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year’s Senate members Monday. “Vice presidents must be able to manage their committees well and make sure their projects come to fruition,” said DSG President-elect Alex Swain, a junior. “They should have their individual agenda and also be key players on the executive board when it comes to making key
Senior Roshan Sadanani will put his oratory skills to the test at commencement next month. Sadanani will address his peers, their families and Duke faculty as the student commencement speaker May 13 at Wallace Wade Stadium. He Roshan Sadanani hopes to share what he has learned from his wide array of Duke experiences with his graduating class. In his speech, Sadanani said he will urge his fellow seniors to be introspective when reflecting on their four years in college. “From burning benches after the UNC game to watching the Symphony Orchestra perform, there are so many activities going on all the time,” Sadanani said. “I like the idea of trying new things, and I tried to take in as much as I could during my time here at Duke.” Sadanani, president of the Duke Debate team and a biomedical engineering major, will join author and renowned journalist Fareed Zakaria, who will deliver the main commencement speech. Sadanani’s involvement in Duke Debate not only trained him in public
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Ten students run for DSG VP posts by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE
Ten students are running for Duke Student Government vice president positions but only two races are contested. The election, which will take place Monday, will decide the vice presidents for the seven DSG committees— academic affairs; Durham and regional affairs; equity and outreach; facilities
and the environment; residential life; social culture; and services. The only contested positions are vice president for Durham and regional affairs and vice president of equity and outreach. DSG’s restructuring in March expanded the number of committees from five to seven, making this the first year that seven vice president positions are available. Students will also elect next
NC gubernatorial race Activist Davis promotes focuses on education role of black scholarship by Michael Shammas THE CHRONICLE
As the state’s gubernatorial election heats up, candidates are courting North Carolina college students on the issue of education With two and a half weeks left in the gubernatorial primaries, the race for the Democratic nomination has boiled down to a battle between former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. Whichever candidate cinches the nomination will face former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the presumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate, in the general election Nov. 6. “North Carolina stands at the crossroads. Down one path lies hard work and high achievement. Down the other lurks the dirty politics of divide and conquer,
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with disastrous results for our prosperity and our posterity,” Etheridge wrote in an email Wednesday. Over the past year, the Republicancontrolled state legislature has passed legislation that has hurt North Carolina voters, Etheridge said, citing policies that have resulted in firing teachers, limiting college curriculum, slashing funding for community colleges and reducing scholarship opportunities for young people. He noted that it will be especially important for students to vote in the upcoming elections, given the issues revolving around the future of the state’s education. “I am running for governor because SEE RACE ON PAGE 5
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In order to alleviate racism, people need to create solutions that are not grounded in violence, said political activist and author Angela Davis. Davis discussed the role of black scholarship in society to a packed audience Thursday in Richard White Lecture Hall. She noted that achieving justice should not be centered around individuals but should be addressed by for the greater community. The keynote speech was part of Reggie Day, an annual program that commemorates the legacy of Reginaldo Howard, Duke’s first black student body president. The event was presented by the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars and Duke University Union.
“This is the point where I invite the relatively well-adjusted people reading this to leave the room.” —Harry Liberman in “Girls: from White Castle to the Nile.” See column page 15
One of the most important tasks of a black scholar is to fight for equality for future generations, Davis said. All black scholars are linked to the historical struggle for freedom, but people tend to forget about the deeper community issue. She added that young people today are affected by capitalism and its emphasis on the individual. “Even if a criminal is sentenced to death, it will not solve the root of the problem,” Davis said. “We don’t always have to think about punishment as justice.” Davis noted that the recent case of Trayvon Martin is an example of continued racism in today’s society. People are too concerned about the fate of George SEE DAVIS ON PAGE 6
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VA to hire needed 1,900 mental health workers
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under pressure to reduce the long waits that many veterans face for mental-health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it will hire 1,900 mentalhealth workers, an increase of more than 9 percent. The new positions include 1,600 clinicians—among them nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers— as well as nearly 300 support staff. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the new positions “desperately needed” given the high suicide rates among veterans and the influx of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking mental-health care. “Too often, we have seen staff vacancies, scheduling delays and red tape leave those veterans who have been brave enough to seek help in the first place left with nowhere to turn,” said Murray, who chairs the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
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Obama campaign did not Syria continues attacks, report 1,312 contributions nations may use force WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama campaign did not disclose nearly $2 million in donations ahead of the 2008 elections, according to an audit by the Federal Election Commission released Thursday. The campaign failed to disclose 1,312 contributions totaling $1,972,266.
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Council to vote on new DGHI program for DKU by Kristie Kim THE CHRONICLE
Faculty will soon vote on a new Duke Global Health Institute program for Duke Kunshan University. DGHI administrators proposed the Master of Science in Global Health degree program to Academic Council at its meeting Thursday. If it passes, the program will be the second degree program to be approved for DKU’s anticipated Fall 2013 opening. The council will vote on the proposal in May. Academic Council will vote on the proposal at its May meeting. “It’s part of a larger strategy of the institute’s engagement in China,” said DGHI Director Dr. Michael Merson, who also serves as the interim vice president and vice provost for the Office of Global Strategy and Programs. “It is also closely tied to the institute’s mission to expose students to health problems and systems in China, the surrounding region and the ‘global North.’” Last month, Academic Council passed a resolution that overturns a December 2009 decision to refrain from considering DKU graduate programs beyond the previously approved Fuqua School of Business Master of Management Studies degree. During DKU’s first five years, students in the MMS program will spend a semester at DKU, complete classes at Fuqua and receive a Duke University degree. As far as undergraduate programs, DKU study abroad programs for undergraduates through DGHI are currently under discussion. The Master of Science in Global Health curriculum, which reflects the Durham degree, includes five core courses and four elective courses, in addition to fieldwork and the
completion of a thesis, said DGHI Deputy Director Randall Kramer. The proposed program, targeted at Chinese and other Asian students, is research-based and will offer a Duke degree. It will only accept 20 students initially, but the size will gradually increase to about 35 students by its third year, when the program will be reviewed. Merson said the establishment of a global health degree in China is particularly relevant, and it will be a part of a planned global health research center at DKU. The program will provide students the opportunity to study familiar issues in a new context. China has experienced a recent surge in health problems similar to those of the United States, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. “[China’s] population of 1.3 billion is going through a rapid transition, now facing problems similar to our own, including a booming over-60 cohort in addition to emerging environmental problems,” he said. Merson also noted that DGHI’s priorities at DKU will include researching increased socioeconomic disparities in health care, which is demonstrated by differing rates of infant mortality. “This program will be a strong focal point for the institute to become more embedded and connected with China and other countries in the process,” Merson said. He noted that if approved, the program will further the institute’s engagement in China, where DGHI currently has four collaborations with Chinese universities—including Fudan University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Wuhan University. Emily Klein, senior associate dean at the
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Jeffrey Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management and chair of the global priorities committee, speaks at the Academic Council meeting Thursday.
