The Emory College Class of 2018 joined the campus community this past weekend, bringing increased diversity to campus and marking the beginning of the first year of Weeks of Welcome, a month-long program that facilitates student involvement on campus.
Throughout the past week, first-year students have attended academic advising sessions, received information about campus life and opportunities for involvement and participated in discussions on diversity and sexual assault.

Orientation also included a number of other events, such as the annual Coke Toast, orientation group meetings, the Creating Emory diversity training, Convocation and Songfest, all of which were intended to welcome students to campus and help them transition to life at Emory.

In addition to orientation week, a group of students led by Goizueta Business School senior Brian Diener launched Weeks of Welcome, a program that presents events, such as auditions, interest meetings or social gatherings, during the first month of the semester to new students.

Upon arriving at Emory, each first year student received a printed calendar with around 100 events, Diener said.

Additionally, the Orientation and Weeks of Welcome Guidebook, a free mobile application, includes over 250 events hosted by various campus organizations, according to Diener. He added that the guide already has over 1500 downloads.

While Weeks of Welcome culminates with Student Programming Council’s (SPC) Homecoming Week, Diener said the program also starts off strong with big events this weekend, including the Men’s Soccer Game Pre-BBQ Concert on Saturday, the Residence Housing Association (RHA), Greek Life Block Party on Sunday and Lullwater Day on Monday.

Significant funding for Weeks of Welcome came from Emory College, Campus Life and the Office of the President, Diener said.

Diener, who worked closely with College junior Adam Goldstein and College senior Berit Reisenauer said he felt the new program would facilitate first-year involvement on campus.

“There are some freshmen who would get involved anyway,” he said. “But [Weeks of Welcome] will help out the freshmen who aren’t sure what they want to do get involved early on.”

Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and Dean of Admissions John Latting said that while he expects the Class of 2018 to take away a lot from their time at Emory, he also expects them to contribute to the University.

Dean of Enrollment Services for Oxford College Kelley Lips agreed, saying she believes the Class of 2018 will use their talents and skills to give back to Emory and the larger community.

According to Latting, the larger applicant pool for the Class of 2018 allowed Emory to accept a more geographically, nationally and ethnically diverse class.
Oxford College received a record number of applicants this year, which resulted in a diverse and academically competitive first-year class, Lips said.
Twenty-six percent of the Emory College Class of 2018 comes from the southeast, according to an Aug. 20 University press release. Latting said that the number of students from outside the Southeast increased this year.
Twenty percent of the first-year class comes from outside the United States, according to the press release.

While the percentage of international students is bigger this year than in previous years, it is also more diverse and includes students from 45 countries, indicating that Emory is attracting students from across the globe, Latting said.
Additionally, 22 percent of the Emory College Class of 2018 is comprised of underrepresented minorities, according the press release.

Finally, Latting said the College class includes a greater number of prospective humanities and arts majors.

While the Class of 2018 performed well in high school, Emory values motivation and energy level in addition to a strong academic record when considering an applicant, according to Latting.

“We strive to understand the difference between an application and applicant,” he said. “We’re thinking about the applicant and who the person is.”

—By Elizabeth Howell

Picture 12One of Emory’s most well-known personalities, “Pasta John,” recently received the opportunity to exercise his culinary skills beyond the realms of the DUC. His new food joint in Cox Hall is now open for hungry and curious customers. The Emory Wheel had the chance to sit and talk with the friendly cook and mentor.

Everybody knows you as Pasta John. What is your real name?
My real name is John Wilson.

When did the idea of opening your own personal food place spring up? What prompted this idea?
The opportunity came up this summer. My boss gave me a phone call and asked me what I thought about opening my own place. It was the students’ idea, they suggested it to my boss.
They told him they wanted a pasta bar and my boss thought “Who’s there better to run this place than Pasta John?” To me, that was a blessing. It all started out as an idea, and we made it come true.

What kinds of culinary delights does your place offer? Any Pasta John’s specialties?
Right now, we are keeping it simple. I am making my own Alfredo, Pesto and Marinara sauces from scratch, and I use locally grown fresh vegetables.
I am preparing everything fresh and I am cooking right there in front of you.
Right now, we are not serving any specialties, but I am working on that. We will probably serve specialties of the week soon, probably starting the following month.
How has the the place been received? What feedback have you received?
The line [on the first day] was so so long. Students and nurses from the hospital came to support me because I befriended many of them. I also befriended faculty workers and the staff, it was my own way of marketing the new place. The opening day was off the chains, the lines would reach the cash registers. I received a lot of positive feedback. I remember one of the girls came up to me and told me that she needed seconds, that she wanted another entree, the first one was so good.

Which is your favorite pasta dish?
My favorite is the Alfredo sauce dish. I am making the sauce from scratch. It’s my specialty and I’m making it right there, in front of you, adding the seasoning and all the little details. On the same note, my favorite cheese would be fresh Parmesan.

