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Abrams falls to Kemp, Senate likely advances to runoff By Matthew Chupack Executive Editor Incumbency prevailed in Georgia’s 2022 gubernatorial race, with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp emerging victorious, securing his second term in the governor’s mansion. In Georgia’s Senate race, incumbent Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican hopeful Herschel Walker are projected to advance to a runoff. “It looks like the reports of my political death have been greatly exaggerated,” Kemp said in his victory speech on election night. “It is a great night to be a Georgian.” Kemp outperformed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams by 7.6 percentage points, with Kemp garnering 2,104,084 votes (53.4%) and Abrams winning 1,805,610 votes (45.8%), as of Nov. 9 at 4:00 a.m. Abrams conceded to Kemp Tuesday evening. “I am doing what is clearly the responsible thing — I am suspending my campaign for governor,” Abrams said in a speech on Tuesday evening. “I may no longer be seeking the office of governor, but I will never stop doing everything in my power to ensure that the people of

Georgia have a voice.” According to various polls, Abrams' weaker performance this election cycle may be due to a decrease in support among Black male voters and a general lack of excitement surrounding the midterm elections among Black voters. Emory College Republicans Chairman Robert Schmad (23C) wrote in an email to the Wheel that he was not surprised Kemp pulled off a comfortable win. “Governor Brian Kemp ran on a policy record of putting the interests of Georgians first, Stacey Abrams ran on a bourgeois progressive culture war,” Schmad wrote. “We look forward to Governor Kemp continuing to protect life and prosperity in the state of Georgia for the next four years.” Young Democrats of Emory President Ash Shankar (23B) did not respond for comment by press time. Other key Georgia races resulted in favorable outcomes for Republicans. Georgia State Rep. and Democratic Secretary of State candidate Bee Nguyen conceded to Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger Tuesday evening. “The past years haven’t been easy in Georgia — I’m grateful to be in [a]

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Emory community reflects on first election cycle under SB 202 By Ashley Zhu Politics Desk The Election Integrity Act of 2021, also known as SB 202, was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in March 2021. The bill instituted numerous changes relating to voter eligibility, voter registration and election processes. The 2022 midterms are the first election cycle since SB 202 was enacted, which was deemed an “anti-voter law” by protestors and an “election integrity” protector by supporters. Changes under SB 202 Adam Byrnes (21Ox, 23C), a political science major, conducted research on changes implemented under SB 202 alongside Lauren Huiet (21Ox, 23B). According to Byrnes, a major part of the bill was the centralization of state authority, manifested in the alteration of the powers of the secretary of state, the State Elections Board

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and the General Assembly. Under SB 202, the General Assembly — composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate — will now appoint the head of the State Election Board, a position that was previously filled by an elected secretary of state. The change is listed in section five of the bill, stating that a majority vote in each chamber of the General Assembly is sufficient to fill the position. The chairperson is barred from participating in partisan political activities — including campaign contributions or participation in political party organizations — during their time as a chair, as well as in their two years prior to appointment. “My concern is what happens if, at the county level, you have bad actors who want to disqualify voters for partisan reasons,” Byrnes said. “I think it went too far in terms of centralizing state authority and creating more avenues for bad actors if they get power to make a negative

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race where we can have a phone call & wish each other well,” Nguyen tweeted. “Thank you to the voters in the state of Georgia. You inspire me.” Raffensperger outperformed Nguyen by 9.2 percentage points as of Nov. 9 at 4:00 a.m., with Raffensperger winning 53.2% of votes and Nguyen receiving 44.0% of votes. Additionally, Rep. Nikema Williams (D-5) was reelected to represent Georgia’s fifth congressional district, where Emory University is located. She leads Christian Zimm (15Ox, 17C, 20B, 20L), her Republican opponent, by 64.9 percentage points as of Nov. 9 at 4:00 a.m. Kemp and Abrams previously faced off in the 2018 gubernatorial election, when Kemp won his first term as governor by just 1.4 percentage points. Abrams subsequently refused to concede, flagging alleged voter suppression. Abrams then established Fair Fight Action, a nonprofit dedicated to combating voter suppression in Georgia and across the United States.

Abrams’ key campaign points included expanding Medicaid, investing in education and providing free technical college through need-based financial aid. She is also a proponent of LGBTQ rights, reproductive freedom and strengthening gun safety laws. In contrast, Kemp signed the historic heartbeat bill, which bans most abortions in Georgia after six weeks, and approved legislation allowing permitless carry of a concealed handgun in public. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he passed the Unmask Georgia Act in March, which prohibited public schools from requiring masks. Kemp also implemented a $5,000 teacher pay raise, the largest in Georgia’s history. Georgia’s economy expanded during Kemp’s tenure. During fiscal year 2021, investments grew by 46% and job creation increased 5% above previous Georgia economic development records. Warnock outpaced Walker by 0.5 percentage points, with Warnock receiving 1,941,020 (49.2%) votes while Warnock accumulated 1,922,977 (48.7%) votes, as

of Nov. 9 at 4:00 a.m. However, neither candidate has received over 50% of the vote, so the race will likely advance to a runoff on Dec. 6. Several controversies defined Walker’s campaign, including urging and offering to pay for his ex-girlfriend to get two abortions, spurning his children and faking a law enforcement background. Walker — who proudly claimed he does not know how to spell “politician” — has also been endorsed by numerous controversial figures, including Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and former U.S. President Donald Trump. Walker is most known for his football career, where he played on the University of Georgia’s 1980 championship team, as well as for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Although he does not have a formal background in politics, Trump appointed Walker chairman of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

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Emory faculty donates $58,997.07 to Warnock, $399.90 to Walker in 2022

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Over the course of 2022, Emory employees have thus far made 5,909 individual donations to U.S. Senate and congressional candidates as well as

related political organizations and political action committees (PACs), totaling $679,760.30. Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) received $58,997.07 through 531 individual Emory faculty contributions through Warnock for Georgia and the

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Warnock Victory Fund, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data. Of these donations, 525 contributions totaling $55,707.47 went to Warnock for Georgia. Far fewer Emory employees donated

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Senate runoff election Majority of faculty donations likely to be held Dec. 6 given to Democratic candidates Continued from Page 1

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Despite political scientists previously forecasting a red wave nationwide, many Democratic candidates have fended off their Republican opponents.

Continued from Page 1 On the campaign trail, Walker has advocated for lowering taxes, increasing security on the United States and Mexico border, bolstering military spending and advancing pro-life policies. When Warnock was sworn into office less than two years ago, he made history as the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia and the first Democratic Black senator from the South. He was also the first Democratic Senator elected in Georgia in 20 years. Like Walker, Warnock does not come from a political background — he is the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. Warnock was elected in a special election to decide who would complete the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) term after he resigned from office in December 2019 due to

health concerns. Kemp appointed former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) to fill the seat until the special election was held. The special election advanced to a runoff between Loeffler and Warnock, with his and Sen. Jon Ossoff’s (D-Ga.) eventual victories flipping the Senate blue. While in office, Warnock co-sponsored the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, which aimed to facilitate the United States’ transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy by offering tax credits for solar energy production. His campaign also emphasized many bread-and-butter Democratic initiatives, like expanding Medicaid, advancing women’s reproductive rights and protecting the Affordable Care Act and the Equality Act.

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to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker — Team Herschel, Inc. received 15 donations from an Emory employee, totaling $399.90. Employees did not donate to Walker through any other organizations, including Team Herschel’s People’s Champion Committee, Team Herschel Victory Committee, Run Herschel Run PAC and Herschel Walker for Georgia Victory Fund. In total, Warnock and Walker’s campaigns directly received $59,396.97 from Emory employees, divided among 540 individual contributions. No Emory employees donated to Libertarian Senate candidate Chase Oliver. Emory staff contributions follow state-wide trends between the two candidates for Senate. Donors across Georgia and beyond contributed more than $26.3 million to Warnock between July 1 and Sept. 30, while Walker trails behind, having raised $12 million in the same time period. Emory affiliates are the fourth largest contributor to Warnock’s campaign, beating those of Microsoft, Apple and Amazon. Emory employees also donated to PACs representing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. In Congressional races, Emory employees contributed the most to candidates Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D-13), Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath (D-6) and Georgia Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-7) since Jan. 1, 2022. Kelly received $31,810 across 33 donations, while Ryan raised $22,061.32

with 40 donations. McBath followed with $8,250 through 32 donations. Bourdeaux received $1,200 from seven donations. Emory Professor in the Practice of Business Law Allison Burdette said she donated to John Fetterman, who is the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, Ryan and Warnock. Over the course of 22 individual donations since the start of 2022, Burdette has given $650 to Tim Ryan for Ohio and $1,147.50 to ActBlue, a PAC and online crowdfunding platform for funding left-leaning candidates.

In total, Warnock and Walker's campaigns directly received $59,396.97 from Emory employees. When asked why she donated to these candidates, Burdette noted her attraction to their character. She said Fetterman “seems like an ‘everyman,’” Ryan “cuts through politics and talks with heart” and Warnock “has done an exceptional job representing Georgia.” Although she did not donate to his campaign, Burdette admitted to having a soft spot for Walker because she received an autograph from the former NFL star during a high school track meet. David Howard, an associate professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, was similarly motivated by candidates’ character but donated to Republican campaigns. Howard said he donated to Wyoming Rep.

Elizabeth Cheney (R-at large district), South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace (R-1) and Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He gave one donation of $250 to WinRed and one donation of $250 to Nancy Mace for Congress. “I’m worried about the direction of the Republican Party,” Howard said. “I generally support moderate Republicans who don’t kowtow to Trump.” Howard added that he appreciates candidates like Cheney and Raffensperger who “put the right decision above party line” and are not afraid to make decisions that may be unpopular and threaten their upcoming elections. George Mitchell, a histocompatibility technologist for Emory Healthcare, is the only Emory employee who is listed by the FEC as donating to Team Herschel, Inc. Mitchell did not respond for comment. Among Emory faculty, the largest contributors were Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies Carol Anderson, who donated $41,847.05, Professor of Classics Christine Perkell, who donated $2,368.59 and the Goodrich C. White Professor of Film and Media Studies Matthew Bernstein. Bernstein led the pack, donating $389,827.02 throughout 2022 and over $1 million during the course of his tenure at Emory. “My wife and I care deeply about ensuring democracy continues in America, a woman’s right to choose, sensible gun safety laws and the climate crisis,” Bernstein said.

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Emory polling station is accessible, fast on Election Day By Sarah Davis Managing Editor There was no line when Emory University’s 1599 Clifton Road polling station opened on Election Day at 7 a.m. Michelle Tucker (25C), who voted for the first time in the midterm election, was the first to enter the polls. “I’m really excited,” Tucker said. “I think I made some good choices.” The 1599 building only recently started being used as a polling center, beginning operation for the primary election on May 2. While managed by DeKalb County, Emory’s Office of

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Kaleb Branch (24C) poses with a sticker saying "I'm a Georgia Voter" on Election Day. This is his first time voting in Georgia.

Government and Community Affairs collaborated with Emory Votes Initiative (EVI) to provide volunteers to oversee the site.

“I came really early because I thought there was going to be a long line, but there isn't.” — Fiona Chen (25C) More than 14,000 people voted at the polling site during the early voting period, according to Assistant Vice President of University Communications and Marketing Laura Diamond. EVI Program Coordinator Hannah Joy Gebresilassie said the volunteers stepped in when the line went out the door during the last day of early voting on Nov. 4. “Their job with operations is to make sure that there’s a line structure and format,” Gebresilassie said. “We correspond with the poll workers to make sure everything’s running smoothly and then we get students involved.” On Election Day, however, voters had little to no wait times to enter the polls. Within the last hour of voting, turnout was sparse, with only about 20 people coming in and out of the precinct to cast their vote. This surprised Fiona Chen (25C), who visited the polling station around 8:30 a.m.

