Campus News

January 11, 2010

Take Note

Barkley Forum ranked first in nation
Emory’s Barkley Forum debate team is currently ranked number one in the nation as the top overall team. In addition, two individual teams are in the top 20, including first place finishers, Emory juniors Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah, and the freshmen team of Rajesh Jegadeesh and Ross Gordon, ranked 20th, out of more than 1,000 competing teams. The ranking puts Emory ahead of Harvard, University of California-Berkeley, Georgetown and several other peer universities.

The Barkley Forum also is among the first schools to go to a paperless debate system, which eliminates the use of literally tons of paper, saving money and increasing sustainable practices.

“Being the top overall school is a tribute to the hard work of 46 Emory debaters and an amazing coaching staff,” says Melissa Maxcy Wade, executive director of forensics.

What to do in case of inclement weather
Severe weather warnings early in the new year, like last week’s snowfall, prompt a reminder of the University's inclement weather policy.

In the event of severe weather conditions, the University may announce delays or cancellations of normal campus activities. These delays and cancellations apply to the University only, not to Emory Healthcare. Emory Healthcare employees are sent a separate communication regarding inclement weather policy.

Members of the University community should obtain updated information in one of the following ways: 

• Call the University's Weather Information Line at 404-727-1234.
• Check the University's Web site.
• Consult local radio and TV news broadcasts.
• Watch for all-Emory broadcast e-mail advisory.

    Oxford adopts more sustainable stance on printing
    Oxford College is embarking on a green printing initiative, a college-wide effort that consists of three parts: a purchasing program focused on printing technology that maximizes the efficiency of materials and energy; an educational program that will inform users about the energy, material and financial costs of alternative printing strategies; and a program to replace a larger number of low-performance, stand-alone machines with fewer, more capable and more efficient machines that are available in network arrangements.  The goals are to provide enhanced service while also reducing expenses.

    A collaborative team has been formed to help with implementation.  Team members include representatives from IT and finance as well as other constituencies within the college.  Rollout is expected in early 2010.

    Emory takes workplace award for second year
    For the second year in a row, Emory has been named a “Hero Among Us” for its support of Out & Equal-Atlanta.

    Out & Equal is a national, nonprofit workplace advocacy organization that champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

    Emory, which won the award in 2008, was honored in the Educational Institution category.

    The awards were established in 2008 to recognized corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, educational and governmental institutions and individuals who “have made an overwhelming impact in the workplace and support of Out & Equal-Atlanta.”

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