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 

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.

College junior Nadia Irfan (Above) shares her thoughts on family and her memories of religious
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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

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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? 

Sincerely,

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!

 

Delightfully,

Doolina

Dear Doolina,

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? 

Sincerely,

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”)

 

Delightfully,

Doolina

 

Dear Doolina,

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

Sincerely,

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.

Delightfully,

Doolina​

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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

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)
3) Freshmen
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.
4) Non-posters
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.
5) Cuddle-seekers
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.
6) Complainers
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.
7) Reposters
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

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