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technique High Museum Exhibit p12 Sen. Perdue at Tech p4


News 2 Opinions 5 Life 8 Entertainment 12 Sports 20
SPORTS

JACKETS SHOW PRIDE COLORS p10 Basketball


ENTERTAINMENT
may turn to
‘small ball’
JOSH FORBES
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tech hoops in the “Pastnerball” era


has been arguably the most popular
team on campus, if for no other reason
than the two-year period’s alignment
with some of CPJ’s worst seasons in his
tenure at Tech. Josh Pastner, named
ACC Coach of the Year in his inaugu-
ral season, is a branch off the old Lute
Olson coaching tree at the University
of Arizona that has flourished since his
arrival in 2016. Pastner’s first year sur-
prised many as the Jackets wildly over-
performed in comparison to the pre-
season projections that had Tech going
winless in ACC play — with an upset
over No. 5 UNC in his first conference
game, Pastner’s squad racked up four
top 25 wins over the course of the year,
ending 8-10 in ACC play.
Pastner’s second season came with
some seriously readjusted expecta-
tions for what a “successful” season
meant. While going from a 21-16 to
13-19 overall record was far from what
was anticipated going into the year,
the combination of stymieing losses
to clearly inferior opponents — like
Grambling State, Wofford and Wright
State — and the extended absences
of key contributors, including then-
freshman guard Jose Alvarado, senior
guard Tadric Jackson and sophomore
forward Josh Okogie was enough to
derail a promising young team’s season
from the start.
This third year sets up an opportu-
nity for Pastner to truly begin imple-
menting his system with the players
he recruited as opposed to the ones he
was handed when taking the coach-
See HOOPS, page 19
Top L: Photo by Katherine Shambaugh Student Publications; Top R: Photo courtesy of Senator Perdue; Above: Photo by Izabela Hadula Student Publications

LIFE

Tech pre-health helps students get their white coats


Able to offer unique insight and Zaragoza have a unique un-
BOBBY GUILD into this are Pre-Health Peer derstanding of why people choose
STAFF WRITER Advisors Sirwoo Kim and Rocio to pursue pre-health at Tech.
Zaragoza. Both are fourth-year “I think students are drawn
In the medical field, donning BME majors on the pre-health to healthcare fields because they
the white coat is a lifelong dream track, and these two know what want to help people and change
and symbolic of a great deal of re- it is like to balance the rigors of someone’s life. Everyone has their
spect and knowledge. However, Tech’s curriculum with the re- personal path and reasoning, but
it is no secret that achieving this quirements of applying to medi- it still comes down to their pas-
dream requires years of dedicated cal school. In their roles, they sion to building patient relation-
study, hard work and intense fo- regularly work with students who ships and bring them back to opti-
cus, and one might wonder why are interested in the pre-health mal health,” Zaragoza said.
someone would choose such a dif- program or who are already on For third-year BME Omar
ficult path, one that is especially the track. Students from majors Ahmed, this statement rings
so at Tech. For almost everyone, across campus, from liberal arts true. Ahmed, who hopes to be- Photo by Casey Gomez Student Publications

it is the chance to make someone’s to chemistry, choose to pursue a come a cardiothoracic surgeon, The pre-health advising office is located in the Bill Moore Student
life better. career in the medical field. Kim See HEALTH, page 9 Success Center, and helps students interested in healthcare.
News
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Tackling Depression Together technique
Jonathan Jeffrey
The Mental Health Student Coalition is
inviting colleges representatives across the Friday,
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country to confer on mental health 44 October 19, 2018
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hewed to close to the definition, The group currently has 36 mem- responded to a call from a Peer
and that it could be interpreted bers and they participate com- Leader at Glenn Residence Hall.
to be a retreat. Others defended petitively in regional and national Upon his arrival, the officer
the group, arguing that the pur- competitions. was led to a student who was
pose of the event was to improve The first bill that the UHR saw passed out in the floor of the dorm
the group skills. In that case, the was a request for SGA to cover bathroom.
event should be treated as a work- travel costs and registration fees The officer requested an ambu-
shop instead of a retreat, they said. for the national competition that lance, and the student was trans-
One representative pointed out they attend, where they send five ported to a hospital in midtown.
that during the fiscal year 2018, players to compete in Washing- Once the student gained con-
SGA had given $1500 per mem- ton, D.C. sciousness in the hospital, she ad-
ber to Taal Tadka, and pointed The second was to cover the mitted to having consumed three
out that although traveling per- cost of more practice and compe- cups of an unknown alcoholic

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formance groups such as singing tition balls. beverage.
ach week , this sec tion of and dancing groups comprised a The bill incited mild question- JESSICA BARBER The Dean of Students was no-
News will include coverage relatively small percentage of stu- ing from the representatives as to CONTRIBUTING WRITER tified of underage alcohol con-
of different aspects of bills dent organizations, they received the difference between the two sumption, and the student was
and resolutions that have passed a relatively outsized percentage of kinds of balls; the answer came WHEN CHAIRS FLY issued a student code of conduct
through Student Government. This SGA funding. down to the quality and sourcing On Oct. 11 at approximately violation for underage drinking.
will include the Undergraduate The debate continued over of the materials. 10:30 p.m., a Georgia Tech Po-
whether the festival qualified as a The third bill that was pro- lice Department (GTPD) officer ISN’T THIS TECH
House of Representatives, Graduate
retreat or not, until a representa- posed was to pay for registration received a call regarding a student A GTPD officer was assist-
Student Senate and the Executive tive moved to strike the line items in a regional conference in Atlan- who was being disruptive at a fra- ing a motorist near the Chevron
Branch of both government bodies. containing the requests for funds. ta that would be able to provide ternity house. gas station on Northside Drive at
This motion passed, rendering the some of the group’s members with Upon his arrival, the officer about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 when
MASON FAVRO bill empty. rankings from the national colle- confronted the student, who was a pedestrian violently approached
STAFF WRITER Despite being completely emp- giate table tennis body. evidently under the influence of the doors of the gas station and
ty, the bill was passed 19-17-2, and The fourth and final bill of the alcohol. demanded to be let in.
TAAL TADKA PASSES EMPTY will now be sent to be heard by the session contained requests for new The student later admitted The clerk on duty advised the
The Taal Tadka A Cappella GSS, who had not heard it earlier uniforms; the team had received to having thrown a chair down subject to leave the premises, but
group approached the Student in the day due to time constraints. uniforms four years ago, however a flight of stairs and towards the the subject refused and began try-
Government Association (SGA) The result of the bill passing they had become frayed, torn, and street. ing to forcibly open the door. The
with a petition for funding to with no line items means that if stretched from use. No injuries other than perhaps subject’s yells and curses drew the
cover travel to and registration for GSS passes the bill with the origi- The Table Tennis Association a minor dent to the student’s ego officer’s attention to the scuffle.
the Betsy A Cappella Festival in nal funding request intact, then also requested funds to pay for a were reported. The student re- The officer approached the
Miami, Florida. the bill will be sent to conference “ball picker,” which is a device to ceived a Student Code of Conduct scene and asked the subject to re-
It appeared as though the between GSS and UHR, where aid with picking up table tennis violation and was later contacted lease the door.
bill would glide through with- Taal Tadka will have the chance balls. The JFC Vice President de- by the Dean of Students. The subject then attempted to
out debate in the Undergraduate to receive a portion of the origi- scribed the tool as being similar to walk away from the officer, and
House of Representatives (UHR). nally requested funding. “a jellyfish.” LOOKING FOR A SIGN when he was ordered to stop, the
However, when the Joint Finance Ultimately, all four of the bills On Oct. 5 around 3:00 a.m., subject attempted to argue to try
Committee (JFC) Vice President FOUR BILLS FOR BALLS presented were passed with lim- a GTPD officer was dispatched to to justify his disobedience.
gave his report, he pointed out The Table Tennis Association ited dissent from the representa- the intersection of Fowler Street “This isn’t Georgia Tech’s cam-
that JFC had specific delibera- presented four bills to UHR, ask- tives present. It had not yet been and Bobby Dodd Way. pus,” he matter-of-factly informed
tions over whether the event was ing for funding for a variety of seen by the GSS due to time con- Here a student was seen to be the officer, expecting this to end
a retreat or not. Ultimately, JFC materials and activities that the straints, so the bills are to be voted carrying a street sign, and upon the ordeal.
had determined they believed the growing program participates in. upon by GSS. investigation, the student bragged The subject continued ignoring
event was not a retreat. about having attended multiple the officer’s verbal orders, all the
SGA policy is not to provide BILL SUMMARY parties and stealing the sign. The while with one of his hands con-
funding for retreats, and thus the student was issued a Student Code cealed in his pocket.
question of whether or not the BILL AMOUNT GSS UHR of Conduct violation. With the aim of trying prevent
Betsy A Cappella event met that Team Buzz Day of Service Funding* $3,441.00 30-0-0 33-0-0 The street sign was confiscated a life-threatening situation, the of-
definition would determine if by the officer and was safely re- ficer called for backup.
SGA should allow the bill to pass. Hytech Racing Fall 2018 $21,020.43 30-0-0 34-0-0 turned to its home on the corner After three additional GTPD
This prompted UHR mem- Spaceport America Cup Team $11,378.20 27-3-0 35-0-0 of Fourth Street and Williams officers arrived at the scene, the
bers to launch into a discussion Street. subject finally complied and re-
on what the definition of a retreat NSBE Regional Conference 2018 $6,720.00 11-3-0 32-0-3 moved his hand from his pocket.
was under SGA policy guidelines. Solar Racing Team Aerobody $10,552.87 30-0-0 33-0-0 STUDY HARD, SLEEP HARDER The subject was temporarily
Various representatives ex- On the night of Oct. 12, a few detained, questioned and then re-
pressed concern that the festival * Bill line items amended in conference between GSS and UHR minutes after 2 a.m., an officer leased from custody.