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Two secret service officers Sudan President vows war against South Sudan identified in Colombia scandal by Sudarsan Raghvan and Colum Lynch THE WASHINGTON POST
NAIROBI — Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on Thursday threatened a full-blown war against its newly independent neighbor South Sudan, the starkest indication yet that the United States and its allies have been unable to bring stability to this corner of Africa despite years of efforts. Appearing at a rally in the volatile province of North Kordofan, Bashir vowed to teach South Sudan a “final lesson by force.” A day earlier, he threatened to “liberate” South Sudan from the “insects” that rule it. It was unclear whether the comments, coming days after South Sudan seized the disputed Heglig oil field near the border, represented a formal declaration of war or were merely intended to persuade the United States, the United Nations and regional powers to force South Sudan to leave the area. Nevertheless, Bashir’s fiery remarks prompted a torrent of criticism from the United Nations and Washington, which was instrumental in forging a 2005 peace deal that ended a decades-long civil war between the two sides and has spent billions to keep South Sudan stable in a region plagued by terrorism and militant Islam. If war erupts again, the United States and its allies could be drawn into trying to mediate another protracted conflict. In New York, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced frustration that the
two countries have ignored repeated calls to return to the negotiating table to settle their differences. “The last thing the people of these two countries need is another war—a war that could claim countless lives, destroy hope and ruin the prospects of peace and stability and prosperity of all Sudanese people,” he said at a news conference. Ban called on South Sudan to immediately withdraw its forces from the town of Heglig, saying its seizure constituted “an infringement of the sovereignty of Sudan and a clearly illegal act.” He also called on Khartoum to stop shelling and bombing South Sudanese territory and to withdraw its forces from disputed territories. South Sudanese officials insisted that Khartoum was the aggressor, saying the north had attacked four areas since Wednesday. “We are only defending ourselves,” said Col. Philip Aguer, a spokesman for South Sudan's military, adding that South Sudanese troops repulsed the northern forces. The United Nations has been in a state of almost permanent crisis management since South Sudan gained independence in July. In the weeks before that, Sudan invaded the disputed territory of Abyei and launched an offensive against its former military foes in South Kordofan, leading to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, who face the prospect of starvation. The U.N. Security Council has been SEE SUDAN ON PAGE 6
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the Secret Service supervisors who was ousted from the agency this week for his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page, joking about a picture of himself standing watch behind Sarah Palin. David Randall Chaney, 48, posted several shots of himself on duty in a dark suit and sunglasses, including one that shows him behind the former Republican vice presidential nominee during her 2008 campaign. "I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?" Chaney wrote in the comments section after friends had marveled at the photo. He is married and has an adult son. Chaney, who had been a supervisor in the Secret Service's international programs division, retired under pressure Wednesday, according to people familiar with an internal agency investigation into the allegations that 11 agents and uniformed officers had participated in a night of carousing April 11 ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to the Summit of the Americas. He was one of two senior supervisors who are accused in the scandal, which investigators believe included heavy drinking, visits to a strip club and payments to women working as prostitutes. Several people familiar with the matter have identified the other supervisor as Greg Stokes, who was assistant special agent in charge of the K-9 division. Stokes has been notified by agency officials that he will be fired, though he will be given an opportunity to contest the charges, those with knowledge of the case said. The disclosure that two high-level managers were involved in the misconduct has raised questions of accountability and personal conduct in an agency whose top leadership has insisted that the Cartagena incident is an isolated and aberrant case, not a sign of a deeper cultural problem within the institution. Chaney and Stokes have each worked at the Secret Service for nearly two decades, and both have served significant time with the presidential protection detail, people who know the men said. Both are based in Washington. The supervisors were sent on the trip to supervise dozens of younger, less-experienced agents who were part of the advance
team preparing for Obama's arrival. Lawrence Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and an attorney for Chaney and Stokes, declined to comment on details of the allegations involving his clients. He said the agency's investigation is not complete for either man and stressed that any judgment about their roles in the scandal is "premature." "It's our ultimate position that nothing they may or may not have done in Colombia negatively impacted the efficiency of their mission," Berger said. "Nothing that has been reported to have been done has impacted negatively on their mission or the president's visit." Capitol Hill lawmakers who have been briefed on the matter have said 21 men are suspected of bringing as many as 21 prostitutes to their rooms. Ten military members also have been accused of participating, along with the 11 Secret Service personnel. The incident became public after one man got into a dispute over payment with a woman on the morning of April 12, drawing the attention of hotel staff and Colombian authorities, who reported the matter to the U.S. Embassy. The Secret Service recalled its 11 employees and replaced them with another team before Obama arrived April 13. All were placed on administrative leave and had their top-secret security clearances revoked. The Secret Service announced Wednesday that three of the men were being dismissed from the agency for their involvement. Along with Chaney and Stokes, the third man is a junior member of the team who has elected to voluntarily resign, those familiar with the investigation said. Berger did not answer questions about his clients' employment status. "They have a passion for the agency's mission," he said. "They've both been doing it for over 17 or 18 years, day in and day out, and very well." Thursday, Capitol Hill lawmakers who oversee the Homeland Security Department said they expected more resignations and firings in the case. Rep. Peter T. King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the 11 agents involved in the scandal underwent drug tests and polygraph exams. Agency investigators in Colombia have visited all of the hotels where Secret Service personnel stayed and SEE SCANDAL ON PAGE 5
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RACE from page 1 my entire public career has prepared me for this moment, when the educational institutions North Carolina has built over many years are so desperately under attack,” he said. “Public education is the key that unlocks our future. Great schools, great community colleges and great universities form a sound economic policy that will produce new jobs and opportunities for our state.” Ford Porter, press secretary for the Dalton campaign, said his candidate would be the best choice for the state, given his experience expanding educational opportunities and supporting small businesses. As a state senator in 2003, Dalton sponsored the Innovative Education Initiative Act, a bill that laid the foundation for North Carolina’s network of colleges that has served as a model for the nation, Porter said. As the current lieutenant governor, Dalton chairs the eLearning commission, a program that works to improve virtual learning for North Carolina students. “North Carolinians across the state are supporting Walter Dalton for governor because he has the vision and experience to bring people together and move North Carolina forward,” Porter wrote in an email Wednesday. “Dalton understands that great jobs grow from great schools.” Porter added that as lieutenant governor and chair of the N.C. Senate education committee, Dalton has effectively managed the budget while also reducing class sizes, raising classroom accountability and increasing teacher salary. “Dalton [fought] for innovative and effective programs that... maximized bang for the taxpayer buck,” he said. Etheridge said he is concerned by the growing number of professors and researchers that is leaving public universities in the Triangle because budget cuts have dramatically reduced the resources available. Republican policies are undermining the relevance of the Research Triangle Park, he added. “We have always attracted the brightest and the best to our universities, and we can only do that if we return to the commitment of funding all levels of public education at the levels required to achieve excellence,” Etheridge said. According to Public Policy Polling, Etheridge is leading Dalton in voter support. The latest polls show Dalton, with 15 percent support, trailing Etheridge by 11 points. McCrory is polling well ahead of his primary challengers, according to March 25 data from Public Policy Polling. Polls also reflect that if the elections were held today, McCrory would beat any of the Democratic candidates by at least nine points. McCrory’s campaign could not be reached for comment. Other gubernatorial candidates include Bruce Blackmon, Gary Dunn, Bill Faison and Gardenia Henley in the Democratic race and Jim Harney, Scott Jones, Jim Mahan, Charles Moss and Paul Wright in the GOP primary. These candidates are polling in the single digits compared to the respective party frontrunners, according to Public Policy Polling. Junior Derek Mong, who is majoring in political science, said he supports Etheridge. “Etheridge has a strong record of accomplishment and service to North Carolinians,” he said. “From serving in the state legislature in Raleigh to representing North Carolina’s second congressional district in Washington, D.C., Etheridge’s commitment to the constituents he serves makes him the ideal choice for governor.” Duke students can vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries in the Old Trinity Room in the West Union Building until May 8.