What other foods do you like? What other foods can you cook?
You know what, I’ll first tell you how I got my name “Pasta John.” In 1999, there were three or four Johns in the kitchen. At that time, I was working at the pasta station, so the staff called me “Pasta John.” Ever since, the name stuck. But I do all kinds of dishes, I can cook any food, anything that I’m told to cook.
My favorite [culinary activity] is action cooking. I mean exhibition cooking, like throwing food and cooking in motion right in front of the people. I was once asked who taught me all this. I taught myself how to cook, all on my own. Nobody made me do it, I wanted to. I grew up in a very large family, and all of us learned how to cook. I never went to a culinary school, I am better with on-the-job training. I am still learning every day.

Will the student body still have the privilege of seeing you in the DUC?
I will still be on campus, but I will be at Cox Hall from now on. It will take me a bit longer to meet freshmen now, but I will still meet them. I’m very involved in school events, I go to sporting events and all kinds of activities, so I will still get the chance to know them.

Have you always been involved in the culinary business?
I started my first cooking job in school, and I have been cooking ever since. I have always been involved with food services, but at first I didn’t plan on becoming a cook. It all just fell into place, it just happened. Now I wouldn’t choose to do anything else besides cooking.

What activities, besides cooking, do you enjoy?
I enjoy bowling, karaoke, telling jokes and just hanging out, meeting people and turning up a little. [Girl passes by]. Hey hey hey, do you remember me? [Girl, smiling, recognizes and hugs him.]

What is one thing that people do not know about you?
I have two adopted little girls, and I am getting married at the end of the year. Most of the people probably don’t know about this, but I am a recovered addict.
I was hooked on drugs, and about 15 years ago, I had to leave my home in Florida in order to make a change, to start anew, to start my life over and surround myself with new people. I changed my environment, changed my perspective, and I was able to recover.

Do you have a message for the Wheel’s readers?
Always stay positive. Keep God first in your life, and you can’t go wrong. Have faith. If you believe, you will receive. There will be times when you’ll feel down, there will be storms, but then you have to know that better times are coming your way.

— By Loli Lucaciu


Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus will be treated in a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, according to a July 31 all-Emory email. The patients will be held in a special isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of four such facilities in the country, and this marks the first time Ebola patients will be in the United States.

Dr. Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist with Emory Hospital, said in a press conference on Friday that transporting the patients to Emory could markedly increase their chances of survival.

“We have two individuals who are critically ill, and we feel that we owe them the right to receive the best medical care,” Ribner said.

The first patient, identified by CNN as Texas-based ​physician Kent Brantly, arrived at Emory Hospital Saturday afternoon, while Nancy Writebol, a Charlotte, N.C. aid worker, will be transported later next week. Emory has declined to disclose the patients’ names due to privacy laws and considerations, according to its website.

In a July 31 email to the Emory Healthcare community, Associate Vice President of Communications Vince Dollard wrote that while at the hospital, the Ebola patient will be physically isolated from the rest of the community.

​”Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,” Dollard wrote. “It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation.”

​The email goes on to say that the members of the isolation unit are “highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient” and are “fully prepared for this type of situation.”

According to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a private plane left Georgia on July 31 to transport the patients, who are both affiliated with missionary organizations, from Liberia back to the United States.

According to the most recent numbers from the World Health Organization, over 1,300 cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since March with 729 fatalities.

Transmission of the virus comes from “direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person or exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions,” according to the CDC website on Ebola.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci told The Los Angeles Times that the spread of Ebola in the United States is highly unlikely.

“Given the health care infrastructure and our ability to isolate people who are infected and to take care of them with the proper protective equipment, it is extraordinarily unlikely that there would be an outbreak in the United States so people should not worry,” Fauci said. “It’s the lack of health care infrastructure that leads to the problems.”

Currently, there is no cure for Ebola.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

— By Stephen Fowler

Photo by James Crissman


Student loans affect you — whether you have them or not. Approximately 40 million Americans have student loans, which accounts for $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt. That’s more than the total amount of credit card debt in this country. Quick back of the envelope calculations tell me that this is an issue that directly affects around 13 percent of Americans. The Pew Research Center, in an only slightly more official estimation, says nearly 1 in 5 American households are affected.

The effects of student loan debt, however, aren’t just limited to direct effects. Indeed, the indirect effects at play are just as important because student loan debt impacts the entire American economy. According to a recent report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), student loan obligations inhibit the possibility of home ownership, the likelihood of starting up small businesses and contributions to retirement savings. In short, student loan debt drags down the American economy.

So why has student loan debt become such an issue as of late? That probably has something to do with the fact that more and more people are borrowing more and more money to finance their education. Which, in turn, is most likely related to the fact that the average price of a college education has increased 1120 percent in the last 30 years. That increase beats the pace of inflation by… a lot. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), at a recent event on student loans, said that student loan debt has tripled over the past decade. Simply put, student debt is increasing at a rapid pace.

The fact that student interest rates are ridiculously high (six, 10 and even 14 percent rates aren’t uncommon) only compounds the problem — continuously, you could say.  When interest rates are at historic lows for mortgages, car loans and the like, why have student loans become the exception? Why is the reward for investing in your education higher interest rates and fewer protections than most other kinds of loans allow?

