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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTH YEAR, ISSUE 2

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ciate success and to take advantage of the Duke community in order to learn from their peers. “Allowing yourself the luxury of failing is liberating,” he said. This message eased some of the anxieties many freshmen were feeling due to the seemingly infinite choices Duke offers. “The freedom aspect was scary, [but] now it’s more inspirational,” said freshman Duke Kim, who added that the administrators’ messages will motivate him to try new things. Although Brodhead spoke primarily of positive opportunities, he also touched on a few delicate but notable subjects, including sex and alcohol. He said though laws are

DUBAI — There isn’t one recipe for the sort of Duke fan that would shell out $13,465 and take out two weeks to accompany the Blue Devils on their round-theworld excursion to China and the United Arab Emirates. Meet Bert Alexander, Trinity ’59, who started in the savings and loan business and ended up owning 42 Waffle House restaurants in Arkansas and Tennessee. There’s also Dr. Jai Parekh, Fuqua ’08, and Dr. Swati Parekh, a couple of eye surgeons from New Jersey who brought their three children along. Not to mention Bill Webster, a former political strategist for gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns in Maine and Massachusetts. And don’t forget Ken Woo, the owner of a production company, who is working on a documentary about the trip. The voyage to the Friendship Games was a truly unique opportunity for these hardcore Duke fans, who filled the seats not taken by the usual Duke entourage: the team, coaches, trainers, doctors, student

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President Richard Brodhead welcomed the Class of 2015 during the Convocation ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Duke Chapel. by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE

More than 1,700 freshmen crowded into the Duke Chapel to hear a message of freedom at the Wednesday’s Convocation ceremony. “When the class of 2015 arrived, the earth shook,” President Richard Brodhead said in a timely pun given Tuesday’s earthquake, which took place during freshman move-in. The Class of 2015—selected from almost 30,000 and representative of more than 55 countries—listened as Brodhead prepared them for the independence that lies ahead, marking the start of their college experience. He spoke of how parental oversight, a rigorously structured academic plan and the stressful college application process are now irrelevant.

“People fight and die for freedom every day,” Brodhead said. “You have the chance now to be the maker of your life. Put this freedom to good use.” This theme continued throughout the ceremony, with Duke Student Government President Pete Schork, a senior, and Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, both encouraging the freshmen to approach the next four years with an open mind and the courage to fail. “The room to innovate is what makes this place so special,” Schork said, adding that students should broaden their interests and “cast a net that goes beyond [their] application essays.” Nowicki sagely advised the freshmen to accept imperfection in order to truly appre-

‘Football Gameday’ Director leaves to replace Tailgate dining services by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE

Tailgate may have had a dirty reputation, but now it is officially a dirty word. Administrators confirmed that a new event, formally called Football Gameday, will replace Tailgate this Fall. “The word ‘Tailgate’ will never exist,” said Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek. “We buried the term.” For the first scheduled football game against Richmond Sept. 3, registered student groups will be able to host barbecues on the Main West Quadrangle and throughout the surrounding residential quadrangles. Groups can

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request a particular location for their event, although nothing is guaranteed, said Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta. “The basic premise is that there is not an event other than the football game,” Moneta said. “There are opportunities on Gameday for groups that want to have a private barbecue and gathering to do so. We’re inviting spirit-building in advance of the game.” Each student barbecue is expected to host 75 students at the most, Moneta said. Events will follow University alcohol policy, including a six-pack per person SEE TAILGATE ON PAGE 15

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An administrator known for valuing student input will no longer serve as Duke’s dining director. Jim Wulforst, who served as director of dining services since Fall 1996, Jim Wulforst will take a position as a special assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta, where he will work on undisclosed

projects. The University will conduct a national search for a new director this Fall, with the goal of having a new director by Spring 2012. “It was a personal decision on his part [to leave his current position],” Moneta said. “I can’t speak for his reasons.” Moneta announced Wulforst’s resignation through an Aug. 12 email to deans and department heads in Student Affairs. Moneta wrote that Rick Johnson, assistant vice president of housing and

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Duke played the UAE national team in the last contest of the Friendship Games.

ONTHERECORD

“Our faculty is transforming student lives, and we’ve got a much greater capacity to do that now.” —Sanford dean Bruce Kuniholm on stepping down. See story page 3

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No link between autism and immunizations

Some vaccines can cause seizures, brain inflammation and other complications, but those side effects appear to be rare and there is no link between immunizations and autism or other serious medical problems, the National Academy of Sciences has concluded. In the first comprehensive review in 17 years of the scientific evidence about the safety of vaccines, a committee formed by the academy’s Institute of Medicine analyzed more than 1,000 research studies to examine persistent questions about the safety of vaccines. In the 667-page report released Thursday, the 16-member committee found convincing evidence that vaccines could cause 14 health problems, including seizures, brain inflammation and fainting, but that those complications appeared to be very uncommon. The committee also concluded there was evidence that some vaccines could cause other complications.

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Budget deficit to reach $1.3 US rushes to get Libyan trillion in fiscal year 2011 arsenal of weapons WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal budget deficit will continue at historically high levels, hitting $1.3 trillion in fiscal 2011, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday. But it will ebb substantially over the next decade if the Bush-era tax cuts and other measures expire.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has touched off a race to secure his arsenal of portable, terror-ready weapons such as shoulderfired anti- aircraft missiles, and part of the solution may be for the United States and allies to go out and buy them.

the web “Panetta said that cutting defense spending any further, ‘would damage our national defense.’ It’s as if he was trying to give political ammunition to Republicans, who consider defense as somewhat of a sacred cow, so that Democrats wouldn’t even try to cut defense. We have to cut defense spending to reduce our deficit, but it is impossible to do that when we have a Defense Secretary saying things like that. If Democrats got serious about cutting defense at any point in the near future, Republicans would peddle a quote like that until every single American heard it.” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com

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Natural disasters Sanford dean stepping down shake up Duke by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE

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Hurricane Irene is expected to make landfall on the eastern seaboard by Saturday. In Durham, residents can expect moderate rain. by Yeshwanth Kandimalla THE CHRONICLE

After feeling twinges of an earthquake earlier this week, the Duke community is preparing for another, and likely more threatening, natural phenomenon. According to a trajectory estimate as of Thursday, Hurricane Irene will make landfall Saturday along the coast and move inland, said Ryan Ellis, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Raleigh. The Triangle can expect to see at least a half-inch of rain, although the amount can change significantly if the storm’s path changes as little as a few miles east or west. Due to Irene, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Thursday for counties east of I-95 while some coastal areas faced mandatory evacuations. President Barack Obama later signed an emergency declaration in North Carolina, which orders federal aid to supplement state and SEE HURRICANE ON PAGE 10

When Bruce Kuniholm steps down from his position as dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at the end of this academic year, many are confident that he will leave behind an enduring legacy. Having worked at Sanford since the 1970s, Kuniholm said he believes it is time for a new generation head the school’s leadership, especially as Sanford prepares for a $90 million fundraising campaign to begin next Fall. “I think it’s important when people are in a position of responsibility to know when it’s time to step down,” he said. “We’re about to embark on a capital campaign.… It does seem to me that whoever’s in the responsibility of leading in Sanford should own that vision. That means something like an eight to 10 year commitment.” Kuniholm, who received a doctorate from Duke in 1976, accepted a fiveyear contract as Sanford dean in 2009, Bruce Kuniholm though he said he always anticipated that he would step down in the summer of 2012, in order to pursue more writing and teaching opportunities before retirement. Before becoming dean, Kuniholm served as director of the Sanford Institute from 1989 to 1994 and 2005 to 2009. That year, he lead Sanford’s transition from an institute to a school, ultimately becoming the school’s founding dean. Philip Cook, senior associate dean for faculty and research and professor of public policy studies and economics, said the new dean will inherit a school in great academic and financial standing. Cook, who served as Sanford’s director from 1985 to 1989 and 1997 to 1999, attributed much of Sanford’s success to Kuniholm’s nononsense but compassionate leadership. “There is kind of a feeling that there has been an old guard that has taken responsibility for providing leadership,” Cook said. “The faculty is very much in a position

to pick up the torch and preserve the ideas that have been with us from the beginning in the early 1970s.” In an email to the Sanford faculty sent Monday, Kuniholm listed several goals achieved under his purview, including Sanford’s transition to an independent school, the $40 million raised for the endowment, doubling the size of the school’s faculty and developing strategic plans for its future. He was sure to note, however, the communal effort that made these achievements possible. “None of these accomplishments were my accomplishments—they were faculty accomplishments,” Kuniholm said in an interview Wednesday. “Our faculty is transforming student lives, and we’ve got a much greater capacity to do that now.” Joel Fleishman, professor of law and public policy studies and Sanford director from 1971 to 1982, added that Kuniholm was instrumental in the school’s expansion, particularly the creation of the Sanford building in 1994. “The school is so much better because of [Kuniholm], in terms of all the mechanisms that had to be put into place,” Fleishman said. “His stamp is on every one of those decisions, and everyone involved in the school knows that.” Helen Ladd, Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics, will lead the search to find Kuniholm’s replacement. Ladd said the committee will conduct both an internal, national and international search. The University hopes to present a candidate to the Board of Trustees in late February, Provost Peter Lange said. Kuniholm, who is nearing the age of 70, said he has accumulated several sabbaticals that he would like to take in order to write one more book, likely on the uses of history. He also noted that he has not taught in more than five years. He hopes he can return to teaching before fully retiring. “He has given himself to the place night and day,” Fleishman said. “He has been an inspiring leader for the administration, faculty and students.... He is entitled to a little rest.”


