
while disenfranchising thousands of eligible voters in the process. Although supporters of these purges claim that they prevent voter fraud, only 19 cases in Georgia have been investigated by state authorities over the past two decades. In Georgia’s last voter purge, 107,000 voters, or one-fifth of those removed from the rolls, were only removed because they had not voted in recent elections. The eligible voters in Georgia who had their registration canceled in that purge were disproportionately minority voters. These purges harken back to the state’s discriminatory and insidious history with voter suppression efforts targeting African American voters. We implore everyone in the Emory community to check whether they are on the “Georgia Voters Inactive” list. To be a responsible member of a vigorous democracy is to participate in said democracy, and the simple act of verifying your registration to vote provides immense civic value to our nation. Emory University should take the initiative to immediately encourage all the members of its community — faculty, students, staff and employees alike — to check their registration. Emory currently employs the most people of any organization operating in the state. Given the immense size of the Emory community, the administration could have a considerable impact on local and state politics if it decided to send an email out to the greater Emory community. This action is a no-brainer that could greatly change voter turnout in Georgia elections. Check online to see if your name is included in the state’s voter purge list.
Univ. Should Release Reports on Chemical Exposure All college students should have confidence that the air they breathe is safe. Students at Emory’s Oxford campus, however, have had no such certainty this semester. In July, the Environmental Protection Agency reported high concentrations of ethylene oxide, a toxic carcinogen, near a chemical plant in Covington, Ga. The plant, owned by the medical technology company BD Bard, is located about one mile away from Oxford College. Actions taken by both Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and Emory administrators since then have been insufficient and poorly communicated, leaving students wondering whether or not they have been exposed to toxic chemicals. Reports of toxic gas releases from the plant came into focus this September, when testing by the city of Covington revealed elevated levels of ethylene oxide in the vicinity of the plant. In some cases, the tests found that ethylene oxide concentrations in Covington were as high as 15 micrograms per cubic meter. Federal regulators have stated that a lifetime exposure to .02 micrograms per cubic meter of ethylene oxide can result in an elevated cancer risk. While the Georgia EPD has taken action against the facility, this only occurred following public pressure from the city of Covington, a month after the leak occurred. Furthermore, instead of following through on their threats to close the plant, state regulators reached a last minute agreement with BD to keep it operational. Although BD will have to limit its release of ethylene oxide, measurements will be based on 90 day averages, meaning harmful amounts of the chemical could still be released episodically. The government’s actions are too little and too late to adequately protect the health of Oxford students and Covington residents. Instead, the plant should be shut
down until BD Bard can install new equipment, which will likely not be completed until next spring. Oxford students and residents of Covington deserve a more direct response by state officials and Emory administration. There must be no equivocation by any party. Georgia EPD must shut down the plant and Emory should release the results of commissioned air quality testing conducted on Oxford’s campus this month. This is not the first time that Oxford’s administration has been accused of a lack of transparency and inaction regarding student health concerns. When the Oxford Student Government Association petitioned the administration with evidence that the water supply had been affected with carcinogens including bromodichloromethane, chloroform and dibromochloromethane, the problem was never thoroughly addressed by Emory’s administration. Emory’s vague statement that Oxford’s air quality is “safe,” and that ethylene oxide limits are below federal standards is not enough. Emory administration should release the full results of third-party testing so that students and faculty know exactly how much ethylene oxide they are being exposed. This would help to keep the public informed and updated on a significant, ongoing health hazard that directly affects them. When it comes to clean air, half-hearted actions and empty platitudes are not enough. Transparency and decisive action are essential to ensure that the air Covington residents and members of the Oxford community breathe is safe. Temporarily shutting down BD’s plant and releasing test results are small prices to pay for the health of thousands.
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Voter Purges Target Minorities Dining Hours Are Restrictive Brammhi Balajaran
Amid close elections and accusations of corruption in recent years, Georgia’s protection of voting rights have been controversial due to acts of voter suppression by election officials. One important part of the voter rights issue are the purges which have largely contributed to voter suppression in Georgia. Georgia officials must end unnecessary voter purges because the process is unethical and hinders a citizen’s fundamental right to vote. Georgia’s government plans to remove about 300,000 people from its list of eligible voters, a shocking 4 percent of all citizens registered to vote in the state. While some of the people are scheduled to be removed from the list due to legitimate reasons, such as moving out of state, some are simply voters who have not been active in the last two election cycles. Voters should not be punished simply because they have chosen not to exercise their right to vote in recent elections; they should still be given the opportunity to vote if they choose to do so. While these voters would be given the opportunity to re-register if they confirm via mail, this still places an unnecessary burden on voters to put in extra effort if they want to vote. It is vital to curb any act of voter suppression due to the high stakes of future elections in Georgia. With Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) retiring and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) up for reelection, two Senate seats in Georgia are up for grabs, making the upcoming election especially contentious. Especially considering that citizens usually elect two candidates of the same party during double-barrel Senate elections, elections in which both Senate seats are up for grabs, this
upcoming election is vital to the future of Georgia. Any eligible voter should not be unfairly removed from voter registries. Voter purges, sometimes the deciding factor in elections, have disproportionately affected minority voters. Given the growth of minority populations, Georgia has seen an increasing shift left in recent Wyears. However, repression of minority interests have prevented Democratic candidates from gaining ground in Georgia, such as in the 2018 gubernatorial election, when Gov. Brian Kemp narrowly overtook Democrat Stacey Abrams by 1.4 percentage points. Advocacy groups for voters’ rights argued that Kemp unfairly won, as he presided as Georgia’s secretary of state at the time and allegedly took measures to undermine voters’ rights. His position of power as an elections official while running for Senate clearly gave him a substantial advantage in the election. Voter purges must be eliminated to give Democratic candidates a fair chance in elections and to ensure that minorities retain their right to vote. The “exact match” process by which voters are removed is extremely unethical. The Associated Press indicated that of the 53,000 voters who were removed from the registry during last year’s gubernatorial election, 70 percent were black. The reasoning behind these voters’ removal was failure to comply to the “exact match” process. Within this process, state officials have the power to remove voters simply because of a missed hyphen or a typo, meaning voters were being purged simply for trivial mistakes. Clearly, this process is biased and removes voters for insufficient reasons. Some would argue that voter purges are necessary to prevent fraud or
remove ineligible voters. However, voter fraud is extremely uncommon as incident rates are between 0.0003 percent and 0.0025 percent. To put this into perspective, an American has a greater chance of being struck by lightning than committing voter fraud. In fact, most cases of so-called voter fraud simply result from clerical errors or mistakes by election officials. In addition, voter purges have been riddled with mistakes. Ohio was set to purge about 235,000 voters this September; however, advocacy groups found that about 40,000 people, roughly a fifth of the total number of people set to be removed from the rolls, were on the list due to administrative error and not for legitimate reasons. Extreme and unwarranted voter purges such as these must come to an end. Since her defeat in the election, Abrams has taken strong measures to fight voter suppression nationwide. Abrams has founded an initiative called Fair Fight 2020, an organization that plans to help ensure that 20 battleground states will protect voters’ rights and prevent suppression through voter purges in upcoming elections. It is imperative that we support anti-voter suppression efforts like Abrams’ group to ensure that our elections remain fair and every person has the chance to vote. Abrams was right in her assertion that this is about more than a single election or mishap. “It’s about whether citizens are allowed to be voters,” she said during Code Conference 2019 If you are registered to vote in Georgia and want to check if your registration was cancelled, you can do so online. Brammhi Balarajan (23C) is from Las Vegas.
