There is going to be an empty seat at Vatterott College this fall, and this seat would have been 18-year-old Michael Brown’s spot. Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014.

Brown was unarmed and was stopped for jaywalking. According to eyewitnesses, Brown was shot while he was trying to surrender with his hands up, his body faced toward the office.

While members of Brown’s family have been grappling with their loss, the Ferguson community and people across the country have been expressing their outrage over Brown’s untimely and unjust death.

There were widespread protests across Ferguson the days following the shooting that were met with a heavily militarized police response, including the deployment of armored vehicles and tear gas, a chemical weapon that has been banned in warfare.

Anger over the shooting and the militarized response quickly caught national attention and communities across the U.S. started organizing rallies and marches in solidarity with Ferguson. Within the community organizing happening in Atlanta, I noticed something right off the bat — the lack of involvement of Asian Americans.

On Aug. 14, more than 100 vigils were organized across the country under the name National Moment of Silence 2014 (NMOS2014). I went to the vigil that was organized in Atlanta that day and subsequently to various other rallies, marches and organizing meetings.

The biggest march, which got more than 1,000 people in downtown Atlanta, was held last Monday, Aug. 18. I saw a diverse group of people from Atlanta across racial and economic lines show up in the streets while it was raining, chanting for justice for Michael Brown and decrying police brutality.

These mass actions created fruitful coalitions and fostered discussions about what further steps the Atlanta community is going to take to combat police brutality and act in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. At every meeting and rally, I wondered how much more powerful these spaces could be if my fellow Asian Americans became involved.

DRUM — South Asian Organizing Center – had a rally in New York last Friday on Aug. 22 where participants spoke to the connectedness of the police violence faced by Black Americans, South Asian Americans and Arab Americans. However the majority of Asian American organizations have been silent regarding Ferguson. Asian Americans need to show up for racial justice.

In movements like the one that has been sparked by Ferguson that challenge a particular kind of racism — anti-black racism — it is imperative that Asian Americans show up and work with the black community to dismantle institutionalized racism. The power structures that once made the Chinese Exclusion Act possible, which barred all people from Asia migrating to the U.S. and Asian Americans from becoming citizens, are the same today that are perpetuating the prison industrial complex and the mass incarceration and criminalization of Black Americans.

These are structures of institutionalized racism that dictate which bodies are sanctioned as true Americans and which bodies are disposable. They dictate who feels welcome in American schools, shops and streets, and who doesn’t. They dictate who police officers or other people in positions criminalize and who they don’t.

There is a particular need for Asian Americans to get involved in racial justice work because we are complicit in furthering anti-black racism in this country. This happens partly through the operation of the “Model Minority Myth,” the idea that Asian Americans are culturally and genetically poised to strive in academia, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and succeed financially to achieve the “American Dream.”

This is still painfully true in most media depictions of Asian Americans. The image of a model, high-achieving Asian American is simply not true and is a gross generalization that hinders Asian Americans to bring up injustices that have occurred in our community.

The “Model Minority Myth” pits Asian Americans against other minorities in the U.S. In popular understandings of race relations in this country, there is an accusation of African American and Latino/a people of not working hard enough, of not “pulling themselves up from their bootstraps,” of not being “good minorities” (like Asian Americans). Not only does this sentiment paint all minority experiences in the U.S. with the same brush, but it uses Asian Americans and the “Model Minority Myth” to perpetuate anti-black racism.

Additionally, the “Model Minority Myth” erases the rich history of cross-racial organizing between the African American and Asian American communities. This organizing peaked during the late 60s and 70s. There was a lot of coalition work between the Black Liberation movement and Asian American activists who were organizing for fair housing, healthcare and employment. “Chinatowns” across the country transformed into community centers with free healthcare and childcare services — modeled after the services that the Black Panther Party were providing in black neighborhoods. In fact, the term ‘people of color’ was born out of this solidarity work.

There needs to be a revival of this cross-racial activism. It is really crucial that all races work to end racism. Asian Americans in the Emory community — get involved! Join the working group Emory United, know the history of Asian American activism in this country.

