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Albert Zhang, Quiet Leader, Dies at 17 By Alex Klugerman Editor-at-Large

Emory sophomore Albert Zhang Liang, a quiet yet determined student devoted to improving the campus community, died on Friday morning, according to an email sent to the Emory Scholars Program by Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Joanne Brzinski. He was 17 years old. Details of his death have not been released. Zhang Liang, who went by Zhang, quickly climbed the ranks of several student organizations during his time at Emory and is remembered by friends and colleagues as selfless and undeterred in his mission to better the world around him. Within his first few weeks on campus, Zhang dove into his studies and extracurriculars, exhibiting a level of intellectual curiosity and passion across a variety of subjects that perhaps exceeded those of most freshmen. Zhang was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar and the vice president of communications for College Council. He was also a senior reviewer for

the Emory Journal of Asian Studies, co-editor-in-chief of the Emory Undergraduate Medical Review, executive board member of the Media Council, member of Federal Defender Program, Inc. and former assistant news editor for The Emory Wheel. Zhang’s friend and fellow Emory Scholar Tate Stevenson (22C) reflected on a friendship formed over Dave’s Cosmic Subs and Arnold Palmers. “We called [Zhang] the ‘god’ because there was nothing [he] could not accomplish, even when it seemed humanly impossible. When the odds grew bleak, [his] ambition, tenacity and drive shone even brighter, always to my amazement,” Stevenson wrote in a statement to the Wheel. “[Zhang was] the hardest worker I will ever have known, had the greatest laugh that I will always remember and [was] full of endless optimism and grit that will endure with me forever. On [his] quests for justice and pursuits of truth, [he] made this world a better place. I could only imagine what [he] would accomplish, as [he] already had done so much.” Although he could seem quiet at

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In addition to many other positions on campus, Zhang served as a former writer and Asst. News Editor for the Wheel.

first glance, Zhang was often quite gregarious and regularly instigated debate among his peers. His investment in the groups and people he cared for often superseded his personal interests. An acquaintance in high school, turned close confidante in college, Michael Cerney (21C), said that when he thinks of Zhang, he remembers a conversation they had about Zhang’s strong conviction to improve the University campus.


Greek Life Sees Myriad Changes By Calen MacDonald Senior Staff Writer

Panhellenic Council Votes Novemberfest



“If there’s one defining trait of Albert’s time at Emory, it was how incredibly involved he was to the benefit of other students,” Cerney said. “Our relationship and friendship was [about] discussing the ideas we had for students on campus, which is what I valued most about our friendship. I carry one notebook around and I write all the ideas that come across my path

In May 2019, the Emory Panhellenic Council (EPC) voted to end Novemberfest, an annual recruiting event where potential new members visit Sorority Village in a simulation of rush. Novemberfest will be replaced by two new events, Camp Greek, scheduled for Sept. 13, and a similar event scheduled for the winter, according

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Emory Math Prof. Cracks Previously Unsolved Proof By Ninad Kulkarni Senior Staff Writer

Hao Huang, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, was doubtful when he posted a six-page paper on his website claiming to prove a 27-year-old conjecture in theoretical computer science. “I was not very sure whether the proof was true,” Huang said. “Whenever

I thought I found a proof, 99 percent of the time it was wrong.” Despite his apprehension, Huang’s solution was quickly met with widespread validation and praise from experts in mathematics and computer science. Huang’s work proved the Sensitivity Conjecture, a problem first posed in 1992 by computer scientists Noam Nisan at the Hebrew University

of Jerusalem and Mario Szegedy at Rutgers University (N.J.). The conjecture deals with the relationships between the complexity of Boolean functions, which are functions that take values from a two-element set. An example of a two-element set could be any pair such as 0 and 1, or true and false. Boolean functions can have varying levels of complexity. The “sensitivity” measure of a Boolean


function determines how changing one input bit affects the output. The decades-old problem “has stood as one of the most frustrating and embarrassing open problems in all of combinatorics and theoretical computer science,” wrote Scott Aaronson, professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, in a blog post about Huang’s proof. “All the tools that I used [have exist-

ed] for a long time, maybe for 20 to 30 years,” Huang said. “But it’s difficult to put them together. [All I did] was put them together.” Of the paper’s six pages, only oneand-a-half were needed to prove the conjecture, a brevity nearly unheard of in modern mathematical proofs. Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.)

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Emory Neurologist to Study Sleep Disorder By Caroline Catherman Staff Writer

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The Class of 2023 gather in the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) to take part in the annual Songfest competition. Complex reclaimed their previously held title after last year’s surprise Alaharris win.

A decade ago, Emory neurologist and doctor Lynn Marie Trotti made an accidental discovery when one of her patients was prescribed the antibiotic clarithromycin for an infection. After taking the medication, the patient’s hypersomnia, a little-understood condition which causes severe daytime sleepiness, vanished. “She called me up and said, ‘It’s amazing, I can’t sleep at all,’” said Trotti, who specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders. The clarithromycin had caused the patient to develop insomnia for the first

time in years, giving her hope. This discovery was the break that Trotti and her colleagues at the Emory Sleep Center had been hoping for. Trotti’s patients with hypersomnia were so tired that they could no longer accomplish minor daily tasks, and the few drugs available for the condition did not work for many of them. Since then, Trotti and her colleagues have prescribed clarithromycin in cases where other options have failed. “What makes me passionate about this research is all the people I meet in my clinic that need this

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Palestinian Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked Incoming Harvard freshman Ismail B. Ajjawi, a Palestinian resident of Lebanon, was deported only eight hours after he arrived at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday, Aug. 23. In a written statement to The Harvard Crimson, Ajjawi alleged that the immigration officer took issue with his friends’ social media posts because they expressed political views opposing the United States. Ajjawi said that he was required to unlock his phone and laptop, which immigration officers examined for five hours. The Crimson reported that Ajjawi responded to the officials by saying that he had “no business with such posts,” as he had not shared them or commented on them, and that he “shouldn’t be held responsible for what others post.” According to the Crimson, Ajjawi is working with his lawyer to resolve the issue so he can return to the U.S. before classes start. Sterk R eleases Statement After Georgia Senator Resigns Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced that he will resign at the end of the year due to health reasons, including the progression of his Parkinson’s disease, a fall that fractured four ribs and a surgery to remove a growth on his kidneys. In an Aug. 28 statement released following Isakson’s announcement, University President Claire E. Sterk praised the senator, calling him a public servant “of the highest caliber and a true statesman.” She added that she is “grateful that Senator Isakson has been our senator” and that “Emory is committed to helping make the next four months among the most lasting of the senator’s legacy.” Georgia

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Crime Report

Hurricane Dorian

Compiled By Phyllis Guo

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. As of Sunday morning, Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 160 mph. Florida will likely be spared a direct hit, though “dangerous storm hazards are still possible,” according to The Washington Post. Florida Power & Light spokesman Bryan Garner has advised residents to prepare for “possible extensive power outages.” The hurricane hit the Bahamas on Sunday and is expected to turn northward along the coast of Georgia and North and South Carolina later in the week.According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, southern Georgia is particularly “wary” of Hurricane Dorian because the region is still recovering from Hurricane Michael’s damage two years ago. The Atlanta Motor Speedway has opened its camping facilities for those who have to evacuate.

On Aug. 18 at 3:23 p.m., Emory Police Department (EPD) responded to 10 Eagle Row in reference to a theft. The complainant, an Emory student, said his black and gray Staples portable power bank and his white Apple Quick Charge cord were missing. The complainant said he last saw the items on Aug. 13 at 8 a.m. in the common room, and returned at 6:45 p.m. the same day to notice the items missing. The complainant also reported four of his shirts stolen from the dryer in the laundry room. He last saw the shirts on either Aug. 11 or 12 at an unknown time.

Atlanta Imposes Curfew Electric Scooters



Electric bikes and scooters are now banned in Atlanta between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms imposed the ban on Aug. 9, following the death of four riders in different incidents within the course of three months. “This nighttime ban, while we continue to develop further long-term measures, will ensure the safest street conditions for scooter riders, motorists, cyclists, those in wheelchairs and pedestrians,” the statement read. The city is considering additional measures including creating dedicated lanes electric bikes and scooters and working with a limited number of dockless vendors to run a safer, more orderly dockless system.”

On Aug. 24 at 11:36 a.m., EPD received an entering auto report via telephone. The complainant, a staff member of Emory Healthcare, said her wallet was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on the ramp of the Lowergate East parking deck. The complainant said she believed her wallet was stolen between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. The complainant stated she saw no signs of forced entry or damage to her vehicle, and that the interior of her vehicle appeared to be as she left it. She received a phone call on Aug. 23 at about 2:30 p.m. from her bank after they had flagged a number of transactions on her account that they believed to be fraudulent. The complainant did not know when the transactions occurred, but stated they began after noon on Aug. 23.


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On Aug. 25 at 11:21 a.m., EPD met with an Emory student in reference to a stolen wallet and dorm key. The complainant said his key and wallet went missing in his dorm room some time between 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. The complainant reported that the only other person in the dorm room at the time was his roommate. On Aug. 27 at 10:19 a.m., EPD responded to Turman Hall in reference to a report of threats. The complainant, a resident adviser (RA), said the on-call RA received a phone call from a resident’s parent at approximately 11 p.m. the previous night. The caller told the on-call RA that he was concerned for the safety of the complainant. The on-call RA then handed the complainant the phone, and the father told the complainant that she needed to do her job and that if she did not, he would “put poop in her room.” He also said that he would report her to the police. When asked by EPD if she had any idea why the father would make these statements, the complainant said she was told that when the student was moving into her room, she found what was believed to be fecal matter on the floor. The complainant said that she attempted to address the situation when informed of the issue by asking for photos, but the student said it was already cleaned. The complainant said she is worried that the father may try to act on his threats, as he lives in the Emory vicinity and her room and name are clearly identifiable on her door.

On Aug. 28 at 12:22 a.m., EPD responded to Woodruff Residential Center in reference to a report of sexual extortion. The complainant, an Emory student, said he matched with a woman on the dating app, Tinder. After they exchanged contact information, they decided to entertain each other sexually via video using Skype at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 27. The complainant said that before the video started, the subject told him not to speak because her roommate was nearby. The complainant said he agreed and proceeded to perform provocatively while nude, and that the subject reciprocated. When the interaction ended on Aug. 28 at midnight, the complainant said he received a text message from the subject stating that she had recorded him. The subject threatened to post the video to Facebook, but didn’t ask for anything in return. After the complainant argued briefly via text with the subject, he contacted EPD to report the incident. On Aug. 28 at noon, EPD received an entering auto report via telephone. The complainant, an Emory student, said that her mother left the car key in her vehicle, which was parked at the Peavine South parking deck, after retrieving some items from the vehicle at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 27. The complainant stated that when she came to the car at 8:30 p.m. the same day, the key was missing along with $80 in cash from the center console of the vehicle.

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Emory Suspends Bobby Jones Fellowship Indefinitely By Carson Greene Senior Staff Writer

The Robert T. Jones, Jr. Fellowship program has been suspended and will no longer host an exchange program for graduate students with the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Emory’s Michael Keen (19C) was selected as the Robert T. Jones fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, but Emory will not select more fellows for the foreseeable future. The fellowship, commonly referred to as the Bobby Jones Fellowship, pre-

viously annually awarded a graduate student studying neuroscience, theology, international relations or philosophy a fully paid one-year study abroad program at St. Andrews. Director for Emory’s National Scholarships and Fellowships Program Megan Friddle attributed the fellowship’s suspension in part to its continued confusion with the Bobby Jones Scholarship. “In recent years, there has been a lot of confusion about the difference between the scholarship and fellowship,” Friddle said. “And [that has

caused] a great deal of overlap in the applicant pool.” The Bobby Jones Scholarship annually awards four recently graduated Emory undergraduate students with a fully paid one-year study abroad program at St. Andrews. The program, however, does not award a master’s degree. Senior Associate Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Education Joanne Brzinski said the decision to suspend the fellowship was made jointly by Emory and St. Andrews. Robert T. Jones, Jr. Program Coordinator Van Tong added that

Honor Council

By Emma Simpson Staff Writer The Honor Council found a senior in a natural sciences course responsible for unauthorized assistance and plagiarism on a homework assignment. The course instructor reported that several students submitted similar work for an assignment that was to be completed individually. In a full hearing, the student admitted to meeting with another classmate to look over a completed example of the work while doing their own. The Honor Council recommended the standard sanction of an F in the course, a one-year Honor Code probation and an educational program. This sanction was upheld on appeal.

The Honor Council did not find a senior in an introductory humanities course responsible for providing false information and seeking unfair registration advantage. The professor reported that the student was proficient in complex aspects of the course, which was not consistent with the survey that the student completed at the beginning of the semester. In a full hearing, the student explained that they had self-studied to prepare but did not include this information on the questionnaire because it was an informal course experience.A minority of the Honor Council did not find the evidence against the student sufficiently “clear and convincing.” The Honor Council found a junior

previously in a social sciences course responsible for unauthorized assistance on a weekly written assignment. The student, who was no longer enrolled in the course, had shared his work with a student currently in the class. In a full hearing, the junior admitted that the other student texted him asking for copies of his work, and he provided them. He explained that he did not expect them to directly submit his work. Since the student was no longer enrolled in the course, the Honor Council recommended the sanction of a one-year Honor Code probation and an educational program.

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there were additional reasons for the scholarship’s suspension. In an Aug. 19 email to the Wheel, Tong wrote that the fellowship has been suspended for at least two years. This came after both universities decided to review the fellowship following a change in the “legal status of the two independent trusts which support the Robert T. Jones Scholarship and Fellowship.” Brzinski also said that when the fellowship was first created in 2008, Emory offered a two-year program for visiting students, while St. Andrews offered only one year of study for

Emory students. “[For] financial reasons, St. Andrews was only supporting a oneyear fellowship, rather than a two-year fellowship,” Brzinski said. “So there was actually relatively little difference between the Bobby Jones Scholarships and the Fellowship.” Brzinski said that although the the fellowship has concluded, the relationship between Emory and St. Andrews is still strong.

