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Israeli Apartheid Week sparks debate by Margot Tuchler THE CHRONICLE

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In what is becoming a trend for No. 4 Duke (26-4, 13-2 in the ACC), turnovers late in games have allowed opponents to chip away at leads. It did not cost the Blue Devils this time, however, as they left WinstonSalem with a 79-71 win as the Demon Deacons’ comeback attempt fell short. With the victory in its

final conference road game, Duke remained undefeated in ACC road play. “We let up a bit, but they didn’t let up at all,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We were a little sloppy with the ball… but I thought we handled the pressure well, hit our free throws, and didn’t give up threes.” The Blue Devils had four players score in double figures, and with

this balanced offense Duke successfully navigated the road test despite a strong showing from Wake Forest’s Nikita Mescheriakov, who had 18 points on his senior night. Krzyzewski, who met a tearyeyed Mescheriakov after the game, paid tribute to the Demon Deacons saying that the coaching staff “must be doing something right to make SEE M. BASKETBALL ON PAGE 8

As Israeli Apartheid Week continues in its third day, there is disagreement on campus with regard to the legitimacy of the program’s goals. The week-long event, hosted by Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, asserts policies of Israel as a form of apartheid in order to educate and organize action, such as boycotts and divestment, against the conflict. This is the eighth year of the program’s existence internationally but is, however, the first year the event has been held at Duke. The week has created somewhat of a campus divide and stirred discussion as to whether or not Israel can be classified as an apartheid state. “The goal [of this week] is to raise awareness and educate members of the Duke community and local community about policies of Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said DSJP President Ahmed Alshareef, a sophomore. “This is part of an international movement that focuses on comparing those policies to apartheid policies. [We want to] raise awareness about the issue, so although dialogue and discussion is part of it, [our goal is] to raise awareness about that specific issue.” The week is held annually in cities and at universities across Europe, the U.S., Canada, Palestine, South Africa and the Arab World. At Duke, programming for the week has included a panel discussion Monday delivered from a pro-Palestinian perspective, a screening Wednesday of the film “Voices from Inside: Israelis Speak,” an evening of Palestinian culture Thursday and a presentation by Bekah Wolf, co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Project. Wolf’s presentation was scheduled for Tuesday but was cancelled due to Wolf’s flight delay. DSJP is working to reschedule this event, Alshareef said. Junior Brian Kohen, president of Duke Friends of Israel, said that although he understands DSJP’s goal to SEE APARTHEID ON PAGE 6


Abroad programs Romney edges Santorum, see gender disparity on track to be frontrunner by Patton Callaway

by Tiffany Lieu and Michael Shammas



Even with the University’s emphasis on global and interdisciplinary studies, males at Duke are underrepresented in international academic and civic programs as compared to their female counterparts. Males accounted for 33.5 percent of Duke students studying abroad in the 2010-2011 academic year. Of the 773 students studying abroad, 259 were men—a number that has consistently decreased since the 2006-2007 academic year, according to data form the Global Education Office for Undergraduates. Duke’s statistics reflect a notable national pattern. During the 2009-2010 academic year, women made up two-thirds of the 270,600 American students studying abroad. “This discrepancy between men and women studying abroad has been a long-standing tradition,” Margaret

Mitt Romney’s victories in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday could swing momentum in his favor heading into Super Tuesday next week. Romney defeated Rick Santorum by 41 to 38 percent in a heavily contested Michigan race with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Alnews though the win is a necessary boost for the campaign in the wake of Santorum’s analysis three straight victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, it does not solidify Romney’s position as the Republican frontrunner, said Pope McCorkle, visiting lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy. A strong performance in the 10 primaries Tuesday will put him on stronger footing to win the nomination. “It’s a victory that will allow him to keep talking about his frontrunner status,” McCorkle said. “[Romney] is going to have to do well next week before he can establish himself as


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the frontrunner.” In his victory speech, Romney acknowledged a slight edge against Santorum in the race. “We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts,” Romney said. “A week ago, the pundits and pollsters were ready to count us out.... [but] I was confident that we would come together today and take a giant step toward a brighter future.” Romney is a Michigan native and the son of former Michigan governor George Romney. Despite his ties, Romney faced a strong challenge from Santorum, who had a stronger appeal among many Michigan conservatives, said David Rohde, Ernestine Friedl professor of political science. Although many voters, including conservative Republicans, believe Romney stands a better chance of beating President Barack Obama, his narrow victory against Santorum weakens the electability argument.


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FDA device regulator to close approval ‘loophole’

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration’s top medical-device regulator says the agency needs more power to block unsafe products and prevent repeats of faulty hip implants and vaginal mesh that sparked thousands of patient lawsuits. House Democrats introduced legislation this month to let the FDA reject devices that have designs based on past products that were recalled for safety flaws. The agency now lacks that authority in many cases, creating a “loophole” that’s challenged the credibility of some device approvals, said Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It’s good for patients and it’s good for companies and it assures that if there’s a problem with the new device, it gets addressed before it goes to market,” Shuren said by telephone. “The challenge now is if there’s a problem, it can get replicated” through future generations of devices.




Ethnicity and Urbanism: Asia and its Diasporas John Hope Franklin Center 240, 4-5:30 p.m. Experts in East Asian Studies talk about urbanization and migration.

Why Still Right and Left? Smith Warehouse Bay 4, 5-7 p.m. Carlo Galli, professor of history of political theory at the faculty of arts of the University of Bologna, gives a lecture.

EPA greenhouse gas rules Kan gets mixed appraise on under scrutiny in hearing Fukushima disaster response WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency’s limits on vehicle and industrial emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide are being scrutinized by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals as a two-day court hearing.

TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s former Prime Minister Naoto Kan received a mixed assessment of his handling of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster from an independent panel. The six-member commission is the first to complete its probe into the Fukushima disaster.

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TROSA Grocery continues to serve East Durham area by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE

Nearly two years since opening, TROSA Grocery remains committed to providing a convenient place for residents to purchase healthy food options. Although still in the beginning stages, TROSA Grocery maintains its commitment to bring fresh food options to a lower-income area in East Durham. TROSA Grocery serves as an alternative to traveling almost two miles to a chain grocery store and more than seven miles for health food options. Although the store has provided tangible benefits to the area, some customers noted that it has room to expand in some of its food options. “It’s a difficult business to be in, but it’s definitely making an impact on the neighborhood—and certainly a positive one,” said Jeff Stern, director of special projects at TROSA. “It’s definitely been something that has been valued in the community.” Customer Saleem Helms, a resident of East Durham, noted how helpful it is that TROSA Grocery is within walking distance for purchasing groceries. “I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Food Lion, but I come here when I don’t have a ride to Food Lion,” he said. “It’s a good variety—there’s not as much as the other grocery stores, but it’s enough for what I need it for.” Part of a project to revitalize the area, the grocery store was a joint effort among nonprofit Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers Inc. and several Durham residents—including former city councilmen Dan Hill, TROSA President and CEO Kevin McDonald and business owner Joseph Bushfan.

Stern added that East Durham had previously lacked a grocery store because it is a poorer community, making it an unappealing location for larger grocers to set up shop. As a result, there were few options for East Durham residents who wanted to purchase healthy food. “[Grocers] look for a certain concentration of wealth because they assume that will lead to sales and also look for available space that will be large enough,” Stern said. “In a neighborhood where there is not a lot of things, there are fewer options available, but [we] work to have brand name and generic options.” Years ago, the limited store options in the area led to its reputation as a “food desert.” Dr. Robert Califf, vice chancellor for

clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, noted that people living in food deserts often have unhealthy diets, which can lead to medical problems. “In an environment where it is very difficult to get healthy food, you’re going to be at higher risk for purchasing unhealthy products,” Califf said. “High blood pressure and obesity are really fueled by that kind of a diet.” Despite the noted improvements to the surrounding area with the addition of the store, customer Samuel Jenkins said that the variety of options available at the grocery store has declined since it opened in spring 2010. He added that the store’s proximity does not matter because it does not provide what customers are looking for.


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“It’s lacking in a lot of areas. If it had the stuff [I want,] then it would be a convenience,” said Jenkins, owner of Samuel and Sons Barber Shop in Durham. “It’s an inconvenience if I come in here, and I go around all of the shelves and go ‘Damn, they ain’t got no f—ing bacon,’ then what’s the convenience in it?” Stern noted that space constraints limit flexibility. Many options that the store could carry are unavailable because there is not enough customer demand for certain items. He added that those running the store are still in the learning process. Despite any potential issues with the store, Bushfan added that TROSA Grocery is an important step in the revitalization of the neighborhood. “We are moving forward—we are not going backwards; we are not going sideways; we are going straight ahead,” he said. “We plan on staying the course, and we are moving full speed ahead.” In addition to providing healthy options for the community, the grocery store also fulfills the mission of TROSA—a two-year residential substance abuse program. The store provides vocational opportunities to recovering addicts while giving back to Durham by making the neighborhood a safer place. Prior to opening, the store—located on the corner of Angier Avenue and Driver Street—was often the site of illicit activities, Stern said. Now, the store attracts enough public attention to deter criminal activity— at least during the day. “When businesses open in areas like that, it requires additional police attention,” Stern said. “We’ve certainly seen a change in what happens out on that corner.”


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Two days before the North Carolina presidential primary and vote on the Amendment One same-sex marriage referendum May 8, an early voting site is coming to campus. President of Rock the Vote Heather Smith, Trinity ’98, believes this is a step in the right direction toward encouraging youth to vote. Smith, who has directed the nonprofit voter registration organization for about six years, visited campus Tuesday to speak with students about political involvement. The Chronicle’s Lauren Carroll sat down with Smith to talk about the importance of the youth vote at Duke and across the nation. The Chronicle: How did you go from Duke to Rock the Vote? Heather Smith: I’ve always been interested in how to effect public policy—I was a public policy major here at Duke—and how to organize and make positive social change. Right out of Duke I was doing a lot of work on various issue campaigns, in particular environmental campaigns, and it quickly became clear that in order to really win real victories on the issues we cared about, we needed the people who cared about them involved in the political process—[to] make sure we had some real political power for our community. So I just started working around elections and organizing young people and Rock the Vote was the biggest and most well-known organization doing it, and it’s also incredibly effective…. I love my work. TC: What was the political atmosphere like at Duke when you were a student? HS: There was a lot of work around various issues, like labor issues [and] sweatshops. There was a big student movement around that…. I registered to vote for the first time at Duke. I remember there was a table set on the walkway and people were registering voters, and I thought ‘Oh, I can vote now—I should do that’.... I visit campuses all the time, and when there’s not that kind of activity going on where students are involved with what’s going on in the campus and in their community or running registration drives, it feels very different. And I think in many ways, Duke can be a model of what could hap-

