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October 1, 2001

Chace, Manasco see State of the University

By Michael Terrazas


Presidents Bill Chace and Anna Manasco—of Emory University and its Student Government Association (SGA), respectively—both detailed accomplishments of an eventful year at Emory and outlined their plans for the future in the fourth annual State of the University Address, delivered Sept. 24 in Cox Hall.

As a crowd of roughly 150 settled into their seats, the two presidents waited patiently while Lord William M. Dooley ambled to the podium to get the event under way. Speaking on the heels of Alumni Weekend, Doo-ley commented on the success of Homecoming: “Not since the glory days of Push Ball have I seen such an enthusiastic bunch of mortals,” the Spirit of Emory said through a member of his entourage.

The (un)dead then gave way to the living, as Student Pro-gramming Council President Mitali Chakraborty and SGA Treasurer Jason Miller welcomed those on hand and called the event to order.
As has become tradition, University Secretary Gary Hauk provided historical information on a particular Emory accoutrement, and this year’s piece of paraphernalia was the University seal. Hauk explained its origins and traced its evolution to the present day.
It was then Manasco’s turn to speak, and the SGA president ran through a litany of events and accomplishments over what she called a “remarkable” year at Emory: “In short, ladies and gentlemen, students, faculty, staff, trustees and guests, the state of Emory University is ascendant,” she said.

“On the one hand,” Manas-co continued, “Emory is buoyed by its accomplishments. As upward movement becomes tradition, it vivifies the University community. Success is both self-generating and self-perpetuating. On the other hand, though, Emory’s progress confers on the community sincere and weighty responsibilities—responsibilities to itself and, of primary interest to me, responsibilities to its students.”

Manasco then outlined what she considers those responsibilities to be: the installation of a raised curb on Peavine Creek Road to protect pedestrians; a consolidation of Student Health Services and the Counseling Center; continued diligence and education regarding substance abuse and sexual assault; creating “purposeful spaces” on campus, starting with a rethinking of space usage in the Dobbs Center; and “realizing the potential of the Greek community,” namely by building houses for sororities.

In closing, Manasco reminded her fellow students that they too have responsibilities, and she encouraged them to become involved in University life. “As your short time flies by, live so that Emory is better because you were here,” she said. “As you write your theses, play your sports and educate each other, remember the community you represent. Reflect its light.”

Chace then stepped to the podium and began his address by praising the community for its myriad reactions to the tragic events of Sept. 11. He particularly lauded the work of John Ford, senior vice president for Campus Life, and his colleagues in helping the community persevere through its shock and grief. In dealing further with the tragedy, Chace invited those in attendance to an Oct. 4 forum
on Islam.

“This forum,” Chace said, “will be one more indication of one of the central, driving definitions of Emory as I see it and as I take stock of what it must be: This institution must see itself as one pledged to the international in all its dimensions—learning, teaching, traveling and the incorporation of more students and faculty from afar into the community.”

The president listed a number of accomplishments of the past 12 months, including a record year in University fundraising, the revamping of the workplace giving campaign into EmoryGives, and the groundbreaking of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts and the redesign of Clairmont Campus.

Chace closed by speaking directly to the question of the State of the University: “I believe it to be strong, secure and well prepared for even further development and growth.

“Each and every year, we are able to recruit more talented students and faculty,” he continued. “Our physical plant is in superb shape, and so are the foundations of our fiscal well-being. We live in a good neighborhood and a prosperous city. I am fortunate to be surrounded by superbly capable administrative colleagues. We are blessed by Fortune in all her various


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