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Sanford School sees popularity growth since 2009

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cultural careers. Cooking contests and livestock competitions consistently draw entrants from across the state. “We want people to understand what agriculture in North Carolina is all about,” he noted. “Here we have the ability for kids to look at the livestock, the horticultural exhibits. Yesterday, the line was out the door of the expo building for kids to milk a cow.” Attendance between Oct. 13 and Oct. 15 totalled 256,861—nearly 12,500 under the numbers for the same time last year, said State Fair spokesman Brian Long. Fair attendance was at a record high last year with 1.1 million during its 10-day run. In the fairground’s Midway, stalls of food vendors called

Since it became a school in 2009, the Sanford School of Public Policy has developed into one of the top public policy institutions in the country. In 2008, when Sanford was still considered an institute, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school as tied for 10th in graduate public affairs news programs. Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm said he would like to see Sanford in the top analysis five by the next time U.S. News ranks institutions. The success and unanticipated popularity of Sanford’s core academic programs, which focus on providing applicable academic skills, are helping the school achieve this goal. “Public policy is an attempt to integrate what you learn in the university with the real world,” Kuniholm said. “That was [founder and former Duke president] Terry Sanford’s vision.” The application and enrollment numbers for the school’s various programs—undergraduate, master’s degree programs in public policy and international development policy and a Ph.D. program—have all seen steady growth over the past few years. Although the undergraduate Class of 2012 has approximately 163 public policy majors, which Kuniholm said is about average, the school is seeing an upward trend. There was a record number of 181 majors in the Class of 2011, and the Class of 2013 currently has 206 declared majors. He added that many other graduate public policy programs have seen declining application rates, but this year the MPP program had an unprecedented number of 486 applicants and matriculated 58 students. It is possible that this slight growth, particularly in the

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Two cars collided in a T-bone accident at 11:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Anderson Street and Duke University Road, Durham Police officials said. See dukechronicle.com for more information.

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Fry Kool-Aid and they will come. Attendance has been strong this year at the North Carolina State Fair, said state Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, who oversees the N.C. State Fair Division of the Department of Agriculture and Human Services. The Fair runs Oct.13-23 at the fairground in Raleigh, which hosts food stands, crafts shops, rides and agricultural competitions. “It’s going absolutely wonderfully,” Troxler said. “The thing that I judge the fair by is, are people having fun? And they are.” The State Fair aims to enhance understanding of agriculture in North Carolina, Troxler said. The Cultivate a Career exhibit, for example, presents the options that make up agri-

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All Florida State needed was E.J. Manuel. After three straight losses with their preseason Heisman Trophy contender sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Seminoles celebrated the return of their dual-threat quarterback with a 41-16 rout of the Blue Devils. Duke (3-3, 1-1 in the ACC) appeared outclassed from the start, giving up three 50-plus yard passing plays to Florida State (3-3, 1-2) in the first half alone. “They found some hot spots,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We have been beat up in the secondary and that was the initial part of it, the three 50-yard passes and a SEE FOOTBALL ON SW 5

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Ensuring social justice abroad could be in the hands of undergraduate students. Duke Partnership for Service’s Eureka Symposium brought together experts from various fields Saturday to discuss how students can push universities to promote and maintain socially responsible practices. Hosted by Duke Global Health Institute, the symposium focused on issues such as socially conscious investments in conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and movements for access to pharmaceuticals manufactured at universities. “What we really wanted to do with this summit was to bring people together, in a central location, on the subject of innovation [and] social entrepreneurship,” said junior Neha Sabharwal, vice president of events for dPS and chief SEE EUREKA ON PAGE 3

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Alexandra Hellmuth, Raise Hope for Congo campaign student and youth coordinator for the Enough Project, speaks Saturday in Schiciano Auditorium.

Crazies kick off First Class talent, SW 6

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Mich. pension system a model for strapped states

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s “radical reform” 14 years ago to rescue its retirement system by placing newly hired workers in a 401(k) program may show struggling states the way back from the worst pension crisis ever. Thirty-three states have assets less than 80 percent of what is needed to pay promised benefits, a common threshold for sustainability, according to an annual study of pensions by Bloomberg Rankings. Median funding fell to 73.7 percent from 76.2 percent in 2009, the data show, even as the U.S. economy rebounded from the deepest contraction since the Depression. “This is a crisis that is requiring states and municipalities to evaluate and take real, pro-active steps,” said William Jasien, executive vice president for institutional markets at ING U.S., a subsidiary of Amsterdam-based ING Groep that manages retirement programs for about half the states, including Michigan.

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Why You Should Care About the NC “Marriage” Amendment Law School, 12:30-1:20p.m. Panelists include seven-term Senator Ellie Kinnaird and former Mayor of Carrboro and N.C. School of Law Professor Lydia Lavelle.

‘Supercommittee’could put Population explosion in poor and elderly at risk India raises concerns WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal funding for medical research, disease prevention and a host of public health initiatives could be sharply reduced if the congressional “supercommittee” fails to agree on a deficitreduction package, triggering automatic cuts., including to Medicare and Medicaid.

GORAKHPUR, India — Pedestrians weave their way through a sea of cars, rickshaws and motorbikes, a desperate scramble for space just making the gridlock worse. The sidewalks are swallowed up by stalls and piles of garbage.. The smell of open drains hangs in the air..

“The Emergence of Relationality and the Limits of Academic Practice” Friedl Building, 1:30-3:30p.m. This talk examines the emergence of nondualist epistemologies and ontologies in a variety of intellectual and political fields.

Nelson Mandela and a Centering of Memory Perkins Library Rare Book Room, 6-7p.m. Verne Harris is Nelson Mandela’s archivist and the head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

TODAY IN HISTORY 1931: Al Capone convicted of tax fraud and sent to Alcatraz.