pen at schools. Maybe it’s just from the outside and from that perspective, today it feels like Duke is so far ahead in terms of what students are doing and the impact they are making. TC: Do you find that college students are more excited about voting than other youth voters? HS: In general, I think that college students are more engaged in the political process. Perhaps it’s a product of the education or the where they come from, but they have an understanding of the power that they have. You have to be part of that process—you have to play the game, and you have to be a voter. In non-college communities, it’s way less prevalent. Oftentimes, there’s just not the kind of education to help people understand, such as civic education programs being cut from our high schools. If your parents aren’t voting or you aren’t getting that education you would be in a college setting, you won’t know how the process works and why it matters. TC: What issues do you think are most important to youth voters in this election cycle? HS: It’s a little bit different in every community, but in general right now, just like for all Americans issues with jobs and the economy are front of mind. Whether that’s living with incredible student debt when you graduate, being able to find a job after finishing your education, maybe you don’t go on to college and you’re trying to find a job that pays high enough wages to take care of your family. TC: It seemed that in 2008, young voters were particularly excited about the election. Are you seeing the same enthusiasm this year? HS: It’s a very different year. Four years later and those who are just able to vote for the first time—I’m seeing a ton of excitement from them because now is their time, and they get to cast a ballot for the first time.... And for a lot of young voters, it’s more serious. So it’s not the excitement of four years ago, but there’s a reality to this. Many young people are worse off than they were four years ago. While unemployment rates might be going up for young people, they’re still the highest they’ve ever been since la-

bor statistics have been tracked. Yes, it’s not all butterflies and excitement, but the consequences of who is elected and the decisions they make feel very real. The other thing I’m hearing is ‘will my voice matter or will it continue to be trumped by corporate interests and special interests?’ There is a lot of work to be done to help people understand that the system is not perfect but we solve it by opting in, not by giving up our power to those we think are corrupting it. TC: What do you think about Duke’s on-campus voting site? HS: It’s a great way to bring voting and the process to campus directly. There’s some states that allow it and some campuses that do, and everywhere I’ve seen it, it’s been effective. If we’re 18, and we’re in this country, we should be able to cast a vote, and we should be encouraging that and making it easier and accessible for people who are students, who are working, who have busy lives. In addition, it’s a nice way to integrate civic participation into our daily lives. The ability to see people in line, cast a ballot in person, discuss with your peers and colleagues about what’s at stake and what’s on the ballot and have those conversations about it—that’s what democracy’s about. TC: Have you seen these sites on many other campuses? HS: A handful. The one I remember the most, it was in Iowa, right outside of Des Moines. It was an early voting site, and there were lines and lines and lines, and it turned into essentially a festival. They tried to close the polls down because the hours were done but there were so many people in line and the students were protesting, and we called the media, and they kept the polling booth open so everyone got the chance to use it. It was actually really fun, and I think a great model. But I think [Duke students] are really pioneers in how we make voting more a part of campus culture. [In] Some states, it gets really logistical. So trying to move a voting site to campus, it gets declined.... So [Duke] will be a great model of why this works.


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STUDY ABROAD from page 1 Riley, director of the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, wrote in an email Monday. “It dates back to the days when the junior year abroad was considered a rite of passage for young women. Also, it often involves foreign language study, and women traditionally have been more strongly represented in foreign language study.” At Duke, however, male students outnumber females in the Australia study abroad program, which does not have a foreign language component. This supports Riley’s theory that the fewer men abroad in certain areas reflects the lack of men in foreign language studies. Junior Ethan Rosenblum studied abroad in Sydney in the Fall. His internship and three classes counted towards his public policy studies major and markets and management certificate, he said. Although Riley noted that more Duke men than women study abroad in Australia, Rosenblum still noticed gender disparities. “There were more girls than guys [overall], and the difference was definitely noticeable in students from Duke and from other schools,” he said. Junior Teddy Okechukwu, a public policy studies major and economics minor, participated in the Duke in Madrid program in the Fall. He said male students in his program were outnumbered by about 40 to 20. “We didn’t really know how to explain it,” Okechukwu said. “In talking to a lot of my [male] friends who didn’t go abroad, their main reason was that they would not be able to fulfill their requirements for graduation, and a larger percentage of girls do more research on their classes and plan for studying abroad.” Junior Josh Rosenblat also participated in Duke in Madrid this Fall. It was his second time studying abroad in Spain after previously participating in the Duke in Spain program Summer 2010. He chose Madrid because the Duke program allows him to receive credits towards his double major in psychology and Spanish studies. “I noticed the discrepancy in guys and girls both times I was there,” Rosenblat said. “At Duke, I think this discrepancy exists because of the number of engineers at this school and because there are more [male] engineers while more women are in Trinity [College of Arts and Sciences] than men.” Lee Baker, dean of academic affairs for Trinity College and associate vice provost for undergraduate education, declined to provide the gender breakdown within Trinity College. Of the full-time student body at the Pratt School of Engineering, 71.4 percent of students are male and 28.6 percent are female, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2012 list of top engineering schools. The under representation of men in study abroad also corresponds to DukeEngage programs. In 2011, 59 percent of student participants were female and 31 percent were male. Peer institutions with civic engagement programs resembling DukeEngage reported similar numbers, with women comprising two-thirds of participants, DukeEngage Executive Director Eric Mlyn said. He attributes the discrepancy in DukeEngage specifically to male attitudes towards charity work. “There is a sense out there that civic engagement work may not be the kind of career preparation that men think they need to undertake to get the kind of careers that they want,” Mlyn said. “But I think that the keen, cross-cultural experience we’re giving to students is in fact just what potential employers want—whether that’s Peace Corps or J.P. Morgan—and we need to do a better job of getting that message out there.” The numbers for male participation in DukeEngage decrease further when examining male Duke students who are involved in Greek life. They account for 14 percent of the student body but only 8 percent of DukeEngage students, Mlyn said. “The philanthropic aspect of Duke fraternities is severely minimal,” said Rosenblat, who is also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. “They don’t care that much about helping the world. They care more about looking good on paper, so they spend their summers getting internships—charity is not a priority for men at Duke.” Universities nationwide are trying to attract men to their study abroad programs by offering more options for a variety of majors. The field of international education consistently works on trying to encourage under-represented groups to study abroad, both males and those involved with specific disciplines like the sciences and engineering, Riley said. “My goal is for our participation to track the demographic on campus,” Mlyn said.


