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Concerning This Year’s ‘Knights of Emory Spirit’ Awards

By Paladin Society Posted: 10/26/2009
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To the editor:

As Emory’s great benefactor Robert Woodruff once said, “There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” With this outlook, we, the Paladin Society have sworn to uphold the spirit of Emory University under secrecy and humility. As a society, we strive to inspire the best from our community and recognize those who give Emory so much, and we ask for little in return. Each semester since 2002, we have awarded the Knights of Emory Spirit Award to two deserving individuals who, in unique ways, promote Emory spirit with passion and selflessness. This semester, the Paladin Society honors Desiree Gonzalez and Daniel Moellenberg with the Fall 2009 Knights of Emory Spirit Award.

Whether blamed on the lack of a football team or a perceived apathetic campus, Emory students are often criticized for their lack of school spirit. However, it is our belief that Emory spirit comes from within. Often intangible and rarely defined, our spirit is diverse, one that is evoked differently by each person but, within the boundaries of campus, creates a synergistic whole. We build community through leadership, creativity and fervor in our on-campus activities and our social lives. We take pride in our work and laud the accomplishments of our friends and colleagues. Through our diverse interests, unashamed individuality and zealous exploration of ourselves and our world, we unknowingly but undoubtedly foster a climate of unity and progress.

Our spirit emanates from those such as Lady Gonzalez and Lord Moellenberg who, by pursuing their individual passions and motivating others to join them, have made a tacit and unconditional pledge to cultivate community growth and enduring spirit at Emory. We encourage you to do the same; under our watchful eyes, your effort and dedication to Emory will not go unnoticed.

Remember, we are always watching.

Chivalrously Yours,
The Paladin Society

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