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Classical Indian dance group Lasya performed “Monsoon” at the Dance Council Showcase in Page Auditorium Thursday night. Catch more of the event on page 4 and on shutter.dukechronicle.com.

Recent remarks by politicians about the legitimacy of abortion in instances of rape are bringing women’s interests to the center of the presidential race. The issue recently entered the national spotlight when Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., commented in a televised interview that abortion was not justified in cases of rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said in an interview with a St. Louis television station Aug. 19. Akin’s remarks could have severe consequences in the November elections for the Republican Party, especially among the female electorate, said Walton Robinson, communications director for the North Carolina Democratic Party. “Women in this election feel disrespected and that their true concerns aren’t being addressed,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake County. “It’s just another example

of how the Republican Party is out of touch with the needs and concerns of women.” NCGOP could not be reached in time for publication. But Akin’s comments are isolated and do not reflect the views of the Republican Party whatsoever, said junior Taylor Imperiale, president of Duke news College Republicans. analysis He added that Republicans across the nation have called for Akin to withdraw from the Senate race, where he is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the incumbent Democrat. “Everyone knows that what he said is absolutely disgusting and totally indefensible,” Imperiale said. “The candidates have distanced themselves from that kind of rhetoric as much as possible.” Still, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s collaboration with Akin in co-sponsoring the “No Taxpayer Funding for SEE WOMEN ON PAGE 6

Medical laser system Duke students weigh in on probes ancient art Romney acceptance speech by Jason Luo THE CHRONICLE

A laser system developed by Duke researchers for medical imaging may be the key to revealing secret details of ancient art. Strolling through an exhibition on the detection of art forgeries at the National Gallery in England, Warren Warren, director of Duke’s Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging, realized that the potential of the optical imaging technology—originally developed for medical diagnosis of body tissue—extends beyond the scientific realm. The laser could also image the delicate layers of artwork. “For the most part, they were using decades-old technologies [to detect forgeries], and that suggested an op-

portunity if we brought state-of-theart medical techniques to bear,” Warren wrote in an email Monday. “What we do with tissue is high resolution, depth resolved imaging and there are no methods in convenient use on art that would do the same thing.” The laser system identifies the precise pigments and layering techniques of the artist and distinguishes between the man-made and natural versions, said Martin Fischer, assistant research professor of chemistry and co-developer of the imaging system. “It is likely we will examine photo-degradation in a famous Matisse painting,” said Warren, who is also James B. Duke professor of chemistry. SEE LASER ON PAGE 5

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Students watch presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at the Republican National Convention Thursday.

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney officially accepted his nomination as the Republican candidate for president. After being introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Romney began his speech by heartily accepting the nomination. “Tonight, I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future,” Romney said. Meanwhile, Duke College Republicans held a viewing party for the speech in the second floor common room of McClendon Tower. DCR chair Taylor Imperiale, a junior, SEE ROMNEY ON PAGE 5

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Q&A with Shana Starobin by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE

Shana Starobin, a doctoral candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment, attended a forum at the White House earlier this month on fighting hunger with AmpleHarvest—a nonprofit organization that coordinates donations of excess produce to families in need. During her time at Duke, Starobin has researched how to address food insecurity in the U.S. and abroad with sustainable farming. The Chronicle’s Danielle Muoio sat down with Starobin to discuss her research, the White House forum and her role with AmpleHarvest. The Chronicle: Your research focuses on how nonstate actors can foster alternative solutions to socioeconomic and ecological problems. Can you discuss some of these alternative solutions? Shana Starobin: From my research, one of the most important emerging solutions advanced by communities and organizations seeking to enhance food sovereignty among small farmers and promote improved environmental stewardship is agroecology. Agroecology is a holistic approach to agriculture and food systems that integrates the traditional knowledge and experiences that many small farmers already possess with ecological principles and practices. In a presumed effort to remedy global poverty and food insecurity, international development organizations and global companies often encourage small farmers to adopt production methods and technologies that are, in many cases, only appropriate for large-scale, industrial producers.

see what kind of solutions we could bring to the table in terms of compliments to the existing programs that the government and other nonprofit organizations are currently providing.

An unfortunate result from the promotion of these unsustainable solutions has been producer dependency on continued, capital-intensive inputs, such as genetically-modified seeds lasting only one season, chemical fertilizer and pesticides. This ultimately undermines the goals of alleviating poverty and food insecurity among subsistence farmers. Agroecology encourages subsistence farmers to resuscitate ancestral agricultural practices and integrate them with new knowledge on ecologically-restorative ones. [For example], diversifying crop species to mitigate risk and improve nutrition, or saving seeds from one harvest to the next to guard native seed varieties and save input costs. TC: Can you talk a bit about what Ample Harvest does? SS: AmpleHarvest.org is an innovative nonprofit organization that leverages the power of the internet to connect millions of gardeners nationwide to their local food pantries, where they can donate their excess produce to help local families in need and reduce food waste. As an opt-in nation-wide registry of food pantries, AmpleHarvest.org complements existing governmental and charity organizations assisting low income, food insecure families in the U.S. by augmenting the local supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce is often unavailable in food pantries and otherwise inaccessible to families on a limited budget, who cannot often afford to pay the comparatively high prices of fresh produce. Food pantries are

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Nicholas School Graduate Student Shana Starobin researches food security and fighting hunger in the United States. often a resource of last resort for food insecure households, with demand surging when the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, and other benefits have been exhausted. Because AmpleHarvest.org enables pantries to tell the donors the ideal days and times to donate, food pantries can now ask the community to donate food in sync with the increasing need as clients exhaust other benefits. TC: Can you talk about your role in the White House event on fighting hunger? SS: I participated in the White House event—Creating Pathways to Opportunity Forum: Fighting Food Insecurity in America—as a representative of AmpleHarvest. org... which I am a board member of. The White House convened this forum to bring together senior administration officials, children’s advocacy organizations, key anti-hunger groups and foundation leaders with the hopes of strengthening the diverse network of stakeholders tackling food insecurity in the United States. AmpleHarvest is probably one of the newer and younger organizations there.... We have a very small but hopefully growing staff, so a lot of the board members have taken on other roles to support the growth of the organization. I have background in policy and also do research on food issues and part of the reason AmpleHarvest recruited me to be part of the board was so I could offer the expertise to the organization. Gary [Oppenheimer, founder and executive director of AmpleHarvest,] wanted me to go to the event so we could meet other organizations working in the space and understand how we could collaborate and

TC: What did you talk about at the conference? SS: In July, the House Agriculture Committee put forth its version of the updated Farm Bill that continues to be debated in the House and the Senate. One of the strategies they deal with when trying to save money is to make very drastic cuts to SNAP, which is...one of the most effective programs in trying to alleviate hunger in the United States. There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that says [the program] is a very efficient use of taxpayer dollars. The organizations were talking about how there are other ways to make up revenue... that do not require taking away programs that are serving the lowest income and most vulnerable populations in America. Just to contextualize this, AmpleHarvest is not an advocacy organization—we work on programs that will supplement the existing set of programs. So we were in a unique position in that conversation because most of the other organizations were very focused on their concerns to the cuts to the SNAP programs. TC: What would you recommend to Duke students who are looking to get involved in fighting hunger? SS: Duke students looking to get involved in fighting hunger have many opportunities here in Durham and North Carolina to get involved, depending on whether they want to be hands-on—doing direct service—or dedicate their skills to educating, organizing and advocating in the policy realm. The most important first step is to get educated about the issues. Part of alleviating hunger involves raising awareness of the prevalence of food insecurity around the world and in our own backyards. In the U.S. alone, in 2010, some 48.8 million people lived in food insecure households. For those with green thumbs, there are many opportunities at Duke and in North Carolina to expand one’s own knowledge of gardening, farming and growing food, such as the Duke Campus Farm and Duke Community Garden, and capacity building communities to do the same, like SEEDS and the Interfaith Food Shuttle. And those less inclined to the gardens and more to their keyboards can help organizations like AmpleHarvest.Org by contributing... their research, writing and social-media skills.

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Duke acquires famed Rabbi’s manuscripts by Emmy Mariner THE CHRONICLE

Duke is now home to the private writings of one of the twentieth century’s most unique and active religious figures. Earlier this month, the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired the personal papers of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, an influential 20th-century Jewish philosopher, writer and activist famed for his involvement in the civil rights movement and in Abraham Heschel protests against the Vietnam War. Duke acquired the collection—which includes personal letters, notes, documents, photographs, original manuscripts and pieces of hate mail—from Susannah Heschel, Rabbi Heschel’s daughter and professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College. The acquisition adds to Duke’s commitment to be a leader in both human rights and religious studies. The material spans five decades of work and includes pieces in Yiddish, Polish, German, English and several other languages. It will take up to a year to fully archive and preserve the materials in the collection, some of which are nearly a century old, said

the library’s human rights archivist Patrick Stawski. After this process, the documents will be available by request through the Rubenstein Library and organized in an online catalogue. “The special collections library has long-standing strength in acquiring Judaica and Jewish thought, and there’s a very fine human rights program at Duke,” Susannah Heschel said. “I’m glad my father’s papers are part of that collection in human rights.” Rabbi Heschel was born in 1907 in Poland and spent much of his early life as a prominent Jewish intellectual in Europe. After emigrating to the United States in 1940—escaping the Holocaust—Heschel wrote and taught extensively about Judaism, mysticism, philosophy and social action. Until his death in 1972, Heschel was a prominent social activist, inspired by the call to be a catalyst for equality that he believed Judaism entailed. Rabbi Heschel represented American Jews at the Second Vatican Council and marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma in 1965, an experience that he famously called “praying with my feet.” Although biographers and scholars have studied Rabbi Heschel and his work for decades, this material has never before been available, leaving the recorded history of such a unique and influential figure incomplete. SEE HESCHEL ON PAGE 6

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LASER from page 1 “This tool has a real opportunity to provide different information.” In contrast to a laser pointer, which shoots a constant beam, the team developed a laser which sends out noncontinuous high power pulses— a “picket fence” of energy bursts, Warren said. These short bursts enable the laser to see extremely weak signals of light bouncing off objects, he noted. This technology could even be employed to uncover the identity of the artist. Because the laser is so sensitive, it is able to distinguish the specific fingerprints of pigments of paint, as well as the materials and textures artists use and create. Sarah Schroth, Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art, noted that the laser system will facilitate the analysis of artwork. “It may help to identify techniques—say if the wood of a panel painting or a sculpture is identified as from a particular type of walnut tree common in Germany, it might narrow the field,” Schroth wrote in an email Thursday. Obstacles encountered in creating the microscopy technique included the need to create a system that has high spatial

resolution and acute penetration, Fischer said. A common difficulty, he noted, was imaging superimposed, thin layers of paint—a characteristic of many famous paintings, like the Mona Lisa. “A special challenge was the sensitivity—while in a synthetic sample you might get away with turning the laser power higher to get more signal, in a priceless historic work of art one has to be sure no permanent damage occurs,” he said. The next step in his research, Warren added, would be the development of a portable model—a feat possible now that the parameters of the laser system are known. The current version takes up a four-foot by 12-foot table, but a hand-held laser of this ability would facilitate the analysis of ancient artwork without depending on external sources. Although the laser system is one of the more non-destructive ways of analyzing artwork, there is still some skepticism among those who are more conservative, Schroth noted. “In the future, when it is widely accepted as safe for artworks, the laser will be enormously helpful in the conservation of works of art, primarily painting and sculpture,” she said.