SCANDAL from page 4 have interviewed each of the maids who cleaned rooms in the Hotel Caribe, King said. People who know the two supervisors have described Chaney's duties in the international programs division as supervising a department that provides support and administrative help to the agency's foreign offices. Stokes has been described as the assistant special agent in charge of the K-9 training division at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md. Attempts to reach both men were unsuccessful. Calls made to Chaney's home and cell phone and to Stokes' home were not returned. No one answered the door when a reporter visited Chaney's home in Northern Virginia.
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Thompson Writing Program Speaker Series Presents: “How to Knit Blogs, Write Classrooms and Paint Books” Charlotte Frost East Duke Parlor 4:30pm Friday, April 20, 2012 Charlotte Frost is the keynote speaker for Critical Ink 2012. Critical Ink is an annual multidisciplinary conference that features the best student writing and undergraduate research produced in Duke’s Thompson Writing Program. Charlotte Frost’s work in the digital arts and humanities challenges accepted ideas about disciplinary boundaries and the culture of scholarship. She founded PhD2Published, the ﬁrst online academic publishing resource for early-career academics. As editor of the experimental academic series Arts Future Book she has remodeled the art history book, while her innovative multi-modal critical practice problematizes traditional methods of academic writing and teaching.
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DAVIS from page 1 Zimmerman instead of caring about the larger racial struggle. “When we look at the current campaign for Trayvon, we are so myopically focused that we only want to know everything about one person,” Davis said. “We forget to realize that this is the most recent event in a long history of racial violence.” Teaching about an individual’s role
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Political activist Angela Davis speaks in Richard White Lecture Hall Thursday.
SUDAN from page 4 trying to muster a diplomatic response that could persuade the two sides to back down. This week, the United States floated the idea of imposing U.N. sanctions to compel the two parties to step back from the fighting. But confidence in a diplomatic solution appeared to be waning. On Tuesday, former South African president Thabo Mbeki warned the 15-nation council in a closed-door meet-
to give back to others is an important lesson, she noted. Davis said she learned this lesson from her mother, who was an elementary school teacher. “[My mother] did not let a learning disability prevent her from teaching a child from learning how to read,” Davis said. “She taught children to enjoy reading and fundamentally transformed their love—she taught us about our responsibility to the community.” Although racial equality has improved in the 21st century, black masculinity is still criminalized by the police and has indirect implications for women, she noted. “The state punishes men directly behind bars, but so many acts of violence to women are domestic,” Davis said. “One of the most violent places in the world is within the family.” The Reggie Day program hopes to keep racial equality awareness at the forefront of people’s minds, said freshman Destiny Hemphill, identity committee leader and primary organizer of Reggie Day. “There’s a notion that race and gender discrimination is a lot better than before, but we shouldn’t become complacent,” Hemphill said. “We have a continued responsibility to be agents for change.” One goal of Davis’ speech was to convey a meaningful message other minorities groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, in addition the black community, said senior Maab Ibrahim, co-president of Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars. “We wanted to keep the tradition of Reggie Day alive and generate activism on campus,” Ibrahim said. “Davis holds similar ideals and goals as Reggie did in the 1970s.” ing that the two sides were trapped in the “logic of war” and that it may be "too late to talk" them down from their military confrontation. South Sudan has demanded that the United Nations deploy a peacekeeping force in the area before it agrees to withdraw, something the world body has refused to do. South Sudanese officials have said that it is only fair that the United Nations, which authorized the deployment of an ongoing Ethiopian peacekeeping mission in Abyei, do the same in Heglig.
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global strategy as a whole. â€œGiven that Duke already has many global activities and that student and faculty interests span the globe, our greatest challenge has been to make sure that the GPC is not viewed as a transliteration for DKU,â€? Vincent said. He added that the committee will encounter several challenges next yearâ€”including how to take a small set of academic programs designed for DKU and create a comprehensive university. Vincent explained that the vice chancellor for DKUâ€”a role that has yet to be filledâ€”will be the key person in meeting this challenge. Another challenge for the committee is incorporating students into discussions regarding the Universityâ€™s global strategy, he said. â€œAfter all, enriching the studentsâ€™ experience is the main reason behind the faculty and administration investing in these programs and frankly it is important to hear their voice more,â€? Vincent said. At the end of the meeting, the council went into a closed executive session to discuss honorary degrees to be offered in 2013.