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that I want to be involved in. … Many of them are ones that Albert and I have discussed.” Cerney, who worked alongside Zhang on the Emory Journal of Asian Studies, recalled an anecdote indicative of his friend’s altruistic personality. “After the budget cut to the Media Council this past year, Albert was pushing for the most democratic fair solution to distributing the funds within the council,” Cerney said. “Even though his organization was probably going to see a budget cut, Albert was pushing to see the funds were distributed in a fair manner.” Another close friend, Jane Wang (22C), concurred with Cerney. “Undoubtedly, one of my favorite things about Albert was his consistent willingness to argue with me,” Wang said. “Regardless of the topic — whether it was student government or student journalism, or his pre-law, pre-med, pre-everything track — Albert always remained sharp, critical, relentless and unafraid of defying

convention. We motivated each other, we complained to each other and we supported each other.” Those who worked with Zhang at the Wheel also noted his kindness and hardworking nature. Zhang served first as a writer and then assistant news editor, working closely alongside News Editor Isaiah Poritz (22C) and former Executive Editor Richard Chess (20C). Both marveled at his contributions to the Wheel. “I thought he was a very, very hard worker — that’s the one way I would describe him and how I understood him best,” Poritz said. “He was very, very dedicated to everything that he did, and I always thought that was quite impressive, and I always tried to almost model that in some ways in everything I did.” Chess recalled the hours he spent with Zhang, poring over articles for the paper. “I had a lot of fun working with him because he’s one of the most ambitious reporters that I’ve ever worked with,” Chess said. “He was always coming to me with a possible story and it wasn’t

just that he was eager to find the story, it was also that he wanted to write all of them.” Zhang was from Dallas and attended Highland Park High School, where he was named a National Merit Semifinalist, president of the Asian Student Association and captain of the University Interscholastic League Science Team. At Emory, he majored

“We motivated each other, we complained to each other and we supported each other.” — Jane Wang (22C) in public policy and analysis. Within the relatively small sphere of Emory, sometimes former sources can become friends, which was the case with Student Government Association President Ben Palmer (18Ox, 20C), who sparked a friendship with Zhang after Zhang’s tenure at the Wheel ended.

Huang’s Proof Revered for Brevity, Elegance Continued from Page 1 Professor of Computer Science Ryan O’Donnell managed to summarize Huang’s entire argument in a single tweet. In an interview with the Wheel, Aaronson called the solution one of the “most exciting results of the decade within computer science.” Aaronson added that the simplicity of the proof makes it widely applicable to other math problems and viable for teaching in even undergraduate courses. Huang said that the proof’s brevity made it easier to verify. Typically, experts may take months or years to reach consensus on longer mathematical proofs. “For a short proof like this, an expert just needs 10 minutes to see if it is correct,” Huang said. “For 100-page proofs, it can take people months or years to understand them.” Cracking the Problem In 2012, while working at the Institute for Advanced Study (N.J.), Huang learned about the problem from Rutgers University Chair of Mathematics Michael Saks. Huang has tackled the problem on and off ever since. Over time, as research continued to uncover different methods of measur-

ing the complexity of a Boolean function, the measures were shown to be related to each other polynomially, or by coefficients and positive exponents. “Knowing [one complexity measure] gives you a handle on the others,” Aaronson said. “[Each measure] is bounded by a product of other measures.” Hao Huang, Assistant Professor in the Math Department

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Previously, mathematicians had shown a polynomial relationship between all complexity measures of Boolean functions except for sensitivity. Nisan and Szegedy believed that block sensitivity — a different complexity measure proven to be related to the other measures — and sensitivity were polynomially related. If Huang could show that they were, he would prove that sensitivity is related to all the measures, solving the conjecture. Computer scientists Craig Gotsman and Nati Linial also found in 1992 that proving a different problem in combinatorics, the Gotsman-Linial Conjecture,

would prove the Sensitivity Conjecture. Converting the problem from a computer science one to a mathematical one involved visualizing each input bit as a point on a cube. Huang conceptualized this mathematical problem using matrices and represented adjacent and nonadjacent points on a matrix with 1 and 0, respectively. Although he solved the combinatorial problem, he only proved the relationship between block sensitivity and sensitivity to the fourth power. Huang added that researchers believe that the relationship can be proved to a lower power, but he is unsure how much time he will devote to the subject. Following the publication of his paper, he received emails of congratulations and from other researchers who also proposed short proofs to well known mathematical problems, including the Goldbach Conjecture. “I got a lot of emails, some of them congratulations. Some of them sent me papers that had this type of result,” Huang said. “[Their] feeling is that if some guy did a one-and-a-half page proof, and he got recognized by the community, maybe he can recognize their proof.”

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“The term that kept hitting me [when I thought of Albert] was ‘pure soul.’ [He was] just such a beautiful individual and really, really artfully invested in how he can have an impact,” Palmer said. “He loved people and loved what he did, and that’s really all you can ask for.” Another friend of Zhang’s, Pushkar Shinde (22C), believed that Zhang knew how to harness his power to show a path toward a better world. “Albert is an inspiration. He is a light, one which illuminated the lives of others as it shone brightly and selflessly into the dark corners of the world where few others dared to venture,” Shinde wrote in a statement to the Wheel. “There was no mountain too high to climb, no path too uncharted and no spectral shadow too ominous to deter him. Yet no matter how bright this light shone, it never blinded nor burned; woven into the fabric of his drive and steely intellect was a pure and kind heart dedicated to help those around him.” The University provided the Wheel with a statement Friday night offering

condolences to Zhang’s friends and family. “We respect the family’s privacy, and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the statement reads. “Emory is providing counseling services and other resources to support our community during this difficult time.” The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life will hold a memorial service on campus, though details have not yet been released. Counseling and support services are available to the Emory community. Students may reach the Counseling and Psychological Services Center by calling (404) 727-7450 or the Office of Religious Life at (404) 727-6226. Faculty and staff may reach the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at (404) 727-4328. Editor’s Note: The Wheel has reached out to Zhang’s family and will update the story online with comment from them at a later date.

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Emory Scientists Receive $2.1 Million Grant found that clarithromycin reduced the activity of GABA receptors in cultured neurons. GABA receptors research,” Trotti said. In 2010, Trotti applied for a grant inhibit brain activity and regulate to conduct more formal research on sleep. If clarithromycin is found to clarithromycin’s effects. After her 2015 clinical trial pro- affect GABA receptors, researchvided additional evidence that the ers will have evidence to support a drug worked to reduce the effects of theory that hypersomnia and type hypersomnia, the National Institute 2 narcolepsy are caused by the of Neurological production of a subDisorders a nd stance in patients’ “What makes me Stroke awarded ner vous systems Trotti a five-year passionate about this that acts like a sleep$2.1 million grant to ing pill on the GABA research is all the continue research. people I meet in my receptors. Trotti’s study is T he t he or y clinic that need this was currently recruiting developed research” test subjects, and is by the Director expected to be comof Research for — Lynn Marie Trotti, Emory Healthcare’s pleted in July 2024. The upcoming Emory neurologist and doctor Program in Sleep Medicine David Rye, clinical trial will Division Chief for explore whether clarithromycin’s antibiotic effects Anesthesiology Research Andrew could decrease daytime sleepiness Jenkins and former School of by reducing inf lammation and Nursing Professor Kathy Parker. harmful bacteria. The trial will also attempt to rep— Contact Caroline Catherman licate previous 2017 research that at

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Novemberfest Discontinued; KA, SigEp Undergo Housing Changes to Associate Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life Nicole Jackson. “[During Camp Greek], members of the Panhellenic council will be out on McDonough Field … tabling to give [potential recruits] information about the chapters,” Jackson said. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) oversees the EPC. Jackson said Novemberfest did not align with the expectations that NPC set for pre-recruitment events. “[The EPC] wanted to revamp [Novemberfest] to provide recruits with more information and make the event a little less formal,” Jackson said. Senior Director of Residence Life and Interim Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life Scott Rausch said that the change was meant to “remove the formality of Novemberfest and create two informal events that allow for more exposure and less stress for the

women going in. This creates more of a learning experience and less of a recruitment experience.” Chi Phi R eturns to Campus Chi Phi fraternity returned to campus and began recruiting in Spring 2019 after a four-year leave. The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life previously removed the fraternity following a 2015 hazing allegation, the Wheel previously reported. Chi Phi Fraternity National Office Director of Growth and Alumni Services John Fisher is overseeing the fraternity’s return to campus. Fisher said Chi Phi is looking to return to campus because of its history with the University. “We were one of the first [fraternities] on campus,” Fisher said. “With it being 150 years since Greek life began

on Emory’s campus, we thought it would be the right time to return and do things the right way.” Fisher said Chi Phi currently has roughly eight members and is hoping to recruit at least 15 members by the end of Fall recruitment. Fisher aims to recruit more members before trying to move onto Eagle Row, a goal which he says is “two to three years [away].” “I like to see the groups be successful in other things and not have to rely on the house,” Fisher said. “When groups [move into a house too early,] they start falling into the old tropes that give fraternities a bad name, and we don’t want that.” SigEp Fails to Fill House Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity moved out of 15 Eagle Row after it failed to fill its section of the house it

shared with Beta Theta Phi (Beta) fraternity. Transfer students and upperclassmen currently live in the section. “When chapters don’t have enough affiliated members, they search for nonaffiliated [individuals] who are willing to live in that space,” Rausch said. “SigEp was not willing to undertake that at this moment and they have opted out of living in that space.” SigEp may be able to return to 15 Eagle Row in Spring 2020, provided they can fill their part of the house, according to Rausch. “More than likely, we would allow [SigEp] to reestablish that space when we [go] into selection in the Spring,” Rausch said. KA Returns to Historic Home Kappa Alpha Order (KA) fraternity returned to its historic house at

14 Eagle Row this fall. Emory’s KA chapter was previously rechartered in the Spring of 2019 after its 2015 suspension following hazing allegations. Rausch explained that KA was invited back following their rechartering because they have “historic domain” over 14 Eagle Row. Media, Literature, and Arts Outreach previously occupied the house and have now moved to 20 Eagle Row. “A chapter that has historic domain — meaning that the house was built for that chapter or [that the chapter] had a claim to the house before they were removed — once they are rechartered, they have a clear path back into the house,” Rausch said.

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Landscape Program a Bandage, Not a Fix It seems that the College Board may have extended the lifespan of its beloved, increasingly irrelevant SAT. The College Board announced last week that it would abandon its controversial “adversity score,” a number assigned to students taking the SAT based on socioeconomic factors such as median neighborhood income and high school performances. They plan to replace it with “Landscape,” a tool designed to remedy the single adversity score’s lack of nuance. All schools that accept the SAT, including Emory, should opt into this program as the information contributes to a holistic review process. That said, Landscape does not change our stance on Emory going test-optional, and we still encourage Emory admissions to make the SAT and ACT optional to combat socioeconomic discrimination. The College Board’s Landscape tool, unveiled Aug. 27, reflects the company’s desperate attempt to curry favor with schools going test-optional. Landscape will provide admissions officers in schools that opt into the program with layers of information about students’ backgrounds. According to the College Board, the tool provides colleges with six indicators about a student’s neighborhood and high school: crime rates, median family income, local average SAT scores, the neighborhood’s education levels, college attendance and household stability. The indicators are situated on a 1-100 scale to demonstrate the access a student had to educational opportunities. However, Landscape falls short of remedying the systemic issues present in the SAT. For one thing, the tool only displays neighborhood and school data, meaning that it will be unhelpful in showing unique circumstances beyond this demographic information. Landscape provides supplemental information with the SAT that, while useful, does nothing to erase the inequalities of the test. The creation and administration of the SAT was historically rooted in racism, as the test’s original architects were strong proponents of eugenics, and these origins continue to affect standardized testing today by reflecting racebased and socioeconomic disparities in results. Although Landscape does not resolve those concerns, it will still provide important context about the neighborhood of each applicant and the schools they attended. While we urged Emory to become test-optional last year, the school has yet to move in this direction and standardized test scores remain a required part of the admissions process. As an intermediate step, Emory admissions should utilize Landscape along with the holistic review tools they already employ to gain insight into applicants beyond their grades and test scores.

This year’s admissions scandal grabbed headlines, and it’s important to recognize that children from wealthy families are able to legally gain an advantage in almost every step of the admissions process, including standardized testing. SAT scores rise with family income, according to the College Board. Families with higher incomes have access to resources that are largely unavailable to those with lesser means, notably private schools and expensive test-preparation courses. Landscape provides context for admissions officers regarding these advantages. This will hopefully help these officers weigh SAT scores more fairly going forward. Landscape is by far an improvement on the College Board’s previous proposal to provide a single “adversity score” along with SAT results, which would have grossly oversimplified a complex issue with admissions and standardized tests. The single score displayed high school- and neighborhood-level data that should be examined separately, such as crime and education level. Universities that opt into Landscape should be wary of using the tool’s information to generate a single metric, which would be no better than the original adversity score; they must provide each applicant with individual attention to their unique circumstances. Questions remain regarding the unintended consequences that Landscape may have on the admittance of high-performing individuals from more privileged backgrounds. Implementing a new tool like this may also require colleges to hire more staff members or to create new forms of bureaucracy in admissions offices. It is important that Emory continues monitoring the results from pilot programs at other universities when deciding whether and how to implement the Landscape tool. Beyond Landscape, Emory and other universities should place greater emphasis on essays, alumni interviews and individually-collected demographic information to ensure no student falls through the cracks. Colleges and universities must continue to work toward the most rigorous and equal admissions process by focusing on the applicant and their individual qualities, not their test scores. Landscape is an attempt to save the SAT and the College Board’s reputation, but it does not redeem them. While Landscape is a small step in the right direction, it ultimately distracts from the real problem: schools need to equalize education, not standardize it.

