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DKU programs now to begin Fall 2013 by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE

Duke Kunshan University will open for students later than recently anticipated. Administrators expect that academic programming at DKU will begin Fall 2013—a several month-long delay. Five of the six buildings at the campus will not be completed until late summer 2013, said Nora Bynum, associate vice provost for the Office of Global Strategy and Programs and managing director for DKU and China initiatives. Bynum announced the delay with other recent developments



in a presentation at this weekend’s Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. At the second annual conference, students from Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered for three days to discuss technological developments in China as well as Duke’s burgeoning presence there. As of September 2011, DKU was slated to open for students Spring 2013, though administrators originally expected that it would be ready Fall 2012. Bynum said more detailed information


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by Ryan Claxton THE CHRONICLE

GREENSBORO, N.C. — On paper, Duke seemed to have everything in its favor in a second round NCAA tournament matchup with Lehigh. The Blue Devils boasted a more prestigious program,

four national championships, one of the nation’s top freshmen and the winningest coach of all time. But the Mountain Hawks had C.J. McCollum. McCollum quickly established himself as the best player on the floor, carry-

ing No. 15 seed Lehigh to a 75-70 upset of No. 2 seed Duke at the Greensboro Coliseum. “He’s been their player of the year,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. SEE M. BASKETBALL ON SW 4


President Richard Brodhead speaks Sunday at the China Leadership Summit.

School of Law concerned White House hears over emphasis on rankings requests of Latinos by Michael Shammas THE CHRONICLE

Some students and faculty are ambivalent about this year’s U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. Although Duke School of Law news students are pleased that the law analysis school retained its 11th spot in the rankings released Tuesday, some faculty, undergraduate and graduate students expressed concern that the list holds too much influence. Faculty and students noted that the rankings shape law school admissions policies and place undue pressure on prospective students who are deciding where to enroll. “Some [students]... are placing more emphasis on gaining another credential rather than gaining a legal education,” Gerald Wilson, senior associate dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and pre-law adviser,

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wrote in an email Wednesday. “Thus, ranking becomes all important.” Wilson noted that the emphasis on the rankings— combined with pressure from parents to attend a top law school—creates more anxiety for many applicants. “Duke students are very stressed even though, nationally, applications are down around 17 percent,” he said. “Much of the stress lies in the fact that Duke students want to attend the most competitive law schools.” Jill Strominger, a third-year law student, said the rankings are especially stressful for pre-law students because there is a general perception that the top 14 schools in the nation—known as the T14—provide the best chance for law students to find a well-paying job after graduation. This leads many students to use the rankings as a determining factor in deciding where to SEE RANKINGS ON PAGE 3

by Chinmayi Sharma THE CHRONICLE

Some members of Durham’s Latino community are looking for greater resources and community outreach from public officials. The White House Hispanic Community Action Summit was conducted as a dialogue at the American Tobacco Campus Saturday. Members of the Triangle area were able to dictate discussion and White House officials responded in turn. The summit brought together about 400 stakeholders in Durham and more than a dozen federal officials to discuss health care,

education, the economy and immigration policy as they affect the local Latino community. “This is the hardest thing we’re going to do—identifying the next steps and how we can solve them,” said Jose Rico, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Durham was the 16th city to host the national series of discussions between Latino community leaders and White House officials. Mayor Bill Bell said Durham, whose population is about SEE SUMMIT ON PAGE 4


“...people still see ‘the South’ as a separate political entity in the United States.” —Margaret Humphreys on the impact of the Civil War. See story page 3

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Louisiana pleads for help in lifting crucial highway

GOLDEN MEADOW, La.— Here on the side of Louisiana’s Highway 1, next to Raymond’s Bait Shop, a spindly pole with Global Positioning System equipment and a cellphone stuck on top charts the water’s gradual encroachment on dry land. In 1991 this stretch of road through the marshlands of southern Louisiana was 3.9 feet above sea level, but the instrument—which measures the ground’s position in relation to sea level—shows the land has lost more than a foot against the sea. It sank two inches in the past 16 months alone. That’s a problem because Highway 1, unprotected by levees, connects critical oil and gas resources in booming Port Fourchon to the rest of the nation. Ten miles of the highway is now standing 22 feet above sea level on cement piles. But the highway will need to be shut down, in the event of a severe storm surge.

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Torture, Confession and Proof in Early Modern Europe Law School 307, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Professor John Martin from the history department will give this talk.

Congress to vote on $150 Russian protesters angry billion economic package over claims of payment WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks, even when those networks are not connected to the Internet, according to current and former U.S. officials.

MOSCOW — Several hundred protesters gathered outside the main television center Sunday afternoon to shout their disapproval of a television program that purports to show opposition demonstrators getting paid for their efforts by the State Department of the United States.

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Symposium reflects upon anniversary of the Civil War by Stephanie Tsimis THE CHRONICLE

Historians, scholars and other members of the Duke community marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in a symposium this weekend. “Another March Madness: The American Civil War at 150,” explored new perspectives on topics such as Reconstruction’s role in prolonging the war and the war’s effect on modern medicine. About 120 community members gathered in the Gothic Reading Room to hear lectures by historians from Duke, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A lot of people are interested in the war, and we hope to build on that interest, but we also want people to see the wide variety of ways historians can approach the topics in the Civil War,” said Margaret Humphreys, co-organizer of the event and Josiah Charles Trent professor of the history of medicine. Humphreys and Shauna Devine, co-organizer of the symposium and assistant professor of history, held the event to take advantage of the rich local network of military historians and to highlight Perkins Library’s Civil

War exhibit, “I Recall the Experience Sweet and Sad: Memories of the Civil War.” The exhibit, open until March 30, draws on the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s extensive Civil War collection and features the memoirs of different groups affected by the war, such as women, families and blacks. Meghan Lyon, co-curator of the exhibit and an associate with Duke Libraries, said the library’s collection dates back to the 19th century efforts of the Trinity College Historical Society and includes notable Walt Whitman and Civil War medicine artifacts. “We wanted to focus on the people whose collections we have here and particularly on their memories of the war,” Lyon said. Devine spoke about how the war transformed the practice of medicine in the U.S. The war gave American medical students unprecedented access to large numbers of bodies that they could use to practice surgery skills. After the war and Reconstruction, the country still views the South as a different voting block and a unique political body, Humphreys noted in an interview. “If you look at the current [presidential] election and the

last election people still see ‘the South’ as a separate political entity in the United States,” she said. “The issue of race, which is so tied to the Civil War, is such a persistent issue that understanding the war and what it did to the country is still very important.” Regina Thomas, a symposium attendee and an attorney from Chapel Hill, said she appreciated the event’s emphasis on the local impact of the war. Thomas was surprised to learn how the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to blacks, expanded the idea of rights beyond former slaves. “Certainly in later years we’ve expanded that idea to other groups, but I hadn’t realized how it would impact existing laws in the South at the time,” she said. Michael Hill, research supervisor at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, said he enjoyed the event’s focus on the non-military aspects of the war. “Approaches that look at the Civil War from nonmilitary perspectives are what are particularly welcome and are what interest and engage people,” Hill said. “The military stuff has just been done to death.”