Let’s remember our shared history of oppression, struggle and solidarity with Black Americans and work to make racial equality a reality within our lifetime.

–By Nowmee Shehab

Headlines this summer were filled with disaster: extremism of all kinds in the Middle East, a humanitarian crisis at our southern border and violence on our own streets. But at the start of a new school year, it’s important to remember that not all is wrong in the world. In fact, students are returning this fall to a prestigious university that has enjoyed a number of successes while classes were out.

One of these victories was a bright light in otherwise bleak news coverage of the developing Ebola virus crisis. Emory University Hospital made headlines for its successful treatment of two American aid workers, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were infected with Ebola while working in Liberia. They began treatment at the hospital at the start of this month and were discharged on August 21, having made full recoveries. Although Brantly and Writebol were not “cured,” per se, their release represents a significant step forward in understanding the Ebola virus and how to stop its spread.

In athletics news, Emory Athletic Director Tim Downes was named Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year in June 2014. The award spans seven divisions of collegiate athletics and is eligible to all athletic directors in the U.S., Canada and Mexico who are members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Criteria include “service as an [Athletic Director] for a minimum of five academic years” and “the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments.”

Additionally, this month, Emory University was included in the Campus Pride Index’s “Top 50 List of LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” Emory received an overall score of five out of five stars and also ranked five stars in six out of eight criteria, including the areas of student life, campus safety and institutional commitment. The ranking is well-deserved recognition for the University’s Office of LGBT Life and serves to emphasize that Emory is an institution where tolerance and acceptance of others is highly valued and remains a top priority.

Furthermore, Emory recently added two talented and well-qualified individuals to important administrative positions — who also increase the representation of women and the black community in its administration. In May, the University appointed two new deans: Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life the Rev. Bridgette Young Ross and Dean of the Goizueta Business School Erika Hayes James. Dean James’ appointment marks the first time that a black woman is leading one of the nation’s top 25 MBA programs.

In conjunction with its efforts to promote racial and sexual tolerance and acceptance, Emory has revamped its efforts to prevent sexual violence on campus. For the first time this year, all orientation leaders have been Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA) trained as part of their Residence Life and Orientation training in conjunction with Creating Emory, an initiative to promote dialogue around tolerance, sexual assault and diversity.

We at the Wheel are excited by Emory’s tremendous successes and are proud to attend a university that works so hard to foster a community of acceptance and accomplishment. Although there is still a long way to go before social inequalities have been addressed on all fronts, we are pleased to know that Emory is a leader in this fight. To that end, we encourage incoming and returning students alike to take advantage of the countless opportunities at Emory, not only to succeed individually, but to positively impact the community.

Emory is a community driven by zealous inquiry, and it is our privilege to study at a university that works tirelessly to foster such an atmosphere. We encourage students to pursue curiosity and to let their passions shine, especially using the amazing resources found in Emory’s libraries, which saw a great deal of renovation and improvement this summer. The Pitts Theology Library was completed, and the work began on the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) on the 10th floor of Woodruff Library. These and other libraries at Emory are home to an impressive and constantly expanding collection of research materials on a variety of subjects. Additionally, they are staffed by passionate faculty who are eager to work with students willing to take the leap.

At the start of a new school year, we urge students to take the leap to be intellectually engaged. General Education Requirements (GERs) are an excellent opportunity for students to take classes outside of their specific major or minor area of study and to expand the horizons of their knowledge. More importantly – and we really cannot say this enough – take advantage of every opportunity afforded by this incredible university. The world may at times be seen as a daunting and perhaps dark place, but, at Emory, we are guided by our passions and desires for knowledge.

Beyond the Emory campus, we wish to draw students’ attention to Atlanta itself. The city is the cultural center of the southeast and is a truly international city that fuses the southern texture of life to a rich cosmopolitan spirit. More traditional cultural institutions — the Woodruff Arts Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Carter Library — exist alongside vibrant centers of ‘alternative’ culture, such as Little Five Points and East Atlanta. Furthermore, Atlanta houses numerous enclaves of art, culture, dining and entertainment that reward the dedicated urban explorer.

