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Bell re-elected for 6th term as Program for mayor, sales tax increases pass int’l scholars Half-cent increase for transit, quarter-cent increase for education by Yeshwanth Kandimalla

starts this year by Margot Tuchler



Durham County voters elected Durham Mayor Bill Bell to a sixth consecutive term and also voted in favor of two tax increases Tuesday. Results posted by the Durham County Board of Elections indicate that Bell—incumbent since 2001 and the second mayor in the county’s history to be elected to a sixth consecutive term—was elected with nearly 82 percent of the vote, trouncing his opponent, Rev. Sylvester Williams, who garnered just 17.6 percent. At press time, 98 percent of voting precincts had reported results. Upon approving both referenda on the ballot, Durham County residents will eventually see a sales tax hike from 6.75 to 7.50 percent. The revenue from the half-cent and quarter-cent increases will fund public transportation and education, respectively. Voter turnout was recorded at slightly more than 17 percent. “We’re going to continue down the path that we’ve started, continuing to revitalize downtown and revitalize our inner-city neighborhoods,” Bell said. “I will continue working with our city manager about the depth of our challenges, including reducing crime and improving law enforcement.”

Thanks to a large donation, Duke can now support select international students who would have otherwise been unable to attend the University. A $20 million gift—donated by University Trustee Bruce Karsh, co-founder and president of Oaktree Capital Management, LLC and Trinity ’77, and his wife Martha in 2008—has made it possible for four international freshmen to enroll this year as part of the Karsh International Scholars Program. The scholarship program, which is in its first year, meets the full financial need of its students and sponsors up to four years of extensive summer research funding, among other trips and opportunities during the year. The program helps address a void in financial aid for international students, given that the University is not need-blind for international applicants and there is only a limited amount of financial aid available to international students. The scholarship program will bolster Duke’s international numbers by making the international admissions process closer to being need-blind, said Barbara Wise, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows. “We hope that this program will encourage



Re-elected Durham mayor Bill Bell, left, shares the podium with John White, right, director of public policy at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, at Beyu Caffe during the election celebration Tuesday night.


Two hybrid-electric buses added to Duke bus fleet by Katya Prosvirkina THE CHRONICLE

Commuting between campuses is about to get a little greener. Duke Parking and Transportation Services are introducing two hybrid-electric buses on the C-1 and C-2 bus routes traveling between East and West campuses Nov. 14. The Duke bus fleet of more than 30 buses currently consists largely of older vehicles—ranging from 1994 models to decade-old buses. In conjunction with plans to acquire eight standard diesel buses, Duke is looking to update the

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transit system to meet modern needs, Sam Veraldi, director of Parking and Transportation Services, wrote in an email Monday. At a cost of $1.8 million, the two new hybrid-electric buses will serve to both increase capacity and decrease carbon emissions. The purchase falls in line with the University’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to minimize University emissions and reach carbon neutrality by 2024. The pair of buses, which are manufactured by a subsidiary of Volvo called Nova Bus, have an “accordion” segment built into their de-

sign. This allows for a significantly increased capacity of up to 30 additional people. “We have plans to achieve climate neutrality as an institution by 2024,” said Casey Roe, outreach coordinator for Duke Sustainability. “Although only 25 percent of the emissions come from transportation, Duke has always wanted to make its fleet more efficient.” The Duke Sustainability office worked with Duke Parking and Transportation Services to add more environmentally-friendly buses to


“We don’t want to be known as the Netflix or Hulu of Duke.” —DSB President Dominik Davalos on free movie streaming. See story page 3


Duke beats Clemson in PKs, Page 9




Federal appeals court upholds health care law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law Tuesday, granting the Obama Administration its fourth win at the appellate level as it seeks ultimate affirmation of the law from the Supreme Court. In a 2-to-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with a lower court judge’s finding that Congress had the authority to enact the law’s requirement that virtually all Americans obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The suit was brought by four individuals represented by the American Center for Law and Justice. They argued that the insurance mandate exceeded the limits of Congressional power and impeded their free exercise of religion. Writing for the majority , Senior Judge Laurence Silberman—an appointee of President Ronald Reagan—found that the insurance mandate fell within Congress’s authority to regulate interstate commerce.



onschedule at Duke... Law School 3037, 12:30-1:30p.m. Nicholas Carnes, lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy, will lead a discussion of the politics of economic inequality.

Introduction to ArcGIS Bostock Library 023, 3-5p.m. This workshop will provide an overview of how geographic information software (GIS) can help students obtain, analyze and visualize digital data.

Air Force mishandled cares Australia’s law bucks global for war dead, probe finds deadlock on climate rules WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal investigators said Tuesday they uncovered “gross mismanagement” at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary that cares for America’s war dead after whistleblowers reported horror stories of lost body parts, shoddy inventory controls and lax supervision.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s law to charge polluters for their carbon emissions caps a 10-year effort that bucked the global deadlock on climate change. The decision may reignite momentum behind market-based solutions for limiting greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Statistics and Computation in the Age of Massive Data Pratt School of Engineering, 3:30-5p.m. Michael I. Jordan, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of Califonia-Berkeley, will give a talk.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela Duke Chapel, 8-10p.m. Schola Cantorum, Venezuela’s foremost choral society, will give a performance. All tickets are $5.

TODAY IN HISTORY 2001: Kodak Theater, new home of Oscars, opens.

“According to a recent article in the New York Times, deliberations on a new labor deal between NBA owners and players failed again Saturday night. This deadlock, which has already been going on for four months, has now been reduced to a four-day window.” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog


Does Economic Inequality Matter?

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. — Jim Bishop

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Allama Muhammad Iqbal Day Pakistan

Berlin Wall Opening Day Germany


Matthew VanDyke, who has just returned from fighting in Libya, unpacks a poster from Moammar Gadhafi’s home town of Sirte. Telling his mother and girlfriend that he wanted to document the Libyan uprising for a book, VanDyke left home in February to join the army in Benghazi.