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ROMNEY from page 1 handed out bumper stickers for Romney and Ryan and posters that read “North Carolina Believes.” Romney prescribed a five-point plan that he said would create 12 million jobs. In this plan, he would cut the deficit and balance the budget, repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—make North America energy independent by 2020, give citizens the job skills they need, forge new trade agreements and champion small businesses. “What America needs,” Romney diagnosed, “is jobs. Lots of jobs.” During Romney’s speech, the crowd in Tampa periodically broke into chants of “USA!” Romney also promised to not raise taxes on the middle class, “protect the sanctity of life” and honor the institution of marriage. “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said. “My promise... is to help you and your family.” By the time Romney began to speak, about one dozen DCR members and one self-identified Democrat had settled into the common room’s blue armchairs. The Democrat was sophomore Chris Evans. He said that Romney’s speech was decent, but that there was “nothing there really.” “I hope Romney didn’t lie like Ryan did,” Evans said. Senior Taylor Gronka was also unsure about Romney. Gronka, a libertarian, had volunteered in

the past for Romney, but he is no longer so enthusiastic about the candidate. “I agree with his message,” Gronka said. “But I’m not sure he’s the right messenger.” Gronka cited Romney’s support for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 as a reason for why he was reconsidering voting for Romney. The NDAA, which Obama signed into law, is controversial for provisions that may affirm the presidential power to indefinitely detain American citizens. Gronka said he does not plan to vote for either candidate. Sophomore Nicholle Romero, a conservative and member of Duke College Republicans, said that she was definitely voting for Mitt Romney. She hoped a Romney administration would bring less regulation and less fiscal spending. “I want someone who is proud to say that America is what it is,” she said. Romero, however, said she was more excited about Romney’s vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan. “If the ticket was flipped, I wouldn’t mind,” she said. Imperiale said Romney hit several strong points during his speech, adding that he liked that the former governor talked more about his personal background. “That connects with people a little bit more, when you are able to bring in more of your personal background and how you are going to use that to be a good leader,” Imperiale said. He said Romney’s plan had

potential to shake up the current political climate. “A lot of young people came out and voted for Obama, they were excited about his prospects,” Imperial said. “But, like Romney said, when a lot of students graduate, half of them won’t be able to find a job, and I think that’s a really sad state of affairs.” Although Imperiale thinks that Obama will likely take the student and youth vote, he said that Duke College Republicans is planning a big push to make sure that North Carolina goes for Romney this election. Online, Duke students were also having a conversation about the convention. Led by senior Chloe Rockow, vice chair of the Duke College Republicans, who was live-tweeting the event, students discussed proceedings at #dukechat. Unlike the Blue Devils who were remotely watching Romney’s speech, junior Daniel Strunk attended the convention in person. Strunk, the statewide college manager for North Carolina Young Americans for Romney, especially enjoyed the many speeches given by big-name politicians at the event and cited the speeches given by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Florida governor Jeb Bush as his personal favorites. He said that, on the whole, he agreed with Romney’s speech. “What matters is whether independents and undecided voters enjoyed the election speech,” Strunk said. “I look forward to seeing the public at large’s reaction.”


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HESCHEL from page 3 “People who have written about my father have never come to ask me to look at his papers,� Susannah Heschel said. “As a result, the story of his life and work have been distorted in a partial way. It’s important to me to see his legacy in a more complete way.� The Rubenstein Library also houses the papers of Rabbi Marshall Meyer—the founder of the conservative Judaism movement in Argentina and Rabbi Heschel’s student. “Rabbi Heschel and his student and friend Rabbi Marshall Meyer represent the beginning of a tradition of social justice rooted in the civil rights movement and continuing with human rights efforts today,� Stawski said. The recent acquisition of Rabbi Heschel’s papers will permanently unite the legacy of these two figures,

said Eric Meyers, director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Meyer’s nephew. “Human rights activists will be able to explore their two lives together,� Meyers said. “Rubenstein will be a major destination to study the connection between Jewish religion, human rights and social action as a major component of religious behavior in the 20th century.� The University hopes to use the new material in future courses, especially those exploring the intersection of religion and human rights. “Duke in the 21st century is committed to this sort of material, to look to our religious traditions as a way of supporting human rights for the future,� Meyers said. Susannah Heschel will visit Duke Jan. 21, a day honoring Heschel’s friend and fellow key religious figure in the civil rights movement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to dedicate the collection and deliver an address honoring her father’s legacy.

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After falling to Notre Dame 1-0 in its season opener Saturday, Duke will look to bounce back in the John Rennie Nike Invitational this weekend. The Blue Devils will host Santa Clara Friday night and Delaware on Sunday. Neither the BronSanta cos (0-1) nor the Clara Blue Hens (0-1) manvs. aged to open its season with a win. Santa Duke Clara dropped a 2-1 decision to California FRIDAY, 7:30 p.m. in its first matchup, Koskinen Stadium and Delaware lost its opening game 1-0 to Delaware Massachusetts. All three teams vs. will hope to overcome their slow Duke starts against new foes this weekend. SUNDAY, 2:30 p.m. “A little desperaKoskinen Stadium tion sets in—you don’t want to go 0-2,” head coach John Kerr said. “Last year we went 1-4 at the beginning of the season, and we don’t want to commit the same mistakes this year.” Duke (0-1) is looking for a boost from its first home crowd of the season to avoid another losing weekend. The Blue Devil Army, the new men’s soccer fan support group, will make its

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The Duke volleyball team is looking forward to a tasty treat this weekend. For its second set of matches this season, the Blue Devils head to the YUM Center in Louisville, Ky., the site of this year’s NCAA volleyball championships. Duke Duke (3-0) plays Samford and Marvs. shall on Saturday, L’Ville but their toughest test will come Friday from the hometown FRIDAY, 7:30 p.m. Louisville Cardinals. Louisville, Ky. “It’s going to be a very challenging Samford weekend,” head coach Jolene Nagel vs. said. “Louisville is a very good team Duke —they were picked to win the Big East SATURDAY, 1:30 p.m. conference.” Louisville, Ky. Coming off an upset against in-state rival Marshall Kentucky, the Cardinals (3-1) look strong, vs. with their only loss coming at the hands Duke of No. 3 Penn State. Senior Lola ArslanbekSATURDAY, 5:00 p.m. ova was unanimously Louisville, Ky. named the Big East SEE VOLLEYBALL ON PAGE 8

This weekend >>Women’s soccer team takes on Southern California and Washington State—The Blue Devils head out to California for two games this weekend, beginning on Friday against Southern California, which has begun its season 2-1. They then take on Washington State Sunday night, attempting to give the Cougars their first loss of the season. >>Cross country squad opens its season at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational—No. 22 Duke will get its first taste of competition this weekend in a three-team meet, facing Virginia and Virginia Tech. The men are scheduled to run a 6k meet while the women are gearing up for a 4k run in Blacksburg.

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Junior Sebastien Ibeagha will lead the defense against talented Santa Clara striker Erik Hurtado.

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After going 1-1 on their first road trip of the season, Duke comes home for the first time to face its toughest test of the early season—Princeton. The No. 5 Blue Devils (1-1) Princeton will play the No. 4 Tigers (0-0) Frivs. day at 6 p.m. in their home openDuke er at Jack Katz Stadium. The two FRIDAY, 6:00 p.m. teams have not Jack Williams Stadium met since the first round of Duke the 2005 NCAA tournament, vs. when Duke won Longwood 2-1 in double overtime. The Blue Devils will SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m. then travel to Farmville, Va. face Longwood Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Farmville, Va. “We had a great opening weekend, especially for this crew to be isolated CHELSEA PIERONI/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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VOLLEYBALL from page 7 Preseason Player of the Year for 2012 after averaging 4.88 kills per set last season. So far, Arslanbekova has nearly matched last year’s numbers with 4.53 kills per set. Senior Gwen Rucker and junior Emily Juhl received preseason All-Big East honors as well, having posted 43 and 23 kills, respectively. The Blue Devils will have to compete not only with Louisville’s talented squad, but also with a raucous home crowd. “There will be a ton of knowledgeable volleyball enthusiasts there because it’s such a big volleyball community,” Nagel said. “And they will definitely be cheering for their Louisville Cardinals.” For Duke’s freshmen, three of whom played every set in the team’s undefeated start to the season, the first road matches of the year will furnish the type of competitive atmosphere that they will see the rest of the season. “Our team has to learn to thrive in those environments and have fun in those environments,” Nagel said. “We have to rise to the occasion because usually as we hit the road that is the kind of environment we are going to have to play in, whether it’s this preseason stuff or once we get into the ACC.” After Friday’s showdown with the Cardinals, Duke

FIELD HOCKEY from page 7 together and have some really good competition,” Duke head coach Pam Bustin said. “These kids are a smart group. It’s just a matter of everyone being on the same page.” Princeton will be one of the Blue Devils’ biggest challenges of the non-conference schedule. The Tigers feature four U.S. Olympians: senior Katie Reinprecht, juniors Julia Reinprecht and Michelle Cesan and assistant coach Nate Franks. In addition, Princeton returns 18 players from the 2011 squad that won the Ivy League. “We’ve been working really hard on small simple things like interceptions and different presses, so we’re really ready to come out tomorrow night and show what we’ve got,” Duke junior midfielder Grace Christus said. Instead of focusing on a Princeton-specific game plan, Christus noted that the Blue Devils have been working on adapting more quickly to a variety of situations. Along with Christus, Duke will counter the Tigers with senior Chelsea Amsley and sophomore Jessica Buttinger—

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will face Samford Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs (03) return their entire starting lineup from a team that won the Southern Conference tournament last year and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Neisler and middle blockers senior Lauren Hutchinson and junior Katie Murphy received preseason all-conference accolades, each after earning All-Southern Conference honors last year. “They have some really solid play,” Nagel said. “That will be another great matchup and another different style of play.” Saturday evening the Blue Devils will face Marshall (3-0)—a team themselves coming off a sweep in their season’s opening weekend of play. Senior outside hitter Katy Schad tallied 50 kills and was awarded MVP of the Herd’s first Thunder Invite Championship. Sophomore Sammie Bane received the Conference USA Setter of the Week award after averaging 10.5 assists in Marshall’s first three matches. For Duke, this weekend’s tournament provides several benefits looking ahead toward the post season and a potential eighth straight bid to the NCAA tournament. “There are a lot of great reasons to be headed to Louisville,” Nagel said. “We have some good quality opponents RPI-wise. But it’s also good to have that experience in the Final Four venue.” who each scored a goal in the team’s win at Temple—and junior Emmie Le Marchand, who took five shots during the weekend series. “The quality of the Princeton team that we’re playing will really help us raise our game to the level that we know it should be at,” Le Marchand said. “So it’s going to be a really exciting game for people watching and for us to play in as well.” Following the Princeton game, Duke will face the Lancers Sunday. The Blue Devils beat Longwood 1-0 last year in Durham on Le Marchand’s goal with less than two minutes left. For now, though, the focus is on the Tigers. “There’s no doubt that Princeton is one of the top hockey teams in the country,” Bustin said. “If we knock them off then we become the higher ranked team. As a coach, I’m just lookingg forward to watchingg a ggreat hockeyy ggame.”