“I came really early because I thought there was going to be a long line, but there isn’t,” Chen said. “I don’t know if it’s because it’s the morning and no one’s awake, but it was really easy.” Joyce Korir (23B), who works in Emory’s Center for Civic and Community Engagement, said “the voting went fast” and gave a shout out to Gebresilassie for her work overseeing the polling center. Voters praised the polling station for its easy-to-follow instructions and said the connected parking deck, which was free during voting hours, made the site more accessible. “They made it really idiot-proof, in a sense,” Christine Zhu (23B) said. “All the directions were there, and it was really easy to follow … I’m hoping it stays that way for this election day.” This election, many students voted for the first time in Georgia. Kaleb Branch (24C), who is originally from Arkansas, changed his registration to Georgia for the midterm election. He said that the states’ elections were “important for me, especially being a minority in both.” Branch, who voted on Nov. 8, said he received a warm reception at the polls and reported that the “process was pretty simple.” “I did a little research before I got here, and then they just kind of guided me on what to do,” Branch said. On Election Day, students, poll workers and staff at the 1599 Clifton Road precinct worked together one last time to finish out this election cycle. “It’s so powerful to see everybody

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Anish Nashine (24B), Ash Shankar (23B) and Christine Zhu (23B) hold up their stickers after voting at the 1599 Clifton Road polling station on Nov. 8. The polling station opened in May ahead of the primary elections. working together,” Gebresilassie said on Tuesday morning. “It’s kind of emotional: you’re seeing a multi-generational, inter-generational mobilization movement, and I’m excited to see what happens tonight and

tomorrow.” Alan Na (26C) contributed reporting.

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SB 202 disproportionately affects voters of color, lawsuits say Continued from Page 1 difference.” Co-Communications Director of Young Democrats of Emory Virginia Brown (23C) also expressed concerns about the shift from an elected to an appointed position, saying it will allow the state legislature to take over and turn it into a partisan role. “The chair of the Elections Board is appointed by the majority of the House and Senate, so in effect [it's] going to be a Republican nominee, whereas the Secretary of State is directly nominated,” Brown said. SB 202 also banned mobile polling units, which are RV-sized buses large enough to house eight to 10 voting stations. Under the bill, Fulton County will only be able to use mobile voting units during a declared disaster. Nichola Hines, the president of the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County — a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and educating voters — noted that SB 202’s ban on mobile voting units “stripped away” citizens’ ability to vote early. During the pandemic in June 2020, Hines described a “debacle of primaries,” which the county decided to circumvent by booking large venues and building mobile units to increase voting access. Fulton County was the only county in Georgia to utilize mobile voting units, which created a “simple, secure” voting experience for voters of all ages and disabilities. “Other counties were actually looking at this and saying, ‘This is a great idea, this is access to more people,” Hines said. “Fulton County was the only one who was thinking outside of the box — how can more people access the polls, less lines?” When Hines used the mobile unit, she discovered that it was almost identical to walking to a regular precinct. The mobile voting unit had multiple polling units, with a poll supervisor and multiple poll workers. According to Hines, the buses traveled throughout Fulton County on Saturdays and Sundays, spanning from North Fulton all the way to South Fulton. Additionally, people could easily access listings of the 24 scheduled bus stops. Many of the bus stops reached isolated areas, where polling places may have been inconvenient. Hines added that, even as a resident of Atlanta, she isn’t able to walk to her county polling location. “Go back to the name,” Hines said. “What does it have to do with integrity? The machines are the same machines, the workers are the same type of workers. Just now, instead of it being in a stationary building, they brought the machines to the voters.”

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Emory community members line up for the last day of early voting at the 1599 Clifton Road polling station. SB 202’s changes swing both ways, Byrnes added. “This strikes me as a combination of fairly common sense smaller changes and more overbearing regulations that I don’t see a compelling need for, in terms of protecting election security,” Byrnes said. Byrnes said that some of the changes outlined in the bill were understandable, such as IDs being required for absentee ballots. He said that the new rule — and the ability to use social security numbers instead of IDs — makes sense because IDs are required at polls. However, Brown noted that Young Democrats of Emory faced challenges with the new requirement of including a photocopy of government ID, front and back, during registration. As the organization helped register students to vote, they had to make sure that the form was filled out correctly, print out the ID photos, match the photos with their registration and send them out. “It was kind of a tedious process,” Brown said. “Although it was something we were able to do, it disenfranchises a lot of Black and Latino voters, or older, immunocompromised, disabled or low income people who don’t have access to printers.” The bill also limited the number of days people can apply for an absentee ballot from 180 days to 78 days before an election. Absentee ballots could previously be requested up until the Friday before Election Day, but are now cut off 11 days before the election. Additionally, there is a new limit of one absentee ballot drop box per

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100,000 registered voters in each county, and the drop boxes must be indoors under surveillance. The boxes, which were previously outside under video surveillance and accessible 24 hours a day, are now limited to early voting hours. Under SB 2020, Fulton County’s number of dropboxes fell from 38 to eight. Hines added that all other major counties were limited to five dropboxes. “I had to find a parking spot for my car, get out of my car, then go in the building and drop it off, instead of having somewhere where it was accessible for me to stay in a car or just quickly park, drop and go,” Hines said. She added that the drop boxes help people who don’t have time to go into a building to vote. “If counties want to establish more dropboxes that are within state regulations … in a building, secure, with regulations on who guards and interacts with it, if they want to incur that cost, why can’t they?” Byrnes said. Additionally, SB 202’s new voter challenge provision states that any individual voter can submit an unlimited number of challenges to the eligibility of voters. At the county level, Byrnes said that there might be “bad actors” who seek to disqualify voters for partisan reasons. “This is kind of just a net negative, as a bill,” Brown said. “One of the fundamental principles of being in a democracy is that every person has the right to vote, and this is just undermining that.” However, Brown noted that she believes there are parts of the bill that help promote fair elections. Under the bill, poll workers who reside in different counties are allowed to work in metropolitan areas, meaning Georgians from rural areas will be able to help run elections elsewhere. This year’s midterms Redistricting, the redrawing of new congressional and state legislative district boundaries, occurs every ten years. Kemp signed Georgia's congressional map into law in December 2021, removing Democratic precincts in DeKalb County from Georgia's sixth congressional district and adding in more conservative counties. According to Georgia Public Broadcasting, the new boundaries are likely to elect nine Republicans and five Democrats, compared to the

eight Republicans and six Democrats elected in 2020. “You want to make sure, because of new-drawn lines, that you’re polling in the right place, you know who you’re voting for,” Hines said. “Your state senator, representative, even your commissioners could have changes. You want to make sure before you get in there that you’re not shocked.” Hines introduced the idea of “sexy candidates,” such as the senator, governor and secretary of state, who make people more “excited” to vote due to greater knowledge about the candidates. However, one of her organization’s goals is to inform people about the candidates further down the ballot.

“One of the fundamental principles of being in a democracy is that every person has the right to vote, and this is just undermining that.” — Virginia Brown (23C) For example, the state superintendent — the elected officer of the State Board of Education — can’t necessarily write legislation, but they still have considerable influence on the legislators who write bills. More recently, the “Protect Students First Act” requiring school administrators to limit how race can be discussed in the classroom was passed in April 2022, along with other proposed bills to censor classroom conversations and strip funding from Georgia students. Another important position is the labor commissioner of the Department of Labor, which showed its “antiquated” infrastructure during the 2020 pandemic, according to Hines. She said that, as thousands of people were laid off from their jobs, some Georgians weren’t able to receive checks and other necessities due to lack of a system in place. “The lower the candidates are on the ballot, the closer they are to everyday life,” Hines said. “We’re stressing to fold to pay attention, don’t just vote for those top two.” Brown noted that SB 202 is making

it harder for most people who traditionally vote Democrat to register to vote. Black, Hispanic and Asian individuals, as well as lower-income individuals, who lean Democrat, overwhelmingly vote blue. Georgia lawmakers were hit with several lawsuits in 2021 alleging that SB 202 disproportionately harmed voters of color as a means to achieve a partisan end. Both the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Legal Defense Fund filed lawsuits in March 2021 against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Georgia State Election Board on grounds of racial discrimination against voters. The Lawyer’s Committee’s lawsuit alleges that race was a “motivating factor” behind SB 202. “SB 202 was enacted at a time when Black voters and other voters of color were making increasing use of means of voting,” the lawsuit states. “SB 202 was enacted immediately following elections in which the size of the population of Black voters and other voters of color, particularly when compared to the diminishing share of the white vote, had become larger in statewide elections.” The Legal Defense Fund’s lawsuit also lists Kemp as a defendant. “Specifically, SB 202 interacts with historical, socioeconomic, and other electoral conditions in Georgia to prevent voters of color, and particularly Black voters, from having an equal opportunity to participate in the political process on account of their race or color,” the lawsuit reads. Three months later, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia, Raffesperger and the Georgia State Election Board for on the grounds that “the cumulative and discriminatory effect of these laws — particularly on Black voters — was known to lawmakers and that lawmakers adopted the law despite this.” However, Brown doesn’t think that it will depress turnout, because people “see how important it is” to vote. “They see that there’s people trying to actively take away their ability to vote, and they’re trying to counteract that,” Brown said. “That’s something we’ve been trying to do as an organization, to make sure these changes don’t affect how many people are able to turn out.” Byrnes also said anger at the bill’s passage might incentivize people to turn out to vote. Georgia voters set an all-time high during early voting, with turnout concluding at 2,288,889 voters casting their ballot by the end of last Friday. Additionally, Byrnes doesn’t think the bill will impact the 2022 midterms elections as much as it might alter future events, expressing concerns with the provisions outlined in the bill “being in the hands of bad actors.” “What if people get in the State Election Board who want to take over county election boards and replace supervisors they don’t like, for political reasons?” Byrnes said. Emory College Republicans Chairman Robert Schmad (23C) and Vice President Paul O’Friel (23C) did not respond for comment by press time. Professor of Sociology and Emory College Republicans Faculty Advisor Frank Lechner declined to comment.

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Amid Abram’s devastating loss, fight fora purple Georgia it should be a reminder to keep Georgia purple and continue to support grassroots movements, even though Georgia’s governor may push the state further right. Gov. Brian Kemp’s win likely means he will be enacting policies from the latter half of his previous tenure. His oppressive stance on critical race theory could mean the complete omission of race as a topic of discussion in Georgia classrooms after he declared the subject to be “anti-American” and “indoctrinating.” Many Georgian schools already began to take this stance prior to Kemp’s authorization, like a group of Coosa High School students who faced suspension after protesting against blatant racism; students also commented how they were unable to wear shirts supHAYLEY POWERS/CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATOR porting Black Lives Matter Georgia experienced two of the highest stake races during this year’s and the LGBTQ commumidterm elections. nity. Students of color were already unable to defend Stacey Abrams conceded to Gov. As a state, Georgia barely turned themselves in light of racism and a Brian Kemp on Nov. 8, after losing blue in the 2020 election following statewide ban may further complithe election by 7.7% of the vote. Her Abrams’ efforts to increase voter cate these processes. loss on Election Day threatens the turnout through her organization, Kemp also signed a heartbeat bill rights of Georgian marginalized Fair Fight Georgia. In 2018, they in 2019, forbidding the termination communities, who lost a chance at a aimed to increase turnout in under- of a pregnancy once a heartbeat is governor who would protect their represented communities and detected, which is usually at six rights. younger voters., after Abrams lost weeks after conception or less. This Kemp will now serve a second- her 2018 bid for governor.The 2022 bill recently took effect following the term as Georgia’s governor, as he gubernatorial race came at a conse- overturning of Roe v. Wade in June begins to enact policies left over from quential time for key issues including and severely limits a person’s ability his last tenure and bring forward new abortion rights and critical race to choose if they want a child or not, ones. Marginalized communities had theory (CRT), but the results of this setting a precedent to collectively many rights at stake during the 2022 election should not deter Abrams’ limit bodily autonomy. This legislagubernatorial election, but Abrams’ supporters from continuing to fight tion targets people able to have loss leaves an open-ended future. for these urgent causes. If anything, children and furthers an anti-consent