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DSB launches free and legal movie streaming by Teddy Nimetz THE CHRONICLE

Cable might be gone, but a student group is filling that void by offering free movie streaming online. Duke Student Broadcasting, which is part of Duke University Union, has expanded its offerings to include free movies streaming from its website. This continues DSB’s transition from Cable 13—DSB’s exclusively cable-based former incarnation—to an online multimedia hub. DSB officials hope that the addition, which went live Oct. 14, will work to meet Duke students’ broader demands for entertainment. “[We wanted] to highlight the fact that we’ve moved from our cable network to [the website]… to create a more cohesive site for entertainment for Duke

students,” said DSB President Dominik Davalos, a senior. “We don’t want to be known as the Netflix or Hulu of Duke. We just want to let people know that wherever you are on campus, you can have free movies—completely legal—at your fingertips.” Housing, Dining and Residence Life announced in April that individual students no longer have the ability to purchase cable services for their rooms on campus. HDRL decided to downsize because of the high expenses required to update the existing cable systems. Televisions in common rooms have retained cable and been upgraded to high-definition services. The move to online streaming reflects


The Calhuitz, Guatemala DukeEngage program, new for summer 2012, was canceled due to concerns about student safety in case of an emergency.

DukeEngage cancels pilot int’l program by Allie Huttler


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Four days before the DukeEngage application deadline, students planning on applying to the Calhuitz, Guatemala program got a bit of a shock—the program was canceled. The summer 2012 Calhuitz, Guatemala DukeEngage program was canceled Friday. The program, which was to be offered for the first time this year, was canceled due to the location’s distance from medical facilities, poor road conditions and the inability for helicopter evacuation. Only two students had submitted their applications by Friday’s announcement, though it is likely more were considering applying. “We had some concerns about the abil-

ity to get students proper medical care in the case of an emergency, particularly in the evening with inclement weather,” DukeEngage Executive Director Eric Mlyn said. Robert Malkin, professor of the practice of biomedical engineering who received his doctorate from Duke in 1993, was slated to be the faculty adviser for the Calhuitz program. Malkin said the major problem was that roads cannot be used during a rainstorm because the proposed site is very remote. As a result, the only possible evacuation method would be using helicopters, but there would be no way for International SEE DUKEENGAGE ON PAGE 8





Air force mishandled remains of war dead, probe finds By Craig Whitlock THE WASHINGTON POST

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal investigators said Tuesday they uncovered “gross mismanagement” at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary that cares for America’s war dead after whistleblowers reported horror stories of lost body parts, shoddy inventory controls and lax supervision. The former mortuary commander and two other senior officials have been disciplined, but not fired, in response to separate investigations conducted by the Air Force Inspector General, the Secretary of the Air Force and the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that also received the whistleblower complaints. The grisly findings at Dover echo a similar scandal at another hallowed repository for the military’s dead, Arlington National Cemetery. An Army investigation last year documented cases of misidentified remains at Arlington, dug-up urns that had been dumped in a dirt pile and botched contracts worth millions of dollars. The Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI are now conducting a criminal probe there. The sloppy handling of troops’ remains at Dover and Arlington painfully undercuts what the military has long borne as a sacred obligation: to treat its fallen members and their families with utmost levels of dignity and honor. “The ultimate requirement here is to fulfill our professional and moral obligation to ensure that our fallen are treated with the reverence and respect they de-

serve,” said Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff. Three civilian whistleblowers who work in the mortuary filed complaints last year alleging 14 specific instances of wrongdoing by their supervisors, from endangering public health to losing a dead soldier’s ankle to sawing off a deceased Marine’s arm bone without informing his family. The whistleblowers also complained that the Dover mortuary permitted an Army hospital in Germany to ship fetal remains in re-used cardboard boxes back to the United States for burial instead of in more-dignified aluminum transfer cases. The Air Force Inspector General confirmed many of the basic facts in the complaints and documented a pattern of troubles at Dover. But the inspector general did not uphold the 14 accusations filed against three senior mortuary officials, concluding that there was not enough evidence to show that they had personally broken rules or regulations. The Air Force also found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Nevertheless, citing an overall finding of “gross mismanagement” at the mortuary, the Air Force said it recently disciplined the three senior officials. Col. Robert Edmondson, who served as mortuary commander from January 2009 to October 2010, was issued a letter of reprimand for “failure in leadership” {ndash} usually a career-ending punishment for a military officer. He is still on active duty but has been reassigned to an Air Force personnel division. Quinton “Randy” Keel, a licensed fu-

neral director and mortician who served as division director at the mortuary, was demoted in August. He no longer works at the mortuary but has been assigned to another position at Dover Air Force Base, where he works as a survivor-assistance program manager, officials said. Trevor Dean, a mortician and funeral director who served as Edmondson’s top civilian deputy, also still works at Dover. The Air Force had sought to suspend him for 14 days, but instead he voluntarily accepted a transfer to a lesser, non-supervisory position in September, Air Force officials said. Keel and Dean were both sanctioned by the Air Force for displaying a “lack of candor” with investigators. Keel, Dean and Edmondson all declined a request for comment through an Air Force spokesman. Air Force officials said they have ordered record-keeping changes, extra security and other reforms because of the whistleblower complaints, which stemmed from several incidents between 2008 and 2010. At the Air Force’s request, a panel of public health experts headed by former Surgeon General Richard Carmona will

also conduct an independent review of Dover’s mortuary operations in the next 60 days. The Air Force also has established a 24-hour toll-free hotline—1-855-6372583—to answer possible questions from relatives of service members killed in action. The Dover mortuary processed over 4,000 sets of human remains from 2008 to 2010, the bulk of them from troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Troubles at the Dover mortuary became apparent in April 2009 when technicians noticed something amiss while conducting an inventory of body parts stored in a walk-in refrigerator. A Ziploc bag that was supposed to contain a shattered ankle from a soldier killed in Afghanistan was empty, according to the Air Force investigative reports. The ankle had been stored in the refrigerator seven months earlier, but the plastic bag was slit at the bottom and a frantic search of the mortuary turned up no sign of it. The mortuary is supposed to keep a strict inventory of the thousands of corpses and body parts that are processed at SEE AIR FORCE ON PAGE 12



