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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue S6

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DPS plans for new high school Endowment

on track to show growth

by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE

Duke property near the Durham Regional Hospital will soon be home to a new public high school. In its meeting June 17, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of 58 acres of land from the University, largely to alleviate overcrowding in two Durham high schools. The school district will pay Duke $4.1 million for a portion of the site, which will be home to a high school that can potentially open as early as 2012. The school, which will be located on the corner of Duke Homestead Rd. and Stadium Drive, will initially hold about 800 students, but will later be expanded to hold about 1,200 students, according to a DPS news release. The new high school will help address overcrowding issues at DPS high schools, predominantly at Jordan and Riverside High Schools, which are located about 10.5 and 3 miles away from new site, respectively. Construction of the school will cost around $48 million, according to the news release. Hugh Osteen, DPS assistant superintendent of operational services, said the site is not as centrally located between the schools as DPS had originally hoped, but added that sewage and water systems are close to the site and Stadium Drive was recently updated.

by Taylor Doherty THE CHRONICLE

After historic losses in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, administrators predict that the University’s endowment will reflect steady growth this year. The University’s endowment and similar funds has increased an estimated 15 percent in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, said Executive Vice President Tallman Trask, a member of Duke Management Company’s ten-person Board of Directors. The fiscal year officially ends June 30, and more concrete evaluations of the University’s assets will be available in Tallman Trask August, Trask said. “We’ve clearly come back a fair bit from where we were,” he said. “I would guess it’s going to be between 15 and 20 [percent], and if you made me guess, I would say it will be closer to 15 than 20.” At the end of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the endowment was worth approximately $4.4 billion, according to the University’s 2008-2009 financial statements. The longterm pool, in which 98 percent of the

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Financial crisis forces fee on Student Health STI testing by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE

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Sexually transmitted infection test results that were previously free for students will now come with a fee, as a result of the recession.

Duke students must now pay for University-provided sexually transmitted infection testing that was free until this month. Student Health has started charging students for the results of their sexually transmitted disease tests because of a change in contract with the Duke University Medical Center lab that previously interpreted the tests at a deep discount, said Executive Director of Student Health Dr. Bill Purdy. The lab, which processes all the lab work for the Duke clinics and hospital, had to raise its fees for test interpretation as a result of the financial crisis, Purdy said. Rapid tests for strep, mononucleosis and pregnancy, complete blood count tests, urinalysis and wet prep for vaginal infections are still covered under the student health fee, Purdy noted. Last year, the student health fee was about $568 per student. “We didn’t want to do it, but were forced to do it because of the [financial] situation,” Purdy said. As of now, Purdy said students will have to pay 20 percent of the tests’ cost and insurance will cover the rest. Purdy noted that the new prices have not yet been finalized because each insurance company has its own deal with the University.

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“If it’s threatening or harassing and directed at an individual, then the University will get rid of it.”

­—VP for Student Affairs Larry Moneta on bridge painting. See story page 3

Student Health announced the change June 11 on its website, which is part of the Student Affairs site. Officials did not send a formal announcement to students. Because Student Health supports the Know Your Status campaign, which offers students free HIV testing in the Bryan Center throughout the academic year, Purdy said Student Health routinely ran additional tests for other sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, for free. Now that testing is no longer free, some students have said they are concerned about how charging for STD testing will affect students’ motivation to get tested. “Duke is always talking about how students should be sexually responsible,” said Chantel Morey, rising junior and member of Know Your Status. “[The new price] will be detrimental to the Duke community.” Morey said the affordability of the labs will deter students from getting tested, as was the case for a rising junior who wished to remain anonymous to preserve his privacy. Motivated by campaigns on campus to be sexually responsible, the junior said he went to Student Health to get a routine checkup with an STD screening, but he decided not to send the tests to the lab and get the results because

The Road to Victory Elaine Marshall wins the Democratic primary in her run for U.S. Senate, PAGE 3

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Former Blue Devil takes on the minor leagues, Page 7


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Into the City A photo essay by Melissa Yeo

1. Residents enjoy an early dinner at Cuban Revolution, a year-old downtown restaurant that aims to mix food and politics. 2. Anna Rose, a singersongwriter who discovered her passion as an undergraduate at Duke, performs at Broad Street Cafe Tuesday. 3. Families lounge on the grass at American Tobacco Campus Sunday. The Durham Community Concert Band performed at Pops for Pops, an annual Father’s Day concert.

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Former Trustees chair joins Bloomberg administration by CHRONICLE STAFF THE CHRONICLE

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that Robert Steel, Trinity ’73 and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will be the next deputy mayor for economic development. Steel, 58, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., has formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Wachovia Corp., vice chair of Goldman Sachs, & Co. and undersecretary of the treasury for domestic finance. Robert Steel As deputy mayor, Steel will be responsible for leading the city’s major economic projects and

will report directly to Bloomberg. Steel will replace Robert Lieber, 55, who announced in May that he accepted a senior executive position at the Island Capital Group. Lieber was also a former banker before joining Bloomberg’s cabinet, having served as managing director for the private equity division of Lehman Brothers. Steel, a Durham native, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1993, having served as its chair from 2005 to 2009. He was previously chair of the Duke Management Company and a member of the Duke University Health System board of directors. More recently, he led the presidential search committee that unanimously brought President Richard Brodhead to Duke.

