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Sororities extend 373 bids on Bid Day by Kristie Kim THE CHRONICLE
Shouts of laughter and groans of disappointment were heard Sunday as sororities unveiled their newest members. Duke’s nine Panhellenic Association sororities doled out bids to 373 women on Bid Day, the conclusion of a two-week recruitment process. This year 504 women participated in sorority recruitment, representing a seven person drop from last year when a record 511 women participated. The number of bids offered signifies a steady hold from last year’s 367 bids. The recruitment process that began Jan. 13 was consistent with the
recruitment calendar introduced in 2010. Recruitment spanned two weeks with events spread out over both East and West Campuses. There have been no significant changes made from last year’s recruitment process, said senior Laura Williams, vice president of recruitment and membership for Panhel. “Despite the lack of any new establishments, we are thrilled to have held the high numbers from last year,” Williams said. Following last year’s proceedings, Panhel decided not to release quota numbers—the expected number of new members per SEE BID DAY ON PAGE 6 NATE GLENCER/THE CHRONICLE
73 DUKE FSU 76 EN-SNAERED by Anderw Beaton THE CHRONICLE
Miles Plumlee, the lone senior on this year’s team, was the only Blue Devil to enter Saturday’s game against Florida State who knew the feeling of losing at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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Duke’s nine Panhellenic Association sororities extended bids to 373 female students.
After Michael Snaer knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Seminoles a 76-73 victory, the entire Duke team knows that same feeling. Florida State rallied from an eight-point deficit with fewer than 10 minutes remain-
ing to snap the Blue Devils’ 45-game home win streak, one victory shy of the program record. Snaer’s buzzer beater came just after Austin Rivers hit an acrobatic layup with five SEE M. BASKETBALL ON SW 2
Candidates’ supporters unsure Gingrich win intensifies of social media’s impact, reach GOP presidential race by Jack Mercola THE CHRONICLE
@presidentialcandidates, Twitter and other social media may not sway voters nor encourage debate in the current election cycle. Shortly after the Iowa caucuses, social media news groups Mashable and Globalpoint published a “Twitter sentiment analysis” that measured the volume of tweets related to each candidate on the eve of the contest, claiming that former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s win should not have come as a surprise. The analysis, which was published before Iowa was de-
clared for Santorum, noted the huge disparity between Santorum’s support in NBC/Marist and Twitter pre-Iowa polling data—a sign that Twitter may be a better indicator of public opinion. But avid tweeters and social media experts are skeptical of the actual influence of social media on election results. The excitement and immediacy of social media interaction may preclude actual debate, said David Sparks, a sixth-year doctoral candidate in political science, whose research focuses on the intersection of social media and politics. Social media is more
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useful for disseminating information rather than promoting political discussion. “The information passed through social media appears to focus almost exclusively on the ‘horse race,’” Sparks said. “Social media has the potential to be much more heterogeneous and targeted, which may mean that potential voters end up seeking information that reinforces their own beliefs.” In addition to social media’s self-selecting methods, the textual and more impersonal nature of social media hinders the ability to effectively engage SEE TWITTER ON PAGE 6
by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE
Newt Gingrich’s Saturday win in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary continues to fracture the Republican party as it selects a candidate to run news against Presianalysis dent Barack Obama in November. Winning 40 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who secured roughly 28 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum, a former
senator from Pennsylvania, won 17 percent of the vote with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas and Medicine ’61 coming in fourth with 13 percent. Gingrich’s win comes as somewhat of a surprise after the candidate successfully closed a large 20-point deficit in the polls that he held after the New Hampshire primary Jan. 10. Romney, coming off of a victory in New Hampshire and a close second finish behind Santorum in Iowa, was the favorite going into Saturday’s primary. David Rohde, Ernestine Friedl professor of political science, said Gingrich’s win in South Carolina could give the candidate some SEE GOP ON PAGE 5
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Rep. Giffords to resign a year after near-fatal shooting
TUSCON — Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was seriously wounded in a mass shooting in Arizona last year, announced Sunday that she will step down from her congressional seat this week to focus on her recovery. “I don’t remember much from that horrible day. But I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” Giffords said in a video posted on her campaign website. “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.” Giffords, D, was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire at a town hallstyle “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson on January 8, 2011. Six of the 19 people who were injured died, but Giffords survived despite significant trauma to her brain. She has made a steady recovery since then, undergoing intensive rehabilitation and therapy to restore her motor skills and speech.
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Legendary coach Joe Paterno Death count from Nigeria dies from lung cancer at 85 blasts climbs up to 165 STATE COLLEGE, Penn. — Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, patriarch of the storied but wounded program, died early Sunday morning, his family said in a statement. His death came two months after he was fired from Penn State and diagnosed with lung cancer. Paterno was 85.
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Duke Libraries to reduce public access hours by Katya Prosvirkia THE CHRONICLE
Due to a rise in safety concerns, Duke University Libraries are closing their doors to the public two hours earlier, starting Jan. 23. Administrators have further limited public access to the libraries because of increased incidents of crime caused by visitors unaffiliated with the University. Previously, library doors switched to DukeCard access only at 9:00 p.m., and now they will lock to non-DukeCard holders at 7:00 p.m., said Aaron Welborn, director of communications for Duke Libraries. This change will apply to Perkins, Bostock and Rubenstein Libraries on West Campus, as well as Lilly and the Music Libraries on East Campus. The double-door entrances under the Bostock bridge will require card access 24 hours a day. Duke University Police Department and library administrators initiated these changes due to concern over the increased number of incident reports in the libraries from last semester, said Robert Byrd, associate university librarian for collections and user services. Although DUPD has not yet released its annual crime report for 2011, Byrd said there was an increase of burglary in the library last semester reported by members of the Duke community. He added that other instances of inappropriate use of the library have been cited as well, though said he could not give specific numbers. “The hope is that this change will deter the public unaffiliated with the University from coming in and misusing
the library with the [new] closing time,” Welborn said. Byrd mentioned that DUPD deals with reports of theft at the libraries on almost a daily basis, and the most common stolen items are laptops and cell phones. Duke Student Government President Pete Schork, a senior, said that although the changes to library access were driven by DUPD and the libraries, students were consulted in the process. He added that DSG supports the earlier onset of card access restrictions provided that it gives adequate access to members of the outside community. “It seems like a justified change, and we are sensitive to try to not inconvenience students,” Schork said. “Given that students have their [DukeCards] on them all the time, it should not be an inconvenience.” Byrd also explained that this change is the initial step to increasing safety in the libraries. “The problem is that at most other institutions, there is one entrance to the library, which can be well monitored” Byrd said, “Duke has multiple, as part of the open and accessible campus, so it is harder to control and know who goes in and leaves and when.” Further steps to increasing safety could possibly include setting up two main points of entry—the main Perkins entrance and the double glass doors between Perkins and Bostock. At these entrances, there would be gates inside to control access, which could be guarded from inside, Byrd said. The efficiency of this plan is still in the research stages, but Byrd noted that
with the use of gates, members of the public could obtain free Duke University library cards to use upon entry. If this is possible, it could provide interesting statistics on the library use by those affiliated with the University and the general public as well. “Right now, we just want the students
to come and use the libraries’ resources without having to worry about what others may be doing here,” Byrd said. “It is important that we remain accessible to the public, but the safety of students is also our priority, and that is why we are continuing to develop a new way to keep the Duke libraries available to all.”