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Foer stokes discussion on factory farming by Matt Barnett THE CHRONICLE

The Class of 2015 was urged Thursday to ask tough questions, especially as they pertain to food. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Eating Animals” —the summer reading assignment for the Class of 2015—spoke to freshman as part of orientation week. He discussed his quest to learn more about factory farming and to challenge complacency in front of a crowd of several hundred people in Page Auditorium. In his speech, Foer noted that one of the key goals in writing “Eating Animals” was to fight the idea that it is impossible to acknowledge the abuses of factory farming without being a strict vegetarian. People have created a strict dichotomy with regards to food awareness, Foer said. “We don’t apply that dichotomy to any other ethical

realm of our lives,” he said. “We’re so afraid of hypocrisy that we’d rather be completely ignorant than allow hypocrisy into our lives.” Foer cited several statistics that seem to indicate a common belief in animal rights. For example, 76 percent of Americans think farmed animals deserve strict legal protection, he said. “I think we share instincts about what’s right or wrong,” he said. “Who is the person who wants to put a pregnant pig in a cage so small it can’t turn around? Just about everybody will agree that’s not something that we want.” Freshman Jia Chu said he appreciated the balance of Foer’s arguments. “He was very perceptive. He gave both sides,” Chu said. “[Foer] is the first guy I’ve met who’s really balanced about [vegetarianism].”

Foer applauded the selection committee for selecting his book, an act that he said required bravery in a state with deep ties to the meat industry. Senior Nate French, who served on the Duke Summer Reading Program selection committee and introduced Foer, assured students that the selection was not part of a plot to save the administration money on food costs. “We did not select the book—just to clear the air—to convert you to vegetarians and vegans,” French said to laughter from the audience. Foer confirmed that the purpose of the book was not to create vegetarians and vegans, but to challenge the ignorant. “My goal in life is not to convert the world to vegetarianism. The problem I have is when someone says ‘yeah, yeah, I just don’t want to know about it,’” he said. Foer said “Eating Animals” started as an investigation into the foods he would be feeding to his then-unborn child. He met with several pediatricians but none of them told him meat was a necessary component of a healthy diet. “If someone told me we had to eat meat to be healthy, we would have eaten meat. It would have been the end of it,” he said. The project took off after several unanswered letters from Tyson Foods, Inc. and other large meat producers. He urged students to reach out to the meat industry and to ask them about their practices. “There’s no industry in the country other than the military that is as secretive as the meat industry, and there’s no industry that trusts its costumers less,” Foer said. After the talk, many students were optimistic about food issues. Sophomore Ashley Helms, a First-Year Advisory Counselor, said she appreciated Foer’s insistence on asking the right questions about the food we eat. “I also think he did a great job at expressing his excitement about talking to such open young minds,” she said. “Emphasizing that these freshmen are the future and have the power to change the way things are.”

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ith Jonathan Safran Foer Q&A with by Anna Koelsch and Matt Barnett THE CHRONICLE

Duke’s summer reading book for the Class of 2015,“Eating Animals,” takes a hard look into factory farming and challenges readers to make informed decisions about their eating habits. The Chronicle’s Anna Koelsch and Matt Barnett sat down with author Jonathan Safran Foer to discuss eating in college and his personal experiences as a vegetarian. The Chronicle: What was your reaction to Duke and UNC’s selection of “Eating Animals” as the summer reading book? Jonathan Safran Foer: I was really honored, and it just says something so wonderful about the schools. Not just because it’s my book, but clearly it’s a difficult subject, and that’s what we should be spending our time talking about in college—the big, difficult subjects. Whatever you think about meat, you have to acknowledge it’s a big subject. TC: You said you toyed with being a vegetarian in college, which is something very common. Why do you think college students as a population are so willing to play around with their eating habits? JSF: Because college students are idealistic and eating less meat is idealistic. College is a time for experimenting with your identity and your lifestyle. College students also dye their hair a lot.... It’s all about a willingness to change. TC: Your book really stands out from others that explore the ethics of eating simply because it includes so much of your personal history and beliefs. Why did you decide to share so much of yourself with readers? JSF: I thought it was just honest be-

cause food is not only about argument. Otherwise, everyone would be a vegetarian. Eating is about the stories we have. TC: How can college students help spread the facts that you presented in your book, such as the United Nations ranking the factory farming system as the top reason for global warming? JSF: Lots of different ways. You can write about it, you can do it explicitly.... It’s all about the way you carry yourself. People underestimate the power of carrying yourself. You don’t have to wag your finger to have a huge impact. People who have made the biggest impact have done it quite subtly. When you are in the caf-

eteria and don’t put something on your tray that everybody else is getting, people will notice. You don’t have to say ‘meat is murder.’ TC: You mentioned in your speech that you were surprised that religious leaders have not taken a more active role in this issue. What would be the ideal role of religion as it pertains to food issues? JSF: Some of the most important biblical ideals are dominion over animals and stewardship of the earth. Clearly our relationship to meat animals is anything but what was in mind with biblical dominion, which involves protection and compassion.

New Duke initiative cuts bus fares by Kelly Scurry THE CHRONICLE

University officials have just given Duke students one more reason to leave their cars at home. A new program is offering free and unlimited bus rides on local and regional transit lines to undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and employees. The “GoPasses” were made available through the Duke Parking and Transportation Services Aug. 1. The program aims to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on campus and is one of the University’s latest efforts to promote sustainability, said Sam Veraldi, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “Many of the GoPass users are occasional riders,” Veraldi said. “They park on campus a few days a week and drive the remaining days. The combined usage would reduce the single occupancy vehicle use by 1,000. We prefer that ultimately we get to a situation where people would turn in a [parking] permit for a GoPass. We want to motivate people to consider this as an alternative.” GoPasses are also free to all faculty and staff who have offices on campus or onehalf mile from East, West, Central and the Medical campuses. It can be used for rides through Triangle Transit—the bus line

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Author Jonathan Safran Foer spoke before an audience of a few hundred in Page Auditorium Thursday.

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Students, professors disagree over homework amounts by Ashley Mooney THE CHRONICLE

Students who feel like they are shouldering a growing homework burden may have scientific backing to bolster their claims. Children feel like they do more homework now than ever before, said Harris Cooper, chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience. Two factors are responsible, he says—intense pressure on teachers to surpass national testing standards and parents’ belief that excessive homework is conducive to a rigorous education, which will get their children into selective universities. Although Americans are not happy with the sharp increase

in the amount of homework, researchers still believe that, in general, homework is an effective way to reinforce material learned in the classroom. In fact, increased amounts of homework have been linked to better achievement outcomes, such as higher standardized scores, Erika Patall, assistant professor of learning, cognition and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in an email. The findings hold true for younger as well as older children—albeit in different ways. For younger children, Cooper said early exposure to skills such as reading and writing

move-insoundoff More than 1,700 freshmen flooded East Campus Tuesday to move into their homes for the next year. The Chronicle’s Chelsea Pieroni, Tyler Seuc and Melissa Yeo caught up with the Class of 2015—along with their first-year advisory counselors, resident assistants and family members—to capture the enthusiasm, chaos and sometimes tears that mark move-in and the start of orientation week—a rite of passage in every Duke student’s career. “It’s quieter than I expected,”—freshman Austin Powers of Boca Raton, Fla., on move-in. “His feelings right now? He just wants his parents to leave,”—joked freshman mom Amy Robertson, of Fairfax, Va.

