T H E I N D E P E N D E N T D A I LY AT D U K E U N I V E R S I T Y
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTH YEAR, ISSUE 73
Nicholas School plans expansion
86 DUKE WASH 80 Duke tames the Huskies by Andrew Beaton THE CHRONICLE
NEW YORK — On Washington’s first possession of the game, Mason Plumlee made a statement about who would rule the paint. Facing the physically daunting Huskies, who feature four players 6-foot-5 or taller and grab over 10 more rebounds per game than the Blue Devils, Duke’s junior forward blocked two consecutive Washington shots with authority. In an impressive physical performance, No. 7 Duke outmuscled Washington for a 86-80 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils outrebounded their foes, which entered the game as the sixth-best rebounding team in the nation, 41-36 overall and 27-18 in the first half. “I thought we rebounded well,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “That was one of the key things for us.” In that first period, Duke suffocated a Huskies’ offense that was averaging 80.4 points per game prior to Saturday’s contest. Washington scored just two points in the game’s first five-and-a-half minutes, and finished the first 20 minutes with just 26 overall, its second lowest total for a half this season. 6-foot-6 combo guard Terrence Ross, the Huskies’ leading scorer on the year, was held to just two points in the first half on 1-of-8 shooting. Tony Wroten notched
by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE
The Nicholas School of the Environment has re-launched plans for a facility meant to unite faculty and education, after a previous construction project did not come to fruition. Duke’s Environmental Hall is a proposed addition to the Levine Science Research Center, incorporating the Nicholas School faculty, administration and classrooms in one area. The structure, connected to the LSRC via a walkway, will be a five-story glass and concrete building that is designed to meet or exceed the criteria for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, Nicholas School Dean Bill Chameides said in a written statement Nov. 10. This addition and the Nicholas School’s current location in the “A” wing of the LSRC will construct a more fluid and centralized work environment for students and faculty. The plans are pending Board of Trustees approval and will be presented to the Board at its February meeting. “The free-standing building, to house school administration and faculty offices and classrooms, will make a bold statement about Duke’s commitment to sustainable design and innovation,” Chameides said in the statement. MELISSA YEO/THE CHRONICLE
SEE M. BASKETBALL ON PAGE 11
Mason Plumlee scored 12 points to help the Blue Devils to a six-point win in Madison Square Garden.
SEE NICH SCHOOL ON PAGE 5
Merchants Adderall abuse continues despite ban bemoan MOP process by Arden Kreeger THE CHRONICLE
It was the night before his political science paper was due, and Nick had not begun writing. For the next 11 hours, he wrote 15 pages without stopping—no email, no Facebook—and all it took was 50 milligrams of Adderall. Nick*, a senior, said he takes Adderall about once per semester in order to focus before large exams or papers. Nick has no prescription for the drug and has never been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which Adderall is meant to treat. He said the pills have significantly improved his academic performance, though he does not feel
by Gloria Lloyd THE CHRONICLE
The process of joining Merchants on Points can be difficult to navigate, even for vendors familiar with the program. Since the creation of the Merchants on Points program in 1990, the list of participating vendors has varied. Vendors regularly approach Duke Dining and the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee for acceptance into the program, said Rick Johnson, assistant vice president of housing and dining. Some restaurant owners, though, noted that the approval process lacks structure and guidelines.
dependent. “Once you see the effects, it’s like, why not?” Nick said. As the University enters finals week, some Duke students are popping a little orange or blue pill in hopes that the medication will help them focus for exams. Elizabeth Prince, assistant director of the Student Wellness Center, said that although Duke does not track such abuse exactly, she suspects that abuse at Duke is consistent with national trends, which indicate lulls in illegal usage of drugs like Adderall throughout the semester for undergraduates, with clear spikes at midterm and final exam periods.
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SEE MOP ON PAGE 7
Duke routs USC Upstate, Page 9
“Not exactly the kind of thoughts you’d hope to see at a place where people pay huge sums of money to learn to think critically.” —Connor Southard in “Collateral damage in Duke’s culture wars. See column page 15
Blue Devils earn national honors, Page 9
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Opponents mount attack on Gingrich in Iowa debate
DES MOINES — Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich came under sharp and repeated attack here Saturday night,accused by his rivals of being a Washington insider, a career politician and a serial hypocrite who has changed his views to suit the times and his political needs. The debate came at a crucial time in the Republican race, with little more than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, and as Gingrich has been surging in the polls. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led the attacks, ticking off a series of issues on which he disagreed with the former House speaker. But he said the biggest difference in their qualifications to be president was in the way they’ve led their lives the past quarter-century. “The real difference, I believe, is our backgrounds,” Romney said. “I’ve spent my life in the private sector. I understand how the economy works. We don’t need a Washington insider”.
Approach to Development in Constrained Settings Trent 40, 12-1p.m. Sonak Pastakia, an assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy at Purdue, will discuss the distribution of diabetes care services.
Intended and Unintended Flexibility in Protein Design
Famous cartoonist, maker UK veto divides crucial of Joker dies in New York coalition in government NEW YORK — Jerry Robinson, the cartoonist widely credited with creating the Joker, the iconic arch villain in the Batman comics franchise, died Wednesday at a New York City hospice, according to DC Comics and a statement from his family. The cause of death was not disclosed. He was 89.
LONDON, England — British Prime Minister David Cameron’s rejection of a landmark accord to quell Europe’s debt crisis generated cracks in his cabinet Sunday, sparking sharp criticism from the junior partners in his ruling coalition, the Liberal Democrats. Cameron is a euro-skeptic.
Nanaline Duke 437, 4-5p.m. Daniel Keedy of the Richardson lab at the Department of Biochemistry will give a discussion about protein structure.
Durham Photography Club at Duke Gardens Duke Gardens, 6:30-8p.m. Photographers at all levels may join the club, which meets to talk about techniques.
Study Nights at DUWELL Crowell 015, 8:30p.m.-12:30a.m. Duke Student Wellness Center is opening up its space to provide another option for studying if you need a quiet, peaceful place.
TODAY IN HISTORY 2000: Supreme Court reaches decision on Bush v. Gore.