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Anti-gay graffiti on bridge Marshall wins re-ignites DCR controversy democratic vote Duke University Police Department did an initial investigation of the incident, but it did not produce any Anti-gay graffiti that appeared on the East Campus suspects, DUPD Assistant Chief Gloria Graham wrote in Bridge near the start of the summer session sparked fur- an e-mail June 15. The case has since been turned over ther controversy between the Duke College Republicans to Student Affairs, she added. and its former members, who were recently embroiled in Normally, the University does not interfere with hate a discrimination debate. speech on the East Campus Bridge, but it does paint The graffiti was directed at former College Re- over harmful statements when they are directed at a spepublicans Chair Justin Robinette, a rising senior, who cific student, Moneta said. claimed in April he was impeached from his position “Under the bridge policy there’s a distinction bebecause he is gay. Following April’s incident, the Duke tween free expression, that however hateful, harmful or Student Government Judiciary ruled that the College inappropriate it is—as long as it’s free expression— it Republicans did not discriminate against Robinette in will stay there as long as its not directed at an individutheir decision. al,” Moneta said Monday. “If it’s threatening or harass“Recent intimidation tactics make it hard for me ing and directed at an individual, then the University to stay silent, even though I and my officers are being will get rid of it.” threatened to [do so],” Robinette wrote in an e-mail The language of the University’s bridge painting poliMonday. “I think what has been perpetrated by members cy, however, leaves room for considerable debate. Under of the DCR against officers the policy, groups and indiwho resigned and who are viduals from Duke can exsupporting me is inching “Recent intimidation tactics make press their opinions without beyond the jurisdiction of except by “legal it hard for me to stay silent, even restriction, student government.” Robistandards.” The specific nette claimed he and other though I and my officers are being legal standards are not deformer members have refined within the policy. threatened to [do so].” ceived death threats, intimiThe College Republidating Facebook messages — Justin Robinette, cans have denied all acand have been cyber-stalked cusations indicating that former College Republicans chair members of the club were and harassed. Robinette said he has the perpetrators of the vanrepeatedly requested interdalism. Chair of the Colvention from University administrators, adding that he lege Republicans Carter Boyle, a rising senior, said the was denied meetings with President Richard Brodhead. club was slandered by the appearance of the College ReRobinette declined to speak directly with The Chronicle publicans’ initials in the graffiti. and responded via e-mail, adding that he was advised to “The Duke College Republicans decry both the usage have all conversations with media “documented.” of offensive and derogatory language and the slander of Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said their organizational title in this abuse of university propit is unclear when the vandalism occurred, but that the erty,” reads the formal response released by the Executive University dispatched employees from the Facilities Board of the College Republicans. “It is the board’s hope Management Department to paint over the graffiti 90 that the greater Duke community will join the Duke Colminutes after he was notified of the incident. lege Republicans in a commitment to remove slanderous “As far as the graffiti is concerned, it doesn’t appear and hateful language from the vocabulary of this commuthat we have much hope of discovering who did it,” Mon- nity by following the courses of action laid down by our eta wrote in an e-mail June 15. “I made the decision to mutual peers and colleagues serving in the DSG.” have it painted over.... My effort at this time is focused on Cliff Satell, former College Republicans vice support to the student.” chair and a rising senior, filed a complaint with the The East Campus Bridge graffiti appeared to read Undergraduate Conduct Board last week. His complaints “Lyning F—g Robinet,” “DCR = Righteous” and “Get See vandalism on page 5 AIDS in Hell.” by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE

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North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. senate in a runoff election Tuesday. Marshall won nearly 60 percent of the 158,445 votes in the race against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham. She will challenge incumbent North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November. Marshall was forced to face Cunningham in a runoff after no candidate received 40 percent of the vote in the May 4 primary. During the first vote, Marshall led Cunningham by 9 percent with 36 percent of the total vote, according to results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. With fewer than 160,000 total votes in Tuesday’s runoff, Marshall dominated Elaine Marshall the election with a notably low turnout. Statewide, voter turnout was just 4.5 percent, according to unofficial results from the NCSBE. Just four counties in the entire state had more than 10 percent of registered voters. Durham County had just 6.41 percent turnout with 9,601 of its nearly 150,000 registered voters participating. Marshall ran as an outsider despite more than a decade of experience in a statewide office and argued that she was standing for average citizens despite the lack of financial support from Democratic leaders across the nation, the Associated Press reported. Marshall was ignored by her national party and faced the death of her husband during the campaign, according to the (Raleigh) News & Observer. Cunningham endorsed Marshall after she was selected to represent the party and said he will assist in her campaigning. Cunningham called his former opponent “a tough campaigner” and “tenacious.” “Let’s make sure that we’re behind her, each and every one of us,” said Cunningham, according to the N&O. Marshall “campaigned as a liberal insurgent” against Cunningham and was endorsed by the liberal groups such as MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, according to USA Today. “On the political side, the odds were stacked against us, but we didn’t back down,” Marshall told supporters in Raleigh, according to the AP. “The Washington establishment made it clear that we needed to win this nomination without their help. But fortunately we had you.”


