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Compiled by Jenna Kingsley
Special Features/Social Media Editor

Based on Alex Rosenfeld’s article “Love Transcends Cheesy Adjectives,” Nov. 18
By Darby Jardeleza

I read somewhere that love transcends all words

Of adjectival nature, as they’re trite.

I also read that metaphors, like birds,

May sing but still have hollow bones for flight

That break. Such metaphors—though fly they might

In poetry and prose alike—must draw

On other things as if you just weren’t quite

Enough an inspiration, source of awe

Though you surprise me more than all I ever saw.

Based on second entry in Police Record, Nov. 14
By Micah Dettweiler

Two men of law ycladd in costume grim

Did amble justly down dark Eagle Row

When saw they straight a wight in front of them

Unthinking drop a joint as white as snow

And as when dam is burst and waters flow

The law thus rent, policemen quick did pounce

Regretted much the wight his smoky woe

As justice did the good police pronounce:

Citation for possession of a weedy ounce.

Based on Ben Crais and Anusha Ravi’s editorial “Emory Community Should Question Israel,”  Nov. 25 and Alyssa Weinstein’s and Nate Silverblatt’s “Ask Us Why We  Love Israel,” Nov. 25
By GiGi Moody

Peace can be such an evil utterance,

How double sided our ideals can be,

Peace is blood dripping from his countenance

Peace is the ignorance of you and me.

War and death but they call it Peace you see,

And with both sides hurling bombs all along,

Who has the right to claim peace as their plea?

This bullshit has been going on too long,

Please believe me when I say that both sides are wrong.

Based on Jake Choi’s “‘Interstellar’ Shoots For Moon, Lands Among Stars,” Nov. 11
By Hiro Kusumoto

We leave the Earth to search the new frontier

Into the unexplored: the depths of space

The vast expanse–we learn from it each year.

While Europe’s mission tried to lead the race

The other nations show they keep the pace.

Has Nolan’s Interstellar guessed it right?

The film is fantasy, but in our case,

Is our burden to heavenward take flight?

If Earth should die, is there another home in sight?

Based on “Doolina Relieves Senior Stress,” Nov. 14
By Lily Kronfeld

Doolina is the coolest girl at school

Although she has no curves she’s quite a sight

Dooley and his skeleton friends all drool

She parties and loves to have fun at night

She tells Dooley to go and fly a kite

Styloid radius ulna and femur

With perfect measurements that are just right

These white strong shiny bones are quite demure

We have a new mascot that promotes girl power.

Correction 12/8 11:00 p.m.: The article was updated to correct the authors of the editorials.  Anusha Ravi and Ben Crais co-wrote”Emory Community Should Question Israel” and Alyssa Weinstein and Nate Silverblatt co-wrote “Ask Us Why We Love Israel.” The authors were originally switched. 

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By Hayley Silverstein
Asst. Student Life Editor

Now that Thanksgiving break is over, it is time to face the dreaded reality that we were all avoiding during the holiday.

The culmination of everything you have learned this semester will be summed up in one exam that decides the final fate of your grade in that class. While exams are unavoidable and studying can be excruciatingly painful at times, here are some tips to help you survive finals.

If you are a student currently reading this article, you are most likely procrastinating. While you believe that you can spend some time starting a new show on Netflix, finals are coming, and ignoring them doesn’t mean they will go away.

To avoid procrastinating, you need to minimize distractions (like your phone, TV, Facebook and even friends) so you can focus. You don’t need to lock yourself up in solitary confinement with your textbooks, but if you don’t need a laptop or a phone then leave it at your dorm when you go to the library.

Another tip is to make a study schedule so you can follow some guidance instead of deciding to study when you run out of things to procrastinate with.

Also, set timers for breaks and for studying, so you are not constantly checking the clock and you have an audible reminder of when you should be studying and when you should be taking a break.

Where students like to study is very particular to each individual, but you need to make sure you study where is best for you, not where all of your friends go. If you can handle the chaos of the library and Starbucks during finals week, then that is where you should study. If you need somewhere a bit more low key, there is always the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Eagle’s Landing, study rooms in dorms and academic buildings and Pitts Theology Library. Find a place that works for you, because you will be spending a lot of time there these next couple of weeks.

Depending on your roommate situation, your dorm room is the best place to study, because it is your own space and separate from distractions.

While it may seem like a lot of things are put on hold when studying for finals, your health cannot be one of them. Make sure you get lots of sleep all throughout your time studying and visit the gym, because sleep and exercise will help you remember all of the material you learned and reduce stress.

