The Emory Wheel

The Emory Wheel Emory's only independent news source, student run & written since 1919. The Emory Wheel is Emory University's only independent student-run newspaper.

The Wheel has been serving the Emory community since 1919. Today, the Wheel publishes content online daily and produces a once a week print edition that highlights the most important stories of the week.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled against U.S. President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan in a 6-3 d...

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled against U.S. President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan in a 6-3 decision released this morning. The Nebraska v. Biden decision effectively strikes down Biden’s plan, impacting more than 40 million Americans who would qualify for the debt relief program.

The ruling will impact many Emory students. After Biden’s plan went into place, a student told the Wheel in September 2022 that they would have qualified for up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness.

After the relief plan was introduced, Abri Rochte (24B) expressed gratitude for the plan.

“I’m thankful that there’s loan forgiveness at all,” Rochte said in September 2022. “I think it’ll cut my amount that I owe upon graduation in half.”

Yasmeen Admed (24C) said the Supreme Court’s past two days of controversial decisions — such as striking down affirmative action in higher education — have been upsetting to witness, especially after waking up this morning to see that the Supreme Court overruled Biden’s plan and backed business’ right to refuse service to same-sex couples.

“All of it’s ridiculous,” Admed said. “I feel like we’re moving backwards in time. It feels like pre-civil rights.”

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Matthew Chupack () and Madi Olivier (.olivier). Photo courtesy of Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons.

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down affirmative action this morning in a joint opinion on two cases, effe...

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down affirmative action this morning in a joint opinion on two cases, effectively restricting colleges’ use of race as a factor in admissions. The rulings have implications for admission processes at public and private universities across the country.

In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled against the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Harvard University (Mass.) in Students for Fair Admissions (SFAA) v. UNC and SFAA v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, respectively.

University President Gregory L. Fenves wrote in an email to the Emory community that the University’s leadership team has been “actively engaged” in conversations about the implications of this decision at Emory.

“Emory’s current admissions process evaluates each applicant as an individual — looking at their talents and accomplishments as well as the distinct characteristics and experiences that have prepared them to contribute to our educational community,” Fenves wrote. “We will thoroughly review this process to determine what adjustments need to be implemented.”

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Matthew Chupack () and Madi Olivier (.olivier). Photo by Lin Yu.

The Student Government Association (SGA) president, vice president, speaker and vice president of finance each began rec...

The Student Government Association (SGA) president, vice president, speaker and vice president of finance each began receiving a $2,500 stipend on Sept. 1, 2022, according to Lisa Loveall, the director of the Student Involvement, Leadership and Transitions (SILT) office. The stipend totals $10,000 in expenditures. The same four positions will be offered the stipend beginning Sept. 1, 2023, Loveall wrote. Previously, student government officials holding these positions received no compensation.

SGA “control[s] the money” for the stipends, according to Loveall. There are two avenues that the stipend can come from: federal work-study or through SGA’s operational budget. For those who qualify for federal work-study, the role of SGA president, vice president, speaker and vice president of finance cover 75% of their stipend, while the other 25% comes from SGA’s operational budget, according to SGA President Khegan Meyers (24B). The operational budget is comprised of the Student Activity Fee (SAF), the $114 all undergraduate students at Emory University pay per semester to fund student organizations on campus, Loveall wrote. 

Meyers wrote that the stipend was “public knowledge” and had been included in public SGA meeting agendas. SGA agendas, however, are only accessible through a private Microsoft Office 365 group, which students must request to access. These agendas are not posted on SGA’s website, on the Hub or on social media platforms, though Meyers wrote that SGA posts “briefs on our Instagram before the meeting, and a recap after the meeting.” As of press time, there was nothing posted on SGA’s Instagram that indicated the existence of the stipend. 

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Eva Roytburg (). Photo courtesy of Khegan Meyers and Abigail Dubinski.

The Emory University Senate voted in 2017 to endorse a resolution that set the Emory Student Center’s (ESC) net-zero dea...

The Emory University Senate voted in 2017 to endorse a resolution that set the Emory Student Center’s (ESC) net-zero deadline at the end of 2022. Meeting this standard entails using renewable energy sources to cut carbon emissions to as close to zero as possible and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from nonrenewable energy sources.

