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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 2
Brodhead welcomes largest class ever PTS launches tracking, new campus routes by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE
As the members of the largest-ever freshman class sat in the Chapel during Wednesday’s Convocation ceremony, they heard about the economic downturn, a “Star Wars”-obsessed roommate and tales of travels from Prague to Pennsylvania. For President Richard Brodhead, though, the arrival of the freshmen could be described in one word. “If you know me, you... know how seldom I use the word ‘awesome,’” Brodhead said in his address. “What’s awesome is what begins on this day. You came here to grow into the person you have the capacity to be. Welcome to this great sea of becoming.... Welcome to Duke.” Using the words “unusual uncertainty”— a phrase coined by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke—Brodhead encouraged freshmen to “ride the waves of change” and use their talents to make a difference in the world. “‘Unusual uncertainty’ is not some transient condition that can easily be fixed by the Dow,” Brodhead said. “Learn to love it. ‘Unusual uncertainty’ is the normal condition of our interactive and metamorphic world. All this change will indeed be very challenging for people who have few skills for adapting. But all this uncertainty will not necessarily be bad, and it could even actually be fantastically stimulating, if you approach it in a different way.”
See convocation on page 13
by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE
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Students and parents congregate outside Duke Chapel before Convocation, where President Richard Brodhead urged new freshmen to use the University to embrace their potential.
This Fall, many of Duke’s buses will run on different routes as the University seeks to cut costs and better integrate students living on Central Campus. Changes implemented by Duke Parking and Transportation Services include an alternative C-1 bus route—the C-1 Class Change bus, which will replace the C-3 and C-6 routes—and an extended C-2 route will run in place of the C-4. Additionally, DuTrack.com is a new website created to track University buses online, said Sam Veraldi, director of parking and transportation. The website, originally developed by Matt Ball, Pratt’10, is currently being revised and updated by members of the Duke Smart Home Program and will be launched within the next few weeks, said junior Dean Chen, chief operating officer of the Smart Home, who also serves as managing director of online operations for The Chronicle. The new Bull City Connector, which provides transportation between Duke and downtown Durham, is also up and running, Veraldi said. The C-1 buses will continue to run between East and West campuses, and some buses will See bus on page 15
Storms flood Keohane Quad, BP spill in Gulf temporarily displace students boosts tourism by Taylor Doherty THE CHRONICLE
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Flooding in Keohane Quadrangle 4D from a severe thunderstorm Sunday night resulted in the temporary relocation of seven students and a residence coordinator to Central Campus.
For a few returning students, settling in will have to wait. A storm Sunday night flooded the rooms of seven students and a residence coordinator on the first floor of Keohane Quadrangle 4D. The students have been temporarily relocated to Central Campus for the first week of school, said Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for residential life. It is likely that the flood was the result of a change in water flow patterns from construction of the K4 residence hall, the new dorm that is expected to open in Spring 2012, Gonzalez said. Parts of Craven and Edens quadrangles also flooded, but no student rooms were affected, Gonzalez added. “We think that change in the landscape pushed the water into the archway of that area, which then went to the residential area,” he said.
“We need more spaces like that....”
—Provost Peter Lange on The Energy Hub. See story page 4
for NC beaches by Samantha Brooks THE CHRONICLE
After this summer’s oil spill in the Gulf Coast, some environmentalists were concerned that other coastal states could see damaged beaches if the oil drifted north. But instead of oil, it has been tourists who have been making their way up the coast. This July, AAA Carolinas predicted a 12 percent increase in Fourth of July tourism and more coastal tourism than in the previous two years, according to the Charlotte Observer. Connie Nelson, communications and public relations director at the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, wrote in an e-mail that North Carolina beach accommodations saw an increase in business from people displaced by the spill.
See flooding on page 16
See tourism on page 11
Lester excels after recovering from injuries, Page 22
Students sound off on orientation week, Page 6
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True Blue Reynolds Theater, 10a.m. & 2p.m. Join staff and upperclassmen for a series of monologues and skits that will help you make responsible social decisions at Duke.
Lives in International Law Law School 4045, 12:15p.m. Duke alum Paige Berges shares her experiences from working at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda last year.
The Underpants Brody Theater, 11p.m. Duke Players presents “The Underpants,” a play written by actor and comedian Steve Martin. Sponsored by Theater Studies.
“With the 2010 football season just over a week away, Duke has sold out its allotment of season tickets at Wallace Wade Stadium. While it is unclear the last time that Duke sold out all of its season tickets, it is clear that it has been at least a decade. ‘I think it’s huge, for the momentum it’s building for this program, for Coach Cutcliffe, the players, for being more recognizable,’ said Boo Corrigan, Duke’s senior associate athletic director for external affairs.” — From The Chronicle’s Sports Blog sports.chronicleblogs.com
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New Orleans resident Edward Randolph continues to rebuild his duplex after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina five years ago. According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, African-Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to say they have not yet recovered from the aftermath.
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WASHINGTON — With the economy rapidly weakening, some senior Democrats are having second thoughts about raising taxes on the nation’s wealthiest families and are pressing party leaders to consider extending the full array of Bush administration tax cuts, at least through next year. This rethinking comes barely a month after Democrats trumpeted plans to stage a high-stakes battle over taxes in the final weeks before the November congressional elections. The Bush tax cuts are set to expire in December. Republicans are pushing to extend them all, while President Barack Obama has forcefully argued that the country cannot afford to keep tax breaks on income over $250,000 a year for families and $200,000 a year for individuals.
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MUMBAI — India’s push to end a three-decade ban on buying nuclear equipment from abroad may founder on laws passed by its own parliament. Lawmakers in New Delhi approved a bill Wednesday night that makes suppliers and builders of atomic reactors potentially liable in the event of an accident. That is broader than a 1997 accord signed by more than 80 nations in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster that limits compensation claims to operators. The bill, intended to open the world’s second-fastest growing atomic energy market by setting a legal framework, may deter companies from bidding for $175 billion of contracts. India needs suppliers to meet its target of boosting nuclear power generation 13-fold by 2030 to drive economic growth.
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Yoskowitz will look to engage Robinette files new students as new campus rabbi suit in Duke CR by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
The University’s new campus rabbi has wide-ranging work experience: everything from banking to grassroots lobbying, database development and management and, of course, Jewish leadership. Senior Deena Cowans, president of Duke Hillel, knew Rabbi Jeremy Yoskowitz long before he arrived to Duke—the rabbi was once a counselor at her summer camp. Now, as the leader of the Jewish campus organization, Cowans will work closely with Yoskowitz.
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Campus Rabbi Jeremy Yoskowitz, who succeeded Rabbi Michael Goldman Aug. 2, said he is happy to be working on a college campus.
