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CHEAT CODES
JON LONG

LIFE EDITOR
When searching for a job or
internship at the career fair, it is
important to remember that recruiters are more than just swag
suppliers and resume receptacles.
These people are one of the biggest
factors in whether or not students
will get an interview.
The Technique recently had a
chance to talk with Ishwarya Venkat, a former CS major at Tech
and current recruiter for tech giant Google, about what recruiters
look for during career fairs.
Technique: What is something that students shouldn’t do
at a career fair?
Venkat: Never ask what opportunities a company has. That
is like the number one faux pas.
It is so annoying being a recruiter and being asked “what opportunities do you guys have?”
All we want to say is “have you
Googled it?” It’s annoying. Do
not do that. It sounds like you’re
not interested and sounds like
you didn’t do your research.

Technique: What is a personal
pet peeve of yours?
Venkat: Students handing in
a resume and just staring at you
without saying anything. Literally all you have to say is name,
major and what you are looking
for. That’s all we want to hear,
but there are students who hand
in their resume and just stare at
you and then … what are you
supposed to do at that point? It’s
not our job to be like “oh, how
can I help you?” You have to
say what you want, then we can
talk based off of that. So, elevator pitches are very important.
It doesn’t have to be 30 seconds,
honestly, if you say “Hi, my name
is Ishwarya, I’m a CS major, I’m
a fourth year and I’m looking
for full time job opportunities.”
that’s all you need to say.
Technique: What is your most
bizarre career fair experience?
Venkat: There’s been times
when students come to me and
they will say, “Oh, can I talk to
an engineer,” and that’s really
bad because you are just saying
that because I’m a girl,v I’m not
an engineer.

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Technique: How have you responded to that?
Venkat: I just say, “Oh I am
an engineer,” and then they get
embarrassed.
Technique: What should students do when they walk up to
the table? What is one thing they
should never forget to do when
approaching a recruiter?
Venkat: I think elevator
pitches are really important,
and I think that’s what everyone should practice. You’re going to be saying this elevator
pitch to so many companies, and
that should honestly be the first
thing you say while you’re handing companies your resume. It
doesn’t have to be a super involved elevator pitch, like I said,
it can just be your name, major
and what you’re looking for, but
it helps so much to get the conversation started.
Technique: When you’re looking at resumes, what do you look
for?
Venkat: In resumes, basically
your GPA and any major related
projects. Things that you’ve done
outside of school, those are very

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exciting, because it’s not just
classwork. You had some motivation to do stuff on your own.
The number one thing we
look for is definitely internships
... If you had work experience,
that speaks far more than your
classes.
So definitely internships, and
a lot of engineering internships.
For CS and engineering, if you
do an internship, you learn a lot
more anyway.
Technique: What is your favorite and least favorite part about
recruiting students?
Venkat: My favorite part
about recruiting students is, because I work for Google, there
are so many students out there
that think they’ll never be able
to get there.
But then I love telling
them my story and saying that
I was in the exact same boat.
And having that relationship
with them, sharing that and
inspiring people to stick with
it, and then try for big companies and see what happens, don’t
just shy away. I think that’s my
favorite part.

My least favorite part would
probably be that you have to repeat the same exact thing over
and over again.
Technique: Do you have any
final, general advice for students
attending the career fair?
Venkat: Good handshakes
are always nice. And I know not
everyone has a super bubbly personality, but if you talk to someone at a different company, if
you’re being like enthusiastic and
seeming like you’re really interested, it really makes a huge difference. People will be inclined
to pay more attention to you if
you seem excited about what
you’re talking about.
So even if you’re not super excited, put on a smile, give a firm
handshake, ask for the recruiter’s
name and give them yours, and
then ask about what that person
does. Just be enthusiastic overall.
People want to hire enthusiastic people, not just “Oh my god
I want a job, hire me,” kind of
people. So just smile, be enthusiastic, be yourself at the same
time and don’t try to overdo it
too much.

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POLLY OUELLETTE

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Sometimes, classes just don’t
give us the same satisfaction that
doing something we’re truly passionate about does. Most courses
aren’t aimed at changing the
world like we want to.
That’s why so many Tech students opt to intern or co-op to
supplement their educations.
Some students want to jump
right in, even before classes start.
The summer prior to his first year,
current second-year CMPE Victor
Barr had the exciting opportunity
to work under the Georgia Tech
Research Institute’s (GTRI) electronic systems division.
Paid with a $1,500 stipend,
Barr worked with fellow engineers
for seven weeks over the summer
on several projects, one of which
included delicately constructing
printed circuit boards that controlled the functions of movement-sensing cameras.

“That was one of the first
things that showed me that electrical and computer engineering
are what I like because that was a
really hands on experience,” Barr
said. “That experience even helped
me in classes to understand why
I’m learning what I’m learning.”
Barr continues to work with
the GTRI in Atlanta on a project relating photonics and radio
waves in order to convey information at faster speeds.
Elsa Perakis, second-year CS,
didn’t stay so close to home. She
and two of her fellow students
teamed up with Microsoft to help
protect ignorant Americans from
falling prey to email phishing, one
of the most common forms of online scamming.
Perakis worked on creating a
reporting system through which
cybersecurity experts can review
reports of viruses and theft due to
email phishing and act on these
issues quickly.
“It was an amazing experience,
and I learned a lot about technical

stuff like coding, and I met some
amazing people,” Perakis said. “I
also got a mentor, and we got to
talk about encouraging women to
join CS, which is something I’m
very passionate about.”
Perakis was paid $30 an hour
for the work she did on email
phishing attack protection, and
also got the opportunity to explore the Seattle area with her
teammates, Emily Marin and
Ginna Groover.
Tech has powerful name recognition, which was part of the
reason Perakis was able to intern
at Microsoft. Large companies,
especially those with interests in
engineering and technology fields,
look to Midtown for their interns
and, often, full time workers to fill
positions after graduation.
While some people thrive on
the formulaic way of thinking
offered by large companies, others love some ambiguity. When
Stephanie Pham, a third-year
business major, joined the staff of
Acuity Brands Lighting, she had a

large say in determining her role
in the company.
“I was responsible for social
media and assisted in creating an
interview process and planning
university recruiting strategies,”
Pham said. “It was the first time
the company had an intern, so I
got to define the role for myself.”
Such a situation has potential
for huge growing experiences and
independence, even though the
open-endedness of the internship
was frustrating for her at times.
She was paid $25 an hour and says
that she gained a lot of initiative
and confidence from her internship experience.
It is certain that there is no
better way for students to get realworld exposure and experience in
their fields than actually going out
and participating. By participating in Tech’s Career Fair, students
give themselves the opportunity
to do just that.
Tech interns don’t fetch coffee; they make moves to enact real
change in the world.

YOUR PLAYER PROFILE

CAREER
FAIR
SAMIRA BANDARU
LIFE EDITOR

It’s a career fair, not a date
night. In a world of rules and
regulations and strict social normalcies, one can often feel stifled,
especially when it comes to that
time of the year when everyone
is putting together their resumes
and preparing their elevator pitches in anticipation for Career Fair
week. Dark suits and pencil skirts
are donned like straitjackets, personalities are rigidified, and a
cloud of anxiety enfolds over students’ heads as they conform to
standards set by the professional
realm. It doesn’t have to be this
way; some creativity can be injected into the most dull situations.

Wear a prom dress

People always say that you
need to stand out, but it’s hard
to take the first step to putting
yourself out there when you’re
drowning in a sea of black pantsuits and blazers. Express yourself.
If they don’t like you for who you
are, then they don’t deserve you.

Make yourself heard

JON LONG & KEELY MRUK

LIFE EDITOR; CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Believe it or not, career fairs
are about more than just hoarding free stuff. You are there to sell
yourself to companies in order to
get a job, make some money and
buy your own damn bottle opener, vulture.
A resume shows off what applicants have to offer beyond snazzy
clothes and a disarming smile.
Managing to get your resume to
a recruiter is only the first step;
making your resume stand out
and demonstrate your potential
value to a company will put you
ahead of the career fair pack (or
stack, in this case).
While it may seem counterintuitive to the goal of standing
out, there are some general guidelines that are considered the best
practices when putting a resume
together. More unconventional
resumes exist but these introduce
the dangerous risk of seeming
tacky to employers. In general, it
is best to stick to most, if not all,
of the standard formatting.
Be prepared to be very liberal
with your resumes. No, don’t print
them on recycled organic paper,
but rather do the opposite. Print
more than you think you need on
thick, sturdy paper and keep them
safe in a folder. The last thing you
want to do is run out of resumes
or hand recruiters a bent or soggy
sheet of paper.
Following these tips won’t
guarantee you an interview, but
they will definitely keep you from
embarrassing yourself in front of
hundreds of industry professionals. Some would argue that is
equally important.

GEORGE P. BURDELL
OBJECTIVE
In recent years the objective statement has fallen out of fashion. The type of position you are seeking should be
evident from your resume and the skills presented there.
However: If you are unwilling to abandon objective statements completely, use a specific objective statement to
demonstrate that you are not simply walking around, handing a resume to anyone that will take it.

LENGTH

Abide by the one page rule and keep your resume scannable in under 20 seconds.

GPA
Only include your GPA if it is a 3.2 or higher. ‘Nuff said.

ORDER
Subsection ordering may vary among majors, but for you engineer-y types, the most common hierarchy is:
1. Education
2. Skills (software, lab techniques, programming languages, regular languages, etc.)
3. Experience (internships, co-ops, jobs, and other things you are paid for)
4. Projects (related to being a student, unpaid work)
5. Leadership/Communication (e.g. significant club involvement)

BULLET POINTS
- Format subsection details with bullet points, not paragraphs of text
- Fragments acceptable
- Each point should not exceed one line
- Commence each point with a strong verb
- No more than five bullet points

TENSE
If you have completed the experience - you have a beginning and end date listed – then use past tense verbs. If
the experience is ongoing – you list the beginning date to present – then use present tense verbs.

LEGIBILITY
Your resume, full of necessary information as it may be, is useless if it is crowded and difficult to read.

Generally, 11 point is the lower limit of legibility. Play with the margins, adjust the spacing, and consider
slashing/condensing to avoid dropping below this level. Overcrowding hinders legibility as well; a bit of white
space effectively divides your resume into more manageable chunks.

CONSISTENCY
Sporadic changes in formatting, typeface, font size, etc. are distracting. While these decisions can seem
arbitrary and pointless (should I bullet with a dot or a dash?), their implementation is not. Standardize your
resume format.
Hurry and embrace the oncoming season with open arms and improved job prospects, because as surely as summer
gives way to fall, resumes will give way to interviews. Best of luck at the career fair!

When you’re standing in line to
talk to recruiters, raise your hand,
jump up and down, and yell “Pick
me! Pick me!” Nothing says, “I’m
perfect for this job!” than a little
over-the-top enthusiasm. Companies want someone they would
drink a beer with, and if you can’t
drink, then they want someone
that reminds them of their kids.