RANKINGS from page 1 attend, she said. “It’s important that American students generally do not let U.S. News and World Report have too much of a defining effect on what’s important in American education because U.S. News is in the industry of news, not education,” Strominger said. Senior Lyndsay Medlin, who will be attending the University of Virginia School of Law next year, said using the rankings to inform a decision is acceptable as long as an applicant does not make them the most significant factor. “Community spirit, amount of debt upon graduation and school reputation with regards to public interest law made the most difference to me in deciding between the top 10 schools,” Medlin said. Law School Dean David Levi could not be reached for comment Tuesday through Friday last week. Considered criteria To determine its rankings, U.S. News computes a weighted average of 12 quality measures—including quality assessment and selectivity, according to the publication’s website. Selectivity—which is determined by the LSAT scores, undergraduate GPA and acceptance rate of incoming students—comprises 25 percent of how institutions are ranked. The rankings have been criticized for encouraging law schools to focus on only a few aspects when

deciding who to admit in order to maintain a high ranking, said George Christie, James B. Duke professor of law. This is especially appealing to law schools because higher-ranked schools are better able to attract applicants, he added. Wilson noted that law school rankings do not seem to accurately measure the quality of the institution due to two main reasons. “First, some people involved in legal education have questioned certain aspects of their methodology,” he said. “Second, the underlying assumption in the rankings is that ‘one size fits all.’ That is, [that] there is such a thing as the ‘best’ law school when the reality is that there is the ‘best’ law school for each given individual.” Although it is understandable that law students are attracted to higher-ranked schools, Strominger said, it is important to recognize the strengths of each specific institution. “All I can say is that Duke Law has distinguished professors and employs students at top firms and judicial clerkships as well as almost any school in the country,” she said Yale University remained at the top of the law school rankings, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. The University of Virginia jumped to seventh—alongside the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania—from ninth, and Georgetown University climbed up one spot to 13th.

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SUMMIT from page 1 14 percent Latino, is a key location for this discussion due to the Latino community’s growth in the city’s industries. “People in this area need to open their eyes to the blatantly unjust practices of the government,” said Irving de Dios, a 27-year-old Raleigh resident. “I have a son, and I want to raise him in a country I can be proud of—my country. And I don’t need a paper to say that this is my home.” De Dios wore a T-shirt that noted his status as an illegal immigrant and said he would not succumb to unfair immigration laws that tear families apart. “We need to fix a broken system,” said Esther Olavarria, counselor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “It’s not that Latinos don’t want to do it—it’s that they can’t.” In cities such as Durham that rely on small busi-

nesses, technical assistance and business development advice should be offered to ambitious members of the Latino population, she added. In 10 years, Latinos will comprise about 30 percent of the nation’s work force, Rico added. “This is also a battle between legislation and administration,” said lawyer Ann Robertson, a Raleigh resident. “These laws are presumably made with good intentions, but they end up putting innocent people behind bars and separating parents from their children.” Although significant problems persist, there have also been empirical signs of progress, including the growing number of Latino entrepreneurs, said Julie Rodriguez, associate director of Latino affairs and immigration for the Office of Public Engagement. She noted the growth of entrepreneurs especially among the Latina population. During the economic downturn, President Barack Obama and his administration prevented 1.9 million Latinos from falling

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into poverty with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Candid discussions are necessary to incite change, said Toby Chaudhuri, who handles strategic communications for several White House initiatives. The government is far removed from the people they serve at times and sometimes politicians need to let communities take the lead. “The future of our country depends on the future of our Hispanic communities,” Chaudhuri said. “Hispanics make up the largest and fastest-growing group in our country—government has a responsibility to understand what this growth means for federal policies.” Audience member Channa Pickett, senior program coordinator for the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, said the drive to bring changes for the Latino community was the most important aspect of the event. “Si se puede,” Rodriguez said, Spanish for “yes, we can.”

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about construction caused administrators to push the predicted completion date back. The opening date for the sixth building, which will be used for research and development, is still unclear because details regarding necessary laboratory space have yet to be finalized. She added that the delay is unrelated to the current status of DKU’s proposal to the Chinese Ministry of Education, whose approval is required to open an American university in China. “It seems that summer 2013 is better, safer,” she said in an interview. The first academic program for DKU—a Master of Management Studies program through the Fuqua School of Business in which students will spend two semesters in Durham and one in Kunshan—was expected to launch summer 2012, with students going to DKU Spring 2013, Bynum wrote in an email Sunday. Fuqua now expects that students will spend summer and Fall 2013 in Durham and Spring 2014 in Kunshan. Other academic programming at DKU might begin Fall 2013, she noted. Bynum is traveling to China Monday to take part in the next step in Ministry of Education approval. An expert panel from the Ministry of Education is expected to visit the DKU campus sometime within the next two weeks, though the precise date has not been confirmed, she said. Following its review of the campus and the proposal, the expert panel will deliberate and then inform Duke on the status of its application—either approval or a request for revision. In addition to Bynum’s presentation at the conference, there was also a discussion with two student representatives from Wuhan University—DKU’s academic partner. One student, Wuhan senior Banlong Song, said he wishes that he was able to study at DKU, and he would choose a business program there instead of other top-tier universities in China. “If it is going to have Duke faculty, then definitely I choose [DKU],” Song said. Sophomore Helen Cai, executive director of the Duke portion of the conference, and other students involved with the China Leadership Summit have been working with the Office of Global Strategy and Programs during the past few weeks to build Duke’s relationship with Wuhan. The summit unites students in the region who are interested in China and familiarizes them with the resources these universities have to offer. The opportunity to connect Duke and Wuhan students is a prime example, she added. “We hope that in the future we can create more dialogue and discussion and opportunity to do exchange with Wuhan,” Cai said. “Wuhan is a great university in China and having this continuous relationship with Wuhan would be great for Duke in terms of DKU and [the China Leadership Summit].” Hosting these panels at the China Leadership Summit aligns with the Office of Global Strategy and Programs’ ongoing goal of increasing student involvement in DKU discussions, said Junyang Wang, Trinity ’11 and student liaison to the office. In addition to participating in this weekend’s conference, Wang noted that the office is building a DKU student interest group and hosting a series of public discussions— the next of which will take place March 20.

