Category: Opinion

OPINION

Emory Can and Should Reopen. Here’s Why.

On July 17, Emory announced that it will prohibit most students from living on campus this fall. The conversation about whether universities should reopen, thus, could not be more relevant. But one thing is clear: fully-remote education (with limited exceptions for first-year courses and advanced labs) will further impair student learning. It is wholly unnecessary [...]

Kamala Harris’ Record Disqualifies Her for U.S. Vice President

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is often cited as one of the top contenders on former Vice President Joe Biden’s shortlist of candidates for the Democratic vice presidential nomination. Despite clashes with Biden on the debate stage during her recent bid for presidency, notably over Biden’s history with school integration, the two have seemingly made amends. [...]

John Lewis: The Hero We Always Needed and Will Never Forget

Of all the signs I saw protesters carrying at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to take a picture with one: the infamous image of a state trooper beating of late civil rights giant and Georgia Congressman John Lewis as he led a voting rights march in Selma, Ala. on March [...]

Biden’s New Climate Plan Shows Why Progressives Must Vote

The perils of climate change are upon us. The U.S. has spent far too long being ambivalent toward the dire threat of climate change, exacerbated under Trump’s administration. If we hope to counteract the effects of climate change, we must depend upon bold, progressive change. We need a leader unafraid to seize that opportunity.  As [...]

Return to the Pandemic’s Epicenter or Lose Academic Credit? Emory Forced Me to Choose.

Decisions concerning one’s health and safety are enormously personal. As individuals, we deserve to make them ourselves after considering health-related advice and information from those with relevant expertise. Universities have no place making these choices for us, but when COVID-19 took the world by storm, Emory nevertheless did so when they directed me to leave [...]

Response: Contextualizing American History

On July 15, The Emory Wheel published a student-written op-ed titled “In Defense of American History.” As alumnae of the Wheel, we are disappointed in both the publication of this editorial and the arguments presented therein.  The author’s argument stems from a grievance with the comments of activists and the chairman of the Cheyenne River [...]

CBOC’s Statement of Actionable Items to Emory University’s Administration: One Month Observation

The Coalition of Black Organizations and Clubs (CBOC), since the release of its Statement of Actionable Items in mid-June, has worked diligently (interorganizationally and with the University’s administration) to see that each of the enumerated demands are scrupulously assessed, reassessed and resolved. It is important to note, however, that these demands are the subject of [...]

Returning to Campus Warrants Grave Caution

After many local and state governments nationwide reopened their economies in early June, California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently rolled back such efforts in 30 counties, a move mirrored by other hard-hit states, including Florida and Texas. Although cases have been rising rapidly in Georgia, warranting new reversal policies, in Gov. Brain Kemp’s address this Wednesday, [...]

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OPINION

Stop Making Excuses for Racist Presidents

On July 22, former Vice President Joe Biden stated that President Donald Trump is the first racist that was elected president.  Since then, Biden’s campaign has attempted to reframe his damaging rhetoric by stating that “there have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out — especially in modern history.” While Trump [...]

Non-Black POC, It’s Time to Educate Ourselves and Become True Allies

I can’t count the number of times I’ve let anti-Black racist remarks from family members slide simply because I was afraid to confront them about their behavior. When I was finally able to muster the courage to explain how offensive their statements were, my words never seemed to be enough to help them understand their [...]

How Health Care Expenses Sneak Up on Patients

Even as someone aspiring to be a physician, I confess that health care confuses me. The ability of modern medicine to heal is exquisite, yet its price can be debilitating. In 2018, Americans borrowed $88 billion to pay for health care. While those costs arise from the unwieldy interaction of legislation, patient care, business, insurance [...]

Emory Can and Should Reopen. Here’s Why.

On July 17, Emory announced that it will prohibit most students from living on campus this fall. The conversation about whether universities should reopen, thus, could not be more relevant. But one thing is clear: fully-remote education (with limited exceptions for first-year courses and advanced labs) will further impair student learning. It is wholly unnecessary [...]

Kamala Harris’ Record Disqualifies Her for U.S. Vice President

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is often cited as one of the top contenders on former Vice President Joe Biden’s shortlist of candidates for the Democratic vice presidential nomination. Despite clashes with Biden on the debate stage during her recent bid for presidency, notably over Biden’s history with school integration, the two have seemingly made amends. [...]

John Lewis: The Hero We Always Needed and Will Never Forget

Of all the signs I saw protesters carrying at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to take a picture with one: the infamous image of a state trooper beating of late civil rights giant and Georgia Congressman John Lewis as he led a voting rights march in Selma, Ala. on March [...]

Biden’s New Climate Plan Shows Why Progressives Must Vote

The perils of climate change are upon us. The U.S. has spent far too long being ambivalent toward the dire threat of climate change, exacerbated under Trump’s administration. If we hope to counteract the effects of climate change, we must depend upon bold, progressive change. We need a leader unafraid to seize that opportunity.  As [...]

Return to the Pandemic’s Epicenter or Lose Academic Credit? Emory Forced Me to Choose.

Decisions concerning one’s health and safety are enormously personal. As individuals, we deserve to make them ourselves after considering health-related advice and information from those with relevant expertise. Universities have no place making these choices for us, but when COVID-19 took the world by storm, Emory nevertheless did so when they directed me to leave [...]

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