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Town halls discuss hunt for new Dean Sen. Perdue snatches
of Sciences and Dean of Computing phone at Kemp event
to make sure that staff were rep- are encouraged to forward nomi- hand, and the student repeatedly
JEFFREY LUO resented, and that students were nations of possible candidates to JONATHAN JEFFREY ask for his phone back.
STAFF WRITER represented.” committee members. NEWS EDITOR “You’ve stolen my property,
This process of switching Names of any candidates will you’ve stolen my property,” the
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Tues- deans has allowed both colleges to not be released until finalists are In the final weeks before the student can be heard saying. “Give
day, Oct. 16, the Office of the reflect on which initiatives should announced next March. November midterm elections, me my phone back, Senator.”
Provost hosted two town halls be prioritized under new leader- “Many of the people we are where the seat for Georgia gov- Perdue, on his part, played off
to discuss the ongoing search for ship in upcoming years. pursuing are very good at what ernor is on the ballot major party the phone grab as attempt to take
deans for the College of Comput- Bras shared several initiatives they [do],” said Herazy. “We candidates are reaching out to col- a selfie, asking “You wanted a pic-
ing and the College of Sciences. that both colleges may hope to would like to make sure that lege campuses to attract support. ture?” multiple times before retur-
These efforts follow the recent pursue, including constructing throughout this process, every- On Saturday, Oct. 13, Brian ing the phone to the student.
departure of Paul Goldbart, for- new libraries and working with thing remains confidential about Kemp, Georgia secretary of state Afterward, the student fol-
mer dean of the College of Sci- the Commission on Creating the their interest in the position, and Republican nominee for gov- lowed Perdue for some seconds as
ences, and the announcement this Next in Education, a group begun about their candidacy in the posi- ernor, along with his running the senator tried to leave on foot.
past summer that Zvi Galil, cur- in 2015 that focuses on exploring tion, and [about] why they chose mate Geoff Duncan and Senator “He’s trying to leave,” the stu-
rent dean of the College of Com- alternative education models. to apply.” David Perdue, were welcomed dent said. “He’s trying to leave
puting, would be stepping down As noted by Bras, these dean In addition to the College of onto campus for a tailgate by the because he won’t answer why he’s
from his post in June 2019. searches will be conducted inter- Computing and College of Sci- Georgia Association of College endorsing a candidate who’s try-
In the wake of Goldbart’s de- nally and will not involve an out- ences, administration has also Republicans. ing to purge people from voting
parture, David Collard has as- side search firm. organized search committees to While meant to help drum up on the basis of their race.”
sumed the role of interim dean of “To succeed, the committees identify candidates for several support for Kemp’s campaign, the The student’s comments refer
the College of Science, and will are going to have to work very administrative roles vacated due tailgate event resulted in a storm to recent reports that Kemp’s of-
remain in the position until a new hard. These committees are not to ethics scandals that surfaced in of unpleasant press for Kemp fice has placed 53,000 voter regis-
dean is found. going to be passive groups react- the summer. when Perdue grabbed the phone trations on hold, many flagged be-
Rafael L. Bras, provost and ex- ing to information given to them,” Among these openings are the of a student who tried to ask the cause of small typos that violated
ecutive vice president for Academ- Bras said. “They will have to be executive vice president for Ad- senator a question on video. the state’s requirement of an “ex-
ic Affairs, detailed the timeline for proactive in seeking out and con- ministration and Finance and the The student, a member of the act match” with state documents.
these searches. The process began vincing candidates that we want vice president of Institute Com- Tech chapter of the Young Demo- Nearly 70 percent of withheld
in Aug. 2018 with the creation of them.” munications, as well as the senior cratic Society of America (YDSA), applications are from African
two separate search committees. Those who may know individ- vice president and director of the let the organization post the video Americans, which has raised con-
Up until November, a pool of uals interested in these positions Georgia Tech Research Institute. onto its Facebook page, where it cerns of racial discrimination.
candidates will be steadily devel- garnered over 27,000 views; on Upon hearing the reports,
oped and vetted for recruitment, Twitter, a copy of the video has Stacey Abrams, the Democratic
out of which a group of finalists over 225,000 views. nominee for governor, has repeat-
will be selected to visit campus The video shows Perdue’s bel- ed earlier calls made for Kemp to
in March 2019. A final decision ligerent response to the student step down from his role as secre-
and announcement regarding the asking how he could support tary of state in order to avoid a
naming of the new deans will be Kemp for governor. conflict of interest with his candi-
made in May 2019. “No, I’m not doing that, I’m dacy for governor.
The College of Computing and not doing that,” Perdue said, pull- A spokesperson for Perdue
College of Sciences search com- ing the phone from the student’s speaking to WXIA reiterated their
mittees are chaired by Raheem hand. The video cuts to black. claim that Perdue misread the sit-
Beyah and Pinar Keskinocak, re- According to a YDSA state- uation as a selfie offer.
spectively. Jennifer Herazy, associ- ment released on Oct. 13 after “It is our belief, and the belief
ate provost for Operations, serves the event, the “video cuts briefly of the student, that Perdue com-
on both committees as the search for a few seconds when Perdue ac- mitted the Georgia crimes of
director. cidentally stopped and started the Theft by taking and Robbery,” the
“We wanted to make sure there Photo courtesy of Institute Communications recording.” YDSA statement continues. “The
was representation across all of the The search for a new dean for the College of Computing has When the video starts again, student is considering filing a po-
schools,” Beyah said. “We wanted begun. Current dean, Zvi Galil, is stepping down in June 2019. Perdue is cradling the phone in his lice report with campus police.”`
4 • October 19, 2018• technique // NEWS

Uniting colleges to talk about mental health


The IMHC is an effort of the The best practices gathered schools to showcase the technolo- a keynote speaker who will speak
MASON FAVRO Mental Health Student Coali- from the conference will be gies that have enabled them to im- on different pertinent issues.
STAFF WRITER tion (MHSC), a group dedicated grouped into three factors — pub- prove treatment of mental health The conference has been con-
to improving mental health re- lic resources, mental health policy on their campus. structed so that it will be easy to
From Feb. 15 to 17, the Schell- sources on Tech’s campus. The and technology — that each im- “A big part of this conference replicate in the future.
er College of Business will host MHSC formed in 2013 following pact six at-risk student groups: ... is actually establishing those “[We have] had conversations
the Intercollegiate Mental Health the publication of a white paper LGBT, international, graduate, connections and then utilizing with the administration, and it’s
Conference (IMHC), an event regarding student mental health transfer, low-income and disabled them,” Spencer said. definitely something that they
intended to improve how col- and “Tech’s depressogenic envi- students. The MHSC is working with want to see happen again,” Spen-
leges across the United States ad- ronment” by a mental health ac- There will be four keynote outside sponsors to help the con- cer said. “We will have the entire
dress the mental health needs of tion team of SGA, according to speeches during the conference, as ference go smoothly. The Nation- process already set up by the time
their student bodies. Representa- the IMHC website. well as a number of breakout ses- al Alliance on Mental Illness and we have hosted the first time, so
tives from schools such as UGA, The Mental Health Student sions where the attendees can dis- the Georgia Department of Be- in the future all anyone has to do
Emory, GSU, UNC and Stanford, Coalition (MHSC), has asked cuss the questions at hand. There havioral Health and Developmen- is pick a different set of topics and
among others, have been invited individual institutions to send will also be opportunities for the tal Disabilities have each provided do it again.”
to share best practices, to listen to at least seven attendees, three of
keynote speakers and to network whom would be “undergraduate
among each other in order to “de- students involved in mental health
velop solutions to relevant issues,” and student leadership” according
according to the IMHC website. to the IMHC website. The other
The Joint Allocations Com- four slots would be filled by grad-
mittee (JAC) is contributing uate students and non-students,
$60,000 worth of funding for the such as faculty mental health pro-
conference. The JAC, created by fessionals.
the Student Government Asso- “The question came: Why are
ciation (SGA) in the wake of the we trying to come up with new
shooting death of Scout Schultz, programs and policies when they
is in charge of determining how already exist at other schools, and
$1 million of funds will be used perhaps they’ve existed for such
for the improvement of mental a long time that there’s an exten-
health and related services across sive amount of qualitative and
campus. Half of the JAC’s fund- quantitative feedback on ... their
ing is provided by the SGA, and effectiveness? That’s the idea that
half comes from a matching con- led to the conference,” said Collin
tribution from administration. Spencer, third year BIO and the
The IMHC is one of six grants director of MHSC. “It was just
that the JAC has approved thus a logical progression of thought.”
far. Other grants include efforts According to the IMHC web-
such as the Georgia Tech Coun- site, the goal of the conference will
seling Center service expansion be to “gather the best practices on Photo courtesy of Mental Health Student Coalition
and the installation of swing set mental health from college cam- Members of the Mental Health Student Coalition (MSHC) gather for a photo. Collin Spencer,
on campus. puses across the nation.” top and center, is the director of MSHC and is leading the effort for next year’s conference.
Opinions
OPINIONS EDITOR: Jon Long technique



Without free will, there is no
difference between submission and
rebellion. — Hideo Kojima
October 19, 2018
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Friday,