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Public access hours to the library will be reduced in wake of safety concerns.
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ith William Donahue Q&A with William Donahue, professor and chair of Germanic languages and literature, and Martin Kagel, head of the department of Germanic and Slavic studies at the University of Georgia, discussed the national decline of German studies in academia in an article titled “Saving German Studies, via Europe.” Published earlier this month in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Donahue and Kagel proposed the establishment of an umbrella program called “transnational European studies” to integrate language and culture programs with other disciplines that focus substantially on Germany and Europe. The Chronicle’s Shucao Mo spoke with Donahue about his take on German studies.
with English only, but our goal has always been to make students “cultural insiders”—so that if you have completed a rigorous intermediate course at Duke and are willing to brush up your German on the way to a business assignment, you will be able to catch the gist of a newspaper, take in some German theater and not just sit in your hotel room limited to CNN. You don’t have to be a German major to profit from linguistic proficiency. Relatedly, business partners are much more engaged if you can speak German. TC: How does Duke structure its German studies SEE DONAHUE ON PAGE 10
The Chronicle: What makes Germany a key player in the current political arena? William Donahue: There is a course within the Duke in Berlin [program] called “Germany Today: A European Superpower?” The question mark is a kind of false humility because of the Nazi period—reflecting the fear at the time of unification that Germany would be seen as too powerful. [But Germany] is clearly a European superpower. In the entire euro crisis, the big player is Germany. Its solution will have to [work] with Germany and the German economy. Some people have gone so far as to say that [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel holds the fate of American politics in her hands. The European Union has realized that they have to combine and integrate monetary and fiscal policy—and the economy that is the strongest is Germany’s. TC: Why are German studies especially significant in higher education? WD: There is a great cultural tradition in Germany—in literature, philosophy and music. Germany, for example, has the most theaters per capita than any other country. It is also a “book culture” in the sense that it publishes more books per capita than any other nation. Students should come to Germany because of its cultural importance [and] to gain access firsthand to some of the greatest thinkers that have shaped the modern age. At a top tier university like Duke, in which many students will be involved business after college, [learning German] would benefit them greatly. As a tourist, you can have a good time in Germany
Mubarak’s attorney says his client is still president of Egypt by Leila Fadel THE WASHINGTON POST
CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak’s defense attorney argued in court Sunday that his client is still the president of Egypt and that his trial in criminal court violates the nation’s suspended constitution. The attorney, Farid el Deeb, made the statements during his closing argument in the trial, which began Aug. 3. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years, his security chief Habib el Adly and six of his deputies are charged with complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising last winter that forced Mubarak’s ouster last February. If Mubarak is convicted of those charges, he could face the death penalty. In a separate case, Mubarak, his two sons and a family friend have been charged with graft. The new defense argument was met with derision from revolutionaries and lawyers for the families of nearly 1,000 slain protesters who rose up a year ago this week to force aside the autocrat. Legal experts also rejected the argument as legally unsound and said it is likely to be dismissed by Judge Ahmed Refaat, who is presiding over the case. When Egypt’s military rulers pushed Mubarak aside he became a regular citizen, subject to the same laws as ordinary Egyptians, the experts said. ““Mubarak left his position, not by resigning, but because the January 25 revolution forced him out,” said Judge Mohamed Hamed el-Gamal, the former head of Egypt’s State Council which oversees administrative courts. “He will be judged by Egyptian law like any other Egyptian because he is not president.”
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GOP from page 1 momentum moving forward in the primary season. “Not only did he win, but he also did surprisingly well,” Rohde said. “He is going to get a lot of media attention in a positive light that he might not have gotten otherwise. How much a benefit that is will depend how much impact this will have on the Florida primary a week from Tuesday.” Since 1980, South Carolina has successfully forecasted chosen the candidate who has gone on to win the Republican presidential nomination. The state’s historical influence on the Republican party’s eventual choice for the presidential race combined with its early timing in the primary season puts added pressure on candidates to win the state. Although the Palmetto state has continually served as a good reflection of the country’s Republican base, said Pope McCorkle, visiting lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy, said that Romney still has a number of advantages that could buck South Carolina’s predictive streak. “History—it rhymes, but I don’t know if it repeats itself,” McCorkle said. “South Carolina has been more reflective of what is going on in the party and has generally been a bellwether state, but Romney has not been knocked out. Even if it ends up being Gingrich, there will be more battles.” Romney’s best strategy moving forward would be to question Gingrich’s presidential electability as ultimately Republicans want a candidate who can beat Obama, he added. Romney will aim to seal the nomination before Florida’s primary Jan. 31. Kyle Scott, visiting assistant professor of political science, said that Gingrich’s strength has been his ability to talk openly about his flaws as a candidate and to comment on them before his competitors. If Romney had adopted the same strategy, he might have seen success in South Carolina, he added. “Romney’s fatal flaw has been his inability to connect to voters and to foreshadow attacks on his record, particularly his tax returns,” Scott said. “His campaign did not anticipate that his tax returns would be requested. His father started that tradition [in 1968] of getting tax returns out in the open when he was governor of Michigan.” Representatives of Mitt Romney for Durham County could not be reached for comment. McCorkle said that the longer this year’s primary season runs, the higher likelihood that there could be long-term damage to the Republican party. As the Republican candidates continue to attack each other as they vie for the opportunity to take on Obama, the candidates may alienate some Republican voters by the time a final nominee is chosen. The chance of damage to the party only intensifies when candidates with extensive political histories are running, he added. Junior Chloe Rockow, chair of the Duke College Republicans, said she could see a longer primary season being det-
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rimental to the party come the presidential election. Commenting on the large difference being presented by socially conservative members in the party and fiscally conservative members, Rockow said the party should present a more focused platform to the American public. “It is getting to be that time where we need to get our stuff together and present a united front as a party,” Rockow said. “That being said, I am glad we have our options running and seeing candidates standing up for what they believe in.” Looking toward Florida’s republican primary, McCorkle said it is important to note that Florida hosts a closed primary election and in order to vote, voters must be a registered member of the Republican party. This could stand to hurt Romney as independents, who will be shut out of voting in Florida, are more likely to vote for a moderate candidate such as Romney over more conservative candidates like Gingrich. “Florida is a such a big state,” he said. “If Romney comes back and wins Florida he could be put back on course after being put off by losing South Carolina and Iowa.”