The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board The Editorial Board is composed of Zach Ball, Jacob Busch, Andrew Kliewer, Boris Niyonzima, Shreya Pabbaraju and Kimia Tabatabaei.

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Emory Must Recruit Student Veterans a limit on the hours and courses you can enroll in per year. In fact, TA utilization has experienced a continuous decline  in the America’s colleges have failed last few years where “much of the deto recruit veterans. Only  10 per- cline is due to [these] restrictions.” cent  of veterans who use their Additionally, service members GI Bill benefits attend insti- can experience friction in their tutions with high graduation chain of command if they choose to rates, and less than 1 percent of pursue educational opportunities. them attend elite universities. It isn’t hard to understand When a service member lacks why a noncommissioned offiequivalent training or college cer (NCO) would question why education for other employ- his or her subordinate learnment opportunities, fear of leav- ing calculus takes more preceing the service can become a daily dence than their military training. reality for many in the military. There’s a saying in the miliIn the meantime, service mem- tary that one is a service member bers linger around in military 24/7. If any of those hours aren’t jobs or they get hurt and are dis- dedicated to the mission, then he carded into a monstrosity of a or she might as well be an outcast. veteran affairs support system. Active recruiting can dispel “Thank you for your service” this thought by endorsing current rings hollow in the civilian world. student veterans as concrete exA single, spoken sentence should amples of life outside the service. not be the extent of support that Emory could take a more asserwe offer our service members. tive step by forming a school-fundVice Provost for Enrollment ed or volunteer outreach group to Management and Interim Vice travel and recruit service members President of Campus Life Paul during breaks or through the sumMarthers  spoke  for the Univer- mer, led by a student veteran and a sity when he told the Atlanta person from the admissions office. Journal-Constitution that there Once service members are inis a “strong interest” in recruiting formed, Emory should embed itveterans by expanding “a number self in the military’s transition asof local and national programs.” sistance programs by providing But Emory must move beyond college application counseling and vague rhetoric. Marthers’ state- standardized testing preparation. ment did little beyond laying down Resume-writing and vocational the insufficient careers should not status quo, and he be the only focus only ambiguously of these programs. mentioned the proAnother step the “Thank you for your grams that are availUniversity could able to veterans. service” rings hollow take is creating a Instead of just program in the civilian world. summer talking about rethat would allow form and posting A single, spoken veterans to enroll information onand take part in taisentence should line, the University lored, introductory should reach out to not be the extent of college courses to veterans directly. prepare them for the To improve Emo- support that we offer University’s rigor. ry’s veteran recruit- our service members. Letting service ment efforts (or members experience lack thereof), it is freedom of choice, important to undersomething that they stand why veterans rarely apply to rarely experience in the service, elite universities in the first place. is something that Emory should In many cases, military enlist- use to attract student veterans. ment remains an attractive opFor example, at Emory you can tion for  B-average students  who explore courses without declaring have extenuating circumstances a major from the very beginning. that make college unafford- This is a breath of fresh air for able or otherwise unfeasible. those who have always had to lock This profile doesn’t exactly in a contract for a job, or even have match the high GPAs and excel- their job picked for them according lent SAT scores of the typical stu- to the needs of the military, without dent admitted to an elite university.  knowing what’s in store for them. That said, there are benefits to Being seen as a welcoming bringing veterans into the class- and veteran-friendly university room. They bring differing life ex- is an important distinction that periences, having worked full-time provides ease for exiting serin unique and austere conditions vice members in what would across a myriad of fields that oth- otherwise be an uncomfortable er students may be interested in. transition into the unknown. To follow through on its aim Emory must sow these seeds of to attract more student veterans, information as it takes a lot of planEmory should more actively re- ning, time, paperwork and willcruit former service members. power to leave the military, a career Passive recruiting programs are that can be a safety net for those designed to be explored by ser- who question their ability to attend vice members on their own, of- and afford a school like Emory.  ten while they are in the midst America’s veterans deserve better of full-time active duty service. than the hand they’re currently dealt. Because of this, these proThe University cannot let itself grams become nothing be satisfied with passive recruitbut an aimless distraction. ment measures like Marthers’ stateThese are some of the many ment and University  webpages. intrinsic obstacles that prevent Existing programs require service members from achieving already-informed service memtheir full educational potential. bers to explore resources on their Although programs ex- own, but Emory has the opporist to encourage service mem- tunity to distinguish itself among bers to obtain a college educa- other elite universities by pushtion, these are gated behind ing the envelope and directly reconsiderable restrictions.  Military cruiting more student veterans. Tuition Assistance  (TA), for example, has a $4,500 cap on tuJohn Angeles (22C) is from ition and some branches have Grovetown, Ga.

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Universities, Do Better for Women Women suggested  that interviewers favor men when reading resumes. When participants received the same resumes with either a male As a woman preparing to apor female name, they rated the ply for graduate school, I am conman higher for his “competence, fronted with a serious dilemma: do hireability, and mentoring poI apply to PhD programs to pursue tential” compared to the woman. a career in academia, or am I betWomen applicants are less likely ter off working somewhere else?  to receive passionate  recommendaCountless studies  suggest that tion letters  than men. Recommendwomen face disadvantages in ers often write letters that diminish academia, from receiving fewer their credibility, like, “she will probtenure-track positions to endurably do well in this job.” In contrast, ing hostile work environments their male counterparts might rethat condone sexual harassment. ceive phrases like “he will do well.” Oftentimes, if you’re a feWith the lack of effort by academic male professor, you teach because staff members to see women succeed, you love to teach, and so much a woman’s chance of earning an adso that you are willing to endure ministrative or tenure track position an unfair workplace experience. is essentially moot. Academic staff Universities owe women concilimust be weary of their bias, and they ation, and they must address their must evaluate whether their deciimplicit bias at the hiring level to sion not to hire a woman or not to foster the cultural changes needwrite her a good letter of recommened to prevent sexual harassment.  dation is the product of prejudice.  Emory is no stranger to this pheWithout fair treatment for womnomenon. Last year, the Wheel’s en in hiring practices, the idea Editorial Board  pointed out  that that women are weak and naive while the University’s gender gap can be easily spread, which sughas diminished in the last decade, gests that sexual harassment will it still exceeds the national average. be tolerated in academic spaces. With such dismal prosThere have been dozens of stories pects for women in academia, citing gross harassment incidents it’s a wonder that they choose to since academia has  spearheaded  its pursue work in the field at all.  own #MeToo campaign, most of which According to the World Economic detail senior male professors harassForum, more women ing their female junior colleagues.  pursue postsecondA pecking order ary education than already in favor of men, and they acmen paves the way for Without fair count for  more than the grave sexual exhalf  of doctoral treatment for women ploitation of women. degrees earned. In 2015, about 10 in hiring practices, Despite this fact, percent of women men are tenured at the idea that women in academia  sura rate some 10 persaid they have are weak and naive veyed  cent  higher  than experienced sexual women. Additionally, can be easily spread, harassment, but in women make up more the rate  rockwhich suggests that 2018 than 60 percent of soeted  to 58 percent. called “contingent,” or This surge in resexual harassment adjunct, professors. porting is a good sign will be tolerated in The adjunct facthat cultural change is ulty position arose on the way for women academic spaces. from past discrimiacademics, but uninatory hiring pracversities must adtices: when women dress the issue at its were forbidden from root by removing imworking full-time as professors, plicit bias from their hiring processes.  they  were given  these part-time poUniversities should also reprisitions and were even snidely called mand male professors who have ad“the housewives of higher education.” mitted to sexual harassment cases. The fact that women still make Though Title IX may claim to proup a majority of adjunct hires tect women in academic settings, suggests that little has yet been the reality of the problem is more done to end this discrimination.   complex, as women fear being unPart-time positions may be helpful able to advance in their fields if they when trying to raise a family, espeare open about their experiences. cially for young female professors who Universities may even be have children earlier to ensure a safer afraid of losing some of their pregnancy, but no one should presume top male academics who have that women prioritize child-rearing been charged with allegations. any more than men do. Women deHarvard University, for example, serve full-time positions, and a womhas kept a tight grip on Nobel Prizean should neither be defined by her winner Derek Walcott, who has  adrole in childbearing nor should she be mitted  to sexually advancing on a penalized for her decision either way.  student and giving her the only “C” Even when women are offered highin the class after she rejected him. er-level jobs, they are often paid less. But the responsibility universities In a study by the American Associahave to ensure women’s safety is far tion of University Professors, over 90 greater than protecting celebrated propercent of surveyed schools paid male fessors. In response to Emory’s 2016 professors more than female ones. Class and Labor  Report, the Wheel’s For women of color, this disparity Editorial Board  recommended  “the is even worse. White female profesUniversity should pursue broad diversors earn 81 cents on the dollar comsity training and stronger mentorship pared to their white male counterprograms for women and minorities” parts, but this rate drops to 67 cents to combat implicit bias. As a member on the dollar for women of color. of the Board who contributed to this Universities should be as transpararticle, I firmly believe that these proent as possible with gender-pay gaps posals are not enough to address large and hiring rates for men and women by structural problems within academia. disclosing discrepancies year to year. Though women and people of color A recent article by Business Inare often passed up for academic opsider described how women have  reportunities because of implicit bias, ceived  large pay raises by asking they typically have experience comwhat their male colleagues earn. parable to those who get the jobs. By disclosing this same informaBut it’s up to universities to ensure tion each year, universities can better they address implicit bias so that they expedite the process of closing the pay can receive the jobs that they deserve. gap by making transparent and accesEmory, along with the rest of the sible the disparity in the first place.  academic community, needs to atBut universities should also adtract more female professors. But dress implicit bias earlier in the hirmore equitable working conditions ing process, because studies  sugfor women are a prerequisite to that gest  that women are discriminated end, and universities must act accordagainst even before they can get their ingly by making information about foot in the door. Often, gendered disthe hiring process more accessible. crimination starts even  earlier  in the hiring process. A 2015 study by the Shreya Pabbaraju (21C) is American Association of University from Duluth, Ga.

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Voters Should Back Gun Control Series of Mass Shootings Requires Response Ciara Murphy During my freshman year at Emory, I visited a Waffle House in Decatur where I saw an elderly man with two guns draped across his shoulders. No one seemed to mind. He was so casual and those around him moved with such ease and without an air of concern. However responsible this man may have been or innocent his intentions, his presence serves as an overwhelming example of how easily accessible and welcome guns are in many public places. Since 1982, 934 people in the United States have been killed  in mass shootings. Mass shootings — or multiple homicide incidents that claim four or more victims — have caused 391 deaths in the last five years, and 564 in the last 10. These shootings have shaped a new reality for younger Americans trying to live normal lives, as attacks have plagued concerts, stores and schools. The ability for current high school and college students to legally obtain guns has destabilized one of the most crucial safe zones for children in the country. Though many Americans believe gun ownership to be just as significant a right as free speech, the freedom to send children to school without the fear of death cannot be overstated. The U.S. leads the world in many fields, but gun deaths should not be one. It is up to voting Americans to push for this change at the ballot box and challenge U.S. lawmakers to follow in the steps of other countries and totally ban guns from the public.  The right to own a gun in the U.S. is often protected by politicians who blame poor mental health for mass shootings or fail to question how the Constitution is interpreted. Recently, President Donald J. Trump emphasized the role of mental health on gun violence,  stating, “I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem,” when discussing potential gun control legislation. A similar rationale could be seen in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, as then Republican candidate Brian Kemp insisted that his school safety initiatives have “nothing to do with Second Amendment protections or gun

control ideas.” Some Georgia politicians have taken steps to make the state safer, as Democrats in the General Assembly have proposed bills to promote background checks and to ban concealed carry at certain public places, such as public school functions. However, none of these bills go far enough to challenge the status quo of normalized gun ownership in Georgia. 

The U.S. leads the world in many fields, but gun deaths should not be one. It is up to voting Americans to push for this change at the ballot box and challenge U.S. lawmakers to follow in the steps of other countries. Without better public policy, Georgia lawmakers risk sending the state’s children to unsafe schools. Researchers in a 2015 study on mass killings and school shootings highlight that childhood gun deaths are five times greater in the U.S. than in other similarly developed countries. The study also shows that, of the children under the age of 14 who were killed by firearms in 20062013, 87 percent lived in the U.S. — less than 5 percent of the world’s children call the U.S. home. In Georgia, the firearm death rate is more than 3 percent greater  than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of gun deaths in the U.S. displays a severe disconnect between what the founding fathers wrote in the Constitution and how we now interpret the so-called living document, as modern Americans have interpreted the Second Amendment as an excuse to purchase guns for personal recreation rather than protection and selfpreservation. There is no longer a critical need for public gun ownership, and disagreement continues to grow regarding gun control. The U.S.

should follow in the steps of countries like the United Kingdom that have outright banned the possession of arms. School shootings are almost foreign to students in countries with gun bans, but American students watch on news programs as their peers are brutally murdered in schools or universities approximately every 31.6 days. Our educators are forced to decide how to split their time between teaching and supervising drills to train students to react properly to active shooters. Funding and classroom space now belong to police officers in schools, and, as we saw in Parkland, Fla., these individuals are not always effective in crises. The American education system has had to adjust its practices not to better student’s intellectual needs, but to try to protect their lives. Gun control is the optimal way to keep our youth safe, and it’s up to both voters and lawmakers to end the crisis. In a time where polarization is at an all-time high and compromise can barely be found in the American political arena, prioritizing the protection of American students from gun violence would demonstrate that our country can still come together on important issues. But this can only be done through increased political participation by regular Americans. Students who are able to vote should take on more active roles by contacting representatives at all levels — not just federal, but also local and state. Having grown up in an era of extreme gridlock and ineffective legislation, young adults often fail to recognize the importance of political participation in getting through to politicians. However, if we want to see more direct change in our home states and towns, then we will have to demand it at the source. The need for gun reform has been building for decades, but it cannot happen without constituents’ willingness to pressure lawmakers for change in both legislative and political compromise.  By the time this article was ready for publication, four students were  shot  at Clark Atlanta University. Ciara Murphy (21C) is from Belmont, Mass.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019


complex reclaims songfest title

On Aug. 29, amid thousands of exuberant students at the WoodPEC, Complex won the Songfest crown, defeating the 2018 champion, Alaharris. Raoul Hall and Hamilton Holmes earned second and third place, respectively. Halls performed takes on popular songs, including “Old Town Road,” “Truth Hurts” and “If I Can’t Have You.” The night also featured a one-on-one battle between competitors from all halls, with Raoul Hall’s Daryl Tangpi (22C) coming out victorious.