“I’ve known him for years,” Cowans said. “I think he’ll bring his experience working as a camp counselor and working at a day school to be more personable when working with students.” Senior Aaron Dmiszewicki, executive vice president of Duke Hillel, said Yoskowitz reminds him of former Campus Rabbi Michael Goldman, especially for his openmindedness and willingness to pursue interfaith work. Yoskowitz officially took over for Goldman on Aug. 2 after Goldman left to become assistant rabbi at the Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. For Yoskowtiz, programming is not just limited to Jewish students—he said he hopes to work with several other religious and nonreligious groups on various projects. A few weeks ago, Yoskowitz met with Abdullah Antepli, Duke’s Muslim chaplain. In the long-term, Yoskowitz said he and Antepli hope to lead a Jewish-Muslim trip to Israel and Turkey in order to facilitate interfaith engagement and demonstrate similarities between the two groups. “[Antepli and I] have the opportunity to literally engage students... where they live,” Yoskowitz said. “The faiths on campus have so much more in common than different, and sharing that respect is a lot of fun.” Before coming to Duke, Yoskowitz served as campus rabbi at the Solomon Schechter Academy in Dallas, Texas. There, he mentored elementary and middle school students and was responsible for much of the school’s programming. “I’ve spent a tremendous amount of my life working with college-aged students,” Yoskowitz said. “It’s always exciting working with people who are in a place working on exciting new things and becoming more than who they already are.” Yoskowitz, 34, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 with degrees in psychology and
discrimination case by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
Although his earlier charges of discrimination against the Duke College Republicans were dismissed, senior Justin Robinette is determined to pursue his case. In April, Robinette, former chair of the College Republicans, claimed he was impeached from his position because of his sexual orientation. Members of the club, however, said Robinette, who is gay, was removed for other reasons. The club’s articles of impeachment claimed that Robinette misused funds, fixed elections and neglected his responsibilities as chair. “All I have ever wanted was to clear my name regarding the untrue accusations,” Robinette said. “I’m glad to be free of an organization which has been associated with such a hostile environment, harassment and discrimination. I look forward to moving on, and I am glad to be free of people who have perpetrated this kind of action.” In April, the Duke Student Government Judiciary ruled there was not sufficient evidence to convict the College Republicans of discrimination. Robinette, however, said he did not have adequate time to compile evidence and prepare his argument. Last week, Robinette and eight other plaintiffs filed a new suit against the club in the Judiciary. The eight additional plaintiffs will remain anonymous in the case due to “multiple death threats... fear of physical or blackmail retaliation by DCR officers, the serious nature of the allegations, and a past history of student-on-student anti-gay harassment by DCR Executive Board Officers,” the suit reads.
See yoskowitz on page 16
See dcr on page 12
Health Forum on Emerging Challenges in Keeping the Public Healthy Monday, August 30, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm This event is free and open to the public Registration is required, please visit http://jhfc.duke.edu/pomp/events
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The Honorable Dr. Chih-Liang Yaung, Minister of Health Taiwan Department of Health
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director American Public Health Association (APHA)
Dr. Paul Halverson, Arkansas State Health Officer Arkansas Department of Health
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Engel, State Health Director North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services For questions or information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International Studies, Global Health Institute, Office of Global & Community Health Initiatives, School of Nursing
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$1.5M Energy Hub to open by first day of classes by Taylor Doherty THE CHRONICLE
A new multidisciplinary center for environmental and energy studies is expected to open Monday. The Energy Hub—located in a renovated space on the first floor of the Gross Chemistry Laboratory—will consist of classrooms, meeting areas, a teaching lab and a general gathering area, said Lincoln Pratson, professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the director of the new center. Plans for the $1.5 million project were finalized at the end of June, though the concept had been considered more than a year ago, he added. “[It’s] essentially a crossroads for the University where courses, speakers, workshops and outreach activities all related to the area of energy and the environment can be held at this location and thereby encourage students and faculty from schools across the University to interact with one another,” Pratson said. Money for the project came from Duke’s transition funding—the $165 million in extra endowment spending that the Board of Trustees approved in May 2009, Provost Peter Lange said. The administration knew that during the economic downturn it would be difficult to add new space to the campus, and therefore Duke pursued renovation to make better use of existing space, he added. The first floor of the Gross Chemistry Laboratory was chosen as The Energy Hub’s location not only because the space was available, but also because it is located near professional schools and the science and engineering buildings on Science Drive, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs John Simon wrote in an e-mail. Simon, who assisted Pratson on the initiative, said his role has been to reduce administrative barriers between the University���s schools and encourage collaboration between them. Schools that will hold classes in the space include the Nicholas School, the Pratt School of Engineering, Trinity College, the School of Law and the Sanford School of
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The first floor of Gross Chemical Laboratory underwent a $1.5 million renovation this summer and will open Monday as The Energy Hub, a multidisciplinary center for classes involving environmental and energy studies. Public Policy. The first floor will be furnished with tables and chairs, providing students with a gathering area to relax between classes and meet with faculty and visitors, Pratson added. “We need more spaces like that,” Lange said. “This didn’t come from the head of someone in the Allen Building, it came from the faculty who have been working
for students.” Many of the details of how the space will be used are still largely to be determined, though Pratson said he is working on a number of ways to display student work. Ideally, there will be someone on site during the day to provide information about upcoming projects, he added.
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Rock the Vote campaigns to spark young voters by Indu Ramesh THE CHRONICLE
Given the importance of the youth vote in the 2008 presidential election, Rock the Vote hope to excite the same demographic for the November midterm elections. Rock the Vote, a non-partisan organization that registers young voters and promotes political awareness, has unveiled a campaign targeting five states recognized for youth and university presence: Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, said Tracy Leatherberry, state coordinator for North Carolina. “In the midterm elections... you consistently see low voter turnout—not only among the youth, but among everyone,” Leatherberry said. “This year, since we had such a huge year in 2008, we wanted to follow up on that and make sure that people know that they need to vote in the midterm elections as well.” For the 2008 presidential elections, Rock the Vote conducted its largest drive, registering 2.2 million new voters, Leatherberry said. Junior Danni Lin, who interned at Rock the Vote this summer through DukeEngage, said the organization often tries to reach young people by heading to places they
spend their time: bars, music festivals and concerts. “One of our coordinators went bar-hopping on roller skates to register young people to vote,” Lin added. He added that the unorthodox approach was “totally successful.” Lin also stressed the importance of new media in promoting registration, including blogging, Facebook, Twitter, online voting registration tools and text messaging. Rock the Vote hopes to have a presence on Duke’s campus during the upcoming year, Leatherberry said. Representatives from the organization will be on campus for freshman orientation and plan to work with groups on campus—including fraternities and sororities—she added. “If nothing else, you can always table and seek out people to register,” Lin said. Leatherberry called North Carolina an important campaign state and said she hopes to register 10,000 young
voters for the midterm elections. “Ten thousand is a really big number for North Carolina, but in 2008, we registered 70,000 in North Carolina, so 10,000 is definitely attainable,” she said. Leatherberry called the initiative to register voters historical because it represents the first major push for youth voters in a midterm election. In fact, this year Rock the Vote’s efforts are focused on not only colleges, but also on high schools. Because of a new law allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote, Rock the Vote has a created a “democracy class” for high school students. Senior Catalina Hidalgo, who also interned at Rock the Vote this summer, called the class a “really cool new initiative” for 2010. The class educates youth about the voting process and encourages students to become interested in politics. “When you engage kids at a young age, you get more people to vote,” she said.
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Tracy Leatherberry, North Carolina state coordinator for Rock the Vote, said the program is currently planning a campaign at Duke.
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orientationweeksoundoff Orientation Week is one of Duke students’ favorite traditions, as new freshmen and seasoned upperclassmen alike flock to campus. After convocation ends and parents head back home, many students experience life on their own for the first time. The incoming freshmen have an entire week to settle into their new dorms, explore the campus and start to learn the names, majors and hometowns of their 1,700 classmates before the rigors of the academic year begin. The Chronicle’s Ashley Taylor asked some of the members of the Class of 2014 to comment on their experiences with O-Week thus far. “So far it’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve met some really cool people. But I’m ready for classes to start.” —Nic Gregg “You end up in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people.” —Kirill Klimuk “It’s been pretty dull for me so far. The humidity is really pissing me off.” —Zach Gray
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“I did P-Build.... It definitely really helps already having a group of friends you can always fall back on.” —Melissa Miller “It has opened up a lot of possibilities for the following year.” —Ben Snowdon “There’s a lot of events that I think are unnecessary, but the Convocation was really cool.” —David Shaughnessy “Kinda confusing right now, I mean, overwhelming. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing so I’m just kinda walking around.” —Bernard Liu “Packing into buses has been interesting because freshmen don’t really know how the system works yet.” —Andreea Rodinciuc “It’s been a lot of fun minus the sleep deprivation.” —Bay Nixon “It’s useful. You learn a lot of things and meet new people. Everyone seems really welcoming.” —Sebastian Giudice
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The First Few Days While move-in day was spent checking in and unloading cars, freshmen got a chance to relax over the next few days with class outings into Durham.