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TWITTER from page 1 in political debate, said freshman Ryan Gaylord, the owner and promoter of the Ron Paul-supporting Twitter domain â€œStudentsforPaul.â€? â€œSocial media is good for solidifying peopleâ€™s positions, but in my experience, political debates on Facebook never end well,â€? Gaylord said. â€œItâ€™s really difficult to have a substantive debate over textâ€”I prefer face-to-face.â€? Twitter, blogs and other online outlets, however, speak to a very politically important voting demographicâ€”college students, noted sophomore Daniel Strunk, who runs the Facebook page for the grassroots organization â€œN.C. College Students for Romney.â€? College students will be particularly important in the coming election due to the state of the jobs market. Gaylord noted that Twitter polls and social media sentiment are not adequate representations of the voting population, given that younger people are more likely to use these devices. Gaylord noted the discrepancy between Rep. Ron Paulâ€™s, R-Texas, online following and his primary election results.
â€œFacebook polls and Twitter polls that the major news outlets conduct are just flooded by Paul votes,â€? Gaylord said. â€œYou canâ€™t really take those as representative of the voting population. He definitely has a larger proportion of youth behind him than the other Republicans.â€? When it comes to actual debate and poll influence, social media is overpowered by stronger voting motivations, such as political history of the candidate, debate skills and incumbency, Gaylord said. He also said he doubts the Republican frontrunnersâ€™ capacity to effectively use social media, comparing their relatively weak social media presence to the booming activity coming from the camps of Paul and President Barack Obama. Given that Newt Gingrichâ€” winner of the South Carolina primary Saturdayâ€”and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney appeal to an older demographic, their Twitter feed misrepresents them, he added. â€œRight now, I canâ€™t foresee Romney or Gingrich getting [Paulâ€™s or Obamaâ€™s] sort of internet enthusiasm behind them,â€? Gaylord said. â€œWhat we saw from Obama in the 2008 election is much stronger than everything that most Republicans have put together thus far.â€?
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BID DAY from page 1 chapter. All nine chapters did report that they filled their target quotas, Williams said. In the Fall semester, sororities will receive housing for the first time under the new house model. Despite speculations that these changes would impact the number of people interested in greek life, Williams said the new model did not affect the number of women who took part in the recruitment process, noting the steady number of registrants this year compared to last. â€œWhat I like about the way Duke conducts its greek life is the fact that it lets you choose how involved you want to be in your sorority,â€? freshman Caroline Michelman said. â€œYou are encouraged to have a life outside your sorority as well.â€? Williams attributed the high interest in greek life to the meaningful discussions between prospective and existing members held during later rounds of the recruitment process. â€œAfter initial introductions and meetings, the girls start to talk more about things that matter to them and reveal their personalities,â€? Williams said. It is during this time, Williams noted, that women become more certain about their initial interest in greek life and continue with the recruitment proceedings. The process, which includes four rounds that range from a casual to formal structure, can be stressful for some. â€œI was really exhausted by the whole recruiting process,â€? said freshman Meaghan Li, who received a bid from Alpha Delta Pi. â€œBeing an international student, I was nervous at first to begin, but I now am so, so thrilled to have gotten an offer from my first choice.â€? Due to the success of recruitment this year, Williams predicts that there will not be many changes made to the Panhellenic procedures for next year. â€œThe current model seems best fitting in making [recruitment] as efficient and fun as it possibly can,â€? she said. Despite some womenâ€™s excitement, there was also disappointment from those who were not placed within the chapter of their choice. â€œIt was upsetting to see some of my friends drop and being cut from some of the sororities, but I think that everyone should try to think of the positive aspects of the whole process,â€? said freshman Alexis Pearce, who received a bid from Zeta Tau Alpha.
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Gibson, James too strong in second half by Tim Visutipol THE CHRONICLE
Duke’s defense, which ranks last in the ACC this season in allowed field goal percentage, was exposed Saturday as Florida State’s efficient offense handed the Blue Devils their first home loss in over two years. The Seminoles went 27-of-50 from the field throughout Saturday’s game, shooting 67 percent in the decisive second half. Duke, on Game the other hand, shot 40 for the game and Analysis percent held the lead at the half, despite shooting just 31 percent in the opening frame. This lead, however, has a lot to do with the strong rebounding Duke displayed. The Blue Devils pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in the first half compared to Florida State’s one, resulting in 13 secondchance points. One of these second chances came on the first possession, as Duke’s first basket of the night came as a result of Mason Plum-
lee keeping the ball alive and giving Seth Curry a chance to drain a 3-pointer. Both Mason and Miles Plumlee had strong first halves against the Seminoles’ Xavier Gibson and Bernard James. Mason had five rebounds, including two on the offensive glass, while his older brother Miles managed to grab eight boards with six coming on offense. Combined, the two brothers recorded one rebound shy of the entire Florida State lineup in the first 20 minutes. This inside play changed greatly in the second half. Mason Plumlee would go on to grab one more defensive rebound in the second half and Miles did not pull down a single rebound. Duke, as a team, would only have 11 rebounds in this second period, half of its rebounding total from the first period. “I think both teams played better offensively in the second half,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “I thought it showed how strong people were trying to execute against strong defenses.”
The lack of extra possessions cost Duke in the second half on a poor shooting night where each opportunity was critical. Ryan Kelly, who scored 20 points against Wake Forest last Thursday, went 0-for-5 in the first half before draining his first shot with 11:43 remaining in the game. Duke struggled in the paint, allowing 24 points while only scoring 16 of its own.Excellent ball movement constantly forced the Blue Devils to rotate and opened opportunities for Florida State to feed James and Gibson. The Seminoles recorded 11 assists in the second period, most passes to the inside. Florida State’s gameplan of feeding its big men was effective, as both James and Gibson scored in double-digits in the second period alone. The two also came up big protecting the basket with a combined five blocks throughout the game. This constant pressure put Mason Plumlee in foul trouble, which reduced his ability to play aggressively and caused his low rebound total in the second half. “Mason’s obviously a huge player for
us,” Kelly said. “He rebounds the basketball and he makes plays on the offensive end. But we’ve got to fight through that and that’s part of the game.” With the Seminoles down by eight with less than ten minutes to go and Duke looking poised to put the game out of reach, Florida State began to consistently feed Gibson and James in the post. The Blue Devils struggled to stop the pair of Seminole post players and began to lose their lead. Eight minutes later, the Seminoles had tied the game at 69. In the end, while the Blue Devils did enough to stay in the game by making key shots and never letting the Florida State lead stretch beyond two points, it was a shot at the buzzer that stopped Duke short of tying a school-record home win streak of 46 games. “Whenever we got up … they always made a run and got back into the game or tied it up,” Curry said. “We could never really get over the hump of making that extra run to put them away. It was just two good teams.”
