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By Ashley Marcus
Contributing Writer

Since this month’s ban on fraternity social events in response to sexual violence, Emory students have sought alternatives for social events on the weekend.

Students have reported straying from their typical weekend events on the row to more intimate gatherings both on and off campus with friends. Rather than getting ready for Friday night frat parties, students like College freshmen Torrin Jacobsen and Jake Cronin are spending more time doing anything from studying for their midterms to using Uber car service to catch a movie at Phipps Plaza or to get to Opera Nightclub for some music and dancing.

On Nov. 3, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) announced a self-imposed ban on fraternity social events on campus in response to a Nov. 2 sexual assault at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and other previous sexual assaults. IFC has said it will lift the social ban once it has created “tangible and proactive steps” toward social wrongs in its culture, according to a Nov. 3 IFC statement.

Torrin said that he believes the call for a pause in Greek social events has pushed people to explore Atlanta and to go places they may not have taken the time to visit otherwise.

While some students like College freshman Dana Shustik are participating in smaller, more subdued social gatherings on and off-campus, College freshman Samantha Resin said that the lack of fraternity parties on campus has also led them to venture more frequently into bars like Maggie’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill or MJQ, a local nightclub on Ponce de Leon Ave.

Although, on the whole, students have observed the IFC’s ban, Resin said she doubts the effectiveness of the freeze in preventing drinking and partying. “There have still been a lot of parties going on,” she said. “People go to a lot of off-campus fraternity houses, and they still go to different bars and clubs in Atlanta … Overall, it’s a good warning that [IFC] closed down frat row, but it’s not stopping people from partying at all.”

According to College freshman Hayley Alperin, students have been seeking off campus parties hosted by fraternities, sports teams or clubs affiliated with Emory. She said the freeze has had virtually no impact on their social lives other than the location of their events. However, parties off campus come with their own set of problems. When students attend parties off campus, they are faced with the challenge of securing a method of transportation back to campus late at night and maintaining their safety in an unfamiliar setting.

Resin said she feels that having parties off campus will put students in a position in which they will be pressured to drive drunk, and that it would be safer simply to have these parties on campus. In response to these issues, Greek organizations have developed systems to look after their members when they are partying off campus, such as designated driver programs.

“We have several brothers who have volunteered to sober drive if someone needs it,” College senior Oliver Paprin, vice president of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity, said.

According to College senior Jane Singer, a member of Sigma Delta Tau (SDT) sorority, sober sisters volunteer as designated drivers and care for those who need help.

The social freeze has also led students to re-evaluate their understanding of sexual violence on campus.

“I’ve had friends say, ‘I didn’t think this would happen here,’” College freshman Rachael Leader said. “I knew it was a college campus. It doesn’t really surprise me in any way.”

According to an email sent out to the entire Emory community by the IFC, the ban on social events on the row will be lifted after they have created proactive steps to respond to instances of misconduct.

“It shows a lot of dedication and passion by the student body to try to resolve [these social] issues,” said College junior and Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity member Matty Simon. “It shows that we truly do care about our campus — Greeks, non-Greeks, regardless. We seek change, and we want change.”

One way that students have been working to create positive change is by engaging with Emory’s Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA) program and, in the wake of the IFC social freeze, SAPA leaders, such as Vice President of Advocate Training and College senior Becca Woofter have reported an increased number of students getting SAPA trained.

“Just by being SAPA trained, there’s this sense of knowledge and awareness on campus such that even if an advocate never speaks directly with a survivor, he or she is more self-aware in their actions and how they conduct themselves on campus,” Woofter said. SAPA trains students to become advocates for sexual assault prevention and distributes information about resources on campus for reporting dealing with sexual assault.

The training program is meant to prevent sexual assaults by spreading awareness about the definition of consent as well as by teaching advocates how to fully support survivors of sexual assault.