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Dear Freshmen, A Word of Advice By CaleN maCdoNald Staff Writer

College classes weren’t the only “first” that students from the Class of 2023 encountered last week. Freshmen sat down for their first meals at the Dobbs Common Table, gathered for their first hall meetings and took their first ever walks through the Quadrangle. From the Coke Toast to Songfest and the looming threat of midterms, it can be difficult to navigate the first year at Emory. To gather some time-earned advice for first-years, The Emory Wheel interviewed three upperclassmen and one sophomore about their first-year experiences. These transcripts have been edited for length and clarity.


interesting. Don’t be too focused on career stuff. “There’s a really important balance between having fun and sitting in your room all day doing homework.” “Be exCited to fail.”

Nuhan Ahnaf (21C) is a junior double majoring in Arabic and biology. He is also a resident adviser in Few Hall and a member of Emory Arabic Table and Emory Bike Social. “[Remember] that no one on campus knows each other yet. I would say that is a blessing in disguise. “Everyone has a clean slate, and everyone is looking to meet new people. [Freshmen] should keep their minds open because everyone is ready to make friends. “Keep your mind open and be excited to fail. There will be a lot of failure, “doN’t set limitatioNs oN yourself.” but you’ll come back much stronger, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you have come. Heather Li (22C) is “I don’t think a lot a second-year quantiof first-years get to do tative sciences major, “Keep your mind and it’s kind of a intending to apply to open and be excited this, cliche, but they should Goizueta Business to fail. There will be travel to all the highSchool. She is a sophomore est points of Emory. a lot of failure, but advisor in Hamilton Go to the top of the you’ll come back Holmes Hall, a tour Rollins School of much stronger, and Public Health, the top guide, and a member of both Atlas you’ll be surprised to of the Emory Hospital Consulting Group see how far you have or the Rose Library, and just see Emory for and Delta Phi Epsilon come.” what it is. sorority. “I think that’s “Don’t be afraid to — Nuhan Ahnaf (21C) something that no reach out and push freshman should miss yourself outside of out on.” your own boundaries. There are a lot of things in college that you can do. Be aware of all of “it’s o.k. to ChaNge Course.” the opportunities and choices that you have. Don’t set limitations on yourself. Annie Schiffer (20C) is a senior “Don’t be afraid to be alone. I think double majoring in biology and envia lot of people think that they have to ronmental sciences. She is a member do something with someone else at all of the crew team, a certified trip leader times. I think it’s really good to have for Outdoor Emory and the co-presitime to yourself. dent of The Pulse. “The more involved you are, the “My freshman year, I was really more time you will need to recuperate trying to decide what exactly I wanted and reflect. Also, make sure you meet to do. Dooley!” “[I had to decide] if I wanted to [continue with] the activities I was involved in [during] high school, or if I wanted “you’re here for a reasoN.” to explore new things. “I wish that I did a little bit more Emma Davis (21C) is a junior majoring in biology and international exploration [before] filtering my activities. studies. “I wasn’t involved with Outdoor She is heavily involved in research on campus and is a member of Pi Emory until my junior year … which is Beta Phi sorority and Emory Atlanta crazy because I now feel that it’s such a defining thing about me. Pediatric Cancer Outreach (APCO). “Academically speaking, it’s okay “Do all the homework. Do the readings. They suck, but actually do all to change course. I was on the prethe readings for all of your classes — health track … and I switched to someespecially science classes. Doing the thing else and am doing more ecology readings really does help. research. “[You might] feel like you aren’t as “Even if you are sure that you want smart as the people around you. A lot to do any pre-professional track, make of people at Emory are exceptional sure that you explore other classes and students, and in their high school envi- other majors. You may find that you ronment they were top of their class. like something a lot more [than you Coming to Emory, it seems like every- thought]. “[Music Midtown] is a great way one is so smart and so involved. You’re here for a reason. You’re just as smart to go out and see Atlanta. You should [also] really take advantage of the as everyone else. “Also, you should definitely take Emory Experience Shuttles. “Those are a great way to explore a random weird class. My freshman seminar was about classics and we Atlanta, and I did a lot of that my talked about how the classical word [is freshman year.” shown] in modern movies. “Just take a weird random class in — Contact Calen MacDonald at something that just sounds vaguely

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The Quadrangle (top left), the Matheson Reading Room (top r ight), the Emory Student Center (ESC) Main Lobby (Bottom left) and Kaldi’s Coffee at ESC (Bottom r ight) are aesthetically pleasing study spots around Emory’s campus.


Movies, Albums to Anticipate By adesola thomas A&E Editor

While 2019 is quickly coming to an end, the last four months of the year have a wealth of new albums and films to offer. Here are some of the most anticipated works to look forward to. “Jaime” By BrittaNy hoWard sept. 20 Proud Southerner and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard will release her debut LP on Sept. 20. “Jaime” is dedicated to her sister, Jaime, who died of cancer when she and Howard were teenagers. Howard’s soulful, billowy voice and intrepid lyricism are evident on captivating Alabama Shakes songs like “Shoegaze,” where she encourages listeners to go make memories “precious and temporary.” While her released singles boast a similar impressive musicality to her work with Alabama Shakes, they portray a far more personal narrative. On her latest single, “He Loves Me,” Howard belts about her relationship with black church and with God. The music video for another single entitled “Stay High” offers an equally warm, complicated image of working-class backwater country and features Terry Crews driving around an Alabama town. “Jaime” and its accompanying autumn tour are sure to please existing fans of Howard’s bluesy rock anthems and earn her new ones. a possiBle NeW alBum By tame impala While Tame Impala have gained a bad rap for being the favorite band of insolent hypebeasts across the world, they’re still impressive and talented. Kevin Parker, the Australian producer behind Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” and the concluding track of Rihanna’s 2016 album “Anti,” has been making neo-psychedelic rock as Tame Impala for over a decade. The band has an international following so expansive that Childish Gambino proudly stated

during a performance in Australia that “black people really fuck with Tame Impala.” Popular tracks like “Elephant” have scored sultry BlackBerry and Audi commercials. But their highly anticipated new album, the first since 2015’s “Currents,” has yet to be released. Parker and his bandmates embarked upon a lengthy festival circuit this summer and even debuted two new tracks, “Borderline” and Patience,” on Saturday Night Live, which set Reddit threads abuzz about a possible release. But at this rate, 2019 may finish without a new Tame album. Here’s to hoping. “hoNey Boy” - Nov. 8 Within the popular imagination, Shia LaBeouf has become something of a humble meme king with songs in his honor like Rob Cantor’s “Shia Labeouf” and remixes of his “Just do it!” motivational video. His more recent ventures into performance art and community theater with the opening of his Slauson R.C. Theater School in Los Pueblos, Calif., have intrigued admirers and skeptics alike. Perhaps the most highly anticipated work to come from LaBeouf, aside from the South by Southwest hit “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” is “Honey Boy,” a semi-biographical drama written by LaBeouf during a stint in rehab. The film captures LaBeouf’s relationship with his father throughout his film career. Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges portray a young actor named Otis Lort at different points in his career, while LaBeouf is set to play a version of his own father. “Honey Boy” is sure to be a compelling and complex story about the redemptive power of artistic performance and the way that power is complicated by interpersonal co-dependence. “QueeN & slim” - Nov. 27 Emmy-nominated writer, actor and producer Lena Waithe first made waves as Denise on “Master of None.” She’s since used her role to create

Showtime’s one-hour drama “The Chi” and has helped other people of color and queer individuals enter the entertainment industry through her organization named the Hillman Grad Network. “Queen & Slim” will be Waithe’s first feature as a screenwriter. The film follows the cross-country escape of Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith), two dark-skinned black people whose first date ends with an aggressive police encounter and the death of a cop. The film features an exciting cast with supporting performances from Bokeem Woodbine and Chloe Sevigny. The film’s commentary on police brutality and black love is sure to provide a welcome reprieve from the winter months’ holiday releases and leftover Halloween films. “little WomeN” - deC. 25 Oscar-nominated writer and director Greta Gerwig’s star-studded adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” has been set for a Christmas Day release. When the trailer dropped in mid-August, fans of Hollywood boyprince Timothée Chalamet eagerly took to Twitter to jabber about his performance as Laurie. While Chalamet’s portrayal deserves some anticipation, “Little Women” is an exciting venture because of the undeniable girl power of the project. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep are just a few cast members. The classic novel, set in late-19thcentury New England, is about the March sisters: Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen). The sisters lean upon the sage words of their mother and the friendship of Laurie (Timothée Chalamet), the boy next door, to traverse the challenges of growing up. Gerwig’s approach will likely add contemporary resonance to conversations about gender and gender expression.

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By JaNvi pamNaNi Senior Staff Writer As syllabus week winds down and the semester kicks into full swing, you may find that your assignments are beginning to pile up, and that you need a full day’s worth of unhampered productivity to feel like you’re not drowning. As you hunker down with your textbooks, laptop and caffeine drip, take your studying off-campus for some much-needed change of scenery. Every good study session has a few common qualities — good lighting, access to coffee, tea and snacks, and some ambient noise that you can drown out with your study music. While everyone’s ideal study spot slightly differs, below are a few offcampus destinations that will hopefully both facilitate high quality work and exploration of the city of Atlanta. hodgepodge Coffeehouse Hodgepodge Coffeehouse balances being both spacious and cozy. A cavernous warehouse adorned with string lights, the coffeehouse has one room with expansive tables — ideal for sprawling out with diagrams or flash cards — and another room with couches and cushions for curling up with cozy readings. Unlike other coffee shops in the city, Hodgepodge Coffeehouse has enough space for you and a friend to sit without your elbows dipping into someone else’s latte. Additionally, the menu features a standard coffee and espresso menu along with some other unique drinks, such as the “Slap Yo Pappy,” consisting of half cold brew concentrate and half Ghirardelli chocolate — the perfect treat to break up the monotony of dry textbook scanning. Located in East Atlanta, Hodgepodge Coffeehouse can be a pricey Uber from campus, but find a friend to split an UberPool and bring a full day’s work to maximize your time. georgia teCh liBrary Maybe the first floor of Woodruff Library is full of chatty and potentially distracting students, and you’re still scarred from the last all-nighter you pulled in the stacks. You might still desire to surround yourself with hardworking students to feel productive. Jump on the free Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) shuttle and head to their library. Located centrally in Midtown, its wall-length windows allow you to take in the scenic Atlanta skyline, which can only be seen from the tenth floor of the Woodruff Library. Be mindful that the library’s visitor hours (8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends) are

slightly more limited than they are for Georgia Tech students. However, if the late night cram is what you crave, expand your intercollegiate network and make a GTech friend who might be able to sneak you in. piedmoNt park Caffeine isn’t all that can power you through a challenging organic chemistry problem set. Try heading out to Atlanta’s landmark Piedmont Park for some good old grass and vitamin D. Before the autumn chill sets in, grab a picnic blanket and some snacks, and head to the home of Music Midtown and Atlanta Pride for some sunshine. Bring work you can do without a laptop to avoid pesky glare from the sunlight, or, better yet, bring your business communications group and plan your presentation together. After all, outdoor retreats are proven to promote collaboration within teams.

“Things are going really well. We’re excited for the season to get started, and we have a really hard strength of schedule this [season] which is good. Our team is pretty young with 19 sophomores [and] freshmen, but we look really good.” Cross CouNtry head CoaCh liNh NguyeN “I think both teams can be competitive nationally. We’re just going to focus on what we’re doing each day and focus on improving times. I think once we get to championship times, we’ll be very competitive.”

“Everyone gives us their best shot. We love the challenge of everyone’s best shot.” — Volleyball Head Coach Jenny McDowell

taproom Coffee & Beer Taproom is one of few places that offers both beer and nitro on tap — the former perfect for drafting some creative honors thesis writing, and the latter for meticulous editing of numerous essay pages. The industrial atmosphere of the Taproom is conducive to aggressive laptop typing, and the walls display works by local artists — apt for staring at and pondering during the inevitable moments of procrastination. The menu also features interesting items, such as the Nitro Hopsintea, a nonalcoholic hibiscus tea “cocktail” infused with hops. The downsides to Taproom include sparse seating, which can lead to cramped quarters, and louder-thanideal conversations. The lights also dim come evening, making it slightly difficult to work on paper. Get there early with a pair of noise canceling headphones to beat the crowd, and save some of your more quiet assignments, such as readings, for the morning. CoNClusioN Emory’s campus, while idyllic and certainly academic, can feel monotonous after a week of classes. The best way to atone for an unproductive Friday night is to promise yourself to get through some assignments over the rest of the weekend, but staying on campus can make it easy to escape back to your residence hall for naps and Netflix binges. Hopefully this list provides some interesting settings for grinding season, as well as opportunities to simultaneously explore Atlanta.

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Pennywise Tips for First Look Student Spendthrifts At Fall Teams

The Emory Wheel interviewed members of Emory’s Fall sports teams for a more in-depth look into the coming season.

Emory students hit the grind at Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, a spacious and cozy warehouse in East Atlanta.