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A year ago, your editorial team wrote an opinion piece about our pilot ECS 102: The Liberal Arts Edge, a onecredit, co-curricular course designed to help students learn how their liberal arts skills transfer and translate from college to career. Where are we one year later? Ask the 72 students who have taken our course. In Spring 2020, the pilot continues in Atlanta while we launch an additional course at Oxford College. What have we learned? Well, to be honest, we have learned that we are onto something based on what our students are saying: “I have come to realize that there are many paths I can follow and that I must be flexible,” said one psychology and theater studies double major. Students are also finding clarity in their academic choices: “Thanks to what I’ve learned in the course regarding liberal arts skills and from hearing the first-hand accounts of Emory alumni, I am comfortable in pursuing this major knowing that it could lead to any number of viable outcomes post-graduation,” said another student, who is majoring in history. Faculty are curious to connect with us because they believe in what we are doing. This course helps students bridge their academic coursework with a roadmap forward. We have a dream team of collaborators — Dr. Tracy Scott (Sociology), Dr. Susan Tamasi (Linguistics) and Dr. Robyn Fivush (Interdisciplinary Studies/Psychology). If you have a favorite faculty member that you think should join us, let us know at email@example.com. Go ahead: email us
your ideas and feedback, too. What do you need from Emory to navigate your college to career pathway with confidence? Staff are eager to partner with us because they already have programs in place that guide students along the college-to-career pathway process — they just need you to show up! Did you know the Career Center offers Wayfinding Workshops? Have you heard about Career Discovery Days — a partnership with career services and alumni engagement? Are you aware Emory Libraries offer digital and information literacy skills workshops and coding skills workshops? Do you know how to create a budget so you can explore study abroad opportunities, research experiences and internships? Meet with an adviser and ask what resources exist to help you engage in these high impact experiences. ECS 102: The Liberal Arts Edge is a vehicle to help change the culture of how students navigate their four years at Emory and beyond. Will this course solve all your problems? No. Will it give you a guaranteed job after you cross the graduation stage? No. Will it teach you about growth mindsets and help you find mentors and coaches? Yes. Will you learn how to conduct informational interviews with alumni? Yes. Will you create a roadmap and figure out how to build your way forward? Absolutely. The pilot course is a seed in fostering President Claire E. Sterk’s One Emory vision: a collaborative, codesigned initiative from its inception. Faculty, staff and administrators from
all four undergraduate units (Emory College, Oxford College, Business and Nursing) as well as “boots-on-theground” staff in pre-major advising, career services, global programs and more have made this course possible. Whether you major in anthropology, marketing or nursing, you all have a foundation in the liberal arts and an edge story to share. We are integrating lessons learned into the required PACE 101 (Pre-Major Advising at Emory) course. Starting August 2019, we have migrated key components of ECS 102 into PACE 101, from “what are liberal arts skills?” to speed networking (don’t stress out — it’s just having conversations) to Handshake profiles. We, too, are building our way forward to improve these co-curricular courses. Our favorite part of this pilot course is the capstone two-minute presentations, “What’s my Edge?” It is the pitch that you tell your parents to explain why they should support you studying abroad in India so that you can meet Tibetan monks. It is what you say when you run into Dean Elliott, Dean James or Dean McCauley on the Quad or Dean Hicks inside Seany Hall. It is how you answer an interview question for that summer internship. It is the foundation of a compelling graduate school essay. No matter where you are on your journey, our vision is that every one of you will be able to articulate your edge. Dana Tottenham and Shari Obrentz are ECS 102: The Liberal Arts Edge Lead Co-Facilitators.
Administration Should Expand Hours, Selection
and tater tots. And on Fridays and Saturdays, no food is available in the DCT at all by that time. While the DCT ceases operating at Emory students work hard. We spend long hours studying, practicing 8:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. every day, and stressing, and our energy must students continue working. Those of us in need of fuel late at come from somewhere. We need to sleep and eat, but many night typically end up waiting in line of us find ourselves too busy for either. at the Woodruff Residential Center, While the administration can do the Eagle Emporium, Kaldi’s, or Peet’s little beyond time management educa- Coffee. While some of these locations do tion to remedy the former, the latter is offer food at later times, they lack another story. The Emory administration must consistently healthy, affordable and take substantive action, including specialized options. Subsisting on chicken tenders, pizza extending dining hours and expanding options available at night, to fight food and fried chicken sandwiches — given their stratospheric sodium levels, insecurity on this campus. The Dobbs Common Table (DCT) excessive calorie counts and highly and the rest of Emory’s dining options processed ingredients — is not a susmay serve a commendable variety of tainable, healthy lifestyle. Rather than enabling us to fall into cuisines, but the administration fails the stereotype of the unhealthy colto prioritize access to those options. With few early-morning and late- lege student, Emory should instead empower us to rise night choices availabove it. able, particularly These access regarding specialized Many of us must issues are not diets, allergy needs ... choose between insurmountable. and nutritional conThe lights, air concerns, it’s no wonder picking up unhealthy ditioning and electricthat many students snack foods, ity remain on after the face a terrible choice purchasing costly students leave, and the between their hunger Emory Student Center and their health. alternatives from The DCT is curother dining locations itself is open all night; the costs of keeping rently open Monday or eating nothing at the area serviceable through Thursday would be relatively from 7:30 a.m. until all. trivial. 10:00 p.m., on Friday Even a small confrom 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday tingent of staff would be enough to keep the two open stations clean and from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Although these hours would initial- fully stocked. Paying a small number of additional ly appear to be more than reasonable, upon further examination they prove staff to serve pre-prepared food earlier far from adequate. For students with 8 in the morning or stay another hour or a.m. classes or meetings, the 30 min- two at night would seem to be a perutes between the opening of the dining fectly reasonable solution. Changing the way food is served in hall and their obligations simply is not enough time to pick up their food, sit the DCT would also benefit students down, eat it comfortably and walk to greatly. Instead of taking away the dinner their destinations. Those with early-morning athletic food at the other stations, staff should practice, sunrise prayer, religious ser- instead keep it safely heated and make vices or jobs may find themselves in it available alongside the typical late dinner fare. still worse positions. Failing that, any food remainUnable to take advantage of the various breakfast options available in the ing after closing time could be taken DCT, many of us must instead choose upstairs to the Eagle Emporium to be between picking up unhealthy snack served as well. Such a scheme would both save foods, purchasing costly alternatives from other dining locations or eating on costs and increase the variety of healthy and specialized options availnothing at all. Studies show that students regular- able late at night. Emory’s commitly eating breakfast both perform bet- ment to sourcing its ingredients locally ter academically and experience lower is laudable, as are its ongoing sustainability and nutrition initiatives. risk for weight gain. We have delicious food, a beautiful While the assertion that many Emory students simply choose not to new dining hall and amazing staff — eat breakfast may be true, making all of which warrant the full extent of more options available to us would our gratitude. With that being said, to take full constitute a significant step in the right advantage of the opportunities afforddirection. The DCT’s evening hours pose an ed us by Emory and to reconcile our even greater problem. After long days health concerns with our work ethic, of classes, studying, research, work we must have access to them. Students: reach out to the adminisand extracurriculars, many students don’t have enough time to eat. After tration about your concerns and con8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, tact the Food Advisory Committee at the available food selection is extreme- Emory about your ideas. Advocate for the change you wish to ly limited, typically including little more than miscellaneous leftovers, see. It’s as Virginia Woolf wrote: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, chicken breasts, fries and the like. Many of the few options present if one has not dined well.” We, as perennially hungry college are not freshly prepared and many are high in sodium and saturated students, certainly do not lack the will. fat; furthermore, those adhering to All we need is the way. vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal and Ben Thomas (23C) is from other specialized diets find themselves Dayton, Ohio. restricted to a few soggy vegetables
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Arts Entertainment Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Arts & Entertainment Editor: Adesola Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘Wicked’ Casts a Spell On the Fox Theatre By Joel Lerner Senior Staff Writer
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Aliyah Auerbach (18Ox, 20C) belts her rendition of “Creep” at Syposium XI on Nov. 1.