Try to limit caffeine to no more than 300mg a day, especially when it comes to energy drinks and coffee. If you are looking for other ways to stay awake, try switching to tea or having a small amount of dark chocolate to get your caffeine fix.

And if you are exhausted, take a nap during the day for 10-20 minutes so you have enough energy to study and make it to winter break. Make sure you are drinking lots of water and try to eat healthy foods if at all possible, even though we all know it can be a challenge. If you get enough sleep, eat healthy food and stay hydrated, then there will be no need to binge on energy drinks and pull all-nighters.

While finals are extremely stressful, you can survive them if you put in the effort. Just remember, grades do not define you.​

— By Hayley Silverstein, Asst. Student Life Editor


Daniel Wallace reads to elementary school students (kindergarten through second grade) around North Carolina. Above, Wallace presents his writing to students at New Hope Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C. | Courtesy of Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace reads to elementary school students (kindergarten through second grade) around North Carolina. Above, Wallace presents his writing to students at New Hope Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C. | Courtesy of Daniel Wallace

By Ashley Marcus
Staff Writer

Author and illustrator Daniel Wallace (‘80C) recently produced his newest children’s book The Cat’s Pajamas.

Wallace’s Marketing Manager Angela Melamud said that the book tells the story of a special cat.

“Louis Fellini, [is] a kitten who dares to dress differently in a world full of copycats. It isn’t as easy as you might think to be yourself, especially when everyone else looks the same, but Louis Fellini found a way,” Melamud said. “He was just that kind of cat. He was the cat’s pajamas,”

Wallace said that his book was inspired by that very phrase, “the cat’s pajamas,” which he decided originated from a society of cats that used to wear pajamas in a world influenced by one particular cat named Louis.

He went on to explain that he’s not sure that the book has any significance at all, but he certainly enjoyed writing and illustrating it.

As for the moral of the story, he insists that that’s for the readers to decide for themselves.

This is not the only piece of written work that Wallace has produced. In fact, in the past five years, he has written five novels, including: Big Fish (1998), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007), Ray in Reverse (2000) and The Watermelon King (2003). He insists that he will write many more books, but none having to do with his newest publication.

Unique from his other books, The Cat’s Pajamas was published by Inkshares, a crowdfunded publisher, meaning that the company funds each idea by gathering small increments of money from many individuals who choose to support the given project.

“We edit, design, print, distribute and market books. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, Inkshares doesn’t just help you raise funds to produce your book, we also assist authors in the role of a traditional publisher. [We use] the crowd to select and fund the works we produce,” Melamud explained in an email to the Wheel.

In other words, each person who contributes to the crowdfunding is essentially voting for the book to exist.

Despite his growing popularity in the world of children’s stories, Wallace admits that he did not always know that he wanted to be a writer, even pointing out that when he came to Emory, he had no intention of becoming an author.

— By Ashley Marcus, Staff Writer 


(From left to right) Bar Ferents, Sarada Kolli, Sagar Vira, Neha Shah and Vijay Putananda (middle), members of SaRaas and Savera dance teams. | Courtesy of Sagar Vira

By Ana Ioachimescu
Contributing Writer

Now that the holiday season is just around the corner, Emory dance teams SaRaas and Savera are giving back in a way that doesn’t involve dancing. The two groups are sponsoring gifts for Latino children living in communities of mobile homes.

Every year, the 26 members of SaRaas presented each other with $10 Secret Santa gifts. Last year, however, College senior and SaRaas member Sagar Vira came up with the idea of using the money to buy something for the children via an organization called the Path Project instead. Emory dance teams SaRaas, Savera and Karma collaborated to make this dream a reality.

In 2013, “[Vira] was able to coordinate with the Path Project advisor at Oxford College and figure out what the kids wanted. We divvied up the kids by age group and gender and bought them gifts accordingly,” College junior and Vice Captain of SaRaas Sumaali Chheda said​. “For example, some of the younger girls got funky nail polish sets and some of the guys got cars.”

This year, SaRaas and Savera decided to buy the children Path Project T-shirts, as the children have been requesting them for some time. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the two teams delivered the shirts to the children. Emory students arrived at the trailer park to participate in a Christmas party and help the children finish their homework.

“There were many activities planned for the kids — arts and crafts, wrapping their tutors in gift-wrapping paper, soccer games, reading the Christmas story and eating food,” Vira said. “It went really well. They appreciated it.”

While this contribution took great initiative from the two dance teams, it was mainly supported by the Path Project. The Path Project is a non-profit organization that helps Latino immigrants living in local mobile communities. Founded in 2009 in Loganville, Ga, the organization seeks to help at-risk children find their spiritual, academic and social paths. College students who collaborate with the Path Project primarily go to the communities to tutor the children in engaging ways.