“It’s really exciting that we are in a place where these conversations are happening,” Woofter said. “I’m thankful for these brave individuals who came forward and decided to report […] I do hope that they feel supported and that they have resources on campus.”

— By Ashley Marcus, Contributing Writer

The High Museum, one of Atlanta's great art museums, is participating in the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. | Photo by Ana Ioachimescu, Contributing Writer

The High Museum, one of Atlanta’s great art museums, is participating in the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. | Photo by Ana Ioachimescu, Contributing Writer

By Ana Ioachimescu
Contributing Writer

On Sunday, Nov. 9, College sophomore and Wheel staff Cartoonist Luis David Blanco was announced as part of the High Museum of Art’s first class of fellows for the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is one of five museums across the nation participating in the fellowship program, alongside the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

The program was open to freshman and sophomore students enrolled in undergraduate programs nearby each of the five museums. The two fellows in our area that will be collaborating with the High Museum of Art include Emory University student Blanco and Georgia State University student Christy Nitzanah Griffin. Both Emory and Georgia State are located not far from the partner museum. Additionally, the program was open to students from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field.

Blanco is originally from Miami, Florida. He is currently studying art history and international studies at Emory. Blanco is a self-taught painter and lover of historical art movements, contemporary art and film. Blanco’s curatorial mentor will be Michael Rooks, a curator of modern and contemporary art. Although he is not certain yet, Blanco thinks his fellowship may focus on video art.

“I was in Art History 102 in the spring and the email was sent to the entire class to apply for the Summer Academy, the program that leads up to the fellowship,” Blanco said. Blanco explains that he then applied for the Summer Academy, was accepted and attended the week-long intensive program alongside 14 other students. The next step was to apply for the two-year fellowship.

Blanco was informed of his acceptance into the program on Sept. 15. Since Blanco has been extended the fellowship, he has been close with his curatorial mentor, Rooks.

“During the course of the semester I will be trying to develop ideas with Michael for an upcoming project in the summer. The project will require me to work at the museum full-time for 10 weeks.”

Blanco foresees that the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program will be beneficial to himself, his curatorial mentor and the High Museum of Art.

“In many ways the program is set on allowing a mutual helpful relationship between the two fellows and the Museum. Everyone is hopeful that insightful conversations will be had throughout this program that will allow the High Museum to grow in ways that it had not before. In the same way, I will be exposed to many, many artworks, artists and ideas that I might have not known existed. I know that it will be a rewarding experience and hopefully the work that I produce over the next two years is also rewarding and insightful,” Blanco said.

While the fellowship will be an opportunity to grow for the curators and the High Museum of Art, Blanco is unsure whether he wishes to pursue a career in art history. He is considering either a degree in law or a dual degree in law and art history, but ultimately wishes to “keep an open mind on [his] career path.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is offering professional curatorial training for students in the fellowship program with a grant of $2,073,000.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was established in 1969 and aims to promote the humanities and the arts. It supports institutions such as the High Museum of Art in renewing the heritage and culture of art. The Foundation has five program areas for which is makes grants: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Diversity, Scholarly Communications and International Education and Strategic Projects.

The Foundation’s Curatorial Fellowship Program is a part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage program area. The goal of the fellowship is to positively impact American art museums by training gifted curators. Thus, the fellowship helps not only the chosen fellows, but also the museums with which they will be working with in collaboration.

This is not the first instance the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has worked in collaboration with either the High Museum of Art or Emory. In December 2011, the foundation supported a graduate curatorial training at Emory for $123,000. Similarly, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program gave $500,000 to the University under the Diversity program area. Over the past few years, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to Emory and the High Museum of Art for the sake of renewing the arts and humanities.

This recent fellowship program is a great achievement for Blanco, as there are many universities around the High Museum of Art area and many undergraduate students who could have been chosen for the program.