“Simply put, we have a right to party. We have a responsibility to work hard, and a right to unwind. Partying inevitably is one way we do that. Still, that right is accompanied by a responsibility to abide by the same standards to which we are held in class.” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning. — Henry David Thoreau
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The Pitchforks perform at the Gothic Christmas Concert Friday evening.
Constitution Day Russia
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Jenkins develops plan to meet entrepreneurship demand by Kotoe Oshima THE CHRONICLE
Duke students’ expanding culture of entrepreneurship is calling for greater institutional support. A growing number of students are looking to start their own ventures post-graduation rather than searching for work at large, established firms, said Kimberly Jenkins, senior adviser to the president and provost for innovation and entrepreneurship. With the success of the Duke StartUp Challenge, subsequent projects and an increasing interest among students, Jenkins and a committee of alumni have been assessing ways to tap into students’ entrepreneurial potential and prepare students to create their own careers in a job market that is still recovering. “[Entrepreneurship] is what drives our economy, and it’s become a greater priority of the University,” Jenkins said. “It’s seen as how we need to educate our students, to be innovative and entrepreneurial no matter where they are. That’s where the jobs are.” There are a number of students who have begun their own ventures on campus. Junior Fabio Berger co-founded two ventures: ShelfRelief.com, a website where students can sell their books to one another, and WealthLift.com, an investments education website tailored to young people. Berger is also a founding member of InCube, an entrepreneurship-themed selective living group on Central Campus. Junior Soroush Pour is the other co-founder of WealthLift.com. Berger noted a need for a refreshed curriculum in entrepreneurship. Although Duke offers many courses in entrepreneurship, he said that many faculty who likely founded firms around 20 years ago, are not accustomed to the new, more technologically focused start-up environment. “It’s a bit decentralized at the moment—Duke can put resources in place that can help centralize these [start-ups] and ultimately become... more conducive to having startups being created out of the undergraduate level,” said senior Daniel Bingyou, vice president of sales at the start-up Hootli and president of the Duke chapter of the Kairos Society, an intercollegiate, entrepreneurial network. “There’s
certainly no lack of student enthusiasm— it’s literally putting the pieces in place to accommodate that enthusiasm with faculty and University support.” To address the growing interest in entrepreneurship on campus, Jenkins and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force—a team of alumni and professionals in the field—researched and analyzed campus programs over the course of this Fall to issue recommendations on how to support innovation and entrepreneurship at the University. Jenkins said she finished the strategic plan in the first week of December. Jenkins said she hopes to create both a physical and a virtual entrepreneurship hub at Duke in the next few years. As well as increasing collaboration and dialogue within different student entrepreneurial organizations and businessminded students, the center will include an incubator, where students can develop prototypes and information about courses, summer experiences and resources available to undergraduate and graduate-level entrepreneurs. Other proposals of the task force include offering more entrepreneurship-focused courses that may lead to a certificate, a minor or a concentration within a major, Jenkins said. Another suggestion is an internship program that actively places students in social ventures, start-ups and venture capital firms nationwide, as well as starting a Duke in Silicon Valley study away program for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, similar to Duke in New York programs for students interested in finance or the fine arts. Legal obstacles are another area in which student entrepreneurs are seeking the University’s help. In developing a start-up, Berger said the administration and faculty can definitely do more to advise, especially in regards to legal issues, like trademark problems, that can prevent a student start-up from getting off of the ground. Duke Venture Forward, a student organization that focuses on entrepreneurship, is exploring ways for campus entrepreneurs to have access to capital and a lawyer to oversee their business transactions, said DVF President Chong Ni, a senior and member of The Chronicle’s independent editorial board. Many student groups are restricted
by regulations that prevent them from fully functioning as a business, especially when they want to use the Duke name. “[Duke administrators] have done a lot on campus, but there are still a lot of legal barriers and that is the biggest thing that people who want to do entrepreneurship need to overcome,” Ni said. Ni added that he supports the long-term plans Jenkins introduced but thinks there could be more immediate changes made to accommodate undergraduate entrepreneurial organizations. “One thing I want to have is more flexibility,” Ni said. “It’s sometimes hard for a student group to open a business to make money off of.... Even just using the Duke name, there’s going to be licensing things we have to consider.” Berger and Pour are potentially risking their Duke careers to work on their venture. The pair have both taken a personal leave of absence this Fall to develop their start-up in Switzerland. They plan to take the Spring off as well, but taking a third semester off—without a religious or military service exemption—is in violation of University policy, meaning they could not return. “If things go really well for Soroush and I, and we want to take an extra semester off... we don’t know what exactly the consequences of doing that are going to be with the University,” Berger said.
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ADDITION from page 1 The facility will cost roughly between $30 and $35 million and will be funded by central administrative funds, Executive Vice President Tallman Trask said. Uniting a school Currently the Nicholas School is made up of three divisions—the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department in the Old Chemistry Building, Environmental Sciences and Policy in the LSRC and Marine Science and Conservation at the Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C. Emily Klein, senior associate dean at the Nicholas School and professor of geology and director of undergraduate studies in earth and ocean sciences, noted the importance of putting the faculty in one place. “It’s important for the Nicholas School faculty to be
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Duke’s Environmental Hall is pending board approval.
