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Duke is expanding its reach internationally— and the same can be said for admissions. For years Duke lagged behind its peers in international recruitment, Dean of Undergraduate news Admissions Christoph Guttentag said. The Unianalysis versity’s decision to offer need-based financial aid to international students ten years ago, however, has since caused the number of international applicants—and eventual students—to significantly increase. With 142 students representing 55 countries, the Class of 2015 features one of the largest numbers of international students in the school’s history, Guttentag said. International admissions experienced a yield rate similar to the University’s overall yield of 44.3 percent this year, he added, noting that China and Canada are the countries most represented. The yield for international students was more than 10 percentage points lower in 2003, at 36 percent. “The increase among international students is one of the most significant changes I’ve seen at Duke in the last 20 years,” Guttentag said. “It’s been gratifying to see how our visibility and appeal internationally have

A new tenant is taking over The Tower—24 hours a day. The upscale eatery Pitchfork Provisions opened Wednesday in the basement space of McClendon Tower and joins McDonald’s as the only two dining options open 24-hours. The restaurant will cater to all students but provides an especially convenient option for residents of Edens and Keohane Quadrangles and the new residence hall, Keohane Quadrangle 4E, which will open Spring 2012. Pitchfork Provisions is operated by current business partners Sam Clowney and Chris Holloway. Clowney also operates Bella Union in McClendon Tower and La Dolce Vita in the French Family Science Center. Holloway is the executive chef of Plate and Pitchfork—as well as its co-owner/operator along with Clowney. Rick Johnson, assistant vice president for housing and dining, said administrators went with Pitchfork Provisions because they were impressed by the business partners’ previous success at Duke. “Chris and Sam are already a proven entity to us—they’ve got good chemistry and good customer service,” Johnson

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Football Gameday strives to foster safer behavior than did Tailgate, but some students fear it will not foster the same sense of community. The first Football Gameday will commence Saturday to celebrate the first Duke football game against the University of Richmond. This new pre-football event replaces Tailgate, which was canceled after a minor was found unconscious in a Porta Potty after a Tailgate celebration in November. The new event will feature barbecues throughout Main West Quadrangle hosted by registered student groups. According to an official list provided by Deb LoBiondo, assistant dean for residence life, 18 groups have registered to host a barbecue, 13 of which are fraternities. Missing from the list of registered student groups, however, are selective living groups, of which only one—Wayne Manor—registered. The other

When Jen’nan Read escaped from Libya in 1987, she knew that for the time being she had to say goodbye to her home country. What Read did not know was that she was also saying goodbye to her father for 24 years. Recent developments in the country gave hope to the Duke professor and allowed her to reunite with her father for the first time since she fled Libya. “I didn’t think in my lifetime that we would see Gadhafi overthrown,” Read said. “When that began to happen, I was a little bit in shock but was hopeful that this would mean I would see my father again.” Months of rebel advances forced dictator Moammar Gadhafi into hiding—allowing hundreds like Read, associate professor of sociology and global health at Duke, to reunite with their loved ones who were oppressed under Gadhafi’s regime. Born a U.S citizen, Read grew up in Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, with her American mother and brother

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Duke professor Jen’nan Read met her father and brother in the Middle East after spending 24 years apart. Rebel unrest allowed her father to leave Libya.


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The Pentagon’s top personnel manager, brought in last year to reorganize a troubled division, has drawn complaints that his ineffective leadership has undermined his staff and slowed the program that helps wounded troops return to civilian life. The Defense Department inspector general is investigating reports, mostly anonymous, that Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, hurt morale by dismissing or reassigning dozens of top officials, spent lavishly on a new conference room, and offended staff members when he used the word “mongoloidism” to describe people of low intelligence. In early 2010, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked Stanley to shake up the division of personnel and readiness, which was acknowledged to be underperforming, particularly on troop care.

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Students living off campus will benefit from knowing their neighborhood and city better, officials said. Durham County Alcohol Beverage Control and Alcohol Law Enforcement officials, residents, Duke administrators and students met for the fourth annual OffCampus Stakeholder Reception Thursday afternoon at the Newman Catholic Student Center near East Campus. Christine Pesetski, assistant dean for off-campus and mediation services, organized the event in an effort to help both students understand their role in the Durham community and Durham residents find ways to interact with students. “In many cases students are living in neighborhoods much like those where they grew up in,” Pesetski said. “Neighborhoods around Duke’s campus may look different but the same values that existed in the neighborhoods the students grew up in are alive and well.” Sara-Jane Raines, operations commander for the Duke University Police Department and Trinity ’83, said Duke-Durham relations have greatly improved over the past 23 years she has worked for DUPD. Raines attributed the improvements largely to community-building efforts. “Duke was very isolated when I was here [as a student] in the 70s,” she said. Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, neighborhood coordinator at Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, said she remembered when the Duke-Durham relationship was

marred by a lack of trust. “It took a lot of well-meaning people and volunteers who met for hours with members of the community [to improve relations],” she explained. Sophomore Gracie Lynne, senator for Durham and regional affairs in Duke Student Government, said she has made an effort to introduce freshmen to Durham, noting her role in the Project BUILD preOrientation program, which incorporates a scavenger hunt through downtown Durham each year. The event represents the University’s larger goal of improving relations between off-campus students and Durham residents. Later in the year, there will be a housing fair where local property managers are invited to answer students’ questions directly, Pesetski said. Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct, said the reception provided a more productive environment for discussing issues, rather than waiting for an altercation between students and residents about issues like noise control. “It’s like a roommate agreement— proactive agreement to fend off disagreements,” he said. Duke students should try to make time to explore Durham and take advantage of its resources, said Sharon Barringer, assistant district commander of the Durham Police Department. SEE STAKEHOLDERS ON PAGE 4

GAMEDAY from page 1 four student groups include Wellness Living/ Learning Community, the Catholic Student Center, Reformed University Fellowship and the Few Quad resident assistant team. Junior Chris Brown, Duke Student Government external chief of staff, said it was unclear to students that the term “registered student groups” does not only mean residential student groups. He cited the confusion, as well as the official limit of 75 students per barbecue, as potential reasons for the low number of groups registered for Football Gameday. The gatherings can begin as early as 3:30 p.m. and must conclude by 6 p.m., according to the registered student group application. Party monitors must be present and University alcohol policies apply, which include limiting alcohol to one six-pack per person and no glass containers. Brown noted that some student groups, such as sororities, were confused by the 75-student limit per barbecue, thinking that their groups could not host a Football Gameday because each sorority’s membership exceeds 75. “The number 75 is not intended to limit the groups that can register, it’s just a crowd control function,” Brown said. “If things don’t escalate, we won’t tell the 76th person to leave.” Senior Brett Schroeder, president of Brownstone, wrote in an email Thursday that although his SLG is supportive of the football team, there was no incentive for the group to host a Football Gameday. “At $9 to $12 per person [for food], one Football Gameday would put a bit of a damper on Brownstone’s funds, as SLGs just don’t have the disposable income that fraternities do,” Schroeder said. “In that respect, Football Gameday encourages the bigger groups and

fraternities on campus to be the ones hosting the Gamedays. And then you have to ask yourself, will the vibe be any different from old Tailgate?” Schroeder said his group could have its own secluded gathering and spend significantly less money than would be required to host an official Football Gameday celebration. Ming Jiu Li, a junior and president of Ubuntu, said his SLG will be hosting Football Gameday festivities on Central Campus instead of West Campus because the group is trying to foster community where it resides. Sophomore Jacob Robinson, member of Wayne Manor, said his group is looking forward to hosting a barbecue and testing the waters of Football Gameday, but he is skeptical that Tailgate’s replacement will be as inclusive to the Duke student body as the former event. He noted that the Last Day of Classes celebration and basketball games are the only other events that have the same power to bring all University students together as well as Tailgate does. “At Duke, we always talk about divisions along race and greek [or] non-greek.... Tailgate was the only thing that passed through all that,” Robinson said. “Hopefully in the future there will be an event similar to Tailgate where everyone can come celebrate the football team in a big, open atmosphere. [Football Gameday] will turn into exclusive [fraternity] and SLG parties.” Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said he disagrees with students’ arguments that Tailgate was all-inclusive. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek agreed, adding that calling Tailgate inclusive is a mischaracterization of the event. “Tailgate’s inclusivity was a fallacy,” Moneta said. “It was a corruption and hijacking of the football game to simulate a drunk-fest with an allegation of bonding.”