— By Ana Ioachimescu, Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Experiment.com

Photo courtesy of Experiment.com

Dear Aunt Amy,

I went through a practice round of recruitment this past weekend, and I am really nervous for an entire week of Formal Recruitment. Everyone seems to be able to talk so easily to other girls, but I don’t know what to do! I’m not terribly outgoing and have a hard time making small talk. Are there things that I should stay away from? Or do you have any suggestions for topics to bring up? I feel very awkward around all these girls who seem so chatty and confident. What makes for a good, memorable conversation?

Sincerely,

Feeling Nervous

Dear Feeling Nervous,

Being able to hold a great conservation is a powerful weapon that most people do not utilize to its full potential. A conversation provides you with the opportunity to express yourself in any way possible, as whoever you want to be. One of the most important things when talking to someone is your body language. In order to hold a polite and meaningful conversation, you must remember to make eye contact. Whatever you do, do NOT look at your feet! Make sure to hold yourself well by sitting or standing up straight, without slouching. When speaking to someone, it is important to enunciate well, by pronouncing each word’s syllables. This is especially pertinent when you are in a loud environment, like during recruitment.

I am so glad that you mentioned controversial subjects and things that should not be brought up in conversations! Too many people these days forget that certain subjects are taboo. In terms of recruitment, you should try to stay away from the five B’s: Boys, Booze, Barack (politics), Bible (religion) and Bank (finances). I would say that these are generally good guidelines for any kind of conversation. People of this generation have become scared of any sort of silence and seem to think that it is the worst thing to happen in a conversation. It is okay to not be talking for an entire conversation, particularly during recruitment. The girls in sororities will want to know about you personally and not just the other way around. If you don’t know the answer to something, it is completely acceptable to say, “I don’t know.” As I used to say in my heyday, taking from Abraham Lincoln, “It is better to remain silent and appear stupid than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt!” Can you imagine what the world would be like if people followed this advice? Some politicians should really take this advice to heart!

Regarding conversation topics, it’s a great idea to go into any social setting where you will be having a lot of conversations with a few ideas for what you might discuss. People are always interested in learning about where you come from, so preparing a small description of your background is always a good idea. There is always room to talk about academia and what you are involved with on campus. Another great segue into conversations is to ask what people actually want to do with their degree. A degree can end up being very versatile in the post-graduate world, and you can learn a lot about someone by hearing this information. My final suggestion is to find something interesting or funny about yourself to have up your sleeve. This will distinguish you and make the conversation memorable and lighthearted. This could be anything from a cool place you have traveled to, to the weirdest injury you have had. Most importantly, just think of things you are comfortable talking about, and you will enjoy your conversations!

Best of Luck,

Aunt Amy

Aunt Amy is named after one of the first female graduate students at Emory University. Aunt Amy attended Washington Seminary in Atlanta, and was in the same class as Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind. Aunt Amy grew up on her family plantation in Georgia.

(404) magazine's staff held an event at Ali's Cookies in Emory Village this past Sunday, Nov. 16 for those interested in joining the staff. | Photo by Julia Munslow, Staff Writer

(404) magazine’s staff held an event at Ali’s Cookies in Emory Village this past Sunday, Nov. 16 for those interested in joining the staff. | Photo by Julia Munslow, Staff Writer

By Julia Munslow
Contributing Writer

Emory’s student-run fashion magazine (404) held an event at Ali’s Cookies in Emory Village on Sunday, Nov. 16 to celebrate its new name and look and to promote its release.

The event included giveaways, the opportunity to meet the (404) staff, a preview of their lookbook and, of course, cookies.

“We wanted to get people excited about our lookbook, [an assortment of photographs highlighting the style and clothing of the model], and the magazine coming out in a few weeks,” Editor-in-Chief of (404) and College senior Jamie Shulman said.

Although (404) is, in its essence, a fashion magazine, Shulman described it more broadly, saying it is “a magazine for students who want to live creatively.”

In addition to many fashion-centered articles and photoshoots, the magazine, published once a semester, features items about lifestyle and society.