collocated,” Klein said. “But I will say this—like all students, I love it on the quad. And I’m going to miss it.” The Environmental Hall is the second Nicholas School facility planned in the last eight years and echoes the goals of unity for Nicholas Hall, a proposed 160,000 square-foot project that was never built. The construction of Nicholas Hall was announced following a $72 million pledge from Peter Nicholas, Trinity ’64 and former Board of Trustees chair, and Ginny Nicholas, Woman’s College ’64, in 2003, the largest in Duke’s history. The University never broke ground on the building because the donation was mostly never paid, The Chronicle previously reported. The University’s contribution from central administrative funds that was originally allocated to supplement funding for Nicholas Hall is now going toward the Environmental Hall, Trask said. Environmental Hall will be starkly different in cost and size but will still achieve the school’s goal of uniting the faculty. “Since [Nicholas Hall is] not currently achievable, this is a smaller substitute,” Trask wrote in an email Dec. 5. Some members of the Nicholas School were hesitant to make comparisons between the two buildings. Chameides deferred comment regarding the continuity between the Nicholas Hall project and the Environmental Hall to Scottee Cantrell, assistant dean for marketing and communications at the Nicholas School. Cantrell declined to comment beyond the statement released in November. Trask added that in the long term all hope for a bigger, Nicholas Hall-type structure is not lost, if money becomes available. A larger, new building could eventually be a possibility although the University plans to renovate Gross Chemistry Building, the proposed site of Nicholas Hall, for other purposes, meaning that site will not be available in the short term, he added. Go for the platinum The University has hired design, engineering and planning firm Arup as its LEED certification consultants, according to Chameides’ statement. LEED platinum certification means a building has earned the highest standards for energy and environmental efficiency, as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Nicholas School hopes to incorporate sustainable designs such as a green roof, rainwater recycling to provide water for toilets and a thermal corridor, said Bruce Corliss, professor of earth and ocean sciences and a faculty coordinator for Duke’s Environmental Hall. There may also be large windows to utilize sunlight and open areas to promote airflow. Payette, an architecture and design firm from Boston, is working with Duke on the design for the new building, University Consulting Architect John Pearce said. Rob Jackson, a professor of global environmental change and associate dean for research and professor of biology, noted the significance of the Environmental Hall’s commitment to sustainability. “We need to work hard to make sure the new building captures Duke’s commitment to the environment,” said Jackson, who is also a member of Duke’s design committee. “It needs to be a signature building for energy conservation.” Jackson added that, overall, the building would be good for the students. “Duke’s Environmental Hall will be better for undergraduates,” Jackson said. “It will have new classrooms, new technologies, better facilities and better contact with faculty.” Taylor Doherty contributed reporting.
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ADDERALL from page 1 Prince said that nationally, 30 to 40 percent of undergraduates use drugs for academic enhancement— without having a prescription—during midterm and final exam weeks. Administrators added that efforts to curb the abuse of Adderall and other similar drugs have been largely unsuccessful. Nick—who was using Adderall at the time of his interview—took more than a dozen pills out of his pocket, noting that he intends to sell them. He said he typically purchases pills from those with prescriptions, whether they are friends or strangers. Cost per pill varies based on the dosage, strength and whether or not the pill is an extended-release formula. Adderall, Concerta, Focalin and Ritalin are stimulants prescribed to control symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Students cite improved concentration and the ability to stay awake for hours at a time as positive side effects.
Mary*, a freshman, said she brought five of her brother’s short-acting Focalin pills with her to Duke with her parents’ permission. Mary has taken her brother’s medication on three occasions, including before her ACT exam in her junior year of high school. Last weekend, Mary took Focalin before reading 12 chapters of a textbook. “[Focalin] just helps me read for long periods of time,” Mary said. “My eyes don’t get tired. It’s a shortacting pill, and there’s no come down, so you don’t feel significantly different. It’s just a little boost of energy.” Michael*, a senior, said he has taken both Concerta and Adderall, mostly during exam weeks and before large assignments are due. He estimates that he knows at least 30 other students who have taken prescription drugs to enhance their academic performance. “With Adderall there’s a little bit of a euphoric effect,” Michael said. “You feel smarter, so you have more persistence trying to work through problems.”
Dangerous misconceptions Many students falsely believe that there is no difference between taking these prescription medications and drinking a cup of coffee, Prince said. “[Students] don’t see the dangers that are tied into a medication that is prescribed by a doctor,” she said. “Typically people are monitored—you never know how your body is going to react at any time.” Thomas Szigethy, associate dean and director of the Student Wellness Center, said these prescription drugs correct chemical imbalances in the brains of those with ADD/ADHD to improve their short-term memories. The use of Adderall or other drugs does not help students without ADD/ADHD retain information. Prince added that as a stimulant, drugs like Adderall only help students with the disorder to stay awake—a fact that likely contributes to the drug’s misconception as an effective study aid. “In actuality, you’re probably better off getting the sleep than studying because your brain will actually function better,” she said. Some students, however, use Adderall and other prescription stimulants recreationally, though it is likely not as common among Duke students, Prince said. There is, for example, Tom*, a senior who said he used to snort Adderall socially, purchasing pills from friends with prescriptions. Tom has never taken Adderall as a study aid because he was worried about dependence. “I know people who failed out because they couldn’t find [Adderall] at the right time,” he said. Szigethy said students who come into his office for drug abuse almost exclusively abuse stimulants, though he noted alcohol—a depressant—is the exception. “We typically have much more Type-A personality people at Duke who are very driven and achievement oriented and competitive,” he said. “A depressant would take the [competitive] edge off.” A recent Student Wellness survey found that 2.4 percent of undergraduates have used a type of an amphetamine, which includes but is not limited to drugs like Adderall, at least once within the last year. Szigethy noted that it is nearly impossible to accurately measure prescription drug abuse on campus. “You really don’t get a lot of prescription drug abusers taking surveys,” he said. Academic integrity The Office of Student Conduct amended the Duke Academic Integrity Policy in September to reflect that unauthorized use of prescription medications to enhance academic performance is cheating as well as a violation of Duke’s drug policy. There has been, however, no indication of improvements to student behavior as a result of this measure, said Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct. “[The policy changes have] been relatively inconsequential,” Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek added. The Office of Student Conduct did not receive any reports of prescription drug abuse this semester, though it also did not receive any such reports last year, Bryan said. But based on conversations with students, Bryan said he understands prescription drug abuse to be a widespread issue. Mary, the freshman, noted that students have been desensitized to its usage. Nick, the senior who uses occasionally, said the low probability of being caught makes the administration’s policy change ineffective, as many students feel as though their behavior is without consequence. The line between prescription medication and legal stimulants, such as caffeine, could be a gray area to many drug users, Szigethy said. He noted that caffeine was once considered cheating in athletics. “Anything that is going to give you an edge over someone else that is not necessarily a fair edge could definitely be seen as cheating,” he said. Not all abusers agree. Michael said prescription drug abuse should not be considered cheating and instead the drug should be available to everyone. He called illegal Adderall usage a victimless crime. Tom, the senior who uses Adderall only recreationally, does believe prescription drug abuse gives those who use for academics an unfair advantage. “We’re all competing for jobs and graduate school, and some classes are graded on a curve,” Tom said. “It just makes me feel like I have to work that much harder. It’s a source of pride to not have to do it for academic reasons.” *Name has been changed for the source’s protection. The source’s class year is accurate.