The connection between the Path Project and the two Emory dance teams lies in Vira’s involvement in his first two years at Oxford College of Emory University. While there, Vira was the lead organizer of the Path Project at its Oxford chapter. Since continuing his college education at the Emory’s Atlanta campus, Vira joined SaRaas, a competitive co-ed Garba Raas team which is now raising money for the Path Project.

SaRaas performs an Indian folk dance that originates in Gujarat, India. The team is involved in approximately four to five competitions every year. SaRaas’ most recent competition was this year in Washington, D.C. at the end of November. Before that, the team performed at Emory’s Diwali celebration.

Savera, which has been working closely with SaRaas to buy holiday presents for the children at the Path Project, is also a dance team at Emory that performs a fusion of classical Indian dances. Savera also performed at the Diwali festival this semester, as well as other events such as the Georgia Institute of Technology’s (GT) Tamasha competition.

Divya Swaminathan, College senior and co-captain of Savera, said that both Savera and SaRaas are in the Indian dance circuit in Atlanta and around the U.S. and that its members are all good friends.

“We love to support SaRaas as individuals and as a dance group and they are always very supportive of us as well. We were approached by members of SaRaas and they told us about the Path Project. We thought it would be great to also get involved with a wonderful organization that gives back to the community alongside another dance team.”

— Contact Ana Ioachimescu at



Members of the Emory International Relations Association (EIRA), formerly known as Emory Model United Nations (EMUN), showcase their diplomas and gavels following their national conference win in November. | Courtesy of Emory International Relations Association

By Kelsie Smith
Contributing Writer

Emory Model United Nations (EMUN) closed the fall 2014 semester with big changes and an impressive national conference win this November. Previously an organization centered on its traveling team, this semester, EMUN decided to expand its focus transitioning to become the Emory International Relations Association (EIRA). The transition allowed the club to increase retention, participate in community outreach and host a series of speakers and events, all while maintaining rank as one of the best traveling teams in the nation.

Change was motivated by the organization’s desire to engage as much interest as possible. The organization was renamed EIRA and divided into three specific pillars: programming, EMUN and Model United Nations at Emory (MUNE). EMUN serves as the club’s traveling competitive team, while MUNE is the sect devoted to the Model UN conference held by the club each April.

College senior Orli Berman, former EMUN president and residing head delegate for the traveling team, believes that the club’s expansion has raised retention rates because there is high interest in international relations, but less interest in the traveling component of EMUN alone. The new changes allow the club to extend membership to those solely interested in the topic of international relations,

With a new pillar focused on programming, EIRA has ​had the opportunity to give back to the Atlanta community through community service and to generate platforms for discussion pertaining to international politics and global health. This semester, EIRA sponsored two community service projects: volunteering at Clarkston Community Center’s field day where they ran activities with kids and immigrants, and helping Maynard H. Jackson High School kickstart their own Model UN program.

Berman considers the projects to have allowed EIRA to carry out their mission statement of using international relations to create dialogue and change.

Additionally, each month, EIRA held events where acclaimed professionals of the international relations realm — Chris Young, executive director of CIFAL Atlanta, Doug Shipman, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Tye Tavaras, study abroad advisor for Emory’s Center for International Programs Abroad and Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health — were invited to speak to the Emory community.

Berman said she found Del Rio’s talk to be the most compelling.

“Global health is a burgeoning concept relevant to Emory students across a variety of disciplines” she said. “Dr. Del Rio’s lecture served to enhance students’ understanding of how crucial the field will be in decades to come.”

However, the EIRA event Berman found to be the most “lively” this semester was the roundtable conversation between Emory College Republicans and Young Democrats of Emory co-hosted with Pi Sigma Alpha and moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science Danielle Jung. The debate between the representatives of each political group and audience spanned topics ranging from governments paying ransoms to terrorists to the environmental deal between the U.S. and China. In an email, Berman wrote that the most interesting take-away from the event was “that the two groups found themselves with similar opinions more often than not.”

Despite big changes in the organization, the Emory Model UN travelling team, remains intact and strong. The team competed in four tournaments this semester and ended the season with a first place overall win at the Duke International Security Conference (DISCon), receiving the Best Delegation Award for the first time.

Six members of the EMUN team received first place awards for Best Delegate and two received third place awards for Honorable Mention. The winners included: Berman, Aaron Tucek (College ‘15), Harlan Cutshall (College ‘15), Akshay Goswami (College ‘15), Tyler Zelinger (College ‘17), Mindi Leit (College ‘18), Carl Åkerman (College ‘16) and Lindsay Hexter (College ‘18).

