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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTH YEAR, ISSUE 34
Duke exploring use of solar power Duke to offer new summer study options
by Julian Spector THE CHRONICLE
Solar panels atop the Bryan Center are putting Durham sunshine to good use. The Raleigh-based renewable energy company Holocene has installed 45 solar thermal panels on the roof of the Bryan Center. The project, which is overseen by Duke Facilities Management, began Sept. 15 and is slated to be functional by the end of the month, Facilities Management Energy Manager Steve Palumbo said. The goal of the solar panels is to harness the sun’s rays to heat water for the Bryan Center. The project is part of Duke’s climate action plan adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2009. “Now we’re using basically sunlight, which has no carbon emissions, to heat water which would otherwise be heated using some sort of fuel,” Palumbo said. The solar thermal collectors will heat 30 to 40 percent of the building’s hot water, Palumbo said. The panels will absorb heat from the sun and transfer it into water, which is pumped through the panelss’ pipes into a 2,000-gallon holding tank. The water then travels through the tanks in a separately enclosed heat exchange system, picking up heat from the tank until it is hot enough to be piped into the sinks of the rest rooms and restaurants of the Bryan Center. The domestic water—used in restrooms’ sinks and restaurants—is currently heated by steam from the campus steam plants, which burn natural gas. The 4 feet by 10 feet panels sit on the roof over Reynolds Industries Theater in three rows atop galvanized steel frames. The panels are fixed pointing south at a roughly 36-degree angle to better catch the sun, Project Manager Myron Taschuk said, noting that the optimal angle varies depending on latitude. Each panel consists of a translucent blue-green pane of textured glass, which encloses several rows of flat plate collectors. The collectors consist of corrugated copper layers that sandwich the water pipes. Copper acts as a particularly effective heat transmitter, Taschuk added. “People always say that a parked car traps heat inside of it, right?”
by Kristie Kim THE CHRONICLE
Duke students will have the opportunity to study in new global territory next summer. The Global Education Office for Undergraduates recently added four new programs to be offered Summer 2012. The new programs include Duke in the Arab World, which will take place in Doha, Qatar and Cairo, Egypt and focus on Arab culture, language and sociopolitical development; Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, an immersive language program in Spain; and Duke in Montreal, a course taught in French focusing on marketing and Canadian cultural studies. The fourth is an improved Duke in Turkey program, which will offer courses in gender studies and geopolitics. The additions bring the total number of summer programs to 19. “These programs will expand our portfolio into regions that have been currently underserved by our existing [ones] and with subject matter that would serve an audience for which there is a high demand for courses,” Margaret Riley, director of the Global Education Office for Undergraduates and an academic dean in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences,
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‘Right to Know Pitchfork Provisions succesful Act’ faces lawsuit during first months of operation from rights groups by Christine Chen THE CHRONICLE
by Michael Lee THE CHRONICLE
A recent North Carolina law—the Women’s Right to Know Act—now faces a lawsuit challenging its legality. The law is scheduled to take effect Oct. 26 and will require that women seeking an abortion attend a special counseling session, be shown an ultrasound of the fetus, and wait 24 hours before undergoing the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Sept. 29 on the grounds that the legislation violates constitutional rights and medical ethics. The hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 17 at the federal courthouse in Greensboro, and prosecutors have requested a
Pitchfork Provisions is seeing higher sales than former Tower tenants, though administrators will continue to review students’ satisfaction with the eatery. The 24-hour restaurant—which replaced The Tower at the start of this academic year—has garnered higher sales and more customers than its predecessor, said Rick Johnson, assistant vice president for Housing, Dining and Residence Life. “The response has been great, kids seem really excited about the menu,” Pitchfork Provisions coOwner Sam Clowney said. “We thought for sure some items would disappear, but everything is selling.” Some students, however, have expressed dissatisfaction with particular aspects of the eatery, particularly the pricing.
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No. 3 Duke — No. 10 UNC Blue Devils travel to Chapel Hill to face rival Tar Heels, PAGE 7
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Pitchfork Provisions in McClendon Tower, which replaced The Tower this year, has experienced more success than its predecessors.