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Blue Devils eke by UNC, blow out Dartmouth by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

Although it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Big Green did not have the luck of the Irish. No. 9 Duke (6-3, 1-1 in the ACC) defeated Dartmouth (2-2) 20-9 Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium, tallying the most goals since they put up 20 in a season-opening victory over Siena last season. This was the Blue Devils’ third 9 DU consecutive victory, a gruelDuke 20 completing ing stretch in their 11 schedule with four UNC games in eight days. Duke also eked Duke 13 out a win Friday over No. 11 North Carolina (5-3, 0-1), 1311, behind three goals and three assists from Jordan Wolf. Despite its road woes this season, Duke improved to a perfect 6-0 at home. “We’ve struggled a little bit, but we feel confident at home,” senior midfielder Robert Rotanz said. “We needed this week to get better.” Rotanz, Wolf and Josh Dionne tallied four goals apiece for the Blue Devils against Dartmouth. Wolf added three assists for a game-high seven points. Midfielder Justin Turri also registered four assists along with two goals for six points. Duke did not take long to strike first, scoring its first goal when Rotanz was set up by Jake Tripucka just 1:02 into the contest. Dartmouth responded just three minutes later with a goal, but the Blue

Devils were persistent, and after tallies by Wolf, Dionne, and Turri they held a 4-2 lead after one quarter. Duke was dominant on the defensive end in the second quarter, letting up just one goal in the period after keeping the Big Green scoreless for 18:41, giving the Blue Devils a 10-4 halftime lead. Junior Dan Wigrizer was effective between the pipes, allowing just three goals and registering eight saves in one half of play. Duke held possession for most of the second quarter, largely due to its success winning ground balls, holding a 3727 advantage on the afternoon. CJ Costabile led the way with 10 ground balls. The Blue Devils exploded in the third quarter, scoring nine goals from six different players. “I think we were just in the groove. Sometimes our biggest problem is making the simple pass,” Rotanz said. “I think everybody was feeling it. Momentum is a funny thing. Once you’re feeling it the right things happen and you score goals.” Many of these goals came directly off the faceoff, where Duke held a 20-13 advantage. Sophomore Brendan Fowler led the way for the Blue Devils, winning 10 of his 16 attempts. Duke was able to take advantage of its faceoff victories to score in bunches. Twice during the third quarter the Blue Devils scored four consecutive goals in a two-minute span. “It’s a great momentum builder. You score a goal and then you score another one. You might give up a goal, and then you TORI POWERS/THE CHRONICLE


Jordan Wolf led Duke with a combined 13 points over the weekend, including seven goals and six assists.


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Plumb wins it for Big Duke wins opener in Green in double OT series loss to Miami by Alex Krinsky THE CHRONICLE

Behind junior Marcus Stroman’s 13-strikeout performance Friday night, Duke ended its seven-game losing with a 5-1 Miami 7 streak win over ACC Duke 1 power Miami. The Hurricanes Miami 2 bounced back wins Duke 1 with Saturday and Sunday to take Miami 1 the weekend seDuke 5 ries at Durham

Bulls Athletic Park. “I didn’t feel any more pressure,” Stroman said. “I just wanted to set the tone for my team and get it rolling. My mindset doesn’t change from team to team.” No. 10 Miami struggled to make contact against Stroman, who struck out every hitter in the lineup while striking out the side in the second and sixth innings. He gave up one run on five hits in seven innings of work. The right hander has 52 strikeouts in 33.1 innings this season, pushing his strikeout per nine innings rate to 14.4. SEE BASEBALL ON PAGE 8


Junior Makenzie Hommel scored two goals for the Blue Devils in their double overtime loss to Dartmouth. THE CHRONICLE

Dartmouth snapped Duke’s five-game win streak Saturday in Hanover, N.H., notching the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat the Blue Devils 9-8. Trailing 6-3 at the half, No. 4 Duke (8-3) scored five times in Duke 8 the second period and limited the No. 9 DU 17 Big Green (5-0) to just two more goals in that span. In spite of the comeback, Sarah Plumb scored in the sudden-death second overtime to seal the victory for Dartmouth. The Blue Devils edged the Big Green 22-17 in shots and 14-13 in ground balls, only turning the ball over eight times com-

pared to Dartmouth’s 15. Junior Makenzie Hommel and sophomore Molly Quirke led all Duke scorers with two goals apiece. “We had a really long challenging stretch where we had quite a bit of travelling in the last 14 days. Four of our last five games have been on the road,” Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “I wasn’t entirely surprised that we got off to a little bit of a slow start—we had been worn out by the road. But I did expect us to bounce back in the game, and we did in the second half.” Dartmouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:47 of play. Quirke answered with a goal less than a minute later, cutting the Big Green’s lead to one, but a free position BRIANNA SIRACUSE/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO


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Missed chances inside cost Duke by Jason Palmatary THE CHRONICLE

Although the crashing end to Duke’s season Friday night in Greensboro sent shockwaves through the college basketball world, the deficiencies the team showed against a resilient Lehigh squad were foreshadowed throughout the season. Three of the Blue Devils’ first four possessions ended in Mason Plumlee dunks, and it appeared that he would have his way with Lehigh’s undersized frontcourt—featuring 6-foot-8 Gabe Knutson and two 6-foot-6 forwards. Despite having a significant size advantage against the Patriot League’s Mountain Game Hawks, the Blue Devfailed to exploit the Analysis ils difference for much of the night. After scoring on its four possessions, in the paint each time, the Blue Devils soon turned to their perimeter attack, without much success. Duke missed its first nine 3-pointers and did not convert a shot from beyond the arc until less than two minutes remained in the first half. Duke finished the half 1-of-10 from 3-point range, despite all of its perimeter threats trying their hand from behind the arc. Austin Rivers, Tyler Thornton, Seth Curry, Quinn Cook and Andre Dawkins all hoisted shots from downtown, even though the team had scored much more efficiently from the inside. In stark contrast to their long-range futility, the Blue Devils went 10-for-16 from 2-point territory in the game’s first twenty minutes. The Plumlee brothers were responsible for most of this success, as they combined to register an efficient 14 first-half points on 7-of-9 shooting. The post duo was adamant in their postgame remarks that they were adequately involved in the offense. Still, Rivers had a different perspective. “We were definitely bigger, stronger and quicker than they were out there,” the freshman guard said. “We should have been able to take more advantage. But, they outworked us. Other than that, I don’t really know how to explain it.” Despite Duke’s sluggish start, it still


Seth Curry, along with the rest of the Duke backcourt, struggled to score from beyond the arc Friday night. maintained a two-point lead at halftime as Lehigh had offensive troubles of its own. The second half exposed another problem that has plagued the Blue Devil perimeter players for much of the year, however. Faced with the task of keeping NBA prospect C.J. McCollum and his backcourt teammate Mackey McKnight out of the lane, the Duke guards did not have the foot speed to keep the speedy guards from slicing through its defense. Although Thornton drew the primary assignment on McCollum, the junior Mountain Hawk guard consistently left each of the Blue Devil defenders in his wake. McCollum’s final stat line of 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists does not even fully encompass his impact. He was able to consistently put the pressure on the


Senior Miles Plumlee finished his final game as a Blue Devil with four points and six rebounds.

