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Shiny stars bring shaky wishes. Wishes only do come true, if the stars will befriend you. Give the stars a chance to work, and out of happiness you’ll twerk.

Aries

(3/21-4/19)

Pluto is entering retrograde in your career zone, so now is not the time to make sudden changes. If you are feeling bored when it comes to work, try to gradually shift gears.

Taurus

(4/20-5/20)

As Pluto enters retrograde, you will find a revitalized sense of adventure. Plan some trips, Taurus, because the summer is the perfect time to getaway.

Gemini 

(5/21-6/21)

You have always been mystified by life, and you are feeling a spiritual connection this week, especially. Spend some extra time outdoors to appreciate the blooming life of spring.

Cancer

(6/22-7/22)

You may have a hard time making commitments this week, Cancer. Whether it is in relationships or work, do not fear making a long-term journey if it feels right.

Leo

(7/23-8/22)

You have been feeling physically “off” lately, but as summer is approaching, now is the time to make changes. Start a new exercise regime or focus on nutrition because your physical fitness is ready to improve.

Virgo

(8/23-9/22)

Avoid interacting with superficial people this week, Virgo. You should be focused on real connections and disingenuous people will only be a distraction to your goals.

Libra

(9/23-10/22)

This week is a time to meditate and have “me” time. Dedicate some of your free moments to reflection and appreciation. Avoid attending events to please friends because you will only resent them.

Scorpio 

(10/23-11/21)

You run the risk of causing misunderstandings if you do not filter your words. Although your intentions are good, try to be gentle with your delivery of advice.

Sagittarius 

(11/22-12/21)

Opportunities are awaiting you this week, Sagittarius! A small search could lead to huge rewards, especially when it comes to a long-term goal you have lost faith in.

Capricorn

(12/22-1/19)

You have been too harsh on yourself lately, Capricorn. Reflect on your success and take down your defensive social posture.  Dissociate from those who make you question your own identity.

Aquarius 

(1/20-2/18)

This week will be very introspective for you, Aquarius. Now may be a good time to forget who you think you are and redefine based on who you really are.

Pisces 

(2/19-3/20)

Your heart is large and open this week, but don’t let yourself become vulnerable. Allow only your inner circle to experience your love, because outsiders could cause you pain.


This week’s stars interpreted by Celia Greenlaw.

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I may be a skeleton, but my allergies are so bad that they’ve transitioned with me into the afterlife. Here are some tips for pushing through allergy season … just in time for finals.

1. Find some local honey and eat one tablespoon per day. Although I believe in home remedies about as much as Neil Degrasse Tyson believes in creationism, this one may actually work. And if my metaphor holds true, this means Tyson has now transitioned from atheist to agnostic.

2. Start clapping your hands and stomping those feet: It’s time for a rain dance. Because, as we allergy-sufferers know, there’s nothing more beautiful than a day in peak-allergy season when the rain has washed all the pollen away. Except maybe not having allergies in the first place.

3. Shut the windows, barricade your door and lock yourself inside. There’s no better way to avoid the pollen than to literally avoid the pollen by staying indoors. Pass the time by starting to watch that show everyone watches that you feel like you just need to watch, or else you’ll have no friends. Hint: It’s probably “Game of Thrones.”

4. In a fit of angry rage, find the nearest flower or plant and destroy it, thereby showing it who’s boss. In reality, you’ll have just brought yourself closer to the devil that is pollen, but you might still feel better if you’re the vengeful type.

5. Claritin.

Photo by Jenna Kingsley College senior Christal Wang (left) and Georgia Institute of Technology sophomore Kush Patel (right) worked on   their app, PhotoSinc, Saturday night at the Emory Hackathon.

Photo by Jenna Kingsley
College senior Christal Wang (left) and Georgia Institute of Technology sophomore Kush Patel (right) worked on
their app, PhotoSinc, Saturday night at the Emory Hackathon.