Symposium XI Celebrates Emory Artists By Aidan Vick Senior Staff Writer
Friday’s 40-degree temperatures weren’t enough to stave off the masses from Symposium XI, as eager students filled the backyard of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity house to see their peers perform. Symposium is an event hosted every semester by ATO and The Pulse, a student organization that supports artistic expression for Emory students. This semester’s Symposium took place on Nov. 1 and featured 17 live performances as well as a visual arts display on the patio. Throughout the event, attendees circulated the patio and yard to view the numerous works of art, which included original paintings, photography and pottery. The art showcased a wide variety of styles and mediums, from inked sketches of nature to more abstract oil paintings. Additionally, copies of The Pulse’s annual publication, The Anthology, were available for
students to peruse. The Anthology includes short stories, poetry, nonfiction and visual art created by Emory students and speaks to the wide variety of creative talents that Emory students boast. Omar Obregon-Cuebas (21C) and Iman Ali (18Ox, 21C) emceed the event, introducing performers and providing entertaining commentary while acts were setting up. Both students performed in the show as well, with Obregon-Cuebas reading some of his original poetry, including a poem titled “What Does It Mean to Be a Brother?” Ali performed a cover of “Figures” by Jessie Reyez. The show began at 9:30 p.m., led off by Gabrielle Ruban’s (22C) cover of rock band Halestorm’s song “I’m Not an Angel.” Other notable performances of the show’s first half included Mekhi George’s (19Ox, 21B) fiery performance of his original song “Maybe” and Brian Shan’s (21C) rendition of the Matthew Scott song “Mirrors,” accompanied by
electric guitar. Shan’s guitar-playing skills were made abundantly clear as he managed to demonstrate some impressive solo work even in spite of the cold. Liam Harvey (22C) even took to the stage to do a stand-up routine, with most of his jokes landing well with the audience. Around the halfway point, there was a brief intermission to allow the next group, called the Peanutbutterflies, to set up. A band of seven, the Peanutbutterflies played renditions of Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” Their performance was notable not only because of the sheer size of their band but also because of their use of multiple live instruments. Featuring guitar, piano, bass, drums and saxophone players, the Peanutbutterflies’ sound was one of the richest of the evening. A series of duets toward the end of the show drew some of the most
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Elphaba’s emerald green visage is possibly the most iconic in modern theater. It’s that immediately recognizable profile in tandem with her unforgettable story that make the success of “Wicked” unsurprising. The show’s enchanting plot and jaw-dropping performances have cemented “Wicked” in musical theater history. Having already visited Atlanta several times on tour, “Wicked” is back at the Fox Theatre from Oct. 23 to Nov. 17. “Wicked” tells the heartwrenching origin story of Elphaba (Talia Suskauer), who later comes to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West. It chronicles her adolescence and family life to her untimely end at the hands of Dorothy. Specifically, the musical examines her experience at Shiz University, where she is sent to care for her younger sister, Nessarose (Amanda Fallon Smith). There, Elphaba discovers her magical potential as well as an unlikely friendship with the goody-two-shoes Glinda (Allison Bailey), initially introduced as Galinda. The second act of the show leads up to and encompasses the events of the film, “The Wizard of Oz.” However, it portrays the wellknown characters in an entirely different light, with the film’s most recognizable plot points only popping up in dialogue. The musical’s wit and charm derive from character development as each character transforms from a single-faceted, one-dimensional person to a starkly complex individual within
the ever-changing land of Oz. Going into the show, I expected to see Elphaba’s perceived wickedness in a new light, but it was shocking to witness each character undergo their own, equally fleshed-out transformation. Galinda, who starts off vapid and materialistic, becomes an insightful friend, now named Glinda (the “Ga” is silent), who is stuck in a broken political system fueled by strife and discrimination against the population of speaking Animals. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Cleavant Derricks) ends up being more than just the man behind the curtain and anything but wonderful. Fiyero (Curt Hansen) is overtaken with passion despite his initial carefree attitude and wowed me with his refusal to be a part of the discontentment that surrounds Oz under the Wizard’s reign. And while there were more transformations in the performance, they are better left for when seeing the awe-inspiring show in person. “Wicked” consistently evokes powerful emotional reactions throughout the show because of the dynamic characters, but it would’ve been ineffective without the outstanding ensemble, set and orchestra that fit together to transport the audience to Oz. “Wicked” would be a completely different show without the magic created by Elphaba and Glinda’s budding friendship. The most moving and emotionally overwhelming moments present themselves through the characters’ deep emotional connection. Suskauer and Bailey made Elphaba and Glinda their own as they gave life to what
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Clairo Charms During ‘The King’ Is Hardly a Crown Jewel Halloween Concert By Saru Garg Staff Writer
By Gaby Blade Contributing Writer Donning a green crayon costume, Clairo brought her brand of bedroom pop to Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points on Halloween night. Combining intimate lyrics with authenticity, Clairo showcased her youth and charm by exuding self-awareness throughout the show. Claire Cottrill, known by her stage name Clairo, grew up in Carlisle, Mass., where she began recording music at a young age. After posting music on YouTube, Bandcamp and SoundCloud, she first gained attention when her single “Pretty Girl” went viral in 2017. Earlier this year at the age of 20, Clairo released her debut album, “Immunity,” which reached No. 51 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The release of “Immunity” propelled Clairo into mainstream recognition, and in October, Pitchfork named her single “Bags” one of their top 200 songs from the decade. The first delicate piano chords to her opening song “Alewife” echoed throughout the room. Clairo sauntered onto the stage, her presence met by
emphatic chants from the audience. Clairo was not the only one who had dressed up for the holiday; the crowd was saturated with bright costumes and makeup. One concertgoer was adorned in a flower crown as Dani from “Midsommar” while another wore a bear costume. Halloween created a unique environment for the concert, encouraging audience engagement and inclusivity. Clairo has largely been considered part of the recent rise in bedroom pop, a subgenre of pop characterized by minimally processed, do-it-yourself music that could be produced in a bedroom. Typical of the bedroom-pop style, much of Clairo’s music opts for gritty, lo-fi vocals. Songs like “Flaming Hot Cheetos” showcases hushed vocals layered over a minimal, looping beat. “Get With U” and “2 Hold U” follow a similar formula, juxtaposing gentle lyrics with gauzy synth backing. The environment of the concert seemed to mimic the musical style. Grainy, home movie-esque landscape videos filled the half-moon
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Timothée Chalamet may be Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, but the story in his latest film, David Michôd’s “The King,” is hardly a new one. Based on William Shakespeare’s “Henriad” plays, the narrative follows the ascent of Hal (Chalamet) from a headstrong boy to reluctant ruler, King Henry V of England. Soon after being crowned king, Henry’s rule is challenged by King Charles VI of France (Thibault de Montalembert) and his son, the dauphin of France (Robert Pattinson). Henry must grow up in a matter of moments and go to war for the sake of his kingdom and to establish his own authority. While this story may be engaging in the hands of its original author, Michôd’s version falls flat, lacking any original perspective or even a particularly compelling lead performance. As a result, the film is a drab drag that feels wholly unnecessary. Some suggest that Shakespeare’s plays have remained popular because they can be easily reinterpreted and reimagined in adaption. The writings of the bard have been brought to
life in cinema in new and innovative ways over the years. Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” for instance, modernizes its source material and transplants the story to Verona Beach, Calif. Orson Welles’ “Henriad” adaptation, “Chimes at Midnight,” innovatively centers around the character of Falstaff rather than Henry.
With a ridiculous French accent, an absurd wig and an extended sequence where he taunts Henry for having ‘giant balls’ ... Pattinson, whether intentionally or unintentionally, grants ‘The King’ comic levity. “The King,” however, has nothing new to bring to the table, mostly sticking to the conventional bravura speeches and bloody battles of a period drama. There is one word that could be used to describe “The King” in nearly every aspect: muddy. There’s the obvi-
ous importance of mud, which is used to trap the French during battle. The washed-out palette of the film lends almost every scene a mud-colored tinge. Even the pacing of the plot is comparable to slogging through mud, drawing out each moment of its indulgent 140-minute runtime. After gaining popularity for his portrayal of soft, sensitive boys like Elio of “Call Me by Your Name,” Chalamet had the opportunity to reinvent his image through this film. He has been, however, foiled by its script. Instead of focusing on elements of his character that may have been intriguing such as his regal evolution, his transformation occurs without any explanation or context in between scenes. As a result, Henry is quite boring as a character. There is nothing dynamic about him, no conflict within him that we can see, or nothing that Chalamet gets the opportunity to grapple with as an actor. He is an irresponsible child one minute and a noble king the next. The lack of charisma written into Chalamet’s character allows for Pattinson’s dauphin to steal every scene he is in. With a ridiculous French accent, an absurd wig and an extended sequence where
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Continued from Page 7 enthusiastic cheers of the entire night, reinvigorating the audience, which, by that point, seemed tired and chilly. Ironically, the two performances were near opposites of each other, with Haley Schreiber (20C) and Jamie Epstein’s (20C) explosive take on Victorious’ “Take a Hint” juxtaposing Jack Rowland (23C) and Eli Mars’ (23C) impassioned acoustic cover of Leon Bridges’ “River.” The event closed on a high note with a massive vocal performance from Neha Gundavarapu (22B), who also performed the finale for Symposium X. The power and vocal range of her voice made her a compelling closing act. Judging by the immense cheering that she received, the audience was just as impressed as I was. The show did have a few minor issues, especially with the microphones cutting out occasionally during performances. Additionally, the informal setting meant that audience members were constantly coming and going, and the crowd’s noise sometimes overpowered the performer, especially during some poetry readings and dance numbers. Despite these issues, Symposium’s 11th installment was another considerable success for The Pulse, effectively showcasing the remarkable talent of Emory’s student body. Editor’s Note: Omar ObregonCuebas (21C) was a member of the Wheel’s 2018-19 Editorial Board.
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Clairo dons a crayon costume as she performs for an enthusiastic crowd at Variety Playhouse on Halloween night.