Duke defenders, and his attacking nature put nearly the entire Blue Devil rotation into foul trouble. For the game, Lehigh shot 37 free throws, compared to just 23 attempts for Duke. Both Curry and Thornton ended up fouling out while Rivers and Mason Plumlee finished the game with four fouls apiece. Saddled with these fouls, Duke’s aggressiveness was limited, and the Mountain Hawks were able to use dribble penetration to get where they wanted to on the court. “They do a great job of hedging [ball screens], but I felt like I could beat the big man one-on-one,” McCollum said. “I was getting one of the Plumlee brothers every time. And, as a big man, once you pick up that first foul hedging, you kind of get tentative.” With Lehigh finding its rhythm offensively in the second half, Duke needed to do the same, but its backcourt players were still unable to find their strokes. Although an improvement over the first half, the Blue Devils shot just 5-for-16 from the 3-point line in the final 20 minutes, good for 23.1 percent for the game. Mason Plumlee continued to have his way on the inside, finishing the game a perfect for 9-for-9 from the floor on his way to 19 points and 12 rebounds. But Rivers, Thornton, Curry, Cook and Dawkins continued to use a lot of possessions, combining to shoot a dismal 11-for-41. While Lehigh’s defensive effort was good enough to negate some of the Blue Devils’ advantage inside, Duke scored efficiently from the interior but did not continue to press the advantage. “I think [Mason] finished 9-for-9,” Knutson said. “I don’t think that’s limiting him too much. Both of them played really well tonight, and it was a big challenge inside.” Few predicted that the Blue Devils would be exiting the NCAA tournament after just a single appearance, but the shortcomings that showed up on the floor Friday night were predictable. The poor shooting from 3-point range and inability to keep opposing guards out of the lane proved too much to overcome.


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82 DUKE SAM 47 Blue Devils crush the Bulldogs by Mike Schreiner THE CHRONICLE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No. 2 seed Duke began its NCAA tournament with a statement, bullying No. 15 seed Samford from start to finish en route to an 82-47 victory. The Blue Devils scored the first seven points of the game, led by 18 at halftime and then went on a 15-0 run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs never came

within 29 points of the lead after senior Kathleen Sheer’s layup with 13 minutes left put Duke up 59-30. “We just wanted to come out with energy and show everyone that we were here to play from game one,” sophomore Tricia Liston said. In an efficient offensive showing, Liston put up 22 points in her first start since Jan. 30. Turning the ball over just once, she made both of her 3-point attempts, all six

of her free throws and missed just three shots overall. “She is a starter, so don’t give her a lot of props for that,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She is a very heady player. She takes what the defense gives her and doesn’t rush.” After playing half-court man-to-man defense for most of the first half, McCallie employed her trademark full-court press in the second half. The pressure turned out to be too much for Samford, which failed to score for nearly five minutes. During that stretch, the Bulldogs committed six turnovers, allowing the Blue Devils to stretch their lead to 36. “They are really long and so on every pass there were hands in the passing lane,” Samford forward Taylor Reece said. “They are going to get some steals just because of that.” The sizable lead allowed head coach Joanne P. McCallie to rest freshman Elizabeth Williams, who is playing through a stress fracture in her right shin. Playing just 24 minutes, the ESPN freshman of the year tied her lowest rebound total of the year with three. “The rest definitely helped,” she said. “It was nice that we got that lead.” Senior Kathleen Sheer picked up some of those minutes and played a seasonhigh 22 minutes. Freshman Ka’lia Johnson also played more than usual, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes. Overmatched inside, Samford relied on its outside shooting from the start. The team did not make a layup until the second period, and half of the Bulldogs’ 28 firsthalf shot came from beyond the arc. Their


Chelsea Gray had 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, along with six rebounds and six assists Sunday.


Duke exploits major size advantage by Zac Elder THE CHRONICLE


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Duke put on a dominating performance in its Sunday night NCAA opening round matchup in Nashville against Samford, beating the Bulldogs 8247. The Blue Devils led the entire game and maintained at least a 30-point lead for the majority of the second half. Samford head coach Mike Morris feared Duke’s size heading into the game and was not Game shy Saturday when adthe physical Analysis dressing differences between the two teams. “We probably need to grow a little bit in the next couple of days in terms of height,” Morris said. “I think our maturity level is pretty good, but I think if we could grow physically, that would be great.” The most important statistic from the game, true to Morris’ fears, was 6-foot-1 to 5-foot-9—the average height of the Blue Devils’ starting five compared to that of the Bulldogs. Samford was physically outmatched, especially in the backcourt. 6-foot-1 Tricia Liston scored the majority of her game-high 22 points against a defender nearly nine inches shorter. Although Duke head coach Joanne McCallie was pleased with her sophomore guard’s scoring output, she said Liston’s four-rebound performance could be improved in

order to help lengthen the team’s tournament run. “I am still trying to get her to rebound more because she is a nice-sized guard,” McCallie said. “She is one of the best guards in the ACC.... She has a lot of growing ahead.” Thanks to productive minutes from role players Ka’lia Johnson and Kathleen Scheer, Duke could bear the near 80 degree temperatures in Memorial Coliseum while at times implementing a fast-paced full court press. Scheer and junior Allison Vernerey proved especially important in spelling Elizabeth Williams, who played just 24 minutes nursing a stress fracture in her lower right leg. Those 24 minutes represent the fewest Williams has registered in over three months. “It felt good,” Williams said of her injury. “It started to get a little sore towards the end. It’s going to be like that for the rest of the way, but I felt good playing on it and jumping.” With Williams potentially seeing fewer minutes than usual, the Blue Devils will increasingly have to go to their bench to make a run late into March. Despite a crew of only eight remaining players who have received regular action throughout the season, McCallie seemed confident in her substitutes after their performance Sunday SEE ANALYSIS ON PAGE 6


Haley Peters grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to go with her 13 points on 3-for-6 shooting.

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Jaime Ashworth reached his 351st career ACC women’s tennis head coaching victory Sunday as Duke beat Wake Forest 7-0 at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The No. 5 Blue Devils (12-2, 2-0 in the ACC) also defeated N.C.

State 7-0 in their conference opener Saturday. Duke did not drop a set in either match. Freshman Ester Goldfeld, playing in the No. 1 singles place for the first time, upset 74th-ranked Kayla Duncan 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to highlight the team’s win over the Wolfpack. Classmate second-ranked Beatrice Capra defeated 60th-ranked Joelle Kissell in the top singles matchup Sunday 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, the only other match between ranked opponents over the weekend. Duke rides doubles play in ACC opening weekend The Blue Devils swept all six doubles matches in their first two ACC matches en route to road wins over N.C. State (14-4, 0-2 in the ACC) and Duke 6 Wake Forest (9-8, 0-2). No. 6 Duke (13-2, 2-0) beat the Wake 1 Wolfpack 4-3 Friday and the DeDuke 4 mon Deacons 6-1 two days later. Henrique Cunha, the nation’s NCSU 3 third-ranked singles player, won his two matches, including a 6-4, 6-3 win over 66th-ranked Jaime Pulgar, to move to 26-5 in singles play this season. Freshman Jason Tahir improved to 16-5 on the season at the No. 5 singles spot, winning both of his matches in straight sets. Women’s golf takes fifth at Gator Invite after slow start


Lindy Duncan overcame an illness to finish eighth overall at the Gator Invite with a 3-under-par 67 in her final round.