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M. BASKETBALL from page 1 seconds remaining to even the game at 73. But, on the ensuing possession, Luke Loucks weaved through midcourt to find Snaer wide-open in front of the Seminole bench, which went wild celebrating in the middle of the court when the shot swished through the bottom of the net. “You hit a shot like [the layup] and you feel so good,” Rivers said. “I always said at the beginning of the year, I didn’t want to lose in Cameron. This is our house. [The loss] hurts even more.” Duke (16-3, 4-1 in the ACC) began the game dominating play on the interior as Mason and Miles Plumlee combined for 13 rebounds in the first half, eight of which were on the offensive end. The ample opportunities gave the Blue Devils 13 secondchance points, while the Seminoles (13-6, 4-1) notched just two. The grittiness resulted in Duke outrebounding Florida State 22-14 in the first
period. The Blue Devils held a nine-point lead with time waning in the half, but Snaer hit a 3-pointer off the glass with just seconds remaining, foreshadowing his lategame heroics. “We held them to 23 points until they banked in that shot,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “So, going in with a ninepoint lead and the ball… I just thought it was a fight the whole way.” Duke led 32-26 after the shot fell, paced by Rivers with 12 points. He was hot from distance, hitting 2-of-4 3-pointers in the first half. He had another 3-pointer negated when an official whistled the ball dead, claiming that after it ricocheted off the rim it hit off an above-the-backboard camera, meaning it was out-of-bounds. The second half was played at a much different pace than the first, with both teams pushing the ball and different members of both squads finding ways to contribute. After Ryan Kelly went 0-for-5 from the field in the game’s first 20 minutes, he later came alive, ignited by a 3-pointer that gave
Duke a 50-47 lead. He then stole the ball only minutes later, setting up a fast break slam, which he followed up with another long ball on the ensuing possession to give the team an eight-point lead with 9:53 to play. Andre Dawkins also made noise in the second half, finishing the game with 14 points and crowd-wowing plays on both ends of the floor. Much of the Seminoles’ success came on the interior, where 6-foot-11 center Xavier Gibson led the team with 16 points. The team notched a total of 32 points in the paint, 24 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. The teams combined for 91 points in the final period, compared to just 58 in the first. “Defensively, I thought we started the second half a little bit lacking compared to the first,” Miles said. “[The Seminoles] are long and athletic.” The Blue Devils led for the majority of the game, but the game swayed back and forth down the stretch as both teams spent considerable time at the foul line. With
Duke down by two and 26 seconds remaining, Kelly earned a shot at the charity stripe to tie it up. After hitting 14-of-14 free throws at Georgia Tech just a week ago, eight of which came in the game’s final 40 seconds, Kelly missed his first before nailing the second. Also in the final minute, two Florida State players— Loucks and Gibson—each made just 1-of-2, keeping the Blue Devils in the game. Although Duke was able to stay close, Snaer’s dramatic 3-pointer ultimately negated Rivers’ game-tying bucket that seemed as if it would send the game to overtime. Now, heading to a hostile environment in Maryland on Wednesday, the Blue Devils will have to find a way to win without the home crowd that had cheered them on to 45-consecutive wins. “Cameron has a huge impact, obviously, the fans are awesome and get us going,” Miles said. “It’s a standard we’ve set in our program because we uphold that standard most of the time. We get a lot of confidence from that.”
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Gray holds off Terps in game’s final moments by Alex Young THE CHRONICLE
With their victory Sunday, the Blue Devils held off Maryland and maintained their spot alone atop the ACC standings. The No. 7 Terrapins (18-2, 5-2 Terps 72 in the ACC) came to Cameron InDuke 80 door Stadium with an opportunity to pull themselves into a share of the ACC lead. But with a physical 80-72 win, No. 5 Duke
(16-2, 6-0) was able to create some distance between itself and the rest of the pack. “That was a great women’s basketball game,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “The crowd was incredible. The game was one of the highest quality games I’ve seen since I’ve had the good fortune of coaching at [Cameron Indoor]…. Maryland is a great team, but we found ways to make differences in plays and to make key plays at critical times.” Sophomore guard Chelsea Gray was at the helm of the Blue Devil offensive attack, dishing out 11 assists and scor-
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ing a season-high 17 points in some critical spots. With under three minutes left on the clock and Duke’s lead down to just three points, Gray nailed a clutch 3-pointer to double the margin and make it a two-possession game. After Maryland responded with a layup with just over one minute left, Gray hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, again extending the lead to six. “Great players, great point guards, have a way of handling games,” McCallie said. “I’m very, very confident in Chelsea. I’ve never seen this young of a point guard have as much [basketball IQ], not as a sophomore. These are things you see as a junior and a senior. “ With the Terrapins doubling freshman standout Elizabeth Williams—who still managed to record 16 points, eight boards and her 67th and 68th blocks of the season to tie a Duke single-season freshman record—the Blue Devils had to look elsewhere for an interior scoring presence. Haley Peters and Allison Vernerey stepped up. Peters shot a lights-out 10-12 from the field for a career-high 21 points. Vernerey too was efficient, shooting 5-9 with 10 points despite only being on the court for 15 minutes. “Especially in their zone they were sagging off at the high post,” Peters said. “I just stepped in and knocked them down today.” After a fast-paced first half that saw both teams shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, Duke burst out of the break with a 12-2 run. Maryland, however—despite shooting only 36 percent in the second half—would not go away. The Terrapins clawed to within three before Gray put the game out of hand. “It comes down to defense and it comes down to rebounding to win games and we weren’t very good in either area today,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said. Forward Alyssa Thomas played all 40 minutes for the Terrapins, leading the team with 26 points on a 10-20 performance from the field, including two of three from behind the arc. It was a well-played game from both sides, McCallie said. The Blue Devils had a season-low nine turnovers— Maryland had ten—and neither team missed a free throw. A crowd of 7,228 was in attendance for the victory, which was the school’s 300th all-time in ACC play and extended Duke’s home winning streak to a school-record 34 games.
Post players lead Blue Devils by Steven Slywka THE CHRONICLE
Freshman phenom Elizabeth Williams may get most of the attention, but Duke has quietly developed quite the arsenal of post players. The No. 5 Blue Devils over-powered No. 7 Maryland largely due to their overwhelming frontcourt presence, en route to a 80-72 win Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke’s frontcourt, comprised of Williams, Haley Peters, Richa Jackson, and Allison Vernerey, scored 58 of the Blue Devils’ 80 points to take conGame trol of the ACC. was definitely a battle inside toAnalysis day,”“ItWilliams said. As consistent as ever, Williams finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds. She has now scored at least 15 points in five of her last six games and grabbed at least seven rebounds in eight straight. Her biggest impact, however, may have been all the attention Maryland gave her, which opened up space for the rest of the Blue Devils. The Terrapins dared Williams to beat them in the first half by electing to cover her one-onone, a strategy Williams took advantage of by scoring 12 points in the opening 20 minutes. When Maryland sent two, or even three, defenders at her after halftime, space opened up for Duke’s other players. “She handled so much pressure and double-teams,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said, “but she found a way to execute, find her teammates and make the game better.” As Williams continues to prove to be a match-up nightmare for teams, she will draw double-teams more often, making her ability to recognize such situations and find an open teammate paramount. ”I either had to make a quick move so I don’t get
doubled or be patient and pass the ball to Haley to get an open look,” Williams said. “I just try to be smart in those situations.” Peters took full advantage of the extra space, scoring a career-high 21 points to lead the Blue Devils. She was 10-for-12 from the field, often finding herself wide-open at the elbow. “Elizabeth gets a ton of respect because of what she’s done already,” Peters said. “Especially in their zone they were sagging off the high post, so I just stepped in and knocked them down today.” Vernerey also contributed valuably off the bench. She scored 10 points in just 15 minutes of action. “Allison certainly made the most of her minutes,” McCallie said. “She was really damaging. If we all take that mindset we can be a really dangerous team.” Often the Blue Devils had Vernerey, Williams and Peters on the court at the same time, giving them an immense height advantage that paid dividends on the glass. Maryland came into the game ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin, but simply had no answer for Duke’s frontcourt. The Blue Devils dominated the boards, outrebounding the Terrapins 41-30. In addition, Duke grabbed 16 on the offensive side, which led to the same number of second-chance points. “In terms of rebounding, that’s a pretty good lineup to get to the boards,” Peters said. “We pose a lot of match-up problems for people.... I’d put our frontcourt up against anybody in the country. With the play of Williams drawing all the attention from defenses, the Blue Devils need their other post players to contribute and against Maryland they stepped up. If this continues, Duke’s array of post players can lead this team deep into March.