House model plans discussed at DSG meeting, Page 3
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Class struggle a problem in college admissions
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has become fashionable for our most selective colleges to worry about being as representative of American diversity as suburban country clubs. College admissions experts conferring at the University of Southern California this year were so alarmed that they suggested our most prestigious campuses add space for another 100 students in each class and fill those slots with lowincome kids. Why are our choosiest colleges so dominated by affluent white or Asian students? The explanations are many: not enough financial aid, inadequate preparation in inner-city high schools, poor students’ discomfort mixing with rich kids. Michael N. Bastedo of Michigan and Ozan Jaquette of Arizona say this has frustrated the dreams of hardworking kids in cities such as Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia.
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Millionaires pay less taxes Egyptian military leaders than middle class families deny killing protesters WASHINGTON, D.C. — A quarter of millionaires in the United States pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than many middle-class families, according to a new congressional analysis that offers fresh support for President Barack Obama’s push to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthy.
CAIRO — Egypt’s military leaders denied Wednesday that soldiers had purposely killed Christian protesters in the capital last weekend, saying in their first public statement since the deadly incident that troops had opened fire in response to attacks by rock-throwing demonstrators.
Bryan Center Meeting Room B, 12:30-1:30p.m. Non-native and native English speakers will converse about current events and culture.
Duke Campus Farm Workday Duke Campus Farm, 4-7p.m. People will learn how food is grown and meet others from the Duke community who are interested in food.
Our Lives Discussion Group LGBT Center, 6:30-7:30p.m. LGBT students and their allies will have open dialogues and confidential discussions.
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“The bassist for Sugarhill Gang’s rap anthem ‘Rapper’s Delight’ just completed his newest project—a song for Duke football.Chip Shearin, a Duke graduate and current owner of KEO Record Producing, put together ‘We Are Duke!’ to help rally support... .” — From The Blue Zone bluezone.dukechronicle.com
Durham Regional Hospital, 10a.m.-3p.m. Free activities offered at the fair include health screenings, chair massage, ZUMBA, strength training and cooking demonstrations. There will also be drawings, prizes and much more.
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Protesters camp in New York’s financial district for their fourth week. Wall Street executives say they are unhappy as well. In interviews, executives blame government interference. They also believe the lack of global stability will not trump the current slump and that the decline may last for years.
In the print edition of the October 12, 2011 issue, the caption in the front page feapic “Beer Me” identified a booth as being operated by Rebellious Brewing. The booth was operated by Roth Brewing. The Chronicle regrets the error.
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â€˜Occupy Dukeâ€™ group DSG discusses alternative debates potential action house model proposal by Shucao Mo by Sarah Patterson THE CHRONICLE
Members of Duke Student Government continued to discuss potential developments for next yearâ€™s house model at their meeting Wednesday. DSG representatives met with University administrators last Thursday about the groupâ€™s revised model suggested in a town hall meeting Oct. 5. The revisions included the concept of â€œcontinued communitiesâ€?â€”the idea that students would continue living with students from their freshman residence halls throughout their four years at Duke if they choose to remain unaffiliated from selective living groups on campus. Since its introduction last week, members of the Senate said some students were confused about the implications of this revised model, particularly in the long term. When asked about the probability of the new programâ€™s implementation, members of the DSG executive board said although the structure of the new model for next year has already been decided, year two is open to revision. â€œBasically, the room assignment process for next year has already been implemented on the programming side of [Housing, Dining and Residence Life], which makes changing things for next year complicated,â€? said DSG President Pete Schork, a senior. â€œWhen we originally made the proposal [for revisions to the house model], we thought it would be
for year one, but beyond year one there is a lot of leeway in terms of what happens. Now weâ€™re working on possibilities for year two and beyond, and weâ€™re still in dialogue with students about whether [these changes] are something that people really agree with.â€? Some senators expressed concern regarding the possibility of following through with continued community model, since many advocates of this model will graduate before it can be implemented. Members of the executive board noted, however, that although a housing committee has not yet been created, it will include primarily sophomore and junior students to ensure DSGâ€™s ability to follow through with its revisions. Schork said he was pleased with the administrationâ€™s response to the new suggestions. â€œ[The administrators] were pretty open to considering the new house model and were pleased that we put time and energy into creating it, so the response was definitely positive,â€? Schork said. In other business: Members of the Senate also discussed the future of Football Gameday. Although DSG hoped to reach an agreement with the administration about appropriate Gameday celebrations in time for this yearâ€™s season, SEE DSG ON PAGE 5