After a slow first two days, the Blue Devils rallied to shoot a 7-over-par 287 Sunday to take fifth place at the Gator Invite with a three-day total of 882. No. 18 Florida won the event with a total of 864. No. 2 Alabama finished a stroke behind, followed by third-place No. 31 Florida State with 872. No. 13 Georgia finished fourth with a total of 877. Lindy Duncan, the nation’s top ranked golfer, earned eighth with a total of 216, highlighted by a final day 3-underpar 67. The finish is her sixth top-10 result this season.

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W. BASKETBALL from page 5 3-point shooting would not keep them in the game, though, making only four of their 14 attempts. The team finished shooting just 28 percent from the field. “In the first four or five minutes we had some decent looks, but when we missed those we started to press a little bit,” Samford head coach Mike Morris said. “Duke had a lot to do with that. They can cover ground with their length and they can cover ground with their size, so even layups are different.” The only scare of the game for the Blue Devils came late in the first half, when sophomore Chelsea Gray was kicked in the chest while attempting to take a charge. The ACC leader in assists went down hard, grimacing in pain on the floor before being helped to the bench by a Duke trainer. The injury proved temporary, though, as Gray reentered the game just a few possessions later, even scoring twice between the injury and the half’s final buzzer. The guard tallied 16 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals in her well-balanced effort.

ANALYSIS from page 6 night. “Ka’lia Johnson was just fantastic off the bench for us,” McCallie said. “I can’t say enough about how well she played and how important she is to us. With Kathleen Scheer it’s the same thing. She is a rebounding machine, and as a senior she is really highly motivated. I thought everybody played their roles out there, and we can build on those roles.” The Bulldog faithful maintained a significant presence throughout the game, especially compared to a noticeably quiet Duke cheering section. Sunday night marked the start of what Duke head coach Joanne McCallie described as the challenge of playing in a “hostile environment.” After hosting opening round games at Cameron Indoor Stadium the past two seasons, the Blue Devils have finally ventured away from home and will play a true road game in Tuesday night’s second round matchup


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M. BASKETBALL from news page 1 “He’s really one of the outstanding players in the country. You could see why tonight.” The junior guard from Canton, Ohio led all scorers with 30 points on 9-of-24 shooting from the field, and also added six assists and six rebounds. McCollum supplemented his subpar field goal percentage by getting to the free throw line 16 times, converting 10 of those opportunities. The Blue Devils used a multitude of defenders on the versatile McCollum, and Duke’s guards got into foul trouble early. Junior Seth Curry took a seat after registering his fourth foul just over two minutes into the second half. By the 6:22 mark of the final period, Tyler Thornton and Mason Plumlee had joined Curry with four fouls while Andre Dawkins carried three, and Thornton fouled out in crunch time with just over a minute to play. The foul situation did not alleviate the Blue Devils’ shooting woes, as the squad struggled from long range the entire game. Duke missed its first nine chances from behind the 3-point line, before Austin Rivers converted with 1:56 to play in the first half to tie the game at 26. Curry and Dawkins— the Blue Devils’ second- and third-most accurate long-range shooters—combined to go just 2-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Mountain Hawks pestered Duke on the perimeter throughout the contest. In all, the Blue Devils converted only 6-of-26 3-point attempts, while Lehigh grabbed seven steals and forced 13 turnovers. The quickness of McCollum and backcourt teammate Mackey McKnight made it difficult for Duke’s guards to penetrate the lane, forcing low percentage shot attempts from well beyond the arc. “We know how great offensively they are,” McKnight said. “So we just tried to

maintain the pressure consistently throughout the game and just tried to get them off their game.” Despite the poor shooting day, the Blue Devils had opportunities to win in a back-and-forth second half. The Mountain Hawks never led by more than five until the final two minutes, and Duke jumped out to its own five-point lead to begin the second half—its largest of the game. On the Blue Devils’ second possession of the half, Thornton connected with Mason Plumlee on an alley-oop, then answered a tying 3-pointer by Lehigh’s Gabe Knutson with a 3-pointer of his own. After a Plumlee block, Josh Hairston went up-and-under for a layup to give Duke a five-point lead with just over 17 minutes to play. But McCollum would not let the Blue Devils pull away. McCollum scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer with 2:26 remaining to extend the lead to five just as Duke started to gain momentum. With less than a second remaining, his two free throws iced the victory. The Blue Devils played without junior forward Ryan Kelly for the second weekend in a row. Kelly, who has been nursing a foot sprain, is Duke’s most accurate 3-point shooter, making 40.8 percent of his deep shots on the season. Krzyzewski hinted that despite the two games without Kelly at the ACC tournament, his absence may have contributed to the Blue Devils’ stagnant offense. “When you introduce something new at this time of the year, there’s a tendency not to be in sync,” Krzyzewski said. “Especially with the pressure of the game or how well a team is playing against you. And that to me added to being tentative.” The loss marks the first time Duke has lost in the Round of 64 since 2007, when the sixth-seeded Blue Devils dropped their opening game to Virginia Commonwealth, and is

only the program’s third loss in the Round of 64 since tournament expansion in 1985. The loss was also the second of the day for a second-seeded team, as Missouri fell to No.

15 Norfolk State, 86-84 in earlier action. “I don’t like to grade losses,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just because this is the ending of the season, it’s particularly tough.”


Tyler Thornton had seven points, seven boards, six assists and three steals in the Blue Devils’ loss.

