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Warm weather aids health in K-ville DukeEngage re-evaluating civic experience

by Jack Mercola THE CHRONICLE

The Tar Heels may face a notably healthier crowd of Cameron Crazies in Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday, according to data from Duke Student Health. Tenters camping in Krzyzewskiville have boasted resiliency to freezing cold nights this winter. Only 13 students who identified as tenters have been treated for illness at Student Health this year, according to numbers provided by Student Health Executive Director Dr. Bill Purdy. This figure has been on a downward trend in recent years—in 2010 and 2011, 49 and 28 identified tenters sought medical help from Student Health, respectively. Purdy attributes this to the triangle’s milder winter compared to years past. “In previous years, on the coldest days we’d go out and give hot chocolate to help keep people warm, and we’d send nurses out to K-ville to make sure students were healthy,” Purdy said. “We haven’t had to do that this year.” The recent norovirus outbreak on campus has only brought a handful of tenters to Student Health, he added. The 2012 tenting season has been considerably warmer than recent tenting seasons, according to data from weather forecasting service Weather Underground. The Durham average low temperatures for the 2010 and 2011 tenting seasons were approximately 31 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. This year, the average low during tenting weeks has increased by about five degrees to 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Of


throat, fatigue, fever and congestion. “Students are in close quarters,” he noted. “The weather is cold and sometimes wet, and tenters probably aren’t getting as much sleep as non-tenting students.”

DukeEngage is furthering its efforts to improve students’ post-immersion experiences as part of a long-term goal. In March, DukeEngage will offer a new event for program alumni: a study tour to Washington, D.C. where students can engage with domestic offices that overlap with some of their past DukeEngage experiences. A major component to improving student experience is through programming events after students have completed their DukeEngage programs, DukeEngage Executive Director Eric Mlyn said. This is a notable addition given the program’s recent commitment to improving and continuing students’ experiences once they return from their various summer programs. “This trip to Washington, D.C. is one of the new things we are working on to help students connect their experiences,” Mlyn said. “We will be meeting with the State Department, USAID and various NGOs—it may help students decide what types of careers they want to pursue.” The trip to the nation’s capital will accommodate 15 program alumni and is part of a larger trend of implementing post-program retreats, Mlyn said, where DukeEngage participants can reflect upon their immersion experiences and potentially transfer or apply what they learned in another setting. Other directors of DukeEngage programs




Fewer tenters in K-ville have reported to Student Health for treatment this year than in 2011. the roughly 49 nights in K-ville this year, only 10 have dipped beneath freezing temperatures. Despite a warmer winter, some tenters have fallen ill. Purdy said the nature of tenting is to blame for the typical Kville illness—one he describes as “flulike,” showing symptoms such as sore


Coffey starts as new director of dining services by Gloria Lloyd THE CHRONICLE

Duke’s new director of dining services spent his first day on the job becoming acquainted with the on-campus dining scene. Robert Coffey assumed the position of director of dining services Monday, following a national search that involved administrators, faculty members and students. Coffey addressed the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee at its meeting Monday afternoon and joined members in sampling food from Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe—a vendor that used to be part of the Merchants on Points program Robert Coffey under previous ownership. Mad Hatter is now being reconsidered for MOP. “I’ve really enjoyed the folks I’ve met; it’s a very welcoming environment,” Coffey said. “Of course, [it is] the first day [and so] I haven’t been hit with a lot of requests or complaints.” For the time being, Coffey said he plans to focus on learning the intricacies of Duke’s dining culture. Duke

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Dining is unique in its incorporation of multiple independent local restaurants as on-campus vendors, said DUSDAC co-Chair Beth Gordon, a junior. “There are a lot of changes in dining going on with the West Union renovations,” Gordon said. “It’s nice to know that we have someone who will help lead that change and promote it.” DUSDAC members said they hope Coffey will encourage more student input and oversight for dining, said DUSDAC co-Chair Jane Moore, a senior. “Beth and I met him during the interview process; I think he was an outstanding candidate, and he’s going to do really well here,” Moore said. “I just thought out of [all the candidates] he seemed the most relatable and seemed to understand different diet types and student needs.” Coffey came to Duke from the University of South Carolina, where he served as the resident district manager and oversaw all food service operations. He replaced former Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst, who stepped down from his position after more than 15 years to assume the role of special assistant to Vice President for Student

Affairs Larry Moneta, The Chronicle reported in August. Wulforst now directs corporate food services for the CocaCola Company’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to the University of South Carolina, Coffey spent 15 years working alongside Rick Johnson, the current assistant vice president of housing and dining, at Virginia Tech. “[Coffey has] worked with Rick before,” Moore said. “He’s going to be a good fit, and he’s got awesome experience. Jim [Wulforst] left some big shoes to fill.... [Coffey] is excellent though, and I’m really excited to have him on board.” The DUSDAC meeting served to introduce Coffey to the nuances of Duke Dining, particularly its Merchants on Points program. “It’ll be a great working relationship,” Gordon said. “It’s interesting that we’re in a teaching role for him, as opposed to the director of dining teaching the dining committee chairs. It’s funny to know more about Merchants on Points than the dining director.”


