Emory University. Some of us have been here for years, while others are just beginning to get used to appreciating the little things this university has to offer. We go to class, eat, sleep and do just about everything else within the 631 acres we call home. While Emory students have many reasons to love their school, the Wheel asked students what they would change about Emory if they had the chance. Here’s what we found:
Lack of School Spirit: “If more people came to sporting events, we would have a lot more school spirit!” — College freshman Michelle Menzies
Housing: “Emory’s housing system should perhaps look into moving to a residential college system similar to that of Yale & Rice University. This would help foster a more close-knit Emory community.” — College senior Tanmay Bangale
The Social Scene: “It’s too one-dimensional. “While I don’t judge people for going to frats, it gets boring. It would be awesome if there were more things going on in Emory Village. For example, there should be student concerts and a venue (like a bar of sorts) for the shows. It would be nice to get off campus without having to spend money on a cab.” — College freshman Taylor Mehalko
Document Services: “I would change the name of ‘Document Services’ to ‘DUCument Services.’ Get it?” — College sophomore Moises Abadi
Stress: “Less stress associated with tests.” — College freshman Rahul Nair
Number of Shuttles on the Weekend: “It is not enough for all students to make it to their classes or meetings on time even if they arrive twenty minutes early. I would love to see a change in the amount of shuttles or the system in which it runs!”— College junior Meera Patel
Sexual Assault Response: “More campus-wide security against sexual harassment” — College sophomore Ria Sabnis
Music: “It would be nice to have more pianos in random areas around campus.”— College freshman Bryan Leue
Student Mindset: “I would change the pre-professional mindset of Emory’s people,” Patel stated. “I don’t think Emory fosters this nature, because ultimately, we are a liberal arts college but I think a majority of the people come in with a preconceived notion of a set career path. By doing so [adhering to a pre-professional mindset], people will hopefully indulge in education leading to excellence, not education leading to success.”— College senior Vibhuti Pate
Emory’s Reputation “We’re doing amazing things,” he said, “and it disappoints me to hear students say that no one knows what Emory even is back home.”— College freshman Zach Denton
Summer Work: “I would encourage Emory College to recommend summer reading books for all of the freshman. Not long, or overly difficult books and certainly not mandatory ones (that would take all the fun out of reading them) but just books to get the students thinking.
These books would give the incoming freshman a starting point for intellectual conversations among their peers, which is something I don’t hear enough of outside of the classroom.” — College freshman Tera Robinson
– By Sunidhi Ramesh, Contributing Writer
Victoria Phillips of Columbia University was present at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Oct. 6 to present information regarding the power of dance to create social change at the “Friends of Dance Lecture – Dance is a Weapon: Choreographing Protest During the Great Depression” event. | Photo Courtesy of Emory Dance Department
“Friends of Dance Lecture – Dance is a Weapon: Choreographing Protest during the Great Depression” was an interesting lecture-performance held at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Monday, Oct. 6. To educate students and adults about a new dimension of dance, the Emory Dance department called upon Victoria Phillips from Columbia University to spearhead the event by explaining the role of the “Time is Money” choreography in its historical and activist contexts. The presentation featured a performance by Martin Løfsnes and Yuko Suzuki Giannakis, both former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
The lecture addressed how the inspiration behind the “Dance is a Weapon” choreography was the Great Depression, a period when the stock market fell. In consequence, the country faced a 25 percent unemployment rate. Low or no income, bread lines, bank runs and men seeking employment were common sights.
“So what were people looking for? Maybe some hope. There was no unemployment insurance, there was no Social Security and with such desperate situations, people relied on charity,” Phillips said.
With these drastic situations, a change seemed imperative. Communists of the time, including choreographer Jane Dudley, believed in reform and in the addition of social programs. Founded in 1932 on the lower east side of New York City, the New Dance Group (NDG), from which ‘Time is Money” derived, began as a radical communist-linked organization. The artists followed dramatic scripts published in the Workers Theater magazine and joined forces with musicians’ leagues. They often took up social themes such as worker strikes, oppression of farm workers, sharecropping and fascism.
“NDG’s performing units included workers, ‘shock troupes’ and folk dance groups and performances by professional dancers,” Phillps said during her presentation.
