T H E I N D E P E N D E N T D A I LY AT D U K E U N I V E R S I T Y
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Former DUPD officer cleared of rape charges
ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTH YEAR, ISSUE 33
BNY policies fair to Duke, admins say
by Lauren Carroll
by Yeshwanth Kandimalla THE CHRONICLE
A former officer with the Duke University Police Department has been acquitted of charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. The week-long trial of 39-year-old Webster Simmons ended in a verdict of “not guilty” Oct. 7. The trial took place in Houston County, Ala. “Once I discussed the case with [Simmons,] I knew he was innocent,” Simmons’ attorney Billy Sheffield II said in an interview Tuesday. Simmons has returned to North Carolina, Sheffield said. He may eventually return to law enforcement, though Sheffield said Simmons has not made definitive plans. Simmons declined a request for comment. “I can’t imagine him serving in DUPD again,” DUPD Chief John Dailey said Tuesday. Dailey declined to comment on any change in Simmons’ eligibility for employment following his acquittal, but noted that in general, DUPD evaluates an applicant’s criminal record. “While being charged with a crime and then acquitted is not by itself a disqualifying factor for employment at Duke, we would consider severity of the charges, jobrelatedness and how recent [the charges are],” Dailey wrote in an email Tuesday. Simmons was arrested in Alabama Oct. 26, 2009, for allegedly raping and sodomizing a
Bank of New York Mellon has conducted fair foreign currency trades with the University’s assets, Duke officials said. Last week, the New York attorney general and the United States attorney in New York City each filed lawsuits against BNY Mellon—led by Trustee Gerald Hassell, Trinity ’73 and chairman and CEO of the company. The two lawsuits, which were filed Oct. 4, claim that the company defrauded its clients in fees associated with foreign currency trades. The Duke University Management Company maintains accounts with BNY Mellon for trading purposes, wrote Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, in an email Tuesday. In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the amount in question regarding Duke-BNY Mellon transactions is approximately several hundred thousand dollars out of a $5.8 billion endowment, he added. “The financial impact on Duke of the alleged practices would not be significant,” Schoenfeld said. “Our view is that the foreign exchange trades BNY Mellon has executed for Duke have been fair.” DUMAC continues to hold accounts with BNY Mellon, he noted. Duke is not involved in the lawsuits. These lawsuits will have no effect on Hassell’s membership to the Board of Trustees, Schoenfeld
CHRISTINA PENA/THE CHRONICLE
Rebellious Brewing operates a booth at the 16th annual World Beer Festival, held Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. More than 100 breweries from around the world participated.
SEE SIMMONS ON PAGE 7
SEE BNY ON PAGE 6
DKU delay helpful for academic programs by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE
The recently announced construction delay at Duke Kunshan University could provide a welcome grace period for those planning the new campus—but comes with additional financial costs. At the Sept. 15 Academic Council meeting, Provost Peter Lange announced the opening of DKU will be delayed, due to poor weather conditions at the construction site. It is now slated to open for students Spring 2013 instead of Fall 2012. But some administrators and faculty members have said this extension comes as a relief for those working on DKU construction and academic programs. Executive Vice President Tallman Trask said five of DKU’s six buildings are on track for completion, but construction workers have not yet broken ground on the sixth building— sometimes referred to as the “incubator building” because it will house research facilities and labs. Trask cited construction, academic and financial obstacles as causes for the delay. “I am quite confident about the five buildings, but I’m not willing to even guess on the [completion date for the] incubator yet,” Trask said, adding that Spring 2013 is a reasonable estimate for the five buildings already under construction.
Duncan seventh, Duke 10th at Tar Heel Invitational, Page 9
Trask said he suspects that the city of Kunshan, which is fronting the costs of the campus’ construction, is nearing its budget limit, though it has yet to officially approach Duke about this problem. Although Trask was unable to predict what would happen if Kunshan reaches its budgetary limit, he said it would be the city’s prerogative to halt construction in such a case because the city is footing the bill. Trask added that unresolved details regarding which academic programs will be utilizing the incubator space are preventing construction on that building from moving forward. He said, for example, the Duke Global Health Institute might require lab space, and the building’s structure and layout could depend on the amount or type of necessary space. “The incubator is going to be largely programmatically driven,” Trask said. “I don’t want to build an entire building... just for two labs.” The DGHI faculty plans to vote on potential programs this month, and the Fuqua School of Business, which is expected to provide the first DKU degree, a Master’s of Management Studies in Finance, will also discuss its academic programs this month.
Blue Devils split pair of weekend contests, Page 9
SEE DKU ON PAGE 6
CHRONICLE GRAPHIC BY TYLER SEUC
Due to poor weather conditions at the construction site, Duke Kunshan University is now scheduled to open Spring 2013 for students.
