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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

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Details about UNC DSG: revise Knock and Talks murder still hidden by Anthony Hagouel THE CHRONICLE

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Those close to a UNC junior murdered earlier this month are growing anxious for details. Friends found 19-year-old Faith Hedgepeth dead in her apartment—located at 5639 Old Chapel Hill Road—Friday, Sept. 7 at around 11 a.m. Chapel Hill police believe the crime was not a random act of violence, and there is no imminent threat to anyone on the UNC campus. A judge has sealed details regarding the homicide investigation in order to protect police proceedings, and a reward upwards of $25,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest. Although investigators have been responding to numerous tips and leads, they have yet to name a suspect or make an arrest. UNC senior Marilyn Payne worked with Hedgepeth several days a week at Red Robin restaurant in Durham, where she said Hedgepeth was everyone’s favorite co-worker. At the funeral, Payne spoke with Hedgepeth’s friend who discov-

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Chapel Hill junior Faith Hedgepeth was killed in her apartment several days ago. ered her body and called the police. The friend was visibly traumatized by what she saw in the apartment that morning, though she did not detail the manner of death, Payne said. “[The friend] said no one would have done what she saw,” Payne said. Hedgepeth was a biology major and Gates Millennium Scholar from Warrenton, N.C., and friends say she wanted to become a pediatrician. A member of the Haliwa-Saponi American Indian tribe, she became SEE HEDGEPETH ON PAGE 6

Duke Student Government is looking to change a the Knock and Talks program administered to students living off campus. Last Wednesday, DSG approved a proposal to amend the current Knock and Talks program because the nature of Knock and Talks may be intimidating and even foster a sense of distrust to certain off-campus groups, said Derek Rhodes, DSG vice president for Durham and regional affairs. As part of the program, created in the 1980s to help acclimate students to their new off-campus homes, administrators and Duke Police visit 12 to 15 off-campus student residences to discuss housing policy and regulations early in the Fall. “Knock and Talks needs to be changed to be something more inclusive, and there needs to be more collaboration between Duke, the neighbors and the students,” Rhodes said. “I’m really advocating for students on this one.” At its core, the informative nature of the program is good, Rhodes said, but noted that he has some concerns over its implementation. With numerous greek organizations occupying off-campus houses, many people come to

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In the Knock and Talks program, Duke police officers and Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek stop by off-campus houses to tell students about their rights and policy. associate police with trouble, Rhodes said. Students may feel targeted and intimidated, and Rhodes said he wants to make Knock and Talks completely student-run or eradicate the program. “A revision of the Knock and Talks program is a huge step in the right direction for altering perceptions of Duke students in local neighborhoods,” Rhodes said. “Showing that you trust students is a major component to forming stronger relationships between students and administration.” Rhodes said he wants to cre-

Q&A with Libertarian vice presidential candidate Jim Gray, the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, Calif., is running for U.S. vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket with presidential candidate Gary Johnson. The Chronicle’s Susanna Booth spoke to him and discussed his party’s platform and his experience as a high-ranking judge. The Chronicle: How did you become involved with the Libertarian party? Jim Gray: I was a lifelong Republican until the passing of the Patriot Act. After the act passed, it took me 9.5 seconds to decide that I was a Libertarian. I will be a Libertarian for the rest of my life. We are financially responsible, as well as socially tolerant. We are the mainstream. We don’t have the millions of dollars that Democrats and Republicans have, but we do have ideas. Good government is easy. Watch.

TC: How do you think your experience will prepare you for the job of vice president? JG: I have a lot of real world experience, as opposed to Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, who have been in government since the 1970s. If elected, I will be the first person in a national office who was in the Peace Corps. I have traveled to more countries than both Ryan and Biden—I have experience. For this election, I am the only candidate who has been in the military—I received a Combat Action Ribbon for my service. Furthermore, Gary Johnson is the most qualified person to run for president, and has had the most experience. And he’s a very open person. When he first asked me to run with him, he said, “Jim, throughout the campaign, if your ideas SEE GRAY ON PAGE 12

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Libertarian candidate for vice president Jim Gray, a superior court judge in Orange County, Calif., is running alongside candidate Gary Johnson.

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ate initiatives that increase student involvement and make interactions between the offcampus student residents and administration more relaxed. These steps will help create mutual trust between the two parties, he added. Senior Andrew Bentley, whose off-campus home was visited by an administrator during the first week of classes, said Knock and Talks was well-intentioned but had some flaws. It does not help students build relationships and reduce tensions

“Not a lot has changed since childhood—not my bangs... and certainly not my overwhelming desire to be special.” —Lindsay Tomson in ‘You’re not special.’ See column page 11.

As the election draws near, student political groups on campus are taking different measures to more effectively use their resources. Both Republican and Democratic groups on campus have created organizations to focus specifically on campaigning for their respective nominated candidates. Duke College Republicans works closely with North Carolina Young Americans for Romney, a branch of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, to encourage more students to vote Republican, and Duke Democrats launched Duke Students for Obama as a special project for the election SEE GROUPS ON PAGE 4

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Q&A with Tim Reddy Tim Reddy, an assistant professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at Duke, has been involved in the ENCODE project since 2008. The ENCODE project aims to sequence and decode the human genome in depth, particularly regions containing genes that were previously known as “junk DNA.” Reddy’s research focuses on the regulatory mechanisms within the genome. The Chronicle’s Ryan Zhang sat down with Reddy to discuss the discoveries made by the ENCODE project and the future of the field. The Chronicle: Can you tell us about the ENCODE project? Tim Reddy: We sequenced the human genomes around 2003, and that basically gave us the entire sequence of DNA that determines what makes a person a human. But we didn’t really understand what the vast majority of that sequence did. We had a good sense of where the genes were, and it was fairly straightforward—at least at first—to map out those genes. But that only covered about 2.5 percent of the human genome, which left about 97.5 percent of the genome undocumented.... The goal of the ENCODE project was to, in a very comprehensive and organized fashion, start to decode what’s going on in between the genes and try to give some sort of regulatory or functional annotation to that other 97.5 percent of the genome. Basically we’re taking that first sequencing of the human genome and trying to overlay a lot more functional information on top of it. TC: How did you get involved with the project and how long have you been working on it? TR: I started working on the project

when I started my [postdoctoral research] in 2008. When we first started the project, we were working heavily on just getting production and analysis pipelines up and running. One of the features of ENCODE is that it’s a lot of high-throughput assays all performed on a common set of cell types. Given the number of assays we were running, it was really important to ensure that we could limit the variability between the assays. To make that data as high-quality as possible took a couple of years. Once that was established, I spent the next few years working on some specific analysis projects. What I’ve been particularly interested in is how variation in the human population actually impacts which regulatory elements are used between different people. In the last few years, I’ve done a lot of work studying how the differences can be looked at from a functional point of view. TC: What is your role in the project? TR: We look at something that has been studied for a long time: allele-specific activity.... When you look at a gene that’s expressed, every person has, for the most part, two copies of every gene—one that came from the mother and one that came from the father. One of the things that we can do with the data produced by ENCODE is that we can actually distinguish the maternal copy from the paternal copy in gene expression in a single individual. What that allowed us to say was that, for some gene that a certain individual is expressing, most of that comes from the maternal copy and less from the paternal copy, or vice versa. Once we did that, we could also map some of the regulatory elements in the same way. For example,

to study. The regulatory regions of the genome have always been much more difficult to study and to do that in a comprehensive way has really only become technically possible these past few years. ENCODE has really capitalized on using this new technology to reveal a huge amount of the genome that we weren’t actually able to see before.