M. SOCCER from page 7 debut this weekend, and the team hopes this will give them an extra boost. “We’re looking for a little bit of the environment that the Cameron Crazies have,” head coach John Kerr said. “Hopefully we can create a huge homefield advantage that other teams in our conference have, like Maryland.” Even though the Broncos are winless, they are not to be overlooked. They possess a deep and experienced roster, including a particularly strong front six and forward line, according to Kerr. Their roster includes eight seniors, while the Blue Devils only have one—goalkeeper James Belshaw. Santa Clara is also creative and proficient in set plays. The Broncos have one especially dangerous player—senior Erik Hurtado—who paced the team with six goals and seven assists last season. “Their danger man is Erik Hurtado, who is very fast, direct, tricky on the ball and extremely dangerous on the dribble, so we have to make sure we’re keeping him in touch,” Kerr said. Hurtado, who earned All-WCC honors in each of his three years on the team, led the conference with 85 points and 19 shots in 2011. Less than 48 hours after playing the Broncos, Duke will be back on the field to take on the Blue Hens. The offensive firepower of Delaware, which Kerr said extends beyond junior forward Roberto Gimenez who notched 10 goals last season, will pose a challenge for the Blue Devils. “I know their coach Ian Hennessy is very creative in how they play and very disciplined, and they know what they’re doing, so it’s going to be a really tough game Sunday,” Kerr said. Duke counters with only one of its top scorers from last season in sophomore Nick Palodichuk. The team lost Andrew Wenger to the No. 1 pick in this year’s MLS SuperDraft, Christopher Tweed-Kent and Joseph Pak to graduation and sophomore Andrew Morales to transfer. Both matchups this weekend should be hotly contested, but Kerr believes the Blue Devils are up for the challenge, despite not having scored a goal through one regular season and two exhibition games. “Our boys are up for it after a disappointing output against Notre Dame offensively,” Kerr said. “We worked on our offense this week, and it’s looking more sharp than when we were in South Bend.”

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The magic schoolbus, redux None of us go mini-golfing dents to interact with faculty as often as we should, which in a non-academic context, is part of why there is much the program transforms an to say on behalf of a new ini- impossible question—”Fancy tiative to expand the scope of joining me at the neighborthe faculty outing program. hood pool party, professor?”— Previously availinto an unable only to first avoidable one, editorial year students, as routine as a the reimagined program-— FLUNCH or a chat during ofmuch to its credit—has been fice hours. conceived of and coordinated But student-faculty relaby students, and answers to a tionships are highly contexcardinal challenge in design- tualized — we rarely see our ing academic experiences: professors outside of the classNo amount of bookishness room, disrobed of tweed and can make up for the amicable books out of hand. It will be spirit that comes from shared no small beer to transplant leisure, which sustains mean- these formal intellectual reingful academic relation- lationships into casual enviships. ronments. And, as with many The new proposal has un- kinds of transplant, coordiquestionably addressed part nation is everything: For an of this problem: by providing outing to get off the ground, a formalized structure for stu- students must share interests

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with each other and the faculty member, and appreciate the activity at hand. On this score, unfortunately, the reimagined program is not fully equipped. As it stands, the program relies on faculty members to cheerily foist outing opportunities onto students. This means that a student’s chance of going on an outing with the professor of his choosing is relatively slim. As a workaround, we suppose students could ask their professors to host excursions. But then this undercuts the program’s chief aim and virtue: That it makes asking faculty members on a platonic date easy, not awkward. We imagine two alternatives to this, which have the advantage of solving this co-

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reud would have a fun time with a modern tive implications of what one sees around them day college environmentalist. simply won’t do it. Not only will this not have Why? OK. I’ll illustrate my answer with the biggest impact it could, but also it could an example from our campus: the Environmen- lead one to work harder and harder to achieve tal Alliance. My freshmen year, the EA launched desired impact. their annual “Take Back the Tap” And that’s where the real daninitiative. They went around to ger lies. freshmen dorms, asked people to When activists throw themselves take a survey on their energy use into this “ethical” type of work and gave free steel water bottles without thinking about efficiency, upon completion. the risk of closing oneself off to Now, I think that the EA is coma more efficient way grows. This prised of a bunch of extremely breeds cynicism, as the impact one well meaning, good people. But lucas spangher desires remains unfulfilled. let’s look beyond the intention. That’s when it’s easy to become warriorHippie Let’s assume that each metal righteous and hypocritical. Just bottle is made in Asia with roughly like feminist arguments can veer three pounds of steel and that each water bottle toward man-hating, environmentalist arguments bought on campus is a filled, plastic half-liter can verge on people-hating. bottle. It takes significantly more energy to I ask the campus environmentalists to step produce a reusable, steel bottle than it does to back from their work and re-evaluate. What are produce a plastic bottle, which means that you they trying to achieve? The slowing of climate would have to fill up the reusable bottle many change? OK, I understand that. But what about times to justify the difference between its car- the motivations? Are they fighting for life in bon footprint and that of a disposable plastic general? Are they going for the conservation of bottle. what is beautiful? Or are they actually at heart So that’s probably a few weeks of filling up stalwart Republicans who fear change in the at the tap. Maybe one, if you’re disciplined. But things they love? it’s not that simple. These motivations are fine. But the biggest Research by our own Dan Ariely shows that folly one can make is to mistake them for tools when things are offered for free, they are glut- of action. To articulate these ethical arguments tonously taken. So the students who accept the logically, one has to present them in a way that is water bottle may not actually find it relevant. too moderate or too general to have very much Now think—would you use a product that you persuasive impact. found irrelevant many times in a row? What if And so we move toward the dismal side of that meant carrying around a sizeable weight things: economics. But economic arguments with you? Especially when you could buy re- don’t really need people working hard to spread placements for it with food points that you’re them around. If an economic argument in favor incentivized to use? of something exists, people will probably notice. What’s more likely is that students who already For instance, imagine that Source A’s electriccare about the environment end up with another ity is much cheaper then Source B’s. Would you reusable bottle. So the EA spent sizeable effort expect more people to switch before they found on delivering these steel bottles, but it’s not clear out that Source A was derived from a wind farm, to me that anyone’s habits were changed. or after? Certain economic policies, meanwhile, are Therein lies the crux of the matter. Although wildly successful. Washington, D.C.’s plastic bag environmentalism is at heart an ethical issue, tax, for instance, reduced plastic bag consump- ethical arguments are woefully ineffective comtion by about two thirds from 2009 to 2010. The pared to practical efforts. Activists, don’t just reUniversity certainly makes some economic deci- act to what you recognize as bad. Stop and look sions based on student pressure, so why didn’t around you. Determine what the most practical the EA just spend the time lobbying for a bottled course of action on the largest possible scale is. water tax? Or better yet, a bottled water ban? And now, while your skills are most malleable Because that’s the problem with student en- and the training ground most forgiving, prepare vironmentalists. It’s easy—far to easy— to as- yourself intellectually for what is to come. sume that work and positive impact are linearly related. They’re not. Following one’s heart and Lucas Spangher is a Trinity junior. His column simply reacting on an “ethical” level to the nega- runs every other Friday.


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smattering of red dots on a jungle-green backpacking trip. I quickly discovered geography canvas—this was my baby, my long-awaited and topography reign supreme. Watches and clothfinal product. These colored pinpricks repre- ing are optional on the trail, but maps and compass sented plantations of pineapple, coca, oil palm and are always close at hand. I came to love the simplicicacao, and I had spent an entire week constructing ty and self-sufficiency of locating a water source or a them. As I entered thousands of data points, my fin- suitable campsite with only a ragged old laminated ger muscles memorized the space between Ctrl-C chart as a guide. and Ctrl-V. Let it be known: Mapmaking is tedious I keep the business card from the boarding house work. where I stayed during my DukeEngage trip. The Working as an intern on a project regarding simple map on the back reminds me of the nearby sustainable policies in the Peruvian Amazon, I re- fruit market and the Kolkatan children who played evaluated my appreciation of cartography. Our gen- on the corner. My field notebook from Panama coneration takes access to information, tains an annotated sketch of the indigincluding spatial information, entirely enous territory of Kuna Yala, casually for granted. We sometimes forget that outlined by a local biologist as he told there are costs involved with the creme about the area’s incredible coral ation of this information. For every reef diversity. map you use, there was once an unGeographic awareness gives us a paid intern with eyes bloodshot from feeling of comfort. Sometimes I think staring at Excel spreadsheets. But the about what Duke’s campus felt like as a real hero is the guy with Geographic hannah colton freshman. For the first few weeks, Duke Information Systems skills who can consisted of my dorm, the Marketgross national transform these massive sequences of place, the inside of buses and disconhappiness coordinates into a user-friendly reprenected pockets of West. Then I walked sentation of the real world. The magic the ground a few hundred times. I exin those tiny red dots, as opposed to indecipher- plored, got lost and carved new paths through careable lists of eight-digit numbers, is that they actually fully manicured quads. By sophomore and junior mean something to the average person. year, I had connected most of the pieces. I discovMaps transcend communication barriers. You ered the lovely walk through the Duke Gardens bedon’t have to be well educated or fluent in a lan- tween Central and West. From any given location on guage to understand information presented in col- campus, I can give directions on how to get to LoYo ors and symbols. In 2005, Google revolutionized the or the Durham Farmer’s Market. Familiarity with my way we think about maps. It still blows my mind that surroundings is how I feel that I am home. I can type in any random address and instantly see By giving us direction, maps do more than put us it at street level. Enter the proliferation of smart at ease. They empower us. Consider what it means phones and soon there will be few college students to really be lost. For Duke freshmen, it can mean who remember having to actually print out Map- missing lunch with new friends because Blue ExQuest directions to get somewhere. press is somewhere out yonder in science yard. In There are plenty of ways to obsess over maps. the Peruvian Amazon, lost is the administrative staMaps are used as home décor, with globes as a classy tus quo (no disdain intended). How do you create option for the distortion-averse. Authors spinning policies that safeguard water resources if you don’t fantasy worlds must provide their readers with de- have accurate maps of rivers and watersheds? How tailed maps of their creations (thank goodness I do you determine the potential impacts of a new can now visualize the trek from Winterfell to King’s highway if you don’t know what kinds of ecological Landing). Active compass-lovers participate in geo- zones it will disrupt? How do you know where home caching, adventure racing and other forms of ori- is if your territory is undefined? These questions linenteering. Maps are also valuable collectors’ items; ger as I think about the way cartography shapes our historical maps can be worth thousands of dollars. modern human experience, from Duke’s campus For instance, in 1994 and 1995 an art dealer from to the remote jungle. If knowledge is power, then Florida stole $60,000 worth of rare maps from the maps are the key to power in an ancient and univerSpecial Collections in Perkins Library. sally understood form. For me, maps carry both immense sentimental and practical value. The contours speak of places Hannah Colton is a Trinity senior. Her column runs and people. My fascination with maps began when I every other Friday. You can follow Hannah on Twitter @ showed up for Project WILD, Duke’s pre-orientation ColtonHannah