A movement protesting the wealth gap in the United States has caught the attention of some Duke students. About 40 members of the campus group Occupy Duke gathered Wednesday night to discuss ways to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movementâ€” a network of demonstrations whose goal is to reduce corporationsâ€™ influence on government. Their discussion included debate about Occupy Dukeâ€™s relationship with Occupy Durham, a similar movement based in the Bull City which rallied Oct 3. The group has used a Facebook page to create a platform and draw support from the student body. Sophomore Jacob Tobia said he supports radical activism on campus. â€œDuke students should occupy the Allen Building with Durhamites,â€? Tobia said. â€œBring the ivory tower down to earth.â€? Summer Puente, Trinity â€™11 and literacy specialist at the Duke Community Service Center, said students should use this opportunity to connect with Durham. â€œBring [Occupy Wall Street] in locallyâ€”fight for the people who serve you food,â€? Puente said. â€œItâ€™s really exciting when Duke students do leave campus. Durham doesnâ€™t feel the love [of Duke] very much.â€? Duke students should participate actively in the protest to draw attention to the broader movement in Durham and other parts of the country, said Ben Craw-
ford, Music â€™11 and Trinity â€™02. â€œWhat would be perceived if [passersby on Duke campus] see Dukeâ€”the rich kidsâ€™ playgroundâ€”camp out?â€? Crawford said. â€œPeople [should] camp out here and help deliver food as a support for Occupy Durham.â€? Sophomore Maria Benitez said Occupy Duke should remain separate from its Durham counterpart because it wants to advocate its cause to a different target demographic. â€œWe have easy access to outside speakers who come to Duke, faculties that see the world in economic terms and students that are going to work in Wall Street,â€? Arias said. Some attendees said that Duke can at times be a symbol of corporatism. â€œDuke is the symbol of power in Durham,â€? sophomore Sunny Frothingham said. â€œWe can treat Duke as a separate community to reach out to Durhamâ€”the real world.â€? In addition to discussing whether administrators would permit camping out on Main West Quadrangle in protest and whether Occupy Duke should be integrated with Occupy Durham, the group discussed the general need to further articulate the groupâ€™s mission. â€œThe whole country is watching. We can all point out the problemsâ€”but do we offer solutions?â€? junior Santiago FernandezMaldonado said. â€œThis movementâ€™s greatest SEE OCCUPY ON PAGE 6
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Monkey study may have benefits for paralytics by Melissa Dalis THE CHRONICLE
A recent Duke study reveals the benefits of brain power. In a study published Oct. 5 in Nature, two monkeys moved virtual avatars using their minds without physically moving their bodies. Researchers believe the results will lead to functional robotic exoskeletons—devices that utilize electrical stimulation to move paralyzed limbs—for humans. In the future, paralyzed patients may be able to use this technology to help them walk again. “[The monkeys’] brain activity was similar to when they use their own hands to touch something,” said Miguel Nicolelis, co-director of the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering and lead researcher of the study. “They behaved like the avatar was their own arm, and when we touched their virtual arm, their brain cells responded as if we were touching their own arm.” The exoskeleton vest contains motors,
which are activated by a patient’s brain activity, Nicolelis said. The brain activity created when a patient thinks about moving is transmitted to these motors, which then tells the body to move its arms or legs. Each time the avatar hand touched objects virtually, the monkeys sensed this touch physically from the exoskeleton they wore, Mikhail Lebedev, senior research scientist in neurobiology at Duke and co-author of the study, wrote in an email Saturday. “This was the first study in which a user of a neuroprosthetic device—virtual avatar arm—not only moved the device by thinking... but also received artificial sensations from the device in the form of electrical pulses that were delivered to the sensory area of the brain,” Lebedev said. This study introduces the possibility for an entire generation of sensory prosthetic arms, legs, exoskeletons and other devices, he added. For example, this technology can be
used for people with a prosthetic arm who want to be able to feel their arm without actually looking at it, said Eric Thomson, a postdoctoral researcher at Nicolelis’ lab and a researcher for the study. “If we were to walk around without any sensory feedback, it would be pretty tough,” Thomson said. “We would be very, very clumsy—we would just fall.” Thomson stressed the importance of the feedback loop between the brain and body in the success of a person learning to walk again. “We think that they will learn much faster and really incorporate these exoskeletons into their body image if we actually have this feedback in the patient’s brain so that they literally... feel like they’re moving their own body,” Thomson said. Thomson compared this process to learning to drive a car. Eventually, after driving for a long time, a person can drive automatically without consciously thinking about it, he said. With feedback
from the speedometer or gas gauge, however, navigating would be much more intuitive, he said. To move toward the goal of helping paralyzed patients, the next step in the research is to conduct clinical trials, Nicolelis said. In the Walk Again Project, an international nonprofit group, a consortium of labs across the world will be working on building the most effective exoskeleton and studying the brain-exoskeleton interface in order to enable paraplegics to walk again, kick a soccer ball and participate in other physical activities, Thomson said. Before transitioning to human trials, however, the team needs to ensure that all safeguards are in place, including keeping the test subjects safe, he added. “Monkeys are precious, and we don’t do any frivolous surgeries or anything with the monkeys—we test it out before that,” Thomson said. “[But working with] humans is another quantum leap.”