Currently, only 15% of the energy utilized by the student center is sustainable, according to Vice President and Chief Planning Officer of Campus Services Robin Morey. Morey wrote in an email to the Wheel that “unprecedented events related to the COVID-19 pandemic” impeded the University’s ability to reach their net-zero goal by the end of last year.

The ESC’s energy demands have increased since its inception. In 2017, Emory reported that the ESC was designed to run at 65 thousand British thermal units (kBtu), according to Morey. However, Assistant Teaching Professor of Environmental Science Carolyn Keogh said that the building is actually running at 146 kBtu, a figure more than twice as large.

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Marian Moss (). Illustration by Jessie Satovsky (.s).

Emory University has selected Barbara Krauthamer as the next dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Provost and...

Emory University has selected Barbara Krauthamer as the next dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Ravi Bellamkonda announced in an April 25 email to Emory College students. Krauthamer, who is currently the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) College of Humanities and Fine Arts dean, will assume her new position at Emory on July 1.

University President Gregory Fenves wrote in an April 25 press release that Krauthamer, an award-winning author and historian, has shown that higher education can “change lives through knowledge, discovery and creativity.”

Starting as a member of the history faculty at UMass Amherst in 2008, Krauthamer served as dean of the graduate school from 2017 to 2020 and as senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovations from 2019 to 2020. She has also worked as a faculty member at New York University. During her tenure in Massachusetts, Krauthamer led data-driven strategic planning initiatives to identify places for growth and foster academic strengths, according to the press release. She also focused on establishing intellectual communities and launched a mentoring program that built a community for junior faculty and identified opportunities for staff professional development and recognition.

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Matthew Chupack () and Madi Olivier (.olivier). Photo courtesy of Emory University.

Content Warning: This article contains references to eating disorders.“‘She’s everything. He’s just Ken.’ The tagline fo...

Content Warning: This article contains references to eating disorders.

“‘She’s everything. He’s just Ken.’ The tagline for Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated live adaptation of “Barbie” (2023), set to be released on July 21, has recently set the internet ablaze with a slew of saturated, signature hot pink memes. On April 4, the second teaser trailer for the film was released in addition to graphics for each supporting character. ‘This Barbie has a Nobel Prize in physics,’ one reads. ‘This Barbie is a lawyer,’ proclaims another. Evidently, the individual Barbies vary by professional accomplishments and have inspired a string of copycat posts. Their male counterparts, however, lack the same depth, with no additional description beyond, ‘You guessed it. He’s a Ken.’

While the actual plot details for Gerwig’s fantasy project remain under tight wraps, this contrast in memes has already spurred several conversations concerning whether or not Barbie should be attributed the title of a feminist. In a kaleidoscopic world soaked by the golden Malibu sun and sprinkled with glistening fuchsia glitter, nothing is black and white, and two things can certainly be true at once: Barbie is, historically, a very thin, very white emblem of girlhood; Barbie is also an archetype that emboldens us to reimagine the modern world as one where women can attain success in traditionally male-dominated fields. Barbie benefits from privilege and conventional beauty standards; Barbie also instills creativity and imagination in young girls, asserting that femininity and profound intelligence are not — and never were — mutually exclusive traits.”

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story by Safa Wahidi (.wahidi). Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Crystal Anderson’s (11T) face lights up when she talks about her genealogy research, a 23-year-long effort to piece toge...

Crystal Anderson’s (11T) face lights up when she talks about her genealogy research, a 23-year-long effort to piece together her family tree. As part of the Wheel’s Emory Life section’s project Humans of Emory, which tells the stories of randomly-generated Emory community members, writer Heather Lu spoke with Anderson about her personal journey in genealogy.

Anderson came to Emory University in 2008 as a Candler School of Theology student, earning her Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in scripture and interpretation. She now is the Title IX case manager in the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, maintaining data and files for cases and handling reporting.

In 2021, Anderson contributed her genealogy research to Emory’s In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession Symposium. She made the website, titled “Gordon Chapel and the Making of a ‘Black Town,’” for a digital exhibit for the symposium’s complementary programming. The website features stories of her maternal family, the Gordons, after years of genealogy research. During the symposium, Anderson had a booth at both the Atlanta and Oxford campuses to present her research.

Click the link in our bio to read the full story.

Story by Heather Lu (.lu). Photo by Yashonandan Kakrania ().

