By Kelsie Smith

If you don’t have any plans for Halloween, have no fear! There are many Halloween events around Atlanta to get your thrill on!

Photo Courtesy of Netherlands Haunted House

Photo Courtesy of Netherlands Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

Consider yourself a macho woman or man who can’t be scared by some stranger in a creepy mask? You might be interested in testing your theory at Netherworld Haunted House! At this nationally recognized haunted house, named as one of 2014’s scariest Halloween attractions by Yahoo Travel, The Huffington Post and Travel Channel, it is the Season of the Witch, and the witches are waiting to cast a deadly spell among mankind. Featuring 100 live stunt actors, over 200 animated creatures, intense special effects, detailed costumes and make-up and chilling monsters, Netherworld is on the level of a Disney attraction and is sure to have you screaming for your momma. Even the cast of the zombie apocalyptic show filmed in Atlanta, “The Walking Dead,” recently visited the haunted house and collectively raved that Netherworld was the best haunted house they had ever visited. Josh McDermitt and Alanna Masterson, actors starring in “The Walking Dead,” highly recommend the haunted house, respectively tweeting that their experience was “absolutely incredible” and “[We] got the shit scared out of us! Success!” If you’re brave enough to face this frightening attraction, be careful because the frights start with creepy characters in the parking lot and, even better, the Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigators have found paranormal activity at the location.

Fright Fest 

Are you a real adrenaline junkie? Then choose Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia as your trick or treat for the night! Experience Six Flags’ rides and attractions, but at night with frightening characters and monsters waiting for you around each corner. The park’s inviting atmosphere is exchanged for a night of spooks and terror decorated with cobwebs, gravestones, scary zombies lurking through thick fog and other creepy sights. You will be constantly on the edge with eerie and suspenseful music blaring throughout the park, keeping you waiting for the next scare. Better yet, your adrenaline will remain high after riding some of the park’s renowned coasters such as Goliath, a hypercoaster that reaches 200 feet in the air, or Acrophobia, a ride that drops you from 20 stories in the air in a mere three seconds. There are also several haunted houses throughout the park that you can order passes to enter. Best of all, there are shorter lines than a typical six flags adventure in the summer.

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

If you think you’re prepared for when the zombies invade Earth and threaten the existence of all human beings, challenge your survival skills at Atlanta’s Zombie Apocalypse! The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse is a Halloween horror attraction like no other where patrons take part in realistic zombie apocalypse scenarios. Instead of walking through a dark and scary maze at a haunted house, you are thrown into the middle of the action. It is up to you to figure out who to trust and how to escape the brain-eating zombies to save your life! Hope you’re in shape because at this attraction you will have to run, jump and hide to survive. If zombie killing is your forte, you can also choose to take part in the “Zombie Killer” attraction where your weapon is a semi-automatic paintball gun with 100 rounds. You must defend yourself from the zombies while trying to escape an abandoned hotel. USA Today has branded the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse as “the next generation haunted attraction.”​

Photo Courtesy of Six Flags

Photo Courtesy of Six Flags

— By Kelsie Smith, Contributing Writer

Participants at the “United We Stand” event came together to promote a more tolerant and safe environment within Emory University’s  community. The attendees each made a hand print on the poster to symbolize their support for creating a better community at Emory | Photo courtesy of AJ Torres

Participants at the “United We Stand” event came together to promote a more tolerant and safe environment within Emory University’s community. The attendees each made a hand print on the poster to symbolize their support for creating a better community at Emory | Photo courtesy of AJ Torres

By AJ Torres

In light of the recent Yik Yak and AEPi incidents involving acts of intolerance on campus, Emory University’s Black Student Alliance (BSA), Emory Hillel and Indian Cultural Exchange (ICE) collaborated in hosting the “United We Stand: Hillel, Black Student Alliance and Indian Cultural Exchange Solidarity” event on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

BSA Vice President and College senior Kimberly Herard said the overall goal of the event was for the Emory community to “stand together.” The event took place at the Marcus Hillel Center and consisted of two interactive activities followed by refreshments.