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“We’re far more excited about move-in day than the freshmen,”—sophomores Megan McSherry and Shikha Nayar. Both are FACs for Belltower residence hall. “The energy and enthusiasm is overwhelming and you can’t not smile,”—junior and head FAC, Ashely Alman said as the song “Soulja Boy” blared in the background. “[Orientation week] makes me want to be a first-year again.” “We only asked for two things: people to help move stuff, and good weather, and somehow you guys managed to arrange both,”—freshman father David Sarda of Palm Beach, Fla. said. “I did [Project] Build, so I have all these friends already, and I’m a lot more relaxed... I was nervous before that, but not now,”—freshman Samantha Schafrank of Malvern, Pa., said. “Excited, a little nervous... I probably brought way more stuff than I need,”—freshman Erica Gendell of Westport, Conn. on how she feels about movein. “I feel like it’s taken forever to get here,” — freshman Annie Mulholland of Portland, Ore. “I’m really thrilled to be here. My niece has had her sights set on Duke since the 7th grade, and now she finally has her wish,”—Maisie Marsh of Riverdale, Mld. “It’s an incredibly exciting day to have 1700+ people moving in over the course of six hours .... You’ve got people excited about lifting stuff. What more can you ask for?”—Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for Housing, Dining and Residence Life.


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ith Usha Rajagopalan Q&A with The University appointed its first Hindu chaplain, Usha Rajagopalan, this August. The decision follows the creation of a dedicated Hindu and Buddhist prayer space, announced in early 2011. The Chronicle’s Matt Barnett corresponded with the new chaplain about her appointment and what it means for religious and Hindu life at Duke. The Chronicle: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Usha Rajagopalan: I love people and the nature of my work helped me make friends with people of all races, ethnicity and varied backgrounds. These interactions helped me feel a need to share my own identity as a Hindu American with people around me, and that meant I had to first go deep within myself to find myself. My passion to not be lost or forgotten as a Hindu-American in the many communities that I lived in guided me to share stories from my tradition ... I wore the hat of a storytell-

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er. My own inner need for self-discovery found expression in the visual arts—painting, writing and Hindu art. Soon [my] focus shifted to offering worship services, or puja, to area Hindus ... My life has been a creative expression of my faith and the unfolding journey in every moment. TC: What will your work as Hindu chaplain entail? UR: My primary role will be to guide Hindu students in their practice and matters concerning religious life at Duke. Hinduism is not a religion since there is not one prophet, one sacred text, one form of worship—it is a way of life. Students can truly vary in their practice and expression of faith. Honoring their journey, being as inclusive as possible, providing tools to dive in deeper and creating balance in how they deal with the stress of a rigorous academic life are some aspects of my role.

Celebration of major festivals is one way to bring these students with varied practices together. These gatherings are also helpful to invite members of other faith traditions to share our rich heritage and culture. I also welcome the opportunity to engage with the interfaith council to get to learn and share Hinduism with the leaders of other faith traditions. TC: Last spring Duke saw the dedication of a designated Hindu and Buddhist prayer space in the Bryan Center. Does your appointment represent a shift in religious life at Duke? UR: The designation of a prayer room is very significant both to the Hindu students as well as the Duke community as a whole. Before this designation, students were SEE RAJAGOPALAN ON PAGE 10


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WULFORST from page 1 dining, will oversee Duke Dining in the interim. Duke Dining has experienced several significant changes in leadership over the past two years. In April 2010, Kemel Dawkins stepped down from his position as vice president for campus services. Dawkins led negotiations over the 2009-2010 academic year to reduce Duke Dining’s $2.2 million budget deficit that had accrued since 2007. Duke Dining and Duke Student Government ultimately decided to increase the student dining plan contract fee by $70.50 to help reduce the deficit. In December 2010, Johnson was chosen to fill the newly created position of assistant vice president for housing and dining. Last year the University restructured the Office of Student Affairs, adding Dining Services and Event Management under its purview and doubling its budget. Former student leaders in DSG said Wulforst’s role

had been marginalized since Johnson began overseeing dining. “I can’t imagine him ever wanting to leave,â€? said former Duke Student Government President Mike Lefevre, Trinity ’11. Lefevre worked extensively with dining services during his tenure at Duke. Wulforst could not be reached for comment Wednesday and Thursday, but wrote in the Aug. 12 email to his colleagues that he “decided to pursue a new opportunity within the University outside of dining services.â€? In his 15 years as director of dining services, Wulforst was responsible for shaping the majority of the dining scene as students know it today. He brought Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, the Armadillo Grill, the Loop and Subway, among others, to campus. He was also a key player in Duke Dining’s transition from former caterer ARAMARK Corp. to Bon AppĂŠtit Management Company in 2007. Wulforst successfully balanced the dining budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, Moneta confirmed, after dining services experienced a $2.2 million deficit for fis-

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HURRICANE from page 3 local response efforts to Irene’s expected damage. “Pray for the best, prepare for the worst,” Perdue said at a press briefing Thursday. “That’s what we do in North Carolina.” The storm, which hit the Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 3, may strengthen to a Category 4 or 5 over warm waters in the Atlantic, Ellis said. It will most likely be Category 3 or 4 when it reaches the Carolina coast, with winds between 111 and 155 miles per hour. On campus, upperclassmen were permitted to move in one day early—Thursday as opposed to Friday—to avoid traveling in poor weather, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta wrote in an email to students Tuesday. In an email to The Chronicle Wednesday, Moneta added that administrators made the decision not long before sending out the message to the student body. “I’m not in a position to comment on either weather predictions nor how safe folks will be traveling,” Moneta said. “I do encourage everyone who is traveling over the weekend to keep a close eye on conditions and take every prediction to be safe.” Sophomore Amanda Griffis wrote in an email Thursday that she plans to move in early as an extra precaution. She originally planned to travel with her family by car from Florida but has now decided to take the train. “We know better than to fully trust hurricane path predictions,” Griffis said. “Hurricane Jeanne was supposed to veer away from Florida.... Instead, it did a full loop and came directly at us, taking our roof off while we were inside.”

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Durham County Emergency Management is primarily preparing for heavy rain and strong winds from Irene, said Mark Shell, an emergency management coordinator for the group. Though the topography of the Triangle area makes flooding a minimal concern, fallen trees and power lines could be a potential hazard for residents. “We have very scripted plans as to how we prioritize handling damage to essential infrastructure,” Shell said. “Loss of power in facilities like hospitals will get attention first.” In particular, the state or county may declare a state of emergency and implement a curfew to keep residents from traveling outside, Shell noted. The most recent state of emergency declaration came during a snow storm in 2000, he added. Hurricane Irene will be the second natural phenomenon to leave its mark this week. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia Tuesday and caused tremors along the east coast, including the Triangle area. Despite reports of sporadic tremors shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, there were no reported injuries or property damage on or near campus, said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for human resources and emergency coordinator for the University. Caroline Rourk, administrative director of the occupational medicine toxicology program at the Duke University Medical Center, said she felt her fourth floor office on Erwin Road shake for about one minute at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday. “Everything just started moving. You could feel the building swaying side to side,” Rourk said. “I have never been in an earthquake, so everything was crazy for a second. Luckily, it didn’t last that long though.”