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State steps up efforts to improve college grad rate by Rohan Taneja THE CHRONICLE
As the United States falls behind other developed nations in its number of college graduates, President Barack Obama and state-level administrators are trying to break the trend. Once a world-leader, the United States has fallen to 12th among 36 developed nations in its number of citizens with college degrees between ages 25 and 34, according to a July report by the College Board. This
“...there is no single magic bullet solution that will magically turn college dropouts into [bachelor of arts] recipients.” — Jacob Vigdor, Sanford dir. of grad studies number is even lower in North Carolina, in which only 36 percent of residents have college degrees compared with 37.8 percent nationally, according to the Census Bureau. Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration is looking for North Carolina’s solution not just in re-examining college education itself, but in looking at the years before college even begins. “Students must be well prepared at every age,” said Chrissy Pearson, spokeswoman for Perdue. “Preschool is just as important as sixth grade and 12th grade in preparing for college, community college, technical school or whatever path one chooses to follow.”
To address improving public education at all levels, the Perdue administration created the “Career and College: Ready, Set, Go!” program that aims to boost reading, writing and math, increase the number of students performing at grade level and expand the number of students taking college credits and receiving post-secondary degrees. Perdue announced Tuesday that North Carolina will receive about $400 million in grant money as one of 10 winners in the federal “Race to the Top” program. The money will go in part to recruit and retain quality teachers and administrators, create a plan for low-performing schools and purchase handheld devices to help teachers continuously track student progress, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported. The issue has received national political attention for more than a year. President Barack Obama announced the American Graduation Initiative in July 2009, advocating for 5 million more college graduates by 2020. In an Aug. 9 speech at the University of Texas, Obama increased his goal, calling for 60 percent of Americans between ages 25 and 34 to have college degrees by 2020—an increase of at least 8 million more graduates. In his Texas speech, Obama called education “the economic issue of our times.” Michael Schoenfeld, vice president of public affairs and government relations, said today’s weaker economy could significantly harm North Carolina’s university system. “North Carolina has a strong history of serious commitment to public universities and can’t let the current economic problems lead to a crippling of one of the best systems in the country,” he said. “College has to be affordable through a combina-
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tion of low tuition and assistance to the neediest students.” Jacob Vigdor, director of graduate studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy and a professor of public policy and economics, said that the strongest growth in college enrollment is not at places like Duke or even the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but at community colleges. But Vigdor added that out of those who enter community college with the intent of receiving a two-year degree or transferring to a four-year university, more than half typically end up doing neither. “The real trick to improving graduation rates is not to bring more people into college, but to get more people out at the other end,” he said.
Vigdor said that the problem of addressing college graduation rates is especially complex because of the number of factors that can lead a student to drop out. “In some cases, students just can’t handle the coursework, which suggests that improving K-12 education would help a lot,” Vigdor said. “In other cases, students run into financial difficulties, or tough family situations, that make it hard to stay in school. This means that there is no single magic bullet solution that will magically turn college dropouts into [bachelor of arts] recipients. An array of strategies could help out: simplifying financial aid, reforming curricula at the high school level and below, offering more courses on study skills and other strategies for coping with the increased workload in college.”
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Company gives students incentives to bet on grades by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE
Starting this semester, predicting your grades has the potential to pay off. Ultrinsic Motivator Inc. allows students to bet on their ability to correctly predict their
course grades. The company incorporates data from a student’s academic history in order to calculate offers of cash rewards for those seeking to gamble. “It’s not just about getting the grades,” said Jeremy Gelbart, one of the company’s
co-founders. “You set your own goals, and you set what your rewards are—I think every student would like that.” Students at 36 institutions across the country can sign up for accounts for Ultrinsic. When selecting universities to include,
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Duke was one of 36 institutions across the country chosen to participate in Ultrinsic, a company that calculates payoffs for students who bet correctly on final grades in their classes.
the company considered factors such as student demand, the size of a student body, types of academic programs, location and a school’s sports conference, Gelbart said. “[Duke] is one of the top schools in [the Southeast],” he said. “Location, sports and academics—that’s why we chose [to include] Duke.” The program’s success on campus is completely up to students, though, said Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. He said that he wants students to perform well in the classroom but recognized the possibility that Ultrinsic could become a distraction. Some students though, are wary of the idea of betting on their coursework. Sophomore Joey Lauer said the fear of losing his investment outweighs the incentive. “I don’t know—personally, I’m not that into gambling,” he said. “I don’t think I would—but maybe I’d try it.” Sophomore Ryan Boone said the program requires students to be honest with themselves and have realistic expectations. He also said he does not think he will use Ultrinsic, however. To junior Maha Mourad, the decision not to participate is
largely an ethical issue. Money shouldn’t be a student’s motivation to do well in their classes, she added. And one student pointed out that adding a monetary risk to their studies could actually make the learning process more stressful. “Honestly, to add money into the mix would just make things worse,” said sophomore Hillary Martinez. But as the website approaches the start of its second operational year, Gelbart said so far students and faculty have reacted to the company favorably. He added that some professors consider the program to be a tool to motivate students. “I know Duke students enjoy their classes, and maybe this will make them more enjoyable,” he said. “When students have to choose between going to a party and pulling an all-nighter to study, this provides an incentive to study because you’re going to get paid. It’s that extra push.” Creative ways to motivate students are nothing new, though, Nowicki said. “My view is that what really students should be motivated by is their desire to be successful in this world,” he added. “Ultimately, that’s why students should be taking classes.”
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NC named a winner of up to $400M in education grants North Carolina has been named one of 12 applicants slated to receive a share of $4.35 billion in federal funding geared toward education reform. As a winner of the administration of President Barack Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition, North Carolina is eligible to receive up to $400 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education over four years. Other winners include New York, Georgia and Massachusetts. Besides Hawaii, all the states that have received grants to date lie east of the Mississippi, the New York Times reported. In its competition application, North Carolina proposed wide-ranging reforms that include removing principals from low-performing schools and creating a teacher training initiative modeled after the Teach for America program, according to The (Raleigh) News & Observer. North Carolina’s application won approval in part by adopting national curriculum standards and setting targets for student improvement that include an increase in the graduation rate to 85 percent by 2016, the N&O reported. “This grant will give us the resources to more aggressively implement our plan to ensure that all of our children graduate ready for a career, college or technical training,” said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement. The competition was crafted as part of Obama’s commitment to instituting fundamental school reform across the country. According to the New York Times, Obama’s goals for the competition include “expanding the number and quality of charter schools, updating the way school districts evaluate teachers’ effectiveness, improving student data-tracking systems to help educators know what students have learned and what must be retaught, and turning around thousands of the lowestperforming schools.” In March, the competition’s first round produced
only two winners: Delaware and Tennessee. Round two granted nine more states and the District of Columbia funds apportioned to each contestant’s number of students. “We want to recognize and reward high-achieving and high-growth schools, offering them the carrots and incentives that we know drive reform and progress,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a speech announcing the competition’s finalists last month. —from staff reports
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Gov. Bev Perdue has focused efforts on improving the state’s education system and proposed numerous reforms toward this goal.