Nicholas School of the Environment and director of undergraduate studies in earth and ocean sciences, noted the meticulous planning of the program but added that it should incorporate a career center to aid students. In other business: The council also heard an update from Global Priorities Committee Chair Jeffrey Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of forest economics and management. GPC is responsible for monitoring the Universityâ€™s global strategy, which includes reviewing and refining academic programs operating at the global level. Vincent noted that developing a common understanding of Dukeâ€™s global activities is still a work in progress. But it is a critical goal because it will provide the context for evaluating programs as well as advice for strategic decisions affecting the whole University. He emphasized that the focus of the GPC is not limited to DKU but instead focuses on the Universityâ€™s
SALDANANI from page 1 speaking but also helped him developed the theme of his speechâ€”self-reflection and the student experience, he noted. â€œIn debate, we put a lot of emphasis on analytical thinking,â€? Sadanani said. â€œWhen you are writing a speech that reflects on the past four years, you must be introspective in order to figure out what you want to share with other students.â€? A record number of students applied for commencement speaker this year, said Sterly Wilder, associate vice president for alumni affairs and chair of the student speaker selection committee, but she was unable to provide specific numbers. The selection committee made its choice based on creativity and on how well the speech could capture audience attention. â€œWe ask our applicants to keep in mind that they are not speaking to just graduating students but also to faculty and family members,â€? Wilder said. â€œUltimately, we look for a speech that connects to the entire the audience, and in the end, we chose Roshanâ€™s.â€? The selection committee is comprised of both faculty administrators and students, and the selection process was conducted over three rounds. For the first round, the committee read each of the speeches without knowledge of the candidatesâ€™ identities. In the second and third rounds, applicants were asked to deliver their speeches in person, Wilder said. Senior Ankit Jain, Sadananiâ€™s roommate, said Sadanani is qualified to give this yearâ€™s commencement speech. â€œOne thing that is special about Roshan is that he has always been open to trying new things,â€? Jain said. â€œFrom social life to academics, he is a well-rounded person and is one of the most active people I know.â€?
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Costabile, Stroman climbs MLB short list Duke face Terrapins by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE
Since head coach John Danowski took over at Duke in 2007, his teams have gone 25-7 against conference opponents. But Duke has gone just 1-5 against Maryland, its first opponent of the tournament, over the last four years. Last season, the Terrapins became the first team to defeat Danowski’s Duke squad twice in one No. 5 season with their Duke 9-4 victory in the vs. national semifinals. No. 8 “They’re just reMaryland ally good,” Danowski said. “We’ve lost FRIDAY, 5 p.m. the last three, but Klockner Stadium they were the better team, certainly in March. That’s why it’s a great challenge. Certainly they’ve improved as well, but it’s a great opportunity to gauge how far we’ve come in six or seven weeks.” If the No. 5 Blue Devils (11-3, 2-1 in the ACC) exorcise their demons against the Terrapins Friday in Charlottesville, Va., it will go a long way toward improving their postseason seeding and legitimacy as an NCAA championship contender. Despite the team’s eight-game winning streak, Duke has yet to put together consecutive solid performances. Coming off their best win of the year, a 13-5 drubbing of thenNo. 1 Virginia in front of a large and hostile crowd, the Blue Devils have an opportunity to cement their identity with a win against No. 8 Maryland (7-3, 1-2). To do SEE M. LACROSSE ON PAGE 12
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Marcus Stroman is pitching his way up MLB Draft boards this spring, recording 12.68 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and sporting a 2.05 ERA. by Tom Gieryn THE CHRONICLE
Nothing about Marcus Stroman seems small, least of all his 97 mph fastball and the knee-buckling slider that routinely makes ACC hitters look silly. Stroman has taken up the role as Duke’s Friday starter and emerged as one of the top MLB prospects in the country, leading the nation with 93 strikeouts in
just 66 innings pitched this season, ranking third among qualifiers with a rate of 12.68 per nine innings. Despite all this, there is another number that Stroman cannot escape as he looks toward a career in professional baseball. “If he was 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he’d be the first pick in the draft,” said Kevin Goldstein, national writer on scouting and player development for Baseball Prospec-
tus. “But he’s not.” And he is not especially close, either, listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. The stigma around his size has followed him throughout his athletic career, forcing him to choose college baseball—his third-favorite sport in high school—over basketball and football and creating doubt among SEE STROMAN ON PAGE 11
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In the first 12 years of the ACC championships, Virginia has won the team title all but once. The No. 1 Cavaliers enter Saturday as the favorites once again, with the top-seeded boat in each of the four events. JuACC Championship nior Emily Theys and SATURDAY Duke’s secClemson, S.C. ond-seeded varsity eight will lead the Blue Devils as they try to knock off the nation’s best team en route to their first conference title. Tournament host Clemson will also pose a threat to Duke and the Cavaliers with second-seeded boats in three
of the four races. “We know that Clemson and Virginia are both going to present big challenges because they have in the past races that I’ve raced against them,” Theys said. “We definitely feel confident that we can pose a challenge to Clemson, and if we execute everything to the best of our ability, it could be interesting between us and Virginia as well.” Coming off wins at the Knecht Cup and the San Diego Crew Classic, Duke’s varsity eight boat will have plenty of momentum. In addition, the second varsity eight boat is coming off a second-place finish in its division of the Knecht Cup. “Had we not done well at the Knecht Cup or at the Crew Classic, it would have been like we were fighting an uphill battle,” Theys said. “The momentum definite-
ly helps build the confidence.” Regardless of the recent strong performances, the Blue Devils face a steep challenge in racing the Cavaliers for a championship. Virginia swept six races at the UVa Invitational last weekend against a field that included three ranked opponents. In order to be successful, Duke’s boats will have to race aggressively and execute well in the first 500 meters, head coach Robyn Horner said. With a championship at stake, Theys’ experience will be of great value to the Blue Devils. The junior, who was invited to the 2012 U23 National Team camp on April 10, participated in the same camp last summer and raced in the 2011 U23 World ChampiSEE ROWING ON PAGE 11
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fromstaffreports Men’s golf heads to ACC championship The Blue Devils will look to get over their recent runner-up performances at this weekend’s ACC championship. No. 15 Duke has finished in second place in five of its last six tournaments and currently ranks second in the ACC. No. 11 Georgia Tech will travel to New London, N.C. as the favorite, seeking its fourth straight conference title and 14th overall. The championship will be held at the parACC Championship 72, 7,102-yard Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. FRIDAY-SUNDAY The Blue Devil lineup for New London, N.C. the weekend will consist of Julian Suri, Brinson Paolini, Spencer Anderson, Austin Cody and Adam Sumrall. Suri’s sroke average of 70.6 is the best in the ACC—and the lowest in Duke history. He has not only claimed two tournament titles this season, but also five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Junior Brinson Paolini is tied for 10th in the conference with a 72.3 stroke average, but he has played his best golf recently, recording his first individual college championship at the River Landing Intercollegiate in the Blue Devils’ last tournament. Duke will begin its pursuit of a seventh ACC championship at 9:10 a.m. Friday morning when they tee off with Maryland and No. 19 Virginia. Women’s lacrosse enters ACC’s as No. 2 seed Duke will have the benefit of home-field advantage as it tries for its first ACC title since 2005. The No. 2-seeded Blue Devils will face the winner of No. 3 seed Maryland and No. 6 seed Virginia Tech Saturday at ACC 3 p.m at Koskinen Stadium. Tournament The Terrapins are the FRIDAY-SUNDAY three-time defending conDurham, N.C. ference champions and have lost just one game since March 13. Duke won the only matchup between the two teams this season, a 10-9 victory in Durham. Duke is led by three All-ACC selections—Emma Hamm, Mollie Mackler and Kim Wenger. Top-seeded North Carolina is undefeated in conference play this season and will face the winner of No. 4 seed Virginia and No. 5 seed Boston College in the second round.