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Duke starts spring with wins Cavs spoil Blue Devils’ home opener by Matthew Pun THE CHRONICLE
A young Duke team opened its dual season in dominating fashion, first blowing out William and Mary and then Indiana at Ambler Tennis Stadium. In the dual-match debut of three Blue Devil freshmen, No. 3 Duke (2-0) took down the Tribe 7-0 Friday night. Then, the Blue Devils downed the Hoosiers 6-1 Sunday afternoon. Beatrice Capra, the No. 1 recruit in the nation last year and the seventh-ranked singles player in the country, has played against Maria Sharapova and been featured on ESPN, but she entered Friday’s contest with high nerves. “I was just trying not to freak out during any of my
matches,” Capra said. The Duke freshman wasted no time making an impact against William and Mary (0-1), however. First, she clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win, playing alongside sophomore Rachel Kahan. She then posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Tribe’s Jeltje Loomans in No. 1 singles to put the Blue Devils up 4-0 and guarantee a win for the team. Duke freshmen Monica Turewicz and Ester Goldfeld both took home singles victories without dropping a set as well. “Our freshmen did great in their first match,” said SEE W. TENNIS ON PAGE 5
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Although the Blue Devils fell to the ranked Cavaliers, head coach Dan Collela called it the “best meet we’ve had” against Virginia. by Michael Baker THE CHRONICLE
For the first time this season, Duke got to compete at home, and it did not disappoint. Strong showings in the relay and sprint events as well as wins in three of the four diving events were the highlights Friday night at Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion. “This is probably the best meet we’ve had against Virginia in terms of just not backing down and not feeling like we were outclassed,” head coach Dan Colella said. The Blue Devil men lost to the 12th-ranked Cavaliers 155-140 and women fell to 11th-ranked Virginia 154-131. Duke’s diving team won both the men’s and women’s three-meter events and the women’s one-meter event. The Blue Devil women kicked off the meet with a win in the first race, the 200-yard medlay relay, with a time of 1:43.44. Freshmen Megan McCarroll led the relay followed by sophomore Christine Wixted, senior Steffi Niessl and sophomore Lauren Weaver. The men’s 200yard medley relay team was disqualified. Both the Duke men and women won the final relay event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The women’s team took first through third and the men’s team took first through fourth. “We’re really starting to take some real pride in our relays and it’s really starting to come together,” Collela said. “[The Duke relays are] going to be the relay to beat come ACC [meets].” After losing the 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, Duke bounced back by winning the 100-yard breaststroke. Wixted won the event with a resounding three-second victory in a time of 1:02.69. Graduate student Piotr Safronczkyk followed up with another resounding two-second victory in 55.86 seconds. The Cavaliers then took both 200-yard butterfly events. Ben Hwang swept the sprint events and also won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.09. Junior Ted Minturn took first in the 200-yard back with a time of 151.30 and Hunter Knight took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.44. The Blue Devils finished strong with a victory in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 400-yard IM. Weaver won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.68. Senior Ben Tuben followed that up with a 49.73 victory. Freshmen Ali Horn and sophomore Tyler Fleming both won the 400-yard IM events. Senior Jessica Lyden swept the diving events an qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Senior Cody Kolodziejzyk also claimed first in the men’s threemeter diving event.
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Duke takes five events in Virginia Freshman Elizabeth Kerpon sets school record in the 400m by Sarah Elsakr THE CHRONICLE
The Blue Devils continued their success this past weekend at the Hokie Invitational as several athletes broke personal records and took first-place finishes in their events. The men set the tone for the meet as junior Domenick DeMatteo, senior Andrew Brodeur and freshman Morgan Pearson took first, second and third in the 3000m. DeMatteo’s time of 8:07.59 was the second-fastest time in school history and earned him a sixth-place ranking among NCAA Division I schools. His teammates’ times also earned them top-30 spots in the NCAA rankings. Sophomore Brian Atkinson raced to a first-place finish in the men’s 5000m race, setting a personal record time of 14:30.77, and the men’s A and B teams in the distance medley relay took first and second place, respectively. Senior Stephen Clark and Brodeur joined teammates Nate McClafferty and Matt Marriott to cross the finish line in first with a time of 9:58.07, while DeMatteo, Pearson and freshmen Greg Dixon and Brian Schoepfer followed less than half a second later to take second. Both teams earned top-five NCAA rankings for their performances. The distance medley was not the only relay won by the men at the meet, however, as freshmen Henry Farley, McClafferty, Kyle Moran and Schoepfer took first in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:39.22. The men’s success continued both on
the track, where Farley took sixth in the 800m race with a time of 1:54.85 and junior Dominick Robinson took ninth in the mile, and in the field, where sophomore Justin Amezquita took fifth in the pole vault. Unseeded pole vaulters Curtis Beach, Tony Shirk and Ian Rock took third, fourth and seventh, respectively. Their teammate Michael Krone took tenth in the high jump. “The biggest thing is we won a lot of events… at a large college invitational,” director of track and field Norm Ogilvie said. “Some great things happened.” On the women’s side, freshman sprinter Elizabeth Kerpon set a school record in the 400m on the second day of the Invitational. Kerpon’s time of 55.46 was good for third place as she led her classmate Lauren Hansson, who crossed the finish in ninth. In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Hannah Goranson took sixth, while her teammate Abbey Farley finished sixth in the 600m. In the distance medley relay, the women mirrored the men’s success with a firstplace finish resulting from the combined efforts of junior Sophia Treakle, and fresh-
men Abby Farley, Carolyn Baskir and Chloe Maleski. Their teammates in the 4x800m relay, Hansson, Kerpon, freshman Alexis Roper and senior Brittany Whitehead walked off the track with an eighth-place finish. In the field, Emily Mattoon, Stephanie Skove and Bailey Murphy took first, second and third, respectively, in the unseeded pole vault, while freshman Teddi Maslowski’s jump of 5.59m was good for seventh in the long jump. Although this meet has just ended, the Blue Devils are already preparing for their upcoming challenges. Some will be competing this weekend at Chapel Hill or in Pennsylvania, while others will continue training for the next two weeks in preparation for the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York. Despite the tough competition that will come later in the season, the Blue Devils have proven, early on, that they are capable of performing at a high level. “We’re off to a really, really nice start,” Ogilvie said. “No doubt about it.”