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DSB’s desire to accommodate a culture shift by adjusting its contents to fit students online-viewing habits— especially since cable is no longer available in individual dorm rooms, Davalos said. “We made the switch last year mostly because... people aren’t watching TV like they used to,” he said. “We just wanted to make sure we were following the trend.” DSB members said the group had been planning to offer online movie streaming before HDRL canceled cable but noted that they are glad to be meeting a demand. More than 60 percent of respondents to a DSB survey sent out last year indicated that they would like to see movies available on the DSB website, said junior Brandon Putnam, DSB vice president of marketing. “We thought it would be a great idea, just to capitalize on that, by saying, ‘We’ve got the numbers. Let’s see if people actually respond with their actions,’” he said. For some students, the transition is a very welcome one. Freshman Josh Laveman said he is much more likely to watch DSB’s movies now that they are online instead of on TV. “[Now I can] watch at my own speed and on my own time schedule,” Laveman said. Laveman also praised the movie selection, though added that he had already seen most of the films in this month’s lineup. DSB will seek student movie requests in the future, though the lineups for the next two months have already been determined by DSB’s executive board. Films currently available include “Bridesmaids,” “Saw” and “The Soloist.” December will feature “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “It’s a Wonderful Life”and “The Polar Express,” among others. This is the last year of DSB’s contract with Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., which contracts movies for campus entertainment, Davalos said, noting that the contract originated Cable 13. DSB will monitor traffic to the web service as well as solicit student feedback through the Spring to see if recontracting with Swank is worthwhile, he added. Putnam said he would like to see the service continue. The ultimate decision, however, depends on the response of the student body. “[The movie streaming service] is there for students,” Davalos said. “If they show that they want it, we’ll keep it.”

excellent students from around the world to know that the Karsh Scholarship will help afford a Duke education no matter their circumstances,” Wise wrote in an email Tuesday. Five international upperclassmen, who were already receiving need-based financial aid from the University, were also accepted into the program, which considers academic performance as well as need. A total of 10 countries are represented. The Karshes’ gift, announced in January 2008, was responsible not just for the formation of this scholarship program but for bolstering the amount of need-based financial aid available to international students. Of the $20 million gift, $15 million established an endowment to provide need-based aid to international undergraduate students. The $5 million remainder was split between an endowment to cover expenses for internationals and the creation of the Karsh International Scholars Program. Freshman Laxmi Rajak, who is from Nepal, said she feels extremely lucky to be a part of the program. “It has been the most wonderful thing for me,” Rajak said. “I live with [only] my mom.... If I wouldn’t have gotten the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to come here because my mom’s [monthly salary] is just below $100.” The scholarship will help promote cultural diversity and benefit the Duke experience for all students, said Ana Barros, professor of engineering and the program’s faculty adviser. “[The program] is a wonderful opportunity because each one of the students has an amazing story,” Barros said. “They come from very distinct cultures and have had very rich and distinct life experiences, so they’re really representative of the global community.... It’s a privilege to bring them to Duke.” The funding for summer activities is an integral part of the program as scholars can receive up to $7,000 per summer, Barros added. Rajak, who said she belongs to one of the lower castes in Nepal, wants to work on a summer project regarding the caste system either in Nepal or India. She said she is inspired by the discrimination she faced while growing up because of her place in the caste system. The students are adapting to their new lifestyles well, Wise said, adding that the students have already engaged in varied activities across campus, similar to many other freshmen trying to find their way at Duke. Barros said she is looking forward to opportunities for the students to actively engage with the rest of the student body. The program is taking a particular focus on the students’ development and cultural integration in the first semester. The Karsh Scholars are hoping to lead a Duke-wide activity in the Spring. The scholars will be working with other students from campus, Barros noted, adding that the activity will appeal to different groups on campus. Rajak noted her gratefulness for this opportunity. “I’m having a really good time [at Duke],” Rajak added. “I really want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Karsh for supporting me.”

Williams said despite the loss, he was still proud of his campaign for offering Durham voters a choice between Bell’s agenda and his own platform, which he believes included a more productive plan to lower taxes and crime rates. Williams added that he is grateful for the efforts of his campaign staff, though he is currently unsure how he will be involved in city issues in the near future. “I am very concerned about the city’s direction—I am concerned about the crime, gun violence, same-sex marriage being forced on people that don’t want it, I’m doing a lot of praying and talking to the Lord Jesus and talking to my campaign staff,” he said. “We did give the voters a choice, and that’s one thing I’m really proud of.” A majority of Durham voters also voted “yes” on both tax referenda on the ballot. “It’s a great day for Durham, not because of my re-election but because of the two referendums that passed,” Bell said. “That spoke a great deal about our community being a progressive and forward-thinking community.” The half-cent Public Transportation Sales and Use Tax gained the support of about 60 percent of voters. In its first full calendar year of collection, the tax increase is estimated to raise $17.3 million. The revenue will be directed to transit improvements including increased bus hours and a commuter line between Durham and Research Triangle Park slated for completion in 2018. A similar referendum may be put to vote on Wake and Orange County ballots in 2012. The quarter-cent County Sales and Use Tax passed with more than 56 percent of the vote. The revenue— estimated at $9.2 million in the first full year of implementation—will support local public education, including approximately $6.17 million for Durham Public Schools, $825,000 for Durham Technical Community College and $200,000 for pre-kindergarten programs. Eugene Brown and Diane Catotti, two incumbents in the race for three at-large city council memberships, retained their seats by about 22 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Steve Schewel, visiting assistant professor of public policy in the Hart Leadership Program, won the third remaining position on city council with about 25 percent of the vote. Brown, Catotti and Schewel could not be reached for comment.

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Members of the transit levy campaign staff celebrate the passing of the new tax at the Beyu Caffe Tuesday night.