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Q&A with Ted Kaufman by Rohan Taneja THE CHRONICLE

Sen.Ted Kaufman, D-Del., was sworn into the Senate Jan. 16, 2009 after being selected to replace Vice President Joe Biden after he was elected. Kaufman, Engineering ’ 60, served as Biden’s chief of staff for 19 years and was the co-chair of Biden’s transition team after his election. Kaufman was serving as a senior lecturing fellow in the School of Law before succeeding Biden. The Chronicle’s Rohan Taneja recently caught up with Sen. Kaufman about his experiences in the Senate. The Chronicle: What do you remember about your time at Duke, and how did the University help shape you? Ted Kaufman: I’m an engineer—I received my engineering degree from Duke. What I learned through my engineering education has certainly affected the way I do two things: problem solving and decision-making. As issues [in the Senate] have gotten more and more technical, my background in engineering has been especially helpful. However, many of the most important lessons I learned at Duke didn’t come from inside the classroom. I went to Duke during a time period where many students did not stray far from home. Duke allowed me to engage with brilliant young minds from all over the country. But the single best thing about Duke was that I met my wife, Lynne, and some of

our best friends to this day are couples from Duke. I’ve also had the pleasure to teach Duke students in Washington about Congress for the past 20 years. I very much enjoy spending time with Duke students and hope to have the chance to return to the classroom. TC: How did you react to the news that you had been selected to replace Biden? TK: It was definitely a huge surprise for me.... Even after 22 years [as a Senate staffer], I never once dreamed about being a Senator.... I was very happy with what I was doing, found it very rewarding and felt like I was making a difference. The thing is, I knew in my mind that I would never run for office. I gave the offer a lot of thought and consulted with my family and loved ones. But in the end we decided to go for it. TC: What are your most memorable moments from your term as a senator, and what are you most proud of? TK: There have been many memorable moments. But the first was definitely the day I was sworn in—going down to the floor of the Senate with Senator Biden and Senator Carper. Then going to the swearing-in celebration with my family and friends who were so pleased that I decided to do this. Other memorable moments include having a bill signed by the president—I’ll

never forget going to the White House last spring and watching the president sign a bill that I worked on into law. Participating in the [Justice] Sotomayor hearings. I’ve chaired a number of different hearings with just incredible people: former presidents, secretaries of state, secretaries of defense. All the people I’ve been able to interact with has just been incredible. The ability to go to the Senate floor every week and highlight the work of a federal employee. The work I’ve been able to do in the area of financial reform—specifically in the areas of short selling, addressing “too big to fail” banks and high frequency trading. The chance to play a role in what we’re doing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. I have taken three trips to these countries, as well two other trips throughout the Middle East, visiting Israel, Syria and Turkey. Being able to meet with leaders in the Middle East, and trying to work toward solutions to help operations in the region work better, has been extremely rewarding. And a lot of the memorable moments are family-related. Getting to take my oldest granddaughter to the first joint session of Congress where President Obama spoke. TC: As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, you had the opportunity to participate in Sotomayor’s confirma-

tion hearing. Could you describe that experience? TK: I was part of 10 confirmation hearings—almost all of the sitting Justices—during my time with then-Senator Biden. For most of the years I worked for him, he was either Chairman or Ranking Member of the Judiciary Commit-

tee. During the Sotomayor hearings, I had the unique opportunity to chair the final panel. This meant I “gaveled out” the confirmation hearing for Justice Sotomayor. I’ve always said that outside of a vote to send troops into harm’s way, the most important vote a senator can cast is for a Supreme Court justice.

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Sen.Ted Kaufman, D-Del., was selected to replace Sen. Joe Biden after his election to the vice presidency. Kaufman said the people he has been able to interact with as a U.S. senator have been “incredible.”

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dps from page 1 “For DPS, this property means a lot in that there are not that many parcels left in the region that we are looking at,” Osteen said. “We have been aware of this site for a while. It was not our first choice, you have to go through the process of elimination.” The new school, however, will mean some changes for Duke. Phail Wynn, vice president for Durham and regional affairs, said School of Medicine research facilities are located on part of the property. Some of these facilities will be torn down and consolidated on the part of the property that Duke will retain, Wynn said. “This particular site was easier for them to plan on, and it could be done without us having to sell the entire plot of land,” Wynn said, adding that much of the $4.1 million price tag will pay for the construction. “Some people may ask, ‘Why couldn’t Duke just donate the land?’ When the transaction was done, any necessary cost would be a part of that price.”

vandalism from page 3 referred to the bridge graffiti, an e-mail he received from a College Republican that he felt was blackmail and vandalism with the word “f—got” that appeared in the Spring on the dormitory name tag of rising senior Matthew Leonard, former College Republicans vice chair. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek said reports of personal threats and hate speech are typically uncommon at Duke, but that the University takes such incidents very seriously. “I would say any kind of hate speech is a major concern for the institution, and it’s

Wynn said the University indicated that the Homestead property was the only property it was willing to discuss with DPS in late 2007 and into 2008. DPS came under fire when it began looking into a Duke Forest site near Erwin and Cornwallis roads for the future school in 2009, but Wynn said Duke never approved or negotiated the sale of the plot. Osteen said the school board will discuss redistricting about a year before the school is set to open. If necessary, the start date may be pushed back to 2013, he added. Partnering with DPS is important for Duke, Wynn said. In a few years, Duke may involve high school students with some of its research facilities since they will be located on the same campus, he added. “The University strongly supports public education and feels that through a strong partnership with the University we can enhance and improve the educational process in Durham,” he said. “We will be looking for opportunities that… can help enrich the curriculum of that high school.” very difficult to know whether there has been an increase,” Wasiolek said. “I can say that within the last several months there seems to be an increase in the reporting of hate speech, and whether that means there’s an increase in the actual occurrence is hard to say.” Rising junior Bridget Gomez started a Facebook group petitioning the administration to take action against the hate speech and DCR. The group has 258 members as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, most of whom are Duke students. Wasiolek said University officials are still deciding how best to respond to the incidents both during the summer and in the Fall.