STROMAN from page 10 MLB scouts as they project his major-league future. “Go back and watch last year’s All-Star Game,” Goldstein said. “The National League pitchers all come out— Tim Lincecum stands out like a sore thumb. The rest of these are big dudes. Big dudes who throw hard.” Lincecum, who was drafted 10th overall in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants, is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, and his ability to be successful at that size has led him to be nicknamed “The Freak.” All the buzz about inches and pounds rolls right off Stroman’s back, though. “I’ve used that my whole life to motivate me in the weight room, on the field,” he said. “You’ve got to do what you can with what you have. I’ll be the first one to tell you I don’t even wish I was 6-foot or 6-foot-1. Because something might be different—if I was that tall, maybe I wouldn’t throw as hard.” In fact, he has chosen a career path that only exacerbates the issues with his height. He was drafted as a shortstop out of high school by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round. Smaller players have an easier time breaking into the professional ranks as hitters, and Duke head coach Sean McNally had not even seen Stroman pitch before the Medford, N.Y. product committed to the Blue Devils. But after firing 27 scoreless innings and saving all 11 of his opportunities as a closer in the Cape Cod League the summer after his freshman year, Stroman knew his future was on the mound. KEVIN SHAMIEH/THE CHRONICLE He spent his sophomore year as a reliever for the Blue Devils, playing the field and occasionally starting Stroman may be a top-10 selection in this summer’s MLB Draft, though Sunday contests if he had not been needed in relief ear- teams are split as to whether he should be a starter or reliever. lier in the weekend. In the summer, he became the first player in Duke history to earn a spot on the U.S. nation- either gotten hurt or haven’t been so hot in the spring,” al baseball team, making seven relief appearances for Glassey said. “But Marcus is one of only a few players who Team USA. In 8.1 innings of work, he faced 27 batters. really helped his stock.” Only two reached base—one by hit and one by walk— If the predictions come true, Stroman would be the and 17 of them went down on strikes. highest Blue Devil ever drafted in baseball, ahead of first The lights-out performance led McNally to name Stro- baseman Larry Broadway, who was taken by the Montreal man the Blue Devils’ Friday starter for his junior season. Expos in the 3rd round in 2002. Stroman’s selection will “We just wanted to clarify his role and get him on be unusual for more than just his alma mater. a really good routine,” McNally said. “From a develop“Five-foot-nine pitchers do not go in the first round. Period,” Goldstein said. “And mental standpoint, it gives him an opportunity to develop more there’s no doubt he’s going “I don’t even wish I was of his stuff.” to.... He’s a difficult guy to wrap So Stroman spent the sum6-foot or 6-foot-1.... If I was your head around. I don’t know mer adding two new pitches to if anyone in this draft is coming that tall, maybe I wouldn’t his arsenal, a changeup and a at guys with two nastier power cutter, which breaks a bit less pitches.” throw as hard.” than his slider but also comes in The only question that reslightly faster. — Marcus Stroman mains for Stroman is his ultiWith two more offerings in mate role as a pro. He has the addition to the elite fastball and deep arsenal to make it as a startslider, Stroman has catapulted himself into the top half ing pitcher, but many teams wonder whether his frame can of the first round in the 2012 MLB Draft, according hold up over a 200-inning season. to most experts. Conor Glassey, an associate editor for Glassey’s doubts about Stroman as a starter have been Baseball America who oversees the outlet’s day-to-day assuaged by Stroman’s stamina this season, as the short draft coverage, said he now projects Stroman inside of right-hander has continued to run his fastball up into the top 10. the mid-90s even in the late innings. There is no ques“A lot of guys that started out the year up high have tion in Stroman’s mind that he can make it as a majorleague starter. “My long-toss program has conditioned me to where my arm can withstand 120 or 125 pitches,” Stroman said. “So from page 10 it’s just a matter of people coming out and not labeling me to that relief pitcher role.” But while starting pitchers have more value to a onships in the women’s quadruple sculls, bringing a team than relievers, there are benefits to leaving him new perspective on her sport back to Duke. in the bullpen. “When you transition from high school to col“He could be ready really quick,” Goldstein said. “Belege, you think you know how to go hard,” Theys cause you can go, ‘Marcus, just get out there and throw the said. “But after training at the international level, fastball and the slider and run people over.’ If you want to you know what ‘hard’ can really be. I’ve tried to make him a starter, now you’ve got to work on the stamina, transfer a work ethic that I’ve learned at camp that he’s going to have to develop a more advanced changeup. ‘you can always give more’ to Duke.” It’s going to take a few years.” This year, Theys has brought a higher level of enOpinions are divided among scouts. Goldstein said that ergy to the team on a daily basis, Horner said, and it would be “a pretty even split” between teams that would her attitude has helped inspire the varsity eight boat make him a starter and those that would use him in relief. to the fastest times they have ever recorded. Glassey envisioned Stroman as “a solid No. 2 starter,” while “Emily’s bringing that day-to-day expectation of Goldstein projected Stroman to be a “shutdown closer,” speed, and because we have really good senior leadcomparing him to Tom Gordon, who also stood 5-foot-9 ers,” Horner said. “They’ve gotten on board with and recorded nearly 2,000 strikeouts as a reliever across 21 that, and it helps them practice at a really high level major-league seasons. and race at a really high level.” For Stroman’s part, he will do whatever it takes to reach From her experience at national team camp, the major leagues. Theys also developed a greater understanding for “Once a team drafts me—whatever they want to do with the importance of teamwork and unity. me, I’ll do,” he said. “If it’s relieving, if it’s closing, if it’s “You need a good team dynamic if you want starting, whatever it is—I’m up for the challenge.” to do well,” Theys said. “And right now, I think And as his major-league dreams continue coming closour boat has a great team dynamic…. On paper, er, he is set on proving the doubters wrong by pouring into we may not be as fast or as strong as Virginia, but his game everything he has. All 69 inches of it. passion is just as important.”
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Emma Hamm was named to the All-ACC team after recording 17 goals and the same number of assists this season.