BUSES from page 1 the fleet. Although the buses were ultimately picked by the transportation office, they will work to fulfill the goals set by Duke Sustainability, reminding students to “bleed blue, live green.” Similar to the athletics “wrap” seen on one current bus, Roe said the new hybrid duo have both been “wrapped” with a sustainability message—including recommendations about general sustainable practices and information about specific campus efforts to be “green.” “The wrap incorporates photos of students at the Duke Campus Farm, promoting local food,” Roe said. “There is also a photo of the steam plant close to campus that runs on natural gas, displaying clean energy— and a highlight of sustainable living featuring the Duke Smart Home.” Students on campus believe that the new buses will result in more efficient commutes. “I like having more buses because I find it hard to


get to East, particularly when I have a narrow time slot between classes from 2:30 to 2:50,” sophomore Jill Prier said. “But the fact that these new buses are hybrid is the best part. And the wraps will serve as great free advertising to all the sustainability efforts on campus.” Students and staff expressed previously that the stops between the two main campuses are not being serviced enough, especially with the addition of the express C-1 routes, The Chronicle reported Sept. 7. Duke officials have also voiced concerns about the buses’ length of 62 feet and issues with drivers trying to maneuver tight turns on campus routes. Several bus drivers declined to comment on the possible adjustments. The buses are not the only effort that Duke is making to increase sustainability in transportation. In the beginning of the year, the WeCar system replaced Zipcar as the campus car rental service. Duke also offers its students and staff GoPasses—free local and regional bus passes in another effort to be more energy efficient. “We really want people—especially outside Duke—to know that our University is working on reducing carbon emissions,” Roe said.


Duke Parking and Transportation Services will introduce two new hybrid-electric buses Nov. 14, both featuring an “accordion-style” middle section.

DUKEENGAGE from page 3 SOS—DukeEngage’s international emergency management partner—to land them at night. Two students had already submitted applications for the Calhuitz program, Mlyn said. DukeEngage notified the students of the program’s cancellation Friday to give them time to apply to other programs by the Tuesday deadline and encouraged them to apply to other programs. Sophomore Maneula Mejia’s was one of the students who applied before the program’s cancellation. She said she was surprised by the decision but is still excited since she has now applied to the DukeEngage in Peru program—even though she had to redo her entire application. “I’m not terribly upset because I am still excited about the program,” Mejia said. “[The Peru program] just wasn’t my first choice.” The program’s cancellation was announced on the DukeEngage website, which also listed other programs that fit the criteria many students used to select the Calhuitz program. These alternative programs include DukeEngage in Argentina; Peru; New Orleans, Louisiana; Jodhpur, India; and Mombasa, Kenya and Kakamega, Kenya. All of these programs focus on health care, similar to the Calhuitz program. Mlyn and Malkin said they plan to find solutions to Calhuitz site challenges and offer a revised program for the summer of 2013. “There are two possibilities: Move the program somewhere where emergency evacuation is not as difficult—since right now no one serves this area— or find a service [other than ISOS] that might do [the evacuations],” Mlyn said. Malkin, also founder and director of Engineering World Health and faculty adviser for the Tanzania and Nicaragua DukeEngage programs, said that although disappointing, he felt that postponing the program was the responsible choice. “It’s the right decision,” he said. “The students’ safety is the first concern.... It’s very unfortunate, especially for the juniors, but it’s the right thing to do to have all safety concerns met.



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WEDNESDAY November 9, 2011

Duke draws Stanford in first round of the NCAA tournament. PAGE 10 Notes from Blue Devil football’s weekly press conference



It’s time Controversial miss Sulaimon to win in sends Duke to semis officially November commits by Jason Palmatary

Top guard to sign letter of intent today


November is the month that college football’s top teams traditionally spend with their eyes on capturing a conference title, or at the least securing an invitation to a high-profile bowl game. Everything that happens up until the calendar is flipped for the last month of the regular season goes out the window —it’s a new season. Unfortunately, November has been less of a fresh start for the Blue Devils and more of the beginning of an annual tailspin. Since the arrival of head coach David CutJason cliffe, who is in his fourth season as the program’s architect, Duke has a record of 1-13 in the month. And last Saturday’s crushing defeat at the hands of Miami was not a step toward reversing this negative momentum. It seems that at the beginning of every fall, fans and pundits alike wonder whether the upcoming season will finally be the one when Cutcliffe secures the program its first bowl berth since the 1994 season.


moved out of his natural wide position to a more forward location. The unusual reconfiguration was difficult for Duke, as it lacked the incisive touch Wenger had previously brought to the offense. The first half was plagued by missed opportunities as the Blue Devils dominated possession but could not break through for a score. The team’s best chance of the half came on a shot from freshman midfielder Andrew Morales late in the period, but the effort was stopped by Clemson goalie Cody Mizell. Further compounding Duke’s problems was a total of six offsides calls, making it very difficult for the Blue Devils to get the ball into the final third of the pitch. During the second half, both teams’ offenses began to exploit the fatigue of the defensive players, but neither team was able to create the decisive goal. “We were battling the whole game and pretty much dominating,” Chris Tweed-Kent said. Golden opportunities from freshman Nick Palodichuk and sophomore Lewis McCleod were squandered during the last 10 minutes of play, as neither player was able to convert chances from inside the 18-yard box. Clemson challenged Belshaw a few times but also failed to make the most out of its four

On the first day of the early signing period, Duke will officially add the first, and currently only, member of its 2012 recruiting class—Rasheed Sulaimon. Sulaimon will sign his letter of intent today at his high school, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, in Houston, Texas. “I look forward to getting my degree and doing whatever it takes to help Duke win a championship,” Sulaimon said. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard will be the first Texan on Duke’s roster since Daniel Ewing in 2005. Despite his upbringing in the Lone Star State, Sulaimon has always had a close connection to the Blue Devils. Sulaimon grew up a Duke basketball fan in a family that always strongly valued academics. As a seventh grader, Sulaimon was a scholar in Duke’s Talent Identification Program, which allowed him to take the SAT at a young age. At just 13 years old, Sulaimon scored higher than most high school students do on the test. His decision to attend Strake Jesuit was largely an academic one as well, though the school’s basketball team is also among the best in the state. By his sophomore year of high school, Sulaimon began to draw interest from a number of top-tier collegiate programs. In the fall of 2010, Sulaimon experienced Duke firsthand by visiting for Countdown to Craziness. The visit helped Sulaimon confirm that Duke was a great fit for him. After later receiving a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils’ coaching staff, Sulaimon visited again for the Duke-North Carolina game last February. Unlike most years, he was reportedly the only recruit invited to attend the game, illustrating the priority the coaching staff had placed on his recruitment. Just days later, Sulaimon verbally committed to Duke over North Carolina, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Stanford and Harvard, among others. “After visiting the school again and meeting with the coaching staff, it reconfirmed that it was the right place for me,” Sulaimon said. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and I really trust them.” Since his commitment, Sulaimon has elevated his game to another level. After a strong summer on the AAU circuit with his team, Houston Hoops, he is now the



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James Belshaw makes the game-winning save in penalty kicks against Clemson Tuesday night. by Dawei Liu THE CHRONICLE


The Blue Devils have gone 1-13 in November during head coach David Cutcliffe’s four-year tenure.

