Chris Evans (left) and Robert Downey Jr. (right) star in 2012 box-office-record-breaking smash-hit “The Avengers.” Both actors are set to  star in further installments set in the Marvel Universe and the fan speculation on the possibilities is ablaze. | Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Chris Evans (left) and Robert Downey Jr. (right) star in 2012 box-office-record-breaking smash-hit “The Avengers.” Both actors are set to
star in further installments set in the Marvel Universe and the fan speculation on the possibilities is ablaze. | Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios

By Jake Choi

In an era filled with superhero/comic book movies, even more exciting news has been revealed that will shape the direction of the film industry for this decade.

Though Marvel Studios hasn’t officially confirmed the news, Variety has reported that Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man) is on the verge of joining the cast of 2016’s “Captain America 3,” alongside Chris Evans in the titular role.

This caused the fandom of Marvel Studios to buzz with excitement and speculate.

Then, also immediately, DC Comics officially revealed their slate of movies after “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which will include their own superhero team-up movie “Justice League.”

The potential of Iron Man’s involvement in this film is huge in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not only because it marks one more film that Downey will make with Marvel (his contract is set to end after “Avengers 3”) but also because it can affect the rest of the movie schedule.

The day after the news broke about Downey’s possible involvement, DC Comics seemed to counter the hype by officially announcing their own slate of comic book movies.

After the success that Marvel Studios has with their cinematic universe, it’s clear that DC also wants to create a cinematic universe, filled with characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman fighting together.

DC launched its cinematic universe with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” and it will be followed by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”). Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman, presumably battling Ben Affleck’s Batman, in a conflict similar to that of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” The film is also set to feature Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler.

After the Batman/Superman face-off, “Suicide Squad” will be released in 2016. Mirroring the vibe of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Suicide Squad is the name of the anti-hero team consisting of supervillains working for the government by taking on high-risk, black ops missions in exchange for shortened prison sentences.

However, because the team is filled with hardcore killers edgier than that of “Guardians,” fans will surely be delighted by fan-favorite supervillains like Deadshot and Harley Quinn working together in uneasy, tension-filled environments. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC is approaching A-list actors such as Ryan Gosling, Will Smith and Tom Hardy for this flick.

Next on the agenda is the 2017 release of “Wonder Woman,” played by Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman will be a demigod daughter of Zeus in this cinematic incarnation.
After her own stand-alone movie, she will have a major role in 2017’s “Justice League Part 1,” also directed by Zack Snyder. It seems that DC is doing the opposite of what Marvel Studios did; instead of having several stand-alone origin stories before the big team-up movie, DC will have the superhero team-up movie to introduce the characters and build the cinematic universe for stand-alone movies later on.

Although DC’s entire schedule has been released, not much information on the movies has been given other than their titles and the actors slated to play the main characters.

In 2018, “The Flash” and “Aquaman” will be released. Unrelated to CW’s television show, “The Flash” is set to star Ezra Miller (“The Perks of being a Wallflower”) in the role of Barry Allen. “Aquaman” will be played by Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones,” “Conan the Barbarian”).
In addition, the movies “Shazam” and “Justice League Part 2” will be released in 2019. Shazam, formerly known as Captain Marvel, will face off against his nemesis Black Adam, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Finally, the current movie schedule will finish in 2020  with “Cyborg” and a “Green Lantern” reboot. The titular character of Cyborg will be played by Ray Fisher, an American stage actor.

It is an auspicious sign that “Green Lantern” will have a recovering reboot after the failure of the first “Green Lantern” movie in 2011 with Ryan Reynolds.
With these reports, it seems that the executives at DC are going all in to commit themselves to building a cinematic universe.

Marvel is not backing down either, with their President Kevin Feige having planned out films all the way to 2028. Marvel is already in post-production for the 2015 blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and they are currently filming “Ant-Man” with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas for 2015, while “Doctor Strange” has been confirmed for 2016.

Although the plans might change depending on the financial or critical outcomes of the movies from both DC and Marvel, one can clearly see the enthusiasm of both film studios. Because they are planning so far ahead, the competition will breed diligence and innovation.

The heightened recognition of the genre will inevitably lead to financial success and finally, more superhero movies.