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MOP from page 1 Afghani restaurant Bread and Kabob, located at 1013 West Main Street, had a verbal agreement with Duke Dining in July to join MOP—but is still not in the program, said restaurant co-Owner Mariam Loynab. “I was literally told at the meeting, ‘You guys are in, bottom line, no questions asked. I need these three papers and then I’ll send someone to download the software on your computer,’” Loynab said. Bread and Kabob had been part of MOP in 2002 until the restaurant closed in 2004. It reopened as a bar in 2008 and reintroduced Afghani cuisine on the menu last June. After she completed the paperwork, Loynab said she tried to contact Jim Wulforst, former director of dining services, for weeks until a receptionist notified her that Wulforst no longer worked at the University. Wulforst—who stepped down from his position in Aug.—could not be reached for comment Sunday. Loynab said she then talked to Barbara Stokes, assistant director of dining, who told her that Bread and Kabob would not be on MOP after all. Loynab added that she had already purchased two phones and a new computer system—special equipment required to accept food points from DukeCards. “I said, ‘What do you mean we can’t be on it—we’ve already given all the paperwork,’” Loynab said. “[Stokes] said, ‘Have you signed a contract?’ We had a verbal agreement that we were in as long as we have the right documents.... Now we’re getting jeopardized.” Johnson said it is unclear whether Bread and Kabob was a planned addition to MOP. Stokes could not be reached for comment Friday. The process for joining MOP begins with gaining initial approval from DUSDAC. The administration, though, has the final say about which programs are included, said DUSDAC co-Chair Jane Moore, a senior. Several eateries that were approved by DUSDAC—such as Bread and Kabob, Local Yogurt, Sushi Love and the Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe—never made it into the program. “A lot of deals fell through the cracks or didn’t work out the way they were supposed to go,” Moore said. Moore added that with the current 20-merchant cap for MOP vendors, Duke Dining would have to cut some vendors from the list to add new ones. The Food Factory at Devil’s Bistro, an on-campus eatery with an established relationship with the University, also faced challenges in gaining approval for MOP. Food Factory Owner Jim Schmid said even though his restaurant ultimately did join the program, the approval process lacks guidelines for vendors seeking to join MOP. “We just kind of fell through the cracks a little bit,” Schmid said. “There’s no manual here.... It’s a little difficult to navigate through Duke until you learn, and it takes some time. We didn’t know you had to buy a phone.” Schmid estimated that understanding how to successfully operate as a MOP vendor takes at least a semester. Loynab agreed, adding that she found the process mysterious even though she was familiar with it from Bread and Kabob’s previous involvement in the program. Schmid added that the Food Factory was probably accepted into the program because of its location on Central Campus, where it has a lower built-in customer base. Joining MOP helped increase profits, Schmid said. “Just by the skin of our feet we got approved,” Schmid said. “Merchants on Points is probably why we’re still in business.”
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Bread and Kabob on Main Street has not yet secured membership in the Merchants on Points program.
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MONDAY December 12, 2011
A preview of the Blue Devils’ games throughout winter break. PAGE 10-11 Continuing coverage of Duke basketball games and breaking news.
Blue Devils outmuscle Charity stripe stingy Spartans in blowout for Duke at Garden by Mike Schreiner THE CHRONICLE
In a quintessential team effort, the Blue Devils stepped up their intensity in the second half Sunday to blowout USC-Upstate. After taking a 44-24 lead at halftime, No. 6 Duke (7-2) held the Spartans to 11 points in the second half en route to a 9335 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Despite enjoying USC-U 35 a 20-point advanDuke 93 tage after the first twenty minutes, the Blue Devils were not pleased with their performance in the first half. “I thought we were just a little bit sluggish,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “We talked about it—I didn’t talk about it, [the players] talked about it—at halftime.” The halftime conversation, led primarily by sophomore Haley Peters and junior Allison Vernerey, achieved the desired effect as Duke dominated USC-Upstate (1-8) in every aspect of the game after the break. In the second half alone, Duke outscored the Spartans 34 to six in the paint. From the field, it shot 65.5 percent to USC-Upstate’s 14.3 percent. Following
halftime, the Blue Devils grabbed 11 more rebounds, forced 11 more turnovers and scored 38 more points than their opponents. “In the second half, the bottom kind of fell out and they blew it open pretty big,” USC-Upstate head coach Tammy George said. Freshman Elizabeth Williams paced the Blue Devils in the win with a careerhigh 22 points on a perfect 10-for-10 shooting effort, the second-most shot attempts without a miss in Duke history. Three other Blue Devils put up double figures in the win, including Peters, who matched her career high with 17, and senior Kathleen Scheer, who matched her season high with 10. Sophomore Chloe Wells also had a career-high seven steal effort, a byproduct of Duke’s suffocating pressure on defense. The Blue Devils continued to employ a full-court press late into the game, creating 27 points off turnovers in the second half alone. In its half-court defense, Duke dropped into a zone for most of the second half, SEE W. BASKETBALL ON PAGE 10
Anasi, Wenger earn postseason accolades Sophomore is second Wenger one of three program All-American finalists for Hermann By leading Duke’s defense to its best goalsagainst average in program history after being thrown into the starting center back role early in the season, Natasha Anasi became just the second Blue Devil to earn NSCAA first team All-America honors Friday. To open the season, the sophomore had been a starting midfielder. Anasi moved to the back line when center back Ashley Rape tore her ACL in just the third game of the season. She seamlessly transitioned into the leadership role and piloted Duke to 16 shutouts, the third-best total in the nation and a program record. The Blue Devils also set a program record for goals-against average at .478, eighth-best nationally. For her performance, Anasi first won ACC defensive player of the year, became a semifinalist for the Hermann trophy, college soccer’s most prestigious award, and then earned first team All-America accolades. She joins Kelly Walbert, the program’s leading scorer, as Duke’s only first team honorees. Walbert, who holds nine other team records, received first team honors in 1993 and 1994. Sophomore Kaitlyn Kerr was named a third team All-American after a 5-goal NCAA tournament performance.