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ADMISSIONS from page 1 grown. International students add texture and talent to the class that make for a better undergraduate experience for everyone.” The rise in international students can be, in part, attributed to the addition of this aid, he noted. But despite the University’s decision to offer aid to international students, the admissions process for them is not need-blind. “We are need-blind for citizens and permanent residents, but we are not need-blind for international students,” Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid, wrote in an email Wednesday. “So there is an opportunity for international students to come to Duke with aid, however, that aid is much more limited for international students than it is for citizens and permanent residents.” Rabil noted that she does not know of any plans to change this policy in the future. Since the University’s decision to offer

need-based financial aid to international applicants in 2002, Duke has steadily attracted more international students, Guttentag said. At first, the increase was steep—from 700 applicants in 2001 to 1,200 in 2002—but now it is more gradual, with between 100 and 200 more students applying each year. Currently, about eight percent of undergraduates are international. Recruiting efforts internationally are still an important work in progress for the University, Guttentag said. “One of the difficulties has been that its difficult to do recruitment overseas because its logistically demanding and its expensive,” he said. “We don’t travel internationally to recruit as much as we would like or as much as some colleges do.” He added, however, that recruiting for athletics internationally, bringing counselors from international schools to campus and remaining close with international alumni are three ways the University builds relationships with the international community.

Some international students, however, said they believe Duke still has some work to do in the area of name-recognition, especially in comparison to its American peer institutions. “Few Swedes have heard of Duke,” said junior Felix Wibergh, of Sweden. “Most who have heard of Duke work in international companies or are otherwise internationally oriented. I and a few others are trying to change this and make Duke more well-known in Sweden.” Junior Talia Glodjo, of Canada, said she felt similarly. “[Duke] is not well-known where I am from, especially because it is a Southern school, and basketball isn’t a big college sport [in Canada],” she said. “The Ivy League [schools are] better known.” But for the international students that make it to Durham, Guttentag said the University tries to give international students as smooth a transition as possible. International House Director Li-Chen Chin said she believes the organization has played a significant—though indirect—role in recruiting international students and helping them to suceed. “When students have great experiences, they and their family members are most likely recommending Duke to others who are interested in pursuof Class of 2015 are International ing a world-class education,” she said. Guttentag added that one of the best ways Duke is increasing its name recognition abroad is through wordof-mouth. are represented “It is extremely beneficial when one or two students from a school or city come to Duke and have a good experience,” he said. “Then the word travels fast that this is a good place to study, a good place to be educated.” Guttentag added that Duke is currently searching for ways are most highly represented in to increase the University’s Class of 2015

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STAKEHOLDERS from page 3 “You focus on education and you don’t get to explore the city and find the resources outside of campus,” she explained. DUPD Chief John Dailey said students living off campus have a responsibility to understand the resources and organizations offered through both Duke and Durham that exist to help them. Despite instances of noise complaints, he said most students living off campus are good neighbors. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek called the event an investment, adding that it allowed students, neighbors and law enforcement officers to meet in a casual setting before problems arise. Will Geary, a senior who lives offcampus, said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet police officers in his area. “So far [the move to off-campus] has been very smooth, and I want to keep it that way,” he said. name recognition, such as engaging its international alumni in the admissions process to a greater extent than it currently does. Ultimately, international students come to Duke or other American universities because they recognize the quality of an American education and the unique opportunities they offer, he noted. “If a student chooses to study in the United States from overseas they know that it is going to be a different kind of experience than studying in their home country,” Guttentag said. “They have made a conscious decision to pursue a different kind of education. And to those students, Duke is a pretty terrific choice.”


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TOWER from page 1 said. “We also saw an initial menu, and it was pretty upscale and aggressive—so that was a bonus.” The venue will utilize an upscale, short-order format with a buzzer system for ordering. The menu includes options such as hamburgers, steak frites, sauteed bok choy, salads and andouille dogs. “We’ll have dishes just like a restaurant,” Holloway said. “But we’ll have them done in eight minutes.” The new eatery was preceded by The Tower, a grill-based eatery featuring menu with fresh and local meats and produce. The Tower was owned and operated by Tom Meyer, Trinity ’91, who had revamped his original dining

concept of Tommy’s Rubs and Grubs, which opened in 2006, into The Tower last Fall. Johnson said The Tower did not meet Duke Dining’s expectations for profits last year. The opening of Pitchfork Provisions ushers in a series of changes on West Campus, including the opening of K4 and the transition to the house model in Fall 2012. With the renovations of the West Union building beginning next year, McClendon Tower is situated to become the hub of student activity, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said. “What happens in McClendon is going to be critical as a supplemental space,” he said. “We’re trying to think of... [McClendon Tower] as kind of a satellite student center.”

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Providing a second 24-hour eatery had long been a goal of the administration, particularly those in charge of student life. Indeed, students praised the venue’s central location and diverse menu options. “The variety here is very different than at a lot of other places on campus,” said Shane Hunt, a senior, who joined the hordes of students at the restaurant on opening night. And as one of the two on-campus venues providing late-night options, Pitchfork Provisions will continue to draw customers well into the academic year, Holloway said. “I was young once and sure ate my fair share of pancakes at 3 o’clock in the morning,” he said. “Friday nights should get pretty interesting around here.”

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PROFESSOR from page 1 and Libyan father. Her family was living in Libya in 1986 when Ronald Reagan ordered airstrikes on the country— a time when it was very unpopular to be American, Read said. Hiding their American passports in their tennis shoes to avoid being found by officials of Gadhafi’s regime, Read’s family escaped Libya to the U.S. but her father, Mahmoud Bashir Ghazi, had his passport confiscated by Libyan officials and could not go to the U.S. “Over time I became used to the idea that this was how things were going to be, and I began to give up hope I would ever see him again,” Read said. Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, said what happened to Ghazi was not an uncommon practice under Gadhafi’s dictatorship. “Dictators rule by the fear of torture, imprisonment and murder,” Jentleson said. “They do pretty much what they want to do to their people.” The conflict in Libya between rebel forces and Gadhafi

presented Ghazi with a unique opportunity to escape by traveling from Tripoli to Tunisia, and back to Benghazi— Libya’s second-largest city and a rebel stronghold, where he was then able to reach Egypt. Read, who was traveling to the Middle East for her work with the Duke Islamic Studies Center, said when she reunited with her father in Cairo, she recognized him right away. “It was nice to sit down and talk open and honestly for the first time in a long time,” she said. “You didn’t dare jeopardize your family by saying something on a phone call because of Gadhafi. It feels good to know he is safe and in Cairo now.” ‘We are free’ Read is not the only member of the Duke community with familial ties to Libya. Hassan Khalil, who is earning a master’s degree in engineering management at Duke, was born in Libya, where he completed his undergraduate degree. Khalil, a 24-year-old Fulbright recipient, said everything in his home country was controlled by Gadhafi and his family. From singing songs

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No. 9 Duke will head out of state for the first time this season to compete in the Auburn Tournament this weekend. The Blue Devils (4-0) will face off against host Auburn Friday and Ole Miss Sunday. The Tigers (2-1) opened the season with a 4-1 loss to Wake Forest, but rebounded with eight goals in their next two victories while outshooting their opponents 49-23. Tatiana Coleman has scored three goals in Auburn’s three games. Ole Miss (3-0), meanwhile, has not given up a goal this season behind the stellar goaltending of Alley Ronaldi and Kelly McCormick in victories over Southern Miss, Texas Tech, and Jackson State. Rafaelle Souza leads the Running Rebel offense with five goals. The Blue Devils enter the weekend riding a wave of momentum following their 3-1 upset of then-No. 1 Notre Dame, a victory which also gave head coach Robbie Church his 300th career collegiate win. Freshman Kelly Cobb scored the game-winning goal in just her second career start, becoming the fifth Blue Devil to score goals in her first two collegiate starts. The victory came with a price, though, as redshirt-junior center back Ashley Rape suffered another knee injury and will be out indefinitely. Rape registered an assist and four shots in her four games. Eight different players have scored a goal for Duke in the young season as the team has out-shot its opponents 69-27. —from staff reports

