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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTH YEAR, ISSUE 17

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Pathman and Cobb return with golds Duke falls to No. 1 Florida St. by Tim Visutipol THE CHRONICLE

While most Duke students were getting settled into the Fall semester here in Durham, junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb were in Japan representing the United States at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The two returned to Duke with gold medals after the United States defeated Germany in the final 1-0 last Sunday. “They couldn’t get us off the field,” Cobb said. “We were celebrating, singing.” Cobb shared that “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown was the team’s theme song during their experience and was played prominently in the post-victory celebrations. “Every time I hear that song it kind of gets me a bit teary eyed, because in the locker room after the game when we were getting our medals, that song played,” Cobb said. “Every time I hear that song I’ll remember that trip and those girls.” During the tournament, the United States scraped through the group stage on goal difference, before advancing past North Korea after extra time in the quarterfinals. The nervy start changed and the United States stepped up a gear and moved past Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinals. Cobb said the U.S. women’s national team’s recent success at the Summer Olympics was something the team tried to emulate. “We talked about it at some meetings SEE GOLDS ON PAGE 5

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Faculty leadership and engagement are critical in times of economic volatility, said Dean of Arts and Sciences Laurie Patton. Patton and Thomas Robisheaux, Fred E. Schaffer professor of history, convened the first meeting of Arts and Sciences council for the academic year Tuesday. They shared their visions for the year with council members and reflected on the challenges the University faces as it enters a new era of higher education. Patton also discussed Duke’s fiscal standing, presenting both optimistic and cautionary notes on the University’s current state. “We need to adapt our governance to meet the rapid changes upon [the University] and upon us,” said Robisheaux, who was instated as the council chair in May. “Landscape of higher education is changing across the country. It’s a time of challenges of funding, it’s a time where students and their families are anxious

Failing to find the offensive firepower that had propelled them to a 6-1 start, the No. 2 Blue Devils fell in their conference opener to the topranked team in the nation Thursday night. No. 1 Florida State (7-0, 1-0 in the ACC) recorded its fifth shutout in seven games as it defeated Duke (6-2, 0-1) 1-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. before a capacity crowd of 2,300—the second-largest in Florida State women’s soccer history. “It was a great college soccer game, a great showcase for women’s soccer,” head coach Robbie Church said. “Two very good teams—unfortunately, we came out on the losing end.” The Blue Devils entered the match scoring 4.14 goals per game, the most in the nation entering the week. They could not find the answer against the Seminole defense, however. Despite racking up nine shots in the first period, Duke struggled to execute a final ball to challenge Florida State goalkeeper Kelsey Wys. “We’re an older, veteran team, and I thought we could have handled the opening half better,” Church said. For the Blue Devils, forward Kim DeCesare and midfielder Nicole Lipp started the game on the bench due to injuries sustained last week. Furthermore, after returning from the U-20 FIFA women’s World Cup in Japan earlier this week, midfielder Mollie Pathman rejoined her teammates on the pitch just half an hour prior to kickoff. “It’s not an ideal situation of course, but that’s part of it,” Church said. “Mollie had to go to class. She’s missed a lot of class, and I thought she played very well.” Although Pathman and DeCesare both entered the game around the 20-minute mark, they were unable to provide Duke with the instant offense to break the scoreless draw. And following a Blue Devil turnover, the Seminoles seized the first goal of the game and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute as Jamia Fields ran onto a short Duke clearance and volleyed it into the top-left netting past goalkeeper Tara Campbell. “We didn’t get out well, and the girl finished it—did a great job of finishing it,” Church said. “She took it really well. There was nothing Tara could do with it at that point.” The Blue Devils could not find an answer to Fields’ goal before the end of the half and entered the break with a deficit for the first time this season. Looking for a comeback, Duke appeared to be the better team in the second period, Church said. In spite of the greater level of play and higher

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Two Duke soccer players—junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb—won first place in the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan Sunday as part of the United States team. The team beat Germany for the gold.

Robisheaux assumes role as Council chair by Kristie Kim THE CHRONICLE

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Arts and Sciences Council Chair Thomas Robisheaux spoke to the body about his goals for the year and the challenges facing the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as well as the University at large at the council’s first meeting of the year Thursday.


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“We see on our televisions that there are still threats in the world and we have to stay vigilant. That’s why we have to stay relentless in pursuing those who attacked us this week.” —President Barack Obama, Sept. 11, following the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The attack came in the midst of protests throughout the Middle East against a video from the U.S. that depicts the Prophet Mohammad in a reportedly blasphemous manner.

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Sept. 13 —”We are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice,” Barack Obama said in a rally, referencing the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Milwaukee, Wis. Sept. 11 —Paul Ryan pays homage to lives lost on 9/11, meeting with airmen and army first responders. “I came here to say thanks,” he said.

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Sept. 9 —“Well, I’m not getting rid of all health care reform,” Mitt Romney said to NBC’s Meet the Press talk show that morning.

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With a convention speech that generated up to 28,003 tweets-perminute, Michelle Obama proved she is not simply a wife, but the first lady. Born in the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended public school before going to Princeton University and then Harvard Law School. She then worked in a Chicago law firm before joining the University of Michelle Obama Chicago as an associate dean. Obama has actively reached out to college students across the nation, encouraging them to become engaged in the important issues of today. “We know this election hangs in the balance,” she said in a phone conference with college students. “This is going to be the country that you all inherit, so we want you to be invested in it, and it starts now.” On the campaign trail, she highlights the president’s successes, like his work on Pell Grants and college affordability, health reform and rebuilding the economy. Obama appeals to a broader range of voters than Ann Romney, said Mac McCorkle, former Democratic political consultant and associate professor of public policy. Obama connects especially with younger and multicultural voters, he said, whereas Romney appeals to older voters. “Michelle acts and seems more hip and cool and young,” he said. In her speech, she reached out to the average American, pointing to the Obamas’ economically modest backgrounds. This resonated with many Americans, McCorkle said. “Michelle’s speech was successful in reviving what people remembered about Obama and what they liked so much about him,” he said.