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hat do Boulder, Colo. and the Amish have in common? Well, that’s a thinker. So I have this theory. What if … Amish people are actually all closet stoners? Wait, what? Absurd! Scandy! Outrageous! But think about it. Or stop reading and miss out on what, if true, might be the most bogus conspiracy theory of all time. First, some context. The Amish are adherents to a Mennonite sect of Christianity founded in the 17th century Anabaptist movement in Switzerland by a certain Jakob Ammann. Ammann and his followers split off from their counterparts in the hopes of a return to some of the more antiquated practices of the church, perceiving recent changes as inadequately disciplined. Amish immigration to America began in the first half of the 18th century. Now, gracie willert onward and upward slapstick read me maybe and tongue-in-cheek! Amish populations are clustered throughout what have to be the most bum-fudge boring regions of the country. What else is there to do all day in rural Pennsylvania and Indiana but light up a hot one and stare at the clouds? One can only hike so far, breathe so much fresh air and look at the stars so often. Solitude, too, becomes stale with the passing days. And really, it’s the perfect crime. Who in their right or high mind would suspect a village of bearded and bonneted people to be America’s supplier of children of the herb? Not me. Not ever. No way. Until a comment of the sort by a friend in jest got me curious. Feigned innocence to the umpteenth degree. Intriguing. To pull off the basis of an entire two-century-old culture on THC would require only this: The utmost commitment to an image of purity and innocence. Consider the most recognized hallmarks of the Amish lifestyle. As mentioned before, the orthodox Amish travel by horse and carriage. Somehow I reckon horse and buggy stop and searches are about as common as gay men at Chick-fil-A these days. “Crush a bit. Give the horse a bit. Roll it up. Take a Hit. Feelin’ It, Feelin’ Blithe 2 much weed, church tonight.” I can hear the Kid Cudi remix already. The Amish also traditionally do not accept government assistance, enroll in the military, enter the workforce or go to college. They instead opt for a life of simplicity and modesty with pride considered to be the greatest vice of all. It is considered imprudent for an Amish person to pose for a photograph. Oh, the tough life without Visine. Think. No TV. No cars. No modern conveniences or technology. Just you and the 20-some-odd families in your church district. Pray to God you’re a Mennonite or else your world is only so far as the horse and buggy will take you. Unless … aha, enter Mary Jane. Who needs Netflix or Paris when you have her? The grass is always greener on the other side after all. And the food? Oh my wow. Part of the Willert family vacation shenanigans mentioned last week involved the annual visit to our favorite Amish family, the Millers. And Miller may I? The food was out of this world! I’m talking mashed potatoes, green beans, jams and jellies and marmalades, pies by the dozen, chicken and pasta and bread. All fresh and by the pound, the catch-all cure for a bad case of the middle-of-nowhere munchies. Still not convinced? How might such an elegant culture of deception be established for so long? For one, the German language is often used in prayer among members, which may as well be Wolof to their non-Amish counterparts in the heart of the Midwest. Yet another failsafe for the accidental indica innuendo or spliff slip at the local 7-11. Another Amish idiosyncrasy is their avowed detachment from all things government. Mr. Miller explained to us that the Amish avoid the mainstream like the plague, knowing all too well the allure of the outside world to their youth and the threats to their culture of simplicity. This means no military service, no public schooling, no voting, no intermarriage. The list is longer than the line at Au Bon Pain. And so I close with a bible quote that the Amish choose to live by and cite as one of the supporting pieces of their life: “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Hail Mary … Jane! Cannabis has risen. Gracie Willert is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Friday.


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Duke puts familiar faces in unfamiliar places by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

As the Blue Devils get set to kick off a new season, familiar faces will be returning in unfamiliar places. A bevy of returning starters will lead the experienced Blue Devil squad against Florida International in their season opener, but three major skill position players from last season will line up at different positions this year. Brandon Braxton, a junior who caught 40 passes for 352 yards last season at wide receiver, will make his debut as the Blue Devilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; starting safety. Desmond Scott, a senior who was Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-leading rusher last season with 367 yards and two touchdowns, will start for the Blue Devils at slot receiver. The player with undoubtedly the biggest adjustment, however, will be redshirt sophomore Brandon Connette, who will continue to serve as a backup quarterback to Sean Renfree and Anthony Boone this season, but will also appear as a running back, fullback, wide receiver and tight end. Head coach David Cutcliffeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to move skill position players to different positions shows his confidence in his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athleticism and ability to adapt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played a lot of football itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to adjust to new positions,â&#x20AC;? Cutcliffe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you can ever have enough guys that can snap a ball at center, and you can never have enough players that can play the skill positions. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to do on both sides of the ball.â&#x20AC;? Cutcliffe approached these players about possibly changing positions early in the offseason, before the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual spring game. The adjustments were made in response to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depth at certain positions and apparent need at others. Forced to pick up the techniques of a new position, all three players were subjected to a steep learning curve. Braxton had never played on the defensive side before, but Cutcliffe said he saw his natural abilities at safety from the first day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I saw Brandon Braxton cover a kickoff it was a thing of beauty, and I knew he had safety written all over him,â&#x20AC;? Cutcliffe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is such an ag-

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gressive, physical football player, and I just felt he had a chance to make such a difference there.â&#x20AC;? Scott is much more familiar with his new position as receiver than Braxton and Connette are with their new positions. While playing for two Durham-area high schools, Scott spent significant stints at wide receiver during his freshman and junior years as he waited for space in the backfield to clear up. Even after three years in Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backfield, Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition back to receiver has been relatively seamless, and the senior should be a reliable third option for

Renfree behind senior Conner Vernon and sophomore Jamison Crowder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just catching. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not scared at all. An athlete is an athlete,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I felt like this was best going to benefit the team, I was down for the call.â&#x20AC;? Although Connetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is much less defined, he has had the most to learn this offseason. A quarterback for all of his life, Connette has never lined up anywhere but under center. Luckily, he did not have to waste time learning new parts of the playbook. As a quarterback, he had to know everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offensive assignments. Connette has done well in Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offseason scrimmages while appearing at running back, wide receiver and tight end in a variety of packages. He has also continued to work on his throwing mechanics and has taken reps at quarterback throughout the summer. The ways he is used on the field will vary from week to week, but odds are that Connette will spend more time at tight end

than he originally expected. The Blue Devils will look to fill the void left by redshirt Braxton Deaver, who continues to recover from offseason surgeries to repair a torn ACL and a fractured left patella. Cutcliffeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new initiative to put athletes all over the field demonstrates not only the coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aggressive style, but also the everchanging landscape of college football. By utilizing their skill players at new positions, the Blue Devils hope to emulate the success of programs like Florida, which won two national championships while utilizing athletes like Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin in a number of different positions and sets, Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it. It keeps a defense off balance and to know that your coach is willing to make these changes and be so versatile also instills in a player that your coach is willing to do anything to win,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you feel that as a player, you give that much more effort on any given play in practice and throughout a game.â&#x20AC;?

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Last Saturday, Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe tweeted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Press the kicking game!! This is where the breaks are made!!!â&#x20AC;? Whether it was in the kicking game or moments like Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24-23 loss to Wake Forestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when the Blue Devils allowed 81 yards in the second half, 66 of which came on a single playâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they have consistently been on the wrong side of the big breaks that decide close games. The point is not to bemoan what could have been last year, but to point out that the Blue Devils came startlingly close to a bowl game for a 3-9 team. If Duke cashes in its karma chips and a few bounces come their way this time around, it is fully capable of making the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first bowl game since 1994. Entering last season, the kicking game was supposed to be one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths, as redshirt senior Will Snyderwine had been named an All-American the year before. But a preseason injury and several untimely misses derailed his confidence. For the season, Duke went 2-5 in games decided by 10 or fewer points. Three of those

games featured missed field goals by the Blue Devils, leaving crucial points off the board. With top recruit Ross Martin taking the kicks this year, that part of the game should be a strength, not a weakness. The defensive side of the ball should be more consistent as well this season. Last year was the first under coordinator Jim Knowlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unconventional 4-2-5 scheme. In close games, big plays can be crucial. Blown coverage played a role on several big plays in Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season-opening loss to FCS-opponent Richmond last year. While Snyderwine missed a potential game-winner, the game would not have been close without the Spidersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; big plays through the air. The defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience extends beyond familiarity with its formation and strategy, though. Last year, Duke played lots of first and second-year players, many of whom had never seen significant game action. This year, that will change in a big way, particularly along the line of scrimmage. Because of injuries, six redshirt freshmen received playing time on the defensive line last year. All of those players should be ready to make progress as a result of their time on the field. SEE POINT ON PAGE 11