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WomeN’s volleyBall head CoaCh JeNNy mCdoWell “[I] always feel like we have a target on our back. Everyone gives us their best shot. We love the challenge of everyone’s best shot.” “[We put] a lot of focus on blocking. It’s part of the game that takes a little longer … work on footwork and timing.” meN’s soCCer head CoaCh Cory greiNer “We have a larger freshman class than usual. It has brought a different energy to the team. “It’s been a very interesting dynamic. It has tested some of the older guys in different ways than we have in the past. I couldn’t be more happy with the chemistry and the relationships that have been built over the past few weeks.” “The way we have been playing, we have been waiting for nine months to right the ship. In terms of goals, we are not shy about saying that we want to win the conference. We think that we can be in a position to win the UAA, make an NCAA tournament run and build off some of what the older guys experienced as younger players.” “Everyone says they want to win national championships and conference championships. It is really easy to say, especially this time of year. I think doing it is a little bit different, and we have to put the work in ⁠— and I have been pleased with the work we have put in.” Sammy John (20C), Ava Villalba (20C), Lynden Hausey (21C) and Charlie Scruton (21C) contributed reporting.

We have all been there before: Friday night, friends dragging you by the ear to Buckhead or some expensive ramen place in Duluth. You nervously cave to your FOMO and after a hazy night of excess, you wake up to the dreaded low balance email from your bank. Though the solution might appear to simply be “don’t have fun,” with clever management and spending, you can still afford to treat yourself and live your best life. From a student who has at least figured out how to budget and has shaved her budget down by 25% in the span of a few months in college, here are some tips and tricks to help you stay on track. BudgetiNg your moNey

Emory also offers the CCTMA shuttle which goes to Decatur every 30 minutes. Biking to restaurants in Decatur is another option that can cut down on Uber costs. Bell Street Burritos and Jeni’s Ice Cream, located in Decatur Square, both rest on a bike-friendly route. The Square is a walkable scenic district close to Emory with plenty of reasonably-priced restaurants. Check out Raging Burrito for Tex-Mex fusion (and fun trivia nights), or Chai Pani for Indian street food. If you’ve invested in a meal plan, make sure you’re using it to the last cent and not spending too much extra money at off-campus restaurants. Although the dining hall can get repetitive, the Dobbs Common Table at the new Emory Student Center should provide plenty of options to spice up the monotony. Take advantage of the dining hall’s array of sauces and spices — and consider adding cheese to everything. Everything tastes better with cheese. And remember, you can always bring your own condiments to liven up the blandness.

In order to stay on top of your finances, it’s important to budget and track your spending. Consider using free mobile app Mint, which syncs with your bank accounts, investments, bills and credit cards and automatically categorizes each transaction you make so you know what you’re spendsourCiNg sChool supplies ing money on. Mint also notifies you when your bills are due or when deposWhen it comes to textbooks and school supplies, my best advice is to its enter your account. If you would rather organize your shop online for better deals. Amazon and eBay often offer budget and finances used books at cheaper on a chart, Google prices. You can also Sheets provides free The next time you try to find approved monthly and annual budget templates. get a heart attack as PDFs online; these Manually input your your barista tells you are often free or cheaper than the budget and transacyour card has been printed versions. tions, and customize Emory also has a the document how- declined, follow these ever you like. While tips and your wallet Facebook Buy/Sell group where you maintaining your own will thank you. can search, post and spreadsheet might request items. Take take a bit more effort, advantage of this it may be worth it for those who want to aestheticize their page and sell your old textbooks. You’ll rarely use them after the assigned budgeting records. class ends and might help you find salvation after buying a $350 financial easiNg off the uBers accounting textbook. Or, you can finally find a use for Though Uber makes it easy to get around metro Atlanta, the charges that time you downloaded Vezzy, an will quickly add up. Take advantage Emory student-run buy-and-sell app of Emory’s Experience shuttles which (unfortunately only supported on iOS), provide students with free transporta- to search for deals on used textbooks. tion into the city and to local events. Emory also has numerous free shutCost effeCtive haBits tles that run regularly from Woodruff Circle to several nearby locations. The If you’re working or receive an North DeKalb shuttle for example gets allowance, it’s beneficial to learn how you to Walmart and the somehow to save your money. Whenever I receive still operating North DeKalb Mall. An deposits, I transfer a small percentage Emory shuttle ride may not be the into my savings account before putting same as a free pass to Music Midtown the rest in my checking account. I have — but hey, at least you can shave off the choice to save more or less, but I a dollar to “Save Money. Live Better. save at least some of the money I earn Walmart.” in case of an emergency. The money you save doesn’t have to be a huge part of your income, but it’s imperative to Cheap eats save at least some portion of it, and When it comes to eating out, res- it’s easier to save now, when there are taurants within walking distance, fewer bills to pay, rather than scramble like places at Emory Village, would be for money in the future. I use the money in my checking overall cheaper. I recommend Falafel King at Emory Village for flavorful and account to pay bills and spend how filling Japanese and Mediterranean I wish. When buying items, think food, a combination nobody asked for about what you need versus what you want. If you’re considering making an but everyone needs. The next best option would be to expensive purchase, wait a week to see use your Dooley Dollars to the fullest if you still want it. Pro tip: if you can wait a week, you at Cox Hall or other Dooley Dollaraccepted locations. Clairmont resi- probably don’t. All students struggle dents, you have kitchens: no restau- with juggling a full schedule, a perrant can beat the inexpensiveness of a sonal life and maybe a job or two on home cooked meal. top of it all, but it’s worthwhile to learn The North Decatur Plaza also how to budget and save your money houses several restaurants within while the bills aren’t stacking up. The walking distance. Blaze Pizza offers next time you get a heart attack as the basic cheese pizzas at less than $6 and barista tells you your card has been Willy’s Mexicana Grill is a fun mix-up declined, follow these tips and your to the classic Chipotle. You can ride wallet will thank you. the C-Emory Publix or North Dekalb Park-and Ride shuttle routes to arrive — Contact Nassem Yousef at at the shopping center.


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Brockhampton’s ‘Ginger’ Falls Short By AidAn Vick Senior Staff Writer

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leFT To r ighT: Poets Richard Blanco and Rigoberto González speak with Gabriela Baeza Ventura, executive editor of Arte Público Press, in a panel moderated by emmy Awardwinning journalist mariela Romero for the decatur Book Festival.

Copy Editor Talks ‘Greek to Me’ By isAiAh sirois Managing Editor Under a vaulted ceiling, where an ochre cross hung above the well-polished wooden sanctuary, writer and editor Mary Norris joked with her audience about dodging the advances of Cypriot men to skinny-dip in the Baths of Aphrodite. “This is a church — can I say this?” the witty, now-retired copy editor for The New Yorker had asked, laughing along with the crowd. The event, part of this year’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, was sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Elizabeth Hornor, director of education at the Carlos, shared the stage with Norris to ask the editor questions about her second book, “Greek to

Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen,” released in April.

“Students should learn from Norris’ example and take a Classics course or drop by the Carlos sometime, even if they have the slightest interest.” — Mary Norris, Retired New Yorker Copy Editor

“Greek to Me” details Norris’ passion for ancient Greece and its inter-


Best in Show Breeds Pride

By Joel lerner Staff Writer Wedged between the stress of the first week of classes and the relief of the long Labor Day weekend, Best in Show celebrated the cultural diversity and artistry of the student body. The event concluded Orientation Week by showcasing Emory’s performance groups, for which new students will have the opportunity to audition in the coming weeks. Students flooded McDonough Field and sprawled out on blankets as vocal and dance groups performed gleefully for the first time this semester. Best in Show represented the best parts of the Emory family — passion for culture and community building through selfexpression. Organized by Orientation Programming, the event ran like a finely-tuned machine. Sasha Dymant (20C) and Erin Oquindo (18Ox, 20C) introduced each group and provided details about their upcoming auditions. The logistical precision of the event and the energy of the performers helped make Best in

Show shine. Many a cappella groups performed throughout the event, stunning audiences with their variances on the art form. The Gathering, Emory’s allfemale a cappella group, invigorated the audience; their rendition of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” had everyone swaying and singing along to the catchy tune. Some groups, like the all-male group, No Strings Attached, stuck to well-executed doowop classics. Others went for more unconventional sounds, such as Aural Pleasure’s chilling performance of Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met.” Cultural a cappella groups such as Emory’s Jewish a cappella group ChaiTunes, the Bollywood-fusion group Suri and soulful R&B group AHANA A Cappella shared their identities with the audience through music. Their performances highlighted how students can create their own space within a global community on campus.Performer Franck Daryl Nana Tangpi (22C) summed up the energy

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sections with her professional life. She credited her undergraduate experience at Rutgers University for exposing her to ancient Greece, although she did not pursue a degree in Classics. “My sophomore year, I finished up all my requirements, and I started dabbling,” she said. “That semester, I registered for astronomy, existentialism and mythology.” Neither astronomy nor existentialism stuck with Norris, but Greek mythology piqued her interest. After she graduated and started working at The New Yorker, Norris decided to take more classes about Greece. Fortunately, the magazine compensated employees for courses relevant to their professional development. Unfortunately, her executive

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On Brockhampton’s latest album, “Ginger,” the rap collective and boy band pen their most personal set of lyrics yet. Unfortunately, the songs are often marred by spotty production choices and inconsistent performances. The band primarily consists of various vocalists and producers: Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Dom McLennon, Merlyn Wood, Bearface and Joba. They skyrocketed to fame following the release of their first three studio albums in 2017, dubbed the “Saturation” trilogy. The consistency of the albums in spite of their close release dates, as well as the streaming success of singles like “Bleach” and “Sweet,” drew in what would become one of the most fervent fan bases in music. As the follow-up album 2018’s “Iridescence,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, “Ginger” had a lot to live up to. The album kicks off strong with “No Halo,” the best of the four singles. It’s a signature Brockhampton ballad in which the group divulges their flaws and failures as individuals. The song introduces the more personal lyrics surrounding depression and discontent that the album focuses on throughout, and it also features some of the project’s most passionate performances. The follow-up track “Sugar” makes several callbacks to “Bleach” from “Saturation III” with its heavily autotuned vocals and its reuse of that song’s tape rewind sound effect. While not as catchy as its reference

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point, “Sugar” still features a memorable hook from pop singer Ryan Beatty and strong verses from Champion and McLennon. It’s followed by the single “Boy Bye,” which is easily the most fun and light song on the album. Though it’s not a genre Brockhampton have drawn from often in the past, the trap influence on the track is clear — with triplet flows, ad-libs and prominent hi-hats — and even extends to other songs with more minimalist beats, like “Love Me For Life” and “Victor Roberts.” It’s almost the exact opposite of “Iridescence” stylistically, as that album’s instrumentals were heavily layered and at times too jumbled. The album’s streak of hits ends with “Heaven Belongs To You,” a track that features British rapper Slowthai on vocals. Slowthai is a talented up-andcomer in the rap game, but he isn’t a member of Brockhampton, so it’s odd that he’d be the sole vocalist on one of their songs. The track is paired with “If You Pray Right,” as both songs share samples and get their names from a Nina Simone song. However, the songs are not back-toback in the tracklist, and the appearance of “St. Percy” between them makes for an odd detour. On “Dearly Departed,” the group finally addresses ex-member Ameer Vann, who was removed from the band following allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018. Although the band had talked about

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Art to Consume Before You Graduate By Staff Writers “FrAnces hA” As college students, we may expect to emerge into the world after our four years as fully formed human beings with career paths, relationships and interests all securely in place. Noah Baumbach’s 2012 film, “Frances Ha,” contends that this idea is more fantasy than fact and, more importantly, suggests that uncertainty is not as scary as it seems. The film follows Frances (Greta Gerwig), a 27-year-old dancer, as she stumbles in and out of jobs, apartments and relationships. “Frances Ha” is a meandering celebration of a young woman who doesn’t quite have it all figured out yet. The movie’s nostalgic black-andwhite visuals and charming lead performances cast a warmth over the entire film that soothes the common fear of the unknown. “Frances Ha” provides a gentle reminder that all of us could use: It’s OK to be a little lost. — Saru Garg “The college dropouT” - k Anye WesT Armed with a sharp sense of humor and a whole lot to say, Kanye West’s

debut album is a masterclass comingof-age tale. He recounts his humble beginnings and his efforts to make it as a rapper after a car accident left his jaw wired shut — an affliction that persisted through the recording of his debut single, “Through the Wire.” Those only familiar with West’s current media persona may find themselves surprised at how poignant and relatable his lyrics are, as “The College Dropout” is a thoughtful meditation on growing up, gaining freedom and choosing what you want to do in life. It’s a message that resonates powerfully in a society that expects you to have your life figured out by the age of 18 and portrays a college degree as the only route to success. Tracks like “We Don’t Care” and “All Falls Down” cleverly comment on social issues such as poverty and race relations. West’s skits even highlight some of the absurdities of higher education. For any college student uncertain about their future, this album is a cathartic reminder of our free will. — Aidan Vick “liTTle Fires eVeryWhere” celesTe ng

It’s not uncommon for Emory’s freshmen to feel distinctly out of place. Celeste Ng’s novel “Little Fires Everywhere” should appeal to Emory students who can relate to the isolation of being in a new place for the first time as well as the challenges faced by minority groups in diverse communities. For protagonist Pearl Warren, her cookie-cutter suburban community in Ohio is an alien landscape compared to the free-spirited life that she lived before moving. Ng’s manipulation of perspective allows for the audience to truly understand the characters in a thought-provoking way I have never experienced with any other novel. Reading about the Warren and Richardson families vividly brings back the tumultuous feelings of navigating Emory’s social sphere for the very first time. The conflict that arises in the community after the Warren family’s appearance speaks to the pressure some students face to assimilate into mainstream culture. “Little Fires Everywhere” changed how I make and maintain relationships, especially at Emory. It put me at ease with friendships that naturally

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‘Ginger’ Boasts Strong Lyrics, Lacks Consistency