“As people spend more time inside in the dorms, there is a greater opportunity to spread illnesses....” —Duke Student Health director Jean Hanson on illnesses. See story page 3
2 | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Congress not prepared for possible terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two weeks ago, the FBI arrested Rezwan Ferdaus and accused the 26-year-old Massachusetts man of planning to fly an explosives-laden model airplane into the U.S. Capitol. The plot’s revelation sparked debate over FBI tactics in investigating Muslims and drew attention to the possibility that remotecontrolled aircraft could be used to carry out a terrorist attack. The story did not prompt any renewed soul-searching over whether the legislative branch is prepared to cope with a catastrophic strike, even though it’s been several years since Congress looked seriously at the issue. Ferdaus’s plan, even had it been successful, seems unlikely to have inflicted large-scale damage on Congress. The same could not be said of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when United Flight 93 may well have been headed for the Capitol before passengers brought it down in a Pennsylvania field.
13th Annual Duke Start-up Challenge Fuqua School of Business, 12:55-1:55p.m. All students are invited to show their startup ideas for entrepreneurship and have a chance to win $5,000.
Job Search Lab Social Sciences 228, 5-6p.m. The Career Center will help students implement job-searching plans, including tips and tricks specific to their needs.
Virginian workers’ wage Ukraine sentences former gap highest in 30 years prime minister to prison The gulf between high-wage and lowwage workers has reached a peak in the recent 30 years in Virginia, a report released Tuesday said. The top 10 percent of wage earners in Virginia make almost six times more than than those in the bottom 10 percent, the second-highest in the country.
KIEV, Ukraine — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of power, putting the country’s drive for closer ties with the European Union at risk. The EU is “deeply disappointed” by the verdict, says European Commission spokeswoman.
Deva Premal and Miten Concert with Manose Reynolds Theater, 7:30-8:30p.m. Deva Premal, Miten and Manose, famous for their unique blending of East and West, will perform.
Ensemble U: Estonian music group East Duke 201, 8-9:30p.m. New Estonian music group Ensemble U will perform the world premiere of Duke graduate composer Bryan Christian’s “Walk.“
TODAY IN HISTORY
Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. — William Safire
1492: Columbus reaches the New World.
“Where a frozen yogurt machine once stood, there is now a barren countertop. Those looking for on-campus frozen yogurt will no longer be able to satisfy their cravings at Alpine Atrium. This is not the first time froyo offerings have changed at Duke.” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com
Discovery Day Bahamas
Day of the Race Ecuador
National Day Spain JON BEDELL/THE CHRONICLE
A volunteer demonstrates how to use a bicycle-blender during Durham’s Open Streets, an event focused on sustainability Sunday.
Our Lady of Aparecida Brazil
ION S S S MI INE I 4 B SU ADL ER 1 DE TOB OC
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
October 28 - November 6
We seek work by student artists to present in exhibition and performance settings. All media forms accepted, including painting, photography, sculpture, ﬁlm, poetry, readings, dance– individual and ensemble work, musical performances –soloists, ensemble, orchestra, vocalists, choirs, bands, performance installations, theater, happenings...
you create it!
Full details arts.duke.edu 919-684-0540 facebook.com/DukeArts SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW!
VISUAL IMUSIC IDANCE ITHEATER IFILM ICREATIVE WRITING Sponsored by Ofﬁce of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke Alumni Association, Duke Career Center, Duke University Union Visual Arts Committee. PHOTO ABOVE: Gondolier, balanced composition (detail), photograph by Kirsty Fang ‘11
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 | 3
Webbe released Student Health prepares for flu season from jail, to appear in court by Autumn Robinson THE CHRONICLE
from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE
The man accused of calling in a bomb threat for the Bryan Center has been released from jail. Renaldo Webbe, a 20-year-old Durham man accused of making false bomb threats on the Bryan Center, has been released from Durham County Jail after he signed himself off on an unsecured bond for $1,000, said C. Scott, an employee in inmate booking in Durham County Jails. Webbe appeared in court Oct. 6 and is expected to appear in court again. According to an arrest warrant, Webbeâ€”a temporary employee at the McDonaldâ€™s located in the Bryan Centerâ€”was charged with two felonies, one for making a false bomb report and another for making a false report of mass violence on educational property. Officers from Duke University Police Department and Durham Police Department arrested Webbe at his home Oct. 5. Webbe was arrested for allegedly calling the Bryan Center Oct. 1 and reporting the presence of three bombs set to detonate at 1 p.m., according to the warrant. He made a call to the Gothic Bookshop and another to the McDonaldâ€™s where he worked. The Bryan Center was closed and evacuated for more than two hours Oct. 1. so that DUPD, DPD and the Raleigh Police Department could search the building by hand with the aid of a bomb-sniffing dog. University officials said they believed the bomb threat to be a hoax from the beginning, said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration and emergency response coordinator.