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Biostatistics professor Tim Reddy is working on the ENCODE project, which aims to sequence and decode the human genome. a regulatory element could be very active on the mom’s chromosome but not very active on the dad’s chromosome. By bringing that together, we can start to try to understand how variation in the regulatory region that is inherited from your parents leads to variation in gene expression as well. TC: Why weren’t the sequences looked at by the ENCODE project looked at by the Human Genome Project? In other words, what made the researchers of the Human Genome Project pass over the “junk” DNA? TR: Actually, they didn’t pass over it, not at all. You look at the most obvious problem first. In this case, the most obvious thing to look at were the genes that make the proteins in our body that drive all of our cells— that was effectively the low-hanging fruit

TC: How do you think the discoveries made by the ENCODE project affect the way we view genomic science and the role of DNA in humans? TR: The biggest impact—and it has already started to happen a little bit—is going to be in understanding disease. One of the things that we’ll find when we look at various types of diseases, especially complex diseases such as diabetes and so on, is that there isn’t really a single mutation associated with the disease but actually many, many mutations. There have been human geneticists for decades now who have been trying to understand exactly what all of the variants across the human genome are that actually lead to or change your predisposition toward getting these diseases. There’s a lot of evidence that these mutations are all in regulatory regions. Now that ENCODE has started to map and identify these regulatory regions, presumably we can beter understand some of the mechanisms underlying these genetic biases for diseases. Hopefully this can later translate into treatment. TC: You mentioned the development of future treatments as a possible application of these findings. What other practical applications do these findings have? SEE REDDY ON PAGE 6


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Romney invites attack China reigns in on class warfare charge anti-Japan protests BLOOMBERG NEWS

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s remarks that slice the American electorate along economic lines turn on their head Republican arguments that President Obama is dividing the country through “class warfare.” That charge against Obama has been a fixture of the Republican’s campaign. In a Sept. 7 speech in Orange City, Iowa, Romney decried Obama’s “divisive and dismissive approach” in “a campaign pitting one American against another.” During the primaries, the former privateequity executive was more pointed. At a Jan 4. town meeting in Manchester, N.H., he said Obama sought “to promote envy as opposed to ambition and to poison the American spirit with class warfare.” Democrats on Tuesday seized on a leaked video of Romney at a May fundraiser, during which he said 47 percent of Americans were “victims,” dependent on government. “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” he said. “This man apparently feels if you’re not part of his social class or his economic — you don’t have his economic status, that somehow you’re a parasite,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, D, said Tuesday on CNN. Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who worked on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid, said disclosure of the video, first published on the website of the magazine Mother Jones, “is a really big blow” to Romney. “He’s

essentially told half the nation he won’t be their president,” Devine added. Republican leaders have used “class warfare” as a response to Obama’s theme of “fairness” for the middle class. It was featured in rebuttals to the president’s call for what he termed the “Buffett rule,” inspired by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, which would require that wealthy investors pay at least as high an effective income-tax rate as middleincome families. Republicans have charged that class envy also is behind Obama campaign ads showing layoffs of workers at companies bought by Romney’s former private equity company, Bain Capital, and the attention Democrats have given to his refusal to release more than two years of federal income-tax returns. Romney’s 2010 tax return showed he paid an effective rate of 13.9 percent, lower than many middle- and upper-middle-income households. Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has continued to invoke the charge of class warfare against Obama. In a speech Friday at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, Ryan said Obama has spent four years “dividing people up with the bogus rhetoric of class warfare.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told Fox News on Aug. 13 that Obama has “turned to the politics of envy and division, trying to divide Americans.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Obama’s plan to eliminate

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BEIJING — Anti-Japan protests continued across China on Tuesday, with thousands of people marching on the Japanese Embassy to mark the anniversary of Japan’s brutal invasion 81 years ago. The numbers equaled or surpassed those seen in riots over the weekend, but almost no violence was reported as

Chinese security forces turned out en masse to contain demonstrations that authorities had allowed, and even encouraged, a week ago. Even so, several of Japan’s biggest brand-name companies shut down factories in China, and Japanese shops and restaurants closed. The recent tensions over a disputed chain of islands have threatened to SEE CHINA ON PAGE 5

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Paramilitary police walk through the central business district in Beijing. Highlighting the risk that China’s economic expansion will be the lowest in more than 20 years, industrial output rose at the slowest pace in three years last month.

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GROUPS from page 1 season. “DCR and NCYAFR are as independent from one another as the Romney campaign and the Republican Party,” said junior Taylor Imperiale, board member on both DCR and NCYAFR. “It’s just a technicality—having a separate group dedicated solely to the proposition of getting Mitt Romney elected gives us a direct line to the state and national campaign that we would not otherwise have solely under the Duke College Republicans label.” DCR could not explicitly support Romney before he was officially nominated at the convention, but having NCYAFR as a separate entity allowed students to start the campaigning early, Imperiale said. NCYAFR also makes room for supporters of all political affiliations to participate in the campaigning process. “Duke Students for Romney is not just for college Republicans but for independents and Romney-supporting Democrats as well,” he said. “Having a separate group allows these students to become involved in supporting Gov. Romney’s campaign, even if they don’t want to identify with the Republican Party as a whole.” President of NCYAFR Daniel Strunk, a junior, added that there is no disunity between the two groups, which have worked closely together throughout the year. NCYAFR cannot receive university funding because candidate-specific organizations are considered “unsustainable” by the University, but being so closely tied with DCR gives the organization the support it needs to operate on campus. NCYAFR relies mostly on manpower and the support of the local GOP office to encourage students to vote for Romney, said senior Becca Jeffries, head of communications of

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NCYAFR. The group conducts activities such as tabling on the Bryan Center Plaza, hosting watch parties and conducting phone banks to rally support, Jeffries said. Strunk addded that the organization works very closely with Duke College Republicans, but that operating separately allows for more flexibility for tabling and booking rooms. When the two groups collaborate, however, DCR usually covers the expenses. Co-president of Duke Democrats David Winegar, a sophomore, said that this Spring Duke did not approve the chartering of a new organization specifically dedicated to re-electing President Barack Obama, because it was would have been a temporary organization. This Fall, the group launched Duke Students for Obama to focus their efforts on the election. The strategy and leadership is determined by the Duke Democrats executive board, but it receives no funding from the Democratic Party or the Obama campaign, Winegar wrote in an email Tuesday. Although Duke Democrats does not have an official link to Obama for America, the group has learned from working with a more experienced local field organizer for the national organization. “It’s been great working with them— we’re able to get a lot of support, training and knowledge, as well as bringing in many students who want to work for the Obama campaign,” Winegar said. He added that because voter registration is not partisan, the collaborative voter registration actions of OFA and Duke Democrats should not alienate any of the President’s supporters. As the election gets closer, the two organizations will host events that are focused on campaigning for Obama as well as the other Democratic candidates on the ballot.

