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By Katie Bartlett

Jan. 19, 2022

For the first time in its 186 year history, 50 students matriculated into Oxford College in the spring semester. The spring start option allows Oxford to accept about 10% more students, according to Oxford Dean of Enrollment Services Kelley Lips. 

Oxford welcomed the spring admits with nightly activities like virtual games, Legos, embroidery and stuff-a-plush kits. 

“During high school, I was so focused on grades and extracurriculars that I didn’t feel like I got the chance to do everything I wanted to do,” Erin Yoon (23Ox) said. “[The spring start] was a really good opportunity to put myself out in the world, save up money and do things I wasn’t able to do in high school.”

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By Matthew Chupack and Madi Olivier 

Jan. 31, 2022

Expanding the Emory Advantage program, Emory University replaced all undergraduate students’ need-based loans with institutional grants and scholarships starting in the 2022-23 academic year. The University estimated that about 3,300 students would be impacted by this change and that Emory would spend about $8 million more on need-based aid. 

“By eliminating need-based loans for undergraduates, our students have the opportunity to earn their Emory degrees with less debt as they embark on their extraordinary journeys after graduation,” University President Gregory Fenves wrote in the Jan. 31 announcement

Sarah Lunne DiFranco (99B) echoed Fenves’ sentiment, stating that she had work study jobs and waited tables in college, but still graduated with loans totaling more than her annual salary at her first job.

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By Matthew Chupack and Madi Olivier 

Feb. 2, 2022

The Student Bar Association (SBA), Emory University School of Law’s student government, rejected the Emory Free Speech Forum’s (EFSF) charter request. National free speech organizations then accused SBA, and by extension the University, of limiting free speech and academic freedom. 

One reason SBA denied the club’s charter request is because they said it overlapped too much with existing clubs, which confused EFSF president Michael Reed-Price (24L) because he said he did not see another nonpartisan discourse, free speech or First Amendment organization at the activity fair. 

EFSF eventually reached out to the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for assistance in communicating with administrators. SBA ultimately granted EFSF chartership in late March.

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By Madi Olivier

March 3, 2022 

Emory began phasing out mask mandates around campus in March, first with indoor spaces like residence halls, dining areas and athletic spaces on March 7, then  instructional spaces like classrooms and laboratories on March 21.

This marked the first time masks were not required on campus since a mask mandate was imposed in May 2020. 

Chief Resilience Officer Amir St. Clair, who was the associate vice president and executive director for COVID-19 response and recovery at the time, said that the policy shift would likely be met with mixed emotions, and he recommended that high-risk individuals still wear a mask indoors.

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By Brammhi Balarajan and Matthew Chupack 

March 19, 2022

The 2021-22 academic year marked the 50th anniversary of Emory’s suspension of its gender quota. 

Then Dean John Stephens attributed the suspension to financial factors. He was quoted in a 1971 article saying that the University needed money in “this time of economic str[i]ngency.” To do so, he suggested increasing enrollment and admitting all qualified female applicants. He mentioned that the University had been “turning down admissible female students who are more than capable of meeting Emory’s standards.”

Former students recalled a lack of academic mentorship for women after the suspension was lifted. Karyl Barron (73C) noted that science professors would sometimes not take her at “full face.” She recalled that a physics professor commended her “because [he] didn’t really expect [a] female to do well in the class.” However, Barron was able to access mentorship and resources that her twin brother received since they attended Emory at the same time.

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By Brammhi Balarajan and Matthew Chupack 

March 19, 2022

The Board of Elections voted unanimously to disqualify Elisabet Ortiz (25C) from the Student Government Association (SGA) presidential race due to her enrollment status as a gap year student. 

In response, Ortiz called on the student body to vote “no confidence” in the presidential race to support their disenfranchised peers and advocate for SGA to amend its Code of Elections.

SGA Presidential Candidate Alyssa Stegall (21Ox, 23C) lost to “no confidence” in a runoff election. After a Constitutional Council hearing regarding the constitutionality of the runoff, the SGA legislature voted to invoke the line of succession and then-SGA Vice President-elect Noah Marchuck (24C) was named SGA President-elect. Marchuck was later sworn into office on April 18.

