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Board looks ahead to long-term projects Board hears strategic updates, approves DKU master’s degree by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE

ending to a perfect season. For Duke, it was simply heartbreak. The Cardinal (25-0-1), behind an opportunistic goal from captain Teresa Noyola, held on to win the first national championship in school history, with a 1-0 thriller over the Blue Devils (22-4-1). Despite a number of chances late in the game, Duke’s offense was held scoreless for just the fourth time all season. “We all walk out of here and we’re disappointed, but

This weekend’s Board of Trustees meeting focused on reconciling ambitious projects with financial realities. The Board heard a series of updates about various Duke projects at home and abroad at its final meeting of 2011. The Board also voted on two action items, approving both the first degree program to be offered at Duke Kunshan University and renovations to the Gross Chemistry Building. Improved economic conditions allowed the Board to consider large-scale undertakings in a “forward-looking” meeting, Board Chair Richard Wagoner said. The Board took a strategic look at Duke’s future—particularly Duke Medicine. “The health care changes in the next five to 10 years are huge,” said Wagoner, former president and CEO of General Motors Corp. and Trinity ’75. “The business model of the health system… is now going to be under pressure. ” In his presentation to the Board, Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of Duke University Health System, said DUHS must redesign the way it cares for patients. Dzau also recommended expanding DUHS’s network of physicians and working closely with insurance companies to streamline costs. Although DUHS will end the year on a positive financial note, Dzau said this may not be the case as early as 2014, given national changes in health care. “We have to be ready for a very different environment, where our resources are more constrained,” Dzau said. Through a process Dzau called Duke Medicine Enterprise wide planning, Duke Medicine will use the next six months to strategically plan. It will instate four committees—focusing on clinical alignment, optimizing research, redesigning education




Laura Weinberg and the Duke offense could not break through against the Cardinal defense, which has given up 12 goals all season.


KENNESAW, Ga. — Too little, too late. Needing a goal in the dying minutes of the national championship game, Duke did everything except equalize against a tightly packed Stanford defense, despite a spirited fight in the final 20 minutes. As Stanford cleared the ball away for the final time with just seconds remaining, midfielder Kaitlyn Kerr fell to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably as her Blue Devils failed to tie the game before the clock expired. For Stanford, it was a storybook

NC Medical Board Farmer recounts Haitian quake reprimands Potti recovery, promotes health equity from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE

by Ashley Mooney and Julian Spector

The North Carolina Medical Board has formally reprimanded Dr. Anil Potti for unprofessional conduct during his time as a cancer researcher at Duke. The 12-member board considered Duke’s investigation of Potti’s curriculum vitae and biographical sketch that stemmed from accusations that the former Duke doctor had falsely claimed awards and accomplishments, including a Rhodes Scholarship. The board noted that Duke found issues with both documents but concluded “they were largely the result of carelessness and honest errors with no clear intention to mislead,” according to the consent order, which was signed by the medical board’s Dr. Anil Potti president, Dr. Ralph Loomis. The medical board, which regulates medicine and surgery in the state, found Potti in violation of North Carolina

The small island nation of Haiti has faced chronic challenges in its 200-year history, which only compounded the impact of the massively destructive earthquake Jan. 12, 2010, and the subsequent cholera outbreak, a leading physician and humanitarian said. Dr. Paul Farmer, Trinity ’82 and Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, addressed a packed Reynolds Industries Theater Saturday to discuss the specifics of the Haitian recovery effort, the obstacles facing health care expansion in the developing world and the role of universities in expanding health equity around the globe. Farmer has worked in global health development in Haiti for almost 30 years and helped guide the nation’s recovery effort as United Nations Deputy Special Envoy



Look for an exclusive interview with Paul Farmer in Tuesday’s paper



Global health expert Dr. Paul Farmer addresses students and faculty in Reynolds Industries Theater Saturday.


“This behavior contradicts the intent and spirit of the opportunity... offered at this point of the process.” —Associate Dean Joe Gonzalez on trading houses. See story page 3

Manager of China’s sovereign wealth and Trustee Gao Xiqing speaks, see online only at

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Congress to face crucial decisions on spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday begins a pivotal week in Congress, the last opportunity this year to pass some kind of economic stimulus package to boost the ailing economy. This will also be a decisive moment for legislation to keep the federal government running on a leaner budget for the rest of the fiscal year. Even though House and Senate leaders agree that the economy needs help, the two sides have failed to agree on how to approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday that President Barack Obama pushed as part of his job-creation package in September. Set to expire on New Year’s Day, the tax provision has emerged as a key stumbling block in the annual rush to approve must-have legislation before Congress adjourns for the year. In the tax-holiday debate,Democrats are largely united, while many rank-and-file Republicans are resisting overtures from their leaders to support the extension.




Student Documentaries on Homelessness Center for Documentary Studies, 11:30a.m.-1p.m. Eleven Duke undergraduates spent the Fall preparing these documentaries for Housing for Hope to help end homelessness.

Rural Mexico: The People, the Land, the Music

Cain’s move grants him Euro crisis gives Merkel, more flexibility on funds Sarkozy more scrutiny ATLANTA — Herman Cain’s announcement that he is suspending, rather than terminating, his campaign appears to give him greater flexibility in the months ahead to transfer leftover funds to a candidate or political committee of his choice, resulting in praise of him by his former contenders.

BERLIN, Germany — Every phrase that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy utter Monday as they unveil proposals to reform the euro zone will be dissected for hints of what many want to hear most: plans to intervene quickly and on a massive scale.

Center for Documentary Studies, 5-4:30p.m. Chris Vail, a visiting artist, will talk about Mexico and its rich world of traditional music where the genres vary by location.

Black Rock Information Session Bryan Center Von Canon B, 6:30-7:45p.m. The asset management firm will be telling about its 2012 summer intern opportunities.

Alternative Spring Break Info Session Social Sciences 228, 7-8p.m. Duke’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an Alternative Spring Break this year where you can help people in need.

TODAY IN HISTORY 1933: Prohibition in the United States ends.

“With indecent exposure in Aycock, prescription fraud and stolen prescription sheets in Duke Hospital North and reported cocaine and marijuana possession across campus, November was an eventful month for DUPD. November drug reports include marijuana on Pace St.” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog


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Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body It calls attention to the unhealthy state of things. — Winston Churchill

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The Duke Chapel Choir, joined by a professional orchestra and soloists, performs Handel’s Messiah in the Chapel Sunday.