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strain the $340 billion trade relationship between China, the world’s second-largest economy, and Japan, the third-biggest. While the Chinese government had seemed willing at first to use the protests to increase its bargaining power in the territorial dispute, Tuesday’s overwhelming show of force signaled that it intends to rein in the demonstrations before they spiral out of control and affect the already slowing Chinese economy. Outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, paramilitary police with riot gear, as well as uniformed and plainclothes officers, flooded the area, setting up a tightly controlled, pre-scripted protest routine. Protesters were divided into manageable groups of a few hundred, separated by disciplined lines of officers and led in marching and chants by leaders in the front. A helicopter hovered above for much of the day, while authorities instructed the crowds via loudspeakers to protest “in an orderly manner” and to avoid “impulsive behavior.” Meanwhile, the diplomatic spat over the islands — called Senkaku by the Japanese and Diaoyu by China — continued as two Japanese activists landed on one of the islands, provoking angry responses in Beijing. “The unlawful landing of the Japanese rightwingers on the Chinese territory of the Diaoyu islands was a gravely provocative action violating Chinese territorial sovereignty,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement. At an event with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie also blamed Japan for triggering the crisis during a politically sensitive time for China, as party officials prepare for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition. One unexpected image to surface in Tuesday’s demonstration was that of late party chairman Mao Zedong, in portraits carried by protesters and in Maoist references in chants and on banners. The spectacle of hundreds of Mao portraits held aloft recalled the days of traumatic upheaval during China’s Cultural Revolution and appeared to shock some. “I don’t know why they are holding up Mao’s picture, to be honest,” said Yang Qingyang, 24, a protester marching in front of the embassy. “I think they are just feeling nostalgic about the past. I’m not into that myself.” Many protesters said the invocations of Mao were meant to shame current leaders into standing up to foreign powers as Mao once did. However, the presence of those protesters, who seemed to have arrived in a group, also suggested an attempt by the leftist, Maoist wing of the party, among others, to use the anti-Japan rallies as an excuse to advocate for their fallen leader Bo Xilai. Also Tuesday, the government was conducting the trial of Bo’s chief lieutenant on a range of charges, including defection and abuse of power. And in coming days, the party is expected to announce whether Bo will face expulsion from the party, criminal charges or worse in the wake of China’s worst political scandal in two decades. The confluence of events reflected the competing forces at play in every arena of Chinese politics as its leaders jockey for power in the coming transition. Cao Zhaojin, a retired worker who acknowledged having brought dozens of cardboard printouts of Mao’s portrait to the protest, cited his admiration of Mao’s tough stance against “U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs.” “How can we forget Mao’s thoughts that we should despise all our enemies, but that tactically we should take them all seriously?” said Cao, 58. In the next breath, however, he veered seamlessly into a defense of Bo. “In the history of the party, lots of cadres, including Chairman Mao, they all made mistakes, but everyone deserves a chance to correct the mistake,” he said. “A comrade who has corrected his mistake is still a good comrade.”

the George W. Bush administration’s tax cuts for the wealthy as “all about class warfare,” in a July 16 Fox News interview. Still, even some Republicans criticized Romney’s comments. The division of the population that the candidate made in his videotaped remarks unfavorably depicts many voters who would ordinarily consider voting Republican, said William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard and a former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, R. Kristol called Romney’s remarks “stupid and arrogant” in a blog posting. “It’s worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes are Romney supporters — especially, of course, seniors” as well as “many lower-income Americans” and members of the armed forces, Kristol wrote. “So Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him.”

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The bulk of households that pay no federal income tax are either elderly Social Security recipients or working families with low or modest incomes, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group. Social security payments are partially excluded from taxation, putting many of the elderly below the threshold income for federal income tax. Working families benefit from a child tax credit, the earned income tax credit, a standard deduction and personal exemptions. “The overlap between this group and the demographics that are absolutely critical to him in the election is amazing,” said Ruy Teixeira, a political demographer and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington. If Obama is able to maintain his 2008 levels of support among minority voters and college-educated whites, Romney will have to prevail among non-college-educated whites with a 36- percentagepoint victory margin to win the election, Teixeira said. Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican candidate, won the non-college-educated white vote by an 18-point margin, exit polls showed. — With assistance from Richard Rubin in Washington.

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and actually understanding the impact on gene regulation remains a huge area that needs to be studied.

TR: Medical treatment is one of the major ones. But you can also do some fun things, too. You can try to understand differences that are relatively benign, such as changes in hair color or changes in eye color. A whole slew of human phenotypes can be studied now in new ways that simply were not possible a couple of years ago.

TC: What do you think should be the next goal for scientists researching the genome? TR: There are different approaches to different things, but for ENCODE, there are two main avenues that remain open. One is to look at primary tissues. ENCODE looked almost exclusively at cells grown in cell cultures. Those are very effective as models because they allow you to perform a lot of interesting experimental techniques that are very difficult to do if you’re trying to get skin from a person, where samples are limited. As these techniques are understood better, we can start to apply them to primary tissues—tissues that actually cause disease—and understand how these disease-causing tissues are actually contributing to whatever’s going on. And then the other important thing is to now connect the regulatory elements to changes in how genes are used. If we can try and do those two things, they’ll keep us busy for another five or six years.