Berman was proud of the team’s win because EMUN normally considers the Duke conference a training for a less experienced team.

“Duke really was a great way for us to end the competitive semester,” she said. “Above all, it was a wonderful opportunity to get so many new people involved and engaged … this was really the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from so many different ends.”​​

— By Kelsie Smith, Contributing Writer



By Ashley Marcus
Contributing Writer

TEDx Emory and Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity collaborated to host Salon, in which the ATO brothers welcomed students into their house on Eagle Row to listen to student speakers address an array of topics ranging from the social construction of disability to the prevalence of domestic minor sex trafficking in Atlanta.

Deviating from the standard TEDx talks, in which the speakers stand on a stage and occasionally take questions from the audience, Salon took the form of a French-style salon — the hub of intellectual thought from the 17th to 19th centuries in France — allowing for a more casual dialogue to take place.

Similar to late 18th century French Enlightenment thinkers’ practices, students snacked and had intellectually stimulating conversations with speakers in the college Andy Kim ‘15, Cara Ortiz ‘15, Anusha Ravi ‘15, Rafi Hoq ‘16, Aneyn O’Grady ‘15, Nandi Vanka ‘15 and Brian Klarman ‘17, regarding their respective topics.

Well versed in their individual topics, these student speakers each articulated complex social issues that often go unrecognized. They shared their own experiences coming face-to-face with these issues.

Kim, an advocate for undocumented students, shared a personal story about a close friend who moved to the United States from Korea only to be labeled as an undocumented citizen by elements out of her control. Kim went on to explain that being labeled as an undocumented citizen bars individuals from higher education and causes them to live in fear of deportation.

Moved by his talk, the audience waited until he finished before asking what the Emory University community could do to help.

Vanka revealed startling statistics about domestic minor sex trafficking and personal accounts from her experience working at Wellspring Living, a rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking. To this and the other talks of the night, students in the audience responded with curiosity and compassion and looked for ways in which they could help make a positive difference.

Ravi and Ortiz, Co-Presidents of Feminists in Action addressed an antifeminist tweet, which read, “I’m here to make you uncomfortable because your comfort is dependent on me being subhuman.” In responding to the tweet, they explained the male role in the feminist movement. According to their talk, empowering women is a crucial component of dismantling the patriarchy. The discomfort of the group that holds the most power is a necessary effect of change, which means that feminism should not be redefined solely for the purpose of lending men a greater sense of comfort.

Klarman spoke against doctor-assisted suicide for those wishing to escape a life of physical disability, which he redefines as a change in lifestyle as opposed to something that is inherently crippling. He highlighted the fact that an able-bodied individual would be considered mentally unwell if he or she wished to commit suicide, but someone of who sustained trauma and became physically disabled as a result would be almost expected to consider suicide at some point. Despite the possibility of a negative change in lifestyle, doctors should not be able to offer assisted suicide as this may prompt doctors to suggest suicide rather than working to improve the patient’s quality of life.

Hoq recounted his hands-on experience protesting Ferguson and coming face-to-face with injustice. More than anything else, he learned the power of physically getting involved in activism as opposed to partaking in passive activism such as liking a post on Facebook, which has become an all too common form of protest in our generation.

O’Grady, separated from the talks of activism of the night, spoke of the power of preventative health. Individuals go about their lives distracted by daily events, so, of course it is no wonder that there exists a disconnect between the self and the body. She explained that individuals could practice preventative health and drastically improve their well-being simply by developing a great sense of self-awareness.

College senior and TEDx Emory Co-President Jane Singer explained that the idea behind Salon was born out of the inspiration that she got from ATO’s Symposium event held in collaboration with The Pulse in October. Symposium brought student artists throughout the Emory community together to highlight the performing arts programs here on campus.

“[Symposium] had that same idea of repurposing the fraternity house into a different, more inclusive space. After that event, I reached out to [College junior and Vice President of ATO Oliver Paprin] and asked if we could do some sort of collaboration,” Singer said.

In response to Singer’s proposal, Paprin enthusiastically agreed to help make the event happen. He said that the event fit with ATO’s efforts to redefine student perceptions of fraternity life.

“We’ve been working day-in and day-out to try to get the best speakers on campus to help create this experience that’s kind of something different,” he said.

Singer says she anticipates more events like this coming to Eagle Row in the future.

“I don’t know that we would want to do the exact same thing annually, but rather put on other events with the same goals of bringing new ideas to campus and to Fraternity Row,” Singer said.

— By Ashley Marcus, Contributing Writer


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

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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?


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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