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We built tent city At the outset of this semes- Duke’s first semester, we supter, a slew of tents appeared port the movement’s efforts on the ground outside Cam- to promote a campus diseron Indoor Stadium to form course about issues previously Krzyzewskiville, Duke’s peren- ignored by many members nial tent city. The grass in front of the Duke community. The of the Duke presence of Chapel, on the tents on Main editorial other hand, reQuad gave a mains tentless as the Occupy central, visible reminder to Duke movement has left the students to participate in this space, well, unoccupied, since discourse. Events, such as the the start of winter break. speaker series, also fulfilled Occupy Duke caused a big Occupy Duke’s goal of genersplash on campus last semes- ating a reflective, meaningful ter, standing in solidarity with discussion and allowed voice the then-prominent Occupy to be given to ideas previously movement taking place in cit- left unsaid. ies across the United States. Occupy Duke had the pruNow, as Occupy is losing atten- dence to take a less invasive tion and steam, the future of approach than other campus Duke’s homegrown offshoot Occupy movements. Occupy of this national protest faces Yale and Occupy Harvard its own pivotal moment. have extended their activities Looking back on Occupy to heckling at financial recruit-
ing issues and licensed their discussion—this dialogue will falter. Re-pitching its camp is a necessary step in the next phase of Occupy, as it centers itself and becomes something more than a flash in the pan: a persistent campus presence. We hope to see a clarification of Occupy Duke’s relationship to the University. Although the movement is not based in a single manifesto of policy demands, it does align with certain positions regarding University administration, most notably endowment transparency. Giving students a clearer picture of these particular demands would help establish Occupy Duke as a force for campus change. Occupy Duke’s status as a loosely coordinated, non-char-
tered student group makes the logistics of its existence particularly difficult. Because of the obstacles to finding physical space on campus, we hope the movement will expand its reach through the Internet and social media outlets. Having a stronger presence online can offer students sustained exposure to the movement and provide yet another forum through which to promote the discourse central to its existence. Now that the Occupy hoopla has died down, Occupy Duke is at a turning point. We hope the organization does not fizzle like its media coverage, but rather sustains a strong presence on campus and continues to promote activism and reflection by all members of the University.
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he funny thing is, before today, I’d never told unplanned odyssey of self-discovery, so I just said, anyone I was the devil. “I don’t know yet.” Plus I knew she didn’t want me For five million years I’d been moving going to over to Chris’ cause me and Chris always from body to body, eating souls and just like to get stupid high. convincing the world I didn’t exist Then, as if my wiener wasn’t (pretty great trick huh?). Until Aucooked enough, my dad busted out gust that is, when I got stuck. his apron and continued grilling me During O-week I was spreadraw. “Are you thinking about joining some mayhem in this freshman ing my old fraternity? Those boys dude’s body, when I came down with sure knew how to take the party to a crippling case of mono. After hearFunkytown.” I don’t know what the ing Maya Angelou’s moving speech, hell Funkytown is but I’m sure it’s the devil I, like many other students, waited no Rack City. monday, monday outside the chapel for a chance to I guess my dad’s frat used to be shake Ms. Angelou’s hand and swaltight, but their promise of Super low her soul. The handshake was sturdy but when Smash Brotherhood just fails to compete in toI leaned in for the soul-swallow, her soul got stuck day’s market, where several other frats promise me at the top of my constricted throat. It tasted like scorchingly hot girls. So I gave dad the old “I’m still mothballs, hairspray, banana pudding and wisdom. feeling out my options” line and I think he bought Ever since, I’ve been unable to possess new bod- it for now. That’s one problem on the back burner. ies, or use any of my dark powers. I can’t even read But the worst part about parents is how ungratethe minds of squirrels anymore (not that there was ful they are. For Christmas my parents—who are much worth reading in there). A week after my ar- supposed to love me—got me a Kindle Fire. What rival, I found myself stuck at Duke as a totally aver- did I ever do to these buttq****s? A Kindle?!? For age body with no special powers. It sucked. those of you lucky enough to have never been in It took me a bit of adjusting, but last semester I the same room with a Kindle, here’s a description learned a lot about how to do evil the old-fashioned from Amazon’s website: “It’s a retarded iPad for human way. So when I heard I could get my own books.” column over Christmas break, I jumped at the opIt even comes with a one-month subscription portunity to share my wisdom. And my first topic to Amazon Prime, which is a “service” that lets was staring me right in the face while I was trying me pay money to stream movies I already downto text … load for free. It’s called prime because there are PARENTS ARE SO ANNOYING! zero factors that make me want to buy it (exI’ve never dealt with parents before. In the past cluding one and itself). I’ve spent the last four if someone resembled a parent, I’d just devour months tirelessly figuring out ways to avoid readtheir soul and feed their meat to my hellhounds. I ing books, and how do my parents reward my miss those days. hard work? With a fancy book. The only thing At night on break I realized that I had no labs Kindles have on regular books is that if you wait and no practice in the morning. So naturally I had long enough they’ll die, which coincidentally, is to find everybody and go get drunk with them. I’m the only thing my parents have on my friends. only at Duke for four years; I can’t just be wasting Books suck. Moving on. three weeks of time letting everybody go get drunk There are obviously a lot of reasons to dread without me. Then I’d have to hear about it at the coming back to school (like how school sucks), but Marketplace the next day and feel like a loser. No the silver lining is that there are no prying parents thanks. around asking you to join their lame club or give So the first night back I was leaving the house you terrible gifts. for Chris’ party, when my mom seriously grew the So, for any college parents reading this, here’s a balls to ask me where I was going! I’ve been cap- message from your kid: As long as I’m living under taining my own ship for the last four months and the school’s roof, which I presume my grades pay now all of a sudden she thinks I report to her and for, it’s my rules. her manballs? I didn’t feel like sitting her down to explain that the vagueness of 18-year-olds’ social in@Monday_Devil tweets: Parents just don’t vitations is fundamental to making every night an understand. Grandparents just don’t stand.