A year after earning recognition as a NSCAA first team All-American on defense, junior Andrew Wenger was named to the team again Saturday—this time, as a center forward. Wenger, the 2011 ACC offensive player of the year, led the conference with 42 points, which ranks fourth nationally. His 17 goals also tie him for the most in Blue Devil history. The Lilitz, Pa. native had two hat tricks and five multi-goal games this season. He also joins Creighton’s Ethan Finlay and North Carolina’s Billy Shuler as finalists for the Hermann Trophy, given to the best player in collegiate soccer. The award will be announced Jan. 6 in St. Louis. Wenger would be the sixth Hermann Award winner in program history, and the first since Ali Curtis in 1999. In 2009, Wenger was named ACC freshman of the year, and he was ACC defensive player of the year the next season. He has also been named to the All-ACC academic team in each of his three seasons with the Blue Devils. —from staff reports
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Freshman Austin Rivers had 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting before fouling out with 2:48 left. by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE
On Saturday, Duke took a 40-26 lead into the locker room at halftime and looked well on its way to a comfortable victory against Washington. But the second half was a different story for the Blue Devils, who managed to escape by a final margin of only six. “It’s frustrating because we played better than a six-point win,” freshman Austin Rivers said. “They hit some shots down the Game end and a three at the but we were Analysis buzzer… beating a great Washington team by 18 points or 17 points late in the game.” While Duke held its late lead, the second half had an entirely different feel. The Huskies matched their first-half output in fewer than 12 minutes and showed signs of finding their rhythm after being suffocated by the Blue Devils in the early going. “They’re able to score in spurts and that’s what they did.” junior guard Andre Dawkins said. “They put a little bit of game pressure on us, but we were able to finish the game out, which was good for us.” Although Washington certainly deserves credit for its improved effort in the second half, a large part of that comeback falls squarely on the shoulders of Duke for failing to close out the game. After the Blue Devils made a state-
ment on the glass in the first period, the Huskies won the battle of the boards 1814 in the second. It did so despite losing seven-footer Aziz N’Diaye, who entered the game as the second-best rebounder in the Pac-12, to an injury less than a minute after halftime. Many of those boards came off missed free throws, which were a major problem for Duke in the second half. The team shot 57 percent from the line in the period, a statistic that could have been far worse if the team did not conclude the game hitting 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Another part of the problem for Duke was foul trouble. Washington was partially able to launch its comeback on the strength of its ball pressure, which feasted on a depleted Duke backcourt. Rivers and Seth Curry, Duke’s top two scorers and two of the team’s three regulars capable of running the offense, both fouled out. Tyler Thornton, who started at the point, picked up four fouls of his own. “You try to be the best defender you can, but trying to be aggressive on the ball sometimes you get in foul trouble,” Curry said. “I need to make smarter plays so I can be there when my team needs me at the end of the game.” But more than rebounding, free throw shooting or foul trouble, it was complacency that plagued the Blue Devils. “Suddenly in the second half we’re SEE ANALYSIS ON PAGE 11
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W. BASKETBALL from page 9 successfully taking advantage of its size. The undersized Spartans had no answer for the 2-3 zone—they had only 12 points in the paint for the entire game—and were forced to attempt 22 3-pointers in the contest, only making three. McCallie also utilized her bench during the game, playing eleven different
players in the first half. With just eight points, junior Tee’Ara Copney led USC-Upstate, which is in its first full year of Division-I eligibility and begins conference play next week. Vernerey and Scheer were efficient in the post off the bench in the second period, combining for 17 points. “Their guards were bigger than our post players,” George said. “That’s something we have to get used to.”
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The Seahawks advanced to the second round of the WNIT last season, and lost to N.C. State 83-64 Nov. 20. Five-foot-2 guard Alisha Andrews averages 14.6 points per game for UNC-Wilmington.
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Elizabeth Williams was dominant Sunday, scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-of-10 shooting.
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Duke will open up conference play against the Cavaliers, who are led by senior guard Ariana Moorer’s 12.1 points per game. Virginia upset thenNo. 3 Tennessee 69-64 Nov. 20.
Head coach Mike Petersen’s team was picked to finish 10th in the ACC. The Demon Deacons are off to a 7-2 start, though, but they have only played one away game.
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vs. N.C. STATE Five-foot-11 forward Bonae Holston averages just under a double-double per game—13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds—but the Wolfpack shoots just 32.6 percent on 3-pointers.
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ANALYSIS from page 9 like, ‘we have the lead, let’s calm down and slow it down and waste time,’” Rivers said. “If we had been in attack mode we wouldn’t have turned the ball over and we would’ve scored more and the lead would’ve kept up.” Still, some radical lineup moves by head coach Mike Krzyzewski helped the Blue Devils eke out a victory. Freshman point guard Quinn Cook, who saw the court for only one minute until the very end of the game, was forced in off the bench as Curry and Rivers watched helplessly from the sidelines.
“I wasn’t nervous. I was just cold,” Cook said. “Keeping yourself hot on the bench is kind of hard, and when they called me in I just wanted to not turn the ball over.” Krzyzewski also turned to Ryan Kelly, who after leaving the floor earlier in the half with an ankle injury, returned in the final minutes despite a noticeable limp, to give the Blue Devils a better free throw shooter in the game. Despite his team’s failure to stay aggressive until the end, Krzyzewski was still pleased with the overall result. “The fact that we did that at the end and still won doesn’t negate the really good performance that we had,” Krzyzewski said. “This was a heck of a win for us.”
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The Spartans are off to a 2-8 start, but they have faced a solid nonconference schedule, including road matchups with Georgetown, Florida State and Tennessee.
The Broncos feature one of the largest big men in the country in Matt Stainbrook, who scored 32 points in the team’s opener. They struggled at Gonzaga in their only game against a ranked opponent.