“My first taste of Oxford College of Emory University was, unfortunately, unsavory. Moments after joining the new GroupM...

“My first taste of Oxford College of Emory University was, unfortunately, unsavory. Moments after joining the new GroupMe, I was bombarded by links to an editorial published last spring by the Emory Wheel’s Editorial Board. ‘ “We’ll just drop you here and forget about you”: Emory’s terrible case of Oxfordism’ flashed at the top of my screen, unlocking a whole new set of anxieties about my nearing transition to Oxford. 

As I later learned, the former Board’s perspective on Oxford and its problems was written by Emory College and Goizueta Business School students who had likely never even been to the Oxford campus, much less had personal experience with its community. This editorial, arguing that Oxford has been seriously neglected, underfunded and ignored by Emory University, resulting in negative experiences for many of its students, is an insufferably narrow perspective on Oxford.

Don’t get me wrong — Oxford has its issues, such as mental health and a lack of strong community — and they should be heard and resolved by the administration. However, what’s at the heart of the outpour of negative Oxford student experiences is not academic inequity, unfair funding nor blatant discrimination from the University. Oxford gives students exactly what it markets: a small liberal arts college education, access to opportunities from Emory University and an emphasis on student leadership and involvement. Problems within Oxford’s community are more easily tracked to suffering mental health resources, lacking club culture and communities and a student body that signed up for a different college experience.”

Click the link in our bio to read the full story.

Story by Ellie Fivas (). Illustration by April Lawyer.

Abby Paulson (23G) is not a typical member of the Emory community. As a seventh-year PhD student in the Emory University...

Abby Paulson (23G) is not a typical member of the Emory community. As a seventh-year PhD student in the Emory University and Georgia Tech joint biomedical engineering program, Paulson spends most of her time not on Emory’s campus, but in the lab at Georgia Tech. As part of the Wheel’s Emory Life section’s project to feature randomly-generated Emory community members, writer Emma Kingwell spoke with Paulson about her path to Emory.

Paulson studies neural activity involved in learning and memory and how it fails in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The powerful information processing ability of the brain fascinates her. This research is personal to Paulson, as her grandmother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Paulson’s interest in biomedical engineering stemmed from her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Alabama.

To undergraduates who are interested in a similar path, Paulson advised them to “keep persevering and moving forward.” Although she said that graduate school is a big commitment, “learning how to be a scientific thinker” is valuable.

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

Story and photo by Emma Kingwell.

Freshman Henry Brandstadter had an outstanding indoor track and field season. Brandstadter placed first in both the long...

Freshman Henry Brandstadter had an outstanding indoor track and field season. Brandstadter placed first in both the long jump (7.15 meters) and high jump (1.98 meters) at the 2023 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships from Feb. 25-26. Additionally, he placed eighth in the long jump (7.10 meters) at the 2023 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on March 1o.

Brandstadter started track and field in middle school simply because all of his friends were on the team. During his high school career, Brandstadter made his talents known. He graduated Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Penn.) with MVP awards for indoor and outdoor track and also earned high school All-American status five times in the high jump. His success continued during his first collegiate season when he earned All-UAA and All-American honors and set a new Emory long jump record.

Brandstadter and the rest of the men’s track and field team aim to win their sixth UAA Outdoor Championship title April 22 to 23 in Chicago, Ill. before heading to Rochester, N.Y., to compete in the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships May 26 to 28.

Click the link in our bio to read the full story.

Story by Sophia Lin-David. Photo courtesy of Henry Brandstadter.

“‘It’s Medea B****,’ reads a neon pink sign, glowing against a backdrop of CDs and vines. This elaborate photo spot was ...

“‘It’s Medea B****,’ reads a neon pink sign, glowing against a backdrop of CDs and vines. This elaborate photo spot was created in the hallway entrance of the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, home to Theater Emory’s newest production, ‘Britney Approximately: A Pop Greek Tragedy.’ The sign greets theater-goers with a sassy representation of the eclectic, campy show they are about to enjoy.