Ask recruiters about themselves

Didn’t your parents teach you
manners? Conversations should
never be one-sided. When a recruiter asks you about yourself,
don’t forget to inquire about them
also! And don’t forget — when they
say, “good luck,” say “you too!”

Hug your recruiter

It’s a busy day for them. Show
‘em some love. It is bad form to
list “good hugs” as a skill on your
resume, so an in-person demonstration is really the only way.

Bring copies of your third
grade science fair project

If it’s something that you can
talk passionately about, then it’s
fair game. Recruiters love seeing
students that have been building
potato clocks from a young age.

Be memorable

Have a mariachi band follow
you around, singing about your
engineering exploits. Like the intro
to that episode of “Breaking Bad,”
it will let everyone know of your
chemistry prowess and make the
cartels come after you, probably.

Throw your resume

Sometimes, the best way to get
yourself out into the professional
world is to be blunt. Nobody ever
got anywhere by being passive.
Bonus tip: Aerospace recruiters
love a well-made resume airplane.

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CAREER FAIR ISSUE

CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION

JON LONG

LIFE EDITOR
The old saying “you can’t judge a
book by its cover” has no place in the
high-stakes world of college career fairs.
According to a survey of more than 400
companies done by the San Jose Mercury News, recruiters and employers, on
average, “make a hiring decision within
15 seconds” of meeting applicants.
Résumés are important, but your
first impression will show employers
your intangible skills and experiences,
aspects of yourself that are arguably
as important as your ability to code in
MATLAB. Making a good first impression may seem an intimidating venture
but can be achieved by anyone when
taken in steps .
While athletic clothes are undeniably comfortable, graduating without any job experience is not. It may
seem obvious, formal wear is a must
for 99 percent of career fair situations.
To avoid embarrassing yourself, follow these simple guidelines for career
fair fashion.
For men, suits are usually the most
common sight (and for good reason).
Suits are a staple of the professional
world and, if worn correctly, can make
anyone look like they’re on top of their
game. That is a big “if,” however; suits
can very easily work against you if caution isn’t used. Bad fits, mismatching
colors and general dirtiness all defeat
the purpose of donning formal attire.

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Aside from suits, dress khakis and a
blazer can be used to great effect. While
these are less common, this combination can still provide a clean and sophisticated look that will set you apart
from your peers.
No matter what, always match your
belt and shoes. Also, it is essential to
wear a tie. Shirts should compliment
the suit without being too flashy. Socks
may not seem that important, but leave
those comfy Nikes at home and opt for
some dark blue or black dress socks instead and make sure they match.
Suits are also a college career fair
staple for women, albeit with a little
bit more flexibility. Pants can be substituted by a matching skirt so long as it
extends past two inches above the knee.
This recommendation is by no means a
rule, but many companies do cite it as a
reasonable guideline.
In a similar vein, blouses should
compliment the suit with a neckline
that does not extend past the collarbone. Once again, this is not a hard
guideline but just the general trend of
the corporate world. Also avoid wearing distracting jewelry. As for shoes,
most business formal outfits are nicely
rounded out by flats or mild heels.
Although these tips may go without
saying to some, it is never a bad idea
to refresh your knowledge of business
formal fashion. Incorporating these tips
with a bit of personal customization (to
a reasonable extent) will ensure that
you look professional and ready to work
during the career fair.

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SPORTS

Aer Lingus Classic: huge success for Tech and Ireland
MARK RUSSELL
STAFF WRITER
Despite the cloudy and drizzling conditions, thousands of
Irish citizens showed up to Aviva
Stadium to witness the sixth college football game played on Irish
soil. Joining them were a large
contingent of Americans that
travelled over the Atlantic to see
the game and visit Ireland.
About 10,000 Tech fans made
the trip and largely outnumbered
their Boston College counterparts. The locals in Dublin took

note of the event and lent a welcoming hand to visitors. There
were welcome and gameday signs
in almost every pub and shop. It
would have been hard pressed to
walk around downtown Dublin
for two minutes and not see a
Tech fan or hear “Go Jackets!”
Ireland has a population of 5
million, smaller than the Atlanta
metro population. While small, it
is steeped in a rich athletic tradition. From sports played worldwide like soccer to local favorites
such as hurling and Gaelic football, the Irish consider such events
integral to their culture.

Gaelic football and hurling are
unique to Ireland, first played in
1670 CE and 1272 BCE, respectively. The hurling national championship actually took place the
day after Tech’s game.
While American football has
yet to reach stardom in the Emerald Isles, the National Football
League has developed a considerable following over the last decade. Travelling to the stadium,
hundreds of NFL jerseys could be
seen, including Rob Gronkowski’s
New England Patriots uniform to
the New York Giants No. 13 that
Odell Beckham, Jr., dons.

Attendance at the game was
40,562, and the locals who attended got to see a fantastic
ending that captured what college football is all about. After a
sluggish first half with very little
scoring, the second half was full
of drama. Although it was not always in support of the Jackets, the
Irish local thoroughly enjoyed the
excitement and sudden swings.
Down 14-10 with 2:45 left on
the clock, the game looked all but
over with Tech needing 19 yards
on fourth down to keep their
chances alive. In that moment,
redshirt senior quarterback Justin

Thomas recaptured some of his
2014 magic that propelled Tech
to an 11-win season. He connected with sophomore A-back Qua
Searcy on a 22-yard pass to keep
the team’s chances alive.
Tech had not scored a touchdown since their opening drive,
but after that pass, the momentum shifted.
Pure willpower by the Jackets
led them to the game-winning
touchdown. Against one of the
top defensive sides in college football, true freshman B-back Dedrick Mills dove into the end zone
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ach week, this section of News
will include the coverage of
different aspects of bills that
passed through Student Government
This will include the Undergraduate
House of Representatives, Graduate
Student Senate and the Executive
Branch of both government bodies.

EVAN GILLON

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PASSED & FAILED BILL SUMMARY
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Adoption of FreShGA Constitution

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32-2-0
35-1-0

Wreck the Vote Sticker Funding

A FRESH START
The Undergraduate House
of Representatives heard a resolution to adopt a new constitution for FreShGA, the freshman
student involvement organization and subsidiary of the Student Government Association.
The new constitution added a

new structure for organization
leadership, speaker series, a new
name for the event “One Night
Stand” and requirements for
FreShGA members to remain a
part of the organization.
The resolution was met with
opposition from Representative Matthew Daigle, who had

his information would be given
to the Dean of Students due to
his Code of Conduct violation.
WEASEL STOMPING DAY
An officer patrolling Ferst
Drive on bike at approximately
3 a.m. on Sep. 1 detected the
odor of burning marijuana as he
passed the Phi Mu house. After
riding around the fire lane to
the back of the house, the officer encountered a student who
promptly lowered a hand from
his mouth and stomped on what
appeared to be a cigarette-style
device. The officer then inquired
as to what the student was doing behind the house — “smoking” — and what he had been
smoking — “a tobacco cigarette mixed with marijuana” —
which led the officer to request
that the student sit on outdoor
steps while he gathered more information. The marijuana could
not be collected for further
analysis due to its destruction,
and though the officer declined
to take criminal action against
the student, his information was
given to the Dean of Students
for a Code of Conduct violation.
concerns that the constitution
had structural holes, including
the lack of a system to elect a
director and no defined meeting
times. Daigle’s motion failed,
deemed too restricting to the organization’s leadership. The resolution passed in UHR in time
for FreShGA’s first meeting.
LIVING WELL
On behalf of External Affairs, Vice President Sara Dada
requested funding for stickers
for “Wreck the Vote,” an initiative to register Tech students to
vote between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8
before Election Day in November. The stickers will be passed
around campus and given to
students to build awareness for
registering before Oct. 3.
Wreck the Vote ordered
5,000 stickers and received
funding from the Undergraduate Legislative Reserve, a pool of
money allocated only for the use
of UHR.
Tech Auxiliary Services
helped with funding for other
parts of the event. The bill passed
the Undergraduate House with
a vote of 35-1-0.

ALEX MCAULIFFE,
SHERRY CHEN

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
CONTAGION COALITION
Epidemic diseases can escalate
from the purview of fringe medical researchers to the front page of
major newspapers and travel advisories with startling rapidity. This
pattern can be seen most starkly
in the 2013 Ebola outbreak in
West Africa — a an outbreak that
is estimated to have killed 11,000
people, and a disease so communicable and virulent that without
medical teams to treat it, villages
are left to “burn out”.
What if there was an organization responsible for fasttracking fringe vaccine research
towards human testing, and laying groundwork so that the international medical community
hits the ground running when
the next Ebola outbreak erupts?
In May 2015, the World Health
Organization (WHO) called for
non-market driven research and
development for vaccines. That
July, Welcome Trust director, Jeremy Farrar, published a paper advocating for an epidemic prevention program in exactly that vein.
The ideas that he helped to
publish in the New England Journal of Medicine that July became
reality on Aug. 31 as the Welcome
Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, the World Economic
Forum and the government of
Norway joined to found the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness
Innovations (CEPI) in London.
CEPI will fund work on three
vaccines at a time, prioritizing
drugs with an already established
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Tech joins campaign to
end student suicides
LINDSEY PLOUSSARD
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Division of Student Life
and Tech’s Counseling Center
are leading a suicide prevention
initiative, Tech Ends Suicide Together. This initiative is inspired
by an international movement,
ZEROSuicide, which focuses on
the reduction of suicide and better care for those who seek help.
Tech Ends Suicide Together aims
to educate students about how to
assist their peers who may be considering suicide or struggling with
mental health problems.
Along with campuses across
the country, the success of Tech’s
initiative will be measured by
keeping the numbers of students
committing suicide below the national average, about 1.6 percent
according to the 2015 National
College Health Assessment.
To achieve this goal, Tech Ends
Suicide Together will engage students, faculty, staff, parents and
alumni. Campus colleagues and
stakeholders will become campus
caregivers, or Ambassadors, that
will provide programs and services that reduce risk factors associated with suicide.
“A key element of the initiative
is the recognition that while we all
have a responsibility to do suicide
prevention work, those efforts may

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look different for different members of the Georgia Tech community given their experience, roles,
and expertise,” said Dr. Lacy
Currie, coordinator of Suicide
Prevention and Crisis Response
for the Georgia Tech Counseling
Center. “I am particularly excited
as I imagine the role of Georgia
Tech students. Students are often
the most informed about the wellbeing of their peers and are in a
unique position to help and support one another. Our students
also have the creativity and drive
to establish innovative programs
and services with the mission of
ending suicide at Tech. I strongly
believe they have the capability to
propel this initiative forward and
transform our campus.”
The initiative focuses on a continuum of care and prevention:
primary, secondary and tertiary.
Primary prevention includes programs that prevent suicide from
occurring. Secondary prevention is care that occurs after an
attempted or completed suicide.
Tertiary prevention is long-term
and addresses the effects of suicide
or attempted suicide.
Tech Ends Suicide Together
provides information about identifying suicide risk factors and
warning signs. Students can also
read more about how to help a
friend or loved one who may be
See SUICIDE, page 5