Council approves new budget, property tax hike by chronicle staff the chronicle

The Durham City Council approved its $353.3 million budget for the 20102011 fiscal year Monday. The new budget represents an increase of 2.2 percent from last year’s $345.6 million figure. The proposed General Fund budget, which finances the city’s core services, is $206 million—

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353.3 million

Durham city budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, as approved by City Council Monday

345.6 million

Durham city budget for fiscal year 2009-2010

10.8 million

Deficit faced by the county at the beginning of the budgeting process for next fiscal year

a 0.4 percent increase from the 20092010 fiscal year. The full preliminary budget for the city is available online at http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/bms/. The county faced a $10.8 million deficit at the beginning of this year’s budget process, according to WRAL. Raising the property tax rate by 1.19 cents will bring the total property tax rate to 55.19 cents per $100 of the assessed value, said City Manager Tom Bonfield. Because the average home value in the city is $161,200, the increase will raise the average annual tax bill by $19.24. Bonfield noted that the property tax increase allows the city to continue to fund voter-approved bond projects and aid Durham Area Transit, which will undergo a transition to new management by Triangle Transit. The budget will also result in the laying off of 16 employees and the elimination of 17 vacant jobs in the city, according to WRAL. Council and community priorities for the next fiscal year include public safety, quality core services, youth programs and activities, improved infrastructure, deferred maintenance, neighborhood engagement and revitalization, jobs and neighborhood economic development and timely capital project delivery, according to the budget proposal.

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‘Bigger, faster, stronger’ Kevin White works to better Duke amid uncertain collegiate world by Andy Moore THE CHRONICLE

As Director of Athletics Kevin White enters his third year on the job, Duke sits in a comfortable position in an otherwise topsy-turvey collegiate sports world. Although changes in the form of teams moving from conference to conference remain a constant threat, White said he does not foresee ACC expansion coming. In a sitdown with The Chronicle Tuesday, White emphatically denied that expansion is being discussed within the conference leadership. “I don’t think it is even being talked about,” he said. “I’m reading a lot about it, but I’m in all the meetings, and we’re not talking about it. There’s a bit of a disconnect.” To White’s knowledge, the members of the ACC are satisfied with the lawson kurtz/Chronicle file photo

Director of Athletics Kevin White saw Duke win national championships in men’s lacrosse and men’s basketball.

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Cunha to return as sophomore Henrique Cunha, who ended his freshman year ranked No. 3 in the country, will return for his sophomore year at Duke, the Jau, Brazil, native confirmed to The Chronicle Wednesday. “I’m coming back,” Cunha said. “I’m very excited about it, and I think we can have a very good year.” Cunha cited the school and the coaching staff as two of the main factors in his decision. He also said that the chance to keep working on his game helped him fend off the temptation to go pro. “This year, I did pretty well, but I think I could have done even better,” he said. “[Going pro] is always an option, but I saw that I can keep improving my game and my skills here.” Cunha’s return most likely also means the return of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top-ranked doubles team. Cunha and Reid Carleton set a school record this year by going 41-6, ending the year ranked No. 1 in the country. — from staff reports

Duke’s boys of summer strive for the Show by Scott Rich THE CHRONICLE

Every kid who has ever put on a baseball glove or hit a ball off a tee has the same dream: making it to the major league. But contrary to Hollywood’s fairytale endings, reaching the big leagues isn’t simple. Many talented college baseball players will not even be drafted, while others will toil in the minor leagues for years before finally having to give up the game they love. Even with those daunting odds, though, legions of dreamers strive for a career in the pros. Duke is home to its fair share, including senior Dennis O’Grady. “I think anyone’s goal who plays college baseball would be to make it to the big leagues and work your way through the minors,” O’Grady said. O’Grady starred for the Blue Devils his junior year, finishing in the top five on the team in both batting average and RBI. He sees himself as a pitcher at the next level, though. He realizes he still has work to do. “I probably need to work on my offspeed pitches and just being more consistent,” he said. “I’ve done it for three years now, and I feel like I’ve learned enough that I need to lead the team and be the most consistent guy on the team.” If O’Grady hopes to toe the rubber in the majors, he has two former Blue Devils to emulate. Scott Schoenweis, drafted out of Duke in the third round in 1996, was

a quality relief pitcher in the majors for more than a decade before being released by the Boston Red Sox earlier this season. Meanwhile, fellow Blue Devil Chris Capuano was drafted in the eighth round in 1999, breaking into the majors with Arizona in 2003. Primarily a starter throughout his career, Capuano was an All-Star in 2006 but struggled the following year, returning to the majors this summer for the first time since 2007. But not every Duke player has had the success of Capuano and Schoenweis—or at least not yet. Jimmy Gallagher is one example of a talented former Blue Devil who is slowly working his way through the minor leagues. Drafted in the seventh round by the Chicago White Sox in 2007, the outfielder is now in his first full season in Double-A ball. “I’ve had that steady progression that you kind of hope for if you’re in this game,” Gallagher said. “Haven’t gone too fast, haven’t gone too slow. Obviously you want to get to the big leagues as soon as possible, but I’ve had a steady progression every year…. You kind of feel like you’re knocking on the door a little bit, but there’s some things you have to take care of down here [in the minors].” But life in the minor leagues isn’t nearly as glamorous as it is in the MLB. The average Double-A player, for example, earns only $1,500 a month. Players ian soileau/Chronicle file photo

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Dennis O’Grady hopes to one day play in the MLB like fellow Blue Devils Chris Capuano and Scott Schoenweis.