environment. Along with placing limits on bodily autonomy, Kemp is also expected to continue his assault on his own constituents’ rights to vote. In 2021, he signed SB 202 into law, establishing extensive limits to how and when people can vote, including narrowing the window for absentee ballot requests, creating new ID requirements and limiting the distribution of food and water to voters in lines. Unfortunately for voting Georgians, Kemp does not plan on stopping here —voting accessibility is a mere hoax to him. Just as Abrams lost to Kemp, other liberal politicians were outvoted by their conservative counterparts in several other states, like Texas, where gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke also lost. Feelings of frustration and discouragement from voters are understandable at the results of these elections. However, it is essential for voters to not lose their passion or support for meaningful issues. The fights for reproductive rights, the environment and a racially just U.S. are not over. Georgians should not feel limited by a governor that won’t advocate for their shared progressive positions. To some, grassroots movements may sound ineffective, time-consuming or just plain irrelevant when compared to national politics, but that is not the case; historically, grassroots movements have had the power to change policy and address important issues. The best way to counteract this lack of representation is to generate buzz around and advocate for issues like gun control and healthcare reforms that still maintain their importance in the face of opposition. For example, if your passion lies in improving national transportation and making the United States

greener, then perhaps first get involved with reforms targeting the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), here in Atlanta. After this citywide approach, move on to statewide transportation issues, such as expanding access to more environmentally friendly vehicles; starting small is key to building up a people-based movement. Another example is continuing advocacy for reproductive justice in Georgia. At institutions like the Feminist Women’s Health Center, community members can participate in workshops, volunteer to lobby at the state capital or simply attend educational and advocational events. While the anticipated actions by Kemp will likely continue to break down many Georgian rights, it is essential to continue uplifting reproductive justice, voting rights and other important issues. This year saw the highest recorded turnout ever of young voters for the early voting period; the best way to utilize that passion and energy created by the 2022 midterms is through supporting grassroots campaigns or lobbying government officials. It may have been disheartening to see Abrams lose on Election Day, but it is essential to remember that politicians don’t always save us. We empower ourselves to take action. Movements are hardly ever substantiated by politicians — they are put into effect by people. Take these sentiments to heart and keep advocating for your beliefs, even if Kemp does not. Georgia won’t turn blue overnight, so we must keep Georgia purple and not allow the issues that Abrams and her voters stand for to disappear. Proactively champion your beliefs, and do not be brought down by leaders who you feel misrepresent you.

The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is composed of Isabelle Bellott-McGrath, Rachel Broun, Evelyn Cho, Ellie Fivas, Marc Goedemans, Aayam Kc, Elyn Lee, Saanvi Nayar, Shruti Nemala, Nushrat Nur, Sara Perez and Kayla Robinson.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Preprofessionalism undermines academic discovery Saanvi Nayar When I visited Emory University in April after officially committing, my information session leader told us — a mix of newly committed, relieved seniors and anxious, anticipative juniors — that we were each expected to have about five to six different career paths. And then she said that half of those career paths have not even been created yet. Our generation is unique for having grown up alongside the burgeoning digital age; with an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach, Emory is advertised to foster a boundless “vision of change.” I expected this vision to be projected through the student body, and yet, so many of my interactions concerning academic discovery have been confined to unenthused conversations about pre-professional plans. Reflecting at the midpoint of my first ever college semester, I find myself conflicted over whether Emory is responsible for the mounting pre-professional culture that I’ve experienced, or if this culture is a ramification of America’s broader capitalist social structure. I recently worked on a piece with the Wheel’s Editorial Board on New York University's decision to fire a professor based on students having received bad grades. As his organic chemistry course is a notorious “weedout” class for pre-medical students, it is reasonable to assume that at least some of the students were falsely motivated to protest this class because of preprofessional requirements. This article allowed me to consider just how pervasive pre-professionalism is at Emory, especially considering there are application processes into the Goizueta Business School and Nell Hodgson Nursing School during sophomore year. American universities are becoming increasingly programmed as a collective to funnel students into pre-professional, long-term tracks — this dangerously rejects alternate career avenues, interests and any

semblance of niche individuality. Students who are not pre-professional to “sell-out” when so much of the As a sociology major with no are often left to grapple with a notori- student body dictates their academic semblance of a career plan, I am a part ous sense of impostor syndrome. It is experience by a long-term career goal of the minority of Emory students. I am difficult to feel academically supported, instead of unhindered interest. Interbeginning to understand just how despite the multitude of Emory’s nationally, about 50% to 75% of all difficult it is to not be undergraduates will on a pre-professional change their major track — after all, I used once. Yet, I have been to be on one. I went to most surprised to wita vocational STEM ness that freshmen high school and was have had concocted convinced at 14 to pre-professional plans pursue cardiothoracic since the club fair in oncology. There is an August, at the concepunparalleled security tion of a fresh discovthat comes with the ery period. In a prepre-professional forprofessional society, it mula of medical is difficult to render school, residency and practicality with fellowships. There is majors in linguistics, also security in knowhumanities or the arts. ing that the outcome is College experiences a tangible, well-rethus coalesce into a spected and financially mere stepping-stone stable career. In 2012, to your career, rather the Wheel identified than a period for intelthe crux of Emory’s lectual discovery. pre-professional culEmory as an instituture as the need for tion is a microcosm of financial stability. The America’s capitalist ANUSHA KURAPATI/CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATOR cost of tuition has gone economy. up tremendously Pre-professionalism is not the enemy; the enemy is the lack of liberty My academic adviacross private higher in choosing to pursue a pre-professional avenue. sor recently told me education institutions in the past twenty years, with an average annual increase of 6.2%, and it is consistently rising; I understand the need for justifying the price of this university with a pre-professional track that will guarantee a certain salary. There is an undeniable privilege tacitly associated with boundless academic discovery, but what I struggle to understand is a complete rejection of exploring outside the bounds of preprofessional culture. At Emory, this culture is so pervasive that it ultimately suffuses personal identities; I have witnessed it amongst my peers in the freshmen class, who have become so enthralled by their preprofessional track that every extracurricular and class revolves around it.

academic resources, when your academic interests do not correspond to a clear-cut career path. Interestingly, pre-professionalism paths integrate interdisciplinary learning, like pre-BBA tracks that combine art history or film and media with management. While the opportunity to explore these tracks is a privilege, they simultaneously and inadvertently pressure students to fit their passions into the practical lens of siness, rather than explore beyond Emory’s mainstream into less advertised majors and jobs. “Sell-out” is a phrase coined to describe students who override their ethics for the sake of personal, or more specifically, financial advancement. Frankly, it is difficult to resist the urge

that your undergraduate experience is the only guaranteed time in your life when you can study what you want, boundlessly. He also recently told me that, on average, a person will hold 12 jobs in their lifetime. And finally, he gave me the best piece of advice any non preprofessional student could hear: your major is never the defining factor of your career. It is the skills you learn through classes, extracurriculars and hobbies that diversify you as an applicant to prospective jobs; the analytical processes and interpersonal relations acquired from faculty research, the immersive cultural experiences encountered from study abroad opportunities and the language or coding skills born out of boredom.

The information session leader’s words back in April have reverberated with me amid being in the minority of students at Emory; I want five to six vastly different careers. I want interdisciplinary experiences in the workforce that leap boundaries of mainstream pre-professional avenues, rejecting narrow roles and a stagnant day-today. Passionate individuals and preprofessional ones are not mutually exclusive, but rather entities that rarely intersect because of a daunting culture within higher education and the broader American economy. It is a capitalistic culture that defines wealth as the pinnacle of success, undermining art, discovery and joy as unprofitable niceties to be set aside. I urge students to individually relinquish beliefs centered around a “practical education” that are so fervently pressed on us — it is not impractical to learn outside of the requirements for an expected career. Academic discovery is directly correlated to personal discovery. Yes, there is an undeniable insecurity in not knowing what I want to do; simultaneously, there is an indisputable excitement surrounding the liberty of boundless avenues. At the least, I know that by granting myself the grace to feel lost and frustrated, I am learning from a variety of fields and collecting an array of both academically and personally fulfilling experiences. Pre-professionalism is not the enemy; the enemy is the lack of liberty in choosing to pursue a pre-professional avenue. I don’t think the majority of Emory’s pre-professional students have it all figured out, but rather that they are fearful of the insecurity that comes with having no plan. I hope that you at least try to experience this entanglement of uncertain excitement once during your four years here. You owe it to your future self. Saanvi Nayar (26C) is from Marlboro, New Jersey.

The Title IX process is a survivor’s worst nightmare Amanda Wendler Content Warning: This article contains references of sexual assault. One thing you should know about me is that I’m known for the clothes I wear: the neon pants, chunky Doc Martens boots and colorful, dramatic printed sweaters. My Instagram bio even proclaims that I’m “chronically overdressed.” My friends sometimes question why I always have to be the most overdressed person in the room — I have no answer other than the fact that my style makes me feel like me, and I’m unrecognizable without it. Many survivors of sexual assault immediately dispose of the clothing they were dressed in when they were assaulted. There’s something symbolic to throwing away a piece of the evidence, ridding yourself of the remnants of a traumatic event. You can’t stand to touch something that your assaulter weaponized. But for me, the clothes I was wearing were a part of who I am. The green jeans I wore are beloved and I could never fathom getting rid of them. I’m wearing them as I write this. And yet, the Emory University student

who assaulted me said in his report that he didn’t remember what I was wearing that night. He remembered that I wasn’t that drunk, that I was the one who kissed him and that I didn’t run away or physically assault him. But not what I was wearing. I was sexually assaulted in my sleep on March 18, 2022. It was by someone I knew, in my own bed. It took me a month to realize what had happened to me. One April day, as I put on my green jeans, I finally let the memories flood in and let myself begin to unravel the events of that night. Minutes after coming to terms with what had happened, I submitted a Title IX report. My gut told me I had to do something; I had to see him face repercussions for his actions. Most importantly, I had to teach him about how to treat others — especially vulnerable, intoxicated girls. Within days, my investigation began. Little did I know that I was signing up for a seven-month long process that would retraumatize me over and over again and leave me feeling more broken than I already did. I was forced to relive my assault time and time again in front of apathetic, distant advisors, read through reports

by my assaulter claiming that I was an attention-seeking liar and witness photos and videos of my assault. I endured seven months of this with no lawyer, no counselor, no advisor and no support from Emory. I did it all by myself. At the beginning of the investigation, I had meetings with my case coordinator and was sent document upon document outlining the process of Formal Resolution, the Title IX resolution option that often ends in disciplinary consequences when the respondent is found responsible. I was thrown into the deep end, forced to weed through pages of legal terminology and bureaucracy. I was continuously told by the office that this case would likely be over by the time next semester started. That was my finish line: the day I would be healed and justice would be mine, and that’s what the Title IX office led me to believe. I was naive to believe that my trauma would have a deadline, but I needed a light at the end of the tunnel. What followed in the investigation was the hardest part. I had to tell my story to a case coordinator and write it out in excruciating detail. I have never told my full story to anyone else, even

my closest friends and family, and now I had no choice but to tell it over and over to strangers who frankly didn’t seem to care. Throughout the investigation, I sporadically received reports and evidence provided by the boy who assaulted me over email. I became conditioned to panic whenever I heard the recognizable email notification sound. But each time I got a report, weeks of radio silence would ensue. I didn’t receive a single email over summer break. I was only given more information or a next step from the office if I advocated for myself and emailed whichever new case coordinator Emory had hired at the time. Throughout the process, I had three different coordinators overseeing my case. The quick turnover time means I’ve never seen two out of those three coordinators face to face, and they’ve never heard my story beyond a clinical retelling on paper. Maybe it’s not that they don’t care. But it’s hard to trust a stranger with the most personal information I’ve ever shared when I’ve never received so much as a “we’re here for you.” I could go on and on about how Emory is failing its students through a

process that serves no one except abusers. I could walk you through every name that I’ve been called by my assaulter, every panic attack I’ve had when seeing him on campus and every club or event I’ve had to skip so I wouldn’t run into him. But the important thing is that Emory has done nothing to protect me from this. Emory has not ensured that I am physically or emotionally safe. Emory has done nothing to comfort or support a 19-year-old survivor who has endured the trauma of a lifetime. Emory is failing every survivor that is brave enough to come forward with their story, and this failure costs us weeks, months and years of our lives. I’ve had so many parts of my college experience stolen from me by my assaulter and the school that has failed to keep me safe from him. We must demand better for ourselves, our friends and the survivor too scared to speak up because of the legacy of Title IX on campus. It’s time we get the protection we deserve. But until then, I’ll keep telling my story and wearing my neon green jeans. Amanda Wendler (25C) is from Westfield, New Jersey.