On the campaign trail, Ann Romney puts a humanizing face on her presidential nominee husband of 43 years. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Romney is a stay-athome mom who devotes much of her time to charitable organizations that aid disadvantaged and troubled children. Ann Romney Some, such as Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, have claimed Romney’s affluent economic background and career as a stay-at-home mom isolate her from most American women. “[She’s] never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said in April. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.” Romney responded with her first official tweet: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Rosen apologized for her remarks. The Romney family’s estimated worth is between $85 million and $264 million, with Mitt Romney as one of the 3,140 wealthiest individuals in the country. But Romney’s lack of economic challenges is tempered in the electorate’s mind by the medical challenges she has faced, McCorkle said. In 1998, Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Romney may seem more distant than Michelle Obama to young voters, but she conforms to the more traditional image of a dignified first lady, McCorkle said. Although her convention speech was not as powerful as Obama’s, she successfully humanized her husband in the eyes of voters.

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Researchers transmit Duke acquires John light like electricity Hope Franklin papers from Staff Reports by John Barker THE CHRONICLE

Using experiments designed by Duke engineers, a team of scientists from University College London and Imperial College London has explored the limits of transforming light waves into smaller electrical ones. Light can carry more information than electricity, but is impractical to use on a small scale. Because fiber optic cables are expensive and optical sensors are bulky, electrical signals are often preferable. A field called plasmonics allows light to be transmitted in the same way electrical signals are sent—for example, through a thin wire. “Photons are about 1,000 times the size of atoms – getting them to interact with atoms on a one-to-one basis is very impressive,” said Sir John Pendry, chair in theoretical solid state physics at Imperial College. “If you want to compress something that much, the engineering has to be pretty impressive.” Plasmonic systems are employed in new forms of small scale optical communication— such as lasers—and may have applications in some medical technologies, such as bioassays, which are experiments to determine the effect of particular substances on living organisms. In plasmonic systems, the clouds of electrons surrounding metal atoms behave like very small pockets of gas or plasma. The surfaces of the clouds are capable of carrying waves of energy like ripples across the surface of a pond. “When you hit an electron cloud with a photon, you create a surface wave called a plasmon, that you can focus with the right technology,” Pendry explained. “A plasmon is a sort of wobbling at the surface of an atom.” Similarly, it is far easier to transmit sound energy to the human brain by striking a drum to create pressure waves in the air, than to smash a drumstick directly into someone’s eardrum. Because the light energy is merely transferred into a sort of plasma wave, the electron clouds vibrate in the visible spectrum and carry the same information that photons would

have. Until now, however, it was not known how far such signals could be compressed. Although Pendry’s team was responsible for much of the theoretical work behind the project, Cristian Ciraci, a postdoctoral fellow at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, led a team of designers to create an especially accurate testbed for plasmonic systems that could be used to test the limits of photon-electron interactions. “When you work with systems on the scale of a few fractions of a nanometer, it’s very hard to get precise control,” he said. His team designed a system that uses various lengths of carbon chains to suspend single gold atoms a certain distance above extremely thin gold foil. Compounds of differing length were reacted with the gold to control the spacing between the metal atoms. Photons could then be directed between these two gold surfaces to create a plasmonic wave. Their results were revealing, Ciraci said. “The response of your material is basically proportional to the strength of its electric field,” he said. “When you use a plasmonic system to squeeze the light into this tiny area, you have to keep the electrons from repelling each other.” If the two metallic atoms are too close together, their electron clouds push with such force on one another that they overlap and block the wave. “We now have a means of assessing the limitations of plasmonics, since the more advanced response of the electrons in the metal is ultimately what will define the field enhancement obtainable from a nanoparticle system,” David R. Smith, director of the lab in which Ciraci conducted his research, wrote in an email Thursday. But despite this discovery of a limit on plasmonic systems, Smith remains optimistic. “There may be much more in these systems to exploit. We are looking forward to seeing if we can unlock more phenomena from this new understanding,” Smith, William Bevan professor of electical and computer engingeering, said.

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Duke has obtained more than 300 boxes of documents and other materials belonging to respected historian, civil rights leader and professor John Hope Franklin, the University announced Thursday. This contribution follows a donation by Franklin of his personal papers in 2003. John and Karen Franklin, the late historian’s son and daughter-in law, donated these documents to the University, which will complete the library archive of the esteemed public scholar. Franklin is celebrated as a founder in the field of African and African American studies and as a passionate professor at the University, while playing a critical role in civil rights movement. He is known best for his groundbreaking book “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans” and for his guidance in race relations as chair of President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Board on Race. A recipient of more than 100 honorary degrees, Franklin participated in the legendary march led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in addition to working with Thurgood Marshall on the Brown v. Board of Education case. “John Hope Franklin always wanted his papers to have an academic home where they would get into the hands of students and scholars quickly,” his son John W. Franklin said in a press release. “He wanted to make sure that they would be used. We found such a home for his papers in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the Duke Libraries, with a dedicated staff to care for the collection.” The papers, comprised of diaries, correspondence, manuscripts of writings and speeches, awards and honors, extensive research files, photographs and videographs, will be available for research after conservation review and archival processing are complete. The collection also includes materials that outline the Franklin’s family personal story, which includes their personal involvement with the civil rights struggle in