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white from page 7 collection of schools currently in the league. “Unless something seismic happens, I don’t think anybody has the appetite to enlarge the size of the ACC as we speak,” White said. “I like it the way it is. That’s my strong preference.” Although White doesn’t think Duke is in any danger of seeing its conference changed, he and his staff do still have a busy year in store. Duke and the Knight Commission White talked about the financial side of athletics during the sitdown, noting that spending prudently plays a major role in sustaining a successful athletics program. The increased focus on finances comes at an opportune time—“Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values, and the Future of College Sports,” a report by the Knight Commission, was released June 17. The Knight Commission is a reform-minded committee on college athletics, headed by William English Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland, and R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University. The report focused on the sometimes strained relationship between schools’ classrooms and their athletic teams. Spending per scholarship athlete has increased at a rapid rate in recent years, significantly outpacing increases to the academic side of universities, it says. “I think [the report is] a pretty good reflection of the issues of the day,” White said. “And that group has been a really responsible group for helping higher education better understand intercollegiate athletics.” The Knight Commission also called

for more conservative spending on athletics and greater transparency in schools’ reporting of their athletic expenditures. White said that he believes Duke is transparent and responsible with its spending. “[Our budget is] $60 million. And the cost of a scholarship here is two or three times more than the schools with $100 million budgets,” he said. “[So] the gap between us and them is even greater than $40 or $50 million. But we find ways to be competitive with about half the resources some of the real big guys have. That’s a pretty good thing.” Although there are schools nationally that spend more than Duke, White said his goal in the upcoming year is to keep the Blue Devils among the elite athletics programs nationally. “It’s to try to get bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “I think everybody in intercollegiate athletics is competitive by nature. No one wants to tread water; everyone wants to find a way to take our collective activity to the next level.” The changing face of Duke facilities Also on White’s agenda is improvements to the Blue Devils’ stadiums and practice fields. “One of the big themes for us is facilities,” White said. “We’re continuing to conceptualize what we might do in Wallace Wade and around Cameron Indoor—not necessarily in it—as the economy improves.” By far the biggest project potentially on the horizon involves renovations to Wallace Wade. As previously reported in The Chronicle, the Bostock Group—made up of influential donors and alumni including Roy Bostock, Trinity ’62, John Mack, T ’68 and Grant Hill, T ’94—has put forth long-term plans that would drastically change the 81-year-

old stadium. White was not available for an interview to discuss the plans during the reporting of the original article. Executive Vice President Tallman Trask estimated the cost of the improvements as outlined in the Bostock Study to be $80 to $90 million. White put the number north of $100 million Tuesday but added that nothing is official yet. “I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves with Wallace Wade,” he said. “We pretty much know what we’d like to do, we’ve got to figure out how to fund it. It’ll be some kind of combination of philanthropic, corporate and the creation of a business plan that will, at the end of the day, deliver the resources to make it happen.” The Bostock Group will also look at improvements to Cameron. Trask said that any work done to the stadium would not be as visible as Wallace Wade’s, a sentiment echoed by White. “In the plan, it’s all ancillary things to Cameron Indoor Stadium,” White said. “We’re talking about additives to the current facilities, not talking about changing the current stadium itself. There is a big difference.” White also said that the athletics department is looking into FieldTurf surfaces for Jack Combs Stadium and Jack Katz Stadium. An all-weather surface for Jack Combs would mean no more baseball games in Cary, N.C. The team was forced to play games as the U.S.A. Baseball National Training Complex off-campus last year as a result of water damage to the field. “We want to eliminate Cary from the equation. Cary was a short-term measure,” White said. “We’d like to play more games downtown [at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park], but I don’t how quickly we’ll be able to get to that place.”

mlb from page 7 travel constantly—and on buses rather than private jets. All this means long and strenuous hours for minimal financial gain. For Gallagher, though, it is a reasonable price to pay to continue playing. “Once you head out for spring training, it is baseball every single day from February through the beginning of September,” Gallagher said. “You don’t get a whole weekend or anything like that off, you look forward to that day off down the road. You’ve got to love the game, and it’s certainly a grind, but there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” For players like O’Grady, getting drafted and making it into the minor leagues provides the one chance they need to show their worth and continue playing the game they love for a living. “All I really want is a shot, and I think I can do a lot with that,” O’Grady said. “You work hard, you get better, and you increase your ability and a lot of times you just get lucky. As long as you get a shot, you get picked in those 50 rounds, you can always work harder, get better, and reach your goal.” And to make the most of that one shot against the overwhelming odds, one characteristic becomes paramount— faith in your abilities. “You’ve got to believe in yourself, that’s the biggest thing,” Gallagher said. “I’ve always believed in what I was capable of doing. I always felt I was capable of playing at this level.... Just believing in yourself and having that conviction that you’re good enough to play with the best.”