To new Emory students, the Wheel would like to welcome you home. To returning Emory students, we welcome you back. We are looking forward to another year!

The above editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

Editorial Board WB

This past Wednesday, Emory College released the last of five strategic reports which discussed plans for establishing new initiatives announced in tandem with the September 2012 department changes. These “new directions” included focuses on Digital Studies and New Media, China Studies and Neuroscience.

The most recent report on Digital Studies and New Media discussed Emory’s Journalism program, which will close at the end of this semester due to the September 2012 department changes. The report suggests that the College retain many of its journalism courses given their emphasis on new media. The report mentioned discussions about incorporating such courses into the Film and Media Studies department.

Unfortunately, because this report was released four months past the expected deadline, it was not published in time to provide “timely advice” to College Dean Robin Forman, as the report itself mentions. Consequently, the decisions about journalism courses for next year have been “random” and “disconnected,” eliminating many of the courses that the committee recommended to keep. The report states the committee chair met with Forman last summer to inform him of the recommendations that the report would make.

We at the Wheel understand the necessity of a long-term focus for the University; it is important that Emory plans initiatives that will take decades to implement in order to create thoughtful and eminent academics. However, as students that are often only at the University for four years, we will be unable to experience the full impact of initiatives like Digital Studies or China Studies. Instead, we feel acutely the dearth of the departments and programs that will be officially ending this semester, which include the Journalism program and the Visual Arts department.

We believe that the presence of the Journalism program that will remain after this semester is insufficient for a well-rounded new media or digital studies education. Additionally, while we appreciate the continued presence and emphasis of visual arts on campus with the new Integrated Visual Arts Co-Major announced by Emory’s Center for Creativity and Arts (CCA), this presence is a shadow of what the Visual Arts department offered. We do not believe that the reinstitution of these programs is feasible, but we hope that the University will infuse the remains of these disciplines with more strength and power.

We regret the lost vigor of these disciplines that we will feel during the remainder of our time at Emory, but we have hope that the University will develop the new initiatives to serve its community in the years to come.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

Editorial Board WB

Almost 75 percent of college student respondents in a 2011 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) study of students diagnosed with mental health issues said they experienced a mental health crisis while in school. Yet the stigma surrounding mental health issues is one of the biggest barriers to accessing mental health care.

Emory offers a vast number of resources, including the Emory Counseling Center, the Student Helpline, which can be reached at 404-727-4357 and is active seven days a week from 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and websites on the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) page, such as “Emory Cares 4 U,” which lists numerous resources to learn more about mental illnesses as well as necessary phone numbers to utilize in times of immediate crisis.

Despite the availability of these resources, many students with mental illnesses are still reluctant to seek help. We believe that this is due in part to the discourse surrounding mental issues – calling our friends “insane” for doing something abnormal, or joking about suicide – as well as the lack of conversation surrounding mental illnesses on campus relative to the amount of student experiencing these illness.

We recognize and applaud the work of student groups such as Active Minds, the Emory Helpline and the Rollins School of Public Health’s Emory Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) that aim to facilitate this conversation, and we also encourage the student body to collectively take part. Campaigns such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) #IWillListen, in which people promise to lend an ear to anyone who needs it, can help create more open dialogue.

We also encourage students to be more cognizant of the language they use in daily conversation, taking into account that the casual, perhaps thoughtless use of phrases such as “I’m going to kill myself” or “You’re so bipolar” can undermine and trivialize the struggles of those experiencing mental illnesses.

We at the Wheel would also like to encourage the University to continue making a greater commitment to support those with mental illnesses. As the prices of pharmaceuticals like anti-depressants rise, we recognize that more students may seek help from Emory Counseling Services, much of which is funded through the Mental Health and Counseling Fee attached to the Student Activity Fee (SAF).

While we understand the need to balance funding for multiple purposes, we encourage the University to re-evaluate the way in which this money is allocated to ensure that the money appropriated to mental health programs is being spent in the most efficient manner, especially regarding the responsiveness and efficacy of its counseling services. The University also plays an important role in creating a campus culture that fosters broader engagement on issues of mental health and actively promotes treatment and care.