Amidst all the bad news surrounding student debt, there is some good news: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act recently, which would allow students to refinance their student loans to much lower interest rates. The bill was shot down among almost purely partisan lines, as it seems almost all bills these days are. But President Obama announced that he supports the measure, and there’s still hope it will get implemented in the near future.

Refinancing loans is an option many people have wisely used for their home mortgages, car loans and the like. It allows you to take advantage of the current low interest rates to basically re-negotiate the terms of your loan for a lower interest rate. But, for some reason, current law prohibits the refinancing of student loans. Warren’s bill fixes that in addition to allowing student loans to be refinanced down to 3.86 percent.

If you’re wondering why such an arbitrary number was picked, there’s a reason. 3.86 percent is the rate that Congress said last year new student loans should be set at under the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act. New student loans have a 3.86 percent interest rate, and Warren’s bill would simply allow people with older student loans to be able to have the same rate. It makes the system a whole lot more fair. As for concerns about effects on the ever-increasing federal deficit, the Center for American Progress estimates that a reduction to a five percent interest rate would add $21 billion to the economy in the first year alone.

Whether you’re a fresh college graduate with loans or are responsible for a fraction of the half of the total student loan debt that’s owed by people over 30, this issue matters. Even if you don’t have student loan debt, your financial security is still dependent on the American economy, which is adversely affected by staggeringly high levels of student debt.

Student loan refinancing may sound lofty and unimportant, but it’s an issue grounded in the lives of millions of Americans who can’t afford to buy a house or are forced to put their marriage plans on hold because they decided to invest in their education. We, as a society, shouldn’t be punishing students for choosing to further their education.

​By Hannah Finnie

With powerful riffs and sweet melodies, Ume (pronounced “ooo-may”) are an indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Named after umeboshi, a Japanese sour pickled plum symbolizing perseverance and devotion, the band is comprised of guitarist and vocalist Lauren Larson and bassist husband Eric Larson, along with drummer Rachel Fuhrer.

Ume released their third album Monuments earlier this year, the follow-up to their 2011 sophomore Phantoms. Known for the merging of hard rock, punk rock and pop, Ume creates an emotionally intense experience and expresses who they really are in Monuments — a tenacious and passionate trio.

Like Ume’s Monuments album cover itself — girls in purple ballerina tutus facing a grim red lightning-filled sky — Ume’s sound is one of unique and effortless juxtaposition focusing on delicate vocals and ferocious musicianship.

“Black Stone” blasts the album into full force with head-banging and savage shredding, while “Barophobia” is a beautifully balanced ballad with airy lightness that transports listeners into a completely different world.

“Gleam,” a song dedicated to one of Lauren’s friends who was murdered during the writing of the record, combines Ume’s gleaming storytelling with polished sound. The concluding “Reason” manages to be deeply gentle yet aggressively raw.

Ume is currently touring until August, with a show in Atlanta on June 25. Lauren Larson took the time to answer some questions regarding everything from when she fell in love with music and the band’s first live show to Ume’s favorite food spots when touring.

Benazir Wehelie: What made you decide to pursue music?

Lauren Larson: I fell in love with music as a young girl listening to my parents’ record collection. I picked up a guitar around age 13 and learned Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” in one night. I was then hooked and got in my first thrashy punk rock band when I was 14. Seeing bands like Fugazi and Blonde Redhead inspired me as a young girl to want to get on stage too and hold nothing back.

BW: Which musicians or bands do you admire or have influenced your own music?

LL: Patti Smith, Nancy Wilson, Fugazi, Queens of the Stone Age, Prince, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey …

BW: Who are some musicians or bands you would like to collaborate with in the future?

LL: Josh Homme, Bjork, Dave Grohl, Ian MacKaye and Kim Gordon.

BW: What was the first live show you played and how has the band evolved since then?

LL: At our first show ever we played to one person at an abandoned fire station in Houston. We still have the same DIY mentality and appreciate every single person at our shows, but I guess I’m not quite as terrified singing into a microphone after a few hundred shows, and I’ve learned to spin around and throw my head about a little more while still playing guitar.

BW: What is the inspiration behind your latest album, Monuments, and how does it differ from your previous creations?

LL: This record was an attempt to make a raw, honest, rock record that for the first time captures the passion and intensity of who we are as a live band. We just tried to lay it all on the line with every song.

BW: You have noted how creating Monuments was as much about self-understanding as it was about tangible creation. What have you gained a better understanding of individually and musically?

LL: I’ve learned to take risks, to gather strength from my fears, to accept what my voice sounds like, to let go of all expectations of what we “should” sound like and just have fun and cherish the opportunity to create music.

BW: The band appeared on the 2012 season premiere of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain, in which you experienced some local Austin, Texas cuisine. What are some of your favorite foods when touring?