It’s 11 p.m. in the Math and Science building’s biggest lecture hall. But instead of the silent, deserted place it is most Saturday nights, the room is alive with a quiet energy. Students working in hushed tones are scattered all about the giant space.

In the middle of the room, three young men type furiously on their keyboards, surrounded by a mountain of empty water bottles and Coke cans. In the front of the room, someone laughs as a fellow group member writes an equation on an already-crowded whiteboard. In the corner, a student bangs his hands on his laptop and consults his team with frustration.

“You see?” he says. “It works when I move my hand over the sensor. But on the monitor, it’s reverse! Did you see that?”

The focus, laughter and frustration all are directed at one event: Emory Hackathon 2014, a 32 hour competition to build an app, or hack, with a team and showcase the creation to win a multitude of prizes. This year’s hackathon was hosted throughout the Math and Science building from April 12 at 10 a.m. until April 13 at 5 p.m. The event was co-hosted by Microsoft, who offered over $5000 in prizes for skilled coders and beginners and boasted more than 200 in total attendance.

But what is a hackathon? And what is it that’s being hacked?

At events like Emory Hackathon, there’s no actual “hacking” in the mainstream sense of the word. The goal is never to hack into another account or get through the firewall of a government database. Rather, a hackathon is an event where computer programmers come together to work intensively on software products and programs. It’s a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon,” hence the need for computer prowess and coding stamina.

College hackathons started gaining popularity in the spring of 2009, when a hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania, PennApps, was born. Since then, hackathons have grown in quantity and attendance on campuses around the nation.

Many hackathons offer big prizes for the most innovative creations. PennApps has since grown to host over 2500 hackers and offer upwards of $30,000 in rewards. Emory Hackathon, only in its second year, cannot yet boast those types of numbers. But it is growing, and quickly.

Last year, Emory Hackathon was a small event with around 50 participants. This year, over 200 students participated. While some participants were Emory students, many came from neighboring schools like Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) or Georgia State University. Hackers came from five different states, and their education backgrounds ranged from high school to medical school.

“Hackathons are the biggest thing to happen to CS (computer science) in a long time,” College senior and lead organizer for the event Tom Mou said.

Mou, along with many others from the Emory Robotics and Computer Engineering Club, dedicated many months to planning this year’s event. The team spent much of their time obtaining sponsors, planning logistics and even hosted coding workshops for beginners in preparation for the competition.

Mou stressed the importance of gaining sponsors for events like this on campus.

“80 percent of our budget doesn’t come from Emory,” he said. “That’s why we turn to sponsors.”

Microsoft co-sponsored the event, in addition to other companies like Google, United Way, Uber, Zipcar, Wolfram, MailChimp, Mandril, Twilio and many others. The hackathon was also sponsored in part by Emory’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Chemistry, Laney Graduate School, College Council and Robotics and Engineering Club.

Sponsors helped provide food, prizes and speakers at the event. The prizes ranged from a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet for each team member, $500 in cash and one year WolframAlpha Pro/Mathematica passes for the Grand Prize winner to Startup Chowdown tickets at Atlanta Tech Village for the best startup-friendly hack. The best novice team received a $250 team cash prize and 6 month Code School passes.

With prizes for novice teams and support available from experienced hackers, the event was open to all skill levels.

“It’s really all about learning,” Mou said. “We wanted to focus on that aspect, not the prizes. We’re doing this for the Atlanta community.”

The Atlanta community came out bright and early. Check-in started at 8:30 a.m., followed by a kickoff ceremony, tech talks and then lunch, which served as a meet and greet for the participants. Then, things got quiet and the hacking commenced.

Food kept many hackers going throughout the event. Participants ploughed through five meals, 12 pounds of ground coffee, 150 bottles of Starbucks iced coffee and, of course, pieces upon pieces of pizza.

“It’s not a hackathon without midnight pizza,” Mou laughed.

Just before the midnight pizza, work began getting more intense all over the Math and Science building. Each team, consisting of a maximum of four members, only had 32 hours to complete their hacks. While some Emory students decided to go back to their rooms for the night, many of the hackers worked into the early hours of the morning, taking turns napping in various designated sections in the building.