The first activity was a “privilege walk” during which all 25 students in attendance stood in a line side-by-side with their eyes closed. One of the leaders of the event presented scenarios involving intolerance. Individuals who felt the scenario applied to them stepped forward and acknowledge being touched by such prejudice. These scenarios involved phrases, such as “your community has been portrayed by the media in a negative way,” and attempted to show that individuals of different identities can face similar problems with regard to intolerance.

This activity was followed by a text messaging activity in which each person was given the opportunity to respond anonymously via text to various questions involving how they feel their community is treated on campus. Questions included “Do you feel that acts against certain communities at Emory are valued more than others?” and “Where is a place you feel accepted on campus?” The goal of this activity, according to the event leaders, was to alleviate the pressure of judgment that comes with having an opinion that is different than the norm of a given community.

Next, the group engaged in an open discussion on topics related to how the activities helped the cause of standing united and what the participants learned in the process. During this discussion the members answered questions with an emphasis on community and solidarity such as “What is an ally?” and “Why is it difficult for some to stand with individuals of a different community when an act of intolerance is committed?” Topics such as these led to varying responses, all of which related to one central theme: “solidarity.”

Finally, as a symbolic gesture of unity, the leaders of BSA, Hillel and ICE invited all attendees to make a paint handprint on a poster displaying the words “United We Stand.” After, all participants were invited to engage in conversation over refreshments, share their thoughts on the event and discuss what can be accomplished to eradicate intolerance in the near future.

Event coordinators agreed that although only 25 students participated, the event was a success. Hillel Co-President and College senior Becky Morris explained that “a lot of people connected on a deeper level to people who they really haven’t had a lot of contact with before.”

Attendees such as College sophomore Noam Kantor went on to say that a major hindrance in engaging in solidarity acts is not knowing individuals in a community that you may not identify with. Not knowing these people leads to a lack of support among groups that might be dealing with similar difficulties involving intolerance.

Kantor continued by saying that events like “United We Stand” aid in creating relationships with individuals of other communities, which leads to their ability to stand by each other. Kantor went on to mention that he would definitely take part in future events like “United We Stand” and that he felt that this event aided in starting to build bridged among people coming from different cultures.

As for joint multicultural group events, “United We Stand” is just one of many to come. BSA, Hillel and ICE all have plans to engage in many more in the future. ICE Co-President and College junior Armaan Nathani remarked that a future large-scale event that would bring these groups together again would be ideal.

Nathani also went on to note that discussions like the one that took place at “United We Stand” are helpful but that they can only take full effect when the individuals that engage in these conversations take action.

“Projects like TableTalk Emory are a great first step towards addressing these issues,” Nathani added.

“Many students are unaware when specific groups with which they do not identify have an act of intolerance committed against them,” ICE Co-President and College junior Adit Gadh noted during the discussion portion. Gadh is motivated to advocate awareness of these acts through future events.

As to the impact that “United We Stand” had on its attendees and hosts, Hillel Co-President and College senior Eddye Golden said that seeing members of the Emory population come out to support one another makes her very proud, not only in regard to the groups that participated in the event, but to the Emory community as a whole.

— By AJ Torres, Contributing Writer

Rani Nair, the daughter of Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair, looks forward to reaching out further to the Emory community by means of  more videos. | Photo Courtesy of Andrew Ie/Staff

Rani Nair, the daughter of Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair, looks forward to reaching out further to the Emory community by means of
more videos. | Photo Courtesy of Andrew Le/Staff

By Ricardo Pagulayan

Rani Nair, “Kid Dean,” is back on set getting ready to release a new video to the Emory community. She has recently been the star of several instructional videos geared towards introducing new ways of thinking to Emory students and staff.