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Study finds nutritional White House rejects NSA quality of food declining bid to police cyberspace


decline. In 1990, the government passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which required manufacturers to include a “Nutrition Facts” label listing nutrients, ingredients and recommended daily values on food products. The study, which will be published in Marketing Science, examines a selection of food products before and after the NLEA to assess consumer trends and nutritional elements. Lead author of the study Christine Moorman said the NLEA may have unintended negative consequences. Consumers can develop a false sense of security knowing that the federal government regulates the nutritional standards. “Consumers say, ‘I’m not going to worry or be as vigilant about it since the regulations are there,’” said Moorman, T. Austin Finch Sr. professor of business administration at Fuqua. “Consumers should be vigilant regardless of regulation. We hope that Duke students, and all consumers, pay attention to nutritional quality.” The study also indicates that consumers consider taste to be more important than nutrition—a trend that the market has noticed. Branded foods have improved in taste over the past 20 years. The higher value consumers place on taste compared to nutrition prompted the researchers to suggest policy changes targeted at consumers and firms. “Public policy really needs to consider how to improve the value of nutrition when consumers care more about something else,” Moorman said.

A Duke study has shown that the nutritional quality of branded foods has declined over the last 20 years.



According to a recent Duke study, the nutritional quality of branded foods has decreased over the past 20 years since nutrition facts were required on food products. Researchers at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business determined that although taste has improved, the overall nutritional quality of supermarket branded foods has been on the

by Ellen Nakashima THE WASHINGTON POST

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Security Agency has pushed repeatedly over the past year to expand its role in protecting private-sector computer networks from cyberattacks but has been rebuffed by the White House, largely because of privacy concerns, according to administration officials and internal documents. The most contentious issue was a legislative proposal last year that would have required hundreds of companies that provide critical services such as electricity generation to allow their Internet traffic to be continuously scanned using computer threat data provided by the spy agency. The companies would have been expected to turn over evidence of potential cyberattacks to the government. NSA officials portrayed these measures as unobtrusive ways to protect the nation's vital infrastructure from what they say are increasingly dire threats of devastating cyberattacks. But the White House and Justice Department argued that the proposal would permit unprecedented government monitoring of routine civilian Internet activity, according to documents and officials familiar with the debate. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe administration deliberations; internal documents reviewed by The Washington Post backed these descriptions. White House officials cautioned the

NSA that President Obama has opposed cybersecurity measures that weakened personal privacy protections. They also warned the head of the spy agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, to restrain his public comments after speeches in which he argued that more expansive legal authority was necessary to defend the nation against cyberattacks, according to several officials. “We have had to remind him to at least be cognizant of what the administration’s policy positions are, so if he’s openly advocating for something beyond that, that is undermining the commander-in-chief,” said an administration official. The debate, which is surfacing as Congress considers landmark cyber legislation, turns on what means are necessary and appropriate to protect vital private-sector systems from attack by China, Russia or other potential adversaries. Even some criminal gangs and hackers, such as the self-styled activist group Anonymous, increasingly may acquire the tools to mount major assaults on the nation's computer systems, say U.S. officials. NSA officials acknowledged that they have warned about such threats but say they have not sought to establish policy. “As a major source of the nation's technical expertise on cyber and cybersecurity, we have a responsibility to ensure our leaders are informed and SEE CYBERSPACE ON PAGE 4

