Category: Opinion

OPINION

Prison Abolition is a Queer Liberation Issue

(Emory Wheel/Jay Jones) The transformative possibilities of defunding the police and abolishing prisons have entered the popular imagination over the past year. Much of the momentum on the streets gained over the summer of 2020 has slowed down, but millions of people were exposed to the radical framework of abolition. Now that it’s LGBTQIA+ Pride [...]

COVID-19 Immunization Required for Emory Students in Fall

On April 19, President Fenves announced that Emory University would require all students to be immunized for COVID-19 for fall 2021, with exemptions based on medical conditions or strong personal objections. Emory has added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of already required vaccines for students after extensive consultation with public health experts, vaccine scientists, [...]

A Letter from the Wheel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 

Almost a year ago, this newspaper acknowledged its lack of diversity, longstanding inequity and barriers to accessibility since its inception in 1919. We vowed that we had a responsibility to uplift and support diverse voices within our newsroom and nationwide.  Student journalists operate in a strange space between collegiate and professional worlds, and those at [...]

Drag in Atlanta, Contextualized by Queerness in the South

(Pixabay/nnguyen) Southernness and queerness are often constructed in antagonism to one another. In fact, 21st century novelist Brandon Taylor describes this in relation to his own identity by writing, “I thought that there was nothing worse than being gay and southern, that no two parts of a person could be more in conflict.”  Yet within [...]

Decriminalizing Sex Work Protects Asian Immigrant Women in the Spa Industry

Over the last decade, the stigma surrounding sex work has begun to shift from being considered a taboo practice to a more normalized profession in the U.S. Despite the growing acceptance around sex work, the sex trade is still incredibly dangerous. The line between voluntary work and trafficking is easily blurred as women and others [...]

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OPINION

Course Registration Was a Mess, Here’s How to Fix It

Emory University course atlas. The fall 2021 course registration was a disaster for sophomores. Poor turnaround time and lack of knowledge among students on the registration process led to chaos and confusion. Since juniors and seniors were allowed to enroll in classes first, many sophomores found themselves pushed out of required classes for their major [...]

The Black Panthers and Young Lords: How Today’s Mutual Aid Strategies Took Shape

Courtesy of Jay Jones. Mutual aid, a community-based strategy for collective survival and political action, has gained popularity during the pandemic, but communities and social movements have been using it for far longer. Two revolutionary organizations of the 1960s and ‘70s, the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Party, shaped modern mutual aid with [...]

The United States is food-illiterate

(Local farming / Smith_cl9) Did you know that 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows? Just kidding. That might be an inaccurate statistic due to the poorly designed survey, but reams of more accurate data actually show that many Americans are agriculturally illiterate.  For instance, in 2011, only 56% of fourth [...]

Prison Abolition is a Queer Liberation Issue

(Emory Wheel/Jay Jones) The transformative possibilities of defunding the police and abolishing prisons have entered the popular imagination over the past year. Much of the momentum on the streets gained over the summer of 2020 has slowed down, but millions of people were exposed to the radical framework of abolition. Now that it’s LGBTQIA+ Pride [...]

COVID-19 Immunization Required for Emory Students in Fall

On April 19, President Fenves announced that Emory University would require all students to be immunized for COVID-19 for fall 2021, with exemptions based on medical conditions or strong personal objections. Emory has added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of already required vaccines for students after extensive consultation with public health experts, vaccine scientists, [...]

A Letter from the Wheel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 

Almost a year ago, this newspaper acknowledged its lack of diversity, longstanding inequity and barriers to accessibility since its inception in 1919. We vowed that we had a responsibility to uplift and support diverse voices within our newsroom and nationwide.  Student journalists operate in a strange space between collegiate and professional worlds, and those at [...]

Drag in Atlanta, Contextualized by Queerness in the South

(Pixabay/nnguyen) Southernness and queerness are often constructed in antagonism to one another. In fact, 21st century novelist Brandon Taylor describes this in relation to his own identity by writing, “I thought that there was nothing worse than being gay and southern, that no two parts of a person could be more in conflict.”  Yet within [...]

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