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Public backlash should not be changing art Safa Wahidi Content warning: this article contains mentions of eating disorders. Taylor Swift recently presented her listeners with a collection of brand-new synth-pop, dreamy songs. “Midnights,” her tenth studio album, is described by the singer-songwriter as a concept album, a “collage of intensity, highs and lows and ebbs and flows. Life can be dark, starry, cloudy, terrifying, electrifying, hot, cold, romantic or lonely. Just like Midnights.” The reception to the album has been astounding: less than 24 hours after its release, “Midnights” broke the record for the most-streamed album in a single day in Spotify history. It’s evident that Swift still knows how to make the entire music industry shimmer. Pun intended. Not every reaction has been positive, however. While the music video for “Anti-Hero” has taken the Internet by storm, accusations of fatphobia have clouded its release. The clip begins with Swift — the individual — opening the door for Swift™, an idea that seems larger than life. The latter serves as a sort of manifestation of the former’s late-night fears. “Everyone will betray you,” she warns her counterpart in one scene. In another, viewers see Swift step on a bathroom scale with the word “FAT” displayed in vivid letters, while the other shakes her head in disapproval. The use of the word fat as a descriptor for something negative has led audiences to wonder if Swift was right to use the term. Critics insist that Swift’s feelings are significantly influential and that by sharing her own “fear” of fatness, she is contributing to body size stigma. This perspective is reductive given the fact that Swift has previously shared with fans that she struggled for a large part of her life with an eating disorder. This was a prevalent topic in her 2019 documentary, “Miss Americana,” and in a later interview with “Variety,” she elaborated, recounting an early experience with a tabloid cover that labeled her as pregnant at 18. She hinted that the encounter was formative, altering her future psychological relationship with food. Swift fully reserves the right to tell her own story however she sees fit. As a society, we

shouldn’t gatekeep who can and can’t experience issues with body image, nor should we invalidate another’s pain. It’s not our job as listeners to tell the artist how to present his or her craft. Regardless, “Anti-Hero” was edited on Apple Music and YouTube. While viewers can still see Swift on the scale, the word “FAT” has been deleted altogether — a move that signifies the role that public opinion plays in today’s music industry. This demonstrates a watering down of expression reminiscent of Beyoncé and Lizzo both being forced to change their song lyrics earlier this year amid media controversy. Some critics continue to contend that there are other possible word choices that would have better conveyed Swift’s message without hurting those who are a larger size. But it’s not the public’s job to decide which words Swift employs in her music video, nor is it her job to always be politically correct. Her job has been the same for 16 years: to express her innermost emotions using good, catchy music. After the edit, some individuals spoke out against the downsides of cancel culture and the impact of media censorship on art. “This trend of public backlash causing art to be changed after it’s released doesn’t sit right with me,” one Twitter user posted. He’s right. How can we expect songwriters to craft and share their deeply personal experiences while simultaneously rebuking them for feeling a certain way? Swift didn’t earn the title of the American Music Awards Artist of the Decade for just any reason. She has always been revered for her honest storytelling. Her talent for evoking feelings that audiences can relate to is unparalleled; it’s what sets her apart from every other singer in the industry. If we begin to censor that, aren’t we destroying the purpose of art itself? The role of music is to serve as a medium for public expression, yet the phenomenon of artists such as Swift, Beyoncé and Lizzo changing their work due to public perception seems like a cheap cop-out — a way to cater to the masses for fear of cancellation. Art is meant to evoke emotion; arousing controversy is inherent. Instead of giving in to the backlash, Swift should have held her ground and kept the video in its original format. Viewers are now left with not only a minimized account of her struggle, but also with a video much less genuine than the

incredibly raw lyrics and original images they would typically expect from her. “Anti-Hero” is intended to be about self-criticism. This was made evident by Swift in promo for the song, and viewers should account for context and intention when absorbing a given piece of media. Further, having bodily insecurities is both real and normal. This is clearly what Swift attempted to depict in the video’s original cut. Of course, we could talk about where these insecurities stem from and could certainly link them back to a fatphobic culture. But simply having doubts about your appearance and choosing to share those anxieties online doesn’t make you an abhorrent enemy worthy of online exile. Swift isn’t the problem; she’s only a piece of it. The primary issue is not Swift’s fear of being perceived as fat; it’s the fact that society gave her this fear in the first place. The sequence on the scale illustrates the immense pressure that women are put under to conform — to mold themselves to a size that is deemed as acceptable. “Anti-Hero” brings attention to these arbitrary parameters, calling them out for their impact on self-image. It’s a shame that this has been misconstrued as an endorsement of problematic beauty standards. Finally, if chronically online, woke culture continues to persist, we are depriving art from the very thing that makes it authentic: flaws. We all have them, and trying to pretend that artists are perfect fundamentally devalues their careers by stripping them of their humanity. Singers have flaws just as much as you and I do, and it’s time that hyper-woke activists stop caging their artistic freedoms. Every individual — regardless of size — is worthy of feeling beautiful. Our culture needs to do a better job of ensuring that. But demonizing Taylor Swift for sharing her negative past experiences with her weight won’t solve the problem. Instead, we should focus on what she has given us with “Midnights”: an otherwise honest, shining example that in your darkest hours, it’s okay to feel insecurity — to feel haunted by your past fears, even the ones that are too scary to voice aloud. There are simply bigger problems to solve in the world than Swift’s bathroom scale. Safa Wahidi (24Ox) is from Sugar Hill, Georgia.


Georgia Senateelection dragson. Braceyourself. The Editorial Board Georgia’s senatorial election was one of the most hotly contested races in the midterms this year. Incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican candidate Herschel Walker boasted one of the most expensive races in history, with both candidates spending more than $241 million combined on the campaigns. Despite the quarter billion dollar bill, the NYT as of 2:30a.m. predicts a tossup, with over 95% of votes counted. Warnock just barely edges out Walker with 49.34% of votes and Walker trailing slightly behind with 48.60%.

Warnock just barely edged out Walker earning 49.34% of votes and Walker trailing slightly behind with 48.60%. Walker has faced numerous sexual assault allegations and abortion controversies during his campaign, but it never deterred Georgia voters from casting a ballot for him. The stories themselves have become memes and internet lore, diminishing the severity of Walker’s actions and demonstrating the need for critical thinking on the moral compasses of our political leaders. The Supreme Court repeal of Roe v. Wade has provided a heated opportunity for a Democratic takeback. However, during the neck-andneck election between Warnock and Walker, there has been a considerable lack of debate between the two, limiting voters’ awareness and understanding of their platforms. Voters know that Warnock is a preacher and Walker is an alleged perpetrator of domestic violence; that Walker likes Trump and Warnock does not. Georgia has lost

sight of the actual politics. Instead of focusing on individual platforms, Warnock and Walker reduced campaign tactics to smearing each other’s names. Their actions have fared no better than the yearly Student Government Association election debacles. This election has been a popularity contest epitomized by rumors and theories. Walker’s campaign largely promoted negative advertisements about Walker rather than focusing on his platform and prominent issues. Warnock and Democrat-affiliated groups supporting him have spent a total of $36 million on portraying an anti-Walker stance. The highly polarized political environment has allowed dirty politics to slip into elections, like spreading false information that creates distrust of a certain candidate, promoting deceitful opinions of a candidate and muddling voters about the election. In an age where the internet dominates a large majority of campaigning and influence, toying with emotions work much more effectively and easily. A doctored video, ridiculous headlines and unreasonable conspiracies proliferate at an unparalleled rate. To properly distinguish between two equally competitive candidates, there should be more discussion and debate. Rather than relying on headlines and controversies, there should be an increased number of required debates between both candidates that allows voters to evaluate candidates’ policies and goals. If the election goes to a runoff on Dec. 6 gives candidates ample time to discuss their platforms in a noninflammatory manner; to leave behind nasty advertisements and smear campaigns and instead return to the issues themselves. Regardless of the outcome, voters, too, have extra time to educate themselves on abortion rights, gun laws and other fundamental rights that are on the line in December — because if anything, the close status of the Nov. 8 Senate race proved that a Warnock victory was never a guarantee and that Walker cannot not be written off as an unserious contender.


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Much Luv 4 Smino’s ‘Luv 4 Rent’: album preaches self-acceptance BY KRISH PAMNANI Contributing Writer


Eythen’s Blu-ray emporium: horror comedies BY EYTHEN ANTHONY Arts & Entertainment Editor

A question for all of you here: Can you both laugh and be in fear? A difficult query, For a film that is scary, Yet also still full of cheer. I love horror movies, but sometimes I want to be sucked into the spooky world of a film without all of the scares. Sometimes, I wish to watch a film that will equally make my skin crawl and make me chuckle. So, from my Blu-ray collection, here are a few of my favorite horror comedies. ‘WNUF Halloween Special’ (2013) I loved game shows growing up. I remember turning the TV to our local news network, WSAZ, around 6 p.m., watching “NBC Nightly News” at 6:30 p.m. and enjoying dinner to “Wheel of Fortune” at 7 p.m. and “Jeopardy” at 7:30 p.m. Along with the fierce competitiveness between my father and me, one thing that stands out from these game show viewings were the local commercials, specifically those for a car dealership named Dutch Miller. Ranging from parodies to absurd bits, Dutch Miller emphasizes the artistry found in the low-budget, local commercial. And, it’s this artistry that comes to the forefront in the lost media film “WNUF Halloween Special.” Directed by Chris LaMartina, “WNUF Halloween Special” is a fictional 1987 news recording following reporter Frank Stewart (Paul Fahrenkopf) on Halloween night as he enters the Webber house, where a couple was murdered by their son and possibly homes demonic spirits. While Stewart’s investigation of the Webber house is engaging and has all the classic staples of ’80s news coverage, such as unnecessarily-dramatic reenactments and awkward, forced jokes, one of the best features of “WNUF Halloween Special” are

the commercials. Given the film is presented as a lost VHS recording, the inclusion of various fake commercials reinforces that realism. Not only are there local promotions for small businesses like Phil’s Carpet Warehouse and events like the 18th Annual Greek Festival, but there are also ads for fictional series such as the science fiction adventure “Galaxy Pilot and the Lazer Brigade” and the mystery cop thriller “Chicago Lightning.” And, although the font choices and the classic voiceover scream ’80s, the aesthetic is further strengthened by the gritty, worn appearance of the film that makes the viewer believe they’re watching something that’s been forgotten. “WNUF Halloween Special” is a masterclass in self-aware comedy, as well as found footage horror and a must-watch, especially with the release of LaMartina’s sequel “Out There Halloween Mega Tape” coming out this year. ‘PG: Psycho Goreman’ (2020) Imagine the “Power Rangers,” the action-packed team that has to protect Earth from intergalactic invaders using teamwork and their mech Megazord. Now, forget about the Power Rangers and focus on only these alien antagonists. The ones who crave control over the planet, wear ornate, vibrant armors and have signature appearances. Imagine a film that focuses on the life of one of these alien conquerors. Add a lot of gore, emphasize the theme of friendship and you’ll end up with “PG: Psycho Goreman.” “PG: Psycho Goreman,” directed by Steven Kostanski, tells the story of Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre), siblings who accidentally unleash an alien (Matthew Ninaber) by finding a relic called The Gem of Praxidike. However, the alien, known for destroying planets, is powerless without the gem and becomes a servant and eventual friend of the children, who name him Psycho