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Continued from Page 7 backdrop, and lighting changes were kept to a minimum. Though her music is lo-fi, Clairo impressed the audience with her live vocal prowess. Early in the set, Clairo performed “Bubble Gum,” switching out the ukulele from the recorded version for subtle guitar chords. Here she stood softly by the microphone and glided through the verses, adding melodic runs that punctuated her vocal talent throughout the performance. Although still largely dominated by the bedroom-pop aesthetic, “Immunity” also contains songs with higher production value. “I Wouldn’t Ask You,” the album’s most powerful track, is broken up into two parts. The beginning starts slowly, with piano highlighting Clairo’s minimal lyrics. As the song progresses, the tempo speeds up, transitioning into a more upbeat R&B cadence. Ultimately, the singles off of “Immunity” combine glossy, DIY aesthetics with higher pro-
duction value, creating deeply moving moments like “I Wouldn’t Ask You.” Typical of the genre, Clairo’s lyrics reflect a contemplative relatability. Many of her songs revolve around the uncertainty that comes in the period between adolescence and adulthood. In songs like “Impossible,” Clairo explores the temptation of connecting with an ex-partner, admitting, “I just wanted to hear your voice so clear.” Recently coming out as “not straight,” several of the singles from “Immunity” explore queer relationships. Clairo cried, “Give it to me!” as she broke into her hit single “Bags.” The audience obliged, singing along enthusiastically, “I can’t read you, but if you want, the pleasure’s all mine.” Immediately after “Bags,” as the first few drum beats of “Sofia” began, the crowd erupted into the loudest cheers of the night. A sacchrine and romantic song, “Sofia” explores first crushes and the stigma of queer relationships, urging, “Sofia, know that you and I/
Shouldn’t feel like a crime.” “Bags” considers similar themes to “Sofia,” examining uncertainty in first-time queer relationships. Her music feels like thoughts from a diary, giving the audience an intimate relationship with the singer.As the show came to a close, Clairo brought a stool to the front of the stage, announcing that she had one last song, a new song she had written while on tour. The room fell quiet as she crooned with an undeniable tenderness. The song came to an end, and the audience’s cheers were deafening. Clairo lowered her guitar, holding her face in her hands as she broke into tears, seemingly overwhelmed by the audience. She held the mic close and whispered a soft “Thank you” before leaving the stage. After a moment, the singer waltzed back on stage for the encore, performing “RACECAR,” “4EVER,” “Pretty Girl” and “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.” During “Pretty Girl,” the music video was projected onto the back-
drop, featuring a young Clairo singing along to the song, sporting pigtails and a sweatshirt. In this moment, with her younger self projected behind her, Clairo was her most personable, laughing at her own cheesy dancing and awkwardness. Throughout the show, she possessed an unquestionable star quality, completely captivating the young crowd. And yet, she seemed approachable and knowable. Clairo built an intimate relationship with the audience, so much so that it felt like we were watching a close friend perform in front of us. As the final song “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” ended, Clairo took a moment to look across the audience. She stepped close to the mic. “I’ll never forget this show,” she whispered. “Thank you.” I am certain I will never forget this show either.
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Sporting a signature bowl cut, the young King of England, Hal (Timothée Chalamet) prepares for battle against the French army in David Michôd’s adaptation of “Henry V.”
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Continued from Page 7 he taunts Henry for having “giant balls with a tiny cock,” Pattinson, whether intentionally or unintentionally, grants “The King” comic levity that is far more compelling than any of its dramatic scenes. Lily-Rose Depp turns in a fantastic performance as Catherine of Valois, carrying the poise and power of a true royal while she delivers a revelation to Henry that forces him to reflect on his actions. Other than these performances, all that can be said in favor of the “The King” is that its battle sequences are
shot in an unconventional and effective way. Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw shoots these scenes in the midst of the fight rather than from a distance. The continuous assault of bodies he focuses on, dirty and crushed against one another, surrounded by danger on all sides, craft a sense of claustrophobia that emphasizes the oppressive nature of war. Additionally, Nicholas Britell’s score, when given the opportunity to shine, is a standout. Used in scenes such as Henry’s coronation, the lush orchestral music lends dramatic gravitas to every sequence it is a part of, underscoring the significance of
all that Henry and his kingdom are undergoing. The score almost, but not quite, convinces audiences that what is unfolding on screen is worth caring about. Still, these positives are not enough to compensate for the overall dull and drawn-out film. “The King” is a muddled mess that has nothing to contribute to Shakespeare and nothing within it to captivate audiences. The film is not a crowning achievement in any sense of the term; it’s just a royal disappointment.
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would otherwise be tired character foils of good and evil. Suskauer’s sass as she mocks the students making fun of her at Shiz University makes it impossible not to laugh. Bailey’s portrayal of Glinda’s incessant positivity is hilarious because it is unpredictable; just as I thought she was at her peppiest, she would break out into a sudden bouncy ballet routine celebrating some small social success. The people of Oz, the students of Shiz and the citizens of Emerald City, make the transition from audience to stage seem more like a window into another world. Each individual is independent in every scene, but during musical numbers everyone comes together as a single unit to wow the audience in unified choreography. In group musical numbers, the ensemble largely acts as a single unit, but each individual has moments to shine through soloistic features in both their singing and dancing. Alongside their superb acting, the addition of the ensemble makes each full-cast number fill the entirety of the Fox Theatre with resonant harmonies. “Wicked” is best known for its show-stopping hits such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “What Is This Feeling,” but these songs wouldn’t be possible without the pit
orchestra, whose rich music bolsters the on-stage performances. While the orchestra sets the audible tone of the show, the complexity of the multi-layered set continually surprises. The show begins with an elaborate map concealing the stage like a curtain, with an emerald green spotlight on Emerald City. From here, the stage transforms into several different locations, frequently covered in steampunk-style gears and cogs spanning the height of the entire stage. While each of the over a dozen sets are unique, they are frequently made up of recurring elements cast in a new light by accessories or strings of dazzling bulbs.“Wicked” is a magical experience that twists the traditional, somewhat superficial story of “The Wizard of Oz” into an adventure that follows a quirky and lovable cast into much more complex conflicts than the original film. It’s accessible to all audiences, though there are plenty of Easter eggs for vigilant fans of Oz. It would be foolhardy to miss this opportunity to see this tour of “Wicked” while it’s at the Fox, but if the current trend continues, this show will be back and just as wonderful in a few years.
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Turning Childhood Illness into Charity
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By Caleigh Leyton Contributing Writer During her freshman year of high school in 2010, Melissa Engel’s (17C, 23G) life took a turn when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. During her stay at the hospital, Engel received a purple fleece blanket from a nonprofit organization called Project Linus. Now, nine years later with the blanket still on her bed, Engel hosts Project Linus blanketmaking events for volunteers — or “blanketeers” — to give back to those who face similar hurdles. Project Linus aims to make blankets for children around the country who have endured severe trauma or have been diagnosed with an altering illness by holding blanket-making events and distributing blankets to hospitals. Melissa Engel (17C, 23G) Emory Laney Graduate School student Courtesy of Melissa Engel
The organization also accepts any blankets not made at one of their events and hosts an annual “Make a Blanket Day” every third Saturday of February. Engel said her blanket made an unforgettable impact on her and is the reason she makes blankets today. “I decided that I wanted to make blankets for other kids because it’s very hard to get this life-changing diagnosis,” Engel said. “[Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes] was completely unexpected. The blanket was a really nice gift, definitely the highlight of my hospital stay.” Engel graduated from Emory in 2017 with a degree in psychology. After earning a master’s degree in behavioral psychology from the University of Minnesota, Engel has now returned to the Emory Laney Graduate School to attain a PhD in clinical psychology. Her research will examine the relationship between childhood chronic illness and mental health issues. It will also focus on resilience among children with chronic illnesses, and she hopes to find ways to provide emotional relief for children with chronic illnesses on a broader scale. Engel’s advisor and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Dr. Patricia Brennan noted the importance of Engel’s research in tying together developmental psychopathology with the many factors that contribute to a child’s well-being. “I think [Engel’s] a really great role model for kids who have chronic illnesses,” Brennan said. “I think they might be worried about their future and what they’re capable of, but seeing someone who has gone through it
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Kate Bachman (18Ox, 21B), who crafts ceramic vases and bowls and makes handmade candles, sold artisan goods along with 15 other students at the Student Artisan Market on Nov. 1.
