Category: Coronavirus

COVID-19

Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Warrants No Sympathy

On Oct. 2, the White House announced President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would receive care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the two days he spent in hospital, many Democrats respectfully wished the president a speedy recovery. I don’t believe, however, that he was deserving of such respect. Trump [...]

America’s Forgotten Communities Need Health Equity

The U.S. was founded on the forced labor of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people. Today, this legacy of oppression endures in our health care system, and COVID-19 has only underscored the racism inherent therein.  COVID-19’s ruinous consequences — mass unemployment, a strained health care system, the deaths of nearly 210,000 Americans — are by now [...]

Emory, Stay Out of Our Sewage

In a Sept. 20 email to the Undergraduate Residential Center Building D residents, the Offices of Residence Life and Housing Operations and Student Health Services quietly acknowledged that the University has been testing wastewater from student-occupied apartments for COVID-19. Such behavior is a reprehensible and blatant violation of our right to individual privacy. Emory must [...]

Emory’s $7.94 Billion Endowment Fails Students in Need

You’ve probably noticed this semester looks just a tad different. Nearly everything about the Emory experience has changed, undergraduate tuition, however, hasn’t. In response to the dramatic downgrade from in-person to virtual learning, students at over 100 colleges have filed lawsuits demanding partial refunds, protesting that remote learning was an “inadequate substitute for the tens [...]

Make Friends, Not Hospital Visits

People need each other, and we always have. For millennia, philosophers have known “man [to be] by nature a social animal,” and in the last few centuries, modern medicine has systematized this understanding. That mental health has plummeted nationwide in the last nine months, then, should hardly come as a surprise. All of us are [...]

Make Election Day an Academic Holiday

The 2020 general election will be uniquely dangerous. Not since 1918 have Americans gone to the polls amid an unmitigated pandemic. With American democracy under attack by COVID-19, voter disenfranchisement, foreign nations and the president himself, students must vote like never before. So, Emory administrators, we urge you to designate Election Day an academic holiday [...]

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OPINION

Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Warrants No Sympathy

On Oct. 2, the White House announced President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would receive care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the two days he spent in hospital, many Democrats respectfully wished the president a speedy recovery. I don’t believe, however, that he was deserving of such respect. Trump [...]

America’s Forgotten Communities Need Health Equity

The U.S. was founded on the forced labor of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people. Today, this legacy of oppression endures in our health care system, and COVID-19 has only underscored the racism inherent therein.  COVID-19’s ruinous consequences — mass unemployment, a strained health care system, the deaths of nearly 210,000 Americans — are by now [...]

Emory, Stay Out of Our Sewage

In a Sept. 20 email to the Undergraduate Residential Center Building D residents, the Offices of Residence Life and Housing Operations and Student Health Services quietly acknowledged that the University has been testing wastewater from student-occupied apartments for COVID-19. Such behavior is a reprehensible and blatant violation of our right to individual privacy. Emory must [...]

Emory’s $7.94 Billion Endowment Fails Students in Need

You’ve probably noticed this semester looks just a tad different. Nearly everything about the Emory experience has changed, undergraduate tuition, however, hasn’t. In response to the dramatic downgrade from in-person to virtual learning, students at over 100 colleges have filed lawsuits demanding partial refunds, protesting that remote learning was an “inadequate substitute for the tens [...]

Make Friends, Not Hospital Visits

People need each other, and we always have. For millennia, philosophers have known “man [to be] by nature a social animal,” and in the last few centuries, modern medicine has systematized this understanding. That mental health has plummeted nationwide in the last nine months, then, should hardly come as a surprise. All of us are [...]

Make Election Day an Academic Holiday

The 2020 general election will be uniquely dangerous. Not since 1918 have Americans gone to the polls amid an unmitigated pandemic. With American democracy under attack by COVID-19, voter disenfranchisement, foreign nations and the president himself, students must vote like never before. So, Emory administrators, we urge you to designate Election Day an academic holiday [...]

Shut Georgia Down. Our Lives Depend On It.

On May 11, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp became the first governor in the U.S. to lift his state’s lockdown, igniting a bitter and regrettably partisan conflict between him and other state and local officials. On Aug. 18, a mere three months after Georgia reopened, the White House reported that the state has the highest rate [...]

First-Years, Don’t Send Us Home

As the second week of the fall semester draws to a close, student adherence to the Community Compact has proven haphazard at best. Emory’s COVID-19 incidence is a testament to that failure; since Aug. 1, 39 community members have tested positive. Students have congregated in massive numbers, often indoors — multiple resident advisors (RA) have reported [...]

Largely Optimistic, First-Years Move Onto Emory Campuses

Move-in took place over five days, from Aug. 13 to 17, a process that Sophomore Advisor Praneeth Kolli (23C) said was less “lively” compared to his first year move-in experience./Isaiah Poritz, Executive Editor As incoming first-year students navigate a college campus that was unimaginable only months ago — one defined by virtual courses, distanced campus [...]

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