OUR VIEWS | Consensus Opinion

Importance of the UN Climate Report


The causes, the effects and what we can do to curb a global disaster
Earlier this month, the United divide, the idea of climate change that espouse ‘healthy skepticism’ climate change at this point.
Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel and its validity has unfortunately to taint public opinion about an The only way to mitigate the is-
on Climate Change (IPCC) re- become less cut-and-dry than most issue that should not even be con- sue of climate change is to make a
leased a special report detailing the other matters of scientific fact. tested given the wealth of evidence concerted effort towards educating
effects that temperatures 1.5 de- As Tech students, we gener- pointing towards the same conclu- yourself and putting environmen-
grees Celsius above pre-Industrial ally approach topics with a critical sion. Our President does not just tal issues higher on your list of con-
averages would have on the Earth. mind and an openness to factual, cut environmental regulations; he cerns in the voting booth. Even the
If the current trajectory contin- evidence-based rhetoric. If we are actively pats himself on the back most apathetic of citizens should
ues, the IPCC projects that we will to approach the topic of climate for doing so, treating them as an recognize the dangers of allowing
reach that level before 2052. change the same way, it is clear undue burden foisted onto pollut- climate change to continue un-
The environmental and eco- that the claims of the IPCC report ing corporations by the left. If one checked. If any issue is important
nomic impact of such a change are both valid and significant. It takes even the smallest amount of enough to force you to cast a ballot,
is both well-researched and well- echoes the claims made by several time to look at the money trail, it this is the one.
documented by a wide range of studies before it, lending more cre- becomes evident that these politi- Our government is designed to
scientific bodies; the general con- dence to its status as fact. cians aren’t denying the validity represent the will of its citizens.
sensus is that the effects will be This partisan divide, then, can of climate change out of genuine Only informed representatives
devastating. What has not been only stem from intentional dis- skepticism. They are working in acting in good faith can help us be-
agreed upon, however, is if the phe- information borne of bad faith. their own best interests and the in- gin to mitigate climate change be-
nomenon of climate change is even Right-leaning media and the poli- terests of companies that perpetu- fore it’s too late. If it becomes clear
valid. ticians they endorse — President ate the practices that are actively that this issue dictates our political
Issues regarding climate change Trump included — all clutch destroying the planet. discourse at large, our leaders will
form a contentious part of most po- desperately at the few studies and As such, the issue of climate have no choice but to cater to our
litical platforms, though these are figures that support their denial. change should be treated as a litmus will or be voted out. Without the
often afterthoughts behind poli- These figures, conveniently, can test to determine whether or not a U.S., efforts to curb the coming
cies regarding such things as taxa- all be traced back to entities with politician is acting in good faith. If disaster will almost certainly fall
tion and immigration. The divide a financial stake in climate change they deny the scientific consensus flat. So the onus is on us, the driv-
is highly partisan: Republicans regulation. behind climate change, they are ing force behind our democracy,
tend to deny climate change, while With the release of the IPCC re- doing so to line their pockets at the to educate ourselves, to promote
Democrats recognize the issue and port, we now have a clearer picture expense of you, your children and scientific literacy and good-faith
often champion legislation aimed of what is at stake if we continue every generation thereafter. There political practices and, ultimately,
at mitigating its effects. Due to this to allow politicians and outlets is simply no other reason to deny foster a culture change that could

The Consensus Opinion reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.

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Jonathan Jeffrey NEWS EDITOR
Polly Ouellette LIFE EDITOR
Harsha Sridhar SPORTS EDITOR
Elizabeth Sit HEAD COPY EDITOR
Jon Long OPINIONS EDITOR
Josh Trebuchon ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Lauren Douglas DESIGN EDITOR
Tristen Allen WEB DEVELOPER
Casey Gomez PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

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Tech communication
under the weather
Tech is often slow to act upon personnel on campus, but still “Regarding whether classes will
reports of inclement weather that expected its academic members be cancelled or business opera-
may impact campus operations. to arrive and leave campus during tions altered, we are not anticipat-
Historically, the school will not the inclement weather. ing making that recommendation
announce closings — or the lack Earlier in the same semester, based on the current threat. Any
thereof — until Tech announced changes will be communicated
the day before, “Tech . . . should a campus closure via GTENS and official Institute
often in the after-
noon. This poor improve its process during Hurricane
Irma. In this case,
social media.”
This announcement is exactly Puff Puff Passed YouTube Down
c om mu n ic at ion by making updates Tech sent out the what Tech should strive for in Canada became the second YouTube experienced an
can cause several outage Tuesday that crippled
issues for both stu- more visible to the athe nnouncement
night before
all emergency weather situations:
make it clear to the community
nation in the world to legal-
ize recreational marijuana, the site for around an hour. At
dents and instruc- community.” the first day of the what the current expectations signaling a potential global the time of writing, no reason
tors. Students who campus shutdown. are and provide information on culture shift in dealing with for the outage has been given
commute may TRISTEN ALLEN Even though this where and why any changes to the controversial drug. With but issues with any company
need to have more WEB DEVELOPER was still very short the current decision would be an- the United States still mired as large and ubiquitous as
advance warning notice, it allowed nounced. in the fruitless War on Drugs Google — YouTube’s parent
of campus closures, while instruc- campus members to adapt their The next step for Tech is to it remains to be seen if we will company — should be alarm-
tors often need to reschedule of- plans for the next two days and make these communications more change our attitude, but Cana- ing to anyone that uses the
fice hours, change the covered did not force anyone into a poten- widespread. Currently, the bulk da’s decision could easily begin internet or even any kind of
material or even move test dates. tially unsafe situation by having of updates on hazardous weather a domino effect of worldwide technology. Hopefully the is-
Because emergency cancella- them remain on campus. come from the official OEP Twit- decriminalization. sue was just a fluke.
tions have such a large impact on A large part of the problem ter account. These announce-
the campus community, it is im- with these situations is that cam- ments are often extremely help-
portant that Tech communicates pus members often hear about in- ful for informing the community
with the campus in a timely man- clement weather before Tech has about Tech’s current status dur-
ner when these events arise. In the a chance to make any announce- ing these events. It would greatly
past, Tech’s slow response speed ments on the situation. This leads benefit both Tech and the campus
and lack of effective communi- to a large period of ambiguity community if this account was
cation has led to students and as to whether or not Tech will made more visible or even if some
instructors being left in the dark remain open during the event, of the updates were summarized
about campus closures until the largely due to Tech’s historical in a daily email.
last possible minute. tendency to announce closures Because Tech has had histori- Spring Courses Pete & Ariana
During the fall semester of at the last minute. Tech needs to cal problems with communication Tech’s spring course sched- News surfaced over the
2017, an unexpected amount of be more responsive during these during inclement weather events, ule has been uploaded to weekend that American pow-
snowfall caused Tech to send hazardous weather conditions and it needs to prove to the communi- Coursicle, allowing students to er couple Pete Davidson — a
home all non-essential personnel actively communicate to the com- ty that it is making improvements plan out their course load for young comedian famous for
during a day of final exams. Since munity as they arrive at the deci- in its process. Tech has shown a the coming semester. While it his work on Saturday Night
Tech announced this closure on sion to keep the campus open or strong first step with their han- is certainly good news, upper- Live — and Ariana Grande
the day of those exams, both stu- to shut it down. dling of Hurricane Michael but classmen will certainly view — one of the biggest names in
dents and instructors were still Tech did a fairly good job at should improve its process by it with a more jaded attitude; pop music right now — have
expected to attend the regularly communicating during Hurri- making updates more visible to after a few years of hectic reg- split. Davidson’s recent mate-
scheduled exams. Not only was cane Michael. As the hurricane the community. This would lead istrations, you learn that plans rial has focused heavily on the
the cancellation late, it was incon- was touching down, the official to a safer community and to more can easily come to mean little relationship, so one can only
siderate: Tech considered it too Office of Emergency Preparedness reliable information on campus when all is said and done. assume he will take it poorly.
dangerous to keep non-essential (OEP) Twitter account has posted: cancellations.
// OPINIONS technique • October 19, 2018• 7