Emory Kicks Off First Student Artisan Market By Varun Gupta Senior Staff Writer
Featuring 15 student artisans selling homemade accessories including hand-woven winter beanies, clay candle holders, prints and jewelry, the Emory Student Artisan Market sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) debuted on Nov. 1. Retail displays lined both sides of Cox Bridge, with personality and color complementing the student creations. Gisele Schemankewitz (20C), who was involved in planning the event, modeled the market’s concept after a local flea market she discovered while studying abroad in Australia in Fall 2018. Schemankewitz said she would visit the market every Saturday at a school near her hostel. Soon after returning to Emory in Spring 2019, her friend Janis Choi (20C) asked her about a pair of earrings that Schemankewitz bought at the Australian market. Schemankewitz said their conversation suddenly ignited her interest in organizing a similar arts and crafts market at Emory. During Fall 2019, Choi and
Schemankewitz began researching how to make their vision a reality. They decided to co-host the event with SGA, which would provide funding for promotional material, event signage and license for students to sell items on campus. To gauge the event’s participation , Choi and Schemankewitz sent out a survey that evaluated what student vendors would sell and potential pricing. “Through my friends, I have seen so much potential and talent that is not broadcast any other way,” Schemankewitz said. “There is not really a platform to show it off. People have these Instagrams and things they do that nobody knows about.” Many of the student artisans weaved stories into their sales pitches at the Market, revealing an intimacy that social media does not convey. Kate Bachman (18Ox, 21B), a candle maker who works at a local ceramics studio, spoke about her passion for trying different materials within her art. “I’m really experimenting with rock clay because it is a little bit more sustainable, and they would biodegrade,”
Visiting Professor of Economics and former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Gordon Streeb has a career that has spanned from chemical engineering to developmental economics — subject areas that have taken him from West Berlin to New Delhi. After working in the foreign service for three decades and then transitioning to the Carter Center as associate executive director of Peace Programs, Streeb is set to retire from Emory at the end of the Fall semester. Gordon Streeb, Visiting Professor of Economics and U.S. Ambassador to Zambia
Bachman said. “For me, what’s fun about it is there are so many parts that can go wrong, and there is always more to learn.” Bachman’s two-tiered display housed an assortment of candle holders and herbal oils that she made from scratch. While interested customers gawked at her handcrafted vessels, Bachman encouraged shoppers to smell the naturally scented candles. “I wasn’t explicitly looking to buy a candle, and they looked like they were very well done, and the outside of it was very pretty,” Todd Doyle (20C) said. The peppermint candle and holder was priced at $22, and larger items reached upward of $30. “[Other student vendors’ prices are] $5. But honestly, I feel like a lot of hard work was put into that,” Doyle said. “At a store, it would be much more.” Shannon Anderson (19C) discovered her enjoyment for knitting hats when she was finding gifts for friends. Following the first wave of customers
Streeb traces his affinity for international affairs back to his German roots. Born in 1935, Streeb grew up in a majority-German agricultural town in Colorado. As World War II approached, Streeb became surrounded by conversations about the place of Germans in the world, and identifies these conversations as an early determinant of his international bent. “There was a lot of conversation among people [in my family] about international things, and especially… [about] the second world war… this question of the role of Germans,” Streeb said. But Streeb didn’t immediately gravitate toward international develop-
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Gusto Brings Quick Cultural Bites to Decatur By Nassem Yousef Contributing Writer
The Atlanta-based chain Gusto, which opened its fifth location in Decatur on Oct. 18, features a stylish industrial design furnished in yellows and grays reminiscent of many restaurants around Ponce City Market. Nestled along Church Street and across from the Emory Decatur Hospital, the restaurant fuses Mediterranean, Thai and Tex-Mex flavors into colorful bowls, wraps and salads that promise locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant prides itself on its “gustos,” Gusto-style entrees with distinct flavor profiles. There are six gustos: chipotle mango avocado, ginger lime peanut, chile sesame BBQ, tahini cucumber feta and sweet soy sriracha, that can each be made into an eightinch flatbread wrap or a bowl of mixed greens, brown rice or half greens, half rice. Meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy Gusto’s offerings, for the chain provides a plethora of pro-
teins ranging from grilled shrimp and chicken to grilled portobello mushrooms and avocado. Crispy sweet potato chips come as a side for every order, driving home their health-conscious mission of “betterfor-you fast food” that founder and former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl promises. For a total of $11.83 (with tip), I opted for the Ginger Lime Peanut Gusto over a warm bed of seasoned long-grain jasmine rice, which included cold cabbage, red bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots and a roasted peanut salad tossed in a lime vinaigrette garnished with scallions. The meal came with a cup of cold ginger peanut sauce and a side of oily sweet potato chips. For protein, I chose grilled diced portobello mushrooms, as I don’t eat meat, but I was satisfied nonetheless.
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Gusto opened its fifth location in Decatur on Oct. 18 and offers six distinct and culturally inspired flavor profiles. The flavors in the meal were subtle — no one ingredient overpowered any other, which surprised me. I expected the ginger to be the star of the show, but I was pleased that it wasn’t strong enough to block out all the other flavors.
The dish itself was Thai-inspired, and I could tell. Sweet and nutty notes of peanuts and lime were foremost, and the veggies offered a much-needed crunch that complemented the
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Engel Commissions 450 Blankets for Sick Kids
Continued from Page 9 and is capable is probably going to be very motivating and inspiring.” While an Emory undergraduate, Engel was the president of Emory’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and an Emory IDEAS fellow in 2016. Eventually, Engel hopes to work as a pediatric psychologist conducting research and clinical work with children diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Engel held her first blanketmaking event in her hometown of Chicago at her local congregation in 2010. She contacted her local Project Linus chapter and organized the event, including space, materials and participants, all by herself at 14 years old while still in her hospital bed. By the end of the event, they had produced close to 50 blankets. Over the next nine years, Engel would hold an annual event, amassing at least 50 people each year and making about 450 blankets in total. “I really like that people that I know from all walks of life support [the project],” Engel said. “I also like when people work on blankets who don’t know each other and that are just there and socializing while doing this shared good activity.” Engel’s childhood friend Maddie Pike (19C) attended one of Engel’s Project Linus events two years ago in Chicago and noted the diversity among the attendees and the general sense of community. “The whole community showed up to help [Engel] out,” Pike said. “People from the high school, people
from the temple, family and friends. We all just hung out, made blankets, baked cookies — it was really fun.” Although Engel does not get to physically distribute to patients the blankets made at her events, her efforts do not go unnoticed. A quarterly newsletter is sent out by her Project Linus chapter and features sentiments from children and families who have received blankets. These blankets are not necessarily made by Engel, but still show her that her hard work has paid off. “It’s just nice to see that we’ve been able to impact so many people,” Engel said. “It’s interesting to see the wide range of cases of people who receive the blankets and how it impacts the whole family.” Engel will host her 10th event as a part of the 2019 Emory Cares Day, an annual initiative that promotes nationwide community service on behalf of the Emory community. Project Linus will meet on Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building lobby. Engel ensured that volunteers do not need prior experience and that people need only fleece and scissors. “I see my overarching goal as improving the lives of children with chronic illnesses, and I aim to align nearly all of my personal and professional projects with this goal in mind,” Engel said. “I just hope that I can make a lot of blankets and that we can make lots of children smile and make their painful experiences less painful.” — Contact Caleigh Leyton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Reflects on Foreign Service Career Continued from Page 9 ment as a career. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1959 with degrees in chemical engineering and business. Still, when he had his choice of classes, Streeb said he would often opt for history or international affairs classes. Following university, Streeb worked as an engineer at a nuclear plant run by Dow Chemical Company. It was there that a co-worker suggested that foreign service might better fit his interests. Streeb took the required set of foreign service entrance tests and passed them all, and just after returning from his honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park with his wife, he got a call to come to Washington, D.C. to join the U.S. Department of State. Streeb’s first two assignments were in West Berlin in 1963 and Guadalajara, Mexico in 1965. But in the late 1960s, the State Department’s primary goals shifted, triggering what Streeb described as a 180-degree change in his career trajectory: the department decided it needed more trained economists. “It began to dawn on people that issues in international trade and finance ... were becoming very prominent issues in international relations, and [the State Department] had almost no trained economists,” Streeb said. The State Department assigned Streeb to a six-month intensive training course in economics. Excelling in the course, he received partial funding to pursue economics at the graduate level. Former U.S. ambassador and Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science Marion Creekmore, a longtime colleague of Streeb, emphasized that Streeb was chosen to attend the University of Minnesota to study economics because he stood out in the
Students Showcase Handmade Arts and Crafts
Dina Sofair (23C) (Left) sold handmade bracelets, and Ashling Devins (22C) (R ight) offered colorful face painting during the Student Artisan Market.