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M. LACROSSE from page 2 get one back,” head coach John Danowski said. “That ability to score off of the faceoff is such an advantage.” With a comfortable lead, the Blue Devils pulled their starters for the final period and cruised to an easy victory. The Blue Devils continued their game of musical chairs in goal, as four different netminders saw action against the Big Green. Wigrizer received his fourth start of the season and was the most impressive in 30 minutes of action. Redshirt senior Mike Rock replaced Wigrizer to begin the third quarter,

BASEBALL from page 3 “Marcus was electric,” head coach Sean McNally said. “He was really sharp and really competitive against a good team. That was a really positive moment for us to get back on the winning track.” Senior Will Piwnica-Worms led the Duke (8-14, 1-5 in the ACC) offense, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Andrew Istler helped Duke gain its initial lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI double, and Angelo Labruna also added an RBI on the night. Duke lost 2-1 Saturday in a pitcher’s duel. Freshman Trent Swart tossed seven innings for the Blue Devils, only giving up one run on six hits, striking out seven batters. “Trent’s been pitching well all year,” Stroman said. “He’s a freshman, and he stepped into a big role…. I thought he pitched great, kept them way off balanced for seven innings, and it was unfortunate we couldn’t get him the win.” The score was tied 1-1 heading into the ninth inning when Miami (16-4, 5-1) was able to manufacture the go-ahead run. Drew Van Orden hit leadoff batter Michael Broad who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Palmer drove him in with an RBI single off David Putman. Miami’s starter Eric Whaley was also dominant, pitching into the ninth inning while only allowing one run on eight hits. Base hits by Jeff Kremer and Aaron Cohn forced Whaley out of the game with one

allowing three early goals but recovering to record four saves of his own. Freshman Kyle Turri saw nine minutes in net to begin the fourth quarter, allowing three goals without recording a save. Christopher Shannon replaced Turri and made three saves in six scoreless minutes to seal the victory. There was no indication as to who would be the number one goaltender moving forward. “I think our feeling is that we’ve won with all three [goalies],” Danowski said. “We’ve won with Dan, we’ve won with Mike Rock and we’ve won with Kyle Turri. Goaltending sometimes is a function of how the defense plays in front of the goalie. If we give up inside shots, it’s tough for any

goalie to make those saves.” The offense was more stable, lead by Rotanz, who hit the back of the net on all four of his shots, bringing his season goal count to 16. The game also had personal implications, as Robert’s younger brother, Brendan, scored his fifth goal of the year for Dartmouth in the fourth quarter. “I was happy he got a little goal but the big brother has to beat the little brother. It was good to establish a little dominance out here,” Robert Rotanz said. “I just wanted to beat him. My brother and I love each other but we’re very competitive. You don’t want to lose to your little brother.”

out in the bottom of the ninth, but reliever E.J. Encinosa was able to strike out the next two Blue Devils to end the game. With the series tied at one, Peter O’Brien’s four RBI helped the Hurricanes win the rubber match 7-1. The senior catcher went 4-for-5, including two doubles and a towering shot over the Blue Monster in left field that hit off the awning of the restaurant on top.

“You have to tip your hat,” McNally said. “[O’Brien] made some good strokes at the right times, and he was definitely a catalyst for them.” Four Miami pitchers combined to hold the Blue Devils to one run on nine hits. Duke’s Robert Huber put in five innings of work while giving up three runs, and the Hurricanes scored four more runs off the bullpen.


Will Piwnica-Worms went 3-for-4 with an RBI Friday, pushing his season batting average to .329.

W. LACROSSE from page 3 goal from Dartmouth’s Frances Bird put her team up by two again. Assisted by Kerrin Maurer, Maddy Morrissey pulled Duke within one with 17:53 left to play. Dartmouth scored two more goals, building a 5-2 lead. With 13 seconds left on the clock, Maurer found the back of the net for her 19th goal of the season, but Plumb netted one more for the Big Green with two seconds remaining in the half. “We were giving up junk goals, goals where there was a miscommunication or where we weren’t quite ready,” Kimel said. “We did a good job at halftime of collecting ourselves and buckling down, because we didn’t let ourselves give up any junk goals in the second half.” Duke and Dartmouth continued to trade goals for the first ten minutes of the second half, scoring two apiece. The Blue Devils’ defense then buckled down, holding the Big Green scoreless for the final 20:24 of the game. During this time, Duke tied the game at eight with a 3-0 run that included Quirke’s second goal of the day, a free position goal from Amanda Jones and a goal from freshman Taylor Trimble, who scored a game-high five goals against ACC opponent Virginia Tech. Due to Dartmouth’s tight defense, the Blue Devils were unable to convert on their final possession, sending the game into overtime. After Duke won the draw control in the first overtime, they stalled for nearly three minutes before Dartmouth gained possession of the ball. This missed opportunity cost the Blue Devils the game, though, as Plumb netted the game-winning shot in the ensuing overtime period. “At the end of the day we could have done a lot of the basic stuff a little bit better and it would have made a difference in the game,” Kimel said. “The combination of not executing very well in overtime and not taking care of the ball is really what hurt us in the long run.”

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Well-being within our grasp Duke’s public sphere is of- ly with academic engagement ten preoccupied with a search and well-being, although acafor new solutions, new pro- demic engagement is hardly grams and new committees the only route to happiness. to solve our problems. But Recognizing that academic sometimes it is just as fruitful engagement, along with other to look around sources of welleditorial and realize that being, has the the resources power to valiaround us are just what we date us is part of allowing that need to live better. power to work. Looking around is what The report on romantic the Duke Social Relationships relationships highlights a wellProject, released last week by known dissonance between Steven Asher, professor of students’ perception of sopsychology and neuroscience, cial life and the reality on the and his team, encourages us ground. More than a third of to do. The report injects an respondents had been in comoptimistic perspective into mitted relationships, which the campus culture debate, lasted around 15.3 months and reminds us that well-be- on average. Surprisingly, a full ing is within our grasp. 44.5 percent of women and The punchline of the DSRP 46.6 percent of men who were is that students’ sense of be- single had not participated in longingness correlates strong- hook-ups in the six months

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prior to the survey. Moreover, 51.1 percent of women and 44.8 percent of men described themselves as non-users or light users of alcohol. As Asher has stated, the quantification of these social behaviors proves that there are several cultures at Duke, and it allows students to see that there are others who identify with them and have had similar experiences. But the DSRP’s most novel findings turn on an exploration of the feelings of loneliness and belongingness. The report stated that out of all the predictors of high levels of belongingness—like friendships or being a supporter of Duke athletics—academic engagement is among the strongest indicators of students’ wellbeing. Students who felt passion for their academic work

reported less social anxiety and greater self-esteem, all while having the same number of friends and the same kind of dating experiences as other students. We would offer one amendment to this idea: Academic engagement is fulfilling when it is not divorced from social experience. It is easy to become estranged from academic life at Duke— large, competitive classes with harsh curves and little student-to-student interaction do little to validate us as people. Academic engagement is fundamentally a social venture, and, as the study suggests, well-being may depend balancing the social and intellectual sources of validation in our lives. The DSRP report is com-

forting. The scaffolding for students’ well-being at Duke already exists. There are several avenues through which students might attain genuine academic fulfillment: programs like Focus and the Chautauqua Lecture Series blend academic and social experiences. More unique forms of academic engagement or programs that combine extracurricular activity with intellectual pursuit can only add to this mix and would clearly be an asset to our social culture. The Duke Social Relationships Project report provides a distinct observation about Duke and gives cause for optimism by encouraging us to understand the role that our academic achievements have played in our sense of self.