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RAJAGOPALAN from page 7 forced to pray wherever they could meet and find space on campus. [My] appointment shows a conscious commitment on the part of Duke to build bridges, learn about and validate the small community of Hindu students. I thank Dean [of the Chapel] Sam Wells and Associate Dean [for Religious Life] Christy Sapp for their vision. I hope the prayer room and Hindu chaplain position—two historical steps in promoting and honoring interfaith presence and dialogue at Duke—will open doors for other non-Abrahamic traditions like Sikhism and Jainism to also find expression in due course. TC: Can you share your thoughts on religious diversity and interfaith dialogue? UR: An institution that fairly represents the real world is a wonderful place to learn and grow. By recognizing and offering the space for the Hindus and Buddhists Duke has created a platform for expression of other non-Abrahamic traditions. When students of both faiths decided to share the prayer room, opportunities for inter-faith dialogue were created right away. Extending this experience through dialogue with the other faith traditions and attending holiday celebrations creates new avenues to learn about each other’s culture, traditions and find common threads to connect us all as one people many traditions. People of faith are significantly shaped by it. When ample opportunities for interfaith dialogue are offered, as students leave this institution to join the work force they are well prepared to trust, work and collaborate in serving the larger whole. TC: Can you tell us about the Hindu community at Duke? UR: There are over 300 Hindu students

at Duke and over 150 faculty members— a significant number for an academic institution. Kishore Trivediji, [Hudson Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering] has volunteered for over a decade as a faculty advisor for the Hindu Student Association and Leela Prasad, [associate professor of religion and faculty director of the Duke Center for Civic Engagement,] serves as mentor through the department of religion. This position would not have been possible without the support of some generous contributions from the Hindu faculty. I thank them all. TC: What challenges does it face? UR: HSA students feel that Hinduism is misunderstood, misrepresented and a few who take interest in learning about it, intellectualize it. There are many myths about our practice and the only way for the other students to appreciate and learn about our faith is to see Hindus come together and collectively make their presence felt. TC: What can students who don’t identify with Hinduism learn from Hinduism? UR: Complete freedom and choice in their practice. [Hindu] openness, universal principle of sisterhood and love and respect for life as a whole is a practice [Hindus] have embraced for over 4,000 years. As the oldest organized faith tradition and third largest in the world, it is truly beneficial for non-Hindus to know about this faith. [Hinduism’s] transformative quality is very evident in the way Americans have adapted yoga and transcendental meditation into their daily life. Yoga is no longer a Hindu Sanskrit word but part of the mainstream American vocabulary and practice .... I invite all Hindu students, faculty and members of other faith traditions to use this platform that Duke has provided us to learn from each other.

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GOPASS from page 5 that serves Durham, Orange and Wake Counties— Durham Area Transit Authority, the Capital Area Transit in Raleigh and the C-Tran in Cary. Duke administrators had additional incentives for creating the GoPasses, said junior Chris Brown, Duke Student Government external chief of staff. “It will increase [students’] access to Durham by giving [them] the opportunity to get anywhere [in the city through] the transportation system,” Brown said. Describing the partnership as a win-win situation for the Duke community and the public transit system, John Tallmadge, director of commuter resources at Triangle Transit, said the initiative helps Triangle Transit fill empty seats and raise new revenue, but also comes at a reasonable cost to the University. “Duke will only pay for the GoPass when it’s used and at half price,” Tallmadge said. Veraldi said he expects the program will cost the University between $125,000 and $150,000, based on data gathered from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University’s bus programs as well as national data. Duke will primarily use the revenue generated from parking permit fees to pay for the bus passes. Another alternative Despite low ridership on the Bull City Connector— another free bus service offered to Duke students and locals—the University remains optimistic. “[The BCC] has only been around for one year. We have had 1,700 students come to Duke knowing that the BCC exists,” Brown said. “We have a lot of work to do to incorporate the BCC into the lives of students, but I don’t think the main target of the GoPass is the undergraduate students because the BCC [covers most student needs] very well. But free access to the entire system will increase the students’ ability to take advantage of what Durham has to offer that’s not necessarily on the route of the BCC.” University officials are actively advertising the new program, along with the BCC and WeCar—the new campus car-sharing service—all of which are aimed at reducing the number of cars on campus, said Vice President of Human Resources Kyle Cavanaugh. Reaction to the new GoPasses, however, varies among faculty and students. Joseph Grieco, professor of political science, said he is pleased that the University is offering the service to faculty and staff, but finds the current route inconvenient. “I looked into the possibility of commuting the 20 or so miles to campus from my home in southwestern Orange County and determined that while feasible, it would take about 70 to 90 minutes, which is substantially more than my current driving-based commute time of about 35 minutes,” Grieco said. Sophomore Alston Neville said he would definitely use the GoPass until he got a car on campus, and would then perhaps use it periodically to save on gas. “You can get tired [of always being] at Duke sometimes, and you may need to branch out,” Neville said.

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HOMEWORK from page 6 is important because it can help lend these skills to students for a lifetime. For older children, homework seems to be geared more towards helping them learn skills that are important for doing well on standardized tests. This focus has contributed to the increase in the amount of work high schoolers have. “I think there has been an increase [in homework] for some students at the high school level that’s based on the competitiveness of getting into select colleges and universities,” Cooper said. “But at the high school level there’s great variability.” He noted that this variability exists because a high school student’s schedule depends largely on the amount of honors, advanced placement or International Baccalaureate classes that the student is taking. More difficult or faster paced classes mean more homework and independent learning, he said. “If there was anything questionable about how much homework teachers were giving, it was really just due to the rigor of the class,” sophomore Minshu Deng said.

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TAILGATE from page 1 rule, a no glass rule and a no common distribution rule. These are the same regulations that apply on the Last Day of Classes. “These will be private events hosted by particular groups that want to host an event,” he said. “These are not events intended to be broad public events.” The Office of Student Activities and Facilities sent an email to registered student groups Thursday night detailing Gameday logistics. The University will allow groups to preorder food packages, provided by Q Shack, which will be made available to groups on the day of the game. Cost of food will be on a per person basis, ranging from $9 to $12. Tents and tables will also be available for rent, and groups’ barbecues must also be cleaned up 45 minutes before the start of the game. Groups will be allowed to have music at their barbecues, although major amplification will not be permitted, Moneta added. He suggested that groups could use iPads, iPhones or iTouches with some small speakers. It will also be possible to host Football Gameday festivities on East Campus, Moneta noted. A regulated, but incentivized event Duke University Police Department will be on Main quad prior to the first football game. Wasiolek and other administrators will also be on the quad. Each group’s barbecue will have people who will serve similar functions as party monitors. Although pre-game programming is now further away from Wallace Wade Stadium —the Blue Zone, where Tailgate previously took place, was closer in proximity—Wasiolek and Moneta said they believe football attendance will increase this year. “There are so many schools in the coun-

try where you have to go in a car or bus to get to the stadium, but students here just have to get across the street,” Wasiolek said. “There are a lot of schools that would kill to have a residential quad like ours to use before the game.” There will potentially be incentives to bring student groups hosting a barbecue to football games. Groups may have the ability to sit together as a section and have their names featured on the scoreboard, Wasiolek said. “The aim of the new event is to acknowledge that coming together before attending a football game to enjoy each other’s company, to eat and to just get excited about the game is a normal, natural, fun thing to do,” Wasiolek said. “If you go to any other college campus on any given Saturday, you’re going to see people tailgating.” She added the Blue Devil’s Walk—when the football team walks from the Duke Chapel to Wallace Wade prior to games—may be reconfigured to walk through barbecues. Willing to adapt Moneta and Wasiolek said they worked extensively with Duke Athletics to create the substitute for Tailgate. They also worked with senior Pete Schork, Duke Student Government president; junior Chris Brown, DSG external chief of staff and former vice president for athletics and campus services; senior Christina Lieu, DSG vice president for athletics, services and the environment; and senior Zach Prager, president of the Interfraternity Council. Director of Athletics Kevin White could not be reached for comment because he is traveling with the men’s basketball team in China and Dubai. Brown said he lobbied with Schork to hold a more communal and centralized event similar to the former Tailgate, but there were no parking lots near Wallace Wade or approved

quadrangles that could accommodate an event of this nature. He said they will continue to lobby to allow non-registered student groups to host barbecues. “DSG is vehemently sticking up for the little guy in this one,” Brown said. “We want to make sure that a group of six people from their hallway have the ability to get a grill, so that tailgating is open to the entire student body.” Brown said student representatives also pushed to incorporate amenities like tents, sections in stands, footballs and catered food into Football Gameday. Schork said he thinks the new experience will be a fun event, but acknowledged that students may not open up to it automatically. “Initially, people are going to find it pretty foreign because it’s something new,” he said. “That die was cast when Tailgate was cancelled last year. If people have an open mind, people will have a good time. It really does have a lot to do with the desire to reconcile a fun, spirited activity that also works well within the framework of having a better football team like we do now.” The location is not ideal, Brown said, but he added that current plans for the first Football Gameday are flexible, and there will be changes made throughout the season to create an optimal football experience. “I think we still have a lot of logistical challenges that will be resolved in a couple of weeks, and I’m not sure that what we end up doing for the first game against Rich-