Megan Tabaque, a 2021-2023 Emory playwriting fellow and visiting faculty in the creative writing program, wrote and directed this workshop production as a loose adaptation of the story of Medea. In Greek mythology, Medea is a princess who uses her powers of sorcery to aid her lover Jason in his adventures. However, Jason leaves her for another woman, and Medea goes mad with rage. ‘Britney Approximately: A Pop Greek Tragedy’ deftly combines the story of Britney Spears’ recent conservatorship battle with this ancient myth, specifically the version written for the stage by Euripides in the fourth century B.C.

For Tabaque, the isolation and loneliness of the COVID-19 pandemic translated directly to the lack of control Spears had over her own life under her conservatorship. Tabaque was astonished to watch Spears, someone who she said ‘looms large in our kind of collective cultural psyche,’ beg a California judge for basic personal autonomy. Tabaque wanted to explore the idea of the weight Spears has carried for decades: the weight of being a ‘pop princess,’ of becoming a mother and of proving her sanity.”

Click the link in our bio or pick up a print copy on campus to read the full article.

Story by Brigid May (). Photo courtesy of Charles Swint.


605 Asbury Circle, Drawer W
Atlanta, GA


Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The Emory Wheel posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to The Emory Wheel:



Nearby media companies

Other Atlanta media companies

Show All


"Personal Power is the ability to take action."--Tony Robbins
Take action and free your mind from herd-like thinking for a happier and more prosperous life. This book on Amazon in ebook or printed is for you. Yours @
As he prepares to soon begin his tenure at Amherst, incoming president Michael A. Elliott '92 reflected with The Emory Wheel on his challenges and accomplishments as Emory University dean.
A COVID Stricken World and Afrofuturism!!!

By John Burl Smith author “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop!”

Denver’s RedLine Art Gallery’s efforts to launch “Afrofuturism + Beyond 2022” was shut down in 2021 by COVID-19 and has been sidetracked again by this deadly monster. Originally set to debut in 2021, and now COVID, rising from the grave, like “the grim reaper,” has defied many who thought with warmer weather, America had seen the last of COVID-19. The one lesson “Republicans COVID-deniers and others who refuse to get shots, are still spreading COVID to even those who got shots. Denver residents are currently experiencing just such a spread, and out of an abundance of caution, and RedLine’s desire not to become a “super spreader,” has delayed the opening of its major exhibition “Floyd Tunson’s ASCENT” from 6-10/7-31-2022 to 7-11/16-2022.

The pause provides another opportunity to acquaint art lovers with RedLine’s quest to make “Afrofuturism” mainstream by presenting “Floyd Tunson’s ASCENT!!” Tunson has emerged as one of the driving forces supporting “Afrofuturism.” Along with Arish “King” Khan, international “Punk Rock” artist, who created “Black Power Tarot” we were in Colorado Spring (2019), for an appearance at the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) when Daisy McGowan, curator, introduced us to Floyd Tunson. “King” Khan and I were talking with Floyd, what has become “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop” and trying to visualize the role of “Afrofuturism,” as a vehicle. Our hope is to commemorate our ancestors’ journey into slavery, while celebrating our survival in 2030, as the Quadricentennial year of our arrival in North America. Envisioning enslaved Africans’ their arrival through this new and different lens, brought 2030 and “Afrofuturism” together as a concept, talking with Floyd.

For those less familiar with “Afrofuturism,” Floyd, Khan and I talked about making it more than just another “catchy phrase or gimmick!” However, back in 2016, I realized 2019 was just 3 years away. Moreover, I thought, “more noted individuals—artists, historians, civil rights activists or politicians—would be up front driving such a movement. With a regretful resignation, I watched 2019 zoomed by with only a whisper. Floyd took the artistic approach, looking for venues receptive to his artistic concept, hence RedLine entered his portrait with “Afrofuturism + Beyond 2022.”

“King” Khan blew my socks off, with his creation of Black Power Tarot, just as Prichard Smith was warping up production of the “Invaders” documentary. Their efforts inspired me to tell my family and other descendants of American slavery’s story, which began before creation of the “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” Writing “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop,” I recapitulate their journey all the way to Hip hop’s rise, which sidelined R&B on the way to becoming an international genre. I saw creating “The 400th Performance Period” as a multi-purpose platform that, among other things, will allow R&B to reposition, not remake itself. Utilizing Afrofuturism to exemplify and verify the multiplicity of genres Black Arts encompasses, Arish and I wanted to reflect its centrality in slavery’s descendants’ development.

