The Stories That Defined 2016

          2016 was a year of change at Emory. The presidential election season divided the school, and Donald J. Trump’s victory sparked both celebration and despair across campus. The year also brought the University’s first female president, and the Student Government Association (SGA) began a process that could split the organization in two. The year was marked by death, more than four shaking the community, but also by birth, when a freshman helped to deliver a baby on the other side of the world. Even this newspaper amended its constitution to restructure its editorial procedure. Taking into consideration pageviews and events that Wheel editors deemed most impactful, these are the stories that defined 2016.

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March 22, 2016 | Sam Budnyk

In the Wheel’s most-read story of 2016, students protested pro-Trump slogans that were written in chalk on Emory’s Atlanta campus overnight, garnering responses from University administrators, College Council (CC) and SGA and provoking a national conversation about the role of free speech on college campuses.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Sherman Alexie Talks Writing Boldly, Reflects on Grief” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Courtesy of Chase Jarvis

April 9, 2016 | Hannah Conway

The Wheel’s coverage of Native American writer Sherman Alexie Jr.’s two-hour talk at the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall was the first record of Alexie discussing how he composed poems for his “beloved” ones prior to his December 2015 brain surgery, an operation he thought would kill him.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Yiannopoulos Will Bring Hate, Not Insight, to Emory” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Milo Yiannopoulos speaks to a crowd at Emory. | Julia Munslow, Executive Editor

April 13, 2016 | Anaïs Hussung

College senior Anaïs Hussung criticized student groups Emory College Republicans (ECR) and Emory Young Americans for Liberty for inviting Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus. Hussing wrote that Yiannopoulos promotes white supremacy, open misogyny and hate speech.

Read the op-ed here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Emory Influence Stays with Andrew Wilson, Olympic Trials Begin” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Courtesy of Emory Athletics

June 25, 2016 | Avery Yang

While taking a year off to train at the University of Texas for the 2016 Olympic Trials, senior swimmer Andrew Wilson (17C) Skyped with Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics Ken Ono to review problem sets and prepare for his honors thesis. Wilson narrowly missed the cut for the U.S. Olympic team but since returning to Emory has broken five NCAA records. In 2016, Emory’s women’s swimming and diving team and women’s tennis team both won NCAA championship titles, and other Emory teams captured a total of seven University Athletic Association (UAA) titles.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Two Emory Students Killed in Bangladesh Attack” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Rising Oxford College sophomore Abinta Kabir (left) and rising Goizueta Business School junior Faraaz Hossain (right) were taken hostage and killed in the Dhaka, Bangladesh, attack. / Courtesy of Facebook

July 2, 2016 | Julia Munslow

Emory students and close friends Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain were among 20 people taken hostage and killed in the July 1 Dhaka, Bangladesh, terrorist attack. Kabir, a rising Oxford College sophomore, and Hossain, a rising Goizueta Business School junior, were remembered for their kindness and leadership. Hossain was posthumously awarded the 2016 Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for reportedly refusing to desert his friends although the gunmen would have permitted him to leave.

Read the full story here.

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Sept. 7, 2016 | The Emory Wheel

In the Wheel’s 97th year, the newspaper’s editors voted to restructure the Editorial Board to draw a clear line between news reporting and the paper’s official opinions. After a month-long selection process, the editors chose 10 students to compose the new Editorial Board and represent the Wheel’s editorial voice.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Our Interview with President Sterk” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Courtesy of Emory Photo/Video

Sept. 27, 2016 | Emily Sullivan

The University Board of Trustees announced in June that Emory would be led by a woman for the first time in its 180-year history. In a Wheel interview with Emory’s 20th president, Claire E. Sterk, the Netherlands native talked about her vision for the University and how her values shaped her path to presidency.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Fruit of Gap Year’s Loins Bears New Perspective” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Courtesy of David Kulp

Oct. 19, 2016 | Niraj Naik

With only 20 minutes of training on childbirth and maternity care under his belt, College freshman David Kulp helped a mother deliver her baby during his gap year in Israel.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Why My Immigrant Parents Might Vote For Trump” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Nov. 5, 2016 | Katlyn Huang

College junior Katlyn Huang shattered the notion that Trump supporters are largely Midwestern whites by revealing that Trump’s stance on illegal immigration and call to “Make America great again” resonated with her longtime Democrat, Chinese immigrant parents.

Read the op-ed here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Hypocrisy and Intellectual Elitism in Student Liberalism at Emory” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Tyler Zelinger

Nov. 13, 2016 | Tyler Zelinger

Following the 2016 presidential election, Wheel columnist and College senior Tyler Zelinger argued to his fellow Democrats that in order to elect a Democratic president in 2020 they must take responsibility for the consequences of their own divisive rhetoric toward Trump supporters.

Read the op-ed here.

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Nov. 30, 2016 | Hagar Elsayed, Gulingeer Nurikemu and Leila Yavari

With more than 7,800 views, the Wheel’s night with WoodREC server Robert Shaw captured the friendly service and delicious chicken tenders he offers to hungry college students between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Watch the video here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Emory Reviews ‘Sanctuary Campus’ Petition; Assesses Options” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]SGA Sophomore Representative Ruben Diaz (FAR RIGHT) presents to SGA a resolution to endorse the petition requesting for Emory to become a "sanctuary campus." The resolution passed Monday night.

Nov. 30, 2016 | Zak Hudak and Julia Munslow

A petition signed by more than 1,500 members and 17 organizations of the Emory community requesting that the University become a “sanctuary campus” to protect its undocumented students was sent to administrators after Trump, who had said he planned to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, won the presidency.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”SGA Restarts Split Bill after Violation of Constitution” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]SGA | Ruth Reyes, Photo Editor

Dec. 1, 2016 | Joshua Lee

As a result of the Wheel’s reporting, SGA recognized that it had breached its constitution by failing to send a University-wide email regarding a bill that would split the legislative body into two autonomous branches: the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). The proposal came after complaints about a lack of a representative graduate student voice on SGA. Legislators later voted to send the bill to a University-wide referendum, set for Spring 2017.

Read the full story here.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”College Republicans Demand that Nair Retract 9/11 Comparison or Resign” time_link_apply=”box” time_link=”||target:%20_blank|” title_font_size=”desktop:17px;”]Dean Ajay Nair

Dec. 3, 2016 | Zak Hudak

Student group Emory College Republicans (ECR) called for Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair to either resign or retract and apologize for his comments comparing the reaction at Emory after Trump won the presidency to the campus climate at the University of Virginia after 9/11. ECR claimed that Nair’s comments “demeaned” the lives lost on 9/11, but Nair issued a statement on Facebook clarifying that his comparison was between the campus “emotions,” not 9/11 and the presidential election.

Read the full story here.


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