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Duke recently acquired more than 300 boxes of material belonging to civil rights leader and former professor John Hope Franklin. Tulsa, Okla. The large addition will be housed in the John Hope Franklin Center for African and African American History and Culture. Part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the center opened its doors in 1995 in honor of the prominent scholar. Franklin died in 2009 in Durham of congestive heart failure. He was 94. Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University librarian and vice provost for library affairs, noted in the release that the papers will serve as a significant resource for a variety of interests. “John Hope Franklin was the epitome of the public intellectual—deeply engaged with the issues of his time and yet personally down-to-earth,” she noted. “ We are grateful to the Franklin family for placing his papers here at Duke, his intellectual home for so long.” The University libraries will commemorate the papers with a reception on Sept. 14. The event will be open to the public.

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A&S from page 1 of the cost of education and perhaps an uncertainty of the future once they leave the University.” He noted that universities, such as Duke, have a global imperative to promote innovative teaching, adding that new technologies such as online learning introduce new opportunities as wells as pitfalls. “Is the council prepared to meet these challenges? Not as well as we would like,” Robisheaux noted. The council meetings, he said, are not merely places for the mundane work, but should become a forum for robust discussion of new initiatives—a place where faculty members can frankly assess new and existing programs and ideas.

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“Our goal is to make the council and the arts and sciences committees better positioned to take up new ideas, improve upon them and really make them happen,” he said. Although the University is still “in the woods” financially, Patton noted that the University balanced its budget in April, determining a method to finance all of the institution’s programs and faculty. Four main challenges have offset the University’s financial standing in the past few months: the underperforming endowment, the less-than-expected amount of grants for some departments, the increasing demand for financial aid and fewer retirements among faculty, Patton added. Although numbers are continually shifting, she noted that the demand for financial aid is growing at almost twice the rate that tuition is increasing.

“We will always spend more than we are comfortable with in order to hire dynamically as we want and need to hire. But in this environment, we need to be both strategic and visionary,” Patton wrote in an email following the meeting. In terms of grants, the Pratt School of Engineering, comprised of 125 engineering faculty, reaped $71 million in awards in the 2011-12 school year while the 250 natural sciences faculty of Trinity garnered $73 million in awards, Patton said. In the social sciences, new methods of research and teaching have been implemented, namely the new “flipped” gateway courses in Economics and the Education and Human Development Initiative—a collaboration between the social sciences and natural sciences, she said. “Revenue can no longer be a dirty

word in the academy,” Patton said. “What we need to think about is creating value for knowledge. I think we can do this while at same time maintaining academic standards that are the hallmark of a Duke education.” Patton also emphasized the ongoing conversation on race at Duke. There will be a focus on three different principles related to race this year— first, the generational differences in how people experience racial and ethnic identity, second, involving the community in discussions about race and difference and third, stories about race at Duke that need to be uncovered and told, she said. She added that responses to these themes for the 2012-13 year include the an advisory council on race and difference at Duke, which will be created in the Fall.

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GOLDS from page 1 about how they came back, goal after goal and kept on fighting. They’re great role models, and every time you watch the full national team you learn something from them,” Cobb said. “I think that’s how we responded to going down in group play.… Our group play was not very successful... I think we expected to dominate a little more. We came out of that and turned our attitude around and found the mentality of the [United States national team].” It was not all about the soccer, though, as the team had chances to travel to five different cities and enjoy the Japanese culture. The pair is in agreement over one thing—the politeness and the welcoming hospitality of the Japanese people. The US team visited the Hiroshima Memorial and paid respects there. They were also able to interact with fans off the field by signing autographs and playing soccer with local children. “They have a great passion for women’s soccer, which is fantastic,” Cobb said. “They’re very supportive for the Japan [U]-20 national team.” While attendance was low at the start of the tournament, the team played in front of much larger crowds as it reached the later rounds. The attendance was over 30,000 during the final against Germany. The Americans also had a chance to

get to know each other during friendly times before the battle to the national championship begins. “My team is like my best friends, we’ve gone through so much. This experience is really stressful on all of us,” Pathman said. “It really bonds us, we called ourselves a family. These are really my sisters and I’d do anything for them. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone.” As the conference schedule approaches, the lasting bonds will now be tested on the field. The U.S. team includes seven other players who compete for an ACC school. “There’s a lot of them in the ACC and we’re excited to see each other,” Pathman said. “On the field we’re going to be competitors but as soon as we step off the field, we’ll be back to that same sister mentality.” Cobb said the friendship will make her prepare differently—it might “throw her off a little bit.” In their absence, the Blue Devils have raced to a 6-2 season start, scoring 34 goals in the process. Cobb and Pathman have tried to keep in touch with the team, having many Skype calls and texts to wish their teammates good luck before games. Now that the two are back they are busy catching up with class and their teammates, but with the 13-hour time difference between Durham and Japan, Cobb has admitted that it is sometimes difficult to stay awake in class. “Thank god for coffee,” Cobb said.