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APARTHEID from page 1 raise awareness about the conflict, he disagrees with the characterization of the Israeli-Palestinian situation as apartheid. “If [DSJP associates itself] with the group that calls Israel an apartheid state, it’s hard to sympathize with what they’re trying to do because Israel is not an apartheid state,” Kohen said. “It’s very offensive not only to Israel and Jews across the world but also and especially to South Africans who truly experienced apartheid... because of all the things Israel does to ensure peace, human rights and democracy.” Arab-Israeli people have more rights than an apartheid state would allow, Kohen added. He pointed to the examples of Arabs in the Israeli government, an Arab captain of the Hapoel Tel-Aviv soccer team and an Arab former Miss Israel. Arab women can vote in Israel—one of only a handful of countries in the Middle East that permits this, he said. Sophomore Anastasia Karklina, another member of DSJP, disagreed with this view of Palestinians’ situation in Israel. “[Israeli Apartheid Week] is an attempt to bring the Palestinian perspective of the conflict as a systematic oppression, which in my opinion best describes the situation on the ground,” Karklina wrote in an email Tuesday.

PRIMARY from page 1 “We came into the backyard of one of my opponents in race where people said, ‘You know, just ignore it, you’re going to have no chance here,’” Santorum said. “The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of candidates and all I have to say is ‘I love you back.’” Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas and Medicine ’61, finished third in Michigan with 12 percent of the vote and Newt Gingrich finished last with 7 percent. Romney had a more decisive victory in Arizona, winning 47 percent of the primary vote with 81 percent of precincts

She said that, in her opinion, pro-Palestine activists—particularly DSJP—are not anti-Israel. Rather, they are “pro-justice and pro-peace.” An anti-Israel sentiment, however, has been detected by some students. “It’s kind of weird to have a conversation that’s really one-sided,” said senior Robert Wainblat. “They never invited anyone to come to the Freeman Center [for Jewish Life], or Israeli citizens to counteract. It’s almost attacking Israel blatantly.” Israeli voices are included in the program—Bekah Wolf is an American-Israeli, as is one of Monday’s panelists, Rann Bar-On, a lecturer in the math department and the program’s adviser—though neither of these speakers are pro-Israel. And although there is substantial disagreement between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine students regarding the conflict, Monday’s panel involved some constructive discussion between the opposing sides. “It was helpful to see the actual Palestinian students speaking on the issue because it strengthened my belief that these guys have good intentions,” junior Zach Epstein said, noting that he strongly opposes the principles upon which Israeli Apartheid Week is based. Alshareef said one of the program’s campaigns was received particularly poorly by many. The campaign involved putting fake eviction notices on reporting. Santorum came in second with 27 percent. According to CNN exit polls, Romney, a Mormon, received 93 percent of the Mormon vote, which may have helped him gain all 29 delegates in the winner-take-all state. Although these are important victories for Romney, his opponents are not likely to drop out of the race until the Republican National Convention in August, said junior Chloe Rockow, chair of Duke College Republicans. As a consequence, the battle for the Republican nomination will remain contentious, McCorkle noted. “It looks like it will be long trench warfare,” McCorkle said. “[Romney is]

and under students’ dorm room doors Sunday night. The notices, which parallel the home evictions of Palestinians in Israel, included a schedule of the week’s events. Most of the notices were taken down by Monday morning. “It’s disheartening [because] we haven’t insulted anyone,” Alshareef said. “Everything we’ve said is either coming from a fact online or a statistic compiled by a reliable source, whether it’s an [nongovernmental organization] or the U.N., or even Israeli sources. We haven’t been trying to insult anyone or intentionally harm anyone.... We’re trying to [address] a topic that hasn’t been discussed before.” Funding for the week’s events was provided in part by the Student Organization Finance Committee, a division of Duke Student Government. SOFC President Amy Li, a senior, said she did not sense potential controversy in the scheduled events when the group made its proposal to SOFC earlier this year. “It seemed like the group was primarily interested in raising awareness of the issue,” Li said. She added that SOFC has also provided funding to the Jewish Student Union in the past, noting that the committee does not seek to promote Palestinian views over Israeli ones or vice versa. Alshareef said the overall reaction to the events of the week has so far been overwhelming. “It’s been stressful, to say the least—all these responses,” he said. not going to get a fast knockout.” Junior Will Reach, former chair of DCR, said he is confident that Romney’s victories in Michigan and Arizona clinched the presidential nomination for the former Massachusetts governor. “Romney’s performance in Arizona and Michigan is a net positive for the Republican Party and for his campaign because the results show stabilizing preferences among the electorate,” Reach said. “Overall, the Republican Party is coming to the conclusion that Romney will be their main man come November.” Romney is better positioned to compete with Obama for independent voters as compared to Santorum, Reach added.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On an unusual night when squeaking shoes were often louder than screaming fans in WinstonSalem, what might have been a late-season tune-up for the Blue Devils nearly became a trap as Wake Forest’s late 19-2 run erased a 23-point Duke lead in the second half. With just one regular season game reGame maining—a paramount against rival Analysis matchup North Carolina with the regular season ACC title on the line—No. 4 Duke fought to a 79-71 victory over Wake Forest Tuesday. Although the Blue Devils entered the contest on short rest after playing two games in the previous five days, the game allowed some of Duke’s struggling stars to reassert themselves, which could prove crucial for a team whose identity has been constantly in flux. “I’ve always tried to figure out who I have and then figure out what’s best for that group. With this team we’re doing it every day,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “The neat thing is they’ve played hard. They’re getting better. They have a will to win.” An easy first half, after which the Blue Devils held a 39-28 lead thanks to forcing eight Demon Deacon turnovers, provided opportunities for the fading Ryan Kelly TRACY HUANG/THE CHRONICLE