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After two tough away matches against UNC-Greensboro and Furman, the Duke men’s soccer team will be playing at Koskinen Stadium for the first time this season this weekend. The Blue Devils (1-1) host No. 9 UC-Santa Barbara (1-0) and No. 17 SMU (0-1) in this weekend’s Duke/Nike Classic. Reflecting on the season’s first matches, head coach John Kerr expressed optimism in his young team. “Going to Indiana,” he said, in reference to the team’s exhibition matchup against the 17thranked Hoosiers, “playing in that environment and then having two tough away games to start the season, it’s a good test of character and also propels us to improve more quickly than we would normally.” While that may be true, the Blue Devils still have to address a number of lingering concerns if they hope to come away with victories this weekend. Most notably, the team will have to maintain better ball control and avoid the slow starts that have characterized their previous matches; UNC-Greensboro managed three quick goals in the first half, while Furman created many dangerous chances and had five shots on goal to Duke’s one after 45 minutes of play. “Obviously, our first game of the year shows a little lack of maturity,” junior co-captain Andrew Wenger said, “coming out and not playing very well in the first half.” Also disconcerting is the one-game suspension of sophomore defender Sebastien Ibeagha. He was red

carded in the Monday night’s match, and will serve the mandatory suspension Friday night. Since Wenger, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, moved from the back line to striker last spring, Ibeagha has been a vital part of Duke’s still-developing defense, and also scored the lone goal in his team’s win earlier this week. Despite an influx of freshmen talent, Ibeagha’s absence will be felt against the Gauchos. UC-Santa Barbara opens the season ranked ninth in the nation, coming off a 14-win season and returning all three top scorers from last year—sophomore David Opoku, junior Sam Garza, and senior Luis Silva. Opoku scored twice in the Gauchos’ season opener, a 3-1 win over Seattle University. Last season, UC-Santa Barbara upset a 19th-ranked Duke squad 2-0 in Santa Barbara. Ranked just eight spots lower, SMU will also prove to be a tough matchup for the Blue Devils. The Mustangs put together an outstanding 2010 season, with a 16-2-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. They were upset in their season opener this year, however, by William & Mary. SMU understands what Duke is going through in trying to incorporate a talented freshmen class: Mustang rookies Devin Cook, Edu Aranda, and Chance Bergen are getting significant playing time early in their careers. Despite these difficult matches, Kerr seemed confident, and is encouraged to be playing these two tough matches on his home field. “The home record for Duke is exceptional,” he said, “and playing in front of our home crowd will motivate us to start the first half in fifth gear. And if we have to go into the sixth gear, we will.”


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Hazed and confused Hazing is a misdemeanor Princeton’s tactic of susin the state of North Carolina pending rush doesn’t stand to and is banned at Duke. Yet accomplish anything at Duke. nearly everyone in a fraternity Allowing freshmen the Fall will tell you that it exists. semester to transition to colIn recent days, fraternity lege life is important prior to recruitment joining a greek practices have organization. editorial been cast into Spring recruitnationwide discussion as a re- ment allows for both a semessult of new policies at Cornell ter of individual growth and a University and Princeton Uni- semester to foster group comversity. On Tuesday, Cornell munity through greek life. President David Skorton deAlthough Duke officials manded that the university’s have been vocal in their confraternities cease pledging or demnation of hazing, it is face dissolution. The state- time for the University to folment was prompted by hazing low the lead of its peer instithat resulted in the death of tutions and take direct action a student earlier this year. At to ensure hazing does not ocPrinceton, incoming students cur. will be required to wait until Students and administrasophomore year to rush, in tors share the responsibility of hopes that older students will ending hazing. But given the be less susceptible to hazing. difficult situation of students

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tanding in line is a deep-seated tradition at discriminated against because I was American or Duke. We wait, stand, move slightly and wait if I was improperly generalizing an orderly linesome more. The most patient survive and get standing culture that is uniquely Duke’s. Would I their food order taken, their postbe able to avoid getting taken advanage sent or get into Shooters II on tage of if I started speaking Spanish? a Saturday night. There are even My friends and I decided to test this those students who, having an inclitheory while trying to get back to nation toward lines, applied for and our hotel after our first driver gave were trained to be experts at lines us an involuntary tour of the city at and standing in them. Equipped our own expense. “Bush? For two with clipboards and matching jackterms?” he was most likely chuckling ets, they monitor and maintain our as we emptied all of our remaining travis smith linear standing patterns. euros into his hands. We decided we savor the flavor Being a traditional Duke stuweren’t going to get taken advantage dent, I didn’t let summer stand in of again on the way back. the way of spending more of my parents money. Now imagine that you are a French taxi driver I took my line-standing education abroad. I trav- looking for one last fare before you take off for the eled to Paris with a few friends. Let me preface night. You spot a group of inebriated bros talking, this by letting you know that I am an obnoxiously laughing and heterosexually shoving each other by tall, blond, white student usually found in a Duke the side of the road. One of them flags your cab T-shirt. There is no blending in when it comes to down and then you see him turn and say something the French and me. to the others, who go quiet. They enter your cab in During my visit I had several waiting-in-line ex- complete silence and remain silent for a few minperiences, none of them ending very well. On one utes until the bravest of them ventures to speak. occasion in particular, I was waiting in line for a “Where is the library?” he asks in broken Spanish, crepe with my friends for about ten minutes and which he follows with “I’m hungry.” Then you hear had watched only two people get served. More time him repeating the same Shakira lines over and over passed and the line didn’t move. I had just started again in Spanish. Not wanting any trouble you prewondering how the French are willing to wait this tend to talk on your phone and drop him and his long every time they want thin pancakes covered in friends off as quickly as possible. sugar or Nutella when I saw her approach. My mom We arrive back at the hotel, paying half the always made me cover my eyes during the scene, fare we had paid on the way there. The plan had but I’m pretty sure this woman was what came out worked, but mostly out of confusion, not a lack of of the Lost Ark of the Covenant before all those discrimination against us as Americans. Nazi soldiers’ faces were melted off. My experiences abroad left me asking, who was She strode past the line and stood at the coun- right? Is it right to let those who have been standter to the left of the 10 or so people she had just ing in line for months into the Duke-UNC basketpretended to not notice. After she gave her order ball game first, or should we be getting them menin French, the cook, evidently assuming her eye- tal help instead? The French people I observed sight must have failed, gestured with his hand to favor a more dog-eat-dog push to the front and the queue, silently indicating that this group was make-sure-you-speak-French method. This works here first. He then turned to serve the next per- out nicely for French nationals if they do in fact son in line. Little did the chef know, this woman desire to exclude foreigners from their system, as was not one for standing around in some petty it’s hard to stand up for yourself if all you can say line. After some more back and forth between the in French is “thank you” or “do you speak Engtwo, her order was taken. Investment banking and lish?” If I’ve been so trapped in the Duke bubble line-standing—it’s not what you know but who you that I can’t stand in a line correctly abroad, what know. Just like that this woman had figured out else have I missed? how to get served before I did, and I go to a school where I minor in line-standing. Travis Smith is a Trinity junior. His column runs I found myself trying to decide if I was being every other Friday.

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n the week since he announced he Jobs was fired, and, in 1992, the factory was stepping down as Apple’s CEO, was closed. Steve Jobs has been accorded the Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, and kind of demigod status that Americans within a few years, the company began bestow on the handful turning out its now-legof their countrymen who endary product line. But harold meyerson its pods, pads and phones invent, manufacture and market the goods that the washington post are all assembled in China change their lives for the by Foxconn, a Taiwanesebetter. Jobs has been compared to any owned contractor that employs close number of iconic American innovators, to a million people, at least 250,000 of but most tellingly, to Thomas Edison whom work solely on Jobs’ creations. and Henry Ford. Until last year, when a wave of worker “Like Edison,” wrote the New York- suicides and labor unrest forced Foxer’s Ken Auletta, Jobs “accomplished conn to raise wages and cut hours, the his imaginative feats without the crutch men and women who make the stuff of survey results,” because, like Edison, America loves worked 60-hour weeks at he was imagining products unlike any roughly 50 cents an hour. that had previously existed. “Like Ford,” Apple’s American employees are well wrote The New York Times’ Joe Nocera, paid. Stateside, Apple employs designwho “built the first automobile the mid- ers of hardware, software and packaging; dle class could afford,” Jobs brought out marketers, managers, supply-chain gurus a line of inventions that Americans could and financial whizzes—a very talented buy even as their incomes flat-lined. crew. But not a very large one: In its most It will take some time and perspective recent annual filing with the Securities before we can judge whether the mouse and Exchange Commission, Apple said (which Jobs popularized), the iPod, iP- it directly employs 47,000 people worldhone, iPad, iTunes and pixel animation wide—perhaps 30,000 of whom work in measure up to Edison’s electric light, the the United States. It employs no U.S.recording of sound and motion pictures based production workers. as seminal human creations (although Which is why Jobs’ elevation to our with his invention of motion pictures, national pantheon is premature. Edison created the technology for an Bringing some of those production entirely new art form—an achievement jobs home while holding down the for which I can think of no modern par- price of his products probably would allel). It’s not too early, though, for a require devising factories so automatmore definitive comparison between ed that they wouldn’t employ all that Jobs and Ford. many workers. Then again, Apple is sitThe father of the assembly line and ting on $76 billion in cash, and Jobs is the Model-T is celebrated (and occa- still Apple’s chairman. Devoting a few sionally condemned) for expanding billion to reshape and restart American mass production and mass consump- manufacturing, even if it employs fewer tion, for quickening the pace of life people than in Henry Ford’s time and and enlarging the scope of cities. Like narrows Apple’s profit margins, could Edison, Jobs and any innovator whose work wonders for exports and, just poscreations lead to increases in productiv- sibly, lead to Jobs’ most amazing invenity, Ford made his nation richer. In the tion of all: a newly vibrant American process, though, he did something that working-class. Edison and Jobs didn’t do: He created In America, we celebrate our great ina new socioeconomic formation—a de- dustrialists. We’re not likely, some years cently paid working class. hence, to celebrate our great offshorFord began producing his Model-T’s ers or the guys who built the companies at his Highland Park, Mich., factory in with the most unexpended cash. 1913. One year later, he realized that he could expand his market by paying his Harold Meyerson is an opinion writer for workers enough that they could afford The Washington Post and the editor-at-large to buy the cars they produced. With of American Prospect. This column originalthat, he raised the pay of Ford assembly- ly ran Aug. 30 in The Washington Post. line workers to an unheard-of $5 a day. Ford didn’t just build the first car the middle class could afford; he built the middle class itself. The creation of the world’s first majority-middle-class nation was hardly Ford’s handiwork alone, of course. It took the involvement of people he viewed as his adversaries—business rivals, union leaders who got beat up by Ford’s goons but nonetheless organized industrial America, Franklin Roosevelt and the co-authors of the New Deal—to create the broadly shared prosperity that America enjoyed for the three decades that followed World War II. Steve Jobs, by contrast, has worked wonders for American consumers, but like many of his business rivals he has abandoned nonprofessional American workers. It wasn’t always thus. In his first stint at Apple, in the mid-’80s, he built, with Jobsian attention to form and function, a heavily automated factory in Fremont, Calif., that employed hundreds of workers to turn out personal computers. But the Macs didn’t sell fast enough,