One thing’s for sure: it is a great time to be a fan of comics.

— By Jake Choi, Staff Writer

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Life and the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) collaborated in a walkthrough gallery celebrating LGBT History Month in the Dobbs University Center (DUC). | Photo Courtesy of Steve Shan /Asst. Photo Editor

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Life and the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) collaborated in a walkthrough gallery celebrating LGBT History Month in the Dobbs University Center (DUC). | By Steve Shan /Asst. Photo Editor

A walkthrough exhibit celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history opened in the Dobbs University Center (DUC) in the east wing of level two to celebrate October’s LGBT History Month.

The exhibit, created through a partnership between the Office of LGBT Life at Emory and the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), is a walkthrough art gallery that showcases selections from a 2013 MARBL exhibit titled “Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL.”​ It will remain in the DUC until Nov. 2.

The exhibit explores the LGBT communities on Emory’s campus, in Atlanta and the American South as well as the history, politics and culture behind them.

The original exhibit that ran from August to May in the Robert W. Woodruff Library was co-curated by Kelly H. Ball, a doctoral candidate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Randy Gue, MARBL’s curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections.

When the exhibit ended in May, Michael Shutt, the previous director of LGBT Life and current interim senior director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, asked Gue what he planned to do when the exhibit finished.

“We always want to get MARBL materials outside the walls of the library,” Gue said.

MARBL and Emory Libraries Exhibition Manager Kathryn Dixson did not just move the collections and story out to a new space but also transformed the exhibit, according to Gue.

“The [exhibit] in MARBL featured materials in cases; there was more of a museum atmosphere,” Gue said. “The one in the DUC is more like an art gallery.”

The exhibit displays composites made up of photographs, letters, concert and theater pamphlets and publications from cultural and community groups.

The exhibition also highlights materials from the MARBL archives that focus on activists Rebecca Ranson and Jesse Peel and organizations such as the National Association of Black and White Men Together and AID Atlanta.

“MARBL has fantastic collections that document the making of the modern South, and these stories from the LGBT communities are a very important part of that whole,” Gue said.

Interim Director of LGBT Life Danielle Steele said that it is important for us to understand LGBT history, especially because it is not always taught in public or K-12 schools.

“I think the display is a great way for Emory to show pride in how it’s progressed with the LGBT community,” said College sophomore and LGBT Office Video and Design Assistant Ann Hughes. “It’s a nice tribute to the people involved and a cool way for students to learn.”

The goal of MARBL is to let people know about its collections and to learn says Gue.

“It’s a great display, but being that it was tucked over in MARBL, not everybody may have seen it,” Steele said. “By having it here in the DUC, there are hundreds and thousands of people who are going to pass by it over the course of the month.”

— By Samantha Goodman, Contributing Writer


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 

The University has sprayed lines around the Dobbs University Center (DUC) to give officials an idea as to the potential size of a new university center. According to Director of the DUC Benjamin Perlman, there is no building design but marked lines simply indicate the footprint of the building that the University wants.

Since November, much progress has been made in determining what is necessary in the new DUC. According to Perlman, University officials have spoken with over 100 students and over 60 faculty members in an effort to understand what the priorities are for the community.

Architecture firm Perkins + Will finished consulting with Emory last spring and recommended a plan combining three different designs known as the “tall,” “grande” and “venti.”

According to a Nov. 21 Wheel article, the “tall” plan would cost the least and the DUC would be separated into two buildings. The “grande” plan would be slightly larger than the “tall” plan and it would be connected to the Alumni Memorial University Center, the building the DUC encloses. The “venti” plan would be the “end-all” scheme. The plan would include three retail-dining options and an underground loading dock that allows trucks to drive head-in.

“Our goal is to build a space that is more reflective than the current University Center on what students want and need,” Perlman said.

According to Perlman, there are five priorities: the university center needs to be welcoming, have inspiring dining, have improved meeting and programming spaces, encourage collaboration and portray school spirit.

Perlman explained that there are currently tentative plans to start a two-tiered selection process for architects this fall.

Nothing is official yet, but Emory is working towards selecting architects to submit proposals, Perlman stated. The goal will then be to narrow the selection down to three to five architects. The architects will come back in the spring and give their plans to the community and get feedback.