Republicans increasingly see Romney as eventual candidate by Perry Bacon Jr. and Philip Rucker THE WASHINGTON POST
NASHUA, N.H. — Buoyed by a series of strong debate performances, Mitt Romney is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, some of whom had resisted his previous entreaties, as people across the GOP grow more accepting of the presidential contender as the party's standard-bearer. “He’s viewed as an almost inevitable candidate,” said longtime strategist Ed Rollins, who until last month managed the campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, one of Romney's opponents. “He's the heavy favorite.” The party establishment seemed to be moving Romney's way, even as a new national poll highlighted the volatility of the race. The Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey showed Herman Cain for the first time leading Romney, 27 percent to 23 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry third, with 16 percent. On Wednesday, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., became the latest in a string of current and former elected officials who have backed Romney over the past week. Former Republi-
can National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, hedge fund manager Paul Singer and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone are among the major Republican fundraisers supporting the candidate. “It's all coming together for him,” said Cochran, who formally endorsed Romney on Wednesday. “People are beginning to be impressed with him and his thoughtful comments about the issues.” The shift is being noticed not just among Republicans, but Democrats as well. In Chicago, President Barack Obama’s campaign advisers increasingly view Romney as the most likely general-election foe and on Wednesday they attacked the former Massachusetts governor as taking “diametrically opposite positions” on key issues during his political career. With three months until primary voting begins, Romney and his political team are hoping to leave an increasingly narrow path for his opponents by consolidating as much of the GOP around his candidacy as possible. Still, considerable obstacles stand in Romney’s way to the nomination, namely winning over social conservatives and tea party activists who have been uneasy with the health-care overhaul he championed as governor of Mas-
sachusetts, as well as his shifting positions on abortion and same-sex marriage. An NBC News-Marist poll released Tuesday found that Romney trailed Cain by 16 percentage points—31 percent to 15 percent—among Republicans in Iowa who consider themselves supporters of the tea party movement. Perry, considered Romney's most durable rival, is trying to exploit those weaknesses and may soon open a new front in the nomination battle. After raising $17 million in the last fundraising quarter, Perry has the money to run commercials attacking Romney in all the early-voting states. “Romney has done well to sort of regain the front-runner status, but I believe Governor Perry is going to be the alternative, the authentic conservative,” said Henry Barbour, a Perry backer and Republican National Committee member from Mississippi. “And the conservative candidate usually wins in Republican primaries.” Perry has been dropping in the polls, losing ground to the surging Cain. And in a sign that Romney thinks he has already vanquished Perry, Romney shifted his campaign message this week away from attacks on Perry's immigration and Social Security record and toward Obama, stressing populist appeals to the middle class that he could carry into a general election. Meanwhile, Obama’s top political strategist, David Axelrod, organized a conference call with reporters Wednesday to criticize Romney as taking conflicting positions on health care, taxes and Chinese currency manipulation. “Across the political spectrum, people have the same question—if you are willing to change positions on fundamental issues of principle, how can we know what you will do as president? How can we trust who you are?” Axelrod said. Even as Romney touted new endorsements, he made clear that he is taking nothing for granted. “I’m not sure I'm the nominee yet,” he quipped in Tuesday night’s Washington Post-Bloomberg debate, after being asked whom he would nominate to chair the Federal Reserve. “Anybody who gets caught up in the inevitability thing is making a huge mistake,” said a senior Romney adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss campaign strategy. “In Iowa and New Hampshire, you have to earn it, and the minute you think you don’t, you will lose it.” Romney’s wife, Ann, carried this message Wednesday to Martha’s Exchange here on Nashua’s Main Street, telling a women's luncheon—”We all know that Mitt’s doing well here, but we don't take that for granted. We know how hard you have to work for every vote in this state.” Her eyes misting and her voice cracking, Ann Romney offered an emotional testimonial of how her husband stuck by her side when she found out she had multiple sclerosis. Then she touted his economic know-how. “I think more and more people are figuring out that Mitt is the one that knows what he’s talking about, that understands not just our economy but world economies, and understands and has the intellectual capacity to be able to deal with a lot of different situations,” she said. SEE ROMNEY ON PAGE 5