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Disorientation week Few University programs mandatory meetings and lead enjoy the wide exposure of dull book discussions. In fact, the first-year advisory coun- the 2011 DSG Survey Commisselor program. Likewise, tales sion Report holds that only 41 abound about the orienta- percent of students agreed or tion week exploits of FACs. strongly agreed with the stateThese stories ment: “My FAC editorial range from the actively helped positive to the make my trandownright pernicious—FACs sition to Duke smooth.” are reputed, for instance, to Here is a more important use their positions to pro- statistic: Less than one percent mote their selective living of orientation week hours are groups and section parties. spent with FACs—and this For better or for worse, the number is just right. Perhaps program has become a bona the program could improve fide Duke tradition. by, say, matching FACs with It is understandable, then, students based on shared inthat student dissatisfaction terests. But, like any formalized with orientation week often mentorship program, returns centers on the FAC program. diminish as more and more If student stories are to be be- resources are invested. Ultilieved, the FAC program plays mately, successful mentorship host to a number of truants originates in enthusiastic menand philistines, who neglect tors. Resources should instead

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be invested in the other 99 percent of orientation week. And there is plenty to invest in. For instance, FACs often catch flak for shuffling freshmen to alcoholic hoedowns on West Campus. But the siren call of West Campus might find itself diminished if the orientation schedule included more enriching events after 10 p.m. As it stands, the sober student is limited to performance events and Target trips after-hours, which, though entertaining, hardly offer the rich social experiences that ought to take place after the sun goes down. This points toward orientation programming’s larger failure, its failure to reflect real collegiate life. Academic experiences dominate the college years, but the only orientation event that even

smacks of the intellectual is the summer book discussion. This assessment excludes the schedule’s putative academic exploration programs, which focus on teaching students to preen their resumes for graduate school admissions and not on the life of the mind. Duke would be well served by emulating the programs of some of its peers. For example, Washington University in St. Louis hosts a truly comprehensive orientation program, which includes regular lectures by the university’s brightest faculty and information sessions on every one of the university’s academic departments. After all, Dukies frequently express regret about missing all the celebrity speakers that flood campus during the year—why not have more

speakers, panels and discussions when students have nearly infinite time to hear them? Student groups could also fill this programming void by creating the eclectic events and activities currently missing from the orientation schedule. This could go a long way toward replicating the vivid experiences that serve as the highlights of orientation week—events like the soiree at the Nasher Museum of Art and the night at the Durham Performing Arts Center. In the future, the orientation programming should emphasize experience over presentation and rich interaction over pantomimed ice-breakers. What better way could there be to prepare for the most dynamic four years of your life?

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n Tuesday, Aug. 20, at around 1:50 p.m., I was sitting peacefully in my room in Cary, N.C., talking to friends online and making excited preparations to move back to Duke. Suddenly, the room started to shake. Not dangerously, mind you—but strong enough to alert me that something extremely strange was going on. The windows were rattling. My glass of apple juice appeared to be in danger of toppling over (apparently, I should’ve drank from a juice indu ramesh box instead). hookedoninformation What was happening? Unsure, I looked around the room and realized that the fan was on the highest possible setting. It had gotten too aggressive, I reasoned— logical explanation! So I switched it off. Still, the room shook, as fervently as ever. Was this the end? The first sign of the 2012 apocalypse? Had the rumor that Will and Jada were breaking up caused Willow Smith to whip her hair in seismic-scale anger? Had Kim Kardashian’s weekend wedding frenzied the geological-weather gods into a belated flurry of excitement? It couldn’t have been simple plate tectonic movement. That just doesn’t happen in North Carolina. Yet, seemingly as soon as it started, the shaking stopped. The windows rested innocently inside their frames. My apple juice chilled peacefully on my tabletop. Birds chirped blissfully. Leaves rustled harmlessly to the tune of the summer sun. It was as if nothing had happened, nothing at all. Had I imagined the entire ordeal? Was I going insane? Had I finally, fraught with two years of deep academic and social stress, cracked under the pressures of Duke—enough to imagine the world quake, jiggling apocalyptically around me? Casually, nonchalantly, I mentioned to the friend I was chatting with, “Is it just me, or did the ground just shake?” I exhaustively checked Facebook and Twitter to see if anyone had, in fact, felt the same apocalyptic tremor. Well, my sanity was confirmed. My friend verified that he had also felt the world bounce for a second around him. Twitter and Facebook had veritably exploded with news that people had felt the ground shaking and doubted their sanity as well, only to be validated by other users doing the same exact thing. “Wait, there was an earthquake? WTF?” and “OMG guys this is my first earthquake!” were the reigning Facebook statuses of the moment. An earthquake had indeed just occurred— of magnitude 5.8, with an epicenter in Mineral, Va., about 31 miles east of Charlottesville. It’s no California—but apparently, there is actual-

ly a fault zone there. Accordingly, people had felt the quake along the entire east coast, as far down as Georgia and as far up as Canada—and yes, even at Duke. Fatalities numbered at, well, zero. Injuries were only minor. For the most part, people reacted to the earthquake as any seasoned Californian would—noted it and went back to life as normal. Us east coasters simply desired to chronicle the event for future generations before we resumed our daily grind. And, indeed, the largest impact of the entire ordeal was the flurry of Internet activity that occurred during the event. For instance, people who checked Twitter when the quake struck Virginia could probably have realized, from the tweets of their D.C. area followers, that soon enough the seismic waves could reach them. Apparently, information waves actually travel faster than those of the seismic variety. The Internet wins again! At Duke, at least, people went about their lives as usual. New freshmen, more than 1,700, moved to Duke for the beginning of the best four years of their life. First-year advisory counselors moved those 1,700-plus freshmen into their dorms, most not even realizing that an earthquake had occurred. Orientation week activities proceeded. Shooters II had its opening night party, advertised on Twitter with the spectacular hashtag #SHOOTERSWILLQUAKETONITE. Us Duke students, it seems, are in an age of resiliency. We’ve endured snowstorms, the Duke busses ran perfectly on schedule just a day after, and we simply romped joyfully and made snowmen before going to class. We’ve endured forest fires over the summer—we simply commented on the oddly smoky sky and then went back to our daily routine. We’ve now endured an earthquake—and, clearly, life hasn’t changed one bit. Now, with Hurricane Irene looming in this weekend, we’re not too worried. Whatever nature throws at us, our daily Duke routine stands strong. And yet we still want to let people know that we have successfully survived these things. Looking at the flurry of “OMG earthquake!” statuses pouring into my Facebook news feed, I realized that those with the most likes, comments and discussion, were those of Duke students. And, though that earthquake felt a little like being in the laundry room when the dryer was on, us Duke students wanted to let the world know that we conquered and even enjoyed it. And it’s nice to know that our desire to connect and engage with the events that unfold around us is indeed more, well, earth-shattering, than any earthquake. Indu Ramesh is a Trinity junior.


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ast spring I decided it was time to get my hands dirty and plant a garden. A proper garden, in the ground. For several years I’ve achieved what I considered moderate success with a tomato plant or two on the porch. Add to that the hop vines, grown in whiskey barrels, that did nicely in their third year, rewarding us with enough hops for a batch of homebrew, and I felt ready for the big time. To set the mood: the poetically mouth-watering pages of prose describing asparagus, for one, in Barbara Kingsolver’s Vegetable, Mirliz bloomhardt “Animal, acle” and a timely article in The New York Times green devil suggesting several online seed retailers. A peek outside at the unsightly new retaining wall on a seemingly abandoned worksite in the backyard plus the history of two years of cursory attention by the landscapers, and it’s no wonder my patience for progress had worn thin. I was eager with anticipation to start digging, cultivating, nurturing... or at least to just start by ripping out the damn hedges that were half dead anyway! But before I ever picked up a shovel, I busted out the graph paper and a pencil, and I walked around the house in April with my sketch pad and measuring tape. I jotted notes and made lists. I consulted the online catalogues of seeds while visions of terraces and stone paths and lush greenery danced into being in my mind. As with any beginning gardener (if I can call myself that) my imagination was brimming with possibility, never mind the lack of know-how needed to get there. And yet, already, this vision I had created on paper and in my mind was my first garden. Let me explain. In his book “Second Nature,” Michael Pollan describes his own garden as “actually two, one more or less imaginary, the other insistently real. The first is the garden of books and memories, that dreamed-of outdoor utopia..... The second garden is an actual place.... Much separates these two gardens, though every year I bring them a little more closely into alignment.” My beautiful, magical, well-behaved, bug-free, gorgeously edible, imaginary garden (with NO mosquitoes) is not what happened this year. Despite watering and weeding and careful if clumsy cultivation, some