TC: Why do you think it is important to continue studying the genome even with all the discoveries that have been made over the past decade? TR: ENCODE is great in what it’s done—it’s definitely opened a lot of new doors for study. But to say that we truly understand the genome, we’re a long ways off from that still. Here’s an example: If you read through the paper, or read the abstract, you’ll see that 80 percent of the genome has some sort of functional purpose. But to really say what fraction of the genome is controlling specific genes, there’s still a whole lot to be understood there. Taking the next step

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HEDGEPETH from page 1 involved in the UNC American Indian Center during her freshman year. “Faith was one of the kindest people you will ever meet and very active on campus,” said UNC freshman Matthew Taylor, who went to elementary school with Hedgepeth. “We don’t see why anyone would want to take the life of someone so promising.” Police spokesperson Sgt. Joshua Mecimore noted that homicides are few and far between in Chapel Hill. The only other student murdered in Chapel Hill in the past 10 years was Eve Carson, a student body president who was murdered in 2008 in an apparently random act of violence. In December 2011, a jury found Laurence Lovette guilty of the crime. Lovette was also charged with the 2008 murder of Abhijit Mohato, who was a 29-year-old Duke engineering graduate student at the time. Authorities have sealed any information that might compromise the integrity of the Hedgepeth case, such as the original 911 call and details of the crime scene, Mecimore said. He added that police have not yet received any information from the Office of the Medical Examiner, and they cannot comment on how Hedgepeth was killed. Authorities typically choose to seal information that only someone involved in the crime could know, he said. “If we release that information to the general public... it would be hard for us to know where [a person] got that information,” Mecimore said. “It helps us determine a person’s level of involvement.” Releasing information about the manner of death, in particular, could harm the defendant’s ability to get a fair trial with an unbiased jury, in addition to disrupting the investigation. Mecimore noted that whoever is eventually charged with the crime will be prosecuted in the Durham County court system because the crime was committed in the part of Chapel Hill located in Durham County. Corporate offices for Hawthorne at the View apartments, where Hedgepeth lived, and Chapel Hill police have instructed management not to discuss details of the case with the public, an employee of the complex said. But she noted that to her knowledge, residents have not expressed concerns about safety at the complex following the murder— though management is considering increasing security. She added that not very many students live at Hawthorne on the View. Any information the complex has was already given to the police, and residents are learning about what happened through the news, she said. Most crime in Chapel Hill apartment complexes is property crime, not violent crime, said police spokesperson Lt. Kevin Gunter. He added that police do not frequently encounter crimes committed against individuals in the area near Hedgepeth’s apartment. The UNC Board of Trustees is offering a $25,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest. The Haliwa-Saponi tribe and Hawthorne on the View are each offering an additional $1,000. Mecimore said investigators have received a steady number of tips since the case began, peaking twice— first, when it was released that Hedgepeth’s death was a homicide and second, when the reward was announced. Taylor said that even though he understands why authorities decided to seal the investigation, he would like to know about the investigators’ progress for his own peace of mind. “I’m as much in the dark as I was on the day that it happened,” he said. Payne said she expected to hear rumors going around campus about who might have killed Hedgepeth, but no one has any idea who it was. “There are some people in the world who create enemies... but Faith got along with everyone she met,” Payne said. “She was someone who likes to make people happy and would never have done anything to put herself in a position to be killed.”

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The Lance Thomas lawsuit is over. The former Duke basketball player, who was being sued by Rafaello and Co. for the balance of a $97,800 jewelry purchase he made in December 2009, has settled with the jewelers, Thomas’ lawyer Mike Bowers told The Chronicle. “We have reached a confidential settlement,” Bowers said. Bowers added that they came to terms last week and that he has not been in touch with the NCAA since the settlement. According to the original lawsuit obtained by the AP, Thomas paid $30,000 for the jewelry up front but the balance remained unpaid. Rafaello and Co. is located in midtown Manhattan and the purchase came a couple days after the Blue Devils played Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden in his senior season. The purchase broached concerns about how Thomas obtained the money to make the purchase or why the jewelers allowed him to pay so little up front, which could in turn raise questions about his eligibility for that season. According to NCAA bylaw article 16, “Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body… determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.” This created a buzz that if Thomas were deemed ineligible, Duke basketball’s 2010 national championship would be called into question.

If you read through the various media coverage of the news that Notre Dame has agreed to join the ACC, you might wonder if you were reading a story about Russia joining NATO. Duke president Richard Brodhead praised Notre Dame for its “excellence in academics, strong traditions in athletics and international recognition.” Kevin White, Tom Duke vice president and director of athletics, echoed those sentiments almost word for word and added that Notre Dame’s entry to the conference is “just another highly visible sign of the strength of the ACC, and both the vision and leadership exhibited by Commissioner [John] Swofford.” “Around the ACC,” wrote The Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh, “athletic officials understandably spent the day admiring [the announcement].” And the rest of the media had a field day with the conference’s talking points as well, especially the increased stature and leverage for the conference in negotiations for television contracts and bowl placements. All of that is wonderful and laudable, and indeed it’s hard to argue that the move won’t be beneficial for the conference, both in terms of revenue and competition for fans to enjoy. It seems to me, though, that there’s a big group of people missing from all this praise and positivity—the athletes themselves. And I’m not talking about the elite basketball and football players, many of whom made their college choices based on the ability to get national exposure to professional teams. But we’ve all seen the NCAA ads about how many athletes are “going pro in something other than sports.” Does this move help them? I’m not so sure. I don’t speak for anyone on any varsity athletic team, but I don’t imagine most athletes, who work harder than just about anyone on this campus to balance intense athletic schedules with typical academic demands, care that much about “the strength of the ACC” or “the vision and leadership” of John Swofford. Having Notre Dame’s “international recognition” in the conference isn’t helping them get a job at the end of four years or have a normal social life outside of two-a-days. Most of the columnists writing about the news entirely glossed over the fact that the move affects thousands of athletes across varsity teams in dozens of different sports, not just ones who play in front of 50,000 fans 12 times a year. I’ve traveled a fair amount for The Chronicle covering various Duke sporting events, and while I’ve loved every second of it and been privileged to get to do it, there comes a time when another day trip to Boston College can become a chore rather than an ex-

After a 2-1 start, Duke would be hardpressed to call the beginning of the 2012 season anything less than a best-case scenario. The Blue Devils took care of Florida International convincingly, fell as expected on the road to a far superior Stanford team and easily dispatched N.C. Central last Saturday. After a date with a relatively weak Memphis team in its next contest, the Blue Devils have the chance to enter conference play having won three Daniel of their first four games and halfway to their first bowl bid since 1994. Duke’s passing attack has flourished through its first three games. Sean Renfree has been accurate with his throws and Jamison Crowder has emerged as a dynamic weapon alongside wide receiver Conner Vernon. The Blue Devil defense has stepped up despite a multitude of injuries, and aside from being turnover machines, both the defensive and special teams units have shown that they can put points on the board as well. Despite the team’s early-season success, there still resides an elephant in the room— the ground attack. As many positives as there are to take away from Duke’s first three games, this team has yet to show it can run the football, an issue that appears daunting at first and becomes crippling upon further examination.

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Lance Thomas settled his lawsuit with the jewelers suing him for a 2009 jewelry purchase.