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”I heard the food was good, but the price is too expensive,” senior Chris Kizer said. Executive Chef Chris Holloway, who co-owns and operates the eatery with Clowney, said he acknowledges that Pitchfork prices are high compared to other eateries, but emphasized that the quality of the food is worth it because it is freshly prepared. “[Our burger prices are] a little beyond the price of the average burger, but it is not what you’d pay at [Plate and Pitchfork],” Holloway said. Johnson said Pitchfork Provisions’ increased financial success reflects students’ satisfaction with the eatery and the convenience of its 24-hour schedule. Peak hours at the venue are usually around dinner, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Clowney said, noting that the end of the week is more popular when students have more free time. He said he would like to see a more consistent turnout. Clowney and Halloway, who also co-own and operate Plate and Pitchfork, said they could not release specific data regarding sales and attendance. “While the very late-night sales are not strong and there are very few customers between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., this was a pilot program to see if the need existed for another 24-hour operation on West Campus,” Johnson wrote in an email Wednesday. “We are going to continue to review it and listen to students.“ The administration has been working to incorporate an additional 24-hour eatery on campus for some time—McDonald’s was previously the only option. “We were looking for a vendor partner who would serve great food and meet the needs of the students in the Edens/Keohane area including late night,” Johnson said. As executive chef, Holloway said his vision for the menu was to offer variety as well as healthier and more flavorful choices, a number of which could accommodate vegetarians and vegans. Hamburgers are the most popular items on the menu, though the shrimp po’ boy, the New England Lobster Roll, the Salmon Hot Pot and the Vindaloo are other well-liked dishes. Junior Emilie Marchetti said she preferred The Tower’s simpler menu to Pitchfork Provisions current offerings. “The steak is really good, but I miss The Tower,” she said. Clowney noted that although many students dine at Pitchfork Provisions, it is too early to deem the restaurant a success. “Every time a new vendor opens everyone is really excited, then some of it wears off,” Clowney said. “We are definitely trying to fix mistakes right then and there.”
Cochran said the former governor's steady hand is what so many people found impressive. “Mitt Romney is running the kind of campaign in a deliberate, careful, professional way that builds a sense of confidence by the American people that he could serve very ably as our president.” A series of factors have shifted the race decidedly in Romney’s favor. Perry’s fall and Cain’s rise seem to be splintering the votes of conservatives who don't like Romney, raising the prospect of Romney winning by plurality in such early-voting states as Iowa and South Carolina. What’s more, the decision of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who would have posed a serious threat, not to run and then to endorse Romney “pulled the cork,” in the words of one Romney adviser, on a bevy of major Republican donors who had been sitting on the sidelines. The new “bundlers,” working to curry favor with Romney, are filling the candidate's October and November
calendar with fundraising events in Florida, New York and elsewhere. In an interview, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who has not endorsed a candidate, said Romney called him on Wednesday. He said the Christie endorsement could help Romney in the Hawkeye State. “That definitely will cause some people to give Romney another look,” Branstad said. One top party strategist, who has deep roots among social conservatives, said that grass-roots activists who have been cool to Romney are realizing that he may be the party's best pick to face Obama. “I think there's a growing realization among the party regulars and the consultant and donor class that borders on almost inevitability,” said the strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the race candidly. But other Republicans cautioned that although Romney has more sustained momentum than any other candidate, this has been an unusually fluid race and more surprises could be in store.