of my seeds just never came up. Rather than failures, I’m calling these endeavors educational, because at the same time, a few of my plant selections, some with fantastic flowers and fruits, have taken over. As in the garden, also in life. Nature, wild or cultivated, is often an apt metaphor if one takes the time to consider it as such, and as the summer wore on, this seemed especially true. Again, let me explain. Several years ago, I embarked on a path through graduate school, but let’s call it life for generality’s sake. I did my homework, completed applications, talked to professors, students and mentors and became increasingly excited about returning to the academe for a professionally transformative experience, all the while cultivating in my mind the shape of my future. When I got here, to Duke, I embraced my new environment, explored subjects I wanted to learn more about and got involved in ways I had never been involved before. I was, if you will, planting seeds of possibility. Some of those seeds have germinated and flourished, both in my mind and my work. Others have underperformed my expectations. Of the underachievers, I can speculate on the cause: too much sun, not enough, an intolerable pH balance. But regardless of the reason, what’s important is that I recognized the time to record the results and iterate toward the future. Each new year, a new opportunity arises to plant anew. Completely tearing up the roots of last year’s plantings that didn’t quite work is a near impossible task in the garden and in life. I got most of the root ball of that awful hedge out of the ground but only after much sweating and hacking. And after filling in the crater it left, I’m certain that shrub has left a deeper history in that spot than I will ever fully appreciate. The same is true in life, although at times it seems easier to collect the blooms, or in my case a masters degree, create a meal and till the stalks and roots back into the soil to nourish the next endeavor. Memory serving as the soil, a foundation made richer by experience. It’s safe to say that both of my gardens, vegetative and professional, are still very much a work in progress. However, even though it will certainly take two years before the asparagus is ready for its first real harvest, I already feel confident I’m moving closer into alignment with that future self I hold in my mind. Liz Bloomhardt is a fifth-year graduate student in mechanical engineering.

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here we were. All of us—or at least most of us—in front of the Marketplace taking a picture in the shape of our class year. First-year students. Fresh individuals. It may have been the most memorable experience of my first week at Duke, but looking back I can think of an adaptation to the years-old tradition to make it even more memorable: All of us should have been naked. The uniform for the photograph, a plain white tee with four large, very familiar blue letters on the front, acquaintahmad jitan ed me with the college ritual indecent family man of the free T-shirt giveaway. I wore it with pride, excited to be branded by one of the most prominent institutions in the world. In that moment, I was connected to NCAA basketball champions, cuttingedge researchers and tobacco-growing robber barons all at once. In that moment, all of us on that quad were finally Blue Devils. But what if we had all showed up to that picture as our bare selves instead? I remember sitting down on the quad one evening during that first week, listening to some mediocre indie band that was playing and soaking in the refreshing breeze that came my way after a scorching hot afternoon. A fellow student sat down next to me and shared the brightest smile as she settled into the grass. I smiled back and she introduced herself. Of course I forget her name now, but I still haven’t forgotten the first question she asked me, “So, who are you?” I was taken aback, flustered. I thought of answering with my hometown or what I wanted to study or what dorm I was in or some banal observation about how new and exciting it was to finally be at Duke. I was so used to presenting myself to others as where I had come from or where I wanted to go that I had completely forgotten who I actually was. I was so busy and anxious trying to get acquainted with others that I forgot to spend some time becoming acquainted with myself. Something stands out about someone who has given heed to the Ancient Greek aphorism of “know thyself.” Usually it’s something subtle like their smile or the confidence with which they speak. Once you notice it, however, it’ll catch you as off-guard as if they were stark naked in a sea of blue and white. One of the reasons nudity (of any form) can make us uncomfortable is because it reminds us of our vulnerability. Because of that, getting naked, physically or emotionally, requires great care and isn’t something that should be rushed. Practice getting naked in front of people you love and trust first. Take off all of the masks and uniforms that you may wear during the day—the ones you put on yourself and the ones that have been put on you—and in the safety of someone you love, show them who you really are. For many, the more daunting task is to be able to stand comfortably alone in front of a mirror completely naked. Every one of us has something about ourselves we’re not too fond of, whether it be a physical attribute or something about our personalities, that we wish we could cover up or get rid of forever. It’s a great and never-ending challenge to be able to appreciate ourselves for everything that we are. Having all incoming students stand naked together on the East Campus quad during orientation week would encourage self-reflection, genuineness and openness on our campus. We would have a shared experience where we are all present as who we are with no basis on the school that we happen to attend. A Duke shirt carries so many expectations along with it. A Duke student is supposed reach a certain level of success and is supposed to be a certain level of attractiveness and is supposed to have a certain GPA and is supposed to go to the gym a certain number of times per week and is supposed to go out on Thursday nights and have a certain amount of fun and the list goes on. Some people like to talk about challenging the assumptions of what it means to be a Duke student or redefining those expectations. I say forget the Duke shirt entirely and concern yourself with getting to know who you already are. Even if you didn’t get that nude class picture, get naked as much as you can for the rest of your time here. Go naked to class, to lunch, to office hours. Ride the C-1 naked (although I would advise disinfecting the seat before and after). Feel free to frolic in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Smile at those who are taken aback by you and you might just inspire them to liberate themselves as well. If you practice it enough, by the time you graduate you will be ready to shirk your robes and leave Duke the way you should have came in. Ahmad Jitan is a Trinity junior.


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DUBAI — Despite a slow start to the final game of their international tour, the Blue Devils cruised to an easy victory over the United Arab Emirates national team. Duke outscored its opponent 86-66 to complete an undefeated international tour of China and Dubai. Although a number of the players in the locker room noted a lack of energy in the game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski as well as juniors Ryan Kelly and Andre Dawkins all pointed out the spirited play by junior forward Mason Plumlee, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. “He did everything well,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought he was enthusiastic, he was tough [and] he played with great energy…. I think Mason showed a lot of veteran leadership the way he played tonight.” After the game, Krzyzewski acknowledged that the lengthy trip may have been a factor in the team’s performance, but he also gave credit to the UAE team for making the most of each possession. The game did not begin until 9:30 p.m. local time in order to accommodate observance of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, but the coach said Duke was happy to be flexible and that the change did not affect performance. The Blue Devils won by the largest margin of any contest in the Friendship Games and did not trail in the game after seizing a 5-3 lead on a 3-point shot by Andre Dawkins. The junior led the Blue Devils with 20 points, including 6 makes from behind the arc. “They were hitting shots and they play really fast, and that kind of threw us off at first,” Dawkins said. “Once we got into a TAYLOR DOHERTY/THE CHRONICLE

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BEIJING, CHINA — Mike Krzyzewski and his team are used to being noticed. Even as their travel schedule takes them all over the U.S., they are recognized everywhere. They might have hoped for a respite as they traveled to another continent for the Friendship Games. But no such luck: In a country with more than 300 million people who play basketball, the Blue Devils aren’t any safer from adoring fans in China. Since landing in China Aug. 17, the Blue Devils have attracted an impressive following. Chinese hoops fans remember Krzyzewski for leading the U.S. national team to Olympic gold medal three years ago in Beijing, and crowds of NBA fans gathered around former Duke standouts Nolan Smith and Grant Hill, as well as Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers—

whose son, Austin, is one of five freshman on the Duke squad. The current Blue Devil players, who tower over masses of people wearing Duke gear from head to toe, have drawn the attention of their hosts as well. When the team finally arrived at the Shanghai airport the morning before its first game, on-duty police officers pulled out cameras to take pictures of the players. Even the team’s student managers, in their Duke apparel, were asked to pose for photos and sign autographs. “I think the first time that it really hit me was in Shanghai,” Director of Athletics Kevin White said. “[It was] just how they were engulfed, a number of them, at the arena. Every time they moved some place there was a sea of people.” Because of a partnership with ESPN, the Friendship Games aired in as many as 195 countries

and have the potential to reach more than 275 million households worldwide, according to a release by the athletics program. Mike Cragg, the University’s senior associate athletic director, who spearheaded the planning of the team’s tour, said this number far exceeds the reach of Duke’s typical games televised by ESPN. Spotted in the streets If anyone on the team would be expected to draw instant stares, the most likely candidates would be three brothers, all standing 6-foot-10 or taller. During a trip to the markets in Shanghai, passersby stopped and gazed upward at Miles, Mason, and Marshall Plumlee standing head and shoulders above the crowded streets. Miles Plumlee said he suspects that some of the Chinese have never SEE POPULARITY ON PAGE 10


