Category: Opinion

OPINION

Universities Should Not Be Battle Grounds for Political Parties

Imagine this scenario: Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves resigns, and instead of the Presidential Selection Committee appointing a new president, U.S. President Joe Biden does so without consulting anyone. Undemocratic, right? However, this is exactly what happened at Boğaziçi University, one of Istanbul’s most prestigious universities, this past January. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip [...]

Big Tech Goes to War | Global With Gupta

Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s account following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has raised questions about social media and technology companies’ control over the freedoms of speech and expression. Should such platforms be allowed to censor and regulate who posts on online platforms and what they post? How can social media combat [...]

White Women, It’s Your Fault Too

Content warning: This article includes references to racial violence against Emmett Till. In a recent  live stream on Instagram, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) relayed her harrowing experience within the Capitol on Jan. 6, where white supremacists stormed the building and brought about destruction, pain and turmoil. She narrated the terrifying ordeal she experienced and even [...]

You Belong Here. Your Imposter Syndrome Doesn’t.

Graphic by Alison Barlow, contributing illustrator. Last August, I sat in front of my laptop during orientation. I couldn’t stop worrying about how silly I looked on Zoom. While other first-years discussed how they spent their summers reading French philosophy or learning a second language, I was thinking about how I spent mine washing dishes [...]

Emory Sexual Assault Peer Advocates: Response to The Emory Wheel’s Editorial Board Article on Sexual Violence

Dear Emory community, The Wheel’s Jan. 18 editorial  sought to highlight the University’s ongoing response to sexual violence and the considerable gaps in services offered to survivors. The issues it raised are of great concern to our organization, and we agree there is much more the University and our community can do to support survivors [...]

Redefining the Obituary

After attending a seminar with Ann Wroe, the obituary editor for The Economist, I became fascinated with the art of obituary writing. An obituary, a public notice of death that recounts a person’s life, is a gateway into a world that most of the living shun; an obituarist’s excitement for their job borders an air [...]

Letter From the DEI Editor: On Rebuilding the Emory Wheel

The Emory Wheel’s recent decision to hire a diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI) editor spurs debate on how to best approach a tenuous issue that has plagued the Wheel for decades. To me, DEI begins with having a cacophony of diverse voices at the table and continues by giving them reasons to stay. Before I [...]

Emory Should Stop Honoring a Racist, Anti-Semitic Eugenicist

I am delighted that Emory University, where I teach, has worked tirelessly to eliminate racism and anti-Semitism. However, Emory has overlooked an egregious example. Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, on Emory’s Atlanta campus with over 500 employees, and a division of the prestigious Woodruff Health Sciences Center, is named for Robert Yerkes. As I [...]

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OPINION

Vaccinated? Great, Still Wear a Mask

Since last March, the U.S. has struggled to get Americans to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. The slew of public health misinformation from former President Donald Trump has convinced many Americans that the virus is no more serious than an annual flu outbreak, causing only mild, manageable symptoms. Americans cling to misleading COVID-19 survival rate [...]

Abolish Diplomas. Adopt the Finnish Sword and Hat Instead.

Graphic by Alison Barlow, Contributing Illustrator. From pelting graduates with ketchup in Argentina to parading around town in the back of a pickup truck in Sweden, there are special traditions, dress attire and customs that mark graduation day. But let’s not deceive ourselves; what we actually look forward to is rubbing our fingers along the [...]

The Dire Dilemma of Biden’s Citizenship Act

Amid the brutal winter, countless communities across the U.S. are suffering, particularly immigrants. Immigration detention facilities continue to lack adequate heat and water to protect against the weather and pandemic, leaving detainees vulnerable to freezing nights and COVID-19. In particular, the Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, was discovered to have lied about their [...]

Don’t Hold Small Investors to a Higher Standard Than Wall Street

When members of the Reddit community r/WallStreetBets used strategic methods to attack large hedge funds, critics quickly accused them of market manipulation. Hedge fund manager Michael Burry wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “what is going on now — there should be legal and regulatory repercussions.” However, the banking industry has manipulated the system and profits [...]

Universities Should Not Be Battle Grounds for Political Parties

Imagine this scenario: Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves resigns, and instead of the Presidential Selection Committee appointing a new president, U.S. President Joe Biden does so without consulting anyone. Undemocratic, right? However, this is exactly what happened at Boğaziçi University, one of Istanbul’s most prestigious universities, this past January. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip [...]

Big Tech Goes to War | Global With Gupta

Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s account following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has raised questions about social media and technology companies’ control over the freedoms of speech and expression. Should such platforms be allowed to censor and regulate who posts on online platforms and what they post? How can social media combat [...]

White Women, It’s Your Fault Too

Content warning: This article includes references to racial violence against Emmett Till. In a recent  live stream on Instagram, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) relayed her harrowing experience within the Capitol on Jan. 6, where white supremacists stormed the building and brought about destruction, pain and turmoil. She narrated the terrifying ordeal she experienced and even [...]

You Belong Here. Your Imposter Syndrome Doesn’t.

Graphic by Alison Barlow, contributing illustrator. Last August, I sat in front of my laptop during orientation. I couldn’t stop worrying about how silly I looked on Zoom. While other first-years discussed how they spent their summers reading French philosophy or learning a second language, I was thinking about how I spent mine washing dishes [...]

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