A website is being set up to give out updates regarding architect selection, according to Perlman. This would allow the Emory community to follow the progression of the new university center and give feedback to Emory officials.

“Hopefully we will have selected an architect before the end of school this year,” Perlman said.

Making the University Center more accessible for individuals with disabilities has not been a strength of the DUC, according to Perlman.

“Because of the age of the building, it is not legally required to make the DUC Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible,” Perlman said.

—By Brandon Fuhr


In the stress of having two major assignments due in a week, a daunting midterm and extracurricular commitments, college students are likely to fall into an apathetic slump. It’s easy to unwind from classes by sitting in our rooms and binge watching Netflix until the clock dictates that we have to start that five page paper we’ve been putting off. While rest and relaxation are necessary and healthy, sometimes we should take a step back and think about how we could be utilizing our time better — not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others.

“I can’t help with the fundraiser, because I still have to study for my chemistry test/write a paper/prepare a presentation. But good luck with your fundraiser!” I know quite well that these things are time-consuming and important, but their importance does not outweigh our obligation to be involved in causes that extend beyond our university.

As Emory students, we have access to a nigh unparalleled higher education experience. But there is still a culture of indifference to those issues that are not right in front of us, even though these problems are all too real.

This issue is greater than simply forgetting how fortunate we are to be at this institution. When we neglect the problems of the world, we’re wasting the reason why we’re at Emory in the first place: to cultivate the knowledge and skills to improve the world beyond campus.

Going to college does not mean taking a four-year break from improving the world. Professors who have spent their lives studying patterns in political structures don’t teach us about governments neglecting the interests of their people just so we can spit the information back onto an exam. What we learn from renowned chemistry researchers isn’t supposed to supersede our awareness of global health issues.

Yet, we have become so wrapped up in our own lives that we think we can’t spare the 30 minutes we would have spent procrastinating on Facebook to participate in an event that raises money to build a school in Uganda.Are we all really too busy meticulously proofreading our papers that we don’t have one Saturday morning to participate in a 5k that would help distribute HIV/AIDS treatment?

The question, then, is why should people get involved?

Because it matters.

How much more unwilling would you be to go to your 8:00AM if you had to walk 10 miles instead of 10 minutes to get there? How many more annual physicals would you skip if you knew you couldn’t afford not only the healthcare, but also the bus fare to get there?

If all of us knew that students in rural Uganda without an education are three times more likely to be HIV-positive than those with a secondary school education, or that it would only take $10 to provide five people with transportation to an HIV/AIDS clinic in Rwanda, maybe we would be more likely to help.

The fact that many of us don’t take the time to think about the greater purpose behind being a student means that we need to re-contextualize our education and reshape our undergraduate experience.

It’s alarming that putting our smaller problems in perspective somehow becomes a dismissed cliché. A “think about all the starving people in Africa” comment when we complain about the food at the DUC gets an eye-roll. So we stop thinking about it. And when we stop thinking, we stop caring.

I propose that we start caring again. This isn’t a call to join every group that even remotely helps a developing nation or that you should spend 5 hours each day volunteering for a different non-profit.

But it is a call to recognize that the point of our undergraduate education is not to get so caught up in academics that we forget to support one another as we strive to make real changes.

We stress out so much over these small road bumps we hit on “our way to becoming a real person.” But we have to stop ignoring the actual work of being a person in the world.

So be a person. Be a person who cares about issues that are next door and issues that are 7,000 miles away. And then be a person who takes action and contributes to the change.

- By Isabelle Saldana

He chose culinary school over college, the title of “kitchen grunt” over “engineering major,” and the satisfaction of cooking a perfect filet mignon over solving a numerical analysis equation. Now, at 47, Michel Wetli is applying his years of experience in the kitchen and passion for cooking, as well as his mathematic, business and leadership skills to please his “toughest” customers yet: college students.

As the general manager and campus executive chef at Emory University, Chef Wetli is focusing on satisfying collegiate taste buds while also looking for ways to integrate local and sustainable foods into Emory’s on-campus dining program.