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By Ashley Zhu

March 30, 2022

Following nationwide trends, businesses around Emory were also challenged by high inflation rates in the spring. For Wagaya Japanese Restaurant in Emory Village, the price of bok choy rose from $35 per box to $55 per box — a 57% increase, owner Takashi Otsuka said. 

At the time, Wagaya was still unable to source certain foods, such as hamachi yellowtail, which Otsuka attributed to larger cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami being geographically prioritized over Atlanta for transportation and profitability.

Inflation also impacted students who own businesses, such as Daniel Ren’s (24C) lawn care business in Minnesota. He said that premium gas, which he needs for his lawn mower, was about $2.80 per gallon in his hometown in 2021, but rose to almost $4 per gallon in spring 2022. 

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By Matthew Chupack

April 1, 2022

In a room full of 100 tenured professors at Emory, about 32 would be female. Roughly five of these women would be Asian, two would be Black or African American and one would be Hispanic or Latina, according to data acquired from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2020-21 academic year.

“Those numbers are not based on people’s inability,” Chief Diversity Officer Carol Henderson said. “It’s based on a system that does not recognize their gifts and their talents.”

Paralleling women’s underrepresentation in tenured positions, female faculty are also paid less than their male counterparts at Emory, earning 82 cents to the men’s dollar. Not controlling for rank or tenure status, the average salary for male professors at Emory in the 2020-21 academic year was $143,738 but $117,872 for female professors, NCES reported.

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By Katie Bartlett and Meghan Gupte

April 13, 2022 

Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, many Emory community members, such as Anastasiia Strakhova (22G), began fearing for the safety of their friends and family in Russia and Ukraine. 

Strakhova is a Ukrainian citizen and her mother lived in Ukraine when the invasion began — she “didn’t believe that Putin [was] going to attack civilians.” After sheltering in place, where she would “hear explosions and see missiles” from her window, Strakhova said her mother left the country.

Likewise, Assistant Professor of Finance Tetyana Balyuk also had family in Ukraine who were forced to evacuate their homes for safer areas of the country. 

“It would be less stressful for me if my parents and sister came to me, but they chose not to,” Balyuk said. “They want to be with their people during these horrible times and help in whatever way they can.”

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By Madi Olivier

April 21, 2022

After over two years of advocacy by community members, Emory renamed the Yerkes National Primate Research Center to the Emory National Primate Research Center and the Emory University School of Law’s L.Q.C. Lamar professorships to Emory School of Law Distinguished Professors.

Robert Yerkes, a prominent 20th century eugenicist, founded the primate center. However, Yerkes is widely criticized as antisemitic and racist. He supported sterilizing, isolating and murdering people deemed as not socially “useful.”  

The law professorships were formerly named after Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1845C), who owned slaves and led Mississippi’s secession from the Union during the Civil War. 

Emory declined to remove names honoring Atticus Haygood, who served as a chaplain for the Confederate army. In an April 21 email, Fenves said Haygood, who was the eighth president of Emory, later “denounced slavery and dedicated himself to service that benefited African American communities in the South.”

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By Ashley Zhu

April 27, 2022

Emory community members could vote at the 1599 Clifton Road Building, which is located near the Emory Conference Center Hotel, for the first time during early voting for the 2022 midterm primary election.

“It’s really awesome news that students can just walk right across the street, or right down campus, and vote in the primaries in May and also for the full election in November,” former Young Democrats of Emory Political Director Josh Beskind (23C) said. 

However, Emory College Republicans Chairman Robert Schmad (23C) did not view the closer polling location as a positive.

“I’m not a huge fan of getting a bunch of kids from New York, New Jersey, California, coming to Georgia and voicing their opinions in a place they’re transien​​t,” Schmad said. “Most of the people who go here don’t really spend the majority of their lives in Georgia.”