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JAN. 4, WELLS FARGO CENTER
Duke demolished the Quakers 114-55 in their 2009 matchup at Cameron. Pennsylvania has lost five of its last seven this season, but only lost one by more than 10 points.
The Owls are easily the Blue Devils’ toughest competition over the break. All offense runs through Ramone Moore, and center Micheal Eric averages a double-double down low.
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at GEORGIA TECH Conference play begins in Atlanta against the defensive-minded Yellow Jackets. Although they don’t force many turnovers, the team hits the offensive glass hard and harrasses shooters.
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Despite missing his first seven shots, Ryan Kelly recovered to score 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
M. BASKETBALL from page 9 NEW YORK – On Washington’s first possession of the game, Mason Plumlee made a statement about who would rule the paint. Facing the physically daunting Huskies, who feature four players 6-foot-5 or taller and grab over 10 more rebounds per game than the Blue Devils, Duke’s junior forward blocked two consecutive Washington shots with authority. In an impressive physical performance, No. 7 Duke outmuscled Washington for a 86-80 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils outrebounded their foes, which entered the game as the sixth-best rebounding team in the nation, 41-36 overall and 2718 in the first half. “I thought we rebounded well,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “That was one of the key things for us.” In that first period, Duke suffocated a Huskies’ offense that was averaging 80.4 points per game prior to Saturday’s contest. Washington scored just two points in the game’s first five-and-a-half minutes, and finished the first 20 minutes with just 26 overall, its second lowest total for a half this season.
Six-foot-6 combo guard Terrence Ross, the Huskies’ leading scorer on the year, was held to just two points in the first half on 1-of-8 shooting. Tony Wroten notched nine points in the period but the Blue Devils forced him to commit five turnovers in that span. “We dug ourselves in a big hole in that first half,” Wroten said. “We were a little bit shell-shocked and on the whole not playing like we usually play.” Offensively, Duke benefited from the health of Andre Dawkins, who left Wednesday’s game with back spasms. In his second consecutive game coming off the bench, Dawkins responded with an efficient first half in which he contributed 14 of his 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Austin Rivers, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee also finished in double digits for the Blue Devils. Plumlee—despite going just 2-of-11 from the charity stripe—contributed 12 points and a team-high nine boards, with two blocks and three steals on the defensive end. The second half was a different story, however, with the Washington offense coming alive and making noise down the stretch. The offense thrived when head coach Lorenzo Romar was forced to play a smaller unit with four guards after 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye injured his knee less
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[Stop that, you] Chair’s note: The editorial magisterial editorial board, board failed to reach quorum would not consider rushing to this Sunday, so we have opted such hasty, unfounded judgto publish our editorial template ments. [Include positive atinstead. You’ll have to solve your tributes of the decision, with own problems today. vague justifications for its meta¶1: This past physical beneditorial week at Duke, efits to campus. students were Unity? Campus made aware of a prolegom- culture? Socioeconomic dienous, clandestine plot by the versity? More free food? Be administration to act against advised: We can probably constudent wishes. This floccinau- nect it to either the campus cinihilipilification of student farm or new glass pavilions in opinion was a drumhead move, the West Union Building.] done in the most opaque way ¶3: [Extremely subtle joke possible. [Further suggestions: about President Brodhead’s Babble on more about trans- mustache.] parency and the importance of ¶4: Still, the new policy having 17 student forums for cannot, of course, be treated every administrative decision.] without critical scrutiny. [Add ¶2: Students are rightly sentence explaining how it negoutraged in response to this atively impacts independents, [insert five-syllable adjective] minorities, women, student decision. However, we, the groups, international students,
I don’t think Wells is affirming “that Jesus is not the only way,” more that his position isn’t a solely Christian one. He is tasked with providing spiritual support for all students (not just Christians).
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employees, campus visitors and the squirrels that hang out on West. Or even fraternities, sororities and selective living groups, although they probably deserve it. A dig at the house model can go here, too.] ¶5: Administrators defended their actions, stating, “[Insert quote.… Did someone write that down?]” [Negate every statement made in the above quotation. Everyone knows all administrators are out to get us except for Vice Provost for the Arts Scott Lindroth.] ¶6: Moving forward…. [Draw sweeping conclusion in a moralistic tone. Use space to blame greeks, administrators, Duke Student Government and any other campus group we haven’t berated in a while.] ¶7: [Insert less subtle joke about Vice President for Stu-
dent Affairs Moneta’s student conduct “reform.”] ¶7: [Blah blah do better Duke blah blah.] ¶8: The evidence unequivocally supports our positions. A think tank reported that [Insert facts here. Suggestions: www.google.com and www.jezebel.com occasionally return useful facts, but if they don’t, just make something up.] ¶9: And how can we countenance this cost even as we spend millions on a backwater campus in Kunshan? ¶10: As long as [insert editorial title here], campus culture and greedy economics majors keep working for investment banks, Duke will never be as good as [select one: Harvard or Yale]. ¶11: No, seriously, Duke will never be as good as Harvard or
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Duke College Republicans: Come out of the closet
n September of 2011, our state legislature voted men, but they are doing nothing with regards to to put Amendment One on the ballot. On May Amendment One. Duke grooms its students to be 8th, 2012, all Duke students who are U.S. citi- leaders. If Duke CR students want to be leaders in zens of age can vote on an amendpolitics one day, they need to know ment which will read: “Marriage that they will be forced into taking between one man and one woman principled stands. Over the summer, is the only domestic legal union that I spoke with Will Reach, then Chair shall be valid or recognized in this of Duke CR. He reciprocated my State.” A 1996 N.C. law already legalinterest in writing a joint statement ly defines marriage as between a man on marriage equality, endorsing the and a woman—the question, then, viewpoint that the state of North Carof whether same sex couples should olina leave the issue of “marriage” to elena botella have partnerships called “marriages” churches, families and social groups, isn’t on the table with this amend- duke’s biggest party and that they instead issue domestic ment. With this in mind, how would partnerships for same and opposite the amendment change North Carolinians’ lives? sex couples. He expressed interest in a joint stateIt would one, constitutionally prevent any sort of ment—and then withdrew it just before Amendcivil union status for same or opposite-sex couples ment One was going to vote in the General Assemin the future; two, strip unmarried employees of bly. I don’t