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Some SLGs trade house assignments by Arden Kreeger THE CHRONICLE

After the housing lottery, some selective living groups were in the market for better housing. InCube, JAM!, Chi Psi fraternity and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity have all engaged in successful section swaps. In the two weeks following the Oct. 25 housing lottery for next year, Housing, Dining and Residence Life allowed groups seeking a different section to exchange with another group as long as the trade was mutual, said Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for residence life. All of the exchanges had to be approved by HDRL. After swapping with Jam!, InCube— assigned 1915 Yearby Ave. on Central Campus in the lottery—will instead retain its current section at 205 Alexander Ave. under the house model next Fall. InCube was unhappy with its original housing assignment because it recently invested about $25,000 in its current common room on Alexander Avenue. JAM! was assigned this location in the October lottery, so InCube entered trading negotiations with them immediately after the housing lottery. “There were no problems at all,” said JAM! President Elizabeth Clark, a junior. “Everyone at InCube was hoping that we’d switch with [JAM!], and when I brought the idea back to JAM!, everyone was really enthusiastic about it.” HDRL approved the second housing trade with similar success. After the lottery, Chi Psi fraternity ap-

proached Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and showed an interest in trading sections, said Delta Sigma Phi President Zach Sperling, a junior. Delta Sigma Phi was originally assigned to Edens Quadrangle 3B, and Chi Psi was assigned to Craven Quadrangle B. “While [Edens] is a great place to live, it is somewhat removed from the rest of campus,” Sperling wrote in an email Thursday. “We were quite pleased with where [Chi Psi] section was. It was a mutually beneficial trade.” Chi Psi President Matt Straus, a senior, declined to comment. “Overall, [trading] was a smooth process,” Sperling said. “[Gonzalez and Donna Lisker, associate dean of undergraduate education and co-chair of the House Model committee,] were very accommodating and put a lot of time into making sure trades went smoothly after housing was chosen”. The swapping process was not without controversy, however, as rumors of groups offering bribes for a new section circulated. The day following the housing lottery, both administrators and students reported that an SLG was attempting to use large sums of money to convince another group to trade housing, Gonzalez said, adding that he did not know which SLGs were involved. “In that time period, [the deal] never came to fruition,” he said. “We are convinced that neither [of the two approved trades] involved funds in any way, shape or form.” SEE HOUSE ON PAGE 4

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Freshmen from each residence hall compete in the annual male pageant show in White Lecture Hall Friday.

POTTI from page 1 General Statute 90-14 (a)(6), which covers unprofessional conduct that includes “departure from, or the failure to conform to, the standards of acceptable and prevailing medical practice, or the ethics of the medical profession.” Potti was formally reprimanded and agreed to comply with a number of terms established in the document, including investigative interviews at the request of the board. Failure to comply with those terms would constitute unprofessional conduct and would be grounds for the doctor’s medical licence to be suspended or revoked. The terms are in effect until the medical board orders otherwise. The document, which Potti signed Nov. 18 and Loomis signed Nov. 22, makes men-

tion of the ongoing medical misconduct inquiry currently being conducted by Duke. The accusations in summer 2010 that Potti had falsified parts of his resume resulted in added scrutiny of his cancer research, which included clinical trials. Potti’s research was related to using an individual’s genome to predict the most effective method of cancer treatment. A number of Potti’s papers, which were once regarded as ground-breaking in the field, have been retracted from prestigious journals because their results cannot be reproduced. It remains unclear whether the errors discovered in those papers were made with malintent. Potti has not spoken publicly since the allegations surfaced but is currently practicing medicine at the Coastal Cancer Center, which has four offices in South Carolina and one in North Carolina.

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FARMER from page 1 for Haiti. He is also member of the Board of Trustees, which met this weekend, and the Duke Global Health Institute Board of Advisors. Farmer also founded Partners in Health, a global health group that provides care to underserved communities in 12 developing countries beginning in Haiti. The goal of providing medical coverage to extremely poor populations requires a willingness to envision a better future, Farmer said. “One of the biggest problems I’ve seen is a failure of imagination, a failure to imagine an alternative future for people who face two problems at once—serious illness and poverty,” he said. A squatter settlement in Cange, Haiti, is an example of what can be achieved with imagination. The settlement originated as a relocation camp for residents displaced by the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The refugees were living in squalor, but PIH launched its first clinic in the area in 1985. After many years of continued communitybased development, the once barren site is reforested, with its own medical center and schools, Farmer noted. The earthquake that leveled the capital, Port-au-Prince, took the nation and the development community by surprise. Farmer had vacationed there with his family shortly before the quake. “If someone had said there would be a major earthquake, that will level the capital city, I would have said it was absurd,” Farmer said. “We did not anticipate the earthquake and that was a mistake because the toll was made greater by the lack of a solid building code and by the lack of preparation.” The quake killed an estimated 250,000 people, many of whom died in the collapse of buildings that were not built to withstand tremors. The destruction raised the question of how to structure foreign aid funding and improve Haitian infrastructure beyond its status before the earthquake. Recovery efforts were stymied by a lack of housing and safe water. Two years after the quake, only 30 percent of the rubble had been cleared, Farmer said. In the face of these challenges, the relief efforts from medical universities contributed vital support, he said. “There is a lot of work to do still, but nothing can change the fact that a lot of lives were saved by the teams that went to Haiti after the earthquake,” Farmer said. “We can be proud of the role of academic medical centers in the response.” Farmer’s delivery of sobering facts about the critical state of Haiti was punctuated with a bright sense of humor, which drew laughter from the audience several times. “I had been warned about his sense