“[(404)]’s not just a fashion magazine,” Shulman said, emphasizing the versatility of the publication. “It strives to be more about culture and food and what’s going on in the Atlanta area.”

According to Shulman, (404) started in 2009 under the name of Bubble when a group of students decided that they wanted to create a concrete fashion outlet. Shulman decided to change the name of the magazine at the beginning of this year from Bubble to (404).

“[I wanted] to try to branch out to more people around campus and to get a bigger audience,” she said.

Additionally, Shulman said she wants (404) to attract a greater range of Emory students, spanning age, nationality and ethnicity.

“[Those searching for a fashion magazine] need something to connect with them,” (404)’s Art Director and College junior Yura Jang said. “[(404)] is that possibility.”

In addition to a new name, the magazine also has a revitalized look, deviating from the previous style of Bubble.

Shulman said that while Bubble had the feel of a scrapbook and used patterns and prints in its design, (404) has a more streamlined and minimalistic look.

“I really wanted to go in a different direction,” Shulman said, sharing her sources of inspiration. “I really liked the minimalist approach, a little more pop art, a little cleaner.”

Shulman credited Jang’s proficiency and skill as art director for the design of the magazine.

“[Jang] has a really good hold on what is aesthetically pleasing and not too overwhelming,” Shulman said.

The magazine strives to not only incorporate current trends but to also to give a new and innovative perspective on fashion. Instead of merely addressing the trends of the past season, (404) aims to put its own spin on collegiate fashion, incorporating ideas about fashion and beauty from Emory students themselves.

The (404) staff showed excitement about the evolution of the magazine, supporting Shulman’s decisions in her attempts to expand the readership and to facilitate the transformation of the magazine.

“I think it’s really important to know the current trends of college students and it’s a little hard when you’re really focusing on your schoolwork. This [magazine] liberates stress,” Internal Affairs Editor and College sophomore Alexandra Warren said. “The fashion style is really changed and really reflects this generation and the students at this school as opposed to what the magazine used to be like.”

And although Co-Features Editor and College freshman Julie Spinner only joined the staff of (404) this fall, she shared that she can see the change in the magazine, citing an “edgier vibe.”

Spinner’s fellow Co-Features Editor and College freshman Julia Reagan agreed, saying, “It’s a fresh start for us [as freshmen].”

“I want them to have as much creative reign as possible,” Shulman said of her staff. “I want people to put passion into what they’re doing; so if they care about it, other people will care about it.”

Despite the intensity of the already completed changes of (404), Shulman’s plans for the expansion and evolution of the magazine are far from finished. She shared that she hopes that (404) gains an extensive following on its Instagram, as well as on its recently launched YouTube channel. The magazine’s Youtube channel provides tutorials by Beauty Editor and College senior Sumer Azam on a variety of looks, from a how-to on Elsa’s makeup for Halloween to a Bollywood-inspired look for Diwali.

Shulman also revealed that (404) hopes to create a blog in the upcoming semester to give the Emory community a more traditional fashion and lifestyle outlet. Furthermore, she talked about the possibility of hosting coffee chats or documentary viewings to expand (404)’s community on Emory’s campus.

“I just want it to only continue to grow,” Shulman said, expressing her dedication and her hopes for the future success of the magazine.

(404) has a new look, a new name and new additions, from the lookbook to the Youtube channel, and its team seems to have no intention of slowing down the magazine’s evolution in the near future.

— By Julia Munslow, Staff Writer

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By Stephen Fowler
Asst. News Editor

In a combination of traditions and treats, Bite of the World offered students the opportunity to experience 13 different cultures on Tuesday night.

Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board and the Office of International Student Life, Bite of the World aimed to educate students using traditional desserts, games and trivia.

College senior Henry Huang, who tabled with the Taiwanese American Student Association said that Bite of the World is very humbling, to be able to prepare authentic food for people with different cultural backgrounds.