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Center for the Development and Application of Internet
of Things Technologies (CDAIT)
has recently partnered with Amazon Web Services. As well as
the new partnership, CDAIT
has launched four new working
groups centered around education, research, startup ecosystems
and thought leadership.
Internet of Things (IoT) is a
phrase coined in the last 20 years
to broadly describe the global
network infrastructure between
devices, both physical and virtual,
communicating with each other
through the internet. Such devices
can include domestic mainstays,
such as Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators and coffee makers, as well as
industrial equipment like massive
engines and mechanical equipment on oil rigs and in factories.
Co-founder
and
managing director of CDAIT, Alain
Louchez, described the IoT as
“the immersion of almost anything and everything (previously
“out of scope”) into the communications space, thanks to
the timely convergence of scientific, technological and societal
advances and trends.”
“IoT technologies will bring
about a pulsating world,” Louchez
said. “Why ‘pulsating’? Because
this world will be sending and receiving data constantly. Currently

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But with the Internet of Things,
it will be from inert to very active,
from offline to online, from delayed to instantaneous. A pulsating world.”
“The sky is the limit with what
you can do with these technologies,” Louchez said.
Louchez said that Tech is a
prime location for ground-breaking developments in IoT technologies. “If we are going to have these
kinds of numbers of devices on
the Internet of Things, clearly they
cannot be powered by the grid. So
we have to find other sources of
energy to power those devices. At

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expertise in that area. And when I
say world class, I am talking about
Nobel Prize level.”
The rapid growth and public
interest in IoT technologies is assisted by partnerships with large,
recognizable companies like Amazon Web Services. CDAIT is also
partnered with 14 other corporations, including Samsung, Cisco,
AT&T and IBM.
IoT technologies are appealing to companies partly due to
governmental regulations which
require intensive monitoring and
self-assessment.
See AMAZON, page 5

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The Centergy building rises above the bustle of Tech Square.
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FROM PAGE 2

cine licensing process or the lack
of profitable markets.
Part of the inspiration for
CEPI was the near-success of
some treatments for Ebola that
had been completed but not fully
developed before the outbreak.
The interim leader of CEPI,
John-Arne Rottingen, compares
the organization’s purpose to a
global health insurance policy —
a policy well worth the premium if
it is successful at helping to ameliorate even one Ebola-like event.
Dr. Farrar estimates that doing
CEPI’s part to prepare the world
for the top 20 threatening diseases
of the next decade will cost between $1–2 billion — a sum that
they plan to raise from various
governments and charities around
the globe.
CEPI should begin operations
in 2017, starting work on a group
of vaccines chosen from WHO’s
list of 11 candidates.
As time goes on, CEPI will
build a bank of research on various high risk diseases so that the
medical community will not be
caught flatfooted during future
international health crises.
PIPELINE CONTROVERSY
From the Maine to Hawaii,
tribal nations and environmental
activists have made their way to
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
in North Dakota to protest the
Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
The pipeline, intended to span
1,172 miles across the Midwest,
will transport crude oil from the
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to a hub in Illinois, from which
it can be transported via existing
pipelines.
The pipeline is already halfway
complete, with an estimated cost
of $3.7 billion. It would transport more than 400,000 barrels
per day of crude oil out of the
Bakkens, considerably safer than
transporting the oil by truck or
rail, as has previously been done.
Dakota Access LLC, the company
contracted to build the pipeline
and a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, maintains that the
pipeline will increase American
energy independence by decreasing imports. The construction of
the pipeline would add 8,000 to
12,000 jobs to local economies,
and tax revenue is estimated at
$129 million per year.
Advocates of the Dakota Access Pipeline claim that the pipeline will support greater energy independence for the United States.
This assertion is made amid new
legislation making it easier for
companies to export oil.
In December 2015, Congress
lifted a 40-year ban on oil exports.
Energy Transport company, based
in Texas, directly lobbied on H.R.
2029, the legislation that lifted
the ban on crude oil exports. This
campaign was led by former Texan governor Rick Perry, just one
month after he joined the board
of Energy Transfer Partners. The
Dakota Access Pipeline would
connect to a hub in Illinois, from
which an existing pipeline could
transport it to Nederland, Texas.
Though its advocates praise
the pipeline’s safety and its boost
to the local economy, it is a threat

to the water supply and to ancestral sites. Current plans for
the pipeline skirt past the northern boundary of the reservation,
crossing under the Missouri River. Though the pipeline will not be
built on reservation land, impacts
to the river upstream will inevitably affect residents downstream.
In 2014, the proposed route of the
DAPL initially went through Bismarck, ND.
After the Army Corp of Engineers determined that the pipeline could contaminate drinking
water, the path was diverted to
pass the reservation. Activists are
accusing the planned route of
the pipeline of being racist, due
to the rerouting of the pipeline
away from white communities
and closer to native communities
and reservations. With abundant
resources and limited political
power, they argue that tribes are
in a precarious position.
As the Standing Rock Sioux
Tribe appeals for an injunction
from the courts, the decision will
set a precedent for what sovereignty means. According to the treaties made in the late 19th century,
Native Americans were supposed
to be treated as autonomous nations — independent nations to
be dealt with diplomatically. Although the Army Corp of Engineers did consult with the tribe,
in the end, the decision to build
the pipeline was made against its
wishes.
The decision on the injunction,
promised by Sep. 9, will shift the
balance of power between big oil
and the collective force of united
tribal nations.

MAURA CURRIE, EVAN GILLON
NEWS EDITOR, ASST. NEWS EDITOR

HARMS FROM HERMINE?
Tech’s campus in Savannah,
Ga., was closed on Friday, Sep. 2,
due to the advancement of Hurricane Hermine through the region.
Forecasts called for heavy rain
and strong winds. Though the
brunt of the storm’s power was
focused on southern Georgia, it
blew through Savannah with little
incident.
Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in
preparation for the storm, which
caused severe damage in Florida.
125,000 power outages were reported throughout the parts of
Georgia in Hermine’s path, but
the storm passed without causing
intensive damage in Georgia.
SMART SCIENCE
Georgia Tech Research Institute researchers have created a
new method of testing autonomous systems for accurate logic.
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AVIA allows researchers to run
thousands of simulations in which
the vessel interacts with dozens
of model vessels and conditions.
Through these simulations, AVIA
allows autonomous systems such
as the demonstration vessel to
be tested rigorously before being
constructed and sent to operational testing.
AVIA may also be used in simulating vessels which travel in the
air as well as in space.
IMPLICIT BIASES
Tech’s Office of Institute Diversity has started an effort to
combat the negative effects of
implicit bias through tests and
90-minute workshops for faculty.
Since the program began this
spring, over 130 faculty members
have attended.
The workshops are a coordinative effort with the Advance Program and are meant to serve as a
method for faculty to reflect on
their decision-making processes
and develop a set of best practices
for such processes.
Julie Ancis, Institute Diversity
associate vice president, says the
purpose of the program is simply
to assist in recognizing one’s own
prejudices and is not supposed to
be a comfortable experience.
“It doesn’t make you a bad person,” Ancis said, “but we do need
to understand how bias can influence our judgment.”

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Van Leer prepares for update
JONATHAN JEFFREY
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the past 50 years, the
rotunda beside the Van Leer
Building has welcomed countless
students, but at the end of October, all of that will change as construction begins to transform the
rotunda from the current auditorium into a modern makerspace.
Tentatively named the Interdisciplinary Design Commons, the upcoming three-floor,
15,000-square-foot makerspace
will contain a host of electronic
equipment and fabrication tools
to meet the creative needs of students in multiple majors.
“I think as soon after everyone
saw how successful the Invention
Studio was, we started to asking
the question: shouldn’t there be
one that’s focused on electronics?” said Steven McLaughlin,
professor and Steve W. Chaddick
School chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
who has led the ECE administration since its work planning for
the new makerspace began only
three years ago.
From the start, the goal was
to try to figure out the design
that best incorporated the specific
wants of ECE students and faculty while still broadening the makerspace’s function for any student
of any major on campus.
Bonnie Ferri, associate chair
for Undergraduate Affairs in the
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tech, helped to
oversee the design process of the
makerspace.
“The idea is that we’ve got
some of the fabrication stuff that
duplicates a lot of what the Invention Studio, but not much,”
Ferri said. “And we have more
the electronic stuff, the embedded

systems. In the Invention Studio,
they’ve got the big cutting stuff
and everything and a little bit of
the electronic stuff so that somebody doesn’t have to walk all the
way over here if they want to do
something small. ”
Each of the three floors of the
Van Leer makerspace will have a
unique purpose.
“There will be one floor that’s
electronic prototyping,” Ferri
said. Another floor will be dedicated to embedded systems, and
the basement will have fabrication
equipment. The ECE department
is also taking steps in order to prepare students to best utilize the
new space.
“We’ve created a new organization called PACE, Prototyping
and Circuits Education,” said
Ferri. “It’s a student-run organization that is, as I said, similar to

the Invention Studio ... We want
to build up the expertise as well as
just a process — you now, operations — and have this organization which is new figure out how
they are going to run themselves.”
“Overall, the makerspace is an
$11 million project. To date, we’ve
received $3.2 million from Texas
Instruments and $2 million from
Harris. Much of the rest comes
from private donors,” McLaughlin said. “There will definitely be
a lot of company involvement.
This is exactly the kind of project
that many companies want to be
a part of.”
“We would love to create a
makerspace that’s 50,000 or
100,000 square feet,” McLauglin
said. “It’s not crazy to think that
way, but it’s going to take some
time ... the end game is to keep
thinking big, to keep going.”

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Van Leer is home to electrical and computer engineer students.
The building will undergo a transformation beginning October.

SUICIDE

FROM PAGE 3

thinking about suicide on the initiative’s website. Adapted from the
national initiative ZEROSuicide,
Tech’s program has seven core
components: lead, train, identify,
engage, treat, transition, and improve. Each of these core components has an associated goal. For
example, lead calls for the establishment of a leadership group
to lead the initiative, while train
includes training a network of faculty to assist with the program.
This network must then identify those at risk for suicide and
establish a way to engage those
students. Counseling centers and
campus psychiatrists will then
treat those students and transition
them away from suicidal ideation.
Finally, the initiative must improve campus culture and create a
positive environment for students’
mental health.
The Tech Ends Suicide Together Initiative is not just a campaign,
said Currie. “It’s a progressive leap
forward for our community in doing something that the nation as a
whole still struggles to do: boldly
proclaiming that we will talk
about suicide and we will work
together to end it.”
In a video for the initiative, students discuss the definition of the
word, “ubuntu”, which translates
to “I am because we are”. The initiative aims to unite all of Tech’s
students and build a culture of
kindness for those struggling with
mental health issues. Students can
engage in the campaign with the
hashtag #JacketsEndingSuicide.
Many faculty and administrators are involved in the campaign’s
Implementation Team, including
representatives from Admissions,
Athletics, Housing, Facilities,
Campus Ministries and GTPD.
Multiple students from Student
Government and the student
Mental Health Coalition are also
assisting. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11.