tourism from page 1 “Accommodation properties have reported that they have had inquiries and/or bookings from visitors who previously vacationed in the areas affected by the Gulf oil spill,” she wrote. Wit Tuttell, director of Tourism Marketing for North Carolina Division of Tourism, said that despite the original concern that the spill would “dampen” travel, it has had the opposite effect on coastal locations. “The oil spill was sort of a mixed blessing,” Tuttell said. “It helped us in that some people changed their beach location and came to North Carolina instead of the Gulf Coast. Hopefully we made believers of these people and they’ll come back again and keep bringing their spending to our areas.” Indeed, tourism on the North Carolina coast saw a major increase in room demand rates, according to the Smith Travel Research June 2010 Monthly Lodging and Year ToDate Reports, which showed that the Southeast, Northeast and Eastern regions of the state saw increases of 5.1, 7.8 and 5.6 percent, respectively, from last June. Despite the initial fear that oil would drift to North Carolina’s shores, experts say that such a spread is unlikely. Richard Di Giulio, professor of ecological toxicology and Director of the Integrated Toxicology Program for the Nicholas School of the Environment, said he does not predict that there will be damage to the state’s beaches or wildlife. “There has really been no effect of the Gulf oil spill on the North Carolina coast,” said DiGiulio. “When it first happened people were concerned, but from what I understand the oil is pretty well contained in the Gulf—we’re off the hook so far.” Still, the government has taken measures to prevent any negative effects the spill could have on the tourism economy. Governor Bev Perdue signed a bill Aug. 2 intended to lift the cap on damages caused by the spill. The bill states that any businesses affected by damage due to “oil or other hazardous substances” have “cause of action” to recover the cost of clean-up, damaged goods and income losses from those responsible for the release of toxins. Mark Johnson, communications director for the governor’s office, said the bill was issued to protect the coast as well as to prevent any future disasters. Johnson said the bill has put North Carolina in a better position to protect its coastline. “It [will] hopefully help prevent another such disaster.”
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DCR from page 3 This time, Robinette has included about 30 pages of emails, photos and other forms of evidence that suggest the club discriminated against himself and other former club members. “In the course of the summer, going through the e-mail record... we [found that] we could prove that the articles of impeachment are false,” said senior Cliff Satell, former vice chair of the College Republicans and one of the plaintiffs. “The reason it was not [last year] is because we were running up to the end of Justin Robinette the year... and had 24 to 26 hours to prepare. We didn’t have the time or ability to prepare the best possible case.” Chief Justice Matt Straus, a junior, said the Judiciary will meet for the first time Sunday to decide whether or not to rehear the case. Although the Judiciary typi-
cally does not hear appeals to cases they have previously heard, Straus declined to comment further on the situation. Club Chair Carter Boyle, a senior, said he is confident that the Judiciary will not rehear the case, adding that he expects the club to run normally this Fall. “I think the vast majority... of what Justin is submitting is a fabrication of the truth, and I think the whole idea of [anonymous sources] violates due process for us not to confront our accusers,” Boyle said. “Even people who had to testify against Al Capone had to have it in a true judiciary court.” Robinette said he may also file a case against individuals in the College Republicans in civil court on charges of slander, libel and civil conversion, which is wrongfully using, altering or destroying another person’s property. Robinette claims that the American Civil Liberties Union is currently investigating his case to decide whether or not they will assist him with civil charges. He added that Lambda Legal—a national gay rights organization—is also reviewing the case.
Robinette said harassment continued throughout the summer. In mid-May, anti-gay graffiti which appeared to be directed at Robinette was discovered on the East Campus Bridge. Although the Duke University Police Department did an initial investigation of the incident, it did not produce any suspects, said Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta. Since then, no progress had been made on the incident. “We’re determined to support all the students and make clear our objection to any form of hate language and/or behavior,” Moneta wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. During his time as chairman, however, club members said Robinette was the one who sent threatening e-mails. “If you think that succession outside of the Constitution is not reversible, if you think that if I step down, the reins will then go to you, Carter, you will have been sorely and entirely mistaken,” Robinette wrote in an e-mail April 13, the day of his impeachment, to Boyle and club Chief of Staff Rachel Provost, a senior. Provost forwarded the e-mail to The Chronicle in April. “I’m going to ask you again to get a life, stay out of trouble with the cops, and stop being a virtual pain every week of my collegiate existence. For real, though, don’t you have class?” Robinette said he has repeatedly requested intervention from University officials, adding that President Richard Brodhead declined to meet with him. Over the summer, junior Bridget Gomez started a Facebook group petitioning the administration to take action against the hate speech and DCR. The group has 330 members as of 3 p.m. Thursday, most of whom are Duke students. Robinette said he hopes to use the open forum at Duke Student Government’s first meeting of the year to strengthen his case. Robinette and other former members of the College Republicans have also had restraining orders in place since May 12 against current club members, Robinette added. “The entire club was not like this group of people, but I look forward to associating myself with more tolerant people and facets of the community here at Duke,” Robinette said.
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convocation from page 1 And if the diverse talents of the freshman class are any indication of their success, the University’s newest members should have no problem making a difference. Before Brodhead’s speech, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag presented the “particularly talented and probably the most interesting class” to Brodhead, which he said includes a student who herded yaks in Tibet, a co-author of a book used as required reading for a Duke course, a refugee from a Sudanese civil war and a student who shares the record for the youngest male to bowl 299, a feat he accomplished at age 11. The class—which consists of about 1,750 students—went through “the most rigorous selection process,” Guttentag said, adding that the admissions office received almost 27,000 first-year and more than 800 transfer applications. The class also represents 48 states, 49 nations and almost 1,000 cities and towns, Guttentag said. Traveling was a theme in one of the speeches, as well. Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, compared the Duke experience to a GPS device and used two personal examples to highlight the benefits of traveling “off the beaten path.” Speaking after Brodhead, Nowicki recalled a drive in rural Pennsylvania that led him to the site of the first commercial oil well in the United States and a recent trip to Prague when he and his wife stumbled upon the theater where a Mozart opera premiered more than two centuries ago. “I am not suggesting that you think of your education as a leisurely drive along back roads and aimless wanders through an unknown city,” Nowicki said. “But I am suggesting that if you set your Duke GPS
only to calculate the most efficient route to get you where you think you want to, and if you never deviate from that direct route, you stand a chance of missing out on the unexpected pleasures and treasures this University has to offer.” Most freshmen and parents spoke highly of the speeches. Many students watched Convocation from the Chapel, while some latecomers watched a video broadcast of the speeches with their parents in Page Auditorium. “I surreptitiously saw a lot of people brushing away tears, so I was glad that
I was not the only one,” said Londonnative Kristina Borsy, the mother of a freshman. Borsy added that she liked that the speeches emphasized that students should not merely focus on attaining a degree. “I think it gives a very good impression of how this education here is different from [the education of] England.” Although visibly excited about their arrival at Duke, many freshmen said they are also feeling anxious—a concern included in Duke Student Government President Mike Lefevre’s speech.
“When I was sitting where you are three years ago, I was five days away from complete and total meltdown,” said Lefevre, a senior, who went on to discuss how he was disappointed during his first days at Duke. Lefevre added that he was initially concerned about his roommate, who was a “Star Wars” fanatic at the time. “But I realized that the reason you remember first impressions is because they are so often wrong.” For freshman Maria Romano, hearing Lefevre’s story was helpful. “It rang true that everyone is kind of masking their anxiety,” Romano said.
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bus from page 1 include a stop at Smith Warehouse, which was primarily serviced by the C-6 last year. The C-1 Class Change bus will also travel to Towerview Drive and Science Drive six times a day between Monday and Friday, replacing the C-3 route that previously ran every 15 minutes. In place of the C-4, the C-2 will extend its hours. Duke employees will also experience some changes. The H-3 bus, which travels between Duke Hospital and Hillsborough Road, no longer operates midday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Furthermore, the H-5, which runs from Broad Street to Hock Plaza on Erwin Road, will now stop at the West Campus bus stop.
