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THE EMORY WHEEL Since 1919
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Volume 95, Issue 1
Friday, August 30, 2013 STUDENT LIFE
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Dispatch To Perform At Emory Concert
Academic Changes Take Full Effect
By Josh Cowle Contributing Writer
By Jordan Friedman Executive Editor
Indie band Dispatch will perform on McDonough Field for the Homecoming concert on Sept. 28, the Student Programming Council (SPC) announced. Other performers have been booked but have yet to be announced. To attract Emory Alumni, the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) — co-sponsoring the concert with SPC — wanted an artist that would “appeal to a diverse audience,” said College senior and SPC Homecoming Co-Chair Ashley London. She added that SPC wanted an artist that would excite students as well. “Dispatch was a great choice for this event because while they have been around for a long time, they are also popular now so they are appealing for both students and alumni,” London said. The news came as part of SPC’s Facebook announcement campaign, which was organized by College sophomore and SPC Technology Chair Max Mayblum. SPC developed the campaign, which launched on Aug. 26, to generate buzz throughout the Emory community and increase Emory pride, Mayblum said. To find out more about the Homecoming performers, SPC asks for at least 75 shares of their Facebook status to learn who the Homecoming comedian is, 100 shares to know
Emory and aims to promote dialogue. She worked on the project through a fellowship from University President James W. Wagner’s office and the Ford Foundation, an organization that aims to reduce injustice and strengthen democracy worldwide. She began her tenure at Emory in 2000 as a research assistant, according to her LinkedIn page. Harris fired Sexton in late May 2012 nearly two weeks after she objected to “discriminatory” comments Harris made during a staff meeting, according to the lawsuit. He allegedly said that if a woman does not immediately file a complaint about rape or sexual harassment through the Office of Equal
Several academic changes regarding credit hours, graduation requirements and class timeslots have gone into effect across the University this semester. In the College, credit hours for courses are now determined based on the amount of time a class meets each week, rather than designating most classes with four credit hours as was done in the past. Classes with an extra component — such as a lab — are worth more credits than the “standard” three-credit courses. At the Goizueta Business School, almost all core classes are worth three hours, effective last semester. As of this fall, all BBA electives and prerequisites are also worth three hours, rather than four, except for two courses that meet for extra hours and carry four hours. With the credit-hour changes taking effect, the College has officially lowered its graduation requirement to 124 hours from 128, and the B-School to 128 from 138. Laney Graduate School has also changed its credit-hour system, implementing a “strict 1:1 match between time in class and credit recorded,” said Ulf Nilsson, the assistant dean of operations at the school. Beforehand, course credits varied, but the standard, full-time course was four credits, she added. The graduation requirements with
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undreds of freshmen packed into the Woodruff P.E. Center for the annual Songfest competition as older students observed from above. Freshman represented their respective residence halls as they performed choreographed song and dance routines. This year’s champion was Few and Evans (Fevans) (above).
Lawsuit Accuses University of Gender Discrimination By Jordan Friedman Executive Editor A former Emory employee is suing the University, alleging that an administrator engaged in gender discrimination when firing her in May 2012. Melissa Sexton, a former community research post-doctoral fellow who worked at Emory for more than a decade, filed the lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia through her attorney on June 3. The lawsuit, obtained by the Wheel, claims that Senior Vice Provost for Community and Diversity Ozzie Harris displayed “discriminatory conduct” during verbal altercations with Sexton that led to the
termination of her employment. Specifically, the document alleges that Sexton was fired for objecting to the promotion of a much less qualified male candidate to a position in which she had expressed interest, and for disagreeing with comments Harris made about women not immediately reporting sexual harassment or rape. The lawsuit charges the University with two counts of gender discrimination: one under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and another under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It also says Sexton suffered from mental and emotional distress, as well as lost wages and employment benefits. Nancy Seideman, Emory’s interim vice president for communications
and marketing, wrote in a statement to the Wheel that “Emory takes all allegations of employee misconduct seriously” but said the University declines to comment on the pending lawsuit. Harris also declined to personally comment, referring an inquiry to Emory communications. When reached by email, Sexton referred all inquiries to her attorney Matthew Billips, an Atlanta-based employment lawyer. Billips, who has recently gained attention for representing a woman suing celebrity chef Paula Deen, did not respond to multiple emails and phone messages seeking comment. Sexton held multiple positions at Emory and helped lead the Transforming Community Project, an initiative that studies race history at
Emory Revamps Dining, Adds New Venues Fraternities Change
Houses; SDT Returns
Late-Night Food Trucks Now Available
By Jordan Friedman Executive Editor Several fraternities have moved into different houses on Eagle Row this semester, and Sigma Delta Tau (SDT) sorority is returning after a semester-long hiatus.
By Dustin Slade Asst. News Editor Students craving a midnight snack will be able to grab some grub at late-night food trucks that Food Advisory Committee Emory (FACE) is bringing to campus this semester. As part of a campaign to improve the dining experience on campus, FACE announced Aug. 19 on their official blog that the trucks will be on campus every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., beginning last night after Songfest. There will be a variety of trucks offering different types of food every night. Trucks will stay open later than 1 a.m. at their own discretion if the demand is particularly high for food that night. The trucks will typically be spread throughout Emory’s main campus, at several locations including the Clairmont Campus and both sides of the Woodruff P.E. Center. The locations, however, will not necessarily be permanent as FACE will seek student feedback to ensure the trucks are positioned to be easily accessible, College
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Greek Housing Changes
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While students were away this summer, Cox Hall underwent some extensive renovations. The food court eliminated chains such as Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A and replaced them with new venues.
Cox Hall Alters Options Based on Feedback By Naomi Maisel Contributing Writer While students were away from campus this summer, Cox Hall underwent a significant overhaul and brought new dining options to students. The new additions to Cox Hall include Twisted Taco, Top
Hat Pizza, Dooley’s Grill, D.B.A. Barbeque, Star Ginger, Cox Salad Bowl and the Green Bean, which Food Advisory Committee Emory (FACE) announced on its blog during the summer. In addition to the new restaurant venues, Cox has now added a convenience store called Cox Convenience Corner, also known as C3.
Since last semester, FACE has been conducting surveys and holding interest meetings to determine what food venues students would be most satisfied with in Cox Hall based on student feedback, the Wheel reported in March. “When selecting the new ven-
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Starting this fall, Kappa Sigma fraternity is residing at the former Phi Delta Theta house along with several non-member residents. Phi Delt formerly occupied the house but has been suspended from campus for four years due to hazing violations. Chi Phi fraternity, which returned to Emory last year after a four-year hiatus, is occupying the former Kappa Sig house. And Beta Theta Pi fraternity will continue living in its same house, despite an initial University decision to move them into the Kappa Sig house. The University originally planned to move Beta because the fraternity failed to fill its current house to 90 percent capacity, said Megan Janasiewicz, the director of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. A 2012 amendment to the Phoenix Plan, which guarantees some fraternities long-term housing as part of an agreement with the University, requires fraternities to fill their houses to 90 percent to avoid excessive charges, or they are reassigned to another facility, said Jeff Tate, the
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Beta Theta Pi Living in its same house, despite initial change SEE INSIDE Editorial board reaction to campus hazing culture, See Page 6. assistant director of operations for sorority and fraternity housing. College senior and Beta President Niko Franchilli said he believes the fraternity was at 90 percent the entire time and that the fraternity was blindsided by the decision. He described the situation as a “miscommunication” between the fraternity and University. Franchilli said many Beta parents and students continuously emailed Greek Life and Campus Life officials after finding about the initial change to express their disappointment. Jansiewicz has a different perspective on the situation. “We communicated expectations
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • On Thurs., Aug. 29, U.K. legal officials backed British military action against the Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad on the grounds of humanitarian intervention. The Assad regime denied said accusations and blamed militant forces for the attacks, which killed hundreds of people on August 21. While other nations reconsider their stances, President Barack Obama remains undecided as to whether or not the U.S. will resort to military action in Syria. • U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013, a 0.8 percent jump from expected GDP, according to revised estimates from the Commerce Department released Thursday. A surge in exports likely spurned the higher growth rate, which was more than double that of the previous three months. Other government data released Thursday revealed a decline in the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits.
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took to the streets on Thursday morning, demanding a $15 hourly wage and the right to unionize. According to Atlanta Jobs With Justice, there are more than 77,000 fast-food workers in Atlanta earning a median hourly wage of $8.59. In a statement, McDonald’s said the pay for employees at its restaurants begins at the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, but can increase depending on experience and position level. Increasing the entry-level wage, the fast-food corporation said, would result in more expensive menus, as well as a negative impact on employment and business growth.
Event: Emory Dance Program Informational Meeting Time: 4-5 p.m. Location: Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
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Event: Congressman John Lewis: Keynote Address for AJC Decatur Book Festival
• As part of a nationwide strike taking place in 50 U.S. cities, McDonald’s employees in Atlanta
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Event: Emory Black Student Union (EBSU) Kickoff and BBQ Time: 5-7:30 p.m. Location: EBSU in Dobbs University Center (DUC) Event: Best In Show Tailgate Sponsored by DUC Programming Board Time: 6:30–8 p.m. Location: McDonough Field
Event: Best in Show Time: 8–10 p.m. Location: McDonough Field
WEDNESDAY Event: Theater Emory Auditions Time: 10 a.m. Location: Rich Memorial Building
Campus Event: Athletics — Men’s Soccer Time: 1–3 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
THURSDAY Event: AJC Decatur Book Festival Time: 12 p.m. Location: Decatur Square Event: Athletics — Men’s Soccer Time: 2:30–4:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
Event: AJC Decatur Book Festival Time: 10 a.m. Location: Decatur Square Event: Pool Party, a BlackOut Weekend Event Time: 12–3 p.m. Location: SAAC Pool, Clairmont
POLICE RECORD Emory Police Department was not available for this week’s police record.
This Week In Emory History Feb. 14, 1995 In September 1994, Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity focused on providing a friendly atmosphere for gay men, recruited students from Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and other Atlanta schools for its Atlantabased chapter. Three elderly men who felt deprived of a gay-friendly fraternity experience as college students created Delta Lambda Phi’s first chapter in Washington, D.C. in 1987 after establishing a trust in 1986. The Atlanta chapter represented the 31st nationally-recognized Delta Lambda Phi chapter and was formally recognized by Georgia State’s gay and lesbian student organization.
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Schwartzapfel, 21, Was Compassionate, Optimistic By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor
rientation leaders helped freshmen move in to their new residence halls last Saturday. Parents said their goodbyes as the students went forward with their week-long Orientation schedule, which included meetings with their Orientation groups.
Residence Halls Undergo Renovations By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor Campus Services has completed summer renovations for three freshman residence halls, including Alabama, Harris and Dobbs, according to Andrea Trinklein, the assistant vice president and executive director of Residence Life and Housing. Trinklein wrote in an email to the Wheel that Alabama and Harris both went through the first phase of a two-phase renovation, the second of which will occur next summer.
currently occurring in Harris are due to switches that are unusual and difficult to use. She added that her team is working with students to explain the switches and explore other options. Also, a portion of Harris had some hot water issues, which have been identified and isolated. Staff is currently working to fix the problems, Trinklein wrote. Next summer, Harris’ kitchen will be renovated. Trinklein wrote that the team is looking into working on the exterior entrance, heating ventilation and air-conditioning system.
Harris Hall Alabama Hall Harris went through the most drastic renovation. The student rooms of Harris Hall now have new fan coil units, furniture, lighting, sinks, counters, carpet and paint. A private bathroom and floor lounge was added to each floor, and the old lounges have been redone. With new corridor lights, the historic millwork and the open new lounges, Trinklein said the renovations “helped to create a renewed sense of place in historic Harris.” College freshman Jill Rappaport lives in Harris Hall this year and likes the comfortable conditions. “I think the living conditions in Harris are very good,” she wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Everything is really new, clean and fresh.” Trinklein said that lighting issues
Alabama has a new roof and new exterior of the building including new gutters and a cleaned veneer. In the second phase of Alabama’s renovations next summer, the changes will focus on the interior of the building. The rooms will be renovated, and a private bathroom will be added to each floor, similar to Harris. The bathrooms will also be renovated, according to Trinklein. Trinklein wrote that the team is exploring the idea of adding an elevator. “Upgrades and enhancements are planned on a regular basis to all buildings,” she said. Also, she said students change their needs over time and types of furniture, design and
water fixtures can easily be incorporated into renovations.
Dobbs Hall The patio of Dobbs Hall was redesigned to create more space for student gathering, Trinklein wrote. She added that last year’s feedback indicated students were not pleased with the front of the building. In contrast, College senior and Dobbs Resident Advisor Henry Yelin said he does not think the changes were necessary. “I think the changes improved the entranceway to Dobbs Hall exclusively in an aesthetic manner,” he wrote in an email to the Wheel. “There is no more functionality gained in this design. The old design, with benches, was better because the benches were far more comfortable than the new stone embankments.”