While teams were scattered across different rooms, the hub seemed to be room 208, the giant lecture hall. The room was quiet, but there seemed to be a charge to the air, like a sort of silent frenzy.

“It’s usually even crazier than this,” College senior Christal Wang said. “I think some people went back to their dorms.”

Wang was on a team with her brother, Christopher Wang, and her brother’s friend, Kush Patel, both sophomores at Georgia Tech. Christal and Patel, both novices, teamed up with Christopher, an experienced programmer, for the weekend.

“We’re just here to learn,” Christal said, shaking her head with a smile. “This is Christopher’s thing. This is what he does on the weekends.”

The trio’s app, named PhotoSinc, was a picture service that took photos from a phone, uploaded and tagged them on the cloud, and then sent them individually to the tagged person. Essentially, the app allows people to share photos but bypasses social media.

“It grew out of being more private,” Patel said. “Chris and I aren’t fans of public social media.”

Another team, consisting of Trevor Goodyear, Gene Chorba, William Wood and Gabriel Siewe, all CS majors from Georgia State University, created an app called Shelter, which provides a portal for homeless shelters to maintain databases of the homeless with pictures and information related to each individual.

Though they are both experienced coders, it was Goodyear and Siewe’s first hackathon.

“We tried to ask to be in the novice category,” Goodyear joked.

“They said no,” Chorba said with a grin.

It ended up only being fair; Shelter won three prizes at the event, including Second Place overall, the United Way Hack for the Homeless Prize for the best hack that addressed an issue regarding homelessness and Best Use of Twilio application programming interface (API).

The grand prize went to College senior Neil Sethi and his team members Angie Palm, Brendan Isham and Shivani Negi, all students at Georgia Tech. Their hack, called Musiqu.es, was a sound sampling web application that allows users to act as a DJ on the go.

Third place went to Parachute, an app that delivers ice cream directly to the consumer by quadricopter. The creators, all Georgia Tech students, are now talking to King of Pops about the opportunity to deliver popsicles to customers by dropping them in tiny parachutes.

The high school team from Milton, Georgia took home the top new hacker prize.

All hacks were due at 3 p.m., when each team was given three minutes to demo their app to the judges. Then, judges deliberated and awarded prizes at the closing ceremony. Closing ceremony speakers included Protip Biswas, vice president of homelessness at United Way of Atlanta, Devin Rader, developer evangelist at Twilio and Brian Easter, CEO of Nebo Agency.

“Overall, the event was overwhelmingly successful,” Mou said. “We had people who knew nothing about coding make fully functional apps after learning basic platforms. The group of medical school students from Emory created a text-alert system that automatically alerts the authority in the event of a serious collision between bikes, motorcycles or cars. And yes, they knew nothing about coding before this.”

But learning wasn’t the only thing happening at the event; participants also made sure to make time to have some fun.

“Microsoft came out with a 3D printer for the first time and made stuff for people for free,” Mou said. “They also brought out 2 Xbox Ones.”

However, despite all of Hackathon’s success, Mou believes there is still room for improvement. He hopes that each year’s success will build upon the next. The only place to go, it seems, is up.

“We are already starting to work on next spring’s edition of the event, which will be much bigger,” he said. “More prizes, more participants, bigger venue.  And bringing in people from across the South to make it the biggest hackathon for the South by the South.”

— By Jenna Kingsley

Courtesy of Stephen Fowler/Asst. News Editor   Art by Tiffany Ownbey, who won this year’s “Best of” in mixed-media printmaking at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Photo by Jenna Kingsley
Art by Tiffany Ownbey, who won this year’s “Best of” in mixed-media printmaking at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

 Spring has sprung, and with it comes two staples for Atlanta residents: a yellowy haze of pollen covering everything in the Metro Atlanta area and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

The festival, held April 11-13 at Piedmont Park, is one of the largest arts festivals in the country and features a weekend of food, folk art and beautiful scenery.