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Brockhampton creative assistant Weston Freas (leFT) and groub member Joba (r ighT) embrace on cover of ‘Ginger’. standout. Continued from Page 11 Aside from “Dearly Departed,” the the departure publicly, stating that they “were lied to,” it was an issue second half of the album is signifithat had not yet been mentioned in cantly worse performance-wise, as it their music. The song sees Abstract, features only one single and a number Champion and McLennon pen verses of tracks that hardly distinguish themabout their former band member and selves from one another. This is largely a result of the group how his actions affected them. Abstract reflects on how the scandal upping the melancholy tone even furdestroyed their friendship, Champion ther in this section, which leads to on how Vann lied about the situa- even less passionate performances. The title track is the best of the tion and McLennon on how Vann was involved in other heinous acts, includ- bunch, and it both interpolates the ing the robbery of one of McLennon’s “Saturation” demo “Gemini” and features tasteful production defined by its friends. It’s a tough song to listen to, espe- uplifting synth leads. Even still, the vocal effect on cially for longtime fans, although the fantastic lyricism makes it a definite Bearface’s voice doesn’t go over well,

A Cappella Groups Showcase Diversity of sisterhood. Both groups expressed Continued from Page 11 community and culture through step of his performance with AHANA A and dance, and they were a great choice Cappella, saying, “Seeing the turnout to wrap up the show because of their of this event and all the freshmen with high energy and audience engagement. their hungry, open eyes is amazing. It Audience member Elizabeth Greene feels like performing at a concert to (19Ox, 21C) connected with the performances as a sold out audience.” she remarked, Along with a “Putting on Best in “The night made cappella and singing me really proud to groups, dance groups Show this Fall was a that represent rigorous and exciting be a part of such a multi-talented and numerous cultures experience.” diverse community and styles also took at Emory.” the stage at Best in — Sasha Dymant (20C) Every time a club Show. Jazz, hipcame on stage, each hop, modified ballet, and various modern and traditional performer’s personality affected the cultural dances made for a diverse whole group, whether through singing, spectrum of dance performances. The dancing, stomping or speaking. The audience clapped and bobbed their energy on stage consistently soared heads in time with each act, from the because of the tremendous effort each Zuri African Dance Troupe to the Blaez member showed. In an interview with the Wheel, dance team. Karma Bhangra danced the most Dymant emphasized the event’s energetically, and their fusion of success. “Putting on Best in Show this Fall Bhangra dance with interchanging modern hits and traditional Bhangra was a rigorous and exciting experience,” music electrified the atmosphere. she said. “I was able to provide a space Astoundingly, the team spent more for community building in addition time suspended in the air than on the to highlighting the insane amount of ground during the performance, even talent here at Emory.” Oftentimes, the arts programs at jumping and shouting exuberantly Emory are overlooked in favor of more long after their act ended. The show wrapped up with academic performance. This year’s Best in Show event performances by step groups Ngambika and Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men, reminded audience members of their both of which received cheers and peers’ talents as they supported the applause for their use of long pauses to diversity and passion that ran rampant throughout the performance. build tension. The women of Ngambika clearly supported each other, and their — Contact Joel Lerner at performance offered a palpable sense

and the only member who really shines on the track is Champion. This point in the album is also where Abstract and Joba’s performances truly begin paling in comparison to their fellow members, especially on tracks like “Big Boy” and “Love Me For Life.” The last three songs don’t end the album on a high note. Despite some striking lyrics about police issues and betrayal of trust on “Victor Roberts” and a strong verse from Wood on “Love Me For Life,” the spacy production and downtrodden performances only accentuate the problems that some of the earlier tracks suffer from. While “Ginger” is certainly Brockhampton’s most mature album lyrically, I can’t help but feel let down by the project overall. Champion and McLennon often outshine Abstract and Joba, and Wood only has verses on four of the 12 tracks. Brockhampton went for a much more emotional and gloomy aesthetic, but they need to commit; it feels like they compromised by trying to also retain their pop appeal. And while this sound can certainly work for them, as it does on songs like “No Halo” and “Dearly Departed,” spending more time refining each song to ensure consistent quality would have served the band well. For all its inconsistencies, “Ginger” still has something to offer most listeners, and fans will surely get a lot out of the album’s lyrics and a handful of strong tracks.

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“deAr WhiTe people” Based on the 2014 feature film directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” meets almost all of the qualifications for the perfect bingeable drama. “nineTeen minuTes” Now in its third season, the satire details the complexities of black stuIn a nation plagued by gun violence and heated gun control debates, young dent life within a predominantly white people may struggle with determining institution (PWI), following various their stance on the issue. Jodi Picoult’s characters who attend the fictitious Ivy best-selling novel “Nineteen Minutes” League, Winchester University. Sometimes chaloffers insight into the lenging and somelives of those affected times laugh-out-loud by gun violence. Picoult tells the “‘Frances Ha’ provides hilarious, the show story of a shooting at a gentle reminder that addresses topics relevant to Emory life the fictional Sterling High School, as well as all of us could use: it’s and to the current the events that unfold OK to be a little lost.” American cultural climate. before and after the Still, more prinshooting, from a vari— Saru Garg (22C) cipally, its ambitious ety of perspectives: experimentation with a judge, a student both style and subcaught in the shooting, the parents of the shooter and the stance helps to create a mood most fitting and comfortably relatable within shooter himself. Through these many perspectives, a moment defined by societal fatigue, we begin to understand that such an confusion and rage. Though imperfect, the fast-paced, act of violence can have a ripple effect, 30-minute episodes of “Dear White destroying an entire town forever. Painfully honest and evocative, People” are great for quick, fun, bite“Nineteen Minutes” reminds us that sized consumption during study there are often no right answers to our breaks, and the sharp commentary questions and that people are more will give you just enough to consider as you go about the rest of your Emory than what we see on the surface. career. — Becca Moszka — Kamryn Olds ebb and flow throughout my years in college. — Joel Lerner

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sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., Emory Cinematheque: “Forbidden Paradise,” White Hall 208 sept. 4-10, Rent LPs in Marian K. Heilburn Music & Media Library sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., Live Music: Eddie Lopez & Orquesta Macuba, Jazz on the Green, Callanwolde

Fine Arts Center sept. 6, 11:55 p.m., Movie Night: “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Plaza Theatre sept. 6, 9 p.m., Emory Silent Disco, Campus Life Pavillion, Peavine Creek sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., Crafts: Lantern Making Worshop,

Michael C. Carlos Musuem sept. 10, 6 p.m., Reading: Jericho Brown and Laura Otis, Teaching and Learning Studio in Rose Library sept. 10, 8 p.m., DIY Punk Show: Luge, Fuiste, Triptych (AKA Trashcan) & Nina Garbus, The Bakery ATL

Norris Entertains at Book Festival Former New Yorker Editor a Hellenophile editor deemed ancient Greek irrelevant to her career. The copy editor proceeded to jot down all easily misspelled words with ancient Greek roots, like “ophthalmologist,” to prove the language’s usefulness. She compiled such a thorough list, supplemented with letters from other editors, that a friend concluded Norris was “using a cannon to shoot a flea.” Sure enough, the flea was convinced, and Norris could resume studying the classics for free. “It sounds like a scam, but it did have everything to do with English,” Norris said as the audience laughed. The editor credited her father for delaying her pursuit of ancient Greek, as he had refused to let her study Latin at her Cleveland high school. Norris did not get another chance to study the dead language until college, and even then, her linguistics professor convinced her to take a living language instead. A trip to the movies revived Norris’ interest in the ancient world. The Greek backdrop of “Time Bandits,” a 1981 film starring Sean Connery as the mythical King

Agamemnon, impressed her so much that she knew she had to visit. She described Greece as “very elemental,” as a clear sky accentuated its rugged landscape. Norris found out later that the film had been shot in Morocco, but she would travel to Greece anyway. Hornor explained to the Wheel how the Carlos Museum became involved with the event. Decatur Book Fest Program Director Joy Pope had approached Hornor about collaborating to invite Norris, and Hornor agreed. “One of the things that we really try to do at the Carlos is show the ways in which ancient cultures continue to have resonance for people,” Hornor explained. “There’s nothing new under the sun; every human problem that one can think of was explored by the Greeks.” For Norris, studying ancient Greece offered therapeutic relief. After her class read “Antigone,” Norris said that she realized its mental health benefits. “Those tragedies were the ancients’ form of therapy,” she told the audience. “They didn’t have psychiatrists, but

you could go to the theater and cry.” After her talk, Norris offered some advice to prospective writers. “My main piece of advice,” she told the Wheel, would be “to seek online work because that’s where the work is going to be.” She encouraged undergraduates to “learn everything [that they] can about the tech stuff, but raise the level of discourse online.” The world of writing may have changed a lot between Sophocles’ “Antigone” and the invention of the Internet, but the ancients can still be a source of insight and inspiration. It’s easy to forget the Classics at a university like Emory, where business and the sciences seem to overwhelm the humanities. But students should learn from Norris’ example and take a Classics course or drop by the Carlos sometime, even if they have the slightest interest. Who knows, maybe you’ll even end up skinny-dipping in Cyprus like Norris.

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Alaharris Abdicates, Complex Crowned King By Jacob DeFazio Contributing Writer

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Ducal Hoang (21C) serves himself a plate of Indian curry at the “Fire and Spice” station of the new Emory University dining facility, the Dobbs Common Table.

A Look Inside Emory’s New Dining Facility By Aditya Prakash Associate Editor Warm, exposed wood panelling adorns the new Dobbs Common Table (DCT), and its palatial spaciousness is a stark contrast to the carnival-esque claustrophobia of the DUC-ling. Unlike the cramped confines of the interim dining center, or the awkward, stair-laden spread of the original Dobbs Market, there is far less shortage of seating. Rounded sofa booths, like one might see at an upscale oyster restaurant, occupy one end of the dining hall, while the rest houses a medley of communal wood tables and coffeehouse-like couches. “Our hope is that rather than

just be a place for sustenance, [the DCT should] be a place for conversation and dialogue,” said Senior Director, Finance, Administration and Operations at Campus Life Dave Furhman. With each turn, a new station featuring a charmingly pretentious name like something from Ponce City Market, be it “Stem to Root” — the new all-vegan dining area — or “Hearth and Stone” — the new pizza station showcasing stone pizza ovens. Each station has a set of ingredients or vital piece of equipment that dictates the nature of its dishes. “The Market Table [is] what’s fresh at market, The Flatiron is because of the [Mongolian griddle] … there are general themes [but] each station [is


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Summer hasn’t cooled off yet, but the partying and late-night Netflix binge-watching certainly have. As students return to campus, a new herd of freshmen take on the college schedule, summer flings come to an end and the stress of summer jobs and internships fade away. One thing is constant — Doolino will always be here to answer your questions and assist you with lifechanging dilemmas. Dear Doolino, While backpacking in Malaysia this summer, I fell in love with a local girl. After the first day, she even started calling me Babycakes. While I was having the best time with her, I ignored my Emory girlfriend entirely. I mentioned that I was having a wild time with this one girl and she threatened to break up with me. Is she crazy or what!? I’ve always cared deeply for her and just because I had a little fun during the summer, she wants to end it all? I don’t understand what I did wrong — why does my fling seem to love me more than my girlfriend does? Please help, Pulling Them Girls

Dear Pulling Them Girls, I don’t see much wrong with your behavior, my great sir. Sounds like you’ve gotten yourself in a pretty sweet situation — being alone is always ideal. I assume that you’ve realized that both these lovely women will dump your egocentric behind for not even considering their feelings. But hey, glad to hear that you had a delightful backpacking trip in Malaysia — that is, if you even remembered that you went to backpack and not just to smooch another woman. Sincerely, Doolino Dear Doolino, I know that Emory students are known for trying too hard in high school. But let me tell you, I’m the whole package when it comes to academics and trying too hard. I was the president of Key Club, a member of the National Honors Society and captain of the varsity cross country team. I had a 4.3 GPA and got all 5’s on a total of seven AP tests. Others seem See PRO, Page 14

able] to adapt to changing needs and wants of students” Fuhrman said. During my first visit to the DCT, I was nervous that, though the facility appeared to be more universally appealing to the student population, the quality and variety of the food might deter those with limited dietary needs. Cooking for up to 700 people has trade-offs in quality; the DUC-ling in particular suffered due to its lack of space and resources. The sheer vastness of dining options subdued my fears. By splitting up diners across a variety of stations and cuisines, no single area is overburdened with people, allowing the desire for quality to eclipse the

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Freshmen filled the air with song and cheer at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) on Thursday night. Songfest, Emory’s annual song and dance competition, saw the first-year residence halls compete against one another in friendly but fierce lyricism and dance. As the roaring crowd became quiet with anticipation, Complex emerged as the winner of the 2019-2020 Songfest Trophy, usurping last year’s victor, Alaharris. The event primarily features choreographed dances and song parodies practiced and performed by orientation leaders (OLs), resident advisers (RAs), sophomore advisers (SAs) and freshmen. The parodies contain good-hearted jabs toward other dorms and boasts about their own dorms’ amenities. Residence halls compete for points in the Dooley’s Bowl inter-dorm competition and the beloved Songfest trophy. Spectators filled the indoor track above the gym to its capacity, while the freshman class occupied the bleachers. Students jostled for spaces to watch, some even standing atop the back railing to catch a glimpse of the gym floor. Songfest began with a dance led by the OLs. Though not competitors, they set the bar high, enthralling the crowd as they danced in unison to songs like Lil Nas X’s “Panini,” Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” Among the OLs was Jose Amador (20C), the student coordinator and second-time Songfest attendee.