LL: We always try to find authentic delicious local spots. Some of our favorites are Poche’s Market (the best crawfish etouffee) when driving through Breaux Bridge, La., late night Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef in Pittsburgh and Raku in Vegas. It’s a fine line between eating really heavy late night food after a show, and the rest of the time trying to find healthy places where you can get a fresh veggie juice and, if you’re lucky, something green.

BW: Besides creating music, what are your hobbies or interests?

LL: I also garden, and have the best vegetable harvest ever this year. It will inevitably die in this Texas heat as soon as we leave for tour in a couple days.

BW: What is one venue or city you have always wanted to perform at?

LL: Red Rocks in Denver

BW: What have been the most rewarding experiences or memorable moments individually or as a band?

LL: Nancy Wilson — one of my favorite guitarists — from Heart recently invited me to perform a couple songs with her at a benefit concert put on by Sammy Hagar in San Francisco. This was such an honor and amazing opportunity. James Hetfield from Metallica and Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day were also on the bill.

- By Benazir Wehelie


Although a vested myth in American culture, this past Friday the 13th will forever live in infamy to those who witnessed the Spanish become victims of redemption. In what was widely considered the worst loss by a defending champion in FIFA World Cup history, Spain suffered brutal attacks from the Netherlands during the first game of Group B on their unlucky Friday the 13th.

The match had a promising start for the Spaniards after Xabi Alonso drilled a penalty goal during minute 27, as a result of Diego Costa being tripped. Starting at minute 44, however, Robin van PersieArjen Robben or Stefan de Vrij scored a goal approximately every 10 minutes, leaving the scoreboard at 5-1 for the Netherlands. ESPN’s auto replay of Netherlands’ first goal was not sufficient to fully encapsulate the events that had Robin van Persie airborne, scoring a header into the net.

The Netherlands received three yellow cards during the soccer match on Friday, suggestive of their aggressive play.There were not nearly as many as the eight they received during the 2010 FIFA World Cup final against Spain, where Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0. Spain’s strategy also paved the way to the last two European championships, but their high defensive line worked against them on Friday. It took away from their offense and left them susceptible to attack. At times, it appeared as though they were gently passing the ball back and forth to the most convenient player, not taking chances by ferociously driving the ball across the field in order to score.

My enthusiasm for the team I had pledged my allegiance to waned after Arjen Robben scored Netherlands’ third goal. My only consolation at that point, and possibly the consolation of millions of women worldwide, was admiring Shakira’s baby daddy, the tall and handsome Gerard Piqué (one of Spain’s defenders).​

- By Maria Berce


Early in the afternoon on Sunday, an unexpected guest strolled onto the main stage of Governors Ball, a three-day music festival held on Randall’s Island in New York City from June 6-8. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took the mic and explained that even though New York is already the capital of many world industries, together, we could make NYC the center of the world for contemporary music. The brief speech eloquently summed up the purpose of the festival.

Since its inception in 2011, Gov Ball has grown in size, scope and popularity. As always, this year’s festival featured hordes of music-loving New Yorkers, a view of the iconic NYC skyline and delicious, albeit highly overpriced, food from some of the city’s best food trucks and vendors. But this year, the festival stepped it up in more ways than one.

The lineup consisted of 68 acts, the most in the festival’s short history, as well as artists spanning genres from acoustic folk to dubstep and everything in between. A killer set of diverse headliners, including OutKast, Jack White, Skrillex and Vampire Weekend, also distinguished this year’s lineup.

Gov Ball’s intentions are not to be like other music festivals such as  Bonnaroo and Coachella. Instead, the festival takes a more modest approach, bringing out the essence and flavors of New York City through music and environment. Urban art on display from local artists, playful décor mimicking some of the city’s landmarks and a youthful, chic vibe helps Gov Ball brand itself as a definite New York music festival above all else.

Something New for Everyone

The 2014 lineup was stacked with talented newcomers and lesser-known artists. The amount of new music available was at times overwhelming. Head towards the smoke-filled Gotham Tent, and you might have found the smooth R&B sounds and ultra-cool style of The Internet. Follow the unique folk/punk sounds to the main stage to find Frank Turner pouring his heart into every song. Show up on time one day, and you might hear the soothing voice of Wild Belle or the infectious indie feel of BLEACHERS.

Throughout the festival, I made sure to challenge my existing music taste and venture outside my comfort zone. Diarrhea Planet, despite the group’s repulsive name, offered one of the most explosive performances of the weekend, as band members dove into the crowd, climbed trusses and even tore through OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” in celebration of their reunion.

In addition to brand new acts, the lineup had a healthy dose of artists who have already proven themselves with multiple critically acclaimed albums and impressive live shows. Phoenix, Fitz and the Tantrums and Foster the People gave the alternative scene just what they wanted, bringing energy, musicianship and a whole lot of hits to each of their performances. Chance The Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Childish Gambino and Tyler, The Creator represented the new age of rap and hip-hop music well with youth and dynamism, although some lacked memorability. Acts like The Head and the Heart and James Blake deserved more attention for their ability to translate their sophisticated studio sounds into powerful, chilling live shows.