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Andrew Wenger often jokes about his positional versatility. Throughout his career, his athleticism has led to various coaches playing him all over the field. Under Duke head coach John Kerr, though, Wenger has spent the vast majority of his time anchoring the defensive line at center-back. At least, until now. The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year has begun to transition from center-back to forward this year, and he is confident that he will be able to succeed no matter where he lines up. “It’s going alright, I’m taking it one day at a time,” Wenger, sitting between his fellow co-captains, goalkeepers James Belshaw and Jan Trnka-Amrhein, said. “I’ve played all over the place except goalkeeper…goalie’s not my thing.” Having already garnered accolades before the season even started, expectations are high for the junior. He and Belshaw were both selected to the Preseason All-America first teams by Soccer America and College Soccer News, and were placed on the Hermann Trophy Watch List, the highest individual award in collegiate soccer. In addition, TopDrawerSoccer.com recently named Wenger the top professional prospect in the college game. To continue to play at such an elite level, the positional transition will be just as much a mental adjustment as it is a physical one for Wenger, who said he will use his knowledge of defending the best forwards in the nation the past two seasons to his advantage during the switch. “Tactically and mentally it’s different. As a defender, you get angry at yourself if you mess up once a game,” Wenger said. “But, playing forward I mess up a lot, more than I usually do. So, it’s about keeping a different mental approach.”

The position switch was the coach’s decision, and Kerr explained it as being motivated by his size, speed and aggression, all of which suit him well for excelling up front. Duke experimented with Wenger in the midfield during the spring season, according to Kerr, but the team is hopeful the move to center forward will create the largest payoff. Another factor is the absence of Ryan Finley, who after being suspended from the team toward the end of last season has since transferred to Notre Dame. Finley led the team in scoring both of his years on the team and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year last season after leading the nation in goals per game, with 0.94. And while the Blue Devils will primarily use Wenger up front to fill that void, Kerr admitted he is willing to tinker with his lineup depending on the situation and isn’t wedded to having his star play forward every second of every game. “He can play anywhere, so maybe certain games we’re up a goal late in the game and we’ll push him in the back,” Kerr said. “We’ll see for us, but luckily he’s a fantastic player at any position.” Replacing Wenger on the defensive end will be a tough task, but fortunately the Blue Devils have a topnotch goalkeeper in Belshaw to help hold down the fort. Joining Belshaw on defense and trying to fill Wenger’s big shoes will be Nat Eggleston, one of the gems of Kerr’s third-ranked recruiting class. The 6-foot-3 defender was ranked the 35th-best recruit in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com and has experience playing for the United States U-18 National Team. And with position switches, tactical changes, mental adjustments and national preseason awards in the front of everyone’s mind as the first regular season game looms Friday night at UNC-Greensboro, the former star defender seemed to shrug off the uncertainty. “Just a little bit more pressure,” Wenger said.

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Waterfield, a junior libero from Long Beach, Calif., spent six weeks in Ghana this summer with Duke Engage.

It’s not uncommon for Duke students to work hard to balance their health, their social lives and their academics. But for Nailah Waterfield, there’s another juggling ball to be kept in the air: varsity volleyball. Waterfield makes a concerted effort to be defined by more than just her athletic career, though, staying active around campus and taking advantage of an opportunity to spend six weeks studying abroad in Ghana this summer. On the volleyball court, the 5-foot-3 junior from Long Beach, Calif. is a defense specialist/libero, but her off-court resume might be even more impressive: She is a Baldwin Scholar, a student worker in the athletics department and a volunteer at the Central Regional Hospital. Waterfield has a full plate, especially for a student-athlete, but that didn’t stop her from taking part in the six-week Duke in Ghana study program this past summer. “I think that part of the stereotypes with being a student-athlete is maybe we don’t know about a lot of options that Duke has to offer, and people think a lot of the time that we can be exclusive... because we spend a lot of time with our team,” she said. “A lot of people think we don’t want to go abroad or we don’t want to leave our teammates, and even a couple of my friends on differ-

ent teams said, ‘You’re going to Ghana? You don’t know anyone with you!’ “It takes you out of your comfort zone, and people know that.” Waterfield, who is pursuing a double-major in Psychology and African/African-American Studies, as well as a Markets and Management Studies Certificate, decided to go abroad to get acquainted with a very different culture. “I think that going abroad is really important for the Duke experience, and a lot of students get to do it, but not all athletes get to go,” she said. “We can’t go abroad during the year because varsity athletics is a yearround commitment, but it’s great that Duke has these summer abroad options.” She decided to pursue the chance to study in Africa after hearing about how irreplaceable the international experience was from friends who had gone the year before. “Africa was definitely always a place I wanted to be,” she said, “so it wasn’t really a hard decision for me at all.” The difficulties of planning the trip around academics and athletics turned out to be quite easy compared to the challenges of actually touching down on a different continent. “In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to not be able to exercise the way I was used to, and the food we were eating really got to me, so I kind of had to regroup and to rememSEE WATERFIELD ON PAGE 9

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Ashley Rape anchors the experienced Blue Devil back line, which posted two shutouts last weekend.

Head coach Robbie Church doesn’t like to make it easy on his team early in the season, believing that a strenuous non-conference schedule will adequately prepare the Blue Houston Devils for grueling ACC contests. And after answervs. ing the bell flawNo. 21 lessly last weekend Duke with two shutout victories over solid FRIDAY, 5 p.m. Fetzer Field teams, No. 21 Duke (2-0) faces another series of challenges No. 1 this weekend against ND Houston and devs. fending national champion Notre No. 21 Dame in the UNCDuke Nike Classic, which SUNDAY, 1 p.m. kicks off on Friday Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. “It is what this team needs,” Church said. “This is a good team, and we need to become a better team, and this schedule will make us a better team.” The Fighting Irish dominated nearly every team they met last year, going 212-2 over the course of their national titlewinning campaign. Notre Dame is the fa-

vorite to repeat again this year, with seven starters returning, including 65-percent of its goal scoring output. The Blue Devils will have to find a way to cope with the Notre Dame attack on Sunday, but Church, aware of the dangers of looking past any opponent, emphasized the importance of getting a good result against a talented Houston squad first. “Notre Dame is an easy game to get ready for—everybody wants to play that game,” Church said. “Our real challenge for this week is Houston on Friday. Our goal is to win the [UNC-Nike Classic], and we can’t do that unless we get two wins.” Houston (0-1) is coming off of a tough loss against Texas earlier in the week, but the Cougars, who return eight starters from a team that won 12 games last season, should pose a significant challenge to the Blue Devils. Duke takes on Houston in the opening game on Friday, at 5 p.m. at Fetzer Field, home of the Tar Heels. The attention then shifts to Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Currently ranked No. 1 in the country after a 2-0 win over Wisconsin last week, the Fighting Irish will play two of the top teams in the nation with just one day of rest in between—as it faces off with No. 3 North SEE W. SOCCER ON PAGE 8


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GAMER from page 1 groove, we started playing a bit better. We had to get some stops and some easy baskets.” During the second quarter, Duke found more separation and ended the half with a 10-3 run fueled by six points from Plumlee. The Blue Devils led at the break and ended the half up 43-31. “You saw Mason really going after it,” Kelly said. “The bad thing was that not that many other people followed…. It’s just something we have to take and learn from.” Freshman guard Quinn Cook remained sidelined with an injury to his knee. Cook tore his right lateral meniscus last August and received surgery but said he “rushed” back to the court because he wanted to play for his senior year at Oak Hill Academy. He said as

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he was trying to recover from the injury he did not spend time strengthening his hip, which is crucial to the recovery process for that type of injury. His rehabilitation at Duke now centers around those muscles. “I can start playing in September—workouts with the team, pickup,” Cook said. “I’ll definitely be ready by October.” The Duke players, who begin classes Monday, are scheduled to depart for the United States tomorrow. Given the threat posed by Hurricane Irene, their departure time is now a number of hours earlier. The plane will leave from the Dubai International Airport at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon and will arrive in North Carolina at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. Duke athletics personnel and Anthony Travel, the travel agency in charge of the trip, are continuing to monitor the weather.