of humor, but if I hadn’t been warned, I would have been shocked,” said Chapel Hill resident Diane Covington, who came with her daughter as part of a group from Carrboro High School. “He has a very good sense of humor.” The presentation transitioned into a question and answer session moderated by Deborah Jenson, director of undergraduate studies in romance studies and professor of French and romance studies, and Laurent Dubois, interim director of graduate studies in romance studies, professor of French studies and history and director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies. Organizers fielded questions from the audience via Twitter, email and text message. Provost Peter Lange, whose office cosponsored the event, noted in an interview that this format streamlines the questioning process and promotes concise questions. Lange introduced the question and answer session by describing the a collaborative effort among Haiti specialists in the faculty that led to the creation of the Haiti Lab and the Program in Creole. Farmer fielded questions on topics ranging from the value of Creole language and culture, the vitality of Haitian art and the importance of academic institutions. “What universities push into our laps is critical feedback loops,” he said. “I cannot tell you how many things I’ve learned as a teacher from my students— innovation comes out of change, change comes out of critical feedback loops and critical feedback loops come out of having trainees.” Haiti hosts more nongovernmental organizations per capita than any other country, but coordination among them remains a challenge, Farmer said. “Coordination, so we add up to more than the sum of our parts, requires humility on the part of NGOs. We are, [however,] conditioned for scarcity—it’s crept into the NGOs where it’s all about branding and carving out your turf,” he said. “Haiti needs a firmer hand with us—the NGOs—to say, ‘You go here, and you go here.’” This effort faced a setback when two government officials assigned to this task were killed in the earthquake, he noted. Farmer also advocated changing the rules of the road for foreign assistance to prioritize capacity building and job creation in Haiti, which would free up more capital for the recovery effort. “I don’t think there’s anything more empowering for a Duke student than to see someone who lived in our very same dorm rooms... and then left to become probably the world’s greatest beacon of social justice in the context of health—there’s nothing more empowering,” said junior Sanjay Kishore, president of the Duke Partnership for Service.

TRUSTEES from page 1 and prioritizing areas of distinction. “If we get all these things right—and I have confidence that we will—we can become more efficient while maintaining our excellence,” Dzau said. “If we do that, we will be in much better shape than most places.” Capital planning Executive Vice President Tallman Trask outlined Duke’s various capital projects— both completed and in the works— to Board members. The list of desired projects is always greater than available funds, Trask said, adding that the University is striving to solicit donations that match specific priorities. “Realistically, you can’t escape the fact that there’s no free lunch,” Wagoner said. The Board also approved renovations to the first and second floors of the Gross Chemistry Building. The renovations have a working budget of approximately $20 million and will take about one year to complete, Trask said. The Board also discussed the selection of an architect for the West Union Building renovations, which are slated to begin July 2013. The University hopes to choose an architect and draw up preliminary plans by the next Board meeting in February. The Board also reviewed conceptual plans for the events pavilion, which will serve as a temporary dining facility and student center during West Union renovations. The pavilion will be funded by the University and will likely cost less than $5 million. The West Union Building renovations and other pending structural changes to the University, such as the Spring opening of Keohane Quadrangle 4E, will help shift student life to the McClendon and Keohane area, said Steve Nowicki, vice provost and dean for undergraduate education. Nowicki and Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta led a discussion on the undergraduate experience that highlighted next year’s house model, which is meant to make the housing system more equitable for students. “In our current residential system, there is an extraordinary imbalance with a small

HOUSE from page 3 Gonzalez said he is unaware of any further incidents involving bribery in the house-trading process. In an email Oct. 28 to several student leaders—including Panhellenic Association President Jenny Ngo, a senior; Interfraternity Council President Zach Prager, a senior; and Mirecourt President Dani Roselius, also a senior—Gonzalez said any trade agreements involving the exchange

subset of students—about 30 percent have a privileged space, and the other students are treated like hermits and nomads,” Nowicki said. “It changes the social capital.” Demand in China The Board approved the year-long Masters of Management Studies degree program for DKU, spearheaded by the Fuqua School of Business. The program will matriculate its first class in 2012 and operate on pilot basis for three years before being formally reviewed, Provost Peter Lange said. The MMS degree complements the already established MMS Foundations of Business degree in Durham, making it particularly appropriate to introduce as the premiere academic program in China, Lange said. Students, who will spend the Summer and Fall in Durham and Spring in China, will receive degrees from Duke—not DKU. Lange said the program is likely to be successful because of the high interest in the Durham-based degree from Chinese students. “We believe in the Chinese market, given the rapid expansion of the economy, there would be a lot of demand for people with business training right after they finish their undergraduate degree,” Lange said. William Kirby, T. M. Chang professor of China studies at Harvard University and Duke’s senior adviser on China, presented on the historical progression of higher education in China and why DKU is important to Duke. “Every major university in this country has faculty who are increasingly active in China,” Kirby said. “China has not only the largest and most rapidly growing system of higher education in the world, but is rapidly growing in quality, too.” Kirby also addressed some Trustees’ concerns about academic freedom, citing his own experiences in Chinese education. “[Kirby] was able to give people a lot of comfort,” Wagoner said. “No one is naive to the prospect that there are differences [between the U.S. and China], but [Kirby] gave us confidence that this can be managed in a way that meets the legitimate concerns of some of the [Trustees and faculty members].” of money would not be approved. “This behavior contradicts the intent and spirit of the opportunity the Duke Houses committee offered groups at this point of the process, an opportunity only considered because several student voices advocated for this chance,” Gonzalez wrote in the email. “Eliminating the opportunity for a trade was considered, but we hate to punish all involved for the actions of a very few.” The deadline to trade houses was Oct. 31.

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Gray records triple-double in rout of Panthers by Daniel Carp

by Giancarlo Riotto



‘Tis the season of giving, but Duke never gave Pittsburgh a chance Sunday afternoon. After splitting their last two contests against tough, ranked opponents, the Blue Devils obliterated the Panthers 92-43 at Cameron 43 Indoor Stadium Pitt Duke 92 behind a historic performance from guard Chelsea Gray. The sophomore recorded the fourth triple-double in program history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a single-game record 13 assists. She also added six steals on the day. “I was just trying to get everybody involved,” Gray said. “When you’re the point guard that’s your job.” The No. 7 Blue Devils (6-1) wasted no time jumping all over the inexperienced Panthers (4-4), a team without a single junior or senior on the roster. Duke started the game on a 17-3 run, playing stifling defense that caused the Pittsburgh offense to turn the ball over 12 times in the first half. The Blue Devils never looked back, extending their lead to 27 points at halftime behind 51.3-percent shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Tricia Liston, who has seen increased playing time since the suspension of senior guard Shay Selby, led all scorers with 19 points, pouring in 16

The Blue Devils dominated Pittsburgh from start to finish Sunday, coasting to a 92-43 victory that highlighted two of the team’s biggest strengths—shooting from the perimeter and forcing turnovers. Duke connected on 10 of its 16 3-point attempts and shot 50-percent from the Game field overall. SophoTricia Liston led Analysis more the red-hot shooting effort, converting 5-of-6 3-pointers en route to 19 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Chloe Wells scored 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. But the finest performance of the day belonged to Chelsea Gray, who notched her first career triple-double—the fourth in school history—with 14 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals. “I came out with 10 minutes to go and [head coach Joanne P. McCallie put me back in a couple of minutes later,” Gray said. “I looked up and saw I had eight rebounds so I just went after it.” Right from the game’s outset, the sophomore guard was aggressive on the offensive end, attacking the basket in transition and consistently finding open teammates. Gray’s willingness to distribute allowed seven Blue Devils to finish with doublefigures in points. Gray’s triple-double yesterday was a microcosm of her all-around ability—she is PHILIP CATTERALL/THE CHRONICLE


Sophomore Chelsea Gray had 14 points, 11 rebounds,13 assists and six steals in Duke’s win over the Panthers.