Clairmont Campus Other renovations include the Undergraduate Residential Center (URC) buildings C and D, which have interior makeovers including carpet, paint, appliances, solid surface counters, garbage disposal and hot water heaters. Also, some of the other buildings in the URC and Clairmont Residential Center (CRC) received new appliances.
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Zak Schwartzapfel, a rising College senior known for his upbeat personality and friendly nature, died on June 22. He was 21. Multiple sources declined to comment on the cause of death, though one said the death was not from natural causes. Schwartzapfel’s father, Steven Schwartzapfel, wrote in an email to the Wheel that his son enjoyed snowboarding, wake-boarding and studying English and philosophy. “He was an inspiration and role model to all those that knew him,” Steven wrote. More than anything, Steven added, he will miss his son’s smiles and “bear hugs” the most. Schwartzapfel, who was from Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., planned to go to law school and take over his father’s law firm afterward, said College senior and Sigma Chi president Hank Ashforth. Goizueta Business School senior Justin Tennenbaum, also his friend and fraternity brother, wrote in an email to the Wheel that Schwartzapfel was “truly [his] brother.” Since the second day of freshman year, they were “inseparable” — determined to get into the same fraternity and become sophomore roommates. Tennenbaum added that Schwartzapfel knew him better than anybody else does. “Anyone that knew [Schwartzapfel] was truly blessed, and their life is a little lighter because of it,” Tennenbaum wrote. Steven added that many of the letters he has received from family and friends of Schwartzapfel express almost identical sentiments and phrases to each other. “[He] possessed a calm sense of grace even when times were tough,” he said about the content of the letters. “He was loved by all for his friendliness, his upbeat and positive attitude, unique independence and quiet confidence ... [He] has a gregarious demeanor, captivating smile and an infectious laugh. [He] was a caring and compassionate man.” Tennenbaum also saw a similar compassion in his friend. He had
Zak Schwartzapfel, a College senior and Sigma Chi fraternity brother, passed away this summer. seen Schwartzapfel offer car rides and clothes to friends. One time, he recalled, Schwartzapfel had folded his clothes out of the laundry for him. “He truly strove to make everyone happy,” Tennenbaum wrote. “Every time he entered a room, he always had a huge smile on his face and instantly brightened the mood of those around him. He was the most carefree and selfless friend I could have asked for.” Ashforth wrote that Schwartzapfel often left his residence hall door open and always had a room full of friends. He was, Ashforth wrote, “by all accounts, one of the happiest students at Emory.” “He will be remembered for his smiling face, his infectious laugh and his many ridiculous pairs of pants,” Ashforth wrote, describing Schwartzapfel as a “significant personality in our pledge class.” Andy Wilson, senior associate dean and director of Campus Life external relations, wrote in an email to the Wheel that the Emory community is “deeply saddened” by Schwartzapfel’s death. “Every student contributes in no small measure to the community we create together at Emory,” he wrote. “The loss of any student grievously wounds us all. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all who loved him especially his family.” Wilson added that counseling and support services remain available, and faculty and staff may reach the Faculty Staff Assistance Program. The Sigma Chi fraternity house plans to hold a memorial in Schwartzapfel’s honor, Ashforth said. Schwartzapfel is survived by his mother, Marie; his father, Steven; and his brothers, Max and Dan.
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FACE Aimed For Combination Of Food Venues Continued from Page 1 ues, it was all about balance,” Karoline Porcello, College junior and FACE co-chair, wrote in an email to the Wheel. “There is no ‘average’ student here at Emory, and so we recognized the need to accommodate a vast array of people.” Porcello also cited FACE’s goal to provide healthy options as well as indulgences, and made-to-order as well as to-go meals to cater to Emory’s diverse community. In addition to Sodexo brands, Cox now houses local businesses, such as D.B.A Barbeque, which enables the Emory community to support our local economy as students eat on campus, said Emily Cumbie-Drake, Emory’s sustainability program coordinator. Meanwhile, the convenience store provides smaller and more portable
“... we recognized the need to accommodate a vast array of people.” — Karoline Porcello, College junior and FACE Co-chair food options and every-day items and places them in a side location, Porcello said. FACE will again be collecting student feedback at their meetings this semester to decide what C3 will have in stock in the upcoming year. Among the changes is the removal of Chick-fil-A from Cox Hall. Chick-fil-A’s presence on campus was a controversial subject last year, as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and others protested to eliminate the venue. Emory has said it dropped Chickfil-A due to a lack of student interest — not for political reasons. FACE also plans to reevaluate Freshens, Einstein’s Bagels at the Goizueta Business School and Jazzman’s Cafe at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Porcello said.
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Thirty-Two Students Join SDT to Restart Sorority Continued from Page 1 to [Franchilli] as the chapter rep,” Janasiewicz said. “They weren’t able to meet the said requirements. Once we took action, then they were able to meet the said requirements pretty quickly afterwards.” Janasiewicz said organizations that don’t fill the house to 100 percent must pay for the vacancies in the leftover rooms. The initial decision to move Beta, she added, was to “not put a financial burden on them.” Tate wrote that the number of residents in a house can fluctuate throughout the length of the summer due to students transferring, withdrawing or canceling housing. This may have led to some of the confusion, he wrote. The situation is now resolved, and Franchilli said he is “ecstatic” about remaining in the house. As for Chi Phi, the University gave the fraternity a house on Eagle Row after recognizing that doing so would open up more bed space across Emory’s campus. Chi Phi was able to fill the former Kappa Sig house to capacity, Janasiewicz said. Chi Phi President and Goizueta Business School junior Panos Kanellakopoulos said that after noticing that a house on Eagle Row was available, members of the fraternity contacted several University officials to see if the potential existed for them
to move into the house. Now, he said, having a house on campus will allow the fraternity to have a “central location” to host meetings and events. “We look forward to being able to do a bit of outreach in terms of the community,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.” Kappa Sig President and College senior Andres Rivero said the fraternity is also “really excited” about having a bigger house than their previous one. “It’ll make it easier to organize and host fraternity activities and events,” he said.
SDT Returns SDT also returned to campus this semester after becoming inactive in the spring due to a process known as revitalization. All former SDT members have been placed on alumni status but can reapply to join again, said B-school junior Lindsay Baker, who worked closely with the SDT national organization during the summer to bring the sorority back to Emory. The national SDT organization proceeded with the revitalization process because of low membership numbers. Thirty-two female students have joined the sorority so far, she said. While the sorority does not have
a sorority lodge on Eagle Row, they will be able to use the lodge currently occupied by non-affiliated Greek students during fall and spring recruitment, Baker said. The sorority returned to campus sooner than expected. In the spring, Janasiewicz told the Wheel that the SDT national organization planned to return to Emory in October to recruit new upperclassmen. But Baker said she and a group of other students decided they wanted to restart the sorority during the summer, at which point they started consulting with University officials on how to go about bringing the sorority back. “We all rushed, and none of us had gotten into sororities,” Baker said. “So we wanted to have that on-campus experience.” Students who have been members of other Greek organizations in the past are not permitted to join due to sorority national policies. Janasiewicz said SDT will return to its former sorority lodge next year if they are able to fill up the space in the house. She said she looks forward to having the sorority back on campus. “They already have a great group of women,” she said. “They are doing really well; we’re really excited.” — Contact Jordan Friedman at email@example.com
Students Can Join Lottery For SPC Gifts Continued from Page 1 about Friday night performer at this year’s Homecoming Ball and 150 shares to find out about this year’s Homecoming theme. Additionally, 25 of the students who share the status will be randomly selected to win a Swoop’s Week T-shirt and poster bundle.
“[Dispatch] are appealing for both students and alumni.” — Ashley London, College senior and SPC Homecoming co-chair SPC President and Business School senior Raghvi Anand said that SPC is trying to transition the name of Homecoming Week into Swoop’s Week so that it can be comparable to Dooley’s Week in the spring. College sophomore Lisa Dourmashkin attended a Dispatch concert at the Tabernacle last October and said she loves the band’s passion.
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Administrators Say Academic Changes Went Smoothly Continued from Page 1 different Laney Graduate School programs vary but will be altered to reflect the credit-hour adjustments, Nilsson said. In addition to credit-hour changes, the College has altered the timeslots during which classes are offered. Specifically, 75-minute courses that meet twice a week are now also being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, rather than primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These 75-minute classes now run from 8:30 a.m. through 6:45 p.m. Fifty-minute classes that meet three days a week are now also being offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, not just Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These 50-minute classes start at 8 a.m., rather than 8:30 a.m., and go through 5:50 p.m. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are being grandfathered into the new credit-hour system and graduation requirement. So, the number of credits they have received so far will stay the same, but they will adhere to the new policies moving forward. The University first decided to make the credit-hour changes as part of Emory’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), which will take effect next year. SACS must reaccredit Emory every 10 years for the school to qualify for federal funds. During SACS’ last reaccreditation review, it questioned the disparities between the number of credit hours offered and the amount of time a class met each week, the Wheel reported last spring.
In the past few years, the Department of Education also decided to require an institution to abide by the Carnegie Unit System — where hours offered equal class meeting time — to be accredited, according to the Wheel article. Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Joanne Brzinski said the new credit-hour system is proceeding “very smoothly.” “We’ve had fewer problems than we’ve anticipated,” she said. “For students, this is a way to readjust their way of thinking about their schedule — focusing on the credit hours rather than the number of courses.” The B-School’s Senior Associate Dean and Director of the BBA Program Andrea Hershatter said that from an administrative standpoint, the implementation of the changes is going well. She explained that the B-School has been preparing for the credit-hour change for more than a year. She added that she hopes students will “enjoy the additional room in their schedule” to take more electives. The largest obstacle in the process, Hershatter said, was devising a program that would allow accounting students to earn 30 hours of accountancy and the 150 academic hours they need to qualify for the Certified Public Accountant exam. As a result, the B-School is attempting to create a new BBA/ Masters of Accounting combined degree that is currently pending formal approval from the University and faculty. “The challenges to the credit-hour change lie in working through the transition,” Hershatter said, noting that by the time incoming freshmen are BBA students in two years, five
Sexton Claims Harris Discriminated Against Women Continued from Page 1 Opportunity Programs (EOP), then the situation must not be very important to her. He became “agitated,” the lawsuit claims, when Sexton responded that a woman might not complain for several different reasons — a statement that the document describes as a “substantial or motivating factor” in the decision to ultimately fire her. The lawsuit further claims that other employees had told Sexton in the past that Harris discriminated toward women. Later that month, the two became involved in a verbal altercation over the promotion of Alex Christian, the former program coordinator of the Office of Community and Diversity, to the EOP assistant director position,
the lawsuit says. Harris was aware that Sexton was interested in a promotion, according to the lawsuit, but the opening was neither advertised nor announced, and she was not given an opportunity to apply. Sexton was much more qualified for the position, according to the lawsuit. In addition to her fellowship from Wagner’s office, Sexton has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Furman University (S.C.), a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, also from Emory. Meanwhile, Christian was working toward his Bachelor’s Degree, which he “was allowed to do online during the work day,” according to the lawsuit.
Sexton learned of Christian’s promotion as he was working with employees to measure space for his new and larger office, which would have cut into Sexton’s work space, according to the lawsuit. During a staff meeting that day, Sexton asked Harris if she should work from home, “in light of the fact that her cubicle had been shrunk even further,” the lawsuit states. Harris became “extremely angry,” accusing Sexton of “using my emotions to hold people hostage” and terminated her on the spot, the document says. Sexton is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist based in Decatur. She specializes in individual, couples and family counseling, according to her website.
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three-credit hours a semester will be the norm. In the College, freshmen are being encouraged to enroll in an average of 16 to 18 credit hours, which includes their HLTH 100 and PACE requirements, Brzinski said. Along with the graduation requirement change, the College is also requiring students to take at least 32 courses in order to graduate, rather than 28, regardless of the number of credits they achieve. In an update on the University’s webpage detailing the academic changes, the University clarified that approved AP, IB and transfer courses will count toward the 32-course requirement. The B-School has also implemented a requirement for the minimum number of classes a student needs to take: eight classes and three five-hour seminars, as well as a minimum of 10 electives. Meanwhile, the University reviewed each department’s request for each course’s credit value primarily during the spring. The University’s Educational Policy Committee, which reviews courses that departments submit, sent out guidelines to departments with general ranges of how many hours a major or minor should require. The University also launched its webpage detailing the academic changes at the beginning of last semester. The site “outlines some of the biggest questions we think students will have,” and the University is continuing to update the page, Steve Savage, communications specialist for the Office for Undergraduate Education, wrote in a Jan. 28 Collegewide email.
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Trucks Chosen By Quality, Reliability, Variety Continued from Page 1 junior and FACE Co-Chair Karoline Porcello said. The food trucks will not only take cash and credit cards but also Dooley Dollars, according to the blog. One of the biggest student complaints that came up in feedback was the lack of nighttime and weekend options, said Bryce Robertson, College sophomore and FACE Dobbs Market representative, who is also a sales associate for the Wheel. He explained that the trucks will bring a greater variety of food to students at more times throughout the week. The trucks were selected based on three main criteria: food quality, reliability and variety, according to Porcello. Many students have reacted positively to the new campus dining options. “I’m glad they’re putting some trucks on Clairmont,” Goizueta Business School senior Jordan Angel said. “I think that it’s a good idea. I’m happy dining has worked hard to expand the selection on campus.” Still, others like College senior Dan Eidell said he feels food truck lines will often be long, hurting overall convenience. “I think they’re a great on campus option as long as the lines don’t make them useless,” he said. Students who are interested in keeping tabs on what trucks will be on campus can follow FACE’s food truck Twitter account, @ EmoryFoodTrucks, to learn more about what trucks will be on campus.