For example, to make an initial appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services, a student has to call or make an appointment in-person with the Counseling Center rather than being able to use the online Patient Portal. This could potentially deter students who are already hesitant to attend counseling services for the first time from seeking important treatment.

Additionally, students may not be able to see a certain therapist for an extended amount of time due to insurance constraints. We urge the Counseling Center to inform students of these restrictions prior to seeking treatment in order to allow potential clients to make an informed decision. We hope that students are able to connect with the therapists at the Counseling Center with the amount of time allotted.

Furthermore, we hope the University is looking to identify any areas for improvement within the Counseling Center, which holds a profound importance on a college campus, where students may be dealing with mental health conditions.

As we move forward, we hope that the issue of mental illnesses continues to receive more attention from both the University and the entire student body, so we can collectively better serve students who are experiencing mental disabilities or who may feel stigmatized by their mental illnesses.

Mental illnesses can impact anyone at anytime and should be treated with the respect and seriousness that they deserve.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

The Emory Wheel Editorial Board

As University-wide elections were held earlier this month, the ballot included a list of eight proposed amendments to the Student Government Association’s (SGA) constitution. Despite controversy surrounding the legitimacy of these amendments, all eight passed overwhelmingly.

We at the Wheel previously commented in our April 4 staff editorial “Spring Elections Mired in Problems” on the problems surrounding the passage of these amendments. These issues included vague, ambiguous wording on the ballot and lack of accessibility to students prior to voting.

Now, newly-elected College-wide representative Aaron Tucek has filed an official complaint against the SGA Elections Board’s lack of procedure regarding these amendments. The resulting hearing, held by the Constitutional Council, has only reinforced our belief in the stance that we affirmed two weeks ago and made us all the more wary of the elections process. We are frustrated by SGA’s lack of democratic process and encourage the Constitutional Council to validate this complaint and consider overturning the referendum.

It is clear that the Elections Board violated the elections code. The SGA constitution explicitly states that all proposed amendments must be sent to students at least 48 hours before the elections. Instead, students received an email 20 minutes before the ballot went out. While this may not seem like an egregious violation, it may set a dangerous precedent and undermine the validity of the Elections Code.

The Election Board’s primary argument was that, though they did not specifically send out an email, the amendments were available to the students beforehand. In an April 15 Wheel article, College senior and Elections Board Chair Matthew Pesce, who represented the Elections Board during the hearing, cited the Wheel and the SGA website as a resource through which students could have accessed the bill.

Though we distributed this information, the Elections Board should have itself distributed the information through a University-wide email using accessible, succinct wording that would be used on the ballot — which should perhaps be voted on by SGA members — to describe the changes to the Constitution. SGA should be responsible for disseminating this information to its constituents in order to make voting as informed a process as possible. While this information was available on its website, the Elections Board has a democratic responsibility to attempt to make elections as educated as possible.

Pesce also openly acknowledged that he had not read the entirety of the referendum and that few students would have paid attention if the Elections Board had publicized the referendum. This gives the impression that the Elections Board holds cynicism at best and lack of interest at worst in the elections process and that it believes students feel similarly. Whether that is true or not, it is the role of SGA and its Elections Board to reach out to students and attempt to increase interest in the elections within the student body, not to show disinterest themselves. We are disturbed by this presentation of SGA officers: it is their very duty to be informed.

We acknowledge that part of the student population will not demonstrate interest in these issues no matter what SGA does. However, it is SGA’s responsibility to create accessibility in its elections, and it is unacceptable to condone a violation to the Elections Code because of perceived student apathy.

We strongly urge the Constitutional Council to decide in favor of Tucek and to reverse the referendum.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

Bill Fox

Emory alumnus, former administrator and professor Bill Fox passed away Friday evening at the Emory University Hospital. We at the Wheel want to offer our condolences to Fox’s family, friends and colleagues. Fox was an important member of the Emory community, and his contributions and dedication to our University were tremendous. He will truly be missed.