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The condensed schedule, which was finalized during the summer, will reduce the department’s work by 7,500 hours and results in $500,000 in savings this year, Veraldi said. The new plan serves to better accommodate students traveling to Central Campus and Smith Warehouse and reduce transportation-related carbon emissions, he added. The new stipulations coincide with Duke’s commitment to its Climate Action Plan, which pledges to achieve climate neutrality in the University by 2024. Students who designed their class schedules factoring in the old bus routes should not find themselves scrambling for rides, Veraldi added. “When you look at the schedule in total, the adjustments students would have
to make... are extremely minimal,” he said. “I don’t think there will be a lot of people whose classes have to change because there are not enough buses.” The University will continue to have drivers on standby and adjust the schedule if needed, Veraldi said. The preliminary version of DuTrack.com, the GPS-based bus tracking site, will also serve to gather information that the department can use. “We can look at the data and decide which stops to nix and which need more boarding time,” he added. “We can adjust some of those routes if needed.” The bus-tracking system uses prepaid Motorola phones installed onto each bus and provides real-time updates on all routes, including the Robertson buses. Duke Student Government awarded a $5,000 Student Development Directive grant to fund the project, said DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior. Parking and Transportation
supplemented the grant with $10,000. Senior Andrew Brown, who also serves as co-head of mobile development for The Chronicle, also collaborated on the project. He said he plans to alter the program to improve mobile functionality. Brown said in the long-term students should be able to receive text updates about the buses. Eventually, Brown added that he would like to create an algorithm to predict bus arrival times. “It will make it so much more convenient to take the bus, especially for those who live off campus and take the bus less frequently,” he said. “Right now, [DuTrack] is already a huge improvement.” Veraldi said the changes are part of a larger plan to transform the transportation system at Duke. “We’re changing the entire structure of our transit system,” he said. “This is a story that is going to continue. We’re just at the beginning.”
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flooding from page 1 He added that Duke has placed sandbags in the area that flooded and also plans to install a drain next week to prevent future issues. Students were relocated so that Duke could repair the water-damaged drywall in the rooms and prevent the development of mold and mildew. Not all of the rooms were occupied when they flooded, but five students had arrived early, Gonzalez said. Sophomore Katie Barasch, one of the five students, said the University hired movers to haul her
yoskowitz from page 3 Jewish and near eastern studies. In 2008, Yoskowitz was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theology Seminary in New York where he also received a master’s degree in Jewish Education. “I think he’ll be a great campus-wide spokesperson for Jewish life, a terrific counselor and chaplain to individual students, a strong administrator in support of the broader [Jewish life] needs and just a person to friend, know and engage,” Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. Director for Jewish Life Rebecca Simons said Yoskowtiz brings a unique skill set to Duke given his past experience in various occupations. “Rabbi Yoskowtiz brought with him a variety of experience that we thought was incredibly important for Duke students and the Duke community,” Simons said. Yoskwitz said he looks forward to building on a “home away from home” environment
possessions to Central and provided the students with laundry cards to be used in the next week. Despite the standing water in her room and a few inches of water in the hallway, none of senior Alex Japhet’s expensive belongings were damaged, she said, but some small items she left on the floor were ruined. Moving to Central was a nuisance, she added, and she was disappointed that other rooms were not available on West Campus. “For me it’s really just the hassle and the inconvenience—but I’ll get over it,” Japhet said.
at Duke by getting to know students on campus and sponsoring and attending events. This week, Yoskowitz said he is focusing on the High Holy Days—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—adding that he hopes to attract Jewish students from all religious denominations and teach them more about leading Jewish lifestyles. “I’m trying to engage students at all levels,” he said. “One of my main roles and goals is the facilitation of student empowerment. While I’m happy to lead services, I’m happy when students come in and take charge.” Yoskowitz also feels he will have several opportunities to bring various faiths together and demonstrate the importance of religious groups on campus. “I’d heard about things going on here— how the [Jewish] campus continued to expand... with a Hillel only 11 years old,” Yoskwotiz said. “Part of the joy is that working at a college campus is an amazing, energetic environment. People want to explore things…. To develop that and having to be a part of that is exciting.” Taylor Doherty contributed reporting.
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crimebriefs Bad sight? A laptop was stolen Wednesday at the Duke Eye Center but later recovered. Boozer Busted Just before midnight Wednesday, an underage drinker was cited for alcohol consumption near Markham Avenue. Make it snow! In Kilgo Quadrangle, a fire extinguisher was illegally discharged early Thursday morning. A sip of the best medicine Monday at Duke South Hospital wing, a laptop computer and dictaphones were stolen. Struck by lightning In the East Campus Union, someone was assaulted by an umbrella last Friday. Friends with benefits There was a reported theft of a Social Security card and Medicare card at Duke Hospital North Aug. 16. Passed gas Gasoline was reportedly stolen from a vehicle Aug. 12 at Parking Garage II. Bad credit A credit card was stolen Aug. 11 at Duke North Hospital. Home wrecker A drill, charger and tool belt was stolen at Duke North Hospital Aug. 10. Pocket change Coins were stolen from a fountain at Duke North Hospital.
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N. Korea frees US citizen after Carter’s visit by Bomi Lin
SEOUL—Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter secured the release of an American citizen who had been detained in North Korea for illegal entry, the state-run Korea Central News Agency said. Carter, who has already left the country, according to KCNA, arrived in Pyongyang two days ago on what U.S. officials described as a “private humanitarian mission” to free Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who has been detained in the North for seven months. The release of Gomes may help defuse tension on the Korean peninsula that has risen since one of the South’s warships sank in March, later blamed on a North Korean torpedo. Gomes was sentenced to eight years of hard labor in April after he was captured on Jan. 25 for illegally cross-
ing the border from China, KCNA said. The 31-year-old Boston resident attempted suicide last month because he felt his government had not done enough to get him free, KCNA reported. Former President Bill Clinton flew to Pyongyang and met with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Il, last August, winning the release of two U.S. journalists arrested in March 2009 entering the country illegally. The meeting helped end speculations Kim may be too sick to run the country after he reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008. Kim was photographed grinning and looking healthier than he had in previous images. It wasn’t clear whether Carter had met Kim, although no meeting was reported by KCNA and the North Korean leader is believed to have made a surprise trip to China, according to South Korean government officials and media reports. Clinton’s trip also led to a U.S. concession to North Korea’s demand for direct talks, with President Barack
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Even though there was no opposition on Tuesday night as the Blue Devils completed their second intrasquad scrimmage on the practice turf adjacent to Wallace Wade Stadium, there was certainly a great deal of intensity. A team consisting of mainly first and second-string players defeated reserves and redshirts 28-0 in a tune-up for the season opening tilt against Elon Sept. 4. On the very first play from scrimmage, first-year signal caller Sean Renfree hit sophomore wideout Conner Vernon in stride over the middle, and the Miami native turned the short pass into a 33-yard touchdown, utilizing his electric playmaking ability after the catch. But while passing fireworks may be the story of the offense during the season, Duke’s running backs showed themselves capable of handling their role. While Renfree struggled a bit to get in sync early on drives after the first series touchdown, sophomore running back Desmond Scott tallied 82 rushing yards on just four carries. From the looks of Scott’s play, Duke fans may have reason to be optimistic about the rushing attack, which could lead to a more balanced offense this year. “We’re going to see,” Scott said. “Our passing game speaks for itself, but I can tell you we’re going to be running the ball more effectively this year.” On one particular play, the Durham product turned a simple counter into a 51yard scamper. He used his pulling guard’s kickout block and then made a cut outside
Quick, hundreds of freshmen voraciously reading The Chronicle for the first time, name a coach of a Duke sports team. Bonus points for correct spelling. I’m guessing you said Mike Krzyzewski. (But I’m also guessing you didn’t spell it right—don’t worry, you’ve got time.) Now, for some extra credit, name a Blue Devil coach who doesn’t pace the sidelines of Cameron. I’m guessing that this question was a little harder for all of you. But Scott it shouldn’t have been. Need a hint? It’s this coach who will define your first semester as a Blue Devil fan. It’s this coach who has coached two of the more famous professional athletes of our era. And most importantly, it’s this coach who could have bolted from Durham for a more prestigious, higher-paying job over the summer, but instead chose to finish the job rebuilding a struggling Blue Devil program. The answer is David Cutcliffe, a man who not only coached both Manning brothers, but was so coveted by Tennessee, one of the
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After injury-plagued career, Lester shines by Alex Krinsky THE CHRONICLE
Senior tri-captain Molly Lester has worked tirelessly through rehab to become healthy and Mizzou make an impact for No. 19 Duke following three frustrating vs. seasons plagued by No. 19 knee injuries. Duke And it’s paid off—in the season FRIDAY, 4 p.m. opener against Chapel Hill, N.C. Georgia in her first career start, she deNo. 2 livered with a gameStan. winning goal. vs. The Atlanta naNo. 19 tive scored the goal Duke in front of friends and family in her SUNDAY, 11 a.m. home state, not to Chapel Hill, N.C.