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CYBERSPACE from page 3 aware of what is happening in the cyber realm,” agency spokeswoman Judith Emmel said. “We also work diligently to team with other agencies, industry and academia to find solutions to protecting our nation's critical infrastructure.” The proposal was intended to supplement an administration legislative package, unveiled last May, which NSA officials felt did not go far enough in protecting critical industries such as nuclear power, according to administration officials. The proposal was put forth by the Defense Department, which includes the NSA, and the Department of Homeland Security. The proposal drew on a Pentagon pilot program launched last year in which Internet service providers used NSA's library of threat data to scan emails and other computer traffic flowing to and from the nation's top defense contractors. That program was a response to fears that foreign spy services were using cybertechnology to

steal corporate or U.S. military secrets. A Pentagon-commissioned report in November validated the concept but said the effectiveness of such an approach remained uncertain. The agency, however, saw that program as a model for expanding its role in protecting other potentially significant targets of cyberattack. The proposed legislation would have made participation in an expanded program mandatory for designated industries that didn't reach certain security benchmarks on their own after one year, officials said. The reason, NSA officials said in internal administration discussions, is that the private companies have not shown they are capable of defeating the rapidly evolving universe of cyberthreats. By the time a major attack on a water system or nuclear plant is discovered, it may be too late to thwart it. “In order to stop it, you have to see it in real time, and you have to have those authorities,” Alexander, who is also head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, said in remarks at Fordham University in New York last month. “Those are the conditions that we have put on the table.


Now how and what the administration and Congress choose, that will be a policy issue.” His remarks prompted calls from congressional staff to the Pentagon and White House seeking to know whether the administration was seeking new powers for the NSA, said several government officials with knowledge of the exchanges. The NSA proposal, called Tranche 2, sparked fierce debate within the administration. It would have required an estimated 300 to 500 firms with a role in critical infrastructure systems to allow their Internet carrier or some other private company to scan their computer networks for malicious software using government threat data. The Department of Homeland Security, which helped develop the plan, would have designated which companies had to participate. NSA officials say this process would have been automated, preventing intrusion into the personal privacy of ordinary users visiting Web sites or exchanging electronic messages with friends. Only when the scanning identified a potential threat would analysts be involved, to assess what the software identified and use it to craft better tools to stop such threats, the agency said in the internal administration debates. Identifying information on specific Internet users would have been blocked.

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Before the DUSDAC meeting, Coffey dined at the East Union Building for lunch with Assistant Director of Dining Barbara Stokes. In his first meal at Duke, the new dining director was impressed with the atmosphere and aromas at Trinity Café. “I want to gain a good understanding of what’s happening while not making any assumptions and listening to the campus community,” Coffey said. “That’s why this opportunity [of attending DUSDAC meetings] is such a great conduit to be able to hear the students’ voice and how these folks are interacting with their friends.”


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may also apply to form their own post-program retreats, Mlyn noted. Although there are no other retreats currently available, all DukeEngage participants are eligible to apply for the Washington, D.C. program. This strategy is one of many recent boosts meant to improve the program. Late last May, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations presented DukeEngage with a two-year $190,000 grant. The grant was targeted toward improving the student experience throughout the program, such as reforming the DukeEngage Academy and planning events after students have completed their summer experiences. The Charlotte-based Duke Endowment also presented the University with a $20,000 grant to support long-term evaluation of DukeEngage. The grant helped fund the salary of a DukeEngage staff member to oversee the assessment process, Mlyn said. “We conduct surveys of our students, faculty and community partners before and after our program,” he said. “From our 2010 numbers, 98 percent of our students indicated that their DukeEngage experience had a ‘great impact’ on them.” Six months after their DukeEngage program concluded, more than 50 percent of participants responded that they want to increase their involvement in community service, Mlyn added. About 21 percent of students remarked that DukeEngage also affected their choice of


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Duke’s 2012 football schedule features nine bowl teams from last year. Quick thoughts about the recent movement in the men’s basketball AP poll.


Duke aims to even record The Blue Devils will look to improve to .500 this afternoon as they host Eastern Michigan at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 3:15 p.m. Duke (4-5) split last weekend’s four-game series against Canisius, though both losses—a 5-4 defeat Friday and a 6-4 loss Sunday—came in extra innings. Despite their losing record, the Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 51-39 so far this season. Freshman right Eastern fielder Grant McCabe and senior Michigan center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms vs. have sparked an offensive attack that is slugging .438 and getting Duke on base at a .378 clip, both numbers up from last year’s rates of TUESDAY, 3:15 p.m. Durham Bulls Athletic Park .359 and .352, respectively, despite being without 2011 Louisville Slugger freshman All-American Chris Marconcini. Marconcini—who leads the Blue Devils in home runs, slugging, RBIs and runs scored last season—will miss the entire 2012 campaign after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during an intrasquad game Feb. 12. Piwnica-Worms has done his best to make up for Marconcini’s absence, having gotten on base in more than half his plate appearances, while batting slightly under .400 and slugging .697. Duke’s pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA, however, that success may not be sustainable with the Blue Devil hurlers issuing nearly six free passes a game. Sophomores Drew Van Orden and Robert Huber have given up just one earned run apiece in a combined 21 innings pitched. The Eagles (1-4) picked up their first and only win of the season Saturday against Oral Roberts. SEE BASEBALL ON PAGE 8