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“For instance, through GPS,
you have sensors that allow [companies] to trace and track where
the physical asset is, where the
truck is. With all kinds of sensors
in the car, we can manage the life
of and ‘intuitivity’ of car itself.
But more importantly through
IoT technologies, we can also
manage the content of the truck,”
Louchez said. “One of the reasons
why IoT has exploded in the last
two years, in addition to national
security concerns, you have regulations that force companies to
monitor their products, because
that is the law.”
IoT technologies are also relevant in cybersecurity and privacy
politics today, as well as national
security. “Imagine if everything is
connected, what people who don’t
like us can do! If you transform
this problem, the IoT has to be integrated in the national thinking,”
Louchez asserts.
According to the Developing Innovation and Growing the
Internet of Things Act (DIGIT
Act) which was passed earlier this
year, the IoT has “the potential
to generate trillions of dollars in
economic opportunity,” and estimates that over 50 trillion devices
will be connected to the IoT by
the year 2020.
“We sense it’s going to be big,
but we have no idea how it’s going
to unfold,” Louchez said.
Tech students can learn more
about CDAIT and IoT technologies on the CDAIT website. Additionally, Alain Louchez himself
will be present at a “Brunch and
Learn” Developer’s Delight event
on Sep. 29, in the Student Center’s
Piedmont Room. The event will
focus on the integration between
wearable technology, applications
and the IoT, and will also feature
speakers from the Wearable Computing Center and Venture Lab.
People who want to attend may
register online.

Opinions
OUR VIEWS | Consensus Opinion


Those are my principles, and if you
don’t like them...well, I have others.
- Groucho Marx

Making efforts to use news for news
The regrettable entertainment-value emphasis

In this age of pervasive social media and
constant connection, it is an unfortunate
reality that many remain out-of-the-loop
for innumerable crucial topics.
Endemic today is the tendency to gravitate toward information which can be
absorbed with little to no effort or time
commitment. Full articles, papers and scientific studies are not necessarily avoided
but rather passively ignored while their
headlines are dramatized by news outlets
desperately trying to keep Facebook engagement numbers up.
Why are they being forced into this
regrettable news methodology? Tabloids
have always been present in the landscape
of journalism. However, their willingness to stray from the facts in pursuit of
gripping stories are now spreading into
news sources once looked to as bastions of
worthwhile reporting. This is almost entirely a direction being taken at the behest
of the consumer.

The import of news outlets is not that
they provide 10-second windows of entertainment. It is easy to misuse them as such,
but a cursory look at the title of an article
or a glance at a “trending topic” is meaningless consumption of statements without context. Even worse, the willingness
of people to make judgments and public
admonishments based on something as
simple as a nine-word headline is laughably misguided.
As Tech students aspiring to be leaders
of tomorrow’s world, we need to make time
to be informed about the crucial issues of
today’s world. Being passionate about a
stance is admirable, but not taking time
to absorb and understand both sides of arguments is foolhardy. A successful career
in any field will involve interactions with
people of all walks of life and all realms of
belief. Learning to operate on solely adversarial terms only serves to hinder one’s
own progress.

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Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.

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Safe spaces shouldn’t
be a cause for concern
The University of Chicago re- versy. The Multicultural Resource
cently distributed a welcome letter Center repudiates this association
to incoming freshman refusing its through its definition of a safe
support of collegiate “safe spaces” space: “Safe spaces are spaces that
and “trigger warnings.” As written are created of, by and for memby the Dean of Students, Jay El- bers of marginalized or underlison, “the University of Chicago’s represented social groupings who
defining characteristic is our com- share common (or similar) histomitment to freedom of inquiry ries and experiences, and/or are
and expression ... we do not con- routinely subjected to and simidone the creation of intellectual larly impacted by socioeconomic,
‘safe spaces’ where individuals can cultural, political and other sociretreat from ideas and perspec- etal hierarchies and oppression.
tives at odds with
Conversations that
their own.” The
occur within these
letter has reintroare instru“ ... in no way does a spaces
duced the highly
mental in empowdebated topic of safe space represent an ering
underrepfreedom of speech
resented
institution as a whole.” to develop groups
and expression.
their
The place of
own voice which
DYVONNE BODY is crucial to facilifree
expression
FOURTH-YEAR INTA tating constructive
within an educational institudialogue between
tion remains ammarginalized and
biguous. Supporters of the letter dominant groups.”
equate safe spaces to a form of
Safe spaces have historically
censorship, a means for students been a response to forms of prejuto disregard upsetting or differing dice and oppression. A safe space
views. Such students have been is represented by marginalized
criticized for being “coddled” in a populations within an institution,
nation that was not built to serve but in no way does a safe space repthem. Universities have experi- resent an institution as a whole. So
enced increased student backlash acknowledging safe spaces within
for inviting controversial speak- an institute should not equate to
ers, resulting in the cancellation of the censorship of free expression.
certain events. These occurrences Safe spaces should be neither exreinforce the notion of censorship clusionary nor divisive but should
by negating free speech.
encourage the formation of ideas
“I don’t agree that you, when and perspectives that differ from
you become students at colleges, more privileged populations.
have to be coddled and protected
The University of Chicago has
from different points of view,” failed to accurately interpret the
stated President Barack Obama significance of a safe space and
in a town hall. “Anybody who has failed to understand its role
comes to speak to you and you within an institution. As further
disagree with, you should have stated by Dean of Students Jay Elan argument with them. But you lison, “civility and mutual respect
shouldn’t silence them by saying, are vital to us all ... you will find
‘You can’t come because I’m too that we expect members of our
sensitive to hear what you have to community to be engaged in rigsay.’ That’s not the way we learn.” orous debate, discussion, and even
As an alumni of the University disagreement.”
of Chicago, President Obama’s
Safe spaces encourage this deperspective further acknowledges velopment, while also providing
the merits of free expression sans students the tools to formulate
censorship.
constructive criticism and disDespite the remarks of Presi- course. Akin to the statements
dent Obama, he has never called of President Obama, the stuinto question the significance of dents who represent a safe space
safe spaces within an institution. should not obstruct the expression
Perhaps because the connota- of opinions differing from their
tion of a safe space has been ma- own. Instead, students must lisnipulated to encompass aspects of ten, learn and dialogue with those
censorship, coddling and contro- with alternative opinions.

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A tale of two semesters abroad
“What was better, GTL or
Oxford?”
As someone who studied
abroad for two consecutive semesters, I get asked this a lot.
And although I’d like to provide
my dear advice-seeker with an
unbiased appraisal, I don’t have
one.
When asked, I usually respond with, “well, GTL (Georgia Tech Lorraine for the uninitiated) was great because we
had so much freedom to travel,
and I met some of the most
ambitious, genuine and mature
people, while Oxford was great
because I loved learning about
music and art history, especially
because I could experience it
firsthand in Europe with experts
in the field of music and art history.” Then I’d go on to eulogize
GTL some more.
The reality was that I liked
GTL better than Oxford. There
wasn’t really anything bad about
Oxford; it was just that GTL
was incredibly hard to beat.
There’s something special
about the first study abroad
program and entering a foreign
country knowing no one, bonding over the inability to speak

“There wasn’t really
anything bad about Oxford;
it was just that GTL was
incredibly hard to beat.”

SAMIRA BANDARU

ASSISTANT LIFE EDITOR

the local language, the endless
possibility that comes with the
overwhelming
responsibility
and independence, train mishaps, the misfortune of when
you eat too much Haribo and
late nights at Comedie.
Following GTL, it was hard
not to feel babied at Oxford as
we were taken through our strict
itinerary, monitored constantly
by the watchful faculty. Even in
the second half of the program, I
felt restricted. Maybe it was because two full semester courses
were squashed into a five-week
time period, or maybe I was
weary from travel planning. Regardless, it was stifling.
Along with the fact that I
felt restricted during the Oxford

Program, I’d also been to many
of the same places during my
weekend excursions at GTL. I
would walk through Budapest
on the same streets and places
as I did at GTL, reminiscing
about past experiences. I once
introduced our group as “GTL”
to a venue that was receiving us.
That was embarrassing.
When we passed through
Metz, the city in which GTL is
located, I was overflowing with
nostalgia, which was exacerbated by the fact that I was there
without my GTL friends. I sorely missed them. That made it all
the more difficult to create new
experiences with new friends.
At GTL, I was fortunate to
have met a group of people who

I really clicked with soon after
the semester started. These were
some of the most inspirational
and optimistic people I have met
in my life — but not just that;
the group of friends that I made
was so heterogeneous, in a way
that everyone brought a unique
and eye-opening perspective to
the table.
People involved in completely
different aspects of campus life,
with varying views and backgrounds that you’d never think
would mesh came together with
the desire to travel, explore and
absorb as much European culture as possible — something I
found difficult to do in Oxford
— save for the part where we
studied music and art non-stop
for six weeks.
The traveling around Europe,
learning about art and music,
was without a doubt enriching,
and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to have the chance to
fill that void in my life. However, traveling with friends and
learning to navigate foreign
places by trial and error with
positive and brilliant friends is
an experience that simply could
not be matched.

Why did you join the
Student Alumni
Association (SAA)?

BAILEY BECKER
FIRST-YEAR LMC

“I’m hoping to find a mentor to help me break into
the film industry.”