Founded in 1936 by Walter Rich, founder of Rich’s department store, the festival has sought to bring prominence to Atlanta through the blooming of the beautiful white petals of the dogwood trees.

More than 250 artists set up around the Piedmont Park path to showcase works in mixed media, three-dimensional art, photography and more.

Tiffany Ownbey is one such artist, who displayed works in mixed-media printmaking that won “Best-of” in this year’s festival.

“I’ve been an artist since the age of 10,” Ownbey said as she pointed to a sculpture made from sewing paper and covered in stamps. “In order to appreciate mediums like this, you have to come in and see the bigger picture.”

On Saturday and Sunday, the weekend featured “Backyard Barbeque and Brews,” a food festival celebrating local picnic food, moonshine and other fare, and Disc Dogs, one of the most prestigious canine sporting events in the south.

Thousands of visitors streamed in and out of the festival, chowing down on drinks from the Lemonade and Vodka stand or humming a tune they heard on one of the two stages filled with performers of all styles.

Whether you are an ATLien or a temporary visitor, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is one event you cannot “leaf” the city without experiencing.

— By Stephen Fowler

Thomas Han/Photography Editor College junior Rhett Henry (left) and College sophomore Ben Crais (right) of Secuirty Squad stare deeply into each others eyes, communicating their affection for superb security.

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College junior Rhett Henry (left) and College sophomore Ben Crais (right) of Secuirty Squad stare deeply into each others eyes, communicating their affection for superb security.

College junior and Editorials Editor Rhett Henry and College sophomore Ben Crais have created a unique opportunity for students who like to party. The Atlanta-based duo, better known as “Security Squad,” provides security for a myriad of social functions. Henry, a double major in Creative Writing and Philosophy, and Crais, a Film major, first appeared as Security Squad at a birthday party in February of last year. As their Facebook page states, “the pair is committed to making things get weird and stay weird, but not in a bad way.” Their mission? Security. Their motive? Efficient partying.

Though the two have ridiculously packed schedules, I fortunately had a chance to sit down with them and get better glimpse of their methods and lives outside of their profession as well as inquire about any future events where you may see them.

Priyanka Krishnamurthy: How did you two meet?

Rhett Henry: We met at a security-less party.

Ben Crais: We recognized each other from our 8:30 a.m. logic class.

RH: Like ships passing in the night…

PK: Why did Security Squad originate?

RH: We went to a lot of parties. Weird parties. We learned what made a party good and what made a party bad.

BC: Security Squad was bound to will itself into being out of that kind of atmosphere.

PK: Is there an internal system that you two follow to ensure that parties stay at the right level of weird? Perhaps a dress code to distinguish your roles?

RH: We have a dynamic.

BC: It organically arose in our first party situation, and we’ve been perfecting the dynamic ever since.

RH: It’s good cop/bad cop.

BC: He’s the good cop.

RH: He’s the bad cop.

BC: The first party we worked got busted by an RA and we had to get everyone out ASAP.

RH: While I was asking people to leave calmly, I noticed Ben shouting.

BC: Finally, we combined our methods to work simultaneously.

RH: Try being politely asked to leave while someone screams at you.

PK: Hypothetical situation: You’ve been hired at a party that has an enforced guest list. Though this list is unnecessarily long, you must oblige to the requests of your employer. Someone walks up and tells you that they’re not on the list, but that they know the host “through a class” they had together in their first year of college. Ever since that “one time” they partnered up for a presentation in “that one class,” they’ve been attached at the hip. The host is no where to be seen to confirm. What do you do?

RH: One of us finds the host…

BC: While the other distracts him/her/them.

PK: Hypothetical situation: COPS! What do you do?

RH: “Everyone!! Get out! The cops are on the way!”

BC: If exit isn’t an option, gather people away from the door.

RH: We gather our senses and prepare to smooth talk.