The importance of YOUR VIEWS


Letter to the Editor

embracing loneliness The moral quandary of


“ The idea of being alone
tions, I chose to quit my medica-
tion because I personally did not
want to be dependant on the drug
animal drug testing
to live a happy and fulfilling life.
became something that I The semester then became a jour- Should human testing be al- Even from a utilitarian per-
ney in which I learned how to em- lowed? Should we be allowed to spective, animal testing is not that
found comfort in rather than brace my own company and enjoy test drugs on the defenseless or the useful. About 95% of all the drugs
one I feared. ” being alone. weak or the useless or the criminal that are safe and effective in ani-
I spent a majority of my time sections of the so- mals fail in human
DAVID LE in the fall 2017 semester alone in ciety? If not, then clinical trials be-
ASSISTANT DESIGN EDITOR my apartment with my thoughts. what makes ani- “Animal testing is cause they are too
Though I underwent symptoms mals different? dangerous or don’t
of quitting antidepressants — in- Speciesism is ineffective, cruel, work. For exam-
Earlier this fall as I was do- people were quick to hear me, cluding relapse of depressive epi- the idea that being inhumane and should ple, Vioxx, a drug
ing a routine scroll through my comfort me and advise me. One sodes — I also began to become human is a good used to treat ar-
social media and emails — when of the suggestions was to reach more comfortable spending time enough reason for be banned.” thritis, was found
I should have been doing some- out to a counselor, therapist or alone while not feeling lonely. human animals to to be safe when
thing more productive — I real- psychiatrist. The idea of being alone became have greater moral ANISHI MEHTA tested in monkeys
ized that it was World Mental I went into an appointment something that I found comfort rights than non- M.S. CS — and five other
Health day. Seeing Facebook with a psychiatrist thinking that in rather than one I feared. It’s human animals. animal species
events and emails about this day my lack of concentration through- freeing: I found ways to confront Giving human — but has been
had me begin to look back on my out the semester was because of and process whatever thoughts go beings greater rights than non- estimated to have caused around
experiences with my own mental ADD, but I soon came to an un- on in my head and enjoy the time human animals is as arbitrary — 320,000 heart attacks and strokes
health and how those experiences derstanding that it was because of I had with myself as a method of and as morally wrong — as giving and 140,000 deaths worldwide.
shape the way I go through life my depression; there was an im- self-help. From meditation and white people greater rights than On the flipside, a lot of things
today. balance of chemicals in my brain exercise to going to the movie non-white people or giving men that are harmful to animals are
Two years ago in the fall semes- that affected my life negatively. theaters alone, treating myself has more rights than women. These completely safe for humans. In
ter of my sophomore year, I was From there, I chose to start tak- definitely proven helpful in recov- animals also feel pain and are such a case, animal testing might
faced with one of my most men- ing antidepressants to help with ery from my depression. Don’t get similar to humans in any way that actually prevent some drugs from
tally and academically challenging my illness and dropped my lead- me wrong, I also enjoy spending counts. ever coming into circulation. We
semesters. I was taking 15 hours ership positions so that I could time with others. I just learned Another justification that most are harming a lot of animals for
in an attempt to regain my HOPE focus more on myself and my re- how to enjoy spending time with proponents of animal testing give the sake of drugs that are most
scholarship as quickly as possible, covery. As a result, the effects in myself as well. for speciesism is that it is natural. likely never going to see the light
I was taking on leadership roles in the following semester were great: Being at Tech is hard. We have They talk about how natural se- of the day. Also, research on ani-
a few organizations and I was try- I was going to the gym routinely, to balance our social lives, our lection means that as humans we mals that are endangered leads to
ing to maintain my relationships I wouldn’t get triggered into a de- academics and our career paths. have a right to exploit weaker spe- severe ecological imbalances that
and a healthy social life. All of the pressive episode as easily and I was Juggling all of these aspects of cies. However, this idea is wrongly will be detrimental to our envi-
effort and stress that came along socializing more with my peers. our lives leaves little time for us understood. By that logic, we ronment at large.
with doing those things became However, as time passed to check up on our mental well should also be allowed to exploit Alternatives to animal testing
overwhelming for me and put me through a summer semester being. But don’t settle for the “it all humans who are not as ad- do exist. They include in-vitro cell
in a state of depression and anxi- abroad into the fall of 2018, I really do be like that sometimes” vanced as we are. Evolution guar- cultures, in-silico computer simu-
ety where I would spend most of started to notice that the effects solution. Find ways to cope with antees that characteristics that lations, micro-dosing, etc. There
my days either asleep or in my bed of my medication were weaken- your thoughts whether it be help in the survival of a particular exist ways to continue medical re-
constantly thinking about how I ing. I would spiral into a depres- through exercise, meditating or species will be selected over those search without it.
was failing on all fronts in my at- sive train of thought including doing whatever it is that you feel that don’t, and to survive or flour- Lastly, the proponents of ani-
tempts at a well-rounded life. thoughts of suicide and anxieties like doing. ish we need compassion, kindness mal testing have a contradiction
After a tough semester where I about my social life. After doing Figuring out which self help nd respect for all lifeforms. If we in their reasoning. They say that
failed my first class and attempt- some research about my situation, techniques works for you is a jour- don’t have these, we are likely to animals are like us so we can ex-
ed to hurt myself in front of my I found that this was such a nor- ney and can be trying at times, reach a stage of mutually assured periment on them and they also
friends, I gathered the courage I mal occurrence that there were but it is worth it. Let World Men- destruction. Humans, as the supe- say that it is morally okay to ex-
had and went to a psychiatrist. I names for it: tachyphylaxis, also tal Health Day and this editorial rior species, have the onus to care ploit them because they are not
had made a post on Reddit dump- known as “Prozac Poop-out”. Af- be a reminder to be aware and for and protect the rights of other like us. Animal testing is ineffec-
ing my feelings and thoughts ter hours of Googling suggestions mindful of your own — and oth- animals as they are defenseless in tive, cruel, inhumane and should
about my situation and so many and anecdotes on similar situa- ers’ — mental health. front of us. be banned.
Life
LIFE EDITOR: technique
Polly Ouellette Weather Woes
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Rosemary Pitrone
CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller visits Tech to discuss 8
Friday,
Hurricane Michael and Atlanta’s unseasonably warm
life@nique.net weather. 411 October 19, 2018

Yellow Jacket royalty crowned at Homecoming


Mr. Georgia Tech: James Ni Ms. Georgia Tech: Hannah Todd
“It’s kind of surreal, it all happened so quickly,” said James Ni, fourth-year For Hannah Todd, fifth-year BA, last weekend was a whirlwind of emo-
BA. Last weekend, Ni received the coveted title of Mr. Georgia Tech at the tions. Todd has been a member of the Ramblin’ Reck Club since her freshman
Homecoming football game. Candidates for the honor undergo an extensive year. As the current driver of the Reck, she was responsible for kicking off three
application process and are ultimately selected by Tech faculty and students. treasured Homecoming traditions: the Mini 500, the Freshman Cake Race and
“I’m just extremely honored, I don’t know if I can say the word ‘honored’ the Wreck Parade.
enough,” he said, “just because there are so many awesome people on this cam- “All three of those were really surreal moments,” she said. “I’m still replaying
pus and being representative of them as Mr. Georgia Tech is just crazy.” those moments in my head because it was just so much fun.”
Ni is originally from Tifton, Georgia. Growing up in the South around Todd’s Homecoming weekend ended with another emotional moment when
University of Georgia fans, Ni initially planned on going to college in Athens. she was named Ms. Georgia Tech. Todd was nominated for the position by the
However, after applying to Tech and being admitted, he decided to reconsider. Ramblin’ Reck Club, which she considers her “second family.”
“I did my research and found out that Tech was on the up-and-coming, “Getting to bring my mom and sister on the field with me, and even just
especially in the business school,” he said. “I chose Georgia Tech because of the being a candidate was such a cool experience,” she said. “And then getting my
rigor and because of the clout it had, and now that I’m three years down the name called and getting to ride in the back of the Reck was such a surreal mo-
road, it’s definitely evident that I made the right decision.” ment. I’m so attached to the Reck, because it’s been my life for the past year.”
Ni was nominated for the role of Mr. Georgia Tech by his fraternity Sigma After the announcement, Todd was driven around the field by a former Reck
Phi Epsilon. In addition to his involvement in Greek life, he has also served as a driver, Hillary Degenkolb, who was the third woman to be Reck driver. As the
FASET leader and as a Scheller Business Ambassador. Ni is also the director of fourth woman to drive the Reck, Todd was grateful to share the moment with
marketing for the For The Kids chapter at Georgia Tech. her.
Ni is also passionate about serving the Tech community. This year for the “It’s just a really neat experience to have someone who I looked up to so
first time the application process for Mr. and Ms. Georgia Tech called for can- much and who was such a role model for me drive us around the field,” Todd
didates to create a plan to address an issue that exists on campus. Ni decided said.
that his service project would be confronting issues of food insecurity by pro- Women’s empowerment is an issue that is close to Todd’s heart, and during
posing a series of food drives to benefit the campus food pantry Klemis Kitchen the application process she proposed an initiative on campus to address gender
“My idea was to bring all the philanthropies together for this one cause — inequality and impact the Atlanta community.
making sure we’re invested in our students, and eventually our faculty and staff “As Reck driver, I’ve definitely had my eyes opened to some of those issues
as well,” Ni said. His plan would call for different philanthropic organizations that exist; I’m the fourth female out of [I don’t know] how many male drivers,”
at Tech to hold food drives at their events to collect goods that would stock she said. “But, I’ve also been in a lot of positions where I’ve been able to really
Klemis Kitchen. encourage younger girls at football games and different sporting events.”
“For example, For the Kids has a yearly event called Dance Marathon in the Pairing her passion for women’s empowerment with the importance of edu-
spring. Registration for the event is usually around 20 dollars, and for example cation, Todd came up with a proposal called “Dress Her in White and Gold.”
we could say, ‘Bring five canned goods and you will get a five dollar discount.’ “It would basically be a club on campus that has bi-weekly meetings, and
Just little things like that throughout the year would make sure our canned during those they can talk about issues that women are facing, create action
food pantry is stocked.” plans to combat those and discuss what community involvement they want to
This issue is so meaningful to Ni because of the supportive community he have,” Todd said.
has grown to be a part of at Tech. Todd is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega, a FASET leader, a Scheller
“The relationships that I’ve built on this campus with the students and with Business Ambassador and a Tech the Halls mentor. She is also preparing for a
the faculty and staff, I can honestly, 100 percent say you won’t find it anywhere milestone this December.
else,” he said. “I just want to say thank you to the students, my friends and “I’m graduating in two months so [being Ms. Georgia Tech] is kind of the
the faculty and staff that have supported me throughout this whole process cherry on top,” she said. “I want to give a shout out to my friends and family,
and throughout the three years that I’ve been here. I couldn’t have gotten here and definitely to Reck Club. It’s both an honor and just humbling to be repre-
without them.” sentative of such a student body.”