Quick turnaround for Wake by Jackie Klauberg THE CHRONICLE


Postseason play is always a late-season test of endurance, as teams are forced to play multiple games in a weekend. In preparation for the closely-packed playoff schedule, No. 4 Duke (25-4, 12-2 in the ACC) heads to Winston-Salem tonight for its third game in six days with less than two weeks until the ACC tournament. “It’s a challenge because you have three games in less than a week, and it’s not the conventional week,” Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It started off with just a very, very difficult game against Florida State, and then Virginia Tech came after us hard.” Tonight’s matchup with Wake Forest (13-15, 4-10) marks Duke’s second-to-last regular season game before the much-anticipated contest against No. 6 North Carolina Saturday. Josh Hairston will be one casualty of the quick turnaround. The sophomore will not play tonight as a precautionary measure after being hit in the head early in Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech. Krzyzewski said he was not sure whether Hairston had suffered a concussion, but added that the forward’s condition is improving. In the absence of the minutes that Hairston has been gaining, forward Miles Plumlee looks to continue his recent dominance on the boards as he heads into the final games of his senior season. “He’s playing the best basketball of his career right now,” Kryzewski said. “His rebounding and just his athleticism and

Ryan Kelly scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds when Duke played Wake Forest in January.


Beaton elected sports editor of Volume 108


Andrew Beaton, a sophomore, was elected by his peers as The Chronicle’s sports editor Monday night.

Sophomore Andrew Beaton was elected sports editor of The Chronicle in a meeting with the section’s staff Monday night. Beaton will lead a group of approximately 40 writers, editors and departmental staff, beginning his one-year term in May. The New York City native will replace junior Chris Cusack. “The Chronicle has afforded me an experience unlike any other,” Beaton said. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the section and continue the progression of one of the nation’s best collegiate newspapers.” An associate editor who currently serves as a men’s basketball beat writer and columnist, Beaton has also covered the women’s basketball and men’s soccer teams since joining the staff at the beginning of his freshman year. In his speech and platform, Beaton stressed the need for further feature coverage across all Duke sports while advancing the paper’s evolving goals on the internet. Beaton said The Chronicle’s sports blog—The Blue Zone—and website provide the section with a strong platform to add multimedia content that moves the web edition of the newspaper beyond a replication of the print one. He plans

on adding multimedia and web development staffers to the sports section to facilitate the advancement of The Chronicle’s online content. “We have the potential to produce unique and interesting content, but we must always be reevaluating how we package it,” Beaton said. “We have great readership of our online stories and blog content, and we must seek to expand that.” The section must continue to be the go-to source for Duke basketball news, Beaton said, with a proximity to the program that national media outlets cannot match. An avid Scrabble player, Beaton is a graduate of The Dalton School in Manhattan and is pursuing a degree in Public Policy with the Policy Journalism and Media Studies certificate. Beaton, whose brother Greg served as sports editor of Volume 102, expects to graduate in May 2014 before potentially pursuing a career in journalism. “Sports and Duke are synonymous,” Beaton said. “We must take advantage of that burgeoning interest in the community with the best coverage possible.” —from staff reports

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Eastern Michigan has been outscored 48-13, due in part to a weak lineup that features just two batters—Lee Longo and Sam Ott—hitting above .263. As a team, the Eagles are slugging just .309 and have recorded more errors— seven—than extra-base hits. The Eastern Michigan rotation has allowed more than one earned run per inning—43 total in 42 innings—and has walked 25 opposing hitters while inducing just 32 strikeouts. The only bright spot for the Eagles has been junior right-hander Steve Weber, who has recorded the squad’s only victory and sports a sparkling 1.69 ERA. Weber threw 86 pitches in 6 2/3 innings Saturday, though, so it is unlikely he will come to the mound this afternoon.