mention eight former club teammates, who were starting for Georgia. It was a gratifying and sweet moment for Lester. She was allowed the opportunity to be on the field with her teammates and help them win after years of rehab and feeling helpless on the sideline. She finally had the chance to make her mark on Duke soccer. “She was here all summer working... every single day,” head coach Robbie Church said. “For her to go to her home state of Georgia, play against a ton of her former club players, and score the winning goal and the first goal of her career… it was outstanding.” Lester’s career at Duke has been a trying and difficult journey. She arrived on campus as a freshman already injured from playing during the summer. Although the setback was upsetting, Lester said she ultimately used it as a learning experience. She
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Molly Lester and the rest of the rejuvenated Blue Devils face Missouri and Stanford in Chapel Hill this weekend.
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Coach K and Team USA ready for FIBA
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Mike Krzyzewski now leads a different squad, the U.S. National Team, competing in the FIBA World Championship.
It’s been 16 years since the the U.S. won the FIBA World Championship—an unprecedented amount of time for a country that has always been considered the world’s premier breeding ground for basketball talent. It lost in 1998—a lockout year for the NBA—with a squad made up of college players; it lost on its home turf in 2002 in Indianapolis; it lost in 2006 with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade due in part to defensive lapses. Now, head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who helped make the Redeem Team possible, will be counted on again to restore Team USA to its position atop the international basketball world. And he’s forced to do it without a single player from the 2008 Olympics, nor Rajon Rondo, who went home after struggling in the team’s exhibitions. His squad is certainly off to a good start, despite its B-team status, winning all four of its exhibition games, including a thrashing of Greece, 87-59 Wednesday night in Athens. Kevin Durant tallied 15 points and seven boards in the contest, while Derrick Rose was named player of the game after going 6-of-7 from the field and scoring 13. “We went out with a bang,” Rose said. “We played well. At halftime, we just tried to come out, play aggressive and not let them back in.... That’s something we’ve been working on and it’s coming along.” While the Americans were not challenged in Greece, they don’t expect an easy path in the World Championship. They may play Spain again, which they barely beat in its exhibition last Sunday, and which features Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio
and Rudy Fernandez. And they may have to play Argentina—which is always a threatening squad and boasts NBA veterans Luis Scola and Fabricio Oberto. Krzyzewski reflected to the media while in Athens on where a FIBA win would rank among his accomplishments, which now include four national championships at Duke and an Olympic gold medal. “I would think anytime you have a chance to win a championship with your country’s team, it’s the ultimate honor,” he said. “You can’t separate one from the other. We’ve won some championships in college, but they can’t compare to the Olympic gold medal. The World Championship, if we were fortunate to win it, that would be an amazing thing also.” Team USA has a chance to help Krzyzewski find out how it feels to win on yet another platform. After traveling back to Instanbul, Turkey, the U.S. will play Croatia—a team it has never faced in World Championship play—Saturday. Then, Sunday, Krzyzewski and company face Slovenia, which fell to the U.S. 114-95 in 2006.
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Duke Athletics not profitable, NCAA says by Laura Keeley THE CHRONICLE
Just 14 of the 120 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision made money from their athletic departments in the 2009 fiscal year, according to an Aug. 17 NCAA report. Duke is not among the 14, Deputy Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy told The Chronicle. While it had been previously reported by the Knight Commission that Duke’s athletic program is not profitable, this marks the first time that the NCAA has recognized this. Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee are the only known profitable athletic departments, according to the Associated Press. Those schools share postseason success, especially in football—every school but Tennessee participated in a postseason football bowl game in 2009, and four also made it to the postseason men’s basketball tournament. Kennedy, however, did not attempt to draw comparisons between those schools and Duke. It is “very hard” to compare different athletic departments because they each have their own ways of accounting for revenues and expenses, he said. Still, the report paints grim predictions for the future of athletic spending, especially since schools are spending more money than ever to maintain their athletic programs. According to data compiled by Daniel Fulks, professor of accounting and faculty athletic representative from Transylvania University, the median amount of money spent in athletics rose to $10.2 million from about $8 million. “While some might be quick to claim that the increases are the result of runaway spending, the more likely scenario is that due to the economy, institutions did not realize anticipated revenue to keep up with fixed costs,” NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said. Isch, previously the organization’s chief financial officer, noted that institutions tend to set their expenses two or three years in advance, and revenue is a “more real-time budgetary phenomenon.” Coaches’ and staff salaries and athletic scholarships continued to make up nearly half of the total expenses for the FBS, with salaries accounting for 33 percent and scholarships 15 percent, according to the report. Ticket sales and charitable contributions from alumni and others fuel revenue intake for FBS schools. Together they make up more than half of the generated revenue and 49 percent of the total income. Duke, however, unlike some schools, does not charge students admission to any athletic events, including men’s basketball—meaning Duke misses out on a fraction of the See report on page 26
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Blue Devils travel to Colorado for opener Duke will be used to the trials of air travel—and thin air—after this weekend. The Blue Devils travel to Fort Collins, Colo. this weekend for the Coors Rocky Mountain Challenge. Friday, they play No. 17 Colorado State at 7 p.m. in the host’s Moby Arena. Saturday, they head to Boulder, Colo. and battle Colorado. Duke does have a hometown connection to the slate of games. All-ACC senior middle blocker Becci Burling, who is the Blue Devils’ active leader in kills, blocks and attacks, is a native of Monument, Colo. Burling led Duke in blocks and total points last year, with 119 and 424.4, respectively. The Blue Devils hold the top spot, along with Florida State, in the ACC preseason coaches poll and boast six returning starters, including All-ACC selections Kellie Catanach and Claire Smalzer, from a team that went 27-6 last year. Colorado State has five starters left over from an NCAA semifinalist team, while Colorado is in a bit more disarray—the Buffaloes have 14 new players and went 7-22 last year. Duke returns home after this weekend in time to play Campbell Tuesday, Aug. 31 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. —from staff reports
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Scrimmage from page 21 to escape down the sideline untouched. “Our offensive line has done an excellent job this offseason,” Scott said. “They have been doing a great job opening up creases for myself; it’s evident that we’ve been working hard in that area.” Before it was all said and done, Renfree found his rhythm, and it was a familiar sight for Duke fans as Vernon continually got loose in the secondary, on his way to five receptions totaling 87 yards. “The play of Sean Renfree was for the most part consistent,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “He played the strategy of the game well, threw the ball well, and managed the offense well.” While Donovan Varner had a quiet day with just two catches and 22 yards receiving, the coaching staff was quick to point out that several youngsters stepped up in his place. True freshman wide receiver Brandon Braxton had three receptions for 25 yards including a tough grab along
the sideline. Freshman quarterback Brandon Connette also got some snaps with the first teamers, and Cutcliffe continued to say that the youngster will see time under center in certain situations. On the defensive side of the ball, the team was successful in preventing the backups from putting any points on the board. Yet, the first team did allow the reserves to move the ball a bit, and Cutcliffe stressed that the unit needs to attack the line of scrimmage much harder. On special teams, kicker Will Snyderwine continued to struggle with his accuracy. The preseason Groza Award finalist missed a 34-yard field goal wide right and then watched as Nick Maggio connected from the same distance. While it is too early to speculate if Maggio will seize the starting job, it is fair to say that the scrimmage provided viewers with a look at an offense that hopes to develop a consistent ground game. And, as Cutcliffe said, no one was injured—the goal of any intrasquad scrimmage.