The Emory Wheel Editorial Board

Last month, Georgia’s state legislature passed the controversial “Safe Carry Protection Law,” which is commonly known as the “Guns Everywhere” bill and has been deemed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as the most comprehensive pro-gun rights law introduced in recent history.

Among its provisions, many of which are already present in other states, the law would allow licensed Georgians to carry concealed weapons in bars, clubs, airports, churches that opt in and certain government buildings. The bill originally included a provision that allowed guns to be carried on college campuses, but this was dropped after public opposition. The bill is currently awaiting the approval of Republican​ Governor Nathan Deal and is expected to be signed into law.

​The bill was passed on a party line vote, with the sole exception of 2014 gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Jason Carter, and likely aims to strengthen a Republican core of voters in preparation for this fall’s state elections.

​We at the Wheel acknowledge the political nature of gun legislation, but regardless of one’s position on the rights of personal gun ownership, both Democrats and Republicans should strive toward the goal of reducing gun violence.

Proponents of this bill claim that the expanded presence of “good guys with guns” will prevent incidents such as mass shootings, while the bill’s opponents argue that putting even more guns on the street — especially in bars, where risky, alcohol-fueled decisions are more likely to take place — or in other often-crowded places like nightclubs or airport lobbies will lead to an even greater amount of gun violence. Additionally, this bill includes a staunch “Stand Your Ground” law, an “absolute defense” that defendants who use guns in violent attacks can use in court.

We at the Wheel believe this legislation does little to address the root causes of gun violence, however complex they may be, and in light of its extremely likely approval, we believe that it is imperative to re-examine our state’s background check laws, especially regarding mental health.

Currently, Georgia’s code only places restrictions on gun ownership on those who have been hospitalized for alcohol or drug abuse or mental health issues within the past five years. This standard is extremely lax compared to states such as Hawaii, which restricts individuals from owning firearms if they have been acquitted of a crime on the grounds of mental illness or have been deemed not responsible for a criminal act due to a mental disease. The state of Hawaii also restricts the possession of firearms to individuals diagnosed with a significant behavioral, emotional or mental disorder as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

We realize that restrictions such as these may further stigmatize mental health issues, but we feel that this law’s broad-sweeping expansion of gun-carrying zones is incompatible with the current background check process required by Georgia. This law, more than anything, is a brash political statement that has neglected to realistically take into account its implications. If the Georgia legislature intends to move forward with expanding gun-carrying zones, we encourage them to confront the issue of mental health that has been swept under the rug for so long in national debates surrounding firearm possession. ​While the “Safe Carry Protection Law” may partially be a political gesture to show state sponsorship of gun rights, we believe that this may set a dangerous legal precedent and may further politicize and exacerbate the issues surrounding gun violence.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

The Emory Wheel Editorial Board

Last week, the Student Programming Committee (SPC) planned and implemented Dooley’s Week, Emory’s largest school spirit event series. We at the Wheel believe this year’s Dooley’s Week was overall successful but marred by several problems.

Taste of Emory 

Monday’s Taste of Emory was delicious and fun but suffered from the same problems that it has in the past. The food offered by local vendors was tasty, but the amount of food offered was rarely proportionate to the length of time spent waiting in line. The lines did not specify what would be offered, making long waits a gamble. We also thought that the lack of labeling for food offered at the end of lines left those who follow vegetarian, vegan and/or other specified diets in an even greater predicament. We suggest that Taste of Emory increase the number of tents and stands to disperse and shorten lines, while also offering a smaller selection of larger meals. The addition of picnic tables near the tents may also help Taste of Emory be a more enjoyable social experience. Finally, we also recommend more music at the event, perhaps featuring student groups providing live music.

Speakeasy

Tuesday’s new Speakeasy event was a unique addition to the week’s roster that featured Emory students and the Asia Project performing spoken word poetry in a comfortable, enjoyable environment. The event was a great alternative for students who aren’t interested in the usual Dooley’s Week fare or who wanted to diversify their Dooley’s Week experience. However, the event’s details were not advertised clearly, which may have turned students away from the event who would otherwise have joined. That said, the event was an overall success and a fortunate addition to Dooley’s Week.