Sustainable food has better quality and helps support local farmers, explains Wetli. He is continuously designing menus that utilize local and seasonable products from farms in Georgia, including White Oak Pastures and Springer Mountain Farms. He works with the Sustainable Food Committee at Emory to help it achieve its goal of procuring 75 percent of ingredients throughout campus cafeterias and hospitals from local or sustainably-grown sources by 2015.

Wetli became interested in sustainability in 1987 when he was a chef at Pinon’s Restaurant in Aspen, Colo., which offers local, wild game from a ranch 40 miles away and wild-caught fish on its menu. Since then, “Sustainability has been interwoven throughout my career,” explains Wetli. “When I came to Emory, it worked out wonderfully since Emory was doing work in other areas of sustainability.”

Emory’s sustainability program is the largest that Wetli has been a part of, but he never let that intimidate him. The program has improved significantly since his arrival on campus eight years ago, according to Todd Schram, director of operations for Emory Dining.

Under Wetli’s management, “Emory Dining continues to be a leader, nationally among colleges and universities,” stated Schram, who associates Wetli’s numerous attributes with the program’s success.

“He is very knowledgeable, professional, disciplined and experienced…you don’t find too many really good chefs who are really good managers, but Michel is one of the exceptions,” said Schram. “We would be a different team and a different operation without Michel.”

Wetli’s journey to Emory began in 1965 in Ottawa, Canada, when he was born into a family of food enthusiasts. His father was a chef for various hotels in Toronto and Montreal, including the Royal York Hotel, and his grandfather was the corporate executive chef for the hotel department of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Wetli lived in Canada for only two years after which his father left the hotel industry to work for LSG Sky Chefs, an airline catering company in Detroit, and he took the family with him to the U.S. They moved frequently throughout the following 18 years because of the airline food service business, so Wetli grew up in a variety of states across the U.S., including Michigan, California, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Despite his American upbringing, Wetli was frequently exposed to Dutch, Swiss and Jamaican cuisines, because his mother was born and raised in Holland and his father, who was also half Swiss, in Jamaica.

“Being a chef is kind of in the blood,” Wetli explains with a subtle smile, while reminiscing about his childhood and how his taste buds and passion for food developed at an early age. He recalled the main rule his dad enforced at the dinner table when growing up: “You at least have to try it even when you’re a little kid.” The influence of these rules showed when Wetli turned 15 years old and decided to cook professionally at Maxwell’s Too, a local pizza shop in Denver.

At the time Wetli also showed signs of a promising future in engineering because of his exceptional skills in math, so it looked as if he was going to follow a traditional collegiate path. He was taking college preparatory classes for engineering while still in high school and “was probably going to be an engineer, the way I was going through life,” recalled Wetli. “But I just started cooking and fell in love with it and just couldn’t stop.”

Wetli made the decision to pursue a career as a chef at 18 years old, when his parents moved from Colorado to new jobs in Pittsburgh. He told them, “I’m staying here.” Wetli spent the next year working for the hotel restaurant in the Denver Hilton Inn South to make money before attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

After graduating in 1987, Wetli attended Madeleine Kamman’s School for Young American Chefs in the Beringer Vineyards of Napa Valley, Calif. Since his graduation in 1990, Wetli worked as an executive chef for more than six restaurants, including Stone Mansion Restaurant in Pittsburgh and the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville, N.J. He has also cooked for Princess Diana of Wales, one of the Saudi Arabian Princes, the Dalai Lama and President Jimmy Carter.

Wetli’s cooking style is rooted in classic technique, and is still evolving because of the extensive traveling he does with his wife, Kathleen. He takes what he learns from each country and recreates the authentic ethnic dishes back in the U.S., since “my favorite dish to cook is my next dish, the one I haven’t made.”

His culinary education and experience in fine dining restaurants also shows in his cooking style; he takes the preparation of every dish very seriously, paying particular attention to flavor combinations. “You could have a normal steak, and I could take it and make it taste like something you’ve never had before,” said Wetli.

So how did he end up working in a large-scale position at a campus after 25 years of restaurant work? Wetli said he “wanted a change” and to “just keep progressing.”

He was working for Sodexo, the leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, before he was initially hired as Emory University’s campus executive chef in 2004. He became the general manager as well in 2009, which allows him to exercise the mathematical talents that he gave up to become a chef.