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THOMAS from page 7 “The process remains the same in that Duke and the NCAA continue to work together on this matter,” said Jon Jackson, an associate athletic director who works with the men’s basketball team. Joe Crews, the lawyer representing Rafaello and Co., could not be reached for comment regarding the settlement. “You guys are blowing the whole thing out of proportion,” said Gabriel Jacobs, a co-own-

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er of the jewelry store, before the settlement. During this summer, Thomas played on the USA Select Team, which the USA Olympic men’s basketball team, coached by Krzyzewski, played against in practice. Former Blue Devil Kyrie Irving was also on the USA Select Team. Thomas most recently played for the New Orleans Hornets last season, starting 10 games and playing in 42 overall. In his senior year at Duke, he averaged 25.3 minutes per game, notching 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.

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“There are a lot of factors that we can help ourselves with. I believe we’re addressing them,” Cutcliffe said. “We “There’s no doubt that we’re not running started Sunday with some really detailed, the ball as much or as effectively as we would deep conversations and some real study like. That’s a hot topic of conversation,” head with not just our film, but others. I want coach David Cutcliffe said. “We want to win, to do what our people can do best, and I that’s number one. I do believe that we have think if we can find that niche we will run some backs, but we need yard production the ball better.” Through three games, though, the Blue out of that position because those are good Devils have had no trouble scoring. Topping players back there.” In the early going, it appears Duke can 40 points in each of their two wins, Duke appears to be get by being a building the repone-dimensional “There’s no doubt we’re not utation of a team team. The Blue Devils gained running the ball as much or as that would rather win in a shootout 128 yards on 29 effectively as we would like.” than a low-scoring carries against a physically out— David Cutcliffe, contest. So why do the matched Eagles Duke football head coach Blue Devils desteam Saturday, perately need to which was their fix their rushing best rushing output of the season. But when taking into ac- attack? Because Duke doesn’t just want to count that N.C. Central’s rush defense was be an improved team, they want to be a bowl as effective as swiss cheese in 2011, allow- team, and statistics show that bowl-bound ing 181.1 yards per game on the ground, teams run the football effectively. In 2011, the 70 teams that participated Duke’s best game running the football in bowl games averaged just under 4.5 yards seems awfully pedestrian. Duke’s current leading rusher is red- per carry and 179 rushing yards per game. shirt sophomore Josh Snead, who has ac- Through their first three games of 2012, the cumulated 73 yards through the team’s Blue Devils are averaging just 3.3 yards per first three contests. Just behind Snead is carry and are gaining 91.3 yards per game on true freshman Jela Duncan, who has been the ground. Of these 70 teams, just one averaged mildly successful in the fourth quarter of the Blue Devils’ blowout victories, but has fewer than 100 rushing yards per game gained most of his yardage against the en route to a bowl bid. Rutgers, which was backup defenses of squads that Duke has woefully ineffective on the ground at 97.8 beaten handily. The majority of the Blue yards per game, did not need large scoring Devils’ carries in game action have been outbursts to win. Allowing just 18.3 points split between Snead and Juwan Thompson, per contest, the Scarlet Knights had one but a combination of pass-heavy play-call- of the best defenses in the FBS. Duke does ing and inconsistent touches in the back- not have this luxury. If the Blue Devils take care of business this field have prevented either from finding a weekend against Memphis, they will need rhythm in the first three games. Duke’s running woes have also illuminat- to win just three ACC games to end Duke’s ed a perplexing quandary in their offensive seemingly-endless bowl drought. Whether or line. The pass protection has been nothing not the Blue Devils will achieve this ultimate short of exceptional this season, allowing goal will hinge on their ability to develop a just two sacks of quarterback Sean Renfree. second dimension to the offense. This team Meanwhile, the offensive line has struggled has shown it will likely flirt with bowl eligibilwith run blocking, creating little push at the ity this season, but unless Duke sees a sigline of scrimmage and forcing the Blue Dev- nificant improvement in the ground game ils’ running backs to make plays on the out- against tougher opponents, it will likely see its bowl dreams dashed once again. side in space.

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As the ACC has expanded, the distance from Duke to other schools has dramatically increased.

GIERYN from page 7 citing novelty. You miss class, you miss work, and you spend a lot of time traveling and sleeping in hotel rooms. And Duke’s athletes are doing this far more frequently than I do. When the Atlantic Coast Conference was created in 1953, the average distance from Duke to the other seven conference schools was about 160 miles, in a conference centered around Tobacco Road. When Georgia Tech entered in 1979, it was 100 miles farther from Durham than any other ACC member at the time. Florida State joined the conference in 1991, 250 miles farther than Georgia Tech. Miami, a 2004 entrant, is nearly 200 miles farther than Tallahassee. And with the latest expansion, including Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame, the average travel distance from Durham to the other teams in the conference is nearly 380 miles, more than double the average distance as recently as 20 years ago. The current ACC seal bears a map stretching from Florida to New York, with stars at the location of each member school, and South Bend is well off the map. It’s not as big of a deal for the football and basketball teams, who are used to playing national schedules and charter expensive private aircraft on their own particular schedules. The non-revenue sports teams are taking long bus rides or flying commercially, with all the con-

nections and flight delays that entails. Don’t read me wrong—I’m not trying to suggest that the ACC should have just stood idly by with eight tightly-clustered schools as the rest of the conferences in the country realigned with dollar signs in their eyes. From a fan’s and journalist’s perspective, Notre Dame will be a fantastic addition to the ACC, and the extra revenue that each member school will get should benefit all student-athletes in one way or another. I just think it’s important that we recognize the changes for what they are—a play by athletic officials, not by athletes, for evergrowing pots of television and media revenue in a very few select sports. Conference realignment is far from over, and as schools continue to make power plays for prestige and revenue, the concept of the true studentathlete (notice student comes first) could continue to take a beating. I would never want to begrudge the athletes and coaches in revenue sports their national exposure or their increased ability to bring their schools multi-million-dollar windfalls, because they’ve worked hard to earn those privileges. I just hope that through continuing change, the vast majority of athletes can still reasonably hope for four-year commitments to going pro in chemistry or public policy. Their successes may not result in nine-figure checks signed by ESPN, but are worth every bit as much.