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Hazing Culture Needs Re-examination Phi Delt Was One Example of Major Issue The Emory administration suspended the Georgia Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity during the summer until Fall 2017. A student conduct investigation revealed that the fraternity engaged in hazing practices during spring recruitment. Emory has a no-tolerance policy towards hazing and defines it as “a broad term encompassing any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/ or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.” Hazing is also illegal under Georgia state law. Phi Delt is not the only Greek organization that has been suspended for hazing violations in the past few years — in fact, it’s the fourth. Therefore, we at the Wheel feel it is important to discuss the root-cause of hazing: why students find it appropriate to haze their peers, and what both students and the Emory community can do about it. The fraternity’s removal from Emory sheds light on a broader issue. Though the rules and consequences on hazing have been made clear, the mentality seems to remain that hazing behaviors are somehow acceptable unless they’re caught. If change is going to happen, it needs to happen at the grassroots level. The administration should be more active — not just reactive — in preventing the damages caused by hazing. Yet in the current culture, it seems that such acts are inevitable. Perhaps the administration can make it clear that the University guarantees secrecy to any student who files a complaint, as well as encourage students to reach out if they find themselves in a compromising position. According to data cited on HazingPrevention.org from a national study, 36 percent of students say they would not report hazing because they feel there is no one available to tell and adults might not handle it correctly. In light of this, Emory’s Interfraternity Council should make an even more concerted effort to create and publicize avenues for reporting hazing. It’s just as important to note that the issue is certainly not limited to Emory. It’s a problem across the country: a Florida A&M marching band member died two years ago while being hazed, and California State University, Chico experienced the death of a student last year. The school suspended Greek activities for the remainder of the academic year. However, it takes much more than reassuring to prevent hazing. It is important to note that hazing can happen in any organization and isn’t unique to Greek life. This is a systematic issue that must be prevented in a proactive manner. Hazing happens because students want it to happen. Part of the value and exclusivity of an organization comes from community building and shared experiences — but there is a fine line between getting to know your peers and abusing them. That said, the sense of relativity around hazing creates a slippery slope, where activities intended to be harmless can quickly become harmful. Some might say there are positive aspects to hazing, such as building camaraderie. But clearly, there’s the chance that terrible things can happen as a result. Prevention comes from changing our mentalities and speaking to a larger audience, not just fraternities, about the implications of forced actions. The act of hazing is ingrained in our culture, and if we can change the minds of even a few, perhaps there can be a spillover effect that impacts the entire community. The “Creating Emory” program, which began this year through Emory Orientation, put orientation groups into discussion sections that emphasized Emory’s values and policies around issues like alcohol abuse and sexual assault. Engagement with freshmen in conversations like these seems to be a step in the right direction. Hazing does not need to be inevitable, and it is never too late to change someone’s mindset. Simply being aware and recognizing that there are consequences to these acts are necessary first steps. As individuals, we have no right to negatively impact other people’s mental and physical states, so why perpetuate actions you would not want done on yourself?
Transcending Alcohol Consumption Mariana Hernandez | Staff
The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board. No members of Greek life voted in this editorial.
Rest in Peace, Zak Schwartzapfel The Wheel Sends Our Condolences This past summer, on June 22, Zak Schwartzapfel passed away suddenly. Schwartzapfel was 21 and a rising College senior majoring in political science. We would like to extend our condolences to Schwartzapfel’s family and friends. Schwartzapfel was known around campus as an exuberant and caring person. He was always there to lend a hand and care for his friends. Schwartzapfel’s absence will be felt deeply in the Emory community. We hope that Schwartzapfel’s kindness will live on through his family, friends and those positively affected by him. He will be missed. We would like to remind the Emory community that there are numerous counseling and support services available.
There Is More to College Than Eagle Row
There’s some kind of forbidden allure to Greek Row that calls to freshmen those first few weeks of college. I was never one to drink or party, but those first few days on campus — wow. The fact that Emory had so explicitly forbidden being on Eagle Row made me wonder what sweet secret they were protecting, so that many a late and idle night, I found myself wandering HE MORY HEEL on its far fringes, marveling and ogling at those inebriate fellow students stumbling joyArianna Skibell EDITOR-IN-CHIEF fully back home. It was the cool thing to say as a freshmen in those times, most casually Jordan Friedman Executive Editor Volume 95 | Number 1 with an air of indifference, “Yeah, well, I’m Lane Billings Managing Editor going to frat row tonight.” And then you’d feel your gut tighten, and everyone would wonder News Editor Asst. A&E Editor Business and Advertising Nicholas Sommariva Emelia Fredlick if perhaps they’d gather the courage to tag Editorials Editor Asst. Photo Editor Akeel Williams BUSINESS MANAGER along and maintain equal social status. Priyanka Krishnamurthy James Crissman Sports Editor Features Editor Blaire Chennault Sales Manager A lot was done in the name of social staNathaniel Ludewig Nick Bradley Maggie Daoiri Design Manager Student Life Editor Copy Chief tus. It’s a big deal for freshmen, especially Jenna Kingsley Sonam Vashi Account Executives Arts & Entertainment Editor for those who have found themselves largely Associate Editors Annelise Alexander Bryce Robertson, Lena Erpaiboon, Salaar Ahmed, Mandy Kline alone in a world that has been turned upside Photo Editor Christopher Hwang Przybylski, Annabelle Zhuno, Julia Justin Groot Emily Lin Leonardos down, and they frantically sort themselves out Vincent Xu Asst. News Editor Business/Advertising Office Number Lizzie Howell into the social strata that comfortably reflects Karishma Mehrotra Online Editor (404) 727-6178 Dustin Slade high school. Ross Fogg Asst. Sports Editor Ryan Smith Of course, once the “freeze” is lifted, the mystery is lost, and the thrill seems to die. The Emory Wheel welcomes letters and op-ed submissions from the Emory community. I slowly grew to hate frat row, including its Letters should be limited to 300 words and op-eds should be limited to 700. Those selected noise, commotion and the unconscious and may be shortened to fit allotted space or edited for grammar, punctuation and libelous content. semi-conscious bodies it left strewn in its Submissions reflect the opinions of individual writers and not of the Wheel Editorial Board wake. or Emory University. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to The Emory Wheel, Alcohol and poetry seem to have been Drawer W, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. 30322. invented by every major civilization. Even meso-America, before Columbus, had pulque.
It’s undeniable that it appeals to something deep inside us, but who of us who graduate from Emory will look back on four years of blackouts and hangovers and think, man, I wish I remembered less of college? What you will regret is a lack of courage and not trying new and exciting things, which these days is actually studying and making the most of your $250,000 worth of education.
I propose that Emory try some new tactics to keep freshmen out of the wine racks. There are other ways to have fun, my friend with the pirate hat explained to me. Like drinking tea, a well-known diuretic, with a friend. The first one to wet his pants loses. Great advice. He’s an sophomore advisor this year, but who’s surprised? The residents of McTyeire can expect to remain largely sober, though I’m sure the building’s existential crisis would drive anyone to drink. Then there’s the classic game of water pong (defined by Urban Dictionary as “a revolutionary take on beer pong”), popular among conservative Christian circles. I’m a little more liberal, so I’ll advocate
Kool-Aid. Drugs aside, there are plenty of things to do late at night on campus. Woodruff residential has a nifty little cafe, for all you freshmen boys competing to see who uses the most of their unlimited swipes. My friend and I plotted on how to scale the belltower but only ever got around to the Burlington Road Building. And yes, there are movies to be watched and popcorn to be popped. I propose that Emory try some new tactics to keep freshmen out of the wine racks. Shock therapy needs to be our first choice, obviously. Another equally brilliant idea is to hide frat row for the beginning of every fall. That’s right, relocate the buildings somewhere less obvious, like out by J-Wag’s place. Of course there are frat boys who, desperate for flocks of unsuspecting freshmen eager to test their drinking limits, will probably shoot off flares, sending that idea up in flames. Back to shock therapy, I guess. But seriously, what about a bunch of inflatable bouncing houses doused in vodka and with ridiculous dress stipulations? Just set them up on McDonough with a big sign in crayon reading: “Frat Row: Coolness Here.” Even the upperclassmen would confuse it for the real thing. Heck, you might have some frat boys get lost looking for their frat house.
Jonathan Warkentine is a College sophomore from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Valuing the Process of Learning
Life After Youth: It Is a Real Thing
Embrace Living, and Don’t Wait for Death
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Freshmen, Take Your GERs Seriously When I entered college, around two years ago from this date, I thought I knew who I wanted to be. Rather, I thought I knew what I wanted from my four years: a degree that represented my interests. My schedule was filled with courses that you would guess was a track to medical school. Chemistry, calculus and the like. However, it didn’t take too long for me to realize that I didn’t understand why I chose this path. I struggled keeping up in chemistry, not because I couldn’t process the dense information, but because I didn’t want to. The subject was clearly not for me. I recognize that Emory has a reputation for trying to weed out students who are not “fit” for the medical field (or frankly any field), and I didn’t want to be another statistic who changed tracks. I pushed myself to “like” the objective sciences, but in reality, I was lying to myself. I was lying to my parents. I wanted to read plays or write about absurdism. I wanted to understand the world through an economic lens. I wanted college to bring out the young philosopher in me. I didn’t like what I had done, I didn’t like the choices I made and I especially didn’t like living someone else’s dreams. After one semester of life-changing experiences, internal/external dialogue and realizations, I knew it was time to confess to myself that medical school was not my goal and that it would be okay if I didn’t know who I wanted to be. My transition from pre-med to I-don’tknow-what was rough. I thought I never wanted to see a science class listed in the course catalog again. I was so adverse to
even the thought of going back that I closed myself fully to general education requirements (GER). I knew I would eventually have to try again, but I was hoping to put it off until the requirement of fulfilling a science GER (with or without a lab) would maybe miraculously disappear (or perhaps get “cut”). Three hundred and sixty degrees later, I took biology for non-majors this past summer, and it changed my life. No, it wasn’t an “easy A” kind of course — and yes I did struggle in it. However, this class taught me that college is about learning things that you might not seem interested in. It’s about education on a more in-depth level, and it’s about experiences that you cannot find elsewhere. I told my professor at the time that if this class did not teach me how to “be a scientist,” I at least learned how to perceive the world in a different, biological lens (redundant for some, I know). And here I am, two years later, on track for an economics and philosophy degree, arguing for Emory’s choice in general education requirements. I think it’s important that people don’t view the world through a single perspective. The intersection of disciplines surrounds us, and college gives us the opportunity to explore such dimensions. College is like evolution. It is not goal-oriented. You are given an amazing opportunity to attend a top institution with many resources that you can’t find elsewhere. This includes a plethora of departments with amazing professors who really care about what you get out of their courses. This summer, I learned that college isn’t only about getting that degree — it’s about expanding your search for truth. Such a search
U.S. Intervention Unnecessary In Syria Last week an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the U.S. Navy sailed eastward toward the Levantine coast, armed with long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles and prepared to launch these missiles into the war-torn Syrian region if ordered. This ship increased U.S. naval presence off the Syrian coast to four total destroyers, foreshadowing what Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker (R — Tenn.) alluded to as an “imminent” response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. If Corker’s evaluation proves accurate, Syria would follow Libya as the second Arab nation in which the U.S. has intervened militarily since the Arab Spring. Unlike the conflict in Libya, however, as many as 100,000 people have been killed over a period of more than two years of fighting in Syria. The use of chemical weapons also signals a potential humanitarian crisis, crossing the “red line” which President Obama denoted earlier in the conflict. With naval forces in place and increasingly belligerent rhetoric coming from Washington, the utility and morality of U.S. intervention in Syria deserves to be evaluated. If history is any guide, taking military action in Syria would potentially be disastrous, while failure to act would certainly result in the continued killing and displacement of militants and civilians alike. The Syrian question is a complex one with no easy answer, which is why a policy of nonintervention would be best-advised for the U.S. Supporters of military action generally argue for the humanitarian necessity of intervention, or they maintain that intervention would be in the “best interests” of the United States. The humanitarian argument is noble yet tragically inconsistent with U.S. foreign policy as a whole. Why should the U.S. get involved in a humanitarian crisis in Syria and not in the Congo? The answer, of course, is that it is not in the United States’ best interests to establish a military presence in Central Africa — indicating that national interest supersedes humanitarian concerns when deciding whether to get involved in a military conflict. But is a Syrian military presence in the best interests of the U.S.? Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorial government poses no legitimate threat to America. The idea of a “stable” Middle East benefitting the U.S. is similarly unfounded, as anything short of an all-out regional war would fail to have much of a direct effect here. The
only reasonable interest U.S. intervention in Syria would serve is the installation of a proU.S. government — see Iraq and Afghanistan — to add to the United States’ arsenal of ostensible allies in the event of escalating tensions with Iran. In an ironic twist, the CIA recently declassified documents finally admitting to U.S. involvement in the Iranian Coup of 1953. Sixty years later, it is clear that the coup backfired miserably. The fable of a threatening Iran is the most prolific lie guiding U.S. foreign policy today. While there isn’t a good reason to go to war in Syria, there are good reasons not to go to war. Though hardly an expert on the subject, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul identified a central difficulty with intervention in the Middle East in an op-ed appearing in July on CNN. Addressing the developing protests in Egypt prior to former president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, Paul observed that “[the] problem with constantly intervening in these troubled parts of the world is that there are often no clear good guys or bad guys. Today’s ally can quickly become tomorrow’s enemy.” This is particularly true in Syria. While alAssad’s government may be guilty of gassing civilians and receiving aid from Iran, the rebels may also have received aid from al Qaeda, meaning that the U.S. and al Qaeda would be supporting similar goals. To that end, it is unclear exactly who these rebels are. A lack of discernible organization amongst the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups makes a tandem military effort shady at best, and there is no guarantee that U.S. support now would ensure an improvement of Syrian-U.S. relations in the future. Even if the U.S. were to enter the Syrian conflict purely under the guise of humanitarian involvement, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan serve as evidence that the end goals of a war can be vastly different from the initial aims. The astronomical loss of life as a result of the Syrian Civil War is appalling. There is no indication that the conflict is nearing an end. U.S. involvement would not definitively make matters better or worse, but perhaps it is best to let Syria decide its own fate. After all, a much younger U.S. faced a comparable conflict on its own 150 years ago. Though the American Civil War was twice as long and almost six times as bloody as the Syrian Civil War has been thus far, the righteousness of the people ultimately prevailed — and we are a stronger nation because of it.