Ryan Kelly contests the shot of Wake Forest’s Tony Chennault, but his more notable contribution came on the offensive end, where he set a career high with 23 points.


fromstaffreports Comeback gets Duke baseball to .500 With one out and no one on in the bottom of the ninth, Duke trailed 8-5 and appeared on the brink of losing its second straight game. Then the Blue Devils (5-5) put five straight men on base—capped off by David Perkins’ pinch-hit, walk-off, three-run double—and snatched a 9-8 victory away from Eastern Michigan (1-5). Jeff Kremer struck out to begin the final frame, but after a pair of singles and a free pass, Duke had the bases loaded. Freshman Grant McCabe continued the rally—and his hot start, going 2-for-3 with two walks, and two RBIs—with an RBI single to bring the Blue Devils within two and put the winning run on base. Head coach Sean McNally then called on Perkins to pinch hit for Mark Lumpa. Perkins, after working the count in his favor, doubled to left-center to clear the bases and pull Duke back up to .500. It was the first base knock of the season for the sophomore utility man, and came in just his second at-bat. Freshman Nick Piscotty made his starting debut for the Blue Devils, but did not make it out of the second frame. The righthander went just 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs while issuing two walks and striking out none. Piscotty was pulled in favor of fellow

freshman Remy Janco with two outs and the bases loaded. Janco allowed a bases-clearing double that put the Eagles up 8-0. For the next 7 1/3 innings, though, the Duke bullpen—Janco, Drew Van Orden and David Putnam—would not allow another run. Center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms went 2-for-5 on the day, including his team-leading second home run of the season. The senior raised his slugging percentage to .737 throughout the Blue Devils’ first 10 games. Women’s golf wins tournament title After a long hiatus, the Blue Devils have brought themselves back into the winner’s circle. Yesterday, No. 13 Duke won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, La., ending a winless streak that had spanned its last 21 tournaments. “I couldn’t be more happy,” head coach Dan Brooks told “The passion was maybe down a little bit from last year. It seems like it has picked up in the spring and everybody realizes how special it is to be on a team that’s got the talent to do this kind of thing. Maybe it took a win for us to pull together.” Posting rounds of 295, 294, and 288, the Blue Devils won by three strokes over No.

17 Colorado with a total score of 877. Duke began the third round in second place behind No. 4 Southern California by four strokes, but after posting 16 birdies Tuesday, the Blue Devils emerged victorious. Top-ranked Lindy Duncan led Duke as the only golfer on the team to finish under par, posting a 3-under-par 69. Duncan carded three birdies on her closing nine en route to a 3-under 33 back nine, bringing her into fourth place overall. Three other Blue Devils finished in the top 20, with sophomore Laetitia Beck placing ninth, junior Stacy Kim 14th and junior Courtney Ellenbogen 16th. Despite struggling with her putting, Kim posted her best finish of the season, ending with a 5-over-par 221. Beck tied her season best with a total of 219, improving by one stroke each day, and in just her second tournament of the season, Ellenbogen carded a team-low 25 putts, closing with an even-par 72 in the final round and a 6-over-par 222 finish overall. Women’s basketball players earn all-conference honors Three Blue Devils received All-ACC recognition Tuesday, and freshman Elizabeth Williams was named ACC rookie of the year. Williams became the fourth player in Duke history to earn rookie of the year

honors, and the first since Alana Beard won the award in 2001. She tied the conference record by having been named ACC rookie of the week nine times during the regular season. The 6-foot-3 center set the ACC freshman record for blocks in a season with 102, and her 3.6 blocks per game rank first in the ACC and third nationally. She adds contributions in all five major categories—14.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game. She is also just the third freshman in league history to be named to the All-ACC first team, where she joins sophomore teammate Chelsea Gray. Gray paces the conference with 6.2 assists per game, in addition to 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest. Williams and Gray have recorded the only two triple-doubles in the ACC this season—Gray with 14 points, 11 rebounds nd a school-record 13 assists against Pittsburgh, and Williams with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and a conference-record 12 blocks against Wake Forest. Miami also placed two players on the first team, senior guards Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Maryland sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas was the final player on the first-team roster. Haley Peters’ 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game earned her a spot on the All-ACC, rounding out the trio of Blue Devils to be honored.



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and Quinn Cook to regain some of their prior confidence. Despite being third on the team in scoring, Kelly has struggled following Duke’s comeback victory over the Tar Heels three weeks ago, scoring just 16 total points in his next three games. After struggling again against Virginia Tech Saturday, Kelly rediscovered his shot in Winston-Salem. Kelly scored nine points in the first half alone—besting his scoring total in four of his last five games—making use of his mid-range jumper to create matchup problems for Wake Forest while also hitting both of his 3-point shots. The junior finished the night 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 23 points, a career high. “It’s part of basketball,” Kelly said of his cold stretch. “I feel like I’m going to make my shots when I take them. It always feels good for something to go in, but they’re going to go in at some point.” Cook, meanwhile, had nearly fallen out of the Blue Devil rotation after starting four straight games in January, re-emerging only briefly in Duke’s home loss to Miami with eight points and four assists in 28 minutes. While much of that shift can be attributed to the emergence of sophomore Tyler Thornton as the Blue Devils’ best perimeter defender and floor general, Cook’s propensity to force contested shots certainly did not help. But against the Demon Deacons, the freshman used extra playing time to regain his composure, dishing out three assists in the first half alone while committing only one turnover in that period.