“If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Future Islands could have used this advice for their newest album, On the Water. The third album, ‘On the Water,’ for the threeperson band formed out of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., diverges from their normal synthpop sound.” — From The Playground playground.dukechronicle.com

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A child enjoys an activity at the Nature Ranger Cart Friday in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Feast of St. Margaret Alacoque St. Lucia

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY ‘11 Saturday, October 22

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Come help our partner neighborhood, Burch Avenue, as we beauƟfy their park and complete a path for handicap accessibility. Gloves provided. When: 10/22 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon Where: Burch Avenue Park (within walking distance of East Campus) 816 Burch Avenue, Durham, 27712

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EUREKA from page 1 organizer of the Eureka Symposium. Consumers send hundreds of millions of dollars to armed groups in the Congo that use rape and violence to destabilize families, communities and societies as a means of controlling mining areas, said J.D. Stier, the Raise Hope for Congo campaign manager. The campaign is part of the Enough Project, a nonprofit dedicated to ending genocide and crimes against humanity. With more than five million people dying in the Congo during the past two decades, Stier noted the importance of educating students on the issue. Minerals are mined in the Congo and then shipped to smelters in Southeast Asia where they are turned into metals, said Alexandra Hellmuth, Raise Hope for Congo campaign student and youth coordinator for the Enough Project. American electronics companies, in turn, buy metals from these smelters and use them to produce cell phones, among other consumer goods. Hellmuth said that if the violent practices currently taking place in the Congo are ever going to change, universities must voice protest against financing violence abroad. “First we must remove the economic incentive for waging war,� Hellmuth said. “Given the status of universities as investors, as thought leaders, as corporate account leaders, an institution’s voice publicly committing to the power of conflict-free products is powerful and influential.� Stier said it is necessary for the Duke undergraduate population to promote socially conscious consumption of products manufactured abroad. “What is a vital need is to reach out to other campuses, to reach out to your local state government, to reach out at the federal level,� Stier said. “[It is vital] to build this movement through this entry point of conflict free

electronics, to bring a broader peace to the region and to talk about the deeper complexities on the ground.� The second half of the symposium focused on global health responsibilities, especially with regard to bringing new medical technology to underdeveloped nations. Robert Johnston, founder and executive director of Global Vaccines and cofounder of the biotechnology company AlphaVax, discussed the importance of promoting affordable biologics—such as vaccines—worldwide. Johnson also outlined a number of policy suggestions, such as opposing data exclusivity for antibiotic innovation and supporting local efforts to encourage socially responsible licensing practices at universities. Duke still has work to do as a medical research institution particularly in its responsibility to make the latest health technologies available to developing countries, Sandeep Kishore, Trinity ’04, said. In 2009, a coalition of universities led by Harvard University and Yale University created a resolution reaffirming the importance of affordable biologics, such as vaccines and medications. Although the University signed this agreement, the Duke representative failed to show up to a recent review of the coalition, Kishore said, noting Duke should work to make medical technologies available in developing countries sooner. Reflecting larger trends of student activism, the Eureka Symposium may be the sign of future efforts to promote social change on campus, said dPS President Sanjay Kishore, a junior. “Rising up together for social justice is in our blood here at Duke,� he said. “Our whole culture is not defined by scandalous lacrosse parties or PowerPoints. It’s defined by our tradition, our commitment, our precedent for standing up for social change.�

STATE FAIR from page 1 out to customers. Vendors such as Tootsie’s Funnel Cakes, Poppie’s Fresh Onion Rings and John the Greek—“good and delicious food concessions since 1980�—offered a range of items from Polish kielbasa to Carolina barbecue. Many said the food was the main attraction. “[I came for] the food,� said Rick Drysard, an information technology recruiter from Wake Forest. “And the kids want to do the rides, and we’re hoping to check out some of the exhibits.� Although cheese steaks and roasted corn can be found elsewhere, the Midway boasted culinary innovations unlikely to be served in most restaurants—deep-fried desserts. Attendees enjoyed fried Snickers— the classic candy bar submerged in batter and fried until crispy on the outside, with a core of melted chocolate and crunchy nuts. Fried Oreos, however, tasted more starchy than sweet. Fried Kool-Aid, however, was the blue ribbon, award-winning new item. Katrina Davenport, a fried-dessert vendor, likened the gooey ball of dough to a cherry-flavored donut. “I think [it was invented when] somebody tried it at home, but it’s a winner now,� Davenport said. “I’m addicted!� The Fair also includes a selection of amusement park rides, such as Pharaoh’s Fury, which rocks passengers in a boatlike structure up and down, and Fireball, in which a car works itself further and further up each side of a circular track until its momentum carries it all the way around the loop. “It made me nauseous just looking at it,� Dysard said. In the arcade area surrounding the rides, flashing rainbow-colored marquees compet-

ed in chromatic brightness, with prizes such as neon-orange and yellow knit caps and SpongeBob Squarepants stuffed toys. Eager fair-goers tossed rings at glass bottles and shot basketballs to win human-sized Rastafarian bananas. A raised pavilion advertised the “World’s Smallest Horse�—one dollar to take a look, no photos allowed. Every so often the sound of the bustling crowd, the rides and the vendors succumbed to a deafening roar as a modified hot-rod tractor shot out across the Grandstand arena, towing a piece of machinery as far as it could in the event known as a Tractor Pull. Next weekend the grandstand will host a demolition derby championship, a latter-day gladiator fight in which “100 drivers without fear... crash their cars in deliberate automobile mayhem until only one remains,� according to the Fair’s website. Visitors in the Heritage Village, which celebrates North Carolina’s past, listened to live bluegrass and peeked into a historic tobacco house to see how people cured leaves 150 years ago. Dave Glauer, who looked after a couple of mules in the village, said these exhibits commemorate a way of life that grows increasingly rare in the United States. “It’s good for people to see what it was like then and compare to what it is now,� Glauer said. “That’s a tradition that we’re going to lose unless we show young people like you what was done.� Troxler said he hopes attendance remains strong, weather permitting, but that the main focus is making sure people have a good time—something to guarantee attendee’s return visits next year. “We kind of judge the Fair on a couple different criteria,� Troxier said. “Number one, everybody goes home alive and unhurt, number two, the lights stay on and number three the toilets flush, and if we do that we’ve got a good day.�

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SANFORD from page 1 undergraduate program, might be due to a larger number of Duke students overall, said Ken Rogerson, director of undergraduate studies for Sanford. Additionally, the number of faculty—which has more than doubled from 31 to 68 since becoming a school— has allowed for a greater number and wider variety of courses, which may have attracted more students. He added that for the first time this coming Spring, the school will be able to offer three sections of the core classes for the public policy major, which have remained constant for the past several years— excluding PUBPOL 55D: Introduction to Policy Analysis, which will continue to have two sections. Rogerson noted that few of Duke’s peer institutions have similar public policy programs for undergraduates. “You can’t go to other universities in the country and get an undergraduate degree in public policy,” Rogerson said. “It is very unusual.” The transition from an institute to a school allowed Sanford to give more attention to its graduate students, but it did not substantially change the undergraduate experience, Kuniholm said. Rogerson noted, however, that undergraduates who graduate with a public policy degree can say they graduated from the Sanford School, which is a perk. “It has given us a little sense of identity, which is fun,” he said. Senior Lauren Hendricks, president of the Public Policy Major’s Union said the relationship between undergraduate and graduate students, as well as opportunities to apply skills outside the classroom, are attractive to potential majors. “Duke students are usually doers, and we are a very active major,” Hendricks said. Senior Chelsea Ursaner, vice president of

communications for the Public Policy Major’s Union, said the Sanford building—built in 1994—creates a sense of community, which makes the program unique from others at Duke. She added that the major’s union is very active, and it is getting more involved with graduate students. The practicality of the public policy major also sets it apart from other majors, she said, adding that it will help her pursue a career in politics. “For people who want a practice-based and hands-on approach to politics, it’s better than political science,” Ursaner said. Some undergraduates choose public policy because they believe it will help them develop practical skills, especially because of the internship requirement, Rogerson said. But many students also view it as a broad liberal arts degree. Many graduates are able to pursue careers in the public sector right out of college, but the highest percentage of Sanford graduates—15 percent—go to law school, Rogerson said. “The critical skills [undergraduate classes] require are analogous to any other discipline,” Kuniholm said. “This should not be a preprofessional degree.” Matt Schuneman, a second-year MMP candidate and member of the Sanford Student Representative Council, said he believes there is a fair amount of overlap in the skills obtained as an undergraduate public policy major and a graduate student. But the rigor and fieldwork-oriented curriculum of the master and graduate programs mark them as part of the professional track, Schuneman, who is also Trinity ’02, added. “Having done the political science [undergraduate] degree, now I really appreciate the practicality of the [public policy] degree—that it’s really applicable in the field,” Schuneman said. “I wanted a toolkit that the public policy school is giving me now.” Adrian Macias, another second-year MMP

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candidate, said people are drawn to public policy graduate programs because they want to learn critical thinking skills that can be applied in many different fields, particularly in the public sector. He said Duke is different from its peer institutions because its strong international alumni network, interdisciplinary options and practical experience gained in the curriculum allow graduates to work in any discipline, anywhere in the world. “These are all skills that are in high demand in the public sector or in nonprofits and consulting firms,” Macias said. “[Faculty

members] are rigorously training us.” Schuneman added that he originally did not want to return to Duke for graduate school, but he knew he wanted to pursue public policy. He visited several public policy schools but eventually chose Duke. “I was really impressed with the degree of openness by the faculty of the program and the positive interactions I had with other admitted students,” he said, adding that his experience as a Duke graduate student differs from his time as an undergraduate, but both have been positive.

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COUNTDOWN TO CRAZINESS Mike Krzyzewski and the men’s basketball team kick off their season. PAGE 6-7

‘NOLES ROLL BLUE DEVILS Florida State football snaps its three-game losing streak in a 41-16 win. PAGE 4-5

FIELD HOCKEY BEATS NO. 1 Mary Nielsen’s overtime goal sends Duke past topranked Old Dominion 2-1. PAGE 3

UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS Men’s soccer falls for first time in eight games in front of record Terrapin crowd. PAGE 2

18 STRAIGHT AT CAMERON Volleyball dispatches Boston College and Maryland to keep home streak alive. PAGE 3

TOP-5 FINISHES FOR DUKE XC Men finish second at Panorama Farms, women take fourth at Penn State Invite. ONLINE

Playing in front of a record home crowd at Ludwig Field Friday night, Maryland handed Duke its first loss in eight games, 4-2. Solid defense from the No. 3 Terrapins (13-1-1, 4-1-0 in the ACC) made it difficult for the No. 22 Blue Devils (7Duke 2 5-1, 3-2-1) to find any rhythm Terps 4 on the offensive end. Duke forward Andrew Wenger, the nation’s leader in points, was held scoreless by the Maryland back line. At the start of the match, the Blue Devils came out aggressively and maintained possession in front of 7,957 Maryland fans. Duke earned the first goal of the game on a counterattack after goalkeeper James Belshaw stopped an open shot from Maryland striker Patrick Mullins. Senior Chris Tweed-Kent recovered the ball at midfield before finding freshman Sean Davis, who surprised Maryland keeper Will Swaim with a low shot to the corner for his first goal of the season, and TweedKent’s eighth assist. The Blue Devils’ 1-0 lead did not last long, as the Terrapins responded with a goal of their own two minutes later. A nice touch from striker Casey Townsend created a one-on-one opportunity for sophomore Sunny Jane, who slid the ball past Belshaw for the equalizer. The rest of the half favored the Terrapins as Duke struggled to string together passes. “We went up 1-0 in the first half and were playing

okay,� Duke head coach John Kerr said, “but then we allowed them back into the game. The last part of the first half, I felt we just gave possession up too easily.� The Terrapins continued to control the tempo in the second half. Ten minutes in, a dangerous cross found Townsend open in the box. Junior Sebastien Ibeagha went in for the tackle and was called for a controversial penalty. John Stertzer put away the penalty kick to give Maryland a 2-1 lead. Shortly after his penalty kick, Stertzer notched a second goal with a header past the outstretched hand of Belshaw. “They’re a good team,� Kerr said. “They know what they’re doing and they’re very aggressive. We allowed them to make a mark on us in the second half.� With 22 minutes left in the game, the Blue Devils were able to press forward after Jane was sent off with a red card. Kerr sent an extra player forward to help jump-start the offense, but the team still struggled to find the back of the net. With only three defenders, Mullins was able to score a surprise goal in the 85th minute, sealing Maryland’s victory. Duke freshman Andrew Morales scored the first goal of his career as the clock ran down, but it was too little, too late. Despite the lopsided final score, the Blue Devils had 18 shots to their opponents’ 12, and created seven corner kicks in the second half alone. While proud of his team’s recent success, Kerr feels that Duke could have done better. “We didn’t play our best tonight,� Kerr said. “We’ve had a good run and done well, but we were really looking forward to this match. We didn’t seize the opportunity as much as we wanted to.�

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Duke wins Blue Devils edge No. 1 ODU pair at home Building on last weekend’s 3-2 road victories over Virginia Tech and Virginia, Duke returned with a strong home stand, sweeping Boston College Friday and hitting past Maryland 3-1 Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils’ win over the Terrapins marked their 18th consecutive ACC Eagles 0 home victory since its loss to 19 Florida State over Duke 3 then-No. two years ago. Duke (12-6, 6-3 the ACC) is 7-1 in Cameron Terps 1 in this season. Both evenings featured Duke 3 strong performances from a variety of players, with setter Kellie Catanach, the reigning ACC player of the year, headlining Saturday’s 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Maryland (9-12, 3-6). Catanach recorded 37 assists, eight digs and nine kills, leading the team to three straight set victories after dropping the first set. Under her direction, three hitters—Amanda Robertson, Sophia Dunworth and Christiana Gray—managed double-digit kills, while libero Ali McCurdy anchored the defense. McCurdy accounted for 22 of the team’s 70 digs. The Blue Devils got off to a slow start Saturday, allowing Maryland a .318 hitting percentage in their first-set loss—which included 11 score ties and lead changes. The second set was similarly neck-and-neck, with Duke coming back from a 23-20 deficit to notch five straight points and a 25-23 victory. From there, the Blue Devils never looked back, extending their win streak to four games after loses to Florida State and Miami on the road two weekends ago. Friday’s win against the Eagles was another showcase of Duke’s recent success, as Catanach and McCurdy again played crucial roles with 35 assists and 26 digs, respectively. Dunworth added her second-straight double-double with 18 digs and 10 kills, while Gray hit .526 with 12 kills. Against Boston College (7-13, 3-6), the Blue Devils’ defense stayed strong, holding the Eagles’ hitting percentage to .028 and 25 attack errors. Duke forced the Eagles into a -.078 hitting percentage and 12 errors in its 25-19 first-set win. The Blue Devils now hold the fourth spot in the ACC as they ready themselves for Wednesday’s home match against rival North Carolina, which holds the No. 2 spot in the conference. —from staff reports

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2010 ACC player of the year Kellie Catanach led Duke to easy victories over Boston College and Maryland.

The No. 7 Blue Devils upset No. 1 Old Dominion 2-1 in overtime Sunday at the Powhatan Sports Complex. It only took 29 seconds into overtime for Duke (10-5, 2-2 in the ACC) to break the tie and hand the Lady Monarchs (15-1) their first defeat of the season. Sophomore Emmie Le MarchDuke 3 and brought the ball down the 4 end line at the beginning of the JMU extra session before sending it to Mary Nielsen, who scored Duke 2 junior the game-winner from three yards 1 out. The goal was Nielsen’s fourth ODU on the season while Le Marchand notched her team-leading sixth assist. Goalkeeper Samantha Nelson held the Old Dominion

offense—which outshot the Blue Devils 17-10—to only one goal with eight saves on the day. The Lady Monarchs came into the match averaging 3.56 goals per game. Emma Batten put Old Dominion on the board first after redirecting a penalty corner shot in the 17th minute before Duke sophomore Caashia Karringten responded with her first goal of the season just before halftime. Sunday’s game was the second between the Blue Devils and the Lady Monarchs this season. On Sept. 18, Old Dominion squeaked by Duke with a 3-2 victory in double overtime. The Blue Devils demolished William and Mary (6-7) Saturday 3-0 at Busch Field in Williamsburg, Va. Duke outshot the Tribe 18-5, holding them without a shot in the second half. —from staff reports

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‘Noles exploit Duke’s banged up secondary Florida State’s offense brought an explosive element that Duke had not faced all season. The Blue Devil defense put forth their second worst performance of the season, allowing the Seminoles to score 41 points. The only higher opposing point total Game came in Duke’s second of the season, Analysis game against Stanford. Although the Cardinal scored more points than Florida State, it managed to score those points by methodically driving down the field and picking up first down after first down. Stanford possessed the ball for over 34 minutes in its trip to Wallace Wade. Florida State, meanwhile, only controlled the ball for 29 minutes, but was able to put points on the board by picking up large chunks of yards at time. Seminole signal caller E.J. Manuel completed three passes of fifty yards or more in the first quarter. The first of which came on the first play of Florida State’s second offensive possession. The 59-yard pass to redshirt freshman Christian Green led to a Manuel touchdown run that gave the Seminoles a 10-3 lead, setting the tone for the rest of the contest. Manuel completed passes for 50 yards and 51 yards on his next two drives. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team have three fifty-plus yard pass plays in such a short period of time so the game just kind of jumped out of our hands quickly,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. Duke had no answer for the talented receiving core. Despite being without freshman standout Rashad Greene, Florida State

utilized five wide receivers, all of whom were able to create separation from the Blue Devils in coverage. By rotating receivers in and out during drives, the Seminoles were able to take advantage of a banged up secondary. Although Duke was coming off a bye week, three starting defensive backs were listed as questionable or doubtful with leg injuries entering the contest. Matt Daniels and Johnny Williams were two of the injured that played, and perhaps their ailments kept them a step behind Florida State’s receivers, allowing Manuel to throw deep completions with ease. Manuel racked up 202 passing yards in the first half and he likely could have thrown for far more than 239 yards, but the Seminoles transitioned to a ground-heavy attack in the second half. The Blue Devils have allowed 30.2 points per game through their first six games of the season, tied for worst in the ACC. The defense is in its first season under defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and his 4-2-5 formation. While the team’s rushing defense has improved, its passing defense continues to struggle, surrendering over 270 yards per game through the air, worst in the conference. Looking forward, Duke is fortunate that the Seminoles have scored more points per game than any team remaining on the its schedule. The Blue Devils will have to heal and shore up their secondary if they hope to achieve their goal of reaching a bowl game. “Today we were just a step slow and that’ll get you beat,” cornerback Zach Greene said. “Going into next week we just have to refocus and it’s a new week starting tomorrow so we just have to forget about it and move on.”

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Miami 30 - North Carolina 24 Al Golden earned his first road win behind Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris’s three touchdown passes.

Virginia 24 - Georgia Tech 21 The Yellow Jackets were held to just 296 yards of total offense as Perry Jones led a potent Cavalier rushing attack.

Va. Tech 38 - Wake Forest 17 The Demon Deacons fell back to Earth after upsetting Florida State last week.