Goreman, or PG for short. To say that “PG: Psycho Goreman” is gorey would be an understatement. The film extensively wields cartoonish violence and buckets of blood to strengthen a violent, but also entertaining narrative. Each death feels distinctive, ranging from head explosions and faces being ripped off to characters being devoured by PG. On the subject of distinctiveness, the design of each character feels original and well-crafted. Of course, PG stands out, given his purple-blue, scaly-armored skin. Yet, even supporting characters possess individuality, like Pandora’s (Kristen MacCulloch) angelic armor, a homage to classic mecha and Death Trapper’s (Rich Evans) rusty, mechanical exterior with loose limbs lining the top. Mix that with purposefully awkward, yet lighthearted dialogue and you’re left with a movie that is equal parts endearing and brutal. For those looking for both an action-packed, high-octane adventure and a story of finding friendship in unexpected places, watch “PG: Psycho Goreman.” ‘Flesh Eating Mothers’ (1988) James Aviles Martin’s “Flesh Eating Mothers” is pretty straightforward: a sexually transmitted illness is passed around a suburb in New York that only affects those with XX chromosomes. As a result, mothers start becoming cannibals and attacking the town. While “Flesh Eating Mothers” was written to be a comedy, riding on the coattails of zombie flicks in a far more low-budget fashion, I think a lot of the humor does come from the fact that it’s a “so bad it’s good” kind of film. The acting is either dull or overthe-top, never in-between. Every character lacks nuance to the point where one could watch the first 15 minutes and summarize the remaining plot. The set design is a bit under-

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Love is complicated. So much goes into coming to terms with that intimate feeling, or even understanding what it is in the first place. Smino meticulously and tastefully pieces together the many facets of love in all its phases in his album “Luv 4 Rent.” Hip-hop and R&B artist Smino put himself on the map in 2017 with his exceptional debut album “blkswn.” He quickly established himself as a distinct artist through his melodic sound, smooth flows and mellow production. A year later, he released his sophomore album “NOIR,” a record that had a few notable tracks but lacked overall cohesiveness and did not live up to the talent Smino displayed in “blkswn.” Almost 4 years since “NOIR,” Smino released his third studio album on Oct. 28, and has returned with a dynamic and canorous album that transitions beautifully from front to back. “Luv 4 Rent” is an artfully conscious R&B album that showcases a variety of Smino’s skills, from his silky sound to clever wordplay. Featuring J. Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, Monte Booker, Lucky Daye, Doechii and other artists, the 15-track LP not only reasserts Smino’s highly-refined lyrical talent, but takes his sound to an entirely new level. Smino becomes vulnerable throughout this album by displaying his experiences

with various aspects of love, from platonic relationships to romantic connections. Smino will be co-headlining his tour with Dreamville rapper JID in 2023. The “Luv is 4Ever” Tour will begin in Los Angeles at the end of January next year. The album kicks off with a soft intro leading into “No Ls,” which picks up the pace and sets the tone for the


album incredibly well by showing an internal conflict of vulnerability. Here, the theme of the album emerges as Smino grapples with being reserved and giving into his emotions. This track seamlessly transitions to “90 Proof,” featuring J. Cole. Despite his limited discography, Smino has been featured in many top artists' music, such as SZA, Khalid and Doja Cat. J. Cole’s feature on “Luv 4 Rent” shows the mark Smino is leaving and the respect he has

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Sexual health art gallery showcases modern sexuality BY SAMUEL BARTLETT Contributing Writer Imagine a symposium full of dance, comedy, art and poetry. Then, imagine a space where queer and straight people alike can express their ideas about sexual health and pleasure openly. Combine those two, and you get Emory University’s Sexual Health Art Show and Exhibition (SHASE). The Emory Reproductive Health Association, La Alianza LatinX and the Queer/Trans Collaborative at Rollins hosted SHASE at the Hatchery on Oct. 28 to normalize discussions about sexual health and pleasure through art. SHASE included performances from multiple dancers, comedians and a poet. A visual art gallery featured work from two artists, including artwork created by Tomorrow Bowen (23PH). Bowen’s “Manifest/Outro” is a multimedia piece featuring images and drawings of Black women as well as writing. The other visual artist, Quasheba Allen (23PH) contributed their pieces “Nipple Through the Eyeglass” and “Blernde.” While the former explores pleasure and eroge-

nous regions, the latter has more to do with queer identity. “Blernde” was inspired by time when Quasheba helped a friend with their hair, but the meaning of the piece goes much deeper. “Barbershops are usually sites [of] homophobia, can be transphobi[c], [with] like a lot of cultural shame and stigma and, as queer people, it can be hard to find places that are queer affirming,” Quasheba said. “ Hair care is community care, so we’re kind of taking care of each other.” While the visual art was highlighted, the show heavily featured queer comedians including Cory Isla, Mira Mason, Vandy Beth Glenn, Minori Hinds, Peyton of Troy, Arden Campbell and Gabriela Ramos Tavarez. Each comedian touched on different subjects, all relevant to the themes of SHASE. While describing a few ridiculous ex-boyfriends and her foolish endeavors as a younger woman, Mason addressed grooming in relationships. Mason was also very interactive with the audience; at one point, a woman in the front row got on one knee and proposed to the comedian as part of a bit.

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On ‘Her Loss,’ Drake fosters lonely collaboration with 21 Savage BY BEN BRODSKY Senior Staff Writer

Chorus: Drake, Parodied by Ben Brodsky, (21 Savage) 21, can you do something for me? (21) Can you do a collab album with me? (21) And 21, can you do something for me? (21, 21) Only rap on 26% of the collab album for me. Then 21 (21) I’ll unpack all my baggage, then I’ll put four solo songs (21), and then I’ll release my best album since 2015. (21) The introduction to this review was my simulation of Drake versus 21 Savage’s share of their Nov. 4 collaboration, “Her Loss.” Although the king of Toronto hip-hop doesn’t explicitly proclaim this inequality on the first song, he quietly maintains the sentiment throughout the length of the LP. Both descenants of Southern hip-hop, Drake and 21 are among the most prominent of the subgenre’s sons. Compared to past eras of hip-hop, when regional feuds dominated the genre, there is largely a spirit of fraternity between the majority of 2020s rappers. Earlier, artists would mentor their protégés, marketing the future of their label’s talent on albums. Recently, as hip-hop has grown more commercial, mutual collaboration has become more common. However, as can be heard on “Her Loss,” these partnerships do


not always benefit both artists equally. This inequality is the product of a theme in hip-hop: authenticity versus commerciality. Since his 2009 rise in the music industry as a rap artist with immense mainstream potential, Drake has barrelled into an upward spiral with no sign of stopping. His increasing popularity has had an inverse relationship with the quality of his releases; his mainstream appeal has diluted his once-novel style. Some question the moral and artistic implications of such abandonment, often disappointing critics and fans alike. 21 Savage’s authentic persona aids the attempts of “Her Loss,” supporting Drake with his thematic and cultural relevance. 21 has managed to preserve the quality of his music while finding commercial success. His secret seems to be a focus on the former, accepting the latter as a byproduct. He has remained a quality feature artist, with a similarly compelling personal discography. 21 and producer Metro Boomin’ teamed up on “Savage Mode II” (2020), an album narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. The album was 21’s best release to date: a thoroughly complex, fun and evolutionary project. 21 brings a similar spirit to “Her Loss.” “On BS” is an early highlight of the album, instilling the best of both artists into the track. 21 sounds like he never left the studio from “Savage Mode II” (2020), bringing a flow to the hook that slices and dices sylla-

bles with mystifying effect. Drake maintains the high energy into the heart of the song, applying intelligent lyrics and confident delivery. One of my favorite lines on the album, Drake raps, “Y’all be going in and out recessions the same way I be going in and out of Texas … or in and out of courtrooms, my lawyer’s like ‘objection.’” A standout line, he compares his presence in the Lone Star State to the volatile economy, which he then additionally compares to his notoriety in the form of legal battles. The “recession” mention was new territory for Drake; he continues to mention other current events throughout the album, to varying degrees of success. Drake has discussed his love life in depth throughout his discography. On “Her Loss,” loyalty and romantic values are prioritized. He affirms his support for women’s rights with the line: “Damn, just turned on the news and seen that men who never got p----- in school are makin' laws about what women can do.” Even if the bar is somewhat forced, the sentiment is true. A symbolic throwback to his beginnings, if Drake was still at Degrassi High, his fictional alma mater on “Degrassi,” he would now be a member of the Feminist Club. Drake continues to indicate that gender equality is a key ideal of his, rapping: “I’m a gentleman, I’m generous, I’ll spend a half a million on these hoes I’m a feminist.” While he claims, at times facetiously, to inculcate feminist ideals in the music, the values he embodies are not always of the highest precepts. This flippant delivery has been criticized, most notably for his commentary on artists Ice Spice and Megan Thee Stallion. However, as I dug deeper into the album’s narrative arc, I found that Drake seems to be playing a flawed protagonist, and 21 represents the devil on his shoulder. “Middle of the Ocean” is the best song on “Her Life,” and it’s not because Drake sings beautifully, nor because he says anything new. Rather, the track is a standout because Drake reflects on his career and finds himself drifting. As he reminisces, he raps: “For your birthday, your man got a table at Hibachi. Last time I ate there, Wayne was doin' numbers off the cup like Yahtzee … Quavo might've sent me a song that he called ‘Versace.’” This line is heartbreaking because of how Drake frames his nostalgic introspections. To arrive at true and valuable moments, he needs to degrade his former lover’s new partner, telling himself that no matter how much he loved her, it’s still “Her Loss.” I think of the Quavo mention, and how Takeoff, one of the three Migos, passed away recently. How, not too long ago, they were just trying to get a song with a Drake feature. All of our icons have grown up too fast. With the album, Drake dwells on his manhood, his career and where it all went wrong. He wants to appeal to a democracy of fans, expanding his voice to all of humanity. In striving toward this goal, he seems to have lost himself. All he leaves us with is a cry for help, betting that we’ve “never seen a thug cry,” and answering our concerns, concluding that he’s “not fine at all.” — Contact Ben Brodsky at

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Let’s talk about sex: exhibition destigmatizes pleasure through art Continued from Page 7 Peyton delighted the audience writing complimented the other with jokes about attractive women performances perfectly. on TikTok. Peyton also addressed The performances, while differhow virginity is often negatively ent, both centered around the theme viewed, and how her misconceptions of confidence. Kayla Anderson about it were changed. (23PH) gave a performance that Campbell, a transgender come- started slow and involved many dian, joked about how their gender resting positions on the floor, but identity could cause confusion in finished with suggestive and expreshookups. sive dance moves in front of a mirror. Campbell had plenty of fun with Because of this prop and her casual wordplay, at one point changing the outfit, Anderson’s performance word filibuster to exuded the confidence of “fili-bust-in-her,” dancing alone in your “There’s not an much to the delight bedroom. issue of humanity of the young audiJenna Paritee (24PH) ence. Campbell danced to “I put a spell that art can’t wasn’t the only comeon you” by Nina Simone. have something dian who talked Her choreography to say about.” about trans identity. involved much more — Vandy Beth Glenn movement and tradiGlenn, whose delivery was marked by a tional dance cues, such hilarious monotone, also touched on as the pirouette. If Anderson’s dance her identity as a trans woman. was about gaining confidence, PariAfter the show, Glenn emphasized tee’s was about trying to keep that the importance of art as a medium of confidence through hard times and communication. heartbreak. “Art is about everything and Paritee and Anderson were great, everything is about art,” Glenn said. but Trené Monrōw, a drag per“So, there’s not an issue of humanity former, stole the show in the dance that art can’t have something to say department. After a spoken message about.” about resilience through an HIV Between the standup routines, diagnosis, Monrōw defiantly two dancers and a poet performed. emerged in a magnificent and elaboThe latter, Nea Symone, gave a rate red outfit. stirring performance of her poem While dancing and lip syncing to “Possession Charge,” a piece about FLOWERS by Kelly Rowland, Monwomen wanting control of their own rōw had several wardrobe changes bodies. throughout her performance. As if Her passionate reading of the Monrōw’s sexual and defiant dance words was as gripping as the words moves weren’t already enough to get themselves. This fearless feminist the crowd going, the drag queen