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Increased fees = increased risk Students are beginning to its students, even if Stuto feel more effects of the dent Health can no longer economic downturn. foot the bill. As Duke faces a finanNothing should deter stucial crisis, Student Health dents from having healthy has ceased administering sexual practices on a college free sexually campus. Extransmitted staff editorial ecutive Direcinfection tests tor of Student to students after a contract Health Dr. Bill Purdy said that provided discounted in an interview with The analyses from a Duke Uni- Chronicle that students will versity Medical Center have to pay 20 percent of the laboratory changed. The cost of STD tests, which can lab can no longer afford be expensive, with the rest to provide the results at covered by their insurance such a steep discount, and companies. The University now students and their in- should put effort into findsurance companies will be ing a way to eliminate this asked to pick up the tab. cost. The health of its comThe University should munity, especially the sexual take measures to ensure that health of undergraduate and this service can continue to graduate students, should be be provided free of charge a chief concern.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend several basketball games in the Dean Dome, where the tradition of excellence is almost as strong as it is at Duke and I can tell you it’s different there. The fans aren’t as much a part of the game. Cameron is Duke. And that’s the way it should be.

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University should be stepping in directly to help solve this problem. Cost concerns aside, the principle of offering STD tests for free encouraged frequent check-ups and promoted sexual health among students. Student Health has a precedent of promoting sexual health in the student body—by distributing free condoms, for example— and now that they cannot cover the costs of STD tests without the laboratory’s discount, the University should find ways to ensure that its students are encouraged to be sexually healthy and are provided with means to do so. Lastly, this change in policy should have been communicated more di-

rectly to the student body when it was decided, not simply posted on the Student Affairs website. Student Health administrators should send an e-mail to the student body informing them of the changes and listing local alternatives for free STD testing. Although, as the student interviewed showed, students will be less likely to travel off campus for screenings as many are without transportation and may not feel at ease in a foreign environment. A college campus should provide locations where students can feel comfortable taking care of their health, both for themselves and for the health of the general University population.

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A junior reported in a story published today in The Chronicle that he chose not to receive lab results for his STD tests conducted at Student Health because they were too expensive. A student may hesitate for several reasons to request testing for an STD—most notably feeling embarrassed because of the nature of the screening— but it is not in the University’s best interests to allow further deterrents, like cost, to prevent students from being aware of their statuses. It is commendable that Purdy said he is trying to make a connection with the Durham County Health Department to help defer some of the costs, but the

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In economics, the endowment effect refers to What about mundane items—a lamp, a backpack, an illogical quirk of human behavior that runs a car? Given enough time, these objects become contrary to assumptions of rationality. In academic part of our everyday circumstances. We expect jargon, the endowment effect occurs when an eco- them to define a part of our lives, and removing nomic agent’s willingness to pay for a good does even the most commonplace object entails an innot equal his willingness to accept an offer to sell convenient recalibration of reality. It’s why we all the same good. In layman’s terms, it means that have so much junk stored in boxes and stacked in our basements, why packing up a dorm room for we all like our stuff way more than we should. The classic experiment, run and re-run since the summer invariably involves storing things of 1990, involves coffee mugs and college students. questionable usefulness. Even a coffee mug, if given to a On randomly receiving a mug from college student for mere minutes, experimenters, subjects became ircan start to mean something more rationally unwilling to part with than its market price: a penholder, them and valued them twice as a late-night library companion, a much as subjects without mugs. story about a random economics This finding is surprising to study. modern economics because ecoThis is not an attempt to overnomic theory stipulates that buyers play the importance of coffee mugs and sellers should value goods simshining li by equating them with people. Of ilarly, thus facilitating free-market course a mug would never be as trade. This finding is not surprisall too human important as a human being, and ing to ordinary people who have who would ever imagine putting a thought about people for more than two seconds, because life as we know it would price tag on a friendship? But an assumption of human rationality gives us too much credibility as fall apart without irrational valuations. Take, for instance, the entire premise of friend- objective beings when in actuality even the most ship: ordinary people thrown together by chance ordinary detail is contingent on having a particuor convenience who decide to love and support lar perspective, on keeping the right biases. It’s surprising, therefore, that economics coneach other, despite evidence of seven billion other human beings in the world who potentially de- tinues to grapple with evidence of irrationality as serve just as much lovin’. Instead of searching the though illogic were a deviant characteristic. Even globe for people about whom it might be more when it limits itself to pure market transactions, effective to care, we appreciate (in econo-speak, excluding the more nebulous aspects of life, economics must battle with human inconsistency. “overvalue”) the ones we already have. To be fair, though, we’re at least allowed to Could it be that the real aberration is rationality choose our friends, and looking for a new social itself, that the majority of human behavior isn’t group isn’t all that uncommon after a period of actually all that logical? In fact, the endowment effect, rather than beboredom or a falling-out. Family, however, is perhaps symptomatic of the so-called endowment ing a quirk of human nature, seems to me to be effect. After all, we’re born to our families with a necessity of just being alive. An existentialist absolutely no choice in the matter—and yet con- bent on self-destruction could wonder about the ventional wisdom dictates that family ought to legitimacy of selfhood: Who can say that his or her come first in any list of life priorities. Is there an own particular consciousness is the one he or she should want to have? Subjectivity—the fact that we economic justification for this loyalty? An economist might defend his field by saying are trapped in our own minds—limits us to just that emotionalism isn’t encompassed within the our individual thoughts, precluding an impartial realm of consumer theory. People can’t be seen as justification of self. The very acceptance of being goods to be traded around because human rela- alive already necessitates having an irrational faith tionships require more than just utility. At the very in the subjective self. In lieu of getting lost in convolution, I propose an least, people aren’t easily substitutable the way that coffee mugs are because they stand for more than aphorism of unknown origin to sum up the discussion: just themselves. They represent memories, values, “Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.” Go ahead, be irrationally happy. and other intangibles tied up in personal identity. But if this is true of people, can’t it also be true of objects? I’m not strictly talking about emotional keepsakes, like kindergarten tree orShining Li is a rising Trinity junior. This is her last naments, whose sole purpose is sentimentality. column of the summer.