The TASA table offered pineapple cake and trivia about Taiwan, and he said that the event helped let everyone know what a great culture Taiwan has.

College freshman Anshuman Parikh attended the event said that Bite of the World was a great event to learn about a wide variety of cultures.

“Bite of the World was a very tasty event to experience different cultures,” Parikh said. “Seeing all of the different people involved with the different organizations was really cool.”

Parikh added that his favorite station was the apple latkes sponsored by the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language and Literature Honor Society.

With games such as Jenga and questions informing students about various aspects of art, music, holidays and other cultural aspects, participants said that Bite of the World provided both a delicious and informative way to share cultural identities from across the world.

Other participating organizations included the Korean Undergraduate Student Association, Emory Latino Student Organization, Nourish International Emory Chapter, Saudi Student Association, Association of Caribbean Educators and Students, Candler International Student Association, Chinese Student Union, Emory Chinese Student Association, Emory Italian Club, African Student Association and EmViet.

— By Stephen Fowler, Assistant News Editor

Attendees enjoyed traditional Indian performances and food during this year's Diwali celebration held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The lucky few that were able to get tickets for the event celebrated the holiday, known as the "Festival of Lights." | Photo by Erin Baker, Staff Photographer

Attendees enjoyed traditional Indian performances and food during this year’s Diwali celebration held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The lucky few that were able to get tickets for the event celebrated the holiday, known as the “Festival of Lights.” | Photo by Erin Baker, Staff Photographer

By Elizabeth Howell
Managing Editor

The Indian Cultural Exchange (ICE) hosted its annual Diwali celebration on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Omni Hotel downtown.

About 700 students attended the event, which was funded by the Student Government Association (SGA), College Council (CC), Dean of Campus Life Ajay Niar, University President James Wagner and, for the first time, the Resident Hall Association (RHA) and BBA Council.

Students, dressed in bright saris and other formalwear, were shuttled to the hotel from campus. Upon arriving, students gathered in the pre-function area outside the ballroom, where they could mingle with friends, snack on appetizers and take pictures.

The doors to the main ballroom opened at the slightly delayed start time of about 8:15 p.m. due to traffic caused by a Hawks basketball game, but students began crowding around them well in advance. Once the doors were opened, students ran to reserve a table with their friends close to the dance floor.

The presentations and performances of the night began with the singing of both the American and Indian national anthems. Both College juniors and ICE Presidents Adit Gadh and Armaan Nathani and Diwali Chairs College senior Randy Ahluwahlia and College senior Vijay Putatunda gave welcome speeches.

Dooley, accompanied by his guards, made a speech calling for unity and understanding within the Emory community in light of recent acts of intolerance.

Gadh said he thought Diwali plays an important role in bringing the Emory community together.

“The demographic [of Diwali] is people of every culture and ethnicity,” he said. “We can be above, and we can come to one event and enjoy and witness a culture without being exclusive.”

After dinner, which was catered by the Palace Indian Cuisine, students enjoyed dance performances from Indian dance groups SaRaas, Savera and Satrangi. All male hip-hop group TrickaNomeTry (TNT) and Persian belly-dance team Zeeba teamed up to perform a fusion piece, as did Karma Bhangra and all female hip-hop group Persusian.

The final performance of the night was the senior dance, which included members of the class of 2015. Then, around 11:40 p.m., everyone was invited to get out on the open dance floor, while DJ Jaz provided the music. The first shuttle began taking students back to campus around 11:45 p.m., with the last shuttle and students leaving at 1:30 a.m.

According to Nathani, this year’s Diwali included a new philanthropic element. After buying their tickets on campus, students were encouraged to donate $3 to the community service organization Akanksha, which provides education to low-income communities in India, for a chance to win a VIP pass to the event. VIP guests received private transportation to the hotel and preferred seating at the event in addition to having their food brought to them at their table.

ICE also sold saris in the days leading up to Diwali and donated all proceeds to charity. In total, ICE raised over $1000 for philanthropy, Nathani said.