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W. SOCCER from page 4 Carolina Friday. The Fighting Irish are led by senior first-team allAmerican striker Melissa Henderson, who tallied 17 goals and a staggering 45 points last season in attack. Notre Dame had very little trouble finding the back of the net a year ago so the Duke defense will inevitably be tested, making it crucial for Blue Devil midfielders Kaitlyn Kerr and Nicole Lipp to hold possession and not allow the Irish attackers to hoard the ball and run rampant. Duke junior goalkeeper Tara Campbell, who is already third on the program’s all-time shutout list with 16, expects her defense to hold firm. Two years removed from an injury bug which thrust a group of overmatched freshmen into the fray, the Duke back line has since stabilized and matured greatly, becoming perhaps the

team’s greatest strength. “Whenever we had [defensive] issues in the past it would be, ‘Well, we’re inexperienced.’... Now we’re juniors and have been playing for two solid years,” Campbell said. “It’s a great part of our team now that our back line is so experienced and has played together so long.” If the Blue Devils can keep Notre Dame off the scoreboard, Duke’s bevy of explosive attackers should find themselves with a number of scoring opportunities up front. The weekend looks to be a telling earlyseason test for a team which made it to the Sweet 16 last season, and Church is confident his Blue Devils won’t disappoint. “With this team you can just see it in their eyes, in their training, and see when you have conversations with them, that this team is a very hungry team and wants to be successful,” Church said. “This team wants to be a great team, and they want to play with the elite teams in the country. We’ve got a chance this weekend.”

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WATERFIELD from page 3 ber that my coaches wanted me to have this experience,� Waterfield said. “I had to remember that I would be back second session and that I would get to where I needed to be once season started, so I needed to let go of my stress.� But her six weeks in Ghana proved to be more than worth it, as she brought back a strengthened mental game to the volleyball court. “Being in Ghana and Togo, and not always being able to come home, and spending a lot of time away from the people I’m used to, I definitely learned about how valuable certain experiences are in life and how lucky we are to really have the opportunities we have at Duke,� Waterfield said. “It made me really think about how blessed I really am, in that not only was I so happy and so lucky to be out here, but what it really means to be a U.S. citizen and

“We have amazing chances to leave a legacy at the school... and to not let any opportunities pass [us] by.� — Nailah Waterfield the things you take for granted, like how we’re at Duke and how we’re student-athletes, and it’s an experience not like any other. “We have amazing chances to leave a legacy at the school... and to not let any opportunities pass [us] by.� The two-year veteran’s mentality is sure to be key in the coming season, as her team faces very high expectations after a deep run in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils topped the preseason ACC coaches’ poll this season, and are looking to make their seventh straight run to the NCAA tournament. As the squad seeks to live up to such lofty predictions, Waterfield will be providing fans with a unique behindthe-scenes perspective. Prompted by positive feedback from the blog she kept during her time abroad, Waterfield will be keeping a running blog for the Duke Volleyball team this season on GoDuke.com. “I had never written before and had never really been interested in something like that, but I was really inspired by how many people loved how I was writing and what I was writing,� she said. “Our leader [in Ghana] was really like, ‘You need to pursue this and do something else with this,’ so I thought about how Duke volleyball is on the up-and-up, and our team is so close and we relate very well to our fans, so I wanted to find a way to reach out to our fans about who we are as a team, what we do and our experience.�

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Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, father of Duke freshman Austin Rivers, signs autographs at one of Duke’s games in China.

‘A larger scale’ As far as collegiate international tours go, Duke’s trip is an exception to the rule, said Jim O’Connor, one of the travel agents accompanying the team. O’Connor serves as vice president for collegiate travel at Anthony Travel, a company that focuses on university and athletics trips. Anthony Travel previously organized the Villanova University basketball team’s trip to Paris and Amsterdam and the University of Notre Dame team’s trip to Ireland. In October, the company will bring Stanford, coached by former Duke assistant Johnny Dawkins, to Spain to play against the professional team FC Barcelona. The Duke trip, O’Connor said, sets a new standard in terms of reaching a global audience. Previously, the media coverage of trips has been local rather than national, or even international. The unprecedented exposure of the Friendship Games, combined with the size of the Blue Devil party and the arenas in which the team has played, has made this tour different. “Everything we’ve done here is [on] a larger scale,” O’Connor said. “We’ve been traveling around with 200 people…. If you only have one bus and 45 people, that’s a lot easier than five buses.” As the trip has progressed, the team has become increasingly visible. O’Connor characterized the attention in terms of the increased security required at the stadiums where the team has played. “The Duke brand is pretty powerful,” White said. “It’s pretty global, and it’s becoming more global.” The rookie Rivers seems to have enjoyed being part of such a global brand. After a practice at the MasterCard Arena, Rivers said simply: “That’s why I love China.”

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FANS from news page 1 managers, public relations and sports information staff, cheerleaders, travel agents, faculty and administrators. Together, attendants and spectators combined to number 141 people when the plane left Raleigh-Durham International Airport. “It’s a very congenial group,” Webster said. “There’s a lot of knowledge here, a lot of people with interesting backgrounds. So, for someone like me, that’s half the fun.” Saturday, the group returns to the United States after working its way west around the entire globe. In 13 days, they watched four Duke games in four cities and gained a behind-the-scenes look at what is arguably college basketball’s most storied program. Plane problems The passengers’ plans hit a serious hitch prior to departure, but a short speech by head coach Mike Krzyzewski provided all the reassurance they needed. The charter plane was first late arriving in Durham, and then it failed its mechanical inspection. After a 10hour wait, the downpour started and there were whispers that the team and coaches might travel ahead of everyone else commercially to stay on schedule. That excited few of the fans, who had paid top dollar to travel with the team. That’s when, according to Alexander, Krzyzewski saved the trip. The coach brought the entire group into a huddle in the empty terminal and shared a simple message: Everyone on the trip—everyone—made up a team that was embarking on a journey together. No one would be leaving anyone else behind. Krzyzewski had no good news to report, but the emotional appeal did the trick. “Coach K saved this trip,” Alexander said. “When he said what he said, I knew some way it would work out, and it did.”

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The flight was ultimately delayed by a day, and the replacement plane was less roomy and required two extra stops: one in Japan on the way to China, and another in Thailand on the way from China to Dubai. But after Krzyzewski’s message of inclusion, even those inconveniences couldn’t bring back the formerly palpable sense of disappointment. Ken and his son Charlie, who he brought along to help film, captured it all on camera. It was a scene powerful

“Coach K saved this trip. When he said what he said, I knew some way it would work out, and it did.” — Bert Alexander

enough that it seemed scripted, except it was not. “It showed a master’s touch,” Webster said. And after a career as a political strategist, Webster would know. Inside access The Duke team has interacted far more with fans than is typically possible during the regular season, when the pressure is high and trips are short. “Since I’ve been here, this has by far been the most fan-friendly and most access [given on a trip],” said associate head coach Chris Collins, who joined the coaching staff in 2000. Webster, who lives in Maine, said he was interested in talking to freshman forward Alex Murphy, who also lives in New England, about why he decided to forgo his last year of high school and head directly to Duke. He also spoke with Nolan Smith, the Plumlee brothers, and Celtics head

coach Doc Rivers, who has attended the entire Duke trip to watch his son, Austin. Swati Parekh got to watch her young son, T.J., share a light moment with freshman guard Quinn Cook after climbing the Great Wall of China. As T.J.’s legs shook from the countless steps, Cook arrived at the bottom, exhausted as well, and put his arm on T.J.’s shoulder. “We [said to him], ‘You probably went much farther than us and did more.’ And he [replied], ‘No, man, this was just hard!” Swati said. For the Parekh parents, the trip has gone beyond basketball, as it has exposed T.J. and their older two children, Bela and Sima, to two countries with vastly different cultures from the one they experience in New Jersey. Swati said she was hesitant to have the whole family attend the trip until she realized how special the opportunity would be to give her children firsthand knowledge of China and the U.A.E. Had the Duke team simply been playing games in Montreal and Mexico, Jai said, some family members likely wouldn’t have come along. The 13 days have been tightly scheduled, leaving just enough time for players and fans alike to visit important sites in Kunshan, Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai. Highlights for the travelers included a visit to Duke’s new campus in Kunshan, tours of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing, and a lecture at a mosque in Dubai followed by a private tour of the city with views of the tallest building in the world. Beyond mere tourism, though, Jai said the trip has combined everything from the recognition of role models in the form of student-athletes to the discovery of opportunities for networking. And though there isn’t one blueprint for the sort of fans that chose to go on this trip, the combination of world-class basketball, unprecedented access to the team, unforgettable sightseeing and new cultural learning provided enjoyment for all of them. “This really connects all the dots,” Jai said.

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