PK: Hypothetical situation: Someone turns off Kanye West because they think “he’s overrated.” What do you do?

BC: If it’s the host, that’s their right.

RH: But if it’s not, then we shut it down.

PK: Hypothetical situation: Someone insults Lil B “The Based God,” but it doesn’t phase the host considering they don’t know who he is because apparently they have been living under a rock for the past few years and don’t know what good music is or, I guess, the internet. What do you do?

BC: Honestly, that’s inexcusable.

RH: Security Squad prays solely to The Based God, and we won’t let it go lightly.

BC: Little known fact: Security Squad is an offshoot of the Lil B Task Force.

RH: Protect Lil B at ALL costs.

PK: As full-time Emory students, how do you balance your professional, academic and social lives?

RH: Do we?

PK: What other commitments do you two have, be that extracurricular or academic?

RH: I do the Wheel and am heavily involved with WMRE. I also work with the program Scholars Teaching Scholars.

BC: I’m also on the WMRE Exec board and involved with the literary magazine Lullwater Review.

PK: Any weird talents? Obviously outside of providing unquestionably solid security.

RH: There’s only security.

BC: There’s only security.

PK: When’s your next event?

RH: We’re moonlighting at WMRE Prom this weekend.

BC: And we’ll also be squadding an upcoming house party.

RH: Squad.

BC: Forever.

If you are interested in hiring Security Squad for any functions you have coming up check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/allsquadstars) and/or email Henry at crhenr2@emory.edu and Crais at bcrais@emory.edu.

— By Priyanka Krishnamurthy

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Aries

(3/21-4/19)

For the next two weeks, Mercury is moving into Aries, and you will be feeling inspired, creative and impulsive. Speak your mind this week, because your ideas will be well received.

Taurus

(4/20-5/20)

Your artistic and imaginative side will be fully present this week, Taurus. Try working your brain in new ways to take advantage of this changed perspective.

Gemini 

(5/21-6/21)

You will be feeling like a leader this week, which is great since your social nature connects you to many different groups. Schedule in some extra time for friends and activities.

Cancer

(6/22-7/22)

Your career should be the central focus for you this week, Cancer. You will be very persuasive when it comes to asking for new positions or membership to a new organization.

Leo

(7/23-8/22)

With Mercury in Aries for the next two weeks, you will be feeling a strong sense of adventure. Take time to plan an exciting day trip, or spend a weekend trying unfamiliar things!

Virgo

(8/23-9/22)

Communication is key for you this week, especially when it comes to your love life. Be open to starting a conversation with someone that you would not ordinarily speak with.

Libra

(9/23-10/22)

Opposites attract should be your mantra for the week. If you have been searching in the same place for a result, try looking somewhere entirely different, and you may find what you need.

Scorpio 

(10/23-11/21)

You might be feeling like a bit of a troublemaker this week. Mischievous Mercury is giving you both the creativity and wit to pull off the ultimate prank. Act wisely.

Sagittarius 

(11/22-12/21)

Your emotions will be running high, but in a positive way. Use this week to express yourself to friends or love interests. Your honesty and heart will resonate strongly with others.

Capricorn

(12/22-1/19)

You will be feeling a close connection to home this week, Capricorn. Focus on your closest relationships and strengthen them. Empathy will help you build strong connections.

Aquarius 

(1/20-2/18)

Passion is driving you this week. If you don’t already have a project you feel strongly about, get out there and look for a new activity. This week will lead to a lasting obsession.

Pisces 

(2/19-3/20)

Weighing costs will be important for you this week, Pisces. Whether the costs are financial or physical, do not overextend your resources if you can avoid it.

- By Celia Greenlaw

Flickr/Zane Hollingsworth Although shelters provide animals with basic necessities, animal shelters are not the best places for animals to live. Even with their staff, donors and volunteers who devote themselves to providing better environment for the animals, animal shelters face problems like euthanization, overcrowding, post adoption problems and capital insufficiency.