Another change this year was a greater utilization of technology. Ahluwahlia said that ICE “moved anything onto a screen they could” in order to better engage the audience. The pre-function space included TVs with slide shows of pictures from previous Diwalis.

The event also included a video of members of the Emory community, including President Wagner, explaining what Diwali means to them. Additionally, videos introducing the ICE executive board were shown and each of the dance groups had videos play before they performed.

ICE also reorganized ticket sales this year, Nathani said. After selling out in less than three hours last year, Nathani said that they decided to stagger tickets sales across three days, selling 140 tickets each day. ICE chose times based on the course catalogue schedule to make sure no one would have class during ticket sales on all three days.

Students lined up hours before tickets went on sale each day, and ICE consistently had to turn many away.

Additionally, in order to avoid students reselling their tickets at higher costs than they paid for them, ICE created a QR code system to sell tickets.

Each student’s ticket was specific to his or her Emory student ID number and email. This ensured that no students could resell tickets without going through ICE.

Through the reselling process, Gadh said that around 50 students were able to get off the waitlist, which included over 200 people and came out on Friday after the last day of ticket sales.

While students got off the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis, Nathani added that ICE prioritized second semester seniors who had never been to Diwali before.

In the future, Nathani said that he could see Diwali only getting bigger. In order to accommodate more guests, the event could eventually take place on campus, he added.

Ultimately, Nathani sees Diwali as a way to teach others about Indian culture.

“It really showcases Indian culture in a way that Emory students want to participate in,” he said.

Additionally, Ahluwalia sees Diwali as an opportunity for different types of people to come together.

“Diwali signifies different cultures coming together and celebrating our difference,” he said. “We makes us unique is what makes us beautiful people.”

— By Elizabeth Howell, Managing Editor

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Dear Doolina,

I’ve been admiring a tall, dark and handsome fellow in one of my classes I’ll call “Jack” for quite some time, but I would really like to get to know him as a person. Advice?

Sincerely,

Rose

Dear Rose,

The first thing I’d recommend is not comparing you and your would-be beau to Jack and Rose — comparisons to the “Titanic” are never pretty. You know Jack winds up dead, right? Even though there was CLEARLY enough space for both Jack and Rose on that piece of floating debris. Obviously your old pal Doolina has some unresolved issues with the “Titanic” movie, but I digress.

So let’s get this straight: you like boy, boy doesn’t know you exist. This seems like a classic romantic comedy situation (note for emphasis: “Titanic” does not equal rom com), so let’s refer to one of the greats: “Mean Girls.” According to “Mean Girls,” you should pretend you’re terrible at math to the point of flunking and get him to tutor you. Alternatively, sabotage Jack’s girlfriend by feeding her protein bars disguised as weight-loss supplements.

If neither of these options suit you, forget about grand moves and think small: can you ask Jack/Aaron Samuels a question about your shared class? If you develop a rapport about classes, try to transition that into studying together. Over time you’ll get to know your crush better, and you can decide whether you want to transition studying together into “studying” together. I hope you and Jack fall in sync just like the in the “Titanic!”

Delightfully,

Doolina


Dear Doolina,

I’m addicted to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” In the past 24 hours, I’ve listened to it on repeat and watched the video more times than I would care to admit. I fear that my growing affinity for Taylor Swift is diminishing my street cred. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Number One Fan

Dear Number One Fan,

I don’t see a problem here. Anyone’s who’s not listening to “Blank Space” on repeat right now deserves a hearty slap in the face (*disclaimer: I do not condone physical violence, though in some cases, like this one, it does seem like the best option, right?). As a member of the immortal community, I’m planning on putting “Blank Space” on repeat for forever and always — literally.