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By Madi Olivier

May 6, 2022

Students on Emory’s Atlanta campus sheltered in place for over two hours on May 5 after a Druid Hills High School student who may have had a gun was believed to have fled to main campus. The University subsequently incorrectly tweeted “Emory Alert: Active Shooter reported on Emory Main Campus. Police responding. Details to follow” at 11:41 a.m. In fact, there was no active shooter on campus.

Emory Police Department Chief Cheryl Elliot later apologized for the false information and any confusion it may have caused.

“There was no active shooter,” Elliot wrote. “There were concerns of a possible armed subject on campus.”

The University issued an all clear at 2:21 p.m., allowing students to stop sheltering in place.

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By Matthew Chupack and Madi Olivier

Aug. 1, 2022

Music Midtown, which drew about 50,000 attendees in 2021 as well as hundreds of Emory students, was canceled this year. Although the festival did not specify reasoning in its decision, local and national media attributed the cancellation to Georgia gun laws preventing the festival from imposing a gun ban at the concert venue. 

The festival, which is hosted in Piedmont Park, prohibits “weapons or explosives of any kind,” but Georgia law allows guns to be carried in public spaces like parks. Known as the “guns everywhere” bill, HB60 expanded where guns are allowed in Georgia in 2014. This was further solidified when Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act into law in April, protecting citizen’s rights to carry guns in public.  

“The fact that guns have more rights than people in this country is genuinely … absurd,” Sam Goldstone (25C) said. “I find it wild that the legislative body in our state would prioritize the well being of literal firearms over that of human beings and people.”

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By Matthew Chupack and Madi Olivier

Aug. 8, 2022

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, Georgia’s controversial heartbeat bill went into effect on July 21. The law was previously struck down by the federal court in 2020 on the basis that it was unconstitutional under the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

The heartbeat bill bans most abortions after six weeks, which Sara Redd, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University’s Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE), said will “completely decimate” abortion access in Georgia. Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health Elizabeth Mosley, who also works for RISE, said that the Black community will be disproportionately affected.  

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, Black individuals received 64.9% of reported abortions in Georgia in 2019, while white people received 21.2% of reported abortions.

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By Matthew Chupack and Madi Olivier

Aug. 24, 2022

The 2022-23 academic year saw numerous changes in administrative positions, from new deans for the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School and Rollins, to a new vice president of communications and marketing and a new associate vice provost and director of the Carlos Museum, among administrative transitions.  

Emory College Interim Dean Carla Freeman recognized that students may feel anxious about administrative changes, but emphasized that such transitions are also positive. 

“I see adaptability — getting comfortable with change — as integral to flourishing in every facet of our lives,” Freeman wrote in an email to the Wheel. “Changes in leadership allow us all to welcome new ideas and ways of approaching the educational experience — lessons we have all learned during these pandemic years.”

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By Matthew Chupack

Aug. 31, 2022

Emory and 16 other private, elite universities were listed in early 2022 in a lawsuit alleging that the institutions violated antitrust laws by engaging in price fixing, which artificially inflates the net cost of attendance for students receiving financial aid. The court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case on Aug. 15.

A legal brief alleged that if Emory had not colluded with other schools, the University could have provided each undergraduate student on financial aid an additional $14,256 scholarship toward tuition, room, board and fees, on average. 

Robert Gilbert, Managing Partner of Gilbert Litigators & Counselors and one of the lead lawyers for the plaintiffs, said that this suit aims to bring “substantial restitution for 200,000 students who have been harmed by the collusion.”

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By Lauren Baydaline

Aug. 31, 2022

As a side-effect of Emory’s 99-year lease agreement with Gallery Living to build a gated senior living community on the Briarcliff campus, the University will demolish Building A. The abandoned mental health hospital was the filming location for Hawkin’s Lab in the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Renovations will also include refurbishing the Candler Mansion, which was highlighted in many film and TV productions, including “Stranger Things” and “Vampire Diaries.” The mansion will not be used to house the senior citizens. 