him feel that way.” Ryan Kelly, who has enjoyed success against Wake Forest (13-16, 4-11) this season, led Duke with a career-high 23 points in the win. In the previous meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium the junior recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds. “Ryan Kelly’s had a lot of good games,” Krzyzewski said. “Sometimes it’s the timing. He’s been playing pretty well lately, he just needed to take it up a notch. I liked his aggressiveness today.” The Blue Devils overcame a slow start, without a basket in the first four minutes, and fell behind early after baskets from the Demon Deacons’ Travis McKie and Mescheriakov. Once again, though, Duke’s 3-point shooting sparked its offense, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler Thornton and Seth Curry as the Blue Devils’ first field goals. Duke finished the half shooting 7-of-12 from long range. Kelly was held scoreless for the first 8:29, but then hit five straight points for the Blue Devils. His first was a fluid turnaround baseline jumper, and on the next possession he connected from beyond the arc to push Duke’s lead to 10 points. But thanks to Mescheriakov’s 13 firsthalf points, which alone exceeded his season average, the Demon Deacons kept pace with the Blue Devils, with the first period ending 39-28. Duke came out of the locker room with the intention to put the game out of reach, especially after two close games against Virginia Tech and Florida State in the past week. Although Tony Chennault provided Wake Forest with 17 points in the half, Mescheriakov went cold and did not add to his 13 points from the first period until 5:43 remained in the game. Chennault’s offense alone was not enough to prevent the Blue Devils from building a strong lead of 23 points with 11:45 remaining in the game. “We certainly could have played better,” Demon Deacon head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “Especially coming out in the second half.” Duke’s 63-40 advantage would not stand, though. The Demon Deacons took advantage of multiple turnovers by the Blue Devils to cut the lead to 6 points with 4:55 to play thanks to a 14-0 run, which breathed life into the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest finished the game with 22 points off Duke’s 13 turnovers, outscoring Duke in this category 12-2 in the second period. “In the ACC everybody’s tough,” Kelly said. “They all fight to win. They didn’t stop fighting for the entire 40 minutes. Credit to them, they played hard and they played well.” An important three-point play by Mason Plumlee, who came off the bench for the second consecutive game, finally stemmed the tide for Duke. The junior—who has shot just 50.9 percent from the foul line this season—also showcased an improved free-throw stroke, going 8-for-9, including clutch makes at the end of the game. Wake Forest did manage cut the lead further to four points, but Kelly continued his strong play with a powerful running hook shot off the glass. The Blue Devils’ seemingly insurmountable lead was down to 72-66 with less than two minutes to play. “We just needed to get down and defend, and get some stops so we can get out and go,” Bzdelik said. “I almost exhausted all my timeouts early in the second half, but I had to. You need to get stops. We had our schemes in place, but we just needed to do it better.” The teams traded baskets but in the end, time ran out on the Demon Deacons and Duke held off yet another late-game surge from its opponent.


Quinn Cook had seen his playing time decline in recent games, but played a significant role Tuesday. Cook continued his intelligent play in the second half. On one early fastbreak attempt, the freshman adeptly pulled the ball out instead of attacking multiple defenders as he might have attempted earlier in the season. Instead, his rocket dish to Mason Plumlee allowed the forward to earn two free throws. “Quinn Cook was a huge asset for us,” Krzyzewski said. “Maybe him starting a few games for us in January gave him

that experience.” With 12 minutes to go, it was Cook who found Kelly on the perimeter for an open 3-pointer that extended the Blue Devil lead to 23 points. That’s a combination Duke fans have not seen consistently in over a month—but should both players maintain the level of play they exhibited against Wake Forest Wednesday, it could add crucial weapons to Krzyzewski’s arsenal down the stretch.


Mason Plumlee gets tangled up with Wake Forest’s Tony Chennault as they go up for a rebound. Chennault’s 17 second-half points led a late surge by the Demon Deacons.