The Headliners (and The Strokes)

After a decade-long hiatus, OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi finally reunited onstage at Coachella in April. On the whole, the performance underwhelmed fans, was blasted by critics such as Rebecca Nicholas as a “crushing disappointment” and left everyone uncertain about the success of their many tour dates this summer (almost exclusively at festivals). But when the duo took the stage Friday night, their confidence, energy and playful interaction won the crowd over instantly. Track after track, OutKast delivered with nostalgia-inducing fun and ATL swagger.

The duo’s soulful backing band and clear articulation allowed for tracks like opener “B.O.B.” and crowd favorite “Roses” to soar into the ears of thousands of fans. OutKast was sure to include the classics, such as “ATLiens,” “Skew it on the Bar-B” and “Hootie Hoo.” They even slowed it down for a bit and forced a rowdy crowd to chill and groove to “Aquemini” and “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” Before blasting into “Hey Ya!” Andre thanked the crowd for putting up with them for 20 years and then teased, “only if y’all promise to lose your shit when this drops right now.” The crowd definitely kept that promise. I left Friday night confident that OutKast was back on track for one of the greatest comebacks of our generation.

As I walked onto the festival grounds for Day 2, Gov Ball volunteers greeted fans saying, “Welcome to Strokes Day!” The Strokes had not played NYC in over three years, and although it wasn’t quite as drastic as OutKast’s disappearance, fans couldn’t wait to see Julian Casablancas back where he belongs as the front man of one of the most transcendent rock bands of our time, arguably.

The Strokes hit the ground running, performing hit after hit from the group’s five LPs with the same sonically tight effect as the studio records but with a raw energy that can really only be attained live. From their grittiest classics like “Last Nite” to more electronic-tinged, blissful tracks like “Machu Picchu,” the Strokes were nothing short of brilliant. True fans were in heaven, and new listeners were made into believers. The Strokes played their cards right and were the best performance of the weekend.

On Saturday night, Gov Ball fans had a tough decision to make. On one end of Randall’s Island, guitar icon and trend-setting blues rocker Jack White readied his axe and bizarre antics for the NYC crowd. On the opposing side, a hardcore rocker turned international DJ superstar who helped bring dubstep to the masses prepared his spaceship (literally, the stage was a spaceship) for earth-shattering bass drops and EDM fantasia.

Ultimately, I chose White over Skrillex because of White’s past record of unpredictable live performance, and because I’ll always be drawn to live musicians over electronic, computer-generated sounds — even if the guy behind the computer does happen to be one of the most influential DJ of our generation of music.

Jack White’s set took fans on a ride through his impressive career as a part of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and most recently, as a solo artist. From recent Blunderbuss hits like “Love Interruption” and White Stripes crowd favorites like “Hotel Yorba,” White confidently led his all-star band as fans gleefully sang along and admired his incredible guitar chops. “Sixteen Saltines” never sounded so big as White raucously twisted across the stage and his infamous lyrics soared out over the crowd.

Lillie Mae, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, was a standout in White’s band, skillfully taking on harmonies and violin solos with power and grace. On “We’re Going to Be Friends,” together with White, Mae helped to establish the only tender moment in White’s set with soft, elegant vocals and a stellar blend. White finished the night off with “Seven Nation Army” and I could hear the famous chant-inducing bass line echo out at the stars as I exited the venue to avoid the stampeding crowd.

Of the three headliners I chose to see, Vampire Weekend (VW) was the most predictable. I had just seen them at the Fox Theatre last month, and the set list has been more or less set in stone throughout the group’s tour. As I expected, similar to their performance at the Fox Theatre, VW brought summery fun and preppy style to their set packed with hits old and new, such as “A-Punk” and “Diane Young.” The festival atmosphere worked brilliantly for them, as it only added to the flowery, mood-boosting aura they bring to every performance. Although their lack of virtuosity still disappointed me, VW put on a great show and left fans feeling joyful and relaxed as they left the festival gates for the final time this year.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of Swedish House Mafia (Axwell^Ingrosso) set off fireworks, flame-throwers and water blasters to give Gov Ball 2014 a proper end. Most agree that they could not possibly live up to Skrillex, who performed on the same stage the night before, but for fans still eager for one last party (one with less flowers and more fire), it worked well.

Overall, this year’s Gov Ball was undoubtedly a success. The music showcased at the festival provided fans with a taste of some of the best up-and-coming artists in the world, as well as some already established acts a chance to shine once again. If the festival continues to adapt to the times, growing and changing as we do, it is sure to stay among the most popular and to become even more influential. As Schumer said, this festival can help to make New York the center of contemporary music. Those are large aspirations but I ​do love the enthusiasm.

- By Jason Charles


Later this summer, Emory Village will see the opening of Ali’s Cookies, which is replacing Tin Drum Asiacafe, and the renovation of Doc Chey’s into the Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl concept.

According to a May 8 press release, the new Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl will open in late summer 2014 and will “focus on Asian-inspired bowls piled high with a variety of fresh and seasonal ingredients.”