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Mullen earns Bustin revives Blue Devils First-year head coach leads first-ever win Duke to ACC title game Blue Devils earn nine topfour finishes in tournament

The Blue Devils had a strong showing Saturday at the Davidson Open where they grabbed nine top-four finishes, including three individual titles. Among these, senior Chris Mullen secured his first career tournament win at 141 pounds. Mullen earned a first period fall against Tanner Yates of Limestone in his opening match. He went on to win his next three matches by a combined seven points, enough to qualify him for the title bout. In defeating Melchisedac LaVergne of Anderson College in the finals 9-4, Mullen secured the first place finish. Redshirt freshman Brandon Gambucci was also able to post a title in the 133-pound bracket. Gambucci earned the title by defeating Appalachian State’s Brett Boston 7-2 in the final round, his 14th win of the year. The final match in the 149-pound bracket pitted two Blue Devils against each other as freshman Marcus Cain defeated redshirt sophomore AJ Guardado in the title match. Including the title wins by Gambucci and Cain, the freshmen were able to contribute five of Duke’s nine top four finishes. Freshman Andrew DeHart earned second place at 157 pounds after a loss in the title match. Redshirt freshman Immanuel Kerr-Brown found himself in third place after being denied a shot at the title when he lost to DeHart. Freshman Trey Adamson was runner-up at 174 pounds. Redshirt junior Peter Terrezza came in at third in the 125-pound division. At 165 pounds, sophomore Ryan Harding was able to add another top finish to the Blue Devil record earning fourth place. —from staff reports



After going just 8-11 in 2010, the Blue Devils bounced back to go 14-8 in Bustin’s inaugural season.

Duke’s season came to an abrupt end Nov. 13 at the hands of Old Dominion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils finished the year with a 14-8 record, 2-3 in the ACC earning the No. 6 spot in the final national rankings. Under first-year head coach Pam Bustin, Duke made it to the ACC championship game for the first time since 2003 and won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008. “I am really pleased and proud of the season that we had this year,” Bustin said. “If I am really going to focus on the difference makers for us, I think it would be the seniors and how they handled their final year.” The Blue Devils’ six seniors were essential to the team’s success, featuring second team All-Americans Stefanie Fee and Rhian Jones along with third teamer Samantha Nelson. From her arrival on campus, Bustin made sure they were all on the same page. “I spent time with them getting to know what was important to them,” Bustin said. “Then, I had to get them to clearly understand what my vision was for this program, and fortunately the two met.” Duke began its season in late August, ranked No. 15 in the country after finishing with an 8-11 record in 2010. The Blue Devils quickly moved to 5-1, vaulting to the No. 6 spot in the national rankings. But Duke dropped its next three games to some of the top programs in the nation, each by a margin of just one goal. Following a devastating 2-1 home loss to then-No. 7 Penn State, the Blue Devils fell the next day to thenSEE FIELD HOCKEY ON PAGE 6

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“The goal we scored, you’ve got to

Duke wins tiebreaker with Wake Mollie Pathman’s two goals spur semifinal win over ACC rivals by Matt Pun THE CHRONICLE

KENNESAW, Ga. – For forty minutes, Wake Forest dominated the NCAA Tournament semifinal against Duke. As the half drew to a close, however, Kim DeCesare put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0, scoring off of a corner kick and igniting an offensive explosion the rest Wake 1 of the way. Duke defeated Duke 4 the Demon Deacons 4-1 Friday night in order to advance to the NCAA tournament final against Stanford. The Blue Devils built off of a late first-half spark from a couple of substitutes, and left Wake Forest in the dust. For Duke, the first half was characterized by narrow escapes. Despite giving up five corners in the first 12 minutes, the Blue Devils managed to keep the Demon Deacons from putting a shot on net. With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Duke midfielder Kaitlyn Kerr made a goal-saving interception of Wake Forest forward Katie Stengel’s cross at the top of the 18-yard box. Moments later, a Blue Devil defender gave up possession on the back line, setting up an attack for the Demon Deacons. But a sliding tackle just outside of the 18-yard box from teammate Erin Koballa abruptly

halted the run. Clinging on to hold Wake Forest goalless as the half drew to a close, Duke head coach Robbie Church substituted freshman forward Katie Trees into the game. With just three minutes to go until the halftime whistle, Trees pushed down the flank, earning the Blue Devils a corner kick. Midfielder Nicole Lipp’s free kick deflected to a wide-open Kim DeCesare on the far side of the goal. DeCesare then fired a shot towards the middle of the goal, deflecting off of a Demon Deacon defender and then goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. As two Wake Defenders rushed toward the ball along the goal line, it trickled in to give Duke a 1-0 lead entering halftime. “The goal at the end of the half was absolutely huge. It gave us the confidence to carry on,” head coach Robbie Church said. “We haven’t been a very good first half team. We tried almost everything and it showed.” Making the most of their good fortune to have a lead, the Blue Devils quickly added to their tally, scoring in the 51st minute. Off of a Cobb cross that made it all the way to the far post due to miscommunication between Bledsoe and Demon Deacon defender Jackie Rogue, Laura Weinberg played it back to the middle where forward Mollie Pathman scored on

an empty-net volley. “I just stuck my foot out and hit it, luckily,” Pathman said. Six minutes later, however, Wake Forest struck back. Demon Deacon forward Rachel Nuzzolese drilled a free kick from just outside the top of the 18-yard box around Duke’s wall and into the right side of the net. “I liked our body language [after Nuzzolese’s goal]. I liked how we attacked. We played Mollie with the ball and [Kerr] scrambled in there and got the [penalty kick]. I thought it was a really big turning point in the game, once we were able to answer their goal.” Eager to regain control, the Blue Devils launched an attack straight off of the kickoff. A foul committed by Wake Forest midfielder Riley Ridgik on Kerr in the box set up a penalty kick for Pathman, who calmly placed it to the left for her second goal of the game. Despite a number of offensive pushes from the Demon Deacons, a 75th minute header goal from Kerr off of another Lipp corner kick gave Duke a 4-1 lead to secure its advancement to the finals. With six tournament goals—including five this year—Kerr, a sophomore, now leads the Blue Devils in all-time NCAA tournament goals.