“Balancing budgets, running P&Ls…that came naturally,” says Wetli. “Being able to combine that and be a chef; that’s been great.”

According to recent surveys, diner satisfaction has increased over 30 percent since Wetli became general manager, and the campus is also used as a showcase for Sodexo North America.

Improving Emory Dining is not an easy job, though. Wetli is in the Dobbs University Center (DUC) kitchen from lunch until dinner, working with the chefs and staff members to make sure everything is in order, from the moment the doors open for breakfast to when they close after dinner.

“He is willing to work extremely hard to improve Emory Dining,” said Karoline Porcello, an undergraduate student at Emory University and co-chair on the Food Advisory Committee at Emory (FACE).

Michael Sacks, an undergraduate student at Emory University and the other co-chair on FACE, particularly admires Wetli’s quick responses to student requests. He recalled one day when “we asked for eggplant parmesan for dinner and he made it happen without hesitation.”

Wetli makes things happen by being an authoritative presence in the kitchen through his energy, enthusiasm and attention to food preparation. The multicultural Canadian of medium-height, with short gray hair and a clean-shaven face, moves from one food station to another, lending helpful tips to employees and some compliments for encouragement. He is always wearing black dress pants and shoes and a button-down shirt and tie, so Wetli is hard to miss among the steaming stovetops and bustling employees in aprons.

Amidst the whirl of daily meal preparation and service, you can tell Wetli still “really loves his job,” said Barbara Jones, a staff member for Emory Dining at the DUC and a resident of Atlanta.

Not even the harsh food critics of Emory University can discourage Wetli with complaints, for he uses them as motivation to ensure things are better the next day, by taking an honest and hands-on approach with his staff.

According to Jones, “Every morning we all have a pre-service meeting with him, and he tells us the facts, the dos and the don’ts, what he requests of us…If it’s good, he lets us know it’s good, and if it’s bad, he lets us know it’s bad.”

Wetli also makes a difference outside of Emory’s campus by applying his take-charge approach to charity work. He likes to “empower people” and did exactly so while working at Top of the Triangle in Pittsburgh from 1997 to 2001, when he started a program for recent prison inmates that provided entry-level jobs such as dishwashing or food prep.  He recalled one particular prison inmate who contacted Wetli more than 10 years later as an executive chef in Miami, thanking him for helping him out. “It’s just that one person,” said Wetli. “That’s all it takes.”

When he is not in the kitchen, traveling or doing charity work, Wetli is working through stacks of papers at his desk, managing and overseeing labor and food costs, financial reports, customer service and chef training. Because the math whiz enjoys the business side of his work, Wetli considers his current senior management position the ideal job. “I would love to stay at Emory for the rest of my life if I could,” says Wetli.

Although he admits to having serious and straightforward sides, outside of work Wetli is an adventure enthusiast who is into extreme sports, including snow skiing, scuba diving and mountain biking. You might also find him gardening, fishing or even refinishing and restoring old furniture in his free time.

He describes himself as mainly “a fun-loving person” who enjoys family and good times, even though he and his wife, who married in 1997, do not have any children. They enjoy teaching their nieces and nephews how to cook and having friends and family over for dinner at their home in Decatur, Ga.

Looking back on the decisions he has made since his teenage years, Wetli is more than pleased with how his life has turned out. The quote at the end of his bio in bold, capital letters says it all: “Love life, love my wife & love to cook!”

— By Beatrice Rosen

When I first came to Emory, my relationship with food was evolving. As a freshman, I was careless in a sprawling city, my appetite at the mercy of a cafeteria that closed at 8 p.m. and ran short of food an hour earlier. The Dobbs Market, more often called the DUC, was the unfortunate gooey center of my culinary existence.

Now, there is hope for future Emory undergraduates.

Last week, the Dobbs University Center (DUC) tested new operating hours that kept the gates up until 10 p.m., instead of the usual 8 p.m. The kitchen also experimented with a “Premium Night,” during which students could have high-quality foods at the cost of one meal swipe, plus an additional $5.

I was skeptical when I heard “premium,” “DUC” and “additional $5” all in one sentence. And then when a DUC manager reportedly said that the food would be “higher quality than what you get at most restaurants,” I figured Pinocchio was running the entire operation.