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It’s been hot. Really hot. And humid. I still have yet to get on a bus. Even if I wanted to No surprise there, really. This is the South, after all, now, the bus I would take doesn’t operate during the albeit June. summer. So, that option will have to wait until I have Here in Durham, the mercury has been getting a time to lobby for its year round operation. workout, topping out at or above 90 degrees for most Biking is still a great option for me because I like to of the past two weeks. bike. With a commute longer than 10 miles, however, Along with this increase in heat has come an in- I encounter a higher level of risk than the ideal bike crease in the AQI, or Air Quality Index. The AQI num- commuter, making biking an option I’d rather not ember ranges from 0-500 with a color code from green to ploy every day, even with the lower summer traffic. Betmaroon in six colors. The number and corresponding ter integration with a better bus system, and it would color is a daily measure that tells you how polluted your become far more appealing. air is and what consequential health efBy far the most successful way for me fects might be of concern. to cut my carbon emissions is still telecomAlthough the Environmental Protecmuting. No driving involved. Roll down tion Agency calculates AQI for five difto the computer, plug in, get working. I ferent pollutants regulated by the Clean still get my window, but less interaction Air Act, ground-level ozone and particuwith my peers. Provided I don’t adjust the lates are the two that pose the greatest thermostat to keep the house more comimmediate human health risk. Children, fortable than it would be sans occupant, active adults and people with respiratory this option might just break even. liz bloomhardt diseases such as asthma and emphysema How am I doing? I estimate I’ve avare especially sensitive. eraged two days a week telecommuting green devil What do we do about the problem? or biking since I went on the carbon The same thing scientists are urging us diet; that’s a 40 percent reduction in my to do to stop global warming and climate change. transportation carbon footprint. Not bad. Burn less fossil fuel. How did everyone else do? Hard to say. The leading sources of ground-level ozone and parThe drawbacks of both the Green Devil Challenge: ticulates that lead to high AQI values and warnings to Drive Down Emissions and the SmartCommute Challimit outdoor activity on hot summer days are emissions lenge are accountability and auditing. There is no refrom vehicles and power plants. liable way to measure if people actually tried another That means the same transportation and energy solu- mode of transportation, just that they said they would. tions that contribute to a greener, more sustainable and cli- There is also no clear methodology for measuring the mate-neutral Duke also contribute to better air quality for long term success, ie. getting individuals to switch to a breathing and living. With rising rates of asthma across the different commuting pattern. country due to poor air quality, and with children especially Add to that the fact that the Triangle area was vulnerable, this is something everyone can get behind. built and developed with cars in mind during an era For the sake of this column, let’s focus on individual when it was the norm to build bigger houses farther impact, and transportation in particular. In April, Sus- and farther outside the population centers. The area tainable Duke offered up its Green Devil Challenge: (no faces an uphill battle to get away from those two inrelation to this column) Drive Down Emissions—a chal- frastructure realities without significant growth in lenge aimed at reducing the number of single-occupan- population and the public transit infrastructure decy vehicles driving to campus each day by encouraging mand that comes with it. people to try alternative transportation. That month, In Durham, at least, there’s hope of overcoming that more than 2,500 people accepted the challenge. adversity. A new bus line is starting in August that will Across the Triangle, commuters have been taking connect Duke’s campus with the downtown Durham similar steps to try alternative modes of transporta- core. The Bull City Connector will be free and run evtion. The annual SmartCommute Challenge recently ery 15 minutes. wrapped up with more than 10,000 pledges. While Until it comes online, you can get involved in the prizes to employers will be awarded on percent partici- public comment period for the proposed Triangle Repation, Duke was a clear winner, leading the field with gional Transit Program, keep biking, turn off the lights more than 2,500 people pledging. That was twice the and try to breathe easy. number of IBM’ers and three times as many as UNC. In a moment of global coincidence, I gave myself a challenge to go on a carbon diet—it also started in April— Liz Bloomhardt is a third-year Ph.D. student in mechanical I called it my Carbon Diet Challenge. Here’s an update. engineering. This is her last column of the summer.