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n high school, I participated in a peer the world in order to teach Kenyan chilguidance course, where we essentially dren basic math and reading. The person poured out our musings, conflicts and you are is a deliciously layered being of emotional baggage to a tight experience, thoughts and knit group of 10 people. In choices. The person you one exercise called “crossare is one who has both roads,” we would spend 20 made mistakes and gained minutes filling in timelines cherished memories. But of every event we deemed the key to that idea is that significant in our lives. The those experiences are all principle of the activity was you. At this crossroads, that you get what you put leilani doktor we must recognize that we in. These important events can simultaneously be all make her say could range from the death the different layers we are of a father in second grade, composed of. Although to a failed first love that was still causing developing so many new perspectives can emotional pain to this day. As each per- be challenging to cope with, we all must son shared their crossroads they could come to terms with the dynamic nature of laugh, cry and receive support and often being a college student. understanding from their peers. We could Additionally, this brief period in our talk about our experiences, sort through lives gives us the freedom to join that dehigh and low emotions and feel like we bate team we always thought we were too had reached some type of closure. What I shy to be in or change our majors at the would give for that type of discussion now. drop of a hat. It’s time for us to embrace For most of us, the times you encoun- the uncertainty of college, stop questionter a truly monumental crossroads in life ing ourselves and go for it, because as can be counted on one hand. Losing your hard as it is to believe, making mistakes first tooth or your first school dance are now is OK and can even be beneficial. some of those pivotal moments that peo- Experimentation allows us to find our ple may count, but the one I have been passions and the right paths to pursue. thinking about is where we are right now, At no other time in our lives do we have college. Although college isn’t a univer- so little commitment and yet so many opsal rite of passage, it is one that all of us portunities to commit to something, or at Duke are experiencing. The transition anything. from teenagerdom to these reckless years As we each take unsteady steps towards of fun as an undergraduate is one that we our futures we can take comfort in knowhave all experienced or are experienc- ing where we came from and what we ing in one way or another. And for the may become. With each layer of personmost part, it has given us all with a home ality we develop, we make ourselves an away from home. In our college years, we infinitely more complex person. The perstraddle two different lives. Our network vading thought that crosses my mind as I expands like a web across the nation and console my closest friends when they tell often the world as we make friends from me they don’t know where they belong is outside our hometowns and begin to see that we must all come to terms with who life from (at least) two different perspec- we were and who we are. The beauty of tives. This broadened perspective leaves this stage in life is that we have the opus with a feeling of understanding, but portunity and freedom to do essentially also an even scarier feeling of bewilder- anything. Yearning for stability, and more ment. As the endless possibilities expand importantly, security is normal, but we before us, we are all left in a horribly tran- always want what we don’t have. College sitional state of being. And here I show leaves us displaced, but it also allows us to you the transient properties of college. find what we care about most. If we apply One property is that although your Socrates’ words, it is our place to think friends may change and your opinions we know everything, yet realize we know may shift, you are still both the person you nothing. were when you first stepped onto those grassy fields of East Campus as well as the Leilani Doktor is a Trinity sophomore. Her person who has traveled halfway across column runs every other Friday.


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December 15, 2007, was the beginning of the Duke football program as we know it today. On that day, David Cutcliffe accepted the head coaching job, succeeding Ted Roof and immediately shifting his attention to building his first recruiting class, one that would net 17 players. That meant both trying to convince the Roof commits to remain loyal to the Blue Devils and also trying to persuade other players on his radar to join him in Durham. Now, four years later, five of those players in that initial class—Matt Daniels, Lee Butler, Donovan Varner, Jay Hollingsworth, and Johnny Williams—are on the eve of their final season in Duke blue. Ten others, including star quarterback and co-captain Sean Renfree, Brian Moore, and Patrick Kurunwune, will have another year of eligibility after they redshirted during their first year on campus. The final two members of the class, Trent Mackey and Randez James, were both dismissed in 2009. The Blue Devils will face Mackey, now a first-team AllConference USA linebacker, when Tulane

comes to Wallace Wade Stadium this fall. Cutcliffe’s first mandate when the group arrived on campus in the summer was to drastically improve its conditioning by losing a collective 1,000 pounds to improve late-game performance. “Coach Cutcliffe really believed in developing discipline and our conditioning,” Daniels said. “It has become the foundation of Duke football. He really instilled the idea that practice makes perfect in our class, and that’s something that we’ve passed on to each group that has come in.” As Cutcliffe assumed the program’s reigns, he had an experienced quarterback in Thaddeus Lewis, but not a signal caller for the future. That’s when he turned his attention to Renfree, a Parade All-American out of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the tenth-ranked prep quarterback. Though he didn’t get the chance to bond much with the team, Renfree’s relationship with Cutcliffe led to his late January commitment. “Sometimes, you end up getting to meet a lot of the players, and that helps you decide,” Renfree said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to build relationships with the players. So, it was really the fit with

the coaching staff that did it for me.” A major beneficiary of Renfree’s talent has been fellow recruit and wide receiver Donovan Varner. Varner, who predominantly played defensive back in high school, was recruited as an athlete, but his lack of size prevented him from gaining widespread notoriety from the recruiting services. Still his raw talent was undeniable. “When I first met Donovan down in Miami, I was at his house, and he wasn’t a very big fellow at all,” Cutcliffe said. “Now, he’s pretty stout and has a chance to break the Duke career reception record in his senior season.” Fellow senior and co-captain Matt Daniels also remembered the struggles that Varner went through as the coaching staff made him a wideout. “When he got here, he couldn’t really catch,” Daniels said. “He really worked hard on his route running and his hands with Thad Lewis. He has transformed into a top notch ACC receiver who puts fear into opponents.” There is no doubt that Daniels is both the captain of the secondary and the defense as a whole. He contributed mainly on special

teams as a true freshman and has morphed into a hard-hitting, do-it-all safety who is putting himself on the radar of NFL front office personnel. Joining him in the secondary at cornerback is Johnny Williams, who had over 300 yards receiving as a true freshman before switching positions. Lining up with Williams in the secondary will be Butler, giving the Blue Devils a senior laden defensive backfield. “From a defensive standpoint, we have so many defensive backs that have been in the system that we have a lot of experience in the backfield,” Daniels said. “That’s going to help us a lot in our preparation and pay big dividends on the field.” Though it is difficult to predict the development of a recruiting class as they transition to the next level, Cutcliffe is very proud of the foundation that his first class in Durham has laid. “Just to see the change in guys over time is one of the fun parts of being a football coach at the collegiate level,” Cutcliffe said. “You’re out there recruiting 17-year-olds, sometimes even 16-yearolds, and when it comes down to senior year, it gets emotional.”

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Senior safety Matt Daniels, along with Lee Butler, Donovan Varner, Jay Hollingsworth and Johnny Williams, highlight the seniors entering their final campaign with the Blue Devils.

