Category: Opinion

OPINION

College academics are a behemoth of mental health problems. Let’s Take a Wrecking Ball to It.

(Emory Wheel / Alison Barlow) What student hasn’t experienced some form of the ever-invasive academic stress creeping into their lives and affecting their mental well-being during their time in college?  Colleges serve as bastions for propping a competitive culture that pits students against students and degrades mental health without offering much in return. Universities take [...]

“Stay healthy” Is Not The Positive Message You Think It Is

Emory Wheel/Jay Jones, Stay Healthy Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase “stay healthy” has become a common greeting and sign-off in our digital and in-person communication. It makes sense; we have been living with a massive risk to our collective health for the last year and a half, and many of us [...]

Emory is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak on campus

(Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) This semester feels like the premise of a really sick scientific experiment. What happens when 7,000 undergraduates are allowed to run amok during a pandemic? What if you don’t require testing for vaccinated students? Vaccines are required, except for people with health problems and “strong personal objections.”  The answer: the Emory [...]

Emory’s unclear COVID-19 policies are undermining themselves

(The Emory Wheel/Gabriella Lewis) Up to this point, the objective of Emory’s COVID-19 rules has been clear. In the beginning, the goal was to “flatten the curve” of cases and hospitalizations. As the fall 2020 semester approached, cases overwhelmed hospitals nationwide, causing thousands of deaths. Emory implemented a mask mandate, kept classes online, restricted gatherings [...]

President Biden is wrong to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

(Wikimedia Commons/Zoozaz1) Crowds of people in front of Kabul airport, trying to travel abroad. Throughout history, the achievements of certain American presidents have been overshadowed by scandals or catastrophic policy mistakes. Bill Clinton may have brokered peace between Israel and Jordan, but he is remembered for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. George W. Bush may [...]

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OPINION

California’s recall reveals how democracy is failing

(Wikimedia Commons/Cory Doctorow) I wasn’t excited to vote in my first election. In fact, I almost didn’t vote at all. I cast my first and last ballot as a Californian the night before I came to Emory. On Sept. 14, I watched from Atlanta as the country’s eyes turned to the gubernatorial recall in my [...]

Insects. The revolutionary future of the human diet.

Illustration courtesy of Alison Barlow. Haven’t you ever wondered about the taste of the enoki-pine nut, wax moth caterpillars and the bacon-chanterelle of bee larvae? Maybe not, but maybe it’s time. The American diet is simple and uninspiring; it chooses to respond to a Eurocentric culinary perspective and ignores millions of different species that could [...]

Emory must strengthen its climate action

Photo Courtesy of Jaylan Jacobs (Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team) We are living in an age of climate crisis. Emory University, despite its good intentions, has neglected its responsibility to address this emergency with the urgency it requires.  The Emory Climate Coalition demands that University President Gregory Fenves and the Board of Trustees substantially [...]

College academics are a behemoth of mental health problems. Let’s Take a Wrecking Ball to It.

(Emory Wheel / Alison Barlow) What student hasn’t experienced some form of the ever-invasive academic stress creeping into their lives and affecting their mental well-being during their time in college?  Colleges serve as bastions for propping a competitive culture that pits students against students and degrades mental health without offering much in return. Universities take [...]

“Stay healthy” Is Not The Positive Message You Think It Is

Emory Wheel/Jay Jones, Stay Healthy Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase “stay healthy” has become a common greeting and sign-off in our digital and in-person communication. It makes sense; we have been living with a massive risk to our collective health for the last year and a half, and many of us [...]

Emory is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak on campus

(Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) This semester feels like the premise of a really sick scientific experiment. What happens when 7,000 undergraduates are allowed to run amok during a pandemic? What if you don’t require testing for vaccinated students? Vaccines are required, except for people with health problems and “strong personal objections.”  The answer: the Emory [...]

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