As the NDG progressed and gained recognition, they evolved with upcoming generations and revolutions. The group also came to realize the importance of individual choreographers. Soon, Dudley made her first influential work called ‘Time is Money” based on a communist writer’s poem. This moving work, which added rhythm to the poem through dance, was a way of rising voices against the oppression of workers.
This very choreography of ‘Time is Money” was enacted at Emory on Monday. The aim of such an empowering performance was not only to illustrate the past but also to allow individuals to view art as a medium of protest: “dance as a weapon.”
This particular performance also seemed to touch upon two interesting aspects of dance: forms and shapes. The group efficiently voiced their message that dance can be done by anybody. A man with a great physique and a strong posture – Løfsnes – followed by a small woman with a thin body – Giannakis – performed the same choreography on identical musical and lyrical accompaniment.
According to Director of the Emory Dance Program, Lori Teague, “There are many ways that dance is political, either directly or indirectly. Movement can raise social consciousness around a particular issue. This lecture was inspired by the ‘Politics and the Dancing Body’ photo exhibit at the Library of Congress. We wanted our students to learn who these artists were and how dance can be created as an act of social change.”
Much of the presentation focused on the central theme of integration as opposed to segregation. Integrations of workers, lower socioeconomic groups, bisexuals and different races in the past allowed dance to be perceived as an inclusive art form. Along with this idea, the discussion explored the ways in which dance can be used as a medium to address issues.
“It is important to express ideas and emotions authentically through movement. Stillness, marching and walking are forms of protest that have been effective in various situations because they are driven by a clear intention,” Teague said. “When intention is fully realized in choreography, it is incredibly powerful. Dance has a unique way of embodying the human condition that is transformative when witnessed, experienced or shared.”
While the use of the body – together with that of the mind and heart – as a form of emitting a message might be a vulnerable thing to do, it is also a powerful medium of expression. The performance combined dance with history and activism to produce art as a “weapon.”
–By Sumera Dang, Contributing Writer
College junior Nadia Irfan (Above) shares her thoughts on family and her memories of religious
ceremonies back home.
The Emory Wheel sat down with Nadia Irfan to discuss her personal memories.
Ricardo Pagulayan: Okay, let’s start with the basics. What’s your name, and what year are you in at Emory College?
Nadia Irfan: My name is Nadia Irfan, and I am a third year at Emory.
RP: Where do you live, Nadia?
NI: I live at Clairmont at the Tower apartments.
RP: So tell me, what’s on your mind right now or what’s been on your mind lately?
NI: Well, Eid was just the other day. I don’t know if you’re familiar with it, but Eid is a really important holiday for Muslims. The one that just passed is Eid al-Adha, and it’s basically a time for families to come together. I didn’t go home for it this year, and Eid just made me miss my family so much.
RP: Is there anything you would be willing to share with us about your family? What are some things that you remember them for?
NI: Well, it’s funny you should ask because just a while ago I was thinking about the time my family and I went to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the first time. There was this room with these huge tapestries hanging on the walls, and I’m sure they were really old, too. Well, my grandma thought it would be a good idea for her to feel up the tapestries so she could determine exactly how good of a quality the cloth was. So she reaches out and touches the hanging tapestries and right away she was reprimanded by one of the security guards. You were not supposed to touch the tapestries at all! So, you might not be surprised that they told us to “move along,” so they basically shooed us off.
RP: Wow! Your family seems like a funny bunch.
NI: Yeah, but their humor can be a little dark.
RP: What do you mean?
NI: I almost drowned once at Jacksonville Beach. My uncle came to save me, but right after he admitted that he was only mildly concerned about the fact that I was drowning and more scared of how bad my dad’s anger would be towards him if I died under his watch. That’s just one example.
RP: What other vivid memories come to mind?
NI: My family friend Talib recently had a kid. When he was in the middle of a Thanksgiving party, he needed to give his kid a bath. As a Pakistani man, it’s a little odd for a man to take care of a baby at a party. At the end of the party, Talib asked my uncle’s kid to come upstairs with him, and my uncle’s best friend leaned over to my uncle and whispered, “I hope he’s not trying to give him a bath, too.” And my uncle shot upstairs to see what was going on.