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Although shelters provide animals with basic necessities, animal shelters are not the best places for animals to live. Even with their staff, donors and volunteers who devote themselves to providing better environment for the animals, animal shelters face problems like euthanization, overcrowding, post adoption problems and capital insufficiency.

 

I have been interested in the social justice issue of animal rights since I began leading a Volunteer Emory service trip to Georgia’s largest no-kill animal shelter, Furkids. Leah, the volunteer coordinator at Furkids, gave us an orientation about animal rights and told the heart-warming story of the establishment of the cat shelter before we got to clean the cats’ rooms. Samatha Shelton, the founder of Furkids, also shared her story: she was inspired to solve the pet overpopulation problem in Georgia after she found a stray mother cat with kittens and was unable to find a shelter.

I personally have always loved animals but have never owned a pet. Volunteering at Furkids has shown me the responsibility and rewards of looking after another living being.

After volunteering, on the way back to Emory, the volunteers and I talked about the issues with animal shelters and animal rights. We had heard the sad story of an 8-year-old dog that was abandoned by its owners when they moved to New York from Atlanta. Even though the dog had been a part of their family, they chose to leave him behind.

Apart from moving, there are many other reasons why animals go into animal shelters: lack of training, lifestyle changes, cost of ownership, health issues and stray animals on the streets. Behind every dog and cat at a shelter, there is a heart-breaking story.

Although animal shelters provide these animals with basic necessities, animal shelters are not the best places for animals to live. There are three types of animal shelters: kill facilities, no-kill limited admission facilities and no-kill open admission facilities.

The kill facilities sometimes decide to kill animals, regardless of their physical condition. On the other hand, the no-kill animal shelters do not kill animals unless they cannot be rehabilitated. Animal shelters are never safe havens for abandoned and stray animals.

Even with their staff, donors and volunteers who devote themselves to providing better environment for the animals, animal shelters face problems like euthanization, overcrowding, post-adoption problems and capital insufficiency. Even when people come to adopt animals from shelters, they want certain breeds, and often they adopt puppies and kitties instead of more mature animals. The best environment for animals is with their loving owners.

Animal shelters offer only a glimpse of the colossal animal rights issue. Other problems include human overpopulation, animal experimentation, factory farming, fishing, humane meat, hunting and fur. For more than two centuries, people around the world have tried to fight for the idea that all nonhuman animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings.

Meanwhile, people also argue against animal rights for various reasons. Some arguments include: animal rights as extreme; animals should not have rights because they do not have duties; other beings in the food chain consume meat as well so it should be fine for people to consume humane meat; domestic animals will not be able to adapt to the environment if they are “freed” and so on. We cannot easily judge which side is wrong or right. For example, at the current stage,  the issue of testing on animals is fraught due to the fact that it benefits human health and substitutes for animal testing are still elusive. This does not mean animal rights are impossible to attain, but that we must conquer the problems step by step.

Vivian, the volunteer coordinator at Small Dog Rescue, believed that “mentioning to people around you — friends, relatives, colleagues, neighborhoods or even strangers — about the animals in the shelters is the best way we can advocate animal rights in an everyday setting.” I believe, as a student, we should publicize the problem as much as we can while actively searching for methods to challenge the status quo.

— By Yahui Su

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Courtesy of TEDxEmory
Last year, TEDxEmory boasted an audience of 650 participants from all over Atlanta. This year’s attendees can expect quality talks from prominent speakers such as the technical manager of the Google’s Project Glass and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

What are some ideas worth spreading? How about TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design. You’ve probably read about, heard about and even seen TED talks shared online and over social media. The ideas and speakers in TED talks might not seem very close to home, but these big ideas are closer to Emory than you might think.

TEDxEmory is a student organization that brings prominent guest speakers to campus, and its biggest event is coming to Emory tomorrow. Established in 1984, TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing powerful ideas with the world. It invites a wide range of guest speakers, from science to business to global issues, allowing each of them a maximum time of 18 minutes to share their ideas.

But there seems to be a question on everyone’s mind: what’s the x in TEDx?