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requires different perspectives of the world, and in order to get that, we must learn about the way in which other people look at it. This includes taking courses that you would otherwise scoff at. I have heard one too many instances of pre-medical students laughing at English classes or pre-law students trying to get out of taking a lab requirement. We cannot ignore these essential classes. There is a reason our administration has general education requirements. An Emory degree doesn’t only represent your “specialty,” but it also shows the world that you are a holistic person who had to take different kinds of courses to get where you are. Major in what you want to major in. Take more courses in the things that interest you. But I urge you to take every class, including those outside of your discipline, with the same amount of seriousness and pride. Don’t look at classes as just “requirements” — they’re different methodologies or perspectives to live your life. And if you still don’t buy it, at least take classes that are out of your specific discipline to further enforce your original choices. Just keep an open mind; you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet. So here I am, two years later, with absolutely no regrets. I am pre-law. I am pre-business. I am pregraduate school. I am pre-med. I am pre-DJ. I am pre-barista. I am pre-artist. I am pre-life.
Editorials Editor Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College junior from Coppell, Texas.
Salutations, beloved readers. I hope you doom (the age of 30). had an excellent holiday. We must open up to the world and underWe come now to classes and the multiple stand that there is something distinctly subtle tediums of our lives, punctuated by the bright about the navigation of situations. The 20s are spots of the people we love. a time to learn, to make mistakes and then Returning to campus invites, quite rea- move on. Placed upon a pedestal, youth goes sonably, an eye towards the future. Are you out of time and becomes ahistorical. eager? Are you full of dread? Does the future There is no “moving on” when youth is frighten you? articulated as such. The future invites fear by the very virtue Instead, one passes through their youth and of its uncertainty. But the abstractions of then awaits death as they nurse the apoca“the future” are nothing, lyptic memories of their I think, to the very conglorious young adultcrete realities of aging, hood. Youth becomes and I think this anxiety There are mysteries in you, big an ideal as opposed to has become woefully thoughts and big feelings that a particularity. central to our generaDo not — o gration’s culture. cious, please do not — you will understand with time. What comes to mistake this for some mind most immediatecurmudgeonly hate ly is Thought Catalog. storm. Youthfulness For those unaware, Thought Catalog is a web- brings a natural vitality that I find thrilling. site that provides a space for young writers, I have had moments when I was full to mostly in their twenties, to discuss matters burst with the anxious propulsion that sprang relevant, or what I’ve been told is relevant, to from the fact that I was 20-years-old. I do our peer set. These paeans to the challenges not have a long memory to consult when new of the Millennial life have struck a chord and dangers approach, and the uncertainty knocks made Thought Catalog into one of the most me over and lifts me up. popular blogs around. I love being where I am in my life, but The writing is usually of fine enough qual- there is comfort in the knowledge that I will ity, and there is the piece of insight here and learn and change. there, but Thought Catalog is overstuffed with What I have to offer the world is not my paeans to passion quickly snuffed and casual singular best. I can only offer what my best is drug addictions. right now. And by recognizing this multiplicThere’s value to these experiences, but ity, I free myself from obsession. there’s more to life than this. I use Thought After all, tomorrow is another day, and in Catalog affectionately and only as an exam- taking this advice seriously, I release myself ple, not a whipping horse. Thought Catalog’s from the terror that this is all there is. odes come from the same basis that argues So much is open to us. But we were told a that your twenties are your time to “really” great and terrible lie: that everything led only live; that life ends when you get your “real” to this, and everything else is a drifting away job and settle into adult routine (whatever from the righteous garden of our youth. Turn that means). away from this. There are mysteries in you, The basis I speak of is youth worship, a big thoughts and big feelings that you will cultural obsession with newness and novelty. understand with time, though it is a harsh To be sure, the twenties are a novelty. beast. It’s a time when most strike out. They cartIn the meantime, let us drink deep from wheel into action, feel pain in all its dizzying our youth and hope that we will hold on to heights. Pioneers, o pioneers, etc., etc. what is valuable and cast away all that insults This time in our lives is a launch pad into our spirit. Rhett Henry is a College junior from new things, not a pleasure dome to while away as we await the approach of our inevitable Lawrenceville, Ga.
Violence in Hollywood Cinema
Katrina Worsham | Staff
Where Does the Responsibility Lie? ROBERT WEISBLATT In the world of cinema, July and August have become established as key months for releasing films known as blockbusters or tent-poles. Since the release of the celluloid phenomenon known as Star Wars in 1977, these summer films have become exhibitions of the latest advancements in film technology. However, as Hollywood studios become increasingly reliant on these films for annual profits (hence “tent-pole”), the pressure to make them lucrative ventures has dramatically increased. Concurrently, the tastes of the target audience (males 18-34) has grown towards highly-visceral action, frequently presented on screen as violence. As technological advancements lead to more extravagant imagery, and audience demand errs towards violence, the question remains as to who bears responsibility for how film violence is digested. Many moviegoers consider this to be under the jurisdiction of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its predominant rating system. But when a cinematic experience is boiled down to an interaction between an audience member and the film, the responsibility for processing undoubtedly lies with the adult individual, or in the case of a child, with a parent or guardian. The factors that contribute to an individual’s encounter with a film are so arbitrary that it would be unfair and unreal-
istic to assign responsibility to anyone other than the viewer. In 2010, the film Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn, garnered significant criticism from respected film writers for its violence. Reinforcing concern, the film became a commercial success and a sequel was released this past August. Highly-respected critic Roger Ebert was one of the leading detractors from Kick-Ass’s violence upon its release. In his review, he wrote, “The movie’s rated R, which means in this case that it’s doubly attractive to anyone under 17. I’m not too worried about the 16-year-olds here, I’m worried about the 6 year olds ... This movie regards human beings like video-game targets. Kill one, and you score. They’re dead, you win. When kids in the range of this movie’s home video audience are shooting one another every day in America, that kind of stops being funny.” Ebert provides heavy criticism about the effects of the movie on the thought processes of an immature audience, yet he doesn’t make a judgment as to whether the responsibility for this potentially-dangerous imagery lies with the presenter or the viewer. His acknowledgement of the R rating as an attractor for even younger audiences confirms that legislation is not a viable solution. In the end, it comes down to how the viewer chooses to process what they have seen. The filmmaker is not to blame for misconceptions of on-screen violence. The misconception is an ailment that needs to be
cured by the viewer or those responsible for him or her. Rather than suppressing or influencing the imagery, concerned peers would be much more effective if they took the time to counsel their fellow audience members and, most importantly, their children. During the course of a film, the director makes explicit decisions in order to engulf the audience in a world of fiction. Audience members do not want to think about the fact that what they are actually seeing is a series of photographs of trained actors strung together in fluid mastery. However, once a film has concluded, it is the responsibility of audience members and their peers to take a step back and view the film as what it really is. With a proper perspective on the world of fiction, misguided audience members are far more likely to leave the violence on screen and out of their lives. Ironically, how often do people show concern about violent documentaries? Although edited in a similar fashion to fiction films, documentaries yield an aura of clarity that lets the audience know that the violence shown is occurring in the same world as the movie theater they’re seated in. The solution rests upon an able distinction between worlds of fact and fiction. Suppressing Hollywood violence does nothing to cure errors of interpretation. If you are concerned about a violent film, don’t ask the filmmakers why they made it, but rather ask the audience members how it made them feel.
Robert Weisblatt is a College junior from Belle Mead, N.J.
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HOROSCOPES Aries You are the kind of person that approaches life head-on. You are courageous when you need to be, and you step up as a leader when it’s necessary. This week is a good week for Aries. As school begins, you are going to be challenged in many new ways.
Taurus You a strong individual who knows how to get things done. In the right moments, you can rise to the occasion with strong words, but you often like stability in life. Your strength, virility and power will come in handy in the next week as you face a few unforeseen challenges.
Gemini You have a tendency to be extremely flexible in social situations. You know how to adapt to your surroundings in the right way. However, this duality of nature can also lead to some problems. This week, you may be forced to abandon your flexible nature and take a strong stand.
College sophomores Gabe Gan (left) and Jackson Fritz (right) were disappointed freshman year when they arrived on campus and realized there was no club swim team. They worked with a club sports representative all year to form a team for all levels of recreational swimmers.
Sophomores Bring Club Swim To Emory By Elizabeth Howell Associate Editor While most freshmen spend their first days at Emory meeting new people, selecting courses and trying to find their way in a new place, College sophomores Gabe Gan and Jackson Fritz spent their first night of their freshman year at Emory discussing
a plan they thought could benefit the entire University — the formation of a club swim team. In the midst of the excitement of orientation, Gan and Fritz quickly came face to face with disappointment as they discovered their new school was missing something. After years of dedication and practice, Gan and Fritz realized that they would no
longer be able to participate in the camaraderie amongst swimmers that they had previously experienced in their hometown of Washington, D.C. and had hoped to find at Emory. However, instead of seeing their home for the next four years as incomplete, they saw an opportunity to make Emory a better place for students who had to give up swimming
when they came to college. “I feel that every person has a passion that they would follow to the end if they could,” Fritz said. “But we have to make choices, and sometimes we make a few sacrifices along the way. I want to try and limit those sacrifices for students at Emory who not only swam and had a great time, but those who want to try swimming as a
sport in a fun environment.” By the middle of October, Gan and Fritz had met with a student representative from club sports at Emory who helped them begin the process of becoming of a club sport. From that time until the end of March, the students worked to create a Constitution,
Leo You are a strong leader who knows how to not overstep your bounds. You are caring when you need to be, yet authoritative when the situation calls for it. This week you will be visited by a surprise guest. This guest may try your patience. You will need to cultivate your openness to get through this minor obstacle.
See CLUB, Page 10 You tend to err on the shy side, unless provoked. You are extremely critical, yet very conscientious. Though you are no stranger to your sexuality, you tend to keep that under wraps. This week, as the year begins, you will be tested in this area. Depending on how you compose yourself, this encounter could change life for the better or worse.
You may be sick of people telling you how gentle, nurturing and contemplative you are. You tend to blend in with your environment, not wanting to rock the boat. This week you will be pushed outside your comfort zone. Someone is going to seriously frustrate you this week, and it may be difficult to keep your cool.
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Libra You are sociable and diplomatic, but you tend to be indecisive, which can sometimes get you into trouble. This week you will be forced to make decisions, that you might like to leave on the back burner. Utilize your natural artistic nature to make these decisions, and you’ll come out on top.
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For many Emory students, going back to school means less eating out and fewer home-cooked meals. Specifically for freshman, the DUC becomes the main source of sustenance (with the occasional Cox visit on the side). However, there will be times when you wish to venture off campus, and Emory Village’s convenience will provide many options. Here’s a breakdown of most of the places in the Village: I would like to start with the two highest-quality restaurants in the Village — an Italian pasta joint and an American breakfast spot. SABA: One of my favorite places in the Village, this pasta joint has many different options. If you don’t see that particular option on the menu, Saba
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Salta, Argentina is a city full of enchanting hospitality, history and culture. From mountains to museums, one can be sure the trip will be full of adventure in this awe-inspiring area.