Rani’s father, Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair, has in recent years worked hard to encourage an “open campus community” and stress the value of “the freedom of speech, inquiry, thought, and lawful assembly,” to create a constructive environment for developing capable and responsible leaders. 

Rani hopes that her video can serve as a lighthearted approach to introduce and explain these substantial and important ideas.

“My dad uses some big words to describe some really complicated things,” Rani said. “I think I’m helping him with his work [because] the videos help people think about new ways of doing or understanding things.”

In her video “Kid Dean’s Guide to Campus Life,” Rani introduced a strategic plan to Emory, built on five key components: holistic well-being, ethical leadership, civic engagement, cultural humility and global citizenship. According to Rani, it is the concept of cultural humility that stands out the most for her.

“Cultural humility sticks out the most because my dad called it cultural humidity in the video. It also sticks out to me because my dad always says it is [just as] important to think about what you’re thinking, which is what cultural humility helps you do,” said Rani, not forgetting to add her own jovial comedic twist.

Rani further explains cultural humility in her video as “being concerned and caring for your community; [being] open to new ideas; reflecting on what you do; challenging yourself to be responsible and accountable, critical and respectful.”

A core motivator for Rani’s video is to push Emory’s students to take advantage of their on-campus opportunities and increase awareness on the Division of Campus Life’s projects that aim to create a more engaging community for Emory’s scholars.

“I hope I’m helping people get excited about the cool things my dad is trying to do. I also think more people will know about Emory; a lot of people seem to be watching the videos. Even my grandparents watch it!” Rani said.

Rani takes her role as the “Kid Dean” very seriously, but shooting videos has also proven to be a very fun experience for her. She hopes to release a new video every month and has her eyes set on including Emory students in her upcoming productions. She hopes that one day she might even shoot a video with the famous Lord Dooley.

According to Rani, she doesn’t do much preparation for the videos. Taking time from her own fourth grade homework load, Rani makes sure to read the scripts at least once before facing the camera. Though she loves the process of shooting videos, from choosing outfits to setting up the backdrop, Rani confided that she watches the final products only once.

“I only watch the videos once because I feel a little embarrassed because I act so silly in the videos.”

Rani appreciates her new title of “Kid Dean” because it makes her feel like a part of the Emory community: she fervently hopes to attend Emory University in the future.

“I want Emory to be my school in nine years. Let’s go class of 2027!”       

— By Ricardo Pagulayan, Contributing Writer

Professor Amy Aidman of the Film and Media Studies department  mentions that her new favorite movie is “Boyhood.” In matters of  TV, she is a “Breaking Bad” fan. | Photo Courtesy of Jungmin Lee

Professor Amy Aidman of the Film and Media Studies department
mentions that her new favorite movie is “Boyhood.” In matters of
TV, she is a “Breaking Bad” fan. | Photo Courtesy of Jungmin Lee

By Jungmin Lee

Meet Professor Amy Aidman, interim chair and senior lecturer of the increasingly popular Film & Media Studies program. A lover of films, Emory students and children’s media, Aidman sat down with The Emory Wheel to share, among other things, the inside scoop on Media Studies.

Jungmin Lee: The department of Film & Media Studies seems to be somewhat of a hidden gem at Emory. What would you tell students who are unfamiliar with Media Studies and are perhaps curious about the new major?

Amy Aidman: Well originally, we had majors and minors in just film. A few years ago we created a minor in media studies, which garnered a lot of student interest and led us to create a major as well. Both the minor and major are interdisciplinary, meaning that while the bulk of the courses taught are within media studies, students can also take classes from other areas such as sociology, anthropology or political science to name a few. So for example, if the Department of Religion has a class on religion and film, then we will collaborate with them to give our students credit for the major or minor.

 

JL: Why should students care about studying media?