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feel sorry for Duke because that’s unstoppable.” —Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe


Offense flummoxed by Cardinal by Tim Visutipol THE CHRONICLE

KENNESAW, Ga. – In a game featuring two of the nation’s best defenses, it took one critical play to give Stanford the lone goal it needed to win its first national championship. “Today was a day the defenses on both teams shined a little bit,” Duke goalkeeper Tara Game Campbell said. “They have too many Analysis didn’t clear chances.” The Blue Devil defenders showed their class as wave after wave of Cardinal attack was stifled. The tracking back by the Blue Devil midfielders to cut out passes and crosses into the box was also vital in keeping the score close. While the defense did a good job of holding the potent Stanford offense—that has scored 73 goals for the season—to just one goal Sunday, the normally prolific Blue Devil attack could not find the back of the net to get the equalizer. It was a series of unfortunate bounces that allowed the Cardinal to open the scoring. A deflection off of Anasi, who had slid in to the block a cross, meant Camille Levin had a second chance to cross the ball to an open Teresa Noyola, who converted from one-yard out. “They have a great defense,” Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “The goal

we scored, you’ve got to feel sorry for Duke because that’s unstoppable.” Even with only two players stationed in Duke’s half of the field near the end of the game, the overextended players were able to come up big, stopping Stanford on numerous counterattacks as Duke poured its players forward. On Sunday, however, the forwards could not break down a strong Stanford defense. “You knew it would be the one goal,” Duke head coach Robbie Church said. “We tried to get the goal back, but we couldn’t.” Often throughout the game, Laura Weinberg was left unmarked down the right flank. Her teammates, however, missed her runs. Freshman Kelly Cobb was guilty of holding the ball too long before picking a pass, meaning a swarm of Stanford defenders were able to rob her of possession. Mollie Pathman, on the left wing, had a rough time against the speedy Levin and a switch of play to Weinberg may have opened up the field. Later in the game after the second-half media timeout, Duke made it a point to play through Weinberg and generated a few more chances. On one of these runs, Weinberg was able to get ahead of her marker and into a good position in the penalty area to receive a cross from Pathman. Weinberg’s shot went over the bar, off of a deflection, for one of Duke’s best chances in the game.

“I think the last 20 minutes… was the way we needed to play all game,” Weinberg said. The level of play of Stanford’s outside backs was essential in stalling Duke’s offense. Rachel Quon and Levin were able to nullify Duke’s wide players, Weinberg and Pathman, by their high position. “I don’t think we’ve faced a team that plays their style very much this year,” Weinberg said. “They play with their outside backs really high and they do a really good job of possessing the ball with their center backs.” The Blue Devils were also very reliant on the long ball for their forwards to chase. This wasted many promising plays, and also limited the usual fluidity of the offense. “I wish we’d had the ball more,” Church said. “I thought when we had the ball we panicked a little bit once we got the ball early in the match and tried to play too many long balls up the field.” Duke’s service into the box was not as effective on this occasion. Many of the Blue Devils’ crosses went too deep and allowed Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver to come out to collect. Church, however, sees this as the ability of the Cardinal shot-stopper. “[Oliver’s] very mobile, she’s one of the best at controlling the top part of the box,” Church said. “She supports her back four very well.”

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FIELD HOCKEY from page 3 No. 2 Old Dominion in a double-overtime thriller. In another double overtime game the next weekend, then-No. 2 North Carolina defeated Duke 1-0. “The Penn State game was crucial,” Bustin said. “I think we really could have won and should have won, but we didn’t. We had to battle back, and the way that we came and played against the [Monarchs] the next day was impressive.” Bustin saw positives even in the gutwrenching midseason losses, and her team bounced back after the loss to the Tar Heels and won six of its last eight regular season games, including an upset victory in a rematch against then-No. 1 Old Dominion. In the ACC tournament, Duke defeated Virginia and then stunned two-time defending national champion Maryland in a dramatic 2-1 victory to advance to the conference championship. In a rematch with North Carolina, the Blue Devils got behind early and could never regain the lead, falling 2-1. Following their NCAA Tournament first round 5-0 drubbing of Stanford, the Blue Devils prepared to face-off with the Monarchs for the third time. Tied at one with just eight minutes left to play, Old Dominion took advantage of a penalty corner to go up by a goal. The Monarchs controlled possession for the rest of the game, and Duke saw its championship hopes vanish in the crushing 2-1 defeat. “After Old Dominion it was rough because we had beaten them before,” Bustin said. “I think more than anything we wanted to go to the NCAA championships, but at the end of that day it was more like, ‘Well, we don’t go to practice on Monday.’ That was the saddest realization of all.”


Seniors Stephanie Fee and Rhian Jones earned second team All-America honors after leading the Blue Devils to a No. 6 national ranking.


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W. BASKETBALL from page 2 in the first half. She also made 5-of-6 3-pointers, leading Duke to a 10-for-16 performance from beyond the arc, much improved from its 1-of-4 3-point shooting against Purdue last Thursday. “I was impressed with their size and athleticism,” Pittsburgh head coach Agnus Berenato said. “Their guards were really big and it seemed like they had tremendous chemistry for this early in the season.” Duke jumped out to a 17-4 run to start the second half as 3-pointers continued to rain down on the Panthers. The Blue Devil offense put forth their most consistent scoring output of the year, with seven players, including all five starters, scoring in double figures. Freshman Elizabeth Williams added 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Blue Devils in a sharper performance after making just 2-for-17 against the Boilermakers. Haley Peters also added 10 points and eight rebounds.


Elizabeth Williams rebounded to score 12 points Sunday after a 2-for-17 shooting performance last Thursday against Purdue.