strength have really shown up.” But Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik is most worried about another Duke post player—the versatile Ryan Kelly, who shot 8-for-11 from the floor and amassed 20 points and 10 rebounds in the teams’ last matchup Jan. 19. “Ryan Kelly is not just a tough matchup for us, but for anybody,” Bzdelik said. “He’s so skilled. He shoots it so well. He stretches the defense. He can take smaller guys into the post and overpower them.” Bzdelik will counter Kelly and Plumlee with a pair of 7-foot centers from his own roster. Senior Ty Walker has averaged 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game since returning from an early-season suspension, and sophomore Carson Desrosiers has added 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. Walker and Desrosiers were able to limit Mason and Miles Plumlee to just eight points on 2-for-7 shooting in their last matchup with the Blue Devils. “Carson and Ty are very long.” Bzdelik said. “If you can get your opponent to catch the ball outside the lane... then we don’t have to compromise our defense by doubling down and digging off their great 3-point shooters. It all starts in the post.” Duke came out on top by a margin of 18 points at Cameron Indoor Stadium in January, but four players posted double-digit scoring totals for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris led the way with 20 points, and Travis McKie racked up 16 points and 10 rebounds. Harris is the team’s leader on the floor, scoring 17.0 points per game, but Bzdelik also praises his leadership off the court. “C.J. Harris has had a very quiet, terrific year,” Bzdelik said. “He always seems calm and cool and collected.... If you were to poll our players and ask them who they trust the most, [Harris] would get 90-percent plus of the votes.... When he speaks, they listen, because he doesn’t speak that often.” Despite quality performances from Harris and McKie, who both rank in the top five in the ACC in scoring, the Demon Deacons’ lack of depth ultimately cost

—from staff reports


Center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms has reached base in over half his plate appearances in the Blue Devils’ first nine games.

them the game against a deep Duke squad that received 43 points from its bench. Although the stage moves west to Winston-Salem, the Blue Devils’ balanced attack should give them the advantage over bottom-dwelling Wake Forest. With a regular-season ACC title hanging in the balance and postseason play looming, though, Krzyzewski and his team can ill afford to overlook a road matchup on short rest against any conference foe.


Miles Plumlee will likely see increased minutes as Josh Hairston misses Tuesday night’s game with a head injury.




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No student funds for ignorant rhetoric The nationwide Israeli ful, needlessly caricaturing a hisApartheid Week has made its torically malicious form of repway to Duke University and an- resentation; at worst it can be nounced its presence in incen- regarded as anti-Semitic. These diary fashion. Duke Students advertisements never should for Justice in Palestine, the spon- have seen the light of day. soring group, The Israeli editorial has publicized Apartheid Week the week’s prois partially fundgramming with posters that ed by the Student Organization appear to depict an old Jewish Finance Committee, which perwoman—gargantuanly pro- forms its eponymous task under portioned, crudely drawn and the purview of Duke Student invoking, whether purposefully Government. Accordingly, the or not, old Jewish stereotypes— Israeli Apartheid Week posters whimsically lifting and peering bear the student government inquisitively at a miniature Pal- and SOFC official logos. SOFC’s estinian soldier. purse is filled by student activity We, undoubtedly alongside fees, and DSG represents the more than a few fellow students, student body. As such, these orfind these images to be quite ganizations should remain espeunsettling—even if the poster’s cially vigilant about what printed creators intended something materials bear their logos. else entirely. Whether or not SOFC paid At best, the poster is distaste- specifically for the printed ma-

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terials, we are disappointed that such a patently offensive picture slipped through SOFC’s auditing arm. Although it may be logistically unfeasible for SOFC to oversee funding minutiae, we urge the committee to better scrutinize the content of printed materials depicting its signature. But perhaps even more importantly, these purposefully inflammatory posters undermine any legitimate attempt on DSJP’s part to foster campus discourse about the relevant issue. Indeed, Israel-Palestine discussions are heated—many individuals already are too embarrassed or fearful to engage in meaningful dialogue. What purpose does adding fuel to the fire serve, other than further marginalizing on-the-fence students? This particular method of communication is counter-

productive to the cause. This controversy naturally raises the question of whether the week’s festivities should have even received SOFC funding. After all, should student fees endow a politically charged movement? We think so. Although the views advanced by Israeli Apartheid Week may rub some students the wrong way, our University’s intellectual climate critically hinges upon such events. Israeli Apartheid Week, however extreme its position, forces us to think meaningfully about a conflict that might not be at the forefront of our minds. Moreover, the matter boils down to a free speech issue. If we do not allow Duke Students for Justice in Palestine to voice their views, at what point would the restrictions end? Should we

prohibit Duke College Republicans from putting together a conservative speaker series? Or disallow the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center from organizing Coming Out Day? Of course, the answer to these questions is ‘no.’ Instead, a suitable method of tempering a politically charged event is encouraging a discursive space in which students with competing viewpoints can freely share them. Student groups that might have a problem with Israeli Apartheid Week can host an alternative series of events to publicize their opposing stances. We are outraged solely at the printing of offensive material bearing the SOFC and DSG imprint. The onus is on SOFC and DSG to prevent such an incident from recurring.