Our hope is that young artists will pick up the challenge of Afrofuturism and “The 400th Performance Period” to address their image and lack of access to America’s economic system. Hip hoppers must tell their story or chance getting written out of history all together. Young people cannot allow the older generation to hold on to power they will use against them! They must see in Tunson’s RedLine exhibition, the viability of “Afrofuturism” as a vehicle and platform. Floyd brought “King” Khan and me on board RedLine’s opening week of “Floyd Tunson’s ASCENT!” For me “Afrofuturism” is a theme that makes Tunson’s exhibition the leading exponent of Afrofuturism.

Questions like, “What difference will a word or concept like “Afrofuturism” make, after 400 years of discrimination, political oppression, economic deprivation and isolation?” I answer, “Afrofuturism” and the “The 400th Performance Period” is a projected timeline that began in 2020 and culminate with activities throughout 2030. Then comes, “Why such a long time, Black people are so impatient; why wait 8-years to celebrate something we can do next year?” I respond, “All the major movements African Americans have mounted in the past—the March on Washington (1963), “the Poor People’s Campaign (1968), and the Million Man March (1995)—were organized as one day affairs. We wanted the concept and activities to be innovative, not dependent on one group to keep activities going. Slavery’s descendants need to learn how to sustain a process, without the “number one black leader” dictating to the masses. You do not need to wait on the OK nor join anything. If you have an idea, start developing it, you will have a head start. What we envision with “The 400th Performance Period” and “Afrofuturism” is a time frame and a goal beyond the present. During those 8 years (2030), activities will be planned. Artists and entertainers can modify their projects, while touring small communities, not only large ones.

Even more importantly, there are millions of descendants of slavery that were hijacked and carried to islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These slavery descendants are artists, writers, performers and others who revere their slavery roots and will want to exhibit their cultures. With everything coming together for “Floyd Tunson’s ASCENT,” the opening week, it will bring African American Art to the fore, while elevating its contributions to a similar level of recognition white Art is accorded. Based on RedLine’s groundbreaking exhibition, which recast what was status quo before COVID-19. The world will see what that reshaped “Art world” looks like. Consequently, descendants of American slavery are truly fortunate to have such a prominent artist, as Floyd Tunson, on the frontline with his RedLine exhibition “Floyd Tunson’s ASCENT,” makes it the leading edge for Afrofuturism. For the first time in our history, slavery’s descendants will have artists, performers, entrepreneurs and activists, leading efforts to project possible futures with create example of what those futures can be! These are exciting times!!!
Of Mice and Men

By John Burl Smith author “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop”

The phrase “The best laid schemes of mice and men” is found originally in Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse,” written in 1786. The poem is a response to the author’s careless destruction, while plowing, of a mouse's nest in a field. The resulting poem is Burns’ apology to the mouse. Robert Burns (1/25/1759–7/21/1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist, universally regarded, as Scotland’s national poet. Burns, a cultural icon, is celebrated as a national charismatic cult leader, during the 19th and 20th centuries and pioneer of the “Romantic Movement.” Posthumously, he became the inspiration of both liberalism and socialism.

On the other hand, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (2/27/1902–12/20/1968) was a very prolific American author (33 books), which makes him a giant of American letters. Winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, Steinbeck is noted "for his realistic and imaginative writings, while combining sympathetic humor and keen social perception." One of his iconic works “Of Mice and Men,” published in 1937, is characterized as a detailed and intricate story set during America’s Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted into the late 1930s. Steinbeck wrote in various genres, and like Burns, uses the word “mouse” in one of his most significant works “Of Mice and Men.” Unlike Burns in his poem “To a Mouse,” Steinbeck’s mouse story has a different intent. For most readers Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” reflects America’s uncaring and total disregard for human life, as Burns plowman for the home of a rat. Steinbeck’s plot revolves around two nomadic farm workers, Lennie and George. George is a big strong man but mentally challenged, whereas Lennie is intelligent but uneducated, hence Lennie looks after his gentle-giant dimwitted friend.