Self-teaching, while key, Endeavor to protect the
shouldn’t be necessary sanctuary that is the gym
Here at Tech, students have areas of expertise. Instead of auaccess to some of the most ad- tomatons standing in front of a
vanced labs, invention studios projector screen, they should be
and resources for education in dynamic storytellers, telling stuthe country. They have the best dents of the real-life problems
professors for their fields, rank- that they have solved and the
ing in the top 10 programs na- unconventional methods they
tionwide for several majors. Even that set them apart.
career fair at Tech is an incredThis being said, there are
ible opportunity,
several perks to
“ ... rigorous self- knowing how to
with companies
vying for space
For
propulsion through self-teach.
just to meet the
instance, in the
future alumni
college is what makes work force, no
of the institute.
is goTech students so employer
A Tech degree
ing to hold the
carries
weight
remarkable.” hand of a fledgon a playing
ling employee
field that covers
SARA SCHMITT for months on
far more terrihelping
PHOTO EDITOR end,
tory than just
them to solve the
the U.S.; its recipients often find assigned problem. Thus the abilcareers abroad. This incredible ity to teach oneself is an invalusuccess comes from a reputation able skill that Tech students are
of advanced preparedness and a forced to pick up here in college.
readiness to jump right into the In being pushed to find unconworkforce at full speed, saving ventional methods of learning
employers precious time and outside of the classroom, sturesources on training new em- dents familiarize themselves
ployees. Yet if employers were with resources that may be valuto look into any one of a large able later while also learning
number of Tech classes, they about independent informationmight be quicker to sing praises gathering.
of the students themselves and
So while it is often frustratnot the Tech program.
ing to stay up late at night franMany students at Tech are tically combing wikiHow for
frustrated by the amount of how to solve a math problem,
money that they pay for an or bombarding a fellow student
education that often seems to with questions that should have
be handed to them in a sylla- been answered by a professor in
bus instead of taught in a lec- class, ultimately this atmosphere
ture hall. Often students are so of rigorous self-propulsion
lost in classes at Tech that they through college is what makes
turn to outside tutors, YouTube Tech students so remarkable. So
channels and Yahoo! Answers to remember when giving the very
learn the material.
best elevator pitch at career fair:
The beauty of a college edu- every Tech student’s most valucation — what makes it distin- able asset is the ability to survive
guishable from high school — is and thrive in environments that
the professors. Many professors seem impossible, because probcome to Tech with years of ex- lem-solving and independence
perience in their respective fields are key components of the Tech
and valuable contacts in their education.

The gym is sacred for many people to find the weights when
people. It is a place to go work they aren’t put up properly, but
out frustrations, have fun and not everyone at the gym can
release a lot of endorphins. easily lift eight 45-pound plates.
There are many things at Tech Re-racking weights is also a
that can get students riled up, clear sign that you are done
and the weight room of the CRC with the equipment, and when
should be a sort of sanctuary one is done with the equipment
where there are no annoyances the weights should be put back
aside from not
properly — 45s
hitting the last
on the bottom
rep. This means
increasingly
“A workout might just and
that people at
smaller weights
the gym need to be the only time when proceeding toknow how to use
the top.
someone can relax ... ” ward
the gym.
There is a place
If someone
everything.
KARA PENDLEY for
has headphones
And
besides,
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR employees do
in their ears,
then there are
not want to rearonly a few things
range everything
that make it acceptable to inter- at the end of the day.
rupt them. If they just started
There are also days where
their sets, then it is okay to cardio will be the name of the
ask to work in or later ask how game. If the gym is busy then
much longer they will be us- it is every man for himself. But
ing the equipment. Otherwise, if it is a ghost town, it is a difthere should probably be a fire. ferent game. Follow the rules of
On the other hand, if a person the urinal: do not use the one
chooses to workout with head- directly next to someone and do
phones, they should be aware of not stand on a cardio machine
their surroundings. If someone directly behind another person.
is obviously waiting, offer to let No one looks or smells good
them work in.
while doing cardio, so stay as far
It is also extremely easy to get away as possible.
injured at the gym. This means
Speaking of sweat, no one
that having proper form when wants someone else’s sweat
lifting weights is increasingly on them unless it is Ariana
important as the weight increas- Grande’s as you are standing in
es. Breaking form in a deadlift the front row of her concert. The
can mean a pulled back muscle wipes are there for a reason. Use
which can hinder exercises for at them. If a person knows they
least two weeks. This being said, are especially sweaty, then they
more weight does not always should bring or borrow a towel
mean a person looks cooler. If and put it between them and the
a person cannot lift the weight benches while paying close atwithout breaking form, then tention to where the head goes.
they should not be lifting that
In the end, people need to be
weight. It makes them look in- respectful of other people’s time
competent, not strong.
and space. A workout might just
When lifting heavy things, it be the only time when someone
is essential to re-rack the weights. can relax, and that should not be
Not only does it make it hard for ruined by being inconsiderate.

MERON WOLDE-TENSAE
GRADUATE CE

“It’s a good way to network
with people and learn more
about campus.”

BEN GROSS

SIXTH-YEAR ME

“It’s here every year and
they give me free stuff.”

CHRISTIAN PETERS
SIXTH-YEAR ME

“Because there are so many
opportunities to network
and give back to Tech.”

8 • September 9, 2016• technique

// OPINIONS

The perils and pitfalls of
settling on a single major
“A decent proportion of
people changing their
major could’ve avoided it all
together ... ”
Baby Pandas in ATL

A set of twins were born to
Lun Lun, who is a 19-year-old
panda in Zoo Atlanta. This is
Lun Lun’s second set of twins,
but the first set of twins to be
born in the United States this
year. The twins are still unnamed. There were concerns
about complications, however,
the pair is healthy and doing
well. Their birth came about
just as the giant panda was
removed from the endangered
species list.

Tech’s supposedly amazing wifi has failed us all once
again. The wi-fi has been
particularly bad in Skiles. It’s
awful enough everything in
Skiles is so repulsive — the
yellow lighting, crappy desks,
musty smell. Having wi-fi
makes students forget about all
of that since they will be so focused on their screens instead.
Now, students might have to
actually pay attention in class.
The horror.

Campus Safety Day

Duterte’s remarks

This past Tuesday, GTPD
were out and about on Skiles
during midday to discuss different aspects of what goes into
making the student experience
at Tech safe.
Different vehicles and
equipment were on display,
including GTPD squad cars,
K9 units, motorcycles as well
as the “Mobile Field Force.”
A SWAT vehicle from the Atlanta Police Department was
present as well.

CASEY MILES

Skiles WiFi woes

Ever since being elected,
Philippines President Rodrigo
Duterte has run his mouth ad
nauseum. Yet this past Tuesday, Duterte crossed a line,
so-to-speak, when he called
Obama “son of a bitch” in an
interview regarding a potential
question Obama might ask
him in a planned later meeting. Some have nicknamed the
leader “Donald Trump of the
Phillipines” in reference to his
inflammatory comments.

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

It’s getting to be that time of
year again. The first Hell Week is
approaching, and with it comes
the questioning whether you can
cut the mustard in classes this goaround. It may be an overloaded
schedule, too many extra-curricular activities or perhaps even a
poor choice of major as the root
issue. The first two are relatively
easy to deal with, but the third
option on that list carries a lot
of weight.
According to the National
Center for Education Statistics
(NCES), 80 percent of students
will change their major sometime
during their college career. I don’t
know the exact statistics for Tech,
but from what I’ve experienced, I
feel like that may be a little bit of
an overstatement. However, it is
very true that a lot of people have
changed their major, will change
it or both — me included. I was
accepted into Tech with my declared major as ME, but as the
summer dragged on and FASET
loomed on the horizon, I began to
think that it wasn’t for me. Lucky
for me, the first major that did
sound interesting, MSE, has proven to be the right choice for me
so far. For many others, the same
can’t be said. NCES also states

that the average college student
changes their major three times.
Three times is a lot, especially
at Tech, where the average student
takes a little longer to graduate.
Immense pressure is on students
who come in undeclared as well as
on those who later that their initial choice wasn’t for them.
When I wanted to change my
major, I looked at the description
for each one and asked my sister, who had just graduated from
Tech, what they really did. A decent proportion of people changing their major could’ve avoided
it all together if they had simply
done the research on what each
major was and had to offer. This
could be done by getting in contact with alumni, professionals in
the field or through a quick search
on the internet.
While the student does hold
some of the blame, another portion of it can be given to secondary education and the lack
of resources it provides. Many
students, especially ones who get
good grades, follow a relatively
similar path through high school.
This involves taking advanced
courses across many subjects with
the idea that somehow a student
will figure out what they like

based on the general ideas of the
subject, but for many that obviously isn’t happening.
Part of this blame falls strictly
on the current funding of many
public schools across the country. If funding to schools was
increased, then more valuable
resources such as trained college counselors could be added
to schools allowing for more students to inquire about their future
from a knowledgeable source.
Another possibility would
be altering the path that highschoolers are allowed take. Some
public and many private schools
are becoming specialized institutions where students can focus on
an area they believe they would
want to major in before they get
to college.
The final issue is tricky. Society as a whole, at least in America, has an absurd obsession with
throwing fresh, young adults into
a world where they seem to be illprepared. In the future, if we want
students to be more sure of what
they want, we as a society need to
either educate those future students, or decrease the stress they
face when making that decision.
I know that we will never make
the rate of students changing their
major zero, but we can definitely
lessen it. As students, we must
do our research and, in doing so,
create a culture in which students
know to do their homework on
what major they want to choose.
As teachers and future alumni, we
must make sure that we create opportunities for these students to
experience majors before selecting
one. And as a society, we have to
change how the decision of picking a major is viewed.

technique • September 9, 2016• 9

// OPINIONS

“Should institutions atone
ROUNDTABLE for misdeeds of the past?”
Do changes in administration warrant
absolution for previous mistakes?
ZAHRA KHAN
STAFF WRITER

Georgetown
University’s
recent actions and statements
over their institution’s role in
the slave trade has stoked the
flames of debates surrounding
political correctness and public
apologies. The institution issued
a public acknowledgement of its
participation in slavery, set up
an institute dedicated to studying slavery and is reconsidering
the naming of buildings. It also
claimed in a report that in order
to further reparations, it will
provide “meaningful financial
commitment.”
An apology from official institutions can be seen as a sign
of weakness, as an admission
of fault means they open themselves up to criticism and invite
scrutiny into past decisions.
This defies the unquestionable
authority that we associate with
such institutions and makes
them more human.
However, this should not be
seen as negative. If anything, an
apology for mistakes is an indication of an institution’s ability
to understand and acknowledge
human suffering, whether past
or present, caused through earlier decisions.
If anything, other institutions could learn a thing or two
from Georgetown University’s
actions.

It is appalling that the United States Congress, the foremost
political institution in the country, had not issued an official
apology for slavery and institutionalized racism against black
Americans until 2008 (House)
and 2009 (Senate). And it is
perfectly justifiable for them to
do so, because those periods in
history are fundamental to understanding present-day race
relations.
What is perhaps even more
surprising is the fact that the
bill was opposed. There are also
those who are against Georgetown University’s statements
regarding its past and cry political correctness. However, those
who levy that charge often speak
from a position of privilege and
were not affected by events for
which the apology is issued.
They may fail to see an apology as an understanding of the
fact that our present-day society
does not exist in a vacuum.
Although Georgetown University has gone far beyond a
straightforward apology when
it comes to dealing with their
past, their actions should not
be criticized as being unnecessary or excessive. Situations like
these tests an institution’s ability to understand and acknowledge human suffering, even if it
means expressing remorse over
the actions of its predecessors.
How the institution wishes to
do, it may decide.