necessarily want to make this personal; UNC System and municipal governments from do- I respect my peers at Duke CR, and have enjoyed mestic partner benefits that they currently receive, working with them. But to me, more important than including health insurance; three, release crimi- personal niceties is the fact that a state I love wants to nals convicted of domestic violence from prison if use our constitution as a vehicle of hate. the victim and criminal were unmarried; four, set Last year, two-thirds of the DSG Senate voted to precedent that when a political party has a large de-charter and defund Duke CR for the “culture majority, they can enshrine their favorite legislation of discrimination” that the group had created, parinto the constitution and; five, send the message to ticularly against LGBT members. That decision was LGBT individuals in North Carolina that we don’t overturned by a veto by then DSG President Mike want them or accept them. Lefevre. Clearly though, Duke CR still has deficit of To me, voting for Amendment One says “I find leaders willing to assert the fact that people of all gay people so threatening, so repulsive, so sinful, so sexual orientations have dignity and are worthy of morally inferior to me that it incenses me to con- full inclusion. It’s time for Duke CR to come out of ceive of our government treating them as my equals. the closet on Amendment One: either finally break I can’t tolerate the possibility that they be offered any away from the discrimination and bigotry that was sort of civil union to recognize their life-long part- exposed by last year’s judiciary proceedings, or adnerships, even if it that partnership weren’t going to mit that the “culture of discrimination” is part of be called marriage. I’m OK with letting people who what the Republican Party stands for. battered their boyfriends or girlfriends free from To the members of Duke CR, as a group, or as prison, as long as it helps stop the gay lifestyle.” individuals, if you cannot reach a consensus: join In both the N.C. State Senate and House, not a the Duke Coalition for an Inclusive N.C., or admit single Republican voted against the Amendment. to your fellow LGBT students to their faces that With that sort of consensus amongst the elected you reject their love. officials of the Republican Party, I don’t think The statements of Duke CR in 2009 and I’m being unreasonable to say that marriage dis- 2010—using derogatory slurs—was inexcusable. crimination is akin to being an official position of What they do today by promoting, without protest, the North Carolina GOP. It was the amendment’s an organization that wants to turn queer people sponsor Sen. Forrester who said: “We need to into second-class citizens is little better. In the reach out to [LGBT individuals] and get them to words of Elie Wiesel, “there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must change their lifestyle back to the one we accept.” It has been said that “All that is necessary for the never be a time when we fail to protest.” triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Here at Duke, I like to assume that Duke College RepubElena Botella is a Trinity junior and the co-president licans (Duke CR) are a group of good women and of Duke Democrats.
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My Duke education
Collateral damage in Duke’s culture wars
ow would Duke be different if none of us con- think. Sure, I was often irritated that so many broad sidered ourselves combatants in a campus cul- charges against Duke’s culture seemed to implicate ture war? If nothing else, we’d all be able to me and my friends, even if we were watching Futuratalk about on-campus problems without ma whenever the Bad Thing happened. feeling like what we said had to reflect alJust know that when you write for the legiance as much as conscience. opinion section, you don’t have anyTake last week’s uproar. I’m glad Pi thing to write about unless something Kapp apologized and helped host a fois bugging you. rum, though I can’t offer any interesting But when I started thinking about analysis of the event itself. And besides, Pocahotness-gate, I realized that I all of this was exhaustively hashed out wasn’t thinking about the party or last week. connor southard the invite. I was thinking about which Before I checked Facebook last Monfriends and acquaintances I wanted to dead poet day, I knew at least a handful of my Duke antagonize, and which ones I wanted friends would have linked something to make laugh. I wasn’t doing analyabout Pocahotness-gate, and quite a few of them would sis of the issue itself; I was doing an analysis of the be openly outraged. I also knew I’d end up discussing Duke community as I knew it, and what various Blue it with a counter-group of friends who would argue that Devils would want me to think about something like the dustup was overblown, that no one could take a this. Allegiance was what mattered—whether I rejoke, etc. ally believed in the rightness or wrongness of whatAll of my predictions came true, which gave me a ever opinion I chose to express just didn’t seem as headache. If I wanted to have an opinion about Poca- important. hotness-gate, putting my education to use and trying to Horrifying, right? Not exactly the kind of thoughts analyze what happened wouldn’t suffice. I had to figure you’d hope to see at a place where people pay huge out which side of the lines I would find myself on in sums of money to learn to think critically. I eventually this latest campus culture scuffle, so I would know what discovered that there’s nothing profound or unique kind of minefield I was stepping into. about what I think about Pocahotness-gate, even If Jezebel starts to make you feel like Duke is the only though I broke with a few of the friends with whom I place where anything controversial ever happens—and usually agree on campus issues. the only university on which campus culture battle lines Not quite an epiphany, but it did help me realize are constantly being drawn—peruse a few other cam- that, after years of reading and writing about Duke, pus papers for a week or two. At Yale, they released a I’ve let myself become cheaply cynical about a certain report last month that calls it “campus climate,” but I’m kind of issue. My first instinct had been to snicker and pretty sure they’re talking about the same thing. At UC say something faux-world-weary—part of my bad SarBerkeley, they spent much of the semester bandying tre imitation. That’s the role I too often play when words over an inflammatory bake sale. people start arguing about campus culture, and acting Still, we take for granted that it’s close to impossible like that is a way of marking myself as someone whose for those of us who live and work here to talk about first loyalty is to making fun of stuff, regardless of what Duke without mentioning some kind of campus cul- I actually think. ture issue-thing. Every controversy that happens here I know I’m not the only one who sometimes can’t gets plaited into the larger narrative that we (and by help but run for his usual battle station whenever cam“we,” I especially mean The Chronicle’s opinion pag- pus culture stuff comes up. Just remember that this es—guilty as charged) weave about Duke and what we kind of thinking is more than just divisive—it’s also anusually consider its flawed culture. And since culture ti-intellectual, because it’s groupthink and anything but can’t be flawed unless the people involved with it are critical. So, merrily going off to fight in the culture wars doing flawed things, someone has to be the bad guy/ isn’t actually going to do much to fix Duke’s culture, no girl—you can see how this kind of thinking leads to the matter how many online comments we fire off. drawing of battle lines. Until last week, I was secretly OK with this trenchConnor Southard is a Trinity senior.