Delightfully,

Doolina


Dear Doolina,

I’m graduating in December and moving out to California to start the next chapter of my life. The problem is a boy from my church, whom I’ve had a crush on for the last two and a half years. Obviously I’m leaving in a few weeks and I know nothing can happen, but I’ve been going back and forth in my head about whether or not to tell him. Should I leave this chapter closed, or tell him before I leave?

Sincerely,

Tongue-tied

Dear Tongue-tied,

I’m a big proponent of leaving it all on the table. Soon enough, you’ll be leaving Atlanta and all your college memories behind. Do you want a feeling of regret lingering on your mind as you move across the country? I sure wouldn’t. The worst that can happen is you have an incredibly awkward conversation and make yourself vulnerable. But being vulnerable is the only way we open ourselves to all of life’s opportunities.

I recommend you take advantage of this one, and tell him how you feel. Worst comes to worse, you’ll be moving cross-country in a matter of weeks and you never have to see him again. Leave it all out on the table, and you’ll leave with no regrets.

Delightfully,

Doolina

The Beta Theta Pi (Beta) fraternity is hosting a food drive that is intended to serve the Atlanta community. | Photo Courtesy of Chris Diglio.

The Beta Theta Pi (Beta) fraternity is hosting a food drive that is intended to serve the Atlanta community. | Photo Courtesy of Chris Diglio.

By Julie Katter
Contributing Writer

As the holiday season approaches, one might be inspired to be thankful for what one has and give back to the community. In an effort to step up their philanthropic missions, Beta Theta Pi (Beta) fraternity is hosting their second annual campus- wide Thanksgiving Day Food Drive. Receiving help from a collaborative effort of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Beta foresees this event to be extremely impactful.

Last year, their drive donated over 300 items to charity. This year, the drive, held from Nov. 14 until Nov. 23, will donate food items to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The boxes will be placed in each residence hall on campus, and the hall with the most donations will be rewarded.

The ACFB was founded in 1979. Every year, it acquires over 50 million pounds of food from the Atlanta community and distributes it to over 600 nonprofit agencies throughout Georgia. Additionally, these agencies serve 29 counties in the state. The ACFB’s mission, according to the nonprofit organization’s website, is to “fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.”

In light of this mission, B-School senior Chris Diglio, the Beta philanthropy chairman, is spearheading the food drive in an effort to engage the school community while simultaneously benefitting the less fortunate.

“Beta’s philanthropy initiative has been growing and improving in the past 18 months, and we seek to encourage our peers to give what they can as well,” Diglio said.

Diglio further explained that Beta’s founding values are the principles of mutual assistance and of responsible conduct. Their missions are to give back in any way to the community and to set an example for underclassmen.

“Responsibility is vital to success here,” Diglio said.

With the help of a philanthropy sub-committee within Beta fraternity, Diglio hopes to continue the trend of creating events that the university can contribute to. He hopes that the Emory community will donate hundreds of food items this season.

This is just the first step of many for Beta to become an even more philanthropic fraternity. They are also currently working towards becoming the first fraternity to be fully trained as Sexual Assault Peer Advocates and in Active Bystander Skills.

There seems to be an increased culture of giving within the Emory community. Emory Cares Day, facilitated by College junior Nicole Bleeker, had its greatest turn out ever on Saturday, Nov. 9. Beta brothers hope to see the same kind of care for their initiative.

“Students are ready to give; all they need is the medium to do so,” Diglio said.

— By Julie Katter, Contributing Writer

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Dear Doolina,
Why’s your name Doolina?

Sincerely,
Wants to Know

Dear Wants to Know,

Well, aren’t you a curious little human? My name is Doolina because Dooley was taken, and I didn’t want a man’s name, anyway. They say “real” women have curves, but skeletons don’t have any curves (except the sexy curve of my femur), and I was self-conscious about it. So I decided to own my femininity and adapt Dooley to a more feminine interpretation. Hence: Doolina.