Clemson 56 - Maryland 45 The Terrapins jumped out to a 28-10 lead before Taj Boyd led the Tigers back with four touchdown passes.

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FOOTBALL from news page 1 couple of other plays they made.” Entering the game, the reeling Seminoles, at one point ranked No. 5 this season, looked vulnerable coming off a particularly disappointing 35-30 loss to Wake Forest. The Blue Devils, in contrast, had won three in a row for the first time since 2009. On the opening drive, Duke struggled to move the ball 12 yards before quarterback Sean Renfree’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Florida State’s Everett Dawkins at the Blue Devil 25-yard line, giving the Seminoles with excellent field position. The next five minutes, though, would prove to be Duke defense’s finest moments of the day, as the unit held the Seminole offense to a field goal. On its ensuing possession, Duke capitalized on junior Desmond Scott’s 34-yard run to kick a field goal of its own, tying the game at 3-3. The Seminoles needed only two plays and 26 seconds to reach the end zone on their next drive, highlighted by wide receiver Christian Green’s 59-yard reception with 7:50 left in the first quarter. After an out-of-sync Duke offense only managed to travel ten yards before being forced to punt, the Seminoles received the ball on their own 36-yard line. After three plays got them to midfield, Rodney Smith beat cornerback Johnny Williams to catch another big touchdown pass. “We knew it was going to be a challenge going in, but whenever you’re playing a team like that if you’re out of place one step here and one step there that’s what’s going to happen,” Duke cornerback Zach Greene said. The Blue Devils closed the half with four more possessions, resulting in two three-and-outs, a fruitless 30-yard drive and a fumble by Scott. That turnover gave Florida State the ball in field goal range with 43 seconds remaining in the half, allowing the Seminoles to extend their lead to 27-3 by halftime. The second half did not fare much better for Duke. The Florida State offense ran down the clock by running the ball and slowing the pace of the game. Both teams scored two touchdowns in the final half, but the Blue Devils firsthalf hole had already decided the outcome. “We just never got rhythm,” Cutcliffe said. “If we had been consistent on executing offensively, we could have kept that a close ball game. We just could not stay on the field.”

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Quinn Cook stole the show during player introductions as he danced down Runway 903, a tribute to Mike Krzyzewski’s pursuit of the NCAA Division-I coaching wins record. Cook’s energetic entrance was by far the most theatrical of the 13 players, and he also exhibited some moves on the floor during the scrimmage, showing good vision as he dished out two assists and scored seven points in 13 minutes of play. He wore a brace on his previously-injured right knee, but he looked sharp and well on the way to a full recovery. His presence as a true distributing point guard could help free up Seth Curry. The Blue and White scrimmage saw the debut of Duke’s trio of related big men, the Plumlee brothers Miles, Mason and Marshall. Miles and Mason started the game on opposite teams, and battled one another from the start. Mason fouled Miles hard on the game’s first possession, and the pair fought for rebounds throughout. Youngest brother Marshall joined the party late, but after being substituted in, he contributed four points and two rebounds. Veterans Miles and Mason each went 3-for-4 from the line, but they combined for nine fouls. Miles finished with 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out, and Mason added nine points and five boards.

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Blue 56, White 53 Blue 20 36 56 White 33 20 53 OPPONENT MIN FG 3-PT FT R A TO S PTS Mas. Plumlee 24 3-7 0-0 3-4 5 0 2 0 9 Murphy 24 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 2 1 1 2 Hairston 17 2-4 0-0 2-2 5 0 0 0 6 Dawkins 24 3-10 1-7 0-0 1 2 0 1 7 Curry 24 8-13 3-4 9-10 3 4 2 2 28 Mar. Plumlee 7 1-1 0-0 2-2 2 0 1 0 4 TEAM Totals 120 17-37 4-11 18-20 18 8 6 4 56 Blocks — Murphy 3 FG % — 1st Half: 38.9, 2nd Half: 52.6, Game: 45.9 DUKE MIN FG 3-PT FT R A TO S PTS Mi. Plumlee 24 6-12 0-0 3-4 8 0 1 1 15 Kelly 24 4-9 0-1 4-5 4 2 1 2 12 Rivers 24 4-11 3-6 3-4 5 1 6 1 14 Cook 13 3-4 1-1 0-0 2 2 2 0 7 Thornton 19 0-1 0-1 2-2 3 1 1 0 2 Gbinije 16 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 0 3 TEAM Totals 120 18-40 4-9 13-17 25 7 11 4 53 Blocks — Mi. Plumlee, Kelly 2 FG % — 1st Half: 54.5, 2nd Half: 33.3, Game: 45.0

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THE WINNER Miles Plumlee jumped over his 6-foot-11 brother Marshall for a one-handed slam, earning a perfect score from the judges.

Austin Rivers put on a clinic out of the gate in the scrimmage, draining four of his first five shots, including all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. But Rivers became increasingly erratic, missing his next seven shots to finish 4-for-11 and committing six turnovers. River’s electric talent could spark the Duke offense, but he will need to polish his game for the college level.

WHITE 53 s second-half comeback

THE RUNNER-UP Andre Dawkins will be counted on to mature and take on a bigger role in Duke’s offense, and Countdown to Craziness was not an auspicious start. He shot just 3-for-10 from the floor, making just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Dawkins’ spot-up shooting ability will be valuable off the ball, and it will make a big difference if he can begin to create his own shots. Seth Curry quickly filled the vacated spotlight, though, flashing a sweet shooting stroke en route to an 8-for-13 shooting performance and a 90-percent tally in 10 tries from the free-throw line. He finished with 28 points in just 24 minutes of play, and added four assists and two steals for good measure. Curry’s continued emergence will prove critical for a team with plenty of backcourt talent but no clear leader.

The youngest Plumlee had two perfect preliminary rounds, but missed three attempts in the final.

MASON PLUMLEE Mason Plumlee came in third with 55 points in the first two rounds, missing the finals by three.

MICHAEL GBINIJE Boston College’s Tyrese Rice put up 28 points against the Blue Devils, including 18 in the first period in.

Duke will be head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s time record. He needs three more victories, as November 15 against Michigan State at do any coaching at Countdown to Craziness, o a pair of assistants who both have NCAA eff Capel.