Continued from Page 9 that day, Anderson’s stock of winter hats had dwindled down to only kids sizes, and she proudly said that she received her first custom order. “I have never sold them before. I would [knit] them just to make gifts for friends,” Anderson said. “I might set up an Instagram, but I feel like it’s so hard to sell them online because everyone is doing the same thing.” A few tables down, an Emory student was getting his face painted to look like Po, the panda from “Kung Fu Panda,” the DreamWorks Animation film released in 2008. “I’ve done face painting for friends before but not at an event,” Ashling Devins (22C) said. “I did a lot of people’s Pride makeup this year, and I’ve done Halloween face paint.” As an arts and crafts junkie,
Co-President of The Pulse Claire Pomykala (21C) said that she always is looking for ways to produce art. Pomykala referenced the mural outside of Cox Hall, which she helped paint alongside student volunteers, as inspiration for a painted wooden plank. “I wanted to incorporate swirly colors and did not want to pay for a canvas, since I had wood in my garage,” Pomykala said. “So those two things came into one.” Sarah Abdul-Ghani (23C) said the event served as a marketing platform to grow her already established henna business. As a Hawaiian resident originally from Palestine, she said her work has been featured in a local bridal magazine, and her business is profitable. As potential clients moved past her table, Abdul-Ghani urged them
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to consult the design catalogue which brandished traditional patterns along with pop culture references, including an animated dragon and Patrick Star from “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Abdul-Ghani said henna has picked up in popularity as a testing ground for a tattoo due to its temporary nature. One of her customers, interested in getting a tattoo of an animal, approached Abdul-Ghani for a price estimate. “On my island [in Hawaii], I made henna a trend,” Abdul-Ghani said. “I got to a point where I could charge $70 to $100 per hour. But now I have to start all over again, and people don’t know how expensive henna is, so I have to be cheaper.” For Bria Goeller (19C), her career aspiration is to produce and sell her paintings for a living. As a freelance creative who sells art online, Goeller adjusted her prices in accordance to how much a college student would spend. An interested buyer commented on a colorful drawing that depicted a man resting in a banana hammock. Overall, the event was met with smiles and curiosity during the two hours the students proudly represented their art. Based on the feedback that Choi and Schemankewitz received, they plan to host more Student Artisan Markets in the coming semesters. “If anything, there is hope that this will keep happening because this is important for students to participate in,” Goeller said.
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training course. “[Streeb] was one of the top students that ever went through that economic program in the State Department,” Creekmore said. “When I went through that same course two or three years later, the instructors were still talking about what an outstanding student [Streeb had] been.” Because the Foreign Service wouldn’t accommodate him while he completed his graduate degree, Streeb left the service to finish his degree. Streeb reentered the foreign service with his newfound economic expertise and finished his dissertation while stationed in Geneva in 1978. He was then assigned as an economic officer to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, before being nominated as U.S. ambassador to Zambia in 1990 to 1993. Right after Streeb arrived in Zambia in 1990, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda changed the constitution to allow for multiple political parties. Once Kaunda’s party, the United National Independence Party, was removed, Zambia went through a major economic transition whereby many state-owned enterprises had to be privatized. “There were too many people in the military, too many people in the civil service,” Streeb said. “The country was built on the idea of everybody having a job … [and] you ended up with a lot of redundancy, particularly in the government.” Though Streeb had no prior experience in Zambia before becoming an ambassador, he emphasized that it was crucial that he understand the country’s culture. Streeb would often meet with American Christian missionary groups that had an ongoing dispute with Zambian Christians regarding church land. The conflict placed Streeb in a difficult position. On one
hand, he had to respond to American interests. On the other hand, he had to follow one of the embassy’s core principles: relinquishing control to locals whenever possible, a goal Streeb said has been emphasized in recent years. “Your overall motivation is to gradually transfer everything you possibly can to local management and control,” Streeb said. “It’s their country.” When assessing the efficacy of his tenure in Zambia, Streeb highlighted both positive and negative trends in the country. Streeb expressed pride about managing a drought well and bringing the Peace Corps into Zambia for the first time. He was also initially hopeful that the new government would bring about lasting changes, but stated that his hopes of them were later let down. After his tenure as ambassador, Streeb took a job at the Carter Center as Associate Executive Director of Peace Programs, before becoming a visiting professor at Emory. Streeb draws on his wealth of diplomatic experience in his effort to impart understanding of the world to his students. “I find all of the things that are going on in the world have an economic dimension to them, ... and I like to see students get that kind of knowledge and begin to build it into their thinking,” Streeb said. As Streeb prepares for retirement, he pinpointed the primary drive behind his career, Streeb described his straightforward drive to help others. “It may sound a little bit corny, but my motive has always been to be there where you’re helping somebody,” Streeb said. “In fact, you had to write an essay [to enter the foreign service]. That was one of my opening [essay] points about going into the foreign service — an interest in ... serving.”
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Atlanta Chain Fails To Live Up to Name Continued from Page 9 rice. The dish also had the perfect ratio of rice, veggies and protein, as well as fresh-tasting ingredients. The crisp veggies and fresh rice created a well-balanced meal that satisfied my hunger. My friend ordered the Tahini Cucumber Feta Gusto served over a bed of rice with cherry tomatoes, scallions, chickpeas, cucumbers and feta drizzled in a za’atar white balsamic vinaigrette topped with dill. The Mediterranean-influenced dish, served with tahini sauce and grilled and diced portobello mushrooms as the protein, had a mild blend of flavors. With both dishes, no one flavor dominated the taste, as both were on the milder side. There are opportunities to amp up the flavor profile, namely by choosing spicy grilled chicken as your protein or ordering one of the spicy side sauces (chipotle mango avocado, chile sesame BBQ or sweet soy sriracha). My friend and I somehow ordered what seemed to be the mildest meals the restaurant offers, but still didn’t regret our choices. The sauces made the plates successful in terms of flavor, while the veggies lended a nice crunch to every bite. Clearly, each bowl had been carefully planned.
Although the dishes themselves were relatively nondescript, the atmosphere was anything but. Miniature succulent plants adorned the dining tables as pendant lights illuminated the area. A corny neon “LIVE TODAY WITH GUSTO” sign hung brightly against the slotted wooden walls. The bright and airy atmosphere allowed plenty of natural light to come through tall windows. Though the menu is globally inspired, I wouldn’t call the food authentic. Instead, the menu borrows from cultures around the world to produce fast service, creative meals. Most of the dishes cost around $9.95, a fair price for what you’re getting. For what the restaurant is — a trendy, fast-casual eatery that doesn’t ruffle any feathers — it served its purpose. It wasn’t exceptional, but with chains like Gusto, I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary. My friend and I were satisfied, but we agreed we wouldn’t go out of our ways to eat at Gusto again. It’s a good choice for those who can’t agree on the same type of cuisine and is a solid pick for people on the go looking for health-conscious, globally inspired fare close to home.
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McDowell Looking Ahead to UAA Champs Continued from Back Page Down 2-0 in sets for only the second time all season, Rimmel said all the team had to do to comeback was regain their identity as a team. “The only adjustment we really made was to play like us,” Rimmel said. “ I think we weren’t playing like ourselves initially, and once we flipped the switch, the momentum of the game changed completely.” The adjustments paid off, and the Eagles completed their first 0-2 comeback in two years by winning the third set 25-18, the fourth set 25-21 and the fifth set 15-12. Saunders came through for Emory on both ends with 17 kills and 12 digs, while senior libero Elyse Thompson led the defense with 24 digs. Against Washington and Lee, the Eagles once again dug themselves an early hole with a 25-16 first set defeat which included an early 7-0 deficit. Emory responded well in the second set and ground out a 25-18 victory with neither team’s offenses finding much
success and hitting a poor percentage. The Eagles’ offense produced 25-17 victories in both the third and fourth sets, and allowed Emory to secure the National Invitational Victory. Rimmel and Martin led the offensive outbreak with a combined 26 kills on a very efficient .426 hitting percentage. Martin’s hitting performance throughout the weekend earned her the titles of Invitational MVP and University Athletic Association (UAA) Hitter of the Week. Despite early dropped sets being one of the more negative themes of the weekend, Rimmel believes these sets are important learning opportunities. “I think that each one of these sets taught us something valuable that we can take with us moving forward,” Rimmel said. “We’re just going to keep playing like Emory volleyball in the future. It’s always worked for us and will continue to work for us now.” Emory’s postseason begins with the UAA championship quarterfinals on Nov. 8 at the University of
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Continued from Back Page Brandeis defender and into the back of the net for an own goal, putting the Eagles up 3-0. In the 78th minute, freshman midfielder LJ Kolodge finished a chip pass from Hall into the six-yard box. The match against NYU started off a bit slower for the Eagles than Friday’s match. Emory could not find the back of the net, resulting in a 0-0 tie at the end of the first half despite 12 shots. The Eagles struck first when junior midfielder Samantha Hilsee broke the scoreless tie in the 62nd minute, finishing a penalty kick after Beall was tripped from behind in the box. In the 75th minute, Hall sent a ball to the top of the 18-yard box, where freshman forward Natalie Klar got through two defenders and found the back of the net with a shot to the top right corner. With five minutes remaining, Hall placed a corner kick inside the six-yard box, which was tapped in by senior defender Paige Santee. Hall credits the team’s recent scoring prowess to an increased focus on finishing shots in practice as the season has progressed.