As the weather grows colder, studentsâ€™ temperatures may start to rise. More students visit Duke Student Health in the fall and winter months than any other time of the year, Jean Hanson, administrative director of Duke Student Health, wrote in an email last Thursday. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has not reported any flu cases yet this season, Hanson said, but Student Health is currently working to minimize the impact of sickness on campus as the flu season approaches. â€œIn terms of illness, the winter months are busier,â€? Hanson said. â€œAs people spend more time inside in the dorms, there is a greater opportunity to spread illnesses, especially respiratory or gastrointestinal illnesses.â€? Student Health had 33,055 patient encounters from July 1,
2010, to June 30, 2011, Kevin Welch, Student Healthâ€™s associate director of business and finance, wrote in an email Tuesday. Welch defined a patient encounter as â€œany time a service is provided to a student,â€? including clinic visits and phone contact. In the fall and winter, the clinic had 20,847 patient encounters, compared to 7,954 in the spring and 4,254 in the summer, Welch said, adding that this is partially due to fall and winter being the times when the campus is most heavily populated. Hanson noted that not all patient encounters immediately relate to illness. â€œSeptember is often a busy month as students return from summer break and need refills, testing, etc.,â€? Hanson said. â€œApril is extremely busy with all our travel clinics as students prepare for DukeEngage or summer study abroad. There are SEE STUDENT HEALTH ON PAGE 7
ELYSIA SU/THE CHRONICLE
A vendor sells soap at the weekly Durham Craft Market on Foster Street.
DUKE D UKE PE PERFORMANCES PER ER ER RF FOR FO OR RM MANC MA CE ES ART A RTIS IST ST-IIN- RES ESI SID IDE DEN ENC NCE CE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE ARTI AR STST
9<8:? G8IKP WHEN KL<J%#F:K%(/ ()EFFE$(GD
WHERE 9IP8E:<EK<IGC8Q8 =I<<K$J?@IKJ8E;CF:FGFGJN?@C<K?<PC8JK
MALIAN MASTER MUSICIAN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 r 8 PM REYNOLDS INDUSTRIES THEATER
TIC ICKE ETS TS: $2 $28 r $2 22 2 r $5 DU UK K KE ES ST TU UD DE EN NT TS S BASS BA ASS SSEK SEK EKOU O KOU OUY YA ATĂ‰ AR RTIS RT TIS ST T-IN TI N- R E IN ES SIIDEN ID DE EN NC CE E EV VE EN NTS NT TS FIILM FIL M SCRE SCR C ENI CRE EN N NG NI G TH THR HR ROW W DOW WN Y YOUR OUR O UR R HEAR EAR ART BĂŠ a Flec BĂŠ BĂŠl Fle leck lec eck Brin Brin rings ings gs the the e Banjo Banjo Ba njo nj oB Ba acckk to to Afri ffrica fr ri rica a fo follow fol o low ow o we ed d by by a conv conv onvers n ers nv errs rsat at on ati o wi wit with i h Prro it rof. rof of. P of Phi hililip h illip lip ip G Gur Gu urra u & Prof ro . LLaur au aurent aur u ent nt Du Duboi bo bo oiis, s exp xpe xpert ert rts on on tthe he h e ba banjo ban b anj an a njjo o 7i 7i` 7 i`Â˜iĂƒ `Â˜iĂƒ Â˜i Â˜iĂƒ`>Ăž iĂƒ`>Ăž ` ]ĂŠ" `> `>Ăž]ĂŠ" ]ĂŠ"VĂŒÂœ ĂŠ" "VĂŒÂœ ĂŒ LiĂ€ ĂŒÂœ LiĂ€ĂŠÂŁĂ“ Li ĂŠÂŁ ĂŠÂŁĂ“ ÂŁĂ“]ĂŠĂ“ ÂŁĂ“ ]ĂŠĂ“Ă¤ÂŁÂŁ ]ĂŠĂ“ ]ĂŠ ĂŠĂ“ Ă“Ă¤ÂŁÂŁ Ă¤ÂŁÂŁ ÂŁÂŁĂŠĂŠUĂŠ UĂ‡ Ă‡ĂŠÂŤÂ“ Ă‡ĂŠÂŤ ÂŤÂ“ Ca Ca Car aroli aroli olina o ol na a The Theatr Th h atr attre (309 atre (309 30 W. W Mo Morga rgan g nS St.) t ) $5 t.) $5