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am looking for relationships with strong and But perhaps just as, if not more, significant engaging women who will push me to grow than the events organized directly by the Baldand discover myself, as I stand by them in their win Scholars Program, are those events that pursuit of the same. Baldwin has played an implicit Nearly three and half years ago, khadijah bhatti role in. These are initiatives that as a fledgling first-year on these halBaldwin students, with the support guest column lowed grounds, I culminated my and stewardship of Baldwin, have application to the Baldwin Scholars brought to fruition, in the acaprogram with some paraphrase of these words. demic departments, student groups and jobs that Perhaps spoken in idealistic naïveté at the time, consume their non-Baldwin lives. These female I am happy to report that they ring true. As one students serve as a conduit for Baldwin’s influence of the women privileged with admission to the on campus. These women approach the program Baldwin Scholars Program, I have relished the in- for resources—human and capital, sponsorship, credible opportunity, basked in the company of etc. when they host a workshop on domestic vioremarkable peers and availed resources that are lence, run for DSG president or Young Trustee unfortunately not as accessible to others on this (as Awa Nur and Michelle Sohn did) or write a campus. Time and again, as an individual and thesis on race and gender identity. As a member member of this group, I am confronted with the of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on camsame inquiries: “How can the benefits afforded to pus, I’ve reached out to Baldwin to sponsor events this exclusive group transcend the physical bound- on women in Islam, and it has graciously obliged. aries of 18 women? What have the Baldwin Schol- Consequently, it has touched other communities. ars done for women on campus? How have BaldIt is unfortunate that resources are not suffiwin Scholars reformed Duke’s social culture for cient for Baldwin to become an all-inclusive prothe better?” People have begged these questions gram and that it depends on trickle to contact and rightly so. The Baldwin Scholars Program some segments of campus. But in spite of this was designed to empower more than 72 women limitation, Baldwin seems to be doing a pretty at Duke. Amongst ourselves, Baldwins constantly swell job. grapple with the challenge of funneling the proIn offering this letter, I am NOT claiming a gram’s resources into the campus at large. And in dearth in room for improvement. On the contrary, my opinion, we’ve made great strides in doing so. there is copious space for progress and Baldwins, Every year, Baldwins host or sponsor a smor- like everyone, are acutely aware of that fact. But gasbord of programs that cater to all blue devils. as I write this letter I do implore you to consider a Frequently, these are organized directly through few things. First, the Baldwin Scholars program is the program. Notable undertakings from this a relatively nascent enterprise. It has a long way to year include Women at Duke Week—an initia- go, but it has made remarkable advances in a few tive packed with daily events on leadership and short years. Second, Baldwins have been bestowed professional etiquette (among other things) for with great favor and resources that they strive to first-year women at Duke. A few weeks ago, as part amplify into benefits for all, but in order for them of its annual speaker series, the Baldwin Scholars to penetrate this campus, you must reach out to the Program brought Michele Norris, host of NPR’s program. Swing by the office, propose an idea and “All Things Considered,” for a lecture in Reynolds collaborate with us to impact reform—then avail Theater. Previously, Mayde Del Valle, Mariane what is offered. For 72 women to reach thousands Pearl and Nicholas Kristof lectured as part of this is a lot more probabilistically challenging than it speaker series. The cornucopia of orchestrated may seem. The reverse isn’t. As we look back on events has also included body image campaigns, the celebrations of last weekend, remember not fashion shows and public negotiation workshops. just to rely on a few for change but to engage in Furthermore, the program consistently encour- the change ourselves. Baldwin will continue in this ages collaboration with other women’s groups (it vein, we hope you will join it, too. has planned an upcoming event celebrating women in conjunction with these other assemblages). Khadijah Bhatti, Trinity ’12

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Open letter to violent Muslim protestors