“We have been working on a lot of shooting because towards the beginning [of the season] we had so many chances, and we should have been finishing more of them,” Hall said. “I think it has really helped, especially because we scored seven goals this weekend.” The Eagles had put themselves into a difficult situation after losing four games early in the season, with two of those losses coming from critical UAA matchups. Emory needed to win both matches to stay in the running for a potential Division III NCAA tournament bid. They’ve been able to do just that thanks to a total team effort according to Head Coach Sue Patberg. “I am really proud of the team’s performance,” Patberg said. “They have accepted the challenge and risen to the occasion. It has been a full 30-player effort to get us where we are right now.” The Eagles will play their final regular season game at home against the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
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Chicago (UChicago) against Brandeis University (Mass.). If the Eagles win, the semifinals will be held on the same day, and the finals will be held on Nov. 9. Even though Emory beat Brandeis 3-0 in the regular season, Rimmel said they are not overlooking quarterfinal and semifinal opponents on the road to a projected UAA final against No.1 UChicago. “Although we are greatly anticipating another match with Chicago, we can’t look past the matches that it’s going to take to get there,” Rimmel said. “Every match is equally important at this point and we will take every one very seriously.” McDowell said the team is eager to begin their defence of both the UAA and NCAA titles. “We always play our best in November so we’re excited to get started,” McDowell said.
With these significant changes in mind, they have come farther than expected. De Boer, the Dutch legend, former manager of Inter Milan, Crystal Palace F.C. and AFC Ajax, was a controversial figure early on in the season. The odds were stacked against him from the start, as his predecessor Martino set an almost impossible standard. The Martino-led United won the MLS Cup in just their second season ever thanks to his intense offensive philosophy. Meanwhile, De Boer brought an entirely different demeanor and mentality to the locker room, as well as unique in-game tactics to the club that differed from Martino’s. He experimented with various formations and personnel selection, which fans were quick to criticize after United struggled early on. Almirón’s replacement came in the
form of Pity Martínez, who broke the MLS transfer record after his move from Argentinian side Club Atletico River Plate. Martínez played shockingly poor in his first few weeks with the club, and rumors stirred about a fall-out with De Boer and his dissatisfaction with his lack of playing time. Eventually, Atlanta won some matches and gained momentum, with the defense picking up clean sheets and the offense improving thanks in part to Pity Martínez’s’s better play. The brilliance of Josef Martínez, the talent of young midfielder Ezequiel Barco and the ruthlessness of fanfavorite winger Gressel came together quickly and put Atlanta back in the spotlight for the rest of the season. While United failed to win the most desired trophy in the MLS, they did win two trophies, defeating Mexican giant Club América 3-2 to win the Campeones Cup on Aug. 14, and triumphing over Minnesota United 2-1
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Freshman Golfer Showcases Leadership Skills Continued from Back Page helped Rosenbloom make his high school career a memorable one. In his junior year alone, Rosenbloom made the Metrowest Daily News AllStar team, was named a Bay State Conference All-Star, earned a top-10 finish at the sectional championships and qualified for the Massachusetts State Championship. By the end of his high school career, he had been named captain of the golf team and was among the top-10 golfers in Massachusetts. At Emory, Rosenbloom seems more determined than ever to add to this list of accomplishments. Rosenbloom’s coaches and teammates immediately noticed his competitive fire when they first met him in 2017. When the team began their recruitment, Head Coach John Sjoberg admired Rosenbloom’s commitment to the game. “[Rosenbloom’s] a competitor,” Sjoberg said. “He’s pretty intense on the golf course, which is a good thing. After practice, he’s always going out for extra holes and having a game with somebody on the team.” Sjoberg also noted how Rosenbloom’s character stood out to him in the recruitment process. “[Rosenbloom’s] a great kid,”
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in the U.S. Open Cup on Aug. 27. With the win against Club América, United became the first American team to defeat a Mexican team in the competition. Despite the disappointing loss, fans should be encouraged by the team’s season performance and remain patient with De Boer, who is very much a long-term project. One game will never define a team, and while the Conference Final loss against Toronto is tough to stomach, the future looks bright for United. Not many clubs have the combination of a dedicated owner, experienced manager, talented players and a world-class fanbase, especially in the United States. Looking forward to next season, fans should be excited by both what is to come and what can be achieved once again.
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Sjoberg said. “Everything you could ask in a young man trying to represent us at Emory University and our program.” His decision to play at Emory was greatly influenced by his experience in high school. Rosenbloom said he loved the camaraderie and competitiveness that came with the sport, and he wanted to continue that into his college experience. “When I first started, I just wanted to try it. I never knew where it would take me,” Rosenbloom said. “But, I had put a lot of time into it, and I knew that I wanted to play at the next level.” As an Eagle, Rosenbloom has excelled. Rosenbloom’s win at the Chick-fil-A Invitational also came as a pleasant surprise to both him and his coaches. “Winning golf tournaments is really hard,” Sjoberg said. “It was [Rosenbloom’s] first real tournament, but he played really beautifully.” According to Sjoberg, Rosenbloom’s ability to stay composed in high pressure moments, especially near the end of the tournament, was key to his victory. In collegiate tournaments, success is uncommon, and Rosenbloom’s level head has been key in developing his golf game. “A general rule of thumb for golf
is that you just got to stay patient,” Rosenbloom said. “There’s going to be rough days, and there’s going to be good days, but you can’t get too high, and you can’t get too low.” Looking towards the future, Sjoberg has high hopes for Rosenbloom. Though the freshman hasn’t been at Emory long, Sjoberg says he is confident that Rosenbloom is the type of leader who will push himself and other players to their best as they compete for spots in the lineup. Freshman teammate Grant Drogosch says that Rosenbloom already encourages the team to play their best and work hard. “I think [Rosenbloom’s] competitiveness makes other guys on the team want to work harder to become better and beat each other,” Drogosch said. “Having a teammate like Michael pushes us to want to be better.” In many ways, Rosenbloom still resembles his 10-year-old self; he’s just happy to play golf any chance he gets. “I love practicing, and I love the people,” Rosenbloom said. “I’m so excited to go everyday. It’s never felt like ‘Oh, I have to go do this.’ It’s just fun.”
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Nguyen Stresses Timing Ahead of NCAAs Continued from Back Page going into the last two meets of the season.” The women’s team, who ran a 6K race, finished with a total of 140 points. Junior Susannah Martin crossed the finish line first for the Eagles, finishing in ninth out of 56 runners and with a time of 22:26, earning her a spot on the Second Team All-UAA. The rest of the team crossed the line within 30 seconds of each other, starting with junior Carrie McIntyre, who finished in 27th place with a time of 23:04. Freshman Leah Clark in 30th place (23:09), Shana Fitzmaurice in 33rd (23:11) and junior Abby Dufree in 41st place (23:31) followed McIntyre.
Head Coach Linh Nguyen is already looking towards what his athletes need to focus on before nationals. “Overall it was a solid day for both the men and the women,” Nguyen said. “They need to improve their spread— the time between the first and fifth runner—to decrease the score and place higher. At this point in the season, there is no way to prepare other than trying to stay healthy and making sure we’re well rested.” The men’s and women’s cross country team will race again at a Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn.,in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championship on Nov. 16.