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M. LACROSSE from page 10 that, they must correct the mistakes that have haunted them in their recent matchups with the Terrapins. In Duke’s two losses to Maryland last year, faceoffs and ground balls were the deciding factors. The Terrapins won 18 of 24 faceoffs from the Blue Devils in their 11-9 ACC championship victory and 11 of 17 in their NCAA tournament win. In both games, Duke also failed to collect as many ground balls as Maryland, an indicator that the Terrapins were more physical than the Blue Devils. While Duke had far more success in both categories in this season’s 10-7 loss to Maryland, Danowski is well aware of the threat the Terrapins pose in those areas. “Their numbers are down,” Danowski said. “But we’re very wary that they’re very
dangerous, and they’re very capable of dominating us at the faceoff X.” To stymie that threat, the Blue Devils will turn to the uniquely multidimensional long stick midfielder C.J. Costabile. “The faceoff is such an integral part of the game, of creating momentum, of stopping momentum,” Danowski said. “C.J. gives you this dual-edged sword in that he can certainly win a draw on his own, he can keep the ball alive for his teammates, the wing players, and if your opponent wins the faceoff, he can actually create a turnover. So he really is more... of a tripleedged sword.” Costabile is best known for his gamewinning goal just seconds into overtime in the 2010 national championship game, and his penchant for scoring is not lost on his coach, who trusts Costabile to make a big play when he sees a potential opportunity. As good as he is as a scorer, however, his
four goals and three assists are overshadowed by the team’s attack unit. But Costabile, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse draft, was named a third-team All American the last two seasons based largely on the strength of his defensive efforts. Coming into the year, he was named a preseason first-team AllAmerican. So far he has not disappointed, as he is currently on pace for his most productive season as a Blue Devil. Costabile is causing turnovers at the same rate as last year and winning faceoffs at a better clip than he has in any previous season. Most importantly, though, he is collecting ground balls at a pace of 6.64 per game, good for seventh nationally—best among players from majorconference teams—and a 40-percent jump from last year’s production. Like Danowski, Costabile has always realized the importance of the ground ball from both a statistical and practical stand-
point. As a statistic, ground balls collected represent the effort and physicality necessary to extract a loose ball from the scrum of sticks and players pursuing it. But Costabile is more concerned with the practical aspect of the ground ball—for him, ground balls represent an opportunity to ignite his team’s attack. “They’re fun,” Costabile said of ground balls. “In order for your team to win, you have to have possession of the ball. I always kind of took on that role, just kind of like a macho role, if you will. I want to get the ground ball. I want to get it to our guys and let them do their thing.” To beat a Maryland defense that leads the ACC in goals allowed by almost one goal per game, Duke will need to keep possession and get the ball into the hands of its scorers as often and as quickly as possible. That cannot happen without another strong performance from Costabile.
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Vote in DSG election Monday Students will vote Monday in the most salient academic for the seven new vice presi- concerns of the moment. He dents to lead the Duke Student appropriately noted that some Government Senate. We would of the largest problems with like to take this opportunity to Curriculum 2000 lie with imexamine the candidates run- proper designation of Areas of ning unopposed Knowledge and editorial for the vice presModes of Inidents of three quiry for many committees: academic affairs; courses. His incisive identifacilities and the environment; fication of the problem and and residential life. concrete policy solutions to enFreshman Nikolai Doytchi- sure that courses are correctly nov brings a broad knowledge coded leave us confident in his of DSG to his campaign for ability to tackle this persistent vice president for academic problem. affairs. His work as a senator Doytchinov has big shoes to for academic affairs along with fill with the departure of senior his membership on the Young Kaveh Danesh, the current Trustee Nominating Commit- vice president for academic tee and DSG rules committee affairs. Danesh was known for have given him a solid under- being an abundant source of standing of student gover- academic innovation, proposnance. ing ideas ranging from BookDoytchinov is well-versed bag Sundays to video synopses.
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like to say SUCK my iron duke. If you think anyone enjoys spending their free time doing any or all of the above just for kicks, then by all means I It’s me! invite you to try it for yourself! See Oct. 6, 2010: My freshman JUST how much fun sexual assault anonymous year. Went out last night. I was at a cases can be!) author sudden-death level, don’t-rememOct. 5, 2011: I became the first guest column ber-leaving-the-room-I-drank-in, student to report a sexual misconnowhere-and-everywhere blackout duct case after the newly changed stage. I woke up on a late Thursday morning in my “one-year limit.” Little did I know exactly what bed, but not as I had left it last night. Sheets cov- my rush decision would bring over the next four ered in streaks of blood, two large red puke stains, months. The paperwork should have come with my clothes from last night strewn across my room a warning label. The depression, panic attacks, and bruises and scratches across my lower back, close friends who walked out of my life, sudden thighs and knees. There was an opened condom weight loss, a family that no longer knew how that had fallen right next to my bed, and Him, sit- to communicate with me, self abuse and many ting on my desk, waiting for me to wake up. Did I other things came at a time when I was neither mention I was a virgin? prepared nor willing to cope with the aftermath Aug. 31, 2011: Sophomore year. I had only told of sexual abuse. I was nowhere near prepared to three people about what happened that night, repeat my story to investigators, deans, witnesses, though many more knew through the rumor- the Student Conduct panel, psychotherapists, mill. He lived on my floor so there wasn’t much I you name it. If someone was in charge, they had could do to stop people from talking, so I denied a right to my story. and laughed it off until the questions went away. By the time I hit the ground running with the That year my big (sorority lingo for BEST OLD- hearing, my sexual assault wasn’t even my story. ER FRIEND! However in my case, it was true.) The more I retold it, the less I sympathized with reached out to me and encouraged me to talk to it. I was given seven days to hand over my story, someone about it. So, there I was, sitting across my evidence, by Oct. 6, 2011, for which I was only from a social worker, telling my story for the first given seven days to have ownership over my sexual time in almost a year. assault before it became the test-case for the OfSep. 28, 2011: I’ve been to counseling three fice of Student Conduct. times since Aug. 31. I was a wreck. A week from About a month later my dad got a call from a this day I will realize that I have post-traumatic certain Mr. Larry Moneta letting him know that he stress disorder. To make things better, I was just was aware of my case and that my safety and psytold that the University’s sexual misconduct policy chological health were of the utmost importance. changed. About three weeks after this phone call, the very I had seven days to speak up or shut up. If I same vice president for student affairs responded didn’t report Him to the University, I could turn to a “Duke Today” article on the new sexual misto the police, though I had no way of affording conduct one-year limit, quoting: “I was skeptical this case or any remaining physical evidence to at first; I thought it might dis-empower the victim. support it. If I did chose to report, I would expect … But we think we’re uncovering more victims months of questioning from the dean, counselors, because of it. I’m now convinced we’ve exposed a private investigator, as well as my friends and the problem and empowered the victim. Once it’s witnesses from that night. And to complete this reported, it’s still in the victim’s control, but it has super-duper sweet package, it would all end in a at least a shined light on it.” five-hour-plus Student Conduct hearing in which So Larry. To this I can only say … read, rinse I got to sit next to Him for the first time in over and repeat. a year and listen to Him deny Oct. 6! (And for all the guys who said, “Well, you were drunk so you The author of this piece has chosen to remain didn’t really know what actually happened,” I’d anonymous.