Story by Rosemary Pitrone Assistant Life Editor Photo by Allie Ghisson Student Publications
// LIFE technique • October 19, 2018• 9

HEALTH FROM PAGE 1 Furthermore, one must be of future medical professionals,” for them. For Kim, it boils down for one who might be struggling,
wary of the common struggles Ahmed explained. to the “why?” Zaragoza offers the following
has dreamed of becoming a doc- that can knock one off track and Furthermore, opportunities “If someone were to come to advice: “Keep your head up and
tor since he was young and is now cause a loss of focus. As Zaragoza for research, proximity to hospi- me unsure of what to do, I would stay focused on the end goal. So
making strides toward this goal explains, a narrow focus on grades tals and the rigorous curriculum give them all the information that many times I would start to lose
along the pre-health track here at simply will not suffice. motivate people to study at Tech. I know of. I would tell them the track of why I was doing so much.
Tech. “It sometimes takes getting a “Tech is home to a variety of struggles that I’ve faced, but also All it takes is to take a step back
“While there are many noble B or C to realize that everything research, shadowing and volun- the positive aspects of being pre- from academia and go volunteer
professions, I’ve always felt a par- will be fine and to keep push- teering opportunities. We’re close health and let them decide for or shadow at a clinic. Interacting
ticularly strong calling toward the ing forward. Pre-health students to many hospitals for students to themselves. I’d ask why they’re with patients reminded me of why
field of medicine and I cannot overcome failure by learning from get hands on clinical experience. pre-health - is it for them? Is it for I want to become a dentist and
imagine doing anything else. For their mistakes, and doing better We also have a rigorous science their parents? Is it for their pride? why I’m striving to be the best
me, the idea that I can directly the next semester,” Zaragoza said. program that helps prepare our Who is it really for?” she said. that I can be,” she shared.
improve the lives of those who are However, this narrow focus is students very well for standard- Once the answer to this ques- For students interested in the
suffering sounds extremely fulfill- not just limited to grades. Having ized tests and their transition to tion is set, the rest can fall in place pre-health track, visit prehealth.
ing and is what continues to drive a narrow focus in life can lead to professional school,” Ahmed said. even if there is some wavering. gatech.edu for more information,
me to pursue this path,” Ahmed mismanaging time and losing the Despite all this, some students Struggling is not uncommon for or to schedule an appointment
said. balance that is key to finding suc- might still wonder if it is the path those on the pre-health track, but with an advisor.
While this motivation is pow- cess and enjoyment along the way.
erful for those who wish to pursue “Students initially struggle
fields in health, it is but one piece with time management, since they
of the puzzle. Motivation, along have a newfound freedom due to
with perseverance, leadership, being away from home. Trying to
humility and time management balance a life by getting the ap-
are required in order to reach the propriate amount of sleep, feed-
end goal. Without these, balanc- ing and caring for yourself and
ing the many late nights, tests also having enough time to study
and extracurriculars, along with and socialize with friends poses a
professional development and the struggle for some,” Kim said.
many other parts that make up a Given all the traits and skills
successful application to medical that one must have to pursue
school, is simply not possible. At pre-health, why would someone
least in the opinions of the pre- choose to further challenge them-
health advisors. selves by attending Tech? For
“Perseverance and humility are many, it is this very challenge that
the top two characteristics that draws them.
help people succeed in pre-health. “I knew that coming to Tech
They should persevere in that they would provide me with an edu-
shouldn’t be afraid of failure, and cation that would go beyond the
they shouldn’t be afraid to keep regular pre-medical education
going. And I think a dash of hu- that I would have received else-
mility usually fuels this as students where. Tech teaches you how to
are less likely to overestimate their think about and solve complex
success and, consequently, be- medical problems in applied situ- Photo courtesy of Rocio Zaragoza
come discouraged from continu- ations, which goes to enhance Pre-health peer advisors are students who guide their classmates through the process of work-
ing to try,” Kim explained. the versatility and effectiveness ing towards a medical degree. These students leave Tech to treat patients around the world.
10 • October 19, 2018• technique // LIFE

Tech community celebrates OUT week by marching in the city-wide At- pride decorations — faithfully The Big Gay Brunch conclud- the midst of recovering, and ev-
JESSICA BARBER lanta Pride Parade on Oct. 14. followed students down the pa- ed OUT Week on Oct. 18, and erything that we’re doing right
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Parading students were greeted rade route. LGBTQIA+ faculty and allies now is to show what it means to
warmly by onlookers as they saw “It’s important to focus on served students in order to estab- be part of the community in a
Over the course of the past the two Tech flags that signaled the issues and things that [the lish familiarity and recognition positive sense.”
week, the students of the Institute the arrival of the Institute’s Pride LGBTQIA+ community has] to across campus. Students were able Though OUT Week has now
held their annual celebration Alliance. Cheers were then aug- deal with, but also, it’s a matter to meet allies and dine with other concluded, the LGBTQIA Re-
of OUT Week, a series of mented as the crowd saw the stu- of celebration,” said Pride Alli- students of similar experiences source Center still holds biweekly
LGBTQIA+ focused activities dents’ sexuality and gender iden- ance President Genny Kennedy. and backgrounds. Q Chats, which are student-led
and events that coincided with tity-specific flags and morale was “That’s why we’re called Pride The progressed as many felt a discussion groups. Those interest-
National Coming Out Day on further increased as the fight song Alliance — to have pride in our distinct motivation to show that ed in getting involved in the com-
Oct. 11. was sung with a special touch of identity.” the Pride Alliance and the Insti- munity or learning about being an
The Pride Alliance hosted an pride. After a rest day on Monday tute’s LGBTQIA+ community are ally are welcome to attend.
array of gatherings for members The classic “helluva engineer” and an activism-themed lecture continuing to pour their hearts The Pride Alliance continues
and allies alike of the LGBTQIA+ lyric was switched to “helluva on Tuesday, Queer Campfire Sto- into demonstrating acceptance to reach out to all students despite
community. flaming queer,” and the crowd’s ries was held on Oct. 17. Mem- for all. any difference in race, sexual ori-
On Friday, Oct. 12, students cheers of support marked great bers, allies and supporters of the In relation to last year’s con- entation or gender identity; every-
walking past the Campanile were appreciation. Meanwhile, none LGBTQIA+ community met to troversial events and shattering one is encouraged and welcomed
drawn to Pride Fest given its up- other than the Tech Trolley — share their coming out stories and loss of Pride Alliance leader Scout to participate in its recognition of
beat music and colorful decora- complete with its own bounty of experiences at Under the Couch. Schultz, Kennedy said “we’re in all.
tions. At the festival, “Y’all Means
All” t-shirts were handed out, and
attendees had popsicles beneath
the fittingly rainbow-colored
King of Pops umbrella.
Organizations such as the
LGBTQIA Resource Center,
Women’s Resource Center and
the Asian American Student As-
sociation showed their dedica-
tion to serving students in their
daily lives by offering information
about their own resources to at-
tendees as well.
Throughout the week, the
Pride Alliance showed its love and
acceptance of all students. Mem-
ber Ollie Shinn noted this effect
on students’ daily lives on cam-
pus, especially for those in their
first year at the Institute.
“Coming to Tech and not hav-
ing that [LGBTQIA+] kind of
connection with people was really
difficult,” Shinn said. “I went to
the Pride Alliance meetings and it
was so comforting to see that the
kinds of people I was used to be-
ing around — the kinds of people
who I can relate to — are still
here. They’re still visible.” Photo by Izabela Hadula Student Publications
Over the weekend, the Pride Tech students joined thousands of fellow Atlantans on the streets of Midtown in the annual Pride Parade. Members of the
Alliance continued its celebration Georgia Tech Pride Alliance commemorated OUT Week with several events celebrating the LGBT+ community on campus.
// LIFE technique • October 19, 2018• 11

CNN’s Brandon Miller talks hurricanes and Atlanta


noted that climate change is also the walls because we are trying to satellite during the storm. Meteo- teorology, but also shared insight
JAIMEE FRANCIS what has been responsible for At- position our team in the best plac- rologists must also keep up with into careers related to the topic.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER lanta’s unusually long summer. es. So they want to know where is their live blog that features live By the end of presentation,
Statistics reveal that this very the storm, where is it going to be updates on the storm, as well as listeners grasped how impactful
Earlier this year, the School year our last sub-60 degree Far- the worst, where is the eye going coordinate with the news-gather- climate change can be and gained
of Earth and Atmospheric Sci- enheit day of spring occurred the to hit.” ing efforts of CNN. Miller noted appreciation for the sources that
ence launched the C.L. Chandler earliest it ever has in 149 years, That is not the end of the hard that hurricane season is his busi- provide a platform to share this
Weather Chat Series. It invites while our first 60 degree Faren- work of the meteorologist. More est season, followed by blizzard information. For students inter-
students on campus to explore heit day of autumn occurred the responsibilities include ensuring season. ested in meteorology, the Weather
weather events with guest meteo- latest it ever has. that the team remains safe and Miller’s presentation not only Chat Series offers weekly seminars
rology presenters. Last week the Miller noted that although that reporters have access to a provided information on me- at 11 a.m. every Friday.
program featured Tech alumnus hurricanes are less indicative of
Brandon Miller, meteorologist climate change than are the rari-
and supervising weather producer ties we are experiencing in tem-
of CNN International. perature, hurricanes are what
Miller expected to discuss what make the stories in the headlines.
he calls “Atlanta’s Never Ending “Climate models point to an
Summer” but the dramatic events earlier spring and a later fall. And
of the weather that unfolded this even though this type of story
past week prompted him instead would not resonate in the media
to focus his presentation on Hur- at all — no one is dying because
ricane Michael. of the temperature,” Miller said,
Miller began his presentation “these statistics on temperature
with some impressive statistics on are a sign that really is connected
Hurricane Michael, revealing the to climate change a lot more than
true intensity of the storm. His a storm. But a storm is what makes
data collection indicates that this the headline. It is what resonates
destructive storm was the stron- with people.”
gest storm to make landfall in the Miller explained how CNN
continental US since 1992 with covers stories, as the planning and
155 mph winds. The hurricane logistics of storm coverage are ex-
also holds the title of the third tremely challenging. He included
lowest pressure ever recorded in a behind-the-scenes pictures that
US hurricane. reveal the work that must occur
Miller added that the rapid in- in order for the media to cover an
tensification of the hurricane, evi- event like Hurricane Michael.
denced by its wind speed intensi- “This is what we call the war
fying 45 mph in the last 24 hours room, and it really is like a war
leading up to landfall, contributed room,” Miller said, showing a
to the storm’s record-breaking photo of a workroom plastered
storm surge. with maps and post-it notes.
Miller explained the increas- “We have the world’s largest
ingly intense hurricane seasons sticky notes: they are the cool- Photo by Kirsten Reynolds Student Publications
that have recently struck the U.S. est thing and we use them all the CNN International supervising weather producer and meteorologist Brandon Miller
in terms of climate change. He time … We put these big maps on speaks at the C.L. Chandler Weather Chat series hosted at Tech last Friday, Oct 12.