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To get it out of the wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Blue Devils wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a bowl game this year, but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be because they are worse than they were last year. They have a good coach and a talented roster, they get an extra year under their belts in Jim Knowlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unusual defense, and they will be a more experienced squad returning most of their playmakers, including some key players who missed last season. All of that means that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially unfortunate that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is not even certain to exceed the 3-9 record of last season, let alone achieve the six wins necessary to earn the program its first bowl berth since the 1994 season. There are three big questions that the Blue Devils need to answer if they are to reach the promised land of bowl eligibility, and the answers to all of them are cloudy at best. First, who will replace Matt Daniels? Daniels broke up 14 passes last season. The entire starting secondary in 2012 had 14 pass breakups combined. Only one defensive starter had more than half as many tackles as Daniels did last season, and Dan-

ielsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leadership on and off the field will be equally difficult to replace. Second, who will catch the ball? Conner Vernon will return to the top of the wide receiver depth chart, but behind him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mess. Head coach David Cutcliffe begins the season with only two non-running backs who caught passes last year. Behind Vernon will be Jamison Crowder, a dynamic talent who has plenty of maturing to do with his increased role in the offense, and former tailback Desmond Scott, who will be one of many Blue Devils to change positions in 2012. There is upside in the receiving corps, but there is also plenty of risk. And the most important questionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; who will they beat? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get the obvious out of the way. North Carolina Central and the quarterback-less Memphis Tigers should be easy wins. Stanford and Florida State are top-10 material, and it would take a miracle of nearly unprecedented proportions for Duke to beat either of those teams on the road. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two wins and two losses. Florida International is a beatable team in the opener, with the Duke defense getting a game under its belt against a Panther offense that SEE COUNTERPOINT ON PAGE 11

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Duke managed to upend Florida International on the road last year despite relinquishing 568 yards of total offense, but the Golden Panthers will be hard-pressed to match that number against the Blue Devils this year. The departures of starting quarterback Wesley Carroll, who amassed a 14-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, one of the most dynamic playmakers that Duke faced all year, leave the Florida International offense greatly weakened. Sophomore quarterback Jake Medlock will still have a talented target in senior Wayne Times. Running back Darriet Perry, who added 102 rushing yards against the Blue Devils, also graduated. Perry’s departure, however, does not mean that the rushing game will be abandoned, with a stout offensive line and a talented cadre of returning running backs led by 1,000-yard rusher Kedrick Rhodes. The ground game will prove all the more crucial after such sig-

nificant losses in the passing game. It is on defense where the Golden Panthers will hope to remain strong. A quality pass rush that ranked in the top 25 in the nation in sacks returns nearly all of its contributors from last season, including its top eight tacklers. Tourek Williams—preseason Sun Belt defensive player of the year who racked up 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss last season—will anchor the defensive front. The secondary will benefit from another year of experience as well, returning all four starters and 90 percent of its pass breakups. Despite the losses on offense, Florida International projects to blitz through the Sun Belt conference in just the sixth year of the program’s existence, and has a reasonable chance to emerge undefeated from a relatively easy schedule. —Tom Gieryn

Four months ago, Stanford head coach David Shaw watched as four of his players were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, including quarterback Andrew Luck at No. 1 overall. The dropoff for the Cardinal in 2012 will be minor at worst, as Shaw’s top-notch recruiting class pairs with a strong collection of returning talent that should compete as one of the top teams in college football. Although Stanford gave up plenty of points last season, they did so against some of the highestpowered offenses in the country, and their fearsome pass rush returns several of its top players. Rush linebackers redshirt senior Chase Thomas—who racked up 8.5 sacks— and senior Shayne Skov, who had 7.5 sacks in 2010 before tearing his ACL three games into last season, will join top tackler senior Jarek Lancaster to create an elite linebacking corps. Senior defensive linemen Ben

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Head coach Henry Frazier should see improvement from his squad at N.C. Central this season, but it is unlikely to be enough to threaten Duke. The Eagles were bottom feeders in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2011, finishing 2-9 on the season with just one conference victory. Frazier’s team continues to mature and to adapt to his system, which should allow the Eagles to take a step forward in his second year at the helm. Following the graduation of quarterback Michael Johnson, junior Matt Goggans will lead N.C. Central under center. Goggans, who transferred from a California junior college after two seasons, will look to senior Geovenie Irvine as his primary target. Irvine, a 5-foot-7 Durham native who played with Duke wideout Desmond Scott in high school, caught 47 passes for 580 yards and five touchdowns a season ago.

The Eagles struggled mightily on the defensive side of the football in 2011, allowing 31 points per game. Their defensive effort against the pass was serviceable, but they could not find a way to stop opponents’ running games. Surrendering 181.1 yards per game on the ground, N.C. Central allowed 25 rushing touchdowns, compared to just 17 in the air. To make matters worse, the Eagles will enter the 2012 season with a younger and less experienced defense. Without linebacker Brandon Outlaw or defensive back James Reese, the team’s two leading tacklers in 2011, N.C. Central’s aspirations to improve defending the run appear dim. Look for Duke’s collection of runners to have a field day against this defense. This and the contest against Memphis appear to be Duke’s two sure-fire wins in the 2012 campaign. —Daniel Carp

Gardner and Terrence Stephens should wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage in front of a talented secondary. The offense will miss Luck as it turns the keys over to senior Josh Nunes, who has amassed just seven passing yards in the last two seasons playing behind Luck. The Cardinal’s top three receiving weapons departed as well, but Nunes should benefit from the presence of a New England Patriots-esque pair of elite tight ends. Six-foot-seven Levine Toilolo was an honorable mention all-conference selection and caught six touchdowns, despite playing behind starter Coby Fleener. His 6-foot-6 counterpart senior Zach Ertz is ranked by many as the second-best tight end in the nation, behind only his teammate. Running back Stepfan Taylor will also return, with a chance to surpass the 1,500-yard barrier in his senior campaign. —Tom Gieryn

September 22, 2012 Duke football has not been renowned for its success the last three years, but over that span, Memphis has been even worse, with just five wins since going 6-7 in 2008. Like the Blue Devils, though, the Tigers are working to right the ship. Step number one on the road to recovery for Memphis was firing Larry Porter after two seasons and hiring first-year head coach Justin Fuente. Fuente, previously an assistant under Gary Patterson at Texas Christian University, hopes to bring with him the success he enjoyed as offensive coordinator for the Horned Frogs. The offensive-minded Fuente will need all his wiles to guide a team that has seen three quarterbacks transfer out in the past year. Leading rusher Billy Foster and top receiver Tanner Rehrer have also departed, so the new quarterback— Jacob Karam, an incoming transfer from

Texas Tech—will have to hit the ground running as the starter. One of the few encouraging areas for Memphis last year was on defense, which forced enough turnovers to rank the Tigers seventh in the nation in turnover margin. But it was a boom-or-bust unit, as the defense ranked 117th out of 120 FBS schools in allowing plays of 10 yards or more. And continuity can hardly be expected, after top defensive linemen Dontari Poe and Frank Trotter departed for the NFL. Fuente has his work cut out for him in rebuilding a program that recently moved from Conference USA to the much stronger Big East, and Duke should be able to take advantage of the Tigers’ state of disarray to earn one of what should be two surefire wins on the season. —Danny Nolan

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Duke entrusts Martin to reboot kicking game After Snyderwine missed crucial kicks in 2011, a top-ranked recruit gets the job in 2012 by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

After Duke’s heralded senior kicker failed to deliver last year at Wallace Wade, an 18-year old freshman will look to restore the Blue Devils’ confidence in its kicking game in their 2012 season opener against Florida International Saturday night. Freshmen kickers are rarely the gem of a recruiting class, but Ross Martin is an exception. A 5-foot-9 newcomer from Solon, Ohio, Martin appears poised to raise the Blue Devils to new heights in the kicking game, an area that was Duke’s downfall last season. As a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School, Martin was named a first team All-American by both USA Today and Under Armour. He committed to Duke before his senior year, turning down offers from Texas, Ohio State, Northwestern and five Ivy League schools. Martin will debut alongside redshirt freshman Will Monday, who will serve as both the team’s punter and holder this season. Although Duke’s execution on punts was not nearly as costly as its inefficiency on field goals in 2011, head coach David Cutcliffe said he has been impressed by the special teams units throughout training camp. “[Martin and Monday] are playing positions where it’s impossible to be perfect. Those guys just have to be the best they can be in their preparation,” Cutcliffe said. “What I love about [them is that] I have never had any that have done better in their ability to focus in their practice time. They’re never out there just kicking or punting just for the heck of it.” Entering last season, the field-goal unit was supposed to provide consistency behind Duke’s lone preseason All-American selection, redshirt senior kicker Will Snyderwine. After connecting on 21 of 24 field goal attempts in 2010, Snyderwine struggled with injuries during his senior season. He connected on just eight of 17 field goal attempts and was the only FBS kicker eligible for postseason awards who failed to convert more than half of his attempts for the season. Snyderwine’s easier conversions proved to be his most difficult. He made just three of seven field goal attempts between 20 and 29 yards. Snyderwine’s miscues proved costly for the Blue Devils, who finished with a 3-9 record and lost four games by one touchdown or fewer. In those four losses, Snyderwine missed five field goal attempts, including three in Duke’s 14-10 home loss to a ranked Virginia Tech squad, a game that could have been a critical upset for the Blue Devils. Had three of those four one-score defeats gone the other way, Duke would have earned its first bowl bid since 1994. The unraveling of Duke’s All-American showed the mental burdens associated with kicking in college football. After watching Snyderwine’s implosion a year ago, Cutcliffe said it was important to keep in mind that Martin is still young and inexperienced and may have to work through some growing pains as the season progresses. “My team and myself will live with whatever the results may be, but [with] Ross, there will be a lot more good than bad,” Cutcliffe said. “He hopefully has a

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A happy 100th annivers Blue Devils attempt to reverse their fortunes by Mike Schreiner THE CHRONICLE

In the 100th season of Duke football, the team will once again try to shake the stigma of not reaching a bowl game since the 1994 season. After 16 consecutive losing seasons, the Blue Devils once again start the season simply trying to prove they can do the one thing that truly matters—win. But as the Blue Devils prepare to open their season Saturday at Florida International University, the team is already fighting the injury bug—at least 11 scholarship players will be sidelined for the opener. Five projected starters were lost during the offseason, most of whom will be out for the entire the season. “We still feel like this is the strongest, fastest team we have had,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We were going to find the best football players we had available to us to make plays on offense, and get them on the field.” Four players will line up Saturday in a position different from the one they played last season, with two switching from defense to offense. Senior Desmond Scott, Duke’s active leader in career rushing yards, has converted from a running back to a wide receiver following sophomore Blair Holliday’s tragic injury. Aside from the addition of Scott, the passing game features the most productive quarterback-wide receiver pair in the ACC. Sean Renfree returns for his final season under center after finishing in the top three in the ACC in passing yards, completions and completion percentage in 2011. He will have his favorite target, senior wide receiver and fellow team captain Conner Vernon, who needs just 35 receptions and 843 yards to finish as the ACC’s all-time leader in both categories. While they are chasing records in the passing game, the Blue Devils have yet to prove they can move the ball effectively on the ground. The team has finished either last or second to last in the ACC in yards per carry in each of the past four seasons. But coaches and players are optimistic, citing experience on the offensive line and the new attitude the

group has embraced. “You have to have the mentality to go and take what’s yours, and that’s the line of scrimmage,” redshirt sophomore left tackle Takoby Cofield said. “[Fans] should definitely see improvements [in the running game].” Defensively, Duke boasts the most experienced backfield the team has seen in years, led by the team’s two other captains, redshirt junior cornerback Ross Cockrell and senior safety Will Canty. “With age comes a little bit of wisdom,” Cockrell said. “We understand our roles and we can work in those roles.” The squad will have to adjust to life without standout safety Matt Daniels, who graduated last spring after anchoring the team’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme, which is now in its second year. The team hopes familiarity with the defense will help lead to improvement on the squad that has finished either last or second to last in the ACC in both yards and points allowed each of the previous two seasons. “You don’t have to think as much, and when you’re not thinking, you are just reacting,” redshirt junior defensive end Justin Foxx said. “When you play with confidence, you play faster.” That speed will be key to make up for their lack of physicality from years past—they have allowed more than 180 rushing yards per game during the past two seasons. After Will Snyderwine and the kicking game unexpectedly plagued the Blue Devils last season, freshman Ross Martin will take over kicking duties with redshirt freshman Will Monday handling punts. Martin will be one of nine true freshmen who will see action this season, with five walkons also having a chance to contribute, Cutcliffe said. Despite the losses his team in July and August, Cutcliffe remains optimistic, pointing to the depth of his team and his talented young players. “It really is a happy new year,” he said. “We have dealt with so many things, yet [we have] so many things to look forward to.”