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TENNIS

Duke seeks Blue Devils begin season in Cary bounce back and .500 by Vaishnavi Krishnan THE CHRONICLE

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Following a weekend in which Duke fell in two close games to ranked opponents, the Blue Devils will look to rebound against two ranked Virginian foes at home this weekend. The No. 17 Blue Devils (2-3) can propel themselves above .500 for the first time this season against No. 25 Richmond (3-2) Friday and No. 8 Old Dominion (3-2) Sunday at Jack Katz Stadium. “After Sunday’s [overtime loss against Wake Forest], the team couldn’t wait to get back to practice in preparation for this game,” Duke head coach Pam Bustin said. “We are definitely ready to get back at it.” Richmond is the defending Atlantic 10 champion, with its only two losses of the 2012 season coming at the hands of ranked opponents. The Spiders travel to Durham after having lost to No. 2 Princeton in the last three minutes of the second half last Sunday. The Blue Devils fell to the Tigers 5-2 at home earlier in the season. Old Dominion, meanwhile, is coming to Duke after having crushed Radford 5-1 last Sunday. Five different Monarchs scored, including freshman Sarah Breen, who was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. The Blue Devils are still down six players due to the U-21 Pan-American games—Lauren Blazing, Hannah Barreca, Aileen Johnson and Abby Beltrani are representing the United States, while Kendra Perrin and Jessica Buttinger are playing for Canada. Buttinger is SEE FIELD HOCKEY ON PAGE 8

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will kick off their preseason with the third annual Fab Four Invitational in Cary, N.C., hoping to set the tone for the coming season. This fall tournament hosts schools from various conferences, who come with their top four players to win six possible titles in both doubles and singles. This tournament gives Duke the chance to see competitive teams and individuals that they may not face in the regular season. “We play these tournaments... to get back in match shape and work on individual rankings, which affect what they do all year [and] work on some doubles stuff, trying some new teams and different teams,” women’s head coach Jaime Ashworth said. “But the number one thing is getting on the court and getting matches in a competitive situation.” This year’s men’s squad has added four freshmen to its roster, including the No. 1 ITA newcomer, Michael Redlicki and No. 2 Bruno Semenzato. Semenzato, however, is not eligible to compete until the spring. The other two freshmen, Josh Levine and Daniel McCall, will both play singles as well as pair up as a doubles team this weekend. The lone senior on the team, Henrique Cunha, sits at No. 1 in the preseason rankings, and is followed by No. 19 Chris Mengel. “It does not affect how I am going to play my game,” Cunha said. “Number one is more responsibility. Obviously everyone wants to beat the number one guy, and I am the favorite in pretty much every match, and it’s a nice pressure to have. But, I want to keep improving, and I think I have a lot of room for improvement.” For doubles, this tournament will be a test for future matches. “We are trying new combinations with this tournament to see how they gel together

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Ranked No. 1 in the country, Henrique Cunha will look to prove that he deserves the top ranking in the nation. right off the bat,” men’s head coach Ramsey Smith said. Sophomore Jason Tahir and Redlicki will team up after winning a tournament in the summer together. Also matched up are the lefty duo Cunha and Hemmeler, ranked at No. 16, as well as the No. 15 pairing of juniors Fred Saba and Mengel. Unlike the men, the women enter this season with only one new addition—Mari-

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CROSS COUNTRY

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anne Jodoin, a junior transfer from Fresno State. The Blue Devils only graduated one senior from the team that made a run to the national semifinals last season. Seven Duke players also earned pre-season rankings. Beatrice Capra leads the pack at No. 2, giving the team confidence and a baseline from which to build.

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N.C. Central quarterback Matt Goggans completed just 1-of-12 passes in his last game before being benched. After Duke was burned through the air against Stanford, both teams will look to that as a key in this game.

One week after losing big across the country in California, the Blue Devils (1-1) will have a great opportunity to bounce back this weekend when they welcome N.C. Central (1-1) to Wallace Wade Stadium. A 15-point underdog heading into last week’s 50-13 loss to then-No. 25 Stanford (20), Duke is the favorite in Saturday’s game against the Eagles, an FCS opponent coming off a 34-14 loss to Elon. Despite the loss, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe believes the Eagles have continued to improve so far this season. “I thought their pass rush improved a great deal from one week to the next—their coverage, the same thing,” Cutcliffe said. “ I think they made a big jump in the kicking game… and they shored things up well as a staff from game one to game two.” Located in Durham, just a few miles from Duke’s campus, N.C. Central has faced the Blue Devils on the football field just once before—the Eagles made the 10-minute drive to Wallace Wade for the first “Bull City Classic”

in 2009. Duke won that contest in commanding fashion, scoring 49 unanswered points en route to a 49-14 win, though that does not necessarily interest Cutcliffe. “I’m interested in making a statement about how well Duke can play,” Cutcliffe said. “I want to see a big difference in our team in every area from week two to week three.” Duke won its first home game in style, beating Florida International 46-26. But the momentum that the Blue Devils gained from their opening win all but evaporated as they watched Stanford take a 20-point lead in the first half by suffocating Duke’s offense then moving the ball freely between the twenties against their defense. Desmond Scott was a bright spot in last Saturday’s loss, catching 11 passes for 83 yards after recording just two catches in the season opener. “He is amazingly skilled,” Cutcliffe said of Scott. “Desmond [Scott] and Conner [Vernon] compliment each other well, and SEE FOOTBALL ON PAGE 7

Race begins at Wallace Wade by Sarah Elsakr THE CHRONICLE

To get to their meet this weekend, the Blue Devils will not have to go far. In fact, all they will have to do is take a short walk down the steps of Wallace Wade to the starting line in front of what will possibly be the largest turnout a Duke cross country meet has ever seen. Saturday, just fifteen minutes before they meet on the football field, Duke will take on N.C. Central on the track. According to head coach Norm Ogilvie, who had the idea for the joint start after he saw the similarities between the two teams’ schedules, the runners will loop around the track in front of their fans and then head to SEE X-COUNTRY ON PAGE 8