Exploring Argentina: Sights of Salta By Sergio Dhillon Staff Writer Salta, a city in the northernmost part of Argentina, has a special charm that’s found nowhere else in the country. Unlike many other Argentine cities, Salta maintains its colonial heritage with a distinct Spanish
provincial architectural style that reflects its rich history. The Spanish conquistadors colonized Argentina from the north and slowly made their way down south. Salta played an important role in the trade route from Bolivia and Peru to Argentina during the colonial period. Like the rest of Argentina, Salta also received a fair amount of immigrants mainly
from Spain, Italy, Lebanon and Syria. These immigrants along with the Criollo/Mestizo and Native American inhabitants impacted not only the traditions and culture of the city, but also the cuisine. Salta is famous for its food, especially empanadas, wine, humita (a Native American dish made out of corn and flour), tamales and Middle Eastern cuisine.
As soon as I got off the two-hour flight from Buenos Aires, I got a taste of “la hospitalidad salteña” or “saltan hospitality.” “Salteños” are famed for their warmth and hospitality in Argentina. Gabriela Dominguez Segado, a lawyer from Salta (who I
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Ask A Major: Biology GENERAL REQUIREMENTS B.A. DEGREE 30 Hours minimum, 9 or more plus courses -BIOL 141 w/ lab -BIOL 142 w/ lab -CHEM 141 w/ lab -CHEM 142 w/ lab -One from each category: A- Cell & Mollecular: BIOL 223, 250, or 264 B- Organismal: BIOL 205 w/ lab, 240, 360 C- Ecology & Evolution: BIOL 241, 247, 329 w/ lab -Four Biology electives (12 hours minimum, 100-level courses and BIOL 497R not counted)
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-BIOL 141 -BIOL 142 -CHEM 141 -CHEM 142 -CHEM 221 w/ lab or w/ 221 lab or 221Z/226L or 222Z/222L -PHYS 141 or 151 w/ lab -MATH 115 and 116 (see website about AP credit) -One from each category: A- Cell & Mollecular: BIOL 223, 250, or 264 B- Organismal: BIOL 205 w/ lab, 240, 360 C- Ecology & Evolution: BIOL 241, 247, 329 w/ lab -Four Biology electives (12 hours minimum, 100-level courses and BIOL 497R do not count)
What was your favorite Biology course? Cell Bio with Eisen or any class with Beck Which Bio course was most challenging, in your opinion? Cell Bio with Eisen is challenging in the way that it forces you to think outside of the box. There is no right answer, which is terrifying but helpful in developing your critical-thinking skills. Also it’s nice that you can just make things up and if what you say is logical, it’s right. I would definitely recommend this class to
any freshman. Would you suggest taking bio and chem in the same semester? Go for it — if you’re smart with your time, it’s no problem. I always felt like people underestimated how much work students can accomplish their freshman year if they’re smart about staying on top of everything. If you take them both and get them out of the way, you have more time to focus on things that actually interest you rather than taking a bunch of lame intro courses.
You tend to be a passionate person who is also quite perceptive. But sometimes your psychological nature can prevent you from really living in the moment. This week you will have ample opportunity to live in the now, so to speak.
Sagittarius Your enthusiasm can often be contagious. You’re very optimistic, but sometimes too restless. Your honesty is admirable, but sometimes your outspoken nature gets you into trouble. This week, try to turn your focus to cultivating your adventurous spirit.
Capricorn You are a tenacious, disciplined, wise and ambitious person. When you are pushed outside your comfort zone, you show no signs of discomfort, which usually works in your favor. This week, however, you will be forced to decide if your current “zone” is the best fit for you. You fit in, but is it right?
Aquarius You are an individual. You’re no stranger to compromise, but you like to do your own thing, never failing to add an inventive twist. This week, you should focus on cultivating these friendships, because if you don’t, they may walk away.
Pisces You are a compassionate person who is always ready to lend an ear. You are very perceptive and intuitive. These qualities have helped you be a great friend. But if you don’t start thinking about your own needs, you will suffer greatly.
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form an executive board, file for representation under USA Swimming and receive accreditation from the Emory Club Sports Committee. They received a probationary waiver from the Club Sports Committee, meaning that swimming will officially become a club sport as long as they are able to attract enough interest and begin training this fall. Gan and Fritz contacted local schools and plan to compete with them early in the fall. They hope to later travel throughout the Southeast area in order to compete. “My hope for the team this year isn’t in any great success in competitions,” he said. “As a first time swim club, I would much rather see every member of the team enjoying themselves at practice and at meets. I would measure the competitive success of the team in the improvement all our swimmers make.” Fritz said he believed that all students could benefit from both the physical exercise and the friendships between swimmers, regardless of amount of time they have to commit to the team. Gan and Fritz are currently plan-
The team is still deliberating which pool to use for workouts, which will include one dryland and three water practices per week. ning three practices a week in the water and one practice a week out of the water to work on conditioning. While they encourage attendance as often as possible, few practices will be mandatory in order to accommodate more students. Additionally, no previous experience is necessary to join the team. “From the star high school swimmer taking too many classes to the dedicated student looking for a good workout twice a week, all are welcome to join,” Fritz said. Fritz added that he has seen a lot of interest in the in the team so far. While most current members are
former high school swimmers who want to continue to be part of team, he hopes to branch out to less experienced swimmers who are interested in the sport. “Our team provides one of the most flexible workout plans, one of the most beneficial sports known to humankind and one of the most enjoyable sports cultures in the world,” he said. “We invite everyone to give Club Swim a try, and we guarantee that you will benefit from it in almost every way imaginable!”
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Which Emory Village Eateries Serve Up the Most Delectable, Delicious Dishes? Continued from Page 9 will be happy to combine any shape of pasta and sauce they have for you. They also serve sandwiches and a few salads, if you’re not feeling like a big bowl of pasta with a slice of bread on the side. Their lasagna is an underrated option that never disappoints. RISE-N-DINE: Along with Saba, Rise-N-Dine is one of the best places, in my opinion, in the Village. Only open for breakfast and lunch, Rise-NDine is known for their great breakfast options including eggs, waffles and French toast alongside fantastic coffee. But with good food and reasonable prices come long lines — going after 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday
spells disaster. These next few restaurants in the Village are not the finest and are Americanized versions of other types of cuisine. That being said, we don’t always want a totally authentic meal — that’s why we love restaurant chains. CHIPOTLE: If you haven’t heard of Chipotle by now, stop reading and go try it. If you’re still reading, there’s not much to say that you probably don’t know already. Always consistent and satisfying at a fair price, Chipotle continues to be one of my go-to spots for lunch and dinner. But consume with caution: sources chosen to remain anonymous have said that Chipotle’s spicy food has a
history of “resurfacing” during nights of partying. ZOE’S KITCHEN: Located right across the street from the Starbucks at the bookstore, Zoe’s was new to the Village around spring semester last year and became popular for serving big portions of healthy Greek food. Boasting a spotlessly-clean interior, Zoe’s is fairly reasonable in price and has great variety. With options from steak to chicken to shrimp to grains to veggies, everyone can probably find something he or she likes. DOC CHEY’S: Who doesn’t love a big bowl of salty noodles, veggies and your choice of protein? Douse in Sriracha, pour on the sesame seeds and you’ve got yourself the epitome
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Though it is not a large city, Salta continues to enthrall travelers with its rich historic value and colorful scenery.
City of Salta Offers Historic Glimpse of Argentine Culture Continued from Page 9 met on the flight) and a world traveler herself, offered to give me a ride to my hotel, and on the way, she showed me all of the important sights in downtown Salta. I remember being surprised to see the dusty colonial streets and southern Spanish architecture compared to the high-rise French style architecture of Buenos Aires that I was used to. The city of Salta, although not large in size, offers many interesting sights and activities. A good place to start sightseeing in Salta is “Plaza 9 de Julio;” from there you can explore Iglesia San Francisco, El Cabildo, El Museo Antrópologico and the famous “MAAM” museum. In the “MAAM,” you can find mummies of the three Incas “Llullaillaco Children” that were found frozen at the peak of Mount Llullaillaco. I also took a cable car up to the summit of Cerro San Bernardo, where I was able to get a spectacular view of the city and take some amazing photos. Salta is also known for its folklore culture and “peñas folkloricas” where folklore music and dance are performed and played. I ventured off to Calle Balcarce one night, which is the most popular nightspot for Salteños to go to peñas and boliches (nightclubs). A day trip to the neighboring region of Jujuy, although tiring, is
definitely worthwhile during a visit to Salta. Jujuy is the northernmost part of Argentina, bordering Bolivia. Along with the breathtaking desert landscapes, there is a strong Native American presence. In Jujuy, many Native American languages are spoken and Castellano (Spanish) takes a back seat. I decided to join a tour group to explore Jujuy; we left Salta at 7 a.m. and were able to see the sunrise over the colorful mountains. On the journey up to Pumamarca and Humahuaca (two important villages in Jujuy), we stopped at the famous “Cerro de los siete colores” (mountain of seven colors) as well as many other many small villages and craft markets. The scenery in Jujuy is simply breathtaking, with mountains, streams, cacti and adobe-like villages spread out over the desert landscape. Salta is an exciting destination in northern Argentina that is often ignored by travelers who often come looking only for Buenos Aires. Salta offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of many of the other large and congested South American cities. Its shady palm tree-covered plazas full of guitarristas (guitar players), cobble stone streets and mediterranean Spanish architecture make Salta a must-see visit for any intrepid traveller visiting Argentina.
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of an Asian-American dish. These next two places are low-key but always provide good eats at even better prices. DAVE’S COSMIC SUBS: Dave’s is often forgotten, as it is the farthest walk in the Village and housed in an unassuming shack. An edgy place with most sandwiches named “Dave’s ____,” the sub shop always comes through with satisfying sandwiches. Don’t judge a book by its cover. The food definitely tastes better than the way that the plastic tarp covering the outside seating area looks. FALAFEL KING: Unfortunately, Falafel King does not serve as good a falafel as you’d find in Israel, but with the theme of Americanized foreign
cuisine, who can blame them? It’s solid, and so is their shawarma and sushi. Wait, what? Sushi at a place called Falafel King? Yes, they serve various types of sushi and ramen as well. Falafel King really is quite international. Just make sure to carry cash or Visa since American Express is not accepted. The Village’s wide variety of options definitely makes up for the fact that most of the restaurants are chains. Almost every major type of foreign cuisine can be found somewhere in the Village; it’s pretty difficult not to find something you like. Plus, everything is within a few minutes’ walking distance, so if your friends want Falafel King but you’re
not in the mood, just walk a few steps to Chipotle or Zoe’s and grab something you like better. I omitted a few restaurants (Bad Dog Taqueria, Tin Drum and Panera Bread) that I would recommend to avoid, or at least visit sparingly. I don’t particularly care for the food at these three places and have experienced poor service for overpriced food at Bad Dog. But freshman year is all about trying new things, so I encourage you to give everything a chance at least once and decide for yourself what you like best.
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For four months, Emory students worked hard to survive summer jobs, ____________ (verb ending in “ing”) and living with ____________ (adjective) parents. Now it’s finally time to ____________ (verb) in their dorm rooms and get ready for the new school year. Whether they are living in the ____________ (adjective) dorm ____________ (Emory Dorm), or ____________ (verb ending in “ing”) in the green dorm Fevans, every Emory ____________ (noun) is excited and ____________ (mood/feeling) to be back on campus. As expected, Emory students will start the year ____________ (adverb) focused on their academics. First, students will spend $ ____________ (big number) buying the books, the room accessories and the ____________ (plural noun) they need for the semester, but soon girls will be back to deciding which ____________ (article of clothing) will best show off their ____________ (body part) at the fraternity parties, and guys will be filling their rooms with plenty of ____________ (plural noun) in anticipation of a ____________ (adjective) semester. Upperclassmen will ____________ (adverb) watch new freshmen and remember what it was like to be the kid ____________ (verb ending in “ing”) on Eagle Row, acting like ____________ (celebrity) and screaming “____________” (exclamation) at everyone who walks by. However you spend your first days at Emory, keep it ____________ (adjective)! Work hard, ____________ (verb), and hold your ____________ (body part) high. Here’s to another ____________ (adjective) year at Emory University!