The new Dragon Bowl is comprised of a choice of base, protein and vegetables. According to the press release, the idea of the concept arose from a series of rotating specials at Atlanta-area Doc Chey’s locations that received “overwhelmingly positive reviews.”

Ali’s Cookies is opening its third location in Emory Village, joining stores in Marietta, Georgia and Dunwoody, Georgia, according to a post on local food blog

The Kosher cookie company offers over 20 flavors and delivery through its website.

Stuart Meddin, owner of the property in Emory Village, said in an interview with the Wheel that he is excited for the new properties and the growth they will bring the Village area.

- By Stephen Fowler

baseball Seniors graduated from Emory College and Goizueta Business School three weeks ago, but for 10, their time on the diamond wasn’t quite up. The Eagles worked their way out of the Losers Bracket in the South Region Tournament and then out of the Losers Bracket in the Division III College World Series (CWS) to the National Championship, falling to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Fighting out of the Losers Bracket after a first round loss to Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) meant that the Eagles would have to win another four games, including a double-header without any rest days, to reach the Championship. Whitewater, on the other hand, only had to win two games to be granted two days of rest before the Championship. Because the tournament is double-elimination, Emory needed to outscore Whitewater in two games to capture the national title. Nonetheless, the Eagles endured, defeating Linfield College (Ore.), SUNY Cortland (N.Y.) and the University of Southern Maine. “We were in a mentality: we can’t go home,” senior outfielder Daniel Iturrey said. The players were just continuing to play the game they love. “It felt surprisingly normal,” senior catcher Jared Welch said. “There wasn’t any pressure on any of us the whole week.” Head coach Mike Twardoski reinforced this mentality to his players throughout the season. “After the loss, we just had to simplify the game,” he said. “We played one game at a time.” The team continued to have fun together and stay relaxed on the field. The lucky “Senior Bush,” a potted plant originally placed in the dugout by sophomore David Coble, accompanied the team in Appleton, Wis. for the CWS. Additionally, at the request of junior outfielder Brett Lake, junior center fielder Wes Peacock retrieved a sombrero on the side of the road near Emory’s campus. During regionals and at the CWS, the team placed the sombrero on the bush, and senior catcher Josh Bokor later wore it himself. At the World Series, announcers interviewed Bokor and thought the oversized hat was hilarious. “We’re an energy-based team, so anything that keeps us loose and having fun is good,” Twardoski said. “It’s one of the things I love about the game. [The sombrero] got us some publicity too, which always helps to promote Emory baseball.” In the Championship game, which was played in Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ Fox Cities Stadium, senior Warhawks pitcher and Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Scott Plaza shut out the Eagles for nine innings. “He was very consistent and hit spots the whole game,” Peacock said. “Sometimes we hit the ball where they were and we got a couple tough breaks on calls.” The Eagles’ fatigue from their double header the day before also played a part in their weaker-than-usual bats in the game. “We didn’t come out as forceful as we had earlier in the tournament,” Welch said. “It was a product of shear exhaustion.” The final score of the game was 7-0, Whitewater. Three Eagles were named to the All-Tournament team. Freshman third baseman Phillip Maldari went 11-24, leading the tournament with 11 RBIs, Welch went 11-24 with nine RBIs, and senior second baseman Jared Khan went 11-21 with seven RBIs. Additionally, senior Brandon Hannon was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Baseball Division III Third Team, for outstanding academic and athletic performance. The outfielder was the second in the program’s history to be awarded this honor. He batted .376 this season with 24 stolen bases and with 67 runs scored, the second most of any D-III player this season and of any Emory player in the program’s history. Throughout his time at Emory, Hannon accumulated 187 runs scored, breaking the school’s record. He graduated with a 3.46 GPA, earning degrees in mathematics and economics. Although some underclassmen are already thinking about next season, the graduating seniors were happy to have extended their play as long they did. “I wouldn’t have wanted to end my career any other way,” Iturrey said. “We got to finish off in the biggest cage possible.” For many, the road to the Championship game meant far more than the game itself. “It stinks to lose the last game, but to win a regional and to get that far from the Losers Bracket is a huge accomplishment,” Twardoski said. “It was one of the best exhibits of camaraderie and leadership I’ve seen.” This season was not the first in which Twardoski found success. Since taking over as Head Coach in 2000, Coach T, as he is known to his players, has now led the Eagles to four CWS appearances, including a previous advancement to the Championship from the Losers Bracket in 2007. Emory Baseball alumni, hailing from both winning and losing teams, supported the Eagles indefatigably throughout their 2014 campaign, many attending the Championship game in their old uniforms. Twardoski has worked to foster this Emory Baseball community throughout his tenure. “When I got here, there wasn’t really a lot of alumni base. I went back to when it started as just a club team. They couldn’t believe I wanted a relationship with them,” he said. “80 came back a couple years ago for the alumni game. I got 200 texts when we won regionals.” Because they signify not only the end of one stage, but the beginning of a next stage in the lives of graduating students, high school and college graduations are referred to as commencements. Perhaps the final game the team’s ten seniors is better called a commencement, as new chapters now begin in their lives. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level,” Iturrey said. “But my last experience with Emory was getting to play with my best friends in the College World Series, so I’m cool with a new path too.” Graduating 10 leaders can be tough on a team, but Twardoski predicts that between 10 and 15 freshmen and transfers will come in next year. “There’ll be some competition for spots, and that always makes for a better team,” he said. Additionally, the underclassmen are prepared to carry on the legacy of the team. “We’ve been learning from the seniors for three years, and I think people will really step up to fill their shoes next year,” Peacock said. - By Zak Hudak