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sary for Duke football? Healthy again, Anunike anchors Duke’s defense by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE

For a defense that might struggle to deal with All-ACC safety Matt Daniels leaving for the NFL and injuries to starters redshirt senior Jordan Byas and junior Kelby Brown, there is some good news—redshirt senior Kenny Anunike is feeling good and is ready to make a big impact on the field this season. Despite the pain of tearing his ACL for a second time, forcing a second redshirt season, the fifthyear junior has a positive outlook for the upcoming year. “It’s been a long road to recovery—about 10 to 11 months now,” he said. “It was an unfortunate accident, but I believe everything happens for a reason.” For a team that registered only 17 sacks on the year—ranked 94th in the nation—the presence of a dominant pass-rusher could make a huge difference. And last year Anunike was dominant, leading the team in sacks despite going down with a torn ACL just six plays into week four. “He’s physical, he’s powerful and he’s got great pass rush skills,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “He’s got great speed and quickness. You just hope it comes to fruition.” Two of those sacks came on future No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck, a quarterback who played behind a dominant offensive line at Stanford. For the year, the Cardinal allowed just 11 sacks,

seventh in the nation. “I want to get back to that guy that I was in 2011,” Anunike said. “That was unfortunately cut short, but I still… look at all the things that I was doing well and build upon that. Even though my knee was hurt, my heart wasn’t hurt. My pride was still there. The fire and intensity that I bring to the game was still all there.” If Anunike continues to perform at the level he showed himself capable of last year, he will draw plenty of attention. He hopes to play in the NFL, if put up consistently in a BCS conference, numbers like Anunike’s generally get pro scouts to take notice. But it also draws double teams from opposing offenses. “[Double teams] will give my other defensive linemen a chance to get back there in the backfield. It’s not all about me—it’s about our team,” Anunike said. “It’s about whoever can get to the quarterback and wreak havoc in the backfield.” In the secondary, the Blue Devils always appreciate contributions from Anunike and his linemates. “It makes playing defensive back easy when the linebackers and defensive linemen are getting to the quarterback,” senior safety and defensive captain Walt Canty said. “It forces him to make decisions that he doesn’t want to make. That’s when we try to turn those bad decisions into turnovers.” Even before playing a snap, though, Anunike has made his presence felt. “His leadership role is very important,” Canty said. “The energy he brings to the defense every snap is something for the young guys to look up to. They see him going after the ball, chasing hard from the back side, and speaking and getting everybody going during practice. I feel like that’s something we need.”


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FRESHMEN ON THE FIELD Profiles of the first-years expected to contribute in 2012 by Brady Buck THE CHRONICLE

Unfortunately for Duke, it enters this season with its roster riddled by injuries without having played a real game yet. Given this predicament, Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe will be forced to call upon a handful of talented freshmen that have yet to play in their first college football game. With the 2012 campaign commencing Saturday against Florida International, here is the rundown of Blue Devil newcomers to watch, as they will be relied upon for immediate contributions: Jela Duncan (RB): The debilitating losses of Duke passing targets sophomore Blair Holliday and redshirt sophomore Braxton Deaver forced the coaching staff to move former senior running back Desmond Scott—who was the team’s second leading rusher in 2011—to wide receiver. Historically, Duke’s rushing attack has been by committee. Last year five players rushed more than 20 times, a high number considering the Blue Devils only ran the ball on fewer than 43 percent of their offensive plays. This season, fans should expect a similar approach on the ground, with two promising true freshmen in the mix for carries. The first of those is Duncan, a 5-foot-9 running back from Charlotte, N.C., who will get some playing time in the early going largely because of his “breakaway speed,” as described by Cutcliffe. That same quickness got him scholarship offers from Purdue, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pittsburgh in high school, before he pledged to the Blue Devils. Shaquille Powell (RB): If Duncan is lightening, Powell is thunder. His power, toughness and physicality should allow the bruising tailback from Las Vegas to get touches in his first year at the collegiate level, especially in short yardage situations. Cutcliffe has also praised Powell for playing well in training camp with his advanced blocking abilities in passing down and on special teams. He and Duncan should help enhance the Blue Devil’s ground attack this year and in the ensuing seasons. Dwayne Norman (S): With Taylor Sowell out for the year, Anthony Young-Wiseman out for the first game with a leg injury and Jeremy Cash sitting out for the season as a transfer, one of the few true freshmen that could see some playing time in

the secondary is Norman. Drawing comparisons to former Blue Devil safety Matt Daniels, Norman has adequate size for his position at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and a knack for getting off blocks and stopping the run. His aggressive demeanor on the gridiron garnered him scholarship offers from South Carolina and Georgia Tech and should make him an impact player on special teams from the get go. Max McCaffrey (WR): On the verge of breaking the ACC all-time reception record, Connor Vernon promises to be the focal point for opposing defenses each week. McCaffrey and others must emerge as a reliable threat offensively, especially given the losses of Holliday and Deaver. Son of Super Bowl-champion wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, he has the tools to be a special wideout for years to come in Durham due to his 6-foot-2 frame, speed and versatility. He currently is sitting right behind Vernon on the depth chart, and with Cutcliffe’s passhappy attack, it is reasonable to expect McCaffrey to get plenty of passes thrown his way this year. David Reeves (TE): Although the team lacks veteran presence at the position after the graduation loss of Cooper Helfe,who is currently playing for the Seattle Seahawks, they do have Reeves. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Reeve’s makes up for the height and size Cutcliffe’s receiving corps have previously lacked. The redshirt freshman is currently the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart and will be called upon early and often in the passing game, but will also be an integral part of kick starting Duke’s rushing attack this weekend. Erich Schneider (TE): A true freshmen and the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart, Schneider also brings size and skill to the tight end position. The Jacksonville, Fla. product gives quarterback Sean Renfree a big, possession-type target on the perimeter who should pay dividends in the red zone. Like McCaffrey, Schneider has natural abilities to be successful right off the bat in Duke’s spread passing game. Tim Burton (KR/PR/CB): Cutcliffe has been adamant about this being his fastest Duke team to date. Burton is one of the many reasons why that holds true, and after redshirting last year he will likely get plenty of opportunities to showcase his quickness

this season. His speed makes him a threat to score when returning punts and kicks, which will be his primary role this year, in addition to playing some cornerback. Tanner Stone (LT): Very rarely does Cutcliffe refrain from redshirting offensive lineman, but Stone’s ideal size,

A look at the ACC teams not on Duke’s schedule Team: Maryland 2011 Record: 2-10 The Skinny: After a dismal season in 2011, the Terrapins are off to a rough start in 2012 before they even kick off their season opener. Maryland will be without both of the quarterbacks they used last season, after Danny O’Brien graduated and C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Now the Terrapins will be forced to rely on true freshman signal caller Perry Hills, who will be tasked with running the Maryland offense despite an inexperienced array of skill position players. The Terrapins have also lost their leading rusher from last season, leaving an anemic rushing attack for Hills to rely on. It looks like it could be a long season in College Park. Players to Watch: QB Perry Hills, TE Matt Furstenberg Key Matchups: Sep. 8 at Temple, Sep. 15 vs. Connecticut, Oct. 27 at Boston College Team: N.C. State 2011 Record: 8-5 The Skinny: The Wolfpack have returned to relevance in the ACC, posting winning records in 2010 and 2011 after four consecutive losing seasons. Fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Glennon will look to replicate his performance from last season, when he threw 31 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions, to lead the Wolfpack’s balanced passing attack. N.C. State will be strong in the secondary behind the play of cornerback David Amerson, who led the FBS with 13 interceptions last season—his next closest competitor was Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo with eight. The Wolfpack secondary was strong in 2011, holding opponents to just 223.7 passing yards per game. With a less-than-strenuous conference schedule, N.C. State could contend in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

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Players to Watch: QB Mike Glennon, S Earl Wolff, CB David Amerson Key Matchups: Aug. 31 vs. Tennessee, Sep. 29 at Miami, Oct. 27 at North Carolina Team: Boston College 2011 Record: 4-8 The Skinny: After a rough start to begin the 2011 season, the Eagles finished strong down the stretch, winning three of their last five games. Quarterback Chase Rettig showed steady improvement throughout the season and will lead Boston College’s offense once again as a junior. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Luke Kuechly will be sorely missed. Kuechly, who was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the NFL Draft, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Eagles in 2011, recording 191 tackles, including 12 for a loss, and three interceptions. Kuechly’s shoes will be large ones to fill, and it will be up to Boston College’s other linebackers, including Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto, to pick up the slack. Pierre-Louis and Divitto were the team’s second and third leading tacklers last year, but will have to cover considerably greater ground in the absence of the Eagles’ firstteam All-American linebacker. Players to Watch: QB Chase Rettig, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Key Matchups: Sep. 15 at Northwestern, Oct. 6 at Army, Nov. 3 at Wake Forest –Daniel Carp

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Can Duke Duke students react to lack of be a football Tailgate for season’s first week school again? by Nick Martin THE CHRONICLE