For goalkeeper James Belshaw and head coach John Kerr, their first ACC tournament victory was no easy feat. Belshaw, the team co-captain, secured Duke’s place in the semifinals after making his first and only save in penalty kicks on ClemTigers 0 son’s sixth shot. “It’s been a Duke 0 long time coming,” Kerr said of his first ACC tournament win as Blue Devil head coach. The third-seeded Blue Devils beat the sixth-seeded Tigers 0-0 (5-4 on penalties) at Koskinen Stadium Tuesday night. Both teams entered the match riding four-game win streaks, but Duke struggled early in the game to earn scoring chances against Clemson’s defense, which was led by an inspired performance from freshman defender Phanuel Kavita. In large part, though, the Blue Devils were unable to play their brand of soccer due to the suspension of sophomore center back Sebastien Ibeagha, Kerr said, who had accumulated five yellow cards on the season. The loss forced All-American junior forward Andrew Wenger to revert to his old position, center defender. Senior midfielder Chris Tweed-Kent, who ranks second on the team with 22 points, was also




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Duke faces Stanford in tourney The Blue Devils are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years. The bid is the 11th all-time for Duke, and the first since 2008, when the team advanced to the quarterfinals. No. 6 Duke (13-7) earned an at-large bid into the 16-team field after falling to No. 1 North Carolina in the ACC tournament championship game last week. The Blue Devils will take on No. 10 Stanford (17-3) Saturday at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va., home of host team No. 2 Old Dominion. The Blue Devils received the No. 10 seed, making them the underdog to the seventh-seeded Cardinal. Stanford lost to California in the NorPac championship game last weekend but earned an at-large bid after beating six top-20 teams during the regular season. The team’s three losses came against No. 4 Connecticut, No. 12 New Hampshire and the No. 16 Bears. The Cardinal has recorded only one victory against a top-10 opponent, though, beating No. 7 Michigan 3-0 October 30. The Blue Devils’ potential second-round opponents are the Lady Monarchs and No. 15 Ohio State. Duke split its two regular season matchups with Old Dominion, losing 3-2 in double overtime at home and winning 2-1 in overtime on the road. The Blue Devils beat the Buckeyes 3-2 in overtime in their second game of the year. ACC champion North Carolina received the top seed in the bracket and will host Ohio in the first round. Maryland, the only other ACC school in the field, will square off against Iowa in its opener. KEVIN SHAMIEH/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

—from staff reports

The Blue Devils will try to slow the Cardinal attack, which has scored 15 goals in its last three games.

third-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2012 according to Sulaimon’s intensity, advanced skill set and well-rounded game have allowed him to separate himself from his peers. “I play hard on both ends of the floor,” Sulaimon said. “I like to play hard-nosed defense. Offensively, I can shoot the ball really well and I can create for myself as well as others.” In his final season of high school basketball, Sulaimon hopes to lead his team to a Texas 5-A state championship and a second straight district title, while continuing to improve his body and game in preparation for his career at Duke. “[The coaching staff] wants me to get stronger, continue to work on my ball handling and point guard skills and continue to develop at the rate I am going,” Sulaimon said. “From my conversations with them, they believe I have the versatility to play both [point guard and shooting guard] at Duke.” Sulaimon also has a personal goal that he is eager to achieve before arriving in Durham this summer in preparation for his first season with the Blue Devils. “Since I was young, it has always been a goal of mine to be the top guard in my class,” Sulaimon said. “I still have a lot of work to do, but I have the determination to prove that I am the top guard in the [nation].” In the past two years, Duke has signed the consensus No. 1 guard in each class: Kyrie Irving in 2010 and Austin Rivers in 2011. By the time his senior year is finished, Sulaimon could very well make it three in a row.



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Well, I can guarantee one thing—if the late-season play isn’t improved to at least a respectable level, the Blue Devils will not be making a postseason appearance for quite some time. For a team whose coaching staff prides itself upon the pillars of discipline and conditioning from the first day of spring practice, one would expect it to hold up better with winter approaching. I walked around the locker room during the program’s midweek media session searching for some sort of explanation for the lackluster finishes to the past few seasons, but I couldn’t find any sort of consensus answer. And some players, even quarterback and team captain Sean Renfree, were dumbfounded as to the source of the struggles. “I was thinking about [the November losses] earlier,”

corner kicks. Regulation ended with both teams exhausted and Duke hurting after injuries to starters midfielder Jonathan Aguirre and defender Daniel Tweed-Kent. During extra time, an influx of substitutes led to both teams playing much better on offense, but the squads again failed to take advantage of their goal-scoring openings. Interestingly, Belshaw opened the shootout for the Blue Devils, converting against the opposing goalkeeper. The next three penalty kicks scored, but Duke’s freshman midfielder Sean Davis missed to give the Tigers the advantage. With the game on the line, Wenger would make his shot, leading to another goalkeeper showdown—this time with Mizell taking his shot against Belshaw. Mizell’s shot went high, though, bouncing off the top of the crossbar and falling on the goal line before being

ruled a miss. “I thought it bounced behind me,” Belshaw said of Mizell’s attempt. “We had a bit of luck on that one.” Chris Tweed-Kent then made his shot to put all the pressure on Clemson’s Wes Nelson. With the game on the line, Belshaw made sure his team would have the semifinal berth, diving to his right to make his first penaly-kick save of the game. “Anything can happen in a penalty shootout,” Kerr said. “It’s a crapshoot.” Now that the Blue Devils have broken their winless tournament drought of four years, the team will have a chance to rest and recover. Duke will only have the next two days to prepare for Boston College, however, the squad that has eliminated the Blue Devils from the tournament the last two years—and the team that knocked out tournament No. 2 seed and national No. 2 Maryland in this tournament. The two teams face off Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