DAVID RAJI

OPINIONS EDITOR
Georgetown University’s involvement in a large slave transaction in 1838 falls squarely into
the realm of “awful.” Yet, the
need to apologize for it was simply not there.
Now why would that be? A
good general rule to live life by
is: when you do something awful, apologize. But this doesn’t
apply to Georgetown. Or any
other institution, organization
or corporation for that matter.
Why? Because the lives of those
who were involved in the awful acts have long since ended.
Any apology being issued now
is empty words from irrelevant
administrators and is most likely
produced mainly because it has
been calculated as likely to have
a “net positive publicity maneuver” or some combination of
buzzwords like that.
Don’t agree with my reasoning? Say you interview with
a company you discovered at
career fair. Everything seems
great, and you get that fateful
call back. They want to have
you on full-time! You show up
early for your first day of work.
After a month, everything seems
great. Then, one day, you walk
outside to a car that’s been keyed
and go home to an apartment
door that has been vandalized.
All because 50 years ago, before

Makers Competition

you had heard of the company,
before you had even been born
for that matter, your employers
had decided to make a donation
to an anti-gay marriage group.
Isn’t it easy to see the disconnect? One person who takes a
job at a company who may have
engaged in questionable behavior in the past shouldn’t have the
burden of something they had
no part in. Similarly, neither the
administrators nor anyone else
associated with the university
should be held liable for that
1838 slave transaction.
Something that shouldn’t
be missed when talking about
all of this is that history does
not exist in a hyperbolic time
chamber from which you can
pull anything out into today’s
societal climate. Cultural relativism, while often decried, is
the only way to examine history
that makes sense. Judging an institution like Georgetown for its
engagement in slave trade more
than 150 years ago is akin to
criticizing Aristotle or Ptolemy
for foolishly believing that the
Sun revolved around the Earth.
All of this is not to mention
the fact that demanding an apology now is not only baseless, it’s
simply pointless. Any words of
regret they express will only be
a facade, because, despite being
employed by the same institution, they are far removed from
the motivations and actions of
its past misdeeds.

MENG JIANG

FOURTH-YEAR CHEM

“I’m a transfer so it’s good
way to meet people.”

CAROLINE MCCALL
THIRD-YEAR IE

“I’m joining for free
Chik-Fil-a”

SAMUYA WALIA
THIRD-YEAR ME

“It’s a nice break from all
the engineering stuff.”
Photos by David Raji Student Publications

OJRVFOFU

“AI Terminator”
is a remote controlled toy race cars with two or more  players. 
Each race car has a large “Target Sign” mounted on its tailgate. 
Each race car has a forward facing vision camera. 
Each race car has a roof mounted signal light indicator.
The goal of the game is to catch other race cars. This is done by driving once own race 
car into the vision field of the opponent’s front camera. 
If the opponent’s front camera identifies the Target Sign of the chase car, it is caught 
and enters a slave mode by follows chase car and flashing the roof indicator 
indicating the loss of RC control. 
The  slave mode ends, if the Chase car fails to keep within the vision window of the 
caught vehicle (abrupt driving or strong steering), or if a third car breaks the vision 
link by intentionally kicking/crashing into either lead or trailing car. 

Trapped

Rescue

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Friday,
September 9, 2016

Photo by Sara Schmitt Student Publications

Joker and Harley Quinn (top) pose for a photo at DragonCon 2016. This was DragonCon’s 30th Anniversary, and all of the Harley’s, Deadpools and other cosplays showed up for the excitement. Taking place in multiple hotels, the con was packed, but panels and shopping made the trip worth it for many travelers.

DragonCon roars on for 30th Anniversary
DREW STAVRES

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Once a year, for four days in
September, a migration occurs
into Atlanta. For four days, tens
of thousands of people will flock
to Atlanta to attend DragonCon.
They come here to see their favorite celebrities, enjoy panels and
discussions, game and enjoy in
merriment, and bond and socialize with those who share their love
of fantasy worlds.
Originating in 1987, DragonCon began as a project of a local
science fiction and fantasy group,
Dragon Alliance of Gamers and
Role-Players (DAGR). The first
ever DragonCon had a total attendance of 1,400 people. DragonCon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

With a crowd of approximately 75,000 people, this year was
one of their busiest years ever.
Boasting over 3,500 hours of
panels, seminars, demonstrations
and more, DragonCon is becoming one of America’s biggest
conventions.
While DragonCon offers a
variety of events, the convention’s grand tradition is the
parade. On Saturday, the parade had around 3,000 participants portraying characters
for all spectators to enjoy. The
parade provided a glimpse of
the many costumes that people
wear. Ranging from the Avengers,
to Harry Potter, to the plethora
of “Doctor Who” costumes and a
legion of Storm Troopers, celebrating interest in sci-fi and fantasy
was made possible in countless
ways.

One of the most iconic things
about DragonCon is the costumes. The majority of people
in attendance wore costumes of
their favorite characters, ranging
from full scale Power Armor suits
from “Fallout” to Disney princesses dancing through the hotels.
While some attendees were showing off their first ever costumes,
others spent months and hundreds of dollars on their outfits.
Some elderly participants were
dressed up as Charlie Brown
and pulled Snoopy’s dog house
through the halls, while small
children dashed around dressed
up as their superheroes, having
the time of their lives.
No matter their age, stature,
or experience, thousands of fans
enjoyed putting on their masks,
donning their tights and armor,
and twirling their capes as they

became their favorite characters
for a few days.
If an attendee did not want to
dress up or just did not have the
time to make a costume, DragonCon offered excitement outside
of costumes. Panels, discussions,
demonstrations and shows about a
variety of “geeky” topics abounded throughout the convention.
A seminar revealed how puppets are used in movies and other
shows. Attendees who were curious about how martial arts are
involved in “The Matrix” had the
opportunity to watch professionals perform and learn a little, too.
A retired US Navy Captain taught
audiences how to create a rail gun
and about submarine warfare tactics. There was even a panel about
competitive tea-biscuit dunking.
With so many panels, no attendee
could ever be bored.

DragonCon had their own
little bazaar to make sure their
fans bought any trinket, shirt or
knick-knack they could possibly
want. Little booths were scattered
around the dealer’s room, ranging from big name companies like
WeLoveFine and Chessex, down
to a single person selling her fan
art of her favorite series.
Replica props abounded. A fan
could buy a replica of Sting from
“The Hobbit” and his or her own
custom lightsaber. Poster collectors could try to acquire an original Star Wars movie poster, even
signed ones. The Artist Gallery
offered many options for the art
connoisseur.
Visitors could buy images of
fantasy landscapes or deep space
to frame or models and wood
carvings to place on their coffee
See DCON, page 15

technique • September 9, 2016• 11

// ENTERTAINMENT

Atlanta Biennial renewal celebrates Southern art
MONICA JAMISON

ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
After a nine year hiatus, the
Atlanta Biennial returns to showcase Southeastern art. At Atlanta
Contemporary through Dec. 18,
the exhibition features 32 emerging artists.
The Italian term “biennale” or
biennial typically refers to large
scale contemporary art exhibitions
that are held every other year.
Some biennials, like the Venice
Biennial which has been happening since 1895, display art from all
over the world, while others focus
in on a region or single city.
The original Atlanta Biennial
began as a response to a snub of
Southern artists by the Whitney
Biennial, one of the taste-making
exhibits in the U.S. In the 1984
iteration, no work from Southern
artists was included, so curator
Alan Sondheim established the
Atlanta Biennial. While the geographic range changed over the
years, the exhibition drew attention to Atlantan, Georgian and
Southeastern artists until 2007.
Four curators led this year’s
revival of the biennial. Two
are based in Atlanta: Victoria
Camblin, the editor and artistic
director of Art Papers, and Daniel
Fuller, the curator of Atlanta Contemporary. Aaron Levi Garvey,
the co-founder of the Long Roads
Projects and an independent curator based in Jacksonville, Fla.,

Photo by Monica Jamison Student Publications

New Orleans, La. artist Stephen Collier contributed “USA (triptych black)” and “USA (triptych
blue).” Using reclaimed pine and screens, Floridian Tommy Coleman installed “Mosquitoes.”

and Gia Hamilton, the director of
the Joan Mitchell Center in New
Orleans, ensure an experienced,
regional perspective.
The curators share the common
goal of highlighting new Southeastern voices, featuring individuals and collectives who had never
been in the Atlanta Biennial. Artists representing 10 states reopen
the dialogue about the South’s
place in the art world by exemplifying the variety and quality of
contemporary art emerging from
the region.

The exhibition featured an
impressive variety of traditional
and new media, often leveraged
in unique ways. Fabric reappeared
throughout the Biennial, featuring in rug-like works, threaded
and painted over, and used to
reference African culture. Electronic debris, used saw blades
and a painted door contributed to
different works that prove the region pushes the forefront of contemporary art.
One piece to look out for is the
Dust-to-Digital’s “Covered Up,”

which hides behind the wall near
the entrance to the exhibit. In
the narrow, long alcove, Atlanta
newspapers from 1916 to 1919
are papered up on the wall. Atop
a wooden crate and Fulton Cotton Mills bag, a RCA Victor radio
plays a sound collage of recordings
made between 1915 and 1929.
The exhibition includes works
that address contemporary issues,
such as police violence, race relations and gender stereotypes.
In Stacy Lynn Waddell’s 2016
piece “BLACK LIVES MATTER

(Transformation),” the gold leaf
on paper subtly shows the outline
of the controversial movement’s
name. The block letters are rearranged in the subsequent two
lines, which read “BLEEK MATTR ALIV C” and “CRAK SAVE
LITTLE BM.”
Katrina Andry’s “The Cultural
Lineage of the Hypersexual Male”
also tackles societal problems. In
this woodcut on top of a digitally
created quilt, a white man drinks
a beverage and reaches towards a
bouquet of flowers, legs, breasts,
and bananas, while a black kid
takes notes behind him.
The Biennial kicked off with
Art Party on Sep. 27. The annual
fundraiser supports free admission
every day. Besides the opening of
the biennial, the event included
open studios, special presentations and the announcement of
the 2016 Nexus Award recipient,
Larry Walker.
While at Atlanta Contemporary, visit other exhibits, such as
“Before We Blast off: The Journey
of Divine Forces” through Nov.
6 and Mild Climate’s “breakfast
lunch & dinner” through Oct. 30.
To become part of the Contemporary+ program, visit six or
more times during six months to
receive a free Atlanta Contemporary t-shirt, or visit at least 12
times in a year and receive Friend
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// ENTERTAINMENT