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MEN’S SOCCER

Blue Devils look to keep momentum at home by Nick Martin THE CHRONICLE

In Duke’s win against Georgia State Tuesday, it accomplished exactly what it set out to do—bring excitement to the offense and tighten up the defense. Clemson Sebastien Ibeagha was vs. the offensive spark the Duke Blue Devils needed, scoring two secondhalf goals and igniting Friday, 7 p.m. an offense that had Koskinen Stadium scored three goals in its first four games. Friday Duke will try to keep its offense rolling as the Blue Devils take on the Clemson Tigers at 7 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium. Clemson (1-3-2, 0-0-1 in the ACC) comes into the game hoping to turn its season around, having failed to earn a victory in its past five matches. The Tigers were the victims of tough scheduling with their early season games. Their last four games have all come

against top 25 teams. They most recently dropped their match against No. 24 Alabama Birmingham 2-0. Although the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1) are coming off an exciting victory and are entering heavier ACC play, the attendance at games has been steeply declining, with each of their three home games garnering 300 fewer fans than the last. Head coach John Kerr is looking to increase enthusiasm about the up and coming Blue Devils, who he believes can surprise some people. “The support our fans could give us would be huge, if they come out in numbers and be loud and support their team,” Kerr said. “I think it would give us a huge boost in ACC play. And ACC play, they’re one-offs in terms of anyone can beat anyone.” Two of Duke’s next five games will be at home against ACC opponents, including on September 28th. Friday’s game will be the Blue Devils’ chance to get back to .500 and show their fans and the rest of the ACC that they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Desmond Scott was a rare bright spot for Duke against Stanford, excelling in his new role at wide receiver.

FOOTBALL from page 6 Jamison Crowder—who was really good a year ago—may be one of the more improved football players [on the team].” The emergence of Scott as a receiver after playing running back last year should help open up the field for senior Conner Vernon and sophomore Jamison Crowder, allowing senior quarterback Sean Renfree to spread the ball around on offense. Defensively, the Blue Devils should be able to contain an Eagles offense that gained 115 yards on 55 plays last week against Elon. Starting quarterback Junior Matt Goggans com-

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Junior Sebastien Ibeagha ignited Duke’s offense this week, scoring two goals against Georgia State.

After struggling in doubles last season, especially in the NCAA tournament, the women hope to improve starting this weekend. In the preseason the Blue Devils have three strong tandems ranked nationally in the top 60. Capra and Hannah Mar are

pleted just one of his twelve pass attempts and was intercepted twice before being benched. Overmatched by the speed and skill of the Duke defense, the Eagles hope to keep the game close by exploiting the Blue Devils’ habit of allowing big plays to opposing offenses. That weakness has already proved to be a thorn in the side of a speedy and experienced Duke secondary as the Blue Devils have allowed seven plays of 30 or more yards through their first two games. “There are going to be opportunities for our receivers to make big plays.” Eagle head coach Henry Frazier III said. “If the momentum switches on our side, then little brother might have a chance at big brother.” slated at No. 19, Mary Clayton and Jodoin at No. 27 and Annie Mulholland and Ester Goldfeld at No. 43. “My goals are to take advantage of the first tournament of the fall, and place myself in position for All-Americans, which is coming up shortly,” senior Mary Clayton said. “I want to do the best I can for the team, and obviously individually as well.”


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X-COUNTRY from page 6 the old location of the dual meet, the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop. Though those in the stadium will be unable to see the teams as they finish, the team scores will be announced in Wallace Wade, and during the third quarter of the football game winners of both the men’s and women’s races will be shown on the video scoreboard. “Cross country is looking forward to the opportunity to allow its runners to compete in an awesome and exciting setting,” Ogilvie said. “Naturally, it’s easier to get fired up when you’re running in front of 30,000 people rather than 300.” For the men though, there is more than just the incentive of making their fans proud. While Duke’s top ten finishers from its previous meet, the Virginia Tech Invitational, have already earned a trip to next weekend’s Panorama Farms Invitational in Virginia, the rest of the team will be competing Saturday for the Blue Devils’ last empty spot. The Invitational will host several nationally ranked teams and provide the Duke runners with an opportunity to boost their chances of qualifying for the NCAA championship meet. Though only six of the Blue Devil women are participating, they are also excited for the

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opportunity to compete in front of a large home crowd. Unlike the men, the women have no additional stakes in the meet and are simply excited for the chance to compete on such a large stage. “I think it will be a fun a event,” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “Hopefully it will add something to the fan experience for the people getting ready for the football game.” As athletes competing in a sport that is not known to be spectator-friendly, cross country runners rarely get a chance to showcase their abilities and feel the support of their fan base. According to some of the Blue Devils, a lot of their excitement for this meet stems from the fact that it will present a chance for them to finally show people what they do. “It’s the first time a cross country team has tried to do an event that coexists with such a large event, like the football game,” freshman Blake Udland said, “I think that if this could be a trend, whether it’s at our school or across the country, it would be a really cool direction for our sport to go. I think it’s good recognition for what we do.” Despite all the attention that the venue is getting, the runners are making sure not to lose sight of the fact that the meet is a competition. In the words of junior Phil Farleigh, “there can only be one king of the Bull City.”