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“With Drawn Arms” examines sports activisim


a collaborative exhibition, “With stantly changes, showing how
ANNIE SON Draw Arms,” with contemporary easy it is to manipulate public
CONTRIBUTING WRITER artist Glenn Kaino at the High opinion on an individual and his
Museum of Art. reputation. On the second floor,
After winning a gold medal in The showcase revolves around Tommie Smith shines in both
the 1968 Olympic Games in Mex- Smith’s political protest to elicit a literal and figurative sense as a
ico City, black American sprinter more conversation around Amer- 100-foot-long sculpture of 150
Tommie Smith was kicked off ica’s current relationship with metallic gold casts of his iconic
the U.S. team and received death social and racial injustice. In the gesture suspend from the ceiling
threats when he went back home. two-floor exhibit, the first floor in a wave-like form. The work is
When standing on the podium, sets the groundwork by inform- easily the most profound and im-
Smith raised a fist skyward in a ing and reminding the viewer pressive piece at the exhibit, me-
silent protest over human rights that outrage over political protest morializing Smith’s action while
for black people in America and continues as in NFL quarter- also calling to the viewer to take
around the world. back Colin Kaepernick’s protest his own.
Although regarded as a hero of police brutality against and The High took a bold stance
by some at the time, Smith was racial profiling of black Ameri- in making “With Drawn Arms” a
considered a “disaffected black cans by taking a knee during the reality that will forever be etched
athlete” by many. It was not until national anthem. into the institution’s history, espe-
decades later when Smith received After Smith’s win in 1968, he cially given that it includes divi-
more widespread praise for his was called “the angry black ath- sive elements (whether or not its
courageous act as current athletes lete” on the cover of Newsweek, creators intended to). Although
are protesting police brutality and which Glenn Kaino took multiple long overdue, the art exhibit suc-
racism in America. Smith was rec- copies of to smudge out different cessfully honors Tommie Smith
ognized in the White House for imagery and words. By blurring by contextualizing a moment in
the first time in 2016 by President out a select word, such as “black” history that may have been forgot-
Obama, and is now showcasing or “athlete,” the cover’s tone in- ten by younger generations.

Photos by Katherine Shambaugh Student Publications


// ENTERTAINMENT technique • October 19, 2018• 13

‘Free Solo’ documentary brings daring climb to life


FILM The film was created by Jimmy
Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasar-
Free Solo helyi, two filmmakers known for
GENRE: Documentary their stunning work in adventure
and climbing documentaries. The
STARRING: Alex Honnold filmmakers themselves were nec-
DIRECTOR: Jimmy Chin, essary characters in the documen-
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi tary. Many scenes featured them
discussing the very real possibility
RATING: PG-13
that Honnold would fall to his
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 12 death while they recorded, power-
less to help.
OUR TAKE: ««««« Other scenes focus on Hon-
nold and his girlfriend, Sanni
McCandless, sitting in a van out-
POLLY OUELLETTE fitted as a kitchen, bedroom and
LIFE EDITOR workout space. They discuss Mc-
Candless’s fears and Honnold’s
On June 3, 2017, Alex Hon- stubborn tenacity. These scenes
nold climbed 3,000 feet above the highlight Honnold’s mindset,
floor of Yosemite National Park which is so foreign to most of the
without the protection of ropes film’s viewers; he chooses to climb
to secure him to the natural stone without protection and at great
wall he was climbing. He became heights because it makes him feel
the first person to dangerously most alive, and no emotional rela-
“free solo” the famous El Capitan tionship will hold him back.
wall, meaning he didn’t have any On all sides, “Free Solo” skill-
gear except climbing shoes and a fully shows the complex emotion
chalk bag tied around his waist. involved in the attempt of such
Over a year later, Free Solo, a a formidable feat. It is not just a
National Geographic documen- movie about an athletic endeavor;
tary about Honnold’s journey, it is about the tangled threads of
was released and captivated both athleticism, artistic desire and
the climbing and non-climbing personal relationships involved in
worlds. The film chronicles more doing something that has never
than a year of Honnold’s life pre- been done before.
ceding the famous ascent, reveal- Paired with these emotional Photo courtesy of National Geographic
ing a great deal about his motiva- scenes were sequences of Hon- Climber Alex Honnold free-solos the face of Yosemite National Park’s famous El Capitan. Honnold’s
tions, personal relationships and nold’s training, which involved daring attempt is the subject of the new National Geographic documentary titled ‘Free Solo.’
complex emotions surrounding endless repetition of moves on
the ascent. Impressively, the film the route. The audience sees him the route as Honnold’s voiceover laughs with relief and cheers when completes certain tough sequenc-
has kept audiences gripped with fall over and over, even when se- shows that he can recite each and he finishes a move that had given es. A collective exhale shudders
anticipation for all 97 minutes of cured by a rope. Tension builds every move from memory. him trouble before. Beautiful through the entire theater as Hon-
its run time, even with most view- with each fall during training, The last twenty minutes of the shots of Honnold, climbing utter- nold finally, finally steps onto level
ers knowing how it will end. as everyone watching knows that film take viewers through Hon- ly alone with tree tops thousands ground at the top of the daunting,
“Free Solo” was featured at the any such slip will be catastrophic nold’s actual ascent of Free Rider, of feet below, take the audience’s sheer face, his task done.
Toronto International Film Fes- when Honnold climbs the route the route that winds its way up the breath away. It is a mark of Chin and Va-
tival, Telluride Film Festival and without protection. El Capitan wall. There is palpable The anxiety of the audience is sarhelyi’s excellence as filmmakers
the LA Film Festival earlier this There was considerable mental tension in the air of the theater, mirrored in the scenes which fol- that “Free Solo” is able to entirely
year. It premiered in Atlanta at preparation on Honnold’s end as as everyone watches Honnold low the filmmakers themselves, envelop an audience full of people
AMC Phipps Plaza and the Mid- well. A visualization takes viewers execute moves he has practiced some of whom have to physically who already know how the movie
town Arts Center on Oct. 12. through the different sections of hundreds of times. The audience turn away from Honnold as he will end.
14 • October 19, 2018• technique // ENTERTAINMENT

‘Big Mouth’ avoids growing pains with new season


TELEVISION idea of homosexuality. Season one
introduced the character of Mat-
Big Mouth thew, a seemingly one-dimension-
NETWORK: Netflix al gay teen. Catty, flamboyant and
drama-obsessed, Matthew an-
WHEN: Oct. 5
chored the show’s representation
STARRING: Nick Kroll of homosexuality in a static and
uninteresting location far from
OUR TAKE: ««««« the forefront.
Season two, however, delves
deeper into the mindset of the
JON LONG gay teen and lays his fears and
OPINIONS EDITOR insecurities bare for the audience
to see. His anxiety about his posi-
Conventional television wis- tion in ‘limbo’ between his male
dom would have never allowed a and female peers becomes a major
series like Netflix’s “Big Mouth” plot point and ultimately subverts
out of the writer’s room. Although the gay archetype established in
adult animation has become a season one. More than anything
staple of America’s television diet else, this plotline demonstrates
— see the 22 seasons of “South the maturity of the writers in
Park”, the rabid fanbase of “Rick tackling controversial and often-
and Morty” or Seth MacFarlane’s overlooked issues.
entire career — few shows in the But behind all of this, “Big
genre dare broach the topics that Mouth” ultimately succeeds due
make up the foundation of the to its humor. This is one of the
comedy in “Big Mouth”. funniest shows on TV, due in
The show centers around a no small part to the voice acting
group of seventh graders that, due of big-name comedians like John
to their raging hormones, find Photo courtesy of Netflix Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”),
themselves both tremendously Nick Kroll’s animated Netflix show ‘Big Mouth’ follows a group of middle schoolers as they Jason Mantzoukas (“The Dicta-
confused and perpetually aroused. enter puberty, exploring the challenges that come with their changing bodies and new urges. tor”), Jessi Klein (“Inside Amy
Nick (Nick Kroll), Andrew (John Schumer”) and Maya Rudolph
Mulaney) and Jessi (Jessi Klein) tactful candor. Artists in the posi- The creators did not just navi- Complex aspects of puberty (“Bridesmaids”). The potentially-
make up the show’s core cast. tion of Kroll and Andrew Gold- gate this minefield successfully; are boiled down into physical rep- awkward subject matter is made
Each character brings various berg — the show’s creators — find Kroll, Goldberg and the rest of the resentations; hormone monsters palatable by an irreverent, cere-
facets of the pubescent experience themselves toeing a line between writing room tap danced their way follow the children around, serv- bral and ultimately hilarious sense
to the show: Nick is a late bloomer crude sexualization of teenagers to safety. Their follow-up perfectly ing as a sort of ‘devil on the shoul- of humor that permeates every as-
who deals with the crushing pres- and a frank expression of the hu- captured the charm of the original der’ by guiding them through pect of the show.
sure of fitting in with peers fraught man experience, and “Big Mouth” season while expanding both the their everyday lives. A new addi- Season two of “Big Mouth”
with growth spurts and unfa- ultimately leverages that to create plot and the scope to encompass tion this season, the Shame Wiz- was tasked with expanding on
miliar urges; Andrew is a newly- what could be the most refreshing such topics as divorce, drug use, ard — voiced by David Thewlis of the show’s critically-acclaimed
minted teen — cracking voice, portrayal of puberty to ever find depression and the rampant slut- “Harry Potter” fame — personi- pastiche of teen life, and through
moustache and all — navigating its way to the small screen. shaming which is ubiquitous in fies the guilt that often stems from clever writing, bold direction and
the labyrinth of puberty with The prospect of a second sea- grade-school hallways. pubescent feelings. This unique top-shelf humor the show has
the help of his hormone monster son, however, predictably elicited The lucidity present in the cast of characters allows “Big managed to deliver in a big way.
Maurice; Jessi, the show’s female questions from viewers. Could show’s representation of the com- Mouth” to tackle subjects that The season finale makes it clear
lead, struggles to find her identity Kroll and Goldberg possibly hit plex issues of adolescence creates would otherwise weigh a show that “Big Mouth” plans to return
while dealing with the pettiness of the nail on the head once again? a universally relatable narrative in down and cause it to completely with yet another slew of episodes,
her peers and the myriad effects of Would they unnecessarily attempt the most unlikely of genres, but it miss the mark. but, unlike last year, viewers can
her parents’ divorce. to push boundaries further and is Kroll and Goldberg’s mastery While several other aspects of now weather the period between
The first season tackled the ruin the legacy of the first season? of the medium that manages to the season deserve attention, few seasons with confidence that the
controversial topic of budding sex- Was there even a worthy story left make its topics more real than of the topics the show tackles are show’s creators will know how to
uality with an astounding level of to be told? anything else on TV. presented as masterfully as the follow up.
// ENTERTAINMENT technique • October 19, 2018• 15

