Volume 76
Number 4

The Uncommon Common Man

Indecision 2000

Fire and Water

Emory University

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“I went down there and met with his father, with the cops, recreating the last few moments before he disappeared into the woods. I knew I wanted to be a journalist after that story,” says Gimbel, a junior co-majoring in political science and journalism.

Through additional interviews, Gimbel found that Budd had been acting strangely for months before his disappearance, giving away all the posters in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and avoiding making decisions about what courses to take during the upcoming term. Gimbel also found that police suspected Budd had his father’s pistol with him when he was last seen, walking away from the boat.

The resulting article, “Seven months, 1,500 acres: still no trace of Bryant Budd,” was one of the clips that earned Gimbel the Associated Collegiate Press and the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2000 Reporter of the Year title. He received the award and a thousand dollars in November at the National Collegiate Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

“Barney is really enthralled with journalism–he loves to talk about the craft, he loves the quest, looking at things from different angles,” says Sheila Tefft, director of Emory’s journalism program, who taught Gimbel’s journalism ethics class. “He’s naturally skeptical, discarding what doesn’t stand up. Bizarre, unusual, quirky things fascinate him.”

In his office on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center, Gimbel puts in fifty to sixty hours a week at the independent student newspaper, which publishes 7,500 copies twice a week. He supervises twenty student writers, assigns and edits copy, and keeps up with a full course load. “Sometimes I’ll get home at 6 a.m., and have a 9 a.m. class,” he says. “But I’m here because I think we’re doing something important.”

Gimbel, who worked last summer as a full-time news reporter in the DeKalb County bureau of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has covered political contests and the police beat. He coordinated a recent Emory Wheel article about the Emory post office’s poor service that resulted in new hires and an apology from the company that runs it.

“You realize things can change, and we can take some small credit for that,” he says.

Gimbel also achieved campus acclaim for an investigative article he wrote about extravagant spending by Student Government Association Executive Board members, including several who indulged in a $220 Sunday brunch at the Ritz-Carlton on the students’ tab.

As for the oft-heard prediction that print journalism will be obsolete in a decade or two, the twenty-one-year-old Gimbel counters like a grizzled, green-eyeshade editor: “Even if we’re published only on-line, who’s writing the stuff? It’ll make journalists’ lives harder, updating stories all day–we’ll have to become as twenty-four-hours oriented as CNN. But I don’t think hard copies will die any time soon. People like to have something to hold in their hands.”–M.J.L.

The Candler School of Theology is using a recent $1.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to help students learn to "practice what they preach," focusing on the call to action inherent in core Christian tenets. This shift in the direction of training seminars heralds the school├s most sweeping curriculum reform in thirty years. Beginning last fall, students in Candler├s entering class worked with faculty in small groups enacting Christian practices such as hospitality, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The emphasis on integrating practice with theological study is Candler├s way of "shaping students as disciples and as builders of faith communities," says Woodruff Professor of New Testament Luke T. Johnson, who leads the school├s curriculum reform effort. As they progress, students will engage in ministry with supervision in clinical settings and social agencies throughout the Atlanta metro area┴a thirty-year-old custom at Candler┴with an eye to blending theory and practice. —P.P.P.



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