Rules of the game
s many people on campus know, I am an avid boardgame enthusiast. Although I recognize that games are just games, I don’t think it’s very fun when people mess around with the rules. And I think everyone hates playing with people who make up rules as they go along. I also love politics, and politics shares some similarity to Scrabble or to Catan—you want the procedures to be fair and well-defined. But politics elena botella isn’t just a game; it is the process by which our nation de- duke’s biggest party cides which course of action to take, both on issues that are small as well as on issues that are literally life-or-death. So, unlike in board games, winning actually matters to me—whether that means winning elections or winning legislative battles, though I don’t think of it in my head as a competition. The candidates I support and issues I back, I back because I think it will make our communities stronger, more just and more peaceful. I thought the United States itself scored a big goal with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which provided health care coverage to 32 million Americans—we could almost populate Canada with the people who will receive health insurance as a result of Affordable Care. I think North Carolina itself will score a big goal if we can defeat the Anti-Civil-Union Amendment, and show LGBT citizens that we support their rights. When the stakes are so high, people will want to take whatever actions they can within the rules. I started “Duke’s Biggest Party” with a column that generated a lot of conversation not only about the Anti-Civil Union Amendment, but also about what things are or are not fair to say in or about politics. Since I’ll be talking about politics in mostly every column, I’m going to lay out now what I think the rules of fair campus political debate are. I’ll start with a few quick ones. One: I am allowed to use similes. Example: Alex Trebek, like Josef Stalin, has a prodigious mustache. Am I saying that Alex Trebek is a murderous despot? No. Not every comparison is an equation. Two: “The other side” of the issue is not always the Republican Party. Good ideas come from across the political spectrum. But, getting to the most pressing rule for me: If I believe a political issue is morally black-and-white, I will not pretend otherwise. Some people think that there is a rule in political debate that says “Whether I agree or disagree with other people, I have to respect their point of view.” There are many points of view that I disagree with, but that I still respect. There are a few, though, that I neither agree with nor respect. There was a point in time in the United States when slavery was a political issue. There was a point in time in the United States when women’s suffrage was a political issue. There was at time in the United States when the systematic extermination and forcible relocation of Native Americans was a political issue. Imagine any of these were still political issues today, and imagine that there were people on the other side of the aisle who supported any of these policies. Would you feel compelled to say “I respect your opinion that you have a right to enslave Africans?” or “I believe the morality of sending 15,000 Cherokees on a death march across the United States is an issue on which reasonable people might disagree?” I don’t think that people who vote for the N.C. AntiCivil-Union Amendment (Amendment One) this May are poorly intentioned or somehow evil. I do think we’ll think about Amendmnet One in 50 years the way we think about anti-miscegenation laws, which stopped people of different races from marrying, today. Proponents of anti-miscegenation laws had all sorts of bible verses on their side—religious arguments were the primary justification for many proponents. I’m glad our society has realized that if two people of different races love each other, that’s great! I’m waiting for the day that our society realizes that if two people of the same sex love each other, that’s just as great. I’m not interested in name calling for its own sake, but to me, its not unfair that I’ve called out people for refusing to speak out or voice the opinion about Amendment One—what’s unfair is that if Amendment One is passed, gay couples will find it much harder to adopt children, receive health care benefits, will find it much harder to love and be loved. Elena Botella is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Monday.
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ld souls are especially prone to dreary confessions. though (unfortunately) our bodies are not programmed My own contribution is succumbing, quite preco- to register bone-chilling fear with each puff. ciously, to perhaps one of the most predictable of As for my sky dive, the actual free-fall was completely bucket-list cliches: skydiving. This bit of indifferent from what I had experienced durtroductory humdrum is not to suggest that ing the bungee jump. Jumping out of an I managed to undergo this experience with airplane at slightly above 14,000 feet, I had a natural nonchalance, or anything short approximately a minute of free-fall—much of vigorous reluctance. Were it not for the more than my meager 7 seconds of bungee brave-blood and shaming persistence of my free fall. Moreover, whereas my bungee free beloved I would not now be negotiating fall was within relatively close proximity to a that fine line between prose-worthy hypercliff face, my major points of reference durbole and prosaic understatement. the sky dive were fellow jumpers falling darren beattie ing The two days between registration and at the same rate. This created a surprisingly oy weber the actual jump were the most difficult. peaceful sensation, much more akin to To the very last synapse, my circuitry was floating than to plummeting. hard at work to communicate a quite imaginative array of I have since made a point of learning more about sky disaster scenarios to my consciousness. I’ve long believed diving as a sport, and I have discovered a handful of rethat my sorry relationship with technology is to blame markable and undeniably insane men at the cutting-edge. for this Olympian ability to scare the hell out of myself. If Surely one of the most impressive records belongs to Joe I can barely work on a computer for four hours without a Kittinger, who jumped out of a special capsule in a spaceblue screen or error message, why should I expect to sit suit from over 100,000 feet and landed safely in the New through an eight-hour flight without some fatal glitch? Mexico desert. Today, Kittinger is working in consultation What trivial blink of inattention or ill-fated atmospheric with Felix Baumgarten, an ambitious Austrian professioncoincidence might result in catastrophe? al skydiver, on a project to beat his original record. BaumI had experienced similar feelings before bungee garten intends to jump from 120,000 feet, and become jumping a couple of years ago. At the time, my anxieties the first human being to travel faster than the speed of managed to invest themselves in an especially vivid quota- sound outside of a space ship or airplane. tion from Vladimir Nabokov: “the cradle rocks above an Perhaps the most fascinating innovation in the area of abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but parachute sports is the “wingsuit.” Instead of enjoying free a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.” fall, wingsuit jumpers take advantage of the considerable The anticipation of a jump rocks the cradle just enough lift enabled by the wingsuit’s “flying squirrel” design. A for the possibility of the abyss to confront us with some- state-of-the-art wingsuit allows an experienced “pilot” to fly thing more than theoretical detachment. Cimmerian shiv- three feet horizontally for every foot of altitude he loses—it ers are part of the package. Of course, one understands at is by far the closest thing to human flight. One of the most some level that bungee jumping and skydiving are in fact respected wingsuit pilots is the American Jeb Corliss, whose quite safe, and this prevents one’s nervous contemplation collection of YouTube videos is engaging enough to push from spilling over into total psychological meltdown. the limits of even the most seasoned procrastinators. While one stands on the ledge, however, physiology is Corliss is now actively involved in the “Landing Project,” king. Statistics are no match for millennia of evolution, whose goal is to allow him to be the first person to land a whose prudent instruction has taken the ”abstinence wingsuit jump without a parachute, by flying into a specialonly,” rather than the prophylactic approach, when it ly designed parabolic ramp. Needless to say, it’s a bit risky. comes to jumping headfirst off of 1000-foot high plat- Ueli Gegenschatz, who brought this project to public attenforms. The silent scream of mankind’s hard won sur- tion during a talk at a TED conference, has since died in a vival instinct is deafening, but it must be ignored and wingsuit flight. Geoffrey Robinson, engineer and wingsuit overcome with an act of will that is at once the height of developer also perished perfecting his craft. In admiring recklessness and of self-control. Therein lies the genius such men’s ambitious pursuits, in which the slightest misand considerable seductiveness of activities like bungee calculation is usually fatal, I take increased comfort in my jumping—they elicit a profound and primal feeling of own temperate profession, whose greatest danger is prodread under conditions of relative safety. They allow one ducing yet another mediocre dissertation on Foucault. to flirt with death with a high probability of rejection. It is interesting to compare this with smoking, which, over Darren Beattie is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in political time, is far deadlier than bungee jumping or skydiving, science. His column runs every other Monday.