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QS revisions may miss real problem In an Arts and Sciences to complete one of their QS Council meeting Thursday, classes within the departments members of the Quantita- of mathematics, statistics or tive Studies Requirement computer science. They have Review Committee raised the attributed problems with the seemingly age-old question QS designation to too much of how the QS flexibility in requirement student class editorial should be adchoice. ministered. This particular We disagree with this proAreas of Knowledge require- posal, which seems to miss ment, a thorn in the side of the issue associated with QS. the Trinity College curricu- The problems with this relum since the implementa- quirement is not that it can tion of Curriculum 2000, is be found in a broad set of easy to circumvent. In order courses across disciplines, to avoid doing real math, stu- but that it has been approved dents often enroll in classes for classes that do not merit that hold the QS designation the QS stamp. The QS rebut include little in the way quirement is not intended of quantitative analysis. to force students to perform In its latest proposal, the calculus, statistics or coding QS Requirement Review functions—it is intended to Committee has recommend- get students to think quaned that students be required titatively. The realm of the

Quantitative methods are applied and used in almost every field, but it makes sense that math, statistics, and computer science are the ones that most strongly promote the way of critical thinking and logical reasoning behind most forms of quantitative analysis.

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quantitative certainly extends beyond these three subject areas, and to limit students to these choices is to pigeonhole them in an unprecedented way. With this goal in mind, administrators should not narrow the scope of the QS requirement but instead search for a more stringent criterion by which to apply the QS designation. The Office of the Dean ought to take a keener interest in the content of QS classes and ensure that they provide a baseline education in quantitative thinking and methodology. This requirement, if strictly enforced, will eliminate the QS designation from classes that only peripherally deal with numbers. Fulfilling this goal does not require us to sacrifice

the breadth of subjects that include classes with a QS component. If QS classes are judged more strictly, they can exist outside the math, statistics and computer science departments, but still fulfill the stated goals of the QS. Students can then retain their flexibility and choose classes that more appropriately match their academic interests. The proposed revisions to the designation aside, the process of reevaluating the QS requirement gives us pause. Administrators have been looking at this requirement since January 2010. A report was expected in Fall 2010, but no revisions were publicly proposed until last week. The delays associated with

QS are representative of the larger question of reforming Curriculum 2000. The administration has communicated that it has been addressing Curriculum 2000 in a piecemeal way over the past few years, but we have yet to see anything tangible emerge in the way of reform. We can accept the idea of a piece-bypiece approach to revamping the curriculum, but it must be done in a more aggressive way—a year and a half on one Area of Knowledge seems rather sluggish. Quantitative Studies and Curriculum 2000 both require change. The University should reevaluate its stance on the QS requirement and take a more proactive look at curriculum structure than it has since the last review.

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s we’ve been repeatedly told, the house We independents can kibitz all we want about what model is going to be set up whether we the relationship between Duke and its SLGs/greek like it or not. Let’s just hope that one par- organizations/bridge clubs should be, but we tend ticular tenet of the administration’s to enjoy Duke as much as anyone proposal doesn’t work out the way else. We form our own communithey’ve planned. ties, build our own relationships, One of the bullet points in the have our own fun. And we do it all current proposal begins “we expect without anyone telling us to do so. [all] houses to develop identities Funny how that works out. over time.” This means that houses, And yet, the administration wants including those full of what we’ve to gather Duke’s independents and traditionally called “Gosh-Darned In- connor southard stick us into houses. The problem dependents” (GDIs), are supposed with this roundup has nothing to dead poet to organically acquire the sense of do with real or imagined divisions mission and shared values that SLGs among the student body; this is a have always claimed to embody. Not only will ev- “campus culture” issue, but only because it raises the eryone be slotted into SLG-style housing; we’re all question of what kind of university we want to be. supposed to act like we’re in SLGs, too. The house model is going to give us a Duke in It’s obvious where this is going. The most tell- which more aspects of student life are bound up ing fact about the PowerPoint that lays out the with formal institutions (like, um, houses). This administration’s proposal is that the word “inde- is a mundane and foreseeable trend, even if it pendent” doesn’t appear in it even once. sounds vaguely Big Brotherish. Let’s establish right now that there’s no guaranCan you really blame the administration for tee that the house model will engender identity/ banking on students’ desire to be affiliated with community/other good-sounding things within yet another secure, existential-angst-reducing inits member houses. We’re just going to have to sit stitution? We go to an elite university; we scamper back and wait to see whether these or other virtues like foxhounds after the jobs and credentials that materialize. During the town hall meeting on the will most safely assure us of our worth and the brilhouse model, DSG Executive Vice President Gur- liance of our futures; our prized, oh-so-crucial redane Bhutani said of the administration’s goal of sumes are basically just lists of the institutions with house-identity-formation, “We don’t think that’s which we’ve been involved. going to happen.” That’s as reasonable a predicThat we are, with apologies to David Brooks, ortion as any other. ganization kids is not news. But it does show that the But the administration seems to think that administration is in fact doing little more than reidentity-formation is a good selling point. Their sponding to an existing trend by giving us the house general marketing plan for the house model has model. They’re setting up yet another bunch of insticonsisted mostly of telling students that we’re just tutions that will help each and every one of us define a housing reorganization away from instant com- ourselves in terms of what groups we’re a part of. munity and also, apparently, identity. “CommuniThat doesn’t mean that replacing all indety” almost always refers to a group of people, and pendents with house-folk is a good idea. A Duke in this case, “identity” is also being used that way, independent is anything but off-the-grid, but at as in “house identity.” least the option of going independent allows us This language reminds us that the house model to limit the number of groups we join. In turn, we cordons all on-campus undergrads into definite limit the number of mandates placed on us, the groups—i.e., houses. Freshmen will still get to de- number of people and institutions who steer us cide whether to rush SLGs, but they won’t be able to this way or that. It’s not rebellion, but it is room to decide not to be a part of some official, formal hous- breathe. Is there anything wrong with having that ing group. This is the end of the Duke independent as an option, at the very least? Do we really need as we know him/her. This is the end of the GDI. one more institution forced upon us? Is the end of the GDI a bad thing? I can’t speak If the house model is instituted (ahem) in its for the Class of 2015, but when I was a first-semes- current form, the independent is dead. Long live ter freshman, “GDI” was one of those terms we the independent. Anyone want to pour out a 40 tossed around half ironically, half fearfully—like with me? Of course, it’ll have to be on Central “President Perry.” Campus—I’m an independent. But I hope it won’t surprise you to hear that few of the independents I know spend much time Connor Southard is a Trinity senior. His column worrying about whether we made the right choice. runs every other Monday.