“The x means an independently organized TED group under the license from TED,” College senior Nikhil Raghuveera, current TEDx president, said. “So, TEDxEmory is an independent TED group at Emory with the license.”

Raghuveera was one of the founding members of TEDxEmory when it came to campus in 2011.

TEDxEmory is run by students from the College, Goizueta Business School and some graduate schools at Emory. While the first event, hosted in 2011, had about 300 attendees, about 650 people came last year. As more and more people became interested in TED, other Georgia schools, such as Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia began organizing their own TEDx events.

Because TEDx operates under the TED guidelines, TEDx speakers are unpaid.

However, as the brand name for TED and TEDx grows, TEDxEmory is increasingly able to get speakers who usually charge up to tens of thousands of dollars for paid events, Raghuveera said.

Raghuveera also explained how TEDx speakers interacted and connected with the audience in between the sessions.

“It is about interaction with the speakers,” he said. “A lot of speakers, they leave after they give a talk, and people go ‘oh great’ and applause, but that is it. At TEDx, it is different.”

Raghuveera said that Michael Luckovich, a political cartoonist, drew cartoons for his audience after his talk.

“He sketched our former president Ishaan Jalan and then allowed the audience to come up and request drawings,” Raghuveera said. “People were talking to him and interacting with each other, and it is something we try to create every year.”

Since 2011, TEDxEmory has brought speakers with powerful ideas who otherwise would not have visited Emory. Last year, the organization invited Carlos Moreno, a state Supreme Court justice of California, as a guest speaker.

Moreno, the sole dissenting justice on Proposition 8, spoke about his views on marriage equality during his talk.

TEDxEmory has also been able to bring in speakers from places such as Vancouver, British Columbia, New Orleans and Kansas.

For example, they have had David Wolpe – ‘The World’s Most Influential Rabbi,’ according to Newsweek Magazine – and magician Jamie D. Grant.

However, TEDxEmory does not rely solely on outside speakers. Many of their talks come from Atlanta and Emory, including students.

“One of the most exciting and rewarding parts of our conference is the Student Speaker Competition,” Raghuveera said. “One or two students are chosen to give their talk at the main conference in front of hundreds of people, and the student speakers are traditionally some of the most well-received.”

According to Raghuveera, TEDxEmory prefers topics that are accessible and interesting to everyone. The organization works carefully to coordinate speakers so that the talks are on a variety of topics. This year, TEDxEmory speakers will address the reduction of child sex trafficking in Atlanta, the intersection of music and math and the social determinants of health.

On April 12, TEDxEmory will host its main TEDx event with 13 speakers at the Woodruff Health Sciences Administration Building. A technical manager of Google’s Project Glass and a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia are among the invited speakers. Any Emory student who wants listen to these talks can register for a free seat on TedxEmory’s website.

Raghuveera said that he hopes the event will bring fresh ideas to Emory’s campus.

“Through TEDxEmory, we hope we are able to promote ideas worth spreading at Emory and the Atlanta community and showcase Emory speakers to the worldwide TED community.”

— By Jun Jeon

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Aries

(3/21-4/19)

This week you are feeling creative, original and a little unpredictable. The Sun and Uranus are lined up at the perfect angle to help you make plans and come up with unique solutions.

Taurus

(4/20-5/20)

You will be feeling like a perfectionist this week, Taurus, but in a good way! Take the time to polish off projects that you have been working on for a long time, and someone may notice your expertise.

Gemini 

(5/21-6/21)

Your routine has you feeling a little “over it.” Don’t be shy trying to shake up your activities and hang out with some new friends. Do something fun and you will get more done!

Cancer

(6/22-7/22)

Try to take things one step at a time this week, Cancer. You have a lot of projects that need finishing, but you can’t tackle them all at once. Completing little tasks will help you feel more productive.

Leo

(7/23-8/22)

Change is coming your way, Leo! It may be a change of scenery, career or a social change, but either way you should be prepared for a fun new adventure. Embrace the new opportunities.