lettertotheeditor Response to “Students flounder at Divinity School” The recent article regarding Divinity School students’ disappointment in a graduate school’s role in complementing spiritual formation is somewhat misleading. I came to Duke Divinity School in 1955 from a small liberal arts college of 600 students where “everyone knew everyone.” Duke was academically daunting! It is true there was no “dorm life” for bull sessions in the evenings. Indeed we were usually in the library in the evenings doing parallel reading in “primary documents.” However, the Duke faculty, in their classroom lectures, academic excellence and social justice witness changed my life and the shape of my ministry. We were promised an “F” in ethics if, in the Fall of 1955 in downtown Durham, we Anglo students were seen drinking from a water fountain labeled “White.” Dr. Beach demanded that every white student of his must drink from “Jim Crow” water fountains with a “Colored” sign over it. Dr. William H. Brownlee convinced me that, in his words, “the Bible is an anvil that has worn out many hammers,” and was one of three faculty who mentored me with lots of patience and grace from a rigid Fundamentalism. Dr. McMurry Richey was, in Martin Luther’s terminology, a “little Christ,” whose graciousness as a “liberal” embarrassed me as a sophomoric “know-it-all.” Dr. James Price enlightened me in the history of New Testament theology in a way that took me into the scriptures as a source of “wine for the wilderness and bread for the jour-
ney” of my life and ministry. Had it not been for the spiritual formation I received at Duke, my ministry would have been a “paper tiger.” I could not have been a “man for all seasons” as life happened. Because of Duke I am now at age 76 and in the 57th year of “being a pastor/teacher/writer” teaching “History of Christianity” in an accredited seminary (Hood), serving as pastor of a church and writing a biweekly column for The United Methodist Reporter. My grandson is a student in the Divinity School. I know that the Divinity School has a collegial group called “Methodist House” because I will be speaking to them in January. Bottom line: Duke Divinity School, like the schools of law, medicine, forestry and the natural and social sciences, is a graduate school—not a church and not an undergraduate small college. Its mission is to prepare its own graduates to be some congregation’s “theologian in residence.” Its method is primarily cognitive, not emotive. Relationships can still be formed with other students and with faculty, but those developmental interactive groups must be sought or created with intentionality and openness on the part of the “seeker.” Also, I don’t think The Chronicle’s sampling was broad enough to justify the headline and the rather hortatory invective! Donald Haynes, Divinity School ’58
y week looks a lot like yours. I’m camped out on the first floor of Perkins, watching my food points drain on von der Heyden coffee and counting down the minutes until I can get out of here and call it a semester. But as I plow through practice problems and final papers, eager to prove to my professors that I’ve capitalized on my Duke education, I realize my academic experiences hardly do justice to how much I’ve learned here. When I chose Duke three amanda garfinkel the devil doesn’t years ago, I knew I was choosing more than just the path to wear prada my diploma. As advertised by admissions packets and Blue Devil Days brochures, I was choosing a set of opportunities for “education outside the classroom” through venues like DukeEngage and pre-orientation programs. So, freshman year I dove right in: Project BUILD gave me an introduction to the Durham community, DukeEngage gave me a handson global health experience and I gave myself a pat on the back for “making the most” of what Duke has to offer. Sophomore year I kept checking things off the list, but I definitely hit the “sophomore slump.” Swamped with schoolwork and questioning whether the time and effort was even worth it, my freshman year love of learning trickled down to a monotonous, burdensome to-do list. When I came back to Duke this Fall, I knew it was time for a change. I dropped all my classes from Spring registration and picked up an entirely new set, hoping that a push outside my academic comfort zone might be just what I needed to reinvigorate my education with some new sense of excitement or direction. So as I sit here in Perkins now, putting off studying for finals and reflecting on what I’m taking away from this new set of courses, I can recognize that my refreshed and reinvested commitment to learning has little to do with academics. Without a defined academic focus, and without putting as much pressure on myself to find a clear sense of direction, I’ve become more intentional about how I spend my time here. This semester more than any other, I’ve found myself attending performances for groups like Spoken Verb or the Duke Dance Council, participating in dialogues on the house model or the cultural marginalization of Native Americans and, generally, making a greater commitment to the opportunities that have always caught my attention but fallen second to exams and homework. In addition, I’ve dedicated more time to having real and meaningful conversations with the incredible people at this school. We’re all here to be “students,” but I am sure that the most valuable component of my Duke education unfolds in the moments when I can see my peers take off their “student” hats to become inspiring performers, passionate speakers or narrators of their unique life experiences. I think it’s taken me five semesters to really appreciate how much I am able to learn from my peers here—and I don’t mean just in the “learning more about myself through my relationships” sense. My knowledge and insight have been expanded through hearing stories of my peers’ high school experiences, like one of my friends’ trips to Europe in which she traced the “footsteps of Elie Wiesel” and helped create a documentary on social change. My preconceived notions of the value of religion in everyday life have been challenged as I’ve listened to friends open up about their personal connections to faith. My worldview since I came to Duke has been shaped more by moments of “education outside the classroom” than by any classes I’ve taken or papers I’ve written. This semester, for the first time, my priorities reflected that. It was initially hard to see my priorities shift to the detriment of my GPA, but it’s impossible for me to feel guilty about spending my time having conversations I could never read about in a textbook and collecting firsthand experiences that challenge me to be more aware and critical of the world around me. I still take plenty of pride in my academics, but I’m no longer willing to let them come so stringently first—I’m not willing to miss out on the out-of-class segment of my Duke education. That said, I should probably get back to studying for finals. If you come visit me in Perkins this week and ask, “how are you?” I will probably immediately respond that I have two papers and two exams, and that I am pissed off that my last final isn’t until Sunday—but please stop me, because I didn’t really answer your question. Amanda Garfinkel is a Trinity junior.
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Published on Feb 1, 2012