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ave you ever looked at Duke’s hazing policy? are applied to more serious issues, the way they are If not, take three seconds to Google at Duke. Hazing resulted in a death at Cornell last it now. year. Duke was rocked by a cheating scandal just Duke considers “road trips” months ago. And alcohol has caused (whether voluntary or not) a “Level 1” numerous on-campus deaths over violation of University hazing policy. the past few years. These aren’t jaySo is having someone “stand for a walking type things, in other words. length of time.” Pretty sure my eighthAnd they deserve policies that grade track coach was a serial hazer. are taken seriously. To date, the Then there’s “wearing apparel administration has imposed broad which is conspicuous and not norrules presumably designed to make mally in good taste.” students refrain from the silly things jeremy ruch Finally, “sleep deprivation or as well as more serious infractions. run and tell that interruption of consecutive sleep If there was any doubt, let’s hours” is a more serious “Level 2” inclear it up right now: this doesn’t fraction, which puts K-ville’s line monitors square at work. An “obligation to act” in the honor code the top of the list of Duke’s most brazen hazers. doesn’t make students less likely to cheat, it Here’s the thing: If the only issue at stake was that makes them less likely to pay attention to a code Duke’s hazing policy were a little ridiculous, it prob- they know everyone ignores, anyway. Absurdly ably wouldn’t be worth writing about. Some readers broad hazing policies don’t prevent hazing— might rightfully ask: Who gives a damn about the they delude hazers into the mentality that the right of fratstars to take their pledges on road trips? issue isn’t serious. Unfortunately, this problem of ridiculous poliSo why are our laws so detached from reality? cies isn’t limited to hazing. Put simply, far too When I emailed Dean of Students and Director of the many policies governing undergraduate life at Office of Student Conduct Stephen Bryan to ask him Duke and other schools are rules everyone knows about our current hazing policy, he told me that “for everyone breaks—all the time. every activity that a student group deems essential for The range is enormous. Take, for instance, our its new members that the University would call hazhonor code. Duke’s honor code has an “obligation ing, there is an equally valuable activity that achieves to act” provision, which means anytime you witness the same goals that would not be circumspect.” the code being violated, you have an obligation unThis is an excellent illustration of the problem. der the same code to do something about it. That It is not the job of the Office of Student Conduct means that if your buddy doesn’t want to take a test to assess the social value of student activities. It is and STINF’s it, you are technically breaking the instead to regulate and ban activities that put the honor code by not telling someone about it. community in actual danger. Does anyone think most people do this? WhethWe would be far better off with laxer laws— er or not you think this should be what happens covering only truly harmful behavior—that were at Duke is irrelevant here. If we (by which I mean rigorously enforced. Beer pong doesn’t hurt anyeveryone from you and me to the people who wrote body, but driving drunk does. the code) know that more than half the Duke Did you know that “loss of driving/parking population habitually ignores this provision of the privileges” is included in the range of possible honor code, the credibility of the rest of the code is disciplinary responses for drunk driving? This is immediately called into question. pathetic—the penalty for Duke students who are Then there is our alcohol policy. Duke policy pro- caught driving drunk should always be expulsion. hibits a whole host of drinking activities that everySimilarly, not snitching on a friend who cheats one knows occur (beer pong). Even more absurdly, is normal behavior. Cheating is not. So the right current policy also bans “cases of beer” from any answer is not to broaden the scope of our cheating dorm room or apartment on campus. Not to men- laws. Instead, we should stop giving slaps on the tion the limitation on serving “spirituous liquor” out- wrist to kids who cheat and start expelling them. side of bars. Administrators, do you really harbor the Duke’s rule-makers should stop trying to impose illusion that anyone takes these rules seriously? culture and start focusing on activities that actually Of course, every society has irrelevant laws that threaten the well-being of our community. people break all the time (except maybe North This will make for a happier, and, more imporKorea): parking laws, for instance, or bans on jay- tantly, safer Duke. walking. That’s fine, because jaywalking doesn’t present a serious threat to society’s well-being. Jeremy Ruch is a Trinity junior. His column runs evThe problem arises when these “grey area” rules ery other Wednesday.




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here are whole shelves in Perkins dedi- they look like, or what their voice sounds like. cated to sex. It’s just … creepy. Nestled in the back of the third floor, My guess is that most freshmen didn’t go a particular cluster in the early trotting over to this particular HQs boasts titles ranging from section of Perkins soon after the classic “Joy of Sex” to the their arrival at Duke to answer more argumentative “Pornland: such questions. I know I didn’t How porn has hijacked our socieven consider it. ety.“ Duke Libraries online even So consider this: There is has the search term “sex instrucan entire section of the library tion.” dedicated to sex. There’s also No doubt some of you have this super awesome machine pillaged those pages, for either you can use to check out books ellie bullard academic pursuits or out of without having to interact with as we know it personal curiosity. I personally other human beings. If you hadn’t until a couple weeks ago, don’t like talking about sex when I chose to investigate a book my friend with other people, if you want truly accurate had stationed on her coffee table as a half- information, or if you’re just curious—why joke—“The Guide to Getting it On.” The 800- not check out the books in the library? Once page tomb is an endearing tour of all the plea- I return the guide mentioned above, it’ll be sure-seeking elements of sex, and I can testify waiting at call number HQ31.J63. that it was an enjoyable and informative skim. Of course, as any reasonable sex advice I wonder why we don’t do this more often. book or resource will tell you, the best inforConversations about sexual education often mation always comes from your partner. Books fixate on birth control and STI’s, but rarely can be helpful sources of supplementary infortouch on more intimate intricacies. Searching mation, before or after these conversations. for information concerning the pleasure-seekSome readers might think that it’s weird or ing aspects and dynamics of sex definitely has unnatural to go to a sex advice book for help. an unhealthy taboo attached. They may wonder why they’d need advice to There are a few contributing forces we do something that they is supposedly straightcan identify. Coming into college, there’s forward. To them, I suppose I’d say that it a pressure to be or seem experienced with depends on what your goal is in having sex. most things, including sex. People don’t If your goal is to have a generally mediocre want to talk about it, out of fear that their and unfulfilling time, I’d definitely encourage lack of knowledge (and yes, there always is a you not to ask any questions at all, of either lack!) will be exposed. We’ve devolved into your partner or other sources. If, on the other using an unfortunate language of absence hand, your goal is to have a better and potenwhen it comes to sex—letting the imagina- tially awesome time, seek as much information tion fill the emptiness of conversations that as you can. simply never happen. Those who are sexually informed will be Sadly, this lack of discussion feeds myths more comfortable talking about sex. Those that only hurt us. For one, I’m not really sure partners who are discussing sex openly will how the average 18-year-old guy is supposed to have more of an understanding of their sexknow how to single-handedly (get your mind ual encounters. Being informed also increases out of the gutter) bring a girl to orgasm— confidence, which changes all kinds of dynamwithout talking to her—but that seems to be ics in a sexual relationship. Plus, in learning the expectation. more about sex, you may find yourself validatBesides the lack of public dialogue, there ed, and happier because of it. is a lack of private dialogue. We’re uncomfortI am by no means a sexpert, but hopefully able with talking about sex with our partners. I’ve turned you on to a resource you may not We’ve even invented a dance that allows us to have stumbled upon during your forays in the rub genitals without facing each other. One stacks. could conceivably spend a night of dancing Ellie Bullard is a Trinity junior. Her column with someone without even knowing what runs every other Wednesday.