Delightfully,
Doolina

 

Dear Doolina,

There are four weeks of school left before I graduate (a semester early) and head off to start a full-time job across the country. I’m excited to embark on the next stage of my life, but I’ve just started seeing a really great guy. We both know I’m leaving soon, and we know things will end then. My question is, should I end things sooner rather than later? Am I wasting my time with this guy, or is the time I enjoy spending with him not wasted time?

Sincerely,
Running out of Time

Dear Running out of Time,

Time you enjoy spending is not wasted time. That being said, you have five weeks left at the school you’ve spent the last three years of your life at, and one at which you’ve presumably created a community of friends, mentors and family. You shouldn’t waste any time; you should try to squeeze every last ounce of enjoyment out of this place, this experience, before you leave. If you think you’ll do that by hanging out with a new beau, then by all means hang with the new beau. If you’d rather spend it going to brunch with that close friend from your freshman floor you used to stay up all night talking with, but never see anymore, then do that. These are your last weeks of college, supposedly the best time of your life. Don’t worry about wasting your time, worry about maximizing it. Good luck.

Delightfully,
Doolina

By Ana Ioachimescu
Contributing Writer

Nov. 12, Globe Med held its very first GlobalHealthU meeting in Candler Library. Globe Med is a student-run non-profit organization founded in 2007 and GlobalHealthU is one of its programs. Globe Med now engages over 2,000 undergraduate students at 55 universities in the United States, including Emory. The organization strives to teach students about helping the world through the use of medicine.

One way in which Globe Med engages its students is by creating partnerships between students and other communities in need. Students communicate with the communities via Skype, email, and phone. For example, Globe Med at Emory is partnered with MAP Foundation located on the Thai-Burma border. The foundation’s goal is to aid Burmese immigrants by improving their living and working conditions.

This year, Globe Med at Emory will work in partnership with MAP to teach Burmese immigrants about Thai language, law, and healthcare.  Another way that Globe Med involves Emory students is by hosting GlobalHealthU sessions, which are small-group educational discussions.

Globe Med’s first GlobalHealthU event was an hour long and was attended by sixteen Emory undergraduate students. The meeting focused on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE’s), which the United Nations (UN) calls any humanitarian disaster caused by complex conflicts that span multiple parties and states. At the meeting, participants were taught that CHE’s are not necessarily natural disasters but that natural disasters can lead to them.

The Globe Med student coordinators, College sophomore Kelly Broen and College junior Alex Rus, first introduced the topic by showing a video created by the Emory Center for Public Health. The video outlined how there are both natural disasters and human-made disasters and that Complex Humanitarian Emergencies are the second highest causes of death after earthquakes.

According to Globe Med, CHE’s are primarily caused by vulnerability. Broen gave the example of San Francisco’s level 6.3 earthquake last summer, which did not cause as much destruction or chaos as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which was a level 7.0. The Globe Med coordinators argued that, with the right aid, countries could either prevent or quickly recuperate from natural disasters. However, many countries without aid remain vulnerable in the face of such destruction.

The meeting went on to discuss four case studies of modern-day CHE’s: Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and Iraq. The students were split into four groups and each group was assigned to one of the case studies. In these groups, students read a short package about their assigned CHE and then discussed it together.

Following the group discussion, Broen and Rus hosted a larger discussion in which all the groups shared four things about their case study: common characteristics, trends, what could have been done to prevent the CHE, and what each country is currently doing to help the situation.

The discussion concluded on the topic of Burmese refugees in Thailand. Although this is not an example of a CHE, Globe Med is affiliated with the cause and sends students to. Participants discussed how Thailand is taking advantage of Burmese refugees through “cheap labor”; while life is better for them in Thailand than it would be in Burma, they are still not offered the same opportunities as the Thai citizens.

Globe Med hosts weekly meetings Mondays at 7pm in Anthropology 107. Approximately 25-30 students are already part of Globe Med’s committed Staff Members and attend these meetings regularly. The organization is welcoming students to apply for a position in January.

– By Ana Ioachimescu, Contributing Writer

 

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