RP: So what happened to your uncle’s kid?
NI: Talib is just a genuinely nice guy. When he told my cousin to go upstairs with him, he thought nothing of it. He just wanted to give him a present of cookies and goodies. My uncle thought it was really suspicious though. It makes me laugh now and then.
RP: When you’re down, what memory of your family makes you smile or feel better?
NI: Okay, I would have to say it’s the image of my mom looking through binoculars when she was spying on a wedding going on in our neighbors’ yard. That’s my mother.
RP: What do you want to say to your family right now, Nadia?
NI: I am really excited to see them again!
– By Ricardo Pagulayan, Contributing Writer
I’ve been searching for this ginger salad dressing at Kroger for months. I had it at a friend’s house over the summer and fell in love. I finally found it and made a salad with it this weekend, but it tasted truly OFFENSIVE. Now my taste buds are hurt and my heart is broken. What do I do?
As Told by Ginger
Dear As Told by Ginger ,
This is an important issue that must be addressed. The bond between one and one’s salad dressing requires a level of trust that can never be broken. If my raspberry vinaigrette deserted me, I’d feel as shipwrecked as the Titanic after it hit an iceberg (of lettuce). Raspberry vinaigrette is the Jack to my Rose, the sinking violin quartet to my lifeboat. Anyway, you’re screwed. Try Publix. Good luck!
All of my friends are mad at me for constantly making fun of them. But I only make fun of people that I like! I don’t know any other way to express love. Help?
Joke’s on Me
Dear Joke’s on Me,
Skeletons enjoy a good laugh from time to time, just like humans. But also like humans, we know when enough is enough. The problem here is pretty straight forward: you’re making fun of your friends too much. Back when I was mortal, I made the same mistake. I used sarcasm and dark humor with my friends to show that I felt comfortable with them. Because, really, sarcasm is a way of expressing your thoughts and feelings by revealing the opposite of them. For instance: “I like EmoryUnplugged” is an obviously sarcastic comment (more like EmoryNotPluggedIn, am I right?). By using sarcasm, you’re actually revealing that you don’t like EmoryUnplugged.
Even though I’m now a skeleton, I still have my funny bone and know my way around a good joke. But my unearthly wisdom is telling me that you’re using sarcasm because you’re uncomfortable expressing yourself and have some walls up. If that sounds right, I’d recommend toning down the jokes a degree, and working on expressing yourself in more healthy, productive ways (like writing unnecessarily long and forthcoming Facebook statuses because Twitter’s 140 character limit is too “restricting”)
I had a nightmare that my roommate held up a bank and took me hostage. I have no proof, but I think it was a premonition. Should I be careful
Robbed of and in my Sleep
Dear Robbed of and in my Sleep,
Scientists are still trying to understand just exactly why we dream. But what they do know is this: sometimes we dream to help us solve problems. That’s why you’ll often hear the story of the frustrated mathematician who’s trying desperately to solve a notoriously difficult problem to no avail.
Then, one day, the answer comes to him in his sleep, and eureka, he’s solved it! Archimedes famously came up with the displacement method of measurement while in a bath tub. What your history teacher didn’t tell you was that he was napping while in the tub.
The reason your teacher didn’t tell you that is because it isn’t true — but that doesn’t detract from my main point, which is this: we dream to creatively dream up solutions to our real-life problems.
Either you have some unresolved issues lingering between you and your roommate, or you’re about to be robbed. Either way, don’t ignore your dreams — they’re trying to tell you something.
With midterms over for the lucky and midterms still to come for the unfortunate, fall break provides time for students to relax after all of their hard work (or to enjoy the last few moments of freedom before resigning to the Woodruff Library for the next few weeks). Considering the lack of food options on campus and the desire to sleep in your own bed and see your pets at home, it may seem less than ideal to stay on campus over break. However, Atlanta has a lot to offer. While the students going home will spend their time with family, friends and a nice home-cooked meal, the students staying on campus can embrace their independence and explore the city without spending money on a plane ticket to fly home. Here are three categories of fall break activities – the productive, the fun and the realistic.