AA: All our film and media studies courses teach how to be critical users of media — of film, television and web. Our media reflects our culture and vice versa, making it so integrated in our lives yet also something we don’t give much thought to. Your culture is awash in media so it makes sense for you to study media content and media systems. Also studying how researchers view media can give you a more critical perspective to what you’re already doing in everyday life. I think this idea of analyzing and evaluating is really important. You know, we’ve all been exposed to stories or rumors that turn out not to be true — it’s so important to check sources. Something we continually discuss is the intention of the media maker and distributor.

 

JL: You’ve been at Emory for a little while now — since 2008 to be exact. How has Film & Media Studies developed through the years?

AA: There has been an enormous amount of growth in the department. It was very small when I started and it has expanded to include a number of new fantastic professors with new areas of expertise. Now with a media studies minor and major, we’ve grown into a medium-sized department. We also host many programs like our Wednesday night film series and events with special speakers. Actually, Henry Jenkins, a very well known media scholar from the University of Southern California is coming on Monday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.! His talk will be a part of our celebratory launch for the media studies major, where we’ll be discussing the major with anyone interested.

 

JL: So before beginning your doctoral studies, you were a film and video producer in the U.S. and even Israel. Can you tell us more about that experience?

AA: I was always interested in writing and storytelling. What really excited me about producing was the ability to tell a story with visuals and sound in addition to the words. It was like putting together a huge puzzle. I learned that it’s such a complex process. You start with an idea, create it on paper and ultimately move that idea into the editing room where the decisions you make there bring it all together. I was doing work in educational and government institutions that I enjoyed, but I decided to get a Ph.D in Communications Research since I had always wanted to investigate children’s media and learn how media influences childhood.

 

JL: In addition to your role as interim chair of Media Studies, you are a senior lecturer and have taught everything from introductory courses to an advanced class on the history of American television. What do you enjoy most about teaching at Emory?

AA: Well I think Emory students are terrific — really smart, engaged people. When I first started teaching here, I was so surprised because so many students after every class would thank me — I love that! It’s unusual. Believe me, it makes a difference to professors if you can thank them. Hmm, what else about Emory? It’s not a huge university. You can get to know the students and have students take more than one course from you. So you feel like you have more of a relationship with them, which is great.

 

JL: Last question: have you seen any great films or TV shows lately?

AA: I did actually see a really great film recently, and I saw it twice. The film “Boyhood” — amazing. That’s also a director [Richard Linklater] I really admire. I’m kind of in catch-up mode in terms of TV. I did watch all of “Breaking Bad,” but I have to catch up on “Girls” for instance. I also think “Freaks and Geeks” was an amazing series; that last episode is my favorite. Other than that, I enjoy watching comedy: “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Louie” and “Arrested Development” are a few of my favorites. ​       

— By Jungmin Lee, Contributing Writer

College senior Naveed Hada shares his experience as one of the co-presidents of the Student Association of Middle Eastern Studies (AMES). | Photo Courtesy of Ricardo Pagulayan

College senior Naveed Hada shares his experience as one of the co-presidents of the Student Association of Middle Eastern Studies (AMES). | Photo Courtesy of Ricardo Pagulayan

Ricardo Pagulayan: Let’s start with a quick introduction. Tell us about yourself. 

Naveed Hada: My name is Naveed Hada, and I’m a College senior. I’m just trying to navigate through this year in the best way possible, keeping up with my academics and my extracurricular activities but also keeping the near and not-so-near future in good perspective.

RP: Awesome! So, in keeping things in perspective, which of those aspects of your year are you most excited about or dedicated to?

NH: Actually, I have to say that I am equally dedicated to all of them. Of course, I’m quite excited about what lies ahead as I am reaching the end of my Emory journey.

But I’m also particularly excited about my extracurricular activities this year because I’m a co-president of the Student Association of Middle Eastern Studies at Emory, also known as AMES.

RP: AMES? Is that a new group on campus? Can you tell us a little bit more about it?

NH: Of course! AMES is a relatively new group on campus and has its origins from the various class activities that functioned in conjunction to classes in the Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) department.