Rollins student Quasheba Allen (23PH) displayed their digital painting “Nipple Through the Eyeglass” in the sexual health art show.

moving into the crowd to flirt with a few lucky attendees got the audience even more engaged. Monrōw’s performance perfectly encapsulated the sexy, confident and unabashed energy of the event. SHASE was a defiant expression of modern sexuality and gender expression. Noting the power of art to evoke emotion, Glenn recognized the importance of the showcase. “Sex and Gender and sexuality are so basic and core to who we are,” Glenn said. “It’s tremendously important to have something like this to help people get a better understanding of themselves.” — Contact Samuel Bartlett at

Smino talks love, emotion in ‘Luv 4 Rent’ Continued from Page 7 earned from established artists. The paced, high-energy track about track is a catchy, and rather uncon- physical attraction and sexual intiventional, love song in which Smino macy. This song represents Smino’s gains the courage to express his lack of vulnerability and tackles the feelings for someone, with the help of idea of lust over love. The middle of alcohol and marijuana. The song the album, including tracks that are opens with, “Take a break and roll still aesthetically enjoyable, like “Blu the sticky, let's get high / Not too Billy” and “Modeinaminute,” feel great at relationships, at least I try.” repetitive and ordinary. Regardless, I Being intoxicated to think that they build confidence steadily and effecWe finally see and be able to speak tively set up the secSmino in his most openly is a common ond half to the open and coping mechanism, album’s ending. The and it is admirable record picks up the vulnerable state, for Smino to display where he shamelessly pace again with “Setit in this song for tle Down,” followed by expresses his listeners to relate my favorite song, compassion. to. Furthermore, J. “Pudgy.” The track Cole lives up to includes a feature by expectations and spits his bar-filled none other than Lil Uzi Vert, whose verse about his feeling of self-as- appearance on the album and delivsuredness and confidence. Smino’s ery of his verse itself is unexpected in distinctive vocals, combined with J. the best way possible. Cole’s lyrical mastery, creates an The album concludes with “Lee addictive track. and Lovie.” The song is a quintessenThe vivacity of the album started tial R&B/Soul love song, featuring to dwindle after, “Pro Freak,” a fast Reggie. We finally see Smino in his

most open and vulnerable state, where he shamelessly expresses his compassion. The rapper does an amazing job of piecing the tracks together to tell a story. While “No Ls,” depicts a reserved Smino who is unable to come to terms with himself and his emotions, it ends with him explicitly professing his love for a significant other, under no influence of any substance. Collectively, the album is extremely relatable, yet a unique piece of work that flows effortlessly. While there are moments in the album that seem dragged out and don’t contribute much to the artistry or story of the project, the transitions and crafting of the album is what makes it so special. This project helps push the narrative for Smino as an up-and-coming staple in hip-hop and as an artist in general. “Luv 4 Rent” solidifies Smino’s sound and does his potential justice. — Contact Krish Pamnani at

Yowl with fear, howl with laughter at Blu-ray horror titles Continued from Page 7 whelming, specifically in the STI testing center however I’m unsure how purposeful it was. It looks as if the cast is in a shack, but we know it’s a testing center because there’s two signs: one that lists the “warning signs of VD” and one that lists off famous people who had VD, such as Julius Caesar and Napoleon. Though the film has a few weaknesses, it does make up for some of them with the practical effects and the animation. From the mechanical

unhinging of a jaw to a face being ripped off, the practical effects added some stakes to these antagonistic mothers. In terms of animation, there are some nice graphics, such as the title card that’s being eaten during the opening scene, followed by the song “Suburbia” by Sherri Lamar. Also, while looking for a cure, there’s an animation of cells that’s very reminiscent of “Schoolhouse Rock!” So, while I was amused by the inconsistent acting, I was drawn into

the world of “Flesh Eating Mothers” thanks to these small moments. “Flesh Eating Mothers” is junk food; it provides no nutritional value. But, sometimes you’ve had a long day and you don’t feel like putting something on that’s “enlightening” or “enriches the mind.” Sometimes, you just need a movie about cannibalistic mothers. — Contact Eythen Anthony at

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Emory students represent new generation of poll workers By Sarah Davis Managing Editor Merom Arthur (25C) first signed up to be a poll worker as a junior in high school after her Spanish teacher told her about the opportunity to earn community service hours and get involved in politics. A Virginia native, she brought this experience with her to the Georgia midterm elections, working at Emory’s 1599 Clifton Road polling station. In preparation for the midterm elections, Emory University students rallied to increase voter education on campus and encouraged their peers to vote. Part of this mobilization effort included students who volunteered their time as poll workers. Taking on a position typically filled by older employees, these students represent a younger wave of poll workers dedicating their time to helping the voting process run smoothly. In 2018, 58% of poll workers were over 60 years old, while only 8% consisted of people between the ages of 17 and 25, according to Pew Research Center. Ettan Patel (23Ox) signed up after seeing a call for Oxford College students to work the Newton County polls in Oxford’s newsletter on Sept. 12. Patel, who is registered to vote in his home state of California, viewed the poll worker position as an opportunity to get involved in the Georgia election process. “I thought it would be a nice opportunity to get involved here in Georgia because I know I wouldn’t be able to vote to impact anything here, but helping with the polls would be a good way to contribute instead,” Patel said.

During his five-hour shift at Newton County’s Turner Lake Center polling station, Patel answered voters’ questions and ensured they were not violating any rules, such as using their phones in the polling room or attempting to influence others’ votes. Similarly, Khegan Meyers (24B) worked two shifts during the early voting period as a line ambassador at Emory’s 1599 Clifton Road Building polling station, which opened last May. He first took on this role during the May primaries, providing voters with sample ballots and directing them to the polling room. Meyers said he is used to being one of the youngest people in the room, with the exception of a coworker during the primary elections who was in high school. “It’s people who want to give back,” Meyers said. “They’ve spent a lot of time out and they haven’t been able to volunteer because of their work-life balance.” Although Meyers is employed by DeKalb County, he is also an Emory Votes Initiative (EVI) intern, an organization that promotes voting education and helps this polling station run smoothly, alongside the University’s Government and Community Affairs Office and the Operations Office. EVI Program Coordinator Hannah Joy Gebresilassie expressed her gratitude for the volunteers. “This site would not run if it was not for the staff, the students, the poll workers, the advanced polling staff,” Gebresilassie said. “It just speaks to the passion around elections, and a lot of times when you go to polling sites you see elderly people and they’ve been

holding it down for so many years, and I think it’s time for our generation and the younger folks to step in, and I think that’s what we’re seeing happen in real time.” During her shifts last Wednesday and Thursday at the 1599 Clifton Road location, Arthur’s role as a poll worker was limited to working a table and showing voters into the polling room, but she said it was still meaningful work. “It wasn’t as time consuming, but it was still important that we were there to help guide people to where they had to go, where they had to exit,” Arthur said. “It would just make the process of voting easier for people because some people come in and they’re flustered because they have to rush to work or they have to rush to their families afterwards.” Meyers noted that many voters expressed surprise at how easy it was to cast their ballot when he worked the primaries and early voting. “People kind of had the expectation that … voting would take a really long time,” Meyers said. “There were … more than a couple occasions where I’d be … sitting outside of the poll room and a couple people would come out and be like, ‘That was so fast,’ and so I think the broader picture for that is people are expecting a lot of delay, but it’s still very quick to vote.” However, Meyers noted this is not the case everywhere, citing legislative barriers to voting access. One such legislative change was the limited number of polling locations that accepted mail-in ballots. He recalled instances when he had to tell people attempting to submit their mail-in ballots that the nearest

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Students cast their vote at the 1599 Clifton Road Building polling site, which opened last May.

drop-off point was a 15-minute drive away. Meyers said legislation like this can make it more difficult for citizens to cast their vote and “could have a huge impact on the election overall.” Meyers also noted that some students might be unable to cast their vote on Election Day because of their class schedule. Some students have advocated that the University designate election days as “days on,” meaning the Emory would cancel classes and instead promote civic engagement. The Rollins School of Public Health began hosting “days on” with the 2020 Presidential Election. Currently, the University provides faculty with the option to take four hours off to vote. Meyers, who was unable to work the polls on Election Day because he has classes, said the University’s refusal to implement a “day on” is a missed oppor-

tunity to mobilize students’ votes.

“You need to get people out and volunteer and do a day of service,” Meyers said. “It’s been a little disappointing to see there’s been a call for an election day on and overall the University hasn’t moved much on that.” Similarly, Patel was unable to work the polls on election day due to other responsibilities. He said that suspending classes for the day would allow students more opportunities to cast their vote. “It makes sense that … we would have a day off for that so people have a chance to vote,” Patel said. “It doesn’t become like a difficult thing where people don’t have a difficult time getting their voice out and making their vote count.”

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Community members talk open expression amid midterm elections By Chaya Tong Emory Life Editor Robert Schmad (23C) walks around campus with his satchel, taping up flyers for his club. In the days before the election, the fliers have been getting torn down more than ever before. Schmad puts new ones up to replace them. Standing on a ledge, he tapes them to the highest possible part of announcement boards and lamp posts, out of reach. His flyers picture Richard Nixon and two anime girls with the words “all are welcome” in blue letters above them, announcing the next general body meeting of the Emory College Republicans. Tearing down a flier is a small action, but it is not insignificant. With this year’s contentious Georgia midterm election and its expected effects on hot-button topics like abortion and gun rights, political polarization is rising. As is, perhaps, an unwillingness among Americans to listen. The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), a national free-speech organization, ranks universities each year in terms of open expression on campus based on data from student surveys and universities’ free speech policies. Out of the 208 colleges in the U.S. surveyed for 2022, Emory ranked 82 overall. On the eve of the midterm election, politics were at the forefront of students’ minds and discussions. The Wheel spoke with students and faculty about the state of political discourse at Emory leading into this election. Emory is no stranger to free speech controversies. In March of 2016, proTrump chalkings incited student pro-

tests that made national headlines. It was a free speech controversy in 2011 that prompted the creation of the Committee for Open Expression (COE) of the University Senate. The committee is an advisory body that interprets campus events in light of the policy. Over the years, it has heard a wide variety of on-campus controversies. In all cases, Emory and the committee have taken strong stances in support of free speech, including Emory’s notable 2016 election chalking controversy. “It’s absolutely unacceptable to treat any speech differently than any other because of the content or viewpoint of that speech,” former COE chair Alexander Volokh said. Last year, Volokh was entangled in a free speech controversy after using a homophobic slur in the classroom while referencing Snyder v. Phelps. Law students called the action

“hurtful” and staged a walkout in September of 2021. Other students, who defended his usage of the slur, countered the protest with a walk-in. One of the challenges of the COE is that their existence is not well known among students, according to current Chair Ilya Nemenman. “If there are growing tensions, we might not even be aware of them simply because people do not know that we exist, and they don’t know that they can communicate those tensions to us,” Nemenman said. On paper, Emory’s Open Expression Policy places few restrictions on free speech. Volokh praised the policy, calling it one of the “strongest” among private universities. FIRE gives Emory a “green” rating for its written policies surrounding student speech, the highest ranking possible for a university’s speech code. “Some people are under the misimpression that the University did not