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Girls: from White Castle to the Nile
here’s nothing more awkward than this isn’t Recess (which you should really being the one guy hyping up a TV read instead of this—they actually know show widely labeled “the new ‘Sex how to write reviews), I’ll stay away from and the City,’” but I’ve lost the capac- the pure review aspect of this column and ity for shame ever since I yelled “I think move into the “And this is what my book you’re pretty” in the middle of my fourth report has to do with Duke” category. grade class to Julia Goldberg. So “Girls” it This is the point where I invite the relais, the show, the topic and even the classi- tively well-adjusted people reading this to cally juvenile Beastie Boys song. Because, leave the room. If you’re in a stable relaper the usual, it’s all I really want (one tionship, have a pretty good idea of what guy out there is loving the Beastie Boys your career will be, are hard working but jokes. Hang in there, good not obsessive and are truly buddy. Also, cramming my at inner peace about it all, digressions into one parenthat’s your exit cue. I know thesis, I really hope nobody a few of you, and your true knows Julia reading this. I inner goodness and kindmean, it’s a joke, but that ness disgusts me. actually happened, and Damaged kids? The that I remember it and am ones who find the referbroadcasting it in public is to damaged kids a harry liberman ence probably creepy). cliché, but are stubborn jews in the news “Girls” is one of those enough to stay around shows that may very well because I didn’t pull out make some people puke out of its gro- that one quote from “Heathers” about my tesque self-awareness, but hopefully angst having a body count? You’ve only you’re not reading this column if that got to slog through 150 more words, and is the case. It’s about, uh, girls living in that essay isn’t going to procrastinate itNYC. They’re your usual Duke students, self. regardless of gender: privileged, well-eduBetween you and me, the only thing cated and total messes … in a potentially left to say is … everything. Life is a little good way. They’re unfocused, like the dog like the show “Lost”: For every new anfrom “Up” or like a columnist grasping at swer, you get three new questions. The straws for his last column. They are all endings aren’t always as climactic as you unemployed to various degrees and still hoped, and occasionally a giant smoke somewhat reliant upon their parents. In monster kills your friends. I think. short, they’re what the rest of our generaLife is all about the awkward, unsorttion is in terms of employment: F****d. ed s**t in between (like the word “hi”). Also, the stars stand for “ucke.” We’re all Answers aren’t important—answering is. adults here. We’re not adults yet, because adults don’t Actually, that’s sort of the point. We’re complain about cowboy-themed clubs not. Adults, that is. See, on “Girls,” ev- being crowded on Wednesday. We’re eryone has all of those ostensibly adult kids, boys and girls, searching out there responsibilities: They pay rent, they are for whatever answers we can find in this looking for careers, they have sex … ual increasingly complex world. Love, jobs, relationships. But Christ are these girls in- friends, substances, metaphysics, family, tolerably immature. The show is a series aging, existentialism: Don’t even get me of first-world problems. When our hero, started. Hannah, says, “I am trying to become who So let’s live with the awkwardness for a I am,” it’s hard not to self-knowingly gag little bit. Forget folksy wisdom, forget this at the amateur Emersonian (Thoreauian if need be and just find whatever makes looks even worse, trust me) wisdom she’s you happy, fulfilled or whatever feeling reaching for. gets you going. Let the mess accumulate, But the show knows that. These people and sort it out later. are utterly human—petty, self-involved, After all, life’s like a box of mixed metclumsy, destructive and all too self-aware aphors: Dig it. to do anything about it. They’re crushingly, crushingly honest, even as they do the Harry Liberman is a Trinity junior. This is douchiest things imaginable. And since his final column of the semester.
dsgelectionendorsement Mi Gente endorses Salah for vice president of equity and outreach Mi Gente, Duke University’s Latino student association, is excited to announce the endorsement of Ayan Salah for Duke Student Government vice president of equity and outreach for the upcoming elections on Monday. The equity and outreach committee was newly created, and its corresponding vice presidential position needs an energetic, idealistic and forward-looking candidate. We believe Salah has the ideas, experiences and campus involvement needed for the position. As a senator for student life, Salah has already begun working for equal opportunity throughout the campus. Salah has been working diligently with Assistant Dean Terry Lynch to make Central Campus a more convenient location. As a result of her work, two new study rooms will be
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constructed on Central Campus. Salah also demonstrated great passion towards making Duke’s campus and its many opportunities accessible to all its students. Salah hopes to make more buildings on campus accessible to students with disabilities—a goal that the University has failed to accomplish. Salah also advocates for equal opportunity for financial aid students by working with the Career Center to gather funding for students on financial aid to receive aid for expenses during the job interview process. We endorse Salah for we believe she will continue to work for equity and equal opportunities for all students on this campus. Fernando Revelo La Rotta, Trinity ’13 Co-President, Mi Gente
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Freshman candidates retract racial ad
wo Duke students running for noses, minstrel shows and mockery of Chifreshman class president and vice nese language as a way to put down people president circulated a campaign of color strictly on a racial basis. These image with which members of the Asian examples are just a small part of a larger American community at Duke took issue. mainstream American culture of racialized These two students posed for their cam- imagery, stereotypes and narratives that oppaign picture smiling in front of two Duke press people of color—historically initiated eateries: one holding a piece of matzah by elite white men, and primarily benefiting (Jewish unleavened bread) in front of the elite white men. When people of color reFreeman Center for Jewish Life (known fuse to deny these depictions of themselves, to serve Jewish food); the other, holding or aid and further these stereotypical narrachopsticks in front of Panda Express (an tives, it becomes racially offensive due to the on-campus Chinese restaurant that also universality of race. While these candidates serves sushi). An overlay on the photo probably did not intend to make a stereomade a quip about the candidates’ eating typed claim on behalf of their races, the preferences for “Latkes and Lo Mein.” problem with the world is intentions don’t Members of the Asian American com- carry over into reality. Because race is such a munity, including leaders of the under- unifying characteristic, this Jewish and Asian graduate Asian Students Association and Americans’ depictions of only themselves the Asian American Alliance were quick inevitably reflected upon the members of to respond with comments regarding the their collective racial communities. appropriateness of such imagery. Public In other words, the campaign ad was racriticisms and personal outreach to the cially offensive because it spread a message candidates were made. Fortunately, the that stereotypical (un-complex) views of Jewcandidates retracted their campaign image ish and Asian people are OK, because they within the span of hours and issued a pub- are true and supported by actual Jewish and lic apology the following day, saying they Asian Americans. did not intend to offend any members of This is a very dangerous slope. As smiling either the Jewish or Asian community. The candidates looking for some easy votes, panquick and genuine mandering to a very white-racialner in which the candidates framed way of understandsimon ho responded was greatly aping people of color as simply guest column preciated by Asian Ameridifferent “flavors” downplays can community leaders. the real significance of race— However, while the candidates stated their that as racial minorities in America, people