For example, the Arabic classes emphasize the Arabic Table, which is basically an out of the classroom gathering of students of the Arabic language, and in [these] get-togethers they have the opportunity to listen to Arabic music, watch Arabic movies, try out Middle Eastern treats and more importantly, use their Arabic language skills in the context of culture and daily life.

This year, there’s also Model Arab League, which aims to train participants in diplomacy and public speaking in the context of Near Eastern politics and culture. AMES is essentially the “mother organization,” and Model Arab League or Arabic Table are activities within our new group. It’s through AMES that they’re planned, coordinated and budgeted.

These activities are, more or less, outlets of what AMES aims to achieve, which is to increase awareness of Middle Eastern and North African culture and politics!

That’s the beauty of the group: you can be part of a particular interest within AMES while being part of a larger, general interest in [the] region at hand.

RP: Does AMES also have publications or a method of circulating information about the group and its interests around campus?

NH: Yes, there will be. What AMES is working on right now is the creation of [a] biannually published magazine that will feature topics ranging from news and politics to classical and contemporary Near Eastern poetry and literature, and even pop culture. In the magazine, we don’t want to merely report on the Middle East as much as we want it to have a human element, [a] human touch. The magazine is open to anyone who feels like they have something to contribute and we will be inviting contributing writers very soon!

RP: AMES seems to be an intricate and complex group given its mission. As a co-president, do you encounter any difficulties in managing group events, outreach or the group as a whole?

NH: Well, definitely, as a new group one of the hardest things to do is getting the word out there. This is why I am so honored that the Wheel is taking such an interest in it, because it’s a rare opportunity to spread the word on AMES and what the group is all about.

In terms of logistics, there’s the issue of budgets, publicity, event planning and basic housekeeping that all student groups on campus have to worry about. I, as one person, can’t tackle all [of those] on my own efficiently.

But, I’m beyond thankful that AMES could put together an executive team that’s meticulous in carrying out its duties and really proactive in putting together an engaging student group.

Of course, coming up with new ideas or figuring out costs isn’t always straight forward, but it’s easy in that AMES members work together to get the job done.

RP: What are your ambitions for AMES? In other words, how do you hope to see the group develop under your co-presidency and even after you have left Emory? What does AMES offer to its members?

NH: I want AMES to build a lasting impression, and I want it to endure long after my time at Emory comes to a close. My vision, in fact, the vision of the entire AMES executive team is to create a forum and a community that broods cultural enrichment and sociopolitical awareness.

Notice how I said “forum.” This is because we don’t want to preach open mindedness, but instead we want to create an engaging environment where members can grow ideologically and intellectually from working with one another and exploring different cultures together.

I want AMES to be the human connection to what you read in textbooks or see on the news. It’s not real to you until you’ve met someone from that region or even tasted food from that region. And this is precisely what AMES can offer to its members: the human element.

RP: What have you gained from your experience with AMES? What are your feelings concerning it?

NH: The first thing that comes to mind is inspiration. I’ve been inspired to share my passion for the Near East and AMES has acted as the vehicle for me to do so. I guess I can walk away with just the sheer satisfaction that I’ve helped to establish a cultural resource for the better understanding of our community for this particular region.

— By Ricardo Pagulayan, Contributing Writer

 

As cofashionllege students, it can be a huge challenge to stay stylish while balancing a social life, attending classes, studying, working out and even just existing in such a busy atmosphere. College student stereotypes usually involve an image of an overworked, overtired and slovenly youth, generally wearing yoga or sweat pants. While there may be some truth to some aspects of that stereotype, most students in college, especially at Emory, care about their studies and therefore, may devote all-nighters to getting good grades.

This does not mean that maintaining a good sense of style and being a college student are mutually exclusive. It is possible to be trendy and comfortable while studying and working hard at the same time. The two students above are great examples of how to be fashionable on the run, whether running errands, studying or just going to class.