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Golf Team Embarks on Late-Summer European Tour “[It] was great,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time abroad and got a had set up against the St. Andrews good feel for the different style of University Golf Team was by far the play. This trip also helped our team coolest event on the trip,” Chen said. chemistry, and I really got to know “We all learned a lot the younger guys from their different on the team much style of play. They better.” “We all worked as much were all very welThe team will coming, and both as we could on our games open their reguteams really just lar season on Sept. over the summer. had a blast.” Hopefully, with the loss of 21 at the two-day The Eagles hope Fall Preview in that the trip will only one senior, we will be Greensboro, N.C. much better this year.” adequately prepare Berens, for one, is them for the upcomconfident about the ing 2013-2014 — Alec Berens, Eagles’ chances. season. “We all worked senior They enter with as much as we could high expectations, on our games over ranked seventh the summer,” he in the national said. “Hopefully, Division III preseason poll after fin- with the loss of only one senior, we ishing fourth last season. will be much better this year.” Chen, who finished third indiContributing writer Seanette vidually, commented that the trip was Ting contributed reporting. good for more than a late-summer —Contact Ryan Smith at vacation. email@example.com
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Once again, it looks like the Patriots will win the AFC East despite losing tight ends Aaron Hernandez (cut) and Rob Gronkowski (injury). Hopefully, Gronkowski will be able to return somewhere down the line to also help replace the loss of veteran wide receiver Wes Welker. For Jets fans like myself, this season looks to be another disappointing one as Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the league, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To make matters worse, the Jets still haven’t decided whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback. Don’t expect a lot of change with the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins as they’ll finish the season with under .500 records. AFC North The AFC North could be this year’s most competitive division with the Ravens, Bengals and Steelers all boasting extremely strong rosters. Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens suffered a huge loss when Ray Lewis decided to retire. However, they’ve made some offseason moves to help recover from the loss, including signing linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Even without a replacement for Anquan Boldin, the Ravens should still be strong enough to take the division. The Bengals continue to get better every year and could potentially give the Ravens a run for their money. In Pittsburgh, the loss of James Harrison will be too much for the defense to overcome. As for the Browns, it looks like just another year in Cleveland with low expectations.
the division. Unfortunately, the Colts’ attempt to strengthen their defense has yet to prove itself this preseason and may not be enough to help them win the division. The Titans are a few seasons away from contending. If the Titans have a few seasons to go, the Jagaurs have a decade as their quarterback struggles continue. Don’t expect them to win more than a few games this season. AFC West The Broncos should top the division for the second year in a row despite losing Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens and Von Miller to a suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy. The addition of Wes Welker gives the Broncos and Peyton Manning an additional threat in the passing game. The Chiefs and the Chargers should finish at second and third in the division. The signing of Alex Smith for the Chiefs should help them contend for the wild card race. The Chargers and Philip Rivers look like they’re in for another sub-par season and missing the playoffs once again. Meanwhile, the additions of Charles Woodson and Matt Flynn should do nothing to keep the Oakland Raiders from a last place finish. NFC East Like the AFC North, the NFC East should shape up to be an extremely competitive division. The Giants and Cowboys will now be faced with a young, talented Redskins team led by Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. Both players proved their potential last year in taking the Redskins to the playoffs before RG III tore his ACL. It’s always hard to rule out the Giants based off their play in the past few seasons. They’ve lost running back Ahmad Bradshaw and will turn to Andre Brown and David Wilson to carry the ball this year. For the Cowboys, unless Romo can fix his late-game woes, I see the Cowboys finishing third in the division with either the Redskins or Giants on top. The Eagles have made a lot of offseason moves in getting rid of cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomougha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie while signing safety Kenny Phillips and defensive end Connor Barwin. This shouldn’t have a drastic effect on last season’s 4-12 record.
AFC South NFC North The AFC South this year will feature the Colts and the Texans fighting for the division title. The Texans look to be the better team after drafting wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to add depth to their already talented passing offense. In Indy, Andrew Luck will try to improve on an 11-5 record and beat out the Texans for
The Green Bay Packers will undoubtedly win the NFC North as they remain one of the best teams in the entire league. They’ve added Eddie Lacy to help their running game and nobody has been able to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing game.
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The Lions signed running back Reggie Bush and drafted defensive end Ziggy Ansah to strengthen their defensive line. Though their defense isn’t there yet, I think the Lions offense is enough to help them make the playoffs. The Vikings and Bears will by no means have bad seasons this year as Minnesota picked up wide receiver Greg Jennings to add strength to their run-dominated offense and the Bears drafted linebacker Jon Bostic to help replace the gap left by Brian Urlacher. Expect both of these teams to follow just behind the Lions in the division. NFC South In the NFC South, the Falcons should come out on top after a strong 2012 season. To strengthen their offense, the Falcons acquired running back Steven Jackson and retained Tony Gonzalez despite his initial decision to retire. Expect the Falcons to not only win the division but also to make a deep playoff run. Despite not having coach Sean Payton last year, the Saints should return this year and make the playoffs in a wild card slot. The only thing keeping them from contending with the Falcons for the division is their weak pass defense, which hasn’t improved significantly since last season. Neither the Saints nor the Panthers have done enough to leave the NFC South basement. NFC West The NFC West is up for grabs between the Seahawks and the 49ers. Whichever team comes out on top in this matchup will take the division. I still expect both teams to make the playoffs. Russell Wilson surprised the entire league last year with his stellar play and the Seahawks have gone out and gotten wide receiver Percy Harvin to help Wilson out, though Harvin has already been injured. Much like the Seahawks, the 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick, also surprised the league last year with his strong arm and quick speed. To help him, the 49ers went out and signed Anquan Boldin. Meanwhile, the Rams have improved and will continue to improve this season, but it’s unrealistic to say that they have the caliber to beat out the 49ers or Seahawks for the division. Look for them to post a solid record but just miss the playoffs. The Cardinals have struggled to find a quarterback since losing Kurt Warner in 2009 but may have found their replacement in Carson Palmer. Though Palmer is 33, he should be able to help the Cardinals improve from an 11 loss 2012 season. — Contact Adam Troyetsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
ly here since we last published. We lost a key member of our team this summer when Bennett Ostdiek chose to go abroad to Europe for the fall. He’s somewhere in the middle of Europe; it’s unclear exactly where. Sadly, Bennett was the only kind of funny person we had on our team. So, for the future you can expect a lot of half-a--ed jokes that are maybe kind of funny and probably would have made you laugh if you were in a good mood. But you’re not in a good mood, you’re reading On Fire. So, you won’t laugh. We’ll try though, so I guess that’s all that matters. 1. The NCAA Going into this offseason, there were a lot of people who (when they sat down and thought about it) might have hated the NCAA, but it wasn’t exactly a mainstream thing. The people who overtly wasted your time by ripping on the NCAA were the really loud, in-your-face kind of people that generally suck. This summer, hating on the NCAA became a mainstream thing. Why? Johnny Manziel. Manziel is a pretty polarizing figure, but put your thoughts on him aside for a moment. Manziel was investigated this summer for allegedly signing memorabilia for pay. This has given us two distinct reasons to hate the NCAA. At first glance, this is absolutely absurd. The NCAA makes millions of dollars off of “Johnny Football” and the circus that comes with him. Manziel doesn’t see a cent of that money. So, what does it matter if he makes a couple thousand dollars on the side to support himself? Whatever, so let’s just pretend that we are completely okay with the NCAA’s double standard which allows them to make millions of dollars while the players make nothing. Manziel should get an intense suspension, then. Out for the season. Instead he was slapped with a half-game suspension. God forbid he miss the Alabama-Texas A&M game. A few Ohio State University players sign/ trade memorabilia for tattoos and get banned from NCAA Championship contention and all bowl games. Manziel gets an agent illegally, signs tons of memorabilia and gets paid thousands, then gets benched for 30 minutes against Rice. Cool. 2. The Jets We feel kinda guilty mentioning the Jets. The Jets are a horrible team that deserves actually no mention by any media outlet, be it the high-andmighty On Fire or the lowly ESPN. They are barely better, if at all, than the Jaguars, but because they are in the massive New York media market everyone talks about them. We decided that they are worth a prestigious On Fire mention just based on how absolutely embarrassing they have been. We all know how awful Mark Sanchez is, but they got Geno Smith now. He’s really good, and he’s mobile, so he’ll probably be just as good as RG III. Geno started his first career game this preseason and sadly didn’t live up to the hype. At all. He played really bad. Like, three interceptions and a safety bad. To make things worse, Mark Sanchez came in at the end of the game behind a second team offensive line. He was hit on his first drive and is now injured. Lolz. 3. The Marlins When it comes to ridiculously pitiful performances in baseball, it is all about the Astros and the Marlins. Which one of these teams was the most recent source of entertainment? Yesterday was the Marlins, but we honestly can’t guarantee that the Houston Astros won’t have oneupped them by the time this goes to press. On Wednesday, first baseman Logan Morrison was going back on a fly ball. The ball was hooking foul, but was clearly in play. Morrison settled under the ball and just as he was about to make the play, ran out of the way of the ball as if another player had called. Both the right fielder and the second baseman were several feet away and the ball fell harmlessly to the ground in foul territory. Why did Morrison run from the ball? Apparently a fan in the stands called for the ball. You honestly can’t make this stuff up. Keep doing you Miami, keep doing you.
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Men’s Soccer The men’s soccer team made it to the second round of the NCAA Championships, defeating Roanoke College (N.C.), 4-1 before falling to Messiah College (Penn.), 3-0. The Eagles finished 11-7-2 on the season. Women’s Soccer The women’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA Championships and made it all the way to the NCAA title game before losing to Messiah College. The team finished with a record of 15-2-7 and a No. 2 national ranking. Men’s Cross Country The men’s cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA Regional Championships. Freshman Lukas Mees was the top performer for the Eagles, placing 14th overall. Women’s Cross Country The women’s cross country team placed second at the NCAA Regional Championships. Sophomore Marissa Gogniat was the Eagles’ top finisher at 18th place overall. Volleyball The volleyball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament and won their first two rounds before falling in the Sweet Sixteen. They finished with a record of 33-6 and a national ranking of fourth. Baseball The baseball team finished the 2012 season with a record of 22-17, including a 4-4 mark in University Athletic Associaion (UAA) play. Softball The softball team finished their regular season with a record of 39-3, with an 8-0 mark in UAA play. They posted a 3-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament, falling twice to Piedmont College in the Salem regional. Men’s Tennis The men’s tennis team qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Amherst College (Mass.) in the quarterfinals. The doubles team of seniors Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner won the doubles national championship a week later in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Both soccer teams will begin their fall campaigns this weekend. Senior Lauren Gorodetsky (right) and the No.2-ranked Eagles enter the season one year removed from a loss in the NCAA Division III title game. Gorodetsky was named the 2012 co-University Athletic Association (UAA) player of the year.
Teams Enter Fall With Titles in Sight By Nathaniel Ludewig Sports Editor Another summer break is in the books, which means that Emory soccer teams are gearing up for another season. The No.2-ranked women’s team will open its season on the road this weekend with matches on Sunday, Sept. 1 against No.16ranked Wheaton College (Mass.), and Monday against University of Massachusetts — Boston. The men’s team is set to play today at the Emory-hosted Sonny Carter Invitational. The Eagles’ opening match will be at 1 p.m. against Marian College (Wis.) at the Woodruff P.E. Center (WoodPEC). The women’s team is coming off a 2012 campaign, where it fell in the NCAA Division III national cham-
pionship match. The Eagles enter this season with a preseason rank of number two in the country. “Finishing as well as we did last year puts a big target on our backs because other teams want to beat us,” senior midfielder Kelly Costopoulos said. “However, the most pressure we feel is the pressure we put on ourselves to reach our goals and make it further than we did last season.” The Eagles return 20 players from last year’s NCAA runner-up team, nine of which started during the Eagles’ 2012 NCAA tournament run. Two major losses for the Eagles will be the loss of goalkeepers Erica Stein and Kaele Leonard. Stein and Leonard split time at goalkeeper last season and were a big part of the team’s eighth-ranked goals-against average of 0.416. “Kaele and Erica were awesome
goalkeepers, but we are a strong team with more great goalkeepers who are ready pick up right where Kaele and Erica left off,” Costopoulos said. “We have full confidence that our defense will be successful again this season.” The Eagles’ most decorated returning player is senior defender Lauren Gorodetsky. During the season, the University Athletic Association (UAA) compiled a list of the top 25 UAA players of all time in its UAA 25-Year Anniversary Team. Gorodetsky was the only active UAA player on the list. Based on her success in the tournament, Gorodetsky received the most Outstanding Defensive Player of the NCAA Championships award from D3Soccer.com. The accolades kept coming for Gorodetsky in the postseason. D3Soccer.com named her the
Squad Looking to Build on Strong 2012 By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor
Men’s Track and Field The men’s track and field team finished fourth in the UAA Championships. They earned two individual titles, as junior Mike Moserowitz won the triple jump, while freshman Adam Rabushka came out on top on the 400-meter hurdles.
Golf The golf team caught fire at the end of the season en route to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship. Junior Johnathan Chen added an individual thirdplace finish. Club Sports The lacrosse team won their division en route to making the playoffs, just a year after a winless season. Two members of the men’s ultimate team qualified for the U-23 National team that competed over the summer.
Meanwhile, the men’s soccer team is set to host the Sonny Carter Invitational this weekend. The tournament is hosted in honor of Emory soccer alumnus Sonny Carter (College ’69), who went on to play professional soccer before becoming both a doctor and an astronaut. The Sonny Carter Scholarship is awarded each year by the university to an undergraduate Emory student who plans to attend an Emory graduate or professional school. The men’s soccer team is coming off a season in which the team fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Messiah College (Penn.). The Eagles finished the season 11-7-2 (4-2-1) and tied in first in the UAA. —Contact Nathaniel Ludewig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Tennis The women’s tennis team cruised through the UAA championships before advancing all the way to the final match of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Williams College (Mass.), 5-2. The doubles team of junior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Annette Sullivan also advanced to the national semifinals.