“I’m from Oxford, so to me, Songfest is a way to see how the other side of Emory does Orientation,” Amador said. “This year, I was the student coordinator. Putting in all that effort and seeing it come to fruition was really fun.” After a performance from the orientation leaders, the competition began. Dobbs started off with its residents adorned in yellow caution tape as they danced and sang. They ended the night with the award for Best Banner. The banner featured a brightly illustrated depiction of Dooley in a space suit, Emory’s crossed torches held by human arms and a fearless Eagle swooping over a mountain landscape, all encompassed within the three white arches of Dobbs Hall. Hamilton followed Dobbs with a performance that won them the Best Lyrics award. Hamilton’s well-orchestrated dance moves came to a halt to make way for a spirited step routine that lifted them into third place overall. Then it was Longstreet-Means Hall’s (LSM) turn to perform. Residents poured out of the bleachers, which LSM had decorated with national flags to match their theme of “Global Cultures.” Aligning themselves to form the letters L-S-M, the residents performed parody versions of Kesha’s “Tik Tok,” Britney Spears’ “Circus” and Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.” Alaharris, the combination of Alabama and Harris halls, followed LSM. As last year’s champion, Alaharris made up for their small

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The Hike to 19,341 Feet Above Sea Level By Zoe Friedman Contributing Writer

Despite eight days of treacherous climbing, marked by oxygen deprivation and fatigue, Emory volleyball player Maureen Schick (21N) and her family were in high spirits. They were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the second highest peak in the world. Standing at 19,341 feet above sea level, the mountain demanded both mental determination and physical persistence. The Schick family had long admired Mount Kilimanjaro from afar. In 2009, Schick and her family took a 10-day trip to Tanzania, where her parents served as medical workers. Schick and her siblings realized the economic importance of this mountain for the community. Guiding tourists up the mountain is a major source of income, and the mountain also serves a spiritual purpose. “We saw it as such an incredible thing for the people there,” Schick said. “I thought, ‘Wow, how cool would it be to accomplish something like that.’” The idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro — or, as Schick affectionately calls it, “Mount Killie” — arose in January 2019. Schick’s older

sister, Katie Schick, who had recently moved to Seattle, asked her parents if they would visit her and join her to climb the active stratovolcano Mount Rainier. “I said, ‘Katie, that’s kind of a big deal,’” said father Mark Schick. “Mount Rainier is a very technical climb.” The Schick family had little rock climbing experience under their belts, although all were up for an outdoorsy adventure. Mark was adamant about steering clear of Mount Rainier, and suggested a different option — Mount Kilimanjaro.The idea quickly took hold. The Schick siblings began texting back and forth, doing initial planning and looking for guide companies that could help them scale the summit. “I thought that maybe a better mountain [to climb] would be Mount Kilimanjaro,” Mark explained. “You don’t have to learn any mountaineering skills. You just have to be tough and have a lot of stamina.” Schick and her family spent months preparing for the physical and mental challenges that lay ahead. To prepare for the climb, Schick and her siblings traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado for hiking and altitude acclimation. “[Mount Kilimanjaro] was going to be our first really big climb,”

Schick said. “I did a lot of hiking, and I actually felt more altitude sickness in Colorado than on Mount Killie. My dad also ran a lot of hills and used the stair stepper to build up quad muscles.” Schick is no stranger to physical challenges. As a defensive specialist for Emory’s women’s volleyball team, she helped them advance to the 2018 NCAA DIII Finals, in which they claimed their second national title. Her climb up one of the Seven Summits was just another volleyball game, and she was determined to win. The Schicks journeyed through five different climate zones on their way up. The first night, the family pitched their tents in a hot and muggy rainforest among monkeys and other tropical animals. As the days passed and the elevation increased, temperatures slowly dropped and animals became sparse. The Schicks donned extra layers of clothing and emergency blankets when the sun departed behind the African plains.The Schicks employed three guides to hike with them up the mountain who showed the way and measured their oxygen levels every morning. They also hired 15 porters, just enough hands to carry

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Continued from Page 13 population size with their powerful spirit and excellent coordination as they parodied songs by Britney Spears and ABBA, as well as from the Disney movie “Mulan.” Complex’s performance saw the huge crowd of freshman residents form a giant letter X as they danced to parodies of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” among others. Complex’s superior numbers certainly helped them to victory, but it was the residents’ unified coordination and passion that made them stand out from the competition. Elijah Chou (23C) was thrilled to call himself a resident of the winning hall. “We worked so hard and put in so much effort,” Chou said. “For it to turn into a win that everyone shared, that’s the best feeling you could ever get as one complete team.” Though Hamilton won the award for Best Lyrics, Complex’s parodies also featured memorable jabs. In one riff off of Hamilton’s “Going Green” theme, Complex suggested that the hall recycle their “trash talk.” Turman Hall followed Complex with a heavily internet-influenced performance that featured a parody of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Turman’s freshmen also performed classic dance moves like “the whip” and the “Nae Nae” through a parody of Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba.” Raoul Hall was last to perform, with songs based on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and Soulja Boy Tell’em “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” The hall’s floor formations — a W for “Win” and a crown — helped them earn second place overall. Raoul also won Best Soloist and Best T-shirt, but the two awards weren’t enough to top

Complex’s coordinated dances and lyrical attacks. The competition culminated in a one-on-one dance battle between Raoul and Complex. Daryl Nana Tangpi (22C), an SA from Raoul, Peter Lee (22C), an SA from Complex, who did backflips to rile up the crowd. Tangpi demonstrated a greater diversity of moves as the loudspeakers blasted Lil Nas X’s remix of “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. With a split and the whoa among his dance moves, Tangpi came out on top to win the Best Soloist award for Raoul. Nevertheless, Tangpi didn’t lose sight of what mattered. “Songfest means community,” Tangpi said. “Freshmen, [SAs] and RAs come together and work hard for this big event. I love Raoul. It’s home.” The event also featured appearances from men’s basketball Head Coach Jason Zimmerman, Emory Police Department officers and Residence Hall Association President Aaron Jordan (20C). Zimmerman led the crowd as they chanted “Let’s go Eagles!” and reminded them to keep the same energy they brought to Songfest throughout the entire semester. Other guests included mascots Swoop and Dooley, who reminded viewers that professors and students may come and go, but “Dooley is forever.” Dooley danced alongside the OLs to “Spooky Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold. At this year’s Songfest, as with previous years, the bonds of community and spirit outshined the rivalries, setting the class of 2023 down the winding path to graduation with a worthy celebration.

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the group’s gear and equipment up the mountain. Average costs for scaling Mount Kilimanjaro fall around $3,000. This includes park admission and covers gear, food, and professional guides. Despite the high price tag, climbers do not receive a luxury glamping experience. Instead, for the Schick family, the hike proved to be a welcome reprieve from a hectic modern lifestyle. Far from the reaches of technology and social media, the Schicks talked and laughed together for days. Hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro required all hands on deck. According to Schick, the guides frequently reminded the family to climb slowly, repeating “polepole,” or “slow down” in their native Swahili. “You need to acclimate to the thinner air. By going slowly, you learn to do that and your body acclimates much better,” Mark explained. “The success rate to [the] summit is much greater if you hike for six days, [rather] than three or four days.” Fueling was especially important to maintain energy levels throughout the daily six-hour climbs. The Schicks packed snacks, and their guides prepared meals. “It was fantastic food, really impressive,” Schick recounted. “There was a lot of pasta, local dishes, and local meats, with rice and potatoes and soup.” “Signals were intermittent,” Mark said. “We had to come up with things to talk about. The best part of the trip was the chance I had to listen to the kids talking and reminiscing about things. We focused on each other.” Although bonding with her family helped the time pass quicker, Schick relied on mental toughness to weather the journey. “It was a hard 50 to 60 kilome-

ters,” she said. “It seems daunting, but if you break it down into chunks, it helps you visualize it better.” The Schicks made slow and steady progress for six days until they reached base camp at 17,598 feet above sea level, now five kilometers and seven hours away from their final destination. Although tempted to stop and rest for the night, they followed their guides’ instructions and rose at midnight. Strapping on their headlamps, they plowed through a six-hour trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Maureen Schick (21N), Emory Volleyball player

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“The last bit of the hike was dark, freezing and up a huge incline,” Schick recalled. “You can’t really breathe since oxygen is so low. Your mind is doing all it can to make it to the top.” On June 16, at 19,341 feet above sea level, Schick’s hiking boots touched level footing and turned a faint orange in the sunrise. A sign read, “Congratulations — you are now at Africa’s Highest Point.” As the sun climbed steadily over the “roof of Africa,” as the locals call it, Schick was overcome with euphoria. “It was surreal,” she said. “This had been on our bucket list for 10 years. To see it come to fruition was so special.” The day was Father’s Day, and the Schick family celebrated their accomplishment with their dad. The family posed for photos, lingering at the peak for almost 45 minutes (their guides usually only allowed

20-minutes due to the high altitude) before beginning their two-day descent. After the family’s climb, Emory’s women’s volleyball Assistant Coach Brianna Jones said that she was not surprised Schick had excelled at such a challenge. “[She] is relentless,” Jones said. “No matter what you put in front of her, she will work to tackle it.” Schick reached the summit of the highest mountain in Africa after a strenuous six-day climb that many mountaineers talk about completing, but few achieve. Schick’s dedication and mental stamina had paid off. Emory women’s volleyball Assistant Coach Jona Braden described her as enthusiastic and focused. “She’s driven and thrives on her work ethic,” Braden said. “It fuels her.” A key to Schick’s training — both in volleyball and hiking — is visualization. Braden explained that this strategy is essential to both disciplines. To preserve the memory of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Schicks got matching tattoos once back in their hometown of Chicago. A profile of the mountain with the words “polepole” will serve as a lasting reminder of the family’s epic hike. While Schick has transitioned back to volleyball training, more alpine adventures are in sight. “I would love to climb the Swiss Alps,” she said. “Especially Mont Blanc.” Mont Blanc happens to be Europe’s highest peak and given the Schicks’ enthusiasm and relentlessness, a new matching tattoo may lie in their future. — Contact Zoe Friedman at

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need for efficiency. Some diners are lured in by the vivid colors and fragrant aromas of the “Fire and Spice” section, perhaps by the creamy yellow dal tadka that transports students to an Indian restaurant. “[The Indian food] at ‘Fire and Spice’ … tastes like a lot of the homecooked food [that] I would eat at my Indian friends’ houses,” Jacob Ribotsky (23C) said. Others are captivated by the glistening, fatty slices of brisket and sliced rotisserie meats at the “605 Kitchen.” Even still, “Taam Tov” (the kosher station), “Stem and Root” and “Avoiding Gluten” ensure that students with broad dietary needs have better options than bowls of cereal and slices of cold pizza. Bigger efforts have been made to label ingredients in food (such as onion and garlic for Jain diners), overall increasing the accessibility of the facility. “I do get bored of [eating the same thing everyday] very quickly … but at [the DCT] I can almost eat something different everyday,” Ribotsky said. Independent of the quality of the facility, some dishes in particular have emerged as new staples on the dining hall menu. The mac and cheese from “Hearth

and Stone,” each bite sinfully cheesy and creamy, is a refreshing alternative to Kraft Mac. The old deli has reincarnated as “The Market Table,” with multiple new panini presses, making the DUC-ling’s crowded lines seem like nothing but a bad dream. And if fresh-to-order sandwiches don’t sufficiently quench one’s hot food cravings, “The Flatiron” features a large Mongolian grill where students can combine ingredients for cooked-to-order stir fries, omelets or hash browns.

Each station has a set of ingredients or vital piece of equipment that dictates the nature of its dishes.

The station offers variable alternatives to the DCT’s numerous other options, dispersing the crowds from other, popular sections. The sheer variety of appetizing options — at least as observed during the facility’s initial few weeks — helps curb both crowds and boredom. Despite the high praise for the new dining facility, some students have experienced issues with the lay-

out and spacing. “The physical layout is weird … and [during busier times,] there isn’t enough walking room,” Keaton Silver (19Ox, 21C) said. Silver dined at the facility during the summer, while the space was still undergoing its finishing touches. Michael Rolland (18Ox, 20B) mentioned that the modified dining center offered a comparatively wider range of options than the “limited” offerings at the new Oxford Dining Center. “Some people would just skip going to lunch [at the Oxford Dining Center] because the food was bad,” Rolland said. Though the wooden communal tables and couches at the DCT are a nice change from the heavy chairs of the old dining facilities, the lack of private space can make having a meal with friends a difficult task among the rush hour noise. Time will tell whether or not the DCT will act as a reliable source for first-year dining, but as the honeymoon period stretches on, it persists as a solid spot for the varied palate. For the time being, the DCT is as good as we should expect a dining hall to be. — Contact Aditya Prakash at

Continued from Page 13 to struggle with this activity called “studying,” but I don’t even pay attention in class — I guess I’m what they call a natural genius. I’m not looking for any advice — I clearly know better than you. I just want to let you know that I’ll beat all other students. After all, I am the best. Sincerely, Pre-med Prodigy

Dear Pre-med Prodigy, Yes, you don’t need any advice at all. I thought the pre-med population couldn’t get any worse. Clearly I thought very wrong. I hope your seven AP classes and zero studying habits get you through Organic Chemistry. Though I have a feeling I’ll be hearing back from you soon — very soon. Sincerely, Doolino Dear Doolino, I scored a sweet summer internship working at my dad’s office, and I think I’m officially ready for the working world. I got to check social media all day long. Once in awhile, I even got my dad coffee. Whoever said the working world was tough was so wrong. I’m thinking of dropping out of col-

lege because I clearly don’t need further education to land a decent job. My parents are very adamant about me staying in school, though. They think it will give me better opportunities in life or something. I already have all the opportunities I need and I’m going to work for my dad for the rest of my life, anyways. How do I tell my parents that the college life just isn’t for me anymore? Sincerely, #WorkGrind Dear #WorkGrind, I understand your dilemma and also think that dropping out of college is a great option. Your single experience in the working world sounds like the gig everyone hopes for but never gets. Take advantage of what your dad gave you. Don’t even tell him that you’re dropping out. Just do it. Then show up to work, and tell him that he has to pay up for your coffee deliveries. Sounds like the dream situation for any parent. See you later, Doolino For your day-to-day qualms and minor life crises, send anonymous questions to