College senior Malcolm Robinson, on the left, is clad in a comfortable sweatshirt, black jogger-like pants and brown high-top sneakers. His outfit is simple yet cohesive, put-together and comfortable. His sartorial choices do not stand out as too excessive in any sense, but his look is neither careless nor disheveled. The important lesson here is that with a few simple and relatively creative pieces, an outfit can easily be cozy without being too cozy. His outfit is stylish without losing a sense of utility.

On the right is freshman Blair Ely, headedfashion1 to class in a graphic tee, dark “jeggings” and some classic cerulean blue Adidas slides. She is also sporting a put-together look; her outfit is an excellent example of how to maintain both style and purpose. Bringing the same feel of simplicity, ease and comfort, her outfit is also a bit of a throwback, as her slides and t-shirt have a classic and vintage feel to them.

The key to both of these outfits is that both individuals are wearing comfortable bottoms and have added flair to their footwear and tops. Robinson’s shoes are fashion-forward and take his outfit to the next level, yet they are also comfortable sneakers. Ely’s tee is colorful and chic, but neither too tight nor too loose, so she effectively avoids discomfort. Both of these outfits are great choices for a busy day of studying and running errands as they both combine elements of flair without losing a sense of mobility, versatility and comfort. Both individuals look snug and ready to tackle the day without compromising their outfits’ sense of cohesion or their own personal senses of style.

— By Hilleary Gramling, Contributing Writer

The newly opened Eagle Convenience Store was warmly received by the Emory community due to its convenient location and hours and its varied products. The Emory Wheel asked members of the Emory community for their opinion:

“Ever since the store opened, we’ve had a lot of students. I keep on hearing students walk in and wonder why the store hadn’t existed before. The busiest hours at the store are mostly late night once the DUC closes and people don’t want complete meals but prefer healthier options. I’ve seen a lot of students pick up to-go pasta dishes which don’t take a lot of time, cereal, milk and even toothbrushes. The hungrier lot love to go to the subs. I absolutely love the energy here!”

— Katie Hightower, cashier who works the night shift at the Eagle Convenience store

 

“I was caught with the freshmen flu and it was the best thing in the world to have Advil close by and not have to walk up all the way to CVS to get medicine when I felt sick. It replaces my need and helps me shop for things I need urgently. I generally go there very late at night or early morning.

Being on the swim team, the chocolate milk is a saving grace. I feel so much healthier with respect to my eating habits now. I’d rather buy from here than [have] the early morning/late night vending machine food.”

— Isabella Issa, College freshman and member of the Emory swim team

 

“I sometimes find myself walking up late and running to class, during which I enjoy picking up a small bite from the store. The store replaces half the needs to visit CVS. Unless and until I need to pick up groceries, the convenience store is very convenient. There could be more options at the store. The price seems reasonable especially considering how close it is now and the employees are always very nice and amicable.”

— Whitaker Rapp​, College freshman

 

“I came here after working out and I return mostly for late night snacking. I live in the sophomore Complex and the DUC closes early. CVS is also very far away and it gets very hard to buy everything one needs from there but ever since the convenience store, I buy all my stuff from here. I really wish I had this my freshman year. They have everything I want and I’m very glad it opened. I also recommend their Italian Meatball Sub!” — Wanlin Zeng, College sophomore

— By Ksheerja Batra, Contributing Writer

Emory University students supported Thoughtful Thursday by holding up signs with information relevant to sexual trafficking and rape. | Photo courtesty of Matthew Caron

Emory University students supported Thoughtful Thursday by holding up signs with information relevant to sexual trafficking and rape. | Photo courtesty of Matthew Caron

Thoughtful Thursday: Human Rights Awareness took place on Emory University’s Cox Bridge on Thursday, Oct. 23 in order to disperse information regarding human rights violations. This event, the first of many to take place monthly, highlighted the importance of being cognizant about instances of sexual trafficking and rape that happen in American society as well as outside its confines. Stacey Leiman, College senior and founder of the Thoughtful Thursday events, sat down with the Wheel to share the motivations and the goals behind her project.