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prized recruit, former four-star quarterback Sean Renfree, under the helm after two full seasons learning Cutcliffe’s complex spread offense. They have a plethora of speedy skill position players who also have experience under Cutcliffe. And they (finally) have legitimate Division 1A talent on the defensive side of the ball. So thank David Cutcliffe for bringing genuine Division 1A football back to Durham. Thank him for creating a winning atmosphere in a locker room that was once more depressing than the Detroit Lions’. Thank him for assembling a first-class coaching staff and a recruiting class full of ACC-caliber talent. (And while you’re at it, thank him for the opportunity to see Alabama in Wallace Wade in a mere few weeks.) Coach K and Cameron Indoor will always be the main course of a Duke student’s athletic meal. But thanks to Coach Cut making the decision to not sing Rocky Top all night long, you freshmen have the opportunity to sample a now tantalizing appetizer on the football field. Take advantage of it.
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A long way to climb In the race for federal When it comes to detereducation funds, North Car- mining the success of this proolina appears to have come gram, there is plenty of space out on top. for political debate. Education The administration of reform is a complex business, President Barack Obama an- and when the federal governnounced this ment becomes week that $4.35 staff editorial involved it is billion in educaeven trickier. tion funding will be awarded For example, the No Child to 11 states and the District of Left Behind Act of 2001, the Columbia, which were selected hallmark education initiative as the winners in the U.S. De- of the President George W. partment of Education’s “Race Bush administration, drew sigto the Top” program. nificant local criticism in North “Race to the Top” was de- Carolina schools. Additionally, signed to promote reforms of Texas and Alaska opted not to K-12 education in local and re- submit “Race to the Top” apgional districts by encouraging plications to avoid federal overstates to compete for pools of sight. Texas Gov. Rick Perry exfederal money. The program plaining that he did not want marks a major initiative of Sec- to cede control of education to retary of Education Arne Dun- “federal bureaucracy.” can and it is a key component The selection of the winners of the 2009 stimulus package. themselves has also provoked
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But money itself is not a cure-all for the education challenges the Tar Heel state faces, and it should not be viewed as the sole reward of North Carolina’s winning proposal. The process that it took to compile a successful application should serve as a model for future reforms throughout the state. In order to win “Race to the Top” funds, states needed the joint cooperation of lawmakers, teachers’ unions, school administrators and various other citizen groups. States like Colorado and New Jersey were considered favorites to be named winners, but they fell short when union and other groups were unable to get on the same page with policymakers. North Carolina’s education stakeholders exhibited greater cooperation. The state battled
through the adversity of failing to win the first round of grants awarded in the spring and persevered to reap the monetary benefits of a winning application this month. Education policy requires innovation and experimentation, but at some point all parties must unify behind a single goal. North Carolinaians should view its “Race to the Top” award as a lesson learned rather than a singular achievement. The policymaking process the state used to prepare its application should serve as a rallying point for an even greater commitment to education reform. North Carolina may have reached the top in this competition, but when it comes to providing the state’s children with quality education there remains a long way to climb.
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scrutiny. Critics have contended that the process was biased toward Eastern states with large urban centers or states with Democratic governors. Despite these concerns, we commend North Carolina for compiling a winning “Race to the Top” proposal. The state is still recovering from the impact of a severe recession and passing up such a rare funding opportunity would be foolishly ideological. In addition, North Carolina schools lag behind the rest of the country in many key metrics and reform is badly needed. The state plans to spend its $400 million on attracting and keeping teaching talent, revitalizing low-performing schools and purchasing new technology that will monitor students’ performance.
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ate Whetten, the director of the Center Divinity School is working in places from South for Health Policy at Duke, was one. So Africa to South America and the Fuqua School was Gregg Trahey, a professor at the Pratt of Business is pursuing major initiatives in sevSchool of Engineering. Likewise for Margaret Ri- eral countries. The Duke community includes ley, who heads Duke’s Global Education Office for Engineers Without Borders, legal advocates Undergraduates. for international human rights, medical teams Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are every- from Tanzania to Haiti, nurses in the Caribbean where at Duke, from the student health center and a TIP program in India. Our students study to the library. Hundreds of Duke alumni also dances from Asia and martial arts from Brazil. served as volunteers. For almost all of us, the ex- Hundreds of them were born in developing perience changed how we see the countries themselves. world and our place in it. I could have cited many other david jarmul Several dozen recent Duke gradexamples and apologize for the guest column uates are now taking their turn as omissions. The fact that there are Peace Corps Volunteers, working so many amplifies my point that to educate children, fight HIV/AIDS, build water Duke’s embrace of global development now exsystems, empower women, promote sustainabil- tends far beyond those of us who were fortunate ity and assist in other ways across the developing enough to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers. It has world. They are speaking local languages and liv- become an essential part of the University’s mising simply, working for two years to improve life sion: “knowledge in service to society” at an inin communities whose poverty contrasts with our creasingly global university. lives here at Duke. They may be the first AmeriDuring the coming academic year, Duke cans some of their new neighbors have ever met. will celebrate its commitment to global develI served with the Peace Corps in Nepal. Dur- opment through an initiative called “A World ing my first year, I taught English in a Himalayan Together.” President Brodhead, Provost Lange, school where as many as 70 students crowded the deans and others have endorsed this effort into each of my classes, crammed behind rick- as a way to call attention to the challenges facety desks on mud floors. Our town had one tiny ing the developing world and what Duke is doroad, little electricity and running water for just ing in response. a few hours a day. The alumni association has been a leader of I came home a different person. My goal had this effort. Its annual Duke in Depth conference been to serve others, and I did, but I feel I ben- in February 2011 will feature speakers and activiefited even more from the experience than they ties exploring global development, bringing todid. Many other returned Peace Corps Volunteers gether for the first time alumni who served with feel the same way. the Peace Corps and other development organiIt’s a feeling that may be familiar to Duke stu- zations. You can learn more at www.global.duke. dents who have just returned from a DukeEngage edu/aworldtogether, and in a recent series of arexperience abroad. Perhaps they spent this past ticles available off the Duke home page. summer working with underprivileged youth in This initiative began when several of us at Duke India, promoting environmental education in discussed how we might best commemorate this Peru or assisting kids with disabilities in Egypt. year’s 50th anniversary of President John F. KenTo paraphrase the DukeEngage slogan, they chal- nedy establishing the Peace Corps. The more we lenged themselves and helped change the world. talked, the more we recognized this to be an occaAlmost certainly, they learned more—or at least sion not for nostalgia about our own service, but differently—than they ever could have in a class- for celebration of how much Duke is now doing in room alone. the same spirit. They are not the only ones at Duke interWe’re proud to work at a university that has acting with the developing world. Programs embraced what we learned years ago: We all live like DukeEngage and the Global Health Insti- in this world together. We invite others who share tute tend to receive the most attention, but the our interest in global development to join us in University is involved in many other ways. [The making “A World Together” a success. Sanford School of Public Policy’s] Center for International Development trains both master’s students and visiting professionals from develDavid Jarmul is Duke’s associate vice president for oping countries. The Nicholas School of the En- news and communications. He served in the Peace Corps vironment has a Center on Global Change, the in Nepal.