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percentage of possession, the team still did not manage to put together a scoring sequence. Totalling 19 shots—just below its season average of 20.4 per game—Duke put just five on frame, a number that fell nearly 4.5 short of the squad’s season average. “We didn’t do a job of being sharp around the 18-[yard box]—[getting] the final balls,” Church said. “[We] were getting a little impatient.” In the final three minutes, DeCesare and forward Laura Weinberg—who had a game-high five shots—both put balls on target. Wys, however, rose to the challenge of the final wave of Blue Devil attacks, recording her third and fourth saves to preserve the victory, marking the sixth consecutive time that a Duke loss has been decided by just one goal.

Duke’s leading scorer on the season and Blazing is the starting goalie, who was replaced by Ashley Camano in the team’s 4-2 loss to Northwestern Sunday. Bustin, however, is still confident they can overpower both the Spiders and the Monarchs. “We have everything here we need to succeed and win, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Bustin said. “As long as we keep up our positive attitudes, and keep our mental strength where it needs to be, we won’t have a problem.”

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Small steps toward big ideas The Intellectual Climate passionate faculty can vault a Committee report, released student into the intellectual Tuesday, should be the starting stratosphere. That’s why propoint for a serious ongoing dis- grams like FOCUS, DukeImcussion about undergraduate merse, DukeIntense or Winter intellectual life. Wednesday, Forum exist—to break down we discussed classroom walls, the thorny strucmaking learneditorial tural problems ing a roundthat prevent students from the-clock adventure. pursuing credentialism and Duke should continue intellectualism simultaneously creating and enhancing inat Duke. Today, we focus on novative University academic several smaller areas identified programs. At the same time, by the ICC: faculty involvement individual departments must and sophomore and junior also create opportunities to malaise—that indicate a lack deepen student-faculty relaof resources and can be helped tionships. For example, the through more concrete and psychology department impleimmediate action. mented advice from a student First, only half of under- focus group, initiating “brown graduates surveyed believe bag” lunches that brought faculty catalyze extracurricular students and faculty closer toconversations at least moder- gether. Where FLUNCH and ately. Close relationships with Faculty Outings stop, depart-

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ments should start by offering tailored programming. Each department knows its own strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to best cater to the intellectual needs of their students. The ICC suggests that professors lack incentives to foster relationships with students, mostly due to tenure track and publishing pressure. These claims should certainly be investigated further, perhaps even warranting a study of their own. Sophomores and juniors also reported markedly less satisfaction with their intellectual experiences outside of class. While this extended “sophomore slump” could be partly caused by the high expectations of freshmen year and the nostalgia of senior year, it is undeniable that academic

and social support drops off significantly one’s sophomore year. Without Faculty in Residence and programs like FOCUS, FroshLife and Writing 20—compounded by the fracturing of East Campus communities—sophomores can feel discouraged from building more intellectual relationships. The problem continues junior year with many students choosing to study abroad. Furthermore, the house model means that most sophomores no longer share a year living together on West Campus. The obstacles to buoying the sophomore and junior intellectual experience are formidable. But a good start are class councils, which should continue to imagine more ambitious agendas—merging the academic and the social—to

drum up greater opportunities for intellectual exchange. The house model can also be harnessed to connect sophomores to juniors and juniors to seniors. The University should not underestimate the house model’s potential to enhance intellectual climate. The issue of intellectual climate is a complicated one involving entrenched policies and systems, like the curriculum or grade point average, which should certainly be scrutinized. However, a student’s intellectual experience at Duke is also shaped by the smallest of acts, like a dinner with the members of her seminar course. It will take both types of problem solving, big and small, to foster intellectualism at Duke, and the time to start brainstorming is now.

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We don’t know what’s causing climate tioning. Rather than questioning the methods change on this planet,” said Mitt Romney of scientific studies, many Republican politicians almost a year ago in New Hampshire. “The are advancing political biases. Broadly speakidea of spending trillions and triling, I think this is representative lions of dollars to try to reduce of some politicians’ stances on cliCO2 emissions is not the right mate change; by selectively chooscourse for us.” ing what not to believe, RepubliEach and every one of us should can politicians have rejected the be acutely afraid of the possibility worth of all the fields we study. of a Republican presidency. I say Every student passionate about this to you as a hard-working stuhis or her field should be condent. But moreover, I say this to I do understand—and oclucas spangher cerned. you as someone who has seen the casionally sympathize with—those warriorHippie results of and who has great faith that see their degree as a vocain our academic system. And my tional path to higher status. But belief is that the Republican philosophy does these people are not out of the water so long not undervalue but actively devalues scientific as they live in the United States: Some of our product. own government agencies have acknowledged Although there are some ludicrous examples climate change. The EPA regulates emissions of this, I care most about the position generally of greenhouse gases, following the landmark held among Republicans that climate change case Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007. The National is false. According to the Pew Research Center, Academy of Science has authored many papers only 16 percent of GOP politicians believe that regarding climate change. The CIA recognizes humans are causing global warming. A stagger- climate change as a threat to national security. ing 53 percent do not think there is solid evi- Twelve villages in Alaska have explored relocadence that the earth is warming. This is, simply tion to avoid rising sea levels. So though the eviput, abysmal. I think that the phenomenon of dence abounds, Republican politicians continclimate change is one of most pressing chal- ue to dismiss it. They have reached the point at lenges humanity is facing and has ever faced. which they devalue and even dismiss branches And I also believe that climate change is a good of the U.S. government. case study of a phenomenon that is supported So it doesn’t matter what you study—everyextremely well by science. one should be worried, as the consequences Unlike politicians, the trend among scien- of this dismissal are far-reaching. I’ve persontists seems to be an increasing acceptance of cli- ally felt pain when a cap-and-trade bill failed in mate change. Nearly 98 percent of researchers Congress. As I’ve said in previous columns, the publishing in the field believe that humans are Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change causing warming activity, and numerous studies has called for a reduction in emissions in order from the world’s best universities support this to curb global warming. If emissions are not position. Ironically, many American politicians reduced, the world’s positive feedback systems have graduated from institutions that acknowl- may spin climate change out of our control. edge human-caused global warming. We’re already seeing major effects. And so, as students, we are left to conclude That is, unless the U.N.’s warnings that that Republican politicians have turned away 150,000 people die each year as a result of envifrom science in great numbers. Well that’s that: ronmental changes linked to global warming is Those of us who are science majors should be a liberal statistic. concerned. But it’s more than that. Academic I urge you, fellow students, to consider just science is derived from academic principals that how serious the Republican dismissal of eviguide every course of study at institutions like dence on climate change really is. It’s the kind Duke. All fields share science’s quest to drive at of thing that would be sort of funny if it were some deeper truth, meaning or beauty. The con- coming from the football jock in your high cept of building upon the knowledge derived by school physics class. But it’s not. These are real those before us is fundamental. And all fields people, holding scary amounts of power. And grow from the symbiosis of sharing concurrent when they uncompromisingly reject science, we knowledge. all suffer. Do not confuse the dismissal of climate change by some politicians with an extension of Lucas Spangher is a Trinity junior. His column science’s tenets of self-evaluation and self-ques- runs every other Friday.