The Productive (What You Should Do)
With only two days added on to the weekend, fall break will be over quicker than you think. The time off from school gives you the perfect opportunity to do all of the things you say you never have time for, including, but not limited to, reading a book (particularly one you tell everyone you have “read”), cleaning your room, learning to cook and doing your work that you are either behind on or is due after the break. While these may not sound fun or relaxing, your hard work now will pay off later.
The Fun (What You Can Do)
Atlanta is an exciting city, and there is much to see and explore, which can range from the stereotypical tourist attractions to the activities locals partake in. Now is the perfect time to be a tourist. During their time at Emory, everyone should hike up Stone Mountain (the term, “hike,” is a bit of an overstatement) and visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where you can Instagram a lot of photos so your friends will think you are a professional photographer. Other mandatory excursions include seeing all of the amazing aquatic creatures at the Georgia Aquarium and, if you aren’t too much of a broke college student to buy a ticket and embrace Atlanta’s love for Coca-Cola, visit the World of Coke museum and drink every variation of soft drinks there is.
Once you get the previously listed activities checked off your “I go to college in Atlanta” bucket list, you can engage in more local traditions. If you want to feel like an educated person and claim that you did something intellectual over your break, you can either go visit the Carlos Museum on Emory’s campus for free, or you can go to the High Museum of Art that has exhibitions ranging from African art to Anglo-American portraits from the Revolution. If you are looking to just relax and take in some lovely fresh air while the weather is perfect, Lullwater Park is right here on campus. You can also venture to Piedmont Park to have a picnic or play a game of Frisbee. Lastly, if you want to be like a true Atlanta and Georgia local, you should “shoot the hooch,” which is the somewhat dirty sounding way of telling people you are going to raft, kayak or canoe down the Chattahoochee River.
The Realistic (What You Will Do)
If we are being honest, you probably will not end up doing any of the great ideas listed above, and that is okay. Most people staying on campus will be complaining about the lack of places to get food and turn into expert ramen chefs by the end of the break. The absence of classes gives students the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep between their heavy Netflix binging sessions. Just remember to call your parents at some point.
— By Hayley Silverstein
College freshmen Alex Harris and Adam Ring take a break from studying for midterms by scrolling through Yik Yak. / Photo by Hayley Silverstein, Contributing Writer
By now, everyone knows about the app Yik Yak, and it has slowly become Emory’s favorite new way to procrastinate. With such a diverse student body, you would expect Emory’s Yik Yak feed to be equally as diverse, when, in reality, it can be narrowed down into 10 types of posters. If you have the app (which you probably do unless you don’t have a phone), you will have seen these yakkers numerous times and will definitely fall into at least one of these categories.
1) Offensive Yakkers
These are the people that have made SGA propose banning Yik Yak on campus. Among the majority of good-natured content, there are consistently racist and intolerant yaks. It is unfortunate that members of the Emory community choose to demean others, and it detracts from the many other amusing and harmless yaks.
2) Frat Bros
Some of these yakkers help the lost freshmen wandering the row find the shining (and rare) beacon of light that is a party at Emory.
However, most of the time they just make fun of the other frats and sometimes even their own. You can be sure that the frat bros will be filling up Yik Yak with entertainment (unlike the row)
The freshmen class has already made a mark on campus, and they normally fill Yik Yak with their college adventures (many of which are nonexistent). Whether someone in Hamilton Holmes yaks about pre-gaming in his or her room or someone in Raoul yaks about how they slept with their RA, the main thing freshmen yaks are good for are keeping a tally on which halls have been EMSed the most.
The majority of Yik Yak is composed of the non-posters. They scroll endlessly through yaks, either before falling asleep or right after waking up, only up-voting and down-voting. In a way, their votes of approval and disapproval are what all yakkers seek.
It can be hard to find that special someone in college, and it can be even more challenging to find someone who just wants to watch Netflix and cuddle on a Saturday night. On many party nights, yakkers will be looking for someone who is DTC (down to cuddle), only to realize that Yik Yak is anonymous so they will never be able to find that special person who up-votes their yak in real life.