‘Apostle’ brings unconventional horror to Netflix


FILM
Apostle
GENRE: Horror
STARRING: Dan Stevens,
Richard Elfyn
DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans
RATING: TV-MA
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 12
OUR TAKE: «««««

JEREMY BENSON
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

From Gareth Evans, director


of the “Raid” film series, comes
“Apostle,” the bloody tale of an
early 20th century man traveling
to a remote island in search of his
sister, who is being held for ran-
som by a religious cult.
Dan Stevens (“Downton Ab-
bey”) plays the lead role of Thom-
as Richardson, a broken man with
a dark past who cares deeply about
his kidnapped sister. He is forced
to remain undercover in the reli-
gious cult until he can locate his
sister, thereby exposing him to
the overall creepiness of the vil-
lage’s inhabitants and leading him Photo courtesy of Netflix
to believe that something is very Director Gareth Evans’ new Netflix horror film follows an early 1900s man as he attempts to rescue his sister from a religious
wrong with the island. cult. He is forced to go under-cover in the group and steadily discovers its bizzare and creepy practices and ideology.
“Apostle” is a departure for
the traditionally action-focused viewer with something loud, this leading role in the FX show “Le- ferent. Without giving too much Overall, Apostle is a very fun
director Gareth Evans. His most film creates genuinely terrifying gion,” gives a magnificent per- away, Apostle becomes more of a watch for any horror fan. Netflix
famous work is the “Raid” series, imagery combined with an unset- formance as a cynical, broken gory thriller and loses the sense of is taking a step in the right direc-
which is well known for its excep- tling score to deliver real scares man with a single goal in mind. dread that permeates throughout tion by hiring directors like Evans
tional stunt work and fight chore- that can stick with the viewer long Michael Sheen is also fantastic the first half. It’s still exciting and and actors like Stevens for their
ography. Whereas those films are after watching. Fortunately, this as the cult leader. He has an aura enjoyable to watch, but the film original movies, which have been
fast-paced and put the viewer im- trend is on the rise with horror of mystery and darkness, always may have benefitted from a con- lacking for the most part. Other
mediately in the action, “Apostle” movies such as “The Witch” and keeping the viewer on edge. The tinuation of those horror elements big-name directors such as Alfon-
takes its time building up a sense more recently “Hereditary,” both cinematography is beautiful, and that were executed so well. The so Cuarón and the Coen brothers
of unease and dread. It’s not the of which employ these tactics the score is perfectly unnerving. plot reveals towards the end are have Netflix originals coming out
typical Hollywood horror movie masterfully to good effect. While the first two acts of the slightly underwhelming, although later this year, which is a fantastic
with unnecessary jump scares Dan Stevens, known for his film are filled with tension and there are some thought-provoking step in the right direction for the
that deflate tension; where those portrayal of the Beast in 2016’s creepy scenes, the third act turns messages about religion and the popular streaming service as it at-
films rely merely on surprising the “Beauty and the Beast” and his into something completely dif- environment. tempts to improve its content.
16 • October 19, 2018• technique // COMICS

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IN THE BLEACHERS BY STEVE MOORE

XKCD BY RANDALL MUNROE


// COMICS technique • October 19, 2018• 17

LUNARBABOON BY CHRISTOPHER GRADY PEARLS BEFORE SWINE BY STEPHEN PASTIS

LIO BY MARK TATULLI

CUL DE SAC BY RICHARD THOMPSON

CHANNELATE BY RYAN HUDSON

SUDOKU PUZZLE

BY SUDOKUCOLLECTION.COM
18 • October 19, 2018• technique // SPORTS

Swimming prepares for key meet at McAuley


NCAA qualifier and senior Matt meet with the women taking away mores leading the Irish are a bit their respective careers. The team
EMILY DYKSTRA Casillas, along with the rest of the wins over Kentucky, Missouri and faster than what the Jackets have won the TYR Classic, led by Red-
STAFF WRITER diving teams represented. Indiana, while the men’s team lost seen this year thus far, so there ding, who participated in both
Highlights from the SMU to the same teams. The women’s will be good competition for first the 400-yard medley relay and
Following notable conference Classic included freshman Maria performances were highlighted by place in each race. 200-yard medley relay along with
victories over Pitt and Florida Artigas Fernandez’s performance seven first-place finishes from ju- SCAD competitors find them- her own individual events. Wake-
State, Tech’s swimming and div- in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.92) nior Abbie Dolan (100 and 200- selves up against another set of field secured a score of 234.80 for
ing squad turned right back and freshman Zorry Mason in the yard freestyles), sophomore Lind- Eagles after their meet against second place on the 3-meter dive,
around during fall break to pre- 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.33). say Stone (1000-yard freestyle), Georgia Southern. The FGCU while sophomore Petra Halmai
pare for competition again con- Senior Roxanne Yu tied for a freshman Luciana Thomas (200- Eagles solely consist of a women’s scored for the Eagles in the 200-
ference rivals Miami and Notre fourth-place finish in the 200-yard yard butterfly) and freshman Bay- team, of which two members yard breaststroke with a time of
Dame. The meet resulted in soph- backstroke with a time of 1:59.11, ley Stewart (200-yard backstroke). swept the CCSA Swimmer and 2:19.18.
omore Caio Pumputis being rec- while junior Manon Viguier took The men were led by sophomore Diver of the Week awards during The Jackets will continue to
ognized as ACC Swimmer of the fourth in the 100-yard freestyle Zach Yeadon, who claimed first- last week’s TYR Classic against chase NCAA qualifying stan-
Week amidst 13 first place finishes in 49.85 seconds. The meet ended place in both the 500 and 1000- FIU, TCU, George Washington, dards while aiming for first-place
by himself and other teammates. with the 200-yard freestyle relay yard freestyles. The Irish are quite Grand Canyon, Army, FAU and finishes and an overall victory
Junior Emily Ilgenfritz was tabbed in which the Hurricanes captured a young team this year, but it will Old Dominion. Senior Gracie during this two day whirlwind
the female performer of the meet. fifth place yet again with a time of allow the team significant growth Redding and sophomore Megan of competition that lies ahead;
Meanwhile, sophomore Christian 1:34.07. The SMU Classic was a over the next few years. The times Wakefield captured these awards the opponents are strong, but the
Ferraro posted the fastest time in quick meet, featuring competition by those freshmen and sopho- for the second and third times of Jackets are prepared.
the country this season in the 200 from teams with Olympic-caliber
butterfly among the NCAA. Al- athletes, such as the University of
though the season is just getting Louisville, University of Southern
started, multiple members of the California, and University of Vir-
team have achieved the qualifi- ginia.
cations for the NCAA national The SCAD Bees came away
competition in March. This Fri- from the 2017-2018 season with
day, the Jackets will race Miami, a national championship under
SCAD and FGCU at 3 p.m. be- their belt on the women’s side,
fore facing Notre Dame and Mi- as well as 25 recognized CSCAA
ami at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Scholar All-Americans, the larg-
The University of Miami com- est number of athletes to achieve
peted at the SMU Classic this past this in the NAIA last year. Last
weekend in Dallas, Texas and se- week, freshman Kaylen Hou was
cured a fifth place finish among named Bee of the Week at SCAD,
brutal competition. The meet a title that is awarded to the ath-
opened with the 200-yard medley lete of each gender with the most
relay, where the women finished notable performance of the week.
fifth in 1:43.70. In comparison, The Bees competed against the
the Tech women placed third at Georgia Southern Eagles last Fri-
their past meet in the same event day, losing 181-81. Hou set the
with a time of 1:43.00. Although 100-yard IM school record with a
0.70 seconds does not appear to time of 1:01.62, but she will not
be significant, in swimming it find herself chasing a new best
can comprise the difference be- time this weekend, as the event
tween first and ninth place in is not typically performed at dual
some events. The Hurricanes do meets. The Bees will bring their
not have a men’s swim team but best to the Tech pool, but there is
do have three divers that did not a nearly uncontestable chance that
travel to Dallas with the wom- the Jackets will win handily. Photo courtesy of Danny Karnik
en. Those three divers will have Another conference rival, Tech swimmers jump into the water at McAuley Aquatic Center during an intrasquad scrimmage.
heavy competition at Tech against Notre Dame, finished up their last The Jackets’ swim and dive team will face teams from five schools over the coming weekend.