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ere’s a game for Sporcle fans: What do the placed a moratorium on the use of current sea level following locations have in common? Ban- rise projections in considering coastal development gladesh, Barbados, the Maldives, Papua New policies. As of August, when Gov. Bev Perdue failed Guinea, Miami and Vancouver. Besides being unlike- to veto the bill, N.C.’s Coastal Commission may not ly locations for a Duke student to study abroad, these “define rates of sea-level change for regulatory purare areas that could be at least partially under the poses prior to July 1, 2016”. In other words, North sea by the year 2100. There will be no dramatic “Day Carolinian lawmakers and developers have an official After Tomorrow” scenario. The gradual inundation mandate to ignore scientific studies on sea level rise will take many forms: coastal erosion, for another four years. Their guess is as violent storms and nagging tides that good as anyone’s, I suppose? creep higher each year. While North Carolinians fret over Due to the positive feedback loop their beach houses, the people of the of climate change, global sea levels are Arctic region and many Small Island expected to increase by an average of Developing States (SIDS) will struggle one meter in the next 90 years. The to ensure the survival of their cultural numbers are higher still in “hot spots” identities. SIDS in the Caribbean, Pacaused by variations in ocean currents hannah colton cific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and other factors. The East Coast of share similar challenges related to their gross national the United States is one of those hot limited resources, vulnerability to natuhappiness spots, according to a recent study by ral disasters and fragile environments. the U.S. Geological Survey. The study One example is Papua New Guinea, found that New York City, for example, will likely see where international dialogues are already taking an additional 8 to 11 inches of water on top of the place to share information and build local capacity predicted meter. Of course, the effects we’re seeing for climate-induced relocation. right now are just the tip of the iceberg—one of hunThe leaders of these island nations face extremely dreds of icebergs that will melt away in the next few complex practical and ethical questions. What opdecades. tions are available to fortify islands against the risI’d like to believe that such imminent, large-scale ing waves? Will people relocate proactively, or wait flooding could be an issue unmarred by politics. Of out the storms while saltwater surges gradually ruin course, this is not the case. In a recent interview with homes and croplands? If a community initiates reloNBC, Mitt Romney proudly explained, “I’m not in cation, where will they go? What status do they rethis race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal ceive under international law—climate refugees or the planet. I’m in this race to help the American simply migrants? What happens to the sovereignty of people.” No surprises there; no one expects climate a nation whose territory no longer exists? Who will change mitigation to be a major focus of Romney’s finance the relocation of hundreds or thousands of campaign. What is truly disturbing about this state- people? Perhaps most importantly, who gets to make ment is the cheeky juxtaposition of slowing the rise these decisions? of the oceans and helping the American people, as if My head and heart ache to consider how these these were mutually exclusive goals. questions will be resolved. If sea levels continue to Apparently, Mitt Romney has never heard of New- rise at current rates or faster, some island nations tok, Ala. In 2006, this indigenous coastal commu- will lose everything. Entire cultural foundations will nity became one of the first to begin planning for be swallowed by the sea. It’s time that national and climate-induced relocation. Erosion, melting per- global leaders take these issues more seriously. It is mafrost and frequent flooding rendered the land petty and counterproductive to continue to question unlivable. And it’s not just the Arctic; places in the whether these changes are real, or to try to assign lower 48 are threatened as well. A recent study pub- blame. lished in Environmental Research Letters found that Sea level rise and climate-induced relocation are 3.7 million Americans inhabit areas at high risk for already occurring. However, there is a range of posmore frequent coastal flooding in the coming cen- sible futures available to us—some drier, some sogtury. The states of Louisiana, New York, New Jersey gier. The outcome depends on actions we take now. and Florida will be particularly vulnerable to climate- The first step is to stop scoffing at peer-reviewed scirelated flooding. Why, then, do so many Americans entific research. Once we face the facts at home and remain unconvinced that climate change poses risks in the global context, we can begin to work toward to our society? mitigation. Unfortunately, decision-makers in coastal states like our own have also contributed to this dilution of Hannah Colton is a Trinity senior. Her column runs reality. In another attempt to be on the wrong side every other Friday. You can follow Hannah on Twitter @ of history, the North Carolina legislature recently ColtonHannah.