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take any action in response to what I did, which is totally wrong,” Volokh said about his controversy. “The University very strongly supported my right to do those things.” Volokh said the university officials backed him and that it was mostly students that called for more retaliatory action against him. Emory ranked fourth in the nation in 2021 for FIRE’s college free speech rankings. The University dropped 78 places to 82 overall in the 2022 study. Emory Free Speech Forum (EFSF) President Michael Reed-Price (24L) explained that controversial topics could come into play on the ballot this year. “If there are issues that are gonna be on the ballot, those issues should be discussed, even if they might be uncomfortable or offensive to other people,” Reed-Price said. Political discussions on campus look different, depending where students fall on the political spectrum. Emory Young Democrats coPresident Ash Shankar (23B) said that although many people on Emory’s campus align with the Democratic Party, there is still room for disagreement. “We’re all very different politically,” Shankar said. “But, that’s also one of our strengths that we have this diversity of opinion because people bring in different perspectives.” Students outside of the club have come to Young Democrats meetings and disagreed on political issues. “That’s something that’s really important, especially on Emory’s campus, to be able to have these discussions about differences of opinion, but to be able to have done so in a very

safe way,” co-President Divya Kishore (23C) said. But for conservative students, expressing their ideals on campus comes with a price, even without an election on the horizon. Schmad, the current co-Editor-inChief of the conservative and libertarian newspaper, The Emory Whig, said he received substantial backlash from students through social media messages and spam texts for articles he wrote during the paper’s inception. “There are a lot of people who have pretty conservative ideas, similar to myself and won’t necessarily express those,” Schmad said. “It’s just not worth it for them.” Schmad came into college wanting to debate with his peers. He’s found that he hasn’t gotten that opportunity on Emory’s campus. Most organizations College Republicans have reached out to have refused to participate in joint events or hold debates, Schmad said. “It’s very strange because it’s not just that people want to punish us for our views,” he said. “They don’t even want to discuss them in a formal capacity.” In terms of what comes after the election, Schmad said campus could be in need of free speech more than ever. “With the way polling is shaping up, things are going to be pretty hot on campus after the eighth,” Schmad said. “I would hope that that makes people more disposed to talk with conservatives—more predisposed to engage in dialogue.”

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First-time voters talk candidate research, poll experiences By Jordyn Libow Contributing Writer

As an eager first-time voter in the Georgia midterm elections, Kate Richardson (26C) did her research. She went about her voting preparation “academically,” researching all of the candidates and issues on the ballot for this election from various websites to inform her vote. Abby Charack (26C) did the same. Charack said she reads the news every day to stay up to date on candidates’ campaigns. “The biggest thing I do is I kind of just pay attention,” Charack said. “I didn’t do anything super crazy before the election because I just kind of stay in touch on a regular basis.”

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Abby Charack (26C) voted early and walked from her dorm to the 1599 Clifton Road Building polling site.

However, Charack did note that she was not as well versed on the amendments to the Georgia constitution on the ballot.

To prepare to make informed decisions on these issues, she used Ballotpedia, which provided a summary of the “smaller” things on the ballot. “It really allowed me to be sure on the way I wanted to vote on those issues because they’re a lot smaller in terms of political scale, but they’re just as important,” Charack said. “Local stuff like that is very important and affects people so it’s important to stay educated.” For Pranay Mamileti (26C), who has been actively engaged with politics for years and is the current Communications Chair of Fair Fight U, his first time being able to vote was long anticipated. “I spent a lot of time in high school working on elections and working in politics, and I think it hit me when I was selecting a certain candidate from the poll that for the first time I could put my money where my mouth was, for lack of a better term,” Mamileti said. “I was actually able to vote for the people that I had been working so hard to get elected and actually do my civic duty in that way, and that was a very powerful experience.” After hearing the “horror stories about the lines on election day,” Charack voted early at the 1599 Clifton Road polling site. “It was very exciting to not have to just be like a spectator of politics anymore,” Charack said. “If I had to use one word, I’d say gratifying, to be able to be a participant for the first time instead of having to spectate and go to the polling place with my parents.” Charack said she voted for Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams because their campaigns resonated with her political ideology, and she said she appreciated their concrete plans to combat issues like voter suppression and abortion. “With her own organization, Fair Fight, [Abrams has] been doing so

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Kate Richardson (26C) prepared “academically” to vote for the first time.

much work trying to get Georgians involved in politics and making sure they’re able to vote and registered to vote,” Charack said. “I think that all that work is super important.” Mamileti also considered local and state issues that his vote could impact in Georgia. “Making sure we access all the funds we are entitled to as Georgia residents that the Georgia state government does have access to so that we can actually help Georgia residents — that’s a big reason why I voted for Stacey Abrams,” Mamileti said. College is a very formative time in student’s lives, and often marks a lot of firsts—arguably one of the most memorable experiences is students’ first time exercising their right to vote. Some Emory students, such as Richardson, changed their registration from their home state to Georgia, where they felt their vote would make a greater impact. “Compared to California, Georgia is much more of a swing state, and with

the recent changes like Roe v. Wade being overturned in the South, I see a general regression in a lot of political precedents that we’ve set forward,” Richardson said. “I thought my vote would be really powerful, compared to if I was voting in California, which doesn’t tend to flip as much.” Registered Georgia voters had the opportunity to vote early between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. It was the first year for Emory’s own designated polling place, which many students took advantage of out of convenience. “I literally just walked over from my dorm to the voting site, I filled out a form and it took me five minutes altogether to vote,” Charack said. More than 14,000 people voted at the 1599 Clifton Road Building precinct during the early voting period, according to Assistant Vice President of University Communications Laura Diamond. Richardson also voted at the Emory polling location on Nov. 4, the final day of the early voting period. “Since this was my first time voting, I was a little nervous about the process, so I thought that voting early would give me the best chance of really being able to ease into the process and not get too stressed out,” Richardson said. Mamileti voted on Oct. 28 alongside a group of Emory students who marched to 1599 Clifton Road for the “Party to the Polls” event, which was hosted by four student advocacy organizations — Fair Fight U, Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American Activists, NAACP and Emory Votes Initiative — in an effort to mobilize the campus vote. Mamileti said that the event was “great.” “That’s exactly the type of stuff that Emory’s campus should be doing in order to turn people out [to vote],”

Mamileti said. He also recommended that more students utilize the resources provided by student organizations that put a lot of effort into providing “ballot breakdowns,” which contain information about all of the candidates from a nonpartisan view. Mamileti is passionate about issues of voter suppression, something he kept in mind when selecting candidates on the ballot. “There have been a lot of policies that have not made much of an attempt to hide that their sole purpose has been to make it harder for minorities to turn out and vote,” Mamileti said. “In a healthy democracy, everyone should have equal opportunity to vote and that should be the very baseline.”

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Pranay Mamileti (26C) attended the “Party to the Polls” event on Oct. 28 to cast his first ballot.

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Emory to host first round of NCAA Tournament Continued from Back Page After consecutive UAA losses to Carnegie Mellon University (Penn.) and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) last weekend, the Eagles got back to winning ways against the Yellowjackets. Senior forward Riley Brackin opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Brackin controlled a cross from senior forward Kylie Hall and slotted the ball past Rochester goalie Grace Kuropatkin, giving Hall her 14th assist of the season, breaking her previous high. Brackin acknowledged the team’s excellent play leading up to her goal. “[The goal] was a team effort,” Brackin said. “It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Kylie Hall’s cross and our team working the ball up the field toward the goal.” Graduate midfielder Mara Rodriguez doubled the lead for the Eagles in the 53rd minute with a powerful shot reminiscent of Gomez’s in the game prior, but the Yellowjackets soon gained momentum. Junior forward Claire Grover took advantage of an opening in the Eagles’ defense to

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score in the 64th minute, and sophomore midfielder Natalie Kocsis’ shot 16 minutes later tied the game at 2-2. The Eagles pushed for a winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the

“We have a strong team and we can make it very far this year. I think every team member has that mentality and we’re all excited for what’s to come.” — Riley Brackin, senior forward

game. Freshman forward Michelle Davidson drew a foul inside the box and the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick. Hall withstood the pressure, scoring the winning goal with her fourth successful penalty kick of the season to put the Eagles up 3-2. The win improved the Eagles’ overall record to 12-4-0. The team’s 5-2-0 conference record placed them third in the UAA standings. The Eagles were one of four UAA

teams to receive bids to the 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. They will host the Piedmont University (Ga.) Lions in the first round at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Nov. 12 at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated Piedmont earlier this season during an impressive 10-game win streak. The final 1-0 scoreline was not reflective of Emory’s dominance of the game in which they outshot the Lions 42-3. According to Brackin, Piedmont is “no team to be slept on” given that they beat Maryville College (Tenn.) to win the Collegiate Conference of the South Tournament Championship. Brackin said that she hopes the Eagles’ win against Rochester will provide the team with momentum heading into their first round matchup. “We have a strong team and we can make it very far this year,” Brackin said. “I think every team member has that mentality and we’re all excited for what’s to come.”




Thursday Nov. 10


@ Bethany College (Playoffs - First Round)

5:30 p.m.

Friday Nov. 11

W Basketball

@ Sul Ross State University

9 p.m.

Cross Country Saturday Nov. 12

W Soccer W Basketball

Monday Nov. 14

M Basketball

@ NCAA South Regionals Championships Piedmont University (Playoffs - First Round) @ Colorado College

@ Sewanee: The University of the South

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Young, talented USMNT has room to improve going into World Cup

Continued from Back Page over Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League final in June 2021 was a major accomplishment. The U.S. came from behind twice to tie the game with goals from Reyna and McKennie, forcing the final into extra time. A penalty kick save from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath prevented Mexico from canceling out Pulisic’s 114th minute winner to give the U.S. its first final win over Mexico since 2007. Since the pandemic disrupted the international soccer schedule, the U.S. had the rare opportunity to win another trophy less than a month later at the 2021 Gold Cup. By the time the tournament began, many players based in Europe had already returned for preseason training, so the U.S. was forced to compete with its MLS “B-team.” With many of the team’s starters absent, other players were given a chance to shine. Matt Turner, the New

England Revolution goalkeeper at the time, produced several eye-catching performances in goal to propel the team to a second final of the summer against Mexico. An extra-time header from defender Miles Robinson claimed victory for the U.S. The USMNT beat Mexico for a third time during the calendar year when the two teams faced each other in the World Cup qualifiers. Despite losses to Canada, Panama and Costa Rica, the U.S. earned enough points with other wins against Honduras, Jamaica and El Salvador to finish second in the CONCACAF group, ensuring qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After the final game against Costa Rica, the team celebrated their overdue return to the World Cup. Players and fans were equally euphoric. Berhalter’s faith in young talent had paid off, and as a reflection of this success, the U.S. jumped to 10th in the FIFA World

Rankings, the team’s highest position since May 2006. However, the excitement of qualification papered over some of the team’s cracks. The U.S. lacked a regular goal scorer, and at times, the team’s play was lethargic and predictable. The three wins against Mexico helped boost morale, but the aging team the U.S. faced in 2021 was not the regional powerhouse of the past. Most worryingly, the USMNT failed to score a single goal in their two most recent friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia leading up to November’s World Cup. The performances lacked creativity and decisiveness, leaving fans unsure of what to expect when the team steps out to face Wales in their first World Cup game in Qatar on Nov. 21. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT pulled off the unthinkable, escaping the “group of death” with

Germany, Portugal and Ghana. For the upcoming World Cup, the U.S. finds itself in a less intimidating group with Wales, England and Iran. Fans are confident the USMNT will be one of the two teams from this group moving on to the knock-out stage, but I fear the country is overestimating the USMNT’s talent. England’s national team is one of the best in the world, former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is always capable of winning a game by himself for Wales and beating a solid Iranian team is not a given. The USMNT is not a complete team, yet. If one or two key U.S. players, like McKennie or Adams, are injured during the tournament, the chances of moving past the group stage will be significantly weakened. A perfect run deep in the tournament this fall isn’t likely. Despite several seasons of professional expe-

rience, the team’s young talents are still inexperienced and untested on an elite stage. Fans should approach this upcoming World Cup with realistic expectations. The U.S. has a real opportunity to advance to the knockout stages and match their performance in the last two World Cups, but it is also highly probable the U.S. will not make it out of Group B. No matter the outcome in Qatar, the team has grown significantly during the past few years, and this World Cup will provide the elite experience necessary to raise American expectations. As one of the hosts, the U.S. has already qualified for the 2026 edition of the tournament where, hopefully, a mature USMNT will have a better chance at fulfilling America’s high soccer aspirations.