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The Emory men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons on Aug. 30 at the Jacksonville State University (Ala.) Strut’s Opener in Oxford, Ala. Both teams had impressive showings, with the women’s side finishing fourth out of 14 teams and the men’s side coming in first out of 15 teams. Newly appointed Head Coach Linh Nguyen was excited to start the season but was not fixated on the first meet. “The first race is not really a focus,” Nguyen said. “It’s more about training and preparing for future races.” The women’s team posted several impressive times in the 4K race, leading to an average time of 15:52.50 for the first seven runners and a total of 109 points. Sophomore Bella Racette led the Eagles, finishing in 14th place with a time of 15:15. Freshmen Leah Clark and Annika Urban crossed the line soon after, finishing in 22nd and 23rd place, respectively.The rest of the Eagles followed quickly, fighting through their final strides to beat out members of the other teams by seconds, and sometimes milliseconds. Junior Ana Morris (16:05, 26th place) and freshman Shana Fitzmaurice

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scored four straight points to even the score and continued on to win the first set 27-25. The team carried their momentum into the second set, which saw the Eagles win 25-15 to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Wildcats responded well in the third set, this time preserving a 24-20 lead to take the set 25-21. In the fourth set, Emory’s hitting, which had been stifled to some extent in the first three sets, came alive and a .433 hitting percentage propelled them to a 25-13 victory. Saunders led the way for the Eagles offensively with 21 kills, while senior libero Elyse Thompson led the team defensively with 24 digs. Even with lulls in the offense, McDowell’s confidence in her hitters never diminishes. “We have very experienced hitters,” McDowell said. “They know how to have few hitting errors and work with

Welcome back, everybody! I’m this year’s Sports Editor. What you’re about to read is a new weekly column where I’ll talk about the latest happenings with Emory, Atlanta and national sports stories and will be discussing my thoughts and disclosing my opinions on sports topics. We’re about a week removed from the start of the new school year, and I can already tell it’s going to be a great semester and year as well. Personally, I’m really looking forward to exploring the new Emory Student Center (ESC), which includes the DUC, I mean Dobbs Common Table (that’s going to take some time to get used to), a great year at the Wheel and what’s to come from Emory’s sports teams. If you didn’t know by now, Emory’s athletic programs are some of the very best in not only Division III but the entire NCAA. Let’s recount the accomplishments racked up by Emory teams and athletes last year: the women’s swimming and diving team won their 10th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship; Jonathan Jemison (19C) of the men’s tennis team and junior Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico won the

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Freshman middle hitter Amanda Meyer jumps to meet the ball for a spike against Johnson & Wales University (JWU) on Aug. 30. The Eagles defeated JWU in four sets, 3-1.

Eagles Ace Emory Classic, 3-0 By Charlie Scruton Contributing Writer

The reigning national champion Emory volleyball team started the 2019 season off strong with three convincing wins at the Emory Classic, which was held at the WoodPEC on Aug. 30 and 31. The Eagles were dominant throughout the Classic, dropping only two sets total across three matches. Despite the championship run still fresh on the minds of the returning players and the departure of several seniors last year, Head Coach Jenny McDowell is confident her team is locked in for the new season. “We are really just focusing on this year,” McDowell said. “[It’s a] completely new team that’s very different from last year’s.” In Emory’s first match against the Guilford College (N.C.) Quakers, the teams tied midway through the first set 16-16 and the second set 13-13.

The Quakers proved to be a tough opponent to crack early on. But the Eagles found separation late in both sets and won each of them comfortably by 25-18 and 25-16, respectively. The third set was a one-sided affair as the Eagles took care of business, finishing 25-11 to complete the 3-0 sweep. Senior outside hitter Morgan McKnight and sophomore outside hitter Tara Martin starred in a dominant hitting display for Emory, each tallying 10 kills to aid an impressive team hitting percentage of .376. Junior right-side hitter Leah Saunders credits the hitters’ success to the playmaking of freshman setter Cassie Srb and the team’s defense. “We have great passers and a good defense that help us feel free to swing away,” Saunders said. Against the Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) Wildcats, the Eagles found themselves on the brink of losing the first set, down 24-20. However, with some late-set heroics, Emory



Sonny Invitational Ends in Split Hilsee’s PK Stuns Sewanee in OT By Chris James Contributing Writer

The Emory men’s soccer team broke even in the season-opening Sonny Carter Invitational at home, defeating Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) 1-0 on Aug. 31 but coming up short against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (CMS) (Calif.) 0-1 on Sept. 1. Against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, Emory sophomore midfielder Matt Engler lifted the team to victory with a go-ahead goal in the 75th minute. Freshman attacking midfielder Alejandro Gomez assisted with a great first touch to evade his defender before setting up Engler for a magnificent far-post finish. Gomez showed promise in his first collegiate match as he led the Eagles with four shots. Emory dominated the match, outshooting the Sagehens 16-8 and holding possession for most of the game. Junior goalkeeper Cole Gallagher helped preserve the Eagles’ clean sheet with three important saves. With this victory, Gallagher collected his eighth career shutout and was named to the all-tournament team along with Engler. Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to bring home the tournament title, losing 0-1 against the CMS Stags the next day.

A penalty kick decided the match in the 48th minute. With CMS on the attack, Emory defense failed to clear the ball and CMS sophomore forward William Barton recovered the ball in the box, providing a chance to put the Stags ahead. But an Emory defender slide-tackled Barton from behind, resulting in a penalty kick. Gallagher’s fingertips touched the penalty attempt, but the shot was too powerful and found the back of the net.

“If we execute on the details, I think the team can achieve great success.” — Declan Cetta, junior defender

The Eagles’ best scoring opportunity came when junior defender Declan Cetta curled the ball into the 18-yard box and sophomore forward Ethan Cohen got off a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Junior forward Nate Sampson led

the Eagles in shots and just missed a chance to tie the game on a set piece in the 70th minute. Cetta was disappointed about the loss but remains very optimistic about the team’s prospects. “I think the team played really well together given it was our first two games of the season, but we still have a lot to build on,” Cetta said. “We have the foundation in place, and if we execute on the details, I think the team can achieve great success.” Head Coach Cory Greiner felt that the Eagles played well defensively but have room for improvement on the offensive side. He said he ultimately hopes to put the team in a position to make a run in the NCAA tournament as they did in 2017. “I think we want to compete and going into the last weekend of UAA [conference play,] we want to be in a position to win the conference title,” Greiner said. “We should be in a position to get a bid to the NCAA tournament and once you do that I think anything is possible.” Emory returns to the field on Sept. 6 to host Atlanta rival Oglethorpe University at the WoodPEC at 7 p.m.

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By Ava Villalba Staff Writer The Emory women’s soccer team kicked off their 2019 season on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against the Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.) Tigers and the Lee University (Tenn.) Flames at the WoodPEC. In an exciting overtime win, the Eagles defeated Sewanee 2-1 in their opening match, securing their first victory of the season. After a scoreless first half, senior forward Shivani Beall advanced the ball on the left wing while freshman forward Natalie Klar made a run into the middle of the box. Beall crossed the ball while Klar beautifully one-timed it into the near corner for her first career goal in her first collegiate game, scoring the Eagles’ first goal of the 2019 season. Klar was one of 10 freshmen to join the team this year. “Hopefully we will be able to further contribute and help the team improve on last year’s strong season,” Klar said of her freshman class. About 10 minutes later, the Tigers retaliated with an equalizer off a corner kick by Sewanee sophomore mid-

fielder Kiera Giacomini in the 65th minute. Despite the competitiveness of regulation, overtime was over before it started. After a defensive misstep by Sewanee in the first minute, senior forward Caroline Kolski received the ball and drove toward the goal. Just as Kolski was about to shoot, Giacomini tackled Kolski inside the box from behind, resulting in her removal from the game and a penalty kick for the Eagles. “We knew that we had created countless opportunities, so when we went into overtime, we were determined to bring the same intensity to get the winning goal,” junior midfielder Samantha Hilsee said. Hilsee stepped up to the penaltykick line and beat Sewanee goalkeeper and sophomore Hanna Judycki to the right post, netting the winning goal. This was Hilsee’s second career gamewinning marker. “In the moment, I forgot that overtime periods are golden goal; I was solely focused on making my shot,” Hilsee said. “When the ball hit the

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Long Ignored Eagles Due for Celebration Continued from Back Page NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Singles Championships, respectively; the softball team finished as runner-ups at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship; and Dilys Osei (19C) won the 400m hurdles in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships by 0.4 seconds. Did I say that all happened last year? I meant last semester. So yeah, Emory has great athletes, teams and coaches. As fans, we should expect the Eagles to continue to dominate the competition en route to presumably several University Athletic Association (UAA) and NCAA championships. In most sports, at least in the fall, opponents are looking up at Emory’s teams, who find themselves near or at the top of many preseason rankings. National rankings are clearly confident in the Eagles as well. The defending national champion volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll that was released on Aug. 14. The men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked in the top 30 in the nation in addition to holding the No. 1 and No. 2 rank in the South/

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Southeast region for the women and men, respectively. In addition, the Emory women’s golf team is beginning its inaugural season this fall, led by Head Coach Katie Futcher. As students at Emory, we should be looking forward to the new ESC, new majors and Blue Donkey Coffee in Cox Hall. As Eagles, we should be ecstatic for the upcoming athletic year. Every one of Emory’s 19 sports teams are set to be extremely competitive in the UAA, and some are inevitably going to find themselves competing for an NCAA title. Emory is known as a premier academic institution with exceptional faculty and dedicated students. What flies under the radar is the excellence of our sports teams, who feature some of the most dedicated student-athletes in the country. While we desperately try to crack the top-20 in the national university rankings, we can be sure our athletic teams will bring home banners year after year. So let’s give credit where credit is due and finally recognize Emory’s amazing athletic program.

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Emory Begins Title Defense


Continued from Back Page different sets.” Emory’s third match against Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.) proved to be the toughest. After winning a tight first set 26-24, the Eagles found themselves on their back foot for the first time this season after Sewanee convincingly took the second set 25-17. However, Emory restored order as a balanced attack saw them take the final two sets 25-18 and 25-17 with McKnight, Martin and Saunders all reaching double-digit kills. Saunders, McKnight and Thompson received Emory Classic All-Tournament Team honors for their performances across the three matches, with Saunders receiving MVP honors as well. “I’m really happy to make my team and fans proud,” Saunders said. “It’s a good start, but [I] need to keep working.” The Eagles now turn their attention towards a three-game invitational at Berry College (Ga.) on Sept. 6 and 7.

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Friday September 6

Saturday September 7

Sunday September 8

Friday September 13

Saturday September 14

Volleyball W Soccer M Soccer


@ Berry Invtl. @ CNU Oglethorpe


3 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.

Volleyball W Soccer

@ Berry Invtl. Va.Wesleyan

3 p.m. & 5 p.m. 6 p.m.

M Soccer


7 p.m.

W Tennis W Volleyball M Soccer W Cross Coutry

W Tennis W Soccer W Volleyball W Golf M Golf

@ Elon Invtl. TBA @ East-West Battle 1:15 p.m. & 5:45 p.m. 3 p.m. @ Washington & Lee 6:30 p.m. @ Twilight Meet

@ Elon Invtl. @ Lynchburg @ East-West Battle @ DIII Natl. Preview Fall Preview

TBA 11 a.m. 12:15 p.m. All Day All Day

*Home Games in Bold

Nguyen Encouraged By Results

Defense Essential in Sewanee Win

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(16:10, 28th place) accounted for the rest of the scored runners. All the runners that contributed to the score finished within a minute of Racette. Nguyen noted that his team showed consistency, which will be useful in the future. “Consistency is one of the keys to doing well,” he said. “Hopefully we can make that spread a little tighter and we [can] move toward the front of the races.” The men’s cross country team registered four of the top seven runners to cross the finish line. Junior Jack Whetstone led the field, clocking a 5K time of 15:31. Nine seconds later, sophomore Spencer Moore crossed the line for the Eagles as the fourth finisher overall. The final three scorers to finish for the team were junior Matt Dillon (15:44, sixth place), sophomore Brett Lucas (15:45, seventh place) and sophomore Jon Marcus (15:50, 11th place). Whetstone was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week this year. It’s the second time in Whetstone’s career that he was honored with the award. Nguyen was proud of his teams’ performance in lieu of his arrival at Emory. “Both men and women are adjusting to a new coach and training philosophy and working really hard,” Nguyen acknowledged. “I was very happy with their performances.” The team will race again on Sept. 13 when they travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., to participate in the University of Tennessee Twilight Meet.

back of the net, I was relieved and thrilled for my team to have earned the crucial first win of the season.” The Eagles outshot the Tigers in an impressive margin of 34-5, including 10-4 in shots on goal. “There’s always extra pressure on the first game because it can really set the tone for the entire season,” Hilsee said. “We had all worked hard during preseason and were beyond ready for game day.” Head Coach Sue Patberg expressed her agreement with Hilsee’s sentiment. “Winning the first game of the season always feels great,” Patberg said. “It helps the team gain confidence, and it’s a first step toward an NCAA bid.” In their scrimmage against the Flames, the Eagles found themselves facing a 1-0 deficit early on, until sophomore midfielder Lindsey Breskow netted a shot from outside the 18-yard box that landed in over the Lee goalkeeper’s head. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game was called a draw as scrimmages do not count toward teams’ records. After a successful opening weekend, the Eagles posted a winning record of 1-0. Patberg said she expects “tough defense that allows for few chances on goal, combined with an attractive possession style that is fast-paced and creates many scoring chances and goals” this season. The Eagles return to action on Sept. 6 to face Christopher Newport University (Va.) in Newport News, Va.

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