e witnessed another violent and tragic set Secondly, what do many Muslims throughout the of events in reaction to the most recent Muslim world do when the copies of the Quran get reQuran burning scandal by NATO soldiers ally worn down and become unusable? We burn them! in Afghanistan and the dust has yet to Yes, you didn’t read it wrong: It is a settle. Violent protests continue in difcommon Muslim practice to respectferent parts of the country and several fully burn old Qurans when they are civilians have lost their lives. In our no longer reparable. It is proclaimed all recent history, we have seen several over the world, including Afghanistan, similar violent Muslim reactions when in many different interpretations of Issome Muslims feel Westerners have lamic law that this is an honorable fareinsulted and attacked their sacred imwell to these old copies of the Quran. ages or values. The tragic reactions to abdullah antepli So how do you justify your shameless Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Versreactions to Quran burning? blue devil imam es,” an infamous Danish cartoon and Moreover, these unacceptable and its bloody consequences, an insignifiindefensible responses only serve to cant Florida pastor’s foolish but costly Quran burn- confirm the fabricated, monstrous and scary image ing show and more. This column is an honest and of Islam as a religion and Muslims as a people to the sincere call to the Muslims who took and have been fearful world. I really don’t understand how my feltaking part in these kinds of violent protests. low Muslims do not see that, with their reactions, Fellow brothers and sisters in Islam who, through they actually prove what has been said about them by whatever means, got involved or are planning to get their enemies. You call my religion evil or terrorism involved in these kinds of violent protests: As an and, in order to “disprove” this insult, I will go kill Imam and, more importantly, as a believing, practic- people, burn embassies, act like a bloodthirsty crazy ing Muslim, I can’t help but think, “what’s wrong person…. Don’t you fellow Muslims see the ridicuwith the Muslims who are involved in violent reac- lousness of this logic and actions! The uncivilized imtions regardless of the nature or enormity of the ages of these violent protests by these irresponsible offense and insult?” There may be some psychologi- and violent Muslims shape the image of 1.6 billion cal, political or even cultural explanations (which I Muslims all around the world. These images are so will not waste any space discussing in this column) powerful that even education and exposure to real for these primitive and violent responses, but I be- Islam later on is unable to remove these images from lieve there can be no Islamic, religious, ethical or the hearts and minds of many non-Muslims. moral justifications for your excessive, lawless and Maybe more importantly, Muslims themselves destructive way of expressing disapproval and hurt. are not immune to the images of these ugly and Therefore, I condemn and shun all past and recent violent scenes created by fellow Muslims. Seeing Muslim reactions with the strongest possible disap- the actions of Muslim extremists over and over on proval and dismay. Shame on you! a daily basis increasingly causes Muslim internalizaThese violent reactions of yours really do not tion of biased anti-Muslim propaganda. This creates make sense on many different fronts. For any Muslim an atmosphere of perception that all of the world’s who believes the sacredness of the Quran as God’s extremists are Muslims. Do these angry Muslim profinal revelation to humanity, that very same Quran testers not realize how much harm and destruction condemns and rejects such anarchy in many of her they do to Islam and to their fellow Muslims all over verses and teachings. First of all, the Quran invites us the world?! Or how much pain and embarrassment to respect and engage with her divine message more they inflict on fellow believers? Finally, my dear fellow Muslims, you may be thinkso than the actual physical form of the book that is found between two covers. Respecting a physical ing that you have been defending Islam and Muslims copy of Quran could be understandable, but violat- against their enemies through these violent protests. ing its central teachings and principles—for example May God bless you with enough common sense and by killing innocent people—just because someone wisdom to realize that, by protesting in this manner, disrespected or insulted a copy of the Quran is un- you are being the worst and most destructive enemies acceptable, barbaric and reprehensible. No physi- of Islam. cal copy of a holy scripture, including the Quran, is more sacred than the life of a human being. This is Abdullah Antepli is the Muslim Chaplain and an adwhat the Quran and our beloved prophet, whom the junct faculty of Islamic Studies. His column runs every other Quran came through, teaches us over and over. Tuesday.

Mariah Hukins, Trinity ‘13

‘cuz it’s fun!