GRAY from page 2 now averaging 11.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals for the season. In dominating the Panthers, she was involved in almost every significant Blue Devil offensive sequence. Just over two minutes into the game, she rebounded a Panther miss and pushed the ball in transition to Liston, who knocked down a 3-pointer to give Duke a 13-3 lead. And on the ensuing possession, she stole the ball and pushed it down the floor again, finding Liston for a transition lay-up. “She has a variety of skill sets and today obviously she put a lot of things together,” McCallie said. “The way I look at it, Chelsea’s ability allows her do a lot of things and will continue to do so. It’s very exciting.” What should not be lost in Gray’s tremendous offensive performance was her pivotal role in orchestrating another superb Blue Devil defensive effort. Gray, Liston and Haley Peters suffocated Pittsburgh’s offense with an aggressive full-court press for the entire first half. When the Panthers managed to break the press— which happened infrequently—Duke countered with half-court traps, forcing Pittsburgh into taking rushed shots and forcing ill-advised passes. The Panthers shot just 23.7-percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers, which the Blue Devils converted into 36 points of their own. Yesterday’s game could serve as a blueprint for the Blue Devils’ success going forward. If Duke can convert from the outside and convert turnovers into transition baskets, it will also take pressure off 6-foot-3 center Elizabeth Williams, who made encouraging strides against Pittsburgh. Williams—who shot just 2-for-17 from the field against Purdue—was a more respectable 5-for14 yesterday, even showing off a combination of post moves in the second half.

The stifling Duke defense continued to force Pittsburgh turnovers in the second half as the Blue Devils extended their lead to as much as 50 points with 3:27 remaining. The Panthers finished with 24 turnovers in the contest. But the story of the game was undoubtedly Chelsea Gray, who shot 5-of-7 from the field, including 2-2 from beyond the arc. She was able to penetrate the Panthers’ defense, opening up the floor for Duke’s forwards to finish inside and guards to knock down shots on the perimeter. The 5-foot-11 Gray was even a force on the offensive glass, with three of her 11 boards coming on missed Blue Devil shots. After capping off their weekend with a 49-point victory, head coach Joanne P. McCallie was more than satisfied with her team’s performance, but was adamant that there are always areas to improve, especially with such a young team early in the season. “We nit pick a lot,” McCallie said. “We nit pick at things always because you have to if you’re going to get better.”

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W. SOCCER from news page 1 we’ll walk out with our head held high,” head coach Robbie Church said. “I thought we played hard and battled for the whole 90 minutes.” Playing for the program’s first-ever national title, the Blue Devils started the game looking dangerous in attack— something Duke had struggled to accomplish in the NCAA Tournament. Duke weathered the Cardinal storm that followed and began to create its own chances late in the half, as a wave of Blue Devil substitutions injected some much-needed energy into the Duke attack. Striker Katie Trees and midfielder Kim DeCesare pressured the Stanford back line and each forced nervous clearances from the Cardinal defenders. In the waning minutes of the first half, Blue Devil winger Molly Lester had the best chance of the half to break the deadlock, when she stripped center back Alina Garciamendez of possession and had a one-on-one opportunity with Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver. Under pressure from the recovering Garciamendez, Lester’s shot sailed over the crossbar. The Blue Devils, who gave the Cardinal their toughest test of the season, went down a goal in the 53rd minute, when a lucky Stanford bounce resulted in the game’s only goal. With the Cardinal mounting an attack, Kelly Cobb failed to clear a pass into the box and the ball rolled to Camille Levin, who posed problems for Duke’s defense throughout the day. Levin was met by Blue Devil center back Natasha Anasi, who blocked the fullback’s first cross. The two players fell to the grass, but Levin jumped up and beat Anasi to the endline. Her second cross was on target, finding Noyola at the back post, and the Cardinal senior headed the ball in from very close range. The goal gave the Cardinal the momentum, and Stanford threatened to double its advantage soon afterward, but the stellar play of the Duke defense, anchored by Anasi and junior Libby Jandl, kept the Blue Devils in the game. A media timeout with 21:02 left on the clock allowed the Blue Devils to gather and discuss strategy with Church, and Duke took complete control from the ensuing restart. Almost instantly, the Blue Devils could have been awarded a penalty kick, as sophomore Mollie Pathman sprung into the box from the left edge of the field and was taken down by freshman defender Kendall Romine, but the referee called for play to continue. “I think the last 20 minutes… was the way we needed to play all game,” striker Laura Weinberg said. Unfazed, the Blue Devils piled pressure on the Stanford defense and played with a lineup featuring only one starting defender for the final stretch of the game. In the 72nd minute, Pathman—who had been moved to left back to accommodate extra forwards on the field—beat her defender and served an inch-perfect cross into the box in the direction of Weinberg. In the middle of the penalty area just 10 yards from the goal, Weinberg attempted to volley


the ball goalward, but her shot was deflected by Cardinal defender Rachel Quon and flew over the crossbar. “I had good contact on the ball and I think it probably would’ve gone in,” Weinberg said. “Unfortunately she got that deflection and we got a corner.” Stanford, with every player deep inside its own half, had plenty of nervous moments in defense but the Blue Devils were not allowed clear chances at goal and could not beat Oliver from long range. Kerr drove a shot from 25 yards that looked destined for the back of the net, but Oliver made a leaping save to deflect the ball over the crossbar.

Duke earned two corner kicks in the final three minutes of the game, but neither found their way into the back of the net, and Stanford’s long clearances ate up the remaining time. As the clock struck 90 minutes, the Cardinal celebrated a long-awaited triumph on college soccer’s grandest stage, while the Blue Devils were left to weep. “This is where we want to be. We want to play in front of everyone for a national championship,” Church said. “We’ll continue to work hard because everybody else in the ACC has this goal.”


Mollie Pathman had two goals in Duke’s semifinal win over Wake Forest, but she was held in check Sunday by Stanford’s Camille Levin.


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Better safe than sorry Last month, two students to this part of campus. were robbed within a week of Security guards alone one another. Although Duke cannot stop crime. We sugcontinually works to prevent gest that the University work such incidents by employing harder to educate students security guards and operat- about the safety resources ing programs that do exist editorial like Duke Van on campus. Services, crime We commend continues to be a present efforts to include safety eduthreat on and near campus. cation as part of orientation, One means of addressing but even older students need this issue is a reshuffling of to be reminded of campus campus security forces. The resources and safety tips. University should focus attenStudents, too, must take tion on hot spots, such as East better care to act responsibly in Campus. The fact that a student unsafe situations. Individuals was robbed between Brown should make themselves aware and Bassett residence halls last of the resources that exist on month with no immediate re- campus and how to best utilize sponse from security guards or them. Students should not alpolice is shocking. It reveals a low a sense of pride to prevent hole in campus security, and them from using the campus the University should respond blue light system or calling a by moving more patrol officers ride from Duke Van Services.

