October 30, 2000
Chase, Kim discuss the state of University
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
As traditions go, the annual State of the University Address in Glenn
Auditorium, now in its third year, is rapidly becoming a major one.
Its contentsDooleys address (and subsequent audience rendition
of Happy Birthday in recognition of the start of Dooleys
Week), University Secretary Gary Hauks history lesson (this year
discussing the origins of each schools gonfalons, the
banners that decorated the back of the stage), the a cappella rendition
of the alma mater by No Strings Attached, the addresses by President Bill
Chace and SGA President Moses Kim, and the concluding Q&A session
with both presidentswere all features of the previous years
While the subject matter of Kims and Chaces speeches was
fresh, its optimisticyet challengingthemes concerning the
future of Emory were consistent.
Chaces remarks centered on what is the theme for this academic
year: reconciliation. And he didnt mean a touchy-feely type of reconciliation,
but a slightly edgier one, something to stimulatepossibly pricklydialogue.
Reconciliation, as a human instrument, should bring to the surface
differences and polarities, he said. The more intense or problematic
they are, I say, the better.
Reconciliation becomes more successful as an instrument [with]
the more questions it asks and more irregularities in our constitutionthe
more folds in the carpetit brings to view.
Chace named the reconciliation aspects of the recent forum that grew
out of a controversial column in The Wheel as a prime example of this
Kim, who took the stage first, offered several suggestions on improving
interaction among the Emory students.
His first proposal was the construction of a pedestrian walkway along
Peavine Creek Drive leading to the lower intramural fields. Kim expressed
a concern for the safety of students walking down the street.
Several of Kims ideas involved Emory athletics. He noted the absence
of lights on the soccer field, saying that daytime games hold down attendance.
He also proposed increased funding for club sports and the Outdoor Emory
organization. With these financial resources, members of club sports
are more likely to develop a greater loyalty to the university they represent
at competitions while building friendships with their fellow members,
Kim also suggested that Emory administrative and business offices voluntarily
relocate to other buildings (such as Alabama Hall) so that the DUC could
become a true student center.
Space for student organizations and commons areas will enable students
of all backgrounds to interact and learn from each other, he said.
We must be committed to providing opportunities to interact in order
to improve student life.
Year after year students complain that Emorys spirit is dead.
It is not dead. It is alive, well and breathing deeply, Kim said.
Its just needs a regular dose of caffeine, just like students
and professors do.
Chace also addressed the subject of school spirit. What I find
interesting about this topic is that, for many students, school
spirit is perceived to be what economists call a supply-side
problem, he said. That is, students criticize what they see
as a lack of things they want to have.
Chace said he saw the dilemma as more of a demand-side problem.
That is, I am hearing there is a demand for school spirit that
I and my colleagues should somehow meet, he said. Alas, I
cannot provide, as a commodity, school spirit. Let me tell
you that if I did own a rich supply of school spirit, I would be glad
to give it out.
In effect, Chace challenged the students to be the purveyors of spirit
on campus. You are the only real providers of school spirit,
he said to the students seated in Glenns pews. You can be,
and you must be, its primary authors and its primary creators.
Dooley, for one, was cool with that.
Here I am the spirit of this place, Dooley said in his opening remarks through one of the members of his entour-age. Let me assure you, I havent felt this good in 101 years."