“The saying is, ‘Teams remember what you do in November,’ but we haven’t done much.” — Jay Hollingsworth Renfree said. “I can’t really put a finger on what it is. It’s hard to say. I wish I could give you a explanation.” Also a bit disconcerting was the reaction I received from senior Jay Hollingsworth, a guy that has endured all four years of the Cutcliffe rebuilding plan. The backup running back seemed startled by the fact that he has only taken part in one November victory. “That’s definitely tough that we’ve only won one game,” Hollingsworth said. “The saying is ‘teams remember what you do in November,’ and we haven’t done much.” Other players pointed to injuries and depth issues as part of the reason for the dismal play during the last third of the schedule. In reality the two are directly related, as the lack of depth and a lot of banged up bodies have forced the coaching staff to start players who lacked the talent needed to lead Duke to wins. This excuse should not be applied going forward, though, as Cutcliffe continues to stress that he has finally recruited enough depth at each position to compete in the ACC. Plus, it’s not like the Blue Devils are the only team whose bodies have sustained wear and tear from the first three months of the season. Still, others wanted to justify the year-end swoons as a byproduct of poor execution in close games. While that is a reasonable argument for some of this season’s gut-wrenching losses, I don’t buy it as a rationale for the 13 defeats that have come in the last four Novembers. The average margin of defeat in those games was nearly 15 points. Cutcliffe did a better job than his players of identifying the root of the problem, pointing to how difficult Duke’s schedule has been. Still, even this argument is disputable, as only two of these 14 games came against teams ranked in the top-25 at the time. Granted, they have all been ACC opponents, but winning conference games is a must for any team desiring to advance to the postseason. “Coach harps on it,” Renfree said. “If you can put together a string of wins in November, it can change the dynamic of your season. We started this month off slow, but if we can get something going, it will help a lot.” This weekend in Charlottesville provides a good chance to reverse the trend, and coincidentally, the Blue Devils’ lone November win came last year against the Cavaliers.

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The Blue Devils celebrate their opening round penalty-kick win over Clemson in the ACC tournament Tuesday night at Koskinen Stadium.


AIR FORCE from page 5 Dover. It is a critical mission given that violent roadside bombs are the leading cause of death in Afghanistan and Iraq. In catastrophic cases, troops’ remains can be intermingled; it is up to medical examiners and technicians at the mortuary to sort them out with DNA testing and other means so that each person’s remains can be properly identified. As mortuary officials tried in vain to find the missing ankle, they learned that a similar problem had occurred three months earlier, when two plastic bags containing body parts were also found empty. In that case, technicians found what they believed were the missing remains in trays directly underneath the refrigerated storage racks where the plastic bags were located. Although mortuary officials told investigators that they thought they had taken care of the problem, another empty plastic bag was found in the refrigerator in July 2009.

CLASSIFIEDS Missing was a four-inch long piece of flesh recovered from an F-15 fighter jet crash in Afghanistan; two airmen had died and medical examiners were not certain to whom the missing body part belonged. It was never located. Another problem surfaced in January 2010 when a Marine killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan arrived at the mortuary. Although his body was shattered from the waist down, his family requested that he be buried in his dress uniform. Morticians tried to honor the request but couldn’t fit the Marine into his uniform or a coffin because a section of his left arm was sticking out at a 90-degree angle; the arm bone had been fused in the heat of the explosion and could not be moved. Keel ordered a mortician to saw off the bone and place it in a bag in the casket along with the rest of the Marine’s remains. Some technicians at Dover vigorously objected, saying it amounted to “mutilation” of the body and that the family should have been consulted. Keel overruled them.


The Air Force Inspector General and other Air Force officials found that Keel did the right thing because he was attempting to honor the family’s wishes for an open-casket funeral. Investigators from the Office of Special Counsel, however, disagreed, saying that the handling of the Marine’s body was inconsistent with “the highest standards in the funeral service profession.” The three whistleblowers remain employed at the Dover mortuary. Federal investigators said they agreed to make their names public. Air Force investigative reports identified them as Mary Ellen Spera, a mortuary inspector; James G. Parsons, Sr., an autopsy and embalming technician; and William Zwicharowski, the mortuary branch chief at Dover. Air Force officials said there was no evidence that they were subjected to reprisals as a result of their complaints. “We definitely both respect and appreciate the fact that they raised these issues because we’re going to be better for it,” said Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff.



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License to take Tuesday evening, Duke icy, Duke is the partial owner of hosted the sixth annual Eleva- student inventions that are cretor Pitch Competition of the ated using University resources. Duke Start-Up Challenge, a The scope of “resources” is amcompetition in which students biguous but certainly ranges pitch business ideas to a panel from using lab equipment to of judges with consulting with editorial the hope of wina professor. ning the grand Yet, the prize of $5,000. The event is University has not completely an affirmation of Duke stu- turned a blind eye to student’s dents’ commitment to entre- entrepreneurial inclinations. preneurship. But the Univer- For instance, the creation of a sity’s policy on intellectual new entrepreneurial initiative property demonstrates that its led by former University Trustenthusiasm for student entre- ee Kimberly Jenkins, who now preneurship does not match holds the title of senior adviser that of the undergraduate to the president and provost population. for innovation and entrepreDuke’s “Policy on Inven- neurship, indicates administrations, Patents, and Technology tive support for student entreTransfer” serves as a roadblock preneurs. for undergraduates seeking to Still, Duke has not adpursue creativity and innova- dressed one of the most obvition in science. Under this pol- ous barriers to innovation: the

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patent policy. These regulations contradict the climate of creativity that is evidenced by events like the Start-Up Challenge and the creation of Jenkins’ position—and need to be changed immediately. Duke students pay well to attend this University. Such payment should imply relatively few restrictions on inventions that students produce using University resources. Students should be able to utilize these resources without the concern that they will lose ownership of inventions created with the assistance of Duke property. There are special cases —if a lab on campus employs a student, it is fair to assume that the resulting work is the property of the University or professor for whom she is researching. Duke is not unusual in

enumerating regulations that govern student inventions on campus. But other universities have more productive policies. For instance, Stanford University’s patent rules lay claim to work done by professors and graduate students, but do not specifically reference the work of undergraduates. In exceptional cases, Stanford’s policy notes that it reserves the right for the president to evaluate cases. Such a policy trumps Duke’s regulations by providing a good balance of promoting student inventions while concurrently ensuring that, in special cases, the university has the ability to exercise discretion. We trust that in these rare circumstances, universities would act appropriately and fairly. In the meantime, until the

policy is reformed, students should be aware of its existence and recognize that their inventions created at Duke may not be wholly theirs. A situation in which a student retroactively learns of the policy after creating an invention on campus must be prevented. In October 2010, President Brodhead said, “One of the hallmarks of a Duke education is the ability to translate theory into practice.… Supporting entrepreneurship at Duke is a way of helping students transform creative ideas from the classroom or the lab into real-world applications.” Unfortunately, true commitment to entrepreneurship at Duke has not yet been realized: The University encourages innovation more in theory than in actual practice.