Sometimes people just need to vent about their frustrations, and they do so on Yik Yak for all of campus to read. Normally things that are complained about are the DUC, one-ply toilet paper, how much they hate their science and/or math class and how bad the Row is at Emory. While many of the yaks are not funny, they get empathy up-votes from students who face the same struggles.
The Reposters are a common breed of yakkers and can easily be spotted amongst all other yaks. Many of them think that no one will notice how they copied a popular yak from 12 minutes ago and only changed one word. They will get offended when you call them out on their plagiarism, but it wont stop them from doing it all over again.
8) People looking to hook-up
Honestly, just get Tinder already.
9) Those under the influence
The rule that one shouldn’t text when inebriated should apply to Yik Yak as well. These yaks are easily spotted by their misspellings and grammatical mistakes. They usually brag about how much they drank/smoked or publicize their hangovers. These yaks make you jealous when you aren’t out partying, but grateful the next morning when you aren’t comatose in bed with a hangover.
10) Actually funny people
The rarest of all yakkers are the truly funny and original people. Their yaks actually make you laugh and brighten your otherwise dreadful long hours of studying. These yakkers relish in the moment when their yak reaches the top spot on the hot page and won’t shut up to their friends about it.
Yik yak can be a great source of entertainment, but remember: yak responsibly and be excellent to everyone. Or at least to the funny ones.
— By Hayley Silverstein, Contributing Writer
Emory students prepare for midterms in the common area of the Woodruff Library. / Photo by Ksheerja Banja, Contributing Writer
Walking around the library and watching students buried in their books, one experiences the intensity of midterms. The tower of stress and anxiety builds up by the minute.
On the evening right before the start of midterms week, students stay up late studying laboriously and catching up on papers. Flipping pages, everyone from freshmen to seniors is captivated by the midterm fever.
The overwhelmed and confused freshmen sit around the library pondering the various possibilities of their exam results.
College freshman Simran Valecha, an international student from India coming out of her philosophy exam, expressed her first midterm experience.
“I cried for the first time, I was missing the feeling of home and I was anxious. I didn’t know how to handle it and the pattern of study was so different then what it was back in India,” Valecha said.
Valecha advises students who have not yet taken their midterms to “study regularly and be aware of the questions, [because] they’re very tricky!”
To help out these young newbies, the Wheel asked a couple of sophomores about their approach concerning the midterms.
“I work out with my friends, ‘emotionally’ eat and listen to music to deal with the stress. I start things early and study with friends. I even try getting study groups together and make copious notes in class. To all the freshmen, don’t let your social life get in the way of your academic life, balance it out and get plenty of sleep! Go to your classes and email your professors, that’s all really helpful.” — College sophomore Izzie Lynn
“Midterms are just typical exams, don’t psyche yourself out and treat them like normal exams. Find your spot in the library/campus where you can work the best and take it one moment at a time.” — College sophomore Shawn Kripalani
The tower of anxiety is ironically also the tower of solace for some while they sit in their spots and figure out how to work through the midterms.
“I go to the library to stay focused and put Post-its on everything that needs to be done. I sleep to deal with my stress and listen to music while studying. Sometimes studying in groups is really helpful and sleeping also helps in the memorizing process. I would say planning ahead and not waiting until [the] last minute will help reduce the last minute panic. Think of the midterm as though it was tomorrow and work on it one week before.” – College sophomore Jason Yu
“I generally look at the syllabus and plan ahead. Most of the times I sit down with my calendar a month in advance to figure out the free time slots and which part of the month gets heavier. I prioritize and make lists and plan my calendar out around club meetings and tests. To deal with stress at such times, I go to activities after school such as the salsa club, watch a lot of Netflix and go grab meals with friends. All the freshmen out there, go out there and get involved. Meet new people and especially upperclassmen, they have experienced different exams and have good test taking skills. Learn from their experiences alongside networking.” – College sophomore Ilse Becerra
An Nguyen, another sophomore exchange student, follows along the lines of Becerra for managing her time but believes in running, doing yoga and watching YouTube comedy shows, which are short so she doesn’t get hooked on them.
“Practice problems and go for office hours. Get people to proofread your documents and, well, naps are great. Take naps. You can’t push yourself to work all the time,” said Nguyen.