Ozomatli transcends genres to inspire audiences
BETHANY BELL

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Singer and guitarist Raul Pacheco laughed as he recounted to
me the last few, bittersweet days
with his college-bound son. He
had already sent his 19-year-old
daughter to the University of California at Santa Cruz and enjoys
living vicariously through her, but
this goodbye is different. After his
excited son leaves for Northeastern, he will be what they call an
“empty nester.”
Pacheco is convinced that his
children “both know I’m [Pacheco] here. I could be playing in Japan or Australia, and if they need
me I’ll jump on a plane. I want
them to have that sense of security, but rely on themselves as well
as they grow older.” Now, he is left
with the question, “What do I do
now with my life?”
As an artist, Pacheco has always been on the move. He was
gone frequently when his children
were young, and he and his wife
made sacrifices for the band. To
foster a closer connection with his
children, he and his band decided
to remain in Los Angeles.
Pacheco is overwhelmed with
how lucky he is to do what he
does. He has met wonderful people around the world and is challenged every day to get better.
Personally, Pacheco grew up
in a loving household in Boyle
Heights, the same neighborhood
that his parents were born in. He
learned to “appreciate good songs”
because of his family of music
lovers. Anything from classical
Mexican music, to Van Morrison, to heavy metal, to his sisters’
kiddie bop craze was constantly
played in the house.
All of the Ozomatli band
members knew each other previ-

ously, some even since junior high,
but each started out in different
bands. While some of them were
working for an organization that
went on strike, they were given a
building that they planned to use
to start a youth arts center.
To raise the money to start the
center, a group of friends agreed
to make music. They did not even
have a drummer, but they needed to put something together to
fill up the time. A mix of Mexican folk songs and a funk/reggae
beat kept them going, and thus,
Ozomatli was born.
At the time, the band did not
go by Ozomatli. The band as it is
known today came about when
all of the members were brainstorming. One man suggested
the unique name “Ozomatli,” and
many of the members were unsure. They thought they should
have an easier name if they wanted to be popular, but when they
heard the background behind the
name they were intrigued.
Ozomatli was an Aztec monkey who was a “nahual” (servant)
of the Aztec god “Xochipilli” (god
of music and dance). Known to
be a mischievous character and
orchestrator of the jungle, Ozomatli is “responsible for party and
trouble, but also joy, harvest, and
reaping the benefits of what you
have sown.”
This peculiar name started the
thirst for individuality and positive energy that the band capitalizes on to this day. Each band
member contributes a knowledge
of various types of music, influenced by their disparate backgrounds. This diversity can be
heard in their combinations of
different instruments, such as the
sultry sound of a Veracruz guitar
over a lively breakbeat.
Whether experimenting with
the Tres (Cuban guitar) or Som

Photo courtesy of Vanguard

Ozomatli (above) became a band after making music to raise money for a youth arts center
some members were starting. Later, the group became named Ozomatli, after an Aztec monkey.

(modern salsa music), the band
hones in on their philosophy to
capture their sound as individuals and make it all work together.
Pacheco’s favorite album cover
highlights this unique theme. The
cover is a compilation of pictures
from an all-day photo session. The
photographer visited each band
member’s house and depicted
them in their element. Then, they
took photos where each person
was stepping into another’s home,
indicating their combined worlds
and talents.
As a unit they have decided,
“Whatever we do, we gotta rock
the crowd.” And rock the crowd
they do. Ozomatli has a song for
any mood. As a group, they produce songs such as “La Gallina”
(The Chicken), which conveys
their nonsensical and silly side
through a metaphor of control.

Listeners find it hard to resist tapping their feet to the playful beat.
Pacheco suggested that it is meant
to communicate, through a layer
of conflict, the sportive message
that “someday we are going to
change the world, but now we are
going to dance” and take a break
from the troubled world.
Pacheco commented on how
he loves the versatility of Ozomatli — how they can go from
creating something more irreverent such as “La Gallina” to something more deep such as “Cuando
Canto” (When I Am Singing). Pacheco stated that the more serious
songs develop when the band has
the opportunity to use their fame
to talk about something “other
than themselves.”
Ozomatli hopes to conquer
societal topics, like immigration,
wealth distribution, race and how

young people are not supported,
through their music.
When “Cuando Canto” was
released, Pacheco was confused,
drinking too much and making
poor relationship choices that
made him tap into a question he
continually pondered: “What is
really my purpose, our purpose,
everybody’s purpose in life?”
“Cuando Canto” is about a
choice, a daily commitment to be
a better person. Bands like Ozomatli are typically seen as a form of
“escapism,” said Pacheco, and are
“just supposed to put on a show
for you that puts you on a journey.” However, when Ozomatli
sings, they want to impart that
despite life’s ups and downs, it
should be lived with joy, and issues should be talked about along
the way. Ozomatli motivates listeners to reevaluate their purpose.

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// ENTERTAINMENT

Conquer Divide rocks the metal world
KARA PENDLEY

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Conquer Divide is an allfemale metal band based in the
United States and England. They
recently released their first album
which is self-titled and makes an
excellent mark on the rock world.
Kiarely and Janel are vocals —
clean and screaming respectively
— and both hit notes that are
completely remarkable. The skill
required is astronomical.
Izzy and Kristen on guitar,
Ashley on bass and Tamara on
drums create a dynamic and intense sound. The girls elect to not
include their last names, but they
are still not easy to forget. Conquer Divide stands to challenge
many of the strong metal bands in
the industry, and Technique had
the opportunity to talk to the guitarist, Izzy.
Technique: Have you faced
any challenges producing music
in a male-dominated genre?
Izzy: We have faced some
challenges, for example it CAN be
hard to get everyone to take you
seriously as a woman in the metal
industry. That being said, it gives
us an edge, makes us stand out
and gives us motivation to prove
people wrong.
We want to give other girls the
confidence to pick up an instrument and express themselves. Music is our passion and we want to
share that.

Photo courtesy of Artery Recordings

After auditioning more than 200 girls, Conquer Divide (above)
was formed with American and European musicians in late 2012.

Technique: What originally
interested you in music and, specifically, this type of music?
Izzy: I’ve liked heavier music
since I was young, there is just
such raw energy behind metal

music and the passion the fans
have for it is like no other genre.
Technique: Where do you pull
inspiration from for your songs?
Izzy: In our lyric writing we
tend to pull inspiration from a

real life experience one of us has
had and then we all try pitch in
and finish it up. As we come from
such varying backgrounds and
cultures each member has a fresh
perspective to writing.
Technique: How did you all
meet and decide to form Conquer
Divide?
Izzy: We all met via the internet. Kristen hit me up a few years
ago whilst I was studying in England (where I’m from) and I just
instantly knew Conquer Divide
was something special. We are
based in Michigan but come from
all over the US and Europe.
Technique: How does the
band develop music when you are
separated?
Izzy: We record separately and
send ideas to each other back and
forth over the internet. Yay for
technology!
Technique: What music do
you like to listen to in your spare
time?
Izzy: Outside of metal I’ve
been listening to a lot of Stevie
Ray Vaughan recently. Metal-wise
I’ve been listening to the newer
Architects release on repeat, great
music/lyrical content. Tom Searle’s recent passing is a sad time for
the industry. ...
Technique: What can we expect from Conquer Divide in the
future?
Izzy: We are in the beginning
stages of our 2nd album! We also
have an exciting new music release
coming up super soon!

DCON

FROM PAGE 10

tables. More expensive options
included commissioned art pieces
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Beyond the costumes and vendors at the event, attendees could
participate in one of many video
game tournaments.
Tournaments were held in
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In the PC gaming category, big titles such as “Heroes of the Storm,”
“League of Legends” and “Overwatch” were all available with
cash prizes for the winners.
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interests of its 75,000 fans. Ranging from the new-born baby to
the elderly attendee, and from the
first time experience to the seasoned veteran, the diverse audience had many options for entertainment. With the celebration of
30 years of conventions, DragonCon continues to grow bigger and
more impressive with every year.

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SARAH’S SCRIBBLES BY SARAH ANDERSON

CLASSIC
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// COMICS

XKCD BY RANDALL MUNROE

IN THE BLEACHERS BY STEVE MOORE

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// COMICS

DILBERT ® BY SCOTT ADAMS

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE BY STEPHEN PASTIS

CLASSIC
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LIO BY MARK TATULLI

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// SPORTS

ALAN DROSKY
XC HEAD COACH
WAGES CARROLL

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In his 24th year as head coach
for the men’s and women’s cross
country (XC) teams and his 20th
year as head coach for the women’s
track and field team, Alan Drosky
has spent a lifetime running. His
coaching career, not to mention
his three years as a standout Tech
runner, has offered him a unique
perspective on student-athlete XC
runners. The Technique sat down
with Drosky to discuss his tenure
in Atlanta.
Technique: How did you first
get involved with cross country?
Drosky: I had always played
basketball in high school, so I
knew I had good running ability just by the way I moved up
and down the basketball court. I
decided I would go out for cross
country my senior year. I ended
up being pretty good. I went from
running three miles a day when
I started to running 6–8 miles a
day later in that fall.
Technique: Can you shed light
on some of the unforeseen complexities and challenges that come

Photo courtesy of Danny Karnik|GTAA

Men’s and women’s XC head coach Alan Drosky looks on at a meet. Drosky, a Tech alumnus
and former collegiate runner, enters the season with over two decades of coaching experience.

with cross country running at the
collegiate level?
Drosky: One saying I’ve seen
on the back of high school cross
country teams’ T-shirts is “Our
sport is your sport’s punishment.”
So in other sports, if you get in
trouble, the punishment is to
meet at 6 a.m. and run .... Well,
we do that intentionally to train.
In some aspects, it is just running,
but in order to become successful at the collegiate level, it’s a lot
more than that.
Technique: You’ve been coaching for a while now. How do you
try to find ways to make improvements to your coaching strategy and how do you adapt to the
changing styles of what produces
cross country success?
Drosky: You start with the
foundation of what you believe
works. For us, [there is] a long
term focus on aerobic develop-

ment, ... on increasing endurance,
and ... there are training methods
that we know work to do this.
But every year, we are trying
to figure out what works well and
what doesn’t. Every year we’re
trying to figure out how to get
the new teammates acclimated
and how each different person best receives training. It all
starts with the core foundation
of what works.
Technique: What’s the most
challenging part of your job?
Drosky: I think the most challenging is trying to get young
people to buy into the things
that are important for them
to achieve success that aren’t
readily apparent.
I mean things like focusing on
getting enough sleep, focusing on
nutrition. College kids tend to feel
like they’re bulletproof ... the idea
that you’re going to get nine hours

of sleep each night kind of makes
them laugh.
And I know that that’s a challenge, but I’m pushing them to do
better — or at least start to do better — on those fronts, particularly
with sleep and diets.
Technique: Are there any particular meets this season are you
especially looking forward to?
Drosky: Well, we always look
forward to the end because that’s
what really matters: the ACC
Championship and the NCAA
South Regional. So those are the
ones that you’re always looking
forward to at the end.
During the regular season, ...
we are traveling to Minneapolis,
Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational. It’s a huge meet that we’ve
been to years ago but haven’t been
back [to] in a long time.
In the middle of October, we
go to the Crimson Classic, which

is over in Alabama on a course we
[have] run .... The region meet this
year is down in Tallahassee, but
every other year it’s in Tuscaloosa,
and so we always like to be on that
course, so we’re looking forward
to that.
Technique: Who are Tech
XC’s primary rivals?
Drosky: Well, I think that
Georgia is the natural rival, and
we’ve had some good battles with
them pretty much every year.
And then I think ... we have a
rivalry with the other ACC teams
and maybe some of the SEC teams
just because of location to them
— teams like Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Auburn.
Technique: How much do
sleep, mental health and nutrition
affect running?
Drosky: I think those things
are paramount and very important. I would say sleep, nutrition
and the mental side of it are of
50/50 importance with the actual
training itself.
If you’re working hard, you’re
going to make progress, but if
you’re doing the sleep and nutrition side right, then you’ll make
huge progress. (end of interview)
Coming off of a 2015 campaign that saw the men’s team
finish No. 10 in the conference
and No. 8 in the region while the
women’s team finished No. 15 in
the conference and No. 17 in the
region, Drosky knows his team
has a lot of room to improve.
In last weekend’s UGA Invitational, the team’s first race of the
year, both teams placed a satisfactory second place.
After a solid start, the team
will look to continue their training to improve upon last season’s
results thanks to better nutrition
and the benefit of more experience
in cross country.
The Jackets’ next meet is the
Roy Griak Invitational on Sep.
24 in Minneapolis, hosted by the
University of Minnesota Golden
Gophers team.