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ut look, I’m really sorry about it. And I’m still joining Occupy Duke, just to support the rest of you who apparently need financial aid or something. Let me explain. When I first heard about Occupy Wall Street, I was so proud. Finally, the American sheeple were speaking up for our rights! It’s just like the Arab Spring. It has a Twitter and everything. I called my daddy’s office phone to ask him if he’d heard of it. “Oh, I’ve heard,” he growled. “I’m looking at it right now. concerned global Glad the police are doing somecitizen thing about those truants and monday, monday philistines.” I couldn’t believe my father could be so callous. He was willing to buy TOMS shoes and only drink fair-trade coffee to help poor people in Africa, but he didn’t support the movement of our own people? “Daddy, they’re fighting for us. We are the 99 percent. Don’t you want to join them?” He just sighed and told me to ask my mother about it. That was a good idea. I knew Mom would care because she goes to charity benefits all the time. We even host our own ball, every year, to support Classics for the Lower Class, a charity that promotes the teaching of dead languages in homeless shelters. And sure enough, she says she’s been taking copies of the Aeneid to Zuccotti Park for weeks now. “It’s no good, though, sweetie. Everyone says they’ve already read it.” And in that conversation she confessed to me something that my parents had been hiding from me my whole life: I am a part of the 1 percent. I was heartbroken. My parents had so many opportunities to let me know: at our annual Christmas dinner in Paris, during eco-tourist excursions in Africa, at my coming-out party— apparently Coming Out Day at Duke is about gay people and not a celebration for people who missed out on their own deb parties at all, by the way—or when we were picking out our new ski cabin. They could have told me when I was explaining my feeling of solidarity with the Thai craftswoman who stitched the crest on my school blazer. But they waited until now, when there was finally a social movement my generation could join, to tell me I was a part of the status quo. I was so excited about Occupy Duke, too. I thought only Tailgate would mobilize the student body, but it looks like they also care about poor people in their own country! I couldn’t wait to join. All the posters, all the tweets, even the Occupy T-shirt I bought told me I was the 99! Being the 1 percent destroyed my dreams, and I would have to look on from the ivory tower of the ignominy of the rich. But then I took a closer look at the movement, and at the Duke student body, and realized, not many of you are the 99, either! A whole lot of you who are occupying Duke during the week are interviewing at Wall Street on the weekends. It goes a long way toward making up for all the retirement pensions you’ll destroy, blow you’ll do and secretaries you’ll molest in the future by joining this important social movement now. It’s also super noble of you to protest against your parents like that. Don’t be afraid to tell them. When I told my parents I was occupying Duke, my mom was so excited about my being a part of Real Social Change that she sent me a brand-new Patagonia jacket and down sleeping bag, so I could be warm and toasty for my very first protest. I understand, also, that some of my friends might actually be a part of the 99. If you had to fly coach on your last trip to Europe and were too ashamed to tell me, please don’t be. I support you and if you need any help paying for your new Longchamp bag to replace the one that broke, let me know. I’m here for you. That’s why I’m protesting alongside you. I may not be one of the 99, but I have been told I have a useless major, so I really sympathize with working America. And when working people have important problems, even if they’re not in a third world country, I will help. Still, let’s not lose perspective here. I don’t know for sure, but I can imagine it must really suck to have to drive a used car. That being said, your problems are total first world problems. Maybe some of you lost your house or something, but if you were in Africa, you’d have no house to lose. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really cool to occupy Wall Street and stuff; I mean, protests are the best, and Ayatollah Khomeini is super into this one. But don’t forget you still ate dinner last night. If you were in Zuccotti Park, it probably came from my daddy’s company! He never says no to me. Concerned Global Citizen is going to work for a NGO and also she’s been to Africa, so she’s way more qualified to care about poor people than you are. No offense.