Wonderful Wednesday

In keeping with tradition, this special Wonderful Wednesday was a great experience. Particular praise goes out to the candy bar, a fun element to the Dooley’s Week “Wonka” theme. The Oompa Loompa performance group, though a bit invasive, was a bizarre and thrilling environmental element to the beautifully decorated Asbury Circle.

Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia’s performance was funny and enjoyable, and we were glad to see that the well-worn “comedian in a church” joke made a return, although we at the Wheel still find it unfortunate that there is no better campus space for large non-musical performances. We also appreciate Thursday’s presence of the chocolate fountain, another fun and delicious nod to the Dooley’s Week theme.

Dooley’s Ball/Spring Band Party

We are disappointed that the Friday event was cancelled, but we understand and appreciate SPC’s proactive consideration of weather and safety concerns. However, due to Friday’s cancellation, we and many other students were expecting a particularly special Dooley’s Ball/Spring Band Party crossover. The event began unfortunately because opener Chet Faker had to cancel within hours of the event, but we recognize the extenuating circumstances. We expected greater amounts of food at the event and think that food service should have been staggered for more consistent availability. There were also transportation issues getting to and from Clairmont Campus. Clairmont is a large residential campus with many off-campus residential areas surrounding it that use the shuttles, and we think that SPC should work to coordinate an increased number of shuttles running between Clairmont and main campus for the large events, especially on the weekend. The absence of an opener also meant that a playlist was looped for most of the actual event, creating a repetitive and anxious environment. And following the idea of encouraging school spirit, we believe SPC should return to emphasizing the tradition of costumes at Dooley’s Ball. This is one of the Emory student body’s few large traditions, and SPC should try to encourage it in the future.

However, we at the Wheel think that the most unfortunate part of the night was the audience’s behavior. The audience threw glow sticks at the stage for much of the event, oftentimes directly at Chance The Rapper. This shows an enormous lack of maturity and respect on the audience’s part. Even if all of the things being thrown were not from Emory students, we must recognize the responsibility students have for seeing that their guests act respectfully. The implications of this rude indifference may very well be far-reaching, as it may make it difficult to secure performers in the future.

All things considered, we enjoyed seeing Emory student spirit emerge, however briefly, and we at the Wheel applaud the obviously great effort on SPC’s part in coordinating a week of programming aimed at appealing to the whole student body.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

The Emory Wheel Editorial Board

Earlier this week, students across Emory voted in the University-wide elections.

There were some welcomed changes this year, specifically the extended time to vote. We believe that having three days to vote and including late-night times helped boost the amount of participation in this year’s election.

While these changes made voting more accessible, we at the Wheel believe this year’s elections were flawed due to technology problems, poor wording of the amendments referendum and limited information about the candidates.

Last year, when students received ballots corresponding to their credit hour class-standing rather than their graduation year, the Student Government Association (SGA) instituted a new interface to fix the issue. However, the issue persisted for Goizueta Business School students this year, who still received ballots according to the number of credit hours they had taken rather than their year. The Wheel found other students not in the B-school who experienced similar problems.

On top of that, the Elections Board did not anticipate the large voter turnout, which led to ballot error messages and slow loading.

This year’s problems mark a pattern of technological issues with student ballots. The student body should not have to face technological roadblocks that may decrease their incentive to participate in the voting process.

It is time the Elections Board tests these interfaces and ensures that students can easily access the ballot, and the correct one at that.

Furthermore, the wording of the amendments on this year’s ballot was extremely vague and confusing. Students need to know what they are voting for, and it is the ballot writer’s duty to guarantee clear and accurate phrasing.

The terminology of the amendments was outrageously unclear. Phrases like “modernize basic terminology” and “make administrative changes” have no tangible meanings for the layperson. At most, the ballot could have clarified these phrases at the top of the ballot by explaining what these ambiguous phrases mean and how we would see these changes materialize.

Instead of only a few people controlling the wording of the ballot questions, SGA should vote on the wording of these amendments on the ballot before the election process so that the rhetoric of the propositions can be up for debate.

Finally, we recognize that students may not have accessed all of the information about the candidates on the ballot prior to voting.