lettertotheeditor Response to “Hunting for the middle” Samantha Lachman, the author of the Sept. 13 column, “Hunting for the middle,” and I both admire Gov. Jon Huntsman for his diplomatic approach to politics. However, I think her account of his political views is a drastic mischaracterization. Arguing that Huntsman could run as a Democrat if he just “tweaked some of his reproductive rights views” reflects a major misunderstanding of his political beliefs. As Ross Douthat of The New York Times (among others) has noted, as governor of Utah, Huntsman lowered taxes and simplified the tax code in an effort to attract businesses to the state. The Cato Institute ranked Utah first in tax policy in the U.S. after Huntsman’s reforms. The man is a true conservative, not a pro-life liberal hiding in a Republican’s body. I also believe that Lachman’s argument reflects a fundamental, albeit common, misunderstanding of the nature of bipartisanship. The two major American parties are frequently at odds because they have fundamentally different worldviews and philosophies.

Politicians who are occasionally willing to reach across the aisle in order to get things done should be applauded for putting country ahead of ideology. But while a true leader may occasionally compromise in a specific situation, he or she never compromises his or her beliefs themselves. The most famous recent iteration of the Lachman’s argument was then-State Sen. Obama’s argument in 2004 that we aren’t red states of America or blue states of America, but the United States of America. I hope that the author discovers, as President Obama has, that political polarization is not a phenomenon that can be eliminated simply by calls for “cooperation” and “bipartisanship.” We should all strive to create a civil and diplomatic political arena. But we should also address the issues on their merits. Calls for bipartisanship are frequently nothing more than cynical political gambits designed to distract from the real issues at hand. Isaac Weitzhandler PhD student, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Duke is for Yale rejects

Duke is for Yale rejects.” Those were the first words little, early-decision Gracie heard when she ventured through the doors of Southgate dorm for Blue Devil Days. Yup, it seems we Dukies just can’t stop making such sexy comparisons, even for the most virgin of ears. And why would we? All our lives we’ve been creamof-the-crop, all-star, mathlete, 4.0-earning, grant-earning, baby-saving, novel-writing freaks. We could take an AP test with our eyes closed and all but forgracie willert get what fresh air smells like. read me maybe Comparison intrigues us. It puts us on a pedestal above the rest. It gives us something to strive for. And, more often not, we have come out on top. U.S. News and World Report released its 2013 list of best colleges earlier this week. Duke jumped up from the number 10 spot to eighth. My first instinct? Share the article on Facebook with an obligatory “GO DUKE!” label. Huzzah! But then, I read the article. Half, ladies and gentlemen, half of our blurb was unceremoniously allocated to the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as hot for Curry as the next Crazie, but seriously?! How is this informing people’s college decisions? How is this a fair depiction of all Duke has to offer? Oh right, it’s not. Which is why I find the list’s alleged purpose highly amusing: “The editors of U.S. News believe that students and their families should have as much information as possible.” Really now? This is comparison gone too far. Already, the list is receiving backlash from the Los Angeles Times. California, per usual, knows what’s up. The report is largely a compilation of data and surveys generated by the universities themselves—a method that may lend itself to data manipulation. But even apart from the fishy methodology and the often-extraneous factors considered, my question remains, why ranking? Why numbers? Why Harvard and Yale? Crimson is just peachy. And I guess John Harvard is kinda cool. The crest is neat. But what hard and fast data makes U.S. News and World Report so convinced that a Yalie’s education is superior to our own? So I did my homework. The “widely accepted indicators” include but are not limited to graduation rate, SAT/ACT scores, financial aid packages and surveys of academics. Let me sum it up for you. Numbers are based on numbers. The rankings are based on reputation and data points. The alumni donations rate makes up 5 percent of the equation, allegedly an indirect measure of overall student satisfaction. Daddy 1% sends fat check to alma mater: nostalgia or nepotistic nudge? Bogus criterion alert. I get that money matters and statistics are nice tools but if you’re going to tell me this list ranks the “best” colleges, I’m not buying it. This is not to say there isn’t a spectrum of quality among universities. Of course there is. But until you put third party data collectors into the classrooms, it doesn’t take a Prattstar to tell that something doesn’t quite add up. And yet, until today I bought it. I bought it because Duke is ranked eighth in the country. I bought it because it was in U.S. News and World Report. It’s so easy when things are going well to forget to reflect. Smooth sailing obscures careful evaluation. Doesn’t a $32 billion endowment and kick ass reputation completely secure Harvard’s VIP status when evaluated by these criteria? Such a rubric is misleading and hurts the incentive to improve, an invitation to rest on your laurels and lean on your legacy. This list raises important questions. About colleges, sure. But even more than that, about academia and the way in which we are evaluated inside and out of it. One element of the rubric factors in high school counselors’ ratings of the colleges. Why do guidance counselors get a say? My guidance counselor didn’t know her honors from her APs. I just don’t get it. Why the obsession with numbers? Okay, I’m biased. Math 31 was far and beyond my lowest grade at Duke. I cringe at the sight of a TI-80 anything, and logarithms make me nauseous. But still, how can our college experiences—our professors, our classes, our knowledge, our beloved campus be ranked on numbers alone? Number eight. I reject it. Gracie Willert is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Friday.


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