Neon Trees

In 2010, Provo, Utah-based band Neon Trees, which includes vocalist Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley, released its debut album, Habits, in which the world was introduced to the memorable, melodious song “Animal.” The year 2012 brought Picture Show, where “Everybody Talks” showed the band’s ability to craft frenetic yet controlled creations.

Today, “Animal” continues to be habitually played, while “Everybody Talks” has become forever engraved in listeners, remaining a permanently picturesque pattern of euphony. And Neon Trees continues to light up the world with their latest album, Pop Psychology.

The Pop Psychology journey embarks with “Love in the 21st Century,” a heart-thumping song about the difficulties with love in modern times. The lyrics and musicianship create a buzzing and bouncing balance, leaving the creation both catchy and subtle.

“Sleeping With A Friend” is a polished, intimate ode about friends with benefits. The gently penetrating vocals, delicately pulsating guitar and lightly exploding drums combine to create an old-school yet modern sound.

“Voices In The Halls” darkly shines and brightly haunts as Glenn sings, “I can taste your lemonade. Bittersweet like every summer fling.” Neon Trees creates a mysterious, ghost-like aura with an eerily flowing rhythm combined with a pleasant and smooth synth-driven melody.

The album concludes with “First Things First,” a lyrical photo album. With a solid beat and raw reminiscing, the band’s story and its members’ individual narratives are the underlying forefront. This piece lightly touches upon the subject of how each member of Neon Trees has truly grown not only creatively with their music, but also personally in their lives.

Glenn, originally from Temecula, Ca., grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Morrissey, and in high school knew music was his passion. But Glenn was also considered “different” to those in his hometown, in both appearance and behavior, as he created extravagant outfits and took ballet classes. In April, Glenn opened up about his homosexuality and the torment he faced on whether to make it public or keep it private. With Pop Psychology, the serious yet quirky Glenn shows that his true soul mate has been and always will be music.

As a child, Allen was neighbors with Glenn in Murrieta, Ca., and when Allen moved to Provo, Utah for college, Glenn also decided to make the move. Allen, who also had a deep passion for music growing up, enriches Neon Trees and brings out the spirit of the guitar with his fun, engaging and tenacious talent.

Campbell is Neon Trees’ brilliant and beaming bassist. On Twitter he states, “I live. I love. I bass it up & write songs in Neon Trees!” Not only is he a rock star in Neon Trees, but Campbell is also a rock-star husband and father. Campbell’s son, Connor, suffers from epilepsy and is on the autism spectrum, yet Campbell continues to remain a strong, solid force in both his band and for his family.

Bradley is Neon Trees’ devoted drummer. From making songs on the playground and playing with pots and lids as a child, today Bradley gleams in Neon Trees with her dynamic drumming and her zesty, passionate personality.

Together, each member of Neon Trees combines their talents to produce creations that gently glow deep within listeners through the good, the bad and everything in between. And with their latest album, Pop Psychology, Neon Trees is sonically inspirational and powerfully captures just how healing and freeing music can be.

Neon Trees is currently on tour with Nightmare and the Cat and Smallpools until July. It was a pleasure speaking with guitarist Chris Allen via phone. Allen discussed everything from the formation of Neon Trees and the band’s interests outside of music, to his own dream musical collaboration and personal fashion sense. 

Benazir Wehelie: How did all the band members come together to form Neon Trees?

Chris Allen: Myself and Tyler, we were neighbors in Southern California and our dads actually worked at the same office. They knew we were both really into music, so they were the ones that got us together. So, Tyler and I started playing for a bit and then I moved up to Utah to go to massage school. And so Tyler wanted to keep playing music with me so he moved up there just to play music. And then we met with the other band members while we were up in Utah, and they were playing with different bands. We hit it off and at the time, their schedules we freeing up and we were needing a bassist and a drummer, so they joined up with us.

BW: What inspired your latest album, Pop Psychology?

CA: Last year, Tyler was having a hard time emotionally and we took a little bit of a break. He saw a psychologist and it really helped with how he was feeling and it really made him think about a lot of things. He was kind of in a dark place and he wanted to talk about a lot of things that were weighing on him, but he wanted to do it in an upbeat and kind of positive way. He feels better now and kind of wanted to deliver it in a fun way. And that’s kind of the sound of the album — it’s real upbeat and exciting. I think that’s where a lot of the inspiration for the feel of the album came, Tyler seeing a psychologist and kind of sorting out his life and being happy with who he was and with what he was doing.