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A rude knock Each year during Orienta- goal is to ease tensions in lotion Week, 12 to 15 off-cam- cal Durham neighborhoods, pus student homes are paid this strategy will likely not surprise visits by administra- work. It’s understandable that tors and the Duke University many students feel intimidatPolice Department as part of a ed by the administrators and program called DUPD visiting Knock and their homes editorial Talks. We comunannounced. mend the University for at- The administration’s goals tempting to foster good town- for Knock and Talks would gown relations. However, that be more successful if its tone being said, Knock and Talks was more welcoming and less does the opposite, immedi- intrusive. ately engendering distrust This problem starts with the among students, neighbors parties sent into student homes and administrators at the very for these conversations: police beginning of the year. and administrators. Although Imagine a student waking the operations of these two up one morning to an adminis- organizations may overlap, dotrator and multiple uniformed ing Knock and Talks together police officers knocking at the gives the impression that they door, there to discuss what work as a single unit—almost living off campus means for as if DUPD was the armed his or her living group. If the enforcer of Student Conduct

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policies. It also starts the year off on a negative note, alerting students to possible punishment rather than encouraging them to pursue good behavior by choice. Furthermore, not giving off-campus students advanced notice for Knock and Talks visits makes the whole proceedings even more intrusive. The University also seems to select the off-campus houses they visit for Knock and Talks based on citations from the previous years. Since a brand new group of seniors will move into an off-campus house at the start of each year—albeit seniors often in the same student group as last year’s occupants—scaring students before they’ve done any wrongdoing breeds even more distrust.

Duke Student Government should be commended for working to create a new model to meet the currently unfulfilled goal of Knock and Talks: fostering better relations between off-campus students and the greater Durham community. One possible model is a meet-and-greet, where students and their Durham neighbors could meet in person. Students are more likely to respond positively to the family next door than Student Conduct or DUPD when discussing potential issues with parking, loitering and noise. Perhaps a university administrator could be present, but the level of formality would be akin to that of a resident assistant talking to her residents at the beginning of the year—an opti-

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hen people commit crimes, they put an awk- by the prisoners (and then corroborated by Human ward burden on us to figure out what to do Rights Watch) was baffling. with them. This responsibility doesn’t often In addition to negligence, arbitrary and excessive cross our minds; in fact, the current judicial system was disciplinary measures are symptomatic of poorly run put in place when our forefathers put prisons. In Pennsylvania, disciplinary quill to parchment and shoved an equiissues often result in an extreme set of table system of litigation in King James’ solitary confinement restrictions that face. Questioning that tradition would prohibit even the possession of family be sacrilege. Still, popular governance photos. Solitary confinement can exrequires judicial outcomes to be based tend months, years or decades without upon what we, the current people, any opportunity to earn redemption think. through good behavior. Beyond forThe main focus of the authors of the lydia thurman bidding sources of comfort for prisonConstitution was to ensure that those in ers, this segregation restricts access to doubly a lie jail deserved to be there, which is great. sunlight, physical exercise and mental But as to what happens to rapists when stimulation and “may press the outer they’re incarcerated, our Constitution hides behind a bounds of what most humans can psychologically tolvague prohibition of “cruel and unusual” treatment. erate,” according to Human Rights Watch. This vagueness plus the autonomy of prison wardens Now it well may be that these human rights violaand a distinct lack of oversight leaves the door open for tions are integral parts of the U.S. justice system; it is inhumane conditions in prisons much closer to home a fact that individuals who commit crimes in our socithan one might expect. ety do forfeit some portion of their rights. No one will Still, it’s true that the worst human rights abuses deny that a criminal’s right to freedom of movement occur in prisons outside of the United States. In Libya is curtailed post-sentencing. So if the role of the crimiprior to Muammar Gaddafi’s death, arbitrary arrests, nal justice system is to develop a punitive quality that inhumane living conditions and torture were the gold can serve to decentivize individuals from committing standard of detainment. Confessions under torture crimes, then there is a real practical argument for poor were taken as ultimate truth, and lower level guards conditions in jails. If I knew prison meant a healthy had free reign in determining punitive measures. One heaping of salmonella three times a day, I’d think a hell man imprisoned in 2003 found himself chained to a of a lot harder before butting heads with the law. handrail for a week. Eating, sleeping and urinating in But the argument for depriving prisoners in this one place, he became more bruised and beaten with circumstance doesn’t have a pragmatic leg to stand on each prison guard that passed by. After nine years, he even before considering the “cruel and unusual punishstill has no idea why he was arrested. ment” prohibition. Punishments meant to discourage Now it’s easy to muster up horror at the conditions crime have no value if they’re secret and unpublicized; in Libya. The prisoners were often faultless in an Amer- gum disease is something that no potential bank robican understanding of criminality; large numbers of ber weighs into a decision to commit armed robbery. detainees were so detained by virtue of disagreement Additionally, popular ignorance means prisoners are with Gaddafi politics. However, American prisons also subject to sexual assault, indefinite isolation and poor comprise an imperfect system of incarceration. medical care without American citizens being aware of Red Onion State Prison in eastern Virginia is a this treatment. super-maximum security facility that houses inmates Still, there is no comparison between the expericlassified as assaultive, predatory or escape risks. It’s a ence of political dissidents of Gaddafi’s jails and the much less relatable demographic than the pro-democ- criminals guilty of actual crimes contained in U.S. state racy youth protestors of the Libyan revolution, to say and federal penitentiaries. So if “beating Libya” is the the least. But this group of prisoners has made head- standard for human rights in prison, then I believe lines in recent years with a hunger strike protesting congratulations are in order, America. You’re not quite prison conditions. In a blog post published in solidar- at the oppressively dictatorial level of human rights vioity with the prison strike, prisoners demanded “qual- lations! Between this achievement and surpassing the ity materials that [they] may use to clean [their] own bar set by Somalia for efficacy of governance, I’d say cells,” calling the single sponge each inmate is given to we’re doing pretty well for ourselves in the 21st century. clean their cell and toilet inadequate. The demands ex- Yet, maybe it’s not a bad idea that we give the “basic hupanded further to include toothpaste capable of pre- man rights for prisoners” thing a shot. venting gum disease and tooth decay and fully cooked meals. Prison operations lack transparency, and rarely Lydia Thurman is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs replaced razors spread infection, prompting further every other Wednesday. You can follow Lydia on Twitter @ complaints. The lack of basic amenities highlighted ThurmanLydia.