Come Premium Night last Wednesday, I walked into the DUC at 6 p.m. only to discover that the special meals would be served between 8 and 10 p.m. Maybe I missed a sign or email, but that was news to me. Two hours later, with my ticket in hand, I found a line of students waiting in front of the grill station. A DUC employee was asking students for their names and how they would like their steak cooked.

Within 15 minutes, I had a 12 oz. N.Y. Strip covered in mushroom gravy and charred to a perfect medium-rare resting in front of me. The verdict? Nom.

Friends asked me whether the steak was worth the additional cost. As someone who once paid $80 for a bowl of soup, I sometimes question whether I’m the best person to make value judgments. But all things aside, yes — that steak was very much worth it, being as fine of a steak a meal swipe will ever get you.

A majority of those waiting in line ordered their steaks medium-rare. Good for them. But those who asked for well-done should reconsider their life choices. Ordering a steak well-done is like going to your prom wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt: it’s wrong and hurts everybody involved. To many chefs, cooking a steak well-done is masochistic. Why would anyone voluntarily grill (and probably burn) a piece of meat to the bone-dry end of its existence?

The DUC served Choice steaks, the second highest grade of beef under Prime according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s a good cut with enough marbling (fat) to be tender with minimal time on the grill. The bloodier, the better.

I have heard that members of the Food Advisory Committee at Emory (FACE) were happy with the trial run, and that Sodexo is now considering implementing Premium Nights multiple times a week. All the power to them. As a freshman, I watched my peers raid vending machines for Pop-Tarts. Others bought tubs of frosting and used their fingers as spoons. These people need help, and Premium Nights could give students the refined meal they need.

Moving forward, I have questions about variety and procedure. Michel Wetli, the DUC’s general manager and the chef who manned the grill, says that eggplant parmesan was offered alongside the premium steak option that night. But will there be a separate, premium vegetarian option? And if this Premium Night gets popular, can a cooked-to-order system work? For steaks in particular, the process could become a kitchen nightmare.

Nevertheless, I remain hopeful that these new hours and special meals become a regular part of dining at the DUC. The steaks were a strong start, and I hope the DUC can maintain the momentum. If not, we’re all doomed to more Pop-Tarts.

— By Evan Mah

If a “Stuff Emory Freshmen Say” video is ever made, one thing it must include is freshmen throwing a tantrum and yelling, “The DUC food is so nasty; I can’t take it anymore!” In the past month, I’ve heard this statement, or similar ones, repeatedly from numerous freshmen. Frankly, it vexes me a bit everytime I hear it.

I honestly have had more days when I enjoyed the DUC food as opposed to when I sat with my friends, looking at the food with murderous stares, and complained about it. I will go even further to say that since August 25th, I have not had a single day when I was unable to tolerate the food at the DUC.

It is quite obvious that my view does not resonate with the majority of Emory freshmen, or even all students. A common question upperclassmen ask me is whether I am tired and sick of the DUC food yet.

In the end, it all boils down to perception. When I sit down to eat at the DUC, images of greasy yellow pizzas, half-cooked patties from burgers, and other unpleasant, and perhaps inedible, food from high school comes to mind.

It suddenly makes sense for me to appreciate the food here after comparing it to the food available at my high school.

Taste is perhaps the most subjective of all the senses. I was relieved to discover that I was not the only freshman who felt the food at the DUC was not disgusting. At a dinner last week, Freshman Angel Hsu boldly declared, “I feel as if this is the first time in my life I’m enjoying eating!”

Yes, I can understand the frustration of many students as they are paying a fortune (at least in my eyes) for the meal plans, and the food is not quite equivalent to that of a five-star restaurant.

Is the food really that bad? Are we ever satisfied with what we have? Next time you sit there, with plates of food in front of you, please take a brief moment to think about those who would die to eat what you are throwing away.

I want to make it very clear that in praising, or at least appreciating, the DUC food, I am solely focused on the taste of the food, and not the nutrition of the food. Various arguments could be made concerning the unhealthy food at the DUC. I would much rather hear complaints about the nutrition of the food instead of the taste of it.

And, for those of you who are wondering, the answer is no.

No one from the DUC paid me to write this.

Rifat Mursalin is a College Freshman from Atlanta, Georgia.

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