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Renfree, Connette to share duties again by Matt Levenberg THE CHRONICLE

There’s a reason that most teams use only one quarterback for the majority of game situations. But during a losing streak last year, head coach David Cutcliffe implemented a system in which two quarterbacks—starter Sean Renfree and his backup Brandon Connette—both saw significant snaps in the offense. While that strategy occasionally backfired on Cutcliffe, he and his quarterbacks have expressed renewed confidence in their continued plans to share the load at quarterback. Last year, Connette was utilized primarily in the red zone, frequently as a rushing option rather than a passer. The change in signal callers mid-series might seem to cause problems for the momentum of both quarterbacks, but Renfree allayed concerns that being pulled in and out of the game creates issues for him. “I don’t think [the rotation takes me out of a rhythm],� Renfree said. “It depends how long I’m sitting out there for. For the most part, I’m in and out pretty quick. I think Coach [Cutcliffe] does a good job managing that.� Renfree entered last season as the starting quarterback and showed flashes of what made him a sought-after high school recruit. He opened with two 350-yard passing performances, and finished the year ranked third in the conference in passing yards. He ranked just sixth in touchdowns, though, due in large part to Duke’s commitment to running the ball in the red zone. It was this commitment that led Cutcliffe to use Connette more frequently. Despite Renfree’s hot start, he did endure a brutal three-game stretch in the middle of the season against three quality opponents: Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech. During that stretch he completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw 8 interceptions, and Renfree’s struggles led to increased opportunities for the freshman Connette to take over the offense in key situations. After averaging 4.75 carries and one pass attempt per game in the first four contests of the season, Connette averaged over eight rushes and over two pass attempts per game over the final seven games. By the end of the year, Connette had registered eight rushing scores to augment Renfree’s 14 passing touchdowns. This year, Blue Devil fans can expect to see even more of Connette in the red zone. While Connette struggled getting the ball to his talented wideouts Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner, he did show some very positive signs

last season, including a 10-play touchdown drive against Virginia when Renfree missed a series due to injury. Connette also hopes to expand beyond his role as a running option, and is looking forward to the opportunity to improve as a passer this season. “My packages have expanded,� Connette said. “I’m working on some more passing plays. We don’t want the defense to be able to key on me running the ball.� Duke fans will hope that Connette takes strides forward and is able to get the ball into his playmakers’ hands in the red zone. After proving last year that he can run the ball effectively, he will look to show defenses that he is truly a dual-threat quarterback this season. However, there is reason to question the team’s decision to take the ball out of Renfree’s hands at critical times. Duke’s 51-percent red zone conversion rate was just tenth-best in the ACC, and indeed it is difficult to score when the ACC’s most dangerous receiving duo is not playing a large part. Connette attempted only 22 passes last season and did not complete any touchdown passes. History is not on the Blue Devils’ side either. It is very hard to find a productive two-quarterback system in college football. The two successful instances in recent memory are senior Chris Leak and freshman Tim Tebow at Florida and senior Todd Boeckman and freshman Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State. In each of these cases, though, the younger player was a five-star recruit with tremendous upside. Their coaches simply could not justify keeping them on the bench, and while Connette has shown potential, he is not yet in the same conversation as Tebow and Pryor. Even at Duke, a job-sharing arrangement between juniors Zack Asack and Thaddeus Lewis proved ineffective. Once handed the reins full-time, Lewis went on to the best year of his career. Still, Cutcliffe has always been a staunch believer in the value of a strong rushing attack, and Connette provides that. “One thing we’ll try to do physically [in the red zone] is to run the football,� Renfree said. “If you can physically move people and run the football, you can start to play action. I’m sure we’ll use Brandon in different ways.� Improvement from Connette as a passer could give opponents matchup and preparation difficulties, giving Duke a dangerous multifaceted attack at the quarterback position. Cutcliffe and his two pupils believe that the system will work, and the Blue Devils’ offensive performance will depend on them defying the odds.

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Two years ago Duke finished dead last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards. After a small step in the right direction last year, the Blue Devil backs look to take a giant leap forward this season. “The depth is incredible,” senior running back Jay Hollingsworth said. “We’re still kind of young but it’s a pretty unique group because we all have in-game experience. At some point we’ve all started a game or two.” Hollingsworth helps fill a backfield that returns last year’s leading rusher Desmond Scott, sophomore Josh Snead, sophomore Juwan Thompson and redshirt junior

Patrick Kurunwune. Scott, entering his junior season, is the first name on the depth chart. After fighting his way into a starting role last season, the former four-star recruit and Durham native ran for 530 yards and three scores while starting 11 of Duke’s 12 games. He also added 266 yards through the air on 34 catches. All told, he finished fifth in the ACC in allpurpose yards per game. He claims his strengths are his vision, quickness and speed. He’s also fumbled just once in his 275 career touches. “My role [this season] is just doing my job,” Scott said. “Whether that’s running, pass blocking or catching, it’s just doing what the coaches ask me to do.”

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Junior Desmond Scott leads a group of five capable running backs on Duke’s roster. He led the team with 530 yards rushing last season.

Snead, Hollingsworth, and Thompson all follow Scott on the depth chart. Snead—who will miss Saturday’s opener against Richmond with a foot injury—is one of the more elusive backs the Blue Devils have and led the group with nearly five yards per carry last year. “There’s a lot of cohesion,” offensive coordinator and running backs coach Matt Luke said. “Each back is unselfish and has different strengths that work well together. The strength of the unit is their versatility. We have guys who can do everything.” Hollingsworth said he sees himself as the leader of the backfield due to his age and experience. The lone senior of the group recorded 175 rushing yards and two scores last season. Capable of running both north-south and to the outside, Hollingsworth’s strong pass-blocking skills should get him some time on the field. At 5-foot-11 and 215-pounds, Thompson is a bruising back that’s listed as the second-stringer behind Scott. He had 87 yards on 25 carries last season and recorded his first career start mid-season against Miami. Thompson’s size could be featured in short yardage and goal-line situations. “We have an array of talents at the running back position,” Hollingsworth said. “A couple of guys have speed, some have power, and others have agility and elusiveness. It’s a great group.” This unit is trying to build upon its improvement last season. Although Duke saw elevated production compared to 2009’s dismal rushing attack, it still has much loftier goals for the running game. In 2009, the Blue Devils ran for 762 yards as a team. If Duke was a player, it would have nestled nicely in between Boise State back Doug Martin and Texas A&M back Cyrus Gray at 82nd in the country. Eight quarterbacks accumulated more yards than that total. Last year the team nearly doubled that amount, rushing for 1,320 yards but still only moving up 16 spots to 104th in the country. The backfield looks to take that next step at a key time for the team. While adjusting to a new defensive scheme, the ability to control the clock could go a long way toward allowing that new defense to get its footing. It also might serve the Blue Devils’ goal of a more balanced offensive approach from a team that’s relied heavily on the pass in recent years, according to Luke. An effective rushing attack could force defenses to keep more men in the box, making the play-action that much tougher to defend and opening the field for quarterback Sean Renfree. But a talented running back corps can only do so much without any holes. With senior Kyle Hill returning at left tackle, sophomore David Harding returning at left guard and sophomore Perry Simmons returning at right tackle, there should be some stability. Unfortunately for Duke, veteran center Bryan Moore is out with a broken arm, leaving question marks at both the center and right guard positions. If the inexperienced blockers can’t move defenders, any hopes of a prolific rushing attack will be dashed. The Blue Devils’ backfield seems to have the versatility, depth, experience and motivation necessary. It remains to be seen if the rest can fall into place Saturday night. “It’s the first game of the season, if you’re not hyped for this, then what do you get hyped for?” Scott said.

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At a glance: Duke’s schedule week-by-week 9/3 VS. RICHMOND The Spiders pulled off a surprising upset of the Blue Devils two seasons ago, and this year the Blue Devils are at least as favored as they were then. In the wake of former head coach Latrell Scott’s resignation after an arrest for DWI, the Richmond squad will look to turn back the clock to 2009.

9/17 AT BC

10/1 AT FIU

A solid Golden Eagle defense is led by linebacker Luke Kuechly, who topped the nation in tackles last season, but running back Montel Harris is the only sure thing on an uncertain offense. This is the first of several winnable conference tests for the Blue Devils, and a win will go a long way toward validating Duke’s bowl hopes.

9/10 VS. STANFORD

9/24 VS. TULANE

Last year, the Blue Devils had high hopes going into a game against thenNo. 1 Alabama and were embarrassed by the Crimson Tide. This year’s highranked opponent comes in the form of the Cardinal, who boast Heisman hopeful quarterback Andrew Luck behind a top-flight offensive line. Staying in this game will be a moral victory for Duke.

The Blue Devils will look to exploit a porous Green Wave defense in what will be a highly winnable contest for Duke. Head coach Bob Toledo is firmly on the hot seat, as he’s coached the Tulane defense to a ranking of 100th or worse in scoring defense each of the last three seasons.