lettertotheeditor This week’s Monday, Monday column satirized last week’s Honor Council YBTT campaign. Although humor is humor and lies largely in the realm of personal taste, we would like to defend YBTT on its principles, which were purposefully misconstrued in order to produce an, at times, entertaining column. The article defined the “better” in YBTT as “superior” as a springboard for delivering a biting critique of the prevalence of entitlement and superiority complexes on the part of Duke students—and perhaps the Honor Council in particular. The goal of the campaign was not to adopt an air of condescension or pretension by prescribing any singular values to the Duke community—doing so would be impossible in a community as diverse as ours. Instead, the initiative hoped to spur reflection and discussion on how our actions affect other people in our community. We sought not to make judgments about the behavior of Duke students but to encour-

age members of the Duke community to consciously make judgments about their own actions. The Honor Council seeks to create a culture in which moral reflection and consideration of others is more prevalent. It is perhaps ironic that, even with the purposeful misinterpretation of YBTT, the message of The Devil’s column was largely the same as ours: that it is important to step outside of ourselves in order to think more of other people. The Devil’s examples—ignoring cab driver pleas or failing to tip a deliveryman—could just as easily have appeared on one of our flyers as instances where we would do well to reflect on how our actions affect others. Nick Valilis, Trinity ’12 Honor Council Chair Ellie Schaack, Trinity ’15

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Don’t blame me, blame my brain


think I’m having a mental breakdown. It took me a while to figure it out. At first, I attributed it to hazing. That seems to be going around. Quickly, however, I realized that my sorority hadn’t given me free breakfast in a while, so I probably wasn’t being hazed (Nothing f***s a kid up more than complimentary bagels). What else could possibly be wrong? It was on the way to my class in the god-forsaken place they call Gross Chem that I finally realized what was wrong with me. I was late because it’s lillie reed an evolution class and, being the backwumbology wards Southerner that I am, I would consider perfect attendance the equivalent of a satanic ritual. It was then that I walked through a flock of birds—pigeons or peacocks or turkeys or something (I’m bad at birds)—and noticed that some of the birds reacted differently to me than others did. Some flew away, some of the obviously stupid birds didn’t even seem to notice. Then I realized something. Birds are conscious of things, and they react differently than other birds to the same situation! Birds have personalities! It was this extreme and unprompted over-analysis of birds that firstly, spurred a day-long spree of vegetarianism (In which I ate beef from Panda, which I refuse to believe counts as meat) and secondly, made me realize what had been causing all my problems: neuroscience. No, I don’t mean chemicals in my brain or whatever that word actually means (if I had to define it, I’m fairly certain it’s German for “a whale’s vagina”). I’m currently in Duke’s introductory neuroscience course. I signed up for this course because I have been trying to get a Program II in Ninja Studies, and I figured that knowing the parts of the brain might aid me in the silent murder of my victims. But it has been mindf***ing me in ways I would have never dreamed possible. For those of you who don’t know, we humans and most other organisms (most mammals, some invertebrates and all plants) have brains. And that thing is really super important. It runs on a system of pulleys and levers, and it basically governs anything and everything that you do. Wait. WHAT? It explains everything! If your brain is in charge, the same forces that created your brain probably created everybody else’s (said forces are likely power generated by Jesus riding a stationary bike. Again, I’m Southern). So maybe THAT’S why everyone on Duke’s campus wears the same stupid salmon-colored shorts. And why people think Pitbull is a musician. Or why I inevitably see only girls lined up at the LoYo truck (I took a picture one time. The flash went off. It was a glorious amount of awkward.) But I don’t wear salmon pants. I think LoYo is meh, and Pitbull makes me want to claw out my eardrums with a backscratcher. What could be the source of my (for some reason super trendy) nonconformity? There is only one explanation: There is something wrong with my brain. I quickly determined that the location of my brain damage is in my frontal lobe—where my personality is. More specifically, I seem to have damage in the areas that prevent obsessions with dinosaurs and “Star Wars,” and in the place that gives you control over the volume of your voice (people called me Megaphone Mouth when I was little. It was hurtful). I obviously have impulse control issues, judging from how lightly I take the societal pressure to wear pants and the number of times I’ve eaten chicken salad out of the vending machines in the Link (which may actually be contributing to my brain problems, come to think of it). WAIT WAIT WAIT. If these actions are all coming from my brain, am I not in control of my behavior?! Some weird lump of grey s*** has more say over what I do than I do? AM I A LUMP OF GREY S***?! OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. You know what? No. I’ve gone past the “freak out” stage of grief and straight into “defiance.” Whether or not it’s just because I have chemical reactions within chemical reactions forcing my decisions (REACTIONCEPTION), I have some kind of autonomy over what I do. I don’t think people can be summed up in a series of reactions. And if they can, I think it’s about as likely that I’ll understand my own cognition as it is that a nematode would understand my orgo lab TA. Or hell, that anyone would understand my orgo lab TA. In fact, the fact that I might not have free will keeps things interesting. And if I don’t have free will, that can’t be all that bad. When I fail neuroscience because it freaks me out so much, I CAN BLAME MY BRAIN as if it’s a separate entity! I think I’m going to use that excuse from now on—as long as my brain lets me. Lillie Reed is a Trinity sophomore. Her installation of the weekly Socialites column runs on alternate Wednesdays. Follow Lillie on Twitter @LillieReed



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Feb. 29, 2012 issue  

February 29th, 2012 issue of The Chronicle