hen one considers the multitude of organizations and resources that are currently available to aid those dealing with cancer, it seems that there is no shortage of support for these individuals. Such prominent cancerrelated foundations such as Livestrong, The V Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have collectively raised billions of dollars for research and direct support for cancer patients. Important progress to increase cancer awareness has been made at a grassroots level as well, as evidenced by the abundance of Duke Partnership pink clothing donned every October in for Service support of breast cancer patients and the increasingly popular “Movember” think globally, movement to encourage regular prosact locally tate exams for men. These foundations and movements serve a significant purpose by providing resources for those stricken with cancer and money to fund research toward potential cures, but there is one demographic that is profoundly affected by cancer and receives very little attention and support—the children of cancer patients. These children often demonstrate higher rates of depression, anxiety, psychosomatic symptoms and sleep difficulties than their peers with healthy parents. Moreover, children of cancer patients are more prone to interpersonal conflict, difficulties in school and risk-taking behavior. Unfortunately, the plight of these children is often overlooked in the midst of their parent’s sickness and the concomitant physical, emotional and financial strain that cancer imparts on the family. The mission of Camp Kesem North Carolina (CKNC) is to provide a much-needed outlet for these children. CKNC is a free, oneweek camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer, run by 60 undergraduate counselors from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Entering its 10th summer of existence, CKNC now serves more than 120 campers ages 6 to 16. Although the ostensible camp experience is comparable to most typical summer camps—featuring a rock wall, archery, canoeing and arts and crafts, among other activities—CKNC offers a uniquely transformative environment due to the common experience shared by all campers. Almost without exception, every camper who leaves at the end of the week conveys the same basic message: “It means so much to know that there are other people in my same situation.” During this one week, these campers are afforded what they so desperately seek the other 51 weeks of the year, but often fail to receive: genuine empathy, the kind that can only be provided by those with similar experiences. Unlike other therapeutic summer camps, CKNC places no explicit emphasis on the issue of cancer, and counselors do not bring this topic up unless prompted by their campers. The experience is all about having as much fun as possible and remembering what it feels like to be a kid, as evidenced by our motto “’cuz it’s fun!” It is our philosophy that if the campers are provided with an environment that is fun, safe and free of the stresses they typically encounter, the therapy will happen on its own. Indeed, the vast majority of discussion surrounding the topic of cancer is initiated by the campers and directed at fellow campers. This focus on fun appears to have significant long-term benefits. Parents of CKNC campers have reported to us that their children overwhelmingly display improvements in self-esteem, communication and stress reduction that last beyond this one week. It is nearly impossible to convey how profoundly this week of camp impacts everyone involved. I could try to describe the closing campfires, when campers share their stories and are comforted by their peers, as young as eight or nine years-old. I could tell about the three siblings who lost their father mid-week one summer but elected to stay at camp to be with their friends. I could describe the talent shows, when a seven-year-old who lost his mother the previous year put on a break-dancing display worthy of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Still, none of this would fully capture the love, friendship and healing that takes place during Camp Kesem. So how can you get involved? CKNC is affiliated with a national Camp Kesem organization, which supports 38 Camp Kesems at colleges and universities across the country, so this important service is not exclusive to the state of North Carolina. Counselor applications for CKNC will be accepted until March 7 and can be found on our website: Additionally, CKNC raises $45,000 each year to provide the camp experience free of charge to families dealing with the financial burden of cancer, so donations are always welcomed. Even something as simple as spreading the word about CKNC and our mission to families and children in need would help a great deal to further our cause. Camp Kesem offers campers an opportunity to grow and heal, families a time to recover and counselors an opportunity for leadership. But ultimately, its benefit for all involved can be summarized in three words: ’cuz it’s fun! Ben Frush is a Trinity senior and the former co-director of Camp Kesem North Carolina. This column is the seventh installment in a semester-long series of weekly columns written by dPS members addressing civic service and engagement at Duke. Follow dPS on Twitter @dukePS

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Exhibitions I Recall the Experience Sweet and Sad: Memories of the Civil War. Thru April 8. Perkins Library Gallery. Free. Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy. Thru June 17. Nasher Museum. The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Photographs by Frank Espada. Thru July 8. Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery. Free.

Events Feb 28 - Mar 12 February 28 Music of Bill Robinson. Eric Pritchard & Mary Kay Robinson, violins; David Marshall, viola; Bonnie Thron & Nathan Leyland, cellos; Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet; Thomas Warburton, piano. 8pm. Nelson Music Rm. Free. String Ensemble Master Class with Edgar Meyer. 5pm. Nelson Music Rm. Free. Faculty Recital. Andrew Bonner, violin, with Randall Love, piano. Works for Baroque and modern violin by Beethoven and others. 8pm. Nelson Music Rm. Free. March 1 Contemporary Piano Repertoire Master Class with Omri Shimron. 5pm. Nelson Music Room. Free. March 2 Encounters: with the music of our time. Presenting the premiere of Michael Trinastic’s opera in three scenes, The Yellow Wallpaper, on an original libretto based on the story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Aimee Marcoux, soprano and pianist Tomoko Nakayama. Also, Fredrick Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Variations on a Chilean Popular Song with pianist Omri Shimron. 8pm. Nelson Music Room. Free. March 9 Fresh Docs Film Series. Local filmmaker Nic Beery will screen his documentary work-in-progress, Sayonara to Hello. 7pm. Center for Documentary Studies. Free. March 10 Duke University String School Concerts. Dorothy Kitchen, dir. 3pm: Beginning Ensembles & Intermediate I. 4pm: Chamber Music Groups. 7pm: Intermediate II & DUSS Youth Symphony Orchestra. Page Auditorium. Free.

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