The Golden Panthers experienced the best season in program history last year, taking down Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl for the first bowl win since the team was founded in 2002. FIU boasts a tough defense, but the Blue Devils will need this nonconference victory if they hope to reach six wins.

10/15 VS. FSU

The Seminoles are the definite favorite to top the ACC’s Atlantic Division, and the loss of star quarterback Christian Ponder will be made up for by the arrival of the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. This game could go a long way for the Blue Devils’ confidence if they can just hang with Florida State.

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First-year coordinator Jim Knowles revamps the Blue Devil defensive structure by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE

By almost every statistic, Duke’s defense was abysmal last year—the Blue Devils were last in the ACC in rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed, sacks and interceptions. This year’s defense will differ dramatically in its scheme and substitution pattern, which the team hopes will improve its ability to stop the run and pressure the quarterback. Duke will turn to a 4-2-5 scheme this season, a rather unorthodox system that replaces one linebacker from the typical 4-3 scheme with an extra defensive back. First-year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles instituted a similar scheme as head coach at Cornell in 2004. The Big Red immediately jumped from worst to first in the Ivy League in yards allowed per game. After failing to win a conference game in 2003, Cornell won four in Knowles’ first year. Although it may seem counter-intuitive to have only six men in the box while attempting to generate a more powerful rush, the extra support on the back end will allow the front six to take more risks while rushing. “We’re playing a lot more aggressive upfield,” senior nose guard Charlie Hatcher said. “Last year it was a little bit more reading. We were really aggressive last year, but not as aggressive as this year.” Hatcher also hopes to benefit from a more extensive rotation, which will limit the number of snaps he plays but make him more effective when he does. Although defensive line coach Rick Petri has worked extensively on improving the unit’s conditioning, they will still benefit from increased substitution because of the physical nature of the position. While the linebackers on the field will have more freedom as a result of the new defense, the primary impact of the switch will be to hide the lack of depth at the position. Though sophomore Kelby Brown finished third in the ACC in defensive rookie of the year voting and junior Austin Gamble has shown great athleticism and flashes of potential, there is a significant drop-off in talent lower in the rotation. The key to the scheme, however, rests with senior strong safety Matt Daniels and junior weak safety Walt Canty, who bear responsibility for reading the offensive play and communicating it to the rest of the defense. Even more than it hides the linebackers, the 4-2-5 highlights Duke’s talent and depth at safety. The coaching staff chose to change its base defense to fit personnel strengths more than it did for any grand strategic purpose. Daniels, Canty and sophomore August Campbell, whose recordbreaking 95-yard touchdown against Boston College was arguably Duke’s best play last season, are three of the team’s best athletes, and senior Lee Butler’s experience should earn him plenty of playing time. Playing a 4-2-5 gets those players more time on the field. Daniels, whose nose for the ball and physical mentality has him only three caused fumbles away from setting a Duke record, will be asked to make his presence felt all over the field. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ play calling is designed with Daniels in mind. “You’ll see me in lots of different positions this year,” Daniels said. “Coach is putting me in a spot to align me to make more plays on the ball and just be able to fly around all over the field and use the ability that I have. He definitely sees me blitzing a lot, more in the box, playing high safety. Teams will probably never know where I’m coming from or where I’ll be. That’s what makes this defense so great.” Whether the defense works as planned remains to be seen—last year’s failed to generate the pressure it was designed to produce. But there is reason to be optimistic about this year’s incarnation. Petri has a proven track record of developing defensive linemen, including former NFL pro-bowlers like Warren Sapp and John Abraham. The coaching staff and players seem confident that the new scheme will ensure Duke won’t find itself in the cellar of ACC defenses again.

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“FOR ME, THINGS DON’T CHANGE AS MUCH [IN THE 4-2-5]— I HAVE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES AND I’VE GOT TO STOP THE DEEP BALL,” SOPHOMORE CORNERBACK ROSS COCKRELL SAID. “[BUT] THE 4-2-5 CHANGES A LOT OF THE STUFF THE SAFETIES DO…. THEY’RE THE QUARTERBACKS OF OUR DEFENSE. THEY MAKE THE CALLS AND SET THE PASSING STRENGTH. THEY HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON.”

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OWN THE 4-2-5 THEIR OWN WORDS

SENIOR NOSE GUARD CHARLIE HATCHER SAID. “IT’S REALLY STILL RCE THE BALL OUT TO OUR SAFETIES OR OUT TO OUR LINEBACKERS.”

“IT ALLOWS ME AND THE OTHER LINEBACKERS TO PLAY RUN REALLY HARD AND THE DB’S REALLY WORRY ABOUT THE PASS,” SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER KELBY BROWN SAID. “IT HELPS US PLAY A LITTLE FASTER.”

“THE 4-2-5 DEFENSE IS MADE FOR THE SAFETIES TOMAKE PLAYS,” SENIOR SAFETY MATT DANIELS SAID. “I’M EXCITED TO RUN INTO ALLEYS AND FILL IN HOLES AND BE A BALL-HAWKING ANIMAL.”

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Cutcliffe, Duke getting used to expectations by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE

The recent relative success of the football program has brought with it increased hopes, but along with those hopes come increased expectations. Despite the growing attention, however, the Blue Devils finished last year with a 3-9 overall record and just one win in the ACC, tying Wake Forest for last place in the conference. Even with last year’s dismal results, Duke is yet again facing the pressure of fulfilling high expectations from fans, media and the team itself. But even as the hype builds before a new season, players and coaches alike realize that winning requires more than just talk. “I want us to challenge ourselves, and I want us to be the kind of football team we expect ourselves to be,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We have to create the expectations within ourselves, and you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you do it. A lot of people tell you what they’re going to do and don’t back it up. I want us to create expectations and [accomplish] them with class.”

“The goal is to win the ACC championship.... Nothing more, nothing less.” — Matt Daniels, safety Cutcliffe’s demands come as no surprise to his players, who likewise expect only the best performance from themselves. “The goal is to win the ACC championship and nothing more, nothing less,” said safety Matt Daniels, who has played for Cutcliffe for the past three years. “We don’t come into the season only trying to win six games and go to a bowl game.” Daniels’ goals may be lofty, but the team’s core of quality players, including quarterback Sean Renfree and

wide receivers Connor Vernon and Donovan Varner, provides a glimmer of hope. Renfree—the team’s returning starting signal caller—has completed 319-of-415 passes in 17 career games for 3,461 yards and 18 touchdowns. Against Navy last year, he set the school’s single-game records for pass completion percentage (93.3 percent), as well as consecutive pass completions, with 16. The redshirt junior co-captain hopes to add to this list of kudos after fully recovering from a torn ACL in early 2010 and feels very prepared for Saturday’s season opener against Richmond. “I think my confidence started in the last six games of the season,” Renfree said. “The less pressure I try to put on myself, the easier everything becomes. Obviously this offseason has been good for me—getting a lot of reps this spring and being more comfortable on the offense, and being physically healthy—that all contributes to being more comfortable.” With a boosted offensive line and a strong set of veterans, as well as a fresh crop of first-year players, Cutcliffe said he is confident about the team’s prospects this year. “Now we have guys playing, and all they’ve ever known is our systems, and you start becoming a program more in those fourth, fifth, sixth years,” he said. “We have a lot to be excited about, and the two things that excite me the most [are that] we have a lot of players that we’ve seen perform at a high level before…[and] I expect 15 to 16 freshmen or redshirt freshmen to play a significant part in this ballgame.” Despite mounting expectations from all sides, the team has managed to stay optimistic for the coming year while still acknowledging some of its shortcomings. “We certainly added some depth and some athleticism to our team [and] this team had a camp that you like to have,” Cutcliffe said. “I think we’re ready systematically. Are we as grown up as we would like? No. I realize we’ll be a work in progress, [but] I know we’re well ahead of where we were a year ago systematically, and I don’t think there’s any question athletically as well.”

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CLEMSON

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Last Year: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in the ACC, fourth in Atlantic. Lost to Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Last Year: 6-7 overall, 4-4 in the ACC, fifth in Atlantic. Lost to South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Coach: Frank Spaziani (3rd year), 16-11 record

Coach: Dabo Swinney (3rd year), 19-15 record

Last Year: 10-4 overall, 6-2 in the ACC, lost in ACC championship game. Defeated South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The Star: LB Luke Kuechly (Jr.) led the nation

The Star: RB

Coach: Jimbo Fisher (2nd year), 10-4 record

The Departed:

Andre Ellington (RJr.) rushed for nearly 1200 yards last year and 14 touchdowns, adding 333 yards and a touchdown on kickoff returns. He missed spring practice, but with the departure of quarterback Kyle Parker, he’ll be the offensive centerpiece.