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Phenomenology of spirit

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ne distinguishing feature of the young adult dramatic distinctions, thereby offering something is his novel tendency to reach into the past for everyone’s tastes, no matter how eccentric or and identify one or two serendipitous, yet (un)refined. If whiskey is Old World, then the utterly formative childhood encouncocktail is decidedly American. ters. Of course, there is a fine line beThe cocktail is indeed an Ameritween discovery and invention when can invention, owing its first systematit comes to self-psychoanalyzing, and ic treatment to New Yorker David Emmy necessarily hazy retrospection bebury, who codified the requirement comes still more so as I confront the that a cocktail must include a base defining moment of my own privispirit, simple syrup and bitters. The leged upbringing—enjoying a Singaoperating principle of combination, pore Sling at the Longbar of Raffles darren beattie according to Embury, is balance, sugHotel Singapore, site of the drink’s gesting a Madisonian solution of sorts last man standing whereby the countervailing force of invention by the estimable Ngiam Tong Boon in the early 20th century. any one component prevents the rise This was indeed a boon to my 8-year-old palate, and of a majority faction of the remaining two. Perhaps with it an enduring passion for cocktails was born. in the end this blending of three utterly foreign inI have since developed other fixations, most no- gredients into a synergistic whole best represents tably one for political philosophy. But if this second that antiquated American ideal of a “melting pot.” passion for philosophy brought me to Duke, Duke The cocktail would thus instantiate our beloved “e has, in turn, emphatically brought me back to the pluribus unum” in sippable simulacrum. first. To be sure, there is much about academia that To be sure, the undeniably American character will drive a good man to drink, though I must remark of the cocktail is universally flattering to neither less cynically that a well-made cocktail invariably America nor the cocktail. Jeremiah Thomas, for inhas been complicit in my most cherished moments stance, considered one of the “founding fathers of of late night lucubration and discovery. Given the American mixology,” originally made a career mancocktail’s contribution to my philosophy, I wonder aging minstrel shows. Every cocktail thus imparts to if philosophy might somehow return the favor. That its consumer a tacit complicity in the severest sort of is, I wonder whether, in the spirit of philosophy, one institutional racism, as if as an ugly, unspoken garmight formulate a philosophy of spirit. nish. One shudders at the post-modern possibilities Others have engaged in a similar undertaking for discovering still more deeply hidden valences of with whiskey. But a moment’s reflection reveals oppression and control—if one drinks enough, one that whiskey and the cocktail are like day and will surely find them. night, (not simply because these are my respective But what if this comparison of the cocktail to hours of consumption), and that a philosophy of democracy were totally ill-conceived? How could I the one cannot possibly serve as an adequate phi- justifiably overlook the fact that the typical cocklosophy of the other. tail consists of approximately 99 percent base spirit One difference is age. While the first known use and mixer, and a mere fraction of 1 percent bitters? of the term “cocktail” occurs in the early 19th cen- Does the disproportionate influence of the 1-pertury, whiskey dates back to the mid 16th century. center somehow presage the bitter truth of Wall Whiskey is not only older than the cocktail in its Street greed? inception, but its age is additionally—and more Delving deeper, we are faced with the possibility importantly—the chief determinant of its quality. that the composition of the cocktail in fact reflects Whiskey develops at a glacial pace, silently accom- the optimal hierarchy of the soul as proposed in modating the chemical characteristics of the sun- Plato’s “Republic.” Perhaps the elite status of the less barrel in which it slumbers. Such a premium bitters indicates that the proper place of the digeson gradualism and age corresponds in principle to tive agent of reason is to reign over the appetitive a conception of tradition and authority that is posi- (simple syrup) and spirited parts of the soul. tively Old World. Deeper still, perhaps the components of the The cocktail boldly rebukes the exclusive au- cocktail embody an esoteric critique of the Holy thority of tradition, for its quality depends just Trinity. This is in fact the argument I make in my as much on proper recipe as it does on age. Fur- forthcoming book, “Persecution and the Art of thermore, this mixing occurs with an ease of ex- Mixing: A Straussian’s Guide to Bartending.” It will perimentation that bespeaks a certain democratic come complete with an eponymous recipe and a entrepreneurialism. Anyone with a liquor cabinet glass in which to enjoy it, inscribed with the hopeful can invent or perfect a cocktail, though very few tribute to one of the first characterizations of the have the resources to produce a fine whiskey. And cocktail itself—“having swallowed this, one is ready though an appreciable variety of such whiskies ex- to swallow anything else.” ists, differences of taste are exceedingly subtle beyond a handful of basic categories. The seemingly Darren Beattie is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in poinfinite selection of cocktails affords much more litical science. His column runs every other Monday.

lettertotheeditor Editorial furthers financial aid confusion The Chronicle editorial last Friday, “Clear up financial aid ambiguity,” unfortunately created the very confusion it wanted to address. It is true that the U.S. Department of Education has implemented new regulations that tie federally guaranteed financial assistance to student achievement. However, as the editorial itself notes, universities have the option of requiring “an academic standing consistent with the institution’s requirements for graduation.” That in fact has been Duke’s longtime policy, and it is clearly noted on the financial aid website and in all correspondence. The requirements for continuation are the same for all

Duke students, whether or not they receive financial aid. To be clear, there has been no change in Duke’s policy, nor is one required by the new law. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns to visit the financial aid website or visit with one of our counselors. (http://finaid.duke.edu/undergraduate/prospectives/howitworks/otherfactors. html) The University’s commitment to ensuring that a Duke education is affordable to all has never been stronger and should continue to be a source of great pride for all of us. Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid

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DukeEngage Challenge yourself. Change your world.

PHOTO: Students participating in the DukeEngage in Spring Creek, North Carolina, program spend eight weeks assisting with an intensive literacy project serving young women and girls in Appalachia. Participating students from Madison County immerse themselves in reading projects and the creation of digital stories.

2011 DUKEENGAGE WEEK AND A HALF During the next week and a half, prospective DukeEngage students can explore new and continuing programs (listed below by site) taking place during summer 2012 as well as attend independent project information sessions to learn about how to design and submit an independent project. Meet faculty and staff leading programs, hear from students who took part in previous years, and consider which program or path might be right for you. Thirty-minute program-specific sessions covering group programs and the independent project process will run from 5–8 pm, Monday-Thursday, Oct. 17–27. A special Independent Project Student Panel will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, at 2 pm.

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All DukeEngage sessions take place in Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor, Bay 7 South, Classroom B252

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n WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26

5:00-5:30pm – Charlotte, NC 5:30-6:00pm – Washington, DC 6:00-6:30pm – New York, NY 6:30-7:00pm – Chile 7:00-7:30pm – Vietnam

5:00-5:30pm – South Africa-Durban 5:30-6:00pm – Seattle, WA 6:00-6:30pm – N. Ireland 6:30-7:00pm – Russia

n TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

5:00-5:30pm – Guatemala-Calhuitz 5:30-6:00pm – Jordan 6:00-6:30pm – India-Jodphur 6:30-7:00pm – Argentina 7:00-7:30pm – Kenya-Kakamega 7:30-8:00pm – Kenya-Mombasa

2pm - Independent Project Student Panel

5:00-5:30pm – New Orleans, LA 5:30-6:00pm – China-Zhuhai 6:00-6:30pm – Egypt 6:30-7:00pm – Independent Project Information Session 7:00-7:30pm – Nicaragua: Engineering World Health (EWH) 7:30-8:00pm – Tanzania: Engineering World Health (EWH)

n WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 5:00-5:30pm – Cambodia 5:30-6:00pm – Bennettsville, SC 6:00-6:30pm – Tanzania-LTP 6:30-7:00pm – India-Kolkata 7:00-7:30pm – Ecuador 7:30-8:00pm – South Africa-Cape Town

n FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 n MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 5:00-5:30pm – Durham, NC 5:30-6:00pm – Haiti 6:00-6:30pm – Colombia 6:30-7:00pm – Independent Project Information Session

n THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 5:00-5:30pm – Bayou Grace, LA 5:30-6:00pm – Uganda 6:00-6:30pm – Thailand 6:30-7:00pm – Portland, OR 7:00-7:30pm – Ireland 7:30-8:00pm – Peru

n TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 5:00-5:30pm – Spring Creek, NC 5:30-6:00pm – Lebanon 6:00-6:30pm – Kenya-WISER 6:30-7:00pm – Tucson, AZ 7:00-7:30pm – Guatemala-Antigua 7:30-8:00pm – Nicaragua-Granada

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH DUKEENGAGE PROGRAM: dukeengage.duke.edu/immersion-programs

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