We suggest the Elections Board place a link in the ballot that leads to one site where students can view each candidate’s statements and platforms. Then, students could have the chance to make an informed decision rather than struggling to pick a name out of a sea of strangers.​ We recognize that SGA sent out a University-wide email, however, we hope that in the future the list will be more inclusive of all of the candidates and also be attached to the ballot. This will give students who have not kept up with the candidates’ platforms a convenient place to find all of the information they need to make an informed decision.

We at the Wheel recognize the value of representative student government. We hope that the Elections Board will implement these changes in the future to improve voting at Emory University.

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.

After much consternation and deliberation with various parties and stakeholders, we are extremely excited to announce that The Emory Wheel has decided to merge with The Emory Spoke. It wasn’t an easy decision — the only way we could afford it was by offering our collective remaining Dooley Dollars, three SPC golden tickets, an expired Peavine parking pass and a couple of DUC swipes (Sports Co-Editor Bennett Ostdiek refused to relinquish his Dooley Dollars so you can thank him for the swipes).

“We fielded a few acquisition offers, namely from Yahoo for $2bn, Facebook for $5bn and Build-a-Bear Workshop for $12bn,” Dave Stess, College senior and Editor in Chief of the Spoke, commented in a Facebook exchange with the Wheel.

In order to compete with these multi-national corporations, we also offered the publication a human sacrifice in the form of our dictator Editor in Chief Priyanka Krishnamurthy. We are certain this acquisition will be agreeable and, more importantly, profitable for all investors. Indeed, when Spoke editor and College junior Martin Sigalow heard the news, he is reported to have said “lol.”

As a part of our publicity campaign to promote the new campus publication, The Emory Wheel’s Spoke, we have decided to revamp the newspaper by putting Sudoku puzzles on the front page, implementing an effort called “proactive content creation” (committing crimes ourselves and reporting on them) and also hosting monthly public roasts of University administrators (you’re first, Dean Nair).

Of course, we have to give props where they are most certainly due. We’ve compiled a listicle (see our website for corresponding GIFs) of 11 reasons why we’re merging with the Spoke.

1. The Spoke’s website is REALLY nice. Like, really. And not just in a “cool navigation bar, bro” kind of way. Have you seen that masthead? That RSS feed? The conveniently located box where you can immediately like their Facebook page with little to no effort?

2. Speaking of Facebook, we recognize and applaud the Spoke for having almost 6,000 likes, the majority of which originate from an obscure town in Turkey, where we’re pretty sure that the pit scene in “The Dark Knight Rises” was filmed. As such, one of our primary reasons for merging with the Spoke is to expand our global appeal. We heard there might even be some spambots in Bratislava who are interested in liking the new Facebook page.

3. We feel the Spoke is more accessible and relatable to the average Joe. This is demonstrated by the fact that one of the Spoke’s staff writers is in fact named “Joe” and has been quoted as saying “Hey, I’m just your average Joe.”

4. They are undeniably the most accurate voice in student journalism.

5. They are known for asking the hard-hitting questions, such as “Can the Wheel be used as bonfire tinder?” and “Wait … what?”

6. You can always rely on them for some sophisticated and well-thought out criticism. For example, when the Student Government Association (SGA) discussed controversial legislation about the student activities fee split, the Spoke recapped the meeting with astounding accuracy and such journalistic detail that we had to fire our SGA beat writer in sheer embarrassment.

7. GIFs.

8. They have unmatched breaking news capabilities, including multimedia blasts like iPhone push notifications, and there has even been some rumblings about getting thousands of little birds to personally come and whisper breaking news in every person’s ear every morning so you can say with 100 percent sincerity “a little bird told me.”

9. They hold the Wheel accountable.

10. They actually read the Wheel. Incidentally, they comprise 95 percent of our readership, the remainder of which are made up of “affluent individuals in the 65-85 age bracket,” according to Stess.

11. They know how to take a joke. And hopefully you do too, since this entire staff editorial is an April Fool’s joke. Did you actually think we would ever merge with the Spoke? In their dreams.

 

The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board. Duh.

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