The Departed: QB Christian Ponder. Threw for

The Skinny: Last year was expected to be a rough

The Departed: DE Da’Quan Bowers. Bowers fell to the second round of the NFL Draft due to concerns over offseason knee surgery, but he led the nation in sacks with 15.5, and tied for most tackles for loss with 26. He could start at end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

transition with true freshman Chase Rettig under center, and while Rettig struggled at times last season, sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly and the ACC’s best defense led the Eagles to a 7-5 regular season record. Kuechly racked up a total of 183 tackles last season, first in the conference by over fifty tackles. The defense he led was the only one in the league to allow fewer than 310 yards per game last year. While the defense excelled, the offense struggled mightily at times as Rettig completed just 51 percent of his pass attempts and threw a measly six touchdow passes. Experienced running backs Harris and Andre Williams will look to take the pressure off Rettig, but may struggle finding holes with just two returning starters on the offensive line. If the line gels quickly, Harris could achieve the 1,003 yards necessary to become the conference’s all-time leading rusher. Though the defense looks to be one of the top units in the ACC again, expect the Eagles to hover around .500 and perhaps sneak into a bowl. —Matt Levenberg

The Skinny: Clemson had a disappointing season in 2010, posting their first losing record since 1998. The pressure will be on head coach Dabo Swinney to lead the Tigers to their seventh consecutive bowl, but he will face an uphill battle. Clemson had six players selected in the NFL Draft and lost starting quarterback Kyle Parker to pro baseball. Parker’s replacement Tajh Boyd played well in limited action last season, and this year he will start for the Tigers. He will be aided by returning players at the skill positions: Ellington, wideouts Deandre Hopkins and Jaron Brown and tight end Dwayne Allen. Clemson had just the tenth-best offense in the conference last year, though, and it will be an uphill battle to improve on that mark with a first-time signal caller. The Tigers won behind a defense which allowed the fewest points per game in the ACC in 2010. However, losing six starters to the NFL may prove too difficult to overcome for Clemson to keep its bowl streak alive. —Matt Levenberg

The Skinny: For the first time in the post-Bobby Bowden era, Florida State starts the season as a national title contender, ranked sixth in the preseason AP poll. The Seminoles return 16 starters from last year’s 10-4 campaign, the team’s first season under head coach Jimbo Fisher. After Ponder’s departure, Florida State has high hopes that junior E.J. Manuel will be able to fill the quarterback hole. Despite only starting six games in his collegiate career, the explosive Manuel was recently chosen as the preseason ACC first-team quarterback. The defense will be led by Jenkins. Florida State’s experience has them pegged as early favorites to win the ACC, something the team has not done outright since 2005. The Seminoles host No. 1 Oklahoma in week three, and barring an upset in the first two weeks, will have a chance to unseat the nation’s top-ranked team. A victory in that game would catapult Florida State into BCS title game discussion, and a BCS bowl appearance would be its first since the 2005-06 season. —Mike Schreiner

MARYLAND

N.C. STATE

WAKE FOREST

Last Year: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the ACC, tied for

Last Year: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the ACC, tied for second

second in Atlantic. Defeated East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

in Atlantic. Defeated West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Last Year: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in the ACC, sixth in Atlantic Division. No bowl appearance.

Coach: Randy Edsall (1st year)

Coach: Tom O’Brien (4th year), 25-25 record

The Star: LB Kenny Tate (Sr.) reached triple digits

The Star: TE George Bryan (RSr.) averaged an excel-

in tackles last year for the Terps, adding 8.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and four forced fumbles. He’ll likely move to safety as a pro, but he’ll anchor the linebacking corps as a senior.

lent 10.5 yards per catch last season, and standing 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, he contributes in the blocking game as well.

with a remarkable 183 tackles and enters the season with a streak of 21 games with 10 or more tackles. OT Anthony Castonzo: The road-grading offensive lineman paved the way for running back Montel Harris’ excellent season. He’ll protect Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts this season after getting drafted in the first round.

The Departed:

WR Torrey Smith. He set an ACC career record with 2,983 kick return yards, and added a 1000-yard receiving season last year, averaging nearly 16 yards per catch. He earned a secondround selection from the Baltimore Ravens.

The Skinny: Despite new head coach Randy Edsall’s normally conservative approach, Maryland’s offense will spread the field and play uptempo. That offense is led by quarterback and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O’Brien. The third-year sophomore is looking to improve upon his 2,438-yard, 22-touchdown campaign last season. Two bruising running backs, Davin Meggett and D.J. Adams, will accompany O’Brien in the backfield. Meggett rushed for a team-high 720 yards while Adams led the squad with 11 rushing scores. An All-ACC first-teamer last season, Tate will be moved to linebacker to help fill the void left by graduated linebackers Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten. This helps shore up a solid but not spectacular front seven but leaves major question marks in the secondary. The Terps are expected to finish in the middle of the ACC, but could surprise if the team takes a step forward in Edsall’s first year. —Alex Young

The Departed: QB Russell Wilson. The clear leader of last season’s 9-4 squad, Wilson led the ACC with 274.1 passing yards per game. He spent the summer playing pro baseball, and was released from his scholarship by the Wolfpack. He’ll take his talents to the University of Wisconsin this year.

The Skinny: In 2010, the Wolfpack went 9-4, came within one game of winning the ACC’s Atlantic Division and finished the season ranked in the top-25. The winning record was head coach Tom O’Brien’s first in four years at N.C. State. The Wolfpack return 14 starters—including eight on defense—and are looking to upset ACC favorites Florida State and take the conference title. Mike Glennon, a graduate student who has played in just ten games in three seasons, will fill Wilson’s large shoes, and the Wolfpack will also be without their leading rusher, sophomore Mustafa Greene, early in the season due to a foot injury. With a strong defense and momentum carrying over from last year, N.C. State could easily make an impact in the ACC in 2011, though the path to a conference title will most likely be blocked by the Seminoles. —Mike Schreiner

The Star: DE Brandon Jenkins (Jr.) ranked third in the nation in sacks as a sophomore with 13.5, including five multi-sack games. He added 21.5 tackles for a loss, and projects as a dominant NCAA pass rusher. over 2000 yards in 2010 and 20 touchdowns. His 49 career TD passes rank 19th in ACC history. He was the 12th overall pick in the NFL Draft, and will back up Donovan McNabb as a Minnesota Viking.

Coach: Jim Grobe (10th year), 62-60 record. The Star: LB Kyle Wilber (Sr.), a rush linebacker, returns as last year’s team leader with six sacks behind an undersized defensive line.

The Departed: WR Marshall Williams. Wake Forest’s most significant departure was a wide receiver who had just 24 catches last season. He was a second-team all-ACC selection in 2009, though.

The Skinny: A laundry list of injuries spelled demise for the Demon Deacons last season, as Grobe had to entrust his offense to a crew of true freshmen, including quarterback Tanner Price. Despite being thrust into the fire, Price managed to put up solid numbers across the board, throwing for 1,349 yards and seven touchdowns. Freshman running back Josh Harris was consistently solid as well, rushing for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. The Demon Deacons’ biggest concern is on defense. Last season, the defensive unit was ranked second-tolast in the ACC in pass defense. Even worse, the Deacons were dead last in scoring defense. Defensive coordinator Brad Lambert is looking to improve his unit’s performance by switching from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme. This move should allow for players to get better rest; however, the new scheme also leaves the secondary even more vulnerable to an aerial assault. Wake Forest should improve on last season’s record, but with a difficult schedule including nonconference games against Notre Dame and Syracuse, don’t expect the Demon Deacons to make great strides forward. —Brendan Potocki


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COASTAL DIVISION DUKE

GEORGIA TECH

MIAMI

Last Year: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in the ACC, sixth in

Last Year: 6-7 overall, 4-4 in the ACC, fourth in

Last Year: 7-6 overall, 5-3 in the ACC, second in

Coastal. No bowl appearance.

Coastal. Lost to Air Force in the Independence Bowl.

Coastal. Lost to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl.

Coach: David Cutcliffe (4th year), 12-24 record

Coach: Paul Johnson (4th year), 25-15 record

Coach: Al Golden (1st year)

The Star: QB Sean Renfree (RJr.) became the

The Star: OG Omoregie Uzzi (RJr.) earned secondteam all-ACC honors, starting every game and paving the way for Georgia Tech’s conference-best ground attack.

The Star: LB Sean Spence (Sr.) posted a remark-

fourth quarterback in Duke history to throw for over 3000 yards, and was one of just seven sophomores nationally to accomplish the feat last year. He has excellent makeup and the ACC’s best receiving tandem.

The Departed: OL Brandon Harper. The veteran anchor of Duke’s offensive line started at left guard. He snagged an NFL training camp invite from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Skinny: The program took a step back record-

The Departed: RB Anthony Allen. Allen averaged 921.5 yards per season in his two years at Georgia Tech after transferring, including a solid 6.6 yards per carry. He could be a backup running back after being picked by the Ravens in the seventh round.