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Emory’s cross country team traveled to Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa., to run in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Nov. 2. Both the men’s and women’s team finished fifth out of eight teams. In the men’s 8K race, the team finished with a total score of 111 points. Junior Jack Whetstone paced the Eagles, crossing the line with a time of 25:07 and finishing in eighth place out of 76 total runners. Sophomore Spencer Moore (25:27), and junior John Cox (25:35), who finished 15th and 18th, respectively, followed closely behind. The final runners from Emory to cross the line in a scoring position were sophomore Brett Lucas (26:00) in 33rd place and junior Egan Kattenberg (26:05) in 37th place. Whetstone, who was named to the Second Team All-UAA, was proud of the team’s performance, and knows the team is ready to perform in the final weeks of the season. “We feel that we did some things well and know we can do some things better,” Whetstone said. “We’re leaving this meet with a chip on our shoulder, looking to make big things happen
along with a team-high 11 digs. McDowell said she was very pleased with the competition the weekend’s opponents provided. “I’m actually super fired up with all three matches [this weekend],” McDowell said. “We got challenged in so many different ways, and these matches were great preparation for the conference championships this weekend.” Wittenburg also started strong but, unlike Berry, had something to show for their early efforts. Wittenburg blitzed the Eagles for a 25-14 first set win and held the usually dynamic Emory offense to a negative hitting percentage. Remarkably, the unranked Wittenburg team went on to win the second set 25-20 as well.
The Emory women’s soccer team continued their late-season push on Nov. 1 with a 4-0 victory against University Athletic Association (UAA) foe Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges. On Nov. 3, the Eagles won yet another UAA game in a 3-0 shutout against the New York University (NYU) Violets. The two wins extended the Eagles’ win streak to five games, giving the Eagles a 12-4 record on the season and a 4-2 conference record. In their first match of the weekend, the Eagles started off strong with freshman forward Aubrey Blanchard scoring against Brandeis in the fourth minute. Junior defender Jordan Fitzgerald passed the ball to Blanchard, who took a shot from outside the box that went under the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms. After the first goal, the Eagles were silent until 55th minute, when senior forward Shivani Beall dribbled down the left sideline and took a spectacular shot which curved around the keeper and banked into the net off the far post. In the 64th minute, freshman forward Kylie Hall crossed the ball into the box, where it deflected off a
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Senior right side hitter Leah Saunders comes down after a spike against Berry College (Ga.) on Nov. 1 during the Emory National Invitational. The Eagles swept Berry 3-0.
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The Emory volleyball team beat No. 9 Berry College (Ga.) on Nov. 1 and Wittenberg University (Ohio) and Washington and Lee University (Va.) on Nov. 2 to win the Emory National Invitational. The victories extended the Eagles’ winning streak to seven, their third winning streak of at least six games this season, and concluded their regular season with an overall record of 26-2 and a No. 2 national ranking. Head Coach Jenny McDowell said she is pleased with the team’s overall performance during the regular season but still thinks they are capable of more. “I think we’re all very proud of our record, and it’s a great testament to
coming into the season in great physical and mental shape,” McDowell said. “The fun part is that we have areas to improve, [and] I believe the best is still to come.” Like many of Emory’s opponents this season, Berry fought hard early on but was eventually worn down by the Eagles’ superior play. After a narrow 25-23 victory for Emory in the first set, the Eagles produced a dominant .380 hitting percentage across the next two sets to take the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-18. A wellbalanced offense saw senior outside hitter Morgan McKnight, sophomore outside hitter Tara Martin, junior right-side hitter Leah Saunders and junior middle hitter Maggie Rimmel have between eight and 13 kills each. Freshman setter Cassie Srb’s defense and setting provided 37 assists to go
Rosenbloom Blossoms Missed Chances Dash MLS Cup Dreams On Collegiate Fairways By Daniel Kekes-Szabo Contributing Writer
By Jessica Solomon Contributing Writer When most 10-year-olds were watching cartoons, you could find Emory freshman golfer Michael Rosenbloom glued to the TV watching Sportscenter, awaiting an appearance from his favorite athlete: Tiger Woods. Now 19, Rosenbloom has come a long way from watching PGA highlights on Sportscenter as a bright-eyed child. On Oct. 21, Rosenbloom defeated over 100 other competitors en route to becoming a co-medalist with LaGrange College’s (Ga.) Ben Womack in the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational. Rosenbloom was named University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Invitational. Rosenbloom grew up in Wellesley, Mass., just outside of Boston, and attended Wellesley High School. Initially, his interests lay in film and photography, which cultivated his love for nature. Golf seemed like a perfect blend of Rosenbloom’s two favorite things: Tiger Woods and the outdoors. The problem was that he had no familial connection to the sport, so getting started meant he had to look elsewhere for help. “No one in my family has ever
golfed,” Rosenbloom said. “I had been telling my parents that I wanted to try it, and we found these junior clinics at a course nearby. It was just something for fun I would do.” At age 10, Rosenbloom saw golf as a hobby. It wasn’t until Rosenbloom got to high school that he started to consider the sport more seriously. His freshman year, he successfully tried out for the high school golf team. After putting in extra hours at practices and showing fast improvement, Rosenbloom earned his spot in the starting lineup. But his stint as a starter didn’t last long. With three weeks left of the freshman season, Rosenbloom tore a ligament in his thumb while playing basketball. “It was pretty frustrating,” Rosenbloom said. “I couldn’t play for the rest of the year, which was kind of a bummer, but it motivated me the next year to come back and get better and play better.” When Rosenbloom did return to the game, a doctor told him to tape his thumb for the first two weeks of play. Afterwards, Rosenbloom continued to tape his thumb as a pre-game ritual. The superstition, along with a no-quit attitude and work ethic,
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Play was running smoothly at first for Atlanta United in the Oct. 30 Eastern Conference Final against Toronto FC. Winger Julian Gressel converted early in the fourth minute after a simple squared ball from midfielder Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez. Toronto captain and midfielder Michael Bradley cut down Pisty Martínez in the box, forcing a penalty in the 10th minute and last season’s MLS MVP and top scorer Josef Martínez stood up to take the shot. Excitement rumbled through Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the Venezuelan striker looked to convert for Atlanta’s second goal of the game. United fans were already dreaming of a second consecutive MLS Cup, with an eye on the Seattle Sounders, their potential opponents in the final. But Toronto’s keeper Quentin Westberg’s save abruptly woke them up. And minutes later, Toronto’s leftwinger Nicolas Benezet curled the ball past United goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the far corner to level the score. It would seem that the game’s momentum would tilt in Toronto’s favor after the missed penalty and the goal, but this was not the case. Atlanta still dominated the first half with multiple chances barely missing, wide or blocked by Westberg. To make matters worse, Josef Martínez grabbed at his
hamstring multiple times throughout the first half and struggled to impact the game because of the apparent injury. Going into halftime, instead of a coveted 2-0 advantage, Atlanta went in with a 1-1 tie as result of several missed chances and Josef Martinez’s struggles. Early in the second half, United created more chances and pressed much higher up the field. It seemed like an inevitability that they would score. But Mercedes-Benz fell silent at the 78th minute when Toronto gained the advantage 2-1. After receiving the ball from forward Alejandro Pozuelo at the top of the box, MLS veteran and midfielder Nick DeLeon took a phenomenal long-range strike that nestled itself into the top left corner. Many critics focused on United’s lack of substitutions as a key issue. Atlanta winger Héctor “Tito” Villalba, who entered in the 80th minute following Toronto’s second goal, was the only player substituted in by United Head Coach Frank de Boer. Villalba struggled to make an impact, losing the ball several times in key moments near the end of the match. Clearly, United was running out of ideas in the closing minutes, as they resorted to lofting the ball forward countless times with hopes of success, only to have their meager plan thwarted by the defiant Toronto defense. After being subbed out in the 80th
minute, Atlanta United captain and defender Michael Parkhurst, featured on the big screen, looked on solemnly from the bench as the final whistle was blown. Having announced on Sept. 23 that this season would be his last for the club, his disappointment was obvious during his postgame interview. “Tonight is just unfortunate,” Parkhurst said. “It was right there for us to host [the MLS Cup Final] again ... We had a great start, great energy from the crowd tonight. It was awesome out there, and I will miss playing in front of those types of atmospheres for sure.” United fans will be disappointed, and rightfully so. United’s efforts perhaps deserved a better reward. But, in the end, the sport can be ruthless, and the team’s inability to convert those early chances came back to haunt them. Still, the club overperformed in many ways this season. While fans hoped for a second straight MLS Cup win, this season should be labeled as a mini-transition period. Not only did Atlanta lose beloved manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino to the Mexico national football team, but they also sold arguably one of the most talented players in MLS history, midfielder Miguel Almirón, in a big-money move to Newcastle United F.C. in January 2019.
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