Loli Lucaciu: How did the idea of Thoughtful Thursdays come about?

Stacey Leiman: The idea for Thoughtful Thursday specifically came from needing a way to expose human rights violations to Emory students. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own work and meetings that we forget that there are millions of people dealing with these kinds of violations every day. Thoughtful Thursday gives Emory students a way to educate themselves about these issues while not having to do any extra work except look at a poster and have someone tell you about the issue as you walk to class.

LL: What were the main motivating forces behind the creation of your project?

SL: I created the idea because I have always been passionate about spreading awareness of human rights violations. Education is incredibly important to me, and there are so many ways to educate people outside of the classroom. Thoughtful Thursday is so important because it helps educate the student body about real issues that are happening every day.

LL: When are these special Thursdays happening?

SL: Thoughtful Thursday will happen every third Thursday of the month. So many T’s!

LL: What are the main goals of these events?

SL: The main purpose of the event is to spread awareness of human rights violations around the world. This goal will hopefully be achieved by having more Thoughtful Thursday events and more students knowing about it.

LL: Why did you choose the topic of sexual trafficking and rape as the first issue discussed?

SL: The topics chosen were sexual trafficking in the United States and rape as a tool of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These issues were chosen because sexual trafficking in the United States is incredibly prevalent, especially in Atlanta (which currently has the highest rate of sex trafficking in the country).

I figured doing something close to home would be a good way to kick off this event. Also what is going on in the DRC is terrible and has been going on for years. It’s one of those issues that never really gets much press, so I wanted to make Emory students more aware of issues going on abroad, as well.

LL: How did you get involved in the issue? What did you learn about it?

SL: I initially got involved in the issue because at my high school we have a Human Rights Week, where we have an entire hallway dedicated to a human rights issue. For my senior year, we did rape as a tool of war in the DRC, so I already knew a bit about the topic.

Then when I came to Emory, I remember sitting in a club meeting about human rights and learning that Atlanta had the highest amount of sex trafficking in the country. I thought “wow, this is great for me and the other seven people in this room to know, but what about the rest of the student body?” I wanted to find a way to make human rights awareness an issue for everyone.

LL: Any plans of continuing to raise awareness about sexual trafficking in the future? In what ways?

SL: Next week, Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization (EUGHO) is having an open forum dinner at Cox Hall to discuss these issues with anyone who wants to join and hopefully there will be some sort of open forum after every one of these events. For now, there are organizations on campus that focus on sexual trafficking that students can get involved with if they are interested in this issue.

LL: How can Emory students contribute to alleviate this issue?

SL: The first step in any form of action is awareness, so just educating themselves on these issues is amazing.

But if students want to do more, there are groups on campus that can provide outlets for students as well as many national and international organizations like Love146, The Polaris Project and Women for Women, all of which deal with survivors of sexual trafficking and rape in the DRC.

LL: What other topics will be covered during future Thoughtful Thursday sessions?

SL: Next month’s topic is scheduled to be about Tibet and beyond that [the topic] is pretty open!

LL: How are you trying to expand these events? What’s next for Thoughtful Thursdays?

SL: I am trying to expand these events by getting more clubs involved and creating more posters so we can talk to more people at once. Also [by trying] to get outside groups and professors involved. The president of the Emory Alumni Association is Doug Shipman, who also happens to be the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, so maybe we can partner with him or the Carter Center to make these events bigger.

LL: What feedback did you receive from the Emory community?

SL: Emory students who came to learn about the issues thought the posters were incredibly informative and seemed excited about the event’s purpose.

Although the topic is not the most uplifting, students seemed interested and definitely cared about the subject.

— By Loli Lucaciu, Student Life Editor

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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 

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