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y political science teaching assistant once son for skepticism about any part of this move. If tried to tell his discussion section how to Provost Peter Lange and Executive Vice President get to his office. It was somewhere in the Tallman Trask have been contemplating the dedepths of Perkins Library, and I becision to move the political science lieve the only notable landmark he department as early as the begincited was a vending machine. ning of Fall semester, this should Those who have seen the politibe a “done deal” rather than somecal science “offices” know they need thing that is “likely.” Considering a makeover, and Director of Underthe Gross Chemistry building has graduate Studies in the political scinot grown a wing since the beginence department, Scott de Marchi, ning of this year and no new buildput it best when he said there has have sprouted, it is unlikely antonio segalini ings been a “long-standing push to get that there were many options for musings a gift to renovate the library.” The the move. department has been spread out Instead of making a concerted between the Old Chemistry building and Perkins effort to remove doubt, Duke’s administration has Library, causing some confusion. found a way to make an uncomfortable and awkA move to the Gross Chemistry building, de- ward situation much worse than it had to be. spite being off the main academic quad on West This same lack of planning was seen during Campus, will at least bring the entire department the West Union renovation ideas, when Vice under one roof, giving Duke political science a President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said, place to call their own rather than a sprawled area “Ultimately we’ll have to seek new homes for the in the corners of the library. Mary Lou [Williams Center] and the LGBT cenAt least, that would be rational. Although a ter.” Two major student centers (and The Chronmove off of the main academic quad or the small- icle offices) will have to find new homes after the er offices may bring more public complaints, the start of July 2013 renovations to West Union and real concern about this move is how illogical it is. 2015 renovations to the Flowers Building and The first issue with this move is the aforemen- Page Auditorium. tioned split of the department. The political sciThe problem isn’t with the moves, but rather ence department has been sprawled out, with a with the uncertainty surrounding locations of majority of offices in “the heart of West Campus, major campus organizations. As Duke constantly in the Perkins building” (something the depart- renovates portions of its campus, it needs to crement’s website proudly proclaims) and other of- ate plans for the departments or associations that fices in Old Chemistry. This arrangement has currently take up the space. been less than ideal, as it is awkward to not have If the political science department does make an entire department under a unified location. the move to the Gross Chemistry building, it will be This was mitigated by the fact that the two loca- an awkward transition. Offices may be smaller and tions were relatively close to one another. It wasn’t the space will be less convenient for students. But ideal, but it wasn’t too terrible. the political science department will have a home, The idea that part of the department will be rather than being stuck in purgatory with the Mary moved to Science Drive while another portion will Lou Williams Center and the LGBT center. remain on the Main Quad makes little sense. InAssurances are not enough, and promising stead of finding and fostering a sense of commu- better spaces or other improvements to differnity within the department, it spreads out offices ent groups does not make up for the lack of viacross campus. The best-case scenario is that the sion in all of these plans. It is understandable that move does not create too-awkward a situation for things must change and that places may have to the time being, and that in the future the entire be moved during times of renovation. Administradepartment can be in a convenient and spacious tors who get paid to make sure these things run location. The worst-case scenario is that the third- smoothly and that people are satisfied should be most-popular major in Trinity College will be rel- able to do the bare minimum and plan ahead. egated to shantytowns all over our campus. Maybe Administrators need to start taking their jobs they can find a permanent residence in K-ville. seriously, and stop leaving things up in the air. StuBut more importantly is the lack of planning dents and professors deserve better. This Univerand vision shown by our University’s leaders dur- sity deserves better. ing this move. If Professor de Marchi is correct and the idea of renovating Perkins Library has Antonio Segalini is a Trinity junior. His column been planned for some time, then there is no rea- runs every Wednesday.