Believe it or not, there was a time in Duke’s history when it was a perennial college football powerhouse. With Wallace Wade himself roaming the sidelines, the Blue Devils were a force to be reckoned with during the 1930s and 1940s, winning the Southern Conference nine times. Duke played in the Rose Bowl in 1939 and hosted it in 1942—it was the only Rose Bowl played outside Pasadena. After the Blue Devils’ first Rose Bowl appearance, Eddie Cameron, who served as both a head football and basketball coach Daniel during his tenure at Duke, pushed the University to invest in a new basketball stadium using the money they earned from the game. In Jan. 1940, Duke basketball played in what would later be named Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time. The rest was history. Duke was a football school no more. Other than blips on the radar in the 1950s and 1960s and the Steve Spurrier years in the 1980s, football gave way to basketball as the University experienced little success on the gridiron. As the Blue Devils get set to kick off their 2012 campaign, Duke continues to struggle to create a football culture, and attendance at games has been an issue. Last year, the Blue Devils filled barely 70 percent, on average, of one of the smallest stadiums in FBS football. Averaging just 24,393 fans per game, Duke ranked last in the ACC in attendance—more than 7,000 fans behind 11th-ranked Wake Forest and less than one third the average attendance of the league-leading Clemson Tigers. Last season, Duke fans made national headlines when The Chronicle reported that the Blue Devil men’s basketball team was having trouble filling the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium, managing “only” 650 students per game through the first 10 games of the season. Meanwhile, the student section at Wallace Wade rarely sees more than a few rows of students for an average home game, paling in comparison to even the worst night at Cameron. In essence, it is hard for students to come out every weekend and support a losing team. Even head coach David Cutcliffe understands this. “It’s been difficult for Duke to learn how to embrace football. I can’t blame them,” Cutcliffe said to The Chronicle this summer. “We need to improve our home football atmosphere. I hope the students realize that they can take an ownership in this just like the players have. We need help. I’d like everybody to take ownership because we’re ready. It’s time.” So why is this year different than any other year of Duke football? Because this is the most talented team Cutcliffe has ever had. Keep in mind that despite sporting a 3-9 record last season, the Blue Devils lost four games by fewer than seven points—they were a few bad bounces and missed kicks away from bringing Duke its first bowl bid since 1994. If not for three missed field goals, the Blue Devils could have beaten eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech in Durham, and similar miscues prevented the Blue Devils from leading a top-10 ranked Stanford squad at halftime. This year, the Blue Devils return a bevy of starters from last year’s team, have an arsenal of weapons on the offensive side of the ball and will play for the first time with a team entirely comprised of players Cutcliffe recruited. They have bolstered their defensive line and special teams units, areas in which Duke sorely struggled last season. But most importantly, they have the experience of playing an entire year of competitive football in the ACC. I’m not saying this is the year for Duke to be a surefire bowl contender, but I am saying this is the year for students to support Duke football. To create a brighter future for this program, the University community first must work to create a better present. Recruits who turn on a Duke game on a Saturday afternoon won’t fall in love with a school when all they see are empty seats. Let’s break out of this vicious cycle. Go watch this team because it can be good and it can get better. “I’m anxious to see a great atmosphere in Wallace Wade— a difference-maker atmosphere in Wallace Wade—and we’ll do our darnedest on the field to be a difference-maker football team,” Cutcliffe said. So get ready for another roller coaster ride, Duke football style. I can’t guarantee how it will all end, but I can guarantee you it is going to be an exciting season.

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Duke Student Government announced Thursday that it will postpone the newest version of Tailgate until the Sept. 15 home football game against North Carolina Central University. Students have expressed mixed reactions over the re-cancellation of the controversial pre-game celebration, wondering whether the absence of the event this weekend might affect attendance at the Blue Devils’ opener against Florida International. “I think in terms of the student body, it’s kind of disappointing, moving on from post-Tailgate. Administration and DSG haven’t really come up with a permanent solution for what to do on game day. In terms of student body and excitement relative to the season opener, I guess I really don’t think it’s going to do much in terms of football. People aren’t very interested in Duke football.” -Jeff Wang, Trinity ’14 “I heard it was just a mess anyways, so I’m not that bothered that it’s gone.” -Jared Schwartz, Trinity ’16

“I think most people don’t realize the first game is going to be this Saturday because there’s no tailgate or activities. I thought it was going to be when it was the first Tailgate, it was their first game. There’s probably going to be less of a turn out and people are not going to be as excited.” -Taliya Golzar, Trinity ’15 “Duke probably wants to wait until everyone is settled

into classes so they can avoid any problems.” -Gabriella Ocampo, Trinity ’16

“Since it’s the first game of the season, I think they should have kept Tailgate because I know that football isn’t a really big sport here so a lot of people don’t come out to the games. Tailgate is what gets a lot of people out there. I personally am going, but I think that the attendance is going to be drastically lowered.” -Andrew Jacobs, Trinity ’16 “Even with Tailgate a couple years ago, people would just get drunk and they wouldn’t go to the games. Or they’d go and they’d be really drunk, so it’s not like they have that much of an experience. They need to find a substitute. I guess they’re trying to change it now. [Underclassmen] didn’t get to experience Tailgate, so [they] don’t really now what to make of it. It wasn’t really a tailgate, it was very much unregulated.” -Suvam Neupane, Trinity ’13 “I think it will definitely result in a decrease of fans coming out to the game, because people enjoy going out and socializing with one another before the games.” -Krishan Shivaraj, Trinity ’15 “Honestly, I’m pretty disappointed. I’m really into football, so I thought that it would enhance the whole experience because everyone could get pumped together, but now that it’s been moved it kind of sucks. I feel like now it will really just be a couple of freshmen that attend.” -Jennifer Sekar, Pratt ’16


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Previewing the Blue Devils’ ACC games Wake Forest September 29, 2012 Duke’s annual matchup with Wake Forest has become one of the more exciting rivalries in the ACC in the past decade. Every contest between the two in recent memory has been high-scoring and hinged on one key play. But Blue Devils have not defeated Wake Forest since 1999. Last year, Wake Forest defeated Duke 24-23 at Wallace Wade Stadium. After taking a commanding 17-3 lead into halftime, the Blue Devils stormed back and scored 21 unanswered points to open the second half. Duke’s defense played its best half of the season, holding Wake Forest to virtually no yardage in the second half, but a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens made it all for naught. Behind the arm of junior quarterback Tanner Price, the Demon Deacons are not afraid of shootouts. The Demon Deacons will need to score without Givens, though, after the wideout was selected in the fourth round in the 2012 NFL Draft after rack-

ing up 83 receptions, 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Even without Givens, Wake Forest will rely on redshirt junior Michael Campanaro, who quietly registered 73 catches and 833 yards playing opposite Givens last season. Wake Forest will need to rely on its aerial attack, though, as it possesses a subpar ground game behind an unremarkable offensive line. Just as the Demon Deacons have struggled running the ball on offense, they have not been strong stopping opponents from running. Instead, head coach Jim Grobe will have to rely on shutting down opposing passing games, and for that he will count on topnotch rush linebacker Joey Ehrmann and one of the more underrated players in the ACC, veteran safety Kenny Okoro. With a depleted offense, Wake Forest will need its defense to step up in order to repeat last year’s 6-7 season. —Daniel Carp

Virginia Tech October 13, 2012 Last year, Virginia Tech ushered in head coach Frank Beamer’s 25th season at the helm with early-season success and lateseason disappointment. Beamer, the winningest active FBS head coach, led his team to a fast start by winning the first four games before a blowout loss to Clemson, and then finished the regular season strong with seven straight wins. The disappointment arrived with defeats in the final games—the ACC Championship and the Sugar Bowl—to Clemson and Michigan, respectively. No. 16 Virginia Tech will try to rebound from those losses behind an offense that faces a great deal of uncertainty. Though they rank third in the ACC, they return just four offensive starters, especially junior quarterback Logan Thomas, who threw 19 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more last fall while completing 60 percent of his passes. The loss of two primary wide receivers presents an opportunity for redshirt senior Marcus Davis to step up.

Along with gaps in the receiving core, the running game will take a blow this year, losing four starters on the offensive line as well as running back David Wilson, the reigning ACC Player of the Year who averaged 122.1 yards per game. On the opposite side of the ball, the Hokies return nine starters from a team that allowed the seventh fewest points per game, and there are several Virginia Tech defenders who have the potential for breakout years. The duo of junior rush ends, James Gayle and J.R. Collins, combined for 13 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss in 2011. Junior Kyle Fuller, who was named to the AllACC Second Team after snagging two interceptions, and redshirt junior Antone Exum, the team’s leading tackler in 2011, will step up to fill holes in the secondary. After missed field goals cost Duke a game against the Hokies last year, Virginia Tech is poised to be a tough upset once again. —Nick Martin

Florida State October 27, 2012 Florida State is a perennial ACC frontrunner, and this year looks to be no different. In fact, the seventh-ranked Seminoles could be a dark horse in the race for a berth in the BCS championship game. The key to Florida State’s success is defensive tenacity. The Seminoles ranked first in the ACC in sacks while allowing the fewest plays of 10 yards or more, and fourth in the nation in points allowed with an average of 15.1 points per game. Perhaps the scariest number of all for this year’s opponents is nine—the number of starters returning from last year’s stingy defense. German-born defensive end Bjoern Werner will pair up with senior Brandon Jenkins, who has 21.5 career sacks and could challenge the school record in 2012, to terrorize opposing quarterbacks as part of an absurdly deep rotation on the defensive line. Meanwhile, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety LaMarcus Joyner project

to shut down opposing wide receivers in the secondary. Offensively Florida State will need to improve in order to make a run at a national title, though. Quarterback EJ Manuel, now in his second year as the starter, will need to be the same player he was in the Seminoles’ last five games in 2011, when he scored five touchdowns without tossing an interception. He will have his top four receivers back as well to help continue the unit’s improvement. Of course, a healthy offensive line for Manuel will do wonders for the offense as a whole. The team lost 46 starts to injury a year ago, making Florida State one of the most injury prone teams in the FBS. If the Seminoles can stay healthy in 2012, though, the offense could be able to provide enough firepower to help the elite defensive unit over the hump to a major bowl championship. —Danny Nolan

Virginia October 6, 2012 The Blue Devils will face stiff competition against a Virginia squad with high expectations for the upcoming season. The Cavaliers hope to make their presence felt in both the ACC and on the national stage with a second straight bowl appearance after an 8-4 finish in 2011. Although Virginia was largely led by its defense last year, the Cavaliers will be forced to rely on their offense and its seven returning starters more heavily this season. The story for of the offseason for the Cavaliers has been the quarterback competition between junior Michael Rocco—who earned the starting job midseason and went on to complete 60 percent of his passes—sophomore David Watford and recent Alabama transfer sophomore Phillip Sims. Sims possesses the most raw talent, yet head coach Mike London gave the nod to the more experienced Rocco for Virginia’s season opener against Richmond. Regardless of who lines up under center, the offense will be led by one of the conference’s best offensive lines,

which boasts a pair of top NFL prospects in seniors Oday Aboushi and Morgan Moses. The uncertainty at quarterback means that the offense’s success will likely hinge on the ground game. The Cavaliers return four running backs who combined for the fourth-most rushing yards in the ACC, including senior Perry Jones, who earned all-conference honorable mention. While the offense seems primed for a successful campaign, the Cavalier defense, which returns only five starters, could be handicapped by inexperience. The unit will rely heavily on middle linebacker Steve Greer, who will be counted on both as the returning team leader in tackles and as the quarterback of the defense. Though there may be doubts regarding their level of experience, Virginia has the talent to be serious contenders in the ACC and a should pose a significant inconference test for Duke. —Jay Sullivan