Virgo

(8/23-9/22)

With the Sun and Uranus both lined up in Aries, your house of extremes is fired up. This means that you will find moments of extreme happiness, but also be prepared for some potentially unpleasant emotions.

Libra

(9/23-10/22)

Your love life has been a bit confusing lately, but a new attraction is on its way. Not only will a love interest be looking for you, but you will have a burst of confidence to take advantage of the opportunity.

Scorpio 

(10/23-11/21)

This is a good week to be thinking about humanitarian endeavors. Whether you have a friend in need or a community project to participate in, you will feel especially fulfilled by helping others.

Sagittarius

(11/22-12/21)

Your sense of humor should be in full gear this week, Sagittarius. You have some large projects ahead of you, so try not to take things too seriously or you will get overwhelmed.

Capricorn

(12/22-1/19)

With the Sun and Uranus in perfect alignment, luck is coming your way, Capricorn. Don’t be surprised if you find success where you often struggled, or if projects start falling into place.

Aquarius 

(1/20-2/18)

Take some time to broaden your social scene this week, Aquarius. Try a new activity, grab lunch with a different friend, or go out to a restaurant. New scenery will excite your free spirit.

Pisces 

(2/19-3/20)

This will be a week of multitasking for you. Fortunately, with the Sun and Uranus in line, your house of efficiency will be ready to back up even your most exhausting tasks.

 

-By Celia Greenlaw

SL3

On March 28, Emory held its second RespectCon, a convention dedicated to help rid campuses of sexual violence. RespectCon brings together students, activists and professionals to discuss sexual violence and the different ways people are working to change views on rape culture and engage students in active sexual assault prevention.

“Sexual violence is a pervasive public health issue on college campuses, including at Emory,” said Lauren (LB) Bernstein, assistant director of the Respect Program.

Bernstein, along with Health Promotion Specialist for the Respect Program Drew Rizzo, supervised the event. RespectCon Senior Coordinator Samira Chowdhury (‘15PH) and RespectCon Co-Coordinators Nowmee Shehab (‘16C), Siqi Huang (‘16C) and Jennifer Hallaman (‘14C) also aided in the planning and execution of the event.

This year, an inaugural national summit was hosted the day before RespectCon for directors of sexual violence preventions programs on college campuses. During this summit, 45 professionals from 26 different campuses gathered before the main conference the following day. During the main summit, over 100 attendees from 29 institutions or organizations and 16 states came together for a series of presentations and discussions centered on sexual violence prevention.

On Friday, professionals from universities across the country led discussions and presentations from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on topics ranging from “Addressing Rape Culture With a More Inclusive Lens” to “Saying Yes for All the Right Reasons” to “Engaging Men: No Shave November.”

These programs were primarily focused on teaching attendees how to find and use their voice in the dialogue against sexual violence. To end the day, a closing ceremony was held that asked attendees to imagine a campus free of sexual violence and to think of ways in which each person could help achieve that goal.

Though this year’s RespectCon was a success, Bernstein hopes that next year’s convention will see more attendees. She hopes that the connections forged at the convention create a community dedicated to cultivating strategies to prevent sexual violence on college campuses.

Many believe that Bernstein’s goals have already started to be accomplished, according to College junior and President of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) Elizabeth Neyman, who attended the event.

In SAPA, Neyman works with other students who are trained in how to help and what to say to sexual assault survivors. The collaboration between SAPA and the Respect Program — and the mutual support of such functions as RespectCon — is something she hopes will help bring awareness to students about sexual violence on college campuses.

“Friday’s RespectCon left me with contacts from whom I will receive sources and presentations in addition to promises to share best practices amongst students and campus professionals,” she said.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you have support at Emory. Please contact Lauren (LB) Bernstein, assistant director for the Respect Program at 404.727.1514 or respect@emory.edu for confidential support. 

You can also learn more about the Respect Program at http://respect.emory.edu.

— Jayme Smith

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