For me both stories are reflective of Burns immortal line “The best laid schemes of mice and men,” and is a prelude to where America finds itself today, as it struggles to survive the disastrous whirlwind of Donald Trump’s uncaring and destructive presidency. Cosigned in their book, “I Alone Can Fix It Donald J. Trump’s Final Catastrophic Year” Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, brilliantly describes Trumps “best laid plans and how he became a “rat,” with his 1/6 insurrection, which continues to ravish America’s democracy. Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” as “I Alone Can Fix It” details the odious impact and implications for America, as Trump’s stench hoovers over states like Georgia, Arizona and Florida smothering democracy, with Republican voter suppression.
I use “The best laid plans of mice and men,” to segue a mice to a rat, which was revealed by “Tic Tokers,” which pulled the cover off of Trump’s scam, as president and re-election. Deploying a scam of their own they showed out of the gate, the “scammer-in-chief,” “orange hair and all, Tic Tokers convinced Trump, over a million MAGA lovers were headed for Tulsa. With dollar signs for eyeballs, Trump booked up all the hotels, and added overflow space for the giant arena, as well as an outdoor concert for his huge event. However, less than 6,000 MAGA fans showed up, as Tic Tokers punched holes in Trump’s invincibility. My point is kids figured out what grownups are still confused about today, which is “Trump is a RAT.” Moreover, I am convinced 11th and 12th graders and other young voters will be America democracy’s “saving grace!!” They are far smarter than they look and possess the voting power to prove it, while all Republicans have come up with are lies and voter suppression schemes in states like Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas and others.

The fast forward to the present is prompted by last week’s 42nd Harvard Youth Poll (HYP), which showed young Americans are very much aware of the threat Republicans represent to democracy. Young Americans, in this latest survey, shared concerns for repercussions from the pandemic, democratic government, the Biden administration, and climate change among other things. The HYP found young Americans are worried about democracy. Even more striking, 35% of respondents anticipate a second civil war during their lifetimes, where 25% believe that at least one state will secede. More than half feel democracy is under attack, and at least half of all respondents struggled with feelings of hopelessness and depression. Even more alarming, 50% of young people polled said that COVID-19 has changed them, and 51% say the pandemic had a negative impact on their life. While, 51% felt down or depressed at several different instances two weeks before the survey.

Additionally, young people felt strongly affected and worried about the threat of climate change. Significantly, 56% of young Americans expect climate change to have an impact on their future decisions and 45% already see it affecting their local communities. Moreover, large numbers of both Democrats and Republicans believe that individual changes in behavior can have the greatest positive impact addressing the climate change crisis. More than half of respondents believe the U.S. government is not doing enough to address climate change. In addition to addressing climate change, respondents see strengthening the economy, uniting the country, and improving health care as key issues for the Biden administration.

The HYP spoke with 2,109 people 18 and 29 years of age, on various topics from across the country and found a striking lack of confidence in U.S. democracy among young Americans. Only 7% view it as a “healthy democracy,” and 52% believe that “democracy is either in trouble or failing.” Support for Pres. Biden has also dropped across the board since the last Harvard Youth Poll in the spring. A majority of respondents were unhappy with how the president and Congress do their jobs. Among young Democrats, approval for Biden stands at 75%, a drop of 10 points since the last survey in March. Republican approval continues to tank, slumping to 9%—a decrease of 13 points since the spring—while among independents it dropped to 39%, a 14-point decrease. IOP Director Mark Gearan stated, “Our political leaders on both sides of the aisle would benefit tremendously from listening to the concerns that our students and young voters have raised about the challenges facing our democracy and their genuine desire for political parties to stop attacks and find common ground.”

This brings us back to where we began “the best laid schemes of mice and men” and Donald J. Trump face to face with his attempted insurrectionist on 1/6. The US census has been given Americans numbers that show young Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 constitute the largest voting demographic presently in America. Now, for the first time ever, the HYP has established through personal preferences expressed by young voters, older voters can longer force their demands down young voters’ throats. The older generation must finally admit its failure to give young people VOICE, created Donald Trump. Now that older voters are no longer the majority, high school 11th and 12th graders have the voting power at the polls to elect and defeat MAGA with their ballots. Young people no longer must take to the street, as the only way to be heard. This is the threat Republican voter suppression is aimed to stop. Consequently, high school, 11th and 12th graders must do for their rabid MAGA parents and grandparents, as Lennie (Of Mice and Men) did for his gentle-giant dimwitted friend, save them before Trump leads them over a cliff, like lemming or another kind of rodent, as part of his “RAT PACK!!!”