North Carolina October 20, 2012

North Carolina won’t factor into the bowl discussion in 2012 due to sanctions handed down by the NCAA earlier this year, but that won’t stop the Tar Heels from possessing one of the ACC’s most potent offenses. For the third consecutive season, North Carolina will start its campaign with a new head coach at the helm. Larry Fedora is now the man in charge, following an impressive 12-2 season with Southern Mississippi in 2011. Fedora will institute the spread offense— which figures to open up the passing game for junior quarterback Bryn Renner—and a unique 4-2-5 defense. The Tar Heel offense will be stabilized by returning players at quarterback, running back and on the offensive line. Renner is coming off a season in which he set a school record with 26 touchdowns. At tailback, 2011 freshman All-American Giovani Bernard will carry the load

once again. Bernard set a North Carolina freshman single-season record with 1,253 rushing yards in 2011. Bernard’s success can be traced back to a very talented offensive line, which is returning four of its five starters from the year before, including All-ACC second team members Jonathan Cooper and James Hurst. The UNC offensive attack isn’t perfect, though. The Tar Heels will miss wide receiver Dwight Jones, who accounted for 12 of the 26 touchdowns scored through the air. The Tar Heel defense, returning just five starters, is not as strong as its offense. Among those lost are defensive end Quinton Coples and linebacker Zach Brown, who were both selected in the NFL Draft. North Carolina’s new defensive scheme will rely heavily upon defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and junior middle linebacker Kevin Reddick. —Bobby Colton

Clemson November 3, 2012 The Tigers’ offense was a potent unit in 2011 behind stud wideout Sammy Watkins, but a porous defense almost derailed their season, as they allowed 28 or more points in seven of their eight final games, including a bowl-record 70 points in last year’s Orange Bowl. The biggest addition to the defense might be new defensive coordinator Brent Venables. The former Oklahoma coordinator has already proven his worth in securing a verbal commitment from the consensus No. 1 recruit in the class of 2013, Robert Nkemdiche, but also promises to make an immediate impact this season by reducing the complexity of the defensive scheme. After losing All-American Andre Branch, the ACC sack leader, to the NFL last spring, senior Mallicaiah Goodman is expected to anchor the defensive line and lead the revamped defense. All eyes will be on the other side of the ball, however, where Clemson boasts one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Junior quarterback Tahj Boyd is coming off a stellar year, in which he set the conference

record for touchdowns with 38 while throwing for over 4,000 yards en route to firstteam All-ACC honors. His job was certainly made easier by the emergence of Watkins, the 2011 National Freshman of the Year. Watkins, who also doubles as one of the most dynamic kick returners in the country, was the first freshman since Adrian Peterson to be named to the All-American team. However, following a May arrest on drug charges, Watkins has been suspended for Clemson’s first two games. The Tiger offense shouldn’t miss a beat though, as lining up opposite Watkins is DeAndre Hopkins, a junior who posted 978 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season. Senior running back Andre Ellington, who rushed for over 1,100 yards last season, provides a ground balance to the Tigers’ aerial assault. Clemson has one of the most talented offenses in the country, but whether or not the team can repeat as ACC champs will be determined by the improvements on defense. —Steven Slywka


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POINT from page 3 The experience is not limited to the defensive line—at every position other than kicker, punter and tight end, the week one starter has at least one previous start. Because of a similar veteran presence, the offense should be able to recover from last season’s failures in the running game. The offense will focus on the passing game, led by seniors quarterback Sean Renfree and wide receiver Conner Vernon, who is on pace to set ACC records for career receptions and receiving yards. But even the strongest passing offenses need a running game to keep them going, and last year’s running game failed too often in short yardage situations. With the return of a healthy Josh Snead and the conversion of quarterback Brandon Connette to a backreceiver hybrid, Duke should have enough firepower in the backfield to supplement the passing attack. The X-factor this year is the schedule. This year, like last year, there are six “winnable” games—ones in which a Duke win would not be a surprise. Fortunately for this year’s team, these games are clustered closer to the beginning of the season. During the past four years, Duke’s best—and worst— performances have come in streaks. Last year the team’s only three wins

came in consecutive weeks. The game against Virginia Tech, arguably the Blue Devils’ best despite the loss, came on the heels of the defense’s nearly perfect half against Wake Forest. The year before, Alabama left Duke too shell-shocked to compete with Army the next week. In short, week-to-week momentum is a huge factor. As such the first half of the schedule is perfect for this team. While the team overlooked Richmond in the first game last year, Florida International presents enough of a challenge to keep Duke’s sights squarely on the present. Likewise, NC Central could give the team a chance to recover from what could be a tough road loss to Stanford. After working back into form with a win against a very weak Memphis squad, Duke should either be 3-1 or 2-2 if FIU manages to pull off the upset in week one. Beating a weak Demon Deacon squad— who the Blue Devils has lost to 12 straight times—in week five would put Duke at a potential 4-1, meaning the team would just need to win two out of its next seven games to earn a bowl berth. With a dash of confidence coming from their early season victories, that could happen. It will not be easy, but with the right bounce here or there, the Blue Devils may very well go bowling.

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COUNTERPOINT from page 3 has lost its two primary weapons from last season. And since the Blue Devils were able to defeat Florida International last year, I’ll give them their third win. This leaves the ACC schedule, which is where the major problem lies. This year’s conference schedule is extremely difficult, as Duke gets no breaks in the selection of the eight ACC teams that it must face. The Blue Devils have matchups against all of the clear top-five teams in the conference: Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Arguably the sixth-best team, Miami, is also on the schedule, meaning that the three teams the Blue Devils face all come from the bottom five teams in the league. Missing Maryland—the one team that some pundits are projecting beneath Duke in the standings—is an especially tough blow. But for the sake of argument, let’s try to get the Blue Devils to six wins. The Virginia game at home should be a winnable contest, since the Cavalier quarterback situation is uncertain at best, and the defense was decimated by graduation. That’s four. Finding the last two is where things

start to get tough. Miami’s talent left in droves following the Nevin Shapiro scandal, but Al Golden has brought in an elite recruiting class. If Duke were matching up with the Hurricanes early in the season, I might be more bullish about the Blue Devils’ prospects. But since Duke meets Miami in the season finale, Golden will have had plenty of time to get his young squad in order. Wake Forest beat the Blue Devils by just one point last year, and Duke’s improvement should make it the better team this year—except that the game is on the road. Perhaps Duke could take advantage of a talented North Carolina squad still adjusting to a new coach after a tumultuous 2011 season. Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are all definite longshots, especially with two of those three games away from Durham. So a bowl game will probably require wins in two very winnable games—against Florida International and Virginia—and pulling out two more wins from among Miami, Wake Forest and North Carolina. And given that even the winnable games have proven to be challenging for the Blue Devils in the recent past, the 2012 Duke team is not an especially good candidate to go bowling, even if it does end up being a better squad than it was last year.

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Quarterback Sean Renfree will have a number of players in new positions in his offense this year.

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Wide receiver Conner Vernon is on pace to break both Duke and ACC records this season in yards and catches.

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Always one of the most unique and formidable offenses in the ACC, Georgia Tech remarkably projects to improve in 2012 on a rushing attack that racked up an average of 316.4 yards per game last season. All of the top three rushers return in head coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense— quarterback Tevin Johnson, A-back Orwin Smith, and B-back David Sims. The trio combined for just shy of 2,300 rushing yards in 2011, led by Washington’s 986. But the most talented of the trio may be Sims, who fills a crucial role that has recently been held by noteworthy Yellow Jacket rushers like Anthony Allen and Jonathan Dwyer. Beyond just returning the top skill players, Johnson also returns all five starters on the offensive line, including guard Will Jackson and 300-pound NFL prospect Omoregie Uzzi, who will help create holes for Georgia Tech’s run game. The Achilles’ heel, as always, will be the passing game. The Yellow Jackets hope to avoid throwing the ball by running oppo-

nents into submission, but when forced to throw, Washington completed just 49 percent of his passes and threw eight interceptions against just 11 touchdowns. But where the offense relies on the run to be successful, the defensive unit relies on preventing opponents from passing. Georgia Tech boasted a quality pass defense last year, and three starters return in the secondary, including a pair of talented cornerbacks—veteran Rod Sweeting and one of the best upand-coming defenders in the conference, junior Louis Young. Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu will be counted on to run the defense from the middle linebacker spot as a junior, and he possesses more than enough talent to handle such an assignment. The Yellow Jackets should only get better with all its extra experience, leading them to improve on an 8-4 showing last year and once again make an appearance at a significant bowl game. —Tom Gieryn

In an effort to put the Nevin Shapiro scandal behind them, the Miami Hurricanes head into 2012 with a number of new faces. After the Hurricanes finished 6-6 last season but elected to forego their bowl eligibility, Miami will once again be bowl eligible in 2012 and hopes to return to ACC prominence. The Hurricanes lost a number of players to the NFL, including six underclassmen—more than any other team—as players sought to escape the scandal that wracked the program in 2011. Luckily for secondyear head coach Al Golden, though, there are reinforcements on the way. Miami’s 33-man recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 classes in the nation by several different media outlets. The class is headlined by a pair of players ranked as five-star recruits by Rivals. com, cornerback Tracy Howard and running back Randy “Duke” Johnson, both of whom will see playing time as true freshmen. The Hurricanes also return key pieces from last year’s defense and could have the most dangerous secondary in the ACC. Free safety Ray Ray Armstrong, who stands a men-

acing 6-foot-4, leads the way as the most notable player to return from a suspension last season. Strong safety Vaughn Telemaque and cornerback Brandon McGee were key contributors to Miami’s pass defense last season as well, and played a large role in the Hurricanes ranking third in the ACC by allowing just 198 passing yards per game. Although Miami lost 1,000-yard rusher Lamar Miller, the Hurricanes will rely on offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson to continue clearing holes for their ground game. At 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds, Henderson is just the man for that job, but his health and readiness are in question after offseason injuries and personal issues. In the air, the Hurricanes could be handicapped in the wake of Jacory Harris’ departure, since 2012 starter Stephen Morris tossed more interceptions than touchdowns while Harris was suspended last season. Duke will play Miami in its season finale Nov. 24 in a game with potential bowl implications. –Daniel Carp


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