“The mansion now, at least part of the mystique and appeal is that some of it is still very grand and exquisite, but lots of it is in disrepair,” said Galerie Living Director of Marketing Stephen Corder. “Once we renovate and refurbish it, it’ll become a destination location where we envision weddings, receptions, community events, corporate events.”

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By Matthew Chupack

Sept. 12, 2022

U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory No. 22 in their 2023 “Best Colleges” list, the University’s lowest rank since 1994. For the five previous years, Emory ranked No. 21.

University of California, Berkeley, which ranked No. 22 last year, tied with University of California, Los Angeles at No. 20 this year, pushing down Emory from its previous rank. 

Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) and Georgetown University (D.C.) are now tied for No. 22 with Emory. Georgetown also ranked No. 22 last year, while Carnegie Mellon ranked No. 25.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing rose from its No. 4 position last year to take the No. 2 rank this year. Goizueta’s rank improved by one position this year, with the school now ranking No. 13 for undergraduate business programs.

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By Ashley Zhu

Sept. 14, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients on Aug. 24. 

His plan directly affects Emory students like Abri Rochte (24B), who has taken out about $16,000 in loans and pays her tuition with her own money. Rochte said she qualifies for up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness.  

Biden’s loan relief plan will likely benefit Emory undergraduates beyond Rochte. In the 2022-23 academic year, 18% of undergraduate students on the Atlanta campus are Pell Grant recipients. Additionally, the median post-graduation debt for Emory graduates is $16,556 with about 25% of Emory students receiving federal loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard for Emory.

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By Lauren Baydaline

Oct. 2, 2022

Starting fall 2022, Emory discontinued the First-Year Semi-Formal, a 20 year tradition, after a decline in student attendance, according to Director of Residential Education Linda Bachman. 

While Adelaide Rosene (25C) said she was OK with the decision to discontinue the Semi-Formal because it did not cater to the entire student body, other students were sad to see the tradition end.

“As a freshman, I loved Semi-Formal because it was one of the few large-scale opportunities for our entire class to get together,” Dan Zhang (23C) said. 

To replace the Semi-Formal, dorms were tasked with putting on individual, large-scale events. Zhang expressed concern about the added responsibility.

“I would personally rather help facilitate a class-wide event rather than lead a specific event and be concerned that what we choose won’t be enjoyed by some residents,” Zhang said.

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By Spencer Friedland

Oct. 26, 2022

Emory College, Oxford and the nursing school dropped the maximum number of credit hours a student could enroll in from 22 to 19, beginning in the spring 2023 semester. Goizueta students could enroll in up to 20 credits. 

The new policy is meant to support the University’s commitment to holistic learning and “reduce academic burnout,” Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Ravi Bellamkonda wrote in an email to the Wheel. 

However, students were largely dissatisfied with this change, including Marchuck, who said SGA was not consulted about the decision and that, to his knowledge, student feedback was not involved in the decision.

Jason Huang (26C) called the new policy “quite possibly one of the most despicable decisions ever made.”

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By Matthew Chupack

Nov. 9, 2022

Mirroring the 2018 gubernatorial election, Kemp fended off gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, outperforming her by 7.5 percentage points, garnering 53.4% of the vote to Abrams’ 45.9%. 

Abrams performed significantly worse in the 2022 election than in her first gubernatorial race against Kemp in 2018, where Kemp won his first term as governor by just 1.4 percentage points.  

In the Senate race, neither incumbent Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) nor Republican candidate Herschel Walker secured more than 50% of the vote, resulting in their race advancing to a Dec. 6 runoff. Warnock ultimately prevailed, defeating Warnock by 2.8 percentage points and securing his first full term in office. 


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Editor-in-Chief | Matthew Chupack (he/him, 24C) is from Northbrook, Illinois, majoring in sociology & religion and minoring in community building & social change on a pre-law track. Outside of the Wheel, Chupack serves on the Emory College Honor Council, is vice president of Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections, Treasurer of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and an RA in Dobbs Hall. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants around Atlanta, catching up on pop culture news and listening to country music.