Women’s Track and Field The women’s track and field won its fourth consecutive UAA title and finished 16th at the NCAA Championship meet, the second-best finish in program history.
Defender of the Year at the close of the season. The junior was also named to the D3Soccer.com and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America First Teams. It did not stop there for Gorodetsky. She was also named the UAA coMVP, an honor she shared with Anna Zambricki of Washington University in St. Louis. This is her second consecutive season winning the award. Gorodetsky was also named to the UAA first team. In addition to the Eagles’ returning talent, Emory have six new freshman this season. ”We are excited about this year’s strong freshman class,” Costopoulos said. “They add more versatility and strength to our team and have already made an impact on the field.”
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Senior Alec Berens swings at a ball in the rough during the golf team’s August trip to Scotland. The Eagles traveled to Scotland from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24.
Eagles Travel to Scotland to Tune Up for 2013 Campaign By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor While the rest of Emory’s student body was busy finishing up summer internships and preparing for the upcoming school year, the Emory golf team was preparing for its fall campaign. Instead of sticking to the humid, rainy confines of summertime Atlanta, the Eagles headed overseas to Scotland for a weeklong trip spanning Aug. 17 to Aug. 24. “The trip was one of the best golfing experiences of my life,” senior Alec Berens said. “It was great to get the opportunity to see all the history and tradition at the home of golf.”
All but one of the returning players on the Eagles roster made the trip. The team went to a different course for six of their seven days, beginning with the Nairn Golf Club, which has hosted two Walker Cups, and ending with Carnoustie, seven-time home of the Open Championship. Senior Will Roth kept a blog throughout the trip, mentioning tidbits like Head Coach John Sjoberg’s favorite course (Royal Dornoch) and highlights such as witnessing a 70-year-old Scottish golfer sinking his first ever hole-in-one. After finishing one the legendary Carnoustie course, Roth signed off with “although no one played as
well as Padraig Harrington or Tom Watson, we did enjoy the round very much.” Junior Johnathan Chen noted the differences between playing at home and in Scotland. “Playing conditions were really tough, as the wind would gust up to 35 miles per hour a couple of the days,” he said. “The constant rain and firm greens also made it more difficult. The weather definitely took some time to get used to.” Some challenges were a bit less frustrating. “The competition Coach Sjoberg
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The Emory volleyball team will open the 2013 season at the Courtyard Marriott National Invitational in Springfield, Ohio, hoping to get off to a fast start in its bid to match an impressive 2012 campaign. The Eagles posted a 33-6 record last season, continuing a tradition of strong play under Head Coach Jenny McDowell, who has compiled a 545134 career record in 17 seasons at Emory, has never missed an NCAA Tournament and has compiled six straight seasons of 30 or more wins. Emory raced off to a 10-1 start in 2012 en route to a 29-5 regular season record and an 8-1 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. They went on to claim the UAA title and, after winning two games in the NCAA Tournament, finished sixth in the season’s final rankings. Expectations are high for this year’s edition as well. Emory opens the season ranked eighth in the AVCA Division III Coaches Preseason Poll and returns eight players who earned letters from last year’s squad. The weekend competition looks just as strong. The Eagles open the season on Friday with a match against the defending Division III national champions, the University of St. Thomas Tommies (Minn.), before taking on Wittenberg University (Ohio) and Johns Hopkins University (Md.) on Saturday. Wittenberg posted a 27-5 record in 2012, while Hopkins set a school record with 29 wins. The clash with the top-ranked Tommies, who received 47 of a possible 48 first-place votes in the preseason poll, will help the Eagles gauge how close they are to nation-
al title contention. Emory actually handed St. Thomas their only defeat of the 2012 season — a tight 3-2 decision in which the final game was decided by a mere two points. The rematch figures to be similarly thrilling. The host Wittenberg Tigers are no slouches either, boasting the number three preseason slot after finishing sixth in 2012. Emory also played the Tigers last year but fell 3-1 in a late-season contest at the Emory Invitational. The Eagles return all but four players from last season’s team, but two of those players — graduated seniors Breanah Borque and Alex Duhl — led the team in kills, with 511 and 300, respectively. The team will look to three newlyelected captains and a talented freshman class to fill the seniors’ shoes. The captains are senior Sarah Taub and juniors Cat McGrath and Kate Bowman. Also returning for the Eagles are sophomore setter Sarah Miles, whose 10.74 assist-per-set average ranked tenth in the nation among Division III players, and sophomore libero Taylor Erwin, who earned Honorable Mention All-UAA honors. The eight incoming freshmen earned high praise from Prepvolleyball.com, one of just two Division III recruiting classes that made the website’s 99-team list. We’ll have a better idea of how the new players blend with the old after this weekend. The action begins against St. Thomas at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by Wittenberg at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Johns Hopkins at 12:30 p.m. —Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com
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Table of Contents What’s New at Emory? .......................... Pg. 2 People to Know ...................................... Pg. 3 5 Need-to-Go Places on Campus ........... Pg. 4 Get Outside the Emory Bubble! ............. Pg. 5 Executing the Solo DUC Run .................. Pg. 7 Emory’s Best Events .............................. Pg. 8 Lane’s Secret Study Spots ..................... Pg. 9
What''s New at Emory? What A lot can change in one summer, and indeed, a lot has changed at Emory. While students were away interning, traveling or doing absolutely nothing, Emory was hard at work reshaping and redeveloping parts of campus. A lot of effort and funding goes into the types renovations Emory completed over the summer, and while there is still much ongoing construction, these new additions are a welcome site and will be enthusiastically embraced by students. One of the largest improvements that will go widely unnoticed by upperclassmen was the first phase of the Harris Hall renovation. The hall has been given quite the facelift, much to the jealousy of its previous residents. To bring the new students up to speed: Harris Hall was infamous for its darker-than-normal hallways and rooms, smaller quarters, unidentifiable scents and residents who know how to have a good time. The first stage of the hall’s renovations included all new carpeting, sinks and furniture. It ain’t Hamilton Holmes, but it’s a start. Although the new kids won’t ever truly appreciate these improvements, their SAs and RAs are doing cartwheels down the newly-carpeted halls. Harris wasn’t the only hall to receive a substantial renovation this summer. Alabama Hall, the sophomore’s on-campus haven, also received similar upgrades. But Emory’s summer upgrades were not limited only to residence halls. The campus food scene has also taken a turn for the better as Dave Fuhrman, the senior director of Emory’s Food Service Administration, and the Food Advisory Committee Emory (FACE) have made significant strides in catering to student desires. While students were away, Cox Hall underwent a significant change. Following multiple meetings to gather feedback, students are getting some new, healthier food options. Both Pizza Hut and the controversial Chick-fil-A stands
were removed and replaced by more popular options. Some of the stands coming to Cox include Twisted Taco, Dooley’s Grill (an expanded Dooley’s Burger), Cox Salad Bowl and a Cox Convenience Corner. Some of the notable additions include DBA Barbecue, a popular local favorite from Virginia Highland; Star Ginger, a pan-Asian style restaurant from Sacramento and Top Hat Pizza, serving New York-style pizza by the slice. While students may be excited by these new additions, this next one is going to knock your socks off. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter in the stacks or simply drunkenly wandering around campus, chances are you’ll be hungry. Let’s be honest: Domino’s has started to get repetitive and Zaya got old quick. I mean, how many times can you order those weird cheesy sticks? There are really not many places to go to get your late-night munchies satisfied. Well, lucky for you, FACE has come to the rescue and introduced what may possibly be the best idea since they decided to tear down McTyeire Hall ... oh wait, that hasn’t happened yet. In other news, Emory is bringing in food trucks — on weekends — late at night! Now, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., food trucks will line up in front of the Woodruff P.E. Center — conveniently located nearby Eagle Row, might I add — delivering midnight snacks to all. But wait, that’s not all! The trucks will also take Dooley Dollars. The only way it could get better is if they took meal swipes too. Imagine the possibilities. Here, the revelers will meet the studious in a celebration of culinary trucking at a crossroads of debauchery and academic excellence. This is what Emory is about. Maybe not, but the addition is nonetheless long overdue.
Last year, there was a new man on campus, and he’s made a huge impact so far. When Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair joined the Emory Community last year, he brought a lot of experience with him. Previously, he served as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. As a dean at Emory, he said that he is the students’ chief advocate. “I lead a talented team in the Division of Campus Life in advancing education into action
and delivering worldclass programs and services, promotes a healthy and sustainable environment where students live what they learn and learn what they live for self and society,” Nair wrote in an email to The Wheel. Nair steers the strategic direction of Emory, “cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision. On top of that, Nair handles everything from intercollegiate athletics and Greek life to student health services and residence life. Last year, he worked with the community
to develop the “Campus Life Compact for Building an Inclusive Community at Emory,” a report of recommendations responding to growing concerns about issues of race, gender and more. He also led the “Open Expression Taskforce” to examine Emory policies regarding dissent and protest. In the process, many students have found that Nair is extremely connected through social media. Students are constantly updated through his Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Emory Bubble, Tumblr and Twitter. He even
worked with Emory Bubble to create a social media platform centered around the Emory community. With all this experience under his belt, he is more than equipped to give new freshman some advice for their
college careers. “Dream big! Anything is possible at Emory,” he wrote. “Be sure to use all of the resources available to you to make the most of your Emory experience.”
portunities as long as students take advantage of them,” she said. The benefits of these programs extend beyond a student’s four years at Emory, Riordan says, mentioning her experience as president of her sorority at Ball State University. “It helped me in learn-
ing how to deal with individuals and individual differences,” she said. Just as these qualities help Riordan in her job today, qualities instilled by programs at Emory can last a lifetime. Riordan is here to make sure that they do.
Bridget Riordan, Dean of Students Having been at the university for more than 20 years, Emory’s Dean of Students Bridget Riordan knows a thing or two about the freshman experience. “It can be overwhelming,” Riordan said. “The key is to decide on a focus.” That’s not just her Emory knowledge talking. Riordan held positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh before coming to Atlanta. The fall of 2013 will mark her seventh year as Dean of Students. It’s a unique position, one that allows her to work closely with the incoming freshman class as well as senior leaders of campus groups and
organizations. She supervises the offices at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Life, Sorority and Fraternity Life and Student Leadership and Service among others. Her close relationship with these students is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Students can approach her at her office in the Dobbs University Center, but often are referred by a staff member. “I love watching the growth and development of these students from freshman to senior year,” Riordan said. Unlike many administrative positions, interaction with students is a crucial part of Riordan’s job. She wel-
comes the opportunity to interact with freshmen and help them find ways to better themselves. “My job is to give students the resources they need to succeed— not just academically, but beyond that,” she said. Her main advice to incoming freshmen is to get involved with campus activities early and often, chiefly in activities to which they can wholeheartedly commit themselves. “Look at activities that will help you develop as a value-based person,” Riordan said. According to Riordan, Emory has a wide selection of activities, clubs and organizations that fit the bill. “We’ve got a ton of great op-
People to Know
Ajay Nair, Dean of Campus Life
5 Must-See Places on Campus
THE DOBBS UNIVERSITY CENTER, known by most students as the DUC, is a hotbed for Emory activity. It’s also home to one of the most central and essential first-year watering holes: Dobbs Market. A tip: Dobbs Market, not unlike most other things located in the university center, is referred to simply as “the DUC.” Freshmen will consume much DUC food in their days thanks to their unlimited meal swipe plan. And although the DUC does have a variety of options, it can get repetitive, so it is important to broaden your horizons and try to diversify your meals. The building itself is home to many offices, including The Emory Wheel, on each of its five floors. Other important places in the DUC include Document Services and Mail Services (bottom floor), Dunkin Donuts, Eagle’s Landing and Coke Commons (main floor), Harland Cinema (second floor) and the Mary Gray Monroe Theatre (giant building within the building). WOODRUFF LIBRARY is the main library for College students. Be sure not to call it just “Woodruff” when asking for directions, or you’ll be directed to the sophomore residence hall on Clifton Rd. with the same name. The library is open 24 hours on Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Floors one, two and three are open floors and can be quite loud during peak hours. Many of the stacks (floors four through eight) have quiet floors, as does Matheson Reading Room, located on the third floor. Be sure to check out Jazzman’s Café on the first floor, perfect for a mid-studying coffee. Other important locations in the library include the Music and Media Library on the fourth floor and the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) on the 10th floor. It is a great place to spend an all-nighter, but freshmen beware: you stand almost no chance of finding a good spot to study during finals.