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his past weekend marked the first bers of the 99 percent, as their checking anniversary of the Occupy Wall and savings account balances would have Street (OWS) protests, which disappeared overnight. In part, it was swept first into Zuccotti critical oversights, like this Park and then across the one, that stalled, bankglobe last year in response rupted and emasculated to the growing frustration the movement from its surrounding sluggish ecovery inception. nomic growth and social A common rebuttal to discontent in the wake this line of criticism is that of the financial crisis of the goal of OWS was sim2008. A once-newsworthy, ply to facilitate dialogue. chris bassil if not altogether coherent, It was a pressure cooker human action movement, OWS captured for alternative political media attention for a couideas and utopian visions ple of months before finally becoming of a freer and fairer society. It was never tiresome, lapsing out of the public eye intended to remake the landscape of and then succumbing under the inertia American politics all on its own, but it of its own bureaucratic in-fighting. It has could at least help influence the converbriefly flickered, though, back into the sation in the right direction. It was less spotlight, as its birthday celebration this about the answers that the protestors weekend brought talk of sit-ins, citizen’s did and didn’t find than it was about all arrests and even an op-ed from a com- of the questions they were asking—and mitted socialist. can asking questions and facilitating diaIn preparing for that return, a com- logue ever really be a bad thing? mon complaint of the OWS crowd had The problem with this defense is that been that, despite their efforts, not much it is far too generous. In its rush to focus had changed over the course of the past on the passionate, open-minded, youthyear. The same people still remain in driven elements of the OWS movement, the same positions of power at the same it overlooks the implicit assumptions of major investment banks and financial the kinds of questions that were being institutions, and calls for a progressive asked. The most problematic of these refocusing of American politics—includ- assumptions—embedded in the name ing an inflation of the minimum wage, of the movement itself—was that Wall universal forgiveness of all debts and Street was the most appropriate epicenuniversal provision of health care and ter, both physical and metaphorical, for education—have had little influence on the movement, and that it was first and American political discourse. Some of foremost the banking sector that had to the protestors, altogether not entirely be held responsible for all that had gone incorrect, have placed the blame for this wrong with the nation. on the two-party political system and the The result has been that the OWS corrupt bankrolling of presidential can- protests have played out as a farcical disdidates that it makes possible. In their traction on a national scale, serving only haste to decry the faults of everyone else, to further entrench the same problems however, it seems never to have occurred that the protestors thought they were to many of them that their movement it- combatting in the first place. All of the self should actually shoulder a large por- marches, sit-ins and threats of “citizen’s tion of the blame. arrests”—levied against the collusion of One of the reasons that OWS was un- the state and big business—have only able to effect any real change in either resulted in more cops, more blockades economic or political discourse was that and more checkpoints. Thus, OWS has it was continually plagued by practical succeeded in visibly reinforcing the same problems. Its nebulous structure and po- relationship that it was trying to underlitical platform, for example, oftentimes mine in the first place. The OWS crowd led to inherent contradictions, thereby continues to cry for more and more state ensuring that the movement could never power, but fails to realize that is exactly successfully achieve—or even meaning- what they are seeing. Be careful what you fully pursue—its goals. It had a tendency wish for, I suppose. to create for itself objectives that it could Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. meetnot attain, and then to shift the blame for ings are held and decisions are made to its failure onto others. Take, for example, aggressively and unquestioningly pursue the popular cry for universal debt for- the same policies of easy money, low ingiveness, which was a superficial attempt terest rates and interference in the housto restore some measure of prosperity ing markets that led to the inflation of to debt-burdened students and middle the housing bubble and triggered the class families by cancelling the payments crisis the first time around. It turns out that they owed to banks. It is perhaps lost that Wall Street isn’t the only major playon many of the protestors that demand er whose name starts with a “W”—it’s just deposits—the sort of deposits that the the only one people are asking questions average citizen makes into a checking or about. savings account—are recorded as “liabilities,” or debts, on a bank’s balance sheet. Chris Bassil, Trinity ’12, is currently A universal cancellation of debts, there- working for Dana Farber Cancer Institute fore, would have freed banks from meet- in Boston, Mass. His column runs every ing these demands, and would obviously Wednesday. You can follow Chris on Twitter have had drastic consequences for mem- @HamsterdamEcon.

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hen I was a kid, there were humiliation. And if that’s the case, two things I wanted to be then I applaud you for you percepin life. In descending or- tive insight and literary analysis of der of importance and my transparent Socialascending order of ite babble. However, practicality they were I’ll still try to extract a witch and a spy. Acvalue from this divultually, they are both gence of adolescent of equal importance awkwardness. and equal impracticalI’m going to venity. But nonetheless, I ture to guess that you, clearly had some mallindsay tomson too, had some pretty adjusted freak fantawacky inclinations in middle child sies—something my your formative years. syndrome excessively encouragMaybe they weren’t as ing elementary school ambitious as spell castteachers would too kindly call an ing. Maybe they were a little more “overactive imagination.” platonic than fantasies about bespecThis overactive imagination last- tacled Brits. But they were just as imed well into my teens when I was portant to you and just as unique. still collecting spy toys from Happy Imagination accompanies youth. Meals. And 10 years after I first ea- And then at some point, while we’re gerly awaited my acceptance letter growing body hair and/or boobs, to Hogwarts, I still boast the same imagination gets squashed by less impressive compendium of Harry creative conventions. First, it gets Potter paraphernalia. Not a lot has overshadowed by coolness—the changed since childhood—not my quintessential characteristic of sobangs, not my habit of un-ironically cial survival. Then, as we “mature”, wearing overalls in public and cer- imagination is further depreciated tainly not my overwhelming desire by something more threatening and to be special. ravenous: pragmatism. In an effort That’s how I irrationally rational- to be grown up and stable, we unize my aspirations toward wizardry fathomably lean toward something and espionage—a unique yet en- easily attainable and altogether avtirely normal desire to be special. erage, something our imaginative I say normal because it is, in fact, childhood selves wouldn’t agree perfectly ordinary to want to be dif- with at all. Whether you wanted to ferent. As much as the cynics and be a witch or a spy or a firefighter or hipsters of this world gag over con- a movie star, you probably wanted to formity and the flock of mindless be something more interesting than seagulls pop culture is morphing us what you’re becoming. into, no amount of top-40 music or Right now, you’re not all that spemass-produced clothing can rob us cial (unless you play for the Duke of our singular objective to be more Quidditch team—then YOU’RE than average. For me, this manifests AMAZING). No, you’re not special, itself in the inexplicable enthrall- but you used to be. You’re not spement of magic wands and multipur- cial, but you want to be. You’re not pose pocket gadgets. special, but you still can be. It’s weird. Maybe it’s something Take a moment and reflect on those excessively encouraging ele- the things you once pretended were mentary school teachers would spin true. Remembering the bizarre as “especially special.” I know that things that used to make you hapnot everybody tried to fly a broom py is a lot more fun than bragging once. Not everyone spent his/her about the things that make you sucallowance on magic kits and listen- cessful. The latter brings accolades ing devices. Not everyone had pre- and the former brings achievement. adolescent, carnal urges for Austin Achievement is something that has Powers.… Okay NOBODY had pre- gotten as warped as imagination. adolescent, carnal urges for Aus- The denotation of achievement is tin Powers. I will shamefully claim something resume-worthy. But the that quirk as my own and expect connotation of achievement is someno companions to step forward out thing that satisfies you and affirms of camaraderie. When Mike My- your reasoning for accomplishing ers introduced his plaque-toothed, something. So focus on the positive velvet-adorned 60s sex god, I highly implications of your actions rather doubt he expected an adoring fan than the glory it brings. Then you’ll base of hormonal 8-year-olds. But be special. unfortunately for him (and at the I’m going to leave you with an inrisk of printing child porn), I ini- die song suggestion… because I’m tially encountered the Internation- a wizarding wannabe who moonal Man of Mystery around the time lights as a manic pixie prototype. I discovered that hot tub jets were Put on “17” by Youth Lagoon, frolic super duper. And Austin Powers— through your childhood memories The Spy Who (in some ways indeed) and embrace your overactive imagiShagged Me—was unfathomably my nation. first foray into erotically arousing materials. Lindsay Tomson, Trinity ’12, is curSo wow, I just admitted something rently applying her Duke-developed skills splendidly embarrassing about my- of sarcasm and awkwardness in the real self. You probably think the previous world. Her installation of the weekly paragraph had no inherent meaning Socialites column runs on alternate or purpose apart from aligning with Wednesdays. You can follow Lindsay on my predominant themes of sexual Twitter @elle4tee.