Learning from the rankings


niversity rankings can be a touchy subject for some people. I often hear students arguing about how they are either very important or deeply flawed, but these two opinions are not mutually exclusive. No rankings list is truly exact in terms of accurately “ranking” the “best” universities in the country or the world, because you cannot objectively measure academic perfection. Most rankings are based substantially on academic reputation, which is hardly a foolproof mechanism for determining how a school has scott briggs improved or declined over the past as i see it year. These surveys are subject to personal bias and tend to be a dead-end in self-fulfilling prophesies in which the top schools remain at the top simply because the survey participants have become locked into that mindset. Nevertheless, prospective students and parents look at these rankings and take them into consideration, which makes them undeniably important in some sense. So, when Duke drops from number 14 to number 19 in the US News & World Report’s Rankings of the “World’s Best Universities” (based on the “QS World University Rankings”), some members of the Duke Community may have been concerned. Nevertheless, year after year, the administration continues to deny that it is worried about these statistics or that it actively pursues projects only to better the school’s ranking. Despite their skepticism, the data that underlies these scores may be of use to President Brodhead and the Board of Trustees in evaluating the University’s success in certain recent endeavors. To determine a school’s overall score, US News uses a combination of six subcategory scores, with 100 being the highest and zero the lowest. Despite top honors for our faculty-to-student ratio (99.8) and high marks in academic reputation (95.4) and citations per faculty (96.3), Duke’s scores for employer reputation (65.0) and percentage of international students (55.5) lagged significantly. The sixth category, percentage of international faculty, was not scored for Duke. Each of these categories is designed to indirectly measure the strength of a particular facet of a university. For example, the research citations per faculty score is intended to gauge the research activity of a school, as well as the academic influence of the faculty. Although dropping five spots in the world rankings may not be particularly significant to the administration, the lackluster individual scores for employer reputation and percentage of international students should at least be taken into consideration. The employer reputation score is included to assess a school’s ability to attract and keep exceptional faculty and professors. It is not difficult to see how, over time, a school’s poor reputation as an employer could lead to dips in faculty research citations and ultimately academic reputation. As important as it is for a university to keep its students happy, it is equally if not more important to give the professors a good reason to stick around. Ultimately, this is an issue that is completely within the administration’s control, and it is one that needs to be taken more seriously. When it comes to increasing the school’s number of international students, the dilemma is substantially trickier. The percentage of international students at a given university allegedly correlates to that school’s reputation abroad. The real issue at hand is that students around the world simply do not know Duke. Since the size of our endowment does not allow us to offer need-blind admissions to international students, we are at an inherent disadvantage compared to schools with monstrous endowments and name recognition like Harvard. Thus, the quality and distinctiveness of our academic program needs to be such that it will convince more students around the globe to apply to, and ultimately attend, Duke. In this area, it actually seems as though the administration is keenly aware of this problem and taking active steps to increase our global competitiveness. Despite the obvious misstep with Duke Kunshan University, other recent initiatives have demonstrated an understanding of the problem and a commitment to developing innovative solutions. Former President Nan Keohane found success by increasing the scope of Duke’s study abroad opportunities and partnering with prestigious universities overseas. Arguably, President Brodhead’s greatest success came with DukeEngage, allowing students to participate in meaningful service projects while acting as global ambassadors on behalf of the University. Hopefully, the recently announced DukeImmerse Program, which will allow students to spend a semester working with various faculty on an interdisciplinary research topic, will also prove to be a positive step for the University (despite the unfortunate naming scheme that has apparently become a hallmark of recent academic initiatives). In spite of obvious faults, the administration should be commended for proactively seeking out solutions to the problem of international obscurity. Here’s how I see it: The first step in fixing a problem is acceptance. Scott Briggs is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs every other Wednesday.



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acial equality! Desegregate schools! Wom- fact, part of the 1 percent. They don’t want to feel en’s suffrage! Gay rights! guilty about being privileged. And hey, who can Throughout United States history, so blame them? It’s not their fault. Maybe it’s because many movements for any sort of sopeople are not sure how camping in ciopolitical change were able to detents in front of the Duke Chapel is scribe their goals with clear, direct, an effective means of protest. And emphatic statements of purpose maybe the Chapel really is just exthat can be reduced to a mere sentremely beautiful, and the tents in tence—or even two words. front of it do not lend it a proper Flash-forward to the present— aesthetic frame. That view is probthis is exactly the problem with the ably also somewhat justified. Occupy Movement. There’s a lot the Nevertheless, I also think too indu ramesh movement wants to do. It wants to many people are scared of the lanhooked on emphasize the large wealth gap in guage of the Occupy Movement, of the nation, the dissolution of the the sign that speaks of democracy, information “American dream.” It wants to emor of the encampments that associphasize that the current economy, ate the movement with a scary sense as we know it, does not work, or else this wealth of nationalism—all of which make it seem ineffecgap would not exist. It wants to blame the power tive on a college campus. of corporations and corporate interest for these But if we take the goals of the national moveproblems. It wants to camp out in tents, for some ment and apply them locally to Duke, (which reason. But most of all, it wants to start a discussion hopefully is what the Occupy Duke movement is that highlights the very apparent problems in the trying to do, as they claim that they try to imagine hierarchical socio-politico-economic (in this era Duke’s role in this socio-politico-economic landof modernity, so many qualifiers must be added!) scape), there’s something interesting there. If we structure that governs America, and how we can think of Duke as a corporation, and think only in start to think about fixing them. the context of Duke’s social economy, have there That’s a lot of stuff to emphasize. been times where corporate interests put forth by You see, for all its catchy taglines of “we are the the administration have come at the expense of 99 percent,” neither its supporters nor its dissent- Duke students, faculty and employees (the 99 perers seem to be able to present a succinct statement cent of the Duke population, if you will)? of the movement’s aims. Media representation reWell, yes! Here’s a recent example: A famous veals a complex garble of interpretations. Indeed, actress was not allowed to speak at Cameron Inthe movement’s critics have argued that it’s almost door Stadium for Countdown to Craziness, for impossible to summarize the movement’s goals at what seems to be Duke’s association with compaall, let alone in two words, or in a sentence—or nies that use conflict minerals. That’s not all. Our even in two sentences. tuition increases every year, faculty cuts are made And yet, even with this unclear mishmash of across several departments, Chem 152 recitations aims, a recent Reuters’ poll shows that less than 40 are eliminated (The most useful part of the Orgo percent of Americans have a favorable impression 2 experience! Being pre-med is hard enough alof the movement. ready!), yet Duke somehow finds the money to Now, let’s fast-forward to the Occupy Movement build a multi-million dollar campus in China. lurking in our very own Gothic Wonderland, a mini There has been a pretty scary lack of information, Krzyzewskiville with a political theme! Tents, tables University-wide discourse and student and faculty and chairs dot the grassy quad in front of the cha- input allowed in these important financial decipel; a large sign reads “A democratic government sions. derives its just power from the people, but corpoActually, if you’ve taken a look at the opinion rations do not seek consent to extract wealth from pages of The Chronicle at all in the past year, it the people and the Earth.” Another sign reads really does seem as if 99 percent of Duke’s populasomething like “Come talk to us!” tion agrees that there needs to be more transparHey, they managed to sum up the movement’s ency and discussion about the corporate financial message in a sentence! And they want to inspire decisions made by Duke’s administration in those discussion about the problems in the economy! offices in the Allen Building. That’s good, right? Unlike Occupy Wall Street, And yet the majority of Duke’s population does however, it really does seem, to me at least, as if not seem to support the Occupy Movement. Why less than 40 percent of Duke’s campus supports are we so scared of a discourse that has, in effect, the movement. Many think the effort is silly and an been happening all year long? affront to the beauty of the Duke Chapel. But why? Indu Ramesh is a Trinity junior. Her column runs Maybe it’s because many people at Duke are, in every other Wednesday.



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