of intentions were completely innocuous, dis- color have been subjected to centuries of opcussions of the racial offensiveness of such pressive history that primarily benefits white a campaign continue among those who saw males. Instead of playing off the benefits that the campaign ad. being a person of color may give you, such Was the campaign “racist?” This was per- as a unique perspective into how power and haps the most burning question of all—was privilege works, these candidates unintenthis just a “light-hearted campaign,” or was tionally played to a racially stereotypical mainit a situation worthy of the big “R” word? stream tune, suggesting that all being a racial Many people have their own working defi- minority “really is” is enjoying different kinds nitions of what is racist and what is not, but of food and having some “really interesting according to historic and current academic (commoditized, un-American and non-prodefinitions of racism, no—the campaign gressive)” culture. was not racist, though it was racially ofUltimately, the quick response of the fensive. Since the candidates were directly candidates running to ASA’s political judgerepresenting only themselves in a racially ment showed open-mindedness and politistereotyped way (as Jewish and Asian Amer- cal competence. Following the retraction, icans), the campaign image was not racially the freshmen resourcefully requested a oppressive (racist), more than it was racially Black Student Alliance board member to self-deprecating. The stereotypical image represent them in a summit between the they perpetuated was only harming their two cultural groups. As a cultural group dedown racial communities—a very different icated to educating Duke about its Asian and case from the Pilgrims and Indians party Asian American population and calling out hosted by Duke’s chapter of Pi Kappa Phi racial insensitivities, ASA was very pleased in last Fall, in which a primarily white group of the manner in which these candidates restudents were portraying a racially-defined sponded. While this in no way excuses their people of color in a stereotypical and de- racially offensive initial campaign image, the grading way. That was racist. ASA believes this episode shows hope for The problem with this campaign was it the future of Asian American depictions on fell too easily into historically stereotypical campus. narratives that are racially oppressive and “muticulturally comforting.” In America’s Simon Ho, a Trinity junior, is vice presipast, white supremacists have used political dent of cultural affairs for the Asian Students cartoons of Jews with facial hair and large Association
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DSG from page 1 issues in students’ lives.” Three candidates are running for the Durham and regional affairs position: freshmen Miranda GoodwinRaab and Derek Rhodes and sophomore Kelly Scurry. The three currently serve as Durham and regional affairs senators. Goodwin-Raab said her campaign has two main focuses: centralizing Durham opportunities and increasing voter registration. “I know [centralizing] doesn’t seem like the biggest deal, but we have so much going on—discounts, food, tickets—that we need to have centralization of all those things so students know we made the effort for students to be connected to Durham,” she said. “I also want to make sure people can vote on campus because you only get one presidential election during college years and that’s a really big thing.” Rhodes, a Durham native who helped revive the Duke-Durham discount program, said the crux of his campaign is revitalizing the Duke student image in Durham. He said the current image of Duke is marred by the 2006 lacrosse scandal. “A lot of what I hope to accomplish is to help the community focus back its respect for Duke students and develop an admiration for [them],” he said. “I would focus on off-campus mediation, which we didn’t do a great job with this year. I want to have a hands-on approach with off-campus fraternities and their neighbors.” Scurry, who also serves as an associate editor for The Chronicle, noted many aspects of his campaign but said there were four main points to his platform: improving Duke-Durham relationships, raising student awareness of Durham political issues, lobbying for space to be reserved for student political organizations and activist groups in the soon-to-be renovated West Union Building and increasing professional opportunities for students throughout the school year. “What is important to understand about the role of vice president of Durham and regional affairs is that you’re not just dealing with Durham issues but dealing with those Durham issues as a student,” Scurry said. “As someone who has been here for two years, I have that
added experience to know what it’s like to see Durham as a Duke student.” The other contested race is for vice president of equity and outreach, which is between sophomore Stefani Jones, senator for athletics, services and the environment, and junior Ayan Salah, senator for student life. Jones said her campaign focuses on three talking points—communication, collaboration and advocacy. Although these are broad ideas, she believes these ideas will effectively bring together student groups and start student advocacy. “When there is an issue that a student group has, I think DSG can be a tool to advocate on their behalf,” she said. “It might be harder [for student groups] to get meetings and credibility with administrators, but if I take on vice president, I can open doors they wouldn’t have before.” A greater focus on campus inequalities—specifically for disabled people and financial aid students—is the primary focus of Salah’s campaign. She discussed how certain buildings on campus remain inaccessible to disabled students, and even if funds are not available to include elevators, the administration should include ramps so students can at least access the first floor. Salah also proposed that the Career Center have a stipend for financial aid students who need to fly to job interviews and cannot afford tickets. “I am able to empathize with these [student] groups,” Salah said. “I know the struggles they face [and] a crucial aspect of this position is the ability to understand these groups and know what they need.” The remaining races are uncontested. Freshman Tre’ Scott, senator for student life, is running for vice president of the services committee, sophomore Neil Kondamuri, senator of athletics, services and the environment, is running for vice president of social culture and junior George Carotenuto, co-chair of the student environment and sustainability committee, is running for facilities and environment. Additionally, freshman Jacob Zionce, senator for residential life and dining, is running for residential life and freshman Nikolai Doytchinov, a senator for academic affairs, is running for vice president of academic affairs.
uncontestedDSGraces Five students are running uncontested for Duke Student Government vice presidential positions. The election for the seven DSG vice presidents and their senators will take place Monday. VP of Academic Affairs Freshman Nikolai Doytchinov from Worcester, Mass. Current senator for academic affairs Doytchinov’s goals include updating the syllabus archive, clarifying issues of collaboration under the Community Standard, and cultivating strong academic traditions. VP of Residential Life Freshman Jacob Zionce from Toronto, Canada Current senator for residential life and dining Zionce will ensure parity under the house model by pushing small changes to match the unique needs of each house. He wants to improve Central Campus, which has been ignored. VP of Facilities and the Environment Junior George Carotenuto from East Hanover, N.J. Current co-chair of the student environmental and sustainability committee Carotenuto believes DSG can play a greater role in advancing sustainability initiatives on campus. He will work on various administrative committees focused on environmentalism. VP of Services Freshman Tre’ Scott from New Orleans, La. Current senator for student life Scott focuses on two principles: transparency and student voice. He wants to connect the student voice to the administration through discussion, committees, surveys and action. VP of Social Culture Sophomore Neil Kondamuri from Munster, Ind. Current senator for athletics, services and the environment Kondamuri envisions a social culture that involves the whole community. He plans to create new traditions that enhance the fun, service-oriented and intellectual Duke environment.