letterstotheeditor Recent study not example of racism As a doctoral student, I’m dismayed that a vocal minority of Duke students, administrators and alumni seem unable to employ the intelligence that brought them to our University. Table 14 on page 25 of the paper by Dr. Peter Arcidiacono, Esteban Aucejo and Dr. Kenneth Spencer asks whether non-whites switch out of the natural sciences, engineering or economics more or less frequently than whites. Indeed, since the marginal effect for “black” under the first specification is positive and significantly different from zero, it would appear that blacks are more likely than whites to switch out of these majors. But the marginal effect becomes statistically insignificant from zero as soon as SAT score is controlled for, and it stays insignificant as more information about the student from the Duke admissions office is included. From a policy perspective, that is an extremely encouraging result. It suggests that what matters is not skin color but rather academic preparation, which is not limited to any race. I’m disappointed that such a positive finding was overlooked by too many students, administrators and alumni who were too eager to look for something to confirm their belief that racism is everywhere in 2012. There’s no doubt that it continues to exist, but the paper by Arcidiacono, Aucejo and Spencer is not an example of it. Alex Young Ph.D. candidate, Fuqua School of Business
We represent you At our Dec. 6, 2011 DSG Senate meeting, Senator Daniel Pellegrino and I presented legislation that requested $6,630 in order to make Midnight Breakfast on West Campus open and free to all students. The impetus for this request was Sophomore Class President Andrew Hanna, who approached Dan and I after exhausting his other avenues for funding. The Senate approved our request, and Midnight Breakfast was free to all, allowing students of all years to join together on the night before finals. This sort of collaboration is not unprecedented, but it is definitely rare. More than any other goal, the DSG Senate is here to serve its constituents. Yet, DSG senators do not always know what their peers actually want. DSG works on solving some of the difficult problems, like an alternative to Tailgate or issues of campus culture, but we rarely hear about the other problems we could easily solve. So, if you want to recognize an important accomplishment through a DSG resolution, address a campus problem through a DSG statute or fund an important project through a DSG budgetary statute, contact a class council representative or a DSG senator (http://dsg.dukegroups. duke.edu/representation/senate/). We would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss how we can help, because you elected us, and we represent you. Patrick Oathout, Trinity ’14
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DONAHUE from page 4 department? WD: The German program at Duke is a small gem, which has been enhanced by the recent merger at the graduate level, forming the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies—now one of the country’s highest rated programs. The undergraduate program is small, but the advantage is that we have a better teacher-to-student ratio, and students can always meet with faculty to work on course work and individual projects. With regard to other institutions, growth in language programs has been very ad hoc. Some have nervously opted to expand to other languages without consolidating the success of their current programs. Duke has not made this mistake. I don’t think we should play any language off another, but if we do expand our offerings, we have to expect smaller classes overall in certain language programs. TC: What is a “transnational European studies” program? Why do you propose that model? WD: My colleague Martin Kagel coined the term. We think that German language departments that are currently doing well should continue as they are. What we are really worried about are those smaller programs with one
EGYPT from page 4 Also Sunday, a temporary power-sharing agreement between major parliamentary parties, both liberal and Islamist, was already fragmenting, just one day before the first post-Mubarak parliament was scheduled to meet. The leftist Egyptian Social Democratic Party pulled out of the agreement with other parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, on how to divide the top parliamentary positions. A statement from the Social Democratic party said negotiations failed because officials could not agree on how to fill all the positions in a representative way. When the agreement was announced last week, the parties pledged to back a member of the Freedom and Justice Party, which will fill nearly half the seats in the
or two positions, that unfortunately appear to some administrators to be expendable. There is a mistaken assumption that if you teach language, your main connection to other scholars is linguistics. In fact, it is the object of study—German culture—that brings together philosophers, theologians, historians and Germanists. All the courses you take in which experts teach, for example, about Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Adorno, Habermas, etc. were once students in German language and culture programs. So we need to be sure that this “seamless garment” remains whole—that we don’t pull up the ladder behind us, so to speak. Grouping language departments together that have no—or little—intellectual common ground is simply not optimal. Cutting German programs—as is happening at a number of institutions we name in The Chronicle of Higher Education article—is deeply troublesome. It can become a self-perpetuating downward cycle. Americans get the idea of the importance of Europe. The attraction of Europe as a whole is something Americans will always be fascinated by. If we are able to include those vulnerable language programs under the European umbrella, they will have a better chance of thriving. In the case of Germany, one can promote German culture, policy and diplomacy without sending a culturally chauvinistic message because it is done within the context of European Union. The EU it-
self wants to provide funds to all academic enterprises that treat Europe and has already done so at the University of North Carolina. Globalization is often equated with, for example, an interest in China such that older, very successful programs in Europe could be forgotten. We have to find our way to build success on our successes and expand judiciously. Any reconstruction—such as we propose in the Chronicle article—has to go slowly, respect local needs and be carefully thought out. We want students and scholars to be grouped together who have common interests. Europe itself, as the debates about membership in the EU reflect, is fluid and not a static concept. This transnational aspect of our proposal tries to respect this fact. TC: What does this institutional change have to do with globalization? WD: Globalization is not a reversal of colonization—it is just another way of continuing it. Too often it means teaching about other cultures in English only without the depth that only intimate knowledge of language and culture can provide. The field of German studies has itself become interdisciplinary, and what we now call “German studies” is no longer limited to the literary classics. What we are proposing is to take the next logical step to make the institutional organization line up with the direction that our field is taking anyway.
lower house of parliament, as speaker of the parliament. The party’s strong showing means it could still secure the speaker’s job, even without the support of the Social Democratic party. In the courtroom, Deeb called Mubarak “Egypt’s wounded eagle, leader of the eagles in the battle to restore dignity,” casting the dictator as a victim of last year’s revolt, according to state news reports. Deeb argued that the ailing 83-year-old never officially resigned as president and only stepped aside in a phone conversation with his then-vice president, Omar Suleiman. Every executive decision made since, including the dissolution of Mubarak’s parliament and the suspension of the 1971 constitution are violations of that same constitution, because Mubarak did not make the pronouncements, he said. “This court is not qualified to try him and he must be acquitted,” Deeb told the court as lawyers for the vic-
tims chanted for his execution, according to local news reports. Adly’s defense team is expected to begin presenting its case on Monday. So far witnesses have failed to link Mubarak to orders to kill protesters, lawyers involved on both sides of the case say. Egyptians have paid close attention to the case since Mubarak first appeared inside a Cairo courtroom on a hospital bed, behind a prosecution cage. If he is acquitted, analysts say, the decision will likely be met with major dissent in the streets.
January 23, 2011 issue of The Chronicle