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// SPORTS

IRELAND FROM PAGE 1
with 35 seconds left to give the
Jackets a 17-14 victory.
As Mills lowered his shoulder
to gain leverage on a diving Boston College defender and scored
the final points of the game, the
crowd erupted.
The Irish didn’t know much
about either team, but they could
see the pure emotion and joy on
display on the Tech sideline once
Tech took the lead. Many Irish
citizens probably left the stadium
wondering why Tech didn’t pass
the ball more.
On the opposite side, the
heartbreak of Boston College
was noticeable. Both teams combined had a single ACC win last
year, so this was a monumental
game for both sides. Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio
was quite shaken after the game
ended. Boasting one of the best
defenses in the country, he was
still in shock from Tech’s fourth
and 19 conversion at the end of
regulation.
Many came not only for the
game but also to see the pageantry
that happens during college football games. Both teams took their
marching bands and cheerleaders
and performed before kickoff and
at halftime.
This is fairly typical to the
American audience, but the culture is very different than that of
Irish sporting events. To many locals, the game was akin to a theatrical performance.
“It was a whale of a time,”
said John, a fan from county Tipperary in the province of Munster. “I’m in town for the hurl-

ing match but wanted to see the
[American] football game. The
cheerleaders and bands were great.
I couldn’t believe how many people came. Georgia Tech fans were
everywhere.”
Social media feeds and idle
walks around Dublin yielded
hundreds of excited fans, many
of whom made up for their lack
of football knowledge with infectious enthusiasm.
The atmosphere of the game
was noticeably different. It felt
similar to a bowl game, given that
it was at a neutral site and a tourist
destination. However, it was far
more of a showcase.
The Tech fans that were there
proudly represented their school.
The fight song and Budweiser
song were sung with more emotion, and some of that could be attributed to the thousands of pints
of Guinness that were consumed
at the game. Alcohol is not allowed in most college football stadiums, but many Tech fans later
joked that Bobby Dodd Stadium
should get Guinness on tap.
As for the trophy that Tech
hoisted at the end of the game,
it was additional proof that the
game was more than a typical
season or conference opener. It
was an achievement for a team
that had waited for ten months
to taste victory, a team that had
yet to notch a win since the Miracle on Techwood Drive against
Florida State.
More than 80 Tech players had
never left the country before this
game. They understood that the
game was different and because
of last season understood the importance of getting a win and im-

Photo courtesy of Danny Karnik|GTAA

Tech flies its flag at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in the Aer Lingus Classic. The game brought
fans from around the world and perhaps left a long-lasting impression on thousands of locals.

pressing some of the denizens of
another continent. The team was
very happy to leave with a win
and all of the players at the postgame press conference enjoyed
the trip.
“I think Ireland is a beautiful country,” said sophomore
linebacker and Tennessee native
Brant Mitchell. “We got to take a
bus tour of Dublin. The people are
awesome here and very welcoming, and I enjoyed my time here.”
Many dignitaries were present
at the game. The President of Ire-

land, Michael D. Higgins, and the
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan
Carr, were in attendance.
Joining them from the United
States were Tech President G.P.
“Bud” Peterson, Mayor of Atlanta
Kasim Reed and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The Aer Lingus
Classic was definitely not just another college football game.
The future of American football in Europe remains a murky
one. While periodic ventures by
the NFL and NCAA have yielded
enthusiastic crowds, it is unclear

whether these patrons will accept
this sport as anything more than
a novelty.
News broke out that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in
London is planning to build a new
football stadium that they hope
will attract a NFL team to come
to London.
Given the number of fans who
have attended college football
games in Ireland over the last five
years, America’s favorite sport has
serious growth potential across
the Atlantic Ocean.

Sports

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September 9, 2016

For Mercer, Tech offers seminal challenge

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Freshman B-back Dedrick Mills dives in for the winning touchdown against Boston College in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in the Aer Lingus Classic. While the
Jackets narrowly prevailed last week, there remain many questions that must be answered this week against the Mercer Bears and in the weeks to come.

CASEY MILES

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
In 2013, Vad Lee was the Jackets’ starting quarterback, Justin
Thomas rode the bench, Zach
Laskey shredded defenders and
Jeremiah Attaochu notched an
impressive 12.5-sack season.
Meanwhile, in Macon, Ga.,
Mercer University went about rekindling a football team that had
been dormant for over a century.
Three years later, the two meet
for the first time, and much has
changed. Thomas is no longer the
studious apprentice; he is the face
of the Tech offense and striving to
make the most of his final season.
Laskey and Attaochu have carved
out roles in the NFL, Lee in the
Canadian Football League.
As for those young Mercer
Bears? They are quickly — and
quite impressively — maturing.
Nevertheless, the odds dictate
that they will fall well short of victory in The Flats.
The game looks to be Tech’s
only lightweight matchup in a
rather difficult schedule. The Division I FCS team restarted its
program in 2013 after not having
a team since the 1942 season. The
Jackets will be the first FBS opponent Mercer faces in team history.
The Bears are coming off of a
disappointing 5-6 season and a
narrow 24-23 loss last weekend
to highly regarded The Citadel on
the road in South Carolina.

Despite the final score, the
Bears did show certain flashes of
brilliance. They showed resilience
in overcoming a 21-3 deficit to
return the game to 23-21 in their
favor and making a number of key
stops in the second half.
If the Bears hope to pose a
threat on Saturday, they will have
rally behind veteran leaders on
both sides of the ball. According
to mercerbears.com, their quarterback, senior John Russ, will be
making his 37th consecutive start
this Saturday.
He has taken the field for Mercer in every game since the team’s
revival, the rare steady face in a
program that has experienced
typical growing pains.
Russ is very similar to the Jackets’ own quarterback, redshirt senior Justin Thomas, in that he is
quick on his feet and not afraid
to run the ball. Listed generously
at 6-foot-1, his diminutive stature
allows him to slip past defenders.
He should pose some challenge
for a defense that initially struggled last week to contain Boston
College’s Patrick Towles, a bigbodied scrambler.
On the defensive side, the
Bears will look to senior linebacker Tyler Ward to lead the team to
another strong showing. Mercer
has a few things going for them
coming into this game: they are
the underdog, they have the motivation that comes with playing
their first FBS opponent, and they
are coming off of a game against

another triple option offense,
good preparation for this week.
Head Coach Paul Johnson
addressed this on Tuesday in his
weekly press conference.
“They also have the advantage of coming off playing a team
that is very similar to us in style,”
Johnson said. “There probably
isn’t a lot [we’re] going to do that
will surprise them.”
As for the Jackets, while they
did squeak out a win against the
Eagles, they will need to improve
if they hope to beat Mercer the
way they are expected to.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Tech currently
has a 98.1 percent chance to win
the game, meaning that anything
short of a blowout will be seen as a
significant failure.
For the offense, that means
more energy on the offensive line,
a better performance out of the
A-backs as a whole and an overall
increase in physicality.
Last week was tough going
against one of the best defenses
in the nation in Boston College,
but that is no excuse for their poor
performance. They struggled to
open holes in the run game and
protect Justin Thomas.
Mercer appears to be a good
rebound with a defensive line that
is smaller than most teams’. However, that means that this year’s
more athletic line will have to
prove it against quick opponents.
Besides sophomore B-back
Marcus Marshall and freshman

B-back Dedrick Mills, the run
game was lackluster. While part
of the blame falls on the offensive
line and the stingy defense they
faced, they were culpable as well.
At times in last week’s game,
it looked as though the backs did
not know where to go before the
play even started and were failing
to perform up to the standard that
coach Johnson has set for them.
Mercer’s defense is significantly weaker than Boston College’s,
but Tech will be shorthanded,
with Mills suspended for a game
after violating team rules. Marshall, redshirt sophomore A-back
Qua Searcy and the rest of the
backs will have to step up in his
temporary absence.
Tech’s passing game produced
a much more significant volume
than it historically has in the
Johnson era. With the game on
the line and so many third- or
fourth-and-long conversions, that
is not unexpected.
It is likely that Tech will return to its bread and butter on the
ground moving forward, but last
Saturday’s win offered evidence
that Tech’s receiving options will
be better than they were twelve
months ago.
The biggest standout in terms
of receivers was Searcy, who led
the team with 60 yards through
the air. Redshirt junior receiver
Ricky Jeune was surprisingly
quiet, something that will have to
change as the season progresses to
build a versatile attack.

Tech’s defense held a struggling Boston College offense to
14 points last weekend and forced
three turnovers in the process.
While it was a good start, they
still have plenty of room to improve, especially in terms of the
pass rush on third downs.
With standout defensive tackle
Adam Gotsis gone to the NFL,
the line is without a go-to rusher
who can get a big sack when it
matters most. They will need
to set up pocket pressure while
keeping the mobile Mercer quarterback contained if they hope to
bottle the Bears.
The Tech secondary looked
impressive early, intercepting an
early Towles pass. However, they
were whistled for pass interference calls and played perhaps too
physically at times.
While Tech only incurred
three penalties for 28 yards, minimizing those yards will keep the
team in favorable situations on
both sides of the ball.
Anything but a significant
margin of victory will disappoint
Tech. Along the way, the two
teams will have an opportunity to
evaluate their early forms. Whether that involves scouting backs
or assessing the defensive front,
Coach Johnson is no doubt excited, though he may not show it.
The outcome of the upcoming
game is not in much doubt, but
the meeting of these two teams is
historic, one that could repeat in
the years to come.