What women want: Everything starts with Eve


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love my evil powers, but one stipulation that’s al- especially things that contradict her other wants, ways bugged me is that God and I aren’t allowed and major bonus points if getting the thing is to mess with anybody’s free will. Yeah, I can en- impossible. She wants Edward, but she wants Jasure that there’s a hearty dosage of cob. She wants to play with puppies crack, coke and Carly Rae Jepsen on (“Aww, can I pick him up?!”), but every street corner, but when a little she doesn’t want her dog to be old kid decides he’s gonna live above and gross (“Eww, put him down!”). the influence of today’s most adToday’s woman is sexually emdictive substances, there’s not really powered, but she doesn’t just want anything I can do about it. to have crazy sex, she wants to have The area where this rule has recrazy sex politics, too. She wants ally hurt me is picking up girls. I’ll men to stay faithful to their wives, the devil admit it, The Devil has never been but she only wants to let them to monday, monday all that good at talking to ladies. I have one wife. She wants her insurthink it’s cause up until the 50 fifty ance to cover the pill, but she wants years, I’d never really had to. I never developed radio personalities to treat her like a human being. any kind of game because for millennia I’d just She wants health care to stop covering Viagra, but inhabit the body of the man who owned the most she wants to bang the 80-year-old dude that used to cars/land/shiny metal crap in his community and host “The Price is Right.” Oh wait, never mind, my all the fathers would throw their daughters at me. roomie’s telling me that last one’s not a thing. OK Used to be you could issue an eight-pig offer to women, I guess you can stop paying taxes for Bob her father and any chick would be yours (maybe Barker’s boner pills. throw in a goat if she was a 10). Now the typical Duke girl, armed with all the But then things started changing. Ever since expectations that accompany 20 years of success, the 19th Amendment passed, women have need- wants s*** even more impossible than Frankened men less and less. Nowadays women are get- steena. She wants to wear tights that stick to her ting their own college degrees, making their own butt like wallpaper, but she wants to accost men money and picking their own noses. (God I miss for staring. She wants to complain about the lack the days of chivalry.) Unfortunately for me, wom- of dating on campus, but she wants to date a guy en don’t need my paycheck or boogerfingers any who only exists in Taylor Swift songs. She wants to more. They’ve started preferring guys with bulls*** revel in the hospitality that comes from living in like good looks and a sense of humor. And if you the conservative South, but she wants gays to be read The Chronicle’s online comments, you know able to get married. She wants to wear a lax pinnie I’ve never had much of the latter. But I’ve had to that says “Just Tri It” but she also wants respect. See try to be funny if I ever want to see boobs again. what I mean? Oh, and she wants shoes. Loads and Sure, I’ve always been able to just possess a wom- loads of shoes. Way more shoes than you think is an’s body and jiggle my boobs in the mirror. I’ve necessary for the number of unique situations you done it millions of times. Hell, I nabbed the most can imagine her feet encountering. gorgeous body I’ve ever seen back in 27 B.C. and So where do we go from here? Men, we need just posted up in front of a mirror jiggling those to bring back the glory days before women had suckers for ages. The world saw two centuries with- all these rights and expectations, back to the time out war. I saw hypnotic bags of joy bouncing off my when a woman’s right to choose meant deciding fingertips for 200 years straight. Win-win. Thanks, whether to make us pork chops or meatloaf. We women. But manhandling the female body just isn’t need to stop letting Matthew McConaughey star as satisfying when I’m not doing it as a man. I had in rom coms and start casting someone more realto figure out what today’s women desire, so I did istic, like Steven Seagal. If you have to use an onsome research. After reading a thousand Develle line dating site, make sure your profile at least has Dish posts and watching every Helen Hunt movie, I a dowry listed. Finally, and I think this is obvious: finally found what women want.… We need to elect Rick Santorum. Everything. The prototypical woman (whom I have conThe Devil thinks Nietzsche was right; women were structed from a collection of parts of other wom- God’s second mistake.... God had to make little girls en like Frankenstein) wants absolutely everything, first.



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y now, you’ve probably heard of tasy tickets and takes aim at the system. Americans Elect, the political-re“The problem we have is members of form group funded by a collection a political party can’t defect,” Elliot Ackerof Wall Street executives (some of whom man says. “The real reason defections are so remain anonymous) who difficult is people go home hope to field a bipartisan and they’re faced by a priezra klein presidential ticket in 2012. mary challenger. There’s a Americans Elect has the washington post huge amount of leverage been amply, but poorly, covright now on people who ered. The part of its strategy that generates fear being primaried.” the most attention is also the part that’s Primaries are one of the tools used most wrongheaded: an effort to nominate to enforce polarization. You might be a a bipartisan superticket to contest for the moderate Republican from Delaware, or presidency. a moderate Democrat from Colorado, and This sort of thing is a perennial fantasy. inclined to cross the aisle fairly frequently. At its best, it’s mostly harmless. The candi- But before you can be judged by the full dates run weak campaigns and fade away. electorate in Delaware or Colorado, you At its worst, it can split the vote for reason- must win your party’s primary. And the able candidates and let extreme politicians voters in that primary are, on the whole, slip into office. Either way, it perpetuates much less moderate than the voters in a a harmful misunderstanding about what’s general election. wrong with our political system, and what If primaries were easy, candidates could it will take to fix it. just worry about the general election. But It’s seductive to believe that all Wash- particularly in recent years, and particularly ington needs to thrive is an independent- in the Republican Party, primaries have beminded presidential candidate who will come a serious threat to incumbents. Just expose the folly of partisanship and remind ask former Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, or Americans of our shared values and the former congressman Mike Castle of Delacommon good. But it’s not true. Just ask ware, both of whom lost Republican priBarack Obama, who ran on hope, change maries in 2010 to tea party opponents who and post-partisanship. Ask George W. Bush, condemned political moderation. Or ask who promised to be “a uniter, not a divider.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican It would be nice if our problems were so su- who lost her party’s primary that same year perficial that we could solve them with an to a tea party challenger before running as inspiring campaign and a new occupant in an independent. With no ballot line to supthe Oval Office. But governing isn’t the last port her candidacy, Murkowski pulled off a act of an Aaron Sorkin drama. rare feat — winning as a write-in candidate. The political system is, above all, a sys“Running as an independent candidate tem. Into this machine we place leaders is not something that’s particularly easy to defined by different partisan affiliations, do,” Ackerman says. “It’s like running with coalitions, ideas and personalities. Yet it a parachute.” continues to work much the same from Americans Elect plans to throw the year to year, presidency to presidency. If independent-minded a ballot line. Candiyou want change — and polling suggests dates can run on the Americans Elect line, many Americans do — you can’t just move but still caucus with the Democrats, the a new person into office. You need to Republicans or no party at all. In effect, change the system. the goal isn’t to create a new party, but to Which brings us to the interesting part provide a new path for moderate members of what Americans Elect is doing. of the two reigning parties. Although Americans Elect is often mar“People look at the Democratic and Reketed as a third party, its founders point publican primary process at every level and out that it’s no such thing. “It’s not about they simply don’t want to go through what dropping your ideological framework,” says is needed to compete,” Byrd says. “AmeriElliot Ackerman, chief operating officer of cans Elect is dealing with that pain point.” Americans Elect and son of Peter AckerWill many politicians — incumbents or man, the group’s main funder. “That’s un- newcomers — choose this path? Probably necessary. What is truly the innovation here not, and definitely not at first. It increases is the second nominating process.” the likelihood of a three-way race in which Here’s what he means: The group’s real Americans Elect candidates would see their accomplishment is having secured ballot support siphoned by whoever gets the nomlines in all 50 states. That’s not easily done. ination of their party, making victory on the Different states have different rules for get- Americans Elect line unlikely. It also means ting on the ballot, and the rules can be both that Americans Elect candidates would be complicated and costly to follow. (Consider cut off from traditional networks for fundVirginia, where Mitt Romney and Ron Paul raising, volunteer support and campaign were the only two Republican presidential expertise, which political parties provide. candidates to make their party’s primary But if a high-profile incumbent, under ballot.) Kahlil Byrd, chief executive of threat of a primary challenge from the Americans Elect, estimates that the organi- far right or left, takes the Americans Elect zation has spent about $15 million clearing route, the practice could spread.(Are you ballot hurdles in the states. listening, Sen. Richard G. Lugar?) In that Most states let a party remain on the bal- case, Americans Elect could help underlot once its candidate has obtained a thresh- mine one of the major methods by which old percentage of the vote. Americans Elect parties enforce ideological discipline. It is hoping that its bipartisan ticket will reap might give legislators such as Bennett, Casa sufficient number of votes in 2012 to en- tle and Murkowski a license to cross the aisle sure ballot access in 2014 and beyond. If not, — and survive. Then, if nothing else, we’d Americans Elect will have to spend millions see more clearly how much polarization is more. Either way, it plans to be on the bal- baked into the system, and how much is a lot in every state, at every level. “What’s really product of the particular people inside it. important is making sure that this becomes a perpetual effort, that in 2014 and 2016, you Ezra Klein is a columnist at the Washingsee governors and senators and congressmen ton Post, as well as a contributor to MSNBC. running on it,” Byrd says. That’s the point at This column originally appeared in The Washwhich Americans Elect moves beyond fan- ington Post.