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Women’s basketball looks to secure NCAA Tournament bid By Jackie Joyce Contributing Writer Looking to obtain an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2019, the Emory women’s basketball team is entering this season with more drive than ever. Last season, the team tied for second place in the University Athletic Association conference with a record of 8-6. This season, the Eagles are determined to fight for a conference championship and secure a bid to the national tournament. The team faced challenges last season due to the effects of the COVID19 pandemic from the previous year. Many of the upperclassmen had not played since their freshman year as their season was interrupted in 2019 and canceled in 2020, head coach Misha Jackson noted. “They were robbed a year of not only games, but for the upperclassmen, a year to grow into leaders,” Jackson said. “The last time the juniors played was their freshman year and now all of the sudden they have to run a team. I think we definitely underachieved and were capable of finishing higher than second in our conference.” Despite these setbacks, Jackson said the team’s intensity increased throughout the 2021 season, something the team is looking to bring into 2022. “I think we were capable of finishing higher than second in our confer-

ence; but moving into this season we just need to keep our standards of play high,” Jackson said. The Eagles are looking to take more pride in their defense and become more versatile on offense. Junior captain forward Paige Gross knows that focusing on the mental aspects of the game can be equally as important. By focusing on communication and being vocal on the court, the Eagles hope to click right from the start. “We play our best when we are energized and vocal, so those are two big focuses for us,” Gross said. The Eagles had the opportunity to travel and compete last spring in Italy. This not only helped build their team camaraderie, but also gave the team an opportunity to learn and practice the playbook they will utilize this season. The Eagles are hoping building chemistry far in advance of the first game will lead to success this season, especially with the arrival and departure of a few players. The Eagles are entering this season with three starters having graduated: guard Kennedy Cater, forward Anna Arato and forward Tori Huggins. Jackson said that while she will miss the graduated starters, she is excited to welcome the team’s new members. “I’m really excited for them,” Jackson said. “I think they bring in a lot of fresh energy, are extremely crafty and can score the ball multiple ways. I really believe they are going to

impact us in a big way.” The Eagles are currently practicing, lifting and scrimmaging in preparation for their upcoming games. Senior captain Claire Brock recalled a few extremely energetic and vocal practices in which everyone was contributing. The returning players have been stepping up and becoming leaders meanwhile the freshmen are coming in eager to contribute and improve. In order to achieve their goal of securing a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the team needs to win their conference. All of the Eagles conference matches are tough and cut-throat, which is why it is crucial that they are consistent with their playing. Last season, the Eagles had some tight conference matches, losing to the University of Rochester (N.Y) 71-66 and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 68-61, while beating Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) 60-56. The Eagles started off strong against LaGrange College (Ga.) on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Despite a slight falter in the third quarter, the Eagles maintained a strong lead throughout the entire game and won 79-57. The team has a grueling schedule, playing numerous top 25 teams, giving them the chance to face teams they hope to see in the spring at the NCAA Tournament.

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Why the USMNT still doesn’t know what they’re doing By Maddy Shapiro Contributing Writer

Courtesy of R iley Brackin

The seniors on the Emory women’s soccer team were honored prior to their final match of the regular season on Nov. 5 against the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

Women’s soccer clinches fourth consecutive tournament berth By Maddy Shapiro Contributing Writer

The Emory University men’s and women’s soccer teams ended their regular season with games against the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Yellowjackets on Nov. 5. Both games began in high spirits with senior day celebrations and ended with late goals that earned the men a 1-1 draw and a 3-2 win for the women. Gomez leads Eagles to senior day draw The Yellowjackets put the Eagles under pressure early in the first game of the day. Strong defensive play from senior defender Luke Price and junior defender Jake Atallah kept the game level until Rochester sophomore midfielder Nate Lazzara scored from close range in the 28th minute. The opening goal sparked life into

the Eagles’ attack. Junior forward and midfielder Alex Mills delivered a series of dangerous crosses, but the team struggled to convert them. Rochester junior goalie Santino Lupica-Tondo made an acrobatic save seconds before halftime to deny senior forward and midfielder Joe Beare a tying goal, leaving the Eagles scoreless heading into the break. In the second half, the Eagles struggled to find a way past the Rochester defense. The breakthrough finally came with less than three minutes remaining on the clock. The Rochester defense retreated to the top of their 18-yard box, creating space for senior midfielder Alejandro Gomez to tie the game with a long-range strike. With little time remaining to respond to the Eagles’ equalizer, Rochester threw all their energy into one attack. A Rochester forward found himself alone in the box on a break away play, but junior goalie Peter

Wagner rushed out and blocked the shot in the final seconds. The men’s team ended the 2022 season with a 5-8-5 overall record and placed seventh in the University Athletic Association (UAA) division standings. Despite the “tough” season, Gomez said that he is optimistic that the younger players will continue to raise the program’s intensity and competitiveness standards in the years ahead. “Qualifying for the NCAA Tournament is obviously the goal every single season,” Gomez said. “I think it’s slowly starting to become an expectation for the program . . . and the young guys overall are going to do a really good job with that.” Women’s soccer secures NCAA Tournament bid

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup marked the first time in over 30 years that American fans were unable to watch the United States (U.S.) men’s national soccer team (USMNT) compete on the biggest global stage. With one game remaining in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. needed to beat Trinidad and Tobago on home soil to qualify. Fans were hopeful that the team would secure an eighth successive trip to the major tournament, but it did not take long for a string of unforeseeable events to chip away at America’s “football” optimism. In the 17th minute of the game, U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez deflected a cross into his own net. Within 19 minutes, Trinidad and Tobago doubled their lead. The 27th-ranked U.S. team’s only response to their underdog opponent was a second-half goal from emerging talent Christian Pulisic, but that was not enough to avoid the upset. Dramatic wins from Honduras and Panama that night over Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively, meant that the U.S. did not make the inter-confederation playoff spot, preventing any further hopes of qualification. It was a terrible outcome for men’s soccer in the United States. Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. men’s national team player and television commentator, aired his frustrations on the following ESPN broadcast. “This is an utter embarrassment,” Twellman said. “With the amount of money that is in Major League Soccer, you can’t get a tie [or] a draw against Trinidad? What are we doing?” Twellman hit home with the question, “What are we doing?” The United States has a population of more than 300 million people and often produces some of the world’s best athletes, such as tennis star Serena Williams and swimmer Michael Phelps. Therefore,

it was a frustrating reality when the country’s 23 best soccer players failed to qualify for the sport’s most prestigious competition. The United States Soccer Federation knew major changes to the national team’s structure were necessary to move forward. After more than a year of searching, Gregg Berhalter, former manager of the MLS team Columbus Crew, was appointed as the new head coach. Berhalter immediately phased out older players in favor of younger talents like Pulisic, midfielder Weston McKennie and midfielder Tyler Adams, who play for top European clubs Chelsea F.C., Juventus and Leeds United, respectively. Improvement is a gradual process. During Berhalter’s first year as head coach, the U.S. lost convincingly to Jamaica and Venezuela, and were defeated by rival Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final. However, with the addition of more rising talents like forwards Giovanni Reyna and Brenden Aaronson and the successful recruitment of players eligible for more than one national team like defender Sergiño Dest and midfielder Yunus Musah, the foundations of a complete team started to form. The promise of building a new team identity influenced Musah to commit his future to the U.S.. “I’m really into the project we have of building this new team, this new identity and trying to change the view of American soccer in the world,” Musah said in March of 2021. “That really inspired me and one of the things I really wanted to be involved in.” An integral part of this new identity was proving that the U.S. could actually beat their regional rivals, most notably Mexico. The USMNT’s dramatic 3-2 win

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Men’s basketball eager to soar to new heights this upcoming season By Samir Cooper Ajy Contributing Writer

The Emory University men’s basketball team is set to tip off their 20222023 season this week. The Eagles are looking to build off their 20-6 campaign last season, which ended with a second-round loss to Wabash College (Ind.) during the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. This year’s team will contain a melting pot of youth and veteran experience: six of the 14 players on the Eagles’ roster will be newcomers. The incoming freshmen will look to contribute to the ongoing success and storied reputation the team has built. Freshman guard Benjamin Pearce cited the culture as the ultimate influence on his decision to attend Emory. “Everybody wants to work hard,” Pearce said. “We all just want to win. So that’s definitely what I was looking for coming into college, going somewhere where I’ll have the opportunity to compete for championships immediately.” Head coach Jason Zimmerman praised Pearce and the other newcom-

ers for their hard work and effort thus far, noting they would play an essential role in the Eagles’ success this season. “We’re going to be counting on those six guys this year to help our team and to be key contributors throughout the year at some point,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman is entering his 16th season as head coach at Emory. He has led the team to six University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments and is the coach with the most wins in school history with an all-time record of 256-114. Additionally, his staff has been named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year six times. A team can have all the talent in the world, but it won’t mean anything without a strong culture as the foundation. Zimmerman credited the team’s alumni and current upperclassmen for the lessons and leadership traits they have passed down to the underclassmen. “It’s something that our guys take a great deal of pride in,” Zimmerman said. “We talk about [making] nine NCAA Tournaments in a row. The only way that happens is if you pass those

lessons down. It’s not just one class.” The Eagles lost key seniors in guards Matthew Schner, Nick Stuck and Romin Williams. Zimmerman said it is essential for the current seniors to take what they learned from these teammates and pass them down to the current underclassmen. Senior guard Max Fried has fully embraced this responsibility and looks forward to taking on the leadership role. “If we’ve learned anything from last year, it’s that we need to stick to what our culture does best, which is work hard, trust each other, commit to each other and care for each other,” Fried said. “That’s why you see anywhere that has anything to do with our program, the letters TCC [Trust, Commit, Care] are present because that’s our code and that’s what we live and stand by.” Fried also added that the team’s infusion of youth, size and athleticism will benefit them down the stretch, and Zimmerman agreed that the current roster benefits from its versatility and range of playing experience. The six newcomers will “bring energy and a new view of basketball and a

new energy to our team, a new energy to our program,” Zimmerman said. Last season, the Eagles averaged 16.8 assists per game and 40.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, winning games on the road and in neutral sites is something every team with championship aspirations must do if they want to achieve their goals. Emory’s head-to-head record and second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season can be attributed in part to their road record, as they finished 8-4 away from Emory. They may not have the experience yet, but Zimmerman believes that will come along as the season progresses. “They’re joining something that’s really special, but they also have special talents to give to us and that we can give to them being part of the program,” Zimmerman said. Other notable returners include sophomore forward Logan Shanahan, who averaged 7.6 points per game and started in 11 games, and senior forwards Mason Johnson and Greg Lawrence. Like Fried, they will take on larger leadership roles and contribute to the team’s success, both on and off

the court. The Eagles opened their season with a 85-67 win against Piedmont University (Ga.) on Nov. 8 at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). Players and coaches alike are excited for the rest of their games and looking forward to playing in front of their friends, peers and family. “There’s been some outstanding crowds for athletic events this fall, and we look forward to continuing on into the winter sports . . . and keep[ing] that school spirit alive,” Zimmerman said. Fried tied the team’s success at home to the culture at Emory and is ready for the season to start. “We win – that’s what we do when we play at home, we win. That’s instrumental to what [Zimmerman] has built in his 15 years here now,” Fried said. “I’m excited. Since the loss last March we’ve been counting down the days until we got to open up against Piedmont. I’m excited to see all the fans there.”

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