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Students and administrators can also work together to increase campus safety resources without straining the University budget. Programs like the now defunct Duke University Safe Walks, which offered students a walking companion on weekend nights and enlisted 40 student volunteers, prove that students are willing to spend time to assist their peers. Although Safe Walks emerged from collaborative effort between several students and the Women’s Center, the program went belly up as student leaders graduated. Providing walking companions to students is probably a misuse of resources—making campus walking paths safe is the task of the Duke University Police Department, not vigilante strollers. But the volunteer model has potential.

Student volunteers could extend the reach of the SafeRides program, which, as it is, fails to protect students who need late night transportation from off-campus locations back to campus. Indeed, a disproportionate number of student robberies occur between Durham and East Campus, an especially perilous journey when students have lost control of their faculties. Student-run transportation groups are not without precedent and exist at the University of Georgia and Texas A&M. Duke should consider adopting a program like UGA’s Designated Dawgs, a student-run organization that has ferried more than 60,000 students to and from campus. We could ensure the longevity of a similar program

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n Open Letter to The Chronicle Editorial Pag- movement) at least 50 motorcycle, rickshaw, es Editor taxi, bicycle and SUV drivers that you are willDear Meredith, ing to die in order to cross. And they need to It’s my last column of the seconvince you (through a solemn mester, which, based on my brief glare and increasing speed) that jeremy ruch perusal of last columns from years they are more than happy to run run and tell that past, evidently means that I’m you over in the higher pursuit of supposed to say something imgetting wherever they are going. portant, something I think is important but acI won this time around, which brings me tually isn’t or talk about how stupid the people here, to the venerable “Cafe Kem” internet who are talking about supposedly important cafe. I take it the sight of me—a 20-year-old things are. Since I’m abroad, I should probably white dude pecking away at an external keythrow in some grand conclusion about my ex- board next to an iPad—is either utterly ridicuperience traveling to cities on four continents lous, or I’m just really, really good looking in that ties in a comparative perspective of the Vietnam, because the waitress and bartender urban developmental similarities between De- can’t take their eyes off of me. troit and Hanoi. I’d been hoping to get out of here quickly, Here’s the issue: It turns out I’ve got noth- but my time here has been horribly unproing to say this week. As my friends and family ductive. The kind of grandiose column ideas will tell you, this is impossible. Let me clarify: I picture as being appropriate for a farewell I do have things to say insomuch as I can write piece flash through my head, and for each I things down—it’s just that none of it seems par- can picture 15 (or maybe fewer—as my abroad ticularly important right now. friends ask me every other week, how many To clarify, let me give you a picture of where people even read these stupid columns) cyniI am. It’s 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Hanoi. I’ve cal, groggy Duke students sitting in von der just left my homestay, situated along one of this Heyden before finals week rolling their eyes. city’s (relatively disgusting but still lovable) “God,” they’re saying, “I’m so glad it’s that conmuddy alleyways, replete with 400 electrical descending, preachy d-bag’s last column.” wires hanging overhead, splitting in every conSo I’ve been looking through the more pracceivable direction. I was hoping to take a nap tical column beginnings I’ve saved all semester before heading off to the internet cafe, but the for moments like this—that is, when it’s the Vietnamese wedding party next door blasting Saturday before my next column is due, I’m karaoke (I couldn’t wholly make out the song, horribly distracted, and that Vietnamese waitbut it sort of sounds like Cookie Monster sing- ress (who is actually kind of cute) is still looking Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”) had other ideas. ing at me. So I went on my merry way, passing by what But somehow a column about poor cell appeared to be a PlayStation stadium cafe— phone reception at Duke, or Tailgate, or the that is, 40 immensely focused Vietnamese teen- implications of the new house model seems agers sitting in rows playing FIFA 2010 against sort of out place right now. I mean, if I had each other on three parallel grainy TV’s. Im- to explain to my home stay parents, the kids mediately next door (or next open-air stall) is a playing PlayStation or the guy selling chickens guy selling some chickens, which my home stay that I needed to run out of the house and lose partner and I briefly considered purchasing hours of free time in this exotic place because for our home stay father for his birthday earlier I wanted to write some exposition on the cell this week. We opted for a bouquet of the manli- phone situation at a college 9,080 miles away, est looking flowers we could find instead, which I’d sound pretty ridiculous, right? was welcomed with a mumbled “thank you” in So, sorry to say, I’ve got nothing for you this Vietnamese. His next words were translated to week. I hate to disappoint, but I know the preus as: “if we had them here a few years ago, cious Duke Chronicle will go on without my the police would have arrested us for hosting valued contribution. Americans.” I guess he doesn’t like flowers. But if you really, really need something to fill I had to cross the street in order to get to my space for Monday morning, let me know. the local internet cafe, an endeavor which reThat cell phone piece has potential. minds me a bit of the simulations of “chicken” we used to conduct in PubPol 55. In order to Jeremy Ruch is a Trinity junior and is currently cross the street, you need to be able to con- studying abroad in Brazil, South Africa and Vietvince (through pure eye contact and foot nam. This is his final column of the semester.