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It all adds up
he start of the semester is a lot like New Year’s. For one thing, students toss their inhibitions to the wind and celebrate with the kind of carefree attitude that quickly erodes away once classes begin again. More importantly, though, we make genuine (albeit tenuous) promises to ourselves that we will eat healthier, stay ahead of our studies and live honorably. And, inevitably, these resolutions snap under the stress of deadlines and lack of sleep. Part of the problem is that it’s easy to foresee yourself adhering to your resolutions even under stress, but it’s much more difficult to deal with going for a run or taking care of some outside reading when you actually find yourself at the end of a long day. The difference between running today and running tomorrow isn’t a big one, and it’s certainly not tough to chris bassil make up a few pages of extra reading at some just a minute point later on. The best defense for this backlogging problem can be to remember that as the days go by, it all adds up. Take the example of outside reading, a pastime that becomes lamentably buried and lost behind mountains of assigned text. Although a pile of outside reading books might seem like the straw to break your camel’s back, holding yourself to a small, daily allotment of pages can keep the resolution alive. For instance, a student who wishes to engage in more outside reading over the course of the semester might, instead of selecting a stack of books to be read over the course of a semester, choose to hold himself to 20 pages every night. In doing so, his or her goal for the semester becomes one that he must meet daily and that cannot be put off until some ambiguous date in the future. Furthermore, for those of you resolved to do more outside reading this semester, 20 pages every night from the first day of classes to the last adds up to a total of 2060 pages (20 pages doesn’t have to be the ceiling either, especially not on particularly uneventful evenings). In the end, depending on the respective lengths, this could land you anywhere between 4 and 7 moderately sized books a semester. Semester resolutions don’t necessarily have to be about racking up pages or shaving off calories, though; they can concern things like saving money, as well. For example, say that you’re a soda drinker and that you drink one can of soda per day. Assuming that these cans are coming from soda machines like the one in the basement of Wannamaker Dormitory, you’ll be paying 85 cents a day for your soda. By the end of the semester, you will have purchased 103 sodas from the drink machine for a total of $87.55. However, had you bought those 103 sodas at Target (in 9 packs of 12, which also gets you 5 extra sodas, for $3.33 apiece), you would have spent $29.97. The difference between the two comes to $57.58, which at least covers much more than the gas you’d spend getting there. To be sure, this is not a staggering sum of extra cash, but it grows when other individual snacks that could also be bought in bulk are taken into account. As for calorie counters, the sodas put up some interesting numbers in other areas as well. If you’re drinking regular old Coca-Cola, still at one a day and at 140 calories per Coke, you’re ingesting 14,420 extra calories over the course of the semester. This isn’t really a cause for alarm, because all in all that isn’t really that many calories, and because they are also being regularly expended. However, it just serves to illustrate the ways in which a small amount of basic math can help to reinforce the daily desire to work towards a semester-long resolution. All that being said, a warning is also warranted against over-obsession with these kinds of simple calculations. Certainly it’s okay to have a Coke everyday if you choose, and if outside reading is of no concern to you, then the added advantage of all those pages under your belt is inconsequential. And even if these resolutions are similar to yours, there’s little need for worry over a day or two missed here and there. In fact, taking breaks from these relatively rigorous little schedules ensures against over-saturation and exhaustion. Be careful though, because if you’ve set a resolution for yourself this semester, all of those little breaks can add up, too. Chris Bassil is a Trinity junior. His column runs every Friday.
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here’s some buzz around a bus. It’s in the news- you have to find it. On West, it intersects campus near papers. On TV. Even has a new hit single from Flowers Drive, which is a short but confusing walk through ages past: the Duke Hospital or around the buildings from the main The wheels on the bus go round and round, bus stop. On East Campus, you need to walk out to Main round and round, round and round, Street. This isn’t actually such a bad thing. With thousands The wheels on the bus go round and round, of medical center employees stationed on Duke’s campus, All the way downtown! this bus is for the hospital-minded folks as much as it is You think it sounds childish? Already been done? for students and academics holed up elsewhere who need Alright, but before you skip to the next column, let me some fresh air. The real kicker is the hours; undergrads, back up a minute. this is not your chariot home from Shooters on ThursThere is a new bus, introduced day night, unless you’re Cinderella and just two weeks ago. It’s yellow, but also you have a midnight curfew. Early shift orange, and no, it’s not taking you to employees starting before 7 a.m. at the kindergarten. hospital may be similarly out of luck for Here are the facts: It’s called the Bull a commuting option. City Connector. It has a website: www. As for my turn around the route, bullcityconnector.org. It runs every 15 for a Tuesday afternoon, the ride was minutes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and evwell attended. The bus was clean, new liz bloomhardt ery 20 minutes from 6 p.m. till midnight and shiny. The bus drivers wear yellow during the week (on Saturdays, the bus shirts and they’re pleasantly courteous. green devil runs on 20 minute intervals). The route As I rode around, recorded announcestarts at the Duke Hospital then moseys over to Main ments informed passengers that the bus was approachStreet via Erwin Road before continuing all the way to ing Ninth Street and other destinations along the route. Golden Belt, passing through town favorites like BrightAnd about the route: it’s great, it’s easy and the leaf Square, American Tobacco District and City Center. maps are color coded. The marketing department The best part: it’s free! gets an A plus. This is how easy and straight forward I got a sneak preview this summer, but I was still sur- navigating any public transportation system should prised at the level of excitement evident around campus. be, especially for first-time riders. The bus stops are At orientation events at the beginning of this week I easy to locate, the route is easy to visualize and the spoke to employees tabling for Parking and Transporta- information provided about the areas of the city the tion Services: they gave nearly unanimous good feedback. route serves makes what might seem like an impenI cornered people in front of the Sustainable Duke table: etrable jungle more easily accessible. unanimous good feedback. Across campus and at the bus I got my map from Sustainable Duke at the graduate stop itself, only a few of the people I spoke with had rid- student orientation activities fair, but there are more den the bus, saying it was easy and convenient; a lot more waiting for you on the bus, online or at Parking and had heard about it and wanted a test drive. Transportation Services. I counted myself among them, so I embarked on a field Perhaps you prefer your bike to roll around town? trip. I set out from my office Tuesday afternoon under a When I got to Durham several years ago, I went in threateningly dark sky for a free ride around the city. search of a bike map at a local bike shop to no avail. This was my first foray on a city bus. While Duke Now there are bike maps and bus maps and buses with pledged matching monetary contributions up to bike racks, including the Bull City Connector! Oh, how $375,000 for the service (making Durham eligible for $3 far we’ve come. And the places we’ll go… million in federal stimulus dollars used to purchase hySo I rode the bus round and round, and got back brid diesel buses for the project), the Connector is oper- to the Duke Hospital stop in about 45 minutes (20 ated and maintained by the city. It’s a partnership. minutes to the end of the line at Golden Belt). Not Think an economic downturn is a bad time to be com- bad. With most of the kinks in the schedule hopemitting funds to run buses around town? Think again. In a fully worked out by now, my bus driver reported an number of ways, the Connector’s inception was long over- increase in ridership this week over last. Better yet, due. With Duke’s significant investments in leased space that’s only likely to increase as people stop talking and downtown, coupled with annoyingly painful parking on start riding the bus! campus, it was time. You might chalk it up to a strong comThe Bull City awaits you. And seriously folks, if you mitment to sustainability that finally got this bus rolling, but don’t dig my nursery rhymes, there’s better entertaindon’t discount the fact that Durham’s star is obviously rising ment to be found downtown. as evidenced by the popularity of major downtown attractions and renovations to living, entertainment and business areas. Whatever the reasons, it was definitely time. As per usual with such projects, there are downsides. Liz Bloomhardt is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in mechaniThis is not a party bus, à la big city transportation. First, cal engineering. Her column will run every other Friday.
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