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he phenomenal popularity of the beguiling pleasures of righteous indignaviral video about the Ugandan tion can seduce us into simplifying each rebel leader Joseph Kony has once trendy new cause into the pre-packaged again called attention to parameters of a morality the moral outrage of the play. It’s not reality, but abduction of children to fantasy and feeling that be trained as soldiers. In count. line with the nature of such If the delights of moral a contagion (keeping with pornography are indifferour viral metaphor), a conent (and even hostile) to residerable amount of blood ality, they are perhaps even spilt in far-flung Conradian so to effective action. darren beattie more thickets translates commenThe moral release afforded oy weber surately into ink spilt in our by taking up some exotic more familiar cloisters of cause bears little or no relaidle privilege and infinite concern. tion to whether one actually makes a posiChild soldiers are, of course, not new tive difference—a sort of half-hearted deto Uganda or (for that matter) a host ontology posturing as activism. I need not of other African countries. The recent explain how the equivalent release offered histories of Democratic Republic of the by sexual pornography may (in fact probCongo, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Liberia ably does) exist entirely independently of match that of Uganda according to just whether any sex act takes place. Indeed, about any macabre metric imaginable. one of the chief purposes of pornography Rape, pillage, dispossession and slavery is to facilitate sexual release without sex. are all familiar plot elements, and con- Similarly, the most effective bits of moral tribute to the rather dark feeling that pornography operate onanistically, allowone has seen this movie before. But what ing one to climax in self-congratulation can account for the powerful reactions and deplete one’s moral reserves without this narrative garners with each virtually any action whatsoever. Just as pornogidentical sequel? raphy can function as a (hopefully temIn thinking of the way the endless hor- porary) substitute for sex, so can moral ror stories of Africa are packaged for and pornography function as a substitute for enthusiastically consumed in the West, real action. Perhaps this helps to explain Vladimir Nabokov’s epilogical descrip- the activist who can pontificate endlessly tion of pornography in “On a Book En- about the plight of the Inuit and yet treat titled Lolita” comes to mind as a source the “rednecks” in his own backyard with of useful terms of comparison. Nabokov barely concealed derision. identifies the chief characteristics of porIt matters a great deal that moral pornography as “mediocrity, commercialism nography chiefly features a far-away proband certain strict rules of narration.” A lem in some exotic locale. This is because number of “old rigid rules must be fol- the more exotic and remote the location, lowed by the pornographer in order to the more moral credit one is able to give have his patient feel the same security of oneself simply for being aware of the issatisfaction as, for example, fans of detec- sue. So many ignoramus Americans don’t tive stories feel.” even know where East Timor is, let alone It is not despite, but rather because the dire humanitarian crisis it recently of their repetitive familiarity that spo- faced. Moral and intellectual superiority radic eruptions such as the Kony affair for the price of nothing! continue to register all of the “shock” apExoticism is crucial in another imporpropriate to an orgiastic fit of righteous tant respect. It establishes a certain “pathos indignation. To be sure, righteousness, of distance” which facilitates the objectificaindignation and moral outrage, like the tion process that is instrumental to the eflibido itself, stem from healthy, vital ener- fective working of pornography as such. gies without which our humanity would What is the purpose of my pointing fall nugatory and impotent. It is just for out some of the silliness that comes along this reason that both the sexual and mor- with moral outrage and righteous indigal urges are so vulnerable to decadence, nation? In fact, isn’t the very act of pointself-indulgence and excess. This is a kind ing this out just another cheap attempt of excess vaguely reminiscent of one of at a kind of meta-self-righteousness, a those old Ricki Lake or Jerry Springer performative contradiction of sorts? I can episodes at the end of which a handful of feel good about myself for pointing out roly-poly illiterates from the studio audi- the fecklessness of the unenlightened doence get to hurl self-righteous (and often gooders who feel good about themselves. violent) aspersions at some toothless, two- This is nothing new, and in fact has bedimensional pedophile or Klan member come something of a trend. But by acguest (boo! hiss!). knowledging this I have set myself apart The ecstasy of moral outrage, like by entering a third-order realm, and hintpornography, thrives under conditions ing at an infinite regress—or possibly a of caricature and, in Nabokov’s words, series converging at the very model of a “has to be limited to the copulation of cli- modern major activist. ches.” Neither pornography nor self-righteousness thrives alongside nuance and Darren Beattie is a third-year Ph.D. cancomplexity. A realistic plot is simply not didate in political science. His column runs the point. 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