The Skinny: The Yellow Jackets finished with

able 110 tackles, including six for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Undersized but with excellent instincts, Spence will be a big factor when he returns from a one-game suspension.

The Departed:

CB Brandon Harris. In three years, he started 32 games and recorded 129 tackles. He recorded only three interceptions, but that was largely a function of opposing coaches refusing to target him. He was a second-round pick of the Houston Texans.

wise, winning just three games after a five-win season in 2009. There were bright spots for Dukenonetheless, as Renfree blossomed in his first year at the helm. He completed 61.4 percent of his passes, though he’ll have to improve upon his 17 interceptions. He’ll be surrounded by quality talent on offense, especially wide receivers Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner, who project to be the best receiving duo in the conference. A young running back corps will be relied upon to mature quickly in support of the aerial attack. The special teams, long a sore spot for the Duke program, has improved dramatically, and kicker Will Snyderwine looks to repeat as one of the nation’s best. The Blue Devils’ weakness will be a young and undersized defense, which will have to improve to avoid once again finishing near the bottom of the FBS. A bowl bid has been Cutcliffe’s stated goal since he was hired, and if things break right in 2011, he might finally reach it. —Tom Gieryn

a .500 record in league play last season for the 16th consecutive year—an ACC-record streak that ranks second nationally only to Florida. Georgia Tech also kept another streak alive last season, with its 14th consecutive bowl appearance. To maintain those streaks, the youthful Yellow Jackets will count on senior A-back Rodney Jones, who is essential to their unusual triple-option offensive attack, which racked up a nation-leading 323.3 rushing yards per game. This will be Johnson’s first season without quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who has run the offense since his freshman year. New quarterback Tevin Washington did gain some experience last season after Nesbitt broke his arm after just five games. On defense, there are also many key replacements to be made. If there’s a bright spot, it’s the defensive line, which does return all three starters. Odds are the Yellow Jackets will maintain their streak with another finish over .500, but they’ll have to overcome inexperience to get there. —Valentine Esposito

The Skinny: Despite the turmoil of recentlyrevealed NCAA violations, Miami still has the talent to compete in the ACC. Senior quarterback Jacory Harris has the athleticism but struggled with decision-making last season, throwing 15 picks to only 14 touchdowns, and may cede his starting job to sophomore Stephen Morris. Sophomore runningback Lamar Miller, though, has a chance to remind Hurricanes fans of glory days gone by—Miller ran for 646 yards and six scores on only 108 carries last season. A strong offensive line should open up holes for the talented backfield. Defensively, Olivier Vernon and Adewale Ojomo anchor a strong defensive line while Spence is the star of the linebackers. Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque could form a great safety tandem in the secondary, to make up for weak corners. The talent is there, but questions remain about Miami’s ability to regroup in the wake of recent scandal. —Alex Young

NORTH CAROLINA

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA TECH

Last Year: 8-5 overall, 4-4 in the ACC, third in

Last Year: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the ACC, fifth in Coast-

Coastal. Lost to Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.

al. No bowl appearance.

Last Year: 11-3 overall, 8-0 in the ACC, won ACC championship. Lost to Stanford in the Orange Bowl.

Coach: Everett Withers (1st year)

Coach: Mike London (2nd year), 4-8 record

Coach: Frank Beamer (25th year), 198-95-2 record

The Star: DE Quinton Coples (Sr.) is one of the

The Star: CB Chase Minnifield (Sr.) had six inter-

The Star: CB Jayron Hosley (Sr.) led the nation

top players in the entire conference after recording 59 tackles and 10 sacks despite playing out of position.

ceptions to rank second in the conference, and he recorded seven tackles in each of three different games. He will anchor a strong Cavalier secondary.

with nine interceptions, added 39 tackles and seven pass breakups, and earned first-team All-American honors.

The Departed: DE Robert Quinn. Though Quinn didn’t play last year after being suspended for NCAA infractions, he’ll still be missed since he skipped his final year of eligibility. He led the ACC in tackles for loss in 2009, and was second in sacks with 11. He was drafted 14th overall by St. Louis.

The Skinny:

There’s no telling how the Tar Heels will respond after a rough year, but there’s also no doubt that they have the talent to be dangerous. The Tar Heels’ strength will be in the trenches, particularly on defense. Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams will bring 320 pounds of heft to the defensive tackle position from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. That will allow Coples, a natural defensive end who played out of position last year at tackle, to move back outside. He and fellow end Donte Paige-Moss will form one of the best bookend pairs in the nation; they combined for 29 tackles for a loss last year. On offense, the line also looks to be a strength in front of redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner, who will replace T.J. Yates. He’ll have one of the ACC’s premier receivers in Dwight Jones, who returns with four 100-yard receiving games under his belt from last season. If Withers can get a reeling but talent-laden program back in order, it’ll be a remarkable achievement, and one that could net him an ACC title. —Tom Gieryn

The Departed: CB Ras-I Dowling. He missed significant time in 2010, but was a preseason All-ACC and second-team All-American selection after 11 pass breakups and three picks in 2009. He was a secondround pick of the New England Patriots.

The Skinny: The greatest of Virginia’s woes last season was on defense, particularly its abysmal run defense that gave up an ACC-worst 5.1 yards per carry. Veteran defensive coordinator Jim Reid has worked tirelessly this offseason in order to implement a new 4-3 scheme. Reid will also look to implement some of his notoriously complex blitz schemes that he became known for while working with the Miami Dolphins. There are more questions surrounding Virginia on the offensive side of the ball. Inexperienced sophomore Michael Rocco seems to have won the battle to replace the departed Marc Verica at quarterback. Running back Perry Jones is undersized, but combines solid speed with explosive power and should make a statement this season running behind 6-foot-6, 335 -pound behemoth right tackle Morgan Moses. Overall, this Virginia squad looks like it will be slightly improved from last season; however, don’t expect the Cavs to be atop the conference standings anytime soon. —Brendan Potocki

The Departed:

RB Ryan Williams. Williams skipped his last two years of eligibility after an injuryplagued season. In 2009, he broke the ACC single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 21. He was a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Skinny: Virginia Tech will once again be a contender for the ACC crown in 2011; however, with the departure of several key players, the Hokies will look very different. Tyrod Taylor, the all-time leading passer in school history, will be replaced by sophomore Logan Thomas at quarterback. At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Thomas brings tremendous size and strength to the offense. Senior Jarrett Boykin leads a deep receiving corps. Boykin is arguably the biggest offensive threat for Virginia Tech. He had 53 catches for 847 yards and six touchdowns last year and is poised to become the Hokies’ alltime leader in pass receptions and receiving yards. The defense lost five starters, but defensive coordinator Bud Foster has once again restocked the positions with the same depth the Hokies had last season. Virginia Tech’s schedule could separate the squad from the rest of the ACC. The Hokies will play their hardest conference games in Blacksburg and play the projected bottom four finishers in the ACC on the road. —Danny Nolan


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10/22 VS. WAKE FOREST A nine-game losing streak devastated the Demon Deacons’ 2010 season, and things may not get much better this year for an inexperienced squad undergoing major changes. Color this one a must-win for Duke if it hopes to reach the postseason.

10/29 VS. VA TECH The only program in the country with 10 or more victories in seven consecutive seasons stands a good shot of extending that streak. The Hokies possess a dangerous secondary, great receivers and a high-upside quarterback in 6-foot-6 Logan Thomas. The Blue Devils will be hard-pressed to pick up a win against Frank Beamer’s team.

11/5 AT MIAMI Amidst allegations of massive recruiting violations, the Hurricanes are firmly in rebuilding mode. Several key players will miss games this season and it will take time to reconstruct a program in turmoil. They still have enough talent to make things difficult for Duke on the road, though.

10/29 VS. VA TECH 11/12 AT VIRGINIA Having lost quarterback Marc Verica (2,799 passing yards in 2011) and running back Keith Payne to graduation, second-year head coach Mike London will need to get contributions from last year’s strong recruiting class. This won’t be an easy win for Duke on the road, but it’s reasonable to hope for a victory.

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11/19 VS. GEORGIA TECH The Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense will need to hold onto the ball better after leading the nation with 20 fumbles last year, and graduation was hard on an alreadyunsteady defense. The Blue Devil defense will have to stand strong, though, if it hopes to stop Paul Johnson’s relentless rushing attack and pick up a victory.

11/26 AT NORTH CAROLINA The Tar Heels managed to come away with eight wins despite having 30 different players miss a combined 200 games. The program remains in turmoil after a last-minute decision to replace former head coach Butch Davis. The sheer talent is there for North Carolina to be dangerous, anyway, though, and this will be a tough road matchup for Duke.


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