“I work in the library all the time and spread my time. I keep an assignment notebook with a little calendar, which helps in [the] organization of my time. I take study breaks and call my parents every time I feel over-stressed. Chocolate definitely tops the list of stress relievers. I think as a freshmen, I learnt that last-minute studying isn’t helpful at all. Grab a bite to eat before your exam and get plenty of sleep. If you haven’t been able to do it the night before, the hour before the exam won’t be very helpful either.” – College sophomore Tori Bandyopadhyay
One last piece of advice from the words of the wise:
“There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.”
– Heather Bresch
— By Ksheerja Batra, Contributing Writer
Photo by Loli Lucaciu
When: Wednesday, 5 p.m., the critical hour of dinner and class day finalization
Where: The not-so-comfy tables at Cox Hall Bridge near Asbury Circle
“Dude, she’s cute. Go talk to her. She’s alone and being attacked by a bee, now’s your moment.”
[Discussion about the pronunciation of the word “ketchup”] “It’s “catch-up,” bro, not “cats-up.”
[Girl shouting and waving at a boy passing by with headphones in] “Boyfriend! [No response]. Boyfriend! [No response]. Boyfrieeeend! [No response]. I tried.”
“What should I wear for my date party tomorrow? Red or white? Passion or innocence?”
“Chinese food or salad? I have to study tonight, and there’s no such thing as salad and studying.”
“The practice today killed me. Gummy bear legs, leggoooo.”
“Bigger portions at Pasta John’s! Gotta love that generous guy!”
“You can cover chicken legs. You can’t cover and you don’t cover fantastic biceps.
— By Loli Lucaciu, Student Life Editor
Comic by Mariana Hernandez
Last Saturday, the Emory College Council (CC) offered its fifth Emory Experience Shuttle of the semester. The destination? The Atlanta Food Truck Park. As opposed to the typical shuttle ride, students boarded the experience shuttle with high spirits and empty bellies, ready to explore a one-of-a-kind Atlanta location.
Launched in 2012, the Atlanta Food Truck Park is the first permanent food truck site in Atlanta. It offers the Atlanta community access to more than 30 rotating food trucks with an enormous variety of tasty cuisine, ranging from Mexican soul food to southern inspired gelato.
The discovery of new food, live music, string lights and a cozy fire pit add to the park’s ambiance, making the site an ideal spot for a relaxing lunch or dinner with friends. Indeed, after 20 minutes of travel and endless chatter amongst students, the trip to the Atlanta Food Truck Park proved to be an enjoyable experience.
After filing off the shuttle and being greeted by the beautiful arrangement of flowers and the Atlanta Food Truck Park sign, the delicious scents and potential for the discovery of new food lured students inside the park. Seven food trucks, each colorfully and creatively designed, were featured within the park, which offered a variety of food options. The foods and vendors included Filipino tacos, Grubbin’ Out serving various sliders ranging from the classic hamburger to crab cakes, Bucket O’ Shrimp serving fried shrimp, crab-legs and other seafood, and UrbanTaali featuring fresh, high quality halal meals. For dessert, options included delicious red velvet funnel cakes and fried Oreos. To top it off, A Little Bit of Heaven offered all natural and organic wraps and burger, and Bon Appetit served savory and dessert crepes and sandwiches.
Once inside the park, students quickly lined up behind the food truck of their choice. The wait at each food truck appeared to be fairly short. While eating, students enjoyed listening to the live jazz music and socializing by the fire pit.
College juniors and self-proclaimed “foodies” Charity Gates and Nyssa Zaman said they enjoyed the Atlanta Food Truck Park trip because they were able to sample offerings from the variety of food trucks. Zaman enjoyed her meal and she concluded that Grubbin’ Out should be a dining option at Emory.
“I’m gonna have to tell my friends about this,” she said.
According to the Emory CC website, the Emory Experience Shuttle is a CC-funded program allowing Emory undergrads to explore Atlanta while providing them with an opportunity to see different places they might not have had the opportunity to go to due to lack of convenient means of transportation.
College freshman Jennifer Becerra shared: “I haven’t been out much,” so she is thankful for having had the opportunity to leave campus and explore the city.
— By Kelsie Smith, Contributing Writer
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