Three fumbles too much for Tech to overcome


— Nebraska and Alabama State, and 2.3 are recovered, generally
JOHN EDWARDS each with 2.3 fumbles per game. for a loss of yardage and a waste
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR So Tech has been far and away the of a down. Georgia Tech already
single worst team in all of college gives up an average amount of
“There’s a small margin of er- football with regards to fumbling. tackles for loss; factoring in their
ror. We can’t win games where we Tech QB TaQuon Marshall leads self-inflicted wounds by fumbling
turn the ball over three times,” the nation in fumbles at nine on and jumping on the ball for a loss
mused Paul Johnson postgame. the season. The difference be- lays bare Tech’s offensive struggles
For a Tech team that has felt frus- tween him and second place is as for all to see.
tratingly close to the edge of con- large as the difference between no. Tech’s defense, despite a rocky
tention time and time again, this 2 and no. 28. Four players from start, has been quite good. Duke
season has been all about the mar- Tech — Marshall, QB Tobias Oli- had allowed just three turnovers
gins. No place was that distinction ver, AB Qua Searcy, and BB Jor- all season going into the game,
more evident than at Bobby Dodd dan Mason — rank in the top 100 but Tech spotted the Blue Dev-
Stadium on Saturday, as Tech lost of fumbles this season. ils three on Saturday. Defensive
a winnable game against a Duke Succinctly, there is a fumble coordinator Nate Woody’s 3-4
team on the fringes of the AP Top epidemic of unprecedented pro- scheme has done its job and kept
25 rankings, falling 28-14. portion ongoing at Tech. Not Tech in games.
It was the same song as when since 2006 has a team recorded as But Tech’s fumbles put un-
Tech lost to Clemson earlier this many fumbles per game as Tech. necessary pressure on its defense
season — ball handling. Tech Option teams, who run the ball Saturday, and aside from the
fumbled the ball eight times on almost every play, are expected blowouts against Louisville and
against the Tigers and recorded to fumble the ball frequently — Bowling Green State, the offense
six against Duke on Saturday. Tech and Army have frequently has not been up to par with its
Three of those fumbles against ranked among the worst teams in expectations entering the season.
Duke occurred on consecutive the country in terms of fumbles Johnson knows that Tech needs
drives, were recovered by the Blue — but not to the degree that Tech to handle the ball better, he said
Devils and each of the subsequent has struggled thus far this season. as much after the Clemson game,
drives resulted in touchdowns. It Tech’s problems are not nec- and he repeated those sentiments
was a highlight to the main culprit essarily that they are losing these after the Duke loss. Photo by Allie Ghisson Student Publications
of Tech’s season to date: fumbles. fumbles — Tech is tied for No. 12 But at some point, Tech must Clinton Lynch falls to the ground with the football. Tech’s
In FBS play, the Jackets lead in FBS play for most fumbles lost see some improvements. Talk is ball security issues cost the team a game against Duke.
the nation in fumbles per game per game, which is bad to be sure, cheap, and Tech has yet to trans-
at 3.3, according to TeamRank- but not damaged — it is the sheer late these results from the paper running in practice; the execution get the team to show any signs of
ings.com. The difference between volume of these lost fumbles. to the field. Not from Johnson’s simply has not improved as the improvement with regard to ball
Tech and no. 2 — Oregon State at Consider that Tech loses 3.3 fum- closer coaching of the quarterback season has worn on. handling down the stretch, he will
2.8 per game— is as large as the bles per game, 1.0 of them are lost and certainly not from any ball Maybe this is a lost season for lose a whole lot more than a single
difference between no. 2 and no. 8 to the other team as turnovers, security drills the team may be the Jackets, but if Johnson doesn’t season, perhaps even his job.
// SPORTS technique • October 19, 2018• 19

HOOPS FROM PAGE 1


en route to the national champi- size, the hope is that it would be to defend at the next level with
onship. Sjolund, an international able to compensate for its diminu- an increased net athleticism level
-ing position, and when looking prospect slightly undersized for tive nature with athleticism and and pace would be foolish. The
at the trio of freshmen infused to the three, has an offensive tool- scoring, the latter of which has effort may be there, but it is un-
the team this offseason, the first box that allows him to carve up been something of a challenge for likely that their inexperience will
thing that sticks out is just how defenders, and with Moore acting Tech basketball. do them any favors on the defen-
small they are. Granted, most as a defensive anchor with a freak- With a lineup of Alvarado, De- sive end, particularly against freak
people wouldn’t describe the 6’8, ishly long wingspan, it is not un- voe, Haywood, Sjolund or Moore athletes and grizzled veterans in
200-pound freshman forward reasonable to believe that all three and Gueye, Tech would be doing conference play.
Kristian Sjolund as a diminutive freshmen will see significant play- a full pivot from the defensive in- That being said, the pieces are
figure. But when comparing him ing time together. tensity that has been the backbone in place for Pastner to finally be-
in a unit along with the other A potential lineup is Devoe the program’s success for the past gin molding the Jackets in the im-
true freshmen 6’6 forward Kha- and Sjolund or Moore starting decade. Alvarado’s high motor age of his old Memphis teams that
lid Moore and 6’3 guard Michael alongside floor general Alvarado, leads to a healthy amount of steals ran a high-scoring offense that
Devoe to the graduating front- rim protector Gueye and a fully and Gueye has been a serviceable carried the team to 4 NCAA tour-
court presence of 6’10” graduat- healed 3-point assassin sopho- interior presence in years past, but nament berths in his 7 years as JOHN EDWARDS
ing center Ben Lammers and the more Curtis Haywood. While to expect the freshmen to come head coach. Change will not hap- ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
6’5” first-round athletic phenom that unit would give up plenty in in and be immediately prepared pen overnight, but it begins here.
Okogie, there’s a clear drop in the TOP PROSPECTS
average height of the roster, which
indicates a shifting offensive phi- Last Wednesday, D1Baseball.
losophy in the upcoming season. com named two Tech pitchers
Tech finished in the bottom 15 among its top ten draft-eligible
in the NCAA for three-pointers hurlers. Tech lefty Connor Thom-
attempted the past two seasons, as topped the list, which identi-
an unsurprising statistic given fied pitchers based on their ana-
the “grit and grind” slow-paced lytic rankings in the categories of
offense Tech had utilized with Zone Control, Pitch Ability, and
moderate success that led to lower Durability, which measure how
possession counts while primarily effective a pitcher is at working for
scoring through high-percentage strikes, how effective they are at
Lammers shots. This year, how- recording outs, and how long they
ever, Lammers is gone, and with can throw for, respectively.
no true “big body” inside to fill Thomas had a breakout season
his shoes and pound the boards for Tech last year, pitching to a
on both sides of the floor, the 3.34 ERA and throwing 97 in-
guard-heavy Jackets roster will nings last season. Among pitchers
likely find themselves in small- with at least 90 innings thrown,
ball lineups for the majority of Thomas finished No. 5 in ERA
their games, using junior Abdou- and lead the ACC in Strikeouts
laye Gueye as a stretch-five starter per Walk with a 10.6:1 ratio.
to space the floor alongside more Thomas earned All-ACC first
polished shooters. team honors and enters his junior
While Tech’s new freshmen re- season as Tech’s ace.
cruits may not have the physicality Also making the top ten was
of their predecessors, the offensive RHP Xzavion Curry, who took
tools each of them brings to the big strides from a rocky freshman
table unlocks a world of poten- season last year, cutting down on
tial in an era of spacing. Devoe, control issues and limiting hits
the four-star recruit headlining against him. Curry and Thomas
the recruiting class, shot 42 per- both pitched in Tech’s fall scrim-
cent from deep last season at the mage earlier this month against
elite Montverde Academy. Devoe South Carolina, and both will
ran the American Athletic Union Photo by Katherine Shambaugh Student Publications likely see reps on Oct. 27 in a
(AAU) scene impressively, leading Abdoulaye Gueye goes up for a layup during a home game against Clemson. Gueye will likely friendly against Chattahoochee
his high school team in scoring be a member of Tech’s 2018-19 starting lineup, projected to be a physically small unit. Valley Community College.
Sports
SPORTS EDITOR: Making a Splash technique
Harsha Sridhar
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR:
John Edwards
It is early in the season, but many
Tech swimmers have achieved a lot
20
Friday,
heading into the weekend’s meet.418
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One of the biggest storylines entering the Last week, VT’s offense got off to a
game is Tech’s turnover problem — although slow start against North Carolina, but
the Jackets have a positive turnover margin quarterback Willis turned on the jets in the
on the season at plus-four, they have lost second half and ended up throwing the
the ball repeatedly at pivotal moments. last-second game-winning touchdown. The
Tech’s game against Duke was emblematic Hokies are never out of it.
of Tech’s struggles this season; three VT has struggled in its running attack in
consecutive fumbles in the second half of the past few weeks, including a meager
the game handed Duke an easy victory. 66 rushing-yard performance against the
During last year’s matchup, the Jackets porous Tar Heel defense, not counting Willis’
relied heavily on B-back KirVonte Benson rushes. But VT’s run defense has been as
and a pair of deep passes from TaQuon good as their rushing offense has been bad,
Marshall. With Benson out, the other backs ranking no. 25 among FBS teams nationally.
and Marshall must be at their best to rack Tech has averaged 245 rushing yards versus
up points against a quality Virginia Tech VT in their last four outings; the Hokies must
squad and pull off an upset. do better this time. Story by Rohan Kansara
Design by Harsha Sridhar Student Publications