Many Duke students have found a new roommate by now. Even the graduates have two new roommates: Mom and Dad. For me, living at home has re-exposed me to the generation gap. Have you ever been slapped in the face by the generation gap? I walked into Old Navy and saw a display titled “family jeans.” I wasn’t sure whether they were trying to appeal to the whole family or just wanted to make a pun off “family genes,” but what I saw was staggering. There were three sections spaced 5 feet apart, each with jeans for tween-, teen- and queen-agers. The first set sat on the hip, the second 3 inches below the hip and the last sitting so far above the hip the belly button was covered. The slap in the face occurred when I pointed out this phenomenon to my mother, who muttered something about how different things were from when she was young, and then expressed her desire to shop at Ann Taylor. That being said, I think it is easy for us to bridge this gap with our parents, but, conversely, it is much harder for our parents to bridge the gap with us. I’m friends with my mom (on Facebook and in real life), and she frequently responds to my links and wall posts. My friends, in return, respond by saying “Hi Jeremy’s mom!” to which my mother responds by sending brownies (Note: if you want brownies, suck up to jeremy steinman my mom. Also, for anyone einsteinman theories thinking that this is a bad idea because of all the things that go on during college, remember that our parents were our age before). Even my grandmother is on Facebook! She recently liked “Jews” and wants to get wireless and a laptop—go super-tech Grandma! Seriously, though, for people who made their living in college by typing others’ essays on a typewriter, this digital get down is pretty spectacular, and I wish I could be this awesome when I grow up. Having been a camp counselor, I do a pretty good job of knowing what all the kids are up to these days. It is pretty much everything we were doing, but newer: Playing “Call of Duty” instead of playing with squirt guns, playing “NBA 2K10” instead of playing actual basketball and playing with nonsense Pokemon instead of educational Pokemon (I learned Spanish from this fad. Zapdos? The Spanish word for two is dos and the word for electrical is zap. What can you learn from the new ones? I perused a list of about 350, and the only educational one I could find was Girafarig. What’s educational about it? It’s a palindrome). I even watched Adventureland to figure out that Miley is only the famous Hannah Montana when she has the wig on, and without it, her best friend Leslie says that she’s just being Miley (and now she “can’t be tamed.” Sigh). I can hold a conversation with these campers and sound intelligent without knowing what I’m talking about because everyone has a short attention span at the age of 10 (in this country we call this ADHD and medicate heavily). However, holding a conversation with my parents is very difficult. Conversations like these happen all the time: “Suze Orman came on ‘The Biggest Loser’ a few weeks ago,” says the Matriarch. “I have no idea who that is.” “That’s because you don’t watch Oprah.” Another gap slap. Just think that the average age of a mother in America is 24.6 and the father is 27 (Note: I’m sure the Duke average is higher). I’m sure in 20 years we will wax on about the noise that is emanating from the teenager’s car or how we would appreciate if the younger generation remove themselves from the grassy area in front of our house. In conclusion, humor your parents when they make “older generation” references. Don’t complain when the only things in the pantry to munch on are Benefiber cereal, low-calorie South Beach Diet bars and a 50-pound bag of Costco-brand dry dog food. Whenever they make a reference to someone you don’t know, slyly whip out your Blackberry and quickly AltaVista who was on the last episode of Oprah. What? Nobody uses AltaVista anymore? Nobody started thinking of *NSYNC when I wrote “digital get down?” I’ll write that down on my AARP card. Jeremy Steinman is a rising Trinity senior. This is his last column of the summer.


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endowment from page 1 endowment was invested—sustained a 24.3 percent loss in the period. During the first three-quarters of the current fiscal year, however, the endowment began to recover. On March 31, 2010—when the value of the endowment was last reported—the University pegged its worth at $5 billion, Vice President for Finance Hof Milam wrote in an e-mail. Trask’s estimate of the endowment’s current worth implies that its value has remained relatively flat in the last quarter. “I will pass on this one,” Milam wrote in response to Trask’s estimate. “I make it a habit not to make point predictions on endowment returns.” The endowment funds between 15 and 16 percent of the University’s annual operating budget, Milam wrote. This number has remained relatively stable from year to year. The Board of Trustees approved a $1.93 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its May meeting, a 5.6 percent increase from this year’s budget.

When the fiscal year ends Wednesday, DUMAC will begin to evaluate the worth of the University’s assets. Even then, though, determining the exact value of the University’s endowment at a given time is nearly impossible given the assets’ illiquid nature, Trask said. Estimates at the end of each individual quarter of the year—like those from March 31—are especially subjective, he added. “We could put [all the University’s funds] in federally insured demand deposits in 30,000 banks—which is what it would take to get federal insurance on as much money as we’ve got—and I could tell you every day to the penny what it was worth,” Trask said. “Our returns would be like 0.3 percent instead of 15 percent. You have to live with the fact that these numbers are never exact.” Before numbers are released in August, the University’s money managers will provide administrators with estimates, some of which will be sent back for further clarification, Trask said. The simplicity of valuing assets varies greatly by asset type—long-range private equity funds and real estate are currently the most difficult to value.

“If I owned a position in some foreign private equity firm—of course there is no market and there is no trading—and the expected return is a lot of cash three years from now, it’s very hard to tell you exactly what it was worth on June 30,” he said. “Because the answer is it’s actually worth what somebody would pay for it, and since it’s not for sale and nobody could buy it, what it’s worth is an interesting exercise.” A clearer valuation will be available in August, however, as the estimates of the University’s endowment for the fiscal year’s end are the second most accurate appraisal of the year after those made at the end of the calendar year, Trask said.

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testing from page 1 it was too much money. He said he would have had to pay roughly $200. Although Purdy said the test results “can be very expensive,” he said he thought this student might have been told the total cost of the labs, not the price he would have had to pay after insurance. Students have other options to get STD test results outside of Student Health, Purdy said. Purdy is working on “a special arrangement” with the Durham County Health Department, but said it is too early to say what a deal might look like. He added that Planned Parenthood charges for STD tests on a sliding scale. The junior said personnel at Student Health did refer him to a few local health clinics that would be able to provide the routine STD tests for free, but ultimately, he did not seek the results of his tests. “Students are not going to want to get tested anymore if they have to leave campus,” the junior said, adding that Student Health should have sent a notification to the students before they began charging for test results. Still, Purdy does not expect the change to have a significantly negative impact due to data that shows students are sexually responsible. “Luckily, we have had the rate of positive STD tests to be very low,” Purdy said. “I don’t want students to hear that and think, ‘We don’t need to get tested or practice safe sex,’ but it seems like students are doing a good job of being sexually protected.”


June 24, 2010