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GRAY from page 1 are different than mine, discuss them publicly. I want to get the right information.” Only three out of the six candidates running for national office have real world experience—two of them being myself and Gary Johnson. TC: You’ve been really outspoken about your stance on drug legalization—could you tell me about your position and how you arrived at that stance? JG: I was a former drug prosecutor and saw firsthand how we were churning people through the system. These drug charges are ruining people’s lives, and it costs the state so much money. There is an arrest in the United States every 23 seconds for drug charges. Why are we doing this? I’m going to ask you a question: What is easier for you to get as a minor under the age of 21—marijuana or alcohol? Marijuana, by far. It is plentiful. We need to regulate it and tax it. In North Carolina, there is no quality control or regulation, which is highly unsafe. By taxing it, we could use the money to fix our roads and pay our firefighters and teachers. We are the only party with this stance. Obamney—they are the same. We would not go to war with Iran, and take troops out of places we don’t need. We need to bring troops home from Afghanistan now, among others. Sudan, Yemen—they are not security threats. We would bring our troops home, but we are not isolationist. We would bring 80 percent of our troops home.... Romney and Obama are the same. Romney is the architect of Obamacare. Back to drug legalization—Obama wrote in his book that he has used mari-

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juana. If he had been caught, his life would have been ruined. George W. Bush, Clinton, Obama—they have all admitted to using drugs. Where would we be if they had been caught? TC: If elected vice president, would drug legalization be your first big project? JG: No. The three big things that need tackling are the economy, jobs and education. I’ll start with the economy. The government borrows 43 cents on the dollar. We are Greece, but we don’t have Germany to bail us out. We have to be responsible. Our children’s generation is going to have to pay it back. I met a little three-yearold named Jake, and I said to him, “Jake, you’re bankrupt.” And Jake started crying. He didn’t know what bankrupt meant, but he knew that it was bad. It is bad. We will submit a balanced budget in 2013 with 43 percent less spending. We will audit the federal government, and we will save money by closing foreign bases. We will listen to the military about what is necessary. As for jobs, listen to Obama and Romney. They have no idea how to create private sector jobs. We do. We will replace the income tax with a retail consumption tax. The U.S. has an artificial disadvantage with our income tax on goods—our goods have a competitive disadvantage. We would level the playing field, by getting rid of this tax. Most countries would bring jobs back to the US—they would outsource their jobs here. Who would oppose this? The IRS and members of Congress. We will do this. This is exciting. We will get this done. As for education, parents are in a better position to make decisions about their child’s education. Education is currently funded top-down. Parents have no say into where their education dollars are spent. We

would institute a policy of school choice. I don’t care how, vouchers or what, but it would bring excellence in innovation to schools. It’s working in Milwaukee and New Orleans. Teachers will thrive. Good teachers will be sought out by the best schools, and poor teachers will be eliminated. This platform is exciting. When Gary Johnson called me and asked if I would run with him, I told him I would do it on one condition: “We run to win.” We have to be viable. People will crave the kind of government we are offering. This is most exciting thing to happen to me besides the birth of my children. TC: I know that you are on the ballot in every state except Oklahoma and Michigan. What are you doing in those 48 states, and what are you doing about the remaining two? JG: We expect to be on the ballot in all fifty states [by Election Day]. As for campaigning, our ads are spectacular. They are factual and truthful. We also have to get into the presidential debates to win the elections. Each vote is important—we must poll five percent in the election to show America that the Libertarian party is here to stay. We will become a three-party system. In the debates, we will make Romney and Obama discuss things they don’t want to talk about. Obama signed an act that is a direct frontal assault on our civil liberties, and he needs to talk about it. Our country is in trouble. Our soul is under attack by our government. Our government is turning us into a police state. You know about the problem with drones? We’re not going to fly drones unless there is a court warrant. This is an extremely important election, and we are the best for America. We will put in a coalition with people from all parties. We will give credit to anyone with a good idea. People will crave this. We run to win.

KNOCK from page 1 with their neighbors, he noted. “Without working to open lines of communication between the students and the other members of the community, the students will not be able to curb those behaviors that are problematic for their neighbors,” Bentley wrote in an email Tuesday. “I think that moving forward, Duke needs to first better educate new tenants as to the history of their residence.” Noting that the Office of Student Conduct was open to changing the program, Rhodes said he looks forward to collaborating to develop better methods of informing students, ranging from block parties to non-mandatory informational events. From an administrative standpoint, the purpose of Knock and Talks is more of a preventative measure and a way for information exchange, said Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek It is important to maintain a police presence, Wasiolek added. This year, the students who were selected for Knock and Talks appreciated the efforts to inform them of housing policies. “Many times, we get questions related to laws and ordinances where I find the police to be very helpful in answering,” Wasiolek said. “Police have always taken a backseat role—they don’t want to come across as being intimidating or threatening—they are there purely for providing information and to answer questions,” The Durham neighborhoods surrounding off-campus residential areas also accepted the policies outlined by Knock and Talks, she added.

HOMECOMING 2012 September 21-22

www.Homecoming.DukeAlumni.com FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. President Brodhead’s Homecoming Dance [ Wilson Gym Basketball Courts & huge tent on K-ville Quad ] Performances by: Duke Chinese Dance Troupe Rince Diabhal (Irish Dance Club) Duke Swing Dance Sabrosura DefMo Dhamaka

3:45 p.m. Blue Devil Walk [ Duke football team gathers on Towerview and heads to the stadium ]

Featured Band: Right On!

6:00 p.m. Duke Football vs. Memphis: Homecoming Game 2012 presented by Lowe’s – Never Stop Improving Be sure to arrive on time and cheer the Blue Devils to victory! FIRST 1000 STUDENTS receive DUKE sunglasses from Duke Athletics—be sure to arrive on time!

Sept. 19, 2012 issue of The Chronicle  

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