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elieve me, I assumed I’d have, like, two more pages are important, but they are discussed with an extesticles by now, too. Oh well. Guess that’s not cess of self-righteousness and a dearth of information. how it works. I never could quite lick my elbow, When you, as a proponent of something important, anyway. assert your beliefs from an uninformed So if you know me, you’re either laughposition, you are trivializing the issue. mia lehrer ing your butt off or trying to figure out When you allow yourself, intentionally the best way to politely remove me from monday, monday or innocently, to speak for a group whose whatever organization you’re in charge struggles you cannot understand, you are of. Or you’re Lucas. In which case, sorry trivializing the issue. When you condebro. I had to lie to you. It’s the rules. scend to others who share a position with you but have Confession time if you don’t know me: I am not a lacked the experience or opportunity to take action, Concerned Global Citizen. I’ve never been to Africa. I you are trivializing the issue. like my steaks medium-rare. I drive an ancient Civic. My It pains me to see discourse on something imporsorority is the best thing that ever happened to me at tant to me mangled by people who really mean well Duke and I’m not interested in any event later than the but come off sounding silly. If you want to know what I K-T boundary (extra points if you know when that was). think about life, etc., you can join me next semester for In fact, pretty much the only thing CGC’s columns and my real-people column. I’m warning you now.... It’ll be I have in common is our gender. So who is she, really? boring as hell and you probably won’t like it. CGC cares Every CGC column was something said—if perhaps about current events and controversies. I care about in more politically correct terms—by someone at this books, rocks and yarn. University. CGC was a mouthpiece (fingerpiece? That So if you want to chat about the Precambrian or the sounds gross) for the things I have heard (or read; the role of magmatic fluids in layered igneous deposits, I’m opinion section seems to be a kind of playground for here. If you need help with cables, fair isle or intarsia, half-baked dumbbuttery) at this school that have just I’m here. If you, too, hate Jonathan Safran Foer, let’s plain baffled me. have coffee. I’ll be in Vondy. That’s where I live. On a So many columns could have been written by my warm day, you’ll find me at Occupy Duke, if they’ll still persona or at the very least with her strident blessing. have me. Good job abandoning the rhetoric and tryWhen did we develop what one online commenter ing to make a positive change, guys. You’ve created my called an “unfun, unfunny culture of PC”? Why are the favorite space on campus. I really mean it. people who criticize that culture equally unfun and unSorry this isn’t a funny column. I don’t think it’s funny? Why, as a feminist, should I condemn the soror- supposed to be, right? It’s not an apology either. Everyity that has been my lifeline through my Duke career? thing I’ve said is something you’ve said, your friends Why would building a well in Uganda automatically have said, your professors have said. If you laughed, make me a better person? And for the sake of my ne- sweet. If you were offended, sweeter. If you recognized glected lime-green tutu, why is the administration try- yourself and were properly embarrassed by it, mission ing to destroy everything that made me choose Duke accomplished. Concerned Global Citizen was intended over other top 10 schools? to be a funhouse mirror of some of the more laughable Mysteries, mysteries. discourse on “Duke Culture.” It’s okay to see a little bit Believe it or not, this wasn’t meant to be a column of yourself in her. about privilege. Or it was, but only in an oblique, “I Tl;dr? Less self-seriousness, more self-awarenes—and think it’s hilarious when people don’t recognize their before you imply that all teachers at Duke can’t teach own privilege but seem to spend a lot of time apologiz- and no students at Duke are willing to learn, maybe you ing for it,” way. That was supposed to be a background should consider taking different classes. Or just being to the larger target of “people whose profile pictures less of an a—hole. (If that gets censored, I’m going to contain a child they borrowed during their Super assume it’s AP style and not my “class background,” but Health, Information or Technology Service trip.” But then, what do I know?) that’s what happens when you start writing. So ya go with it. Mia Lehrer is a Trinity senior. She would like to give Why did I do this? Why not just write about stuff I ac- huuuuuuge props to the institution of mercantilism, that tually cared about? Well, I hate arguing and I love char- Nebraska guy and everyone’s favorite chubby alpine rodent. acter writing. Besides that? Someone I greatly respect Thanks for making it harder for the folks following along accused this column of “trivializing important issues.” at home to play the “how hungover was Mia this Sunday?” Yes. I know. Many of the things discussed on the back game.

Pi Kapp party fuels anger


n Nov. 19, I was looking forward to attending a party that Pi Kappa Phi was hosting that night on Central Campus. That is, until my friend nonchalantly texted me that the event’s theme was “Pilgrims and Indians.” nicole daniels The following is an exguest column cerpt from the fraternity’s email invitation: “In 1621 some crazy pilgrims had a pretty brutal harvest. Word on the street was they didn’t have enough food for half the bros in Plymouth. Then some hot natives came along with some extra food.… On Saturday, the brothers of PiKappa Phi will be honoring that party spirit. There will be a cornucopia of treats in our modern-day teepee. Tap into your inner pocahotness, wear a few feathers and party like you don’t care if you survive the winter.” At first, I refused to attend an event that sounded so derogatory toward Native Americans. The fraternity took on a terrible history of colonialism and genocide and turned it into a sexy party theme. The language in their invitation (“hot natives” and “pocahotness”) sexualizes the Native American race. Having learned the theme just hours before the party, it was too late for me to try and stop it. I ultimately decided that if I was going to criticize this party, I had to see it for myself. It was very disheartening to find my own friends there, dressed in outfits that epitomized an insensitive caricature of Native Americans. Hordes of my peers had faces covered in “war paint” and wore rainbow-colored feathers on their heads. The makeup and costumes I saw were both completely inaccurate and disrespectful. Headdresses and feathers have profound spiritual significance to Native Americans, and mimicking them is extremely offensive. A massive teepee stood outside the party, serving as a photo op for the obnoxiously dressed guests to pose with. Notably, teepees are specific to tribes in the Great Plains and never even existed in Plymouth, Mass. This incorrect and stereotypical dwelling endorsed the misconception that Native Americans have a monolithic culture. It undermined the reality that there are many tribes with diverse and intricate ways of life. If students want to celebrate “giving thanks” and unity, they should not mock and belittle an important part of our community. This party was bigoted and racist, and such an event would never be tolerated if other races were involved. Would Duke students attend a “master and slave” themed party where guests were invited to wear blackface? How about a party where students dress up like Nazis and Jews? Surely these events would trigger student objection and national media attention, and rightfully so. Yet “Pilgrims and Indians” did not faze Duke University. Students dressed up for fun at the expense of Native Americans, a race that was exploited and exterminated for centuries. The only props missing from the party were smallpox-infected blankets. Based on the costumes I saw, it seems that Duke students see Native Americans as characters rather than as human beings. Beyond insulting Native Americans, this mentality is problematic because it fuels continued discrimination and hate crimes against Native Americans today. This mindset is especially concerning because there are Native American students at Duke. Amber Richardson, president of Duke’s Native American Student Alliance, offered this statement: “When I learned about the Pilgrims and Indians party hosted by Pi Kappa Phi, my first reaction was nothing short of pure outrage. It is not only offensive, but deeply saddening that some of my peers have so little respect for Native American culture and identity. Unfortunately, I and many other Native Americans must battle this type of ignorance and disrespect on a daily basis. Because there are very few Natives on Duke’s campus, people may believe that there will be no consequences for these acts of insensitivity. I assure you that those who hold this belief are mistaken. The members of Duke’s chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity should be held accountable for their actions. As president of the Native American Student Alliance, I will enlist the aid and support of the Native community and its allies in addressing this problem and preventing future incidents.” The president of Pi Kappa Phi did not respond to my email regarding this column. I certainly don’t believe Pi Kapp intended to be malicious with this party, but this kind of ignorance is inexcusable. Everyone who attended this party should feel ashamed. We are students at a prestigious university, and we should know better. As Amber Richardson told me, “[Pi Kappa Phi] is not the first to do something like this, but we will work hard to make them the last.” Nicole Daniels, Trinity ’14

8 | MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011


Dec. 5, 2011 issue  

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