BW: What would you say you are most proud of from the album?

CA: I really love the song “Living In Another World.” It’s very simple sounding, but it just has a nice groove to it and I really like the words. [Tyler] says at one point, “Four chords and a beat keep me alive.” I think for a lot of our fans, music is just such an important part in their lives and it is what gets them through tough times and inspires them to get out of bed and go about their day.

BW: The music videos are all really creative and fun. What was the creative process when coming up with the concept for the music videos for songs from Pop Psychology?

CA: Tyler works with the directors on that, mostly, and then sends us the ideas and will try to get our feedback or if there’s anything we want to add to it. Actually, a couple of the videos we self-produced and directed. Tyler and his brother were very involved. Tyler’s brother is going to film school and so he shoots the videos and Tyler directs them. It’s cool because we’re really happy with the “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)” video and the “First Things First” video and those cost us a fraction of what a full-budget, professional video costs. So, we tend to have a DIY approach. We’ve always liked to be involved in every aspect of what we do and our videos are no exception. I think in a lot of ways, some of our favorite things to do are the videos. It’s really fun to get in costumes and act and just let loose. It can be really fun to shoot those videos.

BW: You have toured with many bands. Are there any musicians and bands you would like to collaborate with?

CA: A musician I’ve always really wanted to collaborate with, but I doubt will ever happen, is David Byrne from the Talking Heads. I’ve always really liked him. And Cyndi Lauper would be a really fun collaboration. We all really love her music and we actually met her at the AMA awards last year. She was really sweet. So who knows, maybe that could happen sometime down the road.

BW: You were the special guests opening for Taylor Swift’s RED Tour. What was that experience like?

CA: That was so much fun. Of course, it was in Australia and New Zealand and I’ll take any chance I get to go to those places. So that was fun. There was only seven shows, I think, and we were there for a month so there was a lot of down time. We got to see the sights. She was just a real pleasure to work with and just very nice. Those shows were just amazing, being able to play full stadiums every night was just really cool. Because that’s not really something we’re used to. Every now and then we’ll play a show that’s that big, but it will be for a special event or something, but actually doing a tour where every night is like that is kind of crazy. And especially when people are singing along to your songs, it’s very surreal.

BW: Is there any stadium in particular you’ve always wanted to play at?

CA: The Hollywood Bowl is a venue I’ve really wanted to play. I don’t know what the capacity is, but it’s pretty big and I think it would be considered a stadium. The Hollywood Bowl would be really cool. We all went to see REM a few years back, right before they broke up. They played with Modest Mouse and the National and we saw them at the Hollywood Bowl and that was really cool.

BW: The whole band has a unique fashion sense. How would you describe your style, specifically?

CA: I think Saturday morning cartoons is how I would describe it. Pee-wee Herman. Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

BW: Do you have a favorite costume?

CA: I just recently had a bunch of shirts made. Me and my wife went and bought a fabric and buttons and had this lady that we know make a bunch of shirts. And I think that’s going to be my favorite thing to wear. Also, I just had a custom guitar made. The entire thing is painted blue. The body and the neck and the headstock, just the whole thing, so it kind of looks like it’s made out of a chunk of plastic. I kind of just wanted to make it look like a toy. Yeah, I guess we can consider that as a kind of accessory, kind of a piece of fashion.

BW: When not working on music, what does the band enjoy doing outside of that?

CA: Well, we all love movies, our last album being Picture Show and all the videos we had done on that were movie-related. Whenever we get a day off we like to watch movies. Individually, we have our own things that we really like. Elaine really likes working out and playing sports. And I really like a bunch of different things. I like motorcycles, working on things, remodeling houses. We just all have a lot of interests. I don’t know what other common other stuff besides like movies. We love being busy.

BW: How long have you been playing guitar?

CA: I started playing guitar in eighth grade. I guess about 21 years or something like that, 21, 22 years. So, most of my life.

BW: Do you play any other instruments?

CA: Not well. I play a little bit of drums and a little bit of bass. Not really piano, but I mess around a little bit. But yeah, pretty much just guitar.

BW: Your tour has officially begun and will continue until July. What do you enjoy most about touring?

CA: I like having a routine. I like it when we’re able to get on a bus and have a full set of dates ahead of us. And you know, we play a show, hop on the bus, go to the next place to play another show. You just get real comfortable, the music gets tighter and tighter and you can just see the shows get better and better. I definitely prefer that kind of touring to flying from one city to the other side of the country and just playing a few shows here and there. I like when it’s just kind of packed full.

BW: What should fans look forward to most from this tour?

CA: This tour, there’s going to be a lot more visually going on, on stage. We’ve really invested a lot into making our live show more exciting because we feel like that’s a big focus of our band — actually coming out to the shows. I feel like you don’t fully get the message if you don’t come to the live show to see it. It’s one thing on an iPod, but the songs sound different and there’s a different energy to them and there’s an interaction between us and the crowd that’s just really fun. I think that’s going to be the biggest change, is the visuals. We really put a lot into it this time around.

- Benazir Wehelie

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