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DSG from page 3 disagreements regarding the propriety and location of Gameday activities has turned DSG’s focus to next year. “The response we’ve gotten from administrators is overall [skeptical]. We’re working on [Gameday] but the timeline has not worked out in our favor,” Schork said. Executive representatives also responded to questions about the upcoming West Union renovations and relocation of some student groups. Since Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta’s presentation of the plans to the student body last week, the board discussed how many students have expressed disappointment about the relocation of certain organizations such as the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life and the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. Senior Kaveh Danesh, vice president for academic affairs, said details about the West Union renovation plans and where student groups will be relocated are not yet finalized, adding that it is important for students to maintain an open mind. “All ideas for the building are purely conceptual,” Danesh said. “There has been a fair amount of cynicism from students who think that the plan has already been decided, but contrary to popular belief, everything is still in progress.”
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GLOBAL from page 1 wrote in an email Wednesday. Three of the four programsâ€”those based in Montreal, the Arab World and Alicanteâ€”will be led by Duke faculty. Duke in Turkey will be jointly led by faculty from Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Riley said. Duke in Turkey has been offered in the past but will now provide a different set of courses. Riley said she hopes there will be increased interest in the revised Turkey program. In 2010, Duke in Turkey was not offered because it was lacking faculty resources, but it was reinstated Summer 2011, said Erdag GĂśknar, assistant professor of Turkish cultural studies. GĂśknar will serve as the co-director of the revamped program. Starting in 2012, this program will also be offered Fall. â€œThe timing is right with regard to Turkeyâ€™s growing regional profile at the intersection of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East and we now have the faculty resources to make the program permanent.â€? In addition to these developments, the Global Education Office added a course on gender politics to the Turkey programâ€”a unique element from other current study abroad programs. â€œThis is a rare and very exciting opportunity as gender has been central to the operation of politics [in the Middle East],â€? said Banu GĂśkariksel, assistant
professor of geography at UNC-Chapel Hill, who will co-direct the program and teach the course. Junior Ayan Salah, who participated in the Duke in Turkey program this last summer, said she was very impressed in both the academic and cultural aspects of her experience and confident in the continued success of the new program. â€œ[It was] a definite enhancement to the cultural component of my academic studies,â€? Salah said. â€œI would definitely recommend this experience to my friends.â€? The Global Education Office boasts high percentages of student participation in global education programs, Riley added. Of the Class of 2011, 43 percent studied abroad. â€œWe strive to keep our offerings relevant to the interests and needs of our faculty and students and anticipate we will continue to facilitate global education opportunities for nearly half of our graduating class,â€? Riley said. Riley noted that she does not anticipate significant changes in these numbers with the advent of these programs, however, provided there is relative stability in the economy and the global political climate. â€œThere are always variables that contribute to the slight ups and downs we have experienced such as the economy, global issues relating to safety and security and new global offerings Duke has developed that also meet the interests of our students to have an international experience,â€? Riley said.
OCCUPY from page 3 strength is also its greatest weakness. Its horizontal nature makes it very inclusive and easy to grow, but agreeing on how to come to consensus will be a challenge.â€? Other attendees wanted to create a space for dialogue about income disparities and corporate influence than a join in national protests. â€œWe need a dialogue for those who go to school with reliance upon financial aid,â€? junior Sunhay You said, â€œDukeâ€™s role in the system is not transparent anymore.â€? Anne Allison, Robert O. Keohane professor of cultural anthropology and professor of womenâ€™s studies who attended the meeting, said she remembers the years when college campuses were breeding grounds for social change. â€œItâ€™s true that itâ€™s a dead period now,â€? Allison said. â€œ[Whatâ€™s happening] is very exciting.â€? Sophomore Lucas Spangherâ€”who recently interacted with Occupy Wall Street
protestersâ€”said he was concerned about how Occupy Duke could portray Duke in a negative light. â€œWe are not sufferingâ€”we donâ€™t want to be complaining students,â€? Spangher said. Michael Munger, professor of political science and economics, said he applauds the efforts of Occupy Duke. He was not present at the meeting Wednesday. â€œItâ€™s time that someone started fussing about the way both political parties are bought and paid for by investment firms,â€? Munger wrote in an email Wednesday. â€œWe have created a system where, instead of investing in real assets, the best investments are in failing banks and nations, because we can all count on the bailout.â€? Munger added that he is skeptical of any substantial changes that will come about from Occupy Wall Street movements in the near future. â€œAt this point, it is too unfocused and too loony. Itâ€™s a grab bag do-goodism and sentimentalism,â€? Munger said. â€œIf it has any effect, it will be to discredit the Left and the Democratic party.â€?
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