THE WOODRUFF PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER, know as the WoodPEC, is the place to go for all things workout-related. Much like the library, avoid calling the gym “Woodruff” or your friend will be meeting you in a completely different location. Simply put, the WoodPEC is the Emory gym. It has basketball/volleyball courts, a pool, tracks, dance studios, a rock climbing area, classrooms and a student workout center with cardio machines, weights and other courts. If you’re enrolled in Health 100, be sure to know where the WoodPEC is, since you’re going to have to show up there periodically to make a fool of yourself doing Zumba at 9 a.m. Be sure to take advantage of all of the great resources and classes available. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. That little roundabout between the DUC and Cox has a name: ASBURY CIRCLE. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s in your Emory address. But your packages don’t get delivered to the cul-de-sac. Asbury Circle, one of the most central campus locations, is home to many exciting events. The Emory Farmer’s Market, which features fresh and local food options, extends from the Cox Bridge to Asbury circle every Tuesday. Wonderful Wednesday occurs there each (you guessed it!) Wednesday. Each week, the event is sponsored by a different campus organization, and booths are scattered around offering information and goodies. Other events are also held periodically on Asbury Circle, and many of them involve free food. Most importantly, there was a real live camel at iFest last year. What else could you really want?
ZAYA (officially called Zaya at Dooley’s Den at the Depot) is easily the most important spot to know on campus. It has delicious Mediterranean dishes and is always open late. It also sells ice cream by the pint. Use it to eat your way through whichever college-related crisis you happen to be dealing with. Your friends might not always be there for you, but Zaya will.
WALK THE ATLANTA BELTLINE
TRY A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD FOR NIGHTLIFE Sure, you could go to Maggie’s. But try some other parts of Atlanta for exciting offcampus adventures. Virginia Highland is the closest fun neighborhood to Emory, with some cool bars like beloved Hand in Hand, and Blind Willie’s, an (inexpensive!) jazz club. But keep south on Briarcliff/Moreland Ave. and you’ll hit East Atlanta Village, one of the best neighborhoods for local music. The Earl and 529 almost always have something great going on, but they’re both 21+ (sorry, freshmen — check out the Basement instead, which has a lot of 18+ nights). And adjacent to downtown, Edgewood Ave. in vibrant Old Fourth Ward is perfect for bar hopping. Check out Church (the bar!), Mother and Noni’s for drinks, or if you’re looking for music, try the Sound Table. And they’re all within walking distance from each other!
GRAB SOME COFFEE AND GET SOME WORK DONE! Jazzman’s and the Woodruff Library are great, but sometimes it’s nice to get a change of atmosphere. Be the cliché college student by supporting your local coffee shops. Steady Hand may be gone, but drive south on Clifton Rd. to get your caffeine fix at MLHS | Flickr Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, a cutesy, quiet tea and coffee store lined with bookshelves, with a serene outdoor patio in the back. Java Monkey in Decatur has some great food options along with organic coffee, although the internet can be a bit spotty. And of course, quirky Little Five Points provides some of the best joe in the city with Aurora Coffee and Java Lords, the latter of which has a pretty wicked satanic mural in the back.
GET A DIFFERENT MOVIE EXPERIENCE Whether it’s for afternoons with friends or dates with that special someone, the movies are a dependable good time. If you’re looking for some ridiculously comfortable film-watching, Phipps Plaza in Buckhead provides huge, plushy chairs to sink down in at a pretty reasonable student price. For the offbeat cinephiles, try the independent and historic Plaza Theatre, which is accessible by the MARTA #6 bus, or Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, which is great if you want to grab drinks nearby after the show. But the Starlight Six DriveIn offers the coolest movie-watching in the city. For $7 per person (cash only!), you get a doublefeature, a hip 50s experience and perhaps the best environment to make a move on a first date.
BOWL YOUR HEART OUT The shoes may smell kind of fishy and the music may be cheesy, but it’s worth the adrenaline rush when you hit that strike! Midtown Bowl’s great for a classic feel (though it gets crowded at night), Metro Lanes and Games in south ATL for cosmic bowling or FunTime Bowl on Buford Highway for cheap weekday fun. But the best deal in town by far is Suburban Lanes’ College Thursdays; from 9 p.m to 12 a.m., it’s $1 a game and $1 for shoe rentals. Can’t beat that!
Get Outside the Emory Bubble!
Originating from a Georgia Tech student’s masters’ thesis, the Atlanta’s BeltLine is a series of mixed-use trails along the old railroads in the city. It’s a great way to do some urban nature hiking, and there’s protection with the new BeltLine police force. The Eastside trail, which runs from Inman Park to Midtown, is the most popular trail, with constant runners and bikers. Be sure to also check out other often-overlooked scenic parts like the Northside trail near Collier Hills or the more hiker-friendly West End trail southwest of the Atlanta University Center. It’s a great way to get some scenic exercise, especially with the changing Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibits.
What to Expect as a Freshman Executing the Solo DUC Run It’s happened to all of us during freshman year. You’re hungry. You’re tired. You don’t want to walk all the way to Zaya’s, and Cox is already closed. So you text your roommate and your friends from your floor, but they’ve all already eaten. The friend you sat next to in PACE, maybe he’d like to eat? He isn’t answering his phone. Desperate, you Facebook message that girl you haven’t seen in weeks from your OL group and plead that now is the perfect time to “catch up” over dinner. But she’s still at crew practice. You have nowhere else to turn. There’s no other choice. You have to do it: the Solo DUC Run. I was still in week one of freshman year when I executed my first Solo DUC Run. I thought it would be a good idea to work out at the WoodPEC at night so there would be less awkward eye contact when waiting for an elliptical. Then, I planned on getting a bite to eat with some friends and heading back to my dorm. It seemed like a perfect plan. Until it all fell apart. Now, this was back in the (g)olden days when the DUC closed at 8 p.m. and reopened from 10 p.m. – 12 p.m for “late night.” It was 10:30 p.m. and as I gracelessly dismounted from the elliptical, I sent out the typical “DUC it?” text. But instead of “Be there in five,” Friend 1 told me she had decided to eat earlier. Friend 2 was still in the library and didn’t have time to come all the way to the DUC. I froze. It was time for some major decision making. Zaya’s and Domino’s were out of the picture: didn’t want to walk and didn’t want to wait. Chipotle was closed and I didn’t feel like waiting an hour for anything delivery. I exited the WoodPEC in low spirits. But as I looked up, I saw the lights of the DUC shining in my eyes and felt my Emory Card with its unlimited swipes burning in my pocket. In that instant, I knew what I had to do. I headed towards the DUC filled with dread. The mission was simple, yet dangerous. Swipe in, eat up, and get out.
The catch was completing the meal without being seen by anyone I knew well enough to wave hello to but not well enough to sit with. I walked up the endless spiral stairs and swiped my card. I grabbed two slices of pizza and a cup of Coke. I made my way to a table, eyes down. I sat. And I ate, keeping in an alert position and carefully checking my Facebook news feed to look busy. In less than 10 minutes, I was finished, and I took my trash and threw it away. I walked down the stairs and made my way to the door. Finally, I stepped into the fresh night air, breathing easily for the first time since I’d entered the building. I’m going to admit it. Going to the DUC that first time by myself was horrifying. Every time someone walked past my table, I envisioned their judging eyes assessing my unintentional solitude. When someone laughed at a nearby table, I thought the hilarity was addressed towards me and my comical lack of friends. I wanted to tell everyone that I had friends, and was choosing to sit alone. It wasn’t my fault. It all came down to bad scheduling. But lonely freshman, this you must know: no one cares if you DUC it solo. It is an infinitely smaller deal than you think it is. No one cares. No one is judging you. For every three full tables at the DUC there is one solo table (not an official Emory statistic). By the end of my freshman year, I loved to DUC it solo. If anything, it’s easier for your schedule. It’s perfect for that weekend when you can’t be away from your laptop and your newest Netflix binge show. Have an exam after lunch? DUCing solo will give you more study time and less time listening to your friends complain about their food. Freshman year is about learning to live on your own, and sometimes that means eating alone. If you have to go on a solo DUC run, embrace it. It won’t be every day that you get that much time to yourself with nothing else to do but eat.
Emory’s Best Events
At some point during orientation (and throughout the rest of your Emory career), a particular t-shirt will remind you that Emory does not have a football team. So, instead, we get excited about watching the newly-indoctrinated Emory freshmen awkwardly belt cover versions of popular songs and flail around in an attempt at organized choreography — all at the same time. Consider it your first college lesson in multitasking. Sure, it’s weird when your all-too-enthusiastic RA pulls you out of your dorm to practice your dance skills in a parking lot, but after the first three rehearsals, you’ll learn (or at least pretend) to cherish these moments. After all, there’s no better way to bond with your hallmates than stumbling over each other as you hurtle towards your next formation. It’s one of those things you remember forever, and upperclassmen always make an appearance to cheer on their former residence halls.
DOOLEY’S WEEK Go to all the Dooley’s Week events. Seriously. When it’s March and you’re stuck in a rut with your second semester classes, Dooley’s Week is the best — and sometimes only — way to get past that weariness. It’s a welcome reminder that the long days of winter are over, and spring is officially here. There’s Taste of Emory, an all-encompassing (and free!) look at the incredible restaurants in the area surrounding campus. Or try the annual comedy show, which never fails to impress. Past comedians have included big names such as Hannibal Buress and Rob Riggle. Oh, and there’s the end-of-week concert. For more on that, keep reading.
AT LEAST ONE CONCERT I don’t know if you realize this, but Emory has hosted some legendary concerts. Over the past several years, we’ve been graced with the presence of OK Go, Ben Folds, Big Boi, Washed Out, B.O.B., Atlas Sound, Alesso, Slightly Stoopid and Kendrick Lamar, to name just a few. And whatever your music preference, there’s something about the experience of a concert on McDonough Field that solidifies your status as an Emory student. There are those concert moments that went down in Emory history: when T.I. made a surprise appearance during the B.O.B. concert, when Ben Folds brought two innocent audience members onstage to sing “Bitches Ain’t S--t” ... you get the idea. Emory is good about getting a range of music styles: rock, rap, pop, country, everything — so sooner or later there will be that concert announcement that will make you go, “Wow.” I promise.
DOOLEY LETTING OUT A CLASS You can’t really control if Dooley will let out any of your classes, but it’s something that all Emory students eternally anticipate. Of the many events that Dooley’s Week offers, one of the most exciting — and most unpredictable — is the possibility that Dooley will arrive at one of your classes in all his skeletal glory, entourage in tow, to address you and your classmates for a few minutes before freeing you from the confines of the classroom an hour early. These delightful moments happen most frequently in the large lecture halls, in an effort to give the highest number of students the chance to be touched by Dooley’s magic. Which is great for the biology majors, but it’s a bummer if you take most of your classes in Callaway.
AN EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE It’s hard to say if everything Emory offers will be for you, but you should go out and try it anyway. Whether your friend drags you to his a cappella concert or your professor offers extra credit for attending a poetry reading, make a point to experience at least one of the many events that Emory has to offer. Pick something you find interesting, and I promise, there will eventually be an event for it. In a place this big and this prominent, there are dozens of things happening around you every day — and it just seems wrong to let them all pass by without giving them a shot.
Lane’s Secret Study Spots PITTS THEOLOGY LIBRARY Walking into Pitts Theology feels like stepping into a time machine. There’s something about the lack of internet connection, broken-in couches and oldschool computer stations that takes you back to another time and age, when your attention span was longer than an eight-second Vine, and the world seemed fresh and new. The bottom floor of Pitts, located behind some bookshelves through the door to the left when you walk in, sports huge tables for spreading out books and a gorgeous view of the Quad. And if you’re feeling sleepy, those couches are (in my expert opinion) the campus’s most secluded place to nap in silence. So if you’re shy about public shut-eye, don’t worry about a thing. The only people watching you snooze here are the librarians.
SCHWARTZ STUDY ROOM Long the well-kept secret of Emory’s a cappella-heads, the top-floor lounge of the Schwartz Performing Arts Center boasts a refrigerator (always empty), a microwave (why not?) and a lovely window view of the Fishburne parking deck. Best of all: pretty much no one knows it exists, and you can stay there unnoticed way after hours (my record is 3 a.m.). Bring some popcorn and have at it, but don’t tell Dooley Noted I told ya.
MARBL Not only are the librarians at MARBL incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, but they also have been known to let students study on their nice wooden tables during operating hours, even if they don’t have plans to access an archived document. So if you’re trying to make it a day in Club Woody and the newly Greek-conquered Reading Room isn’t your style, you’ll find MARBL provides a whole new level of silence and seclusion. Pleasant diversions include but are not limited to: Seamus Heaney’s archives, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s documents and, oh yeah, three decades of Alice Walker’s letters.
SAAC ROOMS AT CLAIRMONT Perfect during exams and those times when you just can’t haul it to main anymore, the SAAC has some lovely, well-lit study lounges that are hardly ever used. Up the steps on the second floor you’ll find plenty of computers and large study tables, accompanied by some seriously cozy couches for long nights of reading.
LAW LIBRARY Whether you’re looking for a book that’s checked out at Woody or just scouting out Emory’s post-grad population, the Law Library provides the perfect place to spread out in silence. Unlike most “secret” nooks mentioned above, the Law Library has a cheery vibe, with orange and green furniture and a spacious, welldesigned interior. Bring friends by all means, but try to look serious: law students don’t take too kindly to undergrad gigglers on their turf.